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John Key, Blogsters and the Dotcom leaks

Written By: - Date published: 8:34 am, February 15th, 2014 - 169 comments
Categories: blogs, dpf, greens, john key, labour, national, newspapers, russel norman - Tags: ,

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Another week and more Dotcom related revelations have occurred.

Winston Peters has revealed that he did meet with Dotcom three times and asked how Key could have known this.  It seems that the story was broken publicly by the Herald gossip columnist Rachel Glucina.  She is really on a roll because she also broke the news of Green leader Russel Norman’s visits to Dotcom’s home as well as those of Don Brash and Clare Curran.  And yesterday she stated that Dotcom’s former head of security Wayne Tempero has quit.

Where is she getting the information from?  Given the accuracy and the detail involved you would have to wonder if the State’s Security Agencies or maybe even those from another country had let someone within National know and the information was then passed onto her.  As acknowledged by John Key this would be a career ending move for him if the local agencies were used in this way.  But the only other possibility is a leak from within Dotcom Mansion itself.

You also have to wonder why Glucina was chosen to release the information.  This is an unusual subject for her to cover.

Normally her columns are full of socialite gossip which I would prefer to poke my eyes with a sharp pencil than read but suddenly she is the breaker of important political news.  Perhaps, post Len Brown, forces within the National Party have decided that they should have an alternative outlet to Slater and have looked for someone who is completely different to do so.  And maybe the calculation is that her breaking the news will suggest that the source is some socialite with a large mouth rather than a state agency carrying out surveillance of political opponents.

As pointed out by Karol and Zetetic by far the most important revelation this week is the John Key Cameron Slater relationship.  Key has pretty well said that Slater was the source of the information about Peters and Slater has not denied it.  Key also confirmed regular contact with Slater.  Jason Ede’s role in Key’s office is becoming clearer.  It is now obvious that Key’s office feeds Slater information which Slater  then converts into bile, spews over it and throws it around indiscriminately.

This is extraordinarily important.  Slater has a stench about him.  His blogsite has to be seen to be believed.  Between the youtube videos and the naff postings his regular attacks on grieving families suggest there is something not right with him.  An association with him has the potential of coming with a huge cost.

Another event that occurred this week involved Farrar and Slater engaging in a tag team slime suggesting that MPs were asking questions as favours for Dotcom.  Although not stated there is an attempt to link this to the UK political cash for questions scandal.  Shame on them.  This is a disgraceful allegation to make.  And it is now clear that the puppet strings are being pulled from within the beehive.

You have to wonder about this sustained attack on Dotcom.  Perhaps Key and National realise that the day when evidence that Key had met Dotcom prior to the police raids is produced is fast approaching and that Dotcom’s reputation needs to be smeared as much as possible so that the claim can be discredited.

So I suspect over the next few months we are going to see much more damaging information leaked about a large German industrialist who could have been one of National’s strongest supporters.

169 comments on “John Key, Blogsters and the Dotcom leaks”

  1. Zorr 1

    You also have to wonder whether claiming regular contact with Slater was the only way to cover his ass in this whole sorry affair – because it diverts questioning to that claimed action rather than continuing questioning on the validity of his information and his sources for it which may well still not be Slater.

    • karol 1.1

      My thoughts, exactly, Zor. Key seemed most keen to divert attention from the role of surveillance agencies. Throwing Slater to the wind likely to be an acceptable loss compared with the higher stakes.

    • Saarbo 1.2

      Yes, I agree Zorr. A couple of weeks ago Key would never have admitted to communicating with Slater…but given the allegations Peter’s is making…Slater was, although an ugly option, still better (and still believable) than the GCSB.

      Key is worried about this, he knows there is a strong perception amongst voters about his smug dishonest nature.

    • Clemgeopin 1.3

      +1

  2. Stephanie Rodgers 2

    If Glucina doesn’t have print any more Dotcom-related revelations, my first assumption for her source would be the now-former security chief. I don’t really think it’s likely that information gathered by the SIS is being used in this instance – but given the past history of our security agencies and Dotcom it’s still a fair question to ask.

    • mickysavage 2.1

      I wondered about that Steph but he left in October and Russel Norman visited in November. It might have been one of the staff though. I can’t evaluate the possibility that the Police or the SIS did not collect the information so I can’t rule this out. Nor can I rule out the possibility the Americans did it although a leak from Dotcom Mansion does seem more plausible.

      • McFlock 2.1.1

        A gossip columnist is a funny person for any security operator to start leaking to (and bear in mind that in Tempero’s industry, that would be a career-buggering move that you wouldn’t risk for free).

        Given the profile of the case and the resources for flight, I wouldn’t be surprised if someone were keeping tabs on activities at the KDC mansion – but even just logging the number plates of the cars that come and go would have identified the visitors (if they had access to registration docs and maybe driving logs).

  3. Tigger 3

    The Key-Slater tie will hobble both moving forward. Slater now looks like Key’s puppet and Key can now be fairly quizzed whether he is Slater’s source for dirt.

    Farrar has been the most odious this week though. His columns were truly stinky.

    • Murray Olsen 3.1

      The only difference I have ever seen between WhaleSpew and Farrar is that Farrar has a shower before anyone takes his photo. The cleanliness is skin deep, and temporary.

  4. tc 4

    No surprises really, key does not attend parliament from wednesdays so he has plenty of time to catch up with cammy whilst cavorting about doing a smile and wave in joints like Prego etc.

    KDC could prove to be their biggest folly, they took his cash, then hung him out when JK’s real employers (US interests) came calling.

    JK yet again shows that he has no moral compass and will do whatever it takes, no stoop too low for our PM. The throat slitting gesture summed him up really.

    • David Golden Bay 4.1

      Totally agree, if you thought the throat slitting gesture was just an aberration then he has just removed all doubt. He has just joined the National party all the way to the top with Slater, his site and his so called army of vitriol.

      Key is purely self motivated for Key, that extends to being complicit with the USA for his own benefit, he and his party are corrupt, arrogant liars. As for NZ, he couldn’t give a fuck, as long as he can monitor us all for the sole purpose of surpressing competing narratives….

  5. Tiger Mountain 5

    Has New Zealand society changed so far that nothing much beyond popular culture and the online equivalent of talk back radio–Whalespew and Kiwibog matters anymore to large numbers of Kiwis?
    One thing has not changed though, you definitely can still gauge people by the company they keep.

    The Prime Minister who has personal responsibility for much of this Dotcom debacle as minister of snoops would likely have been sent packing just for associating with a creep like blubberguts in earlier times.

    Anyway whether the spying and later blabbering on Norman, Peters and others was an inside job, done by state or overseas forces, private operators or talented individuals or a combination of all the above the truth is slowly emerging. Especially the truth about tory networks and modus operandi.

    My worry is that when John Phillip ShonKey is finally, definitively, revealed to be the filthy liar that politically aware people have known for a long time, will Micky’s concern come true–that so many smears on others and Dotcom will make the Prime Minister appear to be just another rat in the nest.
    Turn on the rugby and forget about it.

    • David H 5.1

      And if Key and co get back into power how long do you think that siltes like this will be allowed to function? When under some new draconion media laws

  6. big bruv 6

    Seen the latest polls Micky?

    Are you off to a BBQ and Shane Jones house this weekend?

    • Te Reo Putake 6.1

      The latest poll that shows support for National still dropping? Yep, that’s worth getting the barbie out for. Must be nervous times in National HQ when even the most over-puffed poll of them all shows Key heading for the exit door.

      • Lanthanide 6.1.1

        The latest poll that claims National would get 64 seats out of 123 in parliament and therefore be able to govern alone. Not really ‘dropping’ is it?

    • Pascal's bookie 6.3

      No real movement in that ipsos poll.

      Interesting crosss tabs though. Greens doing really well in the South island especially and in the provinces more generally, and the Nats being held up by their support from the over 50 yr olds. That’s your John Key super bribe right there. National is becoming NZF with an increasingly elderly farm of bought off supporters, support for ACT style stuff remains nowhere.

      • Tiger Mountain 6.3.1

        Agree Pascal on the super bribe. There are thousands out there that can’t wait for 65 to come.
        National super is barely livable but there is little battling WINZ to get it and a certain respectability accorded.

        A whole generation of over 50s have been stung by the legacy of Rogernomics living on underemployed income for years. Some I have spoken to will vote National for this self interested reason so Labour should keep their traps shut on raising the age. Key knows the statistics about affordable super but publicly ignores them.

        • Pascal's bookie 6.3.1.1

          Mostly agree with this.

          There are a hots of people out there who don’t need it though, who will fight like buggery to keep it even though they’ve voted for 40 years to cut taxes and reduce the safety net for actually vulnerable people.

          And they all vote Nat and labour could punch away at them without cost.

    • David H 6.4

      You seen that Key is kissing pals with WhaleSlime? Oh fun times. But wouldn’t want to be at a BBQ with them. Slater would rot the meat at 50 paces.

  7. Whatever next 7

    Slimy slitherins, the lot of them, the whole cabinet can be aligned to the ministry of magic (especially prof Umbridge as hekia parata)National’s use of propoganda in the media is like watching the last Harry Potter films, when corruption seems to be winning out….perhaps the sheeple will make the connection themselves one day and wake up from their stupor.

  8. captain hook 8

    the stench coming off this government will sink them for sure. If they had decent policies and a comprehensive programme to generate employment then they would have no worries but they are a gang of takers and users so they are taking the easy option of enlisting a gang of sleazeballs.
    shame on them.

  9. Blue 9

    “Large German Industrialist” ?, Fat creepy German convicted fraudster and wanted International criminal. What sane person would want anything to do with him? Banks is an idiot so that’s understandable, Winston is a serial liar, so that explains him, but to think he has become a political force is taking the farce too far. For Gods sake think about what he is, a hedonist millionaire who made his money stealing other peoples intellectual property. What I find astounding is that anyone would hold him up as a hero. He has values as much in common with either National or Labour as Hone has with Don Brash.

    • Rob 9.1

      So why did Winston go and meet with him and what was discussed , this is the elephant in the room.

      Another issue again conveniently overlooked whilst pounding keyboards inventing a GCSB leaking conspiracy.

      • McFlock 9.1.1

        Maybe KDC was stalking the opposition MPs and feeding the information to Winston – oh wait, that’s the other two.
        Maybe Winston was feeding blackmail information to KDC – oh wait, that’s the other two.
        Maybe Winston wanted to see if KDC had any more information about the sex lives of regional politicians – oh wait, that’s the other two.

        There’s a fucking herd of elephants in the room, but the one you’re obseesing over is one of the smallest.

      • karol 9.1.2

        Winston has said why he went – Dotcom contacted Winston after Winston was highly critical of Dotcom. Peters accepted the invite to hear Dotcom’s side of the story.

      • Colonial Viper 9.1.3

        “So why did Winston go and meet with him and what was discussed , this is the elephant in the room.”

        Why dont you ask the GCSB and the SIS; no doubt they have Dotcom under full time surveillance.

  10. Ad 10

    Dotcom is a glorious and frivolous political distraction for both left and right. But the right is using his as a deep wedge to destroy as much of the left as they can. How many more politician and activist reputations we need to see blown up defending this guy? He’s not the Statue of Liberty, he’s the Monument to Digital Greed. Hey lefties, stop worshipping at the feet of the .1%

  11. Stever 11

    Blue: john key isn’t German and he’s not all that fat either.

  12. There seems something a bit off about all this. I note that cam says, “if the PM says I’m the source I guess I must have been…” That is a funny kind of admission considering how much he craves attention. And i also note how frantic key was to get away from the thought that he had used the official spys to get the dirt – almost too frantic imo

    He said no public agency was involved. “And if there was, it would be an immensely serious thing. It would see the end of myself as Prime Minister and the end of the Government.”

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11202362

    yes it would wouldn’t it…

    • felix 12.1

      “if the PM says I’m the source I guess I must have been…”

      I can’t see any way to parse that except as a denial.

