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Crushed Collins

Written By: - Date published: 8:20 am, May 6th, 2014 - 163 comments
Categories: john key, Judith Collins, national, national/act government, same old national - Tags:

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So it has come to this. The self styled crusher of boy racer’s cars, the politician who joked about rape in prison, the Minister who smashed up the Family Court and trampled over David Bain’s rights of Natural Justice is having a bit of time out.  She will be available to answer questions in the house today and tomorrow but will then take time off until Budget day.

It is not clear if she was ordered to or volunteered to take the time off.  Clearly on the weekend she was out of control.  The senior levels of the Labour Party in their wildest dreams could not have thought of a more effective way to turn the media totally against National.  Millions of dollars of Crosby Textor advice has been wiped out by Collins’ attack on Katie Bradford.

Martyn Bradbury thinks that the attack was Machiavellian rather than misguided and it may be that the attack was prompted by thoughts of what would be popular to her right wing base in the National Party.  But if this was the thinking it made as much sense as the thought that to save the village you had to destroy the village.

Collins’ future as a Cabinet Minister must be bleak.  Serious questions are being asked about if she has misled Parliament.  Her claims that her dinner with Oravida directors and an unnamed Chinese Public Servant who worked in border control was a private one where business was not discussed seems less and less likely with every new disclosure.  And her description of how she dropped in for a cup of tea at Oravida’s headquarters appears to be more and more fanciful given the official steps taken to make sure the visit was a success.

On top of this are this morning’s revelations that Oravida received a quarantine clearance certificate weeks after the infamous private dinner and shortly before the further donation to the National Party by Oravida of $30,000 was made.

Collins’ days as a minister should be numbered.  If they are not then she will become an albatross around the party’s neck at election time.  The delightful irony is that if Key does move against her there will be a backlash from the Collins faction in National’s caucus and if he does not the attacks will continue.

The big question National strategists must be asking is what damage this is causing to Brand Key.  His image has also been used in Oravida advertising and there was that game of golf with Oravida Director Stone Shi where the fee went to the charity known as the National Party so he has obviously been heavily involved in the fundraising.  It makes you wonder if Key did know all the details about Collins’ trip beforehand and said that he was relaxed about it.  Whatever his view National is looking more and more like a trade office for Chinese business interests.

This afternoon should be interesting.  Tune in to Parliament at 2 pm to watch.

163 comments on “Crushed Collins”

  1. Tiger Mountain 1

    Everything one thought about senior tories seems to be true. Highly unpleasant, on the take, vengeful, bullying, grannie selling comprador capitalists. It is extraordinary to see it in such plain view.

  2. One Anonymous Bloke 2

    Collins didn’t just attack Bradford. She threatened the entire press gallery. Why hasn’t Key forced an apology for that out of her?

    It’s because she’s stronger than he is.

    • Colonial Viper 2.1

      I think that Collins retains significant support within the National Party hierarchy and caucus. Making her take time off is probably the most that Key can do to her at this stage given those internal National Party politics.

      • One Anonymous Bloke 2.1.1

        She should throw him under a bus and take charge.

        • Sacha 2.1.1.1

          She has been trying to persuade Key to step down for ages, but the blighter grimly hangs on.

  3. Ennui 3

    Can’t help thinking that Shonkey has done a pre-emptive strike on Judith. She may be throwing a tanty because of this, the realisation that she is damged goods and no longer cabinet or leadership material.

  4. Graeme Stanley 4

    Will Maurice Williamson be in Parliament today or will he be out mowing lawns and fixing spouting in Pakuranga for beneficiaries?

  5. Bearded Git 5

    What I found interesting is the way Crusher’s constituents seem to be turning against her. Good work by Morning Report today:

    http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/morningreport/audio/2594838/papakura-voters-sceptical-of-collins-after-oravida-scandal

    • ghostwhowalksnz 5.1

      Papakura central is a strong Labour area, Collins only wins based on the tory voters in the surrounding lifestyle blocks. The election will show a big drop in her majority as the electorate shrinks back to its urban core after boundary changes

  6. Not a PS Staffer 6

    A lie that Collins continually rolls out is that her husband is “only a director, not a shareholder, and had no financial interest in Oravida”.

    I say this is a lie because he is a working executive in Oravida and probably earning $200k+ per annum. That is a significant financial interest.

    • Ennui 6.1

      To find this out for sure the Companies Office should have a copy of Orividas Annual Report. These usually include:
      a. A list of Directors
      b. Director remuneration
      c. Shareholding of majority shareholders
      d. A list of employees earning over $100K.

      • Wyndham, George 6.1.1

        I do not think the remuneration requirement applies to privately owned companies. Foreign owned companies do have to file their accounts. However David Wong Tung works for a subsidiary company of the overseas owned company .

        • Tracey 6.1.1.1

          you are right, ennuis list includes non compulsory items.

          what does collins husband do for a living?

          • Not a PS Staffer 6.1.1.1.1

            Works for Ovida! He is a full time executive.

            • Tracey 6.1.1.1.1.1

              ;l

              some seem to think he is a director of five oravida for the sheer generosity of it.

    • Tracey 6.2

      there are five companies containing the word oravida on the nz companies office register. ms collins is a director of all of them.

      he is not doing that for the love of it. being a director can often be more lucrative than being a shareholder.

  7. Pascal's bookie 7

    “Mr Key says it was her idea to take some time off to relax, but his idea for her to stick around a bit longer.”

    Read more: http://www.3news.co.nz/Documents-back-Collins-version-of-events—Key/tabid/1607/articleID/342920/Default.aspx#ixzz30sOvWLp1

    Yep. It’s her mess and there is no way in hell Key is going to have anyone answer questions for her. If she survives, she survives, but he’s put it on her.

    • One Anonymous Bloke 7.1

      Mr Key says the email trail leading up to the dinner proves it was never intended to be an official function, and the office visit was so low a priority that it was scheduled last on the agenda, so it could be dropped if Ms Collins ran out of time…

      Doesn’t akshully address the fact that the purpose of the visit was to increase Oravida’s profile.

      It’s issued by the Chinese government and it’s got nothing to do with the New Zealand Government…

      And nothing whatsoever to do with anonymous border officials. No, wait…

    • freedom 7.2

      How much help will The Speaker be allowed to give her in the House today?
      Key will want to protect the Government but Collins has to be seen to answer questions.

      Tough day for the three of them really.

      • Anne 7.2.1

        And Brownlee. He’s going to be up an down like a yo yo with points of order this arvo. Do him good. He might lose some weight.

    • Tracey 7.3

      she appears to not know she wont be in parliament on thursday, or next tuesday and meds.

  8. Bill 8

    Is it just me who’s ‘over’ the taste of soap in my mouth?

    So, they shove through the budget and then dump her (or not). And the whole thing is academic tosh by that point as Collins (if dumped) sails off into a sunset of entitlement and privilege. Then, in years to come, we read accounts (okay, we probably won’t in this instance because Collins isn’t prominent enough) written from the vantage of privilege and entitlement of how she was ‘hard done by’? Point is, in years to come, we will still be spectators to politicians riding this fucking merry-go-round of entitlement and privilege.

    So, here’s the question I have. How do we monkey-wrench that fairground ride? How do we prevent the ascendancy of future Collins’ and Jones’s?

    • “..So, here’s the question I have. How do we monkey-wrench that fairground ride?..”

      ..you look at the policies of the political party(ies) that are offering ‘monkey-wrenches’..

    • karol 8.2

      Apparently the Labour Party is looking at reforming the public services in an attempt to thwart cronyist corruption. Colin James post.

      Labour spokesperson Maryan Street in a speech last week detected an erosion of “the 1912 bulwark against corruption”: ministers meddling in appointment processes, using officials to “crush citizens” and reducing officials’ capacity to give “free and frank” advice and “protect citizens from (ministers’) arbitrary decisions and illegal and harmful actions”.

      Labour wants a royal commission to fix all that, including to look “how the public service could operate across ministries and departments in the interests of the public”.

      But this still seems like a top down approach. The problem is partly about gettng big money out of government. Ending private donations to political parties might help.

      More checks and balances, and Paul Buchanan’s article on intelligence and the importance to democratic process of the separation of powers is a useful thought piece.

      • Colonial Viper 8.2.1

        I think the obvious needs to be verbalised here – why would any politician want big money to be taken out of Wellington politics? That’s not in their interests. It’s like politicians wanting to reduce house prices when they own a million dollar property portfolio themselves (or their family trust does).

        The bottom line of course is that they have to be made to do these things, they’re not going to voluntarily take truly effective steps to do them.

        • Scott 8.2.1.1

          Surely you can forsake one for the other. Like say I will publicly fund parties to a max of $1m and ban donations, and then feather your own nest when you are in power by providing interest free loans for overseas investors.
          Key would do that if he knew he had to to regain power.

