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Herald says weird things about Cunliffe and Labour Clutha Southland candidate

Written By: - Date published: 6:06 pm, July 21st, 2014 - 109 comments
Categories: david cunliffe, labour, you couldn't make this shit up - Tags:

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The Herald’s use of sub headings needs a real rethink.

It ran a Cameron Slater sourced smear this morning and talked about Cunliffe meeting a prominent New Zealander who had been given name suppression on charges of performing an indecent act.  The juxtaposition of the photo to the sub headings is unfortunate.  Can I assure everyone that Liz Craig is not the sex offender they are talking about.

The Herald said:

… the Labour leader threatens to be distracted by internal ill-discipline and criticisms over his judgment, including the holiday itself and a meeting last week with a prominent New Zealander given name suppression on charges of performing an indecent act.

Mr Cunliffe confirmed to the Herald last night that he had arranged for the person – whose case has been the topic of media coverage – to meet a Labour candidate but said he had no idea about the controversial background until yesterday.

“If I had known of the suggestion, no such meeting would have taken place.”

You have to wonder why the meeting was mentioned and why it was thought that it would cause a distraction to Cunliffe.  No doubt the intent is to continue with the bad news narrative that the right have been pushing but what was Cunliffe to do?  Have a Police vette conducted of all people that he may meet?  Even this would not have helped because the person involved received a discharge without conviction and had all details suppressed.  And Cunliffe confirmed to the Herald he had no idea of the background until yesterday.

The article reinforces National’s Modus operand.  Jason Ede’s black ops accumulates damaging information on people.  It is fed to Slater who dresses it up and posts about it.  The main stream then repeats it.

And another day will be spent dealing with the distraction caused by a right wing smear.  It is going to be a long campaign if this sort of crap is going to be repeated every day.

If they really want to analyse corruption and dirty dealing can I suggest they run this sub headings:

National Chief selects as Cabinet Minister man found guilty of electoral fraud but says he didn’t know the background

And this photo:

John Key Banks thick as thievesComments speculating on who the prominent New Zealander may be will be deleted.

 

109 comments on “Herald says weird things about Cunliffe and Labour Clutha Southland candidate”

  1. Sacha 1

    I hope Labour formally complains to the rag’s publisher about that photo and wording. Also note Cunliffe talks about arranging a meeting, not attending it.

    • Monty 1.1

      Sacha, the problem is that there is a photo circulating with mr Cunliffe and the person in question together with a gift from the said person. I think mr Cunliffe has been set up, and possibly by someone close.

      • mickysavage 1.1.1

        Gee Monty I am sure that your comment is meant to be helpful.

        So there is a photo of David with this prominent New Zealander and (gasp) a bottle of wine given by the said person. And David has been set up by someone to have a chat with a prominent New Zealander and being photographed with them but not knowing that this person had suppression orders stopping the publication of some unfortunate details.

        Are you being real? How was David meant to know about this?

        Honest you RWNJs live on a different planet. You are criticising Cunliffe for not being all seeing and all knowing. Give it a rest. He did not know about the scandal. Insisting that he should of is basically a really weird thing to say.

        Of course the reality is that you just want to criticise and attack and this is the subject of attack today. Tomorrow it will be another subject and you keyboard warriors will then again be attacking for all your worth.

        • fender 1.1.1.1

          “Honest you RWNJs live on a different planet.”

          This is the problem. Their planet is a gossiping pit where secrets are currency and blackmail prevails. And of course there’s no toilets on their planet, as Key revealed.

      • Olwyn 1.1.2

        If there’s a photo going round, isn’t the person who is putting around in breach of the name suppression order? Surely you can’t say, this well-known guy has name suppression, but look, here’s a picture of him talking to the leader of the opposition.

    • David H 1.2

      Or like me you can E-Mail the Hack in person and tell her to stop interviewing her Keyboard. And to start reporting the real news.

  2. Kat 2

    Audrey Young….. sigh! Thick stupid political editor or conniving complicit National Party hack?

    Or both.

  3. Ergo Robertina 3

    MS I think you mean sub-heading. The byline is the reporter’s name.

  4. Disraeli Gladstone 4

    I feel like there’s two explanations for this. Cunliffe’s either incompetence or he’s been cursed by some ancient evil.

    Cunliffe rightly attacks New Zealand’s problem with domestic violence (ignoring perhaps a naive way of phrasing it). Not a month later, he then meets with a man who’s offending is ghastly and seem to regard his loss of reputation as the bigger damage than the impact on the victim of his offending.

    Cunliffe is either terrible at politics or some cosmic evil really want John Key to win in 2014 (I for one welcome our new Old Gods overloads).

    Because no one that’s bloody unlucky.

    • felix 4.1

      It’s nothing to do with luck. The process is explained (yet again) in the post:

      Jason Ede, on behalf of John Key, feeds lies and smears and innuendo to Slater who publishes it where it is picked up by a lazy stupid fourth estate.

      No cosmic overlords involved. Just dirty corrupt lying fucks spreading their dirty corrupt lying muck.

      • Sacha 4.1.1

        And those whose job it is to anticipate and neutralise the muck not doing their jobs. It’s not Cunliffe who is incompetent.

        • freedom 4.1.1.1

          Sacha, how exactly do his staff do this job you criticize them for not doing? Do they check for potential problems relating to crimes that resulted in name suppression orders and the ramifications for David Cunliffe’s itinerary, or any politician for that matter. Especially those name suppression orders pertaining to a highly sensitive topic! How do they go about collecting collating controlling and protecting all related information on every person on every day that a busy politician is arranging meetings?

          Are his staff meant to track and trace every court case in New Zealand and abroad and build a comprehensive database to cross-check against, at any time and on a moment’s notice, in case a meeting is ever organised with anyone anywhere which shows that person happened to have been in court the same time as court records show a name suppression order was made, work out if the order was for a sensitive topic, then go back and look at every special interest group’s web page in every part of the internet in case there happens to be a name suppression case that has been made public involving that name suppression order?

          Here is a subtle clue as to why this probably cannot happen, and I do not mean the not so simple logistics or the big brother aspects that I am confident you really don’t want put in the hands of a political party that is not restrained by the same rules that a government would have if they chose to install such an operational system.

          NAME SUPPRESSION.

          I’m no lawyer, but sure sounds like a whole lot of legal issues bundled up in there too, or is privacy and the vestiges of integrity that remain within our [far from perfect] legal system not a big deal?

          [lprent: One of the problems with name suppression is that I had to have someone point me to an instance of the suppressed name being concealed in a comment before I could ban the arsehole putting this site at risk. So they are now permanently banned and I am probably now in the possession of information that I am not meant to have. Since I couldn't verify the person, then I may even be wrong.

          However it was clear from the comment that Chuck Bird was trying to breach the suppression order. Anyone wanting to follow his example will also follow his fate. ]

        • mickysavage 4.1.1.2

          I know some of his staff and you could not ask for a more intelligent or dedicated group. Anticipating the sort of sick spin that the right will put on something as innocent as meeting with someone is beyond their considerable talents. Honest, things are really, really weird and the best of advice will not cover it.

      • Disraeli Gladstone 4.1.2

        But Cunliffe still had to meet the guy in the first place.

        Look, I completely agree with you that the media is playing favourites and that the right-wing blogs and actual fourth estate have a cycle that feed off each other. I don’t doubt that.

        But John Key didn’t make Cunliffe have a secret trust. John Key didn’t make Cunliffe describe his home as a do’er upper. John Key didn’t make Cunliffe meet with a sex offender after trying to tackle domestic violence.

        There’s no smoke without fire isn’t exactly applicable here. The media is going overboard on relatively small matters where they would give Key a free run.

        But there’s still a lot of match sticks that Cunliffe seems to keep on lighting. And we know the media are going to make a cloud of smog from the tiniest flame, so why does he keep on playing with matches?

        • felix 4.1.2.1

          I think it literally doesn’t matter what he does, they’ll still try to spin anything and nothing against him.

          And you’ll still blame him for getting out of bed/sleeping in/whatever the line happens to be today.

          You did it just now. Cunliffe didn’t meet a sex offender at all, as you well know.

          These. Are. Not. Real. Stories. They’re lies and smears from John Key’s office. Cunliffe’s actions have no bearing on this dirty tricks campaign whatsoever.

          • Blue 4.1.2.1.1

            David Cunliffe could help a little old lady cross the road and the media would find a way to crucify him for it.

            Either he’s neglecting his duties by taking time out to help the elderly, or he’s being condescending to older New Zealanders or he’s desperately trying to get Grey Power votes.

            Meanwhile, if John Key did the same thing, they would say how wonderful it is that the Prime Minister took time out of his busy schedule to assist Mrs Jones, who is voting National and thinks the PM is ‘a lovely man’.

          • Disraeli Gladstone 4.1.2.1.2

            “These. Are. Not. Real. Stories”

            But they are true. That’s the crux of my issues. If Labour was competent, yeah, the media would still rail against them but they wouldn’t be plunging to Bill English vote-winning territory either.

            Labour owes it to the entire left of NZ politics to fucking sort out some sort of political party that can actually work. The Greens get smeared as lunatics all the time and you know what, they handle it.

            Labour rolls into a ball.

            • felix 4.1.2.1.2.1

              “But they are true. That’s the crux of my issues. “

              You say that. And yet Cunliffe didn’t meet with a sex offender, and you keep saying he did.

              So either you’re lying, or you’re not too bright, or I’m right and you’re wrong.

              There was nothing wrong with what Cunliffe did in this instance. Certainly nothing you’ve managed to pinpoint anyway.

              • Disraeli Gladstone

                He met with a man who indecently assaulted a woman.

                Is that phrasing better for you?

                • felix

                  No, because it didn’t happen. You are misinformed.

                  • Disraeli Gladstone

                    … umm.

                    Are you saying that Cunliffe didn’t meet with him?

                    Or that the man in question didn’t indecently assault someone?

                    • felix

                      I haven’t seen any reports that he met anyone of the sort.

                      (Except from you, and so far you haven’t proven to be a particularly reliable source of information.)

                    • Colonial Viper

                      What are you, 13 and idealistic? Grow up.

                      I interacted with about 80 different people today during the course of my ordinary activities. And according to the stats, likely including a couple of saints, a couple of mongrel deviants, a convicted crim and a couple of spouse beaters. So fucking what. That’s called living in a society, interacting with people as if they are people not lepers, and it ain’t some sort of fucking crime.

