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Dirty politics ironic lolz

Written By: - Date published: 8:22 pm, November 15th, 2011 - 111 comments
Categories: election 2011 - Tags: , ,

An activist orchestrates the temporary alteration of National billboards and John Key’s response is that:

There is no room for negative campaigning in New Zealand.

This within hours of the National Party research unit shopping a dirt story on the cameraman who recorded Key’s conversation with Banksie (which I’ve been told is damaging due to the realpolitik cynicism displayed by Key).

Well that’s ironic isn’t it.

On a not so lolz note, it’s disgraceful Russel Norman has stood his EA down because of the political activism of her partner – if a private employer had done that her union would be tearing them a new one right now but I suspect that Russel’s not going to let a few principles stand in the way of the centrist swing vote his party’s currently taking from National.

I guess he and John aren’t so different after all.

111 comments on “Dirty politics ironic lolz”

  1. Ah but Fairfax shopped the story and the fingerprints on the murder weapon aren’t those of the NPRU.

    Plausible denial and smoker and mirrors and then they can stand up and pretend to be victims.

    And Slater can talk about the Labour Party being the “nasty party” without a skerrett of embarrassment.

    I must admit they are damn good at the spin. 

  2. Draco T Bastard 2

    On a not so lolz note, it’s disgraceful Russel Norman has stood his EA down because of the political activism of her partner…

    Yep, that would be wrongful dismissal. Might be voting Mana after all.

    • IrishBill 2.1

      At the moment it’s a stand down pending “investigation”. Which is bullshit. I’d expect a substantial hurt and humiliation grievance for publicly naming her if it were a normal employer but political staff don’t generally have the same protections as civilians.

      • QoT 2.1.1

        To be a complete troll, if Goff had thought of the same response Darren Hughes might still be an MP …

      • fmacskasy 2.1.2

        ‘Bill, it seems one must be a virginal saint to work in the civil service these days.

        Until you get made redundant, of course. Then it’s time to lose the virginity and kick up your heels in an almight piss-up.

    • lefty 2.2

      Who would want to be a supporter of the Green Party if its co- leaders are going to dob you in to the state if you do something they disagree with?

      I can understand Russel and Metiria distancing themselves from the actions of the activists publicly, but dobbing in your own supporters to the state forces is about as disgusting as it gets.

      I know it can be frustrating if billboards are damaged – I have spent a lot of time repairing them myself over the years – but putting stickers onto opposition hoardings to improve their message is simply vigourous politicing, not a serious crime.

      Anybody who has any doubts about whether these two will go into coalition with National is dreaming.

      They have been trying to pretend they are both left and right, or insiders and outsiders at the same time, for years now and have finally shown their true colours.

      And don’t give me that crap about the party deciding whether they will go with National. The party will decide what Russel and Metiria want it to decide.

      Every working class person knows to have nothing to do with somebody who dobs in their mates because of a small falling out.

      Its called solidarity and obviously in short supply in the Greens.

      • Rodel 2.2.1

        The stick- ons were brilliantly subtle!
        It’s about time someone took the p*ss out of the one man celebrity band and put a bit of meaning into the otherwise hollow Nat party hoardings.
        Up to now except for Labour’s blunt comments National has kept the election campaign bland, trivial and uninteresting, a strategy which suits them well.
        I love Key’s crocodile tears of indignation over the stick-ons and the tapes.
        Good on the cameraman,and the Greens.. add a bit of Winston to the teapot and voters might get interested.

        • KJT 2.2.1.1

          The signs were stickered, rather than vandalised.

          It is actually rather amusing.

          Especially the overreaction from National.

          A bit of truth in advertising for National.

          Their signs should read.

          Vote for National. We will either put you out of work or reduce your wages, steal your wealth, give it to offshore banks and our mates then leave you with the debts.

          The brighter future is blatant false advertising.

          • Rodel 2.2.1.1.1

            Mike Williams described it on Nine to Noon as ” a time honoured tradition” I agree.
            ‘Yeah Right! ‘ would be appropriate..just stick-ons though.

  3. ze 3

    I think the standing down is more to do with her prior knowledge of this action being planned and her decision not to communicate this to the party rather than the actual actions of her partner

    • IrishBill 3.1

      I fail to see what that’s got to do with her employment relationship. As would the ERA.

      • Lanthanide 3.1.1

        I guess it depends what her employment contract says. It it says anything about “professional conduct” and “not bringing The Green Party into ill repute” then the Greens probably have a case for the stand down.

        • felix 3.1.1.1

          Surely that suggests actually doing something to bring them into disrepute.

          How can not doing something (telling Russel) be the same thing, unless the contract says you must act as a policeman and enforcer at all times day and night?

          • The Voice of Reason 3.1.1.1.1

            Well, if I know my biblical injunctions, sins of omission are just as bad as sins of commission.

            • IrishBill 3.1.1.1.1.1

              So if your partner or friend was engaged in activism that had nothing to do with your employer and you don’t tell your employer about it you’d be happy to be stood down when it comes to light?

              Because apart from a green party membership (which anyone could take out) there’s no link between the greens and this action. They’re punishing her for not telling them about something that had nothing to do with them. They’re scared of being smeared by (pretty weak) association and they’ve had a panicked and unfair response.

              • Lanthanide

                If your partner or friend was involved in activism against the company that you worked for, then I think your company might have grounds, yes.

                In the case of political parties, image is hugely important, especially during a campaign. In this case her partner has sullied the image of her employer, which counts as activism against the employer as per my statement above.

                • Colonial Viper

                  In the case of political parties, image is hugely important, especially during a campaign. In this case her partner has sullied the image of her employer, which counts as activism against the employer as per my statement above.

                  Explain to me again how your partner’s activism against your employer – assuming you did not provide assistance in any form – should threaten your own job.

                  That’s bullshit.

                  I personally thought Turei and Norman have been gutless and whimpering in their response, while Key easily assumed the position of moral superiority (well practiced bene bashing tone of voice).

                  Lefty is right. The Greens have no fucking idea of solidarity and they will fall.

                  • The Baron

                    Oh noes, they may lose the couple of hundred votes that come with “solidarity”? I guess they’ll have to get elected without CV, Draco and you other fanbois after all!
                    But looky looky – Greens still at all time highs?! When will the failure you prophecise occur, CV? Cos it looks to me like chasing the middle rather than you hard core lefty flunkies is proving exactly the right strategy.
                    Solidarity is dead, losers. Good luck wasting your vote with Mana, Draco.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      “Greens still at all time highs”

                      LOL mate no new polls have been taken since this news story broke you are getting really desperate, how exactly do you know that the Greens remain at all time highs after this mess?

                  • weka

                    “The Greens have no fucking idea of solidarity and they will fall.”

                    They won’t fall. The middle classes don’t even think about solidarity. The Greens are gaining the middle ground. And good for them. By the time of the next election they will be firmly in the bosom of the well off, and that will leave space for Mana to pick up the social justice issues.

                    I don’t particularly like much of what the Greens are doing, but I approve of their tactics because we are better off with them having more MPs in parliament, and hopefully government. They can only do that if they court the middle ground. I’ve voted Green for as long as they’ve been around, but I’m guessing next election or maybe the one after I will vote Mana.

                    • Vicky32

                      I have come across too many Blue-Greens lately, and although I have always voted Green for my party vote, that ends now… I am reminded of  the people in the Environment Group at Uni years ago – I worked for them as a typist on an SCSP project in 1981, and called them the Middle Class Kiddies after a Tom Robinson song..

                • felix

                  Lanth,

                  “If your partner or friend was involved in activism against the company that you worked for…”

                  How is that relevant to this case? Activism against the Greens?

