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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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    Labour | 21-07
  • Speech to Local Government New Zealand
    Speech to the Local Government New Zealand Conference 2014 Read our full regional development policy Download Introduction Early in my time as an MP I went for a long walk on a windswept Kare Kare beach with Waitakere mayor Bob Harvey. We talked...
    Labour | 21-07
  • Stop Israeli State Terror – Rally and March this Saturday 26th July, Aote...
     The humanitarian crisis in Gaza is getting much worse and the world is marching in unprecedented numbers. New Zealanders spoke out strongly last Saturday with a march of 5,000 people in Auckland (see picture below) – the biggest march ever...
    Mana | 21-07
  • NZ needs to assist UN with aid for Gaza
    The New Zealand Government should support the United Nation's efforts to raise money to assist humanitarian aid for the people of Gaza, the Green Party said today.The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) has made a...
    Greens | 21-07
  • INTERNET MANA ROAD TRIP- LEG 2
      WAIKATO / TARANAKI / MANAWATU-WANGANUI  Tuesday July 29th, 6pm | RotoruaDistinction Hotel, Fenton Ballroom, 390 Fenton Street, Rotorua  Wednesday July 30th 6pm | HamiltonWaikato University, Price Waterhouse Coopers Lecture Theatre, Gate 7, Hillcrest Rd Hamilton  Thursday July 31st, 6pm |...
    Mana | 21-07
  • Road fix needed now, not later
    Northland’s roading system is in chaos and needs fixing fast, Labour List MP Kelvin Davis says.  “According to NZTA’s 10 year funding data every area of Northland has had a decrease in NZTA funding since 2008...
    Labour | 20-07
  • KiwiSaver innovations needed to build wealth
    The innovative changes to KiwiSaver suggested by the Financial Services Council today will be seriously considered by Labour as part of plans to make KiwiSaver universal, Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker says. “Universal KiwiSaver is an essential part of Labour’s...
    Labour | 20-07
  • Greens announce 20 hours free ECE for two year olds
    The Green Party today announced that its key social platform for this election will be to tackle child poverty and inequality by ensuring every child in New Zealand has enough to thrive.The Green Party will make a series of policy...
    Greens | 20-07
  • MANA Pasifika Says NO To Discrimination
    Vice Chairperson of MANA Pasifika James Papali’i  feels for Ms Tupou and her children after they were served with trespass orders from their  local swimming pool in new market. With no warning or explanation from the pool staff Police ordered...
    Mana | 20-07
  • MANA Movement policy release – Economic Justice – John Minto
    Address notes from Mana Economic Justice Spokesperson and co-vice President John Minto to Economic policy launch in Kelston – 2pm, Sunday 20 July 2014. Reducing inequality and giving everyone a fair go MANA Movement’s policy prescription for a rich man’s...
    Mana | 20-07
  • One-sided reporting on the Middle East Conflict
    The following was sent to New Zealand Herald, Fairfax Media, Radio New Zealand, Television New Zealand, TV3, Radio Live and ZB Network. We are writing to all of you because there are well established patterns of reporting which seem to have been adopted by New Zealand...
    Mana | 20-07
  • On so called Labour Party ‘distractions’
    The right wing of the Labour Party are constructing a narrative that Labour need to stop chasing distractions and focus on the real issues that matter and not these silly GCSB, inequality, domestic violence, media bias, TPPA issues. It is...
    The Daily Blog | 25-07
  • Selfies: Labour’s Electorate MPs are at it again
    IT’S A LITTLE TRIANGLE of grass at the corner of Rewa Street and Mt Eden Road, ideal for election hoardings. Wandering along Mt Eden Road last Saturday morning to our weekly appointment with the brunch menu at Orvieto, my family and...
    The Daily Blog | 25-07
  • Well, well, well – Jonathan Coleman did know about FBI interest into Kim ...
    Last years GCSB Town Hall meeting in Auckland Oh dear, the cover up and lies are starting to fall over now aren’t they… Coleman knew of FBI interest in Dotcom pre-residency decisionGovernment minister Jonathan Coleman knew the FBI was interested...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • Why You Must March Against Factory Farming This Saturday, 12pm
    The rally this Saturday is critical because this is the FIRST TIME IN NEW ZEALAND HISTORY that a major party has agreed to ban all intensive factory farming practices. The Labour party, the Greens, Internet-Mana, the SPCA, SAFE and other...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • Astronaut tweets photo of explosions over Israel and Gaza from space
      This is what a war zone looks like from space: From aboard the International Space Station, German astronaut Alexander Gerst tweeted this image as the station passed over Israel and Gaza in what he called ‘his saddest photo yet’....
