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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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    Yesterday, I was swearing. Swearing the Parliamentary oath, that is. But, under my breath, I was also quietly swearing about the archaic, colonial form of that oath and its inappropriateness for today’s Aotearoa New Zealand. To be permitted to speak...
    Greens | 20-10
  • Kevin Hague speaks in the 2014 Address and Reply debate
    Thank you very much, Mr Deputy Speaker, and, like others, can I begin my contribution by congratulating you and the others in the Speaker's team: the Rt Hon David Carter, Lindsay Tisch, and the Hon Trevor Mallard. I also want...
    Greens | 20-10
  • Damning report on Ruataniwha dam numbers
    When I presented my submission to the Board of Inquiry on the Tukituki Catchment Proposal I compared the proposed 83 metre high Ruataniwha dam with the Clyde Dam and noted the risk of cost blowouts in the construction process.  The...
    Greens | 20-10
  • Church congratulated on child poverty stand
    The efforts by the bishops of the Anglican Church to ensure that the issue of child poverty is not forgotten is a call to all New Zealanders to take action, says Labour’s Interfaith-Dialogue Spokesperson, Su’a William Sio.   “I think...
    Labour | 19-10
  • Labour names Review Team
    Labour’s New Zealand Council has appointed Bryan Gould as Convenor of its post-General Election Review.  He will be joined on the Review Team by Hon Margaret Wilson, Stacey Morrison and Brian Corban (see further biographical details here). The Review Team...
    Labour | 19-10
  • Labour backs urban development plans
    Auckland Council’s plan to set up an urban development agency is to be applauded and central government should get behind it to make it a success, Labour’s Auckland Issues spokesperson Phil Twyford says. Auckland Council CEO Stephen Town has indicated plans...
    Labour | 18-10
  • New Zealand can be rightly proud of seat on Security Council
    Gaining a seat on the United Nation’s Security Council shows the sort of standing that New Zealand has in the world and the quality of the long campaign that we ran over nearly a decade, says Foreign Affairs spokesperson David...
    Labour | 16-10
  • NZ has opportunity on UN Security Council
    New Zealand has an opportunity to make a major contribution to the strengthening of international law and institutional capacity through its upcoming two-year tenure on the United Nations Security Council, Green Party spokesperson on global affairs, Dr Kennedy Graham said...
    Greens | 16-10
  • MPI still dragging the chain over causes of food bug
    The Ministry of Primary Industries’ release of Environmental Science and Research’s initial reports regarding the sources of a nasty stomach bug will be little comfort to the 127 people affected by it, Labour’s Food Safety spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “This...
    Labour | 16-10
  • Treasury officials should try working without food
    The Green Party is challenging Treasury officials to work for a week without eating properly, in light of their advice to Government that a food in schools programme is not needed."Treasury's advice was that providing food for children in schools...
    Greens | 15-10
  • Councils need to better protect our drinking water
    Environment Canterbury (ECan) is proposing several variations to its regional land and water plan that will allow for increased nutrient and other pollution from irrigation and intensive agriculture on the Canterbury Plains. Commissioners are hearing submissions on Variation 1 to...
    Greens | 15-10
  • National needs to commit to making NZ workers safe
    The National Government must do more to help make New Zealand workplaces a safer place to work in, Green Party industrial relations spokesperson Denise Roche said today.Data released by Statistics New Zealand today showed that workers in the fishing and...
    Greens | 15-10
  • Key commits to deployment before consultation or analysis
    John Key’s offer to consult Opposition parties on whether to deploy New Zealand forces against ISIS looks increasingly like a PR exercise only, says Labour’s Defence spokesperson, Phil Goff. “The presence of New Zealand’s Chief of Defence Force at a...
    Labour | 15-10
  • National must end ideological opposition to raising income
    If John Key is serious about tackling child poverty he must approach it with an open mind, and overcome his ideological block to raising incomes as a solution, the Green Party said today.Papers released to Radio New Zealand today show...
