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Dotcom’s extradition and the 2014 general election

Written By: - Date published: 11:51 am, February 12th, 2014 - 94 comments
Categories: act, david cunliffe, election 2014, greens, labour, national, russel norman - Tags: ,

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A recent announcement suggests that Kim Dotcom’s Internet party may have struck difficulties.  Dotcom is a canny operator and he realises that by amassing anything short of 5% of the vote and failing to win an electorate seat, both of which are likely, all he will do is render a chunk of likely anti Government votes worthless and contribute significantly to National’s re-election prospects.

So Dotcom has made an announcement which could be significant for the election results.  If the Internet Party is not looking like it will break the 5% threshold it will ask all supporters of the Internet Party to vote for a political party prepared to adopt the Internet Party’s policies.  Labour and the Greens are likely to be endorsed and I think that we can say that National’s and ACT’s chances are nil.  The announcement appears to concede that the Internet Party will not win an electoral seat which I think is right.

This will cause some concern for National’s strategists.  Dotcom has shown that he is a master of PR and the possibility of a determined, intelligent, well resourced German who has an intense dislike for this Government throwing his weight behind Labour and/or the Greens will terrify the right.  A couple of percentage points of party vote to the left could be the difference between winning and losing the next election.

National will no doubt be peering through the Electoral Act and wondering if its gutting of the Electoral Finance Act was such a good thing.  Perhaps the Electoral Finance Act was not so bad after all and big money involvement in an election should actually be frowned upon.

Another recent announcement concerning Kim Dotcom is the Green’s statement that if the Court issues a warrant for his extradition they will probably fight it.  If they are part of Government this could be significant.  Under section 30 of the Extradition Act 1999 the Minister of Justice has the final say on whether someone should be extradited once a Court has issued an extradition warrant.  The Minister can decide that the person is not to be surrendered if he determines that the person is accused of an offence based on an accusation against the person not made in good faith in the interests of justice “and having regard to all the circumstances of the case, it would be unjust or oppressive to surrender the person”.  There is also a wide residue discretion allowing the Minister to decline extradition if “for any other reason the Minister considers that the person should not be surrendered”.

According to the Herald the Green’s Russell Norman does not support the extradition process.

I just don’t think it’s fair … look at the way they have been acting illegally against him … They illegally raided his mansion, they illegally obtained evidence, they illegally gave the evidence to the US Government against the directions of a judge.

That is not a lawful or fair process.”

Norman has since backed away from this statement, denied that he has made any offers to Dotcom about his possible extradition but admitted that he had talked to Dotcom about not setting up the Internet Party.  He has also set out on Facebook his view of matters.

Labour are being more circumspect.  Again according to the Herald:

Labour leader David Cunliffe this morning rejected any suggestion that Labour would block an extradition order.

He said the court process so far appeared to show the Government’s actions were flawed, but he respected the separation between the judicial process and political matters.

His approach is conceptually the correct one.  This is a judicial process and not a political process.

This has not stopped another Jonoism from Paddy Gower who has reported that Labour is open to the idea of stopping the extradition and suggesting there was a political angle to it.  There is also an attempt to present the differences as a split between Labour and the Greens.  Some things are too subtle for 3News to understand.

What Cunliffe did is not rule anything out.  Any Minister making the decision has to have an open mind when considering the issue otherwise they will find themselves in the High Court quicker than you can say “Judicial Review”.  But I think it is safe to say that Dotcom’s prospects would be better under a new Government than they are under the current Administration although the implications on NZ-US relations of a Ministerial veto could be the most significant since the Nuclear Ship ban.

Dotcom’s extradition hearing is due to happen in June.  Appeals either way are very likely and I can see the case dragging out for at least 12 months.  The next Minister of Justice may have a rather difficult decision to make and the chances of Judicial Review of his or her decision are high.

Whatever happens I suspect that Dotcom will continue to be in the public eye for some time.

 

94 comments on “Dotcom’s extradition and the 2014 general election”

  1. Enough is Enough 1

    Gower is a real hurdle to democracy in this country. That is a fact.

    However, David really needs to learn (in a hurry) how to deal with the little dickhead. The removal of the word “but” from any sentence should really be the first thing he learns. He needs to make clear concise unconditional statements about what he would do. If there are any buts involved Gower will run with them.

    Gower has an agenda and there is no use crying about that. Cunliffe simply needs to be better at dealing with him.

    David has been found wanting on Dotcom and the baby bonus in this respect.

    Look to Norman or Turei for how to be more decisive

    • Colonial Viper 1.1

      As I’ve said before, Gowers top tier access can be seriously curtailed if required.

      • grumpy 1.1.1

        Really?????Why would Labour want to do that?

        • One Anonymous Bloke 1.1.1.1

          For one thing, the opposition is tax-payer funded, and Paddy Gower is a delusional conspiracy theorist who wants to be the story. There are plenty of journalists in the queue in front of wannabe gonzos.

  2. One Anonymous Bloke 2

    Given the crown’s illegal warrant, police perjury and breach of a sealed evidence room, what chance the minister will even have to decide?

    • mickysavage 2.1

      It may not be enough. The Courts may be able to exclude some of the evidence but I suspect there is still enough for them to pass the threshold.

      Then the Minister can consider the “good faith” provisions but to allege the US Government was not acting in good faith will require considerable political guts. The fact that he was charged with racketeering when he was at worst involved in copyright breaches could be evidence of bad faith however.

      Then there is the residuary discretion that the Minister has and a variety of considerations could arise.

      I see the situation as complex. I am sure the lawyers are having a good time though!

      • Enough is Enough 2.1.1

        I dont actually see it as that complex.

        I can’t seem to find examples of where the Minister has refused an extradition order. I would expect the only time they exercise that discretion would be on humanitarian grounds.

        If Dotcom was in line for 50 lashes and 10 years of hard labour I think a Minister should intervene if it is breach of international laws.

        Nothwithstanding the motivations of the US government, if the evidence stack up in the New Zealand court then on your bike dotcom. The Minister should not intervene.

        • One Anonymous Bloke 2.1.1.1

          According to you the minister has no function, since if the courts pass the warrant the minister shouldn’t intervene, and if the courts don’t pass it the minister won’t be involved at all.

          The minister has a statutory duty to perform that the court cannot.

          • PapaMike 2.1.1.1.1

            Not always so – there was an emigration case against a Sri Lankan girl which was overturned by the Minister a few years ago, although the Department felt it was unjust in the threat or being raped if she was sent back – she was sent back in spite of an uproar.

        • Actually I think it would be personally reasonable to refuse extradition simply because the MoJ doesn’t feel he will receive a fair and unbiased trial, regardless of whether the potential outcome of losing said trial would be humane or not.

      • One Anonymous Bloke 2.1.2

        Mickey, can’t the court consider the bogus charges?

        • mickysavage 2.1.2.1

          The quality of the charges is a relevant consideration for the Minister. The Court probably has the chance to consider the quality of evidence but the charge itself seems to have to be considered at face value by the Court.

    • PapaMike 2.2

      The case for extradition is a very difficult and complex one, and the warrant only has to show that the country applying for the extradition has lawful ground for doing so.
      Nothing else really matters

      • One Anonymous Bloke 2.2.1

        Lawful ground doesn’t sound very much like a bogus racketeering charge, but I get your point.

  3. ianmac 3

    Well said Micky and Andrew Geddis also has posted a very legal view of the Dotcom situation on Pundit. He agrees that Cunliffe words are correct and that Norman’s are a little loose/unwise.
    http://www.pundit.co.nz/content/will-no-one-rid-me-of-this-turbulent-german

  4. Lanthanide 4

    The other angle not mentioned in this post is that Kim Dotcom says he has proof that John Key knew who he was before the day of the mansion raid, which is something Key categorically denies.

    So if Key is found to be lying on this point, it’s a big black eye for him. The sort of thing a US president would be impeached on.

    The angle seems to be that John Key knew who Dotcom was and did a secret dirty deal with the yanks to have him extradited to face jail in the US. Lets hope that whatever Dotcom has, it is compelling and incontrovertible.

    • alwyn 4.1

      You are getting a bit carried away aren’t you?

      “If Key is found to be lying at this point, it’s a big black eye for him”.
      So far, so good but did you have to continue with the next sentence?
      “The sort of thing a US President would be impeached on”.

      Get real. You are aware, aren’t you, that only two presidents have ever been impeached. They were Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton. Are you really suggesting that none of the others lied, and that that fact was not widely known? Can you seriously claim that a President would be impeached just for a lie?

      Note this is not a comment on whether or not Key might have been aware of who Dotcom was. It is only a comment on the realism of an impeachment.

