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GCSB Bill opposition heats up

Written By: - Date published: 10:21 am, July 26th, 2013 - 122 comments
Categories: david cunliffe, david shearer, Deep stuff, democracy under attack, internet, labour - Tags: ,

GCSB mask

I attended the Auckland stop the GCSB Bill meeting last night and I was really impressed.  The turnout was huge.  Mt Albert War Memorial Hall was packed and there was a large number of people outside the hall and in the foyer.

The speakers were very good.  The meeting was chaired by the erudite and witty former High Court Judge Ted Thomas.  Very interesting contributions were made by Dame Anne Salmond, Dr Rodney Harrison, Kim Dotcom himself and Thomas Beagle.  Each of their contributions deserve to be seen in full and you can see the video here.

Some contributions stood out.  Dame Anne Salmond read out this principled and very relevant passage:

Here in New Zealand we often take our democratic freedoms for granted. We think they will always be there. We have a Bill of Rights which is supposed to protect our right to freedom of expression. What on earth could go wrong?

I have a different view. I believe what Thomas Jefferson said – that the price of freedom is eternal vigilance. There are times when we have to stand up for our rights, and the rights of our neighbours and friends, and indeed the rights of people we totally disagree with, or else these rights will begin to erode away.

The passage is from a speech that John Key gave to the Press Club in 2007 about the Electoral Finance Bill.

She also made the wonderful comment that Members of Parliament are sent there to represent us, not rule us.

Dr Rodney Harrison thought that the intent of the bill may have been a desire by the Government to allow the Police and the SIS access to data gathered by Waihopai Base.

Thomas Beagle presented the most concise reason for opposing the law change, when they want to take away our rights they have to persuade us that they have a good justification to do so and they have not shown that they have that justification.

Kim Dotcom let a further piece of information drop and it will no doubt cause further discussion and debate although it appears that it may not be new news.  The SIS removed the red flag from his immigration file the day after John Key met a group of Hollywood Moguls.  Was a trap being laid relying on New Zealand’s extradition treaty with the United States?  Expect further revelations soon.

David Cunliffe was put on the spot and asked to state Labour’s position.  He said this:

Sometimes you have issues where you feel your ancestors fluttering around the ceiling, and the Labour party has a proud tradition of taking on evil and iniquitous legislation, whether it’s apartheid, or nuclear weapons, or other things of that nature.

Our leader has committed to a thorough review of this legislation.

And based upon what we have heard tonight, I personally and I’m sure my caucus colleagues, would be of the view that this legislation must not, will not and cannot stand.

Conspiracy theorists are saying that he was undermining David Shearer who was in the hall at the time.  They are wrong.  David Cunliffe was at the hall early and was seated at the front of the room.  David Shearer arrived late and when I left was in the foyer at the back.  Clearly Cunliffe did not see Shearer.

And in related developments the GCSB bill has been reported back with changes including the vaunted insertion of principles underpinning performance of the Bureau’s functions.  The only problem with them, as noted by Idiot Savant, is that they do not impose particular duties on the Director or any employee of the Bureau.  It appears that the principles are “nice to haves” and do not have any legal force.

Tomorrow protests are planned throughout the country.  As John Key said, it is time for us to stand up for our rights.

Details updated (thanks Weka)

GCSB protests

Stop the GCSB Bill

 

122 comments on “GCSB Bill opposition heats up”

  1. Richard Christie 1

    David Cunliffe was at the hall early and was seated at the front of the room. David Shearer arrived late and when I left was in the foyer at the back. Clearly Cunliffe did not see Shearer.

    Not indicative of a cohesive organisation though.
    Surely attending Labour MPs should of known that Shearer was to attend and should have had a prepared strategy for this eventuality.

    • One Anonymous Knucklehead 1.1

      Surely Shearer should have led the opposition rather than just turning up to observe them.

      • Colonial Viper 1.1.1

        Absolutely – if he actually opposes the GCSB bill, that is.

        And for those who say that Cunliffe taking the mike is the start of another leadership bid…that’s BS. He was a local MP talking to his constituents about an issue they raised serious concerns about. Period.

        • gobsmacked 1.1.1.1

          Text from leader to all MPs: “i will be at GCSB mtg tonite, will take Qs”.

          3 seconds, job done, coffee break.

          Can I be Shearer’s chief of staff please?

          • Arfamo 1.1.1.1.1

            Only if you promise to do the talking for him too.

            • Colonial Viper 1.1.1.1.1.1

              Let’s see what magic Fran Mold can work for Shearer in the next couple of months. Tick-tock-tick-tock.

              • Arfamo

                Nope. Time was up last night. We’ve had this discussion before. Monday. :)

                • Colonial Viper

                  :twisted:

                • Jilly Bee

                  Tick-tock, tick-tock indeed, the leader’s interview on 3 News tonight did nothing to dispel my misgivings about DS’s abilities to be a capable leader of Labour or a PM in waiting.

        • King Kong 1.1.1.2

          How would you know?

        • Takere 1.1.1.3

          Oh but Dunk’n Gardner & Blubber Oil and Baby Bumface Gower have reliable sauces?! Tom Mato & K Chup! Desperate journo hacks that really need to watch RT & Al Jazeera TV to get some ideas for real news and how to report facts, think objectively and discuss issues before drawing conclusions?? Or is that too hard??

    • AmaKiwi 1.2

      Shearer’s plane was late. Plain and simple. That’s why Shearer was not at the front of the audience where Cunliffe was and that’s why Cunliffe did not know Shearer was in the back of the hall.

      You can check out the airplane arrival times.

      Or maybe the plane’s delay was a conspiracy organized by the Nats and carried out by the SIS.

  2. weka 2

    Nice write up micky, and great photo.

    btw, there are more protests happening than that list. A longer list is at the top of the FB page, maybe you could update the post?

    https://www.facebook.com/NotoGCSBBill

  3. karol 3

    Excellent report, micky. thanks.

    Dame Anne Slamond (note there’s a “d” on the end of her name), was excellent, as were all the speakers.

    I felt there was a contraction between Anne Salmond’s wonderful comment to remind John Key that,

    his is there to represent us, not to rule us

    and the lawyer saying that parliament is sovereign, and the only way we can get a government to change is position is via the parliamentary elections.

    It seems to me that this is a problem with our parliamentary system.

    • karol 3.1

      Ack – and it should be Salmond, not Slamond.

      • Colonial Viper 3.1.1

        did you mean “contradiction” instead of “contraction”?

        and the lawyer saying that parliament is sovereign, and the only way we can get a government to change is position is via the parliamentary elections.

        Of course, the way to get government to change position during a term is mass electoral pressure. See the Auckland rail link, as an example.

        • karol 3.1.1.1

          Yes. That, too, CV. Need an edit capability for my comments.

          Yes, public pressure helps, but it still leaves it to the government to make the ultimate decision.

      • mickysavage 3.1.2

        Eek. Have corrected thanks Karol.

    • tracey 3.2

      Karol… the alternatives are more frightening.

      its why strong and coherent opposition parties are crucial for the system to work.

    • dumrse 3.3

      Really ? You think you can change legislation whilst in opposition? It’s never going to happen.

