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Written By: - Date published: 6:24 pm, December 6th, 2013 - 85 comments
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85 comments on “Hypocrisy-watch”

  1. mickysavage 1

    I am Key’s age and I was at university the same time as him. I can vividly remember the events of that year and how it tore the country apart. For Key to say that he does not recall means either that he has suffered a significant brain injury or he is telling fibs.

    His subsequent comments are well unbelievable. He shows the emotional makeup of a reptilian …

    • rhinocrates 1.1

      I remember that year very well myself. I was in high school at the time and was pretty disgusted by fellow students making excuses like “there have been changes in South Africa”.

      My father, who had represented NZ playing rugby in the late 40s and early 50s (in the Kiwis, not the All Blacks, since he was a League player) opposed the tour in the end because it was “tearing the country apart”. Not, I must emphasise, because of “those damn protesters”, but because he put our national unity ahead of rugby.

      I’ve friends in Britain, and they’re pointing out the hypocrisy of Key’s clone, Cameron: in the 80s, he was a member of a student organisation campaigning to have Nelson Mandela executed as a terrorist and wore “Hang Mandela” badges.

      It’s impossible for one to forget what happened or how one felt. Key is a lying scumbag (wow, that’s news, isn’t it?!). I’ll be ashamed to have him as our representative at Nelson Mandela’s funeral.

    • Martin 1.2

      I am one year younger and I can remember too but then I was on the frontline.I can also remember the Victoria Uni contingent that joined us on the May 1 mobilization. They were a sight to see.
      As for John Key, maybe some things are best left unsaid.

  2. fender 2

    Sounds just like John Banks doesn’t he, just as convincing.

  3. Phil jones 3

    John key is our dear leader, how dare you doubt him, hang your head in shame. Four more years boys, four more years ( of national )

  4. Anne 4

    Should anyone be surprised? Key has psychopathic tendencies. They are very good at faking emotions.

    • ghostwhowalksnz 4.1

      Dont debase the word pyschopath. Key isnt even a sociopath. He may politically be a smooth operator but he otherwise is fairly normal. He has a stable family life and a successful international business career- not just fanciful claims.

      The main point about Key “forgetting” his political views back then, allmost certainly untrue as we DO KNOW he has long had an ambition to enter politics. A true sociopath would invent some political views that suited the current views today.

    • rhinocrates 4.2

      I disagree – he is terrible at faking emotions. :)

      • Anne 4.2.1

        You’re right rhinocrates. It’s just we have a lot of idiots who can’t see he’s faking… :(

        I would have more respect for him if he was honest and admitted… that he hadn’t really cared one way or the other in 1981 but he supposed he was more pro the tour than anti the tour. Since then he’s changed his mind and realised the anti-tour people were right.

        Bolger is big enough to do it but not Key.

        • felix 4.2.1.1

          Even Ross fucking Meurant of all people is big enough to admit he was wrong about the tour.

          Not our Key though. That places him on the continuum of fuckwittery, don’t it?

  5. Phil jones 5

    Now everybody say it with me,
    I love john key our best ever pm.
    Four more years, yeahaa

    • fender 5.1

      There’s a kid up ^ at 3.0 with the same name and eager anticipation for reaching teenagehood . Any relation?

  6. irascible 6

    To declare, Key did, that the occassion of the State Funeral for Nelson Mandela, deserves his attendance as NZ’s only credible representative reeks of cynical arrogance and hypocrisy especially as Key has been. like Colin Craig and John Banks, existing in a state of experiential denial of events leading up to and including 1981.

    • North 6.1

      Give the representation some stuff reflecting a living on of Nelson Mandela’s wairua.

      Key has the balls to acknowledge and invite John Minto to travel with him – both representing Aotearoa New Zealand ?

      Be absolutely wonderful if he did. It would be stature Prime Minister !

  7. merkin 7

    amorality is the name of the game don’t you know. Our bankster PM is what we deserve. The passionless people maaate. all that political malarky is a bit gay aye. Have a few bevy mate, beat the wife, buy some shares in a soe our parents and grandparents built. it’s all about me. i’m a winner and all those wingers are losers. john key mate, he’s a god. burn in hell all those who don’t believe. the gospel according to Key and TPP. Nooooooooo future (ff to 4 minits)

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

  8. Nordy 8

    It’s a very ‘convenient’ line to spin to the media/public – I can’t really really remember.

    What is also revealing is the way Key’s story changes the further he is questioned……not unlike his more recent fibs, lies and fabrications.

  9. Will@Welly 9

    I made a comment on the page “Death of Nelson Mandela”. John Key going to the funeral is an insult, both to those who opposed apartheid, and to the man himself. If he had come out and said earlier that he was a member of the National Party and he was pro-tour, then people would have at least understood that, even if you didn’t agree with his stance. But coming out and saying “I can’t remember” is rubbish. There were numerous people who supported the tour, mainly because they wanted to see the rugby played. Many later regretted their stance. But not John Key.
    Personally, I think John Minto and Trevor Richards should be in the vanguard of those leading the representation from this country, along with other leaders of the anti-apartheid movement.
    Politicians going is just a junket – very few in Parliament today were there doing “the hard yards” when the tour happened, or when we marched in the streets.

    • Craig Glen Eden 9.1

      I agree W@W send the people who led from the front people like John Minto should be sent to represent NZ not some bloke who say’s he couldn’t remember his position on the tour.No one seriously believes that spineless lying Key. If Key goes its the ultimate insult to a guy who literally was prepared to die for what he believed in. I say know to Key going to the funeral.

    • chrissy 9.2

      Will@Welly

      Absolutely agree that John Minto should be there. He was one of the one’s that drove this protest so therefore would be one of the people that Mandela would have been most appreciative of. Key in all of those news clips was left floundering as usual wondering how to couch his answers in such a way that he would be able to negate anything that he said at a later date to suit the current political climate. In a novel I recently read they referred to a politician as an *everyman*. It seems to me that Key is that man. *Whatever it takes* is his mantra. I used to be proud to be a New Zealander, now I feel that we are a laughing stock of the world knowing that key will genuflect in front of anyone who asks something of him even if is detrimental to NZ. We are unfortunate enough to have the only pm in the world with*made in the usa*

  10. Ake ake ake 10

    Cheers for that clip. Played it ‘blind’ to some folks who don’t know much about John Key or NZ politics, or politics generally event.
    I asked the question: what do you think of this person’s response?
    Answers given: he is lying.

