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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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    The Government must end the legalised cruelty of factory farming, the Green Party said today.Footage shown on Campbell Live this week revealed yet again the appalling, but legal, conditions pigs are routinely kept in on factory farms. The conditions the...
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  • Milk price plunge creates $6b economic black hole
    The plunge in Fonterra’s forecast dairy payout to a seven-year low for farmers will create a $6 billion economic black hole, showing yet again that National’s failure to diversify is hurting the economy, Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson says. “The...
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  • Gender Pay Gap: It’s a Matter of Leadership
    The State Services Commission’s annual Human Resource Capability report for the public sector shows the gender pay gap has not decreased since at least 2010. The gap is 14% across all management roles – a slightly bigger gap than for...
    Greens
  • Pardon me Minister, but the cracks are showing
    Cracks are appearing in Cabinet ranks with the Minister of Pacific Peoples, Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga, throwing his predecessor under the bus over a huge spike in spending by advisers, Labour's State Services spokesman Kris Faafoi says. "Spending to 'staff the...
    Labour
  • Confirmation of no confidence in schools plan
    That just 90 of the country’s 2500 schools have signed up to the Government's one-size-fits all performance pay scheme confirms a wide-spread lack of confidence in it, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “The scheme, which creates ‘executive’ and ‘lead...
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  • John Key’s secret foreign buyers register
    John Key has been secretly planning a register for foreign buyers without telling New Zealanders, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “Last week Andrew Little called on John Key to adopt the Australian policy on foreign buyers....
    Labour
  • Another kick in the guts for Christchurch
    The government has walked away from the people of Christchurch with Cabinet’s decision today to cut funding available through local Members of Parliament offices to assist people with their earthquake related issues, says Labour’s Earthquake Recovery Spokesperson, Ruth Dyson.  “Over the...
    Labour
  • State house sell off will make transience worse
    The National Government’s plans to sell off state housing will increase the rate of transience among the poorest families, says Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. The Growing Up in New Zealand study released today reveals families with children under two...
    Labour
  • Report shows need for independent food safety agency
    The inquiry into the botulism botch-up shows the decision to merge the food safety authority into the Ministry of Primary Industries was a failure, Labour’s Primary Industries spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “MPI has been severely criticised in this report for...
    Labour
  • National needs to pull their head out of the sand on climate change
    Green MPs were out across the country attending Heads in the Sand events this weekend. I spoke at the Christchurch event where a couple of hundred people mimicked the Government’s climate policy by burying their heads in the sand. It...
    Greens
  • Claims of pumping up the volume all noise
    New manufacturing figures from Statistics NZ reveal a further decline in New Zealand's export performance, highlighting the Government's ongoing failure to rebalance the economy, Labour's Economic Development spokesperson David Clark says."The National Government has adopted a volume-based approach in an...
    Labour
  • Mediation Between Lyttelton Port and Union Fails
    The Rail and Maritime Union (RMTU) has opted to continue its overtime ban indefinitely after mediation with the Lyttelton Port of Christchurch (LPC) failed to progress collective bargaining.   “There was no substantial shift in LPC’s position today so the...
    The Daily Blog
  • Letter from Pakistan
    I was in Peshawar last week. It is a vibrant city with a real energy to it. It is my favourite place to be in Pakistan. You feel the energy as you drive around the city. I am in an...
    The Daily Blog
  • Lyttelton Port workers begin overtime ban
    Media Release: Rail & Maritime Transport Union Lyttelton Port workers begin overtime ban Workers of Christchurch Rail and Lyttelton Port have begun an indefinite ban on overtime, according to the Rail and Maritime Transport Union. The ban was announced at...
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  • So the United States of Torture is the ally we are supporting to re-invade ...
    How easy is it to con the sleepy hobbits of muddle Nu Zilind? Very. The despicable means by which this corrupt dirty politics Government have gone about trying to use the fear and anger caused by the Sydney hostage situation...
