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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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    Labour | 09-11
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    National’s economic credibility is under serious scrutiny with its search for surplus becoming harder due to an economy far too reliant on the dairy industry, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker. “National promised New Zealanders would get into surplus by...
    Labour | 06-11
  • Kiwis in pain because of Government underfunding
    New research showing one in three people needing elective surgery are being denied publicly-funded operations shows the Government must properly fund the health sector, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says. “For almost two years Labour has been warning about the...
    Labour | 06-11
  • National’s promised surplus looking doubtful
    Budget figures for the first quarter of the financial year released today by Treasury show the Government's goal of achieving a budget surplus is looking doubtful, the Green Party said today."National has staked its credibility on achieving a budget surplus...
    Greens | 06-11
  • Kevin Hague speaks on the Gambling Amendment Bill (No 3)
    I rise to give this speech on behalf of Denise Roche, who handles the gambling portfolio for the Green Party. This bill deals with class 4 gambling—pokies in pubs and clubs—and it is the result of changes that were suggested...
    Greens | 06-11
  • Kevin Hague speaks on the Health (Protection) Amendment Bill
    I would like to start off where the previous speaker left off, on the issue of balancing rights or balancing harms. All law is in some way a restriction of personal liberty. That is the point of law. When we...
    Greens | 06-11
  • Joyce backs away from yet another target
    Steven Joyce has backed away from two targets in two days, refusing to acknowledge that his Government has an unambitious aim to get unemployment down to 4 per cent in 11 years’ time, says Labour Associate Finance spokesperson David Clark....
    Labour | 06-11
  • Pacific peoples incomes and jobs falling under National
    The Minister of Pacific Peoples is attempting to bury the ugly facts of Pacific unemployment and income levels worsening since National took office in 2008, said Labour’s Pacific Affairs spokesperson, Su’a William Sio. “If the Minister doesn’t acknowledge how bad...
    Labour | 06-11
  • The Block NZ doing a better job than Nick Smith
    Nick Smith should consider calling in producers of The Block NZ with participants in the TV series completing more houses in two seasons than the Government’s failed Special Housing Area policy, says Labour's Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The Block NZ...
    Labour | 06-11
  • Meridian moves to kill competition from solar homes
    Big electricity companies are using their power to make it harder for families and businesses wanting to go solar and the National Government is doing nothing to help them, the Green Party said today. Meridian Energy announced today a 60-72...
    Greens | 06-11
  • Has John Key done all he could for Pike families?
    It will be forever on the conscience of John Key whether he did all he could to recover the remains of the 29 miners who died in Pike River, Labour’s MP for West Coast-Tasman Damien O’Connor says.  “The Prime Minister...
    Labour | 05-11
  • National further dashes hopes of new parents
    The National Government has once again shown its disdain for working parents by voting down proposals to extend paid parental leave, Labour MP Sue Moroney says.  “The Government vetoed an amended proposal that substantially reduced the cost of extending PPL...
    Labour | 05-11
  • EXCLUSIVE: Campaign reflection, Laila Harré reaching out for radical minds
    Today I’ve announced that I will be stepping down from the Internet Party leadership in December. This will happen once options for the future have been developed for discussion and decision among members. My absolute focus in this election was...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • The Ebola crisis, capitalism and the Cuban medical revolution
    “Ebola emerged nearly 40 years ago. Why are clinicians still empty-handed, with no vaccines and no cure? Because Ebola has been, historically, geographically confined to poor African nations. The R&D incentive is virtually non-existent. A profit-driven industry does not invest...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • MEDIA WATCH: TVNZ Reveals Insane Deadlines For Māori and Pacific Island Pr...