                • mickysavage

                  Wow, you know if that test was applied to me I have met about ten murderers, 50 or so robbers, hundreds of wife and child beaters, drug addicts, perverts and an assorted collection of real crazy people.

                  Unless you barricade yourself in your home and never leave you will run the possibility of running into someone with some sort of stuff in their background. If you insist on getting police clearances before you met them you would be considered really really weird.

                  Anyway the police clearance would not work here.

                  Before I go to Court tomorrow should I ask the Judge to provide a police clearance to show she has nothing bad in her background.

                  Honest DG you are getting pretty weird with your criticism.

                  • Disraeli Gladstone

                    Oh for Christ sake.

                    Of course people are going to meet not very nice people. Stop being so obtuse.

                    My issue is this: David Cunliffe made a big (necessary, 99% excellent) speech on domestic violence. He then a few weeks later meets with a man who committed an indecent act.

                    Now I don’t think Cunliffe knew that. I take him fully at his word. But this isn’t some spark out of the blue. Rodney Hide had been going on about this man for at least a fortnight. His name was posted in Australia. I heard his name while going to get a coffee. It wasn’t that typical of a case of name suppression.

                    Somebody, somebody in either Cunliffe’s (or more likely, perhaps Craig’s) team had to know about it. I expect the Leader of the Opposition’s team to relatively aware of current events.

                    If it was that Cunliffe had met with someone who nobody knew had committed indecent assault because of name suppression, then it’s not poor from Cunliffe, it’s just bad luck. However, this wasn’t a case that no one knew. This was like a mini Ryan Giggs superinjunction.

                    • mickysavage

                      Do you know how many people Cunliffe meets each week? I am pleased you accept that he did not know of the allegation. So you are saying that the failure by his limited staff numbers from knowing about an issue concerning a person who was not a member of the Labour Party and who had a suppression order is some sort of failure? Honest you have to be kidding.

                    • JK

                      Lucky You, Disraeli that you managed to hear the sex offender’s name when going for coffee – was that coffee outside a courtroom, in a major city, or a village. Or in An Australian paper or wherever.
                      And could you come and have coffee in my village and whisper his name to me – because I don’t have a clue who he is. And I don’t have a clue who are the big names around the southern towns (like Cunliffe, I’m a northerner) so how the heck could anyone except those in the “know” know what’s going on. Come on….. spill the beans, give us a clue …. so we can try and work out who it is ….. and then we can tell Cunliffe to steer clear of him. (I assume its a him – most sex / violent offenders are him.)

                    • Colonial Viper

                      Hey Disraeli Fuck Head

                      Do you really want Members of Parliament to start avoiding entire classes of people in society as if they were lepers?

                      What are you, sick?

                    • wtl

                      1) The whole f***king point of name suppression is NAME SUPPRESSION. If a convicted criminal is granted name suppression, then it whatever they did is NOT meant to be known.

                      2) Wouldn’t it be illegal for someone to tell Cunliffe the name of someone granted name suppression?

                    • Populuxe1

                      Um, yeah. Can we all stop pretending that Gogle doesn’t exist and anyone of average intelligence should be able to work out the relevant search words even if they hadn’t heard in this tiny, gossipy little country because they had been on Mars hiding under a rock with their fingers in their ears and eyes closed because they are so holier than fucking thou?

                    • felix

                      Well I hadn’t heard of it Pop, and I spend a bit of time following news stories online and googling things.

                      Now that I have, I’m utterly stunned that a bunch of Nats working directly for the John Key would try to make this a Lab/Nat fight.

                      It shows how desperate they are, given the massive risk of blowback on the National party from publicising this particular offender. And it shows yet again that in spite of them working around the clock to find dirt on Cunliffe, they’ve got nothing.

                    • wtl

                      1) As I said, the whole f***king point of name suppression is NAME SUPPRESSION. If a judge has granted name suppression, then the judge has deemed it necessary for that information to be suppressed. Trying to find a way around name suppression would be disrespecting the judge’s decision to grant it in the first place, at the very least. Would it be appropriate to seek to name of a person who has name suppression because they were the victim of a crime? (If someone has name suppression, it is not possible to know a priori the reason name suppression was granted, so a ‘hunt’ for suppressed details could very well end up uncovering such information.)

                      2) You would have to be a paranoid nutjob to Google every single person you are about to meet just in case they have had their name suppressed for something.

                    • Populuxe1

                      If I was up against an utterly amoral smearlord in their second term in a very tight election being watched by hostile media, being a paranoid nutjob is the only sane stance.

                    • wtl

                      If I was up against an utterly amoral smearlord in their second term in a very tight election being watched by hostile media, being a paranoid nutjob is the only sane stance.

                      No, because then you are falling into the trap of playing their game, which you can’t really win at. They’ll always find something else to criticise, e.g. Cunliffe is not “sexy”. A determined smear campaign will always find something to criticise or jump onto, simply because it is impossible to make absolutely zero mistakes. Even if you made absolutely no mistakes, they could always make up blatant lies and they’ll still be reported as fact. So the best response is to avoid making major errors and simply concentrate on what you are good at.

                • David H

                  And who had NAME SUPPRESSION are you dense Disreli or just a Troll????

          • Chooky 4.1.2.1.3

            …shows how scared they actually are of Cunliffe!!!!

            …it is encouraging in a perverse sort of way

            …i heard Matthew Hooton on radionz nine-to- noon saying Labour really has to get rid of Cunliffe!…. and replace him with Shearer!….i thought this is actually a very good sign!!!!!

            GO Cunliffe!!!!….you are scaring the shit out of them!

        • anker 4.1.2.2

          Disraeli Gladstone. This is bullshit. They are picking on stuff that is insignificant irrelevant and inaccurate and blowing it way out of proportion. Anyone who follows the media and can’t see it is a fool

          • Disraeli Gladstone 4.1.2.2.1

            That’s exactly what I said.

            “And we know the media are going to make a cloud of smog from the tiniest flame”

            They are blowing it out of all proportion. But the insignificant things still have to happen. Minus Liu where the Herald straight up lied (and really should be taken to the cleaners for), everything else has been self-inflicted. Blown out of all proportion. But still self-inflicted.

            • anker 4.1.2.2.1.1

              DG yes insignificant things will happen. They happen to all of us everyday. And that is the point, they are insignificant and don’t need any focus.

              You appear to be blaming the victim here. I.e DC is the victim of a malicious smear campaign.

              By the way Mickey can the Labour Party take legal action against the herald over the photo?

        • Anne 4.1.2.3

          FFS Disraeli Gladstone. Let me spell it out for you.

          How. was. he. to. know. that. the. bloke is. alleged. to. have. a. sexual. deviant. history. if. nobody. told. him. Especially. since. he. had. name. suppression.

          If I hopped on a bus and a stranger sitting beside me started a friendly conversation with me and I responded by being friendly back… am I responsible for not knowing that the person was a convicted murderer? Jesus what is happening to this country. Balance and reason has gone out the window.

          • Disraeli Gladstone 4.1.2.3.1

            A: The name suppression became a minor story in the last two weeks.

            B: The name is largely common knowledge, even the man himself has said everyone knows it was him in his hometown.

            C: Even if Cunliffe didn’t know, how did someone in Labour for either Cunliffe’s office or Craig’s office not know? Just one person. One person to go “Dave, whoa, hold up.”

            The Labour Party’s organisation is shot. The media is one-sided but Labour is still causing a lot of self-inflicted problems.

            So I get to party vote Green, watch Labour fucking implode again, and spend another three more years with Key.

            • anker 4.1.2.3.1.1

              Well you have choices DG. You could vote Labour.

              Your post at 4.1.2.3.1 has an underlying message of “they should have known it”.

              Actually who says they should have? They didn’t. They weren’t suppose to (that’s what name suppression is all about) and it is completely irrelevant. If you want to critcize incompetence how about you pick on something serious like Mfat, Murray Mc, the PM and the Malaysian diplomat.

              • Disraeli Gladstone

                I do. I have to people I know and discuss politics with in my real life. Hopefully those conversations will have led to some changed votes.

                But I don’t do it here because we all know how badly Key and Murray handled and are still handling it. I don’t engage in congratulatory pats on the back.

              • Anne

                If you want to critcize incompetence how about you pick on something serious like Mfat, Murray Mc, the PM and the Malaysian diplomat.

                And skulduggery like Judith Collins using ministerial clout to assist her husband’s business affairs in China!

            • mickysavage 4.1.2.3.1.2

              Really disingenuous DG. I did not know about the name. Cunliffe’s staff do not do exhaustive checks on everyone he meets, hell his staff may not have even known about it.

              • Disraeli Gladstone

                Then he’s cursed by some cosmic evil then! Because Cameron Slater could not have wished for a better event to happen.

                Has David Cunliffe ever insulted H.P Lovecraft or M.R James?

                • mickysavage

                  No and I am sure that no self respecting Labour activist reads Rodney Hide and takes him seriously. Honest this seems to be the high point of your argument, Rodney Hide said something 8 days ago and Labour should have thrown all of its limited resources into investigating it fully.

                • RedLogix

                  DS

                  If John Key is happy being associated with Cameron Slater using him as a National mouthpiece – then what possible problem can anyone have with Cunliffe having a one-off meeting with this person?

                  Or is John Key really, really unlucky with the bloggers who support him?

    • Mike the Savage One 4.2

      “Cunliffe is either terrible at politics or some cosmic evil really want John Key to win in 2014 (I for one welcome our new Old Gods overloads).”

      What a bizarre “reasoning” is this?

      It appears the mainstream media being largely Fairfax, the Herald, the two main TV channels and the increasingly misinforming, rather commercial product pushing radio stations expect David Cunliffe to have staff screen and check on every individual person he may meet, that may run into him, to do all this in advance, and then brief him in advance.

      The PM does instead get the generous treatment of “statesman”, and even though whatever he says about the plane shooting in East Ukraine or any other event, here it is spread as if the world is listening to Key, while in reality nobody in Washington, New York, in London, Europe, Beijing, Tokyo or anywhere else gives a damn about this idiot clown running this government.

      Key still has not fronted to questions the media were going to ask him a week ago, and it seems the MSM have not even bothered to ask him about the fiasco with the Malaysian diplomat, that was able to escape from justice, due to a stuff up or worse of MFAT and other agencies.

      BIAS is the only word for it, whatever Key stuffs up, it is excused and understood, not even talked about, but whatever Cunliffe does, gets seen in the worst of light.

      Forget the election, bring in a proper dictatorship, perhaps?

    • darkhorse 4.3

      The ancient evil may not be so evil.

