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Give us the names or pay the money back, John

Written By: - Date published: 11:59 am, March 8th, 2014 - 156 comments
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David Cunliffe had a trust set up for campaign donations. The structure kept donors anonymous and was within electoral rules, but was a bad look. He named three of the donors and paid the other two back. Total donations equaled $17,800 with $8,300 of that returned.

At the time, John Key called for Cunliffe to name his anonymous donors (even though the money was returned to them).

John Key received 21 five thousand dollar campaign donations (total $105k) via a dinner, and another $60k through another. He acknowledged there have been many other dinners.

Paddy Gower asked him to name these anonymous donors on the Nation this morning, Key refused.

By Key’s logic he now has to either pay back the $165k – and all the other secret dinner money – or name the donors.

Not to do so wouldn’t just be tricky, but hypocritical. As Key himself has said:

David Cunliffe has a responsibility to make sure he tells the public who the other two are or he’s going to labelled as having a secret agenda which none of us can verify one way or the other.

The money or the secret names John. You can’t keep both.

156 comments on “Give us the names or pay the money back, John”

  1. finbar 1

    And was it not a soft cock interview, considering the harrowing interview Gower, had with Cunliffe, last week.

  2. quartz 2

    I heard a rumour that at least two companies with government contracts bought tables and then sent guests along so the donations were split up into undisclosable chunks.

  3. captain hook 3

    Okay then. $165,000 is a nice chunk of change as they say in Mafia movies but after he has explained that hen he needs to explain how he made $90,000,000 working for someone else. That is a grotesque amount of money for someone who never actually produced anything tangible.

    • PapaMike 3.1

      Where do you get $90 million from – I though it was more like half that $40 – $50 million.
      What is your source please.

      • travellerev 3.1.1

        That number is floating around for some reason but nobody can give a link to where that might be found. Officially it is between $ 40-50 million. Still a ridiculous amount of money for selling fraudulent financial instruments to unsuspecting pension funds and the likes. Something he knew perfectly well as he confesses to it on breakfast TV a while ago.

        However I’m sure his blind trust fund has been buying gold and military industrial complex industry shares like there is no tomorrow for him making tuns of money and possibly via political inside info about global developments making tons of profit for him. Insider trading is after all perfectly legal when you’re an American “law maker”.

  4. captain hook 4

    Key is getting shiftier and shiftier by the day.

    • finbar. 4.1

      And did not John,in his way, sort of sneered,be warned,”the sneaky line,that!s our!s” sneaky indeed is John!s culture.

  5. Colonial Viper 5

    The NATs can raise serious money at the drop of a dinner fork.

    • Skinny 5.1

      And in the scheme of things it’s still loose change in their deep pockets.

      Meanwhile over at the Labour Party every film evening, wine auction, potluck dinner, the rank and file dip into their wallets, a $5, $10, $20, what one can afford. Over the course of 3 years a functioning electorate committee raises the dough for an election campaign. That’s the reality in the poor house, it’s honest hard toil. When you hear of the rarity of large donations it’s usually the academic types, some in business, other who have made a bob and are donating to level the injustice of inequality. Something the greedy right donator would no nothing about, because it takes a social conscience

  6. You_Fool 6

    John Key doesn’t have to do any such thing. Transparency and honesty are for other people…

    • geoff 6.1

      That’s right, baby, Key is an elitist hypocrite! National, the party of double standards.

      • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill) 6.1.1

        …which is exactly why the National Party are spending so much time and energy into falsely accusing everyone else of being hypocrites – hoping to distract the public from one of their own (out of many) major failings -

  7. fender 7

    That guy in the swimming pool, a Vladimir Putin wannabe, has his own set of rules (and they’re only guidelines after all).

    And hypocrisy is not a word to be found in any National Party dictionary.

  8. RedLogix 8

    Interestingly Key really cannot see the blatant double-standard at work here.

    Politics in this country have been doing one set of rules for the Tories and another for the Left for so long that they’ve become blind to it.

    • weka 8.1

      Kinds of makes sense though. Labour (and the GP) claim to have ethics, so when they do something that looks unethical they should be held to account. New National don’t have ethics, so there is no problem when they do something unethical.

      The big question is why so many NZers still vote for them. My current theory is that a big chunk of NZers have no fucking clue about politics or what is going on. They see the soundbite on TV and go with that.

      • Blue 8.1.1

        It’s ironic isn’t it? The media have been thrashing Labour for ‘hypocrisy’, but they can never get National on that argument because National have never opposed using trusts or anonymous donors and they never will.

        If you have morals but supposedly fail to live up to them you get demonised worse than if you freely admit you’ve never had any in the first place.

        • Arfamo 8.1.1.1

          Having no morals to start with creates no expectation you will abide by them, so there’s nothing out of order for anyone to focus on. Claiming you have morals and then getting caught out not abiding by them on the other hand is blood in the water for the sharks with no morals AND the people who thought you were living up to those morals. It does a lot of damage to credibility. Apologising afterwards doesn’t really remove the stain.

      • Sjlmass 8.1.2

        amen – the revolution will not be televised brother

      • floyd 8.1.3

        Weka. So true.?

  9. blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill) 9

    Would they be:

    Pfizer pharmaceutical company
    British American Tobacco
    Large NZ casino operators [Sky city?]
    Lobby groups for privatisation of the Health and Education sectors
    Right wing think tanks such as ‘The Maxim Institute’
    Developers (the types who consider the long term considerations that RMA requires to be involved in the design of new buildings and businesses so as to avoid problems in the future as annoying nuisances that get in between them and their profits)
    [A] ‘Small and distinct group [that] comes mostly from the radical right of New Zealand politics and business’ (I would understand them to be the type who could afford and be keen on shares in privatised assets such as power companies)

    These were some of those mentioned who were attending such dinners in 2005 in Nicky Hagar’s ‘The Hollow Men’ [p219 onwards]

  10. greywarbler 10

    Sleek as a seal isn’t he. Smooth and fast moving in whatever medium he is in. Seals I understand are not actually slippery, they have a useful protective coating that’s quite robust.

    • Skinny 10.1

      Greywarbler Key’s is Teflon which is only good for 6 years, finally things are beginning to stick.

      • greywarbler 10.1.1

        Does that Teflon come with a firm guarantee? Engineered with planned obsolescence! If only.

  11. felix 11

    Akshully Zet, according to Key’s own logic he has to pay the money back AND name the donors. That’s what he’s demanding Cunliffe do.

  12. TightyRighty 12

    Durr Durr Durr but he did it too

    • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill) 12.1

      Yes Tighty Righty – the whole time that Key was saying such things like:

      “David Cunliffe has a responsibility to make sure he tells the public who the other two are or he’s going to labelled as having a secret agenda which none of us can verify one way or the other.

      He knew full well that his Party has been doing the thing he was accusing Cunliffe of.

      Key has just let us all know that he understands the public are justified in labelling National as having a secret agenda – which is just as well because it is clear for those with eyes to see that his activities since being in government show he does work with an agenda other than what he claims. He is not working in the interests of the greatest number of NZers at all.

      Now that is becoming all the more apparent.

      Own goal Mr Key

    • geoff 12.2

      Your man Key takes after you Tighty, he’s completely full of shit.

    • felix 12.3

      The above comment contains not a trace of irony. Astounding.

      • RedLogix 12.3.1

        No you all miss the point. On thinking about it over bit there are only two possibilities here:

        Either Key and the Nats really cannot see the double standard at work here.

        OR

        The understand it perfectly and are flouting it in out faces. Mocking the Left’s inability to do anything about it.

  13. Rob 13

    By your statement

    By Key’s logic he now has to either pay back the $165k – and all the other secret dinner money – or name the donors

    , can you link to where Key demanded Cunliffe pay his donations back?

    [lprent: There is a link in the post. Did you read the post? If you didn't read the post before making this comment, then perhaps you should.

    Moderating you until you confirm that you have read the post or you explain this comment that makes it look like you have not. For instance where is the "demand" you are referring to.

    I suspect that you're astroturfing and you get a weeks ban. This may become permanent if you don't provide an explanation of your behaviour.

    I really don't like idiots with diversion games. ]

    • geoff 13.1

      Who said demand? Oh that’s right, only you.
      If Key doesn’t pay the money back or name the donors he is, by his own logic, being very fucking tricky indeed.

      • Rob 13.1.1

        Geoff, Key did not ask Cunliffe to pay the money back, that decision was made presumably by Cunliffe’s , although GP probably had some say in it. P

        The two secret doners are still secret , they have just had their money returned presumably because they did not want to be outed.

        • You_Fool 13.1.1.1

          Ok, so Key has no choice then, he has to name the doners. Also to keep up with Cinliffe’s standards he ALSO has to pay the money back,

          • Rob 13.1.1.1.1

            Keep ‘up” with Cunliffe’s standards , LOL.

            • RedLogix 13.1.1.1.1.1

              The two secret doners are still secret , they have just had their money returned presumably because they did not want to be outed.

              Which given that they had donated under terms of confidentiality then it would be completely and utterly wrong for Cunliffe to ‘out’ them. It remains absolutely their right to remain anonymous in these circumstances.