                  “In this case her partner has sullied the image of her employer, which counts as activism against the employer …”

                  Again you’re ascribing an action where there is none. This had zero to do with the Green Party until Russel decided that his staff weren’t doing enough unpaid overtime snooping around in their private lives looking for tidbits of intel to report to him.

                  Fuck that and fuck him.

                  • Tangled up in blue

                    This had zero to do with the Green Party

                    The guy coordinating the illegal activity was a Green Party member. His partner who knew about the vandalism was one of the the Green Party co-leaders executive assistant.

                    Of course the Party isn’t responsible for some idiot militant member but when it involves someone from their head office not disclosing information of this nature then it’s a bit ridiculous to claim that it had zero to do with the Green Party.

                    • felix

                      Is the Green Party (or any party) responsible for any and every thing a member does?

                    • Lanthanide

                      If a senior Green staffer fails to inform their party leaders of upcoming activities that would materially damage their image, are they responsible when the damage to the image is done?

                    • felix

                      And it’s damaging to the image of the Green Party because what?

                      Because the person who did it was a party member?

                      FFS Lanth, are you going to hold the Party responsible for every minor criminal act performed by a $15-per-year paying member?

                      If not, you could be a lot clearer about where you’re drawing the line.

                    • Tangled up in blue

                      And it’s damaging to the image of the Green Party because what?

                      Because the person who did it was a party member?

                      It’s damaging to the Party because it involves a staffer from their head office.

                      Had it just been some muppet (who was too stupid cancel his Party membership) and his colleagues then it would have been far less damaging.

                    • felix

                      “It’s damaging to the Party because it involves a staffer from their head office. “

                      Haven’t seen that reported anywhere. I heard it was her partner.

                    • Tangled up in blue

                      Felix it seems to come down to you thinking that the executive assistant didn’t have an obligation to alert the Party. I disagree.

                      As mentioned earlier it might come down to the interpretation of her employment contract. Which in my experience involves not bringing ill-repute to the organization; which not disclosing knowledge of members illegal activities does.

                    • rosy

                      Loyalty to partner, loyalty to party…. hmmm which one to choose? (that’s rhetorical, btw). Either way, she does not represent him, nor he, her. Nor does he represent the Green Party and she was not involved.

                    • felix

                      “thinking that the executive assistant didn’t have an obligation to alert the Party”

                      Alert them of what? That a person not involved in the employment relationship was intending to do something involving a political party also not involved in the employment relationship?

                      That’s like saying if I work as, say, a lowly bank auditor for the ASB, and I hear – outside of the context of my work – that someone I know plans to draw a penis on a Westpac billboard, then I should tell my boss.

                    • Lanthanide

                      But that’s an obviously false allegory, felix.

                      More correct is this: both ASB and Westpac are going head to head trying to win an award for Best Bank of the Year. Both banks have put up numerous billboards all over town asking people to vote for them. You work as an executive assistant to a regional manager at ASB who has oversight of the billboard campaign, and you become aware of a concerted plan by someone you know to systematically and widely deface Westpac’s billboards. You choose to say nothing to your boss. When the issue becomes public it becomes known that you knew about the issue and chose not to tell your boss.

                      You don’t seem to get that billboard advertising is a core component of election campaigns and everyone involved needs to treat the opposition with respect. This also isn’t “draw[ing] a penis on a westpac billboard”, this was systematic, organised vandalism to over 700 billboards. It’s in a completely different ballpark.

                    • felix

                      It’s a far closer allegory than your “breaking into your own office and trashing the place” one. Just saying.

            • felix 3.1.1.1.1.2

              TVoR,

              So you’re a 24/7 policeman for your boss? Must pay well.

              • The Voice of Reason

                Not quite sure what ‘policeman’ has to do with it, felix, but, yeah, I am pretty much on guard 24/7 for my employer and the thousands of people whose interests we represent. The pay is less than that earned by the folk I see on the other side of the table, but I’m Ok with that because I have the greater job satisfaction.
                 
                All employees owe their employer a duty of care (and vice versa). If a worker is aware of potential damage coming their employer’s way, they have an obligation to alert the employer. And if they are then linked to that damage, then they can expect to be called to account.

                • felix

                  “If a worker is aware of potential damage coming their employer’s way…”

                  This is where I have a problem with your reasoning. No-one was plotting to damage Green billboards.

                  • The Voice of Reason

                    The damage isn’t to the Green’s billboards, felix, its to their credibility. The EA concerned knew that there was a potential downside to the plan, hence her telling her partner she wanted no part of it. But, merely distancing herself from the action, while maintaining silence about it, is not a defence. She has let the Greens down rather badly and as I noted elsewhere, has possibly cost them a seat or two.
                     
                    The crux of the employment investigation is whether she was obliged to do more than just close her eyes, cover her ears and mouth and hope it didn’t go pear shaped. It is almost inevitable that the outcome will be that she has breached her employment obligations in a way that equates to serious misconduct. She may avoid getting sacked (and I bet she has considered resigning), but this is definitely a situation where she has shown a lapse of judgement in her personal life that reflects badly on her employer. And, because she isn’t a permanently pissed All Black, it won’t be swept under the carpet.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      The damage isn’t to the Green’s billboards, felix, its to their credibility.

                      Campaigning on the frontlines making National billboards more truthy is absolutely good for Green Party credibility dammit.

                      Except in Russel Norman’s pandering blue world.

                    • The Voice of Reason

                      I hope you’re right, CV, I really do. But getting caught in the act is the problem here, not the wit, humour and style of the action. Still, one upside I see is the regular showing in the MSM of the altered hoardings and the ‘rich deserve more’ sticker. That isn’t doing the Nats any favours!

                    • felix

                      Who broke the story?

                    • weka

                      “Campaigning on the frontlines making National billboards more truthy is absolutely good for Green Party credibility dammit.”

                      I completely agree. But the man who organised that is an idiot of epic proportions. The *only* way that this wouldn’t damage the Greens was if it could be guaranteed not to link back to them. Being in a relationship with someone high up in the Greens means automatically that you can’t take certain kinds of actions (remember the woman earlier in the year who didn’t tell the media that her partner was a GP candidate, but pushed a GP agenda?).

                      All the dimwit had to do was put a firewall between himself and the activism. Not only did he not do that but he went on live radio where other GP members’ recognised his voice. This suggests two things: he wasn’t just a fee paying peasant GP member, he’s probably active in the party, and that he actively sought to increase publicity for the activism without thinking it through. Thrice an idiot then.

                      I’m fucked off. The only good result in this election is one that includes the Greens getting as many MPs as they can. This guy’s thoughtlessness has just undermined that.

                    • terryg

                      well said Weka, I concur. fucking moron.

                      CV, would you be complacent if, say, a member of ACT had defaced 700 labour billboards?

                      shame.

                    • weka

                      Um, I don’t have a problem with an activist who is also a GP member organising the stickering of 700 National Party billboards (more power to him). I have a problem with him being in a relationship with someone so high up in the GP and him being so stupid as to not realise that when/if he got caught it would be bad for the party. I also have a problem if he is active in the GP at the election level.

    • Anne 3.2

      I expect she didn’t tell them because she thought the less they know, the better it would be for the Greens. In other words… the wrong decision but for the right reasons.

  4. Ianupnorth 4

    Can somebody please tell me what exactly is wrong with correcting the plethora of lies currently being generated by the Nats?
     
    The labour ads are all about Auckland rail, retention of assets, etc – tangible things.
     
    The Nats ‘Building a brighter future’ is so incredibly subjective and fully open to challenge on an array of fronts.

  5. The Voice of Reason 5

    A couple of minor quibbles, IB. Russel isn’t her employer, as I understand it. She would be employed by Parliamentary Services to provide EA services to him in his role as co-leader. Her appointment would be on his recommendation, however. He has a fair bit of say as to who his senior staffers are.
     
