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Giving the game away

Written By: - Date published: 2:16 pm, May 3rd, 2013 - 180 comments
Categories: Economy, Politics - Tags: , , ,

Aaron Gilmore, eh? He’s clearly finished in the National Party. Not for the view he expressed when he threatened to get a young waiter sacked, but because by doing so he’s lifted the veil on the carefully covered elitism that drives the national party’s agenda.

Don’t believe me? Well consider this comment yesterday from National’s leader:

Unfortunately, the kind of people who are probably, frankly, Labour and Green supporters, and will be less sophisticated as investors will get frightened off,

Got that? John Key sees Labour and Green supporters as “less sophisticated”. Because clearly if you know what you’re doing in the world of big business you’re smart enough to be a National voter. The rest of us are just (as ex-national party leader Don Brash described us) “punters in punterland”.

Colin Espiner gets it. He points out in his column today:

The trouble for National is that Gilmore has played up to exactly the sort of born-to-rule Tory, I’m-more-important-than-you stereotype that John Key has worked so hard to dismantle.

The thing is Key’s work hasn’t been to dismantle the stereotype so much as to disguise it – to provide a palatable, personable, front for a party that has consistently governed in the interests of the elite for the last four years. From the taxcuts for the rich, to the subsidies for big business, to the vociferous reaction to NZ Power, to vetoing paid parental leave, to the current cuts to Kiwi workers’ rights, this government has shown itself to be one that sees everyday Kiwis as little more than a resource pool for their wealthy mates.

The problem they face now is there’s a real mood in the electorate for transformative economic change. With NZ Power, Labour and the Greens have started to tap into that mood and hopefully will continue to do so.

As Jon Johansson puts it:

the Labour-Greens power announcement is an important landmark on the road to the 2014 election – a challenge to orthodoxy and the rise of an alternative.

Shown this alternative, even “less sophisticated” voters can see the current government for what it is. And no amount of “everyman” John Key photo-ops or scary there-is-no-alternative shtick from men in suits will change that.

180 comments on “Giving the game away”

  1. Rogue Trooper 1

    Aaron Gilmore is a National embarrassment.

    • Thew Central Scutinizer 1.1

      It does not matter who is an embarrassment to the national party or whom toes the line, If the barman had any brains he would have just wrote out a blue slip (two year trespass notice). Or is this just another John Key smoke screen?.
      As we all know National serves the money people. National coudn’t give a flying fuck about the people of NZ. I mean the ones who clean up the rich mans shit. We are just minions, ,Slaves and niggars. We are the despicable who cop the shit that the rich man wants to deal to us. But the biggist fear the rich man has, is we all have one equal vote.
      The Labour Party/New Zealand Greens come up with an idea (NZ Power) to upset the apple cart. Not good enough, sorry but its not enough. What about the poor working class who about to have their very existence stolen from them. We have heard all the old cliques “Our strentgh is in our unity our danger in our discorord”. Where is Labour and Greens now? as usual , Sitting on the fence. What is the CTU prepared to do? Probably exactly what they did back in May 1991, sweet fuck all . I say forget about the rolling stoppages, strikes and go slows. I’ve had enough. Lets start with the guillotine.
      Beware of wolves in sheeps clothing.

  2. leftriteleft 2

    I may be “less sophisticated” but I can see thru John Key.

    • Arfamo 2.1

      Akshilly, at the end of the day, I’d be comftibull with that – except my mind’s still boggling over the implication that John Key thinks he’s sofisticaydid.

    • Linz 2.2

      I always knew John Key was just a pretty polly: Parrot beats investors in South Korean stock market contest
      A five-year-old parrot in South Korea has proved smarter than human investors in a stock investment contest.
      http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/5988799/Parrot-beats-investors-in-South-Korean-stock-market-contest.html

    • CnrJoe 2.3

      i dont wont to be shrill but i saw thru him b4 u

    • Martin 2.4

      National is supported by old bastards and rich retired farmers who had the good years in this Country. Also middle age women with itchy fannies who fancy John Key, vacuous fairies ditto, nouveau riche dorks ( like Aaron Gilmore ) who love the idea of voting national as it makes them look good and rich, people who’s parents voted national and they have no idea why the fuck they are voting anyway…just because it’s tradition! You look at this bay of pigs and you ask yourself..as a green/labour supporter does this make me less sophisticated.

      John Key should remember his humble beginnings, this is probably why he is so keen to leave them behind……see Nouveau Riche!

  3. King Kong 3

    Where your argument falls down is on the fact that there is not a single National MP, party member of voter who doesn’t genuinely think Gilmore behaved like a giant douche. Unless you are implying that secretly we all spend our time being cocks to waiters.

    • IrishBill 3.1

      No, you also spend your time being cocks in the comment threads of the Standard.

      • dumrse 3.1.1

        Being cocks needs to be one. How else will you be informed that the “less sophisticated” probably have absolutely no idea what “transformative economic change” is ?

    • McFlock 3.2

      “member or voter”?
      I know some national party voters.
      Some of them are not cocks to waiters.
      I think that those people voted national by accident.

    • fatty 3.3

      I think you miss the point completely King Kong.
      I’m not trying to speak for Irishbill, but from what I read, Irishbill’s point is that Gilmore has exposed National’s self-righteous assumption of their own superiority. So the issue is not that potential Nat voters will be turned off by the behaviour of an individual, but instead, the stereotype of National MPs being selfish and arrogant has been exposed.

      Read it again – “Key’s work hasn’t been to dismantle the stereotype so much as to disguise it”

      Gilmore has tarnished the Nats and it’ll be all hands on deck to make the Nats seem like regular people. Expect a media assault of the next few weeks where National MPs paint themselves as down to earth kiwis. We’ll probably see them at sausage sizzles or a club rugby game, or partaking in some other moronic Kiwi pastime.

      • King Kong isn’t missing the point, he’s trying to take a criticism of National Party’s agenda and defend against it by pretending the criticism applies to members and voters who do not decide the agenda, (of course, it should be the members absolute right to decide the agenda of their party, but the Nats do not operate that way) but many of these rhetorical human shields either simply identify with the party or consider them their best choice for their vote.

        Unlike the caricature of those of us on the left, we are sophisticated enough to understand when someone’s trying to spin their answer. ;)

    • vto 3.4

      touchy touchy

    • Pascal's bookie 3.5

      King Kong. There’s one at least.

      John Key is taking Gilmore’s word on the matter and doesn’t see any need to investigate this matter himself. He’s quite happy at the moment, and will only investigate if there is a ‘formal complaint’. There is no need for any such complaint in legal terms, if Key took the matter seriously, he could investigate himself, or have staff do it. But he doesn’t care to.

      • rosy 3.5.1

        Key knows how to frame support for Gilmore’s version and get himself out of doing the right thing by investigating the complaint that is already out there.

        If there was any integrity on Planet Key (I know) then there would be a proactive investigation on the claims that are already public. Key expects that a hotel will put future bookings on the line to lay a complaint about a guest, and a waiter put his job on the line? I don’t think so – as always with Key it’s what left unsaid that’s the kicker.

        • Arfamo 3.5.1.1

          I reckon Key knows the score. Gilmore’s boozed boorish nastiness has potentially cost National points they can’t afford to lose. Political pundits expect Gilmore to disappear way down the list at the next election. But Key won’t sack him and have the risk of him doing a Horan. He needs his vote.

          • King Kong 3.5.1.1.1

            Key would demote him if he could, problem is this guy is such a nobody the only way is up.

            • Arfamo 3.5.1.1.1.1

              It’s quite impressive that he’s so highly skilled in the art of self-destruction so early in a career though. Gotta give him points for that.

              • DavidC

                He is 4 years older than Darrren Hughes and hasnt fucked up his life anywhere near as badly.

                • BLiP

                  I bet Darren Hughes doesn’t face a life time of waiters pissing in his soup.

                  • DavidC

                    and I bet Gilmore doesn’t get his salad tossed like Hughes.

                    I doubt Gilmore will feel the need to flee the country after he resigns next week tho.

                • karol

                  DavidC: He is 4 years older than Darrren Hughes and hasnt fucked up his life anywhere near as badly.

                  Wanna bet?

                  And Hughes’ life is far from over yet.

                  • Alanz

                    Thanks to great contacts within Natz and in the community, apparently there are some interesting stories waiting to pop out for dear dear Aaron.

                    Sincerely hoping John Key will keep him on.

                  • Populuxe1

                    What does Clint think?

      • infused 3.5.2

        Why? Since the waiter hasn’t even come forward.

        • Pascal's bookie 3.5.2.1

          Why?

          Because there is an allegation that a member of his caucus, which Key heads, threatened to use his relationship with Key to get someone sacked. that allegation comes from a lawyer, who has published the allegation over his name and was a witness to the whole affair.

          Now why should the waiter have to come forward for Key to investigate that? The allegation is there, a signed witness statement is there. What would the waiter coming forward add, exactly?

    • Paul 3.6

      No the point is that the Nats and others who believe in the neoliberal ideal believe in the self, not society.. Look after yourself as Mrs Thatcher said “there is no such thing as society.” Hence the arrogance and superiority within true Nat believers..you only have to read through an average Standard thread just to see this contemptuous and smug approach.

      • King Kong 3.6.1

        In my personal experience I have never witnessed a single example where a tory has been anything other than totally egalitarian. Then again I should expect those kinds of accusations from a plebian underling like you.

        • McFlock 3.6.1.1

          lol

        • Blue 3.6.1.2

          Ha Classic :)

        • TheContrarian 3.6.1.3

          You don’t get out much do you, KK?

        • Shona 3.6.1.4

          Because KK, it’s physically impossible to witness anything in life when you approach it with your face permanently wedged between your own buttocks, as Tories do.

        • I don’t think that word means what you think it means.

          “Related Words for : egalitarian
          equalitarian, classless”

          “plebian
          Use Plebian in a sentence
          Word Origin & History

          plebian
          1533 (n.), 1566 (adj.), from L. plebius “of the common people,” from plebes “the common people” (as opposed to patricians, etc.), perhaps from PIE base *ple- “to be full” (see plenary). Slang shortening pleb is attested from 1865 (see plebe).”

          Nice show demonstrating your belief in a classless egalitarian society, LOL. I fully expect your “it was a joke” excuse in five minutes or less.

        • paul andersen 3.6.1.6

          of course you dont see anything when your nose is in the air(or trough)

    • Tim 3.7

      I’m sure you don’t do it SECRETLY (as Aaron has just shown us all).

    • felix 3.8

      Silly monkey. They think he’s a douche for saying it out loud.

