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Key and Herald embarrassed as Liu statement changes

Written By: - Date published: 12:19 pm, June 25th, 2014 - 113 comments
Categories: election 2014, john key, Media, national, newspapers, same old national - Tags:

After a sustained week of media attacks on the Labour Party it now transpires that the NZ Herald and John Key claims about Donghua Liu’s donations to the party are, shall we say, inaccurate.

This has just been published on the Herald website:

Controversial businessman Donghua Liu has issued a new statement to the Herald confirming “close to” $100,000 in total payments to Labour and its MPs – including anonymous donations – but clarifying that the money was not for one bottle of wine.

Liu, to whom Labour gave permanent residency against official advice, says his earlier signed statement on the wine auction was “capable of two meanings” and after repeated inquiries from the Herald he says he wants to clarify what he spent the $100,000 on.

The signed statement obtained by the Herald on Sunday said that at a 2007 Labour Party fundraiser, he “successfully bid on bottles of wine including one bottle signed by the then Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon Helen Clark, with a contribution of close to $100,000″.

The previous sentence in the signed statement said dinner and a boat trip on the Yangtze River in 2007 with a group including Rick Barker, the Minister for Internal Affairs at the time, which Liu estimated to cost between $50,000 to $60,000.

Today, Liu said: “I did say I made a contribution of close to $100,000 and that is my closing comment in my statement…that is how much I believe I have donated in total to Labour and some of their MPs during their last term in Government.”

He said the figure was the total payments to Labour and its politicians which included the wine auctions, a $2000 donation to the Hawkes Bay Rowing Club, the Yangtze River trip and anonymous donations to MPs.

I must say that I have never heard of the Hawkes Bay Rowing Club branch of the Labour Party nor of the Yangtze Concrete Factory Branch of the Labour Party.  The payments to these entities account for about $60,000 which is most of the money.  The boat trip was clearly not a political donation to the Labour Party.  The degree of change in Mr Liu’s story is significant as is his lack of understanding of what the Labour Party actually is.

And the question must be who prepared Liu’s original statement and did they know it was, shall we say, inaccurate?  And why did the Herald accept the first statement at face value and did it seek any verification of the claims before bursting into print?

I trust that a few commentators including John Armstrong and Bryce Edwards will now reflect on their comments.  As Danyl McLaughlan has said this is a fucking joke.

Finally I must say how impressed I was by the recent Standarnista crowd sourcing effort to work out the details of the photographs and the possible location of the auction.

 

lprent: Rob Salmond has some commentary on this complete screwup by The NZ Herald journalists and editors in “Completely unravelling”  and “New Zealand Herald tries to cover its butt; gets shit on its hands“. Be warned. He starts to swear (although less than I did when reading the self-justifying waffle from the Herald story).

113 comments on “Key and Herald embarrassed as Liu statement changes”

  1. karol 1

    Yep. It’s a fucking joke. The NZ Herald, John Key, et al, should withdraw and apologise.

    A series of small anonymous donations, that it seems, Labour Party MPs and others had no idea they came from Liu, are totally legal and do not suggest anything like cash for favours.

    Our donations regulations/laws do need improving – like removing the influence of big money on politics, and making things way more transparent.

    And this has diverted from the real evidence of Liu’s donations to and favours from national.

    • The Al1en 1.1

      “this has diverted from the real evidence of Liu’s donations to and favours from national.”

      Or to try and legitimise the cabinet club’s cash for access.

    • Tom Gould 1.2

      In order to salvage the credibility of the Herald it is necessary for Tim Murphy to resign. Will they hold themselves accountable? Will they be held to the same standard they hold other to?

  2. ghostwhowalksnz 2

    Ive met Mr Liu, we were doing some work for a development project of his.

    Normally we dealt with his staff, as of course he doesnt speak English, and he was out of the country a lot. The meeting only came about because when it was time to get paid for the work, he wouldnt release the funds until he had been introduced to us.

    A canny move I thought , when you have to rely totally on intermedaries, some of which were associates rather than employees, you a least want to see the faces that go with the invoices.

    I cant imagine he would give a check for a very large amount ( our invoice was for a lot less than amounts talked about for labour) without seeing the principals behind it, a cabinet minister or higher.

    The funny thing about History repeating itself, it was the Oily Orcas father John Slater, who was accuse of ‘trousering donations’ to the National party when he was party president.

    His successor Michelle Boag found that the amounts claimed by donors ( that was the time John Key was buying his way into office) didnt match the money in party accounts.
    There was a big ruckus and Slater had to cough up the money he claimed as ‘expenses’

  3. Blue 3

    The desperation from the Herald is palpable. Their record so far:

    • David Cunliffe signed a form letter 11 years ago asking for a timeframe to be given to Mr Liu.
    • Donghua Liu made a donation of $2,000 to the Hawkes Bay Rowing Club.
    • Rick Barker attended a function held by Mr Liu while he was on holiday in China.
    • Rick Barker and Mr Liu both say they had dinner in NZ at some point.

    Scandal of the century, clearly. How can Labour possibly criticise a corrupt Minister for interfering in a police investigation after these heinous crimes?

  4. Lanthanide 4

    Time for a front-page apology by the Herald?

    • Tiger Mountain 4.1

      Time for Mr Liu to “open the kimono” and show perhaps relevant transfers of funds with dates, or does he carry a bag with tens of thousands in readies with him and not seek receipts?

      He might well be only somewhat aware of what he has got himself into but the NZ Herald and the slippery Prime Minister should have been fully aware.

      • Ant 4.1.1

        I’m thinking Liu never expected his statement to be leaked from National to the Herald. He probably wanted to fly under the radar as much as anyone in this story. I wouldn’t be surprised if he thought the statement he supplied was to internally help Williamson, not to be used in an attack against Labour.

        It seems like he has been sorely used by the Nats as well.

    • Vicky32 4.2

      As if that will ever happen…
      :(
      Vicky

  5. dimebag russell 5

    dont hold your breath.

  6. J Mex 7

    This is a shocker for The Herald.

    Not sure how a company trip down the Yangtze with special guest star Rick Barker counts as a Labour party donation.

    Farcical.

    P.S – ‘Up the Yangtze’ is a good documentary

    • seeker 7.1

      Well the Herald certainly seems to be “up the Yangtze” this time and in full view of its readership too.

  7. Sanctuary 8

    It is telling that the Herald hasn’t enabled comments on the story. I guess you don’t need to be psychic to predict the reaction if they did…

  8. Fi 9

    From the Sunday Star-Times, Oct 19, 2008, pA4

    John Key on dealings with Yang “Bill” Liu (not Donghau Liu)

    (Pansy) Wong confirmed she had written a letter of support for Liu this year, who was concerned about a delay in the processing of his citizenship bid.
    Key said he had no concerns about Wong’s actions.
    “She acted as is quite normal as a member of parliament.
    “There’s always a degree of trust there that you rely on the person’s word.”

    • Tiger Mountain 9.1

      Key misspeaks worse/better than Dubya used to, a form of arms length ‘manglish’. His voters I suppose join the dots and feel they ‘get’ what he is saying. However his generalisations are extremely frustrating for those that operate on research, facts and law.

