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John Banks must resign

Written By: - Date published: 10:31 pm, June 5th, 2014 - 105 comments
Categories: crime, john banks, Parliament - Tags:

It says a lot about the morals of this government that they’re willing to continue to rely on the vote of a man who has been found guilty of electoral fraud.

But Leader of the House Gerry Brownlee’s happy with the outcome, with Banks not thrown out until he absolutely has to be (probably August 1, after parliament has risen for the election).  Key seems fine with it too (but then he’s backed him every step of the way so far).  They and the speaker David Carter should all be publicly telling him to go.  Now.

How they can expect any New Zealander to have respect for Parliament and politicians when they happily have someone sitting among them guilty of electoral fraud is beyond me.  It shows utter contempt for the integrity of the whole institution.

Our Members of Parliament are our representatives in our democracy.  They’re meant to be the best among us, not criminals who coldly calculate their way around the law.  How can we expect people who have so little respect for the law to make more good laws?

What really boiled my blood was John Armstrong’s institutional capture.  Parliamentary journalists are meant to be outsiders looking in, giving us all the view we don’t get too as we’re too busy with our day jobs.

Not running “Poor John” pieces about how their buddy is a “perfectionist” who will takes this “hard – very hard” as they were just working so hard to try and balance the ledger for having parents who went to prison for backstreet abortions.

In no way was his crime “foolishness” as Armstrong puts it.  This was very calculating, working out how he thought he could circumvent the letter of the law – while stamping all over the spirit of it.  It was no moment of “foolishness” when he worked out a scheme to get multiple donations of $25,000 so that he “wouldn’t know” which one was which.  Bollocks.  It was no moment of “foolishness” when he kept having “memory lapses” about being picked up for helicopter ride to the biggest mansion in the country and meeting a character so much larger-than-life as Dotcom.

This was a concerted attempt to avoid the law by a former Minister of Police.

We deserve honesty from our politicians, not fraud and deceit.

With a crime this egregious he deserves the book thrown at him – but being a member of the institutional elite he will probably just get a little bit of garden leave home detention.

And so we have someone sitting there, guilty, awaiting the noose… and making our laws while he waits.

That doesn’t make sense.

If John Banks has any respect for the integrity of Parliament and the legal system he should see how untenable it is for him to continue to be there as someone found guilty of electoral fraud, whether he believes himself to be guilty or not.

He must resign.

105 comments on “John Banks must resign”

  1. toad 1

    The hashtag #JohnBanksGuilty has to keep going until he finally resigns, or until the election, whichever is the sooner.

    Remember that the state assets privatisations and the SkyCity dirty deal only got the go-ahead by the solitary vote of this corrupt arsehole.

  2. Gruntie 2

    Well said + + +

  3. Mike the Savage One 3

    From a purely “moral” perspective your demand may be right, but from a political perspective, I recommend, hey John Banks, hang in there, stand your hypocritical grounds, do more damage, and drag the damned government down further into discredit and the gutter.

    It should be in the best interest of Labour, Greens, NZ First and the rest of the opposition to have the stupid and arrogant John Key cling to power to the dying days. It is the best recipe to gain more traction, by having this little twit and twerp John Banks, riding on the “moral high ground” to continue being the one member this rotten government depends on.

    It is the best present the “left of centre” have so far got this election year, and it would “help” to dig further into the Oravida saga, and to have Judith Collins dealt to in a similar way. It would be the magic solution to also have John Key exposed and proved as being somehow “corrupt”, and the election will be decided. We are still months away, and it shows, this government has lots of bad baggage, that is so toxic, they are indeed extremely vulnerable, and policy is just one of those areas that they may fall over on.

    We are waiting for more, and there is HEAPS, as trusted sources confide to me, to dig the grave of one John Key, and his whole rotten, corrupted government. Bring it on!

    • srylands 3.1

      What do you mean “more” traction? There is no traction. The Collins thing – zero issue. This thing zero issue. It will have no impact. You are deluded or taking the piss.

      • McFlock 3.1.1

        and all the tory acolytes were equally adamant that banks had nothing to fear from mccready, and that it wouldn’t got to trial, that kdc and co weren’t believable witnesses, and that he’d be found innocent…

      • framu 3.1.2

        yes – being found guilty of electoral fraud will have zero impact with the public. Yep, none whatsoever.

        considering people are already getting the details wrong re: guilt/conviction and what triggers expulsion i wonder how you get to that conclusion

        The public arent as concerned with the procedural details as anyone here or on other political blogs might be.
        All they hear is “banks is guilty of fraud, but hes still in parliament and being backed by key”

        whos deluded?

        • LOL, good luck with that. Labour had issues when it cut loose its MP that practiced electoral fraud, and you think the government is gonna slide on by relying on the vote of an MP who was found guilty of electoral fraud on the technicality that he hasn’t yet been sentenced?

          Yeah, that’s practical. LOL.

      • North 3.1.3

        SSLands @ 3.1…….you demonstrate time after time with your seemingly reflexive “zero issue” analyses that you applaud zero standards in public life.

        Yet amazingly you demand that the extravagant utterances of your various fantastical personae be taken seriously. It is glaringly apparent that you are a deranged and thus unfit to participate sociopath. Whose bellicose protestations should be recorded not on TS but rather on the pages of a medical file.

  4. Dave_1924 4

    Yip Banks has to go…. he did the wrong thing and has been found to have breach the rules with his Mayoral Campaign financial return. i’m no Banks fan – though i do respect his rise from the gutters story.

    But really all electoral fraud and malfeasance should be dealt with in the same way. Pledge Card? Tweeting Vote Labour on an Election Day? Also questionable activities and/or breaches of the then law regarding political campaigning, use of public funds…..

  5. Colonial Viper 5

    Parliamentary journalists are meant to be outsiders looking in, giving us all the view we don’t get

    A pleasant fiction. Has it ever been true?

    Nevertheless the Right Wing will get away with this because they have true friends throughout the MSM and the MSM’s ownership. And what shots can the Opposition fire back?

    • They’ll try to shield him, sure. I’m not sure that’s going to work with the public though, and honestly, the attempts to shield him will just bring more attention to the issue.