              Assigning underhand motives for them wanting to assert that right is entirely baseless.

              • Descendant Of Sssmith

                I can name one of the doners – one is called kebab. Shish it’s a secret.

      • Rob 13.1.2

        Geoff, who is being tricky anyway. Cunliffe was trying to hide his doners from his own party, the one he was wanting to lead and now is.

        Forget this transparency crap that dribbles out of his mouth on a daily basis, he failed to declare to his own side at the first major test. The other issue is he is being backed by vey big NZ business and a major US consulting firm that outsourced thousands of NZ manufacturing jobs to Asia.

        Yeah keep defending him Geoff , as you obviously see him as a walking , talking example of modern Labour party values.

        • RedLogix 13.1.2.1

          Cunliffe was trying to hide his doners from his own party,

          His own Party rule required him to. Idiot.

          • Rob 13.1.2.1.1

            What the one that Jones and the other guy (forgotten his name) followed?

            • RedLogix 13.1.2.1.1.1

              Exactly. None of the other two had a donation over the $500 limit.

              All three candidates followed their Party rules exactly. If they had not you would have been sticking it to them for that.

              The only issue here was that no-one thought through how to reconcile this Party rule with an entirely separate Parliamentary rule around the Register of Pecuniary interests. In fact it’s not all that obvious that the Parliamentary rule applies at all.

              After all Parties have been accepting donations via secret trusts for ages and Mr Key thinks that’s perfectly ok.

              You really cannot have this one both ways Rob.

              • Matthew Hooton

                That is incorrect. My understanding is that Shane did receive a donation of over $500 and has declared it on the parliamentary register. We will know for sure when it is published. The only reason the Cunliffe story became news at this time is because of a leak (presumably from someone who saw his return to Labour head office, or from one of the five donors. Can’t think where else it could have come from.)

                • Tracey

                  And your comment on key being hoist on his petard? Saving it for monday when you can say, I agree with patrick gower, the pm is being tricky.

                • Skinny

                  The problem with you Hooton is your a fanatical right-wing lunatic. You have the the nerve to come on here spouting about nickel and dime donations, when you know full well the opposition party’s get chump change compared to NACT. Your not on here for the benefit of us, your on here to spin bulkshit so the likes of Garner, Gower, Henry and all the other useless jurno’s can follow up the spin in their daily diatribe of snake oil. I look forward to the day our paths cross face to face. I will do countless people a favour wink*

                  • rhinocrates

                    Looks like Hooton, like the cockroach that he is, has scuttled under the fridge again when the kitchen light was turned on. Don’t expect an answer.

        • You_Fool 13.1.2.2

          Not to ruin your fantasy, and I am only going on what Cunliffe said in the press, but wasn’t the way he took donations for his leadership race the way that Labour requires him to do so? I.e. he was hiding nothing from the party, because they didn’t want to know?

        • geoff 13.1.2.3

          Rob, I’m not defending Cunliffe, I’m attacking Key for being a tricky, lying hypocrite.
          Keep up, thicko.

          • RedLogix 13.1.2.3.1

            Well I am defending Cunliffe because he was doing exactly what was required of him. You tell me what he was supposed to do differently.

            It’s a lazy, lying, smearing pack of shit media who are the enemy here.

            • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill) 13.1.2.3.1.1

              I would add that this incompetent, disingenious government who do not act in NZers interests – rather for their big-profit-for-a-few donors are the enemy number 1.

    • Rob 13.2

      Lprent I saw the link, read it and watched the supporting video. Key has not asked Cunliffe to pay the money back. Cunliffe did this on his own accord. The point being it is not “Keys logic” to out the doners and pay the money.

      • lprent 13.2.1

        But there was no “demand” in the post either.

        What there was was a quote from Key of what he thought the alternatives were in the circumstances of taking anonymous donations of greater than $500.

        David Cunliffe has a responsibility to make sure he tells the public who the other two are or he’s going to labelled as having a secret agenda which none of us can verify one way or the other.

        In the linked article, he also said that

        “Clearly there’s something going on there about people who gave money, but know if their identity is in the public domain that that would be very untidy for the Labour Party,” he said this afternoon.

        Which BTW is curious because it was exactly the argument that he rejected when dealing with the anonymous donations from the Waitemata Trust to National. I guess he assumes that these concepts don’t apply to the National party or its politicians.

        Now Zet has said that Key should follow his own advice. Which was what you quoted and called a “demand”.

        You haven’t convinced me that you read more than the posts title. Certainly your other comments in rapid succession directly after the one I noticed (including two others that I trashed) gave evidence that you’d read the post before commenting. However you have explained your position. Ban stands for the week.

        • Matthew Hooton 13.2.1.1

          The headline reads pretty much like a demand.

          • Tracey 13.2.1.1.1

            And your comment on key being hoist on his petard? Saving it for monday when you can say, I agree with patrick gower, the pm is being tricky.

          • geoff 13.2.1.1.2

            Matthew, so aside from that minor issue, you do agree that John Key is being a hypocrite?

            Edit:
            Speaking of headlines, I’m now expecting an NBR piece from you titled: “Secret campaign donations last nail in the coffin for Key?”

            • Matthew Hooton 13.2.1.1.2.1

              Keep up. They weren’t secret. They were declared in 2010 and 2011. And they were only declared because they were aggregated. Individual donations to a party below $15k do not need to be disclosed. There really is nothing at all in any of this.

              • RedLogix

                Exactly Mathew. There really was nothing in this.

                Maybe it’s dawning on you that David Cunliffe received five donations for a party political purpose (ie the Labour primary contest) and as was required of him ensured they were channeled through a trust in order to comply with his own Party rules.

                And exactly as National channels many of it’s own donations through trusts and has done so for ages.

                The open question here is whether these donations are also a personal pecuniary interest and therefore need to be declared on the Parliamentary Register as such.

                Shane Jones took the view that in order to be on the safe side they probably were, but then it’s hard to reconcile this with the rule that they should also be anonymous.

                I’m taking the view that they were Party political donations, that Cunliffe did exactly the right thing and a lot of people owe him an abject apology.

          • rhinocrates 13.2.1.1.3

            Really Hoots, who the Hell do you think that you’re deceiving? Your gullible clients whom you can tell that you’re a prominent commentator in several fora simply by having attacks of textual diarrhoea? Is this all about brand management, because you’re making a… no, more of a fool of yourself?

  14. newsense 14

    So Paddy’s saying he knows he can win us back?

    • ianmac 14.1

      We will see on TV3 News tonight. Remember last week Paddy only played bits of the Cunliffe interview that put David in a poor light.
      We will judge Paddy tonight when we see if he concentrates on the issues as Zetic outlines above and Mr Key’s shifty response or will he just report on the “easy” stuff from Mr Key.

      • karol 14.1.1

        It’ll take longer for me to watch Gower again – I’m looking for consistent fairness and accurate reporting.

        And i want all the media to start focusing on the issues that are important or significant for Kiwis – enough of the political games – that puts too many Kiwis off voting.

  15. NZ Jester 15

    Why do I get the feeling that John Key while trying to set up a big mousetrap to catch David Cunliffe in accidentally set it off himself and now is trying to wriggle out of it before anyone notices.

  16. Anker 16

    I have mentioned this before but Fran O’Sullivan who is writing about the issue of DC using a trust for donations refers to it as “laundering” the money into a secret trust account. I think this is scurrilous, because when you refer to money being laundered, it is money gained through criminal acts. This is a nasty implication and it takes distorting what we know to a new low.

    • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill) 16.1

      +1 Anker

    • ianmac 16.2

      Anker I toyed with commenting on Fran’s page after reading your point about laundering. Decided not to bother as they seem to not be running comments this time. Wonder why not. Wonder if she will use same terms now about Key?

  17. nadis 17

    I wouldn’t worry about demands that Cunliffe names the two undisclosed donors. They’ll leak out at some point, probably when judged they’ll do the most damage. My guess – perhaps crim-dot-con, more likely individuals representing mining/oil/manufacturing company clients of a certain environmental law firm, firms at the forefront of green initiatives like NZ Refining, Gasbridge, Fonterra, Carter Holt, Genesis, Alinta etc. If it is dot com the fallout will be amazing – he is like a one man typhoid mary – contaminating all he touches.

    The really, really big question that no-one has addressed is who tipped off the journos to the existence of the trusts. Names, amounts, timeline – all very closely held information but somehow leaked. Who? If Cunliffe’s friends in the caucus have this info it will leak, and it will be leaked in order to destabilise at the mos opportune time. Cunliffe clearly assumed the information couldn’t possibly become public, hence his denials to the like of Marcus Lush etc. The execution and timing of the leaker was perfect – wait for the denials then BAM! Like a script from House of Cards.

    The list of people with that info would be very short and starts and finishes with “Friends and colleagues” of Cunliffe. It really wouldn’t be hard for someone close to the issue to identify very quickly who the leaker is or likely to be. Et tu Brutae?

    • karol 17.1

      :roll: so much speculation of a biased kind. So little actual information.

