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Banks to go to trial: confirmed

Written By: - Date published: 5:57 pm, December 3rd, 2013 - 116 comments
Categories: accountability, act, john banks, john key, national, united future - Tags:

So, a second judge has confirmed that John Banks will go to trial for alleged fraudulent electoral returns. NZ Herald reports:

The case was taken over by Solicitor-General Michael Heron QC but the Act Party leader filed an urgent appeal to the High Court at Auckland to review the decision.

Rejecting the appeal, Justice Heath said he was not satisfied there was “any fundamental flaw in the process adopted by the District Court judge”.

“I accept that the consequences of the committal order on Mr Banks are serious,” Justice Heath continued.

“Anyone in Mr Banks’ position would be concerned about facing trial for an offence that carried a maximum sentence of imprisonment, if the charge were proved.”

However, he concluded: “Mr Banks’ position in not materially different from any person in good standing in the community who is charged with a serious criminal offence.

“In the absence of any fundamental problem with the decision to commit, on evidential sufficiency grounds, reputational factors are not sufficient for the court to intervene by way of judicial review.”

No wonder then that John Key is looking to re-instate Peter Dunne as a minister.  Key is running out of untainted alliance parties/MPs.

Green Party co-leader Russel Norman said the inescapable conclusion of the privileges committee was that Key had launched an inquiry which had “directly attacked our constitutional arrangements”.

“John Key must take full responsibility for setting up an inquiry that ran roughshod over the freedoms that MPs and the media expect in a democracy,” Norman said.

“John Key’s inquiry aggressively went after email records of MPs and journalists that it had absolutely no right to access.”

But Key rejected Norman’s claims and said the privileges committee had squarely laid blame with Parliamentary Service.

Meanwhile, he would not rule out reinstating Dunne, who resigned as a minister after refusing to hand over his records to the so-called Henry inquiry into a leaked document detailing potentially illegal spying by the Government Communications Security Bureau.

It’s looking like Dunne has been vindicated.  Meanwhile, John Key’s role in the inquiry is looking a bit dodgy.

peter dunne john key

 

[Breaking] Banks press conference 11am

Embattled ACT Party leader John Banks is to hold a press conference this morning where he is expected to discuss his future.

Banks will be joined by ACT president John Boscawen at Bowen House in Wellington at 11am.

Yesterday, a second judge ordered Banks to stand trial for electoral fraud next year.

 

116 comments on “Banks to go to trial: confirmed”

  1. Anne 1

    I wondered why Key was being ferocious towards Russel Norman and the Greens today at Question Time. He was looking for a distraction from what he knew was going to be revealed later in the day?

    Glad to see both Grant Robertson and Winston Peters stood up in support of Russel Norman by way of points of order!

    I don’t think Peter Dunne was so much vindicated, but rather there were more serious Inquiry management faults in play…

    • karol 1.1

      Agree with question time today, Anne. There was a lot of stuff going on there, with points of order, etc.

  2. gobsmacked 2

    It looks like lose-lose-lose for the Right. What’s the best case scenario for National?

    Key publicly dumps Banks, but Banks remains MP, so no by-election. Trial is early next year, Banks is acquitted, but retires at election.

    That’s a lot of “ifs”. Any scenario taints National in election year. Even Banks hanging on in Parliament is a bad look. Probably better to have a by-election, get the Nat (Goldsmith) in – but will Banks go?

    • Paul 2.1

      The longer it’s in the media next year the better….

      • Colonial Viper 2.1.1

        Courts appear to be promising an early trial.

        Craig to stand in Epsom? Another warm body brought in to try and resurrect ACT?

        • felix 2.1.1.1

          I suspect the ACT brand is dead. Hide and his bunch of misfits and criminals killed it and Banks has buried it in the back yard.

          The backers will return but in a new vehicle – one without room in the boot for ACT’s baggage.

          • Te Reo Putake 2.1.1.1.1

            Taxpayers Union, anyone? If the msm can inflate Colin Craig’s profile to the point where everyone now knows the name of the person they’re laughing at, why couldn’t Farrar’s farrago get a go?

            • gobsmacked 2.1.1.1.1.1

              Sure, but Craig stands for something separate (a different kind of crazy from ACT).

              I don’t think “Not-ACT” will fly, especially as there are ACT people who will fight on. Party loyalty makes people stubborn (as Labour folk know!).

            • felix 2.1.1.1.1.2

              Yeah the taxpayers union seems purpose built to become the next model Aquada.

          • Anne 2.1.1.1.2

            The backers will return in a new vehicle..

            The backers returned to the National Party years ago. They threw a few lollies ACT’s way while it was still useful to National but even that would have dried up soon after the last election.

            • felix 2.1.1.1.2.1

              Yes that does seem to be so.

              But do you think there are enough grumblings on the far right to suggest another breakaway is on the cards?

              • Tracey

                IF it was certain folks bankrolling ACT to prop up National, wouldnt they just fire the money at Craig, or is he harder to puppeteer than Banks, Hide or key?

                • felix

                  The function of ACT, even if propping up National, is still to pull National to the right economically. I don’t think Craig is the man for that job.

                  • Tracey

                    good point, but who better to make national’s agenda seem moderate than colin craig??

                    I’ve always wondered how much act was only ever a vessel to enable national’s agenda look moderate so they could take us right but not seem as far right as act… it’s an old ploy

              • Anne

                A few of the retreads might move over to the Conservative Party but the moneyed crowd are well and truly back in National. They never really left but they saw the need to create a coalition party for the Nats and that was the reason ACT came to existence.

                It began as the Association for Consumers and Tax Payers which attracted quite a cross section of the public and then they transformed it into a political party with two leaders, Roger Douglas and Derek Quigley. Smart politics.

                Then the red-necks moved in and it was all downhill from there…

                • felix

                  “They never really left but they saw the need to create a coalition party for the Nats and that was the reason ACT came to existence.”

                  Yeah, but isn’t that need still there? Of a coalition party for National, one that will keep pulling National to the right?

          • Draco T Bastard 2.1.1.1.3

            No, banks has got it strung up on the front fence as a warning to all :twisted:

        • gobsmacked 2.1.1.2

          No, ACT can’t be revived. Even Epsom would rebel.

          Their best bet is to kill ACT and have a “decent interval” after the funeral, so the taint has worn off by the election date.

          Trouble is, ACT is not only Banks. The party may not agree to fall on sword, just to save Key and Craig.

          • felix 2.1.1.2.1

            To be fair, the party isn’t Banks at all.

            He’s an interloper, barely tolerated at best.

          • Draco T Bastard 2.1.1.2.2

            Thing is, they can’t kill Act until Banks is out of the electorate – and I doubt if he’ll go willingly – and so we’ll get the spectacle of a National Aligned MP in court for fraud right up to the election. It’s the big problem with electorate MPs – they can’t be kicked out unless they get a criminal conviction.

            Wonder if all the people who hate list MPs still think that electorate MPs are more accountable?

        • greywarbler 2.1.1.3

          Attact of The Living Dead.

  3. Te Reo Putake 3

    This is getting a lot like the last days of the Shipley regime; propped up by the dismal and the duplicitous. They’re limping to a loss that may see them out of Government for a decade or more. Good times!

  4. Richard Christie 4

    Privacy of communication sacrosanct for MPs but sod the rest of us.

    • Tracey 4.1

      thought that too. MPs were not properly considered… Fuck the journalists and public but dont touch the MPs

    • ghostwhowalksnz 4.2

      The Dunne case was NOT about privacy for MPs communications.

      He was a Minister so was instructed by Key to hand over everything. He refused so was sacked.