  6. Dale 6

    Wasn’t there a Roy Morgan poll result out today that deserves a mention?

  7. Kiwiri 7

    The nation is breathlessly waiting for the corporatised media and all the right-wing nut blogs tomorrow morning to proclaim that New Zealand has an unstable government! :roll:

    John Key’s leadership has been exposed as weak over John Banks, says National Party Leader John Key.

    “This is a Prime Minister who [is] prepared to cynically cling to power by continuing to exercise Mr Banks’ vote, no matter what. He would have used any excuse to not act against him to maintain his slim one-vote majority. :roll:

    hattip: http://thestandard.org.nz/banks-found-guilty-of-electoral-fraud/#comment-825858

    • Treetop 7.1

      Key needs a reality check.

      Banks is guilty but not convicted so he can still prop up the government. My gut tells me that the date of the trial was stage managed, I can recall a delay and I think that the election date was mentioned during the delay window. I said yesterday, Dotcom was not extradited so he was available as a witness, so plan B was applied, an early election date.

      Key says one thing re Banks and I think he believes the opposite, otherwise an early election would not have been called.

      So I don’t get it in the neck, I am now going to check that the trial was delayed and that the election date was called during the delay.

      • Treetop 7.1.1

        4 December 2013 the High Court upheld the decision that there was enough evidence for Banks to stand trial and the Solicitor-General would prosecute.

        9 March 2014 Key informed the Govenor-General of the election date, this was reported by media the next day.

        Has the Solicitor-General made any comment as to the conviction date being delayed?

        Is it unusual for the Solicitor-General to take over, in an initially private prosecution?

        What is the legal definition of government interference?

        • Treetop 7.1.1.1

          And

          4 December 2013 Banks shuffles towards retirement
          “Act leader John Banks has announced he will quit at next year’s election, but will stand down as the party’s leader in March.”
          (the key word here is March and in March Key announced the election date).

          “Banks chose not to plead guilty to a lesser charge of recklessly making a false declaration.”

          http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/9474331/Banks-shuffles-towards-retirement

          Banks had the election date in his hand and he manipulated it for all it’s worth. Justice was served yesterday by Judge Wylie.

  8. Steve Withers 8

    Apparently comments at a local venue on the North Shore were firmly on the side of “Banskie” who – after all – is nice to animals.

    The take-away appears to be: Never underestimate the ignorant sentimentality of a modern voter whose views are, at best, tribal (not talking iwi here) and otherwise based on not much at all, really.

    • srylands 8.1

      ” whose views are, at best, tribal (not talking iwi here) and otherwise based on not much at all, really”

      Bloody hell. Now which bunch of voters on which blog comes to mind?

    • framu 8.2

      which venue and what was the function steve – its important.

  9. fisiani 9

    If losing Banks meant the government was unstable despite getting a record 47% of the vote then John Key should explain that the only way to get a stable government is to give him an absolute majority. This guilty finding will enhance the vote for National.

    • McFlock 9.1

      wow.
      careful with that rate of spinning – john key would privatise 49% of your arse

    • Tracey 9.2

      Field defiant, Clark exposed as weak

      Helen Clark’s leadership has been exposed as weak over Taito Phillip Field, says National Party Leader John Key.

      “Helen Clark’s move tonight to start the process to expel him from the Labour Party only happened after Mr Field told the media today he was jumping ship.

      “This is a Prime Minister who was prepared to cynically cling to power by continuing to exercise Mr Field’s vote, no matter what. She would have used any excuse to not act against him to maintain her slim one-vote majority.

      “Mr Field, by talking to the media on Helen Clark’s big day, forced her hand.

      “This is not a Prime Minister in control, but a Prime Minister in damage control.

      “Helen Clark has shown no leadership. She concocted an expensive, toothless inquiry that she knew would never get to the bottom of the allegations against Mr Field.

      “Then she sat on her hands when Mr Field said he would decline to co-operate with the police inquiry.

      “Today, Mr Field has forced her hand by open defiance in the media.

      “With a motion of no confidence in the Labour Government being voted on this Thursday, Helen Clark should immediately say whether Labour will continue to exercise Mr Field’s vote.” john key 2007 by 2013 he simply refused to read the police report on banks and didnt sack him from cabinet…

      • ianmac 9.2.1

        Excellent work Tracey. If there was justice, Mr Key’s words should be made to haunt him, but of course what Right minded MSM would consider such blasphemy? Imagine that Gower fellow screaming out about the key of hypocrisy?

        • Tracey 9.2.1.1

          especially

          “This is a Prime Minister who was prepared to cynically cling to power by continuing o utlise Mr Banks vote, no matter what. He would have used any excuse to not act against him to maintain her slim one-vote majority…

          Remember when our Liar in Chief said thisabout a donation controversy?

          ” ”
          “Helen Clark must stand [Winston] Peters down, as Prime Minister,” Mr Key said in 2008. “That is what I would do as Prime Minister

          On 27 May 2007
          “I want to make one thing clear. I don’t make excuses for criminal behaviour because I believe every individual is responsible for their actions and must be held accountable for them..I don’t just think, though, that the responsibility for rejecting criminal behaviour falls solely on the police. Ordinary New Zealanders, politicians and government agencies have an important role to play…” john key

          Police report on john banks Key said,

          “I haven’t read that police report and I’m not going to because I don’t need to … It’s not my job to do a forensic analysis. What I can tell you is, the law doesn’t work.”

          “The test is whether they enjoy my confidence, and if a minister tells me, ‘This is my position and this is what I’ve done’, I accept their word in good faith unless it’s proven otherwise.”

          Everyone is entitled to due process, whether in a labour or national party. John key is a hypocrite. He has nowsaid that he has found john banks ” pretty honest”… Is that like being a little bit pregnant john?

  10. Te Reo Putake 10

    It’d be nice if the opposition could move a censure motion next sitting day. It’d be fun watching NACT trying to justify opposing it, what with all those Tory Philip Feild quotes to throw back at ‘em.