      • One Anonymous Knucklehead 3.3.1

        :lol: :lol:

        City Rail Link
        Mining on Schedule 4 land
        Anti-nuclear legislation

        this is a fun game, everyone can join in :lol: :lol:

      • karol 3.3.2

        I expect any government to take more notice of Kiwis’ input. Key’s government has been riding rough shod over democratic process – embedding clauses in legislation preventing a court challenge, abusing urgency, A LOT, over-riding the Bill of Rights, etc.

    • UglyTruth 3.4

      It seems to me that this is a problem with our parliamentary system.

      The notion that parliament is sovereign (in the sense of supreme power or authority) is atheistic. Atheism is central to parliament’s misrepresentation of the nature of the common law. Common law is closely related to the rule of law, which is what sets democracy apart from mob rule.

  4. Just do It 4

    Loot at the body language of Shearer. http://thedailyblog.co.nz/2013/07/25/live-video-stop-the-gcsb-bill-public-meeting-from-7pm/

    Arms folded, body stiff are a defensive signal. Shearer is uncomfortabel with the mixture of passion and intellectual insight that was evident. People like Shearer instinctivelly want to avoid engaging while the overall mood is highly charged. His preference would be to hold such discussions in a committee room.

    That is not how real politic happen. The people in that hall were looking for leadership when teh question 1 hr 15mins in was asked. Shearer failed to graps the opportunity. He twitched and shuffled. No amount of Fran Molds or Ian Frasiers can fix this.

    • One Anonymous Knucklehead 4.1

      +100

    • weka 4.2

      Except he was blocked in and it was probably easier to get the microphone to Cunliffe who was in the front row. The judge may not have even known Shearer was there, although the camera focussed on Shearer well before it needed to and obviously was expecting him to say something.

      And looking at the body language, Shearer did step forward in readiness to speak, but the mike was handed to Cunliffe. Not much he could have done about that. Probably just as well (having Shearer be wishy washy and perhaps booed or heckled would have been bad for the meeting).

      • One Anonymous Knucklehead 4.2.1

        The time Shearer should have stepped forward was the time of his arrival. How many more episodes of poor judgement is this guy going to be allowed?

        • weka 4.2.1.1

          Of course. And I can’t wait until Labour does somethign about the whole sorry mess. But saying that Shearer should have levitated over the crowd to the mike is daft.

        • AmaKiwi 4.2.1.2

          I was there. It would not have worked. Shearer and Parker stood along the wall midway into the hall. It was a GOOD location. They could both be seen by a lot of people.

          They did the best they could under the circumstances.

          The only better strategy I can think of is if they had two people from Shearer’s LEC hold seats for them in the front row. When they finally arrived they could have sat in the front.

          • Huginn 4.2.1.2.1

            Thanks for this, AmaKiwi.
            These attempts to divert attention away from the GCSB Bill by talking up a Labour Party putsch out of incidental trivia are mischevous trolling.

            • Saarbo 4.2.1.2.1.1

              I don’t agree Huginn, this episode highlights Shearer’s lack of political instinct, which from a Left point of view is of more importance than the GCSB Bill, the strength of the leader of Labour is absolutely critical to the future hopes of Labour and the Left.

              Shearer could still have stepped up while Cunliffe was speaking, and added a statement after Cunliffe. He needs to take every opportunity to speak and get exposure in front of people, but he lacks confidence. Shearer can’t think on his feet, a major problem for him…I’m not looking forward to the Leader debates next year. I also notice that he often has Parker with him, to make up for his lack of business and economic nous I suspect.

              Shearer is leader of Labour not because he is the best person to do the job, but because he has some very powerful support in the Labour caucus, support that seem to have suspicious motives, they certainly don’t have Labour’s best interests at heart.

              • weka

                If Shearer had forced his way to speak after Cunliffe I would have been pissed off. This wasn’t a place for Labour to grandstand. A question was asked, Cunliffe answered it, most likely because he was closest to the mike. End of. There was no reason for Shearer to speak, and all his other faults in at other times have nothing to do with it – sometimes he is just not doing something wrong. His plane was late for christ sake, was that political incompetence too?

                • Arfamo

                  Agreed. Cunliffe did the job better than Shearer would’ve anyway. Pithy, on point, linked it to Labour’s history of opposing oppressive legislation, just the right pitch for the audience. Let it go till Monday.

                • Anne

                  This wasn’t a place for Labour to grandstand. A question was asked, Cunliffe answered it, most likely because he was closest to the mike.

                  Well said weka. That is exactly what happened.

                  It beggars belief how obsessed and even paranoid some people – and TV3 in particular – have become over the Labour leadership. I know the layout of the Mt Albert Memorial Hall extremely well. Back in the 70s and part of the 80s, I helped organise numerous large Labour Party functions there. If Shearer was standing at the back of that hall or even at the side of it, there is no way he could have made it to the microphone in less than 5 mins. – especially given the huge crowd that was present.

                • Colonial Viper

                  Agreed weka – Labour should not be afraid of demonstrating the talent of its team, without every competent showing by some Labour MP automatically considered a potential new leadership coup.

                  And as others have said – this was not the place for a partisan push; it would have been most unwelcome in fact.

                • Saarbo

                  No I don’t accept that. To get into power, Labour need to use every opportunity to grandstand, particularly ones where they have a lot of their wavering supporters attending. Labour are an important component in all of this, if they don’t get back into power in 2014 then this legislation sticks, like all of the other horrendous legislation National are putting through.

                  I was in a good position (Seating at the rear of the hall) to see most people and Shearer was no where to be seen. Not good enough, He’s the leader, he should have organised to have seats saved up the front with Cunliffe, he could have put a call through to cunliffe at the airport when he discovered his flight would be late, he needs to get fucken organised, think on his feet. He’s just too laid back, too casual.

                  “and all his other faults in at other times have nothing to do with it”

                  Well actually they do, because accumulated up they show he is simply not up to the job, too casual, lacks confidence, lacks brain power…simply not good enough!

              • AmaKiwi

                @ Saarbo

                I was there. Your idea would not have worked. The moderator, a retired SUPREME COURT JUDGE, was keeping a tight lid on the proceedings. The only way Cunliffe got to speak was because someone asked what was going to happen if Labour came to power. Without that question Cunliffe would not have gotten a word in without looking like he was grandstanding.

                Cunliffe was fortunate to get an opening. He grabbed it and rode it for as much as he could get out of it. Cunliffe did not know Shearer was in the hall because Shearer and Parker arrived late. Shearer did the best thing he could: today he announced Labour would act early in its term to hold a full review and repeal much of the GCSB bill.

                Let’s move on.

    • tracey 4.3

      Karol… the alternatives are more frightening.

      its why strong and coherent opposition parties are crucial for the system to work.

    • tracey 4.4

      It seems that shearers career is that of a diplomat trying to find middle ground and help opposing factions see a bigger picture to achieve a common goal. Our parliamentary system isnt ready for this kind of a leader . Voters seem to still want the winner loser, ends justify the means leaders.

      nzers are getting the country they should have known they would get with national. Labour was right in 2008 that we couldnt trust them… but nats lying was too slick and well presented. Not saying labour dont lie but it appears they want to lie about the same stuff as nats and the nats have that ground.

      • AmaKiwi 4.4.1

        I am afraid we all getting taken in by slick salespeople from time to time. Hopefully the people have finally learned.

