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How short are memories?

Written By: - Date published: 11:39 pm, March 3rd, 2014 - 216 comments
Categories: david cunliffe, john key, making shit up, same old national - Tags:

John Key is attacking David Cunliffe for using a trust to obscure some donations – whilst repeating the word ‘tricky’ about Cunliffe as many times in one sound-bite as humanly possible.

It’s an astonishingly brazen stone to throw given National’s glass house.

Do no reporters remember John Key, Hollow Man, or anything about National’s funding structure?  It’s just trusts obscuring any knowledge of their donors from one wall to the other.

But was there a question back to him about that?

Cunliffe managed a difficult pair of regulations – one requiring him to reveal donors, the other requiring him not to.  Labour / parliament need to harmonise their rules.  But Cunliffe’s Trust is but a grain of sand against the mountain of hidden murkiness that is National’s network of favours and donations.  What are they promising to whom?

A lot more than some fake smear about Matt McCarten.

216 comments on “How short are memories?”

  1. Clemgeopin 1

    The need for donations for any politician or for any party to run an election is a difficult conundrum in a democracy for many reasons.

    [1] If donations are open, then many donors will be reluctant to donate for various reasons. Also, the candidates or parties may be reluctant to accept for political or perception reasons.

    [2] If it is secret, for what ever reason, it looks fishy.

    So, is there a fair way to solve this enigma? We should find a way. What is it? Come on, put your thinking caps on and see if an ideal, fair, ethical workable solution can be found.

    • One Anonymous Bloke 1.1

      An independent central clearing house set up to receive and distribute donations. Funding weighted towards the parties with the most electoral support.

      Anything that encourages people to donate to democracy, rather than a particular party.

    • KJT 1.2

      Taxpayer funding for every party with enough members to be registered. Set as a proportion of properly paid up and registered members.

      Membership fees to be the same for all parties.

      Volunteers allowed, must not be subsidised by another job, but No other funding.

  2. RedLogix 2

    Bunji darling – it is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends on him not doing so.

    PS – all Cunliffe really has to say is, “This was an internal Labour Party campaign to democratically elect a new Leader that we are talking about here. If Mr Key want’s to lecture us about these things he needs to first tell us all about how National goes about selecting it’s leaders.”

    • One Anonymous Bloke 2.1

      +1

      …and, “If Mr. Key wants to lecture us about these things he needs to first tell us all about the Waitemata, Aldgate and Whitechapel Trusts.”

  3. Mike 3

    Odd how Grant Robertson and Shane Jones managed to navigate the ‘difficult regulations’ on donations without using a trust

  4. Blue 4

    Pffft. The fox hunt is on now, darling, and all that matters is yapping and chasing after anything that moves. Key said it’s over there! Arf! Arf! Arf!

  5. Murray Olsen 5

    As far as I can see, the selection of the leader was an internal Labour matter. I don’t see why donors should have to be made public. Public elections are a different story altogether.

    Shouldn’t Key be polishing his combat boots and booking planes for the WhaleSpew army to head off and save the Ukraine anyway? His country needs them. Ours doesn’t.

  6. Stephanie Rodgers 6

    There’s an odd pattern in NZ politics. Politicians on the right are found to be doing something shady – taking un-anonymous donations from Kim Dotcom, running ‘blind’ trusts – and when the story breaks, every attempt is made to brush it off as no big deal. Then politicians on the left are found to possibly be doing something vaguely similar and then suddenly it is a big deal and there are cries of corruption, etc.

    The paradox is that for these attacks to work, we end up in a Schroedinger’s Cat situation where simultaneously, the actions of the right are still no big deal, but the actions of the left are proof of a terrible lack of ethics – not because it was bad when the right did it, but because the left said it was bad when obviously it wasn’t because they did it too. Crikey it’s confusing!

    (I’ll confess that Claire Trevett’s article on Cunliffe’s donations also left me completely confused. It felt like the only point I was meant to take from it was ‘trusts! Anonymous donations! Tricky!’ without really understanding what’s meant to have happened.)

    (Edited because I broke my bold tags)

    • Sosoo 6.1

      Trevett’s article is working as intended.

      They don’t care if the accusations are true. All they care is that they keep coming and there is no time that Cunliffe isn’t having to deflect them.

      It’s working so far.

      Next it will be something else, and miraculously the stories will stop after the election.

  7. One Anonymous Bloke 7

    Bunji, yes, the Left has to swim against a tide of media bias, but don’t you think some responsibility for this rests with whoever suggested a set of leadership election rules in direct contradiction to Register of Pecuniary Interests rules?

    • John 7.1

      The left and right both claim media bias against them.

      A survey of hundreds of journalists in Australia found four times more journalists were left wing (51%) than right wing (12%).

      I wonder how different it would be here.

      • Puddleglum 7.1.1

        Hi John,

        Whatever a person’s professed political leanings or morals, or beliefs, etc. may be, the point is not what is ‘inside their heads’ but what comes through in their actions.

        There’s a swag of research pointing out that people’s actions are heavily influenced by the structures within which they operate. A journalist may work out that writing in a particular way will win her recognition and brownie points within the organisation she sees as a major part of her career path.

        This is not unusual – we all do things that differ from what we tell ourselves are our ‘true’ leanings; and usually we justify those things with pragmatic arguments, to ourselves and others (if questioned).

        I pay little heed to what people claim is inside them; not because it doesn’t matter to them but because their influence at the social level is in what they do (e.g., ‘write’) out in the world. It’s perfectly possible for the two to be in contradiction.

        In fact, in employment settings it’s probably close to universal since, by definition, people are doing others’ bidding, not their own.

        Edit: Almost all of us dance, to one degree or another, to the tunes played by those who have power in relation to us. Of course, our self-protective instincts mean that we rarely will admit that to ourselves because we know that it is not admirable.

      • greywarbler 7.1.2

        Give us a link to that John. I find it hard to understand with the weight of Murdoch on the news. And what and who placed them under the left or right lists? What established that ranking?
        As I say the link is essential, and the further information it should convey.

        • Molly 7.1.2.1

          greywarbler. Found the link to the study – not peer-reviewed, and John probably references it because he read it on Kiwiblog a few days later (May 2013).

          He obviously hasn’t checked the source.

          A few items to note:
          “Our survey was conducted by telephone with carefully selected journalists from newspapers, magazines, radio and television stations, online news sites and news agency AAP, as a sample of the 8000 to 10,000 journalists in Australia today.

          When asked about their voting intentions, less than two-thirds of the journalists we surveyed revealed their voting intention. Of those 372 people, 43.0% said they would give their first preference vote to Labor; 30.2% would vote for the Coalition; and 19.4% said they would choose the Greens – about twice the Australian average.”

          Yet, among those who arguably matter most – the journalists in senior editorial ranks who have the most power to decide news agendas – a dramatically different picture emerged.

          Among the 83 senior editors who took part in the survey, the Coalition was the party of choice on 43.2%, followed by Labor (34.1%) and the Greens (11.4%).”

          A couple of points.

          Purely relying on party selection is not an indicator of left-wing – right wing bias. Very few people will have the choice of a party that fits their political beliefs completely – perhaps Colin Craig is the exception here?

          Secondly, no analysis is done on the work produced by the journalists that indicates a bias coinciding with their stated political party.

          A pointless statistic on it’s own.

          • John 7.1.2.1.1

            Molly – I wasn’t trying to point out a left wing bias – merely picking fault in claim above that the left has to swim against a tide of right wing bias.

            I would agree that on the whole main stream journalists largely curtail their personal biases.

            There are some times however when they get themselves all excited and lose the plot – i.e., dotcom, teapots, corngate etc.

            • Molly 7.1.2.1.1.1

              OK – sorry, I misunderstood. But good to follow up stats that have been indicated I think.

              I, on the other hand, believe there is an obvious bias in media reporting in NZ though, and can readily spot opinions and misdirection in a lot of supposedly information articles. That kind of peer reviewed study would be worth looking at.

          • greywarbler 7.1.2.1.2

            Hi Molly I have been working so am catching up. Thanks for following this up.

            John
            If you are going to make statements that might be of interest, then give us a link, where did you get them? And thinking about journalist bias, what they say their leanings are is interesting, but the place where facts about bias matter is in the news items, spoken and written, and even filmed. Each one can put a slant on the subject and the questions and the way they are asked and what lighting is put on the person. I think that written and spoken would be better for ascertaining bias.

            This research does get done from time to time. I think it is the best way to check bias and even then there would have to be an attempt to summarise the reasons for indicating bias in a summary, at the end say. It can’t be just that the interviewer talked over the subject or vice versa. What was the reason, was it to dominate and prolong the discussion on a particular topic for instance. But this needs to be done by reliable people following a well-planed method.

            You wrote :
            http://thestandard.org.nz/how-short-are-memories/#comment-781235
            “Conducted between May 2012 and March this year, the University of the Sunshine Coast’s representative survey of 605 journalists around Australia found that more than half (51.0%) describe themselves as holding left-of-centre political views, compared with only 12.9% who consider themselves right-of-centre. ”

            I am biased against anything that is said to come from the University of the Sunshine Coast. It sounds like the place you would go to learn the hospitality trade, and learn to mix cocktails.

        • Puddleglum 7.1.2.2

          I think it was mentioned on Media Watch this last Sunday.

          As I said, I don’t think the personal convictions of individual journalists are the necessary or sufficient conditions for determining bias in reporting or analysis.

          Some journalists will be fortunate that their personal views align with structural imperatives, which include the ‘normative narrative’ – i.e., how things are usually talked about in the media.

          Others whose personal views are not so well aligned will learn how to play by the ‘rules’ and write something at least marginally compatible with those imperatives (and certainly not entirely at odds with it), if, that is, they are to stay in the game for very long. Little compromises, covering phrases and the like are, I imagine, stock in trade for the aspiring journalist in this predicament.

          After all, they wouldn’t want to be seen as ‘hard left’ or ‘business unfriendly’ if they want a future in major media, would they?

          ‘Hard right’ is probably not such a problem – it’s usually called ‘speaking your mind’, ‘having a definite point of view’, ‘taking a principled stand’, ‘being outspoken’, ‘just common sense’, etc..

  8. burt 8

    Banji stands like a child being asked who stole the chocolate from the pantry. Chocolate all over his face he shouts and points at National saying – they did it too but they had more…..

    Ok Bunji, it’s ok then because they did it too. It’s ok that you’re a thief because other also thieve….

    What a childish post Bunji. Corruption is fine, totally defensible, as long as you’re not the only one doing it..

    • One Anonymous Bloke 8.1

      Just one question: if you feel so strongly about Bunji calling the kettle black, how do you feel about John Key doing it?

    • framu 8.2

      thats not what the post is claiming burt

      or do you support one carrer crook getting a free ride because hes pointed the finger at some one stealing your milk money?

      theres two points here
      1) the substance of the allegation – its an internal party matter not a public election
      2) the person pointing the finger is in a party that uses the exact same thing its shouting about in a public election all the time

      Its those two things combined – get with the program – just once

      Sure – what cunliffe did might have been illegal – i dont really know the specifics of the law there – but are you really going to ignore the history of nationals use of trusts in a public capacity which involves vastly greater sums of money? – seems you are

      note: im not supporting cunliffe here – just pointing out that, as usual, youve ignored everything to make your usual myopic and repetitive claim

    • RedLogix 8.3

      Labour Party internal election.

      • burt 8.3.1

        Labour internal – right. So the rules of parliament say that donations to MP’s need to be declared but the party internal rules would rather than not be the case. Well – fuck the rules of parliament – the party internal rules override that … OK, my house rules are that I don’t pay tax – the laws set by parliament say I do need to pay tax but I’d rather not. I’ll flip the bird at parliament and I’m really happy that RedLogix will be supporting me in my self serving stand against the opression of the law – the law that others need to abide by (not me cause I’m so special)

        • Francis 8.3.1.1

          You’ve missed the point of the argument. It’s not about the party rules, it’s that the election itself had nothing to do with parliament. It was run by the party, for a position within the party. The rules of government do not cover internal party elections.