    • srylands 10.1

      Whatever NACT is. You realise that this “fraud” was committed by a well known dill in a local body election. There is no issue. The Government will run as normal. Parliament will be dissolved on 31 July. There will be an election. FFS get a grip.

      • felix 10.1.1

        What are the “” for, rylands? Banks has been found guilty. The fraud was real.

        • Colonial Viper 10.1.1.1

          In fact, the fraud was real before Banks was even found guilty.

      • geoff 10.1.2

        Situation Normal
        all fucked up

      • framu 10.1.3

        why are you defending fraud? – FFS get a grip and a sense of morality – a dash of personal responsibility wouldnt go astray either

        banks has been found guilty of fraud – if convicted he has to leave parliament. Why is an issue which is big enough for you to lose your public office not a big deal to you?

        just how big is your wagon of delusion?

      • minarch 10.1.4

        I wish I worked for you….

        because i could be milking you via “fraud” for thousands and you obviously

        wouldn’t even notice

        or

        congratulate me

  11. felix 11

    No, “foolishness” is right.

    If you’re going to set about defrauding the electoral system with such a calculated scheme as Banks did, you’d be a bloody fool not to get your story straight.

    The crime in Armstrong’s eyes is not the fraud. It’s the getting caught and letting the team down.

  12. Xtasy 12

    Yes, the NZ “left” is again trying to fly its wings and make this a real “issue”, while it is nothing of a damned side show. The “left” in NZ is a total laughing stock, it is a sick joke, you stand for damned NOTHING!

    What about taking resolute stands against social and other injustice, Labour, even Greens and now IMP are never heard or noticed, apart from the odd media savvy announcement. How damned corrupt, hollow and useless is the supposed “progressive movement” here? It simply does not even exist, as my observation is.

    I challenge you ALL to disprove this, and to take a stand, but on the streets there is NO presence of the “left” at all, it is rather a neo fascist correctness movement that is running things.

    I despair, as nobody in this country has any clue about this:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SSRVtlTwFs8

    New Zealand is a total BULLSHIT SOCIETY, with no real values, just talk, cheap bloody talk, that is all.

  13. Te Reo Putake 13

    Poor srylands, it must be galling to now have to refer to John Banks as a dill, when previously he was an honest, forthright and reliable Mayor, MP and Minister. And that was only as long ago as yesterday. I’m looking forward to sryland’s backhanders to Key, post election. Will he also get the dill treatment?

  14. Ad 14

    Melancholy counterfactual:
    if the Crown had done its job ages ago, we would not have had Banks in Parliament, Key would have had an even more finely balanced government, the coalition more brittle, and some of the policy damage done this second term probably a little softer.

    Note to Solicitor-General: next time do your job.

  15. Tiger Mountain 15

    “Infamy, infamy, they’ve all got it in for me!”
    Kenneth Williams as Julius Ceasar –‘Carry on Cleo’.

    Banksie joins ACT’s ignominious roll of dishonour. Of course ACT MPs, candidates and supporters not on that list likely constitute the smaller number. Garrett, Awatere-Huata, Rortney, Gibbs, Hillary’s eyes and so forth.

    Banks must go not only for his crime but also for being a bloody nuisance to those of us trying to get out the vote in the various campaigns. ACT has been the ebola of NZ politics for too long. Unaccountable Supercity, charter schools, war on the poor, labour market deregulation ala Chile. Thanks for nothing you selfish ideologues, aka National’s ‘bitch’.

  16. Ant 16

    It’s pretty galling contrasting this coverage with Winston c.2008 where every second editorial was on NZF but with Helen Clark this, Helen Clark that, Labour this, Labout that. John Key has been left strangely absent from the conversation on John Banks.

    • Rodel 16.1

      Ant
      ‘strangely absent’? It’s not strange that Key is absent when his mates are in trouble. He’s busy in the islands buying Samoan and Tongan votes in New Zealand.

      His timing ..to be overseas and camera friendly when Bank’s verdict was due..is well…timely.

      Bet we don’t see photos of the two Johns ‘ tea party ‘ any time soon.

  17. repateet 17

    The moniker “honourable” will still live on. On his letterhead anyway.

  18. Skinny 18

    What is with the rumour that Bent Bankie has stitched up a 50 K TV commercial deal?

    Apparently a 25 k depoist has been paid for a tv commercial promoting porridge. Though i hear negotiations have stalled over the final 25 K payment with the production company insistence that Bent Bankie wear a baby shit yellow (ACT colours) and National blue striped boiler suit. I hear the former Auckland mayor is promoting another former mayor’s product.

  19. bad12 19

    From RadioNZ National, a professor of electoral law,sorry missed the name,(but it wasn’t Geddis),says that even in the time-frame,(obviously carefully thought out by someone), Banks having the conviction entered will still require the triggering of a by- election,

    To halt this by-election being triggered, the Parliament, which will have risen for the election will have to be recalled by the Speaker of the House to pass a vote that the by-election will not occur…

    • mickysavage 19.1

      Yep. John Banks predicament is going to become a greater and greater problem for National.

      The reasoning is:

      Parliament is scheduled to rise for this term on July 31.
      Banks is to reappear in Court on August 1. He is hoping for a discharge without conviction which will mean that he does not vacate his position as an MP but otherwise he is gone. And I do not like his chances. He defended the charge and the Judge essentially did not believe him. To get a discharge the first thing you have to do is plead guilty so that you get credit.
      There then needs to be a by election in Epsom.
      The only way to stop this is for Parliament to pass a resolution by no less than 75% of members.
      Parliament will have to be reconvened for this to happen.

      Imagine the cost of reconvening Parliament to stop a by election because a electoral fraudster member of the perk buster party refused to accept that he had committed an offence …

      • Lanthanide 19.1.1

        No, not really. See my post below.

      • JK 19.1.2

        Mickey, I thought that if an MP resigns/retires within a certain time-frame of a general election, then NO by-election need be held. I assumed that’s why the Judge is delaying sentencing until 1 August – so the Nats need not bother with a by-election in Epsom.

