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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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    MANA will be launching its Reo Māori policy at 10am Thursday 24 July, at Matangireia (the old Māori Affairs Select Committee room at Parliament). We will also be addressing our concerns regarding the Minister of Māori Affairs Māori Language Strategy...
    Mana | 22-07
  • Basin Flyover decision victory for common sense
    The Green Party welcomed the Environmental Protection Authority's draft decision announced today not to allow the $90 million Basin Reserve flyover in Wellington to proceed."Both popular and expert opinion opposed the flyover. The proposal was expensive, unnecessary and would have...
    Greens | 22-07
  • Loss Leading could destroy Kiwi lamb’s reputation
    Meat companies that supply supermarkets and sell New Zealand lamb as a loss leader in the United Kingdom should lose their access to this valuable quota market, said Labour’s Primary Industries spokesperson Damien O’Connor. “Our reputation as a Lamb producer...
    Labour | 22-07
  • Ae Marika! 22 July 2014
    The big storm has gone, but the damage that it did and the saturation levels that it reached meant that smaller storms quickly overwhelmed roading, and water-flow systems again in the north. And although certain individuals are talking up the...
    Mana | 21-07
  • 2014 Roger Award nominations now open
    The Roger Award is for The Worst Transnational Corporation Operating in Aotearoa/New Zealand in 2014 Nominations are now open please visit the website to nominate the worst TNC in Aotearoa. You will need to include reasons why you think your...
    Mana | 21-07
  • Labour will revive the regions with new fund
    The next Labour Government will co-develop Regional Growth Plans for every region of New Zealand and will invest at least $200 million in a fund to create breakthrough opportunities for jobs and sustainable growth, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says....
    Labour | 21-07
  • Speech to Local Government New Zealand
    Speech to the Local Government New Zealand Conference 2014 Read our full regional development policy Download Introduction Early in my time as an MP I went for a long walk on a windswept Kare Kare beach with Waitakere mayor Bob Harvey. We talked...
    Labour | 21-07
  • Stop Israeli State Terror – Rally and March this Saturday 26th July, Aote...
     The humanitarian crisis in Gaza is getting much worse and the world is marching in unprecedented numbers. New Zealanders spoke out strongly last Saturday with a march of 5,000 people in Auckland (see picture below) – the biggest march ever...
    Mana | 21-07
  • NZ needs to assist UN with aid for Gaza
    The New Zealand Government should support the United Nation's efforts to raise money to assist humanitarian aid for the people of Gaza, the Green Party said today.The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) has made a...
    Greens | 21-07
  • INTERNET MANA ROAD TRIP- LEG 2
      WAIKATO / TARANAKI / MANAWATU-WANGANUI  Tuesday July 29th, 6pm | RotoruaDistinction Hotel, Fenton Ballroom, 390 Fenton Street, Rotorua  Wednesday July 30th 6pm | HamiltonWaikato University, Price Waterhouse Coopers Lecture Theatre, Gate 7, Hillcrest Rd Hamilton  Thursday July 31st, 6pm |...
    Mana | 21-07
  • Road fix needed now, not later
    Northland’s roading system is in chaos and needs fixing fast, Labour List MP Kelvin Davis says.  “According to NZTA’s 10 year funding data every area of Northland has had a decrease in NZTA funding since 2008...
    Labour | 20-07
  • KiwiSaver innovations needed to build wealth
    The innovative changes to KiwiSaver suggested by the Financial Services Council today will be seriously considered by Labour as part of plans to make KiwiSaver universal, Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker says. “Universal KiwiSaver is an essential part of Labour’s...
    Labour | 20-07
  • Greens announce 20 hours free ECE for two year olds
    The Green Party today announced that its key social platform for this election will be to tackle child poverty and inequality by ensuring every child in New Zealand has enough to thrive.The Green Party will make a series of policy...
    Greens | 20-07
  • MANA Pasifika Says NO To Discrimination
    Vice Chairperson of MANA Pasifika James Papali’i  feels for Ms Tupou and her children after they were served with trespass orders from their  local swimming pool in new market. With no warning or explanation from the pool staff Police ordered...