      Only now, does it become a matter of “communications between an MP and a constituent”

      So Andrea Vance now becomes a common garden voter ?. And it was Dunne who was passing on barely secret cabinet material/

      I smell a major attempt to rewrite history here. By confusing the trawling through the security cards issued to journalists with Dunne passing off secret material

  5. bad12 5

    Lolz, after my little donation to Graham Mac’s attempts at prosecuting Banks i feel like i just backed a winner at the TAB,

    An excellent decision from Justice Heath, Banks cannot hide behind the fact that He has a lot to lose if convicted of this crime,

    i believe that at some point next year the pretty much defunct ACT will cut Banks loose so as to try and keep the Epsom electorate with a high profile candidate or maybe their Prez Boscowan,

    Possibly the Actors will try and shoehorn Hooten or Farrer into the Party and seat…

  6. Clemgeopin 6

    Hope he will now resign from parliament until his fraud case has been decided. Will he?

    • gobsmacked 6.1

      He can’t resign “until”, he either stays or goes. If he resigns, there would be a by-election – or an early general election.

      • Tracey 6.1.1

        a nice dress rehearsal for colin craig in epsom?

        but remember thisis John ” I have nothing to hide so nothing to fear but will exhaust every appeal option to prevent an actual trial to prove my innocence” Banks

    • toad 6.2

      Yeah, and the corrupt prick even had the temerity to vote for the SkyCity Dirty Deal Bill, despite his serious conflict of interest of having received a $15K donation from SkyCity and his seat in Parliament, and even his liberty, being to a degree dependent on the evidence SkyCity’s Chief Executive gives at his trial.

      The arsehole should resign now, rather than wait for his trial.

  7. Ian 7

    Sorry folks,Banksy is a stayer and a fighter.This will end in tears ,no doubt, but it will tidy this grey area up and I think it could have quite easily been Helen Clark,winston Peters,and all the other dodgy politicians that cruise close to the law,which is poorly defined .. David Cunliffe tweeting on Saturday is another example and he broke the law and should be prosecuted.

    • gobsmacked 7.1

      Banksy is a stayer and a fighter.

      That’s what we want to hear … :)

    • karol 7.2

      You are likening a tweeting misdemeanour with charges of a deliberate, fraudulent and corrupt attempt to subvert the electoral funding system, and that could result in a possible prison sentence?

      That’s a not-very-clever attempt at a thread derail – they, they-did-too strategy that does not compare like with like.

    • North 7.3

      You never learn do you, shitheads ?

      Ian, Bowel Motion, Confused, SS-Lands, Piss73, Steve Waffle. Where are you ?

      IF Cunliffe broke the law I daresay he’ll admit it. He won’t lie and lie and lie. Not like your botoxed-up vainglorious old bitch Archibald Banks. Bad stock you see.

      And ShonKey Python presides over it all……

    • BrucetheMoose 7.4

      He’ll fight alright, and selective bouts of amnesia will be his weapon of choice. What a man, what a hero, what a scum of the earth.

      • North 7.4.1

        But he won’t get away with repeated “I don’t recall” bullshit accompanied by his usual talking-down crap. That might be effective with the pathetic, self-engrossed, eye-to-the-main-chance greasers of the MSM, but it won’t be in front of a properly directed jury.

        What will the Crown Solicitor say to the jury about repeated expressions of “I don’t recall…….” ?

        “Mr Banks says he cannot recall this…….and this……..and this. On the other hand Mr KDC with resolute certainty says……..Mr So and So with equal certainty says………Mr Banks does not deny this evidence……..he simply says he cannot recall……..it is of course up to you ladies and gentlemen…….”.

        Nah, the fuck is fucked ! Good job !

    • Tracey 7.5

      LOLOLOLOL

      yea, for you to be right we are going to live in a society where you can sign anything and later say you never read it so it is of no effect )legally). For a guy with nothing to hide and and fear for his reputation you’d think he would welcome a trial to clear his name… and yet…

    • Tracey 7.6

      “Banksy is a stayer and a fighter”

      You are describing a boxing horse

    • North 7.7

      There is no grey area Ian. I know that’s your comforting self-delusion but there is no grey area. Judge Gittos rightly held that on the evidence adduced before him in the District Court a properly directed jury could find beyond reasonable doubt that John Banks acted fraudulently in terms of electoral law. Not that a jury would (that was not a conclusion which the judge was asked to reach or purported to reach). Simply that they could.

      Banks appealed to the High Court. Justice Heath found no flaw factual or legal in the reasoning on which the decision handed down by Judge Gittos in the District Court was founded. Accordingly the decision of the District Court judge that Banks should be committed for trial has been confirmed. The process perfectly reflects long established legal practice.

      The Rule of Law darling. I know that’s troubling when you entitled bastards end up on the wrong end of it but that’s the indisputable reality.

      Are you really so pig-ignorant as to imagine that this is all a matter of “opinion” expressed on the hoof ? And that ShonKey Python-like your “opinion” or what you “want” for Botox should be given special weight.

      My God you righties are fuckwits !

      • Tracey 7.7.1

        It’s right in front of their noses… yet they would rather look stupid thn admit they got something wrong

        John ” I have nothing to hide so nothing to fear but will exhaust every appeal option to prevent an actual trial to prove my innocence” Banks

  8. North 8

    dodgyjohnhasgone@entitledlyingarsehole.co.nz

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/9471229/ACT-leader-John-Banks-to-face-trial

    All credit to Penny Bright. Big, big ups to McCready. Thumbs down to political gaming upper echelons of NZ Police.

    Where the fuck are you Steve Wrathall you crazy bastard ? Your comment please.

  9. Anne 9

    If he resigns, there would be a by-election – or an early general election.

    Ooops gobsmacked you’ve hit on something? An early general election? Don’t rule it out. Key is a manipulative bastard, and the writing on the political wall is not good for National. An early election using the Banks debacle as an excuse just might seem like a life-saving mission…

  10. ‘Dodgy John’ is going …. going……

    http://tvnz.co.nz/politics-news/john-banks-loses-bid-avoid-trial-5748104

    http://www.3news.co.nz/Banks-to-stand-trial-for-electoralfraud/tabid/1607/articleID/323805/Default.aspx

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11166361

    http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/229740/banks-loses-another-bid-over-trial

    http://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/auckland/news/nbnat/1319821655-john-banks-to-stand-trial-for-alleged-electoral-fraud

    Well done Graham McCready!

    This private prosecution has set QUITE a history-making precedent, (in my opinion).

    Credit where it is due – good to see the Solicitor-General Michael Heron, acting for the public, in the public interest.

    Some of us have put in a considerable amount of time and effort helping to alert the public to just how ‘dodgy’ the ‘Not-So-Honorable John Banks has been, and how his signature / word is apparently so meaningless?

    The secret is – NEVER, EVER ‘drop the ball’.

    Keep going ………

    Penny Bright

    http://www.dodgyjohnhasgone.com

    http://www.pennybright4epsom.org.nz

  11. Ron 11

    If justice prevails and Banks gets detained in the clink, do you think we could ask Mr Dotcom to be magnanimous and provide John with a proper mattress.
    It would be most unfair if John had to lie on a hard prison mattress

    • McFlock 11.2

      Unfair? It would be quite dangerous – if banks were to lie down on a straight bed, he’d be guaranteed to accidentally smother at least one of his faces.

    • Tracey 11.4

      if guilty he wont get prison. He would get a fine and either home detention for a wee while or community service. That’s my guess if found guilty.

      • toad 11.4.1

        Sadly, you are probably correct.

        His only previous criminal conviction, as far as I know, was for using a cellphone on a commercial flight – again a demonstration of his elitist arrogance.

      • ianmac 11.4.2

        You are right Tracey but even though he won’t get a prison sentence if found guilty the charge is a 2 year sentence thing so he must lose his seat instantly if found guilty.
        Could the Key government limp along till an election when one down?

        • Tracey 11.4.2.1

          agree with you. but it will happen so close to the election National wont need him…everyone will be campaigning by then, that’s my guess.

          People also need to remember that Banks hasnt given any evidence yet.