      Personally I think that most, if not all, politicians lie. They don’t admit it of course but they do.

      • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill) 4.1.1

        Yes, I was just talking with someone the other day who said just that ‘ah well, politicians lie’

        When asking this person ‘but don’t you think that Key is particularly dishonest – infact the most dishonest PM we have had”

        They didn’t seem to think so – it appeared more important to them to think Key was ‘just a common garden lying politician’ than to see things as they really are.

        I take this to be evidence of the workings of the toad in hot water – turning up the heat slowly – this is how seriously terrible political approaches get accepted – by increments.

        Fortunately this person doesn’t approve of Key enough to vote for him.

        I suspect that the rightwing are unconcerned about dishonesty in politicians – they expect it -as long as these politicians can dishonestly convince them that they are working in their interests – ‘it dunt matta if itz troo or not’ – they can then feel secure in their fragile little world of smoke and mirrors – comforted by the cooing of lies – there really is no reasoning with some people…how does the left counter such delusional creatures?

        • alwyn 4.1.1.1

          “When asking this person ‘But don’t you think that Key is particularly dishonest'” … “They didn’t seem to think so”.

          Of course they wouldn’t think so, at least if they had lived in New Zealand at any time between 1999 and 2008. We had, during that time, the most dishonest Prime Minister we have ever had. Well she was the most dishonest of any we have had since the Second World War. I can’t comment on the ones prior to that. We had a PM who, given the choice of telling the truth or making up a complicated lie would ALWAYS choose to tell a lie.

          It is wonderful to have a PM for the last five years who is honest. He may have some slips of the tongue, and an occasional slip during casual, unprepared speech but he doesn’t lie for the sake of lying like the leading figures in the parties of the left. I suppose they saw that HC was successful for a while and think it will continue to work for them.

          • Lanthanide 4.1.1.1.1

            :roll:

          • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill) 4.1.1.1.2

            Oh? so it has gone from ‘most MPs are liars’ to ‘John Key is honest’. Is he really? ‘Doesn’t lie for lying’s sake’ – Yes, correct; not many lying MPs do – they do it for their masters’ agenda.

            Heck Alwyn – what to say? You live in a fantasy world and appear rather committed to it It is hard to believe it possible that people are swallowing the crap you and your ilk are propagating , yet I am sure many will; as bereft of critical facilities as they would have to be. I guess that is why the National govt cut out all those informative TV channels, cut education support, are systematically undermining the higher education system and are tardy with paying teachers, [their enemies] No, they wouldn’t want people actually learning to think and must hate those that aim to do just that.

            As I said in my last comment – it is hard to know how to address people who are actively comforted by lies; prefer the world of smoke and mirrors to the uncertainty of the real world – except to say:

            ‘John Key is honest’ – Alwyn

            Thanks for giving me a laugh :lol:

          • You_Fool 4.1.1.1.3

            error: citation needed for comment that black is white

            • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill) 4.1.1.1.3.1

              @ You_Fool

              Yes, I await in great anticipation of Chris73 supplying the impossible link.

              While waiting I supply here a link to a book that provides categorical proof the John Key is a severely duplicitous man:

              The Hollow Men

              Conveniently this kills two birds because that such a book exists also supplies proof that Chris73 is not one to allow facts to get in the way of his delusional view on Mr Key.

      • Lanthanide 4.1.2

        Bill Clinton wasn’t impeached for telling a lie, so much as for telling a lie about an important incident and repeating it.

        Much as John Key has done with this. Go watch his Campbell Live interview when the thing broke, the whole segment was about 20 minutes long, with Key on for 10 minutes denying over and over again that he had ever heard of KDC before the day of the raid.

        If it turns out maybe Key did know of him, but it was just in-passing or in a name in GCSB briefing as may have happened, it’s no big deal at all, you’re right.

        But if Key did know about it, because he specifically did a deal with the yanks to put KDC behind bars, then it is a big deal because it looks like corruption and lying to the public in order to cover it up.

        • felix 4.1.2.1

          Nah, he might get away with having heard of him once in passing if he’d only denied it once in passing.

          But he has categorically, unequivocally, deliberately, and repeatedly denied it.

          That can never be spun as a casual oversight. If it turns out not to be true, it’s a massive deliberate lie over and over and over again.

          • You_Fool 4.1.2.1.1

            but for Smile and wave it was just a casual mention, he will be comfortable with the fact that he didn’t really take much notice to the name, I mean he gets mentioned lots of names to him everyday, and do we expect him to mention every name mentioned in his hearing ever? Smile and wave doesn’t have the memory for that! He hardly remembers when he has lunch with an old school friend…

      • One Anonymous Bloke 4.1.3

        “All politicians lie” has dubious value as an aphorism.

        All people tell lies. Politicians are no different. Questions arise, however. Is the lie substantive, based on honest opinion or a deliberate attempt to deceive? Is there a pattern of falsehood?

        …everyone makes some mistakes. And as historian of science Daniel Kevles showed so effectively in his book The Baltimore Affair, it can be hard to detect a fraudulent signal within the background noise of sloppiness… the question is, do the data and interpretations show signs of intentional distortion? When an independent committee established to investigate potential fraud scrutinized a set of research notes in Nobel laureate David Baltimore’s laboratory, it revealed a surprising number of mistakes. Baltimore was exonerated because his lab’s mistakes were random and nondirectional.

        Michael Shermer.

    • PapaMike 4.2

      Doubt it’s relevance to the case before the courts, as not relevant to case of extradition.
      Too many red herrings around.

      • Lanthanide 4.2.1

        It could easily be relevant to the case of extradition, if it transpires that Key agreed with the yanks to get KDM arrested and extradited in advance of the raid.

        It puts the motives of the whole case into question: is KDM being extradited because he broke the law, or is he being extradited because some very powerful people didn’t like what he was doing and so used an extra-legal process to try and get the outcome they wanted.

        • One Anonymous Bloke 4.2.1.1

          In Lanth’s scenario, to run the risk of leaving Dotcom’s extradition up to a National Party enabler justice minister would be a breach of natural justice, because the National Party trades in New Zealand legislation whenever it is in government.

  5. Phaedrus 5

    There’s also the issue that the Internet Party will be able to advertise during the campaign and one doesn’t need to be a rocket scientist to guess what the ads will target.

    • mickysavage 5.1

      And National will regret that it had gutted the EFA so badly. By the looks of it Dotcom will not be able to advertise himself but no doubt someone will pop up to do the job. There is also an exception to the restrictions on advertising for “any publication on the Internet, or other electronic medium, of personal political views by an individual who does not make or receive a payment in respect of the publication of those views.” I am sure Dotcom will make sure that he can express his views in a legal way.

  6. AWW 6

    I like DotCom. He’s a great character in a mostly boring country : )

    • minarch 6.1

      I think DotCom is simply a very bored, very wealthy man

      There isn’t a lot to do here in NZ if you have a lot of money (and are under 65) just ask any international student from a wealthy background,

      Obviously Mr DotCom cant just jump in the Cessna for a couple of nights clubbing in Ibiza anymore, so this seems to me to be just him getting his jollies at the expense of the integrity of our political system…

      • Colonial Viper 6.1.1

        Not sure why you are being so cynical. The issues of internet freedom, data privacy, protection of journalists, and prevention of arbitrary search and seizure are critical ones for the 21st Century.

        Yes, KDC is under the equivalent of house arrest – but I can think of no better country in the world for someone who is a family man – to be resident in.

        • minarch 6.1.1.1

          I can think of several better places to raise kids

          just a matter of my opinion, of course but I see no real future for my children here in NZ

      • weka 6.1.2

        “There isn’t a lot to do here in NZ if you have a lot of money (and are under 65) just ask any international student from a wealthy background,”

        There isn’t a lot to do here in NZ if you have a lot of money and don’t like being outside.

        fify

        Plenty of very rich people in NZ having a good time.

        • minarch 6.1.2.1

          you mean plenty of rich people in NZ dodging tax ?

          sounds like a good time to some i suppose..

          If you ask around Its a fairly common complaint, in fact KDC has stated as much himself.

          • weka 6.1.2.1.1

            Yes, but my point was that it’s the people that want city lives that complain. If you want that kind of life why would you come to NZ? The uber rich in NZ that are having a good time aren’t relying on city life.

  7. Puckish Rogue 7

    This is going to bite the Greens big time

    • alwyn 7.1

      One would like to think so PR but if you have a bunch of supporters like theirs, who seem to be able to believe almost anything that the party leaders feed them, I don’t think it will have that great an effect.

      Anyone who can believe that GM food will poison you, or that we can lead the world in producing and selling “Green” windpower technology, or that the people in the Sea Shepherd organisation are heroes, or that Assange is a leader in saving the world, is totally incapable of being discomforted by Norman’s behaviour.

