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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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    Greens | 29-10
  • Court case perfect opportunity for Government to improve gender pay gap
    If the Government wants to halt New Zealand’s slump in international rankings on the gender pay gap it should act on the court finding that women deserve equal wages, Labour’s Women’s Affairs spokesperson Sue Moroney says. “The World Economic Forum’s...
    Labour | 28-10
  • All Auckland transport options should be considered
    All options for meeting Auckland's transport needs should be considered, including reprioritising the transport budget away from wasteful spending on motorways, the Green Party said today.Auckland mayor Len Brown is today releasing a transport report by the Independent Advisory Board,...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Another report highlights Govt failure on child poverty
    An international report measuring the impact of the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) on child poverty rates, showing children in New Zealand have done worse than children in other countries, is further proof the Government needs to urgently take additional steps...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Address and Reply Debate Part 55: Inequality and Disability
    I rise on behalf of the Green Party to talk about inequality and disability.The recent census showed that nearly one in four New Zealanders lives with a disability—up from one in five in the previous census. These figures include some...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Address and Reply Debate Part 55: Inequality and Disability
    I rise on behalf of the Green Party to talk about inequality and disability.The recent census showed that nearly one in four New Zealanders lives with a disability—up from one in five in the previous census. These figures include some...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Child poverty: No more wake-up calls
    A new report which shows the National Government has made no inroads whatsoever into child poverty should do more than just set alarm bells ringing, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “UNICEF’s  latest Innocenti Report Card highlights the fact...
    Labour | 28-10
  • Eugenie Sage speaks in the 2014 Address in Reply Debate
    I congratulate you, Assistant Speaker Mallard, as Assistant Speaker and look forward to your knowledge, your fairness, and your light touch in being a referee of proceedings in this House. I congratulate also the other Assistant Speaker, Lindsay Tisch; the...
    Greens | 28-10
  • James Shaw’s Maiden Speech
    Tena Koe, Mr Speaker. I would like to take this opportunity to speak a little of the past, the present and the future. The privilege to serve in this Parliament was given to me by all those who gave their...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Govt airs real views on public broadcasting
    An admission by the Government that it is happy to experiment with Pacific and Maori audiences shows just how weak its vision for public broadcasting in New Zealand is, Labour’s Broadcasting spokesperson Kris Faafoi says. “National today admitted it doesn’t...
    Labour | 28-10
  • Does Judith Collins have a get out of jail card?
    Former justice minister Judith Collins appears to have been gifted a get out of jail free card based on the Prime Minister’s answers in Parliament today, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “Judith Collins claimed in an Official Information...
    Labour | 28-10
  • Solid Energy decision delay sensible
    Today’s announcement by the Board of Solid Energy that it will delay making a final decision on re-entering the Pike River mine is a sensible move, Labour’s MP for  West Coast-Tasman Damien O’Connor says. “It has been clear for some...
    Labour | 28-10
  • New York Green Bank off to a $1B start
    New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced late last week the New York Green Bank’s first NZD$1 billion tranche of green energy investments. The projects, which are difficult for the private sector to finance, are now possible by New York Green...
    Greens | 28-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Blockade the Budget
    The ‘Independent’ Police Conduct Authority’s report into the policing of student protests in 2012 is a whitewash The report released by the Independent Police Conduct Authority into the policing of student protests in 2012 is a whitewash riddled with inaccuracies....
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • When National claim new anti worker laws provide ‘flexibility’ they mea...
    And so it comes to pass. The first law National ram through as part of their victory march are new anti worker laws they pretend will generate ‘flexibility’. The new law denigrate the unions ability to protect workers and provide...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • City Transport: A Taxing Matter
    This week the prospect of paying tolls on Auckland motorways became a hot topic. (See Mathew Dearnaley:Motorway tolling could hit some hard, NZ Herald, 30 Oct 2014.) As we might expect, the kneejerk response has been quite negative. But, as with...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Open Letter to Amy Adams: Please Reopen The Review Into Sexual Violence Cou...
    Ms Amy Adams, Justice and Courts Minister, Right now in this country it seems that although rape is illegal, it is not being prevented by the agents who uphold the law. It almost feels like rape is only illegal on paper,...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • MEDIA WATCH: Does ‘No-Surprises’ Also Apply To TVNZ News?
