Posts by Hilary Stace

  • Hard News: Dirty Politics,

    The first independently verified Dirty Politics story will result in an apology to Phil Goff re SIS briefings.
    http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/political/260144/sis-report-set-to-criticise-agency

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 2127 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Team Little: pretty good,

    Jacinda got Justice and also Arts and Culture. Both significant portfolios.

    I presume Andrew Little and Annette King have worked together for years in the Rongotai electorate at personal and political levels so know each other well.

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 2127 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Team Little: pretty good,

    But broadcasting is significant for the Finance portfolio. Grant mentioned investing in public broadcasting several times on the recent campaign trail so I would expect some work on sustainable solutions to be going on over the next three years.

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 2127 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Team Little: pretty good,

    I think Grant for Finance is a clever move. No policy gets approved without the tick from Finance so it is a very powerful position. Treasury is staffed by many bright, often young, Wellingtonians and they do some interesting work such as this latest request for information about vulnerable children. http://www.treasury.govt.nz/budget/socialinvestment

    So I think they will also appreciate someone like Grant who has such an intellectual grasp of social policy and ideas for innovative change to challenge them with.

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 2127 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Team Little: pretty good, in reply to Sacha,

    Ruth Dyson and Annette King worked well together on Disability Issues in Helen Clark’s era. Annette at No 2 certainly knows the Health aspects, and Chris Hipkins has been learning a great deal about issues around inclusive education in the last few years as Education spokesperson and Carmel Sepuloni has been working as a CE of a disability NGO for the last three years – so there is some seniority there for disability. Surprised that ACC is so low down the ranks though.

    But I will be interested it see whether Andrew Little takes up his earlier ideas from when he was ACC spokesperson about addressing the MoH/ACC funding inequities for disability. Little came to it from that income maintenance perspective that the original Woodhouse inquiry started with, and asked why things were so much harder for those on MoH support than those on ACC. After all much of disability is about income maintenance. Something for Grant to look at too from the Finance portfolio.

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 2127 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: News from home ..., in reply to Jack Harrison,

    But there are unions and then there are other unions. Look at 1951.
    And later Sonja Davies found that many unionists were not conducive to women in senior positions or any hint of feminism. Remember the battle over the Working Women's Charter.

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 2127 posts Report Reply

  • Access: Some aspects of New Zealand’s…, in reply to Rosemary McDonald,

    Luck. I just wanted people to hear a good feminist anthem and go and see that great movie Pride.

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 2127 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: News from home ..., in reply to Sofie Bribiesca,

    She also brought Grant Robertson into her office to train up and was behind getting Jacinda Ardern back from London. Helen is very wise and I think her influence is more widespread than many realise.

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 2127 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: News from home ..., in reply to Matthew Hooton,

    I would like to see Trevor as speaker though. Would be the most effective and ferocious one ever.

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 2127 posts Report Reply

  • Access: Some aspects of New Zealand’s…, in reply to Rosemary McDonald,

    Thank you Rosemary. I was thrown by the Dr bit (which I only use on funding applications) and that he wanted to talk about autism. But hopefully got a little bit of disability stuff in. Have great admiration for people who talk easily on the radio.

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 2127 posts Report Reply

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