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • When Firstline are focusing on flag burning rather than dead Palestinian ch...
    The IDF are butchering children in UN schools this morning and what’s the big issue on TV3s Firstline? Flag burning. How pathetic, and what a slap in the face to Mike McRoberts who is currently risking his life in Gaza...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • ‘Victim’ vs ‘Terrorist’
    ‘Victim’ vs ‘Terrorist’...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • Petition asking TVNZ to stand Hosking down as election moderator jumps to o...
    In just a day the petition calling on TVNZ to replace Hosking as the election moderator has jumped to over 2500, you can sign it here. The defence that the Right are trying to run here is that John Campbell...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • When the mainstream media go feral: the descent into sheer farce, according...
    . . It had to happen, I guess… The media pack-campaign against Labour Leader David Cunliffe has managed to  plumb new depths of absurdity. On TV3, on 24 July,  TV3/Tova O’Brien ran this report on their 6PM News bulletin, about...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • Coalition for Better Broadcasting: MIKE HOSKING FOR PM?
    Yes indeed. Mike Hosking is for the PM. And now he’s able to do even more as moderator (or should that be immoderator) of TVNZ’s election debates. Here at the Coalition for Better Broadcasting we feel it’s pretty safe to say that...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • The lie that “There is no alternative” to neo-liberal economic policies
    Supporters of President Maduro in Venezuela rally   Since the 1980s we have had drubbed into our heads that there was no alternative to the economic and social policies unleashed at that time. It even had it’s own acronym – TINA. The...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • A Kanaky tale of mining skulduggery and environmental courage
    Florent Eurisouké … still campaigning against mining. Photo: Del Abcede/PMC David Robie also blogs at Café Pacific AN EXTRAORDINARY story of mining skulduggery and a courageous struggle by indigenous Kanak environmental campaigners has been captured in a poignant new documentary,...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • UNBREAKING: The list of questions Mike Hosking will use in first TVNZ leade...
    “Good evening ladies and gentlemen and welcome to the first TVNZ leaders debate being held live in the gloriously beautiful Sky City ball room. It’s such a beautiful building boys and girls, we are so blessed to have Sky City...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • Internet Party Party review
      I have been to A LOT of political party functions in my time, and they tend to be dull affairs at the best of times but what is happening with Internet MANA is something quite exciting. I went to...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • Dear Seven Sharp – after learning Hosking will be the leaders debate ...
    I have to be honest, I had made the decision last night  to accept Seven Sharp’s hastily offered opportunity to appear on their show after I savagely criticised the bullshit whitewash story they did on John Key’s favourite far right hate speech...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • National refuses meeting with Maui’s advocates
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: National refuses meeting with Maui’s advocates Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | Press Release This is another reminder that the National Government does not care about the survival of the Maui’s dolphin National...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Message from CTU President Helen Kelly
    MIL OSI – Source: Unite Union – Headline: Message from CTU President Helen Kelly Dear MikeThere’s only 43 days until September 3, when voting in the General Election starts. The last day to vote is September 20.Thanks heaps for signing...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • MANA Tamaki send a challenge to Labour
    MIL OSI – Source: Mana Movement – Headline: MANA Tamaki send a challenge to Labour Posted on July 23, 2014 by admin in Joe Carolan, Press Releases“Labour should set the agenda and purposely do something positively controversial once a week”,...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • We must act to save our dolphins
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: We must act to save our dolphins A new report makes it clear for the urgent need to protect Maui’s and Hector’s dolphins while arguing  it is clear that there is no...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • School told to manipulate national standards data
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: School told to manipulate national standards data Parents can have little confidence in the Government’s National Standards after an Auckland school was told to manipulate its data so it added up, Labour’s...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Regional economies must have tailored plans
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Regional economies must have tailored plans News that up to 114 jobs could be lost from Fonterra’s Canpac plant in Hamilton reinforces the need for a government plan to build resilient regional...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Auditor General slams Shared Services project
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Auditor General slams Shared Services project The Auditor-General’s Office could not have been more damning about the 18 months spent on the Central Agency Shared Services (CASS) project at the Finance and...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Fonterra job losses a massive blow to Waikato
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Fonterra job losses a massive blow to Waikato The potential loss of up to 114 jobs from Fonterra’s Canpac plant in Hamilton is a massive blow to the Waikato region which has...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Basin flyover decision an opportunity for capital
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Basin flyover decision an opportunity for capital The decision to reject the proposed flyover at the Basin Reserve must be taken as an opportunity to properly fund Wellington’s transport future and must...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Indonesia: New President Widodo must make good on human rights pledges
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Indonesia: New President Widodo must make good on human rights pledges Indonesia’s new President Joko Widodo must deliver on campaign promises to improve Indonesia’s dire human rights situation, Amnesty International said....
