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“Banks vs Mud”

Written By: - Date published: 11:26 am, May 19th, 2014 - 134 comments
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A guy angry at something John Banks said on Radio Pacific in 1997, and some very sharp photographers have catapulted John Banks, court appearance today onto the front pages: it’s all in the image, aided by a bit of drama and conflict.

RNZ Reporter Kate Newton captured the moment when Banks was on the receiving end of a face full of mud, and tweeted it into the web-o-sphere.

 

It was labelled “Banks vs Mud” when retweeted by RNZ political reporter, Chris Bramwell.

RNZ reports:

Epsom MP John Banks has had a bucket of dirt thrown at him as he entered the High Court in Auckland to face trial.

Police are speaking to witnesses, and the start of the trial has been delayed.

Mr Banks will be tried by a judge at the High Court in Auckland on a charge of knowingly filing an electoral return that contained false information during his failed 2010 Auckland mayoralty campaign.

The story has also been reported by the NZ Herald:

Act’s sole MP was walking towards the court’s entrance when an elderly man stepped forward and threw a bucket load of mud at him, spattering his face and suit.

Penny Bright, who was protesting against Banks outside the court, witnessed the incident and said the man “just biffed it all over” Banks.

“He just looked like thunder,” she said of Banks, who then composed himself and walked inside.

The NZ Herald has a photo taken by Brett Phibbs, which captures the guy thowing the mud:

This is a bit of political theatre that highlights the way many see some of John Banks past performances.  I don’t know what John Banks said in 1997 to upset the mud thrower, but John Banks certainly did some political, (metaphorical) mud throwing in his radio Talkback days.  Lewis Stoddart wrote a university thesis (2008) on the Talkback smearing of Helen Clark, in which Banks participated:

Helen Clark, the first elected woman Prime Minister of New Zealand, has for decades been the subject of political attacks. These have been made on the basis of her history as an academic, her gender, domestic status and personal life, and not least her politics. John Banks and Lindsay Perigo, in their roles on the Radio Pacific breakfast show The First Edition, crystallised various of these attacks into a characterisation which I describe as ‘communist lesbian dictator’. This is not to say that Banks or Perigo ever owned or controlled the discourse which feeds this characterisation;…

A footnote says that Perigo succeeded Banks as host of First Edition in July 2007.

So, Banks past record as a (metaphorical) dirt thrower has come back to haunt and unsettle him as he goes to court.

The NZ Herald report by Jimmy Ellingham, then focuses on Banks’ current court case:

Banks is alleged to have knowingly received political donations from internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom and SkyCity that were recorded in official returns as anonymous during his bid for the Auckland mayoralty in 2010.

The allegations relate to two $25,000 donations from Dotcom and a $15,000 donation from SkyCity.

Banks’ trial will be heard by Justice Edwin Wylie, without a jury.

It was due to start at 10am but will now begin at 11.30am.

Stuff is also reporting the mud throwing, while highlighting Banks’ current court appearance.  They have a photo taken by Peter Meecham, of the aftermath of the incident as a muddied Banks heads to court, with protest banners in the background.

Update: TVNZ report

TVNZ has a video of the guy throwing mud and accusing John Banks of stealing $8000 from him.

Update #2: In court today:

Stuff reports on today’s hearing:

Crown prosecutor Paul Dacre QC said Banks held separates meetings with Dotcom and a SkyCity executive about the donations and asked that each of the donations be made in a way so they were shown to be anonymous.

“He engineered the situation to ensure the identity of the donors would not be disclosed,” Dacre said.

During a lunch with Dotcom and his wife, Banks asked for a $50,000 donation to be split into two cheques, he said.

Banks did not recall another meeting with a SkyCity executive relating to donations, Dacre said.

Dotcom, his wife Mona, and SkyCity staff would be called as witnesses during the trial.

The defence will argue Banks believed the electoral expense returns were “true and correct” when filed.

 

134 comments on ““Banks vs Mud””

  1. geoff 1

    Hah!

    Brings back warm memories of Brash getting the mud treatment.

  2. fender 2

    LOL

    More mud is the last thing this corrupt Key sycophant needs. No doubt he will use taxpayers money to pay the dry-cleaning bill…

  3. Tom Gould 3

    The Herald is reporting it’s ‘manure’. If it was, then how would anyone notice it on Banks?

  4. Weepu's Beard 4

    It’s all in the image

    Indeed. I think a picture tells, by several factors, more than 1000 words these days.

  5. tinfoilhat 5

    I’m a bit disappointed that anyone would see this as appropriate or humorous behaviour.

    Everyone including John Banks has the right to their day on court without fear or favour or this sort of intimidation.

    • idlegus 5.1

      i kinda agree with you. its just another form of bullying. though if anyone deserved it, john banks certainly did, so i’m in 2 minds.

      • Blue 5.1.1

        No one “deserves” bullying.

        • karol 5.1.1.1

          Banks has a record of bullying, by smearing, of others. He participated in the long term smear campaign, away from the main headlines, of Helen Clark. He has used his power-via-media-profile, to bad mouth Maori and Pacific people in South Auckland.

          Whether or not you agree with the mud throwing, it’s the kind of thing that gets mainstream media attention – image, drama, conflict. Banks has lived by the media in the past, and now he has been caught in/by the same kind of MSM infotainment logic.

          • fender 5.1.1.1.1

            At least Banks will have no recollection of the incident by tomorrow.. :-)

            • Tiger Mountain 5.1.1.1.1.1

              Others seem to have way longer memories than Banksie about his own behaviour, what ever Mr Polar fleece’s beef with John Archibald the image will heh, stick with people.

            • phillip ure 5.1.1.1.1.2

              @ fender..heh..!

              ..he might even ‘remember’ that he poured it all over himself..

          • Blue 5.1.1.1.2

            So you believe bullying is justified if the target is a bully then? Is this the advice you would give to someone who has been bullied ? A child?

            • karol 5.1.1.1.2.1

              I’m not justifying the guy’s actions. The focus of my post is the media’s reporting of it, and on Banks’ past use of the media – and the logic of our current media.

              The guy who threw the mud will be dealt with by the law.

              • aerobubble

                Ask the question, who has most to gain by looking like a victim. Who has most to gain by giving the judge another mitigating circumstance. The man who threw this shit should be up on charges for messing with the court, as Banks had to be sent home.

                Sure wait until after, and for sure, it will be harder to throw shit, so try eggs, but really seriously when do we like cowards who take the easy way. That’s why the Police need to be firm with this man, and find if he was paid by anyone.

                Banks now looks like the victim.

                • karol

                  It all depends on how the media portray it as regards who looks like the victim. Banks will try to characterise himself as a victim, as he has done all along.

                  I’m surprised the mud thrower is not in custody. It beggars belief that such an incident, committed in front of the media, and outside a court, did not result in an instant arrest.

                  In the end, though, the courts will decide on Banks’ innocence or guilt on the electoral donations issue. And that’s the most significant matter with respect to Banks’ reputation.

                  Although, for me, Banks’ past deeds, in relation to politics and his role on Talkback, already irreparably damaged his reputation.

              • Huginn

                weasel words, karol

                • North

                  Tut Tut Tut Tut Tut !

                  Banks is a despicable creature, a deservedly crashed neoliberal idol (forget the wincing and pearl-clutching of a few loony tunes) and the mud thrower will be dealt with.

