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Jones affair – politics not always simple

Written By: - Date published: 9:30 am, May 23rd, 2012 - 227 comments
Categories: Ethics, im/migration, Shane Jones - Tags:

Perhaps a little bored with the multiple National / ACT self-inflicted fiascos, the media (and the braying right-wing blogs of course) have been bleeding plenty of ink over Shane Jones’ actions in granting citizenship to a decidedly dodgy Chinese immigrant. Jones hasn’t really put his side of the story – until last night:

MP told immigrant would be ‘jailed and executed’

Labour MP Shane Jones has revealed why he allowed Chinese immigrant Yong Ming Yan, charged with making false statements to gain citizenship, to stay in New Zealand. …

As a minister, Mr Jones signed off on Yong Ming Yan’s application to become a New Zealand citizen, despite officials telling him not to. “I was told the execution of this man…that he would be executed…which is the reason the officials gave for him not wanting to go back to China.”

Mr Jones said declining it would have been like signing a death warrant. Mr Jones says he was told that Mr Yan would be “jailed, executed and his organs harvested” if he was sent back to China. “That to me comprised grounds for a humanitarian decision,” Mr Jones says.

He confirmed those were the words used to describe the situation. “When a Government official in a minister’s office says such a thing so graphic that I actually wrote it down.” …

Mr Jones says he would be happy for any investigation to take place into his role in this matter.

I’m glad Jones is open to an investigation. That’s the right course of action, and if he is found to have acted unethically he should go. But those who are prematurely calling for Jones’ head, and trying to turn the situation into an attack on Shearer, should now take some time out to consider their own actions. They should ask themselves if they, in Jones’ position, would have taken action that they honestly believed would condemn a man to death.

Politics is not always simple.


Update: Part of a post from NRT:

Shane Jones made the right decision

… Under those circumstances there’s a clear humanitarian case. So clear, in fact, that it would be unlawful to remove Liu from the country. We don’t extradite people to execution. We don’t deport them to it either. Any Minister in Jones’ position would have made exactly the same decision. And if not, the courts would have made it for them.

227 comments on “Jones affair – politics not always simple”

  1. “would have taken action that they honestly believed would condemn a man to death.” Normally such things would end in asylum not in granting citizenship.

    • Deano 1.1

      what do you think asylum is? The person has to have some legal status in this country ie residency or citizenship. Refugees who get asylum become residents or citizens. There’s no such status as ‘asylum recipient’

  2. alwyn 2

    He was being asked to give the guy citizenship.
    He wasn’t being asked to order him to be deported back to China.
    That has got to be the feeblest arguement yet.

    • Colonial Viper 2.1

      What weird logic. However, it reads like you do agree with Jones’ decision that the Chinese national should be granted rights to stay in NZ?

      • gareth 2.1.1

        If there was credible information indicating execution then yes he should have been allowed to stay.
        But I cannot understand why (with all the red flags) he was given citizenship and a NZ passport.
        Surely as he already had permanent residency that would be sufficient. Certainly it seems strange the Shane Jones signed off extremely quickly followed by an equally quick ceremony with labour mps present.
        How he got residency in the first place is a whole different question.
        It all seems a bit smelly to me…..

      • alwyn 2.1.2

        I most certainly don’t agree with Jones’ decision to grant him citizenship if that was his reason.
        The guy had, thanks to Cunnliffe in, I think, 2002, a residency permit. He wasn’t going to be kicked out of the country. There was no likelihood of him being sent back to China to be executed anyway. We don’t allow extradition where the person could face capital punishment.
        We also have him claiming that he would get citizenship and that he was going to take his MP friends back to China with him. Hardly likely if he was going to be killed don’t you think?
        What I think Jones was doing was paying off on the promises made to Liu (or whatever his name really is) by Labour party fundraisers who owed him big-time. I would be curious where the orders to Jones came from. I don’t think he did it just because Dover, a man on the way out of Parliament, asked him to.

        • Pascal's bookie 2.1.2.1

          I don’t think anyone has mentioned extradition.

          the claim about going back to China is an odd bit of big noting. When was it made?

          Was it during the time Immigration were investigating him with a view to chucking him out of the country?

  3. Jeremy Harris 3

    Why would officials be recommending not granting him citizenship if they reasonably believed he was “going to be executed and his organs harvested”?

    It doesn’t make sense.

    • Sam Hall 3.1

      I am intrigued by the practice of the Chinese to execute and harvest the organs of corrupt businessman and Party members

  4. tsmithfield 4

    There appears to have been some seriously dodgy shit that has gone on here, and I am not sure that it stops with Jones. I won’t bother what repeating what has already been covered extensively on other blogs. However, even a generous reading of the facts that have come out raises serious questions about what has gone on in this process.

    • bbfloyd 4.1

      the only “dodgy shit” going on here is TS reading with one eye shut… it’s ruining his depth perception….

      the trolls are desperate.. the trolls are desperate…. the trolls are desperate….

  5. Pascal's bookie 5

    It always fascinates me when people put on their harrumphing hats say that something “raises serious questions that need to be answered”, and then go all quite about what these serious questions actually are.

    ‘It’s all just a bit murky, a bit suspect like, it’s the vibe of the thing.’

    I’m seeing a bit of this. dark murmerings. Utterances of concern.

    Anyone laid a complaint with the rozzers yet? The auditor general?

    If not, Why the fuck not?

    If the guy’s a crook, get him gone, right?

  6. Jackal 6

    A diversionary storm in a teacup if you ask me. Although an investigation is warranted.

  7. tsmithfield 7

    How about this article for a start.

    The high-ranking officials were stunned when then Cabinet minister Shane Jones approved the application one day after getting his file. They were certain Yong Ming Yan, also known as Bill Liu, who had been red-flagged by Interpol, stood little chance.

    But Yan leaned back in his chair, with his arms behind his head, and said he was 99 per cent confident he would get citizenship, the court was told yesterday.

    “He said he had a lot of support from members of Parliament … he was going to take them to China,” Internal Affairs case officer Olele Johannes Gambo said.

    Notice in the quote above that Yan was confident he was going to get citizenship due to support from members of parliament, and he was going to take them to China.

    So, contrary to what Jones has claimed, Yan didn’t seem particularly worried about getting executed in China, or having his organs harvested because, according to him, he was planning a trip back there.

    • grumpy 7.1

      ….and…….didn’t he actually go back to China in the interim??? So much for fear of execution.

    • Jackal 7.2

      What the article fails to make clear is that Yan made the statement sometime before he got residency in 2008, Yan did not make that statement in the court hearing as the article implies. There is also the fact that Jones was likely to have had the file for over a month, which would make the Fairfax article untruthful.

      Yan might not have been worried about being chopped up for his organs while also giving information that was relayed to Jones that said he was in danger. In that case Yan would be a liar… and who exactly is it again who is on trial for making false statements on his application?

      Until we know the facts of the matter, all your speculation looks pretty stupid really!

    • rosy 7.3

      The dates in that article don’t match the dates on the files that investigate magazine [sorry about the source] seems to have gotten hold of…

      http://www.investigatemagazine.com/jonesfile.pdf

      The article says the files went to Jones May – the DIA document recommending declining citizenship is dated July. Is it the same file? I’m confused.

  8. Can I make a generalised plea that will benefit all parties and prevent any sort of murky dealing from happening.
     
    Let’s have state funding for political parties.  No private donations, no favours, no undue influence by individuals.

    • Kotahi Tane Huna 8.1

      +100

      Do you think we should compensate the National Party’s owners for the loss of their property?

      • Socialist Paddy 8.1.1

        As soon as they compensate the New Zealand people for 80 years of pillage and theft.

    • higherstandard 8.2

      Oh fuck off, the public fund the vast amount of cost for these fuck wits at present through parliamentary largesse for secretaries, analysts and assorted other hacks.

      As long as all donations above a nominal value are transparent who gives a flying fuck.

      • mickysavage 8.2.1

        As long as all donations above a nominal value are transparent who gives a flying fuck

        • mickysavage 8.2.1.1

          Oops editor lost some text.  I meant to say …
           
          As long as all donations above a nominal value are transparent who gives a flying fuck
           
          Anyone with a concern about the health of their democracy.

          • higherstandard 8.2.1.1.1

            So how will this work ?

            We currently fund these turds during the election campaign based on the number of MPs, if you’re wanting to increase this funding by how much … why do they need more money ?

            • Draco T Bastard 8.2.1.1.1.1

              I don’t see MS saying that funding should be increased.

          • Adolph Koshler 8.2.1.1.2

            I am, how many more MPs have to go to prison before we can put a stop to the complete arrogance of these people over immigration. First Philip Field and now Jones, when will the corruption stop. There needs to be a complete investigation into the behavior of the Immigration department and all respective ministers regardless of political party.

      • Colonial Viper 8.2.2

        Yeah public funding of political parties. And limit donations from legal entities and persons to $200 each per party per election year.

        • Draco T Bastard 8.2.2.1

          Legal entities shouldn’t be allowed to make donations at all.

          • higherstandard 8.2.2.1.1

            Trade Unions ?

            • McFlock 8.2.2.1.1.1

              Included. Just as long as corporations, anonymous trusts and loud rich pricks have to play be the same rules.

            • KJT 8.2.2.1.1.2

              Non democratic entities not allowed to make donations?

              • Draco T Bastard

                Gets too wishy washy. Just watch as the boards of major corporations say that they’re a democratic entity and thus should be allowed to donate in the name of the corporation.

            • Draco T Bastard 8.2.2.1.1.3

              Are a legal entity and thus would not be allowed to make donations. Of course, nothing stopping the unions from discussing which would be the best party from their POV and recommending that the individuals make a donation to that party. Nor is there anything preventing the union from running their own political campaign.

              • higherstandard

                So you’re against Presland’s proposal ?

                • Draco T Bastard

                  Nope, I actually think that political parties should be government funded with the exact same funding.

            • mickysavage 8.2.2.1.1.4

              Trade Unions ?

              Yep.  Only in RWNJ land do some think that the Service and Food Workers Union have the same resources as Fletcher Challenge, Sky City, Telecom, Todd Corporation …

              • higherstandard

                So let me get this right in your funding utopia individuals can’t donate, neither can private companies but it’s OK for unions to do so…….. partisan much Greg ?

      • felix 8.2.3

        “Oh fuck off, the public fund the vast amount of cost for these fuck wits at present”

        So what’s the problem then?

        • higherstandard 8.2.3.1

          None, apart from Greg wanting to tap the public for a top up and only being interested in skewing the rules to suit his usual partisan hackery.

    • The Gormless Fool formerly known as Oleolebiscuitbarrell 8.3

      Last time the state funded Jones he spent it all on porn.

      • KJT 8.3.1

        So what. He was paying it back before he was asked.

        As the saying goes: “there are two types of people, there’s wankers and there’s liars”.

        Meanwhile. When are Banks and Brash going to be indited for financial fraud?
        A polite term for a white collar bank robber.

        • Jared 8.3.1.1

          Financial Fraud? You mean Electoral Fraud right?

          • Carol 8.3.1.1.1

            No, it’s related to Banks and Brash’s business dealings for a company where other directors have been charged with fraud.

      • What – ALL of it?! Millions of dollars on porn?? Wow – what a stud!!

  9. The Baron 9

    Right, so Jones acted on an unsubstantiated claim from the benefactor, that in no way has any bearing on immigration processes. Nothing in this post touches on the allegations of what Labour got in return. Pretty selective treatment of the story.

    Rob, your post smacks of “its AOK when my team does it”. Partisan fanboi-ery is just so, so lame.

    But positive questions time: Why do we need Ministerial involvement in immigration cases? Why can this not be left to Immigration without oversight – let the officials do their job according to the relevant legislation; and let the pollies set the relevant legislation?

    The only reason I can see for political interferance here is to allow for favours to be done. Why would we want that, regardless of which govt is doing it?

    • Pascal's bookie 9.1

      Laid a complaint with the police?

      Anyone?

      Why not?

      • higherstandard 9.1.1

        Has anyone done that with Banks yet ?

        Personally I think they’re both dodgy.

        • Jackal 9.1.1.1

          Yes! I think there are three complaints that have been laid and the Police are investigating.

        • Pascal's bookie 9.1.1.2

          Yep, they are. Google

          police investigating john banks

          for details.

          • higherstandard 9.1.1.2.1

            I have a recollection they are from that moon bat Penny Bright, shouldn’t Labour or someone like the electoral commission do it ?

