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DPF – deliberately missing the point

Written By: - Date published: 10:00 am, October 20th, 2011 - 101 comments
Categories: dpf, john key - Tags: , ,

DPF is all up in arms over Rodney candidate Christine Rose sharing someone’s picture on facebook.

He seems to think she’s some extreme candidate who thinks John Key is personally responsible for the disasters.

Instead, any reasonable reading would have it that she’s agreeing that questions need to be asked about National’s handling of the disasters.

Questions like those the Pike River families are asking about John Key’s promise to do whatever it takes to get the bodies out.

Questions like Christchurch residents are asking about John Key’s promise that nobody would be worse off – when most people are.

Questions like those all over the media about why nothing seemed to happen in those first 4 or 5 fine days after the Rena was stranded.

Rose blatantly doesn’t think that Key is some sort of minor deity who can cause tectonic plates to move; DPF is a smart guy who couldn’t possibly think that she does.

Which means he is just trying to stir the sewer again, with ridiculous smears.

Not very high politics David.

[ Also, when I went to the front page of kiwiblog I got this:

Bit of a concern? ]

101 comments on “DPF – deliberately missing the point”

  1. He’s just so fucking irrelevent these days eh…just like that blubbering fool Slater.

    • logie97 1.1

      Unfortunately the Penguin is courted by the media as being relevant.
      He has a regular spot on RNZ Afternoons.
      He gets paid for a column in the Herald.
      He is referred to by media regulars as New Zealand’s leading blogger.
      And all the time, most of the pundits do not know of his and the Cetacean’s direct
      affiliations to a political party

      • Colonial Viper 1.1.1

        Time for the Left to get its own MSM channels.

      • chris73 1.1.2

        All they have to do is go to his site and click on the blue Disclosure Statement icon, its not like hes trying to hide it

        • felix 1.1.2.1

          There’s nothing in his disclosure statement that indicates his blogging arrangement with the National party.

          ps I don’t recommend anyone go to his site until we get a definitive answer about what malware he’s distributing.

          • Vicky32 1.1.2.1.1

            ps I don’t recommend anyone go to his site until we get a definitive answer about what malware he’s distributing.

            Indeed! It’s scary….

        • logie97 1.1.2.2

          The majority of pundits do not spend time in these types of sites. However, when the commercial radio stations, television, and newspapers seek his opinion with the preface “New Zealand’s leading blogger” it is quite different from prefacing, The National party’s leading blogger, and affords him a status that he does not deserve.

      • Gosman 1.1.3

        Are you stating that he isn’t NZ leading blogger?

        According to the, (admittedly out of date), blog rankings Kiwiblog was on top. Doesn’t that mean he is at least one of Nz leading bloggers if not the top?

  2. vto 2

    Those who adjust their arguments to suit an agenda are not worth listening to.

  3. coolas 3

    Having Farrar as National’s lap dog is great. He fetches and barks when commanded and rolls over to have his fat tummy rubbed after pleasing his masters. But I can’t decide whether he’s a poodle or a pug. Any suggestions?

    • vto 3.1

      Neither. More like one of those old forgotten teddy bears with missing eyes and stitching coming undone, all dusty and dirty and unloved. Fortunately these sorts of teddies usually find at least one person to pick them up and take them home…

    • logie97 3.2

      Hey, don’t mention him in the same breath as a poodle.
      I know of several standard poodles that are not afraid to
      stand their corner – intelligent as well as feisty.

      • Ianupnorth 3.2.1

        I saw a Standard Poodle in Waitakere once being used as a guide dog, at least it had a valuable purpose, unlike DPF who is simply a turd.

    • Deadly_NZ 3.3

      Just a Poison Dwarf.

  4. Lanthanide 4

    I really have to believe that Farrar actually doesn’t truly believe some of what he writes and knows it to be a distorted or shallow take on a subject and he’s simply writing it because he knows the sheep will fall for it and back his paymasters. This thought has occurred to me on several occasions reading his ‘blog’ on stuff.

    • fmacskasy 4.1

      I concur, Lanthanide. I must admit I got the same impression. Especially when one hears of his occassional liberal views on Jim Mora’s panel and it’s hard to reconcile the two DPFs. Perhaps he’s “mellowing” in his old age?

  5. King Kong 5

    If it is a reasonable thing for a Labour candidate to post on her facebook page why did she take it down?

    • just saying 5.1

      I’ll take a wild stab in the dark here King Kong.
      There is an election in a very short time, and NACTs spinmasters are weaving a whole lot of crap about it, and it isn’t actually important, and Rose wanted to cut off the spinmeister’s oxygen supply. Correct me if my science is wrong, but bullshit doesn’t stink without oxygen.
      Waddayareckon?

      • queenstfarmer 5.1.1

        No dice. You think that all it will take to get Labour candidates to take down election material is for their opponents to attack it?

        • just saying 5.1.1.1

          I think you will keep on with the bullshit until you run out of oxygen. And I think it is perfectly reaonable for her to attempt to deprive you of it from her end

    • queenstfarmer 5.2

      Exactly. The fact she took it down is a clear admission that she realises it is wrong.

      • felix 5.2.1

        Na, it’s an indication that she thinks deceitful little fuckwits like you and Farrar are going to waste her time with this sort of bullshit.

        She’s wrong to take it down though. She should republish it immediately, bigger and louder than before and force you to justify your pathetic whining.

        • Puddleglum 5.2.1.1

          Agreed. Taking it down was a mistake.

        • queenstfarmer 5.2.1.2

          What “deceitful” thing did I do? Or is this just another name-calling false accusation?

          • felix 5.2.1.2.1

            It’s a description of the general character of your interactions on this site to date.

            • queenstfarmer 5.2.1.2.1.1

              So surely then you can point to one example… Or can’t you? And if not, why not?

              • McFlock

                “Exactly. The fact she took it down is a clear admission that she realises it is wrong.”

                That’s a blatant untruth – “clear admission”? Bullshit. It’s not even an implicit acknowledgement.

                But then such wilful torture of the English language is a clear indication of your constant desire to fellate Key and the NACTs.
                 

                • queenstfarmer

                  Not at all. Are you saying she took it down by accident? It’s a fact-based observation. To the extent of any opinion, then it’s no more and no less valid than an assertion that she did NOT take it down for that reason.

                  But points for at least trying.

                  • McFlock

                    “Not at all. Are you saying she took it down by accident? It’s a fact-based observation. ”

                    On the balance of probability, yes.

                    “To the extent of any opinion, then it’s no more and no less valid than an assertion that she did NOT take it down for that reason.”

                    Nope. What you now call an “opinion” was an explicit statement of fact: “[fact we both agree on] is a clear admission that she realises it is wrong.” That sentence is in no way equivocated or described as “opinion”. It is an allegation of fact based on what you claim to be the only logical interpretation. The fact it is the worst-case logical interpretation of several possible interpretations is deceitful – and I don’t think it’s self-deceit.