  4. Red Rosa 4

    Well said. The National Party has a good sprinkling of these prats, but not often their arrogance comes into public view so blatantly. Colin Espiner puts it well (selective quote..;)

    ‘The trouble for National is that Gilmore has played up to exactly the sort of born-to-rule Tory, I’m-more-important-than-you stereotype…’

    Interesting that several Nat MPs rallied round Gilmore, in the latest Stuff story, towards the end –

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/8629114/Unions-call-for-Gilmore-to-resign

  5. TheContrarian 5

    “John Key sees Labour and Green supporters as “less sophisticated investors”

    FIFY

    • IrishBill 5.1

      And why are they less sophisticated investors?

      • TheContrarian 5.1.1

        Well considering Nat supporters are frequently painted as big banking rich pricks over here at The Standard you’d think said people would be more experienced in investments and the like.

        • IrishBill 5.1.1.1

          A strawman argument? Well that makes it all alright then.

          • TheContrarian 5.1.1.1.1

            Good, glad we agree.

            (FWIW – Saying Key called Green and Labour supporters are “less sophisticated” is a strawman in and of itself as he was talking about his own perception that they were less sophisticated at a particular skill – in this case, investing)

        • lprent 5.1.1.2

          …you’d think said people would be more experienced in investments and the like

          Why? FFS I did a MBA nearly 30 years ago. Do you think that I have forgotten how to beat the market since that training in finance? It simply isn’t hard. It is also something that is quite boring compared to almost every other activity…

          It is only a complete fool (or the archetypal National loyalist) that thinks that the required degree in personal selfishness and greed to be blind to other people has much to do with skill sets.

          • TheContrarian 5.1.1.2.1

            I don’t think that but I can see how some people might.

          • TheContrarian 5.1.1.2.2

            Oh yeah, and the picture of Key in the pool is fucking awful…

            *shudder*

            • Rogue Trooper 5.1.1.2.2.1

              that was the *effect* first time I stumbled over it; a Capuchin ‘O Grotian beyond the Devils Causeway an trim with a Bushmills sweetener.

          • King Kong 5.1.1.2.3

            Fuck lprent, you’re amazing.

            You could take down wall street if you wanted to but you just don’t want to.

            • Blue 5.1.1.2.3.1

              KK you’re on fire today. Blue, BA(Hons), BE(Hons), MBA, EdD. See I’ve got one too.

              • lprent

                I did make the point that I got that nearly 30 years ago when it was actually useful. Now I realise you didn’t understand that what I was talking about was a time when every fool (like yourself) didn’t have one. In 1985 there were something like 50 MBA places in NZ. Now there are probably closer to a several thousand.

                • King Kong

                  Incredible. And here I was thinking that I couldn’t adore you any more

                • Blue

                  Got mine in 1989

                  • lprent

                    Well you’ll know what I mean then – only a few hundred of the places then after Massey started up. Getting back to my original point before KK started acting like a ignorant purse rat…

                    I was pointing out to The Contrarian that many people have the skills required to make a living out of investments and

                    It simply isn’t hard. It is also something that is quite boring compared to almost every other activity…

                    About the only thing I think would be more boring would be something like being a professional gambler, a professional sportsperson, or playing computer games for a living. It exercises the adrenals, but it really isn’t that exciting if you aren’t into repetition.

                    • Populuxe1

                      And that would be missing The Contrarian’s point being that Key expressed an opinion that he percieved Labour and the Greens to be less sophisticated investors than Nat Neolib Banksters. The Contrarian was very clear that this was Key’s perception, not neccisarily the reality.

            • lprent 5.1.1.2.3.2

              I realise that subtlety isn’t your strong point (basically you’re a moron in that), but the whole point of my comment was – why would I want to do something as boring as just making money? It is boring as a National or Act party stalwart.

              Idiot…

              • freedom

                “why would I want to do something as boring as just making money?”

                high five big ups you da man hell yeah hallejulah can i get an AMEN
                and you win all the internets :cool:

                • Rhinocrates

                  As far as I have seen, making money is the easiest thing in the world if making money is the only thing you really care about.

                  I don’t think that gold has anything to say about one’s own actual value as a human being.

                  • freedom

                    Rhinoctrates, I was cheering lprent’s wise words. I was not dissing him, completely the opposite. This week I am grateful to have read those words, to be reminded that I am not the only person who thinks life means more then money. Sure we know there are lots of us out there but sometimes, it is just good to see it written down.

                    • Rhinocrates

                      Sorry, people, I was commenting on the mercenary impulse in general. I should read more carefully in future…

                  • lprent

                    That would be my impression. But it requires a certain degree in personality retardation to limit yourself to that.

                    There are a number of people that I’ve run across over the years who have managed to both have a fulfilling life and get rich in the process. But the latter has always been more of a side effect then the reason.

                    I’ve also been freaked by people in jobs purely because of the money. Often as the result of someone else in the life requiring it. They really really needed help…

                    Life is too short to conform to the National policy of ‘He* who wins leaves life with the most toys”.

                    * I’ve afraid that National is in my view largely a male obsession… I have a post underway on the subject.

                    • geoff

                      The things we do under the pretension that we’re doing it for the benefit of others.

                    • jbc

                      Reminds me of a great Ricardo Semler quote that Jason Fried brought up in an interview a year or two back, only two things grow for the sake of growth: businesses and tumors.

                      Now that’s obviously not *all* businesses, but the point is well taken.

                      Gilmore’s “don’t you know who I am” self-important, stuck-up outburst is not limited to men though. I don’t keep tabs but immodesty seems to infect both genders in equally inflated proportions.

                      However if you could fire someone for being a cock then the ERA would be overwhelmed.

              • dumrse

                If you had the skills to make money you wouldn’t be here…..speaks volumes really.

                • lprent

                  You really are a dumbarse.

                  For the last 20 odd years, I’ve been a c++ computer programmer mostly specializing in writing software for export. Doing that from NZ means that I’m writing bleeding edge applications, because known solutions are the realm of high capital teams overseas. In nz we do small teams with merely a whiff of capital and some really good ideas. But I’m always well paid. It’d be no problem to be better paid. But the problem is that the best paid jobs in computers are always those that are the least interesting – often because you have to work with silly fools (like yourself if I’m any judge)

                  But it means that I sit in front of a computer at times waiting for hundreds of thousands of lines of code to compile, or to upload into devices or servers for testing. So I read or moderate comments while I wait, and while I background the structure of the code in my head.

                  Programmers literally cannot operate effectively without sidetracking at least once every hour or so. They go stale and eventually start burning out. So damn near every long term programmer I know winds up “talking” somewhere on the net. Mostly about computers, but also about damn near everything else. In all probability, that need by programmer to exercise other parts of their brains is the main reason for the existence of the net

                  If you look around the net you will find vast historical archives reaching back decades of computer pros talking to each other about our work and interests….. There are other people who have slowly been coming on board over that time as they too start needing to be near computers.

                  Bumbling dumbarses like yourself are merely the bugs that haven’t been dealt with yet.

            • infused 5.1.1.2.3.3

              Yeah, I laughed too.

          • Murray Olsen 5.1.1.2.4

            In 1997 when I was finishing my PhD I was sounded out to see if I’d be interested in doing financial modelling using stochastic differential equations. I think they give it the fancy name of econophysics. The money was almost twice what I’m getting now. I thought about it, but quickly realised I’d have to wear a suit to work and wouldn’t be allowed to talk about my work. It screamed BORING at me. I must be pretty unsophisticated, because I’ve never regretted not doing it. I’ve also never considered voting National.

            • lprent 5.1.1.2.4.1

              Had a recruiter who’d looked at my CV wanting to drag me over to sydney (paying for the trip) for something similar in the programming line in the late 90′s. But yeah, it simply didn’t sound that interesting outside of the money. But if I’d been interested in money then I’d have done a Gilmore and arselicked my way into corporate or even politics long ago and become yet another born to rule cheap drunk*.

              * It has been interesting in the types of stories about Aaron that I’ve been hearing. By the sound of the anecdotes, this isn’t the first time that he has become boastful about how inflated he is whilst drunk….

    • Mike 5.2

      I’ve asked my broker to look at value stocks that National faithful will be divesting to pay for their govt selloff, I figure I can’t lose

      • fender 5.2.1

        Don’t worry about the National faithful, they have had plenty of time to save for the shares due to the tax cuts their shonKey one handed them, it was all a part of the process of the wealth transfer planning.

  6. Dv 6

    I cant help be reminded of the Hanover ads by the Mighty River ads.

    They give me a really uncomfortable feeling.

    Must mean I am unsophisticated.

  7. BLiP 7

    I don’t take the “unsophisticated” slight personally. I’m sure John Key isn’t even talking to me, he’s most likely addressing National Ltd™ voters and trying to reassure them into forking out for Mighty River raffle tickets shares. It seems something like a call to arms, almost as if he's having to personally guarantee that now's the time to cash-in. Seems a tad desperate. Worried much, John?

    The use of "unsophisticated" is a sophisticated use of a misnomer, though. It avoids providing actual details and talks directly to the ego of the ashpahrashunal. And nicely timed. Just as he's soothing the worried brows of his flock, he's helicoptered into the Tangi just in time for the Friday 6 o-clock news. Looks like John Key's Ministry of Truth has put a psychologist or two in the marketing team and sussed out some glamorous logistics for the backdrop.

    • Antlion 7.1

      Hmm. If it was a raffle, and there was a meat tray in the prize list, I might have been up for it. Hmm. Crumbed sausages, mashed potatoes and peas. Now, _that’s_ sophisticated.

    • emergency mike 7.2

      That what I thought also BLiP, just another dog-whistle:

      “Hey you clever National voters. Labour and the Greens are trying to scare you off buying shares, don’t let them! If you let them, then you’ll be as stupid as the people who vote for them. You don’t want to vote for them right? Hell no. Then be with the smart crowd holding shares, like me, John Key, multimillionaire money-man guru.”

  8. ianmac 8

    Being helicoptered in is probably meant to re-enforce the Nat belief that we rich people are showing you East Coast peasants how far they are from the rich and the famous and that Key and his team are ” the sort of born-to-rule Tory, I’m-more-important-than-you stereotype”. Touching of fore-locks follow.

    • Populuxe1 8.1

      Yep, nothing like having a whole motorcade go twice the legal speed limit to get to a rugby game or anything like that, aiight.

  9. Blue 9

    Key should sack the little prick. Problem solved.

    • Tim 9.1

      The sufysstcaydid Proim Munsta en Munsta of Torzim has jist been on Proim Nures. He snot gunna teal um ti fuk off.
      Hears that fah kearna bilty?

      • Blue 9.1.1

        TimI understand that you’re trying to do the funny accent thing, but shit, that’s just about illegible. You’re overdoing it pal.

        • Tim 9.1.1.1

          It’s how I hear it. It’s also how a mate who is doing his best to learn English hears it, and who says he finds it harder here (listening to MSM that’s laden with Key appearances in just about every news bulletin) than he did when in Australia.
          I don’t think its funny at all. I ekshly find it quite telling of a Proim Munsta that’s really quite lazy in every way – speech included.
          But, I understand what you mean.