            • Pascal's bookie 9.1.1.2.1.1

              This sort of thing you mean?

              Mallard wrote to Auckland Council’s chief electoral officer, Bruce Thomas, yesterday asking him to investigate.

              “Transparency around election donations is a major protection against corruption in the New Zealand political system,” said Mallard.

              Thomas said he referred the matter to police as required when a written complaint is received.

              Yeah, someone should get on to that.

              • higherstandard

                So the moon bat and the duck who continues to dodge being served……. fuck between the two major parties and the other leeches no wonder the public have long since given up on the politicians.

            • Adolph Koshler 9.1.1.2.1.2

              No one would believe Penny Bright. There needs to be a proper complaint made.

              • Pascal's bookie

                Like from, say, Auckland Council’s chief electoral officer, Bruce Thomas?

                Done.

        • Draco T Bastard 9.1.1.3

          Yep, Penny Bright has laid at least two and there are others.

      • The Baron 9.1.2

        Why not? Don’t give that much of a fuck and its not my job. I’m still allowed to comment on a blog though right?

        The whole “tell the cops” comeback is really lame, PB.

        • Pascal's bookie 9.1.2.1

          Really?

          You give enough of a fuck to comment about it, saying iit’s all very murky, and implying outright corruption.

          Never said you can’t comment.

          I’m just curious as to why there haven’t been any complaints lodged with anyone, by anyone; seeing so many poeple think it’s a big enough deal to be talking about.

          Sorry if that curiousity offends you Baron.

    • Jackal 9.2

      Because of people like Mary Anne Thompson. I think Ministerial oversight is appropriate, being that they are meant to be representatives of the public and the public often has a different opinion to what Immigration believes.

      Rob, your post smacks of “its AOK when my team does it”.

      I don’t think so. In comparison John Banks is under investigation by the Police for serious issues that have corroborating evidence. Jones is not and there is as yet no evidence of wrongdoing. All politicians should be held to the same high standard.

      • higherstandard 9.2.1

        That is some of the weakest cak you’ve ever posted, which is saying something.

        • Jackal 9.2.1.1

          Which part? The fact that Banks is under investigation by the Police while Jones isn’t or that I think Immigration should not be an autonomous organisation… or that I think all politicians should adhere and be accountable to the same principles and rules? All pretty reasonable assertions if you ask me.

          • higherstandard 9.2.1.1.1

            The fact that you use MA Thompson to make a smear of incompetence or possibly corruption in relation to the advice supplied in this case.

            The fact that Banks is under investigation by the police while Jones isn’t may be down to mere timing both are dodgy items.

            • Jackal 9.2.1.1.1.1

              So let me get this right… There is presently no clear cut evidence of Shane Jones’ wrongdoing and John Key thinks he should be stood down, while John Banks stinks so much he would make a turd smell good and he gets to waft around the place?

              Such things might be down to timing, but yet again it might be down to evidence of wrongdoing. As there is no real evidence of wrongdoing by Jones, nobody has made a police complaint. If people truly think Jones is corrupt, they should do the right thing and make a Police complaint. Put your moralistic pontifications where your mouths are.

              I supplied a reason for why Immigration shouldn’t be autonomous. I haven’t seen their advice in relation to this matter or implied that it might be incompetent or corrupt… so what are you on about HS?

              • higherstandard

                Banks is still there because he is ACT and they need the numbers, he’ll be found not guilty by the police because our legislation surrounding anonymous donations and the like are laughable and more so at local body level.

                Shane Jones is still there because Shearer and his troops are still cogitating and waiting to see which way the wind blows. In terms of granting citizenship to any person I think it is a very slippery slope to be ignoring the advice of the Ministry or to be allowing any MP to be lobbying the Minister.

                • Jackal

                  There’s nothing wrong with the legislation. It’s clear and precise for anybody who bothers to read it. The problem is that Banks chose not to adhere to it and it appears that he offered political favours when he got back into power in exchange for cash.

              • grumpy

                Banks was only a private citizen standing for Mayor of Auckland.

                Jones was a Minister of the Crown, acting within his portfolio.

              • At least Shane Jones has a better memory and can recall situations four years ago.

                Banks couldn’t recall a helicopter flight, to one of Auckland’s biggest mansions, to meet a rather large German web entrepreneur with a thing for red sportscars…

                Yeah, right.:-D

        • bbfloyd 9.2.1.2

          and resorting to abuse every time your own non existent arguments are shot to bits isn’t weak … little one? young TS …. do you ever actually listen to yourself? try it sometime.. you might be surprised at how silly you sound in real life…

      • The Baron 9.2.2

        I forgot about M.A.T., but still think immigration can be done better than allowing one official/poli unfettered ability to override things. Here’s one such suggestion – a cross parliamentary oversight panel has to approve exceptions to officials advice?

        I couldn’t care less about this whole JB vs MJ “who is worse” angle. In my book both are shits. Are you happy now? Polies on both sides sell us out, but still time for us to choose which one we like best based on our pre-determined political alignment.What a fucking wicked day it is.

    • r0b 9.3

      Rob, your post smacks of “its AOK when my team does it”.

      You mean the part where I said: “I’m glad Jones is open to an investigation. That’s the right course of action, and if he is found to have acted unethically he should go.” ??

      • The Baron 9.3.1

        I genuinely didn’t think you’d agree with me here anyway – fanbois always argue they ain’t fanbois after all – but sure, if that’s your balance then good luck with that.

  10. Bored 10

    It was all too easy for the hypocritical Key to have a go at Shane Jones. Lets just contrast the two:

    Jones as minister over rules his public servant advisors because he is faced with the possibility that sending a man back to China might (note might, no proof but a fair chance) result in the man being shot. He did not take the risk, life was probably adjudged to be more precious than “rules”. Humanity at the risk of being wrong prevailed.

    Key as PM was prevailed upon by Sri Lanka refugees who genuinely feared for their lives in a war zone. Key said no, hid behind the rules, preferring to gamble that these people would survive. No compassion ruled here despite the example NZ showed of allowing entry to his mother, a Jew whom Hitler would have gladly exterminated.

    Key and humanitarianism? Make your own minds up.

  11. tsmithfield 11

    And this article?

    Mr Phillips – also known as Shane Te Pou – told the court that he met Yan at a Labour Party fundraiser in Auckland’s Viaduct Harbour in March 2005 that he helped organise.

    He chatted with Yan for no more than 15 minutes and later invited him to join other guests for dinner and drinks.A few weeks later, Mr Phillips met Yan and his partner Vienna Yu at their penthouse apartment in the Metropolis tower, before having dinner together at a restaurant.

    At that meal, the topic of citizenship was discussed and Mr Phillips offered to help Yan obtain citizenship for a fee of $10,000 – half to be paid as a deposit. Asked by David Jones why he offered to help, Mr Phillips said Yan was a “man of success”.

    I can stand corrected, but as I understand it, Phillips has close ties to Labour and to Jone’s office.

    • Colonial Viper 11.1

      Shane Te Pou is damn dodgy.

      • tsmithfield 11.1.1

        Yeah. Personally, I am not convinced that Jones is the source of any corruption, if it in fact it had occurred. If there has been corruption, it might well have occurred further down the food chain. Perhaps various MP’s have been spun a line here, and conned into supporting Yan.

        • bbfloyd 11.1.1.1

          nice bit of backpedalling there TS…. something finally broke through the crust….

  12. prism 12

    It’s all good media beatup stuff. Reminds me of an olde songe – from mudcat.org
    THE JONES BOY
    Manny Kurtz/Victor Mizzy
    As sung by the Mills Brothers with Sy Oliver and his Orchestra, Decca 28945, circa 1953?
    The whole town’s talkin’ about the Jones boy,
    The Jones boy, the Jones boy.
    The whole town’s talkin’ about the Jones boy.
    He acts mighty peculiar now.

    The whole town’s sayin’ he was a good boy,
    A nice boy, a swell boy.
    The whole town’s sayin’ he’s not a well boy.
    He just isn’t the same somehow.

    I hope he does keep his standing – I thought he would be a swell boy and be in the new Labour lineup when they (whoever?) get stuck in and do it.

    • Sam Hall 12.1

      If ever their was a man likely to perpetuate the cultural practice of “consuming” your mana, it is this man, and that Solomon

  13. Enough is Enough 13

    This is bad and Shearer should be front footing it rather than defending Jones.

    Saying Jones followed due process is missing the point. The Nats followed due process with Crafar. It was the wrong decision there and one they will thrown out of office for.

    Labour could get on the absolute moral high ground here and contrast themselves with Key/Banks. Instead they are using the same defensive techniques which makes the ‘scandal’ drag on.

    Losing Jones would be no loss to the labour movement. Kick him to the curb, show we are above the Nats dodge and run tactics and kill the story.

    Did the party, and some commentators from here learn, nothing with Peters the saga? Perception carries weight in politics. Learn that fundamental lesson please.

  14. Blue 14

    As I understand it, the facts on the table when Shane Jones made his decision were thus:

    The guy in question looked pretty dodgy, but all the allegations against him were unproven. There were strong official submissions that the man was likely to be tortured and killed if he was returned to China, and he had a wife and kids.

    Shane Jones decided to err on the side of humanity because of the lack of evidence.

    The only reason I can see that this has become an issue is because someone alleged that Jones made the decision overnight (whereas he claims he had the file for a month before making the decision) and that the guy gave money to Labour (and there is no evidence that Shane Jones knew anything about that). And because it’s Shane Jones and he will never live down the porn movie expenses bill. Easy to make him look dodgy.

    As far as I can see, Shane Jones has no case to answer.

    • tsmithfield 14.1

      But didn’t he already have residency which entitled him to stay anyway? Why would granting citizenship be necessary to achieve this goal? Surely amnesty would have been the way to go if that was a concern.

      • tsmithfield 14.1.1

        I meant asylum above, not amnesty, but can’t edit my comments for some reason.

        As I said above, I don’t necessarily believe that Jones has acted improperly, but that he and other MP’s may well have been spun a line by individuals lower down in the food chain.

        Afterall, as I commented earlier, it doesn’t look like Yan was particularly worried about going back to China because, according to him, he was planning a trip back there.

  15. gareth 15

    I may well have this wrong but….
    Banks is in the gun for not declaring his donations, not lobbying govt officials in an attempt to get Dotcom residency/citizenship/permission to buy the mansion. It seems there was enough murk surrounding him that Simon Power? refused to sign off.

    Jones signed off on a guy that is seemingly just as murky as Dotcom after been lobbied by people with connections to himself namely Dover Samuels and Shane Te Pou. It appears that they received considerable sums of money to ‘grease the wheels’
    Now that’s not a lot different to how immigration consultants work. Some of which are former govt officials who know how the system works.

    So the only thing I can see that’s happened is Shane Jones has allowed his judgement to be clouded by his associates who were beneficiaries of Yong Ming Yans generosity. Not illegal but it does have a whiff off citizenship for sale….

    • tsmithfield 15.1

      I was right in my comment above:

      Yan already had permanent residency. So why did he need citizenship to protect him from the nefarious Chinese? It wasn’t like he was going to get shipped back or anything. So what Jones says doesn’t add up.

      And what was with the citizenship ceremony that was held at the request of Dover Samuels? Is that normal for people who get citizenship?

      • TheContrarian 15.1.1

        My wife is from South Africa and her brother recently got citizenship – no party with Labour for him. 

        • Jackal 15.1.1.1

          You mean he didn’t attend the ceremony (party) given to all successful applicants? According to the rules, you have to swear to obey the laws of New Zealand etc before you can become a citizen. I guess your brother in law isn’t a real New Zealand citizen then The Comedian. Lol!

        • Adolph Koshler 15.1.1.2

          To get a party with one of the Political party’s you have to donate significant donations to their cause.

    • Pascal's bookie 15.2

      Not illegal but it does have a whiff off citizenship for sale….

      If you like that you also might like our immigration policy.

  16. David C 16

    Fron Stuff..

    “Mr Jones admitted he knew there were questions about Yan’s identity. “I certainly know that there was a live issue as to whether or not this man is who he says he was … there was always a mystery … Those were allegations.”

    So Jones signs off on it within a day, no questions asked.

    Jones is fucked.

    • Ross 16.1

      Jones was apparently given the file on July 14 and citizenship approved on August 6. By my calculations, that is more than one day.

      http://www.northernadvocate.co.nz/news/shane-jones-has-leaders-support/1388850/

      • David C 16.1.1

        According to the Dom Post…

        “According to evidence presented to the High Court in Auckland last week, Mr Jones was told in 2008 that Yan was the subject of Interpol Red Notices based on arrest warrants issued in China and that the Internal Affairs Department did not know who he was because he had two passports, two names and two birth dates. Yet Mr Jones approved his application one day after receiving his file.”