    • tracey 4.5

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  5. tracey 5

    Sorry for duplicates but keeps saying not published.

    please dont play into others hands by making this about shearer. Its about democratic freedom which is way bigger than impotent leader squabbles

    • Huginn 5.2

      +1, expect a lot of sock puppet action on TS as the National/Act black propoganda steps up to divert attention from this very damaging adventure with national security

      • karol 5.2.1

        And now it seems the MSM (3 News tonight) will pick up on queries about Shearer’s leadership here in The Standard comments, and use it to say further questions are being asked, rather than the bigger issues discussed in the meeting last night.

    • UglyTruth 5.3

      I agree that this isn’t about Shearer. But IMO it is about security rather than freedom.

      People willing to trade their freedom for temporary security deserve neither and will lose both. ~ Benjamin Franklin.

      • One Anonymous Knucklehead 5.3.1

        At a superficial level, but only if you buy into the argument that such totalitarian measures increase security. There is surely enough evidence that they do not.

  6. Veutoviper 6

    Well – finally – Shearer has stated a position on the GCSB Bill as to what will happen if Labour wins the election. Did last night force the issue?

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/politics/news/article.cfm?c_id=280&objectid=10903651

    In brief:

    - repeal the legislation but not until an independent inquiry had been carried out

    - the inquiry would be one of the first things Labour would do after coming into government.

    • weka 6.1

      Yeah, that’s better. And fits nicely with the GP, who have been calling for an inquiry. Labour and the GP having such common ground on such an important issue going into the election is promising.

      However, I find that I don’ trust Shearer, and see plenty of room there for the left and NZ to get shafted, depending on the parameters of the inquiry and who is appointed to do it.

      Where Shearer says they can’t repeal until after the review, because it would leave the GCSB without legal guidance, is that true? I thought it was an ammendment not a new Act. Can it not just be put back to the way it is now (and then a full review of security done)?

      • Veutoviper 6.1.1

        Yes, I was also feeling better, but also don’t necessarily trust Shearer and cynically wonder whether we would have heard anything from Shearer today if Cunliffe had not stepped up to the plate last night.

        Stuff have finally got their act together and posted an article – “Labour: We’ll dump GCSB Bill”.

        http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/8968737/Labour-We-ll-dump-GCSB-bill

        But, wait. What is missing from the Stuff article? Not one mention of Shearer!

        The article merely mentions “a Labour spokesman” ….

        (as an aside – not spokesperson, or spokeswoman)

        Cynicism is back.

        • Boadicea 6.1.1.1

          “The situation is at is has always been – Labour has committed to, when it gets in Government, to having a full and independent enquiry into the intelligence services . . . and any changes will flow out of that,” the spokesman said.

          That, to my way of thinking, is not a commitment to dump the legislation quickly. It is bureaucratic double-speak.

          *”independent” is also independent of the party and the caucus.
          *Shearer prevaricated last night. In his own electorate FFS!
          *GCSB is The biggest issue of the day.
          *A 400 person audience on his front door.
          *Leading opinion influencers.
          *And he didn’t have lines ready.
          *And he couldn’t think quickly on his feet.

          • Colonial Viper 6.1.1.1.1

            *And he didn’t have lines ready.
            *And he couldn’t think quickly on his feet.

            Glad someone did.

  7. Olwyn 7

    I am more and more convinced that Shearer has been plonked into his role for two reasons, both arising from outside of the Labour Party. 1. To ensure that we don’t end up with a leader who refuses to sign the TPP, or who holds things up with too many quibbles, and 2. To change the culture of the Labour Party to fit in with a world in which a disenfranchised labour force is endlessly on the move, and only those from the middle class up vote. It is high time they took Anne Salmond’s words very very seriously; they are there to represent us, not to rule us.

    • weka 7.1

      Pretty hard to argue against what you are saying there Olwyn.

      KDC also said last night that the GCSB bill was in instruction handed from Washington.

      • One Anonymous Knucklehead 7.1.1

        …instructions from Washington…

        Now if that’s true, it raises an interesting question. As PM, if the American ambassador (or whoever) told me to spy on everyone because if I didn’t they were going to do it anyway, would I decide to at least try and retain some sort of local oversight or not?

        Do I doubt we have the resources to prevent them? Yep.
        Do I think public knowledge of that information would cause more harm than good? Um…
        If I tell the Americans “no”, apart from doing it anyway, what other steps will they take? Um…

        • weka 7.1.1.1

          If the US are going to do it anyway, they don’t need the GCSB bill passed to access that data. They need it for another reason or reasons. What’s the advantage to the US of the NZ govt having much broader spying powers on its own population?

          • One Anonymous Knucklehead 7.1.1.1.1

            Public relations. Let the allies think they’re autonomous etc. etc.

            PS: make it easier for politicians to pretend they’re in control.

            PPS: that’s enough hypothetical speculation for one day :)

          • karol 7.1.1.1.2

            Broader powers, involve the widespread scooping up of all metadata, via GCSB/Echelon systems.

            That includes all emails, phone calls etc that pass through NZ, including communications between NZ and any other country, including the US. Any communication identified in the metadata sweep, can be accessed in full, via these Echelon systems.

          • Colonial Viper 7.1.1.1.3

            What’s the advantage to the US of the NZ govt having much broader spying powers on its own population?

            being a 2nd party intelligence partner to the US, the US tends to refrain from spying on NZers themselves. So it would be very helpful if the GCSB could fill in the gaps for them.

          • karol 7.1.1.1.4

            Look to the Kim Dotcom case. Why did the US need to have NZ intelligence and criminal justice systems involved? They apparently needed co-operation from NZ services to arrest KDC on NZ soil.

            • karol 7.1.1.1.4.1

              PS; GCSB is beyond public scrutiny, unlike the criminal justice system. Anything done by the spy services, the PM tends to say national security is at stake and he can’t reveal details..

              • Colonial Viper

                Secrecy and security classification used as a shield to hide undemocratic bad behaviour. Does a nation need to keep some secrets? Yes. But after say a 3 year period, an independent review should be permitted to release most details to the public.

          • yeshe 7.1.1.1.5

            Weka – how about the sole advantage and reason for this hasty and ugly bill is that all the things we fear within it have actually been going on against us for years .. now the panic is to make it all legal and proper before more of it comes out, urgent especially through Dotcom’s electrifying court appearances with an incisive and erudite judge and one of our best Queen’s Counsel.

            Waihopai, Himatangi etc have been running and delivering for years. This is why Key needed his school buddy running GCSB. It’s why he also needed a very GCSB-friendly Governor General .. think about it. Mateparae is potentially our only recourse if all else fails — and which side would he be on ? Very smelly.

            So why is Key in urgent panic now against the most august in the land ? I think it’s because if the truth comes out, he and his mates — not just toast but panko crumbs.

            And likewise, any price he had to pay to Dunne for his specious and poisonous little vote would have been worth it to Key.

            We should be very scared of where this ends if we cannot defeat it now.

            ( And a more positive afterword, it occurs to me this is very close the climate around the nuclear-free issue under Muldoon. The majority of the country wished for it, Muldoon was ignoring it. The courage of one back-bencher, the marvelous Marilyn Waring, crossed the floor to end the anti-democratic arrogance of that prime minister. Can we find such a one again ??)

            • Chooky 7.1.1.1.5.1

              +1

            • Arfamo 7.1.1.1.5.2

              The courage of one back-bencher, the marvelous Marilyn Waring, crossed the floor to end the anti-democratic arrogance of that prime minister. Can we find such a one again ??