                    I also suggest that the fact that you now try to argue that you were only stating an “opinion” rather than presenting propagandist innuendo as fact is another example of being deceitful.

                    • queenstfarmer

                      The fact it is the worst-case logical interpretation of several possible interpretations is deceitful

                      Who says it’s the “worst-case logical interpretation”? That is your opinion, with which I disagree – yet which you have expressly labelled as “fact” – which ironically is worse than what you incorrectly accused me of doing.

                      As I said, I made a fact-based observation. I don’t know what you base your observations on. Just because you disagree (on the basis of no evidence, I note) doesn’t make it deceitful. Although I do find it curious that you think (“on the balance of probability”, ie guessing) that she just accidentally deleted the picture, right after a blogger criticised it.

                    • McFlock

                      Oh, if you disagree that it’s the worst-case interpretation, name a logical interpretation of removing said satirical billboard from the facebook page that is worse than it being a confession that the billboard joke was in some way “wrong”.

                      There are many less-bad logical interpretations to make (some of which have been pointed out here) such as a tactical suggestion from head office, or maybe seeking to minimise the pointless diversions it causes, or a web-volunteer panicking at Farrar’s idiocy, etc. But you leapt to “clear admission it was wrong”. Not a “fact-based observation”, an outright claim about a “clear admission”.

                      You’re basically the opposite of PeteG – he refuses to commit to anything and then tries to claim he stands for specifics, whereas you make clear and concise statements but then pretend that they aren’t as precise as they actually are.

                       
                      btw, I included “on the balance of probability” because sometimes accidental deletions do happen. I didn’t say it was likely, but the “coincidental fuckup” is always a possibility that theorists often discount out of hand, and is another possible inference to logically draw from a picture no longer appearing on a website.

                      [edit] unless of course for a small period of time ACT policy really was “lorum ipsor porkum”…

              • felix

                Haha framer. You never acknowledge reasoning, evidence, or anything else that doesn’t suit your ignorant prejudices, as has been shown here over and over again.

                So would should I bother? Anyone reading regularly knows your moves.

                • queenstfarmer

                  As they do yours. There is reasoning and evidence to back up everything I say. Whereas you tend to fall back to name calling, which is fine but does not advance a debate.

                  • felix

                    “There is reasoning and evidence to back up everything I say”

                    The sad part is that you actually believe that.

                    The funny part is that you believe it because you don’t know how reasoning works, as you so often demonstrate yourself far, far better than I could ever hope to.

      • Puddleglum 5.2.2

        Oh, rubbish.

        Just saying has it right, above.

        This is a mock billboard not an overly wordy ACT party newspaper advert that bores people to distraction with rambling, incoherent rants. It makes points that any New Zealander – who understands the relevant contexts and has minimal access to the news media – would instantly recognise.

        Didn’t you see the words “How are we doing?” – that means, how are we doing in relation to the following.

        If you – and DPF - genuinely think that this Christine Rose character genuinely believes that John Key caused earthquakes, mine explosions and tanker groundings then why would you think that someone so deluded would ‘suddenly’ realise the irrational error of her ways?

        You’re making no sense, qsf. 

        • queenstfarmer 5.2.2.1

          I’m not arguing for or against the billboard. Just noting that she took it down when the faced with criticism. I expect she (or others) will put it back up, because party activists realise that taking it down was an admission it was wrong, which is worse than the picture itself.

          It’s a minor issue, really.

          • Puddleglum 5.2.2.1.1

            It’s a minor issue, really

            Agreed.

            Apologies for the ‘Oh, rubbish’. Just exasperation at such a ludicrous reading (by DPF) of this mock billboard.

            The tick boxes, the ‘how are we doing?’ made it clear to me what was intended.

      • lprent 5.2.3

        No. It was an distraction that she did not require. It gets in the way of her campaign.

        It’d require a determination by the electoral commission to decide if it is invalid especially as it is a spoof (albeit a completely accurate one).

        It is only a pathetic jerk-off like yourself or DPF who’d think otherwise (if you can think of course).

        • queenstfarmer 5.2.3.1

          I’m simply observing the facts.

          How can it be a distraction? Are you saying that Labour’s candidates are so fragile that relatively mild criticism by a blogger on a particular issue will cause them to backtrack? If so, why?

          • Tigger 5.2.3.1.1

            It is a distraction because Farrar and people like you have made it one. It was a joke post and she treated it like one (ie. took it down when it was clear it was being twisted into something that took away from her real messages).

            My god, is the right wing getting dumber or just more desperate?

            • lprent 5.2.3.1.1.1

              Quite simply the psuedo-billboard was spot on for message because this government has been a screwup from start to finish.

              I’d call this reaction as being desperate because there really is nothing that dickheads supporting National can point to say in what National has done in the last term that will help NZ in the long term, just a pile of meaningless political gestures. Effectively National are still cruising on the legacy of low debt and a working social and economic system that Labour left them.

              Nationals lack of constructive decision making will eventually cause failures. The billboard displays some of the symptoms.

              Nationals (and their idiotic supporters like dsf) biggest claim this term would have to be that they haven’t screwed up that legacy too much so far.

            • queenstfarmer 5.2.3.1.1.2

              How did I (or other posters here) make it a distraction just by commenting on the lead article at this website?

              Does this apparent rule of “if someone creates a distraction about a joke post, then we had better take it down to avoid getting off message” apply to blog sites too, or just Labour candidates? (which is not my view, but which is what you are saying).

              • Tigger

                qsf – uh because you’re taking it seriously rather than the joke it is and trying to make legitimate arguments about something which is just plain silly. Lprent is right, you’re a jerk-off. You’re only here to pick fights and be a dick.

                • queenstfarmer

                  Wrong again. I didn’t make any comment on the veracity of the billboard, or whether it should be taken seriously. I have only made observations on the fact she removed it when faced with criticism (which wasn’t from me, you’ll note).

        • King Kong 5.2.3.2

          I don’t see how debating polictical points you stand behind is a distraction to a campaign.

          Even a spoof that is pointing out that Key is unlucky for NZ/ doesn’t handle issues well/ caused these events (or whatever it is meant to mean) should be backed up.

          Taking it down shows that she became uncomfortable with the politicising of people dying in disasters when faced with the public spotlight.

          [lprent: Opps: Your ban was over a few days ago. Just removed you from automoderation. Been distracted by a large structural code change at work. ]

          • lprent 5.2.3.2.1

            Ah. Perhaps you’d like to point out the political point you see her making. Perhaps you’d then like to explain how it fits into Christine Rose’s election strategy for Rodney?

            After all you’re the one claiming that there is one…

      • fmacskasy 5.2.4

        Or, she saw it as an unnecessary distraction from the real issues? Y’know… those trivial things like high unemployment? Massive borrowings to pay for tax cuts? That sort of stuff…

    • lprent 5.3

      …why did she take it down?

      In the lines of the trolling rhetorical question – why do you think that it is the focus of her campaign rather than simple humour?