      • ianmac 9.1.1

        Have you noticed that these days Mr Key is not using his mangled English nor his aw/shucks/loopy grin nearly as much as he used to. My guess is that that persona will not be used this Election and his steely unscrupulous self will be used. He didn’t get to control the mavericks in his party by being Mr Awshucks nice guy. Never smile at a crocodile.

  9. amirite 10

    Sadly, the damage to Labour’s image has been done yet again, and does anyone seriously think that Herald will ever apologise? They may or may not print a tiny correction somewhere down the page no.15 and no one will notice. General public probably don’t usually read past the big headlines screaming “Liu donated $100,000 to Labour” and their perception has been formed accordingly.

  10. jaymam 11

    I see the Herald’s new picture does not have any metadata. I think they must be reading The Standard!
    I have emailed lprent about image tracking. Maybe it went to the spam folder.

  11. blue leopard 12

    ….”And TVNZ News, And TV3 News”

    Needs to be added to the title IMO

    • Vicky32 12.1

      TV 3 News are IMO the worst…
      Vicky

      • blue leopard 12.1.1

        Yes I agree…well, I have been of that opinion to date, however with the little number that TVNZ played over this one – I am questioning that opinion.

        I have to ask myself what is worse: A news programme you know is strongly biased, or one that you view as reasonably balanced and yet are capable of airing an item of unadulterated National Party spin like they did over this one?

        The trouble with TVNZ doing this is that more people are likely to believe it because they aired it because in general they don’t seem to go that ‘rabid’ on it.

        Mind you, I guess a lot of people are watching either program trusting what they are being told is reasonably related to reality – therefore on balance I guess TV3 still wins the most spin-infested-fact-free-news-program of the year award.

  12. finbar 13

    Sounds like Liu,has got his chop sticks crossed when attending party fundraising Auctions.$100,000,sounds like the winning bid for a National Party auction, for one of the PMs labled private bin.

    What is getting to be of concern is Cunliffe,having to back track on statements.Yesterday again, back tracking on the Maui dolphin!s issue.Those responsible for his daily updates on present media issues, and statements by the opposition, should be one the ball researching our past involvement and our decisions if any, so Cunliffe,is on task and up to date.

  13. Saarbo 14

    I guess this shows how loose NZ Herald is when reporting on the NZ Labour Party, its shocking that any reporter would publish on such dodgy evidence in a n(N)ational news paper.

  14. Wyndham, George 15

    Cancel your subscription yo the NZ Herald.
    http://subscriptions.nzherald.co.nz

    Subscribe to the Labour Party
    https://www.labourparty.org.nz/civicrm/contribute/transact?reset=1&id=8

    • Tracey 15.1

      cancelled mine ten years ago. I take their freebees and am sure to tell them by phone when they ring exactly why i wont pay for their rag

      • Anne 15.1.1

        Cancelled mine after the disgraceful DEMOCRACY UNDER ATTACK campaign. If I want to read the print version, I go to cafes I know have copies available for customers to read.

        • Tracey 15.1.1.1

          a few quiet from the right today… Grumpy etc… I doubt they feel embarrassment cos they would have to accept they jumped where slater led them… Without thinking….

      • halfcrown 15.1.2

        ” I take their freebees”

        I would not even do that Tracey.

        As I have said on many occasion, have no need for the herald as we use good quality shit house paper that comes in rolls

    • Huginn 15.2

      The Herald lost me in 2007 when they printed the appalling

      ‘Keep fatties and smokers out . . . ‘

      headline as a response to the death of Samoan mother Folole Muliaga, who died after her power was cut off and she could not use her breathing machine.

  15. Repateet 16

    The Herald and Key are not embarrassed as Liu statement changes.

    The Herald will be going “Oh yeah, big deal move on,” and Key will be smiling smugly knowing he’s got away with another one.

    • ffloyd 16.1

      You say that like you think it’s a good thing. Sad

      • Tracey 16.1.1

        i thought it was sarcasm

        • ffloyd 16.1.1.1

          You’re probably right Tracey. I don’t pick up nuances very well. Apologies Repartee.

          • ffloyd 16.1.1.1.1

            Repateet !! Stupid Tablet. Does what it wants.

          • Repateet 16.1.1.1.2

            Accepted.

            This week in the news was the story about some new programmes and strategies to deal with bullying in schools.
            It’s bizarre how news media can get all excited and try to pretend they have some social conscience about bullying when in reality they perpetrate, continue or allow it to happen.

            Not the bullying in schools, what has become the institutionalised political bullying by John Key. The bullying is being perpetrated on us all not just opposition political figures. We all suffer it. So often at night Key is on tv with sneering put downs of the other lot. Some interviewer saying “I didn’t ask you that, please just …”? No, never. The interminable relentless soundbites. Key may have been humping Obama’s leg, but many in the media like the Herald, Mike Hosking and John Armstrong are in turn humping Key’s.
            The Herald and their part in this latest Liu business would make good material for journalism courses. If there are journalism courses any more. When it comes to the Herald it would seem that accuracy and ethics are merely words in the dictionary.

    • Huginn 16.2

      Repateet

      You’re absolutely right there. Key and the Herald are not embarrassed.

      The Herald can’t be embarrassed because it had no self respect to start off with.

  16. feijoa 18

    It amazes me how we have ended up with the media having such power
    They are judge , jury and executioner

    • Wyndham, George 18.1

      The MSM are rats cornered by high legacy cost structures and nimble low cost media entrants.

      This example of very low quality is what happens when journàlists have to effectively re-apply for their jobs every six months.

      It will get worse. And Key&Co know how to exploit it.

    • North 18.2

      As if that composite ain’t wicked enough, most of them aren’t really the sharpest knives in the draw, frankly.

  17. Enough is Enough 19

    Unfortunately Key will not be embarrassed at all.

    This was a deliberate hit and run exercise. Throw some shit then smile and walk away.

    Even today this false allegation against the great Labour Party is stealing headlines on a day when all the talk should be about Labour’s alternative budget (notwithstanding it being quite underwhelming).

    Key has managed to run the news cycle for a week, and even though his claims have now proven to be false in all respects, he has achieved his goal.

    • yeshe 19.1

      Classic Crosby Textor. Key is not this smart, but they are. They own him 100% and at this rate, their masters will own all of what is left in NZ. :sad:

  18. Seti 20

    So we have Cunliffe and Chris Carter writing letters on behalf of Donghua Liu; Rick Barker going to the trouble of visiting his cement factory in China; Damian O’Connor giving him residency against advice – and Labour get nothing from it.

    Seems like a raw deal. Or perhaps they generously do this for all immigrants.

  19. Charlieboy 21

    We all smelled a big stinky rat and the MSM and anybody who played along with this story have been outed as Natz sympathisers or surrender monkeys at the very least.
    Think ot the fury in the Natz propaganda floor in the beehive.
    The beast won’t die easy, be prepared for more nasty tricks.
    Take back our country.

  20. ianmac 22

    I have emailed Jared Savage saying that I was disappointed with his column. In particular was printing as fact that Mr Barker was given a $60,000 cruise. Mr Barker while on private holiday, was in fact invited to join a staff do. It may have cost 60thousand but it was not for Mr Barker.
    Jared could argue that he was just reporting what Mr Liu said. Poor reporting to just accept what cannot be true.
    And they leave the Labour Party to disprove it all. Bloody awful!