    Mana | 20-07
  • MANA Movement policy release – Economic Justice – John Minto
    Address notes from Mana Economic Justice Spokesperson and co-vice President John Minto to Economic policy launch in Kelston – 2pm, Sunday 20 July 2014. Reducing inequality and giving everyone a fair go MANA Movement’s policy prescription for a rich man’s...
    Mana | 20-07
  • One-sided reporting on the Middle East Conflict
    The following was sent to New Zealand Herald, Fairfax Media, Radio New Zealand, Television New Zealand, TV3, Radio Live and ZB Network. We are writing to all of you because there are well established patterns of reporting which seem to have been adopted by New Zealand...
    Mana | 20-07
  • So we can’t feed the kids, the poor OR the sick now?
    Let me get this straight. We can borrow $10 billion in tax cuts over the last 6 years for the richest NZers, but we can not feed the kids, the poor or even the sick now? Revealed: Warning over hospital food...
    The Daily Blog | 26-07
  • Kim Dotcom has said it, Laila Harre has said it and now David fisher says i...
    Fascinating piece by David Fisher in the NZ Herald breaking down how many opportunities the Government had to listen to officials and stop KDC entering the country and concludes KDC should never have been allowed in… It prepared papers for the...
    The Daily Blog | 25-07
  • You, Me and the GCSB Public Meetings
      The GCSB and TICS legislation rushed through Parliament by John Key represent the largest erosion of civil liberties this country has seen since the 1951 Waterfront Lockout. In the post Snowden world we now know a mass surveillance state operating...
    The Daily Blog | 25-07
  • A feminist takedown of Whale Oil
    Whale Oil does it again. How many more times is he going to attack and discredit Tania Billingsley publicly? In a short blog published on Wednesday ‘Nothing to be sorry for‘ Whale Oil also known as Cameron Slater, is defending John Key...
    The Daily Blog | 25-07
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Ares Rolinson – New Zealand First – We’ll Be Back
    Earlier this week, Bomber penned a missive which set out in some detail why he thought my people, New Zealand First, wouldn’t be making it back into Parliament later this year. Being a pugnacious, vindictive sort who’d never let such an...
    The Daily Blog | 25-07
  • The changes teachers DO want
    “Oh you teachers, you just want everything to stay the same – what’s wrong with choice?  Bloody teachers.  Typical that you don’t want testing – trying to hide that you’re all useless. What about our poor kids?  Gnash gnash rant rant...” That’s...
    The Daily Blog | 25-07
  • A feminist take down of Whale Oil
    Whale Oil does it again. How many more times is he going to attack and discredit Tania Billingsley publicly? In a short blog published on Wednesday Nothing to be sorry for Whale Oil also known as Cameron Slater, is defending John Key...
    The Daily Blog | 25-07
  • On so called Labour Party ‘distractions’
    The right wing of the Labour Party are constructing a narrative that Labour need to stop chasing distractions and focus on the real issues that matter and not these silly GCSB, inequality, domestic violence, media bias, TPPA issues. It is...
    The Daily Blog | 25-07
  • Selfies: Labour’s Electorate MPs are at it again
    IT’S A LITTLE TRIANGLE of grass at the corner of Rewa Street and Mt Eden Road, ideal for election hoardings. Wandering along Mt Eden Road last Saturday morning to our weekly appointment with the brunch menu at Orvieto, my family and...
    The Daily Blog | 25-07
  • Well, well, well – Jonathan Coleman did know about FBI interest into Kim ...
    Last years GCSB Town Hall meeting in Auckland Oh dear, the cover up and lies are starting to fall over now aren’t they… Coleman knew of FBI interest in Dotcom pre-residency decisionGovernment minister Jonathan Coleman knew the FBI was interested...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • Why You Must March Against Factory Farming This Saturday, 12pm
    The rally this Saturday is critical because this is the FIRST TIME IN NEW ZEALAND HISTORY that a major party has agreed to ban all intensive factory farming practices. The Labour party, the Greens, Internet-Mana, the SPCA, SAFE and other...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • Astronaut tweets photo of explosions over Israel and Gaza from space
      This is what a war zone looks like from space: From aboard the International Space Station, German astronaut Alexander Gerst tweeted this image as the station passed over Israel and Gaza in what he called ‘his saddest photo yet’....