        • mickysavage 19.1.2.1

          It is 6 months JK and a resolution still needs to be passed. Under the Electoral Act:

          “131 Power to resolve in certain cases that by-election not be held
          Notwithstanding anything in section 129, no writ shall be issued for a by-election to supply a vacancy in the House of Representatives if—
          (a) the vacancy arises in the period of 6 months ending with the date of the expiration of the Parliament and a resolution that a writ not be issued to supply the vacancy is passed by a majority of 75% of all the members of the House of Representatives; or
          (b) following the presentation to the House of Representatives by the Prime Minister of a document informing the House that a general election is to be held within 6 months of the occurrence of the vacancy, a resolution is passed by a majority of 75% of all the members of the House of Representatives to the effect that a writ is not to be issued to supply the vacancy.”

        • mickysavage 19.1.2.2

          I have had another look at it and all I can say is that it is not that simple JK!

          If the vacancy occurs after Parliament is dissolved then under section 129(4) EA a by election is not required.

          However Key has announced that Parliament will be dissolved on August 14. (http://www.beehive.govt.nz/release/general-election-be-20-september-2014)

          If Banks is convicted on August 1 then the Court has a couple of days to tell the speaker and he is then gone burger.

          So there is still a need for a by election unless Parliament passes a resolution which it cannot do unless there is a vacancy.

          Banks has to resign soon otherwise the constitutional lawyers will be getting really busy …

    • Lanthanide 19.2

      I’m not sure why they get these electoral law professors wandering down the road following the letter of the law and not looking at the practical situation and what is likely to happen in the real world.

      It is fully possible for the government to pass a motion requiring no by-election in advance of the conviction and the seat being vacated. It goes like this:
      “In the event that the seat of Epsom is vacated by the honourable (hah!) John Banks, this parliament moves that in accordance with [law], there shall be no by-election…”

      • mickysavage 19.2.1

        I think under section 131 Lanth that the power only kicks in if a vacancy actually occurs, which it has not yet. To avoid this situation Banks will have to tender his resignation before Parliament rises so the resolution can then be passed.

        • Skinny 19.2.1.1

          Banks will have no choice but to resign shortly. I fully expect the announcement this weekend. The ACT party will be absolutely delighted that they get an opportunity to blood their new Epsom candidate in a by election. I fully expect the rise of the ACT phoenix, when you look at it Banks has been a failure even aside of the fraud issue. Being realistic you would expect ACT to win Epsom easily and for them to go on to win 3.5 -4% of the Party vote. This could be tragic for the Left if the vote doesn’t turn out, and probably forces Labour’s hand to do deals with Mana-Internet party’s.

          • Ed 19.2.1.1.1

            The ACT “Leader” sees no problem with Banks staying in parliament “in accordance with the law”, has not spoken to Banks, and sees no reason to. That may be code for – ACT is not ready for a by-election, and besides ACT needs to distance itself as much as possible from Banks – it suits them to have him seen as a National stooge . . .

            My pick is that Banks will resign on the last day he can (23 July) to assist both National with his vote, to have the record show that he resigned rather than was forced out by a conviction, and to maximise personal benefits on leaving the house.

            Contrast that with a normal employment situation – being found guilty in a matter relevant to his current job would normally see a very quick sacking – but National and ACT are being very careful to avoid any suggestion of taking personal responsibility . . .

            • ianmac 19.2.1.1.1.1

              Ed. The Act Leader seemed so unsure on Nat Radio this morning and I am not too sure he knew who Mr Banks was and what had happened to him.

              • veutoviper

                Well said, ianmac. That interview and Whyte’s lack of knowledge and engagement was astonishing. Suzie Fergusson was struggling to keep herself under control.

                The later interview she did with Richard Prebble and Mike Williams was also gobsmacking. Prebble was also on another planet – or drunk. Well worth a listen if you missed it. For once, Mike Williams came across as rational and on message.

                I suspect that Suzie Fergusson would have been happy when 9am came around – and today being Friday.

                Links to both interviews for those that did not hear them.

                http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/morningreport/audio/2598638/act-leader-surprised-by-banks-verdict

                http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/morningreport/audio/2598654/political-commentators-discuss-banks-case

                • veutoviper

                  And further to the above, my gut feeling is that Banks will resign – not immediately but well before 31 July. This will allow him to resign rather than being required to step down if a conviction is entered (which IMO will happen). It will also allow Parliament to meet the letter of law in holding a 75% vote to not hold a by-election in Epsom.

                  I have no doubts that ACT and National people are working behind the scenes to look at the best options to save face for both parties – and will work on Banks to agree to resign, probably with John Boscawen, for example, acting as the go-between.

                  • McFlock

                    Isn’t it so close to the election that they don’t need a byelection anyway?

                    • mickysavage

                      As I said above McFlock if the vacancy occurs after Parliament is dissolved then under section 129(4) EA a by election is not required.

                      However Key has announced that Parliament will be dissolved on August 14. (http://www.beehive.govt.nz/release/general-election-be-20-september-2014)

                      If Banks is convicted on August 1 then the Court has a couple of days to tell the speaker and he is then gone burger.

                      So there is still a need for a by election unless Parliament passes a resolution which it cannot do unless there is a vacancy.

                      Banks has to resign soon otherwise the constitutional lawyers will be getting really busy …

                      Key must be cursing the timing.

        • Lanthanide 19.2.1.2

          I’d give you 10 to 1 odds in the event that Banks doesn’t resign and does vacate his seat on or after 1st August, there will be no recall of parliament and also no by-election.

          • Treetop 19.2.1.2.1

            A health condition e.g. stress, or a family matter would buy Banks time.

            Whyte could cook something up psychologically for Banks e.g. a phobia, palpatations…

            • One Anonymous Bloke 19.2.1.2.1.1

              Anything Whyte cooked up would probably be a tasteless mess; the man’s an idiot.

          • mickysavage 19.2.1.2.2

            It is the sort of scenario Lanth that Constitutional lawyers dream of …

  20. From Don Brash: “They have the potential to damage the reputations of ALL members of Parliament. I call on Helen Clark to initiate a process for inquiring properly into these serious matters,” when the allegations of corruption against Taito Phillips appeared.

    Where is Don Brash Now?

  21. Tracey 21

    Did john banks die overnight???????

