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Ernst and Young should investigate Cameron Brewer

Written By: - Date published: 7:46 am, December 20th, 2013 - 239 comments
Categories: auckland supercity, len brown - Tags: ,

Cameron Brewer has been touted as a potential National MP for Epsom and also possibly the next Mayoral candidate for the right in Auckland.  He has also spearheaded the attacks on Len, particularly over Len’s failure to disclose the complimentary hotel nights and upgrades that he received.

Brewer also criticised Len over his trip to Hong Kong at the beginning of the year.  Specifically Brewer noted that the trip ought to have been declared and noted the requirement that “[the] Mayor and councillors must make an annual return of interests, including: “Contributions to travel costs made by third parties to a member and the value of the contribution’”.

But it appears that Brewer has his own difficulty to deal with.  He apparently forgot to declare a freebie trip given to him by Mediaworks.

From the Herald:

Auckland councillor Cameron Brewer, who has been baying for Mayor Len Brown’s blood for not declaring gifts, has admitted not declaring a four-day junket to the Gold Coast.

Mr Brewer yesterday admitted taking free air tickets and accommodation paid for by MediaWorks, which runs TV3.

The right-wing councillor said he made a declaration of interests in 2011, but not in 2012, which would cover the period he went to Queensland.

The 2012 declaration of interests shows that Mr Brown and just nine of the 20 councillors filed returns.

Mr Brewer and Dick Quax, who yesterday said “unless the council code of conduct has any kind of meaning there has to be serious consequences”, were among the 11 councillors not to file a return.

And on the subject of gift returns on morning report today Dick Quax admitted not filing returns for 2011 or 2012.

What is that word starting with H?

239 comments on “Ernst and Young should investigate Cameron Brewer”

  1. Philj 1

    Ha ha hypocracy.

    • Tom Gould 1.1

      A monumental hypocrite, up there on his high horse. And turns out Theodorus Jacobus Leonardus “Dick” Quax is no different having failed to file his 2012 return. What freebies has he enjoyed?

      • ghostwhowalksnz 1.1.1

        So you are saying he Quax likes a duck, but stays on his well feathered nest when it comes to a coverup ?

        • David H 1.1.1.1

          I saw Quax on Brekkie TV this morning, trying to look all righteous and failing. And as for Christine Fletcher, well she was a case of ‘We can’t fire Len, so we need to look at changing the rules’ Typical right wing logic.

      • Linz 1.1.2

        In Quaxs’ words, “this is deja vu all over again.”

  2. Philj 2

    Is there any honest politicians in New Zealand? Seriously. Are there any decent folks that would consider entering the dirty snake pit of NZ politics?

    • BevanJS 2.1

      Yes, it seems the desire to be a politician often comes with some less than helpful personality traits. Too much entitlement and not enough service.

  3. Colonial Viper 3

    Time to come clean, Cameron. What else are you hiding? Was this just a one off mistake, or a pattern we can expect to see from you in public office?

  4. bad12 4

    The English language fails to supply adjectives which would serve to describe the behavior of Auckland Councilors such as Brewer,

    Pathetic Hypocrites comes close, attempting to cane the Mayor for not declaring ‘gifts’ while conveniently forgetting to declare their own noses having been firmly lodged in the ‘gift’ trough makes them and their political futures a laughing stock,

    These people have no shame, playing their pathetic little political games at the expense of the Auckland rate-payers who were ripped off yesterday by the Hypocrites as they debated Len Brown all day while they were supposed to be debating the Auckland City budget…

    • amirite 4.1

      It’s time to reach for the Urban Dictionary then:

      1. hypocracy
      What Democracy turns into when all of the politicians in your country are liars.

      When no party/President that wins the election manages to keep its/his own ideology, and instead, keeps changing it every time it/he feels like it, that’s no democracy. That’s hypocracy.

      2. hypocracy
      A democracy governed by hypocrites.
      The British government advocates moral standards to which it does not conform. Britain’s political system is therefore a hypocracy.

      3. hypocracy
      a political environment characterised by reduced and limited scope of state control of personal behaviour

      From hypo- “below normal” and -cracy “a type of government”. Coined from a misspelling of hypocrisy (claiming moral standards to which one does not conform). See also hypercracy

      4. Hypocracy
      a Democracy where most voters are dumber than a flatworm.
      .

      5. hypocracy
      Demanding that others live up to standards that you will not live up to.

      Railing against a law or situation that has brought you many personal benefits.

    • Paul 4.3

      And they refuse to pay their workers the living wage.
      Hypocrites and sociopaths.

  5. you_fool 5

    The stupid thing about all this is that if everyone just declared their freebies no one would care, no one would probably notice…

  6. Tracey 6

    Nothing to see here. You are all just deflecting for len brown. Their non declarations are different.

    • ghostwhowalksnz 6.1

      Yes its different all right

      Just as its different when Whale Oil cheats on his wife:

      Just as its different when then Mayor John Banks lies about his anonymous election donors.

      Just as when its different when Cameron Brewer goes on a secret trip to the GC

      • Rob 6.1.1

        Whale Oil is not an elected official, lets so who is behind the 270K+ doantions in Len Browns election trust account and now we know that that Brewers trip wasn’t so secret.

        Try again.

        • gobsmacked 6.1.1.1

          So Rob, do you think that all these secret trust accounts should be opened up?

          Including National’s?

  7. Tracey 7

    This whole thing, imo, now ownns up the private lives of our public figures as so called fair game. Brewer admitted nothing he merely confirmed what others discovered. If it hadnt been published a few days ago he would never have declared it. By not declaring he and quax must be saying its the sex not the non declarations that upset them so. By that logic they must be happy for all public figures lives to be scrutinised. Is rubbish bag rummaging time for nz?

    • deemac 7.1

      London seems to cope with Boris Johnson’s numerous affairs. How is it anyone’s business but his wife’s?

    • Morrissey 7.2

      Brewer admitted nothing he merely confirmed what others discovered.

      That must be the stupidest sentence published on the entire internet this year.

      • Tracey 7.2.1

        why?

        admit = reveal, make known, disclose, divulge, make public, avow, declare, profess, own up to, make a clean breast of, bring into the open, bring to light, give away, blurt out.

        confirm = To support or establish the certainty or validity of; verify

        Which do you think Brewer did?

  8. Tracey 8

    For all the criticism some have of the greens perhaps its their integrity that galls the right. Jeanette fitzsimmons integrity and ability to focus on the ball not the player set a standard in that party. I recall many debates where off the ball stuff was going on and she would stand up and speak to the issue. Its possible but more convenient for many to tell themselves honesty and integrity is too hard to expect in politics. I call bullshit on that. It always comes back to character.

    • Tinfoilhat 8.1

      Very true Tracey it’s so sad that we don’t have many (any) politicians like Jeanette or Rob Donald about these days.

      • Tracey 8.1.1

        and yet so many say they want more, but they choose illusury self financial interest over integrity. many have been doing it since the 80′s and are still waiting for the trickle down…

        do the same thing expecting a different outcome = insane

  9. Rosie 9

    Cameron Brewer. I’m sure he used to work in a suit shop in Newmarket in the early 90′s when I was living in Akld and working also in Newmarket. He used to strut about the place with an inflated sense of his own self importance if I recall correctly. So nothing has changed perhaps.

    Yes, the hypocrisy is stunning. Those right wing councillors are getting really frothy and absurdly moralistic. (Quax, a winner yet again with his display of moral outrage, give the man a medal)

    .

