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Focusing on the issues that matter?

Written By: - Date published: 7:10 pm, July 30th, 2014 - 120 comments
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Everyone’s favourite National Party blogger Cam Slater has posted a sneaky candid shot of Metiria Turei in which he mocks her for gasp wearing a hat. (Donotlink)

This kind of creepy shit isn’t unusual for him but it raises a couple of questions.

If it wasn’t taken by an MP did the speaker allow it or is it in breach of standing orders?

If it was an MP then what are National’s MPs doing taking secret camera shots of opposition MPs and then sending them to Cam Slater?

Is this kind of weird stalking what John Key’s talking about when he says his caucus is “focused on the issues that matter”?

And what the fuck is National’s problem with what Metiria Turei wears?

120 comments on “Focusing on the issues that matter?”

  1. Anne 1

    Read the comments. Not exactly Einsteins over there are they.

    My pick is, she had the flu and managed to stagger to the House because her colleagues were either attending functions or on the campaign trail. Cunliffe fought the flu for two weeks before finally giving in and going to bed. I suspect his unfortunate faux-pas at the Women’s Refuge conference (at least how he phrased it) was a consequence of said flu. He didn’t look his normal self.

    The photo was taken from the National side of the debating chamber at the back near the main exit/entrance.

    • distribed 1.1

      Why is this personality attacking still going on in Parliament?

      I have never seen Metiria mock anyone else.

      So why are these malicious attacks on parliamentary members still going on when they dont contribute to the benefit of their master, (that being us the taxpayer)

      There are to many examples of dead wood policy amongst particularly National ranks and best we move these vicious individuals into early retirement as fast as possible.

  2. Stuart Munro 2

    National struggles to gain any traction against the Greens – they simply don’t have the intellectual firepower.

    This was grasping at straws even for Slater.

    • David H 2.1

      Looks like they will try anything to stop the bad press.

    • Chooky 2.2

      +100 “National struggles to gain any traction against the Greens – they simply don’t have the intellectual firepower”

  3. felix 3

    What is their complaint exactly? I read Cameron’s (probably Jason’s) post and all it said was she looks like a hobo (??).

    Then I read the comments and they all seemed to be struggling a bit too.

    Are hats not allowed in the house or something?

  4. mickysavage 4

    Creepy. Using the Parliamentary seating plan I would hazard a guess and say it was Jonathan Coleman but it is the creepy sort of thing that Jami Lee Ross would do.

    Good to see Slater concentrate on the things that matter.

    He is such a Ned.

    • The Al1en 4.1

      Like cluedo, it’s Collins on the sly when she got up to go for a piss, using the ipad (it looks like she’s fiddling with in Blue’s vid posted below).

      Data from the timestamp, it’s definitely from the area where coleman sits. A sneaky shot on the walk out I reckon.

  5. Mingoi 5

    By that angle, it looks exactly where Judith Collins sits… someone else COULD have moved seats to get a great angle. Or Judith simply has had another go at Metiria (she has form) and sent it to her buddy…

  6. Populuxe1 6

    So from this I assume the posters of the Standard will cease all mockery, satire, and request for picture captions as we appear to have been raised to a whole new level of ethical behaviour?

    • Anne 6.1

      Nope.

    • This isn’t satire or a caption competition, and mocking someone when they’re doing a patently fake photo op is very differently to this kind of nasty, personal, “lol you look dumb” attack.

      This year the Speaker’s already gone to the privileges committee to look at MPs’ use of Twitter in the House, and whether it’s appropriate. I can’t see him taking a positive view of an MP photographing another in order to leak their picture to a blog for the purpose of a cheap attack.

      • Clemgeopin 6.2.1

        Carter if he has an integrity can easily watch the security footage and expose which person has breached the parliament rules in order to put an MP into some kind of perceived ‘shame’ in the media.

        Question is, is Carter a straight up unbiased speaker who will view this seriously or not?

    • mickysavage 6.3

      Posters on TS are not the Labour Party and it goes to show how extremely silly your comment is and how the right do not care about what they say but say it in the hope that they will hurt the left.

      The day that Cameron Slater stops posting incessant personal attacks on people on the left is the day that he and his ilk can start to complain about ethical standards.

      The picture is not funny, there is no political angle to it, there is a strong sense that a National MP took a photo and handed it onto Slater. Turei is being mocked because of some people’s perception of her looks, not because of her politics.

      • Populuxe1 6.3.1

        At no point did I suggest the posters on TS are the Labour Party – please don’t put words in my mouth. I can’t even imagine why that would be relevant anyway (although it might be a bit disingenious to suggest that you aren’t, what with the name, the Labour avatar picture, the endless breathless hagiographies of Cunlips etc)
        The picture is funny. It’s a funny hat. We are allowed to laugh at politicians who are ostensibly “our team”, but that is beside the point.
        I have no problem at all with mocking National and ACT – they heartily deserve it, but criticising anyone else for doing the same thing being done to left wing politcians is entirely hypocritical and pontless.
        All being shrill about it does is draw attention to it, gives FailOil attention, and generally furthers the impression among the swing voters of middle New Zealand taht the left are a bunch of thin skinned whingers who take themselves too seriously.

        • felix 6.3.1.1

          “The picture is funny. It’s a funny hat.”

          It is truly lost on me. I just see a woman with a hat. And a scarf. Is it a funny scarf too?

          Please Pop, I’m genuinely curious. Hand on heart. What’s funny about the hat?

          • framu 6.3.1.1.1

            is it that its on her head?

            im confused there aswell – “woolen hat, and in winter too! ahh ha ha ha!”

      • srylands 6.3.2

        I think she deserves to be mocked for her politics, her looks, and her carbon footprint. However, on this occasion she is being mocked simply because she is plainly not in compliance with the dress code that all members of Parliament are required to meet.

        • You think she “deserves to be mocked for her looks” and that’s why your opinion is irrelevant.

          • quartz 6.3.2.1.1

            I wouldn’t engage with this one if I were you. He’s fucking creepy.

            • Tracey 6.3.2.1.1.1

              yup, he is best ignored. In fact a day ignoring a bunch of them would make for interesting observation.

        • framu 6.3.2.2

          “I think she deserves to be mocked for … her looks”

          wow – talk about playing the ball

          get back in your hole you sad little aresehole

          • Clemgeopin 6.3.2.2.1

            Can this idiot srylands enter his own arsehole?..Uum, May be he can, as he seems like crap with his very nasty comment against Metiria.

        • Minarch 6.3.2.3

          He just knows she would shoot him down if he tried it on….

          im surprised he didnt call her a lesbian as well…

        • Rodel 6.3.2.4

          Sry
          I think Paula Bennett and Judith Collins and Anne Tolley deserve to be mocked for their politics, their looks, and their carbon footprints. However, on this occasion they are being mocked simply because they are plainly not in compliance with the ethical code that all members of Parliament are required to meet.
          Ho hum Same old meaninglesnness. ( Is that a word?)

    • Tracey 6.4

      I don’t recall being elected to parliament or having been made PM and promising high standards of behaviour. Will my missing pay be backdated?

  7. tinfoilhat 7

    Why bother giving Slater any oxygen, he just thrives on the attention.

