Perhaps Kiwi women tried it and didn’t like it

Women leaders, out standing in their fields. ( Keri Johnston )

Women leaders, out standing in their fields. ( Keri Johnston )

New Zealand has some of the lowest proportions of women in leadership roles in the Asia-Pacific region, and it’s getting worse, a survey has found.

The global Grant Thornton survey of the Asia-Pacific region (APAC) shows 42 percent of Kiwi businesses have no women in leadership roles – up from 37 percent last year.

The survey examined 5520 businesses in 36 economies.

The research has been released on International Women’s Day, which this year looks at the issue of achieving pay parity for women.

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Key under pressure over Sabin

Prime Minister John Key is facing increasing questions about his handling of the Mike Sabin affair after the Northland MP’s resignation a month after reports he was being investigated by the police.

Mr Sabin announced he had resigned yesterday, citing personal issues that were best dealt with outside Parliament. He would not make any further comments.

It is understood some within National learned Mr Sabin was dealing with issues before the election but he had already been selected as a candidate and it was too late to change.

The real problem is that Sabin thought his situation was survivable. ?He played his “issues” down to National and his missus and promised it would all go away. ? In essence, he sold Key and his colleagues a load of hot air. ? Read more »

“Buck stops at my desk” said no David Cunliffe, ever


As an example of taking responsibility for things, even Barry Obama manages to put David Cunliffe to shame

“We got beat.”

US President Barack Obama has taken responsibility for his party’s crushing defeat in last week’s midterm elections, he said in comments broadcast this morning. Read more »

And the new leader of the Greens is…..


Hot off the press


This man was just told he was the new Labour leader


Chart of the Day

Head to head Key vs Shearer one year on.

Shearer’s bashing over his ‘beneficiary on the roof’ speech

It seems that most media have glossed over the kicking that Shearer got from colleagues in caucus yesterday. ?So much for the big strong leader routine that Shearer was trying to portray in the stand up before walking into the caucus room.

The Herald gives one line to the issue.

…some caucus members were upset about Mr Shearer using the example of a person on the sickness benefit to state he did not approve of welfare fraud. Mr Shearer used the anecdote in a speech to GreyPower last week and yesterday said he stood by it.

Yep, this is the “beneficiary on the roof” part of Shearer’s speech that has got Labour’s activists all up in arms – and stating as much all over The Stranded and to any media that will listen.

Has anyone noted yet that Shearer says different things to different audiences? ?No wonder the Greens are doing so well. ?They know how to stay on message and appeal to their base – all without the umms, arrrs and errrs.


The Invisible Man

? Dompost

Vernon Small and the Dom post editorial both label David Shearer the?Invisible?Man today.

Vernon Small is unflattering:

David Shearer is the invisible man of New Zealand politics.

Seven months after he took up the reins, voters say they still do not know the man who would be prime minister, raising questions about his effectiveness as Labour leader.

The first Fairfax Media/Ipsos political poll of 1000 voters showed nearly one in four voters couldn’t think of two words to describe Mr Shearer when pressed, while nearly the same number again thought he was either invisible, or inexperienced.

Comments from those surveyed are worse:

?Gordon Fenwick, 64, a Wellington National Party supporter, said Mr Shearer seemed to have “a bit more sense” than his colleagues but was inexperienced.

“He is just a drip. He just comes across as totally wet. He doesn’t really inspire any confidence, he hasn’t got any charisma.”

Tracey, 48, of Auckland said: “I must admit I have no views on him. He’s sort of a nondescript sort of man, I think.”

Some Labour voters thought the same: “Untried, nice but unsure, invisible, maybe more honest, and don’t know anything about him”, were the first words that sprang to mind for the first five we surveyed.

And?the?Dompost editorial just slams it home:

Mr Shearer appears to believe he has the luxury of time, and that he has till 2014 to set out his stall. But it is wrong to assume that voters go shopping only in election years.

They are browsing now, and making it clear that as far as Labour is concerned, they are not impressed with what they see.

Our leadership problem

? NZ Herald

Fran O’Sullivan hits on the problem we have in out body politic:

Real leadership involves telling New Zealanders that the situation is fiscally unsustainable and leaves the country too exposed to future financial shocks.

So, Shearer’s colleagues have no reason to fear (yet) that he is going to tie them to the kind of genuinely unpopular but necessary policies that may cost them their own jobs.

New Zealand will just continue to lurch along buried beneath the dead weight of handouts it cannot really afford to service.

Much of this hard-earned taxpayer cash would be better spent on funding a jobs machine for young unemployed New Zealanders who are the real losers in this society, rather than topping up the incomes of the salaried middle-class.

I’m not sure Fran has worked that through properly…”jobs machines” never work, they never have and never will. Anything that has a government meddling in it invariably fails.

She is right, however, on the the fiscally unsustainable welfare for the middle classes….like farmers in the 80s the stripping of the subsidies is going to be painful…but necessary.