  11. BrucetheMoose 11

    It is infuriating that we as tax payers should be paying for this vile two faced charlatan to go to the funeral of Nelson Mandela. Everything that Mandela was and stood for, Key is absolutely not.

  12. Brian 12

    He will have forgotten all about it by monday.

  13. North 13

    Man that video at the John Key vasectomy part is hellish

    You gotta watch it.

    Henry can be hilarious when he’s not being a fuck so it’s a limited season obviously.

  14. happynz 14

    In the first interview in that clip Key sounds crocked. Talking shit with your mates at the pub is one thing, but boozy slurred evasive responses during an interview on the radio is embarrassing.

  15. Morrissey 15

    Humbug Corner
    

No. 22: BARACK OBAMA

    “WE HAVE LOST ONE OF THE MOST INFLUENTIAL, COURAGEOUS, AND PROFOUNDLY GOOD HUMAN BEINGS THAT ANY OF US WILL SHARE TIME WITH ON THIS EARTH. HE NO LONGER BELONGS TO US – HE BELONGS TO THE AGES.”

    
—-Barack Obama, New Zealand Herald, Saturday 7 December 2013, page one.

    Humbug Corner gathers, and highlights, the most striking examples of faux solicitude, insincere apologies, and particularly stupid recycling of official canards. It is produced by the Insincerity Project®, a division of Daisycutter Sports Inc.

    “L’hypocrisie est un hommage que le vice rend à la vertu.”
—-François de La Rochefoucauld, Maxims

    More humbugs, mostly half-witted….
    No. 21 Chris Laidlaw: “I asked him if, with the recent birth of the British royal baby, there was just the slightest tinge of regret that they had got rid of the French monarchy?”

    No. 20 Nevil Gibson: “Well, everybody’s getting richer.”
    
No. 19 Byron Bentley: “He is a great guy, a good man … very caring…”
    
No. 18 Rachel Smalley: “…heartbreak all over NSW as Queensland wins the deciding State of Origin!”

    No. 17 Jay Carney: ““He is not a human rights activist, he is not a dissident.”
    
No. 16 Barack Obama: “I wish Muslims across America & around the world a month blessed with the joys of family, peace & understanding.”

    http://thestandard.org.nz/open-mike-11072013/#comment-661330
    
No. 15 John Key: “They know this is an issue of national security…”

    No. 14 Charles Saatchi: “I abhor violence of any kind against women…”


    No. 13 Toyota New Zealand: “The more Kiwis that lean, the more motivated our ETNZ crew will be to win.”


    No. 12 Pem Bird: “We’re there to do the business of advancing our people.”


    No. 11 Whenua Patuwai: “They’re my brothers and to see one of them goes [sic]—it’s tough.”


    No. 10 [REMOVED]
    


No. 9 [REMOVED]
    



No. 8 Barack Obama: “…people standing up for what’s right…yearning for justice and dignity…”



No. 7 Barack Obama: “Nelson Mandela is my personal hero…”



    No. 6 John Key: “Yeah well the Greens’ answer to everything is rail, isn’t it.”
    
No. 5 Dr. Rodney Syme: “If you want good, open, honest practice, you have to make it transparent.”




    No. 4 Mike Bush: “Bruce Hutton’s… integrity beyond reproach…such great character…”




    No. 3 Dean Lonergan: “Y’ know what? The only people who will mock them are people who are dwarfists.”




    No. 2 Peter Dunne: “What a load of drivel and sanctimonious humbug…”
    





No. 1 Dominic Bowden: “It’s okay to be speechless.”



  16. appleboy 16

    I couldn’t help but notice the contrast yesterday between Helen Clark’s interview with Garner with her reflections on Mandela, and John Key trite superficial scripted lines he gave to the media.

    Helen spoke with passion and eloquence, Key sounded like he was just spouting a few cliches the speech writer drummed up.

    Makes me realise what we lost and what a lightweight chump we gained.

  17. tricledrown 17

    Key re whites hisSTory!
    With all the Fuck ups poncKeys
    Govt has made and have been exposed recently an oversea junket with photo ops pure genious!

  18. tricledrown 18

    muldoon is Keys idol.
    So therfore key was for the 81 tour .

  19. Morrissey 19

    Spitting on his grave
    The 5 most hypocritical Mandela eulogies by Israeli politicians

    ‘First get yourself a sick bag, then read these eulogies to Nelson Mandela from Israel’s leadership – some of them the very people who cultivated close ties to the bitter end with South Africa’s apartheid regime, and all of them presiding over the Israeli version of apartheid.’ — Jonathan Cook

    http://972mag.com/the-top-5-most-hypocritical-mandela-eulogies-by-israeli-politicians/83109/

    • Martin 19.1

      How could those pukes even dare?

      oh shit! where’s the sick bag?

    • swordfish 19.2

      Precisely. Most leading South African anti-apartheid campaigners have pointed to the striking similarities between pre-1990 SA and Israel in the Occupied Territories.

      With the treatment of Palestinians and other minorities within Israel-proper bearing more than passing resemblance too (albeit\ a little less blatantly).

    • Wayne 20.1

      Do you really think that President Obama is being hypocritical. Surely of all the current global leaders, Mandela would have inspired him in a very tangible way. It is easy to forget what an extraordinary achievement that Obama’s election represented.

      And as with Mandela, the realities of office have tempered Obama’s vision. Nelson Mandelda did not try to turn South Africa into a socialist paradise. He knew that way would lead to Zimbabwe. Reconciliation has been his great legacy, when others would have gone down another path.

      Similarly Obama has had to deal with the real world. But he did end the war in Iraq, he has achieved a level of stability in Afghanistan. He is building a nuclear deal with Iran, which could yet be his highest foreign policy success. And if he succeeds in Iran, he will be strenghtened vis a vis Israel and Palestine

      • felix 20.1.1

        lol

      • Anne 20.1.2

        I think Wayne has made some good points.

        While their is valid reason to question some of his actions, it is unthinkable that Obama – a fellow descendant of Africa’s indigenous people – would not have been deeply inspired by Mandela. We have seen many examples where the realities of the American presidency has prevented Obama from achieving his goals. His attempts to change the health care system and make it available to the poorest Americans springs to mind.

  20. Plan B 21

    Morrissey
    Helen Clark was on the same side as Mandela. Key supported the people who put him in prison. He still does.