                  For decades Banks and his ilk have snortingly, sneeringly, gloatingly, done more harm to decent people in this country than a thousand polar fleece mud throwers could possibly do.

                  ‘Cry Cry Cry’ you right wing punks !

              • Grantoc

                Actually Banks has decided not to press charges.

                By not doing so he’s displaying a degree of magnanimity and dignity that many of his detractors don’t.

                • the pigman

                  Actually, it’s not Banks’ decision whether “charges are pressed” or not, that’s a matter for the police. Which is a funny and roundabout way brings us back to the significance of this whole trial.

                  If they don’t charge the guy, perhaps McCready will pursue a private prosecution against him.

                  Magnanimity and dignity? Banks? Hahahaha… you’ve got to be joking.

          • Rosie 5.1.1.1.3

            Classic case of what goes round comes round……………

          • Gosman 5.1.1.1.4

            How did he participate in this smear campaign against Helen Clark?

            • Tracey 5.1.1.1.4.1

              why dont you read the whole opening post, all the links, google sources referred to and miraculously find your question answered already.

              • Gosman

                That actually states he didn’t participate. It was other people’s views. He was just a talk back host that enabled people to give voice to these thoughts. That hardly makes him guilty of having those views himself. It would be like trying to argue The Standard reflects the views of the extreme leftists who comment here. It certainly doesn’t and anyone claiming that it did would be wrong and also pulled up on it by the Sysop.

                • Hanswurst

                  That’s rubbish. Your question was as to whether Banks participated, not whether it reflected his views. You say that he enabled people to “give voice to these thoughts”. That is participating.

                  • Gosman

                    We are discussing whether it is appropriate for Banks to have mud thrown at him. The reason given was that he participated in attacks on Helen Clark. The only evidence for this was that he was a talkback host that took calls from people her attacked Helen Clark. As I pointed out that is entirely bogus and would be like if someone held contributors to The Standard accountable for views of people who post objectionable comments about say John Key (Or even John Banks). That would be rightly pointed out as being wrong to do yet you and others don’t see a problem with it happening to Banks for some reason.

                    • Hanswurst

                      Well, I have a quote from you directly above my previous comment stating that he didn’t participate, and then, one sentence later, that he did. Therefore, I say your post is rubbish. I don’t believe you have a quote suggesting that I see no problem with mud being thrown at Banks. So again, rubbish.

                      Also, your point about The Standard is wide of the mark. The Standard does, as you term it in your prior post, “reflect” the views of those posting here. That is, of course, not the same as its reflecting the views of any individual author or commenter.

                    • Gosman

                      That is not mine definition (nor I would suggest is it of very many others) of participation in some campaign of denigration against Helen Clark. Unless you have evidence of him actively goading his listeners to ring in and abuse her then all you are accusing him of is guilt by association rather than participation.

                    • McFlock

                      The difference between the folk responsible for The Standard and Banks is that TS mods crack down on the more deranged contributors and ensure that they understand that such contributions are unacceptable.

                      This is a feature lacking in many talkback hosts, not just banks in his day.

                    • karol

                      Gosman, you obviously haven’t read Stoddart’s thesis as linked to in my post. Stoddart analysed transcripts of the talkback shows, and describes the kind of language Banks and Perigo used in talking and demonising Helen Clark. The evidence shows Banks actively participating himself, not just the talk back callers. For instance, Stoddart says,

                      The primary means by which Banks and Perigo characterise Clark as a communist lesbian dictator is by constructing an us/them moiety division, containing in the ‘them’ group Clark, her government, its supporters and an astonishing assortment of the world’s evildoers; and in the ‘us’ group the hosts, certain of their political allies, and the ‘battlers from Struggle Street’

                      Also I am not justifying the mud throwing at all. I’m not into those sort of actions. The guy, when found, will not doubt face some court actions.

                      I am commenting on the photos, and how they mirror the kinds of things Banks has done in the past.

                • Lanthanide

                  Gosman, a talkback host is sitting, listening to the views of the person calling up. They are actively involved in whether to allow the view to be broadcast, or not.

                  That is quite a bit different than The Standard, where people can leave comments, some of which are never read by moderators, and often if they are it isn’t until hours later.

                  Furthermore, The Standard is not a high-profile radio show that must uphold broadcasting standards of fairness and balance, whereas whatever show it is that Banks works on, is.

                  Finally, someone parroting crap on live radio takes up time. The more time they spend dribbling on about crap, the less time there is for others to refute or argue the point they made. The same does not really apply to The Standard. So by allowing people to spout off this crap, taking up airtime, John Banks most certainly did participate.

          • Huginn 5.1.1.1.5

            karol:

            It’s not ok to force people to run a gauntlet where they get shit thrown at them on their way to court. It’s barbaric.

            Brash, Prebble, and even Key, had stuff thrown at them while they were on political business; they had choices. Banks had no choices because he was summoned to appear; he was a sitting duck.

            • Lanthanide 5.1.1.1.5.1

              Banks could have plead guilty at several opportunities before now. He was not “forced” to attend court.

              • Huginn

                Lanthanide

                Banks would still have been required to turn up at court, in person

                • Lanthanide

                  Not today he wouldn’t. If he had plead guilty on any of the other occasions he went to court, ie, earlier this year, then he would have had no need to go to court today and therefore would not have had shit thrown at him today.

                  We can see from the record of history that on previous occasions he did not get shit thrown at him.

                  Therefore, he had a choice, he made the choice that led to him getting shit thrown at him (similarly, he could have not broken the law, that also would have helped).

                  • weka

                    Generally I’m with Pb (the whole thing is just worth laughing about). But I do think there is a line, and saying that Banks had a choice crosses it. If he were someone that was innocent, how does the ‘he has a choice’ thing run? Are we saying that it’s ok to harrass someone on the way to court because we know they are already guilty? Or if they are innocent, they could still have avoided today by pleading guilty any way? Really?

                    • Hanswurst

                      I think the real point is that it’s a mischaracterisation to say that he was “forced” to run a gauntlet. He was obliged to appear in court. That was the only element that was “forced”.On the way, he was accosted and bestrewn with excrement by some dickhead, which is a separate issue and could happen in exactly the same way to any person whose whereabouts at a given time are known in advance, no matter whether their attendance is compulsory or voluntary. To claim that the situation was substantially different from what happened to Messrs Prebble, Brash or any other individual who has had stuff thrown at them is disingenuous.

                    • weka

                      Agreed. There was nothing in running the gauntlet about it, and the time/place is about access and maximum media exposure. In that sense Banks is a politician just like any other.

                    • Lanthanide

                      Yip, Hanswurst got my point.

                      I was being disingenuous there to see if I could draw out Huginn any further, but he didn’t take the bait.

            • North 5.1.1.1.5.2

              As were the relatively powerless who were vilified over the years by Banks and his like from their various public perches. Banks and his like didn’t give a fuck what harm, humiliation, and pain they caused. They clucked about it. And so did their piggish acolytes/supporters.

              Can’t understand why they’re not supremely happy in the matter.

            • appleboy 5.1.1.1.5.3

              Diddims!

    • Weepu's Beard 5.2

      Yes, I suppose you are right. Everyone does have the right to their day in court without harassment, although a lot of the time that doesn’t translate to serious criminal/sexual offenders.

      It is being reported that this fellow is a serial offender (not Banks, the other guy, haha) and the police usually round him up before he leaves home when there is a Royal visit on, etc.

      Question is, where were the police today? Budget cuts anyone? Anyone?