      Of course it is simple enough that even a sewer rat like yourself can understand it. Probably why you’re asking questions…

      • King Kong 5.3.1

        Surely the primary focus of her campaign is “vote for me and help the party I represent form the next Government because we will be better than the other guys”.

        Posting this billboard is a plank in the message that the current guys arent up to the job. Unfortunately it has been interpreted as these guys are not up to the job because they have had a hand in killing people/eco systems with the disasters referenced.

        She realised this and took it down because, quite frankly, voters don’t like that kind of politics.

        Well done to Christine for realising her mistake.

        • felix 5.3.1.1

          it has been interpreted as…

          Not really. As far as I can see no-one but Farrar (who’s paid to say such things) and a handful of his doe-eyed fans has made that interpretation.

          In the real world people don’t think John Key causes earthquakes, only in Farrar’s fantasies.

  6. Joe Bloggs 6

    .
    … any reasonable reading would have it that …

    Let’s qualify that statement – any liberal-left political activist set on defending the indefensible would read this to mean …

    Whether she had some deeper, more noble intention or not, Rose’s post is tasteless and offensive.

    She tries to associate John Key with tragedies that are still raw with emotion. Her communications platform is don’t give them another chance, because it’s not worth the risk. There’s plenty of finger-pointing going on.

    Furthermore Rose deleted the post as soon as it was commented about on other blog sites – she doesn’t have the strength of character to stand behind her sly innuendo. Politicising the lives lost in these tragedies is pretty poor form but using humour to do the job goes beyond tasteless.

    And it’s ironic in the extreme that Eddie concludes from this that David Farrar is stirring the sewer with ridiculous smears.

    The truth is that major disasters test any government. There’s been no evidence that the response would have been any different under Labour.

    It’s yet more dishonest gutter politics on Labours part.

    • felix 6.1

      “Let’s qualify that statement – any reasonable liberal-left political activist would read this to mean …”

      You serious Joe? You think apart from leftie activists, a reasonable person would conclude that the picture was saying John Key caused an earthquake?

      You really think that?

    • Ianupnorth 6.2

      Oh, and key running around smiling and waving at positive news events (RWC opening, etc) and missing in action at bed news (credit downgrades) isn’t politicking? The man is an opportunist, sooner he is gone the better.
       
      Pike River – he lied and said mining standards were the same as Aussie
       
      Christchurch – did he and Brownlee do as much as they could have?
       
      The Rena – was he not having his picture taken hammering up billboards in Hamilton, rather that finding out what was about to happen in the BOP?
       
      On all three accounts he was not demonstrating leadership, he is in a position of accountability and people need to be aware he is not being held to account.

      • Lanthanide 6.2.1

        “Christchurch – are he and Brownlee doing as much as they could be?”

        Fixed that for you.

    • Rose’s post is tasteless and offensive.
      So, any pointed and direct criticism of how John Key and the government have handled some of the biggest natural, workplace and environmental disasters in recent years in New Zealand is ‘tasteless’ and ‘offensive’? How about praise then?

      When Peter Leitch praised John Key in the context of some incoherent comment about Pike River, was he being “tasteless and offensive” in “politicising the lives lost” in that tragedy? If not, why not?

    • Draco T Bastard 6.4

      She tries to associate John Key with tragedies that are still raw with emotion.

      No she didn’t. Only someone deluded would think that she did (Admittedly, RWNJs are deluded as a matter of course). What she did was draw attention to the 3 strikes law, point out that National is in government and then asked about their response to some fairly major events.

    • fmacskasy 6.5

      “Whether she had some deeper, more noble intention or not, Rose’s post is tasteless and offensive. ”

      Oh, puh-leese. Since when did NAT/ACT supporters worry about “tasteless and offensive”?! Jeez… *facepalm*

  7. randal 7

    the only thing that really blows farrars hair back is whether the sausage rolls or the rubber chickens have run out.
    the dont call him fatboy for nothing.

    [lprent: Seems like there was only pointless abuse in the comment to me. I'm sure you're aware of what I think about pointless abuse comments? ]

  8. Uturn 8

    If you were going to be all English Language about it… possibly the problem is the second sentence. “How are we doing?”, should be something like “How’s our leadership?” Otherwise it assumes the reader will know the implied meaning of the colloquial phrase and, in politics, no one knows anything they don’t want to know.

    What exactly is the political advantage of Kiwiblog’s maintainance of the attitudes found in their comments section? I’ve seen that stuff first hand in real life, but to cultivate it online too, blows my mind.

    • Tigger 8.1

      I don’t agree Uturn – how are we doing? is a question you ask when you want someone to rank your performance? So the focus is not on having created the situation, but the response to the situation.

      Farrar really is a shameful little egotist. This is a reach, even for him.

      • insider 8.1.1

        Well it says “3 strikes and we’re out” and those three strikes listed are natural disasters next to a picture of Key. So when it asks about “how are we doing?”, the first thing that occurs to me is there is a link between the occurrance of the events and Key, not the post event management. Not that he caused them but that there is some form of relationship. She could have done something amusing perhaps with the natural disasters thing and the picture of Key – ‘let’s not have another one’ or similar – but the meaning was way too ambiguous or required a few too many steps to ‘get it’.

        I don’t think this ‘attack’ is particularly spiteful or concerning – I think it is plain stupid; and it is that stupidity that needs attacking not Farrar, because of course he is going to take a partisan swipe, just as the Standardistas regularly over-parse mundane stupidities from the other side. You’d be better address that stupidity to stauch the flow (Hone’s Hanging, Darien’s butcher baiting, Little’s imaginary gunnings, Chauvel’s self promotion – they were all said like it or not) or just ignore it, because social media is full of such things and it will only get worse.

        • Puddleglum 8.1.1.1

          the first thing that occurs to me is there is a link between the occurrance of the events and Key, not the post event management.

          I don’t intend this aggressively – because I respect much of what you contribute – but are you being honest in making this claim?

          You have been a regular reader of this website and – I presume – take more than a passing interest in media reports on such events. Given that awareness, did you really think – as the “first thing” – that this must be claiming that John Key caused the earthquakes, mine explosion and tanker grounding? Honestly?

          Also, your particular suggestion as to how she could have been more humorous, ironically, actually does imply that Key caused these things. Surely that’s an empty and ineffective way to criticise this government – no matter how ‘humorous’?

          • insider 8.1.1.1.1

            Puddle

            I was trying to recreate a process and provide an alternative view – I understand what she was trying to do, I just don’t think it was as clear cut as Eddie says or that it worked. When I look at an ad the first thing I;m going to do is look at the words and the images and how they relate. To have to rely on an unclear shared understandign in order to get it makes it not work for me in this case. I specifically said I ddn’t think the link was causal but there was a relationship suggested – that relationship wasn’t clear and nor was the inference about management. Ultimately it was the kind of dumb thing you don’t expect from candidates and they are rightly criticised if they do it.

            • felix 8.1.1.1.1.1

              But your alternative view relies on the observer actually thinking – if even for a moment – that John Key might be able to cause earthquakes.

