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John Banks to stand trial

Written By: - Date published: 3:14 pm, October 16th, 2013 - 120 comments
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Judge Gittos has ruled that the private prosecution against John Banks is to proceed.  I understand the  Judge says that the issue at trial is whether Banks closed his eyes to the obvious and that the evidence shows an apparent intention of Banks to treat Kim Dotcom’s donations as anonymous when clearly they were not.

The Herald has reported on the evidence adduced.

The decision came after hearing yesterday during which internet mogul Kim Dotcom gave evidence that he was offended when told Banks wanted his $50,000 mayoral campaign donation to be anonymous.

Mr Dotcom said he was asked to split his donation into two anonymous $25,000 cheques.

“My reaction at first was I asked him why and I kind of felt offended,” he told the court.

Mr Dotcom also confirmed Banks was flown in his private helicopter from Mechanics Bay in central Auckland to the Dotcom mansion in Coatesville in 2010.

Mr Dotcom’s head of security Wayne Tempero also gave evidence of being present on the helicopter flight, and at a meeting in Coatesville when the two $25,000 cheques were discussed.

Possibly of greater concern for Banks will be the evidence of SkyCity boss Nigel Morrison who told the court of handing Banks a cheque in an envelope at a meeting in 2010.  This donation was handed over during a 10-minute meeting in Mr Morrison’s office.

As Mike Smith has pointed out this evidence is hard to reconcile with Banks telling Key that he could not remember receiving donations from Dotcom and SkyCity.

Either Banks’ memory is in terrible shape or he is telling fibs.  Either way he should be no longer in Cabinet.

UPDATE: TV3 is reporting that Banks looks set to be stood down as a minister.

Prime Minister John Key says he will read the court judgment and speak to Mr Banks before announcing a decision on his future this afternoon.

This could be a long 12 months for Banks and for Key.

Update: Banks has stood down from his Ministerial portfolios – will remain as an ACT MP

120 comments on “John Banks to stand trial”

  1. Tiger Mountain 1

    I know nothink! Banksie bye, bye.

  2. Enough is Enough 2

    Snap Election here we come

    • weka 2.1

      Why? Banks can be stood down as a Minister, and presumably his party can drop his membership, but no-one can fire him from being an MP.

      A timeframe on the court-case would be useful. I assume NACT will play for time and say he is not guilty.

      • Draco T Bastard 2.1.1

        but no-one can fire him from being an MP.

        Actually, if the case carries a maximum sentence of two years jail or more then Banks will be kicked out of parliament. That’s the maximum sentence, he doesn’t have to receive that long a sentence.

        • Colonial Viper 2.1.1.1

          Spot on

        • weka 2.1.1.3

          You mean if he is found guilty? Or that if a charge is brought that has a maximum sentence of two years or more?

          I was meaning at the moment. I thought Enough was saying that Banks having a prosecution against him would mean a snap election now.

          • Draco T Bastard 2.1.1.3.1

            Yes, if found guilty which going to take awhile because Banks will be appealing every chance he’s got.

            • Colonial Viper 2.1.1.3.1.1

              What does the electoral legislation say?

              Found guilty is found guilty right? Does it say found guilty subject to no appeals remaining?

              • Draco T Bastard

                An appeal is a stay upon the execution of the sentence. As long as an appeal is outstanding then sentence doesn’t apply. This has nothing to do with electoral law.

                At least, that’s as I understand it.

                • the pigman

                  The issue is that he will attempt to appeal every single aspect of the process along the way, quite apart from the final verdict once the case actually reaches trial. So as I understand it the substantive hearing on whether he committed the offences is due to begin in December, but prior to that (and at the last possible moment, most likely) Banks will appeal the decision to commit him to trial.

                  Leave of the court will probably be required to appeal the various procedural decisions made along the way, but one expects that Banks will attempt to delay delay delay to stop the case actually going to trial before Election 2014, and that if a guilty verdict is reached, he will then appeal that too.

      • Enough is Enough 2.1.2

        Wrong and Incorrect.

        Engage mind before ststing untruths

  3. Good job. Is there a book big enough to throw at him? I hope so.

  4. karol 4

    Does this mean that Banks should be stood down as a minister?

    Turei is saying Banks should abstain from NZICC SkyCity Bill due to possible conflict of interest.

    • tc 4.1

      Nope leave him there to remind folks the rancid nature of this cronyism elitist bunch sitting atop our nation.

      KDC will move on to the smiling assassin next.

    • Tigger 4.2

      There is clear conflict here. Even if not stood down, he should not vote.

  5. Anne 5

    As far as I can tell the police were in receipt of exactly the same information a year or more ago, yet they ruled that “there was insufficient evidence to prosecute John Banks”. I see it as further evidence that the police treat certain politicians differently to other people. In other words, if your a NAct pollie we will cover for you…

    • sockpuppet 5.1

      As far as I can tell the police were in receipt of exactly the same information a year or more ago, yet they ruled that “there was insufficient evidence to prosecute John Banks”. I see it as further evidence that the police treat politicians differently to other people. In other words, if your a NAct or Labour pollie we will cover for you…

      FIFY

    • Richard Christie 5.2

      @Anne 3.29pm

      the police were in receipt of exactly the same information a year or more ago, yet they ruled that “there was insufficient evidence to prosecute John Banks”. I see it as further evidence that the police treat certain politicians differently to other people.

      +1
      Another slap in the face for NZ police.
      It’s not just in respect to dealing with their treatment of politicians, in general, expecting and/or relying upon the police to act in good faith has almost become a thing of the past.

    • Ron 5.3

      Banks is a former Police Minister so of course he would get special treatment from Police. Apart from the fact that police seem to love the National Party. Look how many former police members are now either in local or National politics and always it seems on the right. Banks used to go out of his way to don his Trench coat and visit every crime situation he could. He was also responsible for adding 600 extra police to their staffing but of course he ripped the Traffic Police apart to achieve that increase.

      • Anne 5.3.1

        Bit ironic though he’s now been charged with an illegal offence by no less than a high court judge. If he’s found guilty – and the entire country knows he is guilty – then he’ll have a criminal record. Hilarious. Yet another nail in the credibility coffin of the NZ Police.

  6. tc 6

    Mum always said you can’t tell just one lie, you’ll need a few more to attempt plausibility.

    Watch bansky and shonkey go all ‘due process’ and ‘matter for the courts’ on this.

    The hollowmen really should have chosen better then dim witted JB to parachute into the ACT brand.

  7. richard 7

    At last…

    McCready claims Banks knew the donations were not anonymous and designating them as such was against the law.

    He told the court yesterday that Banks could not distance himself from the responsibility by saying he did not read the forms.

    “If you sign a document in a public position then you are culpable,” he said

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/crime/9290636/John-Banks-to-stand-trial

  8. gobsmacked 8

    The trial will be in election year.

    Time for Key to be the smiling assassin … “Banks a first-rate Minister … loyal and hard-working … regret … unnecessary distraction … stand aside … full confidence … he’s toast”.

    If Key clings on to Banks now, Cunliffe can start redecorating the ninth floor.

    • Rogue Trooper 8.1

      Key, on Banks : “still has faith in him…a very trustworthy and credible individual” and a Hospitalier . -Brent Edwards RNZ. hmmm, peas.pod.

      • Anne 8.1.1

        Yes Rogue that was an amusing segment:

        Mary Wilson noted in a drier than usual tone that… John Key said he was relaxed about it. Brent
        Edwards replied in an even more understated way than his usual… Yes, he’s very relaxed about it. Loved it for its subtlety.

        • Rogue Trooper 8.1.1.1

          yes, some inciteful (sic) listening to be had at times. I don’t have Freeview at the mo’ so I catch the noon and evening segments to break the silence briefly. Sometimes some interesting academic topics discussed in the later evening.

    • Jim Nald 8.2

      Key’s government now feels distinctly like it is terminal.

  9. Tracey 9

    “Mr Field has been suspended on full pay while police investigate allegations against him that he accepted cheap labour on his properties from people he helped with immigration.”

    I’m sure this Judge and the one before him have got it all wrong, they just need Mr Key to set them straight on the legalities of it all.

  10. ianmac 10

    Given the arrest of Zim Dotcom and the refusal of Mr Banks to assist him while in prison, there is now a certain irony in Mr Banks now facing the long arm of the law and possible destruction of his credibility and his role as ACT MP.
    What goes around….

    • David H 10.1

      “possible destruction of his credibility ”

      Just a question.

      What Bloody credibility?

  11. Tracey 11

    where are all the right wingers who call for Lens head, calling for Banks’?

    • karol 11.1

      Ah. Banksie’s corruption is all about corruption of democracy. The right clearly have no problem with that. That worry more about sexual affairs.

