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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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  • Puhoi highway won’t help Northland roads
    The draft decision by the Environmental Protection Agency to grant resource consent to the proposed $1.65 billion Puhoi motorway doesn't stop it being a waste of money, the Green Party said today. "The Puhoi motorway is an unnecessary waste of...
    Greens | 25-07
  • Green Party to focus on issues not sideshows
    The Green Party has launched its creative for the 2014 election; Love New Zealand. The Green Party campaign focuses on the issues where there is concern that we do not love New Zealand enough; our increasingly polluted environment, increased poverty...
    Greens | 25-07
  • Coleman must come clean about FBI briefing
    Former Immigration Minister Jonathan Coleman must come clean about when he was told the FBI was investigating Kim Dotcom, Labour’s Associate Security and Intelligence spokesperson Grant Robertson says. “Jonathan Coleman has previously said ministers were not aware of the American...
    Labour | 25-07
  • Regional economies need tailored plans
    News that up to 114 jobs could be lost from Fonterra’s Canpac plant in Hamilton reinforces the need for a government plan to build resilient regional economies, Labour’s MP for Hauraki-Waikato Nanaia Mahuta says. “The Canpac site has effectively responded...
    Labour | 25-07
  • Kiwis to get the final vote on amalgamation
    New Zealanders will get the right to have a final say on any proposed local body amalgamations, says Labour’s local government spokesperson Su’a William Sio releasing Labour’s Local Government policy today....
    Labour | 24-07
  • Dr Rajen Prasad’s Valedictory Statement
    Draft Hansard Parliamentary Record. Subject to correction. Bula vinaka. Namaste, Mr Assistant Speaker. Thank you very much. Tēnā koe. I am a lucky migrant and am privileged to have received as much as I have from this country for over...
    Labour | 24-07
  • Darien Fenton’s Valedictory Statement
    Nga mihi nui - kia koutou. I acknowledge all Members of Parliament I have served with and I do so without rancour or criticism. Over nearly nine years in parliament I’ve found that despite furious debate about political difference, most...
    Labour | 24-07
  • Immigation and Kim Dotcom – Harawira
    “I just got a call from National Business Review reporter, asking whether there was any contradiction between my thoughts on immigration in 2009 and now, particularly given MANA’s newly minted relationship with Kim Dotcom” said MANA leader and Tai Tokerau...
    Mana | 24-07
  • Nats to announce 2nd crossing without rail
    Labour Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford says it has been leaked to him that John Key will rule out a rail option when announcing an accelerated timeframe for Auckland’s $5 billion second harbour crossing next month. “I understand the Government’s plan...
    Labour | 24-07
  • “They put Maori centre stage” – Harawira
    “I’m sorry I can’t be at parliament for the valedictory speeches of Tariana Turia and Pita Sharples” said Hone Harawira, MANA Leader and MP for Tai Tokerau, ”but I’d like to add my own best wishes as they reach the end...
    Mana | 24-07
  • 2014 and 1914
    Historian Nicholas Boyle (in ‘2014, How to Survive the Next World Crisis‘) foresees a big event happening this decade that will define the global geopolitical environment this century, much as World War 1 created the politics of the 20th century....
    The Daily Blog | 31-07
  • More NZers trust Kim Dotcom than John Key
    When asked by TVNZ who they believed – Kim Dotcom or John Key, an overwhelming number of people backed Kim over John…   Taking into account the bias of land lines opinion polls, that’s an extraordinary result and it’s a result that...
    The Daily Blog | 31-07
  • Coalition for Better Broadcasting: Yet more changes at Radio NZ
      Paul Thompson is a man who can move mountains and in moving Radio NZ into another decade, he may have set off an avalanche – Chris Laidlaw retired and  replaced by Wallace Chapman, Geoff Robinson retired and replaced by Susie...
    The Daily Blog | 31-07
  • Jamie Whyte loses the plot and why this is Dame Devoy’s finest hour
    I was a damningly critical voice over Dame Susan Devoy’s appointment as the Race Relations Commissioner, but her righteous condemnation of Jamie Whyte’s farcical statement that Maori somehow have the same legal privilege of 17th Century French Aristocracy is such a courageous stance...