  8. wonderpup 8

    Completely tangentially, a few weeks back I was looking at material about NZ’s first woman MP, Elizabeth McCombs (Lyttelton, 1933) and saw that hats played a large part of the media about her. Plus ca change, huh?

  9. Saarbo 9

    She looks cool… only right wing narrow minded sad little hillbillies would suggest there was something wrong with her attire….

    • srylands 9.1

      I think the point that Whale Oil Beef Hooked (WOBH) is making is that the memeber is not complying with the dress code that applies to members. This states clearly:

      “The Speaker is expected to take issue with any member who is not dressed in appropriate business attire”

      http://www.parliament.nz/en-nz/about-parliament/how-parliament-works/ppnz/00HOOOCPPNZ_111/chapter-11-the-chamber-buildings-and-grounds#_Toc268510993

      It is quite clear from the photo that the member is not dressed in appropriate business attire. As such, she should not have been in the debating chamber.

      • Suddenly it’s all clear! Cameron Slater is just writing in a language very similar to English, in which “looks like a hobo” actually means “is possibly in violation of standing orders.” :roll:

        • quartz 9.1.1.1

          According to srylands she was asking for it.

        • karol 9.1.1.2

          So, first Turei gets attacked because she advocates for those in poverty, while wearing posh clothes. Now she gets attacked for dressing like someone in poverty…….?

          These righties can’t seem to make a consistent attack line.

          • Tracey 9.1.1.2.1

            One thing is pretty clear about the right and its supporters. When it comes to behaviour you cannot accuse them of consistency. Sadly the ones with children think the children will be doing what they say not what they see their parents doing, and hey presto another generation of money obsessed, insensitive NZers to join the right wing parties

          • McFlock 9.1.1.2.2

            good point

      • wtl 9.1.2

        It is quite clear from the photo that the member is not dressed in appropriate business attire. As such, she should not have been in the debating chamber.

        If that was the case, then the appropriate course of action is for a member to raise the issue with the Speaker within the house, not take a photograph and send it to a blogsite. Idiot.

      • Macro 9.1.3

        So the Nat’s who dressed up last night were “appropriately dressed”

      • The Al1en 9.1.4

        “It is quite clear from the photo that the member is not dressed in appropriate business attire. As such, she should not have been in the debating chamber.”

        http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/10330174/Colleagues-tie-one-on-for-Ryalls-farewell

        “junior whip Tim MacIndoe, who affected giant polka dots on clashing checks, and an orange plastic gerbera buttonhole. Energy Minister Simon Bridges ran him close with his tribute of a pink retro floral wallpaper number, strobing from a sinister dark shirt.”

        Did sicknote run anything on those knobbers? No, thought not.
        Just another rwnj wankstain on the duvet cover of life.

      • Rodel 9.1.5

        Sad but it took Hoskings and co. to tell NZ viewers of TV1 that ‘Whale Oil-Beef Hooked’ is actually a “clever” (not) play on words for “Well I’ll be f*cked!” -The intellect and humour necessary to appreciate the sophistication of this title was beyond me.

        I guess many of us just don’t think the same way as wotsisname.

        But I wonder if his good mate John Key is aware of wotsisname’s clever little joke. Some journalist should ask him.

    • adam 9.2

      As white trash I’m offended by your comments Saarbo. She looks good and fine to this old boy.

      please note – tongue firmly in cheek

    • srylands 9.3

      Her “attire” is not in compliance with Standing Orders.

      • Murray Olsen 9.3.1

        So fucking what? Your party’s ex-MP is a fraudster. I think that’s a bit more important.

        In any case, who can say that a woollen hat isn’t “business attire”, whatever that is. There should be more standing orders about their behaviour and how they ask questions, but not what they have on their heads, you blithering idiot.

      • felix 9.3.2

        Absolute bullshit. If any MP or the Speaker thought her attire was inappropriate they would have raised the matter at the time.

        That’s the standard practice. I’ve seen it happen before when Clare Curran wore a rugby supporter’s jersey.

        What I saw at Cameron’s (Jason’s) site was that the photo was posted without any explanation, and the commenters struggled to find the relevance.

        Of course no-one wants to admit that they don’t get it, so half of them are outraged without saying about what, and half of them think it’s hilarious but can’t say why.

        You guys need to get your story straight before you do weird stuff like this.

      • framu 9.3.3

        your existance isnt in compliance with humanity

  10. reason 10

    creepy stalker photo from a national party mp sent to a sick and nasty man.

    what next ? …………. shoe camera shots up the skirt from the sultan of sleaze ?

    couldn’t get close enough probably.

    • srylands 10.1

      “a sick and nasty man” Seriously? The guy runs an award winning media outlet. It is the most popular blog in the country. Get some perspective.

      edit: As a financial supporter of Whale Oil Beef Hooked (WOBH) I assure you I would not support it if the blog was run by a sick nasty man.

      • quartz 10.1.1

        You spend money to support a pro-rape site? You’re a disgrace.

        • McFlock 10.1.1.1

          the fuckwit is a bit like a shit onion – as each layer is revealed, it turns out to be even more noxious and stinky than the one that preceeded it.

      • wtl 10.1.2

        edit: As a financial supporter of Whale Oil Beef Hooked (WOBH) I assure you I would not support it if the blog was run by a sick nasty man.

        So says a sick nasty man*.

        * e.g. comment 6.3.2 saying that Turei “deserves to be mocked… for her looks”

      • Macro 10.1.3

        “The guy runs an award winning media outlet.”

        LOL

        Yeah right! Next Tui add.

        Just how CREDIBLE is that “award”.

        • Hayden 10.1.3.1

          Come on now, it takes a lot of work to get a story from Luigi Wewege and post it on your blog. Top-quality investigative journalism!

      • framu 10.1.4

        ” I assure you I would not support it if the blog was run by a sick nasty man.”

        so your cool with photoshopping 14 year olds onto gay porn and exposing victims of doemstic violence?

        and yes – i expect an answer to that

        im not surprised – but you need go away and do some thinking about what it means to be a good decent person

        • Rodel 10.1.4.1

          framu
          Are you saying you don’t accept Sry’s assurance about not giving money to a sick nasty man? Shame on you.

          (PS to Sry -That’s a joke)

      • Tracey 10.1.5

        child porn sites are very popular too

      • Daveosaurus 10.1.7

        What’s your problem, Shitlands? Run out of rivers to pollute, have you?

  11. john 11

    So everyone commenting here, about other comments, about the blog post, that’s written about another blog post, that’s about an irrelevant hat, are all “Focusing on the issues that matter” ????????

    • infused 11.1

      Welcome to The Standard.

      “Blog Posts That Matter”

      [lprent: You knkw that it is inadvisable to question why we run this site the way we want to. Have you decided to get banned? ]

    • lprent 11.2

      Actually yes. People trying to and often managing to frame the debate on to trivia are dangerous. A good example was Brash in 2005 who tried to mask his agenda under the irrelevancies of unaffordable taxcuts and racial bigotry. He was politically inept, so managed to activate voters of the sort that wouldn’t vote for him.

