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Judith Collins the walking dead

Written By: - Date published: 12:53 pm, May 7th, 2014 - 114 comments
Categories: david cunliffe, grant robertson, john key, Judith Collins, labour, national, russel norman - Tags:

So Colins survived Parliament yesterday.  Some of the papers are talking as if the opposition had a chance yesterday to force Collins’ removal as Minister but this was never going to happen.  Instead Collins managed to get through question time, deflect answers and create the impression that her answers to Parliament were yet again, how shall we say, problematic for her.

Rob Salmond at Polity has prepared an excellent analysis of the timeline for Collins’ China visit and after you read it the overwhelming impression is that a Justice related event was removed from Collins’ draft calendar so that the Oravida visit could be squeezed in.  No doubt further OIAs are flying around.  Interestingly Oravida was one of the sponsors of the Apec Women’s conference where Collins gave her anti corruption speech.  Oravida does seem to have had much involvement in the events that Collins attended.

My overwhelming impression of Parliament yesterday is that the Government’s morale is shot.  John Key’s performance was the worst that I have seen in the house.  The sense of discomfort was palpable.

Yesterday belonged to the opposition.  Bill English could not even use up all his time during the urgent debate on Maurice Williamson’s resignation.

Here is Russel Norman’s question to Key:

Here is Cunliffe’s question to Key:

Here is Robertson’s questions to Collins:

Here is Cunliffe’s speech during the urgent debate on Williamson’s resignation:

And here is Robertson’s speech during that debate.

And for today in Parliament Judith Collins has been spared questions.  It may be that claims of ill health made by Rachel Glucina have made the opposition rethink.  Maybe John Armstrong’s analysis that Collins is now walking dead is correct and some mercy has been shown.  If it was National hunting a Labour Minister I am sure the decision would have been different.

Collins’ acolyte is claiming this as a success of sorts but he should think again.  National’s problem is that its one strength, John Key, is being damaged by what is happening.  And he cannot extract himself.  Because National’s fingerprints are all over what has happened.  Not only are there the donations and the expensive golf game to explain but National President Peter Goodfellow’s Sealord company is in a joint venture with Oravida.  The National links to Oravida are strong and undeniable.

I am sure this issue has not finished yet.

114 comments on “Judith Collins the walking dead”

  1. Pascal's bookie 1

    The Collins faction is a spent force. Humiliated.

    She went to a journo and threatened, on the record, to start blabbing her ‘recollections’ of private conversations. She then went on twitter daring them to run a story.

    Whaleoil then chimed in declaring that the rule had changed and an all out war was on.

    Within the day she had apologised, and now will be taking a break because she can’t handle twitter.

    The PM wanted her in the house on the days he was there, so she could deal with her own mess.

    Good on the opposition for directing their questions at him today, and forcing him to defend her actions as part of his Cabinet.

    Slater can squeel all he wants, but where is the ar we were promissed? Where is all his dirt? He has none.

    What a right bunch of numpties.

  2. karol 2

    When Key announced that Collins would go on leave after Wednesday til next week, I said Key was trying to use Collins as a buffer to keep the heat of him in Q.T. Tuesday & Wednesday.

    Yesterday, Key was on auto-pilot and looked keen to get through QT with as little effort and drama as possible. The aim then to come back strongly mid next week with a focus on the budget.

    So, it doesn’t surprise me that today, the opposition are calling him on it, and turning the QT heat on Key.

  3. amirite 3

    Some trivial observations by me: great performance by Cunliffe at question time. Great voice and diction. However, I think he should try not to sound too much like a church preacher when giving a speech. It’s off-putting – JMHO

    • karol 3.1

      I think Cunliffe is widening his style of speeches. In the past he has always done the very strong shouty style speeches. It ruins his voice, and is more effective if used selectively.

      Yes, amirite, I noticed when he tried toning it down, he fell into a vicar’s style of ending sentences. Probably the result of all those early years listening to his father. It’s a daughter/son’s tendency to fall back on how our parents talked in some situations.

      I’m surprised micky didn’t mention Normans speech which was also excellent yesterday.

      • lprent 3.1.1

        I’m surprised micky didn’t mention Normans speech which was also excellent yesterday.

        micky is partisan Labour, which means that most of his attention will be on Labour’s performances. I can testify how much that happens. Even now when I’ll be party voting for the Greens this election I have to force myself to notice the Greens. Old personal habits die hard.

        Not all of us had your less party orientated approach to politics (just as an example have a look at Chris Trotter’s posts some time – I’m sure he has the same problem).

        I’ve been after some committed Green authors for years to give us more of a balance. But whenever I manage to get one on the site, within a year they disappear offshore or into a role where blogging is incompatible with the site or role rules.

        Just write posts pointing out whatever you want to highlight.

        :)

        • karol 3.1.1.1

          Thanks, Lynn.

          I was thinking of it, but I am trying to put some time into some of my own projects, and, anyway, there’s a load of posts on TS today,

          • lprent 3.1.1.1.1

            Yeah, we get days like that. In my case I woke up early early badly early….

            • karol 3.1.1.1.1.1

              It suited me not to do a post today as I was attending to some other stuff. I’ll keep in mind to focus on the Greens bit more with future posts. They have been doing some good stuff lately.

      • mickysavage 3.1.2

        Sorry Karol. I agree it was excellent. I put in Norman’s question which I thought was also good which is not bad for a died in the wool unapologetic Labour supporter!

  4. “Yesterday belonged to the opposition.”

    It was a mixed bag from both sides.

    Collins is obviously struggling and some of her behaviour has been far from up to scratch. there’s been plenty said about all that, but she seemed manage the pressure.

    The opposition had some success but also some notable failures. It’s not a good look for senior Labour MPs to be making accusations for which they won’t provide supporting evidence.

    Mallard was kicked out of Parliament yesterday for making an accusation, he’s since said that Collins should prove him wrong. Cunliffe has refused to condemn this approach and he made a weak excuse not to comment. If a Government Minister made false accusations in Parliament I doubt he would say ‘what’s said in the house stays in the house’.

    Robertson made several claims that are debatable, for example:

    Same milk, different friends, different result
    Grant Robertson | 6 May 2014

    There is further evidence Judith Collins’ assistance of Oravida resulted in her husband’s company getting its milk into China, Labour MP Grant Robertson says.

    “Documents show that Oravida had its milk shipment accepted by Chinese border control in December, while milk from the same supplier exported by a different company was rejected.

    The milk supplier Green Valley’s general manager Corrie Den Haring has refuted this claim.

    Corrie Den Haring: It is not the same two litre bottles just simply with a different label. First of all Ruimi Food’s was taking what’s called enriched milk. They were taking flavoured milk, particularly strawberry and chocolate milks as well as standard white milk in various bottled formats.

    Oravida at that stage were simply taking two litre milk with their label on it.

    Some products going to Ruimi Foods in Guangzhou were blocked, and that was through extra testing that was done, namely the strawberry chocolate and calcium milks that actually took longer than the shelf life of the product.

    (Radio NZ)

    Some in Labour seem to have trouble differentiating holding Government to account and making things up to try and score points. That can backfire.

    • One Anonymous Bloke 4.1

      :roll:

      • Pete George 4.1.1

        Yes it is eye rolling, isn’t it. When Labour have National under pressure why do they overstep and make up accusations or don’t do their homework properly?

        If they want to pin inaccuracies on the Government the least they should do is to be accurate themselves.

        Instead this just makes Parliament look like a farce. No wonder politicians are so low in perceptions of trust.

        • One Anonymous Bloke 4.1.1.1

          :roll:

          Says a would-be politician with a reputation for dishonesty.

        • tc 4.1.1.2

          You want to look at a farce check out a mirror and think about what perceptions you create with your inane pontifactions, fence sitting and general lack of taking any position of substance and addressing points directly made at you.

          Perceptions are always going to be low with pollys like Dunne, Collins, brownlee, smith, key etc which is what the nats want, smearing everyone along the way.

          Parliament been a farce under Nact and UF awhile now petey.

    • Ant 4.2

      You’d have to be a spastic to think yesterday was a mixed bag of winners and losers. National got owned, Collins is spent as a political force.

      • Pete George 4.2.1

        Bryce Edwards:

        Inside the House, the general consensus is that the Opposition failed to land any significant blows on Collins during Question Time on Tuesday.