    A paid suspension in these circumstances is both justifiable and quite normal. Her failure to alert her employer or Norman directly to what was planned brings in to question her judgement and leads to questions about trust and confidence, so an investigation is pretty obviously required.
     
    I agree that its unfortunate her name is out, but that’s her partner’s fault, not Norman’s. If he hadn’t have let his ego get in the way of common sense and not gone on the radio, then he might have got away with it, and she wouldn’t be facing a difficult week or two while it gets sorted.
     
    The good news is that she won’t get fired, unless she has previous form. This is a warning at most; final perhaps, but not the end of her career.

    • IrishBill 5.1

      Parliamentary services take their cues from the leader in these circumstances.She’s been sttod down because Russel has decided she should be stood down. I’m not sure she won’t be fired as loss of “trust and confidence” can be enough to have parliamentary staff fired within the law.

      • insider 5.1.1

        That trust and confidence clause is a beauty for getting people out, and it only exists in Parliament. I’m surprised it’s never been tested in the courts. Are PArl Services exempt from employment law?

  6. Tangled up in blue 7

    On a not so lolz note, it’s disgraceful Russel Norman has stood his EA down because of the political activism of her partner – if a private employer had done that her union would be tearing them a new one right now but I suspect that Russel’s not going to let a few principles stand in the way of the centrist swing vote his party’s currently taking from National.

    OF COURSE due process involves her being stood down pending an investigation as to her role.

    She knew her partner was coordinating a nationwide campaign to illegally deface an opponent’s political advertisements. Her not disclosing this information has embarrassed the Green Party, reinforced negative public stereotypes about the party and most likely stopped the recent momentum of the party.

    Do you seriously think Norman should have done nothing???

  7. toad 8

    IB: Russel Norman’s EA has, according to media reports, been suspended (on full pay) pending an investigation into her role in the issue.

    That is a totally legitimate response for an employer (and the employer is the Parliamentary Service, not Russel Norman or the Green Party) to take in the circumstances.

    Over at Kiwiblog, they are baying for her to be sacked immediately – with no evidence at all to back up that demand. That is not a legitimate response for an employer to take.

    We need to let the issue take its course under due process, and for the Parliamentary Service, or eventually the ERA or Employment Court if it comes to that, to determine whether any disciplinary action is justified.

    • IrishBill 8.1

      You keen on Greens staff being required to tell their leader everything about every activist action they hear about? Should a green staffer who has a flatmate involved in animal rights be telling Russel about every battery farm raid they hear about? Will Russel then inform the police ahead of time in order to protect the green brand?

      This is bullshit. Russel told the media that his EA had known about it. Rather than shut it down he chose to hang her out to dry in order to protect the political ground he’s made into “middle New Zealand”.

      It was a stupid panicked and venal response and it’s gonna drive a wedge between the greens and their members.

      • fmacskasy 8.1.1

        Closer to the truth, Irishbill.

        As I was saying today, it’s a rather strange era we live in when the Greens have become “respectable” and more worried about niceties, than taking direct political action.

        I wonder if I should ‘fess up now, that I painted “Freedom for Dissidents!” on the walls of the Soviet Embassy, in Wellington, in the late 1970s…

      • toad 8.1.2

        IB, I don’t know the details, and nor do you. But I trust the Greens’ leadership enough in their commitment to good employment practices to know that a suspension on full pay would not have happened without reasonable cause to investigate her role.

        • IrishBill 8.1.2.1

          They’ve done it to send a signal to the voters they’re drawing off National, not because of reasonable cause. And they’ve lost my vote for it.

      • Lanthanide 8.1.3

        “Should a green staffer who has a flatmate involved in animal rights be telling Russel about every battery farm raid they hear about?”

        Directly attacking your political opponent’s billboards is clearly not the same as attacking a poultry farm, is it?

        • Colonial Viper 8.1.3.1

          Quite right. Attacking a political opponents billboard is par for the course.

          Its been happening since the days of the Reform party and before, let’s get over ourselves here please.

          • Lanthanide 8.1.3.1.1

            Can you cite any previous examples in the last 20 years of a party making a concerted effort of attacking opponents billboards en-masse?

            The fact that the Greens didn’t sanction this is irrelevant – it is linked strongly to their upper leadership by way of inaction on the part of this senior staffer.

            Because I don’t believe this is “par for the course” at all.

            • felix 8.1.3.1.1.1

              “Can you cite any previous examples in the last 20 years of a party making a concerted effort of attacking opponents billboards en-masse?”

              Can you cite a current one?

              • Lanthanide

                Whether sanctioned by the Greens or not, a senior Green staffer is involved by way of not informing the party when she knew it was going to happen.

                Remember the cabinet manual guidelines about avoiding conflicts of interest? It says the important thing is to avoid perceived conflicts of interest, whether or not they actually exist. It’s the same deal here – the actions of the highly placed party staffer’s spouse reflect badly on the party because she chose not to tell the party what was planned.

              • KJT

                The Green and Labour billboards I see are always getting graffitied and damaged.

                Normal actions for the nutty right so it does not make the papers.

  8. felix 9

    Never liked that ginger twat. I wish he’d fuck off back to oz so I could vote Green again.

    • kriswgtn 9.1

      +1

      He is the reason I wont vote Green this year.I Just dont like the idiot.

      Mana’s got my party vote and will be voting for Forster to get rid of that horrid Nathan Guy

      cockfuk he is

      • Colonial Viper 9.1.1

        My left mates have always said that Norman is a untrustworthy wannabe and its been proven. And Turei did not handle the pressure.

        Meltdown week ahead for the Greens.

      • weka 9.1.2

        That’s stupid. Mana will get all their MPs from electorate votes, so giving them your party vote is a waste of a vote on the left. If you don’t want to give it to the GP at least give it to Labour where it might do some good.

        • marty mars 9.1.2.1

          i don’t agree weka. Giving your party vote to Mana is not a waste at all – in fact it is the opposite. A strong Mana Party vote will make a strong left.

          • weka 9.1.2.1.1

            Hi Marty,

            Given we both agree that Mana having more MPs is good for the left, how do you see that happening? Do you mean that the party vote will give them more MPs than what they win from the electorate vote?

            If Mana get 2.5% of the party vote, that would give them 3 MPs. Do you think they will not get those from the electorates? (I haven’t taken into account overhangs there).

            I haven’t been following this very closely lately and don’t know what Mana is up to, so would be interested in your (or anyone else’s) thoughts.

  9. logie97 10

    The Key/National/police cosy relationship appears to be manifesting all its power now. So who is doing the digging on the free-lance journalist at the centre of the Cup-of-Tea business. Because it would appear that he is in for a vicious character assassination from now. If he knows what was on that tape, he should get his retaliation in first because he is sure gonna go down – they will stop at nothing.

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/5970037/Teacup-cameramans-police-past

  10. Hypothetically, if someone admits that he or she was in possession of information about behaviours seriously prejudicial to the interests of the employer and his/her organisation for an extended period, and failed to inform his/her employer, the employer has a right to stand him/her down immediately on the basis of a fundamental breakdown of the trust relations in the employment relationship. And I think that, provided the stand-down process itself was handled in a correct manner, the employer decision would be upheld in the Authority.

    • IrishBill 11.1

      Yeah but there is no link except for the fact she works for the greens. Or are you claiming that the actions of your partner should be considered sufficient to constitute you bringing your employer into disrepute?

      In which case should private companies be able to stand down and investigate their workers when their workers partners engage in political activism?

      • Tangled up in blue 11.1.1

        In which case should private companies be able to stand down and investigate their workers when their workers partners engage in political activism?

        If that activism involved illegal activity against the companies main competitor and the said employee failed to inform their employer.