    • Tracey 21.1

      i only ask cos john armstrong and co seem to be writing euologies…

      I hope someone leaks their copy intended for when they thought banks would be found not guilty and dotcoms evidence not credible…

  22. Cancerman 22

    Can anyone explain why his sentence was given yesterday as this seems to be the main reason National is happy to and can sit in this limbo?

    • Anne 22.1

      Don’t forget the apparent cowardly behaviour of the NZ police. If every reasonable person was able to recognise that the available evidence right from the start pointed to John Banks being guilty of fraudulent behaviour, then it beggars belief that the police were unable to recognise it too.

      The answer is obvious. They were well aware there was sufficient evidence, but were either told directly or instinctively knew that any proper investigation would be frowned upon by their police and political superiors. There are potentially three politicians who may have interfered with the process behind the scenes – John Key, Judith Collins and Anne Tolley in that order. In other words, the word went down the line…?

      That this scenario (which would of course be vehemently denied by both police and politicians) is highly likely, speaks volumes about the ever increasing evidence that the NZ Police are no longer acting independently of political authority in this country.

      If allowed to continue unchecked then God help us!

      • One Anonymous Bloke 22.1.1

        I suspect the police acted from tacit “understandings” and misguided loyalty rather than direct instructions. Still need their arses kicked but.

      • Tracey 22.1.2

        john banks was a popular minister of police, with the police.

        • Anne 22.1.2.1

          Never understood why he was popular? I don’t recall him doing anything spectacular in his role as Police Minister. Unless of course they identified with his conservative and simplistic approach to politics and the rule of law – lock up all the bad guys and throw away the key kind of thing.

          Well, he’s a bad guy now so maybe he’ll have a re-think…

          • Tracey 22.1.2.1.1

            he believed that the police were judge and jury, whatever it took to get the “ratbags”. Remember the police culture he would have been residing over.

            My dealings with e and the police were defined in 1991/1992 when i acted for a young blabber mouth guy against citibank.

            Behaviour by the police, inaction by minister and shady involvement of sis all shattered any thoughts i had of new zealand being clean and honest.

            • Anne 22.1.2.1.1.1

              I had a similar experience during the late 80s and early 90s. Went to the police five times and reported criminal acts conducted against me. They did nothing because there were political connotations to the story. I have held the police in contempt since.

              The oft repeated phrase that NZ is corruption free is so much hogwash, but while those in the know continue to keep their mouths shut it will never be exposed.

          • Tracey 22.1.2.1.2

            judith is probably drafting a bill right now to remove seperation of the executive and judiciary…

      • Treetop 22.1.3

        https://nz.news.yahoo.com/a/-/top-stories/24168147/banks-donation-return-a-timeline/

        July 2012 the police say Banks will not face criminal charges.
        December 2013 Banks is to face criminal charges.

        A lapse of 17 months and the amount of stalling tactics that went on by Banks at every oppertunity to not be answerable and he still won’t stop appealing…

        Doesn’t wash with me that the police did their job.

  23. tsmithfield 23

    From the governments point of view the best result would be for Banks to resign. As it stands, they don’t need his vote to get through to the election, and having him there is an unnecessary distraction.

    The problem is they can’t force him to resign.

    • ianmac 23.1

      Ah ts. What if the ACT Caucus rebelled? Imagine the scene as a tearful Mr Banks tries so hard to convince his caucus that he has a wrongful conviction and should stay as an honourable example of honesty and credibility.

    • Lanthanide 23.2

      They need his vote to pass legislation. I have no idea if they had any scheduled before the election that was non-budget related, though.

  24. Cancerman 24

    I think ACT Party needs to be attacked as they are doing nothing to remove John Banks from their party which they should do. Ok they would no longer have an mp in parliment but at least they would be morally right and might get credit for this next time. Essentially ACT is saying they are help with guilty criminals representing them. People should forget attacking National and John Key and attack ACT. This could very well finish off the party if we make it “beyond the pale” for the people of Remuera to vote for a corrupt party.

    • One Anonymous Bloke 24.1

      Spot on CM. Jamie Unclecousin exhibited no concern whatsoever at Banks’ criminality, wittering about ‘due process’ instead, and scoffing at suggestions it had anything to do with ACT.

      Personal responsibility means you need a lawyer to screw your trousers on.

  25. Will@Welly 25

    The ‘great’ Peter Marshall – NACT’s lackey who was in charge of the Police. Don’t say corruption doesn’t exist in New Zealand.
    This whole case goes to the heart of the New Zealand Parliamentary system – it defines just who is and who isn’t fit to sit in Parliament. National, and it’s cohorts show themselves to be nothing but absolute trouts. John Key now sits alongside the likes of Poppa Doc, and every other corrupt politician that has lead a benign government.

  26. TheContrarian 26

    He should have resigned earlier.

    • Skinny 26.1

      For his latest immoral ‘act’ of considering applying for a sentence without conviction. Bent Bankie needs to be marched through his Epsom electorate in chains where his constituents can boo & heckle, sling mud and throw rotten fruit & veg at him.

  27. Marius 27

    So much fun listening to the revolting Boag trying to baby step Plunket into a ‘he’s not guilty because everyone else does the same thing, Sean’ corner regarding Banks conviction. Even that thicko Plunket wasn’t buying into it.
    Then Michelle decided to change tack and have a go at the greens for being nasty backstabbers as she promptly set about ridiculing Tariana Turias dress sense. I’ve actually find Boag even more distasteful over the years than Banks. Banks is just your garden variety psychopath. Boag is garden variety something else.

    • Cancerman 27.1

      What a lame comment from Boag. I’m not guilty of x because everyone else does it. If everyone else does it fine do your own private prosecution of everyone else. It doesn’t excuse your own crime. What disgusting morals.

      • Skinny 27.1.1

        Did you see po po face Boag floating around in the background outside the old bailey, she looked like a stunned mullet once the tv camera panned in her direction, she pretty much pushed people out of the way to slink off out of camera shot.
        No doubting Boag was there in support of Bent Bankie. What this clearly illustrates is that ACT is a puppet regime, Banks is as blue ribbon National as you can get. I bet Key and his National cronies will be most annoyed with any association linked between them and busted Bankie.