        Fairfax political editor Tracy Watkins sums up proceedings as follows: ‘Whether under orders from Prime Minister John Key not to fan the flames of the Oravida sideshow, or whether she is truly as beaten as her demeanour suggested, Collins was determined to present herself as a small target and deny the Opposition any fireworks’.

        Watkins called an unsubstantiated allegation made in the House by Trevor Mallard under parliamentary privilege that Collins’ family had benefited from Oravida ‘lurid and unsubstantiated allegation…to save the story from turning into one about the Opposition failing to land any punches’ – see When the boot’s on the other foot.

        http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/opinion/10016115/When-the-boots-on-the-other-foot
        http://www.nzherald.co.nz/politics/news/article.cfm?c_id=280&objectid=11251190

        I’ve seen a number of comments from journalists and others that yesterday was a bit of a fizzer, especially after Labour bragged in advance about dealing to Collins.

        And from reactions I’ve seen today it was more of a fizzer. It seems that Labour are trying to stoke a fire but they’ve run out of wind.

        • One Anonymous Bloke 4.2.1.1

          :roll:

          Our expectations – as expressed in advance of the exchanges in the House – are that the Opposition will subject Collins to the death of a thousand cuts, not “significant blows”.

          The media were talking up the likelihood of a coup-de-grace. Now they’re complaining that Parliament doesn’t dance to their tune, although I can see that you do.

          • Ant 4.2.1.1.1

            The coup de grace was delivered in just showing up, it was a formality and everyone went through the motions because it was so well decided after her Sabin comments, it was never going to be dramatic.

            Now it’s damaging National as much as possible in the aftermath, Collins is done, it’s why the walking dead part is apt, National supporters haven’t realised she’s been bitten and has already turned.

        • mickysavage 4.2.1.2

          Have a look at the videos Pete and then say who you came out on top. And I don’t know why the reporters were expecting Collins to self combust. This never happens. And a citation about about your claim Labour said it would deal to Collins is needed.

          The style of questioning gave it away. There was one new bit of information added to the story. This will no doubt continue until Collins resigns as a Minister.

          • One Anonymous Bloke 4.2.1.2.1

            The Factmaster is spreading malicious smears again. He needs his own daily post where all his comments can be moved for masochists to read.

            • Pete George 4.2.1.2.1.1

              You seem to make a habit of making false accusations. Seems a standard practice of trying to discredit the messenger, but as Robertson and Mallard are finding out, it’s prone to just looking bad for the false accuser.

              Of course they and you could front up with some proof, but that would be out of character.

              • One Anonymous Bloke

                :roll:

                “Labour bragged in advance about dealing to Collins.”

                You fucking idiot, anyone can scroll up to see you lying.

          • Pete George 4.2.1.2.2

            From yesterday morning:

            Collins faces a Labour crushing

            Labour is preparing to go for the jugular when Justice Minister Judith Collins faces the House today.

            …But Labour Leader David Cunliffe said today the released documents showed the situation was serious.

            “What these papers make clear is that it was no chance meeting between the senior Chinese official and the chairman of Oravida and herself,” he said on Breakfast.

            “They sought the meeting weeks before.

            “MFAT was involved in setting it up, MFAT was initially involved in providing an official briefing, and none of that is just another private dinner.”

            Cunliffe said Key’s judgement was lacking.

            “He’s saying the minister is unfit to carry on for five days, yet she’s supposedly going to be in the House today and tomorrow to face questions,” the Labour leader said.

            “If it was purely stress-related, as he’s implying, you’d think she wouldn’t be there.

            “And I think it raises a bigger question that any New Zealander would understand – if any other worker is guilty of lying to the boss, is guilty of lying to the public, they don’t get a $5000 paid holiday for their trouble.”

            Collins will probably be forced to explain to the House why the documents released by MFAT said the purpose of the visit and tour was “to increase the profile” of Oravida.

            Labour MP Grant Robertson said it broke rules governing Cabinet ministers’ conduct because it showed Collins “went out of her way on a taxpayer-funded justice trip to promote her husband’s company”.

            http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/10013124/Collins-faces-a-Labour-crushing

            I watched the videos and was underwhelmed. Collins was very subdued. Robertson tried but has failed to provide sufficient evidence – if he had media would be all over it.

            And Mallard resorted to an unsubstantiated attention seeking accusation and got himself chucked out of Parliament, not a good sign for his promotion within Labour on the same day.

            And Cunliffe seems to accept the standard of insufficient proof of his MPs, who seem to have made things up, so his accusations about impropriety directed at Collins and Key look hypocritical.

            • One Anonymous Bloke 4.2.1.2.2.1

              :roll:

              Yes, your link proves you lied. Not a good look for a representative of an organisation that thrives on integrity and dies in a ditch on you.

              • Your rolling eyes icon is appropriate for you. Another accusation without substantiation. Are you Mallard or do you work in his office? (Rhetorical question, I’m not digging for ID).

                • One Anonymous Bloke

                  :roll:

                  The substantiation is in this thread, as MS has noted. You are unelectable. This is why.

                  You whine about Mallard and Robertson then fail to back up your own smears, and when called on it you get defensive and aggressive. That’s what I was hoping for, as it helps cement your well-deserved reputation for bad faith and dishonesty. Have a nice day, trash.

                  • Very funny and ironic, but you’re a slow learner OAB/Grant/Trevor. If you want to keep attacking you need to actually have some credible ammunition. But being an attack monkey (apology to monkeys) gets a bit obvious pretty quickly.

                    • felix

                      2 questions Pete:

                      1) what does “OAB/Grant/Trevor” mean?

                      2) are you still planning to back up you claim that Labour bragged about whatever-the-fuck-you-lied-about or are you ready to admit you made it up and apologise?

                    • One Anonymous Bloke

                      :lol: Yes Pete, your tormentors are all sitting MPs. You must be someone important.

                    • felix

                      New post on scrittipolitti: Are a bunch of senior Labour MPs secretly being mean to Pete on the nets?

                      Verdict: delusional.

            • mickysavage 4.2.1.2.2.2

              I should have expected you would be underwhelmed. I should have factored in your clear bias.

              The comments you made of Cunliffe do not back up your assertion that Labour was going for the jugular. This was the media description, not Labour’s.

              Mallard’s assertion, that the Wong Tung Collins family had received a significant sum from Oravida was I thought perfectly rational. I presume that David Wong Tung is being paid and is not doing it for free. I agree with Rob Salmond that it was not helpful however.

              I really get the feeling that you are not seeing the wood for the trees here and you are comfortable with a Minister of the Crown travelling to a foreign country and using her position to achieve a benefit for a company that donates large money to the National Party and employs her husband.

              • One Anonymous Bloke

                Nah, he’s concerned about Labour and just offering strategic advice.

              • MS – you’re making assumptions about what I think about what Collins did on her trip I presume. You either don’t know what I think about it or you’re deliberately misrepresenting me.

            • karol 4.2.1.2.2.3

              So a journalist claimed Labour was preparing to go for the jugular? Not the same as Labour saying that’s what was going to happen.

              And some of us said in advance how it would play out – with Collins holding her line for now. See ianmac and my comments here, which includes this quote from Dim Post.

              I doubt Collins is going to get ‘crushed’ in Question Time. She’ll say that she’s been cleared by the Cabinet Office. Robertson and Peters will insist that she’s mislead the House. The Speaker will tell them off for asking ‘political questions’ (If you’ve never watched Parliament’s Question Time with David Carter as Speaker you might think I’m joking there, but no) and threaten to remove them from the chamber. Onto the next question.

              Some of us were pretty sceptical in advance about the way the media was building yesterday’s QT up as a showdown at the OK.

              • Scepticism is very important with media and politicians.

                I’d have thought surprise attacks would be more effective and not telegraphing as much as yesterday.

                The journalist quoted Cunliffe and Robertson which made up a substantial part of the article. “Jugular’ might have been their own term but they seemed to be largely given material.

                Then Robertson claimed a victory this morning:

                @Whaleoil
                No questions to @JudithCollinsMP in the house today…Labour have lost with the nasty party tactics of @TrevorMallard and @grantrobertson1

                @grantrobertson1
                @Whaleoil @TrevorMallard Cameron, the case against your mate has been won- conflict of interest. Question is, why is she still a Minister?