  13. TightyRighty 13

    I find whale oil tiresome, but I can’t help but laugh at his ability to absolutely own the entire political left in NZ. Moaning about about links between senior politicians and bloggers is a bit rich don’t you think? And Farrar and slater asking some pertinent questions about the correlations between dotcom meetings and questions being asked in parliament regarding his case isn’t a slime job. It’s a natural conclusion.
    I do love how dotcom has become the albatross round the neck of the opposition, when all your electoral hopes rested on one fat German with lots of cash. We now know the lefts price. And it’s fucking low rent

    • Tiger Mountain 13.1

      Back up the bus, Mr Dotcom is ShonKey, Banksie (turn out the lights, the ACT party’s over) the FBI, NSA, NZ Police, NZSIS and GCSB’s albatross Tighty.

      The torys price is sell out NZ sovereignty to the yanks which they have done in spades already with the TPPA, asset sales, offshore drilling and Afghanistan.

    • lprent 13.2

      The issue was if the information about meetings came from the GCSB and/or SIS and/or police.

      Basically I still don’t believe Key. Cameron Slater couldn’t manage the surveillance – he’d have problems organising a pissup in a brewery. While there might be leaks from the KDC mansion, there was an extraordinary precision about the details that Key released. The kind of detail that you get from a electronic search warrant

      • Tracey 13.2.1

        Agree. Slater is a conduit for sleazy info. The kind the right say nats dont stoop to.

        Most interesting to me is the media find nothing odd about a PM spending any time on whaleoil or speaking with him. The man who launched an unimaginable attack on a dead man.

      • ghostwhowalksnz 13.2.2

        Slater has good contacts in the security industry as he ran a business in this area before he went bankrupt ( blames everyone else)

        Security guards often have a military background ( the really good ones) so Id assume that military intelligence might have a watching brief here. This would be very risky politically so it could be outsourced to MI6 or UKDI ( or even Mossad? , haha)

  14. Sanctuary 14

    I think most people suspected that Slater and Farrar were part of sophisticated propaganda machine driven out of the ninth floor. That accusation is not news. The confirmation of that relationship – and more particularly, the shocking revelations from John Key himself of the extent of his communication at a personal level with Cameron Slater – is a scandal.

    My main emotion at hearing Key confirm he talks to someone as odious as Slater without apparently a moral qualm was actually one of profound sadness. Do the people of New Zealand really deserve such a rotten ruling class?

    How has it come to this, that our PM rings a pornographer, a man who repeatedly breaks the law, a man who mocks and makes jokes about dead babies and has amiable chats with him? How has it come to this, that our media has so lost it’s moral compass that it doesn’t regard this news as a shocking admission of moral decadence in the very highest eschelons of our ruling political party? Our media and political establishment is seriously sick, sicker than anyone can imagine. The suspicion that the venality and stupidity and dishonesty the Dotcom fiasco reveals in our elites is a glimpse of something very, very, rotten at the heart of our governing class is something the PM’s links with Slater merely serves to help confirm.

    • Shona 14.1

      Well said!

      • David H 14.1.1

        Very well said. And have you noticed there is NO comments section in any articles that Link Key and Slater either. They are scared of the reaction they will get.

    • RedLogix 14.2

      Once again you capture the conversation for me perfectly Sanctuary. It’s an odd thing that so many conservatives profess will shock and outrage at a perfectly ordinary affair between consenting adults – while happily aligning themselves with a misogynistic, anti-sex, toxic cretin like Slater.

      With this small episode NZ politics has finally managed to make Aussie politics look good.

    • CnrJoe 14.3

      right on Sanctuary ++

    • Saarbo 14.4

      “My main emotion at hearing Key confirm he talks to someone as odious as Slater without apparently a moral qualm was actually one of profound sadness. Do the people of New Zealand really deserve such a rotten ruling class? ”

      Agree with you 100% Sanctuary!

      It really makes you wonder what sort of upbringing some people have had to support such a deeply disturbed and fucked up person as whale oil…The right have a group of very suspect supporters.

    • Anne 14.5

      Do the people of New Zealand really deserve such a rotten ruling class?

      Sadly Sanctuary I believe many of them do. Perhaps even a majority. That so many are blind and oblivious to the corrupt and rotten NACT govt.practices occurring right under their noses is testament to their ignorance, gullibility and self-centred mindset. I won’t even get started on the bunch of MSM pretenders who masquerade as journalists and reporters. Some are only just out of nappies and their puerile comments and lack of any real political knowledge and understanding render them an embarrassment to have to listen to… It’s the ‘off’ button for me most of the time these days.

    • repateet 14.6

      At last someone who gets it. Thank you.

    • Draco T Bastard 14.7

      The suspicion that the venality and stupidity and dishonesty the Dotcom fiasco reveals in our elites is a glimpse of something very, very, rotten at the heart of our governing class is something the PM’s links with Slater merely serves to help confirm.

      That’s inevitable with every governing class which is why we keep having to get rid of them.

    • xtasy 14.8

      “My main emotion at hearing Key confirm he talks to someone as odious as Slater without apparently a moral qualm was actually one of profound sadness. Do the people of New Zealand really deserve such a rotten ruling class?”

      Sanctuary –

      I recommend your comment for the Sunday sermons in all Christian churches, and for the next Friday meeting speeches at mosques, same as for gatherings of other folks. What a sad state of affairs in this country, that once counted itself as one so uncorrupted and “pure”!

  15. unpcnzcougar 15

    I imagine the folks at the GCSB are rolling on the floor in stitches that our politicians think they are interesting enough to be spied on. I remember hearing Keith Locke on the radio who was very disappointed to find out he hadn’t been under surveillance. Really people, I mean really!

    • fender 15.1

      Keith Locke was told he wasn’t one of the 88 illegally spied on by GCSB.

      He was however spied on by the SIS for 51 years

    • BM 15.2

      Yeah that was hilarious.
      Poor old Keith that must have been the worst day of his life, his ego totally shattered.

      I doubt he’ll ever recover.

    • Colonial Viper 15.3

      I imagine the folks at the GCSB are rolling on the floor in stitches that our politicians think they are interesting enough to be spied on.

      Five Eyes partners have spied on each others politicians on a regular and routine basis.

      You should wake up to the facts.

      It’s not about spying on people who are “interesting,” it is about a deep state apparatus which believes that it is beyond political control.

  16. Tombstone 16

    How come the MSM isn’t asking many of the questions found here on The Standard and putting them out there for the public to digest? Isn’t that what the media is there to do? To investigate and to report the FACTS rather than manipulate, fabricate or simply ignore them? I can’t for the life of me believe how much Key has managed to get away with and how easily he’s managed to do it. There’s no doubt that this has to be causing a great deal of concern for opposition parties who are looking at what could be another election defeat if someone doesn’t manage to pull a rabbit out of the hat some time soon. Labour need to avoid bribes – that will hurt them more than anything. Cunliffe also needs to tap into the national psyche more and start talking like a real leader – strong words, less grinning and winking at people as if to say ‘That’ll have them stuffed!’. This is war – class war. He needs to get angry. Get the blood flowing. Start showing some muscle and stop trying to out wit Key at every turn. Key is too slippery for that kind of thing. You need Jokey on side of the house and defiant determination on the other. Every suit of armor has its weak point – Labour need to find it fast and drive the spear home. The latest poll will have National riding high and Labour are running out of time. I give them one month to nail Key good and beyond that I think it’s good night nurse and another 3 years of seeing this country fucked over even more by this retched government. JMO. Welder, family man from Christchurch and fed up with all the namby pamby bullshit. Fight back and fight back now! Key wins this race Labour are fucked and I mean royally fucked. I don’t think the party will recover and I for one won’t be voting for them again if this election is lost. They have enough ammo to sink the Bismark but right now the shots aren’t landing and it’s getting painful. Nuff said from me!

    • Paul 16.1

      Simple answer…a biased media owned by corporate interests.

    • Good points but, can you explain how Labour gets a decent share of good publicity or photo opportunities Because all the TV channels are biased toward the Right .Talk back hosts are mainly Tory and the daily papers are without doubt National .An example ,last night the main story was the Countdown expose .Jones had 2 mins,
      Key was headlined for this scandal .Grinning Key solving the Countdown scandal. This happens non stop so tell me Tombstone just how do we get a fair share of the story.

      • Tombstone 16.2.1

        That’s the million dollar question but it’s one that I’ve been mulling over for quite some time and here’s the problem as I see it – Labour’s brand is boring. It’s just National in red. Create a brand / visual campaign that really gets people excited and watch what happens. Suddenly people become interested in the message because they like what they see or they feel compelled to understand the message behind what they’re seeing. Like a photograph that speaks a thousand words – something that can’t be denied. Reality caught in a single shot. Powerful images without the need to cover them in statistics – the image speaks for itself. I live in Christchurch. I survived the quakes. I see the heartache every day that surrounds me and it’s not something that can be described in mere words but a single photograph can on the other hand be more powerful than the sum of all words combined. I work as a freelance graphic artist in my free time and do a lot of low brow art and so I guess I tend to see the world from a very visual perspective and the weak point I see in the National Party is Brand Key – that is the weak point in their armor. That is where you drive the spear home. Fuck the MSM. Let them gorge themselves on Key’s bullshit. What counts most is that you get the people excited and wanting more. Do that and the MSM will follow. Bye bye Key. Bye bye National.

        • xtasy 16.2.1.1

          Tombstone – I sympathise with you, and I am also very disheartened and yet also angry. There are so many political and coal face issues that Labour can and must take up. I found this speech by Shane Jones, raising issues with the supermarkets, of some interest, but then again, he was whipping up emotions in Parliament, but would not raise the same issues outside.

          We have appalling things going on for the working poor, struggling to pay bills, to make ends meet, we have disgusting practices adopted by WINZ, to now scare sick and disabled, as they are in increasing numbers expected to look for at least part time work.

          Yet Labour is stuffing up too much, is only addressing a few matters, but too little. Most wonder, what would be the difference between having them be in government, or another term of Key and his rotten lot.

          As for the MSM, journalism started to die with the rise of Paul Holmes, and the new breed call themselves “media personalities”, nothing much short of “media celebrities”, and we can watch them tweet each other on Twitter, dishing out at each other, or gossiping mostly about trivial nonsense, and trying to be “trendy” to get more clicks and ‘likes”, so they can boost their egos yet more, to knock on the top editor’s door, and say, hey, I deserve a pay rise.

          Investigative journalism is mostly dead, dead silent and not to be seen or heard. The print media is desperate for advertising revenue, same as radio and television, so they compete as “prostitutes” to appeal to the advertisers, that are the commercial business interests, who again do not want serious news and stories, they want “excitement”, adrenalin and dumbing down, so people do not think or doubt, they want them to follow the hormonal dictate to buy, buy, buy, nothing else. The hunter gatherer instinct is predominant in the wider populace, due to all this, nothing else. We can drive the most modern Japanese or European car, but we behave as primitives too often, that is the majority of the brain washed population, I am afraid.

          That is New Zealand in February 2014, in the year of the most important election for decades.

          • McFlock 16.2.1.1.1

            to be fair, Jones was making explicit claims of blackmail under parliamentary privilege.

            Repeating that on the outside would lead to a number of problems.

            But Rich for the distributors agreeing with at least part of the story (requests for retrospective payment) lends credibility. It’s a multi-month issue.

            As an aside, corporates “requesting” retrospective payments makes windfall taxes on privatised asset shareholders a bit more the norm :)

  17. Blue 17

    Glucina may be a gossip columnist but she has always had her nose in politics, with a strong National Party alignment.

    With all the heat on Slater lately, it makes sense for the Nats to utilise one of their other bottom-feeding resources.

    • Anne 17.1

      Glucina may be a gossip columnist but she has always had her nose in politics, with a strong National Party alignment.

      That’s an understatement Blue. She’s a right-wing John Key lickle-spittling b–ch. Rarely go near her third-rate ravings, but once or twice she has commented on Labour/David Cunliffe with venom and vitriol pouring from her metaphorical pen. Another silly, shallow Kerre Woodham – maybe worse.

    • Tracey 17.2

      Source?

