No tax cuts for you if you vote Labour in

Andrew Little has said that there may not be any tax cuts if they are elected:

If Labour is elected this year, the tax cuts National promised could be off the table.

Steven Joyce’s first Budget as Finance Minister sees tax brackets shifted upwards, effectively giving most working Kiwis a tax cut.   Read more »

Deputy Political Editor’s article pulled from NZ Herald web site [UPDATED]

This is the article that mysteriously disappeared since being published at 5am today

Labour Party leader Andrew Little (left) with deputy Jacinda Ardern. Photo / Michael Craig

Claire Trevett: Labour MPs have a window for a coup – but not the will

5:00 AM Tuesday May 30, 2017

Come June 23 and Labour’s caucus will have that rare thing: a brief window of unbridled power.

If they want to they can roll Andrew Little, they can instigate a coup, a spill!

For the three months before the election, Labour’s Constitution provides for its caucus alone to change the leader.

While National’s caucus can do this any old time they want, it is the only time caucus can roll a leader and instate a new one without having to go through the long and arduous process of letting the membership vote as well.

This is more exciting for Labour’s rivals than Labour. The talk on the right is already ramping up, trying to convince Labour to flex that muscle if the post-Budget polls are dire.

It would make things very interesting. But it won’t happen. This is not Australia.

Little is safe as houses.

It is a red button call and MPs are particularly sensitive about the polls before an election – especially those relying on list seats to get back in. Fights for survival can make people do stupid things.

But Labour’s MPs know the disunity and instability such a scenario would create would be a greater torpedo to its chances than a leader who hasn’t managed to woo the voters to the point they might like. Read more »

No one supports the National party’s superannuation policy

National’s policy is to lift the age of entitlement for NZ Super from 65 to 67 but not right now. They say they will do it in 20 years’ time assuming that they are still in government then.

This means everyone born on or after 1 January 1974 will be eligible for NZ Super from age 67.

Other settings such as indexing NZ Super to the average wage and universal entitlement without means testing will remain unchanged.

National’s policy also proposes doubling the residency requirements for NZ Super to ensure applicants have lived in New Zealand for 20 years, with five of those after the age of 50.

People who are already citizens or residents will remain eligible under the existing rules.

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Mike King can’t save them all

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PPTA’s “Rainbow Taskforce” brought down to earth by Kumara Bill

The PPTA teachers union has gone for the most important thing during an election year:  shorts for girls and toilets for chicks with dicks.

For once, Bill’s Southland dry wit as come in handy

Prime Minister Bill English says he doesn’t know what is meant by gender-neutral school uniforms – saying all most parents care about is being able to find their children’s matching socks.

“It all depends what you mean by gender-neutral. Some girls’ schools have girls wearing shorts. I don’t know if that is gender-neutral or just girls wearing shorts. I’m not going to get into the definitions of it,” English said at his weekly post-Cabinet press conference.

“Parents take a practical view, generally. They just want uniforms that are hard-wearing, easy to wash, easy to find and the socks always match. And that’s the hard bit.

And he should know.  He’s probably spent a median year’s salary on uniforms in his lifetime.   Read more »

Whaleoil General Debate

Morning everyone, and welcome to Whaleoil’s daily General Debate post (another one called Backchat will start at 6pm). To participate you’ll need to register a free Disqus account.

There are some rules, and if there is one thing about Whaleoil that you need to know is that these rules are dispassionately and strictly enforced.  (No really.  Just the tiniest of slip ups and you’re toast.  This place is brutal. No sense of humour what-so-ever. You’ve been warned.)
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Faces of the Day

The photo shows Major General Horatio Gordon Robley with his collection of Maori heads, 1895.

Yesterday a number of Maori and Moriori remains were officially repatriated.  As I watched the people cry and carry on I decided I was going to find a picture of some Maori remains and run a bit of a mocking post about it.  After all, it was ages ago. Read more »

Word of the day

The word for today is…

pledge (noun) – 1. A solemn binding promise to do, give, or refrain from doing something.
2. (a) Something given or held as security to guarantee payment of a debt or fulfillment of an obligation.
(b) The condition of something thus given or held: put an article in pledge.
3. (Law) (a) Delivery of goods or personal property as security for a debt or obligation.
(b) The contract or transaction stipulating or involving such delivery.
4. A token or sign.
5. A person who has been accepted for membership in a fraternity or similar organisation and has promised to join but has not yet been initiated.
6. A vow to abstain from alcoholic liquor.
7. (Archaic) The act of drinking in honor of someone; a toast.

(verb) – 1. To offer or guarantee by a solemn binding promise.
2. To bind or secure by a pledge or promise.
3. To deposit as security; pawn.
4. (a) To promise to join (a fraternity or similar organisation).
(b) To accept as a prospective member of such an organisation.
5. (Archaic) To drink a toast to.

Source : The Free Dictionary

Etymology : Mid-14th century, “surety, bail,” from Old French plege (Modern French pleige) “hostage, security, bail,” probably from Frankish *plegan “to guarantee,” from *pleg-, a West Germanic root meaning “have responsibility for” (source also of Old Saxon plegan “vouch for,” Middle Dutch plien “to answer for, guarantee,” Old High German pflegan “to care for, be accustomed to,” Old English pleon “to risk the loss of, expose to danger;”.

Meaning “allegiance vow attested by drinking with another” is from 1630s. Sense of “solemn promise” first recorded 1814, though this notion is from 16th century in the verb. Weekley notes the “curious contradiction” in pledge “to toast with a drink” (1540s) and pledge “the vow to abstain from drinking” (1833). Meaning “student who has agreed to join a fraternity or sorority” dates from 1901.

Daily Proverb

Proverbs 30

10 Never slander a worker to the employer,
or the person will curse you, and you will pay for it

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