      • Zorr 11.1.2

        Right wingers – more concerned with erections than elections

        • Tracey 11.1.2.1

          Mr Key, commenting for the first time this afternoon on the Mayor’s sex scandal, said it was “a matter for Len Brown and his family”.

          “I’m not going to express a view on that … In the end, that’s the matter for the politician.”

          Asked whether he felt Mr Brown’s actions could destabilise council at a time when the Government was working with it on crucial housing initiatives, Mr Key said: “No, I don’t think so. In the end, Len’s got a job to do as the Mayor of Auckland.

          “He’s always worked very effectively with the Government. From the Government’s point of view, we’re interested in the things that matter to Auckland, and that is certainly housing … as is transport, and we’ll be talking to Len about those issues, not other issues.”

          He added: “I intend to work with him as the Mayor of Auckland, and in the end my job is to work with elected officials and get the job done for Auckland.”

          • Chooky 11.1.2.1.1

            For once I agree with John Key…”a matter for Len Brown and his family”…Yes!

            • felix 11.1.2.1.1.1

              Indeed Chooky.

              A more cynical commenter might suggest that Key has a fucking cheek to take such a principled stance while being leader of the party that runs the machine that employs Slater to spread this muck in the first place.

              But not me. Good on Mr Key I say.

              • Unicus

                Key admitted on TV tonight the first he knew of it was when he read it on Whale-oil . Presumably that’s his first source of public information – that or Fox .

                What a plonker .

                • karol

                  Can we get back to discussing John Banks, please?

                  There’s other threads for discussing Brown and Slater.

                  [lprent: Aye. The "or else" just sprung to mind. But so did the push the comment thread to the bottom ]

    • felix 11.2

      “where are all the right wingers who call for Lens head, calling for Banks’?”

      lolz, you make it sound like all those sockpuppets are different people.

  12. Tracey 12

    “Prime Minister John Key said he intended to read the judgement this afternoon.”

    He’s going to read something at last. Hope he reads the one that preceded it too.

    • miravox 12.1

      I reckon Key is only going to read the judgement to see if he can stretch the case out until after the SkyCity legislation passes. It’s all a little concerning for him right now, before it wasn’t. By reading it, it gives him options.

  13. Tiger Mountain 13

    Well at least “higher standards” PM Key is apparently going to at least read the court judgement unlike the NZ Police Report where Banksie squiggled out on a technicality only.

    Edit: My good manners are stretched here, Banksie is such filth and has been given such latitude over the years that his time better be up. Off the green leather benches is the least punishment the swine deserves.

  14. karol 14

    And John Banks response is the Judge is wrong to send him to trial and it’s all deny, deny, deny…….

    • Tracey 14.1

      http://thestandard.org.nz/john-banks-to-stand-trial/#comment-711056

      Didn’t Key call on Clark to sack Peters, someone from a different party?

      Key is saying he will decide this afternoon…decide waht? Didnt he say back when this began and when the police report came out that he couldnt do anything about someone in another party

      Anyone else spot the contradiction in here?

      ” Banks said the private prosecution has been “long, uphill and convoluted” and he would pursue options to avoid a trial .

      “We thought we would put the matter away today … But we haven’t. There are many more steps we can take and a number of options we can pursue ,” he said.

      “I am relaxed, from day one I told you I had nothing to fear and I have nothing to hide and in the process of time and court procedures we will put this together and then move on.”

  15. Tracey 15

    I imagine that ACT, party of personal responsibility and cutting back on government waste (spending) will announce that Banks will be suspended on NO pay…

  16. karol 16

    Interesting that an Aussie news site, Nine News, says Banks is likely to be stood down:

    John Banks, the leader of New Zealand’s ACT party, looks set to be stood down as a minister in the Key government after being ordered to stand trial for allegedly hiding the source of electoral donations.

    Also, MSM NZ News:

    John Banks’ ministerial role is on the line, with Prime Minister John Key poised to stand him down on Wednesday afternoon.

    • Murray Olsen 16.1

      They’re closer to the Crosby Textor head office. They probably knew what Key would do before he did.

  17. Tracey 17

    NO WONDER the PM has not itme to read pesky reports

    “The Prime Minister was confident that the scandal had not been publicised or generated by anyone related to the National Party.

    “I don’t have any details … the first I heard about it was when I read it on the Whale Oil blog site.”

    So Banks told the PM he would resign if he was to go to trial, last week.

    So we pay him while he clars his name and stands for Epsom… not giving up the salary Johnny??? Gonna suck on the public tit???

    • Tracey 18.1

      … and we pay him to do nothing … that’s the ACT way, one set of riles for the rich and one for the beneficiaries

  18. bad12 19

    Nice very nice, hat tip to that bloke McCready for proceeding against the odds with His private prosecution of Banks,

    And yet another brick gets a kick in what is the increasingly shaky wall of Slippery’s National Government,

    i cannot see how Banks can escape the noose that these charges are for His political career, the already convicted,(in the Wellington District Court), Banks shows a cavalier disrespect for the Law attempting to hoodwink the Court on a technical detail,

    If Banks is convicted, and how could He not be, how could He not know of the Sky City and DotCom donations which were given to Him personally, then further shame must be heaped upon the NZ Police for their abject failure not to uphold the Law by claiming their was insufficient evidence to prosecute Banks,

    Pity the case is being held in Auckland, i would love to be a spectator and to remind Banks of the advice i gave Him all those years ago when He received His first conviction…

  19. James thrace 20

    As far as I know it, if found guilty, and there is a minimum of two years imprisonment as a potential outcome, even if banks is only given a fine, the fact that he was found guilty of a crime that allowed for a minimum of two years imprisonment, he will have to leave parliament in disgrace. National won’t want to win Epsom as they will then lose their majority unless maori party sides with them on everything. It’ll be maori party or snap election…

    The jail term thing seems to be contradicted in places. Some say its a minimum, others say its a maximum. And wtf is up with banks calling it a homicide enquiry on stuff?

    • McFlock 20.1

      Yeah the homicide inquiry thing was weird:

      “This has been a very long process. It started with a complaint to police and a six month homicide inquiry by the best homicide detectives in New Zealand … and no charges were laid,” he said.

      I suspect that the only thing he’s guilty of murdering is common sense.

    • bad12 20.2

      Banks will now start various appeals to the Court which will simply eat away the time between now and November 2014,

      There is NO corruption in New Zealand,(only coz no one much is looking for it),

      Watch for these people to attempt to arrange Banks trial for the point where the Parliament is dissolved prior to the next election…

    • tamati 20.3

      Nope. If National win the by-election they gain an additional seat, so will have a majority on their own. Ironic eh?

      The only time they would have to rely on the Maori party is the time the Epsom seat is vacated.

    • Rodel 20.4

      Banks in prison? Just one day would do and please could I have a photo… or is that Schadenfreude ….Oh who cares?
      But still.. anyone who gave $50,000 to keep Banks in power has to be suspect.

      By the way Auckland.. congratulations on your choice of Mayoral candidates…

  20. Tanz 21

    what about his moral integrity, and his treatment of the poor woman?

    • ScottGN 21.1

      Do you want to discuss the matter of John Banks’ 2010 Mayoral Campaign donations or the matter of Len Brown’s 2 year affair with a C & R aligned council aspirant. They are not the same thing.

    • karol 21.2

      What about Banks’ (alleged) illegal corruption, plus his gaming of the Epsom electorate – anti-democratic and damaging to large numbers of New Zealanders?

    • Draco T Bastard 21.3

      Of topic attempt at distraction.

    • Shona 21.4

      Poor Woman ???? Conniving C**t more like. And like Wendi Deng she knows there’s no fool like an old (white) fool.

      • Colonial Viper 21.4.1

        Hey don’t hold back what you really think!!!

      • chris73 21.4.2

        Yes! Its the womens fault because as a man Len “clean yourself up” Brown is completely helpless when it comes to the opposite sex

        In fact maybe she should wear burkha to hide her looks lest other men are unable to control their base savagery

    • Te Reo Putake 21.5

      What was wrong with his treatment of the poor woman, Tanz? I’m a keen historian and I love nothing better than a quick visit to the dark, dusty corners of long forgotten Victorian morality. Is it the budget bloomers?

      • Anne 21.5.1

        Is it the budget bloomers?

        You mean like the bloomers dear old Mabel Howard held up in parliament all those years ago TRP?

        I have it on good authority they were the largest passion killers anyone had ever seen.

    • Anne 21.6

      Poor woman? You gullible fool. Have you never heard of ambitious women using sex to further their chosen path or career? It looks like this one was a silly and ignorant fool and will probably pay a price.

      To think she came within 200 odd votes of becoming one of our city mothers and making decisions on our behalf. Phew, that was a close shave.

