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Just get the f*ck out

Written By: - Date published: 7:50 pm, February 12th, 2013 - 126 comments
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Prosser, just f*cken resign. There’s no place for the likes of you. You’ve been elected purely to make up numbers for Peters. And you couldn’t even do that without being a disgusting bigot. You’re not the only rightwinger playing up race fears. Hooton claims Indonesia will invade due to climate change. Key tells scary stories of made-up boat people. But you’re the worst. Just go.

PS. I’m still not regretting that NZF is back in Parliament. Without them, National would have a majority alone. Avoiding that’s worth having to deal with a racist and Horan. Plus we get Tracey Martin and she’s gold. Actually it’s going quite well. If NZF collapses this term, having done its job in 2011, it means no Winnie kingmaker in 2014, which improves the odds for a Labour-Green government.

126 comments on “Just get the f*ck out”

  1. Andre 1

    He is a bigot first .Second what has this man done to expect to be part of ruling of New Zealand ????

    • Liberty 1.1

      looks like Labour has a little problem with it future coalition partner. This latest deplorable attack on a minority is no different than Winston anti Chinese rants.
      That only leaves the Green Taliban. That means giving up the Finance minister position.
      Labour might as will stay at its rightful station. As the opposition.

  2. Yep and memo to Labour. We cannot go into coalition with these bastards. Between their refusal to accept that climate change is occurring and their innate racism they are a bunch of losers.

    • higherstandard 2.1

      As has been noted previously, your good self along with the majority of the labour caucus would fellate Winston within an inch of his life if he was the difference between the treasury benches and three more years in opposition

      • mickysavage 2.1.1

        Nope HS if the treasury benches depended on Prosser’s support I would say no way. But I am sure Key would not be so principled this time …

        • Akldnut 2.1.1.1

          HS Prosser’s a tosser – you would have more of a chance than him and you’ve got sweet F A

    • Mike 2.2

      I’m not a NZF supporter and certainly think dickhead Prosser should be fired as an MP.

      But since when have they (NZF members) refused to accept that climate change is happening? Or do you mean they don’t accept that anthropomorphic CO2 emissions are causing out of control global warming? I would say pretty much everyone accepts that climate change is occurring, just as it has done for the last 4.5 billion years.

      You should probably not generalize either. When you say “their” innate racism, you’re implying that they are all racist? Hey, you could be correct, but “they” don’t all seem that extreme to me; and I certainly haven’t seen any racist NZF policy documents.

      They’re not all bastards either.

    • Rogue Trooper 2.3

      this man is unbelievable a nd a great embarassment, along with Peters (“the twin evils of diversity and multi-culturalism” ) Is he drunk all the freakin time? And Prosser-“this is my country”??? and there is no “man-made climate warming”???. UNFREAKIN-BELIEVABLE. wotta lost soul that Wishart is!

  3. fatty 3

    NZ First’s racism does attract some people…it might ensure kiwi_prometheus’ vote goes to them

    • Sosoo 3.1

      Some people? I know more people who have some variant of these Neanderthal views than people who don’t.

  4. Hayden 4

    The NZ First list did have a kind of “eh, who cares, no-one’s going to get in other than Winston” look about it.

  5. Te Reo Putake 5

    Great post, Zet! Amazing that Winston would dump a bloke currently only accused of wrongdoing while keeping an actual knuckledragging racist on board. Even Wishart seemed to disown him (saying on that 7 whatsit show that if he’d been awake when he skim-read the piece, he’d have edited it for human consumption or somesuch).

    edit: video here: http://tvnz.co.nz/seven-sharp/investigate-editor-reacts-nz-first-mp-s-anti-muslim-column-video-5340077

    • McFlock 5.1

      Investigate’s editor doesn’t even investigate what he’s publishing? Why am I not surprised?

    • Don't worry be happy 5.2

      He’s a bigot not a racist as ‘being a Muslim” is like “being a Catholic”…i.e. belonging to a certain (world wide, hence multi racial) religion. Although he’s clearly stupid enough to think that someone can ‘look like a Muslim’ and therefore should be kept off planes (between certain ages and if male I think the craziness goes).

      Though you know, because it’s really late and I up with a sick child and not thinking that straight…there may well be a certain type that should actually be kept off planes…dress in suits, usually short, male, self important plonkers with loud braying voices, computers and Iphones..often hauling along a bit of eye candy about the same age as their rug…you know the ones that crashed the World’s economy 4 years ago and counting…the ones with their expensive Italian leather handmade shoes on the throats of the poor…Keep the Bankers off the planes I say!

      Child asleep. Nite nite Standanistas

      • toad 5.2.1

        The “Wogistan” reference would indicate his bigotry is both anti-Muslim and racist. “Wog” is a term of racial vilification, probably second in offensiveness only to “nigger”.

  6. TheContrarian 6

    Does anyone have a link to Hooten’s comments about Indonesia out of interest?

      • TheContrarian 6.1.1

        Can’t listen to that right now – watching the cricket.

        But I do know that the threat of war/invasion due to a changing climate is a very real threat…if not to New Zealand but in the wider context.

        • felixviper 6.1.1.1

          From what I remember Hoots wasn’t really saying Indo would invade, he was more saying that if climate change was real, which it obviously isn’t, then we’d be at risk from invasion eventually, and if those stupid Greenies really thought climate change was real then they should be more focused on defense, but he doesn’t care because it’s all a big hoax anyway.

          Or something like that.

          For what it’s worth, I agree with him – and you. (Not about climate change being a hoax, about the need for more focus on defense as an isolated food producing country in a rapidly changing world.)

          • TheContrarian 6.1.1.1.1

            I don’t think climate change is a hoax.

            I’m not sure Hooton does either. Not from anything I have read of his (which isn’t comprehensive admittedly).

            • felixviper 6.1.1.1.1.1

              Sorry TC, didn’t mean to suggest that you did. I meant I agreed with you about the potential for threat of invasion, not with whatever opinion Hooton is being paid to have on climate change.

              • TheContrarian

                Yeah I think we’ll be OK but in the worst case scenario a lot of places will find themselves under some extreme pressure from their neighbours.

                Not a pleasant vision of the future.

                • RedLogix

                  For what it’s worth I thought Hoots was for once making a valid (if somewhat mischievous) point.

                  While I think it implausible we’ll see lots of Indonesian boat people anytime soon; it’s not unrealistic to think that in maybe a few decades large shiploads of refugees from anywhere on the planet might start arriving in numbers. That poses some pretty intractable tactical problems for us because by the time they arrive in our territorial waters, it’s too late to send them anywhere else.

                  Given that shooting them out of the water isn’t a good option, perhaps we could let the people stay … but scrap the ship. The world would pretty soon run out of suitable ships and the process would be self-limiting?

                  • Surely if these people make the journey at great risk to themselves and their families because they are escaping ‘whatever’ then they should be looked after – I don’t really get why that is so difficult – is it a bunker mentality perhaps.

                    • RedLogix

                      That’s exactly what I said. The ‘shooting them out of the water’ crack is black irony.

                      But exactly how many refugees would you be happy to see here? Got a number in mind?

                    • No the number is irrelevant and focusing on that is focusing on scarcity – I’d rather try and look after those less fortunate, scared witless, suffering people and if that means some rich arseholes lose their second or third house to put people in I say good!

                      edit – oh and maybe some of the dairy farmers can cut their cows down and the land could be used for the common good instead of their selfish greed too.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      But exactly how many refugees would you be happy to see here? Got a number in mind?

                      It wholly depends on the systems we set up to receive and integrate them, and what we as a nation expect from them.

                      But at an absolute maximum responding to extreme humanitarian circumstances, I would suggest 1 refugee per year per 500 resident NZers.

                      That’s 9,000 refugees per year.

                    • RedLogix

                      9,000 per year … or a couple of big ships. At most.

