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TV3’s Garner confirms vendetta against Carter

Written By: - Date published: 9:33 am, June 28th, 2010 - 90 comments
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A few months ago Brian Edwards suggested that TV3’s chief political reporter Duncan Garner was on a personal vendetta against Chris Carter, an observation also made on several occasions by Bomber Bradbury, Dimpost and The Standard.

At the time Edwards invited Garner to refute the accusation that Garner had a vendetta against Carter, suggested by the consistently skewed coverage and exemplified when in the Auckland Airport Koru Club lounge, Garner was alledged to have said to Carter:

“I am going to fucking get you, Carter. If it takes me to Christmas I am going to fucking destroy you.”

At last Garner has responded. Yesterday, in his delightfully childish reply reminiscent of a less eloquent Whaleoil, Garner denies many things, but he never once denies he said he was “going to fucking get you, Carter… I am going to fucking destroy you”.

We can not have senior political journalists reporting to satisfy their personal vendettas and insecurities. The Fourth Estate have a very important duty to perform in a democracy and this falls so far short of honouring that duty that Garner’s spectre will continue to contaminate any remaining credibility TV3’s political reportage might have had. Indeed, with Garner at the helm of TV3’s political reportage, you can safely assume – if you haven’t already – that anything they say will be bullshit.

It is utterly unacceptable for TV3 to continue to employ someone with such low professional standards. It makes me wonder just what they see in him? Clearly objective reporting is an optional extra for TV3’s political coverage.

UPDATE: A day later as the spotlight goes on, Garner has now suddenly remembered to deny the allegations. It seems that if TV3 are to clear their name, an investigation is needed. Dame Margaret Bazely, who witnessed some of the exchanges, sounds like a good place to start.

90 comments on “TV3’s Garner confirms vendetta against Carter”

  1. The Baron 1

    I’d argue its wholly unacceptable for a Minister of the crown to treat travelling expenses like it was a Club Med life membership card for him and his partner.

    Surely that means that all Garner has to do is issue a sh*t eating apology and all will be well, right? O

    • Bored 1.1

      How unsavoury, an unelected “public” watchdog masquerading as a disinterested journalist, paid for by TV3 making a statement of intent to destroy a publically elected individual. Draw your own conclusions.

      capcha “votes’

  2. American Gardener 2

    Like the campaign being run by Kiwiblog & Gotcha! against Len Brown this may well be a deliberate smear campaign by Carner against Carter but it does not change the facts of the matter.If Carter or Len Brown have been overly free with public money for personal use they should be held to account.

    • And none of that changes the fact that we have head of political journalism at TV3 manipulating coverage to satisfy his own personal vendettas.
      not exactly “objective”, is it?

      • American Gardener 2.1.1

        Then that is for his bosses at TV3 to deal with.

        • grumpy 2.1.1.2

          And where was all this outrage when Garner was putting the boot into Brash and Key and acting as a conduit for Labour dirty tricks??

          Has Garner woken up and no longer does Labour’s bidding? Is that his real crime?

          What a bastard to have independent journalists!

          • WillieMaley 2.1.1.2.1

            Independent journalists!
            FFS Garner was one of the hand picked press corp who travelled with Key to Afghanistan.

            • Graeme Edgeler 2.1.1.2.1.1

              Garner is 3’s senior political journalist. Espiner is One’s. NZPA writes for every paper in the country. That’s why they went.

              • ghostwhowalksnz

                And how many journalists went on a similar journeys with HC to Afghanistan ?
                Zero

        • Lanthanide 2.1.1.3

          Yes, and what’s your point? That we can’t comment on it here?

          You know a lot of the time, things like this get swept under a rug unless they’re made public. Obviously TV3 aren’t going to report it, and TV1 probably don’t want to for fear of future reprisals. That leaves it up to blogs, newspapers and radio. You’re reading a blog.

    • Mark M 2.2

      you mean the campaign against “Jesus Christ”.
      The left need to get the stars out of their eyes.
      If Brown is the best candidate god help us.

      As to Garners personal vendetta?
      Was he the one who induced Carter to buy flowers and take his partner on lavish trips , pay for limos and massages etc.

      Carter bought this on himself

      • Mossaman 2.2.1

        You approve of journalists abusing their power to carry out personal vendattas? Sick.

        • Mark M 2.2.1.1

          Did I say that ?
          I think not if you care to read my post.

          The point is if Carter didnt over spend on the taxpayers credit card their wouldnt be a story.
          Dont say their was no overspending when clearly their was.
          Carter has already apologised for it.

          • the sprout 2.2.1.1.1

            The point is Garner’s professional credibility. Carter’s has been discussed ad nauseum.
            This is about whether Garner is on a personal vendetta. Keep up.

            • The Baron 2.2.1.1.1.1

              Carter has no credibility. Thanks to the hounding he got from Garner, we know that.

              Viva to Duncan as far as I am concerned. If you think that tenaciously following a story isn’t part of a journalists job, then you need your head checked princess.

      • Bored 2.2.2

        “If Brown is the best candidate god help us” who is co-opting the Divine now ?

  3. ianmac 3

    Garner failed to address the question of his behaviour in Koru.
    He also failed to address the allegation that he behaved outrageously on the plane a short time later. (I thought that his response was inarticulate and would get a fail in National Standards for Witing.)