    Not to pick on Morrissey, only that he is a representative example of the mood of the comments. Only I think that to understand JK you have to go at it from another perspective – his – to actually understand. He was I think telling the truth when he spoke in that first clip. Maybe hard for many people here to get but . He did not care at the time, he was not interested. He does not care now either only his job requires of him to say certain things so he says them. He has always been about the money nothing else. He is fine with equality with gay marriage with anything you want or don’t want. They only thing he is actually interested in is the money. There is nothing else going on.

    • Will@Welly 21.1

      So true. Key is a gutter rat of the first degree.

    • Wayne 21.2

      Plan B

      If your proposition was really true, he would not have gone into politics. He could have stayed in the global finance sector and made much more money. He had shown he had exceptional skills for that, and in a sector which is highly competitive. He was at a senior level in a global firm, and had he stayed would have continued to progress. There were great riches to be made from 2001 to 2008 if he had stayed in.

      He turned his back on that prospect.

      So your analysis simply does not stand up. He returned to NZ for a reason, and that was not to make more money.

      Whether you like it or not, he believes he can make NZ better. Obviously not to a Left prescription, but one that he believes lifts New Zealand’s success internationally.

      As for going to South Africa, do really think it would sensible for the New Zealand Prime Minister not to attend. The South African government would take that as an insult and a snub. Given our history, hardly a good space to be in.

      • greywarbler 21.2.1

        Wayne
        It looks quite grand on your CV to show that you have been Prime Minister of a country. What do you give somebody who’s got everything? The Prime Ministership. And you get your picture in all the papers of a tiddly. little country that is becoming smaller every moment that he lets out a mining or other contract or his myrmidons do.

        Have you thought of that aspect – Mr Sensible that’s you, doesn’t have flights of fancy that require imagination perhaps.

        • Wayne 21.2.1.1

          I am sure he likes being PM

          • North 21.2.1.1.1

            Key likes or doesn’t like being PM. So what ?

            What’s that got to do with anything vaguely germane Wayne ?

            Your observation approximates utterly inane “Questions For Oral Answer” verbiage. Clearly you haven’t stopped being a National Party cabinet minister with a well thumbed copy of the Crosby Textor Bullshit Manual tucked under your arm.

            I’ve not a smidgeon of respect for your staged “reasonable man” carry on. You’re here not for reason or for care for New Zealand and it’s people. You’re here essentially for self , viz. John Key, the National Party, targeted privilege, and the fashioning of the rest of us as servants more or less of all three.

            Pretty disgraceful really. All the more offensive for the glib delivery.

      • Plan B 21.2.2

        I think that the revolving door will be fully functional and when JK leaves politics he will re- enter the world of banking at a much higher level than that at which he left. So I do not think it inconsistent. Of course I am speculating.
        On the matter of why he is in politics, I think the money thing still stands, look at what he is prepared to expend political capital on, what he is interested in. It is money, finance- selling stuff keeps him on the radar, doing his job. No one he is interest in knowing cares about any of the other stuff

  21. Rogue Trooper 22

    Meanwhile, (back in Gotham) , when a crowd of many thousands had gathered, so that they were trampling on one another, Jesus began to speak first to his disciples, saying: “Be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. There is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known. What you have said in the dark will be heard in the day-light, and what you have whispered in the ear in the inner rooms will be proclaimed from the roofs”. The Doctor- 12:1-

    “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You build tombs for the prophets and decorate the graves of the righteous. And you say, ‘If we had lived in the days of our forefathers, we would not have taken part with them in shedding the blood of the prophets’.- Lots of somilar material in Matthew, 23.

    The Middle East was preserved from the scourge that is Tui PIA at that time so, “mud in your eye’ will have to do. :-D

  22. I look forward to someone asking Dear Leader,

    “So, Mr Key, what did you do in 1981 to oppose the Springbok Tour?”

  23. joe90 24

    Appropriate.

    Dear revisionists, Mandela will never, ever be your minstrel. Over the next few days you will try so, so hard to make him something he was not, and you will fail. You will try to smooth him, to sandblast him, to take away his Malcolm X. You will try to hide his anger from view. Right now, you are anxiously pacing the corridors of your condos and country estates, looking for the right words, the right tributes, the right-wing tributes.

    http://www.okwonga.com/?p=869

    https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F123549937&show_artwork=true

  24. Lindsey J Rea 26

    We should send the leaders of the anti apartheid and anti-tour movement like Andrew Beyer, John Minto, Trevor Richards and Marx Jones. The people who were on the right side at the time. Not these history re-writing, revisionist tories.

  25. gobsmacked 27

    I totally support Key going to the funeral, provided he takes – as a gift from “Middle New Zealand”, one of those golliwogs that have been in the news.

    According to yer typical “PC gone mad” talkback callers and National voters, those gollies are not racist, they’re just cute, so nobody in South Africa could possibly object. He should hand it over to Mandela’s widow, and pose for the cameras.

    Then run like hell.

  26. Draco T Bastard 28

    “The Right Wing’s Campaign To Discredit And Undermine Mandela, In One Timeline”

    Seems like the RWNJs are still up to their old tricks.

  27. Paul 29

    Follow Mandela’s example, and roar with laughter at all this rightwing fawning

    http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/dec/06/follow-nelson-mandela-laugh-rightwing-fawning

  28. karol 30

    John Key’s old firm, Merrill Lynch, settled out of court in the US to avoid going to trial for racial bias in its organisation. This was the US: Key worked for Merrill Lynch in Singapore and London, during the late 1990s.

    The case was an eight-year battle over why black brokers composed fewer than 2 percent of Merrill’s full brokers and generally had smaller books of business. Merrill argued that, in essence, society was the problem—that white brokers had access to more wealth because they had larger social networks of well-to-do potential customers, who in turn were more likely to invest with brokers who are similar to themselves.
    […]
    After years of legal losses for the plaintiffs, in 2012 the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals sided with McReynolds and found that the black brokers did face companywide policies that had the potential to be discriminatory, which made the group worthy of class certification. (The judges didn’t rule whether the policies were in fact unequal—that’s something that would be fought over in trial.) A trial date was set for early 2014, and the two sides began settlement talks.

    The settlement approved today provides for $160 million to be divvied up among the 1,400 black brokers in the class, making it the largest cash award in a racial bias employment case. It also created a host of programmatic changes, including adjustments to how the firm distributes accounts to trainees and creating new coaches for black brokers. The efforts will be overseen by a committee of black brokers, including those who were involved in the suit. McReynolds expects to be on the committee in its first year.