    • NZ Femme 22.1

      An odd anomaly – Jared’s original story on wine-gate when the Barker Pic was revealed:

      “Businessman’s partner snapped receiving bottle of wine from minister after win in fundraising auction”

      http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11276071

      Today’s story immediately under the picture:

      “Rick Barker receiving a bottle of wine from Donghua Liu’s (top right) partner Juan Zhang.

      http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11281460

      Is Jared preparing to spin this differently again? Or is he unravelling and getting even sloppier?

      • karol 22.1.1

        Good catch. And no mention of a fundraiser in the second caption.

      • ianmac 22.1.2

        Missed your very observant comment NZ Femme. Just noticed the caption tonight of Mr Barker receiving a very large bottle of wine. Could that have been a gift? Very puzzling.

    • greywarbler 22.2

      The chap who threw mud at the Royal Family got charged with an offence didn’t he?
      What can you charge media muck spreaders with? Purveyors of plain slander, childish naivety, sloppy and lazy reporting, lack of commitment to doing a good job, celebrity gossips, irresponsibility, free market journalism (cheap and not-very-cheerful with no depth, like the shoes I buy, and they have no soul either). What about the old-fashioned yellow press!

      Google – yellow press
      Yellow journalism, or the yellow press, is a type of journalism that presents little or no legitimate well-researched news and instead uses eye-catching headlines to sell more newspapers. Techniques may include exaggerations of news events, scandal-mongering, or sensationalism.
      Yellow journalism – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
      en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yellow_journalism

      About.com –
      http://history1800s.about.com/od/1800sglossary/g/Yellow-Journalism.htm
      Yellow Journalism was a term used to describe a particular style of reckless and provocative newspaper that became prominent in the 1890s. A famous circulation war between two New York City newspapers prompted each paper to print increasingly sensationalistic headlines. And ultimately the newspapers may have influenced the United States government to enter the Spanish-American War.

    • the pigman 22.3

      Good on you ianmac.

      But bad news: Jared Savage doesn’t give a fuck. He will run the “perimeter guard” defense if or when his reporting comes under scrutiny.

      Much better that you, and indeed all Standardistas, express your disappointment here: http://www.presscouncil.org.nz/complain.php

      • ianmac 22.3.1

        Took a while to find and complain to the Herald particularly over the $50-60,000 river dinner; This being an invitation to Mr Barker while he was on holiday to join a staff do, was central to the major part of the amended claim by Mr Liu, and the write up was unfair, unreasonable and largely untrue.
        I also filled in the form for the Press Council but can’t send this until I get a response from The Herald.
        I hope others take the time to do so.

        • the pigman 22.3.1.1

          On it! See that Zet has a post up about this. Someone has to hold these pricks to account.

  21. bad12 23

    Yes, ”this is a fucking joke”, i commented in Open Mike the other day that as this little sordid saga of Lies unfolded the Herald would start printing retractions/stories which alluded to the ”meaning” of things in the original statement from Liu being ”lost” in translation,

    And here we have it, the Utter Bullshit of Liu’s first statement, IF it were a real statement in the first place, is now being exposed,

    The Herald nor Slippery the Prime Minister will be embarrassed by such backsliding, they ALL knew the contents of the original (supposed) statement from Liu right from the get go, they all, including the Prime minister, for want of a better word, knew that the contents of this (supposed) statement were SHIT,

    The Damage, as the Herald and the Prime Minister, must have known, has been done to Labour and that was the sole intention of the Herald in printing such abhorrent bullshit as a ”factual political scandal” along with the Prime Minister’s equally abhorrent allusion to ”knowing” of six figure donations from Liu to Labour that obviously have not occurred,

    The story will continue to unwind, look for the 50,000 dollar boat trip to have cost Liu all up 5 grand at the most, the book a cheapskates 50 bucks and the bottle of wine a miserable hundy,(and i aint talking grand there)…

  22. Jack 24

    The PM will be laughing about this ruckus he has helped stir up it takes peoples minds off the real deal the upcoming election, snake in the grass type politics.

    • karol 24.1

      Gotta love how righties celebrate their lack of ethics, and disregard for democracy.

    • marty mars 24.2

      He didn’t sound like he was laughing on the radio – slurring his words so quick was he to get them out. King key don’t want this to carry on – nothing to see here, move along – labour’s problem da dah da dah.

  23. Graham 25

    The damage was done on Sunday
    You gotta love john key
    If he was the leader of labour you guys would admire his polictal skill

    • One Anonymous Bloke 25.1

      Nah, but we love how right wingers abandon all pretence of ethics and reveal that personal responsibility means behaving like low-life trash, eh Graham.

  24. Kiwiri 26

    I feel like puking in continuing the scrutiny but here it goes, out of necessity …

    Has the media questioned the claim involving Barker about the $50,000-$60,000 boat trip and dinner?

    What did the cost include or comprise, and how many nights and days was this trip along the world’s third-longest river?

    A quick internet check shows one of the most expensive booking for 5 days/4 nights is only about (?US)$1,500:
    http://www.yangtze-river-cruises.com/ships.html?gclid=CJ2-8cGflL8CFQkAvAodskQAwg

    • Anne 26.1

      Last week, – Thursday or Friday – Rick Barker was interviewed on RNZ. I think it was Checkpoint but can’t be certain.

      This is my ‘paraphrase’ of what I recall him saying:

      He met up with Liu while in China and Liu invited him to dinner. When he arrived at the venue he discovered it was on a boat. He than talked about the realisation it was actually “some sort of staff function and he felt very out of place”. The impression I got was that it was an off the cuff invitation… “I’m having a dinner party tonight, would you like to come” type of thing. Barker mentioned nothing about a cruise, so my suspicion is the boat had docked overnight and Barker was invited along for dinner – while in port.

      I might add his tone of voice came across as genuine and truthful. At the time he was clearly angry and confused at the claims that were being made – unlike Judith Collins who – when confronted with another Chinese dinner she attended – was measured and emotionless as though she was concentrating on a predetermined script.

      • Kiwiri 26.1.1

        Cheers. Barker has indicated there were about 200 people that included staff & partners. He was straight up in the clip at the url pasted at 31.1.1 below.

        So, ball park figure, let’s say: Liu spent a total of NZD 60,000 on 200 people (his staff and their partners) for the cruise, and that would make it $300 per person for the cruise.

        Still a fair bit of money by their standards there, I should say from my memory of what I spent when I visited a few cities in China a few years ago.

        However, I still doubt it would even be that much per person for an evening cruise which sounded like what was arranged for Barker.

        I believe Barker when he said it was not quite what he expected when he turned up. That event Liu arranged did sound like it blindsided Barker and was not a “cash for access” kind of National/Cabinet Club(s) deal.

  25. chris73 27

    I haven’t seen this much spinning since I was last at Les Mills, Comical Ali must have lost a massive amount of weight

    • marty mars 27.1

      lol I know, key be very dizzy now.

    • framu 27.2

      yes so much spinning that the MSM are quickly changing their tune and the PMs furiously back peddling and trying to extract himself from the lies and rumors he spread in league with whaleoil

      were all used to you being a bit of a knob chris – but really?

