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Horan has no moral grounds to stay

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, December 5th, 2012 - 56 comments
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Brendan Horan has been booted out of New Zealand First’s caucus over the scandal involving his late mother’s estate. Legally, he can now remain on in Parliament as an independent MP, or join another party. But he ought not. He has no claim to represent anyone but those who party voted NZF, and if he can’t represent them, he must let the next person on the list do so. For him to hang around for 2 years on a taxpayer salary is untenable.

Plus, he wouldn’t want to force Peters to release the personal stuff.

[Update: looks like the personal stuff is starting to come out – Horan’s use of his work phone to place TAB bets, lots of them in rapid succession]

56 comments on “Horan has no moral grounds to stay”

  1. karol 1

    I am surprised a list MP can legally stay after been booted by his party.  My guess is Horan won’t resign immediately as it would look like an admission of guilt, and he is so far pleading innocent:
     

    “Whether or not that information is true and whether it would stand up in a courtroom is another matter, but obviously it stood up in Mr Peters’ courtroom.’

    He said Mr Horan was feeling “understandably combative” but he was aware he came in as a NZ First list MP and that may influence his ultimate decision.

    Leaving Parliament now, simply because Mr Peters said so, could be seen as an admission of wrongdoing or guilt and Mr Horan insisted he had done nothing wrong. ” He’s saying ‘I’m not leaving Parliament, I don’t care what Winston Peters says. He can judge me. I’d rather be judged by people that have all the information.” 

  2. This issue has been around for a while.  Certainly where a list MP gets excluded they should be outski.

    The issue will always be what if they have done nothing wrong but become unpopular because they stick to election policy against the wishes of the majority.

    One option could be to require a unanimous vote of the remaining caucus members before their office could be terminated. 

    • I have to disagree with that too.

      There should be a certain amount of incentive to get the list right the first time, to develop an ideology and team that is cohesive and loyal.

    • Pete 2.2

      In this instance I believe Horan should go, but I am uncomfortable with the idea in general terms that a list MP should be expelled from Parliament if they leave their party. It may be that they leave their party out of a matter of principle and I don’t think it’s appropriate to penalise an act of conscience.

      The worst case scenario is that a government loses confidence and supply, triggering an election. I would trust an MP would weigh that in his or her mind before making a decision to go, but whatever compells an MP to depart from their party would probably be an issue to go to the country on.

      Further, the threat of expulsion from Parliament would be too big a stick in the hands of party whips and leaders, I think it’s inappropriate to cow a caucus into a group of yes-men.

      • Populuxe1 2.2.1

        An MP is elected as representing his or her party. If they are no longer of the party then they no longer have the mandate under which they were elected – especially if they’re a list MP.

        • Pascal's bookie 2.2.1.1

          What a load of tosh.

          Nothing faintly resembling that in the electoral act.

          • Populuxe1 2.2.1.1.1

            I didn’t say it was, I was speaking of ethical principle. However 55/1/d of the Electoral Act 1993 likely applies.

    • liberty 2.3

      A list MP should resign if he loses the support of his party.
      But this case is different.
      The MP has been unilaterally sacked from the party without the opportunity
      To defend himself.
      He may or may not be as guilty as sin.
      He still has the right to explain his side of the story.
      To sack someone under parliamentary privilege is also abhorrent.
      Many employer has been forced to spend large amounts to get rid
      Of dip stick staff.
      While this labour/NZfirst MP puts himself above the law.
      With the abuse of parliamentary privilege.
      Then there was the case of the then labour Mp Mr Field.
      Guilty as sin. Why wasn’t he sacked on the spot.
      Because it was politically expedient to keep him.

  3. kea 3

    What happened to the legal presumption of innocence until proven guilty ?

    • deuto 3.1

      Exactly, Kea.

      I personally felt very uncomfortable in that regard when watching Peters’ statement in the House yesterday afternoon. Not only was there no presumption of innocent until found guilty by a court of law, but there appeared to have been no opportunity given to Horan to present his side prior to the decision to expel him from the NZF caucus.

      Indeed, Peters stated that the information leading to the decision to expel had only just been received, some as recently as 2.15pm that afternoon – in other words while Peters and other members of the NZF were in the House for Question Time!

      Regardless of the facts of the situation – and I am currently completely neutral on that and feel a bit of a voyeur into private matters that are none of my business – it all seemed a bit too hasty to me.

      On this score, Scott Yorke at IF has a post quoting the NZF constitutional rules with some interesting comments from Geddis and Edgeler at

      http://www.imperatorfish.com/2012/12/even-king-must-follow-rules.html

      If you didn’t manage to read that before falling asleep, let me summarise in a few words the critical points. NZ First’s board can act on a complaint about a member, or act on its own initiative in the event it thinks a member has been naughty. But in either case it must convene a hearing, and the member concerned is entitled to be present.

      (Ignore for a moment some of the ropey drafting of this rule, because I think the intent of the rule is pretty clear)

      I’m going to assume there hasn’t been a hearing by NZ First’s board, because I’m sure someone would have mentioned a hearing if one had taken place, and I’m also going to assume from Horan’s defiant statements that he hasn’t resigned as a member. And while his future plans are unclear, he hasn’t to my knowledge joined another party.

      So Horan’s still a member of NZ First, and not even King Winston can decree otherwise.

      Things could get interesting!

      • Jackal 3.1.1

        …but there appeared to have been no opportunity given to Horan to present his side prior to the decision to expel him from the NZF caucus.

        I don’t think that’s correct dueto… Peters gave Horan every opportunity to provide information to him to base a decision on. Peters also had to make a decision about this, and it turned out that the information provided by Mana Ormsby was compelling enough for Horan to be expelled from NZ First.

        I’ve written further to point out that Scott Yorke and the ever deluded David Farrar (who has simply copied the Imperator Fish post), are both wrong!

      • Crashcart 3.1.2

        Peter’s spent a hell of a long time hammering Key about how it didn’t matter if what John Banks did was illegal he should be stood down because of how it looked. Peters had very little option but to respond the way he did once he felt it looked bad.

        Many posters here hammered Key for settting the standard of “He hasn’t been felt guilty of a crime” it hardley seems fair to have a go at Peter’s for setting higher standards of what he expects from his MP’s.

        • Pascal's bookie 3.1.2.1

          I don’t think many have problems with Peters kicking him out of caucus, or getting things rolling re kicking him right out of the party. the point of dispute is more about whether or not a party leader has the right to demand that a duly elected MP be kicked out of parliament.