      • The Voice of Reason 11.1.2

        She’s the link, IB. She knew about it (her partner said on telly that when he told her, she told him that she could not be involved, which indicates she realised the seriousness of the situation months ago). It’s about her failure to alert the Greens to criminal behaviour during the time of an election which has now tainted their brand. 
         
        And while I don’t think she will lose her job, she should ponder whether she has just cost a couple of Green’s list candidates the jobs they looked likely to have won on last week’s polling. Because if the Green vote drops down to single figures, I bet it won’t be Russel that gets the blame.
         
        And on Russel’s performance, he has at least managed to contain the story to the point where it hasn’t derailed the tea tape saga. That is still the big story tonight and it looks like it will run and run, happily ;).

      • Robert Winter 11.1.3

        I am deliberately not saying anything about a particular case (because I don’t and can’t know the details). Let me put a hypothetical case to you.

        Employer A in Company B employs Employee X as a PA. Employee X becomes aware that personal friend Y (not an employee) is engaged in fraudulent activity against Company B. Employee X does nothing about it for an extended period of time, in particular, not telling Employer A of the fraud. Employer A then discovers the situation. Is Employer A entitled, in that situation, to believe:

        a) that there is serious breakdown in the trust relationship such that the employer can no longer have confidence in Employee X and
        b) is Employer A entitled to stand down Employee X whilst the issue is formally investigated?

        Whilst I’m not a lawyer, and will bow to technical expertise on this, my experience tells me that, provided the process side is handled properly, the employer would be found to have acted reasonably in trems of both a) and b).

        No axe to grind on this – just reflecting on my own experience with cases.

        • Lanthanide 11.1.3.1

          I agree with you Robert, VoR and Tangled up in blue.

          I think the problem you have Irish is that you don’t acknowledge that this action, by being associated with the Green party brand, has damaged the Green party. The employee of the Green party knew about it for a long period of time and did nothing to stop it.

          It’s no different to me knowing that one of my friends was going to break into my work, smash all the windows and set the fire sprinkler system off, trashing the place. If I knew my friend was going to do that, and failed to inform my bosses, I’d expect to be in trouble.

          • ianmac 11.1.3.1.1

            The idea was floated months ago. She said No way. No further discussion and then the stickers appeared.
            I am glad that my wife doesn’t report me to someone every time that I have a dumb idea. I suggested to her that I could save money by recyling my toothpaste. She doesn’t really think that I will.

            • Lanthanide 11.1.3.1.1.1

              How do you know there wasn’t any further discussion after that?

              Since it was an orchestrated event with 700 billboards hit at once with 50 people involved, that’d take a bit of cash and organising to do. It’s likely he would have told her what he was doing leading up to the event and even if not, the stickers didn’t “magically” appear there by themselves. He’s highly likely to have gone out and participated in the stickering, which was done overnight, so it’s reasonable to assume that she was notice his absence then.

              Even if he really had only told her about it once a couple of months ago, when she first saw it reported and that it was by mysterious “Jo Henky” she should’ve gone to Norman to say she knew who it was. She didn’t.

          • Blue 11.1.3.1.2

            If one of your friends decided to cover a workmate’s desk in funny stickers, would you expect to get stood down for it?

            To me, this falls under the category of prank, rather than crime. The billboards are fine. The stickers peel straight off. It’s not like they defaced them or damaged them or made them unusable in any way.

            The storm over this is all a bit precious, really.

            • seeker 11.1.3.1.2.1

              The only one to damage a board was Michael Parkin on TV1 news tonight.
              He carelessly pulled half a sticker off a board and the ‘national blue’ paper came away with it. I wonder if he will pay for the repair of the board, because he didn’t need to touch it to make his report?
              I expect he will be more than happy to, because I believe he is another Nat. sychophant in political reporter’s clothing, judging by his often less- than- objective reporting.

            • Lanthanide 11.1.3.1.2.2

              Yes, I can see that being a point worth arguing over.

              But what Irish has been arguing so far is that they have no grounds to suspend her for knowing about her partner’s plans but doing nothing. He hasn’t been arguing that the act itself isn’t something to get worked up over.

              Personally I think I come right down on the fence on this issue. I can see that it was mostly harmless (and also telling the truth), but at the same time can see National’s point of view as well. I’d have to think about it for a while before I could come to a firm conclusion on one side or the other with supporting reasons.

              • rosy

                I like Bomber’s take on it….

                Pithy critiques of National Party spin [the stickers] however is as far from ‘vandalism’ as a microphone recording a conversation at a press conference is as far from phone hacking the family of a murdered child.

                … and considering they peel off. A protest like this is o.k. in my book, whereas spray-painting and damaging hoardings is not. In fact until the perpetrator, and his partner, were outed most on the left were enjoying the entirely appropriate and correctly-pointed joke. Now some are allowing John Key to run the discourse – again!

          • felix 11.1.3.1.3

            Lanth,

            “It’s no different to me knowing that one of my friends was going to break into my work, smash all the windows and set the fire sprinkler system off, trashing the place.”

            Are you taking the piss?

            More like knowing that one of your friends was going to go to some other company’s place of work and draw a penis in the dirt on their window.

            I think you should take a step back and have a look at what you’re saying. You’ve gone off the deep end.

            • Lanthanide 11.1.3.1.3.1

              If you heard Metiria Turei on the radio this morning, she was saying that the Green Party pride themselves as being “above dirty tactics”.

              This is seen as a dirty tactic with strong links to the Green party, whether you like it or not.

              • felix

                Then Metiria is as useless as the poison ginger dwarf.

                This is just cuddling up to National and National’s voters. It’s the reason I let my green membership lapse this term, and although I was still considering voting for them (and campaigning for them again) this has pretty much put the kibosh on that.

                Norman shouldn’t have said anything beyond “Why are you asking me? It’s fucking stickers. Fuck off.”

                It’s bullshit Lanth. It’s some fucking stickers, and Norman has turned it into a Green-neutering pro-National media op. And I can’t support a Green Party that’s scared of stickers and thinks National are their friends.

                The former makes them pussies and the latter makes them fucking idiots.

                • Agree with you Felix.  I miss the days of Rod Donald and Jeanette Fitzsimonds and for the Greens to be doing better under Norman is just strange.  Although a hit to their popularity is coming from those who think like you that this was a gross sign of weakness.

                  • felix

                    I have no doubt that if Jeanette and Rod were leading the party today they’d be polling at least as well.

                    I don’t think the rise of the greens can be attributed to any one person.

                    It’s in the wind.

                • Colonial Viper

                  Then Metiria is as useless as the poison ginger Australian dwarf.

                  Norman wants a Cabinet seat from Key and English.

                • Bored

                  Jeez Felix, I nearly subbed Greens cash (I used to be a Labour Party member) but got that wobbly feeling that they would compromise on core issues to get minor gains. Doing that with Nact is the kiss of death.

                  To explain, I have been involved in lots of water rights battles over the years, when you get a conservation order the friends of NACT (Fed Farmers etc) then come back and chip off a few more %….then they come back again for a few more % till the whole lot has gone. There cant be any compromise, I dont trust the Greens not to “trade”.

  11. vto 12

    hmmm, there is some funny business that is for sure …

  12. possum 13

    No there isn’t

  13. Drakula 14

    LET’S HAVE FUN!!

    As it is only a week and a half before the general erection, I think we could afford ourselves a little fun!!!

    Now I have had a look at a few National posters and quite frankly I think they are boring, black white and blue. BORING!!!

    These posters could be vastly improved with only 1% of red dribbling under the nose!!!!!

    After al I am a deterior degredator.

  14. Anita 15

    I had been imagining, possibly entirely incorrectly, that she has been suspended pending investigation with her full agreement.