      • Bill 8.2.2

        Can’t escape the sense that all the reforms and supposed checks and balances can amount to nothing beyond adding an extra bolt to a broken piece of machinery.

        I’m strongly reminded of Thomas Khun’s ‘The Copernican Revolution’ – a historical account of how extra layers of complexity were added to a broken view of the universe in a vain attempt to make it work.

        A pdf of the book is here for anyone with the time for an insightful read. http://www.oglethorpe.edu/faculty/~m_rulison/CoreIV/Kuhn,%20Thomas%20S%20-%20The%20copernican%20revolution.pdf

        • Ennui 8.2.2.1

          Excellent link Bill, thank you.

          For the record no amount of systems etc can be systematized or codify “trust”. Its emotional and “soft”. Once its gone it is bloody hard to get back.

          I would suggest that the Minister of Justice has to be trusted and beyond reproach. Judith no longer meets scratch. A government that condones a lack of “trust” in one of the highest of public offices cannot be trusted. Legitimacy and trust are closely associated, almost synonymous. The smell of corruption is beginning to appear endemic.

          • Ad 8.2.2.1.1

            Very very hard to get transformational change without highly activist bureaucrats. Whichever side is in power.

        • Tracey 8.2.2.2

          i dont think thats all compulsory is it ennui?almost as though tax lawyers were involved in the “solution”.

      • RedBaronCV 8.2.3

        Encouraging people to give a dollar or two but not more than 5 to a party of their choice would help to make big $ irrelevant. For those smaller people who can have a small vote with their wallet this might be the way to go.

    • Marius 8.3

      Great question, Bill. It is a question that I don’t have an answer to. Mostly when I watch this parliamentary question and answer bullshit I want to sharpen the guillotine and remove the rust of years from that monkey wrench handle. How exactly that heaving mattress of maggots slinging friendly insults (and they are all friends let’s not have any doubt about that) and prearranged questions and answers at each other for hours on end benefits anybody in this country is beyond me. It is revolting to watch them be paid for it. It is insulting and disgusting that it goes on year after year, decade after decade and all that really ever changes are the hairdo’s and expensive outfits they arrive under. Unfortunately that’s the way it is for now and the future until the general public take back the soap and tell these parasites to bend over and that the ride for them really is over.

    • geoff 8.4

      direct democracy.

      referendums.

      maximum transparency for all public processes.

      And all the arguments like ‘we’d have the death penalty in 6 months if we had direct democracy’ are a load of shite in my opinion.

  9. ianmac 9

    “A New Zealand First MP wrote to a senior police boss to voice “significant issues” about the possible transfer of a local sergeant who was also on the same school board of trustee as her…… “(She wrote lauding the contribution the sergeant made to the community and and hoping that he could stay longer.)
    …”.The letters were released under the Official Information Act following claims that politicians were often in contact with police.” (I think the Herald is trying to justify the action of Williamson. But of course Tracey Martin is just an MP not a Minister.)
    What will the find next?
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11250250

      • ianmac 9.1.1

        Thanks karol. Suppose it is one of expected spins from Mr Slater who is great mates with Judith Collins and the PM. No dots to connect I suppose?

      • ghostwhowalksnz 9.1.2

        Amazing OIA turnaround, only days. Likely this is being orchestrated from Collins office with Slater as a front. As well they wont be releasing to the media any contacts from national MPs to the police.
        Not that these minor things matter anyway, local MPs should be in contact with police management about local policing and community policing issues and even on behalf of victims of crime.
        The big no no is contacting police on behalf of offenders

        • Tracey 9.1.2.1

          will mr slater release a full uneditted copy of his oia requests, and the dates thereof.

          can we oia slaters oia requests?

        • Colonial Viper 9.1.2.2

          The big no no is contacting police on behalf of offenders

          I would expect local MPs to perform advocacy on behalf of prisoners if those prisoners have been unfairly treated by Police, Corrections or Justice and cannot get answers otherwise.

    • toad 9.2

      And Martin was attempting to influence a Police administrative decision, not a decision re whether or not a domestic violence prosecution goes ahead.

  10. Tracey 10

    are labour being set up for if ghey arent deemed to land any blows… or is key hoping collins will melt down. I just cant see it being the later with her kmowing questions in advance.

    • karol 10.1

      Yep – the MSM are over-hyping Labour going for the killer blow.

      I do think Key is taking a gamble – in order to put a buffer between him and opposition attacks. He has allowed Collins a break after the Wednesday Question Time – the PM doesn’t do Thursday Question Time.

      Either she melts down and the heat is very much focused on her – she’s gone and he can get on with the budget etc. Or her presence gives him some cover and she manages to hold the line.

      • Tracey 10.1.1

        i wonder how much the crosby textor bill will be this last couple of weeks. and who pays it.

  11. Jackal 11

    I think you might mean Collins’ faction there MICKYSAVAGE, not ‘fashion’. Collins’ fashion isn’t something we should discuss in polite society.

  12. Colonial Viper 12

    This article on Truthdig by Sirota has messages which puts the Collins drama into perspective.

    In the NZ context, regardless of how much political damage it is doing to National via the MSM and daily drip feed of scandal (which erodes trust in ALL politicians and the political system as a whole), it does zip to change the causes and public awareness of the daily grind and misery facing many New Zealanders today.

    This display of arrogance and self-absorption from Colorado’s political class is but a microcosmic example. Indeed, no matter where you are reading this column, there are examples of real-life catastrophes with real-life ramifications being treated by political elites as just more “grenades” in their self-serving political wars.

    In those wars, social emergencies are treated as partisan battlefields, and politicians are the field generals using human beings as cannon fodder. Worst of all, life-and-death crises are now viewed exclusively as political weapons rather than as pressing problems that need to be solved.

    http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/were_all_just_grenades_in_the_partisan_wars_20140502

  13. Puckish Rogue 13

    Just a beltway issue, all that the voters (the ones that don’t take much notice of politics) will remember is the left savagely attacking a women so its all good

    • lprent 13.1

      Reminds me of 2005-2008 with the attacks against Helen.

      At least this one has a basis in it unlike the misogynist dickheads at Whaleoil and the Sewer and the other right wing pricks blogsites who were simply upset about being governed by women.

      Are you really as much of a politically ignorant fuddy-duddy fool as to think anyone is going to believe that line about Collins? It is a line that may have worked back in the 1960s.

      Incidentally I suspect that you were one of the misogynist dickheads based on this condescendingly stupid comment. It sounds like something that one of the arseholes of 2008 would have uttered.

      • Puckish Rogue 13.1.1

        Naah I don’t think I was on here in 2008 but I think its a beltway issue or rather theres so much information it’s now like a tl;dr thing for voters but we’ll see at the next round of polls I guess

        “Incidentally I suspect that you were one of the misogynist dickheads based on this condescendingly stupid comment. It sounds like something that one of the arseholes of 2008 would have uttered.”

        Chill out and relax guy, its not worth stressing about its only politics :)

        • framu 13.1.1.1

          your evading the substance of the replies to you again – stop pulling a single comment out in order to split hairs, – address the reply

          and whos stressed out? – no one seems that worked up, unless pointing out the repetitive and poorly formed nature of your views is somehow getting stressed. Theres those assumptions again.

          Or is it really that you cant back up what your saying or even argue your corner?

          • Tracey 13.1.1.1.1

            slyland used to say he didnt get emotional about politics and so doesnt name call.

            slater needs a better class of acolyte.

        • lprent 13.1.1.2

          …it’s now like a tl;dr thing for voters but we’ll see at the next round of polls I guess…

          Likely to be an effect. You know that there is an effect when apolitical centre-right people start telling me the jokes about cabinet ministers.

          • Clemgeopin 13.1.1.2.1

            Like this?

            A corrupt Chinese border control custom official would write “NOT APPROVED” on all the papers that were submitted to him by overseas milk exporters, but curiously, he had the habit of always leaving a small space between NOT and APPROVED. However, as soon as the official was greased with a huge wad of cash during an expensive dinner graced by overseas , he would just add an “E :” after NOT.
            “NOTE: APPROVED”.

            • Clemgeopin 13.1.1.2.1.1

              [Opps, last line]
              ..expensive dinner graced by overseas VIPs,

    • fender 13.2

      :roll:

      Yeah OK Puckish, woman MP’s should be allowed to get away with corruption because anyone objecting is just a sexist arse :roll:

    • karol 13.3

      Some of us will just remember how the male-dominated National caucus let another woman minister take all the heat, while the guys ducked and dived in the shadows.

      • One Anonymous Bloke 13.3.1

        John was seriously rattled when his expensive titanium dagger snapped on Judith’s back.

      • Tracey 13.3.2

        ate wilkinson took the fall for brownlee.

    • Paul 13.4

      See you guys are all back today.
      Or is it just one person?
      Anyway you’ve been fed your lines…..