  12. Red zone 12

    Banks will have to be dragged out of epsom.Doing the honourable thing isn’t true to his fat ego. Whats with the ” I only do good”bullshit. Please! A complete cluster fuck for Quiche and Nat- con in election year. Call in karma. Good job. With nothing left to sell or fit to sell (and a damning referendum). Plus a fast outgoing tide. Perfect conditions for an Early election.

  13. Chris 13

    It will be interesting to see how quickly ACT move in getting rid of Banks. Lunchtime may be a little early, perhaps after dinner.

  14. Clemgeopin 14

    Key should ask Banks to return his cup of tea….or at least some Earl Grey bitter tea leaves.

    • toad 14.1

      I am confident that Banks will vomit the whole cupful of tea up all over Key.

      • Richard Christie 14.1.1

        With over two decades in politics, I bet JB knows a whole heap if skeletons hidden in cupboards.
        I wonder if he’ll attempt to use them.

  15. Lindsey J Rea 15

    I have filled out 5 of those forms over the years, 4 Local Government and 1 General Election. Each time I had a Campaign Manager who impressed on me, and others in the team how important it was to get it right. We were sent a draft to check for completeness and veracity, and the final form to check again. It is a vital part of the Electoral process and no candidate should be treating it with the kind of casual contempt Banks has shown. He may have done 12 campaigns but one can only hope that the last one was his last.

  16. Ian 16

    Is Philip Field out of prison yet ? he got 6 years for bribery and perverting the course of justice all under the labour party banner. Banksy is an angel in comparison. Come on guys he is a philanthropist,a good family man and his word is his bond,even when dealing with dodgy germans.A self made man,who dragged himself up by his own bootlaces. I cannot understand the hatred you have for such a good man. He is a bit blunt on occasions,calls a spade a spade and can be a bit self centered at times but lets face it,he IS a politician.

    • Te Reo Putake 16.1

      Ho ho, very satirical, Ian. Had me going for a minute there.

    • gobsmacked 16.2

      “his word is his bond” … “he calls a spade a spade”

      Sadly, no. If that were true, he might not be in his current mess. The months/years of outright lying (and that’s what it was, let’s not mince words) about his dealings with Dotcom have led him to this point.

      If he’d been honest earlier, with a “mea culpa”, he might have survived. But he hid and hoped. Now he has nowhere left to hide, not even behind Key (who will drop him ASAP).

    • CnrJoe 16.3

      Hah – The cretin also calls anonymous donors ‘donators’ – can’t do a thing right but he has you ‘Ian’.

  17. Clemgeopin 17

    There are many types of liars. The saddest of all is this type:

    This is the liar that lies to themselves.
    The kind that fills their minds
    With false hopes
    And who fill their hearts
    With empty promises.
    The most burdensome type of liar,
    The loneliest of all.
    They are the people who cannot
    Deal with reality
    So they decide to change
    What they see
    And live in denial
    They say, ‘nothing to fear’
    ‘Nothing to hide’!
    But they know and all of us know,
    There is nothing to hide anymore,
    But, alas! Lots to fear!
    The Karma has come for its due!

  18. Steve Wrathall 18

    If Banks should be prosecuted then so should Cunliffe for his violation of electoral law for campaigning for his candidate on Nov, 30th. And so should Russel Norman for his retweeting of filled out CIR ballot papers on Dec 1 after being advised against this by the electoral commission on Nov 27th.

    Seriously: If the parties that gave us the Pledge card theft and the Electoral Finance Act want to go into 2014 campaigning on the morality of the financing of previous elections then bring it on.

    • gobsmacked 18.1

      Also, we should have the death penalty for serial killers AND the guy who picks his nose on the bus.

      • Steve Wrathall 18.1.1

        Please explain how David Cunliffe’s campaigning on election day, and Turei/Norman’s misuse of ballot papers as campaign tools is insignificant compared with what John Banks has been accused of.

        • One Anonymous Knucklehead 18.1.1.1

          John Banks has been accused of verifying a document he knew to be false, because “Kim, if I help you in the future it’s better no one knows about your donation.”

          Totes the same as a hastily deleted tweet and I’m not sure what your other vacuous bullshit refers to, but perhaps you can fill your empty words.

          • North 18.1.1.1.1

            Waffle@18.1.1 – will you please, please be my confessor ?

            Once……it was election day 1972…… I remember it well……nary a helicopter involved…….with scarlet premeditation…….I defaulted on my legal and moral obligation to peel from the rear window of my clunking old VW……..a little “Time For A Change” sticker.

            All of that election day I drove brazenly around the hamlet of Tokoroa in Taupo electorate…….sticker glowing and metres and metres of red ribbon flying in the new wind……..stopping only to offer likely Labour prospects a ride to the polling booths…….on the expressly stated condition……you know what I mean.

            And here’s me today bagging Botox………me…….corrupt and full of sin. Oh Poor Botox. Oh Poor Waffle. I promise I will make amends. I will waive any limitation period attaching to my crimes and prostrate myself before The Lord and His Jury properly directed.

            Phew ! After 40+ years alone with my dark secret…….yay……I am unburdened.

          • Steve Wrathall 18.1.1.1.2

            Your use of quotation marks for a made up quote shows you have the same problem with the truth as your leader, who after 14 years as an MP claimed “He was not aware of the rules” about not campaigning on election day. http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/9467876/Cunliffe-tweet-investigated

            • North 18.1.1.1.2.1

              We understand your pain Waffle. We forgive.

            • Pascal's bookie 18.1.1.1.2.2

              Only one of them is going to resign to spend more time with his lawyers though. Coz a tweet, deleted and reported, is a petty arse thing that nobody gives one shit about.

    • Daveosaurus 18.2

      And nothing’s stopping you from taking on a private prosecution if you really believe those two broke the law. Go for it.

    • Nordy 18.3

      Typical ‘strawman’ argument in a vain attempt to distract and deflect. Typical of those on the right who cannot face the ‘ugly’ (for them) truth that the law actually applies to us all.

      Better hurry your cabbage boat is leaving ……..

      • Steve Wrathall 18.3.1

        But that’s the whole point. The law DOES apply to us all. So why do the leaders of left parties show contempt for electoral law? And why does the MSM say nothing about it?

        • felix 18.3.1.1

          Because none of the trivial breaches you mention come anywhere near the deliberate corruption that Banks has been lying his arse off about for the last 2 years.

        • karol 18.3.1.2

          And why does the MSM say nothing about it?

          They have: the leaders responded – end of. There’s those in the MSM who would go after anything they could find on Cunliffe or Norman (see the recent NZ Herald smearing Russel Norman and the Referendum) – so your question has been answered – not the big issue you’re making them out to be.

          You are just trying to divert from the bigger charges against Banks.

    • Paul 18.4

      Sad argument

    • North 18.5

      Yeah and you’ve got so, so, so much ammunition and moral high ground there Waffle – like the world’s gonna salute such risible attempts to Textor up a moral equivalency ??? Thus reinflating Botox’ and ACT’s burst entitlement bubble ???

      Keep it up Waffle. Your hysterics are great to watch !!!

      Breaking News – David Cunliffe’s choppering down to the Auckland District Court this morning to make a voluntary appearance. And as we speak NY is in lockdown – The Feds have Helen Clark cornered in the UN Building.

      “Seriously” as you say.

    • Tracey 18.6

      But whatever we do just gotta keep ignoring the himalaya sized lies of the PM

      http://thestandard.org.nz/an-honest-man/

  19. jaymam 19

    In 1996 the ACT party refused to supply a breakdown of the party’s election expenses to the Electoral Commission. They were taken to court a number of times, ending on 11 June 1999 with the Court of Appeal Case CA149/98, where ACT were found to be in breach of their obligations. They never did supply the required information, and were not penalised for that.
    When a report of case CA149/98 was publicised on Usenet, the official NZ record of the case was deleted, and the librarian in charge said she had no idea how that happened. All the other cases for 1998 remained on the official website. An Australian site did have a copy of CA149/98 (Court of Appeal of New Zealand, Judgement of the Court Delivered by Thomas J, CA 149/98 between the Electoral Commission and Priscilla Tate[Party Secretary at ACT New Zealand])

      • jaymam 19.1.1

        As you can see from the above link, in 1996 ACT spent more than any other party, more than even National or Labour. The identity of ACT donors has mostly been kept secret. Clearly they have lots of money and don’t want people to know why giving very large sums of money to a political party was a good idea for them. And John Banks has continued with the secrecy.

