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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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  • Is the baseline transport programme actually OK?
    In the Mayor’s proposal for council’s 10 year budget, there is discussion around how two transport programmes will be consulted on early next year once a draft budget has been fully formulated: A programme which is based on the funding envelope...
    Transport Blog | 02-09
  • Put up or shut up
    It has been amusing to watch John Key attempt to wriggle his way out of the Dirty Politics saga. At first he tried to pretend there was nothing going on and even though he hadn't read Nicky Hager's book, claimed...
    The Jackal | 02-09
  • Collins inquiry at best a Band-Aid, a permanent fix is needed
    The Public Service Association (PSA) says the inquiry into Judith Collins’ behaviour must be accompanied by a process to restore...
    PSA | 02-09
  • On arguing by analogy
    Climate blogs and comment threads are full of ‘arguments by analogy’. Depending on what ‘side’ one is on, climate science is either like evolution/heliocentrism/quantum physics/relativity or eugenics/phrenology/Ptolemaic cosmology/phlogiston. Climate contrarians are either like flat-earthers/birthers/moon-landing hoaxers/vaccine-autism linkers or Galileo/stomach ulcer-Heliobacter proponents/Wegner/Copernicus....
    Real Climate | 02-09
  • Unforced variations: September 2014
    This month’s open thread. People could waste time rebunking predictable cherry-picked claims about the upcoming Arctic sea ice minimum, or perhaps discuss a selection of 10 climate change controversies from ICSU… Anything! (except mitigation)....
    Real Climate | 02-09
  • Greens’ commitment to pay equity welcomed by workers
    The Public Service Association (PSA) says the 58,000 workers they represent will benefit from the announcement by the Green Party...
    PSA | 02-09
  • Gordon Campbell on the Greens proposal to gradually lift the minimum wage
    Heading into the election home stretch, voters have a clear choice about the best way to help low and middle income New Zealanders. They can do so by gradually lifting the minimum wage (as the Greens propose ) or by...
    Gordon Campbell | 02-09
  • John Key’s Top 69 Lies: Today no. 18 – Capital gains tax will put u...
      Capital Gains Tax Fact Check  The Reality Labour’s CGT only applies to the sale of assets, it will exclude the family home, and will not push up rents. Every New Zealander should pay their fair share of tax. It is...
    Arch Rival | 02-09
  • Guest Author: The Rock Fuels NZ Roastbuster Rape Culture
    - by Jessie Hume . . This is making me feel pretty uncomfortable. Here we have an instance of Jono and Ben posing like “exposed celebrities”. But do you know what I’m seeing? I’m seeing two dudes who basically “roasted”...
    Frankly Speaking | 02-09
  • Dunne won’t read ‘muck-raking’ Dirty Politics
    .   . Full story: Dunne won’t read ‘muck-raking’ Dirty Politics Because as we all know, ignorance is such bliss. Eh, Mr Dunne? . . = fs =Filed under: On A Lighter Note Tagged: Dirty Politics, Peter Dunne...
    Frankly Speaking | 02-09
  • Whale spotted off Wellington
    .   . Full story: Whale spotted off Wellington Shouldn’t that be a “Southern Right Wing Whale”?! . . = fs =Filed under: On A Lighter Note Tagged: Whaleoil...
    Frankly Speaking | 02-09
  • A Not-So-Foreign Country
    The Shadow Of The Past: The only positive aspect of Watergate was the way in which the venerable US Constitution was able to defuse what could have exploded into a full-blown “legitimation crisis”. Is New Zealand’s unwritten and historically untested...
    Bowalley Road | 02-09
  • An admission of failure; too little, too late
    The Prime Minister announced today that if re-elected, after the election, he would look to merge CERA into the department of Prime Minister and Cabinet. This is an admission that the CERA model – authoritarian, dictatorial and deaf to the...
    Rebuilding Christchurch | 02-09
  • Stuart’s 100 #18 A Great South Rd?
    18: A Great South Road? What if Great South Road truly was great? The creation of Great South Road was one of the great formational moves in the early expansion of Auckland. Starting in 1861, some 12,000 soldiers built the...
    Transport Blog | 02-09
  • New Fisk
    Israel’s ‘land for lives’ is theft. Pure and simple...
    No Right Turn | 02-09
  • Waiariki: Marae digi poll has Flavell losing support, Sykes up.
    The Marae digi poll on the Waiariki electorate came out yesterday - for what it's worth. They are notoriously unreliable.  The landline polls are increasingly picking up older householders and skewing to the middle class establishment that still maintain a...
    Tumeke | 02-09
  • Spying on their allies again
    The Intercept has a major new story about the US's intelligence relationship with Turkey, and how the US monitors the Kurds for the Turkish government, even helping them target hit squads. But at the same time as they're spying for...
    No Right Turn | 02-09
  • The Press Debate – tonight, livestreamed on Stuff
    The second big head-to-head between David Cunliffe and John Key will be livestreamed on Stuff from 7pm! The Press leaders’ debate is where Key pulled his “show me the money” quote in 2011. And he’s going to be taking this...
    Boots Theory | 02-09
  • Not business as usual: Key’s leadership style & the bloggersphere
    Two weeks ago I suggested this could turn into New Zealand's first policy-free election; my instinct seems to have been proven correct. While policy debates are still occuring around the fringes, there is no way now that with just two...
    Pundit | 02-09
  • Rock Star or Rock Bottom
    There was a story in the Press yesterday about 14 people sharing a small 3 bedroom house in Hornby after a family of 6 lost their rental and all their (uninsured) possessions in a fire and had to move in...
    Te Whare Whero | 02-09
  • Greens workers policy supported by union movement
    The CTU is supporting the Green Party’s policy launched today focused on improving life for working New Zealanders. Photo:  ...
    CTU | 02-09
  • To drive or not to drive, that is the question: generation Y research
    This is a guest post from Dr Debbie Hopkins, a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Otago – she’s currently doing some research for the NZTA on non-drivers. Read on to find out more and see if you might...