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Communities in Sierra Leone turn their backs on female genital mutilation
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Communities in Sierra Leone turn their backs on female genital mutilation While activists gather in London to discuss strategies to tackle female genital mutilation, communities across Sierra Leone have been taking...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • The Gambia: Activists mark 20 years of iron-fisted repression
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: The Gambia: Activists mark 20 years of iron-fisted repression The Gambian government must abolish the laws and iron fisted practices that have resulted in two decades of widespread human rights violations,...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • A blog from the front lines of Palestine: It’s time for a new narrative
    I don’t know if I follow trouble or if trouble follows me, but somehow I seem to have found myself near one of the world’s hotspots again. The difference this time is that instead of sitting in some obscure location,...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • GUEST BLOG: Michael Wood – The Path Ahead
    It’s well established that Labour has had a difficult couple of weeks. Getting back on to a successful path requires our focus to shift from looking inwards to outwards, heightened discipline, and inner conviction. While my assessment of New Zealand...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Employers liquidating companies to avoid paying minimum entitlements
    Across the union movement we have seen a number of documented cases now where companies are liquidating their business in order to avoid their legal obligations, in terms of paying the minimum entitlements to their workers. The most recent example...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • GUEST BLOG: Joe Carolan : Positively Controversial
    The protest in Auckland last weekend that the NZ Herald claimed was attend by only a hundred people. Labour should set the agenda and purposely do something positively controversial once a week. A good start would be for all their...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Come on TV3 News – you are better than regurgitating Israeli propaganda
    Say it isn’t true TV3 News, you are seriously bitching about this???? The leader of the Mana Party, Hone Harawira, has supported flag burning at a pro-Palestinian march in Auckland at the weekend. Mana Party flags can be seen in...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • The brutal siege of Palestine
    70 years ago the Jews of Europe suffered as much as any people can suffer. The Nazis set about ethnic cleansing and sent 6 million to their death. Today we watch in horror as Israel, the Jewish homeland created after...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • When the mainstream media go feral: A tale of two holidays
    . . The recent non-story on David Cunliffe’s three day holiday should be proof-positive that the mainstream media (msm) is fixated on pumping out as many “bad news” reporting as can be generated by a headline-seeking; advertising-driven; lazy corporate-media system....
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Canterbury housing crisis a moral, economic, health, education, and social ...
    Can they build it? No they can’t.  Occasionally I come across people who don’t believe me when I say there is a housing crisis in Christchurch.  Despite all the evidence to the contrary.  Even when I tell them that every...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Respected world visionaries of the past speak out on Israel
    Respected world visionaries of the past speak out on Israel...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • From Here To There: How did Labour become so hopelessly lost?
    WRITING ABOUT the Labour Party these days puts me in mind of the joke about the American tourist and the Irish farmer. Seems there was this American tourist driving down a narrow lane in the heart of Ireland. He needed...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Oh NOW everyone thinks the ABCs are up to no good?
    Goodness last months June seems like years away doesn’t it? In June I pointed out a move by the ABCs to destabilise Cunliffe was under way. For pointing this out, Labour Party bloggers Rob Salmond and Lynn Prentice rushed to put...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Dear Seven Sharp – I have little interest in appearing on your show so th...
