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Written By: - Date published: 7:56 pm, June 17th, 2013 - 90 comments
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Truth has had a long and proud (and often not so proud but bloody fun) history. But now it’s over. Killed off by one of the biggest failures in the blogosphere.

He’s already trying to blame it on everyone else but the truth is, like Simon Lusk’s political career, like the “freedom of speech coalition”, like the Port of Auckland’s campaign against its own workers, like the reputation of anyone that goes near him, like every other thing that wretched man-child touches,  the Truth died on Slater’s watch.

It’s an ignominious way for a 125 year old publication to finish up.

90 comments on “Failure after failure”

  1. Jimmie 1

    The Truth failed as in the internet age week old news isn’t and it had a limited clientele and couldn’t escape its falling porno ad income base.

    I bought 3 copies after WO took over as editor and enjoyed the news section but gave up as I don’t like having the soft porn pages lying around our house.

    I’m sure it was good experience for WO and may help him find other work.

    As for your comment about WO being the blogosphere’s biggest failure you really are dreaming.
    (And if WO is a failure then this blog must be a wretched mess)

    He receives more hits than anyone else (several times more monthly than The Standard) and also receives regular media exposure as a commentator so I would say that he has done quite well actually.

    I know that WO and the left are mortal enemies but calling him a failure shows that you are no better than him.

    • quartz 1.1

      I took a look at Slater’s blog after reading this and all it seems to be is a bunch of meme posts designed to suck in random overseas traffic. I also noticed this from Steve Crow:

      Steve Crow • 33 minutes ago−

      I should be annoyed for being blamed for the demise – but I am amused, so typical Cameron, blame everyone else but yourself.

      I have NEVER managed Truth and have not even consulted to the place since mid last year so I am flattered that you credit me with so much power that I can destroy a newspaper in 6 months – wow.

      Nice, I suggest you for the job and promoted your merits to the shareholders and you blame me for your failure. You had the grand idea to replace the evil adult advertising with main steam – how did that work out lol.

      I will issue you one caution, don’t defame me again. You might be the country’s biggest blogger for what that is worth but… be very careful.

      One day I might tell the real story of your and Russel Beaumont’s staggering ineptitude and dishonesty.

      Let’s see if this gets published.

      Oh yeah, and why don’t you tell your loyal followers just how little of this blog you actually do yourself and how much is done by anonymous third parties.

      • karol 1.1.1

        Whoa! Thanks for capturing in case it disappears.

        This bit gave me pause, though:

        You had the grand idea to replace the evil adult advertising with main steam – how did that work out lol.

        Typo or a version of sly mainstream soft porn?

        Gee, some allegations in there:

        One day I might tell the real story of your and Russel Beaumont’s staggering ineptitude and dishonesty….
        Oh yeah, and why don’t you tell your loyal followers just how little of this blog you actually do yourself and how much is done by anonymous third parties.

        In the collapse, much garbage falls out.

      • Rogue Trooper 1.1.2

        oooh. Boobs on Likes.

      • the pigman 1.1.3

        And that’s all coming from failed Act candidate Stephen Crowe… it really shows what a disparate bunch of dangerous extremists that party was (what’s that you say – that party still exists?)

        Well they say the Left is good at devouring its own, but let’s see what these clowns can do..

    • Colonial Viper 1.2

      but calling him a failure shows that you are no better than him.

      It’s simply a factual label mate. You get a Tui.

    • rosy 1.3

      “Truth has had a long and proud (and often not so proud but bloody fun) history.”

      Yep, back in the day the whole neighbourhood knew the divorce details of our parents thanks to the pages of ‘court reports’ they used to run. Fun times for kids that was. Glad to see the back of that rag.

      • Macro 1.3.1

        Never had your experience rosy – but it was always a tactless, crass publication, and I agree, I’m pleased to see the back of it.

        • David H 1.3.1.1

          Well it was also one of my employers back in the 1970′s and 80′s when I was young and stoopid lol got Lead Poisoning there too from all the lead dust that is produced when you melt lead ingots and old type. But they did pay well and it was a break from painting in the cold miserable winters days and it was warm too.

      • Malcolm 1.3.2

        The Truth has an interesting history though. It started in 1905. Don’t know where the 125 years claim comes from. I think it is spurious.

        When it started it was sympathetic to the radical labour movement.

        People interested should check out Redmer Yska’s book, Truth : the rise and fall of the people’s paper.

    • karol 1.4

      Actually, I think there’s still a place for weekly papers to do more backgrounded and detailed stories looking deeper into the current news stories.

      • chris73 1.4.1

        Its a nice thought but digital would be a better option

        • karol 1.4.1.1

          Well, i think a mix of he two works well for some Sunday papers – at least for those who can access Press Display.

      • felix 1.4.2

        “Actually, I think there’s still a place for weekly papers to do more backgrounded and detailed stories looking deeper into the current news stories.”

        Has that ever been the role of The Truth though?

    • Rogue Trooper 1.5

      an anachronism now. “No More Tears”, back to Purex.

  2. chris73 2

    Please explain to me how hes “one of the biggest failures in the blogosphere”

    I mean he gets more visits and page views then this site (by a comfortable margin), he gets national exposure through print and radio (again more then anyone from here, by a comfortable margin)

    So I’d just like to know how you define failure?

    • Chris 2.1

      I would give him first prize in tawdry, spiteful, venomous etcetera ….oh and creepy

      • chris73 2.1.1

        Yes very good but still doesn’t answer the question

        • Chris 2.1.1.1

          Which question was that… oh define failure. The condition or fact of not achieving the desired end or ends. My intent was to point out his achievements, his failures are irrelevant

    • Blue 2.2

      You’re perfectly correct. It’s not Cameron Slater who is the failure. It’s our failure as a country that his blog is so popular and that he is taken seriously by our media.

      • rob 2.2.1

        No he is taken seriously by the MSM because of his high ranking
        National Party associations
        His father was their president previously and he has close ties to Collins.

    • Arfamo 2.3

      Notoriety sells better than fame. He knows it & proves it. But only on his blog. Truth was probably stuffed the minute he took over as editor.

    • chris73 2
      17 June 2013 at 8:57 pm

      Please explain to me how hes “one of the biggest failures in the blogosphere”

      I mean he gets more visits and page views then this site (by a comfortable margin), he gets national exposure through print and radio (again more then anyone from here, by a comfortable margin)

      So I’d just like to know how you define failure?

      ***

      I’m not sure what the OP meant by it, but I would provide you a very fitting definition of failure which applies to the situation thus far.

      We could start with the example of WO’s ardent support for the Ports of Auckland campaign against the Maritime Union and its workers. Despite all the advantages you mention above, all the publicity and connections they can boast of, the use of those connections in conjunction with underhand tactics like the leaking of a union member’s personal details, even WO’s triumphalist running score during their campaign (I think he had the titles of his posts up to something like ‘POA 24 – Maritime Union 0′ at one point), his campaign on behalf of the POA board and its supporters failed. Now that the dust has settled, the union is still where it was, and the board had to compromise instead of getting its own way hands down.

      If the campaign against the Maritime Union and its workers was supposed to be a test run for their ability to use the blog as the pivot point in an astroturf attack strategy, then it was a failure, and a bruising one given the amount of personal attacks on Gary Parsloe and the union that were delivered and encouraged. Subsequent events have addded to this. Lusk’s cover is now MSM blown rather than beltway blown; their campaign to elevate Judith Collins and her faction is now well and truly out in the open; the bitterness of their campaign against Len Brown intensifies constantly, but there is no sign of it diminishing Brown’s standing. If they make their campaign against Brown the next test of their capabilities, I think they will once again be disappointed in the results.

      If the greater aim or strategy for WO is to provide an astroturf campaign base on the far right of National’s voter base (for the benefit of its bigger donors) by shifting the debate in their favour through the momentum they create on the blog, then so far their only fleece they can proclaim is that of Aaron Gilmore, and, welp, that’s like going after a tortoise with a tommy gun. Their coursing has so far failed to net them greater quarry in the form of the sort of trophy kills which would indicate real success for a long-term, multiple target astroturfing operation.

      Until then, guest starring with paid-advertising shill ‘presenters’ on talkback radio who seek to have their prejudices confirmed by a third party and getting yourself retweeted by Judith Collins would seem to be WO’s apogee, and in that context the fall of The Truth may be simply the latest in a series of failures which signify the limits of the astroturf strategy in a small country like NZ.