      • One Anonymous Knucklehead 21.6.1

        It’s not the affair that renders her unfit for office: it’s her lack of respect for Brown’s (and his family’s) privacy, not to mention the suspicion that her fury is at least partially politically motivated.

        If his behaviour makes her think he should resign, what does that say about her own decision to seek election?

      • chris73 21.6.2

        and of course men never use their positions of power to sleaze onto young women either…

        • karol 21.6.2.1

          Please if you have further comments on the Brown issue can you take it to one of the posts on that issue. This post is about John Banks.

          • Anne 21.6.2.1.1

            Yes, sorry about that karol. I was responding to tanz’s silly comment at 22. Forgot what post I was on… not the only one it would seem. :)

            • karol 21.6.2.1.1.1

              Yeah. There seems to be a lot of righties here desperate to divert from Banks’s plight, and to keep the other issue alive as long as they can.

    • Daveosaurus 21.7

      “poor woman”?

      Have you ever heard this phrase before? “It takes two to tango”.

      • karol 21.7.1

        Can I ask people to get back to the topic of this post, please? There are other threads where the Brown issue can be discussed. Too many trools here diverting from Banks’ ethical challenges.

  21. Tony Moder 22

    National are FOO_ed on this one

  22. Slowly 23

    will this cost the Sky boss his job for going against the Key government?.

    • karol 23.1

      Well, John Key doesn’t have a say in the employment of people for SkyCity. Morrison does seem to have tried to stay neutral in his testimony.

      The real problem is that Morrison is being used to testify against Banks, while the SkyCity Bill works in favour of SkyCity. Therefore Banks should abstain from voting on it.

      Metiria Turei says:

      “SkyCity’s CEO Nigel Morrison gave evidence at Mr Banks’ preliminary hearing and will give evidence in the criminal case which has the potential to sink Mr Banks’ political career. At the same time the SkyCity bill relies on Mr Banks’ single vote to pass.

      “Its impossible not to see that John Banks will be hugely conflicted if he votes on the SkyCity Bill, the success of which is worth more than $400 million to the casino. MPs have previously abstained from voting for much less serious conflicts of interest.

      • Te Reo Putake 23.1.1

        I think Morrison’s ‘neutrality’ needs to be seen in light of Banks’s deciding vote. I’m picking he’s decided not to lie, but he’s hoping nobody will ask the right questions.

  23. Swan 24

    None of this affects his record as an mp and minister though does it?

    • Te Reo Putake 24.1

      No, I’ve always thought he was a crook, so no change there.

    • karol 24.2

      Hahhahahaha.

      Also in court yesterday, Dotcom said that Banks had asked him to split a $50,000 donation in two so that each cheque could be listed as anonymous.

      “[Banks] suggested this to me and my reaction was ‘why?’. I was offended, I don’t mind if people know [about the donations],” Dotcom told the court.

      He added that when he asked why the donations were to be listed as anonymous, Banks told him, “Kim, if I help you in the future it’s better no-one knows about your donation”.

      If Banks is willing to take money for favours, how do we know Banks isn’t promoting legislation in favour of his financial donors? e.g. The SkyCity Bill.

      • Murray Olsen 24.2.1

        More likely to be something to do with charter schools. Key would push the casino garbage through by himself.

    • emergency mike 24.3

      “None of this affects his record as an mp and minister though does it?”

      Yeah I’m sure resigning his ministerial portfolio because of fraud charges won’t affect his record as an mp and minister Swan.

  24. Slowly 25

    The body guard also recieved a phone call from Mr Banks thanking him and discribing the amount and donation.
    Mr Key has since said GCSB was recording all NZers phone calls in 2010.

  25. vto 26

    Without reading all of the above, has Banks not done what so many finance company types have done?

    …namely, rely on someone else to tell them what is in the document they are signing? And has not the court already said of finance company types that that standard is not high enough? And convicted on that? Yes the court has. And does a contestant in our electoral system not have a standard higher that of a lowly finance company type? Yes such a contestant does.

    And that is without all of the dotcom evidence being even relevant!

    Banks is gone burger.

    . . .

    add it to the pile of shit that has come out of the neoliberal pile like Pike River, the GFC, the finance company collapses, the taxpayer bailouts of money..

    another nail gets smashed into the coffin

  26. red blooded 27

    We all owe a debt if thanks to the ChCh guy who wouldn’t let go on this issue and has given the courts a chance to have their say on Banks’ dishonesty.

    Now, people of Epsom WAKE UP! Not only is this guy a crook (& his supposed Party a ragtag collection of extremist nut jobs), but the sainted John Key (who is no stranger to Banks and his flexible approach to truth and ethical standards) manipulated you into electing him as your representatives (& thereby shaming you and making you laughing stocks). These cynical powermongers have treated you like puppets. How do they really see you? Do you really want to be their enablers again, next year?

    Somehow I doubt that many readers of The Standard live in Epsom & vote NACT, but if you do, please think more carefully next time. We all got stuck with the outcome of the last cup of tea. Let’s make sure it was the last one.

  27. Did my little bit to help – was asked by Graham McCready and managed to successfully serve the four witness summonses which got Kim Dotcom’s lawyer, Kim Dotcom’s bodyguard, Kim Dotcom and the CEO of Sky City into Court.

    Dodgy John has gone Dotcom – as Minister, and, about time!

    Next, as an MP…..

    Well done Graham McCready.

    Good job!

    Pretty sad state of affairs when a concerned citizen has to take a private prosecution, after the Police ‘drop the ball’.

    Seems that sitting MPs are effectively a ‘protected species’, especially when they hold the balance of power in this ‘shonky’ Government?

    Remember this?

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11139805

    Banks’ lawyer: McCready no-show ‘hopeless’

    By Heather McCracken
    10:38 AM Monday Oct 14, 2013 ✩Save

    John Banks will return to Auckland District Court tomorrow to face a private prosecution over a charge of filing a false election return.

    The matter was adjourned today after the man taking the prosecution, Graham McCready, was stranded in Wellington airport after his flight was cancelled due to bad weather.

    Banks’ lawyer David Jones, QC, told the court the no-show was “hopeless and unacceptable”.

    He said flights had been able to leave Wellington this morning, but Mr McCready had chosen to rebook on a flight tonight.”
    _____________________________________________________________________________

    As if Graham McCready can control the weather – give me a break…

    I took great delight today, at the Auckland District Court, after the Judge announced that (the ‘Not-So-Honorable’) John Banks was going to trial, in approaching his lawyer, David Jones QC, and saying:

    “It seems that Graham McCready is not as ‘hopeless’ as some of you would have liked him to be.”

    Yesterday, outside the Auckland District Court, John Banks made the comment to me “You lost again” ( apparently making reference to the recent Auckland Mayoral election.

    So, must say I also rather enjoyed saying to John Banks, today as the Auckland District was clearing, “You lost again John”.

    Seems that no matter how highly paid your lawyer, it is actually not always possible to turn legal ‘goat shit into honey’?

    (As it were)

    Funny stuff – this ‘karma’…..

    Cheers!

    Penny Bright.

  28. Swan 29

    “If Banks is willing to take money for favours, how do we know Banks isn’t promoting legislation in favour of his financial donors? e.g. The SkyCity Bill.”

    I never thought that sort of behaviour was a problem. After all Labour and the unions operate on this basis.

    • karol 29.1

      Labour’s relationship with the Unions is out in the open and transparent. It’s not the dodgy cover-ups that Banks is involved with.

      • swan 29.1.1

        You allege. What cover up are you referring to? The way I remember it, Banks deliberately didnt intercede when Dotcom found himself in a spot of bother. Which made Dotcom rather upset.

        • karol 29.1.1.1

          Yeah? So, how does that negate what Banks had attempted with Dotcom? He just got cold feet when he saw Dotcom in jail as the result of an FBI led initiative.

          • swan 29.1.1.1.1

            He tried to circumvent the rules in order that the donation could be anonymous. Yeah stupid thing to do.

            Labour on the other hand takes money for favours

            • karol 29.1.1.1.1.1

              Oh, right. So there was no ulterior motive to Bandks trying to make the donation anonymous.

              Labour on the other hand takes money for favours

              citation needed swan. You’re talking rubbish. Not to mention twisting yourself into inverted contortions to make your imaginings fit the realities.

              • swan

                “Oh, right. So there was no ulterior motive to Bandks trying to make the donation anonymous.”

                You can try to smear all you want but there is zero evidence for this.

              • Murray Olsen

                The only citation you’ll get from this putrid waterfowl is a link to WhaleSpew, and I won’t be checking that one.

            • Te Reo Putake 29.1.1.1.1.2

              “He tried to circumvent the rules in order that the donation could be anonymous.”

              Er, actually the exact reverse; he pretended the donations were anonymous in order to circumvent the rules.

              “Labour on the other hand takes money for favours”

              Are you having a laugh? Cite, please. And do bear in mind that the LP was formed as the political arm of the labour movement.