      All a journalist would need to do was look at the money declared by Cunliffe and estimate the money spent on his campaign – then calculate the discrepancy and figure what happened.

    • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill) 17.2

      :roll: Yep good call Karol I’ll join you there

  18. nadis 18

    Agreed- pure speculation. But I’d be just as interested if the same thing was happening within national. You do have to wonder how the info got out to the journalists given how closely held it was, and why the complete absence of speculation.

    Karol – how would a journalist connect the dots and come up with the existence of a trust?

    Connect the dots – who would know:

    The donors
    Cunliffe (may not legally know but thats what private chats with no witnesses, phone records or emails are for)
    His trustee(s)
    A couple of people at Labour head office.

    That pretty much narrows down the source of leakers.

    • One Anonymous Bloke 18.1

      Who leaked Collins’ corrupt back-hander to the National Party’s clients?

  19. finbar 19

    Its the elephant in the room,we have reason John,to suspect that those who donated to your campaign are well healed.Corporate players who!s belief are in kin with yours,fair does.It does your cause no good, to dump on your opponent, to cry secrecy and skullduggery when you hide behind, a cloak of unashamed usery,a past life that you have no care to question, as your Governance of your home land, your skullduggery and its legacy shall leave a social scar that will outshine a Hawain rainbow.

  20. Matthew Hooton 20

    This is an old story, first disclosed by National in 2010, and involves an eccentric restauranteur raising money on his own behalf for National. There is nothing wrong with that. And I don’t really think there was anything wrong with Labour charging people $5000/table to meet Sir Ian McKellen: https://twitter.com/CTrevettNZH/status/442102673890762753/photo/1
    NBR has information on how the Astle fund-raising effort operates: http://www.nbr.co.nz/article/key-under-fire-antoines-donations-ck-152983

    • Ergo Robertina 20.1

      The ‘old story’ is an issue now because Key has spent the past week lecturing Cunliffe on his use of secret donations.

    • geoff 20.2

      Matthew, you being an ‘neo-conservative ultra’ hollow-man for the National party is an old story but it is still relevant.

    • ..an ‘old story’..

      ..but a good one..

      ..that ‘hollow’-echo is still easily heard..

      ..phillip ure..

    • Pascal's bookie 20.4

      From that NBR link :

      “He rings round his friends, arranges a dinner, charges usurious amounts, invites Mr Key and then passes on some of the profits to the party.”

      Well that doesn’t sound dodgy at all.

  21. One Anonymous Bloke 21

    Interesting timing from Paddy. Could it possibly be related to the universal observation that he is a partisan hack who makes up stories?

    Good photo of Key. He looks annoyed :)

  22. Matthew Hooton 22

    David Farrar points out that donations to a party of $5k don’t need to be declared anyway. http://www.nbr.co.nz/article/excitable-out-there-donation-disclosure-thresholds-ck-152982

    So if the people who paid $5k to go to dinner at Antoine’s had given the money to National it wouldn’t have had to been declared. It was only declared because it was a private fund-raiser by Tony Astle and he gave a single large donation. There really is no issue here.

    • there is ‘no issue’ around national party fundraising..

      ..and the transparency thereof..?

      ..it’s not just another version of ‘dirty deeds done real cheap’..?

      ..now you see it..now you don’t..?

      ..right ho..!

      ..we believe you..!

      ..eh..?..

      ..phillip ure..

    • quartz 22.2

      You were at one of those dinners Mathew Hooton. Who paid for your ticket? SkyCity? Rio Tinto? Warner Brothers?

      • Matthew Hooton 22.2.1

        No, I haven’t been to one of the dinners.

        • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill) 22.2.1.1

          ….I am guessing that means you have been to many of them :lol:

          • geoff 22.2.1.1.1

            +1!

          • felix 22.2.1.1.2

            lolz yes, as Matthew said he missed one of them

          • Matthew Hooton 22.2.1.1.3

            never been to any of them

            • quartz 22.2.1.1.3.1

              You’re lying, Matthew Hooton. My tory brother-in-law has seen you at a National Party fund raising dinner.

              • rhinocrates

                Is the Pope Catholic? Do bears shit in the woods? Does Hooton lie?

                You can assume something has been confirmed once that lying, racist shit Hooton has denied any personal involvement.

                Hey Hoots, shouldn’t you be off writing another manifesto for Anders Brevik since he was soooo impressed by the previous work of you and your friends? I hear that he’s getting bored in prison.

              • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill)

                ha! quartz very nice thanx

              • Matthew Hooton

                Must be Epsom or Tauranga events, or maybe the post-Budget breakfast. Never been to one of the Antoine’s fundraisers.

                • quartz

                  So you have been to fundraiser dinners. Why did you claim you hadn’t?

                  • Matthew Hooton

                    FFS, we were talking about the $5k Antoine’s ones.

                    • quartz

                      So you’ve just been to the $1k ones then? Who paid for the tickets?

                    • Tracey

                      Actually everyone else is discussing key saying not disclosing the names of donors suggests you have something to hide and yet key wont disclose the names of anonymous donors.

                    • geoff

                      Oh Matthew, I actually feel sorry for you sometimes.

                    • felix

                      From what Matthew is saying, perhaps there are far more of these “dinners” than first suspected.

                      Time to open all the books. And all the trusts. Let’s see all the donations and all the donors. Let’s find out who owns our government.

                      Nothing to hide, nothing to fear. Right?

                    • rhinocrates

                      That’s desperate Hoots. You’ve got to do better, you’ve got to try harder than that. You’ve already been exposed – once again – as lying.

                      Is your heart not in it any more?

                      Your clients are going to notice eventually. That’s going to affect your brand and your market value.

                    • newsense

                      oh- so we were talking about declaring secret donors, not about declaring secret donors.

                  • Tracey

                    His job is to look for different meanings from words no matter what the intent of the speaker and argue a different meaning. He does this in just about every comment in this thread.

                    He will now explain what dinner he was saying he wasnt at…

                  • bad12

                    Lolz, wee Matty isn’t high enough up the money tree to even get an invite to the five grander’s,

                    People like the elite of SkyCity’s management team tho are a must for an invite to get pissed with Slippery the PM and the five grand is well worth the effort of having an up-close encounter with a PM behaving like a clown,

                    None of us would ever for a moment consider there is any connection between the people attending these events, the five grand donations, and, later law changes that just coincidently are of great financial benefit to them…

                    • quartz

                      Sometimes a company might want to give 50,000 but not be known. That’s when they’d need 10 lackeys to split that donation across a couple of dinner tables. Then each donation is too small to warrant disclosure. The nats have been laundering big donations like this for years.

                      I’d expect Matthew Hooton would be a perfect lackey for a job like that.

                    • rhinocrates

                      Pathetic isn’t it? Hoots adopts such airs and graces, but it’s just a sycophantic cocksucker for hire with added gratuitous racism and that’s obvious to everyone.

                      I’d call it a whore, but that would be a gross insult to so many honest sex workers.

                • Skinny

                  Speaking of Epsom my sister told me ACT come knocking on their door in Gardner Rd, probably hustling people to come to their conference. Anyway they gave them the bums rush. They have become all moralistic now choosing to vote the loonie Greens (as you call them).

                  They aren’t interested in the scam of ACT any more, my my how times change. They use to say “John Key is a sound guy, just like us, now they think Key is a dirty slippery prick.” It’s over ACT and National are toast.

            • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill) 22.2.1.1.3.2

              who has never been to any of what?

        • finbar. 22.2.1.2

          Been spending your time Matthew,reading about the socialist care.

    • Tracey 22.3

      But john key says if anyone is getting money the public have a right to know in case there is a conflict of interest. Was he lying matthew?

      • Matthew Hooton 22.3.1

        No, the rule is that if an individual MP gets $500+, the public has a right to know who gave it. And if a party gets $15k+, the public has a right to know who gave it.

        Cunliffe used the TR Trust to get around the first rule, even as Shane honestly disclosed who gave him more than that.

        There is no suggestion of the second rule having been breached by anyone.

        • Craig Glen Eden 22.3.1.1

          Key is such a hypocrite and so is Hooten, what both fail to acknowlegde was Cunliffes trust was totally legal he did nothing wrong.
          But its ok when Mathews master does it aye Mathew? So come on Mathew tell us all how much the Nats are paying you!

        • You_Fool 22.3.1.2

          Pity that wasn’t what Key was saying during the week

          “David Cunliffe has a responsibility to make sure he tells the public who the other two are or he’s going to labelled as having a secret agenda which none of us can verify one way or the other.”

          And

          “Clearly there’s something going on there about people who gave money, but know if their identity is in the public domain that that would be very untidy for the Labour Party,”

          So now we can label Key and National as having a secret agenda as well…

        • Tracey 22.3.1.3

          No john key didnt say the public have a right to know who donates so as to ascertain if there is a conflict of interest? Two questions there matthew.

          Address what key said not what you torturously spin he meant, and then apply it to anonymous donors to his dinners

        • Tracey 22.3.1.4

          I wonder why key didnt make that clear? Perhaps so the public would think the accusation was more blanket but then… hoist on his own petard

          Anyway matthew, I understand the right says explaining is losing.