    Last Tuesday, November 18th, TVNZ requested proposals from producers for the four Māori and Pacific Island programmes they will no longer be making in-house. Marae, Waka Huia, Fresh and Tagata Pasifika will keep their existing names, existing formats and existing...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • The Daily Blog Breakfast Club Ep. 1
    TDB Video, Live from Verona Cafe on K-Rd, Auckland – a weekly current affairs show with TDB Editor Martyn Bradbury. This week’s panel: Chris Trotter & Selwyn Manning.The issues: 1 – What now for the New Labour leader? 2 –...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • Performance-demonstration at Auckland’s High Court to demand justice for ...
    People outraged at the lack of justice in the so-called ‘Roast Busters’ case and 99% of other rape cases in this country are holding a visually powerful mass action at the Auckland High Court at 1 o’clock on Saturday. They...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • IES vote may weaken defense of public education
    PPTA announced today that secondary teachers have voted to include the IES (Investing in Education Success) as a variation to their collective employment agreement with the government. At one level it’s an understandable decision by PPTA members because through engaging in a consultation...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • NZ History lesson on Planet Key – the lies white people tell themselves
    John Key’s bizarre claims about our ‘peaceful history’ comes across like the apartheid history of South Africa where white people discovered Africa first… New Zealand ‘settled peacefully’ – PM New Zealand was “settled peacefully” by the British, the prime minister...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • Universal Basic Income and Labour Policy
    On Radio New Zealand’s None-to-Noon on Wednesday (19 November), new Labour leader Andrew Little intimated that he would like to put Universal Basic Income (UBI) on his policy agenda (What policy changes will Andrew Little usher in?) Predictably Kathryn Ryan, despite being...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • The New Notes : They Ain’t Mint
    Hulk Queen Angry. Hulk Queen smash.   Yesterday, the Reserve Bank announced its new designs for our banknotes. Now, I’ve historically been pretty sketch about this entire process; variously feeling affronted that the government could find eighty million dollars to fund a...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • MSM under-mining of new Labour Leader already begun?
    . . It did not take long. In fact, on the same day that Andrew Little won the Labour leadership*, the first media reporter was already asking if he would be stepping down  if Labour failed to lift in the...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • GUEST BLOG: Simon Buckingham – invisible disability voices
    Today I am ranting. The Disability Advisory Group has been announced by Auckland Council. This is the body that represents the interests and views of people with disabilities in Auckland. Whilst I would not have applied this time as I...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, Andrew Little
    Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, Andrew Little...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • Why labelling Little as a ‘Unionist’ is a joke and how he beats Key in ...
    The line being used to attack Andrew Little as a ‘Unionist’ is just an absurd joke, and it comes from people who clearly don’t understand the modern NZ Union movement. Andrew ran the EPM Bloody U, they are easily one...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • 5AA Australia – Labour’s New Leader + China’s President In New Zealan...
    Recorded on 20/11/14 – Captured Live on Ustream.tv. 5AA’s Peter Godfrey and Selwyn Manning.ISSUE ONE: The New Zealand Labour Party has elected its new leader, the vote going to a third round after no clear outright winner was found in...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • Did Roger Sutton think he was running the Rock Radio Station?
    Visible G-String Fridays? Full body hugs? Jokes about who you would and wouldn’t have sex with? Honey? Sweety? It’s like Roger thought he was running the Rock Radio Station, not a Government Public Service department set up to rebuild a...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • US Politics
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    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • Amnesty International – The conversation that needs to be had with China
    Caption: Police officer watching Hong Kong pro-democracy march, 01 July 2014 © Amnesty International    Yesterday’s edition of The New Zealand Herald features an open letter to all New Zealander’s from Xi Jinping, President of the People’s Republic of China. Along...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • GUEST BLOG: Patrick O’Dea – “Liar”
    LIAR! ‘Privatised social housing to benefit tenants’ English “Housing Corp was a poor performer and about a third of its housing stock was the wrong size, in poor condition and in the wrong place. That stock was worth about $5...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • Too Close For Comfort: Reflections on Andrew Little’s narrow victory over...