    When you stand back and look at NZ media outlets, most of them have at least one or two people who attempt to hold the government to account: John Campbell on TV3, Guyon Espiner and others at Radio NZ, David...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Things That Make You Go Hmmmmmmm
    Every so often in politics, a public figure comes out with something so absurd and so outlandish … that it really does just make you go “Hmmmmmmmmmm”. We’re accustomed to this from certain quarters – by mid point through the...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Poverty & inequality don’t need protest marches – they need a riot:...
    The global level of inequality continues to skyrocket… Number of billionaires doubled since financial crisis The number of billionaires has doubled since the start of the financial crisis, according to a major new report from anti-poverty campaigners. According to Oxfam,...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • If Key knows who Rawshark is…
    I’m sorry, what? John Key ‘given Rawshark’s name’The Prime Minister believes he knows who hacked Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater’s computer and produced the source material for Nicky Hager’s Dirty Politics, according to a new edition of a recently published...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Child Poverty stats in NZ
    Child Poverty stats in NZ...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Crimes Act + Police Investigation = WTF
    Just to frame the farce that is the Roastbuster’s investigation and conclusion – here are the parts of the Crime Act http://www.legislation.govt.nz/act/public/1961/0043/latest/whole.html#DLM329057  the Roastbusters are proven to have violated – that the police (and some suspects!) themselves acknowledge occurred: Crimes...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Publishing Journalists’ Home Addresses Is A Tactic Of The Right, Not The ...
    I think I’m starting to get rather annoyed with the conduct of some pro-MANA people over this ongoing Parliamentary Services crew complement issue. Yes, we get that there are legitimate issues to be raised with how some political reporters in...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Aucklanders caught between a tarseal-addicted government and a weak mayor
    Len Brown’s proposal for motorway tolls to reduce congestion and provide funding for better public transport is a weak response to a critical issue. The $12 billion dollar shortfall on transport funding he talks about is mainly for projected new...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • A Very Weird Story: Deconstructing Darren Aronofsky’s Noah.
    NOAH is a curious movie. Conceived as a biblical epic, it’s target audience was originally the millions of Americans who regard the Bible as God’s inerrant word. With the sin-filled works of Hollywood forbidden to these true-believers, Christian movie-makers have developed...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • You Can Get Away With Rape In New Zealand
    Jessie Hume with last years petition against rape     The police have sent a strong message today.  In fact they’ve been sending a strong message for a while; a message that our government supports. “You can literally get away...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Roast Buster case – no charges. In the immortal words of NWA…
    Roast Busters case: No prosecutions Police are to make an announcement this afternoon on Operation Clover, the investigation into the “Roast Busters” allegations. The Herald understands the victim has been told that the alleged offenders will not be prosecuted due...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Key’s flag change distraction to cost $26million!
    No. Way. Bid to change NZ flag to cost millions The cost of holding two referendums and consulting on a change of flag has been estimated to be just under $26 million. Look. We all appreciate that the sleepy hobbits...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Why NZ Herald’s Labour Party crocodile tears are so audacious
    The front page the NZ Herald would use if they thought they could get away with it No one can take the recent columns by NZ Herald seriously… John Armstrong: Shadow lingers on National John Roughan: Labour’s leadership vote matters...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • The beginning of the end of Cameron Slater?
    Slater postings on man bizarre, court told A businessman has changed his appearance and had to install extra security at his home after Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater posted his business and personal documents online, he says. Mr Slater has...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • We are a milk power republic and Fonterra our unelected senate
    Wow. Just wow… Deputy mayor says he’ll be sacked South Taranaki deputy mayor Alex Ballantyne says he expects to be sacked because he has spoken out about the impact gasses coming from dumped Fonterra dairy products have had on his...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • MEDIA WATCH: “…But *actually* this is about ethics in political-game jo...
    Yesterday, a piece of mine on the recent revelations about Hone Harawira employing several gentlemen either accused or convicted of sex offences was published on The Daily Blog. Predictably, given the fierce loyalty which Hone inspires in his party faithful and...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • Privilege cheque
    There was no race problem in my childhood. Living in central Wellington I was well-insulated from what was going on not so far away. This was the 60s and 70s, where the teachers enjoyed free love in the staff room...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • A brief word on Key’s claim that it will be raining carnage
    Isis will ‘rain carnage on the world’ – John Key Left unchecked Isis would “rain carnage on the world”, Prime Minister John Key says, but he has yet to make a decision on whether New Zealand troops will join a...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • Meanwhile…
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    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • How does Andrew Little win Labour Leadership and unify the caucus?