    The Daily Blog | 31-07
  • Latest Roy Morgan Poll: Labour jumps 6.5 points up to 30%, National tumble
    Latest Roy Morgan Poll: National down to 46%, Labour up to 30%, Greens down to 12%, NZ First down to 5%, Maori Party up to 1.5%, Internet MANA up to 2,5%, ACT, United Future and Conservatives stay unchanged. To take into...
    The Daily Blog | 31-07
  • What is the nature of satire? Issues for the Human Rights Commission as the...
    Congratulations to Fairfax media for their detailed coverage of the current Human Rights Commission case being asserted by Louisa Wall that Al Nisbet’s cartoons were racist and deserved censure. Pity Fairfax published the cartoons in the first place however. The Human...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • Labour promises $2 boost in minimum wage
    MIL OSI – Source: Unite Union – Headline: Labour promises $2 boost in minimum wage Labour leader David Cinliffe From the New Zealand Herald By Derek Cheng Wednesday July 30, 2014 A $2-an-hour boost to the minimum wage, scrapping the...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • THEY CAN’T ALL WIN OFF THE RACE-CARD – Harawira
    MIL OSI – Source: Mana Movement – Headline: THEY CAN’T ALL WIN OFF THE RACE-CARD – Harawira Posted on July 30, 2014 by admin in Hone Harawira, Press Releases“They can’t all play the race card and expect to win off...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • Labours policies a step change for working people
    MIL OSI – Source: CTU – Headline: Labours policies a step change for working people “After six long years of working life getting tougher in New Zealand workers have been given a real choice today with the announcement of Labours...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • Novopay’s end must not be bulk funding’s beginning
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: Novopay's end must not be bulk funding's beginning Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | Press Release Teachers have endured two years of hell, never knowing from one week to the next if they’ll...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • Green Party launches plan to protect our Maui’s dolphins
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: Green Party launches plan to protect our Maui’s dolphins Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | Press Release The Green Party today launched its plan to protect the world’s smallest and most endangered dolphin,...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • USA: One year after her conviction Chelsea Manning must be released
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: USA: One year after her conviction Chelsea Manning must be released Exactly one year after Chelsea Manning was convicted of leaking classified government material, Amnesty International is renewing its call on...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • EU must close all loopholes in the torture trade
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: EU must close all loopholes in the torture trade The European Union (EU) must urgently strengthen its laws to enable member states to immediately ban the trade in new devices and...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • Swaziland: Deplorable sentences against journalist and lawyer stifle free s...
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Swaziland: Deplorable sentences against journalist and lawyer stifle free speech The sentencing of a newspaper editor and a human rights lawyer to two years in prison on charges of contempt of...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • Graduate nurses put pressure on Ryall
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Graduate nurses put pressure on Ryall Moves by the Government to increase the number of training placements for nursing graduates will be seen for what they are – a cynical election ploy,...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • Māori Party blocks the end of slave fishing vessels
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Māori Party blocks the end of slave fishing vessels Labour is appalled the Māori Party has refused to allow a final reading of legislation to abolish slavery conditions on foreign charter fishing...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • Unconditional Gaza ceasefire needed now
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Unconditional Gaza ceasefire needed now The Israeli response in Gaza is disproportionate and with the firing of tanks and mortars into civilian areas, increasingly indiscriminate, says Labour’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson David Shearer....