              Nope. The best hope for that was Aaron Gilmore.

    • Chooky 7.2

      +1

  8. gobsmacked 8

    Here in New Zealand we often take our democratic freedoms for granted. We think they will always be there. We have a Bill of Rights which is supposed to protect our right to freedom of expression. What on earth could go wrong?

    I have a different view. I believe what Thomas Jefferson said – that the price of freedom is eternal vigilance. There are times when we have to stand up for our rights, and the rights of our neighbours and friends, and indeed the rights of people we totally disagree with, or else these rights will begin to erode away.

    So where are the usual Key sycophants telling us why this is wrong?

    C’mon, you guys will disrupt any thread on any pretence, now you have a chance to be positive for once, to stand up for what you believe in.

    Are you honourable and reasonable enough to say … the bills’ opponents might just have a point?

    • gobsmacked 8.1

      And the invitation is still open …

    • AmaKiwi 8.2

      @ gobsmacked

      “So where are the usual Key sycophants telling us why this is wrong?”

      Maybe they realize the weapons of spying can be turned AGAINST THEM by a future Left government.

      Conservatives should be just as frightened as Lefties.

  9. Back up for the question I asked members of the panel at the anti-GCSB Bill public meeting last night – if they knew that private prosecutor Graham McCready, who has been successful in getting the DEFENDANT John Banks into Court, had also filed a private prosecution against Prime Minister John Key, for unlawful spying on Kim Dotcom?

    Here are the ‘Informations’ that Graham McCready has filed vs John Key in the Wellington District Court.

    http://www.occupyaucklandvsaucklandcouncilappeal.org.nz/?p=179

    Kind regards,

    Penny Bright
    2013 Auckland Mayoral candidate

  10. King Kong 10

    You know how you think this might be the thing?

    Its not.

    • gobsmacked 10.1

      @KK

      Please respond to my comment #8. Do you agree with the quote or not?

      • King Kong 10.1.1

        You could drop that quote into an argument about legalising dope therefore it is a bunch of bleeding heart faggotry.

        Must stand up for my democratic right not to have my terorist bomb plot foiled by spies.

        • Arfamo 10.1.1.1

          Translation: Bugger. I’d better say something really stupid again and hope it distracts you from my embarrassment about Key saying that and now getting caught out by his duplicity again.

          • King Kong 10.1.1.1.1

            Listen, the Press says that the recent changes made to the bill make it acceptable. The Herald says pretty good but just a couple of minor changes to go, yet you lot are talking like the Government has just legalised rape as a legitimate interogation technique for crime suspects.

            Its the massive hyperbole (demonstrated by cliched quotes about the crashing down of civil liberties) that makes the opposition to this bill look like a desperate political attack on the Governments popularity rather than any genuine legal concerns.

            You might think you are being clever but you really aren’t.

            • Arfamo 10.1.1.1.1.1

              You might think you are being clever but you really aren’t.

              I’ve had to cut the power to my irony detector before it clanged itself off the wall.

              • King Kong

                What kind of thickie needs an irony detector?

                • Arfamo

                  John Key.

                  • gobsmacked

                    KK, we’re trying to help you here.

                    Read the links in the original post before further embarrassment.

                    • King Kong

                      Looks like someones drunk the coolaid.

                    • gobsmacked

                      KK, do you really have no argument at all except the infantile? Do you have nothing at all with which to engage?

                      Did you oppose the EFA? If so, on what grounds?

                      Did you support Key’s 2007 speech? If so, on what grounds?

                      C’mon, you can be a grown-up when you want to. Debate and defend.

                    • King Kong

                      All of your righteous indignation aside, I will go back to my original point.

                      This isn’t it.

                      If you think this is going to bum fuck National like the EFA did Labour, then you are wrong. But don’t let that stop you crapping on about it.

            • yeshe 10.1.1.1.1.2

              KK .. they say petroleum jelly can be helpful removing either a finger or head stuck up one’s backside.

            • gobsmacked 10.1.1.1.1.3

              a desperate political attack on the Governments popularity

              by … David Rutherford, Marie Shroff, Anne Salmond, the Law Society, High Court judges, etc, etc …

              Why did they suddenly become “desperate”?

              • One Anonymous Knucklehead

                Everyone knows the Law Society is a cabal of slavering lefties – always on about “evidence” and “due process”. Fucking commies.

              • King Kong

                It is a well known fact that most of the people and institutions on that list are affiliates of Al Qaeda.

                • One Anonymous Knucklehead

                  That too.

                  • weka

                    Therefore we should take our democratic and legal guidance from the Press and the Herald.

                    • King Kong

                      Not at all. But it is a usefull yard stick with which to measure some of the hysteria that is going on here.

                    • gobsmacked

                      KK, you’ve made about 10 comments on here (and God knows how many on other threads) and yet you still can’t bring yourself to comment on the rights and wrongs of the issue.

                      Presumably you just can’t be bothered to read up on it. To have an informed opinion. To think.

                      You can’t defend the bill (you certainly haven’t tried to do so here), so you prefer not to think about it. It would be more honest if you just said so.

                    • weka

                      “But it is a usefull yard stick with which to measure some of the hysteria that is going on here.”

                      How?

                • tricledrown

                  KK pity Gscb i wasn’t around when Bernie Abbott was around!

            • Tim 10.1.1.1.1.4

              …… “Listen,” …….
              says it all really KK

            • AmaKiwi 10.1.1.1.1.5

              Make a note. When we get in power find out who this King Kong guy is and have the SIS take care of him.

              Still like this bill, Kong?

  11. tricledrown 11

    KK the right are getting worried by the backlash otherwise they wouldn’t be wasting time sending their lowlife apologists and bullies to troll on this site!

  12. Personally, I have a real problem with all those who purport to be opposed to ‘Nanny State’, who are not opposing this arguably far worse ‘BIG BROTHER STATE’ (on steroids)?

    Where are the Press Releases from the Libertarians, ACT on Campus and the like, opposing this proposed legislation, and supporting the upcoming rallies/marches around New Zealand tomorrow opposing the GCSB Bill, which is effectively being railroaded through Parliament with the slimmest possible majority?

    FYI – protests tomorrow, Saturday 27 July at 2pm, are being held in the following towns and cities around this supposed ‘democracy’ – New Zealand:

    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=258769314248278&set=a.253532231438653.1073741827.253531264772083&type=1&theater

    I do hope to see all those Aucklanders who support the lawful rights of citizens to privacy, freedom of association and freedom of expression, and oppose arbitrary search and surveillance at Aotea Square, Auckland, 2pm.

    Kind regards,

    Penny Bright
    ‘Anti-corruption/ anti-privatisation’ campaigner
    2013 Auckland Mayoral candidate

    • AmaKiwi 12.1

      Well said, Penny.

      I am trying to make it clear to conservatives that this is just as much a threat to them.

      It’s like the old story about the Nazis: They came for the gypsies and I didn’t protest. They came for the Jews and I didn’t protest, etc.

      Would these Tories like to have these spying powers in the hands of a rampaging Left wing government?

  13. Sable 13

    If we had an entrenched Bill of Rights, this legislation would not see the light of day but we do not in spite of the efforts of Dr Geoffrey Palmer whilst in office. You can thank members of both National and Labour for that.

    I’m also less than impressed but not surprised by Labour’s less than emphatic renunciation of this travesty of a law. This is the main reason they lack support. Its not because Keys is winning hearts but Labour is instead turning people off politics by failing to offer a worthy alternative.