        • TheContrarian 16.1.1.1

          Fact is it shouldn’t have been approved – one day or not.

          • David C 16.1.1.1.1

            So when Geoff May, Secretary for Internal Affairs, reccomends that the application be declined, as he does not meet the good character test, based on the facts that the applicant runs under 3 different names and passports, is subject to an interpol red notice and arrest warrant, is accused of fraud for 10,000,000 RNB in China and is currently being invesigated for NZ immigration fraud these things shouldnt have made Jones go ummmmm….

            But nah, Dover said he is a good bastard so I will sign off on it!

            • Jackal 16.1.1.1.1.1

              Funny! I can’t seem to find a quote by Jones saying Yan is a “good bastard”. You wouldn’t be making stuff up now would you David C? Jones did say that he made the decision on humanitarian grounds… you know, the bit where an Internal Affairs official told him that Yan would be arrested, convicted, executed, and his organs harvested if he was sent back to China.

              • David C

                Jackal, would you like to show me a shred of proof of this claim?

                “the bit where an Internal Affairs official told him that Yan would be arrested, convicted, executed, and his organs harvested if he was sent back to China.”

                because I think it is total utter bullshit.

                • Jackal

                  The note hasn’t been released to the public yet… so your question is a straw-man. Clearly what Jones has said is infinitely more believable than what you’re reporting he said David C. Good bastard… Don’t make me laugh!

                  • David C

                    so did Internal Affairs “tell him” or was there a note? which one?
                    any such note certanly wasnt attached to the recomendation to decline along with all the other relevant documents, which it would have been if it existed, which it doesnt.

                    No one was trying to send him back and even if the Chinese did ask for him we would have gotten an assurance that the death denalty would not be applied.

                    as I said, total utter bullshit.

                    • Jackal

                      The old absence of proof categorically means it doesn’t exist trick… come on David C, this is not preschool… and what are you asking me straw-men questions for that I cannot possibly answer? You know what is really balderdash around here, is all your speculation based on nothing but imagination.

                    • David C

                      Jackal, the report from Internal Affairs specifically adresses the (lack of) humanitarian grounds to grant citizenship and recomends to decline.

                      So once again I say, its total utter bullshit.

                    • Jackal

                      What? It was recommended that he be declined for not meeting the Good Character as defined by section 8 (1)(c) of the Citizens Act 1977 (PDF) assessment because of the allegations made by the Chinese government.

                      Keep in mind that China is a country where thousands of people go missing every year and the justice system is very harsh. Yan has no convictions btw and it’s likely he did have grounds to fear for his life.

                      Internal Affairs did not consider humanitarian grounds in declining his application at all, while Jones did when he approved it. So WTF David C?

              • David C

                http://www.investigatemagazine.com/jonesfile.pdf

                The papers that show the recomendation to decline.

                • Bored

                  How interesting Dave C. Had a good read. Now read this re Chinese capital crimes.
                  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capital_punishment_in_the_People's_Republic_of_China

                  So reading the document it appears clear that by the letter of the regulations Yan was ineligible for residency UNLESS over ruled by the Minister at his discretion.

                  There are three letters attached, two from fellow Labour MPs and one from a National MP stating that they think the man should stay as he has demonstrated good nature and good deeds within his community.

                  Put yourself in Jones shoes: you know about the Chinese legal system and penalties. You have letters from three MPs supporting Yan. And you are aware that if Mr Yan gets shot you are going to get scrutinised big time. Might you err toward caution? Might you also not want to have blood on your hands? Might you not consider the impact upon the Chinese business community and their willingness to invest in NZ?

                  I reckon Jones was in a no win position and did what he thought best. For that National and its trolls are running a witch hunt as smoke screen for the criminal activities of John Banks because to enable the larcenous rort of NZs assets Key needs his vote.

                  • David C

                    Bored, you totally lost me.

                    He already had permanant residency, he had been here since 2001.

                    What he did not have was a NZ passport.
                    Why did he get one? given that he is clearly unfit.

                    • David C

                      and nah no smoke screen to save Banks. He is a short arsed dickhead I hope he gets the arse.

                      There is however a witchhunt to get rid of Jones :-) and he will take Shearer with him.

                      and when Crusher kicks Chicken Littles and Yellow Ducks arses that will be 4 gone for good.

                      Yippeee !

                    • Jackal

                      Your imagination is getting the better of you again David C.

                    • Bored

                      Go back to school and do some English comprehension.

                    • felix

                      Lolz if there’s no smokescreen then why would tsmithfield be posting all day on it? He only ever turns up when the govt need some covering fire.

                    • Adolph Koshler

                      We know why he got a passport. Because Jones took notes, lots and lots of notes. They all had famous kiwi faces on them.

              • Did the Internal Affairs official tell Jones that Jackal, or did the IA official tell Jones that Liu had said that? There’s a whole world of difference.

                But it ought not have mattered anyway, as Liu was already a NZ permanent resident, so the question of him being deported to China hadn’t even eventuated.

              • David C

                Jackal, you should read what I actually wrote.

                but Dover didnt say “he is a good bastard” (I was paraphrasing somewhat) but he did actually say” He is a bloody good bloke”

            • Ross 16.1.1.1.1.2

              I prefer that Ministers make their own decisions rather than leave it to unelected officials. I don’t recall voting for Geoff May. Or are you suggesting that we should get rid of every MP and leave it to officials to implement policy?

              • David C

                Ross, you think an MP has the time to do a due and dilligant investigation of his/her own into every trivial thing? ever heard of deligation? isnt that why we have staff? to do stuff for us? write reports, sumarise and recomend?

                and IF Jones has weighty evidence that goes agaisnt the Ministrys recomendation where the fuck is it?

  17. Adrian 17

    Is’nt Yan’s wife and children NZ’ers ? Can you imagine the shitfight now if he was sent back, and shot because he fucked off someone like.. oh,say, one of those Chinese Government arseholes who is trying really hard to disguise exactly who is buying up stuff like the Crafer farms?
    And who in the ministry is spreading the lie about the “one day” thing? Somebody who owes more to Chinese Govt pressure than to his/her own country?

    • “Can you imagine the shitfight now if he was sent back, and shot because he fucked off someone like.. oh,say, one of those Chinese Government arseholes who is trying really hard to disguise exactly who is buying up stuff like the Crafer farms?”

      You mean one of those people in China he defrauded for millions of dollars? And do you think a guy worried about being shot in China would plainly speak about going back to China? No, no, this whole getting shot in China thing is a red herring

  18. r0b 18

    See update added to the post.

    • Chris 18.1

      That doesn’t answer the part about how he was already allowed to stay in NZ as a permenant resident. Why did he need citizenship to protect him from the death penalty?

      • happynz 18.1.1

        OK, just thinking out loud here…Yes, even if he had permanent residency he was still a Chinese citizen. As China does not recognise dual nationality, upon taking the oath of New Zealand citizenship he in effect renounced his Chinese citizenship, thus giving him more security of a sort being here in New Zealand as a citizen rather than a permanent resident.

        • Chris 18.1.1.1

          Security from what? It’s already been shown we don’t extradite anyone if they will be executed.

          • Pascal's bookie 18.1.1.1.1

            Just asking, but seeing this seems to be such an important point, what protection does permanent residency actually confer? same as citizenship? or quite a bit less?

            Weren’t immigration digging to see if they could chuck him out?

            • Chris 18.1.1.1.1.1

              From the links provided above NZ will not extradite any person if they have or may be sentenced to death – this includes anyone not just citizens (citizens are specifically mentioned for other things). So no extra protection

              • Pascal's bookie

                Yeah, I get that. But extradition isn’t what I’m wondering about. Immigration were looking into him weren’t they?

                Didn’t Cunliffe tell them to’ keep digging’ or some such, because they hadn’t come up with enough for him to revoke residency or whatever?

                • If the fear genuinely was that his residency was going to be removed (and hence his right to stay in NZ ended), then it seems a bit odd to upgrade his status to full citizen.
                  I mean, how would that be justified? “There is a risk we might decide you are not deserving of permanent residence and so get deported back to China … so I’ll say you are deserving enough to be a full citizen of the country.” A bit odd, no?

                  • Pascal's bookie

                    Yeah, it’s odd, & am not trying to defend Jones from, whatever it is people are not quite getting around alledging he did, I’m just wondering if permanent residency isn’t the same thing as citizenship, which is what people seem to be saying. So there might well have been reasons he’d want the latter.

                    • Oh, I’m sure there are reasons why he (Yan) would want citizenship in NZ – the passport is nice, etc. The question is, why would Jones want to give it to him? And the argument “to save him being kicked out of NZ to face a grisly death in China” just doesn’t seem a very good one … as lots of people have said, permanent residency already means you can’t be “kicked out”, and the avenue for avoiding deportation if that residency is revoked (for any reason) is asylum – not citizenship. So – yeah … something doesn’t match up.

                      That said, maybe Jones really just thought that the Immigration officials were being pricks to Yan and, rather than leave him at their (perceived) mercy, decided to take him out of their hands. But even if this was the case, I don’t think that’s an excuse Jones could put up … “I let Mr Yan stay to show those pesky officials who really runs things round here” … because it turned out to be a pretty bad call (and hence would make his judgment look pretty weak).

    • But didn’t he also say he was going back to China himself? Seems somebody has got something wrong somewhere 

    • David C 18.3

      yeah r0b? so what?

      Who was trying to throw him out? he had been in the country since 2001 (apart from when he was flitting back and forth to China to do deals)

      • Jackal 18.3.1

        What are you guys whinging at r0b for?

        Chris: Somebody is liable for deportation if their refugee and/or protection status is cancelled. Gaining New Zealand citizenship would have stopped this from occurring.

        TheContrarian: There appears to be a big difference between what Yan told officials on various occasions… hence the trial.

        David C: Being that People who are found to have committed immigration fraud can become liable for deportation, the real question is will he be sent back to China if there’s any chance that he will be killed?

        • KJT 18.3.1.1

          Apart from anything else, I do not think we should be extraditing people to anywhere they are risking torture, kangaroo courts or the death penalty.

          Straight out human rights issue.

          • tsmithfield 18.3.1.1.1

            He was a permanent resident prior to getting citizenship. The only way he could get back to China was by buying a ticket and heading back by his own free choice.

        • David C 18.3.1.2

          well given that he was trying to board a plane out of the country when he was arrested he seems to lack any fear of going back home huh?

        • Chris 18.3.1.3

          Except if there was a reasonable suspicion that he would be put to death we would not have deported/extradited him as shown by the links from NRT.

          Citizenship didn’t change anything in this regard.

  19. David C 19

    and since he was accused of fraud in China (for quite a sum) shouldnt we have been putting him on a plane to face a court? (after assuranced of no death penalty of course)

    But no…Jones just gives it the big tick.

  20. Fortran 20

    An independant (Non Political) enquiry is required as there is a nasty smell around this.
    A QC or similar could be appointed.
    The smell has to be disbursed asap otherwise it will permeate and get stronger.

    • Kotahi Tane Huna 20.1

      Police complaint still not forthcoming from the chorous of whingers.

      Police investigations still ongoing into John Banks.

      Piss-weak attempt at diversion much?

      • TheContrarian 20.1.1

        What does Banks have to do with this? This is about Shane Jones, not Banks. 

        • Kotahi Tane Huna 20.1.1.1

          Do you believe that? How delightfully naive.

          • TheContrarian 20.1.1.1.1

            Your comment implies people on this page, which included me, were trying to divert from Banks. No one is discussing Banks and I for one hope Banks is tossed from parliament. 

        • Jackal 20.1.1.2

          Sheesh! John Key made it about John Banks by calling Shearer a hypocrite for not standing Jones down. Do you need everything explained to you The Doctrinarian?

      • Inventory2 20.1.2

        Police investigations are still ongoing for Labour Justice spokesman Charles Chauvel as well. Should HE be stood down too? After all, the allegation against him is a breach of the Electoral Act, and that’s right in the ballpark of the Justice spokesman.

        • felix 20.1.2.1

          According to John Key police investigations don’t carry much weight. Don’t think he’s ever stood someone down due to a police investigation, has he?

          I imagine he could always just get another policeman to give him an alternate summary of facts anyhow.