    THE TRAGIC SCREENSHOT of “Gracinda” in defeat bears eloquent testimony to the bitter disappointment of the Grant Robertson-led faction of the Labour Party. And, yes, ‘Party’ is the right word. The Robertson machine has now extended its influence well beyond...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • How to defeat child poverty
      How to defeat child poverty...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • Little’s Shadow Cabinet
    Now the horror of trying to pacify the factions begins. The only thing Little’s new shadow cabinet must do is create the pretence of unity. The reason voters didn’t flock to Labour wasn’t the bloody CGT or Superannuation, it was...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • A pilgrimage with my sister – Rethink the System
    We’ve both wanted to do a pilgrimage for many years. But, unlike many modern pilgrims, we wanted to be pilgirms in our own country and get closer to our communities, rather than seek greater distance from them. We are both...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • Lack of policy ambition is Andrew Little’s main problem
    I’ve met Andrew Little a few times and he’s a pleasant man who will make a reasonable job leading what the Labour Party has become in recent decades. He will preside over a much less divided caucus and will be...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • Journos, film makers, media freedom advocates join Asia-Pacific political j...
    A candlelight vigil for the 58 victims of the 2009 Maguindanao massacre – 32 of them media people. Still no justice for them today. Renowned investigative journalists, film makers, academics and media freedom campaigners from across the Asia-Pacific region will...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • And the new Labour Leader is ZZZZZZZZZZ
    The victory lap by Caucus over the members choice of Cunliffe has ended and the new leader of the Labour Party is Andrew Little. Yawn. The dullness and caution of the latest Leadership race will be served well by Andrew,...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • Allow the Facts to Get in the Way of the Neolib Stories
    One of the weaknesses of the political left in New Zealand over the last 30 years has been to allow the neoliberal storytellers to get away with lots of fibs and half-fibs. On TVNZ’s Q+A on 16 November, in a...
    The Daily Blog | 17-11
  • Defending The Boomers: A Response to Chloe King
    THE BABY-BOOM GENERATION (49-68 year-olds) currently numbers just under a quarter of New Zealand’s population. Even so, there is a pervasive notion that the generation of New Zealanders born between the end of World War II and the mid-1960s exercises...
    The Daily Blog | 17-11
  • This weeks Waatea news column – Waitangi Tribunal ruling enshrines Treaty...
      This weeks Waatea news column – Waitangi Tribunal ruling enshrines Treaty as a living document...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • Key now says SAS will be needed to protect ‘trainers’ behind the wire
    Well, well, well. What do we have here? Government could send SAS to Iraq New Zealand’s elite Special Air Service (SAS) could be deployed to Iraq to protect Kiwi troops sent to train local forces. Prime Minister John Key confirmed...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • Do You Want to Build a Meth Lab? (Frozen x Breaking Bad Parody)
    Do You Want to Build a Meth Lab? (Frozen x Breaking Bad Parody)...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • Soft soap for the rich – harsh taxes for the poor
    It’s no surprise to see New Zealand has one of the world’s lowest tax rates for the rich and the superrich. A survey by the global accounting network UHY shows New Zealand’s highest tax rates are lower than even Australia,...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • Phillip Smith and the rehabilitation process
    The dominant media narrative in horrible murder cases is that the perpetrator is unlikely ever to be rehabilitated. When it appears the offender may get parole the media turns first to family members of the victim who commonly (and understandably)...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • The Nation review: Finlayson’s terrifying definition of who is on terror ...