  29. Draco T Bastard 30

    John Banks Pleads Insanity

    Facing trial on charges of filing a false election return, ACT Party Leader John Banks has entered a plea of insanity, arguing that no clear-headed observer could reasonably claim that he was, at any point, in his right mind.

  30. Tracey 31

    Red blooded

    I live in the epsom electorate and voted for goldsmith to try and keep banks out. My brother who is a national supporter voted banks as instructed.

    its hard to imagine epsom going red…

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  • Stuart’s 100 #36 On the Beat
    36: On the Beat What if we had more cops on the beat? Isn’t it time the New Zealand Police started to recognise the changes happening in urban New Zealand? In our central cities and busiest town centres and main...
    Transport Blog | 30-09
  • Bonus growth for SaaS exporters
    The currency fall has a wonderful effect for exporters, especially those who have most of their costs back here in New Zealand. As I write this, the NZD versus the USD has fallen about 10% since earlier this year. As an...
    Lance Wiggs | 30-09
  • Against returning to Iraq
    Last week the US announced a new bombing campaign against ISIS in Iraq and Syria. Its hard to see how bombing will do any good (except for US defence contractors), and easy to see how it will cause blowback. To...
    No Right Turn | 30-09
  • Speaker: An Open Letter To David Cunliffe
    Dear David,I want to first congratulate you on the campaign you ran. You gave it your all, and did well in the debates. I was deeply disappointed in the result that Labour got on September 20th - but I’m sure...
    Public Address | 30-09
  • Long run or short season for David Cunliffe?
    When you’ve read this short post have a look at the interview below with David Cunliffe on last night’s Campbell Live .  But first,  if you haven’t done so already, please  read my previous post on the ex Labour leader, titled...
    Brian Edwards | 30-09
  • Seaworthy ships and stormy seas – PPTA annual conference 2014
    30 September 2014 Pirates, privateers, seaworthy ships and stormy seas all featured in PPTA president Angela Roberts' nautically themed opening speech to the association's annual conference this morning. Describing the political context PPTA ventures out into as "often stormy and...
    PPTA | 30-09
  • Key admits exiling people without trial
    Back in February, we learned that John Key had responded to the "threat" of people travelling to Syria to participate in its civil war by cancelling their passports. This was done without any sort of due process or review, let...
    No Right Turn | 30-09
  • Reflections on Melbourne and Sydney
    2014 was an auspicious year. Whether by cosmic alignment or fickle chance, Easter Monday and Anzac Day fell in the same week, and I was able to shoot off to Melbourne and Sydney for ten days with only three days...
    Transport Blog | 29-09
  • The “Pacific solution” devolves into rape and child abuse
    Australia's "Pacific solution" of imprisoning refugees in remote gulags in an effort to pschologically torture them into going home has turned into a catalogue of horrors: neglect, beatings and rapes, torture, and murder. And now they've got a new one:...
    No Right Turn | 29-09
  • The leadership characteristic that shall not be named
    David Cunliffe formally resigns today, setting up a head-to-head battle between him and Grant Robertson, although there’s still a chance that David Shearer, Andrew Little and/or Stuart Nash might throw their hat(s) into the ring. As the Labour MPs arrived for...
    Occasionally erudite | 29-09
  • The leadership characteristic that shall not be named
    ...
    Occasionally erudite | 29-09
  • Th Austerity Disaster and its impact – Lessons for New Zealand? (Fro...
    Europe’s Austerity Disaster29/09/2014 by Joseph StiglitzJoseph Stiglitz“If the facts don’t fit the theory, change the theory,” goes the old adage. But too often it is easier to keep the theory and change the facts – or so German Chancellor Angela...
    the Irascible Curmudgeon | 29-09
  • The Damage Fallacies of Neo-Liberal economics cause
    The on-going and recent scandals (Judith Collins & Oravida, Maurice Williamson & Donghua Lui, John Key & Dirty Politics....)  in New Zealand that have swirled around the neo-liberal National Party government of Key, supported by the discredited political parties of...
    the Irascible Curmudgeon | 29-09
  • Changing Leaders Will Not Be Enough
    Trial By Ordeal: The techniques of the Seventeenth Century Witchfinders-General might be preferable to the process Labour has adopted to uncover the reasons for its woeful performance in the 2014 General Election. It's a pity the Party has not allowed...
    Bowalley Road | 29-09
  • Starting a constructive conversation on the future of the Treaty of Waitang...
    To learn more about our upcoming Treaty project click here...
    Gareth’s World | 29-09
  • Gillard on NZ Labour
    I arrived in Australia a month after Tony Abbott had been elected Prime Minister, a week after Bill Shorten had been elected Labor Leader and a month before Kevin Rudd announced his resignation from Parliament. It quickly amazed me how...
    Progress report | 29-09
  • March to #StopDeepSeaOil and #StopStatoil
    There have been amazing and moving scenes in Northland as the Waiho Papa Moana Hikoi made its way down from Cape Reinga to stand up for their coast, their way of life and for future generations. And they are not...
    Greenpeace NZ blog | 29-09
  • Auckland Transport Early October Board Meeting
    The Auckland Transport board meeting is on Thursday and below are sections from the various reports that caught my attention. The first thing I noticed was the huge number of items on the closed agenda with 18 specific items for decision/approval or...
    Transport Blog | 29-09
  • Labour not “part of the communities we live in”
    Labour leadership aspirant Grant Robertson told a blunt truism to Kathryn Ryan on Radio New Zealand the Monday after the election. “Politics has to be about more than elections,” he said. “It has to about being part of the communities...
    Colin James | 29-09
  • The mystifying rise of Jacinda Ardern
    As Labour’s leadership debacle lurches nowhere fast, the only winner thus far appears to be Jacinda Ardern. A One News poll (or what One News sometimes likes to call a poll, despite it being a self-selecting online survey. Please, just leave the...
    Occasionally erudite | 29-09
  • The mystifying rise of Jacinda Ardern
    As Labour’s leadership debacle lurches nowhere fast, the only winner thus far appears to be Jacinda Ardern. A One News poll (or what One News sometimes likes to call a poll, despite it being a self-selecting online survey. Please, just leave the...
    Occasionally erudite | 29-09
  • “Unless you can perform miracles, it’s time to go David”
    To be honest, I haven’t really had time to keep up with the volumes that has already been written regarding the (current lack of) leadership of the New Zealand Labour Party. One piece that has however caught my eye is...
    Progress report | 29-09
  • How sustainable is New Zealand?
    Behavioural economics is not a complete theory but it demonstrates that we are not the economic rational being usually assumed in economics theory. One of the most troubling divergences is that we make time-inconsistent decisions so our short run choices...
    Pundit | 29-09
  • The Labour leadership meltdown continues
    Over the weekend, I road tripped it down to Wellington, where I had a beer with a pollster, briefly checked on what announcement Cunliffe had made mid-Saturday afternoon, and then proceeded to ignore politics. Fine wine and convivial company was far...
    Occasionally erudite | 29-09
  • The Labour leadership meltdown continues
    Over the weekend, I road tripped it down to Wellington, where I had a beer with a pollster, briefly checked on what announcement Cunliffe had made mid-Saturday afternoon, and then proceeded to ignore politics. Fine wine and convivial company was far...
    Occasionally erudite | 29-09
  • Gordon Campbell on the farcical elevation of David Seymour
    With the election won, it’s time to find jobs for the boy. David Seymour is the Act Party’s latest scrounger to be rewarded by the National Party, and not only with a seat in Parliament. This time around, a couple...
    Gordon Campbell | 29-09
  • Bike to the Future
    Bike to the Future. 28 September 2014. Photo: Tamara Josephine. The wunderkinds at Generation Zero put on a great event yesterday. Part celebration, part protest, the Bike to the Future event was attended by about 400 (500?) people, including young...
    Transport Blog | 29-09
  • Peter Williams – Hero of the Week
    There are not many lawyers who I respect. However, that's not the case with Peter Williams, who is clearly one of the good guys.Not only has this highly experienced Queen's Council worked tirelessly to uphold the law, he has also...
    The Jackal | 29-09
  • Carbon News 29/9/14: Key challenged over climate impacts on Pacific islands
    Memo John Key: look Pacific Island leaders in the eye The Government is being challenged to invite the leaders of the Marshall Islands, Tuvalu and Kiribati to come and tell Parliament what they think of New Zealand’s climate change policies....
    Hot Topic | 29-09
  • Is John Key about to send the NZ SAS into Iraq?
     Is John Key about to send the NZ SAS into Iraq?If so, will they be better equipped than they were in Afghanistan? In the following clip we see John Key reassuring  the nation after five New Zealand soldiers were killed...
    Arch Rival | 29-09
  • The question will only go away if we let it – please like & share thi...
    After only a few years in parliament, a relative newcomer to politics, John Philip Key became the leader of the National party of New Zealand.  He was subsequently elected the Prime Minister of New Zealand on 8 November 2008 and...
    Politically Corrected | 29-09
  • Peer review of an anti-fluoride “peer review”