    I had been thinking that because it would be exactly what I would do in her situation – I would discuss with the party (to which I would obviously be deeply committed) what the best thing I could do to limit damage was, and if their advice/suggestion was that I take a two week suspension to damp down the issue I would be very happy to do that.

  15. chris73 16

    Credit where credits due though, 700 billboards is a pretty good effort

  16. The Baron 17

    Question is how much did the co-leaders really know? Your EA knew for two months, and neither of hem had any idea? Bullshit they didn’t!
    Sounds line we need more evidence though. What would be handy is if someone illegally broke onto their offices to leak their emails so we all know for sure. You guys would all support that, based on precedence, right?

    • Colonial Viper 17.1

      Sure Baron whatever you say.

      I’m sure Russel Norman has ESP or rifles through his EA’s mobile phone on a regular basis so he must’ve known.

  17. Uturn 18

    The only sensible solution is to ban election hoardings. Then parties would need to campaign directly to the people, on policy, and never have to find out their self-serving ambitions mean more than their ethics. National would dissolve into nothingness. Ahhh, what a beautiful place the world would be once more.

  18. Mike Williams said some very intreresting things about the Greens “incursion” into Middle Class politics, on Jim Mora’s 4-5pm Panel slot today (Wednesday). Well worth listening to.

    And I will repeat; having erected billboards for two MMP campaigns – I would’ve been a Happy Chappy if the only damage we’d suffered was a few nuisance stickers. When you’ve had to rebuild a hoarding frame about half a dozen times, and run out of expensive corflute facings – then you know what real vandalism is all about.