    My predication is this obscene law will pass and Labour will loose this election. I also predict we will eventually move into a similar position as that which exists in the UK where a alternative to Labour will be appear and pick up the voters that party has lost by moving too far to the right. Lets hope its sooner rather than later.

    • AmaKiwi 13.1

      I share your fear. That’s why I am sending out emails to everyone I know urging them to demonstrate tomorrow.

      After Saturday’s demonstration I will send hundreds more emails to my friends urging them to email National MPs demanding they represent the people and oppose this bill.

      I don’t know if it will work, but it’s worth trying. I will not go down without a fight.

  14. logie97 14

    Am I missing something here?

    On RNZ news at 5:00 this evening, “the MP who is in the centre of the leaking of the report is complaining that the enquiry went outside its brief…”

    This same MP, Dunne, is about to sign away on the surveillance powers of the same organisation.

    The man is a fool.

  15. karol 15

    Well, some good news about the MSM (I hope?). 3 News says it’ll be covering tomorrow’s demonstrations – so enough publicity has been generated to get their attention – hope it influences more people to go on the protests.

    • weka 15.1

      What was the 6 o’clock coverage like today Karol?

      • karol 15.1.1

        hey focused on Cunliffe speaking at the GCSB meeting, and used Jenny’s comment on TS, alleging that Shearer had yelled after Cunliffe spoke, as evidence of further dabte about Shearer’s leadership. They called Jenny’s comment a “pots”.

        They did show Cunliffe’s statements, and also the size of the meeting, plus some shots of Dotcom – some banners etc.

    • AmaKiwi 15.2

      Fantastic. Now everyone sign off The Standard and type an email and send it to every man, woman, and child in your address book urging them to come to tomorrow’s rallies.

      If we don’t turn out the numbers, our cause will be weakened.

  16. RedBaronCV 16

    Perhaps we should all revert to snail mail. Increase employment at the NZPO and the GCSB would have to sit there steaming them all open.

  17. AmaKiwi 17

    What can we do to stop the GCSB bill?

    I have sent at least 400 emails today, written and printed a leaflet for tomorrow’s rally, and spoken personally to a dozen or more people about tomorrow’s rally.

    That’s what WE need to do NOW.

    After tomorrow’s rallies let’s discuss our next plan of action. My plan is to get all my friends to flood National MPs with emails to delay the bill or represent us by having a genuine conscience vote.

    Aside from Cover-up Key, no National MPs stands to gain from this bill. There are no jobs for mates, no tax cuts for constituents, no public works projects . . . NOTHING.

    If we can arouse the public, I think we can still stop this bill. Less talk and more action.