    In  Anti-fluoride activists define kangaroo court as “independent” I promised to review the anti-fluoridationist “International Peer Review.” This is Anti-fluoride  critique of the recent review Health Effects of Water Fluoridation: a Review of the Scientific Evidence produced by the Royal Society of NZ together with the Office...
    Open Parachute | 29-09
  • Stuart’s 100 #35 A Corner to Remeber
    35: A Corner to Remember   Flatiron Building c1917 What if a flatiron building could rise on every forgotten corner? Continuing the series on forgotten spaces, the corner site at the bottom of Anzac Avenue where it meets Customs Street...
    Transport Blog | 29-09
  • A model for unaccountability
    National signed its confidence and supply agreement with ACT today. The headline news is that David Seymour get more patronage from National, in the form of being appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary to the Minister of Education and Parliamentary Under Secretary...
    No Right Turn | 29-09
  • Nash equilibrium
    Labour seem to have gotten themselves into this weird position where they have (a) a leadership contest and (b) a long, extensive review of the party and its poor performance, meaning that they’ll either have to wait for the outcome...
    DimPost | 29-09
  • Nash equilibrium
    Labour seem to have gotten themselves into this weird position where they have (a) a leadership contest and (b) a long, extensive review of the party and its poor performance, meaning that they’ll either have to wait for the outcome...
    DimPost | 29-09
  • TEU elections returning officer’s report – national president and vice-...
    National President: The result of the ballot which closed at 5.00pm on Friday 26 September is that Sandra Grey has been elected as National President Te Tumu Whakarae for the 2015 and 2016 term. Vice Presidents: The results of the...
    Tertiary Education Union | 29-09
  • TEU elects Sandra Grey president
    TEU members have voted Dr Sandra Grey to return as their national president for the next two years. Grey, who was previously president during 2011-2012, is a senior lecturer at Victoria University of Wellington in social and public policy. Grey’s...
    Tertiary Education Union | 29-09
  • Labour’s Review: Terms of Reference Agreed
    Following a meeting of its ruling New Zealand Council yesterday, Labour has released the terms of reference for the comprehensive review initiated following its 2014 election result.  The review will comprise three elements - a review of Labour's 2014 General...
    Labour campaign | 29-09
  • Pissing on the OIA
    So, not only do our police juke the stats; they also deliberately flout the OIA to cover up evidence of their crime:A damning internal police document has emerged that appears to show senior officers discussed not releasing embarrassing details about...
    No Right Turn | 29-09
  • New Fisk
    It’s perfectly reasonable to negotiate with villains like Isis, so why don’t we do it and save some lives?...
    No Right Turn | 28-09
  • May the best candidate win
    Over the weekend, David Cunliffe bowed to the inevitable and resigned to seek a new mandate from his party. Good. After such an election loss, its appropriate that a party leader accepts responsibility. At the same time, they may still...
    No Right Turn | 28-09
  • The importance of housing choices in cities
    Good cities should provide choices to their inhabitants. Any big (or small!) city is composed of a variety of people with various preferences, needs, and budgets. Look around you: Aucklanders are a bloody diverse bunch, and we’re getting more so...
    Transport Blog | 28-09
  • President of Kiribati visits the Arctic
    In September 2014 Anote Tong, President of the Pacific Republic of Kiribati, journeyed to the Arctic to see first hand the melting Arctic glaciers that are affecting his drowning Pacific paradise.Sea levels are rising faster in the Central-West Pacific than...
    Greenpeace NZ blog | 28-09
  • Letter to the editor – “An Alarmed World” according to The Listener
    . . This recent editorial from”The Listener”  is not one I ever thought I’d see… . . My response… . from: Frank Macskasy <fmacskasy@gmail.com> to: Listener <letters@listener.co.nz> date: Mon, Sep 29, 2014 subject: Letter to the Editor . The editor...
    Frankly Speaking | 28-09
  • Updated poll of polls, now with dubious new ‘election’ datapoint
    ...
    DimPost | 28-09
  • Updated poll of polls, now with dubious new ‘election’ datapoint
    ...
    DimPost | 28-09
  • Hard News: A message from The Fabians
    Dear Fabian FriendNarratives from the 2014 Election: what do we learn?A Fabians Reflection on Dirty Politics, Dotcom and Labour’s worst result.WithSue Bradford, Russell Brown and Kirk Serpes.Thursday 16th October in the Owen Glen Building, Lecture Theatre 3 (basement level) You...
    Public Address | 28-09
  • Hold fast to your Mana – Harawira
    Hone Harawira today called on the voters of Tai Tokerau to hold fast to their mana, and not be dictated to by those party leaders who have ganged together to tell them how to vote. “I call on our people...
    Mana | 18-09
  • Media Advisory – Interview availability
    This is to advise all media that Hone Harawira will be available in Auckland tomorrow, Friday the 19th of September from 7am to 4pm for interviews relating to his recent press releases. If you are interested in interviewing Mr Harawira on...
    Mana | 18-09
  • Labour stands on proud record on Suffrage Day
    Women have come a long way in the 121 years since New Zealand became the first country to give them the vote on September 19 1893, but there is still more to do, Labour’s Women’s Affairs spokesperson Carol Beaumont says....
    Labour | 18-09
  • Polling Booths asked to treat Maori voters with respect
    “Polling booths without Maori roll voting papers, Maori people not being offered assistance to vote, people getting sent from Whangarei to Wellsford to vote, Maori people getting turned away from voting because they didn’t have their ‘easy vote’ card, Maori...
    Mana | 17-09
  • Aussie Liberals embroiled in Key campaign
    John Key needs to explain why Australia’s Liberal Party is interfering in New Zealand domestic politics and is encouraging Kiwi voters across the ditch to vote for National just days out from the election, Labour’s campaign spokesperson Annette King says....
    Labour | 17-09
  • The MANA Plan for Beneficiaries and Income in Waiariki
    Median Personal Income for Waiariki is $21,700. Over 13,000 Maori who live in Waiariki rely upon a form of government benefit including the Unemployment Benefit, Sickness Benefit, Domestic Purpose Benefit and the Invalids Benefit. “If you’re lucky enough to have...
    Mana | 16-09
  • Māori development crucial to New Zealand’s future
    Labour recognises the concern of Māori about child poverty and the rising costs of living, and in Government will make a real difference to the wellbeing of whānau and iwi, Labour’s Māori Affairs spokesperson Nanaia Mahuta says. “As our Māori...
    Labour | 16-09
  • MAORI PARTY – DON’T COMPLAIN … WALK
    “If the Maori Party are serious about stopping government spying on NZ citizens then they should tell the Prime Minister to either stop doing it or they will walk away” said MANA leader and Tai Tokerau MP Hone Harawira, on...
    Mana | 16-09
  • JOHN KEY SUPPORTING LABOUR
    “There is something really sick about a National Party Prime Minister coming out in support of a Labour candidate” said MANA leader and Tai Tokerau MP, Hone Harawira, after hearing that John Key is urging voters to back Labour in...
    Mana | 16-09
  • SHUT DOWN THIS GOVT NOT KAITI WINZ – Nikora
    “I’m going to make it as hard for you to get help as I can” is Paula Bennett’s message to the people of Kaiti  said MANA candidate Te Hāmua Nikora today in response to the news that National will close...
    Mana | 16-09
  • Winegums make for better polling – Harawira
    I wanted to laugh when I saw the Native Affairs poll the other night (Hone Harawira 38%, Kelvin Davis 37%) because it was almost the same as the one they did back in 2011”, said MANA leader and Tai Tokerau...
    Mana | 16-09
  • The Leadership of MTS Lied – Harawira
    “Normally I’m happy to tell people that I was right but when I received the news about the staff cuts at Maori Television, I had nothing but sympathy for the three Maori media leaders who are going to be made...
    Mana | 16-09
  • Privileges Complaint Laid against Prime Minister – Harawira
    MANA Movement Leader and Te Tai Tokerau MP Hone Harawira has today lodged a Privileges Complaint with the Speaker regarding the Prime Ministers denials in parliament that he knew anything about Kim Dotcom before 2012. “Information made public today appears...
    Mana | 15-09
  • Sharples’ new appointments are out of order
    The new appointments to the Waitangi Tribunal announced by Dr Pita Sharples this morning are completely out of order given the election is just five days away, says Labour's State Services spokesperson, Maryan Street. “This Government continues to show disdain...
    Labour | 15-09
  • MANA Movement Housing Policy
    “When families are living in cars, garages, cockroach-infested caravans and three families to a house then we have a housing crisis”, said MANA leader and MP for Te Tai Tokerau, Hone Harawira. “When you have a housing crisis for low-income...
    Mana | 15-09
  • Bigger than the Foreshore and Seabed – Sykes
    “Over the past week I have received some disturbing information that has led myself and a number of Maori lawyers to conclude that this National - Maori Party - ACT and United Future Government are going to put an end to both...
    Mana | 14-09
  • MANA wants Te Reo Māori petition fulfilled
    Hone Harawira, MANA Leader and MP for Te Tai Tokerau Annette Sykes, MANA candidate for Waiariki Te Hāmua Nikora, MANA candidate for Ikaroa Rāwhiti  “More than four decades have passed and the petition calling for Te Reo Māori in schools...
    Mana | 14-09
  • Primary focus on the critical issues
