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Collins is out of control

Written By: - Date published: 8:25 am, May 5th, 2014 - 230 comments
Categories: john key, Judith Collins, Kelvin Davis, national, same old national - Tags: ,

Grumpy Judith Collins

Let’s see if you hold your own people to account, shall we, after what you’ve done to Maurice.

I never thought that I would ever utter the phrase “go Judith go!” but after watching her on TVone and TV3 news last night that phrase left my lips.

Because, in my humble opinion, Collins is causing significant damage to National’s re-election chances.

She seems to think that the sacking/resignation of Maurice Williamson is unfair.  This, in my opinion, shows that her judgment is clouded.  Williamson’s approaching the police about the prosecution of someone who was not a constituent and who was a major donor to the National Party is wrong at so many levels.  As I noted previously the Cabinet Manual is very explicit, Ministers should in no way involve themselves in decisions concerning Police Prosecutions.  Williamson’s resignation/sacking was almost inevitable and completely justified.

Collins’ attacks on Labour’s Ross Robertson and then on Katie Bradford are frankly weird.  A Member of Parliament talking to her about his daughter or a reporter expressing concern that her husband may have been overlooked because his mother in law is a political activist are not in breach of anything and in fact at a human level they are the sorts of things that the Minister for the Police could and should expect people to talk to her about.

But it appears that Collins cannot see this.  Even if she thinks that it is all unfair her decision to attack a senior member of the media five months out from an election is bizarre.  And her decision to attack publicly is breathtaking.

The treatment by the media in response shows this. These are some of the headlines that I have seen:

Key defends Govt’s relationship with media after Collins targets TVNZ reporter

Judith Collins takes swing at Press Gallery journalist

Judith Collins lashes out at political reporter

Collins apologises to TV journalist

And these are from the four largest media outlets in the country.  Why you would without proper justification attack a respected political reporter and risk the ire of the Press Gallery is beyond me.

News from National’s Northern Conference has been completely obliterated.   The only other headline I saw was one from Bill English’s speech suggesting that Labour can still win this year’s election.  How true is that.

The Media’s response to Collins was immediate.  TVOne followed the story about Collins with one on Kelvin Davis which was worthy but it was very unusual that it would be given such priority.  Kelvin and Labour will love receiving the publicity.

And to top it all it was revealed by TV3 that Oravida Kauri Ltd, a subsidiary of Oravida is engaged in the extraction and export of swamp Kauri.  When asked about what she thought of the environmental damage caused to wetlands Collins said that she was not the Minister responsible for wetlands and she did not care.

Collins has issued an apology of sorts via twitter.  If she wants to make a proper one she should ask a Catholic because Twitter is hardly the way to make a fulsome apology.

So what does John Key do?  If he fires her then there will be significant repercussions and I am sure that National’s factional fissures will become evident.  If he does not fire her then the MSM will no doubt investigate the Oravida scandal probably with increased gusto.  And Key will continue to worry every time Collins says something public.  There are no upsides here.

As a minimum I would expect Collins to be put on stress leave.  And she must be close to the stage where her continued membership of Cabinet will no longer be an option.

230 comments on “Collins is out of control”

  1. Gruntie 1

    Judyth For PM – at least with her we all know she is a dodgy liar – what you see is what you get – unlike the current one

    • Scotty 1.1

      Surly wee sausage.

      • One Anonymous Bloke 1.1.1

        Even Fairfax are putting the boot in:

        “Key said it was acceptable for a member of the public to raise matters with ministers about policing matters, something which was totally different to Williamson phoning a senior police officer on behalf of a Chinese businessman who had made a large donation to the National Party.”

        Slippery’s too close to this issue, what with his face all over the advertising.

        National needs a new leader. A strong leader. A leader who isn’t tainted by all the petty incompetences and brain fades, the forgetfullness, the slurring and the ridiculous clowning around on catwalks and chat shows.

        That winning smile says it all. All the way with JC in 2014!

        • toad 1.1.1.1

          National needs a new leader. A strong leader. A leader who isn’t tainted by all the petty incompetences and brain fades, the forgetfullness, the slurring and the ridiculous clowning around on catwalks and chat shows

          You mean Paula Bennett? God help us all!

          • One Anonymous Bloke 1.1.1.1.1

            Judith must prevail. Slippery’s sloppy management caused this whole problem. He didn’t back her from the start, fell back on the weak “Cabinet” “Manual” excuse while those hateful newshounds and that awful Cunliffe went about their business.

            Leaders have to be strong. Judith is strong.

        • Tracey 1.1.1.2

          the fish rots from the head first.

          wait for key to be painted as some kind of victim of recalcitrant ministers rather than

          monkey see monkey do

          wow. just wow@ collins last night on the news. was she suppressing a smile/laugh.

          • freedom 1.1.1.2.1

            that unstable smile seemed more like a bully’s smarm,
            painted on with vitriol and bound by innate belief in her own righteousness

        • Clemgeopin 1.1.1.3

          [Re:National needs a new leader. A strong leader. A leader who isn’t tainted by all the petty incompetences and brain fades, the forgetfullness, the slurring and the ridiculous clowning around on catwalks and chat shows]

          Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi.

          • poem 1.1.1.3.1

            Bakshi is as dodgy as they come, he is a crook just like the rest of the nats under john key.

      • Bearded Git 1.1.2

        Granny poll has 53% Crusher should step down. This from Herald readers! She’s a goner.

        • One Anonymous Bloke 1.1.2.1

          We must defend Judith :D

          • Clemgeopin 1.1.2.1.1

            Yes, she must stay for the sake of a better New Zealand. Even Key thinks so. Good on you Jude. You go girl!

            • David H 1.1.2.1.1.1

              Especially with her literally saying she don’t care if Oravida Kauri LTD rip up the wetlands to get at the Kauri logs and ship them to China. This also has to be a biggie with the Greens and conservationists. Just to add another straw to the camels back.

              “And then we moved onto revelations from 3rd Degree that another company her husband is a director of, Oravida Kauri, has been digging up swamp Kauri to eventually send offshore. She told us to “mind your own business”.

              “Has that got anything to do with me? Am I the minister of wetlands? So go and find someone who cares about this, because I don’t.”

              http://www.3news.co.nz/Judith-Collins-takes-swing-at-Press-Gallery-journalist/tabid/1607/articleID/342712/Default.aspx

              • One Anonymous Bloke

                You see? Judith is strong. Watch what happens to “environmentalists” when she’s in charge.

                • poem

                  Judith Collins is an idiot and an egomaniac. Its election year, and she has just hammered some more nails into her political coffin.

        • Clemgeopin 1.1.2.2

          And on the STUFF poll,

          Q: Can Judith Collins stay on as a minister?

          Yes, the controversy doesn’t affect how she works
          121 votes, 19.9%

          Yes, but only just
          58 votes, 9.5%

          No, it’s the last straw and she should resign
          429 votes, 70.6%

          Total 608 votes

          See here:
          http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/10007952/Pressure-on-Collins-following-outburst

          • fisiani 1.1.2.2.1

            The Upside for National is that Labour will waste another weeks worth of questions without making any progress at all.

            • mickysavage 1.1.2.2.1.1

              Is that it? Is this the extent of the RWNJ response to what has been the most sustained attack on a senior National Party figure in years?

            • Kaplan 1.1.2.2.1.2

              Brilliant strategy Fis. Is that something Joyce came up with do you think?

    • Tracey 1.2

      ms collins was a tax lawyer. her job was to lobby for, and exploit, loopholes.

  2. ghostwhowalksnz 2

    Surely the caption to the photo should have said :

    Zip it Sweetie

    • Tracey 2.1

      +1

    • ianmac 2.2

      Paula the Charming One was so proud of her “Zip it Sweetie” that she had/sold tshirts with it on and they sold well amongst Nats. She could give one to her mate Judy.

      • Tracey 2.2.1

        actually the other side of the house should all wear

        zip it sweetie

        and

        sensitive wee sausage

        under blazers at question time.

        • ianmac 2.2.1.1

          Too right Tracey! Yes. What goes around….

        • freedom 2.2.1.2

          they should also unfurl a banner across the front benches, where-on is printed Cabinet Rule 2.62

          then at least the Speaker would get to see it, which might be handy considering the range of questions now open to the opposition

  3. Ad 3

    Veutoviper predicted yesterday that she would go on leave.

    Any other takers?

    Any other proposals?

    My prediction is Key will just move her away from the media untiol after budget, and continue to front media himself – he needs her too much in caucus to sin-bin her.

    • Stuart Munro 3.1

      There’s a sporting chance one of Key’s GCSB henchbrutes will tranq her.

      • Anne 3.1.1

        But only in a nice way and for her own good and in the interest of New Zealand’s security.

        • Tracey 3.1.1.1

          chuckle

          • Kiwiri 3.1.1.1.1

            Not long to go now.
            “Word has it that” … some phone calls are being made about a possible announcement this afternoon or before midday tomorrow.

            • Kiwiri 3.1.1.1.1.1

              yup. it’s done. she has been put to bed.

              • Kiwiri

                btw, the responsibilities of governing do not go on sick leave

                the portfolio work and duties of the State must be passed on to other cabinet colleagues … Justice, ACC, Ethnic Affairs

    • veutoviper 3.2

      I am still standing by my predictions on OM last night that we will hear that she is going on leave either today or tomorrow morning.
      http://thestandard.org.nz/spin-slater-spin/#comment-808899
      http://thestandard.org.nz/spin-slater-spin/#comment-808907
      http://thestandard.org.nz/spin-slater-spin/#comment-808930

      IMO Key cannot stand her down as a Minister – she knows too much; she will spill the beans if he does. Espiner on Morning Report pressed Key on the possibility of Collins standing down as a Minister and/or her going on leave this morning and Key would not commit to a yes or no to any of his questions.

      BUT they will not want her in the House for Question Time tomorrow or the near future with the further revelations that are coming out of the release of the MFAT emails about the planning for her trip and the infamous ‘private dinner’.

      • mickysavage 3.2.1

        I should acknowledge that Veutoviper’s comments made me think about Collins going on stress leave.

        • veutoviper 3.2.1.1

          No need to, MS. Yesterday’s events just brought to mind the Nick Smith situation some years ago when he lost the plot. Couldn’t remember the exact details or date, but I see that Toad @7.2 has now provided a link.

      • ghostwhowalksnz 3.2.2

        Not turning up in the house to answer oral questions doesnt require leave. Key does this all the time. They just stay in their office and another Minister is allocated the question.

        • veutoviper 3.2.2.1

          Agreed, but Collins remaining in the Parliamentary precinct but not attending the House would lead to even more publicity etc than if she was offsite on leave. She was already using the back stairs etc before the current recess to avoid the press, but couldn’t avoid them.

      • David H 3.2.3

        And A question for TricKey in the House tomorrow. Did you send Collins on Leave ? and why ?

      • karol 3.2.4

        and… ding, ding, ding! veuto was spot on: Collins to take a few days off. – though she will front up to Question Time tomorrow – I guess that would have been too damning to dodge that.

        Key said Collins would front questions about Oravida in parliament this week and it was important she did so because neither she or the government had anything to hide over the affair.

        But after that she would take some time off.

    • ianmac 3.3

      Funny that her Caucus colleagues are not clapping every time she gives non-answer to questions at Question Time.This clapping is a usual way of Nats showing support but are strangely silent these days. Tomorrow?

    • ianmac 3.4

      Nat Caucus usually clap an answer after a Minister has been under pressure in Question Time but Judy is not getting the clap. Caucus strangely quiet. Distancing themselves perhaps?
      (My previous comment here disappeared.)

    • Craig Glen Eden 3.5

      Any other options? MEDICATION.

  4. toad 4

    Judith Collins, the gift that keeps on giving. Long may she remain a Minister (only up to the election, of course).

    Interesting to see Cameron Slater defending Collins & Williamson and attacking Key and Katie Bradford over at that site I can’t bring myself to link to.