                    • Colonial Weka

                      I’d want to see how many people NZ land can sustain, bioregion by bioregion, and then we can think better about who we can welcome.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      9,000 per year … or a couple of big ships. At most.

                      Yep. Could we physically do much larger numbers? Sure, for a short time. Maybe 100,000 pa for a year or three. But that would end real quick with a political or social backlash.

                    • yeah so each according to their need is only for some, preferably those like *us*. Any number is bogus because it automatically implies triage and a grasping of privilege for those already here, maintained at the expense of those who really need help. Why is any particular person here more deserving than someone arriving in need of help – they aren’t in my book.

                    • lol ‘social backlash’ – from who?

                      just another nimby argument cv

                    • Colonial Viper

                      You’re right of course MM. But too many NZers are just fine with NZ children hungry and in poverty. What makes you think they would give that much more consideration to children from far away lands.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      just another nimby argument cv

                      yeah, it is. And at a certain stage, a political party is going to use it very effectively and throw the other lot out. No refugees then.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      yeah so each according to their need is only for some, preferably those like *us*.

                      Not really, because as you know, we can’t even apply this to New Zealanders.

                    • RedLogix

                      Well MM so no upper limit? OK … there will be around 9b people on earth sometime soon. If say 20% of them become climate refugees, that’s 1.8b people.

                      If just 5% of them decide to come to this country, then that’s oh … 100m people. (Back of envelope guesswork … feel free to insert your own assumptions)

                      How do you imagine that might work out ? In terms of who really owns this country?

                      I’m not being mischievous, just tossing around some sense of the magnitude of the challenge and what choices we might face.

                    • It just sounds like a version of yellow peril to me red.

                      My conclusions within this thread are based on NEED and the ability to get here through the almost insurmountable hardships and difficulties, not putting planes on to fly them here.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      If 0.5% decide to come to NZ that’s 10M people. You know in a situation like that RL, some ugliness will be inevitable.

                    • and I am not meaning to imply racism here in any way. I agree it is a big problem that we need to think about and get ready for. I just think the opportunities to help people outweigh the fear of being overrun.

                    • RedLogix

                      Yellow peril? It’s precisely the same scenario Maori faced in the 1840’s … there were only some several hundred thousand of them and the European colonisers, while sailing in tiny, dangerous ships from the far-side of the planet, numbered in their tens of millions. And we’re still trying to mop up the consequences of that.

                      Numbers are not racist.

                    • very ironic indeed

                      as tangata whenua have somehow retained the culture and as that culture has evolved into what we see today, I’m sure ‘kiwi’ culture will do the same if it robust enough and if it actually exists

                    • McFlock

                      on the bright side, it would sort out the 2050 retirement bubble problem.

                      Less flippantly, though, I don’t reckon that all that many folks would actually be in a position to make the trip, and I similarly think that those that try for NZ would still be in deep strife, like they would be today if they tried (our glorious leader’s “intelligence” notwithstanding).

                      We still need to start using our land sustainably, though. Move away from cows and start planting environment-suitable crops. I wonder if olives or dates would grow well in canterbury? Apply the same methods that put wine in Central Otago.

          • geoff 6.1.1.1.2

            Let’s not forget that when Hooton raised that issue, it was completely unrelated to what was being discussed. He only raised it to have a go at the Greens because they are the only party pushing properly left wing policies.
            He then went on to sing the praises of David Shearer. Hmm.
            I presume he is pursuing this campaign because he, and the Right, are shitting themselves that real left wing ideas might start getting traction in NZ.
            His thinking will be: If National can’t get a third term then at the very least the growing Green influence must be minimised in the next Labour led government.

        • Colonial Weka 6.1.1.2

          “But I do know that the threat of war/invasion due to a changing climate is a very real threat…if not to New Zealand but in the wider context.”

          Yes, but the US is likely to get in first. Anyone commenting on an American invasion of NZ once tshtf?

          • Colonial Viper 6.1.1.2.1

            Yes, but the US is likely to get in first. Anyone commenting on an American invasion of NZ once tshtf?

            The US prefers to expand its empire through political and economic domination, not occupation. It does use it’s many international military bases to project both military might and act as economic incentives to the host country, however.

            China is the same. China doesn’t want to be an occupying colonial power like Britain, Spain, France or Belgium was. You don’t need to be in this globalised world of trade and capital flows that they created.

            • Colonial Weka 6.1.1.2.1.1

              At the moment. We were talking about when the CC/PO resource wars start. You may be right though. Another term or two of NACT and I’m sure all sorts of things will be set up that we don’t know about so that when tshtf we will become a state of the US rather than an occupied territory.

        • James Henderson 6.1.1.3

          During severe climate change, the last thing any country in the world is going to have the resources to do is mount an ultra-long range seaborne invasion, presumably followed by mass colonisation. Far more cost-efficient to try to shore up what they have.

          Of course, there will be resource wars in neighbouring countries but a situation like Hoots dreams of is just nuts.

          And he knows it, it’s just an excuse for him to claim that the Greens are not genuine about climate change (because they don’t support the military investment he claims is needed), and, therefore, climate change isn’t real.

          • RedLogix 6.1.1.3.1

            I’m not so sure James. The lights won’t go out all over the world all at once … and while things may well be going to hell in the proverbial hand basket … there will still be plenty of resource for the powerful and desperate to grab a hold of to use for foreign military adventures. Especially if there is a nice juicy prize waiting for the taking.

            And first in, first served.

            I think we’re in for some very unpleasant surprises.

            • Colonial Viper 6.1.1.3.1.1

              You formulated it better than I could RL.

              Consider ancient empires like the Romans. Even as their massive empire collapsed, even as its territories and budgets shrunk, even as it’s legions were being tested and found wanting, its politicians continued to pour more and more resources into its military and finding ways to augment it including hiring mercernaries.

              All at massive cost to its society, all in the hope of holding empire together and finding a way out of a poor dead end.

              And yes, the final collapse of the Roman Empire was not fast, it took centuries for its last remnants to disintegrate.

              I think we’re in for some very unpleasant surprises.

              Yeah.

              And we better be well prepared.

              • Colonial Viper

                Try this CW

                http://www.postcarbon.org/blog-post/508186-the-peak-oil-crisis-the-german

                Pretty sure that the US army knows all about peak oil and what is in store for it. They won’t be waiting until things are so bad they can’t travel and plunder.

                I think that its one of the driving factors behind the rapid development of drone warfare.

                • Colonial Weka

                  Thanks CV. I deleted my comment because I decided it was too depressing to contemplate without offering any solutions.

                • Afewknowthetruth

                  It seems that the only thing that can save us is another ‘Carrington event’ – an eruption from the Sun of such great intensity it burns out all electronic devices and grid infrastructure.

                  We are about due for one but they are terribly unpredictable and the next one may come too late to save us from the industrial-military-financial complex and its perpetual war machine.

              • Matthew Hooton

                Exactly, history shows us that climate change causes wars. And if the more extreme forecasts of catastrophic climate change came true, especially if they happened quickly so mitigation measures (dykes etc) could not be undertaken in time, then of course there would be a global conflagration worse than World War Two, and New Zealand would certainly come under threat of military invasion (boat people are neither here nor there – any boat people who make it all the way to NZ have more ingenuity and talent than the average person brought in under the business migrant scheme so that I reckon they should be allowed to stay). So when politicians say they believe in sudden 10 metre sea level rises unless Kyoto gets expanded to the US, China and India (which it never will be), then they be asked what their defence policy is, and if they say they don’t believe in a massive military build up then it raises the question of whether they are really serious about what they say about climate change.

                • yes the politicians and their minions will use any and all issues to push their agenda of increased spending to their mates and pet projects. Climate change is just one issue used to argue that bigger defense budgets are needed and spy budgets too – it is an old story but still effective whilst the society, in which they are kings and queens, unravels in front of their eyes.