          • Murray Olsen 9.1.1.1.1

            I’m not sure lazy is the right word. He puts in long hours, for example. I think his problem is lack of attention to detail and a belief in his own superiority. I’ve come across this attitude in a lot of men who’ve made their fortune using the parasitic methods that the first ACT government made so rewarding. I come across it far less in anyone who has actually built something, or had to do anything original. These people realise that success can be fragile, there is an element of luck, and just because they did well in one area doesn’t mean they are masters at everything. They also tend to acknowledge that others have been necessary to their success. NAct people believe they do well because they are superior beings.

  10. gobsmacked 10

    An MP’s inflated sense of entitlement does more to rile the voters than almost anything. Aaron Gilmore is the personification of that arrogance. The public reaction is visceral, just like it was to the the British MPs and their “moat” stories a while back.

    The tragedy is that the main opposition party is dominated by people who are not offended by that sense of entitlement, but actually share it. That’s why they are getting no traction in the polls – instead of identifying the arrogance only with National, many voters say “oh, they’re all as bad as each other”. Just listen to the number of people over the past 48 hours blaming “list MPs”, as if all parties were the same. This popular perception is grossly unfair on the Greens, and also unfair on some Labour MPs. But not all.

    A leader who could harness the people’s anger towards self-serving politicians would sweep to power. But if you’ve been installed by self-serving politicians, you probably won’t.

  11. Morrissey 11

    The trouble for National is that Gilmore has played up to exactly the sort of born-to-rule Tory, I’m-more-important-than-you stereotype that John Key has worked so hard to dismantle.

    No, Key has not done anything of the sort. Nothing could more effectively show the poverty and untrustworthiness of Colin Espiner’s commentary.

    • Puddleglum 11.1

      I think Key’s whole manner has been to dismantle the stereotype. But that’s not the point.

      It’s not the stereotype that needs dismantling, but the reality. Key hasn’t made any efforts whatsoever in this respect.

      Actually, Key has not just worked to dismantle the existing stereotype but to re-engineer it. In a sense I think he still wants a stereotype of the wealthy, but a much more benign one – philanthropic and ‘successful’, but otherwise just like everyone else.

      Such a stereotype excludes the minor fact that they also have vastly more wealth, power, influence and cultural capital – and all the dispositions and attitudes that, throughout history, tend to go along with that.

      Stereotypes are generalisations, aligned with reality to varying degrees. Key has sought to reconfigure the stereotype of Tories so that it aligns less accurately with reality.

      • Populuxe1 11.1.1

        Indeed, that was why he was tapped for politics in the first place.

  12. Draco T Bastard 12

    …to provide a palatable, personable, front for a party that has consistently governed in the interests of the elite for the last four 70 odd years.

    FIFY

    From the taxcuts for the rich, to the subsidies for big business, to the vociferous reaction to NZ Power, to vetoing paid parental leave, to the current cuts to Kiwi workers’ rights, this government has shown itself to be one that sees everyday Kiwis as little more than a resource pool for their wealthy mates.

    Bingo!

    As far as National is concerned everybody else is there solely for the benefit and pleasure of the rich. It’s why they’re presently passing policy that will turn most NZers in to outright serfs with the whip of the MSD to force them to work for next to nothing.

    • Tim 12.1

      Hey Draco….
      I see it often, and Oim fuk in unsfustkaydid, as a recent interloper in the blog wurl, though increasingly engaging with this damn good i-site…. what der fook duzzz FIFY mean?

      I imagine somehow if I wanted to increase DPF’s popularity stats by visiting some horror show called Kiwiblog, I could work it out quicker – easier to jiss ask – and images of cretins and puking is jiss so unsfustkaydid anyway.

      FIFY = ?

  13. When is NZ Prime Minister John Key going to stand down John Banks as a Minister?

    National MP Aaron Gilmore isn’t facing Court proceedings – unlike Minister John Banks ________________________________________________________________________

    FYI:

    Open Letter to the NZ Solicitor-General, Michael Heron – please confirm that you will intervene as Prosecutor in the John Banks alleged electoral fraud proceedings:

    3 May 2013

    Open Letter to the NZ Solicitor-General, Michael Heron:

    Dear Solicitor-General,

    http://www.crownlaw.govt.nz/uploads/prosecution_guidelines.pdf

    The ‘Evidential’ and ‘Public Interest’ tests as outlined in s6 of the Crown Law Prosecution Guidelines, have arguably been met in the decision of Wellington District Court Judge Mill on 16 April 2013, in the matter of Graham Edward McCready (Informant) vs John Archibald Banks (Defendant) CRI – 2012-085-0009093 and CRI – 2012- 085- 007894:

    Judge Mill’s decision is available here:
    http://www.dodgyjohnhasgone.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/Banks-summoned-on-election-return-19-4-13.pdf

    Both myself and Lisa Prager, made formal complaints to the NZ Police over this matter, as outlined below, in this reply, dated 26 July 2012:

    http://www.dodgyjohnhasgone.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/Bright-Letter.pdf

    ” COMPLAINT REGARDING HONOURABLE JOHN BANKS – MAYORAL ELECTIONS RETURN – FILE NO: 120427/9334 REFERS

    On 27 April 2012, you made a complaint to the Auckland City Police requesting they investigate reports regarding the Hon. John Archibald Banks, CNZM QSO, that he submitted a false donation return in respect to the Auckland City Council Mayoral election 2010 .

    Specifically the letter of complaint referred to two donations in question:

    1. A $15,000.00 donation allegedly made by Sky City to the former Auckland City Mayor John Banks which did not show up as a donation in the return .

    2. A donation of “Anonymous- radio ads” .

    On Monday 30 April 2012 you made a further complaint in respect to the election expenses donation return by Mr John Banks. Your complaint referred to media articles by Campbell Live (27 April 2012) and the New Zealand Herald (28 April 2012) that discussed donations allegedly made by Mr Dotcom to Mr Banks for his mayoral campaign .

    In both complaints you allege that if the articles were correct then Mr Banks had breached the Local Electoral Act 2001 in that a candidate commits an offence who transmits a return of electoral expenses knowing that it is false in any material particular….”

    The NZ Police chose not to prosecute.

    The significant and ongoing ‘public interest’ in this case is arguably referenced in the following article in today’s NZ Herald:

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10881226

    Loss in court would cost Banks seat
    By Isaac Davison @Isaac_Davison
    5:30 AM Friday May 3, 2013
    ___________________________________________________________________________

    Lisa Prager and myself, Penny Bright, hereby support the following Memorandum of Informant, dated 29 April 2013:

    Referral to Solicitor-General to Intervene as Prosecutor

    http://www.dodgyjohnhasgone.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/John-Banks-referral-to-Solicitor-General.pdf

    Please be reminded of the following statutory provision of the Local Electoral Act 2001:

    http://www.legislation.govt.nz/act/public/2001/0035/latest/DLM93437.html

    6 Act binds Crown

    This Act binds the Crown.

    Please confirm at your earliest convenience that Crown Law will do their best to ensure that ‘justice is done and is seen to be done’, and ensure that the principle of ‘one law for all’, equally applies to sitting Ministers of the Crown, by intervening as Prosecutor in this above-mentioned proceeding.

    Yours sincerely,

    Penny Bright

    …………

    Lisa Prager

    …………….

  14. Ruobeil 14

    Hypocrisy is alive and thriving in the Labour Party.

    At least no lives were at risk with Gilmore’s antics.

    Unlike when Dyson and Tamihere were pinged for drink driving.

    • Out in wingnut land the call has gone out, we cannot defend Gilmour’s actions they are too far beyond the pale so talk about any infringement that any Labour MP has done while drunk.

      The only and most significant difference is that Gilmour made this far worse, while sober, by essentially lying to drop his friends into it. If he had just said “I stuffed up big time” we could all let this go, but the avoidance attempts, while sober, has fuelled this story.

      • handle 14.1.1

        Dyson and Tamihere also avoided threatening staff with action by the PM. So hard to do, we know.

        • DavidC 14.1.1.1

          But as much as Gilmore was a drunken moron the difference is that Gilmore wasnt going to kill anyone while being a drunk moron.

          If Ruobeil (wft does it mean?) was just trolling he would have mentioned Dover huh?

          • DavidC 14.1.1.1.1

            I am in moderation? interesting.

            • DavidC 14.1.1.1.1.1

              Ok I am not in moderation for that post so what was in the first post to trigger a bot?

              [lprent: Beats me. I released some of your comments from moderation. Couldn't see anything wrong. Could be anything from a transient network routing problem between the data server and akismet to akismet not liking your IP range. Usually the system is pretty good at recognizing junk and drawing it to out attention, and we usually come through and release whatever is a false positive.

              But we got about 150,000 comments last year and the bot attempts would have been pretty high as well. Just consider the odd delays in your comments as being the cost of not having to read exhortations to watch dodgy youtube videos or penis enlargement devices (the two in the 2% of the spam that akismet shows us). ]

              • DavidC

                Someone can delete the above 2 and this if they like. I wont be offended :-)

        • Ruobeil 14.1.1.2

          Has it been proven that he threatened staff?

          • DavidC 14.1.1.2.1

            I dont believe he threatened physical harm but its clear he made a drunken boast of having the waiter fired if waiter didnt get him more booze pronto.

            invoked the PM’s long reach, Johnboy will not be a happy camper at all.

        • Rhinocrates 14.1.1.3

          If you claim that that is bad, then you are admitting that Gilmore is bad. Logical consistency cuts both ways, you know.

          • DavidC 14.1.1.3.1

            If I were Key and the rules said I could do so he would have been gone by lunchtime today.

            But as it stands if he gets sacks he just becomes an independant trougher.

            • Pascal's bookie 14.1.1.3.1.1

              It is up to Key whether or not he remains in the National party though. That’s his decision, or that of causcus which I doubt would side with Gilmore if Key said he should go.

              So that decision is one Key is accountable for either way.

    • Paul 14.2

      Is that a defence of his actions?
      Or just trolling?
      Divert, ignore, insult…..

      • Rhinocrates 14.2.1

        It’s the usual – It’s bad when they did it… but they did it, so if we do it, it’s not bad after all.

        I have to say, Labour, for all its sins is quite amazing – it has quite amazing, albeit strange – powers of morality in blazing a trail of legitimacy. Whatever a Labour member does is awful, but it magically makes the same deed by a NACT member blessed.

        The logical end of this is that someone should pay someone to join Labour or even a real left party so that they can commit all kinds of acts of debauchery and corruption and then automatically anything, absolutely anything, done by a NACT member is at the very least morally neutral, most likely legitimate and maybe even saintly.