          I hold no candle for Richard Worth, for example, but that doen’t mean I’m comfortable that he was driven from parliament and we still don’t know why.

    • Lightly 3.2

      That’s a criminal law test. This isn’t an issue of criminal law. Moreover, Peters did wait until he had evidence that, to his mind, proved Horan was unfit to be an NZF MP.

      • Populuxe1 3.2.1

        Indeed. Criminality is irrelevant, the point is whether the party had been dragged into disrepute in the eyes of its supporters.

  4. Olwyn 4

    I do not see anything wrong with his being stood down until such time as he is shown to be innocent or guilty of the charges against him, and returned to the fold if he turns out to be innocent. At the very least, there needs to be more to firing a list MP than the leader saying he no longer has confidence in him.

  5. Matthew 5

    I must admit i was shocked that a list MP is able to keep his seat when expelled by the party. I had to have it explained to me that the ‘waka-jumping’ legislation expired in 2001 or thereabouts.
    That seat belongs to NZF, & Horan should go. Whether a party gets the list right the first time is irrelevant, especially in circumstances of behaviour improper of an MP. NZF are entitled to x amount of MP’s & not a single person voted for “Horan, Brendan”
    If I had realised it was still possible to do what Horan is doing, I would have made a submission to the Select committee recommending this area be tightened up. Sorry folks, my bad.

    • felix 5.1

      “not a single person voted for “Horan, Brendan””

      What do you think people are voting for when they cast a list vote if not for the people on the list?

      • higherstandard 5.1.1

        A logo and a pending broken promise.

      • Binders full of women 5.1.2

        Agreed Felix. Knowing a little about him was enough turn-off to not list vote NZF. I for one look at lists and avoid people like Horan and Delahunty.

    • higherstandard 5.2

      Quite right Matthew the populace should just vote for a party and let the party choose which ever hack and trougher they want on their list.

    • Steve Wrathall 5.3

      “…not a single person voted for “Horan, Brendan””

      Actually 4611 people voted for “Horan, Brendan” in Tauranga, against zero for “Peters, Winston” who stood nowhere.

  6. vto 6

    this is a wee reminder of how Winston Bjeikle-Peters conducts himself.

    He simply cannot be trusted. His word cannot be trusted. He cannot be trusted to follow basic principles of fairness and law (innocent until proved guilty).

    This is what will happen if he becomes a member of another government again and anyone who thinks otherwise is a fool.

    • higherstandard 6.1

      Yet if national or labour need him to form a government you can be assured they will fellate him within an inch of his life and the partisans will cheer them on, ho hum nothing really changes in Wellington, twas a pity the CCH earthquake didn’t strike under the beehive while it was in session.

    • Populuxe1 6.2

      Oh hahahaha that’s funny – what politician can?

  7. Skinny 7

    By the looks of it this is a breech of NZ First’s own constitutional rules. What’s happened to the ‘principles of natural justice.’ appears a tad dictatorial of Peters. What didn’t he like being challenged on this and possibly being threatened with litigation. Can hardly blame Horan on some of these matters.

    • Lightly 7.1

      it was a unanimous vote by the rest of NZF’s caucus.

      • deuto 7.1.1

        Do you have a link to this?

        I have rechecked Peters’ statement in the House yesterday and can find no reference to it being an “unanimous vote by the rest of NZF’s caucus”.

        Also, if IF’s quoting of the NZF Constitution is correct in his website post (link at 3.1 above), then termination is not the decision of the caucus – it is the decision of the NZF Board in accordance with the process set out in the Constitution. This requires a formal meeting of the Board and 14 days for the person concerned to respond.

        • Jackal 7.1.1.1

          Do you have a link to them not having a meeting dueto? I mean honestly! It would stand to reason that there was a meeting to discus Horans future within the party. Winston Peters would be well versed in the rules of his own party, in fact he probably wrote those rules lots of people are claiming haven’t been adhered to despite a complete lack of evidence for them to base their claims on. Horan claiming that he wasn’t given an opportunity to respond is simply wrong!

  8. Akldnut 8

    2 Common sense things
    1. That Horan should be stood down pending a review of the situation and going through all the appropriate procedures before being sacked.

    No more or less than Clark did for Peters.

    2. Horan’s ticket into parliament was as a NZ First list MP, the seat belongs to the Party so unless voted in as an electorate MP or he leaves /is shoved out of caucus – the seat stays with the party.

    • karol 8.1

      keep a clean nose
      watch the plain clothes
      you don’t need to be a weatherman
      to know which way the wind blows. 

    • Pascal's bookie 8.2

      2. Horan’s ticket into parliament was as a NZ First list MP, the seat belongs to the Party so unless voted in as an electorate MP or he leaves /is shoved out of caucus – the seat stays with the party.

      This doesn’t strike me as common sense at all.

      His ‘ticket’ into parliament was the votes that were received for the list that he was on. The list was a list of names, in order. that list of people was what the votes were for. The number of votes NZF got, dictated that Horan was elected. That same number of votes determined that the next person on NZF’s list was not elected.

      It’s no more common sense to say that ‘Horan must go’, than it is to say that ‘the next person on the list mustn’t be installed’.

      So common sense can go fuck itself, and we’ll look at the electoral law; which says that candidates from the list, are elected via the list. That is, they are elected MPs in their own right, the seat is theirs, not the party’s. Just as with MPs who are elected via the fpp electorate seats.

      There is nothing magical about being an electorate mp. Why is it that independent MPs don’t win electorate seats? Because voters vote to be represented by a candidate endorsed by a party, that’s why. The idea that electorate mps are not ‘appointed’ by the party, is no more bizarre than the same idea for list mps, so why the difference?

      • Crashcart 8.2.1

        I’m sorry but people keep saying that you vote for the list and I call bullshit. The parties put PARTY vote on all their bill boards. It is always talk about as the split between electorate and PARTY vote. Yes by the letter of the law you publish a list and people party vote based on the contents of that list. However here in the real world the majority of people PARTY vote based on the policies of the PARTY, not an individual list member.

        • Akldnut 8.2.1.1

          I vote party vote not for a person in particular, that person is only on there thru a party list not thru anything that is special about his seat.

          I say crap to a list MP walking away with my party vote. and of the twenty odd people I have spoken to not 1 gave their party vote for a specific person to walk away with it.