          • Inventory2 20.1.2.1.1

            Richard Worth?

            • Pascal's bookie 20.1.2.1.1.1

              Nope. Worth was stood down for literally unspeakable acts. Key wouldn’t tell us what vile deed led to him losing confidence in Worth, but I seem to recall him saying it wasn’t the police investigation.

            • felix 20.1.2.1.1.2

              Nope. Key refuses to say why he sacked Worth.

  21. gobsmacked 21

    I suspect Jones fronted up to the media yesterday after holding his head in his hands while he listened to David Shearer bumbling his way through Jones’ defence in various interviews on Monday (some online now I think – Checkpoint, Newstalk ZB, Radio Live etc).

    The original strategy was correct: it’s a case before the courts, await the verdict, then Jones answers all questions. Fair enough.

    Unfortunately Jones’ leader only made matters worse, giving a half-baked defence (“you’ll have to ask Shane about that” – so naturally the media did).

    Jones can explain himself well enough. His leader can’t. That’s Labour’s problem, right there.

    • tsmithfield 21.1

      He hasn’t explained himself though. As has been pointed out by a number of contributors above, the humanitarian explanation was a load of crock.

      Jones explanation suggests that if he hadn’t approved citizenship then Yan would have been shipped back to China for execution and organ extraction. However, Yan already had permanent residency, so there was no possibility of extradition back to China in any event. So there was no humanitarian reason for Jones to approve residency.

  22. Bored 22

    TS you really are a Nact troll running a witch hunt as smoke screen for the criminal activities of John Banks whose vote is needed to enable the larcenous rort of NZs assets by Key. Worse you have no compassion, given the chance you would present the man as donated organs. Or maybe not, its too easy to hold the gun, I doubt if you would have the guts to pull the trigger.

    • That’s pretty cool Bored. Expect that it has been pointed out several times that the humanitarian example is decidedly fishy and it is pretty convenient for someone to cry humanitarian grounds to avoid having to face charges of fraud in a foreign country.

      Which you accept a murderer into NZ who might face the chair in Texas (hyperbolic I know)   

      • tsmithfield 22.1.1

        Yeah, stop being such a drama queen, Bored. If Jones was motivated by humanitarian concerns, the only decision he needed to make was not to revoke residency. There was absolutely no need to approve citizenship. The explanation that Jones has given is BS, pure and simple.

      • KJT 22.1.2

        As the innocence project in the States showed, most of the black men facing the chair in Texas were probably wrongfully convicted. So. Yes.

  23. captain hook 23

    Shane Jones may not be an oily greasy national party type poltician but he is a real man.
    Not some sort of sleazy smarmy creep that the national party specialises in.

    • higherstandard 23.1

      Outstanding parody post.

    • Inverness 23.2

      Sleazy smarmy creep?
      You mean the type who while on the taxpayer pay roll uses tax payer money to fund his jackoff movies?

      thats not sleazy at all , certainly from a lefties point of view

    • Adolph Koshler 23.3

      Do you mean a real man watches porn while god knows what else on public Government business, using taxpayers money and then take bribes all the while negating the advice of the professional non political government immigration departmental professionals.

      You sir and I have a different opinion of a Real man.

      • Pascal's bookie 23.3.1

        “takes bribes” Gosh, another one that’ll be on the phone to the police I’d imagine.

  24. felix 24

    Why would anyone want to defend Shane Jones and John Banks?

  25. captain hook 25

    peace on you bro!

  26. We Live in Hope 26

    Labour need this like a hole in the head right now. Is this Jones saga going to overshadow the Budget announcement and divert the media’s limited attention away from critical debates that are needed on areas of cuts to education, health etc.

  27. Pascal's bookie 27

    Well he’s been stood down anyway.

    So hopefully now the AG is investigating, after someone finally got around to asking, we’ll find out what the hell is going on without all the political smake and mirrors and PMs calling people hypocrits and whatnot.

    • Carol 27.1

      Shearer will be on CheckPoint, RNZ just after 5.30pm.

      Good move by Shearer. Key still hasn’t stood down Banks from the cabinet.

      • gobsmacked 27.1.1

        He was on Checkpoint on Monday explaining why he HADN’T stood Jones down.

        FFS, it’s Politics 101. Work out where it’s going, then do it. Or don’t do it. But either way, don’t give your opponents a free hit for three days.

        • gobsmacked 27.1.1.1

          Heard today’s interview just now. Mary Wilson had him for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

          Shearer hasn’t got it, and so we just have to sit and wait for months while Labour work that out. Christ.

  28. Jackal 28

    Shane Jones stood down

    Labour have called in the auditor general to investigate in the Bill Liu case and stood MP Shane Jones down.

    Jones knew there were serious questions over the true identity of Chinese millionaire Yong Ming Yan, also known as Bill Liu, when he gave him a New Zealand passport.

    The news of Jones’ stand down came late this afternoon.

  29. gobsmacked 29

    The political advantage in standing Jones down was there for the taking, a few days ago.

    There’s not much to be had now. Seriously, who’s running this show?

  30. Barry 30

    I was giving Shane Jones the benefit of the doubt until he opened his mouth.

    He was not asking for asylum. Fear of persecution or execution is not grounds for giving citizenship, nor is it a reason for ignoring criminality in decision making.

    If Jones is telling the truth then he was conned big time.

    Please let’s have an investigation. It has to be a government initiated report from a QC or some other independent party. I agree with Shearer that there is no reason to damn Jones yet, but he needs to get it all out in the public and then cut him loose if it is warranted.

  31. ianmac 31

    Labour Party leader David Shearer has asked the Auditor General to investigate Shane Jones’ handling of the citizenship application of Chinese businessman William Yan in 2008 and stood him down while the inquiry takes place.

    In the Herald just now.
    A great move as it puts Key/Banks back on the spot.
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10807904

    • sweetd 31.1

      The AG request is to look at the process, not the decision. Its the inquiry you have when you don’t want an inquiry.

      • Pascal's bookie 31.1.1

        maybe someone should seek to broaden the enquiry then.

        What’s stopping them?

        I’m keen to get to the bottom of it all.

        Where’s the government?

        Can’t they launch an enquiry of some sort?

    • Herodotus 31.2

      ianmac disagree- all it does is display that Shearer has changed his opinion based on public perception. Nothing has changed from when Shearer went eye to eye with Jones and got his assurances.
      As time goes one more questions are raised than answered. For me what official said “Mr Jones says he was told that Mr Yan would be “jailed, executed and his organs harvested” if he was sent back to China.”
      “That to me comprised grounds for a humanitarian decision,” Mr Jones says.(Sourced from The Jackal)
      So what was this danger, and if so why was it reported -“He (Yan) said he had a lot of support from members of Parliament … He was going to take them to China.”
      Not the actions you would think was appropriate if your body parts were wanted by the Chinese govt?
      Another case of a side show distraction conceived by labour and mismanaged by a changing their position when National are exposed (This time re the Budget).

    • Adolph Koshler 31.3

      Hoooray, That makes corruption go away. Lets all hide our head in the sand, it never happend.

      I hope Shearer is being honest here and not playing silly games. An investigation needs to begin now to find out who is involved.

  32. Vicky32 32

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  33. David C 33

    Well Shearer gets one point for integrity, one more than Helen ever got.

    • David C 33.1

      Silent T has cut Jones adrift!

      “I’m not aware of the grounds Mr Jones considered,” he says. “That’s a matter for Mr Jones.”

      tooo funny.

  34. Roflcopter 34

    The terms of reference Shearer is talking about are a crock of shit.

    Noone is debating the process, I’m sure he followed it 100%. The issue is the murkiness surrounding the decision to go against all advice and grant Liu citizenship.

    All Labour are doing is dragging out the inevitable to try and hide a few other skeletons in the closet in this whole affair.

    Go right ahead, and make sure you’ve got plenty of popcorn handy, coz this is bound to get better.

    • tsmithfield 34.1

      I agree. It also allows them to shut down questions on the issue on the basis that “the auditor general is inquiring into it”.

      However, I disagree on the issue of process, because I think Jones might well come unstuck there.

      If the only reason he approved citizenship was due to his humanitarian concerns about Yan or whatever his name is, being shipped back to China, executed and harvested for organs, then all Jones needed to do was to continue his residency status. There was no need whatsoever to take the extra step of approving citizenship. I am sure the auditor general will grasp this in an instant.

      • Inventory2 34.1.1

        Absolutely right tsmithfield. Yan/Liu was already a permanent resident of NZ, and would have to have had his residence revoked and be served with a Removal Order before shipping him back to China would even have been contemplated.

        • felix 34.1.1.1

          What exactly stands in the way of having one’s residence revoked?

          • Inventory2 34.1.1.1.1

            Lengthy court proceedings Felix. By the time the revokation and the Removal Order were contested, appealed then appealed to a higher court, it would be easy to see several years pass by.

            • felix 34.1.1.1.1.1

              So time.

              But apart from the time it takes, what actually materially stops one’s residency being revoked?

          • David C 34.1.1.1.2

            well felix, it looks like a fundraiser or two and a contribution to an MP or two will stand in the way of having residency revoked.

          • tsmithfield 34.1.1.1.3

            A quite acceptable way for Jones to have handled it would be to have made a decision along the lines of:

            1. There are a number of aspects to this application that concern me sufficiently so as not to approve citizenship.
            2. On the other hand, I am concerned about issues raised about Yan’s safety should he be deported to China should his residency be revoked.
            3. Therefore my decision is to decline citizenship at this stage, but to also indicate that no application to revoke residency will be considered until I am satisfied that Yan will be safe should he be deported to China.

      • twisted hive 34.1.2

        You’re right tsmithfield in that it allows Shearer to shut down questions about Jones.

        But it also opens Shearer himself right up for questions.

        What did he know when?
        Why didn’t he stand Jones earlier?
        What specific information caused him to elevate the problem to the AG?
        Isn’t the AG move an admission of failure of his own leadership skills?

        On top of that, you’ve got to wonder what Labour were thinking handing the government a dead fish to slap them around with – an admission, or at least perception of admission, of serious misconduct – the day before the budget?

  35. Adolph Koshler 35

    This selling citizenship for cash is disgraceful we are now no different than third world countries where backhanders and payoffs are compulsory.

    No wonder people are taking off overseas. What happened to the honest Kiwi! Very sad indeed.

  36. Adolph Koshler 36

    Good old Rick Barker is a good mate eh! Passed it on to Shane Jones to do the dodgy work, apparently he knew this guy too well. He must be laughing all the way to the bank. I think there are quite a few mixed up in this corruption.

    The truth needs to come out.

  37. Hulun Phallis 37

    IrishBill: Banned for good for being a dullard.

    • prism 37.1

      What a strange pseudonym. What does it mean? Are you a conspiracy theorist? Questions probably without answers.

      [lprent: I means that one of my unfavorite trolls has escaped into the site. I will hunt him down later and eject him back to his lonely self-abuse. Looks like Irish already killed the comment. I’ll add his portal to the bans. ]

    • Pascal's bookie 37.2

      haha—>” treason”.

      Good one.

      Obviously, as a patriot, you’ll be doing something about that right?

      What sort of person would suspect treason and not go the police, at the very least?

  38. Georgecom 38

    Shearer called for Banks to be stood down and investigated.
    Key refused.
    The jones issue blew up.
    Shearer said he backed the process Jones took, if not the decision made.
    Key said it was a hypocritical position.
    Shearer has now stood Jones down and called for an investigation.

    Question: Will Mister Key do the same with John Banks?

    hypocrisy?

    • Pascal's bookie 38.1

      Scott Yorke has highlighted how similar the cases are:

      http://www.imperatorfish.com/2012/05/yes-this-is-just-same.html

    • David C 38.2

      hypocricy? nope not a bit.

      Banks was a private indivual that did some advocacy on behalf of Dotcom. Banks had no power over the outcome.
      Jones was a Minister and made a bizzzare call to grant a person accused of fraud in 2 countries citizenship after a letter from his mate Dover. How much $$ was paid is unclear.

      Feild is doing time for the same thing isnt he?

      • mickysavage 38.2.1

        What difference is there that Banks was a “private individual”?  And in any event wasn’t he the Mayor of Auckland at the time?

      • Georgecom 38.2.2

        Shearer called for Banks to be stood down and investigated.
        Key refused.
        The jones issue blew up.
        Shearer said he backed the process Jones took, if not the decision made.
        Key said it was a hypocritical position.
        Shearer has now stood Jones down and called for an investigation.