    • ghostwhowalksnz 4.1

      Of course he is defending them , he is a mouthpiece for them and long time personal friend. Williamson, he has known for his whole life.

    • One Anonymous Bloke 4.2

      For the good of the party I think it’s important that Judith prevails.

      • Arthur 4.2.1

        Which party?

        • One Anonymous Bloke 4.2.1.1

          National. Key is weak, compromised by his Oravida modelling commitments, and he doesn’t back his ministers when they help constituents.

    • You_Fool 4.3

      I also like how they fail to realise the difference between an ordinary citizen having a moan and a minister of the crown abusing his position of power.

  5. felix 5

    Ok Judith, we’ll stop talking about Maurice and get back to looking into Oravida.

    • One Anonymous Bloke 5.1

      :lol:

      • Akldnut 5.1.1

        Looks like this outburst may have had the desired effect of removing prying eyes from her personal (sarc) meeting and Orivida, but she gaffed by making a mortal enemy of the press, and opened the door for other issues.

        Her outburst over Williamson indicates she may have lost one of her Judith For PM stablemates.

        Weighing up everything in the past couple of months, this episode may just be “the straw that broke the camels back” She’s lost to much face and credibility to be a PM.

        • One Anonymous Bloke 5.1.1.1

          Not exactly. Morning report was all over the new Oravida emails, Grant Robertson did a great job, and Judith can survive this, in fact this is her opportunity to show Key what a strong leader can do.

          He sealed his own fate when he used the Cabinet Manual as an excuse to humiliate her. He didn’t back her, he just threw her to the dogs.

          Go Judith.

  6. One Anonymous Bloke 6

    I expect there is a certain amount of embarrassment in the investor community over all this. Having Slippery’s brand on your scampi might not turn out that well after all.

    • ghostwhowalksnz 6.1

      Oravida doesnt make sense, there is no marketing genius in their promotional material. The products they choose are marginal ( fresh milk??)iIt defies sense to ship it halfway across the world- thats what milk powder is for- and it adds no value to what comes out of the cow.
      The owner of Oravida seems to spend all his time on the golf course, its laughable compared to other tycoons.

      • ianmac 6.1.1

        Fresh milk? They charge the Chinese $20 per bottle (per litre?) for airfreighted fresh NZ milk. Great profit while it lasts.
        Imagine if there was a hold up at the entry port. Disastrous! Why then they would have to get a NZ Minister to intervene with the border control to get their milk through as a special favour. Perhaps but that would never happen. Nah. Ridiculous!

      • Hayden 6.1.2

        The lever snapped off. The ship twisted sharply and rocketed upward. The crew were hurled violently back across the cabin. Ford’s copy of The Hitchhiker s Guide to the Galaxy smashed into another section of the control console with the combined result that the Guide started to explain to anyone who cared to listen about the best ways of smuggling Antarean parakeet glands out of Antares (an Antarean parakeet gland stuck on a small stick is a revolting but much-sought-after cocktail delicacy and very large sums of money are often paid for them by very rich idiots who want to impress other very rich idiots), and the ship suddenly dropped out of the sky like a stone.

        Never underestimate rich idiots.

      • Matthew Hooton 6.1.3

        In primary industries, the best marketing strategy is “fresh is best” – almost always the most valuable product (think apples v apple juice, kiwifruit v kiwifruit wine, fresh milk v milk powder, chilled v frozen meat). “Value added” usually involves destroying value and then trying to get that value back. So I think trying to sell fresh milk to China is a great (albeit very niche) idea. Better still would be NZ dairy companies setting up farms in China, close to the market – much cheaper transportation costs and also environmentally better.

        • One Anonymous Bloke 6.1.3.1

          Reputation management business is looking up.

          • fender 6.1.3.1.1

            Reputation recovery must be a harder task though..

            …especially when it’s flat-lining..

            • McFlock 6.1.3.1.1.1

              still, pilots do most of their work when the plane’s either going up or coming down…

              Might as well milk this plane while it crashes (to mix metaphors)

        • mickysavage 6.1.3.2

          So what is your pick on Collins’s future Matthew?

          • Kiwiri 6.1.3.2.1

            Matt’s pick should be informed by Judith’s kind of advice that was twittered in response to a question by Danyl sometime ago – paraphrased here with editorial discretion:

            “You’re walking through the desolation of John Key’s caucus and you see a twit lying on its back, struggling and absolutely losing the plot. You don’t help it. Why is that?”

            Answer:

            https://twitter.com/JudithCollinsMP/status/334845576711634944#

        • Tracey 6.1.3.3

          we would have to lease land though matthew, they wont sell to us?

          • Draco T Bastard 6.1.3.3.1

            Actually, we’d just be investors that could be kicked out later. All the Chinese really need is the importation of some of our dairy stock and then they no longer need anything from us.

        • Draco T Bastard 6.1.3.4

          Better still would be NZ dairy companies setting up farms in China, close to the market

          I’m all for this as it would help destroy the rather stupid export industry we have here.

        • ianmac 6.1.3.5

          Yes Matthew. If the buyers are willing to pay top dollars then so be it. Mind you I have seen no real evidence that organic food is any better for you than non-organic. But if willing and able to pay more why not.

        • ghostwhowalksnz 6.1.3.6

          China is amoung the largest milk producers without our help.

          The order is India, USA, China , Pakistan, Brazil.

          We are of course the largest ‘exporter’ but I dont think China is interested in exporting milk products.

          And NZ cows are not especially high producers per cow by other western countries standards

          Mutton flaps are more important for the average Chinese as it used , thinly sliced, in hotpot dishes.

          Fresh is best ? Tell that to macdonalds. Seems like another fast food chain opens up every 5 years or so. Must be not listening to the media chefs and the upper middle classes

        • freedom 6.1.3.7

          Mr Hooton, as it is your article, can you clear this confusion up for us please?
          http://thestandard.org.nz/open-mike-05052014/#comment-809146

      • Scott 6.1.4

        Having Keys face plastered on a slimy deep sea cockroach is pure marketing genius.

    • vto 6.2

      It is not often we agree oab, but this will be exactly the case.

      Investors / business people, despite being relative risk-takers, veer heavily away at speed in circumstances like these. There will be many unhappy people.

      • Tracey 6.2.1

        agree.

        although entrepreneurs are usually the risk takers. after tge initial risk they hire bcoms and mbas to come and run things. those folks are very conservative and very bottom line driven.

        they will veer toward absolute self interest which is exactly what collins and williamsons colleagues are also doing now.

    • Stuart Munro 6.3

      孔子reckons “Key’s promises are like dead fish – cannot stand the test of time.”

      • One Anonymous Bloke 6.3.1

        Exactly. Judith is made of sterner stuff. If you’re going to ask her questions and you’re on solid ground, make sure you aren’t standing on a plastic sheet.

        All hail Judith.

  7. Tiger Mountain 7

    ShonKey has got himself snookered here. Who will end up being crushed though at election time?

    Micky’s suggestion of “stress leave” is most thoughtful. If that reaches Judith via one of her minions it should really incite her to another Warthog style rampage.

    • Ant 7.1

      The pressure is on, Key is running out of options: Start to look powerless and accept the hits or stand down Collins and watch her go loco.

      • toad 7.1.1

        Yeah, having Collins, Williamson & Slater go renegade on the Nats’ right flank would be fun to watch. Key would be up against a pretty formidable team there.

        • Ant 7.1.1.1

          Well it looks like Slater is now going for Hooton’s throat, great to see them all turn in on each other. It really shows how brittle the National party is once they get exposed to a bit of daylight.

        • Murray Olsen 7.1.1.2

          Collins, Williamson and Slater might be formidable in their ability to inflict damage, but I doubt it would be very well targeted. They’d damage the whole National Party. The sooner they start, the better.

    • toad 7.2

      Yeah, there’s precedent. Nick Smith was put on stress leave shortly before his forced resignation as National Deputy Leader in 2003 following some similarly bizarre behaviour.

      But I’s hate to see that happen to Collins as she is doing as much to ensure a Labour-Green Government as anyone in Labour or the Greens at the moment.

      • ghostwhowalksnz 7.2.1

        In that situation, the leader didnt want him ( Don Brash) and Smith had a big row with the party whip.
        Collins is not having her arguments within the party

    • Anne 7.3

      Yeah watch out micky, You’re about to be twittered? Enjoy it. :)

  8. Stuart Munro 8

    Bill English got one thing wrong – “It’ll be close” he said. Corruption doesn’t go down well with the voters: it’s going to be a landslide.

    • Draco T Bastard 8.1

      That’s what I’m thinking. The stink of corruption always emanates from National but it’s getting significantly worse as their time in government rolls on.

  9. fender 9

    “News from National’s Northern Conference has been completely obliterated.”

    I did hear on RNZ the PM say:

    “The Greens are against jobs, growth, etc, etc,…..and if you don’t believe me just ask…..

    Shane Jones”

    This could have been another one of Keys lame jokes, the delivery suggested it was an attempt to garner some laughs, but it fell flat possibly because the real joke is that Key now sees Jones as his trusted advisor.

    I’ve never thought much of Collins or her mean and nasty technique, but it’s been enlightening to see just how similar to Slater she is, it explains why they have such a close relationship.

  10. mickysavage 10

    What I am really interested in is the response to by the RWNJ’s. I thought my post from yesterday and this one would goad the usual suspects into responding. It is not as if they are ignoring either post. Both posts have had a large number of views.

    Bomber has suggested (http://thedailyblog.co.nz/2014/05/05/why-key-cant-punish-judith-collins-till-after-the-election-and-the-new-factional-war-inside-national/) that Collins targeting Katie Bradford was deliberate and a dog whistle to her supporters. He also notes that Hooton and Jordan Williams have had a major spat on twitter. He notes Slater complaining about MP selections that did not go Collins way.

    The premise is that we are seeing civil war break out in National’s ranks. Can’t say I disagree.

    • Ad 10.1

      I made same point as Bomber last week.

    • One Anonymous Bloke 10.2

      The three Billy Goats Gruff are getting bored and threatening to trash the green green grass unless they get some action soon.

    • Draco T Bastard 10.3

      The premise is that we are seeing civil war break out in National’s ranks.

      If so I wonder if it will result in the final breakup of National that’s been on the cards for decades.

      No, probably not. National are better collectivists than the left and want the power that comes from being a single party in government.

    • ghostwhowalksnz 10.4

      It has a lot of similarities to the Tea party: infiltration from within, media blowhards on blogs and talkback repeating your lines.

      The one name that I havent heard pop up, but who must be involved somewhere is Ruth Richardson

      • freedom 10.4.1

        and don’t forget Shipley, the most unseen of all shadows in NZ-China relations

      • Tracey 10.4.2

        national has long, imo, been made up of uf or act leaning people. perhaps this is the ideological split

        OR

        its just the natural result of the pursuit of self interest, and two have been caught out.

    • Tracey 10.5

      but why now?

      usually the self interest of keeping their power keeps their mouths shut.

      or have the just become so cocksure they assumed everything would stay under wraps or capable of going away with another lie?

      • mickysavage 10.5.1

        Maybe because the nats know that Key is leaving soonish. Whoever becomes leader may become the next PM. This is a fight for the future of the National Party and Collins does not intend to lose …

        • Tracey 10.5.1.1

          i wondered that, and then he gave that interview at his “bach” about being around for a fourth term. i know he lies, and maybe this was one of them.

        • One Anonymous Bloke 10.5.1.2

          National needs a strong leader. Judith is strong, and she takes care of her friends.

        • BLiP 10.5.1.3

          Maybe because the nats know that Key is leaving soonish . . .

          ^^^^ THIS.

          Its apparent that so far as John Key is concerned its pretty much game over. He’s had enough. I noticed this a couple of months ago when he made repeated references to his “legacy”. He stopped that pretty quick but, have you noticed his latest thought-stopping technique in media comments:

          ” . . . in the end . . .”