      • Populuxe1 8.2.2

        The voters voted for Horan knowing him to represent New Zealand First, and assuming him to be of good character – or at least of suitable character to represent their interests. If he fails in either regard he has lost the mandate under which he was elected and therefore doesn’t deserve his seat. How hard is that to understand?

    • burt 8.3

      No more or less than Clark did for Peters.

      I’m laughing my head off – what sort of blatant re-write of history is that !!!!! Clark protected Peters long enough to last the full term – had she hung him out when the allegations first surfaced rather than taking him at his word then his “secret donations” would have been uncovered before the statute of limitations expired on prosecution for false electoral returns …. but sure …. No less than Clark did for Peters … ha ha ha. What a muppet.

      • Akldnut 8.3.1

        That’s your feeble attempt at rewriting history Burt you moron.
        Clark stood him down while an investigation took place, which is more that he’s doing for Horan, feeble.

        • burt 8.3.1.1

          What month was that Akldnut, what month did the allegations of the donations surface ? Let me put it another way – how long did the “NO” fiasco go on for before he was stood down ?

  9. Treetop 9

    I have to give it to Winston as he has the backbone to stand a member down. When it came to Key over Banks, Key said that Banks was not in his caucus, what a lame excuse.

    Of course Banks would not stand himself down, would it then be up to the Act party to intervene re Banks?

    I think that Horan is rather quiet about the allegations and there has to be some truth in having recieved money due to the paper trail.

    Why resign when the benefits are too good to say no to. This tells me a bit about the character of Horan. If anything it appears as if morals/boundaries have been over stepped at the very least.

    • burt 9.1

      This tells me a bit about the character of Horan.

      He hasn’t sunk so low as to blatantly hold up a “NO” sign yet… He can go a lot lower and not hit the bottom in his party.

      • Treetop 9.1.1

        I disagree. The issue is between Horan and his deceased mother and the executors of the will feel as though legal action is required. Glenn was not a FRAIL woman.

  10. Skinny 10

    Well put Bookie your exactly right! Horan put a lot of hard yard campaigning for NZFirst & worked as Peters campaign man. I stand to be corrected but didn’t he  achieve the highest party vote ahead of Williams, where he stood for the list only? 
    Winston has cut quite a few MP’s before as I recall , a sign of megalomanic behavior. They guy just can’t be trusted not to throw his toys out of the cot. 

  11. BillODrees 11

    There was something about Winston’s sanctimonious, officious and moralising tone in Parliament yesterday that made me wish that Horan proves himself to be totally clean in this family estate matter.
     

  12. Skinny 12

    Horan like previous NZF MP’s before him, who buck Winston’s dictatorial system, get the bullet pure & simple. 

    BH’s egotistical streak & ambition would see him plotting to takeover from Peter’s one day. Probably causing a touch of paranoia for the ill tempered old goat. 

    So who are the other MP’s supporting a gradual step aside? which has obviously gone down like a lead ballon or more appropriately lead bullet ‘gulp.’

  13. Johan 13

    What ever happened to DUE PROCESS and NATURAL JUSTICE?
    Let’s have some clarity and have the facts presented. At the moment Peters has learned little from the past and still believes, “THIS IS MY PARTY AND I’LL DO WHAT I LIKE.”

  14. millsy 14

    Dont really blame the rednecks out there for being anti-MMP when situations like this pop up..

  15. xtasy 15

    From the start I wondered what Horan was there for, being a “list MP” for NZ First. Some may give him credit to have entered politics to contribute to society and work towards positive changes.

    Yet having watched numerous Question Time sessions, he only came across a bit convincing on questioning a government minister on the rotten sleepers that Kiwi Rail had imported from Peru and used in places.

    Otherwise, be this the “Backbenchers” program, and other “performances”, he gave me the impression of a self centred, spoilt self-serving opportunist, riding in on the back of some popularity with a fraction of the electorate for Winston Peters. Without Winston he would never have been there. He once was a weather presenter for TVNZ, knew how to sing, but what else has he done?

    I treat the allegations with great caution. I also usually would say “innocent until proven guilty”, but in this case, I am not so convinced. As a list MP Horan chose to be associated and counted with NZ First. They have their rules. And most know, NZ First is not much more that “Winston’s Party”!

    So if the party, and their caucus voted accordingly, want him out, so then he is OUT and must be OUT!

    Hanging on there as an “independent” will give him NO credit, as that gives the impression that he is rather concerned about his income situation than anything else. What does the man stand for by the way? I know not, what he really stands for. He has come across as “willy nilly”, “here there or anywhere”, and he voted also with NZ First against some bills leftists would hold high value to.

    I am surprised that some here have time for the man and want to defend him. I am also surprised about Russel Norman taking a stand.

    This shows to me: NZ First cannot and MUST NOT be taken for granted, and should NOT be part of any serious consideration for any alternative left of centre goverment for NZ. If those that count themselves to that political sector, wake up, and learn, this is very dangerous territory. Clear well off this and work on getting the bloody votes Greens, Labour, or better a NEW left party will be able to get!

  16. xtasy 16

    Now NZ First is in self mutilation mode, just as Labour has been over recent weeks.

    The opposition is as of recent showing real weakness, and I am extremely worried. There are too many incompetent, self-serving, dishonest and unworthy members amongst them, and it is now showing.

    This is serving the “credit” (albeit totally unjustified) given by the wider public right back to the rotten government!

    Shearer has proved to be a “dick-head” by demoting Cunliffe in a rushed and unreasonable manner.

    Peters has done the same by ridding his party, run primarily by himself and to his dictate, from Horan. Horan deserves to go, I still insist, but the process is not tidy.

    So the Greens are again left as the least corrupt, least questionable, least dishonest and least dysfunctional party in Parliament.

    I dislike the Greens though increasingly becoming a “Norman Party”.

    So I am back to my repeatedly stated position. NZ politics, and that is including “the left” is not up to it, is too rotten and must have a ROBUST SHAKE-UP!

    We need a NEW PARTY to the LEFT altogether, uniting all that have serious concerns for the rights of workers, beneficiaries, people as a whole, for the economic welfare of NZ, for progress in technology and society as a whole, for a healthy and truly environmentally friendly, sustainable and smart future.

    Split parties as we have it are not delivering enough to solve the issues and set a progressive, pro-creative and workable agenda.

    Get cracking, those seriously working in politics and advocacy, get together and hammer out a NEW Left Party, call it a true social democratic party of NZ or whatever, what we have is ROTTEN, is NOT going to deliver and MUST be THROWN OUT FOR GOOD!