        Question: Will Mister Key do the same with John Banks?

  39. David C 39

    Three months later, bank accounts he held in Australia were frozen and in June 2007, $4m was sent to the Chinese Government. Yan was not convicted of any offence – he agreed to the repatriation without an admission of liability – but allegations swirling around him were so serious immigration officials suggested his permanent residency be revoked.

    It just gets better….

  40. Adolph Koshler 40

    Who was the Labour party fundraiser at the time, they must know where all this money was coming from?

  41. Gee the right wingers are like pigs in muck over this.  I look forward to them enjoying the Banks scandal that is brewing away ready to erupt …

  42. Jester 42

    “… Under those circumstances there’s a clear humanitarian case. So clear, in fact, that it would be unlawful to remove Liu from the country. We don’t extradite people to execution. We don’t deport them to it either. Any Minister in Jones’ position would have made exactly the same decision. And if not, the courts would have made it for them.”

    Um, we may need to rethink that train of thought.

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/auckland/local-news/north-shore-times/343543/Christian-refugee-sent-back-to-Iran

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/auckland/local-news/north-shore-times/351966/Torture-possible-in-Iran

  43. Adam 43

    Since when have contributors to this site had such faith in the veracity of officials? These guys are standing on their hind legs in court making statements about what Liu/Yan said to them four years ago (which they didn’t think to minute at the time or hand over to the defence during discovery). They are making allegations about the conduct of a former minister who has not been called as a defendant or a witness, which on simple factual matters like timing turn out to be bollocks. And they have been leaking to Wishart from day one in an effort to pressure/punish said minister. And the Chinese have failed to pursue this supposed major fraud case. Don’t you think something fails the sniff test?