      • Anne 17.2.1

        Her gossip column Tracey. One of them was around 6 weeks to two months ago and another last year sometime. I can’t source them now partly because I rarely read them. Those two just happened to catch my eye because they were mentioned in the headline.

        • karol 17.2.2.1

          “Scandal”! Who’s the Olivia Pope in all this?

        • karol 17.2.2.2

          There’s this, from Bryce Edwards.

          No surprises there – but it’s what is making it’s way to Edward’s ears.

        • karol 17.2.2.3

          That’s from this NZ Herald article of 2012. Glucina did a pols studies degree.

          Glucina won’t talk about her relationship with John Key, instead smiling coyly. Neither will the PM talk. His press secretary instead saying “we decline to be involved in this” in response to questions including whether Key regularly texts asking for the names in the scandalous Guess Who, Don’t Sue column.

          Eventually Glucina says she does talk to Key -“I talk to lots of people” – and that he is an”avid” reader of Spy. She’s fascinated by politics: “Possibly the power behind it, the scandal, the stories, there’s something sexy about politics.”

          But this report from Russell Brown in 2008, shows how much WO and Glucina were vitrolic enemies:

          Clearly, you are not apprised of Whaleoil’s astonishing foray into the land of the gossip queens.

          It goes like this: Cameron ‘Whaleoil’ Slater, self-regarding attack dog of the wingnutosphere, has become the confidant of Sunday Star Tmes gossip columnist Bridget Saunders; she channels his yawn-inducing tips about political rivals and he plays the unstinting schoolgirl bully to Saunders’ grammatically-challenged rival Rachel Glucina, who is referred to by Slater and his chums, including Cathy Odgers, as “the Pork Chop”.

          Now, Slater is accusing some 23 year-old would-be fashionista socialite written up by Glucina of faking her credentials. If only we could care as much as he does.
          […vitrolic quote from WO…]

          The target of this hilarious teenage invective regards Slater’s claims about her as defamatory, and has thus hired a lawyer. Who happens to be Steven Price, poor bugger.

          And so forth….

  18. tricledrown 18

    Tighty Almighty
    So Now Key has shat all over Winston how many coalition parties does he have Now.
    Or is he still going with Peters.
    Key is painting himself into a corner based on one biased poll.
    Like I Said before give him Enough rope and he will hang himself.
    Cup of tea anyone!

    • chris73 18.1

      Well after 8 years I suppose prediction might come true but it won’t be this one

    • TightyRighty 18.2

      Will you take that same length of rope and hitch a ride out of here when national wins the next election without coalition partners?

  19. chris73 19

    I was going to post this after the election but this post has convinced me to bring it forward:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SjIYXyURpLg

    • Ben 19.1

      That isn’t even really funny! The only funny part is that by posting it you come across as a troll and an idiot. Oh dear!

      • Hayden 19.1.1

        Not experienced chris73 before, I see.

      • chris73 19.1.2

        Its not meant to be funny but rather an idea of how paranoid this post is and how Whaleoil still has the left chasing its own tail

        • fender 19.1.2.1

          The Joker, the one whom chris73 models his moral compass upon.

          • chris73 19.1.2.1.1

            Naah I’d class the Joker as Chaotic Evil or Chaotic Neutral whereas I’m Lawful Good or Lawful Neutral

            • fender 19.1.2.1.1.1

              Your far-right ideology is a crime against mankind, nothing lawful about that.

              Funny you speak about paranoia as you sit there clutching your loaded gun.

              • chris73

                My far-right ideology will be returned to power for another three years which means I’m following the current govt and its rule of law so I’m definately Lawful but you would seem to be chaotic

                • McFlock

                  “might makes right” is not “rule of law”.
                  Which you’d know if you weren’t a fuckwit.

                  • chris73

                    Where did I say might makes right fucktard

                    • McFlock

                      The bit where you said you were Lawful because the govt “will be returned to power for another three years”, you lockjawed fluffer.

                    • chris73

                      Since the govt of the day can change the laws and I’m following the laws of the govt (and in fact every previous govt as well) I must be lawful

                      Is there some part of that you don’t get you wart-hog-faced-buffoon!

                    • McFlock

                      But the first “which means” indicates that should the government not be returned to power, you would not be (or even are not now) “lawful”.

                      Which is different from your current position “Since the govt of the day can change the laws and I’m following the laws of the govt (and in fact every previous govt as well) I must be lawful”.

                      Although nice to see you’ve given up pretence of being “good” or “neutral”.

                      You festering son of a camel’s haemorrhoid.

                    • chris73

                      Dancing on the head of a pin again, you really are a boil, a plague sore, an embossed carbuncle in my corrupted blood

                    • McFlock

                      nah, just unfairly reading what you actually write, rather than bending over backwards to pretend you’re not an idiot

                      edit: you pustulent excuse for a rotting maggot

                    • chris73

                      I already mentioned I’m either good or neutral I assumed you were intelligent enough to remember that (or could have looked up) I apologise for giving you too much credit

                      You infectious, sheep-biting, malmsey-nosed foot-licker

                    • McFlock

                      no you said you’d class yourself as either good or neutral, but gave no evidence whatsoever for that. Which is exactly what I’d expect a shill for the forces of evil to say.

                      You vacuous turd who suckles on the teat of the Sith.

                    • chris73

                      So wheres your evidence that you’re good, neutral or evil?

                      You impertinent, odiferous codpiece

                    • McFlock

                      Spent 15 years keeping people safe & alive for not much in the way of financial reward.

                      Rather than lobbying for pollies whose policies kill children.

                      Thou misbegot son of a cut-purse

                    • chris73

                      In that case I’ll put my forward my peace-keeping experiences (and unlike peacekeepers from other countries I did my job professionally) and general not breaking the law-type stuff as proof I’m good

                      You dunder-headed, guts-griping fustilarian

                    • McFlock

                      yeah, but I’m not lobbying for the dark side.

                      You depraved felch-puppy

                    • chris73

                      Thats the problem though because you think the right is the dark side whereas I think of the left as being somewhat similar to the saying the road to hell is paved with good intentions

                      You floppy-cocked popinjay

                    • McFlock

                      all well and good, until you look at the youth suicide rate across different governments, the unemployment rate across different governments, gdp across different governments, and then it becomes obvious which side is working for the good of the country and which side is working for the good of the few.

                      Thou goat-bred trollop

                    • McFlock

                      whoops, hit moderation :)

                    • heh..!

                      ..very funny..

                      ..you pusillanimous poppycocks..you..!

                      ..phillip ure..

                • Stephanie Rodgers

                  I hate to out myself as a nerd, but that’s not what the Lawful/Chaotic distinction means. Lawful doesn’t necessarily involve acting in line with the current regime, it can apply to any set of moral or ethical codes.

      • Paul 19.1.3

        Chris idolises the blubbery one.

        • chris73 19.1.3.1

          Paul, this is not an argument.
          Just a snide remark.

          • McFlock 19.1.3.1.1

            so says the fucktard who posts pointless youtube shit

            • chris73 19.1.3.1.1.1

              Just because you miss the point doesn’t make it pointless dickwad

              • McFlock

                While 13 minutes of insane laughter is probably the most meaningful thing you’ve said or linked to, the fact remains that (compared to even the flatulence of people who have normal levels of empathy and intelligence) it signifies nothing.

                • chris73

                  Basically this post is completely scraping the bottom of the barrel stuff so the only response you can give it is 13 minutes of the Joker laughing

                  Its sad that for over 8 years (thats nearly a decade) the left have been desperately trying to find some smear about JK, trying to label him as some aloof money man and its not sticking, its not working because the people of NZ are smarter then the left give them credit for

                  The left are so desperate that they latch onto someone convicted of computer fraud, data espionage, insider trading and embezzlement in the vain hope that he might give some PR or might be able to bring John Key down

                  You simply can’t admit that someone who bested Helen Clark, Phil Goff, David Shearer and (probably) David Cunliffe is actually quite intelligent and knows what hes doing

                  Get used to another three years out of power but don’t worry the left will get in by default at 2017

          • Paul 19.1.3.1.2

            I have tried many times to debate with you.
            However, you are only on this site to cause trouble.

  20. Whatever next 20

    David H, absolutely noticing the lack of comments sections in media on anything important these days, and also seeing them stopped early when there were comments……….they must be very nervous, and the propoganda machine in overdrive

  21. Tracey 21

    Mickey

    Any experience in defamation law? Any chance you could email me?

  22. Instauration 22

    “Rachel the Revealer” of Mahoenui rock-cam.
    She has been the recipient of much Whalebile – the Pork Chop sagas – renders her an overly obvious nominee for a non-Slater source.

  23. greywarbler 23

    When does somebody get regarded as a space-wasting troll? The threads get so long with their provocative comments that always someone has to answer and so it keeps going.

    Chris 73 I already mentioned I’m either good or neutral I assumed you were intelligent enough to remember that (or could have looked up) I apologise for giving you too much credit
    You infectious, sheep-biting, malmsey-nosed foot-licker

    This is the ‘quality’ of discussion that ensues.

  24. Steve (North Shore) 24

    Been at the beach most of the day – wonderful.
    Seems there are a lot of people who don’t want to enjoy our great summer weather and just cyber away attacking John Key.
    Your loss, not mine, caught any fish? cyber fish? corksoakers

  25. Tombstone 25

    As posted in a reply … Labour’s brand is boring. It’s just National in red. Create a brand / visual campaign that really gets people excited and watch what happens. Suddenly people become interested in the message because they like what they see or they feel compelled to understand the message behind what they’re seeing. Like a photograph that speaks a thousand words – something that can’t be denied. Reality caught in a single shot. Powerful images without the need to cover them in statistics – the image speaks for itself. I live in Christchurch. I survived the quakes. I see the heartache every day that surrounds me and it’s not something that can be described in mere words but a single photograph can on the other hand be more powerful than the sum of all words combined. I work as a freelance graphic artist in my free time and do a lot of low brow art and so I guess I tend to see the world from a very visual perspective and the weak point I see in the National Party is Brand Key – that is the weak point in their armor. That is where you drive the spear home. Fuck the MSM. Let them gorge themselves on Key’s bullshit. What counts most is that you get the people excited and wanting more. Do that and the MSM will follow. Bye bye Key. Bye bye National.

    • Colonial Viper 25.1

      Art, whether photography or poetry, can capture the symbolism and the emotion more perfectly and more succinctly than a bureaucratic report ever could. Which is of course why the corporate state always tries to suppress transformative inspirational art and reduce everything to analytical cost benefit figures devoid of human content, creativity and value.

  26. appleboy 26

    What a load of horseshit.

    Key first says ‘people tell me things’ when first put on the spot re how he knew KDC and Winston met 3 times.

    A day later he’s telling us SlugSlater told him.

    Yeah right.

    No politician would associate themselves with that piece of crap unless they were desperatew to deflect. Like SlugSlater sat outside the KDC mansion for months and just happened to be there each time Winston arrived?

    No, Key decided he wanted to deflect the story re GCSB monitoring of KBC/Winston. Must be desperate to have publicly stated he’s in contact with SlugSlater

    Only the ignorant or a right wing nutter would believe otherwise.

    • ianmac 26.1

      Yeah. And Slater didn’t really endorse himself as a source. Suppose it worked because the fuss died down.

  27. xtasy 27

    Dotcom’s more recent piece may be a bit rubbish, but do not forget this one, which was at least “very appropriate”, right?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8CvRSZxqk_I

    “Kim Dotcom – John Banks Song”

    This must never be forgotten in NZ history!!!

    It reminds us of what it was and is all about!

    This is a bit more bizarre, but perhaps listen:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MokNvbiRqCM

  28. xtasy 28

    Despite it all – still a human being, also with children:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BQwvC0bvxg4

    It seems the MSM and Key have now forgotten that, in their war newly declared on Dotcom (and family)!

  29. xtasy 29

    Extradtion possibilities, yeah, but nah:

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11200101

    Deportation possibilities, nah, as kids born here:

    http://www.legislation.govt.nz/act/public/2009/0051/latest/DLM1440303.html

    I think New Zealanders better accept, this man and his family are here to STAY! Whether you like it or not, and that includes John (the Idiot) Key!