                • Ennui in Requiem

                  Some sense from Matthew, well done. It would be nice to see all the whole mainstream commentary take the realities of our age seriously.

                • RedLogix

                  The moral question this issue poses is something like:

                  You are in a lifeboat, there are 10 of you with room for 30 more. There are 5000 people in the water swimming towards you.

                  Now for sure you can take on the extra 30, and maybe another 100 could cling to the sides for a while. But 5000 will send you all into the sea.

                  Pausing to take on the 30 nearest swimmers will likely mean that many of the 5000 will also arrive.

                  Row like hell?

                  • vto

                    Grab onto anything that floats and pray methinks.

                  • your framing of the question is not correct at all red imo. You can live, you can die, you can live, you can die – what basis are you deciding – first in, like the look, let’s see your passport – it is all rubbish. What moral right do you have to decide – zero. It seems similar to the people that hide in a bunker and after everything is devastated they come out to rebuild – I’d rather die with the people than survive with the bunkerites.

                    so I suppose I’ll get chucked out of your liferaft – and I can live with that

                    • RedLogix

                      That’s a perfectly fair answer mm. Certainly you have the right to make that decision for yourself and I would respect that. If that meant jumping or being pushed overboard you’ve certainly made a moral choice that you will likely die with. How that squares up with you depends I guess on your view of the life of the human soul … and whether this life is all that matters.

                      But would you impose that decision on the nine others in the boat with you? In other words this question has a political as well as a personal dimension.

                    • I would fight against a policy that closed the boarders to those in need and I would fight hard. I will also fight against increased defense to ‘protect’ us and the way of life that so many love even as it disintegrates around us. I will additionally fight against what I consider bogus arguments by some (not you because I believe you are genuine in your concern) that exaggerate the issue to further entrench the privilege they enjoy.

                      we all die red the question is how we live

                    • vto

                      lol. It is ironic how you advocate for a special place just for Maori in New Zealand due to first in first served and the treaty yet here you walk away from that principle.

                      Malleable principles depending on your own personal circumstances. How surprising.

                    • RedLogix

                      I wouldn’t be too chirpy vto. I think mm was giving honest answers to a very tough question. Perhaps a question that doesn’t have an answer. Expecting perfect logical and moral consistency from humans is a tough call.

                      But mm did put up his hand to state what he believes and I respect that….

                    • vto

                      The two approaches do not match up RL. Your particular scenario here may have been a tough issue however the placing of various races within one boundary for an indefinite period is equally tough.

                      “Expecting perfect logical and moral consistency from humans is a tough call.” That’s right. It’s tough and few measure up.

                    • It’s okay red vot is a dickhead and doesn’t have many clues – I have tried to be honest to your honest comments and I know that we both know that. Kia kaha.

                    • RedLogix

                      I’d like to think the three of us would likely enjoy a few beers and good korero if we could….

                    • lol maybe on that bloody lifeboat as the two of you levered me over the edge… but seriously as far as I can work out we all have more commonalities than differences as is often the case. I am a bit naughty with vto – I shouldn’t wind him up so much – but it is fun and hard to resist especially when he gets on his high horse – my bad, must try harder to be nice :)

                    • vto

                      Aaaaarrrggghhh !!!!!!

                • Colonial Viper

                  I’m a believer that we need to be strengthening the Defence Forces to be a strong territorial and local pacific operator, not stripping men and women out and civilianising it. Nor equipping it to fight faraway wars on behalf of faraway imperial powers.

                • Rogue Trooper

                  most sensible for a change

            • marty mars 6.1.1.3.1.2

              I think the rich and famous are already doing this aren’t they – I mean coming here and buying a bolthole with the govt putting a nice bunch of flowers on the table to welcome them in.

  7. vto 7

    Had a couple of cracks at bigotry in its various guises over last longish period and the conclusion arrived at, especially in light of this from someone who clearly has clues about life in other spheres, is that racism and race relations (and most forms of bigotry) in this country are a cesspit. Bubbling and stinking. Nobody wants to go near it. Nobody can understand what is at the bottom of it. Everybody drops their own form of shit into it and says their neighbours shit is the shit that stinks. It is horrid, putrid, and pervades everything so much that people hold their nose whenever someone pokes their head up from the cesspool. It is a mess, unfathomable and should be filled in. It is a blinkin’ joke. Everything about the entire issue is ridiculous and everybody sees nothing, hears nothing and speaks nothing. It is a big fucking nothing and everything.

    • Oh shut up you sanctimonious wanker – ‘cracks at bigotry’ lol – what did you do tell yourself off in the mirror.

    • vto 7.2

      Evidence of the stinking pile of shit that is bigotry amongst all parts of the New Zealand population lies right here in front of the noses…. bigotry from Prosser in fact comprised three parts, yet it was only one that the dumb majority take offence to. The other two forms of bigotry, namely against the young and particularly the male, have been completely ignored.

      stinking pile of shit for brains this entire issue

  8. saarbo 8

    There seems to be a real lack of quality control when Parties choose their MP representatives. This guy is just an idiot, then there is Horan. What was going through Winston’s mind when he chose these guys???

    • Te Reo Putake 8.1

      I’d say the process goes like this:

      a) are you here for the NZF AGM (the croquet adjunct is next door)?
      b) do you have a large cheque on your person?
      c) Congratulations, you’re on the list.

  9. gobsmacked 9

    None of this is surprising.

    Richard Prosser’s views are not sotto voce rumours, they’ve been published in a magazine for years (a joke magazine, but still … it’s on the supermarket shelves).

    His views were known when he got on the list. Known when he got into Parliament. Well known now, and of course well known before the next election campaign.

    It wasn’t a surprise when ACT’s candidate for the Sensible Sentencing Trust turned out to be a time-bomb. It wasn’t a surprise when a party (United Future) based on a merger with religious nutters turned out to contain … religious nutters. And it’s not surprising that NZ First brought at least one bigot into Parliament.

    That’s why I don’t vote for them, and don’t want them in the next government. Labour and the Greens shouldn’t want them either.

  10. tsmithfield 10

    What is telling for me is that Winston hasn’t sacked the guy immediately. When it all boils down, Winston has shown himself to be not much better with his veiled attacks on Asians over recent years. I think any party who ties themselves to NZ First will be tainted by association.

    • Mike 10.1

      Is he allowed to sack someone for his personal views? (free speech and all that). I’m not saying he shouldn’t be sacked because in my opinion he should. But am wondering on the whole legal side of sacking someone. Although obviously he can be dropped as a party member immediately.

      I would suggest that neither National or Labour would care less about being tainted if it meant being in Government or not.

      • Colonial Viper 10.1.1

        But am wondering on the whole legal side of sacking someone.

        Don’t worry about it. Winston would be expelling the bastard from NZ First, that’s all. Prosser would still, lol, be an MP and fully employed.

    • Pascal's bookie 10.2

      Not much different from that guy who went on about immigrants spitting in the street. In fact, Peters claimed that that guy stole his immigration policy.

      I think you voted for that dude didn’t you. Don Brash his name was. Remember him? kept going on about ‘Mainstream’ this, ‘Iwi/Kiwi’ that.

  11. McFlock 11

    The same political discipline that created 20 years or more of doing fuck all about climate change will probably mean that the yanks aren’t much of a worry until they’re in no position to do anything. I think they see drones as a panacea for the issue they were getting into (where losing one bomber or ship might suddenly make an entire conflict uneconomic), but whether than comes to fruition is another issue. And drones can’t occupy ground, even land-based ones.

    China’s been playing the long game with global land buy-ups. But then that’s just acquisition, same as Roman conquest: it’s whether keeping that land is possible that becomes the question.

  12. millsy 12

    Ironically the likes of Prosser would find living in an Islamic theocracy to be very appealing.

    Women made to cover themselves up, no booze allowed, criminals get their hands chopped off, the death penalty, homosexuals strung up, no abortion or divorce, adulterers stonesd, Koran required reading in schools.A Family First/Sensible Sentencing Trust utopia.