      There is a high probability of the global economy going cold turkey in the next three years (and us with it).

      It may be that the fates want this to occur on John Key’s watch. Fundamentals like share value to earnings across the global sharemarkets are at levels only seen before dramatic events like the great crash of 1929. There are laws about these things that are like gravity fundamentally inescapblle

      It is fortuitous to not be the one holding the can at times like these. Labour needs to be developing a “plan b” – a strategy for recovery – because post when it blows there will be a wonderful opportunity to purge much of the foolish ideology and the defective insitiutions foisted on us by Roger Douglas and his ilk that are at the root of the current situation

  5. Colonial Viper 5

    once proper press standards get written up and enforced by the next Labour Govt, the NZ Herald is going to be a very thin newspaper.

    • nigel 5.1

      What ‘proper’ press standards would those be then? We already have a press standards authority, we have blogs on all sides of the political spectrum, we have probably more newspapers per capita than any other country, plus a highly vociferous talkbalk radio culture. The last couple of days of the Herald and Stuff websites have lashed the National Party over John Key’s non-apology, raised the issue of parliamentary misuse of a credit card by a National MP, printed some Labour MP’s supposed comments about David Cunliffe, and hammered Mr Cunliffe over his holiday. It looks to me like it’s been relatively even-handed, (from my viewpoint). What concerns me the most is your apparent suggestion that a Labout Government would censor the media. I can only take it from your comment that under a Labour Government, a number of articles in the Herald would be unable to be printed, (hence the ‘very thin newspaper’). Is that actually your stance? And what changes would you make to our media laws?

      • Colonial Viper 5.1.1

        Oh its fairly simple, you self classify yourself as a news source undertaking journalistic enterprise, or you self classify yourself as a gossip/rumour rag.

        If you self classify yourself as the former, you will be expected to meet high standards of journalistic, editorial and evidential performance, on pain of demotion to the latter.

        • nigel 5.1.1.1

          So you ‘self classify’. Well clearly all media would classify as news source, so then even assuming some authoritative body demoted you, as you say, I can’t see how that would make one iota of difference to what was published. Assuming your theory happened, and the Herald was ‘demoted’, I can’t see what change that would make to their reporting. Frankly, if you look at the lead items on either Herald or Stuff websites, generally two of the top five items are gossipy ‘entertainment’ issues or ‘man bites dog’ haha features. On that basis they are gossip mags already, but doesn’t seem to change their content. I still can’t see how your changes would thin the Herald. The only thing that could change content would either be censorship (abhorrent), a change to the laws revealing sources (I’m not a fan), a fact-check summary linked to any article, (not a bad idea), or a rider on every article stating any potential conflicts the reporter may have in terms of the article (possibly useful, but difficult in practise, ie: would a sports reporter have to say they were a fan of the Highlanders etc..). I’m all for better journalistic standards, but wording that, in actual operation, is tougher than it sounds.

          • felix 5.1.1.1.1

            “difficult in practise, ie: would a sports reporter have to say they were a fan of the Highlanders etc”

            Err, how is that difficult?

            • nigel 5.1.1.1.1.1

              Because every article would have to cover any possible connection the reporter may have, if there was any point to it. So if you wrote an article about a local MP attending a dog show, you would probably have to state which political party you supported, whether you preferred dogs or cats, if you had ever been bitten by a Schnauzer etc etc. As soon as you start detailing reporter connections, how far do you go? Fair enough if it’s an ‘opinion’ article, but a bit tricky to detail every potential conflict. And if I was a Highlanders supporter I would find it difficult to mention it in public :-)

              • Colonial Viper

                stating your connections and preferences for the sake of transparency is required but is also the most superficial level of journalistic accountability. Journalistic integrity goes far beyond that, to a dedication to get to and accurately convey the truth around events, the people involved, and the context behind what has happened.

              • felix

                “if you wrote an article about a local MP attending a dog show, you would probably have to state which political party you supported, whether you preferred dogs or cats, if you had ever been bitten by a Schnauzer etc etc.”

                Why? None of that stuff about dogs and cats matters. It’s not important. Same for your sporting example. It’s a report on a sports match. It doesn’t matter.

                “As soon as you start detailing reporter connections, how far do you go?”

                To the point of meaningfulness, approximately.

  6. Anne 6

    Cunliffe’s either incompetence or he’s been cursed by some ancient evil.

    It’s neither and you know it DG.

    It’s an orchestrated black ops. campaign and it’s being run out of Key’s office!!!

  7. Rodel 7

    If the sex offender really is the same person identified by [possibly too close sorry Rodel - MS] then the NZ propagandists attempt to link him with the Labour party and David Cunliffe is about the most unbelievable attempt at reverse spin nonsense I’ve ever witnessed.

    • cricklewood 7.1

      I think you will find that you have just breached the suppression order Rodel

      [Not necessarily but as a precaution I have deleted the particular words - MS]

  8. deep throat 8

    Thats right Anne.
    Its a hootonboagey job and all the press is in on it.
    Their job is to sell stuff and they are shit scared of what is coming down the pike and they are thrashing around trying to defend themselves with everything they have got.
    I think the people of new zealand are goin gto wake up very sooon.
    btw. is keys back from his holiday yet?

    • karol 8.1

      btw. is keys back from his holiday yet?

      Yes, and second up (after talking tough about what he’s going to do to/about Putin, comes his statement explicitly rejecting making an apology to Tania Billingsley. And not even an expression of concern about what Billingsley has been put through as a result of a cabinet minister’s actions.

      A formal written apology from the Government had been sent to Ms Billingsley and a public apology via the media had been made.

      Today Mr Key did not want to comment on the case, but did not offer an apology to Ms Billingsley for the handling of the case.

      “I don’t make apologies unless there’s a serious reason for me to do that. As I said, at the time I relied on the advice that was given to me by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. We’ll have to go through the inquiry to check the veracity of that advice.”

      • RedLogix 8.1.1

        comes his statement explicitly rejecting making an apology to Tania Billingsley. And not even an expression of concern about what Billingsley has been put through as a result of a cabinet minister’s actions.

        Utterly appalling karol.

        I’ve been sitting here for quite a while trying to think what to say – and in the end I’m going to settle for just saying that yes you are right. Lesson learned.

  9. Jenny 9

    This is outrageous. I can’t believe that the Herald is not being seriously censured for this.

    Mistake or no. To infer a Labour candidate is a sex offender and then say that the Labour leader is ‘meeting with this prominent New Zealander given name suppression on charges of performing an indecent act.’ goes way beyond the pale, especially in the midst of an election campaign.

    I would demanding no less than an immediate and prominent front page apology, or face very heavy legal action for damages, with costs in the $millions.

  10. anker 10

    Thanks for this post Mickey. On a daily basis I am outraged by this very overt campaign to discredit David. It is disgraceful.

    I have to add this piece of rubbish I found on Stuff today by Deborah Cone Hill who needs to go for career counselling ( I am being extremely kind here).

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11296527

    SERIOUSLY MICKEY WHAT CAN BE DONE ABOUT THIS? I feel we need some sort of campaign to speak up about this crap. Its disgraceful.

    • mac1 10.1

      Dreadful stuff indeed. It says a lot more about her narcissism than it does about Cunliffe.

      It also says something about our media that allow such stuff to get print time, and also about their view of the public who they think might be interested in such crap written by narcissistic, unintelligent and shallow writers.

      It also says something that some media and people in general are so bound up in celebrity imaging that they are so deflected away from what is real and important in politics- like issues, thought, analysis, philosophy and actions, or would deflect us away, in this case.

      I wonder what sort of backlash she would have got if she had written in a similar vein about our women leaders- Shipley, Clark? She would probably have joined in such a deserved criticism had someone else have criticised a woman leader for her lack of ‘sexiness’.

      There are some very wrong things about what Ms Cone has produced- saddening, disturbing and worrying things.

      • RedLogix 10.1.1

        D H-C is however not too far off the mark.

        Most low information voters rely on emotional and social cues that have have nothing to do with governance or policy. And this is what she’s writing about – from her perspective of course.

        • Colonial Viper 10.1.1.1

          And Labour had cornered itself into this ridiculous belief that if only it would push out enough technically detailed, intellectually sound, research evidenced based, socially liberal, identity politics congruent policy, it will of course win Kiwis over in droves.

          And if it is not winning Kiwis over in droves, the answer must be MOAR of the same formula until it happens.

          David Talbot and Rob Salmond, self-styled campaign managers, how is the campaign going so far, lads.

          • mac1 10.1.1.1.1

            Also agreed, CV.
            The operative word is ‘only’. Conversely, poorly researched, unsound etc policy would be hammered by the Nats and the media and rightly so. But as Redlogix points out, the emotional quotient is also very important for many.

            Labour PMs have been good at this- Kirk, Savage, Lange even Clark. Cunliffe will develop and expand up to the election. I saw this side of him at the Grey Power AGM this year.

        • mac1 10.1.1.2

          Agreed, RedLogix, the emotional side is very important in politics for voting appeal- along with ‘big hair’.

  11. RedLogix 11

    Feed them rope ….

    • Tom Jackson 11.1

      Yes.

      • McFlock 11.1.1

        … and the high fibre diet will ensure they distribute copious amounts of crap.

        They’ll keep doing this with impunity. It’s a dying medium, anyway. The “controversy” will keep their sales up for a little bit longer, like paul henry taking the lazy way on tv.

        • RedLogix 11.1.1.1

          Their only advantage is that people read/watch them out of habit.

          To break that habit ….

        • Ergo Robertina 11.1.1.2

          The link in question is to an online story – digital media is certainly not in decline.
          It is the print version of newspapers that may be ‘dying’, or at any rate declining. You seem to herald this as progress, but it is this very move away from print that is exacerbating the trend to sensational and often unfair reporting. The printed word will always carry more weight – and more care will inevitably be taken during the process of preparing, presenting, and processing the words for publication. Interestingly, recent research has shown that people understand and recall information more readily in printed form than in a digital format. This should be taken into account by political parties wishing to disseminate their messages.

          • RedLogix 11.1.1.2.1

            Or in one word – their credibility.

          • Colonial Viper 11.1.1.2.2

            Which is why The Standard 1.0 was so formidable. According to Chris Hedges, print is in many ways a far more powerful and democratic a medium than anything online, and you have outlined some of the reasons why.

          • McFlock 11.1.1.2.3

            apart from the fact that news generation will never be as profitable as news aggregation. So yeah, digital news based on old print brands is in decline – a shoddier product from fewer producers, recirculating unchecked drivel from comeptitors, bloggers, spoof sites and content auto-generators like sudoku programs.

