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Collins and Oravida

Written By: - Date published: 7:01 am, March 5th, 2014 - 113 comments
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Judith Collin’s endorses a company, Orivida, that her husband is a (presumably paid) director of. That same company has previously made political donations to the National Party.

That’s a conflict of interest. One that’s particularly sharp given the previous use of John Key’s image to promote the same company.

John Key’s defense is:

It doesn’t preclude her dropping in. There is no commercial value there.

But there’s considerable commercial value in an endorsement from a Minister, especially in China – a market that place a lot of value on political status.

This looks murky to me. Particularly as Collins appears to have been travelling on the tax-payer’s dime.

My question is was her husband with her,  and if so was he also travelling at taxpayers’ expense as the Minister’s spouse?

I’d also like to know if this is a one-off visit. If it’s not then when did Collins’ husband become a director and when did she first visit the company? When did John Key? And when was the donation made?

This looks a lot like the situation that saw National MP, Pansy Wong, resign in 2010. Is history repeating?

113 comments on “Collins and Oravida”

  1. TightyRighty 1

    It’s a bad look. Well timed intro too at the end of the section on cunliffes secret trust.

    • geoff 1.1

      Nah not a bad look for National, the party of double standards. It’s a good way for them to illustrate that they’re beyond criticism. They can happily give the finger to taxpayers and say ‘these rules are for everyone else, not us hypocrites’

      remember from micky’s post:

      -The National government paying Paula Rebstock $290,000 for her failed inquiry

      -Gerry Brownlee spending $1500 to lease an SUV while watching the America’s Cup race in San Francisco.

      -Tim Groser and a private secretary spending over $8500 to stay at the Four Seasons Hotel Washington for a week, during a month in which Groser spent $18,200.

      -John Key, DPS bodyguards and staffers flying down to Queenstown for the New Zealand golf open, at an as-yet unknown cost.

      • TightyRighty 1.1.1

        So it’s ok for collins to do this then? it’s a bad look. the question is whether or not the national party will be brought down by a glass of milk. whether it looks unfit to govern by the majority of the voting electorate by drinking the lactations of bovine creatures. oh boy question time will be fun.

        • framu 1.1.1.1

          “So it’s ok for collins to do this then?”

          um.. pretty sure geoffs not saying that

          milk isnt the issue – using influence of govt position for private gain is the issue – one which sank pansy wong

        • fender 1.1.1.2

          Yeah Collins, Key and the rest of Nact can do whatever they want. They are beyond reproach.

          And those complaints in the MSM about power price rises are misguided, a majority of people voted for that too.

          Suck it all up, this is a “brighter future”.

        • geoff 1.1.1.3

          It’s great for collins to do this. Yet another example of who National really is. Do as I say, not as I do.

        • Skinny 1.1.1.4

          She is the ‘Minister of Justice’ clown. What is the message here, I wave the rules and I’m above them?

    • Mark F 1.2

      Considering this happened nearly 6 months ago and was obviously a non event at the time, evidenced by no outrage from anyone, until now. One can only assume the release of this “major development” was a defense mechanism to take the focus off other less than ethical behaviour being reported this day.

      • Tracey 1.2.1

        did you know about it in october? Did Mr Slater, the outter of all perception of corruption in politicians blog about it extensively in October?

        • Mark F 1.2.1.1

          I suppose the question should be when did this little “gem” become known? Because if it was anything but yesterday it doesn’t look good!

    • PapaMike 1.3

      This visit took place in October last year.
      Why did TVNZ role it out with the Political News after the Cunliffe Trust last night ?
      Seems strange to me – why not at the time in October – was it a secret ?

    • Enough is Enough 1.4

      She’s a bad look. Miss Piggy comes to mind

  2. Collins brushing visit off as cup of tea on way to the airport.

    Visit was invitation, visit accompaniedby Ambassador.

    Not exactly popping in for a snog with the hubby before flying home.

  3. karol 3

    Collins is a serial offender.

    Justice Minister’s office denies any conflict of interest over $200,000 state service appointment

    The lawyer hand-picked by Minister of Justice Judith Collins for a top state service job is an old friend of her husband, says a private investigator who used to work for both men.

    A former scrutineer in Mrs Collins’ former Clevedon electorate, Clinton Bowerman, 49, said the minister knew Robert Kee through her husband David Wong-Tung before appointing him as the new director of human rights proceedings.

    The China PR photo. [saved to my computer in case it is taken offline]

    The story about it on Oravida’s website

    The Honorable Judith Collins, Minister of Justice, ACC and Ethnic Affairs, His excellency, Ambassador Carl Walker visited Oravida Shanghai office upon company’s invitation. As a NZ company committed to branding NZ’s premium food products and developing the distribution channels in China for these products, Oravida has been at the forefront of advocating food “made in NZ”. Both Minister Collins and Ambassador Walker recognized company’s efforts, congratulated us on what we have achieved and encouraged us to continue building NZ’s premium food reputation in China.

    • One Anonymous Bloke 3.1

      That PR photo is great. Just add caption and distribute widely.

    • Hayden 3.2

      The China PR photo. [saved to my computer in case it is taken offline

      When did you save it? I thought I saw it yesterday with an Australian flag on the table, and looking at it now it looks badly Photoshopped with the single red star.

      • Hayden 3.2.1

        And now it appears to be an NZ flag everywhere I can find it… must have imagined it!

  4. Ennui 4

    I’m bigger than you…you are disturbing my tea break….out of the way scum…..no the Cabinet Manual does not apply to me….why?????? because I’m bigger and tougher and SCARIER than you!!!!!!! Now I have a cup of tea to finish, begone…..

  5. framu 5

    two words

    pansy wong

    that now makes two of keys MPs caught out doing the same thing

    “It doesn’t preclude her dropping in. There is no commercial value there.”
    \
    and did the journo then ask if key realised that having a foreign govt offical visit was in fact considered extremely good for business in china?

    once again key gives an answer that shows hes bullshitting or staggeringly thick and the media dont bother pressing the point

  6. Craig Glen Eden 6

    Paddy Gower should be spewing out lines like
    ” Key Turns Blind eye to Corruption in Caucus”
    Instead we will get “John Key not bothered” John Key says dont worry be happy and really its all Labours fault becasue they raised it Im not to bothered about it Ive got more important things to worry about.

    • Ant 6.1

      Part of this is because John Key’s move is to actually act confident, arrogant, and not bothered about it which works out pretty good in downplaying reasonably minor stories.