  44. chris73 44

    Move along, nothing to see here, he was just guilty of being helpful etc etc

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    More details were released yesterday surrounding a new luxury hotel – to be known as Park Hyatt Auckland – that is going to be built on the waterfront, on the site that currently houses the Team New Zealand headquarters.   The...
    Transport Blog | 22-11
  • Guest post: what should Andrew Little learn from Ed Miliband?
    John tweets at @mrduttonpeabody. A Labour leader being elected on the back of an election loss, through a system of weighted bloc votes, is familiar to anyone who follows UK politics. The 2010 UK Labour leadership election saw Ed Miliband...
    On the Left | 22-11
  • October 14 Patronage
    October’s patronage results show Aucklanders are continuing to flock to buses and trains. It’s especially true for the rapid transit network which is seeing staggering growth, up over 20% compared to the same month last year. It’s showing that the public...
    Transport Blog | 21-11
  • Hurray for “Hurray For The Riff Raff”!
     FIRST RATE AMERICANA came to Auckland's Tuning Fork venue last night in the form of the Alt-Country, Indie-Folk roots band Hurray For The Riff Raff. Led by Alynda Lee Segarra, the 27-year-old Peurto Rican singer-songwriter out of New Orleans via New...
    Bowalley Road | 21-11
  • Capture: Movement
    It felt like we were overdue for a post, and when I took the time to look back at what had come before, I realised yesterday we turned three. So before we get into it, thanks once again for another...
    Public Address | 21-11
  • Saturday playlist: new Labour leader
    It was difficult, but we managed to restrain ourselves from only posting songs with “Little” in the title … Add your (nice) suggestions below!...
    On the Left | 21-11
  • Stuart’s 100 #57: Grow your own
    57: Grow your own What if supermarkets could grow their own? Supermarkets, like service stations, are in that category of activities that are of such necessity and ubiquity to our daily life that they cumulatively have a very large footprint...
    Transport Blog | 21-11
  • The best of Neetflux (so far)
    A selection of our favourite Neetflux posters to date. Here’s to more awesome political satire to come! (Click through for full-size on Neetflux’s Tumblr)...
    On the Left | 21-11
  • Chipping away at police unaccountability
    Traditionally, our police have enjoyed a wide discretion over who to prosecute and how. Sometimes, this is a good thing - it means that the time of the courts is not wasted on minor crimes. In other cases, its use...
    No Right Turn | 21-11
  • Plan for mega factory farm ruffles feathers
    Not long ago I wrote about the proposal to build a mega factory farm in the small township of Patumahoe that would confine over 300, 000 hens to colony cages. This week the resource consent hearing for the proposed factory...
    frogblog | 21-11
  • CTU disappointed by poor government advice to workers on petrol station dri...
    The New Zealand Council of Trade Unions has raised concerns with the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (‘MBIE’) regarding their reported advice to workers about the petrol station drive away issue. Photo:  ...
    CTU | 21-11
  • Charging petrol station workers for drive-offs
    So workers at Masterton’s Night ‘n Day store have had their pay docked when criminals drive off without paying. From the flood of complaints coming from around the country, it’s not a practice that is confined only to Masterton, nor is it...
    Occasionally erudite | 21-11
  • Tearing up Westminster
    The central bargain of Westminster democracy is that the monarch stays out of politics, and in exchange they get to stay in the role, both legally and literally. Prince Charles - already famous for his undemocratic interventions in politics -...
    No Right Turn | 21-11
  • Journalism is not terrorism
    What happens if you're a UK journalist and you campaign for press freedom or report on police misconduct? The police database you as a terrorist:A group of journalists has launched a legal action against Scotland Yard after discovering that the...
    No Right Turn | 20-11
  • A century of changing transport spending
    Via Donal Curtin, I got wind of a fantastic Statistics NZ visualisation of changes to the Consumer Price Index over the last century. The Consumer Price Index, or CPI, is a tool that statistics agencies use to track inflation over...
    Transport Blog | 20-11
  • Boycott thieving employers
    In the past few days, we've learned of a new employer horror: petrol-station workers, often on th eminimum wage, being forced to pay for the crimes of their customers. Its unfair, immoral, and possibly illegal. So what can we do...
    No Right Turn | 20-11
  • Whiteboard Friday. How NZ’s welfare system traps people in poverty
    This Whiteboard Friday looks at how our current benefit system traps people in poverty, which is another reason we need to replace it with an Unconditional Basic Income. This week has been a big week for the Unconditional Basic Income....
    Gareth’s World | 20-11
  • Income mobility
    Recently Treasury has published a paper showing that most people do not stay at the same point on the income scale for an extended period. That is assuredly true, and is also a good thing in as far as it...
    Polity | 20-11
  • Read out, Xi in, as Hansen makes late change to All Blacks team
    All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has sprung a surprise by picking Chinese President Xi Jinping to start in this weekend’s test against Wales at the Millennium Stadium....
    Imperator Fish | 20-11
  • National restarts logging in West Coast forests
    The chainsaws stopped in native forest on public land in 1999 after a strong campaign by non-governmental organisations such as Forest and Bird and Native Forest Action (NFA), supported by the Green Party. Immediately after the 1999 election, the incoming...
    frogblog | 20-11
  • Persuasion experiment
    Michael LaCour, a PhD student at the excellent UCLA Political Science Department, along with Yale's Don Green, have a fascinating new paper on what causes people to change their mind on gay marriage. Many people know that a doorstep conversation...
    Polity | 20-11
  • $4.8 billion gone
    As readers know, the NZ Super Fund now contributes around $27 billion to our net position as a country, It will help us pay for the wave of baby boom retirements. Sadly, it is now clear that National's decision to...
    Polity | 20-11
  • Secondary teachers vote IES into collective
    21 November 2014 PPTA members have voted to include two teaching roles central to Investing in Educational Success (IES) in their collective agreement.At paid union meetings held throughout the country over the past two weeks 80.3% voted to include the...
    PPTA | 20-11
  • Labour’s Hercules?
    Hero? Saint? Both? Neither? In making Labour an electable proposition by 2017, Andrew Little faces a challenge of Herculean proportions. Then again, Hercules was presented with twelve impossible tasks. Little can succeed by successfully completing a more modest (but equally...
    Bowalley Road | 20-11
  • Roger Sutton and deja vu all over again
    What to say about the Roger Sutton story? Well, Andrea Vance has done some amazing work setting out the basic facts behind the carefully stage-managed whitewashing of Roger Sutton’s pseudo-departure. And stargazer at The Hand Mirror has responded to the...
    On the Left | 20-11
  • MoT acknowledge changing trends and future funding issues
    Last week the Briefings to government ministers (BIM) were published. I’ve already looked at what the Ministry of Transport (MoT) and NZTA have said about transport in Auckland and so in this post I’m going to look at some of the other points...
    Transport Blog | 20-11
  • Why we need to talk about the scientific consensus on climate change
    An interesting sequence of events followed the publication of a scientific paper the Skeptical Science team published in May last year. The paper found a 97% consensus that humans were causing global warming in relevant scientific papers. Finding an overwhelming...
    Skeptical Science | 20-11
  • 2014 – Ongoing jobless tally
    . . Continued from: 2013 – Ongoing jobless tally So by the numbers, for this year, January OceanaGold/Macraes Mine: 146 redundancies Fitzroy Yachts: 100 redundancies OceanaGold: 76 redundancies Tenix: 15 redundancies February Goodman Fielder: 125 redundancies Pacific Steel Group: 70-90 redundancies...
    Frankly Speaking | 20-11
  • 2014 – Ongoing jobless tally
    . . Continued from: 2013 – Ongoing jobless tally So by the numbers, for this year, January OceanaGold/Macraes Mine: 146 redundancies Fitzroy Yachts: 100 redundancies OceanaGold: 76 redundancies Tenix: 15 redundancies February Goodman Fielder: 125 redundancies Pacific Steel Group: 70-90 redundancies...
    Frankly Speaking | 20-11
  • Stuart’s 100 #56: More Dignity for Daily Users
    56 More Dignity for Daily Users What if there was a moment of civic dignity outside the Auckland District Court? The Auckland District Court on the corner of Albert and Kingston Streets is I think at last count the busiest...
    Transport Blog | 20-11
  • Prime Minister’s warped view of history
    Students who sat NCEA level 3 history exams last week might be very worried to hear the Prime Minister tell a Radio Station that New Zealand was one of the few countries that was settled peacefully by Europeans. Those students who wrote...
    frogblog | 20-11
  • The greatest tragedy of our time
    This is going to ruffle a few feathers. We are parasites. Yes you read that correctly – humanity is a giant collective parasite sucking the life juices from dear Mother Earth. I’m not a nihilist. I still believe there’s plenty...
    On the Left | 20-11
  • Proving anecdotes are reliable
    Here’s one to go with Let’s rely on anecdotes instead! Something I picked up on Facebook Similar articles  ...
    Open Parachute | 20-11
  • Proving anecdotes are reliable
    Here’s one to go with Let’s rely on anecdotes instead! Something I picked up on Facebook Similar articles  ...
    Open Parachute | 20-11
  • Class warfare in the UK
    Surprise, surprise! An independent study has shown that the UK's conservative government has been driving a massive transfer of wealth from the poor to the rich:A landmark study of the coalition’s tax and welfare policies six months before the general...
    No Right Turn | 20-11
  • That didn’t take long
    National's new teabreak law isn't even in force and employers are already abusing it:Yesterday a union member, who prefers to remain anonymous for fear of retribution, emailed Hotel Organiser Shanna Reeder. “This morning in the briefing our manager declared that...
    No Right Turn | 20-11
  • Justice is more important than international relations
    Yunus Rahmatullah is a Pakistani citizen. In 2004 he was disappeared by British forces in Iraq. The British then gave him to the Americans who rendered him to Afghanistan and kept him there without charge or trial for ten years,...
    No Right Turn | 20-11
  • The Sutton debacle
    Sexual Harassment in the Workplace: it’s not a good thing, except when you’re playing Frank Zappa’s 1988 instrumental album Guitar, in which case ‘Sexual Harassment in the Workplace’ is the opening track, and it’s a stonker. However, setting aside the...
    Occasionally erudite | 20-11
  • The dangers of ignoring context
    Here’s a 22 point plan for peace in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.Entrench Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestinian lands.Never let a chance go by to duplicitously conflate Hamas and some in Fatah with the Islamic State/ISIS/ISIL so as to gild the imperiled-Israeli...
    Pundit | 19-11
  • Rapid transit has passed the acid test
    I recently ran across a New Zealand Herald article from 2000 on the region’s plans to start building good rapid transit infrastructure. (Which, as Patrick highlighted in a recent post, is exactly what is holding Auckland back relative to its...
    Transport Blog | 19-11
  • Plan for mega factory farm ruffles feathers
    Not long ago I wrote about the proposal to build a mega factory farm in the small township of Patumahoe that would confine over 300, 000 hens to colony cages. This week the resource consent hearing for the proposed factory...
    Greens | 21-11
  • National opens door further to Chinese property speculators
    National has further opened the door to Chinese property speculators with the registration of a third Chinese bank here that will make it easier for Chinese investors to invest in New Zealand properties, the Green Party said today."As well, former...
    Greens | 20-11
  • National restarts logging in West Coast forests
    “Dead wood also contributes by providing nutrients to soils, supporting the agents of wood decay such as fungi and invertebrates and it is a key habitat for the regeneration of some trees.” Annual Report 2013/14, page 29. The National Government has...
    Greens | 20-11
  • Lab plan the beginning of slippery slope?
    It’s time for new Health Minister Jonathan Coleman to show his hand on plans to privatise lab services which doctors are warning could put patients’ lives at risk, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says. “Clinicians have sent the Government some...
    Labour | 20-11
  • A-G called on to look into flagship ‘cost-saving’ programme
    New health Minister Jonathan Coleman has some serious questions to answer following a decision to wind up the Government’s flagship health savings provider HBL just a fortnight after giving it the green light to implement its plans, Labour’s Health spokesperson...
    Labour | 20-11
  • Prime Minister’s warped view of history
    Students who sat NCEA level 3 history exams last week might be very worried to hear the Prime Minister tell a Radio Station that New Zealand was one of the few countries that was settled peacefully by Europeans. Those students who wrote...
    Greens | 20-11
  • Climate of fear needs addressing
    It is hugely concerning that community and volunteer groups feel they are being gagged from speaking out against the Government, Labour’s Community and Voluntary Sector Spokesperson Louisa Wall says.  A Victoria University survey of 93 sector groups has found 50...
    Labour | 20-11
  • Mandatory code of conduct needed for supermarkets
    Labour has drafted legislation to establish a mandatory code of conduct for supermarkets to ensure New Zealand suppliers are not affected by anti-competitive behaviour. “Even though the Commerce Commission found no technical breaches of the law through some of Countdown’s...
    Labour | 19-11
  • National softening public up for 7th successive deficit
    Finance Minister Bill English is softening the public up for an announcement that National is going to fail in even its very limited goal of achieving a budget surplus, the Green Party said today."No finance minister in a generation has...
    Greens | 19-11
  • National caught out on state house porkies
    Housing NZ’s annual report out today directly contradicts the Government’s claim that one-third of its houses are in the wrong place and are the wrong size, said Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The annual report states 96 per cent of...
    Labour | 18-11
  • Damning report on Department of Conservation restructure
    The restructuring of the Department of Conservation (DOC) following National's severe funding cuts has been revealed as failure, the Green Party said today.The Taribon report has reviewed the new structure of DOC after 12 months. The restructuring, one of the...
    Greens | 18-11
  • Greens welcome Xi, but human rights need to be on agenda
    The Green Party welcomes the visit to New Zealand of Chinese President Xi Jinping and wishes to congratulate him on his recent announcement regarding China capping emissions for the first time.The United States and China recently unveiled a deal to...
    Greens | 18-11
  • Backing New Zealanders to get ahead
    New Labour Leader Andrew Little says it is an immense privilege to have been chosen to lead the party and to be given the task of ensuring it once again becomes a powerful force that backs New Zealanders in getting...
    Labour | 18-11
  • Andrew Little Elected Leader of Labour Party
    “The Labour Party congratulates Andrew Little, who has been elected as party leader in a robust and highly democratic process,” says Labour Party President Moira Coatsworth. “Andrew’s leadership will have the full support of the whole Labour Party.”...
    Labour | 18-11
  • Report into Brownlee security breach should be released
    The Government and Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) should release the report into former Minister of Transport Gerry Brownlee's airport security breach, the Green Party said today."The actions of a Minister of Transport breaching security at an airport are a matter...
    Greens | 17-11
  • Brownlee must ask CAA to release the report
    Gerry Brownlee must ask the Civil Aviation Authority to release the report that finds he broke the law in breaching airport security, says Labour's Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford. “It is inexcusable for any minister, let alone the then-Transport Minister, to...
    Labour | 17-11
  • G20 climate comment increases pressure on NZ
    The G20 decision to include climate change in its communiqué despite Australia's attempt to ignore it, increases pressure on New Zealand to come up with a credible plan to cut emissions, the Green Party said today.The G20 Leaders Communiqué from...
    Greens | 17-11
  • NZ joins G20 climate problem
    Confirmation this morning by John Key that his Government plans to do nothing to turn around NZ's rapidly rising greenhouse emissions means that New Zealand joins Australia as one of the problem children at the G20 meeting in Brisbane, the...
    Greens | 16-11
  • IRD joins Corrections in Phillip Smith failure
    It is incomprehensible that IRD and Corrections were not able to stop Phillip Smith from rorting the tax system out of $50,000 until it was too late, given that he was a notoriously manipulative prisoner stuck in jail, says Labour’s...
    Labour | 13-11
  • The Government has to listen to Olly
    When even hard boiled property investors like Olly Newland  say first home buyers have been shafted by Loan to Value Ratio lending restrictions, surely it is time for the Government to listen, says Labour's housing spokesperson Phil Twyford.  "Auckland landlord...
    Labour | 13-11
  • Key used GCSB for political ends prior to 2014 election
    New documents released to the Green Party show that Prime Minister John Key used New Zealand's intelligence services for the National Party's political ends a few days out from the 2014 election, the Green Party said today.Documents released to the...
    Greens | 13-11
  • Government not meeting its climate target
    The Government must front up to the fact that its own advisors are now saying that New Zealand is off target in any transition to a low carbon future, says Labour’s spokesperson on Climate Change Nanaia Mahuta.  “A briefing to...
    Labour | 12-11
  • Briefing reveals Defence facilities ‘increasingly unfit for purpose’
    The Defence Briefing to the Incoming Minister reveals a deteriorating state in Defence facilities that are no longer fit for purpose, says Labour’s Defence spokesperson Phil Goff.  “The briefing is heavily censored but still reveals that Defence camps, bases and...
    Labour | 12-11
  • New projections show New Zealand missing climate target
    Briefings to Incoming Ministers released today reveal the Government's climate policy is failing with projected emission more than double what is needed to meet National's 2050 target, the Green Party saidProjections released by the Ministry for the Environment, as part...
    Greens | 12-11
  • National’s highways far less efficient
    National’s new state highways have a far lower cost-benefit ratio than motorways built under the last Labour Government, making a mockery of the Government’s bluster that its road building will boost the economy, says Labour's Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford. “New...
    Labour | 12-11
  • Governor points finger at National on supply