    Let’s consider the irony of the pleasure that Garner and colleagues got from their hounding of Carter, and put that against the wail of Garner’s outrage that he himself should be held to account.

    Garner brought this on himself. No wonder some “journalists” are held in contempt!

    • SHG 3.1

      Garner has repeatedly invited witness Darren Hughes to give an account of the events in question. So far, Hughes has not done so – which of course is exactly what Garner wants. Because now he can say that his version must be correct, because Hughes won’t back up Carter’s.

    • I;ve never taken to Garner. Any political animal like this writer can soon judge a persons personal convictions by the language and words they use.I would say Garner comes across as a nasty “Im right” Nat.
      His bad tempered foul language retort ,accusing Brian Edward’s of being a Labour Party Hack confirms exactly what he is ; A second rate Right-Wing hack .

  4. Pascal's bookie 4

    @sprout, update needed:

    Garner now denies saying the offending words

    http://brianedwardsmedia.co.nz/2010/06/incident-on-an-air-new-zealand-flight/#comment-6913

  5. I have been the ‘victim’ of TV3’s extremely biased political reporting and am not enamoured of them at all. All smiles and pretty words UNTIL they get the interview then it gets twisted quick smart. Not nicey nice.

  6. Sookie 6

    Duncan Garner is a gay- bashing disgrace, even my homophobic hubby thinks so. Once upon a time I used to respect TV3 news, now I cannot stand to watch it. Carter is a Flash Harry in dire need of a reality check, but most of the rabid calls for his head are based upon one simple point- he’s gay. If he was taking his fat middle aged wife on overseas trips he would be getting a fairer deal. I’m a taxpayer, and I don’t give a rats ass whether he takes his ‘partner’ on trips or buys flowers providing he pays it back, and does a good job. And as Minister of Conservation, he did a great job. Sack Garner, hell, sack everyone at TV3 and TVNZ, as they’re both such a disgrace I’m forced to watch the BBC for something resembling news.

    Brava NZ, fascist police state government + media feeding you lies and smears + useless opposition = a very grim future. You voted for this, so what can I do except move?

  7. Bill 7

    Seems to me there might have been a certain targeting of Carter by Garner. But it also seems to me that assault charges would have been laid at the time if Garner had indeed poked him in the chest while verbally assaulting him.

    And it seems to me that Edwards has a bee in his bonnet and is now targeting Garner.

    And if Garner is homophobic and NZ isn’t, then hey. And if he is homophobic and NZ is too, then Garner ain’t the fucking problem.

    Meanwhile, I have to ask, what is all this nonsense about ‘objective’ journalism? Have those of you who bang on that particular drum ever thought that one through?

    Who would determine objectivity? Some authority or ministry or some such? And what happens to journalism under the inevitable dictatorship that would reside over thought and expression that would flow from any attempt to create an ‘objective’ journalistic environment?

    Look around you. This that we have today is what we get. A crushingly banal orthodoxy. Leviathans of propaganda rolling over rare and isolated journalistic expressions of independent thought in the name of ‘balance’ and ‘objectivity’.

    • BLiP 7.1

      And if Garner is homophobic and NZ isn’t, then hey. And if he is homophobic and NZ is too, then Garner ain’t the fucking problem.

      If garner is homophobic and NZ is too, then garner is part of the problem. Otherwise, yes, to an extent, we get the media we deserve.

  8. ianmac 8

    Bill:”Seems to me there might have been a certain targeting of Carter by Garner. But it also seems to me that assault charges would have been laid at the time if Garner had indeed poked him in the chest while verbally assaulting him.”
    Can you just imagine the ridicule. “Please sir. That nasty man poked me in the chest and I want him charged with assault!” Get real Bill. But within the context of this allegation, it would seem probable that the on-plane exchange did happen and it is verifiable, in spite of Mr Garner’s denials. He would deny it wouldn’t he. Huh.

    • ghostwhowalksnz 8.1

      His ‘denial’ seems to be limited to ‘those’ words.
      So very similar words he did say.

      Hes using a very old journalist/politicians trick-” I was mis-quoted”, which crops up all the time when they know there is no tape record

      • BLiP 8.1.1

        Yep.

        I never said I was going to “fucking destroy you”, I said “I’m going to fucking ruin you”.

        Makes all the difference in the world, eh Doughnut? I guess he’s been taking lessons from John “no GST rise” Key.

        • Bill 8.1.1.2

          @ Blip.

          Yup. Garner would be a part of the problem.

          @ ianmac

          Yup. Such acts can and do attract assault charges. Garner would not have had a leg to stand on before the law. And there were witnesses, no? And Carter would just have claimed assault. Not the extent nor entered into the finer details.

          @ no-one in particular

          Anybody bothered to ask what it was or why Garner was going to destroy him or ruin him? Presumably Carter would know? I mean, there’s usually a reason for issuing threats. Or are we to assume that Garner simply wants to bring low any and all prominent gays?

          If the latter, I’m not buying. So, would somebody ‘in the know’ please enlighten? Cheers.

          • Pascal's bookie 8.1.1.2.1

            “So, would somebody ‘in the know’ please enlighten? Cheers”

            Bloody cheek of it. If you needed to know that Bill, you would have been told already!