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • When Firstline are focusing on flag burning rather than dead Palestinian ch...
    The IDF are butchering children in UN schools this morning and what’s the big issue on TV3s Firstline? Flag burning. How pathetic, and what a slap in the face to Mike McRoberts who is currently risking his life in Gaza...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • ‘Victim’ vs ‘Terrorist’
    ‘Victim’ vs ‘Terrorist’...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • Petition asking TVNZ to stand Hosking down as election moderator jumps to o...
    In just a day the petition calling on TVNZ to replace Hosking as the election moderator has jumped to over 2500, you can sign it here. The defence that the Right are trying to run here is that John Campbell...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • When the mainstream media go feral: the descent into sheer farce, according...
    . . It had to happen, I guess… The media pack-campaign against Labour Leader David Cunliffe has managed to  plumb new depths of absurdity. On TV3, on 24 July,  TV3/Tova O’Brien ran this report on their 6PM News bulletin, about...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • Coalition for Better Broadcasting: MIKE HOSKING FOR PM?
    Yes indeed. Mike Hosking is for the PM. And now he’s able to do even more as moderator (or should that be immoderator) of TVNZ’s election debates. Here at the Coalition for Better Broadcasting we feel it’s pretty safe to say that...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • The lie that “There is no alternative” to neo-liberal economic policies
    Supporters of President Maduro in Venezuela rally   Since the 1980s we have had drubbed into our heads that there was no alternative to the economic and social policies unleashed at that time. It even had it’s own acronym – TINA. The...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • A Kanaky tale of mining skulduggery and environmental courage
    Florent Eurisouké … still campaigning against mining. Photo: Del Abcede/PMC David Robie also blogs at Café Pacific AN EXTRAORDINARY story of mining skulduggery and a courageous struggle by indigenous Kanak environmental campaigners has been captured in a poignant new documentary,...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • UNBREAKING: The list of questions Mike Hosking will use in first TVNZ leade...
    “Good evening ladies and gentlemen and welcome to the first TVNZ leaders debate being held live in the gloriously beautiful Sky City ball room. It’s such a beautiful building boys and girls, we are so blessed to have Sky City...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • Internet Party Party review
      I have been to A LOT of political party functions in my time, and they tend to be dull affairs at the best of times but what is happening with Internet MANA is something quite exciting. I went to...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • Dear Seven Sharp – after learning Hosking will be the leaders debate ...
    I have to be honest, I had made the decision last night  to accept Seven Sharp’s hastily offered opportunity to appear on their show after I savagely criticised the bullshit whitewash story they did on John Key’s favourite far right hate speech...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • National refuses meeting with Maui’s advocates
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: National refuses meeting with Maui’s advocates Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | Press Release This is another reminder that the National Government does not care about the survival of the Maui’s dolphin National...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Message from CTU President Helen Kelly
    MIL OSI – Source: Unite Union – Headline: Message from CTU President Helen Kelly Dear MikeThere’s only 43 days until September 3, when voting in the General Election starts. The last day to vote is September 20.Thanks heaps for signing...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • MANA Tamaki send a challenge to Labour
    MIL OSI – Source: Mana Movement – Headline: MANA Tamaki send a challenge to Labour Posted on July 23, 2014 by admin in Joe Carolan, Press Releases“Labour should set the agenda and purposely do something positively controversial once a week”,...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • We must act to save our dolphins
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: We must act to save our dolphins A new report makes it clear for the urgent need to protect Maui’s and Hector’s dolphins while arguing  it is clear that there is no...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • School told to manipulate national standards data
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: School told to manipulate national standards data Parents can have little confidence in the Government’s National Standards after an Auckland school was told to manipulate its data so it added up, Labour’s...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Regional economies must have tailored plans
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Regional economies must have tailored plans News that up to 114 jobs could be lost from Fonterra’s Canpac plant in Hamilton reinforces the need for a government plan to build resilient regional...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Auditor General slams Shared Services project
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Auditor General slams Shared Services project The Auditor-General’s Office could not have been more damning about the 18 months spent on the Central Agency Shared Services (CASS) project at the Finance and...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Fonterra job losses a massive blow to Waikato
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Fonterra job losses a massive blow to Waikato The potential loss of up to 114 jobs from Fonterra’s Canpac plant in Hamilton is a massive blow to the Waikato region which has...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Basin flyover decision an opportunity for capital
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Basin flyover decision an opportunity for capital The decision to reject the proposed flyover at the Basin Reserve must be taken as an opportunity to properly fund Wellington’s transport future and must...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Indonesia: New President Widodo must make good on human rights pledges
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Indonesia: New President Widodo must make good on human rights pledges Indonesia’s new President Joko Widodo must deliver on campaign promises to improve Indonesia’s dire human rights situation, Amnesty International said....
