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Cynical Key

Written By: - Date published: 11:31 pm, September 24th, 2012 - 133 comments
Categories: accountability, john key, Spying - Tags: ,

So Key knew about the GCSB’s ‘unlawful’ actions for a week before he bothered to tell us.

He happened to know that this Monday state owned companies would be announcing they were causing the loss of 500-600 jobs (including contractors).  A terrible story for the economy.

Only one story would get its full due of airtime.

He had to tell us about the GCSB illegality before the next court appearance in a couple of days.  He could have been upfront and honest and told us 1 week ago, straight after calling in the Inspector-General.  But no, he wanted to hide his complete lack of oversight.  His complete loss of control of his department.

The investigation into whether his “don’t read, don’t care” philosophy went beyond Banks to his oversight of important national security issues.

Then it became clear it would come out.  So then it was a matter of when to slip the bad news out.  And before you can say “Media Management 101″ it’s scheduled Monday afternoon in the middle of the job loss announcements.

Cynical.

133 comments on “Cynical Key”

  1. Colonial Viper 1

    So who has the counter media strategy. Anyone? Anyone?

    • Bunji 1.1

      a) call him on it
      b) having multiple opposition parties actually works quite well for this – different parties can choose to push more on either job losses / govt sending economy down tube or John Key, crap minister that isn’t safe as head of National Security…

      • Colonial Viper 1.1.1

        But who in NZ still believes that it is the Government’s duty to keep people employed in these tough economic times? Surely sensible belt tightening is in order? Especially when the for-profit businesses that they work in (and that Labour set up that way) are under financial pressure?

        You see, this is why Labour has no show of getting traction.

        • infused 1.1.1.1

          Pretty much.

        • muzza 1.1.1.2

          As I posted yesterday, why now, and where is the pressure coming from….I guess thats been cleared up. This is our politics, our country being mocked by “our representatives”, in front of our eyes! Spew worthy frankly! This bad joke of a PM should have the parliament floor wiped with him repeatedly, but it wont happen, again!

          Viper you must have seen the state of Aucklands roads works 20 years or more and the place still looks like its under contruction…Someone is making off like a bandit with all the contracts they must be getting…I sometime wonder if that is part of keeping people in some sort of work, or it is only the collateral that must be used to make the big contracts useful.

          Waiting for the day someone in parliant will just let it rip for the sake of the public, and stuff protocol, just tear into it and spill the beans on the inner goings on of our fucken joke of a governmnet, and opposition!

          Waiting…..

        • Dr Terry 1.1.1.3

          CV. Yes, “sensible” (the crucial word) belt tightening may be in order, providing it happens across the board. But the intelligent know too well that the belt-tightening is targeted toward the already poor, precariously employed workers, beneficiaries, children, youth, everybody on the “lower rung” of society. I would love to hear from you the exact nature of your personal belt-tightening.

      • David H 1.1.2

        Well there’s less than nothing about it on the MSM sites or if there is it’s pretty well hidden. And yes again a silent Well this afternoon in the house should let us know but i won’t hold my breath.

        • freedom 1.1.2.1

          any bets on how many opportunities to discover the truth this afternoon will be lost through the lack of clear single part questions from the opposition ?

        • Populuxe1 1.1.2.2

          Ahem, the post cites Stuff, which is as MSM as you can get.

  2. blue leopard 2

    Cheers Bunji, I really appreciate being alerted to these tactics, thank you. Hope the opposition parties do the same to the general public. :(

  3. Mary 3

    Just a shame Shearer’s too stupid to call it. Should’ve seen his ‘reactions’ to things today. The guy’s a liability.

    • David H 3.1

      Makes you wonder if the deafness the govt has, has infected the Labour caucus as well FFS get rid of Shearer, and put Cunliffe in or lose the next election.

    • Dr Terry 3.2

      Oh, did Shearer actually react? I must have missed it!

  4. mike 4

    Another week another revelation of shonkeyness from this govt, and another announcement of hundreds of jobs to be axed, (it’s a good thing Key promised 170,000 new jobs, phew!).

    This case just get more and more strange. So now we are to believe that the GCSB has gone rogue and skipped getting the permission it needed from Key. Akshully they just do what the FBI tells them to do.

    Key: “On the explanation I have at the moment, it was a mistake, an error, but that’s now subject to an inquiry.”

    Right. Whoopsie! We forgot to get the Prime Minister’s permission! That was silly of us wasn’t it!

    I’m more inclined to believe that this was one of those pieces of paper that Key decided not to read. After all, he’s got a got a history of that sort of thing.

    • Colonial Viper 4.1

      Maybe Labour will get some traction in the polls next week then. You reckon?

    • tracey 4.2

      Be fair, he was busy reading all the ns data…

    • mike e 4.3

      its just like the nz herald they seem to be in the loop as well

    • Dr Terry 4.4

      Most incredible of all is that Key would have us believe such a thing was a “mistake”! How do you “mistakenly” set up a surveillance system?

      • mike e 4.4.1

        RNZ this morning GSCB may have started monitoring Kim Dotcom before he was a citizen and carried on after!
        But no doubt they would have needed permission from KEY!

        • Fortran 4.4.1.1

          mike e

          If Dotcom was not a New Zealand Citizen at the time of the intercepts (which is plausible) then Key would not be required to sign anything.
          If they knew he was a New Zealand Citizen at the time, then the SIS would have been involved instead and he would have to approve a warrant.

          • mike e 4.4.1.1.1

            Fatrain your an example of new research that conservatism requires low effort low intelligence thinking!
            The prime minister is supposed to sign off any interceptions that’s why the prime mincer is having an enquiry!