          • RobertM 8.1.1.2.2

            Yes Bill, your so like Blinglish, the real point is that Carter is one of Helen Clarks numbers in the Labour Party. Take Carter out and Clarks continuing hold on the party will be weaker and she will have less powerful troops to do her bidding. And maybe that would be a good thing. Clark is 12 years older than Gillard and damaged and worn goods. The world hasn’t found out that she’s pretty ordinary.
            Look in reality Garner had probably had a few bottles. The best journalism is often conducted well lubricated, certainly mine was in the l990s. Many of the greatest journalists are professional drunks- think Christopher Hitchens, Graham Greene and Simon Carr. Much fleet street jounalism and editing is conducted three times over the limit and always has been. I agree with Bill that quality Journalism has an opinion, a political leaning and is part of the capitalist process with an owner who may also have an opinion which may or may not be exercised.

  9. Petard 9

    I just emailed this to TV3 – if anyone else here who feels impelled to submit similar complaints, then the potential threat of a loss of a day’s advertising revenue might get the bosses to ride Garner to be more careful with his smears:

    Re: News Broadcast of Fri, 25 Jun 2010 17:00; segment entitled: “Chris Carter’s apology – too little too late? “.

    After the lingering shot of Carter & his partner sharing a glass of wine there is a mysterious shot of a half-naked man entering a sauna. The VO at this point is “…big credit card bills that included questionable spending…”.
    Was this half-naked man; Carter, or a member of his staff? Is there even a sauna receipt on the credit card (note; not massage for staffer – sauna)? Or is this simply a (unstated) dramatisation of a stereotypical gay man at a cruise club for the sole purpose of smearing the political carreer of a gay politician.
    You have 20 working days to explain &/or apoloise to the gay community or I will submit this complaint to the BSA.

    • Good work Petard. That was an outlandishly cheap smear by TV3.

      Unless we make formal complaints that cost them, they’ll just keep doing it.

      • The Baron 9.1.1

        Not quite, given that it appears Carter did indeed charge a sauna trip to the tax payer. I wonder how that was connected to his Ministerial responsibilities?

        Face it – Carter ripped us all off royally. He has admitted it, and apologised. Arguably, without the persistence of the likes of Garner on this issue, we never would have found out the extent of this disgusting rip off of the tax payer. Sounds to me like a journalist doing exactly the job that you lefties have been begging for – investigating and hounding inappropriate behaviour. Its just that you don’t like it when its your side in the spotlight. And screaming homophobia at every allegation is a bit childlike isn’t it?

        Time to grow up a little, Sprout.

        • Pascal's bookie 9.1.1.1

          So why isn’t he hounding Groser about his minibar tab? Groser denies he did anything wrong, and the PM is sticking by him saying we shouldn’t begrudge a minister a drink of an evening.

          That’s in clear breach of the rules which state that alcohol for personal use, (ie when not entertaining) should not be bought, and leaving that breach aside the rules also state that any purchases that are made should be done in a way that doesn’t cost the taxpayer more than it needs to. Which would make Groser helping himself to 40 dollar glasses of Jim Beam wrong on two counts. Yet Garner, the fearless pitbull who won’t let a story die, is quite happy to accept Groser and Key’s brush off.

          That is yet to be explained, and it’s not just Garner. Garner however, is an agenda setter. He has been on this story, and so I think it’s fair to ask why the focus on some and not others.

          As Bill also noted earlier, the main question in all this is ‘what is it that pissed Garner off’?

          Garner hasn’t mentioned that either, because we are not entitled to know what has offended him. But Garner, somehow, is entitled to decide, for reasons he won’t divulge (being a journalist), that individual politicians must be destroyed.

          I suspect that whatever happened between them wasn’t about Carter’s job, but Garner’s.

          If Carter criticised Garner in the Koru lounge, Garner would be unlikely to report on that, because getting criticism is part of his job. How he deals with that is also part of his job.

          Waging personal vandettas over things he won’t divulge are most definitely not part of his job though.

          To be clear in what I’m suggesting, If Garner, or any journo, knows something about a politician that they feel means that the pollie is not fit to hold office, then they should report it as forcefully and with as much zeal as they can muster. But they have to report that ‘something’ that makes them feel that way.

          What we have here is something else. We have Garner admitting some sort of confrontation, not saying what it was about, followed up by his campaign that has had many people questioning his methods, (and not just here, all sorts of media critics have found aspects of Garners reporting on this questionable, eg, the continuous use of the civil wedding footage has been mentioned on the Panel at various times).

          I hope none of that is too child like for you, perhaps you might care to address some of the actual issues raised.

  10. Dans 10

    I have been a fan of TV3 for years. After the Garner headlines around Carter the other night, I have simply changed to the other channel. The level of “journalism” was appalling.
    I am sure the same feeling of contempt will have been felt in many homes around the country. The next lot of polling will be interesting.
    It’s a pity Garner was not as fired up about the shambles that is now the Minister of Education, and her wasteful millions on National Party standards.

  11. deemac 11

    a political journalist who conducts political (or indeed personal) vendettas is a journalist who cannot do their job properly. Pathetic that his bosses have not dealt with this.

    • BLiP 11.1

      Well, maybe you’re being a bit harsh because sometimes bosses do make changes. Consider C Espiner – he was promoted. And, lets face it, garner has got “management” written all over him.

  12. Good on Brian Edwards for shining some light on this…

    Journalists should be as worthy targets of public scrutiny as the politicians they hold to account.