    • Clemgeopin 5.3

      So I take it you are against extra judicial assassination through drones?

  6. Anne 6

    What about a sweep-stake on;

    Who will blame the Labour Party (or the Left) first.

    I’ll go with Slater.

  7. Naki man 7

    The stupid old goat has a history of protesting he has been charged twice before for doing this type of thing to prince Charles

  8. Pascal's bookie 8

    In a perfect world this sort of thing wouldn’t happen, tsk tsk, but we don’t live in a perfect world and it did happen so no point not laughing I reckon.

    • You_Fool 8.1

      Would you have the same attitude if Russel Norman has mud thrown on him when he has his sate in court (assuming the Colin Craig defamation case is going ahead?)

      • karol 8.1.1

        Norman hasn’t used the less savory sections of the media to smear other politicians. If mud were thrown at him, I’m sure Norman will still continue to uphold his political positions and values that have been widely reported in the media.

        Norman survived the manhandling of Chinese minders when he held the Tibetan flag at the Beehive, was jeered at by many on the right, and still went on to develop a stronger media presence.

      • emergency mike 8.1.2

        “Would you have the same attitude if Russel Norman has mud thrown on him when he has his sate in court (assuming the Colin Craig defamation case is going ahead?)”

        If Norman was as much an unprincipled, opportunistic, bullying political one-trick pony (I iz so tough on crime), as Banks, then yeah fool, probably.

        Isn’t it interesting how TS’s usually morally relativist RWNJ contributors, cough, suddenly develop the most noble absolute standards of personal ethics when one of their own gets doused in mud? What are us liberal lefties thinking laughing at John Banks getting such a mud sandwich, what if someone we liked got one!? Good stuff keep it coming.

    • Lanthanide 8.2

      That sums up my position on it.

      • karol 8.2.1

        My position on the incident, isn’t to do with laughing at Banks – more a bit of reflection on the lines of – live by the sword (media); die by the sword.

        I would rather the MSM focused on issues, policies, etc, and that the (wider) media hadn’t implicitly or actively enabled the kind of slightly behind the MSM scenes kind of smearing that was practiced against Clark.

  9. Clemgeopin 9

    The mud seems to have struck!
    May be Banks could ask Kim Dot Com for a new suit, though I doubt KDC will be too keen to oblige given that Banks refused to help Kim by ignoring his request to help arrange for a better mattress to ease Kim’s backache while in Jail.

    • Ron 9.1

      No use asking Kim he has no money, try Mona instead.

      May be Banks could ask Kim Dot Com for a new suit,

  10. In many European countries mud baths are considered a medicinal treatment. It draws out the toxins and cleanses and heals the system. Maybe the guy was just a well wisher. :lol:

    • The Al1en 10.1

      Need a much bigger bucket than that draw out Bank’s toxins

    • JAK 10.2

      “the guy” went to a lot of trouble.
      He found out when and where John Banks would be entering the court
      He located a bucket and some shit and put the shit in the bucket
      He transported the shit bucket to the court (this might have involved driving and finding a park, or getting someone to drop him off or walking – forget public transport or biking)
      He managed an effective throw (suggesting practice)
      This was nor an impulsive act.
      He planned and executed a successful shit throw at another person
      WHY ?

      • lprent 10.2.1

        He doesn’t like John Banks? That is the obvious explanation. But I am sure you will have a conspiracy theory involving crystals, communists, and a lot of wanking as you try puff your intelligence up…

      • felix 10.2.2

        “WHY ?”

        Well you could always listen to what he actually said, I suppose.

        He said it was because Banks stole $8000 from him. Which presumably means he invested his $8000 in Banks’ dirty scam company Huljich Wealth Management.

      • North 10.2.3

        Why ? Why ? Fulla was just bringin’ the contents of the bucket back home to Daddy I guess.

  11. Naki man 11

    Banks will have the last laugh when Slim Dot Crim rots in a US prison cell

    • You_Fool 11.1

      Would that be Banksie laughing from behind NZ prison bars?

      I would bet on minimum security / rich guy prison in the US would be much better than the same in NZ

      • Tracey 11.1.1

        i dont think he will get prison IF found guilty, home detention…. i think the judiciary would distinguish this from the field case. banks will appeal if found guilty, and will apply for bail…

    • karol 11.2

      I think Banks is more concerned for his own future. And, furthermore, I’d say Banks’ political career is over. I guess he’ll go back to talk back, where he can continue to spin the world as he prefers it?

      The way he and the likes of Perigo and many others, smeared Helen Clark, will go down in history of one of the less savoury episodes in NZ politics. It was nasty, falsely-framed, personally-focused, and played to all kinds of bigotry.

      • Tracey 11.2.1

        apparently smearing clark in aconcerted, nasty, bullying manner is different to throwing mud.

        i wonder how much john banks was paid to be executive cdirector, and following hujlichs resignation, executive chairman of hujlich and not actually oversee or know anything that was going on?

        13 March 2008

        ” John Banks says he understands why “Mum and Dad” investors would “flog off” their Auckland International Airport shares but he believes the Canadian Pension Plan deal offers nothing for the council.

        The Auckland City Mayor told nzherald.co.nz although Auckland sold half its airport shares six years ago to service debt, it would be holding on to the other half because the airport was a strategic “gateway” to Auckland.

        “From day one they [the CPP] has had push back. They don’t offer anything. If the transaction was to proceed, Auckland City and Manukau City will have ceded much of their strategic position to the Canadians,” Mr Banks said.

        But he remains confident that the Government will stall any plans of a Canadian buy-in.

        “The jungle drums have been beating long and loud,” he said, referring to Finance Minister Michael Cullen’s plans to tighten the rules surrounding overseas investment.

        Mr Banks, an executive director of investment company Hujlich Wealth, said the government would not capitulate to “big business” and it will stand out in the “pitiful and shameful commercial history of this country”.

        He also criticised the airport board and said the situation had been badly handled.

        “I respect them but most of them are out of their depth. The leadership has been weak and the asset has been substantially undervalued,” Mr Banks said.

        "

      • Lanthanide 11.2.2

        When interviewed at the Act party convention and asked if he would run for the supercity mayorality, he didn’t say no and he said it depends on the future.

        I think if he’s found not-guilty, there’s a good chance he’ll run again.

        • karol 11.2.2.1

          Oh, dear gods, no.

          Let’s hope the left (or even the centre) has a stronger candidate than Banks.

  12. adrian 12

    If only it had been two half-full buckets of mud he might have been able to keep it quiet

  13. cricklewood 13

    Will be an interesting trial, I heard on the radio that both Mona Dotcom and Wayne Tempero are witnesses for the prosecution.
    Testimony will be interesting and hopefully not coloured by recent events…

  14. Will@Welly 14

    They say ‘sh*t sticks’. And I bet John Banks must wonder at times, why did he ever listen to that ‘rather unpleasant’ Rodney Hide, and why was he ever allowed to touch the Auckland region.
    I wonder if Mt. Eden will charge ‘visitors’ to see Mr Banks ‘working on the chain-gain’.
    “Swing low, sweet chariot, comin’ for to carry me home,
    swing low, sweet chariot, Banksie comin’ to do some work soon,
    swing low, sweet chariot, convicted like the the bully-boy he is,
    swing low, sweet chariot, back-breaking work that is.
    Now work it Banksie !!”