        It would also seem that ACT supporters have infiltrated the public service and the legal system, otherwise how would the records of the Court of Appeal vanish off their website, and having won their court case, why didn’t the Electoral Commission demand the ACT exepnses records and put them with everybody elses expenses at the above link?

  20. bad12 20

    From the Herald online it appears that Banks and the Crown have agreed that the Banks trial will be held in the High Court rather then the District Court, Justice Paul Heath is said to have added that the trial will be ‘fast-tracked’ which may mean it will occur in the first quarter of 2014,

    Of interest is the fact that under section 347 of the Crimes Act Banks has another
    ‘get out of jail free card’ which He could play which appears to be another chance to appeal the decision that He stand trial which if ‘played’ will have the trial much closer to the 2014 election,

    What may be ‘the last gasp’ is the decision Banks must take on whether to face a Jury or opt for a Judge alone trial…

  21. toad 21

    I thought section 347 Crimes Act was repealed earlier this year.

    • bad12 21.1

      i wouldn’t know Toad, but, from a number of comments in media and other blogs it would appear not,

      347 appears to rely on ‘new evidence’ that has previously been unheard by the Courts and i think Banks will be pissing into the prevailing wind if He attempts to use this section to avoid trial,

      Thus far the words of Justice Heath would appear to hold the high ground with His assertion in the ruling that there must be ‘exceptional circumstances’ for a Court to set aside another Courts ruling that there is enough evidence to have a defendant stand trial…

      • veutoviper 21.1.1

        Some time ago I looked up section 347 of the Crimes Act after reading references to this in relation to the Banks case. Don’t have time right now to recheck, but IIRC section 347 was repealed by a 2011 amendment to the Crimes Act to take effect from 1 July 2013. However, IIRC, because section 347 was in effect at the time of the donations/filing of the electoral return, Banks could still apply under this section to attempt to get the case dismissed.

        Graeme Edgeler has done two good posts on Public Address on the Banks case which cover the application of section 347 – and Edgeler’s opinion that it would not necessarily succeed in the Banks case.

        Here is the first

        http://publicaddress.net/legalbeagle/qa-john-banks-judicial-review/

        And here is his latest posted yesterday after Judge Heath’s decision was released

        http://publicaddress.net/legalbeagle/john-banks-what-next/

        An excerpt from the latest one

        John Banks’ next step will probably be an application to have the charges dismissed under s 347 of the Crimes Act. This will be his last chance to have the prosecution ended before trial. However, it strikes me as unlikely to meet succeed. While Justice Heath wasn’t considering a 347 application, his ruling pretty much addresses the arguments likely to come up in one if an application is made. And while a Judge hearing a 347 application can look at new evidence, it is difficult to see what further evidence might seriously be advanced on behalf of John Banks that would alter this conclusion that a jury might listen to the prosecution evidence and believe it.

        Of course, they might not. Or they might believe it, but also believe enough of the other evidence presented to have reasonable doubt. Those are matters for trial. A conviction is far from certain, but John Banks standing trial next year pretty much is.

        • Tracey 21.1.1.1

          for a guy with “nothing to hide” he seems determined not to get a forum for his innocence to be publicly displayed

    • North 21.2

      It was but s.347 remains alive in respect of any charge laid before 1 July 2013. I’m understanding that Graham McCready laid the charge prior to 1 July. Justice Heath would not have got this wrong.

      The practical reality is that it’s now for the factfinder at a trial proper be that factfinder a jury or a judge sitting alone. Banks is toast in terms of squeaking out on some pretrial ruse. That’s not to say there’s an inevitability to a finding of guilty beyond reasonable doubt at a trial proper.

      I mean by the weirdest coincidence the jury might be constituted by 12 Mad Dogs. Not sure that 12 Actoids would be enough. You’d need something psychedelic and truly mind altering like the former. A sprinkling of Bassett scabs might assist.

  22. North 22

    Herald this morning http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11166495 quoting Richard Prebble – widely known as “Mad Dog Prebble” even before his Actoid days:

    “Former Act leader Richard Prebble said while the media had tried Mr Banks and found him guilty, the answers Mr Banks had given to questions about the donations “seem totally credible”.”

    If you needed more proof…….

    • Tracey 22.1

      Mr Banks gave no evidence t the hearings. He relied on coss-exam of crown witnesses and put up his treasuere

  23. Tracey 23

    I wonder why Banks didnt plead to s134(2) which seems to cover what he said he did, and would not result in him having to resign from parliament?

    Para 12 of the heath decision is interesting and appears to contain the crux of Banks defence, namely, if he didnt read the form he could KNOW it was false in any way?

    Note his honour’s reference to the minute he issued before this proceeding

    “Mr Banks may challenge the sufficiency of the evidence to
    put him on trial by making an application under s347 of the Crimes
    Act 1961. On an application under that provision, at which both
    prosecutor and defence may put additional evidence before the Court,
    a Judge sitting alone determines whether there is sufficient evidence
    for a reasonable fact finder,correctly applying the controlling law
    , to find the accused guilty. (c) Third, a n application under s347 would serve the same purpose as the present application for judicial review. This Court should not encourage attempts by hose who have been charged with serious offending to challenge, in the civil jurisdiction of this Court, decisions in respect of which there are procedural safeguards built into the criminal justice system While I do not suggest that Mr Banks is using the judicial review procedure for this purpose, the potential for those charged with criminal offending to delay the criminal justice
    process would be heightened if the availability of the judicial review procedure were not heavily circumscribed

    para 32

    I agree with Mr Jones that there was no evidence to support a finding that the cheques were provided to Mr Banks by Mr Dotcom personally , or that they were provided at the
    particular meeting to which the Judge referred.

    para 33

    the cheques were posted not handed to banks at the meeting he flew by helicopter to

    Para 43 helpfully sets out wilful blindness and court of appeal consideration of it. Worth reading.

    Para 45 interesting comments about sky city donation

    bhttp://static.stuff.co.nz/files/Banks-v-Auckland-District-Court.pdf

    .

    • bad12 23.1

      From my conversation with Graham Mac,(who filed the original charge with the Court),i believe that He did offer to Banks the opportunity to plead guilty to a lesser charge,(perhaps the one you have highlighted),that would have seen Banks remain an MP,

      For reasons known only to Banks, EGO springs to mind, Banks refused…

  24. Pascal's bookie 24

    Oooh. press conf at 11am, Banks/Boscawen.

    Will he resign ( showing he’ll lose the case)?

    or wtf?

    “I will never surrender, and will spend my every waking hour searching for the real killer”. The man did say he’d been cleared by homicide detectives, so he could say any damn thing, pretty much.

    • karol 24.1

      That’s what Stuff is asking.

      • Pascal's bookie 24.1.1

        So what are the options:

        Quits as ACT leader, stays in Parliament as some member from the rotten borough of Epsom.

        Quits parliament now ‘to remove distractions and focus on this stupid trial’, by-election which Goldsmith wins, new nat mp from the list? ACT goneburger.

        something else?

      • s y d 24.1.2

        oh my, there are some fantastic photos in that stuff article…tick dick!

    • Pete 24.2

      If I were a betting man, I’d say he’s quitting as leader of Act, won’t be standing in 2014, but will be trying to hold on to his seat until the election.