    The institutional racism goes back to the 1980s and earlier.

    “I’ll give you as much time as you want,” George McReynolds drawls, leaning back in his chair in his Nashville office. That, he says, has been his philosophy during the 30 years he’s worked as a financial adviser at Merrill Lynch. At 69, he’s a slow-and-steady kind of guy: He’s lived in the same home for almost four decades; he never takes his tan Chevy Malibu over the speed limit.

    But McReynolds couldn’t wait forever to be treated equally by his employer. Over the years at Merrill—he started there in 1983—McReynolds had gotten used to inequities small and large. With only a few fellow black brokers in the Nashville office, he felt isolated. Often excluded from work social events, he took to eating lunch at his desk; if he was out, he says, the receptionist sometimes told callers he didn’t work there. He also noticed that the other African American financial advisers at Merrill were rarely top producers—meaning they generated less business than their white colleagues—though they seemed to work as hard as everybody else.

  29. rhinocrates 32

    Hooton attempts to make Mandela’s death an opportunity to rebrand himself with a long, rambling, self-obsessed autohagiography.

    http://publicaddress.net/system/cafe/hard-news-mandela/?i=0#replies

    Have a sick bag ready.

    • Rogue Trooper 32.1

      well purged; dear oh dear.

      • rhinocrates 32.1.1

        While I love the civility and erudition of PA, sometimes they’re so damn, stiflingly polite that they’ll naively accommodate a pathological liar like Hoots just because he makes nice gestures. Meanwhile, I just want to throw up.

  30. rhinocrates 33

    The Two Ronnies… ah yes, nostalgia. Right, really good night.

  31. TightyRighty 34

    Watching holden and quantas crash to the ground, we should all watch and remind ourselves the dominant role that unions and labour governments played in their demise.

  32. Disgust 35

    Dimwit the word that applies to autocrats like Key who is too ignorant to have any kind of soul about Mandela or the guts to actually stand up for what he should believe that apartheid was and is wrong
    M

  33. Disgust 36

    Dimwit the word that applies to autocrats like Key who are too ignorant to have any kind of soul about Mandela or the guts to actually stand up for what he should believe that apartheid was and is wrong
    Nelson Mandela was the greatest man since Gandhi & Churchill as a leader for freedom.
    Maybe its because most of Keys life he has lived in the european world that still treats Africa as a slave colony ,They steal their oil what else can u say
    Key has no shame, a tory prick.