      Cunliffe should be doing the same thing (which he used to do), I hope he’s not taking advice from the same person who advised HC to be ‘softer’ and made her lose the debates to Key.

    • fender 6.2

      I think it’s obvious Gower gets told what to say, much like Slater receives his instructions.

      • Ant 6.2.1

        Gower is a troll, he just trolls the side that gives him the best reactions.

      • Colonial Viper 6.2.2

        Wouldnt be surprised if Gower decides to head into politics himself in a few years. Dont think he will be standing for Labour though.

        • fender 6.2.2.1

          On a list, only a mum could vote for a face like that.

          Personally I’d like to see him “standing” near a road when I’m out driving :twisted:

          • David H 6.2.2.1.1

            “Personally I’d like to see him “standing” near a road when I’m out driving :twisted:”

            Yeah standing next to a big muddy puddle doing a live cross slagging off DC .

        • Naki Man 6.2.2.2

          Corin Dann will probably stand for Labour

  7. felix 7

    Hey righties, this is what actual corruption looks like. Try to remember, eh?

    • grumpy 7.1

      Just as long as she didn’t take money from KDC and get him to write her policies I’m happy.

      • felix 7.1.1

        Let’s unpack that.

        You’re happy that a minister flies around the world on the taxpayer in order to lend support to her family’s company(s?) who also happen to donate $56,000 to the minister’s party.

        This all happened in the real world, but you reckon that’s ok because you made up a rumour about something else that never happened at all.

        The denial is strong in this one.

        • grumpy 7.1.1.1

          Still waiting for y’man Presland to confirm (or not) that.

          [lprent: Have you been harassing my authors outside of what they post? I could probably confirm something for you. ]

          • grumpy 7.1.1.1.1

            Would I do that????
            Just pointing out that all this surmising of whether KDC was an anonymous contributor could be easily cleared up. Anyway, I would never dream of harassing one of your authors in that capacity.

            [lprent: I'm trying to figure out if you are really are that thick or if this is just an act.

            You are asking a lawyer to break confidentiality on a trust that he set up on a request from a client. Don't be such a munter. He'd probably get disbarred or severely reprimanded if he did what you are asking him to do. It is both impossible for him to do and indeed impossible for him to even comment on.

            And he is one of our authors. So I'm happy to answer for him. You have to be totally fucking kidding...

            And I think it is an act. Added an extra 4 weeks for wasting my time. ]

  8. One Anonymous Bloke 8

    That’s a trifle more than a perception of a conflict of interest if you ask me. Collins always struck me as stupid and vindictive rather than corrupt, but I guess she can add that to her cv too.

  9. chris73 9

    “claiming she had tasted and endorsed their products.”

    Slightly different then her saying she had endorsed their products or in her own words: “I certainly don’t endorse any products other than the fact I always try and help New Zealand companies trying to export.”

    But nice try at diversion, well done for giving it a go :)

    • framu 9.1

      you do understand that having a govt minister visit your business is a big deal in china dont you?

      One which carries significant financial potential for your business

      • grumpy 9.1.1

        Hope so! Boosting the sales of a NZ company is usually the job of the TRade Minister but if the Justice Minister is just passing through then why not?

        • fender 9.1.1.1

          Only you’re forgetting that other companies sales will drop, only because they don’t have a director married to the (in)justice minister.

        • framu 9.1.1.2

          “then why not?”

          because its corruption

        • Tracey 9.1.1.3

          So, as long as there is money to be made by a NZ company (albeit based in china, dont know tax implications for NZ), you dont mind who uses their influence unfairly?

    • Tracey 9.2

      “Oravida’s website

      The Honorable Judith Collins, Minister of Justice, ACC and Ethnic Affairs, His excellency, Ambassador Carl Walker visited Oravida Shanghai office upon company’s invitation. As a NZ company committed to branding NZ’s premium food products and developing the distribution channels in China for these products, Oravida has been at the forefront of advocating food “made in NZ”. Both Minister Collins and Ambassador Walker recognized company’s efforts, congratulated us on what we have achieved and encouraged us to continue building NZ’s premium food reputation in China."

      Of ALL the companies to visit, it’s just a coincidence it was her husband’s (a director of it anyway)

      • grumpy 9.2.1

        Oh? so the Ambassador was there too? You fail to mention the date of the visit and the date this was first raised in NZ.
        For someone who professes to vote Greens you are sure keen to “die in a ditch” for Labour.

        • Tracey 9.2.1.1

          hardly dying in a ditch, how melodramatic and self important of you. In any event, which part of that release don;’t you think enhances the company in the eyes of the Chine or anyone else looking to buy from the company, without revealling that Ms Collins husband is a director of the company?

          “so the Ambassador was there too” according tot he company website, which is different from this guy on the internet said, so I believe it must be true.

  10. Skinny 10

    There are 2 National MP’s very happy about this, Stephen Joyce and Mike Sabin. Effectively Collins can kiss her leadership aspirations goodbye, actually going on form she should be stood down as a Cabernet Minister pending the result of a full look into all her favour’s afforded to her husband.

    It’s already a is a very bad look John Key trying to down play the whole affair by trying to compare Helen’s visits toAuckland University while her husband worked there, that’s a stretch by slippery John Key that doesn’t wash. It’s stinks Key’s association with this cash cow firm also.

    Actually better put 3 MP’s too be fair, DC will be happy the heat is redirected back at the National Party.

    • wyndham 10.1

      Anyone have concerns that the Labour Party political research unit will stuff this one up ?

      I do.

      • Skinny 10.1.1

        I feel a lot more confident holding my breath now Matt McCarten is on board. I know in social media land it’s got a fair few of the voting public highly annoyed.

        Sending a message to the big ears of Patrick Pixie Gower…Please urgently call National MP Mike Sabin asking would he be interested in taking over the Minister of Justice portfolio?

    • Hami Shearlie 10.2

      Yes, the reference to Helen Clark’s visits to her husband at the University where he works and trying to liken that to what Collins has done was the biggest stretch I’ve ever heard, but not one journalist pulled Key up on it – none pointed out that Peter Davis WORKS at the University, he doesn’t have shares in it, he’s not a Director and he doesn’t own it! What it showed more than anything was that the media NEVER question what John Key says about anything! TV3 have lost me, I won’t watch any more, Gower is literally UNBELIEVABLE!

  11. MaxFletcher 11

    Shades of Pansy Wong indeed.