        Or, to cut to the chase, we could ask who is being the hypocrite instead – if it is to be condemned, then it is not justified by anyone else having done it if you pretend to having the capacity for moral judgement to say that it is wrong in the first place. You can’t have it both ways at once – if something is wrong, then it is always wrong and that’s all there is to it.

        What’s it going to be next? “But X has overdue library books!”

        • Murray Olsen 14.2.1.1

          I thought that was how Back Pussy Tamihere, Pornman Slave Fisheries Jones, and Street Fighting, Ticket Scalping Man Mallard got into the Labour Party. It’s easier to believe than any other version.

          • Rhinocrates 14.2.1.1.1

            Um, could you try using English?

            By the way, I definitely do not want to be forced into defending Mallard, the Member for Sealord or Tamihere! There are limits, and my health to consider.

      • Tim 14.2.2

        It’s the sign of TOTAL desperation. It’s the sign of a sailor in Captain’s clothing, It’s the sign of diarrhea struggling to become a turd.

    • Murray Olsen 14.3

      No lives at risk? What about in logging and mining since safety regimes have been dismantled? One stupid MP driving while drunk, while deplorable, is not on the same scale as making whole industries unsafe. Spare me the fake outrage of idiots, FFS.

  15. Peter 15

    You are absolutely correct, the NACTS see themselves as the natural party born to rule. In the same way as the Republicans in the USA see themselves. Their most brilliant achievement by far since 2006 is to convince the majority of Kiwis that what is good for them is good for all of us. May they continue to expose their thin veneer and become just as irrelevant as the Republicans.

    • Populuxe1 15.1

      Not really THAT similar – even the Dems are far to the right of National in terms of social spending, civil and human rights and some other things. National are more like the unholy Con-Lib alliance in the UK without the toffs.

  16. DavidC 16

    Ok question related to this post.

    Should a Party Leader be able to sack a list MP and have them replaced with next cab off the rank if list MP has been proven to bring their office into disrepute?

    I vote yes.

    • gobsmacked 16.1

      No.

      What does “proven” mean? In a court – sure. But if it’s a political judgement, then who decides?

      • DavidC 16.1.1

        The Leader decides.

        Gilmore would have been gone already. The likes of Huata woudl have been gone too.

        The Voters get to tell the Leader of that party if they liked it at the next election.

        • gobsmacked 16.1.1.1

          What if the leader decides to get rid of those MPs who voted for his leadership rival, and replace them with poodles? What is due process?

          • Colonial Viper 16.1.1.1.1

            Due process? Huh?

            Perhaps we can call DavidC’s electoral suggestion the “Stalin Amendment”

            • DavidC 16.1.1.1.1.1

              Well to be honest it would have seen Cunliff binned huh?
              But then the voters would choose to support that action in voting for the leadership or not.

              I just dislike the fact that a lister (Gilmore, Huata, Horan) would have been sacked in normal employment but as an MP they keep on sucking at the tax payers teet.

              I dont include the likes of the shit bird Field. He obviously should have been sacked by Clark but he was elected so its up to his voters to sack him.

              • Pascal's bookie

                Whether or not an MP remains part of a caucus is up to the party. That’s clearly an internal matter, and how they go about it is up to them. If they say it’s up the leader then I don’t have a problem with that.

                however, whether or not an MP remains in parliament isn’t an internal matter. Every MP is elected to parliament by votes. So an MP being expelled from the party should have no bearing on their status as an MP.

                That goes for list MPs because they are elected to parliament off a list that was determined prior to the election and is required to be publicly released so that voters can see who they are voting for.

                the fact that an MP falls out with their party, for whatever reason, doesn’t change the fact that they were duly elected. It doesn’t change the order of that list that people voted for.

  17. gobsmacked 17

    A double dose of Nat-Noddies will be featured on Campbell Live tonight – Gilmore and Devoy.

    • emergency mike 17.1

      I’ll go ahead and start cringing in advance.

      • Anne 17.1.1

        Maybe I heard it wrong, but Campbell Live has yet another story on an applicant for the job of Race Relations Commissioner. Apparently Collins defriended the applicant on Facebook. Boohoo I say… who would want to be a friend of that bitch.

        • Blue 17.1.1.1

          You stay classy Anne

          • Colonial Viper 17.1.1.1.1

            It’s principally because one wishes to stay classy that one chooses to defriend that bitch.

          • karol 17.1.1.1.2

            Happy Gilmore. OMG! Hilarious on Campbell Live.

            • Mary 17.1.1.1.2.1

              I want Gilmore to stay. We need all the help we can getting the public to see how elitist, hypocritical and hateful towards most New Zealanders Key and National really are. It’d be a great election strategy to use what Gilmore said as examples of what Key and his mates really think about the people they’re meant to be serving and looking out for.

              • karol

                Well, that’s a point. But I have a feeling he’s gonsky. key’s position is shifting in relation to Gilmore. And he just was set up to become a national/National laughing stock by Campbell live tonight.

              • Murray Olsen

                The problem with his staying is that many Kiwis would see this as proof that he’d done nothing wrong and it was all a beatup by the Christchurch Gay Marxist Lawyers’ Collective. I’d like him to go.

                • Colonial Viper

                  Nah Kiwis ain’t that dumb. Mostly.

                  And there’s very little that National can do to get rid of him. No one is going to offer Gilmore a top banking job like they did for Power…

        • Anne 17.1.1.2

          It transpires the applicant’s application was never even acknowledged, so he used Facebook to get in touch with Collins and asked if she could look into it. I had the impression it happened some time ago before an appointment was announced. The next morning he went on to Facebook and found he had been defriended. Fortunately he saw the funny side of it but what a cow…

          No not classy language Blue but imho, she’s behaved in such a way she’s deserving of the title. I might add the applicant was not a born and bred NZer so can be forgiven for not realising it was probably not the best way to seek information.

          Here it is

        • dumrse 17.1.1.3

          Very catty.

  18. pollywog 18

    Sophistication is for land raping muthafuckaz…keep it real, keep it gully!!!

    • Colonial Viper 18.1

      Yes dear chap, perhaps you’d like to partake in a snifter of brandy while we discuss the sophisticated and elegant business of land raping like bankster muthafuckaz

  19. Mary 19

    “…a party that has consistently governed in the interests of the elite for the last four years. From the taxcuts for the rich, to the subsidies for big business, to the vociferous reaction to NZ Power, to vetoing paid parental leave, to the current cuts to Kiwi workers’ rights, this government has shown itself to be one that sees everyday Kiwis as little more than a resource pool for their wealthy mates.”

    We know this is true but there’s no guarantee the general populace will be too concerned. Much of the problem is because Labour is completely inept at communicating with most people and with Shearer as leader they have no show of conveying these ideas clearly and credibly. It might be utterly staggering to most on this site to see all the things Key has done stacked up on top of each other like this, but getting the general public to feel the same way is a different story. There are other things that’ve helped to create this situation like the the right’s deliberate attempts at destroying the caring climate of opinion we once had, but Shearer’s unsuitability as an effective leader doesn’t help and in my view it makes it worse.

    • Ruobeil 19.1

      Stop talking bollocks Mary. It wasn’t just the wealthy who got tax cuts.

      Didn’t Labour give Welfare for Families to the rich as well?

      • Mary 19.1.1

        “Didn’t Labour give Welfare for Families to the rich as well?”

        It was called “Working for Families” although how you’ve described it is more accurate because it only happened after National made them poor. Then (under the same budget in 2004) Labour made the existing poor even poorer. If you don’t know anything about all of this I suggest you do some reading. There, I’ve given you a clue.

  20. pollywog 20

    Hard bro…

    Sophisticated is overrated. Dumbed down is the new black!

  21. Ruobeil 21

    It cracks me up watching Helen Kelly calling for Gilmore’s head – yet more hypocrisy.

    Would she have called for Dyson and Tamihere’s heads or are Nat MP’s held to a higher standard?

    • Rhinocrates 21.1

      If such behaviour is wrong, then Gilmore is wrong. If such behaviour is allowable, then you cannot lay any blame anywhere. You see, on your terms, it is all about you after all, strangely enough – are your principles consistent? If “hypocrisy” is such a sin, then consider your own.

      Apparently we again have the miraculous ability of other people to sanctify any aberrant behaviour. As long as someone else has done something you imagine to be like it first, it’s alright.

      All sorts of sins have been committed by other people first, so apparently anything is allowable.

      Is that your basis for morality?

      Anything else is a diversion, which is de facto an admission of fault.

    • Puddleglum 21.2

      Hi Ruobeil,

      I think you may have missed the point as to why Helen Kelly would have been commenting.

      I assumed it was because Gilmore’s (alleged) threat to the waiter’s employment made it come under her brief as CTU head. Also, I imagine that general bullying of and threats to workers in the hospitality trade is taken seriously by the union movement, given how often they occur.

      Having a politician treat a worker in that way in what is already a problematic work setting is something I would expect the CTU to respond to strongly.

      The other incidents did not have an employment relations angle to them, so far as I recall. Kelly could have complained as a private citizen, perhaps, but I would not have expected her to have commented on those incidents (of course, she was also not in her current position then, but was still working in the union movement).

  22. BrucetheMoose 22

    What do you mean I’m not so sofistakated Johnny? What a pretenshuss arse.

  23. Brian 23

    And, of course, Key has decided to do nothing other than call him a naughty boy.

    • Alanz 23.1

      Bloody lousy show by John Key of higher standards of government that he campaigned for.

  24. vto 24

    Fancy John Key referring to sophistication in investors. It in fact lines up exactly with Aaron Gilmore’s outlook on life. Because John Key can’t understand people who spurn his world he abuses them. Like a bully. Like Aaron Gilmore did in Hamner Springs. Like they do. Abuse to cover faults they don’t even see yet sense. So fools.

  25. Colonial Viper 25

    This is just too good to be true

  26. Jenny 26

    I had thought that IRISHBILL’s claim that; “He’s clearly finished in the National Party.” May have been going a bit far, as the Nats in the past have been quite tolerant of shows of elitist bad behaviour and generally just ignore it till it all blows over.

    In this estimation I may have been wrong. From stuff this morning:

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/8631574/Gilmore-has-colourful-history

    It seems that the knives are out for Gilmore and it can only be a matter of time.

    Does this signal that the Nats are a lot more vulnerable and so cannot afford any more such scandals?

  27. vto 27

    Did I detect a discomfort on Key’s part at Horomia’s tangi? There seemed little impression from those in the background, little warmth from the crowd to his speech, and little pleasure on Key’s smarmy face.

    They dont like him at all and seemed to be making it clear.

    • felix 27.1

      Dunno mate, but I will say this:

      Helicopters always have the effect of making you look like you think you’re the most important person on the scene.