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  • A tale of two gunmen – how the media spins
    A tale of two gunmen – how the media spins...
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  • GUEST BLOG: Jill Ovens – Auckland Hospital worker cuts – Democracy the ...
    Auckland Hospital kitchen workers tell CEO Ailsa Claire (far right) a week ago that they did not want to be contracted out. Such was the arrogance that no contingency plans were made in the event that these workers would be...
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  • Political opportunists out in force over Sydney hostage crisis
    It hasn’t taken long for supporters of New Zealand’s so-called “anti-terror” legislation passed last week through parliament to try and justify it in the wake of the Sydney hostage crisis. Before we even knew much about the gunman or hostage...
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  • NZs new hobby – hating the poor
    Last week people queued at the doors of the Auckland City Mission. They are people that are living without enough income to afford the basics let alone the extras we as a society have come to expect at Christmas. Extras...
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  • The only people who believed National’s surplus illusion were voters
    Sigh – the sleepy hobbits of muddle Nu Zilind are pretty easy to con aren’t they? National’s surplus was always a joke that would never happen, but in every single focus group, voters believed by overwhelming numbers that National were...
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  • Key’s crocodile tears over dirty politics
    John Key: Bloggers ‘not big part of my day’ Prime Minister John Key says bloggers are not a “big part of his day” but he lives in a world where he can’t ignore them. Speaking on TVNZ’s Breakfast programme today,...
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  • Why we are in inequality denial and climate change denial
        We are a country in denial over our inequality and climate change. Both issues have the same thread that runs through them. 30 years of neoliberalism has generated its own cultural narratives and myths. We have been taught that...
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  • This weeks Waatea news column – Why proclaiming Key as the Politician of ...
      This weeks Waatea news column – Why proclaiming Key as the Politician of the Year is ethically bankrupt...
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  • Britomart violence raises questions over rail staff safety
    Media Release: Rail and Maritime Transport Union   Britomart violence raises questions over rail staff safety   The Rail and Maritime Transport Union is raising serious questions over the safety of the staff on Auckland’s train network after violent incidents on...
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  • Australia stares down Siege – National Party politicise tragedy
    The Sydney siege has finished, from the reports that are breaking the gunman, Man Haron Monis is dead and one of the hostages has also been killed. The Australian Police seem to have acted incredibly professionally and the real Australian...
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  • The termination of the Internet Mana alliance
    Last week the Mana Movement and Internet Party wrote to the Electoral Commission to cancel the registration of the Internet-Mana political party. It was a decision which brought the arrangement between the parties to a natural end after failing to...
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  • Peace breaks out between Greens and Labour
    Finally some good news for the Left. Peace has broken out between the Greens and Labour. One of the greatest barriers to a real relationship between the Greens and Labour has been the uncompromising arrogance of the Labour Party Caucus...
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  • Little keeps it stupid, simple
    Labour MP drops euthanasia billA bill which would legalise voluntary euthanasia has been dropped by Labour MP Iain Lees-Galloway at the request of his leader Andrew Little. Mr Lees-Galloway had been canvassing support for his End of Life Choice Bill...
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  • Dear Ministry for Social Development,
    Dear Ministry for Social Development, I realise you probably already know this, but just a wee reminder of REALITY. You know – the reality of the vast majority of us who aren’t making ends meet and are struggling to live...
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  • Social Policy still in the dark ages when it comes to relationships
    Two years ago I became aware of the work of two very able barristers who defend low income women accused of relationship fraud. CPAG then began collecting cases and stories of horrendous misery and victimisation. Then penny was slow to...
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  • The truth about inequality
      The truth about inequality...
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  • Rather Than Sending Troops To Iraq … Brownlee May Wish To Consider Better...
    There’s something a little unsettling going on at the moment. Ok, many somethings. Of particular concern is the fact that right now, New Zealand troops are training at Waiouru for deployment to Iraq – and, assumedly, the ongoing war against ISIS. Brownlee,...