  12. floyd 12

    So while Cunliffe is lambasted for correcting his error of judgement, in public, on air and apologising to his caucus, all things that key has NEVER done Judith Collins gets away with “so what” and key calling it “dropping in” regarding her trip to China. Absolutely abysmal reporting and it’s about time gower was returned to the rat run. His run down of Cunliffes’ lapses one by one last night was not reporting. It was as plain as the nose on his face that he is there to tarnish Labours’ image at every opportunity.
    I know who I trust and it ain’t the yellow bellied, scuttling for cover,never been wrong in my life key. Cunliffe at least fronts up and is honest with us.

    • grumpy 12.1

      “Honest”????? Then who were the two donors who had their names hidden and he now has to return the donation to try and keep their names secret?

      • mac1 12.1.1

        grumpy, I remember Cunliffe saying that the release of the names of the two donors was not up to him, but to the two concerned. He said he had no control over their decision to remain anonymous.

        I think the important thing is to understand why the LP has a rule allowing anonymity to people providing support to a leadership candidate. It’s to allow donors freedom from possible recriminations after the contest is over, when the time comes to reunite after a winner is announced.

        The reason for banning trusts donating money to political parties or individuals over a certain level without naming the donors is to show the transparency required to allow us, the public, to see whether in our judgement that our politicians have not been bought by wealthy donors.

        One, I think it’s a question of scale. Two, I’d bet that if huge amounts of money came into the LP leadership contest, then the effects of that would be noticed and questions would be asked, and probably answered by other people in the know. Three, the situation did involve the LP. Its (our in my case) rules affect its members and are there for them (us).

        Be assured that any leader of the LP who bought their way into the top job would be identified and find themselves a leader of a much reduced membership and recipient of huge vilification.

        Vilification, meantime, might be better directed at the likes of Judith Collins, John Banks and Colin Craig for their words and deeds. Other worthy recipients have been named also in other comments to this post- Worth, Key, Groser, Wong for example.

      • framu 12.1.2

        but your cool with corruption – you say so yourself -so whats you damn problem?

        • grumpy 12.1.2.1

          FFS, this happenned last October – where was this outrage then?

          • Tracey 12.1.2.1.1

            oh, so there is a time limit for perceptions of corruption in your view? Given you didnt know the ambassador was there too, I am guessing you didn’t know about it in October either.

            Unless Whaleoil in his crusade to out corruption amongst politicians was posting his outrage about it for weeks last October????

          • framu 12.1.2.1.2

            did you know it happened in october, back in october or as a result of recent media reporting?

            oh.. hold on

            “Just been revealed that this incident happenned last October”

            stop being a dick

  13. Ross 13

    Then there’s Tim Grosser (Sept 2013) and John Key (Oct 2012) doing similar.

    After the Richard Worth debacle where Worth apparently touted for business in India and got a bollocking from Key for doing so, it’s hard to believe National ministers could be so cavalier. Of course, a cynic might say that since Oravida has been generous at throwing money in National’s direction, this is National’s way of saying thank you.

    http://agrihq.co.nz/article/milk-runner-tangles-pm-in-product-endorsement?p=7

    http://www.oravida.com/lwl/newsen/

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10564659

  14. Draco T Bastard 14

    this is exactly what Wong did and so we should be getting Collins resignation any minute now.

    If we don’t then that is just National showing their true colours.

    • MaxFletcher 14.1

      I don’t think so – I think we’ll get a whole lot of “this is different because…bullshit bullshit”

      • marty mars 14.1.1

        yep it would take degrees of humility, honesty and integrity to do that so… right… oh look john key has pulled a funny face for a photo ffs what a sick joke some of this shit is.

  15. Plan B 15

    The number 1 idea to understand is this.
    The National party are not dumb. saying it , even thinking it is like preying to a god that does not exist. It will not save you. The National MPs. /John Key is dumb is an idea that needs to be buried so deep that it can never be found.

    Instead why not go with the idea that they actually know exactly how they are communicating- in a post modern- beyond politics sort of way. Everything is ironic, they can do and say whatever they like, no logic is required, they can go backwards, forwards and side to side.

  16. Delia 16

    Well I do not doubt that Trevor Mallard or someone will roast this one in parliament this arvo. Someone has to, the media certainly are not.

  17. Tracey 17

    The thing is collins et al genuinely believe there is nothing wrong with this… john banks genuinely believes signing something as a declaration without reading it is fine. Thats the scarey part to me.

    All those who rabidly chastise brown and accuse him of corrupt will be in plausable deniability mode or just silent.

  18. captain hook 18

    It is important to realise that tory mp’s are not in government for any higher purpose than to make money. they are egregiously venal and that is that.

    • Tracey 18.1

      I agree that fundamentally tories believe that if people can make more money then everything else follows. Its just that ideologically they look back and even tho everyone isnt making enough money they seem to tell themselves its because the socialists did let them finish.

  19. Populuxe1 19

    Hopefully Labour will get off their arses and demand an investigation

  20. greywarbler 20

    Some musings on personal names, history, and whether we can ever really know what writers and speakers mean if they develop their own code or argot. And if they say something and we think it means something else who can master the meaning and the truth?

    I didn’t realise that Collins was such a Pansy, I thought of her more as a Meat Grinder. How can she get away with this when Pansy didn’t.

    Pansy is such a nice name. I thought I’d look up Judith and we had better be prepared for even harder times if she gets into power apparently. If she decides you aren’t one of ‘her’ people well then……
    The historical background to the name Judith –
    ‘Jewish heroine in one of the books of the Apocrypha; she saved her people by decapitating the Assyrian general Holofernes’.

    And these blonde tsarinas are powerful. I was trying to look at Spitting Image clips which showed Margaret Thatcher and her influence, even after death, is so strong that the computer couldn’t play any of them.

    Google shows one entry saying that in American the name Judith means young. It’s official apparently that Americans don’t speak English and words we think are English can mean anything they decide.

    In `Through the Looking Glass’ Alice discussed words with Humpty Dumpty who held forth on the advantages of getting presents on un-birthdays because there are more of them.
    ‘And only one for birthday presents, you know. There’s glory for you!’
    ‘I don’t know what you mean by “glory”,’ Alice said.
    Humpty Dumpty smiled contemptuously. ‘Of course you don’t — till I tell you. I meant “there’s a nice knock-down argument for you!”‘

    ‘But “glory” doesn’t mean “a nice knock-down argument”,’ Alice objected.
    ‘When I use a word,’ Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, ‘it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less.’