      • Tracey 27.1.2

        that fits the definition of honest that is used by boag banks key et al

      • Weepu's beard 27.1.3

        “I’m not guilty of x because everyone else does it”.</>

        Classic whataboutery. The Prime Minister is a heavy user of this practice. When asked about John Banks he brings up David Cunliffe.

  28. Naree 28

    It’s not the failure to declare money that I find disturbing, it is the fact that the judge has effecively called John Banks a liar. I think that parliamentarians have got so desensitised to lying that they no longer consider it a hanging offence. But try lying to the IRD – or any public department for that matter, and you will see different standards being applied.

    • Mary 28.1

      When Key gets away with lying his support goes up.

    • One Anonymous Bloke 28.2

      Banks clearly deserves a custodial sentence; he lied in court and – through his lawyer – leveled false accusations at witnesses.

  29. Mary 29

    It’s good he’s not accepting the verdict and not standing down because now his legacy will include being the MP who was allowed to stay in Parliament despite having been convicted while in office of an offence that carries a jail term. Nice strategy, John. Reflects the kind of guy you are through and through. We don’t want the public getting the wrong idea about you, now, do we?

    • McFlock 29.1

      just found guilty, not yet convicted.
      Although the dishonourable jerk might well “resign” on july 31st so he avoids being the first mp in a century to be kicked out due to a conviction.

  30. Marius 30

    hahahaa a custodial sentence. oh god that would be delightful. they could put him in the unrepentant graham capill’s old cell.

    • One Anonymous Bloke 30.1

      Unfortunately I expect it will be the domestic variety of custodial.

      On the other hand Banks continued denial of the offence and mockery of the court – singing on the steps – might help smooth the path :)

      Put him in with Titford.

  31. Tracey 31

    so much for the ACT mantra of peple need to take personal responsibility for tgeir actions…

  32. Glenn 32

    Bugger he will probably be back on talk back within 6 months polluting the airways.

  33. Peter 33

    When I left NZ in 2004, politics was still relatively stable. I don’t really follow what goes on in NZ very much from London, but I do see Rodney Hide ‘perkbuster’ cheated the system with a trip to Hawaii with a call girl, and now John Banks ‘Mr Hardline Law and Order’ is just another corrupt pol too. Meanwhile the PM seems to be a guy referred to as a ‘Paparazzi Prime Minister’

    • felix 33.1

      Call girl? lolz that was his girlfriend, now wife I believe and mother of his Ferengi child.

      • Colonial Viper 33.1.1

        Have to clean up my bloody keyboard and screen now, thanks

      • veutoviper 33.1.2

        LOLZ – she was also a top NZ sportswoman (cannot remember offhand wher name and hich sport) and I think they now have two children.

  34. Weepu's beard 34

    And what about the people of Epsom? I know they are well off and everything but are they really happy to be the laughing stock of the country, being used as pawns again. I’m certain most of them would prefer just to vote for Goldsmith.

  35. Mike the Lefty 35

    John Key basically staked his political reputation on Banks’s honesty and integrity. Both of these men now have no credibility and their continuing to cling desperately to the vestiges of power shows their utter contempt for New Zealanders and their belief in democracy.