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  • West Papua’s Saralana Declaration most vital unity development for 52 yea...
    Newly elected spokesman for the unified West Papuan movement Benny Wenda is treated to a chiefly welcome at the opening ceremony of the “unity” meeting in Port Vila. Photo: © Ben Bohane/wakaphotos.com David Robie also blogs at Café Pacific. A...
    The Daily Blog
  • Helen says it all
    Helen says it all...
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  • When Fran O’Sullivan, John Armstrong and Cameron Slater are singing Andre...
    The mainstream media of NZ will never allow a Labour leader who threatens the bastions of neoliberalism from ever taking power. David Cunliffe found that out. So when the mainstream media establishment from Fran O’Sullivan to John Armstrong to even...
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  • Wisdom’s Mirror: Can Grant Robertson Slay the Neoliberal Gorgon?
    HOW TO ELIMINATE one’s rival without getting one’s hands dirty? It’s a problem with a prodigious political pedigree. King David’s lust for Bathsheba drove him to order Uriah, her unfortunate husband, placed in the front line of battle – where...
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  • GUEST BLOG: Miriam Pierard – Sweet Sixteen and able to vote?
    The level of voter participation in elections is an indication of the health of a democracy. Declining turnout across the democratic world, particularly among young people, has led to questions about the legitimacy of our governing institutions. It is time...
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  • Public Equity and Progressive Politics
    We heard from the OECD on Wednesday morning (10 Dec) [Focus on Inequality and Growth] that inequality suppresses economic growth. (Here are Radio New Zealand’s morning reports on this.) This is hardly a surprise to many economists and non-economists alike. The key point in...
    The Daily Blog
  • Analysis: Final Across The Ditch Bulletin for 2014 – Lorde Help Us!
    Analysis (Text & Audio): Across The Ditch – Selwyn Manning & Peter Godfrey Headline: Final Across The Ditch Bulletin for 2014 – Lorde Help Us! 5AA’s Peter Godfrey and Selwyn Manning.FiveAA’s Peter Godfrey and MIL’s Selwyn Manning present their last...
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  • Sharing intelligence with CIA torturers
    New Zealand’s spy agencies have long presented intelligence sharing with their US counterparts as mutually beneficial and benign. That stance has always lacked credibility and is now its impossible to justify. The just-released US Senate Intelligence Committee report shows that...
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  • Labour votes for Surveillance State. NZ First Opposes!
    A few weeks before the election, the New Zealand Labour Party decided to cash in on simmering popular discontent with the state of the surveillance state that National’s set up. Never mind their own previous and well-publicized brushes with egregious state-surveillance … they wanted people to know that...
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  • Economic ideology destroys us all
    The OECD’s latest report says “The biggest factor for the impact of inequality on growth is the gap between lower income households and the rest of the population. The negative effect is not just for the poorest income decile but...
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  • 3 simple words for the Labour Party
    I have 3 very simple words for all those Labour Party apologists who are trying to rinse Labour clean here. Get. A. Warrant. You can all try and spin this any way you want, but Labour voted for 24 hour...
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  • 2014 – Year of the angry white knuckle
    I knew Internet/MANA would have to fight National, ACT, Conservative Party, United Future, Maori Party and the mainstream media. I didn’t think they would also have to fight Labour, the Greens and NZ First as well. Apparently feeding hungry kids in...
    The Daily Blog
  • Chris Rock on cop shootings
    Chris Rock on cop shootings...
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  • Bank Lending: Restrictions and Favourites
    An important story in 2014 has been the Reserve Bank’s ‘loan-to-value ratio’ restrictions, which have made it extremely hard for first-time house buyers to get sufficient finance to buy a house. Corran Dann in TVNZ’s  Q+A (7 Dec) suggested that...
    The Daily Blog
  • This weeks Waatea news column – How should Waitangi Tribunal ruling on S...