    Greens | 14-10
  • Pentagon links climate change and terrorism
    Yesterday the Pentagon launched a plan to deal with a threat that “poses immediate risks to national security”; one that “will affect the Department of Defense’s ability to defend the nation”. It wasn’t referring to Ebola or ISIS. It was...
    Greens | 14-10
  • Four Nominees for Labour’s Leadership
    As at 5pm today four valid nominations had been received for the position of Labour Leader, as follows: Andrew Little(nominated by Poto Williams and Iain Lees-Galloway) Nanaia Mahuta(nominated by Louisa Wall and Su’a William Sio) David Parker(nominated by Damien O’Connor...
    Labour | 14-10
  • Green Party calls for consultation over terrorism law changes
    The Green Party has today written to the Prime Minister asking him to engage in wider consultation prior to changing any laws as a result of the recently announced terrorism law reviews, said the Green Party today. In a letter...
    Greens | 14-10
  • MPI must name product and supermarket chain
    The Ministry of Primary Industries must name the product responsible for severe gastroenteritis affecting people around the country, and the supermarket chain distributing it, Labour’s Food Safety spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “The Ministry seems to be more concerned about protecting...
    Labour | 13-10
  • John Key dishonest about reasons for wanting to change terrorism law
    John Key is misleading the public to push through terrorism law changes under urgency, the Green Party said today. On Sunday, John Key stated that it is not illegal for someone to fight overseas for a terrorist group, such as...
    Greens | 12-10
  • Law changes shaping up to be worse than first thought
    The Prime Minister needs to be up front about exactly what changes he is planning to make to the Employment Relations  Amendment Bill, Labour's spokesperson on Labour Issues Andrew Little says.Interviewed on Q&A yesterday John Key said he did not...
    Labour | 12-10
  • Rapists, not Tinder, the threat to women
    Blame for rape and sexual assault should only ever be laid at the door of the perpetrator, not dating services or the actions of women themselves, Labour’s Associate Police spokesperson Kelvin Davis says. “Tinder is not the problem and women...
    Labour | 09-10
  • Safer Journeys For People Who Cycle
    You have a rare opportunity to tell the people who are making the decisions on cycling how to make it better. The Cycling Safety Panel is seeking feedback on their draft recommendations for improving the safety of cycling in New...
    Greens | 08-10
  • Subsidising more pollution will undermine water clean-up plan at Te Waihora...
    In 2010, NIWA found Canterbury’s Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere had the worst nutrient status of 140 lakes around New Zealand that it measured. In 2011, the National Government committed to spending $15 million across the country through the Fresh Start for...
    Greens | 08-10
  • Adding value not herbicides
    The HT swedes, and other brassicas, might seem like a good idea to farmers struggling against weeds but like the GE road, is this the path we want our agriculture to be treading? The Federated Farmers President, Dr William Rolleston...
    Greens | 07-10
  • ‘Blame the Planner’ bizarre approach to child poverty
    The National Government is stooping to a bizarre new low in blaming "planning processes" for poverty and inequality, after spending six years doing nothing about either the housing market or child poverty, the Green Party said today. Finance Minister Bill...
    Greens | 07-10
  • Media Advisory
    MANA Leader, Hone Harawira will not be available to speak with media today regarding his release “Recount Just One Step To restoring Credibility”. He is however available for media comment tomorrow, Tuesday the 8th of October, all media arrangements are...
    Mana | 07-10
  • RECOUNT JUST ONE STEP TO RESTORING CREDIBILITY
    “I have applied for a judicial recount of the votes in the Tai Tokerau election because it is one step in trying to restore credibility to the electoral process in the north, and, I suspect, in all other Maori electorates...
    Mana | 07-10
  • MANA SEEKS TAI TOKERAU RECOUNT
    The MANA Movement is supporting Leader Hone Harawira’s application for a judicial re-count in the Te Tai Tokerau electorate for the 2014 general election. President Lisa McNab says there are a number of serious issues of concern regarding the ability...