        • Skinny 22.3.1.5

          Yip and Shane has recently started paying back the Tally family for the donations he has previously recieved, by dealing to Countdown. He Is in for a nice donation from them this election to be sure. That’s how it works ‘who pays the piper calls the tune.’

          Make it taxpayer funded only. It is high time no political donations whatsoever. It will be far cheaper than allowing the scams to continue. Any breeches Jail. It would be fair to say most people are sick and tired of the dirty deals going on.

    • floyd 22.4

      Really Matthew!!

    • Benghazi 22.5

      But that isn’t really the end of the disclosure rules is it Matthew.

      If a corporate (or individual) paid for a number of diners to attend then the $15K threshold could be easily breached. Aggregation in such circumstances is prevented by the rules. This is true whether its a private individual like Astle doing the aggregation or not. At the Antoine’s dinner John Key actually sat and ate with these diners so there is no ability for them to be anonymous. This is exactly the ‘ability to influence’ situation that the rules were designed to make transparent.

  23. ScottGN 23

    You can always tell when something has hit a raw nerve on Planet Key if Matthew Hooten’s out running interference on the blogs.

  24. ianmac 24

    Well. Paddy surprised me by actually headlining the Key Hypocrisy on TV3 News tonight. He showed the clip and commented on it and Mr Key compressed his lips and stubbornly refused to be drawn. Exactly the same rules applied to Mr Cunliffe so either Key apologises to David or continues to be stubbornly looking very shifty. Live by the sword….

    • logie97 24.1

      Just perhaps, but only perhaps, Paul Henry (Holmes-mimic) has seen his network’s news.
      And he can now look down the lens of the camera and say of John Key, “I just don’t trust you!”

  25. mac1 25

    And Gower on TV3 News at 6 pm tonight calls Key tricky, too. Hipkins very good at rebuttal and Gower also suggesting that Key is hypocritical.

    I wonder whether the reason Key is refusing to name donors is that the donors were circumventing the $15000 disclosure limit by having a $5000 meal paid for by their company. Disclosure of their names would surely indicate whether they came from companies which would otherwise have had to declare an outright donation, or smaller totals adding up to the $15000 requiring declaration.

    In other words, tricky, devious and hypocritical behaviour from both PM and donors.

    • Tracey 25.1

      Perhaps a number of complaints to tv3 this week about lack of fairness or bias added some backbone? We will never know.

  26. captain hook 26

    papa mike…pm..prime minister…more like mh or mathew hooton with one of his multiple identities.
    everywhich way but loose.
    does hooton get paid for every post here?

  27. Rogue Trooper 27

    2 + 2 = 5 , don’t you know… :-D

  28. bad12 28

    Lolz, Slippery the Prime Minister gets caught out being a Hypocrite and along comes wee Matty Hooton attempting to twist the Post into an ”its all about me” extravaganda,

    Why wont our PM name the diners from the fund raising dinners, probably doesn’t look so good sharing dinner with the SkyCity elite all coughing up 5 grand a time, not that there would be any connection with such dinners and subsequent law changes,

    All the better, it was Alfred E. Nuemann making Slippery swallow a large dead rat on national television and again during the news hour, normally Slippery and National can rely on an easy ride from Gower, being taken to task by Him over such hypocrisy must have made the pain for Slippery all the more deep and it showed…

    • floyd 28.1

      Wouldn’t it be fun to have a guessing game. Guess who was invited to dinner. For a nominal fee of course. No one will ever know.

      • Anne 28.1.1

        Guess who was invited to dinner.

        Let’s start with the Winebox crowd. I mean they owed the Bolger/Shipley Nat. govt. who let them off the hook. That’s Micheal Fay, David Richwhite, Robin Congreve (maybe?).

        Then add the original ACT financiers, Alan Gibbs, Craig Heatley, Ted Farmer, Douglas Myer and their acolytes. Throw in Peter Goodfellow and a few filthy rich gentemen farmers. That takes care of more than half of them.

  29. rhinocrates 29

    The racist prick Hoots is spinning so much that I wouldn’t be surprised if the Earth’s rotation is affected. Again, I have to ask, who does it think it’s fooling?

    If anything, the fact that it shows up is an indicator that the Nacts are worried.

  30. logie97 30

    Don’t you just love the Key response to almost every question raised about monies, appears to be
    “It’s within the rules…” and then his spinmeisters who try so desperately to justify his responses

    You can see the likes of these people (traders, accountants and the like) constantly looking for ways through legislation to see if they can EVADE.

    John Key, what about displaying some conscience just for once in your life?

    This would also be a good time for Hooten address Blip’s list of deceits.

    (As an aside, the lawyer who defended Corby in Indonesia, recently commented on radio about the chances of the recent arrest of a Kiwi and representation from the NZ government. She didn’t fancy her chances of representation from the PM. She described Key succinctly – just wish I had a link)

    • idlegus 30.1

      yeah i heard that, & mercep was desperately trying to change the subject ‘thats politics, we are not talking politics here!’

  31. vto 31

    If someone donates money to a political party, does that give them influence with that political party?

    • RedLogix 31.1

      It’s an interesting question vto.

      Inevitably there is a tension between the need for political parties to be funded – and the fact that funding wants to come with strings.

      • vto 31.1.1

        With the issue this last week around perceptions of secrets and conflicts of interest I would have thought this is the exact question.

        The perception would quite clearly be that donors do have influence in the political parties they donate to. The reality may be exactly that too.

        And there is evidence of this expectation with dotcom and John Banks. When Dotcom was thrown in jail he was clearly pissed off that the help he expected due to his donations to Banks was not forthcoming. Straight forward evidence of that expectation.

        Such a system is wrong. Completely and utterly wrong.

        It is a corruption, nothing less.

        Either all donors and donations to political parties must be publicly known, or such donations must be banned.

  32. RedBaronCV 32

    Since Matty is over here on this one, has he been hired to be here. If so then by whom? Does it need a disclosure, as in “this has been authorised by……” or is it an undisclosed donation.

    • rhinocrates 32.1

      Oh FFS, EVERYTHING goes into automatic moderation. Am I banned?

      [lprent: Not that I'm aware of. You are aware that there are traps for over-emphasis right? Too much bold, SHOUTING, number of links, etc etc. In fact anything that you'd expect a spambot to do. And of course there are traps for spambot known IP ranges. Occasionally we get false positives.

      But also double check your email/handle spelling. If the system thinks mindlessly detects that one is different then you get caught in the first time user trap. That requires that a moderator approves a message with that combo. ]

      • rhinocrates 32.1.1

        Right, THAT worked, here’s what I TRIED to say, paraphrased.

        Hooton may not have been hired to corrupt the dialogue, but it certainly sees an opportunity to advertise itself to its prospective clients. It’s not even trolling, it’s just trying to show that it’s a “widely respected commentator” ever more desperately.

        Its company, Effluvium, must be having some cash-flow problems. And some credibility problems.

        • rhinocrates 32.1.1.1

          Jesus Christ, can I make one single comment that isn’t “awaiting moderation”?

          [RL: No idea about the moderation. Released one of them.]

          • rhinocrates 32.1.1.1.1

            OK, trying AGAIN:

            Right, THAT worked, here’s what I TRIED to say, paraphrased.

            Hooton may not have been hired to corrupt the dialogue, but it certainly sees an opportunity to advertise itself to its prospective clients. It’s not even trolling, it’s just trying to show that it’s a “widely respected commentator” ever more desperately.

            Its company, Effluvium, must be having some cash-flow problems. And some credibility problems.

          • rhinocrates 32.1.1.1.2

            Hi RL, there appears to be a technical problem or I’m using keywords that trigger something. Thing-that-lives-under-a-bridge-and-doesn’t-like-billy-goats might be one of them?

            • RedLogix 32.1.1.1.2.1

              Yes … from memory Lynn added ‘troll’ to the auto-mod list ages ago .. although he’s always doing admin work on the site and I’ve no idea what the current status of these things is.

            • fender 32.1.1.1.2.2

              Keep cool Rhino, I enjoy your comments and would hate to see you have a melt down :grin:

  33. Murray Olsen 33

    The only interesting thing about Horton is that he’s here. Because a Horton is faithful, 100%.

    What he says is as interesting as it is accurate. I suggest never responding to him. Ignore him and laugh as he loses his income.

  34. captain hook 34

    hooton hatches an egg?

  35. Bearded Git 35

    Labour should announce a policy tomorrow saying that they will release the names of ALL donors above $100 from tomorrow’s date.

    That will close the issue down and make National look slippery.

    • Lanthanide 35.1

      No, that will revive the issue by making it look like they did something wrong when they didn’t. Cunliffe has already released the names and paid back the money to the others, so the (non-)issue is sorted.

  36. Delia 36

    Prime Minister Key is very tricky indeed.