            Fearfacts has an advantage because it is the dominant player in the print market place, and uses those resources to subsidise Stuff’s content. But it’s well and truly on the way out of the news biz into TMZ territory.

  12. RedBaronCV 12

    If they indulging in this type of smear over Cunliffe and the Clutha Southland candidate then the Nact polling in this area must be truely awful. And this should be pointed out early and often.
    Wouldn’t surprise me if the polling was that bad in this area. Locals not interested in the mining of Aspiring National park and sick of the limited health services.

    And yes I agree with Rodel above.

  13. deep throat 13

    q. can things get any weirder.
    a. yes!
    big ride coming up.
    this blog is where people come for ideas so get ready and blow the fuckers right out of the water.
    have a holiday.
    and chew some gum so you can stick it on susan woods nose on q&a on s
    Sunday morning.
    like a big wart.
    chanel 5 now.

  14. lurgee 14

    To be honest, as long as this site is hosting material like the current “Colin Craig – New Zealand’s Biggest Member’ crap, I’m not sure how much higher above Cameron’s sewer our moral high ground is. Maybe the outrage is that National’s smear and besmirch machine is far more effect than ours. If the left are going to play that game, they can’t really complain about being outclassed, because it is going to happen at every time; and if we do want to be able to be Genuinely Offended by Whaleoil spewing, we need to raise our own moral game.

    • deep throat 14.1

      I used to vote national but after they said they would give colin craig a membership deal I will not vote for them anymore.
      colin craig may have a big member for all I know but he is a martian.
      but if you want to talk morals then the national party have none at all.
      they have wasted the taxpayers money and performed like a bag of pygmy chimpanzees in scrooge mcducks mcvault.
      now it is time for them to go.
      begone.
      I know whaleboil slater spews every time he realises I have never been to his shit factory and I dont give a stuff about it.
      anyway according to the sunday star times whale flesh contributes to the rate of carbon sink in the oceans.
      Impeach the shifty one now!

    • nigel 14.2

      Couldn’t agree more. I check into both sites to try to keep up to date on what’s happening that isn’t on Herald or Stuff, and find this site’s comments section appalling (in some cases). It appears WO has cleaned up its act in terms of comments, but seeing how people get spoken to on here is more than a little disappointing. Not that it’s happened to me, but if this is supposed to be a site for reasoned debate then some people need to pull their head in, or someone needs to set some standards.

  15. Mr Oh Well 15

    Ever watched the Comedian Bill Hicks, he really hates marketing. I suspect that is all the MSM are. Just Johns personal little marketing campaign managers.

    I think Bill Hicks message to the marketing people (in this case Crosby/Dictator, The Ferald, TVPee, C. Potata and the fourth estate et al.) is spot on. Just a little comedy to lighten the load, otherwise one would go insane:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UEnA29wK7uM

    Bill Hicks: By the way, if anyone here is in advertising or marketing… kill yourself.
    [audience laughs and claps]

    Bill Hicks: Thank you. Just a little thought. I’m just trying to plant seeds. Maybe one day, they’ll take root. I don’t know. You try, you do what you can. Kill yourself. Seriously though, if you are, do.
    [audience laughs]

    Bill Hicks: Aaah, no really, there’s no rationalisation for what you do and you are Satan’s little helpers, okay? Kill yourself, seriously. You’re the ruiner of all things good, seriously. No, no, this is not a joke, you’re going, “there’s gonna to be a joke coming,” there’s no fucking joke coming. You are Satan’s spawn filling the world with bile and garbage. You are fucked and you are fucking us. Kill yourself. It’s the only way to save your fucking soul. Kill yourself.
    [audience claps and whoops]

    Bill Hicks: Planting seeds. I know all the marketing people are going, “he’s doing a joke…” there’s no joke here whatsoever. Suck a tail-pipe, fucking hang yourself, borrow a gun from a Yank friend. I don’t care how you do it. Rid the world of your evil fucking machinations. Machi… whatever, you know what I mean. I know what all the marketing people are thinking right now too, “Oh, you know what Bill’s doing, he’s going for that anti-marketing dollar. That’s a good market, he’s very smart.”
    [audience laughs]

    Bill Hicks: Oh man, I am not doing that, you fucking evil scumbags. “Ooh, you know what Bill’s doing now, he’s going for the righteous indignation dollar. That’s a big dollar. A lot of people are feeling that indignation. We’ve done research. Huge market. He’s doing a good thing.” Goddammit, I’m not doing that, you scumbags. Quit putting a goddamm dollar sign on every fucking thing on this planet! “Ooh, the anger dollar. Huge. Huge in times of recession. Giant market. Bill’s very bright to do that.” God, I’m just caught in a fucking web. “Ooh, the trapped dollar, big dollar, huge dollar. Good market. Look at our research. We see that many people feel trapped. If we play to that and then separate them into the trapped dollar…” God, how do you live like that? I bet you sleep like fucking babies at night, don’t you? “What did ya do tonight honey?” “Oh, we made ah, we made ah, arsenic ah, childhood food now, goodnight.”
    [lays down and snores]

    Bill Hicks: “Yeah, we just said you know is your baby really too loud? You know?”
    [snores]

    Bill Hicks: “Yeah, it’ll… you know the mums will love it.”
    [snores]

    Bill Hicks: [stands up] Sleep like fucking children, don’t you? This is your world isn’t it?

    Bill Hicks: You know, the world’s twelve-thousand years old, and dinosaurs existed in that time, you’d think it would’ve been mentioned in the fucking bible at some point. “And o, Jesus and the disciples walked to Nazareth, but the trail was blocked by a giant brontosaurus with a splinter in his paw. And o, the disciples did run a-shrieking ‘What a big fucking lizard, Lord.’ But Jesus was unafraid, and he took the splinter from the brontosaurus’ paw, and the big lizard became his friend. And Jesus sent him to Scotland where he lived in a Loch for oh so many years, inviting thousands of American tourists to bring their fat fucking families and their fat dollar bills. And O Scotland did praise the Lord. Thank you, Lord.”

  16. Whateva next? 16

    +100 to anklet and all the other people who are waiting for something right to happen in this most appalling election campaign

  17. Whateva next? 17

    +100 to anker and all the other people who are waiting for something right to happen in this most appalling election campaign

  18. Charlieboy 18

    And don’t forget the daily reminder, the best reply to any troll, any spinner,any boofhead argumentative Natz fan…….Vote Labour.
    You have one vote, it is so eloquent.

  19. Michael 19

    The person Cunliffe met is as far removed from the Labour Party as anyone can be. I don’t know what the meeting was about, and I don’t care, but neither Cunliffe nor Labour needed that person’s blessing. AFAIK, they didn’t ask for it either.

    • Hami Shearlie 19.1

      Correct, and for any right -leaning commentators to criticise anyone from Labour for their brief and unknowing association with “this person” , well, I frankly can’t believe the hypocrisy and GALL considering from whence “this person” hails!

  20. deep throat 20

    NEWSFLASH
    dateline monday:
    john key does a bunk.
    “I’m not coming back”.
    “I got a better offer in New York”.
    seeya

  21. Sable 21

    There is a need for legal reform of journalism in NZ. Question is will it ever happen? Not while Shonkey is running things, that’s for sure…

  22. Mr Oh Well 22

    The MSM is getting WEIRD…. hell yes.

    Even RNZ this morning seem to be jumping on the band wagon (and on other many other occasions).

    On morning report, Susie Ferguson (I think), first introduced the up and coming interview with Mr Cunliffe. Highlighting that it would be about J. Keys refusal to apologize to the women caught in the events with the Malaysian Diplomat and then secondly the holiday criticisms David received for taking a small break.

    A few questions/observations:

    1. The first, is why would you combine the 2 topics in a single interview or sound bite? They are not related! Particularly in that time slot on morning report.
    2. The second, was the proportion of time dedicated on the interview to the 2 subjects, which topic was most important? It seemed 10% was dedicated by Susie to asking David about the J. Keys refusal to aplogise. The other 90% dedicated to talking over the top (steam rolling) David on his leadership ability utilizing the vehicle of the ‘holiday scandal’. Even my 10 year old noticed this, without prompting from my usual biased self.
    3. To me, maybe I am biased (you can hammer me on that), but both Susie Ferguson and Guyon Espiner are to me, shadows of the former RNZ presenters. Lift your game. I wont suggest the details of how (you should know this), but consistency of interviewing style across both sides of the political spectrum would be a good start.
    • Hami Shearlie 22.1

      Agreed, I rarely tune in to Nat Radio anymore – I was an avid listener when Geoff was there, now, it is an embarrassment and frankly, they are fast losing all the good will and esteem that Geoff built up with the public over decades!

  23. Crunchtime 23

    What is Cunliffe to do? I’m not sure if suing for defamation would help, but it keeps occurring to me.

  24. Edward Not Murrow 24

    Anker, you mentioned that Deborah Cone Hill wrote a rather pathetic article. It was about Davids apparent lack of sex appeal and snobbery. Well all I can say about her is she looks like what a budgie would chirp……. cheap, cheap, cheap.

    Seriously, how can one entertain such crap. Although trying to balance the piece with a jibe at the right, she never mentions JK?

    Does JK have sex appeal, yes maybe he does. Now what could it be?
    1. Is it the hermaphrodite accented like drawl that seeps out his/its mouth and therefore appeals to both kaywee suxes?

    1. Or is it that little miss nobodies of the press have to hang on the shirt tail of successful people and pimp them in the press galleries to in order to be on the success train (and or put down the opposition)?
    2. He has a xxxx load of money…. wads of.

    Or is it all the above combined…. I know not.

    Just a little “Think Piece”, isn’t that what patronising pithy little princesses of the right wing press say?

    XXXXing hell, I have just dropped to her level….

  25. JAN 25

    After all this fuss about name suppression it could hardly be easier to find out ! After a former Labour MP pointed out to me that the name suppression only applies to NZ I thought of our favourite lad for outing scoundrels and went there – all I can say now is yuk, yuk, yuk, and surely something could be done to make this a major cockup for the Nats ? The last thing they want to be doing is bringing it to the attention of Labour….

    • wtl 25.1

      1) It only applies to NZ because NZ courts have no jurisdiction in other countries. In my opinion, however, it is more ethical to respect a judge’s decision to grant name suppression than to try to find a way around it.