    ‘The question is,’ said Alice, ‘whether you can make words mean so many different things.’
    ‘The question is,’ said Humpty Dumpty, ‘which is to be master — that’s all.’

  21. Not a PS Staffer 21

    Corin Dann’s handling of this on Breakfast on TV One this morning was inadequate. He said, to the effect, that as Collins’ hubby was only Director and not a shareholder he had not benefiting directly from the business of the company! Corin Dann’s grasp of the role and responsibilities of a company director are inadequate. National’s media handlers will be very pleased with Corin’s performance.

    See him here, skip in 2 min 40 seconds on this
    http://tvnz.co.nz/breakfast-news/cunliffe-running-time-get-labour-moving-video-5857751

  22. grumpy 22

    Just been revealed that this incident happenned last October and was dismissed at the time. Dragged out now by TVNZ to deflect attention from Cunliffe. I think the Labour/TVNZ current investigation has just got a bit more added to it…….

    • Skinny 22.1

      Hey Mug we can all see Joyce is hanging Collins loud arse out in the breeze. It’s an internal scrap for the leadership after Key heads home to America.

    • Tracey 22.2

      How odd, that Mr “crusading against all perceived corruption by politicians” Slater didn’t rage on about it for weeks on his blog in October and November and make press releases to the media?

      Is 5 months your limit on perceived corruption grumpy, or does only a month have to pass before it can’t be used against someone, do tell.. you seem to be fighting awfully hard to avoid any suggestion that Collins did wrong, or was seen to do wrong.

  23. Rob 23

    If my enterprise was trading in China and I knew a cabinet minister, I would move heaven and earth to get them to visit and support the business, isnt this what Govts are supposed to do, enable and help enterprise to grow.

    China is a big market and you need all the help you can get.

    • karol 23.1

      Well, if you are not related to, or married to a Nat cabinet minister, your only option would be to try to move heaven and earth.

      • Tracey 23.1.1

        Touche

        The tory handbook

        “if someone is trying to make money, it mus be ok.”

    • Tracey 23.2

      Yea, fuck the perception of favoritism. You know we are governed by NZ mores and not Chinese, right? Wasn’t the Ambassador going sufficient for this?

      you mean like the painting is being auctioned for charity, so it was actually a great thing Clark did?

      • Rob 23.2.1

        Obviously Tracey, your ability to engage in a rational manner has left you.

        Export is a pretty important facet of our economy and China is a large part of that. Many small NZ businesses are trying to break into China and supply the growing Chinese consumer base. I think NZ has developed some pretty good product and distribution solutions over the last few years and the agreement with them has obviuosly made a big difference.

        When we have invested in new kit and machinery, our local MP’s generally turn up and make a bit of a song and dance about it. If you give them enough warning they are generally pretty good at making themselves available for local enterprise and community activities.

        • Tracey 23.2.1.1

          Is your MP, your wife?

          Obviously your complete lack of understanding of conflict of interest and being seen to act with propriety inhibits your ability to contribute to this discussion.

        • McFlock 23.2.1.2

          Do your local mps have financial interests in your company? If so, do they declare them? Does their visit involve international travel on the taxpayer dime? Was the visit only taking place because of their partners’ interests in the company?

          Why is this basic concept of ethics so difficult for you to grasp?

          • Tracey 23.2.1.2.1

            because rob is trying to justify something he knows he cannot, and would abhor if it had been during the labour government…

            now, had collins signed a picture for raising money for a charity…the wrath that would befall her

        • framu 23.2.1.3

          “pretty good at making themselves available for local enterprise and community activities.”

          locally yes, but in china? at their husbands company? (directorship of course)

    • Skinny 23.3

      Yes and a 50 K political donation paths the way to red carpet treatment when you dial the favour in. “who pays the piper calls the tune”

    • framu 23.4

      you might well want that – and try to get it, and theres nothing wrong with that

      but thats a different matter to a govt minister (who definately knows its not allowed) using her position of power and influence to do it, while being related/married to one of the directors

      now rob – i like to be charitable – but just how willingly dense are you being here?

  24. Papa Tuanuku 24

    Key just cleared her, so everything must be kosher.

    • karol 24.1

      Grant Robertson disagrees. And now he’s linking Peter Goodfellow to Oravida.

      • Skinny 24.1.1

        Their up to it in their neck and the Kiwi punters are less than impressed. Judy Doll you are very vulnerable to sharp objects like knives.

  25. North 25

    “So What So What So What ?”

    The minister being transparent.

    And talking shit.

    Claims she drinks milk.

    Doesn’t……..she squirts it.

    Good to see her transparently rattled.

    Unattractive and viper-like when rattled.

    Not to say efforts at nice are pretty.

    Smug set to the mouth.

    Sly smile no wave.

    Endora off “Bewitched”.

    • Mark F 25.1

      “Claims she drinks milk.

      Doesn’t……..she squirts it.”

      Isn’t it ironic that this that the comments here have come down to this disgusting level. Had this been somebody making similar comments about a female Labour MP they would have been had a lifetime ban imposed in microseconds. Yet again we can’t argue the topic we have to take it to this personal level.

      Count me out!

  26. Penny Bright 26

    Has this got the Pansy Wong ‘pong’?

    FYI ….

    19 February 2011

    Press Release: Penny Bright Independent candidate Botany by-election:

    Latest developments in the Pansy Wong scandal.

    “The Communications Advisor for the Office of the Auditor-General confirmed yesterday that it had not yet decided whether or not to investigate the use of Pansy Wong’s electorate office address as the business address of Shipley & Wong Ltd,” says ‘Anti-Corruption campaigner’, Penny Bright, Independent candidate in the Botany by-election.

    “Has the current National Government Prime Minister John Key, been responsible for helping to cover-up arguably corrupt conduct which involves former National Party Prime Minister Jenny Shipley, who is a 50% shareholder in Shipley and Wong Ltd?”

    (SHIPLEY & WONG – Companies Office Number: 1245430)

    “Does Prime Minister John Key know of and approve of the registered company address of SHIPLEY & WONG LTD, changing to 735 Chapel Rd, Botany, on 11 June 2010, at a time that former National Party Prime Minister Jenny Shipley was a 50% shareholder, and her husband Burton Ross Shipley was a Director – along with Sammy Wong, Pansy Wong’s husband?