    Mana | 07-10
  • Ideological Blitzkrieg – Privatization of state housing, more charter sch...
    Pundits in pundit land will tell you that this Government is boring, that Key is the great pragmatist and that it is his ability to create elegant solutions that keeps him the firm favourite in many Kiwi eyes. This ability...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • Hegemony rules but resistance is fertile
    The Prime Minister is a puppet. Not just our current Prime Minister, but given the forces of multinational globalisation, the role of any head of state, is less as independent actor, and more as a puppet of international trends and...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • An open Letter to Sir Bob Jones: demanding a ‘liveable wage’ is not “...
    How out of touch with reality is Sir Bob Jones? You know, that white dude who invested in privatised SOEs after the selling off of our assets in the eighties and made a ludicrous and disgusting amount of money and is...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • My insecurity about the Security Council
    As I write this (on 24 October) it is international UN Day. Of course, you all knew that already, right? Well, the day celebrates the entry into force of the UN Charter in 1945. With the ratification of this founding...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Catherine Delahunty – Back in That House
    Parliament opened this week and I still find it a very odd place. Most of the people are reasonably courteous and friendly, but the rituals are archaic and the rules around issues like the swearing in oath are oppressive and...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Marae Investigates No More
    TVNZ yesterday announced the closure of their Māori and Pacific programmes department. That means they’ve chosen to stop making Fresh, Tagata Pasifika, Waka Huia and Marae Investigates to let independent producers get their hands on these lucrative contracts. This is...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • BLOGWATCH: An Un-Civil War in Labour, eh?
    Earlier today, my attention was directed to an entry that’s just recently appeared on the Slightly Left of Centre blog. It purports to contain the ‘inside word’ from a highly placed NZF source – which is funny, because I’m pretty sure...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Santanomics 101
    Santanomics could mean a number of things. It could be the study and practice of giving. Or it could mean the study and practice of rampant end-of-year commercialism. However, for me today it is the economics of erectingAuckland’s giant Santa...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • SkyCity boss misleads public over workers lost shifts
    SkyCity CEO Nigel Morrison has defended the employment practices at his company in an “Opinion” piece entitled “Human Capital key to corporate success” in the NZ Herald on Thursday. A number of his claims are misleading, contain only partial truths...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Review: Perfect Place
    I went to a Perfect Place on Tuesday night, and what a delight it was. The marshmallows sweetly (and forcefully) handed out pre-show, set the tone for the next hour. Walking up the stairs at The Basement was a complete...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • 5AA Australia – NZ on UN Security Council + Dirty Politics Lingers On
    5AA Australia: Selwyn Manning and Peter Godfrey deliver their weekly bulletin Across The Ditch. General round up of over night talkback issues: Thongs, Jandals and flip-flops… ISSUE 1: New Zealand has been successful in its campaign to become a non...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • When I mean me, I mean my office & when I call whaleoil I mean not as m...
    This. Is. Ludicrous. Green Party co-leader Russel Norman put the first of what are likely to be many questions about Mr Key’s relationship with Slater, asking him how many times he had phoned or texted the blogger since 2008. “None...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • A brief word on describing the Government as ‘boring and bland’
    The narrative being sown is that this Government will be a boring and bland third term. Boring and bland. Since the election, Key has announced he is privatising 30% of state houses without reinvesting any of that money back into housing society’s most...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • More Latté Than Lager: Reflections on Grant Robertson’s Campaign Launch.
    BIKERS? SERIOUSLY! Had Grant Robertson’s campaign launch been organised by Phil Goff? Was this a pitch for the votes of what few Waitakere Men remain in the Labour Party? Was I even at the right place? Well, yes, I was....