          • Te Reo Putake 4.4.1.1.2

            Fortran, the SIS looks after domestic spying and requires the PM’s signature if the target is a Kiwi citizen or (as in Dotcom’s case) a resident. The GCSB is supposed to be working on offshore intelligence only.

          • lprent 4.4.1.1.3

            If Dotcom was not a New Zealand Citizen at the time of the intercepts

            He is not a NZ citizen now (please take some time to catch up.. This isn’t kiwiblog and being willfully stupid usually marks you out for my moderating attention as a probable troll).

            He has however been a NZ resident since for a while – 2010.

            However the GCSB appear to have continued doing surveillance on him after that residency was granted which would be illegal. It was not handed it over to the SIS as they should have. Now that gets interesting as the PM is the minister on both. But it appears that he has no idea of what the agencies he is meant he is meant to be overseeing are breaking laws.

            Why does that not seem to surprise anyone? Because they know he is incompetent at doing anything important?

            • McFlock 4.4.1.1.3.1

              Be fair: he hasn’t read the job description for PM, so can’t be blamed for being incompetent.
                 
              His nose is getting nicely rosy, though. I wonder if he’ll follow in Muldoon’s  “schnapps election” footsteps.

    • Dr Terry 4.5

      Most incredible of all is that Key would have us believe such a thing was a “mistake”! How do you “mistakenly” set up a surveillance system for a very well known public figure? Spare us from such future “mistakes”! He sure is careful NEVER to accept personal responsibility for anything. The most memorable saying of the late President Truman was “the buck stops here”.

      • Populuxe1 4.5.1

        Well known public figure? Few outside of Auckland knew he even existed and even then were unlikely to retain the information.

        • mike e 4.5.1.1

          Popuganda yeah right!
          The fireworks display the grovelling media circus stalking and showing off his massive mansion

          • Populuxe1 4.5.1.1.1

            I am amazed how much you overestimate the attention span of the general public and the MSM. 
            Had you heard of Alan Hubbard prior to the collapse of South Canterbury Finance? I doubt it.
            By the way, I think “mistake” here is a political euphemism for “bad judgement call, we really screwed the pooch on that one”

            • mike e 4.5.1.1.1.1

              Fuck off pop I’ve met Alan Hubbard you idiot he was idolised up an down the country for being a down to earth VW driving old fashion businessman!
              Who incidentaly was probably suffering from dementia when his company was high jacked by a fraudulent CEO!

            • felix 4.5.1.1.1.2

              “I am amazed how much you overestimate the attention span of the general public and the MSM.”

              Who’s talking about the general public? This is the Prime Fucking Minister and the Government Fucking Communications Security Bureau.

        • Colonial Viper 4.5.1.2

          Well known public figure? Few outside of Auckland knew he even existed and even then were unlikely to retain the information.

          About 1/3 of Queen St is still owned by South Islanders.

        • felix 4.5.1.3

          Prop, even if that were true, which it definitely isn’t – in fact even if no-one outside of Auckland had ever heard of him – that would still be irrelevant to the question of whether he could be called a “public figure”.

          Do you have any idea how few people live outside of Auckland?

  5. higherstandard 5

    It was a classic ‘yes Prime Minister’ play.

    Talking of which here’s another that might be put into action.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yeF_o1Ss1NQ&feature=relmfu

  6. tracey 6

    Interestingly the pm today said ignorance was dangerous, or something similar about ns data. Ignorance is obviously crucial to the sis.

    Why didnt shearer or anyone call the pm on this ignorance thing, afterall the data shows nothing new unless you wilfully ignored all data for the last twenty years while you dreamed of being pm…

    Of course now they have the data how will te govt spin their lack of action/ funding to address the results?

  7. Poission 7

    Crown lawyers have been aware of this for a month,whether they informed the Attorney general is the Question that needs to be asked.Did Finlayson know?.

  8. Logie97 8

    Those “assurances at the time” are becoming less and less credible.

    . Transrail shares
    . 1981
    . Lord Ashcroft
    . Blind trusts
    . Banks
    . Dotcom

    Who knows, maybe a party will run an election campaign on “Trust”. Now there’s a novel idea. (It certainly won’t be NACT.)

    • The Woodpecker 8.1

      Standard and poors downgrade.

    • muzza 8.2

      When foreign entities control our political parties, and hence our MP’s, then trust is only a word, like transparency, and brighter future which are lies.

      The only way NZ will have MPs it might be able to trust, is if every day people take take a very active role in politics, and that means no more parties, not the legacy anyway!

      • Draco T Bastard 8.2.1

        The only way NZ will have MPs it might be able to trust, is if every day people take take a very active role in politics, and that means no more parties, not the legacy anyway!

        Although I agree with the first parts I disagree with the last. ATM, Getting politically active means joining a political party. If you don’t do that then you can’t have any influence.

    • David H 8.3

      At the moment they could point to all that they have done, have Key give a sickly grin and still fuckin win!

  9. tracey 9

    Its ok, no one lied, key is always aspiring, which means you never have to achieve anything, and we are not achieving anything so ergo he tells the truth…

    • David H 9.1

      But Key knows he can get away with it, Whats Shearer going to say? Have you got faith in all your fellow thieves? FFS

  10. karol 10

    And Key fangirl, Tracy Watkins has labelled the Megaupload case a “Keystone Cops” farce.

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/comment/columnists/tracy-watkins/7724194/Megaupload-saga-resembles-Keystone-Cops

    Does she realise she’s handed the opposition a great line? Can’t wait for someone to do a photo-mashup!

    NB: I have a new look, but I sound the same – the k just gives me a bit of distinction.