      Cem.

  3. xtasy 3

    Good bye and rest in peace “The Truth”, long live the real truth!

    Thank you Cameron “Whaleoil”, you have done a thorough job, sinking the paper you were going to make such a great success, thoroughly down into the grave.

    A few months back Slater was sitting next to Brian Edwards and Bill Ralston on the media panel of The Nation (TV3) and boasting how he would turn “The Truth” around and bring great, hot, top stories, leading to increased circulation and an ensured survival of that paper. He was going to hold politicians to account and reveal lots of stuff he “knew”.

    He ridiculed Edwards and he was on such a “high”, they (the rest of the panel and Rachel Smalley) even started to think he was serious about his ambitions and aspirations.

    Now the real truth, at last.

    I am waiting for the demise and close down of his blog next, which would certainly be a great relief and much needed improvement of the New Zealand blogosphere.

    A “cleansing” exercise, kind of, once that happens.

    Reality check for a stranded whale, I suppose.

    • chris73 3.1

      “I am waiting for the demise and close down of his blog next, which would certainly be a great relief and much needed improvement of the New Zealand blogosphere.”

      - I wouldn’t hold your breath

      • xtasy 3.1.1

        No need to hold my breath. I breathe easy on this one, and time will bring his blog down, for sure. All he needs to do is seriously upset someone who could perhaps take him on and do some real harm to his “entrepreneurship” of questionable quality and “skill”.

        For instance just look at what “quartz” quoted under 1.1!

      • Arfamo 3.1.2

        - I wouldn’t hold your breath

        That’s fair enough. I’ll bet no one here would want to hold your breath either.

  4. Frank 4

    Fat boy is under his blankey blubbering, HA. No response yet! Come out you piece of shit! Ha Ha.

    Sorry Wrong Blog.

    HaJaHA

  5. Ed 5

    Skin-deep was just not enough – Private Eye it wasn’t. The whole paper was however high risk, and employing Slater must have been another high risk; it is not as though there weren’t writers / journalists / aspiring editors looking for work. There is however a market for salacious gossip, extravagant unsupported claims and extremist attacks on others – the audience numbers for Whaleoil illustrate the passion of the far right for such soft porn affirmation of irrational prejudices – while also serving to make Farrar’s blog appear moderate to the uncritical. Truth however had no such attraction – a paper requires some real content to justify purchase, even at a circus side-show level. It seems the newspaper required skills that Slater does not have.

  6. felix 6

    Pity really.

    I think “Truth Editor” is the most appropriate job description he’s ever likely to find.

  7. millsy 7

    I noticed that Josie got the boot as the token left columnist a few months ago.

  8. Michael 8

    I’m glad Slater ran Truth into the ground. IMHO, he was put in the editor’s chair to publish vile nonsense that would turn working men against Labour. Just look at the articles in the rag since he took it over. Again IMHO, Slater was put there by NACT donors, in much the same way that they run NBR to appeal to the prejudices of the “business community”. Anyway, Labour doesn’t need Slater, Lusk, or any of the others to drive workers away from it – its current leadership is doing a brilliant job all by itself.

  9. tc 9

    I always thought appointing him wasnt about turning it around, as he lacks the experience and brains, but more to give him another outlet for his minders material before it closed.

  10. infused 10

    Never read it.

  11. weizguy 11

    Sorry – purely out of curiosity, how is it possible that Whaleoil is so far in front of other blogs that clearly have a more active readership?

    I sincerely doubt it’s read by more people than either Kiwiblog or the Standard… So what is it?

    • Arfamo 11.1

      Read the comments in his blog. Then read the comments on topics in this one.

      Lowest common denominator is the attraction, I reckon. I used to read it more often than now, but the comments put me off as much as his style. I learn stuff here that interests me. I learn stuff there that doesn’t.

      • quartz 11.1.1

        He reposts a lot of content from popular US sites as it’s trending so he can leech views. It means most of his site views are people looking for content that has nothing to do with him, and who have no interest in, or effect on, New Zealand politics.

        They could do the same here but three out of four posts would be quirky videos of cats falling out of trees or celebrity gossip, and most of the regulars would probably leave.

        • Pasupial 11.1.1.1

          The last time I was over there was Queen’s birthday weekend. I was quite irritated to find an old Vsauce clip (a sciencey youtube channel I adore), posted there amongst the; cute cat clips, and vile rants.

          I’ve got the heater warming up the bathroom, so I might have another glance today; after I put the Basupial into his cot, and before I have a shower (which I’m going to need).

      • Sanctuary 11.1.2

        Arfamo, I had a look at the comments thread on Whaleoil based on your post. All I can say is wow. Talk about a descent into a surreal world of insanity. Much of it appears to be from the staff and assorted absolutely foaming nutters of regular readers, arguing with a provincial pornographer. All presided over by Slater, a whining piece of low life shit any decent man would regard with the same respect as something disgusting you are trying to scrape off your shoe. All in all, you couldn’t wish for a nastier, more deranged bunch of bottom dwellers getting some richly deserved come-uppance if you tried.

        • GarethGee 11.1.2.1

          The Whale Oil blog is terrible. But, frankly, so is The Standard. You people are to the Left what he is to the Right – a cringe-inducing embarrassment.

  12. bad12 12

    Oh dear poor poor Blubber Boy, two large F’s on the resume for the slobbering fool, Failed as an editor, and, Failed at the business of running a newspaper,

    Never mind the tragic fat tub of lard can fall back on the Socialism He so hates to keep Him munching them big Mac’s,

    Looks like it’s back on the sickness bene for Blubber Boy, a deserved comeuppance for such a gross waste of space…

  13. One Anonymous Knucklehead 13

    Hmm, schadenfreude.

    Mr. Oil generates considerable animus. I’m sure the Right will still find a use for him.

  14. Wayne (a different one) 14

    The nasty bitterness, hatred and envy of the left – it’s all here on this page for everyone to see.

    You really do your party proud – and you carry on that trait learned from politicians, such as Helen Clark, Michael Cullen, Clayton Cosgrove, Steve Maharey and Trevor Mallard – all a buch of spiteful, nasty people.

    • One Anonymous Knucklehead 14.1

      Paging Dr. Hypocrite.

    • Sanctuary 14.2

      Suck it up, cry baby.

    • Pasupial 14.3

      @ Wayne (ado)

      Bitterness and Hatred; perhaps, I doubt you’ll find much envy of Slater here though (except from Jimmie & chris73). However, it is confined to this one page, where it is on the topic of his; running a 125 year old paper into the ground in the space of 6 months.

      As for doing our “party proud”; that’s nonsensical, given that we are a mix of: Labour, Greens, Mana, and other party; members, voters, and non-voters. Do you define “nasty” as; someone you disagree with?

  15. Winston Smith 15

    His blog is more popular because:

    He doesn’t hide behind a pen name, he posts more then just political stuff, the stuff he reposts is generally interesting and he slams anyone (not just the left) so its more balanced then the usual partisan blogs

    and spare a thought for those that are out of a job

    • pollywog 15.1

      His blog is popular for the same reason we liked The Muppets.

      • Arfamo 15.1.1

        +1 lol

      • Winston Smith 15.1.2

        Which means more people get his message

        • McFlock 15.1.2.1

          That would be why nact support is on the increase, and everyone supported PoAL. /sarc

          • Winston Smith 15.1.2.1.1

            I’m sorry but you’ll have to remind whos running the country…

            • McFlock 15.1.2.1.1.1

              but then I’d probably also have to remind you of their declining vote and retreating poll results. Good work by slater, that. Lots of people must be getting his message…

            • Pascal's bookie 15.1.2.1.1.2

              Not Judith Collins.

              • chris73

                She should be…

                • Pascal's bookie

                  A fan of fake toughness are you? Good for you.

                  • Arfamo

                    I’m sure she’s really all soft and mushy inside. All it will take is her falling under a bus to bring out that side of her.

                    • Pascal's bookie

                      Don’t get me wrong, if L+G win next year, there’s a good chance she’ll end up leader of the oppo; and she’ll be pretty bloody good at it. I’d give her even odds to take down a Shearer govt after one term.