  26. Jrobin 28

    Right whingers you mean OAB. Whether this has damaged Cunliffe time will tell. If explaining is losing then Key and the Herald are having to do quite a bit. Think of how much worse this would be if they weren’t a pack of liars and some of this had stuck. Will the gullible swinging voter be as trusting next time Key makes a slur, maybe not.

  27. ianmac 29

    National Radio on Checkpoint did try and engage Key as he had been talking it all up last week. But Mr Key was evasive and dismissive. Funny that.

  28. Jack 30

    Politics in NZ has unfortunately become a sick joke our forebears came to NZ from the likes of Scotland & Ireland to make new lives for themselves and their families, to get away from the oppression forced upon them from British domination and control.

    We have a similar situation occurring here in NZ with the takeover of the country by the merchant bankers and the 1-10% ers, the rest of us are just SH** and are being treated as such by the current Government and the MSM.

    Our once proud country is being undermined by the MSM and is rotten to the core. ie the fish rots from the head.

  29. Best bit of TV labour have had for a while on one news in the Parkin piece.
    And JK doesn’t know the details, so I’m not too far away from having him say he forgets who told him about the $100,000 ‘donations’.

    No link, but suspect it will be on the tvnz website.

  30. bad12 32

    i would have to assume that TV3’s Tova O’Brien has the scripts for Her pieces on 3 News written for Her by a team of editorial staff in a fit of collective dishonesty,i doubt one so young has the maturity to make up such bullshit on Her own,

    Tonight’s slimy Lies from that television channel, ”it has yet to be seen who is right” in relation to the supposed donations made to Labour by the self admitted corrupt Donghua Liu,

    Well NO Tova, it’s called JUSTICE natural or otherwise and where right or wrong is alleged it is for those who have made the Accusation of wrongdoing to provide when called upon PROOF of such wrongdoing,

    The Scum at the editorial desk of the TV3 Kangaroo Court are just that for their continual inferences, SCUM…

  31. dimebag russell 33

    he said he has known abut it for months and now he has forgotten the details.
    does he have dementia?
    (yes he does).
    and congratulations to the Standard for pressing this issue till the media were forced to take notice.

  32. Vicky32 34

    She and Brooke Sabin are Dumb and Dumber. She infuriates me.
    Vicky

  33. Vicky32 35

    Oh, is Sabin someone’s relative? I didn’t know…
    For nearly a year, my TV didn’t work and the only channel I could get was TV3! Thankfully that’s changed, so I must get out of the habit…
    :)
    Vicky

  34. felix 36

    Questions:

    1. How many hours/people/resources/dollars/opportunities has Labour expended this week looking for records of and responding to questions about $100k bottles of wine that never existed?
    2. Is there anything more pressing that might have made better use of those resources? Any elections coming up?
    3. Would “fuck off that’s bullshit” be a better response to such accusations in the future?
    4. Will Labour figure this out by September?
    • mickysavage 36.1

      My guess:

      1. Heaps.
      2. Pretty well everything the party does.
      3. A few expletives have been said today.
      4. Easier said than done.

      Interesting that views of this post are really high but comments are low. The RWNJs are obviously not interested in defending the indefensible.

      • BM 36.1.1

        Not that I consider myself a nut job, but what’s there to defend?

        The issue seems to be with Mr Liu and his lack of accurate recall.

        Out of interest are there any donations Mr Liu made that Labour can account for?

        • Kaplan 36.1.1.1

          “The issue seems to be with Mr Liu and his lack of accurate recall.”
          Yeah , the Herald reporting those lies inaccuracies without fact checking them is totally not an issue.

          • felix 36.1.1.1.1

            And John Key spreading the lies in parliament, lies that he knew about long before the Herald did, is totally ok.

        • felix 36.1.1.2

          “The issue seems to be with Mr Liu”

          I’d say the issue is with everyone who peddled the lie that Liu gave Labour -what was it, $150,000?

          That includes you, buddy.

      • BM 36.1.2

        I’ll take that as a no then.

        • felix 36.1.2.1

          Donations from Mr Liu to Labour?

          No BM, that was a bullshit story made up by Key and Slater. Mr Liu donated $2000 to a boat club.

          Or something. Keep up.

  35. greywarbler 37

    felix
    You are succinct. Labour sucks in this Liu case.. They need some terse verse. To be robust and not be so bloody defensive. They might even swear occasionally. If they sound less milk and water and more like Jones boy enjoying a beer, people who appreciate their Party having strength and even a bit of mongrel to defend themselves would sit up and take notice.

    • Colonial Viper 37.1

      Won’t a few more heartfelt mea culpas and other assorted apologetic looks win the voters over /sarc

      The thing about connecting with frontline working NZ is not “swearing” and “sexism” as so many in the, ahem, Thorndon Bubble, seem to think. Its simply about saying it how you see it, straight out and totally unvarnished. And when Cunliffe does that instead of having his pressors cowardly wordsmithed by his PR types (see No Right Turn) he fucking wins the internets AND the TV channels.

      EDIT e.g. “As far as Liu’s claims of a $150K bottle of wine are concerned, that’s being thoroughly checked out by the Party but my first impression is that its a load of bullshit. And if it turns out to be true, I hope he got a $150K hangover out of it.”

      BOOOOOM!

      • BM 37.1.1

        You’d connect a lot better if you drop the working class bullshit and talked to people as people instead of as a category.

  36. Mike the Savage One 38

    I am glad that this has occurred, that Donghua Liu was forced to concede that his initial story, based on a statement from early May, was not true and correct. He has backed off earlier claims, qualified the whole donations, and has seen a need to try and get himself out of the mess.

    What is left as a major question, and deserves an answer, is how and why John Key knew of this letter signed by Liu, over a month old, and from whom he knew about it, and why made comments, as if there was some truth to it all. John Key has knowledge about stuff, that smells suspicious, like a back-room strategists’ smear campaign agenda, but he now wants nothing to do with it all, and says it is a matter between the Labour Party and Mr Liu.

    Also the Herald on Sunday journalists that published the rumours and false claims, without any evidence, have much egg on their faces. I am pleased that David Parker did make a mention on the poor journalism, that has been evident, in a media announcement with David Cunliffe, which was also shown on the TV One news tonight.

    Yes, the media, at least some in it, have a lot to answer to in this also, and perhaps this new development will finally get some of the biased, “gung-ho” media hacks motivated to give all this, and their past behaviour, some good and serious consideration, and lets them reflect on how they do their job, and realise the duties they have as the 4th estate.

    • Kiwiri 38.1

      Next time that John Key and the Natz attempt a smear, Labour can say:

      “please do not be too quick to jump to concLiusions” ….

      or “I hope you, media, are not in colLiusion with smearers”

      p.s. Rodel: want some more puns?

    • Ed 38.2

      Key has accepted that Liu gave equally to each government, and said that made it hundreds of thousands Labour had to explain. So he still has to explain where Liu’s “hundreds of thousands” donations to National show in electoral returns.

      • veutoviper 38.2.1

        Exactly, Ed. Liu is still claiming that his overall donations to Labour are of the order of $100K.

        And Liu has not retracted his statement that he donated about equivalent amounts to LAbour and to National. Yet the only donation we know about to National/ declared by National is $22,000 in 2012. So where is the other $78,000 or thereabouts?