  11. Brian 11

    And Key suggests the redundants should seek employment in the IT industry…. the man really is on another planet.

  12. tracey 12

    Oh i dont know, there are times i want to put a pick ax through my pc screen

  13. tc 13

    And in the Dim post one Richard Long declaring the Banks has survived the donations saga….being purely objective of course with some healthy doses of wishful thinking. Yet another nat shill getting column space to peddle the lines.

  14. Treetop 14

    19 January 2012 Key is put in the loop regarding the Dotcom raid on 20 January 2012. It takes Key (minister of National Security) until 17 September 2012 to become aware that the GCSB acted unlawfully. For sure Key has been on Planet Key as he alleges he was not aware of (unlawful spying) when it comes to a high profile case.

    Systemic failure once again between the police and the government security intelligence services.

    • karol 14.1

      There was just a couple of must hear interviews on Nine-to-Noon (not yet online) with Paul Buchanan and Nicky Hager:

      http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/ninetonoon/20120925

      PS: now online:

      http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/ninetonoon/audio/2533588/government-communications-security-bureau-investigated.asx

      Buchanan reckons the police were trying to please the FBI & called in GCSB. He reckons the police will take the blame for the errors.The FBI will be able to continue their case, but the evidence gathered by GCSB will be inadmissible. The outcome may or may not impact on NZ’s obligations to deport.

      Hager reckons this highlights the problem with the lack of accountability of the GCSB (and SIS). They are set up to operate in secret, and say “Trust us: we have sound systems”. They only have oversight from the PM, who is too busy to pay enough attention to their daily activities. He reckons it’ll take a strong, motivated and independent government to change it. He reckons the GCSB operates largely to do work for overseas interests and especially are closer to the US than any other NZ agency.

      There are still questions about whether the GG was head of GCSB when the surveillance was authorised 2010 to early 2011.

      Hager also thinks it is possible Key did know about the surveillance earlier than he is letting on – but the problem is we may never know the truth.

      • Treetop 14.1.1

        Thanks for this info I will follow it up.

        • Anne 14.1.1.1

          Yes that was very interesting – Paul Buchanan’s summation in particular.

          It should be pointed out that Kim Dotcom is wrong when he makes the comparison between the CIA and the GCSB. The actual equivalent is the NSA – National Security Agency.

          .http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Security_Agency

          • Colonial Viper 14.1.1.1.1

            Ahhhh the NSA. They’ve just put absolutely massive resources into being able to intercept and permanently store EVERY single phone call, txt, and email sent in the USA by its own citizens and by anyone conducting business there.

            http://www.zerohedge.com/news/nsa-whistleblower-speaks-live-government-lying-you

            • Populuxe1 14.1.1.1.1.1

              Aside from most service providers doing that anyway in one form or another – thus only being a subpoena away – I find it nigh on impossible to believe that an NSA would be permitted to go into such details about data acquisition without serious repercussions. And computers aren’t magic – there are limits to the amount of data they can recognise and sort though. Smells fishy to me.

              • Colonial Viper

                And computers aren’t magic – there are limits to the amount of data they can recognise and sort though. Smells fishy to me.

                This is a 10 ha, $2B data interception centre, ready to roll end of 2013. It is designed to far exceed their previous capability of intercepting and recording 320M calls per day.

                http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2012/03/ff_nsadatacenter/all/1

                • terryg

                  indeed. there was an interesting article on Ars Technica (IIRC) a while back, that made the point that hard-drives have evolved to the point (capacity & cost) that not only is it feasible to record everything, its feasible to keep it forever. (for appropriate values of “everything” and “forever”). including things like surveillance video.

                  And of course big data sets have long been an active research topic (LHC for example), and data mining is becoming ubiquitous. Moores law has finally enabled big brother. yikes.

                  • lprent

                    There are some definite limits with current tech. Says the person who moved data from two dying terabyte drives in a RAID 1 this weekend. It takes so frigging long and the drives have pretty short lives. Same reason the site was down ? last week ? for most of a day. As the volumes increase the maintenance nightmare and power requirements increases geometrically. We need storage media with longer lives especially for video.

                    Turns out that my OS requires about 6GB with all of the multi architectures and tools. Feels pretty weird when my current target platform puts everything into 300mb including a 80mb geographic info file.

                    Everything else I have requires less than 150GB. Video for non programming projects makes up the rest of the terabytes of data.

                    Starting to move to SSDs. I figure that despite the smaller capacities and higher prices, they will last longer.

          • BernyD 14.1.1.1.2

            I wonder If they are looking for a real spy, should get my CV together.
            About 20 pages of blackedout blocks filled in with felt pen should do it :-P

  15. Jokerman 15

    “Prime Minister of Intelligence; Not So Intelligent”

    (just loaded)

    • Treetop 15.1

      What do you think happens when the prime minister is not intelligent, the country goes to the dogs. Just take a good look around at the performance of the police, national security, Work and Income, ACC, the health and education system, housing, poverty and people with high skills being laid off…

    • mike e 15.2

      Johnkey English bungling super spy.
      Mr bean brained bean counter intelligence!

  16. captain hook 16

    Kweewee thinks he has a “BLANK CHEQUE” to do whatever he likes.
    His vocabulary is so limited that words like democracy are new discoverys.

  17. Dv 18

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10836388

    English knew about Dotcom spies

    Mr Key said this morning Mr English had signed a Ministerial Certificate to confirm the Government Communications Security Bureau was involved in the case in his capacity as acting Prime Minister while Mr Key was overseas.

    BUT isn’t this is retrospective permission for an illegal act.

    It was ell known that dot com was a nz resident at that time.