    Transport Blog | 02-09
  • Reclaiming the Third Way & why it’s not a sell-out
    During a visit he made to Melbourne in 2000, I joined some colleagues to sit down for a chat with Dick Morris, the self-proclaimed strategic mastermind who claimed to have single-handedly rescued Bill Clinton's flailing presidency and coined the term...
    Pundit | 02-09
  • The Greens on work and wages
    The Greens released their work and wages policy today, targeted firmly at improving living standards and reducing inequality. The headline policy is an immediate increase in the minimum wage to $16/hour, followed by annual increases to reach $18/hour in 2017....
    No Right Turn | 01-09
  • America, America ….
    We hear a lot about American exceptionalism – what they lead the world in, what they think they lead the world in, and their unshakeable belief in their god-given right to do so.  The USA has the highest per capita ownership of...
    Te Whare Whero | 01-09
  • The caretaker convention and elections
    There was an interesting discussion on Twitter yesterday between Dean Knight and Graeme Edgeler about the caretaker convention and elections. Dean highlighted the fact that Key had a perfect right to call for whatever sort of inquiry he felt like,...
    No Right Turn | 01-09
  • A clayton’s inquiry
    That's the only way to describe John Key's proposed "inquiry" into Judith Collins:An inquiry into the events surrounding Judith Collins' downfall will not examine the relationship between her and Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater or the Serious Fraud Office investigation...
    No Right Turn | 01-09
  • YahooNZ’s news polls
    Another YahooNZ poll': September 1st"Do you think Dirty Politics is distracting from more important issues this election?" Results at the time of writing this:Yes. absolutely77%  (5622)  No, it's important22%  (1619)   I'm not sure1%  (66)    The capitals on 'Dirty Politics' clearly...
    Te Whare Whero | 01-09
  • Vote Choice: ACT’s Jamie Whyte – a ‘Narrow’ Ally?
    This week, the Vote Choice series looks at Dr Jamie Whyte, the leader of the ACT party, and his views on abortion and decriminalisation. A google search of Whyte and abortion provides little in the way of his opinion but...
    ALRANZ | 01-09
  • Who is Carrick Graham?
    Carrick GrahamIn damage control since their campaign officially began derailing a couple of weeks ago, things took another terrible turn for the National party last weekend. Not only did the corrupt Judith Collins have to resign on Saturday because of...
    The Jackal | 01-09
  • Judith, Cam, and the phantom FB messages
    I see that Judith Collins and Cameron Slater believe the hacker has simply invented Facebook conversations between the two of them. Insitnctively I don;t believe the denials, but I have an idea that could help Collins clear her name. Facebook...
    Polity | 01-09
  • Labour will make renting a better option
    Labour will provide greater security of tenure for renters, and build more state and social housing, says Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “Labour believes every kid deserves a decent start in life. That means a warm, dry and secure home....
    Labour | 03-09
  • At least 15 new taxes under National
    John Key is the last person to talk about creating taxes, presiding over a Government that has imposed at least 15 new taxes, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “John Key tried a novel line in the debate last night claiming...
    Labour | 03-09
  • Labour will strengthen New Zealand’s democracy
    A Labour Government will act quickly to protect and enhance New Zealand’s reputation as one of the most open and least corrupt countries in the world, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “The health of any democracy is improved by greater...
    Labour | 02-09
  • MANA Movement says tax cut on GST must be first priority – Minto
    “If Prime Minister John Key has money available for tax cuts then cutting GST must be the first priority”,  said MANA Movement Economic Justice Spokesperson John Minto. GST is a nasty tax on low-income families”, said Minto. “People in the...
    Mana | 02-09
  • The Maori Party’s Mana-Enhancing Relationship with National – Minto
    “First we had Cameron Slater and David Farrar backing Labour’s Kelvin Davis bid to unseat MANA Movement Leader and MP for Te Tai Tokerau Hone Harawira.  Now we have Slater writing a pro-Te Ururoa Flavell article on his website, Whale...
    Mana | 02-09
  • There’s Only One Poll That Counts
    “One of the oldest sayings in politics is that there is only one poll that counts – the one on Election Day – and that’s the one that I am focusing on” remarked the MANA Movement candidate for Waiariki, Annette...
    Mana | 02-09
  • Local communities critical to Civil Defence
    Labour will focus on empowering New Zealand communities to be resilient in Civil Defence disasters, says Labour’s Civil Defence spokesperson Clare Curran. Announcing Labour’s Civil Defence policy, she says that Labour will work with schools, voluntary agencies and community groups...
    Labour | 02-09
  • Labour looks to long-life passports, gambling harm review
    A return to 10 year passports and a review of gambling laws are highlights of Labour’s Internal Affairs policy released today. “More than 15,000 New Zealanders signed a petition calling on the Government to revert to the 10 year system...
    Labour | 02-09
  • MANA Movement Leadership stands strong behind Internet MANA relationship
    “There is now, and always will be, a range of views about many issues within our movement and members are free to express them, but Georgina’s views on Kim Dotcom are not shared by the MANA Movement leadership or the vast majority...
    Mana | 01-09
  • Rebuilding the New Zealand Defence Force
    A Labour Government will make it a priority to rebuild the capacity of the Defence Force to carry out the tasks expected of it, says Labour’s Defence Spokesperson Phil Goff. Releasing Labour’s Defence Policy today he said the NZDF has...
    Labour | 01-09
  • Speech to Canterbury Chamber of Commerce
    Today I'm going to talk about our policy package to upgrade and grow our economy and how we turn that growth into a foundation for a decent and fair society. But first I want to address the issue of our...
    Labour | 01-09
  • Commission of Inquiry must have bipartisan support
    The Labour Party is drafting terms of reference for a Commission of Inquiry, Labour’s Shadow Attorney-General David Parker says. “It is abundantly clear there is a need for an independent Commission of Inquiry, chaired by a High Court Judge, into...
    Labour | 01-09
  • Rapid Transit to unclog Christchurch
    Labour will build a 21st century Rapid Transit system for Christchurch, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. “The long delayed recovery of Christchurch hinges on a modern commuter system for the city. “We will invest $100 million in a modern rail plan...