        And remember that the electoral finance act amendments in late 2008 mean that the rules for declaring donations etc are much tighter than they were prior to National coming into office.

  37. Rodel 39

    Loved David Cunliffe’s remark on TV tonight ,that John Keys’ allegations are ….”liudicrius”.
    Bit of humour wins votes I’m sure.
    Any other puns?

  38. Rodel 40

    I have a bottle of wine in my possession. Sav Blanc…and signed by Helen Clark. (This is true).
    Any Tory can buy it and proceeds will go to David Cunliffe’s campaign.. reserve price $100,000.
    An offers?
    Will even provide an affadavit.

    • Kiwiri 40.1

      Would it be possible to leave out the affidavit and instead provide a statement, with a copy that I will drop off at NZ Herald, for an additional $50,000? This could be a Liucrative deal for you.

    • North 40.2

      Brilliant Rodel ! Careful those Tory burglars re the wine. Hang on………it’s two affidavits going rate i’nit ?

    • dimebag russell 40.3

      I’ll take a dozen.

  39. ianmac 41

    That could become a new saying for all sorts of situations. “That is liudicrous Mr Key!”
    Must practice thanks. So could Guyon. “”No No. Your answer is luidicrous Mr Key.”

  40. yeshe 42

    has liu been sentenced yet in his domestic violence cases ? thx …

  41. Roy 43

    I’m not sure about the headline of this piece. I don’t think Key does embarrassment.

  42. NZJester 44

    National have successful put it in a lot of peoples minds that Labour is the one that has been selling Cash for Access and hiding their donations with all these Donghua Liu stories when all the evidence has proved the claims wrong. National are like the sneaky guy at the back of a crowded lift who has farted. To avoid embarrassment and suspicion that they are the guilty party when any of the people in front have turn around to see who did it they have looked at the person next to them, sniffed and given a facial expression to give them the impression it was that other person. No mater how much that person now denies it as far as some of the people in the lift are concerned it was they who farted and not the real culprit next to them.

