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Hooton – please apologise

Written By: - Date published: 1:46 pm, September 23rd, 2013 - 217 comments
Categories: accountability, business, david cunliffe, democracy under attack, labour, radio, spin - Tags:

I don’t usually comment on Matthew Hooton’s statements and commentaries.  His behaviour on RNZ this morning, shouting down both Kathryn Ryan and Mike Williams offended my ideas about free speech, democracy and fairness.  Hooton accused Cunliffe of lying, and no-one was given space to reply.

So I am adding my thoughts and the results of my (and others) google searches on the topic, in the interests of democratic debate.

Hooton’s claims beginng at about 9.42 of this podcast.

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First Hooton talked about Andrea Vance’s claims about David Cunliffe’s CV:

David Cunliffe doesn’t quite tell the truth and Andre Vance …

Then, Hooton states,

He makes claims which simply don’t seem to stack up about his own career.

Then a bit later the main claim:

Except that whenever I do know something about the topic where he made his claims, I know that what he says is untrue. For example he told the Dominion that he had helped in the formation of Fonterra. Well as it happened I spent about 2 and a half years working on that particular project. There were negotiations in secret between Kiwi dairies and New Zealand Dairy group and the Dairy Board. All through 2000.  And then we announced the Fonterra proposal in late 2001. And then there was the big parliamentary process and the farmers voted on it in 2001 and then the company was finally formed.

Anyway, according to David Cunliffe he helped with the formation of Fonterra when he was at the Boston Consultancy Group. Well that is obviously a lie because he  was selected as the Labour, no it was a lie.  The Labour Party.  He was selected as a Labour Party candidate in 1998. He became an MP in 1999. He Fonterra proposal wasn’t even talked about.

This is what Cunliffe stated in the House in 2012 (h/t amirite):

And I was also a management consultant tasked with advising on the formation of Fonterra from Kiwi Cooperative Dairies and the New Zealand Dairy Group.

I have long taken an interest in this most crucial industry for the New Zealand economy and am proud to have been part of the Government that set up Fonterra in the first place.

And Cunliffe quoted in the Dominion Post 21 Sept 2013,

“I got to work in a dozen different industry sectors, helped with the split up of ECNZ [the Electricity Corporation], helped with the formation of Fonterra, …

Hooton’s claim rest on the claim that there was no work on the setting up of Fonterra before 1998/9.

Actually Cunliffe’s CV on wikipedia says he was with BCG 1995-1999.

An article on Scoop dated June 2001, says that the BCG had been working with the NZ Dairy industry on proposal advocating a merger of companies (h/t miravox):

The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) has worked with the industry for over ten years including jointly preparing the so-called McKinsey Report on Industry Structure, which recommended a single, integrated organisation as the best way to maximise the value for farmer shareholders. In addition, BCG has worked extensively with the marketing arm of the industry, both in the New Zealand Milk and NZMP businesses.

McKinsey report 1998/9

Further information on this BCG work that led up to the mergers of companies like NZ Dairy Company that resulted in the advent of Fonterra:

The key elements of success and failure in New Zealand Dairy, 2008.

In 1994, four dairy companies commissioned an Industry Efficiency Improvement Study (IEIS) carried out by the Boston Consulting Group. This study identified that if  the then 15 co-operative merged in four, an efficiency gain of between NZ$190 million and NZ$253 million per annum (Graham, 1996) could be achieved. That would translate to an increase of nearly 12 per cent over the base payout to farmers which at that time was of NZ$ 2.90 per kilo of milk solids. In response to this opportunity a working team of NZDB and Dairy Company CEOs was formed to formulate how to capture the benefits identified by the IEIS. This became the Business Development Project (BDP) (Graham, 1998).

Management Science in the New Zealand Dairy Industry:

4.1 Mergers and Centralisation of Processing

In 1994, several dairy companies commissioned an Industry Efficiency Improvement Study (IEIS) carried out by the Boston Consulting Group. This resulted in the setting up of an industry committee to look at ways of capturing the efficiencies identified by the report, which called for a rationalisation of the then-15 co-operatives to only four co-op dairy companies. As a result, the committee initiated the Business Development Project (BDP).

So Mr Hooton, tell me where Cunliffe has lied about this?

 

 

217 comments on “Hooton – please apologise”

  1. Hooton is getting desperate, more and more every week. The seriousness of Cunliffe’s challenge is flipping Hooton more and more over the edge, making him on the one hand more predictable, but on the other hand also more dangerously crazy, and liable to say and do stupid things (well, more stupid than normal, anyway).

    Keep the popcorn handy, foks. The hilarity is only beginning. By November ’14, expect to see him flipping out Breitbart style on a kerbside near you.

  2. amirite 2

    He keeps repeating his lies on Twitter. The man has come straight out of Goebbels’ school of propaganda.

  3. Colonial Viper 3

    Looks like Hooten has no idea about the future, so the best he can do is throw up distractions based on the past.

    Tell us Matthew, what have you found out about John Key’s previous career activities?

  4. Ant 4

    Hit and run.

  5. Sanctuary 5

    Hooton has exposed Radio NZ to significant legal risk. He won’t care – he’d probably sneer that the taxpayer can afford it – but the managers of RNZ might. In addition, he showed himself as completely without self control and incapable of following the STRONG directions of the host of the show he was on.

    Surely we will see:

    a) A correction and apology on the nine-to-noon politics section next week and

    b) Hooton spending some time off air to cool off and consider if he wishes to continue with the politics spot on Mondays. If he does, he’s going to have to follows the rules laid down by RNZ.

    • Colonial Viper 5.1

      Let’s see what the National leaning RNZ Board make of Hooten’s screw up. I think they will be less than pleased that he has put significant liability and risk on their shoulders.

    • Sosoo 5.2

      I think that Hooton should be forced to spend a week wearing a sandwich board that reads “I am a prat”.

    • miravox 5.3

      “A correction and apology on the nine-to-noon politics section”

      Yeah, but he’s done what he wanted to do – it’s been said so ‘it must be true’. The general public often doesn’t have time to wait for long-delayed apologies.

  6. Sosoo 6

    This is epically funny. Such self immolation is always a decent spectacle.

    Twitterwards ho!

  7. Linz 7

    David Cunliffe should sue the little son-of-a-bitch to within an inch of his life.

    • lprent 7.1

      It is very unlikely to succeed. Read Margaret Pope’s discussion of the effect of the Lange vs Atkinson decision when applied to public interest as a starting point.

      • Sosoo 7.1.1

        I’m not sure that it will apply in this case.

        What is at stake here is not a matter of political opinion or a normative issue (e.g. whether Lange was a slacker as PM) or even a matter on which speculation is as good as we can do (e.g. Lange’s motives in his personal life).

        Whether or not Cunliffe worked on the Fonterra matter for BCG is a publicly verifiable fact. It is not an evaluative matter, nor is it a speculative matter.

        e.g. “John Key lied about working for Merrill Lynch” is different from “John Key lied about his motives for the asset sales”.

        Labour needs to go after this dick and make it poisonous for the press to employ him.

        • lprent 7.1.1.1

          The argument would be of if examining a politicians previous history and having an *opinion* on what it meant was in the public interest. Obviously it is.

          The fact that Matthew failed to delve more deeply into the past than his own fallible recollections isn’t really at issue. That just makes Matthew look like a fool.

          The eventual outcome of any proceeding would be a simple apology by Matthew in 6 months to a year. By which time his deliberate strawman will have fulfilled his purpose.

          It is far better doing what karol just did – use some easily obtained facts in the public to undermine his argument right now, and highlight how shallow his recollection was.

        • Matthew Hooton 7.1.1.2

          Exactly. And it is a publicly verifiable fact that he can’t possibly have worked on the Fonterra matter. Unless he was moonlighting for the private sector while an MP.

          • Sosoo 7.1.1.2.1

            Except that “helping with the formation of Fonterra” is vague enough to include pretty much anything that was done that resulted in the eventual creation of the company – including consultation that laid the groundwork.

            After all, the first person who thought up the idea “helped with the formation of Fonterra”.

            You’re just being silly.

          • ghostwhowalksnz 7.1.1.2.2

            “In 1994, four dairy companies commissioned an Industry Efficiency Improvement Study (IEIS) carried out by the Boston Consulting Group.”

            AS Fonterra was formed in 2001. That would mean your timeline of (end of )1999 start point would have been impossible.
            A lot of preliminary work went into this before they even had the final structure in place

            Just because of your involvement in the communications side of things, after all the heavy lifting had been done, was only since 2000 , doesnt mean others werent working on major policy questions before this.

            Theres a touch of ‘H fee’ desperation about your silly claims

            • lprent 7.1.1.2.2.1

              That is what I remember.

              It was quite big news around the business community at the time because having a number of coops wanting to conglomerate was so different to everything else at the time that it was reported on extensively. But the concept had been floated around for even longer than that.

              By the look of it Matthew is hanging his hat on the period when some marketing or PR maniac picked a silly name for the company formed out of the work from the previous decade.

              • felix

                “By the look of it Matthew is hanging his hat on the period when some marketing or PR maniac picked a silly name for the company formed out of the work from the previous decade.”

                Yep, and doesn’t that just sum up Matthew’s depth of understanding in general.

            • newsense 7.1.1.2.2.2

              exactly what I thought. good to see.

              If I remember Clark dissmissed Key as the least substantial leader she’d faced
              Key said that Cunliffe was his 4th Labour leader

              Key said In a Labour Government I lead
              Cunliffe said The chairman of caucus (3 times I believe!)

              And now an H-fee…quite early in the game too…

          • Hayden 7.1.1.2.3

            Exactly. And it is a publicly verifiable fact that he can’t possibly have worked on the Fonterra matter. Unless he was moonlighting for the private sector while an MP.

            Well then, he’d have to be pretty stupid to publicly claim it then, wouldn’t he? Unbelievably stupid, almost.

    • Pete 7.2

      As Lynn notes, this wouldn’t succeed. There is the BSA though. Another option is to ignore it altogether. As Hooton gets more and more shrill, he starts sounding like a Birther or a Truther and marginalises himself.

  8. King Kong 8

    [deleted]

    [lprent: diversion trolling for which KK already picked up a ban from. Please don't feed the monkey. ]

    • Sanctuary 8.1

      Hit and run, move onto the new smears before the last smear can be refuted…. Filthy stuff straight from the dirtiest playbooks.

      I would delete and ban you for this post, if I could.

      • Greywarbler 8.1.1

        King Kong
        What an amusing twerp you are. You keep to your standard of low blows with the excuse I suppose that it’s all tongue in cheek. I have a feeling that you’re a bit on the old side and unlikely to have much ability to learn and change. Never mind the Standard does nurse along some RWs like you who have nothing in their heads no vision for the better and aren’t on their barebones on the street so can fill their time sitting tapping with no more brain than a pigeon looking for crumbs.

    • karol 8.2

      Yes. Already been dealt with. Not news, Cunliffe has done loads of stuff for the community. Righties desperate and missing theIr target.

    • Bunji 8.3

      He volunteered for St Matthew’s in the City to do work at the Auckland City Mission, instead of volunteering for Auckland City Mission directly, and his CV wasn’t overtly clear on this point.

      Oh noes!

      Mon Dieu!

      He’ll be signing paintings for charity next.

      [lprent: I've already dumped king kong into a ban for trying that particular diversion. I have an itchy finger so people raising that should really do it in OpenMike as this post isn't about that. ]

    • Jenny Kirk 8.4

      King Kong – Cunliffe delivered food parcels for St-Mathews-In-The-City, a church closely connected to the Auckland City Mission and the food parcels were delivered on behalf of the city mission.
      And he was a budget advisor for the Wellington City Inner Mission. You rightwing trolls need to get your facts right.

      • TightyRighty 8.4.1

        Wellington City Mission don’t remember him? Probably forgot after he blew the budget like every other aspiring labour leader

  9. CeeH 9

    I came on here to find out about the cabinet reshuffle and found this gem instead! I saw this article on David having to rewrite his CV and thought there must be an explanation. The truth is like gold you have to dig deep for it. Thanks Karol and all ‘The Standards’ support writers?

  10. amirite 10

    Maybe Hooters should check BLiP’s list of Key’s lies, just for comparison:
    http://thestandard.org.nz/liar/#comment-685886

  11. Matthew Hooton 11

    “Hooton’s claim rest on the claim that there was no work on the setting up of Fonterra before 1998/9.”

    That’s exactly right. The Shipley government (which I worked for) was trying to do a government-led restructuring of the dairy industry. This failed. It was only when Helen Clark became prime minister in late 1999 that Fonterra-type negotiations began. It is totally false to say he “helped with the formation of Fonterra”.