    Better get used to it, and the thorn in Key’s side will be there forever, and I KNOW a German’s feelings, so Key will have to retire to his “refuge” on Hawaii, no matter what! Good riddance! There are “feelings” that will persecute him FOREVER!

  30. Murray Olsen 30

    While the photos of Farrar are incredibly sad, but funny, I think we need to be careful about getting caught up too much in the gossip circle that passes for politics in parts of Aotearoa. I don’t really care much about who’s twittering whom, or which bag of lard is calling which gossip columnist a pork chop. We’ve got a future to build, and focussing on the mechanics of gossip won’t even get us to the starting bell for the fight to come.

    We need a Labour that’s not NAct in a red frock. We need to get around a biassed MSM. We need to get people out to vote. We need to keep those people organised so that whoever sits on the government benches after the election listens to us, and takes more notice of us than they do of the Anadarko boys from Texas, or the Warner Bros. Or even Dotcom. It’s not obvious to me that knowing who and what is on Bryce Edward’s twitter list helps with this.

    • xtasy 30.1

      “We need a Labour that’s not NAct in a red frock. We need to get around a biassed MSM. We need to get people out to vote. We need to keep those people organised so that whoever sits on the government benches after the election listens to us, and takes more notice of us than they do of the Anadarko boys from Texas, or the Warner Bros. Or even Dotcom.could be done easily”

      “but Labour want none to be do with guys like me, or others, so f them. ”

      Even if you separate yourself from a mad person like Dotcom, but while he is not that mad after all, the challenge is great, and there are too few “capable” in NZ that can do the job. There are endless IDIOTS in Labour, and even to a lesser degree in Greens, something bigger is needed, but who the hell will do it???

    • karol 30.2

      It’s worth knowing how Glucina fits into the NAct’s MSM-blog spin machine.

      It’s more important to get back to why Key is so keen to shift the focus from his role in the Dotcom saga that he’ll throw Slater to the wind.

      Key is clearly worried about what will be unfolding this year in relation to Dotcom and surveillance, and is trying to spin some smoke and mirrors around it.

      It is at the top end of the rich-corporate-backed-powerful and poor-powerless divide.

      • veutoviper 30.2.1

        Good points, Karol.

        My perceptions are that Key is clearly worried about what might unfold, but I am not so sure that he has ‘thrown Slater to the wind’ as such. Time will tell. Key’s performance in those two interviews on Thursday and Friday was astounding and almost over the top, however, and his ‘minders’ are probably worried as to what he will come out with next.

        I also agree with Murray Olsen that we have a future to build and time is too short to become sidelined on the mechanics of gossip.

        But to “get around a biassed MSM” as MO suggests, we also need to understand that biassed MSM. My eyes have been opened in the last week during my venture/voyeurism into the Twitter bubble of MSM journalists and other participants in that bubble.

        I don’t want to belabour the point (no pun intended) but Twitter has certainly become a source of information. For example, Rachel Glucina seems to be hosting the Herald’s corporate box at the Nines this weekend – and her tweets and photos yesterday show that both Judith Collins and Nicki Kaye were in the box yesterday. Who today? https://twitter.com/RachelGlucinaNZ

      • Karen 30.2.2

        Glucina has been including pro National anti Labour and Greens comments for some years now. I have long suspected the role of the National Party in supplying her with political gossip they want spread and this latest example confirms it for me. Whether the original information came from the Dotcom entourage or government agencies is not clear, but I think the latter is absolutely feasible. The timing is also interesting – I think Dotcom is going to produce evidence John Key lied about previous contact and this is the the way they will spread the heat. I think the Nats were probably hoping Norman and Peters would also lie but no such luck.

        • Anne 30.2.2.1

          Great summing up Karen. My hunch is though: that the source was not a government security agency but rather a shady bunch of business types with enough dosh to purchase (or maybe already possess) the spying equipment and to hire people who know how to operate said equipment. In other words a loose knit ‘private security agency’ possibly set up for the specific purpose of spying on Key’s opponents.

          Lets face it, we have already seen how low he is prepared to stoop.

          Edit: Tom Scott may have been closer to the truth than he knew. :)

          http://www.stuff.co.nz/blogs/opinion/cartoons/6736460/Tom-Scott-and-others
          (hit ‘next’ for right cartoon)

    • Tombstone 30.3

      I offered up some ideas on how Labour can make some in roads into turning things around but people don’t seem interested so I guess it’s gonna be a long road to the election with people endlessly debating the facts rather than getting on with storming the fucking castle and taking the bastards out!

  31. ghostwhowalksnz 32

    For me the interesting part of Wayne Tempero leaving Dotcoms employ is that he was a prime witness in the saga of John Banks anonymous donation from Dotcom.

    I think it was Tempero who flew to Queenstown to bank the two cheques as part of the deal to make it ‘anonymous’

    Will this mean that Tempero isnt going to go to court when Banks case comes to trial?

    It shouldnt make any difference who his employer is, but maybe his new employer will not want him in court. And maybe his new employer is connected in a very roundabout way to John Banks?

    • veutoviper 32.1

      Presumably Tempero will still be a witness in the Banks case – IIRC both he and KDC were subpoenaed to appear.

      I read somewhere that Tempero left on good terms and is setting up his own company. If he is a subpoenaed witness, no one (eg a new employer) can intervene in that legal requirement/process – and presumably would find themselves before the courts if they tried.

      • ghostwhowalksnz 32.1.1

        Tempero doesnt have any current companies listed, no doubt he would have been a self employed sub contractor all the time he worked for Dotcom. So’ setting up his own company’ is nothing new. Hes had more companies than you have had hot dinners

        Maybe it it is just a coincidence, or maybe Tempero will be out of the country on ‘urgent business’ when Banks trial takes place in the next month or so.

        Up till now Banks has had no defence to actually soliciting or receiving personally the donations in question. The police investigation covered two different charges, but one of those which he would have had little choice but plead guilty the time of limitations has expired.
        The current charge he is relying the paperwork being filled out by someone else, and he just signed it without any thought. The problem is that only his treasurer has given evidence on ‘what he thought Banks is thinking’ when signing. To be safe Banks needs to testify himself on what he was thinking. But of course that will place him in jeopardy of questions about getting the donations directly himself including how Dotcom could make it anonymous -Thats why Tempero is so important he supports Dotcoms story

  32. Penny Bright 33

    FYI

    The lion, the witch and Len Brown’s wardrobe | The National Business Review
    http://www.nbr.co.nz

    “Penny Bright and Graham McCready make an unlikely crime-fighting duo”

    Kind regards,

    Penny Bright

  33. tricledrown 34

    Nbr aren’t showing kind regards to you .
    Lion or witch.
    Witch is a highly sexist comment .
    A put down of women with opinions who aren’t afraid to speak out and back their opinions.

  34. Jenny 35

    The question that has been asked and not been answered is where did Whale Oil get this information.

    That our secret police forces cultivate sleazy Right Wing media outlets has a long history that proceeds that of the internet.

    Before the rise (no pun intended) of online 24hr porn and sex for sale digital (no pun intended), the lead commercial media supplier of such services, in this country was the New Zealand Truth.

    The Listner reviews a book on the SIS links to NZ Truth by Wellington historian Redmer Yska:

    The whole Truth

    Truth’s page 3 girls have an enduring legacy in the public mind, but a new book takes a different kind of intimate look at a weekly newspaper that ruled for 60 years.
    “the first of a series of lengthy articles about Sutch appeared in Truth. A vast quantity of personal and financial information was published over three consecutive weeks to back up the weekly’s claim that Sutch was in fact a spy, a liar and a contemptible individual.”

    Whatever the original sources of those reports, they were but a warm-up for what Truth was about to publish. Yska explains in the book that in the wake of the Sutch exposure, police, on behalf of the SIS, were interviewing many of his contacts. Island Bay MP Gerald O’Brien was one

    In his notes of that interview, a detective wrote down that O’Brien said he, Sutch and Lewin had prepared, at Kirk’s behest, two papers, “setting out the policies that the Government was to follow, including the nationalisation of all banks and insurance companies and a merger between the Bank of New Zealand with the Reserve Bank”.

    This potentially politically explosive but highly secret note was filed with police and the SIS, but just months from the general election, a copy of it almost certainly fell into Truth’s hands. How that happened remains unexplained, although it was later established that senior SIS staffer Rohan Naldrett-Jays took a copy from a locked safe at SIS head office and mailed it to his friend Freeman.

    “It seemed clear,” writes Yska, “that Freeman was not the only one who had read the detective’s notes, and also that he, Naldrett-Jays or some other party had given Truth a copy.

    In his book, Yska says it is safe to conclude that “over many years, sources in or close to the SIS did pass information to Truth. The relationship would have been fluid and informal, but the SIS, like its British counterpart MI5, is likely to have had officers authorised to have ­contact with journalists.”*

    Joanne Black New Zealand Listener, November 20, 2010

    It seems that in the age of the internet, with the collapsing influence of the print media, our secret police forces have kept up their traditional links to the purveyors of sleaze and innuendo.

    And when they are caught out, as they were in the above case, stealing and leaking confidential files, the police, just as they do now ignored, or actively participated in the law breaking by their Secret Police cousins.

    * My emphasis. J.

    In a description of the Truth that could just as aptly describe the Whale Oil blog, Yska writes: “It was a scary paper. It was a paper that scarred.”

    The front-page headline on August 24 that year reads “MP’s odd love affair”, and the story begins, “Marilyn Waring, National Member of Parliament for Raglan, is a lesbian.”

    Waring, forewarned of the publication, had tried to stop it, but Truth’s then owners, Independent Newspapers Ltd (INL), had managed to have the injunction overturned. The outing of Waring, writes Yska, created shockwaves, “generating sympathy for the young and widely liked member of Parliament and bringing a massive backlash against Truth. It was further evidence of how much the weekly was out of step with the emerging social movement of the 1970s, [that was] embracing women’s rights, civil rights, the environment and gay and lesbian rights.”

    While researching the book, Yska emailed Waring, asking if she would talk to him. “I got an instant response, and she didn’t want to talk to me. I’ve heard that she’s mentioned it in speeches over the years, and has obviously moved on, but I still think there is something there – the fact that 34 years later she doesn’t want to talk about it shows how wounding it was. It was a scary paper. It was a paper that scarred.”

    Yska saw that first-hand when he did two reporting stints at Truth. “When the chief reporter, Tony Dominik, hired me, he was kind to me. I met some lovely people there, but at the same time the paper was drawing blood every week, destroying people every week, so it was terribly, terribly cruel. It’s power was quite terrifying, and there was a line of Dunn’s that he had a file on every New Zealander.”

    Joanne Black New Zealand Listener, November 20, 2010

  35. Jenny 36

    The plan to ruin Dotcom

    It can be little accident that a story maligning KDC has come out the very day after the Court of Appeal overturned the High Court findings that the police warrants for the Dotcom raid were illegal.

    But it is not all over yet

    Dotcom’s US lawyer Ira Rothken said on Twitter that his legal team was reviewing the ruling and would likely seek leave to appeal to the Supreme Court.

    Matthew Theuissen The New Zealand Herald February 19, 2014

    In New Zealand you get the justice you can afford, but rarely would the state and the police have come up against an opponent that could match them dollar for dollar.

    Though the state is withholding Dotcom’s access to his bank accounts, Which were seized in the raid. Very early in the piece, high powered lawyers, initially working pro bono, were able to secure a judgement that the State could not reasonably deny Dotcom the right to withdraw the necessary funds from his account to conduct his defence.

    Considering that Dotcom will be detained in conditions not unlike those suffered by Bradely Manning…., this is an existential fight for Kim Dotcom, he has nothing to lose, even if it costs him his fortune.

    John Key has admitted that the Dotcom extradition case is likely to drag on past the elections, but he has shown confidence that National will still be in the position to deliver a shackled Dotcom into the American gulag.

    But the opposition parties have not shown such willingness to play lapdog to the US eagle.