    • Mike 12.1

      More likely a perfect match for the conservative party. (swapping the Koran for the bible of course)

  13. bad12 13

    Lolz you gotta love the bloke don’t you, Prosser that is, on a boring night you can see Him on Parliament TV,(the only time Winston unchains Him and takes off the gag), raving like a loon about the particular hair that has become ingrown and tickling what passes for His brain,

    This all is actually becoming quite fun, commenting on another web-site prior to the 2011 election i was going against the grain as usual and while all and sundry were saying that a vote for NZFirst was a wasted vote blah blah blah and the media’s opinion polls were casting NZFirst at 3.5% of the vote i was telling all and sundry, Wrong NZFirst would romp back into the Parliament with at least 6.2% of the vote,

    Here’s my pick for NZFirst for the November 2014 election, 4.2% maximum, 3.5% minimum, remember that wont you,

    Zetetic has hit the nail on the head as to why NZFirst was and is the gift that keeps on giving, the presence in this Parliament probably stopped the National Party from having the ability to Govern alone, instead the Slippery lead national Government had to take on coalition partners that are either anathema to the wider electorate and/or the electorate that they were imposed upon or by being part of such an abysmal shyster Government the coalition party has all but disintergrated,

    Winston has just about done his dash, most of the fires burned out now and what used to sound combative now just sounds repetitive, tired and boring, Brendon Who with all the charm of a snake-oil salesman and the smile that went on and off faster than a strobe light on a 1980’s disco dance floor who had aspirations,(snigger),of being the leader and who incidently is probably the only one of them other than Winston who might have been able to keep NZFirst in the Parliament after Winston, has been efficiently disposed of and accusations of raiding Mum’s stash will suffice for now as to why He got the bums rush,

    And now Richard Prosser,(take a bow Richard), has done the hard yards, solving the small conundrum of leveraging NZFirst apart from a slice of it’s vote, i almost want to send the retard flowers i am so impressed with His ability to turn a racist phrase and turn off a slice of His Party’s vote that no matter the amount of weasel words just wont be back,

    Sad to say, or glad to say, times up Winston, we resurrected you for a purpose which you have now fulfilled, an announced retirement with grace, or the undignified removal of NZFirst at the 2014 election is the 2 choices you are down to,

    NZFirst 4.2% at the 2014 election, that’s what i say…

    • McFlock 13.1

      Probably not far off, bad.

      I’m a bit surprised Winston didn’t drop Prosser as quickly as Horan, though. It’s one thing to even do a stand-down until things blow over, but trying to defend the guy is a bit much, even for the Asian Invasian dude.

      Probably thinks the bigot vote is more reliable than the financial scandal vote. Or maybe thinks that losing one MP can be regarded as bad luck, but losing two might be regarded as careless (to nick from Wilde).

      • bad12 13.1.1

        Oh Horan was a knee-jerk from Winston, there’s 2 threads there, ones a this is my Party ego trip, and the other is a genuine fright about the loss of the retirement belt’s vote,(lolz there is also more to that picture than meets the eye that is better left unsaid for now),

        The board of NZFirst were reportedly unhappy with Winston’s decision to send Brendan Who off to Siberia, the rumor being is ‘they’ thought that was their little power game to play,

        Lolz i would also like at this stage to thank Wishart for being a crap editor asleep at the wheel, not that i really believe He would have edited Prosser’s little diatribe out of the edition,(it will probably be the biggest seller of all time for that particular rag),

        So Winston isn’t sacking anyone without the ‘boards’ approval for the foreseeable future and while Brendan Who sit’s there alone He is mostly ignorable, 2 of them tho occupying Siberia would have Slippery slavering in anticipation,(He would probably gift Tauraunga to Horan to get 2 votes in the next Parliament)…

    • Rogue Trooper 13.2

      there is no “New Zealand” first! anymore; this self-reliant individualism nonsense is being our undoing, thread by thread.

  14. Brian 14

    You have been drinking.

    • bad12 14.1

      Ah such wit and stunning style of writing are seldom seen gracing the pages of the Standard…

  15. Afewknowthetruth 15

    Discussion about racism or the idiots we have in parliament serves an important purpose: it keeps people from thinking about or discussing things that really matter -like what people are going to eat when the industrial food system collapses (each other?) or at what point the Earth becomes largely uninhabitable due to positive feedbacks induced by out-of-control CO2 emissions (2040 or 2060?)

    I am sure there will be plenty ‘more bread and circuses’ over the coming few years -well mostly circuses and not much bread.

  16. Matthew Hooton 16

    It is very difficult to know who would win from the (welcome) disappearance of NZ First.
    Initially I thought it would be National – on the grounds that, if he had the balance of power, he would back a Labour/Green Government.
    Then I thought that Labour/Green would win because Peters would ultimately back National, so he could be the number two not number three party in a coalition.
    A new theory is that if he falls below the threshold, then there would may only be three parties in parliament, so all National has to do is win a handful of more votes than Labour/Green combined.
    I have written all three theories up and the NBR has kindly paid for all three.
    In the end, the main winner from Peters and his little band of racists, fascists and just plain morons leaving parliament would be New Zealand.
    PS. I think you have misunderstood my comments about the imminent Indonesian invasion. My point is that National and Labour don’t believe we face any risks, so they don’t spend much on the military, but that if you believe in imminent catastrophic climate change, flooding Indonesia and making much of South and Central Asia uninhabitable, then you would think we were at risk of full-scale military invasion over the next half century. But I don’t, so I don’t.

    • Te Reo Putake 16.1

      Speaking of a little band of racists, fascists and just plain morons leaving parliament, are you equally keen on seeing the end of ACT, Matthew?

      • Matthew Hooton 16.1.1

        That’s an academic question these days isn’t it?

        • Te Reo Putake 16.1.1.1

          You’re in a better position than most to know the answer to that question! Me, I think desperation will see National dance with the zombie at least one more time.

        • Pascal's bookie 16.1.1.2

          “That’s an academic question these days isn’t it?”

          So?

          What about the Conservative Party? how do you feel about that little band’o’bigots?

            • Pascal's bookie 16.1.1.2.1.1

              I think that’s the wrong piece, or at least, I can’t see how it adresses the question at all. perhaps you could clarify it here.

              The question is, do you think Colin Craig’s little band of bigotry would be a good thing to have in our parliament? A secondary Q would be, should the National party help them out, or ally with them?

              It’s no good saying he shouldn’t be a bigot, or offerring advice about how he might get into parliament.

              • Matthew Hooton

                I think the column entirely answers your question about what I feel about that band of bigots. Should they be in parliament? Well, it could be amusing. As long as they never had any actual power.

                • felixviper

                  For the rest of us who aren’t going to bother reading your article, can you just answer those questions here please?

                  The one I’m interested in is “should they be in parliament?” which isn’t asking “should they be in parliament if enough people vote for them”, or “would it be funny if they were in parliament”, it’s asking “do you think it would be good for the country to have them in parliament”.

                  • Matthew Hooton

                    If you don’t want to take two minutes reading my column, I don’t see why I should take three minutes to answer your question. You see, I’m not accountable to you in any way.

                    • quartz

                      Who are you accountable to, Matthew?

                    • McFlock

                      So you view us as both material for your columns and an audience for linkwhoring. That’s the trouble with tories – all too willing to slaughter the sheep for a quick buck, rather than gently shear it every year.

                    • felixviper

                      lolz Matthew.

                      I wouldn’t have thought it would take more than a few seconds to type an answer to “would it be good for nz to have a party I’ve already described as a bunch of bigots in parliament”.

                      But then I don’t have to check my invoice book before I answer simple questions about my opinions.

                    • Pascal's bookie

                      Yep. Can’t see how could take longer to answer the Q, than to type:

                      If you don’t want to take two minutes reading my column, I don’t see why I should take three minutes to answer your question. You see, I’m not accountable to you in any way

                      unless the ‘answer’ was a waffley weasel of a not saying anything.