      However john key and his team manager to do exactly the same a few years later using sock puppets paid indirectly like Cam Slater, David Farrar, and their access to media to create silly irrelevant memes.

      This site was set up by people concerned with that trend and in part exists to combat that trivialization.

      Read the policy about trying to tell us how to run our site. If you want to get the boot from here, carry on doing it.

    • distribed 11.3

      If this “john” is John Key,

      We ask why you John Key as Prime minister of N.Z. has never replied to C.E.A.C. our NGO’s 54 emails sent you a your Parliamentary address over the last four years?

      We have requested to meet with you on numerous occasions and even when you visited Napier & Gisborne but failed the request made to you to set a short time to meet community members to discuss our focus on issues that matter to our communities, and you still never ever had the decency to have addressed our community requests to discuss or meet you for “Focusing on the issues that matter” ????????

      This is your last chance to respond to our request made 54 times to finally discuss with the Napier Gisborne community Groups our focussing on the issues that matter???????

    • Tracey 11.4

      You’re back John. Have you considered sacking Gerry Johnathan and Nick yet? Is that what you were doing yesterday? Chatting with Mark and reading polls to make up your mind for you?

  12. Tanz 12

    Cam Slater is as left as they come. He loathes the Conservatives just like the left do. His is a left voice, even if he operates under a blue flag. I don’t believe that his blog is as popular as he makes out.

    • felix 12.1

      He hates unions too. Hated them since he was 15! So now he’s a right wing voice, eh?

      His hatefulness is more of a defining quality than his position on the political spectrum will ever be.

    • Tracey 12.2

      could you tell me what Left policies he stands for and advocates on his site?

  13. NZJester 13

    Mocking her for looking homeless is a big stretch considering she looks well presented in the picture.
    Some of the photos I have seen of badly shaved Cameron Slater however do at times make him look like a homeless drunk.

    • felix 13.1

      Yeah he’s hardly in a position to mock anyone’s appearance. He’s always been especially keen on ridiculing people for being fat.

      Sometimes it’s almost as if it isn’t really him writing at all…

      • Tracey 13.1.1

        late night and an early morning here Felix seems to have lighted your fire… Great responses man

  14. Macro 14

    ” He’s always been especially keen on ridiculing people for being fat.”

    Really! – How ironic! :)

  15. Hayden 16

    I saw this just now and was reminded of this thread:

    This is a guy who just wants to be dealt in at the table. He knows that he can’t win, he can’t hang, but he wants to just be included. He wants to be at the cool kids’ table. He is the same jib cut as many who toil at the Justification Machine. You see this with folks like Dean Chambers–who, oddly enough, I went to school with. These are thwarted humans, who just want to be liked, and since they’re fairly unskilled socially, they figure if they just keep showing up with gifts, that they’ll be allowed to stick around. Yes, it’s an immature and undeveloped impulse, but that’s who they are. And they’re useful, in that they toil without a lot of compensation, and they’ll get invited to a few parties, where folks will pat them on the head for a moment, and then turn back to their real friends, but for a moment, they’re included. That so many of these poor souls are chunky…that’s not coincidence. They ARE fat kids who want to be at the cool kids’ table, they want to be with the cheerleaders, and the football players, and they bring cake and candy and a camera, and take their moments where they can. And they keep doing it for the rest of their damn lives, because they’re damaged individuals who can’t grow the f*ck up.

    The ones that do grow up? They don’t court favor. They don’t curry favor. They get on with their lives, and this poor soul is just an example of a cog in a machine that eats up toadying fat kids like said candy, and they like it. Because they get a tiny kernel of validation for a moment, and then they have to chase their next high. They are power junkies, and despite the fact that they will never hold any themselves, they just want to be near it. That’s enough. Because there are damaged girls somewhere near all that mess, and those girls are looking for validation too, and sometimes they get together and make more damaged humans. And thus the cycle continues…

    Source: http://www.fark.com/comments/8355491/92166384#c92166384

    • Tracey 16.1

      Interesting observation… especially as he seems to get tot he big table only because they use him to do their dirty work… it’s his distance and blog… not him.

  16. Lucy 17

    Would have thought taking photo on debating floor was not allowed and which ever MP did it and sent it could be censured. But it is not really a bigger think Greens have more things on their minds like election cycle. Use to check out WOBH a bit but do not go so much as his sources no longer go to him as first point. Think they got shafted by the glory hound once to often – and the mess he made of Len Brown after math proved once and for all that he could not be trusted to report news as he tried to create and then manipulate the outcome. So he now follows and comments

  17. Puckish Rogue 18

    Is this kind of weird stalking what John Key’s talking about when he says his caucus is “focused on the issues that matter”?

    • Last time I checked Cam Slater isn’t an MP though with Nationals popularity he could get in on the list except he hates list MPs with a passion

    And what the fuck is National’s problem with what Metiria Turei wears?

    • Suggesting Cam Slater speaks for the National is like suggesting The Standard speaks for the Labour party
    • framu 18.1

      for that to work you have to ignore the fact that cam has a history of doing national and keys dirty work

      you also have to ignore just how cam got the photo in the first place

      basically your whole argument falls over at the first logic test

      • Puckish Rogue 18.1.1

        Well no because there are posters here that do work for the Labour party so if its good for goose etc also people on both sides of the house send him things through his tip line

        • framu 18.1.1.1

          making comments that support a party is utterly different from being a paid up member of a dirty tricks smear machine

          organised smears and propaganda machine vs connected supporters who happen to say things online

          if you want to make the argument that posters at the standard are on the same level as cam slater your welcome – but it wont really get that far because its not even remotely true

      • Bob 18.1.2

        And you ignore the fact LPrent and Mickeysavage has a history of doing Labours dirty work, what’s your point? They, like Cam Slater don’t have to stick to the party line as they are not representitives of, or MP’s in the party, so PR’s points still stand.

        Why don’t you attack Zetetic for not being “focused on the issues that matter”?

        • framu 18.1.2.1

          “so PR’s points still stand.”

          no it doesnt because – you also have to ignore just how cam got the photo in the first place

        • Tracey 18.1.2.2

          Do they? Examples please

      • framu 18.1.3

        look bob and PR

        who in the blogosphere is widely known for being in paid employment by the nats for the purpose of running smear campaigns against their opponents?

        Who in the blogosphere has an extremely cosy relationship with the PM and chats to him on a regular basis

        Who in the blogosphere is also connected to, jason ede, simon lusk and jordan williams – known shit stirrers and trouble makers connected to the national party?

        who on this site has posted illicitly obtained photos from inside the debating chamber?

        and the biggest point your both ignoring – you also have to ignore just how cam got the photo in the first place! – thats one of the central points of the post!

        your sense of equivilance is broken

        • Bob 18.1.3.1

          Framu – Who in the blogoshpere is widely known for setting up a secret trust for David Cunliffe’s anonymous donations?

          Who in the blogosphere is widely known for having an extremely cosy relationship with David Cunliffe?

          How do you know the photo was obtained “illicitly”? Do you know the Speaker didn’t allow it? And you have no issue with the beanie being worn illicitly?