    The Reserve Bank Governor has admitted he had to keep loan to value mortgage restrictions in place because the Government’s attempts to increase housing has fallen ‘a long way short’, says Labour's Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The thousands of first...
    Labour | 12-11
  • Did Collins cover up Slater’s OIA requests?
    Disgraced former Cabinet Minister Judith Collins must explain why she appears to have tried to hide Official Information Act requests she fulfilled for Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater, Labour MP Megan Woods says. “New documents obtained by Labour show Judith...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Reserve Bank’s dairy warning must be heard
    The Reserve Bank’s warning that falling dairy prices are creating greater risks for the New Zealand economy must be taken seriously by Bill English and John Key, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker. “Dairy prices have nearly halved since February...
    Labour | 11-11
  • National’s housing failure keeps LVRs in place
    The Reserve Bank’s decision to leave loan-to-value ratio mortgage restrictions in place is further confirmation of National’s housing policy fiasco, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “The Reserve Bank would have lifted LVRs if they had seen any increase in...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Let’s see if it is plane sailing Mr Bridges
    Comments by Transport Minister Simon Bridges that Far North residents' anger over cutbacks to regional flights will be allayed by larger planes and cheaper fares out of Kerikeri, are just pure arrogance, says Labour’s Te Tai Tokerau MP Kelvin Davis....
    Labour | 11-11
  • Commerce Commission inquiry needed into building supplies monopoly
    The Commerce Commission must stop dragging the chain and urgently investigate the anti-competitive practices in the building industry that are driving up the cost of building materials, says Labour's Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “Competition in the building materials market is...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Air New Zealand grounds Far North
    The announcement by Air New Zealand to close services from Kaitaia to Auckland will be an absolute disaster for the Far North, Labour MP for Te Tai Tokerau Kelvin Davis says.  “Air New Zealand is sending a signal to the...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Pulling West Coast flights a savage blow
    Air New Zealand’s decision to withdraw its Westport service is another kick in the guts for an already struggling community, West Coast-Tasman MP, Damien O’Connor says.   “Having been involved in the West Coast’s efforts to get Air Nelson to return...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Air NZ cuts economic lifelines to neglected regions
    Air New Zealand’s plans to cut its Eagle Air regional services to already struggling regions is a hammer blow to Westport, Whakatane and Kaitaia, says Labour's Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The regions of New Zealand are being abandoned by this...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Christchurch on the rent rack
    A jump of 20 per cent in weekly rents in the past year is a disaster for Christchurch, says Associate Housing spokesperson Poto Williams. “The Trade Me Property Rental Price index has rightly described the city as being a ‘...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Past time to act on warnings about palliative care
    Health officials have been warning the Government about a critical shortage of palliative care specialists for years, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader and Health spokesperson Annette King says. A stocktake carried out for the Ministry of Health shows New Zealand’s end...
    Labour | 10-11
  • Report must spur Government into action
    The soaring cost of domestic violence and child abuse highlight the need for the Government to prioritise and act on the issue, says Labour's spokesperson for Social Development, Sue Moroney.“Findings from the Glenn Inquiry that show the problem is estimated...
    Labour | 10-11
  • Family safety paramount, then urgent review
    Corrections Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has some serious questions to answer over why a dangerous prison escapee, convicted of further crimes while in jail, managed to abscond while he was on approved temporary release, Labour’s Corrections spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says.“Phillip...
    Labour | 09-11
  • LVRs a failed experiment from Bill English
    Loan to value mortgage restrictions are a failed experiment from Bill English to tame Auckland house prices, that have caused collateral damage to first home buyers and other regions, says Labour's Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The possible end of LVR...
    Labour | 09-11
  • Govt books getting worse as economy slows
    National’s economic credibility is under serious scrutiny with its search for surplus becoming harder due to an economy far too reliant on the dairy industry, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker. “National promised New Zealanders would get into surplus by...
    Labour | 06-11
  • Kiwis in pain because of Government underfunding
    New research showing one in three people needing elective surgery are being denied publicly-funded operations shows the Government must properly fund the health sector, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says. “For almost two years Labour has been warning about the...
    Labour | 06-11
  • National’s promised surplus looking doubtful
    Budget figures for the first quarter of the financial year released today by Treasury show the Government's goal of achieving a budget surplus is looking doubtful, the Green Party said today."National has staked its credibility on achieving a budget surplus...
    Greens | 06-11
  • Kevin Hague speaks on the Gambling Amendment Bill (No 3)
    I rise to give this speech on behalf of Denise Roche, who handles the gambling portfolio for the Green Party. This bill deals with class 4 gambling—pokies in pubs and clubs—and it is the result of changes that were suggested...
    Greens | 06-11
  • Kevin Hague speaks on the Health (Protection) Amendment Bill
    I would like to start off where the previous speaker left off, on the issue of balancing rights or balancing harms. All law is in some way a restriction of personal liberty. That is the point of law. When we...
    Greens | 06-11
  • Joyce backs away from yet another target
    Steven Joyce has backed away from two targets in two days, refusing to acknowledge that his Government has an unambitious aim to get unemployment down to 4 per cent in 11 years’ time, says Labour Associate Finance spokesperson David Clark....
    Labour | 06-11
  • Pacific peoples incomes and jobs falling under National
    The Minister of Pacific Peoples is attempting to bury the ugly facts of Pacific unemployment and income levels worsening since National took office in 2008, said Labour’s Pacific Affairs spokesperson, Su’a William Sio. “If the Minister doesn’t acknowledge how bad...
    Labour | 06-11
  • The Block NZ doing a better job than Nick Smith
    Nick Smith should consider calling in producers of The Block NZ with participants in the TV series completing more houses in two seasons than the Government’s failed Special Housing Area policy, says Labour's Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The Block NZ...
    Labour | 06-11
  • Meridian moves to kill competition from solar homes
    Big electricity companies are using their power to make it harder for families and businesses wanting to go solar and the National Government is doing nothing to help them, the Green Party said today. Meridian Energy announced today a 60-72...
    Greens | 06-11
  • Has John Key done all he could for Pike families?
    It will be forever on the conscience of John Key whether he did all he could to recover the remains of the 29 miners who died in Pike River, Labour’s MP for West Coast-Tasman Damien O’Connor says.  “The Prime Minister...
    Labour | 05-11
  • National further dashes hopes of new parents
    The National Government has once again shown its disdain for working parents by voting down proposals to extend paid parental leave, Labour MP Sue Moroney says.  “The Government vetoed an amended proposal that substantially reduced the cost of extending PPL...
    Labour | 05-11
  • Honouring the Ampatuan massacre victims as fight for justice goes on
    A grim reminder of the Maguindanao, or Ampatuan, massacre on 23 November 2014. Photo: DanRogayan A TOP Filipino investigative journalist will be speaking about the “worst attack” on journalists in history and her country’s culture of impunity in a keynote...
    The Daily Blog | 23-11
  • GUEST BLOG: Anjum Rahman – what are they afraid of: the erosion of democ...
    Today the Hamilton City Council has put on a big party to celebrate the 150th anniversary of European colonisation of the area.  There have been a series of events during the year to mark this event, including a civic ceremony. ...
    The Daily Blog | 22-11
  • #JohnKeyHistory
    John Key has done it again. This week our lovely Prime Minister has showed us how little he knows about the history of the country he is supposed to be running. Apparently “New Zealand was settled peacefully”. Was it really?...
    The Daily Blog | 22-11
  • G20 growth targets and growth model offer more problems than they solve
    At the recent G20 in Brisbane, member countries agreed to accelerate growth to an additional 2% on top of current trajectories. But ongoing public sector cuts, asset sales, and reducing workers’ rights indicate that at least part of the growth...
    The Daily Blog | 22-11
  • GUEST BLOG: Bill Courtney – Charter Schools: The Shroud of Secrecy Contin...
    The Ministry of Education yesterday released another batch of information relating to the five existing charter schools and the four new ones proposed for opening in 2015. As we have seen before, the release of such information, often requested under...
    The Daily Blog | 22-11
  • EXCLUSIVE: Campaign reflection, Laila Harré reaching out for radical minds
    Today I’ve announced that I will be stepping down from the Internet Party leadership in December. This will happen once options for the future have been developed for discussion and decision among members. My absolute focus in this election was...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • The Ebola crisis, capitalism and the Cuban medical revolution
    “Ebola emerged nearly 40 years ago. Why are clinicians still empty-handed, with no vaccines and no cure? Because Ebola has been, historically, geographically confined to poor African nations. The R&D incentive is virtually non-existent. A profit-driven industry does not invest...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • MEDIA WATCH: TVNZ Reveals Insane Deadlines For Māori and Pacific Island Pr...
    Last Tuesday, November 18th, TVNZ requested proposals from producers for the four Māori and Pacific Island programmes they will no longer be making in-house. Marae, Waka Huia, Fresh and Tagata Pasifika will keep their existing names, existing formats and existing...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • The Daily Blog Breakfast Club Ep. 1
    TDB Video, Live from Verona Cafe on K-Rd, Auckland – a weekly current affairs show with TDB Editor Martyn Bradbury. This week’s panel: Chris Trotter & Selwyn Manning.The issues: 1 – What now for the New Labour leader? 2 –...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • Performance-demonstration at Auckland’s High Court to demand justice for ...
    People outraged at the lack of justice in the so-called ‘Roast Busters’ case and 99% of other rape cases in this country are holding a visually powerful mass action at the Auckland High Court at 1 o’clock on Saturday. They...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • IES vote may weaken defense of public education
    PPTA announced today that secondary teachers have voted to include the IES (Investing in Education Success) as a variation to their collective employment agreement with the government. At one level it’s an understandable decision by PPTA members because through engaging in a consultation...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • NZ History lesson on Planet Key – the lies white people tell themselves
    John Key’s bizarre claims about our ‘peaceful history’ comes across like the apartheid history of South Africa where white people discovered Africa first… New Zealand ‘settled peacefully’ – PM New Zealand was “settled peacefully” by the British, the prime minister...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • Universal Basic Income and Labour Policy
    On Radio New Zealand’s None-to-Noon on Wednesday (19 November), new Labour leader Andrew Little intimated that he would like to put Universal Basic Income (UBI) on his policy agenda (What policy changes will Andrew Little usher in?) Predictably Kathryn Ryan, despite being...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • The New Notes : They Ain’t Mint
    Hulk Queen Angry. Hulk Queen smash.   Yesterday, the Reserve Bank announced its new designs for our banknotes. Now, I’ve historically been pretty sketch about this entire process; variously feeling affronted that the government could find eighty million dollars to fund a...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • MSM under-mining of new Labour Leader already begun?
    . . It did not take long. In fact, on the same day that Andrew Little won the Labour leadership*, the first media reporter was already asking if he would be stepping down  if Labour failed to lift in the...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • GUEST BLOG: Simon Buckingham – invisible disability voices
    Today I am ranting. The Disability Advisory Group has been announced by Auckland Council. This is the body that represents the interests and views of people with disabilities in Auckland. Whilst I would not have applied this time as I...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, Andrew Little
    Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, Andrew Little...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • Why labelling Little as a ‘Unionist’ is a joke and how he beats Key in ...
    The line being used to attack Andrew Little as a ‘Unionist’ is just an absurd joke, and it comes from people who clearly don’t understand the modern NZ Union movement. Andrew ran the EPM Bloody U, they are easily one...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • 5AA Australia – Labour’s New Leader + China’s President In New Zealan...
    Recorded on 20/11/14 – Captured Live on Ustream.tv. 5AA’s Peter Godfrey and Selwyn Manning.ISSUE ONE: The New Zealand Labour Party has elected its new leader, the vote going to a third round after no clear outright winner was found in...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • Did Roger Sutton think he was running the Rock Radio Station?
    Visible G-String Fridays? Full body hugs? Jokes about who you would and wouldn’t have sex with? Honey? Sweety? It’s like Roger thought he was running the Rock Radio Station, not a Government Public Service department set up to rebuild a...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • US Politics
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    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • Amnesty International – The conversation that needs to be had with China
    Caption: Police officer watching Hong Kong pro-democracy march, 01 July 2014 © Amnesty International    Yesterday’s edition of The New Zealand Herald features an open letter to all New Zealander’s from Xi Jinping, President of the People’s Republic of China. Along...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • GUEST BLOG: Patrick O’Dea – “Liar”
    LIAR! ‘Privatised social housing to benefit tenants’ English “Housing Corp was a poor performer and about a third of its housing stock was the wrong size, in poor condition and in the wrong place. That stock was worth about $5...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • Too Close For Comfort: Reflections on Andrew Little’s narrow victory over...
    THE TRAGIC SCREENSHOT of “Gracinda” in defeat bears eloquent testimony to the bitter disappointment of the Grant Robertson-led faction of the Labour Party. And, yes, ‘Party’ is the right word. The Robertson machine has now extended its influence well beyond...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • How to defeat child poverty
      How to defeat child poverty...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • Little’s Shadow Cabinet
    Now the horror of trying to pacify the factions begins. The only thing Little’s new shadow cabinet must do is create the pretence of unity. The reason voters didn’t flock to Labour wasn’t the bloody CGT or Superannuation, it was...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • A pilgrimage with my sister – Rethink the System
    We’ve both wanted to do a pilgrimage for many years. But, unlike many modern pilgrims, we wanted to be pilgirms in our own country and get closer to our communities, rather than seek greater distance from them. We are both...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • Lack of policy ambition is Andrew Little’s main problem
    I’ve met Andrew Little a few times and he’s a pleasant man who will make a reasonable job leading what the Labour Party has become in recent decades. He will preside over a much less divided caucus and will be...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • Journos, film makers, media freedom advocates join Asia-Pacific political j...
    A candlelight vigil for the 58 victims of the 2009 Maguindanao massacre – 32 of them media people. Still no justice for them today. Renowned investigative journalists, film makers, academics and media freedom campaigners from across the Asia-Pacific region will...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • And the new Labour Leader is ZZZZZZZZZZ
    The victory lap by Caucus over the members choice of Cunliffe has ended and the new leader of the Labour Party is Andrew Little. Yawn. The dullness and caution of the latest Leadership race will be served well by Andrew,...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • Allow the Facts to Get in the Way of the Neolib Stories
    One of the weaknesses of the political left in New Zealand over the last 30 years has been to allow the neoliberal storytellers to get away with lots of fibs and half-fibs. On TVNZ’s Q+A on 16 November, in a...
    The Daily Blog | 17-11
  • Defending The Boomers: A Response to Chloe King
    THE BABY-BOOM GENERATION (49-68 year-olds) currently numbers just under a quarter of New Zealand’s population. Even so, there is a pervasive notion that the generation of New Zealanders born between the end of World War II and the mid-1960s exercises...
    The Daily Blog | 17-11
  • This weeks Waatea news column – Waitangi Tribunal ruling enshrines Treaty...
      This weeks Waatea news column – Waitangi Tribunal ruling enshrines Treaty as a living document...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • Key now says SAS will be needed to protect ‘trainers’ behind the wire
    Well, well, well. What do we have here? Government could send SAS to Iraq New Zealand’s elite Special Air Service (SAS) could be deployed to Iraq to protect Kiwi troops sent to train local forces. Prime Minister John Key confirmed...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • Do You Want to Build a Meth Lab? (Frozen x Breaking Bad Parody)
    Do You Want to Build a Meth Lab? (Frozen x Breaking Bad Parody)...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • Soft soap for the rich – harsh taxes for the poor
    It’s no surprise to see New Zealand has one of the world’s lowest tax rates for the rich and the superrich. A survey by the global accounting network UHY shows New Zealand’s highest tax rates are lower than even Australia,...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • Phillip Smith and the rehabilitation process
    The dominant media narrative in horrible murder cases is that the perpetrator is unlikely ever to be rehabilitated. When it appears the offender may get parole the media turns first to family members of the victim who commonly (and understandably)...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • The Nation review: Finlayson’s terrifying definition of who is on terror ...