    After savagely critiquing Seven Sharp for trying to whitewash the repulsive history of a far right hate speech merchant like Cameron Slater yesterday, Seven Sharp have contacted me and offered to do a profile on me. Here is their email…...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Basin Flyover decision victory for common sense
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: Basin Flyover decision victory for common sense Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 | Press Release “Both popular and expert opinion opposed the flyover. The proposal was expensive, unnecessary and would have undermined the...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • CPAG Newsletter July 2014
    MIL OSI – Source: Child Poverty Action Group – Headline: CPAG Newsletter July 2014 22 July 2014 New child poverty data nothing to celebrate New data released by the Ministry of Social Development  indicates people living below the poverty line are worse...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Hotel ordered to pay $80,000 in outstanding wages
    MIL OSI – Source: Unite Union – Headline: Hotel ordered to pay $80,000 in outstanding wages An Auckland hotel has been ordered by the Employment Relations Authority to pay nearly $80,000 in outstanding wages to two employees. Filipino couple Abraham...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Rising interest rate and dollar driving manufacturing exports back to Globa...
    MIL OSI – Source: CTU – Headline: Rising interest rate and dollar driving manufacturing exports back to Global Financial Crisis levels The Council of Trade Unions is calling on the Reserve Bank not to raise interest rates on Thursday. “Another...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Israel/Gaza: Attacks on medical facilities and civilians add to war crime a...
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Israel/Gaza: Attacks on medical facilities and civilians add to war crime allegations The continuing bombardment of civilian homes in several areas of the Gaza Strip, as well as the Israeli shelling...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Central African Republic: Brazzaville talks should not lead to amnesties fo...
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Central African Republic: Brazzaville talks should not lead to amnesties for war crimes Amnesty International called on delegates to the Central African Republic (CAR) National Reconciliation talks due to take place...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Russia increases stranglehold on dissent as five more NGOs named ‘foreign...
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Russia increases stranglehold on dissent as five more NGOs named ‘foreign agents’ The Russian Ministry of Justice today registered four more Russian human rights organizations and one environmental group as “foreign...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Nigeria: World Bank panel turns its back on forcibly evicted community
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Nigeria: World Bank panel turns its back on forcibly evicted community The decision by a World Bank Inspection Panel to refuse to investigate a complaint about forced evictions linked to a...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • National out of touch with the regions
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: National out of touch with the regions John Key is out of touch with regional New Zealand if he believes tinkering with council regulations will restore opportunities to small towns, Labour Leader...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Flyover rejection a victory for sustainable transport
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Flyover rejection a victory for sustainable transport The rejection of the proposed Basin Reserve flyover by a Board of Inquiry is a victory for sustainable transport in Wellington and paves the way...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Loss Leading could destroy Kiwi lamb’s reputation
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Loss Leading could destroy Kiwi lamb’s reputation Meat companies that supply supermarkets and sell New Zealand lamb as a loss leader in the United Kingdom should lose their access to this valuable...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • The Nation 26,27 July: Flavell & Harawira, Joe Hockey
    On The Nation this weekend…. With the Maori seats primed to play a pivotal role this election, Torben Akel reports from the key battlegrounds and meets the top contenders. Then the Maori Party co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell and Mana Party...
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Announcement of New Zealand First Candidate for Rangitīkei
    New Zealand First has endorsed Dr Romuald (‘Rom’) Rudzki as the candidate for the Rangitīkei Electorate in the 2014 General Election....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Labour Offer Len Brown a Hotel Tax
    The Taxpayers’ Union is slamming the Labour Party's plan to allow councils to levy new 'pillow taxes' and regional petrol taxes. Reacting to this afternoon’s NZ Herald report Jordan Williams, Executive Director of the Taxpayers’ Union ,...
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Cell phone evidence a first
    Cell phone evidence a first Evidence gathered solely from a cell phone has been used for the first time to convict a Hastings man for possessing child sexual abuse pictures. Michael Lawrence Worsnop, a 29-year-old orchard worker pleaded guilty to...
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • New Zealand Aid Worker Helping in Gaza
    A New Zealand Red Cross nurse working in Gaza says she has never experienced anything like the current conflict in her long aid work career....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Parking officers deserve safety at work
    The union representing the Auckland Transport parking officer severely beaten on July 17 says everyone has a right to go about their job without fear for their safety....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Caritas Aotearoa NZ to provide Gaza humanitarian aid
    Caritas Jerusalem is providing medical assistance, food and other necessities to the thousands of vulnerable people affected by the escalating conflict in Gaza, and Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand is contributing an initial $20,000 to support the humanitarian...