    735 Chapel Rd Botany, being the address, at that time, of Pansy Wong’s electorate office?”

    “How is it that neither then current National Party MP (Pansy Wong) , or her husband; or a former National Party Prime Minister (Jenny Shipley) , or her husband, knew that this was wrong, and effectively constituted ‘misuse of public office for private gain’?

    How ‘dodgy’ is that?”

    “Why don’t New Zealand MPs have a ‘Code of Conduct’ with sanctions for breaches thereof?”

    “Why isn’t the Office of the Auditor-General investigating? What’s the hold-up?”

    “Why isn’t the Office of the Auditor-General proposing a ‘Code of Conduct for MPs as part of the ‘systems solution’ for this problem?”

    “Isn’t it time NZ had an ‘Independent Commission Against Corruption’ to help set up systems to enable genuine transparency and prevent corruption?”

    Penny Bright

  27. greywarbler 27

    Mark F
    This is an equal opportunity blog. It seems to me that anyone who is regarded with enough fear and loathing will receive equivalent negative comments. Feel welcome to stay out of it – there are enough RW already here which need hoovering up, the bag is full already.

  28. Paul 28

    The media bias continues.
    Cunliffe still 3rd story on NZ Heral online.
    No sign of Collins story in top 8 news stories.
    Corrupt media.

    • Naki Man 28.1

      That’s because there is no Collins story, just a pathetic attempt to take the heat off Captain Cock Up
      and his funnelling money through secret trust accounts, possibly from the fat German fraudster.

      • Paul 28.1.1

        Of course

      • Skinny 28.1.2

        One maybe Bob Jones and the other the Mad Butcher. It’s all loose change in the pocket compared to the well heeled rich mates of Goodfellow, Key and the old boys network. I’ve given over the threshold ‘separated’ to a bit player political party and buggered if I wanted my name publicised, and I’m a mere legend in my own mind.

  29. Stuart Munro 29

    Mark my words, one of these days some of the oppressed citizenry is going to take violent exception to all this corruption. And when they do, that genie won’t be easily put back in the bottle.

    The hardest thing to believe however, is Oravida’s paying large sums of money to National for her services. It’s the husband I pity – I’d pay quite a lot not to have anything to do with her.

    The leadership question is no doubt interesting to the participants – but seriously, neither Joyce nor Collins have the charisma for it. So another three terms in the wilderness for the Gnats – couldn’t happen to a nicer bunch of people.