  37. freedom 37

    Political funds in NZ are an issue that should not be ignored any longer. We know there are options, even I came up with one, so there must be others out there. What is lacking is the will to tackle the obvious flaw in the systems we have in place. Political funding is not transparent.

    http://thestandard.org.nz/heres-an-idea-electoral-funding/

    • freedom 37.1

      National and Labour will both be concerned about recent funding disclosures but look at it this way.
      The soup is spilt. We need a new tablecloth because shifting the gravy boat is only a temporary fix.

      Today’s topic is about dinners and the like. With the Electoral Donation Register of New Zealand, the event holder simply lodges the event with the EDRNZ (and most likely the Party administration), receives a reference code for their records and collects the donations at the event. One simple electronic card transaction at the event and the individual/companies donation is logged and transparent with all parties having the same information.

      If held in a hospitality venue or similar business there is an accountancy aspect that requires separation of the event’s donations from other turnover of the event. With contemporary till systems and their transaction tracking, the establishment of a ‘donation button’ on their till is not exactly what you would call an inconvenience.

      One simple way for this [potentially] grey area of accountancy to be obliterated, is when lodging the event, the group responsible can be given a mobile Eftpos machine or Square device linked directly to the EDRNZ. This is also a useful toolbox for the audit requirements of such an organization.

      Yet again though, the obvious benefits to such a scheme are the very reasons those with the most to expose will never let it be built.

  38. rhinocrates 38

    Fucking Hell, this is ridiculous. Still can’t get through.

    Yet again

    Hooton may not have been hired to corrupt the dialogue, but it certainly sees an opportunity to advertise itself to its prospective clients. It’s not even tr-lling, it’s just trying to show that it’s a “widely respected commentator” ever more desperately.

    Its company, Effluvium, must be having some cash-flow problems. And some credibility problems.

  39. rhinocrates 39

    Right, 6th attempt after a reboot:

    There appears to be a technical problem. I simply cannot get most of my my comments even to appear with “your comment is awaiting moderation” now.

    Cthulhu knows if this will get through.

  40. rhinocrates 40

    Aaaannnddd another one disappeared.

    Here’s the content, surely it wasn’t triggering? (I’m not angry, I’m just trying to highlight what appears to be a technical problem):

    Right, 6th attempt after a reboot:

    There appears to be a technical problem. I simply cannot get most of my my comments even to appear with “your comment is awaiting moderation” now.

    Cthulhu knows if this will get through.

  41. rhinocrates 41

    8th go…

    Aaaannnddd another one disappeared.

    Here’s the content, surely it wasn’t triggering? (I’m not angry, I’m just trying to highlight what appears to be a technical problem):

    Right, 6th attempt after a reboot:

    There appears to be a technical problem. I simply cannot get most of my my comments even to appear with “your comment is awaiting moderation” now.

    Cthulhu knows if this will get through.

  42. rhinocrates 42

    9th…

    Aaaannnddd another one disappeared.

    Here’s the content, surely it wasn’t triggering? (I’m not angry, I’m just trying to highlight what appears to be a technical problem):

    Right, 6th attempt after a reboot:

    There appears to be a technical problem. I simply cannot get most of my my comments even to appear with “your comment is awaiting moderation” now.

    Cthulhu knows if this will get through.

  43. rhinocrates 43

    11th…

    Aaaannnddd another one disappeared.

    Here’s the content, surely it wasn’t triggering? (I’m not angry, I’m just trying to highlight what appears to be a technical problem):

    Right, 6th attempt after a reboot:

    There appears to be a technical problem. I simply cannot get most of my my comments even to appear with “your comment is awaiting moderation” now.

    Cthulhu knows if this will get through.

  44. rhinocrates 44

    Yes, trying repeatedly, avoiding “thing that lives under a bridge” Eleven attempts now, with totally innocuous language. I’m pretty sure that it’s a technical problem. I’m not sure if this will get through…

  45. rhinocrates 45

    TEST.

    Trying again.

  46. rhinocrates 46

    Well, a few posts have appeared suddenly. Most haven’t. Odd. I know how perverse computer networks can be – “bureaucracy in a box” is how I describe them.

  47. rhinocrates 47

    Once again… tried, and it disappeared:

    Well, a few posts have appeared suddenly. Most haven’t. Odd. I know how perverse computer networks can be – “bureaucracy in a box” is how I describe them.

  48. Mary 48

    Keys isn’t tricky. He’s just a successful liar. That’s it.

