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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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  • Note to National: Must deliver on child poverty
    John Key and his Government will be held to its promise to make child poverty a priority, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “In its priority-setting speech today the Government stated child poverty would be a major focus for...
    Labour | 21-10
  • New Analysis show Government cut tertiary education funding
    New analysis done by the Green Party today shows the Government has made cuts to funding of tertiary education since 2008.Figures compiled by the Parliamentary Library show that between 2009 and 2015 Government funding to Tertiary Institutions dropped by 4...
    Greens | 21-10
  • Students doing it tough as fees rise again
    The Government is making it increasingly difficult for Kiwis to gain tertiary education as fees continue to rise and access to student support becomes even more restricted, Labour’s Tertiary Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “Steven Joyce is shutting a generation...
    Labour | 20-10
  • Key misled New Zealand on Iraq deployment
      John Key was misleading New Zealanders prior to the election when he ruled out New Zealand special forces being deployed to Iraq, says Labour Defence Spokesperson Phil Goff.  “Post-election he has cynically disregarded that by saying that deployment of...
    Labour | 20-10
  • Swearing about swearing the oath
    Yesterday, I was swearing. Swearing the Parliamentary oath, that is. But, under my breath, I was also quietly swearing about the archaic, colonial form of that oath and its inappropriateness for today’s Aotearoa New Zealand. To be permitted to speak...
    Greens | 20-10
  • Kevin Hague speaks in the 2014 Address and Reply debate
    Thank you very much, Mr Deputy Speaker, and, like others, can I begin my contribution by congratulating you and the others in the Speaker's team: the Rt Hon David Carter, Lindsay Tisch, and the Hon Trevor Mallard. I also want...
    Greens | 20-10
  • Damning report on Ruataniwha dam numbers
    When I presented my submission to the Board of Inquiry on the Tukituki Catchment Proposal I compared the proposed 83 metre high Ruataniwha dam with the Clyde Dam and noted the risk of cost blowouts in the construction process.  The...
    Greens | 20-10
  • Church congratulated on child poverty stand
    The efforts by the bishops of the Anglican Church to ensure that the issue of child poverty is not forgotten is a call to all New Zealanders to take action, says Labour’s Interfaith-Dialogue Spokesperson, Su’a William Sio.   “I think...
    Labour | 19-10
  • Labour names Review Team
    Labour’s New Zealand Council has appointed Bryan Gould as Convenor of its post-General Election Review.  He will be joined on the Review Team by Hon Margaret Wilson, Stacey Morrison and Brian Corban (see further biographical details here). The Review Team...
    Labour | 19-10
  • Labour backs urban development plans
    Auckland Council’s plan to set up an urban development agency is to be applauded and central government should get behind it to make it a success, Labour’s Auckland Issues spokesperson Phil Twyford says. Auckland Council CEO Stephen Town has indicated plans...
    Labour | 18-10
  • New Zealand can be rightly proud of seat on Security Council
    Gaining a seat on the United Nation’s Security Council shows the sort of standing that New Zealand has in the world and the quality of the long campaign that we ran over nearly a decade, says Foreign Affairs spokesperson David...
    Labour | 16-10
  • NZ has opportunity on UN Security Council
    New Zealand has an opportunity to make a major contribution to the strengthening of international law and institutional capacity through its upcoming two-year tenure on the United Nations Security Council, Green Party spokesperson on global affairs, Dr Kennedy Graham said...
    Greens | 16-10
  • MPI still dragging the chain over causes of food bug
    The Ministry of Primary Industries’ release of Environmental Science and Research’s initial reports regarding the sources of a nasty stomach bug will be little comfort to the 127 people affected by it, Labour’s Food Safety spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “This...
    Labour | 16-10
  • Treasury officials should try working without food
    The Green Party is challenging Treasury officials to work for a week without eating properly, in light of their advice to Government that a food in schools programme is not needed."Treasury's advice was that providing food for children in schools...
    Greens | 15-10
  • Councils need to better protect our drinking water
    Environment Canterbury (ECan) is proposing several variations to its regional land and water plan that will allow for increased nutrient and other pollution from irrigation and intensive agriculture on the Canterbury Plains. Commissioners are hearing submissions on Variation 1 to...