    Duncan “doughnut” Garner just comes across like your average rugby munter who thinks they’re cleverer than they actually are and i’ve never liked munters.

  13. I’m not sure if i am correct, but i think the standard of TV3’s Campbell and the carry on of Duncan Garner both seem to have slipped since new (Australian i think) management.
    As i can’t stand TV1, i now am watching less and less news and current affairs and the jury is still out on TV3’s the Nation program.
    For me John Cam;bell has started turning into a childish pillock and i too have noted Garners’ homophobic tendencies when it comes to Carter.
    If this is a personal vendetta by Garner, then it is time he is brought in to line. If he is unwilling to “grow up” then i for one can well do without watching his garbage.

  14. uke 14

    The Espiner-Garner-Campbell-Sainsbury brigade are less journalists and more a glib paparazzi who like to include themselves in the pictures.

  15. Can’t wait for the next Rocky Horror Show, this is deadly dull by comparison. Muldoon would have had Garner over his knee in no time.

    • uke 15.1

      How apt, given that Muldoon was in the NZ version of Rocky Horror.

      But possibly Garner has a closet jealous-boyfriend thing going with Carter? I mean he has specifically said he’s not interested in “any parliamentary member” but that has the hollow ring of a diversion tactic.

  16. Herodotus 16

    So Chris Cater has nothing to appologise for? it is all just a media pay pack. This issue if handled correctly would have gone away ages ago, unfortunately a non contrite subject just wants to feed and feed and feed this issue. And with postings all wanting to support Chris irrespective of what he has done and how he has abused his position is of no consequence, just more fodder to a sorry small story.
    Phil G daughter is the same a non issue yet we see the defenders of the left comming out and re-igniting the subject over and over. Some times it is better strategy to endue a small amount of pain to allow a story to die of natural causes. I see this as one example.
    I see re C Carter there has been little if any response as to C Carters actions taking his partner and the associated costs. Of all the spending that has just come out, this is about the only story that had any merrit. Even Sat Herald use of flybys was a non story, but I imagine for reporters these are easy fluff stories that the editors love, I hate to see where this develution of reporters will take us.
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/politics/news/article.cfm?c_id=280&objectid=10654732

    • the sprout 16.1

      try reading the post and comments.
      Garner would have gone after Carter regardless of what he did or didn’t do.

      • Herodotus 16.1.1

        Carter gave him a target, the weapon and the ammunition to use.
        As I said I cannot see those heading this site making any comments against what Carter did, just trying to spin the topic to a favourable position. I have not followed the deterioating relationship between Gardner and Carter, and to have some balance in the story just basing my oponions on what is contained within this site may not give me the balance or otehr info needed. If I ever wanted to waste my time chasing this that is.
        There was and still is some substance with Carter and his attitude, and he is damaging Labour which none here seem to appreciate. But as long as he maintains a high prominence with Lab real discussions will be easily bypassed to fluff like Chris’s story, and how can Lab comment on the hurt that NZ PAYE workers have and are currently enduring whilst some of the high and mighty within Lab eat cake?

        • RedLogix 16.1.1.1

          Another fact free load of bs Herodotus.

          There was and still is some substance with Carter and his attitude,

          All the trips Carter took were approved and signed off. Moreover if he had not gone, then in most if not all cases, someone else would have. He never had anything to apologise for, and indeed what you are calling ‘attitude’ is an entirely justified anger at being the target of a vile smear campaign.

          This entire episode has been an ugly political, and now personal, vendetta from start to finish…and all those sanctimonious prats who have joined in this mobbing should be ashamed of themselves.

          • Herodotus 16.1.1.1.1

            “He never had anything to apologise for..” Then why did he and why did his boss push him to do so?
            I could go on but will refrain as I believe all that will happen is that you and I will become detached from any subject matter and go where I think neither of us want to go. But I will say re CC trips this is not the issue I think it is the costs of Peter Kaiser and how H1 was supportive of this, that many including myself find taking advantage of this policy, from accounts peter accompanied him on all trips.(I have ened by BUT statement !!!! mmmm)o-)

            • RedLogix 16.1.1.1.1.1

              Then why did he and why did his boss push him to do so?

              Because when faced with this debased bit of fucking political pantomime Goff had the choice of going down the orthodox route of shutting it down by apologising, or taking the fight back to the media in a drag-em out kick-em down scrap.

              Personally I think Goff made the wrong choice; because there was nothing to apologise for it was a mistake to validate the smear by playing along with it. But then lots of other commentors on the left here disagree with me.

              the costs of Peter Kaiser and how H1 was supportive of this,

              Oh .. so it has been a bit of hillbilly sniggering all along. Nice to have that sorted.

              • Herodotus

                “Oh .. so it has been a bit of hillbilly sniggering all along. Nice to have that sorted” Not at all, just the excessive use of this entitlement. If I recall correctly H1 was supportive of all ministers being accompanied by their wife/husband/partner, this support was not specifically directed at CC. Youare now reading far too much into this comment.
                The whole topic could have been left to die naturally if CC had not continually feed the subject and with a rumoured political reporter having some vested interest.
                If this is not worthly oof discussion why then does this site contunual the feasting by making commetary towards the nats on many similar minor spending issues as have been slung at lab. I thought a simple media strategy that all within the party follow would have killed this quickly.