    Bizzarre

  18. Pascal's bookie 19

    RadioLIVE Newsroom ‏@LIVENewsDesk

    Labour says Bill English signed an indemnity order making NZ liable for any damages case taken by Kim Dotcom over unlawful spying by GCSB

    https://twitter.com/LIVENewsDesk/status/250362662532284416

  19. Pascal's bookie 20

    More on that here:

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10836388

    Mr Key said this morning Mr English had signed a Ministerial Certificate to confirm the Government Communications Security Bureau was involved in the case in his capacity as acting Prime Minister while Mr Key was overseas.

    That was back in August after Police were questioned about it in court by Dotcom’s lawyers during last month’s trial into the legality of the raids.

    At the time, Mr Key was in the United States watching his son play baseball.

    Mr Key said Mr English had not told him about it and at the time, Mr English had believed the GCSB’s involvement was lawful – it was only discovered after that that the GCSB had acted beyond their lawful powers because Mr Dotcom and his acquaintances were New Zealand residents.

    • karol 20.1

      Ha! Thanks. And we wondered at the time why Key suddenly felt it necessary to go to his son’s baseball game – 10 August 2011. Plausible dependability?

      http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/7450343/Key-defends-hard-call-to-miss-service

    • freedom 20.2

      one would think spending 10 million bucks for NZ residency would mean the i’s get dotted and some t’s get crossed. Instead it seems the lies get spotted and the truth gets lost.

    • deuto 20.3

      Stuff now has their article up on Bill English’s signing of a document which provides some more interesting details

      But Key admitted today English was alerted to the involvement of spooks in August, while acting prime minister. Key was in the US watching teenage son Max compete in a baseball tournament.

      The role of the secretive GCSB began to unravel when Dotcom’s lawyer Paul Davison asked for the identity of mystery individuals at a meeting before police and FBI agents raided the entrepreneur’s Coatesville mansion in January.

      After the court hearing English signed a ‘ministerial certificate’ – an administrative document – relating to the court case.

      Neither Key nor English can recall the exact date. But Key left for a ten-day trip on on August 9 – the same day the mysterious group was first revealed in court.

      ”There was a ministerial certificate that was signed. That’s another technical issue, I haven’t actually seen the paper work on that, that would have indicated that the bureau was involved,” Key said this morning.

      ”A ministerial certificate is in relation to information about whether the bureau has acted, because a court, or someone might ask, for that information. So, it’s essentially a suppression order.

      Both the GCSB and English were unaware at the time that the covert eavesdropping was illegal. GCSB were alerted five days before Key – there was a delay in briefing him because director Ian Fletcher was overseas.

      The bugging is believed to have taken place under former head Simon Murdoch, who was director of GCSB between July 1 2011 and December 19 2011.

      Bolding is mine.

      The apparent timing of the bugging is interesting in that it predates KDC’s getting NZ residency.

      The timing of the signing of the ministerial certificate is also interesting – ie seems to be a (panic?) reaction to what came out in court; but again we have both English and Key are playing dumb on when the signing took place. And Key calling it a suppression order? What the f..k?

      The video is also worth watching – Key looking very uncomfortable, followed by Shearer speaking very clearly and well for once.

      • deuto 20.3.1

        “The apparent timing of the bugging is interesting in that it predates KDC’s getting NZ residency.”

        Ooops, got the wrong year – got residency in Dec 2010 not 2011, so he was a NZ resident at the apparent time of the bugging.

  20. Jackal 21

    Rogue spies or coverup at the highest level?

    In trying to say there is no warrant, Key is expecting us to believe that the entire chain of command has failed, and the GCSB is acting like a rogue agency, which goes far beyond it being a simple “disappointing mistake” by the Director Ian Fletcher. If the entire chain of command has failed because of gross incompetence, John Key as the Minister in charge is responsible…

  21. HG 22

    As Andrea Vance wrote in her DomPost article this morning Key “was unable to make public the breach until a memorandum was filed with the High Court yesterday”.

  22. handle 23

    Last week a certain US Defence chief visited. Might affect the timing?

    • Mary 24.1

      Key’s got that look on when he’s lying. Key just must’ve known. Nobody would keep that information from him, whether it was the GCSB, English, anyone. Key’s lying. Somebody needs to expose it. That would be so much fun to see.

  23. captain hook 25

    they aint to good at what they do.
    watching too much televison.
    gcsb in noo noo land.

  24. Poission 26

    Oh dear Oh dear its worse then we thought,

    RNZ reports Bill English Knew in August,and signed ministerial suppression warrant (and indemnified Dotcom for liability ) definitely an orchestrated litany of Spies.

  25. captain hook 27

    so Bill English has been watching too much television too?
    and tra daaaa…
    keystone cops!

  26. Tracey 28

    Ah but did English actually read what he signed? Doesn’t not reading make it null and void, accountability-wise?

  27. felix 29

    Does John Key not have a mobile phone?

    Shouldn’t the PM on NZ be provided with one?

  28. gobsmacked 30

    Suggested Qs for the opposition this afternoon …

    “When the PM said last week “I don’t run”, did he actually mean that he doesn’t run the government?”

    “When the PM said his favourite movie is “Johnny English”, was that a tribute to his deputy? Does the PM regard that film as a comedy, or a training manual?”

    “If Kim Dotcom is the James Bond villain, is John Banks Miss Moneypenny?”

    “How many meetings or conversations has he had with the Deputy PM in the six weeks since the warrant was signed?”

    etc, etc …

    But above all – think on your feet. Just listen to the answers and repeat them back. Less brawl, more brains.

  29. If Key had told us a week ago, he may have been committing a criminal offence.

    It is illegal to disclose the existence of unlawfully intercepted communications.