  17. Tiger Mountain 17

    Winston has always had dodgy (some incredibly dodgy) ring ins on board, and as said upthread his parliamentary return did the service of denying the Nats a total majority. It is up the left to generate enough support for next election despite him.

    • Ennui in Requiem 17.1

      The “Left” generating support hmmm. Reading this column and the round condemnation of the “racist” “moron” (plus all the other epithets offered) you might wonder how the “Left” might garner support?

      I suggest the clear winner of this little missive about “Wogistan” is Winston. It is worth votes, and his mans words actually strike a chord that the “Left” has failed to anticipate and address. Lets get real: whether we like it or not there is a large segment of the voting public who fear “terrorists”. There is a large sector of the voting public who fear “foreigners” and “illegal immigrants” (especially if they are “darkies”). And given the prevalent propaganda of fear foisted on us all by the media who can blame them.

      Recently I got very pissed off that I had to queue to go through “security” to get on a plane, and asked the blokwart on the scanner if he had ever caught a terrorist. This elicited a reply that I was out of order and that the threat was real (plus a threat to use his “powers” to detain me). What this unpleasant exchange reiterated to me was the very real acceptance by my fellow travelers in any threat. Not a head nodded support for my position, reaffirming general acceptance of a “threat”.

      Whilst Winnies man goes on about “Wogistan” I dont hear Shearer declaring that we have been duped into paranoia. I dont hear the “Left” putting the fears of a large sector of the electorate to bed. Nor addressing some of the very real fears raised (such as there being a generation of terrorists out there : albeit raised most likely by US policy).

      So we (quite rightly) shoot the messenger, take the high moral ground and ignore the recipients. These people then vote for Winnie. Haven’t we done well!

      • vto 17.1.1

        Well described. It is but one matter in this area which just goes whoooosh over the left’s heads. Some heavier thinking is needed by the left to, as you say, understand the “non-left” view on these things and then to articulate their own position taking ito account that non-left view.

        May even lead to some more votes

      • Rogue Trooper 17.1.2

        “we get the leaders we deserve” -Major Campbell Roberts ( “NZ has not learnt from history and do not have the right leadership to overcome problems”) IN todays Dom.

  18. unicus 18

    Prossers comments though somewhat crude underline a challenging dilemma for both Liberal and Conservative proggressives in how to identify and deal with the latent and blatant racisim present in all of us .His provocation also invites discussion of how we approach the inevitable conflicts of values generated a by the presence of a Muslim diaspora in our society.

    Liberal Progressives have a sharper dilemma generated by our instinct to defend Muslims because of an overiding obligation to the principle of equal consideration of interest within our society . We are at the same time challenged by elemets contained in Islamic digma repugnant to liberal values – a case in point is misogamy

    Both Liberal and Conservative progressives are challenged so by the fact that many within the Muslim diaspora here are at one with the aspirations of Islamic states in their resistance to Americam hegemony . The United States of America is our principal ally to which New Zealand owes a permanent debt of gratitude for its very existance .after the Americans prevented the Japanese invasion of our country . New Zealanders cannot ant will never resile from that debt

    Prossers outburst may represent simply the resentment many people feel at the inconvenience of heavy handed airport security after 9/11 or possibly a deeeper resentment sourced from the attacks by Muslims on vulnerable targets in countries allied with America . However retaliotory they may have been , they were acts of war perpetrated by Muslims .targeting Non -Muslims

    It may not be rational but it is reasonable to accept that many people identify Muslims as being responsible for the public affront to their privacy and freedom every time they catch an aircraft .

    These and other issues require sober analisis both by our Muslim diaspora and by those interested in its presence here . Hysteric denunciations of a clumsy messenger will not unravel or salve the sources of tension highlighted by New Zealand Firsts MP .

    • Ennui in Requiem 18.1

      Thanks, I say pretty much the same above: the issue for the “Left” is mind share. We have not dealt to this issue well, and as you say our liberal thinking is compromised by reality.

    • Rogue Trooper 18.2

      More Wars of Religion to come.; Get used to it. Paybacks are a bit*h

  19. Roger 19

    You must be thrilled that RNZ Morning Report went straight to……George Galloway MP for a comment on Prosser! The man who was thrown out of the Brit Labour Party after cuddling up to Saddum Hussen. I also wonder if you can produce a headline without f*ck in it? The left are no fans of any debate are they.

    • fatty 19.1

      is this a response to someone? what is your point?

    • Colonial Viper 19.2

      The man who was thrown out of the Brit Labour Party after cuddling up to Saddum Hussen.

      Roger, why don’t you watch Galloway’s testimony in front of the US Senate, which will show you to be completely ignorant and uninformed and basically, a twat.

      Galloway sticks it to the hearing hard and good many many times.

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

  20. karol 20

    The underlying problem isn’t “terrorists” or “floods of boat people”, but global inequalities and the grabbing of wealth and resources by the “elites”.

    Countries like NZ have international aid policies that foreground the benefits to their own country’s trade, rather than policies to lessen global inequalities. Consequently people in poorer countries will be looking for greener grass. And global inequalities provide part of the impetus for recruitment by “terrorists”.

    The solution is to provide more income and wealth equality between and among countries – but, given the grip on power by the “elites”, I don’t see that happening any time soon.

  21. Rich 21

    Without them, National would have a majority alone.

    What difference would that make? Between Banks, Dunne and the MaoriNats they’ve got a majority for anything they want to do. If anything, they wouldn’t have the excuse for toxic ACT policies like charter schools or for keeping Banks as a minister.

  22. Rogue Trooper 22

    Some good insights in this thread, imo

  23. Daveosaurus 23

    Time to stop pussy-footing around the point. Start calling Prosser’s attittude (and that of his fellow-travellers) what it is: anti-Semitism. There’s no difference between the hysteria generated against the Hebrews and their religion eighty years ago, and that generated against the Arabs and their religion today. Once put into that perspective, it may become clear to the easily-led of Prosser’s fellow-travellers just what agenda it is that they have been fooled into supporting.