    • ghostwhowalksnz 9.1

      Brewer worked in Banks mayoral office as ‘highly paid spin doctor’ – this was during Banks first mayoral term.

      So the idea of the mayor having his own advisors/ spin doctors isnt new. Even then he was a partisan slogger, as he was reprimanded for being a loud mouth at a election meeting while on the council payroll.

      So once he was out of a job when Banks was defeated the first time, he landed in Rodney Hides electorate office.
      After that came the stint as the Secretary of the Newmarket Business Association , a council funded organisation pushing Newmarkets barrow. So his contacts as a suit salesman came in handy.

      He wasnt posh enough first time around for the CR team so stood on his own for a spot on the Super City Council, and won handily.

      • Rosie 9.1.1

        I do remember the Banks link and definitely the role at the Newmarket business Association.

        Apparently he was a former journalist:

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

        I was sure it was him that used to manage some high end suit store, or men’s clothing store or something. It’s possible he did that while he was studying journalism. The name and face definitely go a long way back. Anyway, not important.

        Whats important is that he gets held to account – equally, otherwise it’s case of the pot calling the kettle black.

    • Sounds about right. Back in his days working for Banksie, Brewer was a customer at a shop I worked in. His contempt for those in lower stations of life was palpable. Say what you want about those old money customers, they knew your name and liked you to know theirs, asked how your studies were going and so on (fair few Nat bigwigs and media/pr industry tories among them). Not for him, though – pure white spite at all times. I remembered thinking he’s the kind of asshole who can only go far in life.

      • Rosie 9.2.1

        Interesting observation you made at the time CJ re going far in life.

        Lol, yes, I know those Remmers and Epsom customers. The only time I had anyone look down their nose at me for being a shop girl was when I was working in Naymaaarkay. Not all the wealthy show their contempt though. Some can be pleasant and well mannered and have a degree of humility about themselves. This makes a difference in the way they relate to others of a different status to them.

      • William 9.2.2

        There’s a story in this morning’s DomPost about the graduation of the latest wing of recruits from the Police College which has a lovely quote from one of the graduates.

        “I was talking to my old man back when I was living in Palmy, and he said he’d rather live a life of value than a life of success – and that thought stuck with me ever since.”

        http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/9537600/Olympian-joins-police-force

    • Tracey 9.3

      Saks?

  10. vto 10

    How on earth can these cheating sleaze bags accept gifts from corporates like SkyCity and make decisions about SkyCity at the same time?

    They fucking can’t.

    They are corrupt.

    • Anne 10.1

      They fucking can’t.

      Yes they can.

      They take the freebies/perks/gifts/upgrades and park the memory of them in a little box inside their brain. Then they make decisions/announcements and park them in another little memory box inside their brain. Two separate boxes and one bears no relation to the other. It’s a kind of memory denial that seems to afflict politicians in particular. When someone comes along and accuses them of taking bribes/gifts etc. they genuinely believe it isn’t true.

      We’ve seen a perfect example with John Banks. Still doesn’t believe he did anything wrong over the Kim Dotcom affair.

      • vto 10.1.1

        Well, yes, they can in that context i.e. it is possible to do.

        What should have been stated is “they fucking shouldn’t”

        It is corruption

    • grumpy 10.2

      Not relevant. Unfortunately the Auckland City Council have now set the bar very low. No matter what you do, it seems you only get a wet bus ticket – unless you are an employee, of course.
      What’s the point in investigating anything when there is precedent like that?

  11. karol 11

    Cameron Brwer says:

    Mr Brewer apologised but said it was not in the same league as Mr Brown’s $39,000 undeclared hotel use and there was certainly no intent to try and obstruct the process.

    Oh, so a little corruption is OK. But this:

    Mr Brewer yesterday admitted taking free air tickets and accommodation paid for by MediaWorks, which runs TV3.

    Mr Brewer selling himself to the MSM?

    • gobsmacked 11.1

      Perhaps one of the many contributors we’ve seen commenting here over the past few days could now tell us the exact amount that has to be declared, under their ironclad “it’s only ever about Len Brown, nobody else” rule.

      I’ve asked them consistently, and never had a response – is it resignations for many, or for none?

      You guys know who you are, you’ve been all over the Standard this past week, now tell us where you stand. On principle, or not?

    • Tigger 11.2

      Yep, what did he give in return ? Access? Information?

    • Tracey 11.3

      not “admitted” but confirmed. I am sick of the media having proof of something hidden by someone and having the grace to put it to them before publishing and then describing it as “admitted”. Brewer, Brown etc have admitted nothing. They have confirmed the facts not admitted them.

    • Colonial Viper 11.4

      MediaWorks is a very nice NAT friendly corporate.

  12. lprent 12

    Cameron Brewer (and others) should now be fully and closely audited to find out what exactly they haven’t been declaring.

    Since he and Dick Quax feel it is important (for Len Brown to do so), they should also *pay* for the audit.

    After all this is a fiscal and transparency issue.

    Or are Brewer and Quax merely perverts more interested in wet dicks?

    • BevanJS 12.1

      Pay Cameron Slater to be the Council’s internal auditor – he’ll approach the investigation with a high amount of focus.

      • lprent 12.1.1

        Problem is that he’d also ignore accounting principles and the actual legal position to make a piss-poor story. He’d ignore anything dodgy done by a “mate”.

        Not to mention his view on transparency is strictly one way. For some strange reason his own sources of funding are quite murky. Probably because those funding him don’t want to have it known what campaigns and vendettas that pay for.

        But mostly it would be a bad idea because he is a bit of a stupid dipshit who is more interested in destructive behaviour than anything useful. Ask his family and friends

  13. appleboy 13

    Surely a bunch of wailing banshees should now be planning to trail Brewer the hypocrit. Where’s BM and all those right whingers now…what will they have to say..

  14. ianmac 14

    Would Brewer and Quax have signed up for the Hypocratic Oath of Allegience? They certainly appear to have done so. :twisted:

  15. Huginn 15

    motes eyes beams . . . glass houses
    How did these muppets not see ths coming?????!!!!!!

    • gobsmacked 15.1

      Because they relied on Media Works not breaking a story about them (that’s TV3, Radio Live etc), and they were right. They relied on Radio NZ being wimps, and TVNZ being uninterested in news at all. They relied on predictable Brown-obsessives like Newstalk ZB turning a blind eye.

      All correct.

      But they also relied on the Herald backing its editorial stance to the extent of ignoring all journalism. Thankfully, they were wrong. The Herald is a rag, but it still – occasionally – prints the news. Crumbs of comfort, but that’s what we’re reduced to in the media these days.

  16. Grumpy 16

    E&Y were needed because Len denied any undeclared gifts. I think the AG should do a thorough investigation of all the elected officials, that way we would find out all those, like Len, who are still hiding something.
    I would sign a petition for that.

    • gobsmacked 16.1

      Grumpy

      Would you agree that any MP who voted for the Sky City deal, and accepted gifts from Sky City, should –

      - declare?
      - resign?

      • grumpy 16.1.1

        Should declare. From memory, that includes Shearer and Goff – and a few more hypocritical Labour MPs.

      • RedLogix 16.1.2

        I think the problem has arisen because there is a difference between a specific gift and a routine commercial ‘freebie, upgrade or discount’ because the media has been deliberately glossed over for the purposes of smearing Len Brown.

        Having said that all this bs demonstrates that it pays to err on the side of caution and declare everything.