    • tracey 31.1

      is that comparable to deliberately breaching the privacy act?

    • Colonial Viper 31.2

      It is illegal to disclose the existence of unlawfully intercepted communications.

      So instead you should suppress the existence of unlawfully intercepted communications?

    • prism 31.3

      G E
      So any old law that gets passed without scruple or integrity should be bowed and scraped to.
      Laws if they are to be respected, should be respectful of the country’s standards, and respectable so that people see they fit to the ethical and social model that they expect and believe that their country follows.

      • Colonial Viper 31.3.1

        Indeed. Some orders should not – and must not – be followed.

        • Poission 31.3.1.1

          That is an argument used by Paul Volcker when discussing the problems of the GFC

          We have got to do something about the infrastructure of the system and we have to worry about the credit-rating agencies. And we have to look at the accounting system, at the system for dealing with derivatives and how they’re settled. So there are a lot of systemic issues. The main point I’m making is that we want to emerge from this with a more stable system. It will be less exciting for many people, but it will not warrant — I don’t think the present system does, either– $50-million paydays in that central part of the system. Or even $25-or $100-million paydays.

          If somebody can go out and gamble and make that money, OK. But don’t gamble with the public’s money. That’s an important distinction. One of the saddest days of my life was when my grandson — and he’s a particularly brilliant grandson — went to college. He was good at mathematics. And after he had been at college for a year or two I asked him what he wanted to do when he grew up. He said, “I want to be a financial engineer.” My heart sank. Why was he going to waste his life on this profession?

          A year or so ago, my daughter had seen something in the paper, some disparaging remarks I had made about financial engineering. She sent it to my grandson, who normally didn’t communicate with me very much. He sent me an e-mail: “Grandpa, don’t blame it on us! We were just following the orders we were getting from our bosses.” The only thing I could
          do was send him back an e-mail: “I will not accept the Nuremberg excuse.”

          http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Volcker_Rule

        • Herodotus 31.3.1.2

          Not sure how Key can know that an unlawful act was committed, as there has yet to be a court case to decide there maybe some extenuating circumstances – perhaps the police will not charge due to perhaps like Banks lack of evidence so no laws broken !!!!
          As I have not read, what laws were broken just that the GCSB acted beyond its brief. So would appreciate to know what actual law was broken and the ramifications to both the organisation and individuals e.g. fines , imprisonment etc ??

          • karol 31.3.1.2.1

            Key did say there was an unlawful act committed to the media. In the House today he quibbled on that:

            http://www.parliament.nz/en-NZ/PB/Business/QOA/3/5/9/50HansQ_20120925_00000001-1-Dotcom-Case-Actions-of-Government-Communications.htm

            1. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN (Co-Leader—Green) to the Minister responsible for the GCSB: Does he consider that he should have been informed about the unlawful bugging of Kim Dotcom earlier than Monday, 17 September 2012; if not, why not?

            Rt Hon JOHN KEY (Minister responsible for the GCSB) : No, I was informed by the director of the Government Communications Security Bureau on 17 September, which was the first day I was in Wellington following travel to Russia and Japan, and the first opportunity I had to meet with the director in a secure environment once he had confirmed that it was likely an unlawful activity had taken place.

            Dr Russel Norman: Is it his understanding that the bugging was unlawful because Mr Kim Dotcom is a resident of New Zealand?

            Rt Hon JOHN KEY: I am not in a position to go through what the particular issues are. I can say that the law is quite clear in one regard about what sort of individual can have action taken against them, and in the fullness of time—hopefully, by the end of this week—Justice Neazor’s report will be available for people to be able to read.

            Rt Hon JOHN KEY: I have to check; I am not entirely sure. I have actually said it is likely to be unlawful, and, as I said, we will be in a better position to understand the reasons—

            • Tracey 31.3.1.2.1.1

              “Justice Neazor’s report will be available for people to be able to read.”

              And that’s when a follow up question was needed. “Will the PM confirm that he will read this report?”

  30. ed 33

    He can not hide his transrail eyes.

    he would be shit at poker.

    • mike 33.1

      Ha like at 0:35 when asked “Can you explain why GCSB were involved with this in the first place?”

      Key: “Um… Well, because they gather information… when they deem it to be necessary.”

      Thanks for clearing that up.

    • mike e 33.2

      good at swallowing dead rats though!
      Cup of tea on the ‘cards’ for Winston?

  31. Poission 34

    Nice report on Campbell Live tonight.there is some exceptional reporting and simplistic communication by this News team.

    They were onto the taskforce officer,who perjured himself on the stand.This should be either a PCA complaint or solicitor general complaint.

    There is a lot of mileage,and all the ministers need to be questioned.

    • karol 34.1

      The sum total of people who didn’t tell Key anything is beyond belief. Either most are lying, or Key is a lame duck PM.

      • Poission 34.1.1

        Amazing Hilary Clinton knew but did not share the intelligence.

      • gobsmacked 34.1.2

        Either most are lying, or Key is a lame duck PM.

        Neither. It’s called plausible deniability.

        http://gordoncampbell.scoop.co.nz/2012/09/25/gordon-campbell-on-dotcom-spies-and-plausible-deniability/

        Key doesn’t say “Tell me”. He doesn’t say “Don’t tell me”. He has staff whose job is to be a barrier between the PM and the information. If the info is useful politically, it gets passed on to the PM. If it’s not, then he’s not told, so he can say “I wasn’t told”.

        As Gordon C points out, this is very different from his predecessor, but it’s not unusual in politics. Key just takes it further (and it’s worked for him so far).

        • mike 34.1.2.1

          Isn’t plausible deniability supposed to be plausible?