              • Bored

                I dont need RWNJs like Herodotus telling me how it is, (ever read the original Herodotus, he writes like a one eyed bigoted xenophobe who makes it up when the facts elude him…gets fairly carried away on sexual mores, sound familiar????)

                In retrospect both Carter and Goff showed why neither should be there, Carters running and hiding mirrored Goff’s cowardice in his failure to defend his man. Both ran scared from the scumbag press. When you are in the trenches you need sterner hearts than either of these two, Goff must go.

          • The Baron 16.1.1.1.2

            Oh now here we go, the apologists at the standard kick in again – nothing wrong with what carter/winston/taito did they say, because they are on our team.

            Honestly, what a pathetic bunch of little partisans you are. Garner was doing his job of showing up yet another labour politician who used the public purse as his own piggy bank – and you think that’s a bad thing? I don’t mind being called a sanctimonious prat when i’ve never stolen from my employer, been found out, ran away, and had to crawl back with a sh*t eating bullshit apology.

            You’d be asking for crucifixion if this was a Nat. You’re a prize hypocrite and a partisan fanboy of a fool.

            • RedLogix 16.1.1.1.2.1

              You’d be asking for crucifixion if this was a Nat.

              Well no. Unless there they’ve clearly manipulated the rules (like Double Dipton), or it’s a blatant example of personal hypocrisy (like Wodders)… I tend to leave that sort of thing alone.

              For the same reasons: Personal Life = Off Limits.

              • The Baron

                Oh come on, both of which have happened here too!

                Manipulated the rules = “I had cabinet approval”; “All travel was required for my responsibilities”

                Personal hypocrisy = if taxing the bejesus out of everyone to pay for his own personal goddamn holidays rather than the lofty aims of the left ain’t hypocrisy then I don’t know what is.

                And I simply love that the only explanation you have to justify this is that the other bunch did it to. WOW. Principles of the left shine on.

                This guy wasted money that could otherwise been spent on health, education, welfare or any of the other “good things” you like. But you can’t get past the fact that its your team, so you wanna run away and wah about biased journalists.

                What’s your priorities, RL (and Sprout too for that matter) – finding out that one of your beloved is a liar and a thief, or chasing after the whistleblower?

                Again – what a pathetic little partisan hack you are.

                • Pascal's bookie

                  So what about Groser?

                  The PM says that his minibar tab is fine, the rules notwithstanding, and Garner seems to accept that. Carter OTOH has apologised and been punnished, but Garner still goes on about him.

                  How do you explain that?

                  • The Baron

                    I’m not trying to explain anything, PB. May I reiterate:

                    “And I simply love that the only explanation you have to justify this is that the other bunch did it to. WOW. Principles of the left shine on.”

                    Garner was doing his job in chasing the massive fraud that was Carter. Found out about thousands of misappropriated spending. If you want any explanation, then surely it COULD be that Groser ripped us off once for a couple of hundy – Carter ripped us off dozens of times for far, FAR more.

                    It’s disgusting the way you lot swarm over anyone who dares to challenge the idols of the left. So, PB, since you’re demanding explanations, would you please explain to me why Garner’s exposure of the theft of Carter is a bad thing?

                    • Pascal's bookie

                      Firstly, theft is a legal term. If you think he is thief, file a complaint with the cops.

                      Secondly, where did I call it a bad thing? Read my comment to you upthread. I’m talking here about Garner, and his ethics. You seem to want to only use one aspect of his work, ignoring all the inconveniant little details.

                      I’ve got no problem per se with his reporting on Carter. But where is the ballance? Why the crusade against Carter? What was the confrontation about, and did he threaten Carter? (his denial is specific to the words quoted).

                      You seem to want to make out Garner as a great crusading impartial reporter on this, but to do so you have to rationalise his ignoring of Groser’s similar abuse.

                      Key and Groser have explicitly said that they think the minibar rort is ok. That’s a pretty big point you are ignoring.

                      I’m thinkng you protest too much re the hackery and hypocrisy.

                      But go ahead and actually respond to the points I make if you can.

                      To sum up my point, I’m perfectly happy that Carter was exposed, and that he was demoted, and that he apologised. I’m concerned about the double standard from Garner re Groser though, and think it raises questions about his ethics.

                    • the sprout

                      the massive fraud that was Carter

                      A few hundred dollars repaid at the time :lol:

                      Compared to how many tens of thousands stolen by fraudulent declarations of domicile by Minister of Finance and Deputy PM Bill English – only repaid when discovered by the public?

                      And how long did Garner ‘do his job’ on that story?

                      Get real bra. Just a little unbalanced don’t you think?

                • RedLogix

                  Manipulated the rules = “I had cabinet approval’

                  Double Dipton deliberately re-organising his property affairs into a family trust specifically in order to maximise an already generous housing allowance strikes me as a step well beyond anything Labour members have done.

                  For a Minister of Finance who was at the same time preaching major fiscal restraint accross the entire public sector it was also a blatant hypocrisy.

                  taxing the bejesus out of everyone

                  Actually NZ was at the time about the third lowest taxed nation in the OECD.

                  to pay for his own personal goddamn holidays

                  All the trips as I understand had an approved purpose. Trying to characterise them as ‘personal holidays’ is a lie.

                  This guy wasted money that could otherwise been spent

                  Carter’s trips were all approved by cabinet under the rules and expectations in place at the time. If Carter hadn’t gone, then someone else likely would have.