          He must have said this about 100 times in the last week. The use of the phrase carries within it the tacit notion that what ever current National Ltd™ crisis is being discussed is over, move along, nothing to see here. The thought-stopper is a little more sophisticated than his permanent state of “being relaxed” but, while it may be accidental, I think its also indicative of John Key’s internal state of mind in that he knows this is the end. My bet: this time next year he will be miles away twittering on in his usual blithe state as he lines up a shot on the vast greens of Planet Key.

          (Speaking of perception management techniques, and considering the wider goings-on within the National Ltd™ PR spin machine, I note that of the 25 Rules of Disinformation, National Ltd™ is applying just about all of them right across its entire engagement with the public, the media, and even with its own people. One of Crosby/Textor’s favourite techniques is to accuse your opposition of what it is that you are weak on. The narrative that Labour, and the left generally, are a disorganised rabble riddled with rifts actually, when you look at the facts, applies far more to National Ltd™ and is becoming more obvious by the day. )

          • Draco T Bastard 10.5.1.3.1

            The narrative that Labour, and the left generally, are a disorganised rabble riddled with rifts actually, when you look at the facts, applies far more to National Ltd™ and is becoming more obvious by the day.

            QFT

    • Paul 10.6

      Yes where is our friend srylands? Etc?
      Maybe they’re all the same person…

      • Tracey 10.6.1

        slylands starts work at ten, so hes still reading the posts here.

        • fender 10.6.1.1

          Plus there’s the time zone difference with Australia to consider..

          • Hayden 10.6.1.1.1

            No, he’s just walking from his employer-provided car-park halfway up the Terrace to his office on Pipitea St.

            • thatguynz 10.6.1.1.1.1

              Particularly given that the address provided (125 The Terrace) isn’t actually a car parking building… Yes, it contains car parks but I gather they are utilised by building tenants rather than the public..

              • srylands

                No I assure you that the Carpark at 125 The Terrace is run by Wilson Parking. Anyone can get a park there, but there is a wait. I pay for the carpark myself. But I do then walk to the office in Pipitea Street.

                I have no idea what the Australia crack is.

      • felix 10.6.2

        “Yes where is our friend srylands? Etc?
        Maybe they’re all the same person…”

        Dunno how many are the same person, but it’s a pretty neat trick to have them all appear and disappear together, isn’t it?

    • Tracey 10.7

      no

      national tearing about at the seams

      national in chaos

      headlines tho.

    • Anne 10.8

      The premise is that we are seeing civil war break out in National’s ranks. Can’t say I disagree.

      And its spilling out into the streets. I’d say there’s a lot of pent-up frustration in the Nat. Caucus – and even among activist members – because they’ve been under strict totalitarian rule since 2008. Even their local reports to constituents are written for them – remember the [insert name/electorate here] revelation? They have been told what to think… what to say… what to do… and woe betide anyone who steps out of line. Its coming back to bite them?

      • Tracey 10.8.1

        goldsmith has billboards with his and nick smiths face announcing a public meeting in epsom. i didnt know whether to laugh or cry.

    • geoff 10.9

      I think the RWNJs tactic is to go silent on bad news for them. It’s like there is a policy to not give negative stories any oxygen.

      • Colonial Viper 10.9.1

        “Why are you afraid of commenting”
        “Staying silent makes it look like you have something to hide”
        “Have you no defence against the allegations”

        • SpaceMonkey 10.9.1.1

          Suddenly they are staunch advocates for the right to silence…?

  11. karol 11

    Rob Salmond is predicting/promising more revelations re Oravida later today:

    To make it worse, my information is the Gallery’s phones are running hot with National insiders spilling their guts about how Collins has embarrassed them. When the Press Gallery is angry with you, the last thing you need is your own team supplying more ammo.

    And to make it worse again, later today I will post on even more new and damning information about Collins’ Oravida links. Stay tuned.

    • Draco T Bastard 11.1

      But I do want to emphasise the silver lining for Judith Collins. I found 66 people on Twitter last night who wanted to show their support for her by favoriting or retweeting this:

      @rsalmond: RT if you agree: Dear @johnkeypm: Please do not fire @JudithCollinsMP. She is great. Yours sincerely, Labour/Greens supporters.

      :twisted: :lol:

    • northshoreguynz 11.2

      http://polity.co.nz/blog-front
      Lays it out beautifully.

      • Kiwiri 11.2.1

        The country knows from past incidents that John Key has problems making himself read documents and also major difficulties trying to remember.

        So can someone bring him the OIA-dumped papers that reveal Judith breached Cabinet Manual rules, lock the office door and watch over him to ensure he reads them, and then accompany him to a pre-scheduled press conference, as well as hang around to remind him the announcement that he needs to make.

  12. Bill 12

    So a daft bint with an enormous sense of entitlement has discovered fresh air and a long drop beneath her feet.

    But, she’s entitled! And so it’s all just a wee bit hard for her to grasp.

    She was entitled to do whatever she did with regards Orivida. No question. Did she feel entitled to take a tilt for the leadership of the National Party? If she did, she probably still does. And as said, I’d punt she can’t comprehend the unraveling that’s under way. So she lashes out at any and all ingrates who put any kind of focus on what she feels entitled to do.

    There’s no plan, no strategy or sense of timing. It’s just the desperate and blind flailing that comes from doomed, and not altogether bright bastards before the inevitable drop.

  13. Chooky 13

    Interesting comments and analysis from Bomber Bradbury on this issue…”Why Key can’t punish Judith Collins till after the election and the new factional war inside National” –

    http://thedailyblog.co.nz/2014/05/05/why-key-cant-punish-judith-collins-till-after-the-election-and-the-new-factional-war-inside-national/

    • Tracey 13.1

      if she is being denied her mp selections how can she also be well positioned post election? on the face of it those statements are contradictory.

    • Huginn 13.2

      Yes, Machiavellian

      The observation that none of her nominations were accepted makes me wonder whether we should be taking a closer look at what’s been going on in the National Party.

      The Right have been obsessing about what’s wrong with the Labour Party, and what David Cunliffe should do to sort it out, and what a massive blow Shane Jones’ resignation was. . . blah-de-blah-de-blah. . .
      All the time its been a huge distraction to keep them from looking too closely at the stealthy coup that’s been going on in their own party.

      Family psychologists have probably got a name for that

  14. Hayden 14

    Today’s Dominion Post 5-minute quiz, Question 1 (vaguely, from memory):

    In the hit 1963 song, whose turn was it to cry?

    Subtle?

  15. captain hook 15

    Judith Collins is a bully plain and simple. she has become so used to getting her own way and riding roughshod over all and sundry that she has come to believe that she is the only one with any rights whatsoever. Time for this haridan to get her pink slip.

    • karol 15.1

      Collins has become a parody of a Thatcher wannabe.

      • freedom 15.1.1

        skim read that as ‘a parody of a Thatcher womble”
        :) Mondays eh!

      • Anne 15.1.2

        My thoughts too. She’s modeling herself of Thatcher even down to her appearance and the way she walks. She sees herself as NZ’s Maggie Thatcher – strong, belligerent, clever and brooks no dissent.

        At least Thatcher did have a bit of class about her – Collins has none.

        • Murray Olsen 15.1.2.1

          She actually reminds me of Idi Amin in her approach to accountability, responsibility, and democracy. Just as well she can’t send the Whalespew Army out to attack people in their homes.

  16. weka 16

    “National needs a strong leader. Judith is strong, and she takes care of her friends.”

    I must say OAB it’s a delight seeing such a dedicated leftie consistently giving the right such useful and supportive political advice :-D

    • One Anonymous Bloke 16.1

      We’ll see who’s laughing when Judith has control of the GCSB. All the way with JC in 2014!

  17. risildowgtn 17

    Collins/Oravida have been busy buying up more than Kauri Logs

    Wonder when the proverbial SHIT really will hit the fan over THIS GEM

    http://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/auckland/news/nbbus/266137544-oravida-expanding-into-gold-mining-

  18. veutoviper 18

    FULL UNCUT TV3 INTERVIEW – SABIN WITH COLLINS

    http://t.co/KcDTLUdZge

    TV3 have put up the full 10 minute uncut interview with Collins – as opposed to the 4 minute news item one that MS’ TV3 link in the post leads to.

    Well worth watching as it has a lot more bizarre comments (including about her trip to China, the dinner, her staff, kauri, the press etc) than in the cut version.

    Collins’ eye movements are revealing – constant movement, blinking, half lids etc. Could not stop focussing on them.

    • karol 18.1

      It’s the mixture of eye and mouth movements that’s intriguing – defensive, contained aggression, which explodes into an attack at various points.

      • Kiwiri 18.1.1

        grab the whole clip before/if it disappears please!
        this is The Interview that never stops giving

        and some treasured gems in there to be held up on wider public display as well as to be repeated back to john key and his ministers!

        • veutoviper 18.1.1.1

          If I knew how to “grab the whole clip”, I would but that is way beyond my abilities!

          Perhaps one of the many experts here could do so.

    • Red Rosa 18.2

      Collins looks like something out of a 1930s gangster movie!

      The narrowed eyes, the veiled threats, then finally the punch line.

      Sort of like a bent DA in Raymond Chandler’s Los Angeles…maybe not so far off? ‘We own this town, buddy. Better get used to it.’

      She has to have something big on Key. You’d never pin him down, but somewhere lurking in the background must be another explanation for his continued Collins support today. After all, she appears to have misled him as much as the NZ public on the Oravida scandal.

      Maybe time will tell, or maybe tomorrow’s QT in Parliament. Interesting times.

    • ianmac 18.3

      Full uncut interview. Crikey veuto. Weird. I reckon a carelessly struck match would spark a massive meltdown. Judith does not like being questioned does she.

      “You worm! How dare you ask me such questions! Don’t you know who I am?!!!”

      • veutoviper 18.3.1

        I did not say it in my comment at 18 – but I got the link to that video from Paddy Gower’s Twitter feed!

        https://twitter.com/patrickgowernz

        Gower has also now done a blog post on it at TV3’s website – http://t.co/Y7cWItsLEL

        • karol 18.3.1.1

          The link to the video was being cycled through Twitter this morning. Came into my twitter feed several hours – originally from Firstline, I think?

          • veutoviper 18.3.1.1.1

            Probably, Karol, but I don’t watch TV. I am also not on Twitter per se so don’t get the feeds – just read various people’s Twitter feeds from time to time but not a follower of anyone. I did a quick check here as to whether anyone had posted the full video, and then posted it as I thought it was worth while seeing the whole interview.

            • karol 18.3.1.1.1.1

              Yes, that video is well worth a watch. Predictably, her attack on the media has hit a nerve with many journalists. Duncan Garner hs also been highly critical of her today.

              Collins has now bought a fight. And the Press Gallery is a strange beast – it loves a target.

              Yes, it’s a competitive place, but I can imagine what’s happening today. They’ll be in each other’s offices ‘gossiping’ about how outrageous it was of Collins to attack Katie Bradford.

              It will only serve to rile up the most ruthless amongst them to nail Collins. Key knows that, which is why Key has told Collins to chill out. He will have told her to stay away from the media unless it’s on important justice issues.
              […]
              The truth is, her story about what she was doing in China with Oravida has completely collapsed. She has lost all credibility. What started as a pop-in cup of milk and a private dinner turns out to be a turbo-blasted official dinner involving both Governments, their officials, a senior Minister (Collins) and a National party donor (Oravida).

              Collins presented it totally differently and she’s been found out, case closed. She didn’t tell the truth to the PM – she misled him, she misled Parliament and she misled you, the voter.

    • One Anonymous Bloke 18.4

      That’s awesome – see how strong she is! Not like that weak lickspittle Key, bowing and scraping on Letterman. Judith would have Letterman boiled alive.

      She promises there’s more to come! Pledge allegiance if you know what’s good for you is my advice.

  19. karol 19

    Rob Salmond on what Friday’s OIA shows:

    It shows that Judith Collins’ visit to Oravida was an official, Ministerial visit specifically designed by the New Zealand government to improve Oravida’s, and only Oravida’s, business opportunities in China. That is something Judith Collins is strictly forbidden from doing in her Ministerial capacity, because her husband is a director of the company.