    • Sosoo 11.1

      You’ve been owned. Further attempts to extricate yourself will lead to increased hilarity.

      [lprent: Using the owned/pwned stupidity here is likely to earn you a ban. I don't like the stupid flamewars that result. You have been warned and should now take time to read the policy to find out what happens when people ignore warnings. ]

    • dv 11.2

      Matthew That pin head seems very small to dance on.

    • Jenny Kirk 11.3

      If someone does some research on a project, Hooten, which is then put on the backburner for whatever reason, and that project is later picked up and re-started, then that person can legitimately claim they worked on the foundation of that project.

      Hooten et al will dig around and pick up any little tidbit they can find to smear Cunliffe with. Thanks Karol for being alert to this, and for so immediately getting onto to quashing it. Everyone who supports the Cunliffe-led Labour is going to have to be ultra-alert to these tactics from now on.
      Anne yesterday eluded to similar tactics used by ACT supporters re Judith T. Most of those people are still around, and desperately searching for nasties to trip Cunliffe up with. Labour has, at last, got its winning team together and the Nats and ACT will be desperate to stop them – the next 14 months be sheer hell from that point of view.

      • Rogue Trooper 11.3.1

        The Television News took, amongst others, the angle that (despite her comprehensive community sector C.V) Poto Williams had only lived in the electorate for eight months.

      • Greywarbler 11.3.2

        JennyK
        ” yesterday eluded to similar tactics ” alluded (mentioned) you meant I think rather than eluded (escaped, dodged).

      • Anne 11.3.3

        Hi Jenny K.
        I posted a couple more tid bits on the Judth Tizard post to further whet your appetite. You may not have seen it because the search function is unreliable at the moment.

        • lprent 11.3.3.1

          It is? – I’ll look at later

          • Greywarbler 11.3.3.1.1

            Also lprent I couldn’t access Archives going through the months but am not sure about my settings etc at moment -
            having trouble bringing up a full edit window.

            • lprent 11.3.3.1.1.1

              Odd.

              Ok the archive one is there. I’ll fix that this evening. It looks like something to do with the way that the categories are permalinked.

              The “full edit window” – re-editing? If so then that was a problem with a minifier mangling the javascript.

              • McFlock

                I find the search worked okay in firefox (only tried it once though), but produces randomly dated comments when using chrome, if that’s any help

        • Jenny Kirk 11.3.3.2

          Thanks Anne (@ 11.3.3). Yep – I picked up on those tidbits. I’d forgotten (more like, tucked ‘em away in my subconscious, that was awful stuff happening – lots of people burnt).

    • Colonial Viper 11.4

      That’s exactly right. The Shipley government (which I worked for) was trying to do a government-led restructuring of the dairy industry. This failed. It was only when Helen Clark became prime minister in late 1999 that Fonterra-type negotiations began.

      Are you saying that none of the concepts and models developed pre-1999 were directly used in the final formation of Fonterra?

      • ghostwhowalksnz 11.4.1

        The Shipley government failed in a lot of things in their mad 2 years.

        Not surprised nothing happened- presumably in the legislative sense, as Shipley was predominately trying to avoid having parliament to sit at any costs.

        Alamein Kopu didnt like turning up up to Parliament

      • Matthew Hooton 11.4.2

        Yep, I am. All the models pre change of govt where either two company or govt-led models. Fonterra was, as Helen Clark put it at the launch of the company, “industry-led, govt-facilitated”. That’s why it worked. Everything changed when Labour took office in 1999.

        • miravox 11.4.2.1

          I dunno Matthew.
          These peeps seem to think it was all part of one process, starting from the 2 company model:

          During the late 1990s, industry leaders began to formulate a plan that, upon fruition, would secure New Zealand’s place among the leading dairy exporters across the globe.

          The plan called for the combination of the country’s two largest dairy co-operatives, New Zealand Dairy Group (NZDG) and Kiwi Co-operative Dairies, and the New Zealand Dairy Board. The merger would create New Zealand’s largest company and one of the top ten dairy concerns in the world with assets of $5.8 billion. In order for the deal to go through, the New Zealand government needed to pass laws that allowed competition in its domestic market in order to quell anti-trust fears. The Commerce Commission would also have to approve the merger, 75 percent of the co-operative farmers would have to vote in favor of the deal, and NZDG and Kiwi would have to formulate an acceptable merger agreement.

          The proposed deal, which was expected to increase industry earnings by NZ $300 million per year, was applauded by farmers whose incomes were tumbling due to falling prices for commodity dairy products. While the benefits of the arrangement appeared to be cut and dry, the deal nearly collapsed several times due to the inability of NZDG and Kiwi to settle on the terms of the merger agreement. The ensuing negotiations proved to be hostile at times, and several leading executives, including Doug Leeder, the chairman of NZDG, resigned during the talks.
          An agreement was finally reached between the companies, and shareholders voted on the deal on June 18, 2001.

          Source: International Directory of Company Histories, Vol. 58. St. James Press, 2004.

          Looks as if one of the chairmen had to resign before it could complete in 2001.

    • newsense 11.5

      So to summarise Matt: Cunliffe may have done work on the dairy industry for BCG which did consultancy on this issue pre-1999 which may have been about moving towards a stronger NZ dairy entity in the world market or at least trying to get the best out of our strength in dairy, but in no way had anyone thought of the name Fonterra at that time.

      • lprent 11.5.1

        Typical mindless RWNJ obsessed with names rather than work. But they do tend to be parasites interested in brands rather than being interested in how to be productive.

    • Tim 11.6

      Matthew: You’re pushing shit uphill. Why not just concede you were out of order (big time), and that occasionally you’re prone to throwing little hissy fits!.
      RNZ yet hasn’t shown its guts, and I’m wondering whether the hard word is being put on Colin Peacock and Co for the upcoming Sunday Media watch.
      You’ve come damn close to blowing it – should have happened a long time ago given Rinny is just such a work-life balanced regular gal – but you even embarrassed her ffs!
      Take some of your own past advice. – You got it wrong – best policy: front up and apologise – although I imagine that goes way beyond your capabilities that are too often hampered by your own ego and extremely small penis.
      But then what would I know – after all ….. “You’re considerably richer than me”; “In the know”; “well-connected”; equipped with Divine Right; and not unlike that ‘only gay in the village’ – the only one that could have possibly got it all off the ground.

      Please pass on my deepest sympathy to your wife too!

  12. veutoviper 12

    I want to record my thanks to Karol for yet another excellent post, well researched and up in a very short time.

    I have already commented on OM on my disgust at Hooten’s performance this morning. I also agree with Sanctuary at 5 above that Hooten may well have exposed RNZ to legal risk – and that they should be considering whether they should continue with Hooten as a political commentator.

    However, I hope that Cunliffe and his office see Karol’s post here and perhaps use it as the base* for a press release such as this one which I found on Scoop on Cunliffe’s community activities – but released in the ‘dead’ time of Sat afternoon.

    http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA1309/S00396.htm

    * with some suitable ‘recognition’ of Karol’s work (as agreed with Karol)!

  13. chris 13

    Who exactly is that creepy little man Hooton… never heard of him before I started reading this blog.

    He appears to suffer from little willy syndrome.

  14. Rogue Trooper 14

    “I feel like getting married, or committing suicide or subscribing to L’Illustration . Something desperate, you know…”
    -Albert Camus.
    Abe suggested, “when you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on it”.

    Such a little child
    To send to be a priestling…
    Icy Poverty.
    -Shiki- Haiku

  15. Matthew Hooton 15

    There is no legal risk for RNZ because what I said is true.

    • lprent 15.1

      Have you read karol’s post? Or is that rather too much truth to absorb?

      It cut a rather large hole in your self-referential timeline.

      • Rogue Trooper 15.1.1

        Chux Multiwipe between rear cheeks.

      • King Kong 15.1.2

        Exactly. Karol, who had no involvement in the process at the time or no intimate knowledge of David Cunliffes career, has found some stuff on Google.

        This makes her alot more credible than you Matthew.

        • lprent 15.1.2.1

          It does. The credibility of Matthew’s statement lies in his time line. karol just blew that timeline out of the water by showing that BCG was involved in the dairy sector long long before Matthew was involved.

          • Blue 15.1.2.1.1

            Isn’t the point that BCG was involved, it doesn’t inherently mean Cunliffe was involved in any way. I was involved in a company that developed software, it doesn’t mean I wrote it. If Hootens is wrong then, yes, all Cunliffe has to do is prove he himself is correct then sue him.

            [lprent: Let me reprise my response to alwyn for essentially the same strawman argument.

            I'm sure that you can explain the reasons for your demand in the next 5 minutes. If you don't then you get a 4 week holiday for trolling.

            Sorry - times up. You didn't read it? Who cares we presume that your lack of observation presumes guilt. Afterall that is what you just applied as the required standard. An arbitrary 'crime', a arbitrary time to resolve it, and presumably an arbitrary punishment.

            It is just a old style strawman argument of the type that Hooten, Farrar, et al like raising when they're being fuckwits. But don't bring that crap on to this site.

            And don't be a complete fuckwit and don't whine about it..... I just applied the exact same standard to you as you're applying to DC.

            And I'd add if you don't like it, then you can sue... In the meantime you can share the same ban. ]

    • ianmac 15.2

      If you call someone a liar you had better be prepared to substantiate that lie. If not then your credibility takes a very serious hit if not cause a defamation case/slander.
      If you are so sure Matthew, then write your accusation here on this site. I don’t expect that you are not that brave though.

      • Matthew Hooton 15.2.1

        No prob. David Cunliffe lied when he said he “helped with the formation of Fonterra”.

        • Sosoo 15.2.1.1

          Only if you interpret that in the restrictive sense that you want to for the sake of convenience. But why would any sensible person want to do that?

          Try again.

        • Bunji 15.2.1.2

          So the McKinsey report – worked on also by BCG, and presumably by Cunliffe, as the dates tie in nicely with his claims – and the work that went into it, had no influence whatsover on the structure and formation of Fonterra?

        • lprent 15.2.1.3

          “helped with the formation of Fonterra”.

          Perhaps you should go back to the pages of the NBR and re-read the articles about forming a large dairy company to compete internationally that started in at least the early 90′s. I remember those quite clearly. It was quite a thing around the business pages long before 2000.

          Still I suppose that if you want to be a nitpicking idiot, then that a name “Fonterra” created much later when such a company was created by some silly marketing people (I still think it sounds like a company making truetype fonts) will probably let you off the hook.

          But to me it just sounds like you’re trying to paste cowshit over a strawman.

          • The Gormless Fool formerly known as Oleolebiscuitbarrell 15.2.1.3.1

            I thought you and Hoots were mates, Lynn.

            • Rogue Trooper 15.2.1.3.1.1

              possibly in the same way ‘we’ are.

              • The Gormless Fool formerly known as Oleolebiscuitbarrell

                No Rogue Trooper. Ours is a very special bond, indeed.

                • Rogue Trooper

                  that’s the advantages of local knowledge ; as my old lady used to say, “it’ll all come out in the wash… except for those bloody grass stains…expletives etc “. Timing is everything to being. (Heidegger Day tomorrow) :-D

            • lprent 15.2.1.3.1.2

              No. I don’t think that we’ve never met. I’ve sent a few emails to him and I think even talked to him once on voice when he was trying to do something with Mike. Not that much different than hundreds of others here.

              But he does have my cowshit detector running with this one…

        • Puddleglum 15.2.1.4

          Hi Matthew,

          I presume, then, that you agree fully that John Key lied when he said, back in 2008, in relation to exactly how many shares he and his family owned in Tranzrail:

          “Fifty thousand at the maximum point. Sometimes 25,000 sometimes 50,000,”?

          If not, why not?

    • Te Reo Putake 15.3

      Karol’s question: “So Mr Hooton, tell me where Cunliffe has lied about this?”

      Your answer, Matthew?

        • Jenny Kirk 15.3.1.1

          That naked ambition headline comes from comments from Claire Robinson who said something this morning about King,Goff and Mallard being the “soul of the Labour Party” Her credibility is nil. She don’t know nuthin’ and Hooten thinks to quote her ! He needs his mind read.

        • Sanctuary 15.3.1.2

          So let me get this straight. Asked for proof, you quote a journalists second hand report? So your second position will be that any mistake is the the journalists fault? A loud mouth and a blame shifting coward, eh?

        • Bill 15.3.1.3

          Jeeuz! When desperate, regurgitate an entire newspaper piece that contains a battery of negative nonsense. Of course, not that it could ever look like Andrea Vance deliberately misdirected or couched the quote between her own mistaken assumptions in that ‘oh so objective’ piece of writing?

