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Cameron Slater: So who pays who?

Written By: - Date published: 4:19 pm, December 12th, 2013 - 203 comments
Categories: accountability, blogs, dpf, john key, national, Parliament, parliamentary spending, Politics, public services, rumour, scoundrels - Tags: ,

Over at blubbering boys blog this morning, ‘authored’ by Cameron Slater.

The Parliamentary Press Gallery had its end of year party last night. Basically it was a trough-fest for corporate lobbyists…with them out numbering journalists by a substantial amount.

This was the scene that confronted staff and MPs arriving this morning.

The image is here* for those of you who don’t want to amble over to the site. However what was more interesting was Claire Trevett tweeting this

 

Which is of course why you don’t piss off journos talking about their party life.

So she states that the image that turned up on Whaleoil today was probably taken by Jason Ede this morning. Moreover by the sounds of it, he’d have to have deliberately taken the image to put on Whaleoil because I can’t conceive of a reason for the John Key’s long term comms person to go and take an image of the residue of a party at 7:30am in the morning.

But more importantly, at The Standard we’ve had some of our more knowledgeable beltway authors and commentators speculating about Jason Ede writing for Whaleoil and Kiwiblog blogs for a long time. Both in posts and comments back to 2010. The rumour was that Jason Ede was responsible for some of the political dirt posts that turned up on those sites, either directly or indirectly. In fact he is rumoured to be the National Party smear unit.

For instance in 2010 Zetetic said..

3News viewers were left wondering if Duncan Garner is still pissed after the long weekend tonight. Using material that has clearly come from Jason Ede in Key’s office Murray McCully, Garner played the message-bearer for National’s continuing attacks on Labour’s gay MPs.

Looks like the National parties dirty BIG secret has just broken out into the open like a lanced smallpox cyst. If you want an arsehole blogger, look no further than John Key’s office.

Mind you Cameron Slater does need all the help he can get because he really isn’t the most competent person I’m aware of. I wonder how much he “demands” from the taxpayer to run that shithole of a site?

 

* Please please could Jason Ede get legally wound up about copyright. I really would like to do some discovery on his phone and browser history. Not to mention on the Whaleoil blog. I’m sure that given a good forensic look through some computer logs we’d be able to find out more about the relationship that these two have.

203 comments on “Cameron Slater: So who pays who?”

  1. TheContrarian 1

    So what? JK’s photographer sent images to a blog…meanwhile Cunliffe writes over at TDB while several posters here hold positions in parliament (or actively running for seats).

    [lprent: Who is currently running for a seat and who is currently holding a position in parliament?

    You are banned until you provide credible proof for either of these allegations. In other words, it will be permanent.

    See the policy about making claims against our authors. It is something that I don't even bother responding to these days. There have been allegations, mostly from deriving from Cameron Slater for that period of time. To date no-one has ever bothered to listen to what I have said on the topic.

    So these days I simply ban the idiots who make them here. ]

    • karol 1.1

      Cunliffe writes under his own name – no comparison with feeding stuff to Oil and not acknowledging where it came from.

      • lprent 1.1.1

        The suspicion has been all the way back to 2007 when this site (and Whaleoil) started that Ede was actually directly writing content for his blogs, and not under his own name.

        • Balanced View 1.1.1.1

          So it’s ok for this site to post a suspicion, but not ok to comment with one?

          [lprent: Read the policy. Provide proof that this site has ulterior and unstated reasons for running the site or hget banned. It is pretty simple. There are plenty of other sites to post that on to. But I'm tired of seeing it.

          If you continue this line on this post then I will ban you for diversion trolling. ]

          • infused 1.1.1.1.1

            That’s how it rolls here.

            • framu 1.1.1.1.1.1

              not quite, contrarian is making a supposition about something pretty mundane – people using the internet, and trying to equate it to yet another supposition and it would seem eyewitness accounts, in a long string of suppositions and other occurances, (there is history on this topic remember – and blubbs admits he gets paid) that certain political parties are paying a certain 3rd party to run their dirty war

              please tell me you guys understand the difference between the two things?

              to follow you particular complaint you have to do two things 1) not understand the difference and 2) utterly ignore the known relationship between the nats and blubbs

              its not even a “nice try” its just plain weak

          • Frank Macskasy 1.1.1.1.2

            I’d say it was more than a “suspicion”, Anonymous-Person-posting-as-Balanced-View.

            Ede has outed himself. End of.

            Now he pays the consequences. (Not that right wingers are big on taking responsibility for consequences. That’s something that has become abundantly clear over the last five years.)

            • Balanced View 1.1.1.1.2.1

              I was referring to political party staffers writing posts for blogs under a pseudonym. Ede hasn’t admitted doing that, neither has Cameron Slater.
              Yet 1prent is happy to allow these accusations, but will ban anyone that tries to do the same to left winged parties.
              A bit hypocritical don’t you think?

              [lprent: Since you clearly really really want to make your suspicions known about connections between staffers and this site, then I suggest that you do it on other sites. That seems like the appropriate place to do so. Just as this is the appropriate place to air suspicions about Whale's site.

              In the meantime you're also trying to say how we should run our site which is also intensely irritating.

              You can comment here when and if you have some proof that we have ulterior motives outside of those in the about. ]

              • Arfamo

                There’s a conflict between your saying that Cameron Slater hasn’t admitted political party staffer Mr Ede writes for WO under a pseudonym above, and lprent saying at 1.1.1, yesterday:

                The suspicion has been all the way back to 2007 when this site (and Whaleoil) started that Ede was actually directly writing content for his blogs, and not under his own name..

                How do you propose to resolve this conundrum, beyond claiming “hypocrisy”, in a balanced sort of view?

              • Ede has admitted to supplying for Slater. That’s the issue here, BV.. Anything else is a distraction – a round circle of finger pointing.

                But really, how credible is Ede’s excuse,

                “It was a silly, spur of the moment thing to do, and I consulted no-one.”

                And the most important question though is, what else had Ede fed to Slater?

                Considering that Ede is paid by you and me, I think there’s a valid public interest here.

            • Frosty 1.1.1.1.2.2

              No RW responsibility? Aaron Gilmore resigned, John Banks is pulling the pin. These guys have more media scrutiny (usually through Campbell Live) whilst the Left Wing get a free ride.
              Ol Len was caught with his dick in the help, busted getting perks. He’ll stay, no shame.

  2. Bruce 2

    meh – that was boring.

  3. The Gormless Fool formerly known as Oleolebiscuitbarrell 3

    This is disgusting.

    Will Lprent confirm that no-one who writes for the Standard is in a comms team for a political party funded by the taxpayer?

    That’ll let the Standard occupy the moral high ground.

    [lprent: Read the policy. Provide me some proof of your allegation. Banned until you do, ie probably permanently. I got sick of answering that particular claim and variants of it 6 years ago. For 6 years there has never been a proof. There have just been dirty tricks allegations from fools like Bill English through to deliberately lying idiots like Cameron.

    But it looks like that is where he gets his help from John Key's office directly. I guess that is why he has always suspected us eh?

    Anyway I'm tired of it. I reward people making it with losing their rights to write here. ]

    • framu 3.1

      if youve got evidence that labour has someone operating covertly to supply the standard with dirt and innuendo on their opponents – then out with it

      fucks sake – its pretty damn clear what the issue here is – its the secrecy coupled with the organised smear campaigns. Its the using a proxy to wage your dirty tactics war. There is a yawning gulf of difference between that and people using the web to communicate openly

      its pathetic that the responses straight out of the blocks are this.

      • lprent 3.1.1

        Sometimes I wish that they did. It’d make it easier to pass back the information when the parliamentary wing was screwing up by the numbers.

    • Rogue Trooper 3.2

      You are Right, they never clean up after their Party.

      • the pigman 3.2.1

        They don’t even need to clean up, because like Slater says, “Sunlight is the best disinfectant”.

        Come to think of it, that misapprehension probably explains his greasy locks and generally wretched appearance.

    • Rogue Trooper 3.3

      a request for clemency for GF (they are interesting, if nothing else). :-D (one can only try, call it a Christmas offering).

  4. CnrJoe 4

    I live for moments like these
    How can I help wind Ede up?

  5. karol 5

    It seems Mr Ede didn’t like the “media” supporting parliament cleaners or criticising people smoking in the Beehive grounds.

    The photos appeared on the Whale Oil website, run by Cameron Slater. He used the photos to attack the media as ”sanctimonious hypocrites”.

    They had ”gone into bat for the parliamentary cleaners to be paid more, calling MPs and staff messy” and had criticised smokers for lighting up in the parliamentary precinct, Slater said.

    According to Gower’s tweets. Ede is one of said smokers.

    Jason Ede smokes there all the time, pretty sure he doesn’t takes his cigarette butts back up to John Key’s Office?

    Such a petty retaliation via WO!

    • framu 5.1

      “The photos appeared on the Whale Oil website, run by Cameron Slater. He used the photos to attack the media as ”sanctimonious hypocrites”.”

      - “how dare they! – thats my bloody job!” said slater

      • McFlock 5.1.1

        If slater’s “attacking the media” as a collective group and not using the word “we”, doesn’t that mean that he’s not part of the media and therefore is not a journalist?

    • Murray Olsen 5.2

      Is Blubber Boy WhaleSpew proposing that the cleaners be paid more? Or is it just those, like his foul self, who smear crap all over the place, that should be paid more?

  6. blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill) 6

    …so have we got an issue with a undue influence in the judiciary here?

    That the court ruling slammed Slater’s site – and in a way that sets a precedent for all blogsites – as ‘not a news medium’ starts to look like ire at Whaleoil showing National up in a bad light over the ‘Brown affair’…following on so quickly after that debacle.

    • lprent 6.1

      Especially since the National people around John Palino’s campaign were so active in feeding information to Cameron in that instance. It all starts to look like Cameron really isn’t much of a “journalist” (not that I thought he was) so much as a conduit for feeding dirty linen about other people into the blogs.