    This is further evidence that Collins has used taxpayer funds to help her husband’s business, and that she has spent the last two months lying about that fact to her boss, the Parliament, and the people of New Zealand. She must resign.

    • toad 19.1

      Surely she cannot survive that.

      • Draco T Bastard 19.1.1

        I suspect that National’s advisors are working on it now but it may be that she can’t.

      • One Anonymous Bloke 19.1.2

        Someone won’t survive it, that’s for sure.

    • Tracey 19.2

      if substantiated, surely its not just about resigning as a minister, she needs to be gone. she will go as minister cos she lied to key, but she needs to leave parliament cos she lied to the people of nz. its not just ministers who have to tell the truth and behave well, surely?

    • Disraeli Gladstone 19.3

      She’s gone.

      Key can’t not have her go.

      He’ll be wanting to get his timing right. Close enough to the budget that the budget will drown out news on her, not too close that she’ll drown out the budget.

  20. aerobubble 20

    So One minister makes three mistakes, not distancing themselves from a party donor, not checking their decision with others, and thus making a huge mistake of ‘as a minister’ telling police they were not on solid ground surrounding a ongoing investigation. Nuff said, he’s gone.

    Another minister, makes countless mistakes, a party donor, who is also her husbands company, has a sit down meeting with a border official during the time when her husband company is having border problems. Now she didnt distance herself, she didn’t check her decision with anyone, and now the clear perception of favoring her Husband business is all too real. Instead of going, she spits out odium on the messagers, she misleads parliament, and she doesn’t show one iota of political savvy. Astonishing.

    • Colonial Viper 20.1

      It says something about how much more political leverage and support Collins has at her disposal compared to Williamson.

      • aerobubble 20.1.1

        No. I think it says how utterly corrupt she is, too think she is so high and almighty.

        Its because politicians are burnt a bit that we grow to trust them, we see how they operate.

        Collins has lost any chance of being PM, voters just do not like power crazed.

        Sit it out Collins, stand aside, and watch Key’s government crash, and be available for the leadership. But no, shes too pig stupid to see anything but her own sanctimonious never
        do nothing wrong.

  21. Clemgeopin 21

    Thinking of Maurice Williamson and Judith Collins, the National MP that now I feel very sorry about is…….

    Mr Aaron Gilmore.

    • Tracey 21.1

      i dont. we need to cut this entitlement shit off at the early stages. he is young, he can rebuild.

      • Clemgeopin 21.1.1

        I am not sorry he resigned for his arrogant attitude, drunk or not.

        What I was referring to was the fact that Aaron Gilmore resigned/made to resign for a comparatively lesser offense than the hugely wrong/dodgy/corrupt behaviour of Williamson and Collins.

        This issue alone will hurt National at the next election.

  22. ianmac 22

    Russell Brown has an interesting take on “Spheres of Influence.”
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11249704

  23. MaxFletcher 23

    She’s got to go. The only option.

  24. Treetop 24

    I wonder what the retired Canadian judge who reviewed Bains right to compensation thinks of Collins?

    Bain has stated that he survived a decade in jail by doing the sentence 5 minutes at a time. Good advice for Collins during question time tomorrow.

    What goes around comes around.

  25. Yippee! When is the next poll?

    One issue not raised that I have is her attacking her Parliamentry staffers. Whatever their political persuasion (and I know that you do not have to associate with a Party to be a Parliamentary staffer), an attack from the Minister trying to blame her staff is cowardly, dirty and unethical.

    National try to pretend to hold the moral high ground. Sounding like a Tui ad yet?

    “Judith Collins is very sorry – Yeah! Right!”

    • Anne 25.1

      One issue not raised that I have is her attacking her Parliamentry staffers.

      Incredible wasn’t it. Calling them “control freaks” not once but several times. Always with a smile on her face and vindictiveness in her eyes. Wow!!! How to go about ensuring loyal staff. What’s the bet they’re squealing as we speak.

      • veutoviper 25.1.1

        I could not believe that Collins did that – but then again, I can. I know a number of people who have worked for her, and not a good experience. A control freak calling others that.

        I don’t know if you are referring to the original news item last night, but if you haven’t watched the full uncut 10 minute interview Sabin/Collins, she says a lot more in the full interview. link at 18 above.

      • Mary 25.1.2

        And tonight on TVNZ news she said she didn’t lie about what she said about Katie Bradford, but she said that Katie Bradford asked her to intervene. It’s accepted that’s not the case but Collins is still saying that what she said was the truth. More lies. She’s out of control, all right. Great stuff. Keep it coming, Judith.

      • felix 25.1.3

        “How to go about ensuring loyal staff. What’s the bet they’re squealing as we speak.”

        Haha not much time left for loyalty. May as well leak like a sieve.

  26. Pete 26

    When Collins goes, I guess it will have to be Finlayson to replace her. But somebody else will have to be A-G. The Attorney General sometimes has a role in making decisions about when to prosecute, so it would be a clear conflict if he kept both roles. I wonder who would be his replacement.

  27. ghostwhowalksnz 27

    So we have two unrelated controversies in the last 7 days.

    Williamson resigning from Cabinet and Collins and her links with Oravida.

    They arent related on the surface of it.

    But why did Collins lash out at a journalist over ‘what you have done to Maurice’

    Shes been a practicing lawyer and an MP for a while plus in Cabinet. Surely she would have kept her head down on the Williamson affair ( as she has her own troubles)

    Shes a friend of Williamson, and close colleague but it doesnt make sense why she should kicking heads in this making more controversy.

    Then there is this in Williamsons comments which adds an unknown person in the mix.

    He said he was told of the December incidentby a friend of Liu and was “shocked” due to Liu’s clean record required for citizenship here

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11247661

    Who could this friend be that galvanised Williamson into action.

    My belief is the “friend of Liu” was Collins herself

    Collins knew she couldnt call the Police herself as she was Minister of Justice.

    And once it all blew up and Williamson was forced out, Collins realized he took a bullet for her and this would explain her actions in going around kicking heads for him, thereby increasing the media storm.

    I wonder if Labour will explore this’ unknown friend’ once Parliament resumes.

    I repeat, I think Collins is the friend who alerted Williamson to Liu’s arrest

    • Anne 27.1

      Yep gwwnz.

      My immediate thought over Collins’ comment (mentioned on TS a day or two ago) was:

      Williamson is a scapegoat for the Collins affair.

      I didn’t know in what way, but your submission is a perfect fit!

      • veutoviper 27.1.1

        I am pretty sure that Williamson has said on several occasions over the last few days that the friend of Liu’s who he spoke to back in December (long before the Collins’ Oravida tour to China was an issue)was Liu’s translater.

        I don’t have time now to look for a link – menagerie feeding time before human tea is prepared.

        Sorry, I just don’t think it was Collins..

    • karol 27.2

      Well, Liu couldn’t have told Williamson himself because they speak different languages and cannot communicate with each other directly. They communicate through an interpreter.

      • ghostwhowalksnz 27.2.1

        The interpreter would have provided details to Williamson when he contacted Liu after Collins first told him about it.

        Id previously met Liu some years back relating to the Boulevard Motel. He has an entourage and a number of fixers with him most of the time.

        • karol 27.2.1.1

          It’s possible. But it could have been anyone linked with Liu who told Williamson.

        • Anne 27.2.1.2

          The interpreter would have provided details to Williamson when he contacted Liu after Collins first told him about it.

          Exactly. Williamson was being just a wee bit misleading? He wouldn’t have had much choice. If it is shown to be correct then I have to say I feel sorry for him. Setting aside his libertarian views, he’s not a bad person – likeable at times.

        • freedom 27.2.1.3

          That’s bugged me from day one. Liu is reportedly managing the investment of 70 million dollars in a complex construction project in our largest city.

          Why did Maurice Williamson think Liu needed the help of a Government Minister to communicate with the local Police on a domestic violence investigation?

  28. ianmac 28

    I read somewhere today that Williamson represented the Right in National. But so does Collins so that would be a reason that Key cannot afford to drop two right-wingers and both from Auckland. (Maybe heard that on 9 to Noon?) If so no wonder Key is boxed in.

    • Anne 28.1

      Ideologically speaking they both mirror the hard right libertarian wing of the National Party.

      There was an attempt back in the late 1990s/early 2000 to lure Willaimson away from National and into ACT.

      • felix 28.1.1

        Maurice represents the hard right libertarian wing.

        Collins is hard right, but she’s no libertarian.

  29. weka 29

    “Collins presented it totally differently and she’s been found out, case closed. She didn’t tell the truth to the PM – she misled him, she misled Parliament and she misled you, the voter.”

    Is there a reason to not use the word ‘lie’?

  30. Pete 30

    Andrea Vance just tweeted: I understand email went out to Ministers SPS’ in the last 90 mins asking for cover for Collins House duty for next two weeks #ttrtpt

    • Kiwiri 30.1

      and she continues to draw upon her ministerial salary, with her perks intact, thanks to the generosity of taxpayers

    • karol 30.2

      The article about it on Stuff (as linked above) says she will front to Question Time tomorrow then go on leave.

      • Kiwiri 30.2.1

        key playing with words and says “refresher”
        LOL!!!

      • yeshe 30.2.2

        hi karol .. hope you’re right .. but the link said only ‘this week’ for Collins to front up, did not say ‘tomorrow’, though it would make sense as you suggest.

        • karol 30.2.2.1

          One News tonight said Collins will be at Question Time tomorrow and Wednesday. This is interesting because those are the days Key is usually there.

          And also Key indicated that it was Collins idea to take a break. If Collins isn’t there the heat would turn on Key re-Oravida.

    • karol 30.3

      And so Vance got her info via someone who was in the ministerial loop? Nats are very leaky these days?!

    • ianmac 30.4

      The PM said at his press meeting that she would take 4 or 5 days off after Tuesday and Wednesday Q Time is over. Maybe back next Tuesday?

    • Ad 30.5

      Close enough in scenario to call VeutoViper’s prediction from yesterday correct.

    • Clemgeopin 30.6

      [Re: Andrea Vance just tweeted: I understand email went out to Ministers SPS’ in the last 90 mins asking for cover for Collins House duty for next two weeks #ttrtpt]

      And the little boy cried aloud, “Ha, ha! The empress has no clothes! She needs a cover!”

  31. Paul 31

    Judith Collins to take a few days off

    “Key said Collins would front questions about Oravida in parliament this week and it was important she did so because neither she or the government had anything to hide over the affair.

    But after that she would take some time off.”

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/10010739/Judith-Collins-to-take-a-few-days-off

    • One Anonymous Bloke 31.1

      After Rob Salmond’s revelations will she be back?

      • Paul 31.1.1

        That’s dynamite.
        When did he post this today?

        • ianmac 31.1.1.1

          I read that post by Rob this morning.
          The short one by No Right Turn today is pretty explicit http://norightturn.blogspot.co.nz/ and the way that Brent Edwards tied the emails together just after 5pm tonight was interesting. He did say that the PM reads the emails in a different way to anyone else. Mmmm?

          • Paul 31.1.1.1.1

            “Mr Key has admitted he knows the name and occupation of the Chinese border control official that was also present at the controversial dinner that Ms Collins attended but won’t reveal the information.”

            Is Key himself compromised by the Oravida story?

            http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/judith-collins-take-time-off-amid-oravida-storm-5949107

            • Anne 31.1.1.1.1.1

              When Key is lying, his inability to pronounce words correctly becomes more noticeable.

              In Paul’s link he talks about “parisha”. It took me a few seconds to comprehend he meant “pressure”.

            • Anne 31.1.1.1.1.2

              Is Key himself compromised by the Oravida story?

              Course he is. That’s why he can’t sack Collins and is having to stick by her through thick and thin. That’s my conclusion anyway.