          What you have based your apparent bullshit on is the couching of, or context given to, a quote by a journalist – not the actual content of the quote by Cunliffe.

          How’s the ice looking from down below?

        • ghostwhowalksnz 15.3.1.4

          Didnt Key have the same quote from an early age !

        • Richard 15.3.1.5

          Matthew came across as a childish fool. Radio NZ needs better than this. Go to Radio Live Matthew. Can’t believe Bomber Bradbury got dumped from Jim Mora’s show when we have to listen to Matthew’s pathetic behaviour on a weekly basis.

          • Rodel 15.3.1.5.1

            Who listens to ‘F*** we’re good’? (See The Hollow Men) Not me anymore.

          • Anne 15.3.1.5.2

            Can’t believe Bomber Bradbury got dumped from Jim Mora’s show…

            I heard the particular show and I don’t think it was so much what he said that was found offensive but the way he said it. His style is okay on his own programmes but when it comes to genteel RNZ it was way over the top. I like Bomber and enjoy his ramblings etc. but he should have toned himself down for that programme.

        • Cemetery Jones 15.3.1.6

          So you read that entire article – no doubt looking for something you could turn around – and the best smear you could come up with was this twaddle? You’d have been better off not even linking it and pretending you never checked back in here. Haha!

        • Sable 15.3.1.7

          Does anyone take “Stuff(ed)” seriously. Yet another blatantly right wing blog. You’ll be quoting whale oil next….

  16. amirite 16

    Hooton appears to think that with constant repetition, a lie becomes the truth.
    It ain’t so, bro.

  17. Anne 18

    Would someone like to post BLiP’s latest list of John Key lies (you know the real lies) for the boy Matthew?

    I can’t locate it because the search function is suffering a bout of senility.

  18. tricledrown 19

    Hollow man hollow threats .
    Hooton is this countries machiavelli you couldn’t pin anything on him like his leader He is an expert liar!

    • Rogue Trooper 19.1

      Machiavelli? that is a long shoe-lace to tie.

    • bad12 19.2

      Hooten isn’t an expert liar, everything the evil baby lookalike says can easily be proven to be either out-right lies or political spin in 5 minutes of looking,

      Karol has put up a good post here proving beyond doubt that David Cunliffe worked for the Boston consulting company in the years it was working as a consultant to the dairy industry directly advising on the merging of the dairy industry,

      The problem suffered here is while that dribble of excrement having escaped once again from the sewer to create a stench upon a national stage has to be rebutted in doing so we simply give ‘its’ twisted ego the oxygen boost it craves,

      Hooten is as much in the ‘bizz’ for the notoriety and ‘fame’ as He is the money and i would suggest at this late stage the former two of His needs far out-weigh the latter,

      i approach the Hooten’s of this world soly from a perspective of openly abusing them, in Hooten’s case his ego is so totally self centered that he believes that He has the respect of ‘the left’ and it is this perception of ‘respect’ which has made Hooten ‘a figure’ within the political discourse,

      It could be said to be counter-productive to the promotion of ‘the left’s’ ideals and aims to not approach Hooten on an intellectual basis but of course as soon as we do we then give Him that aura of respect which is un-earned,

      Hooten is simply ‘a thug’ with a rich command of the English language and a streak of Rat-cunning a kilometer wide running up the yellow of His spine, spitting at, jeering, and abusing Him is the most efficacious means of countering His influence as doing so damages his self image of notoriety and fame…

      • Rogue Trooper 19.2.1

        ahhh, “respect of the left”? or too much caffeine today bad12

        • bad12 19.2.1.1

          Nope Rogue, don’t become locked inside of a bubble and think that the Standard is ‘the left’, Hooten does His stuff out there in the big wide world as well as online,

          Mike Williams is the perfect example of someone from ‘the left’, (ok debatable), who treats Hooten as something other than a paid shill of the Tories as much agreeing with Hooten as He does argue every point from the left’s perspective,

          That’s Hooten’s best weapon, gaining agreement, and as was shown today it leaves those who treat Hooten with the slightest iota of respect speechless when He goes tropical…

          • Rogue Trooper 19.2.1.1.1

            Nope, my networks are in the real world too, and other forums, yet, thanks for the directions.
            :)

      • Populuxe1 19.2.2

        The “evil baby” is Farrar

  19. tricledrown 20

    When somebody starts a lie ie MH you can tell when they shift away from the topic ie stuff article that they are cornered!
    Hooton you have painted yourself into a corner on this one.
    The exclusive bretheren may come to your rescue though!

  20. North 21

    Hysterical Hooton ! The worst performance yet from the effete, shouty, entitled schoolboy.

    Thank you Hooton. In one fell swoop – “Yes, we in the National Party ARE shitting ourselves about Cunliffe and the poll which refelected a majority belief that the PM doesn’t tell the truth. Wild projection is the only answer.”

    Christ if this was melt-down (health warning) I’d hate to be Hooton in April/May next year – when Kim Dotcom’s excellent counsel Paul Davison QC lays out the proof perfect that ShonKey knew about KDC long before……….but repeatedly misled Parliament by saying otherwise.

    Betcha Hooton the effete, shouty, entitled schoolboy immediately repaired cursing to the nearest private room and punched himself in the head several times for that display of madness. Certainly were I the bill payer I’d be a spot hoha.

  21. felix 22

    What’s really funny/sad/pathetic about this is that Matthew’s entire claim to being any sort of authority on political matters is that he used to work for the govt back in the 90s. (Of course, he does have more recent relevant experience but he doesn’t like to talk about it in public because it has a bit of a “Hollow” ring to it.)

    Regular observers will know this. He brings it up every week. Any time he wants to sound like he knows stuff, his go-to line is “well, when I was working for Jenny Shipley…” or similar and tell some largely irrelevant anecdote.

    He does it so often it has become a point of mockery among those who work alongside him.

    Now it turns out that even that slim veneer of knowledgeability is not to be trusted.

  22. finbar 23

    Cunliffe is on after four, with Duncan Garner.Without doubt Hooton!s slur, will one of the topics,as will his very positive new line up.

  23. emergency mike 24

    Matthew Hooten calls x a liar.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6zXDo4dL7SU

  24. tracey 25

    As honesty is so important to shooten could he explain all of mr keys lies since 2007 and publically state how appalled he is by them and him.

  25. Sable 26

    Seems the real “hoot” is the foolishness of this man’s comments. Rave on, no one’s convinced…..

  26. karol 27

    Shame on you Andrea Vance, running with Hotton’s smear.

    You’re not at News of the World now, Ms Vance!

  27. irascible 28

    The Crosby-Textor National-ACT personality attack is known as the “Bellman Distraction” after the character in Lewis Carrol’s The Hunting of the Snark. The Bellman was convinced that having stated something palpably wrong was proven correct after stating it three times.

    “Just the place for a Snark! I have said it twice:
    That alone should encourage the crew.
    Just the place for a Snark! I have said it thrice:
    What i tell you three times is true.”

    This is obviously the Matthew Hooton, Cameron Woodlouse (Whale) and the John Key line on all statements to be made as they attempt to undermine David Cunliffe and any one supporting him.

    One should remind Hooton et alia that the Snark turned out to be a more lethal creature than the Bellman desired… much to his regret.

  28. amirite 29

    Hooters has gone a stpe further and claims that Cunliffe lied about being in the PSA, about his Forest and Bird membership, about voluntary work etc etc….someone please give him an anti-rabies injection.

  29. Kevin Welsh 30

    All this whole episode does is prove that the Right are shitting bricks. End of story.

    • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill) 30.1

      +1 @Kevin Welsh

      • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill) 30.1.1

        @ Kevin Walsh
        …in fact your comment was so excellent I thought I’d cut and paste it in response to an idiot further down the thread. Bit of a cheat but, really, why think up a new comment for these maniacs when there is a perfectly good one to cut and paste. :)

  30. BLiP 31

    As requested . . .

    John Key’s Lies

    I promise to always be honest

    we are not going to sack public servants, the attrition rate will reduce costs

    there’s no way one in five New Zealanders will lose their jobs

    we are not going to cut working for families

    I firmly believe in climate change and always have

    We seek a 50% reduction in New Zealand’s carbon-equivalent net emissions, as compared to 1990 levels, by 2050. 50 by 50. We will write the target into law.

    National Ltd™ will provide a consistent incentive for both biofuel and biodiesel by exempting them from excise tax or road user charges

    I didn’t know about The Bretheren election tactics

    If they came to us now with that proposal [re trans-Tasman Therapeutic Goods regime], we will sign it

    I can’t remember my position on the 1981 Springbok Tour

    Tranzrail shares

    I did not mislead the House (1)

    Lord Ashcroft

    National Ltd™ would not have sent troops into Iraq

    Standard & Poors credit downgrade

    the double-down grade doesn’t really matter and its only about private sector debt

    I did not mislead the House (2)

    I didn’t say I want wages to drop

    I can’t remember why I voted against increasing the minimum wage

    lifting the minimum wage to $15 an hour will increase unemployment

    the real rate of inflation is 3.3 percent.

    the tourism sector has not lost 7,000 jobs

    no I have never heard of Whitechapel

    I won’t raise GST

    people who are on the average wage and have a child are $48 a week better off after the rise in GST

    the purchase of farmland, by overseas buyers will be limited to ten farms per purchase

    the Pike River Mine was consented to under a Labour Government

    no promises were made to get the remains of the miners out of the Pike River mine

    I did not provide a view on the safety of the Pike River coalmine

    I did not mislead the House (3)

    capping, not cutting the public service

    raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour will cost 6000 jobs

    north of $50 a week

    privatisation won’t significantly help the economy

    wave goodbye to higher taxes, not your loved ones

    I never offered Brash a diplomatic job in London

    Tariana Turia is “totally fine” with the Tuhoe Treaty Claim deal

    Kiwisaver

    National Ltd™ is not going to radically reorganise the structure of the public sector

    tax cuts won’t require additional borrowing

    New Zealand does not have a debt problem

    New Zealand troops in Afghanistan will only be involved in training, not fighting

    the wage gap between New Zealand and Australia has closed under my National Ltd™ government

    It took 9 years for Labour to make a complete and utter mess of the economy

    National Ltd™ has changed the Overseas Investment Act to include 19 different criteria

    the price of goods and services has risen by 6 percent since the last election, while the after-tax average wage has actually gone up by 16 percent

    no, although its a week ago and here I am being interviewed on television about them, I havn’t seen Gerry Brownlee’s comments regarding demolitions in Christchurch and which caused such outrage, but I can talk all about them

    our SAS soldiers were not involved in the Kabul Hotel gunfight

    the use of the Vela brother’s helicopter was required so I could attend meetings relating to national/international security concerns

    the DPS makes the decision about accompanying the Prime Minister or not, I had no choice but to take them on holiday to Hawaii

    I did not mislead the House (4)

    oh, maybe our SAS soldiers were in the Kabul hotel gun fight but they weren’t wounded by friendly fire

    New Zealand has lost $12 billion from GDP due to the Christchurch earthquake . . . oh, it might actually be around $15 billion from GDP due to the Christchurch earthquake . . . Blinglish said what?