                  Ministers and MP’s have always travelled for a wide range of purposes, going back many, many administrations. If you want to condemn them all and tell us that no member of the NZ Parliament, or any political official should ever travel for any reason then let’s hear your argument…but enough with the National good, Labour bad bollocks.

                  • Herodotus

                    RL how about some balance, there appears to be a fair bit of partisan support. All I see is that “they” have done something wrong, but was within the rules (bad taste in the mouth but still within the rules). Take ownership of the subject you have not addressed was the continuation of taking CC’s partner with him right or wrong, just counter claim and spin. No wonder those who support one side and are polarised with their views cannot see what is happening out in the real world. If you cannot see what CC did has not been taken well by the public (with some pushing by some) then how does change occur. All we get is “they did this” childish school yard antics. \It is interesting how the topic is being moved away from the real issue for me What CC did was acceptable or not?

                    • RedLogix

                      Take ownership of the subject you have not addressed was the continuation of taking CC’s partner with him right or wrong,

                      Simple, Helen Clark encouraged Ministers to take partners with them when they travelled overseas. For the simple and obvious reasons:

                      1. Ministers work 80 plus hour weeks as it is and that comes at considerable personal cost to close relationships. Having them overseas for weeks on end as well makes a bad situation worse.

                      2. The novelty of business travel wears off very fast; it might look glamorous but it ain’t. HC made the sensible call that it made sense to have one’s partner with you if at all possible.

                      In other words, Carter’s travel in the context of the time was perfectly legitimate

                      Of course since the GFC of course the narrative has turned around 180deg … what was considered good practise just a few years ago, is a soft target for being retrospectively painted as profligate… and ready fodder for a politically motivated vendetta

                    • Herodotus

                      Finally, you are happy with the situation, I take it you have reviewed the basis on your original premise and after due deliberation still maintain that basis, fine we all should test our premise for what ever point we take, sometimes we will finf d out that we were always correct and othertimes we just might have to reassess our point of view.
                      “In other words, Carter’s travel in the context of the time was perfectly legitimate..” So do you think that time has moved on and what was acceptable back then is not so palatable now?
                      So why then have I not read any commentary, as i am sure that if this point of view was expressed earlier on whould have sht the discussion down, unless this view was not widely held. If it was not widely held then it could dispaly a disconnect with the majority, and that someone was not reading the signals as to what is held as acceptable.
                      Or it is a marvelously managed distraction for some other means ! :lol:

                    • RedLogix

                      Finally, you are happy with the situation,

                      Sorry I should have been clearer … but unlike most left commentators here I’ve taken the position right from the start that this whole thing was a beat-up.

                      So do you think that time has moved on and what was acceptable back then is not so palatable now?

                      Obviously most people have, but then there is also something less than tasty about disinterring trifling administrative decisions made in good faith years ago and using them for this kind of bs , unless either of two conditions are met:

                      1. There is an significant element of criminality, negligence or specific actions of avoidance for personal gain involved. Actions that if uncovered at the time would have clearly attracted a disciplinary reaction of some sort.

                      OR

                      2. There is a blatant element of personal hypocrisy involved.

                      Obviously there is always going to be some element of controversy around where exactly to draw the line in both cases. but at this point we seem to have reached pretty much erased the lines altogether… and it’s just nutball smear jobs all the way down.

  17. BLiP 17

    There was and still is some substance with Carter and his attitude, and he is damaging Labour which none here seem to appreciate

    Now say it like you really care.

    • Herodotus 17.1

      :-) or :-D Should I end with a sign like this to emphasis sincerity?
      So you do not think he is damaging the brand ofr taking attention from any real important message that Lab should be on?

      • BLiP 17.1.1

        Mr Goff has dealt with the matter. Firmly. Carter has learned from the experience and is suitably contrite. That game’s over. You seem the only one here distracted, raking the coals and attempting to feed Aunty Helen into the mix. Are you seeking to perpetuate the homophobic filth the Right so loves to wallow in? That seems to be the case because, as far as I can tell, the post is an analysis of the game and the role played by the media. What do you think about that and how might Labour best handle it to ensure its message is not watered down by personal agendas in the Press Gallery?

        • Herodotus 17.1.1.1

          Why does RL and you read anything homophobic into any of this, dont look when there is nothing to see.
          As Ihave no idea of the workings of the press gallery so this maybe so neive. The spin drs version Lab should have been aware of this many months before the subject hit the media. As CC was about the only one (that I am aware of) isolate the topic to CC. Obtain all spending by CC since he was a minister, disclose all spending on one day to all reporters. Be aware thatthere would be some initial pain to experience. Call press conference including CC, PG and perhaps one other. Too many attending would dilute the message and allow for confusion. Answer questions up front and no spin show contriteness but not overplay this. Have a trial run the night before and get a removed Lab person to sit in and play devils advocate. Do not add to the story by pointing the finger at what Nat are doing, this just prolongs the issue and gives time for press to dig deeper, also give CC a lower profile and to work hard in his local area, build up some identity in his community and let the local community express their support for CC.

          • BLiP 17.1.1.1.1

            Why does RL and you read anything homophobic into any of this, dont look when there is nothing to see.