                      But she will suck as a leader of National, and fail miserably as a PM. Before the first term was out she’d be a figure of mockery of Palinesque proportions.

                  • chris73

                    I don’t think theres anything fake about her, shes all woman

                    • Arfamo

                      What about the eyebrows?

                    • Pascal's bookie

                      oh god. having flashbacks to that WO thread where the resident mouth breathers were literally talking about how she gets them hard.

                      You’re an idiot Chris. Collins is a paper tiger who talks tough but has no follow through when people actually stand up to her. She thinks a big talk will scare people off, and often ends up looking stupid when they aren’t. She gets away with at the moment, but as leader she would have no where to hide.

                    • Arfamo

                      She certainly couldn’t hide behind those eyebrows. Her smirk always reminds me of Muldoon’s, but perhaps you’re right & she’s more posturing than substance.

                    • Pascal's bookie

                      Try and think of an example of actual toughness. Plenty of show stuff for the cameras.

                      But the classic is the Collins/Little/mallard defamation stuff.

                      Hilarious. From go to woah flail fail.

                      Starts out with a hiss and a roar, releasing, on ministerial letterhead, that as minister she took what they said as a slur on the office and would be suing if they didn’t retract within hours, which turned into weeks.

                      Mallard and Little basically laughed at her and said they’d be paying for their own costs, and she went to ground, not saying anything until after the next cabinet meeting (whose permission she would need for the govt to foot her bills). All of a sudden the defamation was against her personally and not as minister and she would pay her bills. Why not say that before cabinet met then? hahaha.

                      then bluster bluster bluster settle.

                      Fake it till you flake it.

                    • Arfamo

                      They said go ahead and sue but ended up publicly apologising though, didn’t they? Hardly counts as a win for them either. Dunno much about Little but I think Mallard’s a dick well into his 2nd adolescence & well past his useful date.

                    • Pascal's bookie

                      Nah. On the morning of the last day she was saying she wanted an unreserved apology and a withdrawal of what they said on the radio etc. They ended up with some mealy mouthed stuff about what was said in parliament. The statement didn’t even identify what particular thing they were sort of apologising for.

                      That’s what I mean about stuff she wouldn’t get away with as party leader. If she was leader the statements would have gotten more attention and analysis. She folded.

                    • felix

                      I liked it when she was being all tough and that on the telly, and Paddy Gower was asking her some questions, and she was all tough and that, and then he asked her the same question a few times, and then she nearly cried.

                    • Pascal's bookie

                      hahaha I’d forgotten about that.

                    • Arfamo

                      Lol. First time I’ve seen it. See what I mean though. She couldn’t hide from Gower behind those eyebrows. They were saying more than she was.

                    • GarethGee

                      Oh look, Standard contributors denigrating the looks of a woman. Classy stuff guys. Can we make fun of John Key’s nose next? Or Shearer’s ever thinning hair? No? Gee I wonder why.

                    • Arfamo

                      Fair point. I will try not to do it again.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      Yeah she can’t hide the lies even behind those eyebrows.

                      Can we make fun of John Key’s nose next? Or Shearer’s ever thinning hair? No? Gee I wonder why.

                      Oh lighten up. Think about John Key’s hairpiece for a second. And the last person who drew John Key’s nose in a cartoon was accused of being antisemitic. Bloody PC brigade.

                    • Alanz

                      Collins has such a loverley sense of entitlement.
                      Born to trough and rort.
                      Collins rules!

        • Arfamo 15.1.2.2

          No it means people still like watching muppets for entertainment.

    • bad12 15.2

      But at least i, and probably more, HAVE thought about those out of a job because of that smutty rags demise at the hands of it’s ugly smutty editor,

      Result= as far as Blubber boy goes really really f**king good job, the waste of oxygen can go back on the sickness bene from whence He came for psyche reasons with the less kind among us,(me at the front of the queue), believing in that one’s case psyche reasons is a misnomer which needs correction to psycho…

  16. Me 16

    I’m just lost about how a blog that just seems to post endless mind numbing youtube videos and copy and pastes from the Herald can put itself out as the universes most popular web thingy

  17. busman 17

    Good while it was going , a bit of fun and some sunlight mixed in there for all political partys, good on Cameron for giving it a go , judging by the comments there must be quite a few regulars to whaleoil site here , good on you and keep it up .

    • felix 17.1

      Good while it was going?

      Bahaha it was feckin rubbish while it was going, hence the not going any more.

  18. ropata 18

    Slater (slayer) has never quite come to terms with reality nor attempted to be truthful in his paid political broadcasts. Truth and integrity are not words one usually associates with WO, unless they are bent and abused.
    The first casualty of Whaleoil is the Truth. I wish he would use his obvious talent for rolling in muck to expose the seedy side of the Nats

  19. ropata 19

    Slater (slayer) has never quite come to terms with reality nor attempted to be truthful in his paid political broadcasts. Truth and integrity are not words one usually associates with WO, unless they are bent and abused.
    The first casualty of Whaleoil is the Truth. I wish he would use his obvious talent for rolling in muck to expose the seedy side of the Nats. The failure is his wasted life devoted to a stupid cause