      • Rogue Trooper 27.1.1

        yes, I wondered about the impact of the chopper

        • Arfamo 27.1.1.1

          The impact of the chopper will depend on how you already view Key. Pretentious git wasting Defence resources showing off will be one view. How wise and appropriate will be the other.

  28. Jenny 28

    Is this the sort of world view that wealth imbues people with?

    Maybe the prank was a crude and childish answer to boorish behavior, but the response it uncovered would not be out of place for the arrogant born to rule view expressed by some powerful and wealthy people here.

    Rules and laws and civilised behaviour doesn’t matter to these people, even assault is a minor matter if you can afford it. They know they will be treated leniently and any fine will be trivial compared to their wealth.

    “I can buy your whole family”

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    National Party’s ‘friend’ – Cameron Slater, must be arrested on entry to NZ, for suspected blackmail (and computer hacking, etc) – or … the Police are also in National’s pocket. Think Before You Vote – Vote With Common Sense...
    An average kiwi | 20-08
  • Why Thrown in the Towel? A brief response to Trotter’s cynicism.
    In the wake of Nicky Hager’s revelations, Chris Trotter has penned a cynical defense of dirty politics as being the norm. For Chris, when it comes to politics “(t)he options are not fair means or foul: they are foul means...
    Kiwipolitico | 20-08
  • Poll of Polls update – 20 August 2014
    The latest Roy Morgan poll has just been released. The polling window runs from 4 August to 17 August, meaning that been a quarter and a third of the polling was done following the release of Nicky Hager’s Dirty Politics book....
    Occasionally erudite | 20-08
  • Labour’s positive campaign video
    New Zealand should be the fairest, most decent society in the world. We’re a small nation with a lot of resources. We have a culture of working hard and looking after each other. A fair go for everyone, and putting...
    The Jackal | 20-08
  • ACT promises to abolish helmet laws
    Cycling seems to be the issue of the week so far. We’ve had Skypath and the Northcote cycle routes followed by National then announced an urban cycling policy which finally seems them agree that urban cycling improvements are needed. Now ACT have...
    Transport Blog | 20-08
  • Vote Positive: Labour’s 2014 TV Ad
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    Labour campaign | 20-08
  • Judith! Judith! Judith! Go! Go! Go!
    I've not bee posting on the Dirt Politics fiasco simpl because it has been moving too fast for me to keep up up with.(Unlike John Key, I have read the book.)But now we have reached a somewhat odd pass where...
    Left hand palm | 20-08
  • The gift that keeps on giving
    There's been another Whaledump this afternoon, this time of Facebook messages with Aaron Bhatnagar. As expected, it confirms everything alleged in Dirty Politics. Unfortunately, in addition to this public interest material, it also includes a vast amount of material of...
    No Right Turn | 20-08
  • National Party’s Mate, Slater, Casually Discussed Blackmail of Rodney Hid...
    The alleged leaker of the Scumbag Slater’s messages, has uploaded a tonne of messages allegedly between Slater and Aaron Bhatnagar. Their contents are - incredibly shocking, some of which infer Slater has some inside knowledge of Police Investigations, confidential highly personal...
    An average kiwi | 20-08
  • The Waitaki River needs our help
    Environment Canterbury (ECan) is proposing a major change to the Waitaki Catchment Water Allocation Regional Plan. This change would reduce the river’s minimum flow by a third (from 150 to 102 cubic meters per second) for periods over the summer. A lower minimum flow...
    frogblog | 20-08
  • Winston Peters & the NZ First list : “Thou hast rebuked the heathen, ...
    Following NZ First’s rule change allowing the party to fine its MPs $300,000 if they left the party but remained in Parliament, Scott Yorke at Imperator Fish published his mock “ten other NZ First party rules you probably don’t know about“,...
    Occasionally erudite | 20-08
  • How it works in Fiji
    Fiji is having an election next month, but the regime is keen to limit the political competition any way they can. So they're banning people from running if they've ever had a parking ticket:The leader of Fiji's United Freedom party...
    No Right Turn | 20-08
  • Fiscal rectitude and false books
    It also seems to be fiscal rectitude day, with both major opposition parties promising to "live within our means" and run bigger surpluses than National. But while they're both promising balanced books, that doesn't mean conforming to National's austerity madness;...
    No Right Turn | 20-08
  • Inquiry into SIS disclosures the right decision
    Labour MP Phil Goff says the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security has done the right thing by launching an inquiry into the disclosure of SIS documents about a meeting between himself and the agency’s former director-general. “This inquiry is necessary...
    Labour | 20-08
  • Labour – supporting and valuing carers and the cared for
    Placing real value on our elderly and the people who care for them will be a priority for a Labour Government, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. Releasing Labour’s Senior Citizens policy today David Cunliffe promised that a Labour Government would...
    Labour | 20-08
  • By Hoki! It’s Labour’s fisheries policy
    A Labour Government will protect the iconic Kiwi tradition of fishing by improving access to the coast, protecting the rights of recreational fishers and reviewing snapper restrictions, Labour’s Fisheries spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “Catching a fish from the rocks, beach...
    Labour | 20-08
  • Mighty River – Mighty Profits – Mighty hard to swallow
    Mighty River Power’s profit increase of 84 per cent is simply outrageous, says Labour’s Energy spokesperson David Shearer. “Demand for electricity is flat or declining yet the company has made enormous profits. It is the latest power company to celebrate...
    Labour | 19-08
  • Collins’ actions were wrong, not unwise
    John Key’s moral compass remains off-kilter as he cannot bring himself to declare Judith Collins’ actions outright wrong, not simply ‘unwise’, said Labour MP Grant Robertson. “Under pressure John Key is finally shifting his stance but his failure to condemn...
    Labour | 19-08
  • Public servants behaving with more integrity than their masters
    The State Services Commission's new report on the integrity of our state services reflects the yawning gap between the behaviour of public servants and that of their political masters, Labour's State Services spokesperson Maryan Street says. “This report, which surveyed...
    Labour | 19-08
  • Phil Twyford Speech to NZCID
    "Labour's plan to build more and build better: how new approaches to housing, transport and urban development will deliver cities that work" Phil Twyford, Labour Party spokesperson on housing, transport, Auckland issues, and cities.  ...
    Labour | 19-08
  • Labour commits to independent Foreign Affairs and Trade
    “Labour is committed to New Zealand’s Foreign Affairs and Trade policy being independent and proactive, Labour’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson David Shearer says. “We are a small but respected country. Our voice and actions count in international affairs. Labour will take a...
    Labour | 19-08
  • Key must sack Collins over abhorrent actions
    The latest revelations that Judith Collins sent the contact details of a public servant to WhaleOil in a desperate attempt to divert media attention from a bad story is abhorrent, Labour MP Grant Robertson says. “John Key and Judith Collins...
    Labour | 19-08
  • It’s downhill from here under National
    The forecast drop in exports and predicted halving of growth shows that it’s downhill from here with National, Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker says. “Growth under this Government peaked in June and halves to two per cent in coming years....
    Labour | 19-08
  • John Key loses moral compass over Collins
    John Key has lost his moral compass over Judith Collins’ involvement with Cameron Slater and lost touch with New Zealanders’ sense of right and wrong, Labour MP Grant Robertson says. “Whoever is Prime Minister there are expectations they will not...
    Labour | 18-08
  • Mana Movement General Election 2014 List confirmed
    The MANA List is now confirmed with all the candidates as below (the numbers are the respective Internet MANA rankings). Candidate, Electorate, Internet MANA List Position Hone Harawira, Te Tai Tokerau (1) Annette Sykes, Waiariki (3) John Minto, Mt Roskill (4) Te Hamua Nikora, Ikaroa-Rawhiti...
    Mana | 18-08
  • PREFU likely to confirm dropping exports
    National’s economic management will be put under the spotlight in tomorrow’s PREFU given clear signs the so-called rock star economy has fallen off the stage, with plummeting prices for raw commodity exports, Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker says. “Under National,...
    Labour | 18-08
  • Record profits while Kiwis face a cold winter
    The record profits by two of New Zealand’s largest electricity companies will be a bitter pill for New Zealand households who are paying record amounts for their power, says Labour’s Energy spokesperson David Shearer. “No doubt the Key government will...
    Labour | 18-08
  • Time for John Key to answer yes or no questions
    John Key’s train-wreck interview on Morning Report shows he is no longer capable of a simple yes or no answer and has lost touch with what’s right and wrong, Labour MP Grant Robertson says. “John Key has become so media...
    Labour | 18-08
  • Key must clarify who signed out SIS OIA
    Yet again John Key is proving incapable of answering a simple question on an extremely important issue – this time who signed off Cameron Slater’s fast-tracked SIS OIA request on Phil Goff, said Labour MP Grant Robertson. “John Key’s claim...
    Labour | 18-08
  • Time to invest in our tertiary education system
    A Labour Government will fully review the student support system – including allowances, loans, accommodation support and scholarships – with a view to increasing access and making the system fair, transparent and sustainable, Labour’s Tertiary Education spokesperson Maryan Street says....
    Labour | 17-08
  • Labour will facilitate regional Māori economic development agencies
    The next Labour Government will facilitate the creation of regional Māori economic development groups lead by iwi and hapū to work in partnership with business and public agencies as part of its Māori Development policy. “Labour is committed to working towards...
    Labour | 16-08
  • PRIME MINISTER’S DENIAL AT ODDS WITH NATIONAL PARTY STATEMENT
    Labour’s New Zealand Council has today released an email from the General Manager of the National Party that directly contradicts recent statements from the Prime Minister in relation to the 2011 breaches of Labour Party website databases. In his stand-up...
    Labour | 16-08
  • Labour committed to a healthier NZ for all
    A Labour Government will shift the focus of the health system from narrow targets and short term thinking to make public health and prevention a priority, Labour’s health spokesperson Annette King says. Releasing Labour’s full Health policy today she said...
    Labour | 15-08
  • Time Key took responsibility for Collins
    It is well past time for John Key to take some responsibility for the misuse of power and information by his Minister Judith Collins, and follow through on his last warning to her, Labour MP Grant Robertson says. “The evidence released...
    Labour | 14-08
  • Dear John, time to answer a few questions… – Harawira
    “When Cameron Slater says about Kim Dotcom ‘I have lots on him…death by a thousand cuts…wait till you see what comes out in coming weeks on that fat c***t’, you have to ask whether this is the same Cameron Slater...
    Mana | 14-08
  • MANA CANDIDATE FOR IKAROA RAWHITI OPENS UP ABOUT SUICIDE
    “This week suicide has claimed yet more lives in whanau and communities in Ikaroa Rawhiti, and my heart goes out to those who are dealing with such a tragic loss”, says MANA candidate for Te Ikaroa Rawhiti, Te Hamua Nikora....
    Mana | 14-08
  • Offshore betting in Labour’s sights
    A Labour Government will clamp down on offshore gambling websites that deprive the local racing industry of funds, Labour’s Racing spokesperson Ross Robertson says. Releasing Labour’s racing policy today, he said betting on offshore websites is a major threat to...
    Labour | 14-08
  • Key has serious questions to answer on Dirty Politics