            Your mentioning of our Aunty Helen with use of the H1 moniker is suspicious, as is a Tory giving the Left advice. You may rest assured that your comments on this matter have been noted and filed accordingly.

            • the sprout 17.1.1.1.1.1

              in the round filing cabinet :lol:

            • Herodotus 17.1.1.1.1.2

              So I read Wisharts book I also read The Histories, Machiavelli (does this make me a fascist), The Denial of Democracy (Robin Gwynn). I thought H1 was a great abbreviation for Aunty Helen and easy to type. So now we are tarring people by what they have read not on the validity of their comments arguements or even observations?I thought it was only the 75 election with reds under the bed, but it seems some here are perpetuating this idea that the enermy is everwhere. perhaps some just want a better country and are not bound by a politicial partsian. Note that this partsian approach can somethime make people blind to what is happening to those in the real world.

  18. Petard 18

    I just thought I’d note that any complaints to TV3 (then after 20 working days of nonresponse to the BSA), re: standards breach, have to be identified as a “formal complaint” (I’d put this in the msg topic slot, so it didn’t ctrl-c over here yesterday) .
    Can anyone identify the origin of that sauna clip? It looks to me like probably some unrelated stock-footage quickly cut&pasted in the editing suite. Otherwise they’ve actually gone out and filmed a dog-whistle “dramatisation” (in print journalism such fabrication would be called lying), to support Garner’s odious campaign of homophobic persecution…
    And to perfectly honest, at this point, I don’t care whether it is to; assuage his battered ego; position himself for a choice NACT PR job, or simply just for ratings. As polical editor for TV3, Garner has shown himself to be unacceptably biased and offensive (sure, his name isn’t on the story with that sauna snippet, but it is his specific responsibility to oversee the presentation of TV3 news political stories) .

  19. ianmac 19

    At 12:34 http://brianedwardsmedia.co.nz/2010/06/incident-on-an-air-new-zealand-flight/
    Duncan Garner June 29th, 2010 at 12:34

    Brian

    At 19.07 someone posts as me. That is not me. I do not call or acknowledge myself as the country’s “leading political commentator’ and I did not post that comment.

    Cheers
    Duncan

    • The Voice of Reason 19.1

      Ha, at least he’s with the majority on this one. Nobody else thinks he’s the country’s leading political commentator either. Mind you, it would be ironic of that meme took hold and people started thinking of him as pretentious, self aggrandising twat. Oh, wait …

      • ianmac 19.1.1

        Actually I can send an e-mail from my account as though I was someone else. I did so to my sister during the 2008 election pretending to be a prominent politician requestion her help. It doesn’t work in reply though.
        In Duncan’s case to be fair, his e-mail is D.Garner@ …..
        The e-mail concerned is Duncan.Garner@………

    • Pascal's bookie 19.2

      ha , well played that troll!

      …is telling that a fair few were fooled.

  20. Maggie 20

    Garner seems unable to understand the difference between journalism and comment, and no-one at TV3 seems capable, or willing, to rein him in. If he is pursuing a personal vendetta then that is disgraceful and he should be fired.\\

    As someone who worked in the print media for years I have seen many example of TV bigheads who thought they were more important than the story.

    A few years ago I had a personal experience of a TV journo (not TV3) pushing his own barrow over a Close Up story, to the extent of sending me an abusive e-mail after I complained to the BSA. I sent the e-mail direct to Bill Ralston and with a few weeks the jouno was gone.

  21. randal 21

    well garner used to sit in the press gallery and pick his nose and flick it onto the floor while debates were in progress and nobody ever pulled him up for it so I guess he figures he can do what he likes.

  22. Adrian 22

    Musings about why Garner is obsessed with Parliaments openly gay Chris Carter may be answered by the look Garner was giving John Key in a TV1 clip last night. I thought I had seen that look before and 30 minutes later there it was on the Simpsons, Waylon Smithers unrequited longing for Mr Burns. Duncan is in LOVE ! and he is wrestling with the confusion and it often surfaces as irrational attacks on others that the confusee sees as representative of that particular trait. Come on out, Duncan, it’s not like you’ve got your integrity to lose.

    • ianmac 22.1

      To be fair, Mr Garner must not damage his chance to become one of the many media advisers for Mr Key’s office. Would you set out to annoy the attractive prospective partner or would be better to flourish your fancy feathers for inspection?