      I have one acquaintance who is a strong Green Party supporter. She refuses to believe, in spite of all the evidence, that Norman is an economic illiterate whose ideas will wreck the New Zealand economy.
      As a retired public servant she gets her superannuation paid tax free. That is quite fair, in her view, and of course she shouldn’t have to pay tax. Tax is for other people to pay. I point out that the reason given for this absence of tax is the claim that it is a return of capital from the fund, and capital gains are not taxed. If a Green Party policy of taxation of capital gains will be implemented she tells me it won’t apply to her as “I’ve got a contract”. She ignores the fact that any contract can, and probably will, be broken by a Green Government.

      The fact that Norman appears to be open to being bribed won’t worry the Green Party members. The only thing that will bite the Greens is if the Dotcom party actually does get going and takes away some of their votes.

      • One Anonymous Bloke 7.1.1

        Duh. I am living proof of your delusions.

        I share Geddis’ view of Norman’s ill-considered remarks, but as for the other items in your little litany, Tory terror of the Greens is so cute. please keep displaying it.

        • alwyn 7.1.1.1

          “I am living proof”.
          Well that was quick. Somebody who is not worried by what Russel has been up to with his secret dealings with the big fat fellow. That demonstrates very clearly that my comments are not “delusions”. They really are the way that Green acolytes think.
          Q.E.D. (quad erat demonstrandum)

          [lprent: Or it could just indicate that you’re a bit of an idiot since you managed to trigger 3 moderator responses in one wee comment. I could have overlooked any one. But three !

          1. I’ve never noticed that OAB leaning strongly green. So trying to say that he represents green voters is more than a stretch. It is simply stupid. Basically you appear to be making up a story (ie lying) rather than sticking to facts and/or opinion. I take a dim view of unsubstantiated opinions of fact..

          2. As far as I’m aware Russell didn’t have “secret” meetings with KDC – that is simply crap. He had meetings with someone like most MPs do. By your logic every time I have a meeting with a MP it is both “secret” and suspicious. Reality is that it is part of their job. I’d have to class this as a lie as well.

          3. You’re appear to be trying for a variant of the pwned heresy as a spin line with assertions of fact. I don’t like those as they cause silly flamewars. It also is a symptomatic of a usual election year habit that I like crushing.

          Q.E.D. (quad erat demonstrandum). Indeed. Banned for 3 * 2 weeks. ]

          • One Anonymous Bloke 7.1.1.1.1

            Are you a bit English comprehension challenged, Ally Wally? Perhaps I should spell it out. You don’t get to define green politics, because you’re a partisan Tory shill. I reject your false narrative entirely, and yet, Wormtongue, that still gives me plenty of time and space to think that Norman’s statements and actions may be ill-advised.

          • View Balanced 7.1.1.1.2

            [deleted – look it is balanced view who is banned but using a new name running the same old troll lines – MS]

            • Blue 7.1.1.1.2.1

              Ha hilarious VB. Your accuracy in observation is truly life affirming but doomed to failure and a disproportionate level of abuse. You know you’re not allowed to offer a contrary view. Cue ban in 3…2…1….

      • Puckish Rogue 7.1.2

        Probably won’t change the hard core voters minds but the soft voters may well think twice about voting for an aussie import willing to sell out NZ law to a german convicted criminal just to gain power

        • Grantoc 7.1.2.1

          ” An aussie import willing to sell out NZ law to a german convicted criminal just to gain power”

          A good line for that nats to take into the election campaign.

          Is there such a thing as left wing cronyism? I suspect there is and I suspect Norman’s opposition to extradition proceedings for DC’s political patronage and money falls within it.

          Norman appears to also be having brain fades I see. He’s in good company – John Banks comes to mind.

          • One Anonymous Bloke 7.1.2.1.1

            So, National will sell the nation’s laws, and The Greens will sell Dotcom’s freedom.

            Best vote Labour.

            • Blue 7.1.2.1.1.1

              No. The Greens will sell their principles in return for keeping a hedonist multimillionaire off the charges he faces in the US, and the cheque he writes them, and supposed support his Internet party has. This just looks shabby. As shabby as dealing with Act in Epsom.

              It seems the unbridled and unprincipled pursuit of power is worth the loss of their values.

              • One Anonymous Bloke

                Okay, okay, The Greens will sell their principles in return for keeping a hedonist multimillionaire off the charges he faces in the US, and the cheque he writes them, and supposed support his Internet party has, and National will continue its usual practice of selling New Zealand legislation to its campaign donors.

                Best vote Labour.

          • You_Fool 7.1.2.1.2

            Or John Key, he has the best brain fades!

        • One Anonymous Bloke 7.1.2.2

          If that were true you’d have a point, but I think you’ll find that Green party policy is decided by the members, not the leaders.

          Of course, in a democratic party like National, the members have no say whatsoever in policy development. That is left to the party’s clients to buy.

    • McFlock 7.3

      how can it bite the greens “big time”?

      On planet key the Greens aren’t likely to be particularly popular, anyway. The only way they could sustain significant damage is if they currently have a significant amount of support.

    • aerobubble 7.4

      Oh, rubbish. Its everyones right to talk to politicians in confidence, and nobody is talking about what DotCom and Banks agree upon.

      So its ludicrous now. Of course everyone knows it may potentially harm Lab-Green prospects if a lot of young voters vote for dotcom. Duh.

      Its not journalism to suggest that senior MPs would want to look the guy in the eye, if they were going to back his case, and stop extradition. If anything its a bloody good idea.

      Are we going to get a innuendo driven diatribe of what Key and Ashcroft were up to???
      Please, politicians seek to do their jobs is not corrupt practice. And especially not the Greens
      since their stand issues, co-leadership and consensus, would make it impossible for Norman
      to do such a deal.

      Dotcom battle is political-economic in nature and means that Key’s use of the full force of government has political and economic dimensions, compromises to NZ sovereignty to
      bend over for private big media interests. How is that not corrupt?

      So when Norman does sign off on stopped the extradiction get back to us about corrupt practices, and start dealing to the current government DotCom case and its corrupt overtones.

      • aerobubble 7.4.1

        This is timeless, classic political analysis from lazy journalists, nothing has happened yet, whilst the government has mired our justice system in a joke of the DotCom case. All because Dotcom did not read all the private information in his archives and when he found copyrighted material tell authorities. Hardly a high crime, I pretty much want my postie to keep his nose out.

        • aerobubble 7.4.1.1

          Wait, but its worse!

          Why is nobody asking questions about some Key minion telling Dotcom he can get off by starting a party and keeping Key in power. Key’s team could then trip up the already tainted
          investigation. And we should all remember where DotCom’s politics initial preferences fell,
          by association yea will be damned, BANKS.

          If Peter, if Norman, why not also Key?

  8. So we have Norman, Peters and Brash (peters not) admitting they have all popped in to the Dotcom mansion – ffs has any political leader not been in to say ‘hello’ apart from that liar key? I sure as hell hope Hone doesn’t come out and say he’s been there – please say it ain’t so Hone.

    If you have the money everyone gives you the honey – embarrassing, the whole fucken greasy lot of them imo.

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/9713751/Peters-visited-Dotcom-3-times-Key

    • karol 8.1

      Yeah. Agreed marty. The Dotcom extradition court case etc, is important, and John key’s role a major issue.

      But I’d prefer tat the leaders of opposition parties didn’t give the impression their policies or support of the wealthy are up for sale.

    • One Anonymous Bloke 8.2

      Watch the wingnuts howl in outrage at Dotcom wanting to buy anyone’s influence but theirs. Fucking hypocrites. The National Party openly sells our gambling laws and any other damn thing its clients want. Private prisons, private schools, yes boss, three bags full boss.

  9. chris73 9

    Its more the utter hypocracy of Russel Norman thats causing the outrage

    • McFlock 9.1

      With the nactoids in charge we live in an hypocracy (lit. “rule by hypocrites”), typified by tories like you trying to fluff up some outrage about hypocrisy.

      • chris73 9.1.1

        We’ll see how it plays out in the media, I suspect it’ll be bad for the left

        • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill) 9.1.1.1

          Well that is the general trend of the media’s attitude toward the left so you really aren’t saying anything profound or difficult to predict at all there, C73

          • chris73 9.1.1.1.1

            Not trying to be profound, just pointing out that the chickens are now coming home to roost for those who thought KDC would take down JK (I’d say lay down with dogs and you get fleas but my dogs certainly don’t have fleas)

            http://liberation.typepad.com/liberation/2014/02/top-tweets-about-dotcom-the-internet-party-and-deals-with-other-parties.html

            • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill) 9.1.1.1.1.1

              We’ll see how it plays out in the media, I suspect it’ll be bad for the left

              No, you were attempting to sound knowledgable and predict something which is obviously going to happen.