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    Greens | 06-11
  • Kevin Hague speaks on the Gambling Amendment Bill (No 3)
    I rise to give this speech on behalf of Denise Roche, who handles the gambling portfolio for the Green Party. This bill deals with class 4 gambling—pokies in pubs and clubs—and it is the result of changes that were suggested...
    Greens | 06-11
  • Kevin Hague speaks on the Health (Protection) Amendment Bill
    I would like to start off where the previous speaker left off, on the issue of balancing rights or balancing harms. All law is in some way a restriction of personal liberty. That is the point of law. When we...
    Greens | 06-11
  • Joyce backs away from yet another target
    Steven Joyce has backed away from two targets in two days, refusing to acknowledge that his Government has an unambitious aim to get unemployment down to 4 per cent in 11 years’ time, says Labour Associate Finance spokesperson David Clark....
    Labour | 06-11
  • Pacific peoples incomes and jobs falling under National
    The Minister of Pacific Peoples is attempting to bury the ugly facts of Pacific unemployment and income levels worsening since National took office in 2008, said Labour’s Pacific Affairs spokesperson, Su’a William Sio. “If the Minister doesn’t acknowledge how bad...
    Labour | 06-11
  • The Block NZ doing a better job than Nick Smith
    Nick Smith should consider calling in producers of The Block NZ with participants in the TV series completing more houses in two seasons than the Government’s failed Special Housing Area policy, says Labour's Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The Block NZ...
    Labour | 06-11
  • Meridian moves to kill competition from solar homes
    Big electricity companies are using their power to make it harder for families and businesses wanting to go solar and the National Government is doing nothing to help them, the Green Party said today. Meridian Energy announced today a 60-72...
    Greens | 06-11
  • Has John Key done all he could for Pike families?
    It will be forever on the conscience of John Key whether he did all he could to recover the remains of the 29 miners who died in Pike River, Labour’s MP for West Coast-Tasman Damien O’Connor says.  “The Prime Minister...
    Labour | 05-11
  • National further dashes hopes of new parents
    The National Government has once again shown its disdain for working parents by voting down proposals to extend paid parental leave, Labour MP Sue Moroney says.  “The Government vetoed an amended proposal that substantially reduced the cost of extending PPL...
    Labour | 05-11
  • Honouring the Ampatuan massacre victims as fight for justice goes on
    A grim reminder of the Maguindanao, or Ampatuan, massacre on 23 November 2014. Photo: DanRogayan A TOP Filipino investigative journalist will be speaking about the “worst attack” on journalists in history and her country’s culture of impunity in a keynote...
    The Daily Blog | 23-11
  • GUEST BLOG: Anjum Rahman – what are they afraid of: the erosion of democ...
    Today the Hamilton City Council has put on a big party to celebrate the 150th anniversary of European colonisation of the area.  There have been a series of events during the year to mark this event, including a civic ceremony. ...
    The Daily Blog | 22-11
  • #JohnKeyHistory
    John Key has done it again. This week our lovely Prime Minister has showed us how little he knows about the history of the country he is supposed to be running. Apparently “New Zealand was settled peacefully”. Was it really?...
    The Daily Blog | 22-11
  • G20 growth targets and growth model offer more problems than they solve
    At the recent G20 in Brisbane, member countries agreed to accelerate growth to an additional 2% on top of current trajectories. But ongoing public sector cuts, asset sales, and reducing workers’ rights indicate that at least part of the growth...
    The Daily Blog | 22-11
  • GUEST BLOG: Bill Courtney – Charter Schools: The Shroud of Secrecy Contin...
    The Ministry of Education yesterday released another batch of information relating to the five existing charter schools and the four new ones proposed for opening in 2015. As we have seen before, the release of such information, often requested under...
    The Daily Blog | 22-11
  • EXCLUSIVE: Campaign reflection, Laila Harré reaching out for radical minds
    Today I’ve announced that I will be stepping down from the Internet Party leadership in December. This will happen once options for the future have been developed for discussion and decision among members. My absolute focus in this election was...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • The Ebola crisis, capitalism and the Cuban medical revolution
    “Ebola emerged nearly 40 years ago. Why are clinicians still empty-handed, with no vaccines and no cure? Because Ebola has been, historically, geographically confined to poor African nations. The R&D incentive is virtually non-existent. A profit-driven industry does not invest...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • MEDIA WATCH: TVNZ Reveals Insane Deadlines For Māori and Pacific Island Pr...
    Last Tuesday, November 18th, TVNZ requested proposals from producers for the four Māori and Pacific Island programmes they will no longer be making in-house. Marae, Waka Huia, Fresh and Tagata Pasifika will keep their existing names, existing formats and existing...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • The Daily Blog Breakfast Club Ep. 1
    TDB Video, Live from Verona Cafe on K-Rd, Auckland – a weekly current affairs show with TDB Editor Martyn Bradbury. This week’s panel: Chris Trotter & Selwyn Manning.The issues: 1 – What now for the New Labour leader? 2 –...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • Performance-demonstration at Auckland’s High Court to demand justice for ...
    People outraged at the lack of justice in the so-called ‘Roast Busters’ case and 99% of other rape cases in this country are holding a visually powerful mass action at the Auckland High Court at 1 o’clock on Saturday. They...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • IES vote may weaken defense of public education
    PPTA announced today that secondary teachers have voted to include the IES (Investing in Education Success) as a variation to their collective employment agreement with the government. At one level it’s an understandable decision by PPTA members because through engaging in a consultation...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • NZ History lesson on Planet Key – the lies white people tell themselves
    John Key’s bizarre claims about our ‘peaceful history’ comes across like the apartheid history of South Africa where white people discovered Africa first… New Zealand ‘settled peacefully’ – PM New Zealand was “settled peacefully” by the British, the prime minister...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • Universal Basic Income and Labour Policy
    On Radio New Zealand’s None-to-Noon on Wednesday (19 November), new Labour leader Andrew Little intimated that he would like to put Universal Basic Income (UBI) on his policy agenda (What policy changes will Andrew Little usher in?) Predictably Kathryn Ryan, despite being...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • The New Notes : They Ain’t Mint
    Hulk Queen Angry. Hulk Queen smash.   Yesterday, the Reserve Bank announced its new designs for our banknotes. Now, I’ve historically been pretty sketch about this entire process; variously feeling affronted that the government could find eighty million dollars to fund a...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • MSM under-mining of new Labour Leader already begun?
    . . It did not take long. In fact, on the same day that Andrew Little won the Labour leadership*, the first media reporter was already asking if he would be stepping down  if Labour failed to lift in the...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • GUEST BLOG: Simon Buckingham – invisible disability voices
    Today I am ranting. The Disability Advisory Group has been announced by Auckland Council. This is the body that represents the interests and views of people with disabilities in Auckland. Whilst I would not have applied this time as I...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, Andrew Little
    Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, Andrew Little...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • Why labelling Little as a ‘Unionist’ is a joke and how he beats Key in ...
    The line being used to attack Andrew Little as a ‘Unionist’ is just an absurd joke, and it comes from people who clearly don’t understand the modern NZ Union movement. Andrew ran the EPM Bloody U, they are easily one...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • 5AA Australia – Labour’s New Leader + China’s President In New Zealan...
    Recorded on 20/11/14 – Captured Live on Ustream.tv. 5AA’s Peter Godfrey and Selwyn Manning.ISSUE ONE: The New Zealand Labour Party has elected its new leader, the vote going to a third round after no clear outright winner was found in...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • Did Roger Sutton think he was running the Rock Radio Station?
    Visible G-String Fridays? Full body hugs? Jokes about who you would and wouldn’t have sex with? Honey? Sweety? It’s like Roger thought he was running the Rock Radio Station, not a Government Public Service department set up to rebuild a...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
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    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • Amnesty International – The conversation that needs to be had with China
    Caption: Police officer watching Hong Kong pro-democracy march, 01 July 2014 © Amnesty International    Yesterday’s edition of The New Zealand Herald features an open letter to all New Zealander’s from Xi Jinping, President of the People’s Republic of China. Along...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • GUEST BLOG: Patrick O’Dea – “Liar”
    LIAR! ‘Privatised social housing to benefit tenants’ English “Housing Corp was a poor performer and about a third of its housing stock was the wrong size, in poor condition and in the wrong place. That stock was worth about $5...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • Too Close For Comfort: Reflections on Andrew Little’s narrow victory over...
    THE TRAGIC SCREENSHOT of “Gracinda” in defeat bears eloquent testimony to the bitter disappointment of the Grant Robertson-led faction of the Labour Party. And, yes, ‘Party’ is the right word. The Robertson machine has now extended its influence well beyond...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • How to defeat child poverty
      How to defeat child poverty...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • Little’s Shadow Cabinet
    Now the horror of trying to pacify the factions begins. The only thing Little’s new shadow cabinet must do is create the pretence of unity. The reason voters didn’t flock to Labour wasn’t the bloody CGT or Superannuation, it was...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • A pilgrimage with my sister – Rethink the System
    We’ve both wanted to do a pilgrimage for many years. But, unlike many modern pilgrims, we wanted to be pilgirms in our own country and get closer to our communities, rather than seek greater distance from them. We are both...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • Lack of policy ambition is Andrew Little’s main problem