      • Puckish Rogue 13.4.1

        Well d’oh, I mean when you takes the money you have to do the bidding

      • Tracey 13.4.2

        its taken a few days to come up with something slater thinks is credible for them all to think.

        its nz first did it too, and its just politics, dont take it so seriously.

        its not like collins signed a painting for charity… THAT would be heinous. she did this for herself, thats the right wing way!

    • framu 13.5

      you keep saying this – in fact its all youve said. And lo – the issue does not die

      and you keep presuming you know what everyone thinks

      are all the records in your house this broken?

      • Puckish Rogue 13.5.1

        Could turn that around and suggest its you lefties presuming as well but we won’t really know until the next eletion and how boring would that be…

        • framu 13.5.1.1

          your the one claiming you know what everyone thinks – i dont see much of that sort of claim from anyone else.

          and you keep saying it over and over and over and over again

          so… youve made a claim that no-one cares and a claim that you know what everyone thinks – and then you come back with “we won’t really know until the next eletion ” ?!

          Either your sure or your not. You cant have it both ways. Which one is it?

          • fender 13.5.1.1.1

            I think you may be wasting your time with this Puckish character, he epitomises the poor intellect of the typical Collins supporter/fan boy.

            • framu 13.5.1.1.1.1

              oh i know – but sometimes its worth the couple of comments required in order to highlight the holes in some logic

    • Tracey 13.6

      omg that is very funny. is this the best slater can come up with?

  14. karol 14

    As usual, a very good analysis by Gordon Campbell on, too big to fail Collins:

    Running defence for Collins on this issue is doing Key’s own credibility no good whatsoever. At times yesterday, he looked less like the PM, and more like Lyndsay Lohan’s press agent defending her latest DUI, en route to rehab. There is now a gap opening up between what the PM feels happy with concerning Collins’ Oravida activities and explanations, and the paper trail of evidence that is gradually accumulating. Rob Salmond’s Polity blog – which has rapidly become a ‘must read’ outlet – has pinpointed a damningly relevant document from last Friday’s OIA document drop.

  15. Clemgeopin 15

    Key’s bizaar defense of Collins this morning. See the link below. I got the distinct feeling that Key was lying away like mad!
    http://www.3news.co.nz/Documents-back-Collins-version-of-events—Key/tabid/1607/articleID/342920/Default.aspx#disqus_thread

    • karol 15.1

      LOL Crusher has let some nasty twitter tr0lls get under her skin?

    • ianmac 15.2

      Actually lying or not, Key’s defence this morning outlines the strategy they will use later today. No matter what the Opposition ask Key/Collins, they will just tough it out with the mantra outlined by Key in that clip..

      • freedom 15.2.1

        Which is jaw-droppingly astounding when you consider the OIA documents clearly present hard evidence that the actions of the Minister are in open conflict with Cabinet Rule 2.62

        but life in Bizzaro World is what it isn’t, :cool:

    • One Anonymous Bloke 15.3

      I note Key refers to Collins as “strong”. That’s right Johnny boy, and don’t you forget it.

      • Tracey 15.3.1

        you have been very hot these last coupla days oab, you gonna spontaneously combust?

        id back a tax lawyer over a currency trader in a get down, get dirty fight too.

  16. captain hook 16

    National is becoming shizophrenic. Collins went to China to lecture them on transparency in government and this is the result. What a fraud.

  17. ianmac 17

    Actually Judith has just had about three weeks rest and she still blew up so wonder what another few days will mean?

    And I do not think there will be any “killer blows” after going for the “jugular” today. More likely a slow erosion with maybe a complaint to the Privileges Committee at the end of Question Time on Wednesday.

    (A funny little comment from a listener on Morning report wondered if John Key was involved in the planning of Collin’s trip to Orivida and just has to support her now. Yeah? ah Na! Ridiculous.)

    • karol 17.1

      Dim Post pretty much lays out how it will unfold in the House today:

      I doubt Collins is going to get ‘crushed’ in Question Time. She’ll say that she’s been cleared by the Cabinet Office. Robertson and Peters will insist that she’s mislead the House. The Speaker will tell them off for asking ‘political questions’ (If you’ve never watched Parliament’s Question Time with David Carter as Speaker you might think I’m joking there, but no) and threaten to remove them from the chamber. Onto the next question.

      • Tracey 17.1.1

        the documents confirm what i have said all along, it was a private dinner.

        please can everyone in opposition hold up photos of key playing golf with shie…

      • Tracey 17.1.2

        if there were a god, he would just have struck carter down, and most of the house during that prayer.

      • Tracey 17.1.3

        bridges is yawning already… mind you double dipping is speaking… about average wages.

        • karol 17.1.3.1

          I think the Nats were trying for a filibuster of Question Time – he went majorly into attacking the opposition, with lots of patsy Nat supplementaries. Parker and Norman hit back.

  18. Clemgeopin 18

    I wasn’t aware of the rape comment before. I just read it and can’t believe how bad that is coming from a ‘justice’ minister! That remark alone should be enough reason to sack her. (Similarly her naming and shaming of Katie Bradford was unforgivable too, coming from a cabinet minister!)

    Her rape remark is here:
    http://dimpost.wordpress.com/2011/02/27/collins-get-midieval/

  19. Tanz 19

    Why should David Bain have any rights? Many people believe the second jury got it wrong. You are defending a man who most likely murdered his whole family. You really think Bain should get a payout?? And why the gloating over Collins. Leave her be.

    • ianmac 19.1

      Are you serious Tanz? Irony?

    • framu 19.2

      “most likely”

      so you would deny someone any and all rights, even when theyve been found not guilty based simply on “most likely” ?!

      and why should we leave a corrupt MP alone? – remember were paying for it so weve got every right to persue it

      your moral compass is way off with that comment – i seriously suggest you go an think through the implications of what your saying here – its really bad

      • fender 19.2.1

        Like the moon landings Tanz probably denies Collins even went to China.

        • Tanz 19.2.1.1

          don’t agree. The second trial was a media driven circus. Look at the huge amount of evidence against him, and poor Robin Bain dragged through the mud, no one to defend him.
          The jury never said innocent, just not proven beyond a reasonable doubt. He should not get money, and nor should Joe Karam. Why is there no respect for the first verdict??

          • Tracey 19.2.1.1.1

            cos it was wrongly obtained?

            cos it wasnt strong enough to withstand challenge and scrutiny?

            cos what you and i “think” isnt a substitute for hearing and seeing all the evidence and witnessing and understanding the law?

            god forbid you ever find yourself innocent in front of a jury containing people like you?

    • Tracey 19.3

      you think he is guilty so he should have his rights removed? can you give us a list of everyone you think is guilty of something criminal so we can remove their rights.

  20. karol 20

    And, Question Time questions are up.

    Norman (general question) and Cunliffe (on Collins’ ministerial performance) questions to PM. Peters and Robertson to the Minister of Justice on Oravida. Logie to Minister of Justice on domestic violence. Jacinda Ardern to police minister on Williamson’s actions that led to his resignation.

  21. freedom 21

    If anyone from the opposition parties are out and about gathering opinion from the boards today …

    I would like to mention how today’s Question Time is an ideal opportunity to prove you can work together for the good of the country.

    This is not a day to see which Party can get the biggest hit.

    Let’s just get the truth instead!

    • One Anonymous Bloke 21.1

      A slow boil.

      • freedom 21.1.1

        being on a land line again, I get to watch PTV again …. not sure that is a good thing :???:
        as there are a few fragile items in the studio right now and high velocity projectiles have been known to appear during past broadcasts :)

  22. collins to stop tweeting..

    ..key sez that ‘cyber-bullies’ have caused judiths’ ‘stress’..

    ..(this is now getting farcial..)

    ..should we say:..’toughen up..sweetie..!’

    • fender 22.1

      How ridiculous, it’s all twitters fault she’s in hot water for corruption. :roll:

      From Stuff

      “Prime Minister John Key says he backs her decision because it’s full of “tr*lls and bottom-feeders”. ”

      Well there will now be one less tr*ll and bottom feeder now that she’s quit twitter.

    • ghostwhowalksnz 22.2

      Dont forget Collins bullying Turei over the clothes she wears.

      National is desperate now, any means of diversion…. distraction

    • Weepu's beard 22.3

      It seriously embarrassing for a senior minister to admit to a Twitter addiction. Paints a clear picture of the state of the woman. #NotReallyFitForParliament

    • georgecom 22.4

      sensitive wee little sausage, isn’t she

  23. appleboy 23

    Oh my god. So it was all because of Twitter. Not because of the lies she has been caught out on …not the arrogant sense of entitlement…it was Twitter. Blindingly clear evidence taht Key really thinks the public are stupid.

    I see a T Shirt – Judith Collins face , below ‘Twitter made me Do It”.