  15. ianmac 15

    A bad thing to throw mud like the old chap did. He will probably turn out to be a bit unbalanced rather than a serious political protester.
    Bank’s twisted performance is another matter entirely.

    • Tracey 15.1

      perhaps he is sick of grinning and bearing hardship, perhaps he has seen the roll call of badly behaved over paid cabinet ministers taking the piss at the expense of ordinary folks, perhaps he lost money in one of the many collapsed financial companies, perhaps he doesnt trust a politician will be held to account, perhaps he thought the media would do a low profile focus on the case, perhaps throwing mud on a smarmy, i have nothing to fear and nothing to hide but tried everything to stop this going to court, taxpaid employee was the onlyway he could get back a sense of satisfaction in a life where the behaviour of many of our politicians and their pr armies makes him feel powerless.

      • JanM 15.1.1

        Yes, I agree with your point – there is nothing quite lie the feeling of helpless rage when you have been done over by someone too wealthy to reach or gain justice from. The seriously rich can always win against the little person because he can afford to just sit them out and hide behind his privilege. While not really recommending mud-throwing in this situation I have been done over by the likes of him and can understand the motivation, if that’s what it’s about.

        • Anne 15.1.1.1

          I have been done over by the likes of him and can understand the motivation, if that’s what it’s about.

          Yes JanM. To be done over, no matter what form it may take, is like a cancer. It eats away at your soul, especially if you know the culprit/culprits have got away with it and justice is never going to be served. It can take years to recover. Indeed some never recover.

  16. Papa Tuanuku 16

    from wiki:

    In 1995, his fellow National Party Member of Parliament John Carter rang his programme impersonating a workshy Māori called Hone, which caused widespread offence.[8]

  17. weka 17

    “Yeah Slater will probably claim Cunliffe paid the guy to throw manure”

    My money is on Banks having paid someone ;-)

  18. Gosman 18

    test

  19. Naki man 19

    Like I said earlier today Karol, the stupid old goat was Sam the royal protester

  20. SouthDeez 20

    Stoddart’s thesis gets my vote for best title of an academic work.

    It’s a bloody good read too. Hat tip to Karol for linking it. I’m likely to incorporate it into my University work at some stage.

  21. felix 21

    Of course his other specialty on the radio was violent bigoted hate-speech.

    Like the time he chatted with a caller about how gays should have six inches of barbed wire shoved up their arses. Banskie didn’t object at all to broadcasting that bit of violent sexual imagery, but he did mention that it might be a waste of good wire.

    Funnily enough my first thought on hearing of today’s protest was “what a waste of good manure”

  22. So, Banks past record as a (metaphorical) dirt thrower has come back to haunt and unsettle him as he goes to court.

    What would you have thought of some deranged-looking ranter throwing shit over Helen Clark, Karol? Entertaining bit of political theatre is what it would have been, right?

    • karol 22.1

      Helen Clark has had some extremely nasty stuff vented at her over the years – homophobia, smears at her childlessness, smears about her being some communist plant, etc, etc. Her government did many things I disagree with, and I stopped voting for Labour during her term in government.

      However, she hasn’t perpetrated anything like the nastiness, and hate speech that the likes of John Banks have spewed out over the years.

      Clark has been reduced to tears at Waitangi, had a brick thrown through her electoral office, and been verbally abused many, many times.

      She has hung in there, taken all the vile nastiness, and continues to be very professional and productive in her public life.

      • Psycho Milt 22.1.1

        But throwing shit on her would be a bit of political theatre that highlighted how many people viewed her performance, right? Or is it ‘political theatre’ only when right-wingers are getting shit thrown on them?

        • karol 22.1.1.1

          As I said, it provided a visual image that was reminiscent of the nastiness Banks had thrown at others. It’s not so much about Banks being right wing, but his hate speech that he whipped up against his political opponents and others whose life-style and/or background he disagreed with.

          Banks was part of a vile, underhand smear campaign used to undermine Clark. There’s not a lot of politicians, left or right who have taken such an active part in such a campaign.

          • Psycho Milt 22.1.1.1.1

            Kiwiblog (hell, my own blog) has no shortage of commenters who felt the same about Clark. Feeling very strongly about something isn’t justification for tipping shit all over the object of your outrage – you’d think this wouldn’t be a difficult concept to grasp, but apparently it is.

            As to hanging in there and taking all the vile nastiness, I notice Banks declined to lay a complaint against the dero doing the shit-slinging.

            • karol 22.1.1.1.1.1

              I don’t advocate that anyone throw shit at anyone else. It’s not something I’ve ever done as a political protest, and I wouldn’t encourage anyone else to do that.

        • The Al1en 22.1.1.2

          I’ve just read a bit of your web page. Comments like…

          “A Smart Maori……………..is one who recognises a malodorous pile of ordure (a heap of shit) when he sees one and keeps well away from it. It appears one Julian Wilcox is a smart Maori”

          and

          “Why do first home buyers (and students) need my freakin money? As if Beneficiaries aren’t bad enough!”

          It’s clear you’re quite an expert at slinging shit.

          • Psycho Milt 22.1.1.2.1

            It’s clear you’re quite an expert at slinging shit.

            Others’ poor reading comprehension isn’t my problem.

            • The Al1en 22.1.1.2.1.1

              Obviously not good at taking shit when it comes your way, but like Banksy, you wear it well ;)

              • Your accurate assessment of your own comment renders a substantive response superfluous.

                • The Al1en

                  If you had a substantive response instead of croc tears for JB, I wouldn’t even have thought twice to check your blog.
                  As it is, I’ll leave you with this old chestnut to boo hoo over ;)

                  Q. What ‘s the difference between John Banks and a bucket of shit?
                  A. The bucket.

                • North

                  The Allen is doing you like a dinner Psycho One. Throw in the towel dickhead.

        • Anne 22.1.1.3

          The man had a personal axe to grind with John Banks P.Milt. I’m not condoning what he did, but he was clearly a very angry and upset man. To try and equate any similar comparison with Helen Clark is childish in my view. She may not have had manure thrown at her but she had plenty of equally unsavoury experiences that would have caused a less strong person than herself to completely crack. I know a few things she had to put up with in the years before she became PM which never made the public arena. Let me assure you it was disgusting behaviour.

    • Daveosaurus 22.2

      It wasn’t so many years ago that some thuggish yob, at a protest against some event or other, tried to physically attack Helen Clark, using a placard (typically attached to a solid wooden stake, before you try to minimise its potential effect); the attack was deflected by another MP who was attending the same event. What happened then? The usual bunch of moaning minnies said nothing about the attack on Helen Clark, but tried to paint the deflection of that attack as some sort of assault itself.

      • Psycho Milt 22.2.1

        Looks like we might be making progress on the path to a taxonomy of physical assault as ‘political theatre’ here. So far, we’ve got throwing shit is good, hitting with a placard is bad. Where does setting fire to them and then refusing to piss on them fall under this heirarchy, I wonder?

        • Daveosaurus 22.2.1.1

          That is an interesting claim for you to make, considering that the only comment I recall having made even peripherally about this week’s manifestation of the Banks / bullshit interface is the one immediately above your reply. I look forward to reading anything attributed to myself that substantiates your “throwing shit is good” paraphrase.

  23. Jenny 23

    The photo actually looks like somethng is leaving Banks head.

    Could this be the world’s first ever photographic evidence of an exorcism?

    Either that, or a little brown dragon is trying to bite John Banks on the cheek.