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    . . If there is one thing that Tania Billingsley has raised in this country, it is focusing the glare of public scrutiny  on New Zealand’s casually sexist and demeaning attitude toward women. Some refer to it as a “rape...
    Frankly Speaking | 24-07
  • Accelerating the Additional Harbour Crossing project?
    Yesterday was a busy day for transport news. Alongside Gerry Brownlee’s strange airport escapade, Labour Transport Spokesman Phil Twyford dropped a bit of a bombshell in relation to the possible acceleration of the Additional Waitemata Habour Crossing (AWHC) project as...
    Transport Blog | 24-07
  • Mike Hosking & the benefit of low expectations
    Labour has been bleating about Mike Hosking being used as moderator in a TVNZ election debate. There is even the unconvincing talk that Labour may boycott the debate if Hosking takes that role....
    Pundit | 24-07
  • Brownlee Should be Arrested like we Would be
    If you or I broke aviation security laws we would  be arrested. Why wasn’t Brownlee?  ...
    An average kiwi | 24-07
  • No time. No manners. No respect.
    H/T @nintendoug...
    The Jackal | 24-07
  • Mike Hosking as TVNZ’s moderator for political debates?! WTF?!
    . . I checked the calendar, and it’s not April 1st. An April Fool’s joke is the first reaction I had when I heard  that someone at  TVNZ had appointed Mike Hosking to be the moderator  for live, televised election-year...
    Frankly Speaking | 24-07
  • Mike Hosking as TVNZ’s moderator for political debates?! WTF?!
    . . I checked the calendar, and it’s not April 1st. An April Fool’s joke is the first reaction I had when I heard  that someone at  TVNZ had appointed Mike Hosking to be the moderator  for live, televised election-year...
    Frankly Speaking | 24-07
  • National Standards are awesome: Parata
    Hello everyone! I am the Minister of Education and I am more stoked than an illegal Christchurch log-burner. How exciting is a day like today when we can release a vast amount of information to our good friends in the...
    My Thinks | 24-07
  • Neo Liberal interest rate hike
    In order to honour his commitment to keep inflation in check, and due to the gross negligence of the current Government in failing to deliver large scale housing developments in Auckland and Christchurch, the Reserve Bank Governor today increased the...
    Closing the Gap | 24-07
  • The Dark Snow team investigates the source of soot that’s acceleratin...
    Around the planet, wildfires are becoming larger and more destructive. This summer, a series of wildfires enveloped large areas of Canada’s Boreal forest, blanketing western North America with smoke. One key question is, do these fires have an effect on...
    Skeptical Science | 24-07
  • Hosking votes National
    It never ceases to amaze me just how arrogant and/or deluded the right wing media are here in New Zealand. Not only did we have TVNZ trying to portray Cameron Slater, a blogger known for his hate speech, as some...
    The Jackal | 24-07
  • Gerry Brownlee offers to resign
    Gerry Brownlee offered to resign as Transport Minster today after getting caught out skipping security at Christchurch airport. Prime Minister John Key says he was “really disappointed” after Gerry Brownlee bypassed airport security this morning, but he has been quick...
    Transport Blog | 24-07
  • Step back: What WWI can teach us about Ukraine
    For the past year I have been on the World War I Commemoration Panel. The members include people as diverse as Sir Peter Jackson, Dame Anne Salmond, and Sir Bob Harvey. One of the most interesting things I have done...
    Pundit | 24-07
  • There’s a name for this…
    The latest atrocity in the Australian government's war on refugees: covering up the rate of self-harm and attempted suicide:Harrowing eyewitness accounts from the president of the Australian Human Rights Commission and a team of medical experts say there is a...
    No Right Turn | 24-07
  • Deep State Power Crimes: An Anglo-American News Blindspot in MH-17 Coverage
    MH-17 vs Ukrainian SU-25? Russian Defense Ministry claims a Ukrainian SU-25 fighter jet was within 5-10 km of MH-17. By Snoopman, 24 July 2014 No Brainer vs No Brainer It’s fascinating to see TVNZ’s One News ask its viewers on...
    Snoopman News | 24-07
  • UK police spied on their critics
    First, it was the family of Stephen Lawrence. Now we learn that the UK police spied on other people seeking justice from them as well:Undercover police gathered intelligence on grieving families who were battling the Metropolitan police for justice, including...
    No Right Turn | 24-07
  • Gerry
    So Gerry's a complete screw up. (Again.) That sounds like something for Gerry to explain all by himself. Have fun, Gerry. Filed under: nationalGerry Brownlee...
    Polity | 24-07
  • An answer to the anti-fluoride critics – in one image
    Click image to enlarge.  The chemical website Compound Interest, is producing a series of infograms to communicate some chemistry.  Here is an excellent one they produced on fluoride. I think it would make a great poster. It is accompanied by...
    Open Parachute | 24-07
  • Everything in moderation
    I’m not sure it really warranted being front-page news (Gaza? MH17? Anyone?) but the announcement of Mike Hosking as the anointed moderator for TVNZ’s political leaders’ debates was always going to lead to a bit of head-scratching. Hosking’s political leanings...
    Boots Theory | 24-07
  • Key and Hauiti – don’t ask, don’t tell
    How much money did National’s soon-to-be-former List MP Claudette Hauiti misspend on parliamentary credit card? We don’t know. As a mere backbencher, her credit card information can’t be OIAd, meaning that they only way we’ll ever find out is if...
    Occasionally erudite | 24-07
  • Exports continue to simplify under National
    Export data released today from Statistics New Zealand today shows a continuing and disturbing trend in the New Zealand economy — we are exporting less high-valued manufactured goods (down 12.5 percent) and less high-valued manufactured goods as a proportion of...
    frogblog | 24-07
  • Mike Hosking is not a Thing That Matters
    TVNZ plans to have Mike Hosking as its moderator for the network’s televised leaders’ debates. To my mind, it’s a stupid choice, but then I’m someone who can’t stand Mr Hosking’s brand of ageing hipster, Paul Henry-esque, elitist minority bashing “broadcasting”....
    Occasionally erudite | 24-07
  • Another botched execution in the US
    Another US execution has gone horribly wrong:The controversy engulfing the death penalty in the United States escalated on Wednesday when the state of Arizona took almost two hours to kill a prisoner using an experimental concoction of drugs whose provenance...
    No Right Turn | 24-07
  • A serial offender
    So it wasn't just a holiday in Oz Claudette Hauiti tried to stick us with:Outgoing National MP Claudette Hauiti admits using her parliamentary charge card to buy petrol for her personal car in a further breach of the rules on...
    No Right Turn | 24-07
  • Should we charge tourists extra for driving on NZ roads?
    There have been a few suggestions recently that international tourists should be paying more to drive in New Zealand, or have to pass a driving test, or things along those lines. Winston Aldworth, the Travel Editor at the Herald, wrote...
    Transport Blog | 24-07
  • Govt gives $107m for Lincoln buildings, $0 for staff
    Hau Taki Haere Vol 17 No 24 The government has agreed to give up to $107.5 million in capital funding toward the rebuilding of Lincoln University’s science facilities destroyed in the Canterbury earthquakes. While welcoming...
    Tertiary Education Union | 24-07
  • Can you really trust your gut? And should you?
    Have you ever been in an interview and thought to yourself “this person just feels […] The post Can you really trust your gut? And should you? appeared first on Connected....
    Potentia | 24-07
  • Auckland rail use spike shows need to start link now
    The Green Party today welcomes Auckland Transport figures showing rail patronage has soared by 23 percent in June from June 2013, demonstrating both the value of electrification and the need to immediately get cracking building the Auckland City Rail link."We...
    Greens | 25-07
  • Soaring rail use in Auckland shows need for rail link now
    The Green Party today welcomes Auckland Transport figures showing rail patronage has soared by 23 percent in June from June 2013, demonstrating both the value of electrification and the need to immediately get cracking building the Auckland City Rail link."We...
    Greens | 25-07
  • Puhoi-Warkworth decision doesn’t stack up
    The Board of Inquiry decision on the Puhoi-Warkworth motorway gives the green light to a project that doesn’t stack up, says Labour’s Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford. “Labour would spend $320 million immediately to fix the accident black spots, put in...
    Labour | 25-07
  • Key must stand Brownlee down during investigation
    The wise thing for the Prime Minister to do is ask Gerry Brownlee to hand in his transport warrant and to stand him down for the duration of the CAA investigation, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “It’s not good enough...
    Labour | 25-07
  • Puhoi highway won’t help Northland roads
    The draft decision by the Environmental Protection Agency to grant resource consent to the proposed $1.65 billion Puhoi motorway doesn't stop it being a waste of money, the Green Party said today. "The Puhoi motorway is an unnecessary waste of...
    Greens | 25-07
  • Green Party to focus on issues not sideshows
    The Green Party has launched its creative for the 2014 election; Love New Zealand. The Green Party campaign focuses on the issues where there is concern that we do not love New Zealand enough; our increasingly polluted environment, increased poverty...
    Greens | 25-07
  • Coleman must come clean about FBI briefing
    Former Immigration Minister Jonathan Coleman must come clean about when he was told the FBI was investigating Kim Dotcom, Labour’s Associate Security and Intelligence spokesperson Grant Robertson says. “Jonathan Coleman has previously said ministers were not aware of the American...
    Labour | 25-07
  • Regional economies need tailored plans
    News that up to 114 jobs could be lost from Fonterra’s Canpac plant in Hamilton reinforces the need for a government plan to build resilient regional economies, Labour’s MP for Hauraki-Waikato Nanaia Mahuta says. “The Canpac site has effectively responded...
    Labour | 25-07
  • Kiwis to get the final vote on amalgamation
    New Zealanders will get the right to have a final say on any proposed local body amalgamations, says Labour’s local government spokesperson Su’a William Sio releasing Labour’s Local Government policy today....
    Labour | 24-07
  • Dr Rajen Prasad’s Valedictory Statement
    Draft Hansard Parliamentary Record. Subject to correction. Bula vinaka. Namaste, Mr Assistant Speaker. Thank you very much. Tēnā koe. I am a lucky migrant and am privileged to have received as much as I have from this country for over...
    Labour | 24-07
  • Darien Fenton’s Valedictory Statement