    Labour | 31-08
  • Labour’s commitment to public broadcasting
    A Labour Government will set up a working group to re-establish a public service television station as part of our commitment to ensuring New Zealand has high quality free-to-air local content. “We will set up a working group to report...
    Labour | 31-08
  • A new deal for the conservation estate
    The health of our economy depends on New Zealand preserving and restoring our land, air, water and indigenous wildlife, says Labour’s Conservation spokesperson Ruth Dyson. Announcing Labours Conservation policy, she said that there will be a comprehensive plan to restore...
    Labour | 31-08
  • Labour’s plan to end homelessness
    Labour has a comprehensive approach to end homelessness starting with the provision of emergency housing for 1000 people each year and putting an end to slum conditions in boarding houses, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “Labour believes that homelessness is not...
    Labour | 30-08
  • Labour: A smarter approach to justice
    A Labour Government will improve the justice system to ensure it achieves real public safety, provides equal access to justice and protects human rights, Labour’s Justice spokesperson Andrew Little says. “Our approach is about tackling the root causes of crime, recognising...
    Labour | 29-08
  • Labour to foster Kiwi love of sport and the great outdoors
    A Labour Government will promote physical activity, back our top athletes and help foster Kiwis’ love of the great outdoors by upgrading tramping and camping facilities. Trevor Mallard today released Labour’s sports and recreation policy which will bring back a...
    Labour | 29-08
  • Pacific languages recognised under Labour
    Labour will act to recognise the five main Pacific languages in New Zealand including through the education system, said Pacific Affairs spokesperson Su’a William Sio. Announcing Labour’s Pacific Island policy he said that there must be a strong commitment to...
    Labour | 29-08
  • No healthy economy without a healthy environment
    Labour recognises that we cannot have a healthy economy without a healthy environment, says Environment spokesperson Moana Mackey announcing Labour’s environment policy. “New Zealand’s economy has been built on the back of the enormous environmental wealth we collectively enjoy as...
    Labour | 28-08
  • Better protection, fairer deal for Kiwi consumers
    Tackling excessive prices, ensuring consumers have enough information to make ethical choices and giving the Commerce Commission more teeth are highlights of Labour’s Consumer Rights policy. “The rising cost of living is a concern for thousands of Kiwi families. A...
    Labour | 28-08
  • Media Advisory – MANA Movement Candidate for Waiariki Annette Sykes, Waia...
    Media are advised that this coming weekend, the MANA Movement Candidate for Waiariki, Annette Sykes, will be on the Internet MANA Road Trip within the electorate of Waiariki. Speakers confirmed are Annette Sykes, Hone Harawira, John Minto, Laila Harre and Kim...
    Mana | 27-08
  • Internet MANA – Waiariki Road Trip: 29, 30, 31 Aug 2014
    The Internet MANA Road Trip hits Waiariki this weekend. It would be great if all MANA members in Waiariki could especially attend the public meetings and show their support for our Waiariki candidate Annette Sykes. Confirmed speakers Hone Harawira (except Taupo), Annette...
    Mana | 27-08
  • First home buyers $200 a week better off with Labour
    A couple earning around $75,000 a year would be $200 a week better off buying a two bedroom terraced Labour KiwiBuild home instead of an equivalent new build under National’s housing policy, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe.  “National’s policy to...
    Labour | 26-08
  • Another Day – Another big power profit
    The latest profit announcement from Genesis Energy shows that the power company was sold for a song to the detriment of the country’s power consumers, says Labour’s Energy spokesperson David Shearer. “A net profit of $ 49.2 million follows hard...
    Labour | 26-08
  • Labour embraces the rainbow
    Labour will work hard to ensure all New Zealanders enjoy the freedom to grow up and live their lives in dignity and security. Labour’s Rainbow policy, released tonight in Wellington, focuses on International Relations, Human Rights and Education....
    Labour | 26-08
  • National gets fast and loose with the facts
    In their desperation to make it look as though they are doing something about the housing crisis, National is playing fast and loose with the facts, says Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford....
    Labour | 26-08
  • Labour will drop power prices for Kiwi families
    New Zealanders will get cheaper power prices under NZ Power, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. “The electricity market is clearly broken. With falling demand for electricity, prices should be going down. Instead prices are going up and companies are extracting...
    Labour | 26-08
  • Labour: Promoting sustainable tourism
    Ensuring New Zealand’s clean, green status continues to be an international tourism benchmark and reviewing MBIE’s oversight of the tourism sector will be on the radar under a Labour Government. Releasing Labour’s Tourism policy today, spokesperson Darien Fenton said tourism...
    Labour | 26-08
  • Skills shortage a result of National’s complacency
    The fact that there is still a severe shortage of skilled tradespeople, despite a growth in the number of apprentices, is a result of National’s failure to plan and develop the workforce, Grant Robertson, Labour Employment, Skills and TrainingSpokesperson says."The...
    Labour | 26-08
  • How much tax does John Key pay compared to a minimum wage worker?? – Mint...
    MANA Movement Economic Justice spokesperson John Minto is calling for a radical overhaul of New Zealand’s taxation system with calculations showing that a minimum wage worker pays a ten times higher tax rate than the Prime Minister. o Minimum wage...
    Mana | 25-08
  • Labour’s culture of science and innovation
    Labour will create a culture of science and innovation in New Zealand that will be the envy of the world, says Labour’s Innovation, Research and Development spokesperson Megan Woods. “Labour believes that good science lies at the heart of a...
    Labour | 25-08
  • Improving life for our new New Zealanders
    New Zealand’s international standing as a community that encourages and fosters all cultures will be bolstered under a Labour Government with an upgrade of the present Office of Ethnic Affairs to a Ministry. Releasing Labour’s Ethnic Affairs policy, spokesperson Phil...
    Labour | 25-08
  • South Auckland housing crisis
    National’s HomeStart package is nothing more than a political stunt designed to beguile South Auckland voters, said Labour’s Pacific Affairs spokesperson Su’a William Sio. “Few working Pasifika and Maori workers in South Auckland will be able to buy their own...
