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Key linked to Pullar claim

Written By: - Date published: 7:22 pm, March 29th, 2012 - 153 comments
Categories: ACC, john key, national, spin - Tags: ,

Close Up tonight led with the allegation, based on a leaked document, that John Key (and other prominent Nats) were listed as supporting a $14 million dollar insurance claim by Bronwyn Pullar in 2007.

Check out the Facebook posting here, and Close Up here. Key has issued a short, non-commital denial.

If you didn’t catch it live, wait for the video to be posted on the Close Up site. The commentary by political scientist Bryce Edwards is devastating. Interesting times.

153 comments on “Key linked to Pullar claim”

  1. IrishBill 1

    Key’s caught up in this now?! Collins is done.

    • Anita 1.1

      If Key sacrifices Collins to save himself he’s done too.

      • IrishBill 1.1.1

        True. The only winner I can see in this (by which I mean not-loser) is Steven Joyce.

        • taxicab 1.1.1.1

          Bang on Bill ,
          that pschopath Joyce looks to be the winner here and maybe that is where the smoking gun for all this lays

          • Anita 1.1.1.1.1

            That probably overestimates Joyce, I gave up thinking this was some cunning crafted Machiavellian strategy a few days ago, now is just has a flashing “trainwreck” sign in my mind :)

            Now I write that… Murray McCully’s name springs to mind :)

            • IrishBill 1.1.1.1.1.1

              Yep. Cock-up over conspiracy for sure. Which doesn’t mean Joyce won’t be scheming hard.

            • mickysavage 1.1.1.1.1.2

              Diversion to take the heat off his failed Foreign Affairs reorganization. Bit of a high price to pay though …

              • Anita

                mickysavage,

                I didn’t mean to imply that I thought McCully was responsible, just that something that starts off looking like a cunningly crafted Machiavellian strategy and turns out to be a train wreck could cheerfully be described as McCully-esque :)

                • I agree that the suggestion that he would leak this information for personal cover is totally irrational but then I thought if McCully is involved …

        • Anita 1.1.1.2

          Yep! From here on out Collins can only lose, and Key can only lose – so as long as Joyce keeps his head down and his hands clean he’ll get a net benefit.

          I imagine we’re about to see some chatter about Nat polling on this…

        • Puddleglum 1.1.1.3

          Yes, timing is everything. Who gains most by this happening now, at such an early stage in the term when contenders for the succession have probably been assuming something more distant, in terms of their leadership-tilt strategy? 

          I’d add that in calculating winners and losers you’re assuming Key wants to keep the job :)

      • David H 1.1.2

        And if Shonkey calls a snap election shit will happen… The NATS are now at internal war.. Labour is a rudderless ship.. ACT HAHAHA Mana should get a couple of seats. and the Greens should clean up as the only party with out internal and external strife. And I am sorry to say but for the first time in over 30 years I will not vote Labour this time, and until they show a true direction then they have no hope. BUT what shape do you think the government would be????

  2. muzza 2

    Bloody missed it…Its coming apart at the seams now very badly….please if there is justice, let this government fall apart. Make that let this government implode in as many ways as possible….Amen

  3. So who leaked it?  Someone from the Blinglish faction?

    • IrishBill 3.1

      Perhaps Collins has gone feral. This is shaping up as the biggest own goal in NZ politics since the nats rolled Bolger for Shipley.

      • Pascal's bookie 3.1.1

        God knows mate.

        But the close up piece was bad news for Boag I reckon.

        It was her name on the letter.

        Key denies being part of the 28 member support/advice group for Pullar. Other members they spoke to confirmed they had helped Pullar out with her insurance claim.

        Boag first denied knowing anything, then said the insurance co was the one that put together the 28 name list. How likely does that sound?

        So if Key wasn’t part of the group, then either the insurance co pulled his name out of thin air, or Boag did.

      • Tom Gould 3.1.2

        Hubris. It was simply a matter of time. Their whole venal little Tory empire is collapsing under its own weight. Had to happen eventually. Sooner than I figured, though.

    • ghostwhowalksnz 3.2

      Its all because of the very narrow majority they have with National and its partners ( ACT is practically dead and MP will die once Turia and Sharples exit)

      The ratpack is now fighting amoung themselves for the next stage. In a strange way Shearers hands off approach has created a vacuum that National has filled with its own infighting. Last year this was the space taken by ACT but of course by definition there is no caucus infighting in ACT

      • just saying 3.2.1

        Shearer’s “hands off approach” has had no influence on this matter one way or the other. It was and is certainly no grand play. It’s simply nothing.

        • McFlock 3.2.1.1

          What has shearer got to do with it?
             