    Greens | 15-10
  • National needs to commit to making NZ workers safe
    The National Government must do more to help make New Zealand workplaces a safer place to work in, Green Party industrial relations spokesperson Denise Roche said today.Data released by Statistics New Zealand today showed that workers in the fishing and...
    Greens | 15-10
  • Key commits to deployment before consultation or analysis
    John Key’s offer to consult Opposition parties on whether to deploy New Zealand forces against ISIS looks increasingly like a PR exercise only, says Labour’s Defence spokesperson, Phil Goff. “The presence of New Zealand’s Chief of Defence Force at a...
    Labour | 15-10
  • National must end ideological opposition to raising income
    If John Key is serious about tackling child poverty he must approach it with an open mind, and overcome his ideological block to raising incomes as a solution, the Green Party said today.Papers released to Radio New Zealand today show...
    Greens | 14-10
  • Pentagon links climate change and terrorism
    Yesterday the Pentagon launched a plan to deal with a threat that “poses immediate risks to national security”; one that “will affect the Department of Defense’s ability to defend the nation”. It wasn’t referring to Ebola or ISIS. It was...
    Greens | 14-10
  • Four Nominees for Labour’s Leadership
    As at 5pm today four valid nominations had been received for the position of Labour Leader, as follows: Andrew Little(nominated by Poto Williams and Iain Lees-Galloway) Nanaia Mahuta(nominated by Louisa Wall and Su’a William Sio) David Parker(nominated by Damien O’Connor...
    Labour | 14-10
  • Green Party calls for consultation over terrorism law changes
    The Green Party has today written to the Prime Minister asking him to engage in wider consultation prior to changing any laws as a result of the recently announced terrorism law reviews, said the Green Party today. In a letter...
    Greens | 14-10
  • MPI must name product and supermarket chain
    The Ministry of Primary Industries must name the product responsible for severe gastroenteritis affecting people around the country, and the supermarket chain distributing it, Labour’s Food Safety spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “The Ministry seems to be more concerned about protecting...
    Labour | 13-10
  • John Key dishonest about reasons for wanting to change terrorism law
    John Key is misleading the public to push through terrorism law changes under urgency, the Green Party said today. On Sunday, John Key stated that it is not illegal for someone to fight overseas for a terrorist group, such as...
    Greens | 12-10
  • Law changes shaping up to be worse than first thought
    The Prime Minister needs to be up front about exactly what changes he is planning to make to the Employment Relations  Amendment Bill, Labour's spokesperson on Labour Issues Andrew Little says.Interviewed on Q&A yesterday John Key said he did not...
    Labour | 12-10
  • Rapists, not Tinder, the threat to women
    Blame for rape and sexual assault should only ever be laid at the door of the perpetrator, not dating services or the actions of women themselves, Labour’s Associate Police spokesperson Kelvin Davis says. “Tinder is not the problem and women...
    Labour | 09-10
  • Safer Journeys For People Who Cycle
    You have a rare opportunity to tell the people who are making the decisions on cycling how to make it better. The Cycling Safety Panel is seeking feedback on their draft recommendations for improving the safety of cycling in New...
    Greens | 08-10
  • Subsidising more pollution will undermine water clean-up plan at Te Waihora...
    In 2010, NIWA found Canterbury’s Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere had the worst nutrient status of 140 lakes around New Zealand that it measured. In 2011, the National Government committed to spending $15 million across the country through the Fresh Start for...
    Greens | 08-10
  • Adding value not herbicides
    The HT swedes, and other brassicas, might seem like a good idea to farmers struggling against weeds but like the GE road, is this the path we want our agriculture to be treading? The Federated Farmers President, Dr William Rolleston...
    Greens | 07-10
  • ‘Blame the Planner’ bizarre approach to child poverty
    The National Government is stooping to a bizarre new low in blaming "planning processes" for poverty and inequality, after spending six years doing nothing about either the housing market or child poverty, the Green Party said today. Finance Minister Bill...