              I don’t think even you would accept that as a possibility.

              • mike

                Love the bloggers getting outraged that the billboard is claiming that John Key caused these things. I guess it reflects their own stupid thought processes: “What? John Key caused the earthquake? Now that’s just downright misleading!” Like there is a danger that people might actually be persuaded that John Key can cause earthquakes.

                That people like the above are out there, voting Smiling John into power… I despair.

                Besides, everybody knows that…

                bOB pArKEr caUSeD tHe qUaKe. pROoF:

                http://bobparkerengineeredthechchquake.blogspot.com/

                • felix

                  I thought that was a crackpot theory, but damn that website is very persuasive.

                  • mike

                    Brilliant website sadly but rightly ending with a final post on feb 22nd: “It’s not funny anymore.”

                    I think it is arguable that the billboard could be politicizing tragedy, and it’s quite possible that that may have occured to Rose, or been pointed out to her that it could be seen that way. Maybe that’s why she took it down. Maybe she’s big enough to realize she could have offended people.

                    On the other hand why shouldn’t the govts handling of these events be up for criticism? It’s a fine line here I feel.

                    But to claim that Rose might be trying to persuade people that Key actually caused any of these events is retarded. Who would it persuade that Key can cause earthquakes? Persons tripping on high doses of LSD? Raging paranoid schizophrenics who had stopped their meds? That’s a pretty small target audience who might not even buy it. (And were probably never going to vote National anyway…)

                    I guess she never thought that people would be dumb enough to agree with any Nat blog reptilians who might try to suggest that. I guess she overestimated the intelligence level of kiwibloggers. Easily done.

                  • mik e

                    afew would have all the answers on that its probably a bit late now as the world will end tomorrow

              • insider

                No it requires me to think that that might be what Ms Rose was suggesting in her ambiguous poster.

                • felix

                  That’s the same premise from a different starting point.

                  You’re now saying that she thinks people will believe that John Key can cause earthquakes.

                  That would be a really stupid thing for her to think, and incredibly stupid for you to think that she would think it.

                  ps ambiguous means unclear. The poster is very clear as no-one thinks John Key can cause earthquakes.

            • Tigger 8.1.1.1.1.2

              insider – your ‘view’ is based on a completely irrational logic (that the personal actions of humans cause natural disasters) and in your reading ‘relationship’ and ’cause’ must mean the same thing.

              Having to explain this joke to people has gotten very, very boring.

              And hey, it’s not like she said she wanted wages to drop…

            • Puddleglum 8.1.1.1.1.3

              The ‘iwi-kiwi’ must have been a complete mystery to you then?

              Helen Clark plus ‘iwi’ – huh? She isn’t an iwi, she isn’t even a member of an iwi. What could it mean? 

              • felix

                Totally baffling.

              • insider

                Yep, advertising is always pure science – predictable, rational, always creates exactly the response it intends every single time, never fail, and with no distracting emotional overtones at all. And Coke really is the real thing.

                In this case the context and the message were unclear in a way that Iwi/Kiwi wasn’t.

                • felix

                  Careful insider, you’re at about 160 degrees. Any further and you’re likely to catch a glimpse of your own argument.

                • mike

                  So your complaint is that really the fact that Rose merely associated Key with these negative events in a “National connected to bad things, thus National is bad thing” guilt by association tactic?

                  Of course it’s not Key’s fault that these things happened on his watch, but they did. As so National IS associated with them because they had to come up with a response, and Labour could sit back and criticise it. Politically that’s bad luck for National, and good luck for Labour.

                  Maybe you’ve never seen an election before Insider, but this kind of thing happens pretty much constantly. Associate opposition with bad thing, and self with good thing, hence the classic baby kissing politician. They all do it. All of them. A lot.

                  In a perfect world this wouldn’t happen, politicians would debate issues on a purely rational basis, always truthful, never misleading or resorting to ‘tugging the heart-strings’, or smearing opponents, or play on our fears and insecurites. (Thus John Key would still be hoovering up $$$ from the middle class at Merrill Lynch to make himself richer instead of doing the same thing to the middle and lower classes as PM of NZ.) “Look! Here’s a picture of some smiling kids! So why wouldn’t you vote for me!” Alas Insider, we don’t live in that world.

                  Maybe you should send an impassioned email to the leaders of all our political parties to point out the error of their ways. Let me know how that goes.

  9. Here’s the revised National Hoarding’s together in one place: National’s Blighted Future Plan

    Wonder what the DF and his minions of the bog think about that?

  10. ghostwhowalksnz 10

    Perhaps She could claim she “got the information in an email so I thought Id use it”

    Worked for John Key

  11. randal 11

    dear lprent.
    I will never do it again!

    [lprent: I don't mind abuse (provided it isn't carried too far). Just explain why you're dishing it out. ]

  12. Rich 12

    http://www.kiwibleurgh.com contains content from national.org.nz, a party regularly proven to distribute malware. Get it in your country and you’re fucked.

  13. I made a complaint to the Police on 22 September about David Farrar’s Malware:

    Sent: 2011-09-22

    Dear Peter Marshall,

    I write to lay a formal complaint concerning malware from the website Kiwiblog. After visiting the site, my computer becomes slow and unresponsive, with some features no longer working.

    After some investigation into this I found that the Kiwiblog website that is administered by David Farrar, is installing a small application onto my computer. The program is known as an LSO cookie and can undertake various tasks on a person’s computer.

    The application gives no warning that it is being installed. Kiwiblog does not inform the user that an application is being installed and there is no option to remove or not have the application installed. Therefore I believe this program is unlawful under current New Zealand laws:

    Cookies or similar devices must not be used unless the subscriber or user of the relevant terminal equipment:

    • is provided with clear and comprehensive information about the purposes of the storage of, or access to, that information; and
    • is given the opportunity to refuse the storage of, or access to, that information.

    I would appreciate you looking into this matter, as I believe it is of a serious nature that deserves further investigation.

    I suspect what EDDIE has found is something a bit more sinister though.

    Peter Marshall is ignoring my formal complaint. Perhaps the cops are too busy spying on Greenpeace.

    • Tom Gould 13.1

      Do you have any advice on how to check for and remove malware from Toryblog?

      • nadis 13.1.2

        Tom its not really malware – it’s just a regular old fashioned privacy issue. I’m not an expert but my understanding is websites can only receive information from the cookie they left behind which is only able to capture information about that one site (but I could well be corrected on that.) Change your settings as per the link below, and don’t believe this is a Kiwiblog issue. It’s an internet issue – you get LSO cookies from pretty much every flash using site you visit. I just checked mine – i would estimate at least 400+ cookies to be deleted, and I do this on a reasonably regular basis.

        • Colonial Viper 13.1.2.1

          The Right wingers are bastards when it comes to internet privacy. If that cookie logs which sites you go to, your usernames etc they will use it against you.