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Communities in Sierra Leone turn their backs on female genital mutilation
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Communities in Sierra Leone turn their backs on female genital mutilation While activists gather in London to discuss strategies to tackle female genital mutilation, communities across Sierra Leone have been taking...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • The Gambia: Activists mark 20 years of iron-fisted repression
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: The Gambia: Activists mark 20 years of iron-fisted repression The Gambian government must abolish the laws and iron fisted practices that have resulted in two decades of widespread human rights violations,...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • A blog from the front lines of Palestine: It’s time for a new narrative
    I don’t know if I follow trouble or if trouble follows me, but somehow I seem to have found myself near one of the world’s hotspots again. The difference this time is that instead of sitting in some obscure location,...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • GUEST BLOG: Michael Wood – The Path Ahead
    It’s well established that Labour has had a difficult couple of weeks. Getting back on to a successful path requires our focus to shift from looking inwards to outwards, heightened discipline, and inner conviction. While my assessment of New Zealand...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Employers liquidating companies to avoid paying minimum entitlements
    Across the union movement we have seen a number of documented cases now where companies are liquidating their business in order to avoid their legal obligations, in terms of paying the minimum entitlements to their workers. The most recent example...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • GUEST BLOG: Joe Carolan : Positively Controversial
    The protest in Auckland last weekend that the NZ Herald claimed was attend by only a hundred people. Labour should set the agenda and purposely do something positively controversial once a week. A good start would be for all their...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Come on TV3 News – you are better than regurgitating Israeli propaganda
    Say it isn’t true TV3 News, you are seriously bitching about this???? The leader of the Mana Party, Hone Harawira, has supported flag burning at a pro-Palestinian march in Auckland at the weekend. Mana Party flags can be seen in...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • The brutal siege of Palestine
    70 years ago the Jews of Europe suffered as much as any people can suffer. The Nazis set about ethnic cleansing and sent 6 million to their death. Today we watch in horror as Israel, the Jewish homeland created after...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • When the mainstream media go feral: A tale of two holidays
    . . The recent non-story on David Cunliffe’s three day holiday should be proof-positive that the mainstream media (msm) is fixated on pumping out as many “bad news” reporting as can be generated by a headline-seeking; advertising-driven; lazy corporate-media system....
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Canterbury housing crisis a moral, economic, health, education, and social ...
    Can they build it? No they can’t.  Occasionally I come across people who don’t believe me when I say there is a housing crisis in Christchurch.  Despite all the evidence to the contrary.  Even when I tell them that every...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Respected world visionaries of the past speak out on Israel
    Respected world visionaries of the past speak out on Israel...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • From Here To There: How did Labour become so hopelessly lost?
    WRITING ABOUT the Labour Party these days puts me in mind of the joke about the American tourist and the Irish farmer. Seems there was this American tourist driving down a narrow lane in the heart of Ireland. He needed...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Oh NOW everyone thinks the ABCs are up to no good?
    Goodness last months June seems like years away doesn’t it? In June I pointed out a move by the ABCs to destabilise Cunliffe was under way. For pointing this out, Labour Party bloggers Rob Salmond and Lynn Prentice rushed to put...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Dear Seven Sharp – I have little interest in appearing on your show so th...