  17. the pigman 17

    Those who argue that the vote was for NZF and not the people on the list are running an interesting line.

    Let’s put the shoe on the other foot. Would you look at the candidate list before pledging your vote to MANA?

    Let’s say Sue Bradford was standing at 3 and you really wanted her in. Because Shearer is minced in debates and people don’t trust the Greens (who in 2014 are playing their ambiguous Blue-Green shade of electioneering to pick up votes from bourgeois Greenpeace donators, who are routinely egged on by their spoilt 13 year old daughters to vote Green) so MANA actually picks up enough for 3 seats. Bradford is in but, less than a year down the track, falls foul with Hone and is booted out of MANA. Do you think Sue Bradford should lose her seat? Can you honestly say that your vote belongs only to MANA and Hone is free to install whoever he likes in her seat?

  18. Te Reo Putake 18

    Two quick comments: dealing to a colleague, justified or not, = rise in polls.
     
    Ringing the TAB on a Saturday arvo? Er, SFW?

  19. tracey 19

    I’m sorry what is it he has done wrong?

    “Horan’s use of his work phone to place TAB bets, lots of them in rapid succession” – how is this related to what he is accused of?

    Peters didn’t stand down following “evidence” in the Owen Glen debacle? This smacks of major political expediency. The backbone voters for NZ First have amongst them “no smoke without fire” believers… ironically many of whom will have fought a war/s for our right to freedom including innocence til proven guilty.

    IF Peters was to do this I believe it was incumbant on him to release the information he based his decision on. Truth is a defence to defamation, sow hat was he scared of?

    I have no idea if Horan is guilty or innocent. I do know that Banks WAS GUILTY but couldn’t be charged and still sits in parliament.

    • Populuxe1 19.1

      He risks bring the party into disrepute in the eyes of the supporters – actual criminality is somewhat irrelevant. 