          The title of the post is “Focusing on the issues that matter?”, I didn’t realise how a photo ended up in a bloggers hands was one of the issues that matter! Good to see all of the other major issues in this country have now been cleared up, thanks Framu

          Your sense of equivilance is equally broken

          • framu 18.1.3.1.1

            Who in the blogoshpere is widely known for setting up a secret trust for David Cunliffe’s anonymous donations?

            • not the same thing

            Who in the blogosphere is widely known for having an extremely cosy relationship with David Cunliffe?

            • as ive already pointed out its not the same thing -its not on the same level as slater and you know this – thats the point there

            How do you know the photo was obtained “illicitly”? Do you know the Speaker didn’t allow it? And you have no issue with the beanie being worn illicitly?

            • was the house in session? – did the hat come off when it was? if the speaker allowed it why? considering that the correct thing to do is raise it in the house what is the speaker doing allowing cam to run it in public. Theres are rules about media taking photos and footage of MPs isnt there wonder boy

            The title of the post is “Focusing on the issues that matter?”

            wow you can read, get a gold star – thats the point – this is an issue that doesnt matter yet little smear merchants like cam think it is and you seem to support it – its a woolen hat – get over it – stop defending the actions of a rogue agent who runs the nats dirty tricks and photoshops kids onto gay porn for kicks.

            and frankly – im not the labour party and can talk about whatever i damn well choose. My sense of equivalence is fine – its you who cant tell the difference between people saying things in public and an organised smear machine, which is kinda sad

    • Tracey 18.2

      You seem to know who took the photo, can you post your proof?

      • Puckish Rogue 18.2.1

        I’ll offer as much proof as others on here have, here we go:

        did you get it?

  18. Tom 19

    No the smartest bunch. They uploaded the original photo, so all the extended metadata that is embedded in the photo is still present.
    If you save the photo and look at the file properties in Windows (or use an online EXIF metadata reader – like, for example the first one that comes up in google: http://metapicz.com/ )

    You can see it was taken on 2014:07:29 at 21:40:15 (assume thats NZDT?)
    On a iPhone 5 using the rear camera.
    (note that’s a iPhone 5 not a 5s)
    Should narrow it down?

    • Tracey 19.1

      hmmm whose lap would Slater have been in?

      • srylands 19.1.1

        That is pretty rude. As far as I know Cameron Slater is an outstanding guy with high moral standards and a loving family. What on earth makes you think you are justified in such smarmy slanderous comments?

        Sadly, Green Taliban supporters seem to be over-represented in general rudeness and nastiness.

        • Chooky 19.1.1.1

          @ srylands…lol…”Cameron Slater is an outstanding guy with high moral standards”…similar to yours i take it ? …and do you have the same dress sense?

        • framu 19.1.1.2

          aww boo ho – cry me a river

          you still havent figured out that photoshopping 14 year olds onto gay porn, exposing victims of domestic violence, making light of rape etc etc doesnt actually represent high moral standards have you?

          You are one of the most insulting people ive ever come across – and you hide it behind such mendacious semantics too. At least most humans have the good graces to be upfront when they are being rude.

          • vto 19.1.1.2.1

            I agree framu.

            It is srylands and his thinking which is rude. His type of thinking and the resultant policies which lead to 29 dead men at Pike River, leave the poor of East Chch to suffer under the greed of the ‘free market’ while the rich CBD property owners get state support, pull the remaining stability from the children of East Chch by stomping on their schools, allowing business people to pollute rivers to an extent that we cannot drink from it or swim in it and kills all the life in it, is rude.

            It is all of that which is truly rude. Rude in the extreme. That srylands cries when he gets called a tosser or wanker is laughable and further evidences his lack of grasp on reality.

            People who advocate for those types of policies above deserve nothing but rudeness.

            What do they think this is? Some sort of school debating chamber where we will all smile and shake hands at the end of the day? I don’t think so. This is not tiddly winks, as Tana Umaga famously put it. Wake the fuck up.

            And as for Slater – the fat slug can suck it up. He laughed for joy when a west coaster died in a car crash claiming the world was better off with one less bogan. Slater is a cunt.

            • srylands 19.1.1.2.1.1

              VTO – politeness goes a long way in all aspects of life. It is simply unacceptable in any business to call people tossers and wankers. People who behave like that generally end up either unemployed or in prison, or on minimum wage jobs.

              If you focus on the issues that matter, and do so politely you will be influential. You might even get a job paying more than $50 an hour. If you spit bile and swear, call people “fat slugs” and come across as a 1950s socialist, you will be ignored.

              Just some free advice.

              • vto

                fuck off arsehole

                did you just miss all the true rudeness outlined which spills from the attitudes of people like you and the fat slug slater?

                wanker

              • vto

                and you consider this polite …

                29 dead men at Pike River, leave the poor of East Chch to suffer under the greed of the ‘free market’ while the rich CBD property owners get state support, pull the remaining stability from the children of East Chch by stomping on their schools, allowing business people to pollute rivers to an extent that we cannot drink from it or swim in it and kills all the life in it

                rude arsehole

              • McFlock

                Oh, you’re pretending once again that your delicate lips are unsullied by expletives, are you?

                Rich people swear, too. Hell, my previous boss was known to drop the F-bomb, and she was on good coin.

                But she wasn’t a fuckwit. Regardless of whether you use obscenities or not, you’re still a poor excuse for humanity.

              • Chooky

                @ srylands

                …toxicity, racism , misogyny dressed up in the guise of “politeness” is still toxicity , racism and misogyny….dont kid yourself !

                …and the answer to such toxicity, racism and misogyny is not politeness…it needs to be called out honestly for what it is

                …even if that involves rudeness to you ……so good on VTO for his honesty!

              • Minarch

                its a good thing its free advice

                because it isnt worth shit….

    • Blue 19.2

      Interesting. That time stamp puts it in the third reading of the Veteran’s Support Bill, somewhere around the end of Phil Goff/beginning of Melissa Lee.

      So instead of focusing on Veteran’s Support, National MPs were focused on Metiria Turei’s hat.

      This video from IntheHouse at 2.01 shows the people who were on the National side around the time the photo was taken.

      http://www.inthehouse.co.nz/video/34265

      • The Al1en 19.2.1

        6.16 and 7.33 give telling shots.

        Edit: Goldsmith?

        Second edit: I’d put money on Collins. If I were in the house with parliamentary privilege I’d out her.

      • felix 19.2.2

        Who are the two douches behind Collins, at about the direction and height the pic looks like it was taken from, who appear to be looking at something on a phone?

        1 min 59 sec.

  19. Probably just an ordered by the party attempt by sicknote slater to drag the green party into complaining about national, rather than continuing to focus on their successful positive campaign style, as they look solid, united and formidable.

    Having said that, taking sneak photographs of mps in the chamber, without permission or prior knowledge, and then releasing them to supportive blogs must breach parliamentary rules.
    An impartial and honest speaker would be organising an investigation as we type.

  20. fambo 21

    A huge amount of body heat is lost from the top of the head. Therefore in winter hats are really useful for staying healthy and fighting sickness when you are not well as they conserve that energy which is then used by the body to fight the illness.

    It’s good to see more people in Wellington wearing hats in winter which is very simple and people are discovering that hats actually add character and can make a person look really good.