      This weeks Waatea news column - How should  Waitangi Tribunal ruling on Sovereignty be implemented?...
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  • Labour sell us out on warrantless surveillance
    Isn’t it depressing that Labour are selling us out by voting for warrantless spying by an agency caught out smearing them? Last night Labour do what they always do, over compensate on Security issues. So terrified are Labour at being...
    The Daily Blog
  • This Is The Headline For Test Post
    This Is The Headline For Test Post Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Ut eget neque facilisis sapien laoreet volutpat. Nulla vel nisl nec purus interdum tincidunt. Phasellus orci sapien, vestibulum et pulvinar non, pellentesque eget leo. Sed...
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  • Question Time in Parliament Today – National Party MPs cheer graph that s...
    This is the graph the National Party were shown by Russel Norman in Parliament today and they all cheered…     …they cheered?!?!?!? That’s beyond denial, that’s just gleefully suicidal....
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  • NZ Pastor Prays For Homosexual Author To Kill Himself
    By Jayden Jameson and Jessie Hume If we ever needed a reminder that homophobia is alive and kicking in New Zealand we have Pastor Logan Robertson from the Westcity Baptist Church. The Westcity Baptist ministry could apparently be described as New...
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  • Political Journalism in the South-Pacific – a new direction for NZ influe...
    Last week, the incredible Pacific Journalism Review celebrated 20 years of promoting and supporting and standing up for Journalism in the South-Pacific. The conference at AUT featured journalists from around the pacific who have battled and fought and been punished...
    The Daily Blog
  • Antarctica minus the ice – welcome to your future
    Antarctica minus the ice – welcome to your future...
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  • REAL LIFE GUEST BLOG: Lou – 15 shifts in 12 months……permanently homel...
    This is Key’s real life – other NZers aren’t so privileged    15 shifts in 12 months……permanently homeless since May. I went to the Salvation Army yesterday on advice for emergency housing as my temporary accomodation had turned volatile. Just...
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  • Labour Party Members should be furious at reviews findings
    Let’s see The Standard use this image Well, well, well… Labour’s election review: What went wrongLabour’s review panel has reported its findings back about the party’s election campaign and the reasons for the low 25 per cent result, identifying problems...
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  • Judith Collins joins the Sunday Star Times and cements the Rights dominance...
    “I am not a Monster”, hissed Judith Collins   I don’t read the Sunday Star Times, so had no idea that they had just decided to make Judith Collins of all people a new columnist. Her appointment cements into place...
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  • Grey Lynn Festival – very Grey – Art in the Dark – very Dark
    The battle of Helm’s Deep from the Two Towers would have had better OSH conditions than Art in the Dark   Grey Lynn Festival – 2 stars So the Grey Lynn Festival happened last weekend. It’s a day where the good liberal...
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  • ‘Stalking’ Ede
      Tau Henare accuses TV3 of stalkingA former National MP has accused TV3 of stalking after one of its journalists attempted to question a former Beehive spin doctor. Today’s episode of The Nation featured an unsuccessful attempt to question former...
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  • Taxpayer Union, the NZ Herald and Len Brown’s secret hidden love den
    I love the way the NZ Herald introduced the discredited Taxpayer Union in their bullshit story about Len Brown’s secret hidden love den… ‘Secret room’ spending shows need for recall electionsA lobby group says revelations Auckland Council spent $30,000 on...
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  • Eric Garner killed by NYPD original footage
    The horror of a ultra militarised and racist American Police Force who can kill with impunity. Obama claims cameras on every office would stop this type of brutality, these cops knew they were being filmed and killed him anyway. In...
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  • Unjust to imprison us for crimes we haven’t yet committed
    Once again National and Labour have succumbed to the “law and order” brigade enabling the passage of a Bill imprisoning people for crimes they might commit in the future. The Public Safety (Public Protection Orders) Bill allows the Court to...