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    New Zealand is going to get its first taste of electric motorsport this Sunday, when the Mike Pero Motorsport Park at Ruapuna near Christchurch is hosting EVolocity, an amazing line-up of electric racing machines and their creators — including the...
    Hot Topic
  • The very odd Slightly Left of Centre
    There’s a new voice in the blogosphere. Josh Forman, the author of SlightlyLeftofCentre: 27 years old, from the left, and on a mission to reclaim the centre left from the loopy extremists from the far left who have hijacked the...
    DimPost
  • Submission guide: Countering Terrorist Fighters Legislation Bill
    I've just completed my submission on John Key's Countering Terrorist Fighters Legislation Bill. In the past I've posted my submissions, but that has tended to lead to a bunch of people copy-pasting them, which has in turn reduced their impact...
    No Right Turn
  • Submission guide: Countering Terrorist Fighters Legislation Bill
    I've just completed my submission on John Key's Countering Terrorist Fighters Legislation Bill. In the past I've posted my submissions, but that has tended to lead to a bunch of people copy-pasting them, which has in turn reduced their impact...
    No Right Turn
  • Support bill changes to keep students safe
    26 November 2014    The government has the opportunity to prevent major teacher opposition to the proposed new teachers council by supporting changes to the Education Amendment Bill (2). PPTA president Angela Roberts said one of the biggest risks of the...
    PPTA
  • Neetflux: Dirty laundry
    ...
    On the Left
  • Neetflux: Dirty laundry
    ...
    On the Left
  • This takes the cake
    The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security is now threatening John Key's victim with prosecution:As the Inspector-General stated at the release of the report yesterday morning, she is examining what steps to take over the early disclosure of information from the...
    No Right Turn
  • This takes the cake
    The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security is now threatening John Key's victim with prosecution:As the Inspector-General stated at the release of the report yesterday morning, she is examining what steps to take over the early disclosure of information from the...
    No Right Turn
  • World News Brief, Wednesday November 26
    Top of the AgendaIran to Access $700 Million Monthly During Talks Extension...
    Pundit
  • “Cut the crap” – quick analysis
    Here's the video of Andrew Little's question in the House today. Some quick thoughts: I was really interested that National's strategy team has already decided it has to deploy Tim McIndoe to break up the flow of Andrew Little's questioning....
    Polity
  • A statement from John Key
    Apologise? What for? I’m not sorry for anything. I have done nothing wrong. It’s Phil Goff who should be apologising. It’s Phil Goff who should resign....
    Imperator Fish
  • Submit!
    The Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade committee has called for submissions on the Countering Terrorist Fighters Legislation Bill. Submissions can be made via the online form and are due by Thursday, 27 November 2014. Yes, that's right. An important bill...
    No Right Turn
  • Submit!
    The Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade committee has called for submissions on the Countering Terrorist Fighters Legislation Bill. Submissions can be made via the online form and are due by Thursday, 27 November 2014. Yes, that's right. An important bill...
    No Right Turn
  • On the uncanny resemblance between John Key and Sergeant Schultz
    In the 30-odd years that Judy and I have been providing media advice and training to prime ministers, prostitutes and pretty well every profession in-between, our teaching mantra has remained the same: “Be straightforward, tell the truth, admit your mistakes”....
    Brian Edwards
  • Making their own terrorists
    Last year, two men murdered a British soldier in the middle of a London street. Now, the UK's Intelligence and Security Committee has found that MI6 may have directly contributed to one of the killers' radicalisation:The British government may have...
    No Right Turn
  • Making their own terrorists
    Last year, two men murdered a British soldier in the middle of a London street. Now, the UK's Intelligence and Security Committee has found that MI6 may have directly contributed to one of the killers' radicalisation:The British government may have...
    No Right Turn
  • Vodafone collaborates in mass-surveillance
    The latest analysis of the Snowden documents shows that Vodafone is actively collaborating with GCHQ's mass-surveillance programmes:One of the UK's largest communications firms had a leading role in creating the surveillance system exposed by Edward Snowden, it can be revealed....
    No Right Turn
  • Vodafone collaborates in mass-surveillance
    The latest analysis of the Snowden documents shows that Vodafone is actively collaborating with GCHQ's mass-surveillance programmes:One of the UK's largest communications firms had a leading role in creating the surveillance system exposed by Edward Snowden, it can be revealed....
    No Right Turn
  • 10 articles to read about Michael Brown and what’s happening in Ferguson
    Sometimes it’s difficult to get a real sense of events happening overseas from our own mainstream media in NZ – for obvious reasons they prioritise cover NZ issues. It’s also really difficult for a Pākehā like me to comment – both...
    On the Left
  • 10 articles to read about Michael Brown and what’s happening in Ferguson
    Sometimes it’s difficult to get a real sense of events happening overseas from our own mainstream media in NZ – for obvious reasons they prioritise cover NZ issues. It’s also really difficult for a Pākehā like me to comment – both...
    On the Left
  • Ports of Auckland Moving More Freight By Rail
    Ports of Auckland did a press release back in September that didn’t really get picked up on: Working with KiwiRail, Ports of Auckland has doubled the rail services between its Waitematā seaport and Wiri Intermodal Freight Hub. The increased service...
    Transport Blog
  • Momentum Builds for No Deforestation Palm Oil
    By now you know the problem: a rapidly expanding palm oil industry, eating up forests, draining carbon-rich peatlands, and sparking conflict with local people and workers.But if you had to guess at what is turning out to be a key...
    Greenpeace NZ blog
  • “Real” experts’ on climate change? Really?
    The Heartland Institute has produced a new propaganda poster on climate change. Here it is: And this is what they say about it: This poster presents clear and undeniable evidence that the debate is not over. Looking out from this poster...
    Open Parachute
  • Climate report- a must read for all New Zealanders
    A strong scientific analysis of rising sea levels in New Zealand by the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment makes climate change the number one issue for our city planners, says Labour’s Climate Change spokesperson Megan Woods.  “Dr Jan Wright’s report...
    Labour
  • Exports drop puts more pressure on surplus
    A 5 per cent fall in exports shows National’s reputation for economic management is taking a hit and even puts its golden surplus target at risk, say Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson and Exports Growth spokesperson David Parker. “Bill English’s...
    Labour
  • Fourth housing report confirms failure
    The Fourth Auckland Housing Accord monitoring report shows the Accord has failed to make a dent in the city's housing crisis, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. "The report says consents for only 354 dwellings were approved in the special...
    Labour
  • Fourth housing report confirms failure
    The Fourth Auckland Housing Accord monitoring report shows the Accord has failed to make a dent in the city's housing crisis, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. "The report says consents for only 354 dwellings were approved in the special...
    Labour
  • Ministers all over the place on Smith passport
     Ministers responsible for the Phillip Smith debacle are at  odds over the passport he used to escape, says Labour’s Corrections spokesperson Kelvin Davis.  “It  beggars belief that Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne says the passport issued to Smith, under his...
    Labour
  • Ministers all over the place on Smith passport
     Ministers responsible for the Phillip Smith debacle are at  odds over the passport he used to escape, says Labour’s Corrections spokesperson Kelvin Davis.  “It  beggars belief that Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne says the passport issued to Smith, under his...
    Labour
  • Green Party Co-leader Russel Norman’s speech – Rod Donald Memorial Lect...
    It's been nine years since Rod's tragic death. I'd like to start out by talking about what Rod achieved. Then I want to talk about the things that I think he might want us to achieve in his absence. We...
    Greens
  • Hard road ahead for thousands more Kiwi kids