      2) Once you are aware of a particular case, of course it is easy to search for details surrounding that case. But if you are not aware of a particular case, how would you know what to search for in the first place?

      • Jan 25.1.1

        Ethical or not I’m a nosy bitch – is that sufficient ? And I think you need work on your No. 2 – it makes no sense no matter how often I read it. Judges don’t have gold-plated haloes, they make mistakes all the time. But it did seem to me that an inordinate fuss was being made about this so-called meeting with David Cunliffe, so I wanted to know why?

        Actually I read David’s statement to say that he had arranged a meeting, not that he had one himself, and that if he had known who wanted to talk to his Labour MP – “the meeting would never have happened”, but then I’m a woman and we always see things differently to men.

        Thank you for the gratuitous advice in your first sentence, I did go to school.

        • wtl 25.1.1.1

          1) Just because it’s sufficient to you, doesn’t make it sufficient for anyone else. As I suggested above, what if the reason name suppression was granted was to protect the identity of a victim of a crime? Is it then okay for you to ignore the judge’s order and violate the victim’s privacy just because you are a “nosy bitch”? Even if you are okay with that, why should everyone else follow your example? Others might be more ethical and respectful of judges than you.

          2) The reason you can find information about e.g. a “prominent NZer in Auckland guilty of assault” is because are already aware of a particular case and you can search for exactly that. If you had no idea that a particular case even exists (because details of the case are suppressed) how would you even know what to search for?

  26. TeWhareWhero 26

    DHC is an airhead and no-one with any claim to intelligence and discernment would expect anything other than frothy tasteless trivia from her but it’s a tragedy that so many Kiwis have been so dumbed down and are so in thrall to that sort of dross.

    When I get depressed about living in the Age of the Airhead – I take solace from people of great heart and spirit – like Euan McColl. His poem Items of News (from memory) about sums it all up:

    “Living by proxy in the half light,
    items of news slip by like flakes of food in a fish tank.
    Between the unseating of a royal jockey
    and the bland insincerities of talking heads,
    we see, for an instant, the awkward dead,
    heaped carelessly at the corner of a street like brushwood piled for burning.
    This wood is green, unsuitable for firing;
    sap still oozes from the stricken limbs of striplings,
    broken boys and girls with faces made anonymous by death.
    Only a tear in the knee of a pair of jeans,
    a shoeless foot unnaturally bent,
    a rucked up sweat shirt revealing pitiful flesh,
    reminds us that they once possessed a singularity
    beyond the comprehension of their killers
    who stare at the camera lens with eyes as blank as bottle tops.”

  27. TeWhareWhero 27

    And it’s tragically apposite in light of recent world events ….

  28. One Anonymous Bloke 28

    Gosh, the predicted (by me) media tantrum at losing their influence over the choice of NZLP leader is still going on. It’s having the desired effect too.

    Civil war isn’t pretty. The National Party is a slow civil war against New Zealand. Suck it in, Labour.

  29. Just by looking at the clip of the article was already enough to embed thoughts into my head, and mostly negative ones. I guess sub-headings are really essential to complement the headline but so does the photo that is being used. When one of them is wrong or very misleading, the entire article could be perceived very differently from the actual story. The same goes for advertisements, like a photo of a self storage followed by the company name alongside a constructive caption would attract customers. However, some companies prefer a publicity stunt, thus coming up with crazy taglines.

  30. Daveosaurus 30

    So, basically: Cunliffe didn’t know the identity of someone, knowledge of whose identity New Zealanders are all forbidden by a court of law? This is supposed to be a scandal?

    If anyone has now shared that forbidden knowledge with Cunliffe, then Cunliffe had better get cracking in severing any ties between Labour and that person, and any party that person may have been involved with (there isn’t much chance that any person meeting with a politician at Cunliffe’s level at this point in the electoral cycle won’t be involved with politics); because if that person’s identity does get leaked between now and the election, any party or politician that person is involved with will be destroyed.