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    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...
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  • 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...
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  • 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...
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  • 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...
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  • 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...
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  • 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...
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  • 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...
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  • 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...
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  • 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...
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  • 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...
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  • 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...
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  • 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...
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  • Why bother joining a union?
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  • 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...
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  • 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’....
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  • 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...
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  • The Slater-Key Txt-Messages Trip-Up – Did Cameron Slater Plan this?
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  • 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 [...
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  • 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...
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  • 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...
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  • 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...
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  • 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....
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  • 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...
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  • 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...
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  • 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...
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  • Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, Key Post Electio...
    Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, Key Post Election...
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  • 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...
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  • 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...
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  • 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...
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  • 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...
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  • 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...
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  • 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...
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  • 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...
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  • Seasons Greetings from Ferguson
    Seasons Greetings from Ferguson...
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  • Seasons Greetings from Ferguson
    Seasons Greetings from Ferguson...
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  • 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...
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  • 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?
    . . 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?
    . . 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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  • Annette King? Annette King?? Surely not Annette King!
    I’m not often surprised at the goings on in the Labour Party but I was gobsmacked to see Andrew Little has appointed Annette King as Deputy Leader of the parliamentary Labour Party. I had idly assumed the role would go to Adhern...
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  • Annette King? Annette King?? Surely not Annette King!
    I’m not often surprised at the goings on in the Labour Party but I was gobsmacked to see Andrew Little has appointed Annette King as Deputy Leader of the parliamentary Labour Party. I had idly assumed the role would go to Adhern...
    The Daily Blog
  • Annette King? Annette King?? Surely not Annette King!
    I’m not often surprised at the goings on in the Labour Party but I was gobsmacked to see Andrew Little has appointed Annette King as Deputy Leader of the parliamentary Labour Party. I had idly assumed the role would go to Adhern...
    The Daily Blog
  • New Shadow Cabinet – Little does more in 6 days than Goff, Shearer & ...
    New Zealanders do not respect intelligence, they respect confidence. Cunliffe beat Key in the debates, but it didn’t matter because NZers don’t respect the debate, they respect the tone. Our anti-intellecuatlism runs deeper than most with our reverse-egalitarianism. The chip...
    The Daily Blog
  • New Shadow Cabinet – Little does more in 6 days than Goff, Shearer & ...
    New Zealanders do not respect intelligence, they respect confidence. Cunliffe beat Key in the debates, but it didn’t matter because NZers don’t respect the debate, they respect the tone. Our anti-intellecuatlism runs deeper than most with our reverse-egalitarianism. The chip...
    The Daily Blog
  • New Shadow Cabinet – Little does more in 6 days than Goff, Shearer & ...
    New Zealanders do not respect intelligence, they respect confidence. Cunliffe beat Key in the debates, but it didn’t matter because NZers don’t respect the debate, they respect the tone. Our anti-intellecuatlism runs deeper than most with our reverse-egalitarianism. The chip...
    The Daily Blog
  • This weeks Waatea news column – The myths white people tell themselves
      This weeks Waatea news column – The myths white people tell themselves...
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  • This weeks Waatea news column – The myths white people tell themselves
      This weeks Waatea news column – The myths white people tell themselves...
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  • This weeks Waatea news column – The myths white people tell themselves
      This weeks Waatea news column – The myths white people tell themselves...
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  • The irony of backlash to petrol stations charging workers for stolen petrol
    You have to laugh at NZers sometimes. you really do. The outrage that has been sparked by news that workers at petrol stations are charged for stolen petrol is one of those perfect examples of a delicious irony most NZers...
    The Daily Blog
  • The irony of backlash to petrol stations charging workers for stolen petrol
    You have to laugh at NZers sometimes. you really do. The outrage that has been sparked by news that workers at petrol stations are charged for stolen petrol is one of those perfect examples of a delicious irony most NZers...
    The Daily Blog
  • The irony of backlash to petrol stations charging workers for stolen petrol
    You have to laugh at NZers sometimes. you really do. The outrage that has been sparked by news that workers at petrol stations are charged for stolen petrol is one of those perfect examples of a delicious irony most NZers...
    The Daily Blog
  • Lisa Owen interviews Glenn Inquiry chair Bill Wilson
    Lisa Owen: Family violence in this country has been described as the slow-burning disaster. It accounts for half of homicides and takes a third of police resources. The Glenn Inquiry's final blueprint was released on Friday, calling for a designated...
    Scoop politics
  • Lisa Owen interviews Finance Minister Bill English
    He’s still “confident” the Government will make its forecast surplus in the 2014/15 year although dairy prices have dropped “further and faster than expected”...
    Scoop politics
  • Q + A 30/11/14: Spying, Family Violence, Texts
    We'll debate why the State needs new powers to spy on Kiwis and the controversial laws that are being rushed through Parliament....
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  • Arrival of Phillip Smith in New Zealand
    On arrival with his police escort at Auckland Airport tomorrow morning Phillip Smith will be met by other police staff and complete customs and immigration formalities....
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  • UNICEF Calls on NZ Youth to Apply for Youth Ambassador Roles
    UNICEF NZ Calls on NZ Youth to Apply for Youth Ambassador Roles UNICEF NZ has once again launched its nationwide search for six new Youth Ambassadors and is calling on enthusiastic young people to apply before Friday, 12 December 2014....
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  • Kiwifruit Claim Filed in High Court in Wellington
    The Kiwifruit Claim’s statement of claim has been filed in the High Court in Wellington this afternoon....
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  • Judgment: John Banks Dotcom Donation Appeal
    A The application to adduce the evidence of Messrs Schaeffer and Karnes is granted. B The application to adduce evidence of Mr Dotcom’s driving conviction is declined. C The appeal is allowed. D The conviction is set aside and a...
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  • Doctors support call for independent health assessment
    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 to 134 public hospital specialists...
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  • Korero Mai Ki Ahau: Saturday 29 & Sunday 30 November 2014
    Broadcast on Waatea 603AM Saturday 12.00 - 12.30pm Sunday 12.00 - 12.30pm Both shows repeated 5.00pm – 6.00pm On Sunday Saturday 29 November 2014 | The new Minister for Maori Development is taking a fresh look at the Te Reo...
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  • Anti-speeding campaign based on phony science
    Ticketing ordinary motorists will have no effect on the groups who cause most road deaths, says the car review website dogandlemon.com ....
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  • Human Rights lawyers’ concerns over Terrorist Fighters Bill
    The Countering Terrorist Fighters Legislation Bill will dramatically erode human rights and civil liberties if passed in its current form, said the Human Rights Lawyer’s Association Aotearoa New Zealand (HRLA)....
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  • Privacy Commissioner’s naming policy
    Following a period of public consultation, the Privacy Commissioner is implementing a new policy on naming agencies that are in breach of the Privacy Act. The change takes effect on 1 December 2014....
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  • Need for whole-of-government approach to family violence
    The Public Service Association (PSA) says The People’s Blueprint report by the Glenn Inquiry makes a strong case for a whole-of-government approach to combatting family violence, and highlights some of the ways we could do things better....
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  • Stop Fracking in Our Big Blue Backyard – Frack Free Kapiti