    So if the Yanks are ever to get their talons into their prey, the effort to politically smear Dotcom must become a vital part of the campaign, therefore we can expect many more attacks like this. Such attacks will become even more unfair unbalanced and hysterical as time passes without a result favourable to the US. This is only the first salvo in the smear campaign, and as a matter of balance gave Kim Dotcom right of reply. As time goes by without a result favoured by the US and their local agents and collaborators, you can be sure that KDC will not even be granted this modicum of balance.

    Accusation:

    Creditors’ frustrations have soared in recent months amid a high-profile marketing campaign for his Good Times album, helicopter trips to the Rhythm and Vines music festival and a weekend at Huka Lodge.

    A spreadsheet on the court file dated January 23, 2012 stated there were 80 creditors owed between $69 and $133,916.

    Reply:

    Kim Dotcom promises to pay his creditors every cent owed but says he hasn’t the money to do so now.

    “I tried to get all those invoices paid. When we asked the Government to unseize the funds, they refused.”

    He said Megastuff Ltd was a “separate legal entity” and he could technically walk away from the company (now called RSV Holdings Ltd) and let it collapse. “Legally I don’t have any obligation to pay anything – but I feel an obligation to pay.”

    My position has always been those creditors should be paid. When Mega is listed my family, which owns the shares, [will] settle those obligations.”

    He did not want to pay some creditors over others and “I am not … in a position to pay all of them”.

    He said there were questions about how much money he had with his face on buses promoting his Good Times album and putting on fireworks at a music festival where he performed.

    “I have support from investors. The album was to promote Baboom [a music service he is launching]. These things have no connection to the debts I have to these people.”

    The helicopter he has travelled in was owned by a friend. “Just because people see some picture they don’t need to speculate I’m paying for that.”

    His fortunes “were improving”. Mega was growing at 3 per cent each week and was an “extreme success”.

    The question for the creditors is; ‘Who is most likely to pay our bill?’

    ‘Kim Dotcom?’

    Or,

    ‘The Government?’

