Trevor Mallard

Labour repeats policy idea from last year and touts it as new policy

The Labour party clearly don’t understand that there is something called Google…which enables people to search the internet for things.

Like announcements made last year which are the same as the announcements made this year.

This is what they had to say in June 2014:

The Labour Party says if elected to government it will entice immigrants away from Auckland by increasing incentives for them to accept jobs or establish businesses in regional New Zealand.

Labour also says it will manage inward migration to reduce peaks and troughs in net migration, thereby taking pressure off an overheating housing market.

The party’s immigration policy was released by immigration spokesman Trevor Mallard on Saturday morning. Here’s the full policy document and Mallard’s statement here.

“Around half of permanent arrivals to New Zealand move to the Auckland region. If our policies were based on the development of some of our most promising regions this could be a trigger for attracting some migrants to these centres,” the policy statement says.

“This approach holds greater promise if a particular industry or types of industries were clustered in a region for the recruitment of highly skilled migrants and businesses specifically for that region. In this way immigration can be a critical input into regional development and a brake on growing our cities even bigger.”

Labour says over time new industries could be located in provincial centres, and existing industries there could be supported by smarter immigration and investment policies.

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How many politicians would it teach to use social media?

Jacinda Ardern commented on Facebook.


I would have thought this was a risky strategy from Trevor Mallard.

After all they run the risk of those formerly illiterate people wising up and voting National rather than Labour.

But it does raise an interesting situation where people normally disposed to changing the flag now running counter to that simply because it is John Key’s referendum.

It appears that labour’s new get John Key strategy is to oppose the referendum and deliver him another loss.

Winston Peters is onto a winning though bashing the flag change.

Peters began his submission by disputing the time given, saying “everybody should get far more time, five minutes on a serious issue like changing our flag that could last a long long time?”

He said the country hadn’t asked for a flag change and all of the public polls so far suggested there wasn’t an appetite for it.

“The reason we made our submission is because we’re not going to be frog-marched. People can go out and vote informally and that will become the majority on the day and there’s no reason therefore to go any further wasting public money on a second referendum.”

Voters had the right to use their referendum paper to write “I support our flag” instead of ticking a box, he said.   Read more »

Political Scandals in an alternative MSM universe

Pony-gate has fascinated the MSM and has been given a thorough going over. In an alternative MSM universe there would be so many other political scandals worthy of this kind of attention and the ‘ gate ‘ moniker.

Here are a few that leap to mind….



Labour MP Darren Hughes resigned from Parliament yesterday as witness reports emerged of a distressed, naked man on the street near Mr Hughes’ Wellington home on the night a youth complained to police about an incident of a sexual nature.

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Mallard: Do as I say, not as I do

Politicians are able to hold many positions at once, but this one is a top shelf example of political hypocrisy

Trevor Mallard – the MP whose tweets against the Speaker sparked a parliamentary inquiry into the use of social media by MPs – says there should be no special rules for social media.

“In my opinion there is no difference between making a criticism on new media on Twitter, to making it to a TV camera, to making it in the House,” Mr Mallard said.

After disagreeing with a ruling Speaker David Carter had made during question time last May, Mr Mallard tweeted:

@publicaddress @MatthewHootonNZ 2nd week in a row where the Speaker looked like a Mafia Don running his @NZNationalParty protection racket.

— Trevor Mallard (@TrevorMallard) May 13, 2014

That was just OK back then.  But now, it’s not.  Why?   Read more »

Great news for Trevor, maybe he can get that legacy after all

Before the last election Trevor Mallard had a fantastic plan to resurrect the moa.

Of course he never told his leader about it and then stole all the headlines.

But it seems he wasn’t altogether wonky about at least trying.

It seems that there are 14 extinct species that could be cloned and brought back…the moa and Haast’s Eagle amongst them.

Imagine herds of mammoths roaming the open fields and saber-toothed cats prowling around your neighborhood. Science is on the brink of reviving a number of extinct animals – all that’s needed is a good sample of the animal’s DNA. The basic method of reproductive cloning that could bring animals back from extinction consists of taking DNA from the remains of the species you want to clone and inserting that DNA into a cell (preferably an egg) of a related living species. Then, until the day that artificial wombs can do the job, the best method is for the animal’s closest living relative to carry the baby to term.