    Evidence given at the EPA hearing of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) at sea blows the industry accepted line that fracking is not happening offshore in New Zealand right out of the water....
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  • Solidarity with West Papua on 1 December
    Below are the details of the solidarity events in Aotearoa New Zealand to mark West Papua Independence Day, 1 December - there are four events this year: one in Christchurch, one in Wellington and two in Auckland. If you are...
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  • No charges laid over piggeries investigations
    No charges laid over piggeries investigations 28 November 2014 The Ministry for Primary Industries did not have sufficient evidence to lay charges following two animal welfare investigations into incidents at piggeries earlier this year. The investigations...
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  • Deep Sea Drilling in Rising Seas
    The Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment's report on the effects of rising sea levels and climate change adds another argument against this Government's expansion of fossil fuel exploration....
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  • Slower population growth in the long term
    New Zealand's population will likely grow by 1.4–1.8 percent a year during 2014–16, but growth will be lower in the long term, Statistics New Zealand said today....
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  • Big Buddy on the Glenn Inquiry People’s Blueprint
    November 28, 2014 The inclusion of robust screening as a tool to prevent child abuse, highlighted in the Glenn Inquiry’s People’s Blueprint, is welcomed by Big Buddy CEO Richard Aston. “It’s heartening to see this high-calibre report come out...
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  • People’s Blueprint for tackling Family Violence
    The recently Dunedin Collaboration Against Family Violence (DCAFV) is pleased to support the fundamental changes in the way our legal system deals with family violence that the report calls for. We need to do more to support victims, and ensure...
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  • People’s Blueprint – Both Good News and a Wake-Up Call
    The Patron of the Glenn Inquiry, Dame Catherine Tizard, says there is some good news in The People’s Blueprint, after the shocking picture painted six months ago in The People’s Report....
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  • Glenn Inquiry Funder Keeps His Promise
    The founder and funder of the Glenn Inquiry, Sir Owen Glenn, said today he has kept the promise he made when he set up the independent inquiry in 2012. “I set up the Glenn Inquiry because it was clear to...
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  • Support for Blue Print call for a stand-alone agency
    Human Rights Commissioner lead on family violence, Dr Jackie Blue welcomes the Glenn Inquiry, ‘The People’s Blue Print’, which places at its heart that being safe and free from violence is a fundamental human right....
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  • People’s Blueprint Offers Solutions to Family Violence
    New Zealand has a fresh opportunity to reduce child abuse and family violence and save and restore lives under a powerful new model for combating the problem proposed by the Glenn Inquiry....
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  • Submission: Countering Terrorist Fighters Legislation Bill
    My three key areas of concern relate to: • The duration of visual surveillance warrants; • The controls around warrantless surveillance powers; • Clarifying the continuation of controls around access to Passenger Name Record (PNR) data under...
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  • The case is clear for climate action that supports health
    The need for rapid action on climate change in New Zealand in order to protect health is clear, according to a group of climate and health experts. Countries elsewhere in the world are already taking significant action, while New Zealand...
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  • EDUCANZ Debate Ignores Teachers
    The legislation for the creation of the new EDUCANZ to replace the former Teachers’ Council body is now undergoing its second reading. Without warning, it was promoted to the top the queue this week....
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  • Phillip Smith en-route back to New Zealand.
    Police confirm that Phillip Smith has been deported from Brazil and is en-route back to New Zealand....
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  • Scaremongering and Showing Contempt for Democracy
    The government has been accused of fabricating an increased risk to New Zealand security to justify new invasive powers in the Countering Terrorist Fighters Legislation Bill. And its decision to allow just 48 hours for public submissions on the Bill...
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  • Legislation “a travesty of democratic process”
    Peace Movement Aotearoa today called on the government to put the Countering Terrorist Fighters Legislation Bill on hold - pending a comprehensive review of existing legislation - in a written submission to the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Select Committee,...
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  • Bill needs amending to better protect human rights
    The Human Rights Commission submission to the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee this afternoon on the Countering Terrorist Fighters Bill makes specific recommendations relating to passport denial; increasing safeguards around visual...
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  • NZ’s gender equality issues in international forum
    New Zealand faces similar gender equality issues and opportunities to those of its neighbouring countries, according to the latest international conference on women’s empowerment....
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  • Countering human trafficking is an ongoing challenge for NZ
    At first glance, it is difficult to believe that human trafficking is an offence that is taking place in New Zealand. It is a harsh reminder that the rule of law sometimes does not reach far enough....
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  • Government must allow further scrutiny of bill
    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...
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  • Calling on anti-violence activists to step up
    Māori Party co-leaders believe every individual, whānau, hapū and iwi can help stop the high level of family violence that exists in our country....
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  • More effective social services inquiry update Nov 2014
    The Productivity Commission’s More effective social services inquiry aims to shed light on how commissioning and contracting influence the quality and effectiveness of social services, and to suggest actions government agencies and others could take...
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  • Keith Locke presentation on Countering Foreign Fighters Bill
    It’s a pleasure to be able to talk to members of Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Select Committee again, and remember my 12 years on your committee. However, I don’t wish my submission today to be taken as endorsement of...
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  • Significant issues for NZ in sea level rise report
    Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) has recognised findings of Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment Dr Jan Wright’s report released today on the impact of rising seas as significant for coastal areas of New Zealand, aligning well with work the...
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  • White Ribbon Campaign Shocked at Fatal Stabbing
    The White Ribbon Campaign extends its condolences to the family of a women fatally stabbed in Auckland's North Shore....
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  • One Plan signing is “historic moment” for the environment
    The signing of the Horizon Regional Council’s One Plan after a decade of debate, legal action and controversy is being hailed by Fish & Game as a landmark in the battle to protect the nation’s water quality. Horizons councillors approved...
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  • Look at the Road, Not the Speedo
    Responding to the Fairfax article that police will be issuing tickets over the summer to anyone driving 1km/h or more over the speed limit, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says:...
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  • Worker immunity critical to safety in Meat Industry
    The Meat Workers Union has today urged the Select Committee hearing submissions on the Health & Safety Reform bill to strengthen provisions that protect the rights of workers to be involved and speak out, saying that it’s becoming increasingly...
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  • PCE report brings home impacts of climate change
    Youth climate organisation Generation Zero has welcomed the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment's ' Changing Climate and Rising Seas ' report and says it demonstrates climate change will affect all of us....
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  • Law Society urges reduction of terrorist fighter bill powers
    The New Zealand Law Society says powers proposed in the Countering Terrorist Fighters Legislation Bill should be reduced to ensure they are strictly limited to countering the threats that have arisen....
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  • Sea level rise won’t only affect infrastructure
    The independent conservation organisation Forest & Bird is asking the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment (PCE) to widen the focus of her next report on climate change-driven sea level rise....
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  • Changing climate and rising seas: Understanding the science
    During my seven years as Commissioner, I have consistently said that climate change is the biggest environmental issue we face. This investigation has provided an opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of what is causing climate change and one of...
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  • Council refuses to take part in farcical submissions process
    The New Zealand Council for Civil Liberties refuses to take part in the submissions process around the Countering Terrorist Fighters Legislation Bill....
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  • Laws of War to Be Debated at Wellington Event
    The political and human consequences of war and civil unrest are widely covered in themedia but International Humanitarian Law (IHL), the body of law which exists to protect all parties to armed conflict, rarely gets attention....
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  • Forum Compact Development Partner Peer Review of New Zealand
    Following the completion of the first leg of the review of New Zealand’s development cooperation in the Pacific, the Forum Compact Review Team is now visiting Kiribati to assess the effectiveness of New Zealand’s assistance in the small island developing...
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  • YWCA Auckland award for long-time women’s role model
    New Zealand’s first female Governor General and Mayor of Auckland has been granted a Lifetime Achievement Award by YWCA Auckland, for her services to the Auckland community and acting as a role model for Kiwi women nationwide....
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