    Greens | 07-10
  • Media Advisory
    MANA Leader, Hone Harawira will not be available to speak with media today regarding his release “Recount Just One Step To restoring Credibility”. He is however available for media comment tomorrow, Tuesday the 8th of October, all media arrangements are...
    Mana | 07-10
  • RECOUNT JUST ONE STEP TO RESTORING CREDIBILITY
    “I have applied for a judicial recount of the votes in the Tai Tokerau election because it is one step in trying to restore credibility to the electoral process in the north, and, I suspect, in all other Maori electorates...
    Mana | 07-10
  • MANA SEEKS TAI TOKERAU RECOUNT
    The MANA Movement is supporting Leader Hone Harawira’s application for a judicial re-count in the Te Tai Tokerau electorate for the 2014 general election. President Lisa McNab says there are a number of serious issues of concern regarding the ability...
    Mana | 07-10
  • Ideological Blitzkrieg – Privatization of state housing, more charter sch...
    Pundits in pundit land will tell you that this Government is boring, that Key is the great pragmatist and that it is his ability to create elegant solutions that keeps him the firm favourite in many Kiwi eyes. This ability...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • Hegemony rules but resistance is fertile
    The Prime Minister is a puppet. Not just our current Prime Minister, but given the forces of multinational globalisation, the role of any head of state, is less as independent actor, and more as a puppet of international trends and...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • An open Letter to Sir Bob Jones: demanding a ‘liveable wage’ is not “...
    How out of touch with reality is Sir Bob Jones? You know, that white dude who invested in privatised SOEs after the selling off of our assets in the eighties and made a ludicrous and disgusting amount of money and is...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • My insecurity about the Security Council
    As I write this (on 24 October) it is international UN Day. Of course, you all knew that already, right? Well, the day celebrates the entry into force of the UN Charter in 1945. With the ratification of this founding...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Catherine Delahunty – Back in That House
    Parliament opened this week and I still find it a very odd place. Most of the people are reasonably courteous and friendly, but the rituals are archaic and the rules around issues like the swearing in oath are oppressive and...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Marae Investigates No More
    TVNZ yesterday announced the closure of their Māori and Pacific programmes department. That means they’ve chosen to stop making Fresh, Tagata Pasifika, Waka Huia and Marae Investigates to let independent producers get their hands on these lucrative contracts. This is...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • BLOGWATCH: An Un-Civil War in Labour, eh?
    Earlier today, my attention was directed to an entry that’s just recently appeared on the Slightly Left of Centre blog. It purports to contain the ‘inside word’ from a highly placed NZF source – which is funny, because I’m pretty sure...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Santanomics 101
    Santanomics could mean a number of things. It could be the study and practice of giving. Or it could mean the study and practice of rampant end-of-year commercialism. However, for me today it is the economics of erectingAuckland’s giant Santa...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • SkyCity boss misleads public over workers lost shifts
    SkyCity CEO Nigel Morrison has defended the employment practices at his company in an “Opinion” piece entitled “Human Capital key to corporate success” in the NZ Herald on Thursday. A number of his claims are misleading, contain only partial truths...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Review: Perfect Place
    I went to a Perfect Place on Tuesday night, and what a delight it was. The marshmallows sweetly (and forcefully) handed out pre-show, set the tone for the next hour. Walking up the stairs at The Basement was a complete...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • 5AA Australia – NZ on UN Security Council + Dirty Politics Lingers On
    5AA Australia: Selwyn Manning and Peter Godfrey deliver their weekly bulletin Across The Ditch. General round up of over night talkback issues: Thongs, Jandals and flip-flops… ISSUE 1: New Zealand has been successful in its campaign to become a non...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • When I mean me, I mean my office & when I call whaleoil I mean not as m...
    This. Is. Ludicrous. Green Party co-leader Russel Norman put the first of what are likely to be many questions about Mr Key’s relationship with Slater, asking him how many times he had phoned or texted the blogger since 2008. “None...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • A brief word on describing the Government as ‘boring and bland’
    The narrative being sown is that this Government will be a boring and bland third term. Boring and bland. Since the election, Key has announced he is privatising 30% of state houses without reinvesting any of that money back into housing society’s most...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • More Latté Than Lager: Reflections on Grant Robertson’s Campaign Launch.