    Terrifying Nation today on TV3. Chris Finlayson is on justifying the Government’s Muslim fear mongering and extension of even more surveillance powers. It was jaw dropping. Finlayson says ‘alienated people with a chip on their shoulder’ is the threshold to get...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • A brief word on The Block NZ
    Is it just me or did The Block manage to sum up everything that is wrong about our culture and economy? Fetishised property speculation as mass entertainment in a country of homelessness & poverty. I wonder if State House tenants...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • Waitangi Tribunal ruling
    That spluttering choking sound of a thousand rednecks being informed Maori still have sovereignty is a hilarious cacophony of stupid… Crown still in charge: Minister Chris Finlayson on Waitangi Treaty ruling The Waitangi Tribunal’s finding that Maori chiefs who signed...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • A brief word on Phillip Smith
    We can arrest student loan & fine defaulters at the airport – but not convicted child molesting killers? Before we ban manufactured ISIS ‘terrorists’ from having passports, how about we just manage to stop child molesting killers from fleeing first?...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • Free Me From Religion
          The meeting begins – or at least it’s supposed to begin – but someone interrupts proceedings. She wants everyone to pray with their heads bowed while she can “thank our Father who art in Heaven.” I close...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • Key capitulates on TPPA while big money NZ set up propaganda fund
    So Key has capitulated on the ‘gold standard’ of free trade deals… The primary objective for New Zealand at Apec was to see some urgency injected into the TPP talks and to keep leaders aiming for a high quality deal....
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • Why Phillip Smith is the least of our worries
    Well, it turns out Phillip Smith wasn’t half as clever as he thought he was, and he’s been arrested within a week. If the Prime Minister is through with making tasteless jokes, perhaps we can ramp down the media hysteria...
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • Constraining Credibility
      Most economists and members of the public – on both the right and the left – believe that economies are constrained by resource scarcity most of the time. In this view, economies are supply-constrained, and that the economic problem...
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • Migrant Labour, exploitation and free markets
    Once more we read about a horror story of virtual slavery for a migrant worker in a restaurant in Christchurch. The silver lining that in this case compensation should be paid is not assured. Often in situations like this the employer winds up...
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • On baby boomers who give my generation unhelpful advice: JUST DON’T
    One of my mum’s colleagues recently told her that there is no money in what her daughter was doing; volunteering at a women’s refuge and writing on politics. This guy, dispensing all his pearls of wisdom, told my mother that...
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • Morbid Symptoms: Can Labour Be Born Anew?
    THE CHAIRS in the final meeting venue have been stacked away. All that expensive signage, commissioned for the benefit of the television cameras, no longer has a purpose. For the second time in just 14 months, Labour’s Leadership Contest is...
    The Daily Blog | 12-11
  • What’s Small, White, and Having Trouble Attracting New People?
    If your answer was something intimately connected to the person of Peter Dunne … then you’d be right. Last night, P-Dunney decided to bring his comedy and/or hair stylings to the twitterverse; penning a potentially somewhat ill-advised tweet in which he compared...
    The Daily Blog | 12-11
  • LATE at the Auckland Museum review – Slacktivisim: Its not just for Slack...
    Monday night is my yoga night. I’m not really very good it, I don’t really have the bendy, but I made a New Years resolution. This Monday however, I decided to put the yoga on prone and attend a gig...
    The Daily Blog | 12-11
  • This weeks Waatea news column – Nanaia Mahuta – the Princess who roared
      This weeks Waatea news column – Nanaia Mahuta – the Princess who roared...
    The Daily Blog | 11-11
  • Real reasons to fear Government’s new approach to child poverty
    Now  I really am worried.  Selling state houses is bad enough but a taking a ‘social investment focus’ to deal with child poverty? “The Treasury will issue a Request for Information inviting submissions from people who work with vulnerable New...
    The Daily Blog | 11-11
  • Power to the people!
    With all the huffing and puffing of the election out of the way and the right-wing still in ascendancy after 30 years of community-sapping neoliberalism it was a pleasure to attend a strike by workers at Carl’s Jr in Lincoln...
    The Daily Blog | 11-11
  • EXCLUSIVE: OIA reveals WINZ trespassing 400 people a year
    W.I.N.Z is broken and it’s breaking my heart. Every year WINZ issues trespass notices to just under 400 people. 2008 / 418 2009 /  382 2010 /  347 2011 /  411 2012 /  373 2013 /  384 And this year...