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • About Curwen Ares Rolinson
    Curwen Ares Rolinson – Curwen Ares Rolinson is a firebrand young nationalist presently engaged in acts of political resistance deep behind enemy lines amidst the leafy boughs of Epsom. He is affiliated with the New Zealand First Party; although his...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • About Kelly Ellis
    Kelly Ellis.Kelly Ellis – As a child, Kelly Ellis didn’t so much fall into the cracks, but willfully wriggled her way into them. Ejected from Onslow College – a big job in the 70s – Kelly worked in car factories,...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • About Kate Davis
    Kate Davis.Kate Davis – Having completed her BA in English and Politics, Kate is now starting her MA. Kate works as a volunteer advocate at Auckland Action Against Poverty and previously worked for the New Zealand Prostitutes Collective. Kate writes...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Parker does a Shearer – oh for a Labour Leader who can challenge msm fals...
    Sigh. It seems David Parker has done a Shearer… Like a cult and too red – Parker on LabourLabour leadership contender David Parker says Labour borders on feeling like “a cult” and must look at its branding – including its...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • A brief word on the hundreds of millions NZ is spending on the secret intel...
    The enormity of the mass surveillance state NZ Government’s have built carries a huge price tag… Kiwis pay $103m ‘membership fee’ for spyingThe $103 million taxpayer funding of New Zealand’s intelligence agencies is effectively a membership fee for joining the...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Where. Is. Jason. Ede?
    Where. Is. Jason. Ede?...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Labour’s Din of Inequity
    Watching Labour’s leadership candidates on Q+A on Sunday, I noticed the ongoing use of terms like “opportunity” and “aspiration”, and “party of the workers”. What do these mean? We glean much from Labour, and from the media about Labour, but not...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • “Blue-Greenwash” fails the test when it comes to endangered dolphins
    National’s pre-election promises saw some wins for the environment – perhaps as the party sought to appease its “Blue-Green” voters and broaden its popular appeal. Some of the ecological gains were a long time in the making, overdue even– such...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Reasons not to be cheerful, Part #272b
    Why don’t you get back into bed? The next few years — the rest of this century — are not going to be pretty. There is an obvious disconnect between any remaining political ambition to fix climate change and the...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • OIA protocols and official advice ignored to hide Child Poverty
    It might not seem so now, but child poverty was a major election issue. What a pity we did not have the full debate. In that debate it would have been very helpful to have seen the Ministry of Social...
    The Daily Blog | 20-10
  • Previewing the 4 candidates for Leader of the Labour Party
    The extraordinary outbursts by Shearer last week highlights just how toxic that Caucus is. Shearer was on every major media platform as the ABC attack dog tearing into Cunliffe in the hope of diminishing Cunliffe’s support of Little by tearing...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Kate Davis – the sudden explosion of ‘left’ blogs
    Time to Teach or more people will suffer from P.A.I.D. Political And Intellectual Dysmorphia.I was on the Twitter and a guy followed me so of course I did the polite thing and followed him back. He wrote a blog so...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Ego vs Eco
    Ego vs Eco...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • We can’t let the Roastbuster case slip away
    Those of us (like me) left with hope that the police would aggressively follow through on the large amount of evidence on offer to them (let’s not forget they forgot they even had some at one point) in the Roastbusters...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Food, shelter and medicine instead of bombs and bullets
    The on-going conflict across the Middle East – due in large part to the US-led invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq – has created another humanitarian crisis of biblical proportion. The essentials of life are desperately needed in Iraq and Syria...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • The politics of electorate accommodations
    National’s electorate accommodations with ACT and United Future were a big factor in it winning re-election. Interestingly, there is another electorate accommodation scenario whereby the centre-left could have come out on top, even with the same distribution of party votes....
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Why you should join the TPPA Action on 8 November
    On 8 November 2014, thousands of Kiwis will take part in the International Day of Action to protest the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA). The rally cry for us is TPPA – Corporate Trap, Kiwis Fight Back. Why should you join...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • GUEST BLOG – Patrick O’Dea: no new coal mines
    Green Party and Mana Party policy is “NO NEW COAL MINES!” Auckland Coal Action is trying to put this policy into action on the ground. ACA after a hard fought two year campaign waged alongside local residents and Iwi, in...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Comparing Police action – Hager raid vs Roast Buster case
    This satire had the NZ Police contact TDB and threaten us with 6months in prison for using their logo.   The plight of Nicky Hager and the draconian Police actions against him has generated over  $53 000 in donations so...