    P.S If you photoshopped Collins hairstyle onto Paul Henry’s face – you’s hardly tell the difference.

  24. Roy 24

    ‘Her claims that her dinner with Oravida directors and an unnamed Chinese Public Servant who worked in border control was a private one where business was not discussed seems less and less likely with every new disclosure. ‘

    From what I know of Chinese culture, whether or not business was discussed is irrelevant anyway. Taking officials out to dinner is an important gesture in guanxi, which can be politely translated as ‘networking’ or ‘maintaining connections’ but which also incorporates corruption and the Old Mates Act.

    • grumpy 24.1

      Roy, I agree with you. In China one cannot seperate the two. At least we have one Minister who understands the Chinese way of doing business.

      • Draco T Bastard 24.1.1

        Just a pity that she doesn’t understand how we do things.

        • grumpy 24.1.1.1

          If it was in NZ, you may have a point – may……but in China you do things the Chinese way and you have little say in how it is done.

          • Colonial Viper 24.1.1.1.1

            Oh dear, the Chinese FORCED Collins to compromise her integrity as a Crown Minister, just so that she could help her family make more MONEY, there just was NO alternative if you wanted to pocket the cash!

            Yeah. That is a very Chinese way of organising priorities, grumpy, I’m glad you appreciate just how this stuff works.

            By the way getting found out and then being blasted on to the front page of the national dailies is a very bad look, it causes a major loss of face for any business associates who have connections with you, and perhaps Collins should learn that is NOT the ‘Chinese way of doing business’ LOL

            • grumpy 24.1.1.1.1.1

              Just how did “….her family make more MONEY…”??

              Having a Chinese husband makes her a top shelf ambassador for NZ Inc.

              • Roy

                She was acting as an ambassador for Collins and Spouse, not NZ Inc. That’s the point.

          • Tracey 24.1.1.1.2

            williamson was in nz when he tried to do it the chinese way… and all indications are collins may have prompted him (not proven).

      • Tracey 24.1.2

        a minister of justice… they also execute business owners who make mistakes that shame the govt, are you advocating for that too, and the system of bribery which leads to buildings collapsing etc?

        • Murray Olsen 24.1.2.1

          We can offer a collapsing coal mine. I suspect we’re well down that road.

      • Roy 24.1.3

        But this isn’t China, grumpy, and we have different expectations. Feathering your own and your husband’s nest while on an official, taxpayer-funded trip isn’t the New Zealand way. Or it isn’t supposed to be.

  25. grumpy 25

    What is a cabinet minister for if not to promote New Zealands interests and commerce?

    • Paul 25.1

      NZ’s
      Or her own??
      Neoliberals… grumpy and gormless.

      • grumpy 25.1.1

        As far as I know, neither her husband or her are employed by Oravida. Her husband only has a governance role as a director for which he will get a fee for attending meetings.
        At a time when exports were being blocked due to one of the biggest corporate balls ups we have ever seen, it’s good to think that someone may have been going into bat for the economy.

        • Hayden 25.1.1.1

          Can you explain how the difference between paid employee and paid director is relevant to the question of pecuniary gain?

          • grumpy 25.1.1.1.1

            Looks like another urgent job for Crusher
            http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11250373

            Hayden, a director does not usually make anything from increased sales/profits, they just get a fee for attending meetings.

            • Hayden 25.1.1.1.1.1

              And who sets that fee?

              • grumpy

                The shareholders.

                • Hayden

                  Which is this case is a single person, who may feel a little more generous when the reviews come around if that director has gone a little above-and-beyond with regards to the company’s fortunes.

                  I don’t know who you expect to trick into believing that David Wong-Tung’s remuneration, or even his continued director-ship, for that matter, cannot be related to or affected by Collins’ actions.

            • Tracey 25.1.1.1.1.2

              how does collins husband earn a living?

        • appleboy 25.1.1.2

          “What is a cabinet minister for if not to promote New Zealands interests and commerce?”

          Well Collins wasn’t promoting New Zealand’s interests was she? The meeting brief was, we now know, was to promote “A New Zealand company’s profile. Said company being one her Husband is involved with, and who makes seriously large donations to National. What part of corruption don’t you get – one eyed Nat nutter.

          • grumpy 25.1.1.2.1

            I think you are confused. Your arguments are contradicting each other. If it was to “raise profile”, then the attendance of a border official is irrelevent. Her husband’s involvement is only that of a Director.
            No corruption, just, as the meeting brief states, raising profile. Just doing business the Chinese way – for the good of the country.

            • Colonial Viper 25.1.1.2.1.1

              Just doing business the Chinese way – for the good of the country.

              Firstly, the good of the 1% usually ends up being bad for most of the country. Collins and her corporate director husband working in their own best interests falls smack bang into that category.

              Secondly, most Communist Party central committee members are very wealthy – with quite a number of billionaires.

              For instance Bloomberg reported in 2012 that the 70 richest members of the National Peoples’ Congress had a net value of US$90B.

              I guess you are saying that Collin’s finally found a set of political priorities she could get onboard with.

              This officials’ wealth results from special business networks, family connections, and use of official position for personal business purposes.

              To be crystal, this culture of endemic corruption is what you mean by ‘doing business the Chinese way’ and it is what has screwed Collins.

              Why would you be OK with that.

            • Hayden 25.1.1.2.1.2

              Try to keep up now, the “cup of tea” “on the way to the airport” has now been shown to be a well-planned (down to Judith’s rider, FFS) tour and meeting, the stated purpose of which (from Friday’s MFAT OIA release) was to raise Oravida’s profile.

              The border official was at the prior dinner, which is a separate incident, but since you bring it up, the same OIA release makes it look a whole lot less friendly than previously claimed.

            • Roy 25.1.1.2.1.3

              Not for the good of the country, just to feather her husband’s nest.

            • freedom 25.1.1.2.1.4

              grumpy

              2.62 Cabinet Rules
              A conflict may arise if people close to a Minister, such as a Minister’s family, whānau, or close associates, might derive, or be perceived as deriving, some personal, financial, or other benefit from a decision or action by the Minister or the government.

              • Tracey

                collins husband is listed as a director of all five oravida companies registered at the nz companies office. now grumpy, remember the chines way you talked about? would david be doing it all for free? director remuneration, direct and indirect bears direct corrolation to success of the company.

                • freedom

                  Which is why I cannot believe the Cabinet Office say it’s all hunky dory!
                  Some good honest people work at Parliament. It simply doesn’t add up.
                  Why is the opposition not pushing for publication of the Cabinet Office decisions?

    • One Anonymous Bloke 25.2

      Oravida ≠ New Zealand.

      • grumpy 25.2.1

        Not yet anyway……..give it time…………………

        • fender 25.2.1.1

          Yeah Fonterra are ecstatic :roll:

          • Colonial Viper 25.2.1.1.1

            Why am I not surprised that Grumpy is advocating a corporate coup d’etat of NZ, like has been done in the USA.

            • grumpy 25.2.1.1.1.1

              Jeez CV, lighten up – you’ve gone all grouchy lately……..

        • One Anonymous Bloke 25.2.1.2

          That’s a nice dog whistle. Did you polish it yourself?

    • framu 25.3

      shes the justice minister for starters – your thinking of the trade minister

      im amazed that so many of the usual suspects all of a sudden have no standards or responsibility when such notions are the slogans they like to clothe themselves in

  26. fender 27

    There doesn’t appear to be anything out of the ordinary (for her) wrong with Collins judging by her appearance and performance in the debating chamber today. Can’t see why she should be granted leave just because she’s uncomfortable answering questions relating to her corrupt behaviour with the Oravida company.

  27. ianmac 28

    Judith Collins seemed subdued today and rather pale. Tranquilisers? And John Key looked rather pale as well. Not his cheeky little boy self. Don’t tell me that they perceive a fall off of support?

  28. Bearded Git 29

    On Checkpoint just after 5 they played a clip from today where Key said “it is clear from the emails that this was a private meeting all along…”

    Brent Edwards then came on and said (I might be paraphrasing) “But that’s not what the emails say….” directly contradicting the Key version/lies. Worth a listen.

    • ianmac 29.1

      Yes heard that Bearded one. And Brent Edwards is the most stable unexciteable commentator. If he finds it incredible that John Key can call black a sort of white colour, then times are achanging.

  29. Clemgeopin 30

    A very good speech by Mr Cunliffe about the rot that has set into this discredited National government.

    Here is the link if you would like to watch:
    http://www.inthehouse.co.nz/video/32665

    • Clemgeopin 30.1

      Another good speech by Grant Robertson regarding the Government that works for their donors and the wealthy few in this country.
      Link:
      http://www.inthehouse.co.nz/video/32671

    • Scott 30.2

      I don’t normally watch parliament tv, but I was truly impressed with Robertson and Cunliffe, but mostly by Adern. There message was loud and clear and lucid.
      English was just shocking, as was Smith, and Brownlee plain embarassing as always.
      Can anyone tell me why Collins and Key weren’t there?