    The Daily Blog
  • SPCA welcomes glueboard traps ban
    The Royal New Zealand SPCA applauds the ban on the sale and use ofglueboard traps in New Zealand....
    Scoop politics
  • Mediation Between Lyttelton Port and Union Fails
    The Rail and Maritime Union (RMTU) has opted to continue its overtime ban indefinitely after mediation with the Lyttelton Port of Christchurch (LPC) failed to progress collective bargaining. “There was no substantial shift in LPC’s position today...
    Scoop politics
  • Review into Phillip Smith’s escape submitted to Government
    A multi-agency review on the escape of Phillip Smith to South America has submitted its initial report to the Government today....
    Scoop politics
  • Len Brown gets haybales from giant chicken and Ms. Santa Cla
    Today at 10.30am, Ms. Santa Claus and a giant chicken delivered haybales to Len Brown’s office, urging Auckland City Council to decline a resource consent application sought by cage egg producer Craddock Farms....
    Scoop politics
  • Increased Abuse of Parents A Predicted Outcome
    Family First NZ says that the increasing level of parental abuse , especially towards mothers, is an unfortunate but expected outcome of the rise of children’s ‘rights’ and the undermining of parental authority....
    Scoop politics
  • Brownlee’s Misplaced War on Acronyms
    The beleaguered Minister of Defence who reportedly cannot tell an RFL (required fitness level) from an AWQ (annual weapons qualification) has declared war on military acronyms while proving the proverb about those in glass houses....
    Scoop politics
  • Fluoride risks whitewashed in rushed consultation
    Ministry of Health propose to exempt toxic industrial waste products used in water fluoridation from the Medicines Act 1981...
    Scoop politics
  • Practical Tips on Working and Living in New Zealand
    JUANderful Juan” in 7-Minute Migrante Video Project Shares Practical Tips on Working and Living in New Zealand...
    Scoop politics
  • Christmas Day in Prison
    Christmas Day in prison this year will involve swapping the main meal of the day, so that dinner will be served at lunchtime, leaving the evening meal to be sandwiches. This is standard practice for this day....
    Scoop politics
  • Alcohol advertising bans need stronger evidence
    Wellington (18 December 2014): The New Zealand Initiative’s Head of Research, Dr Eric Crampton, today urged Cabinet to look to the evidence before banning alcohol advertising and sponsorship. The Ministerial Forum on Advertising and Sponsorship...
    Scoop politics
  • EPA grants marine consent to OMV NZ Ltd
    The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has granted a marine consent to OMV NZ Ltd to continue its development drilling programme in the Maari oil field in the South Taranaki Bight....
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  • DHB puts staff and patients at risk in order to save money
    The Public Service Association (PSA) is alarmed that the Waikato District Health Board (WDHB) is proposing to cut the 4 and 2 roster system, established nationally, for mental health nurses. The PSA represents more than 210 mental health nurses working...
    Scoop politics
  • Ambivilence about alcohol marketing recommendations
    Ministers Adams and Dunn issued a media release yesterday nearly two months after receiving a final report from their Ministerial Forum on Alcohol Advertising and Sponsorship, and four years following an original announcement to review alcohol...
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  • Alcohol forum recommendations: a step in the right direction
    The Forum has stated clearly that that it accepts alcohol marketing plays a role in heavy alcohol consumption and subsequent harm, and that young people need to be protected from it by regulation....
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  • Court Judgment: Nicky Hager v Police on Dirty Politics Raids
    Mr Hager alleges that steps taken by the second respondent (the Police): first, in deciding to apply for a search warrant in respect of Mr Hager’s premises; secondly, in applying for the warrant; and thirdly, executing the warrant at his...
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  • Holiday home hazards revealed
    Common sense ways to look after your property this summer Auckland, 18 December 2014 – Burglars aren’t the only threat to your home during the holiday season, says AA Insurance. It’s more likely to be broken water pipes, burst hot...