    • bad12 24.3

      i commented somewhere a week or so ago after Boscowan had made an oblique comment to media about Banks being committed to trial by the High Court that i took this to mean that if He,(Banks), was,Boscowan as the Prez of ACT would force Him to resign from the Parliament in an effort to save the tattered remnants of the party,

      Lolz, the longest Dear John in political history, any bets on who will be the replacement, Boscowan himself, Hooten or Farrer???…

  25. Te Reo Putake 25

    A tweeted rumour that Banks will not stand down this morning, but will instead announce that he will not contest the Epsom seat next election. Which, given that he may be in prison at the time, seems sensible.

    • Pascal's bookie 25.1

      Looks like it:

      http://www.act.org.nz/?q=news

      yawn, tho.

      • karol 25.1.1

        Thanks. Yep. That gives Key some breathing time to organise another partner/s in crime.

        PS: Patrick Gower is tweeting that the notice on the ACT website is a stuff up, accidentally releasing the statement ahead of the Press Conference:

        Patrick Gower @patrickgowernz

        ACT have stuff up and put the press release on website. Banks staying oon until 2014

        And this:

        Peter McCaffrey @peteremcc

        So John Banks’ PR accidentally leaked on ACT website. Can’t even hold a press conference without screwing it up. Seems an appropriate end.

      • Tracey 25.1.2

        LOL@ decided to spend more time with his family…

        • Clemgeopin 25.1.2.1

          Lucky chap! He will have one family outside and another one in prison to spend time with ! A soap opera!

  26. North 26

    Just read the judgment of Heath J. Clarity (and fairness) defined. Meet that Banks apologists read it. They will not of course. They’ll prefer to stick like shit to a blanket to Textor-inspired spin and half-truths.

    http://static.stuff.co.nz/files/Banks-v-Auckland-District-Court.pdf

    If having got past their wounded sense of entitlement they can countenance a read they should pay particular attention to mention of “wilful blindness” at [42]-[44] of the judgment.

    At [43], quoting the Court of Appeal in Millar v Ministry of Transport [1986] 1 NZLR 660 (CA) – the “wilful blindness” rule – “a major safeguard against spurious claims of lack of knowledge” – Cooke P and Richardson J.

    Now who does that put one in mind of…….couldn’t be ShonKey Python could it ?

    What of those much-vaunted “higher standards” Prime Minister ? You seem to be the grossest offender. “Haven’t read the police report……won’t read the police report” or words to that effect.

    There was a time in New Zealand when the prime minister was a role model, more or less. Sadly we now live in Textor-land where winning, however questionably pursued, is applauded. Thank you MSM for growing that malignancy.

    • Tracey 26.1

      People who want to believe Banks wont read the decision, even though it does contain some light at the end of the tunnel for their man. But it is a speck only.