    After savagely critiquing Seven Sharp for trying to whitewash the repulsive history of a far right hate speech merchant like Cameron Slater yesterday, Seven Sharp have contacted me and offered to do a profile on me. Here is their email…...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Basin Flyover decision victory for common sense
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: Basin Flyover decision victory for common sense Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 | Press Release “Both popular and expert opinion opposed the flyover. The proposal was expensive, unnecessary and would have undermined the...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • CPAG Newsletter July 2014
    MIL OSI – Source: Child Poverty Action Group – Headline: CPAG Newsletter July 2014 22 July 2014 New child poverty data nothing to celebrate New data released by the Ministry of Social Development  indicates people living below the poverty line are worse...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Hotel ordered to pay $80,000 in outstanding wages
    MIL OSI – Source: Unite Union – Headline: Hotel ordered to pay $80,000 in outstanding wages An Auckland hotel has been ordered by the Employment Relations Authority to pay nearly $80,000 in outstanding wages to two employees. Filipino couple Abraham...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Rising interest rate and dollar driving manufacturing exports back to Globa...
    MIL OSI – Source: CTU – Headline: Rising interest rate and dollar driving manufacturing exports back to Global Financial Crisis levels The Council of Trade Unions is calling on the Reserve Bank not to raise interest rates on Thursday. “Another...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • The Nation 26,27 July: Flavell & Harawira, Joe Hockey
    On The Nation this weekend…. With the Maori seats primed to play a pivotal role this election, Torben Akel reports from the key battlegrounds and meets the top contenders. Then the Maori Party co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell and Mana Party...
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Announcement of New Zealand First Candidate for Rangitīkei
    New Zealand First has endorsed Dr Romuald (‘Rom’) Rudzki as the candidate for the Rangitīkei Electorate in the 2014 General Election....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Labour Offer Len Brown a Hotel Tax
    The Taxpayers’ Union is slamming the Labour Party's plan to allow councils to levy new 'pillow taxes' and regional petrol taxes. Reacting to this afternoon’s NZ Herald report Jordan Williams, Executive Director of the Taxpayers’ Union ,...
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Cell phone evidence a first
    Cell phone evidence a first Evidence gathered solely from a cell phone has been used for the first time to convict a Hastings man for possessing child sexual abuse pictures. Michael Lawrence Worsnop, a 29-year-old orchard worker pleaded guilty to...
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • New Zealand Aid Worker Helping in Gaza
    A New Zealand Red Cross nurse working in Gaza says she has never experienced anything like the current conflict in her long aid work career....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Parking officers deserve safety at work
    The union representing the Auckland Transport parking officer severely beaten on July 17 says everyone has a right to go about their job without fear for their safety....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Caritas Aotearoa NZ to provide Gaza humanitarian aid
    Caritas Jerusalem is providing medical assistance, food and other necessities to the thousands of vulnerable people affected by the escalating conflict in Gaza, and Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand is contributing an initial $20,000 to support the humanitarian...
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • ALCP challenges parties to support Charlotte’s Web
    The leader of the Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party Julian Crawford is calling on all other political parties to state their position on using cannabis oil to treat pediatric epilepsy....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Oxfam accepts cheque from Pacific Corporation Foundation
    Oxfam New Zealand has accepted a cheque for almost $1000 today from the Pacific Corporation Foundation toward recovery efforts in the Solomon Islands, following April’s flash flooding that left thousands homeless....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Draft report and decision – Pūhoi to Warkworth proposal
    The Ara Tūhono – Pūhoi to Wellsford Road of National Significance: Pūhoi to Warkworth section Board of Inquiry has released its draft report and decision....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • New Zealanders willing to pay tax to protect dolphins
    A report released this week shows a large majority of New Zealanders want Maui’s and Hector’s dolphins protected and they are prepared to pay for it....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Stop Smart Meters
    “The Democrats for Social Credit Party (DSC) wholeheartedly endorses the Stop Smart Meters campaign for a moratorium on installations of smart meters until the technology is proven not be a risk to health, and until home owners are given a...