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    I’d like to start by linking to a post I had published at another site in support of Nanaia Mahuta for the Labour Party leadership election.  She has a reasonable chance, given that she already has the endorsement of Te...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • Chocolate milk shortage and creepy Santa? Let’s talk about real news
    Child poverty is still a scarily serious problem in this country and house prices are soaring through the roof to the point where it is simply impossible for the average New Zealander to buy a home. There is also little...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • It’s time to celebrate Kiwi schools and teachers
    Some would have you believe that New Zealand’s schools are in a state of collapse, that your children are not being educated well and that things are going to hell in a hand basket.  That there is no innovation, no...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • Ideological Blitzkrieg – Privatization of state housing, more charter sch...
    Pundits in pundit land will tell you that this Government is boring, that Key is the great pragmatist and that it is his ability to create elegant solutions that keeps him the firm favourite in many Kiwi eyes. This ability...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • Hegemony rules but resistance is fertile
    The Prime Minister is a puppet. Not just our current Prime Minister, but given the forces of multinational globalisation, the role of any head of state, is less as independent actor, and more as a puppet of international trends and...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • An open Letter to Sir Bob Jones: demanding a ‘liveable wage’ is not “...
    How out of touch with reality is Sir Bob Jones? You know, that white dude who invested in privatised SOEs after the selling off of our assets in the eighties and made a ludicrous and disgusting amount of money and is...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • My insecurity about the Security Council
    As I write this (on 24 October) it is international UN Day. Of course, you all knew that already, right? Well, the day celebrates the entry into force of the UN Charter in 1945. With the ratification of this founding...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Catherine Delahunty – Back in That House
    Parliament opened this week and I still find it a very odd place. Most of the people are reasonably courteous and friendly, but the rituals are archaic and the rules around issues like the swearing in oath are oppressive and...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Marae Investigates No More
    TVNZ yesterday announced the closure of their Māori and Pacific programmes department. That means they’ve chosen to stop making Fresh, Tagata Pasifika, Waka Huia and Marae Investigates to let independent producers get their hands on these lucrative contracts. This is...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • BLOGWATCH: An Un-Civil War in Labour, eh?
    Earlier today, my attention was directed to an entry that’s just recently appeared on the Slightly Left of Centre blog. It purports to contain the ‘inside word’ from a highly placed NZF source – which is funny, because I’m pretty sure...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Santanomics 101
    Santanomics could mean a number of things. It could be the study and practice of giving. Or it could mean the study and practice of rampant end-of-year commercialism. However, for me today it is the economics of erectingAuckland’s giant Santa...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • SkyCity boss misleads public over workers lost shifts
    SkyCity CEO Nigel Morrison has defended the employment practices at his company in an “Opinion” piece entitled “Human Capital key to corporate success” in the NZ Herald on Thursday. A number of his claims are misleading, contain only partial truths...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Review: Perfect Place
    I went to a Perfect Place on Tuesday night, and what a delight it was. The marshmallows sweetly (and forcefully) handed out pre-show, set the tone for the next hour. Walking up the stairs at The Basement was a complete...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • 5AA Australia – NZ on UN Security Council + Dirty Politics Lingers On
    5AA Australia: Selwyn Manning and Peter Godfrey deliver their weekly bulletin Across The Ditch. General round up of over night talkback issues: Thongs, Jandals and flip-flops… ISSUE 1: New Zealand has been successful in its campaign to become a non...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • When I mean me, I mean my office & when I call whaleoil I mean not as m...
    This. Is. Ludicrous. Green Party co-leader Russel Norman put the first of what are likely to be many questions about Mr Key’s relationship with Slater, asking him how many times he had phoned or texted the blogger since 2008. “None...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • A brief word on describing the Government as ‘boring and bland’
    The narrative being sown is that this Government will be a boring and bland third term. Boring and bland. Since the election, Key has announced he is privatising 30% of state houses without reinvesting any of that money back into housing society’s most...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • More Latté Than Lager: Reflections on Grant Robertson’s Campaign Launch.
    BIKERS? SERIOUSLY! Had Grant Robertson’s campaign launch been organised by Phil Goff? Was this a pitch for the votes of what few Waitakere Men remain in the Labour Party? Was I even at the right place? Well, yes, I was....
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • About Curwen Ares Rolinson
    Curwen Ares Rolinson – Curwen Ares Rolinson is a firebrand young nationalist presently engaged in acts of political resistance deep behind enemy lines amidst the leafy boughs of Epsom. He is affiliated with the New Zealand First Party; although his...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • About Kelly Ellis
    Kelly Ellis.Kelly Ellis – As a child, Kelly Ellis didn’t so much fall into the cracks, but willfully wriggled her way into them. Ejected from Onslow College – a big job in the 70s – Kelly worked in car factories,...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • About Kate Davis
    Kate Davis.Kate Davis – Having completed her BA in English and Politics, Kate is now starting her MA. Kate works as a volunteer advocate at Auckland Action Against Poverty and previously worked for the New Zealand Prostitutes Collective. Kate writes...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Parker does a Shearer – oh for a Labour Leader who can challenge msm fals...
    Sigh. It seems David Parker has done a Shearer… Like a cult and too red – Parker on LabourLabour leadership contender David Parker says Labour borders on feeling like “a cult” and must look at its branding – including its...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • A brief word on the hundreds of millions NZ is spending on the secret intel...
    The enormity of the mass surveillance state NZ Government’s have built carries a huge price tag… Kiwis pay $103m ‘membership fee’ for spyingThe $103 million taxpayer funding of New Zealand’s intelligence agencies is effectively a membership fee for joining the...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Where. Is. Jason. Ede?
    Where. Is. Jason. Ede?...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Labour’s Din of Inequity
    Watching Labour’s leadership candidates on Q+A on Sunday, I noticed the ongoing use of terms like “opportunity” and “aspiration”, and “party of the workers”. What do these mean? We glean much from Labour, and from the media about Labour, but not...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • “Blue-Greenwash” fails the test when it comes to endangered dolphins
    National’s pre-election promises saw some wins for the environment – perhaps as the party sought to appease its “Blue-Green” voters and broaden its popular appeal. Some of the ecological gains were a long time in the making, overdue even– such...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Reasons not to be cheerful, Part #272b
    Why don’t you get back into bed? The next few years — the rest of this century — are not going to be pretty. There is an obvious disconnect between any remaining political ambition to fix climate change and the...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • OIA protocols and official advice ignored to hide Child Poverty
    It might not seem so now, but child poverty was a major election issue. What a pity we did not have the full debate. In that debate it would have been very helpful to have seen the Ministry of Social...
    The Daily Blog | 20-10
  • Previewing the 4 candidates for Leader of the Labour Party
    The extraordinary outbursts by Shearer last week highlights just how toxic that Caucus is. Shearer was on every major media platform as the ABC attack dog tearing into Cunliffe in the hope of diminishing Cunliffe’s support of Little by tearing...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Kate Davis – the sudden explosion of ‘left’ blogs
    Time to Teach or more people will suffer from P.A.I.D. Political And Intellectual Dysmorphia.I was on the Twitter and a guy followed me so of course I did the polite thing and followed him back. He wrote a blog so...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Ego vs Eco
    Ego vs Eco...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • We can’t let the Roastbuster case slip away
    Those of us (like me) left with hope that the police would aggressively follow through on the large amount of evidence on offer to them (let’s not forget they forgot they even had some at one point) in the Roastbusters...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Food, shelter and medicine instead of bombs and bullets
    The on-going conflict across the Middle East – due in large part to the US-led invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq – has created another humanitarian crisis of biblical proportion. The essentials of life are desperately needed in Iraq and Syria...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • The politics of electorate accommodations