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    The news that the Court of Appeal has overturned the guilty verdict against John Banks' for knowingly filing a false election return in relation to his failed 2010 Auckland mayoral campaign is not surprising. To understand why, you need to...
    Pundit
  • Hard News: Friday Music: Good ideas that don’t work
    Stinky Jim has been playing a rather engaging cumbia version of New Order's 'Blue Monday' on his 95bFM radio show. Having tracked down the Soundcloud stream, I thought that I would quite like, in my old-fashioned way to, you know, buy...
    Public Address
  • And the Banks saga rolls on…
    It’s just been reported that John Banks has been successful in his appeal, with the Court of Appeal overturning his conviction and ordering a new trial. The appeal hinged on the evidence of two US-based businessmen, David Schaeffer and Jeffery...
    Occasionally erudite
  • Tonga votes
    Tongans went to the polls yesterday in their second election since the 2010 democratic reforms - and threw out most of their Parliament, returning only five of their incumbent People's Representatives (and only one PR Cabinet Minister). Unfortunately this doesn't...
    No Right Turn
  • What if a technology revolution happened and nobody noticed?
    A new NZIER research report, entitled “Disruption on the road ahead! How auto technology will change much more than just our commute to work“, makes the case that new technologies will upend urban transport systems: Near autonomous cars followed by...
    Transport Blog
  • Submission on the Countering Terrorist Fighters Legislation Bill
    Below is my submission on John Key's Countering Terrorist Fighters Legislation Bill. Hopefully some of you made your own as well. I oppose the Countering Terrorist Fighters Legislation Bill and ask that it not be passed. I also oppose the...
    No Right Turn
  • River story winner Bill Kerrison – Saving NZ’s longfin eel
    The Award winning River story for the 2014 New Zealand River awards story is about one man, Bill Kerrison, who has worked tirelessly for more than 20 years trapping and transferring eels and other native fish species past the dams...
    Gareth’s World
  • Little Expecting A Lot
    Great Expectations: Labour's new leader, Andrew Little, is expecting a lot more from his Shadow Cabinet than the standard neoliberal commitment to keeping the books in the black. He will not be judging the worth of Labour’s economic policies by...
    Bowalley Road
  • Prolongation of Life and the Quality of Life.
    A couple of comments to an earlier column asked questions about the quality of life versus the prolongation of life....
    Pundit
  • Saving Peatland With the President
    Today we made history in the protection of Indonesian peatlands. I’ve just got back from a monitoring trip to Sumatra’s devastated peatland forests with Indonesia’s new president Jokowi, where the president witnessed firsthand ongoing peatland and rainforest destruction and took...
    Greenpeace NZ blog
  • Submission on the Countering Terrorist Fighters Legislation Bill
    Submission of the Tertiary Education Union Te Hautū Kahurangi o Aotearoa to the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee on the “Countering Terrorist Fighters Legislation Bill” Introduction The Tertiary Education Union Te Hautū Kahurangi o Aotearoa (TEU) welcomes this opportunity to respond to the proposed...
    Tertiary Education Union
  • Gordon Campbell on Andrew Little’s debut, Mockingjay, and drunk texting
    John Key’s credibility has taken a hammering this week – at least among the 50% of the electorate who have always had doubts about him on that score. The other substantial story of the week has been about Andrew Little’s...
    Gordon Campbell
  • Five houses
    Labour's Phil Twyford says: The Fourth Auckland Housing Accord monitoring report shows the Accord has failed to make a dent in the city's housing crisis, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. "The report says consents for only 354 dwellings were...
    Polity
  • Round up the usual suspects
    This post is just to keep track of all the people Cameron Slater has accused of being involved in the conspiracy to hack his computer and kill him. As Giovanni Tiso has pointed out, when Slater posts about Rawshark he...
    DimPost
  • The Soya Moratorium lives on – but what will follow after it?
    For eight years, the Soya Moratorium has protected the Amazon rainforest from deforestation. It has just been renewed for the eighth time. But what happens when it ends for good, 18 months from now?The Soya Moratorium was the industry’s answer to our campaign...
    Greenpeace NZ blog
  • 2014 New Zealand River Award Winners
      Two Canterbury rivers – the Otukaikino and Cam – took out 1st and 3rd place in the 2014 New Zealand River Awards for the most improved rivers in the country. The Oroua River in the Manawatu was the 2nd...
    Gareth’s World
  • Neetflux: Leak absorbent
    ...
    On the Left
  • Housing Accord first year results
    The results for the first full year of the Housing Accord between the government and Auckland Council have just been released. It’s a politically charged topic – witness the government talking it up (“First year Auckland Housing Accord target exceeded“),...
    Transport Blog
  • Armchair psychoanalysis of the day
    A week ago I was having coffee with some fellow politics nerds, scoffing at the idea that newly elected Labour MP Andrew Little could defeat Key in 2017. ‘The best he could hope for’, I pontificated, ‘Is to get up into...
    DimPost
  • Doctors support call for independent health assessment
    Press Release – Association of Salaried Medical Specialists Senior doctors and dentists are formally throwing their weight behind growing calls for a formal independent health assessment of the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA). A recommendation about the TPPA was put...
    Its our future
  • Mercury Rising: 2014 Likely to Surpass 2010 as Warmest Year on Record
    The monthly global analysis for October has been released at NOAA's National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) and it reveals that global surface temperature for October 2014 is the warmest October in 135 years of record-keeping. This follows on from the 2nd...
    Skeptical Science
  • Legal Beagle: A rather incomplete submission on the Countering Terrorist Fi...
    I've been busy lately, and have been unable to prepare the submission on the Countering Terrorist Fighters Legislation Bill that I would have liked. I also have a half-written blog post fact-checking claims made before the bill was released by...
    Public Address
  • US Report shows zero Australian economic growth from TPP
    ...
    Its our future
  • Stuart’s 100 #59: Missing from the City Centre Series: Street Kiosks
    59: Missing from the City Centre Series: Street Kiosks What if there were flower sellers on Queen Street? Our city centre is really starting to burgeon with pedestrian activity and public life through the day and well into the evening,...
    Transport Blog
  • The Law Society on the spy bill
    At the moment the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade committee is hearing submissions on John Key's Countering Terrorist Fighters Legislation Bill. One of the first submitters was the Law Society. So what did they think of it? It is a...
    No Right Turn
  • John Key’s TXTs and the Public Records Act
    Today in Question Time, in response to further questions about the Prime Minister's communications with sewerblogger Cameron Slater, Steven Joyce (on behalf of the PM) informed the House that Key deletes all his text messages, "in case his phone is...
    No Right Turn
  • No freedom of speech in Pakistan
    Veena Malik is a Pakistani actor. In May this year she played a role in a historical wedding scene based on the marriage of one of Muhammed's daughters. For this, she has been sentenced to 26 years in jail for...
    No Right Turn
  • Council washes hands of pensioner housing
    Hamilton City Council is washing its hands of its social responsibility to care for its elderly residents by selling off its homes for pensioners, Labour’s Hamilton-based MP Sue Moroney says. “The Council’s decision to sell its remaining 344 pensioner housing...
    Labour
  • Bold response required to Blueprint
    The Government must give urgent consideration to recommendations in The People’s Blueprint if it is serious about tackling New Zealand’s deplorable record of child abuse and domestic violence, Labour’s Justice and Children’s spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says.“The ‘one family, one judge’...
    Labour
  • Private prisons poaching in state jails