    • greywarbler 8.4

      Burt Puerile you. DNFTT

  9. Matthew Hooton 9

    “Cunliffe managed a difficult pair of regulations – one requiring him to reveal donors, the other requiring him not to. Labour / parliament need to harmonise their rules.”

    There was not a “difficult pair of regulations”. One was parliament’s long-standing rules saying gifts to MPs above $500 have to be disclosed. The other was some hastily prepared rule by a political party to try to hide donations against the will of parliament.

    Surely you agree parliament’s rules trump those of a political party?

    Parliament’s rules say gifts to MPs must be disclosed. If a political party’s rules say otherwise, that is of no consequence.

    It is Labour that needs to change its rules. There is no question of “harmonisation”.

    In the meantime, Cunliffe should reveal who gave him money and how much, as Shane Jones says he has done.

    • KJT 9.1

      Key should reveal who gave National the money and how much.

      Millions to buy the general election, not 100′s for an internal leadership contest, where it is debatable if the rules even apply.

    • whereas national/the right has ‘no rules’..?

      ..setting a new benchmark in from-glasshouse-stone-throwing there..?

      ..phillip ure..

      • Matthew Hooton 9.2.1

        No, that’s right. National’s “rule” is that its MPs must follow parliament’s rules and I am unaware of its MPs not doing so without consequence.

        • Craig Glen Eden 9.2.1.1

          So Mathew when has National declared who donates to its trusts, and dont tell me you dont know about their trusts either.
          Oh and as for corruption how about you have a good look at one Richard Worth because no one believes he lost his job because he was a bit inappropriate with one woman. Then theirs Pansy Wong who just all of a sudden retired and then, lets have a look at one Simon Power the lawyer wityh no banking experience that suddenly ends up the boss of business banking at Westpac, well bugger me wink wink.
          Fill your boots Mathew three tasks for you cos you are the journalist who is obviously really worried about the perception of “Tricky”. Or are you just a National Party hack pretending to be a journo? Now that would be tricky aye.

        • Skinny 9.2.1.2

          This is more National skullduggery and smear Hooton, you know it and so so we.

           Key’s insinuation that Cunliffe is ‘tricky’ and then trying to imply a link that Unite Union was a mystery donator to DC’s leadership campaign. The spin stretched as far as suggesting Unite was supplementing their former General Secretary, Matt McCarten’s role as Labour’s Chief of Staff.

          Great McCarten reaction was swift to vehemently deny ‘any’ donation to political Party’s by Unite it their history.

          Hooton if the topic is ‘tricky’ let’s talk about John Key and National and their use of a National MP’s son to be an ‘in-house’ media attack dog.

           That was an orchestrated dirty little number John Key and the spin department pulled using their Northland MP, Mad Dog-Mike Sabin’s son Brooke, yesterday. 

          How very handy indeed to have one of their own as a political reporter on TV3 News. This is election year ‘gold’  propaganda galore, together with sleeper operative Brooke ‘snake’ Sabin. 
                            

          • Skinny 9.2.1.2.1

            Update: On TV3 News tonight Brooke Sabin fudges things by showing an unbiased side, or so Joyce and his dad would like us to think!

            What did he do you ask? He was sent into deal to Justice Minister Judith Collins, who was caught late year over in China promoting her husbands business interests there.

            Joyce wanting to ‘crush’ her Leadership ambitions when Key retires ( in the event of an unlikely 2014 win) sometime in the next term. Mr private members bill and ex cop Mike Sabin is very egoistically ambitious and wants to be Justice Minister ‘like now.’

            Collins was extremely bristly towards Brooke and not her usual bold self, knowing she was being lined up for some insider treatment.

            My advise is watch your back Judy Doll, Mr Fix It is working with Mr Stitch It. Go on attack Judy and ridicule his ‘removal of a right to silence bill’ should it be drawn out of the biscuit tin.

    • Akldnut 9.3

      “The other was some hastily prepared rule by a political party to try to hide donations against the will of parliament”

      Any evidence there buddy or is this one of your typical Tory smears without foundation?

      • Matthew Hooton 9.3.1

        It was hastily prepared, because it was written quickly before the first leadership primary. And it was designed to hide donations because Labour said that was its purpose.

        • framu 9.3.1.1

          its funny that you skirted around this – “Key should reveal who gave National the money and how much.”

          why?

          it been happening for years after all

        • Akldnut 9.3.1.2

          ” Labour said that was its purpose”

          Link it or I’m calling you bullshit on that.

          • Matthew Hooton 9.3.1.2.1

            Try the third par of the story Bunji has linked to, plus everything Cunliffe has said on the issue over the last two days, plus Mike Williams talking on RNZ N2N yesterday ….

            • Tracey 9.3.1.2.1.1

              and meanwhile, who buys favour with National and ACT is an ok kind of secret, cos they don’t deny it? Very hollow space you occupy HootOn.

    • Tracey 9.4

      More difficult than say, the electoral form that Mr banks, former Cabinet Minister, Minister of Police and Executive Director of Huljich Financial, signed without reading thinking to do so is okee dokee?

    • Tracey 9.5

      All politicians should do so, don’t you agree HootOn? No place for secrecy and favour buying in a democracy, dontchathink?

  10. anker 10

    I agree with Stephanie. Claire T’s article is quite murky. It’s hard to understand what, if any implications there are. But sure the message the punters are going to take is “Cunliffe’s tricky”.
    That leaves Cunliffe in an invidious position of either having to explain it, or ignoring it.

    What strikes me is the media pay very little attention to policy. It has become a game to try and smear others, Cunliffe, McCarten, Turei, Norman.

    Yet I am struggling to remember when Key was actually challenged by the media about anything. I think it might have been Kim Hill about a year or two ago.

    Clearly we are not going to win this election through the msm (o.k. I know I am stating the B obvious).

    • karol 10.1

      Exactly, anker. And when Cunliffe is interviewed (by TV3, RNZ etc), the questions are all about anything other than policy and related aims and values – it’s all about polls, coalition strategies, personalities, and gotcha attacks.

      Key and National want to talk about anything other than policy matters.

      • Tracey 10.1.1

        which is odd when their mouthpieces here seem to think the policy is great and a winning formula.

  11. Not a PS Staffer 11

    The demonisation of the left goes back to Massey’s Cossacks and beyond. I do not personally know how history is taught in schools but I know that most Kiwis have a very narrow and shallow perspective of it.

    The thinking (or code?) being re-enforced by Clare Trevett and others in the media is that there is something incongruous about people of the left enjoying or using comforts/devices/stratagems that are also used by the bourgeoisie. Hence the portrayal of Cunliffe as a person living in a comfortable house, using trusts and applying a Harvard like approach to strategy as being incompatible with him being the Labour Party leader.

    I do not think Trevett and her likes are making any overt point. They are merely re-enforcing their own prejudice and letting themselves be used by the National Party news managers. It is lazy unthinking space-filling journalism.

  12. Keeping Stock 12

    Gee, the irony of that man impugning this Government on money issues will not be lost on Kiwis. He is the millionaire that Merrill built, the son of the “Hollow Man”, taking on the Government about transparency. Why does he not tell that to the millionaire brokers of the Waitemata Trust or the millionaire sponsors of the Exclusive Brethren? We believe in one person, one vote; not one dollar, one vote. We do not believe that elections should be bankrolled by big business, which is why the Electoral Finance Act is in place.

    David Cunliffe – 9 April 2008
    http://www.parliament.nz/en-nz/pb/debates/debates/48HansD_20080409_00000783/general-debate

    If there was no issue with his secret trust and anonymous donations, why did Cunliffe deny the trust’s existence on Sunday, then admit to it yesterday?

    He either supports anonymous donations funneled through trusts, or he opposes them. But he cannot do both, and keep any credibility.

    • karol 12.1

      Can you provide a link to where Cunliffe (allegedly) denied the trust’s existence on Sunday?

      • Keeping Stock 12.1.1

        Claire Trevett ‏@CTrevettNZH 19h

        David Cunliffe has now confirmed he used a trust to deal with donations in his leadership campaign. Refused to say so yesterday.

        https://twitter.com/CTrevettNZH

        Perhaps in hindsight, “deny” was a bit strong; “neither confirm nor deny” might have been more accurate.

        But that doesn’t change the fact that he has treated donations in a way which he and other candidates have previously chastised National for. It’s interesting that neither Grant Robertson nor Shane Jones had similar problems.

        • felix 12.1.1.1

          Perhaps in hindsight “bit strong” is a bit strong mate, “bull shit” is the phrase you’re looking for.

        • Tracey 12.1.1.2

          Yup Cunliffe flip flops and so does Key, no wonder their policies are dizzying.

        • Murray Olsen 12.1.1.3

          FFS. A bit of twitting from Claire Triffid is no proof that Cunliffe did anything.

    • felix 12.2

      Wasn’t aware you were a Labour Party member, InventedTory.

      • Keeping Stock 12.2.1

        I wasn’t aware that you had to be a Labour Party member to comment here felix :D

        • felix 12.2.1.1

          lol no, but it’s unusual to see people getting so bent about things that have fuck all to do with them.

          e.g. an internal “members-only” contest that you can’t vote in to choose the leader a party you will never vote for.

          It’s just weird. I couldn’t give a rats about what kind of chicken-slaughtering rituals went on in ACT to figure out that the Gods wanted Jamie Unclecousin to lead them.

    • Not a PS Staffer 12.3

      He did not deny anything: show a link to media if you believe that he did.

      • Keeping Stock 12.3.1

        He’s now said this morning that using the trust was an “error of judgment”:

        Claire Trevett ‏@CTrevettNZH 23m

        Also Cunliffe got donation from Perry Keenan. Cunliffe says didn’t know donors names till recently. Says using trust was error in judgment.

    • Tracey 12.4

      It was ironic in 2008 and it is ironic in 2014. Cunliffe is allowing himself to be painted as saying one thing and doing another. National is getting help though, and not just from Cunliffe.

      Vote Greens if you want this Government gone.

      • grumpy 12.4.1

        Sorry to break this to you Tracey, but it’s the Greens vote that Labour is going for.

        What’s all this about claims that Unite contributed to the trust???? Job buying????

        • JK 12.4.1.1

          Unite have said they did not contribute to Cunliffe’s leadership contest fund. People are just making things up.

      • Enough is Enough 12.4.2

        Dead right Tracey.

        Cunliffe has done what we all agree is a shonky Tory practice. Hiding the money trail with a nudge and a wink from the donor.

        This shit should not be tolerated.

        If you are looking for a credible party to vote for the answer is steering you in the face, its coloured Green.

        • Draco T Bastard 12.4.2.1

          +1

          Legal entities should not be allowed to donate to political parties in any way, shape or form. Only natural persons.

  13. Akldnut 13

    Jamie Unclecousin

    Too funny hahahahah.‘:lol:’

  14. shorts 14

    it doesn’t matter what the nz right does or has done… this is a classic own goal by labour – I expect a shedload better from Cunliffe and Labour (regardless of the rules)

    • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill) 14.1

      It sounds to me that it is new ground considering there hasn’t been a Labour leadership contest conducted in such a public manner before.

      I think that if Mr Cunliffe had understood that donations were not public and told his sponsors that at the time of requesting support, then it is understandable and fair that he would want to protect their identities.

  15. Once was Pete 15

    Whatever perspective you view it from; left or right, ethical or unethical, honest or dishonest, hypocritical or not, it is not a good look.
    Especially since the Clarke govt introduced legislation to prevent anonymous donations, and all that they imply.

  16. karol 16

    Claire Trevett’s article has been updated in the last 20 minutes. In it Cunliffe names the donors to the trust who are happy to be named. 2 donors did not want to be named, and Cunliffe has returned their donations to them. Cunliffe says he was wrong to use a trust and will learn from that.

    He said the three donors willing to be named were Selwyn Pellett, Perry Keenan and Tony Gibbs, who gave a combined total of $9,500. Mr Pellett, a businessman, is a longstanding Labour supporter who has donated to the party and Mr Cunliffe in the past.
    [..]
    Mr Cunliffe said it was an error of judgement to use the trust. It had meant he did not have to disclose donations in the Register of Pecuniary Interests.