    10,000 houses will have to be demolished in Christchurch due to the earthquake

    14,000 new apprentices will start training over the next five years, over and above the number previously forecast

    our amendments to the ETS ensure we will continue to do our fair share internationally

    we are committed to honouring our Kyoto Protocol obligations

    any changes to the ETS will be fiscally neutral

    New Zealand has grown for eight of the last nine quarters”

    National Ltd™ will tender out the government banking contract

    we will be back in surplus by 2014-15

    Nicky Hager’s book “Other People’s Wars” is a work of fiction

    unemployment is starting to fall

    we have created 60,000 jobs

    we have created 45,000 jobs

    the 2011 Budget will create in the order of 170,000 jobs

    I don’t know if I own a vineyard

    no, I did not mislead the House (5)

    the Isreali spy killed in the Christchurch quake had “only one” passport

    the Police will not need to make savings by losing jobs

    I voted to keep the drinking age at 20

    New Zealand is 100% Pure

    I’ve been prime minister for four years, and it’s really 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year

    baseball in New Zealand is attracting more government support

    the decision to buy brand new BMWs was made by the Department of Internal Affairs without reference either to their minister or to me

    I didn’t have a clue that Ministerial Services, which I am in charge of, was going to buy brand new BMWs

    even though two of my ministers knew all about it, I didn’t have a clue that brand new BMWs were being bought.

    even though my Chief of Staff met with officials to discuss purchase of the the brand new BMWs, I didn’t have a clue

    even though I personally signed papers discussing the matter, I still didn’t have a clue

    Labour forced us into buying the brand new BMWs, its their fault

    ummm, look, sorry about that BMW thing , it was because I was so upset

    I did not describe David Beckam as thick as batshit

    I did not mislead the House (6)

    the public demanded that we change the labour laws for The Hobbit

    “The Hobbit” created 3000 new jobs

    we have delivered 800 extra doctors in the public service

    I did not mislead the House (7)

    I wasn’t working at Elders when the sham foreign exchange deals took place

    I was starting School Certificate exams in 1978

    I don’t know who arrived on the CIA jet to visit the spies I am responsible for

    reducing barriers to property developers will increase the availability of affordable housing

    Labour left the economy in poor shape

    forecasts show unemployment will fall

    we have closed the wage gap with Australia by $27

    Ngati Porou and Whanau Apanui are not opposed to mining

    I have not had any meetings with Media Works

    our [NZ's] terms of trade remain high

    the TPP is an example of democracy

    National Ltd™ will use the proceeds of state asset sales to invest in other public assets, like schools and hospitals

    New Zealand troops will be out of Afghanistan by April 2013

    overseas investment in New Zealand adds to what New Zealanders can invest on their own

    overseas investment in New Zealand creates jobs, boosts incomes, and helps the economy grow

    National Ltd™ will build 2000 houses over the next two years

    there are only 4 New Zealand SAS soldiers in Bamiyan and all working in the area of logistics and planning only

    selling state assets will give cash equity to those companies

    the Sky City deal will provide 1000 construction jobs and 800 casino jobs

    all five bidders for the convention centre were treated equally

    my office has had no correspondence, no discussions, no involvement with the Sky City deal

    I did not mislead the House (8)

    I can’t remember what was discussed at my meeting with the SkyCity Chief Executive on 14 May 2009

    I have no record of the 12 November 2009 email from Treasury advising that the SkyCity deal was dodgy and needed to be referred to the Auditor General

    there was nothing improper about the Sky City deal

    SkyCity will only get “a few more” pokie machines at the margins

    any changes to gambling regulations will be subject to a full public submission process

    Sky City has approached TVNZ about the purchase/use of government-owned land

    I did not mislead the House (9)

    this government has been very transparent about all its dealings with SkyCity

    I did not mislead the House (10)

    the Auditor General has fully vindicated National over the Sky City deal

    I did not mislead the House (11)

    the Deputy Auditor General supports the view that there was nothing inappropriate about the Sky City deal

    I did not mislead the House (12)

    I did not breach the confidentiality of the Auditor General’s Report into the Sky City deal

    the Labour Government did exactly the same sort of deal back in 2001

    there’s a 50/50 chance the Hobbit is going off shore unless we do something

    David Shearer has signed up for the purchase of shares in Mighty River

    Solid Energy asked the government for a $1 billion capital investment

    fracking has been going safely on in Taranaki for the past 30 years without any issues

    no frontline positions will be lost at DOC

    Iain Rennie came to me and recommended Fletcher for the GCSB job

    I told Cabinet that I knew Ian Fletcher

    I forgot that after I scrapped the shortlist for GCSB job I phoned a life-long friend to tell him to apply for the position

    I told Iain Rennie I would contact Fletcher

    I haven’t seen Ian Fletcher in a long time.

    I did not mislead the House (13)

    I have no reason to doubt at this stage that Peter Dunne did not leak the GCSB report

    I called directory service to get Ian Fletcher’s number

    the new legislation narrows the scope of the GCSB

    the GCSB has been prevented from carrying out its functions because of the law governing its functions

    because the opposition is opposed the GCSB law ammendments, parliamentary urgency is required

    the increasing number of cyber intrusions which I can’t detail or discuss prove that the GCSB laws need to be extended to protect prive enterprise

    it was always the intent of the GCSB Act to be able to spy on New Zealanders on behalf of the SIS and police

    National Ltd™ is not explanding the activities of the GCSB with this new law

    cyber terrorists have attempted to gain access to information about weapons of mass destruction held on New Zealand computers

    the law which says the GCSB cannot spy on New Zealanders is not clear

    it totally incorrect that the Government effectively through GCSB will be able to wholesale spy on New Zealanders

    we self identified that there was a problem with the GCSB spying on Kim Dotcom

    the illegal spying on Kim Dotcom was an isolated incident

    The advice I have had in 4 years as a Minister is that in no way ever has there been an indication of unlawful spying

    first I heard I heard about Kim Dotcom was on 19 January 2012

    first I heard about the illegal spying on Kim Dotcom was in September

    I did not mislead the House (14)

    I won’t be discussing Kim Dotcom during my Hollywood visit.

    The Human Rights Commission couldn’t get its submission on the GCSB legislation in on time.

    it would cost too much to for the police and SIS to carry out the spying on New Zealanders that this new legislation will permit

    critics of the GCSB legislation, including the Law Society, the Human Rights Commission, and the Privacy Commission, are all uninformed

    no, I did not mislead the House (15)

    I do not know how Mr Henry is conducting the Enquiry

    no, I did not mislead the House (16)

    the Henry Enquiry had permission to view Ministers’ emails

    no, I did not mislead the House (??)

    we do not spy on journalists

    the passing of phone records to the Henry Enquiry was an error on the part of a contractor

    I wasn’t aware that my own Chief of Staff was instructing Parliamentary Services to hand over information concerning journalist Andrea Vance

    National Ltd™ has never tried to impinge on the role of the media

    I had nothing to do with information on a journalist being handed over to the inquiry into the leaking of the GCSB report

    the terms of the enquiry made it clear to everyone that it was only the phone records of parliamentary staff and ministers that were to be provided

    I have the utmost respect for the media and the role it plays in New Zealand’s democracy

    the Henry Enquiry did not access a journalist’s building-access records

    the Henry Enquiry did not ask for phone and email records

    no, I did not mislead the House (17)

    the Greens are opposed to the GCSB and the SIS even existing

    the GCSB needs to spy on New Zealanders because there are al-Qaeda terrorists in New Zealand

    John Minto is in the Green Party

    the GCSB needs to spy on New Zealanders because of the terrorist threat, even though official reports released over my signature say there is no risk and the SIS has the matter in hand

    the GCSB Bill does not give the GCSB the power to look at the content of communications as part of its cyber-security functions

    no, I did not mislead the House (18)

    no, I did not say we would follow the US and Australia into a war against North Korea

    New Zealand has an arrangement to have asylum seekers processed in Australian detention camps

    I did not mislead the house (19)

    I paid for that lunch and I’ve got the credit card bill to prove it

    I am honest and upfront

    the only way net new jobs can be created is by private investors putting their money into businesses in New Zealand

    an increase in the number of people looking for work indicates that confidence is returning to the economy

    the 10 percent of taxpayers in New Zealand who are the top earners pay 76 percent of all net personal tax.

    I did not mislead the House (20)

    the substantial wage growth under Labour was eroded by inflation

    National Ltd™’s 2010 tax changes were fiscally neutral

    I did not mislead the House (21)

    the bulk of New Zealanders earn between $45,000 and $75,000 a year

    Pike River Coal did not put profits and its production ahead of the safety and lives of those 29 workers.

    Radio Live had sought advice from the Electoral Commission about my show just before the election

    it is because of National Ltd™’s policies that the price of fresh fruit and vegetables has dropped.

    the length-of-the-country cycleway will create 4000 jobs.

    police training for next year has not been cancelled

    National Ltd™ has only cut back-office jobs in the health service

    The Crown’s dividend stream from the Meridians, the Mighty Rivers of the world is large and there is no motivation to sell assets; actually we’re about creating assets not selling assets.”

    National believes employment law should treat all parties fairly. It should . . . Protect employees and employers.

    I am not trying to tackle such issues in a “fearful” way ahead of the next election

    Wellington City is dying.

    National Ltd™ has been working on a number of things with New Zealand First on a number of things one of which has a financial component but I can’t talk about it

    the best way to get growth in the economy is to reduce public debt

    New Zealand mum and dad investors will be our number one priority in the allocation of Mighty River shares

    we won’t let “cowboy” oil exploration companies operate here in New Zealand

    the Green Party is racist by not allowing Chinese residents in New Zealand to buy a house

    the Labour Party is promising a four-bedroom house in Auckland for $300,000

    the food in schools programme is in the 2013 budget

    the meat exports are being held up in China because of technical issues and in relation to the Chinese looking to trace counterfeit meat

    its notoriously difficult to win three elections in a row

    I am deeply concerned about every child in New Zealand who is in poverty

    there is no manufacturing crisis in New Zealand

    the government’s exposure to MediaWorks’ going into receivership is reasonably limited

    the money from the sale of state assets will not be used to prop up Solid Energy

    I don’t see a place for a Winston Peters-led New Zealand First in a government that I lead. It’s not a matter of political convenience, it’s a matter of political principle.

    The vast majority of the buildings in Christchurch came through the earthquakes in good shape

    the commemoration of New Zealand’s involvement in the Korean War will not be used to bolster trade talks

    third generation Chinese New Zealanders will be required to present their passport before buying a house under the Labour government

    the Labour housing policy is an attempt by David Shearer to save his leadership

    the Labour housing policy is in breach of free trade agreements

    only 2% of the proceeds of the sale of Mighty River will be spent on the sales process

    David Cunliffe is lying to you

    Labour wants to nationalise the super market industry

    The government will engage in no further negotiations with Rio Tinto

    . . . as always, link testing, squabbles, refutation, and/or additions always welcome. Some of the link might not appear. For some reason, linking back to The Standard doesn’t seem work too well.

  31. North 32

    From the Vance article on Stuff timed/updated round 2.00 pm………http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/9199149/Lobbyist-Cunliffe-claim-untrue

    Shouty going off –

    “David Cunliffe had nothing to do with the foundation of Fonterra.”

    Cunliffe responding by tweet –

    “Bollocks.”

    Shouty retreating –

    “Hooton conceded the firm [BCG] was involved in the early stages: “It is true that Boston Consulting had a supporting role.” He claims it is “deeply implausible” Cunliffe was involved.”

    Far cry from liar. Seems like Shouty deliberately sought to exclude that period of time in his denunciation.

    Patient Shouty is not a well man . Cunnliparanoiasis. Generally chronic but tending to acute in his case.

    Excellent !

    • karol 32.1

      Yes. Signs of desperation. how can RNZ people continue to justify having someone in a slot that’s meant to be a debate between opposing sides, when he shouts down any attempt to respond to his smears?

      Apart from being wrong, it was Hooton’s despicable shouty behaviour than really got my goat.

    • Tracey 32.2

      Shooten Up can play personality politics and the Nats can pretend they dont.

      It’s amazing what you can buy today. Shooten Ups for sale to the highest bidder, self respect for sale.

      Perhaps he had his retirement fund on Robertson for leader at ipredict?

  32. amirite 33

    I guess the test will be if any of the major MSM picks up and runs with this “story”. Being that they are in the pocket of big business, it wouldn’t surprise me.

  33. chris73 34

    So Cunliffe was either economical with the truth (again) or embellished his CV (again) and the MSM dutifully reported it (again)

    Not a good rep to have in the lead up to an election

    [lprent: It looks like Hooten was being economical with his definitions.

    It appears that he thinks that Fonterra was created from his efforts alone, or at least only in the period that he was involved. The reality is that it took nearly a decade for the idea of a large dairy company to go from concept to fruition and a large number of people were involved. Hooten was merely at the tail end of that process when they came up with that silly name.

    The hubris of this arrogant lie by Hooten is the issue. It is a pity that we cannot vote that cowshit artist out eh? ]

    • karol 34.1

      So Cunliffe Hooton was either economical with the truth (again) or embellished his CV accusations and spin (again) and the MSM dutifully reported it (again)

      Not a good rep to have in the lead up to an election

      FIFY

      • emergency mike 34.1.1

        Though to be fair karol, it’s exactly the sort of rep that a sleazy spin merchant covets. It was so lamely transparent the way he tried oh so hard to squeeze the words lie, lies, lying, lied, liar in there as many times as possible.

    • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill) 34.2

      All this whole episode does is prove that the Right are shitting bricks. End of story. ~ (Thanks Kevin)

    • gobsmacked 34.3

      The “rep” is all in your imaginary world.

      Why do you eat baby kittens for breakfast? Why, Chris, why?

    • emergency mike 34.4

      “So Cunliffe was either economical with the truth (again) or embellished his CV (again) and…”

      So you’re saying either Cunliffe bent the truth or Cunliffe bent the truth… that’s some convincing logic. Or maybe: OR Matthew Hooten, known BS artist for NAct, is just being his usual BS self.