    A Labour Government will prioritise New Zealand’s agricultural sectors by recreating a Rural Affairs Minister and appointing a Primary Industry Council and a Chief Agricultural Adviser. Releasing Labour’s Primary Sector and Rural Affairs policies today, spokesperson Damien O’Connor says the...
    Labour | 12-09
  • Maori Television fears confirmed – Harawira
    ...
    Mana | 12-09
  • More ghost houses from National
    The Government’s desperate pre-election announcement of more ghost houses won’t fool Aucklanders wanting action on the housing crisis, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “These are ghost houses, to go with National’s ghost tax cut. Families cannot live in ghost...
    Labour | 12-09
  • National bows to union pressure over travel time
    National has reluctantly bowed to pressure from unions and adopted Labour’s fair and sensible policy to pay home support workers for the time they spend traveling between clients, Labour’s Associate Health spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway says. “This decision is long overdue...
    Labour | 12-09
  • Predators on Poverty – Harawira
    “As poverty has ballooned out of control, the Predators on Poverty have emerged to suck the lifeblood from whole families and communities” said MANA Movement leader and Tai Tokerau MP, Hone Harawira. “They are deliberately targeting low-income areas, particularly those...
    Mana | 11-09
  • MANA Movement Policy Launch
    Predators on Poverty (pokie machines, alcohol outlets and loan sharks) 1pm, Thursday 11th September Corner Great South Road and Criterion Street Otahuhu Shopping Centre...
    Mana | 10-09
  • A brief word on reinvading Iraq
    So after telling the country before the election that NZ would not send forces to Iraq, lo and behold now he’s won the election with a full spectrum dominance political majority, Key is suddenly now looking to join the re-invasion of...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • A brief word on the importance of ACT, Maori Party and United Future to Nat...
    I’m a far right wing clown who attacks tax money going on anything collective, gimmie some cash and privilege.  One of the great successes of National has been to implement hard right policy but have it sold as moderate. For some NZers,...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • Labour’s Angst
    Was Labour’s predictably low vote David Cunliffe’s fault? Was it policy? Was it something else that has aroused perceptions of electoral carnage? My analysis of the numbers suggests that, as uncertain voters made up their minds, there was a late...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • Information wars: Gaza as “the last taboo”, the threat of mass surveill...
    “When the truth is replaced with silence” wrote the soviet dissident Yevgeni Yevtushenko, “the silence is a lie.” There has been a silence these past months full of noise, static and sound bites of those in power justifying their violence,...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • When the media say they covered Dirty Politics – did they?
    I was watching The Nation in the weekend, and watched the defenders of NZ media up against Minto telling him he was wrong in his claims of media bias and that the media covered Dirty Politics. I laughed. When the...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • GUEST BLOG – P Campbell – To the Left with love
    A week after the general election results I feel wrung out emotionally, having been through the disappointment, depression and anger of seeing  another right wing government elected overwhelmingly by winning support from the parts of NZ that will never benefit...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Kate Davis – I will be the new Labour Leader!
    One week after the election, while I was still waiting to be consulted about contributing to the review on what went wrong, what do you know? There is a leadership challenge. So instead of opting for a united, thoughtful and...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Pat O’Dea – A Prescient Post
    A very prescient pre-election post by Martyn Bradbury tells us why the Labour Party are at war now. “The NZ First-Labour Party attack strategy against Internet MANA better work” Despite Martyn Bradbury warning them this Right Wing strategy “Better Work”...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Rolinson – W(h)ither Labour (!/?)
    There’s an old saying that success has many fathers, but failure is an orphan. Not so in the Labour Party, wherein soul-crushing defeat on a scale unseen since 1925 definitely has many fathers (and more than a few mothers and...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • At the end of the day…
    At the end of the day…...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • Cynicism towards Key’s sudden desire to help children in poverty
    Cynicism towards Key’s sudden desire to help children in poverty...
    The Daily Blog | 28-09
  • Internet MANA the election and the media
    I’ve been very critical of media reporting of Internet MANA during the election campaign and not surprised at the predictable response from representatives of the corporate media establishment. I wasn’t going to carry this further but was asked at the...
    The Daily Blog | 28-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Rachel Jones – A superficial discourse analysis of a superfic...
    On Sunday there was a story about Paddy Gower and his detached retina in the Herald on Sunday. Really? I hear you ask. Really? Yes, really. Pam Corkery will have sprayed toast crumbs over her dressing gown. The reporter has become...
    The Daily Blog | 28-09
  • Terrorising Australia’s Muslim population
    We should be suspicious when 800 police conduct “terror” raids across Australia, but only one person is charged with a relevant terrorism offence (of which we know few details). We should be suspicious of the lurid tales of terrorists planning...
    The Daily Blog | 28-09
  • Another Labour leader has resigned and as per usual, the media lost its min...
    Another Labour leader has resigned and as per usual, the media lost its mind. I know the Labour party has its problems and I’m not even going to try to prescribe what should be done about it. But what I...
    The Daily Blog | 28-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Anjum Rahman – Loyalty, Leadership and the Labour Party
    My first after the election and I can only say I’m feeling pretty sad.  It was a terrible result, and feels even more so knowing the number of volunteers hours, hard work & sacrifice made by so many people who...
    The Daily Blog | 27-09
  • A Study in Party Stability
    . In terms of long-term stability, one party above stands above all others, with the exception of personality-driven groups such as NZ First and United Future. That party is the Greens. If the Labour Party wants to look elsewhere for...
    The Daily Blog | 27-09
  • Cunliffe vs Robertson – Round 2
    Much to the disappointment of the NZ Herald and other right wing pundits who have decided they would like to appoint the next Labour leader, Cunliffe has surprised by deciding to damn the Caucus and appeal directly to the members...
    The Daily Blog | 27-09
  • The tasks before the left and labour movement
    Anyone on the left would have been disappointed at the result of the election. There was an opportunity to win, but that got lost through a combination of factors. There were tactical decisions made by Labour, the Greens and Internet-Mana...
    The Daily Blog | 27-09
  • From Fiji’s dictatorship to ‘democracy’ – the AUT student team on t...
    Mads Anneberg’s profile on Ricardo Morris and Repúblika. David Robie also blogs at Café Pacific. THREE STUDENTS from AUT University covered Fiji’s historic “from dictatorship to democracy” general election this month. While the election arguably legitimised Voreqe Bainimarama’s so-called 2006...
    The Daily Blog | 27-09
  • David Cunliffe Resigns As Labour Leader – Forces Robertson Out of the Bel...
    David Cunliffe has made a smart move, resigning as the leader of the Labour Party so as to force a leadership primary campaign. The move draws rival Grant Robertson out of the beltway to parts of the country where he...
    The Daily Blog | 27-09
  • Deep thought vs Deep prejudice
    . . This letter to the editor appeared in The Listener, on 27 September, and caught my attention; . . Mr Dawson wrote in response to one of those typically unthinking comments which  condemned the poor for their “unbridled, reckless...
    The Daily Blog | 27-09
  • The NZ National voters elected
    The NZ National voters elected...
    The Daily Blog | 26-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Kate Davis – The post election postmortem is giving me post p...
    I feel the need to contribute to the discourse. This is a new experience for me. Not having an opinion, but expressing it on a popular forum in a public sphere. That’s why I have waited till now and put...
    The Daily Blog | 26-09
  • A dictionary of education terms and definitions, brought to you by the let...
    Free to all TDB readers, please enjoy your very own cut-out-and-keep handy primer of terms that I predict you will need to know over the next three years… Achievement Gap (noun) Synonym for wealth gap. ACT (abstract noun) Intangible. Reported to exist in...
    The Daily Blog | 26-09
  • A Mines Rescue brigadesman’s perspective on the Pike River Mine
    My husband and I lived in Greymouth in 2010, we were a coal mining family.  The day Pike River Mine blew up and the days following changed us profoundly, as it did for so many.  This is a Mines Rescue...
    The Daily Blog | 26-09
  • The Left Triumphant! A Counterfactual History of the Last Twelve Months.
    DID IT REALLY HAVE TO END LIKE THIS? Reading through the commentary threads of the left-wing blogs it is impossible to not feel the anger; the sense of betrayal; the impression of having had something vital ripped from their grasp;...
    The Daily Blog | 26-09
  • GUEST BLOG – Myles Thomas: The media won it!
    Make no mistake, John Key is a clever communicator – reasonable, authoritative and relaxed – but without the media he wouldn’t be PM. Depending on your viewpoint, New Zealand’s news media are either a bunch of Grey Lynn lefties or...