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    Via Donal Curtin, I got wind of a fantastic Statistics NZ visualisation of changes to the Consumer Price Index over the last century. The Consumer Price Index, or CPI, is a tool that statistics agencies use to track inflation over...
    Transport Blog | 20-11
  • Boycott thieving employers
    In the past few days, we've learned of a new employer horror: petrol-station workers, often on th eminimum wage, being forced to pay for the crimes of their customers. Its unfair, immoral, and possibly illegal. So what can we do...
    No Right Turn | 20-11
  • Whiteboard Friday. How NZ’s welfare system traps people in poverty
    This Whiteboard Friday looks at how our current benefit system traps people in poverty, which is another reason we need to replace it with an Unconditional Basic Income. This week has been a big week for the Unconditional Basic Income....
    Gareth’s World | 20-11
  • Income mobility
    Recently Treasury has published a paper showing that most people do not stay at the same point on the income scale for an extended period. That is assuredly true, and is also a good thing in as far as it...
    Polity | 20-11
  • Read out, Xi in, as Hansen makes late change to All Blacks team
    All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has sprung a surprise by picking Chinese President Xi Jinping to start in this weekend’s test against Wales at the Millennium Stadium....
    Imperator Fish | 20-11
  • National restarts logging in West Coast forests
    The chainsaws stopped in native forest on public land in 1999 after a strong campaign by non-governmental organisations such as Forest and Bird and Native Forest Action (NFA), supported by the Green Party. Immediately after the 1999 election, the incoming...
    frogblog | 20-11
  • Persuasion experiment
    Michael LaCour, a PhD student at the excellent UCLA Political Science Department, along with Yale's Don Green, have a fascinating new paper on what causes people to change their mind on gay marriage. Many people know that a doorstep conversation...
    Polity | 20-11
  • $4.8 billion gone
    As readers know, the NZ Super Fund now contributes around $27 billion to our net position as a country, It will help us pay for the wave of baby boom retirements. Sadly, it is now clear that National's decision to...
    Polity | 20-11
  • Secondary teachers vote IES into collective
    21 November 2014 PPTA members have voted to include two teaching roles central to Investing in Educational Success (IES) in their collective agreement.At paid union meetings held throughout the country over the past two weeks 80.3% voted to include the...
    PPTA | 20-11
  • Labour’s Hercules?
    Hero? Saint? Both? Neither? In making Labour an electable proposition by 2017, Andrew Little faces a challenge of Herculean proportions. Then again, Hercules was presented with twelve impossible tasks. Little can succeed by successfully completing a more modest (but equally...
    Bowalley Road | 20-11
  • Roger Sutton and deja vu all over again
    What to say about the Roger Sutton story? Well, Andrea Vance has done some amazing work setting out the basic facts behind the carefully stage-managed whitewashing of Roger Sutton’s pseudo-departure. And stargazer at The Hand Mirror has responded to the...
    On the Left | 20-11
  • MoT acknowledge changing trends and future funding issues
    Last week the Briefings to government ministers (BIM) were published. I’ve already looked at what the Ministry of Transport (MoT) and NZTA have said about transport in Auckland and so in this post I’m going to look at some of the other points...
    Transport Blog | 20-11
  • Why we need to talk about the scientific consensus on climate change
    An interesting sequence of events followed the publication of a scientific paper the Skeptical Science team published in May last year. The paper found a 97% consensus that humans were causing global warming in relevant scientific papers. Finding an overwhelming...
    Skeptical Science | 20-11
  • 2014 – Ongoing jobless tally
    . . Continued from: 2013 – Ongoing jobless tally So by the numbers, for this year, January OceanaGold/Macraes Mine: 146 redundancies Fitzroy Yachts: 100 redundancies OceanaGold: 76 redundancies Tenix: 15 redundancies February Goodman Fielder: 125 redundancies Pacific Steel Group: 70-90 redundancies...
    Frankly Speaking | 20-11
  • 2014 – Ongoing jobless tally
    . . Continued from: 2013 – Ongoing jobless tally So by the numbers, for this year, January OceanaGold/Macraes Mine: 146 redundancies Fitzroy Yachts: 100 redundancies OceanaGold: 76 redundancies Tenix: 15 redundancies February Goodman Fielder: 125 redundancies Pacific Steel Group: 70-90 redundancies...
    Frankly Speaking | 20-11
  • Stuart’s 100 #56: More Dignity for Daily Users
    56 More Dignity for Daily Users What if there was a moment of civic dignity outside the Auckland District Court? The Auckland District Court on the corner of Albert and Kingston Streets is I think at last count the busiest...
    Transport Blog | 20-11
  • Prime Minister’s warped view of history
    Students who sat NCEA level 3 history exams last week might be very worried to hear the Prime Minister tell a Radio Station that New Zealand was one of the few countries that was settled peacefully by Europeans. Those students who wrote...
    frogblog | 20-11
  • The greatest tragedy of our time
    This is going to ruffle a few feathers. We are parasites. Yes you read that correctly – humanity is a giant collective parasite sucking the life juices from dear Mother Earth. I’m not a nihilist. I still believe there’s plenty...
    On the Left | 20-11
  • Proving anecdotes are reliable
    Here’s one to go with Let’s rely on anecdotes instead! Something I picked up on Facebook Similar articles  ...
    Open Parachute | 20-11
  • Proving anecdotes are reliable
    Here’s one to go with Let’s rely on anecdotes instead! Something I picked up on Facebook Similar articles  ...
    Open Parachute | 20-11
  • Class warfare in the UK
    Surprise, surprise! An independent study has shown that the UK's conservative government has been driving a massive transfer of wealth from the poor to the rich:A landmark study of the coalition’s tax and welfare policies six months before the general...
    No Right Turn | 20-11
  • That didn’t take long
    National's new teabreak law isn't even in force and employers are already abusing it:Yesterday a union member, who prefers to remain anonymous for fear of retribution, emailed Hotel Organiser Shanna Reeder. “This morning in the briefing our manager declared that...
    No Right Turn | 20-11
  • Justice is more important than international relations
    Yunus Rahmatullah is a Pakistani citizen. In 2004 he was disappeared by British forces in Iraq. The British then gave him to the Americans who rendered him to Afghanistan and kept him there without charge or trial for ten years,...
    No Right Turn | 20-11
  • The Sutton debacle
    Sexual Harassment in the Workplace: it’s not a good thing, except when you’re playing Frank Zappa’s 1988 instrumental album Guitar, in which case ‘Sexual Harassment in the Workplace’ is the opening track, and it’s a stonker. However, setting aside the...
    Occasionally erudite | 20-11
  • The dangers of ignoring context
    Here’s a 22 point plan for peace in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.Entrench Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestinian lands.Never let a chance go by to duplicitously conflate Hamas and some in Fatah with the Islamic State/ISIS/ISIL so as to gild the imperiled-Israeli...
    Pundit | 19-11
  • Rapid transit has passed the acid test
    I recently ran across a New Zealand Herald article from 2000 on the region’s plans to start building good rapid transit infrastructure. (Which, as Patrick highlighted in a recent post, is exactly what is holding Auckland back relative to its...
    Transport Blog | 19-11
  • The week in politics vs. Gilmore Girls
    This week in politics: Andrew Little became leader of the Labour Party. Julia Gillard spoke at the University of Auckland about gender and politics. Gerry Brownlee was fined for breaching airport security. Tony Abbott threw down with Vladimir Putin at APEC....
    On the Left | 19-11
  • Whither the class line?
    In 1995 I published a book that explored the interaction between the state, organised labor and capital in the transitions to democracy in Argentina, Brazil, and Uruguay. The book was theoretically rooted in neo-or post-Gramscian thought as well as the...
    Kiwipolitico | 19-11
  • This video shows the pain caused by NZ’s current benefit system
    Darryn bravely talks about the stigma that comes with being on the benefit, and how that has affected his life. This stigma is just one of the many problems our current benefit system creates. These problems would be removed if...
    Gareth’s World | 19-11
  • Climate change: The cost of past inaction
    For the past 20 years, New Zealand's climate change policy has been one of inaction and delay. While we've seen no less than four failed attempts at putting a price on carbon (including the current ETS), we've never really tried...
    No Right Turn | 19-11
  • Policy of fear
    Community groups have a vital role in New Zealand. In addition to speaking out on social problems such as poverty, mental illness and addiction, they also often have a direct role in fixing them via government funding. Unfortunately there's an...
    No Right Turn | 19-11
  • 2014 SkS Weekly News Roundup #47A
    A carbon tax could bolster wobbly progress in renewable energy A dam revival, despite risks Congress is about to sabotage Obama’s historic climate deal David Cameron urges Tony Abbott to do more on climate change G20 pledges lift Green Climate...
    Skeptical Science | 19-11
  • ‘Consult on promotions policy’: TEU to Auckland VC
    TEU is asking the vice-chancellor of the University of Auckland to engage in a process of consultation on the university’s Academic Grades, Standards and Criteria policy and other policies so the two sides can avoid further litigation. Earlier this month the...
    Tertiary Education Union | 19-11
  • Plan for mega factory farm ruffles feathers
    Not long ago I wrote about the proposal to build a mega factory farm in the small township of Patumahoe that would confine over 300, 000 hens to colony cages. This week the resource consent hearing for the proposed factory...
    Greens | 21-11
  • National opens door further to Chinese property speculators
    National has further opened the door to Chinese property speculators with the registration of a third Chinese bank here that will make it easier for Chinese investors to invest in New Zealand properties, the Green Party said today."As well, former...
    Greens | 20-11
  • National restarts logging in West Coast forests
    “Dead wood also contributes by providing nutrients to soils, supporting the agents of wood decay such as fungi and invertebrates and it is a key habitat for the regeneration of some trees.” Annual Report 2013/14, page 29. The National Government has...
    Greens | 20-11
  • Lab plan the beginning of slippery slope?
    It’s time for new Health Minister Jonathan Coleman to show his hand on plans to privatise lab services which doctors are warning could put patients’ lives at risk, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says. “Clinicians have sent the Government some...
    Labour | 20-11
  • A-G called on to look into flagship ‘cost-saving’ programme
    New health Minister Jonathan Coleman has some serious questions to answer following a decision to wind up the Government’s flagship health savings provider HBL just a fortnight after giving it the green light to implement its plans, Labour’s Health spokesperson...
    Labour | 20-11
  • Prime Minister’s warped view of history
    Students who sat NCEA level 3 history exams last week might be very worried to hear the Prime Minister tell a Radio Station that New Zealand was one of the few countries that was settled peacefully by Europeans. Those students who wrote...
    Greens | 20-11
  • Climate of fear needs addressing
    It is hugely concerning that community and volunteer groups feel they are being gagged from speaking out against the Government, Labour’s Community and Voluntary Sector Spokesperson Louisa Wall says.  A Victoria University survey of 93 sector groups has found 50...
    Labour | 20-11
  • Mandatory code of conduct needed for supermarkets
    Labour has drafted legislation to establish a mandatory code of conduct for supermarkets to ensure New Zealand suppliers are not affected by anti-competitive behaviour. “Even though the Commerce Commission found no technical breaches of the law through some of Countdown’s...
    Labour | 19-11
  • National softening public up for 7th successive deficit
    Finance Minister Bill English is softening the public up for an announcement that National is going to fail in even its very limited goal of achieving a budget surplus, the Green Party said today."No finance minister in a generation has...
    Greens | 19-11
  • National caught out on state house porkies
    Housing NZ’s annual report out today directly contradicts the Government’s claim that one-third of its houses are in the wrong place and are the wrong size, said Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The annual report states 96 per cent of...
    Labour | 18-11
  • Damning report on Department of Conservation restructure
    The restructuring of the Department of Conservation (DOC) following National's severe funding cuts has been revealed as failure, the Green Party said today.The Taribon report has reviewed the new structure of DOC after 12 months. The restructuring, one of the...
    Greens | 18-11
  • Greens welcome Xi, but human rights need to be on agenda
    The Green Party welcomes the visit to New Zealand of Chinese President Xi Jinping and wishes to congratulate him on his recent announcement regarding China capping emissions for the first time.The United States and China recently unveiled a deal to...
    Greens | 18-11
  • Backing New Zealanders to get ahead
    New Labour Leader Andrew Little says it is an immense privilege to have been chosen to lead the party and to be given the task of ensuring it once again becomes a powerful force that backs New Zealanders in getting...
    Labour | 18-11
  • Andrew Little Elected Leader of Labour Party
    “The Labour Party congratulates Andrew Little, who has been elected as party leader in a robust and highly democratic process,” says Labour Party President Moira Coatsworth. “Andrew’s leadership will have the full support of the whole Labour Party.”...
    Labour | 18-11
  • Report into Brownlee security breach should be released
    The Government and Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) should release the report into former Minister of Transport Gerry Brownlee's airport security breach, the Green Party said today."The actions of a Minister of Transport breaching security at an airport are a matter...
    Greens | 17-11
  • Brownlee must ask CAA to release the report
    Gerry Brownlee must ask the Civil Aviation Authority to release the report that finds he broke the law in breaching airport security, says Labour's Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford. “It is inexcusable for any minister, let alone the then-Transport Minister, to...
    Labour | 17-11
  • G20 climate comment increases pressure on NZ
    The G20 decision to include climate change in its communiqué despite Australia's attempt to ignore it, increases pressure on New Zealand to come up with a credible plan to cut emissions, the Green Party said today.The G20 Leaders Communiqué from...
    Greens | 17-11
  • NZ joins G20 climate problem
    Confirmation this morning by John Key that his Government plans to do nothing to turn around NZ's rapidly rising greenhouse emissions means that New Zealand joins Australia as one of the problem children at the G20 meeting in Brisbane, the...
    Greens | 16-11
  • IRD joins Corrections in Phillip Smith failure
    It is incomprehensible that IRD and Corrections were not able to stop Phillip Smith from rorting the tax system out of $50,000 until it was too late, given that he was a notoriously manipulative prisoner stuck in jail, says Labour’s...
    Labour | 13-11
  • The Government has to listen to Olly
    When even hard boiled property investors like Olly Newland  say first home buyers have been shafted by Loan to Value Ratio lending restrictions, surely it is time for the Government to listen, says Labour's housing spokesperson Phil Twyford.  "Auckland landlord...
    Labour | 13-11
  • Key used GCSB for political ends prior to 2014 election
    New documents released to the Green Party show that Prime Minister John Key used New Zealand's intelligence services for the National Party's political ends a few days out from the 2014 election, the Green Party said today.Documents released to the...
    Greens | 13-11
  • Government not meeting its climate target
    The Government must front up to the fact that its own advisors are now saying that New Zealand is off target in any transition to a low carbon future, says Labour’s spokesperson on Climate Change Nanaia Mahuta.  “A briefing to...
    Labour | 12-11
  • Briefing reveals Defence facilities ‘increasingly unfit for purpose’
    The Defence Briefing to the Incoming Minister reveals a deteriorating state in Defence facilities that are no longer fit for purpose, says Labour’s Defence spokesperson Phil Goff.  “The briefing is heavily censored but still reveals that Defence camps, bases and...
    Labour | 12-11
  • New projections show New Zealand missing climate target
    Briefings to Incoming Ministers released today reveal the Government's climate policy is failing with projected emission more than double what is needed to meet National's 2050 target, the Green Party saidProjections released by the Ministry for the Environment, as part...
    Greens | 12-11
  • National’s highways far less efficient
    National’s new state highways have a far lower cost-benefit ratio than motorways built under the last Labour Government, making a mockery of the Government’s bluster that its road building will boost the economy, says Labour's Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford. “New...
    Labour | 12-11
  • Governor points finger at National on supply
    The Reserve Bank Governor has admitted he had to keep loan to value mortgage restrictions in place because the Government’s attempts to increase housing has fallen ‘a long way short’, says Labour's Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The thousands of first...
    Labour | 12-11
  • Did Collins cover up Slater’s OIA requests?
    Disgraced former Cabinet Minister Judith Collins must explain why she appears to have tried to hide Official Information Act requests she fulfilled for Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater, Labour MP Megan Woods says. “New documents obtained by Labour show Judith...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Reserve Bank’s dairy warning must be heard
    The Reserve Bank’s warning that falling dairy prices are creating greater risks for the New Zealand economy must be taken seriously by Bill English and John Key, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker. “Dairy prices have nearly halved since February...
    Labour | 11-11
  • National’s housing failure keeps LVRs in place
    The Reserve Bank’s decision to leave loan-to-value ratio mortgage restrictions in place is further confirmation of National’s housing policy fiasco, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “The Reserve Bank would have lifted LVRs if they had seen any increase in...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Let’s see if it is plane sailing Mr Bridges