        Now does that mean declaring that tenth free latte you got on your cafe loyalty card.
        Where does this stop?

    • Tracey 16.2

      it should be done regularly as sadly too many elected officials see accountability for our money as nothing important.

      Only winner out of all this is E and Y and their horrendous billing system

  17. karol 17

    I see the NZ Herald has printed a little factual, blink-and-you’ll-miss-it article on Brewer – seeming to present themselves as “balanced”. meanwhile they do another editorial bashing Len Brown.

    Brewer isn’t the only hypocrite.

  18. Puckish Rogue 18

    I’m so pleased our politicians are as bad as each other…no wait it sucks balls that our politicians are so untrustworthy

  19. yeshe 19

    Brown’s ‘gifts’ were hotel room upgrades, on rooms he or his family paid for, according to E&Y.

    Brewer’s seems worse to me .. it really was free travel and free hotel, a real no-cost junket — seems qualitatively worse to me for his non declaration. And the ‘book’ costs of Brewer’s two business or first class fares plus 5 star accomms for four days in GC ? Would be coming close to half of Brown’s total amount in one hit.

    And what else is not yet declared by him ?

    HYPOCRITE. And shame on the Herald for running it in as tiny a way as possible.

    • Bearded Git 19.1

      Agreed. There is considerable debate as to how Len’s upgrades should be valued if indeed thay have any monetary value at all. Who counts it as income in their own mind when they are upgraded from cattle-class to business?

      E and Y should have made this plain in their report-rather odd that they didn’t……

  20. captain hook 20

    Yes its obvious he uses far too much soap.

  21. RedLogix 21

    The distinction I have drawn all along here is the difference between ‘freebies and upgrades’ that are part of a businesses normal pricing and marketing strategy – and specific gifts that appear to be one-offs given to an individual well outside of normal business routine.

    Len Brown’s defence is simply that the Sky City and other hotel discounts were just that – volume or loyalty based discounts based on the fact that he was a valuable customer. That sort of thing is normal, routine and absolutely ubiquitous commercial practice everywhere.

    But frankly I’d be interested to see quite how a four day trip to the GC from MediaWorks quite falls into that category.

  22. grumpy 22

    Come on, lets all push for a full AG investigation. So we cover everyone, lets start at the top and work down. I think that’s what everyone wants.

    • One Anonymous Knucklehead 22.1

      Start with Whitechapel and Aldgate.

      • grumpy 22.1.1

        Too obscure for me…..

        • s y d 22.1.1.1

          theres none so blind as cannot see

        • yeshe 22.1.1.2

          grumpy — they are the names Shonkey chose for his blind trusts that hold all his shareholdings etc while he is pm … ( though I think from his suggestion, OAK would agree that Shonkey probably has more seeing-eye dogs working for him than most blind trusts would allow !!)

        • the pigman 22.1.1.3

          Too obscure? C’mon grumpy it’s you that keeps referencing 14 Tawa Drive (whatever that is).

          They are the names of blind trusts that own, inter alia, the winery that Key doesn’t know that he owns, which produces the wine which he coincidentally provides to business associates as gifts.

          They are also adjacent stops on London’s District Line (well technically Whitechapel and Aldgate East, but Aldgate ain’t too far away).

    • RedLogix 22.2

      No – I’ve always argued that unless there were potential issues of criminality, proven compromise or gross hypocrisy – then private should remain private.

      Mainly because when we start doing witch-hunts the results are always selective and asymmetric; eg Len Brown gets to be the crime of the century while Brewer is a forgettable few paras.

      The hypothetical alternative is to dismantle entirely the notion of privacy completely. For everyone. Get rid of the selectivity and asymmetry. No-one really minds being naked in a room full of naked people.

      • grumpy 22.2.1

        “No-one really minds being naked in a room full of naked people.”

        Really? is there something we need to know :-)

        • RedLogix 22.2.1.1

          You should try it sometime….

          • grumpy 22.2.1.1.1

            Man, I went to varsity late ’60s early 70′s – what do you think?
            Mind you, I was a leftie then……………….

          • grumpy 22.2.1.1.2

            Man, I was at varsity late ’60s early 70′s – what do you think?
            Mind you, I was a leftie then!

            • mac1 22.2.1.1.2.1

              Trendy leftie,eh, grumpy? I was a student in those times, but I was left right out when it came to the swinging sixties.

              • grumpy

                Back in those days, it was the lefties who had all the fun. How times have changed.

                • mac1

                  I dunno. The Young Nats club at Uni had a yearly party that was almost obligatory to gate crash, being so well endowed with nubile champagne and tasty flutes. :-)

                  If I remember correctly……… it was so long ago……

                  • grumpy

                    True, guilty of that myself. As a member of PYM at the time, I normally mixed in different strata. Who could forget the Anarchist Army etc?

          • David H 22.2.1.1.3

            It’s the great leveler.

  23. Seti 23

    The difference is Brewer hasn’t saddled ratepayers with the enormous cost of thoroughly disinfecting the Ngati Whatua room.

    • gobsmacked 23.1

      And … we’re back to sex again.

      Your goalposts move quicker than in a gale at old Athletic Park.

      • grumpy 23.1.1

        What’s wrong with sex? You lefties atre a puritanical bunch – except Redlogix, of course.

        • RedLogix 23.1.1.1

          Yeah – that kind of dirty minded, school-boy sniggering from Seti is just plain tragic.

          • grumpy 23.1.1.1.1

            Hey, you’re the one skiting about rooms full of naked people…..
            We are, we are, we are, we are the…………
            Ring any bells?

          • Seti 23.1.1.1.2

            It wasn’t so much sniggering, more like sneering metaphorically at the Detroit-like path the clown is taking us down.

        • The Pink Postman 23.1.1.2

          Grumpy.
          Nothing wrong in being faithful to the person you love. I’m a lefty and puritanical meaning my wife trusts me and has done for nearly 60 years , Nothing wrong in that Grumpy , and I also bet I’m a lot more broadminded than you are.

    • Tracey 23.2

      sex matters but corruption doesnt, you sound like a true blue british tory

  24. Tigger 24

    Clearly there is an issue with reporting and declaring of expenses in this council. Brown failed to declare, Brewer etc failed to report. Wider issue is accountability and time to fix that.

    • grumpy 24.1

      Agree. Unfortunately the precedent has been set. If the Council cannot deal with obvious corruption and it seems widespread, then it’s either an AG investigation or appoint commissioners.

      • Tracey 24.1.1

        over priced over charging commissioners who favour the appointer. Yup, that sounds like the way to stop supposed corruption.

        politicians who think that money and gifts they get are of no importance need to be gone for lack of intellectual capacity, includng Brown, Quax, Brewer et al.

        • grumpy 24.1.1.1

          So it’s the AG for you then?

          • Tracey 24.1.1.1.1

            culprits resign for a start, brown, quax etc… rather spend my money on a new postal ballot than fucking Ag and E and Y and the plethora of bloody over priced consultants.

            • grumpy 24.1.1.1.1.1

              …but ACC have set the standard now. Deny, don’t resign but if your pushed just give a half hearted apology and you’re OK.

              • Tracey

                really? Brewer and Quax havent resigned despite being so adamant yesterday that not declaring gifts was abhorrent. Brown doesn’t appear to give a shit, which is at least consistent. But those two, what has stopped them resigning this morning? They’re all a disgrace, every one of them

              • amirite

                Thanks to Rodney Hide’s grand plan which was meant to install Banksie as a mayor till the day he croaks.