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  • We must act to save our dolphins
    A new report makes it clear for the urgent need to protect Maui’s and Hector’s dolphins while arguing  it is clear that there is no need for further research, says Labour’s Conservation spokesperson Ruth Dyson.  “Labour backs the public call...
    Labour | 23-07
  • School told to manipulate national standards data
    Parents can have little confidence in the Government’s National Standards after an Auckland school was told to manipulate its data so it added up, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins. “Valley School in Pukekohe was advised in an email from the...
    Labour | 23-07
  • Regional economies must have tailored plans
    News that up to 114 jobs could be lost from Fonterra’s Canpac plant in Hamilton reinforces the need for a government plan to build resilient regional economies, Labour’s MP for Hauraki-Waikato Nanaia Mahuta says. “The Canpac site has effectively responded...
    Labour | 23-07
  • Auditor General slams Shared Services project
    The Auditor-General’s Office could not have been more damning about the 18 months spent on the Central Agency Shared Services (CASS) project at the Finance and Expenditure Committee this morning, says Maryan Street, Labour’s State Services spokesperson.  ...
    Labour | 23-07
  • Fonterra job losses a massive blow to Waikato
    The potential loss of up to 114 jobs from Fonterra’s Canpac plant in Hamilton is a massive blow to the Waikato region which has already lost hundreds of jobs, Labour says. Labour’s Social Development spokesperson and Hamilton-based list MP Sue...
    Labour | 23-07
  • Basin flyover decision an opportunity for capital
    The decision to reject the proposed flyover at the Basin Reserve must be taken as an opportunity to properly fund Wellington’s transport future and must not be used as an excuse to take resources away from the capital, Wellington Labour MPs...
    Labour | 22-07
  • National out of touch with the regions
    John Key is out of touch with regional New Zealand if he believes tinkering with council regulations will restore opportunities to small towns, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “While the regions are crying out for sustainable growth and job opportunities,...
    Labour | 22-07
  • Flyover rejection a victory for sustainable transport
    The rejection of the proposed Basin Reserve flyover by a Board of Inquiry is a victory for sustainable transport in Wellington and paves the way for other alternatives to be given a fair hearing, Wellington Labour MPs Grant Robertson and...
    Labour | 22-07
  • Reo Māori Policy Launch
    MANA will be launching its Reo Māori policy at 10am Thursday 24 July, at Matangireia (the old Māori Affairs Select Committee room at Parliament). We will also be addressing our concerns regarding the Minister of Māori Affairs Māori Language Strategy...
    Mana | 22-07
  • Basin Flyover decision victory for common sense
    The Green Party welcomed the Environmental Protection Authority's draft decision announced today not to allow the $90 million Basin Reserve flyover in Wellington to proceed."Both popular and expert opinion opposed the flyover. The proposal was expensive, unnecessary and would have...
    Greens | 22-07
  • Loss Leading could destroy Kiwi lamb’s reputation
    Meat companies that supply supermarkets and sell New Zealand lamb as a loss leader in the United Kingdom should lose their access to this valuable quota market, said Labour’s Primary Industries spokesperson Damien O’Connor. “Our reputation as a Lamb producer...
    Labour | 22-07
  • Ae Marika! 22 July 2014
    The big storm has gone, but the damage that it did and the saturation levels that it reached meant that smaller storms quickly overwhelmed roading, and water-flow systems again in the north. And although certain individuals are talking up the...
    Mana | 21-07
  • 2014 Roger Award nominations now open
    The Roger Award is for The Worst Transnational Corporation Operating in Aotearoa/New Zealand in 2014 Nominations are now open please visit the website to nominate the worst TNC in Aotearoa. You will need to include reasons why you think your...
    Mana | 21-07
  • Labour will revive the regions with new fund
    The next Labour Government will co-develop Regional Growth Plans for every region of New Zealand and will invest at least $200 million in a fund to create breakthrough opportunities for jobs and sustainable growth, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says....
    Labour | 21-07
  • Speech to Local Government New Zealand
    Speech to the Local Government New Zealand Conference 2014 Read our full regional development policy Download Introduction Early in my time as an MP I went for a long walk on a windswept Kare Kare beach with Waitakere mayor Bob Harvey. We talked...
    Labour | 21-07
  • Stop Israeli State Terror – Rally and March this Saturday 26th July, Aote...
     The humanitarian crisis in Gaza is getting much worse and the world is marching in unprecedented numbers. New Zealanders spoke out strongly last Saturday with a march of 5,000 people in Auckland (see picture below) – the biggest march ever...
    Mana | 21-07
  • NZ needs to assist UN with aid for Gaza
    The New Zealand Government should support the United Nation's efforts to raise money to assist humanitarian aid for the people of Gaza, the Green Party said today.The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) has made a...
    Greens | 21-07
  • Why it’s all over for the Conservative Party
    Whatever flirtations were made months ago to Colin Craig by National strategists, the polling must have come back showing them too much of their soft urban vote would walk if Key was in Government with Colin Craig.  The necessary inside muscle to...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Balance in the NZ Herald and has something gone terribly wrong at the Heral...
    So the ‘balance’ in the NZ Herald this year for the election will be… Guest columnists will include the acerbic Cactus Kate from the radical right, former Labour candidate Josie Pagani and broadcaster Mark Sainsbury. Right, so that would be...
    The Daily Blog | 27-07
  • Phew – National Party hubris seals strategy
    The National Party are bot listening to Matthew Hooton. Phew. Hooton has crunched the numbers and based on past polling National always drops 6 points come election day. National aren’t listening. Barging through the need to cut deals with all...
    The Daily Blog | 27-07
  • Noam Chomsky on the TPPA
    Noam Chomsky on the TPPA...
    The Daily Blog | 27-07
  • Unacceptable secrecy around labelling people terrorists
    It’s good to see the Sunday Star-Times attempting to get more information from government agencies about Daryl Jones, the Kiwi killed in a US drone strike in Yemen.  The paper is right to complain about the government’s refusal to provide...
    The Daily Blog | 27-07
  • A critical deconstruction of John Key – what’s behind the facade?
    Aspiring national leaders need a popular narrative of their rise to power.  Once in office, the narrative can be refined to fit the requirements of leadership and re-election.  Such is the purpose of John Roughan’s John Key: Portrait of  a...
    The Daily Blog | 27-07
  • Radio Live – off Mark
    The Top Marks lasted five weeks on Mediaworks radio station The Sound. This may have something to do with last being relevant in the mid-1980s when there were only two commercial FM licences in Auckland and they were on one...
    The Daily Blog | 27-07
  • Wellingtonians say ‘No!’ to Israeli aggression
    .   . Wellington, NZ, 26 July – About 600 Wellingtonians, and from further afield, met at the Cuba Mall Bucket fountain under a wintery sunny sky, to protest Israel’s continuing aggression in the Gaza strip, which – at the...
    The Daily Blog | 27-07
  • GUEST BLOG: Shasha Ali – I am an indigenous person but I will never call ...
    Yesterday was indeed a politically hectic day in Aoteaora New Zealand, especially if you are an activist that cares about both human and non-human animal rights. Protest actions were organised to demand an end to factory farming from about noon, and...
    The Daily Blog | 26-07
  • Pro-Israel, Pro-Palestine or ‘Pro-Peace’?
    Latest protest for people of Gaza in Auckland In the past couple of weeks I have heard a lot of people say that they are neither Pro-Israel nor Pro-Palestine; they are pro-peace. This is a stand that I respect. Everyone...
    The Daily Blog | 26-07
  • So we can’t feed the kids, the poor OR the sick now?
    Let me get this straight. We can borrow $10 billion in tax cuts over the last 6 years for the richest NZers, but we can not feed the kids, the poor or even the sick now? Revealed: Warning over hospital food...
    The Daily Blog | 26-07
  • Kim Dotcom has said it, Laila Harre has said it and now David fisher says i...
    Fascinating piece by David Fisher in the NZ Herald breaking down how many opportunities the Government had to listen to officials and stop KDC entering the country and concludes KDC should never have been allowed in… It prepared papers for the...
    The Daily Blog | 25-07
  • You, Me and the GCSB Public Meetings
      The GCSB and TICS legislation rushed through Parliament by John Key represent the largest erosion of civil liberties this country has seen since the 1951 Waterfront Lockout. In the post Snowden world we now know a mass surveillance state operating...
    The Daily Blog | 25-07
  • A feminist takedown of Whale Oil
    Whale Oil does it again. How many more times is he going to attack and discredit Tania Billingsley publicly? In a short blog published on Wednesday ‘Nothing to be sorry for‘ Whale Oil also known as Cameron Slater, is defending John Key...
    The Daily Blog | 25-07
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Ares Rolinson – New Zealand First – We’ll Be Back
    Earlier this week, Bomber penned a missive which set out in some detail why he thought my people, New Zealand First, wouldn’t be making it back into Parliament later this year. Being a pugnacious, vindictive sort who’d never let such an...
    The Daily Blog | 25-07
  • The changes teachers DO want
    “Oh you teachers, you just want everything to stay the same – what’s wrong with choice?  Bloody teachers.  Typical that you don’t want testing – trying to hide that you’re all useless. What about our poor kids?  Gnash gnash rant rant...” That’s...
    The Daily Blog | 25-07
  • A feminist take down of Whale Oil
    Whale Oil does it again. How many more times is he going to attack and discredit Tania Billingsley publicly? In a short blog published on Wednesday Nothing to be sorry for Whale Oil also known as Cameron Slater, is defending John Key...
    The Daily Blog | 25-07
  • On so called Labour Party ‘distractions’
    The right wing of the Labour Party are constructing a narrative that Labour need to stop chasing distractions and focus on the real issues that matter and not these silly GCSB, inequality, domestic violence, media bias, TPPA issues. It is...
    The Daily Blog | 25-07
  • Selfies: Labour’s Electorate MPs are at it again
    IT’S A LITTLE TRIANGLE of grass at the corner of Rewa Street and Mt Eden Road, ideal for election hoardings. Wandering along Mt Eden Road last Saturday morning to our weekly appointment with the brunch menu at Orvieto, my family and...
    The Daily Blog | 25-07
  • Well, well, well – Jonathan Coleman did know about FBI interest into Kim ...
    Last years GCSB Town Hall meeting in Auckland Oh dear, the cover up and lies are starting to fall over now aren’t they… Coleman knew of FBI interest in Dotcom pre-residency decisionGovernment minister Jonathan Coleman knew the FBI was interested...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • Why You Must March Against Factory Farming This Saturday, 12pm
    The rally this Saturday is critical because this is the FIRST TIME IN NEW ZEALAND HISTORY that a major party has agreed to ban all intensive factory farming practices. The Labour party, the Greens, Internet-Mana, the SPCA, SAFE and other...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • Astronaut tweets photo of explosions over Israel and Gaza from space
      This is what a war zone looks like from space: From aboard the International Space Station, German astronaut Alexander Gerst tweeted this image as the station passed over Israel and Gaza in what he called ‘his saddest photo yet’....
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • When Firstline are focusing on flag burning rather than dead Palestinian ch...