              On Campbell Live just now there’s been a re-run of part of the Paddy Gower video at Oravida’s headquarters in China. Not only was Judith Collins’ face prominent in the various photos on the walls and elsewhere, but so was John Key’s…

              Its getting more and more like our own Watergate every day and we know how the original ended.

              • felix

                And as Nixon may or may not have said, “It’s the lie that gets you.”

              • freedom

                Let’s remember, from the time the cops picked up the ‘burglars’ to the fall of Nixon, took the best part of two years. I think NZ can do better than that :)

    • Tiger Mountain 31.2

      “Everybody needs a little time away,” I heard her say, “from each other.”
      “Even lover’s need a holiday far away from each other.”

      An even longer stress leave, er, break would be in order, but we may have to wait until September.

    • Tracey 31.3

      does she have to provide a medical certificate?

  32. TheContrarian 32

    Key has got to sack her, or at least take her off ministerial duty for the time being. If this was a Left bloc MP National would be screaming fucking murder about it.

  33. feijoa 33

    Does Stephen Joyce have anything to do with this

    I’m sure it would be VERY convenient for him if Judith’s career went bust….

  34. dave 34

    keys up to his neck in this. this is not over by any means once Collins is disposed of key is next the opposition has found the smell where it goes is like following a rat up a drain pipe where it ends nobody knows. the beginning of the end of the donkey Govt.

  35. Clemgeopin 35

    I can only laugh at National’s spin, manipulation and BS about her going on stress leave. This whole scandal is created by Collins herself through her dodgy actions and dodgy statements. Her own behaviour and Key’s defense are entirely responsible for this despicable episode. If she has been truthful and has nothing to hide, then there is no reason for her to be stressed or to be running away! She and Key may want to hide from the media for a few days to hoodwink the people, but they can’t run for too long because the voters will stop them in Sept. Only the truth will set them free.

  36. felix 36

    When all this is over and we look back on Collins’ career, I think it will be best summed up in her own words:

    “Always kind 2 turtles.”

    • felix 36.1

      But now she’s admitted she doesn’t care about wetlands. Can’t both be true.

  37. Tanz 38

    oh, she is a fine pollie, and will be a great leader. give her a break..

    • Ben Adam 38.1

      Yes, she is a very honest pollie, and will be the best leader ever, give her a break….permanently.

  38. felix 39

    The pic is priceless. It’s the look of entitlement denied.

    Her brain is screaming WHY WONT THESE PEASANTS LET ME RULE THEM?!!???

  39. Populuxe1 40

    In your rush to gloat, you may at least like to pause and consider that Collins also put the ground work in place for therapeutic justice in our legal system.