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • ALCP challenges parties to support Charlotte’s Web
    The leader of the Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party Julian Crawford is calling on all other political parties to state their position on using cannabis oil to treat pediatric epilepsy....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Oxfam accepts cheque from Pacific Corporation Foundation
    Oxfam New Zealand has accepted a cheque for almost $1000 today from the Pacific Corporation Foundation toward recovery efforts in the Solomon Islands, following April’s flash flooding that left thousands homeless....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Draft report and decision – Pūhoi to Warkworth proposal
    The Ara Tūhono – Pūhoi to Wellsford Road of National Significance: Pūhoi to Warkworth section Board of Inquiry has released its draft report and decision....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • New Zealanders willing to pay tax to protect dolphins
    A report released this week shows a large majority of New Zealanders want Maui’s and Hector’s dolphins protected and they are prepared to pay for it....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Stop Smart Meters
    “The Democrats for Social Credit Party (DSC) wholeheartedly endorses the Stop Smart Meters campaign for a moratorium on installations of smart meters until the technology is proven not be a risk to health, and until home owners are given a...
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Maori Roll Electors Urged to Vote Strategically
    Voters enrolled in the seven Maori electorates must learn to maximize their influence by voting strategically, according to the Maori Party candidate for Te Tai Tokerau, Rev Te Hira Paenga....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Politicians Ignore Families’ Concerns on Street Prostitution
    Family First NZ says that politicians are ignoring the concerns of families, lack the will to take appropriate action, and are happy to drag the ongoing problem of street prostitution into the next parliamentary term....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Plunket celebrates Te Wiki o te Reo Māori
    Plunket is proud to celebrate Te Wiki o te Reo Māori (21-27 July), with Plunket people across the country among several thousand New Zealanders taking part and increasing their kete of knowledge in te reo....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Coleman must quit or be sacked over Dotcom case
    Immigration New Zealand has done the right thing in distancing itself from Jonathan Coleman’s claims that ministers were not aware of FBI involvement in Kim Dotcom’s residency application, says the Internet Party. Internet Party leader Laila Harré...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Auckland Councillors, Not Emperors
    25 JULY 2014 Responding to the NZ Herald report that Auckland Councillors have voted to keep their ratepayer-funded business class travel perks, and considered new rules that would have exempted councillors from Auckland City's parking charges, Taxpayers’...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Cunliffe Looks Dodgy Lunching with Sex Offender
    Conservative Party Leader Colin Craig says that David Cunliffe's social meeting with a known sex offender while on holiday "looks pretty dodgy."...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Taxpayers’ Union Back LGNZ Calls For Greater Transparency
    The Taxpayers’ Union is backing Local Government New Zealand’s calls for the Official Information Act to be extended to cover the Local Government Commission. Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says:...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Lecture series to provide insight into 2014 election
    Could National’s refusal to reform MMP lead to the defeat of the government? Is the media providing voters with the information they require to make an informed electoral decision? What directions might John Key’s leadership take if he secures...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • National Rally Against Factory Farming
    Animal advocates and members of the public all over New Zealand will unite for a ‘National Day of Action Against Factory Farming’ Saturday, tomorrow 26 July in response to two recent exposés that showed horrific conditions on pig factory farms....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Women in Politics Finds Support at Conference
    Women in Politics, a brand-new organisation for New Zealand women in political office, was met with overwhelming support at the 2014 Local Government New Zealand Conference held this weekend in Nelson....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • The Government’s Fresh Water Policy – REVISITED
    Fresh water quality is the latest area to be in the sights of Gareth Morgan and his research organisation The Morgan Foundation. They enlisted a group of 16 scientists to help them review the government’s new fresh water policy....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Restoration of Post-graduate Allowances to be Key Issue
    As students prepare for the early voting that will take place on all university and many polytechnic campuses next month, the restoration of post-graduate allowances, removed by the current government in 2013, is emerging as a key election issue....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Honesty for Taxpayers
    ACT has a new proposal to make our democracy more accountable. The proposal may seem small but it could be the most significant idea in this election....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Mike Hosking for PM?