      • Clemgeopin 30.2.1

        They had gone to commence an intense five months course of truth serum therapy administered by one Dr J. Banks.

  30. georgecom 31

    I went to the Nat Party website today. I clicked on the donate button and it took me to a webpage with a shopping trolley. In return for a sizeable donation I could purchase various items including; change to legislation, citizenship, purchasing NZ property, intervention with the police and business access to foreign markets.

  31. paulscott 32

    In my opinion the Collins Oravida is the worst thing ever to hit this National Govt. She should have been gone by lunch time. It is a continguing danger and I ask myself why Key sacked Williamson when this misuse of the a Ministerial public position is much worse.
    I know no Nat people who want her, she will be remembered for the sheer stupidity of the crushing cars idea.
    There is something violent about her

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    Former Immigration Minister Jonathan Coleman must come clean about when he was told the FBI was investigating Kim Dotcom, Labour’s Associate Security and Intelligence spokesperson Grant Robertson says. “Jonathan Coleman has previously said ministers were not aware of the American...
    Labour | 25-07
  • Regional economies need tailored plans
    News that up to 114 jobs could be lost from Fonterra’s Canpac plant in Hamilton reinforces the need for a government plan to build resilient regional economies, Labour’s MP for Hauraki-Waikato Nanaia Mahuta says. “The Canpac site has effectively responded...
    Labour | 25-07
  • Kiwis to get the final vote on amalgamation
    New Zealanders will get the right to have a final say on any proposed local body amalgamations, says Labour’s local government spokesperson Su’a William Sio releasing Labour’s Local Government policy today....
    Labour | 24-07
  • Dr Rajen Prasad’s Valedictory Statement
    Draft Hansard Parliamentary Record. Subject to correction. Bula vinaka. Namaste, Mr Assistant Speaker. Thank you very much. Tēnā koe. I am a lucky migrant and am privileged to have received as much as I have from this country for over...
    Labour | 24-07
  • Darien Fenton’s Valedictory Statement
    Nga mihi nui - kia koutou. I acknowledge all Members of Parliament I have served with and I do so without rancour or criticism. Over nearly nine years in parliament I’ve found that despite furious debate about political difference, most...
    Labour | 24-07
  • Immigation and Kim Dotcom – Harawira
    “I just got a call from National Business Review reporter, asking whether there was any contradiction between my thoughts on immigration in 2009 and now, particularly given MANA’s newly minted relationship with Kim Dotcom” said MANA leader and Tai Tokerau...
    Mana | 24-07
  • Nats to announce 2nd crossing without rail
    Labour Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford says it has been leaked to him that John Key will rule out a rail option when announcing an accelerated timeframe for Auckland’s $5 billion second harbour crossing next month. “I understand the Government’s plan...
    Labour | 24-07
  • “They put Maori centre stage” – Harawira
    “I’m sorry I can’t be at parliament for the valedictory speeches of Tariana Turia and Pita Sharples” said Hone Harawira, MANA Leader and MP for Tai Tokerau, ”but I’d like to add my own best wishes as they reach the end...
    Mana | 24-07
  • ACT trying to have it both ways on zoning
    ACT Party candidate David Seymour’s campaign against changes to school zones in the Epsom electorate looks hollow given his party’s commitment to the abolition of school zoning altogether, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “It’s disingenuous for David Seymour to...
    Labour | 24-07
  • Interest rate rise will hit the regions
    The latest interest rate rise will hit the fragile regional economies of  New Zealand and hurt exporters by putting more upward pressure on the exchange rate, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker.  “The regions are already hit by dropping  export...
    Labour | 24-07
  • Burning the flag or accepting the evil
    Burning the Israeli flag in Auckland in protest over the murder of innocent civilians in Gaza is nothing to be ashamed of” said MANA Leader and Tai Tokerau MP, Hone Harawira. “Calling for both sides to stand down when one side...
    Mana | 23-07
  • Photo op disguises abysmal failure
    John Key’s opening of four Housing NZ units in Bexley today is nothing more than an insincere photo op designed to hide the Government’s failure to rebuild the housing stock destroyed by the earthquakes, says Labour’s Associate Housing spokesperson Poto...
    Labour | 23-07
  • TAXPAYER UNION “outrageously stupid”
    Jordan Williams, Executive Director of the Taxpayers’ Union says a MANA billboard “appears to have been funded by taxpayers”, and calls it “an outrageous use of taxpayer money”. “But the only thing that is outrageous, is how outrageously stupid Jordan Williams was...
    Mana | 23-07
  • Green Party launches Solar in Schools policy
    The Green Party will help schools install solar and save money on their power bills by investing $20 million into solar PV systems in schools. The $20 million is expected to:Help around 500 schools install solar over three yearsResult in...
    Greens | 23-07
  • Extent of job losses at Invermay remain hidden
    Despite growing concern in the agriculture and science sectors, both AgResearch management and the Minister responsible are continuing to hide the true extent of job losses at AgResearch’s Invermay campus, Labour’s MP for Dunedin North David Clark says. “Science and...
    Labour | 23-07
  • Tōku reo, tōku oho oho, tōku reo, tōku mapihi maurea – MANA launches ...
    “MANA is launching its te reo Māori policy this morning ahead of the first reading of the government’s Māori Language Strategy Bill this afternoon”, saidMANA deputy leader and candidate for Waiariki, Annette Sykes. “MANA’s policy is based on a love...
    Mana | 23-07
  • Connectivity Upgrade to close digital divide
    Labour will close the digital divide with its Connectivity Upgrade to ensure all New Zealanders can be part of a growing, more connected economy and have the right to access quality broadband, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says.  “The digital revolution...
    Labour | 23-07
  • New parents deserve support – Labour will deliver
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    Labour | 23-07
  • National refuses meeting with Maui’s advocates
    National has refused a briefing from a group of Maui's dolphins experts, whose research shows 80 per cent of New Zealanders want greater protection for the critically endangered dolphin, the Green Party said today.Dolphin campaigner Gemma McGrath and marine scientist...
    Greens | 23-07
  • MANA Tamaki send a challenge to Labour
    “Labour should set the agenda and purposely do something positively controversial once a week”, said MANA candidate for Mt Albert, Joe Carolan. “A good start would be for all Labour Auckland MPs and members to join the Justice for Palestine...
    Mana | 23-07
  • We must act to save our dolphins
    A new report makes it clear for the urgent need to protect Maui’s and Hector’s dolphins while arguing  it is clear that there is no need for further research, says Labour’s Conservation spokesperson Ruth Dyson.  “Labour backs the public call...
    Labour | 23-07
  • School told to manipulate national standards data
    Parents can have little confidence in the Government’s National Standards after an Auckland school was told to manipulate its data so it added up, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins. “Valley School in Pukekohe was advised in an email from the...
    Labour | 23-07
  • Regional economies must have tailored plans
    News that up to 114 jobs could be lost from Fonterra’s Canpac plant in Hamilton reinforces the need for a government plan to build resilient regional economies, Labour’s MP for Hauraki-Waikato Nanaia Mahuta says. “The Canpac site has effectively responded...
    Labour | 23-07
  • Auditor General slams Shared Services project
    The Auditor-General’s Office could not have been more damning about the 18 months spent on the Central Agency Shared Services (CASS) project at the Finance and Expenditure Committee this morning, says Maryan Street, Labour’s State Services spokesperson.  ...
    Labour | 23-07
  • Fonterra job losses a massive blow to Waikato
    The potential loss of up to 114 jobs from Fonterra’s Canpac plant in Hamilton is a massive blow to the Waikato region which has already lost hundreds of jobs, Labour says. Labour’s Social Development spokesperson and Hamilton-based list MP Sue...
    Labour | 23-07
  • Basin flyover decision an opportunity for capital
    The decision to reject the proposed flyover at the Basin Reserve must be taken as an opportunity to properly fund Wellington’s transport future and must not be used as an excuse to take resources away from the capital, Wellington Labour MPs...
    Labour | 22-07
  • National out of touch with the regions
    John Key is out of touch with regional New Zealand if he believes tinkering with council regulations will restore opportunities to small towns, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “While the regions are crying out for sustainable growth and job opportunities,...
    Labour | 22-07
  • Flyover rejection a victory for sustainable transport
    The rejection of the proposed Basin Reserve flyover by a Board of Inquiry is a victory for sustainable transport in Wellington and paves the way for other alternatives to be given a fair hearing, Wellington Labour MPs Grant Robertson and...
    Labour | 22-07
  • Reo Māori Policy Launch
    MANA will be launching its Reo Māori policy at 10am Thursday 24 July, at Matangireia (the old Māori Affairs Select Committee room at Parliament). We will also be addressing our concerns regarding the Minister of Māori Affairs Māori Language Strategy...
    Mana | 22-07
  • Basin Flyover decision victory for common sense
    The Green Party welcomed the Environmental Protection Authority's draft decision announced today not to allow the $90 million Basin Reserve flyover in Wellington to proceed."Both popular and expert opinion opposed the flyover. The proposal was expensive, unnecessary and would have...
    Greens | 22-07
  • Laila Harre to run against Key in Helensville
    Another full house in Rotorua as part of Internet MANAs road trip Another day, another full house for the Internet MANA road trip. John Armstrong understands the energy now swirling around Internet MANA, and the latest announcements of Georgina Beyer...