    Labour | 25-08
  • Home buyer subsidy discredited in Oz
    Treasury advised against National’s policy of ramping up home buyer subsidies after it was discredited in Australia because it pushed house prices even higher, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “Documents released under the OIA (attached) show Treasury advised the...
    Labour | 25-08
  • Nursing hours explain turnover and high-stress culture
    A staff survey supports concerns nursing staff at Dunedin Hospital are under increasing pressure and that the emergency department is in a critical state, says Labour’s Associate Health Spokesperson David Clark.  “An ED nursing survey at Dunedin found that 80...
    Labour | 24-08
  • Underhand tactics prove case for axing donations
    Revelations that schools are using underhand tactics to coerce donations from cash-strapped parents further highlights the need for Labour's plan to increase funding so they aren't dependent on contributions from parents, Labour's Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “By law New...
    Labour | 24-08
  • National applies band-aid to housing crisis
    The Government’s flagship housing announcement is a band-aid approach that will push up prices rather than solve the housing crisis, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. “House sales to first home buyers have collapsed as a direct result of the Government’s...
    Labour | 24-08
  • Climate change focus on the now for the future
    A Labour Governmentwill put in place a comprehensive climate change strategy focusing on bothmitigation and adaptation, establish an independent Climate Commission andimplement carbon budgeting, says Labour Climate Change spokesperson MoanaMackey."This is about future-proofing our economy. Making the transition to alow-carbon...
    Labour | 24-08
  • Labour’s 21st century transport pledge
    The next Labour-led Government will create a 21st century transport system for New Zealand that promotes the most efficient and sustainable combination of transport options, says Labour’s Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford. “Labour will rebalance the Government's transport spending away from...
    Labour | 23-08
  • Housing under National: the facts
    1.       House prices in Auckland Council valuations indicate Auckland house prices have gone up by one-third over the last three years. (Auckland Council) The average Auckland house price has gone up by nearly $225,000 since 2008, up over $75,000 in...
    Labour | 23-08
  • Labour irons out low income tax issue
    The increasing casualisation of work has led to many New Zealand families being disadvantaged through the tax they pay, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. "Many low paid workers are having to work two or three jobs to make ends meet...
    Labour | 22-08
  • Cornered Government comes out swinging
    The National Government is so desperate to keep its dead-in-the-water expert teachers policy alive, it has refused to rule out forcing schools to participate through legislation, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “John Key today attacked the Educational Institute for...
    Labour | 22-08
  • Pacific people continue to go backwards under National
    A report from Victoria University highlights the fact that Pacific people are continuing to go backwards under a National Government, said Labour’s Pacific Affairs spokesperson Su’a William Sio.  “The report shows the largest inequality increases were in smoking, obesity, tertiary...
    Labour | 22-08
  • Wellington transport plan needs to keep moving
    The failure of the Transport Agency to properly look at alternatives to the Basin Reserve flyover is not a good reason for further delays to improving transport in Wellington, Labour MPs Grant Robertson and Annette King say. “The Board of...
    Labour | 22-08
  • Labour’s focus on inequality, kids and better job prospects
    Tackling child poverty and removing barriers to people working part time to enhance their prospects of moving into a fulltime job are highlights of Labour’s Social Development policy. Releasing the policy today, spokesperson Sue Moroney said while part-time work was...
    Labour | 21-08
  • Political staff should give answers under oath
    The Inspector General of Security and Intelligence should use her full statutory powers to question witnesses under oath about the leak of SIS information, says Labour MP Phil Goff. “Leakage of confidential information from the SIS for political purposes is...
    Labour | 21-08
  • High dollar, hands-off Govt sends workers to dole queue
    The loss of up to 100 jobs at Croxley stationery in Auckland is devastating news for their families and the local Avondale community, Labour’s Employment, Skills and Training spokesperson Grant Robertson says. “The company’s inability to compete in international markets...
    Labour | 21-08
  • National’s flagship education policy dead in the water
    National’s plan to create executive principals and expert teachers is effectively dead in the water with news that 93 percent of primary teachers have no confidence in the scheme, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “The fact that teachers are...
    Labour | 21-08
  • Dunedin will be a knowledge and innovation centre under Labour
    Dunedin will become a knowledge and innovation centre under a Labour Government that will back local businesses, support technology initiatives and fund dynamic regional projects, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “Nowhere has the National Government’s short-sightedness been more apparently than...
    Labour | 21-08
  • Want to lift voter participation? #futurevoter selfie this election with yo...
    As the importance of democratic engagement starts making its presence felt in the wake of the lowest voter turn out in a century, it’s time to make universal suffrage a goal again. One step towards that is nurturing the future...
    The Daily Blog | 02-09
  • A brief word on hacked celebrity naked pictures
    Of  all the inane bullshit I’ve heard in my life, the one currently saying ‘if you take naked pictures of yourself you should expect them to be seen by everyone’ is possibly the dumbest. Deleted intimate images people take in the...
    The Daily Blog | 02-09
  • The Daily Blog 2014 progressive voter guide – who to vote for to change ...
    If you want to know how to vote in a way to change this Government,  here is the electorate by electorate guide on how to strategically vote to kick National out of office. There are two votes. Electorate vote and Party...
    The Daily Blog | 02-09
  • Are Cameron Slater and Judiith Collins bare-faced liars?
    . . Are Cameron Slater and Judith Collins both bare-faced liars? Both of them. Liars? Here is why I ask… In the latest revelations, information disclosed by Rawshark/Whaledump to the NZ Herald alleges in further leaked sensitive information from  ...
    The Daily Blog | 02-09
  • What has surprised me most about the Ashburton WINZ shootings
    The terrible deaths at a WINZ office in Ashburton took us all by surprise. Staunch poverty campaigner Sue Bradford commented before the deaths were known and was attacked by waves of twitterarti who knew best. Sue apologised but her wider...
    The Daily Blog | 02-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Kiri Hannifin  – Make domestic violence an election issue
    Violence against women and children continues to be a profound issue in this country.  Despite the stellar efforts of thousands of grass roots workers to support victims of violence every day, we cannot seem to stem the tide. The past...