    The Corrections Department-sanctioned poaching of public prison officers for the new private prison at Wiri has to stop, says Labour’s Corrections spokesperson Kelvin Davis.  “It is unacceptable that prison staff are being trained by Corrections and then being poached by...
    Labour
  • Climate report- a must read for all New Zealanders
    A strong scientific analysis of rising sea levels in New Zealand by the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment makes climate change the number one issue for our city planners, says Labour’s Climate Change spokesperson Megan Woods.  “Dr Jan Wright’s report...
    Labour
  • Exports drop puts more pressure on surplus
    A 5 per cent fall in exports shows National’s reputation for economic management is taking a hit and even puts its golden surplus target at risk, say Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson and Exports Growth spokesperson David Parker. “Bill English’s...
    Labour
  • Fourth housing report confirms failure
    The Fourth Auckland Housing Accord monitoring report shows the Accord has failed to make a dent in the city's housing crisis, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. "The report says consents for only 354 dwellings were approved in the special...
    Labour
  • Fourth housing report confirms failure
    The Fourth Auckland Housing Accord monitoring report shows the Accord has failed to make a dent in the city's housing crisis, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. "The report says consents for only 354 dwellings were approved in the special...
    Labour
  • Ministers all over the place on Smith passport
     Ministers responsible for the Phillip Smith debacle are at  odds over the passport he used to escape, says Labour’s Corrections spokesperson Kelvin Davis.  “It  beggars belief that Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne says the passport issued to Smith, under his...
    Labour
  • Ministers all over the place on Smith passport
     Ministers responsible for the Phillip Smith debacle are at  odds over the passport he used to escape, says Labour’s Corrections spokesperson Kelvin Davis.  “It  beggars belief that Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne says the passport issued to Smith, under his...
    Labour
  • Green Party Co-leader Russel Norman’s speech – Rod Donald Memorial Lect...
    It's been nine years since Rod's tragic death. I'd like to start out by talking about what Rod achieved. Then I want to talk about the things that I think he might want us to achieve in his absence. We...
    Greens
  • Hard road ahead for thousands more Kiwi kids
    News that there will be 8000 more students in low decile schools next year reinforces the absolute failure of the National Government’s economic approach, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “The gap between the haves and the have-nots is increasing....
    Labour
  • Hard road ahead for thousands more Kiwi kids
    News that there will be 8000 more students in low decile schools next year reinforces the absolute failure of the National Government’s economic approach, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “The gap between the haves and the have-nots is increasing....
    Labour
  • Free your voices
    Last week Victoria University of Wellington lecturer’s Dr. Sandra Grey and Dr. Charles Sedgwick released some figures from the 2013/14 update of the 2008/9 survey of the community and voluntary sector. Their research question was: ‘How is democracy – as...
    Greens
  • The facts of power price rises
    Everyone knows power prices are increasing and it feels like it is eating more and more of their weekly pay check. This morning I released census data showing this common feeling is in fact borne in the data. The data...
    Greens
  • Slavery was cheap too…Pay equity fight back to court
    Today the NZ Aged Care Association announced they will appeal the decisions of the Employment Court and Court of Appeal in favour of Kristine Bartlett, to the Supreme Court. They say they have no choice but to appeal because many...
    Greens
  • Why Pakeha are so offended by John Key’s idea of a peaceful settlement
    The statements by the Prime Minister on the Waitangi Tribunal ruling that Maori never ceded sovereignty in 1840 are enough to make any student of history choke. First was the denial that the ruling means anything significant. And then there...
    Greens
  • Restoration of the Christchurch Arts Centre well underway
    It was inspiring to be shown some of the major restoration and rebuilding work underway at the Christchurch Arts Centre recently. With 22 of 23 Arts Centre buildings damaged by the earthquakes, this is one of the largest heritage restoration...
    Greens
  • Key’s vile smear machine questions left unanswered
    The report into Judith Collins’ involvement in undermining the former Serious Fraud Office boss leaves major questions unanswered about the smear machine run out of John Key’s office, Labour MP Megan Woods says. “This report has deliberately narrow terms of...
    Labour
  • Key’s vile smear machine questions left unanswered
    The report into Judith Collins’ involvement in undermining the former Serious Fraud Office boss leaves major questions unanswered about the smear machine run out of John Key’s office, Labour MP Megan Woods says. “This report has deliberately narrow terms of...
    Labour
  • Govt must make up lost time on sexual violence law reform
    The Government must prioritise any recommendations from the Law Commission to improve criminal process for sexual violence cases after it stalled reform work for two years, Labour’s Justice spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says. “Labour is pleased Justice Minister Amy Adams has...
    Labour
  • Govt must make up lost time on sexual violence law reform
    The Government must prioritise any recommendations from the Law Commission to improve criminal process for sexual violence cases after it stalled reform work for two years, Labour’s Justice spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says. “Labour is pleased Justice Minister Amy Adams has...
    Labour
  • White Ribbon day should last all year
    White Ribbon Day is an opportunity for all men to stand up and affirm to never commit, condone or remain silent about violence towards women, says Labour’s Associate Justice Spokesperson Kelvin Davis.  “Violence towards women is rampant across all sectors...
    Labour
  • White Ribbon day should last all year
    White Ribbon Day is an opportunity for all men to stand up and affirm to never commit, condone or remain silent about violence towards women, says Labour’s Associate Justice Spokesperson Kelvin Davis.  “Violence towards women is rampant across all sectors...
    Labour
  • Report confirms John Key abused power of PM’s Office
    Today's Inspector General of Intelligence and Security's (IGIS) report confirms that the Prime Minister's office engaged in a serious abuse of power, says the Green Party.The IGIS report looked at the release of an Official Information Act request to disgraced...
    Greens
  • IGIS report a damning indictment on former spy boss
    The report by Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security into the release of classified documents is a sad and damning indictment on former spy boss Warren Tucker, Labour’s MP for Mount Roskill and former leader Phil Goff says.  “This report upholds...
    Labour
  • IGIS report a damning indictment on former spy boss
    The report by Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security into the release of classified documents is a sad and damning indictment on former spy boss Warren Tucker, Labour’s MP for Mount Roskill and former leader Phil Goff says.  “This report upholds...
    Labour
  • South Auckland disadvantaged by new decile rankings
    New decile rankings have South Auckland schools at scores that show they are much more disadvantaged than the national average, says Labour’s Associate Auckland  Issues spokesperson Louisa Wall.  “As a measurement of disadvantage it is alarming that the average score...
    Labour
  • South Auckland disadvantaged by new decile rankings
    New decile rankings have South Auckland schools at scores that show they are much more disadvantaged than the national average, says Labour’s Associate Auckland  Issues spokesperson Louisa Wall.  “As a measurement of disadvantage it is alarming that the average score...
    Labour
  • Sexism, rape culture and power
    Our discourse around sexual violence is complicated. All too often perpetrators are described as ‘monsters’, so when someone you know tells you the lovely man that you really like sexually abused them it’s hard to believe, because they’re not a...
    Greens
  • Time for an economy that works for all New Zealanders
    New Labour Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson says the challenge for the National Government is to support an economy that delivers good, sustainable jobs paying decent wages. “It’s time the economy delivered for all New Zealanders, not just the fortunate few....