      See that’s the problem with being a known BS artist, even when you believe you’re telling the truth, who’s going to believe you?

      “But… but…. but…” Poor Hooten, the hollowman who cried wolf.

      • chris73 34.4.1

        Naah in this case its what the voting public believes though I don’t think its that bad I mean everyone embellishes their CV and people expect politicians to tell porkies

        Cunliffe’ll want to be careful that his stretching the truth doesn’t reach critical mass though

        [lprent: You mean Hooten don't you? ]

        • emergency mike 34.4.1.1

          “Cunliffe’ll want to be careful that his stretching the truth doesn’t reach critical mass though”

          OR Hooten needs to be careful that his accusations don’t get him a lawsuit.

          Besides, Cunliffe’s got a long way to go on the ‘stretching the truth’ front to get to John Key critical mass levels no?

        • chris73 34.4.1.2

          To quote Dr House

          “Everybody lies”

          • McFlock 34.4.1.2.1

            Methinks hoots’ main sin is in the frequency, degree, and insulting level of transparency, rather than simply the practise.

    • Tracey 34.5

      Funny how it never occurred to you that Shooten Up was making shit up

  34. gobsmacked 35

    This is a classic move in the “game” of politics that Hooton admits he loves. It’s the old “Pawn Attacks King”.

    The pawn (Matthew) is expendable, and can’t be destroyed anyway (because unlike the target of his attacks, he can’t get voted out). The Nats don’t need Key or Joyce or anyone in Parliament to do the dirty work. That’s what Hooton, Slater, Farrar & co are for. See “Plausible Deniability”.

    Cunliffe – and his supporters – must resist getting sucked into the game i.e. using the King to attack the Pawn. That’s what the Right want. Hooton’s smear will be given legs by some in the media (not all, not even most). Already Duncan Garner and Bill Ralston have used the old “sue if not true” line …. a tired old tactic.

    But this is only the beginning, and the closer Labour get to power then the more the dirt will fly. They can’t react to every smear, because there wouldn’t be enough courts in the land to sue every time they do this.

    Ultimately the voters are far more interested in what Cunliffe/Labour have to offer their real lives, and so that must remain the focus … see Hooton’s diversion for what it is, coz there’s going to be a lot more of it.

    (Edit – Karol’s post is excellent. Rebut with facts.)

    • karol 35.1

      Thanks, gobsmacked.

      The whole treatment of politics as a “game” has become way to prominent in contemporary politics for my liking. And the right particularly do that. They seem uninterested in whether it means the exclusion of so many struggling Kiwis. It’s what turns a lot of people off politics, and makes them feel no-one is representing their issues.

      I have also noticed that many NAct MPs use the same strategy that Hooton used today: talking or shouting over the opposition so that only their own narrative/lines get heard. This particularity happens a lot during TV and radio debates around election time. And the hosts/chairs and MSM journos don’t ever really seem to call the NActs on it.

      It’s not the behaviour of people who support democracy and democratic debate.

    • Saarbo 35.2

      Yes, but we would expect RNZ to have higher standards and not allow itself to facilitate Right Wing spin. Katherine Ryan tried to shut Matthew Hooten down but he refused, so I hope they take action. Hooten lacks the professionalism required for the 9 to Noon spot…

  35. karol 36

    A little quiz for a bit of distraction. Who said this in October 2011, about the left’s a(alleged) focus on hating John Key.

    I think National can expect a long period in office as long as all you storm-troopers of the left remain so bizarrely obsessed with this guy.

  36. vto 37

    Matthew Hooton, what a bloody clown.

    You should all stop letting yourself get distracted by the court jester, which is all he is, as you well know.

    • chris73 37.1

      Yes its obvious hes setting the agenda, also kind of overshadowing the announcement of the new line up as well…

      • felix 37.1.1

        lolz nah not even.

        Storm in a bedpan. Of interest to a couple of thousand people, all of whom – yourself included – already know exactly what Hooton is.

  37. Pascal's bookie 38

    Hooton’s story, as far as I can make out, is that yes, Cunliffe might have been in on the BCG’s work in the 90′s which recommended a single seller, but the National govt of the time was fucking useless so it all fell over. Then Cunliffe was elected to parliament and the single seller model, which was completely different from anything BCG even thought of, got through under the new government.

  38. GregJ 39

    Little Hoot
    (with apologies to Hardie Gramatky and children everywhere)

    Little Hoot was just a nutjob
    Just a happy little rightwing nutjob
    And he comes from a line of nutjobs filthy & vile
    And it seems that Little Hoot
    always craved to give a toot
    As he tried to produce spin in Crosby’s style

    Won’t you ever grow up Little Hoot?
    Won’t you ever grow up Little Hoot?
    When there’s shit to be flung
    He won’t leave Whale alone in dung
    Won’t you ever grow up Little Hoot?

    Now Little Hoot yearned to be the Right’s star
    which just won’t happen writing solely at NBR
    So he decided then and there
    as he aspires to Farrar’s chair
    That he’d try to be best spinner of trash he could be
    Now when National Radio needs rightwing rant
    Or other media blinkered cant
    Little Hoot pops up like some RWNJ savant

    Won’t you ever grow up Little Hoot?
    Won’t you ever grow up Little Hoot?
    When there’s bull to be spun
    He hungers to be National’s number one
    Won’t you ever grow up Little Hoot?

    Now he’s threshing all around
    Since Cunliffe’s come to town
    In political seas he’s being tossed and tossed and tossed
    And his heart is filled with fear
    For he knows the end is near
    And as the polls begin to turn Little Hoot sees all will be lost

    Won’t you ever grow up Little Hoot?
    Won’t you ever grow up Little Hoot?
    When there’s smears to be had
    He’s like Textor’s little lad
    Won’t you ever grow up Little Hoot?

    What a shame
    What a shame
    The Public’s sussed your little game
    Won’t you ever grow up Little Hoot?

  39. gobsmacked 40

    Well, it seems Hooton’s move was badly over-played and so it’s failed.

    A review of media outlets, through Google, Twitter and good old TV/radio tells us that … virtually nobody gives a damn.

    Coverage of Cunliffe/Labour today – 90% reshuffle, 10% Hooton and Key. So, largely positive.

    But if Cunliffe had taken the bait, then the coverage would have been 90% “Cunliffe says “I am not a liar”. Negative.

    Good judgement. Good result.

    Of course Hooton will respond by pushing this even more, but he’s already gone nuclear much too soon, so only self-destruction remains. Silly boy.

    • Anne 40.1

      And every time he pushes the ‘Cunliffe is a liar’ button we’ll just publish BLiP’s latest list.

  40. amirite 41

    After not much pondering, I have come to the conclusion that Hooton is an attention whore.

    • felix 41.1

      Whoring is a relatively honest profession, especially when compared to the type of work Matthew of Exeltium gets up to.

  41. Tracey 42

    chris everyone doesnt lie in their cv. or as you so hootenesquely put it, embellish.

    karol et al, complaint to broadcasting authority?

    Shooten up doesnt care about the truth and where are all the nats decrying the personal attacks. if Shooten up had a problem with the PMs litany of lies he would have some credibility.

    Cunliffe either worked any precursor to fonterra or he didnt, but doesnt Shooten up have some obligation to do some, or any research first, if he actually cared about the truth?

  42. Tracey 43

    if i were cunliffe its mckinsey i would be distancing myself from.

  43. MrSmith 44

    Hooton re-righting history again.

    Fonterra was his idea now, forming a monopoly run along socialist lines then shouting from the rooftop, ‘look at me aren’t I smart’ he just cracks me up.

  44. One Anonymous Knucklehead 45

    Hollow Hooten and his feeble smears, what a waste of perfectly good oxygen. On publicly funded radio no less.

    We need better wingnuts.

  45. Intrinsicvalue 46

    [deleted]

    [lprent: you are currently banned. See http://thestandard.org.nz/hooton-please-apologise/#comment-700738 ]

  46. Intrinsicvalue 47

    [deleted]

    [lprent: You are still banned - doubling up for an extra two weeks.

    It is also off the topic of this post and diversion trolling. Add a week for each. I guess you still haven't read the policy.

    I don't expect to see back before the 24th of October. Otherwise I double the whole lot up again and add extra on top, ]

    • Colonial Viper 47.1

      Geee you Righties must be shitting your daks to be reaching like this. Remind me again what Key did with his Tranzrail shares, and whether or not he manipulated the NZ dollar as a forex trader and hurt the country?

  47. Wayne (a different one) 48

    Silent ‘T’ is a liar – he can’t help himself, he’s been caught out before. How you can defend this “tosspot” beggars belief, but there you are! I can only think therefore, the contributors thus far are either gullible, blind & deaf or as dumb as a sack of hammers. I can’t wait for the next sitting of Parliament the Nats will be rubbing their hands with glee and, all lining up to have a crack at him.

    [lprent: Or it could be that you are simply a gullible dickhead. The rest of your mindless comments would tend to support that. But I'd suggest that you read the policy closely before attacking authors. This is your warning. ]

    • Tracey 48.1

      Hi Wayne ( the other one)

      Which hand is your callous on?

    • karol 48.2

      Silent T(revor) is just keeping his head down, and has nothing to do with this discussion.

      I watched Question Time today – didn’t see Silent T(rev) and no-one mentioned him. Robust questioning from opposition MPs though lead by Cunliffe – renewed vigour in holding the government to account.

      And even right leaning Pundits like Garner & F O’sullivan have tweeted that they reckon Hooton went to far & think Cunliffe was more credible. Hooton’s credibility took a hit yesterday.

      Wayne (ado), please keep up -not doing your credibility much good, being so behind & off target.

    • thatguynz 48.3

      You talk about defending a “tosspot” yet seemingly support John Key? Blinkers perhaps or just outright fucktardism?

    • Intrinsicvalue 48.4

      Isn’t it odd that your comments are deemed unacceptable to the moderators, yet far worse ones are permitted because they support the politics of this blog. Free speech rules on the left. Not.

      [lprent: I believe I have already told you to read the policy. Evidently that is something that you are too much of a stupid idiot to do. Otherwise you'd know that there is a darwin award for doing personal attacks on authors.

      You will note the absence of such attacks from the 'left'. For demonstration of pig ignorant stupidity, we have to rely on arrogant shitheads like yourself who do not read the site rules. ]

    • QoT 48.5

      LOL VAGINA, amirite? Tee hee naughty bits.

  48. tricledrown 49

    Bomber bradbury gets bannedfor tellingthe truth!
    By RNZ Hooten gets away with a lie and doesn’t get any sanction.

    • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill) 49.1

      +1 Tricledrown

    • felix 49.2

      I thought he was kicked off the panel for being a bit of a wally.

      Your point still stands though either way.

    • Te Reo Putake 49.3

      I got a prompt and reasonable reply to an email I sent to Radio NZ. In it, I’m told that Hooten’s repeated allegations were unacceptable and this has been made clear to him.

      So not sacked, but very much on the naughty step.

      • vto 49.3.1

        what a clown

        • felix 49.3.1.1

          Yep the guy is a spanner.

          He put himself right on the line yesterday. He was supposed to divert the media away from the Labour reshuffle but he failed to put the work in because he’s a lazy bastard who tries to get everything done on the piss at the last minute with no effort and still charge top dollar.

          His last desperate shot was to go “full retard”. He ended up putting himself in legal jeopardy, as well as risking one of his jobs, and yet he still utterly failed to make even the tiniest dent in Labour’s good news story.

          Didn’t anyone tell him why you never go full retard?

          • McFlock 49.3.1.1.1

            lol
            got to admit having a soft spot for that movie :)

          • vto 49.3.1.1.2

            Why would a clown put himself on the line like that? It’s just a quick jab is what it is.

            • McFlock 49.3.1.1.2.1

              going with the clown motif, the best option is to throw the pie into the straight guy’s face. But if you can’t, take a prat fall into the pie stand. Even if the straight guy doesn’t get hit by the cream, people will still remember him standing next to the table when it fell over.

              Unless you make such a spectacular pratfall that all people remember is you being a prat, and can’t remember who was standing beside you.

      • Tracey 49.3.2

        then he will consider he succeeeded and pick up his cheque

        • felix 49.3.2.1

          He may well think that, but ultimately he made himself the story instead of his target and that’s a monumental fail.

          His egomaniacal defensiveness suggests that in his rotting black heart he knows he fucked up.