    I’ve met Andrew Little a few times and he’s a pleasant man who will make a reasonable job leading what the Labour Party has become in recent decades. He will preside over a much less divided caucus and will be...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • Journos, film makers, media freedom advocates join Asia-Pacific political j...
    A candlelight vigil for the 58 victims of the 2009 Maguindanao massacre – 32 of them media people. Still no justice for them today. Renowned investigative journalists, film makers, academics and media freedom campaigners from across the Asia-Pacific region will...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • And the new Labour Leader is ZZZZZZZZZZ
    The victory lap by Caucus over the members choice of Cunliffe has ended and the new leader of the Labour Party is Andrew Little. Yawn. The dullness and caution of the latest Leadership race will be served well by Andrew,...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • Allow the Facts to Get in the Way of the Neolib Stories
    One of the weaknesses of the political left in New Zealand over the last 30 years has been to allow the neoliberal storytellers to get away with lots of fibs and half-fibs. On TVNZ’s Q+A on 16 November, in a...
    The Daily Blog | 17-11
  • Defending The Boomers: A Response to Chloe King
    THE BABY-BOOM GENERATION (49-68 year-olds) currently numbers just under a quarter of New Zealand’s population. Even so, there is a pervasive notion that the generation of New Zealanders born between the end of World War II and the mid-1960s exercises...
    The Daily Blog | 17-11
  • This weeks Waatea news column – Waitangi Tribunal ruling enshrines Treaty...
      This weeks Waatea news column – Waitangi Tribunal ruling enshrines Treaty as a living document...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • Key now says SAS will be needed to protect ‘trainers’ behind the wire
    Well, well, well. What do we have here? Government could send SAS to Iraq New Zealand’s elite Special Air Service (SAS) could be deployed to Iraq to protect Kiwi troops sent to train local forces. Prime Minister John Key confirmed...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • Do You Want to Build a Meth Lab? (Frozen x Breaking Bad Parody)
    Do You Want to Build a Meth Lab? (Frozen x Breaking Bad Parody)...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • Soft soap for the rich – harsh taxes for the poor
    It’s no surprise to see New Zealand has one of the world’s lowest tax rates for the rich and the superrich. A survey by the global accounting network UHY shows New Zealand’s highest tax rates are lower than even Australia,...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • Phillip Smith and the rehabilitation process
    The dominant media narrative in horrible murder cases is that the perpetrator is unlikely ever to be rehabilitated. When it appears the offender may get parole the media turns first to family members of the victim who commonly (and understandably)...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • The Nation review: Finlayson’s terrifying definition of who is on terror ...
    Terrifying Nation today on TV3. Chris Finlayson is on justifying the Government’s Muslim fear mongering and extension of even more surveillance powers. It was jaw dropping. Finlayson says ‘alienated people with a chip on their shoulder’ is the threshold to get...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • A brief word on The Block NZ
    Is it just me or did The Block manage to sum up everything that is wrong about our culture and economy? Fetishised property speculation as mass entertainment in a country of homelessness & poverty. I wonder if State House tenants...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • Waitangi Tribunal ruling
    That spluttering choking sound of a thousand rednecks being informed Maori still have sovereignty is a hilarious cacophony of stupid… Crown still in charge: Minister Chris Finlayson on Waitangi Treaty ruling The Waitangi Tribunal’s finding that Maori chiefs who signed...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • A brief word on Phillip Smith
    We can arrest student loan & fine defaulters at the airport – but not convicted child molesting killers? Before we ban manufactured ISIS ‘terrorists’ from having passports, how about we just manage to stop child molesting killers from fleeing first?...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • Free Me From Religion
          The meeting begins – or at least it’s supposed to begin – but someone interrupts proceedings. She wants everyone to pray with their heads bowed while she can “thank our Father who art in Heaven.” I close...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • Key capitulates on TPPA while big money NZ set up propaganda fund
    So Key has capitulated on the ‘gold standard’ of free trade deals… The primary objective for New Zealand at Apec was to see some urgency injected into the TPP talks and to keep leaders aiming for a high quality deal....
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • Why Phillip Smith is the least of our worries
    Well, it turns out Phillip Smith wasn’t half as clever as he thought he was, and he’s been arrested within a week. If the Prime Minister is through with making tasteless jokes, perhaps we can ramp down the media hysteria...
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • Constraining Credibility
      Most economists and members of the public – on both the right and the left – believe that economies are constrained by resource scarcity most of the time. In this view, economies are supply-constrained, and that the economic problem...
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • Migrant Labour, exploitation and free markets
    Once more we read about a horror story of virtual slavery for a migrant worker in a restaurant in Christchurch. The silver lining that in this case compensation should be paid is not assured. Often in situations like this the employer winds up...
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • On baby boomers who give my generation unhelpful advice: JUST DON’T
    One of my mum’s colleagues recently told her that there is no money in what her daughter was doing; volunteering at a women’s refuge and writing on politics. This guy, dispensing all his pearls of wisdom, told my mother that...
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • Morbid Symptoms: Can Labour Be Born Anew?
    THE CHAIRS in the final meeting venue have been stacked away. All that expensive signage, commissioned for the benefit of the television cameras, no longer has a purpose. For the second time in just 14 months, Labour’s Leadership Contest is...
    The Daily Blog | 12-11
  • What’s Small, White, and Having Trouble Attracting New People?
    If your answer was something intimately connected to the person of Peter Dunne … then you’d be right. Last night, P-Dunney decided to bring his comedy and/or hair stylings to the twitterverse; penning a potentially somewhat ill-advised tweet in which he compared...
    The Daily Blog | 12-11
  • LATE at the Auckland Museum review – Slacktivisim: Its not just for Slack...
    Monday night is my yoga night. I’m not really very good it, I don’t really have the bendy, but I made a New Years resolution. This Monday however, I decided to put the yoga on prone and attend a gig...
    The Daily Blog | 12-11
  • Domestic violence problem bigger than Sky Tower
    Domestic violence problem bigger than Sky Tower SKYCITY’s Sky Tower in Auckland will be lit up in white on Monday evening Nov 25th at 10pm, on the eve of White Ribbon Day. The anti-domestic violence network SAFTINET (Safer Auckland Families...
    Scoop politics | 23-11
  • State Services Commissioner ‘unfit for the job’ says Little
    State Services Commissioner ‘unfit for the job’ says Little The new Labour leader Andrew Little has called for the State Services Commissioner Iain Rennie to be stood down after his handling of the Roger Sutton sexual harassment case. "The idea...
    Scoop politics | 23-11
  • Patrick Gower interviews Laila Harre
    Patrick Gower interviews Laila Harre Headlines: Laila Harre to quit as Internet Party leader by Christmas when the party has completed its review, but would love to return to parliament Says party considering options for its future including winding...
    Scoop politics | 22-11
  • Lisa Owen interviews Labour leader Andrew Little
    Lisa Owen interviews Labour leader Andrew Little Headlines: Andrew Little says the shape of his front-bench for the 2017 election may not be clear until the end of next year Indicates next week’s appointments may be temporary: “So I may...
    Scoop politics | 22-11
  • Phillip John Smith – statement
    Police and the New Zealand Embassy in Brasilia are aware of a decision from the Brazil Federal Court requiring the deportation of Phillip Smith within 10 days. Further assessment is required to ensure there is a full understanding of this...
    Scoop politics | 22-11
  • Green’s ‘not speaking out about human rights abuses in China
    Right to Life challenges Russell Norman the co-leader of the Green Party to explain why, he was prepared to ask Prime Minister John Key to talk to Chinese President Xi Jinping about human rights abuses in countries bordering China but...
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • Goodfellow congratulates Key on IDU election
    Goodfellow congratulates Key on IDU election National Party President Peter Goodfellow has congratulated Prime Minister John Key on his election today as Chairman of the International Democrat Union (IDU)....
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • Taxpayers’ Union Congratulates PM on IDU Appointment
    The Taxpayers’ Union is today congratulating Rt. Hon. John Key on becoming the Chair of the International Democrat Union , as former Australian Prime Minister John Howard retires from the role after 12 years. Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director...
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • High demand for Consumer NZ’s “Do Not Knock” stickers
    Consumer NZ has distributed nearly 100,000 “Do Not Knock” stickers since the launch of its campaign to fight back against dodgy door-to-door sellers.The “Do Not Knock” campaign was launched on 3 November 2014. Free “Do Not Knock” stickers...
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • Phillip Smith decision still pending
    Detective Superintendent Mike Pannett is returning to Washington DC where he will continue to closely monitor a pending decision from the Brazilian authorities on the process to return Phillip Smith to New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • High Court demonstration to demand justice
    People outraged at the lack of justice in the so-called ‘Roast Busters’ case and 99% of other rape cases in this country are holding a visually powerful mass action at the Auckland High Court at 1 o’clock on Saturday. They...
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • NZ Society Wins Global Award For Fighting Animal Testing
    New Zealand banning animal testing of legal highs has been acknowledged with an award given in London. The New Zealand Anti-Vivisection Society (NZAVS) was awarded the 2014 LUSH Prize for lobbying against animal testing. The prize was given at the...
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • Poor govt advice to workers on petrol station drive-offs
    The New Zealand Council of Trade Unions has raised concerns with the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment ('MBIE') regarding their reported advice to workers about the petrol station drive away issue....
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • New Ombudsman opinion