    The Daily Blog | 29-07
  • Waiting for Gower’s Twittering of indignation…
    .   . Key has made his call; deals with ACT and Peter Dunne are in – a deal with the CCCP (Colin Craig’s Conservative Party), is out; . . Now we can look forward to TV3′s political commentator, Patrick...
    The Daily Blog | 29-07
  • National’s desperate oil drilling agenda exposed
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: National’s desperate oil drilling agenda exposed Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | Press Release A Wall Street Journal article exposing the Government’s attempts to lure deep sea oil drillers to New Zealand shows...
    The Daily Blog | 29-07
  • Owner of Kiwis’ favourite tacos takes bold stand for climate action
    MIL OSI – Source: Oxfam NZ – Headline: Owner of Kiwis' favourite tacos takes bold stand for climate action The maker of Old El Paso tacos, Betty Crocker cake mixes and Haagan Daz ice-cream has today committed to industry-leading measures...
    The Daily Blog | 29-07
  • Out of touch Brownlee gets numbers wrong
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Out of touch Brownlee gets numbers wrong Gerry Brownlee has shown how badly he is managing the rebuild by getting his figures wrong on how many houses are needed in Christchurch, Labour’s...
    The Daily Blog | 29-07
  • GUEST BLOG: Michael Wood: Weekend at Bernie’s lll – ACT in Epsom
    While no one will be surprised by yesterday’s deal to prop up ACT in Epsom, the audacity of it is still astounding. ACT is a political corpse. Their sole MP has been found guilty of electoral fraud and bides his...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • So how’s all the ‘ Labour Party man ban’ hysteria working out for you...
    Remember all the screams from the media at the so called ‘man ban’ of the Labour Party? Labour’s attempt at gender equality was really just more evidence of Labour’s man hate,  feminists were taking over, heterosexual red blooded men burnt at the stake....
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Paul Henry; the issue is you, not flag-burning
    There will always be reductive, dangerous and reactionary responses to different forms of oppressive violence by our western, often biased, mainstream media. These reactionary responses purposefully distract from the real issues and those who are at the root and the...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Oh now John Armstrong and Vernon Small want to talk about policy?
    The audacity of the mainstream media seems to know no end. This week both John Armstrong and Vernon Small had the hilarity to demand a focus on policy and not ‘gotcha’ politics… John Armstrong: The ‘gotcha politics’ disease is afflicting...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • “They put Maori centre stage” – Harawira
    MIL OSI – Source: Mana Movement – Headline: “They put Maori centre stage” – Harawira  Posted on July 24, 2014 by admin in Hone Harawira, Press Releases“I’m sorry I can’t be at parliament for the valedictory speeches of Tariana Turia...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Burning the flag or accepting the evil
    MIL OSI – Source: Mana Movement – Headline: Burning the flag or accepting the evil Posted on July 24, 2014 by admin in Hone Harawira, Press ReleasesBurning the Israeli flag in Auckland in protest over the murder of innocent civilians...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • TAXPAYER UNION “outrageously stupid”
    MIL OSI – Source: Mana Movement – Headline: TAXPAYER UNION “outrageously stupid” Posted on July 24, 2014 by admin in Hone Harawira, Press ReleasesJordan Williams, Executive Director of the Taxpayers’ Union says a MANA billboard “appears to have been funded by taxpayers”,...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Tōku reo, tōku oho oho, tōku reo, tōku mapihi maurea – MANA launches ...
    MIL OSI – Source: Mana Movement – Headline: Tōku reo, tōku oho oho, tōku reo, tōku mapihi maurea – MANA launches te reo Māori policy  Posted on July 24, 2014 by admin in Annette Sykes, Press Releases, Te Hamua Nikora“MANA...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Green Party launches Solar in Schools policy
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: Green Party launches Solar in Schools policy Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | Press Release Our Solar in Schools policy will allow them to save money on electricity – money which can be...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Media Release: New report on GP costs for 6-17 year olds
    MIL OSI – Source: Child Poverty Action Group – Headline: Media Release: New report on GP costs for 6-17 year olds 24 July 2014 Free doctor’s visits should be extended to all children under 18 as GP charges are a...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • 3 reasons why I can’t care about Gerry Brownlee’s airport security fias...
    I find it very difficult to get upset about Gerry Brownlee barging through airport security for 3 simple reasons. Firstly I think airport security in this country is a total farce. Why we need to be conditioned to security searches...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • How the Opposition win Epsom now Key has cemented Goldsmith into place
    One fear I had this election would be that National listened to Matthew Hooton and removed Goldsmith from the ballot box to leave the race open enough for David Seymour to ensure an ACT Party victory. Thankfully National Party hubris...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Now Conservative Party has been killed off, is a vote for NZ First a vote f...
    Are Winston and John Key new Best Friends Forever?   Colin Craig and his Conservative Party have been cleverly played and tricked and trapped by National. Whatever promises and flirtations Key made with Craig last year have eventuated into nothing....
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • The front page the NZ Herald would use if they thought they could get away ...
    The front page the NZ Herald would use if they thought they could get away with it...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Best National Party Billboard
    Best National Party Billboard...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Annette Sykes to launch campaign for Waiariki Annette Sykes, MANA candidate...
    MIL OSI – Source: Mana Movement – Headline: Annette Sykes to launch campaign for Waiariki Annette Sykes, MANA candidate for Waiariki Posted on July 28, 2014 by admin in Annette Sykes, Press ReleasesAt midday tomorrow, Annette Sykes will officially launch...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Something Fishy About Nick Smith’s Game.
    NICK SMITH’S crude intimidation of the Fish and Game Council points to the bleakest of environmental futures should National be re-elected on 20 September. It is now considerably clearer than 60 percent of New Zealand’s lakes, rivers and streams that...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Minister shouldn’t stop Fish and Game doing its job
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: Minister shouldn’t stop Fish and Game doing its job Monday, 28 Jul 2014 | Press Release Fish and Game is supposed to advocate for clean and healthy rivers, it’s the law. It...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Key’s odd personal hypocrisy in Epsom, his kiss of death to the Maori Par...
    Aside from tricking Colin Craig into running in an electorate National can crush him in, John Key has announced three things in his election deals that are ill thought out. The first is his deal with the Maori Party. At a time...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Public deserves electoral integrity
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Public deserves electoral integrity National’s deals with spent political forces ACT and United Future will be met with a deepening sense of unease over the manipulation of MMP, Labour Leader David Cunliffe...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Out of control costs raise questions about National Science Challenges
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Out of control costs raise questions about National Science Challenges Amid strong criticism of the value of the National Science Challenges from some of the country’s senior scientists, new figures show administrative...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Low build numbers and faulty repairs: what has Brownlee been doing?
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Low build numbers and faulty repairs: what has Brownlee been doing? Despite being a man in a hurry new figures show just 2160 new homes, thousands fewer than needed, have been built...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • UNEMIG: Disgraced hotel operator still hasn’t learned
    MIL OSI – Source: First Union – Headline: UNEMIG: Disgraced hotel operator still hasn’t learned A publicly disgraced Auckland hotel is still not paying their workers the minimum wage, according to the Union Network of Migrants (UNEMIG). Last week the...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Christchurch CHEP workers walk off the job again
    MIL OSI – Source: First Union – Headline: Christchurch CHEP workers walk off the job again Workers at Brambles-owned CHEP Christchurch have walked off the job again today to protest the employer’s refusal to negotiate an improved pay offer, according...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Why it’s all over for the Conservative Party
    Whatever flirtations were made months ago to Colin Craig by National strategists, the polling must have come back showing them too much of their soft urban vote would walk if Key was in Government with Colin Craig.  The necessary inside muscle to...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Balance in the NZ Herald and has something gone terribly wrong at the Heral...
    So the ‘balance’ in the NZ Herald this year for the election will be… Guest columnists will include the acerbic Cactus Kate from the radical right, former Labour candidate Josie Pagani and broadcaster Mark Sainsbury. Right, so that would be...
    The Daily Blog | 27-07
  • Joyce’s heavy hand stifling innovation
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: Joyce’s heavy hand stifling innovation Monday, 28 Jul 2014 | Press Release “The heavy hand of Steven Joyce is destroying New Zealand’s innovation economy.” The National Government should allow scientists and businesses...