    Nga mihi nui - kia koutou. I acknowledge all Members of Parliament I have served with and I do so without rancour or criticism. Over nearly nine years in parliament I’ve found that despite furious debate about political difference, most...
    Labour | 24-07
  • Immigation and Kim Dotcom – Harawira
    “I just got a call from National Business Review reporter, asking whether there was any contradiction between my thoughts on immigration in 2009 and now, particularly given MANA’s newly minted relationship with Kim Dotcom” said MANA leader and Tai Tokerau...
    Mana | 24-07
  • Nats to announce 2nd crossing without rail
    Labour Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford says it has been leaked to him that John Key will rule out a rail option when announcing an accelerated timeframe for Auckland’s $5 billion second harbour crossing next month. “I understand the Government’s plan...
    Labour | 24-07
  • “They put Maori centre stage” – Harawira
    “I’m sorry I can’t be at parliament for the valedictory speeches of Tariana Turia and Pita Sharples” said Hone Harawira, MANA Leader and MP for Tai Tokerau, ”but I’d like to add my own best wishes as they reach the end...
    Mana | 24-07
  • ACT trying to have it both ways on zoning
    ACT Party candidate David Seymour’s campaign against changes to school zones in the Epsom electorate looks hollow given his party’s commitment to the abolition of school zoning altogether, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “It’s disingenuous for David Seymour to...
    Labour | 24-07
  • Interest rate rise will hit the regions
    The latest interest rate rise will hit the fragile regional economies of  New Zealand and hurt exporters by putting more upward pressure on the exchange rate, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker.  “The regions are already hit by dropping  export...
    Labour | 24-07
  • Burning the flag or accepting the evil
    Burning the Israeli flag in Auckland in protest over the murder of innocent civilians in Gaza is nothing to be ashamed of” said MANA Leader and Tai Tokerau MP, Hone Harawira. “Calling for both sides to stand down when one side...
    Mana | 23-07
  • Photo op disguises abysmal failure
    John Key’s opening of four Housing NZ units in Bexley today is nothing more than an insincere photo op designed to hide the Government’s failure to rebuild the housing stock destroyed by the earthquakes, says Labour’s Associate Housing spokesperson Poto...
    Labour | 23-07
  • TAXPAYER UNION “outrageously stupid”
    Jordan Williams, Executive Director of the Taxpayers’ Union says a MANA billboard “appears to have been funded by taxpayers”, and calls it “an outrageous use of taxpayer money”. “But the only thing that is outrageous, is how outrageously stupid Jordan Williams was...
    Mana | 23-07
  • Green Party launches Solar in Schools policy
    The Green Party will help schools install solar and save money on their power bills by investing $20 million into solar PV systems in schools. The $20 million is expected to:Help around 500 schools install solar over three yearsResult in...
    Greens | 23-07
  • Extent of job losses at Invermay remain hidden
    Despite growing concern in the agriculture and science sectors, both AgResearch management and the Minister responsible are continuing to hide the true extent of job losses at AgResearch’s Invermay campus, Labour’s MP for Dunedin North David Clark says. “Science and...
    Labour | 23-07
  • Tōku reo, tōku oho oho, tōku reo, tōku mapihi maurea – MANA launches ...
    “MANA is launching its te reo Māori policy this morning ahead of the first reading of the government’s Māori Language Strategy Bill this afternoon”, saidMANA deputy leader and candidate for Waiariki, Annette Sykes. “MANA’s policy is based on a love...
    Mana | 23-07
  • Connectivity Upgrade to close digital divide
    Labour will close the digital divide with its Connectivity Upgrade to ensure all New Zealanders can be part of a growing, more connected economy and have the right to access quality broadband, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says.  “The digital revolution...
    Labour | 23-07
  • New parents deserve support – Labour will deliver
    ...
    Labour | 23-07
  • National refuses meeting with Maui’s advocates
    National has refused a briefing from a group of Maui's dolphins experts, whose research shows 80 per cent of New Zealanders want greater protection for the critically endangered dolphin, the Green Party said today.Dolphin campaigner Gemma McGrath and marine scientist...
    Greens | 23-07
  • MANA Tamaki send a challenge to Labour
    “Labour should set the agenda and purposely do something positively controversial once a week”, said MANA candidate for Mt Albert, Joe Carolan. “A good start would be for all Labour Auckland MPs and members to join the Justice for Palestine...
    Mana | 23-07
  • We must act to save our dolphins
    A new report makes it clear for the urgent need to protect Maui’s and Hector’s dolphins while arguing  it is clear that there is no need for further research, says Labour’s Conservation spokesperson Ruth Dyson.  “Labour backs the public call...
    Labour | 23-07
  • School told to manipulate national standards data
    Parents can have little confidence in the Government’s National Standards after an Auckland school was told to manipulate its data so it added up, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins. “Valley School in Pukekohe was advised in an email from the...
    Labour | 23-07
  • Regional economies must have tailored plans
    News that up to 114 jobs could be lost from Fonterra’s Canpac plant in Hamilton reinforces the need for a government plan to build resilient regional economies, Labour’s MP for Hauraki-Waikato Nanaia Mahuta says. “The Canpac site has effectively responded...
    Labour | 23-07
  • Auditor General slams Shared Services project
    The Auditor-General’s Office could not have been more damning about the 18 months spent on the Central Agency Shared Services (CASS) project at the Finance and Expenditure Committee this morning, says Maryan Street, Labour’s State Services spokesperson.  ...
    Labour | 23-07
  • Fonterra job losses a massive blow to Waikato
    The potential loss of up to 114 jobs from Fonterra’s Canpac plant in Hamilton is a massive blow to the Waikato region which has already lost hundreds of jobs, Labour says. Labour’s Social Development spokesperson and Hamilton-based list MP Sue...
    Labour | 23-07
  • Basin flyover decision an opportunity for capital
    The decision to reject the proposed flyover at the Basin Reserve must be taken as an opportunity to properly fund Wellington’s transport future and must not be used as an excuse to take resources away from the capital, Wellington Labour MPs...
    Labour | 22-07
  • National out of touch with the regions
    John Key is out of touch with regional New Zealand if he believes tinkering with council regulations will restore opportunities to small towns, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “While the regions are crying out for sustainable growth and job opportunities,...
    Labour | 22-07
  • Flyover rejection a victory for sustainable transport
    The rejection of the proposed Basin Reserve flyover by a Board of Inquiry is a victory for sustainable transport in Wellington and paves the way for other alternatives to be given a fair hearing, Wellington Labour MPs Grant Robertson and...
    Labour | 22-07
  • Reo Māori Policy Launch
    MANA will be launching its Reo Māori policy at 10am Thursday 24 July, at Matangireia (the old Māori Affairs Select Committee room at Parliament). We will also be addressing our concerns regarding the Minister of Māori Affairs Māori Language Strategy...
    Mana | 22-07
  • Basin Flyover decision victory for common sense
    The Green Party welcomed the Environmental Protection Authority's draft decision announced today not to allow the $90 million Basin Reserve flyover in Wellington to proceed."Both popular and expert opinion opposed the flyover. The proposal was expensive, unnecessary and would have...
    Greens | 22-07
  • Loss Leading could destroy Kiwi lamb’s reputation
    Meat companies that supply supermarkets and sell New Zealand lamb as a loss leader in the United Kingdom should lose their access to this valuable quota market, said Labour’s Primary Industries spokesperson Damien O’Connor. “Our reputation as a Lamb producer...
    Labour | 22-07
  • Ae Marika! 22 July 2014
    The big storm has gone, but the damage that it did and the saturation levels that it reached meant that smaller storms quickly overwhelmed roading, and water-flow systems again in the north. And although certain individuals are talking up the...
    Mana | 21-07
  • 2014 Roger Award nominations now open
    The Roger Award is for The Worst Transnational Corporation Operating in Aotearoa/New Zealand in 2014 Nominations are now open please visit the website to nominate the worst TNC in Aotearoa. You will need to include reasons why you think your...
    Mana | 21-07
  • Labour will revive the regions with new fund
    The next Labour Government will co-develop Regional Growth Plans for every region of New Zealand and will invest at least $200 million in a fund to create breakthrough opportunities for jobs and sustainable growth, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says....
    Labour | 21-07
  • Speech to Local Government New Zealand
    Speech to the Local Government New Zealand Conference 2014 Read our full regional development policy Download Introduction Early in my time as an MP I went for a long walk on a windswept Kare Kare beach with Waitakere mayor Bob Harvey. We talked...
    Labour | 21-07
  • Stop Israeli State Terror – Rally and March this Saturday 26th July, Aote...
     The humanitarian crisis in Gaza is getting much worse and the world is marching in unprecedented numbers. New Zealanders spoke out strongly last Saturday with a march of 5,000 people in Auckland (see picture below) – the biggest march ever...
    Mana | 21-07
  • NZ needs to assist UN with aid for Gaza
    The New Zealand Government should support the United Nation's efforts to raise money to assist humanitarian aid for the people of Gaza, the Green Party said today.The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) has made a...
    Greens | 21-07
  • INTERNET MANA ROAD TRIP- LEG 2
      WAIKATO / TARANAKI / MANAWATU-WANGANUI  Tuesday July 29th, 6pm | RotoruaDistinction Hotel, Fenton Ballroom, 390 Fenton Street, Rotorua  Wednesday July 30th 6pm | HamiltonWaikato University, Price Waterhouse Coopers Lecture Theatre, Gate 7, Hillcrest Rd Hamilton  Thursday July 31st, 6pm |...
    Mana | 21-07
  • Road fix needed now, not later
    Northland’s roading system is in chaos and needs fixing fast, Labour List MP Kelvin Davis says.  “According to NZTA’s 10 year funding data every area of Northland has had a decrease in NZTA funding since 2008...
    Labour | 20-07
  • KiwiSaver innovations needed to build wealth
    The innovative changes to KiwiSaver suggested by the Financial Services Council today will be seriously considered by Labour as part of plans to make KiwiSaver universal, Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker says. “Universal KiwiSaver is an essential part of Labour’s...
    Labour | 20-07