    “I don’t think in hindsight that a trust structure fully represented the values I would like to bring to this leadership. Decisions that were made to set up the trust could have been better. I have learned form that and am now making sure I do whatever I can to ensure transparency.”
    [...]
    Mr Cunliffe said he was confident the trust arrangement did meet with the requirements of the Labour Party’s rules, and the Register of Pecuniary Interests. The Labour Party rules had specified donations would be confidential, and the donors had given on that understanding.

    “This was the first time the Labour Party has run a leadership campaign and in the course of it we learned a thing or two about the rules that we need to iron out.” He said he believed the rules around donations should be tightened and would support that in an upcoming review.”

    Now, about John Key’s trusts?

    • grumpy 16.1

      So, I assume you are happy with those donors? What about the 2 that are not allowing their names to be published so are having their donations returned? Any advance on Unite union and KDC?

      • Ant 16.1.1

        Unite have already denied it so no luck there.

      • karol 16.1.2

        I’m not happy with the use of a trust. Donors make their own choices. I’m not a Labour Party member or voter.

        Time will tell what the repercussions will be, but I reckon Cunliffe has responded correctly by acknowledging an error of judgement. He also is happy to name the donors, with the donors agreement. From here he can move on.

        And John Key & Nats on his/their trusts? Don’t they still hide them? And who are their big backers?

        • Ant 16.1.2.1

          The story in the media wasn’t about the Nats and their trusts though, not only has Cunliffe looked like he has done something wrong when it was up for debate, but he hasn’t even quelled speculation about the 2 anonymous donors. Lose lose actions.

          There is going to be a story provided by the Nats to journalists like this every week leading up to the election, he and his team need to learn to deal with them better than this.

          • karol 16.1.2.1.1

            Agreed, that these stories will keep coming with a Nat stance. Basically, Labour needs to front foot with their own stories and not get to diverted by the on-going smear attempts.

  17. Ant 17

    Apologising like that was a mistake, makes him look weak and indecisive. If you are within the rules own it.

    The “I’m learning” also sounds weak and indecisive.

  18. blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill) 18

    Yes Bunji – good point and exactly what came to mind when I came across Mr Key’s latest bleat.

    Mr Key really should be careful what he promotes:

    “”The whole purpose of the pecuniary interests system is for there to be transparency and clarity and the really obvious question that you have to ask yourself is, `what is he trying to hide’?” Keyspeak

    Because if the general public were aware of the extreme right nature of National’s supporters I doubt whether National would gain any more votes than Act in the general election.

    Nick Hagar’s ‘The Hollow Men’* book (2006) indicates that there are extreme right think tanks that aim to privatize everything and anything – including the NZ health and education systems – supporting National in less than transparent ways – there are American war hawk types that aim to reverse NZ’s nuclear free policy, (you know the type, those that go around the world promoting war – probably directly financially connected to the arms industry) Tobacco, Gambling and Pharmaceutical Industries were mentioned as giving donations and support in a manner intended to cover their identity and Act backers were all over the place supporting National in 2005 – judging by National’s current stance on not acting in NZers best interests that can’t have changed since then.

    *Chapter 14 focuses on the subject of donations, although there are many other chapters that provide detail on the manner that National gains support without needing to name or add the support to their election limit.

  19. burt 19

    In breaking news. Man caught shoplifting and charged stands in court and says that he now wants to return the goods he took to the shop. The judge bangs the gabble and declares that an offence wasn’t committed since the goods were returned. The next guy on shoplifting charges wasn’t a Labour Party leader and therefore his crime stood !

    • karol 19.1

      Are you saying Cunliffe committed a crime?

      • burt 19.1.1

        I don’t know if he did – ignoring the requirement to declare donations would seem to be a crime – perhaps a lawyer could answer that. What I’m pointing out is the typical Labour MO of just assuming that all they need to do when caught ‘allegedly’ breaking the law/rules is retrospectively give or pay it back and there will be no consequences.

        Normal people don’t get that privilege – it’s the norm in parliament.

        • karol 19.1.1.1

          Hmmm….. Cunliffe has admitted a mistake. Not a good look, but I think ordinary people do get some leniency when they fess up re-crimes etc., and offer to make reparations.

          Cunliffe is offering to contribute his own money to the campaign fund. Kind of like paying a fine.

          • burt 19.1.1.1.1

            Contribute his own money to his own promotion …. Wow … That’s like a fine is it … Far out you live in a weird world where promoting oneself for ones own best interests is like a fine !

            But … It’s better that the millionaire from Herne Bay pay for his own promotion than have it paid for through funds deducted from low paid workers.

            • karol 19.1.1.1.1.1

              Burt you really are out of touch with reality. Or do you know something about the Cunliffe donors we don’t? They were low paid workers, you say?

              Meanwhile, you get all indignant about Cunliffe’s misdemeanor, and have nothing to say about Key’s totally non-transparent, non-accuntable lack of integrity – pretty convenient ethics.

              • grumpy

                It is rumoured by usually reliable sources that one of the donors (who does not want to be identified and now wants a refund) is current CoS old employer – Unite.

            • Murray Olsen 19.1.1.1.1.2

              Your fake concern for low paid workers is noted. No doubt you also love the environment whenever a Green MP catches a commercial flight.

          • burt 19.1.1.1.2

            Yes normal people do get leniency when they admit their crime/error. They get leniency on sentencing though. If I admitted to shoplifting on the first hearing I might get 20% reduction in the sentence – not have the case thrown out like nothing happened.

            • karol 19.1.1.1.2.1

              burt – and the ordinary people suffering under Key’s reign of unaccountability – all designed to benefit his wealthy and powerful mentors/donors?

              You seem remarkably complacent about Key’s moral void.

              • burt

                Key does it too right …. So it’s ok that your dear leader does it….

                FFS – this whole post is predicated on others did it too – I shouldn’t be surprised this is your only come back.

                • karol

                  Cunliffe is not my leader, I didn’t write the post. I’m not a Labour Party member or voter. I am not happy Cunliffe used a trust. I’m glad he has realised that it’s not a good thing to do, and is stating he’ll move forward accordingly.

                  I look forward to all your future comments about John Key’s trusts and total lack of transparency.

                  I’m done with your clear, repeated and over-blown, partisan attacks, and faux moral outrage.

    • burt 19.2

      Karol

      Perhaps you could try it with your tax return. Don’t pay it and tell the IRD you are special and the law is subordinate to your own rules in Karol land. Of course you will fail and you will be hit with late payment penalties, use of money interest. These ‘consequences’ will continue to pile up from the date you should have acted according to the law until such time as you have entirely rectified the position.

      And fair enough – in doing what you did you took liberty with public money.

      • karol 19.2.1

        Cunliffe wasn’t trying to break rules and avoid detection. If there’s a mistake with my tax returns, I’ll deal with it according to the rules. But my aim is to comply with the rules and my tax returns are submitted in good faith with all attempts made to comply with the rules.

        Of course, righties will try to milk this Cunliffe misdemeanor for all its worth, while avoiding talking about Key and the Nats anonymous big backers – their non-transparent trusts, etc.

        Cunliffe is showing integrity, unlike Key and the Nats. They have shown their willingness to bend over for corporates in many ways. Did they get funding from SkyCity? Why did they bend over for Hollywood corporates? Still they fudge it all, with total lack of transparency.

        • burt 19.2.1.1

          We don’t know who bankrolled him yet you say he is showing integrity – you are a partisan apologist aren’t you.

          • karol 19.2.1.1.1

            burt – I’ve said my bit about Cunliffe – and your partisan defense of Key? – still waiting for something…. Anything…. or maybe there is no defence of Key?

            • burt 19.2.1.1.1.1

              I’m not defending Key for even a millisecond – but in this case he’s not the one flouting parliaments rules for his own best interest.

              • felix

                Really burt? Has Key opened his Aldgate and Whitechappell network of trusts for public scrutiny?

                How about Waitemata?

                No? I guess he is still flouting the rules in his own interest then.

          • David H 19.2.1.1.2

            Jezuz Karol he’s just a NACT Troll, notice the Bananas in the pic food for the Knuckledragger.

            DNFTT

    • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill) 19.3

      In breaking TV3 News. Man sells NZ off wholesale to overseas interests and is praised as a hero by his financial backers who own the media and made huge profits and because he cracked a joke about some famous person being ‘as thick as batshit’, and was holding a baby at the time of the report.

      Oh…I’m sorry…that wasn’t quite correct…that bit about selling NZ off wholesale wasn’t reported …only the bit about holding the baby and slagging off famous people was…

      …oh…I’m sorry…that bit about slagging off famous people wasn’t either….he denied saying that….

      Correction: Breaking TV3 News: PM holds baby and smiles and is deemed the most popular PM by his financial backers [posing as 'ordinary folk' ] for having done so.

      Fortunately noone was watching that News show anymore understanding it to be full of shit realising it was National’s private propaganda media unit posing as a news medium – it went off the air a few days later after advertising agents realised that noone was watching their ads in the breaks anymore either.

  20. Concerned 20

    So repeating John Key’s mistake is OK by David Cunliffe? A very innocent question.

    • burt 20.1

      Key did it too …, wha wha – it’s not fair that Cunliffe can’t get away with the things we say Key should resign over .

    • David H 20.2

      It’s not the mistake, it’s the admitting of the mistake. Something Key has NEVER done.

      • burt 20.2.1

        Right … So your own party substantively write the rules on declaring donations and you get it wrong … That’s a simple mistake …. The rules ( that he helped write ) are confusing and others did it too… Let me guess; it’s the way he has always done it and it’s not fair to just punish him….

        Hey if I get caught speeding I’ll just say – oops followed by others did it too … I’ll be let off right irrespective of how fast I was going as long I wasn’t the fastest speeding offence ever caught and as long as I’m not nasty John Key !

        • grumpy 20.2.1.1

          even more understandable when his main trustee was Greg (Mickey Savage) Presland. I’m sure, if someone did a search, we would never find a comment from Mickey slamming any other politician using trusts – eh?

      • Hayden 20.2.2

        To be fair, he did admit he didn’t articulate the benefits of replacing the BMW fleet as well as he could have.

    • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill) 20.3

      @ Concerned

      I would like to see a level playing field – better that all identities donating are transparent - this is not the case at present and Key very well knows that (- read ‘The Hollow Men’ by Nicky Hagar)

      I think if National continue to be as tricky as they are with their financial backers Labour are not silly to find similar indirect methods of gaining support. This does become a slippery slope – at which time the election laws need to be changed to ensure that all parties are transparent about who donates what. Not simply Labour or left wing parties.

      As it stands I don’t think what Cunliffe has done is anything like what National are doing – it appears that confusion may have arisen surrounding the new manner in which the Labour leader was being chosen; more public yet an internal Labour party matter and perhaps there was some error made in how private the donations could be.

      With National, on the other hand, they are in all knowledge breaking the rules left, right and centre and doing so to hide some very unsavoury vested interests influencing their party – influences that if the public had general knowledge of – would destroy the public perception of ‘National being reasonable’ from every angle.

      All Key is bleating about – as usual – is insincere and hypocritical, he and the media are pointing the finger when the media has a duty to be pointing that finger back at National – and really it can easily be viewed that all Key’s bleating is pressing for is that the playing field remain as uneven as it always has been with regard to the wealth backing Nats.

  21. Natwest 21

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  22. John 22

    The problem for Cunliffe is that he does come across as a bit tricky.

    Labour campaigned against secret trusts, then he goes and uses one for donations.

    He campaigned to save the assets because they are so valuable to taxpayers, then late one night with the Greens comes up with hastily prepared sabotage plan paraded as a policy, that will destroy the exact same value he’s been campaigning to save.

    With a family income over half a million dollars (well into the top 1%), he tries to make out he’s middle class so he can have a go at people he claims are rich.

    And of course of the thirty something percent that support Labour in the polls, less than half pick Cunliffe as their preferred prime minister.

    The question is who in Labour could do the job. Cunliffe comes across as too tricky. Shearer was likable but too ineffectual – probably for some of the same reasons as Cunliffe – he tried to paint a picture of doom and gloom when things are going pretty well.

    Parker is too nice. Shane Jones talks about himself in the third person which shows a person whose view of themselves is the most important thing to them.

    Grant Robertson maybe?