  24. Skinny 24

    I saw the trial proceedings on the tv news. Poor old bent Bankie looked deflated, especially after his campaign man testified. I would be turning a sick ghostly white too after that totally unbelievable testimony.

    Must of felt like a double whammy for Bankie. First the mud slinging then a bucket of shit poured over his head by one of his own on day one in court.

    • ghostwhowalksnz 24.1

      Trouble is : having someone else testify about your state of mind while you sit in the courtroom is a bit unreal.

      Nothing to hide Mr Banks ? Then go ahead and sit in the witness box and testify on your own behalf and dont let others do the talking for you.

      • Skinny 24.1.1

        If Mike Sabin gets his private members bill pulled from the tin that may change. The right to silence removed. The ex cop wants Collins job, look out if he does!

  25. Was it manure?
    It seemed more like bull-shit and got onto Banksey like a magnet.

  26. Penny Bright 26

    Some more mainstream media coverage from DAY ONE of this historic court case.

    PRIME NEWS
    http://www.primetv.co.nz/Default.aspx?alias=www.primetv.co.nz/news

    RNZ
    https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#drafts?compose=146140635f099e58

    NEWSTALK ZB
    ww.newstalkzb.co.nz/auckland/video/video-mud-thrown-at-john-banks

    NBR
    http://www.nbr.co.nz/article/trial-delayed-after-protester-covers-john-banks-mud-ns-156375

    Penny Bright

  27. Murray Olsen 27

    I was quite happy to see whatever it was thrown at Banks. I would hate to see anyone do it to Russel Norman, Metiria Turei, or Hone Harawira. I am a very flawed human being. Cry me a river.

  28. Tracey 29

    michelle boag testified today.

    ” Michelle Boag said she had worked on Banks’ campaign team as a fundraiser.

    She said Banks had never mentioned Mr Dotcom during 2010.

    i never knew who Mr Dotcom was until he was arrested

    didnt another national party person once say that???

    • karol 29.1

      The report on today’s proceedings doesn’t look so good for anyone involved. Dotcom trying to buy influence? Banks offering favours, not unrelated to donations. Len Brown is allegedly approaching SkyCity for funds…..

      Who to believe?

      • Tracey 29.1.1

        none of them could sue anyone for defamation because none of them have good reputations. so many self interested wealthy people in one room, and not at a cabinet club meeting.

  29. Steve Wrathall 31

    Lamingtons, manure….pfft. They’ve thrown everything they can think of at ACT and we’re still standing

    • fender 31.1

      Getting the book thrown at him will not see Banks standing for much longer..

    • Jenny 31.2

      “Lamingtons, manure….pfft. They’ve thrown everything they can think of at ACT and we’re still standing”
      Steve Wrathall