    The Daily Blog | 02-09
  • Factchecking Key’s Leaders debate claims
    There were so many questionable facts Key threw at Cunliffe in last nights debate that I emailed a few contacts to ask if they were true. Here is the very long list of things Key said that simply were not...
    The Daily Blog | 02-09
  • August Blog stats – TDB closing in on Kiwiblog – our final election con...
    The August blog stats are in, and The Daily Blog retains our position as the largest left wing blog in NZ with 416 374 visits last month and 667 411. Kiwi Blog who has been operating for a decade with...
    The Daily Blog | 02-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Rolinson – New Zealand First: Coalition of the Willing...
    There is, right now, an absolute metric truck-tonne of misinformation, lies, and willful distortion flying about on social media, in the blogosphere and even in the media and corridors of power about New Zealand First’s coalition position. Some of this...
    The Daily Blog | 02-09
  • Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, Judith Collins i...
    Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking on Radio Hauraki...
    The Daily Blog | 02-09
  • The Press Leaders Debate – proof a newspaper can kill the internet
    No more beersies for you Mr Key. Seriously – was the Prime Minister drunk during this debate? I am so sickened by what passed as a Leaders debate, I will make this review short and vicious. Everyone involved in putting...
    The Daily Blog | 02-09
  • Voting starts tomorrow!
    On the telly, in the papers, on the Net, billboards on almost every street corner – it’s hard to miss the fact that there’s an election coming up. Everyone’s trying to win your vote on Election Day, September 20, (this...
    The Daily Blog | 02-09
  • Collins inquiry a whitewash before it has even started
    The farce whitewash that Key is trying to push through here for the inquiry into Judith Collins role in a hit on the SFO should enrage any NZer, regardless of how they vote. Whaleoil won’t be forced to appear, it’s...
    The Daily Blog | 02-09
  • Press Leaders Debate – Round 2 – 7pm tonight
    This debate is live in a Town Hall, Key has done well at these in the past, but since the hate politics exposed in Dirty Politics, expect real fury directed at Key. My guess is that Key will attempt to use whatever he...
    The Daily Blog | 02-09
  • MANA hit speed wobbles – why Annette Sykes will win Waiariki
    MANA are my favourites. But of late, their transition from crawling to sprinting has hit some speed wobbles. Hone’s and Pam’s aggressive attitude towards the media recently is very understandable in light of how connected many of the media were to...
    The Daily Blog | 02-09
  • Soz Cam – PaknSave boycott of whaleoil continues – time to start a boyc...
    Cam is so carcinogenic now, not even his mates in the Tobacco Industry are talking to him any longer. I suspect only the Israeli Defence Force propaganda department are paying for content on whaleoil now. Cam says that PaknSave have dropped their problems...
    The Daily Blog | 02-09
  • The Rock Fuels NZ Roastbuster Rape Culture
    This is making me feel pretty uncomfortable. Here we have an instance of Jono and Ben posing like “exposed celebrities”. But do you know what I’m seeing? I’m seeing two dudes who basically “roasted” a woman online (exposed pictures of...
    The Daily Blog | 02-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Kate Davis – Why beneficiaries need advocacy
    There are times when I am wrong. I was wrong recently when someone suggested to me that AAAP should be eligible for government funding to continues its advocacy work. That was before. Before dealing with advocacy on a weekly basis...
    The Daily Blog | 01-09
  • TheDailyBlog September Political Poll Has Been Kicked Off
    The Daily Blog’s August poll has concluded and the September poll has been kicked off, asking readers: What party will you likely vote for at this year’s General Election? You will see this month’s poll in the right-hand sidebar of...
    The Daily Blog | 01-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Kelly Ellis – Jamie Whyte, leave that poor seal alone!
    Worse than showing mere lip service to Rainbow inclusion, ACT leader Jamie Whyte showed stunning arrogance when appeared at a candidates debate on rainbow issues hosted by the Auckland University Students’ Association last Thursday. The stunning hypocrisy was evident as...
    The Daily Blog | 01-09
  • Right wing can’t help but use scum
    Some people have been shocked that the traditional right wing party in New Zealand politics is so deeply embedded with scum like the blogger Whale Oil. We need not be so surprised. It takes a certain type to support the...
    The Daily Blog | 01-09
  • EXCLUSIVE: National’s Ohariu candidate admits contact by Simon Lusk
    . . Wellington, NZ, 31  August – At a meet-the-candidates public meeting in the Rongotai Electorate, National’s Ohariu candidate, Brett Hudson, confirmed that he had been approached by “a mate”, who passed on a message from  National Party operative, Simon...
    The Daily Blog | 01-09
  • Coalition for Better Broadcasting – Auckland Broadcasting Debate 2014
    Coalition for Better Broadcasting – Auckland Broadcasting Debate 2014...
    The Daily Blog | 01-09
  • Petition for Governor General of New Zealand to Investigate all the allegat...
      Now we see the inquiry will be a whitewash, that is secret, won’t be consulted with the Opposition, will have limited scope and will ignore Nicky Hager’s book, we must demand the Governor General step in and demand an...
    The Daily Blog | 01-09
  • Ashburton, 1 September 2014
    I NEVER WENT BACK to Aramoana after the killing. I had been a frequent visitor to the tiny seaside village back in the late 1970s and throughout the 80s. Its tall cliffs and broad beaches providing a colourful backdrop to...
    The Daily Blog | 01-09
  • Checkmate in 1 move – how could Slater have known what was in OIA request...
    And now we get down to the final few moves before checkmate. If the following investigation is right, how could Slater and Collins have known what was in the Secret Intelligence Service Official Information Act request that hadn’t been released...
    The Daily Blog | 01-09
  • The Edge Posts Naked Photos Of Jennifer Lawrence Without Consent
    Today the Edge website – owned by Media Works – published fully naked photographs of Jennifer Lawrence without her consent. It is not OK to publish naked media of any woman without her consent, full stop. It is absolutely disgusting...
    The Daily Blog | 01-09
  • Bomber, Laila and Maggie – a highlight from Auckland Broadcasting Debate ...
    Bomber, Laila and Maggie – a highlight from Auckland Broadcasting Debate 2014...