    The Daily Blog | 27-07
  • CERA spends almost $2m on 7000 flights
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: CERA spends almost $2m on 7000 flights CERA has spent $1.8 million on 7286 flights from Christchurch to Wellington in three years – a huge waste of money as Cantabrians still wait...
    The Daily Blog | 27-07
  • Nick Smith oversteps the mark yet again
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Nick Smith oversteps the mark yet again Nick Smith has yet again completely overstepped the mark as a minister – this time with a threat to muzzle Fish and Game if they...
    The Daily Blog | 27-07
  • Phew – National Party hubris seals strategy
    The National Party are bot listening to Matthew Hooton. Phew. Hooton has crunched the numbers and based on past polling National always drops 6 points come election day. National aren’t listening. Barging through the need to cut deals with all...
    The Daily Blog | 27-07
  • Noam Chomsky on the TPPA
    Noam Chomsky on the TPPA...
    The Daily Blog | 27-07
  • Unacceptable secrecy around labelling people terrorists
    It’s good to see the Sunday Star-Times attempting to get more information from government agencies about Daryl Jones, the Kiwi killed in a US drone strike in Yemen.  The paper is right to complain about the government’s refusal to provide...
    The Daily Blog | 27-07
  • A critical deconstruction of John Key – what’s behind the facade?
    Aspiring national leaders need a popular narrative of their rise to power.  Once in office, the narrative can be refined to fit the requirements of leadership and re-election.  Such is the purpose of John Roughan’s John Key: Portrait of  a...
    The Daily Blog | 27-07
  • Radio Live – off Mark
    The Top Marks lasted five weeks on Mediaworks radio station The Sound. This may have something to do with last being relevant in the mid-1980s when there were only two commercial FM licences in Auckland and they were on one...
    The Daily Blog | 27-07
  • Wellingtonians say ‘No!’ to Israeli aggression
    .   . Wellington, NZ, 26 July – About 600 Wellingtonians, and from further afield, met at the Cuba Mall Bucket fountain under a wintery sunny sky, to protest Israel’s continuing aggression in the Gaza strip, which – at the...
    The Daily Blog | 27-07
  • Greens call for shipping lanes backed by Maritime Union
    MIL OSI – Source: Maritime Union of New Zealand – Headline: Greens call for shipping lanes backed by Maritime Union The Maritime Union is backing the Green Party’s policy to implement compulsory shipping lanes for coastal shipping, announced 27 July...
    The Daily Blog | 27-07
  • Government needs to get Fishing reform bill passed now
    MIL OSI – Source: Maritime Union of New Zealand – Headline: Government needs to get Fishing reform bill passed now The Maritime Union is urging the Government to push through a Bill reforming the fishing industry. Maritime Union of New...
    The Daily Blog | 27-07
  • Georgina Beyer to stand for MANA in Te Tai Tonga
    MIL OSI – Source: Mana Movement – Headline: Georgina Beyer to stand for MANA in Te Tai Tonga  Posted on July 27, 2014 by admin in Hone Harawira, Press Releases“It’s great to have Georgie on board” said Hone Harawira, MANA...
    The Daily Blog | 27-07
  • Israel/Gaza conflict: Questions and Answers
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Israel/Gaza conflict: Questions and Answers What does Amnesty International think of the resolution passed by the UN Human Rights Council on 23 July? What should happen next?Amnesty International welcomes resolution S-21/1...
    The Daily Blog | 26-07
  • Green Party launches plan to protect our beaches from oil spills
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: Green Party launches plan to protect our beaches from oil spills Sunday, 27 Jul 2014 | Press Release Like New Zealand chose to go nuclear free, we can add to our national...
    The Daily Blog | 26-07
  • GUEST BLOG: Shasha Ali – I am an indigenous person but I will never call ...
    Yesterday was indeed a politically hectic day in Aoteaora New Zealand, especially if you are an activist that cares about both human and non-human animal rights. Protest actions were organised to demand an end to factory farming from about noon, and...
    The Daily Blog | 26-07
  • Pro-Israel, Pro-Palestine or ‘Pro-Peace’?
    Latest protest for people of Gaza in Auckland In the past couple of weeks I have heard a lot of people say that they are neither Pro-Israel nor Pro-Palestine; they are pro-peace. This is a stand that I respect. Everyone...
    The Daily Blog | 26-07
  • So we can’t feed the kids, the poor OR the sick now?
    Let me get this straight. We can borrow $10 billion in tax cuts over the last 6 years for the richest NZers, but we can not feed the kids, the poor or even the sick now? Revealed: Warning over hospital food...
    The Daily Blog | 26-07
  • Kim Dotcom has said it, Laila Harre has said it and now David fisher says i...
    Fascinating piece by David Fisher in the NZ Herald breaking down how many opportunities the Government had to listen to officials and stop KDC entering the country and concludes KDC should never have been allowed in… It prepared papers for the...
    The Daily Blog | 25-07
  • You, Me and the GCSB Public Meetings
      The GCSB and TICS legislation rushed through Parliament by John Key represent the largest erosion of civil liberties this country has seen since the 1951 Waterfront Lockout. In the post Snowden world we now know a mass surveillance state operating...
    The Daily Blog | 25-07
  • Harré: It’s Game on in Helensville
    Harré: It’s Game on in Helensville Internet Party Leader Laila Harré will stand in John Key’s Helensville electorate because “the Prime Minister has some explaining to do”. Ms Harré wants to debate Mr Key at candidate meetings in his own...
    Scoop politics | 29-07
  • Ministers condemned for failing to meet Papuan journalist
    West Papua Action Auckland is shocked that that Ministers Coleman and Tolley have decided against giving even a brief time to meet with visiting Papuan journalist Victor Mambor (Chair of the Papua Chapter of the Association of Independent Journalists...
    Scoop politics | 29-07
  • Cliff Curtis Apolitical
    While I respect my cousin Annette Sykes commitment in engaging in the political process, I do not endorse or support any political party. I respect all candidates who make the commitment to stand for political office. It requires and takes...
    Scoop politics | 29-07
  • National getting students into science
    National Party Hutt South candidate Chris Bishop today supported the government’s launch of A Nation of Curious Minds: He Whenua Hirihi I te Mahara, a programme to boost community involvement in the science sector....
    Scoop politics | 29-07
  • NZ NGOs respond to the worsening humanitarian crisis in Gaza
    NZ NGOs are responding to the worsening humanitarian crisis in the Gaza strip with news today of an upsurge in violence and an increasing number of civilian casualties....
    Scoop politics | 29-07
  • ACT Candidate for Epsom delighted by second endorsement
    ACT Candidate for Epsom delighted by second endorsement David Seymour, ACT Candidate for Epsom 29/07/2014...
    Scoop politics | 29-07
  • Colin Craig (sic) Launches New Website
    Colin Craig today advised that his web presence was not large enough, especially when compared to similarly polling parties such as the Internet/Mana Party. “After extensive discussion and advice from my full time legal team, and my IT part timer...
    Scoop politics | 29-07
  • Spat between Minister Smith and Fish and Game overdue – ACT
    With the latest spat between Minister Nick Smith and Fish and Games Bryce Johnston hitting fever pitch, ACT Primary Industry Spokesman Don Nicolson says a review of the Fish and Game legislation will be an ACT ambition in the next...
    Scoop politics | 29-07
  • Maori King challenges Ngapuhi leader to front up
    Following his strong condemnation of the Maori King, Tuheitia yesterday, Ngapuhi kaumatua David Rankin has received a challenge this afternoon from prominent Kingitanga [King Movement] supporter Mamae Takerei....
    Scoop politics | 29-07
  • ACT Speech to Waikato Conference: Race has no place in law
    David Cunliffe recently apologised to a Women’s Refuge symposium: “I don't often say it – I'm sorry for being a man … because family and sexual violence is overwhelmingly perpetrated by men.” The Prime Minister accused Cunliffe of being insincere....
    Scoop politics | 29-07
  • Greg Campbell Chief Executive of Wellington Regional Council
    Chair of Wellington Regional Council, Fran Wilde today announced the appointment of Greg Campbell as Chief Executive of the Council. Greg Campbell will take up the role in September following the departure of outgoing Chief Executive David Benham...
    Scoop politics | 29-07
  • We are going to campaign harder
    “It was great news to learn that John Key says I am his recommendation for Epsom. While the Prime Minister is an important person and he is my pick to remain Prime Minister, John Key is just one voter. I...
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • Why Green isn’t the best colour for water
    Why Green isn’t the best colour for water Ian Mackenzie is Federated Farmers Environment spokesperson and was on the reference group for the National Objectives Framework. An opinion is also running in the New Zealand Herald. The Green Party recently...
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • Rainbow Wellington General Election Candidates Forum
    In many ways the transgender community is in a similar position now to that faced by lesbians and gay men a generation ago. It is having to face many of the same difficulties, often based on the same ignorance and...
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • Defence Lawyer Disgust!!!
    “ The Sensible Sentencing Trust is horrified by Defence Lawyer Steven Zindel's comments at the Sentencing of a Man Jailed for the Rape of his 4 year old daughter .”...
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • Ōhāriu deserves better than a rort
    The National Party's deal with Peter Dunne is a rort and shows the people of Ōhāriu are being taken for granted, Labour candidate Virginia Andersen says. "Peter Dunne has been placed on political life support by the National Party. His...
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • FMC Backs Fish and Game’s Role on Freshwater