        • Tracey 34.1.2.2

          I recall in 2008 when Key was attacking clark over the glen/peters saga, he told Paul Henry he would answer questions not even asked of him, that’s how transparent he would be.

          Someone needs to find that clip from the Breakfast show… to show how far Mr Key’s lies extend…

  32. Ken Martin 35

    Hmm, While hindsight is 100%, I do think GCSB should have double checked the police advice about the status of Mr Dotcom and his employee. As President Ronald Reagan used to say, “trust but verify”. Or they could have checked with their domestic companion agency, the SIS, or the government’s immigration service. This whole sorry saga is another example of police incompetence compounded by a captive compliant police minister. Like the rest of her cabinet ilk, she is not worthy of her ministerial warrant.

    Personally, I am fed up with National, and with National-lite (Labour).

    What with bungles over the proposed part one asset sales process, and now a Megaupload mess, enough is enough. “The Face” aka John Boy, ought to seek a fresh mandate with a new election. Boy, is it so true that voters get governments they deserve!

    • Tracey 35.1

      I’m not in an intelligence service, heck I’m probably not even intelligent, but I would have asked Immigration about Mr Dotcom’s status, not the police. First, anyway.

  33. karol 36

    Another point just occurred to me. For some reason Garner has been running the story the last couple of nights that Nat strategists are looking at working with Peters & NZF next election. Seems like this was leaked to Garner from within National. Why now?

    Is this in fact, Key’s plan B if he has to jettison Banks before the end of this term….. thus the reason he’s looking to cultivate Peters now?

    • Poission 36.1

      Definitely inside test,I suspect suspect their internal polling is showing drift to NZF as seen in the horizon poll.

      I think the media needs to target Dunn on this issue.Also labour needs a strong local candidate in this electorate,some new blood time for a change etc.Selecting now would be a good strategy.

  34. appleboy 37

    Hello, am I missing something? Key says he didn’t know about it. Today, Oh Bill has just told me that he knew about it!!

    There’s no way that when Bill English signed off he would not have told Key. What the hell is going on with these clowns, are they falling over their lies?

    Key to English “Anything happen while I was away Bill?”, “Nah mate nothing I can think of….”.

    • mike e 37.1

      KB haven’t mentioned one single item on the fact that Blinglsh signed on the dotted line not once have they mentioned that fact!
      That says it all!

  35. AmaKiwi 38

    If Dotcom was not a NZ resident, the entire extradition process would have been unnecessary.

    The USA waits until Dotcom’s tourist visa expires. He has to leave NZ. The USA has him arrested at the first overseas airport he touches down at. Simple.

    The commando raid extradition drama was because the USA, Key, English, the police, and the GCSB knew Dotcom had a residence visa.

    I know governments lie. But these clowns aren’t even competent liars.

    • Tracey 38.1

      Interesting point.

      Maybe the quid pro quo for Key (from the USA in allowing the Dotcom seizure) was “if anything happens you protect me from the fallout”…

  36. Dv 39

    No fun in that.