    • greywarbler 22.1

      John You said this at 7.1 above.
      The left and right both claim media bias against them.
      A survey of hundreds of journalists in Australia found four times more journalists were left wing (51%) than right wing (12%).
      I wonder how different it would be here.

      I asked you for a link that explained this, showing the method of gathering the information and sorting the journalists into left or right.

      Please supply that link. It would be interesting to get something factual to that assertion.

      • John 22.1.1

        greywarbler – sorry – busy working – didn’t see your request.

        “Conducted between May 2012 and March this year, the University of the Sunshine Coast’s representative survey of 605 journalists around Australia found that more than half (51.0%) describe themselves as holding left-of-centre political views, compared with only 12.9% who consider themselves right-of-centre. ”

        From http://www.sunshinecoastdaily.com.au/news/so-who-skews-news-bias-australian-media-revealed/1875830/

        I thought journalists would have been more representative of the population, but the it wouldn’t be surprising if there were a few professions which are heavily skewed (teachers left?, financial advisors right?)

        • Blue 22.1.1.1

          You left out the most important part:

          “Yet, among those who arguably matter most – the journalists in senior editorial ranks who have the most power to decide news agendas – a dramatically different picture emerged.

          Among the 83 senior editors who took part in the survey, the Coalition was the party of choice on 43.2%, followed by Labor (34.1%) and the Greens (11.4%).”

          If the Aussie media are biased to the left, then Murdoch is a Green voter.

        • Murray Olsen 22.1.1.2

          What you should remember about left and right in Australia is that Australians describe themselves as left wing if they think tasers should only be used on non-white people, or that the military should only help invade Muslim countries. What we would call left wing in Aotearoa is seen as pretty extreme over here, although I do remember Labour members telling me the first ACT government was left wing.

    • geoff 22.2

      Fuck off John. You know who is actually tricky? John Key.

    • BM 22.3

      You raise some good points, John.

      I reckon Labour should just re install Shearer and pretend this whole Cunliffe incident never happened.

      And if anyone asks any questions just deny it it and say something like “Hahahaha Cunliffe as leader, what a laugh!!!, what have you guys been smoking!!!, Shearer’s the leader of Labour and has always been leader, Cunliffe!!,leader??,snort, what a comedian !!!”

      I think its the only credible option left.

  23. grumpy 23

    Seems like the trustee was your very own Mickey Savage. If so, I’m sure he can fill us in on who were the donors who refused to let their name be released so are getting a refund…….can’t wait.

    • ABS 23.1

      I’ve got a dollar on ‘lets get rid of john key’ KDC. On a related note how many times are we going to hear from David Cunliffe ‘it was an honest mistake’? He’s been in Parliament since H1s days for god’s sake. Or did he just go to eat his lunch and count his wifes money?

      • grumpy 23.1.1

        Yep, the money is on one being Unite and the other KDC. Only one person really knows for sure and Mickey ain’t telling……

        • felix 23.1.1.1

          Only your money grumpy. And you’ve spent most of it spreading other lies.

      • felix 23.1.2

        “I’ve got a dollar on ‘lets get rid of john key’ KDC”

        A startling admission from a National Party Tr0ll demonstrating how deeply threatened they are by Cunliffe.

  24. tsmithfield 24

    This is becoming a PR disaster for Cunliffe. His handling of this is completely wrong and falls right into Key’s strategy of promulgating the “tricky” meme.

    It doesn’t really matter whether the trust donation situ is technically correct or not, it is all a matter of public perception.

    Cunliffe would have been best to hang tough on this and stand by his initial position that the trust donations are within the rules. At least he would have shown himself as strong, confident, and astute, even though many might have disagreed with the method. If he had taken this stance, any media interest would have evaporated as they would have had nowhere else to probe.

    As it is now, Cunliffe has admitted a lapse of judgement, which calls into question his judgement. The impression has also been created that Cunliffe has been “caught with his hand in the cookie jar” and is in damage control. Also, the fact that some donors have been outed while others haven’t creates a lot of media interest in why some didn’t want to be identified, what there is to hide etc.

    So now this has become a major media event with multiple points of interest. Also, he has given Key an opportunity to paint him again as “tricky”, reinforcing the image that Key is attempting to create with voters.

    What is of interest is how this information got out into the media in the first place. Could this have been an inside job? Hmmmm.

    • grumpy 24.1

      He did not know who the other beneficiaries were (apart from Presland), did not know who the donors were, did not know if his wife had asked for donations……………………..real PM material – eh?

      • felix 24.1.1

        Why don’t you make a list of all Cunliffe’s failings you can think of and we’ll put it next to BLiP’s list of John Key’s, and then you can revise your statement above to better fit reality.

    • karol 24.2

      Yawn

      Is this the best the right can do – the main problem Key has is that a lot of people have twigged that he’s ‘slippery” and can’t be taken at his word.

      SO the Nats’ latest attempts to smear Cunliffe have been pushing the “tricky” line.

      The problem is, that too many people now know just how tricky John key is.

      Nats – transparent in their non-transparency.

      • tsmithfield 24.2.1

        “The problem is, that too many people now know just how tricky John key is.”

        Could you remind me again who the most popular politician in the country is?

        • karol 24.2.1.1

          Are you saying the majority of Kiwis are happy with a “tricky” and “slippery” PM?

          • tsmithfield 24.2.1.1.1

            Apparently he is popular because he is not perceived as “tricky” or “slippery” regardless of whether this is the case or not.

            OTOH, Cunliffe appears to be assuming that mantle whether it is true of him or not.

            The facts don’t really matter. It is public perception that is everything.

            • karol 24.2.1.1.1.1

              Aha! So you are happy to go with the media, Nat-leaning spin-lines, rather than reality. nNice to know.

              • tsmithfield

                Of course I’m happy with it. However, my emotional state in that respect has nothing to do with the facts of the situation. Whether you or I like it or not, the polls suggest Key is is trusted and liked by a substantial proportion of the electorate, whereas, it seems to me that Cunliffe is fast becoming known as evasive and untrustworthy.

                • felix

                  lol at least you’re honest about your dishonesty.

                  You’re still a disgrace though.

        • felix 24.2.1.2

          *ahem you’ve accidentally used one of your old logins.

        • Hami Shearlie 24.2.1.3

          Herr Hitler was a very popular boy for a few years too! Popularity is easy to attain when your supporters own the media!

        • Clemgeopin 24.2.1.4

          It is Key, of course. No doubt. Does that mean he is the most trustworthy? I doubt it. Key is actually a very good trickster in my opinion. He is cunning, clever and an artful dodger. He is the trickiest of them all. By his affable ways, carefree manner and childish smile he has been able to fool many many people for the last five years. You are one of those. Here is a little fact for you : I too got fooled by Key initially and voted for National in 2008. A big mistake.

          Cunliffe has his faults and weaknesses, but most certainly, he is not tricky or cunning or crooked as Key is. Take my word for it. If not now, you will, sooner or later. Cheers!

      • grumpy 24.2.2

        You are talking about the most popular PM the country has ever seen.

    • Ant 24.3

      I actually agree, Labour’s comms team must be a bunch of rookies. Admitting to this and apologising is worse than the rumours, if he was actually within the rules he could have easily hung tough, it’s a boring story and wouldn’t have kept anyones attention for long.

      Talk about giving a non-story legs…

      Who cares if there is a rumour that KDC donated, the only people who think the fat jolly german is evil are National, everyone else seems to like him.

  25. anker 25

    I have to disagree here.

    I think it is refreshing that DC admitted it wasn’t a good call and boy has he come clean about it. Tidied it up nicely.

    I think people are tired of politicians who are defensive and self justifying.

    • Roflcopter 25.1

      He’s only coming clean coz he got caught. If he was all about “integrity and values”, he would have dismissed the idea of a trust completely… but he didn’t.

      As I/S says … “The thing about values is that you live them, and they’re instinctive. Cunliffe’s aren’t. When faced with a choice between transparency and corruption-enabling secrecy, he chose the latter, and then tried to cling to that choice when it was questioned. These are not the actions of an ethical man who believes in open politics – they are the actions of someone trying to get away with something they know is wrong.”

  26. ABS 26

    Who would have most to gain from a leak like this? Not even a week after Matt takes the job of CoS (read policy advisor but we can’t afford one), someone leaks embarrassing details regarding secret American backers of the party. Any of the ABCs who must surely be standing on shaky ground now that Matt ‘Mafia’ McCarten is wielding the knife. It’s bad enough he pretends he is middle class, but now secret donations that he has to pay back? Cunliffe really has nothing to give this country any more and for the sake of the Labour Party, I hope they sack every one of the 30 year veterans and get a leader who is not so hopelessly compromised.

    • grumpy 26.1

      Yep, American money man AND Brierly’s right hand man. Obviously a left wing party – eh?

  27. captain hook 27

    tricky is another one dreamed up by Hooton and he knows that it was the epithet bestowed on Richard Nixon who was the equivalent of John Key and thus hooton is being doubly duplicitious.
    Tit for tat the only word for John Keys is carpetbagger and how did he get that $80,000,000?

  28. Tracey 28

    grumpy, when you say a usually reliable source, do you mean known to you personally, or a source of someone you read online?

    it is fascinating how much of the internal labour machinations are leaking out.

    labour is not chasing green votes. they are chasing tge mythical middle and the non voters, hence the confused messages.

    i dont see green votes leaching off to labour unless something very substantial changes in the direction labour is going.

    • grumpy 28.1

      The last few polls have shown that Labour is collecting votes off Greens. Anyway, why would you employ MacCarten if you wanted votes from the middle. I would think that NZ Labour have seen the disastrous effect Greens had on Labor in Australia and are moving to prevent that happenning to them.

    • Hayden 29.1

      Was Cunliffe’s trust coming out yesterday and today an attempt to deflect attention from Treasury’s mis-reporting of poverty levels, and Bill English’s subsequent misleading of the House? Or the ongoing saga of who actually initiated the deal by which Peter Whittall avoid prosecution over Pike River?

      On the balance of probabilities I’d have to say that Clare Curran (or someone in her office) just isn’t very good with computers, or in fact has made an error that thousands of people make every day, except without the very public and enormously embarrassing outcome.

      • lprent 29.1.1

        I’ve been told by someone who I trust that it wasn’t Clare Curran.

        • Hayden 29.1.1.1

          And the revised article says that as well.

          • BM 29.1.1.1.1

            Fucking hell, an internet tax as well as banning face book.
            Why do you hate the internetz labour?

            Seriously though,you’ve got to wonder if Labour isn’t trying to purposely throw the election.

            National governing alone after the election is a very very high possibility.

            • felix 29.1.1.1.1.1

              “banning face book”

              Very amusing, but the question is “What should we do if a multinational corporation wants to do business in NZ but not pay tax?”

              • Pascal's bookie

                S’ok companies don’t have to pay taxes soon coz 3d printers can do it.

              • BM

                Best bet would be to try to work with other countries to get it sorted.
                From what I’ve read on Kiwi blog there’s not a lot anyone can do about it at the moment.

                One thing I do know for certain is using the “power of the prime minister office” will achieve fuck all.

                • felix

                  Oh well if the Kiwiblog Think Tank says nothing can be done then I guess that’s that.

                  What about other multinational corporations, BM? Free pass for the lot?

  29. Grumpy 30

    WORLD FIRST!
    One and only thread with no comment from Mickey Savage :-)

  30. dave 31

    i would really like how national was paid to loot nz assests that could even sell at decent price total theft of tax payer money

  31. chris73 32

    I’m back from seeing Springsteen (close enough to have touched him if I’d stretched out and leaned out against some strangers) so I’m in a good mood, so good in fact I’ll give some free advice to Cunliffe

    Here ’tis: If you make a loud noise about something National does don’t (for added emphasis: DON’T) do the same thing or something that the public will percieve as the same thing
    :)

    • felix 32.1

      Are you going to offer that advice to National too? ‘Cos it seems like they’re making quite a lot of noise about trusts at the moment.

      • chris73 32.1.1

        Don’t think National need any advice at the moment, they’re doing quite well at the moment. Feel good about Labours chances at the next election?