              Then you supply me with a pile of hyperbolic witterings – and expect that proves something – it doesn’t

              Please try a little harder, C73 – this is embarrassing for you

              • chris73

                Not as embarrassing as it is for David Cunliffe and Winston Peters but even worse for Russell Norman

                I don’t have to try hard when the left generally are try hards

                • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill)

                  Stop trying to fool yourself Chris73, what you have attempted is substantially more embarrassing than some drama made up by jonolist-types…I mean fancy trying to sound knowledgable and like an expert on something so predictable…lol…and to make matters worse, thentrying to deflect the issue onto 3 professionals that are skilled at what they do…Oh dear me no, please stop you are simply digging a deeper hole for yourself….

                • mickysavage

                  Chris73 you will have to try harder. The day MPs stop talking to people in the community is the day that we should give up on democracy.

                  • chris73

                    Does that also apply to “chinless scarf wearers”?

                    • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill)

                      I don’t think it really serves your purpose to make references the National Party’s deceitful activities in 2004/5 with regard to the Exclusive Brethren.

                      This reminds us all how deceitful and dishonest the National party were in 2004/5 toward the NZ public in the name of pushing agendas that they knew the NZ public would reject.

                      It brings to mind the secret meetings that were being conducted by Brash with American war hawks and brings to mind Brash’s comment made to American warmongers “Gone by lunchtime”: made in reference to our nuclear-free policy.

                      These issues lost the National party the election.

                      It is a pity that the public don’t appear to realise that all the main players bar Brash are still currently main players in the National party: Key, McCully, Joyce to name a few.

                      The Hollow Men are still doing the dirty on us and New Zealand’s polls indicate that we are a dangerously misinformed, making us a severely malleable and overly trusting bunch of people.

                      Gee, No wonder Steven Joyce is acting to degenerate our higher education system he is acting to ensure we are even more misinformed.

                      Thanks for the reminder Chris73

            • Tracey 9.1.1.1.1.2

              whereas deliberately deleting information relevant to a court proceeding is… non flea-like?

        • McFlock 9.1.1.2

          You’re using the future tense now? But you said it was already “causing outrage”. So who is currently “outraged”? Bear in mind that tory shills like you don’t count, because your “outrage” is simply a duplicitous pretence that is caused by your blind faith in dunnokeyo.

          You want to see hypocrisy? Look at all the ladder-kickers who think that the assistance they personally received as children or young parents should not be provided to anyone else. But are you outraged about that? Noooooooooooooooooooooo.

          • chris73 9.1.1.2.1

            Nice attempt at diversion but thats not the issue :)

            • McFlock 9.1.1.2.1.1

              pointing out your transition from “are now” to “will maybe” is a diversion?

              You need to learn to read.

              • chris73

                Keep dancing on the head of a pin it may take the heat of Norman (I doubt it but you never know :) )

                • Tracey

                  Could be worse, could have been colluding with an anonymous group to get campaign exposure while promising to deny any collusion. Two people in the top four ministerial positions did just this…. but you trust them aye chris.

                • McFlock

                  There’s no “heat”. There will be no “heat”. You claimed that there was heat, then that there will be heat, but you are simply lying.

                  “Heat” is protests in the street, falling popularity, degrading relationships with the media, and having to admit that one misled parliament. Those seem to be largely the domain of our prime minister rather than anyone in the opposition.

  10. xtasy 10

    Sorry, I cannot help it, and cannot resist throwing in my comment on this. The election late this year seems to already have been decided, and whatever else Labour, Greens, NZ First and Mana or Maori Party may come up with, it will not matter, as it will all be shot to pieces by the MSM, as usual.

    My impression is it is a lost battle. That is at least on the media front. The privately, largely corporate owned and controlled mainstream media is staffed with all these “press gallery hacks”, various young, opportunistic, partly desperate journalists and the known “media personalities”, who are all in the pocket of their bosses (“do not bite the hand that feeds me”). They are almost all exclusively rather well to do, middle class, career minded “professionals”, who have their own dim views of anything “left”.

    The younger ones grew up with the neo-liberal system we have had for decades, where you fend for yourselves. If a person cannot make it, for whatever reason, at best she/he gets “pity”, but none else, and the losers will be forgotten and shun, like the poor in society. They simply do NOT identify with a society the Greens and Labour would prefer to create.

    Just listen to how MSM Radio Live report on events in Parliament, where Paula Bennett and the Prime Minister were today grilled on child poverty and the newest report out from the Salvation Army. Radio Live’s “Parliamentary reporter” Tom Fruean makes NO mention of that, and all that the public are told and informed about is how Winston Peters and the Speaker got head to head, and how Peters was thrown out of Parliament.

    http://www.radiolive.co.nz/Audio.aspx

    Put in the time 16:30 h for today (12.02.14) and listen from about 11 minutes and 35 seconds on in that audio track (total length 15 minutes).

    ALSO listen to Duncan Garner’s spin on political events today, implicating Peters in “murky” connections with Dotcom, starting a bit after 16:45 h (starting from about 11 minutes into that 15 min. recording).

    And note also: There are virtually NO liberal, left leaning or “green” friendly media staff out there in the MSM, well, I certainly do not see or hear them.

    The MSM, and Radio Live are just a small part of the lot, are all more or less focused on these side shows, on alleged “connections”, “deals”, “murky dealings” and scandals, that senior opposition MPs are now being dragged into. Key is quoted as challenging Norman to come and answer questions re his visits to the Dotcom mansion, so they are now also hunting down Peters and others.

    Yes, it is a perhaps mistake for the opposition to talk too much with Kim Dotcom, and it back-fires in such ways, but does nobody notice, the one sidedness of these media reports. Key has heaps of stuff to answer for, but he just smirks, shrugs and walks off, and they all let him get away with it.

    The truth is, there is an AGENDA, and it does not look good for the opposition. The MSM are not going to allow a Labour Green government, got the message? They will do all to rubbish anything that Labour, Greens, NZ First and so will come up with, and shoot it to pieces. On the other hand many of the “media personalities” are “matey” with Key, Joyce, Collins and others.

    No matter how good Cunliffe tries to present himself to the media, I see too many only looking for any angle to dismantle him. Indeed, it may be better to fully boycotte the MSM and follow a totally different strategy for this election campaign, which is already getting more dirty and nasty than anything I have heard and seen during the climax of any pre election period of past years.

    So I would not put too much hope into Dotcom being able to expose too much during the trial coming up. The MSM have apparently got over the “honeymoon period” they had with him, and are now rather looking at “exposing” and discrediting him, which again may well be due to it having been determined to be part of the “campaign” to keep the “good forces” in government (maintaining and promoting the commercial interests of the business forces controlling society as it is now).

    • mickysavage 10.1

      Agreed xtasy and I am beginning to regret my Key is a shapeshifter reptilian post. It seems to me that the really important news about child poverty has been obliterated by a whole lot of other stuff.

    • tc 10.2

      Xtasy nails it, Garner, Gower, RNZ now diluting the effective checkpoint with Moro to add to Gluon etc……teapot tapes was a marker for how under the thumb the MSM are.

    • Tracey 10.3

      The funny thing it is KEY who has said he will work with Winston, not labour and greens SO where are the retorts from labour and Green to ask Mr Key

      “If he is so concerned about Winston meeting with DotCom, will he rule out working with him in government post 2014 election?”

  11. Old Tony 11

    The “selling laws” line was a cute little nonsense that the Left got some traction with in relation to Sky City. Of course it overlooks the fact that the Labour Party was founded on the principle of selling employment relations law to the union movement. Ditto National to the Employers. Its called being in Government. But good to see the Greens now descending into the same muddied waters as the other parties.

    • karol 11.1

      False equivalence.

    • One Anonymous Bloke 11.2

      …Labour Party was founded on the principle of selling employment relations law to the union movement…

      No, you are mistaken. Unity is strength, the ability of unions to organise a government is testament to that.

      Freedom of expression and association.

      Choke on it, Old Tony, and don’t complain if your friend is unable to perform the Heimlich maneuver.

  12. hoom 12

    Does anyone know if its possible to extradite a sitting MP?
    Just saying…

  13. xtasy 13

    More MSM attacks:

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/opinion/news/article.cfm?c_id=466&objectid=11200875

    They seem to forget, that Banks had questions to answer re allegedly wrongly declared political donations to the tune of 50,000 dollars.