  49. Natsway 50

    As they say “explaining is losing” and boy is he doing a lot of explaining at the moment. This story could blow silent “T”s credibility completely out of the water. Fresh evidence coming to light would suggest “T” has lied and is still lying. Another “Road Show” coming up to select yet another leader?

    [lprent: Read the policy. You look like a particularly stupid kind of a troll. Canned phrases and no intelligence. Have a week off the site to read the word because I think that you will probably need it when you don't have Slaters hands up your arse typing for you.. ]

    • gobsmacked 50.1

      Helpful hint to “natsway” … you look slightly less stupid if you don’t come on here immediately after W.Oil has blogged and Judith Collins has tweeted, telling you exactly what to do. So try and make it look as if you have your own brain.

      More desperation, more dirt, we’re laughing. Keep it up, please.

      • Tracey 50.1.1

        the silent t business is right up there with the smearing of Clark. Nats show true misogynist colours. Everything boils down to genitalia if this truly reflects middle new zealand then its a sad and puerile middle nz.

      • karol 50.1.2

        interesting, gs.

        So does that put hooton & Vance in the WO & Collins camp?

    • karol 50.2

      Your misogynist use of sly references to vaginas as some kind of dirty thing, isn’t funny and does no credit to your politics, Natsway – but I guess that’s the Natz way.

      The problem for the Natz is that Hooton’s attempted smear is becoming the story and the joke, rather than the smear itself.

      So keep up your dodgy ways and keep stressing all you own goals.

    • karol 50.3

      As they say “explaining is losing” and boy is he doing a lot of explaining at the moment.

      hahhahhah – citation needed of all Cunliffe’s explanations on this CV issue? Mostly I see a lot of jokes, one or two brief facts that quickly derail these clumsy smear attempts – and if you look up thread you’ll see it’s Hooton that’s put in the position of trying to explain his clumsy smear attempt,…. and losing.

      You NActs certainly are on the back foot these days.

      • Tracey 50.3.1

        yup all that boyish giggling about being able to say cun* without actually saying it. Collins Tolley and any other woman they have in their strategy meetings must cringe…

        Oh how they laughed when it was first coined.

  50. Delia 51

    Yes, Natsway, it is always some dirty smear, some little tit bit for the future with the National party. At least David Cunliffe does not use smears politically. They talked about Mike W going to Sydney well you lot in your – d e s p e r a t i o n – are running rings around anything he ever did.

  51. Te Reo Putake 52

    All a bit too little, too late, I’m afraid. The damage is already done.

  52. Colonial Viper 53

    Link please, shit head.