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    Auckland, Hamilton, Raglan, Tauranga, Rotorua, Gisborne, New Plymouth, Napier, Palmerston North, Levin,Wellington, Nelson, Christchurch, Timaru, Dunedin, Invercargill. Need a reason to march on 8 November? Check out Professor Jane Kelsey’s latest blog. Updates on what is on where: Auckland – speakers include...
    NZ – Not for sale | 21-10
  • The Security Council and free trade
    Last week, New Zealand won a seat on the United Nations Security Council. And over the weekend the New Zealand business community made it clear what they wanted from the position:A business director says New Zealand's new seat on the...
    No Right Turn | 21-10
  • World News Brief, Tuesday October 21
    Top of the AgendaU.S. Army Drops Weapons to Kurdish Forces...
    Pundit | 20-10
  • National’s failure on housing
    A year ago National passed the Housing Accords and Special Housing Areas Act 2013. In his speech introducing the bill, then-Housing Minister Nick Smith laid down some clear targets: It is an ambitious agreement, and sets out a plan to...
    No Right Turn | 20-10
  • Life isn’t fair. But it should be.
    (For our opening week, we asked all our contributors to think about why they’re On The Left, and what the next three years holds for the left, the government, and New Zealand.) I was not an angelic child. My mother...
    On the Left | 20-10
  • ECAN, Fed Farmers and Dairy NZ – Plotting to reduce water quality
    What does National’s resounding election win mean for our rivers? As we found in our review of the Government’s water quality framework, we have serious reasons to doubt their commitment to ‘maintain or improve our waterways’. Our concerns are growing...
    Gareth’s World | 20-10
  • A new left-leaning blog
    I am pleased to announce the launch of a new blogsite catering for those who want something more than the fare currently being offered by left-leaning sites like The Daily Blog and The Standard....
    Imperator Fish | 20-10
  • Ebola and the criminal passivity of the Great Powers
    The presidents of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, three Ebola-stricken West African nations, made urgent pleas for money, doctors and hospital beds.  The UN Ebola envoy said 20 times more was needed to counter the epidemic.  The U.S. director of...
    Redline | 20-10
  • New Zealand, ISIL, and suspicious behaviour
    The government has announced a review of how New Zealand might deal with foreign fighters in the future in response to what is happening currently in Iraq and Syria. There are some interesting titbits in the press release in terms...
    On the Left | 20-10
  • Out of Zionism: interview with Israeli anti-Zionist historian Ilan Pappé
    One of our links is to the excellent Le Mur des Oreilles site, which contains interviews with Palestinian figures, Israeli anti-Zionists and a range of cultural and political figures talking about the Palestinian cause and the importance of actions such...
    Redline | 20-10
  • Out of Zionism: interview with Israeli anti-Zionist historian Ilan Pappé
    One of our links is to the excellent Le Mur des Oreilles site, which contains interviews with Palestinian figures, Israeli anti-Zionists and a range of cultural and political figures talking about the Palestinian cause and the importance of actions such...
    Redline | 20-10
  • Swearing about swearing the oath
    Yesterday, I was swearing. Swearing the Parliamentary oath, that is. But, under my breath, I was also quietly swearing about the archaic, colonial form of that oath and its inappropriateness for today’s Aotearoa New Zealand. To be permitted to speak...
    frogblog | 20-10
  • Gordon Campbell on the latest TPP leaks
    The release by Julian Assange on Wikileaks of the draft Trands Pacific Partnership chapter on intellectual property – including drug patents – contains some pretty disturbing evidence about what’s still on the table. The leaked drafts pertain to the May...
    Gordon Campbell | 20-10
  • Access: Art and disability: a festival
    The three-day InterACT 2014 Disability Arts Festival kicks off tomorrow at Auckland's Corban Estate and, in its fourth year, provides an intriguing mix of established artists and joyous, unbridled inclusion.One one hand, there are the gala nights on Thursday and...
    Public Address | 20-10
  • Prison abolition – part of creating a just, equal, peaceful society
    Protest at Paremoremo in 2012 over what lawyer Peter Williams described as ‘inhumane’ conditions by Val Morse I want to acknowledge all the people who have done time inside, been arrested or assaulted by the police, whether here or elsewhere....
    Redline | 20-10
  • Prison abolition – part of creating a just, equal, peaceful society
    Protest at Paremoremo in 2012 over what lawyer Peter Williams described as ‘inhumane’ conditions by Val Morse I want to acknowledge all the people who have done time inside, been arrested or assaulted by the police, whether here or elsewhere....
    Redline | 20-10
  • Members of the public stop donating to the SPCA over position on 1080
    Steve Atwood that posted this letter to the SPCA on Facebook the other day. Steve is a great guy and takes some brilliant wildlife photos. We have republished Steve’s letter to the SPCA with his permission. Dear SPCA, I write...
    Gareth’s World | 20-10
  • The struggles of everyday life
    A photo of Asher (right) face-to-face with a cop, taken at a protest outside the Labour Party Conference in 2007, following the so-called “terror raids”, taken by Simon Oosterman. (For our opening week, we asked all our contributors to think...
    On the Left | 20-10
  • Soaring rail use in Auckland shows need for rail link now
    News that Aucklanders overtook Wellingtonians as the biggest train users is further evidence the Government needs to start work on the Auckland City Rail Link now, the Green Party said today.Auckland Transport said today that in the year to September,...
    Greens | 22-10
  • Tea breaks gone by lunch time
    Labour is calling for an eleventh hour reprieve to employment law changes which could see thousands of Kiwi workers not covered by collective agreements lose their smoko breaks, its spokesperson on Labour Issues Andrew Little says.“How cynical that on the...
    Labour | 21-10
  • Metiria Turei to lead fight on feeding hungry children
    Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei is urging all political parties to support the Feed the Kids Bill which she inherited today from Mana leader Hone Harawira.Mrs Turei, who leads the Green Party's work on child poverty, will pick up Mr...
    Greens | 21-10
  • Otago dairy farms fail basics
    I’m really privileged to take on the responsibility of the water portfolio. Eugenie Sage has done excellent work in this area in the last term of parliament and provided a great platform for further work. Last Parliament my bill to...
    Greens | 21-10
  • A mighty totara has fallen across the Tasman
    The New Zealand Labour Party expresses deep sadness at the death of former Australian prime minister Gough Whitlam, aged 98. “Today a great totara has fallen across the Tasman,” Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says....
    Labour | 21-10
  • Note to National: Must deliver on child poverty
    John Key and his Government will be held to its promise to make child poverty a priority, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “In its priority-setting speech today the Government stated child poverty would be a major focus for...
    Labour | 21-10
  • New Analysis show Government cut tertiary education funding
    New analysis done by the Green Party today shows the Government has made cuts to funding of tertiary education since 2008.Figures compiled by the Parliamentary Library show that between 2009 and 2015 Government funding to Tertiary Institutions dropped by 4...
    Greens | 21-10
  • Students doing it tough as fees rise again
    The Government is making it increasingly difficult for Kiwis to gain tertiary education as fees continue to rise and access to student support becomes even more restricted, Labour’s Tertiary Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “Steven Joyce is shutting a generation...
    Labour | 20-10
  • Key misled New Zealand on Iraq deployment
      John Key was misleading New Zealanders prior to the election when he ruled out New Zealand special forces being deployed to Iraq, says Labour Defence Spokesperson Phil Goff.  “Post-election he has cynically disregarded that by saying that deployment of...
    Labour | 20-10
  • Swearing about swearing the oath
    Yesterday, I was swearing. Swearing the Parliamentary oath, that is. But, under my breath, I was also quietly swearing about the archaic, colonial form of that oath and its inappropriateness for today’s Aotearoa New Zealand. To be permitted to speak...
    Greens | 20-10
  • Damning report on Ruataniwha dam numbers
    When I presented my submission to the Board of Inquiry on the Tukituki Catchment Proposal I compared the proposed 83 metre high Ruataniwha dam with the Clyde Dam and noted the risk of cost blowouts in the construction process.  The...
    Greens | 20-10
  • Church congratulated on child poverty stand
    The efforts by the bishops of the Anglican Church to ensure that the issue of child poverty is not forgotten is a call to all New Zealanders to take action, says Labour’s Interfaith-Dialogue Spokesperson, Su’a William Sio.   “I think...
    Labour | 19-10
  • Labour names Review Team
    Labour’s New Zealand Council has appointed Bryan Gould as Convenor of its post-General Election Review.  He will be joined on the Review Team by Hon Margaret Wilson, Stacey Morrison and Brian Corban (see further biographical details here). The Review Team...
    Labour | 19-10
  • Labour backs urban development plans
    Auckland Council’s plan to set up an urban development agency is to be applauded and central government should get behind it to make it a success, Labour’s Auckland Issues spokesperson Phil Twyford says. Auckland Council CEO Stephen Town has indicated plans...
    Labour | 18-10
  • New Zealand can be rightly proud of seat on Security Council
    Gaining a seat on the United Nation’s Security Council shows the sort of standing that New Zealand has in the world and the quality of the long campaign that we ran over nearly a decade, says Foreign Affairs spokesperson David...
    Labour | 16-10
  • NZ has opportunity on UN Security Council
    New Zealand has an opportunity to make a major contribution to the strengthening of international law and institutional capacity through its upcoming two-year tenure on the United Nations Security Council, Green Party spokesperson on global affairs, Dr Kennedy Graham said...
    Greens | 16-10
  • MPI still dragging the chain over causes of food bug
    The Ministry of Primary Industries’ release of Environmental Science and Research’s initial reports regarding the sources of a nasty stomach bug will be little comfort to the 127 people affected by it, Labour’s Food Safety spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “This...
    Labour | 16-10
  • Treasury officials should try working without food
    The Green Party is challenging Treasury officials to work for a week without eating properly, in light of their advice to Government that a food in schools programme is not needed."Treasury's advice was that providing food for children in schools...
    Greens | 15-10
  • Councils need to better protect our drinking water
    Environment Canterbury (ECan) is proposing several variations to its regional land and water plan that will allow for increased nutrient and other pollution from irrigation and intensive agriculture on the Canterbury Plains. Commissioners are hearing submissions on Variation 1 to...
    Greens | 15-10
  • National needs to commit to making NZ workers safe
    The National Government must do more to help make New Zealand workplaces a safer place to work in, Green Party industrial relations spokesperson Denise Roche said today.Data released by Statistics New Zealand today showed that workers in the fishing and...
    Greens | 15-10
  • Key commits to deployment before consultation or analysis
    John Key’s offer to consult Opposition parties on whether to deploy New Zealand forces against ISIS looks increasingly like a PR exercise only, says Labour’s Defence spokesperson, Phil Goff. “The presence of New Zealand’s Chief of Defence Force at a...
    Labour | 15-10
  • National must end ideological opposition to raising income
    If John Key is serious about tackling child poverty he must approach it with an open mind, and overcome his ideological block to raising incomes as a solution, the Green Party said today.Papers released to Radio New Zealand today show...
    Greens | 14-10
  • Pentagon links climate change and terrorism
    Yesterday the Pentagon launched a plan to deal with a threat that “poses immediate risks to national security”; one that “will affect the Department of Defense’s ability to defend the nation”. It wasn’t referring to Ebola or ISIS. It was...
    Greens | 14-10
  • Four Nominees for Labour’s Leadership
    As at 5pm today four valid nominations had been received for the position of Labour Leader, as follows: Andrew Little(nominated by Poto Williams and Iain Lees-Galloway) Nanaia Mahuta(nominated by Louisa Wall and Su’a William Sio) David Parker(nominated by Damien O’Connor...
    Labour | 14-10
  • Green Party calls for consultation over terrorism law changes
    The Green Party has today written to the Prime Minister asking him to engage in wider consultation prior to changing any laws as a result of the recently announced terrorism law reviews, said the Green Party today. In a letter...
    Greens | 14-10
  • MPI must name product and supermarket chain
    The Ministry of Primary Industries must name the product responsible for severe gastroenteritis affecting people around the country, and the supermarket chain distributing it, Labour’s Food Safety spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “The Ministry seems to be more concerned about protecting...
    Labour | 13-10
  • John Key dishonest about reasons for wanting to change terrorism law
    John Key is misleading the public to push through terrorism law changes under urgency, the Green Party said today. On Sunday, John Key stated that it is not illegal for someone to fight overseas for a terrorist group, such as...
    Greens | 12-10
  • Law changes shaping up to be worse than first thought
    The Prime Minister needs to be up front about exactly what changes he is planning to make to the Employment Relations  Amendment Bill, Labour's spokesperson on Labour Issues Andrew Little says.Interviewed on Q&A yesterday John Key said he did not...
    Labour | 12-10
  • Rapists, not Tinder, the threat to women
    Blame for rape and sexual assault should only ever be laid at the door of the perpetrator, not dating services or the actions of women themselves, Labour’s Associate Police spokesperson Kelvin Davis says. “Tinder is not the problem and women...
    Labour | 09-10
  • Safer Journeys For People Who Cycle
    You have a rare opportunity to tell the people who are making the decisions on cycling how to make it better. The Cycling Safety Panel is seeking feedback on their draft recommendations for improving the safety of cycling in New...
    Greens | 08-10
  • Subsidising more pollution will undermine water clean-up plan at Te Waihora...
    In 2010, NIWA found Canterbury’s Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere had the worst nutrient status of 140 lakes around New Zealand that it measured. In 2011, the National Government committed to spending $15 million across the country through the Fresh Start for...
    Greens | 08-10
  • Adding value not herbicides
    The HT swedes, and other brassicas, might seem like a good idea to farmers struggling against weeds but like the GE road, is this the path we want our agriculture to be treading? The Federated Farmers President, Dr William Rolleston...
    Greens | 07-10
  • ‘Blame the Planner’ bizarre approach to child poverty