      I guess that if you don’t have any political morals, then you talk to Cameron. It does seem to be a bit extreme that John Key’s staff do it. I wonder who ordered that? :twisted:

      • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill) 6.1.1

        After reading “The Hollowmen” – Nicky Hagar I was left with the impression that it wasn’t National running Act – it was more Act-types running National and therefore this latest event isn’t really surprising at all [to me]…those Act-types are extremists.

        [That ruling didn't need to be done in a way that set a precedent for all blogsites...however I guess that is a separate issue from this thread....]

  7. rod 7

    and we are the least corrupt country in the world, Yeah right

    • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill) 7.1

      @ Rod

      …that’s the trouble with comparative terms like ‘least’…kinda deceptive when you look at the state of some of the countries we seem to like to follow like star struck fanatics….

  8. andy (the other one) 8

    Oh the irony, Cameron Slater is a ‘Repeater’.

    Bwahahahaha!

  9. Arfamo 9

    Lol. Gawd. I just had a rare quick look at WO. He’s frothing.

    • lprent 9.1

      So I see. It appears that he thinks it is all a conspiracy against him by the NZ Herald. He is picking his links up and walking away from the baadddd reporters.

      Bbwahhhh!

      My rapidly growing great nephew is starting to display more maturity…. Be interesting to see what he does when he leaves playcentre

  10. chris73 10

    Wow what a non-event

    • Arfamo 10.1

      Exactly. Someone tell Cam.

    • andy (the other one) 10.2

      Is that you Jason?

    • Colonial Viper 10.3

      Then go put some cricket on mate, the rest of us here find slow motion car crashes quite exciting.

      • chris73 10.3.1

        I suppose its better (from the lefts point of view) of having to defend Goff and MFAT (WI 62/1)

        • andy (the other one) 10.3.1.1

          Quick Jason, Must be time for Paula Bennett to announce another crack down on the Bene’s.

          Need better distraction today.

          • chris73 10.3.1.1.1

            Well theres Len Brown doing his best to hinder the EY report, the MFAT leakage doesn’t look good for Labour and I’m pretty sure that the people running this site can check my ISP address to find out what part of the country I’m commenting on

            But indeed crow about a photographer sending pics to a blog because thats big news

            (WI 67/2)

            • gobsmacked 10.3.1.1.1.1

              Chris73

              Either – the Prime Minister’s senior communications adviser works for WhaleOil, without Key’s knowledge and/or permission …

              Or – he works for WhaleOil, with Key’s knowledge and/or permission …

              So it’s either Jason Ede to resign, or John Key to confess.

              Which?

              • Rogue Trooper

                Death by elimination

              • chris73

                Or he doesn’t work for Whaleoil at all

                • gobsmacked

                  No, he works for the National Party, which is the same thing.

                  If he’s done nothing wrong why has he now apologised?

                  • chris73

                    I’ve sent things to Whaleoil, do I work for him? (By the way the answer is no)

                    • gobsmacked

                      I don’t know, do you head the Prime Minister’s propaganda team?

                      That’s Ede’s job. As in paid, as in Beehive.

                    • Arfamo

                      I’ve sent things to Whaleoil, do I work for him? (By the way the answer is no)

                      Well actually if he uses anything you sent him, the answer is yes, but you just don’t get paid for it.

                    • chris73

                      Its not work because I do it for shits and giggles

                      (WI 103/3)

                    • Arfamo

                      Well obviously you do it for shits. He runs that site for shits. And if it requires any kind of effort, that’s work. Didn’t you do science?

                    • Rogue Trooper

                      interesting movements, hope you wipe thoroughly.

                    • lprent

                      Bearing in mind what Cameron has said about being paid by the people providing him information. The question would be more if he is working for you?

                    • Ron

                      They say if you lie down with dogs you get up with fleas.
                      Hope the itching is not too bad

                    • Rogue Trooper

                      I Love this Ron. Absolutely, you are analysis for the nation. :-P

                • Or he doesn’t work for Whaleoil at all

                  He doesn’t have to.

                  Simply passing information regarding his workplace to a third party (Slater) on work-time (paid by the taxpayer), using his employer’s computer and internet connection (owned by the taxpayer), raises a few questions of inappropriate behaviour.

                  And the Big Questions;

                  1. What else has Ede passed on to Slater?

                  2.What involvement did Ede have in the Pullar/ACC leaks to Slater? Was Ede the source?

                  3. Did his employers know?

                  4. What permission did he have and from whom?

                  5. What is Key’s view on this connection between Ede and Slater? Did Key know? If not, does this constitute a serious security threat in the Prime Minister’s Department?

                  6. What, if anything, has Ede or the National Party/government received in return?

                  Just off the top of my head….

                  • Arfamo

                    You know Frank I really don’t think most people take any notice of this – it’s a sideshow of interest to a few bloggers and journos, and even then only for the moment, until something more important like the queen tripping over a corgi comes along.

              • leftriteleft

                I’m sure that Key won’t remember.
                Suffering from to much CS.
                What a moment

            • Rogue Trooper 10.3.1.1.1.2

              only at stumps chris, play on.

            • Frank Macskasy 10.3.1.1.1.3

              @ Chris. Pathetic.

              If you want to deflect, you can do better than that. Try ‘andy (the other one)’s’ suggestion.

              Again, happy to help. (It’s Friday.)

        • Arfamo 10.3.1.2

          Imagine how gutted the Nats are? They pay Rebstock a fortune and the best she can come out with is allegations and confirmation the Minister of Foreign Affairs is a numpty. Something everyone else already knew anyway.

        • Paul 10.3.1.3

          You guys should love Goff – a true pioneering neoliberal from the 80s
          He’s really one of yours.

          • chris73 10.3.1.3.1

            To be fair he is one of the best Labour has (does tell a few too many porkies though) and hes right about T.P.P

            But hes on Labours side so you gotta do what you gotta do

            • Rogue Trooper 10.3.1.3.1.1

              those ’73 Toranas used to fall over too; power to wheel-base ratio; too narrow.

            • Paul 10.3.1.3.1.2

              People born in 73 had values formed in the neoliberal 80s. I feel sorry for you

              • chris73

                Is that specifically 73 or do any other years count as well?

                • Paul

                  Tough not to have grown up in a time and place where you would have seen benefits of placing society above the individual.
                  You have lived in the TINA years and sadly been propagandised so well that you believe the acronym.
                  Your faith in neoliberalism is fascinating and at the same time depressing.

                  • chris73

                    Didn’t answer my question

                    • idlegus

                      i was born in 73, i believe in socialist principles. just talking to another 73′er, from my home town hamilton (he’s still there), i said ‘man i miss the 70s/80s’, & he said “yeah it was all breakdancing and second hand stores, now it’s all cafe’s and begging, sux.”…

                • leftriteleft

                  Do you have a speculation on 1947. I’m really interested in that reply.

                • 1973 was a good year for me. It’s when I started down the road to over-coming my rightwing tendencies…

    • North 10.4

      A non-event you say Piss ? Then you 73 on it already ???

      Oh, I see………

  11. mickysavage 11

    Funny how all the wing nuts turn up and start frothing and diverting. Makes you wonder if deep in the Beehive the instructions are going out.

    And I wish it was true about TS authors being funded. If it is where do I collect my cheque?

  12. Rogue Trooper 12

    exploding whales leave disgusting messes. :-D

  13. Thomas 13

    Urh. Is there any evidence of money changing hands? or are you just making up that smear?

    [lprent: Perhaps you should look at the last link in the post and you might figure out it is a reasonable supposition that Cameron gets paid to run campaigns.

    http://www.thepaepae.com/as-playful-as-he-is-psychotic/

    Here is Cameron admitting he takes money for dirty campaigns.

    Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

    As the PaePae post says...

    By Cameron’s fevered reasoning, he clearly feels there’s nothing wrong with him pumping undeclared paid ‘advertorial’ and PR propaganda through his partisan sphincter to his blog’s witless, er, half-wit, no, unwitting audience.

    So long as Cameron agrees with the propaganda message, that’s Cameron’s integrity in action.

    Given that admission and that the communications guru inside John Key's office has clearly passed (at least) a photo to him for a post, it is perfectly legitimate to ask who and how much Cameron "demands" for this service. ]

    • Rogue Trooper 13.1

      even without such an ‘exchange’, a conflict (well, not for him) of interests appears.

    • chris73 13.2

      Evidence? Are you serious? We don’t need evidence (unless you’re criticizing anyone on the left in which case you better have links to back your assertions up)

      • andy (the other one) 13.2.1

        @Chris73

        Where is your number thingy?

        0xDEADD00D

      • Paul 13.2.2

        Your loyalty to the cause breaks new bounds.
        Unquestioning devoted and obsequious,
        Your masters should reward you for your devotion.

        • chris73 13.2.2.1

          Oh well when you’re being paid as much as I am by my Act overlords to go onto blogs and do what my masters bid its not such a bad thing you know

          • gobsmacked 13.2.2.1.1

            Just to clear this up, Chris …

            When David Cunliffe is Prime Minister (or Russel or Metiria if you prefer), will you, as a taxpayer, be happy to have your taxes going to political operators, working in your government, whose job is to attack Cunliffe’s opponents? Will you also be happy for this to be kept a secret from you? Will you be happy for Labour (or Greens etc) to lie to you about this?

            • chris73 13.2.2.1.1.1

              Well first off you have to prove thats whats happening in this case, which nobody has done yet

              • Paul

                That’s not an answer.

              • gobsmacked

                What would you like to be proved?

                Ede is real. His job is real. His confession is real. The blog is real. The taxes are real.

                Google if you want. But you don’t want.

              • lprent

                Ede has apologised already for passing the photo to Whaleoil

                http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/politics/9509926/PMs-adviser-takes-photos-for-WhaleOil

                So I guess that takes care of the means.