    The Daily Blog | 18-10
  • Malala Yousafzai, White Saviour Complexes and Local Resistance
    Last week, Malala Yousafzai was the co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. Since her exposure to the worldwide spotlight, her spirit, wisdom and strength have touched the hearts of people everywhere. However, there have been cynics who have argued that...
    The Daily Blog | 18-10
  • Jason Ede is back – but no media can interview him?
    Well, well, well. Jason Ede, the main figure connected to John Key’s office and the Dirty Politics black ops is back with a company with deep ties to the National Party. One thing you can say about the right –...
    The Daily Blog | 18-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Rolinson – Leadership Transitions In Other Parties: A ...
    As cannot have escaped anyone’s attention by now, the country is presently in the grips of an election and campaign that will help determine the fate of the nation for years to come. It’s gripping stuff – with clear divides...
    The Daily Blog | 17-10
  • SkyCity worker says she faces losing her house
    SkyCity worker Carolyn Alpine told the company annual shareholder’s meeting today that she faced the prospect of losing her house because the company had cut her shifts from two a week to one without consultation. The solo mother, has worked...
    The Daily Blog | 17-10
  • Greg O’Connor’s latest push to arm cops & 5 reasons not to
    I was wondering at what point within a 3rd term of National that Police Cheerleader Greg O’Connor would start trying to demand cops be armed. O’Connor must have thought to himself, ‘if bloody Key can get us and the GCSB vast new...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • You can’t have crisis without ISIS
    So the new scary bogeyman ISIS might have chemical weapons that the US secretly found in Iraq, but America didn’t want to expose this find because the WMDs were actually built and made by the US and Europe, the two powers...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • NZ WINS UN SPIN THE BOTTLE! Privately sucking up to America for a decade me...
    Oh, we are loved! Little old NZ, the 53rd state of America after Israel and Australia, gets to sit at the adults table for the special dinner party that is the UN Security Council. How delightful, a decade of privately...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • MEDIA BLOG – Myles Thomas – A World Without Advertising
    Non-commercial broadcasting and media. It’s a solution for all manner of problems ailing our tender nation… voter engagement, unaccountable governance, apathy, stupefaction, public education, science in schools, arts appreciation, cultural cringe… But no-one could’ve guessed that non-commercial media might solve...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • March against war – 2pm Saturday 25th October
    March against war – 2pm Saturday 25th October...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • Whack a mole as US govt foreign policy
    Whack-A-Mole was a popular arcade game from my youth.  It consisted of a waist high cabinet with holes in the top. Plastic moles seemingly randomly pop out of these holes. The purpose of the game was to hit as many...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • In Paean of Debt
    This week is ‘Money Week’. It’s an opportunity to promote to the middle classes, and anyone else who will listen, the virtues of wise ‘investment’. The aims are to promote the mystical (and indeed mythical) virtues of saving for the...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • The last 48 hours – Poverty denial, war denial and unapologetic abuse of ...
    The bewildering speed of events that simply end in Key shrugging and proclaiming he doesn’t really give a shit is coming think and fast as the Government suddenly appreciate the full spectrum dominance they now enjoy. Here is Radio NZ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Pat O’Dea – Mana 2.0 Rebooted
    Internationally the news is that Evo Morales of Bolivia won big with Left Wing policies But what are the chances that the Left will make a resurgence in this country? As the internecine struggles between the Left and the Right...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • The Blomfield IPCA letter – Has Dirty Politics leaked into the NZ Police ...
    It’s difficult to know what to make of the IPCA letter to Matthew Blomfield over Slater’s continued insistence that the hard drive taken from Matthew wasn’t stolen.  Slater has selectively cherry picked the Police referring back to his claim that Blomfeild perjured...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • ​Media release: Rail and Maritime Transport Union – Auckland move for K...