        • Deadly_NZ 13.1.2.2

          I’m using FireFox with the addons Beef Taco and Better Privacy both delete all unwanted cookies upon closing down of the browser.

    • nadis 13.2

      I suspect you’ll have a problem with not just kiwiblog but any site that uses flash, especially if you play flash based games. Why not change your default settings in flash or security settings so no cookies are installed without your approval? Or browse kiwiblog in private mode using Firefox? It kind of ruins your argument that LSO cookies from Kiwiblog are evil but those from thousands of other sites are not, unless you can specifically prove specific harm or damage from the Kiwiblog one that you don’t get from the others.

      Also your complaint letter should be a lot more detailed than “can undertake various tasks on a person;’s computer”. By that logic anytime you connect to the internet you have the same egregious breach of your human rights. And rather than believing the program is unlawful you should point out what law it breaches. Otherwise you’ll be waiting about 5 years while the police try and understand what you are on about it, and this will just get prioritised down behind muggings, robberies, fraud and shoplifting. If you trying to make a political point you need a snappier marketing angle.

      http://epic.org/privacy/cookies/flash.html

  14. Uturn 14

    There is a sign down my street that says Labour support NO ASSET SALES. I won’t vote for that because I want to be able to sell my car at the end of this month.

    Another billboard speaks of a brighter future with National. There is a lot of sun where I am now already so can anyone tell me when the increase of light might begin because I’d like to get some shadecloth up over my tomatoes.

    I prefered voting when it was just about national debt.

    • Afewknowthetruth 14.1

      The increase in sunlight will occur in conjunction with the collapse of industrial society: the pollution generated by factories and aircraft will decline in line with the global econonic contraction due to Peak OiL. Less atmospheric pollution = more sunlight.

      It will certainly be very noticeable from 2015, and in all likelihood will commence in 2012.

      See, National were telling the truth after all.

      PS Get that shadecloth while the global industrial economy is still functioning.

      • Colonial Viper 14.1.1

        Industrial society in some form will keep going for another 20-25 years. Not at a high level but it will be there. Deindustrialisation will be a fairly rapid process but certainly not overnight.

        • King Kong 14.1.1.1

          To paraphrase “Dumb and Dumber”;
          Just when I think when you couldn’t say anything dumber you say something like this and totally redeem yourself.

          • McFlock 14.1.1.1.1

            Did you find it to be autobiographical?

            see what I did – “I know you are but what is he?”. Equivalent maturity level to your fine self.

        • mik e 14.1.1.2

          You mean like nick smiths shampoo[snake oil] it will happen but not over night
          Pantene a brighter future