        I’m pretty sure National are compiling every “error of judgement” Cunliffe makes and you can be sure John Key will bring them out at a later date, mind you its possible that even John Key won’t be able to remember every gaffe Cunliffes made :)

        • felix 32.1.1.1

          Seriously? I think the election will be very close and Labour/Green are as well on track to forming a govt as anyone. Same as what John Key thinks.

          But my question was a serious one. Do you think it’s wise for John Key and National to be making such a big deal about campaign trusts (or any trusts for that matter) knowing what you and I know?

          • chris73 32.1.1.1.1

            Seriously? I think Labour/Green are well on track to forming a govt.

            I’m going to have to respectfully disagree with that

            Do you think it’s wise for John Key and National to be making such a big deal about campaign trusts (or any trusts for that matter) knowing what you and I know?

            Yes because most people know that National use or have made extensive use of trusts but Labour made a big deal of National using them so while National will take some flack Labour will take the much bigger hit

            • felix 32.1.1.1.1.1

              I can’t tell whether you’re quoting me or doing a parody of something. You’re so lazy.

              But anyway, let’s open all the trusts. Then we’ll see what NZ thinks about them.

    • aj 32.2

      I hope you appreciated Tom Morello’s appearance, ‘The Ghost of Tom Joad’ was a highlight for me, wicked. I admire his political views and commitment too. :-)

      • chris73 32.2.1

        I’ve never screamed, shouted and sung so much in a night…how can he do that night after night? Hes not just the Boss but the true king of rock and roll

        I think adding Tom has added a new dimension to Bruces music, the same soul but now with a harder sound and both complimenting each other

    • Naturesong 32.3

      Given that Springsteen is a well known lefty and supporter of unions, and his values are clearly articulated in his music, why did you go?

      • felix 32.3.1

        I know, right? Every one of the songs that little chris73 sang and screamed and shouted along with is a story from the lives of the very working people he shits on every day.

      • chris73 32.3.2

        Hes an amazing performer and his shows are incredibly entertaining. His politics don’t come into it (even though we do agree on some things)

        I’d recommend everyone go see him next time hes in these parts

        • felix 32.3.2.1

          On the weekend you sing along with the stories of working people and then you get up in the morning and set to work trying to make their lives as hard as possible.

          You really are a piece of shit.

  32. tsmithfield 33

    Seems to me that Cunliffe is running an “any publicity is good publicity” strategy at the moment. :smile:

    • chris73 33.1

      Maybe hes trying to help the Greens look more professional so as to take votes away from National :)

      • tsmithfield 33.1.1

        It just occurred to me there is brilliance behind all of this that we haven’t been comprehending up until now.

        What he is trying to cast off the impression that he thinks of himself as a demi-god. So, what he is doing is to try and convey a more “common man” feel by making lots of apparent “cock-ups” and then apologising publicly for them. This aims to convey the impression that he can make mistakes just like the rest of us. Because his public image of superiority is so strongly ingrained in the public psyche, he has to work overtime in coming up with all sorts of creative ways of implimenting this devious and deep strategy.

  33. cricklewood 34

    Im probably going to cop flack for this but anyway… im pretty disappointed that Mickey didnt talk David out of using this approach and agreed to become a trustee I think it is a pretty bad lapse of judgement.
    It was always going to blow up especially as both have rightly railed against trusts been used to hide political donations.
    Personally I feel that all donations should be from natural persons only and any amount over $1500 should be on public record. I also feel that an independent oversight type set up which records all donations to prevent a situation where someone offers multiple donations.
    It is an important protection against corruption

    • Skinny 34.1

      Something not quite right when their campaign probably cost some of us more than them sort of.

  34. BEATINGTHEBOKS 35

    Cunliffe continues to disappoint, not in policy but in the number of procedural fuck ups. I don’t believe the general electorate gives a fuck about trusts etc, but it is just unnecessary ammunition for the right wing pr machine. Not a good look for all the puritanical naysayers who will end his dreams at election time, he will pay heavily for his poor planning. That ship wreck in Tauranga is not important, no one cares, focus on the important issues, and how to improve the lives of Mr and Mrs Joe Average, not Mr and Mrs $150,000. If labour don’t know how to do this they have thought themselves into irrelevancy, shame about the people that need them.

  35. Herodotus 36

    ” Labour / parliament need to harmonise their rules.”Really !!! No what labour needs to understand, is that like the rest of us, to comply with the laws and rules that imposed onto us, which means they have to tidy their act up. Funny how the other 2 candidates could follow the rules.
    Funny how Polly’s are only reacquainted with what is right after they are found out or when the other side does wrong.

    • karol 36.1

      Well Jones did. Robertson didn’t have any individual donations above $500, therefore didn’t need to declare them.

      • Herodotus 36.1.1

        From they way this has been reported, both were aware of the requirements. Is labour a desert for wisdom and knowledge that someone within dc’s camp did not think of the register of peculiarly interests ? Only 5 years ago many of those within caucus where running the country, or was it being run by 3 people, Helen Clark , Cullen and Simpson, and such errors were never allowed to occur.
        Hard to throw this one when the election gets into gear. Dc’s Changing his story. If caught own up immediately, if as he has done change his story then own up, easy points to the blue team, and this has created a no go area that labour could have attack jk or national on.

        • burt 36.1.1.1

          Labour passed the law to specifically stop this kind of trust usage by requiring donations over $500 to be declared on the pecuniary interests register. Cunliffe has got to be either completely bonkers (he was part of the government that sang the praise of this law, he voted for it) or he and his advisors genuinely believes the rules are for others – which is it ?

          • felix 36.1.1.1.1

            Or maybe he thinks the rules that govern parliament have fuck all to do with a private internal party contest.

            Just a thought.

            • burt 36.1.1.1.1.1

              Well sure, that’s dancing on the head of a pin isn’t it. Not something I think very becoming of a leader but you’re entitled to defend it.

              The party he leads deemed it inexcusable to have money to parties and members funnelled through trusts hiding the donors and denying the voters the right to know who’s funding their politicians. If you think it justifiable that the same parties leader now hide his donors from public scrutiny then you really have taken the ‘different when Labour do it’ pill.

              • felix

                Is that the electoral finance act, burt?

                Guess what? It covers electoral finance ffs, which is probably why it’s not called the “any bloody thing that gets up burt’s arse today” act.

                • burt

                  Oh silly me… I should have listened when you said;

                  a private internal party contest

                  It’s not the electoral finance act… right so honest home doing upper from Herne Bay decides in the spirit of his party he’ll declare ( voluntarily ) that he had a trust for a private internal party matter and plonk it on the pecuniary interests register. Not because he’s an MP and he’s received donations over $500, that’s the electoral finance act and quite different, he was just being an honest man.

                  Then bugger me he found out he can’t put the whole trust up there, he needs to identify donors over $500 – news to him of course, he didn’t vote for that for himself it was for nasty National people right….

                  Oh gosh what now .. I know – give the money back and say ‘Move On’ … that’s it … that always worked for Clark right ?

                  • felix

                    Calm down burt you’re going to bust an artery.

                    What is it you’re upset about?

                    • burt

                      When do we find out who they are, he’s taken the money, he knew as an MP he would be required to declare those names. He has no excuse for not knowing that.

                      So who are they? He can pay them back if he wants but he’s either got to declare their names or wear the weight of the punishment the law he helped pass carries.

                      Pretty simple really.

                    • felix

                      Yes you are.

                    • burt

                      Yes I probably are simple. I’m so simple I think that when an MP is involved in writing and passing a law that they should be bound by it. Real simple eh – not tricky at all.

                    • chris73

                      burt you know as well as I do the rules don’t apply to Labour, they just apply to everyone else

                    • RedLogix

                      Or maybe when your as dumb as a bag of hammers then everything looks like a nail.

                    • chris73

                      Like railing against secret trusts then having one of your own?

                    • RedLogix

                      Suddenly trusts are terrible thing now?

                      Wow – Damascus moment and all.

                    • burt

                      RedLogix

                      Trusts being terrible or not is not actually the issue. The issue is that Cunliffe was part of the government that passed the legislation requiring MPs to declare any donations over $500. He then decided that that rule wasn’t applicable to him. Did he forget he was an MP ? Is it different when Labour do it ?

                      Your flapping around defending him for not abiding by the rules (*cough couch splutter – it was an internal party thing…) he helped pass show you as the one who’s thicker than a sack of hammers because you clearly can’t see that, in a democracy, we expect the rule makers to also follow the rules.

  36. Tombstone 37

    I’m done with Labour. I expected so much more, especially from Cunliffe and when these cock ups keep on happening it makes me cringe more and more. First time in my life but sorry Labour, I think you’ve as good as lost two votes in this household. The Greens, much to my own surprise remind me more of the Labour of old than Labour itself. When they mentioned that Kiwi families on 150k need help I just winced. If we were on 150k right now we’d be sorted. How the hell are people struggling on 150k to the point where they can’t even provide for a new born? We earn well below half of that and yes it’s a struggle but we still manage and we have four young children, 3 with special needs! I just don’t get it!

  37. burt 38

    Who was it that said; “We are confronted by a government clearly ruling in the interests of a few at the expense of the many, and creating two New Zealands. One for the rich and powerful, who don’t pay their fair share of tax because they have smart accountants to ensure they avoid it…Families who pay tax on every dollar they earn, pick up the slack for the mega-rich and the foreign corporations who don’t…We will target those who speculate on capital gains and avoid tax using trusts“

    And it just gets worse. Cunliffe in crosshairs over trust

    • felix 38.1

      Are you accusing Cunliffe of tax avoidance now burt?

      • RedLogix 38.1.1

        burts is just making angry snarling noises.

        In his own words “Trusts being terrible or not is not actually the issue.” he almost makes the point. Trusts by themselves are not an automatically bad thing.

        The important question is – what is the purpose of the trust? As distinct from its mere existence.

        National used some very large trusts for a very long time to explicitly avoid the intent of the Electoral Act. They never apologised or resiled from this. They never accepted it was a mistake or wrong to evade the purpose of an important law so persistently and egregiously. Neither has burt ever been heard to say boo about it.

        Cunliffe used the TR Trust as a way to reconcile an unusual situation where there was an internal Labour Party rule requiring him to keep donations confidential and a different Parliamentary rule requiring him to register all donors over $500. Given that the donations were given in the context of an internal Labour Party election it was reasonable to argue that the internal Labour Party rule should take precedence. Hence the TR trust.

        The ASB investment trust is of course another different matter again. It appears to be a pretty standard banking product. Frankly I’m surprised that ordinary financial vehicles like bank accounts and investment trusts where the account holder has zero practical influence over the activities or outcomes of the account are considered “pecuniary interests” at all. You have to ask what purpose is being served by demanding these are put on a public register.

        But as long experience has proven, once the likes of burt get a snarl in their minds, it drowns out all rational thought. It’s simpler to pander to their prejudices.

        • burt 38.1.1.1

          RedLogix

          The contention that an internal party mater’ trumps being an MP as far as the leadership trust is concerned kind of looks sad now.

          • RedLogix 38.1.1.1.1

            Let me see now…

            When you are playing football you are not allowed to hand the ball.

            When you are playing rugby you are allowed to hand the ball.

            You are playing a game of football. Are you allowed to hand the ball?

            (Of course the problem is that the player in question is actually both a football AND a rugby player – which complicates things a little. In that case it’s reasonable to ask what the purpose of the rules are and which is more pertinent to the actual situation.)

            • burt 38.1.1.1.1.1

              Mmmm, player and ball…. In labour leader thoughts somebody with their hands on themselves is a different discussion.

        • burt 38.1.1.2

          <noSnarl>This particular member of the fund has considerable influence over it with a govt at his command – that’s why he should declare it…. I thought that was obvious </noSnarl>

          • RedLogix 38.1.1.2.1

            I’m sure you’ll hammer on all night how Cunliffe could hypothetically have ‘influenced’ this ASB Trust – but you and I both know that’s plain silly in reality. These sorts of investment vehicles are pretty much ‘arms-length’ and spread over a wide range of investments both local and overseas.

            Any real-world government influence will be so indirect and diluted as to fall below any rational threshold of concern.

            Just like Mr Key has declared that Ms Collins touting in her role as a Cabinet Minister for her husband’s company during an Official Visit apparently falls below the threshold for ‘conflict of interest’.