    In summer, of course, they are becoming almost vital for shade as we are still suffering from the depletion of the ozone layer even though a global agreement ceased the use of CFCs and other ozone destroying gases in the 1990s (i think). There is still enough of these gases in the atmosphere for the effects to continue for a few more decades yet.

  21. reason 22

    slater is one seriously sick and nasty national party attack dog.

    And sure we can feel sorry for vicious attack dogs as I do, because they are after all fucked in the head in a very angry and unhappy way.

    They usually end up biting the wrong person and getting destroyed.

    Compared to mocking dead teenagers or children with unusual names slaters latest disturbed post on his online sewer is about in the middle of his nasty shit spectrum.

    The real question for me is who is the national mp and natural stalker who took the cheap shot/photo ?.

    Judith Collins ?, Jami Lee Ross ?

    Who is the sleaze in the chamber ?

    So many to choose from in the nats ……………..

    • Puckish Rogue 22.1

      Why assume its from the right? Theres a few on the left that would benefit from the Greens getting less of the lefts votes…

      • felix 22.1.1

        “Why assume its from the right?”

        Um, have you seen the photo? It was taken from the right.

  22. Delia 23

    Can Slater talk with his grease stained T Shirts, seriously?

  23. Roy 24

    Sorry, what’s wrong with the hat? She’s even wearing a matching scarf.

  24. disturbed 25

    Well that string was a replica of Nat’s behaviour in debate & question and answer. All those National zealot’s did was bait the whole discussion with corrosive snide remarks and provocation which turns any intelligent debate into a slinging match, exactly what the Nat’s did all through the parliamentary term.

    They have such a lack of respect for others opinions they tend to force their own agenda on others without any regard for other folks ideas.

    They are fools and destructive to our beautiful land and lives and must go this year or we are in real trouble.

    “There are none so deaf as those who will not listen” and they should serve the country with care to work together for the good of all not just their own agendas.
    “More heads are better than one” is not in the minds of all those National bunch in and out of parliament.
    All the last phrases indicated we are stronger working together but the Nat’s don’t want a bar of it.
    They wont work with local Gov’t
    Or communities either.
    So this is why they will fail the test in this election as they are arrogant and repressive by nature and all can now see it clearly now and are walking away from arrogance and joining the kinder gentler side this year. They have woken up.