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    The passing of the Employment Relations Amendment Bill is another blow to workers' rights in New Zealand, the Green Party said today.This afternoon, National's Employment Relations Amendment Bill passed with the support of Act and United Future."This bill will force...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Barriers to reporting sex crimes must go
    Both the Government and police need to take action to ensure that, in future, sexual abuse victims know they will be taken seriously, Labour’s Associate Police spokesperson Kelvin Davis says. “The young women involved in the Roast Busters case, and...
    Labour | 30-10
  • Te Wakaputanga – What we did not learn at school
    This week saw the 179th anniversary of the signing of Te Wakaputanga, the Declaration of Independence of the United Tribes of Niu Tireni. Most of us did not learn about this fundamentally critical document at school, we barely learned about...
    Greens | 30-10
  • NZ goes backwards on gender equality
    It is no coincidence that in the same week New Zealand is singled out for going backwards on child poverty under National,  we’ve also dropped in global rankings for gender equality. In one year New Zealand has dropped from 7th...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Kevin Hague questions the Minister of Health on management of Katherine Ric...
    Is he satisfied that all conflicts of interest that arose by the head of Food and Grocery Council Katherine Rich being a member of the Health Promotion Agency were managed in accordance with the provisions of the Crown Entities Act...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Bennett parks numbers on social housing
    Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett admitted today that well over 1000 families have been subsidised through the accommodation supplement to stay in the Ranui campground, somewhere she has previously described as not the right place for children to be growing...
    Labour | 30-10
  • 50,000 sign petition against anti-worker law
    More than 50,000 Kiwis have signed Labour’s petition against the Government’s scrapping of tea break entitlements, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “That’s the equivalent of five people signing our petition every minute for a week. It shows the...
    Labour | 30-10
  • Address in Reply Debate – Dr Kennedy Graham on UN Security Council- 2...
    In the Speech from the Throne last week the Prime Minister identified the usual domestic goals for his Government. I counted 17. They are not my subject today. I wish instead to focus on matters beyond our shores. In the...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Climate change harming ocean health
    New Zealand is responsible for one of the largest areas of sea in the world – an area 14 times the size of our land area. The National Government is promising new marine protected areas legislation with a discussion document...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Key misled public over Jason Ede
    Information contained in a new chapter of the book Key: Portrait of a Prime Minister, that Jason Ede stopped working for the National Party on the night the book Dirty Politics was released, shows Mr Key and senior ministers hid...
    Greens | 29-10
  • Greenpeace report highlights better path for NZ agriculture
    A Greenpeace International report highlights a better way forward for New Zealand agriculture than the GE and chemical mutation technologies supported by Federated Farmers, and the National Government through its research funding packages, the Green Party said today. "This report...
    Greens | 29-10
  • BNZ post record profits while leaving savers vulnerable
    A small part of the $850 million record profit posted by the Bank of New Zealand (BNZ) today needs to be set aside to protect savers' deposits in the future, said Green Party Co-leader Dr Russel Norman today.Dr Norman was...
    Greens | 29-10
  • RBNZ U-turn shows monetary settings were wrong
    The Reserve Bank's U-turn on interest rates today shows monetary policy settings were wrong and New Zealanders have suffered unnecessarily through the loss of jobs and having to pay higher interest rates, the Green Party said today.Reserve Bank Governor Graeme...
    Greens | 29-10
  • Ports must take responsibility for shameful death toll
    Port companies must step up and take responsibility for a shameful toll of seven deaths and 133 serious accidents in the past three years, Labour MP Iain Lees-Galloway says. The frightening figures – released by the Rail, Maritime and Transport...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Please help me get my Feed the Kids Bill to Select Committee
    Last week I took over the Feed the Kids Bill that Hone Harawira had introduced to Parliament. If passed, my Bill will provide government-funded breakfast and lunch in all decile 1 and 2 schools. Hungry kids can’t learn and are...
    Greens | 29-10
  • TVNZ Outsourcing Pasifika and Maori Programmes
    I’ve always been a big fan of our state broadcaster and I’ve particularly liked their range of current events programmes. But after Friday’s announcement that TVNZ will be sacking up to 40 staff by contracting out the Pacific and Maori...
    Greens | 29-10
  • Labour urges iwi leaders to meet with National
    Labour’s Māori Caucus has called on iwi leaders and national Māori organisations to seek urgent meetings with the National Government to directly express their concerns about employment law changes which will harm Māori workers. In an open letter sent today...
    Labour | 29-10
  • ACC’s reputation needs fix, not glitz
    Restoring public trust and confidence in ACC will take a lot more than a new communications strategy or social media blitz, says Labour’s ACC spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway. “Under National, ACC has come to be perceived as insensitive, difficult to deal...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Lessons to be learned from police investigation
    The outcome of the so-called Roast Busters case should not put victims off reporting sexual crimes, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “This case has been mishandled from the start. Within days of police initially saying no charges had...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Anti-worker legislation is anti-Pacifica
    The Minister for Pacific Peoples, Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga, will go down in history as being part of a Government that harmed his own people through anti-worker legislation, says Labour’s Pacific Island Affairs spokesperson Su’a William Sio.  “Pacific people are among...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Five-year tax holiday for overseas tax dodgers
    National has just gifted a five-year tax holiday for foreign companies dodging their tax payments, says Revenue spokesperson David Clark. “Todd McClay has pretended he is doing something about overseas companies dodging their tax duties by joining an international initiative...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Traffic Jam Tax must be given the red light
    Auckland Council’s proposed Traffic Jam Tax could cost some households thousands of dollars a year just to use roads they had already paid for with their taxes and must be rejected, says Labour’s transport and Auckland Issues spokesperson Phil Twyford....
    Labour | 29-10
  • National has chance to show leadership on limos
    The National Party has the opportunity to show leadership by transitioning our vehicle fleet towards renewable electricity when a new contract to supply Government limousines for VIPs goes to tender next month, the Green Party said today. "This is a...
    Greens | 29-10
  • The Māori Party can’t have it both ways over labour laws
    The Māori Party has to fess up over its voting record on the Employment Relations Amendment Bill, says Labour’s Māori Caucus.  “It’s simply not good enough to oppose the bill at the same time  as they helped speed up its progress through...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Equal pay and the aged care sector
    Today the High Court upheld the historic ruling by the Employment Court that our Equal Pay Act could be used to consider work of equal value cases; the government has been telling the UN and ILO that it could for...
    Greens | 29-10
  • Court case perfect opportunity for Government to improve gender pay gap
    If the Government wants to halt New Zealand’s slump in international rankings on the gender pay gap it should act on the court finding that women deserve equal wages, Labour’s Women’s Affairs spokesperson Sue Moroney says. “The World Economic Forum’s...
    Labour | 28-10
  • All Auckland transport options should be considered
    All options for meeting Auckland's transport needs should be considered, including reprioritising the transport budget away from wasteful spending on motorways, the Green Party said today.Auckland mayor Len Brown is today releasing a transport report by the Independent Advisory Board,...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Another report highlights Govt failure on child poverty
    An international report measuring the impact of the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) on child poverty rates, showing children in New Zealand have done worse than children in other countries, is further proof the Government needs to urgently take additional steps...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Address and Reply Debate Part 55: Inequality and Disability
    I rise on behalf of the Green Party to talk about inequality and disability.The recent census showed that nearly one in four New Zealanders lives with a disability—up from one in five in the previous census. These figures include some...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Address and Reply Debate Part 55: Inequality and Disability
    I rise on behalf of the Green Party to talk about inequality and disability.The recent census showed that nearly one in four New Zealanders lives with a disability—up from one in five in the previous census. These figures include some...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Child poverty: No more wake-up calls
    A new report which shows the National Government has made no inroads whatsoever into child poverty should do more than just set alarm bells ringing, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “UNICEF’s  latest Innocenti Report Card highlights the fact...
    Labour | 28-10
  • Eugenie Sage speaks in the 2014 Address in Reply Debate
    I congratulate you, Assistant Speaker Mallard, as Assistant Speaker and look forward to your knowledge, your fairness, and your light touch in being a referee of proceedings in this House. I congratulate also the other Assistant Speaker, Lindsay Tisch; the...
    Greens | 28-10
  • James Shaw’s Maiden Speech
    Tena Koe, Mr Speaker. I would like to take this opportunity to speak a little of the past, the present and the future. The privilege to serve in this Parliament was given to me by all those who gave their...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Govt airs real views on public broadcasting
    An admission by the Government that it is happy to experiment with Pacific and Maori audiences shows just how weak its vision for public broadcasting in New Zealand is, Labour’s Broadcasting spokesperson Kris Faafoi says. “National today admitted it doesn’t...
    Labour | 28-10
  • Does Judith Collins have a get out of jail card?
    Former justice minister Judith Collins appears to have been gifted a get out of jail free card based on the Prime Minister’s answers in Parliament today, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “Judith Collins claimed in an Official Information...
    Labour | 28-10
  • Solid Energy decision delay sensible
    Today’s announcement by the Board of Solid Energy that it will delay making a final decision on re-entering the Pike River mine is a sensible move, Labour’s MP for  West Coast-Tasman Damien O’Connor says. “It has been clear for some...
    Labour | 28-10
  • New York Green Bank off to a $1B start
    New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced late last week the New York Green Bank’s first NZD$1 billion tranche of green energy investments. The projects, which are difficult for the private sector to finance, are now possible by New York Green...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Bartlett case means Govt must act on equal pay
    The Court of Appeal victory for Lower Hutt caregiver, Kristine Bartlett demonstrates that both the Government and employers have been ignoring and not fully implementing equal pay law, the Green Party said today.The Court of Appeal today upheld earlier rulings...
    Greens | 27-10
  • Rotorua shift for Maori TV a bizarre move
    The bizarre idea to move Maori TV to Rotorua is either poor planning or possible political interference that adds to the perception of a service in crisis, says Labour MP for Tamaki Makaurau Peeni Henare. “Moving Maori TV to Rotorua...
    Labour | 27-10
  • Second rate deal a no go – Goff
    A second rate deal on dairy in the TPP would totally contradict the agreed purpose of the Pacific trade agreement, Labour’s Trade spokesperson, Phil Goff says. “Both the origin of the trade negotiations and leaders’ statements on its objectives emphasise...
    Labour | 27-10
  • Legal victory a boost for all working women
    Today’s legal victory for equal pay is a much-needed boost for working women at a time when the Government is pushing through reforms which will make it harder for them to get pay rises, Labour’s Women’s Affairs spokesperson Sue Moroney...
    Labour | 27-10
  • National’s failed commodities export strategy exposed
    National's strategy to rely on commodities such as milk powder and logs has been exposed in the September trade figures released today, the Green Party said."National's strategy to hang all economic hope on exporting ever-increasing volumes of milk powder and...
    Greens | 23-10
  • Caution needed on calls to arm police