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  • Grieving families should be able to scatter ashes in peace
    Grieving families should be able to scatter ashes in peace 18 December 2014 Funeral directors are relieved that Wellington City Council has finally dropped plans to charge families for permits to scatter ashes in public places. Funeral Directors...
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  • RSA Offers Condolences To Victims Of Sydney Siege
    As an organisation representing over 100,000 New Zealanders, the RSA has today condemned the actions taken by Man Haron Monis during his siege in a Sydney café, and offered their deepest sympathies to the friends and family of Tori Johnson...
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  • Kiwi activists crowdfund billboard for Simon Bridges
    Almost seven thousand New Zealanders have taken part in a crowdfunding campaign, and have raised enough money to put a billboard up in Tauranga that is directed at Simon Bridges, the Minister of Energy and Resources....
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  • Leaked TISA text exposes US threat to privacy, data security
    ‘The US is demanding that New Zealand and other countries accept sweeping rules that would override privacy protections for digitised personal and other data’, according to Professor Jane Kelsey from the University of Auckland....
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  • Lyttelton Port workers begin overtime ban
    Workers of Christchurch Rail and Lyttelton Port have begun an indefinite ban on overtime, according to the Rail and Maritime Transport Union. The ban was announced at a mass meeting at the Port after negotiations between Lyttelton Port of Christchurch...
    Scoop politics
  • Ban on Alcohol Advertising Could Cost Taxpayer
    Responding to yesterday's release of the report of the Ministerial Forum on Alcohol Advertising and Sponsorship, Jordan Williams, the Executive Director of the Taxpayers’ Union says:...
    Scoop politics
  • Farm safety isn’t helped by punitive fines
    Federated Farmers Health and Safety spokesperson, Katie Milne says she is concerned about the impact of the $40,000 fine for a Marlborough farm couple, who weren’t wearing helmets and carrying children as passengers. The Court case, and subsequent...
    Scoop politics
  • New online guide to NZ’s environment goes live
    The Environment Foundation* has launched a new web-based guide to the management of New Zealand’s natural environment....
    Scoop politics
  • Ban On Alcohol Advertising Just One Step
    Family First NZ says that a proposed ban on alcohol advertising at sports events as recommended by a ministerial forum is an important move, but will not solve the binge drinking and alcohol abuse issue on its own....
    Scoop politics
  • CLANZ scholarship winner to examine legal services to Crown
    Wellington in-house lawyer Tania Warburton is the inaugural winner of the research scholarship established by the Corporate Lawyers Association of New Zealand (CLANZ)....
    Scoop politics
  • Joint Australasian operation dismantles drug syndicate
    The Joint Organised Crime Task Force (JOCTF), leading a multi-agency team, has smashed a multi-million dollar international organised crime network following raids across Melbourne this morning....
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  • Video: Meet Mark Gilbert, U.S. Ambassador-Designate to NZ
    Join us in welcoming Ambassador-Designate Mark Gilbert and his wife Nancy. They are arriving in New Zealand shortly and wanted to introduce themselves. Watch this video to learn about his connections with Aotearoa, and why he thinks the partnership between...
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  • MIA Welcomes Review Findings
    The MIA welcomes the findings of the Health Quality & Safety Commission into child and youth mortality arising from the use of motorcycles, quads and other agricultural vehicles....
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  • Quads Bikes Not for Under 16s
    Safekids Aotearoa strongly supports recommendations made in a report released today highlighting the dangers posed by quad bikes when ridden or controlled by children who are under 16 years of age....
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  • Inquiry on Parliament’s legislative response to emergencies
    Public submissions are being invited on Regulations Review Committee’s Inquiry into Parliament’s legislative response to future national emergencies. The closing date for submissions is Sunday, 1 March 2015....
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  • Switch off on the beach NOT at level crossings
    KiwiRail and TrackSAFE NZ have launched a new summer rail safety campaign with a message to motorists to stay focused and always look for trains at level crossings over the holidays. December is known as the month for family, festivity...