                The question is if this is one of Cameron’s ongoing “demand” situations where he gets paid for running dirty tricks campaigns. The second question is if it is, then how long has this relationship between John Keys office and Cameron been going on?

                The third question on everyone’s lips from here on out is going to be to ask Ede and Slater if they are working together for every one of Slater’s dirty campaigns.

                • Anne

                  how long has this relationship between John Keys office and Cameron been going on?

                  Since 2009 at the least? See my link @ 15

                  • Lanthanide

                    Not sure how Key having a drink with someone is evidence that his office works with them regularly, or indeed, ever.

                    • alwyn

                      Of course it is.
                      Now do you want the evidence that Cunliffe is selling out the Labour party by flying off on overseas trips with key while he passes over all the dirt.
                      It must be true. I’ve got a photo of them talking together.

                • karol

                  There’s also this quote in that article:

                  When asked by Fairfax Media in October about Ede’s relationship with Whale Oil, the spokeswoman said Ede was a senior adviser in the National leader’s office. He provided communication advice and support to the prime minister and to National Party MPs, including in the area of social media and other media.

                  “Jason works a lot in the area of social media and that includes getting out National’s message to a range of bloggers and other social media sites,” she said.

                  Who is the quote from, and who are the other bloggers? DPF?

                  • chris73

                    “It was a silly, spur of the moment thing to do, and I consulted no-one.”

                    - Consulted no-one, so unless anyone has any proof to say otherwise this is…nothing

                    • gobsmacked

                      and I consulted no-one

                      “Did you steal the money, Jimmy?”

                      “No I never, and nor did my mate Danny who definitely wasn’t with me.”

                      When people deny what they weren’t asked, only a fool believes.

                    • Pascal's bookie

                      Doesn’t matter if he consulted anyone or not. Who said he has to ‘consult someone’ every time he pushed lines to right wing bloggers? It’s his job.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      Why would National be silly enough to work directly with the blogs? According to some, no one reads those things.

                    • framu

                      if he consulted no-one – dont you think it odd he just up and decided to go and hide in some bushes first thing in the morning?

                      you really are stretching here chris – its actually a little funny watching you and other working so hard to avoid the actual issue.

                      The head of the PMs propaganda team, hides in bush first thing in the morning, goes running to whale oil, denies any kind of organsied effort by anyone involved

                      “look over there – unicorns!”

                    • karol

                      “Consulted with no one”

                      Hahahaha

                      You clearly don’t get how plausible deniability works. All it requires is for Ede to have the (as publicly stated) brief to pass on some info to selected “bloggers”, and maybe a nod/wink/ or explicit general instruction as to the type of stuff to be sent to the bloggers. Then Ede doesn’t need to “consult” on each bit secretly passed on to said bloggers.

                    • “It was a silly, spur of the moment thing to do, and I consulted no-one.”

                      I can see that ending up on a Tui billboard! :-D

                    • Tigger

                      By offering up the consultation denial he’s laid bare that, normally, he would consult higher ups when passing on information.

                      So what did Key know about past dirt that Sleede passed on?

                • Rogue Trooper

                  THIS is a very informative linking of the players Lyn

              • miked999

                And secondly, Cunliffe would have to become Prime Minister, so clearly we’re still very much in the realms of hypothetical situations, if not far-fetched fantasy.

      • North 13.2.3

        Gettin’ angry there Piss……..slow darling, slow. Pinch your inner wrist really really hard. Count to 10………Aw OK 7 then.

    • andy (the other one) 13.3

      @Thomas

      Is that you under a different pseudonym again Jason?

      OI am going to add a number string like chris73 upthread, cause its gangsta.

      0xD15EA5E

    • Thomas 13.4

      Thanks lprent. That definitely answers my question.

  14. Sanctuary 14

    Bit harsh on the use of the old ban stick there, just sayin’.

    • lprent 14.1

      On that particular topic I usually am. I’ve spent a large chunk of the last 6 years pointing out that no-one has ever managed to show that we’re an instrument of the Labour party, that our authors aren’t undisclosed MP’s, etc etc. Since the people making those types of claims never seem to listen to my responses, I don’t listen to them either.

      If anyone makes an assertion in any kind of framing (ie like Gormless framing it a a question) and they’ll have to wait for the next amnesty before they can comment here again. If it is a newbie then I might warn them. But these two both know the policy about this. They’ve had ample bans to read it before. If I’m not mistaken, both have had bans for exactly the same thing before. So I regard it as being a voluntary banning. They literally asked for it.

      Of course they always have the opportunity to provide proof of their allegations…. :twisted:

      • Rogue Trooper 14.1.1

        maybe they could take out an Ad

      • infused 14.1.2

        “Of course they always have the opportunity to provide proof of their allegations…. ”

        Well they don’t actually, since you insta ban them.

        • Pascal's bookie 14.1.2.1

          Well they do actually, when they make the claim.

        • lprent 14.1.2.2

          Duh. We’re not exactly the only blog around. I’m sure that they can find an outlet for any proof of their accusations if they ever discover some. There never is any. Because we don’t do the types of things that we get accused of.

          It is a self-martyrdom offense in the policy because it is a direct accusation that the site and its authors have ulterior motives for running the site that are not listed in the about. So I treat it as being a deliberate attack on the site and one that is designed to divert discussion. Which is why we usually get it in the first few comments of a post that is causing damage to to their heros.

          They should take responsibility for their deliberate actions, don’t you think?

        • Frank Macskasy 14.1.2.3

          @ Infused,

          Wouldn’t it be a cool idea if we could invent a means of communicating by telephonic lines, sending messages as bytes. We could call it, Electronic Mail. Or… ” Ee-Mail ” for short! Then banned people could ” Ee-Mail ” Lprent with their evidence; abject apology; and a nice cake. Or pic of a cake.

  15. Anne 15

    Remember this photograph from the 2009 Mt. Albert by-election? Cameron and John look pretty matey to me.

    John Key and Cameron Slater discuss latest gossip

    Can anyone blow up photo?

  16. chris73 16

    “Mind you Cameron Slater does need all the help he can get because he really isn’t the most competent person I’m aware of.”

    – So why is his blog more popular then this blog and Bombers blog combined…and probably doubled

    • Arfamo 16.1

      I think it’s the car crash phenomenon. People know it’s going to be horrible but they just have to look.

      • chris73 16.1.1

        and look and look and look and look, over and over and over and over, agian and again and again and again

        Snobbery aside Cameron Slater has, though his blog, gained more media coverage then all the authors of this blog combined (probably) which in of itself means little but what it does mean is hes out there putting out his point of view, influencing more people while having a great time doing it

        Thats impressive

        • Paul 16.1.1.1

          Really?
          You clearly have very different ideas on what is impressive to most people.
          I am not impressed by people who try to influence others through hate speech.
          You do.

          • chris73 16.1.1.1.1

            In your opinion its hate speech (one could argue that calling him blubbering boy as a reference to his weight and depression is hate speech or at the very least bullying)

            I’m impressed by the influence hes managed to create through a blog, how many political blogs are there? Heaps and how many bloggers make regular appearances in other media…not so many but he does

            The jealousy from other blogs is so think its almost palpable

            • Rogue Trooper 16.1.1.1.1.1

              compare and contrast the regular reference to political blogs in the MSM, by Bryce Edwards, for example; QoT is probably referenced more than WOBH ;)

            • Paul 16.1.1.1.1.2

              He has influence because of who he knows.
              Daddy’s boy.

        • andy (the other one) 16.1.1.2

          Is it Slaters Blog or Mr Eade and Mr Lusk pulling the strings?

          Only chris73 (ahem, Jason) knows.

          As for most popular, link bait is all that gets him hits.

          Where is your numbery thingy?

          0xB16B00B5

        • Rogue Trooper 16.1.1.3

          Helen Kelly, an identified TS author is way more well-known than CS, nationally and internationally.(on the political stage, not in the political Garbage, man).

        • North 16.1.1.4

          “Snobbery aside……” you say Piss……..then you start sort of congratulating Old SlaterPorn.

          Piss…..isn’t that “snobbery” mention, which you revealingly put aside, nought but hardout Freudian ? Like you know he’s repugnant and toxic and it embarrasses a part of you but……”Jesus I got no choice…….. I just gotta be the apologist !”

          Why ? “Oh for the selfish causes of the Prime Mournister of course”.

          • Rogue Trooper 16.1.1.4.1

            ‘Splitting’ (pathological) and ‘Projective Identification’ (immature)…just for starters.

            “slip slidin’ away, slip slidin’ away, you know the nearer the destination the more the Right slip away…”

        • North 16.1.1.5

          You never check the moral compass do you Piss ?

          Like, if it achieves the desired right wing result, or looks like it might that’s what’s important. And however disgraceful it is, sanely or not you see a well executed move and you are frenzy. The Crosby Textor Imperative ?

          Poor man Piss.

        • framu 16.1.1.6

          i see youve moved away from your previous failed line of distraction and settled with – “but hes soooooooooooo popular” – keep going, im interested to see where you run out of steam

          you do know that how popular you are has no bearing on whether your running a proxy dirty war or not?

    • Lanthanide 16.2

      Lynn’s repeated theory is because Whale Oil deliberately posts youtube and other ‘popular’ content to draw international clicks from search results.

      Obviously The Standard has standards about what is posted.

      • chris73 16.2.1

        and while that snobbery is all well and good Cameron Slater is the one being interviewed and influencing people

        • Arfamo 16.2.1.1

          Actually he’s not really in the news that much. His was the first blog of its type I ever came across but I found him so appallingly crass, crude and nasty I stopped reading it. He just seems such a sleazeball.

        • karol 16.2.1.2

          “snobbery” …. bwhahahahah!

          That’s a new way to describe a dislike of hate speech and Slater’s gutter politics and “dirty, disgusting and despicable” smear campaigns. Is “PC” as a criticism going out of favour?