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  • John Key dishonest about reasons for wanting to change terrorism law
    John Key is misleading the public to push through terrorism law changes under urgency, the Green Party said today. On Sunday, John Key stated that it is not illegal for someone to fight overseas for a terrorist group, such as...
    Greens | 12-10
  • Law changes shaping up to be worse than first thought
    The Prime Minister needs to be up front about exactly what changes he is planning to make to the Employment Relations  Amendment Bill, Labour's spokesperson on Labour Issues Andrew Little says.Interviewed on Q&A yesterday John Key said he did not...
    Labour | 12-10
  • Rapists, not Tinder, the threat to women
    Blame for rape and sexual assault should only ever be laid at the door of the perpetrator, not dating services or the actions of women themselves, Labour’s Associate Police spokesperson Kelvin Davis says. “Tinder is not the problem and women...
    Labour | 09-10
  • Safer Journeys For People Who Cycle
    You have a rare opportunity to tell the people who are making the decisions on cycling how to make it better. The Cycling Safety Panel is seeking feedback on their draft recommendations for improving the safety of cycling in New...
    Greens | 08-10
  • Subsidising more pollution will undermine water clean-up plan at Te Waihora...
    In 2010, NIWA found Canterbury’s Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere had the worst nutrient status of 140 lakes around New Zealand that it measured. In 2011, the National Government committed to spending $15 million across the country through the Fresh Start for...
    Greens | 08-10
  • Adding value not herbicides
    The HT swedes, and other brassicas, might seem like a good idea to farmers struggling against weeds but like the GE road, is this the path we want our agriculture to be treading? The Federated Farmers President, Dr William Rolleston...
    Greens | 07-10
  • ‘Blame the Planner’ bizarre approach to child poverty
    The National Government is stooping to a bizarre new low in blaming "planning processes" for poverty and inequality, after spending six years doing nothing about either the housing market or child poverty, the Green Party said today. Finance Minister Bill...
    Greens | 07-10
  • Media Advisory
    MANA Leader, Hone Harawira will not be available to speak with media today regarding his release “Recount Just One Step To restoring Credibility”. He is however available for media comment tomorrow, Tuesday the 8th of October, all media arrangements are...
    Mana | 07-10
  • RECOUNT JUST ONE STEP TO RESTORING CREDIBILITY
    “I have applied for a judicial recount of the votes in the Tai Tokerau election because it is one step in trying to restore credibility to the electoral process in the north, and, I suspect, in all other Maori electorates...
    Mana | 07-10
  • MANA SEEKS TAI TOKERAU RECOUNT
    The MANA Movement is supporting Leader Hone Harawira’s application for a judicial re-count in the Te Tai Tokerau electorate for the 2014 general election. President Lisa McNab says there are a number of serious issues of concern regarding the ability...
    Mana | 07-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Catherine Delahunty – Back in That House
    Parliament opened this week and I still find it a very odd place. Most of the people are reasonably courteous and friendly, but the rituals are archaic and the rules around issues like the swearing in oath are oppressive and...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Marae Investigates No More
    TVNZ yesterday announced the closure of their Māori and Pacific programmes department. That means they’ve chosen to stop making Fresh, Tagata Pasifika, Waka Huia and Marae Investigates to let independent producers get their hands on these lucrative contracts. This is...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • BLOGWATCH: An Un-Civil War in Labour, eh?
    Earlier today, my attention was directed to an entry that’s just recently appeared on the Slightly Left of Centre blog. It purports to contain the ‘inside word’ from a highly placed NZF source – which is funny, because I’m pretty sure...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Santanomics 101
    Santanomics could mean a number of things. It could be the study and practice of giving. Or it could mean the study and practice of rampant end-of-year commercialism. However, for me today it is the economics of erectingAuckland’s giant Santa...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • SkyCity boss misleads public over workers lost shifts
    SkyCity CEO Nigel Morrison has defended the employment practices at his company in an “Opinion” piece entitled “Human Capital key to corporate success” in the NZ Herald on Thursday. A number of his claims are misleading, contain only partial truths...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Review: Perfect Place
    I went to a Perfect Place on Tuesday night, and what a delight it was. The marshmallows sweetly (and forcefully) handed out pre-show, set the tone for the next hour. Walking up the stairs at The Basement was a complete...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • 5AA Australia – NZ on UN Security Council + Dirty Politics Lingers On
    5AA Australia: Selwyn Manning and Peter Godfrey deliver their weekly bulletin Across The Ditch. General round up of over night talkback issues: Thongs, Jandals and flip-flops… ISSUE 1: New Zealand has been successful in its campaign to become a non...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • When I mean me, I mean my office & when I call whaleoil I mean not as m...
    This. Is. Ludicrous. Green Party co-leader Russel Norman put the first of what are likely to be many questions about Mr Key’s relationship with Slater, asking him how many times he had phoned or texted the blogger since 2008. “None...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • A brief word on describing the Government as ‘boring and bland’
    The narrative being sown is that this Government will be a boring and bland third term. Boring and bland. Since the election, Key has announced he is privatising 30% of state houses without reinvesting any of that money back into housing society’s most...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • More Latté Than Lager: Reflections on Grant Robertson’s Campaign Launch.
    BIKERS? SERIOUSLY! Had Grant Robertson’s campaign launch been organised by Phil Goff? Was this a pitch for the votes of what few Waitakere Men remain in the Labour Party? Was I even at the right place? Well, yes, I was....
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • About Curwen Ares Rolinson
    Curwen Ares Rolinson – Curwen Ares Rolinson is a firebrand young nationalist presently engaged in acts of political resistance deep behind enemy lines amidst the leafy boughs of Epsom. He is affiliated with the New Zealand First Party; although his...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • About Kelly Ellis
    Kelly Ellis.Kelly Ellis – As a child, Kelly Ellis didn’t so much fall into the cracks, but willfully wriggled her way into them. Ejected from Onslow College – a big job in the 70s – Kelly worked in car factories,...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • About Kate Davis
    Kate Davis.Kate Davis – Having completed her BA in English and Politics, Kate is now starting her MA. Kate works as a volunteer advocate at Auckland Action Against Poverty and previously worked for the New Zealand Prostitutes Collective. Kate writes...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Parker does a Shearer – oh for a Labour Leader who can challenge msm fals...
    Sigh. It seems David Parker has done a Shearer… Like a cult and too red – Parker on LabourLabour leadership contender David Parker says Labour borders on feeling like “a cult” and must look at its branding – including its...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • A brief word on the hundreds of millions NZ is spending on the secret intel...
    The enormity of the mass surveillance state NZ Government’s have built carries a huge price tag… Kiwis pay $103m ‘membership fee’ for spyingThe $103 million taxpayer funding of New Zealand’s intelligence agencies is effectively a membership fee for joining the...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Where. Is. Jason. Ede?
    Where. Is. Jason. Ede?...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Labour’s Din of Inequity
    Watching Labour’s leadership candidates on Q+A on Sunday, I noticed the ongoing use of terms like “opportunity” and “aspiration”, and “party of the workers”. What do these mean? We glean much from Labour, and from the media about Labour, but not...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • “Blue-Greenwash” fails the test when it comes to endangered dolphins
    National’s pre-election promises saw some wins for the environment – perhaps as the party sought to appease its “Blue-Green” voters and broaden its popular appeal. Some of the ecological gains were a long time in the making, overdue even– such...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Reasons not to be cheerful, Part #272b
    Why don’t you get back into bed? The next few years — the rest of this century — are not going to be pretty. There is an obvious disconnect between any remaining political ambition to fix climate change and the...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • OIA protocols and official advice ignored to hide Child Poverty
    It might not seem so now, but child poverty was a major election issue. What a pity we did not have the full debate. In that debate it would have been very helpful to have seen the Ministry of Social...
    The Daily Blog | 20-10
  • Previewing the 4 candidates for Leader of the Labour Party
    The extraordinary outbursts by Shearer last week highlights just how toxic that Caucus is. Shearer was on every major media platform as the ABC attack dog tearing into Cunliffe in the hope of diminishing Cunliffe’s support of Little by tearing...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Kate Davis – the sudden explosion of ‘left’ blogs
    Time to Teach or more people will suffer from P.A.I.D. Political And Intellectual Dysmorphia.I was on the Twitter and a guy followed me so of course I did the polite thing and followed him back. He wrote a blog so...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Ego vs Eco
    Ego vs Eco...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • We can’t let the Roastbuster case slip away
    Those of us (like me) left with hope that the police would aggressively follow through on the large amount of evidence on offer to them (let’s not forget they forgot they even had some at one point) in the Roastbusters...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Food, shelter and medicine instead of bombs and bullets
    The on-going conflict across the Middle East – due in large part to the US-led invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq – has created another humanitarian crisis of biblical proportion. The essentials of life are desperately needed in Iraq and Syria...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • The politics of electorate accommodations
    National’s electorate accommodations with ACT and United Future were a big factor in it winning re-election. Interestingly, there is another electorate accommodation scenario whereby the centre-left could have come out on top, even with the same distribution of party votes....