                I don’t credit for winning losing can be claimed by either side on this.

                I hope the Chinese just see it as political crap and keep dealing with our businesses. If we (our politicians) stuff up that market we would be in a lot of trouble no matter what the election result is.

                • karol

                  It was the media that did all the telegraphing. That was set in motion by other things like events during the break and Friday’s OIA dump, and JC’s attacks on the media..

                  • Tracey

                    and for pete the most important thing is a country with appalling human rights record still likes us.

                    :roll:

                    so much for his wanting to see higher standards from our pollies.

                • karol

                  There’s more than 2 sides, as Fran O’Sullivan’s column made clear today. There’s tension between the Key and Collins factions, and Key was happy for Collins to be thrown to the opposition this week. The opposition played ball yesterday, then signalled more for today, but switched their focus to Key.

                  Of course, there aren’t as many MSM journos out to attack Key as there are ones keen to see Collins under pressure.

                • tricledrown

                  ,puffery &guile.
                  Pete suffering withdrawl symtoms.
                  Ipredict your 167 votes you picked up last time will dwindle down to a few this time around.

                • I don’t credit for winning losing can be claimed by either side on this.

                  Labour have conclusively demonstrated that Collins used her position to benefit her husband’s company and that she lied about it on multiple occasions. which makes you sports-commenator gibberish about who’s ‘winning’ or ‘losing’ not only irrelevant but ridiculous. We’re talking about corruption of a Minister of the Crown here, not a game of football.

  5. Lanthanide 5

    Given the rumour that she may be ill, the title of this post is not particularly apropos.

    [lprent: I've never noticed her being solicitous of the circumstances of the people she attacks. Why should we care? ]

    • Not a PS Staffer 5.1

      A rumour spread by……..Collins, via Whale Oil probably, to Glucina the gossip columnist.

      Ms Collins has played the “poor little me” act too many times in the past to be given the benefit of the doubt. She has never given any quarter to others.

    • Tiger Mountain 5.2

      My take was ‘dead as a minister’ in this Key government.

      Is it no coincidence that Rachel Glucina comes up with a heart tugging rumour at this point in proceedings? Why not two months or two weeks ago?

      Of course if Judith Collins is in fact seriously ill human decency would kick in from most of us I would like to think, but really to put rumours in perspective it could be claimed that a man was ‘facing a prostate cancer scare’ while awaiting a routine PSA test result if he had Crosby Textor writing the lines.

    • mickysavage 5.3

      I borrowed it from John Armstrong in the Herald. I have no knowledge of the state of her health although I am sure she is stressed.

      • Lanthanide 5.3.1

        If John Armstrong jumped off a bridge, would you?

        • mickysavage 5.3.1.1

          Of course not. My original title was going to be “Judith Collins in Parliament” but after reading it I thought I would use Armstrong’s description.

          In the last few days my posts have been:

          Collins in even more trouble.
          Spin Slater spin.
          Collins is out of control
          Collins crushed

          My perception is that over recent days things have got worse and worse for her and the current title is to reflect this.

        • felix 5.3.1.2

          If John Armstrong jumped off a bridge, would I what? :D

          Srsly though, why should anyone let Collins and Slater decide which figures of speech we’re allowed to use?

          Collins isn’t ill. It’s such an obvious lie. They just want everyone to stop asking her questions.

          Why play along?

      • ScottGN 5.3.2

        I don’t have any knowledge of her state of health either but it strikes me that the gossip piece (‘cos that’s what Glucina does) is just a bit too cute at this point in the drama. Whatever, she’s about to have a lovely few days of paid leave to get over it all.

    • Lanthanide 5.4

      Collins doesn’t care what people think of her or her actions.

      If you don’t care what people think of this site or it’s actions, then I guess there’s no reason to change it from what it is.

      It’s not about offending her, it’s about being unseemly.

    • not Petey 5.5

      “[lprent: I've never noticed her being solicitous of the circumstances of the people she attacks. Why should we care? ]”

      So as not to come across as a complete cunt ?

    • meconism 5.6

      And how do we know she isn’t very well?

      ‘Friends say she (Judith Collins) has also been suffering from a private health scare and the additional worry that comes with that, but Collins is reluctant to discuss it right now. She says more medical tests are due.’ NZ Herald 7.5.14

      A private health scare, but not private enough obviously, because here it is in The Herald.

      ‘Reluctant to discuss it’, presumably because it is ‘private’ and then, her friends also say ‘more medical tests are due.’, for this ‘private health scare’ which lest we forget she is ‘reluctant to discuss.’ How do we know, because it is on the front page of the largest circulation paper in the country.

      Unfuckinbelievable, Just despicable.

      Having said all of that ,I do not wish her ill.

    • TheContrarian 5.7

      “[lprent: I've never noticed her being solicitous of the circumstances of the people she attacks. Why should we care? ]”

      So as to hold yourself to a higher standard than Collins perhaps?

    • felix 5.8

      Ill? Ill my arse.

      She’s fucking sick is what she is.

    • Draco T Bastard 5.9

      IMO, I doubt if most people would even make that connection. This is a political blog and the authors, unsurprisingly, make political comments. To me it seems obvious that the author is saying that Collins’ political career is pretty much at an end.

      • Colonial Viper 5.9.1

        Besides, ALL of us are the walking dead, it’s simply the arrival time which differs…

  6. Will@Welly 6

    When Phil Goff called John Key a liar in the first debate back at the 2011 elections, he had him on the ropes. Problem was, the Labour Party strategists never took advantage of that, or expected Key to “bounce back”. Corner the prick, don’t give him any wriggle room, and apply the pressure, and most importantly, make sure your own cupboard is squeaky clean.
    The Nats will be out, digging up dirt, anywhere, trying to take the heat off Key and Collins, but if the opposition can keep a clean sheet, and keep applying the pressure, the man will fold. He has no back bone. Look at Maurice Williamson. Even Mike Williams said he was a mess at the weekend, and the pressure he was under is not as immense as that as Judith or John are under.

  7. Tracey 7

    this press release fron john key in 2008 about ministerial standards is no longer available. i tried to find a cached version but no luck. any help gratefully accepted

    http://www.national.org.nz/Article.aspx?ArticleID=28423

    also cabinet ministers are held to the ” highest ethical standards”, which is nothing like ” it wasnt illegal”, is it?

    • karol 7.1

      It’s available to me at the link. Also at the url mentioned in the press release, with comments – including one from J. McCready..

      http://johnkey.co.nz/index.php?/archives/445-NEWS-Peters-unacceptable-in-a-National-led-Government.html

    • karol 7.2

      Full press release of 27 August 2008

      National Party Leader John Key says Winston Peters would be unacceptable as a Minister in a government led by him unless Mr Peters can provide a credible explanation on the Owen Glenn saga.

      “Labour Party donor Owen Glenn’s letter to the Privileges Committee completely contradicts Winston Peters’ version of events about the substantial $100,000 donation made by Mr Glenn to Mr Peters’ legal costs.

      “Mr Glenn’s letter represents a direct challenge to Mr Peters’ credibility, from the only other person in the world in a position to know the facts.

      “From Parliament’s point of view, the Privileges Committee provides an appropriate vehicle to resolve the points of conflict and to hold individuals to account. But from the Prime Minister’s and the Government’s point of view, that is not enough.

      “Governments and Ministers must enjoy the confidence of the Parliament and, ultimately, the public. Faced with today’s revelations, it is no longer acceptable for Mr Peters to offer bluster and insults where simple, courteous, honest answers are required.

      “It is no longer acceptable or credible for Helen Clark to assert a facade of confidence in her Foreign Affairs Minister and to fail to ask the plain questions of him that she has a duty to the public to ask.

      “Faced with today’s revelations, Helen Clark must stand Mr Peters down as a Minister. That is what I would do if I were Prime Minister. Helen Clark has stood Ministers from Labour down for much less.

      “Unless he can provide a credible explanation about this serious issue, he should be unacceptable to Helen Clark as a Minister in her Labour-led Government.

      “Mr Peters will be unacceptable as a Minister in a government led by me unless he can provide a credible explanation.”