    The National Government is stooping to a bizarre new low in blaming "planning processes" for poverty and inequality, after spending six years doing nothing about either the housing market or child poverty, the Green Party said today. Finance Minister Bill...
    Greens | 07-10
  • Media Advisory
    MANA Leader, Hone Harawira will not be available to speak with media today regarding his release “Recount Just One Step To restoring Credibility”. He is however available for media comment tomorrow, Tuesday the 8th of October, all media arrangements are...
    Mana | 07-10
  • RECOUNT JUST ONE STEP TO RESTORING CREDIBILITY
    “I have applied for a judicial recount of the votes in the Tai Tokerau election because it is one step in trying to restore credibility to the electoral process in the north, and, I suspect, in all other Maori electorates...
    Mana | 07-10
  • MANA SEEKS TAI TOKERAU RECOUNT
    The MANA Movement is supporting Leader Hone Harawira’s application for a judicial re-count in the Te Tai Tokerau electorate for the 2014 general election. President Lisa McNab says there are a number of serious issues of concern regarding the ability...
    Mana | 07-10
  • MANA to fight mass privatisation of state housing
    Announcements over the past 12 hours from the Minister responsible for Housing New Zealand, Bill English, and Minister for Social Housing, Paula Bennett, make clear the government’s intention for the mass privatisation of state housing. This comes during the middle...
    Mana | 07-10
  • Journalists have right to protect sources
    Legal authorities must respect the right of journalist Nicky Hager to protect the source of his material for his Dirty Politics book under Section 68 of the Evidence Act, Acting Labour Leader David Parker says. “It is crucial in an...
    Labour | 06-10
  • It shouldn’t take the Army to house the homeless
    National’s move to speed up its state house sell-off shows it is bankrupt of new ideas, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “National has been in office for six years, yet the housing crisis has got worse every month and...
    Labour | 06-10
  • Government must lift social housing supply, not shuffle the deck chairs
    National's decision to shift the state provision of housing to third parties is a smokescreen for the Government decreasing the provision of affordable housing, the Green Party said today."What National should be doing is increasing the supply of both social...
    Greens | 06-10
  • Election 2014 – the final count
    While we have to wait for the final booth level counts we can now see how well we did in the specials and look at electorate level data. First off special votes (and disallowed/recounted votes etc). There was a change...
    Greens | 06-10
  • We need more houses, not Ministers
    The Government’s decision to have three housing Ministers will create a dog’s breakfast of the portfolio and doesn’t bode well for fixing the country’s housing crisis, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “New Zealanders need more houses, not more Ministers....
    Labour | 05-10
  • MANA’S CHALLENGE TO THE 51st PARLIAMENT
    Ten years ago I led 50,000 Maori on the historic FORESHORE AND SEABED MARCH from Te Rerenga Wairua to the very steps of this parliament, in a march against the greatest land grab in the history of this country –...
    Mana | 03-10
  • Is this really necessary?
    No one denies chief executives should be well paid for their skills and experience, but it is the efforts of all employees which contribute to company profits, Labour’s Acting Leader David Parker says. “Salaries paid to chief executives come at...
    Labour | 02-10
  • Lyttelton Port workers also deserve pay rises
    Hard slog by Lyttelton Port workers contributed to strong financial growth for the company and they deserve to be rewarded for their work as much as its chief executive, says Labour’s Acting Leader David Parker. “Lyttelton Port chief executive Peter...
    Labour | 02-10
  • Māori Party must seek guarantees on Māori seats
    Labour is calling on the Māori Party to ensure protection of the Māori seats is part of its coalition deal with National which is being considering this weekend, Labour’s Māori Affairs spokesperson Nanaia Mahuta says. “For the third consecutive term,...
    Labour | 02-10
  • Donaghys job losses another blow to Dunedin
    The loss of 30 jobs from Donaghys rope and twine factory is yet another blow to the people and economy of Dunedin, says Dunedin South Labour MP Clare Curran. “Donaghys was founded in 1876; the company has survived two world...
    Labour | 02-10
  • Dairy price fall shows urgent need to diversify
    The overnight drop in milk prices shows New Zealand’s overreliance on the dairy industry puts our economy in a vulnerable position, says Acting Labour Leader David Parker. “Dairy prices fell 7.3 per cent overnight and have almost halved since February....
    Labour | 02-10
  • Tasks aplenty for new Health Minister
    One of the first jobs for the new Minister of Health must be to provide an honest and transparent report into surgery waiting times and exactly how many Kiwis are not having their health needs met, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette...
    Labour | 02-10
  • About Curwen Ares Rolinson
    Curwen Ares Rolinson – Curwen Ares Rolinson is a firebrand young nationalist presently engaged in acts of political resistance deep behind enemy lines amidst the leafy boughs of Epsom. He is affiliated with the New Zealand First Party; although his...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • About Kelly Ellis
    Kelly Ellis.Kelly Ellis – As a child, Kelly Ellis didn’t so much fall into the cracks, but willfully wriggled her way into them. Ejected from Onslow College – a big job in the 70s – Kelly worked in car factories,...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • About Kate Davis
    Kate Davis.Kate Davis – Having completed her BA in English and Politics, Kate is now starting her MA. Kate works as a volunteer advocate at Auckland Action Against Poverty and previously worked for the New Zealand Prostitutes Collective. Kate writes...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Parker does a Shearer – oh for a Labour Leader who can challenge msm fals...
    Sigh. It seems David Parker has done a Shearer… Like a cult and too red – Parker on LabourLabour leadership contender David Parker says Labour borders on feeling like “a cult” and must look at its branding – including its...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • A brief word on the hundreds of millions NZ is spending on the secret intel...
    The enormity of the mass surveillance state NZ Government’s have built carries a huge price tag… Kiwis pay $103m ‘membership fee’ for spyingThe $103 million taxpayer funding of New Zealand’s intelligence agencies is effectively a membership fee for joining the...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Where. Is. Jason. Ede?
    Where. Is. Jason. Ede?...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Labour’s Din of Inequity
    Watching Labour’s leadership candidates on Q+A on Sunday, I noticed the ongoing use of terms like “opportunity” and “aspiration”, and “party of the workers”. What do these mean? We glean much from Labour, and from the media about Labour, but not...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • “Blue-Greenwash” fails the test when it comes to endangered dolphins
    National’s pre-election promises saw some wins for the environment – perhaps as the party sought to appease its “Blue-Green” voters and broaden its popular appeal. Some of the ecological gains were a long time in the making, overdue even– such...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Reasons not to be cheerful, Part #272b
    Why don’t you get back into bed? The next few years — the rest of this century — are not going to be pretty. There is an obvious disconnect between any remaining political ambition to fix climate change and the...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • OIA protocols and official advice ignored to hide Child Poverty
    It might not seem so now, but child poverty was a major election issue. What a pity we did not have the full debate. In that debate it would have been very helpful to have seen the Ministry of Social...
    The Daily Blog | 20-10
  • Previewing the 4 candidates for Leader of the Labour Party
    The extraordinary outbursts by Shearer last week highlights just how toxic that Caucus is. Shearer was on every major media platform as the ABC attack dog tearing into Cunliffe in the hope of diminishing Cunliffe’s support of Little by tearing...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Kate Davis – the sudden explosion of ‘left’ blogs
    Time to Teach or more people will suffer from P.A.I.D. Political And Intellectual Dysmorphia.I was on the Twitter and a guy followed me so of course I did the polite thing and followed him back. He wrote a blog so...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Ego vs Eco
    Ego vs Eco...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • We can’t let the Roastbuster case slip away
    Those of us (like me) left with hope that the police would aggressively follow through on the large amount of evidence on offer to them (let’s not forget they forgot they even had some at one point) in the Roastbusters...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Food, shelter and medicine instead of bombs and bullets
    The on-going conflict across the Middle East – due in large part to the US-led invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq – has created another humanitarian crisis of biblical proportion. The essentials of life are desperately needed in Iraq and Syria...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • The politics of electorate accommodations
    National’s electorate accommodations with ACT and United Future were a big factor in it winning re-election. Interestingly, there is another electorate accommodation scenario whereby the centre-left could have come out on top, even with the same distribution of party votes....
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Why you should join the TPPA Action on 8 November
    On 8 November 2014, thousands of Kiwis will take part in the International Day of Action to protest the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA). The rally cry for us is TPPA – Corporate Trap, Kiwis Fight Back. Why should you join...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • GUEST BLOG – Patrick O’Dea: no new coal mines
    Green Party and Mana Party policy is “NO NEW COAL MINES!” Auckland Coal Action is trying to put this policy into action on the ground. ACA after a hard fought two year campaign waged alongside local residents and Iwi, in...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Comparing Police action – Hager raid vs Roast Buster case
    This satire had the NZ Police contact TDB and threaten us with 6months in prison for using their logo.   The plight of Nicky Hager and the draconian Police actions against him has generated over  $53 000 in donations so...
    The Daily Blog | 18-10
  • Malala Yousafzai, White Saviour Complexes and Local Resistance
    Last week, Malala Yousafzai was the co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. Since her exposure to the worldwide spotlight, her spirit, wisdom and strength have touched the hearts of people everywhere. However, there have been cynics who have argued that...
    The Daily Blog | 18-10
  • Jason Ede is back – but no media can interview him?
    Well, well, well. Jason Ede, the main figure connected to John Key’s office and the Dirty Politics black ops is back with a company with deep ties to the National Party. One thing you can say about the right –...
    The Daily Blog | 18-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Rolinson – Leadership Transitions In Other Parties: A ...
    As cannot have escaped anyone’s attention by now, the country is presently in the grips of an election and campaign that will help determine the fate of the nation for years to come. It’s gripping stuff – with clear divides...
    The Daily Blog | 17-10
  • SkyCity worker says she faces losing her house
    SkyCity worker Carolyn Alpine told the company annual shareholder’s meeting today that she faced the prospect of losing her house because the company had cut her shifts from two a week to one without consultation. The solo mother, has worked...
    The Daily Blog | 17-10
  • Greg O’Connor’s latest push to arm cops & 5 reasons not to
    I was wondering at what point within a 3rd term of National that Police Cheerleader Greg O’Connor would start trying to demand cops be armed. O’Connor must have thought to himself, ‘if bloody Key can get us and the GCSB vast new...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • You can’t have crisis without ISIS
    So the new scary bogeyman ISIS might have chemical weapons that the US secretly found in Iraq, but America didn’t want to expose this find because the WMDs were actually built and made by the US and Europe, the two powers...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • NZ WINS UN SPIN THE BOTTLE! Privately sucking up to America for a decade me...
    Oh, we are loved! Little old NZ, the 53rd state of America after Israel and Australia, gets to sit at the adults table for the special dinner party that is the UN Security Council. How delightful, a decade of privately...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • MEDIA BLOG – Myles Thomas – A World Without Advertising
    Non-commercial broadcasting and media. It’s a solution for all manner of problems ailing our tender nation… voter engagement, unaccountable governance, apathy, stupefaction, public education, science in schools, arts appreciation, cultural cringe… But no-one could’ve guessed that non-commercial media might solve...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • March against war – 2pm Saturday 25th October
    March against war – 2pm Saturday 25th October...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • Whack a mole as US govt foreign policy
    Whack-A-Mole was a popular arcade game from my youth.  It consisted of a waist high cabinet with holes in the top. Plastic moles seemingly randomly pop out of these holes. The purpose of the game was to hit as many...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • In Paean of Debt
    This week is ‘Money Week’. It’s an opportunity to promote to the middle classes, and anyone else who will listen, the virtues of wise ‘investment’. The aims are to promote the mystical (and indeed mythical) virtues of saving for the...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • The last 48 hours – Poverty denial, war denial and unapologetic abuse of ...
    The bewildering speed of events that simply end in Key shrugging and proclaiming he doesn’t really give a shit is coming think and fast as the Government suddenly appreciate the full spectrum dominance they now enjoy. Here is Radio NZ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Pat O’Dea – Mana 2.0 Rebooted
    Internationally the news is that Evo Morales of Bolivia won big with Left Wing policies But what are the chances that the Left will make a resurgence in this country? As the internecine struggles between the Left and the Right...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • The Blomfield IPCA letter – Has Dirty Politics leaked into the NZ Police ...
    It’s difficult to know what to make of the IPCA letter to Matthew Blomfield over Slater’s continued insistence that the hard drive taken from Matthew wasn’t stolen.  Slater has selectively cherry picked the Police referring back to his claim that Blomfeild perjured...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • ​Media release: Rail and Maritime Transport Union – Auckland move for K...
    The Rail and Maritime Transport Union is questioning a KiwiRail proposal to progressively relocate its Zero Harm personnel from Wellington to Auckland. “The purpose of the Zero Harm team is to drive KiwiRail’s performance in health and safety.  Rail is a...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • Amnesty International – Friend request from an IS militant