    The Coalition for Better Broadcasting is adding its voice to the many appalled at TVNZ’s choice of Mike Hosking as moderator for the upcoming political debates....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • ‘Party Party’ Hitting the Right Notes
    The “sold out” sign has gone up at the Internet Party’s concert in Christchurch tonight. A capacity crowd of 1000 will be at The Foundry for the Party Party concert, part of a major national musical tour aimed at getting...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • New Electoral Commission Campaign Launches This Weekend
    New Electoral Commission Campaign Launches This Weekend More non-voters than ever before say they don't feel like their vote is worth anything, or that their opinion matters. It's a trend that concerns the Electoral Commission, and the reason for...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Umere says ‘taihoa’ on Māori Language Strategy
    A Maori Language advocacy group, Umere, is calling for a rain check on the Māori Language Strategy Bill, which is being introduced to parliament this week. "The submissions on the MLS have been released by Te Puni Kōkiri and they...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • High cost of GP visits still a barrier for older children
    Free doctor's visits should be extended to all children under 18 as GP charges are a significant barrier for low income families, says Child Poverty Action Group....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • David Cunliffe happy to hide sex offender’s identity
    ..:: For immediate release ::.. 24/07/14 David Cunliffe happy to hide sex offender’s identity - (and in fact enjoy lunch with them)...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • More kids in Southland and Otago are achieving
    Clutha-Southland National candidate Todd Barclay says the Public Achievement Information for 2013 shows New Zealand children are doing better across the whole education system....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Flavell mistaken
    In response to Mr Flavell’s tirade this afternoon Conservative Party Leader Colin Craig advises "Mr Flavell is simply mistaken in his comments."...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • High cost of GP visits still a barrier for older children
    Free doctor's visits should be extended to all children under 18 as GP charges are a significant barrier for low income families, says Child Poverty Action Group....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Taxpayers’ Union Lay Complaint with Speaker
    The Taxpayers’ Unio n has written to Parliament's Speaker, the Rt. Hon. David Carter, asking him to step in and investigate the claims on the WhaleOil blog that taxpayers’ money is being improperly used for Mana Party election campaign hoardings....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • MANA launches te reo Māori policy
    “MANA is launching its te reo Māori policy this morning ahead of the first reading of the government’s Māori Language Strategy Bill this afternoon”, said MANA deputy leader and candidate for Waiariki, Annette Sykes....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Candidate welcomes award of platinum exploration permits
    Clutha-Southland National candidate Todd Barclay has welcomed the Government’s decision to award Lynx Platinum Limited two exploration permits in Southland. Mr Barclay said the minerals industry is an important part of New Zealand’s economy...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Pokie spending and numbers continue to drop
    Pub and club gaming machine expenditure in the year ended June 2014 fell 2.4 per cent from $826.3 million to $806.2 million. There were also fewer licence holders, gambling venues and gaming machines compared with 12 months earlier. Licence holders...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • New Zealand Police to assist in MH17 victim identification
    New Zealand Police is sending three Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) specialists to the Netherlands to assist in the international effort to identify victims from the MH17 tragedy....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Oil Spill Response Strategy available for consultation
    Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) is inviting comment on its draft updated New Zealand Marine Oil Spill Response Strategy....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Police response to IPCA report on Rewa investigation
    Police accept the findings of today's IPCA's report regarding its investigations into offending by Malcolm Rewa in Auckland in the 1980s and 1990s....
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • Well-known kiwis sign on to stop ivory trade
    Today the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Select Committee will consider a complete ban on the ivory trade in response to a petition by Auckland teacher Virginia Woolf and policy analyst Fiona Gordon....
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • Commonwealth Games are not being captioned in New Zealand
    As members of the Captioning Working Group, The National Foundation for the Deaf and Deaf Aotearoa New Zealand call for broadcast captioning of the 2014 Commonwealth Games...
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • Majority of Commonwealth countries are already republics
    The Glasgow Commonwealth Games are here and it's a common misbelief that a Kiwi republic would mean that New Zealand would have to leave the Commonwealth. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth....
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • Police handling of Rewa Investigation
    Although an Independent Police Conduct Authority inquiry has identified some faults with a series of investigations conducted by Police into offending by Malcolm Rewa, there is insufficient evidence that any of these impacted on the ability of Police...
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • IPCA findings on Police handling of Rewa Investigation
    Good morning everyone. I’d like to begin today by explaining that this is an informational press conference and that I will not be taking questions at its conclusion. The reason for that is the report’s findings are the result of...
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • Pay It Back Ms Hauiti
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