    • Tracey 24.2

      yup. sadly the only way to fix is to pay expensive bastards to audit regularly and that’s borne by the ratepayer. Easier is to vote for people with integrity, if you can work out who they are. John key has been regularly lying his way through the PM’ship, monkey see, monkey do

  25. Adrian 25

    And Fletcher has to go to, a lifetime of living on the proceeds of price gouging and corrupt monopolistic practices.
    Back to sex and the fascination with my post yesterday about the Cab minister and the boy friend all I can say is, with apologies to The Washington Post.
    ” Follow the tie “.

  26. grumpy 26

    Looks like more to come out about Len than I even dreamed of. Looks like the plan was larger than thought, taking down Len was secondary to destroying the reputation of Left wing journalists who were sucked in to defend him and the left councillors who fell for the same.
    “I can’t believe that Len Brown would just flat out lie like that. He knows what was omitted from the EY report. He knows that there isn’t just Bevan Chuang, he knows the state he left the hotel rooms in, he knows how the books were made and how the upgrades were obtained, he knows what went on behind curtains in the swanky harbour side hotel restaurant….he knows there is much, much more to come out.”

    Popcorn………………….

    • Tracey 26.1

      you quoted but didnt name the person speaking or where from. Please do so.

      • grumpy 26.1.1

        who do you think????

        • BLiP 26.1.1.1

          Jason Ede working on behalf of John Key and National Ltd™ working out its frustrated rage at not being about to loot the Auckland Council asset base after Rodney Hide carefully laid down means to do so but were foiled by pesky voters exercising that dreadful democracy?

        • Tracey 26.1.1.2

          it isnt hard to guess where you got it from given you simply refuse to apply your current crusading principle evenly across the entire political spectrum

          • grumpy 26.1.1.2.1

            What do you mean? I am very consistent, anyone found guilty (not just political opinion) should suffer the consequences. Unfortunately with the ACC, those consequences are not great.

            • Tracey 26.1.1.2.1.1

              can you point to your posts raging for brewe, quax et al resignations?

              • Grumpy

                What can be more consistent that wanting a full AG investigation from the top down?

                • One Anonymous Knucklehead

                  …but pleading ignorance of John Key’s corrupt arrangements? Well, you look disingenuous to me. And partisan. And grasping at straws. Or perhaps just like a dupe.

  27. fender 27

    Ha ha ha ,

    Think before you stink Cameron Brewer, if that’s possible. Is it just coincidence you have more than a passing resemblance to John Banks?

  28. bad12 28

    Perhaps now that Cameron Brewer has been ‘outed’ as a hypocrite no better than those He tosses accusations at, Dick might also care to ‘Quack’ on the matter seeing as it would seem that He also ‘failed’ to declare any ‘gifts’

    In reality besides Dick Quacking, perhaps the Auckland Council would like to convene a Kangaroo Court containing the same ferocity as that which the Hypocrites used to chastise the Mayor,

    On reflection tho, lest the multitude of calls for various resignations leave said Council without a quorum they all might like to consider a Truth and Revelations meeting where ALL those who failed to declare anything in the nature of a gift can confess receive absolution,(preferably after a severe flogging), and then get on with the business of helping the Mayor run the fucking City…

  29. xtasy 29

    Yes, investigate Brewer, Quak Quak Quax and the lot!

    The ROT sits deep in Auckland Council, it seems, and now at least we can call it one all! And this case with Cameron Brewer shows so nicely, how these persons in politics, are all tied up with various commercial and corporate media!

    This is why democracy in NZ has become a farce. As discussed under other topics, it seems it is rather the media that runs campaigns and ultimately determines who becomes government, mayor or whatever.

    This should get more people worried. Listen to Paul Henry on Radio Live, who is doing the “Drive Show” for Duncan Garner at present, and the bias of also mostly right leaning journalists, moderators and talk back hosts becomes totally apparent. Listen to Sean Plunket, and he makes no damned secret, where his political preferences lie. Listen to Hosking on 1ZB, who will soon host 7 Sharp, and you can hear and see what his views are.

    Even Marcus Lush comes across more biased by the month and year. Susan Wood, whether at times on 1ZB in the mornings, and at other times doing Q+A for TVNZ, is equally biased towards the National led government. These are just some, who at least on radio bluntly show their personal views.

    That is not “balanced reporting”. So Cameron Brewer gets perks from Mediaworks, which is a company that also got treated favourably by Steven Joyce and this government. It was also largely the mainstream media that paved the way for John Key to succeed and become PM in 2008, running a real charm offensive for the man and his party!

    And we know that investigative journalism is dead. Read the stuff on the Herald Online, and see what “columnists” they have left, even one Bob Jones and a Rodney Hide! Little information is offered, much biased reporting based on press releases and comments primarily by government ministers, and only occasionally by opposition spokespersons or leaders.

    With such things going, there is no prospect for the public at large being informed voters. They are influenced voters, and too many are swayed to vote as the media suggests they should.

    Without informed voters there is NO true democracy in NZ, it is a farce. Having pollies dance with the commercial, corporate mainstream media, and the hardly different remnants of TVNZ, while alternative media has been nothing but wiped out, that proves we are all manipulated like hell.

    I went to the funeral protest for TVNZ 7, soon I will go to the funeral of democracy in NZ!

    • Tracey 29.1

      nice to see you back xtasy

      • xtasy 29.1.1

        Tracey – only called in for a visit or “check out”, best wishes to you and all Standardistas for a sound and happy Christmas and good New Year (ELECTION YEAR!!!).

        Things can only get better, I suppose.

  30. ghostwhowalksnz 30

    Guess who was crowing on his own website about Browns undeclared trip

    “Auckland councillor Cameron Brewer wants a council review into Len Brown’s affair with Bevan Chuang widened to investigate a trip the mayor made to Hong Kong.

    Mr Brown has not officially declared the trip in January this year, sparking criticism from Mr Brewer and in right-wing circles.

    http://www.cameronbrewer.co.nz

    “What the rules say
    Mayor and councillors must make an annual return of interests, including: “Contributions to travel costs made by third parties to a member and the value of the contribution’

    Which of course he broke.

    Brewer helpfully wants voters to contact him and lists his details on his website
    GET IN TOUCH

    PO Box 9733, Newmarket,
    Auckland 1149

    Tel: 021 828 016

  31. The solution is not complicated.

    1)What is needed is it to be MANDATORY and a statutory requirement under the Local Government Act that all local government elected representatives, staff responsible for property and procurement, and appointed Directors on CCOs, plus staff and declare their interests in a publicly-available ‘Register of Interests.’

    2) The ‘Code of Conduct’ for local government elected representatives needs teeth.
    At present, it is not an offence under the Local Government Act 2002 to breach the ‘Code of Conduct’.

    There are examples internationally of ‘Registers of Interests’ and ‘Codes of Conduct’ that could be used as a basis for discussion and legislative change.

    The risk of bribery and corruption at local government level is well-known, and widely reported by anti-corruption agencies just’ across the ditch’, such as the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC), the Queensland Crime and Misconduct Commission, (CMC), and the West Australian Corruption and Crime Commission.

    Here in New Zealand, in my considered opinion, practices which are condemned elsewhere as corrupt, are commonplace, and seen by many as just ‘normal’.

    How can ‘conflicts of interest’ be checked for, if interests are not declared?