    The IDF are butchering children in UN schools this morning and what’s the big issue on TV3s Firstline? Flag burning. How pathetic, and what a slap in the face to Mike McRoberts who is currently risking his life in Gaza...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • ‘Victim’ vs ‘Terrorist’
    ‘Victim’ vs ‘Terrorist’...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • Petition asking TVNZ to stand Hosking down as election moderator jumps to o...
    In just a day the petition calling on TVNZ to replace Hosking as the election moderator has jumped to over 2500, you can sign it here. The defence that the Right are trying to run here is that John Campbell...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • When the mainstream media go feral: the descent into sheer farce, according...
    . . It had to happen, I guess… The media pack-campaign against Labour Leader David Cunliffe has managed to  plumb new depths of absurdity. On TV3, on 24 July,  TV3/Tova O’Brien ran this report on their 6PM News bulletin, about...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • Coalition for Better Broadcasting: MIKE HOSKING FOR PM?
    Yes indeed. Mike Hosking is for the PM. And now he’s able to do even more as moderator (or should that be immoderator) of TVNZ’s election debates. Here at the Coalition for Better Broadcasting we feel it’s pretty safe to say that...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • The lie that “There is no alternative” to neo-liberal economic policies
    Supporters of President Maduro in Venezuela rally   Since the 1980s we have had drubbed into our heads that there was no alternative to the economic and social policies unleashed at that time. It even had it’s own acronym – TINA. The...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • A Kanaky tale of mining skulduggery and environmental courage
    Florent Eurisouké … still campaigning against mining. Photo: Del Abcede/PMC David Robie also blogs at Café Pacific AN EXTRAORDINARY story of mining skulduggery and a courageous struggle by indigenous Kanak environmental campaigners has been captured in a poignant new documentary,...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • UNBREAKING: The list of questions Mike Hosking will use in first TVNZ leade...
    “Good evening ladies and gentlemen and welcome to the first TVNZ leaders debate being held live in the gloriously beautiful Sky City ball room. It’s such a beautiful building boys and girls, we are so blessed to have Sky City...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • Internet Party Party review
      I have been to A LOT of political party functions in my time, and they tend to be dull affairs at the best of times but what is happening with Internet MANA is something quite exciting. I went to...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • Dear Seven Sharp – after learning Hosking will be the leaders debate ...
    I have to be honest, I had made the decision last night  to accept Seven Sharp’s hastily offered opportunity to appear on their show after I savagely criticised the bullshit whitewash story they did on John Key’s favourite far right hate speech...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • National refuses meeting with Maui’s advocates
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: National refuses meeting with Maui’s advocates Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | Press Release This is another reminder that the National Government does not care about the survival of the Maui’s dolphin National...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Message from CTU President Helen Kelly
    MIL OSI – Source: Unite Union – Headline: Message from CTU President Helen Kelly Dear MikeThere’s only 43 days until September 3, when voting in the General Election starts. The last day to vote is September 20.Thanks heaps for signing...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • MANA Tamaki send a challenge to Labour
    MIL OSI – Source: Mana Movement – Headline: MANA Tamaki send a challenge to Labour Posted on July 23, 2014 by admin in Joe Carolan, Press Releases“Labour should set the agenda and purposely do something positively controversial once a week”,...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • We must act to save our dolphins
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: We must act to save our dolphins A new report makes it clear for the urgent need to protect Maui’s and Hector’s dolphins while arguing  it is clear that there is no...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • School told to manipulate national standards data
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: School told to manipulate national standards data Parents can have little confidence in the Government’s National Standards after an Auckland school was told to manipulate its data so it added up, Labour’s...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Regional economies must have tailored plans
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Regional economies must have tailored plans News that up to 114 jobs could be lost from Fonterra’s Canpac plant in Hamilton reinforces the need for a government plan to build resilient regional...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Auditor General slams Shared Services project
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Auditor General slams Shared Services project The Auditor-General’s Office could not have been more damning about the 18 months spent on the Central Agency Shared Services (CASS) project at the Finance and...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Fonterra job losses a massive blow to Waikato
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Fonterra job losses a massive blow to Waikato The potential loss of up to 114 jobs from Fonterra’s Canpac plant in Hamilton is a massive blow to the Waikato region which has...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Basin flyover decision an opportunity for capital
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Basin flyover decision an opportunity for capital The decision to reject the proposed flyover at the Basin Reserve must be taken as an opportunity to properly fund Wellington’s transport future and must...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Indonesia: New President Widodo must make good on human rights pledges
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Indonesia: New President Widodo must make good on human rights pledges Indonesia’s new President Joko Widodo must deliver on campaign promises to improve Indonesia’s dire human rights situation, Amnesty International said....
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Communities in Sierra Leone turn their backs on female genital mutilation
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Communities in Sierra Leone turn their backs on female genital mutilation While activists gather in London to discuss strategies to tackle female genital mutilation, communities across Sierra Leone have been taking...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • The Gambia: Activists mark 20 years of iron-fisted repression
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: The Gambia: Activists mark 20 years of iron-fisted repression The Gambian government must abolish the laws and iron fisted practices that have resulted in two decades of widespread human rights violations,...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • A blog from the front lines of Palestine: It’s time for a new narrative
    I don’t know if I follow trouble or if trouble follows me, but somehow I seem to have found myself near one of the world’s hotspots again. The difference this time is that instead of sitting in some obscure location,...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • GUEST BLOG: Michael Wood – The Path Ahead
    It’s well established that Labour has had a difficult couple of weeks. Getting back on to a successful path requires our focus to shift from looking inwards to outwards, heightened discipline, and inner conviction. While my assessment of New Zealand...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Employers liquidating companies to avoid paying minimum entitlements
    Across the union movement we have seen a number of documented cases now where companies are liquidating their business in order to avoid their legal obligations, in terms of paying the minimum entitlements to their workers. The most recent example...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • GUEST BLOG: Joe Carolan : Positively Controversial
    The protest in Auckland last weekend that the NZ Herald claimed was attend by only a hundred people. Labour should set the agenda and purposely do something positively controversial once a week. A good start would be for all their...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Come on TV3 News – you are better than regurgitating Israeli propaganda
    Say it isn’t true TV3 News, you are seriously bitching about this???? The leader of the Mana Party, Hone Harawira, has supported flag burning at a pro-Palestinian march in Auckland at the weekend. Mana Party flags can be seen in...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • The brutal siege of Palestine
    70 years ago the Jews of Europe suffered as much as any people can suffer. The Nazis set about ethnic cleansing and sent 6 million to their death. Today we watch in horror as Israel, the Jewish homeland created after...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Capital gains in the capital city
    Victoria University will today be hosting a public debate on the merits of more comprehensive capital gains tax—a step which taxation expert Associate Professor Dr David White considers would be beneficial for New Zealand. Organised by student group Beta Alpha...
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • Te Kupenga supports efforts of anti-violence campaigner
    Te Kupenga Whakaoti Mahi Patunga – National Network of Stopping Violence Services (Te Kupenga) wholeheartedly endorses statements made by DJ, Kickboxer and Anti-Violence Campaigner Richie Hardcore this morning on TV3’s Firstline about the role of men...
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • iPredict Ltd2014 Election Update #28
    The chances of a fiscal surplus in 2014/15 continue to plunge and are down to 50%, according to the combined wisdom of the 7000 registered traders on New Zealand’s online predictions market, iPredict. The forecast surplus is now just 0.22%...
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • TPPA is a bad idea
    “Currently New Zealand, Australia, Singapore, Brunei, Vietnam, the USA, Japan, Malaysia, Canada, and Mexico are still negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement. Officially talks finished last August, but the reality is that they keep...
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • Getting privacy right in our data future
    Privacy Commissioner John Edwards welcomes the release of the New Zealand Data Futures Forum’s report....
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • Conference on Democracy, Ethics and the Public Good
    Conference on Democracy, Ethics and the Public Good A conference is to be held in Wellington on 1 and 2 August with the aim of starting a NZ-wide discussion about the quality of our democracy. The conference is hosted jointly...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Paddock to plate, and smart roads possible
    New Zealand’s international brand and exports could grow significantly with the creation of a data sharing ‘eco-system’ according to a paper released by the NZ Data Futures Forum today....
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Ngapuhi wants to overthrow Maori King
    Ngapuhi is planning a hui for the end of the year – organised by iwi leader David Rankin – in which the future of the King Movement will be discussed....
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Housing warrant of fitness little help for sick children
    A housing warrant of fitness has been promoted as a way of preventing sickness among children in poverty. The attached report shows that such a regime would have little impact on health outcomes but would come at a considerable cost,...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Upcoming Fabian Events in Auckland
    Sue Bradford ’s PhD thesis, 'A major left wing think tank in Aotearoa—an impossible dream or a call to action?' looked at why no major left wing think tank has developed in Aotearoa and whether the left in 2010-2013 was...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Senior Citizens, Not Senile Citizens