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • Labour will raise minimum wage, restore work rights
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Labour will raise minimum wage, restore work rights A Labour government will raise the minimum wage $2 an hour to $16.25 and restore work rights to ensure the benefits of economic growth...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • Taxpayer to fork out millions for Novopay rescue
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Taxpayer to fork out millions for Novopay rescue It will be cold comfort to teachers and school staff still struggling with Novopay that the National Government has finally stepped in to rescue...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • Auckland consents down second month in a row
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Auckland consents down second month in a row National’s housing policy is in disarray with building consents in Auckland falling two months in a row, says Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford.  “Statistics...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • A brief word on why Murray McCully’s email didn’t work in New York
    Ummmmmmm. What? An email to Foreign Minister Murray McCully’s office about former Malaysian diplomat Muhammed Rizalman bin Ismail invoking diplomatic immunity remained unopened for weeks – allegedly because communications were limited as the minister travelled to New York. So Muzza...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • The infallible NZ Police
    You would think 44 years after one of their own framed an innocent man by planting evidence that the NZ Police would admit they got it wrong. Not so. The whitewash report yesterday into the Crewe murders does the usual...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • Just how crazy is ACTs Whyte Supremacy?
    Two reasons why Jamie Whyte’s claim that Maori are as legally privileged as 17th Century French Aristocracy is possibly the most stupid thing anyone has ever said. 1 – That easy-Maori-University-entry chestnut is one of the worst examples the right...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • Labour Commits To An End To Factory Farming
    Revelations that the Pigcare Accreditation scheme is still failing animals despite protestations from the Ministry, resulted in a day of national action across the country last Saturday. Thousands rallied in the centres against factory farming for a historic outcome for animals. For the...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • Has Apartheid Israel committed war crimes?
    Last week 29 of the UN Human Rights Council’s 47 members voted to set up an inquiry into possible war crimes committed by Apartheid Israel during it’s latest bloody purge of the Palestinian people. It’s interesting to note the only member...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • Mr Fixit is broken – Novopay becomes Neverpay
    There are deals so poorly agreed to with the barest amount of oversight green lighted for ideological reasons so mangled and damaged that not even Steven ‘Mr Fixit’ Joyce can dress it up beyond the turd cake it is. Novopay is one...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today
    Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking on Radio Hauraki...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • The Right-wing – strong on crime!
    . . National, ACT, and the Right, generally, are renowned for being “tough on crime”. What follows are just a few examples,  to illustrate National/ACT’s “toughness”. . . Ms Hauiti isn’t the first MP to mis-use tax-payer’s money, and most...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • The 40 Percent Solution: Chris Trotter responds to Phil Quin.
    PHIL QUIN writes a mean political column. His long-standing connections to the right of the New Zealand Labour Party are extensive and strong. When he writes about politics, especially electoral politics, it is from personal experience and with considerable authority....
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • Labour’s new worker policy – $16.25 minimum wage
    Labour’s much anticipated worker policy has been released. It’s a mix of the aspirational and the smart. $15 minimum wage by Christmas this year, bumped up to $16.25 next year while banning the 90 day right to sack laws and...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • The Liberal Agenda: 30th July- 3rd August
    Wednesday GAZA: Setler colonialism, apartheid and resistance panel discussion Want to know more about what’s going down (and has been going down since 1948) in Gaza, and by extension the Palestinian territory?  Come along to this panel discussion. No boring...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • NZIFF: New Zealand’s Best
    Eleven   Saturday night was New Zealand’s Best at the New Zealand International Film Festival. The collection of 6 short films are selected from over a hundred and are all of very high quality. They compete for a number of...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • Govt fudging figures over Transmission Gully – Green Party media release
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: Govt fudging figures over Transmission Gully – Green Party media release Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | Press Release “The Government needs to come clean. In fact, the cost is $125 million per...
    The Daily Blog | 29-07
  • New Zealand criticised by Pacific Island leaders
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: New Zealand criticised by Pacific Island leaders Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | Press Release “John Key and his government need to step up and take climate change seriously.” New Zealand needs to...
    The Daily Blog | 29-07
  • So where are the Taxpayer’s Union on Simon Bridges luxury oil dinners?
    So where is David Farrar’s astroturf fake union, the Taxpayer’s Union, to criticise the quarter of a million spent on luxury wine and food to woo the oil industry then? Luxury oil summit during Rugby Cup was an ‘investment’Energy Minister...
    The Daily Blog | 29-07
  • ACT show their true racist colours
    ACT Party conference in Epsom last week At some point ACTs low poll ratings were going to have to force ACT to stop pretending to be some free market under grad fantasy and get them back to their true purpose...