    The Rail and Maritime Transport Union is questioning a KiwiRail proposal to progressively relocate its Zero Harm personnel from Wellington to Auckland. “The purpose of the Zero Harm team is to drive KiwiRail’s performance in health and safety.  Rail is a...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • Amnesty International – Friend request from an IS militant
    There’s always that one person, that one Facebook friend, usually a musician or event promoter, who, when you so foolishly accept their friend request, will completely inundate your news feed with copious event invitations and promotions. The person who, despite...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • NZ should follow the UK and recognize the Palestinian state
    Over the past two weeks, the United Kingdom and Sweden have made headlines through their decisions to recognize the state of Palestine. They are hardly the first nations to do so. Indeed, 134 countries have, in various ways, given formal...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • Pike River Families Group Press Release
    The Families can now but hope that Solid Energy will consider closely the response of the Families’ expert mining advisers, Bob Stevenson and Dave Creedy, and the independent legal advice by Hugh Rennie QC as to why re-entry to the...
    Scoop politics | 24-10
  • On The Nation this weekend
    This weekend on The Nation… with dairy prices falling, China growing its agriculture sector, and the environmental costs piling up, we ask the Fonterra chief executive Theo Spierings if New Zealand is too dependent on milk powder and if we’ve...
    Scoop politics | 24-10
  • NZ Government Urged to Do More to Fight Ebola
    As Ebola continues to tear through West Africa, Save the Children NZ is urging the government to do more in the fight against the deadly virus....
    Scoop politics | 24-10
  • Korero Mai Ki Ahau – Saturday 25 & Sunday 26 October 2014
    Broadcast on Waatea 603AM Saturday 12.00 - 12.30pm Sunday 12.00 - 12.30pm Both shows repeated 5.00pm – 6.00pm On Sunday...
    Scoop politics | 24-10
  • Putting whānau foremost in Family Dispute Resolution
    Dispute resolution company, FairWay Resolution, has developed a uniquely New Zealand approach to family dispute resolution (FDR) that is underpinned by the cultural needs and values of the parties to a family dispute. In support of its role as a...
    Scoop politics | 24-10
  • Anglican Family Care staff to rally industrial action rises
    Public Service Association (PSA) members working at Anglican Family Care (AFC) in Dunedin will hold two rallies in Dunedin next week as they seek a fair pay offer, following a week of low-key industrial action....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Flying Visit for Adventuring Kiwi Socialpreneur
    12 Months on, this former Alexandra barista is changing lives in Buenos Aires Slums with free lunches, music, art, drama and toothbrushes...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • March in Solidarity with Kurdistan Against ISIS Attacks
    The New Zealand Kurdish Community will march in solidarity with Kurdistan in light of the heinous genocidal attacks in Kobanê by ISIS. We will begin with silent demonstrations then commence marching. We will start from Britomart, Queen Street (outside Dick...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • No Problem for Henare & Jones, But “No Way” for Harawira
    “Just before the election I broke the story about the gutting of Maori Television’s News and Current Affairs department by MTS’ new CEO Paora Maxwell. I pointed out that Carol Hirschfeld and Julian Wilcox, two of the country’s most experienced...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Corruption: Positive developments for NZ but more to be done
    Global anti-corruption group Transparency International today released a report on OECD Anti-Bribery Convention enforcement and called for New Zealand to implement draft legislation to ratify the United Nations Convention against Corruption....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Government to Blame as Much as Council for Marryatt Payout
    The Taxpayers' Union is calling on the Government to fix the employment law regime that has forced Christchurch ratepayers to fork out $800,000 to former Council boss Tony Marryatt....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Unanimously Call for Commissioner to Arm Police Full Time
    In the wake of a series of recent armed offender incidents, delegates to the Police Association Annual Conference today called unanimously on the Commissioner to arm Police full time....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Bank gets behind NZ wildlife icon with sizable donation
    It will be easier than ever this summer for holiday-markers to dip into their pockets to support the yellow-eyed penguin....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • WorkSafe report raises concerns about asbestos
    The union representing construction workers in the Canterbury rebuild is surprised at WorkSafe’s conclusion that no action needs to be taken against EQC and Fletcher EQR over asbestos exposure in Canterbury homes. “This report was an opportunity...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Union accuses SkyCity CEO of misleading public
