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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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    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
  • Anti-Choice Myth-Busting
    Voice for Life issued a press release last week claiming that those of us campaigning for the decriminalisation of abortion in NZ are, among other things, using Nazi propaganda tactics (sigh…) to lie to you about the illegal status of abortion...
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  • Judith Collins – the Gift that keeps Giving to the Opposition?
    . . From a news report; Ms Collins resigned before the election after being accused of working with the Whale Oil blog after emails were released suggesting she was “gunning” for former director of the Serious Fraud Office, Adam Feeley,...
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  • 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...
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  • 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...
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  • This weeks Waatea news column – The myths white people tell themselves
      This weeks Waatea news column – The myths white people tell themselves...
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  • 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...
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  • 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...
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  • 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...
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  • 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...
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  • 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...
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  • 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. ...
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  • #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?...
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  • 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...
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  • 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...
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  • 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...
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  • 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...
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  • 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...
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  • 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 –...
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  • 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...
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  • 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...
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  • 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...
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  • 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...
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  • 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...
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  • 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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  • GUEST BLOG: Simon Buckingham – invisible disability voices
    Today I am ranting. The Disability Advisory Group has been announced by Auckland Council. This is the body that represents the interests and views of people with disabilities in Auckland. Whilst I would not have applied this time as I...
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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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  • US Politics
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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”
    LIAR! ‘Privatised social housing to benefit tenants’ English “Housing Corp was a poor performer and about a third of its housing stock was the wrong size, in poor condition and in the wrong place. That stock was worth about $5...
    The Daily Blog
  • 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...
    The Daily Blog
  • How to defeat child poverty
      How to defeat child poverty...
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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
    The victory lap by Caucus over the members choice of Cunliffe has ended and the new leader of the Labour Party is Andrew Little. Yawn. The dullness and caution of the latest Leadership race will be served well by Andrew,...
    The Daily Blog
  • Allow the Facts to Get in the Way of the Neolib Stories
    One of the weaknesses of the political left in New Zealand over the last 30 years has been to allow the neoliberal storytellers to get away with lots of fibs and half-fibs. On TVNZ’s Q+A on 16 November, in a...
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  • Defending The Boomers: A Response to Chloe King
    THE BABY-BOOM GENERATION (49-68 year-olds) currently numbers just under a quarter of New Zealand’s population. Even so, there is a pervasive notion that the generation of New Zealanders born between the end of World War II and the mid-1960s exercises...
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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...
    The Daily Blog
  • 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)...
    The Daily Blog
  • 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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  • 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...
    Scoop politics
  • 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....
    Scoop politics
  • 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....
    Scoop politics
  • 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....
    Scoop politics
  • 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....
    Scoop politics
  • Taranaki Base Hospital draped in white ribbons
    Taranaki Base Hospital draped in white ribbons to show violence towards women is never OK...
    Scoop politics
  • 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...
    Scoop politics
  • 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,...
    Scoop politics
  • 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....
    Scoop politics
  • 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....
    Scoop politics
  • 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
    Domestic violence problem bigger than Sky Tower SKYCITY’s Sky Tower in Auckland will be lit up in white on Monday evening Nov 25th at 10pm, on the eve of White Ribbon Day. The anti-domestic violence network SAFTINET (Safer Auckland Families...
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  • State Services Commissioner ‘unfit for the job’ says Little
    State Services Commissioner ‘unfit for the job’ says Little The new Labour leader Andrew Little has called for the State Services Commissioner Iain Rennie to be stood down after his handling of the Roger Sutton sexual harassment case. "The idea...
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  • Patrick Gower interviews Laila Harre
    Patrick Gower interviews Laila Harre Headlines: Laila Harre to quit as Internet Party leader by Christmas when the party has completed its review, but would love to return to parliament Says party considering options for its future including winding...
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  • Lisa Owen interviews Labour leader Andrew Little
    Lisa Owen interviews Labour leader Andrew Little Headlines: Andrew Little says the shape of his front-bench for the 2017 election may not be clear until the end of next year Indicates next week’s appointments may be temporary: “So I may...
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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...
    Scoop politics
  • 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....
    Scoop politics
  • 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’
    Employer caught abusing new ‘teabreaks law’ to exploit workers The government passed the controversial ‘teabreaks’ legislation only a few weeks ago and already Unite Union has caught an employer using this law as an excuse for ill-treating their...
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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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  • Xiamen delegation to Wellington has business focus
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  • Warriors promote White Ribbon Day message
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  • Superannuitants to protest unethical investments
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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
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  • PARS & Turuki Health Care collaborate on health and services
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  • Children’s Plea
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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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