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    How corrupt is the British establishment? This corrupt:The security services are facing questions over the cover-up of a Westminster paedophile ring as it emerged that files relating to official requests for media blackouts in the early 1980s were destroyed. Two...
    No Right Turn
  • Sexism, rape culture and power
    Our discourse around sexual violence is complicated. All too often perpetrators are described as ‘monsters’, so when someone you know tells you the lovely man that you really like sexually abused them it’s hard to believe, because they’re not a...
    frogblog
  • Labour’s front bench: Demographics
    When he became Labour leader last week, Andrew Little promised a front bench that was representative of New Zealanders' background aspirations, and also promised a front bench that represented New Zealand's future aspirations. Here's how he did: The average age...
    Polity
  • Was Auckland’s motorway network built on “strategic misrepresentations...
    Last week, I took an empirical look at construction cost overruns for recent road projects in New Zealand, concluding that NZTA and regional transport agencies systematically underestimated the costs to build roads by an average of 34%. These findings are...
    Transport Blog
  • New Fisk
    Iran is shifting from pariah to possible future policeman of the Gulf...
    No Right Turn
  • New Labour lineup: 8/10
    As readers will have seen, Andrew Little has announced Labour's new lineup. Overall, I think this is a pretty shrewd list, seeking to build a united caucus team after the very close leadership election. It is not exactly what I...
    Polity
  • Labour’s exciting new line up
    New Labour leader, Andrew Little, announced Labour's exciting new line up today. Check it out now!...
    Labour campaign
  • A war on judicial oversight
    In response to a leak, the government has been forced to release its "temporary" anti-terror legislation - and reveal that its a lot less temporary than they said it would be. Rather than a one-year patch-job pending a review, John...
    No Right Turn
  • CTU will not engage in Governments sham consultation process on Terrorist B...
    Today the CTU has sent a letter to Prime Minister John Key articulating serious concerns about both the content and the rushed process the Government has clearly signalled it intends to follow to progress the Countering Terrorist Fighters Legislation Bill...
    CTU
  • Hard News: Team Little: pretty good
    New Labour leader Andrew Little has announced his first caucus lineup and, with one or two questions, it would seem to be pointing the party in the right direction. A clearout of a few of the usual suspects is offset...
    Public Address
  • Class of 2008
    Labour announced its new lineup today, and the change in leadership has led to a significant change: their top 10 are now absolutely dominated the Labour's class of 2008, while the old guard of Mallard, Goff etc have been shuffled...
    No Right Turn
  • Water fluoridation and dental fluorosis – debunking some myths
    Dental fluorosis is really the only “negative” side effect of community water fluoridation (CWF). It occurs in non-fluoridated as well as fluoridated areas but is often a little more common in the fluoridated areas. However, there is a lot of...
    Open Parachute
  • Water fluoridation and dental fluorosis – debunking some myths
    Dental fluorosis is really the only “negative” side effect of community water fluoridation (CWF). It occurs in non-fluoridated as well as fluoridated areas but is often a little more common in the fluoridated areas. However, there is a lot of...
    Open Parachute
  • Funding system pushing tertiary institutions towards fraud
    Pressure for funding is driving institutions to take illegal shortcuts says TEU national president Lesley Francey. News that the tertiary education minister Steven Joyce is investigating alleged fraud of at least $10 million from public tertiary education is shocking, but...
    Tertiary Education Union
  • GOP gulp
    The Daily Kos in the US is solidly on the liberal left side of the spectrum, so to see them declaring trouble for the Republicans despite their midterm win isn't much of surprise. But the source they are quoting is...
    Polity
  • 2014 New Zealand River Awards
    The second annual New Zealand River Awards will be announced this Thursday evening in Wellington. The Awards recognise the most improved river in each region where there’s robust data, and also identifies the three most improved rivers in the country....
    Gareth’s World
  • Economy, effectiveness and efficiency – yeah Right
    So - Gary Romano who took the fall for the Fonterra botulism scare was head hunted by Shanghai Pengxin -http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11226262the company which bought the Crafar farms (the original purchase of which was financed by loans made to Crafar by Fonterra) and which are...
    Te Whare Whero
  • Christmas singles and the White Saviour Complex
    In light of Sir Bob Geldof’s recent re-recording of ‘Do They Know it’s Christmas?’, controversy around the so-called ‘white saviour complex’ continues to grow. Naturally, I thought I would add my two cents to the debate surrounding the song and...
    On the Left
  • New Bus Priority coming
    Auckland Transport want to roll out 40km of new bus priority measures over the next 3 years to speed up buses, make them more efficient and support the new bus network being rolled out across the region. This is fantastic news as the...
    Transport Blog
  • Gordon Campbell on Rick Ellis as Te Papa’s new CEO
    The recent appointment of former TVNZ boss Rick Ellis to head Te Papa has copped a fair bit of criticism. Much of it has been inspired by the suspicion that Ellis has been hired to pursue the same purely commercial...
    Gordon Campbell
  • 2014 SkS Weekly Digest #47
    SkS Highlights President Obama's climate leadership faces the Keystone XL challenge by John Abraham attracted the highest number of comments of the articles posted on SkS during the past week. Coming in a close second was John Cook's Why we need to...
    Skeptical Science
  • Andrew Little as Labour Leader
    So Andrew Little is the new Labour leader. I don't particularly agree with him axing capital gains but entirely agree Labour should ditch raising the retirement age. Andrew needs to handle the members better. Cunliffe ditched some policies such as...
    Topical
  • Hard News: Music: Watching on Twitter from afar
    TV3's decision to broadcast the Vodafone Music Awards live to air was a great call. Not that I was able to actually watch it, but being able to read tweets both from Vector Arena and the living rooms of home certainly...
    Public Address
  • Sunday music: Talking Heads on cities
    A blast from the past: the Talking Heads’ ode to urbanity, “Cities”. This is from the band’s fantastic concert film Stop Making Sense: The Talking Heads emerged from 1970s New York. The city itself wasn’t doing so well at the...
    Transport Blog
  • Our social betters
    by Michael Roberts In a great new book, Billionaires: reflections on the upper crust (http://www.newrepublic.com/article/120092/billionaires-book-review-money-cant-buy-happiness), Darrel M West outlined various social surveys that show the richer a person is, the less likely they are to redistribute some of their wealth...
    Redline
  • More details on the Glen Innes to Tamaki Dr path
    Auckland Transport have released more details about the route for the Glen Innes to Tamaki Dr shared path that they and the NZTA are going to build over the next few years. The $30 million path will be built between 2015 and 2018 in four...
    Transport Blog
  • Headline of the week
    Original. To quote our very own Lamia, “Maybe the Maori Party should have included a history lesson in their confidence and supply agreement.”...
    On the Left
  • Who or What Was Onboard MH370, That Someone Doesn’t Want Found?
    239 people (including crew) were onboard MH370 when it mysteriously disappeared on March 8th this year.  Not one single piece of confirmed wreckage has ever been found, nor has a definite crash area been identified. I, like I am sure...
    An average kiwi
  • 2014 SkS Weekly News Roundup #47B
    Acid maps reveal worst of climate change Buffalo mega snowstorm tied to climate change? China will place a limit on coal use in 2020 Climate change investment falls for second year in 2013 Fossil-fueled Republicanism  House Republicans just passed a...
    Skeptical Science
  • For oil companies, our rights are just another obstacle
    Once upon a time fossil fuel exploration took place far away, out of sight and out of mind. But as oil and gas giants become ever more desperate for new reserves they’re prepared to drill in places that were previously...
    Greenpeace NZ blog
  • The Arctic Sunrise, her journey continues
    Last Saturday, the ecologically pristine area around the Canary Islands was the watery stage of the next chapter in the story of the Arctic Sunrise. Last year, she carried Greenpeace activists across icy waters North of Russia, where they protested...
    Greenpeace NZ blog
  • New Wynyard Hotel disappointing
    More details were released yesterday surrounding a new luxury hotel – to be known as Park Hyatt Auckland – that is going to be built on the waterfront, on the site that currently houses the Team New Zealand headquarters.   The...
    Transport Blog
  • Guest post: what should Andrew Little learn from Ed Miliband?
    John tweets at @mrduttonpeabody. A Labour leader being elected on the back of an election loss, through a system of weighted bloc votes, is familiar to anyone who follows UK politics. The 2010 UK Labour leadership election saw Ed Miliband...
    On the Left
  • October 14 Patronage
    October’s patronage results show Aucklanders are continuing to flock to buses and trains. It’s especially true for the rapid transit network which is seeing staggering growth, up over 20% compared to the same month last year. It’s showing that the public...
    Transport Blog
  • Hurray for “Hurray For The Riff Raff”!
     FIRST RATE AMERICANA came to Auckland's Tuning Fork venue last night in the form of the Alt-Country, Indie-Folk roots band Hurray For The Riff Raff. Led by Alynda Lee Segarra, the 27-year-old Peurto Rican singer-songwriter out of New Orleans via New...
    Bowalley Road
  • Capture: Movement
    It felt like we were overdue for a post, and when I took the time to look back at what had come before, I realised yesterday we turned three. So before we get into it, thanks once again for another...
    Public Address
  • Saturday playlist: new Labour leader
    It was difficult, but we managed to restrain ourselves from only posting songs with “Little” in the title … Add your (nice) suggestions below!...
    On the Left
  • Stuart’s 100 #57: Grow your own
    57: Grow your own What if supermarkets could grow their own? Supermarkets, like service stations, are in that category of activities that are of such necessity and ubiquity to our daily life that they cumulatively have a very large footprint...
    Transport Blog
  • The best of Neetflux (so far)
    A selection of our favourite Neetflux posters to date. Here’s to more awesome political satire to come! (Click through for full-size on Neetflux’s Tumblr)...
    On the Left
  • Chipping away at police unaccountability
    Traditionally, our police have enjoyed a wide discretion over who to prosecute and how. Sometimes, this is a good thing - it means that the time of the courts is not wasted on minor crimes. In other cases, its use...
    No Right Turn
  • South Auckland disadvantaged by new decile rankings
    New decile rankings have South Auckland schools at scores that show they are much more disadvantaged than the national average, says Labour’s Associate Auckland  Issues spokesperson Louisa Wall.  “As a measurement of disadvantage it is alarming that the average score...
    Labour
  • Sexism, rape culture and power
    Our discourse around sexual violence is complicated. All too often perpetrators are described as ‘monsters’, so when someone you know tells you the lovely man that you really like sexually abused them it’s hard to believe, because they’re not a...
    Greens
  • Time for an economy that works for all New Zealanders
    New Labour Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson says the challenge for the National Government is to support an economy that delivers good, sustainable jobs paying decent wages. “It’s time the economy delivered for all New Zealanders, not just the fortunate few....
    Labour
  • New faces, wise heads in bold Labour line up
    Labour Leader Andrew Little today announced a bold new caucus line up which brings forward new talent and draws on the party’s depth of experience....
    Labour
  • Plan for mega factory farm ruffles feathers
    Not long ago I wrote about the proposal to build a mega factory farm in the small township of Patumahoe that would confine over 300, 000 hens to colony cages. This week the resource consent hearing for the proposed factory...
    Greens
  • National opens door further to Chinese property speculators
    National has further opened the door to Chinese property speculators with the registration of a third Chinese bank here that will make it easier for Chinese investors to invest in New Zealand properties, the Green Party said today."As well, former...
    Greens
  • National restarts logging in West Coast forests
    “Dead wood also contributes by providing nutrients to soils, supporting the agents of wood decay such as fungi and invertebrates and it is a key habitat for the regeneration of some trees.” Annual Report 2013/14, page 29. The National Government has...
    Greens
  • Lab plan the beginning of slippery slope?
    It’s time for new Health Minister Jonathan Coleman to show his hand on plans to privatise lab services which doctors are warning could put patients’ lives at risk, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says. “Clinicians have sent the Government some...
    Labour
  • A-G called on to look into flagship ‘cost-saving’ programme
    New health Minister Jonathan Coleman has some serious questions to answer following a decision to wind up the Government’s flagship health savings provider HBL just a fortnight after giving it the green light to implement its plans, Labour’s Health spokesperson...
    Labour
  • Prime Minister’s warped view of history
    Students who sat NCEA level 3 history exams last week might be very worried to hear the Prime Minister tell a Radio Station that New Zealand was one of the few countries that was settled peacefully by Europeans. Those students who wrote...
    Greens
  • Climate of fear needs addressing
    It is hugely concerning that community and volunteer groups feel they are being gagged from speaking out against the Government, Labour’s Community and Voluntary Sector Spokesperson Louisa Wall says.  A Victoria University survey of 93 sector groups has found 50...
    Labour
  • Mandatory code of conduct needed for supermarkets
    Labour has drafted legislation to establish a mandatory code of conduct for supermarkets to ensure New Zealand suppliers are not affected by anti-competitive behaviour. “Even though the Commerce Commission found no technical breaches of the law through some of Countdown’s...
    Labour
  • National softening public up for 7th successive deficit
    Finance Minister Bill English is softening the public up for an announcement that National is going to fail in even its very limited goal of achieving a budget surplus, the Green Party said today."No finance minister in a generation has...
    Greens
  • National caught out on state house porkies
    Housing NZ’s annual report out today directly contradicts the Government’s claim that one-third of its houses are in the wrong place and are the wrong size, said Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The annual report states 96 per cent of...
    Labour
  • Damning report on Department of Conservation restructure
    The restructuring of the Department of Conservation (DOC) following National's severe funding cuts has been revealed as failure, the Green Party said today.The Taribon report has reviewed the new structure of DOC after 12 months. The restructuring, one of the...
    Greens
  • Greens welcome Xi, but human rights need to be on agenda
    The Green Party welcomes the visit to New Zealand of Chinese President Xi Jinping and wishes to congratulate him on his recent announcement regarding China capping emissions for the first time.The United States and China recently unveiled a deal to...
    Greens
  • Backing New Zealanders to get ahead
    New Labour Leader Andrew Little says it is an immense privilege to have been chosen to lead the party and to be given the task of ensuring it once again becomes a powerful force that backs New Zealanders in getting...
    Labour
  • Andrew Little Elected Leader of Labour Party
    “The Labour Party congratulates Andrew Little, who has been elected as party leader in a robust and highly democratic process,” says Labour Party President Moira Coatsworth. “Andrew’s leadership will have the full support of the whole Labour Party.”...
    Labour
  • Report into Brownlee security breach should be released
    The Government and Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) should release the report into former Minister of Transport Gerry Brownlee's airport security breach, the Green Party said today."The actions of a Minister of Transport breaching security at an airport are a matter...
    Greens
  • Brownlee must ask CAA to release the report
    Gerry Brownlee must ask the Civil Aviation Authority to release the report that finds he broke the law in breaching airport security, says Labour's Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford. “It is inexcusable for any minister, let alone the then-Transport Minister, to...
    Labour
  • G20 climate comment increases pressure on NZ
    The G20 decision to include climate change in its communiqué despite Australia's attempt to ignore it, increases pressure on New Zealand to come up with a credible plan to cut emissions, the Green Party said today.The G20 Leaders Communiqué from...
    Greens
  • NZ joins G20 climate problem
    Confirmation this morning by John Key that his Government plans to do nothing to turn around NZ's rapidly rising greenhouse emissions means that New Zealand joins Australia as one of the problem children at the G20 meeting in Brisbane, the...
    Greens
  • IRD joins Corrections in Phillip Smith failure
    It is incomprehensible that IRD and Corrections were not able to stop Phillip Smith from rorting the tax system out of $50,000 until it was too late, given that he was a notoriously manipulative prisoner stuck in jail, says Labour’s...
    Labour
  • The Government has to listen to Olly
    When even hard boiled property investors like Olly Newland  say first home buyers have been shafted by Loan to Value Ratio lending restrictions, surely it is time for the Government to listen, says Labour's housing spokesperson Phil Twyford.  "Auckland landlord...