    The Daily Blog | 01-09
  • Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, how good was I i...
    Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking on Radio Hauraki...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • Maggie Barry slags Laila Harre & blogger, audience erupt
    The Coalition for Better Broadcasting held their public meeting in Auckland last night and it became a fiery shouting match when Maggie Barry decided to slag Laila Harre and me off. 250 people packed into the Pioneer Hall off High...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • It has to be a full independent public inquiry and Key MUST front
      You know things are bad when images like this start appearing in the media.  It isn’t a ‘left wing conspiracy’ to point out the over whelming evidence of what is clearly a right wing conspiracy! If it looks like a conspiracy, sounds like a conspiracy...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • Political Party social media stats – National playing Dirty Politics on s...
    Interesting data from friend of the blog, Marty Stewart, on social media likes and it shows an interesting question that post Dirty Politics should probably get asked…   …it’s interesting that Key has so many personal followers.  One wonders if...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • The depth of the National rot and the compliance of our news media
    I’m so tired. Aren’t you? I don’t want to read the news anymore. It’s awful and I feel ashamed of it. We live in a country that people all over the world would give an arm, a leg; their life...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • Conservative Party candidate links smacking ban with suicide, sexually tran...
    If Chemtrails, faked moon landings and climate change denial weren’t enough, welcome to your new Minister for Spanking,  Edward Saafi... The anti-smacking law is to blame for youth suicide, youth prostitution and even sexually-transmitted infections, a leading Conservative party candidate...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • A brief word on the canonisation of Matthew Hooton
    Before we all start the canonisation of Matthew Hooton, let’s consider some home truths here shall we? While the Wellington Ruminator Blog, the blog who was previously mates with Judith Collins, now seems to have a crush on Matthew Hooton… …I...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • A brief word on undercover cops in bars
    Dunedin police booze operation labelled ‘creepy’ Undercover police officers drank in Dunedin bars as part of an operation targeting liquor licensing offences. While police said the inaugural operation was a success — with most bars found compliant — the Hospitality...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • Judith Collins press conference
    Judith Collins press conference...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Angry Lawyer – Collins, Odgers, Williams and legal ethics
    We deserve better lawyers than Judith Collins Three of the worst offenders exposed in Dirty Politics are lawyers: Judith Collins, Cathy Odgers, and Jordan Williams. What Nicky Hager exposed them doing would be out of line for anyone, but from...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Pat O’Dea – Necessary Defence
    Increasingly climate change is becoming the main fracture line between political parties. Where political parties stand on climate change defines political parties and movements like no other issue. The Mana Movement like the Maori Party it sprang from, came out...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • Why it is all over for John Key
    Image: Melanie D I’ve been confident that National will lose this election and that our focus should be on what a progressive Government needs to establish as its agenda in the first 100 days. Past that point, the establishment pushes back...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • A brief word to everyone who voted National in 2011
    I received this interesting email from a National Party supporter today… …let me say this to anyone who voted National last election – you should be ashamed by what has been revealed and what your vote ended up enabling but...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • EXCLUSIVE: Déjà Vu All Over Again: John Ansell confirms his participation...
      THE MAN BEHIND the Iwi-Kiwi billboards that very nearly won the 2005 election for Don Brash and the National Party has confirmed his involvement in businessman John Third’s and former Act MP Owen Jennings’ campaign to drive down the...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • Public Broadcasting Auckland debate 6.30pm tonight now with Colin Craig &am...
    The Coalition for Better Broadcasting debate on public broadcasting happens tonight at 6.30pm in Auckland at the Pioneer Women’s Hall, High Street, Auckland City.  In the light of Dirty Politics and the manipulation of the media, public broadcasting is more important for...
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • Winners & Losers in Collins sacking plus what’s the latest on Slater...
      Make no mistake, there was no way this was a resignation, it’s a face saving way out for Collins, she was sacked.  My understanding is that National internal polls are haemorrhaging and that the powers that be within National...
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • Third party propaganda attacks incoming Labour-led government
    . . Further to a report by Daily Blogger, Chris Trotter, on receiving information regarding planned attack-billboards, the following billboard is highly visible to traffic on the southbound lane of the Wellington motorway, just prior to the Murphy St turn-off....
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • Labour wins the Internet
    I’m sure I’m not the only one who tried to vote online for the leaders debate and couldn’t because the website was down. The next option was the txt vote, 75c a pop of course. So I’m not surprised that...
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Anjum Rahman – Rotherham and the need to challenge willful bl...
    I haven’t been following the events in Rotterham too closely.  I’ve read about the basic issues and the culture of silence that stopped action been taken even after complaints were made.  That culture of silence is incredibly familiar, and described...
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • Review: Hairspray
      Oh Hairspray! What fun! Somehow I managed to miss the movie when it came out, I had no idea really what it was about though I felt it had a vague relation to High School Musical. In retrospect, that...
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • Mounting global pressure against Timor-Leste’s ‘death sentence’ media...
    East Timor’s José Belo … courageous fight against ‘unconstitutional’ media law.Image: © Ted McDonnell 2014 CAFÉ PACIFIC and the Pacific Media Centre Online posted challenges to the controversial ‘press law’ nine months ago when it emerged how dangerous this draft...
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Rolinson – Spies, Lies and When Campaigns Are Fried
    Like most of the rest of the nation’s political classes, I was eagerly affixed to TV One from 12:30 on Saturday afternoon to witness the downfall of Judith Collins.Whenever we witness the crumbling of a titan of the political landscape...
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • Forestry safety must be taken seriously
    News that Police have arrested and charged a man with manslaughter over the death of 20-year old Lincoln Kidd shows that forestry safety must be taken seriously, according to FIRST Union. “Lincoln’s tragic death was one of ten lives claimed...
    Scoop politics | 03-09
  • Musicians support artistic freedom
    Wellington musicians are banding together to support artistic freedom and will perform at Cuba Street venue San Fran on Sunday afternoon 14 September. This concert, Off Key, protests the New Zealand Electoral Commission’s view that satirical song and...