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    Labour | 11-04
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    John Key and Amy Adams must tell New Zealanders whether they support Chorus’ appeal of the High Court’s ruling in favour of the Commerce Commission, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. “Chorus’ appeal is a waste of time. The company is...
    Labour | 11-04
  • Is Judith Collins unapologising
    Judith Collins appears to have retracted her apology for failing to disclose her meeting with her husband’s fellow company directors and a senior Chinese border control official just weeks after being ticked off by John Key for not doing so, Labour...
    Labour | 11-04
  • Media Advisory
    There have been a few minor changes to the MANA AGM agenda. Moana Jackson is unable to attend due to family commitments. Speaking in his place on Saturday morning MANA is pleased to welcome Georgina Beyer and Willie Jackson. MANA...
    Mana | 10-04
  • Green Party requests inquiry into Peter Dunne and Trust
    Green Party MP Denise Roche today wrote to the Parliamentary Registrar of Pecuniary Interests requesting an inquiry into whether Peter Dunne should have included his involvement as chair of the Northern Wellington Festival Trust on the Register of Pecuniary Interests...
    Greens | 10-04
  • Veterans short-changed
    The Veterans’ Support Bill reported back to Parliament today rejects a key recommendation of the Law Commission Review on which it is based and ignores the submissions of veterans and the RNZRSA, says Labour’s Veterans’ Affairs Spokesperson, Phil Goff. “A...
    Labour | 10-04
  • Why Easter holidays should always be mandatory and retail free
    The moaning from retailers that they can’t open the cash registers and worship the consumer culture of consumption over Easter bores me immensely because I’ve always believed that public holidays should be mandatory. It’s not that I really care about...
    The Daily Blog | 19-04
  • Why punish the parents of the disabled?
    Parents who have adult children with disabilities saw a glimmer of hope when the promise for payment for caring for their children was given. But like most things, the complicated and relentless bureaucracy of the whole process shows a completely...
    The Daily Blog | 19-04
  • Our government: still no idea
    Happy Easter everyone, bad weather aside. A previous post of mine was called “The Government with no ideas”.  Unsurprisingly, the theme of the piece was of a current government thoroughly absent of any creative ideas or solutions to assist more...
    The Daily Blog | 18-04
  • 12 things Forbes has to say about NZs about to burst economic bubble
    Forbes is not known for their socialist or left wing activism, so when they predict a grim economic failure, we should should collectively poo ourselves a little. National often get given this perception that somehow they are better economic mangers....
    The Daily Blog | 18-04
  • That Sinking Feeling: Labour’s urgent need for persuasive words and coura...
    THE LATEST ROY MORGAN POLL has Labour on 28.5 percent (down 3.5 percent) and the Greens on 11.5 percent (down 1.5 percent). At 40 percent, the combined vote of the two main centre-left parties has fallen 5 percentage points since...
    The Daily Blog | 18-04
  • Why the Labour movement should support a Universal Basic Income
    The Mana movement’s support of the idea of a universal basic income is a welcome development. It could become one of the litmus issues that define the party and prove extremely popular. If Mana are in a position to do...
    The Daily Blog | 18-04
  • Legal high and cannabis regulation
    I marched through Henderson last month with my fellow Westies to express our concern about the impact of so called “legal highs” on our community. Some people chanted loudly calling for banning, some expressing anger at the parliamentarians who voted...
    The Daily Blog | 18-04
  • Know your Tory fellow travellers and ideologues: John Bishop, Taxpayers Uni...
    . . On 19 March, I reported on the Board members of the so-called “Taxpayers Union”. With one exception, every single member of the Taxpayers Union Board was a current (or recent) card-carrying member or supporter of the National and/or...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • GUEST BLOG: Daniel Bruce – Internet Party: What Seems Ridiculous To The O...
    Imagine you’re a 18-21 year old, from a working class family. You’ve never had a landline phone at home, because your parents can’t afford the fixed monthly bills, so everyone in your familiy has a pre-pay mobile phone. Because of the same tight...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Greens to push for housing standards in MOU with Government
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Greens to push for housing standards in MOU with Government Tuesday, 28 Aug 2012 | Press Release We don’t need any more official reports. We know the problem and we have the plans....
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Mighty River squanders $3.8m preparing for sale
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Mighty River squanders $3.8m preparing for sale Tuesday, 28 Aug 2012 | Press Release New Zealanders do not want asset sales and they do not want the Government wasting millions of dollars on...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Government’s economic agenda on shaky ground
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Government’s economic agenda on shaky ground Monday, 27 Aug 2012 | Press Release Instead of betting on a boom and bust industry and selling off assets the government needs to invest in a...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • National’s tax cuts haven’t cut tax avoidance
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: National’s tax cuts haven’t cut tax avoidance Sunday, 26 Aug 2012 | Press Release It is not fair that many rich New Zealanders are cheating on their tax. National’s 2010 tax cuts, that...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Waitangi Tribunal report adds to crisis in asset sales agenda
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Waitangi Tribunal report adds to crisis in asset sales agenda Friday, 24 Aug 2012 | Press Release In its rush to sell our assets, National has found itself in a crisis of its...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Privacy across all departments needs checking
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Privacy across all departments needs checking Friday, 24 Aug 2012 | Press Release “People don’t have a choice about giving their information to the state so the Government has an absolute duty to...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Reports show Government role in driving ACC dysfunction
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Reports show Government role in driving ACC dysfunction Thursday, 23 Aug 2012 | Press Release Restoring public trust and confidence is an essential goal and will require very major change starting from the...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Government must front up on full costs of asset sales
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Government must front up on full costs of asset sales Thursday, 23 Aug 2012 | Press Release It’s time for the Government to front up over just how much these asset sales are...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • New report: middle NZ worse off, inequality grows
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: New report: middle NZ worse off, inequality grows Thursday, 23 Aug 2012 | Press Release Our society has never been as unequal as it is today. New research from the Ministry of Social...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Government to delay addressing climate change indefinitely
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Government to delay addressing climate change indefinitely Thursday, 23 Aug 2012 | Press Release “It would be a shock for any other Government to introduce such a self-defeatist piece of legislation but unfortunately...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Time to deliver on 26 weeks Paid Parental Leave
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Time to deliver on 26 weeks Paid Parental Leave Today marks two years since Labour MP Sue Moroney’s Bill extending paid parental leave to 26 weeks was drawn from the members’ ballot. “It’s...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Taxpayers robbed of $130m in Genesis sale
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Taxpayers robbed of $130m in Genesis sale Kiwi taxpayers have been robbed of $130 million by the Government in its final failed asset sale, says Labour’s SOEs spokesperson Clayton Cosgrove. “National set the...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Service for victims of sexual violence pushed out in cold
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Service for victims of sexual violence pushed out in cold Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | Press Release Christchurch cannot afford to lose this agency The Green Party is calling on Housing New Zealand...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Resignation rates among cops soar
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Resignation rates among cops soar The number of frontline officers quitting the police force is at a four-year high, with more than 350 walking off the job in the past year, Labour’s Police...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Work visa problems need monitoring
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Work visa problems need monitoring The Government is handing out temporary work visas to migrants to work in jobs that could easily be filled by unemployed Kiwi workers in the Christchurch rebuild, says...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Legal high ban worthy of wider pick-up
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Legal high ban worthy of wider pick-up Auckland Council’s ban on using legal highs in a public place is an excellent idea that should be replicated around New Zealand, says Labour’s Associate Health...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Smith sells state P-houses to first home buyers
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Smith sells state P-houses to first home buyers Nick Smith must reassure worried first home buyers that any Housing NZ houses sold under his First Home policy will be tested for P contamination...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Brazil: Human rights under threat ahead of the World Cup
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Brazil: Human rights under threat ahead of the World Cup     Protests in Brazil:Brazil Franciscan friar kneels in front of Brazilian riot police officers asking for calm during confrontation with Landless...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Brazil: Human rights under threat ahead of the World Cup
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Brazil: Human rights under threat ahead of the World Cup     Protests in Brazil:Brazil Franciscan friar kneels in front of Brazilian riot police officers asking for calm during confrontation with Landless...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Libya: Trial of former al-Gaddafi officials by video link a farce