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    The Roger Award is for The Worst Transnational Corporation Operating in Aotearoa/New Zealand in 2014 Nominations are now open please visit the website to nominate the worst TNC in Aotearoa. You will need to include reasons why you think your...
    Mana | 21-07
  • Labour will revive the regions with new fund
    The next Labour Government will co-develop Regional Growth Plans for every region of New Zealand and will invest at least $200 million in a fund to create breakthrough opportunities for jobs and sustainable growth, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says....
    Labour | 21-07
  • Speech to Local Government New Zealand
    Speech to the Local Government New Zealand Conference 2014 Read our full regional development policy Download Introduction Early in my time as an MP I went for a long walk on a windswept Kare Kare beach with Waitakere mayor Bob Harvey. We talked...
    Labour | 21-07
  • Stop Israeli State Terror – Rally and March this Saturday 26th July, Aote...
     The humanitarian crisis in Gaza is getting much worse and the world is marching in unprecedented numbers. New Zealanders spoke out strongly last Saturday with a march of 5,000 people in Auckland (see picture below) – the biggest march ever...
    Mana | 21-07
  • NZ needs to assist UN with aid for Gaza
    The New Zealand Government should support the United Nation's efforts to raise money to assist humanitarian aid for the people of Gaza, the Green Party said today.The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) has made a...
    Greens | 21-07
  • INTERNET MANA ROAD TRIP- LEG 2
      WAIKATO / TARANAKI / MANAWATU-WANGANUI  Tuesday July 29th, 6pm | RotoruaDistinction Hotel, Fenton Ballroom, 390 Fenton Street, Rotorua  Wednesday July 30th 6pm | HamiltonWaikato University, Price Waterhouse Coopers Lecture Theatre, Gate 7, Hillcrest Rd Hamilton  Thursday July 31st, 6pm |...
    Mana | 21-07
  • Road fix needed now, not later
    Northland’s roading system is in chaos and needs fixing fast, Labour List MP Kelvin Davis says.  “According to NZTA’s 10 year funding data every area of Northland has had a decrease in NZTA funding since 2008...
    Labour | 20-07
  • KiwiSaver innovations needed to build wealth
    The innovative changes to KiwiSaver suggested by the Financial Services Council today will be seriously considered by Labour as part of plans to make KiwiSaver universal, Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker says. “Universal KiwiSaver is an essential part of Labour’s...
    Labour | 20-07
  • Greens announce 20 hours free ECE for two year olds
    The Green Party today announced that its key social platform for this election will be to tackle child poverty and inequality by ensuring every child in New Zealand has enough to thrive.The Green Party will make a series of policy...
    Greens | 20-07
  • MANA Pasifika Says NO To Discrimination
    Vice Chairperson of MANA Pasifika James Papali’i  feels for Ms Tupou and her children after they were served with trespass orders from their  local swimming pool in new market. With no warning or explanation from the pool staff Police ordered...
    Mana | 20-07
  • MANA Movement policy release – Economic Justice – John Minto
    Address notes from Mana Economic Justice Spokesperson and co-vice President John Minto to Economic policy launch in Kelston – 2pm, Sunday 20 July 2014. Reducing inequality and giving everyone a fair go MANA Movement’s policy prescription for a rich man’s...
    Mana | 20-07
  • One-sided reporting on the Middle East Conflict
    The following was sent to New Zealand Herald, Fairfax Media, Radio New Zealand, Television New Zealand, TV3, Radio Live and ZB Network. We are writing to all of you because there are well established patterns of reporting which seem to have been adopted by New Zealand...
    Mana | 20-07
  • On so called Labour Party ‘distractions’
    The right wing of the Labour Party are constructing a narrative that Labour need to stop chasing distractions and focus on the real issues that matter and not these silly GCSB, inequality, domestic violence, media bias, TPPA issues. It is...
    The Daily Blog | 25-07
  • Selfies: Labour’s Electorate MPs are at it again
    IT’S A LITTLE TRIANGLE of grass at the corner of Rewa Street and Mt Eden Road, ideal for election hoardings. Wandering along Mt Eden Road last Saturday morning to our weekly appointment with the brunch menu at Orvieto, my family and...
    The Daily Blog | 25-07
  • Well, well, well – Jonathan Coleman did know about FBI interest into Kim ...
    Last years GCSB Town Hall meeting in Auckland Oh dear, the cover up and lies are starting to fall over now aren’t they… Coleman knew of FBI interest in Dotcom pre-residency decisionGovernment minister Jonathan Coleman knew the FBI was interested...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • Why You Must March Against Factory Farming This Saturday, 12pm
    The rally this Saturday is critical because this is the FIRST TIME IN NEW ZEALAND HISTORY that a major party has agreed to ban all intensive factory farming practices. The Labour party, the Greens, Internet-Mana, the SPCA, SAFE and other...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • Astronaut tweets photo of explosions over Israel and Gaza from space
      This is what a war zone looks like from space: From aboard the International Space Station, German astronaut Alexander Gerst tweeted this image as the station passed over Israel and Gaza in what he called ‘his saddest photo yet’....
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • When Firstline are focusing on flag burning rather than dead Palestinian ch...
    The IDF are butchering children in UN schools this morning and what’s the big issue on TV3s Firstline? Flag burning. How pathetic, and what a slap in the face to Mike McRoberts who is currently risking his life in Gaza...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • ‘Victim’ vs ‘Terrorist’
    ‘Victim’ vs ‘Terrorist’...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • Petition asking TVNZ to stand Hosking down as election moderator jumps to o...
    In just a day the petition calling on TVNZ to replace Hosking as the election moderator has jumped to over 2500, you can sign it here. The defence that the Right are trying to run here is that John Campbell...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • When the mainstream media go feral: the descent into sheer farce, according...
    . . It had to happen, I guess… The media pack-campaign against Labour Leader David Cunliffe has managed to  plumb new depths of absurdity. On TV3, on 24 July,  TV3/Tova O’Brien ran this report on their 6PM News bulletin, about...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • Coalition for Better Broadcasting: MIKE HOSKING FOR PM?
    Yes indeed. Mike Hosking is for the PM. And now he’s able to do even more as moderator (or should that be immoderator) of TVNZ’s election debates. Here at the Coalition for Better Broadcasting we feel it’s pretty safe to say that...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • The lie that “There is no alternative” to neo-liberal economic policies
    Supporters of President Maduro in Venezuela rally   Since the 1980s we have had drubbed into our heads that there was no alternative to the economic and social policies unleashed at that time. It even had it’s own acronym – TINA. The...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • A Kanaky tale of mining skulduggery and environmental courage
    Florent Eurisouké … still campaigning against mining. Photo: Del Abcede/PMC David Robie also blogs at Café Pacific AN EXTRAORDINARY story of mining skulduggery and a courageous struggle by indigenous Kanak environmental campaigners has been captured in a poignant new documentary,...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • UNBREAKING: The list of questions Mike Hosking will use in first TVNZ leade...
    “Good evening ladies and gentlemen and welcome to the first TVNZ leaders debate being held live in the gloriously beautiful Sky City ball room. It’s such a beautiful building boys and girls, we are so blessed to have Sky City...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • Internet Party Party review
      I have been to A LOT of political party functions in my time, and they tend to be dull affairs at the best of times but what is happening with Internet MANA is something quite exciting. I went to...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • Dear Seven Sharp – after learning Hosking will be the leaders debate ...
    I have to be honest, I had made the decision last night  to accept Seven Sharp’s hastily offered opportunity to appear on their show after I savagely criticised the bullshit whitewash story they did on John Key’s favourite far right hate speech...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • National refuses meeting with Maui’s advocates
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: National refuses meeting with Maui’s advocates Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | Press Release This is another reminder that the National Government does not care about the survival of the Maui’s dolphin National...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Message from CTU President Helen Kelly
    MIL OSI – Source: Unite Union – Headline: Message from CTU President Helen Kelly Dear MikeThere’s only 43 days until September 3, when voting in the General Election starts. The last day to vote is September 20.Thanks heaps for signing...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • MANA Tamaki send a challenge to Labour
    MIL OSI – Source: Mana Movement – Headline: MANA Tamaki send a challenge to Labour Posted on July 23, 2014 by admin in Joe Carolan, Press Releases“Labour should set the agenda and purposely do something positively controversial once a week”,...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • We must act to save our dolphins
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: We must act to save our dolphins A new report makes it clear for the urgent need to protect Maui’s and Hector’s dolphins while arguing  it is clear that there is no...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • School told to manipulate national standards data
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: School told to manipulate national standards data Parents can have little confidence in the Government’s National Standards after an Auckland school was told to manipulate its data so it added up, Labour’s...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Regional economies must have tailored plans
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Regional economies must have tailored plans News that up to 114 jobs could be lost from Fonterra’s Canpac plant in Hamilton reinforces the need for a government plan to build resilient regional...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Auditor General slams Shared Services project
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Auditor General slams Shared Services project The Auditor-General’s Office could not have been more damning about the 18 months spent on the Central Agency Shared Services (CASS) project at the Finance and...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Fonterra job losses a massive blow to Waikato
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Fonterra job losses a massive blow to Waikato The potential loss of up to 114 jobs from Fonterra’s Canpac plant in Hamilton is a massive blow to the Waikato region which has...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Basin flyover decision an opportunity for capital
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Basin flyover decision an opportunity for capital The decision to reject the proposed flyover at the Basin Reserve must be taken as an opportunity to properly fund Wellington’s transport future and must...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Indonesia: New President Widodo must make good on human rights pledges