      Only because you are being held up by National

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  • Wellington transport plan needs to keep moving
    The failure of the Transport Agency to properly look at alternatives to the Basin Reserve flyover is not a good reason for further delays to improving transport in Wellington, Labour MPs Grant Robertson and Annette King say. “The Board of...
    Labour | 22-08
  • Labour’s focus on inequality, kids and better job prospects
    Tackling child poverty and removing barriers to people working part time to enhance their prospects of moving into a fulltime job are highlights of Labour’s Social Development policy. Releasing the policy today, spokesperson Sue Moroney said while part-time work was...
    Labour | 21-08
  • Political staff should give answers under oath
    The Inspector General of Security and Intelligence should use her full statutory powers to question witnesses under oath about the leak of SIS information, says Labour MP Phil Goff. “Leakage of confidential information from the SIS for political purposes is...
    Labour | 21-08
  • High dollar, hands-off Govt sends workers to dole queue
    The loss of up to 100 jobs at Croxley stationery in Auckland is devastating news for their families and the local Avondale community, Labour’s Employment, Skills and Training spokesperson Grant Robertson says. “The company’s inability to compete in international markets...
    Labour | 21-08
  • National’s flagship education policy dead in the water
    National’s plan to create executive principals and expert teachers is effectively dead in the water with news that 93 percent of primary teachers have no confidence in the scheme, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “The fact that teachers are...
    Labour | 21-08
  • Dunedin will be a knowledge and innovation centre under Labour
    Dunedin will become a knowledge and innovation centre under a Labour Government that will back local businesses, support technology initiatives and fund dynamic regional projects, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “Nowhere has the National Government’s short-sightedness been more apparently than...
    Labour | 21-08
  • Inquiry into SIS disclosures the right decision
    Labour MP Phil Goff says the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security has done the right thing by launching an inquiry into the disclosure of SIS documents about a meeting between himself and the agency’s former director-general. “This inquiry is necessary...
    Labour | 20-08
  • Labour – supporting and valuing carers and the cared for
    Placing real value on our elderly and the people who care for them will be a priority for a Labour Government, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. Releasing Labour’s Senior Citizens policy today David Cunliffe promised that a Labour Government would...
    Labour | 20-08
  • By Hoki! It’s Labour’s fisheries policy
    A Labour Government will protect the iconic Kiwi tradition of fishing by improving access to the coast, protecting the rights of recreational fishers and reviewing snapper restrictions, Labour’s Fisheries spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “Catching a fish from the rocks, beach...
    Labour | 20-08
  • Mighty River – Mighty Profits – Mighty hard to swallow
    Mighty River Power’s profit increase of 84 per cent is simply outrageous, says Labour’s Energy spokesperson David Shearer. “Demand for electricity is flat or declining yet the company has made enormous profits. It is the latest power company to celebrate...
    Labour | 19-08
  • Collins’ actions were wrong, not unwise
    John Key’s moral compass remains off-kilter as he cannot bring himself to declare Judith Collins’ actions outright wrong, not simply ‘unwise’, said Labour MP Grant Robertson. “Under pressure John Key is finally shifting his stance but his failure to condemn...
    Labour | 19-08
  • Public servants behaving with more integrity than their masters
    The State Services Commission's new report on the integrity of our state services reflects the yawning gap between the behaviour of public servants and that of their political masters, Labour's State Services spokesperson Maryan Street says. “This report, which surveyed...
    Labour | 19-08
  • Phil Twyford Speech to NZCID
    "Labour's plan to build more and build better: how new approaches to housing, transport and urban development will deliver cities that work" Phil Twyford, Labour Party spokesperson on housing, transport, Auckland issues, and cities.  ...
    Labour | 19-08
  • Labour commits to independent Foreign Affairs and Trade
    “Labour is committed to New Zealand’s Foreign Affairs and Trade policy being independent and proactive, Labour’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson David Shearer says. “We are a small but respected country. Our voice and actions count in international affairs. Labour will take a...
    Labour | 19-08
  • TheDailyBlog September Political Poll Has Been Kicked Off
    The Daily Blog’s August poll has concluded and the September poll has been kicked off, asking readers: What party will you likely vote for at this year’s General Election? You will see this month’s poll in the right-hand sidebar of...
    The Daily Blog | 01-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Kelly Ellis – Jamie Whyte, leave that poor seal alone!
    Worse than showing mere lip service to Rainbow inclusion, ACT leader Jamie Whyte showed stunning arrogance when appeared at a candidates debate on rainbow issues hosted by the Auckland University Students’ Association last Thursday. The stunning hypocrisy was evident as...
    The Daily Blog | 01-09
  • Right wing can’t help but use scum
    Some people have been shocked that the traditional right wing party in New Zealand politics is so deeply embedded with scum like the blogger Whale Oil. We need not be so surprised. It takes a certain type to support the...
    The Daily Blog | 01-09
  • EXCLUSIVE: National’s Ohariu candidate admits contact by Simon Lusk
    . . Wellington, NZ, 31  August – At a meet-the-candidates public meeting in the Rongotai Electorate, National’s Ohariu candidate, Brett Hudson, confirmed that he had been approached by “a mate”, who passed on a message from  National Party operative, Simon...
    The Daily Blog | 01-09
  • Coalition for Better Broadcasting – Auckland Broadcasting Debate 2014
    Coalition for Better Broadcasting – Auckland Broadcasting Debate 2014...
    The Daily Blog | 01-09
  • Petition for Governor General of New Zealand to Investigate all the allegat...
      Now we see the inquiry will be a whitewash, that is secret, won’t be consulted with the Opposition, will have limited scope and will ignore Nicky Hager’s book, we must demand the Governor General step in and demand an...
    The Daily Blog | 01-09
  • Ashburton, 1 September 2014
    I NEVER WENT BACK to Aramoana after the killing. I had been a frequent visitor to the tiny seaside village back in the late 1970s and throughout the 80s. Its tall cliffs and broad beaches providing a colourful backdrop to...
    The Daily Blog | 01-09
  • Checkmate in 1 move – how could Slater have known what was in OIA request...
    And now we get down to the final few moves before checkmate. If the following investigation is right, how could Slater and Collins have known what was in the Secret Intelligence Service Official Information Act request that hadn’t been released...
    The Daily Blog | 01-09
  • The Edge Posts Naked Photos Of Jennifer Lawrence Without Consent
    Today the Edge website – owned by Media Works – published fully naked photographs of Jennifer Lawrence without her consent. It is not OK to publish naked media of any woman without her consent, full stop. It is absolutely disgusting...
    The Daily Blog | 01-09
  • Bomber, Laila and Maggie – a highlight from Auckland Broadcasting Debate ...
    Bomber, Laila and Maggie – a highlight from Auckland Broadcasting Debate 2014...
    The Daily Blog | 01-09
  • Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, how good was I i...
    Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking on Radio Hauraki...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • Maggie Barry slags Laila Harre & blogger, audience erupt
    The Coalition for Better Broadcasting held their public meeting in Auckland last night and it became a fiery shouting match when Maggie Barry decided to slag Laila Harre and me off. 250 people packed into the Pioneer Hall off High...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • It has to be a full independent public inquiry and Key MUST front
      You know things are bad when images like this start appearing in the media.  It isn’t a ‘left wing conspiracy’ to point out the over whelming evidence of what is clearly a right wing conspiracy! If it looks like a conspiracy, sounds like a conspiracy...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • Political Party social media stats – National playing Dirty Politics on s...
    Interesting data from friend of the blog, Marty Stewart, on social media likes and it shows an interesting question that post Dirty Politics should probably get asked…   …it’s interesting that Key has so many personal followers.  One wonders if...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • The depth of the National rot and the compliance of our news media
    I’m so tired. Aren’t you? I don’t want to read the news anymore. It’s awful and I feel ashamed of it. We live in a country that people all over the world would give an arm, a leg; their life...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • Conservative Party candidate links smacking ban with suicide, sexually tran...
    If Chemtrails, faked moon landings and climate change denial weren’t enough, welcome to your new Minister for Spanking,  Edward Saafi... The anti-smacking law is to blame for youth suicide, youth prostitution and even sexually-transmitted infections, a leading Conservative party candidate...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • A brief word on the canonisation of Matthew Hooton
    Before we all start the canonisation of Matthew Hooton, let’s consider some home truths here shall we? While the Wellington Ruminator Blog, the blog who was previously mates with Judith Collins, now seems to have a crush on Matthew Hooton… …I...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • A brief word on undercover cops in bars
    Dunedin police booze operation labelled ‘creepy’ Undercover police officers drank in Dunedin bars as part of an operation targeting liquor licensing offences. While police said the inaugural operation was a success — with most bars found compliant — the Hospitality...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • Judith Collins press conference
    Judith Collins press conference...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Angry Lawyer – Collins, Odgers, Williams and legal ethics
    We deserve better lawyers than Judith Collins Three of the worst offenders exposed in Dirty Politics are lawyers: Judith Collins, Cathy Odgers, and Jordan Williams. What Nicky Hager exposed them doing would be out of line for anyone, but from...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Pat O’Dea – Necessary Defence
    Increasingly climate change is becoming the main fracture line between political parties. Where political parties stand on climate change defines political parties and movements like no other issue. The Mana Movement like the Maori Party it sprang from, came out...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • Why it is all over for John Key