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Maori Roll Electors Urged to Vote Strategically
    Voters enrolled in the seven Maori electorates must learn to maximize their influence by voting strategically, according to the Maori Party candidate for Te Tai Tokerau, Rev Te Hira Paenga....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Politicians Ignore Families’ Concerns on Street Prostitution
    Family First NZ says that politicians are ignoring the concerns of families, lack the will to take appropriate action, and are happy to drag the ongoing problem of street prostitution into the next parliamentary term....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Plunket celebrates Te Wiki o te Reo Māori
    Plunket is proud to celebrate Te Wiki o te Reo Māori (21-27 July), with Plunket people across the country among several thousand New Zealanders taking part and increasing their kete of knowledge in te reo....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Coleman must quit or be sacked over Dotcom case
    Immigration New Zealand has done the right thing in distancing itself from Jonathan Coleman’s claims that ministers were not aware of FBI involvement in Kim Dotcom’s residency application, says the Internet Party. Internet Party leader Laila Harré...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Auckland Councillors, Not Emperors
    25 JULY 2014 Responding to the NZ Herald report that Auckland Councillors have voted to keep their ratepayer-funded business class travel perks, and considered new rules that would have exempted councillors from Auckland City's parking charges, Taxpayers’...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Cunliffe Looks Dodgy Lunching with Sex Offender
    Conservative Party Leader Colin Craig says that David Cunliffe's social meeting with a known sex offender while on holiday "looks pretty dodgy."...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Taxpayers’ Union Back LGNZ Calls For Greater Transparency
    The Taxpayers’ Union is backing Local Government New Zealand’s calls for the Official Information Act to be extended to cover the Local Government Commission. Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says:...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Lecture series to provide insight into 2014 election
    Could National’s refusal to reform MMP lead to the defeat of the government? Is the media providing voters with the information they require to make an informed electoral decision? What directions might John Key’s leadership take if he secures...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • National Rally Against Factory Farming
    Animal advocates and members of the public all over New Zealand will unite for a ‘National Day of Action Against Factory Farming’ Saturday, tomorrow 26 July in response to two recent exposés that showed horrific conditions on pig factory farms....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Women in Politics Finds Support at Conference
    Women in Politics, a brand-new organisation for New Zealand women in political office, was met with overwhelming support at the 2014 Local Government New Zealand Conference held this weekend in Nelson....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • The Government’s Fresh Water Policy – REVISITED
    Fresh water quality is the latest area to be in the sights of Gareth Morgan and his research organisation The Morgan Foundation. They enlisted a group of 16 scientists to help them review the government’s new fresh water policy....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Restoration of Post-graduate Allowances to be Key Issue
    As students prepare for the early voting that will take place on all university and many polytechnic campuses next month, the restoration of post-graduate allowances, removed by the current government in 2013, is emerging as a key election issue....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Honesty for Taxpayers
    ACT has a new proposal to make our democracy more accountable. The proposal may seem small but it could be the most significant idea in this election....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Mike Hosking for PM?