    The Daily Blog | 29-07
  • Broken English, broken government, broken climate
    Bill English’s unguarded statements on climate change demonstrate just how out of touch the National Party leadership really is, and how important it is that they should be forced to face facts. A couple of weeks ago finance minister Bill...
    The Daily Blog | 29-07
  • GUEST BLOG: Kelly Ellis – Privilege Lost
    Elton John didn’t get it wrong when said that sorry was the hardest word. It’s a word whose mere utterance can be seized upon as a sign of weakness and topic of ridicule, while simultaneously expressing understanding and opening the...
    The Daily Blog | 29-07
  • GUEST POST: Curwen Rolinson – A Vote For NZF Is A Vote For NZF – For Na...
    I’m loving this “Duelling Banjos” thing me and Bomber have got going on at the moment - he writes a piece castigating NZF for imminent existential failure due to Cons, I write a refutation setting out why we’ll be back. He writes a...
    The Daily Blog | 29-07
  • Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, holidays
    Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking on Radio Hauraki...
    The Daily Blog | 29-07
  • Laila Harre to run against Key in Helensville
    Another full house in Rotorua as part of Internet MANAs road trip Another day, another full house for the Internet MANA road trip. John Armstrong understands the energy now swirling around Internet MANA, and the latest announcements of Georgina Beyer...
    The Daily Blog | 29-07
  • Waiting for Gower’s Twittering of indignation…
    .   . Key has made his call; deals with ACT and Peter Dunne are in – a deal with the CCCP (Colin Craig’s Conservative Party), is out; . . Now we can look forward to TV3′s political commentator, Patrick...
    The Daily Blog | 29-07
  • National’s desperate oil drilling agenda exposed
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: National’s desperate oil drilling agenda exposed Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | Press Release A Wall Street Journal article exposing the Government’s attempts to lure deep sea oil drillers to New Zealand shows...
    The Daily Blog | 29-07
  • Owner of Kiwis’ favourite tacos takes bold stand for climate action
    MIL OSI – Source: Oxfam NZ – Headline: Owner of Kiwis' favourite tacos takes bold stand for climate action The maker of Old El Paso tacos, Betty Crocker cake mixes and Haagan Daz ice-cream has today committed to industry-leading measures...
    The Daily Blog | 29-07
  • Out of touch Brownlee gets numbers wrong
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Out of touch Brownlee gets numbers wrong Gerry Brownlee has shown how badly he is managing the rebuild by getting his figures wrong on how many houses are needed in Christchurch, Labour’s...
    The Daily Blog | 29-07
  • GUEST BLOG: Michael Wood: Weekend at Bernie’s lll – ACT in Epsom
    While no one will be surprised by yesterday’s deal to prop up ACT in Epsom, the audacity of it is still astounding. ACT is a political corpse. Their sole MP has been found guilty of electoral fraud and bides his...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • So how’s all the ‘ Labour Party man ban’ hysteria working out for you...
    Remember all the screams from the media at the so called ‘man ban’ of the Labour Party? Labour’s attempt at gender equality was really just more evidence of Labour’s man hate,  feminists were taking over, heterosexual red blooded men burnt at the stake....
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Paul Henry; the issue is you, not flag-burning
    There will always be reductive, dangerous and reactionary responses to different forms of oppressive violence by our western, often biased, mainstream media. These reactionary responses purposefully distract from the real issues and those who are at the root and the...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Oh now John Armstrong and Vernon Small want to talk about policy?
    The audacity of the mainstream media seems to know no end. This week both John Armstrong and Vernon Small had the hilarity to demand a focus on policy and not ‘gotcha’ politics… John Armstrong: The ‘gotcha politics’ disease is afflicting...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • “They put Maori centre stage” – Harawira
    MIL OSI – Source: Mana Movement – Headline: “They put Maori centre stage” – Harawira  Posted on July 24, 2014 by admin in Hone Harawira, Press Releases“I’m sorry I can’t be at parliament for the valedictory speeches of Tariana Turia...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Technology get dangerous vehicles and drivers off roads
    Police is expanding its use of automated technology to catch criminals and make the roads safer for all users....