    BIKERS? SERIOUSLY! Had Grant Robertson’s campaign launch been organised by Phil Goff? Was this a pitch for the votes of what few Waitakere Men remain in the Labour Party? Was I even at the right place? Well, yes, I was....
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • About Curwen Ares Rolinson
    Curwen Ares Rolinson – Curwen Ares Rolinson is a firebrand young nationalist presently engaged in acts of political resistance deep behind enemy lines amidst the leafy boughs of Epsom. He is affiliated with the New Zealand First Party; although his...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • About Kelly Ellis
    Kelly Ellis.Kelly Ellis – As a child, Kelly Ellis didn’t so much fall into the cracks, but willfully wriggled her way into them. Ejected from Onslow College – a big job in the 70s – Kelly worked in car factories,...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • About Kate Davis
    Kate Davis.Kate Davis – Having completed her BA in English and Politics, Kate is now starting her MA. Kate works as a volunteer advocate at Auckland Action Against Poverty and previously worked for the New Zealand Prostitutes Collective. Kate writes...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Parker does a Shearer – oh for a Labour Leader who can challenge msm fals...
    Sigh. It seems David Parker has done a Shearer… Like a cult and too red – Parker on LabourLabour leadership contender David Parker says Labour borders on feeling like “a cult” and must look at its branding – including its...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • A brief word on the hundreds of millions NZ is spending on the secret intel...
    The enormity of the mass surveillance state NZ Government’s have built carries a huge price tag… Kiwis pay $103m ‘membership fee’ for spyingThe $103 million taxpayer funding of New Zealand’s intelligence agencies is effectively a membership fee for joining the...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Where. Is. Jason. Ede?
    Where. Is. Jason. Ede?...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Labour’s Din of Inequity
    Watching Labour’s leadership candidates on Q+A on Sunday, I noticed the ongoing use of terms like “opportunity” and “aspiration”, and “party of the workers”. What do these mean? We glean much from Labour, and from the media about Labour, but not...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • “Blue-Greenwash” fails the test when it comes to endangered dolphins
    National’s pre-election promises saw some wins for the environment – perhaps as the party sought to appease its “Blue-Green” voters and broaden its popular appeal. Some of the ecological gains were a long time in the making, overdue even– such...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Reasons not to be cheerful, Part #272b
    Why don’t you get back into bed? The next few years — the rest of this century — are not going to be pretty. There is an obvious disconnect between any remaining political ambition to fix climate change and the...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • OIA protocols and official advice ignored to hide Child Poverty
    It might not seem so now, but child poverty was a major election issue. What a pity we did not have the full debate. In that debate it would have been very helpful to have seen the Ministry of Social...
    The Daily Blog | 20-10
  • Previewing the 4 candidates for Leader of the Labour Party
    The extraordinary outbursts by Shearer last week highlights just how toxic that Caucus is. Shearer was on every major media platform as the ABC attack dog tearing into Cunliffe in the hope of diminishing Cunliffe’s support of Little by tearing...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Kate Davis – the sudden explosion of ‘left’ blogs
    Time to Teach or more people will suffer from P.A.I.D. Political And Intellectual Dysmorphia.I was on the Twitter and a guy followed me so of course I did the polite thing and followed him back. He wrote a blog so...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Ego vs Eco
    Ego vs Eco...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • We can’t let the Roastbuster case slip away
    Those of us (like me) left with hope that the police would aggressively follow through on the large amount of evidence on offer to them (let’s not forget they forgot they even had some at one point) in the Roastbusters...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Food, shelter and medicine instead of bombs and bullets
    The on-going conflict across the Middle East – due in large part to the US-led invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq – has created another humanitarian crisis of biblical proportion. The essentials of life are desperately needed in Iraq and Syria...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • The politics of electorate accommodations
    National’s electorate accommodations with ACT and United Future were a big factor in it winning re-election. Interestingly, there is another electorate accommodation scenario whereby the centre-left could have come out on top, even with the same distribution of party votes....