    There is no justification for routinely arming our police and doing so would change forever the way officers interact with their communities, Labour’s Associate Police spokesperson Kelvin Davis says. “As one of the few organisations distinguished by its unarmed status,...
    Labour | 23-10
  • Govt strains to get tea break law through
    The Government has been left with egg on its face - failing to get its much-vaunted, but hugely unpopular, meal break law passed in the first week of its new term, Labour spokesperson on Labour Issues Andrew Little says.“National desperately...
    Labour | 23-10
  • How low can you go? Mining the depths
    The company says there will be economic benefits, which the EEZ Act says the EPA must consider, but even these benefits are in doubt. The royalties while not set will be tiny, the profits will flow offshore, and whatever phosphate...
    Greens | 23-10
  • Fed Farmers defend GE Agriculture
    Federated Farmers, which represents a minority of farmers, appears to be captured by a pro-GE clique hell bent on increasing unsustainable technologies for the benefit of the herbicide and patent controlling seed companies. That there are better more sustainable farming...
    Greens | 23-10
  • Government loses the affordable housing race
    Nick Smith is dreaming if he thinks he can deliver affordable housing to Cantabrians on his current figures, says Labour’s Associate Housing spokesperson Poto Williams. “The Minister’s announcement that the Government will build 237 new homes, most of which will...
    Labour | 23-10
  • Labour’s thoughts with Canadians
    Labour has offered its sympathies to the family and friends of the Canadian soldier who died in what appears to be a premeditated and unprovoked attack while standing at guard at the Ottawa National War Memorial. “Our thoughts are also...
    Labour | 23-10
  • What next for TVNZ? Outsourcing the news?
    Television New Zealand’s decision to outsource Māori and Pacific programming is a real blow to the notion that our state broadcaster is a public broadcaster, says Labour. “CEO Kevin Kenrick has said today that TVNZ has ‘a very long and...
    Labour | 22-10
  • Green Party expresses sympathy for Canadian shooting victims
    The Green Party expressed its solidarity with Canadians and the Canadian Parliament today, offering its sympathy for family and friends of the soldier killed in the attack. "Our thoughts are with all those caught up in the shooting in Canada...
    Greens | 22-10
  • Open Letter to Amy Adams: Please Reopen The Review Into Sexual Violence Cou...
    Ms Amy Adams, Justice and Courts Minister, Right now in this country it seems that although rape is illegal, it is not being prevented by the agents who uphold the law. It almost feels like rape is only illegal on paper,...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • MEDIA WATCH: Does ‘No-Surprises’ Also Apply To TVNZ News?
    When you stand back and look at NZ media outlets, most of them have at least one or two people who attempt to hold the government to account: John Campbell on TV3, Guyon Espiner and others at Radio NZ, David...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Things That Make You Go Hmmmmmmm
    Every so often in politics, a public figure comes out with something so absurd and so outlandish … that it really does just make you go “Hmmmmmmmmmm”. We’re accustomed to this from certain quarters – by mid point through the...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Poverty & inequality don’t need protest marches – they need a riot:...
    The global level of inequality continues to skyrocket… Number of billionaires doubled since financial crisis The number of billionaires has doubled since the start of the financial crisis, according to a major new report from anti-poverty campaigners. According to Oxfam,...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • If Key knows who Rawshark is…
    I’m sorry, what? John Key ‘given Rawshark’s name’The Prime Minister believes he knows who hacked Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater’s computer and produced the source material for Nicky Hager’s Dirty Politics, according to a new edition of a recently published...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Child Poverty stats in NZ
    Child Poverty stats in NZ...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Crimes Act + Police Investigation = WTF
    Just to frame the farce that is the Roastbuster’s investigation and conclusion – here are the parts of the Crime Act http://www.legislation.govt.nz/act/public/1961/0043/latest/whole.html#DLM329057  the Roastbusters are proven to have violated – that the police (and some suspects!) themselves acknowledge occurred: Crimes...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Publishing Journalists’ Home Addresses Is A Tactic Of The Right, Not The ...
    I think I’m starting to get rather annoyed with the conduct of some pro-MANA people over this ongoing Parliamentary Services crew complement issue. Yes, we get that there are legitimate issues to be raised with how some political reporters in...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Aucklanders caught between a tarseal-addicted government and a weak mayor
    Len Brown’s proposal for motorway tolls to reduce congestion and provide funding for better public transport is a weak response to a critical issue. The $12 billion dollar shortfall on transport funding he talks about is mainly for projected new...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • A Very Weird Story: Deconstructing Darren Aronofsky’s Noah.
    NOAH is a curious movie. Conceived as a biblical epic, it’s target audience was originally the millions of Americans who regard the Bible as God’s inerrant word. With the sin-filled works of Hollywood forbidden to these true-believers, Christian movie-makers have developed...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • You Can Get Away With Rape In New Zealand
    Jessie Hume with last years petition against rape     The police have sent a strong message today.  In fact they’ve been sending a strong message for a while; a message that our government supports. “You can literally get away...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Roast Buster case – no charges. In the immortal words of NWA…
    Roast Busters case: No prosecutions Police are to make an announcement this afternoon on Operation Clover, the investigation into the “Roast Busters” allegations. The Herald understands the victim has been told that the alleged offenders will not be prosecuted due...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Key’s flag change distraction to cost $26million!
    No. Way. Bid to change NZ flag to cost millions The cost of holding two referendums and consulting on a change of flag has been estimated to be just under $26 million. Look. We all appreciate that the sleepy hobbits...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Why NZ Herald’s Labour Party crocodile tears are so audacious
    The front page the NZ Herald would use if they thought they could get away with it No one can take the recent columns by NZ Herald seriously… John Armstrong: Shadow lingers on National John Roughan: Labour’s leadership vote matters...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • The beginning of the end of Cameron Slater?
    Slater postings on man bizarre, court told A businessman has changed his appearance and had to install extra security at his home after Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater posted his business and personal documents online, he says. Mr Slater has...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • We are a milk power republic and Fonterra our unelected senate
    Wow. Just wow… Deputy mayor says he’ll be sacked South Taranaki deputy mayor Alex Ballantyne says he expects to be sacked because he has spoken out about the impact gasses coming from dumped Fonterra dairy products have had on his...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • MEDIA WATCH: “…But *actually* this is about ethics in political-game jo...
    Yesterday, a piece of mine on the recent revelations about Hone Harawira employing several gentlemen either accused or convicted of sex offences was published on The Daily Blog. Predictably, given the fierce loyalty which Hone inspires in his party faithful and...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • Privilege cheque
    There was no race problem in my childhood. Living in central Wellington I was well-insulated from what was going on not so far away. This was the 60s and 70s, where the teachers enjoyed free love in the staff room...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • A brief word on Key’s claim that it will be raining carnage
    Isis will ‘rain carnage on the world’ – John Key Left unchecked Isis would “rain carnage on the world”, Prime Minister John Key says, but he has yet to make a decision on whether New Zealand troops will join a...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • Meanwhile…
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    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • How does Andrew Little win Labour Leadership and unify the caucus?
    Audrey Young’s excellent column on how the Caucus vote  is shaping up shows how Andrew Little becomes the next leader of the Labour Party. She identifies the factions as the following… Andrew Little 6: Andrew Little, David Cunliffe, Iain Lees Galloway,...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Joe Trinder – Right of response to Curwen
    You have asked that Hone Harawira deserves to explain what happened, how would he explain when his next door neighbour is an alleged sex offender. What explanation can Hone offer he wasn’t involved, Hone had no idea this offending was...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • MEDIA WATCH: That Hella-Weird Feeling When You Defend Tova O’Brien
    Oh dear. Yesterday morning I blogged that Hone deserved a chance to explain what exactly had happened as applies his office’s Parliamentary Services crew complement – and, importantly, that we deserve to be able to judge him on the strength of...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • Canadian Green MP warns against harsh anti-terror measures
    Canada’s Green Party has provided a welcome counterpoint to Prime Minister Harper’s call for tougher anti-terrorism laws in the wake of a soldier outside the Canadian Parliament. On October 22, while she was still locked in her parliamentary office, Green...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • When is an asset sale not an asset sale? When it robs from the poor and ste...
    National have turned state housing on its head. At no time during the 2014 election did the Key Government even hint that they were going to privatise 30% of the Housing NZ stock of state homes. Not once. Key even...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • Housing; broken promises, families in cars, and ideological idiocy (Part To...
    . . Continued from: Housing; broken promises, families in cars, and ideological idiocy (Part Rua) . Bill English comes clean on National’s intentions for HNZ privatisation . On 14 October, in a report on The Daily Blog, I wrote, In...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • The Questions Have Been Asked – They Deserve An Answer
    A few days ago, allegations that had been percolating for some time about Hone Harawira employing three either accused or convicted sex offenders on his Parliamentary pay-roll came to light. (one imprisoned before working for MANA; one who found himself convicted and...
    The Daily Blog | 26-10
  • I have seen one future, and it is bleak
    . . Back in  March 2012, I wrote this story regarding a march to support striking workers at Ports of Auckland. It appears there was some prescience about some of my observations at the time… . | | 18 March...
    The Daily Blog | 26-10
  • US air strike war Key wants us in has killed a civilian a day so far
      The US air strike war that John Key wants us to join has killed a civilian a day so far. From the Washington Post... The United States launched its first airstrikes on militants in Syria on Sept. 23, and has continued...
    The Daily Blog | 26-10
  • The instant Jihad syndrome
    My favourite new term is ‘self-radicalised’ – it suggests the reasons for terrorism are totally divorced from the actions of the West. This need to suddenly ramp up terror laws because of lone wolf, self-radicalised Jihadists seems convenient and counter-productive....
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • We have nothing to fear from Ebola but fear itself
    I suspect most Americans perceive Ebola like this   I can’t work out if the fear being spread within the media about Ebola is deliberate or just ignorance. Yes Ebola is a terrible plague that kills a large percentage of...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Anjum Rahman – “Meritocracy? I wish.”
    I’d like to start by linking to a post I had published at another site in support of Nanaia Mahuta for the Labour Party leadership election.  She has a reasonable chance, given that she already has the endorsement of Te...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • Chocolate milk shortage and creepy Santa? Let’s talk about real news
    Child poverty is still a scarily serious problem in this country and house prices are soaring through the roof to the point where it is simply impossible for the average New Zealander to buy a home. There is also little...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • It’s time to celebrate Kiwi schools and teachers
    Some would have you believe that New Zealand’s schools are in a state of collapse, that your children are not being educated well and that things are going to hell in a hand basket.  That there is no innovation, no...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • 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
  • CTU Runanga calls on iwi leaders
    Maori workers are calling on iwi leaders to speak out against the employment law changes expected to go through today. “Iwi leaders have previously spoken out when workers in Aotearoa have been under attack, we believe they should do so...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Educating children not the best solution to alcohol harm