            • burt 38.1.1.2.1.1

              Just come out and say it – Labour MPs should be excluded from needing to declare their financial interests to parliament because it’s National party people who use secret trusts and have secret donors paying for policy….

              • RedLogix

                I’ll come out and say what I mean burt.

                A back-bench Opposition MP (as Cunliffe was at the time) declaring a very uninteresting, routine financial interest a bit later than a counsel of perfection would demand is a complete fucking non-story.

                Compared to a Minister of the Crown travelling on taxpayers ding to tout her husband’s company that is.

                Now about how this ‘hypocrisy astounds you’ …

      • burt 38.1.2

        felix

        No I’m not saying that. I’m simple remember. It’s the hypocrisy I’m astounded by. That and people defending it saying I’m snarly. Go ahead defend this man and his actions, give me some great links for years to come.

        • felix 38.1.2.1

          Yeah, great links. I can see it now:

          “Hey, you disagreed with something I wrote on the internet but look, here you are 10 years ago writing something completely unrelated on the internet!! You wrote on the internet too!! Oh the hypocrisy!!”

          etc etc

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    Ensuring New Zealand’s clean, green status continues to be an international tourism benchmark and reviewing MBIE’s oversight of the tourism sector will be on the radar under a Labour Government. Releasing Labour’s Tourism policy today, spokesperson Darien Fenton said tourism...
    Labour | 26-08
  • Skills shortage a result of National’s complacency
    The fact that there is still a severe shortage of skilled tradespeople, despite a growth in the number of apprentices, is a result of National’s failure to plan and develop the workforce, Grant Robertson, Labour Employment, Skills and TrainingSpokesperson says."The...
    Labour | 26-08
  • How much tax does John Key pay compared to a minimum wage worker?? – Mint...
    MANA Movement Economic Justice spokesperson John Minto is calling for a radical overhaul of New Zealand’s taxation system with calculations showing that a minimum wage worker pays a ten times higher tax rate than the Prime Minister. o Minimum wage...
    Mana | 25-08
  • Labour’s culture of science and innovation
    Labour will create a culture of science and innovation in New Zealand that will be the envy of the world, says Labour’s Innovation, Research and Development spokesperson Megan Woods. “Labour believes that good science lies at the heart of a...
    Labour | 25-08
  • Improving life for our new New Zealanders
    New Zealand’s international standing as a community that encourages and fosters all cultures will be bolstered under a Labour Government with an upgrade of the present Office of Ethnic Affairs to a Ministry. Releasing Labour’s Ethnic Affairs policy, spokesperson Phil...
    Labour | 25-08
  • South Auckland housing crisis
    National’s HomeStart package is nothing more than a political stunt designed to beguile South Auckland voters, said Labour’s Pacific Affairs spokesperson Su’a William Sio. “Few working Pasifika and Maori workers in South Auckland will be able to buy their own...
    Labour | 25-08
  • Home buyer subsidy discredited in Oz
    Treasury advised against National’s policy of ramping up home buyer subsidies after it was discredited in Australia because it pushed house prices even higher, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “Documents released under the OIA (attached) show Treasury advised the...
    Labour | 25-08
  • Nursing hours explain turnover and high-stress culture
    A staff survey supports concerns nursing staff at Dunedin Hospital are under increasing pressure and that the emergency department is in a critical state, says Labour’s Associate Health Spokesperson David Clark.  “An ED nursing survey at Dunedin found that 80...
    Labour | 24-08
  • Underhand tactics prove case for axing donations
    Revelations that schools are using underhand tactics to coerce donations from cash-strapped parents further highlights the need for Labour's plan to increase funding so they aren't dependent on contributions from parents, Labour's Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “By law New...
    Labour | 24-08
  • National applies band-aid to housing crisis
    The Government’s flagship housing announcement is a band-aid approach that will push up prices rather than solve the housing crisis, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. “House sales to first home buyers have collapsed as a direct result of the Government’s...
    Labour | 24-08
  • Climate change focus on the now for the future
    A Labour Governmentwill put in place a comprehensive climate change strategy focusing on bothmitigation and adaptation, establish an independent Climate Commission andimplement carbon budgeting, says Labour Climate Change spokesperson MoanaMackey."This is about future-proofing our economy. Making the transition to alow-carbon...
    Labour | 24-08
  • Labour’s 21st century transport pledge
    The next Labour-led Government will create a 21st century transport system for New Zealand that promotes the most efficient and sustainable combination of transport options, says Labour’s Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford. “Labour will rebalance the Government's transport spending away from...
    Labour | 23-08
  • Housing under National: the facts
    1.       House prices in Auckland Council valuations indicate Auckland house prices have gone up by one-third over the last three years. (Auckland Council) The average Auckland house price has gone up by nearly $225,000 since 2008, up over $75,000 in...
    Labour | 23-08
  • Labour irons out low income tax issue
    The increasing casualisation of work has led to many New Zealand families being disadvantaged through the tax they pay, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. "Many low paid workers are having to work two or three jobs to make ends meet...
    Labour | 22-08
  • Cornered Government comes out swinging
    The National Government is so desperate to keep its dead-in-the-water expert teachers policy alive, it has refused to rule out forcing schools to participate through legislation, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “John Key today attacked the Educational Institute for...
    Labour | 22-08
  • Pacific people continue to go backwards under National
    A report from Victoria University highlights the fact that Pacific people are continuing to go backwards under a National Government, said Labour’s Pacific Affairs spokesperson Su’a William Sio.  “The report shows the largest inequality increases were in smoking, obesity, tertiary...
    Labour | 22-08
  • Wellington transport plan needs to keep moving
    The failure of the Transport Agency to properly look at alternatives to the Basin Reserve flyover is not a good reason for further delays to improving transport in Wellington, Labour MPs Grant Robertson and Annette King say. “The Board of...
    Labour | 22-08
  • Labour’s focus on inequality, kids and better job prospects
    Tackling child poverty and removing barriers to people working part time to enhance their prospects of moving into a fulltime job are highlights of Labour’s Social Development policy. Releasing the policy today, spokesperson Sue Moroney said while part-time work was...
    Labour | 21-08
  • Political staff should give answers under oath
    The Inspector General of Security and Intelligence should use her full statutory powers to question witnesses under oath about the leak of SIS information, says Labour MP Phil Goff. “Leakage of confidential information from the SIS for political purposes is...
    Labour | 21-08
  • High dollar, hands-off Govt sends workers to dole queue
    The loss of up to 100 jobs at Croxley stationery in Auckland is devastating news for their families and the local Avondale community, Labour’s Employment, Skills and Training spokesperson Grant Robertson says. “The company’s inability to compete in international markets...
    Labour | 21-08
  • National’s flagship education policy dead in the water
    National’s plan to create executive principals and expert teachers is effectively dead in the water with news that 93 percent of primary teachers have no confidence in the scheme, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “The fact that teachers are...
    Labour | 21-08
  • Dunedin will be a knowledge and innovation centre under Labour
    Dunedin will become a knowledge and innovation centre under a Labour Government that will back local businesses, support technology initiatives and fund dynamic regional projects, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “Nowhere has the National Government’s short-sightedness been more apparently than...
    Labour | 21-08
  • Inquiry into SIS disclosures the right decision
    Labour MP Phil Goff says the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security has done the right thing by launching an inquiry into the disclosure of SIS documents about a meeting between himself and the agency’s former director-general. “This inquiry is necessary...
    Labour | 20-08
  • Labour – supporting and valuing carers and the cared for
    Placing real value on our elderly and the people who care for them will be a priority for a Labour Government, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. Releasing Labour’s Senior Citizens policy today David Cunliffe promised that a Labour Government would...
    Labour | 20-08
  • By Hoki! It’s Labour’s fisheries policy
    A Labour Government will protect the iconic Kiwi tradition of fishing by improving access to the coast, protecting the rights of recreational fishers and reviewing snapper restrictions, Labour’s Fisheries spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “Catching a fish from the rocks, beach...
    Labour | 20-08
  • Mighty River – Mighty Profits – Mighty hard to swallow
    Mighty River Power’s profit increase of 84 per cent is simply outrageous, says Labour’s Energy spokesperson David Shearer. “Demand for electricity is flat or declining yet the company has made enormous profits. It is the latest power company to celebrate...
    Labour | 19-08
  • Collins’ actions were wrong, not unwise
    John Key’s moral compass remains off-kilter as he cannot bring himself to declare Judith Collins’ actions outright wrong, not simply ‘unwise’, said Labour MP Grant Robertson. “Under pressure John Key is finally shifting his stance but his failure to condemn...
    Labour | 19-08
  • Public servants behaving with more integrity than their masters
    The State Services Commission's new report on the integrity of our state services reflects the yawning gap between the behaviour of public servants and that of their political masters, Labour's State Services spokesperson Maryan Street says. “This report, which surveyed...
    Labour | 19-08
  • Phil Twyford Speech to NZCID
    "Labour's plan to build more and build better: how new approaches to housing, transport and urban development will deliver cities that work" Phil Twyford, Labour Party spokesperson on housing, transport, Auckland issues, and cities.  ...
    Labour | 19-08
  • Labour commits to independent Foreign Affairs and Trade
    “Labour is committed to New Zealand’s Foreign Affairs and Trade policy being independent and proactive, Labour’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson David Shearer says. “We are a small but respected country. Our voice and actions count in international affairs. Labour will take a...
    Labour | 19-08
  • Key must sack Collins over abhorrent actions
    The latest revelations that Judith Collins sent the contact details of a public servant to WhaleOil in a desperate attempt to divert media attention from a bad story is abhorrent, Labour MP Grant Robertson says. “John Key and Judith Collins...
    Labour | 19-08
  • It’s downhill from here under National
    The forecast drop in exports and predicted halving of growth shows that it’s downhill from here with National, Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker says. “Growth under this Government peaked in June and halves to two per cent in coming years....
    Labour | 19-08
  • John Key loses moral compass over Collins
    John Key has lost his moral compass over Judith Collins’ involvement with Cameron Slater and lost touch with New Zealanders’ sense of right and wrong, Labour MP Grant Robertson says. “Whoever is Prime Minister there are expectations they will not...
    Labour | 18-08
  • Mana Movement General Election 2014 List confirmed
    The MANA List is now confirmed with all the candidates as below (the numbers are the respective Internet MANA rankings). Candidate, Electorate, Internet MANA List Position Hone Harawira, Te Tai Tokerau (1) Annette Sykes, Waiariki (3) John Minto, Mt Roskill (4) Te Hamua Nikora, Ikaroa-Rawhiti...
    Mana | 18-08
  • PREFU likely to confirm dropping exports
    National’s economic management will be put under the spotlight in tomorrow’s PREFU given clear signs the so-called rock star economy has fallen off the stage, with plummeting prices for raw commodity exports, Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker says. “Under National,...
    Labour | 18-08
  • Record profits while Kiwis face a cold winter
    The record profits by two of New Zealand’s largest electricity companies will be a bitter pill for New Zealand households who are paying record amounts for their power, says Labour’s Energy spokesperson David Shearer. “No doubt the Key government will...
    Labour | 18-08
  • A brief word to everyone who voted National in 2011
    I received this interesting email from a National Party supporter today… …let me say this to anyone who voted National last election – you should be ashamed by what has been revealed and what your vote ended up enabling but...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • EXCLUSIVE: Déjà Vu All Over Again: John Ansell confirms his participation...
      THE MAN BEHIND the Iwi-Kiwi billboards that very nearly won the 2005 election for Don Brash and the National Party has confirmed his involvement in businessman John Third’s and former Act MP Owen Jennings’ campaign to drive down the...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • Public Broadcasting Auckland debate 6.30pm tonight now with Colin Craig &am...
    The Coalition for Better Broadcasting debate on public broadcasting happens tonight at 6.30pm in Auckland at the Pioneer Women’s Hall, High Street, Auckland City.  In the light of Dirty Politics and the manipulation of the media, public broadcasting is more important for...
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • Winners & Losers in Collins sacking plus what’s the latest on Slater...
      Make no mistake, there was no way this was a resignation, it’s a face saving way out for Collins, she was sacked.  My understanding is that National internal polls are haemorrhaging and that the powers that be within National...
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • Third party propaganda attacks incoming Labour-led government