    So to treat these contacts that certain opposition MPs seem to have had with Dotcom in the same manner, as of being of the same kind of importance, is a bit “bizarre”, to say the least.

    It is not a good look for Norman, Peters and possibly some others having visited Dotcom to discuss his political party ambitions and other matters. But is it forbidden to visit persons of such calibre? Now, who has Key visited “in private” over the years? Who have other government ministers had contact with “in private” over the years, including high ranking business persons?

    Audrey Young, get real, while Peters should have fronted, it is just another media hype to whip this up in this form. Where are the tough questions asked to John Key, dear MSM???

    • Sanctuary 13.1

      John Armstrong is nothing if he isn’t the accurate reflection/mouthpiece of the entrenched political/business establishment. I am not about to claim Kim Dotcom is a selfless hero – far from it – but he is a complete outsider to the political establishment, an outsider who who seems rather effective at shining a torch on the venality, unethical behaviour, insider trading and rorting that is business as usual for the New Zealand political/business establishment. And for that, anyone who thinks of themselves as a player in the political/business establishment hate Dotcom with a passion. Winston Peters, another outsider, is also loathed for the same reasons and the Greens – who promise to bring at least some people (like Julie Anne Genter) into power who will upset some very cosy nudge nudge wink wink relationships are getting the same treatment.Pablo over at kiwipolitico frequently lambasts the casual corruption, inability to admit error and authoritarian impulses of the NZ political establishment in a security context, but the same traits are evident everywhere.

      I often ask people who posture outrage at Kim Dotcoms “interference” in our politics whether or not they consider our political establishment is worth defending from someone who so clearly exposes it for what it is. that usually shuts them up.

    • James N 13.2

      Why isn’t anybody asking just how JK knew with such certainty that Norman and Peters had visited Kim.com and exactly how many times in each case when such a exciting titbit had apparently escaped the vigilance of the MSM? GCSB anyone? I presume the boys in the anoraks monitor K.C but surely they wouldn’t be monitoring the movements of the Nact’s political opponents as well.

  14. Mr Tank 14

    This Paddy Gower seems like a right cunt. As to Za German being a PR genius give me a break. So far it has been like shooting fish in a barrel. Nothing I have seen leads me to expect anything stand out regarding his “party” or his supposed power to influence. Comrade Chairman Davo got it right. Thank F**k there is at least one grown up in the room.