    Audrey Young’s excellent column on how the Caucus vote  is shaping up shows how Andrew Little becomes the next leader of the Labour Party. She identifies the factions as the following… Andrew Little 6: Andrew Little, David Cunliffe, Iain Lees Galloway,...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Joe Trinder – Right of response to Curwen
    You have asked that Hone Harawira deserves to explain what happened, how would he explain when his next door neighbour is an alleged sex offender. What explanation can Hone offer he wasn’t involved, Hone had no idea this offending was...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • MEDIA WATCH: That Hella-Weird Feeling When You Defend Tova O’Brien
    Oh dear. Yesterday morning I blogged that Hone deserved a chance to explain what exactly had happened as applies his office’s Parliamentary Services crew complement – and, importantly, that we deserve to be able to judge him on the strength of...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • Canadian Green MP warns against harsh anti-terror measures
    Canada’s Green Party has provided a welcome counterpoint to Prime Minister Harper’s call for tougher anti-terrorism laws in the wake of a soldier outside the Canadian Parliament. On October 22, while she was still locked in her parliamentary office, Green...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • When is an asset sale not an asset sale? When it robs from the poor and ste...
    National have turned state housing on its head. At no time during the 2014 election did the Key Government even hint that they were going to privatise 30% of the Housing NZ stock of state homes. Not once. Key even...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • Housing; broken promises, families in cars, and ideological idiocy (Part To...
    . . Continued from: Housing; broken promises, families in cars, and ideological idiocy (Part Rua) . Bill English comes clean on National’s intentions for HNZ privatisation . On 14 October, in a report on The Daily Blog, I wrote, In...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • The Questions Have Been Asked – They Deserve An Answer
    A few days ago, allegations that had been percolating for some time about Hone Harawira employing three either accused or convicted sex offenders on his Parliamentary pay-roll came to light. (one imprisoned before working for MANA; one who found himself convicted and...
    The Daily Blog | 26-10
  • I have seen one future, and it is bleak
    . . Back in  March 2012, I wrote this story regarding a march to support striking workers at Ports of Auckland. It appears there was some prescience about some of my observations at the time… . | | 18 March...
    The Daily Blog | 26-10
  • US air strike war Key wants us in has killed a civilian a day so far
      The US air strike war that John Key wants us to join has killed a civilian a day so far. From the Washington Post... The United States launched its first airstrikes on militants in Syria on Sept. 23, and has continued...
    The Daily Blog | 26-10
  • The instant Jihad syndrome
    My favourite new term is ‘self-radicalised’ – it suggests the reasons for terrorism are totally divorced from the actions of the West. This need to suddenly ramp up terror laws because of lone wolf, self-radicalised Jihadists seems convenient and counter-productive....
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • We have nothing to fear from Ebola but fear itself
    I suspect most Americans perceive Ebola like this   I can’t work out if the fear being spread within the media about Ebola is deliberate or just ignorance. Yes Ebola is a terrible plague that kills a large percentage of...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Anjum Rahman – “Meritocracy? I wish.”
    I’d like to start by linking to a post I had published at another site in support of Nanaia Mahuta for the Labour Party leadership election.  She has a reasonable chance, given that she already has the endorsement of Te...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • Chocolate milk shortage and creepy Santa? Let’s talk about real news
    Child poverty is still a scarily serious problem in this country and house prices are soaring through the roof to the point where it is simply impossible for the average New Zealander to buy a home. There is also little...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • It’s time to celebrate Kiwi schools and teachers
    Some would have you believe that New Zealand’s schools are in a state of collapse, that your children are not being educated well and that things are going to hell in a hand basket.  That there is no innovation, no...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • Ideological Blitzkrieg – Privatization of state housing, more charter sch...