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Libya: Trial of former al-Gaddafi officials by video link a farce     Saif al-Islam al-Gaddafi will face the courts on 14 April. © IMED LAMLOUM/AFP/Getty Images         Read...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Libya: Trial of former al-Gaddafi officials by video link a farce
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Libya: Trial of former al-Gaddafi officials by video link a farce     Saif al-Islam al-Gaddafi will face the courts on 14 April. © IMED LAMLOUM/AFP/Getty Images         Read...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Algeria: Pre-election clampdown exposes ‘gaping holes’ in human rights ...
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Algeria: Pre-election clampdown exposes ‘gaping holes’ in human rights record     Freedom of expression, association and assembly are under threat ahead of elections in Algeria. © FAROUK BATICHE/AFP/Getty Images    ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Algeria: Pre-election clampdown exposes ‘gaping holes’ in human rights ...
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Algeria: Pre-election clampdown exposes ‘gaping holes’ in human rights record     Freedom of expression, association and assembly are under threat ahead of elections in Algeria. © FAROUK BATICHE/AFP/Getty Images    ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Viet Nam: Prisoners of conscience released but dozens remain jailed
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Viet Nam: Prisoners of conscience released but dozens remain jailed     Vietnamese activist Nguyen Tien Trung was one of the prisoners of conscience released this week. © Private      ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Viet Nam: Prisoners of conscience released but dozens remain jailed
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Viet Nam: Prisoners of conscience released but dozens remain jailed     Vietnamese activist Nguyen Tien Trung was one of the prisoners of conscience released this week. © Private      ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • PM’s China visit assisted Oravida, not Fonterra
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: PM’s China visit assisted Oravida, not Fonterra Questions must now be asked whether it was Fonterra or Oravida who really benefited from the Prime Minister’s recent visit to China, Labour’s Primary Industries spokesperson...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • New Zealand’s use of ozone depleting gases increases
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: New Zealand’s use of ozone depleting gases increases A new Government report highlights that the amount of ozone depleting gases New Zealand is using is increasing, the Green Party said today. The report...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • The issues behind the possible MANA-Internet Party Alliance
      Last weekend Kim Dotcom spoke at MANAs AGM to discuss the possibility of the Internet Party and MANA Party working together to defeat John Key this election. As someone who knows both Hone and Kim, I have a unique...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Manufacturing Upgrade
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Manufacturing Upgrade   Labour is determined to support and grow our manufacturing sector. These policies grew out of the findings of the 2013 Parliamentary Inquiry into Manufacturing.   – The claims and opinions...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Get work on 29th and the ANZAC spirit deserts the TPPA
      Groser and co would have been spitting tacks last week as the ANZAC spirit deserted the TPPA negotiations. Australia has done a deal directly with Japan which undercuts the demand for Japan to opening all agriculture in the TPPA....
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • No fracking solution to climate change
    Some British tabloids and oil lobbyists have jumped on comments made by an Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change author that fracking could play a role in addressing climate change as an argument for it here in Aotearoa, so is fracking...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • At Last: A Manufacturing Policy
    Source: First Union – Press Release/Statement: Headline: At Last: A Manufacturing Policy Date of Release:  Thursday, April 17, 2014 Body:  FIRST Union congratulates Labour on the release of its Manufacturing policy today. The union represents workers in the wood, food and...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Drone murder of New Zealander “justified” by Prime Minister
    Yesterday Prime Minister John Key justified the extrajudicial killing of a New Zealander in a US drone strike in Yemen with a few cynical, callous words at a stand-up press conference. Key said he’d been briefed by our spy agencies...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Secret Policeman’s Ball
      Amnesty International’s Secret Policeman’s Ball is back in New Zealand for one night of some of the best stand-up comedy from both national and international comics The freedom to provoke and in some cases offend is essential to the...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • So the US has assassinated a NZ citizen – what did Key know?
    A non judicial assassination by the US on a NZ citizen raises questions. Key made the idea that NZers were training with terrorists part of his farcical defence for the GCSB mass surveillance legislation. I say farcical because even if...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Something Better Than Something Worse: Why John Key could become our longes...
    IN HIS MEMORABLE holiday-home encounter with the host of Campbell Live, the Prime Minister, John Key, did not rule out running for a fourth term. Were he to be successful, the long-standing record of Sir Keith Holyoake (11 years and 2...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • GUEST BLOG: RIO TINTO WINS 2013 ROGER AWARD
      Sky City Casino Second, Chorus Third  The seven finalists for the 2013 Roger Award for the Worst Transnational Corporation Operating in Aotearoa/New Zealand were: ANZ, Chorus, IAG Insurance Group, Imperial Tobacco, Rio Tinto, Sky City Casino and Talent 2. The criteria for judging are...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • National drowning in an ocean of poisoned milk
    It is becoming difficult to keep up with which National Party MP is bleeding the most at the moment. Simon Bridges is being crucified by Whaleoil almost as much as Greenpeace are attacking him, suggesting Cam is seizing the moment...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Want to get rid of synthetic cannabis? Legalize real cannabis
    Have we managed to appreciate the madness that synthetic cannabis is legal yet more harmful than organic cannabis which is illegal? I find the current moral panic over synthetic cannabis difficult to become concerned with when alcohol is FAR more...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Save our homes – stop the evictions!
    “We will keep on fighting because it frightens me to think my grandchildren could become homeless,” Tere Campbell told me. Tere is a member of Tamaki Housing Group. In September 2011, tenants in 156 state homes in Glen Innes received...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • The daily humiliation of women and the constant policing and shaming of our...
    The last few months have been particularly bad for the shaming and policing of women’s bodies in the media, both in New Zealand and globally. First we had NZ Newstalk ZB presenter Rachel Smalley referring to women weighing over 70kgs...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • Tariana Turia: Labour doesn’t deserve our vote
    Maori Party Co-leader Tariana Turia told TVNZ’s Q+A programme that Labour doesn’t deserve the Maori vote. ‘I don’t believe they deserve our vote any more....
    Scoop politics | 20-04
  • Family Court Consumers Group appalled at legal rort
    Family Court Consumers Group appalled at Lawyer for Child's "1 meeting in 10 years" taxpayer funded legal rort...
    Scoop politics | 19-04
  • Manufacturing Matters to New Zealand – 17 April
    The Labour Party announcement today recognises the simple truth that the manufacturing sector really matters to New Zealand’s economy as a whole, based on the part manufacturing plays in the growth of the added value element in the tradable sector,...
    Scoop politics | 19-04
  • Young Kiwi to Represent New Zealand at Premier Youth Forum
    Young Kiwi to Represent New Zealand at Premier Youth Forum FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Commonwealth Youth New Zealand Executive Director, Aaron Hape, has been selected to represent New Zealand at 33Fifty, the Commonwealth Youth Leadership Programme,...
    Scoop politics | 19-04
  • Lisa Owen interviews Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei
    Greens propose new ministerial disclosure regime based on British rules, requiring quarterly declarations of ministers' meetings, travel and hospitality....
    Scoop politics | 19-04
  • Politicians Should Maintain Workers’ Easter Break
    Family First NZ is rejecting calls for any liberalisation of Easter trading laws and says that workers deserve a break to spend time with their families. “This is not an issue about choice as has been argued. For many workers,...
    Scoop politics | 19-04
  • Lisa Owen interviews experts on Antacrtica
    Lisa Owen interviews Chuck Kennicutt and Gary Wilson on Antarctica Headlines: Top Antarctic scientists warns New Zealand "not ready" for worst as ice shelves and sea ice in Antarctica retreat and the climate changes Gary Wilson: "Can...
    Scoop politics | 19-04
  • Beyond the State – NZ State Houses from Modest to Modern
    As part of the our 'Active Hand of Government' series for 2014, we present Bill McKay, Senior Lecturer, School of Architecture and Planning, speaking to his new publication....
    Scoop politics | 19-04
  • Global unions applaud NZ ‘slave ships’ progress
    Global unions the ITF (International Transport Workers' Federation) and IUF (International Union of Food, Agricultural and Hospitality Workers) today applauded the steps forward made in preventing often shocking abuse of crews on fishing vessels in New Zealand...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Families before commerce at Easter
    Families before commerce at Easter The retail workers’ union has hit back at critics of New Zealand's modest Easter trading restrictions. "Some things are more important than going to the mall, and for just three and a half days each...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Easter trading laws archaic, in need of overhaul
    Press release: ACT New Zealand Easter trading laws are outdated and in need of a major overhaul, said ACT leader Jamie Whyte today....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • ALCP welcomes Campbell Live poll result
    The Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party welcomes last night's Campbell Live poll, saying it is an overdue reality check for public opinion on personal cannabis use....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Q+A This Week 20/4/14
    Q+A This Week SUNDAY 20 APRIL, 9AM ON TV ONE The latest on the US-NZ relationship from the US military’s top man in the Pacific, Admiral Samuel J. Locklear . Deputy Political Editor Michael Parkin asks him whether we’re allies,...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Community detention for pokie theft