    John Key must answer the serious questions raised in Nicky Hager’s new book which reveal examples of dirty politics that New Zealanders will be deeply concerned about, Labour MP Grant Robertson says. “Many people will be disturbed by the evidence...
    Labour | 14-08
  • Creating an inclusive society for disabled people
    A Labour Government will provide free annual health checks for people with an intellectual disability, Labour’s Disability Issues spokesperson Ruth Dyson said today in announcing Labour’s Disability Issues policy. “We will also employ another 100 additional special education teachers and...
    Labour | 14-08
  • Media Advisory – MANA name change
    This is to advise all media that on the 24th of July the ‘Mana’ party name was officially changed to ‘MANA Movement’ under the Electoral Act 1993.  The inclusion of the word ‘Movement’ in our name shouldn’t come as a surprise...
    Mana | 13-08
  • New Zealand must help in the growing Iraq crisis
    The humanitarian crisis in Iraq looks certain to get worse before it gets better,” said David Shearer Labour’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson. “New Zealand should urgently pledge increased humanitarian assistance to United Nations agencies and NGOs present on the ground....
    Labour | 13-08
  • Allegations of migrant worker rort should be investigated
    Labour is calling for an investigation into the alleged exploitation of workers at Hutt Railway workshops, hired to repair asbestos-riddled DL locomotives. Hutt South Labour MP Trevor Mallard has written to the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment asking that...
    Labour | 13-08
  • Medical and dentistry students get reprieve under Labour
    A Labour Government will restore the right of medical and dentistry students to get student loans after seven years of study because it is the right thing to do, Labour’s Tertiary Education spokesperson Maryan Street says. “Hard on the heels...
    Labour | 13-08
  • National must stop meddling with ACC before the election
    The redesign currently occurring at the Accident Claims Corporation (ACC) for sensitive claims needs to be put on hold immediately, said the Green Party today.The Green Party is concerned about work currently underway at ACC involving the sensitive claims service...
    Greens | 13-08
  • Markets slow but first home buyers still hurting
    First home buyers are hurting more than ever as the supply of affordable houses in the market dries up, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “The Reserve Bank will be happy LVR minimum deposits and rising interest rates have dampened...
    Labour | 13-08
  • Green Party celebrates MOU win on contaminated sites
    The Green Party is celebrating the announcement of a national register of contaminated sites today, and $2.5 million to start cleaning two sites up. The Green Party and the National Party agreed to include toxic site management work in their...
    Greens | 13-08
  • Emergency staff at breaking point
    The Southern DHB is so cash-strapped it is failing to fill nursing rosters, Labour’s Associate Health spokesperson David Clark says.  “Every day emergency department nurses arrive at work knowing they are likely to be carrying more than their recommended workload. ...
    Labour | 12-08
  • ACC minister fails in mission to change culture
    The latest damning report by the Auditor General shows that the ACC Minister has failed to fulfil her mission to fix the sick culture at ACC and real change will not come till a new Government is elected, the Green...
    Greens | 12-08
  • Labour’s regional development fund to support Palmerston North
    Labour will consider a proposal to develop an inland port at Palmerston North, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “The Palmerston North community has developed plans for an inland port which will bring jobs and economic growth to a region which...
    Labour | 12-08
  • Green Party announces priorities for Christchurch
    The Green Party has today announced its plan for a fairer, smarter and more democratic Canterbury rebuild, with a focus on smart transport solutions, restoring local democracy, and keeping Christchurch's assets.The plan sits across all of the Green Party's priorities...
    Greens | 11-08
  • Rock-star economy unplugged by China log jam
    The collapse of log prices due to oversupply in China threatens to wash the gloss off what remains of National's so-called rock-star economy, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. “Already this year the price of milk solids has plunged by more...
    Labour | 11-08
  • Young job seekers dealt a poor hand
    National's "keep 'em poor" card for young people on a benefit is a sorry substitute for job training, Labour’s Social Development spokesperson Sue Moroney says.  The Government today announced it would extend its payment card scheme to all teen parents...
    Labour | 11-08
  • Labour – achieving change for Kiwi women
    Working towards being a world leader in eliminating violence against women and children will be a priority for a Labour Government. Releasing Labour’s Women’s Affairs policy today spokesperson Carol Beaumont said while Labour had a proud track record of achieving...
    Labour | 11-08
  • Accessible healthcare also affordable
      It is obvious from Tony Ryall’s hasty attack of Labour’s plans to extend free GP visits to older people that he hasn’t bothered to actually read the policy, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says. "Mr Ryall’s response to Labour’s...
    Labour | 11-08
  • Full details of oil execs’ junket revealed
    Full details of a $237,000 taxpayer-funded oil executives' junket in 2011 have emerged.National paid the nearly quarter of a million dollars to wine and dine 11 oil executives in New Zealand during the World Cup.The trip included yachting, wine tasting,...
    Greens | 10-08
  • Nats sold 500 rugby fields of land a day offshore
    Under National over one million hectares of land has been approved for overseas sale – 16 times the size of Lake Taupō or the equivalent of five hundred rugby fields a day, Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker says. “According to...
    Labour | 10-08
  • Joyce’s dodgy sums fool no-one
    Steven Joyce's attempt to attack Labour's positive plan for affordable healthcare will fool no-one. "We knew that National would try to say that we can't afford free GP visits and prescriptions for the New Zealanders who need it. But, as...
    Labour | 10-08
  • Campaign Launch – Ready to Win
    Today I launched Labour's election campaign at the Viaduct Events Centre, Auckland. Here is the speech I gave....
    Labour | 10-08
  • Labour extends free GP visits, free prescriptions
    Nearly 40 per cent of Kiwis – or 1.7 million people – will be eligible for free doctors’ visits and free prescriptions under a Labour Government, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “Last year more than half a million New Zealanders...
    Labour | 10-08
  • Labour promises a fairer ACC for all Kiwis
    Accident compensation for loss of potential earnings will rise under a Labour Government, while people not earning at the time of their accident will also be eligible for compensation, Labour’s ACC spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway says. Releasing Labour’s ACC policy today...
    Labour | 08-08
  • NZ Govt must push for fair play in Fiji elections
    The New Zealand Government needs to do more to push for human rights and media freedom in Fiji as it stages its first election since the 2006 coup, the Green Party said today.Amnesty International has released a report which documents...
    Greens | 07-08
  • Pacific unemployment still highest in the country
    The Minister of Pacific Island Affairs can boast all he wants about changes to employment statistics for Pacific people but the reality for many Pacific people is nowhere close to National’s promised brighter future, Labour’s Pacific Affairs spokesperson Su’a William...
    Labour | 07-08
  • Big funding injection for regions in Green Party transport plan
    The Green Party will increase transport spending in the regions by 50 percent over the next decade under its new transport plan, the Green Party said today."Transport is the life-blood of the regions. They have been starved under National," Green...
    Greens | 07-08
  • Simply Not Credible: Dr Tucker’s “clarifications” are only making thi...
    THAT DR WARREN TUCKER, Director of the Security Intelligence Service in 2011, agreed to the release of politically sensitive material – thereby intervening in an on-going contretemps between the leaders of the National and Labour parties – without receiving the...
    The Daily Blog | 21-08
  • The Donghua Liu Affair: Evidence of Collusion between the NZ Herald and Imm...
    . 1. Prologue . The Donghua Liu Affair hit  the headlines on 18 June, with allegations that David Cunliffe wrote a letter in 2003,  on  behalf of  business migrant, Donghua Liu. Four days later, on Sunday 22 June, the Herald...
    The Daily Blog | 21-08
  • Dear Canon NZ – Malevolence should induce revulsion, it shouldn’t be ce...
    Giovanni Tiso’s analysis on Slater is possibly the best in NZ… It’s been a good week for some of us. A week of feeling vindicated, offeeling galvanised. Where it goes from here will depend on several factors, some of which are largely...
    The Daily Blog | 20-08
  • 5AA Australia: After Dirty Politics Can National Provide Stable Government?
    AS WE ALL KNOW New Zealanders and Australians do not like political parties that are unstable, or can no longer assure us that they are able to provide stable government. And the big question for Kiwis as we prepare to...
    The Daily Blog | 20-08
  • SIS letter means it’s over for Key
    It’s over. I may not agree with all of Phil Goff’s positions, but you can’t question his integrity the way Slater did in Dirty Politics and not be deeply concerned that our Secret Intelligence Agency is being used for political...
    The Daily Blog | 20-08
  • who to vote for in Epsom
    who to vote for in Epsom...
    The Daily Blog | 20-08
  • The Rise and Fall of John Key – who will be the next leader of National P...
    . . It was all set to go: Teamkey would be the cult of personality that would do Stalin, Mao, Reagan, Thatcher, or any of the Nth Korean Kim Dynasty, proud.  National and it’s “Teamkey” propaganda strategy   would cash-in Big Time...
    The Daily Blog | 20-08
  • Who said Kiwis couldn’t get a fire in their bellies over an arcane intern...
    An amazing team of activists has taken the campaign on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) to local governments throughout the country. Their latest triumph came last Monday when the Dunedin City Council endorsed a resolution expressing concern about the TPPA...
    The Daily Blog | 20-08
  • National’s Dangerous Education Agenda Exposed
    Putting aside the dirty politics coming out of the Beehive and the right-wing blogisphere, there are some very strong signals that another term of a National Government would do even more serious damage to the public education system. The Education...
    The Daily Blog | 20-08
  • We can have clean politics and get our democracy back.
    Something is rotten in our politics and it stinks. Dirty politics has sadly become one of the defining features of this election campaign. In the light of recent revelations about the extent of nasty and disingenuous political strategies, it would...
    The Daily Blog | 20-08
  • Book burning copies of Hager’s book? The next generation of National Part...
    It seems we are getting the next generation of National Party Dirty Politics now. There are claims the Young Nats in Hamilton are buying up copies of Dirty Politics and burning them. One witness was contacted by the Waikato Times...
    The Daily Blog | 20-08
  • National Party Poetry Day Haiku
    Key’s inbox and Cam’s poison most foul, there he blows hoist by own harpoon...
    The Daily Blog | 20-08
  • Why Cunliffe will be the next PM
    David Cunliffe will be the next Prime Minister of NZ. Labour’s inclusive and positive TV adverts… …are in stark contrast to National’s team of white people powering away from the rabble of the ‘others’… …the messaging is vital and crucial...
    The Daily Blog | 20-08
  • From smiling assassin to grumpy butcher – on giving Judith Collins a last...
    After #dirtypolitics Key isn’t the smiling assassin, he is the grumpy butcher. When he said Judith had  a ‘last chance’ he meant 1 second after voting closes on 20th September. Key would love nothing more than to cut Collins loose and end...
    The Daily Blog | 20-08
  • If the National Party rowing advert was real….
    If the National Party rowing advert was real there would be more blood in the water. If the National Party rowing advert was real it would be Cameron Slater calling the strokes. If the national Party rowing advert was real,...