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  • Auckland rail use spike shows need to start link now
    The Green Party today welcomes Auckland Transport figures showing rail patronage has soared by 23 percent in June from June 2013, demonstrating both the value of electrification and the need to immediately get cracking building the Auckland City Rail link."We...
    Greens | 25-07
  • Soaring rail use in Auckland shows need for rail link now
    The Green Party today welcomes Auckland Transport figures showing rail patronage has soared by 23 percent in June from June 2013, demonstrating both the value of electrification and the need to immediately get cracking building the Auckland City Rail link."We...
    Greens | 25-07
  • Puhoi-Warkworth decision doesn’t stack up
    The Board of Inquiry decision on the Puhoi-Warkworth motorway gives the green light to a project that doesn’t stack up, says Labour’s Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford. “Labour would spend $320 million immediately to fix the accident black spots, put in...
    Labour | 25-07
  • Key must stand Brownlee down during investigation
    The wise thing for the Prime Minister to do is ask Gerry Brownlee to hand in his transport warrant and to stand him down for the duration of the CAA investigation, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “It’s not good enough...
    Labour | 25-07
  • Puhoi highway won’t help Northland roads
    The draft decision by the Environmental Protection Agency to grant resource consent to the proposed $1.65 billion Puhoi motorway doesn't stop it being a waste of money, the Green Party said today. "The Puhoi motorway is an unnecessary waste of...
    Greens | 25-07
  • Green Party to focus on issues not sideshows
    The Green Party has launched its creative for the 2014 election; Love New Zealand. The Green Party campaign focuses on the issues where there is concern that we do not love New Zealand enough; our increasingly polluted environment, increased poverty...
    Greens | 25-07
  • Coleman must come clean about FBI briefing
    Former Immigration Minister Jonathan Coleman must come clean about when he was told the FBI was investigating Kim Dotcom, Labour’s Associate Security and Intelligence spokesperson Grant Robertson says. “Jonathan Coleman has previously said ministers were not aware of the American...
    Labour | 25-07
  • Regional economies need tailored plans
    News that up to 114 jobs could be lost from Fonterra’s Canpac plant in Hamilton reinforces the need for a government plan to build resilient regional economies, Labour’s MP for Hauraki-Waikato Nanaia Mahuta says. “The Canpac site has effectively responded...
    Labour | 25-07
  • Kiwis to get the final vote on amalgamation
    New Zealanders will get the right to have a final say on any proposed local body amalgamations, says Labour’s local government spokesperson Su’a William Sio releasing Labour’s Local Government policy today....
    Labour | 24-07
  • Dr Rajen Prasad’s Valedictory Statement
    Draft Hansard Parliamentary Record. Subject to correction. Bula vinaka. Namaste, Mr Assistant Speaker. Thank you very much. Tēnā koe. I am a lucky migrant and am privileged to have received as much as I have from this country for over...
    Labour | 24-07
  • Darien Fenton’s Valedictory Statement
    Nga mihi nui - kia koutou. I acknowledge all Members of Parliament I have served with and I do so without rancour or criticism. Over nearly nine years in parliament I’ve found that despite furious debate about political difference, most...
    Labour | 24-07
  • Immigation and Kim Dotcom – Harawira
    “I just got a call from National Business Review reporter, asking whether there was any contradiction between my thoughts on immigration in 2009 and now, particularly given MANA’s newly minted relationship with Kim Dotcom” said MANA leader and Tai Tokerau...
    Mana | 24-07
  • Nats to announce 2nd crossing without rail
    Labour Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford says it has been leaked to him that John Key will rule out a rail option when announcing an accelerated timeframe for Auckland’s $5 billion second harbour crossing next month. “I understand the Government’s plan...
    Labour | 24-07
  • “They put Maori centre stage” – Harawira
    “I’m sorry I can’t be at parliament for the valedictory speeches of Tariana Turia and Pita Sharples” said Hone Harawira, MANA Leader and MP for Tai Tokerau, ”but I’d like to add my own best wishes as they reach the end...
    Mana | 24-07
  • ACT trying to have it both ways on zoning
    ACT Party candidate David Seymour’s campaign against changes to school zones in the Epsom electorate looks hollow given his party’s commitment to the abolition of school zoning altogether, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “It’s disingenuous for David Seymour to...
    Labour | 24-07
  • Interest rate rise will hit the regions
    The latest interest rate rise will hit the fragile regional economies of  New Zealand and hurt exporters by putting more upward pressure on the exchange rate, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker.  “The regions are already hit by dropping  export...
    Labour | 24-07
  • Burning the flag or accepting the evil
    Burning the Israeli flag in Auckland in protest over the murder of innocent civilians in Gaza is nothing to be ashamed of” said MANA Leader and Tai Tokerau MP, Hone Harawira. “Calling for both sides to stand down when one side...
    Mana | 23-07
  • Photo op disguises abysmal failure
    John Key’s opening of four Housing NZ units in Bexley today is nothing more than an insincere photo op designed to hide the Government’s failure to rebuild the housing stock destroyed by the earthquakes, says Labour’s Associate Housing spokesperson Poto...
    Labour | 23-07
  • TAXPAYER UNION “outrageously stupid”
    Jordan Williams, Executive Director of the Taxpayers’ Union says a MANA billboard “appears to have been funded by taxpayers”, and calls it “an outrageous use of taxpayer money”. “But the only thing that is outrageous, is how outrageously stupid Jordan Williams was...
    Mana | 23-07
  • Green Party launches Solar in Schools policy
    The Green Party will help schools install solar and save money on their power bills by investing $20 million into solar PV systems in schools. The $20 million is expected to:Help around 500 schools install solar over three yearsResult in...
    Greens | 23-07
  • Extent of job losses at Invermay remain hidden
    Despite growing concern in the agriculture and science sectors, both AgResearch management and the Minister responsible are continuing to hide the true extent of job losses at AgResearch’s Invermay campus, Labour’s MP for Dunedin North David Clark says. “Science and...
    Labour | 23-07
  • Tōku reo, tōku oho oho, tōku reo, tōku mapihi maurea – MANA launches ...
    “MANA is launching its te reo Māori policy this morning ahead of the first reading of the government’s Māori Language Strategy Bill this afternoon”, saidMANA deputy leader and candidate for Waiariki, Annette Sykes. “MANA’s policy is based on a love...
    Mana | 23-07
  • Connectivity Upgrade to close digital divide
    Labour will close the digital divide with its Connectivity Upgrade to ensure all New Zealanders can be part of a growing, more connected economy and have the right to access quality broadband, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says.  “The digital revolution...
    Labour | 23-07
  • New parents deserve support – Labour will deliver
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    Labour | 23-07
  • National refuses meeting with Maui’s advocates
    National has refused a briefing from a group of Maui's dolphins experts, whose research shows 80 per cent of New Zealanders want greater protection for the critically endangered dolphin, the Green Party said today.Dolphin campaigner Gemma McGrath and marine scientist...
    Greens | 23-07
  • MANA Tamaki send a challenge to Labour
    “Labour should set the agenda and purposely do something positively controversial once a week”, said MANA candidate for Mt Albert, Joe Carolan. “A good start would be for all Labour Auckland MPs and members to join the Justice for Palestine...
    Mana | 23-07
  • We must act to save our dolphins
    A new report makes it clear for the urgent need to protect Maui’s and Hector’s dolphins while arguing  it is clear that there is no need for further research, says Labour’s Conservation spokesperson Ruth Dyson.  “Labour backs the public call...
    Labour | 23-07
  • School told to manipulate national standards data
    Parents can have little confidence in the Government’s National Standards after an Auckland school was told to manipulate its data so it added up, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins. “Valley School in Pukekohe was advised in an email from the...
    Labour | 23-07
  • Regional economies must have tailored plans
    News that up to 114 jobs could be lost from Fonterra’s Canpac plant in Hamilton reinforces the need for a government plan to build resilient regional economies, Labour’s MP for Hauraki-Waikato Nanaia Mahuta says. “The Canpac site has effectively responded...
    Labour | 23-07
  • Auditor General slams Shared Services project
    The Auditor-General’s Office could not have been more damning about the 18 months spent on the Central Agency Shared Services (CASS) project at the Finance and Expenditure Committee this morning, says Maryan Street, Labour’s State Services spokesperson.  ...
    Labour | 23-07
  • Fonterra job losses a massive blow to Waikato
    The potential loss of up to 114 jobs from Fonterra’s Canpac plant in Hamilton is a massive blow to the Waikato region which has already lost hundreds of jobs, Labour says. Labour’s Social Development spokesperson and Hamilton-based list MP Sue...
    Labour | 23-07
  • Basin flyover decision an opportunity for capital
    The decision to reject the proposed flyover at the Basin Reserve must be taken as an opportunity to properly fund Wellington’s transport future and must not be used as an excuse to take resources away from the capital, Wellington Labour MPs...
    Labour | 22-07
  • National out of touch with the regions
    John Key is out of touch with regional New Zealand if he believes tinkering with council regulations will restore opportunities to small towns, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “While the regions are crying out for sustainable growth and job opportunities,...
    Labour | 22-07
  • Flyover rejection a victory for sustainable transport
    The rejection of the proposed Basin Reserve flyover by a Board of Inquiry is a victory for sustainable transport in Wellington and paves the way for other alternatives to be given a fair hearing, Wellington Labour MPs Grant Robertson and...
    Labour | 22-07
  • Reo Māori Policy Launch
    MANA will be launching its Reo Māori policy at 10am Thursday 24 July, at Matangireia (the old Māori Affairs Select Committee room at Parliament). We will also be addressing our concerns regarding the Minister of Māori Affairs Māori Language Strategy...
    Mana | 22-07
  • Basin Flyover decision victory for common sense
    The Green Party welcomed the Environmental Protection Authority's draft decision announced today not to allow the $90 million Basin Reserve flyover in Wellington to proceed."Both popular and expert opinion opposed the flyover. The proposal was expensive, unnecessary and would have...
    Greens | 22-07
  • Loss Leading could destroy Kiwi lamb’s reputation
    Meat companies that supply supermarkets and sell New Zealand lamb as a loss leader in the United Kingdom should lose their access to this valuable quota market, said Labour’s Primary Industries spokesperson Damien O’Connor. “Our reputation as a Lamb producer...
    Labour | 22-07
  • Ae Marika! 22 July 2014
    The big storm has gone, but the damage that it did and the saturation levels that it reached meant that smaller storms quickly overwhelmed roading, and water-flow systems again in the north. And although certain individuals are talking up the...
    Mana | 21-07
  • 2014 Roger Award nominations now open
    The Roger Award is for The Worst Transnational Corporation Operating in Aotearoa/New Zealand in 2014 Nominations are now open please visit the website to nominate the worst TNC in Aotearoa. You will need to include reasons why you think your...
    Mana | 21-07
  • Labour will revive the regions with new fund
    The next Labour Government will co-develop Regional Growth Plans for every region of New Zealand and will invest at least $200 million in a fund to create breakthrough opportunities for jobs and sustainable growth, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says....
    Labour | 21-07
  • Something Fishy About Nick Smith’s Game.
    NICK SMITH’S crude intimidation of the Fish and Game Council points to the bleakest of environmental futures should National be re-elected on 20 September. It is now considerably clearer than 60 percent of New Zealand’s lakes, rivers and streams that...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Key’s odd personal hypocrisy in Epsom, his kiss of death to the Maori Par...
    Aside from tricking Colin Craig into running in an electorate National can crush him in, John Key has announced three things in his election deals that are ill thought out. The first is his deal with the Maori Party. At a time...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Why it’s all over for the Conservative Party
    Whatever flirtations were made months ago to Colin Craig by National strategists, the polling must have come back showing them too much of their soft urban vote would walk if Key was in Government with Colin Craig.  The necessary inside muscle to...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Balance in the NZ Herald and has something gone terribly wrong at the Heral...
    So the ‘balance’ in the NZ Herald this year for the election will be… Guest columnists will include the acerbic Cactus Kate from the radical right, former Labour candidate Josie Pagani and broadcaster Mark Sainsbury. Right, so that would be...
    The Daily Blog | 27-07
  • Phew – National Party hubris seals strategy
    The National Party are bot listening to Matthew Hooton. Phew. Hooton has crunched the numbers and based on past polling National always drops 6 points come election day. National aren’t listening. Barging through the need to cut deals with all...
    The Daily Blog | 27-07
  • Noam Chomsky on the TPPA
    Noam Chomsky on the TPPA...
    The Daily Blog | 27-07
  • Unacceptable secrecy around labelling people terrorists
    It’s good to see the Sunday Star-Times attempting to get more information from government agencies about Daryl Jones, the Kiwi killed in a US drone strike in Yemen.  The paper is right to complain about the government’s refusal to provide...
    The Daily Blog | 27-07
  • A critical deconstruction of John Key – what’s behind the facade?
    Aspiring national leaders need a popular narrative of their rise to power.  Once in office, the narrative can be refined to fit the requirements of leadership and re-election.  Such is the purpose of John Roughan’s John Key: Portrait of  a...
    The Daily Blog | 27-07
  • Radio Live – off Mark
    The Top Marks lasted five weeks on Mediaworks radio station The Sound. This may have something to do with last being relevant in the mid-1980s when there were only two commercial FM licences in Auckland and they were on one...
    The Daily Blog | 27-07
  • Wellingtonians say ‘No!’ to Israeli aggression
    .   . Wellington, NZ, 26 July – About 600 Wellingtonians, and from further afield, met at the Cuba Mall Bucket fountain under a wintery sunny sky, to protest Israel’s continuing aggression in the Gaza strip, which – at the...
    The Daily Blog | 27-07
  • GUEST BLOG: Shasha Ali – I am an indigenous person but I will never call ...
    Yesterday was indeed a politically hectic day in Aoteaora New Zealand, especially if you are an activist that cares about both human and non-human animal rights. Protest actions were organised to demand an end to factory farming from about noon, and...
    The Daily Blog | 26-07
  • Pro-Israel, Pro-Palestine or ‘Pro-Peace’?
    Latest protest for people of Gaza in Auckland In the past couple of weeks I have heard a lot of people say that they are neither Pro-Israel nor Pro-Palestine; they are pro-peace. This is a stand that I respect. Everyone...
    The Daily Blog | 26-07
  • So we can’t feed the kids, the poor OR the sick now?
    Let me get this straight. We can borrow $10 billion in tax cuts over the last 6 years for the richest NZers, but we can not feed the kids, the poor or even the sick now? Revealed: Warning over hospital food...
    The Daily Blog | 26-07
  • Kim Dotcom has said it, Laila Harre has said it and now David fisher says i...
    Fascinating piece by David Fisher in the NZ Herald breaking down how many opportunities the Government had to listen to officials and stop KDC entering the country and concludes KDC should never have been allowed in… It prepared papers for the...
    The Daily Blog | 25-07
  • You, Me and the GCSB Public Meetings
      The GCSB and TICS legislation rushed through Parliament by John Key represent the largest erosion of civil liberties this country has seen since the 1951 Waterfront Lockout. In the post Snowden world we now know a mass surveillance state operating...
    The Daily Blog | 25-07
  • A feminist takedown of Whale Oil
    Whale Oil does it again. How many more times is he going to attack and discredit Tania Billingsley publicly? In a short blog published on Wednesday ‘Nothing to be sorry for‘ Whale Oil also known as Cameron Slater, is defending John Key...
    The Daily Blog | 25-07
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Ares Rolinson – New Zealand First – We’ll Be Back
    Earlier this week, Bomber penned a missive which set out in some detail why he thought my people, New Zealand First, wouldn’t be making it back into Parliament later this year. Being a pugnacious, vindictive sort who’d never let such an...
    The Daily Blog | 25-07
  • The changes teachers DO want
    “Oh you teachers, you just want everything to stay the same – what’s wrong with choice?  Bloody teachers.  Typical that you don’t want testing – trying to hide that you’re all useless. What about our poor kids?  Gnash gnash rant rant...” That’s...
    The Daily Blog | 25-07
  • A feminist take down of Whale Oil
    Whale Oil does it again. How many more times is he going to attack and discredit Tania Billingsley publicly? In a short blog published on Wednesday Nothing to be sorry for Whale Oil also known as Cameron Slater, is defending John Key...
    The Daily Blog | 25-07
  • On so called Labour Party ‘distractions’
    The right wing of the Labour Party are constructing a narrative that Labour need to stop chasing distractions and focus on the real issues that matter and not these silly GCSB, inequality, domestic violence, media bias, TPPA issues. It is...
    The Daily Blog | 25-07
  • Selfies: Labour’s Electorate MPs are at it again
    IT’S A LITTLE TRIANGLE of grass at the corner of Rewa Street and Mt Eden Road, ideal for election hoardings. Wandering along Mt Eden Road last Saturday morning to our weekly appointment with the brunch menu at Orvieto, my family and...
    The Daily Blog | 25-07
  • Well, well, well – Jonathan Coleman did know about FBI interest into Kim ...
    Last years GCSB Town Hall meeting in Auckland Oh dear, the cover up and lies are starting to fall over now aren’t they… Coleman knew of FBI interest in Dotcom pre-residency decisionGovernment minister Jonathan Coleman knew the FBI was interested...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • Why You Must March Against Factory Farming This Saturday, 12pm
    The rally this Saturday is critical because this is the FIRST TIME IN NEW ZEALAND HISTORY that a major party has agreed to ban all intensive factory farming practices. The Labour party, the Greens, Internet-Mana, the SPCA, SAFE and other...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • Astronaut tweets photo of explosions over Israel and Gaza from space
      This is what a war zone looks like from space: From aboard the International Space Station, German astronaut Alexander Gerst tweeted this image as the station passed over Israel and Gaza in what he called ‘his saddest photo yet’....
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • When Firstline are focusing on flag burning rather than dead Palestinian ch...
    The IDF are butchering children in UN schools this morning and what’s the big issue on TV3s Firstline? Flag burning. How pathetic, and what a slap in the face to Mike McRoberts who is currently risking his life in Gaza...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • ‘Victim’ vs ‘Terrorist’
    ‘Victim’ vs ‘Terrorist’...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • Petition asking TVNZ to stand Hosking down as election moderator jumps to o...
    In just a day the petition calling on TVNZ to replace Hosking as the election moderator has jumped to over 2500, you can sign it here. The defence that the Right are trying to run here is that John Campbell...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • When the mainstream media go feral: the descent into sheer farce, according...
    . . It had to happen, I guess… The media pack-campaign against Labour Leader David Cunliffe has managed to  plumb new depths of absurdity. On TV3, on 24 July,  TV3/Tova O’Brien ran this report on their 6PM News bulletin, about...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • Coalition for Better Broadcasting: MIKE HOSKING FOR PM?
    Yes indeed. Mike Hosking is for the PM. And now he’s able to do even more as moderator (or should that be immoderator) of TVNZ’s election debates. Here at the Coalition for Better Broadcasting we feel it’s pretty safe to say that...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • The lie that “There is no alternative” to neo-liberal economic policies
    Supporters of President Maduro in Venezuela rally   Since the 1980s we have had drubbed into our heads that there was no alternative to the economic and social policies unleashed at that time. It even had it’s own acronym – TINA. The...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • A Kanaky tale of mining skulduggery and environmental courage