    A 67-year-old former company director, convicted of stealing pokie machine profits, was today sentenced to six months community detention, 160 hours of community work and ordered to make reparation of $6,000....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Waitangi National Trust Board Amendment Bill
    The Māori Affairs Committee is inviting public submissions on this bill. The closing date for submissions is Wednesday, 14 May 2014....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Collaboration stops drugs from crossing borders
    Collaboration between Hong Kong and New Zealand Customs has stopped millions of dollars worth of drugs coming into New Zealand this year, with a number of seizures and arrests in both countries....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Call for public enquiry into the future of farming
    Fish & Game NZ is calling for a public enquiry “to examine the future of agriculture in New Zealand”....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Comment on Labour Policy Announcement by NZMEA President
    “This policy release from the Labour Party is so important that if it becomes government policy it would define a shift in New Zealand’s culture,” says Brian Willoughby President of the NZMEA and Managing Director of Plinius Audio and Contex...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Manufacturing policy makes sense but….
    On the surface much of Labour's prescription for manufacturing is sound though questions remain over some of the detail not yet announced, the Employers and Manufacturers Association says....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Where Are The 15,000 Jobs?
    “Paula Bennett is today proudly telling New Zealand that beneficiary numbers have decreased by 15,000 in the past year. There is no proud declaration that 15,000 jobs have been created in the same period,” says Auckland Action Against Poverty spokesperson,...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Change of approach to government procurement needed
    The rail engineering industry has been totally let down by National’s lack of manufacturing policy, and Labour’s measures outlined today represent a marked shift in approach to supporting domestic industries, the RMTU said today....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Depreciation Policy Shouldn’t Be Just for Pet Industries
    The Taxpayers’ Union is welcoming Labour’s announcement to beef up rates of depreciation in the manufacturing sector, but is questioning why David Cunliffe is picking winners rather than applying the policy across all sectors. Jordan Williams,...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • FIFA U-20 World Cup NZ 2015 Kick Off Times Announced
    An array of kick-off times to suit football fans of all ages has been confirmed for the FIFA U-20 World Cup New Zealand 2015. With 52 matches spread across the nation, the public will be able to enjoy a collection...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • “Legitimate purpose” provides no protection under 167 form
    On Radio New Zealand today, the Privacy Commissioner indicated that ACC could only request information that was "relevant" for a "legitimate purpose". His view was therefore that the ACC167 form is not a "blank cheque" or...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • State: still keeping you safe on the road this Easter
    The long-awaited Easter/ Anzac break is nearly upon us while the weather may have taken a turn for the worse in several parts of the country, many Kiwis will still be packing up their cars to take a road trip....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Govt plan for community input into residential red zone
    Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel has welcomed Prime Minister John Key’s announcement today of a community participation process for the public to have a say on the future use of the residential red zone....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Governor-General to visit Turkey
    The Governor-General, Lt Gen The Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae, is to visit Turkey next week to lead New Zealand’s representation at the annual Gallipoli commemorations....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Actions of Police prior to death in custody were justified
    A report by the Independent Police Conduct Authority on the death of Adam Palmer while in Police custody found the actions of Police were justified during the arrest. The report also found that Police took all possible steps to try...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • New Electorate Boundaries Finalised
    New boundaries for the country’s 64 General and seven Māori electorates have been finalised – with an additional electorate created in Auckland. The 2014 Representation Commission has completed its statutory role of reviewing and redrawing electorate...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Save The Children Welcomes Strengthening Children’s Rights
    Save the Children New Zealand welcomes a new treaty which allows children to complain directly to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child about alleged violations of their rights....
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Labour takes manufacturing seriously
    Labour takes manufacturing seriously Manufacturing workers and employers will all benefit from economic policies announced today by the Labour Party leader, David Cunliffe. The Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union has welcomed the announcement...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Manufacturing policy welcomed
    “Today’s announcement of Labour’s manufacturing policy is very welcome,” says CTU Economist Bill Rosenberg. “Just as many other developed countries are realising, having a strong manufacturing sector pays off in good jobs, retaining...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Operation Unite – a Blitz on Drunken Violence
    New Zealand Police are hoping to reduce the number of victims from alcohol related crime by asking the public to say ‘Yeah, Nah’ more often this holiday weekend....
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Dunne Speaks
    Dunne Speaks 17 April 2014 There have been a number of harrowing cases presented this week about the impact of psychoactive substances on vulnerable young people. At one level, the tales are deeply disturbing. It is awful to see anyone...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Research announcement welcomed
    A leading Māori researcher has welcomed the announcement of the 2014 Te Pūnaha Hihiko - Vision Mātauranga Capability Fund by Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce and Māori Affairs Minister Dr Pita Sharples....
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • At Last: A Manufacturing Policy
    At Last: A Manufacturing Policy FIRST Union congratulates Labour on the release of its Manufacturing policy today. The union represents workers in the wood, food and textile manufacturing sectors. “In a week that has seen another manufacturing company,...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Republic campaigners still positive after royal visit
    "Campaigners for a New Zealand Head of State are still feeling positive after ten days of royal events" says NZ Republic Chair, Savage. "Our polling before the visit showed increased support for a kiwi head of state. We have a...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Selling homes to foreigners benefits New Zealanders
    Winston Peters has apparently convinced David Cunliffe that when foreigners buy New Zealand property they make New Zealanders worse off. Mr Cunliffe has announced his intention to adopt Winston Peters’ policy of banning foreigners from buying...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Taxpayers’ Union Welcomes Key’s Rejection of ‘Fat Tax’
    The Taxpayers’ Union is welcoming Prime Minister John Key’s rejection of fat and sugar taxes ahead of this year's election. Jordan Williams, Executive Director of the Union, says:...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Law Commission Paper on a New Crown Civil Proceedings Act
    The Law Commission has released A New Crown Civil Proceedings Act for New Zealand , its Issues Paper on reforming the Crown Proceedings Act 1950. The Issues Paper proposes a new statute to replace the Crown Proceedings Act 1950....
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Focus must now go on fishing industry jobs for NZ workers
    Maritime Union says focus must now go on fishing industry jobs for New Zealand workers...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Make the choice to stay safe on the road
    With Easter and Anzac Day giving us two successive long weekends this year there will be a lot of happy families preparing for trips....
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Students Welcome Engagement with StudyLink
    The New Zealand Union of Students’ Associations (NZUSA) has welcomed the improved performance from StudyLink in 2014. There is no doubt that getting their loans and allowances processed on time makes it easier for students to concentrate on being...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Deaf And Hard of Hearing New Zealanders Marginalised
    Deaf And Hard of Hearing New Zealanders Marginalised Imagine if you could not access vital news and information. What would you do?...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Public lose interest in this council, 2016 to be a watershed
    The second term Auckland Council is proving to be an interesting one and very different to the inaugural 2010 – 2013 Governing Body. We are currently going through a budget round to lock in where council’s $3b expenditure is directed...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Labour and National join forces in new Maori confiscations
    Chris McKenzie, former-treaty negotiator and Te Tai Hauauru Maori party candidate, says that the Minister of Primary Industries’ plans to remove temporary exemptions for vessel operators derived from settlement negotiations is akin to confiscation...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • The FCV Bill – Flagging 30 years of failures?
    Paying seafarers at least a minimum wage under the Minimum Wage Act 1983 has applied to the New Zealand fishing industry for more than 30 years. It was, and is, a basic protection which had two universals – it was...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Oxfam’s Morning Tea 2014
    Oxfam’s Morning Tea 2014 Kiwis across the country are getting together over a cuppa to make a difference in the lives of people living in poverty in the developing world. They’re getting involved in Oxfam’s Morning Tea, a fun and...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • 1 in 4 Want to Improve Financial Literacy But Don’t Know How
    1 in 4 Want to Improve Financial Literacy But Don’t Know Where to Go...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Rio Tinto Wins 2013 Roger Award
    Sky City Casino Second, Chorus Third - The criteria for judging are by assessing the transnational (a corporation with 25% or more foreign ownership) that has the most negative impact in each or all of the following categories: economic dominance...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
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