    . . Further to a report by Daily Blogger, Chris Trotter, on receiving information regarding planned attack-billboards, the following billboard is highly visible to traffic on the southbound lane of the Wellington motorway, just prior to the Murphy St turn-off....
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • Labour wins the Internet
    I’m sure I’m not the only one who tried to vote online for the leaders debate and couldn’t because the website was down. The next option was the txt vote, 75c a pop of course. So I’m not surprised that...
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Anjum Rahman – Rotherham and the need to challenge willful bl...
    I haven’t been following the events in Rotterham too closely.  I’ve read about the basic issues and the culture of silence that stopped action been taken even after complaints were made.  That culture of silence is incredibly familiar, and described...
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • Review: Hairspray
      Oh Hairspray! What fun! Somehow I managed to miss the movie when it came out, I had no idea really what it was about though I felt it had a vague relation to High School Musical. In retrospect, that...
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • Mounting global pressure against Timor-Leste’s ‘death sentence’ media...
    East Timor’s José Belo … courageous fight against ‘unconstitutional’ media law.Image: © Ted McDonnell 2014 CAFÉ PACIFIC and the Pacific Media Centre Online posted challenges to the controversial ‘press law’ nine months ago when it emerged how dangerous this draft...
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Rolinson – Spies, Lies and When Campaigns Are Fried
    Like most of the rest of the nation’s political classes, I was eagerly affixed to TV One from 12:30 on Saturday afternoon to witness the downfall of Judith Collins.Whenever we witness the crumbling of a titan of the political landscape...
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • BREAKING: Whaleoil crushes Crusher
    Judith ends up shooting herself A new email has been released suggesting that Collins was attempting to undermine the head of Serious Fraud Office with the help of far right hate speech merchant Cameron Slater. Unbelievable!   She has been forced...
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • BREAKING: Rumours Judith Collins gone at lunchtime
    Brook Sabin first of the mark with rumours Judith Collins is about to resign – PM announcing a statement at 12.30pm… …Paddy follows… …Vance confirms..   …if Collins is gone by lunchtime, it will be because the PM understands the...
    The Daily Blog | 29-08
  • BREAKING: UPDATE on DIRT ALERT!
    Thanks to the information passed to Chris Trotter by “Idiot/Savant” from No Right Turn it is now possible to identify at least some of the persons involved in this latest example of attack politics. What follows is Chris’s response to Idiot/Savant’s timely assistance: Well done...
    The Daily Blog | 29-08
  • Comparing burning puppets, hip hop lyrics and drunk student chants to black...
    Watching the mainstream media try and obscure Cunliffe’s surprise win in the leaders debate  is a reminder the Press Gallery is in depressed shock. The current spin line from the Wellington bubble media in the wake of Dirty Politics is that...
    The Daily Blog | 29-08
  • Why has it all gone quiet on Charter Schools?
    They’re one of ACT’s flagship policies and the National Party have been gung ho in supporting them. So how come we’re not hearing Hekia Parata, Jamie Whyte, Catherine Isaac, et al singing from the rafters about what a resounding success charter...
    The Daily Blog | 29-08
  • Moment of Truth – September 15th – Auckland Town Hall
    Moment of Truth – September 15th – Auckland Town Hall...
    The Daily Blog | 29-08
  • EXCLUSIVE: Dirt Alert! Are the Greens and Labour about to become the target...
    WE’VE SEEN IT ALL BEFORE. In 2005 pamphlets began appearing all over New Zealand attacking Labour and the Greens. For a couple of days both the parties targeted and the news media were flummoxed. Who was behind such an obviously...
    The Daily Blog | 29-08
  • The Donghua Liu Affair: the Press Council’s decision
    . . 1. Prologue . The Donghua Liu Affair hit  the headlines on 18 June, with allegations that David Cunliffe wrote a letter in 2003,  on  behalf of  business migrant, Donghua Liu. Four days later, on Sunday 22 June, the...
    The Daily Blog | 29-08
  • The difference between Cunliffe & Key in the debate
    It was with much interest that I watched the leaders debate on Thursday night.  I watched with an open mind, always happy to have my opinion changed.  Maybe John Key is all the wonderful things that many say about him,...
    The Daily Blog | 29-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Denis Tegg – When Did We Agree To Our Data Being Shared with ...
    New shocking evidence has emerged from Edward Snowden’s trove of documents about a program called ICREACH under which data collected by the GCSB is shared with 23 US spy agencies. Under new sharing agreements which appear to have commenced immediately after...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • Why Internet MANA are the best political friends the Greens could ever get
    Metiria at last nights #GreenRoomNZ: standing on the shoulders and camera cases of giants  NZers, regardless of political spectrum or apathy level, have a wonderful beach cricket egalitarianism about us. If we can objectively conclude a winner, then that person...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • Sick of the Sleaze? Protest against National’s dirty politics THIS SATURD...
    Sick of the Sleaze? Protest now dammit! Three weeks before the election, action is being taken across the country voicing a rejection of the National Government’s track record and direction. Rallies are being held in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Sir Edmund Thomas – Address at Nicky Hager public meeting
    I regard it as privilege to chair this public meeting. I have long had the greatest admiration for Nicky Hager’s work, and nothing I have read or heard in the media over the past week or so has caused me...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • Labour and New Zealand Superannuation
    The kerfuffle in the wake of Nicky Hager’s Dirty Politics has had a detrimental impact on our discussion of economic policies. Signs are that the main beneficiaries of the dirty politics revelations will be Winston Peters and Colin Craig; certainly National suffered...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • Coalition for Better Broadcasting – Mike Hosking and the Leader’s Debat...
    A few weeks ago I blogged that Mike Hosking was a terrible choice as moderator for the TV One Party Leader’s Debate, because he is so embarrassingly biased in favour of John Key. So I watched the show with curiosity,...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • Democracy and Cancer: A critical analysis of Dirty Politics
    Twenty years ago, England’s renowned television playwright Denis Potter died of pancreatic cancer.  Readers may recall his two masterpieces ‘Pennies from Heaven’ and ‘The Singing Detective’.  During a final television interview with Melvyn Bragg, Potter declared that he had named...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • Cunliffe beats Key in First Leaders debate
    I watched the First Leaders debate at the Green Party #GreenRoomNZ, they were very kind to include me and the atmosphere was great. The debate was a resounding victory to Cunliffe. He won Round 1, Round 2, Round 3 and...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • LIVE STREAM: The Green Room Leader’s Debate from 6:30pm
    The Green Room will be hosted by media commentator Russel Brown, and will feature Green Co-leaders Metiria Turei and Russel Norman responding to the debate live, along with comment from thought leaders and commentators. ‘The Green Room’ 6pm – 8.30pm...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • How many taxpayer funded staff does John Key need to prepare for a Leaders ...
    John Key is currently at the Auckland Stamford Plaza with 40 staff, 4 undercover police cars and an entire floor booked out in preparation for tonights Leader’s debate. Isn’t 40 staff including coms, flown up to Auckland for a debate...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • A brief word on National Party Rodney MP, Mark Mitchell
    MP considers legal action against Nicky HagerThe National MP says he is considering taking a defamation case after the September 20 election.“Someone needs to be held accountable,” he said. Oh really champ? Brothers and sisters, there is a long way...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • Greens advertise on Whaleoil – but not on The Daily Blog?
    PaknSave have shown ethical compass and blocked adverts on Whaleoil, yet the Greens are advertising on Whaleoil, and not The Daily Blog? I would imagine there are far more potential Green voters on The Daily Blog then ever are on...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • It’s about the stupid economy stupid
    In focus group meetings, the sleepy hobbits of NZ by a staggering amount all believe that National are better economic stewards of the country than Labour, that’s why, instead of answering questions about blackmailing MPs, trawling brothels for dirt on...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • Labour Policy vs National Policy
    John Key’s favourite defence spin at the moment is people want to talk about policy and not hear answers on the ethics of trawling brothels, why Slater was given SIS information, blackmailing MPs into standing down, rigging candidate elections and hacking...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • The Green Room live streamed on TDB 6.30pm tonight for First Leaders debate
    The ‘Green Room’ will stream 6.pm tonight on The Daily Blog during the TV One leaders’ debate.Use #GreenRoomNZ to join in. The Green Room will be hosted by media commentator Russel Brown, and will feature Green Co-leaders Metiria Turei and Russel Norman responding...
    The Daily Blog | 27-08
  • Manukau East – the next Coalition in action
    A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of opening Voice Up – a youth forum run by young people in Otara. I had been asked as Chair of the Local Board to set the scene, encouraging young people...
    The Daily Blog | 27-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Kelly Ellis – The Big Bang Theory
    It’s a shame that it took a brain injury for me to start seeing things with such startling clarity. The realisation that lawyering, fishing, parenting, selling cars and racing yachts had common themes was stunning. Not perhaps as stunning as...
    The Daily Blog | 27-08
  • Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, how much Key aro...
    Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking on Radio Hauraki...
    The Daily Blog | 27-08
  • 5AA Australia – New Zealand’s Dirty Politics Aftermath and Polls
    MIL OSI – Source: Selwyn Manning – Analysis Headline: 5AA Australia – New Zealand’s Dirty Politics Aftermath and Polls 5AA Australia: On this week’s Across the Ditch bulletin on 5AA Australia, host Peter Godfery and Selwyn Manning discuss the aftermath...
    The Daily Blog | 27-08
  • La’o Hamutuk calls for inquiry into Timor GAP ‘mismanagement’ of oil ...
    The Suai project on the South Coast … “liberated” land but confused communities.Photo: La’o Hamutuk David Robie also blogs at Café Pacific. AN INDEPENDENT Timor-Leste development and social justice agency has called for an inquiry into the Timor GAP corporation...
    The Daily Blog | 27-08
  • What Is Nicky Hager?
    WHAT WILL HISTORY MAKE of Nicky Hager? That slight, perpetually boyish, journalist who descends periodically, like the admonishing angel in a medieval mystery play, to trouble our consciences and wreak merry havoc with the orderly conduct of our political affairs....
    The Daily Blog | 27-08
  • Can anyone in msm explain how after Dirty Politics that they all got played...
    Would you not think, that after reading Dirty Politics, that our mainstream media wouldn’t allow themselves to get tricked and played again by the VERY SAME discredited pundits? The best new feature on Radio NZ is their ‘Blog Watch’ and their...
    The Daily Blog | 27-08
  • Crusher Collins caught out lying about Privacy Commissioner – is this her...
    Crusher angry. Crusher smash own career. Crusher more angry. You would think that after getting outed as such a nasty, vicious piece of work in Dirty Politics, that Crusher would be scrambling to dial back the lies and manipulations. Apparently...
    The Daily Blog | 27-08
  • Cunliffe vs Key – first leaders debate
    This is your election ‘moderator’ – just one more reason an incoming Government need to sack everyone at TVNZ and reform it into an actual public broadcaster. The first leaders debate happens this Thursday, 7pm on TV One. I have...
    The Daily Blog | 26-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Kate Davis – An Old and Honourable Profession
      When Dirty Politics started to reference an ex-prostitute I began to get antsy. My first response was “come on Nicky, we decriminalised in 2003. Its sex worker.” My second response was “Ah oh. Who was it and did they...
    The Daily Blog | 26-08
  • Bought and paid for: the dirty politics of climate denial
    Has climate denial in New Zealand been bought and paid for by corporate interests? We already know that the ACT Party’s routine denial is closely linked to the financial support the party receives from wealthy free market fundamentalist Alan Gibbs,...
    The Daily Blog | 26-08
  • If the msm read The Daily Blog, THIS wouldn’t be a surprise – explainin...
    Yawn. How embarrassing for Hamish Rutherford and Andrea Vance, their breathless article today suggests that the idea of Labour and NZ First cutting a  deal over the buy back of assets  is some how new news. Silly mainstream media  journalists. If...
    The Daily Blog | 26-08
  • How much tax does John Key pay compared to a minimum wage worker??
    Yesterday I did some calculations to find out what tax John Key pays compared to a worker on the minimum wage. And I put out this media release for the Mana Movement: MANA Movement Economic Justice spokesperson John Minto is...
    The Daily Blog | 26-08
  • Hip hop death threats – the selective outrage of our media
    PM death threat in hip hop songAn Auckland hip-hop crew slammed for releasing a song with lyrics that apparently include a threat to kill Prime Minister John Key are urging young people to enrol to vote. Kill The PM, by...
    The Daily Blog | 26-08
  • Watch Slater turn into Key right before your eyes
    Watch Slater turn into Key right before your eyes...
    The Daily Blog | 26-08
  • I don’t always agree with Patrick Gower – but he didn’t deserve this!
    I don’t always agree with Patrick Gower – but he didn’t deserve this weird spear tackle from behind by his own company. I was listening to this interview at the time, and the awkwardness of it must be the worst...
    The Daily Blog | 26-08