    The Daily Blog | 11-11
  • So David Farrar and the Government were wrong on gangs after all?
    Oh the predictability of this… Ministers acted on inaccurate gang data Cabinet signed off tough new measures to tackle gangs on the basis of inaccurate information which over-estimated the scale of the crime problem. The briefing paper told ministers 4000...
    The Daily Blog | 10-11
  • Patrick Gower interviews Laila Harre
    Patrick Gower interviews Laila Harre Headlines: Laila Harre to quit as Internet Party leader by Christmas when the party has completed its review, but would love to return to parliament Says party considering options for its future including winding...
    Scoop politics | 22-11
  • Lisa Owen interviews Labour leader Andrew Little
    Lisa Owen interviews Labour leader Andrew Little Headlines: Andrew Little says the shape of his front-bench for the 2017 election may not be clear until the end of next year Indicates next week’s appointments may be temporary: “So I may...
    Scoop politics | 22-11
  • Phillip John Smith – statement
    Police and the New Zealand Embassy in Brasilia are aware of a decision from the Brazil Federal Court requiring the deportation of Phillip Smith within 10 days. Further assessment is required to ensure there is a full understanding of this...
    Scoop politics | 22-11
  • Green’s ‘not speaking out about human rights abuses in China
    Right to Life challenges Russell Norman the co-leader of the Green Party to explain why, he was prepared to ask Prime Minister John Key to talk to Chinese President Xi Jinping about human rights abuses in countries bordering China but...
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • Goodfellow congratulates Key on IDU election
    Goodfellow congratulates Key on IDU election National Party President Peter Goodfellow has congratulated Prime Minister John Key on his election today as Chairman of the International Democrat Union (IDU)....
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • Taxpayers’ Union Congratulates PM on IDU Appointment
    The Taxpayers’ Union is today congratulating Rt. Hon. John Key on becoming the Chair of the International Democrat Union , as former Australian Prime Minister John Howard retires from the role after 12 years. Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director...
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • High demand for Consumer NZ’s “Do Not Knock” stickers
    Consumer NZ has distributed nearly 100,000 “Do Not Knock” stickers since the launch of its campaign to fight back against dodgy door-to-door sellers.The “Do Not Knock” campaign was launched on 3 November 2014. Free “Do Not Knock” stickers...
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • Phillip Smith decision still pending
    Detective Superintendent Mike Pannett is returning to Washington DC where he will continue to closely monitor a pending decision from the Brazilian authorities on the process to return Phillip Smith to New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • High Court demonstration to demand justice
    People outraged at the lack of justice in the so-called ‘Roast Busters’ case and 99% of other rape cases in this country are holding a visually powerful mass action at the Auckland High Court at 1 o’clock on Saturday. They...
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • NZ Society Wins Global Award For Fighting Animal Testing
    New Zealand banning animal testing of legal highs has been acknowledged with an award given in London. The New Zealand Anti-Vivisection Society (NZAVS) was awarded the 2014 LUSH Prize for lobbying against animal testing. The prize was given at the...
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • Poor govt advice to workers on petrol station drive-offs
    The New Zealand Council of Trade Unions has raised concerns with the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment ('MBIE') regarding their reported advice to workers about the petrol station drive away issue....
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • New Ombudsman opinion
    The Ombudsman has published his opinion on a complaint concerning the Police refusal to release information about a charging decision....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Kindergarten support staff achieve pay rise in tough climate
    The valuable contribution of kindergarten support staff has been recognised with a pay increase, despite the significant funding cuts that the kindergarten associations are experiencing....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Democracy and Conservative Religion: The Case of Islam
    “Is Islam compatible with democracy?” is a frequently-asked question. Recent rethinking of secularism and democracy have opened up new possibilities to think about religion and democracy. This question is important particularly in the case...