    The Coalition for Better Broadcasting is adding its voice to the many appalled at TVNZ’s choice of Mike Hosking as moderator for the upcoming political debates....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • ‘Party Party’ Hitting the Right Notes
    The “sold out” sign has gone up at the Internet Party’s concert in Christchurch tonight. A capacity crowd of 1000 will be at The Foundry for the Party Party concert, part of a major national musical tour aimed at getting...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • New Electoral Commission Campaign Launches This Weekend
    New Electoral Commission Campaign Launches This Weekend More non-voters than ever before say they don't feel like their vote is worth anything, or that their opinion matters. It's a trend that concerns the Electoral Commission, and the reason for...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Umere says ‘taihoa’ on Māori Language Strategy
    A Maori Language advocacy group, Umere, is calling for a rain check on the Māori Language Strategy Bill, which is being introduced to parliament this week. "The submissions on the MLS have been released by Te Puni Kōkiri and they...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • High cost of GP visits still a barrier for older children
    Free doctor's visits should be extended to all children under 18 as GP charges are a significant barrier for low income families, says Child Poverty Action Group....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • David Cunliffe happy to hide sex offender’s identity
    ..:: For immediate release ::.. 24/07/14 David Cunliffe happy to hide sex offender’s identity - (and in fact enjoy lunch with them)...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • More kids in Southland and Otago are achieving
    Clutha-Southland National candidate Todd Barclay says the Public Achievement Information for 2013 shows New Zealand children are doing better across the whole education system....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Flavell mistaken
    In response to Mr Flavell’s tirade this afternoon Conservative Party Leader Colin Craig advises "Mr Flavell is simply mistaken in his comments."...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • High cost of GP visits still a barrier for older children
    Free doctor's visits should be extended to all children under 18 as GP charges are a significant barrier for low income families, says Child Poverty Action Group....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Taxpayers’ Union Lay Complaint with Speaker
    The Taxpayers’ Unio n has written to Parliament's Speaker, the Rt. Hon. David Carter, asking him to step in and investigate the claims on the WhaleOil blog that taxpayers’ money is being improperly used for Mana Party election campaign hoardings....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • MANA launches te reo Māori policy
    “MANA is launching its te reo Māori policy this morning ahead of the first reading of the government’s Māori Language Strategy Bill this afternoon”, said MANA deputy leader and candidate for Waiariki, Annette Sykes....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Candidate welcomes award of platinum exploration permits
    Clutha-Southland National candidate Todd Barclay has welcomed the Government’s decision to award Lynx Platinum Limited two exploration permits in Southland. Mr Barclay said the minerals industry is an important part of New Zealand’s economy...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Pokie spending and numbers continue to drop
    Pub and club gaming machine expenditure in the year ended June 2014 fell 2.4 per cent from $826.3 million to $806.2 million. There were also fewer licence holders, gambling venues and gaming machines compared with 12 months earlier. Licence holders...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • New Zealand Police to assist in MH17 victim identification
    New Zealand Police is sending three Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) specialists to the Netherlands to assist in the international effort to identify victims from the MH17 tragedy....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Oil Spill Response Strategy available for consultation
    Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) is inviting comment on its draft updated New Zealand Marine Oil Spill Response Strategy....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Police response to IPCA report on Rewa investigation
    Police accept the findings of today's IPCA's report regarding its investigations into offending by Malcolm Rewa in Auckland in the 1980s and 1990s....
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • Well-known kiwis sign on to stop ivory trade
    Today the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Select Committee will consider a complete ban on the ivory trade in response to a petition by Auckland teacher Virginia Woolf and policy analyst Fiona Gordon....
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • Commonwealth Games are not being captioned in New Zealand
    As members of the Captioning Working Group, The National Foundation for the Deaf and Deaf Aotearoa New Zealand call for broadcast captioning of the 2014 Commonwealth Games...
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • Majority of Commonwealth countries are already republics
    The Glasgow Commonwealth Games are here and it's a common misbelief that a Kiwi republic would mean that New Zealand would have to leave the Commonwealth. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth....
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • Police handling of Rewa Investigation
    Although an Independent Police Conduct Authority inquiry has identified some faults with a series of investigations conducted by Police into offending by Malcolm Rewa, there is insufficient evidence that any of these impacted on the ability of Police...
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • IPCA findings on Police handling of Rewa Investigation
    Good morning everyone. I’d like to begin today by explaining that this is an informational press conference and that I will not be taking questions at its conclusion. The reason for that is the report’s findings are the result of...
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • Pay It Back Ms Hauiti
    Responding to the Newstalk ZB report that disgraced MP Claudette Hauiti is refusing to confirm whether or not she has reimbursed taxpayers for misuse of her Parliamentary 'P-card', Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says: “Ms Hauiti...
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • RSA thanks NZ for $1.7m collected during Poppy Appeal
    The RSA today announced that over $1.7 million was donated to the 2014 Poppy Appeal for the support of veterans, ex-service men and women and their families in need....
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • Students encouraged to be brave and never give up
    Students encouraged to be brave and never give up if they want to 'make it happen'...
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • New Zealanders want to pay more to protect dolphins
    A report released this week shows a large majority of New Zealanders want Maui’s and Hector’s dolphins protected and they are prepared to pay for it....
    Scoop politics | 23-07
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