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Why you should join the TPPA Action on 8 November
    On 8 November 2014, thousands of Kiwis will take part in the International Day of Action to protest the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA). The rally cry for us is TPPA – Corporate Trap, Kiwis Fight Back. Why should you join...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • GUEST BLOG – Patrick O’Dea: no new coal mines
    Green Party and Mana Party policy is “NO NEW COAL MINES!” Auckland Coal Action is trying to put this policy into action on the ground. ACA after a hard fought two year campaign waged alongside local residents and Iwi, in...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Comparing Police action – Hager raid vs Roast Buster case
    This satire had the NZ Police contact TDB and threaten us with 6months in prison for using their logo.   The plight of Nicky Hager and the draconian Police actions against him has generated over  $53 000 in donations so...
    The Daily Blog | 18-10
  • Malala Yousafzai, White Saviour Complexes and Local Resistance
    Last week, Malala Yousafzai was the co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. Since her exposure to the worldwide spotlight, her spirit, wisdom and strength have touched the hearts of people everywhere. However, there have been cynics who have argued that...
    The Daily Blog | 18-10
  • Jason Ede is back – but no media can interview him?
    Well, well, well. Jason Ede, the main figure connected to John Key’s office and the Dirty Politics black ops is back with a company with deep ties to the National Party. One thing you can say about the right –...
    The Daily Blog | 18-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Rolinson – Leadership Transitions In Other Parties: A ...
    As cannot have escaped anyone’s attention by now, the country is presently in the grips of an election and campaign that will help determine the fate of the nation for years to come. It’s gripping stuff – with clear divides...
    The Daily Blog | 17-10
  • SkyCity worker says she faces losing her house
    SkyCity worker Carolyn Alpine told the company annual shareholder’s meeting today that she faced the prospect of losing her house because the company had cut her shifts from two a week to one without consultation. The solo mother, has worked...
    The Daily Blog | 17-10
  • Greg O’Connor’s latest push to arm cops & 5 reasons not to
    I was wondering at what point within a 3rd term of National that Police Cheerleader Greg O’Connor would start trying to demand cops be armed. O’Connor must have thought to himself, ‘if bloody Key can get us and the GCSB vast new...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • You can’t have crisis without ISIS
    So the new scary bogeyman ISIS might have chemical weapons that the US secretly found in Iraq, but America didn’t want to expose this find because the WMDs were actually built and made by the US and Europe, the two powers...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • NZ WINS UN SPIN THE BOTTLE! Privately sucking up to America for a decade me...
    Oh, we are loved! Little old NZ, the 53rd state of America after Israel and Australia, gets to sit at the adults table for the special dinner party that is the UN Security Council. How delightful, a decade of privately...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • MEDIA BLOG – Myles Thomas – A World Without Advertising
    Non-commercial broadcasting and media. It’s a solution for all manner of problems ailing our tender nation… voter engagement, unaccountable governance, apathy, stupefaction, public education, science in schools, arts appreciation, cultural cringe… But no-one could’ve guessed that non-commercial media might solve...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • March against war – 2pm Saturday 25th October
    March against war – 2pm Saturday 25th October...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • Whack a mole as US govt foreign policy
    Whack-A-Mole was a popular arcade game from my youth.  It consisted of a waist high cabinet with holes in the top. Plastic moles seemingly randomly pop out of these holes. The purpose of the game was to hit as many...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • In Paean of Debt
    This week is ‘Money Week’. It’s an opportunity to promote to the middle classes, and anyone else who will listen, the virtues of wise ‘investment’. The aims are to promote the mystical (and indeed mythical) virtues of saving for the...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • The last 48 hours – Poverty denial, war denial and unapologetic abuse of ...
    The bewildering speed of events that simply end in Key shrugging and proclaiming he doesn’t really give a shit is coming think and fast as the Government suddenly appreciate the full spectrum dominance they now enjoy. Here is Radio NZ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Pat O’Dea – Mana 2.0 Rebooted
    Internationally the news is that Evo Morales of Bolivia won big with Left Wing policies But what are the chances that the Left will make a resurgence in this country? As the internecine struggles between the Left and the Right...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • The Blomfield IPCA letter – Has Dirty Politics leaked into the NZ Police ...