    Federated Mountain Clubs today reinforced its strong support for the New Zealand Fish and Game Council's statutory role in advocating for anglers and hunters interests in freshwater. FMC President Robin McNeill stated that the Federation's 17,000 members...
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • The Letter: Key Gives Nod for Seymour in Epsom
    This afternoon the PM acknowledged the importance of Epsom to National’s re-election prospects when said he wanted National’s supporters in Epsom to vote for ACT’S David Seymour. We always thought David could win Epsom, for which he has been campaigning...
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • Forest & Bird supports Fish and Game’s freshwater advocacy
    The independent conservation organisation Forest & Bird is concerned over allegations the Fish & Game Council has been threatened over its advocacy for freshwater quality....
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • Time for Epsom to say “no deal”
    “Epsom voters will be disgusted by the deal announced today to try and once again gift their electorate to the ACT Party”, says Labour candidate for Epsom Michael Wood....
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • Petition for release the of seven Bah
    At the invitation of the Honourable Annette King the New Zealand Bahá'í community is presenting a petition to the House of Representatives asking the NZ government to demand the release of the seven former leaders of the Baha’i community in...
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • Capital gains in the capital city
    Victoria University will today be hosting a public debate on the merits of more comprehensive capital gains tax—a step which taxation expert Associate Professor Dr David White considers would be beneficial for New Zealand. Organised by student group Beta Alpha...
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • Te Kupenga supports efforts of anti-violence campaigner
    Te Kupenga Whakaoti Mahi Patunga – National Network of Stopping Violence Services (Te Kupenga) wholeheartedly endorses statements made by DJ, Kickboxer and Anti-Violence Campaigner Richie Hardcore this morning on TV3’s Firstline about the role of men...
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • iPredict Ltd2014 Election Update #28
    The chances of a fiscal surplus in 2014/15 continue to plunge and are down to 50%, according to the combined wisdom of the 7000 registered traders on New Zealand’s online predictions market, iPredict. The forecast surplus is now just 0.22%...
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • TPPA is a bad idea
    “Currently New Zealand, Australia, Singapore, Brunei, Vietnam, the USA, Japan, Malaysia, Canada, and Mexico are still negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement. Officially talks finished last August, but the reality is that they keep...
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • Getting privacy right in our data future
    Privacy Commissioner John Edwards welcomes the release of the New Zealand Data Futures Forum’s report....
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • Conference on Democracy, Ethics and the Public Good
    Conference on Democracy, Ethics and the Public Good A conference is to be held in Wellington on 1 and 2 August with the aim of starting a NZ-wide discussion about the quality of our democracy. The conference is hosted jointly...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Paddock to plate, and smart roads possible
    New Zealand’s international brand and exports could grow significantly with the creation of a data sharing ‘eco-system’ according to a paper released by the NZ Data Futures Forum today....
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Ngapuhi wants to overthrow Maori King
    Ngapuhi is planning a hui for the end of the year – organised by iwi leader David Rankin – in which the future of the King Movement will be discussed....
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Housing warrant of fitness little help for sick children
    A housing warrant of fitness has been promoted as a way of preventing sickness among children in poverty. The attached report shows that such a regime would have little impact on health outcomes but would come at a considerable cost,...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Upcoming Fabian Events in Auckland
    Sue Bradford ’s PhD thesis, 'A major left wing think tank in Aotearoa—an impossible dream or a call to action?' looked at why no major left wing think tank has developed in Aotearoa and whether the left in 2010-2013 was...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Senior Citizens, Not Senile Citizens
    The Taxpayers’ Union is questioning the merits and costs of the “ No car? No problem! Getting around your community without a car” brochure, released by the Office for Senior Citizens. The brochure’s purpose is to explain to senior citizens...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • NZ Troops Hone Their Skills in Queensland
    Around 260 New Zealand troops are on a 25-day Australian-led warfighting exercise in Townsville, Northern Queensland....
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Maritime Union backs Green Party call for shipping lanes
    The Maritime Union is backing the Green Party’s policy to implement compulsory shipping lanes for coastal shipping, announced today....
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Auckland Council Bypasses Public, Ditches Rodeo Ban
    Auckland Council Bypasses Public, Ditches Rodeo Ban The Auckland Council has announced that they are abandoning the rodeo ban on council land, put into place in 2008. This was done with virtually no consultation, says SAFE, the animal advocacy organisation....
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Tolley and Coleman urged to meet West Papuan visitor
    Ministers Tolley and Coleman urged to meet West Papuan visitor Police Minister Anne Tolley and Defence Minister Dr Jonathan Coleman have a rare opportunity this week to gain first-hand knowledge about Indonesian police and military activities in West...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Minister Right to Give Fish & Game a Serve
    Reacting to Radio New Zealand’s report concerning allegations that Conservation Minister Nick Smith warned the Fish and Game Council that it acts like a 'rabid NGO', Jordan Williams, Executive Director of the Taxpayers’ Union says:...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Government needs to get Fishing reform bill passed now
    The Maritime Union is urging the Government to push through a Bill reforming the fishing industry....
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Ivory trade laws look set to tighten following petition
    A petition mounted by an Auckland schoolteacher has won the support of a powerful Select Committee and has moved the New Zealand closer towards a fully enforceable ivory trading ban....
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Bilingual guide a demonstration of leadership
    “Waikato River Restoration: A Bilingual Guide” to the Waikato River that saw Tainui Waikato, Landcare Trust and the Waikato River Authority working together is a demonstration of rangatiratanga or leadership says Race Relations Commissioner...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Georgina Beyer to stand for MANA in Te Tai Tonga
    "It's great to have Georgie on board" said Hone Harawira, MANA Leader and Te Tai Tokerau MP. "She's strong-minded, stands up to be counted, and has fought for the rights of those who haven't had any - and won. That...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Q + A: Sir Bob Harvey
    SUSAN Sir Bob Harvey was behind the transformation of Norm Kirk, and one of New Zealand's most popular Prime Ministers. He also advised Bill Rowling, David Lange and Helen Clark, the latter as Labour Party President. Wild Westie a new...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Q + A: Rod Drury
    Xero boss Rod Drury told TVNZ’s Q+A programme what the political parties are offering at this election is ‘all too small.’ “There's no policy, all it is a bunch of incremental stuff. “All too small. What we want to do...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Q + A: Gerry Brownlee
    Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee Rules Out Fastracking Auckland’s City Rail Loop Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee told TV1’s Q+A programme this morning that he won’t be bringing forward an Auckland City Rail loop based on new figures showing...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Owen interviews Australian Treasurer Joe Hockey
    Lisa Owen interviews Australian Treasurer Joe Hockey Headlines: Australian Treasurer Joe Hockey suggests “we can move on some” changes to welfare for New Zealanders in Australia New Zealanders “brothers and sisters” who make “a massive contribution”,...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Flavell and Harawira on The Nation
    Lisa Owen interviews Maori Party leader Te Ururoa Flavell and Mana leader Hone Harawira Headlines: Hone Harawira says realistically his Mana Party can take three Maori seats, Te Ururoa Flavell sticks to prediction that Maori Party will win all seven....
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • The Nation 26,27 July: Flavell & Harawira, Joe Hockey
    On The Nation this weekend…. With the Maori seats primed to play a pivotal role this election, Torben Akel reports from the key battlegrounds and meets the top contenders. Then the Maori Party co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell and Mana Party...
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Announcement of New Zealand First Candidate for Rangitīkei
    New Zealand First has endorsed Dr Romuald (‘Rom’) Rudzki as the candidate for the Rangitīkei Electorate in the 2014 General Election....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Labour Offer Len Brown a Hotel Tax
    The Taxpayers’ Union is slamming the Labour Party's plan to allow councils to levy new 'pillow taxes' and regional petrol taxes. Reacting to this afternoon’s NZ Herald report Jordan Williams, Executive Director of the Taxpayers’ Union ,...
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Cell phone evidence a first
    Cell phone evidence a first Evidence gathered solely from a cell phone has been used for the first time to convict a Hastings man for possessing child sexual abuse pictures. Michael Lawrence Worsnop, a 29-year-old orchard worker pleaded guilty to...
    Scoop politics | 25-07
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