    The Taxpayers’ Union is questioning the merits and costs of the “ No car? No problem! Getting around your community without a car” brochure, released by the Office for Senior Citizens. The brochure’s purpose is to explain to senior citizens...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • NZ Troops Hone Their Skills in Queensland
    Around 260 New Zealand troops are on a 25-day Australian-led warfighting exercise in Townsville, Northern Queensland....
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Maritime Union backs Green Party call for shipping lanes
    The Maritime Union is backing the Green Party’s policy to implement compulsory shipping lanes for coastal shipping, announced today....
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Auckland Council Bypasses Public, Ditches Rodeo Ban
    Auckland Council Bypasses Public, Ditches Rodeo Ban The Auckland Council has announced that they are abandoning the rodeo ban on council land, put into place in 2008. This was done with virtually no consultation, says SAFE, the animal advocacy organisation....
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Tolley and Coleman urged to meet West Papuan visitor
    Ministers Tolley and Coleman urged to meet West Papuan visitor Police Minister Anne Tolley and Defence Minister Dr Jonathan Coleman have a rare opportunity this week to gain first-hand knowledge about Indonesian police and military activities in West...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Minister Right to Give Fish & Game a Serve
    Reacting to Radio New Zealand’s report concerning allegations that Conservation Minister Nick Smith warned the Fish and Game Council that it acts like a 'rabid NGO', Jordan Williams, Executive Director of the Taxpayers’ Union says:...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Government needs to get Fishing reform bill passed now
    The Maritime Union is urging the Government to push through a Bill reforming the fishing industry....
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Ivory trade laws look set to tighten following petition
    A petition mounted by an Auckland schoolteacher has won the support of a powerful Select Committee and has moved the New Zealand closer towards a fully enforceable ivory trading ban....
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Bilingual guide a demonstration of leadership
    “Waikato River Restoration: A Bilingual Guide” to the Waikato River that saw Tainui Waikato, Landcare Trust and the Waikato River Authority working together is a demonstration of rangatiratanga or leadership says Race Relations Commissioner...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Georgina Beyer to stand for MANA in Te Tai Tonga
    "It's great to have Georgie on board" said Hone Harawira, MANA Leader and Te Tai Tokerau MP. "She's strong-minded, stands up to be counted, and has fought for the rights of those who haven't had any - and won. That...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Q + A: Sir Bob Harvey
    SUSAN Sir Bob Harvey was behind the transformation of Norm Kirk, and one of New Zealand's most popular Prime Ministers. He also advised Bill Rowling, David Lange and Helen Clark, the latter as Labour Party President. Wild Westie a new...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Q + A: Rod Drury
    Xero boss Rod Drury told TVNZ’s Q+A programme what the political parties are offering at this election is ‘all too small.’ “There's no policy, all it is a bunch of incremental stuff. “All too small. What we want to do...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Q + A: Gerry Brownlee
    Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee Rules Out Fastracking Auckland’s City Rail Loop Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee told TV1’s Q+A programme this morning that he won’t be bringing forward an Auckland City Rail loop based on new figures showing...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Owen interviews Australian Treasurer Joe Hockey
    Lisa Owen interviews Australian Treasurer Joe Hockey Headlines: Australian Treasurer Joe Hockey suggests “we can move on some” changes to welfare for New Zealanders in Australia New Zealanders “brothers and sisters” who make “a massive contribution”,...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Flavell and Harawira on The Nation
    Lisa Owen interviews Maori Party leader Te Ururoa Flavell and Mana leader Hone Harawira Headlines: Hone Harawira says realistically his Mana Party can take three Maori seats, Te Ururoa Flavell sticks to prediction that Maori Party will win all seven....
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • The Nation 26,27 July: Flavell & Harawira, Joe Hockey
    On The Nation this weekend…. With the Maori seats primed to play a pivotal role this election, Torben Akel reports from the key battlegrounds and meets the top contenders. Then the Maori Party co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell and Mana Party...
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Announcement of New Zealand First Candidate for Rangitīkei
    New Zealand First has endorsed Dr Romuald (‘Rom’) Rudzki as the candidate for the Rangitīkei Electorate in the 2014 General Election....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Labour Offer Len Brown a Hotel Tax
    The Taxpayers’ Union is slamming the Labour Party's plan to allow councils to levy new 'pillow taxes' and regional petrol taxes. Reacting to this afternoon’s NZ Herald report Jordan Williams, Executive Director of the Taxpayers’ Union ,...
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Cell phone evidence a first
    Cell phone evidence a first Evidence gathered solely from a cell phone has been used for the first time to convict a Hastings man for possessing child sexual abuse pictures. Michael Lawrence Worsnop, a 29-year-old orchard worker pleaded guilty to...
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • New Zealand Aid Worker Helping in Gaza
    A New Zealand Red Cross nurse working in Gaza says she has never experienced anything like the current conflict in her long aid work career....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Parking officers deserve safety at work
    The union representing the Auckland Transport parking officer severely beaten on July 17 says everyone has a right to go about their job without fear for their safety....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Caritas Aotearoa NZ to provide Gaza humanitarian aid
    Caritas Jerusalem is providing medical assistance, food and other necessities to the thousands of vulnerable people affected by the escalating conflict in Gaza, and Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand is contributing an initial $20,000 to support the humanitarian...
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • ALCP challenges parties to support Charlotte’s Web
    The leader of the Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party Julian Crawford is calling on all other political parties to state their position on using cannabis oil to treat pediatric epilepsy....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Oxfam accepts cheque from Pacific Corporation Foundation
    Oxfam New Zealand has accepted a cheque for almost $1000 today from the Pacific Corporation Foundation toward recovery efforts in the Solomon Islands, following April’s flash flooding that left thousands homeless....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Draft report and decision – Pūhoi to Warkworth proposal
    The Ara Tūhono – Pūhoi to Wellsford Road of National Significance: Pūhoi to Warkworth section Board of Inquiry has released its draft report and decision....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • New Zealanders willing to pay tax to protect dolphins
    A report released this week shows a large majority of New Zealanders want Maui’s and Hector’s dolphins protected and they are prepared to pay for it....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Stop Smart Meters
    “The Democrats for Social Credit Party (DSC) wholeheartedly endorses the Stop Smart Meters campaign for a moratorium on installations of smart meters until the technology is proven not be a risk to health, and until home owners are given a...
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Maori Roll Electors Urged to Vote Strategically
    Voters enrolled in the seven Maori electorates must learn to maximize their influence by voting strategically, according to the Maori Party candidate for Te Tai Tokerau, Rev Te Hira Paenga....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Politicians Ignore Families’ Concerns on Street Prostitution
    Family First NZ says that politicians are ignoring the concerns of families, lack the will to take appropriate action, and are happy to drag the ongoing problem of street prostitution into the next parliamentary term....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Plunket celebrates Te Wiki o te Reo Māori
    Plunket is proud to celebrate Te Wiki o te Reo Māori (21-27 July), with Plunket people across the country among several thousand New Zealanders taking part and increasing their kete of knowledge in te reo....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Coleman must quit or be sacked over Dotcom case
    Immigration New Zealand has done the right thing in distancing itself from Jonathan Coleman’s claims that ministers were not aware of FBI involvement in Kim Dotcom’s residency application, says the Internet Party. Internet Party leader Laila Harré...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Auckland Councillors, Not Emperors
    25 JULY 2014 Responding to the NZ Herald report that Auckland Councillors have voted to keep their ratepayer-funded business class travel perks, and considered new rules that would have exempted councillors from Auckland City's parking charges, Taxpayers’...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Cunliffe Looks Dodgy Lunching with Sex Offender
    Conservative Party Leader Colin Craig says that David Cunliffe's social meeting with a known sex offender while on holiday "looks pretty dodgy."...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Taxpayers’ Union Back LGNZ Calls For Greater Transparency
    The Taxpayers’ Union is backing Local Government New Zealand’s calls for the Official Information Act to be extended to cover the Local Government Commission. Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says:...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Lecture series to provide insight into 2014 election
    Could National’s refusal to reform MMP lead to the defeat of the government? Is the media providing voters with the information they require to make an informed electoral decision? What directions might John Key’s leadership take if he secures...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • National Rally Against Factory Farming
    Animal advocates and members of the public all over New Zealand will unite for a ‘National Day of Action Against Factory Farming’ Saturday, tomorrow 26 July in response to two recent exposés that showed horrific conditions on pig factory farms....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Women in Politics Finds Support at Conference
    Women in Politics, a brand-new organisation for New Zealand women in political office, was met with overwhelming support at the 2014 Local Government New Zealand Conference held this weekend in Nelson....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • The Government’s Fresh Water Policy – REVISITED
    Fresh water quality is the latest area to be in the sights of Gareth Morgan and his research organisation The Morgan Foundation. They enlisted a group of 16 scientists to help them review the government’s new fresh water policy....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Restoration of Post-graduate Allowances to be Key Issue
    As students prepare for the early voting that will take place on all university and many polytechnic campuses next month, the restoration of post-graduate allowances, removed by the current government in 2013, is emerging as a key election issue....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Honesty for Taxpayers
    ACT has a new proposal to make our democracy more accountable. The proposal may seem small but it could be the most significant idea in this election....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
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