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    When even hard boiled property investors like Olly Newland  say first home buyers have been shafted by Loan to Value Ratio lending restrictions, surely it is time for the Government to listen, says Labour's housing spokesperson Phil Twyford.  "Auckland landlord...
    Labour | 13-11
  • Key used GCSB for political ends prior to 2014 election
    New documents released to the Green Party show that Prime Minister John Key used New Zealand's intelligence services for the National Party's political ends a few days out from the 2014 election, the Green Party said today.Documents released to the...
    Greens | 13-11
  • Government not meeting its climate target
    The Government must front up to the fact that its own advisors are now saying that New Zealand is off target in any transition to a low carbon future, says Labour’s spokesperson on Climate Change Nanaia Mahuta.  “A briefing to...
    Labour | 12-11
  • Briefing reveals Defence facilities ‘increasingly unfit for purpose’
    The Defence Briefing to the Incoming Minister reveals a deteriorating state in Defence facilities that are no longer fit for purpose, says Labour’s Defence spokesperson Phil Goff.  “The briefing is heavily censored but still reveals that Defence camps, bases and...
    Labour | 12-11
  • New projections show New Zealand missing climate target
    Briefings to Incoming Ministers released today reveal the Government's climate policy is failing with projected emission more than double what is needed to meet National's 2050 target, the Green Party saidProjections released by the Ministry for the Environment, as part...
    Greens | 12-11
  • National’s highways far less efficient
    National’s new state highways have a far lower cost-benefit ratio than motorways built under the last Labour Government, making a mockery of the Government’s bluster that its road building will boost the economy, says Labour's Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford. “New...
    Labour | 12-11
  • Governor points finger at National on supply
    The Reserve Bank Governor has admitted he had to keep loan to value mortgage restrictions in place because the Government’s attempts to increase housing has fallen ‘a long way short’, says Labour's Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The thousands of first...
    Labour | 12-11
  • Did Collins cover up Slater’s OIA requests?
    Disgraced former Cabinet Minister Judith Collins must explain why she appears to have tried to hide Official Information Act requests she fulfilled for Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater, Labour MP Megan Woods says. “New documents obtained by Labour show Judith...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Reserve Bank’s dairy warning must be heard
    The Reserve Bank’s warning that falling dairy prices are creating greater risks for the New Zealand economy must be taken seriously by Bill English and John Key, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker. “Dairy prices have nearly halved since February...
    Labour | 11-11
  • National’s housing failure keeps LVRs in place
    The Reserve Bank’s decision to leave loan-to-value ratio mortgage restrictions in place is further confirmation of National’s housing policy fiasco, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “The Reserve Bank would have lifted LVRs if they had seen any increase in...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Let’s see if it is plane sailing Mr Bridges
    Comments by Transport Minister Simon Bridges that Far North residents' anger over cutbacks to regional flights will be allayed by larger planes and cheaper fares out of Kerikeri, are just pure arrogance, says Labour’s Te Tai Tokerau MP Kelvin Davis....
    Labour | 11-11
  • Commerce Commission inquiry needed into building supplies monopoly
    The Commerce Commission must stop dragging the chain and urgently investigate the anti-competitive practices in the building industry that are driving up the cost of building materials, says Labour's Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “Competition in the building materials market is...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Air New Zealand grounds Far North
    The announcement by Air New Zealand to close services from Kaitaia to Auckland will be an absolute disaster for the Far North, Labour MP for Te Tai Tokerau Kelvin Davis says.  “Air New Zealand is sending a signal to the...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Pulling West Coast flights a savage blow
    Air New Zealand’s decision to withdraw its Westport service is another kick in the guts for an already struggling community, West Coast-Tasman MP, Damien O’Connor says.   “Having been involved in the West Coast’s efforts to get Air Nelson to return...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Air NZ cuts economic lifelines to neglected regions
    Air New Zealand’s plans to cut its Eagle Air regional services to already struggling regions is a hammer blow to Westport, Whakatane and Kaitaia, says Labour's Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The regions of New Zealand are being abandoned by this...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Christchurch on the rent rack
    A jump of 20 per cent in weekly rents in the past year is a disaster for Christchurch, says Associate Housing spokesperson Poto Williams. “The Trade Me Property Rental Price index has rightly described the city as being a ‘...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Past time to act on warnings about palliative care
    Health officials have been warning the Government about a critical shortage of palliative care specialists for years, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader and Health spokesperson Annette King says. A stocktake carried out for the Ministry of Health shows New Zealand’s end...
    Labour | 10-11
  • Report must spur Government into action
    The soaring cost of domestic violence and child abuse highlight the need for the Government to prioritise and act on the issue, says Labour's spokesperson for Social Development, Sue Moroney.“Findings from the Glenn Inquiry that show the problem is estimated...
    Labour | 10-11
  • Family safety paramount, then urgent review
    Corrections Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has some serious questions to answer over why a dangerous prison escapee, convicted of further crimes while in jail, managed to abscond while he was on approved temporary release, Labour’s Corrections spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says.“Phillip...
    Labour | 09-11
  • LVRs a failed experiment from Bill English
    Loan to value mortgage restrictions are a failed experiment from Bill English to tame Auckland house prices, that have caused collateral damage to first home buyers and other regions, says Labour's Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The possible end of LVR...
    Labour | 09-11
  • Govt books getting worse as economy slows
    National’s economic credibility is under serious scrutiny with its search for surplus becoming harder due to an economy far too reliant on the dairy industry, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker. “National promised New Zealanders would get into surplus by...
    Labour | 06-11
  • Kiwis in pain because of Government underfunding
    New research showing one in three people needing elective surgery are being denied publicly-funded operations shows the Government must properly fund the health sector, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says. “For almost two years Labour has been warning about the...
    Labour | 06-11
  • National’s promised surplus looking doubtful
    Budget figures for the first quarter of the financial year released today by Treasury show the Government's goal of achieving a budget surplus is looking doubtful, the Green Party said today."National has staked its credibility on achieving a budget surplus...
    Greens | 06-11
  • Kevin Hague speaks on the Gambling Amendment Bill (No 3)
    I rise to give this speech on behalf of Denise Roche, who handles the gambling portfolio for the Green Party. This bill deals with class 4 gambling—pokies in pubs and clubs—and it is the result of changes that were suggested...
    Greens | 06-11
  • Kevin Hague speaks on the Health (Protection) Amendment Bill
    I would like to start off where the previous speaker left off, on the issue of balancing rights or balancing harms. All law is in some way a restriction of personal liberty. That is the point of law. When we...
    Greens | 06-11
  • Joyce backs away from yet another target
    Steven Joyce has backed away from two targets in two days, refusing to acknowledge that his Government has an unambitious aim to get unemployment down to 4 per cent in 11 years’ time, says Labour Associate Finance spokesperson David Clark....
    Labour | 06-11
  • Pacific peoples incomes and jobs falling under National
    The Minister of Pacific Peoples is attempting to bury the ugly facts of Pacific unemployment and income levels worsening since National took office in 2008, said Labour’s Pacific Affairs spokesperson, Su’a William Sio. “If the Minister doesn’t acknowledge how bad...
    Labour | 06-11
  • The Block NZ doing a better job than Nick Smith
    Nick Smith should consider calling in producers of The Block NZ with participants in the TV series completing more houses in two seasons than the Government’s failed Special Housing Area policy, says Labour's Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The Block NZ...
    Labour | 06-11
  • Meridian moves to kill competition from solar homes
    Big electricity companies are using their power to make it harder for families and businesses wanting to go solar and the National Government is doing nothing to help them, the Green Party said today. Meridian Energy announced today a 60-72...
    Greens | 06-11
  • Has John Key done all he could for Pike families?
    It will be forever on the conscience of John Key whether he did all he could to recover the remains of the 29 miners who died in Pike River, Labour’s MP for West Coast-Tasman Damien O’Connor says.  “The Prime Minister...
    Labour | 05-11
  • National further dashes hopes of new parents
    The National Government has once again shown its disdain for working parents by voting down proposals to extend paid parental leave, Labour MP Sue Moroney says.  “The Government vetoed an amended proposal that substantially reduced the cost of extending PPL...
    Labour | 05-11
  • Honouring the Ampatuan massacre victims as fight for justice goes on
    A grim reminder of the Maguindanao, or Ampatuan, massacre on 23 November 2014. Photo: DanRogayan A TOP Filipino investigative journalist will be speaking about the “worst attack” on journalists in history and her country’s culture of impunity in a keynote...
    The Daily Blog | 23-11
  • GUEST BLOG: Anjum Rahman – what are they afraid of: the erosion of democ...
    Today the Hamilton City Council has put on a big party to celebrate the 150th anniversary of European colonisation of the area.  There have been a series of events during the year to mark this event, including a civic ceremony. ...
    The Daily Blog | 22-11
  • #JohnKeyHistory
    John Key has done it again. This week our lovely Prime Minister has showed us how little he knows about the history of the country he is supposed to be running. Apparently “New Zealand was settled peacefully”. Was it really?...
    The Daily Blog | 22-11
  • G20 growth targets and growth model offer more problems than they solve
    At the recent G20 in Brisbane, member countries agreed to accelerate growth to an additional 2% on top of current trajectories. But ongoing public sector cuts, asset sales, and reducing workers’ rights indicate that at least part of the growth...
    The Daily Blog | 22-11
  • GUEST BLOG: Bill Courtney – Charter Schools: The Shroud of Secrecy Contin...
    The Ministry of Education yesterday released another batch of information relating to the five existing charter schools and the four new ones proposed for opening in 2015. As we have seen before, the release of such information, often requested under...
    The Daily Blog | 22-11
  • EXCLUSIVE: Campaign reflection, Laila Harré reaching out for radical minds
    Today I’ve announced that I will be stepping down from the Internet Party leadership in December. This will happen once options for the future have been developed for discussion and decision among members. My absolute focus in this election was...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • The Ebola crisis, capitalism and the Cuban medical revolution
    “Ebola emerged nearly 40 years ago. Why are clinicians still empty-handed, with no vaccines and no cure? Because Ebola has been, historically, geographically confined to poor African nations. The R&D incentive is virtually non-existent. A profit-driven industry does not invest...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • MEDIA WATCH: TVNZ Reveals Insane Deadlines For Māori and Pacific Island Pr...
    Last Tuesday, November 18th, TVNZ requested proposals from producers for the four Māori and Pacific Island programmes they will no longer be making in-house. Marae, Waka Huia, Fresh and Tagata Pasifika will keep their existing names, existing formats and existing...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • The Daily Blog Breakfast Club Ep. 1
    TDB Video, Live from Verona Cafe on K-Rd, Auckland – a weekly current affairs show with TDB Editor Martyn Bradbury. This week’s panel: Chris Trotter & Selwyn Manning.The issues: 1 – What now for the New Labour leader? 2 –...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • Performance-demonstration at Auckland’s High Court to demand justice for ...
    People outraged at the lack of justice in the so-called ‘Roast Busters’ case and 99% of other rape cases in this country are holding a visually powerful mass action at the Auckland High Court at 1 o’clock on Saturday. They...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • IES vote may weaken defense of public education