    Pundits in pundit land will tell you that this Government is boring, that Key is the great pragmatist and that it is his ability to create elegant solutions that keeps him the firm favourite in many Kiwi eyes. This ability...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • Hegemony rules but resistance is fertile
    The Prime Minister is a puppet. Not just our current Prime Minister, but given the forces of multinational globalisation, the role of any head of state, is less as independent actor, and more as a puppet of international trends and...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • An open Letter to Sir Bob Jones: demanding a ‘liveable wage’ is not “...
    How out of touch with reality is Sir Bob Jones? You know, that white dude who invested in privatised SOEs after the selling off of our assets in the eighties and made a ludicrous and disgusting amount of money and is...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • My insecurity about the Security Council
    As I write this (on 24 October) it is international UN Day. Of course, you all knew that already, right? Well, the day celebrates the entry into force of the UN Charter in 1945. With the ratification of this founding...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Catherine Delahunty – Back in That House
    Parliament opened this week and I still find it a very odd place. Most of the people are reasonably courteous and friendly, but the rituals are archaic and the rules around issues like the swearing in oath are oppressive and...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Marae Investigates No More
    TVNZ yesterday announced the closure of their Māori and Pacific programmes department. That means they’ve chosen to stop making Fresh, Tagata Pasifika, Waka Huia and Marae Investigates to let independent producers get their hands on these lucrative contracts. This is...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • BLOGWATCH: An Un-Civil War in Labour, eh?
    Earlier today, my attention was directed to an entry that’s just recently appeared on the Slightly Left of Centre blog. It purports to contain the ‘inside word’ from a highly placed NZF source – which is funny, because I’m pretty sure...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Santanomics 101
    Santanomics could mean a number of things. It could be the study and practice of giving. Or it could mean the study and practice of rampant end-of-year commercialism. However, for me today it is the economics of erectingAuckland’s giant Santa...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • SkyCity boss misleads public over workers lost shifts
    SkyCity CEO Nigel Morrison has defended the employment practices at his company in an “Opinion” piece entitled “Human Capital key to corporate success” in the NZ Herald on Thursday. A number of his claims are misleading, contain only partial truths...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Review: Perfect Place
    I went to a Perfect Place on Tuesday night, and what a delight it was. The marshmallows sweetly (and forcefully) handed out pre-show, set the tone for the next hour. Walking up the stairs at The Basement was a complete...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • 5AA Australia – NZ on UN Security Council + Dirty Politics Lingers On
    5AA Australia: Selwyn Manning and Peter Godfrey deliver their weekly bulletin Across The Ditch. General round up of over night talkback issues: Thongs, Jandals and flip-flops… ISSUE 1: New Zealand has been successful in its campaign to become a non...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • When I mean me, I mean my office & when I call whaleoil I mean not as m...
    This. Is. Ludicrous. Green Party co-leader Russel Norman put the first of what are likely to be many questions about Mr Key’s relationship with Slater, asking him how many times he had phoned or texted the blogger since 2008. “None...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • A brief word on describing the Government as ‘boring and bland’
    The narrative being sown is that this Government will be a boring and bland third term. Boring and bland. Since the election, Key has announced he is privatising 30% of state houses without reinvesting any of that money back into housing society’s most...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • Roast Busters: Turn Indignation into Action
    People raged about the Roast Buster case. The indignation was justified – it was horrible. “Where were their parents!?” Fair question. I am sure the Roast Busters’ parents and the victims’ parents all wish they had been more proactive in...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Stats NZ only have themselves to blame for postponement
    The Public Service Association (PSA) says Statistics NZ only have themselves to blame for the indefinite postponement of the release of the Food Price Index: November 2014....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • NZ Diversity Survey – benchmarking workplace diversity
    AUT University’s New Zealand Work Research Institute (NZWRI) has released a report on diversity in New Zealand workplaces....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Māori Language (Te Reo Māori) Bill
    Tutehounuku Korako, Chair of the Māori Affairs Committee, is inviting further public submissions on this bill. The closing date for submissions is Friday, 5 December 2014....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • ERA amendments a mixed bag
    The Employment Relations Amendment Act has the potential to put vulnerable workers in a more precarious position, says Equal Opportunities Commissioner, Dr Jackie Blue. However, the commissioner says the right for all to request flexible work hours is...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Sensible Sentencing calls for appeal of judicial activivism
    The Sensible Sentencing Trust is appalled that Justice Jill Mallon has today refused to apply the Life without Parole (LWOP) provisions of the Three Strikes law as enacted by Parliament....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Global Rally against ISIS – for Kobanê – for Humanity, Nov 1
    The New Zealand Kurdish Community will march in solidarity with Kurdistan as part of the “GLOBAL RALLY AGAINST ISIS – FOR KOBANÊ – FOR HUMANITY” on 1 November 2014, 2pm....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Does ‘No-Surprises’ Also Apply To TVNZ News?