        • emergency mike 16.2.1.3

          That’s not how you spell ‘standards’.

        • Pascal's bookie 16.2.1.4

          “Cameron Slater is the one being interviewed”

          fair call, he is in the media a lot, explaining himself.

        • North 16.2.1.5

          There you go Piss …….acknowledging the “snobbery” as a natural response to the bankruptcy of the ugly standards over at SlaterPorn. On top of your confession by way of Freudian slip that you share the common natural response.

          Now…….that wasn’t that bad was it ?

          Next ……..some aversion therapy I think.

          Sentenced to 3 months, 24/7, on SlaterPorn !

          [lprent: You can't sentence squat here. He generally tries not to step over moderation bounds. But I never rule out that anyone can suddenly decide to run against the electric fences for a quick fry up. ]

        • framu 16.2.1.6

          so a guy who famously photoshopped a 14 year olds face onto gay porn influences you?

          wow!

      • lprent 16.2.2

        Yeah we get something like 93% of our total page views from NZ. Aussie is next and then it is a tossup between the UK and the US. Our singleton and double page views are from all over the world, but most come through google

    • BM 16.3

      I do like the video’s he posts at night.
      Some of them can be quite entertaining.

      Cameron can be a bit of a fuckwit though with his over the top American Dad persona, he should dial it back a bit.

      • Arfamo 16.3.1

        Yeah, I don’t think he can though. I think he’s fundamentally an orc and nothing will change that.

        • BM 16.3.1.1

          I have noticed that.

          It’s like “Fuck, Man why are you making things so hard for yourself, think about what you’re doing, You’re a middle aged Man you should have grasped how things work by now”.

          If anything I find it quite frustrating, here’s a guy that’s worked really hard and is right there on the cusp of being quite successful but he keeps fucking things up because of his ego and what looks like acute paranoia

          • Arfamo 16.3.1.1.1

            I think it might actually be acute permanent adolescence.

            • Arfamo 16.3.1.1.1.1

              Whatever, I’ve lost interest in him already. Last thing I want to do is increase traffic to his site. I’ll just pick it up again next time he’s in Court. The dog needs a walk anyway. She’s a better use of my time than discussing Slater.

          • framu 16.3.1.1.2

            your a mystery to me BM – i disagree with much of what you say but then you go and cause me to re-evaluate every now and then

            :-)

            i mean that as a compliment – not a dig. I actually like that people who are probably polar opposites can so readily agree every now and then.

            Keeps it interesting and unpredictable

      • felix 16.3.2

        “I do like the video’s he posts at night.
        Some of them can be quite entertaining.”

        Yeah that’s all I ever go there for. Like most of his visitors I imagine.

    • lprent 16.4

      Because he posts a pile of videos and images on his site. That means he picks up google search traffic. The odd times we’ve had something going viral internationally we can easily get between 5 and 20x our usual page views on a post.

      The question should be how many NZ page views and visitors does he get.

      None of the other major NZ political sites like kiwiblog, this blog and the daily blog are that interested in merely getting page views from offshore. Cameron appears to be useless at working, so he is interested in advertising income to pay for himself.

      • chris73 16.4.1

        You keep telling yourself that

        • lprent 16.4.1.1

          Yeah, like I’m shallow enough to be interested just getting page views? Just at present it looks to me like his site puts up maybe half to twos thirds of the sites posts on non-political topics and most of those are just junk off the youtube.

          Lyn was filming a group of female bloggers coming through the country teaching exactly these kinds of techniques to make a blogsite pay. I’ll dig out the video.

          Basically when you climb a million page views over a few months with basically no interesting local content, then I’d ask whose course he’d been on.

        • North 16.4.1.2

          Piss…….you’re a rotten snob. Go away !

    • appleboy 16.5

      More popular? Reality TV is popular, but it’s shit. Watching pornography is ‘popular’ too. Doesn’t make it quality.

      • karol 16.5.1

        I’m also intrigued that those who support the smearing of beneficiaries and other low income people, are accusing others of “snobbery” for being anti- sleazy smears.

  17. MJ 17

    So- the obnoxious right is Collins, Whaleoil and Key’s office?

    They want to have cameras on all our lives, but they don’t like full transparency on their dealings.

    Vote ‘em out. Get a decent NZ back. Out with the obnoxious crony capitalists! Not derision, but proven facts.

  18. Lanthanide 18

    Pretty sure the title should be “so who pays whom”.

    • felix 18.1

      And AC/DC’s “Who Made Who”?

    • lprent 18.2

      Yeah I thought about that. Then I thought that it could be an organisation like the National party, which while being an entity, isn’t exactly a individual. Took me a coffee break to write the post, and could have taken me far longer to figure out the crazy language syntax without a compiler. So I played safe with the language and saved myself some time.

      • Lanthanide 18.2.1

        Haha! I’ve googled the rules for “whom” probably half a dozen times and still don’t remember it and don’t really fully understand it.

        English would be much easier with a compiler.

  19. Tracey 19

    Slater is generalky in the msn only when suing or being sued or outting salacious sex stories. Is that really “impressive” and “success”.

    I still believe he has elements of narcissism.

    If he were genuinely about shedding light in darkness he would not have so much focus on the left.

    hagar picks a cause… corngate… spying… lying about campaign partners.

    when the right smear campbell and hagar they forget corngate and clark

  20. captain hook 20

    who did what to whom is the rule and what slater does is crap on the whole world because he is just another anal retentive with issues about giving and recieving.
    what slater has done is show the rest of the world what a slimy little creep he is.

  21. tinfoilhat 21

    This site seems to be a bit fixated with salter and his blog.

    • That’s ok, Tinfoilhat …

      Slater repays the favour every so often.

    • lprent 21.2

      Not really. We tend to write posts on whatever is around. In this case we’ve had the news about the Blomfield case decision from September 22nd being reported last week. This has implications for blogs.

      This week Jason Ede from the Prime Minister office feeding Whaleoil this week. This leads to the question about taxpayers money being expended on a politically partizan blogger.

      Before that a month or so ago, we had the John Palino’s National-backed campaign leaking information to Whaleoil and that connection becoming public.

      We really can’t help it if Whaleoil keeps screwing up and providing us material to discuss…

      • Rogue Trooper 21.2.1

        just to reiterate, Permission to grant GF a pass; They are interesting, and these are easy traps to fall into.

    • aluminium wafer headgear 21.3

      we need more sites like this commenting on Slater and National. it is a welcome relief to read articles like this, the comments are gold too.

    • chris73 21.4

      Well I’m guessing they’re hoping to get their pages view up by tail-gating on Whaleoils popularity…

      • Rogue Trooper 21.4.1

        Ha Ha! :-P (couldn’t even download his site last , late, evening, no problems with TS, Lyn has customized it faster, spy all you want).

  22. Ratty 22

    The wheels on the bus go ‘bump bump bump’

  23. unsol 23

    Anyone who knows anything about politics knows that there is a lot of nudge nudge wink wink going on behind the scenes on all sides of the political spectrum, a lot more than mere cup of teas, but this kind of behaviour & Cameron’s efforts to try & establish a claim of hypocrisy against the MSM just wreaks of desperation & gutter politics…literally as Ede was actually crouching down & photographing rubbish. Such silliness. Plus there is the irony – in his post on this Cameron refers to the media as a separate entity yet in his defamation suit isn’t he claiming he is one of them?

    Anyhoo. This post does raise some very fair questions re Ede vs Slater & the Nat’s involvement as a whole. If Labour was in government then yes, some suspicions or claims like those mentioned from the commentators at the beginning would warrant concern, or at the very least further investigation. But they are not. National is and even if we all know that Cameron is Judith’s ‘Trevor’, John Key would without a doubt know that this kind of rubbish is going on. Which makes him complicit & just as dodgy. Which where MPs are concerned is expected, but didn’t he campaign on being a little different? Not an institutionalised polly?

    So I wonder whether he is man or mouse – I think probably latter; as a centre-right voter I of course prefer his policies, but his spinelessness is starting to annoy me & I have had a gutsful of this kind of rubbish. I accept it was how things used to always be done (in one form or another seeing as we didn’t have blogs 30 years ago!), but these days I think we have the right to expect & demand more from our MPs. JK clearly doesn’t have as much control as what he would like us to think & without question there is just as much, if not more, division in the Nat’s camp as there is in Labour’s.

    I hate think how smutty the election campaign is going to get. If these past couple of months are anything to go by it will be about anything BUT the policies.

    And I have to say that DC is looking awfully mature in contrast to Collins et al.

  24. ghostrider888 24

    Excellent: See, they are underestimating the growing sophistication of the electorate, not in the least through social media, a great deal of this awareness being demonstrated in blogs; personally, I have begun interacting wider recently (not without caution), yet, the more windows you open the more light you let in supercedes “sunlight is the blah blah”, I mean, an ecological metaphor from the Right, “Yeah Right NZPURE” . Great stuff comes in from feeds, as Arfamo suggested, staggering.

  25. ghostwhowalksnz 25

    So its our turn to play

    #HeyJason

  26. SPC 26

    Nice expose in the mainstream media of how someone in the PM’s office uses the whale oil blog to support the government. Or is that harpooning the hypocrisy of the “independent” blog?

    Clearly the government does not want to increase the MW and is opposed to the living wage campaign as well.

    So to undermine support for the parliamentary and Beehive cleaners getting a higher wage, someone who works there offers photos of the mess made there by mainstream media.

    The message to them is clear be seen as supporting opposition campaigns such as this, by giving them media coverage and the government will play dirty. It shows that there is little real regret over the spying on journalists, and that this is probably still occurring.

    It’s just the same as that person who had his electronics taken off him at Auckland airport after attending an anti state surveillance meeting in the UK, it is to send a message that the state/government regards being held accountable to the people as a threat to them as they would rather be entrenched in power.

    Jason Ede’s claim to be acting “independently” through the “independent” blog is true only up to a point. He is on the tit of the powerful one, one clearing in bed with the global financial system and related security apparatus.