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Why you should join the TPPA Action on 8 November
    On 8 November 2014, thousands of Kiwis will take part in the International Day of Action to protest the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA). The rally cry for us is TPPA – Corporate Trap, Kiwis Fight Back. Why should you join...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • GUEST BLOG – Patrick O’Dea: no new coal mines
    Green Party and Mana Party policy is “NO NEW COAL MINES!” Auckland Coal Action is trying to put this policy into action on the ground. ACA after a hard fought two year campaign waged alongside local residents and Iwi, in...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Comparing Police action – Hager raid vs Roast Buster case
    This satire had the NZ Police contact TDB and threaten us with 6months in prison for using their logo.   The plight of Nicky Hager and the draconian Police actions against him has generated over  $53 000 in donations so...
    The Daily Blog | 18-10
  • Malala Yousafzai, White Saviour Complexes and Local Resistance
    Last week, Malala Yousafzai was the co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. Since her exposure to the worldwide spotlight, her spirit, wisdom and strength have touched the hearts of people everywhere. However, there have been cynics who have argued that...
    The Daily Blog | 18-10
  • Jason Ede is back – but no media can interview him?
    Well, well, well. Jason Ede, the main figure connected to John Key’s office and the Dirty Politics black ops is back with a company with deep ties to the National Party. One thing you can say about the right –...
    The Daily Blog | 18-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Rolinson – Leadership Transitions In Other Parties: A ...
    As cannot have escaped anyone’s attention by now, the country is presently in the grips of an election and campaign that will help determine the fate of the nation for years to come. It’s gripping stuff – with clear divides...
    The Daily Blog | 17-10
  • SkyCity worker says she faces losing her house
    SkyCity worker Carolyn Alpine told the company annual shareholder’s meeting today that she faced the prospect of losing her house because the company had cut her shifts from two a week to one without consultation. The solo mother, has worked...
    The Daily Blog | 17-10
  • Greg O’Connor’s latest push to arm cops & 5 reasons not to
    I was wondering at what point within a 3rd term of National that Police Cheerleader Greg O’Connor would start trying to demand cops be armed. O’Connor must have thought to himself, ‘if bloody Key can get us and the GCSB vast new...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • You can’t have crisis without ISIS
    So the new scary bogeyman ISIS might have chemical weapons that the US secretly found in Iraq, but America didn’t want to expose this find because the WMDs were actually built and made by the US and Europe, the two powers...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • NZ WINS UN SPIN THE BOTTLE! Privately sucking up to America for a decade me...
    Oh, we are loved! Little old NZ, the 53rd state of America after Israel and Australia, gets to sit at the adults table for the special dinner party that is the UN Security Council. How delightful, a decade of privately...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • MEDIA BLOG – Myles Thomas – A World Without Advertising
    Non-commercial broadcasting and media. It’s a solution for all manner of problems ailing our tender nation… voter engagement, unaccountable governance, apathy, stupefaction, public education, science in schools, arts appreciation, cultural cringe… But no-one could’ve guessed that non-commercial media might solve...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • March against war – 2pm Saturday 25th October
    March against war – 2pm Saturday 25th October...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • Whack a mole as US govt foreign policy
    Whack-A-Mole was a popular arcade game from my youth.  It consisted of a waist high cabinet with holes in the top. Plastic moles seemingly randomly pop out of these holes. The purpose of the game was to hit as many...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • In Paean of Debt
    This week is ‘Money Week’. It’s an opportunity to promote to the middle classes, and anyone else who will listen, the virtues of wise ‘investment’. The aims are to promote the mystical (and indeed mythical) virtues of saving for the...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • The last 48 hours – Poverty denial, war denial and unapologetic abuse of ...
    The bewildering speed of events that simply end in Key shrugging and proclaiming he doesn’t really give a shit is coming think and fast as the Government suddenly appreciate the full spectrum dominance they now enjoy. Here is Radio NZ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Pat O’Dea – Mana 2.0 Rebooted
    Internationally the news is that Evo Morales of Bolivia won big with Left Wing policies But what are the chances that the Left will make a resurgence in this country? As the internecine struggles between the Left and the Right...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • The Blomfield IPCA letter – Has Dirty Politics leaked into the NZ Police ...
    It’s difficult to know what to make of the IPCA letter to Matthew Blomfield over Slater’s continued insistence that the hard drive taken from Matthew wasn’t stolen.  Slater has selectively cherry picked the Police referring back to his claim that Blomfeild perjured...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • ​Media release: Rail and Maritime Transport Union – Auckland move for K...
    The Rail and Maritime Transport Union is questioning a KiwiRail proposal to progressively relocate its Zero Harm personnel from Wellington to Auckland. “The purpose of the Zero Harm team is to drive KiwiRail’s performance in health and safety.  Rail is a...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • Amnesty International – Friend request from an IS militant
    There’s always that one person, that one Facebook friend, usually a musician or event promoter, who, when you so foolishly accept their friend request, will completely inundate your news feed with copious event invitations and promotions. The person who, despite...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • NZ should follow the UK and recognize the Palestinian state
    Over the past two weeks, the United Kingdom and Sweden have made headlines through their decisions to recognize the state of Palestine. They are hardly the first nations to do so. Indeed, 134 countries have, in various ways, given formal...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • The Discordant Chimes of Freedom: Why Labour has yet to be forgiven.
    WHY DOES THE ELECTORATE routinely punish Labour and the Greens for their alleged “political correctness” but not National? It just doesn’t seem fair. Consider, for example, the Crimes (Substituted Section 59) Amendment Act 2007 – the so-called “anti-smacking legislation” –...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • Hosking or Henry – Which right wing crypto fascist clown do you want to w...
    So Mediaworks are finally going to make some actual money from their eye watering contract with Paul Henry by launching a new multi-platform Breakfast show over TV, Radio and internet. This is great news for Campbell Live who have dodged...
    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • Families need more money to reduce child poverty
    Prime Minister John Key is mistaken to rule out extending the In Work Tax Credit to all poor children (The Nation 11th Oct) and Child Poverty Action Group challenges government advisors to come up with a more cost effective way...
    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Kelly Ellis – Don’t shit on my dream
    Once were dreamers. A large man, walks down the road and, even from 200 yards there’s light showing between his big arms and bigger body. It’s as if he’s put tennis balls under his arms. Two parking wardens walk out...
    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • Pike River Families Group Press Release
    The Families can now but hope that Solid Energy will consider closely the response of the Families’ expert mining advisers, Bob Stevenson and Dave Creedy, and the independent legal advice by Hugh Rennie QC as to why re-entry to the...
    Scoop politics | 24-10
  • On The Nation this weekend
    This weekend on The Nation… with dairy prices falling, China growing its agriculture sector, and the environmental costs piling up, we ask the Fonterra chief executive Theo Spierings if New Zealand is too dependent on milk powder and if we’ve...
    Scoop politics | 24-10
  • NZ Government Urged to Do More to Fight Ebola
    As Ebola continues to tear through West Africa, Save the Children NZ is urging the government to do more in the fight against the deadly virus....
    Scoop politics | 24-10
  • Korero Mai Ki Ahau – Saturday 25 & Sunday 26 October 2014
    Broadcast on Waatea 603AM Saturday 12.00 - 12.30pm Sunday 12.00 - 12.30pm Both shows repeated 5.00pm – 6.00pm On Sunday...
    Scoop politics | 24-10
  • Putting whānau foremost in Family Dispute Resolution
    Dispute resolution company, FairWay Resolution, has developed a uniquely New Zealand approach to family dispute resolution (FDR) that is underpinned by the cultural needs and values of the parties to a family dispute. In support of its role as a...
    Scoop politics | 24-10
  • Anglican Family Care staff to rally industrial action rises
    Public Service Association (PSA) members working at Anglican Family Care (AFC) in Dunedin will hold two rallies in Dunedin next week as they seek a fair pay offer, following a week of low-key industrial action....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Flying Visit for Adventuring Kiwi Socialpreneur
    12 Months on, this former Alexandra barista is changing lives in Buenos Aires Slums with free lunches, music, art, drama and toothbrushes...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • March in Solidarity with Kurdistan Against ISIS Attacks
    The New Zealand Kurdish Community will march in solidarity with Kurdistan in light of the heinous genocidal attacks in Kobanê by ISIS. We will begin with silent demonstrations then commence marching. We will start from Britomart, Queen Street (outside Dick...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • No Problem for Henare & Jones, But “No Way” for Harawira
    “Just before the election I broke the story about the gutting of Maori Television’s News and Current Affairs department by MTS’ new CEO Paora Maxwell. I pointed out that Carol Hirschfeld and Julian Wilcox, two of the country’s most experienced...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Corruption: Positive developments for NZ but more to be done
    Global anti-corruption group Transparency International today released a report on OECD Anti-Bribery Convention enforcement and called for New Zealand to implement draft legislation to ratify the United Nations Convention against Corruption....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Government to Blame as Much as Council for Marryatt Payout