  • Greens announce 20 hours free ECE for two year olds
    The Green Party today announced that its key social platform for this election will be to tackle child poverty and inequality by ensuring every child in New Zealand has enough to thrive.The Green Party will make a series of policy...
    Greens | 20-07
  • MANA Pasifika Says NO To Discrimination
    Vice Chairperson of MANA Pasifika James Papali’i  feels for Ms Tupou and her children after they were served with trespass orders from their  local swimming pool in new market. With no warning or explanation from the pool staff Police ordered...
    Mana | 20-07
  • MANA Movement policy release – Economic Justice – John Minto
    Address notes from Mana Economic Justice Spokesperson and co-vice President John Minto to Economic policy launch in Kelston – 2pm, Sunday 20 July 2014. Reducing inequality and giving everyone a fair go MANA Movement’s policy prescription for a rich man’s...
    Mana | 20-07
  • One-sided reporting on the Middle East Conflict
    The following was sent to New Zealand Herald, Fairfax Media, Radio New Zealand, Television New Zealand, TV3, Radio Live and ZB Network. We are writing to all of you because there are well established patterns of reporting which seem to have been adopted by New Zealand...
    Mana | 20-07
  • On so called Labour Party ‘distractions’
    The right wing of the Labour Party are constructing a narrative that Labour need to stop chasing distractions and focus on the real issues that matter and not these silly GCSB, inequality, domestic violence, media bias, TPPA issues. It is...
    The Daily Blog | 25-07
  • Selfies: Labour’s Electorate MPs are at it again
    IT’S A LITTLE TRIANGLE of grass at the corner of Rewa Street and Mt Eden Road, ideal for election hoardings. Wandering along Mt Eden Road last Saturday morning to our weekly appointment with the brunch menu at Orvieto, my family and...
    The Daily Blog | 25-07
  • Well, well, well – Jonathan Coleman did know about FBI interest into Kim ...
    Last years GCSB Town Hall meeting in Auckland Oh dear, the cover up and lies are starting to fall over now aren’t they… Coleman knew of FBI interest in Dotcom pre-residency decisionGovernment minister Jonathan Coleman knew the FBI was interested...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • Why You Must March Against Factory Farming This Saturday, 12pm
    The rally this Saturday is critical because this is the FIRST TIME IN NEW ZEALAND HISTORY that a major party has agreed to ban all intensive factory farming practices. The Labour party, the Greens, Internet-Mana, the SPCA, SAFE and other...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • Astronaut tweets photo of explosions over Israel and Gaza from space
      This is what a war zone looks like from space: From aboard the International Space Station, German astronaut Alexander Gerst tweeted this image as the station passed over Israel and Gaza in what he called ‘his saddest photo yet’....
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • When Firstline are focusing on flag burning rather than dead Palestinian ch...
    The IDF are butchering children in UN schools this morning and what’s the big issue on TV3s Firstline? Flag burning. How pathetic, and what a slap in the face to Mike McRoberts who is currently risking his life in Gaza...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • ‘Victim’ vs ‘Terrorist’
    ‘Victim’ vs ‘Terrorist’...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • Petition asking TVNZ to stand Hosking down as election moderator jumps to o...
    In just a day the petition calling on TVNZ to replace Hosking as the election moderator has jumped to over 2500, you can sign it here. The defence that the Right are trying to run here is that John Campbell...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • When the mainstream media go feral: the descent into sheer farce, according...
    . . It had to happen, I guess… The media pack-campaign against Labour Leader David Cunliffe has managed to  plumb new depths of absurdity. On TV3, on 24 July,  TV3/Tova O’Brien ran this report on their 6PM News bulletin, about...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • Coalition for Better Broadcasting: MIKE HOSKING FOR PM?
    Yes indeed. Mike Hosking is for the PM. And now he’s able to do even more as moderator (or should that be immoderator) of TVNZ’s election debates. Here at the Coalition for Better Broadcasting we feel it’s pretty safe to say that...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • The lie that “There is no alternative” to neo-liberal economic policies
    Supporters of President Maduro in Venezuela rally   Since the 1980s we have had drubbed into our heads that there was no alternative to the economic and social policies unleashed at that time. It even had it’s own acronym – TINA. The...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • A Kanaky tale of mining skulduggery and environmental courage
    Florent Eurisouké … still campaigning against mining. Photo: Del Abcede/PMC David Robie also blogs at Café Pacific AN EXTRAORDINARY story of mining skulduggery and a courageous struggle by indigenous Kanak environmental campaigners has been captured in a poignant new documentary,...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • UNBREAKING: The list of questions Mike Hosking will use in first TVNZ leade...
    “Good evening ladies and gentlemen and welcome to the first TVNZ leaders debate being held live in the gloriously beautiful Sky City ball room. It’s such a beautiful building boys and girls, we are so blessed to have Sky City...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • Internet Party Party review
      I have been to A LOT of political party functions in my time, and they tend to be dull affairs at the best of times but what is happening with Internet MANA is something quite exciting. I went to...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • Dear Seven Sharp – after learning Hosking will be the leaders debate ...
    I have to be honest, I had made the decision last night  to accept Seven Sharp’s hastily offered opportunity to appear on their show after I savagely criticised the bullshit whitewash story they did on John Key’s favourite far right hate speech...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • National refuses meeting with Maui’s advocates
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: National refuses meeting with Maui’s advocates Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | Press Release This is another reminder that the National Government does not care about the survival of the Maui’s dolphin National...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Message from CTU President Helen Kelly
    MIL OSI – Source: Unite Union – Headline: Message from CTU President Helen Kelly Dear MikeThere’s only 43 days until September 3, when voting in the General Election starts. The last day to vote is September 20.Thanks heaps for signing...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • MANA Tamaki send a challenge to Labour
    MIL OSI – Source: Mana Movement – Headline: MANA Tamaki send a challenge to Labour Posted on July 23, 2014 by admin in Joe Carolan, Press Releases“Labour should set the agenda and purposely do something positively controversial once a week”,...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • We must act to save our dolphins
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: We must act to save our dolphins A new report makes it clear for the urgent need to protect Maui’s and Hector’s dolphins while arguing  it is clear that there is no...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • School told to manipulate national standards data
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: School told to manipulate national standards data Parents can have little confidence in the Government’s National Standards after an Auckland school was told to manipulate its data so it added up, Labour’s...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Regional economies must have tailored plans
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Regional economies must have tailored plans News that up to 114 jobs could be lost from Fonterra’s Canpac plant in Hamilton reinforces the need for a government plan to build resilient regional...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Auditor General slams Shared Services project
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Auditor General slams Shared Services project The Auditor-General’s Office could not have been more damning about the 18 months spent on the Central Agency Shared Services (CASS) project at the Finance and...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Fonterra job losses a massive blow to Waikato
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Fonterra job losses a massive blow to Waikato The potential loss of up to 114 jobs from Fonterra’s Canpac plant in Hamilton is a massive blow to the Waikato region which has...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Basin flyover decision an opportunity for capital
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Basin flyover decision an opportunity for capital The decision to reject the proposed flyover at the Basin Reserve must be taken as an opportunity to properly fund Wellington’s transport future and must...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Indonesia: New President Widodo must make good on human rights pledges
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Indonesia: New President Widodo must make good on human rights pledges Indonesia’s new President Joko Widodo must deliver on campaign promises to improve Indonesia’s dire human rights situation, Amnesty International said....
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Communities in Sierra Leone turn their backs on female genital mutilation
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Communities in Sierra Leone turn their backs on female genital mutilation While activists gather in London to discuss strategies to tackle female genital mutilation, communities across Sierra Leone have been taking...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • The Gambia: Activists mark 20 years of iron-fisted repression
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: The Gambia: Activists mark 20 years of iron-fisted repression The Gambian government must abolish the laws and iron fisted practices that have resulted in two decades of widespread human rights violations,...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • A blog from the front lines of Palestine: It’s time for a new narrative
    I don’t know if I follow trouble or if trouble follows me, but somehow I seem to have found myself near one of the world’s hotspots again. The difference this time is that instead of sitting in some obscure location,...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • GUEST BLOG: Michael Wood – The Path Ahead
    It’s well established that Labour has had a difficult couple of weeks. Getting back on to a successful path requires our focus to shift from looking inwards to outwards, heightened discipline, and inner conviction. While my assessment of New Zealand...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Employers liquidating companies to avoid paying minimum entitlements