    Can you rely on the integrity of elected representatives to ‘do the right thing’ when it comes to declaring ‘conflicts of interest’, here in New Zealand – particularly Auckland?

    Apparently not.

    High time for some meaningful legislative change?

    I think so.

    Penny Bright

  32. ianmac 32

    News just now that the Deputy Mayor says that Cameron Brewer will not face prosecution for his nondeclation. (Perhaps they fear that they all will be in trouble? If one is in trouble then at least 11 others will face scrutiny.)

    • Grumpy 32.1

      We’ll, she can’t say much else after yesterday. It is one thing not to declare a gift but to not declare a gift from a lobbyist for favorable treatment and then to give that favorable treatment is far worse. If you are not going to punish the latter, then you can’t do much about the former.
      That is the situation ACC finds itself in- dysfunctional!
      Time for commissioners and/or the AG.

    • Sacha 32.2

      will not face *censure*

    • Anne 32.3

      Penny Hulse speaks with Mary Wilson on Checkpoint on the Brewer affair. Excellent stuff. Puts Dick Quax in his place. Commonsense and maturity abound. Something you cannot say of the right wing shillers and shriekers…

      http://www.radionz.co.nz/audio/player/2580739

      Btw. She doesn’t entirely rule out an inquiry into Declarations of Interest. That’s a decision to be made in the New Year after everyone has had a holiday.

      • karol 32.3.1

        Exactly. And she points out that Brewers failed declaration is of a kind that is worse that Brown’s hotel gifts and upgrades.

  33. appleboy 33

    Hmmm. Let me see. Len Brown didn’t declare free upgrades on rooms he paid for personally.

    Cameron Brewer took free flights to the Gold Coast from Media Works and didn’t declare..oh and he’s aiming to be a National Party MP.

    Hmmm. what say ye people. yes I think so. A lying greedy hypocrite. Perfect for National then.

    .

    • Grumpy 33.1

      You forgot that Len took free rooms to shag his girlfriend from a company lobbying the council over an issue the mayor changed sides to support. If Brewer did the same, he should go too but I can’t see where Mediaworks benefitted. Perhaps John Campbell could help?

      • RedLogix 33.1.1

        grumpy being an evidence free zone as usual.

        And still being a pervert.

      • Sacha 33.1.2

        There is no evidence that Brown shagged anyone at SkyCity in a free room. Read the report. The conflict of interest is bad without any panty-sniffing. Brewer’s seems a straightforward commercial arrangement that no one might have paid further attention to if he weren’t crusading quite so hard.

        • Grumpy 33.1.2.1

          Oh, you mean it’s only payback?

        • Grumpy 33.1.2.2

          Which version of the report are you referring to?

          • felix 33.1.2.2.1

            Presumably the one everybody except Farrar and Lusk got, the one that cleared Brown of receiving undeclared gifts.

            • Frank Macskasy 33.1.2.2.1.1

              The Ernst Young Report: http://www.nbr.co.nz/sites/default/files/images/Independent_Review_Report_FINAL_131213_1.pdf

              It’s not very long, and worth a read. From it,. I realised that a recent Campbell Live story on this issue was badly flawed. The journo who put together the story either hadn’t read it properly or just ignored it.

              Check out the Summary of Factual Findings. It has more “We did not identify any improper blah blah” than any actual evidence of wrong-doing.

              I suspect 99.99% of Aucklanders have not read this document. If they had, they would be telling Quax, Brewer, Fletcher, et al, to stop buggarising around and get back to work.

              • Grumpy

                See Fran’s article today about the report being heavily sanitized. Thankfully there are at
                East a couple of copies of the original out there.
                Why did he need day rooms? That buggers up the narrative a bit, don’t ya think?

            • Grumpy 33.1.2.2.1.2

              Seen the first draft, have you?

              • bad12

                Got a copy of all this that you make much innuendo over have you grumpy, if not you should shut it lest you either become to sound like a shrill wanker or a legal eagle comes a calling to silence such slander…

                • Grumpy

                  Really? Are you saying there were no changes? Heh!

                  • One Anonymous Knucklehead

                    You mean, after Brown had had his say?

                    Because it’s just totally wrong for any investigation to hear from its subject, eh.

                    That’s how it works in court, too: we hear the case from the prosecution and then the jury retires. That’s right, isn’t it?

                    On Planet Wingnut.

  34. Tracey 34

    The right struggle with facts. If they penetrate it explodes their heads. Which is why they try so hard to resist any.

  35. Grumpy 35

    Oh dear, this was so obvious.
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/opinion/news/article.cfm?c_id=466&objectid=11176088
    The AG could also do Brewer at the same time. Note the reference to the heavily trimmed report and the number of “day rooms”. Now, I wonder what they were for.
    Tawa Drive hasn’t even come up yet.

    • karol 35.1

      FOS is all innuendo and speculation – and of course politically motivated. And then there’s today’s NZ Herald editorial

      Kind of down play’s Brewer’s failings, and is not at the level of a front page smear. However, it does end thus:

      Mr Brewer’s criticism of Mr Brown means he will face repercussions. He finds himself in similar territory to that of former Act Party leader Rodney Hide, the self-proclaimed perk-buster who was found to be going out of his way to obtain perks. It might be tempting to think Mr Brewer’s discomfort will finally convince others to take such declarations more seriously. But history suggests that would be wishful thinking.

      • Grumpy 35.1.1

        We agree, but Len is still front and centre and will be until he goes, despite these little sideshows.

        • bad12 35.1.1.1

          So are we to be mis-treated to your whining innuendo with no provision of facts for the next 3 years grumpy???

          Len Brown aint going anyplace until the next election, you should get used to that fact…

  36. captain hook 36

    It seems as if Len Browns opponents are just a bunch of prurient purves who want to get their phizogs on the teevee to improve their own chances at the next election.
    Nothing has been served by this witch hunt except to feed the egos of a whole gang of little people grasping at the main chance.

  37. tricledrown 37

    Media Works joyces old employer (still owns shares I bet)
    T
    Media Works the new bretheren
    Eclusively providing free propaganda for National.
    Another of National dirty slush funders helping undetmine democracy.
    Complaints to the BSA need to be made.
    Their Djs on all stations are continually driving Nactionals agenda.
    When Key was in South Africa media jerks(jocks) were dog whistling Gone before Key.
    Cootdinated by joyce no doubt.
    Fermenting race hatred.
    Mandela reached across the divide National are deliberatly creating a divide.

    • Ian 37.1

      Yeah. Listened to Wallace Chapman for 2 minutes the other day.Definitely right of Attila the Hun!

  38. Pete 38

    Actually, it appears Brewer did declare his tip funded by MediaWorks and his RWC attendance. He merely forgot that he had done so. In the meantime he donated $1,000 to charity (City Mission, if I recall correctly).
    It is silly to compare this to Brown. Firstly, Brewer did not fail to declare gifts, and when he thought that he did, he came out and apologised straight away.
    This really should not be a left v right issue. It is about ethics, integrity, honesty and an ability to lead the people of Auckland in all areas. Unfortunately Len Brown can’t do the anymore as he fails on the above qualities. In any event there is an overwhelming view in Auckland that he should go.

    • Sacha 38.1

      “it appears Brewer did declare his tip funded by MediaWorks and his RWC attendance”

      Got a link to back up that claim?

    • gobsmacked 38.2

      How do we know what Brewer – or anybody else – failed to declare?