    Scoop politics | 31-07
  • Seafood NZ Says Kaikoura Conservation Legislation a Template
    Seafood New Zealand has hailed the passage of the Kaikoura (Te Tai-o-Marokura) Marine Management Bill by Parliament today as a template for seafood and environment conservation measures throughout New Zealand. Parliament passed the bill into law on the last...
    Scoop politics | 31-07
  • Whale Watch Kaikoura Welcomes Third Reading of Bill
    Whale Watch Kaikoura General Manager Kauahi Ngapora today welcomed the third reading of the Kaikōura (Te Tai ō Marokura) Marine Management Bill....
    Scoop politics | 31-07
  • NZ performers welcome Labour Party proposal
    NZ performers welcome Labour Party proposal to restore fairness and certainty for NZ workers Equity New Zealand today welcomed the announcement by the Labour Party that if elected, it would restore the right of film and television workers to collective...
    Scoop politics | 31-07
  • Tear Fund’s Obsession: Food And Sex (Trafficking)
    Food and sex have always been kindred bedfellows; both are sensory experiences that ignite the passions. For TEAR Fund, however, the relationship is less savoury and more complex. We work in the darkest brothels of Southeast Asia where young girls...
    Scoop politics | 31-07
  • Poll July 14-27: Nat 46% Lab 30% Gr 12% NZ1 5%
    National (46%) lead over Labour/ Greens (42%) cut significantly as Key rules out deal with Conservative Party but says National would consider a deal with NZ First (5%)...
    Scoop politics | 31-07
  • Study could be used to counter high suicide rates
    Should social media companies such as Facebook and Twitter be subject to moral obligations with regards to their customers' mental health? In the wake of the furore following the “Emotional Contagion” study carried out by Facebook themselves, the question...
    Scoop politics | 31-07
  • Labour’s Minimum Wage Proposal a Backward Step
    Democrats for Social Credit finance spokesperson Chris Leitch has attacked Labour’s proposals to increase the minimum wage labelling it ”a backward step for low and middle income earners”....
    Scoop politics | 31-07
  • Sealord applauds passing of Fisheries FCV Bill
    Sealord Group has welcomed the passing of the Fisheries (Foreign Charter Vessels) Amendment Bill as a move that will safeguard workers and protect New Zealand’s sustainable fishing reputation....
    Scoop politics | 31-07
  • Liam Butler interviews Hon David Cunliffe
    With older Kiwis comprising a growing proportion of New Zealand's population we all need to recognise the significant contribution they make to society - not only as taxpayers and consumers, but as employers, paid workers and volunteers....
    Scoop politics | 31-07
  • GC Star Supports Beyer
    Star of reality TV series The GC, Alby Waititi, has thrown his support behind Mana’s Te Tai Tonga candidate Georgina Beyer....
    Scoop politics | 31-07
  • New ACC Executive appointments announced
    ACC Chief Executive Scott Pickering today announced appointments to the ACC Executive Team effective from 1 September. The new Executive, which contains new roles and responsibilities, contains five members of the existing Executive and two new appointments....
    Scoop politics | 31-07
  • Ministry CEO Hides in Office for Award Ceremony
    Following this morning’s coverage of the extravagant expenditure by Pauline Winter, the CEO of the Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs, Porky the Taxpayers’ Union mascot visited the Ministry’s Wellington Office to present the Union’s first “Troughing...
    Scoop politics | 31-07
  • Students’ first-in-family policy needs support
    Free education for the first person in a family to undertake tertiary study is a creative, innovative and transformative proposal from New Zealand students, says TEU vice-president Sandra Grey....
    Scoop politics | 31-07
  • Fishing Bill a major step towards fixing industry problems
    The Maritime Union says the passing of a bill reforming the fishing industry is a major step in fixing serious problems....
    Scoop politics | 31-07
  • Waikato-Tainui marae to receive $15 million top up
    Waikato-Tainui Te Kauhanganui marae are set to receive a one-off grant worth more than $15 million. Following the call from Te Kauhanganui, sixty-six marae will receive a base grant of $150,000 and an additional per capita grant based on the...