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Indonesia: New President Widodo must make good on human rights pledges Indonesia’s new President Joko Widodo must deliver on campaign promises to improve Indonesia’s dire human rights situation, Amnesty International said....
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Communities in Sierra Leone turn their backs on female genital mutilation
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Communities in Sierra Leone turn their backs on female genital mutilation While activists gather in London to discuss strategies to tackle female genital mutilation, communities across Sierra Leone have been taking...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • The Gambia: Activists mark 20 years of iron-fisted repression
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: The Gambia: Activists mark 20 years of iron-fisted repression The Gambian government must abolish the laws and iron fisted practices that have resulted in two decades of widespread human rights violations,...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • A blog from the front lines of Palestine: It’s time for a new narrative
    I don’t know if I follow trouble or if trouble follows me, but somehow I seem to have found myself near one of the world’s hotspots again. The difference this time is that instead of sitting in some obscure location,...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • GUEST BLOG: Michael Wood – The Path Ahead
    It’s well established that Labour has had a difficult couple of weeks. Getting back on to a successful path requires our focus to shift from looking inwards to outwards, heightened discipline, and inner conviction. While my assessment of New Zealand...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Employers liquidating companies to avoid paying minimum entitlements
    Across the union movement we have seen a number of documented cases now where companies are liquidating their business in order to avoid their legal obligations, in terms of paying the minimum entitlements to their workers. The most recent example...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • GUEST BLOG: Joe Carolan : Positively Controversial
    The protest in Auckland last weekend that the NZ Herald claimed was attend by only a hundred people. Labour should set the agenda and purposely do something positively controversial once a week. A good start would be for all their...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Come on TV3 News – you are better than regurgitating Israeli propaganda
    Say it isn’t true TV3 News, you are seriously bitching about this???? The leader of the Mana Party, Hone Harawira, has supported flag burning at a pro-Palestinian march in Auckland at the weekend. Mana Party flags can be seen in...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • The brutal siege of Palestine
    70 years ago the Jews of Europe suffered as much as any people can suffer. The Nazis set about ethnic cleansing and sent 6 million to their death. Today we watch in horror as Israel, the Jewish homeland created after...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • When the mainstream media go feral: A tale of two holidays
    . . The recent non-story on David Cunliffe’s three day holiday should be proof-positive that the mainstream media (msm) is fixated on pumping out as many “bad news” reporting as can be generated by a headline-seeking; advertising-driven; lazy corporate-media system....
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Canterbury housing crisis a moral, economic, health, education, and social ...
    Can they build it? No they can’t.  Occasionally I come across people who don’t believe me when I say there is a housing crisis in Christchurch.  Despite all the evidence to the contrary.  Even when I tell them that every...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Respected world visionaries of the past speak out on Israel
    Respected world visionaries of the past speak out on Israel...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • From Here To There: How did Labour become so hopelessly lost?
    WRITING ABOUT the Labour Party these days puts me in mind of the joke about the American tourist and the Irish farmer. Seems there was this American tourist driving down a narrow lane in the heart of Ireland. He needed...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Oh NOW everyone thinks the ABCs are up to no good?
    Goodness last months June seems like years away doesn’t it? In June I pointed out a move by the ABCs to destabilise Cunliffe was under way. For pointing this out, Labour Party bloggers Rob Salmond and Lynn Prentice rushed to put...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Dear Seven Sharp – I have little interest in appearing on your show so th...
    After savagely critiquing Seven Sharp for trying to whitewash the repulsive history of a far right hate speech merchant like Cameron Slater yesterday, Seven Sharp have contacted me and offered to do a profile on me. Here is their email…...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Basin Flyover decision victory for common sense
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: Basin Flyover decision victory for common sense Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 | Press Release “Both popular and expert opinion opposed the flyover. The proposal was expensive, unnecessary and would have undermined the...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • CPAG Newsletter July 2014
    MIL OSI – Source: Child Poverty Action Group – Headline: CPAG Newsletter July 2014 22 July 2014 New child poverty data nothing to celebrate New data released by the Ministry of Social Development  indicates people living below the poverty line are worse...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Hotel ordered to pay $80,000 in outstanding wages
    MIL OSI – Source: Unite Union – Headline: Hotel ordered to pay $80,000 in outstanding wages An Auckland hotel has been ordered by the Employment Relations Authority to pay nearly $80,000 in outstanding wages to two employees. Filipino couple Abraham...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Rising interest rate and dollar driving manufacturing exports back to Globa...
    MIL OSI – Source: CTU – Headline: Rising interest rate and dollar driving manufacturing exports back to Global Financial Crisis levels The Council of Trade Unions is calling on the Reserve Bank not to raise interest rates on Thursday. “Another...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Israel/Gaza: Attacks on medical facilities and civilians add to war crime a...
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Israel/Gaza: Attacks on medical facilities and civilians add to war crime allegations The continuing bombardment of civilian homes in several areas of the Gaza Strip, as well as the Israeli shelling...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Central African Republic: Brazzaville talks should not lead to amnesties fo...
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Central African Republic: Brazzaville talks should not lead to amnesties for war crimes Amnesty International called on delegates to the Central African Republic (CAR) National Reconciliation talks due to take place...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Russia increases stranglehold on dissent as five more NGOs named ‘foreign...
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Russia increases stranglehold on dissent as five more NGOs named ‘foreign agents’ The Russian Ministry of Justice today registered four more Russian human rights organizations and one environmental group as “foreign...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Nigeria: World Bank panel turns its back on forcibly evicted community
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Nigeria: World Bank panel turns its back on forcibly evicted community The decision by a World Bank Inspection Panel to refuse to investigate a complaint about forced evictions linked to a...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • National out of touch with the regions
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: National out of touch with the regions John Key is out of touch with regional New Zealand if he believes tinkering with council regulations will restore opportunities to small towns, Labour Leader...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Flyover rejection a victory for sustainable transport
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Flyover rejection a victory for sustainable transport The rejection of the proposed Basin Reserve flyover by a Board of Inquiry is a victory for sustainable transport in Wellington and paves the way...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Loss Leading could destroy Kiwi lamb’s reputation
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Loss Leading could destroy Kiwi lamb’s reputation Meat companies that supply supermarkets and sell New Zealand lamb as a loss leader in the United Kingdom should lose their access to this valuable...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • The Nation 26,27 July: Flavell & Harawira, Joe Hockey
    On The Nation this weekend…. With the Maori seats primed to play a pivotal role this election, Torben Akel reports from the key battlegrounds and meets the top contenders. Then the Maori Party co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell and Mana Party...
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Announcement of New Zealand First Candidate for Rangitīkei
    New Zealand First has endorsed Dr Romuald (‘Rom’) Rudzki as the candidate for the Rangitīkei Electorate in the 2014 General Election....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Labour Offer Len Brown a Hotel Tax
    The Taxpayers’ Union is slamming the Labour Party's plan to allow councils to levy new 'pillow taxes' and regional petrol taxes. Reacting to this afternoon’s NZ Herald report Jordan Williams, Executive Director of the Taxpayers’ Union ,...
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Cell phone evidence a first
    Cell phone evidence a first Evidence gathered solely from a cell phone has been used for the first time to convict a Hastings man for possessing child sexual abuse pictures. Michael Lawrence Worsnop, a 29-year-old orchard worker pleaded guilty to...
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • New Zealand Aid Worker Helping in Gaza
    A New Zealand Red Cross nurse working in Gaza says she has never experienced anything like the current conflict in her long aid work career....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Parking officers deserve safety at work
    The union representing the Auckland Transport parking officer severely beaten on July 17 says everyone has a right to go about their job without fear for their safety....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Caritas Aotearoa NZ to provide Gaza humanitarian aid
    Caritas Jerusalem is providing medical assistance, food and other necessities to the thousands of vulnerable people affected by the escalating conflict in Gaza, and Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand is contributing an initial $20,000 to support the humanitarian...
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • ALCP challenges parties to support Charlotte’s Web
    The leader of the Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party Julian Crawford is calling on all other political parties to state their position on using cannabis oil to treat pediatric epilepsy....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Oxfam accepts cheque from Pacific Corporation Foundation
    Oxfam New Zealand has accepted a cheque for almost $1000 today from the Pacific Corporation Foundation toward recovery efforts in the Solomon Islands, following April’s flash flooding that left thousands homeless....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Draft report and decision – Pūhoi to Warkworth proposal
    The Ara Tūhono – Pūhoi to Wellsford Road of National Significance: Pūhoi to Warkworth section Board of Inquiry has released its draft report and decision....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • New Zealanders willing to pay tax to protect dolphins