    National’s electorate accommodations with ACT and United Future were a big factor in it winning re-election. Interestingly, there is another electorate accommodation scenario whereby the centre-left could have come out on top, even with the same distribution of party votes....
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Why you should join the TPPA Action on 8 November
    On 8 November 2014, thousands of Kiwis will take part in the International Day of Action to protest the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA). The rally cry for us is TPPA – Corporate Trap, Kiwis Fight Back. Why should you join...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • GUEST BLOG – Patrick O’Dea: no new coal mines
    Green Party and Mana Party policy is “NO NEW COAL MINES!” Auckland Coal Action is trying to put this policy into action on the ground. ACA after a hard fought two year campaign waged alongside local residents and Iwi, in...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Comparing Police action – Hager raid vs Roast Buster case
    This satire had the NZ Police contact TDB and threaten us with 6months in prison for using their logo.   The plight of Nicky Hager and the draconian Police actions against him has generated over  $53 000 in donations so...
    The Daily Blog | 18-10
  • Malala Yousafzai, White Saviour Complexes and Local Resistance
    Last week, Malala Yousafzai was the co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. Since her exposure to the worldwide spotlight, her spirit, wisdom and strength have touched the hearts of people everywhere. However, there have been cynics who have argued that...
    The Daily Blog | 18-10
  • Jason Ede is back – but no media can interview him?
    Well, well, well. Jason Ede, the main figure connected to John Key’s office and the Dirty Politics black ops is back with a company with deep ties to the National Party. One thing you can say about the right –...
    The Daily Blog | 18-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Rolinson – Leadership Transitions In Other Parties: A ...
    As cannot have escaped anyone’s attention by now, the country is presently in the grips of an election and campaign that will help determine the fate of the nation for years to come. It’s gripping stuff – with clear divides...
    The Daily Blog | 17-10
  • SkyCity worker says she faces losing her house
    SkyCity worker Carolyn Alpine told the company annual shareholder’s meeting today that she faced the prospect of losing her house because the company had cut her shifts from two a week to one without consultation. The solo mother, has worked...
    The Daily Blog | 17-10
  • Greg O’Connor’s latest push to arm cops & 5 reasons not to
    I was wondering at what point within a 3rd term of National that Police Cheerleader Greg O’Connor would start trying to demand cops be armed. O’Connor must have thought to himself, ‘if bloody Key can get us and the GCSB vast new...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • You can’t have crisis without ISIS
    So the new scary bogeyman ISIS might have chemical weapons that the US secretly found in Iraq, but America didn’t want to expose this find because the WMDs were actually built and made by the US and Europe, the two powers...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • NZ WINS UN SPIN THE BOTTLE! Privately sucking up to America for a decade me...
    Oh, we are loved! Little old NZ, the 53rd state of America after Israel and Australia, gets to sit at the adults table for the special dinner party that is the UN Security Council. How delightful, a decade of privately...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • MEDIA BLOG – Myles Thomas – A World Without Advertising
    Non-commercial broadcasting and media. It’s a solution for all manner of problems ailing our tender nation… voter engagement, unaccountable governance, apathy, stupefaction, public education, science in schools, arts appreciation, cultural cringe… But no-one could’ve guessed that non-commercial media might solve...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • March against war – 2pm Saturday 25th October
    March against war – 2pm Saturday 25th October...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • Whack a mole as US govt foreign policy
    Whack-A-Mole was a popular arcade game from my youth.  It consisted of a waist high cabinet with holes in the top. Plastic moles seemingly randomly pop out of these holes. The purpose of the game was to hit as many...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • In Paean of Debt
    This week is ‘Money Week’. It’s an opportunity to promote to the middle classes, and anyone else who will listen, the virtues of wise ‘investment’. The aims are to promote the mystical (and indeed mythical) virtues of saving for the...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • The last 48 hours – Poverty denial, war denial and unapologetic abuse of ...
    The bewildering speed of events that simply end in Key shrugging and proclaiming he doesn’t really give a shit is coming think and fast as the Government suddenly appreciate the full spectrum dominance they now enjoy. Here is Radio NZ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • Pike River Families Group Press Release
    The Families can now but hope that Solid Energy will consider closely the response of the Families’ expert mining advisers, Bob Stevenson and Dave Creedy, and the independent legal advice by Hugh Rennie QC as to why re-entry to the...
    Scoop politics | 24-10
  • On The Nation this weekend
    This weekend on The Nation… with dairy prices falling, China growing its agriculture sector, and the environmental costs piling up, we ask the Fonterra chief executive Theo Spierings if New Zealand is too dependent on milk powder and if we’ve...
    Scoop politics | 24-10
  • NZ Government Urged to Do More to Fight Ebola
    As Ebola continues to tear through West Africa, Save the Children NZ is urging the government to do more in the fight against the deadly virus....
    Scoop politics | 24-10
  • Korero Mai Ki Ahau – Saturday 25 & Sunday 26 October 2014
    Broadcast on Waatea 603AM Saturday 12.00 - 12.30pm Sunday 12.00 - 12.30pm Both shows repeated 5.00pm – 6.00pm On Sunday...
    Scoop politics | 24-10
  • Putting whānau foremost in Family Dispute Resolution
    Dispute resolution company, FairWay Resolution, has developed a uniquely New Zealand approach to family dispute resolution (FDR) that is underpinned by the cultural needs and values of the parties to a family dispute. In support of its role as a...
    Scoop politics | 24-10
  • Anglican Family Care staff to rally industrial action rises
    Public Service Association (PSA) members working at Anglican Family Care (AFC) in Dunedin will hold two rallies in Dunedin next week as they seek a fair pay offer, following a week of low-key industrial action....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Flying Visit for Adventuring Kiwi Socialpreneur
    12 Months on, this former Alexandra barista is changing lives in Buenos Aires Slums with free lunches, music, art, drama and toothbrushes...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • March in Solidarity with Kurdistan Against ISIS Attacks
    The New Zealand Kurdish Community will march in solidarity with Kurdistan in light of the heinous genocidal attacks in Kobanê by ISIS. We will begin with silent demonstrations then commence marching. We will start from Britomart, Queen Street (outside Dick...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • No Problem for Henare & Jones, But “No Way” for Harawira
    “Just before the election I broke the story about the gutting of Maori Television’s News and Current Affairs department by MTS’ new CEO Paora Maxwell. I pointed out that Carol Hirschfeld and Julian Wilcox, two of the country’s most experienced...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Corruption: Positive developments for NZ but more to be done
    Global anti-corruption group Transparency International today released a report on OECD Anti-Bribery Convention enforcement and called for New Zealand to implement draft legislation to ratify the United Nations Convention against Corruption....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Government to Blame as Much as Council for Marryatt Payout
    The Taxpayers' Union is calling on the Government to fix the employment law regime that has forced Christchurch ratepayers to fork out $800,000 to former Council boss Tony Marryatt....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Unanimously Call for Commissioner to Arm Police Full Time
    In the wake of a series of recent armed offender incidents, delegates to the Police Association Annual Conference today called unanimously on the Commissioner to arm Police full time....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Bank gets behind NZ wildlife icon with sizable donation
    It will be easier than ever this summer for holiday-markers to dip into their pockets to support the yellow-eyed penguin....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • WorkSafe report raises concerns about asbestos
    The union representing construction workers in the Canterbury rebuild is surprised at WorkSafe’s conclusion that no action needs to be taken against EQC and Fletcher EQR over asbestos exposure in Canterbury homes. “This report was an opportunity...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Union accuses SkyCity CEO of misleading public
    Unite Union has accused SkyCity CEO Nigel Morrison of misleading the public over the cut in hours for a staff member who raised the issue at the company's AGM....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Last Hurrah on the Taxpayer
    Responding to the NZ Herald report that Hone Harawira spent up $54,000 on the taxpayer in his last three months as an MP, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says: “It is absolutely disgraceful that an MP managed to rack...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Press statement in relation to search of Nicky Hager’s home
    On 2 October 2014, Nicky Hager's home in Wellington was searched by police. Mr Hager asserted that documents kept at his house were protected by privilege, including because they contained information that might identify confidential sources....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • The Sam Simon arrives into Auckland for new campaign