    Terrifying Nation today on TV3. Chris Finlayson is on justifying the Government’s Muslim fear mongering and extension of even more surveillance powers. It was jaw dropping. Finlayson says ‘alienated people with a chip on their shoulder’ is the threshold to get...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • A brief word on The Block NZ
    Is it just me or did The Block manage to sum up everything that is wrong about our culture and economy? Fetishised property speculation as mass entertainment in a country of homelessness & poverty. I wonder if State House tenants...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • Waitangi Tribunal ruling
    That spluttering choking sound of a thousand rednecks being informed Maori still have sovereignty is a hilarious cacophony of stupid… Crown still in charge: Minister Chris Finlayson on Waitangi Treaty ruling The Waitangi Tribunal’s finding that Maori chiefs who signed...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • A brief word on Phillip Smith
    We can arrest student loan & fine defaulters at the airport – but not convicted child molesting killers? Before we ban manufactured ISIS ‘terrorists’ from having passports, how about we just manage to stop child molesting killers from fleeing first?...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • Free Me From Religion
          The meeting begins – or at least it’s supposed to begin – but someone interrupts proceedings. She wants everyone to pray with their heads bowed while she can “thank our Father who art in Heaven.” I close...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • Key capitulates on TPPA while big money NZ set up propaganda fund
    So Key has capitulated on the ‘gold standard’ of free trade deals… The primary objective for New Zealand at Apec was to see some urgency injected into the TPP talks and to keep leaders aiming for a high quality deal....
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • Why Phillip Smith is the least of our worries
    Well, it turns out Phillip Smith wasn’t half as clever as he thought he was, and he’s been arrested within a week. If the Prime Minister is through with making tasteless jokes, perhaps we can ramp down the media hysteria...
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • Constraining Credibility
      Most economists and members of the public – on both the right and the left – believe that economies are constrained by resource scarcity most of the time. In this view, economies are supply-constrained, and that the economic problem...
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • Migrant Labour, exploitation and free markets
    Once more we read about a horror story of virtual slavery for a migrant worker in a restaurant in Christchurch. The silver lining that in this case compensation should be paid is not assured. Often in situations like this the employer winds up...
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • On baby boomers who give my generation unhelpful advice: JUST DON’T
    One of my mum’s colleagues recently told her that there is no money in what her daughter was doing; volunteering at a women’s refuge and writing on politics. This guy, dispensing all his pearls of wisdom, told my mother that...
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • Morbid Symptoms: Can Labour Be Born Anew?
    THE CHAIRS in the final meeting venue have been stacked away. All that expensive signage, commissioned for the benefit of the television cameras, no longer has a purpose. For the second time in just 14 months, Labour’s Leadership Contest is...
    The Daily Blog | 12-11
  • What’s Small, White, and Having Trouble Attracting New People?
    If your answer was something intimately connected to the person of Peter Dunne … then you’d be right. Last night, P-Dunney decided to bring his comedy and/or hair stylings to the twitterverse; penning a potentially somewhat ill-advised tweet in which he compared...
    The Daily Blog | 12-11
  • LATE at the Auckland Museum review – Slacktivisim: Its not just for Slack...
    Monday night is my yoga night. I’m not really very good it, I don’t really have the bendy, but I made a New Years resolution. This Monday however, I decided to put the yoga on prone and attend a gig...
    The Daily Blog | 12-11
  • Domestic violence problem bigger than Sky Tower
    Domestic violence problem bigger than Sky Tower SKYCITY’s Sky Tower in Auckland will be lit up in white on Monday evening Nov 25th at 10pm, on the eve of White Ribbon Day. The anti-domestic violence network SAFTINET (Safer Auckland Families...
    Scoop politics | 23-11
  • State Services Commissioner ‘unfit for the job’ says Little
    State Services Commissioner ‘unfit for the job’ says Little The new Labour leader Andrew Little has called for the State Services Commissioner Iain Rennie to be stood down after his handling of the Roger Sutton sexual harassment case. "The idea...
    Scoop politics | 23-11
  • Patrick Gower interviews Laila Harre
    Patrick Gower interviews Laila Harre Headlines: Laila Harre to quit as Internet Party leader by Christmas when the party has completed its review, but would love to return to parliament Says party considering options for its future including winding...
    Scoop politics | 22-11
  • Lisa Owen interviews Labour leader Andrew Little
    Lisa Owen interviews Labour leader Andrew Little Headlines: Andrew Little says the shape of his front-bench for the 2017 election may not be clear until the end of next year Indicates next week’s appointments may be temporary: “So I may...
    Scoop politics | 22-11
  • Phillip John Smith – statement
    Police and the New Zealand Embassy in Brasilia are aware of a decision from the Brazil Federal Court requiring the deportation of Phillip Smith within 10 days. Further assessment is required to ensure there is a full understanding of this...
    Scoop politics | 22-11
  • Green’s ‘not speaking out about human rights abuses in China
    Right to Life challenges Russell Norman the co-leader of the Green Party to explain why, he was prepared to ask Prime Minister John Key to talk to Chinese President Xi Jinping about human rights abuses in countries bordering China but...
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • Goodfellow congratulates Key on IDU election
    Goodfellow congratulates Key on IDU election National Party President Peter Goodfellow has congratulated Prime Minister John Key on his election today as Chairman of the International Democrat Union (IDU)....
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • Taxpayers’ Union Congratulates PM on IDU Appointment
    The Taxpayers’ Union is today congratulating Rt. Hon. John Key on becoming the Chair of the International Democrat Union , as former Australian Prime Minister John Howard retires from the role after 12 years. Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director...
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • High demand for Consumer NZ’s “Do Not Knock” stickers
    Consumer NZ has distributed nearly 100,000 “Do Not Knock” stickers since the launch of its campaign to fight back against dodgy door-to-door sellers.The “Do Not Knock” campaign was launched on 3 November 2014. Free “Do Not Knock” stickers...
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • Phillip Smith decision still pending
    Detective Superintendent Mike Pannett is returning to Washington DC where he will continue to closely monitor a pending decision from the Brazilian authorities on the process to return Phillip Smith to New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • High Court demonstration to demand justice
    People outraged at the lack of justice in the so-called ‘Roast Busters’ case and 99% of other rape cases in this country are holding a visually powerful mass action at the Auckland High Court at 1 o’clock on Saturday. They...
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • NZ Society Wins Global Award For Fighting Animal Testing
    New Zealand banning animal testing of legal highs has been acknowledged with an award given in London. The New Zealand Anti-Vivisection Society (NZAVS) was awarded the 2014 LUSH Prize for lobbying against animal testing. The prize was given at the...
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • Poor govt advice to workers on petrol station drive-offs
    The New Zealand Council of Trade Unions has raised concerns with the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment ('MBIE') regarding their reported advice to workers about the petrol station drive away issue....
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • New Ombudsman opinion
    The Ombudsman has published his opinion on a complaint concerning the Police refusal to release information about a charging decision....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Kindergarten support staff achieve pay rise in tough climate
    The valuable contribution of kindergarten support staff has been recognised with a pay increase, despite the significant funding cuts that the kindergarten associations are experiencing....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Democracy and Conservative Religion: The Case of Islam
    “Is Islam compatible with democracy?” is a frequently-asked question. Recent rethinking of secularism and democracy have opened up new possibilities to think about religion and democracy. This question is important particularly in the case...
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • NZ fiscal watchdog needed to guard the public purse
    New Zealand needs tighter fiscal rules and an independent watchdog to improve the quality of government spending and reduce the risk of a return to deficit spending as the country’s population ages, if not before....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • NZSMI disappointed ANZTPA proposal shelved
    November 20, 2014: Consumer healthcare products industry body, the New Zealand Self-Medication Industry Association (SMI) says it is disappointed Government has once again shelved plans to create one medicines regulatory agency for both New Zealand and Australia....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Democracy Action Welcomes Tauranga Vote
    Responding to Tauranga Council’s unanimous vote not to establish separate Council seats on the basis of ethnicity, Lee Short, Democracy Action founder says: “The establishment of a Maori ward would have damaged the relationship between Maori and...
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Employer caught abusing new ‘teabreaks law’
    Employer caught abusing new ‘teabreaks law’ to exploit workers The government passed the controversial ‘teabreaks’ legislation only a few weeks ago and already Unite Union has caught an employer using this law as an excuse for ill-treating their...
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • FGC response to Commerce Commission report
    The New Zealand Food & Grocery Council is not surprised by the Commerce Commission’s findings, given New Zealand’s current legal framework....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Bascand: Brighter Money
    Seeing people’s initial reactions to the new banknote designs is a heartening reminder of what an important role currency plays in our lives, and what a sense of pride and heritage our notes evoke....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • RBNZ releases Brighter Money designs
    New Zealand’s banknotes are getting brighter and better, with the Reserve Bank today unveiling more vibrant and secure banknote designs which will progressively enter circulation later next year....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • 25 years of children’s rights
    UNICEF and OFC celebrate 25 years of children’s rights with Just Play Sports Days On Universal Children’s Day (20 November) and as part of the Oceania Football Confederation’s (OFC) inaugural President’s Cup, UNICEF will celebrate 25 years of children’s...
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Xiamen delegation to Wellington has business focus
    Stronger business, education and cultural ties with our Chinese partners will be the focus when a 20-strong government and business delegation led by Xiamen Mayor Mr Liu Keqing which visits Wellington tomorrow (Friday) and Saturday as part of the...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Warriors promote White Ribbon Day message
    Warriors promote White Ribbon Day message Shine and Orakei Health Services On Tuesday, the Vodafone Warriors will promote the White Ribbon Day message to the community at Eastridge Shopping Centre, Mission Bay. The Warriors are supporting their charity...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Superannuitants to protest unethical investments
    A delegation of Auckland superannuitants will deliver a protest-card petition and protest letter to the New Zealand Super Fund this Thursday afternoon to call on the fund to divest from companies which support the Israeli occupation of Palestinian...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Manukau job cuts ‘running the place into the ground’
    Manukau Institute of Technology (MIT) confirmed to its staff yesterday that 54 jobs will go before Christmas....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Newcore Looks Pretty Rotten for Ratepayers
    Responding to the NZ Herald report that the IT system commissioned by Auckland Council to consolidate the eight systems the Super City inherited from its precursor councils could be facing a budget blowout of $100 million, Taxpayers’ Union Spokesman Ben...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Accountability following quake response inquiry not achieved
    Lessons still need to be learned from the search and rescue efforts following the February 2011 earthquake in Christchurch, a leading New Zealand lawyer, Nigel Hampton QC, says....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Our kids say: We are failing in our duty to protect them
    Our kids say: We are failing in our duty to protect them More than a quarter of Kiwi kids say children’s right to be safe and protected isn’t being upheld in New Zealand, identifying protection from violence, abuse and murder...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • PARS & Turuki Health Care collaborate on health and services
    Auckland-based PARS (People at Risk Solutions) have partnered with the Turuki Health Care Trust, to offer improved healthcare services to those in need. PARS works closely with former prisoners, providing mentoring, housing, and social services to ensure...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Children’s Plea
    A plea has been sent to all Members of Parliament, regardless of party affiliation, to accord urgency and priority to children's issues. These issues include vulnerability, safety and childhood poverty....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Treasury off track in search for sound policies
    Treasury is unlikely to find the ideas it is looking for to improve outcomes for children while its primary driver is cost-cutting, says Child Poverty Action Group....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Commission calls for answers on handling of CERA harassment
    EEO Commissioner Dr Jackie Blue is deeply concerned about the way in which the State Services Commission has handled sexual allegations made against CERA chief executive Roger Sutton this week and is calling for answers....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Ashley Dwayne Guy v The Queen: Appeal Upheld
    The appellant, Mr Guy, was found guilty by a jury of a charge of sexual violation by unlawful sexual connection. After the verdict it was discovered that, by error, the jury had been provided in the jury room with two...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Zonta Club to Take a Stand Against Gender-Based Violence
    During the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence (25 November – 10 December), the Zonta Club of Wellington, along with members of the local community, will join nearly 1,200 Zonta clubs in 67 countries for the Zonta Says NO...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • New UNFPA report links progress and power to young people
    A UN report launched today calls for investment in young people as they are essential to social and economic progress....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • The Resignation with the Golden Handshake?
    Commenting on the settlement the State Services Commission has reached with former CERA CEO Roger Sutton, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says: "Only in the public sector do you receive a payout for ‘resigning’....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • NZ must not turn a blind eye to China’s human rights record
    Amnesty International is calling on New Zealand’s Prime Minister John Key to raise China’s shameful human rights record during President Xi Jinping’s visit to New Zealand this week....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • The Resignation with the Golden Handshake?
    Commenting on the settlement the State Services Commission has reached with former CERA CEO Roger Sutton, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says:...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Treasury’s covert & extremely odd welfare consultation
    A report this morning that Treasury is ‘crowd sourcing’ ideas on welfare policy is news to Auckland Action Against Poverty, even though we are currently one of the most active groups in the area....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • NZ invites Pacific peers to review development cooperation
    New Zealand has volunteered to be the first development partner in the Pacific region to undergo a review of its aid programme by Pacific island peers. The review will focus on New Zealand’s development cooperation and will give greater insight...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • EPMU joins Pike River families to mark fourth anniversary
    Representatives of the Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union are proud to stand with the Pike River families to mark four years since 29 men lost their lives. “This is a particularly solemn day given the recent announcements of Solid Energy...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • 2013 Assessment of New Zealand’s National Integrity Systems
    SPEAKER TUILOMA NERONI SLADE: Former Judge, International Criminal Court in the Hague, former legal counsel at the Commonwealth Secretariat, Secretary-General of the Pacific Islands Forum 2008-2014. Introduced by Helen Sutch, Victoria University Council,...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Green Party ignoring Waimea’s environmental benefits
    Green Party MP Catherine Delahunty has overlooked the environmental benefits the proposed Waimea Community Dam will bring the Tasman community, says IrrigationNZ Chairperson Nicky Hyslop....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Women’s use of violence in violent relationships
    More than 80 percent of women who live with a physically violent partner will not initiate violence when they are not being hit, according to new research....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Poor credit rating linked to poor cardiovascular health
    Poor credit rating linked to poor cardiovascular health A credit score doesn’t only boil down a person’s entire financial history to a single number and somehow predict their credit-worthiness, it might also be saying something about a person’s...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • State Services Commissioner on Roger Sutton Investigation
    State Services Commissioner Iain Rennie today said the investigation into Roger Sutton’s conduct was robust. Roger Sutton chose to resign as Chief Executive of the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA) yesterday....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Predator Free NZ project welcomed
    Federated Farmers and the conservation organisation Forest & Bird are welcoming the Predator Free New Zealand initiative as an ambitious but achievable project that will have real benefits for conservation and the economy....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
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