    Across the union movement we have seen a number of documented cases now where companies are liquidating their business in order to avoid their legal obligations, in terms of paying the minimum entitlements to their workers. The most recent example...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • GUEST BLOG: Joe Carolan : Positively Controversial
    The protest in Auckland last weekend that the NZ Herald claimed was attend by only a hundred people. Labour should set the agenda and purposely do something positively controversial once a week. A good start would be for all their...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Come on TV3 News – you are better than regurgitating Israeli propaganda
    Say it isn’t true TV3 News, you are seriously bitching about this???? The leader of the Mana Party, Hone Harawira, has supported flag burning at a pro-Palestinian march in Auckland at the weekend. Mana Party flags can be seen in...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • The brutal siege of Palestine
    70 years ago the Jews of Europe suffered as much as any people can suffer. The Nazis set about ethnic cleansing and sent 6 million to their death. Today we watch in horror as Israel, the Jewish homeland created after...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • When the mainstream media go feral: A tale of two holidays
    . . The recent non-story on David Cunliffe’s three day holiday should be proof-positive that the mainstream media (msm) is fixated on pumping out as many “bad news” reporting as can be generated by a headline-seeking; advertising-driven; lazy corporate-media system....
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Canterbury housing crisis a moral, economic, health, education, and social ...
    Can they build it? No they can’t.  Occasionally I come across people who don’t believe me when I say there is a housing crisis in Christchurch.  Despite all the evidence to the contrary.  Even when I tell them that every...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Respected world visionaries of the past speak out on Israel
    Respected world visionaries of the past speak out on Israel...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • From Here To There: How did Labour become so hopelessly lost?
    WRITING ABOUT the Labour Party these days puts me in mind of the joke about the American tourist and the Irish farmer. Seems there was this American tourist driving down a narrow lane in the heart of Ireland. He needed...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Oh NOW everyone thinks the ABCs are up to no good?
    Goodness last months June seems like years away doesn’t it? In June I pointed out a move by the ABCs to destabilise Cunliffe was under way. For pointing this out, Labour Party bloggers Rob Salmond and Lynn Prentice rushed to put...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Dear Seven Sharp – I have little interest in appearing on your show so th...
    After savagely critiquing Seven Sharp for trying to whitewash the repulsive history of a far right hate speech merchant like Cameron Slater yesterday, Seven Sharp have contacted me and offered to do a profile on me. Here is their email…...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Basin Flyover decision victory for common sense
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: Basin Flyover decision victory for common sense Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 | Press Release “Both popular and expert opinion opposed the flyover. The proposal was expensive, unnecessary and would have undermined the...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • CPAG Newsletter July 2014
    MIL OSI – Source: Child Poverty Action Group – Headline: CPAG Newsletter July 2014 22 July 2014 New child poverty data nothing to celebrate New data released by the Ministry of Social Development  indicates people living below the poverty line are worse...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Hotel ordered to pay $80,000 in outstanding wages
    MIL OSI – Source: Unite Union – Headline: Hotel ordered to pay $80,000 in outstanding wages An Auckland hotel has been ordered by the Employment Relations Authority to pay nearly $80,000 in outstanding wages to two employees. Filipino couple Abraham...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Rising interest rate and dollar driving manufacturing exports back to Globa...
    MIL OSI – Source: CTU – Headline: Rising interest rate and dollar driving manufacturing exports back to Global Financial Crisis levels The Council of Trade Unions is calling on the Reserve Bank not to raise interest rates on Thursday. “Another...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Israel/Gaza: Attacks on medical facilities and civilians add to war crime a...
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Israel/Gaza: Attacks on medical facilities and civilians add to war crime allegations The continuing bombardment of civilian homes in several areas of the Gaza Strip, as well as the Israeli shelling...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Central African Republic: Brazzaville talks should not lead to amnesties fo...
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Central African Republic: Brazzaville talks should not lead to amnesties for war crimes Amnesty International called on delegates to the Central African Republic (CAR) National Reconciliation talks due to take place...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Russia increases stranglehold on dissent as five more NGOs named ‘foreign...
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Russia increases stranglehold on dissent as five more NGOs named ‘foreign agents’ The Russian Ministry of Justice today registered four more Russian human rights organizations and one environmental group as “foreign...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Nigeria: World Bank panel turns its back on forcibly evicted community
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Nigeria: World Bank panel turns its back on forcibly evicted community The decision by a World Bank Inspection Panel to refuse to investigate a complaint about forced evictions linked to a...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • National out of touch with the regions
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: National out of touch with the regions John Key is out of touch with regional New Zealand if he believes tinkering with council regulations will restore opportunities to small towns, Labour Leader...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Flyover rejection a victory for sustainable transport
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Flyover rejection a victory for sustainable transport The rejection of the proposed Basin Reserve flyover by a Board of Inquiry is a victory for sustainable transport in Wellington and paves the way...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Loss Leading could destroy Kiwi lamb’s reputation
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Loss Leading could destroy Kiwi lamb’s reputation Meat companies that supply supermarkets and sell New Zealand lamb as a loss leader in the United Kingdom should lose their access to this valuable...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • The Nation 26,27 July: Flavell & Harawira, Joe Hockey
    On The Nation this weekend…. With the Maori seats primed to play a pivotal role this election, Torben Akel reports from the key battlegrounds and meets the top contenders. Then the Maori Party co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell and Mana Party...
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Announcement of New Zealand First Candidate for Rangitīkei
    New Zealand First has endorsed Dr Romuald (‘Rom’) Rudzki as the candidate for the Rangitīkei Electorate in the 2014 General Election....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Labour Offer Len Brown a Hotel Tax
    The Taxpayers’ Union is slamming the Labour Party's plan to allow councils to levy new 'pillow taxes' and regional petrol taxes. Reacting to this afternoon’s NZ Herald report Jordan Williams, Executive Director of the Taxpayers’ Union ,...
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Cell phone evidence a first
    Cell phone evidence a first Evidence gathered solely from a cell phone has been used for the first time to convict a Hastings man for possessing child sexual abuse pictures. Michael Lawrence Worsnop, a 29-year-old orchard worker pleaded guilty to...
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • New Zealand Aid Worker Helping in Gaza
    A New Zealand Red Cross nurse working in Gaza says she has never experienced anything like the current conflict in her long aid work career....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Parking officers deserve safety at work
    The union representing the Auckland Transport parking officer severely beaten on July 17 says everyone has a right to go about their job without fear for their safety....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Caritas Aotearoa NZ to provide Gaza humanitarian aid
    Caritas Jerusalem is providing medical assistance, food and other necessities to the thousands of vulnerable people affected by the escalating conflict in Gaza, and Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand is contributing an initial $20,000 to support the humanitarian...
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • ALCP challenges parties to support Charlotte’s Web
    The leader of the Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party Julian Crawford is calling on all other political parties to state their position on using cannabis oil to treat pediatric epilepsy....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Oxfam accepts cheque from Pacific Corporation Foundation
    Oxfam New Zealand has accepted a cheque for almost $1000 today from the Pacific Corporation Foundation toward recovery efforts in the Solomon Islands, following April’s flash flooding that left thousands homeless....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Draft report and decision – Pūhoi to Warkworth proposal
    The Ara Tūhono – Pūhoi to Wellsford Road of National Significance: Pūhoi to Warkworth section Board of Inquiry has released its draft report and decision....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • New Zealanders willing to pay tax to protect dolphins
    A report released this week shows a large majority of New Zealanders want Maui’s and Hector’s dolphins protected and they are prepared to pay for it....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Stop Smart Meters
    “The Democrats for Social Credit Party (DSC) wholeheartedly endorses the Stop Smart Meters campaign for a moratorium on installations of smart meters until the technology is proven not be a risk to health, and until home owners are given a...
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Maori Roll Electors Urged to Vote Strategically
    Voters enrolled in the seven Maori electorates must learn to maximize their influence by voting strategically, according to the Maori Party candidate for Te Tai Tokerau, Rev Te Hira Paenga....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Politicians Ignore Families’ Concerns on Street Prostitution