    This morning Sea Shepherd ship, the Sam Simon, arrived into Auckland harbour after its journey from Melbourne. The ship and its 25 crew from around the globe have come to New Zealand to source supplies and prepare for the upcoming...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Low inflation – time for meaningful wage increases
    With inflation low, now is a good time for workers to negotiate for pay increases that outstrip price rises and deliver real increases in wages and salaries. “For too many people, real pay increases have been missing for several years...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Auckland Rates Rises Out of Control
    Responding to the NZ Herald report that Auckland ratepayers will face an average of a 29 percent rates increase, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says: “These rate rises show that Len Brown's spending is out of control.”...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Protest at New Plymouth Oil and Gas Expo
    About 30 protesters from Climate Justice Taranaki, Frack-free Kapiti, Te Uru Pounamu Action Group, Oil Free Wellington, Frack-free Manawatu and the east coast protested yesterday outside New Plymouth's biennial Oil and Gas Expo at the TSB Stadium....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • FMA warns consumers about cold-calling investment offers
    The Financial Markets Authority (FMA) is warning New Zealand consumers and investors to be wary of cold-calls asking them to buy shares or put their money into offshore firms....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Comprehensive plan needed to end child poverty
    Child Poverty Action Group says it is vital the newly re-elected National government takes a planned and comprehensive approach to reducing child poverty in New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Metiria Gets Feed the Kids
    Yesterday the Speaker of the House advised that he had accepted my request to transfer my Feed the Kids (Education (Breakfast and Lunch Programmes in Schools) Amendment) Bill to Metiria Turei of the Green Party....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • DIA undercover investigation leads to jailing
    An undercover Internal Affairs investigation has led to a Hastings man being jailed for three and half years....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Call on Minister McCully to pursue the case of Balibo Five
    Media Information: Call on Minister McCully to pursue the case of journalist Gary Cunningham and the Balibo Five...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Australia and NZ actions on press freedoms alarming
    Global support for investigative journalism in Australia and New Zealand is a welcome response to law changes and a police raid, says the Pacific Freedom Forum...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Call for release of French journalists in West Papua
    West Papua Action Auckland, the EPMU Print and Media Council and the NZ Media Freedom Network call on the Minister of Foreign Affairs to speak out in support of the two French TV journalists whose trial has just begun in...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Court of Appeal: Dotcom v 20th Century Fox Film Corporation
    A The appeal is dismissed. B The 20 August 2014 order of the High Court dealing with confidentiality and the 29 August 2014 order of this Court dealing with confidentiality are set aside. C The confidentiality orders set out in...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Glassons Blasted For Glamourising Animal Cruelty
    Clothing brand Glassons have found themselves embroiled in another controversy after launching a new advert featuring a girl riding a bull. Animal advocacy organisation SAFE have asked them to remove the ad immediately as it glamourises animal cruelty....
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Smuggling honey into New Zealand isn’t sweet
    Smuggling honey into New Zealand isn’t sweet Federated Farmers Bee Industry Group applauds the tough line taken by Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) Border Staff at Auckland Airport. In deporting the couple found trying to smuggle bee products...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Taxpayers’ Union Responds to Joyce on Corporate Welfare
    Responding to Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce’s defence of corporate welfare , Jim Rose, the author of Monopoly Money , a Taxpayers Union report on corporate welfare since 2008, says:...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Speech from the Throne brings welcome focus on children
    Today’s speech from the Throne confirms the Government’s focus on children, youth and their families in the areas of health, education, youth employment, poverty alleviation and Whānau Ora; now the challenge is to ensure every child in New Zealand...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • John’s Job Fairs no fix for unemployment and poverty
    “John Key has clearly been looking to the US for his latest bright idea on dealing with employment issues,” says Auckland Action Against Poverty coordinator Sue Bradford. “Job fairs where the desperately unemployed queue in their corporate best to compete...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Speech From the Throne Foreshadows More Corporate Welfare
    Responding to the Governor General’s Speech from the Throne, which outlined that the Government’s intentions for the next Parliamentary term would include further Business Growth Agenda initiatives, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Green MP to speak at panel on Rainbow Mental Health
    Hamilton, New Zealand: Recently re-elected Green Party MP Jan Logie will be a guest speaker at a panel on the mental health of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Trangender, Takataapui and Intersex people taking place on November 1st as part of the...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Evidence Supports GE Moratorium
    Federated Farmers spokesman Graham Smith's call for a 'rethink' on release of GeneticallyEngineered organisms is misguided, and instead it is time for a formal moratorium on GMOs in the environment.(1)...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Chatham Rise mining could have impact on whales and dolphins
    Wellington, 21 October 2014--Mining phosphate on the Chatham Rise, off the east coast of New Zealand’s south island, could potentially have many impacts on marine mammals like whales and dolphins, the Environmental Protection Agency was told today....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Council endorses Nanaia Mahuta as the next Labour leader
    Te Kaunihera Māori, the Māori Council of the New Zealand Labour Party, have passed a resolution to endorse the Hon Nanaia Mahuta as the next leader of the Labour Party...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Kaumatua to organise petition to end Maori seats
    Ngapuhi kaumatua David Rankin has announced that he will be organising a nationwide petition to seek support from Maori voters to end the Maori seats. “These seats are patronising”, he says. “They imply we need a special status, and that...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Announcing a New Voice for The Left
    Josh Forman is pleased to announce the creation of a new force on the Left of politics in New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Public services held back by poor workplace culture
    A new report by Victoria University’s Centre for Labour, Employment and Work shows that public servants are working significant unpaid overtime to ensure the public services New Zealanders value are able to continue....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • iPredict New Zealand Weekly Economic & Political Update
    Andrew Little’s probability of being the next leader of the Labour Party has reached 70% and Jacinda Ardern is favourite to become his deputy, according to the combined wisdom of the 8000+ registered traders on New Zealand’s predictions market, iPredict....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Prison Drug Treatment Unit marks a milestone
    Christchurch Men’s Prison’s Drug Treatment Unit (DTU) celebrated the completion of its 50th six month Drug and Alcohol Programme today, with the graduation of a further twelve offenders....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Security Council seat a chance for NZ to empower women
    The UN Women National Committee Aotearoa New Zealand (UN Women NCANZ) welcomes New Zealand winning a seat on the United Nations Security Council and is calling on New Zealand to use its position to proactively promote effective implementation of the...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Waipareira and ACC sign Partnership
    Waipareira and The Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding at Whanau Centre, Henderson – marking a special day for the West Auckland Urban Maori organisation....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Humanitarian aid desperately needed in Iraq and Syria
    Global Peace and Justice Auckland is calling on the government to provide humanitarian funding for non-aligned NGOs (non-governmental organisations) in the Middle East rather than give any support whatever for the US-led military campaign in the area....
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Court Judicial Decision: Dotcom v The USA: 17 October 2014
    The United States of America is seeking the extradition of Messrs Dotcom, Batato, Ortmann and Van Der Kolk. The matter has been before the Courts on numerous occasions, and no further recitation of the facts is needed....
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Marshall Island poet speaks at UN climate summit
    “The fossil fuel industry is the biggest threat to our very existence as Pacific Islanders. We stand to lose our homes, our communities and our culture. But we are fighting back. This coming Friday thirty Pacific Climate Warriors, joined by...
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Many tourist car accidents preventable
    Simple steps could dramatically reduce the number of accidents involving tourists, says the car review website dogandlemon.com ....
    Scoop politics | 19-10
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