    Scoop politics | 03-09
  • BRANZ welcomes announcement of Science Challenge 11
    BRANZ today welcomes the announcement of the National Science Challenge on better homes, towns and cities by Hon Dr Nick Smith at the Building a Better New Zealand conference. The new National Science Challenge will provide a new approach to...
    Scoop politics | 03-09
  • Roy Morgan Poll September 3
    National (45%) down after ‘Dirty Politics’ revelations, but Labour (26%) also loses support while Greens surge to 16% – highest since April 2012. Conservative Party at record high 3.5% Today’s New Zealand Roy Morgan Poll shows a sharp decline...
    Scoop politics | 03-09
  • Labour’s CGT Will Make Housing Affordability Worse
    Labour's capital gains tax, won't do what David Cunliffe says it will, according to the Taxpayers' Union , backed up by a former Deputy Commissioner of Inland Revenue, Robin Oliver....
    Scoop politics | 03-09
  • Young Kiwis follow in Sir Peter’s footsteps
    Six high-achieving young New Zealanders have been chosen for a range of amazing expeditions this summer, including two that will travel to Antarctica, as part of the Sir Peter Blake Trust Blake Ambassador programme....
    Scoop politics | 03-09
  • New Doco on Māori Television Examines Social Housing
    A new documentary to air on Māori Television in the lead-up to the election will address the reality of low income housing in this country in a climate of state gentrification and privatisation. WHARE TAPA WHĀ , (loosely translated as...
    Scoop politics | 03-09
  • Thames WINZ arrest should serve as warning to others
    Waikato Police say the charging of a man following an incident in the Thames Work and Income office today should serve as a warning to others that unacceptable behaviour cannot, and will not be tolerated....
    Scoop politics | 03-09
  • Secretary-General’s lecture at the University of Auckland
    I again thank this University of Auckland for bestowing on me an honourary degree in recognition of the enduring value of the United Nations....
    Scoop politics | 03-09
  • New Zealand First is just too expensive
    “The independent Taxpayers Union now estimates that Winston Peters has made more spending promises than Labour and the Greens combined”, said Dr Whyte, ACT’s Leader....
    Scoop politics | 03-09
  • Adequate family incomes essential to reduce child poverty
    Child Poverty Action Group says making sure families have enough money to care for their children is a fundamental part of the solution to child poverty....
    Scoop politics | 03-09
  • Doesn’t Your Dad Goat Enough?
    A challenge that most Kiwis can relate to in the weeks leading up to father’s day: How do we honour the great men in our life in a meaningful way?...
    Scoop politics | 03-09
  • At the end of their tether!
    Many in New Zealand will have seen the sight of a lone goat chained on a roadside verge on their travels . Given the job of "lawnmower" these gregarious, highly social, intelligent animals endure a miserable existence denied their most...
    Scoop politics | 03-09
  • NZratifies new treaty to control the $85bn global arms trade
    New Zealand ratifies new treaty to control the $85bn global arms trade for the first time ever...
    Scoop politics | 03-09
  • Threats against Work and Income staff a disgrace
    The Public Service Association (PSA) says the continuing threats against Work and Income staff in the wake of the Ashburton shootings are a disgrace, and must end....
    Scoop politics | 03-09
  • Greens will put tens of thousands out of work
    "The $18 minimum wage championed by the Greens will throw tens of thousands of low skilled New Zealanders out of a job and condemn them to a life on the benefit. At no point do the Greens discuss the employment...
    Scoop politics | 02-09
  • PGA: Welcomes NZ’s ratification of Arms Trade Treaty
    President of Parliamentarians for Global Action and New Zealand MP Ross Robertson today welcomed the news that the New Zealand Government has ratified the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) at the United Nations in New York....
    Scoop politics | 02-09
  • Forest & Bird releases top priorities for new government
    Independent conservation organisation Forest & Bird is calling for all political parties to adopt policies to bring about an economic transformation - for the sake of New Zealand and New Zealanders. The call comes as part of Forest & Bird’s...
    Scoop politics | 02-09
  • More good Questions for Mr. Cunliffe
    Exempting the family home from Capital Gains taxes is harder than it sounds. What if you charge one of the children board? What if it is one of the children’s friends? A boarder? Many South Auckland families share a house....
    Scoop politics | 02-09
  • Why are the Anglican Bishops silent in defending life?
    The Anglican Archbishops in Aotearoa New Zealand have identified four key challenges facing the country in the run-up to the General Election onSeptember 20. These issues are: • Child poverty • Income inequality • Lack of affordable and accessible...
    Scoop politics | 02-09
  • Encouraging the phenomenal growth in the Māori economy
    As the only independent Māori voice in Parliament, the Māori Party’s economic development policy is unashamedly focused on growing the Māori economy....
    Scoop politics | 02-09
  • Bottom line demands by minor parties destabilising
    "Bottom line demands by minor parties are destabilising and undemocratic" said Dr Jamie Whyte. "Colin Craig says referenda being binding is a bottom line and now Winston Peters says a Royal Commission is a bottom line. Polls say the vast...
    Scoop politics | 02-09
  • Victoria students lead youth engagement publication
    A group of Victoria University students are trying to reverse the trend of political disengagement by giving young people a voice....
    Scoop politics | 02-09
  • NZEI Te Riu Roa welcomes Green Party commitment to fairness
    NZEI Te Riu Roa has welcomed the Green Party's commitment to making work fairer and more equitable, saying it would also result in tangible benefits for children and their learning....
    Scoop politics | 02-09
  • MANA Movement says tax cut on GST must be first priority
    “If Prime Minister John Key has money available for tax cuts then cutting GST must be the first priority”, said MANA Movement Economic Justice Spokesperson John Minto. “GST is a nasty tax on low-income families”, said Minto. “People in...
    Scoop politics | 02-09
  • The Maori Party’s Mana-Enhancing Relationship with National
    MANA Movement candidate, John Minto 3 Wednesday September 2014 “First we had Cameron Slater and David Farrar backing Labour’s Kelvin Davis bid to unseat MANA Movement Leader and MP for Te Tai Tokerau Hone Harawira. Now we have Slater writing...