    Image: Melanie D I’ve been confident that National will lose this election and that our focus should be on what a progressive Government needs to establish as its agenda in the first 100 days. Past that point, the establishment pushes back...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • A brief word to everyone who voted National in 2011
    I received this interesting email from a National Party supporter today… …let me say this to anyone who voted National last election – you should be ashamed by what has been revealed and what your vote ended up enabling but...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • EXCLUSIVE: Déjà Vu All Over Again: John Ansell confirms his participation...
      THE MAN BEHIND the Iwi-Kiwi billboards that very nearly won the 2005 election for Don Brash and the National Party has confirmed his involvement in businessman John Third’s and former Act MP Owen Jennings’ campaign to drive down the...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • Public Broadcasting Auckland debate 6.30pm tonight now with Colin Craig &am...
    The Coalition for Better Broadcasting debate on public broadcasting happens tonight at 6.30pm in Auckland at the Pioneer Women’s Hall, High Street, Auckland City.  In the light of Dirty Politics and the manipulation of the media, public broadcasting is more important for...
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • Winners & Losers in Collins sacking plus what’s the latest on Slater...
      Make no mistake, there was no way this was a resignation, it’s a face saving way out for Collins, she was sacked.  My understanding is that National internal polls are haemorrhaging and that the powers that be within National...
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • Third party propaganda attacks incoming Labour-led government
    . . Further to a report by Daily Blogger, Chris Trotter, on receiving information regarding planned attack-billboards, the following billboard is highly visible to traffic on the southbound lane of the Wellington motorway, just prior to the Murphy St turn-off....
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • Labour wins the Internet
    I’m sure I’m not the only one who tried to vote online for the leaders debate and couldn’t because the website was down. The next option was the txt vote, 75c a pop of course. So I’m not surprised that...
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Anjum Rahman – Rotherham and the need to challenge willful bl...
    I haven’t been following the events in Rotterham too closely.  I’ve read about the basic issues and the culture of silence that stopped action been taken even after complaints were made.  That culture of silence is incredibly familiar, and described...
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • Review: Hairspray
      Oh Hairspray! What fun! Somehow I managed to miss the movie when it came out, I had no idea really what it was about though I felt it had a vague relation to High School Musical. In retrospect, that...
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • Mounting global pressure against Timor-Leste’s ‘death sentence’ media...
    East Timor’s José Belo … courageous fight against ‘unconstitutional’ media law.Image: © Ted McDonnell 2014 CAFÉ PACIFIC and the Pacific Media Centre Online posted challenges to the controversial ‘press law’ nine months ago when it emerged how dangerous this draft...
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Rolinson – Spies, Lies and When Campaigns Are Fried
    Like most of the rest of the nation’s political classes, I was eagerly affixed to TV One from 12:30 on Saturday afternoon to witness the downfall of Judith Collins.Whenever we witness the crumbling of a titan of the political landscape...
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • BREAKING: Whaleoil crushes Crusher
    Judith ends up shooting herself A new email has been released suggesting that Collins was attempting to undermine the head of Serious Fraud Office with the help of far right hate speech merchant Cameron Slater. Unbelievable!   She has been forced...
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • BREAKING: Rumours Judith Collins gone at lunchtime
    Brook Sabin first of the mark with rumours Judith Collins is about to resign – PM announcing a statement at 12.30pm… …Paddy follows… …Vance confirms..   …if Collins is gone by lunchtime, it will be because the PM understands the...
    The Daily Blog | 29-08
  • BREAKING: UPDATE on DIRT ALERT!
    Thanks to the information passed to Chris Trotter by “Idiot/Savant” from No Right Turn it is now possible to identify at least some of the persons involved in this latest example of attack politics. What follows is Chris’s response to Idiot/Savant’s timely assistance: Well done...
    The Daily Blog | 29-08
  • Comparing burning puppets, hip hop lyrics and drunk student chants to black...
    Watching the mainstream media try and obscure Cunliffe’s surprise win in the leaders debate  is a reminder the Press Gallery is in depressed shock. The current spin line from the Wellington bubble media in the wake of Dirty Politics is that...
    The Daily Blog | 29-08
  • Why has it all gone quiet on Charter Schools?
    They’re one of ACT’s flagship policies and the National Party have been gung ho in supporting them. So how come we’re not hearing Hekia Parata, Jamie Whyte, Catherine Isaac, et al singing from the rafters about what a resounding success charter...
    The Daily Blog | 29-08
  • Moment of Truth – September 15th – Auckland Town Hall
    Moment of Truth – September 15th – Auckland Town Hall...
    The Daily Blog | 29-08
  • EXCLUSIVE: Dirt Alert! Are the Greens and Labour about to become the target...
    WE’VE SEEN IT ALL BEFORE. In 2005 pamphlets began appearing all over New Zealand attacking Labour and the Greens. For a couple of days both the parties targeted and the news media were flummoxed. Who was behind such an obviously...
    The Daily Blog | 29-08
  • The Donghua Liu Affair: the Press Council’s decision
    . . 1. Prologue . The Donghua Liu Affair hit  the headlines on 18 June, with allegations that David Cunliffe wrote a letter in 2003,  on  behalf of  business migrant, Donghua Liu. Four days later, on Sunday 22 June, the...
    The Daily Blog | 29-08
  • The difference between Cunliffe & Key in the debate
    It was with much interest that I watched the leaders debate on Thursday night.  I watched with an open mind, always happy to have my opinion changed.  Maybe John Key is all the wonderful things that many say about him,...
    The Daily Blog | 29-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Denis Tegg – When Did We Agree To Our Data Being Shared with ...
    New shocking evidence has emerged from Edward Snowden’s trove of documents about a program called ICREACH under which data collected by the GCSB is shared with 23 US spy agencies. Under new sharing agreements which appear to have commenced immediately after...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • Why Internet MANA are the best political friends the Greens could ever get
    Metiria at last nights #GreenRoomNZ: standing on the shoulders and camera cases of giants  NZers, regardless of political spectrum or apathy level, have a wonderful beach cricket egalitarianism about us. If we can objectively conclude a winner, then that person...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • Sick of the Sleaze? Protest against National’s dirty politics THIS SATURD...
    Sick of the Sleaze? Protest now dammit! Three weeks before the election, action is being taken across the country voicing a rejection of the National Government’s track record and direction. Rallies are being held in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Sir Edmund Thomas – Address at Nicky Hager public meeting
    I regard it as privilege to chair this public meeting. I have long had the greatest admiration for Nicky Hager’s work, and nothing I have read or heard in the media over the past week or so has caused me...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • Labour and New Zealand Superannuation
    The kerfuffle in the wake of Nicky Hager’s Dirty Politics has had a detrimental impact on our discussion of economic policies. Signs are that the main beneficiaries of the dirty politics revelations will be Winston Peters and Colin Craig; certainly National suffered...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • Coalition for Better Broadcasting – Mike Hosking and the Leader’s Debat...
    A few weeks ago I blogged that Mike Hosking was a terrible choice as moderator for the TV One Party Leader’s Debate, because he is so embarrassingly biased in favour of John Key. So I watched the show with curiosity,...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • Democracy and Cancer: A critical analysis of Dirty Politics
    Twenty years ago, England’s renowned television playwright Denis Potter died of pancreatic cancer.  Readers may recall his two masterpieces ‘Pennies from Heaven’ and ‘The Singing Detective’.  During a final television interview with Melvyn Bragg, Potter declared that he had named...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • Cunliffe beats Key in First Leaders debate
    I watched the First Leaders debate at the Green Party #GreenRoomNZ, they were very kind to include me and the atmosphere was great. The debate was a resounding victory to Cunliffe. He won Round 1, Round 2, Round 3 and...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • LIVE STREAM: The Green Room Leader’s Debate from 6:30pm
    The Green Room will be hosted by media commentator Russel Brown, and will feature Green Co-leaders Metiria Turei and Russel Norman responding to the debate live, along with comment from thought leaders and commentators. ‘The Green Room’ 6pm – 8.30pm...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • Research Scholarships for Cannabis Treatments
    Medical cannabis research will be boosted by $140 million if the Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party is elected on September 20. Pediatric epilepsy treatment will be one of the main priorities for the research scholarships....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Ngai Te Rangi Change to Tribal Elections
    Ngai Te Rangi has begun a postal vote of beneficiaries to change the way representatives are elected to the two Ngai Te Rangi tribal organisations....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Greens’ commitment to pay equity welcomed by workers
    The Public Service Association (PSA) says the 58,000 workers they represent will benefit from the announcement by the Green Party of a commitment to pay equity and to a living wage for core public servants and contractors....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Real People Powering Real Policy
    New Zealanders from all walks of life have helped the Internet Party create a full platform of strong, progressive and realistic policies that will create a better future for everyone, says leader Laila Harré....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • University of Canterbury to help with forestry safety
    The University of Canterbury is to launch a new research project to make sure New Zealand’s new forestry roads are safe and are established with minimal environmental impact....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Time to get serious about ending homelessness!