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/politics/9509926/PMs-adviser-takes-photos-for-WhaleOil

    • Rogue Trooper 26.1

      Yes! those electronic items being ‘flagged’ for Customs; wotteva! Grateful to see that reported on.

  27. captain hook 27

    the thing about loathsome articles like slater is that they are really trying to compensate for the things that they would like to do themsleves but are too chickenshit to do.

  28. BEATINGTHEBOKS 28

    No one really cares about a few journos having a piss up. So what. People enjoy themselves at christmas. Far as I’m concerned if no one made a dickhead of themselves no harm done. Let the cleaners earn their living wage and shut the fuck up. Just saying , merry christmas bean counters. Have some fun, forget about the bill for a few days, you’re not going to live forever. Not really making a political statement here cept to have a drink with someone different to you at this time of year and see what happens ( please dont hit them ).

  29. captain hook 29

    old blubberguts was bleating to his pals at radio sport over the weekend about having his psychopathology examined.
    Next year someone will really go after him and never forget that time wounds all heels.

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    Speech – New Zealand Government Following some challenging years, there are strong indications of improved results for many companies in the sector this year.Nathan Guy 28 JULY, 2014 Speech to Red Meat Sector conference Good evening and thank you for...
    Its our future | 28-07
  • Govt fudging figures over Transmission Gully – Green Party media rele...
    The government is fudging the figures over Wellington road project, Transmission Gully, the Green Party said today.The New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) said today it had let the contract to a Public Private Partnership (PPP) for "a net present cost...
    Greens | 29-07
  • New Zealand criticised by Pacific Island leaders
    New Zealand needs to listen to Pacific Island leaders when it comes to climate change action, said the Green Party today. Discontent with New Zealand and Australia is rife at the 2014 Pacific Islands Forum leaders' summit which commenced today...
    Greens | 29-07
  • National’s desperate oil drilling agenda exposed
    A Wall Street Journal article exposing the Government's attempts to lure deep sea oil drillers to New Zealand shows National will stop at nothing to open up our coastlines to deep sea oil, the Green Party said today.The article outlines...
    Greens | 29-07
  • Out of touch Brownlee gets numbers wrong
    Gerry Brownlee has shown how badly he is managing the rebuild by getting his figures wrong on how many houses are needed in Christchurch, Labour’s EQC spokesperson Clayton Cosgrove says. “Gerry Brownlee today tried to poor cold water on the...
    Labour | 29-07
  • Annette Sykes to launch campaign for Waiariki Annette Sykes, MANA candidate...
    At midday tomorrow, Annette Sykes will officially launch her campaign to win the Waiariki electorate seat for MANA in the upcoming general election. “A key goal for MANA this election is to mobilise our people to vote, especially rangatahi, and...
    Mana | 28-07
  • Minister shouldn’t stop Fish and Game doing its job
    It seems that Conservation Minister Nick Smith has again been caught out interfering to allow more pollution in our rivers, the Green Party said today. Last year the Department of Conservation submission on the proposed Ruataniwha Dam was suppressed after...
    Greens | 28-07
  • Public deserves electoral integrity
    National's deals with spent political forces ACT and United Future will be met with a deepening sense of unease over the manipulation of MMP, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says."These parties have no electoral mandate and will return to Parliament only...
    Labour | 28-07
  • Out of control costs raise questions about National Science Challenges
    Amid strong criticism of the value of the National Science Challenges from some of the country’s senior scientists, new figures show administrative costs are skyrocketing while the level of investment in actual science remains a mystery, says Labour’s Innovation, Research...
    Labour | 28-07
  • Low build numbers and faulty repairs: what has Brownlee been doing?
    Despite being a man in a hurry new figures show just 2160 new homes, thousands fewer than needed, have been built under Gerry Brownlee in the last two years, say Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford and EQC spokesperson Clayton Cosgrove....
    Labour | 28-07
  • Joyce’s heavy hand stifling innovation
    The National Government should allow scientists and businesses to get on with innovation rather than allow Steven Joyce's heavy hand to direct it, Green Party Co-leader Dr Russel Norman said today. Dr Norman was responding to reports today that several...
    Greens | 27-07
  • CERA spends almost $2m on 7000 flights
    CERA has spent $1.8 million on 7286 flights from Christchurch to Wellington in three years – a huge waste of money as Cantabrians still wait for solutions, Labour’s EQC spokesperson Clayton Cosgrove says. “Of course CERA officials do need to...
    Labour | 27-07
  • Nick Smith oversteps the mark yet again
    Nick Smith has yet again completely overstepped the mark as a minister – this time with a threat to muzzle Fish and Game if they don’t keep in line with Government’s views, says Labour’s Conservation spokesperson Ruth Dyson. “Nick Smith...
    Labour | 27-07
  • Georgina Beyer to stand for MANA in Te Tai Tonga
    “It’s great to have Georgie on board” said Hone Harawira, MANA Leader and Te Tai Tokerau MP.  ”She’s strong-minded, stands up to be counted, and has fought for the rights of those who haven’t had any – and won.  That...
    Mana | 27-07
  • Green Party launches plan to protect our beaches from oil spills
    The Green Party today launched its plan to protect New Zealand beaches from oil spills. The plan is the second component of the Party's environmental priority this election: Rivers clean enough to swim in again, and beaches safe from oil...
    Greens | 26-07
  • Auckland rail use spike shows need to start link now
    The Green Party today welcomes Auckland Transport figures showing rail patronage has soared by 23 percent in June from June 2013, demonstrating both the value of electrification and the need to immediately get cracking building the Auckland City Rail link."We...
    Greens | 25-07
  • Soaring rail use in Auckland shows need for rail link now
    The Green Party today welcomes Auckland Transport figures showing rail patronage has soared by 23 percent in June from June 2013, demonstrating both the value of electrification and the need to immediately get cracking building the Auckland City Rail link."We...
    Greens | 25-07
  • Puhoi-Warkworth decision doesn’t stack up
    The Board of Inquiry decision on the Puhoi-Warkworth motorway gives the green light to a project that doesn’t stack up, says Labour’s Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford. “Labour would spend $320 million immediately to fix the accident black spots, put in...
    Labour | 25-07
  • Key must stand Brownlee down during investigation
    The wise thing for the Prime Minister to do is ask Gerry Brownlee to hand in his transport warrant and to stand him down for the duration of the CAA investigation, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “It’s not good enough...
    Labour | 25-07
  • Puhoi highway won’t help Northland roads
    The draft decision by the Environmental Protection Agency to grant resource consent to the proposed $1.65 billion Puhoi motorway doesn't stop it being a waste of money, the Green Party said today. "The Puhoi motorway is an unnecessary waste of...
    Greens | 25-07
  • Green Party to focus on issues not sideshows
    The Green Party has launched its creative for the 2014 election; Love New Zealand. The Green Party campaign focuses on the issues where there is concern that we do not love New Zealand enough; our increasingly polluted environment, increased poverty...
    Greens | 25-07
  • Coleman must come clean about FBI briefing
    Former Immigration Minister Jonathan Coleman must come clean about when he was told the FBI was investigating Kim Dotcom, Labour’s Associate Security and Intelligence spokesperson Grant Robertson says. “Jonathan Coleman has previously said ministers were not aware of the American...
    Labour | 25-07
  • Regional economies need 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 economies, Labour’s MP for Hauraki-Waikato Nanaia Mahuta says. “The Canpac site has effectively responded...
    Labour | 25-07
  • Kiwis to get the final vote on amalgamation
    New Zealanders will get the right to have a final say on any proposed local body amalgamations, says Labour’s local government spokesperson Su’a William Sio releasing Labour’s Local Government policy today....
    Labour | 24-07
  • Dr Rajen Prasad’s Valedictory Statement
    Draft Hansard Parliamentary Record. Subject to correction. Bula vinaka. Namaste, Mr Assistant Speaker. Thank you very much. Tēnā koe. I am a lucky migrant and am privileged to have received as much as I have from this country for over...
    Labour | 24-07
  • Darien Fenton’s Valedictory Statement
    Nga mihi nui - kia koutou. I acknowledge all Members of Parliament I have served with and I do so without rancour or criticism. Over nearly nine years in parliament I’ve found that despite furious debate about political difference, most...
    Labour | 24-07
  • Immigation and Kim Dotcom – Harawira
    “I just got a call from National Business Review reporter, asking whether there was any contradiction between my thoughts on immigration in 2009 and now, particularly given MANA’s newly minted relationship with Kim Dotcom” said MANA leader and Tai Tokerau...
    Mana | 24-07
  • Nats to announce 2nd crossing without rail
    Labour Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford says it has been leaked to him that John Key will rule out a rail option when announcing an accelerated timeframe for Auckland’s $5 billion second harbour crossing next month. “I understand the Government’s plan...
    Labour | 24-07
  • “They put Maori centre stage” – Harawira
    “I’m sorry I can’t be at parliament for the valedictory speeches of Tariana Turia and Pita Sharples” said Hone Harawira, MANA Leader and MP for Tai Tokerau, ”but I’d like to add my own best wishes as they reach the end...
    Mana | 24-07
  • ACT trying to have it both ways on zoning
    ACT Party candidate David Seymour’s campaign against changes to school zones in the Epsom electorate looks hollow given his party’s commitment to the abolition of school zoning altogether, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “It’s disingenuous for David Seymour to...
    Labour | 24-07
  • Interest rate rise will hit the regions
    The latest interest rate rise will hit the fragile regional economies of  New Zealand and hurt exporters by putting more upward pressure on the exchange rate, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker.  “The regions are already hit by dropping  export...
    Labour | 24-07
  • Burning the flag or accepting the evil
    Burning the Israeli flag in Auckland in protest over the murder of innocent civilians in Gaza is nothing to be ashamed of” said MANA Leader and Tai Tokerau MP, Hone Harawira. “Calling for both sides to stand down when one side...
    Mana | 23-07
  • Photo op disguises abysmal failure
    John Key’s opening of four Housing NZ units in Bexley today is nothing more than an insincere photo op designed to hide the Government’s failure to rebuild the housing stock destroyed by the earthquakes, says Labour’s Associate Housing spokesperson Poto...
    Labour | 23-07
  • TAXPAYER UNION “outrageously stupid”