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    News that Aucklanders overtook Wellingtonians as the biggest train users is further evidence the Government needs to start work on the Auckland City Rail Link now, the Green Party said today.Auckland Transport said today that in the year to September,...
    Greens | 22-10
  • Tea breaks gone by lunch time
    Labour is calling for an eleventh hour reprieve to employment law changes which could see thousands of Kiwi workers not covered by collective agreements lose their smoko breaks, its spokesperson on Labour Issues Andrew Little says.“How cynical that on the...
    Labour | 21-10
  • Metiria Turei to lead fight on feeding hungry children
    Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei is urging all political parties to support the Feed the Kids Bill which she inherited today from Mana leader Hone Harawira.Mrs Turei, who leads the Green Party's work on child poverty, will pick up Mr...
    Greens | 21-10
  • Otago dairy farms fail basics
    I’m really privileged to take on the responsibility of the water portfolio. Eugenie Sage has done excellent work in this area in the last term of parliament and provided a great platform for further work. Last Parliament my bill to...
    Greens | 21-10
  • A mighty totara has fallen across the Tasman
    The New Zealand Labour Party expresses deep sadness at the death of former Australian prime minister Gough Whitlam, aged 98. “Today a great totara has fallen across the Tasman,” Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says....
    Labour | 21-10
  • Note to National: Must deliver on child poverty
    John Key and his Government will be held to its promise to make child poverty a priority, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “In its priority-setting speech today the Government stated child poverty would be a major focus for...
    Labour | 21-10
  • New Analysis show Government cut tertiary education funding
    New analysis done by the Green Party today shows the Government has made cuts to funding of tertiary education since 2008.Figures compiled by the Parliamentary Library show that between 2009 and 2015 Government funding to Tertiary Institutions dropped by 4...
    Greens | 21-10
  • Students doing it tough as fees rise again
    The Government is making it increasingly difficult for Kiwis to gain tertiary education as fees continue to rise and access to student support becomes even more restricted, Labour’s Tertiary Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “Steven Joyce is shutting a generation...
    Labour | 20-10
  • Key misled New Zealand on Iraq deployment
      John Key was misleading New Zealanders prior to the election when he ruled out New Zealand special forces being deployed to Iraq, says Labour Defence Spokesperson Phil Goff.  “Post-election he has cynically disregarded that by saying that deployment of...
    Labour | 20-10
  • Swearing about swearing the oath
    Yesterday, I was swearing. Swearing the Parliamentary oath, that is. But, under my breath, I was also quietly swearing about the archaic, colonial form of that oath and its inappropriateness for today’s Aotearoa New Zealand. To be permitted to speak...
    Greens | 20-10
  • Kevin Hague speaks in the 2014 Address and Reply debate
    Thank you very much, Mr Deputy Speaker, and, like others, can I begin my contribution by congratulating you and the others in the Speaker's team: the Rt Hon David Carter, Lindsay Tisch, and the Hon Trevor Mallard. I also want...
    Greens | 20-10
  • Damning report on Ruataniwha dam numbers
    When I presented my submission to the Board of Inquiry on the Tukituki Catchment Proposal I compared the proposed 83 metre high Ruataniwha dam with the Clyde Dam and noted the risk of cost blowouts in the construction process.  The...
    Greens | 20-10
  • Church congratulated on child poverty stand
    The efforts by the bishops of the Anglican Church to ensure that the issue of child poverty is not forgotten is a call to all New Zealanders to take action, says Labour’s Interfaith-Dialogue Spokesperson, Su’a William Sio.   “I think...
    Labour | 19-10
  • Labour names Review Team
    Labour’s New Zealand Council has appointed Bryan Gould as Convenor of its post-General Election Review.  He will be joined on the Review Team by Hon Margaret Wilson, Stacey Morrison and Brian Corban (see further biographical details here). The Review Team...
    Labour | 19-10
  • Labour backs urban development plans
    Auckland Council’s plan to set up an urban development agency is to be applauded and central government should get behind it to make it a success, Labour’s Auckland Issues spokesperson Phil Twyford says. Auckland Council CEO Stephen Town has indicated plans...
    Labour | 18-10
  • New Zealand can be rightly proud of seat on Security Council
    Gaining a seat on the United Nation’s Security Council shows the sort of standing that New Zealand has in the world and the quality of the long campaign that we ran over nearly a decade, says Foreign Affairs spokesperson David...
    Labour | 16-10
  • NZ has opportunity on UN Security Council
    New Zealand has an opportunity to make a major contribution to the strengthening of international law and institutional capacity through its upcoming two-year tenure on the United Nations Security Council, Green Party spokesperson on global affairs, Dr Kennedy Graham said...
    Greens | 16-10
  • MPI still dragging the chain over causes of food bug
    The Ministry of Primary Industries’ release of Environmental Science and Research’s initial reports regarding the sources of a nasty stomach bug will be little comfort to the 127 people affected by it, Labour’s Food Safety spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “This...
    Labour | 16-10
  • Treasury officials should try working without food
    The Green Party is challenging Treasury officials to work for a week without eating properly, in light of their advice to Government that a food in schools programme is not needed."Treasury's advice was that providing food for children in schools...
    Greens | 15-10
  • Councils need to better protect our drinking water
    Environment Canterbury (ECan) is proposing several variations to its regional land and water plan that will allow for increased nutrient and other pollution from irrigation and intensive agriculture on the Canterbury Plains. Commissioners are hearing submissions on Variation 1 to...
    Greens | 15-10
  • National needs to commit to making NZ workers safe
    The National Government must do more to help make New Zealand workplaces a safer place to work in, Green Party industrial relations spokesperson Denise Roche said today.Data released by Statistics New Zealand today showed that workers in the fishing and...
    Greens | 15-10
  • Key commits to deployment before consultation or analysis
    John Key’s offer to consult Opposition parties on whether to deploy New Zealand forces against ISIS looks increasingly like a PR exercise only, says Labour’s Defence spokesperson, Phil Goff. “The presence of New Zealand’s Chief of Defence Force at a...
    Labour | 15-10
  • National must end ideological opposition to raising income
    If John Key is serious about tackling child poverty he must approach it with an open mind, and overcome his ideological block to raising incomes as a solution, the Green Party said today.Papers released to Radio New Zealand today show...
    Greens | 14-10
  • Pentagon links climate change and terrorism
    Yesterday the Pentagon launched a plan to deal with a threat that “poses immediate risks to national security”; one that “will affect the Department of Defense’s ability to defend the nation”. It wasn’t referring to Ebola or ISIS. It was...
    Greens | 14-10
  • Four Nominees for Labour’s Leadership
    As at 5pm today four valid nominations had been received for the position of Labour Leader, as follows: Andrew Little(nominated by Poto Williams and Iain Lees-Galloway) Nanaia Mahuta(nominated by Louisa Wall and Su’a William Sio) David Parker(nominated by Damien O’Connor...
    Labour | 14-10
  • Green Party calls for consultation over terrorism law changes
    The Green Party has today written to the Prime Minister asking him to engage in wider consultation prior to changing any laws as a result of the recently announced terrorism law reviews, said the Green Party today. In a letter...
    Greens | 14-10
  • MPI must name product and supermarket chain
    The Ministry of Primary Industries must name the product responsible for severe gastroenteritis affecting people around the country, and the supermarket chain distributing it, Labour’s Food Safety spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “The Ministry seems to be more concerned about protecting...
    Labour | 13-10
  • John Key dishonest about reasons for wanting to change terrorism law
    John Key is misleading the public to push through terrorism law changes under urgency, the Green Party said today. On Sunday, John Key stated that it is not illegal for someone to fight overseas for a terrorist group, such as...
    Greens | 12-10
  • Law changes shaping up to be worse than first thought
    The Prime Minister needs to be up front about exactly what changes he is planning to make to the Employment Relations  Amendment Bill, Labour's spokesperson on Labour Issues Andrew Little says.Interviewed on Q&A yesterday John Key said he did not...
    Labour | 12-10
  • Rapists, not Tinder, the threat to women
    Blame for rape and sexual assault should only ever be laid at the door of the perpetrator, not dating services or the actions of women themselves, Labour’s Associate Police spokesperson Kelvin Davis says. “Tinder is not the problem and women...
    Labour | 09-10
  • Safer Journeys For People Who Cycle
    You have a rare opportunity to tell the people who are making the decisions on cycling how to make it better. The Cycling Safety Panel is seeking feedback on their draft recommendations for improving the safety of cycling in New...
    Greens | 08-10
  • Subsidising more pollution will undermine water clean-up plan at Te Waihora...
    In 2010, NIWA found Canterbury’s Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere had the worst nutrient status of 140 lakes around New Zealand that it measured. In 2011, the National Government committed to spending $15 million across the country through the Fresh Start for...
    Greens | 08-10
  • Adding value not herbicides
    The HT swedes, and other brassicas, might seem like a good idea to farmers struggling against weeds but like the GE road, is this the path we want our agriculture to be treading? The Federated Farmers President, Dr William Rolleston...
    Greens | 07-10
  • ‘Blame the Planner’ bizarre approach to child poverty
    The National Government is stooping to a bizarre new low in blaming "planning processes" for poverty and inequality, after spending six years doing nothing about either the housing market or child poverty, the Green Party said today. Finance Minister Bill...
    Greens | 07-10
  • Media Advisory
    MANA Leader, Hone Harawira will not be available to speak with media today regarding his release “Recount Just One Step To restoring Credibility”. He is however available for media comment tomorrow, Tuesday the 8th of October, all media arrangements are...