    Family First NZ says that politicians are ignoring the concerns of families, lack the will to take appropriate action, and are happy to drag the ongoing problem of street prostitution into the next parliamentary term....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Plunket celebrates Te Wiki o te Reo Māori
    Plunket is proud to celebrate Te Wiki o te Reo Māori (21-27 July), with Plunket people across the country among several thousand New Zealanders taking part and increasing their kete of knowledge in te reo....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Coleman must quit or be sacked over Dotcom case
    Immigration New Zealand has done the right thing in distancing itself from Jonathan Coleman’s claims that ministers were not aware of FBI involvement in Kim Dotcom’s residency application, says the Internet Party. Internet Party leader Laila Harré...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Auckland Councillors, Not Emperors
    25 JULY 2014 Responding to the NZ Herald report that Auckland Councillors have voted to keep their ratepayer-funded business class travel perks, and considered new rules that would have exempted councillors from Auckland City's parking charges, Taxpayers’...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Cunliffe Looks Dodgy Lunching with Sex Offender
    Conservative Party Leader Colin Craig says that David Cunliffe's social meeting with a known sex offender while on holiday "looks pretty dodgy."...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Taxpayers’ Union Back LGNZ Calls For Greater Transparency
    The Taxpayers’ Union is backing Local Government New Zealand’s calls for the Official Information Act to be extended to cover the Local Government Commission. Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says:...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Lecture series to provide insight into 2014 election
    Could National’s refusal to reform MMP lead to the defeat of the government? Is the media providing voters with the information they require to make an informed electoral decision? What directions might John Key’s leadership take if he secures...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • National Rally Against Factory Farming
    Animal advocates and members of the public all over New Zealand will unite for a ‘National Day of Action Against Factory Farming’ Saturday, tomorrow 26 July in response to two recent exposés that showed horrific conditions on pig factory farms....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Women in Politics Finds Support at Conference
    Women in Politics, a brand-new organisation for New Zealand women in political office, was met with overwhelming support at the 2014 Local Government New Zealand Conference held this weekend in Nelson....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • The Government’s Fresh Water Policy – REVISITED
    Fresh water quality is the latest area to be in the sights of Gareth Morgan and his research organisation The Morgan Foundation. They enlisted a group of 16 scientists to help them review the government’s new fresh water policy....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Restoration of Post-graduate Allowances to be Key Issue
    As students prepare for the early voting that will take place on all university and many polytechnic campuses next month, the restoration of post-graduate allowances, removed by the current government in 2013, is emerging as a key election issue....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Honesty for Taxpayers
    ACT has a new proposal to make our democracy more accountable. The proposal may seem small but it could be the most significant idea in this election....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Mike Hosking for PM?
    The Coalition for Better Broadcasting is adding its voice to the many appalled at TVNZ’s choice of Mike Hosking as moderator for the upcoming political debates....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • ‘Party Party’ Hitting the Right Notes
    The “sold out” sign has gone up at the Internet Party’s concert in Christchurch tonight. A capacity crowd of 1000 will be at The Foundry for the Party Party concert, part of a major national musical tour aimed at getting...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • New Electoral Commission Campaign Launches This Weekend
    New Electoral Commission Campaign Launches This Weekend More non-voters than ever before say they don't feel like their vote is worth anything, or that their opinion matters. It's a trend that concerns the Electoral Commission, and the reason for...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Umere says ‘taihoa’ on Māori Language Strategy
    A Maori Language advocacy group, Umere, is calling for a rain check on the Māori Language Strategy Bill, which is being introduced to parliament this week. "The submissions on the MLS have been released by Te Puni Kōkiri and they...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • High cost of GP visits still a barrier for older children
    Free doctor's visits should be extended to all children under 18 as GP charges are a significant barrier for low income families, says Child Poverty Action Group....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • David Cunliffe happy to hide sex offender’s identity
    ..:: For immediate release ::.. 24/07/14 David Cunliffe happy to hide sex offender’s identity - (and in fact enjoy lunch with them)...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • More kids in Southland and Otago are achieving
    Clutha-Southland National candidate Todd Barclay says the Public Achievement Information for 2013 shows New Zealand children are doing better across the whole education system....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Flavell mistaken
    In response to Mr Flavell’s tirade this afternoon Conservative Party Leader Colin Craig advises "Mr Flavell is simply mistaken in his comments."...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • High cost of GP visits still a barrier for older children
    Free doctor's visits should be extended to all children under 18 as GP charges are a significant barrier for low income families, says Child Poverty Action Group....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Taxpayers’ Union Lay Complaint with Speaker
    The Taxpayers’ Unio n has written to Parliament's Speaker, the Rt. Hon. David Carter, asking him to step in and investigate the claims on the WhaleOil blog that taxpayers’ money is being improperly used for Mana Party election campaign hoardings....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • MANA launches te reo Māori policy
    “MANA is launching its te reo Māori policy this morning ahead of the first reading of the government’s Māori Language Strategy Bill this afternoon”, said MANA deputy leader and candidate for Waiariki, Annette Sykes....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Candidate welcomes award of platinum exploration permits
    Clutha-Southland National candidate Todd Barclay has welcomed the Government’s decision to award Lynx Platinum Limited two exploration permits in Southland. Mr Barclay said the minerals industry is an important part of New Zealand’s economy...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Pokie spending and numbers continue to drop
    Pub and club gaming machine expenditure in the year ended June 2014 fell 2.4 per cent from $826.3 million to $806.2 million. There were also fewer licence holders, gambling venues and gaming machines compared with 12 months earlier. Licence holders...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • New Zealand Police to assist in MH17 victim identification
    New Zealand Police is sending three Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) specialists to the Netherlands to assist in the international effort to identify victims from the MH17 tragedy....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Oil Spill Response Strategy available for consultation
    Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) is inviting comment on its draft updated New Zealand Marine Oil Spill Response Strategy....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Police response to IPCA report on Rewa investigation
    Police accept the findings of today's IPCA's report regarding its investigations into offending by Malcolm Rewa in Auckland in the 1980s and 1990s....
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • Well-known kiwis sign on to stop ivory trade
    Today the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Select Committee will consider a complete ban on the ivory trade in response to a petition by Auckland teacher Virginia Woolf and policy analyst Fiona Gordon....
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • Commonwealth Games are not being captioned in New Zealand
    As members of the Captioning Working Group, The National Foundation for the Deaf and Deaf Aotearoa New Zealand call for broadcast captioning of the 2014 Commonwealth Games...
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • Majority of Commonwealth countries are already republics
    The Glasgow Commonwealth Games are here and it's a common misbelief that a Kiwi republic would mean that New Zealand would have to leave the Commonwealth. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth....
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • Police handling of Rewa Investigation
    Although an Independent Police Conduct Authority inquiry has identified some faults with a series of investigations conducted by Police into offending by Malcolm Rewa, there is insufficient evidence that any of these impacted on the ability of Police...
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • IPCA findings on Police handling of Rewa Investigation
    Good morning everyone. I’d like to begin today by explaining that this is an informational press conference and that I will not be taking questions at its conclusion. The reason for that is the report’s findings are the result of...
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • Pay It Back Ms Hauiti
    Responding to the Newstalk ZB report that disgraced MP Claudette Hauiti is refusing to confirm whether or not she has reimbursed taxpayers for misuse of her Parliamentary 'P-card', Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says: “Ms Hauiti...
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • RSA thanks NZ for $1.7m collected during Poppy Appeal
    The RSA today announced that over $1.7 million was donated to the 2014 Poppy Appeal for the support of veterans, ex-service men and women and their families in need....
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • Students encouraged to be brave and never give up
    Students encouraged to be brave and never give up if they want to 'make it happen'...
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • New Zealanders want to pay more to protect dolphins
    A report released this week shows a large majority of New Zealanders want Maui’s and Hector’s dolphins protected and they are prepared to pay for it....
    Scoop politics | 23-07
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