      • Tracey 7.2.1

        the documents challenge collins assertion that she dropped in for a cup of tea. yet shes on leave, on full ministerial pay…

        highest ethical standards indeed.

    • Tracey 7.3

      thanks karol.

      oh the irony…

  8. Tracey 8

    2.52 – 2.54 of the cabinet manual… how does collins behaviour stack up, really?

    http://www.cabinetmanual.cabinetoffice.govt.nz/node/89

    can we have a thread discussing definition of

    highest ethical standards

  9. DV 9

    Nope link broken
    Article gone!!

  10. karol 10

    And I think it was a misreading of Key’s performance yesterday to say his and his party’s morale was low.

    Compare that with his performance so far today in the House. Yesterday Key just did not want to be too associated with Collins and her struggles.

    • Tracey 10.1

      agreed. and to begin prep for the shit throwing of today. he needs 24 hours advance prep for such things… and glasses…

      • karol 10.1.1

        And what a nasty, ruthless, competitive side of Key is on display – finger pointing, ignoring standing speaker. His need to be a winner, whatever it takes, will ultimately be his downfall.

  11. veutoviper 11

    Mickey

    Interestingly Oravida was one of the sponsors of the Apec Women’s conference where Collins gave her anti corruption speech. Oravida does seem to have had much involvement in the events that Collins attended.

    Being a pedantic person, just for clarification:

    Collins did not give her anti-corruption speech at the APEC Women’s Conference.
    The supposed main purpose of her Oct 2013 trip to China was to attend and address ( i.e. her anti-corruption speech ) the China Executive Leadership Academy Pudong (CELAP), China
    The APEC Women’s Conference was a month later in Nov 2013 again in China, which Collins attended (as did Julia Xu and Jenny Shipley). At that Conference, Collins was involved in a debate – debating in the negative about Aggressive Leaders. Collins, Xu and Shipley attend these APEC conferences regularly.

    I was confused about this back in March when contraversy about the Collins Oravida visits first arose, and I researched these two China visits. More detail is in my two comments at 5.1.2.3 and 5.1.3.1 in OM on 15 March 2014.

    http://thestandard.org.nz/open-mike-16032014/#comment-786780
    http://thestandard.org.nz/open-mike-16032014/#comment-786784

    PS – Not meant as a criticism. Just me being pedantic and there has been so much confusion about the “Oravida Tour” over dinners, cups of teas etc that I thought I would clarify that Collins made two different trips to China in Oct and Nov 2013.

    • karol 11.1

      debating in the negative about Aggressive Leaders bwhahahaha

    • mickysavage 11.2

      Thanks VV I am rechecking my notes. You may be right. Unfortunately the website has changed although I have a printout somewhere which I am double-checking.

      • veutoviper 11.2.1

        MS. the links in my OM comments on 15 March provide links to press releases etc re both conferences if that is a help.

        PS – if you click the link in your post to the anti-corruption speech, the speech itself is headed as being to the Pudong Academy.

  12. Tracey 12

    politics as usual versus politics for people….

    problem for labour with this slogan is mallard will keep shooting his mouth off with no evidence and turn people off labour as well as national.

  13. aerobubble 13

    Collins office changed her agenda, instead of going to a ministrial meeting about justice, she went to a private meeting with a chinese border official. Orivida then got through border control, while its competitors did not. We all know how business is done in China, Chinese want to know who they are working with. But our values say what happened is wrong, as there is clearly a perception.
    The fact she hasn’t resigned, that there’s more, that National MPs are begging Robinson to release, rather than piecemeal. And that the National party news voice, Henry, denied anything had changed means that its a ongoing issue a open sore. I wonder what that poll site says are Collins odds of remaining.

    • “Orivida then got through border control, while its competitors did not. ”

      That’s been challenged and Robertson hasn’t bothered to contest the facts – see Grant Robertson’s ‘same milk’ accusation refuted

      • Tracey 13.1.1

        whats not challenged is their border control problems disappeared. the cabinet manual states

        highest ethical standards

        • Pete George 13.1.1.1

          Border control ‘problems’ have to ‘disappear’ each shipment. According to what the milk supplier said they have 5-7 days to get product through border control or they have to dump the milk. That presumably applies to every shipment.

          Milk with flavours, colours and additives like calcium added took/take longer to test so there’s always going to be a greater risk of not getting through in time.

          Robertson claimed that the milk from the two companies was the same product, different labels only – “Same milk, different friends, different result”.

          “Oravida’s fresh milk supplier Green Valley Dairies also supplies the same two litre bottles to Guangzhou Ruima Food Limited, simply with a different label.

          “However, Guangzhou Ruima Food’s fresh milk shipment in December was rejected by China’s General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ).

          “Judith Collins’ intervention was designed to benefit Oravida.

          He appears to be wrong about that. Oravida had straight milk. The Ruimi product that had problems had different product, strawberry and chocolate flavoured milk which required more testing than Oravida’s straight milk.

          And there is no proof of “intervention designed to benefit Oravida”. To the contrary:

          Corrie Den Haring:I’m not aware of any favouritism and I don’t see any evidence from the position that Green Valley has in supplying product that the same level of orders were coming through, the same demand was coming through.

          The same level of, one could argue, frustration in and around some of the testing regimes that were being implemented at that stage, and we saw no difference between the two businesses.

          The fact that Ruimi Food had some product rejected was for other reasons other than favouritism that we can see from this end.

          Robertson appears to have been guessing, speculating, making things up, otherwise I presume he would have come up with solid evidence.

    • Tracey 13.2

      god, i meant to reply to you, not pete george. i feel so ashamed.

      • Once was Tim 13.2.1

        Don’t feel ashamed – you just gave the guy a cheap thrill gratis. Very philanthropic of you :p

  14. Tracey 14

    note her answers to robertson, both on the driving around and not knowing there was more than one airport…

    she has lied and the documents are independent evidence of this, no matter what slater and his acolytes say.

    http://www.parliament.nz/en-nz/pb/business/qoa/50HansQ_20140318_00000003/3-justice-minister%E2%80%94statements

  15. veutoviper 15

    Warning – Following two links are almost but not quite off topic. Thought some lighter moments were needed.

    Collins’ media skills (well back in March; they may think differently after last Sunday’s Sabin interview

    http://t.co/flurKXAu5Q

    2, Rachel Glucina’s jounalistic aspirations three hours ago on her Twitter account

    “Been talking to ed about going on secondment to the press gallery for a month to expose some political secrets.#watchouttrev ”

    • Tiger Mountain 15.1

      “expose”, “political secrets”, oooh scary, who will be looking through the trash for her? who will be her snouts? Rachel would hardly need to move to the capital given her being so embedded already in the tory camp.

      • karol 15.1.1

        So the Nats’ smear machine needs a revamp?

        • Sacha 15.1.1.1

          Does the gallery accredit PR flunkies anyway? Don’t like her chances.

          • ScottGN 15.1.1.1.1

            My thoughts exactly. Don’t really see the Parliamentary Press Gallery team (whatever their other faults) throwing a welcoming party for such a partisan gossip hack.

            • Colonial Viper 15.1.1.1.1.1

              Aspiring journalists of her calibre should go work for Truth. Oh dear, Slater and co. destroyed it.

        • veutoviper 15.1.1.2

          A revamp or more credibility for one of Key’s vehicles for his ‘top drawer’ leaks? WO is certainly not going to end up in the press gallery.

          But don’t see it happening for the same reasons as Sacha and ScottGN below. From what I have seen on several Press Gallery media people’s Twitter feeds, don’t think she would be welcome. Especially in view of a bit of a tide turn over the last week or so.

          • karol 15.1.1.2.1

            Well, i also think the Collins and Key factions are at odds. (See Fran O’Sullivan’s column today). So maybe Key is looking for an alternative smear outlet to WO.

            • veutoviper 15.1.1.2.1.1

              Could be, but Glucina and Collins are apparently close friends so that could be problematic for Key.
              Oops – ‘could be’ relates to Key looking for an alternative to WO.

  16. Sanctuary 16

    Slater is unhinged at the moment, his attempt to be something by destroying the National Party has been totally neutered. He really is a completely irrelevant loser now.

  17. Bearded Git 17

    On Checkpoint (listen at about 5-45) for the second day in a row Key is heard lying to Parliament saying the trail of emails showed the Oravida meeting to always be a private meeting, and for the second day in a row Brent Edwards comes on immediately afterwards to explain the emails show nothing of the sort.