    The Daily Blog | 20-08
  • Cameron Slater: Zionist and political pundit
    It is hard to know where to start with right-wing blogger Cameron Slater (Whale Oil), especially after the release of Nicky Hager’s book Dirty Politics. This confirmed everything many of us thought Slater to be: a snivelling pundit who serves...
    The Daily Blog | 19-08
  • Bryce Edwards stood down from Herald for election season??? Are the editors...
    I only found this out via twitter last night and I am still in shock. Bryce Edwards, easily the best critical thinker and news analyst the NZ Herald has has been stood down by the NZ Herald ‘for the election...
    The Daily Blog | 19-08
  • So who’s a “conspiracy theorist” now?!
    . . As the media storm over Nicky Hager’s book, “Dirty Politics“,  and allegations over smear campaigns continue to swirl,  National’s spin doctors have given Key, Collins, and other National Party ministers a string of  phrases to use in all...
    The Daily Blog | 19-08
  • Momentum shift
    When you are deeply immersed in a local campaign sometimes it can be difficult to see the helicopter view.   I don’t know how accurate the political polls are and have always known that things can change quickly in politics...
    The Daily Blog | 19-08
  • Dear Toby Manhire. Bad call on backing Farrar
    Oh dear. I say this as someone who regards Toby Manhire as one of the smartest journalists/commentators/columnists this country has, and I think Toby has made a terribly dumb call here. Let’s see if Toby is still singing Farrar’s praises...
    The Daily Blog | 19-08
  • Radio NZ apologise to me for getting it wrong
    Radio NZ have contacted me, reviewed the claim by their host that I had an advance copy of Nicky Hager’s book and they have concluded they got it wrong, they have called me and apologised and will make a statement...
    The Daily Blog | 19-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Reclaim UoA – Students’ Message to Steven Joyce
    Tertiary Education – we’ve been sold a lemon  A group of 30 students attended an event on Tuesday evening about ‘the future of tertiary education’ at which the Minister of Tertiary Education Steven Joyce was slated to speak. As Joyce...
    The Daily Blog | 19-08
  • Can someone in the media please ask the PM of NZ to categorically deny any ...
    Now we see the MO of Slater & Co, the setting up, the digging for dirt, the use of staff to dig that dirt, can the Prime Minister of NZ categorically deny any National Party staff worked with Cam Slater...
    The Daily Blog | 19-08
  • Panic setting in for National as they realise what’s about to happen
    And the terror starts to set in. I’ve never seen blind panic like this before  and it’s spreading as the enormity of what’s about to happen starts to sink in. Hager’s book is a mere entree, Nicky’s personal ethics wouldn’t...
    The Daily Blog | 19-08
  • Hager’s Dirty Politics: what the book ultimately reveals is abuse of powe...
    Guide to the many faces of John Key Nicky’s book is now doing what I suspected it would do, create a shockwave of revulsion. Andrew Geddis over at Pundit Blog sums up this attitude best, and it’s reverberations build with every...
    The Daily Blog | 18-08
  • Fancy taking children seriously
    Let’s see why all political parties should pay close attention to the Green Party’s policy for children. First, it is a comprehensive attempt to put children, not ideology, at the heart of family policy. Wow, children at the heart of...
    The Daily Blog | 18-08
  • Amnesty International: Dear Azerbaijan, Stop Torture, Love Kiwi Kids
    This is a world where many adults often underestimate Generation Y. Being only a few years out of being a teenager myself, I feel I can make this statement with certainty. However, I have been the Youth Intern at Amnesty...
    The Daily Blog | 18-08
  • GCSB meetings today in Christchurch 1pm at Uni 7pm at Cathedral
    The 2014 GCSB meetings to discuss the mass surveillance state legislation passed by this Government will be debated in Christchurch today at two different meetings. 1pm at Canterbury University bottom floor James Height Building: Chair: Bomber Bradbury Ruth Dyson – Labour Party...
    The Daily Blog | 18-08
  • Things that 7 Sharp should probably be talking about
    Things that 7 Sharp should probably be talking about...
    The Daily Blog | 18-08
  • Guide to when Key is lying
    Guide to when Key is lying...
    The Daily Blog | 18-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Kate Davis – The State of the Student Nation …or is just Al...
    Students politics are dead and our student media is in terminal decline. The most disappointing thing about university is the politics, or should I say lack of? I was raised with the idea that students held the power.They were the...
    The Daily Blog | 18-08
  • Love Lifts Us Up: Thoughts from the Green Party’s campaign launch.
    Author Eleanor Catton wants people to give their party vote to the Greens.Photo by Peter Meecham NO ONE WAS QUITE SURE how he did it. Somehow Bob Harvey had persuaded the owners of the rights to Joe Cocker’s Up Where...
    The Daily Blog | 18-08
  • Test Stream
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    The Daily Blog | 18-08
  • LIVE STREAM: You, Me and the GCSB ChCh Public Meetings
    LIVE STREAM EVENT here at 1pm & 7pm: The 2014 GCSB meetings to discuss the mass surveillance state legislation passed by this Government will be debated in Christchurch today at two different meetings. PLEASE NOTE: TDB recommends Chrome and Firefox...
    The Daily Blog | 18-08
  • Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today,
    Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking on Radio Hauraki...
    The Daily Blog | 18-08
  • How @whaledump might destroy the popular vote for National
    Dirty Politics is now creating a meltdown and National are in danger of a total vote collapse. The real threat to for National was if Nicky had all the emails released via the anonymous hacker who took them. That danger is now a...
    The Daily Blog | 18-08
  • Open letter to Radio NZ – you need to make a retraction now
    I have just sent this off to Radio NZ right now Dear Radio NZ Firstly, what a great interview by Guyon Espiner this morning with the Prime Minister. Great to see such hard hitting journalism. Unfortunately I am not contacting...
    The Daily Blog | 17-08
  • Radio NZ are lying about me
    I am getting this all second hand at the moment as I don’t bother listening to Radio NZ (except for that wonderful Wallace Chapman in the weekends) but there is a claim that Suzie Ferguson just insinuated on Radio NZ...
    The Daily Blog | 17-08
  • Farrar’s fake claim of being invaded + Slater’s claims of death threats...
    The counter spin to avoid focus on the series allegations made in Nicky Hager’s Dirty Politics continues. David Farrar’s ridiculous hysterics that he was invaded and his privacy has been blah blah blah has all been reduced from computer hacking to...
    The Daily Blog | 17-08
  • A shout out to the unsung heroes – our Public Service staff
    Government departments, particularly in the social welfare, education and health areas get a lot of shtick. And it’s not unjustified. We have problems in the way that our government departments treat those in need. And I do not intend to...
    The Daily Blog | 17-08
  • Key’s ducking for cover – utterly unbelievable!!!
    .   . I don’t often re-print media stories verbatim – but this piece by Andrea Vance, for Fairfax Media,  deserves wider circulation. Please note the highlighted statements by Dear Leader as he ducks, weaves, obfuscates, and deflects any and...
    The Daily Blog | 17-08
  • Hager’s Dirty Politics – Who is the source of Hager’s emails?
    Who is the source of Hager’s emails? Kim Dotcom has categorically denied he has anything to do with this and Nicky Hager has categorically denied that Kim was the source of the emails. Whatever you think about Kim (and he...
    The Daily Blog | 17-08
  • Dirty Politics – Audio+Text Why It Is Essential Raw Data Be Released Imme...
    MIL OSI – Source: RadioLive – Sunday Panel Analysis Headline: Dirty Politics – Audio Analysis by Selwyn Manning + Rodney Hide + Mark Sainsbury MIL Video: Selwyn Manning, Rodney Hide, and Mark Sainsbury discuss and debate the explosive details revealed...
    The Daily Blog | 17-08
  • TV One and TV3 Political Polls – not such a landslide now
    Before the impact of Dirty Politics has been felt, the National Party high point in the Polls had been reached and their inevitable  drop begins. Despite the mainstream media telling NZers for almost 3 years that John Key would win...
    The Daily Blog | 17-08
  • Hager’s Dirty Politics – You will not believe Key’s defence of hackin...
    He actually used a sporting analogy. Can you believe it? John Key, asked on the fact that his staff had entered into a Labour Party computer and downloaded their database, Key replied, “It’s a bit like the Wallabies positing up their...
    The Daily Blog | 17-08
  • A brief word on 100 Top political Tweeters
    The NZ Herald has put together a very useful list of top 100 political twtter accounts, what is most interesting from the lists is that the right wing all work hand in glove with each other where as the Left...
    The Daily Blog | 16-08
  • Are Whaleoil’s traffic stats a bloated illusion?
    Dim Post has done a critical analysis of just how real Cameron Slater’s traffic stats are. TDB has only been around for a year with a fragment of the digital footprint of the older blogs, yet we have managed to become...
    The Daily Blog | 16-08
  • Hager’s Dirty Politics – Is Jordan Williams deceptive enough to blackma...
    There are so many issues raised by Nicky Hager’s book, that any one of them would be worthy of total focus on. Let’s chat about the claim in the book that Jordan Williams bragged to Slater and Lusk that he had...
    The Daily Blog | 16-08
  • Hager’s Dirty Politics – Why ‘see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evi...
    This sign shows how National’s see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil denial isn’t working. National’s response to the book is that there is NOTHING in there that deserves anything more than the most briefest of eye motions. Key won’t...
    The Daily Blog | 16-08
  • “Dirty Politics” and The Teflon Man
    . L-R- David Farrar, John Key, Cameron Slater . The release of Nicky Hager’s book, “Dirty Secrets” has unleashed more of a political firestorm than many had anticipated. (Or, perhaps some did.) The glare of publicity has been shone like...
    The Daily Blog | 16-08
  • PSA And DHBs Reach Settlement on Five Collective Agreements
    The 20 District Health Boards are pleased to reach settlement via mediation on five Multi Employer Collective Agreements (MECAs) with the Public Service Association for 12,000 mental and public health nurses, allied, public health and technical staff,...
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Refusal to complete census results in 46 convictions
    Failing to fill out a census form has resulted in the convictions of 46 people, Statistics New Zealand said today....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Council Amalgamations Still Bad Deal
    Northland, Bay of Plenty, and Wellington ratepayers should not be seduced into accepting the amalgamation of their Councils by a recent amendment to legislation allowing for local boards not community boards, Chris Leitch, Democrats for Social Credit...
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • DHB industrial action withdrawn
    The Public Service Association (PSA) has withdrawn notices of industrial action covering 12,000 health workers at District Health Boards (DHBs) across New Zealand, after progress was made in mediation....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Aged Care Pledge Needs Better Target, Says Care Agency
    Labour’s pledge to set up an aged care working group to address industry concerns is good to see, but appears to skirt the obvious issue of a looming lack of beds and carers for our rapidly growing elderly population, says...
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Social inequality still rife in New Zealand
    Social inequality has worsened over the past decade in New Zealand, a new study from Victoria University of Wellington shows....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Working towards a living wage and more Māori in paid work
    The Māori Party will build on the gains it has already achieved in Government and accelerate job opportunities particularly for young Māori....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Deepwater Group Supports Changes to Catch Limits