    Scoop politics | 02-09
  • Craig And Mcvicar Have Some Explaining to Do
    The Taxpayers’ Union is calling on Garth McVicar and the Conservative Party to explain how much the Party’s ‘tough on crime’ election slogan will cost. On Monday the Party was added to the Taxpayers’ Union Bribe-O-Meter , but the Conservative...
    Scoop politics | 02-09
  • Political parties to be questioned on needs of children
    Political party representatives will be asked to outline their policies in three key areas relating to the needs of children at a public forum being hosted this Friday by the University of Otago, Wellington (UOW). The event has been co-organised...
    Scoop politics | 02-09
  • Voting Period for 2014 General Election Begins Today
    The first votes for the 2014 general election will be cast today, Wednesday 3 September, as advance voting begins ahead of election day on Saturday 20 September. “Election day is September 20, but if you want, you can vote from...
    Scoop politics | 02-09
  • Independent Epsom Candidates ‘One Strike’ Crime Policy
    Best wishes to all of those who live in Epsom, Mount Eden, New Market, Remuera and of course the rest of New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 02-09
  • Large majorities of NZ First voters would prefer Labour deal
    67% of those who voted for New Zealand First at the 2011 general election would prefer Labour to lead a coalition government if one is needed after September 20’s general election....
    Scoop politics | 02-09
  • Jointly owned urban development agency for Christchurch
    “Given the strategic importance of the Canterbury rebuild, it is logical that the transition from emergency governance arrangements is overseen by the Prime Minister’s office, but to maintain momentum in the city centre an expert development agency...
    Scoop politics | 02-09
  • Collins inquiry at best a Band-Aid, a permanent fix needed
    Collins inquiry at best a Band-Aid, a permanent fix is needed The Public Service Association (PSA) says the inquiry into Judith Collins’ behaviour must be accompanied by a process to restore the lost trust between Ministers and public servants if...
    Scoop politics | 02-09
  • Association welcomes new Chief Executive
    “The New Zealand Police Association is pleased to announce the appointment of Heather Verry to Chief Executive. Heather picks up the mantle from Chris Pentecost, who recently retired from this position,” Police Association President Greg O’Connor said...
    Scoop politics | 02-09
  • Young Voters Want Politicians to Grow Up
    Young voters want answers to the questions that directly affect them – but it seems as much as anything, they want politicians to grow up....
    Scoop politics | 02-09
  • Climate Voter election debate to get big audience
    Auckland, 2 September 2014 - Tickets to tomorrow night’s first-ever Climate Voter election debate have sold out but an online audience will also get to see the event live....
    Scoop politics | 02-09
  • The Edge show disregard for consent
    The Edge has shown complete disregard for consent, for women’s bodies and in doing so has contributed to the wider issue of rape culture in New Zealand says specialist sexual violence prevention organisation, Sexual Abuse Prevention Network. Yesterday,...
    Scoop politics | 02-09
  • The Rock is Fuelling New Zealand’s Roastbuster Rape Culture
    The Rock are still displaying without-consent images of Jennifer Lawrence and other celebrities online. They are making fun of this without-consent action, saying that she was "asking for it", etc. They appear to be supporting this kind of...
    Scoop politics | 02-09
  • HRLA Condemns Murder of Filipino Human Rights lawyer
    Attorney Rodolfo R. Felicio, a member of the National Union of Peoples Lawyers , was gunned down while working on a land dispute in Rizal, east of Manila. Two caretakers of the disputed land were also injured in the attack....
    Scoop politics | 02-09
  • SFO lays charges for procurement fraud
    Two individuals have been charged in the Auckland District Court today with Crimes Act charges laid by the Serious Fraud Office for alleged fraud against Mighty River Power Limited relating to procurement for the Company’s Southdown power station....
    Scoop politics | 02-09
  • Commitment to lifting wages good for New Zealand
    The Service and Food Workers Union has applauded the Green Party workers’ policy announced today....
    Scoop politics | 02-09
  • Sykes: There’s Only One Poll That Counts
    “One of the oldest sayings in politics is that there is only one poll that counts – the one on Election Day – and that’s the one that I am focusing on” remarked the MANA Movement candidate for Waiariki, Annette...
    Scoop politics | 02-09
  • Winston Peters Shown up by the Civilian Party
    Even the satirical 'Civilian Party' has now offered the Taxpayers’ Union more credible figures for the ' Bribe-O-Meter ' than Winston Peters’ New Zealand First. The Taxpayers’ Union Bribe-O-Meter now includes, National, Labour, the Greens,...
    Scoop politics | 02-09
  • Further criminal investigation into CTV Building collapse
    Police has today confirmed it will be advancing the criminal investigation into the collapse of the CTV building in February 2011....
    Scoop politics | 02-09
  • Greens policy to restore link between effort and reward
    The Green Party’s new workers policy articulates an alternative to wage repression and job insecurity based on restoring the link between effort and reward, according to FIRST Union. The core tenets of the policy include implementing an $18 minimum...
    Scoop politics | 02-09
  • Greens workers policy supported by union movement
    The CTU is supporting the Green Party’s policy launched today focused on improving life for working New Zealanders. “This policy shows the Greens commitment to collective bargaining as the best and fairest way to improve workers terms and conditions. It...
    Scoop politics | 02-09
  • Research Scholarships for Cannabis Treatments
    Medical cannabis research will be boosted by $140 million if the Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party is elected on September 20. Pediatric epilepsy treatment will be one of the main priorities for the research scholarships....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Ngai Te Rangi Change to Tribal Elections
    Ngai Te Rangi has begun a postal vote of beneficiaries to change the way representatives are elected to the two Ngai Te Rangi tribal organisations....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Greens’ commitment to pay equity welcomed by workers
    The Public Service Association (PSA) says the 58,000 workers they represent will benefit from the announcement by the Green Party of a commitment to pay equity and to a living wage for core public servants and contractors....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Real People Powering Real Policy
    New Zealanders from all walks of life have helped the Internet Party create a full platform of strong, progressive and realistic policies that will create a better future for everyone, says leader Laila Harré....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
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