    The Ombudsman has published his opinion on a complaint concerning the Police refusal to release information about a charging decision....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Kindergarten support staff achieve pay rise in tough climate
    The valuable contribution of kindergarten support staff has been recognised with a pay increase, despite the significant funding cuts that the kindergarten associations are experiencing....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Democracy and Conservative Religion: The Case of Islam
    “Is Islam compatible with democracy?” is a frequently-asked question. Recent rethinking of secularism and democracy have opened up new possibilities to think about religion and democracy. This question is important particularly in the case...
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • NZ fiscal watchdog needed to guard the public purse
    New Zealand needs tighter fiscal rules and an independent watchdog to improve the quality of government spending and reduce the risk of a return to deficit spending as the country’s population ages, if not before....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • NZSMI disappointed ANZTPA proposal shelved
    November 20, 2014: Consumer healthcare products industry body, the New Zealand Self-Medication Industry Association (SMI) says it is disappointed Government has once again shelved plans to create one medicines regulatory agency for both New Zealand and Australia....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Democracy Action Welcomes Tauranga Vote
    Responding to Tauranga Council’s unanimous vote not to establish separate Council seats on the basis of ethnicity, Lee Short, Democracy Action founder says: “The establishment of a Maori ward would have damaged the relationship between Maori and...
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Employer caught abusing new ‘teabreaks law’
    Employer caught abusing new ‘teabreaks law’ to exploit workers The government passed the controversial ‘teabreaks’ legislation only a few weeks ago and already Unite Union has caught an employer using this law as an excuse for ill-treating their...
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • FGC response to Commerce Commission report
    The New Zealand Food & Grocery Council is not surprised by the Commerce Commission’s findings, given New Zealand’s current legal framework....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Bascand: Brighter Money
    Seeing people’s initial reactions to the new banknote designs is a heartening reminder of what an important role currency plays in our lives, and what a sense of pride and heritage our notes evoke....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • RBNZ releases Brighter Money designs
    New Zealand’s banknotes are getting brighter and better, with the Reserve Bank today unveiling more vibrant and secure banknote designs which will progressively enter circulation later next year....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • 25 years of children’s rights
    UNICEF and OFC celebrate 25 years of children’s rights with Just Play Sports Days On Universal Children’s Day (20 November) and as part of the Oceania Football Confederation’s (OFC) inaugural President’s Cup, UNICEF will celebrate 25 years of children’s...
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Xiamen delegation to Wellington has business focus
    Stronger business, education and cultural ties with our Chinese partners will be the focus when a 20-strong government and business delegation led by Xiamen Mayor Mr Liu Keqing which visits Wellington tomorrow (Friday) and Saturday as part of the...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Warriors promote White Ribbon Day message
    Warriors promote White Ribbon Day message Shine and Orakei Health Services On Tuesday, the Vodafone Warriors will promote the White Ribbon Day message to the community at Eastridge Shopping Centre, Mission Bay. The Warriors are supporting their charity...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Superannuitants to protest unethical investments
    A delegation of Auckland superannuitants will deliver a protest-card petition and protest letter to the New Zealand Super Fund this Thursday afternoon to call on the fund to divest from companies which support the Israeli occupation of Palestinian...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Manukau job cuts ‘running the place into the ground’
    Manukau Institute of Technology (MIT) confirmed to its staff yesterday that 54 jobs will go before Christmas....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Newcore Looks Pretty Rotten for Ratepayers
    Responding to the NZ Herald report that the IT system commissioned by Auckland Council to consolidate the eight systems the Super City inherited from its precursor councils could be facing a budget blowout of $100 million, Taxpayers’ Union Spokesman Ben...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Accountability following quake response inquiry not achieved
    Lessons still need to be learned from the search and rescue efforts following the February 2011 earthquake in Christchurch, a leading New Zealand lawyer, Nigel Hampton QC, says....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Our kids say: We are failing in our duty to protect them
    Our kids say: We are failing in our duty to protect them More than a quarter of Kiwi kids say children’s right to be safe and protected isn’t being upheld in New Zealand, identifying protection from violence, abuse and murder...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • PARS & Turuki Health Care collaborate on health and services
    Auckland-based PARS (People at Risk Solutions) have partnered with the Turuki Health Care Trust, to offer improved healthcare services to those in need. PARS works closely with former prisoners, providing mentoring, housing, and social services to ensure...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Children’s Plea
    A plea has been sent to all Members of Parliament, regardless of party affiliation, to accord urgency and priority to children's issues. These issues include vulnerability, safety and childhood poverty....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Treasury off track in search for sound policies
    Treasury is unlikely to find the ideas it is looking for to improve outcomes for children while its primary driver is cost-cutting, says Child Poverty Action Group....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Commission calls for answers on handling of CERA harassment
    EEO Commissioner Dr Jackie Blue is deeply concerned about the way in which the State Services Commission has handled sexual allegations made against CERA chief executive Roger Sutton this week and is calling for answers....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Ashley Dwayne Guy v The Queen: Appeal Upheld
    The appellant, Mr Guy, was found guilty by a jury of a charge of sexual violation by unlawful sexual connection. After the verdict it was discovered that, by error, the jury had been provided in the jury room with two...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Zonta Club to Take a Stand Against Gender-Based Violence
    During the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence (25 November – 10 December), the Zonta Club of Wellington, along with members of the local community, will join nearly 1,200 Zonta clubs in 67 countries for the Zonta Says NO...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • New UNFPA report links progress and power to young people
    A UN report launched today calls for investment in young people as they are essential to social and economic progress....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • The Resignation with the Golden Handshake?
    Commenting on the settlement the State Services Commission has reached with former CERA CEO Roger Sutton, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says: "Only in the public sector do you receive a payout for ‘resigning’....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • NZ must not turn a blind eye to China’s human rights record
    Amnesty International is calling on New Zealand’s Prime Minister John Key to raise China’s shameful human rights record during President Xi Jinping’s visit to New Zealand this week....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • The Resignation with the Golden Handshake?
    Commenting on the settlement the State Services Commission has reached with former CERA CEO Roger Sutton, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says:...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Treasury’s covert & extremely odd welfare consultation
    A report this morning that Treasury is ‘crowd sourcing’ ideas on welfare policy is news to Auckland Action Against Poverty, even though we are currently one of the most active groups in the area....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • NZ invites Pacific peers to review development cooperation
    New Zealand has volunteered to be the first development partner in the Pacific region to undergo a review of its aid programme by Pacific island peers. The review will focus on New Zealand’s development cooperation and will give greater insight...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • EPMU joins Pike River families to mark fourth anniversary
    Representatives of the Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union are proud to stand with the Pike River families to mark four years since 29 men lost their lives. “This is a particularly solemn day given the recent announcements of Solid Energy...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • 2013 Assessment of New Zealand’s National Integrity Systems
    SPEAKER TUILOMA NERONI SLADE: Former Judge, International Criminal Court in the Hague, former legal counsel at the Commonwealth Secretariat, Secretary-General of the Pacific Islands Forum 2008-2014. Introduced by Helen Sutch, Victoria University Council,...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Green Party ignoring Waimea’s environmental benefits
    Green Party MP Catherine Delahunty has overlooked the environmental benefits the proposed Waimea Community Dam will bring the Tasman community, says IrrigationNZ Chairperson Nicky Hyslop....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Women’s use of violence in violent relationships
    More than 80 percent of women who live with a physically violent partner will not initiate violence when they are not being hit, according to new research....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Poor credit rating linked to poor cardiovascular health
    Poor credit rating linked to poor cardiovascular health A credit score doesn’t only boil down a person’s entire financial history to a single number and somehow predict their credit-worthiness, it might also be saying something about a person’s...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • State Services Commissioner on Roger Sutton Investigation
    State Services Commissioner Iain Rennie today said the investigation into Roger Sutton’s conduct was robust. Roger Sutton chose to resign as Chief Executive of the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA) yesterday....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Predator Free NZ project welcomed
    Federated Farmers and the conservation organisation Forest & Bird are welcoming the Predator Free New Zealand initiative as an ambitious but achievable project that will have real benefits for conservation and the economy....
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