    Scoop politics | 31-07
  • Outdoor Council Backs Fish and Game in Minister Smith Stoush
    A national outdoor recreation council has backed Fish and Game in the wake of an argument with Conservation Minister Nick Smith over the organisation's advocacy role for cleaning up New Zealand's rivers from a deteriorating state....
    Scoop politics | 31-07
  • Income Equality Aotearoa New Zealand Inc. – Closing the Gap
    Simon Bridges says increasing the minimum wage will cost us at least 6000 jobs, hurt businesses and reduce growth. Rubbish, says Peter Malcolm National Secretary of Income Equality Aotearoa New Zealand Inc....
    Scoop politics | 31-07
  • Call on Pauline Winter to Front up Or Resign
    Responding to the Fairfax report that taxpayers are footing the bill for the Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs’ Chief Executive and to fly to Auckland most weekends, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says:...
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • Petition generates progress for new nurses
    Last week the New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) launched a petition to get a nurse entry to practice (NEtP) programme for every new graduate nurse. This week, and more than 7,000 signatures later, we are very pleased to hear the...
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • NZ Parliament backs media freedom in West Papua
    West Papua Action Auckland applauds the decision of the New Zealand Parliament to give its backing to genuine media freedom for local and international journalists in West Papua....
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • Wellington protest rally to march for Gaza
    “Marchers from Wellington Students for Justice in Palestine intend to lay memorials at the Rabin memorial in Harris Street during a protest rally on Saturday. The names of some child victims of the Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip will...
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • ACT Leader Dr Jamie Whyte calls Dame Susan Devoy to resign
    Dame Susan Devoy has responded to my speech calling for racial equality by publicly condemning it as “grotesque and inflammatory"....
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • WW1 anniversary: Peace vigils on 4 August
    Monday, 4 August, is the 100th anniversary of the start of World War One, "the war to end all wars". Peace Movement Aotearoa, in association with Quakers, is coordinating nation-wide candle-lit vigils on 4 August, in conjunction with peace...
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • Making It Easier for Disabled Voters to Have Their Say
    The Electoral Commission is making it easier for disabled New Zealanders to enrol and vote, with the confirmation that telephone dictation voting will be in place for the 2014 general election....
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • AA welcomes lower drink-driving limit
    Lowering the adult drink driving limit is one good step forward in making our roads safer, says the Automobile Association. Parliament voted last night to reduce the blood alcohol limit to .05 for drivers aged 20 or over. The AA...
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • RSA welcomes Veterans Support Act
    The Royal New Zealand Returned and Services Association welcomes the passage of the Veterans Support Act into law tonight. RSA National President, Don McIver, says that while it has taken a long time to get to this point, and there...
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • Political debate Thursday July 31st at Whanau Centre
    Waipareira will host a political debate on Thursday at Whanau Centre, Henderson, starting at 7pm. Hosted by broadcaster Willie Jackson, candidates will be asked the tough questions about Whanau Ora, the future of the Maori Seats, Housing, Child Poverty...
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • They Can’t All Win Off the Race-Card
    “They can’t all play the race card and expect to win off it”, said MANA Leader and MP for Te Tai Tokerau Hone Harawira, following comments by ACT Leader Jamie Whyte, Conservative Leader Colin Craig, and NZ First Leader Winston...
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • New Zealanders Being Gouged by Electricity and Liquid Fuels
    New Zealand consumers of electricity are being price gouged to the tune of about $1.388 million while the companies pocket the profits, a new economic analysis released today by the Iwi Leaders Forum reveals....
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • Push For Gender Confusion In Schools
    Family First NZ is warning schools about an agenda to bring gender confusion in to schools in areas such as changing rooms, sports teams and school uniforms....