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  • Report on child and youth deaths from vehicle use
    Quad bike and other off-road vehicle accidents second largest cause of child recreational deaths...
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  • Inspector-General accepts apology for leak of report
    The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security, Cheryl Gwyn, has accepted an unreserved apology from Hon Phil Goff MP for disclosing some of the contents of her recent Report into the Release of Information by the NZSIS in July and August...
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  • Santa’s naughty list shows NZPork in trouble
    Santa has provided animal advocacy organisation SAFE with an early copy of this year’s naughty list , as it prominently features many animal-abusing industries and businesses, with NZPork topping the list....
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  • WWI veterans had persisting higher risk of early death
    New research on the impact of the First World War on participating New Zealand soldiers shows they typically lost around eight years of life and had an increased risk of early death in the post-war period....
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  • Rainbow Wellington urges further change from Blood Service
    This week the New Zealand Blood Service (NZBS) announced the implementation of the agreed changes to blood donor deferral. For men who have sex with men (MSM) this primarily involves a reduction of the deferral period from five years to...
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  • New Zealand Government signals reversal of fortune
    The Government’s robust $372 million forecast surplus from Budget 2014 will turn into a $572 million deficit, according to the 2015 Half-Yearly Economic and Fiscal Update and the Budget Policy Statement. Imports are cheaper and good export prices...
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  • Time for Jobs that Count in the Meat Industry
    The NZ Meat Workers Union will launch a new national campaign to highlight job insecurity in the Meat Industry this afternoon in Palmerston North....
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  • Protest at killing of schoolboys – Vigil 17/12/14
    A peaceful vigil will be held in Downtown Square opposite Britomart station – cnr of Queen and Customs St from 11-45 am: Wednesday 17 December 2014....
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  • Social housing provider opens development in Johnsonvillle
    Social housing provider, Accessible Properties, will be opening eight new social housing units in a new housing development in Johnsonville tomorrow....
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  • NCWNZ Wins Court Case
    ComVoices welcomes and celebrates the news that the National Council of Women of New Zealand (NCWNZ) has won its High Court case against Inland Revenue and the Charities Registration Board....
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  • Cut Taxes + Cut Waste = Surplus
    Responding to the Treasury's Half Year Fiscal and Economic Update, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says:...
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  • Cuts in public services likely fromBudget Policy Statement
    The horizon for workers looks gloomy with the release today of the Budget Policy statement. “Continuing real cuts in Government funding of public services are inevitable as a result of today’s Budget Policy Statement. The policy ignores the social,...
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  • Half Year Economic and Fiscal Update 2014
    The Half Year Economic and Fiscal Update (HYEFU) 2014 provides the Treasury's latest economic forecasts and the forecast financial statements of the Government, including the implications of Government financial decisions....
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  • Half Year Economic and Fiscal Update 2014
    The Half Year Economic and Fiscal Update (HYEFU) 2014 provides the Treasury's latest economic forecasts and the forecast financial statements of the Government, including the implications of Government financial decisions....
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  • Chief Ombudsman launches major review of OIA practices
    The Chief Ombudsman, Dame Beverley Wakem, has today begun a wide ranging review of Official Information Act (OIA) practices in the public sector....
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  • The Tasman Sea got a little smaller this morning
    “Our hearts and minds are with the people of Sydney: the Tasman Sea got a little smaller this morning,” said Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy....
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  • A safety message for the festive season from Housing NZ
    Batteries may be required for some of the best toys under the tree this year, but they are just as essential to enjoying the greatest gift of all, says Housing New Zealand General Manager of Property Services, Marcus Bosch. “Smoke...
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  • Charity Wins in the High Court
    The National Council of Women of New Zealand (NCWNZ) is delighted that the High Court has found in its favour in its case against Inland Revenue and the Charities Registration Board....
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