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    Briefings to Incoming Ministers released today reveal the Government's climate policy is failing with projected emission more than double what is needed to meet National's 2050 target, the Green Party saidProjections released by the Ministry for the Environment, as part...
    Greens | 12-11
  • National’s highways far less efficient
    National’s new state highways have a far lower cost-benefit ratio than motorways built under the last Labour Government, making a mockery of the Government’s bluster that its road building will boost the economy, says Labour's Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford. “New...
    Labour | 12-11
  • Governor points finger at National on supply
    The Reserve Bank Governor has admitted he had to keep loan to value mortgage restrictions in place because the Government’s attempts to increase housing has fallen ‘a long way short’, says Labour's Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The thousands of first...
    Labour | 12-11
  • Did Collins cover up Slater’s OIA requests?
    Disgraced former Cabinet Minister Judith Collins must explain why she appears to have tried to hide Official Information Act requests she fulfilled for Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater, Labour MP Megan Woods says. “New documents obtained by Labour show Judith...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Reserve Bank’s dairy warning must be heard
    The Reserve Bank’s warning that falling dairy prices are creating greater risks for the New Zealand economy must be taken seriously by Bill English and John Key, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker. “Dairy prices have nearly halved since February...
    Labour | 11-11
  • National’s housing failure keeps LVRs in place
    The Reserve Bank’s decision to leave loan-to-value ratio mortgage restrictions in place is further confirmation of National’s housing policy fiasco, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “The Reserve Bank would have lifted LVRs if they had seen any increase in...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Let’s see if it is plane sailing Mr Bridges
    Comments by Transport Minister Simon Bridges that Far North residents' anger over cutbacks to regional flights will be allayed by larger planes and cheaper fares out of Kerikeri, are just pure arrogance, says Labour’s Te Tai Tokerau MP Kelvin Davis....
    Labour | 11-11
  • Commerce Commission inquiry needed into building supplies monopoly
    The Commerce Commission must stop dragging the chain and urgently investigate the anti-competitive practices in the building industry that are driving up the cost of building materials, says Labour's Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “Competition in the building materials market is...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Air New Zealand grounds Far North
    The announcement by Air New Zealand to close services from Kaitaia to Auckland will be an absolute disaster for the Far North, Labour MP for Te Tai Tokerau Kelvin Davis says.  “Air New Zealand is sending a signal to the...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Pulling West Coast flights a savage blow
    Air New Zealand’s decision to withdraw its Westport service is another kick in the guts for an already struggling community, West Coast-Tasman MP, Damien O’Connor says.   “Having been involved in the West Coast’s efforts to get Air Nelson to return...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Air NZ cuts economic lifelines to neglected regions
    Air New Zealand’s plans to cut its Eagle Air regional services to already struggling regions is a hammer blow to Westport, Whakatane and Kaitaia, says Labour's Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The regions of New Zealand are being abandoned by this...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Christchurch on the rent rack
    A jump of 20 per cent in weekly rents in the past year is a disaster for Christchurch, says Associate Housing spokesperson Poto Williams. “The Trade Me Property Rental Price index has rightly described the city as being a ‘...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Past time to act on warnings about palliative care
    Health officials have been warning the Government about a critical shortage of palliative care specialists for years, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader and Health spokesperson Annette King says. A stocktake carried out for the Ministry of Health shows New Zealand’s end...
    Labour | 10-11
  • Report must spur Government into action
    The soaring cost of domestic violence and child abuse highlight the need for the Government to prioritise and act on the issue, says Labour's spokesperson for Social Development, Sue Moroney.“Findings from the Glenn Inquiry that show the problem is estimated...
    Labour | 10-11
  • Family safety paramount, then urgent review
    Corrections Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has some serious questions to answer over why a dangerous prison escapee, convicted of further crimes while in jail, managed to abscond while he was on approved temporary release, Labour’s Corrections spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says.“Phillip...
    Labour | 09-11
  • LVRs a failed experiment from Bill English
    Loan to value mortgage restrictions are a failed experiment from Bill English to tame Auckland house prices, that have caused collateral damage to first home buyers and other regions, says Labour's Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The possible end of LVR...
    Labour | 09-11
  • Govt books getting worse as economy slows
    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
  • Honouring the Ampatuan massacre victims as fight for justice goes on
    A grim reminder of the Maguindanao, or Ampatuan, massacre on 23 November 2014. Photo: DanRogayan A TOP Filipino investigative journalist will be speaking about the “worst attack” on journalists in history and her country’s culture of impunity in a keynote...
    The Daily Blog | 23-11
  • GUEST BLOG: Anjum Rahman – what are they afraid of: the erosion of democ...
    Today the Hamilton City Council has put on a big party to celebrate the 150th anniversary of European colonisation of the area.  There have been a series of events during the year to mark this event, including a civic ceremony. ...
    The Daily Blog | 22-11
  • #JohnKeyHistory
    John Key has done it again. This week our lovely Prime Minister has showed us how little he knows about the history of the country he is supposed to be running. Apparently “New Zealand was settled peacefully”. Was it really?...
    The Daily Blog | 22-11
  • G20 growth targets and growth model offer more problems than they solve
    At the recent G20 in Brisbane, member countries agreed to accelerate growth to an additional 2% on top of current trajectories. But ongoing public sector cuts, asset sales, and reducing workers’ rights indicate that at least part of the growth...
    The Daily Blog | 22-11
  • GUEST BLOG: Bill Courtney – Charter Schools: The Shroud of Secrecy Contin...
    The Ministry of Education yesterday released another batch of information relating to the five existing charter schools and the four new ones proposed for opening in 2015. As we have seen before, the release of such information, often requested under...
    The Daily Blog | 22-11
  • 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
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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
  • Domestic violence problem bigger than Sky Tower
    Domestic violence problem bigger than Sky Tower SKYCITY’s Sky Tower in Auckland will be lit up in white on Monday evening Nov 25th at 10pm, on the eve of White Ribbon Day. The anti-domestic violence network SAFTINET (Safer Auckland Families...
    Scoop politics | 23-11
  • State Services Commissioner ‘unfit for the job’ says Little
    State Services Commissioner ‘unfit for the job’ says Little The new Labour leader Andrew Little has called for the State Services Commissioner Iain Rennie to be stood down after his handling of the Roger Sutton sexual harassment case. "The idea...
    Scoop politics | 23-11
  • 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
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