    PPTA announced today that secondary teachers have voted to include the IES (Investing in Education Success) as a variation to their collective employment agreement with the government. At one level it’s an understandable decision by PPTA members because through engaging in a consultation...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • NZ History lesson on Planet Key – the lies white people tell themselves
    John Key’s bizarre claims about our ‘peaceful history’ comes across like the apartheid history of South Africa where white people discovered Africa first… New Zealand ‘settled peacefully’ – PM New Zealand was “settled peacefully” by the British, the prime minister...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • Universal Basic Income and Labour Policy
    On Radio New Zealand’s None-to-Noon on Wednesday (19 November), new Labour leader Andrew Little intimated that he would like to put Universal Basic Income (UBI) on his policy agenda (What policy changes will Andrew Little usher in?) Predictably Kathryn Ryan, despite being...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • The New Notes : They Ain’t Mint
    Hulk Queen Angry. Hulk Queen smash.   Yesterday, the Reserve Bank announced its new designs for our banknotes. Now, I’ve historically been pretty sketch about this entire process; variously feeling affronted that the government could find eighty million dollars to fund a...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • MSM under-mining of new Labour Leader already begun?
    . . It did not take long. In fact, on the same day that Andrew Little won the Labour leadership*, the first media reporter was already asking if he would be stepping down  if Labour failed to lift in the...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • GUEST BLOG: Simon Buckingham – invisible disability voices
    Today I am ranting. The Disability Advisory Group has been announced by Auckland Council. This is the body that represents the interests and views of people with disabilities in Auckland. Whilst I would not have applied this time as I...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, Andrew Little
    Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, Andrew Little...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • Why labelling Little as a ‘Unionist’ is a joke and how he beats Key in ...
    The line being used to attack Andrew Little as a ‘Unionist’ is just an absurd joke, and it comes from people who clearly don’t understand the modern NZ Union movement. Andrew ran the EPM Bloody U, they are easily one...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • 5AA Australia – Labour’s New Leader + China’s President In New Zealan...
    Recorded on 20/11/14 – Captured Live on Ustream.tv. 5AA’s Peter Godfrey and Selwyn Manning.ISSUE ONE: The New Zealand Labour Party has elected its new leader, the vote going to a third round after no clear outright winner was found in...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • Did Roger Sutton think he was running the Rock Radio Station?
    Visible G-String Fridays? Full body hugs? Jokes about who you would and wouldn’t have sex with? Honey? Sweety? It’s like Roger thought he was running the Rock Radio Station, not a Government Public Service department set up to rebuild a...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
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    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • Amnesty International – The conversation that needs to be had with China
    Caption: Police officer watching Hong Kong pro-democracy march, 01 July 2014 © Amnesty International    Yesterday’s edition of The New Zealand Herald features an open letter to all New Zealander’s from Xi Jinping, President of the People’s Republic of China. Along...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • GUEST BLOG: Patrick O’Dea – “Liar”
    LIAR! ‘Privatised social housing to benefit tenants’ English “Housing Corp was a poor performer and about a third of its housing stock was the wrong size, in poor condition and in the wrong place. That stock was worth about $5...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • Too Close For Comfort: Reflections on Andrew Little’s narrow victory over...
    THE TRAGIC SCREENSHOT of “Gracinda” in defeat bears eloquent testimony to the bitter disappointment of the Grant Robertson-led faction of the Labour Party. And, yes, ‘Party’ is the right word. The Robertson machine has now extended its influence well beyond...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • How to defeat child poverty
      How to defeat child poverty...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • Little’s Shadow Cabinet
    Now the horror of trying to pacify the factions begins. The only thing Little’s new shadow cabinet must do is create the pretence of unity. The reason voters didn’t flock to Labour wasn’t the bloody CGT or Superannuation, it was...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • A pilgrimage with my sister – Rethink the System
    We’ve both wanted to do a pilgrimage for many years. But, unlike many modern pilgrims, we wanted to be pilgirms in our own country and get closer to our communities, rather than seek greater distance from them. We are both...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • Lack of policy ambition is Andrew Little’s main problem
    I’ve met Andrew Little a few times and he’s a pleasant man who will make a reasonable job leading what the Labour Party has become in recent decades. He will preside over a much less divided caucus and will be...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • Journos, film makers, media freedom advocates join Asia-Pacific political j...
    A candlelight vigil for the 58 victims of the 2009 Maguindanao massacre – 32 of them media people. Still no justice for them today. Renowned investigative journalists, film makers, academics and media freedom campaigners from across the Asia-Pacific region will...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • And the new Labour Leader is ZZZZZZZZZZ
    The victory lap by Caucus over the members choice of Cunliffe has ended and the new leader of the Labour Party is Andrew Little. Yawn. The dullness and caution of the latest Leadership race will be served well by Andrew,...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • Allow the Facts to Get in the Way of the Neolib Stories
    One of the weaknesses of the political left in New Zealand over the last 30 years has been to allow the neoliberal storytellers to get away with lots of fibs and half-fibs. On TVNZ’s Q+A on 16 November, in a...
    The Daily Blog | 17-11
  • Defending The Boomers: A Response to Chloe King
    THE BABY-BOOM GENERATION (49-68 year-olds) currently numbers just under a quarter of New Zealand’s population. Even so, there is a pervasive notion that the generation of New Zealanders born between the end of World War II and the mid-1960s exercises...
    The Daily Blog | 17-11
  • This weeks Waatea news column – Waitangi Tribunal ruling enshrines Treaty...
      This weeks Waatea news column – Waitangi Tribunal ruling enshrines Treaty as a living document...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • Key now says SAS will be needed to protect ‘trainers’ behind the wire
    Well, well, well. What do we have here? Government could send SAS to Iraq New Zealand’s elite Special Air Service (SAS) could be deployed to Iraq to protect Kiwi troops sent to train local forces. Prime Minister John Key confirmed...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • Do You Want to Build a Meth Lab? (Frozen x Breaking Bad Parody)
    Do You Want to Build a Meth Lab? (Frozen x Breaking Bad Parody)...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • Soft soap for the rich – harsh taxes for the poor
    It’s no surprise to see New Zealand has one of the world’s lowest tax rates for the rich and the superrich. A survey by the global accounting network UHY shows New Zealand’s highest tax rates are lower than even Australia,...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • Phillip Smith and the rehabilitation process
    The dominant media narrative in horrible murder cases is that the perpetrator is unlikely ever to be rehabilitated. When it appears the offender may get parole the media turns first to family members of the victim who commonly (and understandably)...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • The Nation review: Finlayson’s terrifying definition of who is on terror ...
    Terrifying Nation today on TV3. Chris Finlayson is on justifying the Government’s Muslim fear mongering and extension of even more surveillance powers. It was jaw dropping. Finlayson says ‘alienated people with a chip on their shoulder’ is the threshold to get...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • A brief word on The Block NZ
    Is it just me or did The Block manage to sum up everything that is wrong about our culture and economy? Fetishised property speculation as mass entertainment in a country of homelessness & poverty. I wonder if State House tenants...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • Waitangi Tribunal ruling
    That spluttering choking sound of a thousand rednecks being informed Maori still have sovereignty is a hilarious cacophony of stupid… Crown still in charge: Minister Chris Finlayson on Waitangi Treaty ruling The Waitangi Tribunal’s finding that Maori chiefs who signed...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • A brief word on Phillip Smith
    We can arrest student loan & fine defaulters at the airport – but not convicted child molesting killers? Before we ban manufactured ISIS ‘terrorists’ from having passports, how about we just manage to stop child molesting killers from fleeing first?...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • Free Me From Religion
          The meeting begins – or at least it’s supposed to begin – but someone interrupts proceedings. She wants everyone to pray with their heads bowed while she can “thank our Father who art in Heaven.” I close...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • Key capitulates on TPPA while big money NZ set up propaganda fund
    So Key has capitulated on the ‘gold standard’ of free trade deals… The primary objective for New Zealand at Apec was to see some urgency injected into the TPP talks and to keep leaders aiming for a high quality deal....
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • Why Phillip Smith is the least of our worries
    Well, it turns out Phillip Smith wasn’t half as clever as he thought he was, and he’s been arrested within a week. If the Prime Minister is through with making tasteless jokes, perhaps we can ramp down the media hysteria...
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • Constraining Credibility
      Most economists and members of the public – on both the right and the left – believe that economies are constrained by resource scarcity most of the time. In this view, economies are supply-constrained, and that the economic problem...
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • Migrant Labour, exploitation and free markets
    Once more we read about a horror story of virtual slavery for a migrant worker in a restaurant in Christchurch. The silver lining that in this case compensation should be paid is not assured. Often in situations like this the employer winds up...
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • On baby boomers who give my generation unhelpful advice: JUST DON’T
    One of my mum’s colleagues recently told her that there is no money in what her daughter was doing; volunteering at a women’s refuge and writing on politics. This guy, dispensing all his pearls of wisdom, told my mother that...
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • Morbid Symptoms: Can Labour Be Born Anew?
    THE CHAIRS in the final meeting venue have been stacked away. All that expensive signage, commissioned for the benefit of the television cameras, no longer has a purpose. For the second time in just 14 months, Labour’s Leadership Contest is...
    The Daily Blog | 12-11
  • What’s Small, White, and Having Trouble Attracting New People?
    If your answer was something intimately connected to the person of Peter Dunne … then you’d be right. Last night, P-Dunney decided to bring his comedy and/or hair stylings to the twitterverse; penning a potentially somewhat ill-advised tweet in which he compared...
    The Daily Blog | 12-11
  • LATE at the Auckland Museum review – Slacktivisim: Its not just for Slack...
    Monday night is my yoga night. I’m not really very good it, I don’t really have the bendy, but I made a New Years resolution. This Monday however, I decided to put the yoga on prone and attend a gig...
    The Daily Blog | 12-11
  • Domestic violence problem bigger than Sky Tower
    Domestic violence problem bigger than Sky Tower SKYCITY’s Sky Tower in Auckland will be lit up in white on Monday evening Nov 25th at 10pm, on the eve of White Ribbon Day. The anti-domestic violence network SAFTINET (Safer Auckland Families...
    Scoop politics | 23-11
  • State Services Commissioner ‘unfit for the job’ says Little
    State Services Commissioner ‘unfit for the job’ says Little The new Labour leader Andrew Little has called for the State Services Commissioner Iain Rennie to be stood down after his handling of the Roger Sutton sexual harassment case. "The idea...
    Scoop politics | 23-11
  • Patrick Gower interviews Laila Harre
    Patrick Gower interviews Laila Harre Headlines: Laila Harre to quit as Internet Party leader by Christmas when the party has completed its review, but would love to return to parliament Says party considering options for its future including winding...
    Scoop politics | 22-11
  • Lisa Owen interviews Labour leader Andrew Little
    Lisa Owen interviews Labour leader Andrew Little Headlines: Andrew Little says the shape of his front-bench for the 2017 election may not be clear until the end of next year Indicates next week’s appointments may be temporary: “So I may...
    Scoop politics | 22-11
  • Phillip John Smith – statement
    Police and the New Zealand Embassy in Brasilia are aware of a decision from the Brazil Federal Court requiring the deportation of Phillip Smith within 10 days. Further assessment is required to ensure there is a full understanding of this...