    We all know Key is a serial liar, but this takes the cake.

  18. TheContrarian 18

    She’s gotta go. No question

  19. Redzone 19

    She’s a lying lame duck and it’s duck shooting season.
    Collins will keep -There’a more mileage yet to go on this.
    Key is defending the undefenable and he clearly looked rattled in the house yesterday. Cunliffe much stronger and measured, and Robertson was vintage.

    I sense a shift. When are the next polls due?

  20. Redzone 20

    Ok I now see the latest RM poll posted( that was fast!). The numbers should improve again on this for the left given the past week.

  21. Tender Spot 21

    The damage to Collins, Key and National would have been worse had the grandstanding idiot Mallard not taken take the spotlight off them with his stunt, which led the headlines on all the news broadcasts I heard.

    • Bearded Git 21.1

      Not sure I agree Tender-it brought lots of coverage of the fact that Crusher’s hubby is making serious money at Oravida. There was no denial of this. He could have made public what he earns as a director of Oravida but hasn’t. Mallard is probably right.

  22. tricledrown 22

    Tender Spot.
    BS now shane Jones has gone Labours support has gone up.
    Mallard is a Natural born attack dog.
    Brilliant TV exposure Collins needed to be taken to task between Mallard and Peters Collins was put through the wringer.

  23. Stuart Munro 23

    There is probably a good deal of truth in Mallard’s allegation, and it is consistent with the problematic corrupt behaviour which has come to characterise Collins. The public don’t have time to wade through all the shell companies and decide if technically there was weasel room. For them it is enough to know that Collins has financial reasons for acting against our interests which are congruent with the pattern of evasion, dishonesty and aggression she has displayed.

    Key is damned if he does or if he doesn’t rid himself of her – a very good piece of work by the opposition. With the Cabinet Club to establish that Collins’s behaviour is not anomalous but in fact typical of National ministers under Key, a smorgasbord of lines of attack have opened up.

    It is true that none of them need resign, retract or apologise – but by dishonorably defying conventions they only increase public concerns. In the context of their economic non-performance, asset thefts, failure to address the problems of Christchurch, and burgeoning power prices it may be that Key’s trademark smartarse bragadacio is not a wise response. But he’s a one-trick pony and it’s all he’s got.

    • karol 23.1

      Yes. And the narrative is building and gaining traction in the MSM- narrative of vast inequalities an Nats supporting the priviliged and corporate elite.

  24. North 24

    Ha ! The Collins “Mongrel Myth” is dead. Her interface with NZ political life has changed forever. ShonKey Python looks impotent a la he’s the least of wannabe Maggie’s problems. Petey George et al are in the grips of an excruciating cognitive dissonance.

    From a steamy tropical place on the Equator, back to my tan and another coldie please. Jeez I’ll shit to beat Petey George if the madam plonks herself down on the lounger next door !