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    Workers faced with redundancy at Canterbury Yarns need a redundancy support co-ordinator, Green Party industrial relations spokesperson Denise Roche said today.Last week, Canterbury Yarns was placed in receivership. Canterbury Yarns joins a long list of New Zealand manufacturers who have...
    Greens | 14-04
  • Making the holidays easier for Kiwi drivers
    The next Labour Government will make the holidays easier and journeys quicker for Kiwi families driving on the roads, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. “There’s nothing Kiwis like more than getting on the road and going on holiday. But on...
    Labour | 14-04
  • Ae Marika! 15 April 2014
    Our MANA AGM down in Rotorua on the weekend was a sold-out affair – even the media were struggling to get in! Political conferences can be very dull, but not this one. We had a great line-up of speakers including...
    Mana | 14-04
  • Green light from Labour for cancer screening programme
    Labour Leader David Cunliffe has today committed to a national bowel screening programme, starting with extending the current service to the Southern and Waikato districts. “Around 3000 New Zealanders develop bowel cancer each year and about 1200, or 100 a month,...
    Labour | 14-04
  • Adequate resourcing needed for victims’ advocate
    The establishment of a victims’ commissioner role will only be meaningful if it is properly resourced to do the job of advocating for victims’ interests, Labour Justice spokesperson Andrew Little says. Justice Minister Judith Collins has just recently indicated her...
    Labour | 13-04
  • IPCC report shows Government ignoring climate experts
    The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's (IPCC) report into climate mitigation, just released in Berlin, shows the National Government is ignoring the pleas of the world's best climate scientists.The report says deep and fast emission cuts are vital from all...
    Greens | 13-04
  • Japan’s quick turnaround on whaling disappointing
    News that Japan plans to recommence some form of “scientific” whaling programme so quickly after the International Court of Justice’s ruling against it is very disappointing, says David Shearer, Labour’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson. “New Zealanders expected the ICJ ruling -...
    Labour | 13-04
  • Reviewable tenancies will increase risks for vulnerable children
    Instead of kicking families out of their homes if they can pay their rent, parents with young children should have the opportunity to purchase equity in a state-built home over time, the Green Party said todayFrom July, Housing New Zealand...
    Greens | 13-04
  • 48,000 New Zealanders drinking faecally contaminated water
    Some 48,000 people were provided with water that had issues with faecal contamination, 18,000 of whom were from Canterbury, the Green Party said today. The Ministry of Health's Annual Report on Drinking-Water in New Zealand for 2012/13 shows that 48,000...
    Greens | 12-04
  • Labour will move to save the Kauri
    Labour will spend $20 million over the next 10 years to stop the spread of Kauri dieback disease, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. “We are facing an ecological disaster with over 11 per cent of the Kauri trees in the...
    Labour | 12-04
  • SPEECH: Saving our Kauri
    Seech notes Good morning. Thank you for joining us here today. As a West Auckland MP I am very aware the kauri is an important part of this place. The Waitakere Ranges with their thousands of kauri, are a taonga....
    Labour | 12-04
  • MANA to continue negotiations with the Internet Party
    The MANA AGM has decided unanimously tonight to continue negotiaitions with the Internet Party. Within a month further negotiations, further consultation with MANA branches and a final decision on whether to proceed with a relationship is expected....
    Mana | 12-04
  • National’s tax dodge
      National’s insistence that it is cracking down on tax dodgers is little more than a bit of election year chest beating, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “Revenue Minister Todd McClay surely doesn’t believe collecting $100 million of an estimated...
    Labour | 12-04
  • Housing prices go up – Gens X & Y give up
    Today’s REINZ report shows house prices continue skyward while first home buyers are dropping out of the market, says Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “According to the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand the national median house price has risen...
    Labour | 11-04
  • Do Key and Adams support Chorus appeal?
    John Key and Amy Adams must tell New Zealanders whether they support Chorus’ appeal of the High Court’s ruling in favour of the Commerce Commission, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. “Chorus’ appeal is a waste of time. The company is...
    Labour | 11-04
  • Is Judith Collins unapologising
    Judith Collins appears to have retracted her apology for failing to disclose her meeting with her husband’s fellow company directors and a senior Chinese border control official just weeks after being ticked off by John Key for not doing so, Labour...
    Labour | 11-04
  • Media Advisory
    There have been a few minor changes to the MANA AGM agenda. Moana Jackson is unable to attend due to family commitments. Speaking in his place on Saturday morning MANA is pleased to welcome Georgina Beyer and Willie Jackson. MANA...
    Mana | 10-04
  • Green Party requests inquiry into Peter Dunne and Trust
    Green Party MP Denise Roche today wrote to the Parliamentary Registrar of Pecuniary Interests requesting an inquiry into whether Peter Dunne should have included his involvement as chair of the Northern Wellington Festival Trust on the Register of Pecuniary Interests...
    Greens | 10-04
  • Veterans short-changed
    The Veterans’ Support Bill reported back to Parliament today rejects a key recommendation of the Law Commission Review on which it is based and ignores the submissions of veterans and the RNZRSA, says Labour’s Veterans’ Affairs Spokesperson, Phil Goff. “A...
    Labour | 10-04
  • Why Easter holidays should always be mandatory and retail free
    The moaning from retailers that they can’t open the cash registers and worship the consumer culture of consumption over Easter bores me immensely because I’ve always believed that public holidays should be mandatory. It’s not that I really care about...
    The Daily Blog | 19-04
  • Why punish the parents of the disabled?
    Parents who have adult children with disabilities saw a glimmer of hope when the promise for payment for caring for their children was given. But like most things, the complicated and relentless bureaucracy of the whole process shows a completely...
    The Daily Blog | 19-04
  • Our government: still no idea
    Happy Easter everyone, bad weather aside. A previous post of mine was called “The Government with no ideas”.  Unsurprisingly, the theme of the piece was of a current government thoroughly absent of any creative ideas or solutions to assist more...
    The Daily Blog | 18-04
  • 12 things Forbes has to say about NZs about to burst economic bubble
    Forbes is not known for their socialist or left wing activism, so when they predict a grim economic failure, we should should collectively poo ourselves a little. National often get given this perception that somehow they are better economic mangers....
    The Daily Blog | 18-04
  • That Sinking Feeling: Labour’s urgent need for persuasive words and coura...
    THE LATEST ROY MORGAN POLL has Labour on 28.5 percent (down 3.5 percent) and the Greens on 11.5 percent (down 1.5 percent). At 40 percent, the combined vote of the two main centre-left parties has fallen 5 percentage points since...
    The Daily Blog | 18-04
  • Why the Labour movement should support a Universal Basic Income
    The Mana movement’s support of the idea of a universal basic income is a welcome development. It could become one of the litmus issues that define the party and prove extremely popular. If Mana are in a position to do...
    The Daily Blog | 18-04
  • Legal high and cannabis regulation
    I marched through Henderson last month with my fellow Westies to express our concern about the impact of so called “legal highs” on our community. Some people chanted loudly calling for banning, some expressing anger at the parliamentarians who voted...
    The Daily Blog | 18-04
  • Know your Tory fellow travellers and ideologues: John Bishop, Taxpayers Uni...
    . . On 19 March, I reported on the Board members of the so-called “Taxpayers Union”. With one exception, every single member of the Taxpayers Union Board was a current (or recent) card-carrying member or supporter of the National and/or...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • GUEST BLOG: Daniel Bruce – Internet Party: What Seems Ridiculous To The O...
    Imagine you’re a 18-21 year old, from a working class family. You’ve never had a landline phone at home, because your parents can’t afford the fixed monthly bills, so everyone in your familiy has a pre-pay mobile phone. Because of the same tight...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Greens to push for housing standards in MOU with Government
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Greens to push for housing standards in MOU with Government Tuesday, 28 Aug 2012 | Press Release We don’t need any more official reports. We know the problem and we have the plans....
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Mighty River squanders $3.8m preparing for sale
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Mighty River squanders $3.8m preparing for sale Tuesday, 28 Aug 2012 | Press Release New Zealanders do not want asset sales and they do not want the Government wasting millions of dollars on...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Government’s economic agenda on shaky ground
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Government’s economic agenda on shaky ground Monday, 27 Aug 2012 | Press Release Instead of betting on a boom and bust industry and selling off assets the government needs to invest in a...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • National’s tax cuts haven’t cut tax avoidance
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: National’s tax cuts haven’t cut tax avoidance Sunday, 26 Aug 2012 | Press Release It is not fair that many rich New Zealanders are cheating on their tax. National’s 2010 tax cuts, that...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Waitangi Tribunal report adds to crisis in asset sales agenda
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Waitangi Tribunal report adds to crisis in asset sales agenda Friday, 24 Aug 2012 | Press Release In its rush to sell our assets, National has found itself in a crisis of its...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Privacy across all departments needs checking
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Privacy across all departments needs checking Friday, 24 Aug 2012 | Press Release “People don’t have a choice about giving their information to the state so the Government has an absolute duty to...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Reports show Government role in driving ACC dysfunction
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Reports show Government role in driving ACC dysfunction Thursday, 23 Aug 2012 | Press Release Restoring public trust and confidence is an essential goal and will require very major change starting from the...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Government must front up on full costs of asset sales
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Government must front up on full costs of asset sales Thursday, 23 Aug 2012 | Press Release It’s time for the Government to front up over just how much these asset sales are...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • New report: middle NZ worse off, inequality grows
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: New report: middle NZ worse off, inequality grows Thursday, 23 Aug 2012 | Press Release Our society has never been as unequal as it is today. New research from the Ministry of Social...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Government to delay addressing climate change indefinitely
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Government to delay addressing climate change indefinitely Thursday, 23 Aug 2012 | Press Release “It would be a shock for any other Government to introduce such a self-defeatist piece of legislation but unfortunately...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Time to deliver on 26 weeks Paid Parental Leave
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Time to deliver on 26 weeks Paid Parental Leave Today marks two years since Labour MP Sue Moroney’s Bill extending paid parental leave to 26 weeks was drawn from the members’ ballot. “It’s...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Taxpayers robbed of $130m in Genesis sale