    News that there will be 8000 more students in low decile schools next year reinforces the absolute failure of the National Government’s economic approach, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “The gap between the haves and the have-nots is increasing....
    Labour
  • Hard road ahead for thousands more Kiwi kids
    News that there will be 8000 more students in low decile schools next year reinforces the absolute failure of the National Government’s economic approach, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “The gap between the haves and the have-nots is increasing....
    Labour
  • Free your voices
    Last week Victoria University of Wellington lecturer’s Dr. Sandra Grey and Dr. Charles Sedgwick released some figures from the 2013/14 update of the 2008/9 survey of the community and voluntary sector. Their research question was: ‘How is democracy – as...
    Greens
  • The facts of power price rises
    Everyone knows power prices are increasing and it feels like it is eating more and more of their weekly pay check. This morning I released census data showing this common feeling is in fact borne in the data. The data...
    Greens
  • Slavery was cheap too…Pay equity fight back to court
    Today the NZ Aged Care Association announced they will appeal the decisions of the Employment Court and Court of Appeal in favour of Kristine Bartlett, to the Supreme Court. They say they have no choice but to appeal because many...
    Greens
  • Why Pakeha are so offended by John Key’s idea of a peaceful settlement
    The statements by the Prime Minister on the Waitangi Tribunal ruling that Maori never ceded sovereignty in 1840 are enough to make any student of history choke. First was the denial that the ruling means anything significant. And then there...
    Greens
  • Restoration of the Christchurch Arts Centre well underway
    It was inspiring to be shown some of the major restoration and rebuilding work underway at the Christchurch Arts Centre recently. With 22 of 23 Arts Centre buildings damaged by the earthquakes, this is one of the largest heritage restoration...
    Greens
  • Key’s vile smear machine questions left unanswered
    The report into Judith Collins’ involvement in undermining the former Serious Fraud Office boss leaves major questions unanswered about the smear machine run out of John Key’s office, Labour MP Megan Woods says. “This report has deliberately narrow terms of...
    Labour
  • Key’s vile smear machine questions left unanswered
    The report into Judith Collins’ involvement in undermining the former Serious Fraud Office boss leaves major questions unanswered about the smear machine run out of John Key’s office, Labour MP Megan Woods says. “This report has deliberately narrow terms of...
    Labour
  • Govt must make up lost time on sexual violence law reform
    The Government must prioritise any recommendations from the Law Commission to improve criminal process for sexual violence cases after it stalled reform work for two years, Labour’s Justice spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says. “Labour is pleased Justice Minister Amy Adams has...
    Labour
  • Govt must make up lost time on sexual violence law reform
    The Government must prioritise any recommendations from the Law Commission to improve criminal process for sexual violence cases after it stalled reform work for two years, Labour’s Justice spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says. “Labour is pleased Justice Minister Amy Adams has...
    Labour
  • White Ribbon day should last all year
    White Ribbon Day is an opportunity for all men to stand up and affirm to never commit, condone or remain silent about violence towards women, says Labour’s Associate Justice Spokesperson Kelvin Davis.  “Violence towards women is rampant across all sectors...
    Labour
  • White Ribbon day should last all year
    White Ribbon Day is an opportunity for all men to stand up and affirm to never commit, condone or remain silent about violence towards women, says Labour’s Associate Justice Spokesperson Kelvin Davis.  “Violence towards women is rampant across all sectors...
    Labour
  • Report confirms John Key abused power of PM’s Office
    Today's Inspector General of Intelligence and Security's (IGIS) report confirms that the Prime Minister's office engaged in a serious abuse of power, says the Green Party.The IGIS report looked at the release of an Official Information Act request to disgraced...
    Greens
  • IGIS report a damning indictment on former spy boss
    The report by Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security into the release of classified documents is a sad and damning indictment on former spy boss Warren Tucker, Labour’s MP for Mount Roskill and former leader Phil Goff says.  “This report upholds...
    Labour
  • IGIS report a damning indictment on former spy boss
    The report by Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security into the release of classified documents is a sad and damning indictment on former spy boss Warren Tucker, Labour’s MP for Mount Roskill and former leader Phil Goff says.  “This report upholds...
    Labour
  • South Auckland disadvantaged by new decile rankings
    New decile rankings have South Auckland schools at scores that show they are much more disadvantaged than the national average, says Labour’s Associate Auckland  Issues spokesperson Louisa Wall.  “As a measurement of disadvantage it is alarming that the average score...
    Labour
  • South Auckland disadvantaged by new decile rankings
    New decile rankings have South Auckland schools at scores that show they are much more disadvantaged than the national average, says Labour’s Associate Auckland  Issues spokesperson Louisa Wall.  “As a measurement of disadvantage it is alarming that the average score...
    Labour
  • Sexism, rape culture and power
    Our discourse around sexual violence is complicated. All too often perpetrators are described as ‘monsters’, so when someone you know tells you the lovely man that you really like sexually abused them it’s hard to believe, because they’re not a...
    Greens
  • Time for an economy that works for all New Zealanders
    New Labour Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson says the challenge for the National Government is to support an economy that delivers good, sustainable jobs paying decent wages. “It’s time the economy delivered for all New Zealanders, not just the fortunate few....
    Labour
  • Time for an economy that works for all New Zealanders
    New Labour Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson says the challenge for the National Government is to support an economy that delivers good, sustainable jobs paying decent wages. “It’s time the economy delivered for all New Zealanders, not just the fortunate few....
    Labour
  • New faces, wise heads in bold Labour line up
    Labour Leader Andrew Little today announced a bold new caucus line up which brings forward new talent and draws on the party’s depth of experience....
    Labour
  • Plan for mega factory farm ruffles feathers
    Not long ago I wrote about the proposal to build a mega factory farm in the small township of Patumahoe that would confine over 300, 000 hens to colony cages. This week the resource consent hearing for the proposed factory...
    Greens
  • National opens door further to Chinese property speculators
    National has further opened the door to Chinese property speculators with the registration of a third Chinese bank here that will make it easier for Chinese investors to invest in New Zealand properties, the Green Party said today."As well, former...
    Greens
  • National restarts logging in West Coast forests
    “Dead wood also contributes by providing nutrients to soils, supporting the agents of wood decay such as fungi and invertebrates and it is a key habitat for the regeneration of some trees.” Annual Report 2013/14, page 29. The National Government has...
    Greens
  • National restarts logging in West Coast forests
    “Dead wood also contributes by providing nutrients to soils, supporting the agents of wood decay such as fungi and invertebrates and it is a key habitat for the regeneration of some trees.” Annual Report 2013/14, page 29. The National Government has...
    Greens
  • National restarts logging in West Coast forests
    “Dead wood also contributes by providing nutrients to soils, supporting the agents of wood decay such as fungi and invertebrates and it is a key habitat for the regeneration of some trees.” Annual Report 2013/14, page 29. The National Government has...
    Greens
  • Lab plan the beginning of slippery slope?
    It’s time for new Health Minister Jonathan Coleman to show his hand on plans to privatise lab services which doctors are warning could put patients’ lives at risk, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says. “Clinicians have sent the Government some...
    Labour
  • Lab plan the beginning of slippery slope?
    It’s time for new Health Minister Jonathan Coleman to show his hand on plans to privatise lab services which doctors are warning could put patients’ lives at risk, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says. “Clinicians have sent the Government some...