    Mana | 07-10
  • RECOUNT JUST ONE STEP TO RESTORING CREDIBILITY
    “I have applied for a judicial recount of the votes in the Tai Tokerau election because it is one step in trying to restore credibility to the electoral process in the north, and, I suspect, in all other Maori electorates...
    Mana | 07-10
  • MANA SEEKS TAI TOKERAU RECOUNT
    The MANA Movement is supporting Leader Hone Harawira’s application for a judicial re-count in the Te Tai Tokerau electorate for the 2014 general election. President Lisa McNab says there are a number of serious issues of concern regarding the ability...
    Mana | 07-10
  • 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
  • More Latté Than Lager: Reflections on Grant Robertson’s Campaign Launch.
    BIKERS? SERIOUSLY! Had Grant Robertson’s campaign launch been organised by Phil Goff? Was this a pitch for the votes of what few Waitakere Men remain in the Labour Party? Was I even at the right place? Well, yes, I was....
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • About Curwen Ares Rolinson
    Curwen Ares Rolinson – Curwen Ares Rolinson is a firebrand young nationalist presently engaged in acts of political resistance deep behind enemy lines amidst the leafy boughs of Epsom. He is affiliated with the New Zealand First Party; although his...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • About Kelly Ellis
    Kelly Ellis.Kelly Ellis – As a child, Kelly Ellis didn’t so much fall into the cracks, but willfully wriggled her way into them. Ejected from Onslow College – a big job in the 70s – Kelly worked in car factories,...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • About Kate Davis
    Kate Davis.Kate Davis – Having completed her BA in English and Politics, Kate is now starting her MA. Kate works as a volunteer advocate at Auckland Action Against Poverty and previously worked for the New Zealand Prostitutes Collective. Kate writes...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Parker does a Shearer – oh for a Labour Leader who can challenge msm fals...
    Sigh. It seems David Parker has done a Shearer… Like a cult and too red – Parker on LabourLabour leadership contender David Parker says Labour borders on feeling like “a cult” and must look at its branding – including its...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • A brief word on the hundreds of millions NZ is spending on the secret intel...
    The enormity of the mass surveillance state NZ Government’s have built carries a huge price tag… Kiwis pay $103m ‘membership fee’ for spyingThe $103 million taxpayer funding of New Zealand’s intelligence agencies is effectively a membership fee for joining the...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Where. Is. Jason. Ede?
    Where. Is. Jason. Ede?...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Labour’s Din of Inequity
    Watching Labour’s leadership candidates on Q+A on Sunday, I noticed the ongoing use of terms like “opportunity” and “aspiration”, and “party of the workers”. What do these mean? We glean much from Labour, and from the media about Labour, but not...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • “Blue-Greenwash” fails the test when it comes to endangered dolphins
    National’s pre-election promises saw some wins for the environment – perhaps as the party sought to appease its “Blue-Green” voters and broaden its popular appeal. Some of the ecological gains were a long time in the making, overdue even– such...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Reasons not to be cheerful, Part #272b
    Why don’t you get back into bed? The next few years — the rest of this century — are not going to be pretty. There is an obvious disconnect between any remaining political ambition to fix climate change and the...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • OIA protocols and official advice ignored to hide Child Poverty
    It might not seem so now, but child poverty was a major election issue. What a pity we did not have the full debate. In that debate it would have been very helpful to have seen the Ministry of Social...
    The Daily Blog | 20-10
  • Previewing the 4 candidates for Leader of the Labour Party
    The extraordinary outbursts by Shearer last week highlights just how toxic that Caucus is. Shearer was on every major media platform as the ABC attack dog tearing into Cunliffe in the hope of diminishing Cunliffe’s support of Little by tearing...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Kate Davis – the sudden explosion of ‘left’ blogs
    Time to Teach or more people will suffer from P.A.I.D. Political And Intellectual Dysmorphia.I was on the Twitter and a guy followed me so of course I did the polite thing and followed him back. He wrote a blog so...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Ego vs Eco
    Ego vs Eco...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • We can’t let the Roastbuster case slip away
    Those of us (like me) left with hope that the police would aggressively follow through on the large amount of evidence on offer to them (let’s not forget they forgot they even had some at one point) in the Roastbusters...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Food, shelter and medicine instead of bombs and bullets
    The on-going conflict across the Middle East – due in large part to the US-led invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq – has created another humanitarian crisis of biblical proportion. The essentials of life are desperately needed in Iraq and Syria...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • The politics of electorate accommodations
    National’s electorate accommodations with ACT and United Future were a big factor in it winning re-election. Interestingly, there is another electorate accommodation scenario whereby the centre-left could have come out on top, even with the same distribution of party votes....
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Why you should join the TPPA Action on 8 November
    On 8 November 2014, thousands of Kiwis will take part in the International Day of Action to protest the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA). The rally cry for us is TPPA – Corporate Trap, Kiwis Fight Back. Why should you join...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • GUEST BLOG – Patrick O’Dea: no new coal mines
    Green Party and Mana Party policy is “NO NEW COAL MINES!” Auckland Coal Action is trying to put this policy into action on the ground. ACA after a hard fought two year campaign waged alongside local residents and Iwi, in...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Comparing Police action – Hager raid vs Roast Buster case
    This satire had the NZ Police contact TDB and threaten us with 6months in prison for using their logo.   The plight of Nicky Hager and the draconian Police actions against him has generated over  $53 000 in donations so...
    The Daily Blog | 18-10
  • Malala Yousafzai, White Saviour Complexes and Local Resistance
    Last week, Malala Yousafzai was the co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. Since her exposure to the worldwide spotlight, her spirit, wisdom and strength have touched the hearts of people everywhere. However, there have been cynics who have argued that...
    The Daily Blog | 18-10
  • Jason Ede is back – but no media can interview him?
    Well, well, well. Jason Ede, the main figure connected to John Key’s office and the Dirty Politics black ops is back with a company with deep ties to the National Party. One thing you can say about the right –...
    The Daily Blog | 18-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Rolinson – Leadership Transitions In Other Parties: A ...
    As cannot have escaped anyone’s attention by now, the country is presently in the grips of an election and campaign that will help determine the fate of the nation for years to come. It’s gripping stuff – with clear divides...
    The Daily Blog | 17-10
  • SkyCity worker says she faces losing her house
    SkyCity worker Carolyn Alpine told the company annual shareholder’s meeting today that she faced the prospect of losing her house because the company had cut her shifts from two a week to one without consultation. The solo mother, has worked...
    The Daily Blog | 17-10
  • Greg O’Connor’s latest push to arm cops & 5 reasons not to
    I was wondering at what point within a 3rd term of National that Police Cheerleader Greg O’Connor would start trying to demand cops be armed. O’Connor must have thought to himself, ‘if bloody Key can get us and the GCSB vast new...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • You can’t have crisis without ISIS
    So the new scary bogeyman ISIS might have chemical weapons that the US secretly found in Iraq, but America didn’t want to expose this find because the WMDs were actually built and made by the US and Europe, the two powers...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • NZ WINS UN SPIN THE BOTTLE! Privately sucking up to America for a decade me...
    Oh, we are loved! Little old NZ, the 53rd state of America after Israel and Australia, gets to sit at the adults table for the special dinner party that is the UN Security Council. How delightful, a decade of privately...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • MEDIA BLOG – Myles Thomas – A World Without Advertising
    Non-commercial broadcasting and media. It’s a solution for all manner of problems ailing our tender nation… voter engagement, unaccountable governance, apathy, stupefaction, public education, science in schools, arts appreciation, cultural cringe… But no-one could’ve guessed that non-commercial media might solve...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • March against war – 2pm Saturday 25th October
    March against war – 2pm Saturday 25th October...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • Whack a mole as US govt foreign policy
    Whack-A-Mole was a popular arcade game from my youth.  It consisted of a waist high cabinet with holes in the top. Plastic moles seemingly randomly pop out of these holes. The purpose of the game was to hit as many...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • In Paean of Debt
    This week is ‘Money Week’. It’s an opportunity to promote to the middle classes, and anyone else who will listen, the virtues of wise ‘investment’. The aims are to promote the mystical (and indeed mythical) virtues of saving for the...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • The last 48 hours – Poverty denial, war denial and unapologetic abuse of ...
    The bewildering speed of events that simply end in Key shrugging and proclaiming he doesn’t really give a shit is coming think and fast as the Government suddenly appreciate the full spectrum dominance they now enjoy. Here is Radio NZ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • Pike River Families Group Press Release
    The Families can now but hope that Solid Energy will consider closely the response of the Families’ expert mining advisers, Bob Stevenson and Dave Creedy, and the independent legal advice by Hugh Rennie QC as to why re-entry to the...
    Scoop politics | 24-10
  • On The Nation this weekend