    Scoop politics | 22-11
  • Green’s ‘not speaking out about human rights abuses in China
    Right to Life challenges Russell Norman the co-leader of the Green Party to explain why, he was prepared to ask Prime Minister John Key to talk to Chinese President Xi Jinping about human rights abuses in countries bordering China but...
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • Goodfellow congratulates Key on IDU election
    Goodfellow congratulates Key on IDU election National Party President Peter Goodfellow has congratulated Prime Minister John Key on his election today as Chairman of the International Democrat Union (IDU)....
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • Taxpayers’ Union Congratulates PM on IDU Appointment
    The Taxpayers’ Union is today congratulating Rt. Hon. John Key on becoming the Chair of the International Democrat Union , as former Australian Prime Minister John Howard retires from the role after 12 years. Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director...
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • High demand for Consumer NZ’s “Do Not Knock” stickers
    Consumer NZ has distributed nearly 100,000 “Do Not Knock” stickers since the launch of its campaign to fight back against dodgy door-to-door sellers.The “Do Not Knock” campaign was launched on 3 November 2014. Free “Do Not Knock” stickers...
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • Phillip Smith decision still pending
    Detective Superintendent Mike Pannett is returning to Washington DC where he will continue to closely monitor a pending decision from the Brazilian authorities on the process to return Phillip Smith to New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • High Court demonstration to demand justice
    People outraged at the lack of justice in the so-called ‘Roast Busters’ case and 99% of other rape cases in this country are holding a visually powerful mass action at the Auckland High Court at 1 o’clock on Saturday. They...
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • NZ Society Wins Global Award For Fighting Animal Testing
    New Zealand banning animal testing of legal highs has been acknowledged with an award given in London. The New Zealand Anti-Vivisection Society (NZAVS) was awarded the 2014 LUSH Prize for lobbying against animal testing. The prize was given at the...
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • Poor govt advice to workers on petrol station drive-offs
    The New Zealand Council of Trade Unions has raised concerns with the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment ('MBIE') regarding their reported advice to workers about the petrol station drive away issue....
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • New Ombudsman opinion
    The Ombudsman has published his opinion on a complaint concerning the Police refusal to release information about a charging decision....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Kindergarten support staff achieve pay rise in tough climate
    The valuable contribution of kindergarten support staff has been recognised with a pay increase, despite the significant funding cuts that the kindergarten associations are experiencing....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Democracy and Conservative Religion: The Case of Islam
    “Is Islam compatible with democracy?” is a frequently-asked question. Recent rethinking of secularism and democracy have opened up new possibilities to think about religion and democracy. This question is important particularly in the case...
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • NZ fiscal watchdog needed to guard the public purse
    New Zealand needs tighter fiscal rules and an independent watchdog to improve the quality of government spending and reduce the risk of a return to deficit spending as the country’s population ages, if not before....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • NZSMI disappointed ANZTPA proposal shelved
    November 20, 2014: Consumer healthcare products industry body, the New Zealand Self-Medication Industry Association (SMI) says it is disappointed Government has once again shelved plans to create one medicines regulatory agency for both New Zealand and Australia....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Democracy Action Welcomes Tauranga Vote
    Responding to Tauranga Council’s unanimous vote not to establish separate Council seats on the basis of ethnicity, Lee Short, Democracy Action founder says: “The establishment of a Maori ward would have damaged the relationship between Maori and...
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Employer caught abusing new ‘teabreaks law’
    Employer caught abusing new ‘teabreaks law’ to exploit workers The government passed the controversial ‘teabreaks’ legislation only a few weeks ago and already Unite Union has caught an employer using this law as an excuse for ill-treating their...
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • FGC response to Commerce Commission report
    The New Zealand Food & Grocery Council is not surprised by the Commerce Commission’s findings, given New Zealand’s current legal framework....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Bascand: Brighter Money
    Seeing people’s initial reactions to the new banknote designs is a heartening reminder of what an important role currency plays in our lives, and what a sense of pride and heritage our notes evoke....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • RBNZ releases Brighter Money designs
    New Zealand’s banknotes are getting brighter and better, with the Reserve Bank today unveiling more vibrant and secure banknote designs which will progressively enter circulation later next year....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • 25 years of children’s rights
    UNICEF and OFC celebrate 25 years of children’s rights with Just Play Sports Days On Universal Children’s Day (20 November) and as part of the Oceania Football Confederation’s (OFC) inaugural President’s Cup, UNICEF will celebrate 25 years of children’s...
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Xiamen delegation to Wellington has business focus
    Stronger business, education and cultural ties with our Chinese partners will be the focus when a 20-strong government and business delegation led by Xiamen Mayor Mr Liu Keqing which visits Wellington tomorrow (Friday) and Saturday as part of the...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Warriors promote White Ribbon Day message
    Warriors promote White Ribbon Day message Shine and Orakei Health Services On Tuesday, the Vodafone Warriors will promote the White Ribbon Day message to the community at Eastridge Shopping Centre, Mission Bay. The Warriors are supporting their charity...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Superannuitants to protest unethical investments
    A delegation of Auckland superannuitants will deliver a protest-card petition and protest letter to the New Zealand Super Fund this Thursday afternoon to call on the fund to divest from companies which support the Israeli occupation of Palestinian...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Manukau job cuts ‘running the place into the ground’
    Manukau Institute of Technology (MIT) confirmed to its staff yesterday that 54 jobs will go before Christmas....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Newcore Looks Pretty Rotten for Ratepayers
    Responding to the NZ Herald report that the IT system commissioned by Auckland Council to consolidate the eight systems the Super City inherited from its precursor councils could be facing a budget blowout of $100 million, Taxpayers’ Union Spokesman Ben...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Accountability following quake response inquiry not achieved
    Lessons still need to be learned from the search and rescue efforts following the February 2011 earthquake in Christchurch, a leading New Zealand lawyer, Nigel Hampton QC, says....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Our kids say: We are failing in our duty to protect them
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    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • PARS & Turuki Health Care collaborate on health and services
    Auckland-based PARS (People at Risk Solutions) have partnered with the Turuki Health Care Trust, to offer improved healthcare services to those in need. PARS works closely with former prisoners, providing mentoring, housing, and social services to ensure...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Children’s Plea
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    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Treasury off track in search for sound policies
    Treasury is unlikely to find the ideas it is looking for to improve outcomes for children while its primary driver is cost-cutting, says Child Poverty Action Group....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Commission calls for answers on handling of CERA harassment
    EEO Commissioner Dr Jackie Blue is deeply concerned about the way in which the State Services Commission has handled sexual allegations made against CERA chief executive Roger Sutton this week and is calling for answers....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Ashley Dwayne Guy v The Queen: Appeal Upheld
    The appellant, Mr Guy, was found guilty by a jury of a charge of sexual violation by unlawful sexual connection. After the verdict it was discovered that, by error, the jury had been provided in the jury room with two...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Zonta Club to Take a Stand Against Gender-Based Violence
    During the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence (25 November – 10 December), the Zonta Club of Wellington, along with members of the local community, will join nearly 1,200 Zonta clubs in 67 countries for the Zonta Says NO...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • New UNFPA report links progress and power to young people
    A UN report launched today calls for investment in young people as they are essential to social and economic progress....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • The Resignation with the Golden Handshake?
    Commenting on the settlement the State Services Commission has reached with former CERA CEO Roger Sutton, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says: "Only in the public sector do you receive a payout for ‘resigning’....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • NZ must not turn a blind eye to China’s human rights record
    Amnesty International is calling on New Zealand’s Prime Minister John Key to raise China’s shameful human rights record during President Xi Jinping’s visit to New Zealand this week....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • The Resignation with the Golden Handshake?
    Commenting on the settlement the State Services Commission has reached with former CERA CEO Roger Sutton, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says:...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Treasury’s covert & extremely odd welfare consultation
    A report this morning that Treasury is ‘crowd sourcing’ ideas on welfare policy is news to Auckland Action Against Poverty, even though we are currently one of the most active groups in the area....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • NZ invites Pacific peers to review development cooperation
    New Zealand has volunteered to be the first development partner in the Pacific region to undergo a review of its aid programme by Pacific island peers. The review will focus on New Zealand’s development cooperation and will give greater insight...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • EPMU joins Pike River families to mark fourth anniversary
    Representatives of the Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union are proud to stand with the Pike River families to mark four years since 29 men lost their lives. “This is a particularly solemn day given the recent announcements of Solid Energy...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • 2013 Assessment of New Zealand’s National Integrity Systems
    SPEAKER TUILOMA NERONI SLADE: Former Judge, International Criminal Court in the Hague, former legal counsel at the Commonwealth Secretariat, Secretary-General of the Pacific Islands Forum 2008-2014. Introduced by Helen Sutch, Victoria University Council,...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Green Party ignoring Waimea’s environmental benefits
    Green Party MP Catherine Delahunty has overlooked the environmental benefits the proposed Waimea Community Dam will bring the Tasman community, says IrrigationNZ Chairperson Nicky Hyslop....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Women’s use of violence in violent relationships
    More than 80 percent of women who live with a physically violent partner will not initiate violence when they are not being hit, according to new research....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Poor credit rating linked to poor cardiovascular health
    Poor credit rating linked to poor cardiovascular health A credit score doesn’t only boil down a person’s entire financial history to a single number and somehow predict their credit-worthiness, it might also be saying something about a person’s...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • State Services Commissioner on Roger Sutton Investigation
    State Services Commissioner Iain Rennie today said the investigation into Roger Sutton’s conduct was robust. Roger Sutton chose to resign as Chief Executive of the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA) yesterday....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Predator Free NZ project welcomed
    Federated Farmers and the conservation organisation Forest & Bird are welcoming the Predator Free New Zealand initiative as an ambitious but achievable project that will have real benefits for conservation and the economy....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
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