    New Zealand needs a comprehensive set of policies that address the housing and support needs of homeless people as well as significantly increasing the supply of affordable, good quality houses and flats....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Hundreds to join domestic, sexual violence march
    Several social service providers from across New Zealand have come together to call for an end to the epidemic level of domestic and sexual violence in New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Students helped with debt repayments
    New Zealand students now living in Australia are being reminded not to ignore their student loan debt as Inland Revenue expands its latest tool to help with repayments....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Launch of GenderNeutral.co.nz website
    GenderNeutral.co.nz are excited to announce the launch of their new website, GenderNeutral.co.nz ....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Factory farming debaters to look chicken in the eye
    MPs participating in a panel discussion about factory farming will come face-to-face with a real live hen, rescued from the claws of the intensive farming industry. Hettie the Hen will demonstrate to the MPs what little space is afforded to...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Leadership stands strong behind Internet MANA relationship
    “There is now, and always will be, a range of views about many issues within our movement and members are free to express them, but Georgina’s views on Kim Dotcom are not shared by the MANA Movement leadership or the...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Personal Statement by Matthew Hooton
    Personal Statement by Matthew Hooton 1 September 2014 For Immediate Release “This morning I made comments on Radio New Zealand’s Nine to Noon programme about an attempt by staff in the Prime Minister’s Office to interfere in the appointment...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • The Worm turns down for John Key
    John Key struggled to coax The Worm above the line in Thursday’s Leaders Debate, according to Roy Morgan’s Reactor, the original Worm. John Key struggled to coax The Worm above the line in Thursday’s Leaders Debate, according to Roy Morgan’s...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • The Edge Posts Naked Photos Without Consent
    The Edge website, owned by Media Works have published fully naked photographs of Jennifer Lawrence without her consent....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Statement from the Governor-General on Ashburton Shootings
    The Governor-General, Lt Gen The Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae, has expressed his deep shock following the shooting of three people in Ashburton today....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Update on IGIS inquiry into release of NZSIS information
    In recognition of the public interest, the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security, Cheryl Gwyn, took the unusual step of providing an update during the course of an inquiry and confirmed today that she would be summoning a number of individuals...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • An Open Government Plan developed in secrecy
    The State Services Commission sent NZ’s Open Government Action Plan to the international Open Government Partnership (OGP) Secretariat on 31 July. The countries involved in the OGP since its inception - from the UK and US to Indonesia and Brazil...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • KiwiRail; another year older and deeper in debt
    That is a lot of money and there are lessons that need to be learnt before we pour in another $1 billion....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Fonterra China Deal Demands Safe Supply Chain
    The future success of Fonterra’s deal to sell infant formula in China [1] requires all milk it uses be safe and for Fonterra to secure its supply chain from contamination by GE DNA and pesticide residues. There is now significant...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • HRC praises Auckland mum for speaking out
    Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy has praised an Auckland mother of four who went public after humiliating treatment by staff at The Warehouse....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Southern DHB refers disputed issue to Serious Fraud Office
    Following advice from forensic investigation firm Beattie Varley Limited, Southern District Health Board has referred the expenditure at the centre of its long running dispute with South Link Health to the Serious Fraud Office. The parties have been...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • The Letter 1 September 2014
    Last night’s TVNZ Colmar Brunton poll puts the left and right 60 MPs each. United and the Maori Party say they will go with the side that gets to 61 MPs. ACT just needs just 1.3% or 28 thousand Party...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Shopping Giveaway Harmless Fun For Kids
    Family First NZ is rubbishing claims by critics including Gareth Morgan that the New World ‘Little Shop’ promotion is harmful for kids, and says that kids should be allowed to be kids. “Children love acting like their parents and pretending...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Red Cross launches employment service for former refugees
    New Zealand Red Cross is encouraging employers to give refugees a fresh startwith the launch of Pathways to Employment, a nationwide work assistance service....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • EDS welcomes Labour’s Conservation Policy
    The Environmental Defence Society has welcomed Labour’s Conservation Policy including the key objective of halting the current pattern of indigenous biodiversity decline within ten years....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Poverty is falling and income inequality is not rising
    “A Roy Morgan poll shows that the issue people are most concerned about is income inequality. This just goes to show how the persistent repetition of a lie bewilders the public. Income inequality is not in fact rising. And the...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Rotary NZ responding to Fiji water and sanitation issues
    Clean water and sanitation are vital to health. In Fiji Rotary New Zealand have been targeting 22 communities that are experiencing severe hardship mainly because they don’t have access to clean water for their drinking, cleaning and cooking needs....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Work & Income shooting a Tragedy
    Kay Brereton speaking on behalf of the National Beneficiary Advocacy Consultancy group says; “Two people shot and another wounded, this is a tragedy and our deepest sympathy goes out to the family and whanau of the victims, as well as...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • 1080 Poison Deer Repellent not Effective – Farmers
    Four deer have been found dead within a farmer's bush block, after an aerial 1080 poison drop applied with deer repellent. The drop was part of a 30,000 hectare drop across the Northern Pureora Forest Park....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Employment Charter will strengthen migrants’ rights
    Establishing an Employment Charter for construction companies is a critical step to strengthening the rights of migrant workers that are fast becoming the face of the Christchurch rebuild, according to an alliance of union groups. The charter has...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Global March For Elephants and Rhino
    It’s a trans-national business that funds terrorist organisations, fuels conflict in Africa, and poses environmental, development and security challenges. The illegal wildlife trade is also a lucrative business, generating an estimated USD$20 billion...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • New series of videos aimed at disengaged youth
    From the people who brought you 'NZ Idle' (NZ's favourite web series about an artist on the dole) comes a new series about election time: Choice Lolz....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Picket Of Leaders Christchurch Debate
    KEEP OUR ASSETS PICKET OF LEADERS CHRISTCHURCH DEBATE TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 2nd, 6 p.m. ST MARGARETS COLLEGE, SHREWSBURY STREET, MERIVALE...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Vega Auriga should be detained in NZ until problems fixed
    Maritime Union of New Zealand National Secretary Joe Fleetwood says that the ship Vega Auriga should be detained in a New Zealand port until it is deemed seaworthy and crew issues have been fixed....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Minor Parties Added to Election ‘Bribe-O-Meter’
    The Taxpayers’ Union have added the Green, ACT, United Future and Conservative Parties to the ‘ Bribe-O-Meter ’ hosted at taxpayers.org.nz . Excluding ACT and New Zealand First, the total election ‘bribes’ - that is new spending not already...
    Scoop politics | 31-08
  • Fiery Broadcasting Debate in Auckland
    Over 250 people turned out for the Auckland Broadcasting and Media Debate in Auckland City last night to hear politicians give their solutions to NZ’s media and broadcasting woes....
    Scoop politics | 31-08
  • Independent Epsom Candidate: Adam Holland
    Today I am very proud to have been nominated to run as an independent candidate by the people of Epsom in order to work hard for the people of Epsom, Mount Eden, Newmarket and Remuera....
    Scoop politics | 31-08
  • Voters favour parties with factory farming policies
    A Horizon Research poll shows that 64.7% of adults are more likely to vote for a political party with a policy against factory farming....
    Scoop politics | 31-08
  • Collins And Dirty Politics Drive The #nzpol Wordcloud
    After Judith Collins' resignation as Minister from Cabinet on Saturday, the data insight organisation Qrious collected all tweets that used the hashtag #nzpol and for approximately the 24 hours since the announcement to produced this wordcloud....
    Scoop politics | 31-08
  • Bill English: allegations against Judith Collins are serious
    Deputy Prime Minister Bill English told TV1’s Q+A programme that the allegations against Judith Collins are serious and that’s why an inquiry is needed....
    Scoop politics | 31-08
  • Culture Change Required
    "There are serious issues raised in an Employment Relations Authority judgement released this week. The culture within the Whangarei District Council (WDC) organisation must change. The culture of any organisation is defined by its leadership starting...
    Scoop politics | 31-08
  • Reducing Reoffending Statistic Challenged
    In Rethinking’s latest blog, http://blog.rethinking.org.nz/2014/08/th-bps-reducing-crime-and-reoffending.html it closely examines the current claim that reoffending in New Zealand has reduced by 12.5% since June 2011, and reveals how that figure has been achieved. It argues...
    Scoop politics | 31-08
  • University economics team studying workers’ comparing wages
    A University of Canterbury economics research team is looking at fairness of the job assignments and whether workers are sensitive to the wages of their co-workers....
    Scoop politics | 31-08
  • Statement by State Services Commissioner
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