    Jordan Williams, Executive Director of the Taxpayers’ Union says a MANA billboard “appears to have been funded by taxpayers”, and calls it “an outrageous use of taxpayer money”. “But the only thing that is outrageous, is how outrageously stupid Jordan Williams was...
    Mana | 23-07
  • Green Party launches Solar in Schools policy
    The Green Party will help schools install solar and save money on their power bills by investing $20 million into solar PV systems in schools. The $20 million is expected to:Help around 500 schools install solar over three yearsResult in...
    Greens | 23-07
  • Extent of job losses at Invermay remain hidden
    Despite growing concern in the agriculture and science sectors, both AgResearch management and the Minister responsible are continuing to hide the true extent of job losses at AgResearch’s Invermay campus, Labour’s MP for Dunedin North David Clark says. “Science and...
    Labour | 23-07
  • Tōku reo, tōku oho oho, tōku reo, tōku mapihi maurea – MANA launches ...
    “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”, saidMANA deputy leader and candidate for Waiariki, Annette Sykes. “MANA’s policy is based on a love...
    Mana | 23-07
  • Connectivity Upgrade to close digital divide
    Labour will close the digital divide with its Connectivity Upgrade to ensure all New Zealanders can be part of a growing, more connected economy and have the right to access quality broadband, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says.  “The digital revolution...
    Labour | 23-07
  • New parents deserve support – Labour will deliver
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    Labour | 23-07
  • National refuses meeting with Maui’s advocates
    National has refused a briefing from a group of Maui's dolphins experts, whose research shows 80 per cent of New Zealanders want greater protection for the critically endangered dolphin, the Green Party said today.Dolphin campaigner Gemma McGrath and marine scientist...
    Greens | 23-07
  • MANA Tamaki send a challenge to Labour
    “Labour should set the agenda and purposely do something positively controversial once a week”, said MANA candidate for Mt Albert, Joe Carolan. “A good start would be for all Labour Auckland MPs and members to join the Justice for Palestine...
    Mana | 23-07
  • 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 need for further research, says Labour’s Conservation spokesperson Ruth Dyson.  “Labour backs the public call...
    Labour | 23-07
  • 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 Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins. “Valley School in Pukekohe was advised in an email from the...
    Labour | 23-07
  • 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 economies, Labour’s MP for Hauraki-Waikato Nanaia Mahuta says. “The Canpac site has effectively responded...
    Labour | 23-07
  • 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 Expenditure Committee this morning, says Maryan Street, Labour’s State Services spokesperson.  ...
    Labour | 23-07
  • 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 already lost hundreds of jobs, Labour says. Labour’s Social Development spokesperson and Hamilton-based list MP Sue...
    Labour | 23-07
  • 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 not be used as an excuse to take resources away from the capital, Wellington Labour MPs...
    Labour | 22-07
  • 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 David Cunliffe says. “While the regions are crying out for sustainable growth and job opportunities,...
    Labour | 22-07
  • 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 for other alternatives to be given a fair hearing, Wellington Labour MPs Grant Robertson and...
    Labour | 22-07
  • Reo Māori Policy Launch
    MANA will be launching its Reo Māori policy at 10am Thursday 24 July, at Matangireia (the old Māori Affairs Select Committee room at Parliament). We will also be addressing our concerns regarding the Minister of Māori Affairs Māori Language Strategy...
    Mana | 22-07
  • Basin Flyover decision victory for common sense
    The Green Party welcomed the Environmental Protection Authority's draft decision announced today not to allow the $90 million Basin Reserve flyover in Wellington to proceed."Both popular and expert opinion opposed the flyover. The proposal was expensive, unnecessary and would have...
    Greens | 22-07
  • Govt fudging figures over Transmission Gully – Green Party media release
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: Govt fudging figures over Transmission Gully – Green Party media release Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | Press Release “The Government needs to come clean. In fact, the cost is $125 million per...
    The Daily Blog | 29-07
  • New Zealand criticised by Pacific Island leaders
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: New Zealand criticised by Pacific Island leaders Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | Press Release “John Key and his government need to step up and take climate change seriously.” New Zealand needs to...
    The Daily Blog | 29-07
  • So where are the Taxpayer’s Union on Simon Bridges luxury oil dinners?
    So where is David Farrar’s astroturf fake union, the Taxpayer’s Union, to criticise the quarter of a million spent on luxury wine and food to woo the oil industry then? Luxury oil summit during Rugby Cup was an ‘investment’Energy Minister...
    The Daily Blog | 29-07
  • ACT show their true racist colours
    ACT Party conference in Epsom last week At some point ACTs low poll ratings were going to have to force ACT to stop pretending to be some free market under grad fantasy and get them back to their true purpose...
    The Daily Blog | 29-07
  • Broken English, broken government, broken climate
    Bill English’s unguarded statements on climate change demonstrate just how out of touch the National Party leadership really is, and how important it is that they should be forced to face facts. A couple of weeks ago finance minister Bill...
    The Daily Blog | 29-07
  • GUEST BLOG: Kelly Ellis – Privilege Lost
    Elton John didn’t get it wrong when said that sorry was the hardest word. It’s a word whose mere utterance can be seized upon as a sign of weakness and topic of ridicule, while simultaneously expressing understanding and opening the...
    The Daily Blog | 29-07
  • GUEST POST: Curwen Rolinson – A Vote For NZF Is A Vote For NZF – For Na...
    I’m loving this “Duelling Banjos” thing me and Bomber have got going on at the moment - he writes a piece castigating NZF for imminent existential failure due to Cons, I write a refutation setting out why we’ll be back. He writes a...
    The Daily Blog | 29-07
  • Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, holidays
    Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking on Radio Hauraki...
    The Daily Blog | 29-07
  • Laila Harre to run against Key in Helensville
    Another full house in Rotorua as part of Internet MANAs road trip Another day, another full house for the Internet MANA road trip. John Armstrong understands the energy now swirling around Internet MANA, and the latest announcements of Georgina Beyer...
    The Daily Blog | 29-07
  • Waiting for Gower’s Twittering of indignation…
    .   . Key has made his call; deals with ACT and Peter Dunne are in – a deal with the CCCP (Colin Craig’s Conservative Party), is out; . . Now we can look forward to TV3′s political commentator, Patrick...
    The Daily Blog | 29-07
  • National’s desperate oil drilling agenda exposed
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: National’s desperate oil drilling agenda exposed Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | Press Release A Wall Street Journal article exposing the Government’s attempts to lure deep sea oil drillers to New Zealand shows...
    The Daily Blog | 29-07
  • Owner of Kiwis’ favourite tacos takes bold stand for climate action
    MIL OSI – Source: Oxfam NZ – Headline: Owner of Kiwis' favourite tacos takes bold stand for climate action The maker of Old El Paso tacos, Betty Crocker cake mixes and Haagan Daz ice-cream has today committed to industry-leading measures...
    The Daily Blog | 29-07
  • Out of touch Brownlee gets numbers wrong
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Out of touch Brownlee gets numbers wrong Gerry Brownlee has shown how badly he is managing the rebuild by getting his figures wrong on how many houses are needed in Christchurch, Labour’s...
    The Daily Blog | 29-07
  • GUEST BLOG: Michael Wood: Weekend at Bernie’s lll – ACT in Epsom
    While no one will be surprised by yesterday’s deal to prop up ACT in Epsom, the audacity of it is still astounding. ACT is a political corpse. Their sole MP has been found guilty of electoral fraud and bides his...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • So how’s all the ‘ Labour Party man ban’ hysteria working out for you...
    Remember all the screams from the media at the so called ‘man ban’ of the Labour Party? Labour’s attempt at gender equality was really just more evidence of Labour’s man hate,  feminists were taking over, heterosexual red blooded men burnt at the stake....
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Paul Henry; the issue is you, not flag-burning
    There will always be reductive, dangerous and reactionary responses to different forms of oppressive violence by our western, often biased, mainstream media. These reactionary responses purposefully distract from the real issues and those who are at the root and the...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Oh now John Armstrong and Vernon Small want to talk about policy?
    The audacity of the mainstream media seems to know no end. This week both John Armstrong and Vernon Small had the hilarity to demand a focus on policy and not ‘gotcha’ politics… John Armstrong: The ‘gotcha politics’ disease is afflicting...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • “They put Maori centre stage” – Harawira
    MIL OSI – Source: Mana Movement – Headline: “They put Maori centre stage” – Harawira  Posted on July 24, 2014 by admin in Hone Harawira, Press Releases“I’m sorry I can’t be at parliament for the valedictory speeches of Tariana Turia...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Burning the flag or accepting the evil
    MIL OSI – Source: Mana Movement – Headline: Burning the flag or accepting the evil Posted on July 24, 2014 by admin in Hone Harawira, Press ReleasesBurning the Israeli flag in Auckland in protest over the murder of innocent civilians...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • TAXPAYER UNION “outrageously stupid”
    MIL OSI – Source: Mana Movement – Headline: TAXPAYER UNION “outrageously stupid” Posted on July 24, 2014 by admin in Hone Harawira, Press ReleasesJordan Williams, Executive Director of the Taxpayers’ Union says a MANA billboard “appears to have been funded by taxpayers”,...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Tōku reo, tōku oho oho, tōku reo, tōku mapihi maurea – MANA launches ...
    MIL OSI – Source: Mana Movement – Headline: Tōku reo, tōku oho oho, tōku reo, tōku mapihi maurea – MANA launches te reo Māori policy  Posted on July 24, 2014 by admin in Annette Sykes, Press Releases, Te Hamua Nikora“MANA...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Green Party launches Solar in Schools policy
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: Green Party launches Solar in Schools policy Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | Press Release Our Solar in Schools policy will allow them to save money on electricity – money which can be...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Media Release: New report on GP costs for 6-17 year olds
    MIL OSI – Source: Child Poverty Action Group – Headline: Media Release: New report on GP costs for 6-17 year olds 24 July 2014 Free doctor’s visits should be extended to all children under 18 as GP charges are a...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • 3 reasons why I can’t care about Gerry Brownlee’s airport security fias...