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  • BNZ post record profits while leaving savers vulnerable
    A small part of the $850 million record profit posted by the Bank of New Zealand (BNZ) today needs to be set aside to protect savers' deposits in the future, said Green Party Co-leader Dr Russel Norman today.Dr Norman was...
    Greens | 29-10
  • RBNZ U-turn shows monetary settings were wrong
    The Reserve Bank's U-turn on interest rates today shows monetary policy settings were wrong and New Zealanders have suffered unnecessarily through the loss of jobs and having to pay higher interest rates, the Green Party said today.Reserve Bank Governor Graeme...
    Greens | 29-10
  • Ports must take responsibility for shameful death toll
    Port companies must step up and take responsibility for a shameful toll of seven deaths and 133 serious accidents in the past three years, Labour MP Iain Lees-Galloway says. The frightening figures – released by the Rail, Maritime and Transport...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Please help me get my Feed the Kids Bill to Select Committee
    Last week I took over the Feed the Kids Bill that Hone Harawira had introduced to Parliament. If passed, my Bill will provide government-funded breakfast and lunch in all decile 1 and 2 schools. Hungry kids can’t learn and are...
    Greens | 29-10
  • TVNZ Outsourcing Pasifika and Maori Programmes
    I’ve always been a big fan of our state broadcaster and I’ve particularly liked their range of current events programmes. But after Friday’s announcement that TVNZ will be sacking up to 40 staff by contracting out the Pacific and Maori...
    Greens | 29-10
  • Labour urges iwi leaders to meet with National
    Labour’s Māori Caucus has called on iwi leaders and national Māori organisations to seek urgent meetings with the National Government to directly express their concerns about employment law changes which will harm Māori workers. In an open letter sent today...
    Labour | 29-10
  • ACC’s reputation needs fix, not glitz
    Restoring public trust and confidence in ACC will take a lot more than a new communications strategy or social media blitz, says Labour’s ACC spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway. “Under National, ACC has come to be perceived as insensitive, difficult to deal...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Lessons to be learned from police investigation
    The outcome of the so-called Roast Busters case should not put victims off reporting sexual crimes, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “This case has been mishandled from the start. Within days of police initially saying no charges had...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Anti-worker legislation is anti-Pacifica
    The Minister for Pacific Peoples, Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga, will go down in history as being part of a Government that harmed his own people through anti-worker legislation, says Labour’s Pacific Island Affairs spokesperson Su’a William Sio.  “Pacific people are among...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Five-year tax holiday for overseas tax dodgers
    National has just gifted a five-year tax holiday for foreign companies dodging their tax payments, says Revenue spokesperson David Clark. “Todd McClay has pretended he is doing something about overseas companies dodging their tax duties by joining an international initiative...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Traffic Jam Tax must be given the red light
    Auckland Council’s proposed Traffic Jam Tax could cost some households thousands of dollars a year just to use roads they had already paid for with their taxes and must be rejected, says Labour’s transport and Auckland Issues spokesperson Phil Twyford....
    Labour | 29-10
  • National has chance to show leadership on limos
    The National Party has the opportunity to show leadership by transitioning our vehicle fleet towards renewable electricity when a new contract to supply Government limousines for VIPs goes to tender next month, the Green Party said today. "This is a...
    Greens | 29-10
  • The Māori Party can’t have it both ways over labour laws
    The Māori Party has to fess up over its voting record on the Employment Relations Amendment Bill, says Labour’s Māori Caucus.  “It’s simply not good enough to oppose the bill at the same time  as they helped speed up its progress through...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Equal pay and the aged care sector
    Today the High Court upheld the historic ruling by the Employment Court that our Equal Pay Act could be used to consider work of equal value cases; the government has been telling the UN and ILO that it could for...
    Greens | 29-10
  • Court case perfect opportunity for Government to improve gender pay gap
    If the Government wants to halt New Zealand’s slump in international rankings on the gender pay gap it should act on the court finding that women deserve equal wages, Labour’s Women’s Affairs spokesperson Sue Moroney says. “The World Economic Forum’s...
    Labour | 28-10
  • All Auckland transport options should be considered
    All options for meeting Auckland's transport needs should be considered, including reprioritising the transport budget away from wasteful spending on motorways, the Green Party said today.Auckland mayor Len Brown is today releasing a transport report by the Independent Advisory Board,...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Another report highlights Govt failure on child poverty
    An international report measuring the impact of the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) on child poverty rates, showing children in New Zealand have done worse than children in other countries, is further proof the Government needs to urgently take additional steps...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Address and Reply Debate Part 55: Inequality and Disability
    I rise on behalf of the Green Party to talk about inequality and disability.The recent census showed that nearly one in four New Zealanders lives with a disability—up from one in five in the previous census. These figures include some...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Address and Reply Debate Part 55: Inequality and Disability
    I rise on behalf of the Green Party to talk about inequality and disability.The recent census showed that nearly one in four New Zealanders lives with a disability—up from one in five in the previous census. These figures include some...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Child poverty: No more wake-up calls
    A new report which shows the National Government has made no inroads whatsoever into child poverty should do more than just set alarm bells ringing, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “UNICEF’s  latest Innocenti Report Card highlights the fact...
    Labour | 28-10
  • Eugenie Sage speaks in the 2014 Address in Reply Debate
    I congratulate you, Assistant Speaker Mallard, as Assistant Speaker and look forward to your knowledge, your fairness, and your light touch in being a referee of proceedings in this House. I congratulate also the other Assistant Speaker, Lindsay Tisch; the...
    Greens | 28-10
  • James Shaw’s Maiden Speech
    Tena Koe, Mr Speaker. I would like to take this opportunity to speak a little of the past, the present and the future. The privilege to serve in this Parliament was given to me by all those who gave their...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Govt airs real views on public broadcasting
    An admission by the Government that it is happy to experiment with Pacific and Maori audiences shows just how weak its vision for public broadcasting in New Zealand is, Labour’s Broadcasting spokesperson Kris Faafoi says. “National today admitted it doesn’t...
    Labour | 28-10
  • Does Judith Collins have a get out of jail card?
    Former justice minister Judith Collins appears to have been gifted a get out of jail free card based on the Prime Minister’s answers in Parliament today, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “Judith Collins claimed in an Official Information...
    Labour | 28-10
  • Solid Energy decision delay sensible
    Today’s announcement by the Board of Solid Energy that it will delay making a final decision on re-entering the Pike River mine is a sensible move, Labour’s MP for  West Coast-Tasman Damien O’Connor says. “It has been clear for some...
    Labour | 28-10
  • New York Green Bank off to a $1B start
    New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced late last week the New York Green Bank’s first NZD$1 billion tranche of green energy investments. The projects, which are difficult for the private sector to finance, are now possible by New York Green...
    Greens | 28-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Blockade the Budget
    The ‘Independent’ Police Conduct Authority’s report into the policing of student protests in 2012 is a whitewash The report released by the Independent Police Conduct Authority into the policing of student protests in 2012 is a whitewash riddled with inaccuracies....
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • When National claim new anti worker laws provide ‘flexibility’ they mea...
    And so it comes to pass. The first law National ram through as part of their victory march are new anti worker laws they pretend will generate ‘flexibility’. The new law denigrate the unions ability to protect workers and provide...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • City Transport: A Taxing Matter
    This week the prospect of paying tolls on Auckland motorways became a hot topic. (See Mathew Dearnaley:Motorway tolling could hit some hard, NZ Herald, 30 Oct 2014.) As we might expect, the kneejerk response has been quite negative. But, as with...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Open Letter to Amy Adams: Please Reopen The Review Into Sexual Violence Cou...
    Ms Amy Adams, Justice and Courts Minister, Right now in this country it seems that although rape is illegal, it is not being prevented by the agents who uphold the law. It almost feels like rape is only illegal on paper,...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • MEDIA WATCH: Does ‘No-Surprises’ Also Apply To TVNZ News?
    When you stand back and look at NZ media outlets, most of them have at least one or two people who attempt to hold the government to account: John Campbell on TV3, Guyon Espiner and others at Radio NZ, David...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Things That Make You Go Hmmmmmmm
    Every so often in politics, a public figure comes out with something so absurd and so outlandish … that it really does just make you go “Hmmmmmmmmmm”. We’re accustomed to this from certain quarters – by mid point through the...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Poverty & inequality don’t need protest marches – they need a riot:...
    The global level of inequality continues to skyrocket… Number of billionaires doubled since financial crisis The number of billionaires has doubled since the start of the financial crisis, according to a major new report from anti-poverty campaigners. According to Oxfam,...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • If Key knows who Rawshark is…
    I’m sorry, what? John Key ‘given Rawshark’s name’The Prime Minister believes he knows who hacked Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater’s computer and produced the source material for Nicky Hager’s Dirty Politics, according to a new edition of a recently published...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Child Poverty stats in NZ
    Child Poverty stats in NZ...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Crimes Act + Police Investigation = WTF
    Just to frame the farce that is the Roastbuster’s investigation and conclusion – here are the parts of the Crime Act http://www.legislation.govt.nz/act/public/1961/0043/latest/whole.html#DLM329057  the Roastbusters are proven to have violated – that the police (and some suspects!) themselves acknowledge occurred: Crimes...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Publishing Journalists’ Home Addresses Is A Tactic Of The Right, Not The ...
    I think I’m starting to get rather annoyed with the conduct of some pro-MANA people over this ongoing Parliamentary Services crew complement issue. Yes, we get that there are legitimate issues to be raised with how some political reporters in...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Aucklanders caught between a tarseal-addicted government and a weak mayor
    Len Brown’s proposal for motorway tolls to reduce congestion and provide funding for better public transport is a weak response to a critical issue. The $12 billion dollar shortfall on transport funding he talks about is mainly for projected new...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • A Very Weird Story: Deconstructing Darren Aronofsky’s Noah.
    NOAH is a curious movie. Conceived as a biblical epic, it’s target audience was originally the millions of Americans who regard the Bible as God’s inerrant word. With the sin-filled works of Hollywood forbidden to these true-believers, Christian movie-makers have developed...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • You Can Get Away With Rape In New Zealand
    Jessie Hume with last years petition against rape     The police have sent a strong message today.  In fact they’ve been sending a strong message for a while; a message that our government supports. “You can literally get away...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Roast Buster case – no charges. In the immortal words of NWA…