    The Deepwater Group says the increase in the Total Allowable Commercial Catch for hoki shows the benefits of a long term commitment to build biomass in this major New Zealand fishery....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • ACT announces Ohariu candidate Sean Fitzpatrick
    “Our Ohariu candidate will be Sean Fitzpatrick. Sean has strong ties to the region and I’m glad to hear he will be doing his best to grow ACT’s party vote in the area,” says Dr Whyte....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • ACT announces Tauranga candidate Stuart Pederson
    “Our Tauranga candidate will be Stuart Pedersen. Stuart has strong ties to Tauranga and I’m glad he has agreed to do his best to grow ACT’s party vote in the electorate,” says Dr Whyte....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Green Party scores massive own goal
    Green Party scores massive own goal as their own policy auditor criticises their fiscal plan...
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Green Party’s own Auditor of their Budget finds it dodgy
    “The Alternative Budget released by the Green's does not even stack up in the eyes of their chosen auditor – Infometrics” said ACT Leader Dr Jamie Whyte....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • New shark finning laws fall short for threatened species
    Environmental groups are welcoming some aspects of a raft of law changes announced today in relation to shark finning, but say that overall the chance for New Zealand to catch up with international efforts in shark conservation is being missed....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Promoting Labour’s Positive Policies
    General Secretary of the New Zealand Labour Party, Tim Barnett, today launched Labour’s television advertisements for the 2014 election. The advertisements help tell Labour’s positive story for a better New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Drug Court: Rare Insight into New Alternative Justice Model
    Māori Television’s latest New Zealand documentary presents a fascinating look inside a new alternative justice model – through the stories of convicted criminals....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Political parties pledge to increase overseas aid
    A survey of political parties looking at how much New Zealand should spend on Official Development Assistance (ODA) shows the overwhelming majority of parties are committed to raising the bar according to the Council for International Development (CID)....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Top Kiwis backing Tip the Scales campaign
    Sir Graham Henry, former All Black Kees Meeuws, singer-song writer Jamie McDell and fishing guru Matt Watson have pledged their support to Tip the Scales, a pre-election campaign generating public support for rebuilding New Zealand’s depleted inshore...
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Maritime Union continues to press over dirty politics
    Maritime Union National President Garry Parsloe says Ports of Auckland management is trying to get off the hook from its involvement with extreme right wing bloggers during the Ports of Auckland dispute....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • No end in sight to overwhelming human cost of conflict
    Two ceasefires have brought some respite to civilians in Gaza and southern Israel, amid hope that a durable cessation of hostilities might occur. In Gaza, these breaks in the fighting have barely given people enough time to seek medical care,...
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Young Kiwi speakers to represent NZ at Gallipoli 2015
    The RSA is delighted at the announcement made by Veterans' Affairs Minister Michael Woodhouse today, that all eight regional finalists of the 2015 ANZ RSA Cyril Bassett VC Speech Competition will be included in a group of 25 Youth Ambassadors...
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • “Bromance” Marriage Stunt Insulting Says LegaliseLove
    A promotional competition asking two best mates to get married in order to win an all-expenses-paid trip to the 2015 Rugby World Cup is insulting, marriage equality campaign LegaliseLove Aotearoa claims....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Cannabis Party first to register for 2014 General Election
    The Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party became the first party to register for the 2014 General Election today, when it meet with the Electoral Commission in Wellington at Midday....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • PGA: Addresses NZ’s ratification of Arms Trade Treaty
    President of Parliamentarians for Global Action and New Zealand MP Ross Robertson today addressed a celebration to mark New Zealand’s imminent ratification of the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), which is expected within the next few weeks....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Roy Morgan Poll August 20
    National (48%) holds its lead over Labour/ Greens (39%) as ‘Dirty Politics’ revelations provide a new challenge for PM John Key’s leadership. NZ First surge to 6.5% - highest support since September 2013....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • IGIS inquiry into release of NZSIS information
    The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security (IGIS), Cheryl Gwyn, announced today that she would be instituting an inquiry concerning allegations that the New Zealand Security Intelligence Service (NZSIS) might have released official information...
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Glen Scanlon to Head Digital Media at Radio New Zealand
    Radio New Zealand has announced the appointment of Glen Scanlon to the recently created position of head of digital media....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Israel’s Gaza ceasefire violations go unreported
    It seems that it is only ceasefire violations that emanate from the Palestinian side that ever get publicised....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Drug courier sentenced for importing heroin
    South African drug courier, Laura Elizabeth Cilliers, was sentenced today in the Christchurch District Court to 7 years and 10 months in prison for importing approximately 1.2 kilograms of heroin....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Residential Property Speculators Days Numbered
    Rent heat cools as homes are replaced ... Liz McDonald ... The Press http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/business/your-property/10400851/Rent-heat-cools-as-homes-are-replaced Comment on thread (in moderation) … Christchurch is a “severely unaffordable” City as the Annual Demographia Survey ( www.demographia.com ) illustrates … thanks...
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Academic’s study shows need for a Ministry of Public Input
    A book by Associate Professor Jennifer Lees-Marshment recommends the creation of a Ministry of Public Input to collect, process and communicate the publics’ ideas to government. The University of Auckland’s political marketing expert says the...
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Government inaction killing innocent motorists
    Innocent people are dying due to long delays in installing centre lane barriers on high risk roads, says an outspoken road safety campaigner....
    Scoop politics | 19-08
  • Property revaluations for council rates must be reformed
    Opportunity to bring controls on rating value changes and more equitable level of annual rates increase...
    Scoop politics | 19-08
  • Ron Mark Sets the Example
    The Taxpayers’ Union is welcoming the pledge by Mayor of Carterton and NZ First candidate Ron Mark who has announced he would relinquish his roles as Mayor and member of two District Health Boards if successfully elected to Parliament. Taxpayers’...
    Scoop politics | 19-08
  • Ban 1080 Candidates announced for 2014 General Election
    MEDIA RELEASE: Angry rural communities want issue of 1080 aerial drops taken to the polls, says party co-leader Ban 1080 Candidates announced for 2014 General Election...
    Scoop politics | 19-08
  • Governor General Gives Direction to Conduct Election
    The Governor General, Lt Gen The Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae, has given the green light for this year’s General Election....
    Scoop politics | 19-08
  • New Zealand Animal Groups Unite to Help
    WELLINGTON (19 Aug 2014) – The Be Cruelty-Free campaign to ban animal testing of cosmetics in New Zealand just got bigger and stronger, as two leading animal protection groups come on board. Joining forces with Humane Society International which has...
    Scoop politics | 19-08
  • Students Interrupt Steven Joyce at University Event
    A group of 30 students this evening interrupted an event about ‘the future of tertiary education’ at which Tertiary Education Minister Steven Joyce was slated to speak. As Joyce began to speak, students interrupted with a speech of their own....
    Scoop politics | 19-08
  • Caritas among first responders offering relief in Iraq
    As the plight of Iraqis fleeing persecution reaches tragic levels, Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand has pledged an initial $10,000 to support the work of Caritas in Iraq to provide humanitarian aid to thousands of families affected by the war and...
    Scoop politics | 19-08
  • iPredict 2014 Election Update #31: Nats take hit
    Election race narrows significantly · National party vote now below Labour/Greens · National’s probability of leading next government dips to 72% · Joyce expected to take over as National leader before end of 2015, as Collins’ prospects fall...
    Scoop politics | 19-08
  • Call for applications – Fulbright scholar awards
    Fulbright New Zealand calls for applications to a range of scholar awards for New Zealand academics, artists and professionals to undertake academic and cultural exchanges to the United States of America. A Fulbright exchange provides life-changing opportunities...
    Scoop politics | 19-08
  • CWS launches appeal for Iraqis on World Humanitarian Day
    Christian World Service is appealing for help for tens of thousands of Iraqis caught up in one of the world’s horrifying conflicts....
    Scoop politics | 19-08
  • Promoting the Voice of the Rangatahi
    Young Māori voters are seen by the Māori Party to have a vital part to play in saving the Māori seats in Parliament says the Māori Party’s youngest candidate, Reverend Te Hira Paenga. “What we’re hearing on the ground is...
    Scoop politics | 19-08
  • Nelson Election Candidates’ Community Forum
    Nelson’s community and volunteer sector has some serious questions to put to the local candidates in the run up to next month’s general election....
    Scoop politics | 19-08
  • Research NZ Budget Observer – Still On Track For Surplus
    New Zealand's Treasury today released their pre-election budget update, ahead of the 20 September vote. The government still expects to get back to surplus in 2014/15, albeit a slightly smaller surplus than expected in May. The growth forecasts were...
    Scoop politics | 19-08
  • Nicky Hager’s first public comment on police investigation
    A complaint has been laid with police by Cameron Slater over the hacking of his computer and 'theft' of emails to supply to Nicky Hager for his explosive book Dirty Politics . We give Nicky Hager the first chance to...
    Scoop politics | 19-08
  • Disabled Person’s Organisations report sent to UN
    A report written by Disabled Person’s Organisations (DPOs) representing the voice of disabled New Zealanders has been released and sent to the United Nations today....
    Scoop politics | 19-08
  • Fuel and electricity price gouging hits regions hardest
    Mere Takoko - New Zealand First East Coast Candidate For Immediate Release - Tuesday, 19 August, 2014...
    Scoop politics | 19-08
  • Government “opening of the books” shows wasted opportunity
    “The economic and fiscal forecasts in the pre-election update – the ‘opening of the government’s books’ – shows how the Government has failed to grasp the opportunity of the Global Financial Crisis to rebalance the economy,” says CTU...
    Scoop politics | 19-08
  • Kiwis take up the challenge to end extreme poverty
    High profile New Zealanders have been invited to participate in Live Below the Line (LBTL). Part of a global initiative, LBTL challenges Kiwis to raise awareness of extreme poverty and to live on a daily food budget of $2.25 for...
    Scoop politics | 19-08
  • NZ Independent Coalition announces strong list
    NZ Independent Coalition Secretary Helen Anderson announced the party’s candidates for the 2014 election today - 10 candidates total, with four also standing in electorates....
    Scoop politics | 19-08
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