While clones made this way do exist (the first successful one was Dolly the sheep in 1996) the science of cloning is still in its infancy, so don’t expect your local lab to start churning out saber-toothed cats right away. But if we’re willing to navigate the stumbling blocks inherent in patching back together extinct species, all of the animals on this roster could be up for de-extinction, since we have already accessed their DNA.

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Finally labour does something sensible, not surprising it wasn’t Andrew Little’s idea


Labour will oppose a bill setting up the two referendums deciding the fate of the flag because of a sticking point over the order of the questions.

The Flag Referendums Bill is expected to get its first reading in Parliament soon and has enough support to pass its first stage without Labour, although the Maori Party and the Greens have only committed to support it through to select committee so far. Read more »

Was Robbo white-anting Little too?

Was Grant Robertson white-anting Andrew Little too?

Rob Hosking at NBR seems to think so.

[P]erhaps the most revealing aspect is to do with Mr Little’s colleagues – what has and what has not happened.

First, what has not: there has been no rush by Labour MPs to defend their leader. Mr Little is very much on his own on this, in Parliament and elsewhere.

Usually, in such matters, with a leader in trouble, colleagues run interference, at question time in Parliament and in the media.

This time: nothing.

Second, what did happen: there was the odd, apparent stuff up, by Mr Little’s leadership rival Grant Robertson, at Parliamentary questions yesterday.

With government ministers desperately keen for the chance to enhance Mr Little’s discomfiture by raising the issue of the unpaid bill, Mr Robertson’s questions to Finance Minister Bill English provided them with just that opportunity.

Asking whether the decision not to cut ACC levies was at to be the result of competently managing and growing the economy, rather than “ripping off workers and businesses,” Mr English gleefully pointed out that “it is not the right day for the Labour Party to be talking about ripping off the workers. I mean, at least the workers pay some levy, whereas Andrew Little did not pay any of the bill.”

Now, Mr Robertson is a wily and experienced performer at question time. As a politician, Parliamentary ducks and drakes is by far what he is best at: in fact, his major fault is he often appears to think it is the whole point of politics to score some sort of debating point on the floor of Parliament. Read more »

Is anyone talking to Andrew Little or are they all trying to make him look like a dick

Yesterday in parliament Andrew Little got a caning on the first question over social housing where his own spokesman’s words were hurled back at him with every question.

Then there is this on the subject of the corporate welfare for Team New Zealand.

Labour’s sport spokesman Trevor Mallard confirmed he was briefed on the outcome of the qualifiers’ series decisions, but not by the Government and hinted it was international sources. He said he did not intend to break the confidentiality he was bound by.

Mr Mallard was Sport Minister under the former Labour Government which had given the $36 million funding and said he believed it was worth re-investing in the team whether or not it had secured a series. He said the Government had earned more in income tax and GST than it contributed in direct funding last time. “It would be logical for them to put money in on the cost benefit and tax analysis they’ve done. I think it adds up.”

Mr Mallard’s leader was slightly less convinced and Mr Mallard said he had not passed on the information he knew to Mr Little because “I don’t break confidences.”   Read more »

Who is Andrew Little? Ctd – Does Andrew Little have the bottle for a fight?

Andrew Little

Andrew Little has been considered the man coming in the Labour movement for a generation.

Strangely for a former student politician and unionist he is not known for having much mongrel in him. He bailed first when Judith Collins sued him and Trevor Mallard for defamation.

Labour’s politicians and activists are usually well versed in the dark arts, and know exactly how dirty politics really is because they have been in the thick of some of the most enjoyable political fights ever.

What has been strange about Andrew Little is that he has not had a great reputation for being willing to fight to get ahead. Contrary to the public story that he didn’t want to enter parliament in 2008 because of his young son, the word from inside Fraser House is that Little wanted Rimutaka when Paul Swain retired. In the murk and skullduggery that went on before that selection Little was essentially out muscled, and decided not to run.    Read more »

3 reasons why I won’t work for Andrew Little

Employ Slater?

Employ Slater?

Andrew Little has announced that I won’t be in contention for their advertised role for chief spin weasel in the Leader’s office.

The Labour leader stops short of saying the new communications director has to vote Labour, but says they need to be sympathetic to the cause.

“We don’t expect to employ Cameron Slater,” says Mr Little.

Be that as it may, it was always unlikely that I’d work for Andrew Little.   Read more »