    When you stand back and look at NZ media outlets, most of them have at least one or two people who attempt to hold the government to account: John Campbell on TV3, Guyon Espiner and others at Radio NZ, David...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Safer roads are better for everyone
    Recent pedestrian versus vehicle incidents highlight the real issues being addressed by delegates as the 2Walk and Cycle conference concludes....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Law change creates more flexible labour market
    The Employment Relations Amendment Act, passed yesterday, will bring new flexibility to the labour market and will reduce the ability of unions to organise and to recruit....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Bumper ANZ profits mean no excuse for insecure hours
    A big rise in profits at New Zealand's largest bank needs to be reflected in a better pay offer and more security around hours of work, the bank workers’ union said today....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Count down to lowered alcohol limit
    With just a month to go until a new lower alcohol limit for adult drivers comes into effect, Police and road safety agencies are reminding drivers of the impending change....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • WorkSafe Supports Forestry Review Findings
    WorkSafe NZ says the Independent Forestry Safety Review has clearly identified the problems facing an industry in which ten workers were killed last year. “The Review’s analysis matches our own view and leaves no doubt about the need for comprehensive,...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • CTU welcomes forestry review recommendations
    The CTU is welcoming the today's release of the independent forestry safety review panel findings. "These recommendations must be implemented to ensure that everything possible is done to make forestry safer." CTU President, Helen Kelly said....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Activists will confront animal abusers
    Today animal rights activists will confront a group of wealth advisers who want to build the biggest egg factory-farm in New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Turia: Women’s Refuge Conference 2014
    This is a milestone moment in my life. This will be my last official address as Co-leader of the Maori Party. On Saturday night at our Hui-a-Tau, I will be standing down from that role and enabling a new co-leader,...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Rodeo Code of Welfare ‘Sick Joke’
    Animal advocacy organisation SAFE says the revised Code of Welfare for Rodeos just released is nothing but a sick joke. “Rodeo animals are goaded, tormented and forced to endure needless suffering and gross mistreatment, all for the sake of so-called...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Conservative Party applauds binding referenda on flag
    The Conservative Party are congratulating the Government on the decision to hold two binding referendums to decide the fate of New Zealand’s flag – and believes it will pave the way for binding referenda to form part of New Zealand...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Walk the Talk – Opposing violence against women
    Soroptimist International of Auckland have organised a walk on 22 November from Silo Park at the Wynyard Quarter through the Viaduct and back to Silo Park, to show their opposition to violence against women. This event hopes to raise awareness...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Recommendations on the Design of Pecuniary Penalties
    The Law Commission has reviewed the use of pecuniary penalties as a regulatory tool. Pecuniary penalties are financial penalties that policymakers are increasingly opting to use in place of criminal sanctions in order to punish and deter misconduct in...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Every worker will be affected by employment law changes
    Every worker will feel the effects of the government’s new employment laws and should join a union if they want to maintain and increase their wages and conditions, says New Zealand’s largest private sector union, the EPMU....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Shameful attack on all workers
    The Government has passed the Employment Relations Amendment Act slashing the rights of all Kiwi workers. “These changes are shameful. New Zealand now has some of the worst employment protections in the OECD. It is embarrassing that a country which...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Unnecessary law changes more to do with ideology
    The government’s employment law changes are simply ideological and are at odds with its approach in the related areas of health and safety and immigration law, FIRST Union said tonight....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • CTU Runanga calls on iwi leaders
    Maori workers are calling on iwi leaders to speak out against the employment law changes expected to go through today. “Iwi leaders have previously spoken out when workers in Aotearoa have been under attack, we believe they should do so...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Educating children not the best solution to alcohol harm
    Alcohol Healthwatch says we need to look beyond educating children and young people to address deeply embedded attitudes and behaviours concerning alcohol....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • New code of welfare for rodeos released
    New standards to strengthen the animal welfare requirements for rodeos have been issued today by the Minister for Primary Industries, Nathan Guy....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • IPCA report riddle with inaccuracies, say students