    Unite Union has accused SkyCity CEO Nigel Morrison of misleading the public over the cut in hours for a staff member who raised the issue at the company's AGM....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Last Hurrah on the Taxpayer
    Responding to the NZ Herald report that Hone Harawira spent up $54,000 on the taxpayer in his last three months as an MP, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says: “It is absolutely disgraceful that an MP managed to rack...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Press statement in relation to search of Nicky Hager’s home
    On 2 October 2014, Nicky Hager's home in Wellington was searched by police. Mr Hager asserted that documents kept at his house were protected by privilege, including because they contained information that might identify confidential sources....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • The Sam Simon arrives into Auckland for new campaign
    This morning Sea Shepherd ship, the Sam Simon, arrived into Auckland harbour after its journey from Melbourne. The ship and its 25 crew from around the globe have come to New Zealand to source supplies and prepare for the upcoming...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Low inflation – time for meaningful wage increases
    With inflation low, now is a good time for workers to negotiate for pay increases that outstrip price rises and deliver real increases in wages and salaries. “For too many people, real pay increases have been missing for several years...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Auckland Rates Rises Out of Control
    Responding to the NZ Herald report that Auckland ratepayers will face an average of a 29 percent rates increase, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says: “These rate rises show that Len Brown's spending is out of control.”...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Protest at New Plymouth Oil and Gas Expo
    About 30 protesters from Climate Justice Taranaki, Frack-free Kapiti, Te Uru Pounamu Action Group, Oil Free Wellington, Frack-free Manawatu and the east coast protested yesterday outside New Plymouth's biennial Oil and Gas Expo at the TSB Stadium....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • FMA warns consumers about cold-calling investment offers
    The Financial Markets Authority (FMA) is warning New Zealand consumers and investors to be wary of cold-calls asking them to buy shares or put their money into offshore firms....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Comprehensive plan needed to end child poverty
    Child Poverty Action Group says it is vital the newly re-elected National government takes a planned and comprehensive approach to reducing child poverty in New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Metiria Gets Feed the Kids
    Yesterday the Speaker of the House advised that he had accepted my request to transfer my Feed the Kids (Education (Breakfast and Lunch Programmes in Schools) Amendment) Bill to Metiria Turei of the Green Party....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • DIA undercover investigation leads to jailing
    An undercover Internal Affairs investigation has led to a Hastings man being jailed for three and half years....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Call on Minister McCully to pursue the case of Balibo Five
    Media Information: Call on Minister McCully to pursue the case of journalist Gary Cunningham and the Balibo Five...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Australia and NZ actions on press freedoms alarming
    Global support for investigative journalism in Australia and New Zealand is a welcome response to law changes and a police raid, says the Pacific Freedom Forum...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Call for release of French journalists in West Papua
    West Papua Action Auckland, the EPMU Print and Media Council and the NZ Media Freedom Network call on the Minister of Foreign Affairs to speak out in support of the two French TV journalists whose trial has just begun in...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Court of Appeal: Dotcom v 20th Century Fox Film Corporation
    A The appeal is dismissed. B The 20 August 2014 order of the High Court dealing with confidentiality and the 29 August 2014 order of this Court dealing with confidentiality are set aside. C The confidentiality orders set out in...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Glassons Blasted For Glamourising Animal Cruelty
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    Scoop politics | 20-10
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    Scoop politics | 20-10
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    Scoop politics | 20-10
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    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Court Judicial Decision: Dotcom v The USA: 17 October 2014
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    Scoop politics | 19-10
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    Scoop politics | 19-10
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