    This weekend on The Nation… with dairy prices falling, China growing its agriculture sector, and the environmental costs piling up, we ask the Fonterra chief executive Theo Spierings if New Zealand is too dependent on milk powder and if we’ve...
    Scoop politics | 24-10
  • NZ Government Urged to Do More to Fight Ebola
    As Ebola continues to tear through West Africa, Save the Children NZ is urging the government to do more in the fight against the deadly virus....
    Scoop politics | 24-10
  • Korero Mai Ki Ahau – Saturday 25 & Sunday 26 October 2014
    Broadcast on Waatea 603AM Saturday 12.00 - 12.30pm Sunday 12.00 - 12.30pm Both shows repeated 5.00pm – 6.00pm On Sunday...
    Scoop politics | 24-10
  • Putting whānau foremost in Family Dispute Resolution
    Dispute resolution company, FairWay Resolution, has developed a uniquely New Zealand approach to family dispute resolution (FDR) that is underpinned by the cultural needs and values of the parties to a family dispute. In support of its role as a...
    Scoop politics | 24-10
  • Anglican Family Care staff to rally industrial action rises
    Public Service Association (PSA) members working at Anglican Family Care (AFC) in Dunedin will hold two rallies in Dunedin next week as they seek a fair pay offer, following a week of low-key industrial action....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Flying Visit for Adventuring Kiwi Socialpreneur
    12 Months on, this former Alexandra barista is changing lives in Buenos Aires Slums with free lunches, music, art, drama and toothbrushes...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • March in Solidarity with Kurdistan Against ISIS Attacks
    The New Zealand Kurdish Community will march in solidarity with Kurdistan in light of the heinous genocidal attacks in Kobanê by ISIS. We will begin with silent demonstrations then commence marching. We will start from Britomart, Queen Street (outside Dick...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • No Problem for Henare & Jones, But “No Way” for Harawira
    “Just before the election I broke the story about the gutting of Maori Television’s News and Current Affairs department by MTS’ new CEO Paora Maxwell. I pointed out that Carol Hirschfeld and Julian Wilcox, two of the country’s most experienced...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Corruption: Positive developments for NZ but more to be done
    Global anti-corruption group Transparency International today released a report on OECD Anti-Bribery Convention enforcement and called for New Zealand to implement draft legislation to ratify the United Nations Convention against Corruption....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Government to Blame as Much as Council for Marryatt Payout
    The Taxpayers' Union is calling on the Government to fix the employment law regime that has forced Christchurch ratepayers to fork out $800,000 to former Council boss Tony Marryatt....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Unanimously Call for Commissioner to Arm Police Full Time
    In the wake of a series of recent armed offender incidents, delegates to the Police Association Annual Conference today called unanimously on the Commissioner to arm Police full time....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Bank gets behind NZ wildlife icon with sizable donation
    It will be easier than ever this summer for holiday-markers to dip into their pockets to support the yellow-eyed penguin....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • WorkSafe report raises concerns about asbestos
    The union representing construction workers in the Canterbury rebuild is surprised at WorkSafe’s conclusion that no action needs to be taken against EQC and Fletcher EQR over asbestos exposure in Canterbury homes. “This report was an opportunity...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Union accuses SkyCity CEO of misleading public
    Unite Union has accused SkyCity CEO Nigel Morrison of misleading the public over the cut in hours for a staff member who raised the issue at the company's AGM....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Last Hurrah on the Taxpayer
    Responding to the NZ Herald report that Hone Harawira spent up $54,000 on the taxpayer in his last three months as an MP, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says: “It is absolutely disgraceful that an MP managed to rack...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Press statement in relation to search of Nicky Hager’s home
    On 2 October 2014, Nicky Hager's home in Wellington was searched by police. Mr Hager asserted that documents kept at his house were protected by privilege, including because they contained information that might identify confidential sources....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • The Sam Simon arrives into Auckland for new campaign
    This morning Sea Shepherd ship, the Sam Simon, arrived into Auckland harbour after its journey from Melbourne. The ship and its 25 crew from around the globe have come to New Zealand to source supplies and prepare for the upcoming...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Low inflation – time for meaningful wage increases
    With inflation low, now is a good time for workers to negotiate for pay increases that outstrip price rises and deliver real increases in wages and salaries. “For too many people, real pay increases have been missing for several years...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Auckland Rates Rises Out of Control
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    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Protest at New Plymouth Oil and Gas Expo
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    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • FMA warns consumers about cold-calling investment offers
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    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Comprehensive plan needed to end child poverty
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    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Metiria Gets Feed the Kids
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    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • DIA undercover investigation leads to jailing
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    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Call on Minister McCully to pursue the case of Balibo Five
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    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Australia and NZ actions on press freedoms alarming
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    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Call for release of French journalists in West Papua
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    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Court of Appeal: Dotcom v 20th Century Fox Film Corporation
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    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Glassons Blasted For Glamourising Animal Cruelty
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    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Smuggling honey into New Zealand isn’t sweet
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    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Taxpayers’ Union Responds to Joyce on Corporate Welfare
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    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Speech from the Throne brings welcome focus on children
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    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • John’s Job Fairs no fix for unemployment and poverty
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    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Speech From the Throne Foreshadows More Corporate Welfare
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    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Green MP to speak at panel on Rainbow Mental Health
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    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Evidence Supports GE Moratorium
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    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Chatham Rise mining could have impact on whales and dolphins
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    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Council endorses Nanaia Mahuta as the next Labour leader
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    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Kaumatua to organise petition to end Maori seats
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    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Announcing a New Voice for The Left
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    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Public services held back by poor workplace culture
    A new report by Victoria University’s Centre for Labour, Employment and Work shows that public servants are working significant unpaid overtime to ensure the public services New Zealanders value are able to continue....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • iPredict New Zealand Weekly Economic & Political Update
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    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Prison Drug Treatment Unit marks a milestone
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    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Security Council seat a chance for NZ to empower women
    The UN Women National Committee Aotearoa New Zealand (UN Women NCANZ) welcomes New Zealand winning a seat on the United Nations Security Council and is calling on New Zealand to use its position to proactively promote effective implementation of the...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Waipareira and ACC sign Partnership
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    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Humanitarian aid desperately needed in Iraq and Syria
    Global Peace and Justice Auckland is calling on the government to provide humanitarian funding for non-aligned NGOs (non-governmental organisations) in the Middle East rather than give any support whatever for the US-led military campaign in the area....
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Court Judicial Decision: Dotcom v The USA: 17 October 2014
    The United States of America is seeking the extradition of Messrs Dotcom, Batato, Ortmann and Van Der Kolk. The matter has been before the Courts on numerous occasions, and no further recitation of the facts is needed....
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Marshall Island poet speaks at UN climate summit
    “The fossil fuel industry is the biggest threat to our very existence as Pacific Islanders. We stand to lose our homes, our communities and our culture. But we are fighting back. This coming Friday thirty Pacific Climate Warriors, joined by...
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Many tourist car accidents preventable
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    Scoop politics | 19-10
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