    A report by the Independent Police Conduct Authority into the policing of student protests in 2012 is riddled with inaccuracies, say students who laid the original complaint with the IPCA....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • CT v The Queen – indecency convictions quashed
    This summary is provided to assist in the understanding of the Court’s judgment. It does not comprise part of the reasons for that judgment. The full judgment with reasons is the only authoritative document. The full text of the judgment...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Rameka v The Queen – murder convictions quashed
    This summary is provided to assist in the understanding of the Court’s judgment. It does not comprise part of the reasons for that judgment. The full judgment with reasons is the only authoritative document. The full text of the judgment...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Auckland Council Out of Control
    Responding to the NZ Herald article that some Auckland households will face a rates rise of up to 9.6 per cent next year, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says: “Len Brown’s pledge to cap rates rises at 2.5 per...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Stats NZ staff escalate action with ‘no more meetings’ rule
    Statistics NZ staff have voted to escalate their ongoing industrial action in an effort to get Stats NZ back to the bargaining table with a reasonable offer. The staff, who are members of the Public Service Association (PSA), have been...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Rape Crisis calls for changes to criminal justice system
    Wellington Rape Crisis has added its voice to the public outcry following the announcement that there will be no charges in the teen rape gang case. Butterworth says the decision not to lay charges will not have been a surprise...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Police action justified in Blockade the Budget demonstration
    Police actions in dealing with a demonstration in Central Auckland known as Blockade the Budget on 1 June 2012 were justified and appropriate, an Independent Police Conduct Authority report released today found....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • NZDF Joins with Australia to Commemorate WWI Centenary
    A contingent of New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel will join their Australian counterparts at Australia’s first major commemoration of the First World War centenary in Albany, Western Australia this weekend....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Reserve Bank should reduce interest rate
    “The Reserve Bank should be reducing its policy interest rate, the OCR”, says CTU Economist Bill Rosenberg in response to the Bank’s announcement today that it is not increasing it....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • 2015 Stout Fellow will write about Māori & Criminal Justice
    Kim Workman, founder and advocate for the Robson Hanan Trust, which administers the Rethinking Crime and Punishment and Justspeak initiatives, has been awarded the 2015 John David Stout Fellowship at Victoria University....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • What John Key thought about ‘dirty politics’
    On September 20, John Key swept to victory to become one of New Zealand’s most successful and popular Prime Ministers. Rocked by scandal, the 2014 election campaign was one of the most brutal – and riveting – in recent history....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Trade Deal Threatens Farmers and Food Businesses
    The secret Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations are a direct threat to food businesses and farmers, and a moratorium on the release of GE crops must be enshrined in law before the TPP is signed....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • CTU announces election of new Secretary
    The contested election for the position of CTU Secretary has been won by Sam Huggard. Sam officially takes office on Monday 1 December 2014. Sam has worked in the union movement and brings a wealth of experience and a commitment...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Kim Workman awarded 2015 J.D. Stout Fellowship
    The Victoria University of Wellington 2015 J.D. Stout Fellowship, funded by the Stout Trust, has been awarded to justice reform advocate Kim Workman. Mr Workman (Ngati Kahungungu ki Wairarapa, Rangitaane) is well known for his work on criminal justice,...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • TPPA causing concern
    Concern over the secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) negotiations is being expressed in two public meetings over the next week; one at a presentation on 5th November by former councillor Robin Gwynn to the Napier City Council, the...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Kiwis rally to demand justice for ‘Roast Buster’ survivors
    Over 1,500 kiwis have rallied to demand justice after the announcement of the NZ Police decision not to lay charges in the ‘Roast Busters’ saga....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • New employment law will hurt the most vulnerable NZers
    The Public Service Association (PSA) says changes to the Employment Relations Act, expected to be passed in Parliament tonight, will hurt vulnerable workers and their families more than anyone....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Consultation to close on proposed place names
    The New Zealand Geographic Board (NZGB) Ngā Pou Taunaha o Aotearoa today advised that only one month remains before public consultation closes for 18 name proposals for geographic features and places around Te Ika ā Māui (the North Island)....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Operation Clover – Statement from Police Commissioner
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