Green Party

More money for everyone!

The Green Party would like to raise the minimum wage.  As we saw the other day the minimum wage is paid to only 2.4% of the New Zealand workforce, and it is to cover jobs that are, in general, entry level jobs.

Other centrepieces of the Green Party’s workers policy are an immediate increase in the minimum wage to $15 an hour by December, and annual increases up to $18 an hour by 2017. It is also committed to paying core public sector workers the living wage of $18.80 an hour.

The changes would eventually give a person an extra $6400 a year, or $125 a week.

The Greens also want a compulsory redundancy payout of four weeks’ wages, and to scrap youth wages, 90-day trials for new workers, and¬†The Hobbit¬†laws that make screen workers contractors — and ineligible for collective bargaining — by default.

The National Party was quick to dismiss these measures as costing thousands of jobs and putting up more roadblocks for businesses.

The Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment estimates that an immediate increase to a minimum wage of $18 an hour could cost up to 16,250 jobs — although economic conditions could be different by 2017.

But Mrs Turei dismissed this: “In the US, there are 13 states that have just raised the minimum wage. It’s good for the economy, it’s good for families. There hasn’t been a significant drop in jobs.

“Companies will need to pay more to their workers, and therefore their profits will go down slightly. In return, they get a more stable workforce, better productivity and greater commitment.

If you are on minimum wage, and you stay on minimum wage and you can’t find any other jobs that ¬†pay better than minimum wage, then you’re a barely functional useless person. ¬† Read more »

Why are the Greens the only party to do this?

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This is just totally weird. ¬†The only party that has its hoardings nailed against trees is the Green Party. ¬† Read more »

IMPORTANT: Update on Pak ‘n Save

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Whaleoil has been under a well organised and sustained attack. ¬†We’ve had a Denial of Service attack, which shut the blog down for a number of days. ¬†We have had some of our emails and Facebook chats hacked. ¬†We’ve been under a commercial attack where advertisers have been approached with a very one-sided story, and based on that, withdrawn their advertising from Whaleoil.

Yesterday, I ran an update on this situation, reporting that of all the advertisers that has made public statement about blocking their advertisements from Whaleoil, only Foodstuff (fronting for Pak ‘n Save) was refusing to talk to any of the communication you sent them. ¬†And – no ads.

As a result, I felt it was fair enough to call the block a deliberate stance.

Mere hours later, as if by magic, Pak ‘n Save ads started to appear on the web site. ¬† Read more »

The left’s economic sabotage of Whaleoil – progess report

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As you may recall, the left, through their attack blogs, have been systematically targeting advertisers on Whaleoil.

Among those that knee-jerked some reactions based on a very one-sided complaint (and without consulting with us), were Powershop and Flight Centre.

I’m happy to report that both of those companies have recommenced their advertising. ¬† This isn’t a sign they support us. ¬†Instead, it’s a sign that they will advertise wherever their customers are. ¬†And with a quarter of a million of you, their customers are Whaleoil readers too.

Keep in mind that Whaleoil never called for a customer boycott on these companies.  In fact, we only revealed Powershop as one of the companies involved until after they reversed their decision to block advertising.

So, any of you who took your business away from Powershop and/or Flight Centre, please take these developments into account when you do your business in future.

(and let’s face it, $159 per person one way to Sydney or Brizzy is a good start when you easily pay double to get to Queenstown)

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It couldn’t happen here. Surely not

Great Britain are on its 2nd highest terror alert.   Because they fear the enemy within:  their own Muslim citizens

Britain faces the “greatest and deepest” terror threat in the country’s history, Prime Minister David Cameron warned yesterday as he pledged emergency measures to tackle extremists.

The UK threat level was raised to “severe” – its second highest – meaning that a terrorist attack is “highly likely” in light of the growing danger from British jihadists returning from Iraq and Syria.

Cameron said the risk posed by Isis will last for “decades” and raised the prospect of an expanding terrorist nation “on the shores of the Mediterranean”.

He disclosed that Isis had made “specific” threats against the UK and did not rule out military action to tackle the growing problem.

More than 500 Britons are believed to have gone to Iraq and Syria and at least half have returned, with some feared to be planning attacks there. One major plot has been foiled.

The warning came as it emerged that a laptop seized from Isis in Syria contained research on how to make a biological bomb and religious justification for using it against civilians.

Tomorrow Cameron will unveil a number of “uncompromising” measures to help tackle British jihadists and fill the “gaps in our armoury”.

They will include stopping British fanatics from travelling to or returning from the war zones by making it easier to seize their passports.

He is also expected to tighten controls that can be put on the movement and activities of terror suspects within the UK.

Of course, when our New Zealand citizens move to terrorist counties, and they get “accidentally” blown up by a drone, parties like Labour and Greens are concerned his civil rights were violated. ¬†Not just that, they, and Kim Dotcom’s Internet Mana want the GCSB dealt to. ¬† Read more »

The Empire Strikes Back: Official resistance to New Zealand investment in China

The Markets and Banking reporter for the NZ Herald, Christopher Adams has this story

A high-profile Chinese dairy commentator is calling for China’s government to block Fonterra’s investment in Hangzhou-based infant formula maker Beingmate, showing criticism of foreign investment isn’t a purely one-sided affair when it comes to the business relationship between New Zealand and its biggest trading partner.

Foreign investment, particularly from China, has returned to the forefront of public debate in this country since it emerged that Shanghai Pengxin, the owner of the Crafar Farms, wants to purchase the more than 13,000 hectare Lochinver Station in the central North Island.

Opposition parties have opposed the potential sale and NZ First leader Winston Peters has gone as far as vowing to buy back strategic farmland from foreigners.

But it looks like New Zealand is copping a bit of its own medicine in China.

Time for the Labour, Green and NZ First hypocrites to take their medicine.  They are all very happy about Fonterra sticking it to them foreigners, but lo and behold if we were to let them buy stuff here!

It’s simply dog whistle politics that is fueled by the xenophobia that used to be Winston Peter’s personal brand, but has since been adopted by the Greens and Labour as well. ¬† Read more »

Face of the day

Lucy Lawless

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Lawless by name and lawless by nature, Lucy Lawless has given us permission to spy and nark on those linked to the Green and and  Labour party as well as Internet Mana.

She is all for it because apparently it is good for our democracy.

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Greens didn’t know they were advertising on @Whaleoil; cancel it

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Once again, the left do not actually like open debate.  It must be shut down.

I think your media buyers were smart actually Metiria. ¬†Whaleoil has a huge audience and the chance of converting voters to the Green Party is much more likely here than it would be on sites where your Green voters are already locked in. Read more »

The anatomy of a hoarding vandaliser

Another superb bit of Ground Crew research here:

Hi Cam,

The letter below was in [yesterday]’s press.

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A quick internet search turned up this blog with a picture and his full name, C. Arthur Monteath-Carr.  

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I’m sure this is all above board

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