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Taxpayers robbed of $130m in Genesis sale Kiwi taxpayers have been robbed of $130 million by the Government in its final failed asset sale, says Labour’s SOEs spokesperson Clayton Cosgrove. “National set the...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Service for victims of sexual violence pushed out in cold
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Service for victims of sexual violence pushed out in cold Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | Press Release Christchurch cannot afford to lose this agency The Green Party is calling on Housing New Zealand...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Resignation rates among cops soar
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Resignation rates among cops soar The number of frontline officers quitting the police force is at a four-year high, with more than 350 walking off the job in the past year, Labour’s Police...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Work visa problems need monitoring
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Work visa problems need monitoring The Government is handing out temporary work visas to migrants to work in jobs that could easily be filled by unemployed Kiwi workers in the Christchurch rebuild, says...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Legal high ban worthy of wider pick-up
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Legal high ban worthy of wider pick-up Auckland Council’s ban on using legal highs in a public place is an excellent idea that should be replicated around New Zealand, says Labour’s Associate Health...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Smith sells state P-houses to first home buyers
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Smith sells state P-houses to first home buyers Nick Smith must reassure worried first home buyers that any Housing NZ houses sold under his First Home policy will be tested for P contamination...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Brazil: Human rights under threat ahead of the World Cup
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Brazil: Human rights under threat ahead of the World Cup     Protests in Brazil:Brazil Franciscan friar kneels in front of Brazilian riot police officers asking for calm during confrontation with Landless...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Brazil: Human rights under threat ahead of the World Cup
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Brazil: Human rights under threat ahead of the World Cup     Protests in Brazil:Brazil Franciscan friar kneels in front of Brazilian riot police officers asking for calm during confrontation with Landless...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Libya: Trial of former al-Gaddafi officials by video link a farce
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Libya: Trial of former al-Gaddafi officials by video link a farce     Saif al-Islam al-Gaddafi will face the courts on 14 April. © IMED LAMLOUM/AFP/Getty Images         Read...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Libya: Trial of former al-Gaddafi officials by video link a farce
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Libya: Trial of former al-Gaddafi officials by video link a farce     Saif al-Islam al-Gaddafi will face the courts on 14 April. © IMED LAMLOUM/AFP/Getty Images         Read...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Algeria: Pre-election clampdown exposes ‘gaping holes’ in human rights ...
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Algeria: Pre-election clampdown exposes ‘gaping holes’ in human rights record     Freedom of expression, association and assembly are under threat ahead of elections in Algeria. © FAROUK BATICHE/AFP/Getty Images    ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Algeria: Pre-election clampdown exposes ‘gaping holes’ in human rights ...
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Algeria: Pre-election clampdown exposes ‘gaping holes’ in human rights record     Freedom of expression, association and assembly are under threat ahead of elections in Algeria. © FAROUK BATICHE/AFP/Getty Images    ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Viet Nam: Prisoners of conscience released but dozens remain jailed
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Viet Nam: Prisoners of conscience released but dozens remain jailed     Vietnamese activist Nguyen Tien Trung was one of the prisoners of conscience released this week. © Private      ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Viet Nam: Prisoners of conscience released but dozens remain jailed
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Viet Nam: Prisoners of conscience released but dozens remain jailed     Vietnamese activist Nguyen Tien Trung was one of the prisoners of conscience released this week. © Private      ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • PM’s China visit assisted Oravida, not Fonterra
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: PM’s China visit assisted Oravida, not Fonterra Questions must now be asked whether it was Fonterra or Oravida who really benefited from the Prime Minister’s recent visit to China, Labour’s Primary Industries spokesperson...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • New Zealand’s use of ozone depleting gases increases
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: New Zealand’s use of ozone depleting gases increases A new Government report highlights that the amount of ozone depleting gases New Zealand is using is increasing, the Green Party said today. The report...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • The issues behind the possible MANA-Internet Party Alliance
      Last weekend Kim Dotcom spoke at MANAs AGM to discuss the possibility of the Internet Party and MANA Party working together to defeat John Key this election. As someone who knows both Hone and Kim, I have a unique...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Manufacturing Upgrade
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Manufacturing Upgrade   Labour is determined to support and grow our manufacturing sector. These policies grew out of the findings of the 2013 Parliamentary Inquiry into Manufacturing.   – The claims and opinions...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Get work on 29th and the ANZAC spirit deserts the TPPA
      Groser and co would have been spitting tacks last week as the ANZAC spirit deserted the TPPA negotiations. Australia has done a deal directly with Japan which undercuts the demand for Japan to opening all agriculture in the TPPA....
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • No fracking solution to climate change
    Some British tabloids and oil lobbyists have jumped on comments made by an Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change author that fracking could play a role in addressing climate change as an argument for it here in Aotearoa, so is fracking...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • At Last: A Manufacturing Policy
    Source: First Union – Press Release/Statement: Headline: At Last: A Manufacturing Policy Date of Release:  Thursday, April 17, 2014 Body:  FIRST Union congratulates Labour on the release of its Manufacturing policy today. The union represents workers in the wood, food and...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Drone murder of New Zealander “justified” by Prime Minister
    Yesterday Prime Minister John Key justified the extrajudicial killing of a New Zealander in a US drone strike in Yemen with a few cynical, callous words at a stand-up press conference. Key said he’d been briefed by our spy agencies...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Secret Policeman’s Ball
      Amnesty International’s Secret Policeman’s Ball is back in New Zealand for one night of some of the best stand-up comedy from both national and international comics The freedom to provoke and in some cases offend is essential to the...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • So the US has assassinated a NZ citizen – what did Key know?
    A non judicial assassination by the US on a NZ citizen raises questions. Key made the idea that NZers were training with terrorists part of his farcical defence for the GCSB mass surveillance legislation. I say farcical because even if...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Something Better Than Something Worse: Why John Key could become our longes...
    IN HIS MEMORABLE holiday-home encounter with the host of Campbell Live, the Prime Minister, John Key, did not rule out running for a fourth term. Were he to be successful, the long-standing record of Sir Keith Holyoake (11 years and 2...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • GUEST BLOG: RIO TINTO WINS 2013 ROGER AWARD
      Sky City Casino Second, Chorus Third  The seven finalists for the 2013 Roger Award for the Worst Transnational Corporation Operating in Aotearoa/New Zealand were: ANZ, Chorus, IAG Insurance Group, Imperial Tobacco, Rio Tinto, Sky City Casino and Talent 2. The criteria for judging are...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • National drowning in an ocean of poisoned milk
    It is becoming difficult to keep up with which National Party MP is bleeding the most at the moment. Simon Bridges is being crucified by Whaleoil almost as much as Greenpeace are attacking him, suggesting Cam is seizing the moment...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Want to get rid of synthetic cannabis? Legalize real cannabis
    Have we managed to appreciate the madness that synthetic cannabis is legal yet more harmful than organic cannabis which is illegal? I find the current moral panic over synthetic cannabis difficult to become concerned with when alcohol is FAR more...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Save our homes – stop the evictions!
    “We will keep on fighting because it frightens me to think my grandchildren could become homeless,” Tere Campbell told me. Tere is a member of Tamaki Housing Group. In September 2011, tenants in 156 state homes in Glen Innes received...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • The daily humiliation of women and the constant policing and shaming of our...
    The last few months have been particularly bad for the shaming and policing of women’s bodies in the media, both in New Zealand and globally. First we had NZ Newstalk ZB presenter Rachel Smalley referring to women weighing over 70kgs...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • Tariana Turia: Labour doesn’t deserve our vote
    Maori Party Co-leader Tariana Turia told TVNZ’s Q+A programme that Labour doesn’t deserve the Maori vote. ‘I don’t believe they deserve our vote any more....
    Scoop politics | 20-04
  • Family Court Consumers Group appalled at legal rort
    Family Court Consumers Group appalled at Lawyer for Child's "1 meeting in 10 years" taxpayer funded legal rort...
    Scoop politics | 19-04
  • Manufacturing Matters to New Zealand – 17 April
    The Labour Party announcement today recognises the simple truth that the manufacturing sector really matters to New Zealand’s economy as a whole, based on the part manufacturing plays in the growth of the added value element in the tradable sector,...
    Scoop politics | 19-04
  • Young Kiwi to Represent New Zealand at Premier Youth Forum
    Young Kiwi to Represent New Zealand at Premier Youth Forum FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Commonwealth Youth New Zealand Executive Director, Aaron Hape, has been selected to represent New Zealand at 33Fifty, the Commonwealth Youth Leadership Programme,...
    Scoop politics | 19-04
  • Lisa Owen interviews Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei
    Greens propose new ministerial disclosure regime based on British rules, requiring quarterly declarations of ministers' meetings, travel and hospitality....
    Scoop politics | 19-04
  • Politicians Should Maintain Workers’ Easter Break
    Family First NZ is rejecting calls for any liberalisation of Easter trading laws and says that workers deserve a break to spend time with their families. “This is not an issue about choice as has been argued. For many workers,...
    Scoop politics | 19-04
  • Lisa Owen interviews experts on Antacrtica
    Lisa Owen interviews Chuck Kennicutt and Gary Wilson on Antarctica Headlines: Top Antarctic scientists warns New Zealand "not ready" for worst as ice shelves and sea ice in Antarctica retreat and the climate changes Gary Wilson: "Can...
    Scoop politics | 19-04
  • Beyond the State – NZ State Houses from Modest to Modern
    As part of the our 'Active Hand of Government' series for 2014, we present Bill McKay, Senior Lecturer, School of Architecture and Planning, speaking to his new publication....
    Scoop politics | 19-04