    Labour
  • A-G called on to look into flagship ‘cost-saving’ programme
    New health Minister Jonathan Coleman has some serious questions to answer following a decision to wind up the Government’s flagship health savings provider HBL just a fortnight after giving it the green light to implement its plans, Labour’s Health spokesperson...
    Labour
  • A-G called on to look into flagship ‘cost-saving’ programme
    New health Minister Jonathan Coleman has some serious questions to answer following a decision to wind up the Government’s flagship health savings provider HBL just a fortnight after giving it the green light to implement its plans, Labour’s Health spokesperson...
    Labour
  • Prime Minister’s warped view of history
    Students who sat NCEA level 3 history exams last week might be very worried to hear the Prime Minister tell a Radio Station that New Zealand was one of the few countries that was settled peacefully by Europeans. Those students who wrote...
    Greens
  • Prime Minister’s warped view of history
    Students who sat NCEA level 3 history exams last week might be very worried to hear the Prime Minister tell a Radio Station that New Zealand was one of the few countries that was settled peacefully by Europeans. Those students who wrote...
    Greens
  • Prime Minister’s warped view of history
    Students who sat NCEA level 3 history exams last week might be very worried to hear the Prime Minister tell a Radio Station that New Zealand was one of the few countries that was settled peacefully by Europeans. Those students who wrote...
    Greens
  • Climate of fear needs addressing
    It is hugely concerning that community and volunteer groups feel they are being gagged from speaking out against the Government, Labour’s Community and Voluntary Sector Spokesperson Louisa Wall says.  A Victoria University survey of 93 sector groups has found 50...
    Labour
  • Climate of fear needs addressing
    It is hugely concerning that community and volunteer groups feel they are being gagged from speaking out against the Government, Labour’s Community and Voluntary Sector Spokesperson Louisa Wall says.  A Victoria University survey of 93 sector groups has found 50...
    Labour
  • Mandatory code of conduct needed for supermarkets
    Labour has drafted legislation to establish a mandatory code of conduct for supermarkets to ensure New Zealand suppliers are not affected by anti-competitive behaviour. “Even though the Commerce Commission found no technical breaches of the law through some of Countdown’s...
    Labour
  • Mandatory code of conduct needed for supermarkets
    Labour has drafted legislation to establish a mandatory code of conduct for supermarkets to ensure New Zealand suppliers are not affected by anti-competitive behaviour. “Even though the Commerce Commission found no technical breaches of the law through some of Countdown’s...
    Labour
  • National softening public up for 7th successive deficit
    Finance Minister Bill English is softening the public up for an announcement that National is going to fail in even its very limited goal of achieving a budget surplus, the Green Party said today."No finance minister in a generation has...
    Greens
  • National softening public up for 7th successive deficit
    Finance Minister Bill English is softening the public up for an announcement that National is going to fail in even its very limited goal of achieving a budget surplus, the Green Party said today."No finance minister in a generation has...
    Greens
  • National softening public up for 7th successive deficit
    Finance Minister Bill English is softening the public up for an announcement that National is going to fail in even its very limited goal of achieving a budget surplus, the Green Party said today."No finance minister in a generation has...
    Greens
  • National caught out on state house porkies
    Housing NZ’s annual report out today directly contradicts the Government’s claim that one-third of its houses are in the wrong place and are the wrong size, said Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The annual report states 96 per cent of...
    Labour
  • National caught out on state house porkies
    Housing NZ’s annual report out today directly contradicts the Government’s claim that one-third of its houses are in the wrong place and are the wrong size, said Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The annual report states 96 per cent of...
    Labour
  • Tension inside the Blue Tent – questions that should be asked
    With Andrew Little on fire taking a straight shooting no crap approach to Key’s dead eyed duplicity, the tensions inside the Blue Tent of National are at risk of erupting again. When the TeamKey brand falters, National’s factions sharpen their knives....
    The Daily Blog
  • FiveAA Australia: Is NZ’s PM a Liar? + Kim Dotcom Says He’s Broke
    5AA’s Peter Godfrey and Selwyn Manning.In this week’s Across The Ditch bulletin on FiveAA.com.au Selwyn Manning and Peter Godfrey discuss how allegations of dirty politics continue to dog the Prime Minister John Key’s third term in government. Also, internet tycoon...
    The Daily Blog
  • Cam’s ‘Slightly Left of Centre’ sock puppet threatens Key in public
    What did Judith Collins say about payback? Looks like Slater has taken that lesson to heart as he uses his sock puppet over at Slightly Left of Centre to drop threats and hints that he has recorded conversations with Key that has...
    The Daily Blog
  • Justice System Changes Must Ensure No More Roastings In Court
    On Monday there was good news for rape survivors and this blog was supposed to be about the success of our advocacy, and it is about that success, but today’s events have brought into stark focus the real-world importance of...
    The Daily Blog
  • Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, Key Post Electio...
    Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, Key Post Election...
    The Daily Blog
  • Top 5 Texts from Cam to Key
    So Cam texted Key before the report came out despite Key claiming no contact? Top 5 Texts from Cam to Key 5 – I still have all the photos 4 – Yes my shapeshifting Lizard Master Overlord 3 – Max isn’t talking to...
    The Daily Blog
  • Hold on – did NZ just have a coup?
    Ummmmm. Wait a minute here. Just so that we all understand what’s been revealed. The Prime Minister’s Office used the Secret Intelligence Service to falsify classified information to smear the Leader of the Opposition via a far right hate blogger...
    The Daily Blog
  • Sue Bradford speaking tour
          With the generous support of the Hobgoblin Network and several other donors, I’m going to be speaking soon at four meetings around the country: ‘A major left wing think tank?  Is it time for a transformational left...
    The Daily Blog
  • Sue Bradford speaking tour
          With the generous support of the Hobgoblin Network and several other donors, I’m going to be speaking soon at four meetings around the country: ‘A major left wing think tank?  Is it time for a transformational left...
    The Daily Blog
  • Sue Bradford speaking tour
          With the generous support of the Hobgoblin Network and several other donors, I’m going to be speaking soon at four meetings around the country: ‘A major left wing think tank?  Is it time for a transformational left...
    The Daily Blog
  • Why Key must resign
    Remember when John Armstrong from the NZ Herald called for the resignation of David Cunliffe because Cunliffe couldn’t remember an 11 year old letter in reference to a $100 000 bottle of wine that never existed? Why isn’t the Herald now...
    The Daily Blog
  • Why Key must resign
    Remember when John Armstrong from the NZ Herald called for the resignation of David Cunliffe because Cunliffe couldn’t remember an 11 year old letter in reference to a $100 000 bottle of wine that never existed? Why isn’t the Herald now...
    The Daily Blog
  • Why Key must resign
    Remember when John Armstrong from the NZ Herald called for the resignation of David Cunliffe because Cunliffe couldn’t remember an 11 year old letter in reference to a $100 000 bottle of wine that never existed? Why isn’t the Herald now...
    The Daily Blog
  • Why the Judith Collins report is a whitewash
    “I am not a Monster”, hissed Judith Collins The report into Collins is a whitewash. The difference between an independent inquiry like the IGIS report that connected the PMs Office with using edited Secret Intelligence Service information to smear a...
    The Daily Blog
  • Why the Judith Collins report is a whitewash
    “I am not a Monster”, hissed Judith Collins The report into Collins is a whitewash. The difference between an independent inquiry like the IGIS report that connected the PMs Office with using edited Secret Intelligence Service information to smear a...
    The Daily Blog
  • Why the Judith Collins report is a whitewash
    “I am not a Monster”, hissed Judith Collins The report into Collins is a whitewash. The difference between an independent inquiry like the IGIS report that connected the PMs Office with using edited Secret Intelligence Service information to smear a...