    Labour
  • Time for an economy that works for all New Zealanders
    New Labour Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson says the challenge for the National Government is to support an economy that delivers good, sustainable jobs paying decent wages. “It’s time the economy delivered for all New Zealanders, not just the fortunate few....
    Labour
  • New faces, wise heads in bold Labour line up
    Labour Leader Andrew Little today announced a bold new caucus line up which brings forward new talent and draws on the party’s depth of experience....
    Labour
  • Plan for mega factory farm ruffles feathers
    Not long ago I wrote about the proposal to build a mega factory farm in the small township of Patumahoe that would confine over 300, 000 hens to colony cages. This week the resource consent hearing for the proposed factory...
    Greens
  • National opens door further to Chinese property speculators
    National has further opened the door to Chinese property speculators with the registration of a third Chinese bank here that will make it easier for Chinese investors to invest in New Zealand properties, the Green Party said today."As well, former...
    Greens
  • National restarts logging in West Coast forests
    “Dead wood also contributes by providing nutrients to soils, supporting the agents of wood decay such as fungi and invertebrates and it is a key habitat for the regeneration of some trees.” Annual Report 2013/14, page 29. The National Government has...
    Greens
  • National restarts logging in West Coast forests
    “Dead wood also contributes by providing nutrients to soils, supporting the agents of wood decay such as fungi and invertebrates and it is a key habitat for the regeneration of some trees.” Annual Report 2013/14, page 29. The National Government has...
    Greens
  • National restarts logging in West Coast forests
    “Dead wood also contributes by providing nutrients to soils, supporting the agents of wood decay such as fungi and invertebrates and it is a key habitat for the regeneration of some trees.” Annual Report 2013/14, page 29. The National Government has...
    Greens
  • Lab plan the beginning of slippery slope?
    It’s time for new Health Minister Jonathan Coleman to show his hand on plans to privatise lab services which doctors are warning could put patients’ lives at risk, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says. “Clinicians have sent the Government some...
    Labour
  • Lab plan the beginning of slippery slope?
    It’s time for new Health Minister Jonathan Coleman to show his hand on plans to privatise lab services which doctors are warning could put patients’ lives at risk, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says. “Clinicians have sent the Government some...
    Labour
  • A-G called on to look into flagship ‘cost-saving’ programme
    New health Minister Jonathan Coleman has some serious questions to answer following a decision to wind up the Government’s flagship health savings provider HBL just a fortnight after giving it the green light to implement its plans, Labour’s Health spokesperson...
    Labour
  • A-G called on to look into flagship ‘cost-saving’ programme
    New health Minister Jonathan Coleman has some serious questions to answer following a decision to wind up the Government’s flagship health savings provider HBL just a fortnight after giving it the green light to implement its plans, Labour’s Health spokesperson...
    Labour
  • Prime Minister’s warped view of history
    Students who sat NCEA level 3 history exams last week might be very worried to hear the Prime Minister tell a Radio Station that New Zealand was one of the few countries that was settled peacefully by Europeans. Those students who wrote...
    Greens
  • Prime Minister’s warped view of history
    Students who sat NCEA level 3 history exams last week might be very worried to hear the Prime Minister tell a Radio Station that New Zealand was one of the few countries that was settled peacefully by Europeans. Those students who wrote...
    Greens
  • Prime Minister’s warped view of history
    Students who sat NCEA level 3 history exams last week might be very worried to hear the Prime Minister tell a Radio Station that New Zealand was one of the few countries that was settled peacefully by Europeans. Those students who wrote...
    Greens
  • Climate of fear needs addressing
    It is hugely concerning that community and volunteer groups feel they are being gagged from speaking out against the Government, Labour’s Community and Voluntary Sector Spokesperson Louisa Wall says.  A Victoria University survey of 93 sector groups has found 50...
    Labour
  • Climate of fear needs addressing
    It is hugely concerning that community and volunteer groups feel they are being gagged from speaking out against the Government, Labour’s Community and Voluntary Sector Spokesperson Louisa Wall says.  A Victoria University survey of 93 sector groups has found 50...
    Labour
  • Mandatory code of conduct needed for supermarkets
    Labour has drafted legislation to establish a mandatory code of conduct for supermarkets to ensure New Zealand suppliers are not affected by anti-competitive behaviour. “Even though the Commerce Commission found no technical breaches of the law through some of Countdown’s...
    Labour
  • Mandatory code of conduct needed for supermarkets
    Labour has drafted legislation to establish a mandatory code of conduct for supermarkets to ensure New Zealand suppliers are not affected by anti-competitive behaviour. “Even though the Commerce Commission found no technical breaches of the law through some of Countdown’s...
    Labour
  • National softening public up for 7th successive deficit
    Finance Minister Bill English is softening the public up for an announcement that National is going to fail in even its very limited goal of achieving a budget surplus, the Green Party said today."No finance minister in a generation has...
    Greens
  • National softening public up for 7th successive deficit
    Finance Minister Bill English is softening the public up for an announcement that National is going to fail in even its very limited goal of achieving a budget surplus, the Green Party said today."No finance minister in a generation has...
    Greens
  • The Deep State Surfaces
    IT IS EIGHTEEN YEARS since education lecturer, Denis Small, surprised two Security Intelligence Service (SIS) agents attempting to break into the home of the anti-free trade activist, Aziz Choudry. The SIS was to pay dearly (quite literally as it turned...
    The Daily Blog
  • Why bother joining a union?
    This past couple of weeks Unite has had a number of graphic examples on why it can make a huge difference in you work life whether you are a union member or not. 100 cleaners jobs at SkyCity were saved...
    The Daily Blog
  • Ferguson – it just ain’t cricket
    Why do white men fear young black men? Why in this country do we continue to struggle with this? Asked by an old black guy in Ferguson, the crafty questions were answered by an abrupt end to the story to...
    The Daily Blog
  • MEDIA WATCH: If we want to understand the world around us, we might be bett...
    Psychologist Daniel Kahneman is a Nobel Prize winner and author of Thinking, Fast and Slow, a depressing but impressive book that is the culmination of his life’s work. Kahnemann proposes that people think in two different modes – ‘fast’ and ‘slow’....
    The Daily Blog
  • The Daily Blog Breakfast Club Ep 2.
    TDB Video: The Daily Blog Breakfast Club, Live from Verona Cafe on K-Rd, Auckland – a weekly current affairs show with TDB Editor Martyn Bradbury. This week Activist and blogger Jessie Hume and political commentator Keith Locke. This Week: Topic...
    The Daily Blog
  • The Slater-Key Txt-Messages Trip-Up – Did Cameron Slater Plan this?
    . Cameron Slater (L) and John Key (R) . Timeline Sunday 23 November: John Key apologises to right-wing blogger Cameron Slater over the publication of an email that forced Justice Minister Judith Collins’ resignation. Monday 24 November: John Key and...
    The Daily Blog
  • When the teflon is stripped away…
    . . To re-cap something I wrote on 13 September, regarding a hard-hitting interview between “The Nation’s” Lisa Owen and John Key; For possibly the first time since Stephen Sackur interviewed Key on Hard Talk in May, 2011, this [...
    The Daily Blog
  • My Select Committee submission against the “terrorist fighters” bill
    This morning I gave this “oral submission” to the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee opposing the Countering Terrorist Fighters Bill.  It is a pity only Greens are against the Bill. It’s a pleasure to be able to talk to...