  • Global unions applaud NZ ‘slave ships’ progress
    Global unions the ITF (International Transport Workers' Federation) and IUF (International Union of Food, Agricultural and Hospitality Workers) today applauded the steps forward made in preventing often shocking abuse of crews on fishing vessels in New Zealand...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Families before commerce at Easter
    Families before commerce at Easter The retail workers’ union has hit back at critics of New Zealand's modest Easter trading restrictions. "Some things are more important than going to the mall, and for just three and a half days each...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Easter trading laws archaic, in need of overhaul
    Press release: ACT New Zealand Easter trading laws are outdated and in need of a major overhaul, said ACT leader Jamie Whyte today....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • ALCP welcomes Campbell Live poll result
    The Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party welcomes last night's Campbell Live poll, saying it is an overdue reality check for public opinion on personal cannabis use....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Q+A This Week 20/4/14
    Q+A This Week SUNDAY 20 APRIL, 9AM ON TV ONE The latest on the US-NZ relationship from the US military’s top man in the Pacific, Admiral Samuel J. Locklear . Deputy Political Editor Michael Parkin asks him whether we’re allies,...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Community detention for pokie theft
    A 67-year-old former company director, convicted of stealing pokie machine profits, was today sentenced to six months community detention, 160 hours of community work and ordered to make reparation of $6,000....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Waitangi National Trust Board Amendment Bill
    The Māori Affairs Committee is inviting public submissions on this bill. The closing date for submissions is Wednesday, 14 May 2014....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Collaboration stops drugs from crossing borders
    Collaboration between Hong Kong and New Zealand Customs has stopped millions of dollars worth of drugs coming into New Zealand this year, with a number of seizures and arrests in both countries....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Call for public enquiry into the future of farming
    Fish & Game NZ is calling for a public enquiry “to examine the future of agriculture in New Zealand”....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Comment on Labour Policy Announcement by NZMEA President
    “This policy release from the Labour Party is so important that if it becomes government policy it would define a shift in New Zealand’s culture,” says Brian Willoughby President of the NZMEA and Managing Director of Plinius Audio and Contex...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Manufacturing policy makes sense but….
    On the surface much of Labour's prescription for manufacturing is sound though questions remain over some of the detail not yet announced, the Employers and Manufacturers Association says....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Where Are The 15,000 Jobs?
    “Paula Bennett is today proudly telling New Zealand that beneficiary numbers have decreased by 15,000 in the past year. There is no proud declaration that 15,000 jobs have been created in the same period,” says Auckland Action Against Poverty spokesperson,...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Change of approach to government procurement needed
    The rail engineering industry has been totally let down by National’s lack of manufacturing policy, and Labour’s measures outlined today represent a marked shift in approach to supporting domestic industries, the RMTU said today....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Depreciation Policy Shouldn’t Be Just for Pet Industries
    The Taxpayers’ Union is welcoming Labour’s announcement to beef up rates of depreciation in the manufacturing sector, but is questioning why David Cunliffe is picking winners rather than applying the policy across all sectors. Jordan Williams,...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • FIFA U-20 World Cup NZ 2015 Kick Off Times Announced
    An array of kick-off times to suit football fans of all ages has been confirmed for the FIFA U-20 World Cup New Zealand 2015. With 52 matches spread across the nation, the public will be able to enjoy a collection...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • “Legitimate purpose” provides no protection under 167 form
    On Radio New Zealand today, the Privacy Commissioner indicated that ACC could only request information that was "relevant" for a "legitimate purpose". His view was therefore that the ACC167 form is not a "blank cheque" or...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • State: still keeping you safe on the road this Easter
    The long-awaited Easter/ Anzac break is nearly upon us while the weather may have taken a turn for the worse in several parts of the country, many Kiwis will still be packing up their cars to take a road trip....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Govt plan for community input into residential red zone
    Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel has welcomed Prime Minister John Key’s announcement today of a community participation process for the public to have a say on the future use of the residential red zone....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Governor-General to visit Turkey
    The Governor-General, Lt Gen The Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae, is to visit Turkey next week to lead New Zealand’s representation at the annual Gallipoli commemorations....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Actions of Police prior to death in custody were justified
    A report by the Independent Police Conduct Authority on the death of Adam Palmer while in Police custody found the actions of Police were justified during the arrest. The report also found that Police took all possible steps to try...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • New Electorate Boundaries Finalised
    New boundaries for the country’s 64 General and seven Māori electorates have been finalised – with an additional electorate created in Auckland. The 2014 Representation Commission has completed its statutory role of reviewing and redrawing electorate...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Save The Children Welcomes Strengthening Children’s Rights
    Save the Children New Zealand welcomes a new treaty which allows children to complain directly to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child about alleged violations of their rights....
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Labour takes manufacturing seriously
    Labour takes manufacturing seriously Manufacturing workers and employers will all benefit from economic policies announced today by the Labour Party leader, David Cunliffe. The Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union has welcomed the announcement...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Manufacturing policy welcomed
    “Today’s announcement of Labour’s manufacturing policy is very welcome,” says CTU Economist Bill Rosenberg. “Just as many other developed countries are realising, having a strong manufacturing sector pays off in good jobs, retaining...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Operation Unite – a Blitz on Drunken Violence
    New Zealand Police are hoping to reduce the number of victims from alcohol related crime by asking the public to say ‘Yeah, Nah’ more often this holiday weekend....
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Dunne Speaks
    Dunne Speaks 17 April 2014 There have been a number of harrowing cases presented this week about the impact of psychoactive substances on vulnerable young people. At one level, the tales are deeply disturbing. It is awful to see anyone...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Research announcement welcomed
    A leading Māori researcher has welcomed the announcement of the 2014 Te Pūnaha Hihiko - Vision Mātauranga Capability Fund by Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce and Māori Affairs Minister Dr Pita Sharples....
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • At Last: A Manufacturing Policy
    At Last: A Manufacturing Policy FIRST Union congratulates Labour on the release of its Manufacturing policy today. The union represents workers in the wood, food and textile manufacturing sectors. “In a week that has seen another manufacturing company,...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Republic campaigners still positive after royal visit
    "Campaigners for a New Zealand Head of State are still feeling positive after ten days of royal events" says NZ Republic Chair, Savage. "Our polling before the visit showed increased support for a kiwi head of state. We have a...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Selling homes to foreigners benefits New Zealanders
    Winston Peters has apparently convinced David Cunliffe that when foreigners buy New Zealand property they make New Zealanders worse off. Mr Cunliffe has announced his intention to adopt Winston Peters’ policy of banning foreigners from buying...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Taxpayers’ Union Welcomes Key’s Rejection of ‘Fat Tax’
    The Taxpayers’ Union is welcoming Prime Minister John Key’s rejection of fat and sugar taxes ahead of this year's election. Jordan Williams, Executive Director of the Union, says:...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Law Commission Paper on a New Crown Civil Proceedings Act
    The Law Commission has released A New Crown Civil Proceedings Act for New Zealand , its Issues Paper on reforming the Crown Proceedings Act 1950. The Issues Paper proposes a new statute to replace the Crown Proceedings Act 1950....
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Focus must now go on fishing industry jobs for NZ workers
    Maritime Union says focus must now go on fishing industry jobs for New Zealand workers...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Make the choice to stay safe on the road
    With Easter and Anzac Day giving us two successive long weekends this year there will be a lot of happy families preparing for trips....
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Students Welcome Engagement with StudyLink
    The New Zealand Union of Students’ Associations (NZUSA) has welcomed the improved performance from StudyLink in 2014. There is no doubt that getting their loans and allowances processed on time makes it easier for students to concentrate on being...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Deaf And Hard of Hearing New Zealanders Marginalised
    Deaf And Hard of Hearing New Zealanders Marginalised Imagine if you could not access vital news and information. What would you do?...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Public lose interest in this council, 2016 to be a watershed
    The second term Auckland Council is proving to be an interesting one and very different to the inaugural 2010 – 2013 Governing Body. We are currently going through a budget round to lock in where council’s $3b expenditure is directed...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Labour and National join forces in new Maori confiscations
    Chris McKenzie, former-treaty negotiator and Te Tai Hauauru Maori party candidate, says that the Minister of Primary Industries’ plans to remove temporary exemptions for vessel operators derived from settlement negotiations is akin to confiscation...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • The FCV Bill – Flagging 30 years of failures?
    Paying seafarers at least a minimum wage under the Minimum Wage Act 1983 has applied to the New Zealand fishing industry for more than 30 years. It was, and is, a basic protection which had two universals – it was...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Oxfam’s Morning Tea 2014
    Oxfam’s Morning Tea 2014 Kiwis across the country are getting together over a cuppa to make a difference in the lives of people living in poverty in the developing world. They’re getting involved in Oxfam’s Morning Tea, a fun and...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • 1 in 4 Want to Improve Financial Literacy But Don’t Know How
    1 in 4 Want to Improve Financial Literacy But Don’t Know Where to Go...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Rio Tinto Wins 2013 Roger Award
    Sky City Casino Second, Chorus Third - The criteria for judging are by assessing the transnational (a corporation with 25% or more foreign ownership) that has the most negative impact in each or all of the following categories: economic dominance...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
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