    Florent Eurisouké … still campaigning against mining. Photo: Del Abcede/PMC David Robie also blogs at Café Pacific AN EXTRAORDINARY story of mining skulduggery and a courageous struggle by indigenous Kanak environmental campaigners has been captured in a poignant new documentary,...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • UNBREAKING: The list of questions Mike Hosking will use in first TVNZ leade...
    “Good evening ladies and gentlemen and welcome to the first TVNZ leaders debate being held live in the gloriously beautiful Sky City ball room. It’s such a beautiful building boys and girls, we are so blessed to have Sky City...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • Internet Party Party review
      I have been to A LOT of political party functions in my time, and they tend to be dull affairs at the best of times but what is happening with Internet MANA is something quite exciting. I went to...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • Dear Seven Sharp – after learning Hosking will be the leaders debate ...
    I have to be honest, I had made the decision last night  to accept Seven Sharp’s hastily offered opportunity to appear on their show after I savagely criticised the bullshit whitewash story they did on John Key’s favourite far right hate speech...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • National refuses meeting with Maui’s advocates
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: National refuses meeting with Maui’s advocates Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | Press Release This is another reminder that the National Government does not care about the survival of the Maui’s dolphin National...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Message from CTU President Helen Kelly
    MIL OSI – Source: Unite Union – Headline: Message from CTU President Helen Kelly Dear MikeThere’s only 43 days until September 3, when voting in the General Election starts. The last day to vote is September 20.Thanks heaps for signing...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • MANA Tamaki send a challenge to Labour
    MIL OSI – Source: Mana Movement – Headline: MANA Tamaki send a challenge to Labour Posted on July 23, 2014 by admin in Joe Carolan, Press Releases“Labour should set the agenda and purposely do something positively controversial once a week”,...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • We must act to save our dolphins
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: We must act to save our dolphins A new report makes it clear for the urgent need to protect Maui’s and Hector’s dolphins while arguing  it is clear that there is no...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • School told to manipulate national standards data
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: School told to manipulate national standards data Parents can have little confidence in the Government’s National Standards after an Auckland school was told to manipulate its data so it added up, Labour’s...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Regional economies must have tailored plans
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Regional economies must have tailored plans News that up to 114 jobs could be lost from Fonterra’s Canpac plant in Hamilton reinforces the need for a government plan to build resilient regional...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Auditor General slams Shared Services project
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Auditor General slams Shared Services project The Auditor-General’s Office could not have been more damning about the 18 months spent on the Central Agency Shared Services (CASS) project at the Finance and...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Fonterra job losses a massive blow to Waikato
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Fonterra job losses a massive blow to Waikato The potential loss of up to 114 jobs from Fonterra’s Canpac plant in Hamilton is a massive blow to the Waikato region which has...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Basin flyover decision an opportunity for capital
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Basin flyover decision an opportunity for capital The decision to reject the proposed flyover at the Basin Reserve must be taken as an opportunity to properly fund Wellington’s transport future and must...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Indonesia: New President Widodo must make good on human rights pledges
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Indonesia: New President Widodo must make good on human rights pledges Indonesia’s new President Joko Widodo must deliver on campaign promises to improve Indonesia’s dire human rights situation, Amnesty International said....
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Communities in Sierra Leone turn their backs on female genital mutilation
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Communities in Sierra Leone turn their backs on female genital mutilation While activists gather in London to discuss strategies to tackle female genital mutilation, communities across Sierra Leone have been taking...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • The Gambia: Activists mark 20 years of iron-fisted repression
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: The Gambia: Activists mark 20 years of iron-fisted repression The Gambian government must abolish the laws and iron fisted practices that have resulted in two decades of widespread human rights violations,...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • A blog from the front lines of Palestine: It’s time for a new narrative
    I don’t know if I follow trouble or if trouble follows me, but somehow I seem to have found myself near one of the world’s hotspots again. The difference this time is that instead of sitting in some obscure location,...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • GUEST BLOG: Michael Wood – The Path Ahead
    It’s well established that Labour has had a difficult couple of weeks. Getting back on to a successful path requires our focus to shift from looking inwards to outwards, heightened discipline, and inner conviction. While my assessment of New Zealand...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Employers liquidating companies to avoid paying minimum entitlements
    Across the union movement we have seen a number of documented cases now where companies are liquidating their business in order to avoid their legal obligations, in terms of paying the minimum entitlements to their workers. The most recent example...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • GUEST BLOG: Joe Carolan : Positively Controversial
    The protest in Auckland last weekend that the NZ Herald claimed was attend by only a hundred people. Labour should set the agenda and purposely do something positively controversial once a week. A good start would be for all their...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Forest & Bird supports Fish and Game’s freshwater advocacy
    The independent conservation organisation Forest & Bird is concerned over allegations the Fish & Game Council has been threatened over its advocacy for freshwater quality....
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • Time for Epsom to say “no deal”
    “Epsom voters will be disgusted by the deal announced today to try and once again gift their electorate to the ACT Party”, says Labour candidate for Epsom Michael Wood....
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • Petition for release the of seven Bah
    At the invitation of the Honourable Annette King the New Zealand Bahá'í community is presenting a petition to the House of Representatives asking the NZ government to demand the release of the seven former leaders of the Baha’i community in...
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • Capital gains in the capital city
    Victoria University will today be hosting a public debate on the merits of more comprehensive capital gains tax—a step which taxation expert Associate Professor Dr David White considers would be beneficial for New Zealand. Organised by student group Beta Alpha...
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • Te Kupenga supports efforts of anti-violence campaigner
    Te Kupenga Whakaoti Mahi Patunga – National Network of Stopping Violence Services (Te Kupenga) wholeheartedly endorses statements made by DJ, Kickboxer and Anti-Violence Campaigner Richie Hardcore this morning on TV3’s Firstline about the role of men...
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • iPredict Ltd2014 Election Update #28
    The chances of a fiscal surplus in 2014/15 continue to plunge and are down to 50%, according to the combined wisdom of the 7000 registered traders on New Zealand’s online predictions market, iPredict. The forecast surplus is now just 0.22%...
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • TPPA is a bad idea
    “Currently New Zealand, Australia, Singapore, Brunei, Vietnam, the USA, Japan, Malaysia, Canada, and Mexico are still negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement. Officially talks finished last August, but the reality is that they keep...
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • Getting privacy right in our data future
    Privacy Commissioner John Edwards welcomes the release of the New Zealand Data Futures Forum’s report....
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • Conference on Democracy, Ethics and the Public Good
    Conference on Democracy, Ethics and the Public Good A conference is to be held in Wellington on 1 and 2 August with the aim of starting a NZ-wide discussion about the quality of our democracy. The conference is hosted jointly...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Paddock to plate, and smart roads possible
    New Zealand’s international brand and exports could grow significantly with the creation of a data sharing ‘eco-system’ according to a paper released by the NZ Data Futures Forum today....
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Ngapuhi wants to overthrow Maori King
    Ngapuhi is planning a hui for the end of the year – organised by iwi leader David Rankin – in which the future of the King Movement will be discussed....
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Housing warrant of fitness little help for sick children
    A housing warrant of fitness has been promoted as a way of preventing sickness among children in poverty. The attached report shows that such a regime would have little impact on health outcomes but would come at a considerable cost,...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Upcoming Fabian Events in Auckland
    Sue Bradford ’s PhD thesis, 'A major left wing think tank in Aotearoa—an impossible dream or a call to action?' looked at why no major left wing think tank has developed in Aotearoa and whether the left in 2010-2013 was...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Senior Citizens, Not Senile Citizens
    The Taxpayers’ Union is questioning the merits and costs of the “ No car? No problem! Getting around your community without a car” brochure, released by the Office for Senior Citizens. The brochure’s purpose is to explain to senior citizens...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • NZ Troops Hone Their Skills in Queensland
    Around 260 New Zealand troops are on a 25-day Australian-led warfighting exercise in Townsville, Northern Queensland....
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Maritime Union backs Green Party call for shipping lanes
    The Maritime Union is backing the Green Party’s policy to implement compulsory shipping lanes for coastal shipping, announced today....
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Auckland Council Bypasses Public, Ditches Rodeo Ban
    Auckland Council Bypasses Public, Ditches Rodeo Ban The Auckland Council has announced that they are abandoning the rodeo ban on council land, put into place in 2008. This was done with virtually no consultation, says SAFE, the animal advocacy organisation....
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Tolley and Coleman urged to meet West Papuan visitor
    Ministers Tolley and Coleman urged to meet West Papuan visitor Police Minister Anne Tolley and Defence Minister Dr Jonathan Coleman have a rare opportunity this week to gain first-hand knowledge about Indonesian police and military activities in West...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Minister Right to Give Fish & Game a Serve
    Reacting to Radio New Zealand’s report concerning allegations that Conservation Minister Nick Smith warned the Fish and Game Council that it acts like a 'rabid NGO', Jordan Williams, Executive Director of the Taxpayers’ Union says:...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Government needs to get Fishing reform bill passed now
    The Maritime Union is urging the Government to push through a Bill reforming the fishing industry....
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Ivory trade laws look set to tighten following petition
    A petition mounted by an Auckland schoolteacher has won the support of a powerful Select Committee and has moved the New Zealand closer towards a fully enforceable ivory trading ban....
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Bilingual guide a demonstration of leadership
    “Waikato River Restoration: A Bilingual Guide” to the Waikato River that saw Tainui Waikato, Landcare Trust and the Waikato River Authority working together is a demonstration of rangatiratanga or leadership says Race Relations Commissioner...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Georgina Beyer to stand for MANA in Te Tai Tonga
    "It's great to have Georgie on board" said Hone Harawira, MANA Leader and Te Tai Tokerau MP. "She's strong-minded, stands up to be counted, and has fought for the rights of those who haven't had any - and won. That...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Q + A: Sir Bob Harvey
    SUSAN Sir Bob Harvey was behind the transformation of Norm Kirk, and one of New Zealand's most popular Prime Ministers. He also advised Bill Rowling, David Lange and Helen Clark, the latter as Labour Party President. Wild Westie a new...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Q + A: Rod Drury
    Xero boss Rod Drury told TVNZ’s Q+A programme what the political parties are offering at this election is ‘all too small.’ “There's no policy, all it is a bunch of incremental stuff. “All too small. What we want to do...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Q + A: Gerry Brownlee
    Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee Rules Out Fastracking Auckland’s City Rail Loop Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee told TV1’s Q+A programme this morning that he won’t be bringing forward an Auckland City Rail loop based on new figures showing...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Owen interviews Australian Treasurer Joe Hockey
    Lisa Owen interviews Australian Treasurer Joe Hockey Headlines: Australian Treasurer Joe Hockey suggests “we can move on some” changes to welfare for New Zealanders in Australia New Zealanders “brothers and sisters” who make “a massive contribution”,...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Flavell and Harawira on The Nation
    Lisa Owen interviews Maori Party leader Te Ururoa Flavell and Mana leader Hone Harawira Headlines: Hone Harawira says realistically his Mana Party can take three Maori seats, Te Ururoa Flavell sticks to prediction that Maori Party will win all seven....
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • The Nation 26,27 July: Flavell & Harawira, Joe Hockey
    On The Nation this weekend…. With the Maori seats primed to play a pivotal role this election, Torben Akel reports from the key battlegrounds and meets the top contenders. Then the Maori Party co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell and Mana Party...
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Announcement of New Zealand First Candidate for Rangitīkei
    New Zealand First has endorsed Dr Romuald (‘Rom’) Rudzki as the candidate for the Rangitīkei Electorate in the 2014 General Election....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Labour Offer Len Brown a Hotel Tax
    The Taxpayers’ Union is slamming the Labour Party's plan to allow councils to levy new 'pillow taxes' and regional petrol taxes. Reacting to this afternoon’s NZ Herald report Jordan Williams, Executive Director of the Taxpayers’ Union ,...
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Cell phone evidence a first
    Cell phone evidence a first Evidence gathered solely from a cell phone has been used for the first time to convict a Hastings man for possessing child sexual abuse pictures. Michael Lawrence Worsnop, a 29-year-old orchard worker pleaded guilty to...
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • New Zealand Aid Worker Helping in Gaza
    A New Zealand Red Cross nurse working in Gaza says she has never experienced anything like the current conflict in her long aid work career....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Parking officers deserve safety at work
    The union representing the Auckland Transport parking officer severely beaten on July 17 says everyone has a right to go about their job without fear for their safety....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Caritas Aotearoa NZ to provide Gaza humanitarian aid
    Caritas Jerusalem is providing medical assistance, food and other necessities to the thousands of vulnerable people affected by the escalating conflict in Gaza, and Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand is contributing an initial $20,000 to support the humanitarian...
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • ALCP challenges parties to support Charlotte’s Web
    The leader of the Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party Julian Crawford is calling on all other political parties to state their position on using cannabis oil to treat pediatric epilepsy....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Oxfam accepts cheque from Pacific Corporation Foundation
    Oxfam New Zealand has accepted a cheque for almost $1000 today from the Pacific Corporation Foundation toward recovery efforts in the Solomon Islands, following April’s flash flooding that left thousands homeless....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Draft report and decision – Pūhoi to Warkworth proposal
    The Ara Tūhono – Pūhoi to Wellsford Road of National Significance: Pūhoi to Warkworth section Board of Inquiry has released its draft report and decision....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • New Zealanders willing to pay tax to protect dolphins
    A report released this week shows a large majority of New Zealanders want Maui’s and Hector’s dolphins protected and they are prepared to pay for it....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Stop Smart Meters
    “The Democrats for Social Credit Party (DSC) wholeheartedly endorses the Stop Smart Meters campaign for a moratorium on installations of smart meters until the technology is proven not be a risk to health, and until home owners are given a...
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Maori Roll Electors Urged to Vote Strategically
    Voters enrolled in the seven Maori electorates must learn to maximize their influence by voting strategically, according to the Maori Party candidate for Te Tai Tokerau, Rev Te Hira Paenga....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Politicians Ignore Families’ Concerns on Street Prostitution
    Family First NZ says that politicians are ignoring the concerns of families, lack the will to take appropriate action, and are happy to drag the ongoing problem of street prostitution into the next parliamentary term....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Plunket celebrates Te Wiki o te Reo Māori
    Plunket is proud to celebrate Te Wiki o te Reo Māori (21-27 July), with Plunket people across the country among several thousand New Zealanders taking part and increasing their kete of knowledge in te reo....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Coleman must quit or be sacked over Dotcom case
    Immigration New Zealand has done the right thing in distancing itself from Jonathan Coleman’s claims that ministers were not aware of FBI involvement in Kim Dotcom’s residency application, says the Internet Party. Internet Party leader Laila Harré...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Auckland Councillors, Not Emperors
    25 JULY 2014 Responding to the NZ Herald report that Auckland Councillors have voted to keep their ratepayer-funded business class travel perks, and considered new rules that would have exempted councillors from Auckland City's parking charges, Taxpayers’...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Cunliffe Looks Dodgy Lunching with Sex Offender
    Conservative Party Leader Colin Craig says that David Cunliffe's social meeting with a known sex offender while on holiday "looks pretty dodgy."...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Taxpayers’ Union Back LGNZ Calls For Greater Transparency
    The Taxpayers’ Union is backing Local Government New Zealand’s calls for the Official Information Act to be extended to cover the Local Government Commission. Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says:...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Lecture series to provide insight into 2014 election
    Could National’s refusal to reform MMP lead to the defeat of the government? Is the media providing voters with the information they require to make an informed electoral decision? What directions might John Key’s leadership take if he secures...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • National Rally Against Factory Farming
    Animal advocates and members of the public all over New Zealand will unite for a ‘National Day of Action Against Factory Farming’ Saturday, tomorrow 26 July in response to two recent exposés that showed horrific conditions on pig factory farms....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Women in Politics Finds Support at Conference
    Women in Politics, a brand-new organisation for New Zealand women in political office, was met with overwhelming support at the 2014 Local Government New Zealand Conference held this weekend in Nelson....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
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