    Labour
  • Key used GCSB for political ends prior to 2014 election
    New documents released to the Green Party show that Prime Minister John Key used New Zealand's intelligence services for the National Party's political ends a few days out from the 2014 election, the Green Party said today.Documents released to the...
    Greens
  • Government not meeting its climate target
    The Government must front up to the fact that its own advisors are now saying that New Zealand is off target in any transition to a low carbon future, says Labour’s spokesperson on Climate Change Nanaia Mahuta.  “A briefing to...
    Labour
  • Briefing reveals Defence facilities ‘increasingly unfit for purpose’
    The Defence Briefing to the Incoming Minister reveals a deteriorating state in Defence facilities that are no longer fit for purpose, says Labour’s Defence spokesperson Phil Goff.  “The briefing is heavily censored but still reveals that Defence camps, bases and...
    Labour
  • New projections show New Zealand missing climate target
    Briefings to Incoming Ministers released today reveal the Government's climate policy is failing with projected emission more than double what is needed to meet National's 2050 target, the Green Party saidProjections released by the Ministry for the Environment, as part...
    Greens
  • National’s highways far less efficient
    National’s new state highways have a far lower cost-benefit ratio than motorways built under the last Labour Government, making a mockery of the Government’s bluster that its road building will boost the economy, says Labour's Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford. “New...
    Labour
  • Governor points finger at National on supply
    The Reserve Bank Governor has admitted he had to keep loan to value mortgage restrictions in place because the Government’s attempts to increase housing has fallen ‘a long way short’, says Labour's Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The thousands of first...
    Labour
  • Did Collins cover up Slater’s OIA requests?
    Disgraced former Cabinet Minister Judith Collins must explain why she appears to have tried to hide Official Information Act requests she fulfilled for Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater, Labour MP Megan Woods says. “New documents obtained by Labour show Judith...
    Labour
  • Reserve Bank’s dairy warning must be heard
    The Reserve Bank’s warning that falling dairy prices are creating greater risks for the New Zealand economy must be taken seriously by Bill English and John Key, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker. “Dairy prices have nearly halved since February...
    Labour
  • National’s housing failure keeps LVRs in place
    The Reserve Bank’s decision to leave loan-to-value ratio mortgage restrictions in place is further confirmation of National’s housing policy fiasco, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “The Reserve Bank would have lifted LVRs if they had seen any increase in...
    Labour
  • Let’s see if it is plane sailing Mr Bridges
    Comments by Transport Minister Simon Bridges that Far North residents' anger over cutbacks to regional flights will be allayed by larger planes and cheaper fares out of Kerikeri, are just pure arrogance, says Labour’s Te Tai Tokerau MP Kelvin Davis....
    Labour
  • Commerce Commission inquiry needed into building supplies monopoly
    The Commerce Commission must stop dragging the chain and urgently investigate the anti-competitive practices in the building industry that are driving up the cost of building materials, says Labour's Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “Competition in the building materials market is...
    Labour
  • Air New Zealand grounds Far North
    The announcement by Air New Zealand to close services from Kaitaia to Auckland will be an absolute disaster for the Far North, Labour MP for Te Tai Tokerau Kelvin Davis says.  “Air New Zealand is sending a signal to the...
    Labour
  • Pulling West Coast flights a savage blow
    Air New Zealand’s decision to withdraw its Westport service is another kick in the guts for an already struggling community, West Coast-Tasman MP, Damien O’Connor says.   “Having been involved in the West Coast’s efforts to get Air Nelson to return...
    Labour
  • Air NZ cuts economic lifelines to neglected regions
    Air New Zealand’s plans to cut its Eagle Air regional services to already struggling regions is a hammer blow to Westport, Whakatane and Kaitaia, says Labour's Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The regions of New Zealand are being abandoned by this...
    Labour
  • Christchurch on the rent rack
    A jump of 20 per cent in weekly rents in the past year is a disaster for Christchurch, says Associate Housing spokesperson Poto Williams. “The Trade Me Property Rental Price index has rightly described the city as being a ‘...
    Labour
  • Past time to act on warnings about palliative care
    Health officials have been warning the Government about a critical shortage of palliative care specialists for years, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader and Health spokesperson Annette King says. A stocktake carried out for the Ministry of Health shows New Zealand’s end...
    Labour
  • Report must spur Government into action
    The soaring cost of domestic violence and child abuse highlight the need for the Government to prioritise and act on the issue, says Labour's spokesperson for Social Development, Sue Moroney.“Findings from the Glenn Inquiry that show the problem is estimated...
    Labour
  • Family safety paramount, then urgent review
    Corrections Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has some serious questions to answer over why a dangerous prison escapee, convicted of further crimes while in jail, managed to abscond while he was on approved temporary release, Labour’s Corrections spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says.“Phillip...
    Labour
  • LVRs a failed experiment from Bill English
    Loan to value mortgage restrictions are a failed experiment from Bill English to tame Auckland house prices, that have caused collateral damage to first home buyers and other regions, says Labour's Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The possible end of LVR...
    Labour
  • Govt books getting worse as economy slows
    National’s economic credibility is under serious scrutiny with its search for surplus becoming harder due to an economy far too reliant on the dairy industry, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker. “National promised New Zealanders would get into surplus by...
    Labour
  • Kiwis in pain because of Government underfunding
    New research showing one in three people needing elective surgery are being denied publicly-funded operations shows the Government must properly fund the health sector, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says. “For almost two years Labour has been warning about the...
    Labour
  • National’s promised surplus looking doubtful
    Budget figures for the first quarter of the financial year released today by Treasury show the Government's goal of achieving a budget surplus is looking doubtful, the Green Party said today."National has staked its credibility on achieving a budget surplus...
    Greens
  • Kevin Hague speaks on the Gambling Amendment Bill (No 3)
    I rise to give this speech on behalf of Denise Roche, who handles the gambling portfolio for the Green Party. This bill deals with class 4 gambling—pokies in pubs and clubs—and it is the result of changes that were suggested...
    Greens
  • Kevin Hague speaks on the Health (Protection) Amendment Bill
    I would like to start off where the previous speaker left off, on the issue of balancing rights or balancing harms. All law is in some way a restriction of personal liberty. That is the point of law. When we...
    Greens
  • Joyce backs away from yet another target
    Steven Joyce has backed away from two targets in two days, refusing to acknowledge that his Government has an unambitious aim to get unemployment down to 4 per cent in 11 years’ time, says Labour Associate Finance spokesperson David Clark....
    Labour
  • Pacific peoples incomes and jobs falling under National
    The Minister of Pacific Peoples is attempting to bury the ugly facts of Pacific unemployment and income levels worsening since National took office in 2008, said Labour’s Pacific Affairs spokesperson, Su’a William Sio. “If the Minister doesn’t acknowledge how bad...
    Labour
  • Annette King? Annette King?? Surely not Annette King!
    I’m not often surprised at the goings on in the Labour Party but I was gobsmacked to see Andrew Little has appointed Annette King as Deputy Leader of the parliamentary Labour Party. I had idly assumed the role would go to Adhern...
    The Daily Blog
  • New Shadow Cabinet – Little does more in 6 days than Goff, Shearer & ...
    New Zealanders do not respect intelligence, they respect confidence. Cunliffe beat Key in the debates, but it didn’t matter because NZers don’t respect the debate, they respect the tone. Our anti-intellecuatlism runs deeper than most with our reverse-egalitarianism. The chip...
    The Daily Blog
  • This weeks Waatea news column – The myths white people tell themselves
      This weeks Waatea news column – The myths white people tell themselves...
    The Daily Blog
  • The irony of backlash to petrol stations charging workers for stolen petrol
    You have to laugh at NZers sometimes. you really do. The outrage that has been sparked by news that workers at petrol stations are charged for stolen petrol is one of those perfect examples of a delicious irony most NZers...
    The Daily Blog
  • A Dishonest “Countering Terrorist Fighters Bill”
    Wouldn’t you think a Countering Terrorist Fighters Bill would actually mention “terrorist fighters” in its text? The Bill, as released yesterday, does not. It’s simply another generalised counter-terrorism exercise giving extra surveillance powers to the Security Intelligence Service and enabling...
    The Daily Blog
  • How biased is the media? A Patrick Gower case study
    . . . Isn’t it interesting that Patrick Gower – who made his partisan feelings crystal clear on Twitter on 29 May with this extraordinary outburst;  “Lalia Harré – you make me feel sick by how you are rorting MMP...
    The Daily Blog
  • The C Word
    It isn’t even December but the decorations are up and the ads are on the telly. I am a genuine Grinch come this time of year, so when the conversation at work turned to everyone’s holidays plans I may have...
    The Daily Blog
  • Honouring the Ampatuan massacre victims as fight for justice goes on
    A grim reminder of the Maguindanao, or Ampatuan, massacre on 23 November 2014. Photo: DanRogayan A TOP Filipino investigative journalist will be speaking about the “worst attack” on journalists in history and her country’s culture of impunity in a keynote...
    The Daily Blog
  • GUEST BLOG: Anjum Rahman – what are they afraid of: the erosion of democ...
    Today the Hamilton City Council has put on a big party to celebrate the 150th anniversary of European colonisation of the area.  There have been a series of events during the year to mark this event, including a civic ceremony. ...
    The Daily Blog
  • #JohnKeyHistory
    John Key has done it again. This week our lovely Prime Minister has showed us how little he knows about the history of the country he is supposed to be running. Apparently “New Zealand was settled peacefully”. Was it really?...
    The Daily Blog
  • G20 growth targets and growth model offer more problems than they solve
    At the recent G20 in Brisbane, member countries agreed to accelerate growth to an additional 2% on top of current trajectories. But ongoing public sector cuts, asset sales, and reducing workers’ rights indicate that at least part of the growth...
    The Daily Blog
  • GUEST BLOG: Bill Courtney – Charter Schools: The Shroud of Secrecy Contin...
    The Ministry of Education yesterday released another batch of information relating to the five existing charter schools and the four new ones proposed for opening in 2015. As we have seen before, the release of such information, often requested under...
    The Daily Blog
  • EXCLUSIVE: Campaign reflection, Laila Harré reaching out for radical minds
    Today I’ve announced that I will be stepping down from the Internet Party leadership in December. This will happen once options for the future have been developed for discussion and decision among members. My absolute focus in this election was...
    The Daily Blog
  • The Ebola crisis, capitalism and the Cuban medical revolution
    “Ebola emerged nearly 40 years ago. Why are clinicians still empty-handed, with no vaccines and no cure? Because Ebola has been, historically, geographically confined to poor African nations. The R&D incentive is virtually non-existent. A profit-driven industry does not invest...
    The Daily Blog
  • MEDIA WATCH: TVNZ Reveals Insane Deadlines For Māori and Pacific Island Pr...
    Last Tuesday, November 18th, TVNZ requested proposals from producers for the four Māori and Pacific Island programmes they will no longer be making in-house. Marae, Waka Huia, Fresh and Tagata Pasifika will keep their existing names, existing formats and existing...
    The Daily Blog
  • The Daily Blog Breakfast Club Ep. 1
    TDB Video, Live from Verona Cafe on K-Rd, Auckland – a weekly current affairs show with TDB Editor Martyn Bradbury. This week’s panel: Chris Trotter & Selwyn Manning.The issues: 1 – What now for the New Labour leader? 2 –...
    The Daily Blog
  • Performance-demonstration at Auckland’s High Court to demand justice for ...
    People outraged at the lack of justice in the so-called ‘Roast Busters’ case and 99% of other rape cases in this country are holding a visually powerful mass action at the Auckland High Court at 1 o’clock on Saturday. They...
    The Daily Blog
  • IES vote may weaken defense of public education
    PPTA announced today that secondary teachers have voted to include the IES (Investing in Education Success) as a variation to their collective employment agreement with the government. At one level it’s an understandable decision by PPTA members because through engaging in a consultation...
    The Daily Blog
  • NZ History lesson on Planet Key – the lies white people tell themselves
    John Key’s bizarre claims about our ‘peaceful history’ comes across like the apartheid history of South Africa where white people discovered Africa first… New Zealand ‘settled peacefully’ – PM New Zealand was “settled peacefully” by the British, the prime minister...
    The Daily Blog
  • Universal Basic Income and Labour Policy
    On Radio New Zealand’s None-to-Noon on Wednesday (19 November), new Labour leader Andrew Little intimated that he would like to put Universal Basic Income (UBI) on his policy agenda (What policy changes will Andrew Little usher in?) Predictably Kathryn Ryan, despite being...
    The Daily Blog
  • The New Notes : They Ain’t Mint
    Hulk Queen Angry. Hulk Queen smash.   Yesterday, the Reserve Bank announced its new designs for our banknotes. Now, I’ve historically been pretty sketch about this entire process; variously feeling affronted that the government could find eighty million dollars to fund a...
    The Daily Blog
  • MSM under-mining of new Labour Leader already begun?
    . . It did not take long. In fact, on the same day that Andrew Little won the Labour leadership*, the first media reporter was already asking if he would be stepping down  if Labour failed to lift in the...
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  • Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, Andrew Little
    Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, Andrew Little...
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  • Why labelling Little as a ‘Unionist’ is a joke and how he beats Key in ...
    The line being used to attack Andrew Little as a ‘Unionist’ is just an absurd joke, and it comes from people who clearly don’t understand the modern NZ Union movement. Andrew ran the EPM Bloody U, they are easily one...
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  • 5AA Australia – Labour’s New Leader + China’s President In New Zealan...
    Recorded on 20/11/14 – Captured Live on Ustream.tv. 5AA’s Peter Godfrey and Selwyn Manning.ISSUE ONE: The New Zealand Labour Party has elected its new leader, the vote going to a third round after no clear outright winner was found in...
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  • Did Roger Sutton think he was running the Rock Radio Station?
    Visible G-String Fridays? Full body hugs? Jokes about who you would and wouldn’t have sex with? Honey? Sweety? It’s like Roger thought he was running the Rock Radio Station, not a Government Public Service department set up to rebuild a...
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  • Amnesty International – The conversation that needs to be had with China
    Caption: Police officer watching Hong Kong pro-democracy march, 01 July 2014 © Amnesty International    Yesterday’s edition of The New Zealand Herald features an open letter to all New Zealander’s from Xi Jinping, President of the People’s Republic of China. Along...
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  • GUEST BLOG: Patrick O’Dea – “Liar”
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  • Too Close For Comfort: Reflections on Andrew Little’s narrow victory over...
    THE TRAGIC SCREENSHOT of “Gracinda” in defeat bears eloquent testimony to the bitter disappointment of the Grant Robertson-led faction of the Labour Party. And, yes, ‘Party’ is the right word. The Robertson machine has now extended its influence well beyond...
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  • Little’s Shadow Cabinet
    Now the horror of trying to pacify the factions begins. The only thing Little’s new shadow cabinet must do is create the pretence of unity. The reason voters didn’t flock to Labour wasn’t the bloody CGT or Superannuation, it was...
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  • A pilgrimage with my sister – Rethink the System
    We’ve both wanted to do a pilgrimage for many years. But, unlike many modern pilgrims, we wanted to be pilgirms in our own country and get closer to our communities, rather than seek greater distance from them. We are both...
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  • Lack of policy ambition is Andrew Little’s main problem
    I’ve met Andrew Little a few times and he’s a pleasant man who will make a reasonable job leading what the Labour Party has become in recent decades. He will preside over a much less divided caucus and will be...
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  • Journos, film makers, media freedom advocates join Asia-Pacific political j...