    The Daily Blog | 25-09
  • Not Learning Lessons Past: the West’s Response to IS
    In an earlier posting Ukraine, United Kingdom, Ireland, Scotland, I noted that the first lesson of conflict learned by Robert McNamara was “understand your adversary”. If we have honourable objectives, our first and most important weapon is empathy. In the Vietnam War,...
    The Daily Blog | 25-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Dr Jarrod Gilbert – Proof of David Farrar’s deception: my ...
    In the lead up to the election the Minister of Corrections Anne Tolley launched a gang policy. In order to justify the government’s approach she used gang figures that overstated the gang problem. Not by a little bit, but a...
    The Daily Blog | 25-09
  • SPECIAL FEATURE: Stuart Nash – Red To The Rescue?
    SPECIAL FEATURE by Selwyn Manning. IF THE ELECTION RESULT which was dished out to Labour was not enough to incite an immediate leadership primary, then the caucus’ refusal to recognise David Cunliffe as the leader should cement it. Now is...
    The Daily Blog | 25-09
  • Has the one party state crackdown begun already? Left wing NZ activist grou...
    Well known left wing activist social media group, ‘John Key Has Left Down NZ’ has been shut down on Facebook. At 11.40pm last night, Facebook, without any warning shut the group down siting a breach of terms of service as...
    The Daily Blog | 24-09
  • Why Cunliffe should probably just let Nash & Robertson win
    We have to face some very unpalatable home truths. If you are a left wing political person, best you put your vote now to the Green Party, although you’ll have to do that all the while the Greens frantically tell you...
    The Daily Blog | 24-09
  • The graceless win of Kelvin Davis
    The graceless win of Cameron Slater’s mate in the North, Kelvin Davis is difficult to swallow. Here Cameron Slater’s mate in the North is shitting on Hone Harawira by calling Hone all steam, no hangi as Kelvin rubs his ganged up win into...
    The Daily Blog | 24-09
  • So Labour shifted too far to the left?
    So Labour shifted too far to the left?   Here’s the ill-judged view of Josie Pagani in the Pundit “Labour must change”: “At the last election I made myself a heretic when I wrote a column mentioning how unpopular the...
    The Daily Blog | 24-09
  • Uncomplicated Loyalties: Why Cunliffe and the Labour Left Cannot Win
    THE STORY of David Cunliffe’s leadership of the Labour Party has been one of missed opportunities and unforced errors. That he was the only choice available to those who wanted to rid the Labour Party of its neoliberal cuckoos is...
    The Daily Blog | 24-09
  • So we can expect this now?
    So we can expect this now?...
    The Daily Blog | 23-09
  • Can Labour be saved? Why Whaleoil & National won and why we need a new ...
    As the shock of my optimism that NZers would recoil from the real John Key as exposed by Dirty Politics and mass surveillance duplicities wears off, I am surprised to find that the right in NZ are not content with...
    The Daily Blog | 23-09
  • Three more years (up shit creek and paddling hard)
    “If the future is not green, there is no future. If the future is not you, there is no future”. Emma Thompson’s stirring words to the climate marchers in London last Sunday are worth considering in the aftermath of the...
    The Daily Blog | 23-09
  • One Party State
    In years to come this election will be seen as a historic turning point towards one party rule. I don`t mean this literally, absolute single party dictatorship is not in prospect. In the New Zealand context though, one party has...
    The Daily Blog | 23-09
  • No More. The Left Falls.
    . We cannot be beaten down Because we are down already. We can only rise up and if you should beat us down, We will rise again. And again. And again… And when you tire of beating us down, We...
    The Daily Blog | 23-09
  • Hang tight everyone – Marama Davidson campaign reflection
    To the many people who had expressed their overwhelming support for me to enter Parliament this election – thank you. That the Greens held steady in a big loss for progressive politics is an achievement. We are hopeful that after...
    The Daily Blog | 22-09
  • New flag for NZ once Key signs TPPA
    New flag for NZ once Key signs TPPA...
    The Daily Blog | 22-09
  • Reflecting on Elections Past
    There are a number of past elections that can give the left in New Zealand guidance and hope. Two major points though. Major parties require leaders who can bridge the political divide through strength of personality, vision of what it...
    The Daily Blog | 22-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Kelly Ellis – The Reptile Room
    I stress, at the outset, that I’ve got nothing against reptiles. Some of my best friends are reptiles. Some say I am one, but I’m not really. I just emulate that ability to sit, stationary for hours in court, eyes...
    The Daily Blog | 22-09
  • The success of right-wing counter messaging in the election
    One of the reasons National won the election was due to its success in counter messaging – and the way so many media commentators ran with th the right-wing spin. Here are some examples. Dirty Politics The original message was...
    The Daily Blog | 22-09
  • New Flag competition
    New Flag competition...
    The Daily Blog | 21-09
  • No time for self-pity
    After 23 meetings across the largest non-Maori electorate in the country – almost all of which went fantastically, approx 4,500km on the odometer, positive MSM and social media coverage, and polling well, I admit my team and I headed to...
    The Daily Blog | 21-09
  • The 30 second speech that could have saved the Moment of Truth
    As the dust settles and we struggle to understand what the bloody hell happened on Saturday, many point to Kim’s failure at the Moment of Truth to present his evidence. I think that Kim was poorly advised and that politics requires a...
    The Daily Blog | 21-09
  • Internet MANA and the 2014 election
    It was always going to be a hard task for Hone Harawira to hold onto his Te Tai Tokerau seat when the political establishment united in a coalition to defeat him and the chance for Internet MANA to bring more...
    The Daily Blog | 21-09
  • New Zealand Red Cross Responds to Drought in Tonga
    New Zealand Red Cross has sent an aid worker and two desalination units, to turn seawater into safe drinking water in the drought-hit Ha’apai islands of Tonga....
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • Can you ever tell if an email is real or forged?
    Computer industry veteran Brian Eardley-Wilmot warns that we should never take claims about stolen emails at face value....
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • NZ MPs to attend the ASPG Annual Conference in Sydney
    New Zealand MPs to attend the Australasian Study of Parliament Group Annual Conference in Sydney...
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • Independent Maori seats still needed in Parliament
    “He’s got to be joking!” is the reaction of the president of the Maori Party, Rangimarie Naida Glavish to a call by a former Labour Minister of Maori Affairs, Dover Samuels, for debate by Maori on whether the Maori electorates...
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • Support for Democratic Rights in Hong Kong
    Rallies supporting the rights for universal suffrage will take place all over New Zealand today and tomorrow...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Trout Mass-Poisoned in New Zealand
    Trout Mass-Poisoned in New Zealand The Graf Boys New Zealand has some of the best trout fishing in the world! Every year thousands of international visitors wade pristine rivers in search of the freshwater game fish....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • New Zealand’s 2014 Hottest Vegetarians Crowned
    With winter gone things are heating up, and things just got even hotter with the crowning of New Zealand’s hottest vegetarians, says animal advocacy group SAFE. Marking World Vegetarian Day, 1st October, director James Napier Robertson and actor...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • A day to remember our duty to look after our senior citizens
    Human Rights Commissioner Dr Jackie Blue says International Day of the Older Person (1 October) is a United Nations day to celebrate our senior citizens, but also acknowledge the need to protect our kaumatua, or older people from abuse and...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Clear data needed on impact of benefit sanctions on children
    A lack of data on benefit sanctions means there is no way of knowing whether welfare reform is helping or harming children, says Child Poverty Action Group....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • The socialist alternative to austerity and war
    Public meeting: After the New Zealand election—the socialist alternative to austerity and war By Tom Peters 29 September 2014...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • New recruits to boost border protection
    Twenty six new recruits began an intensive nine-week training course in Auckland today that will see them graduate as Customs officers in time for the busy summer season....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Dwindling Mallard population shows up ‘pest’ myth
    The pro hunting organisation Fish & Game is researching the causes of the decline of the mallard duck population, upset at the prospect of fewer ducks to kill....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Support for Democratic Rights in Hong Kong
    New Zealanders in Auckland will gather on Wednesday to support the rights for universal suffrage in Hong Kong....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Campbell Live Exclusive Interview with David Cunliffe
    David Cunliffe resigned as leader of the Labour party on Saturday; but he still wants the top job....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Action needed on cycling safety