    There’s always that one person, that one Facebook friend, usually a musician or event promoter, who, when you so foolishly accept their friend request, will completely inundate your news feed with copious event invitations and promotions. The person who, despite...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • NZ should follow the UK and recognize the Palestinian state
    Over the past two weeks, the United Kingdom and Sweden have made headlines through their decisions to recognize the state of Palestine. They are hardly the first nations to do so. Indeed, 134 countries have, in various ways, given formal...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • The Discordant Chimes of Freedom: Why Labour has yet to be forgiven.
    WHY DOES THE ELECTORATE routinely punish Labour and the Greens for their alleged “political correctness” but not National? It just doesn’t seem fair. Consider, for example, the Crimes (Substituted Section 59) Amendment Act 2007 – the so-called “anti-smacking legislation” –...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • Hosking or Henry – Which right wing crypto fascist clown do you want to w...
    So Mediaworks are finally going to make some actual money from their eye watering contract with Paul Henry by launching a new multi-platform Breakfast show over TV, Radio and internet. This is great news for Campbell Live who have dodged...
    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • Families need more money to reduce child poverty
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    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Kelly Ellis – Don’t shit on my dream
    Once were dreamers. A large man, walks down the road and, even from 200 yards there’s light showing between his big arms and bigger body. It’s as if he’s put tennis balls under his arms. Two parking wardens walk out...
    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • Labour and ‘special interests’
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    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • Housing; broken promises, families in cars, and ideological idiocy (Part Ru...
    . . Continued from: Housing; broken promises, families in cars, and ideological idiocy (Part Tahi) . National’s housing development project: ‘Gateway’ to confusion . Perhaps nothing better illustrates National’s lack of a coherent housing programme than the ‘circus’ that is...
    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • Here’s what WINZ are patronisingly saying to people on welfare when they ...
    Yesterday, a case manager from WINZ called to tell me that I needed to “imagine what I would do if I did not have welfare”. I replied “Well, I guess if I couldn’t live at home, I would be homeless.”...
    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • David Shearer’s ‘no feminist chicks’ mentality highlights all that is...
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    The Daily Blog | 13-10
  • Greenpeace 1 – Shell 0
    Greenpeace 1 – Shell 0...
    The Daily Blog | 13-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Kate Davis – A Tale Of Two Cities
    Sunday was surreal. I went for a drive and ended up in a different country. It wasn’t intentional but those days of too many literally intertextual references seldom are. There is no doubt that the Sunday drive this week had...
    The Daily Blog | 13-10
  • Key raises terror threat level to justify war in Iraq and now the SIS need ...
    Have we learned nothing from rushing into war? It’s embarrassing Key has raised our terror threat from ‘very low’ to ‘low’ so he can justify military action in Iraq. Watching him pimp for an American war is as sick as...
    The Daily Blog | 13-10
  • Socialism? in France; Austerity in Europe
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    The Daily Blog | 13-10
  • So Snowden and Greenwald were right – again – NZ Embassies spying for A...
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    The Daily Blog | 13-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Rolinson – Why David Parker *isn’t* a credible choic...
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    The Daily Blog | 13-10
  • DIA undercover investigation leads to jailing
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    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Call on Minister McCully to pursue the case of Balibo Five
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    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Australia and NZ actions on press freedoms alarming
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    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Call for release of French journalists in West Papua
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    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Court of Appeal: Dotcom v 20th Century Fox Film Corporation
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    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Glassons Blasted For Glamourising Animal Cruelty
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    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Smuggling honey into New Zealand isn’t sweet
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    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Taxpayers’ Union Responds to Joyce on Corporate Welfare
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    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Speech from the Throne brings welcome focus on children
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    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • John’s Job Fairs no fix for unemployment and poverty
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    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Speech From the Throne Foreshadows More Corporate Welfare
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    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Green MP to speak at panel on Rainbow Mental Health
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    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Evidence Supports GE Moratorium
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    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Chatham Rise mining could have impact on whales and dolphins
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    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Council endorses Nanaia Mahuta as the next Labour leader
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    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Kaumatua to organise petition to end Maori seats
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    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Announcing a New Voice for The Left
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    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Public services held back by poor workplace culture
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    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • iPredict New Zealand Weekly Economic & Political Update
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    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Prison Drug Treatment Unit marks a milestone
    Christchurch Men’s Prison’s Drug Treatment Unit (DTU) celebrated the completion of its 50th six month Drug and Alcohol Programme today, with the graduation of a further twelve offenders....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Security Council seat a chance for NZ to empower women
    The UN Women National Committee Aotearoa New Zealand (UN Women NCANZ) welcomes New Zealand winning a seat on the United Nations Security Council and is calling on New Zealand to use its position to proactively promote effective implementation of the...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Waipareira and ACC sign Partnership
    Waipareira and The Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding at Whanau Centre, Henderson – marking a special day for the West Auckland Urban Maori organisation....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Humanitarian aid desperately needed in Iraq and Syria
    Global Peace and Justice Auckland is calling on the government to provide humanitarian funding for non-aligned NGOs (non-governmental organisations) in the Middle East rather than give any support whatever for the US-led military campaign in the area....
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Court Judicial Decision: Dotcom v The USA: 17 October 2014
    The United States of America is seeking the extradition of Messrs Dotcom, Batato, Ortmann and Van Der Kolk. The matter has been before the Courts on numerous occasions, and no further recitation of the facts is needed....
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Marshall Island poet speaks at UN climate summit
    “The fossil fuel industry is the biggest threat to our very existence as Pacific Islanders. We stand to lose our homes, our communities and our culture. But we are fighting back. This coming Friday thirty Pacific Climate Warriors, joined by...
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Many tourist car accidents preventable
    Simple steps could dramatically reduce the number of accidents involving tourists, says the car review website dogandlemon.com ....
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • RainbowYOUTH: 25 Years, 25 More
    In 1989, a group of young people in Auckland got together to form a support group for LGBTIQ youth. They called it Auckland Lesbian And Gay Youth (ALGY). After 25 years, several location changes, a name change, a brand reboot...
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Outdated Oath shows need for Kiwi Head of State
    MPs are sworn in today and New Zealand Republic has written to MPs asking them to talk about why 121 New Zealanders elected by the people of New Zealand and standing in the New Zealand Parliament swear allegiance to another...
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Council shouldn’t revenue grab from windfall valuations
    Auckland Council should state clearly they will not try and capture revenue as a result of the latest valuations and needs reminding that the City’s skyrocketing property values doesn’t change the level or cost of Council’s services, says...
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • EPMU endorses Andrew Little for Labour leadership
    The National Executive of the Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union unanimously endorsed Andrew Little for the role of Labour leader, at a meeting held yesterday. “I have been speaking to our workplace delegates at forums across the country over...
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • World Food Day promotes Agroecology not GE technology
    The UN has stated that agroecology is a major solution to feeding the world and caring for the earth....
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Labour Names Review Team
    Labour’s New Zealand Council has appointed Bryan Gould as Convenor of its post-General Election Review. He will be joined on the Review Team by Hon Margaret Wilson, Stacey Morrison and Brian Corban....
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Contenders for Labour leadership debate for first time
    The contenders for the leadership of the Labour Party debated for the first time on TV One’s Q+A programme today....
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • UN Ambassador Jim McLay on TV One’s Q+A programme
    New Zealand's United Nations Ambassador Jim McLay on TV One’s Q+A programme....
    Scoop politics | 18-10
  • The Nation: RSA President BJ Clark & Ian Taylor, New NZ Flag
    Lisa Owen interviews RSA President BJ Clark and tech innovator Ian Taylor about changing the NZ flag...
    Scoop politics | 18-10
  • The Nation: RSA President BJ Clark & Ian Taylor, New NZ Flag
    Lisa Owen interviews RSA President BJ Clark and tech innovator Ian Taylor about changing the NZ flag...
    Scoop politics | 18-10
  • Lisa Owen interviews Foreign Minister Murray McCully
    Murray McCully says New Zealanders can expect a 5-10 year engagement against Islamic State if we join military action in Iraq and the government will take that “very carefully into account”...
    Scoop politics | 18-10
  • Lisa Owen interviews Julia Gillard
    Julia Gillard says there is “sufficient evidence” to fight Islamic State and does not think it will increase the risk of a domestic attack...
    Scoop politics | 18-10
  • NZ businesses to make child abuse a priority conversation
    Many leading New Zealand businesses have partnered with national child advocacy organisation Child Matters to participate in the fourth annual ‘Buddy Day’ - New Zealand’s only child abuse prevention awareness day....
    Scoop politics | 17-10
  • Tribunal decision significant for SMEs
    The Human Rights Review Tribunal decided this week in favour of an employee’s right not to work on Saturdays for religious reasons. The decision may still be appealed but the Director of the Office of Human Rights Proceedings, Robert Kee,...
    Scoop politics | 17-10
  • On The Nation this weekend
    This weekend on The Nation… New Zealand has been elected to the United Nations Security Council, but what happens next? Lisa Owen interviews Foreign Minister Murray McCully from New York about our goals for reform, what America wants from us...
    Scoop politics | 17-10
  • 1000+ supported by Te Arawa Whanau Ora
    Over 1000 individual whānau members are leading happier, healthier, more successful lives as a result of eight passionate and committed Māori organisations working at the coalface to help whānau find success....
    Scoop politics | 17-10
  • Nomination for Board Members Now Open
    CRF’s objective is to create opportunities for people from refugee backgrounds to lead fulfilling lives and contribute to every area of New Zealand society. It is an organisation that undertakes advocacy work using the strengths-based approach,...
    Scoop politics | 16-10
  • Anglican Family Care Otago staff to take industrial action
    Social workers, family workers and support staff working for Anglican Family Care in Dunedin and South Otago will take industrial action after their employer refused a pay increase that would keep up with the rising cost of living....
    Scoop politics | 16-10
  • Use UN Security Council role to overcome inaction and injust
    Amnesty International welcomes New Zealand winning a seat on the UN Security Council and is calling on New Zealand to use the role to ensure the body lives up to its role of safeguarding global peace and security....
    Scoop politics | 16-10
  • Grisham’s ‘child porn’ comments ignorant
    World-renowned author John Grisham has come under fire by advocacy group Stop Demand Foundation, for comments it says trivialises the global child sex abuse trade....
    Scoop politics | 16-10
  • Latest leak of TPPA intellectual property text confirms risk
    On the eve of the latest (non)round of negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) yet another version of the intellectual property has found its way to Wikileaks ....
    Scoop politics | 16-10
  • New Zealand awarded UN Security Council seat
    International aid agency Oxfam New Zealand welcomes New Zealand’s election to the United Nations Security Council, saying it gives an extraordinary opportunity to make a lasting contribution to international peace and security and improve the lives...
    Scoop politics | 16-10
  • 40 more jobs lost to cheap imports
    40 more jobs lost to cheap imports Another New Zealand manufacturer is closing its doors, giving the lie to the idea that we have a “rock star” economy or any strategy for jobs growth. Wellpack is a paper bag manufacturer...
    Scoop politics | 16-10
  • Pink Batts manufacturer to cut Christchurch jobs
    Pink Batts manufacturer to cut Christchurch jobs 29 roles are to be cut at the Christchurch manufacturing facility of Tasman Insulation, the company which manufacturers the iconic Pink Batts brand of products. The company is proposing to consolidate its...
    Scoop politics | 16-10
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