    A candlelight vigil for the 58 victims of the 2009 Maguindanao massacre – 32 of them media people. Still no justice for them today. Renowned investigative journalists, film makers, academics and media freedom campaigners from across the Asia-Pacific region will...
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  • And the new Labour Leader is ZZZZZZZZZZ
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  • Allow the Facts to Get in the Way of the Neolib Stories
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  • Defending The Boomers: A Response to Chloe King
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  • This weeks Waatea news column – Waitangi Tribunal ruling enshrines Treaty...
      This weeks Waatea news column – Waitangi Tribunal ruling enshrines Treaty as a living document...
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  • Key now says SAS will be needed to protect ‘trainers’ behind the wire
    Well, well, well. What do we have here? Government could send SAS to Iraq New Zealand’s elite Special Air Service (SAS) could be deployed to Iraq to protect Kiwi troops sent to train local forces. Prime Minister John Key confirmed...
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  • Do You Want to Build a Meth Lab? (Frozen x Breaking Bad Parody)
    Do You Want to Build a Meth Lab? (Frozen x Breaking Bad Parody)...
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  • Soft soap for the rich – harsh taxes for the poor
    It’s no surprise to see New Zealand has one of the world’s lowest tax rates for the rich and the superrich. A survey by the global accounting network UHY shows New Zealand’s highest tax rates are lower than even Australia,...
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  • Phillip Smith and the rehabilitation process
    The dominant media narrative in horrible murder cases is that the perpetrator is unlikely ever to be rehabilitated. When it appears the offender may get parole the media turns first to family members of the victim who commonly (and understandably)...
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  • The Nation review: Finlayson’s terrifying definition of who is on terror ...
    Terrifying Nation today on TV3. Chris Finlayson is on justifying the Government’s Muslim fear mongering and extension of even more surveillance powers. It was jaw dropping. Finlayson says ‘alienated people with a chip on their shoulder’ is the threshold to get...
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  • A brief word on The Block NZ
    Is it just me or did The Block manage to sum up everything that is wrong about our culture and economy? Fetishised property speculation as mass entertainment in a country of homelessness & poverty. I wonder if State House tenants...
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  • Waitangi Tribunal ruling
    That spluttering choking sound of a thousand rednecks being informed Maori still have sovereignty is a hilarious cacophony of stupid… Crown still in charge: Minister Chris Finlayson on Waitangi Treaty ruling The Waitangi Tribunal’s finding that Maori chiefs who signed...
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  • A brief word on Phillip Smith
    We can arrest student loan & fine defaulters at the airport – but not convicted child molesting killers? Before we ban manufactured ISIS ‘terrorists’ from having passports, how about we just manage to stop child molesting killers from fleeing first?...
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  • Free Me From Religion
          The meeting begins – or at least it’s supposed to begin – but someone interrupts proceedings. She wants everyone to pray with their heads bowed while she can “thank our Father who art in Heaven.” I close...
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  • Key capitulates on TPPA while big money NZ set up propaganda fund
    So Key has capitulated on the ‘gold standard’ of free trade deals… The primary objective for New Zealand at Apec was to see some urgency injected into the TPP talks and to keep leaders aiming for a high quality deal....
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  • The Warehouse & Noel Leeming Praised for Principled Stand
    Family First NZ is congratulating The Warehouse and Noel Leeming for reinforcing their ‘family-friendly values’ by removing R18 games and DVD’s from its shelves, and is calling on other retailers including JB Hi-Fi, Harvey Norman and Dick Smith...
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  • PM’s Post-Cab on Iain Rennie, China and the Smith Inquiry
    In a press conference held today in Wellington, Prime Minister John Key answered questions regarding Iain Rennie’s potential resignation, the independent inquiry into the Smith/Traynor escape, and recent trade deals with China....
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  • Safety Week 2014 focused on a safe summer
    ACC’s annual Safety Week kicks off today. With summer just around the corner, Safety Week this year is focusing on keeping safe when playing sport, enjoying recreational activities or drinking alcohol....
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  • Safety focus during motorcycle month
    As the Central District Police annual Month of Motorcycles campaign cruises into its second week, the results so far have been positive with many motorcyclists playing their part to keep our roads safe....
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  • Insane Law Perverting Course of Justice: SST
    Insane Law Perverting Course of Justice: SST The Sensible Sentencing Trust is slamming a decision which may acquit a Whakatane offender of serious dangerous driving charges....
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  • Taranaki Base Hospital draped in white ribbons
    Taranaki Base Hospital draped in white ribbons to show violence towards women is never OK...
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  • Family Violence Intervention Team uses social media
    Family Violence Intervention Team uses social media to say “no” to domestic violence Everyone has the right to feel safe at home. Many do not. One in three partnered New Zealand women report having experienced physical and/or sexual intimate partner...
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  • Smoke Alarms in Rental properties
    TPA says recent calls for mandatory smoke alarm installations in rental properties is an opportunity for all parties to come together to improve the safety and quality of rental housing....
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  • CTU will not engage in Governments sham consultation process
    Today the CTU has sent a letter to Prime Minister John Key articulating serious concerns about both the content and the rushed process the Government has clearly signalled it intends to follow to progress the Countering Terrorist Fighters Legislation...
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  • Job vacancies steady in October
    The number of skilled job vacancies advertised online remained steady in October across most industry groups and occupations, according to the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s latest Jobs Online report....
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  • 600 Slaves And Counting on New Zealand Soil
    The 2014 Global Slavery Index has just been released, and buried within its pages is New Zealand’s growing issue of human exploitation and slavery. When taken in conjunction with the US State Department’s Trafficking in Persons Report 2014,...
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  • Statement from Police Commissioners of Australia and NZ
    Media Statement from Police Commissioners of Australia and New Zealand: Police Commissioners take a stand against violence against women and children...
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  • NZ Police Commissioner makes a stand against Family Violence
    New Zealand Police Commissioner Mike Bush has joined with his Australian Police Commissioner colleagues at Parliament House in Canberra this morning to take a stand on violence against women and children....
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  • Amnesty International campaigns for end to domestic violence
    Amnesty International will be making a donation of over $500 to Aviva (formerly known as Women’s Refuge Christchurch) at the conclusion of Tuesday’s inner city march against domestic violence....
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  • Waka Hourua celebrates what’s working in suicide prevention
    On 19 and 20 November, Māori and Pasifika national suicide prevention programme Waka Hourua held its first national hui-fono in Auckland. The theme was Whakarauika Mai: Bringing Communities Together to Prevent Suicide in Aotearoa. ...
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  • Domestic violence problem bigger than Sky Tower
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  • State Services Commissioner ‘unfit for the job’ says Little
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  • Patrick Gower interviews Laila Harre
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  • Lisa Owen interviews Labour leader Andrew Little
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  • Phillip John Smith – statement
    Police and the New Zealand Embassy in Brasilia are aware of a decision from the Brazil Federal Court requiring the deportation of Phillip Smith within 10 days. Further assessment is required to ensure there is a full understanding of this...
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  • Green’s ‘not speaking out about human rights abuses in China
    Right to Life challenges Russell Norman the co-leader of the Green Party to explain why, he was prepared to ask Prime Minister John Key to talk to Chinese President Xi Jinping about human rights abuses in countries bordering China but...
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  • Goodfellow congratulates Key on IDU election
    Goodfellow congratulates Key on IDU election National Party President Peter Goodfellow has congratulated Prime Minister John Key on his election today as Chairman of the International Democrat Union (IDU)....
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  • Taxpayers’ Union Congratulates PM on IDU Appointment
    The Taxpayers’ Union is today congratulating Rt. Hon. John Key on becoming the Chair of the International Democrat Union , as former Australian Prime Minister John Howard retires from the role after 12 years. Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director...
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  • High demand for Consumer NZ’s “Do Not Knock” stickers
    Consumer NZ has distributed nearly 100,000 “Do Not Knock” stickers since the launch of its campaign to fight back against dodgy door-to-door sellers.The “Do Not Knock” campaign was launched on 3 November 2014. Free “Do Not Knock” stickers...
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  • Phillip Smith decision still pending
    Detective Superintendent Mike Pannett is returning to Washington DC where he will continue to closely monitor a pending decision from the Brazilian authorities on the process to return Phillip Smith to New Zealand....
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  • High Court demonstration to demand justice
    People outraged at the lack of justice in the so-called ‘Roast Busters’ case and 99% of other rape cases in this country are holding a visually powerful mass action at the Auckland High Court at 1 o’clock on Saturday. They...
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  • NZ Society Wins Global Award For Fighting Animal Testing
    New Zealand banning animal testing of legal highs has been acknowledged with an award given in London. The New Zealand Anti-Vivisection Society (NZAVS) was awarded the 2014 LUSH Prize for lobbying against animal testing. The prize was given at the...
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  • Poor govt advice to workers on petrol station drive-offs
    The New Zealand Council of Trade Unions has raised concerns with the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment ('MBIE') regarding their reported advice to workers about the petrol station drive away issue....
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  • New Ombudsman opinion
    The Ombudsman has published his opinion on a complaint concerning the Police refusal to release information about a charging decision....
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  • Kindergarten support staff achieve pay rise in tough climate
    The valuable contribution of kindergarten support staff has been recognised with a pay increase, despite the significant funding cuts that the kindergarten associations are experiencing....
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  • Democracy and Conservative Religion: The Case of Islam
    “Is Islam compatible with democracy?” is a frequently-asked question. Recent rethinking of secularism and democracy have opened up new possibilities to think about religion and democracy. This question is important particularly in the case...
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  • NZ fiscal watchdog needed to guard the public purse
    New Zealand needs tighter fiscal rules and an independent watchdog to improve the quality of government spending and reduce the risk of a return to deficit spending as the country’s population ages, if not before....
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  • NZSMI disappointed ANZTPA proposal shelved
    November 20, 2014: Consumer healthcare products industry body, the New Zealand Self-Medication Industry Association (SMI) says it is disappointed Government has once again shelved plans to create one medicines regulatory agency for both New Zealand and Australia....
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  • Democracy Action Welcomes Tauranga Vote
    Responding to Tauranga Council’s unanimous vote not to establish separate Council seats on the basis of ethnicity, Lee Short, Democracy Action founder says: “The establishment of a Maori ward would have damaged the relationship between Maori and...
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  • Employer caught abusing new ‘teabreaks law’
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  • FGC response to Commerce Commission report
    The New Zealand Food & Grocery Council is not surprised by the Commerce Commission’s findings, given New Zealand’s current legal framework....
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  • Bascand: Brighter Money
    Seeing people’s initial reactions to the new banknote designs is a heartening reminder of what an important role currency plays in our lives, and what a sense of pride and heritage our notes evoke....
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  • RBNZ releases Brighter Money designs
    New Zealand’s banknotes are getting brighter and better, with the Reserve Bank today unveiling more vibrant and secure banknote designs which will progressively enter circulation later next year....
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  • 25 years of children’s rights
    UNICEF and OFC celebrate 25 years of children’s rights with Just Play Sports Days On Universal Children’s Day (20 November) and as part of the Oceania Football Confederation’s (OFC) inaugural President’s Cup, UNICEF will celebrate 25 years of children’s...
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  • Xiamen delegation to Wellington has business focus
    Stronger business, education and cultural ties with our Chinese partners will be the focus when a 20-strong government and business delegation led by Xiamen Mayor Mr Liu Keqing which visits Wellington tomorrow (Friday) and Saturday as part of the...
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  • Warriors promote White Ribbon Day message
    Warriors promote White Ribbon Day message Shine and Orakei Health Services On Tuesday, the Vodafone Warriors will promote the White Ribbon Day message to the community at Eastridge Shopping Centre, Mission Bay. The Warriors are supporting their charity...
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  • Superannuitants to protest unethical investments
    A delegation of Auckland superannuitants will deliver a protest-card petition and protest letter to the New Zealand Super Fund this Thursday afternoon to call on the fund to divest from companies which support the Israeli occupation of Palestinian...
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  • Manukau job cuts ‘running the place into the ground’
    Manukau Institute of Technology (MIT) confirmed to its staff yesterday that 54 jobs will go before Christmas....
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  • Newcore Looks Pretty Rotten for Ratepayers
    Responding to the NZ Herald report that the IT system commissioned by Auckland Council to consolidate the eight systems the Super City inherited from its precursor councils could be facing a budget blowout of $100 million, Taxpayers’ Union Spokesman Ben...
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  • Accountability following quake response inquiry not achieved
    Lessons still need to be learned from the search and rescue efforts following the February 2011 earthquake in Christchurch, a leading New Zealand lawyer, Nigel Hampton QC, says....
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  • Our kids say: We are failing in our duty to protect them
    Our kids say: We are failing in our duty to protect them More than a quarter of Kiwi kids say children’s right to be safe and protected isn’t being upheld in New Zealand, identifying protection from violence, abuse and murder...
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  • PARS & Turuki Health Care collaborate on health and services
    Auckland-based PARS (People at Risk Solutions) have partnered with the Turuki Health Care Trust, to offer improved healthcare services to those in need. PARS works closely with former prisoners, providing mentoring, housing, and social services to ensure...
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  • Children’s Plea
    A plea has been sent to all Members of Parliament, regardless of party affiliation, to accord urgency and priority to children's issues. These issues include vulnerability, safety and childhood poverty....
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  • Treasury off track in search for sound policies
    Treasury is unlikely to find the ideas it is looking for to improve outcomes for children while its primary driver is cost-cutting, says Child Poverty Action Group....
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  • Commission calls for answers on handling of CERA harassment
    EEO Commissioner Dr Jackie Blue is deeply concerned about the way in which the State Services Commission has handled sexual allegations made against CERA chief executive Roger Sutton this week and is calling for answers....
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