    “Clearly we aren't doing enough to protect the 1.5 million New Zealanders who ride bikes,” said Mr Morgan....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • World Rivers Day Passes Without A Whimper
    Sunday 28 September was World Rivers Day to celebrate clean, flowing rivers and caring about them. But a recreation-conservation advocacy the Council of Outdoor Recreation Associations of NZ (CORANZ) says the day seems to have slipped by without...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • The Kiwifruit Claim: Q&A
    1. Who is running The Kiwifruit Claim? The Kiwifruit Claim was founded by kiwifruit growers representing well in excess of 10% of the industry. 2. Why are you running this claim? The introduction of Psa into New Zealand had devastating...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Fed Farmers Need to Be Weaned
    The Taxpayers’ Union is calling on Federated Farmers to make a firm commitment to reject any future Government funding, after it was revealed that the lobby group had received over $200,000 of payments in recent years....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Children paying the price for charter school stitch up
    New Zealand children will be paying a high price for a one-seat deal between ACT and National, with an expansion of the beleaguered charter school system says education union NZEI Te Riu Roa....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Hikoi From North Reaches Oil Conference Tomorrow
    Today: The Hikoi opposing Statoil plans for seismic testing and deep sea oil drilling has marched through Dargaville and later be welcomed to Piringatahi Marae, West Harbour,Tamaki Makaurau/Auckland....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Communities Still Count
    The efforts of many organisations to influence the electorate and the political parties they voted for in the lead up to the 2014 Election is over. The voting public has spoken and provided a strong endorsement to the centre-right National...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Eleven social enterprises get ready to take off
    Eleven teams from across the country will take part in the Launchpad, Ākina’s programme to get social enterprise ideas off the ground....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • An open letter to the Prime Minister
    in which Transparency International New Zealand asks the Prime Minister to ensure integrity underpins all work he leads "in the best interests of all New Zealanders"...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Paula Bennett ‘great work’ acknowledged – McVicar
    “Paula Bennett, as Minister of Social Development, has contributed significantly in lowering our crime rate and preventing further victims.” - McVicar...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Key’s Restraint in Propping up ACT Welcomed
    The Taxpayers’ Union is welcoming the announcement that ACT MP David Seymour will not be appointed as a Minister....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Only Concession is from the Taxpayer
    Responding to the confidence and supply agreement reached between John Key and Peter Dunne’s United Future Party, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says:...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • A Tent for Any Tenant
    AUT students and Salvation Army Manukau Community Ministries team up to raise awareness, as South Auckland’s housing situation moves from crisis to collapse...
    Scoop politics | 28-09
  • Cycle Safety Panel Draft Report Seeks Comments
    The Cycle Safety Panel Draft Report and Recommendations was published on 25th September 2014 and the panel are inviting comments. Lucinda Rees from NZ School Speeds, the organisation campaigning for consistent speed limits outside schools, is encouraged...
    Scoop politics | 28-09
  • Labour’s Review – Terms of Reference Agreed
    Labour's Review - Terms of Reference Agreed Following a meeting of its ruling New Zealand Council yesterday, Labour has released the terms of reference for the comprehensive review initiated following its 2014 election result. The review will comprise three...
    Scoop politics | 28-09
  • The final countdown for Kiwi smokers
    There are just two days left until many smokers stubb out their cigarettes for the last time and embark on Stoptober – New Zealand’s first national quit-smoking month....
    Scoop politics | 28-09
  • “In A Democracy People Win And People Lose”
    “In A Democracy People Win And People Lose” – Chris Hipkins Labour Senior Whip I would say to all of the caucus and all of the members let's actually hear the arguments from the people who want to be leader,...
    Scoop politics | 28-09
  • Campaign to make Murder of Unborn ”Safe and Legal”
    The IPPF have launched an international campaign through its 161 affiliates including the New Zealand Family Planning Association [NZFPA] to make the murder of the unborn safe and legal and accepted as a human right. This is an acceleration of...
    Scoop politics | 28-09
  • Grant Robertson Labour leader hopeful on TVNZ Q+A
    “Look I think what we need to be is relevant, clear and consistent with New Zealanders about the Labour Party's values,” said Labour leader hopeful Grant Robertson on TVNZ’s Q+A programme....
    Scoop politics | 28-09
  • Labour Needs to Get House in Order Before Deciding Leader
    Ex Labour party leader and possible repeat contender David Shearer says the Labour Party is going about the post-election period in the wrong way....
    Scoop politics | 28-09
  • Hate merchants at it again with smear tactics
    “It’s disappointing to see the hate merchants at it again with yet another attempt to smear and silence a health professional who’s doing research they disagree with,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists...
    Scoop politics | 28-09
  • Women’s group heartened by response to promo girls
    The National Council of Women of New Zealand is heartened by the strong response to the inappropriate use of bikini-clad girls at a technology expo....
    Scoop politics | 27-09
  • Owen interviews Jim Anderton, Helen Kelly and Selwyn Pellet
    Lisa Owen interviews Jim Anderton, Helen Kelly and Selwyn Pellet ___________________________________________ The Nation on TV3, 9.30am Saturdays and 10am Sundays. Check us out online , on Facebook or on Twitter . Tell us what you think at thenation@mediaworks.co.nz or text...
    Scoop politics | 27-09
  • Owen interviews Mark Boyd, Jonathan Milne and John Minto
    Lisa Owen interviews Mark Boyd, Jonathan Milne and John Minto ___________________________________________ The Nation on TV3, 9.30am Saturdays and 10am Sundays. Check us out online , on Facebook or on Twitter . Tell us what you think at thenation@mediaworks.co.nz or text...
    Scoop politics | 27-09
  • Prime Time on Labour
    Mike Smith - former General Secretary of the NZ Labour Party Jim McAloon, Assoc Prof, Victoria University of Wellington History Department (currently writing official history of the Labour Party) Rob Salmond, consultant to Labour Leader's office and...
    Scoop politics | 27-09
  • Korero Mai Ki Ahau – Saturday 27 & Sunday 28 September 2014
    Saturday 27 September 2014 | One million people voted for National in last week’s election. Another million didn’t vote at all. In Kia Korero Mai this week, Eru Morgan talks to political commentator Henare Kingi about the figures and what...
    Scoop politics | 26-09
  • On The Nation this weekend: Labour, National, The Media
    This weekend on The Nation… Labour’s had its worst election result in 92 years, so what happens next? We’ll talk to former Labour president Jim Anderton, CTU president Helen Kelly, and tech entrepreneur and past donor Selwyn Pellett about the...
    Scoop politics | 26-09
  • Red Cross, Pacific leaders prepare for cyclone season
    The New Zealand Red Cross Pacific Advisory Group, met for the first time this week, to develop a disaster response plan for the upcoming Pacific cyclone season, which is forecast to be severe....
    Scoop politics | 26-09
  • Teachers support PM’s call for solutions to child poverty
    NZEI Te Riu Roa is pleased to hear that the Prime Minister is calling for new ideas to address child poverty....
    Scoop politics | 26-09
  • First batch of household protection kits arrives in Liberia
    Kits containing protective gear will equip a network of community-based Ebola care centres nationwide...
    Scoop politics | 26-09
  • Dr Paul Hutchison praised for work to reduce child poverty
    The Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS) has thanked retiring National MP Dr Paul Hutchison for his work to reduce child poverty....
    Scoop politics | 26-09
  • Bag snatch hero deserves a medal – McVicar
    The Justice Spokesman for the Conservative Party, Garth McVicar, is calling for the woman known as the bag-snatch hero to be awarded a medal for bravery....
    Scoop politics | 26-09
  • Police Remembrance Day
    This week, Police staff and others have been wearing the distinctive huia feather-shaped Police Remembrance Pin as they reflect on those who have lost their lives in service to the society they swore to protect. Police Remembrance Day falls on...
    Scoop politics | 26-09
  • Affordable Auckland Attacks Creeping Apartheid
    Affordable Auckland Leader Stephen Berry is disturbed by developments increasing the number of local body regions choosing racially based representation. The Waikato and Bay of Plenty Regional Councils already have Maori wards, while New Plymouth...
    Scoop politics | 26-09
  • Dairy Strategy Proving to be a Disaster
    The intensification of the dairy industry is proving to be a disaster, says SAFE. This comes after the forecast 2015 milk price payout was cut 12% by Fonterra this week. “Last year, the government effectively gave the green light for...
    Scoop politics | 26-09
  • Where Next for the Left?
    26 September 2014 A discussion of the post-election prospects for radicals, facilitated by Fightback. 6pm | Monday 28th September | 19 Tory St [ Facebook event ]...
    Scoop politics | 26-09
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