    Comments by Transport Minister Simon Bridges that Far North residents' anger over cutbacks to regional flights will be allayed by larger planes and cheaper fares out of Kerikeri, are just pure arrogance, says Labour’s Te Tai Tokerau MP Kelvin Davis....
    Labour | 11-11
  • Commerce Commission inquiry needed into building supplies monopoly
    The Commerce Commission must stop dragging the chain and urgently investigate the anti-competitive practices in the building industry that are driving up the cost of building materials, says Labour's Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “Competition in the building materials market is...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Air New Zealand grounds Far North
    The announcement by Air New Zealand to close services from Kaitaia to Auckland will be an absolute disaster for the Far North, Labour MP for Te Tai Tokerau Kelvin Davis says.  “Air New Zealand is sending a signal to the...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Pulling West Coast flights a savage blow
    Air New Zealand’s decision to withdraw its Westport service is another kick in the guts for an already struggling community, West Coast-Tasman MP, Damien O’Connor says.   “Having been involved in the West Coast’s efforts to get Air Nelson to return...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Air NZ cuts economic lifelines to neglected regions
    Air New Zealand’s plans to cut its Eagle Air regional services to already struggling regions is a hammer blow to Westport, Whakatane and Kaitaia, says Labour's Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The regions of New Zealand are being abandoned by this...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Christchurch on the rent rack
    A jump of 20 per cent in weekly rents in the past year is a disaster for Christchurch, says Associate Housing spokesperson Poto Williams. “The Trade Me Property Rental Price index has rightly described the city as being a ‘...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Past time to act on warnings about palliative care
    Health officials have been warning the Government about a critical shortage of palliative care specialists for years, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader and Health spokesperson Annette King says. A stocktake carried out for the Ministry of Health shows New Zealand’s end...
    Labour | 10-11
  • Report must spur Government into action
    The soaring cost of domestic violence and child abuse highlight the need for the Government to prioritise and act on the issue, says Labour's spokesperson for Social Development, Sue Moroney.“Findings from the Glenn Inquiry that show the problem is estimated...
    Labour | 10-11
  • Family safety paramount, then urgent review
    Corrections Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has some serious questions to answer over why a dangerous prison escapee, convicted of further crimes while in jail, managed to abscond while he was on approved temporary release, Labour’s Corrections spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says.“Phillip...
    Labour | 09-11
  • LVRs a failed experiment from Bill English
    Loan to value mortgage restrictions are a failed experiment from Bill English to tame Auckland house prices, that have caused collateral damage to first home buyers and other regions, says Labour's Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The possible end of LVR...
    Labour | 09-11
  • Govt books getting worse as economy slows
    National’s economic credibility is under serious scrutiny with its search for surplus becoming harder due to an economy far too reliant on the dairy industry, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker. “National promised New Zealanders would get into surplus by...
    Labour | 06-11
  • Kiwis in pain because of Government underfunding
    New research showing one in three people needing elective surgery are being denied publicly-funded operations shows the Government must properly fund the health sector, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says. “For almost two years Labour has been warning about the...
    Labour | 06-11
  • National’s promised surplus looking doubtful
    Budget figures for the first quarter of the financial year released today by Treasury show the Government's goal of achieving a budget surplus is looking doubtful, the Green Party said today."National has staked its credibility on achieving a budget surplus...
    Greens | 06-11
  • Kevin Hague speaks on the Gambling Amendment Bill (No 3)
    I rise to give this speech on behalf of Denise Roche, who handles the gambling portfolio for the Green Party. This bill deals with class 4 gambling—pokies in pubs and clubs—and it is the result of changes that were suggested...
    Greens | 06-11
  • Kevin Hague speaks on the Health (Protection) Amendment Bill
    I would like to start off where the previous speaker left off, on the issue of balancing rights or balancing harms. All law is in some way a restriction of personal liberty. That is the point of law. When we...
    Greens | 06-11
  • Joyce backs away from yet another target
    Steven Joyce has backed away from two targets in two days, refusing to acknowledge that his Government has an unambitious aim to get unemployment down to 4 per cent in 11 years’ time, says Labour Associate Finance spokesperson David Clark....
    Labour | 06-11
  • Pacific peoples incomes and jobs falling under National
    The Minister of Pacific Peoples is attempting to bury the ugly facts of Pacific unemployment and income levels worsening since National took office in 2008, said Labour’s Pacific Affairs spokesperson, Su’a William Sio. “If the Minister doesn’t acknowledge how bad...
    Labour | 06-11
  • The Block NZ doing a better job than Nick Smith
    Nick Smith should consider calling in producers of The Block NZ with participants in the TV series completing more houses in two seasons than the Government’s failed Special Housing Area policy, says Labour's Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The Block NZ...
    Labour | 06-11
  • Meridian moves to kill competition from solar homes
    Big electricity companies are using their power to make it harder for families and businesses wanting to go solar and the National Government is doing nothing to help them, the Green Party said today. Meridian Energy announced today a 60-72...
    Greens | 06-11
  • Has John Key done all he could for Pike families?
    It will be forever on the conscience of John Key whether he did all he could to recover the remains of the 29 miners who died in Pike River, Labour’s MP for West Coast-Tasman Damien O’Connor says.  “The Prime Minister...
    Labour | 05-11
  • National further dashes hopes of new parents
    The National Government has once again shown its disdain for working parents by voting down proposals to extend paid parental leave, Labour MP Sue Moroney says.  “The Government vetoed an amended proposal that substantially reduced the cost of extending PPL...
    Labour | 05-11
  • EXCLUSIVE: Campaign reflection, Laila Harré reaching out for radical minds
    Today I’ve announced that I will be stepping down from the Internet Party leadership in December. This will happen once options for the future have been developed for discussion and decision among members. My absolute focus in this election was...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • The Ebola crisis, capitalism and the Cuban medical revolution
    “Ebola emerged nearly 40 years ago. Why are clinicians still empty-handed, with no vaccines and no cure? Because Ebola has been, historically, geographically confined to poor African nations. The R&D incentive is virtually non-existent. A profit-driven industry does not invest...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • MEDIA WATCH: TVNZ Reveals Insane Deadlines For Māori and Pacific Island Pr...
    Last Tuesday, November 18th, TVNZ requested proposals from producers for the four Māori and Pacific Island programmes they will no longer be making in-house. Marae, Waka Huia, Fresh and Tagata Pasifika will keep their existing names, existing formats and existing...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • The Daily Blog Breakfast Club Ep. 1
    TDB Video, Live from Verona Cafe on K-Rd, Auckland – a weekly current affairs show with TDB Editor Martyn Bradbury. This week’s panel: Chris Trotter & Selwyn Manning.The issues: 1 – What now for the New Labour leader? 2 –...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • Performance-demonstration at Auckland’s High Court to demand justice for ...
    People outraged at the lack of justice in the so-called ‘Roast Busters’ case and 99% of other rape cases in this country are holding a visually powerful mass action at the Auckland High Court at 1 o’clock on Saturday. They...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • IES vote may weaken defense of public education
    PPTA announced today that secondary teachers have voted to include the IES (Investing in Education Success) as a variation to their collective employment agreement with the government. At one level it’s an understandable decision by PPTA members because through engaging in a consultation...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • NZ History lesson on Planet Key – the lies white people tell themselves
    John Key’s bizarre claims about our ‘peaceful history’ comes across like the apartheid history of South Africa where white people discovered Africa first… New Zealand ‘settled peacefully’ – PM New Zealand was “settled peacefully” by the British, the prime minister...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • Universal Basic Income and Labour Policy
    On Radio New Zealand’s None-to-Noon on Wednesday (19 November), new Labour leader Andrew Little intimated that he would like to put Universal Basic Income (UBI) on his policy agenda (What policy changes will Andrew Little usher in?) Predictably Kathryn Ryan, despite being...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • The New Notes : They Ain’t Mint
    Hulk Queen Angry. Hulk Queen smash.   Yesterday, the Reserve Bank announced its new designs for our banknotes. Now, I’ve historically been pretty sketch about this entire process; variously feeling affronted that the government could find eighty million dollars to fund a...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • MSM under-mining of new Labour Leader already begun?
    . . It did not take long. In fact, on the same day that Andrew Little won the Labour leadership*, the first media reporter was already asking if he would be stepping down  if Labour failed to lift in the...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • GUEST BLOG: Simon Buckingham – invisible disability voices
    Today I am ranting. The Disability Advisory Group has been announced by Auckland Council. This is the body that represents the interests and views of people with disabilities in Auckland. Whilst I would not have applied this time as I...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, Andrew Little
    Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, Andrew Little...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • Why labelling Little as a ‘Unionist’ is a joke and how he beats Key in ...
    The line being used to attack Andrew Little as a ‘Unionist’ is just an absurd joke, and it comes from people who clearly don’t understand the modern NZ Union movement. Andrew ran the EPM Bloody U, they are easily one...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • 5AA Australia – Labour’s New Leader + China’s President In New Zealan...
    Recorded on 20/11/14 – Captured Live on Ustream.tv. 5AA’s Peter Godfrey and Selwyn Manning.ISSUE ONE: The New Zealand Labour Party has elected its new leader, the vote going to a third round after no clear outright winner was found in...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • Did Roger Sutton think he was running the Rock Radio Station?
    Visible G-String Fridays? Full body hugs? Jokes about who you would and wouldn’t have sex with? Honey? Sweety? It’s like Roger thought he was running the Rock Radio Station, not a Government Public Service department set up to rebuild a...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
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    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • Amnesty International – The conversation that needs to be had with China
    Caption: Police officer watching Hong Kong pro-democracy march, 01 July 2014 © Amnesty International    Yesterday’s edition of The New Zealand Herald features an open letter to all New Zealander’s from Xi Jinping, President of the People’s Republic of China. Along...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • GUEST BLOG: Patrick O’Dea – “Liar”
    LIAR! ‘Privatised social housing to benefit tenants’ English “Housing Corp was a poor performer and about a third of its housing stock was the wrong size, in poor condition and in the wrong place. That stock was worth about $5...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • Too Close For Comfort: Reflections on Andrew Little’s narrow victory over...
    THE TRAGIC SCREENSHOT of “Gracinda” in defeat bears eloquent testimony to the bitter disappointment of the Grant Robertson-led faction of the Labour Party. And, yes, ‘Party’ is the right word. The Robertson machine has now extended its influence well beyond...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • How to defeat child poverty
      How to defeat child poverty...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • Little’s Shadow Cabinet
    Now the horror of trying to pacify the factions begins. The only thing Little’s new shadow cabinet must do is create the pretence of unity. The reason voters didn’t flock to Labour wasn’t the bloody CGT or Superannuation, it was...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • A pilgrimage with my sister – Rethink the System
    We’ve both wanted to do a pilgrimage for many years. But, unlike many modern pilgrims, we wanted to be pilgirms in our own country and get closer to our communities, rather than seek greater distance from them. We are both...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • Lack of policy ambition is Andrew Little’s main problem
    I’ve met Andrew Little a few times and he’s a pleasant man who will make a reasonable job leading what the Labour Party has become in recent decades. He will preside over a much less divided caucus and will be...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • Journos, film makers, media freedom advocates join Asia-Pacific political j...
    A candlelight vigil for the 58 victims of the 2009 Maguindanao massacre – 32 of them media people. Still no justice for them today. Renowned investigative journalists, film makers, academics and media freedom campaigners from across the Asia-Pacific region will...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • And the new Labour Leader is ZZZZZZZZZZ
    The victory lap by Caucus over the members choice of Cunliffe has ended and the new leader of the Labour Party is Andrew Little. Yawn. The dullness and caution of the latest Leadership race will be served well by Andrew,...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • Allow the Facts to Get in the Way of the Neolib Stories
    One of the weaknesses of the political left in New Zealand over the last 30 years has been to allow the neoliberal storytellers to get away with lots of fibs and half-fibs. On TVNZ’s Q+A on 16 November, in a...
    The Daily Blog | 17-11
  • Defending The Boomers: A Response to Chloe King
    THE BABY-BOOM GENERATION (49-68 year-olds) currently numbers just under a quarter of New Zealand’s population. Even so, there is a pervasive notion that the generation of New Zealanders born between the end of World War II and the mid-1960s exercises...
    The Daily Blog | 17-11
  • This weeks Waatea news column – Waitangi Tribunal ruling enshrines Treaty...
      This weeks Waatea news column – Waitangi Tribunal ruling enshrines Treaty as a living document...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • Key now says SAS will be needed to protect ‘trainers’ behind the wire
    Well, well, well. What do we have here? Government could send SAS to Iraq New Zealand’s elite Special Air Service (SAS) could be deployed to Iraq to protect Kiwi troops sent to train local forces. Prime Minister John Key confirmed...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • Do You Want to Build a Meth Lab? (Frozen x Breaking Bad Parody)
    Do You Want to Build a Meth Lab? (Frozen x Breaking Bad Parody)...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • Soft soap for the rich – harsh taxes for the poor
    It’s no surprise to see New Zealand has one of the world’s lowest tax rates for the rich and the superrich. A survey by the global accounting network UHY shows New Zealand’s highest tax rates are lower than even Australia,...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • Phillip Smith and the rehabilitation process
    The dominant media narrative in horrible murder cases is that the perpetrator is unlikely ever to be rehabilitated. When it appears the offender may get parole the media turns first to family members of the victim who commonly (and understandably)...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • The Nation review: Finlayson’s terrifying definition of who is on terror ...
    Terrifying Nation today on TV3. Chris Finlayson is on justifying the Government’s Muslim fear mongering and extension of even more surveillance powers. It was jaw dropping. Finlayson says ‘alienated people with a chip on their shoulder’ is the threshold to get...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • A brief word on The Block NZ
    Is it just me or did The Block manage to sum up everything that is wrong about our culture and economy? Fetishised property speculation as mass entertainment in a country of homelessness & poverty. I wonder if State House tenants...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • Waitangi Tribunal ruling
    That spluttering choking sound of a thousand rednecks being informed Maori still have sovereignty is a hilarious cacophony of stupid… Crown still in charge: Minister Chris Finlayson on Waitangi Treaty ruling The Waitangi Tribunal’s finding that Maori chiefs who signed...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • A brief word on Phillip Smith
    We can arrest student loan & fine defaulters at the airport – but not convicted child molesting killers? Before we ban manufactured ISIS ‘terrorists’ from having passports, how about we just manage to stop child molesting killers from fleeing first?...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • Free Me From Religion
          The meeting begins – or at least it’s supposed to begin – but someone interrupts proceedings. She wants everyone to pray with their heads bowed while she can “thank our Father who art in Heaven.” I close...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • Key capitulates on TPPA while big money NZ set up propaganda fund
    So Key has capitulated on the ‘gold standard’ of free trade deals… The primary objective for New Zealand at Apec was to see some urgency injected into the TPP talks and to keep leaders aiming for a high quality deal....
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • Why Phillip Smith is the least of our worries