      We didn’t know about Brown before. We only know now because there was a full inquiry. If there’s a fishing expedition, chances are it will catch fish.

      I’d like to know who accepted freebies from Sky City AND voted for the convention centre deal. We could start by asking the MPs. Preferably under oath.

      It is about ethics, integrity, honesty and an ability to lead the people of Auckland in all areas.

      In a democracy, those are tested at the ballot box. Crimes are tested in a court of law.

      Mix up the two, and it’s called a “coup”.

    • felix 38.3

      “This really should not be a left v right issue.”

      Yeah. David Farrar, Simon Lusk, Jason Ede, Dick Quax, John Banks, and Camerons Brewer and Slater are all totally genuinely concerned about who the mayor fucks.

      :roll:

    • Murray Olsen 38.4

      One question for you, Pete. Cameron Brewer originally mentioned a trip to the Gold Coast. The trip he is supposed to have declared was to Port Douglas. This is a bit like getting Dunedin and Kaitaia mixed up. Why the discrepancy? Usually these guys only start forgetting where they were thirty years or so down the track. Is Brewer’s memory worse than Key’s? (OK, two questions. Choose which one to answer, if you like. If you can remember.)

    • Anne 38.5

      And what about his former opponent and now cabinet minister, John Banks Pete? Is he about ethics, integrity, honesty and an ability to lead? What about John Key? Is he about honesty, integrity, ethics etc?

      I am flabbergasted over the hysteria whipped up over Slater’s sleaze. It smacks of blatant hypocrisy. It’s well known many ‘married’ male pollies have availed themselves of nubile female company when the opportunity has arisen. The same goes for some media personalities too. Power is an aphrodisiac.

      Did you hear about Banks’ bit on the side? The police uncovered the affair during an investigation into something else. Kept quiet about it. And how do you know there’s an overwhelming view in Auckland Brown should go? A bunch of online unscientific polls? Those polls are easy to manipulate and frequently are… The fact is, most people don’t give a damm as long as he delivers on his promises.

  39. Blue 39

    No I don’t think they’re interested in”who”. Rather more interested in “where” and the monumental arrogance of the mans inability to display any dignity and grace. Anyone bothered to ask how Ngati Whatua feel about Brown desecrating their room?

    • Murray Olsen 39.1

      Ngati Whatua weren’t particularly bothered. They were asked. I don’t like you desecrating this blog.

      • Grumpy 39.1.1

        Dunno about that, they have little tolerance for even sitting on a table……

        • Colonial Viper 39.1.1.1

          The spokesperson guy seemed to view it as being mildly irrelevant and amusing. Though he quite liked the idea that more people have heard of Ngati Whatua now, thanks to Len Brown.

        • Murray Olsen 39.1.1.2

          That’d be a table that people eat off. The Ngati Whatua I know have little tolerance for people trying to abuse Maoritanga for their own political ends.

    • gobsmacked 39.2

      I expect their answer would be “Since when did a bunch of National/ACT Maori-bashers give a damn about us?”

    • felix 39.3

      “No I don’t think they’re interested in”who”. Rather more interested in “where” and the monumental arrogance of the mans inability to display any dignity and grace.”

      Yeah. David Farrar, Simon Lusk, Jason Ede, Dick Quax, John Banks, and Camerons Brewer and Slater are all totally genuinely concerned about the dignity and grace of elected office.

      You lot are a fucking joke. You wanted it to be damn near impossible to boot out the mayor because you thought you were installing John Banks in the role (oh fuck we forgot to factor in brown people and poor people!)

      Instead we got Brown, a man who got caught cheating on his wife.

      However if you lot had got your way against the wishes of Auckland, we would now have Banks as mayor in court facing charges related to lying about receiving money to fund his mayoral election campaign!!.

      Dignity and grace my fucking arse.

  40. Bobo 40

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11176844

    I think some sort of apology is in order Mickysavage. The rug has been pulled out from under you somewhat.

    • lprent 40.1

      Can’t see why. It took Cameron four days to find it himself, wasn’t correctly declared (an email!), and above all wasn’t visible in the public record.

      Not to mention that this statement by Brewer appears to be a complete lie..

      …and was actually part of the Ernst Young review…

      The E&Y terms of review were very specific and only covered the Mayor. They didn’t cover councillors, so they didn’t looked at their gifts. If Cameron Brewer thinks that they did, then I can’t see him putting his hand up to pay E&Y eh?

      Silly git really just couldn’t help himself. I guess hypocrisy is just too embedded in his blood.

      • Ron 40.1.1

        Just my suspicious mind but I would love to see the copy of the email with its header intact.
        I am sure that no one on council would attempt a cover up for Brewer but would still like to see email.

  41. Pete 41

    The reference to Cameron Brewer is in this mornings Herald. It would appear that council staff did not inform the inquiry or the media (when asked) that Brewer had properly declared his trip.
    This left right dichotomy is a red herring to the really substantial issue about Browns suitability to lead. And before the John Banks thing is raised again – no, he wouldn’t be suitable either!

    • Anne 41.1

      Actually if you listened to Radio NZ’s political correspondent this morning you get a different picture. Essentially, Brewer rang someone and told them about the trip but only after having been advised to… and he still wriggled out of a formal declaration of interest. He also accepted another gift – something to do with Sky City I think – that wasn’t declared. In essence, the journalist was saying he’s dancing on the top of a pin.

      What also came out is that the two known freebies (Brewer’s and Brown’s) were roughly similar in dollar terms. He also pointed out that Brewer’s attempt to castigate Brown for accepting gifts etc. when he had done the same himself leaves Brewer open to the same criticism as applied to Brown.

      I think an investigation into the expenses of the right wing councillors is required, especially as it seems to be largely those councillors who failed to declare registers of interest.

      Yes Iprent, hypocrisy indeed!!

      • grumpy 41.1.1

        Seems that the majority of councillors, especially the left, failed to file returns. Screams out for the AG to take an interest.

  42. NOT Fisiani 42

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  43. gobsmacked 43

    Loving the circular logic from our visiting t/rollies:

    “It’s not about an obsessive, anti-democratic, blatantly biased tabloid campaign by the Herald! It’s about Brown being bad and Brewer good! Because it says so in the Herald! I have a link!”

    That’s Mandy Rice-Davies territory, darlings.

    Try linking to the independent Ernst and Young report into Brewer, Quax, Banks and co – when there is one. Or link to you demanding one.

  44. captain hook 44

    you should have heard him on the radio this morning saying that his crime wasn’t that bad when compared to Len Browns.
    Brewer is just a fink.

  45. IheartLEN 45

    So Brewer did email the correct Council staff with details of his trip at the appropriate time, requesting further advice of whether he should declare anything further. Sounds like a declaration to me.

    • Sacha 45.1

      If the “appropriate time” means the day before he knew a story in the Herald was to be published outing him, then yes. Let’s not mistake that for doing the right thing.

    • mickysavage 45.2

      It should have been in the public return. When you attack someone for not doing something properly the least you can do is make sure you did it properly yourself.

      And Brewer has just gone on Facebook and said that he has reflected on things and will give a donation of $1k to a charity. Good on him. But it does not change the underlying facts of the matter.