  • Bill English: allegations against Judith Collins are serious
    Deputy Prime Minister Bill English told TV1’s Q+A programme that the allegations against Judith Collins are serious and that’s why an inquiry is needed....
    Scoop politics | 31-08
  • Culture Change Required
    "There are serious issues raised in an Employment Relations Authority judgement released this week. The culture within the Whangarei District Council (WDC) organisation must change. The culture of any organisation is defined by its leadership starting...
    Scoop politics | 31-08
  • Reducing Reoffending Statistic Challenged
    In Rethinking’s latest blog, http://blog.rethinking.org.nz/2014/08/th-bps-reducing-crime-and-reoffending.html it closely examines the current claim that reoffending in New Zealand has reduced by 12.5% since June 2011, and reveals how that figure has been achieved. It argues...
    Scoop politics | 31-08
  • University economics team studying workers’ comparing wages
    A University of Canterbury economics research team is looking at fairness of the job assignments and whether workers are sensitive to the wages of their co-workers....
    Scoop politics | 31-08
  • Statement by State Services Commissioner
    30 August 2014 "The State Services Commission was contacted by the Prime Minister's Office over the last 24 hours on this issue." “Any activity that undermines, or has the potential to undermine, the trust and confidence in the public service...
    Scoop politics | 31-08
  • Christchurch Council Circus … Continued
    In 2010 the UK Daily Mail investigated the antics of a major bureaucratically bloated London Local Authority and reported with THE GREAT INERTIA SECTOR ....
    Scoop politics | 30-08
  • The Nation Housing Debate
    Patrick It's the great Kiwi dream, but is owning the roof over your head now just a pipe dream for many Kiwis? Homeownership is at the lowest level in half a century. National's answer is to double subsidies to first-home...
    Scoop politics | 30-08
  • Time to Shine Light on Shadowy Spies
    Internet MANA has promised to set up a Royal Commission of Inquiry into New Zealand’s intelligence agencies, with a view to transferring oversight of spying operations to a new, independent authority....
    Scoop politics | 30-08
  • New Zealand’s biggest problems are Economic Issues
    New Zealand’s biggest problems are Economic Issues (41%) while the World’s most important problems are War & Terrorism (35%) just three weeks before NZ Election...
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • NZ 2014 Leaders Index – week ending 29 August
    Below is iSentia’s first weekly Leaders’ Index, showing the relative amount of coverage of nine Party Leaders in the lead up to the National Election across news media and social media. We will produce these reports for the next three...
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Judgment in Paki v Attorney General
    Tamaiti Cairns said that today’s Supreme Court decision is complicated, but, in essence opens the door for Maori people to go forward with their essential claims to water. Further work is required and Pouakani Trust will continue to pursue its...
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Supreme Court Decision on Maori Water Rights
    “ … the Supreme Court refused to give Pouakani people what they asked for, but may have given them something much, much better instead. The Appellants had argued that the Crown’s ownership of the River was as a fiduciary for...
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Leaders Dinner with Campbell Live, Dessert with RadioLIVE
    John Campbell is hosting Colin Craig, Winston Peters, Laila Harre, Metiria Turei, Peter Dunne, Jamie Whyte and Te Ururoa Flavell LIVE from Auckland’s Grand Harbour Restaurant on Wednesday 3 September at 7pm....
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Credit unions in the political spotlight
    Dirty politics was put aside last night as senior politicians outlined their universal support for growing the cooperatively owned credit union and mutual building society sector in New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Maryan Street on issues of importance to older people
    Liam Butler interviews Hon Maryan Street MP on issues of importance to older New Zealanders...
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • John Hanita Paki and others v The Attorney-General
    JOHN HANITA PAKI, TORIWAI ROTARANGI, TAUHOPA TE WANO HEPI, MATIU MAMAE PITIROI AND GEORGE MONGAMONGA RAWHITI v THE ATTORNEY-GENERAL OF NEW ZEALAND FOR AND ON BEHALF OF THE CROWN (“THE CROWN”) (SC 7/2010)...
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Last Nights Leaders Debate Drives The #nzpol Wordcloud
    Following last nights leaders debate on TV One between John Key and David Cunliffe, the data insight organisation Qrious collected all tweets that used the hashtag #nzpol from approximately the last 24 hours to produce this wordcloud....
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Campaign suggests reason behind suicide gender statistics
    An online campaign about meaning and belonging has revealed an interesting connection with the difference in suicide rates between men and women....
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Act Policy Vindicated by Sensible Sentencing Data
    ACT Leader Dr Jamie Whyte says the Sensible Sentencing Trust's just released analysis of 3 Strikes legislation "proves ACT was right to promote the policy and that it has made New Zealand a much safer country. The figures show beyond...
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • “Robin Hood tax and other clever ways to help our kids”
    It’s time to talk about tax. Not just income tax but other kinds of tax too....
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Cannabis Laws Breach Treaty – ALCP
    Cannabis prohibition is neo-colonial oppression resulting in the disproportionate imprisonment of Maori, the Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party says....
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • 2014 Variation Broadcasting Allocation Decision Released
    The Electoral Commission has released a variation decision on the amount of time and money allocated to political parties for the broadcasting of election programmes for the 2014 General Election....
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • New Zealand Shoppers- Demand Blue Tick Accredited Products
    Following ongoing concerns surrounding the issue of animal welfare in farming, particularly in the layer and broiler chicken sectors, the RNZSPCA is now asking consumers to purchase only eggs, pork, turkey and chicken that have been Accredited by the Blue...
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • EDS welcomes Labour’s Environment Policy
    The Environmental Defence Society has welcomed Labour’s Environment Policy which recognises that New Zealand cannot have a healthy economy without a healthy environment....
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Candidate calls for an end to institutional racism
    29 AUGUST 2014 Tāmaki Makaurau candidate, Rangi McLean has spoken up in support of Irie Te Wehi-Takerei who was wrongfully accused of shoplifting at a Warehouse store in Manukau. "Over the last month, two different supermarkets have been...
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Making tertiary education more accessible to Māori
    29 August 2014 The Māori Party launched its tertiary education policy today at Te Huinga Tauira o Te Mana Ākonga, the national hui for the Māori Teritary Students Association in Palmerston North. Te Tai Hauāuru candidate Chris McKenzie says the...
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • NZ Sign Language programmes receives $11 million boost
    Deaf Aotearoa are thrilled with Education minister Hekia Parata’s announcement this week that $11 million in funding will go towards a range of New Zealand Sign Language initiatives, including First Signs – a programme that involves sign language...
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Abortion violates the Human Rights of Fathers
    Fathers1Right to Life is concerned at the glaring imbalance that exists in law, in regard to the rights of men to defend the lives of the children they have fathered. Fatherhood commences at conception. Children in the womb, just like...
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Hundreds to join march against male violence in Auckland CBD
    Hundreds of supporters are expected to join the 'Take Back the Night' march through central Auckland streets tomorrow night in solidarity with making the streets safe for women and the rainbow community to walk without fear of male violence....
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Classic example of need for Conservative policy
    The Conservative Party Justice Spokesman, Garth McVicar believes the sentencing of killer Aaron McDonald is a classic example of why an overhaul of the parole and sentencing system is required.”...
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Greens & Labour Politicising Bullying in Schools
    Family First NZ says that both the Greens and Labour are wanting to politicise and sexualise school children under the guise of bullying programmes rather than deal with the school bullying issue as it should be dealt with....
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Wellington National Is Not Our Future Rally 30/8/14
    Thousands of people will march and rally at National is not our Future events on Saturday. Auckland is the main rally centre with supportive actions in Wellington, Dunedin, Christchurch and Hamilton. In Wellington, marchers will assemble at Te Papa...
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • EPA grants marine consent for OMV exploration well
    The Environmental Protection Authority has granted a marine consent to OMV New Zealand Ltd for its Whio-1 exploration well in the Taranaki Basin....
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • First anniversary of the horrific chemical attacks on Syria
    Members of the Syrian Community and friends are commemorating the first anniversary of the horrific chemical attacks on Syria, in Aotea Square on Saturday 30 August 2014, between 11-3 pm. The Assad regimes chemical attacks on al Ghouta were responsible...
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • Anniversary of the NZ Occupation of German Samoa
    Today, 29th August 2014, marks the 100 years centenary of the occupation of Samoa by New Zealand forces at the request of the British empire, ending the German rule of Samoa. It is also the starting point for the special...
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • Submissions sought on mosquito repellent
    The Environmental Protection Authority is calling for submissions on a portable mosquito repellent for use outdoors. The repellent consists of a strip impregnated with metofluthrin, a substance from the pyrethroid family....
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • Spot the difference – the leaders debate
    I watched the Leaders' debate last night and was struck by the fact that John Key accepted all of David Cunliffe's basic assumptions. For example, he did not say that the government should not tell farmers who they could sell...
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • Colin Craig’s tax figures do not add up and are dishonest
    “Colin Craig’s tax plan is to have two rates of income tax: 0% up to $20,000 and 25% above that. This will leave a $6.4 billion hole in the budget even before the new spending proposed by the Conservatives. The...
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • Dirty Politics Impacts National Party Support
    Media Release – For Immediate Release Dirty Politics Impacts National Party Support Support for National has dropped by 4.3% to 50.8%, the latest stuff.co.nz / Ipsos political poll shows....
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • Labour’s environment policy welcomed
    The independent conservation organisation Forest & Bird says that overall the Labour Party’s newly released environment policy would go a long way towards protecting New Zealand’s natural heritage....
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • National: Not our Future Marches across New Zealand
    Three weeks before the election, action is being taken across the country voicing a rejection of the National Government's track record and direction. Rallies are being held in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin to oppose National's...
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • Tune in to tonight’s debate from 7pm
    The countdown is on! You can watch the first leader’s debate for 2014 tonight, 7pm, on TV One ....
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • Gamblefree Day 1 September
    It's Gamblefree Day this Monday 1 September, the national awareness day for problem gambling in New Zealand. While traditionally celebrated on the first day of September, many events and activities are held both before and after this day to raise...
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • Success through captioning should be a given as a Right
    Success through captioning should be a given as a Right per the Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities...
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • Alcohol Marketing Committee Questions Government’s Motives
    An Independent Expert Committee on Alcohol Advertising and Sponsorship (IECAAS) has been formed out of concern amongst alcohol and public health researchers about the government’s Ministerial Forum on Alcohol Advertising and Sponsorship (MFAAS)....
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • How Much Higher Can Auckland Prices Go?
    National's plan to liberalise the use of Kiwisaver funds and its proposal to raise ts cheap "Welcome Home" loan thresholds to help buyers purchase a new home has been welcomed by home building companies but attacked as a "welfare scheme...
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • OPC submission period extended
    We have extended the submission period for the modified reassessment of a bee control affecting five organophosphate and carbamate insecticides (APP202142)....
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • Vinay Deobhakta struck off roll of barristers and solicitors
    The New Zealand Lawyers and Conveyancers Disciplinary Tribunal has ordered former Tauranga lawyer Vinay Deobhakta to be struck off the roll of barristers and solicitors....
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • Major parties to front up for Climate Voter election debate
    New Zealand’s main political parties will take part in ‘The Great Climate Voter Debate’ on September 3....
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • Family violence… too big to be ignored
    As Annah Stretton gears up for her New Zealand Fashion Week show on Thursday she is utilizing her spotlight to help change the face of family violence in this country saying “the problem is far too big to ignore”....
    Scoop politics | 28-08
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