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    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 | 06-11
  • 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 | 06-11
  • 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 | 06-11
  • 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 | 06-11
  • 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 | 06-11
  • 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 | 06-11
  • The Block NZ doing a better job than Nick Smith
    Nick Smith should consider calling in producers of The Block NZ with participants in the TV series completing more houses in two seasons than the Government’s failed Special Housing Area policy, says Labour's Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The Block NZ...
    Labour | 06-11
  • Meridian moves to kill competition from solar homes
    Big electricity companies are using their power to make it harder for families and businesses wanting to go solar and the National Government is doing nothing to help them, the Green Party said today. Meridian Energy announced today a 60-72...
    Greens | 06-11
  • Has John Key done all he could for Pike families?
    It will be forever on the conscience of John Key whether he did all he could to recover the remains of the 29 miners who died in Pike River, Labour’s MP for West Coast-Tasman Damien O’Connor says.  “The Prime Minister...
    Labour | 05-11
  • National further dashes hopes of new parents
    The National Government has once again shown its disdain for working parents by voting down proposals to extend paid parental leave, Labour MP Sue Moroney says.  “The Government vetoed an amended proposal that substantially reduced the cost of extending PPL...
    Labour | 05-11
  • Honouring the Ampatuan massacre victims as fight for justice goes on
    A grim reminder of the Maguindanao, or Ampatuan, massacre on 23 November 2014. Photo: DanRogayan A TOP Filipino investigative journalist will be speaking about the “worst attack” on journalists in history and her country’s culture of impunity in a keynote...
    The Daily Blog | 23-11
  • GUEST BLOG: Anjum Rahman – what are they afraid of: the erosion of democ...
    Today the Hamilton City Council has put on a big party to celebrate the 150th anniversary of European colonisation of the area.  There have been a series of events during the year to mark this event, including a civic ceremony. ...
    The Daily Blog | 22-11
  • #JohnKeyHistory
    John Key has done it again. This week our lovely Prime Minister has showed us how little he knows about the history of the country he is supposed to be running. Apparently “New Zealand was settled peacefully”. Was it really?...
    The Daily Blog | 22-11
  • G20 growth targets and growth model offer more problems than they solve
    At the recent G20 in Brisbane, member countries agreed to accelerate growth to an additional 2% on top of current trajectories. But ongoing public sector cuts, asset sales, and reducing workers’ rights indicate that at least part of the growth...
    The Daily Blog | 22-11
  • GUEST BLOG: Bill Courtney – Charter Schools: The Shroud of Secrecy Contin...
    The Ministry of Education yesterday released another batch of information relating to the five existing charter schools and the four new ones proposed for opening in 2015. As we have seen before, the release of such information, often requested under...
    The Daily Blog | 22-11
  • EXCLUSIVE: Campaign reflection, Laila Harré reaching out for radical minds
    Today I’ve announced that I will be stepping down from the Internet Party leadership in December. This will happen once options for the future have been developed for discussion and decision among members. My absolute focus in this election was...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • The Ebola crisis, capitalism and the Cuban medical revolution
    “Ebola emerged nearly 40 years ago. Why are clinicians still empty-handed, with no vaccines and no cure? Because Ebola has been, historically, geographically confined to poor African nations. The R&D incentive is virtually non-existent. A profit-driven industry does not invest...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • MEDIA WATCH: TVNZ Reveals Insane Deadlines For Māori and Pacific Island Pr...
    Last Tuesday, November 18th, TVNZ requested proposals from producers for the four Māori and Pacific Island programmes they will no longer be making in-house. Marae, Waka Huia, Fresh and Tagata Pasifika will keep their existing names, existing formats and existing...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • The Daily Blog Breakfast Club Ep. 1
    TDB Video, Live from Verona Cafe on K-Rd, Auckland – a weekly current affairs show with TDB Editor Martyn Bradbury. This week’s panel: Chris Trotter & Selwyn Manning.The issues: 1 – What now for the New Labour leader? 2 –...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • Performance-demonstration at Auckland’s High Court to demand justice for ...
    People outraged at the lack of justice in the so-called ‘Roast Busters’ case and 99% of other rape cases in this country are holding a visually powerful mass action at the Auckland High Court at 1 o’clock on Saturday. They...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • IES vote may weaken defense of public education
    PPTA announced today that secondary teachers have voted to include the IES (Investing in Education Success) as a variation to their collective employment agreement with the government. At one level it’s an understandable decision by PPTA members because through engaging in a consultation...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • NZ History lesson on Planet Key – the lies white people tell themselves
    John Key’s bizarre claims about our ‘peaceful history’ comes across like the apartheid history of South Africa where white people discovered Africa first… New Zealand ‘settled peacefully’ – PM New Zealand was “settled peacefully” by the British, the prime minister...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • Universal Basic Income and Labour Policy
    On Radio New Zealand’s None-to-Noon on Wednesday (19 November), new Labour leader Andrew Little intimated that he would like to put Universal Basic Income (UBI) on his policy agenda (What policy changes will Andrew Little usher in?) Predictably Kathryn Ryan, despite being...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • The New Notes : They Ain’t Mint
    Hulk Queen Angry. Hulk Queen smash.   Yesterday, the Reserve Bank announced its new designs for our banknotes. Now, I’ve historically been pretty sketch about this entire process; variously feeling affronted that the government could find eighty million dollars to fund a...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • 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...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • 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...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, Andrew Little
    Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, Andrew Little...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • 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...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • 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...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • 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...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
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    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • 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...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • 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 | 19-11
  • 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 | 19-11
  • How to defeat child poverty
      How to defeat child poverty...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • 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...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • 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...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • 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...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • 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...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • 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 | 18-11
  • 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...
    The Daily Blog | 17-11
  • 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...
    The Daily Blog | 17-11
  • This weeks Waatea news column – Waitangi Tribunal ruling enshrines Treaty...
      This weeks Waatea news column – Waitangi Tribunal ruling enshrines Treaty as a living document...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • 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 | 16-11
  • 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 | 16-11
  • 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,...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • 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)...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • 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...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • 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...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • 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...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • 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?...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • Free Me From Religion
          The meeting begins – or at least it’s supposed to begin – but someone interrupts proceedings. She wants everyone to pray with their heads bowed while she can “thank our Father who art in Heaven.” I close...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • Key capitulates on TPPA while big money NZ set up propaganda fund
    So Key has capitulated on the ‘gold standard’ of free trade deals… The primary objective for New Zealand at Apec was to see some urgency injected into the TPP talks and to keep leaders aiming for a high quality deal....
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • Why Phillip Smith is the least of our worries
    Well, it turns out Phillip Smith wasn’t half as clever as he thought he was, and he’s been arrested within a week. If the Prime Minister is through with making tasteless jokes, perhaps we can ramp down the media hysteria...
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • Constraining Credibility
      Most economists and members of the public – on both the right and the left – believe that economies are constrained by resource scarcity most of the time. In this view, economies are supply-constrained, and that the economic problem...
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • Migrant Labour, exploitation and free markets
    Once more we read about a horror story of virtual slavery for a migrant worker in a restaurant in Christchurch. The silver lining that in this case compensation should be paid is not assured. Often in situations like this the employer winds up...