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    I have already shared two stories from psychology students about how the postgraduate allowance cuts have affected them. These stories demonstrate the widespread impact the changes are having. Here is yet another story I have received, this one giving the...
    frogblog | 17-04
  • Against secret "justice" in NZ
    Last year, in response to a series of court cases challenging its control orders or claiming compensation for human rights abuses by its intelligence services, the UK passed the Justice and Security Act 2013. The Act introduces a "Closed Material...
    No Right Turn | 17-04
  • Massey chancellor sets up company in opposition to university
    Massey Chancellor Chris Kelly will chair the board of a company that intends to be New Zealand’s largest private training provider (PTE)...
    TEU | 16-04
  • Gibbs, Hayek, Canterbury and the free market for degrees
    The New Zealand Herald notes that philanthropist Alan Gibbs is about to receive an honorary doctorate from the University of Canterbury today. One of the many institutions Alan Gibbs has donated his money to...
    TEU | 16-04
  • Hard News: Friday Music: Record Store Day
    As readers will know, I have long embraced the internet music revolution. The ability to discover and download new things pretty much as they're being made has reinvented and refreshed my lifelong relationship with popular music. But I still really...
    Public Address | 16-04
  • Great Sorkin Parody
    Aaron Sorkin (SportsNight, The West Wing, The Newsroom) makes a very particular style of TV. Some good parts to that, some really silly parts. Amy Schumer' Comedy Central parody of Sorkin is pitch-prefect and hilarious. Enjoy: Inside Amy SchumerGet More:...
    Polity | 16-04
  • Photographic proof
    Deborah asked for a picture of my bicycle, after I wrote about it, and there is now one in existence which even includes me riding it along Mt Albert Rd, thanks to a dear friend who drove past me and...
    The Hand Mirror | 16-04
  • Our future lies in science
    This is not a column on global warming, climate change or whether humans are or aren’t having an impact....
    Pundit | 16-04
  • MP to attend progressive politics conference
    Labour MP Grant Robertson will attend the Progressive Governance conference in Amsterdam later this week. “This conference brings together Social Democratic parties from around the world to discuss how progressive politics should work in the post global financial crisis environment....
    Labour | 20-04
  • Storm fans fire service commitment
    Further damage from the huge storm that battered the West Coast was prevented by the great work of our volunteer Fire Service and locals will be extremely grateful, Labour’s MP for West Coast-Tasman Damien O’Connor says. “Our region has been...
    Labour | 19-04
  • Time for Ryall to fix mistakes and help families
    Families who won a long and lengthy Court battle for financial help to support their disabled daughters and sons are now facing a new battle with health system bureaucracy and need the Health Minister's help, Labour's Disability Issues spokesperson Ruth...
    Labour | 18-04
  • Time for greater ministerial accountability
    The Green Party has today released a proposal to introduce a ministerial disclosure regime in New Zealand to improve the transparency and accountability of government.The proposal, based on the system used in the United Kingdom since 2010, would require all...
    Greens | 18-04
  • Power prices soar on the eve of winter
    On the eve of winter as New Zealanders are turning on their heaters, power prices have soared sky high, Labour’s Energy spokesperson David Shearer says. “Energy Minster Simon Bridges claimed in Parliament that prices were estimated to rise 2.4 per...
    Labour | 18-04
  • Workers can kiss goodbye to Easter Sunday off
    The Government’s decision to “reprioritise” scarce labour inspector resources by abandoning the enforcement of Easter Sunday Shop Trading laws means workers can kiss goodbye to a guaranteed day off, says Labour’s Associate Labour Issues spokesperson Darien Fenton. “The Labour Minister...
    Labour | 18-04
  • Businesses need to respect workers this Easter
    Businesses intent on flouting Easter shopping laws should face stiff penalties, Green Party industrial relations spokesperson Denise Roche said today. This Easter, at least one major garden centre chain intends to open on Good Friday despite this being in breach...
    Greens | 17-04
  • 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 time the Government acted in the interests of families,” Sue Moroney says. “National has tried every...
    Labour | 17-04
  • 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 price for Genesis far too low in a desperate attempt to beef up demand....
    Labour | 17-04
  • 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 Darien Fenton, Labour’s Associate Immigration spokesperson. “In the past 12 months, temporary...
    Labour | 17-04
  • 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 spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says. “Since 2009 resignation rates among sworn staff have...
    Labour | 17-04
  • Service for victims of sexual violence pushed out in cold
    The Green Party is calling on Housing New Zealand to revisit its decision to evict an essential community organisation in Christchurch with only eight weeks notice.Yesterday at the Select Committee inquiry into funding for sexual violence support services the organisation...
    Greens | 17-04
  • 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 Spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway. “Auckland Council has implemented a by-law banning the use of psychoactive...
    Labour | 17-04
  • 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 after revelations that three out of seven properties sold in Wanganui tested positive for methamphetamine,...
    Labour | 17-04
  • 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 Damien O’Connor says. “Before his departure, John Key said he would wait until all...
    Labour | 16-04
  • 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 tabled in Parliament yesterday shows that total use of ozone depleting gases in New Zealand has...
    Greens | 16-04
  • 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.  ...
    Labour | 16-04
  • Collins must admit misleading Parliament
    ACC Minister Judith Collins must front up and admit she has misled Parliament over ACC’s policy to stop paying compensation to clients who refused to fill in its privacy form, Labour’s ACC spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway says. “Judith Collins claimed Labour...
    Labour | 16-04
  • English confirms he has no plan to raise wages
    Finance Minister Bill English has confirmed he has absolutely no plans to lift wages, Labour’s spokesperson on Labour Issues, Andrew Little says. “Bill English told the Chamber of Commerce yesterday that workers could expect a rise in average income of...
    Labour | 16-04
  • Govt careless and callous about threatened birds
    The National Government is increasing the threat to two of the world's most threatened and unique birds by opening up Victoria Forest Park to petroleum drilling, the Green Party said today.Scientists have recently published a ranking of the 100 most...
    Greens | 16-04
  • Genesis: The biggest fire sale of them all
    National has finished its asset sales with a massive bonfire of a fire sale, showing once and for all how much of a disaster this programme was, says Labour’s SOEs spokesperson Clayton Cosgrove. “Just 68,000 Kiwis bought shares in Genesis,...
    Labour | 16-04
  • Interest rates rise but only smokes increasing
    Mortgage rate rises are making life harder for homeowners, and many of them will be surprised the latest CPI figures show inflation would be zero were it not for tobacco tax hikes, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker. “New Zealanders...
    Labour | 16-04
  • Term One Report Card for Hekia Parata
    Assignment Teacher’s Comments Grade      ...
    Labour | 16-04
  • Hekia Parata kept exam book errors from schools
    Schools will be appalled to learn Education Minister Hekia Parata knew since January that hundreds of exam booklets had been returned to the wrong students but said nothing about it, Labour’s Education Spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “Exams are stressful enough...
    Labour | 15-04
  • What has ACC Minister been doing?
    The ACC Minister needs to front up and explain what, if any, changes she has made to the broken culture of ACC rather than denying that she has any part to play in the dysfunction of her Ministry, the Green...
    Greens | 15-04
  • Promise of jam tomorrow takes the cake
    A claim by Minister of Finance Bill English that average wages will climb by $7,500 over the next four years is a cynical promise of jam tomorrow by a government whose record on wage growth is atrocious, Labour spokesperson on...
    Labour | 15-04
  • Judith Collins has to fess up on ACC blunder
    ACC Minster Judith Collins must front up and tell New Zealand how many people who refused to hand over their private details to ACC have been denied cover, says Labour’s ACC Spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway. “The legality of ACC’s privacy waver,...
    Labour | 15-04
  • Board of Inquiry conditions will save rivers in New Zealand
    The Ruataniwha dam decision released today has protected the Tukituki River and dashed the Government’s hope of the “one nutrient model” (TRIM) being adopted nationwide, says Labour’s Conservation spokesperson Ruth Dyson. “It is a massive victory for those in the...
    Labour | 15-04
  • Labour turns wheels for cycling safety
    With more than a million New Zealanders now using cycling as an attractive alternative means of transport it is past time their safety was taken seriously, Labour’s Transport spokesperson Darien Fenton says. Due to speak to a cycling rally at...
    Labour | 15-04
  • SPEECH: Institute of Directors
    LEADING AND MANAGING OUR ECONOMIC FUTURE David Cunliffe MP, Labour Leader Speech to the Institute of Directors 15 April 2014, Auckland It's a privilege to be speaking here. The Institute of Directors has a proud history of developing New Zealand's...
    Labour | 15-04
  • More Oravida endorsements from John Key
    The use of a picture of John Key in an advertisement for Oravida’s scampi products in a Chinese airline magazine is further evidence of an unhealthily cosy relationship between the National Party and this company, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says....
    Labour | 15-04
  • Workers at Canterbury Yarns need redundancy support
    Workers faced with redundancy at Canterbury Yarns need a redundancy support co-ordinator, Green Party industrial relations spokesperson Denise Roche said today.Last week, Canterbury Yarns was placed in receivership. Canterbury Yarns joins a long list of New Zealand manufacturers who have...