    The Taxpayers' Union is calling on the Government to fix the employment law regime that has forced Christchurch ratepayers to fork out $800,000 to former Council boss Tony Marryatt....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Unanimously Call for Commissioner to Arm Police Full Time
    In the wake of a series of recent armed offender incidents, delegates to the Police Association Annual Conference today called unanimously on the Commissioner to arm Police full time....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Bank gets behind NZ wildlife icon with sizable donation
    It will be easier than ever this summer for holiday-markers to dip into their pockets to support the yellow-eyed penguin....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • WorkSafe report raises concerns about asbestos
    The union representing construction workers in the Canterbury rebuild is surprised at WorkSafe’s conclusion that no action needs to be taken against EQC and Fletcher EQR over asbestos exposure in Canterbury homes. “This report was an opportunity...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Union accuses SkyCity CEO of misleading public
    Unite Union has accused SkyCity CEO Nigel Morrison of misleading the public over the cut in hours for a staff member who raised the issue at the company's AGM....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Last Hurrah on the Taxpayer
    Responding to the NZ Herald report that Hone Harawira spent up $54,000 on the taxpayer in his last three months as an MP, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says: “It is absolutely disgraceful that an MP managed to rack...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Press statement in relation to search of Nicky Hager’s home
    On 2 October 2014, Nicky Hager's home in Wellington was searched by police. Mr Hager asserted that documents kept at his house were protected by privilege, including because they contained information that might identify confidential sources....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • The Sam Simon arrives into Auckland for new campaign
    This morning Sea Shepherd ship, the Sam Simon, arrived into Auckland harbour after its journey from Melbourne. The ship and its 25 crew from around the globe have come to New Zealand to source supplies and prepare for the upcoming...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Low inflation – time for meaningful wage increases
    With inflation low, now is a good time for workers to negotiate for pay increases that outstrip price rises and deliver real increases in wages and salaries. “For too many people, real pay increases have been missing for several years...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Auckland Rates Rises Out of Control
    Responding to the NZ Herald report that Auckland ratepayers will face an average of a 29 percent rates increase, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says: “These rate rises show that Len Brown's spending is out of control.”...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Protest at New Plymouth Oil and Gas Expo
    About 30 protesters from Climate Justice Taranaki, Frack-free Kapiti, Te Uru Pounamu Action Group, Oil Free Wellington, Frack-free Manawatu and the east coast protested yesterday outside New Plymouth's biennial Oil and Gas Expo at the TSB Stadium....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • FMA warns consumers about cold-calling investment offers
    The Financial Markets Authority (FMA) is warning New Zealand consumers and investors to be wary of cold-calls asking them to buy shares or put their money into offshore firms....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Comprehensive plan needed to end child poverty
    Child Poverty Action Group says it is vital the newly re-elected National government takes a planned and comprehensive approach to reducing child poverty in New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Metiria Gets Feed the Kids
    Yesterday the Speaker of the House advised that he had accepted my request to transfer my Feed the Kids (Education (Breakfast and Lunch Programmes in Schools) Amendment) Bill to Metiria Turei of the Green Party....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • DIA undercover investigation leads to jailing
    An undercover Internal Affairs investigation has led to a Hastings man being jailed for three and half years....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Call on Minister McCully to pursue the case of Balibo Five
    Media Information: Call on Minister McCully to pursue the case of journalist Gary Cunningham and the Balibo Five...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Australia and NZ actions on press freedoms alarming
    Global support for investigative journalism in Australia and New Zealand is a welcome response to law changes and a police raid, says the Pacific Freedom Forum...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Call for release of French journalists in West Papua
    West Papua Action Auckland, the EPMU Print and Media Council and the NZ Media Freedom Network call on the Minister of Foreign Affairs to speak out in support of the two French TV journalists whose trial has just begun in...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Court of Appeal: Dotcom v 20th Century Fox Film Corporation
    A The appeal is dismissed. B The 20 August 2014 order of the High Court dealing with confidentiality and the 29 August 2014 order of this Court dealing with confidentiality are set aside. C The confidentiality orders set out in...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Glassons Blasted For Glamourising Animal Cruelty
    Clothing brand Glassons have found themselves embroiled in another controversy after launching a new advert featuring a girl riding a bull. Animal advocacy organisation SAFE have asked them to remove the ad immediately as it glamourises animal cruelty....
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Smuggling honey into New Zealand isn’t sweet
    Smuggling honey into New Zealand isn’t sweet Federated Farmers Bee Industry Group applauds the tough line taken by Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) Border Staff at Auckland Airport. In deporting the couple found trying to smuggle bee products...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Taxpayers’ Union Responds to Joyce on Corporate Welfare
    Responding to Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce’s defence of corporate welfare , Jim Rose, the author of Monopoly Money , a Taxpayers Union report on corporate welfare since 2008, says:...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Speech from the Throne brings welcome focus on children
    Today’s speech from the Throne confirms the Government’s focus on children, youth and their families in the areas of health, education, youth employment, poverty alleviation and Whānau Ora; now the challenge is to ensure every child in New Zealand...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • John’s Job Fairs no fix for unemployment and poverty
    “John Key has clearly been looking to the US for his latest bright idea on dealing with employment issues,” says Auckland Action Against Poverty coordinator Sue Bradford. “Job fairs where the desperately unemployed queue in their corporate best to compete...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Speech From the Throne Foreshadows More Corporate Welfare
    Responding to the Governor General’s Speech from the Throne, which outlined that the Government’s intentions for the next Parliamentary term would include further Business Growth Agenda initiatives, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Green MP to speak at panel on Rainbow Mental Health
    Hamilton, New Zealand: Recently re-elected Green Party MP Jan Logie will be a guest speaker at a panel on the mental health of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Trangender, Takataapui and Intersex people taking place on November 1st as part of the...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Evidence Supports GE Moratorium
    Federated Farmers spokesman Graham Smith's call for a 'rethink' on release of GeneticallyEngineered organisms is misguided, and instead it is time for a formal moratorium on GMOs in the environment.(1)...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Chatham Rise mining could have impact on whales and dolphins
    Wellington, 21 October 2014--Mining phosphate on the Chatham Rise, off the east coast of New Zealand’s south island, could potentially have many impacts on marine mammals like whales and dolphins, the Environmental Protection Agency was told today....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Council endorses Nanaia Mahuta as the next Labour leader
    Te Kaunihera Māori, the Māori Council of the New Zealand Labour Party, have passed a resolution to endorse the Hon Nanaia Mahuta as the next leader of the Labour Party...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Kaumatua to organise petition to end Maori seats
    Ngapuhi kaumatua David Rankin has announced that he will be organising a nationwide petition to seek support from Maori voters to end the Maori seats. “These seats are patronising”, he says. “They imply we need a special status, and that...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Announcing a New Voice for The Left
    Josh Forman is pleased to announce the creation of a new force on the Left of politics in New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Public services held back by poor workplace culture
    A new report by Victoria University’s Centre for Labour, Employment and Work shows that public servants are working significant unpaid overtime to ensure the public services New Zealanders value are able to continue....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • iPredict New Zealand Weekly Economic & Political Update
    Andrew Little’s probability of being the next leader of the Labour Party has reached 70% and Jacinda Ardern is favourite to become his deputy, according to the combined wisdom of the 8000+ registered traders on New Zealand’s predictions market, iPredict....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Prison Drug Treatment Unit marks a milestone
    Christchurch Men’s Prison’s Drug Treatment Unit (DTU) celebrated the completion of its 50th six month Drug and Alcohol Programme today, with the graduation of a further twelve offenders....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Security Council seat a chance for NZ to empower women
    The UN Women National Committee Aotearoa New Zealand (UN Women NCANZ) welcomes New Zealand winning a seat on the United Nations Security Council and is calling on New Zealand to use its position to proactively promote effective implementation of the...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Waipareira and ACC sign Partnership
    Waipareira and The Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding at Whanau Centre, Henderson – marking a special day for the West Auckland Urban Maori organisation....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Humanitarian aid desperately needed in Iraq and Syria
    Global Peace and Justice Auckland is calling on the government to provide humanitarian funding for non-aligned NGOs (non-governmental organisations) in the Middle East rather than give any support whatever for the US-led military campaign in the area....
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