    Roast Busters case: No prosecutions Police are to make an announcement this afternoon on Operation Clover, the investigation into the “Roast Busters” allegations. The Herald understands the victim has been told that the alleged offenders will not be prosecuted due...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Key’s flag change distraction to cost $26million!
    No. Way. Bid to change NZ flag to cost millions The cost of holding two referendums and consulting on a change of flag has been estimated to be just under $26 million. Look. We all appreciate that the sleepy hobbits...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Why NZ Herald’s Labour Party crocodile tears are so audacious
    The front page the NZ Herald would use if they thought they could get away with it No one can take the recent columns by NZ Herald seriously… John Armstrong: Shadow lingers on National John Roughan: Labour’s leadership vote matters...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • The beginning of the end of Cameron Slater?
    Slater postings on man bizarre, court told A businessman has changed his appearance and had to install extra security at his home after Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater posted his business and personal documents online, he says. Mr Slater has...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • We are a milk power republic and Fonterra our unelected senate
    Wow. Just wow… Deputy mayor says he’ll be sacked South Taranaki deputy mayor Alex Ballantyne says he expects to be sacked because he has spoken out about the impact gasses coming from dumped Fonterra dairy products have had on his...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • MEDIA WATCH: “…But *actually* this is about ethics in political-game jo...
    Yesterday, a piece of mine on the recent revelations about Hone Harawira employing several gentlemen either accused or convicted of sex offences was published on The Daily Blog. Predictably, given the fierce loyalty which Hone inspires in his party faithful and...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • Privilege cheque
    There was no race problem in my childhood. Living in central Wellington I was well-insulated from what was going on not so far away. This was the 60s and 70s, where the teachers enjoyed free love in the staff room...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • A brief word on Key’s claim that it will be raining carnage
    Isis will ‘rain carnage on the world’ – John Key Left unchecked Isis would “rain carnage on the world”, Prime Minister John Key says, but he has yet to make a decision on whether New Zealand troops will join a...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • Meanwhile…
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    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • How does Andrew Little win Labour Leadership and unify the caucus?
    Audrey Young’s excellent column on how the Caucus vote  is shaping up shows how Andrew Little becomes the next leader of the Labour Party. She identifies the factions as the following… Andrew Little 6: Andrew Little, David Cunliffe, Iain Lees Galloway,...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Joe Trinder – Right of response to Curwen
    You have asked that Hone Harawira deserves to explain what happened, how would he explain when his next door neighbour is an alleged sex offender. What explanation can Hone offer he wasn’t involved, Hone had no idea this offending was...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • MEDIA WATCH: That Hella-Weird Feeling When You Defend Tova O’Brien
    Oh dear. Yesterday morning I blogged that Hone deserved a chance to explain what exactly had happened as applies his office’s Parliamentary Services crew complement – and, importantly, that we deserve to be able to judge him on the strength of...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • Canadian Green MP warns against harsh anti-terror measures
    Canada’s Green Party has provided a welcome counterpoint to Prime Minister Harper’s call for tougher anti-terrorism laws in the wake of a soldier outside the Canadian Parliament. On October 22, while she was still locked in her parliamentary office, Green...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • When is an asset sale not an asset sale? When it robs from the poor and ste...
    National have turned state housing on its head. At no time during the 2014 election did the Key Government even hint that they were going to privatise 30% of the Housing NZ stock of state homes. Not once. Key even...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • Housing; broken promises, families in cars, and ideological idiocy (Part To...
    . . Continued from: Housing; broken promises, families in cars, and ideological idiocy (Part Rua) . Bill English comes clean on National’s intentions for HNZ privatisation . On 14 October, in a report on The Daily Blog, I wrote, In...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • The Questions Have Been Asked – They Deserve An Answer
    A few days ago, allegations that had been percolating for some time about Hone Harawira employing three either accused or convicted sex offenders on his Parliamentary pay-roll came to light. (one imprisoned before working for MANA; one who found himself convicted and...
    The Daily Blog | 26-10
  • I have seen one future, and it is bleak
    . . Back in  March 2012, I wrote this story regarding a march to support striking workers at Ports of Auckland. It appears there was some prescience about some of my observations at the time… . | | 18 March...
    The Daily Blog | 26-10
  • US air strike war Key wants us in has killed a civilian a day so far
      The US air strike war that John Key wants us to join has killed a civilian a day so far. From the Washington Post... The United States launched its first airstrikes on militants in Syria on Sept. 23, and has continued...
    The Daily Blog | 26-10
  • The instant Jihad syndrome
    My favourite new term is ‘self-radicalised’ – it suggests the reasons for terrorism are totally divorced from the actions of the West. This need to suddenly ramp up terror laws because of lone wolf, self-radicalised Jihadists seems convenient and counter-productive....
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • We have nothing to fear from Ebola but fear itself
    I suspect most Americans perceive Ebola like this   I can’t work out if the fear being spread within the media about Ebola is deliberate or just ignorance. Yes Ebola is a terrible plague that kills a large percentage of...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Anjum Rahman – “Meritocracy? I wish.”
    I’d like to start by linking to a post I had published at another site in support of Nanaia Mahuta for the Labour Party leadership election.  She has a reasonable chance, given that she already has the endorsement of Te...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • Chocolate milk shortage and creepy Santa? Let’s talk about real news
    Child poverty is still a scarily serious problem in this country and house prices are soaring through the roof to the point where it is simply impossible for the average New Zealander to buy a home. There is also little...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • It’s time to celebrate Kiwi schools and teachers
    Some would have you believe that New Zealand’s schools are in a state of collapse, that your children are not being educated well and that things are going to hell in a hand basket.  That there is no innovation, no...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • Ideological Blitzkrieg – Privatization of state housing, more charter sch...
    Pundits in pundit land will tell you that this Government is boring, that Key is the great pragmatist and that it is his ability to create elegant solutions that keeps him the firm favourite in many Kiwi eyes. This ability...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • Hegemony rules but resistance is fertile
    The Prime Minister is a puppet. Not just our current Prime Minister, but given the forces of multinational globalisation, the role of any head of state, is less as independent actor, and more as a puppet of international trends and...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • An open Letter to Sir Bob Jones: demanding a ‘liveable wage’ is not “...
    How out of touch with reality is Sir Bob Jones? You know, that white dude who invested in privatised SOEs after the selling off of our assets in the eighties and made a ludicrous and disgusting amount of money and is...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • My insecurity about the Security Council
    As I write this (on 24 October) it is international UN Day. Of course, you all knew that already, right? Well, the day celebrates the entry into force of the UN Charter in 1945. With the ratification of this founding...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Catherine Delahunty – Back in That House
    Parliament opened this week and I still find it a very odd place. Most of the people are reasonably courteous and friendly, but the rituals are archaic and the rules around issues like the swearing in oath are oppressive and...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Marae Investigates No More
    TVNZ yesterday announced the closure of their Māori and Pacific programmes department. That means they’ve chosen to stop making Fresh, Tagata Pasifika, Waka Huia and Marae Investigates to let independent producers get their hands on these lucrative contracts. This is...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • BLOGWATCH: An Un-Civil War in Labour, eh?
    Earlier today, my attention was directed to an entry that’s just recently appeared on the Slightly Left of Centre blog. It purports to contain the ‘inside word’ from a highly placed NZF source – which is funny, because I’m pretty sure...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Santanomics 101
    Santanomics could mean a number of things. It could be the study and practice of giving. Or it could mean the study and practice of rampant end-of-year commercialism. However, for me today it is the economics of erectingAuckland’s giant Santa...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • SkyCity boss misleads public over workers lost shifts
    SkyCity CEO Nigel Morrison has defended the employment practices at his company in an “Opinion” piece entitled “Human Capital key to corporate success” in the NZ Herald on Thursday. A number of his claims are misleading, contain only partial truths...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Review: Perfect Place
    I went to a Perfect Place on Tuesday night, and what a delight it was. The marshmallows sweetly (and forcefully) handed out pre-show, set the tone for the next hour. Walking up the stairs at The Basement was a complete...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • 5AA Australia – NZ on UN Security Council + Dirty Politics Lingers On
    5AA Australia: Selwyn Manning and Peter Godfrey deliver their weekly bulletin Across The Ditch. General round up of over night talkback issues: Thongs, Jandals and flip-flops… ISSUE 1: New Zealand has been successful in its campaign to become a non...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • When I mean me, I mean my office & when I call whaleoil I mean not as m...
    This. Is. Ludicrous. Green Party co-leader Russel Norman put the first of what are likely to be many questions about Mr Key’s relationship with Slater, asking him how many times he had phoned or texted the blogger since 2008. “None...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • A brief word on describing the Government as ‘boring and bland’
    The narrative being sown is that this Government will be a boring and bland third term. Boring and bland. Since the election, Key has announced he is privatising 30% of state houses without reinvesting any of that money back into housing society’s most...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • Roast Busters: Turn Indignation into Action
    People raged about the Roast Buster case. The indignation was justified – it was horrible. “Where were their parents!?” Fair question. I am sure the Roast Busters’ parents and the victims’ parents all wish they had been more proactive in...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Stats NZ only have themselves to blame for postponement
    The Public Service Association (PSA) says Statistics NZ only have themselves to blame for the indefinite postponement of the release of the Food Price Index: November 2014....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • NZ Diversity Survey – benchmarking workplace diversity
    AUT University’s New Zealand Work Research Institute (NZWRI) has released a report on diversity in New Zealand workplaces....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Māori Language (Te Reo Māori) Bill
    Tutehounuku Korako, Chair of the Māori Affairs Committee, is inviting further public submissions on this bill. The closing date for submissions is Friday, 5 December 2014....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • ERA amendments a mixed bag
    The Employment Relations Amendment Act has the potential to put vulnerable workers in a more precarious position, says Equal Opportunities Commissioner, Dr Jackie Blue. However, the commissioner says the right for all to request flexible work hours is...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Sensible Sentencing calls for appeal of judicial activivism
    The Sensible Sentencing Trust is appalled that Justice Jill Mallon has today refused to apply the Life without Parole (LWOP) provisions of the Three Strikes law as enacted by Parliament....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Global Rally against ISIS – for Kobanê – for Humanity, Nov 1