    The Daily Blog
  • Pixies in the Garden? Making money
    In 2009, John Key said “there aren’t little pixies at the bottom of the garden printing cash” (John Armstrong, Colin Espiner). He was wrong of course. Just about every country has its own pixie-in-chief, though not at the bottom of the...
    The Daily Blog
  • AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL PRESS RELEASE – Government must allow further scrut...
    As the New Zealand government seeks to rush new through new anti-terror legislation, Amnesty International is raising grave concerns over the speed at which the Bill is being rushed through Parliament and is calling for an extension to the consultation...
    The Daily Blog
  • Tension inside the Blue Tent – questions that should be asked
    With Andrew Little on fire taking a straight shooting no crap approach to Key’s dead eyed duplicity, the tensions inside the Blue Tent of National are at risk of erupting again. When the TeamKey brand falters, National’s factions sharpen their knives....
    The Daily Blog
  • FiveAA Australia: Is NZ’s PM a Liar? + Kim Dotcom Says He’s Broke
    5AA’s Peter Godfrey and Selwyn Manning.In this week’s Across The Ditch bulletin on FiveAA.com.au Selwyn Manning and Peter Godfrey discuss how allegations of dirty politics continue to dog the Prime Minister John Key’s third term in government. Also, internet tycoon...
    The Daily Blog
  • Cam’s ‘Slightly Left of Centre’ sock puppet threatens Key in public
    What did Judith Collins say about payback? Looks like Slater has taken that lesson to heart as he uses his sock puppet over at Slightly Left of Centre to drop threats and hints that he has recorded conversations with Key that has...
    The Daily Blog
  • Justice System Changes Must Ensure No More Roastings In Court
    On Monday there was good news for rape survivors and this blog was supposed to be about the success of our advocacy, and it is about that success, but today’s events have brought into stark focus the real-world importance of...
    The Daily Blog
  • Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, Key Post Electio...
    Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, Key Post Election...
    The Daily Blog
  • Top 5 Texts from Cam to Key
    So Cam texted Key before the report came out despite Key claiming no contact? Top 5 Texts from Cam to Key 5 – I still have all the photos 4 – Yes my shapeshifting Lizard Master Overlord 3 – Max isn’t talking to...
    The Daily Blog
  • Hold on – did NZ just have a coup?
    Ummmmm. Wait a minute here. Just so that we all understand what’s been revealed. The Prime Minister’s Office used the Secret Intelligence Service to falsify classified information to smear the Leader of the Opposition via a far right hate blogger...
    The Daily Blog
  • Sue Bradford speaking tour
          With the generous support of the Hobgoblin Network and several other donors, I’m going to be speaking soon at four meetings around the country: ‘A major left wing think tank?  Is it time for a transformational left...
    The Daily Blog
  • Sue Bradford speaking tour
          With the generous support of the Hobgoblin Network and several other donors, I’m going to be speaking soon at four meetings around the country: ‘A major left wing think tank?  Is it time for a transformational left...
    The Daily Blog
  • Sue Bradford speaking tour
          With the generous support of the Hobgoblin Network and several other donors, I’m going to be speaking soon at four meetings around the country: ‘A major left wing think tank?  Is it time for a transformational left...
    The Daily Blog
  • Why Key must resign
    Remember when John Armstrong from the NZ Herald called for the resignation of David Cunliffe because Cunliffe couldn’t remember an 11 year old letter in reference to a $100 000 bottle of wine that never existed? Why isn’t the Herald now...
    The Daily Blog
  • Why Key must resign
    Remember when John Armstrong from the NZ Herald called for the resignation of David Cunliffe because Cunliffe couldn’t remember an 11 year old letter in reference to a $100 000 bottle of wine that never existed? Why isn’t the Herald now...
    The Daily Blog
  • Why Key must resign
    Remember when John Armstrong from the NZ Herald called for the resignation of David Cunliffe because Cunliffe couldn’t remember an 11 year old letter in reference to a $100 000 bottle of wine that never existed? Why isn’t the Herald now...
    The Daily Blog
  • Why the Judith Collins report is a whitewash
    “I am not a Monster”, hissed Judith Collins The report into Collins is a whitewash. The difference between an independent inquiry like the IGIS report that connected the PMs Office with using edited Secret Intelligence Service information to smear a...
    The Daily Blog
  • Why the Judith Collins report is a whitewash
    “I am not a Monster”, hissed Judith Collins The report into Collins is a whitewash. The difference between an independent inquiry like the IGIS report that connected the PMs Office with using edited Secret Intelligence Service information to smear a...
    The Daily Blog
  • Why the Judith Collins report is a whitewash
    “I am not a Monster”, hissed Judith Collins The report into Collins is a whitewash. The difference between an independent inquiry like the IGIS report that connected the PMs Office with using edited Secret Intelligence Service information to smear a...
    The Daily Blog
  • Seasons Greetings from Ferguson
    Seasons Greetings from Ferguson...
    The Daily Blog
  • Seasons Greetings from Ferguson
    Seasons Greetings from Ferguson...
    The Daily Blog
  • Seasons Greetings from Ferguson
    Seasons Greetings from Ferguson...
    The Daily Blog
  • Using State Spies to attack political opponents – why the SIS are gaining...
    National will only be able to get away with what is being revealed by the IGIS report into the Secret Intelligence Service if we, the people of NZ, let them. And. We. Should. Not. Let. Them. State spies editing intelligence to...
    The Daily Blog
  • Using State Spies to attack political opponents – why the SIS are gaining...
    National will only be able to get away with what is being revealed by the IGIS report into the Secret Intelligence Service if we, the people of NZ, let them. And. We. Should. Not. Let. Them. State spies editing intelligence to...
    The Daily Blog
  • Using State Spies to attack political opponents – why the SIS are gaining...
    National will only be able to get away with what is being revealed by the IGIS report into the Secret Intelligence Service if we, the people of NZ, let them. And. We. Should. Not. Let. Them. State spies editing intelligence to...
    The Daily Blog
  • Anti-Choice Myth-Busting
    Voice for Life issued a press release last week claiming that those of us campaigning for the decriminalisation of abortion in NZ are, among other things, using Nazi propaganda tactics (sigh…) to lie to you about the illegal status of abortion...
    The Daily Blog
  • Anti-Choice Myth-Busting
    Voice for Life issued a press release last week claiming that those of us campaigning for the decriminalisation of abortion in NZ are, among other things, using Nazi propaganda tactics (sigh…) to lie to you about the illegal status of abortion...
    The Daily Blog
  • Anti-Choice Myth-Busting
    Voice for Life issued a press release last week claiming that those of us campaigning for the decriminalisation of abortion in NZ are, among other things, using Nazi propaganda tactics (sigh…) to lie to you about the illegal status of abortion...
    The Daily Blog
  • Judith Collins – the Gift that keeps Giving to the Opposition?
    . . From a news report; Ms Collins resigned before the election after being accused of working with the Whale Oil blog after emails were released suggesting she was “gunning” for former director of the Serious Fraud Office, Adam Feeley,...
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  • Judith Collins – the Gift that keeps Giving to the Opposition?
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  • Submission: Countering Terrorist Fighters Legislation Bill
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  • Calling on anti-violence activists to step up
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  • White Ribbon Campaign Shocked at Fatal Stabbing
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  • Law Society urges reduction of terrorist fighter bill powers
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  • Council refuses to take part in farcical submissions process
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  • Forum Compact Development Partner Peer Review of New Zealand
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  • YWCA Auckland award for long-time women’s role model
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