    Well, it turns out Phillip Smith wasn’t half as clever as he thought he was, and he’s been arrested within a week. If the Prime Minister is through with making tasteless jokes, perhaps we can ramp down the media hysteria...
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • Constraining Credibility
      Most economists and members of the public – on both the right and the left – believe that economies are constrained by resource scarcity most of the time. In this view, economies are supply-constrained, and that the economic problem...
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • Migrant Labour, exploitation and free markets
    Once more we read about a horror story of virtual slavery for a migrant worker in a restaurant in Christchurch. The silver lining that in this case compensation should be paid is not assured. Often in situations like this the employer winds up...
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • On baby boomers who give my generation unhelpful advice: JUST DON’T
    One of my mum’s colleagues recently told her that there is no money in what her daughter was doing; volunteering at a women’s refuge and writing on politics. This guy, dispensing all his pearls of wisdom, told my mother that...
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • Morbid Symptoms: Can Labour Be Born Anew?
    THE CHAIRS in the final meeting venue have been stacked away. All that expensive signage, commissioned for the benefit of the television cameras, no longer has a purpose. For the second time in just 14 months, Labour’s Leadership Contest is...
    The Daily Blog | 12-11
  • What’s Small, White, and Having Trouble Attracting New People?
    If your answer was something intimately connected to the person of Peter Dunne … then you’d be right. Last night, P-Dunney decided to bring his comedy and/or hair stylings to the twitterverse; penning a potentially somewhat ill-advised tweet in which he compared...
    The Daily Blog | 12-11
  • LATE at the Auckland Museum review – Slacktivisim: Its not just for Slack...
    Monday night is my yoga night. I’m not really very good it, I don’t really have the bendy, but I made a New Years resolution. This Monday however, I decided to put the yoga on prone and attend a gig...
    The Daily Blog | 12-11
  • This weeks Waatea news column – Nanaia Mahuta – the Princess who roared
      This weeks Waatea news column – Nanaia Mahuta – the Princess who roared...
    The Daily Blog | 11-11
  • Real reasons to fear Government’s new approach to child poverty
    Now  I really am worried.  Selling state houses is bad enough but a taking a ‘social investment focus’ to deal with child poverty? “The Treasury will issue a Request for Information inviting submissions from people who work with vulnerable New...
    The Daily Blog | 11-11
  • Power to the people!
    With all the huffing and puffing of the election out of the way and the right-wing still in ascendancy after 30 years of community-sapping neoliberalism it was a pleasure to attend a strike by workers at Carl’s Jr in Lincoln...
    The Daily Blog | 11-11
  • EXCLUSIVE: OIA reveals WINZ trespassing 400 people a year
    W.I.N.Z is broken and it’s breaking my heart. Every year WINZ issues trespass notices to just under 400 people. 2008 / 418 2009 /  382 2010 /  347 2011 /  411 2012 /  373 2013 /  384 And this year...
    The Daily Blog | 11-11
  • So David Farrar and the Government were wrong on gangs after all?
    Oh the predictability of this… Ministers acted on inaccurate gang data Cabinet signed off tough new measures to tackle gangs on the basis of inaccurate information which over-estimated the scale of the crime problem. The briefing paper told ministers 4000...
    The Daily Blog | 10-11
  • Patrick Gower interviews Laila Harre
    Patrick Gower interviews Laila Harre Headlines: Laila Harre to quit as Internet Party leader by Christmas when the party has completed its review, but would love to return to parliament Says party considering options for its future including winding...
    Scoop politics | 22-11
  • Lisa Owen interviews Labour leader Andrew Little
    Lisa Owen interviews Labour leader Andrew Little Headlines: Andrew Little says the shape of his front-bench for the 2017 election may not be clear until the end of next year Indicates next week’s appointments may be temporary: “So I may...
    Scoop politics | 22-11
  • Phillip John Smith – statement
    Police and the New Zealand Embassy in Brasilia are aware of a decision from the Brazil Federal Court requiring the deportation of Phillip Smith within 10 days. Further assessment is required to ensure there is a full understanding of this...
    Scoop politics | 22-11
  • Green’s ‘not speaking out about human rights abuses in China
    Right to Life challenges Russell Norman the co-leader of the Green Party to explain why, he was prepared to ask Prime Minister John Key to talk to Chinese President Xi Jinping about human rights abuses in countries bordering China but...
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • Goodfellow congratulates Key on IDU election
    Goodfellow congratulates Key on IDU election National Party President Peter Goodfellow has congratulated Prime Minister John Key on his election today as Chairman of the International Democrat Union (IDU)....
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • Taxpayers’ Union Congratulates PM on IDU Appointment
    The Taxpayers’ Union is today congratulating Rt. Hon. John Key on becoming the Chair of the International Democrat Union , as former Australian Prime Minister John Howard retires from the role after 12 years. Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director...
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • High demand for Consumer NZ’s “Do Not Knock” stickers
    Consumer NZ has distributed nearly 100,000 “Do Not Knock” stickers since the launch of its campaign to fight back against dodgy door-to-door sellers.The “Do Not Knock” campaign was launched on 3 November 2014. Free “Do Not Knock” stickers...
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • Phillip Smith decision still pending
    Detective Superintendent Mike Pannett is returning to Washington DC where he will continue to closely monitor a pending decision from the Brazilian authorities on the process to return Phillip Smith to New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • High Court demonstration to demand justice
    People outraged at the lack of justice in the so-called ‘Roast Busters’ case and 99% of other rape cases in this country are holding a visually powerful mass action at the Auckland High Court at 1 o’clock on Saturday. They...
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • NZ Society Wins Global Award For Fighting Animal Testing
    New Zealand banning animal testing of legal highs has been acknowledged with an award given in London. The New Zealand Anti-Vivisection Society (NZAVS) was awarded the 2014 LUSH Prize for lobbying against animal testing. The prize was given at the...
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • Poor govt advice to workers on petrol station drive-offs
    The New Zealand Council of Trade Unions has raised concerns with the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment ('MBIE') regarding their reported advice to workers about the petrol station drive away issue....
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • New Ombudsman opinion
    The Ombudsman has published his opinion on a complaint concerning the Police refusal to release information about a charging decision....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Kindergarten support staff achieve pay rise in tough climate
    The valuable contribution of kindergarten support staff has been recognised with a pay increase, despite the significant funding cuts that the kindergarten associations are experiencing....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Democracy and Conservative Religion: The Case of Islam
    “Is Islam compatible with democracy?” is a frequently-asked question. Recent rethinking of secularism and democracy have opened up new possibilities to think about religion and democracy. This question is important particularly in the case...
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • NZ fiscal watchdog needed to guard the public purse
    New Zealand needs tighter fiscal rules and an independent watchdog to improve the quality of government spending and reduce the risk of a return to deficit spending as the country’s population ages, if not before....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • NZSMI disappointed ANZTPA proposal shelved
    November 20, 2014: Consumer healthcare products industry body, the New Zealand Self-Medication Industry Association (SMI) says it is disappointed Government has once again shelved plans to create one medicines regulatory agency for both New Zealand and Australia....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Democracy Action Welcomes Tauranga Vote
    Responding to Tauranga Council’s unanimous vote not to establish separate Council seats on the basis of ethnicity, Lee Short, Democracy Action founder says: “The establishment of a Maori ward would have damaged the relationship between Maori and...
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Employer caught abusing new ‘teabreaks law’
    Employer caught abusing new ‘teabreaks law’ to exploit workers The government passed the controversial ‘teabreaks’ legislation only a few weeks ago and already Unite Union has caught an employer using this law as an excuse for ill-treating their...
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • FGC response to Commerce Commission report
    The New Zealand Food & Grocery Council is not surprised by the Commerce Commission’s findings, given New Zealand’s current legal framework....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Bascand: Brighter Money
    Seeing people’s initial reactions to the new banknote designs is a heartening reminder of what an important role currency plays in our lives, and what a sense of pride and heritage our notes evoke....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • RBNZ releases Brighter Money designs
    New Zealand’s banknotes are getting brighter and better, with the Reserve Bank today unveiling more vibrant and secure banknote designs which will progressively enter circulation later next year....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • 25 years of children’s rights
    UNICEF and OFC celebrate 25 years of children’s rights with Just Play Sports Days On Universal Children’s Day (20 November) and as part of the Oceania Football Confederation’s (OFC) inaugural President’s Cup, UNICEF will celebrate 25 years of children’s...
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Xiamen delegation to Wellington has business focus
    Stronger business, education and cultural ties with our Chinese partners will be the focus when a 20-strong government and business delegation led by Xiamen Mayor Mr Liu Keqing which visits Wellington tomorrow (Friday) and Saturday as part of the...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Warriors promote White Ribbon Day message
    Warriors promote White Ribbon Day message Shine and Orakei Health Services On Tuesday, the Vodafone Warriors will promote the White Ribbon Day message to the community at Eastridge Shopping Centre, Mission Bay. The Warriors are supporting their charity...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Superannuitants to protest unethical investments
    A delegation of Auckland superannuitants will deliver a protest-card petition and protest letter to the New Zealand Super Fund this Thursday afternoon to call on the fund to divest from companies which support the Israeli occupation of Palestinian...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Manukau job cuts ‘running the place into the ground’
    Manukau Institute of Technology (MIT) confirmed to its staff yesterday that 54 jobs will go before Christmas....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Newcore Looks Pretty Rotten for Ratepayers
    Responding to the NZ Herald report that the IT system commissioned by Auckland Council to consolidate the eight systems the Super City inherited from its precursor councils could be facing a budget blowout of $100 million, Taxpayers’ Union Spokesman Ben...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Accountability following quake response inquiry not achieved
    Lessons still need to be learned from the search and rescue efforts following the February 2011 earthquake in Christchurch, a leading New Zealand lawyer, Nigel Hampton QC, says....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Our kids say: We are failing in our duty to protect them
    Our kids say: We are failing in our duty to protect them More than a quarter of Kiwi kids say children’s right to be safe and protected isn’t being upheld in New Zealand, identifying protection from violence, abuse and murder...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • PARS & Turuki Health Care collaborate on health and services
    Auckland-based PARS (People at Risk Solutions) have partnered with the Turuki Health Care Trust, to offer improved healthcare services to those in need. PARS works closely with former prisoners, providing mentoring, housing, and social services to ensure...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Children’s Plea
    A plea has been sent to all Members of Parliament, regardless of party affiliation, to accord urgency and priority to children's issues. These issues include vulnerability, safety and childhood poverty....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Treasury off track in search for sound policies
    Treasury is unlikely to find the ideas it is looking for to improve outcomes for children while its primary driver is cost-cutting, says Child Poverty Action Group....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Commission calls for answers on handling of CERA harassment
    EEO Commissioner Dr Jackie Blue is deeply concerned about the way in which the State Services Commission has handled sexual allegations made against CERA chief executive Roger Sutton this week and is calling for answers....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Ashley Dwayne Guy v The Queen: Appeal Upheld
    The appellant, Mr Guy, was found guilty by a jury of a charge of sexual violation by unlawful sexual connection. After the verdict it was discovered that, by error, the jury had been provided in the jury room with two...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Zonta Club to Take a Stand Against Gender-Based Violence
    During the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence (25 November – 10 December), the Zonta Club of Wellington, along with members of the local community, will join nearly 1,200 Zonta clubs in 67 countries for the Zonta Says NO...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • New UNFPA report links progress and power to young people
    A UN report launched today calls for investment in young people as they are essential to social and economic progress....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • The Resignation with the Golden Handshake?
    Commenting on the settlement the State Services Commission has reached with former CERA CEO Roger Sutton, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says: "Only in the public sector do you receive a payout for ‘resigning’....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • NZ must not turn a blind eye to China’s human rights record
    Amnesty International is calling on New Zealand’s Prime Minister John Key to raise China’s shameful human rights record during President Xi Jinping’s visit to New Zealand this week....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • The Resignation with the Golden Handshake?
    Commenting on the settlement the State Services Commission has reached with former CERA CEO Roger Sutton, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says:...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Treasury’s covert & extremely odd welfare consultation
    A report this morning that Treasury is ‘crowd sourcing’ ideas on welfare policy is news to Auckland Action Against Poverty, even though we are currently one of the most active groups in the area....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • NZ invites Pacific peers to review development cooperation
    New Zealand has volunteered to be the first development partner in the Pacific region to undergo a review of its aid programme by Pacific island peers. The review will focus on New Zealand’s development cooperation and will give greater insight...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • EPMU joins Pike River families to mark fourth anniversary
    Representatives of the Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union are proud to stand with the Pike River families to mark four years since 29 men lost their lives. “This is a particularly solemn day given the recent announcements of Solid Energy...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • 2013 Assessment of New Zealand’s National Integrity Systems
    SPEAKER TUILOMA NERONI SLADE: Former Judge, International Criminal Court in the Hague, former legal counsel at the Commonwealth Secretariat, Secretary-General of the Pacific Islands Forum 2008-2014. Introduced by Helen Sutch, Victoria University Council,...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Green Party ignoring Waimea’s environmental benefits
    Green Party MP Catherine Delahunty has overlooked the environmental benefits the proposed Waimea Community Dam will bring the Tasman community, says IrrigationNZ Chairperson Nicky Hyslop....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Women’s use of violence in violent relationships
    More than 80 percent of women who live with a physically violent partner will not initiate violence when they are not being hit, according to new research....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Poor credit rating linked to poor cardiovascular health
    Poor credit rating linked to poor cardiovascular health A credit score doesn’t only boil down a person’s entire financial history to a single number and somehow predict their credit-worthiness, it might also be saying something about a person’s...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • State Services Commissioner on Roger Sutton Investigation
    State Services Commissioner Iain Rennie today said the investigation into Roger Sutton’s conduct was robust. Roger Sutton chose to resign as Chief Executive of the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA) yesterday....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Predator Free NZ project welcomed
    Federated Farmers and the conservation organisation Forest & Bird are welcoming the Predator Free New Zealand initiative as an ambitious but achievable project that will have real benefits for conservation and the economy....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Stock rustling set to continue under lax laws
    The theft and illegal slaughter of farm stock can only be expected to continue if tougher laws are not introduced, said ACT Leader David Seymour today....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Visit of President Xi Jinping to New Zealand
    As president Xi Jinping of China pays short visit to New Zealand, of Friends of Tibet (NZ) has called upon Foreign Minister Hon Murray McCully and the Prime Minister Rt Hon John Key to raise the issue of Human Rights...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
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