    It’s difficult to know what to make of the IPCA letter to Matthew Blomfield over Slater’s continued insistence that the hard drive taken from Matthew wasn’t stolen.  Slater has selectively cherry picked the Police referring back to his claim that Blomfeild perjured...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • ​Media release: Rail and Maritime Transport Union – Auckland move for K...
    The Rail and Maritime Transport Union is questioning a KiwiRail proposal to progressively relocate its Zero Harm personnel from Wellington to Auckland. “The purpose of the Zero Harm team is to drive KiwiRail’s performance in health and safety.  Rail is a...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • Amnesty International – Friend request from an IS militant
    There’s always that one person, that one Facebook friend, usually a musician or event promoter, who, when you so foolishly accept their friend request, will completely inundate your news feed with copious event invitations and promotions. The person who, despite...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • NZ should follow the UK and recognize the Palestinian state
    Over the past two weeks, the United Kingdom and Sweden have made headlines through their decisions to recognize the state of Palestine. They are hardly the first nations to do so. Indeed, 134 countries have, in various ways, given formal...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • Pike River Families Group Press Release
    The Families can now but hope that Solid Energy will consider closely the response of the Families’ expert mining advisers, Bob Stevenson and Dave Creedy, and the independent legal advice by Hugh Rennie QC as to why re-entry to the...
    Scoop politics | 24-10
  • On The Nation this weekend
    This weekend on The Nation… with dairy prices falling, China growing its agriculture sector, and the environmental costs piling up, we ask the Fonterra chief executive Theo Spierings if New Zealand is too dependent on milk powder and if we’ve...
    Scoop politics | 24-10
  • NZ Government Urged to Do More to Fight Ebola
    As Ebola continues to tear through West Africa, Save the Children NZ is urging the government to do more in the fight against the deadly virus....
    Scoop politics | 24-10
  • Korero Mai Ki Ahau – Saturday 25 & Sunday 26 October 2014
    Broadcast on Waatea 603AM Saturday 12.00 - 12.30pm Sunday 12.00 - 12.30pm Both shows repeated 5.00pm – 6.00pm On Sunday...
    Scoop politics | 24-10
  • Putting whānau foremost in Family Dispute Resolution
    Dispute resolution company, FairWay Resolution, has developed a uniquely New Zealand approach to family dispute resolution (FDR) that is underpinned by the cultural needs and values of the parties to a family dispute. In support of its role as a...
    Scoop politics | 24-10
  • Anglican Family Care staff to rally industrial action rises
    Public Service Association (PSA) members working at Anglican Family Care (AFC) in Dunedin will hold two rallies in Dunedin next week as they seek a fair pay offer, following a week of low-key industrial action....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Flying Visit for Adventuring Kiwi Socialpreneur
    12 Months on, this former Alexandra barista is changing lives in Buenos Aires Slums with free lunches, music, art, drama and toothbrushes...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • March in Solidarity with Kurdistan Against ISIS Attacks
    The New Zealand Kurdish Community will march in solidarity with Kurdistan in light of the heinous genocidal attacks in Kobanê by ISIS. We will begin with silent demonstrations then commence marching. We will start from Britomart, Queen Street (outside Dick...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • No Problem for Henare & Jones, But “No Way” for Harawira
    “Just before the election I broke the story about the gutting of Maori Television’s News and Current Affairs department by MTS’ new CEO Paora Maxwell. I pointed out that Carol Hirschfeld and Julian Wilcox, two of the country’s most experienced...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Corruption: Positive developments for NZ but more to be done
    Global anti-corruption group Transparency International today released a report on OECD Anti-Bribery Convention enforcement and called for New Zealand to implement draft legislation to ratify the United Nations Convention against Corruption....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Government to Blame as Much as Council for Marryatt Payout
    The Taxpayers' Union is calling on the Government to fix the employment law regime that has forced Christchurch ratepayers to fork out $800,000 to former Council boss Tony Marryatt....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Unanimously Call for Commissioner to Arm Police Full Time
    In the wake of a series of recent armed offender incidents, delegates to the Police Association Annual Conference today called unanimously on the Commissioner to arm Police full time....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Bank gets behind NZ wildlife icon with sizable donation
    It will be easier than ever this summer for holiday-markers to dip into their pockets to support the yellow-eyed penguin....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • WorkSafe report raises concerns about asbestos
    The union representing construction workers in the Canterbury rebuild is surprised at WorkSafe’s conclusion that no action needs to be taken against EQC and Fletcher EQR over asbestos exposure in Canterbury homes. “This report was an opportunity...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Union accuses SkyCity CEO of misleading public
    Unite Union has accused SkyCity CEO Nigel Morrison of misleading the public over the cut in hours for a staff member who raised the issue at the company's AGM....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Last Hurrah on the Taxpayer