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • Labour work and wages policy good for working people
    The Maritime Union says Labour’s new policy on work and wages, announced today, is good for the working people of New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • Joint Statement on EU-New Zealand Partnership Agreement
    Joint Statement on EU-New Zealand Partnership Agreement on Relations and Cooperation (PARC) by High Representative for EU Foreign and Security Policy Catherine Ashton and New Zealand Foreign Minister Murray McCully...
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • Time to lift unliveable wage rates
    The Service and Food Workers Union has welcomed Labour’s determination to lift New Zealand’s unliveable wage rates. The Labour Party today announced their Work and Wages policy....
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • Judith Collins and Women’s Refuge – ‘Doing a Katie Bradford’
    In Rethinking’s latest blog; http://blog.rethinking.org.nz/2014/07/judith-collins-and-womens-refuge.html Kim Workman suggests that Ms Collins treatment of the Women’s Refuge in a recent Q and A interview, could spark a new slang term in the national lexicon – ‘Doing...
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • Independent candidate advocates monetary paradigm shift
    Waikanae veterinarian Dr Amanda Vickers is standing as an independent for the Otaki electorate, with a view to modernise monetary policy....
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • Review of Radiocommunications Act 1989
    The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) has today published a discussion document reviewing New Zealand’s Radiocommunications Act 1989. The discussion document looks at issues including competition regulation, technical parameters on...
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • Unite Union welcomes Labour Party increase to minimum wage
    Unite Union welcomes the announcement today by the Labour Party to increase the minimum wage by $2 per hour by early 2015....
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • Taxing Struggling Families to Boost Bureaucrats Shameful
    Responding to Labour leader David Cunliffe’s announcement that a Labour Government would ensure public servants would receive at least the Living Wage, significantly more than their private sector counterparts, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director...
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • Labour reforms show commitment to tackling inequality
    The NZ Labour Party’s just-announced industrial relations agenda demonstrates a clear commitment to tackling the growing inequality in New Zealand and restore democracy to our workplaces, according to FIRST Union....
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • Debacle shows danger of contracting out public services
    The Public Service Association (PSA) says the Novopay debacle shows core public services are best provided in-house....
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • Public servants welcome Labour’s living wage announcement
    The Public Service Association (PSA) says Labour’s commitment to ensure all core public service workers are paid at least the living wage will be welcome news to thousands of hard working New Zealanders....
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • Commission urges politicians to stick to the major issues
    In the run up to the general election Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy is urging politicians to “do the right thing and stick to those major issues that will help make New Zealand a better place for all our...
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • Statement on behalf of Rochelle Crewe
    Rochelle Crewe has lived a life of anonymity. The tragic killing of her parents in 1970, when she was only 18 months old, has understandably been the subject of much media attention in this country in the four decades since....
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • All parties need to help save Maui’s dolphins
    Forest & Bird is urging all political parties to adopt the recommendations of scientists - and the International Whaling Commission - in order to save to save the Maui’s dolphin from extinction....
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • Navigating Our Future Conference: Leaders’ Dialogue
    As pre-election positioning heats up and the environment has emerged as a key issue, the Leaders’ Dialogue at EDS’s annual conference next week will be an opportunity to interrogate the main parties....
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • Labour’s policy promises a return to fairness at work
    Workers across New Zealand will benefit from the Labour Party’s work and wages policy, says the Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union. “Labour’s policy is a comprehensive package which will lift wages, lower unemployment, and build a...
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • Labour’s policies a step change for working people
    “After six long years of working life getting tougher in New Zealand workers have been given a real choice today with the announcement of Labour's Industrial Relations policy package,” CTU President Helen Kelly said....
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • Tear Fund Launches Emergency Appeal for Gaza
    As the death toll surpasses 1000 in Gaza, TEAR Fund has launched an appeal to help civilians caught up in the conflict between Israel and Palestine. TEAR Fund CEO and chairman of the NGO Disaster Relief Forum Ian McInnes said,...
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • Democrats for Social Credit Party celebrates 60 years
    Monetary reformers from across New Zealand will celebrate the Democrats for Social Credit Party’s (DSC) 60th anniversary at its annual conference at Quality Hotel Elms in Christchurch this weekend....
    Scoop politics | 29-07
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