    The New Zealand Kurdish Community will march in solidarity with Kurdistan as part of the “GLOBAL RALLY AGAINST ISIS – FOR KOBANÊ – FOR HUMANITY” on 1 November 2014, 2pm....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Does ‘No-Surprises’ Also Apply To TVNZ News?
    When you stand back and look at NZ media outlets, most of them have at least one or two people who attempt to hold the government to account: John Campbell on TV3, Guyon Espiner and others at Radio NZ, David...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Safer roads are better for everyone
    Recent pedestrian versus vehicle incidents highlight the real issues being addressed by delegates as the 2Walk and Cycle conference concludes....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Law change creates more flexible labour market
    The Employment Relations Amendment Act, passed yesterday, will bring new flexibility to the labour market and will reduce the ability of unions to organise and to recruit....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Bumper ANZ profits mean no excuse for insecure hours
    A big rise in profits at New Zealand's largest bank needs to be reflected in a better pay offer and more security around hours of work, the bank workers’ union said today....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Count down to lowered alcohol limit
    With just a month to go until a new lower alcohol limit for adult drivers comes into effect, Police and road safety agencies are reminding drivers of the impending change....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • WorkSafe Supports Forestry Review Findings
    WorkSafe NZ says the Independent Forestry Safety Review has clearly identified the problems facing an industry in which ten workers were killed last year. “The Review’s analysis matches our own view and leaves no doubt about the need for comprehensive,...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • CTU welcomes forestry review recommendations
    The CTU is welcoming the today's release of the independent forestry safety review panel findings. "These recommendations must be implemented to ensure that everything possible is done to make forestry safer." CTU President, Helen Kelly said....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Activists will confront animal abusers
    Today animal rights activists will confront a group of wealth advisers who want to build the biggest egg factory-farm in New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Turia: Women’s Refuge Conference 2014
    This is a milestone moment in my life. This will be my last official address as Co-leader of the Maori Party. On Saturday night at our Hui-a-Tau, I will be standing down from that role and enabling a new co-leader,...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Rodeo Code of Welfare ‘Sick Joke’
    Animal advocacy organisation SAFE says the revised Code of Welfare for Rodeos just released is nothing but a sick joke. “Rodeo animals are goaded, tormented and forced to endure needless suffering and gross mistreatment, all for the sake of so-called...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Conservative Party applauds binding referenda on flag
    The Conservative Party are congratulating the Government on the decision to hold two binding referendums to decide the fate of New Zealand’s flag – and believes it will pave the way for binding referenda to form part of New Zealand...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Walk the Talk – Opposing violence against women
    Soroptimist International of Auckland have organised a walk on 22 November from Silo Park at the Wynyard Quarter through the Viaduct and back to Silo Park, to show their opposition to violence against women. This event hopes to raise awareness...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Recommendations on the Design of Pecuniary Penalties
    The Law Commission has reviewed the use of pecuniary penalties as a regulatory tool. Pecuniary penalties are financial penalties that policymakers are increasingly opting to use in place of criminal sanctions in order to punish and deter misconduct in...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Every worker will be affected by employment law changes
    Every worker will feel the effects of the government’s new employment laws and should join a union if they want to maintain and increase their wages and conditions, says New Zealand’s largest private sector union, the EPMU....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Shameful attack on all workers
    The Government has passed the Employment Relations Amendment Act slashing the rights of all Kiwi workers. “These changes are shameful. New Zealand now has some of the worst employment protections in the OECD. It is embarrassing that a country which...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Unnecessary law changes more to do with ideology
    The government’s employment law changes are simply ideological and are at odds with its approach in the related areas of health and safety and immigration law, FIRST Union said tonight....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • CTU Runanga calls on iwi leaders
    Maori workers are calling on iwi leaders to speak out against the employment law changes expected to go through today. “Iwi leaders have previously spoken out when workers in Aotearoa have been under attack, we believe they should do so...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Educating children not the best solution to alcohol harm
    Alcohol Healthwatch says we need to look beyond educating children and young people to address deeply embedded attitudes and behaviours concerning alcohol....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • New code of welfare for rodeos released
    New standards to strengthen the animal welfare requirements for rodeos have been issued today by the Minister for Primary Industries, Nathan Guy....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • IPCA report riddle with inaccuracies, say students
    A report by the Independent Police Conduct Authority into the policing of student protests in 2012 is riddled with inaccuracies, say students who laid the original complaint with the IPCA....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • CT v The Queen – indecency convictions quashed
    This summary is provided to assist in the understanding of the Court’s judgment. It does not comprise part of the reasons for that judgment. The full judgment with reasons is the only authoritative document. The full text of the judgment...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Rameka v The Queen – murder convictions quashed
    This summary is provided to assist in the understanding of the Court’s judgment. It does not comprise part of the reasons for that judgment. The full judgment with reasons is the only authoritative document. The full text of the judgment...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Auckland Council Out of Control
    Responding to the NZ Herald article that some Auckland households will face a rates rise of up to 9.6 per cent next year, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says: “Len Brown’s pledge to cap rates rises at 2.5 per...
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  • Stats NZ staff escalate action with ‘no more meetings’ rule
    Statistics NZ staff have voted to escalate their ongoing industrial action in an effort to get Stats NZ back to the bargaining table with a reasonable offer. The staff, who are members of the Public Service Association (PSA), have been...
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  • Rape Crisis calls for changes to criminal justice system
    Wellington Rape Crisis has added its voice to the public outcry following the announcement that there will be no charges in the teen rape gang case. Butterworth says the decision not to lay charges will not have been a surprise...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Police action justified in Blockade the Budget demonstration
    Police actions in dealing with a demonstration in Central Auckland known as Blockade the Budget on 1 June 2012 were justified and appropriate, an Independent Police Conduct Authority report released today found....
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  • NZDF Joins with Australia to Commemorate WWI Centenary
    A contingent of New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel will join their Australian counterparts at Australia’s first major commemoration of the First World War centenary in Albany, Western Australia this weekend....
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  • Reserve Bank should reduce interest rate
    “The Reserve Bank should be reducing its policy interest rate, the OCR”, says CTU Economist Bill Rosenberg in response to the Bank’s announcement today that it is not increasing it....
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  • 2015 Stout Fellow will write about Māori & Criminal Justice
    Kim Workman, founder and advocate for the Robson Hanan Trust, which administers the Rethinking Crime and Punishment and Justspeak initiatives, has been awarded the 2015 John David Stout Fellowship at Victoria University....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • What John Key thought about ‘dirty politics’
    On September 20, John Key swept to victory to become one of New Zealand’s most successful and popular Prime Ministers. Rocked by scandal, the 2014 election campaign was one of the most brutal – and riveting – in recent history....
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  • Trade Deal Threatens Farmers and Food Businesses
    The secret Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations are a direct threat to food businesses and farmers, and a moratorium on the release of GE crops must be enshrined in law before the TPP is signed....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • CTU announces election of new Secretary
    The contested election for the position of CTU Secretary has been won by Sam Huggard. Sam officially takes office on Monday 1 December 2014. Sam has worked in the union movement and brings a wealth of experience and a commitment...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Kim Workman awarded 2015 J.D. Stout Fellowship
    The Victoria University of Wellington 2015 J.D. Stout Fellowship, funded by the Stout Trust, has been awarded to justice reform advocate Kim Workman. Mr Workman (Ngati Kahungungu ki Wairarapa, Rangitaane) is well known for his work on criminal justice,...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • TPPA causing concern
    Concern over the secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) negotiations is being expressed in two public meetings over the next week; one at a presentation on 5th November by former councillor Robin Gwynn to the Napier City Council, the...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Kiwis rally to demand justice for ‘Roast Buster’ survivors
    Over 1,500 kiwis have rallied to demand justice after the announcement of the NZ Police decision not to lay charges in the ‘Roast Busters’ saga....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • New employment law will hurt the most vulnerable NZers
    The Public Service Association (PSA) says changes to the Employment Relations Act, expected to be passed in Parliament tonight, will hurt vulnerable workers and their families more than anyone....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Consultation to close on proposed place names
    The New Zealand Geographic Board (NZGB) Ngā Pou Taunaha o Aotearoa today advised that only one month remains before public consultation closes for 18 name proposals for geographic features and places around Te Ika ā Māui (the North Island)....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Operation Clover – Statement from Police Commissioner
    I have taken a close interest in this investigation and I am confident police have conducted a thorough and professional enquiry in what has been a challenging and complex case. The Operation Clover team has ensured that victims have been...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Better policy would have protected children from recession
    Child Poverty Action Group says an international report released by UNICEF today shows good policy can protect and improve child well-being, even during a recession....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Outcome of Operation Clover investigation
    Police have completed a multi-agency investigation, Operation Clover, into the activities of a group calling themselves “The Roast Busters”. The 12 month enquiry focused on incidents involving allegations of sexual offending against a number of girls...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • False birth registration brings home detention
    A Whangarei woman who attempted to register the birth of a fictitious child to claim a sole parent benefit was sentenced to six months home detention in the Whangarei District Court today....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Family of Robert Ellis demand a proper investigation
    The family of a New Zealander killed in Indonesia are growing increasingly concerned at the lack of information they’ve received, and the handling of the investigation into his murder....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Minister of Health must account for aged care workers’ pay
    The New Zealand Federation of Business and Professional Women (BPW NZ) congratulates rest-home worker Kristine Bartlett on her landmark claim for equal pay from her employer and successfully pursuing this to the Court of Appeal....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
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