    Alcohol Healthwatch says we need to look beyond educating children and young people to address deeply embedded attitudes and behaviours concerning alcohol....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • New code of welfare for rodeos released
    New standards to strengthen the animal welfare requirements for rodeos have been issued today by the Minister for Primary Industries, Nathan Guy....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • IPCA report riddle with inaccuracies, say students
    A report by the Independent Police Conduct Authority into the policing of student protests in 2012 is riddled with inaccuracies, say students who laid the original complaint with the IPCA....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • CT v The Queen – indecency convictions quashed
    This summary is provided to assist in the understanding of the Court’s judgment. It does not comprise part of the reasons for that judgment. The full judgment with reasons is the only authoritative document. The full text of the judgment...
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  • Rameka v The Queen – murder convictions quashed
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  • Auckland Council Out of Control
    Responding to the NZ Herald article that some Auckland households will face a rates rise of up to 9.6 per cent next year, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says: “Len Brown’s pledge to cap rates rises at 2.5 per...
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  • Stats NZ staff escalate action with ‘no more meetings’ rule
    Statistics NZ staff have voted to escalate their ongoing industrial action in an effort to get Stats NZ back to the bargaining table with a reasonable offer. The staff, who are members of the Public Service Association (PSA), have been...
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  • Rape Crisis calls for changes to criminal justice system
    Wellington Rape Crisis has added its voice to the public outcry following the announcement that there will be no charges in the teen rape gang case. Butterworth says the decision not to lay charges will not have been a surprise...
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  • Police action justified in Blockade the Budget demonstration
    Police actions in dealing with a demonstration in Central Auckland known as Blockade the Budget on 1 June 2012 were justified and appropriate, an Independent Police Conduct Authority report released today found....
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  • NZDF Joins with Australia to Commemorate WWI Centenary
    A contingent of New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel will join their Australian counterparts at Australia’s first major commemoration of the First World War centenary in Albany, Western Australia this weekend....
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  • Reserve Bank should reduce interest rate
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  • 2015 Stout Fellow will write about Māori & Criminal Justice
    Kim Workman, founder and advocate for the Robson Hanan Trust, which administers the Rethinking Crime and Punishment and Justspeak initiatives, has been awarded the 2015 John David Stout Fellowship at Victoria University....
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  • What John Key thought about ‘dirty politics’
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  • Trade Deal Threatens Farmers and Food Businesses
    The secret Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations are a direct threat to food businesses and farmers, and a moratorium on the release of GE crops must be enshrined in law before the TPP is signed....
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  • CTU announces election of new Secretary
    The contested election for the position of CTU Secretary has been won by Sam Huggard. Sam officially takes office on Monday 1 December 2014. Sam has worked in the union movement and brings a wealth of experience and a commitment...
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  • Kim Workman awarded 2015 J.D. Stout Fellowship
    The Victoria University of Wellington 2015 J.D. Stout Fellowship, funded by the Stout Trust, has been awarded to justice reform advocate Kim Workman. Mr Workman (Ngati Kahungungu ki Wairarapa, Rangitaane) is well known for his work on criminal justice,...
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  • TPPA causing concern
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  • Kiwis rally to demand justice for ‘Roast Buster’ survivors
    Over 1,500 kiwis have rallied to demand justice after the announcement of the NZ Police decision not to lay charges in the ‘Roast Busters’ saga....
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  • New employment law will hurt the most vulnerable NZers
    The Public Service Association (PSA) says changes to the Employment Relations Act, expected to be passed in Parliament tonight, will hurt vulnerable workers and their families more than anyone....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Consultation to close on proposed place names
    The New Zealand Geographic Board (NZGB) Ngā Pou Taunaha o Aotearoa today advised that only one month remains before public consultation closes for 18 name proposals for geographic features and places around Te Ika ā Māui (the North Island)....
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  • Operation Clover – Statement from Police Commissioner
    I have taken a close interest in this investigation and I am confident police have conducted a thorough and professional enquiry in what has been a challenging and complex case. The Operation Clover team has ensured that victims have been...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Better policy would have protected children from recession
    Child Poverty Action Group says an international report released by UNICEF today shows good policy can protect and improve child well-being, even during a recession....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Outcome of Operation Clover investigation
    Police have completed a multi-agency investigation, Operation Clover, into the activities of a group calling themselves “The Roast Busters”. The 12 month enquiry focused on incidents involving allegations of sexual offending against a number of girls...
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  • False birth registration brings home detention
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    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Family of Robert Ellis demand a proper investigation
    The family of a New Zealander killed in Indonesia are growing increasingly concerned at the lack of information they’ve received, and the handling of the investigation into his murder....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Minister of Health must account for aged care workers’ pay
    The New Zealand Federation of Business and Professional Women (BPW NZ) congratulates rest-home worker Kristine Bartlett on her landmark claim for equal pay from her employer and successfully pursuing this to the Court of Appeal....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Labour leadership candidates in Invercargill
    The four candidates for Labour Leader – Andrew Little, Nanaia Mahuta, David Parker and Grant Robertson - will be in Invercargill on Friday evening for a Husting meeting with members, as part of fourteen Husting Meetings being held nationwide as...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Public now needs to have its say over new tolls
    “I welcome the likes of new tolls and fuel taxes going out for public consultation after these matters have been talked about for 20 years. However the timing is not ideal as it comes on top of the likes of...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Kiwis to fight back against TPPA ‘corporate trap’
    New Zealanders in at least sixteen different locations around the country are organising for an International Day of Action against the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) on 8 November, co-ordinated by It's Our Future NZ. This is part of an international...
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  • Taxpayers’ Union Welcomes NZ First MP’s Resignation
    The Taxpayers’ Union is welcoming NZ First MP, Clayton Mitchell’s resignation from the Tauranga City Council, despite Party Leader Winston Peters' public comments in July that Mr Mitchell would do both jobs if elected to Parliament. The Union's...
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  • Stopping unnecessary roading projects solution to transport
    Today Auckland Council released the Funding Auckland’s Transport Future report which claims Aucklanders need to choose higher rates, petrol taxes or tolls to pay for future transport projects, when the real issue is the prioritisation of unnecessary...
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  • Fixing Auckland’s transport
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  • The New Zealand Gazette Moves into the Digital Age
    On Monday 20 October, the New Zealand Gazette was published completely online bringing to a close 173 years as a purely printed publication. First published in 1841 as the official government newspaper, the Gazette website gazette.govt.nz , replaces...
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  • International report shows NZ struggling with child poverty
    A report by UNICEF International shows that child poverty rates in New Zealand have scarcely changed since 2008 – this stands in contrast to a number of other countries that managed to significantly reduce child poverty in this time, including...
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  • Labour leadership candidates in Dunedin
    The four candidates for Labour Leader – Andrew Little, Nanaia Mahuta, David Parker and Grant Robertson - will be in Dunedin on Thursday evening for a Husting meeting with members, as part of fourteen Husting Meetings being held nationwide as...
    Scoop politics | 28-10
  • UNICEF Report a Waste of Paper
    In response to the hysteria coming from the far left, Josh Forman of slightlyleftofcentre.co.nz writes the following:...
    Scoop politics | 28-10
  • Press Council opens doors to digital media
    The New Zealand Press Council, the body which handles complaints against newspapers and magazines and their websites, is offering associate membership status to news and commentary-oriented digital media including bloggers....
    Scoop politics | 28-10
  • Tolls Should Be for New Roads, Not Old Ones
    The Taxpayers’ Union is slamming Auckland Council for wanting to introduce a motorist tax under the guise of ‘tolls’. Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says:...
    Scoop politics | 28-10
  • Media freedom in West Papua: Protest at Indonesian embassy
    Today, Wednesday 29 October, there will be a peaceful protest at the Indonesian Embassy in Wellington to call on new Indonesian President Joko Widodo to honour his election promise to ensure greater media freedom in West Papua....
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  • Lack of leadership blamed for decline in Gender Equity
    BPW NZ challenges NZ’s lack of leadership with the decline in Gender Equity Ranking...
    Scoop politics | 28-10
  • Richard Falk visit to NZ
    Professor Richard Falk, who recently completed a six-year term as United Nations Special Rapporteur on Palestinian human rights, will deliver a public lecture in Dunedin on Monday 10 November....
    Scoop politics | 28-10
  • Apprehension for meat workers as employment law bill passes
    The passing of the Employment Relations Amendment Bill today will send a wave of apprehension through the workers in the NZ meat industry says the Meat Workers Union....
    Scoop politics | 28-10
  • “Yes to Children, No to Poverty” Says Commissioner
    Children’s Commissioner, Dr Russell Wills will describe impacts of poverty on children, with a focus on local solutions at the Tū Kaha biennial conference for Māori health for the central region DHBs at the Hawke’s Bay Racing Centre in Hastings...
    Scoop politics | 28-10
  • UNICEF report card highlights need for action
    Unicef’s child poverty report released today shows that New Zealand needs to be more proactive in pursuing policies to protect our most vulnerable members of society....
    Scoop politics | 28-10
  • Children of the Recession: NZ’s shame
    Children of the Recession : NZ’s shame Media release Wednesday 29 October 2014 “It is to New Zealand’s deepest shame that the latest Unicef report on children living in poverty ranks us 16th out of 41 developed countries. “Every day...
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  • UNICEF cautions NZ child poverty rates are “stagnating”
    An international report by UNICEF has found that child poverty rates in New Zealand have barely changed since 2008, despite similar sized countries significantly reducing child poverty during the recent recession....
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  • TPP Too Important for Compromised Finish
    The New Zealand dairy industry is urging Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) partners not to compromise on the quality of the deal to get it done quickly....
    Scoop politics | 28-10
  • Labour leadership candidates in Nelson
    Labour leadership candidates in Nelson The four candidates for Labour Leader – Andrew Little, Nanaia Mahuta, David Parker and Grant Robertson - will be in Nelson on Tuesday evening for a Husting meeting with members, as part of fourteen Husting...
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  • History is made. Equal pay not just legal but possible!
    The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) congratulates Kristine Bartlett and the Service and Food Workers Union: Ngā Ringa Tota on their historic win. Today the Court of Appeal dismissed an appeal from Kristine’s employer; opening the way for...
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