    I find it very difficult to get upset about Gerry Brownlee barging through airport security for 3 simple reasons. Firstly I think airport security in this country is a total farce. Why we need to be conditioned to security searches...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • How the Opposition win Epsom now Key has cemented Goldsmith into place
    One fear I had this election would be that National listened to Matthew Hooton and removed Goldsmith from the ballot box to leave the race open enough for David Seymour to ensure an ACT Party victory. Thankfully National Party hubris...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Now Conservative Party has been killed off, is a vote for NZ First a vote f...
    Are Winston and John Key new Best Friends Forever?   Colin Craig and his Conservative Party have been cleverly played and tricked and trapped by National. Whatever promises and flirtations Key made with Craig last year have eventuated into nothing....
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • The front page the NZ Herald would use if they thought they could get away ...
    The front page the NZ Herald would use if they thought they could get away with it...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Best National Party Billboard
    Best National Party Billboard...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Annette Sykes to launch campaign for Waiariki Annette Sykes, MANA candidate...
    MIL OSI – Source: Mana Movement – Headline: Annette Sykes to launch campaign for Waiariki Annette Sykes, MANA candidate for Waiariki Posted on July 28, 2014 by admin in Annette Sykes, Press ReleasesAt midday tomorrow, Annette Sykes will officially launch...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Something Fishy About Nick Smith’s Game.
    NICK SMITH’S crude intimidation of the Fish and Game Council points to the bleakest of environmental futures should National be re-elected on 20 September. It is now considerably clearer than 60 percent of New Zealand’s lakes, rivers and streams that...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Minister shouldn’t stop Fish and Game doing its job
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: Minister shouldn’t stop Fish and Game doing its job Monday, 28 Jul 2014 | Press Release Fish and Game is supposed to advocate for clean and healthy rivers, it’s the law. It...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Key’s odd personal hypocrisy in Epsom, his kiss of death to the Maori Par...
    Aside from tricking Colin Craig into running in an electorate National can crush him in, John Key has announced three things in his election deals that are ill thought out. The first is his deal with the Maori Party. At a time...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Public deserves electoral integrity
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Public deserves electoral integrity National’s deals with spent political forces ACT and United Future will be met with a deepening sense of unease over the manipulation of MMP, Labour Leader David Cunliffe...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Out of control costs raise questions about National Science Challenges
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Out of control costs raise questions about National Science Challenges Amid strong criticism of the value of the National Science Challenges from some of the country’s senior scientists, new figures show administrative...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Low build numbers and faulty repairs: what has Brownlee been doing?
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Low build numbers and faulty repairs: what has Brownlee been doing? Despite being a man in a hurry new figures show just 2160 new homes, thousands fewer than needed, have been built...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • UNEMIG: Disgraced hotel operator still hasn’t learned
    MIL OSI – Source: First Union – Headline: UNEMIG: Disgraced hotel operator still hasn’t learned A publicly disgraced Auckland hotel is still not paying their workers the minimum wage, according to the Union Network of Migrants (UNEMIG). Last week the...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Christchurch CHEP workers walk off the job again
    MIL OSI – Source: First Union – Headline: Christchurch CHEP workers walk off the job again Workers at Brambles-owned CHEP Christchurch have walked off the job again today to protest the employer’s refusal to negotiate an improved pay offer, according...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Why it’s all over for the Conservative Party
    Whatever flirtations were made months ago to Colin Craig by National strategists, the polling must have come back showing them too much of their soft urban vote would walk if Key was in Government with Colin Craig.  The necessary inside muscle to...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Balance in the NZ Herald and has something gone terribly wrong at the Heral...
    So the ‘balance’ in the NZ Herald this year for the election will be… Guest columnists will include the acerbic Cactus Kate from the radical right, former Labour candidate Josie Pagani and broadcaster Mark Sainsbury. Right, so that would be...
    The Daily Blog | 27-07
  • Joyce’s heavy hand stifling innovation
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: Joyce’s heavy hand stifling innovation Monday, 28 Jul 2014 | Press Release “The heavy hand of Steven Joyce is destroying New Zealand’s innovation economy.” The National Government should allow scientists and businesses...
    The Daily Blog | 27-07
  • CERA spends almost $2m on 7000 flights
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: CERA spends almost $2m on 7000 flights CERA has spent $1.8 million on 7286 flights from Christchurch to Wellington in three years – a huge waste of money as Cantabrians still wait...
    The Daily Blog | 27-07
  • Nick Smith oversteps the mark yet again
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Nick Smith oversteps the mark yet again Nick Smith has yet again completely overstepped the mark as a minister – this time with a threat to muzzle Fish and Game if they...
    The Daily Blog | 27-07
  • Phew – National Party hubris seals strategy
    The National Party are bot listening to Matthew Hooton. Phew. Hooton has crunched the numbers and based on past polling National always drops 6 points come election day. National aren’t listening. Barging through the need to cut deals with all...
    The Daily Blog | 27-07
  • Noam Chomsky on the TPPA
    Noam Chomsky on the TPPA...
    The Daily Blog | 27-07
  • Unacceptable secrecy around labelling people terrorists
    It’s good to see the Sunday Star-Times attempting to get more information from government agencies about Daryl Jones, the Kiwi killed in a US drone strike in Yemen.  The paper is right to complain about the government’s refusal to provide...
    The Daily Blog | 27-07
  • A critical deconstruction of John Key – what’s behind the facade?
    Aspiring national leaders need a popular narrative of their rise to power.  Once in office, the narrative can be refined to fit the requirements of leadership and re-election.  Such is the purpose of John Roughan’s John Key: Portrait of  a...
    The Daily Blog | 27-07
  • Radio Live – off Mark
    The Top Marks lasted five weeks on Mediaworks radio station The Sound. This may have something to do with last being relevant in the mid-1980s when there were only two commercial FM licences in Auckland and they were on one...
    The Daily Blog | 27-07
  • Wellingtonians say ‘No!’ to Israeli aggression
    .   . Wellington, NZ, 26 July – About 600 Wellingtonians, and from further afield, met at the Cuba Mall Bucket fountain under a wintery sunny sky, to protest Israel’s continuing aggression in the Gaza strip, which – at the...
    The Daily Blog | 27-07
  • Greens call for shipping lanes backed by Maritime Union
    MIL OSI – Source: Maritime Union of New Zealand – Headline: Greens call for shipping lanes backed by Maritime Union The Maritime Union is backing the Green Party’s policy to implement compulsory shipping lanes for coastal shipping, announced 27 July...
    The Daily Blog | 27-07
  • Government needs to get Fishing reform bill passed now
    MIL OSI – Source: Maritime Union of New Zealand – Headline: Government needs to get Fishing reform bill passed now The Maritime Union is urging the Government to push through a Bill reforming the fishing industry. Maritime Union of New...
    The Daily Blog | 27-07
  • Māori Privilege
    Contrary to what some may believe, Māori aren't privileged citizens of Aotearoa New Zealand. Dr (yes this guy is learned) Jamie Whyte and Winston Peters would obviously beg to differ, as their recent remarks clearly propagate a narrative that belongs...
    Scoop politics | 29-07
  • We need a civilised discussion about racial law
    Yesterday I published the speech that I gave to the ACT Party Waikato Conference on Saturday. It concerned a fundamental principle of Western civilisation....
    Scoop politics | 29-07
  • Returns Not Royal Treatment Will Lead to Investment
    Reacting to the NZ Herald’s reporting of a $240,000 bill for taxpayers to wine and dine eleven oil executives - including four nights' luxury accommodation, a sailing trip, and two Rugby World Cup games, Jordan Williams, Executive Director of the...
    Scoop politics | 29-07
  • SFO Must Examine Disappearance of Tuwharetoa’s $20m
    Reacting to the NZ Herald’s report into suspected financial irregularities at Tuwharetoa since its Treaty Settlement in 2008, Jordan Williams, Executive Director of the Taxpayers’ Union , says:...
    Scoop politics | 29-07
  • ACT leader’s race-based privilege claims “preposterous”
    Historian Professor Paul Moon has blasted ACT leader Jamie Whyte’s recent policy announcement on so-called race-based legislation....
    Scoop politics | 29-07
  • Harré: It’s Game on in Helensville
    Harré: It’s Game on in Helensville Internet Party Leader Laila Harré will stand in John Key’s Helensville electorate because “the Prime Minister has some explaining to do”. Ms Harré wants to debate Mr Key at candidate meetings in his own...
    Scoop politics | 29-07
  • Ministers condemned for failing to meet Papuan journalist
    West Papua Action Auckland is shocked that that Ministers Coleman and Tolley have decided against giving even a brief time to meet with visiting Papuan journalist Victor Mambor (Chair of the Papua Chapter of the Association of Independent Journalists...
    Scoop politics | 29-07
  • Cliff Curtis Apolitical
    While I respect my cousin Annette Sykes commitment in engaging in the political process, I do not endorse or support any political party. I respect all candidates who make the commitment to stand for political office. It requires and takes...
    Scoop politics | 29-07
  • National getting students into science
    National Party Hutt South candidate Chris Bishop today supported the government’s launch of A Nation of Curious Minds: He Whenua Hirihi I te Mahara, a programme to boost community involvement in the science sector....
    Scoop politics | 29-07
  • NZ NGOs respond to the worsening humanitarian crisis in Gaza
    NZ NGOs are responding to the worsening humanitarian crisis in the Gaza strip with news today of an upsurge in violence and an increasing number of civilian casualties....
    Scoop politics | 29-07
  • ACT Candidate for Epsom delighted by second endorsement
    ACT Candidate for Epsom delighted by second endorsement David Seymour, ACT Candidate for Epsom 29/07/2014...
    Scoop politics | 29-07
  • Colin Craig (sic) Launches New Website
    Colin Craig today advised that his web presence was not large enough, especially when compared to similarly polling parties such as the Internet/Mana Party. “After extensive discussion and advice from my full time legal team, and my IT part timer...