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • NZ fiscal watchdog needed to guard the public purse
    New Zealand needs tighter fiscal rules and an independent watchdog to improve the quality of government spending and reduce the risk of a return to deficit spending as the country’s population ages, if not before....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • NZSMI disappointed ANZTPA proposal shelved
    November 20, 2014: Consumer healthcare products industry body, the New Zealand Self-Medication Industry Association (SMI) says it is disappointed Government has once again shelved plans to create one medicines regulatory agency for both New Zealand and Australia....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Democracy Action Welcomes Tauranga Vote
    Responding to Tauranga Council’s unanimous vote not to establish separate Council seats on the basis of ethnicity, Lee Short, Democracy Action founder says: “The establishment of a Maori ward would have damaged the relationship between Maori and...
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Employer caught abusing new ‘teabreaks law’
    Employer caught abusing new ‘teabreaks law’ to exploit workers The government passed the controversial ‘teabreaks’ legislation only a few weeks ago and already Unite Union has caught an employer using this law as an excuse for ill-treating their...
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • FGC response to Commerce Commission report
    The New Zealand Food & Grocery Council is not surprised by the Commerce Commission’s findings, given New Zealand’s current legal framework....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Bascand: Brighter Money
    Seeing people’s initial reactions to the new banknote designs is a heartening reminder of what an important role currency plays in our lives, and what a sense of pride and heritage our notes evoke....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • RBNZ releases Brighter Money designs
    New Zealand’s banknotes are getting brighter and better, with the Reserve Bank today unveiling more vibrant and secure banknote designs which will progressively enter circulation later next year....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • 25 years of children’s rights
    UNICEF and OFC celebrate 25 years of children’s rights with Just Play Sports Days On Universal Children’s Day (20 November) and as part of the Oceania Football Confederation’s (OFC) inaugural President’s Cup, UNICEF will celebrate 25 years of children’s...
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Xiamen delegation to Wellington has business focus
    Stronger business, education and cultural ties with our Chinese partners will be the focus when a 20-strong government and business delegation led by Xiamen Mayor Mr Liu Keqing which visits Wellington tomorrow (Friday) and Saturday as part of the...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Warriors promote White Ribbon Day message
    Warriors promote White Ribbon Day message Shine and Orakei Health Services On Tuesday, the Vodafone Warriors will promote the White Ribbon Day message to the community at Eastridge Shopping Centre, Mission Bay. The Warriors are supporting their charity...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Superannuitants to protest unethical investments
    A delegation of Auckland superannuitants will deliver a protest-card petition and protest letter to the New Zealand Super Fund this Thursday afternoon to call on the fund to divest from companies which support the Israeli occupation of Palestinian...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Manukau job cuts ‘running the place into the ground’
    Manukau Institute of Technology (MIT) confirmed to its staff yesterday that 54 jobs will go before Christmas....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Newcore Looks Pretty Rotten for Ratepayers
    Responding to the NZ Herald report that the IT system commissioned by Auckland Council to consolidate the eight systems the Super City inherited from its precursor councils could be facing a budget blowout of $100 million, Taxpayers’ Union Spokesman Ben...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Accountability following quake response inquiry not achieved
    Lessons still need to be learned from the search and rescue efforts following the February 2011 earthquake in Christchurch, a leading New Zealand lawyer, Nigel Hampton QC, says....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Our kids say: We are failing in our duty to protect them
    Our kids say: We are failing in our duty to protect them More than a quarter of Kiwi kids say children’s right to be safe and protected isn’t being upheld in New Zealand, identifying protection from violence, abuse and murder...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • PARS & Turuki Health Care collaborate on health and services
    Auckland-based PARS (People at Risk Solutions) have partnered with the Turuki Health Care Trust, to offer improved healthcare services to those in need. PARS works closely with former prisoners, providing mentoring, housing, and social services to ensure...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Children’s Plea
    A plea has been sent to all Members of Parliament, regardless of party affiliation, to accord urgency and priority to children's issues. These issues include vulnerability, safety and childhood poverty....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Treasury off track in search for sound policies