    Greens | 14-04
  • Making the holidays easier for Kiwi drivers
    The next Labour Government will make the holidays easier and journeys quicker for Kiwi families driving on the roads, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. “There’s nothing Kiwis like more than getting on the road and going on holiday. But on...
    Labour | 14-04
  • Ae Marika! 15 April 2014
    Our MANA AGM down in Rotorua on the weekend was a sold-out affair – even the media were struggling to get in! Political conferences can be very dull, but not this one. We had a great line-up of speakers including...
    Mana | 14-04
  • Green light from Labour for cancer screening programme
    Labour Leader David Cunliffe has today committed to a national bowel screening programme, starting with extending the current service to the Southern and Waikato districts. “Around 3000 New Zealanders develop bowel cancer each year and about 1200, or 100 a month,...
    Labour | 14-04
  • Adequate resourcing needed for victims’ advocate
    The establishment of a victims’ commissioner role will only be meaningful if it is properly resourced to do the job of advocating for victims’ interests, Labour Justice spokesperson Andrew Little says. Justice Minister Judith Collins has just recently indicated her...
    Labour | 13-04
  • IPCC report shows Government ignoring climate experts
    The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's (IPCC) report into climate mitigation, just released in Berlin, shows the National Government is ignoring the pleas of the world's best climate scientists.The report says deep and fast emission cuts are vital from all...
    Greens | 13-04
  • Japan’s quick turnaround on whaling disappointing
    News that Japan plans to recommence some form of “scientific” whaling programme so quickly after the International Court of Justice’s ruling against it is very disappointing, says David Shearer, Labour’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson. “New Zealanders expected the ICJ ruling -...
    Labour | 13-04
  • Reviewable tenancies will increase risks for vulnerable children
    Instead of kicking families out of their homes if they can pay their rent, parents with young children should have the opportunity to purchase equity in a state-built home over time, the Green Party said todayFrom July, Housing New Zealand...
    Greens | 13-04
  • 48,000 New Zealanders drinking faecally contaminated water
    Some 48,000 people were provided with water that had issues with faecal contamination, 18,000 of whom were from Canterbury, the Green Party said today. The Ministry of Health's Annual Report on Drinking-Water in New Zealand for 2012/13 shows that 48,000...
    Greens | 12-04
  • Labour will move to save the Kauri
    Labour will spend $20 million over the next 10 years to stop the spread of Kauri dieback disease, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. “We are facing an ecological disaster with over 11 per cent of the Kauri trees in the...
    Labour | 12-04
  • SPEECH: Saving our Kauri
    Seech notes Good morning. Thank you for joining us here today. As a West Auckland MP I am very aware the kauri is an important part of this place. The Waitakere Ranges with their thousands of kauri, are a taonga....
    Labour | 12-04
  • MANA to continue negotiations with the Internet Party
    The MANA AGM has decided unanimously tonight to continue negotiaitions with the Internet Party. Within a month further negotiations, further consultation with MANA branches and a final decision on whether to proceed with a relationship is expected....
    Mana | 12-04
  • National’s tax dodge
      National’s insistence that it is cracking down on tax dodgers is little more than a bit of election year chest beating, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “Revenue Minister Todd McClay surely doesn’t believe collecting $100 million of an estimated...
    Labour | 12-04
  • Housing prices go up – Gens X & Y give up
    Today’s REINZ report shows house prices continue skyward while first home buyers are dropping out of the market, says Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “According to the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand the national median house price has risen...
    Labour | 11-04
  • Do Key and Adams support Chorus appeal?
    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
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    The Daily Blog | 16-04
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    The Daily Blog | 15-04
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    The Daily Blog | 15-04
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    Scoop politics | 20-04
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    Scoop politics | 19-04
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    Scoop politics | 19-04
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    Scoop politics | 19-04
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    Scoop politics | 19-04
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    Scoop politics | 19-04
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    Scoop politics | 19-04
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    Scoop politics | 19-04
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    Scoop politics | 17-04
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    Scoop politics | 17-04
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    Scoop politics | 17-04
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    Scoop politics | 17-04
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    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Waitangi National Trust Board Amendment Bill
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    Scoop politics | 17-04
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    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Call for public enquiry into the future of farming
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    Scoop politics | 17-04
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    Scoop politics | 17-04
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    Scoop politics | 17-04
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    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Change of approach to government procurement needed
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    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Depreciation Policy Shouldn’t Be Just for Pet Industries
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    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • FIFA U-20 World Cup NZ 2015 Kick Off Times Announced
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    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • “Legitimate purpose” provides no protection under 167 form
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    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • State: still keeping you safe on the road this Easter
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    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Govt plan for community input into residential red zone
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    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Governor-General to visit Turkey
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    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Actions of Police prior to death in custody were justified
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    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • New Electorate Boundaries Finalised
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    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Save The Children Welcomes Strengthening Children’s Rights
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    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Labour takes manufacturing seriously
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    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Manufacturing policy welcomed
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    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Operation Unite – a Blitz on Drunken Violence
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    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Dunne Speaks
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    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Research announcement welcomed
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    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • At Last: A Manufacturing Policy
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    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Republic campaigners still positive after royal visit
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    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Selling homes to foreigners benefits New Zealanders
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    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Taxpayers’ Union Welcomes Key’s Rejection of ‘Fat Tax’
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    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Law Commission Paper on a New Crown Civil Proceedings Act
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    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Focus must now go on fishing industry jobs for NZ workers
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    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Make the choice to stay safe on the road
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    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Students Welcome Engagement with StudyLink
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    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Deaf And Hard of Hearing New Zealanders Marginalised
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    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Public lose interest in this council, 2016 to be a watershed
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    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Labour and National join forces in new Maori confiscations
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    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • The FCV Bill – Flagging 30 years of failures?
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    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Oxfam’s Morning Tea 2014
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    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • 1 in 4 Want to Improve Financial Literacy But Don’t Know How
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    Scoop politics | 16-04
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    Scoop politics | 16-04
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