    The Daily Blog
  • Seasons Greetings from Ferguson
    Seasons Greetings from Ferguson...
    The Daily Blog
  • Seasons Greetings from Ferguson
    Seasons Greetings from Ferguson...
    The Daily Blog
  • Seasons Greetings from Ferguson
    Seasons Greetings from Ferguson...
    The Daily Blog
  • Using State Spies to attack political opponents – why the SIS are gaining...
    National will only be able to get away with what is being revealed by the IGIS report into the Secret Intelligence Service if we, the people of NZ, let them. And. We. Should. Not. Let. Them. State spies editing intelligence to...
    The Daily Blog
  • Using State Spies to attack political opponents – why the SIS are gaining...
    National will only be able to get away with what is being revealed by the IGIS report into the Secret Intelligence Service if we, the people of NZ, let them. And. We. Should. Not. Let. Them. State spies editing intelligence to...
    The Daily Blog
  • Using State Spies to attack political opponents – why the SIS are gaining...
    National will only be able to get away with what is being revealed by the IGIS report into the Secret Intelligence Service if we, the people of NZ, let them. And. We. Should. Not. Let. Them. State spies editing intelligence to...
    The Daily Blog
  • Anti-Choice Myth-Busting
    Voice for Life issued a press release last week claiming that those of us campaigning for the decriminalisation of abortion in NZ are, among other things, using Nazi propaganda tactics (sigh…) to lie to you about the illegal status of abortion...
    The Daily Blog
  • Anti-Choice Myth-Busting
    Voice for Life issued a press release last week claiming that those of us campaigning for the decriminalisation of abortion in NZ are, among other things, using Nazi propaganda tactics (sigh…) to lie to you about the illegal status of abortion...
    The Daily Blog
  • Anti-Choice Myth-Busting
    Voice for Life issued a press release last week claiming that those of us campaigning for the decriminalisation of abortion in NZ are, among other things, using Nazi propaganda tactics (sigh…) to lie to you about the illegal status of abortion...
    The Daily Blog
  • Judith Collins – the Gift that keeps Giving to the Opposition?
    . . From a news report; Ms Collins resigned before the election after being accused of working with the Whale Oil blog after emails were released suggesting she was “gunning” for former director of the Serious Fraud Office, Adam Feeley,...
    The Daily Blog
  • Judith Collins – the Gift that keeps Giving to the Opposition?
    . . From a news report; Ms Collins resigned before the election after being accused of working with the Whale Oil blog after emails were released suggesting she was “gunning” for former director of the Serious Fraud Office, Adam Feeley,...
    The Daily Blog
  • Judith Collins – the Gift that keeps Giving to the Opposition?
    . . From a news report; Ms Collins resigned before the election after being accused of working with the Whale Oil blog after emails were released suggesting she was “gunning” for former director of the Serious Fraud Office, Adam Feeley,...
    The Daily Blog
  • Annette King? Annette King?? Surely not Annette King!
    I’m not often surprised at the goings on in the Labour Party but I was gobsmacked to see Andrew Little has appointed Annette King as Deputy Leader of the parliamentary Labour Party. I had idly assumed the role would go to Adhern...
    The Daily Blog
  • Annette King? Annette King?? Surely not Annette King!
    I’m not often surprised at the goings on in the Labour Party but I was gobsmacked to see Andrew Little has appointed Annette King as Deputy Leader of the parliamentary Labour Party. I had idly assumed the role would go to Adhern...
    The Daily Blog
  • Annette King? Annette King?? Surely not Annette King!
    I’m not often surprised at the goings on in the Labour Party but I was gobsmacked to see Andrew Little has appointed Annette King as Deputy Leader of the parliamentary Labour Party. I had idly assumed the role would go to Adhern...
    The Daily Blog
  • New Shadow Cabinet – Little does more in 6 days than Goff, Shearer & ...
    New Zealanders do not respect intelligence, they respect confidence. Cunliffe beat Key in the debates, but it didn’t matter because NZers don’t respect the debate, they respect the tone. Our anti-intellecuatlism runs deeper than most with our reverse-egalitarianism. The chip...
    The Daily Blog
  • New Shadow Cabinet – Little does more in 6 days than Goff, Shearer & ...
    New Zealanders do not respect intelligence, they respect confidence. Cunliffe beat Key in the debates, but it didn’t matter because NZers don’t respect the debate, they respect the tone. Our anti-intellecuatlism runs deeper than most with our reverse-egalitarianism. The chip...
    The Daily Blog
  • New Shadow Cabinet – Little does more in 6 days than Goff, Shearer & ...
    New Zealanders do not respect intelligence, they respect confidence. Cunliffe beat Key in the debates, but it didn’t matter because NZers don’t respect the debate, they respect the tone. Our anti-intellecuatlism runs deeper than most with our reverse-egalitarianism. The chip...
    The Daily Blog
  • This weeks Waatea news column – The myths white people tell themselves
      This weeks Waatea news column – The myths white people tell themselves...
    The Daily Blog
  • This weeks Waatea news column – The myths white people tell themselves
      This weeks Waatea news column – The myths white people tell themselves...
    The Daily Blog
  • This weeks Waatea news column – The myths white people tell themselves
      This weeks Waatea news column – The myths white people tell themselves...
    The Daily Blog
  • The irony of backlash to petrol stations charging workers for stolen petrol
    You have to laugh at NZers sometimes. you really do. The outrage that has been sparked by news that workers at petrol stations are charged for stolen petrol is one of those perfect examples of a delicious irony most NZers...
    The Daily Blog
  • The irony of backlash to petrol stations charging workers for stolen petrol
    You have to laugh at NZers sometimes. you really do. The outrage that has been sparked by news that workers at petrol stations are charged for stolen petrol is one of those perfect examples of a delicious irony most NZers...
    The Daily Blog
  • The irony of backlash to petrol stations charging workers for stolen petrol
    You have to laugh at NZers sometimes. you really do. The outrage that has been sparked by news that workers at petrol stations are charged for stolen petrol is one of those perfect examples of a delicious irony most NZers...
    The Daily Blog
  • A Dishonest “Countering Terrorist Fighters Bill”
    Wouldn’t you think a Countering Terrorist Fighters Bill would actually mention “terrorist fighters” in its text? The Bill, as released yesterday, does not. It’s simply another generalised counter-terrorism exercise giving extra surveillance powers to the Security Intelligence Service and enabling...
    The Daily Blog
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  • Countering Terrorist Fighters Legislation Bill
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  • Countering Terrorist Fighters Legislation Bill
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  • Health (Protection) Amendment Bill
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  • Lawyer jailed for fraud against loyal clients
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  • Lawyer jailed for fraud against loyal clients
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  • Lawyer jailed for fraud against loyal clients
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  • MFaT CEO To Announce Resignation
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  • MFaT CEO To Announce Resignation
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  • Rotorua White Ribbon Ride urges stand against violence
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  • Air Line Pilots’ Association on proposed rules for Drones
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  • Air Line Pilots’ Association on proposed rules for Drones
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  • Air Line Pilots’ Association on proposed rules for Drones
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  • Family Violence Report on Gender Bias Welcomed
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  • Family Violence Report on Gender Bias Welcomed
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  • Family Violence Report on Gender Bias Welcomed
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  • Terrorism bill fraught with risk for academics
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  • Terrorism bill fraught with risk for academics
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  • Terrorism bill fraught with risk for academics
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  • Iwi score badly on Māori language report card
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