    Scoop politics | 29-07
  • Spat between Minister Smith and Fish and Game overdue – ACT
    With the latest spat between Minister Nick Smith and Fish and Games Bryce Johnston hitting fever pitch, ACT Primary Industry Spokesman Don Nicolson says a review of the Fish and Game legislation will be an ACT ambition in the next...
    Scoop politics | 29-07
  • Maori King challenges Ngapuhi leader to front up
    Following his strong condemnation of the Maori King, Tuheitia yesterday, Ngapuhi kaumatua David Rankin has received a challenge this afternoon from prominent Kingitanga [King Movement] supporter Mamae Takerei....
    Scoop politics | 29-07
  • ACT Speech to Waikato Conference: Race has no place in law
    David Cunliffe recently apologised to a Women’s Refuge symposium: “I don't often say it – I'm sorry for being a man … because family and sexual violence is overwhelmingly perpetrated by men.” The Prime Minister accused Cunliffe of being insincere....
    Scoop politics | 29-07
  • Greg Campbell Chief Executive of Wellington Regional Council
    Chair of Wellington Regional Council, Fran Wilde today announced the appointment of Greg Campbell as Chief Executive of the Council. Greg Campbell will take up the role in September following the departure of outgoing Chief Executive David Benham...
    Scoop politics | 29-07
  • We are going to campaign harder
    “It was great news to learn that John Key says I am his recommendation for Epsom. While the Prime Minister is an important person and he is my pick to remain Prime Minister, John Key is just one voter. I...
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • Why Green isn’t the best colour for water
    Why Green isn’t the best colour for water Ian Mackenzie is Federated Farmers Environment spokesperson and was on the reference group for the National Objectives Framework. An opinion is also running in the New Zealand Herald. The Green Party recently...
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • Rainbow Wellington General Election Candidates Forum
    In many ways the transgender community is in a similar position now to that faced by lesbians and gay men a generation ago. It is having to face many of the same difficulties, often based on the same ignorance and...
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • Defence Lawyer Disgust!!!
    “ The Sensible Sentencing Trust is horrified by Defence Lawyer Steven Zindel's comments at the Sentencing of a Man Jailed for the Rape of his 4 year old daughter .”...
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • Ōhāriu deserves better than a rort
    The National Party's deal with Peter Dunne is a rort and shows the people of Ōhāriu are being taken for granted, Labour candidate Virginia Andersen says. "Peter Dunne has been placed on political life support by the National Party. His...
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • FMC Backs Fish and Game’s Role on Freshwater
    Federated Mountain Clubs today reinforced its strong support for the New Zealand Fish and Game Council's statutory role in advocating for anglers and hunters interests in freshwater. FMC President Robin McNeill stated that the Federation's 17,000 members...
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • The Letter: Key Gives Nod for Seymour in Epsom
    This afternoon the PM acknowledged the importance of Epsom to National’s re-election prospects when said he wanted National’s supporters in Epsom to vote for ACT’S David Seymour. We always thought David could win Epsom, for which he has been campaigning...
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • Forest & Bird supports Fish and Game’s freshwater advocacy
    The independent conservation organisation Forest & Bird is concerned over allegations the Fish & Game Council has been threatened over its advocacy for freshwater quality....
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • Time for Epsom to say “no deal”
    “Epsom voters will be disgusted by the deal announced today to try and once again gift their electorate to the ACT Party”, says Labour candidate for Epsom Michael Wood....
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • Petition for release the of seven Bah
    At the invitation of the Honourable Annette King the New Zealand Bahá'í community is presenting a petition to the House of Representatives asking the NZ government to demand the release of the seven former leaders of the Baha’i community in...
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • Capital gains in the capital city
    Victoria University will today be hosting a public debate on the merits of more comprehensive capital gains tax—a step which taxation expert Associate Professor Dr David White considers would be beneficial for New Zealand. Organised by student group Beta Alpha...
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • Te Kupenga supports efforts of anti-violence campaigner
    Te Kupenga Whakaoti Mahi Patunga – National Network of Stopping Violence Services (Te Kupenga) wholeheartedly endorses statements made by DJ, Kickboxer and Anti-Violence Campaigner Richie Hardcore this morning on TV3’s Firstline about the role of men...
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • iPredict Ltd2014 Election Update #28
    The chances of a fiscal surplus in 2014/15 continue to plunge and are down to 50%, according to the combined wisdom of the 7000 registered traders on New Zealand’s online predictions market, iPredict. The forecast surplus is now just 0.22%...
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • TPPA is a bad idea
    “Currently New Zealand, Australia, Singapore, Brunei, Vietnam, the USA, Japan, Malaysia, Canada, and Mexico are still negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement. Officially talks finished last August, but the reality is that they keep...
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • Getting privacy right in our data future
    Privacy Commissioner John Edwards welcomes the release of the New Zealand Data Futures Forum’s report....
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • Conference on Democracy, Ethics and the Public Good
    Conference on Democracy, Ethics and the Public Good A conference is to be held in Wellington on 1 and 2 August with the aim of starting a NZ-wide discussion about the quality of our democracy. The conference is hosted jointly...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Paddock to plate, and smart roads possible
    New Zealand’s international brand and exports could grow significantly with the creation of a data sharing ‘eco-system’ according to a paper released by the NZ Data Futures Forum today....
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Ngapuhi wants to overthrow Maori King
    Ngapuhi is planning a hui for the end of the year – organised by iwi leader David Rankin – in which the future of the King Movement will be discussed....
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Housing warrant of fitness little help for sick children
    A housing warrant of fitness has been promoted as a way of preventing sickness among children in poverty. The attached report shows that such a regime would have little impact on health outcomes but would come at a considerable cost,...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Upcoming Fabian Events in Auckland
    Sue Bradford ’s PhD thesis, 'A major left wing think tank in Aotearoa—an impossible dream or a call to action?' looked at why no major left wing think tank has developed in Aotearoa and whether the left in 2010-2013 was...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Senior Citizens, Not Senile Citizens
    The Taxpayers’ Union is questioning the merits and costs of the “ No car? No problem! Getting around your community without a car” brochure, released by the Office for Senior Citizens. The brochure’s purpose is to explain to senior citizens...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • NZ Troops Hone Their Skills in Queensland
    Around 260 New Zealand troops are on a 25-day Australian-led warfighting exercise in Townsville, Northern Queensland....
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Maritime Union backs Green Party call for shipping lanes
    The Maritime Union is backing the Green Party’s policy to implement compulsory shipping lanes for coastal shipping, announced today....
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Auckland Council Bypasses Public, Ditches Rodeo Ban
    Auckland Council Bypasses Public, Ditches Rodeo Ban The Auckland Council has announced that they are abandoning the rodeo ban on council land, put into place in 2008. This was done with virtually no consultation, says SAFE, the animal advocacy organisation....
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Tolley and Coleman urged to meet West Papuan visitor
    Ministers Tolley and Coleman urged to meet West Papuan visitor Police Minister Anne Tolley and Defence Minister Dr Jonathan Coleman have a rare opportunity this week to gain first-hand knowledge about Indonesian police and military activities in West...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Minister Right to Give Fish & Game a Serve
    Reacting to Radio New Zealand’s report concerning allegations that Conservation Minister Nick Smith warned the Fish and Game Council that it acts like a 'rabid NGO', Jordan Williams, Executive Director of the Taxpayers’ Union says:...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Government needs to get Fishing reform bill passed now
    The Maritime Union is urging the Government to push through a Bill reforming the fishing industry....
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Ivory trade laws look set to tighten following petition
    A petition mounted by an Auckland schoolteacher has won the support of a powerful Select Committee and has moved the New Zealand closer towards a fully enforceable ivory trading ban....
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Bilingual guide a demonstration of leadership
    “Waikato River Restoration: A Bilingual Guide” to the Waikato River that saw Tainui Waikato, Landcare Trust and the Waikato River Authority working together is a demonstration of rangatiratanga or leadership says Race Relations Commissioner...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Georgina Beyer to stand for MANA in Te Tai Tonga
    "It's great to have Georgie on board" said Hone Harawira, MANA Leader and Te Tai Tokerau MP. "She's strong-minded, stands up to be counted, and has fought for the rights of those who haven't had any - and won. That...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Q + A: Sir Bob Harvey
    SUSAN Sir Bob Harvey was behind the transformation of Norm Kirk, and one of New Zealand's most popular Prime Ministers. He also advised Bill Rowling, David Lange and Helen Clark, the latter as Labour Party President. Wild Westie a new...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Q + A: Rod Drury
    Xero boss Rod Drury told TVNZ’s Q+A programme what the political parties are offering at this election is ‘all too small.’ “There's no policy, all it is a bunch of incremental stuff. “All too small. What we want to do...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Q + A: Gerry Brownlee
    Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee Rules Out Fastracking Auckland’s City Rail Loop Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee told TV1’s Q+A programme this morning that he won’t be bringing forward an Auckland City Rail loop based on new figures showing...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Owen interviews Australian Treasurer Joe Hockey
    Lisa Owen interviews Australian Treasurer Joe Hockey Headlines: Australian Treasurer Joe Hockey suggests “we can move on some” changes to welfare for New Zealanders in Australia New Zealanders “brothers and sisters” who make “a massive contribution”,...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
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