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • On baby boomers who give my generation unhelpful advice: JUST DON’T
    One of my mum’s colleagues recently told her that there is no money in what her daughter was doing; volunteering at a women’s refuge and writing on politics. This guy, dispensing all his pearls of wisdom, told my mother that...
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • Morbid Symptoms: Can Labour Be Born Anew?
    THE CHAIRS in the final meeting venue have been stacked away. All that expensive signage, commissioned for the benefit of the television cameras, no longer has a purpose. For the second time in just 14 months, Labour’s Leadership Contest is...
    The Daily Blog | 12-11
  • What’s Small, White, and Having Trouble Attracting New People?
    If your answer was something intimately connected to the person of Peter Dunne … then you’d be right. Last night, P-Dunney decided to bring his comedy and/or hair stylings to the twitterverse; penning a potentially somewhat ill-advised tweet in which he compared...
    The Daily Blog | 12-11
  • LATE at the Auckland Museum review – Slacktivisim: Its not just for Slack...
    Monday night is my yoga night. I’m not really very good it, I don’t really have the bendy, but I made a New Years resolution. This Monday however, I decided to put the yoga on prone and attend a gig...
    The Daily Blog | 12-11
  • 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...
    Scoop politics | 23-11
  • 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...
    Scoop politics | 23-11
  • 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...
    Scoop politics | 22-11
  • 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...
    Scoop politics | 22-11
  • 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...
    Scoop politics | 22-11
  • 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...
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • 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)....
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • 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...
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • 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...
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • 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....
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • 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 | 21-11
  • 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...
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • 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 | 21-11
  • New Ombudsman opinion
    The Ombudsman has published his opinion on a complaint concerning the Police refusal to release information about a charging decision....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • 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....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • 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...
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • 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....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • 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....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • 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...
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • 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...
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • 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....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • 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....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • RBNZ releases Brighter Money designs
    New Zealand’s banknotes are getting brighter and better, with the Reserve Bank today unveiling more vibrant and secure banknote designs which will progressively enter circulation later next year....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • 25 years of children’s rights
    UNICEF and OFC celebrate 25 years of children’s rights with Just Play Sports Days On Universal Children’s Day (20 November) and as part of the Oceania Football Confederation’s (OFC) inaugural President’s Cup, UNICEF will celebrate 25 years of children’s...
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Xiamen delegation to Wellington has business focus
    Stronger business, education and cultural ties with our Chinese partners will be the focus when a 20-strong government and business delegation led by Xiamen Mayor Mr Liu Keqing which visits Wellington tomorrow (Friday) and Saturday as part of the...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Warriors promote White Ribbon Day message
    Warriors promote White Ribbon Day message Shine and Orakei Health Services On Tuesday, the Vodafone Warriors will promote the White Ribbon Day message to the community at Eastridge Shopping Centre, Mission Bay. The Warriors are supporting their charity...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Superannuitants to protest unethical investments
    A delegation of Auckland superannuitants will deliver a protest-card petition and protest letter to the New Zealand Super Fund this Thursday afternoon to call on the fund to divest from companies which support the Israeli occupation of Palestinian...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • 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....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • 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...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • 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....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Our kids say: We are failing in our duty to protect them
    Our kids say: We are failing in our duty to protect them More than a quarter of Kiwi kids say children’s right to be safe and protected isn’t being upheld in New Zealand, identifying protection from violence, abuse and murder...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • PARS & Turuki Health Care collaborate on health and services
    Auckland-based PARS (People at Risk Solutions) have partnered with the Turuki Health Care Trust, to offer improved healthcare services to those in need. PARS works closely with former prisoners, providing mentoring, housing, and social services to ensure...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Children’s Plea
    A plea has been sent to all Members of Parliament, regardless of party affiliation, to accord urgency and priority to children's issues. These issues include vulnerability, safety and childhood poverty....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • 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....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • 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....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Ashley Dwayne Guy v The Queen: Appeal Upheld
    The appellant, Mr Guy, was found guilty by a jury of a charge of sexual violation by unlawful sexual connection. After the verdict it was discovered that, by error, the jury had been provided in the jury room with two...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Zonta Club to Take a Stand Against Gender-Based Violence
    During the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence (25 November – 10 December), the Zonta Club of Wellington, along with members of the local community, will join nearly 1,200 Zonta clubs in 67 countries for the Zonta Says NO...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • New UNFPA report links progress and power to young people
    A UN report launched today calls for investment in young people as they are essential to social and economic progress....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • The Resignation with the Golden Handshake?
    Commenting on the settlement the State Services Commission has reached with former CERA CEO Roger Sutton, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says: "Only in the public sector do you receive a payout for ‘resigning’....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • NZ must not turn a blind eye to China’s human rights record
    Amnesty International is calling on New Zealand’s Prime Minister John Key to raise China’s shameful human rights record during President Xi Jinping’s visit to New Zealand this week....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • The Resignation with the Golden Handshake?
    Commenting on the settlement the State Services Commission has reached with former CERA CEO Roger Sutton, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says:...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Treasury’s covert & extremely odd welfare consultation
    A report this morning that Treasury is ‘crowd sourcing’ ideas on welfare policy is news to Auckland Action Against Poverty, even though we are currently one of the most active groups in the area....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • NZ invites Pacific peers to review development cooperation
    New Zealand has volunteered to be the first development partner in the Pacific region to undergo a review of its aid programme by Pacific island peers. The review will focus on New Zealand’s development cooperation and will give greater insight...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • EPMU joins Pike River families to mark fourth anniversary
    Representatives of the Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union are proud to stand with the Pike River families to mark four years since 29 men lost their lives. “This is a particularly solemn day given the recent announcements of Solid Energy...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • 2013 Assessment of New Zealand’s National Integrity Systems
    SPEAKER TUILOMA NERONI SLADE: Former Judge, International Criminal Court in the Hague, former legal counsel at the Commonwealth Secretariat, Secretary-General of the Pacific Islands Forum 2008-2014. Introduced by Helen Sutch, Victoria University Council,...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Green Party ignoring Waimea’s environmental benefits
    Green Party MP Catherine Delahunty has overlooked the environmental benefits the proposed Waimea Community Dam will bring the Tasman community, says IrrigationNZ Chairperson Nicky Hyslop....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Women’s use of violence in violent relationships
    More than 80 percent of women who live with a physically violent partner will not initiate violence when they are not being hit, according to new research....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Poor credit rating linked to poor cardiovascular health
    Poor credit rating linked to poor cardiovascular health A credit score doesn’t only boil down a person’s entire financial history to a single number and somehow predict their credit-worthiness, it might also be saying something about a person’s...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • State Services Commissioner on Roger Sutton Investigation
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