    Responding to the NZ Herald report that Hone Harawira spent up $54,000 on the taxpayer in his last three months as an MP, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says: “It is absolutely disgraceful that an MP managed to rack...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Press statement in relation to search of Nicky Hager’s home
    On 2 October 2014, Nicky Hager's home in Wellington was searched by police. Mr Hager asserted that documents kept at his house were protected by privilege, including because they contained information that might identify confidential sources....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • The Sam Simon arrives into Auckland for new campaign
    This morning Sea Shepherd ship, the Sam Simon, arrived into Auckland harbour after its journey from Melbourne. The ship and its 25 crew from around the globe have come to New Zealand to source supplies and prepare for the upcoming...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Low inflation – time for meaningful wage increases
    With inflation low, now is a good time for workers to negotiate for pay increases that outstrip price rises and deliver real increases in wages and salaries. “For too many people, real pay increases have been missing for several years...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Auckland Rates Rises Out of Control
    Responding to the NZ Herald report that Auckland ratepayers will face an average of a 29 percent rates increase, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says: “These rate rises show that Len Brown's spending is out of control.”...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Protest at New Plymouth Oil and Gas Expo
    About 30 protesters from Climate Justice Taranaki, Frack-free Kapiti, Te Uru Pounamu Action Group, Oil Free Wellington, Frack-free Manawatu and the east coast protested yesterday outside New Plymouth's biennial Oil and Gas Expo at the TSB Stadium....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • FMA warns consumers about cold-calling investment offers
    The Financial Markets Authority (FMA) is warning New Zealand consumers and investors to be wary of cold-calls asking them to buy shares or put their money into offshore firms....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Comprehensive plan needed to end child poverty
    Child Poverty Action Group says it is vital the newly re-elected National government takes a planned and comprehensive approach to reducing child poverty in New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Metiria Gets Feed the Kids
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  • Call on Minister McCully to pursue the case of Balibo Five
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  • Australia and NZ actions on press freedoms alarming
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  • Call for release of French journalists in West Papua
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  • Glassons Blasted For Glamourising Animal Cruelty
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    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Smuggling honey into New Zealand isn’t sweet
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    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Taxpayers’ Union Responds to Joyce on Corporate Welfare
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  • Speech from the Throne brings welcome focus on children
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    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • John’s Job Fairs no fix for unemployment and poverty
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    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Speech From the Throne Foreshadows More Corporate Welfare
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    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Green MP to speak at panel on Rainbow Mental Health
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  • Evidence Supports GE Moratorium
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    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Chatham Rise mining could have impact on whales and dolphins
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    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Council endorses Nanaia Mahuta as the next Labour leader
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    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Kaumatua to organise petition to end Maori seats
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    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Announcing a New Voice for The Left
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    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Public services held back by poor workplace culture
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    Scoop politics | 20-10
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    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Prison Drug Treatment Unit marks a milestone
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    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Security Council seat a chance for NZ to empower women
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    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Waipareira and ACC sign Partnership
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    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Humanitarian aid desperately needed in Iraq and Syria
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    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Court Judicial Decision: Dotcom v The USA: 17 October 2014
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    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Marshall Island poet speaks at UN climate summit
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    Scoop politics | 19-10
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    Scoop politics | 19-10
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