    A report released this week shows a large majority of New Zealanders want Maui’s and Hector’s dolphins protected and they are prepared to pay for it....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Stop Smart Meters
    “The Democrats for Social Credit Party (DSC) wholeheartedly endorses the Stop Smart Meters campaign for a moratorium on installations of smart meters until the technology is proven not be a risk to health, and until home owners are given a...
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Maori Roll Electors Urged to Vote Strategically
    Voters enrolled in the seven Maori electorates must learn to maximize their influence by voting strategically, according to the Maori Party candidate for Te Tai Tokerau, Rev Te Hira Paenga....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Politicians Ignore Families’ Concerns on Street Prostitution
    Family First NZ says that politicians are ignoring the concerns of families, lack the will to take appropriate action, and are happy to drag the ongoing problem of street prostitution into the next parliamentary term....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Plunket celebrates Te Wiki o te Reo Māori
    Plunket is proud to celebrate Te Wiki o te Reo Māori (21-27 July), with Plunket people across the country among several thousand New Zealanders taking part and increasing their kete of knowledge in te reo....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Coleman must quit or be sacked over Dotcom case
    Immigration New Zealand has done the right thing in distancing itself from Jonathan Coleman’s claims that ministers were not aware of FBI involvement in Kim Dotcom’s residency application, says the Internet Party. Internet Party leader Laila Harré...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Auckland Councillors, Not Emperors
    25 JULY 2014 Responding to the NZ Herald report that Auckland Councillors have voted to keep their ratepayer-funded business class travel perks, and considered new rules that would have exempted councillors from Auckland City's parking charges, Taxpayers’...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Cunliffe Looks Dodgy Lunching with Sex Offender
    Conservative Party Leader Colin Craig says that David Cunliffe's social meeting with a known sex offender while on holiday "looks pretty dodgy."...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Taxpayers’ Union Back LGNZ Calls For Greater Transparency
    The Taxpayers’ Union is backing Local Government New Zealand’s calls for the Official Information Act to be extended to cover the Local Government Commission. Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says:...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Lecture series to provide insight into 2014 election
    Could National’s refusal to reform MMP lead to the defeat of the government? Is the media providing voters with the information they require to make an informed electoral decision? What directions might John Key’s leadership take if he secures...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • National Rally Against Factory Farming
    Animal advocates and members of the public all over New Zealand will unite for a ‘National Day of Action Against Factory Farming’ Saturday, tomorrow 26 July in response to two recent exposés that showed horrific conditions on pig factory farms....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Women in Politics Finds Support at Conference
    Women in Politics, a brand-new organisation for New Zealand women in political office, was met with overwhelming support at the 2014 Local Government New Zealand Conference held this weekend in Nelson....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • The Government’s Fresh Water Policy – REVISITED
    Fresh water quality is the latest area to be in the sights of Gareth Morgan and his research organisation The Morgan Foundation. They enlisted a group of 16 scientists to help them review the government’s new fresh water policy....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Restoration of Post-graduate Allowances to be Key Issue
    As students prepare for the early voting that will take place on all university and many polytechnic campuses next month, the restoration of post-graduate allowances, removed by the current government in 2013, is emerging as a key election issue....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Honesty for Taxpayers
    ACT has a new proposal to make our democracy more accountable. The proposal may seem small but it could be the most significant idea in this election....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Mike Hosking for PM?
    The Coalition for Better Broadcasting is adding its voice to the many appalled at TVNZ’s choice of Mike Hosking as moderator for the upcoming political debates....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • ‘Party Party’ Hitting the Right Notes
    The “sold out” sign has gone up at the Internet Party’s concert in Christchurch tonight. A capacity crowd of 1000 will be at The Foundry for the Party Party concert, part of a major national musical tour aimed at getting...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • New Electoral Commission Campaign Launches This Weekend
    New Electoral Commission Campaign Launches This Weekend More non-voters than ever before say they don't feel like their vote is worth anything, or that their opinion matters. It's a trend that concerns the Electoral Commission, and the reason for...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Umere says ‘taihoa’ on Māori Language Strategy
    A Maori Language advocacy group, Umere, is calling for a rain check on the Māori Language Strategy Bill, which is being introduced to parliament this week. "The submissions on the MLS have been released by Te Puni Kōkiri and they...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • High cost of GP visits still a barrier for older children
    Free doctor's visits should be extended to all children under 18 as GP charges are a significant barrier for low income families, says Child Poverty Action Group....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • David Cunliffe happy to hide sex offender’s identity
    ..:: For immediate release ::.. 24/07/14 David Cunliffe happy to hide sex offender’s identity - (and in fact enjoy lunch with them)...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • More kids in Southland and Otago are achieving
    Clutha-Southland National candidate Todd Barclay says the Public Achievement Information for 2013 shows New Zealand children are doing better across the whole education system....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Flavell mistaken
    In response to Mr Flavell’s tirade this afternoon Conservative Party Leader Colin Craig advises "Mr Flavell is simply mistaken in his comments."...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • High cost of GP visits still a barrier for older children
    Free doctor's visits should be extended to all children under 18 as GP charges are a significant barrier for low income families, says Child Poverty Action Group....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Taxpayers’ Union Lay Complaint with Speaker
    The Taxpayers’ Unio n has written to Parliament's Speaker, the Rt. Hon. David Carter, asking him to step in and investigate the claims on the WhaleOil blog that taxpayers’ money is being improperly used for Mana Party election campaign hoardings....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • MANA launches te reo Māori policy
    “MANA is launching its te reo Māori policy this morning ahead of the first reading of the government’s Māori Language Strategy Bill this afternoon”, said MANA deputy leader and candidate for Waiariki, Annette Sykes....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Candidate welcomes award of platinum exploration permits
    Clutha-Southland National candidate Todd Barclay has welcomed the Government’s decision to award Lynx Platinum Limited two exploration permits in Southland. Mr Barclay said the minerals industry is an important part of New Zealand’s economy...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Pokie spending and numbers continue to drop
    Pub and club gaming machine expenditure in the year ended June 2014 fell 2.4 per cent from $826.3 million to $806.2 million. There were also fewer licence holders, gambling venues and gaming machines compared with 12 months earlier. Licence holders...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • New Zealand Police to assist in MH17 victim identification
    New Zealand Police is sending three Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) specialists to the Netherlands to assist in the international effort to identify victims from the MH17 tragedy....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Oil Spill Response Strategy available for consultation
    Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) is inviting comment on its draft updated New Zealand Marine Oil Spill Response Strategy....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Police response to IPCA report on Rewa investigation
    Police accept the findings of today's IPCA's report regarding its investigations into offending by Malcolm Rewa in Auckland in the 1980s and 1990s....
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • Well-known kiwis sign on to stop ivory trade
    Today the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Select Committee will consider a complete ban on the ivory trade in response to a petition by Auckland teacher Virginia Woolf and policy analyst Fiona Gordon....
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • Commonwealth Games are not being captioned in New Zealand
    As members of the Captioning Working Group, The National Foundation for the Deaf and Deaf Aotearoa New Zealand call for broadcast captioning of the 2014 Commonwealth Games...
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • Majority of Commonwealth countries are already republics
    The Glasgow Commonwealth Games are here and it's a common misbelief that a Kiwi republic would mean that New Zealand would have to leave the Commonwealth. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth....
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • Police handling of Rewa Investigation
    Although an Independent Police Conduct Authority inquiry has identified some faults with a series of investigations conducted by Police into offending by Malcolm Rewa, there is insufficient evidence that any of these impacted on the ability of Police...
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • IPCA findings on Police handling of Rewa Investigation
    Good morning everyone. I’d like to begin today by explaining that this is an informational press conference and that I will not be taking questions at its conclusion. The reason for that is the report’s findings are the result of...
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • Pay It Back Ms Hauiti
    Responding to the Newstalk ZB report that disgraced MP Claudette Hauiti is refusing to confirm whether or not she has reimbursed taxpayers for misuse of her Parliamentary 'P-card', Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says: “Ms Hauiti...
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • RSA thanks NZ for $1.7m collected during Poppy Appeal
    The RSA today announced that over $1.7 million was donated to the 2014 Poppy Appeal for the support of veterans, ex-service men and women and their families in need....
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • Students encouraged to be brave and never give up
    Students encouraged to be brave and never give up if they want to 'make it happen'...
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • New Zealanders want to pay more to protect dolphins
    A report released this week shows a large majority of New Zealanders want Maui’s and Hector’s dolphins protected and they are prepared to pay for it....
    Scoop politics | 23-07
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