    Treasury is unlikely to find the ideas it is looking for to improve outcomes for children while its primary driver is cost-cutting, says Child Poverty Action Group....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Commission calls for answers on handling of CERA harassment
    EEO Commissioner Dr Jackie Blue is deeply concerned about the way in which the State Services Commission has handled sexual allegations made against CERA chief executive Roger Sutton this week and is calling for answers....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Ashley Dwayne Guy v The Queen: Appeal Upheld
    The appellant, Mr Guy, was found guilty by a jury of a charge of sexual violation by unlawful sexual connection. After the verdict it was discovered that, by error, the jury had been provided in the jury room with two...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Zonta Club to Take a Stand Against Gender-Based Violence
    During the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence (25 November – 10 December), the Zonta Club of Wellington, along with members of the local community, will join nearly 1,200 Zonta clubs in 67 countries for the Zonta Says NO...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • New UNFPA report links progress and power to young people
    A UN report launched today calls for investment in young people as they are essential to social and economic progress....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • The Resignation with the Golden Handshake?
    Commenting on the settlement the State Services Commission has reached with former CERA CEO Roger Sutton, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says: "Only in the public sector do you receive a payout for ‘resigning’....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • NZ must not turn a blind eye to China’s human rights record
    Amnesty International is calling on New Zealand’s Prime Minister John Key to raise China’s shameful human rights record during President Xi Jinping’s visit to New Zealand this week....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • The Resignation with the Golden Handshake?
    Commenting on the settlement the State Services Commission has reached with former CERA CEO Roger Sutton, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says:...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Treasury’s covert & extremely odd welfare consultation
    A report this morning that Treasury is ‘crowd sourcing’ ideas on welfare policy is news to Auckland Action Against Poverty, even though we are currently one of the most active groups in the area....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • NZ invites Pacific peers to review development cooperation
    New Zealand has volunteered to be the first development partner in the Pacific region to undergo a review of its aid programme by Pacific island peers. The review will focus on New Zealand’s development cooperation and will give greater insight...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • EPMU joins Pike River families to mark fourth anniversary
    Representatives of the Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union are proud to stand with the Pike River families to mark four years since 29 men lost their lives. “This is a particularly solemn day given the recent announcements of Solid Energy...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • 2013 Assessment of New Zealand’s National Integrity Systems
    SPEAKER TUILOMA NERONI SLADE: Former Judge, International Criminal Court in the Hague, former legal counsel at the Commonwealth Secretariat, Secretary-General of the Pacific Islands Forum 2008-2014. Introduced by Helen Sutch, Victoria University Council,...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Green Party ignoring Waimea’s environmental benefits
    Green Party MP Catherine Delahunty has overlooked the environmental benefits the proposed Waimea Community Dam will bring the Tasman community, says IrrigationNZ Chairperson Nicky Hyslop....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Women’s use of violence in violent relationships
    More than 80 percent of women who live with a physically violent partner will not initiate violence when they are not being hit, according to new research....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Poor credit rating linked to poor cardiovascular health
    Poor credit rating linked to poor cardiovascular health A credit score doesn’t only boil down a person’s entire financial history to a single number and somehow predict their credit-worthiness, it might also be saying something about a person’s...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • State Services Commissioner on Roger Sutton Investigation
    State Services Commissioner Iain Rennie today said the investigation into Roger Sutton’s conduct was robust. Roger Sutton chose to resign as Chief Executive of the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA) yesterday....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Predator Free NZ project welcomed
    Federated Farmers and the conservation organisation Forest & Bird are welcoming the Predator Free New Zealand initiative as an ambitious but achievable project that will have real benefits for conservation and the economy....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Stock rustling set to continue under lax laws
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