          The narrative in the media is now infighting in the nats. Maybe shearer would be the wrong guy if labour had to fight for attention (e.g. if all was going well for the nats and sothe focus was on petty points in House debates), but at the moment the objective is to keep out of the way and let the nats bleed themselves.
           
           

    • Colonial Viper 3.3

      Blinglish has been so very quiet…

  4. RedLogix 4

    It’s the casual misuse of “privilege’ and ‘influence’ to intimidate that is the crux of this matter.

    And the sheer size of the $14m claim that’s going to go down like the proverbial cold cup with most people who saw it.

    • Red Rosa 4.1

      Real Chicago politics. Your National party subscription buys you influence…right to the top.

      The average Kiwi gets average treatment…but with these Nat heavyweights rallying round, Pullar obviously expected gold-plated results.

  5. taxicab 5

    Shonkey Gonkey Donkey Deep in this one , better start waxing that surfboard and book that flight to Hawaii GONKEY !!!

  6. Now there is a grenade amongst the little fury things that are running towards the traps.
    All key and co know how to do is deny everything, there never has been a govt so shonkey,
    so corrupt as this one.

  7. Pete 7

    This stinks to high heaven, but he was in opposition in 2007, so it’s not a conflict of interest for Key. Keep on pulling on this thread, though. I want to see where it leads.

    • No, it’s not a conflict of interest but it does put an interesting light on Key’s claims that all he knew about Pullar and her ACC issues was from when she used to come up to him at various functions and talk about her problems.

      Seems that his acquaintance with her issues is a bit more direct than that. 

      Edit: Still, he can’t remember whether he was for or against the Springbok tour so I guess remembering that he was part of her activist support group may have slipped his mind too.

      • Nick K 7.1.1

        Um, no.

        This is the private insurance matter with Sovereign and ACC is not mentioned in the story.

        • Puddleglum 7.1.1.1

          Fair cop. I guess I was thinking of her injury issues. And I was assuming that the income claim was associated with those injuries.

          Key’s comments about his relationship with Pullar were of a general nature, in any event, about how closely he knew her.

          • Carol 7.1.1.1.1

            I assumed that the private income insurance claim was associated with the same injuries as the ACC claim. The letter from Sovereign is dated 2007, after MS Pullar was injured. So I assumed the insurance claim was for loss of income due to her injury.

        • RedLogix 7.1.1.2

          Yes we know that. Everyone has agreed this is not a ‘conflict of interest’ issue. It’s a question of the legitimate use of position, privilege and power.

  8. burt 8

    I wonder if this is part of a bigger plan….

    I can see Key coming out and saying he told the press and it’s OK because – “By definition I cannot leak”….

    See: http://www.flickr.com/photos/antarcticlemur/13392589/

    • Jim Nald 9.1

      Sounds truly astonishing how key players may be able to suffer sudden onset of amnesia that can be so pervasively infectious, and amazingly acquire supernatural abilities at translocating themselves from the epicentre of scandal to try to drown in that famous river called De Nial ?

      • Treetop 9.1.1

        Yes I agree with the selective amnesia and when more proof appears you get version two, three, four… or SILENCE.

        Pullar has a good excuse, she sustained a permanent brain injury. When it comes to the high powered team who assisted Pullar in getting her insurance payment (she was insightful enough to take out insurance) I suppose they thought that Pullar would go away.

        There are going to be no winners and a lot more back stabbing and pointing the finger is yet to occur.

  9. logie97 10

    Looks as though Judge might have been served a poisoned chalice, and there he was thinking that he could calmly stitch up the privatizing of ACC… not going to be so easy for him after all. He should slink back to his other consultancies posthaste.

  10. ghostwhowalksnz 11

    Goes to show the national party is rife with these careerists and social climbers.

    We all knew that business cronyism was the raison d’etre of the party, but it looks as though the 1% were pushing their own wheelbarrows for personal advantage in the party meetings as well.

    Crush the unions and get your own insurance claim advanced at the same function. Who Knew ?

  11. Anita 12

    Wayne Mapp… can we read into the method of his appointment to the Law Commission that he’s Collins-aligned? Or was it merely her as Minister rewarding someone generally National-aligned?

    • IrishBill 12.1

      That list contains a lot of the people who helped John Key into the National party and helped groom him for leader.

  12. outofbed 13

    So now she is not answering questions in the house on the issue because “Its not in the public interest”
    that is pretty telling.
    Also http://www.nzherald.co.nz/national/news/video.cfm?c_id=1503075&gal_cid=1503075&gallery_id=124809 she looks under pressure alight. Be surprised if she lasts the week

    • Collins is right on the edge. I understand the defamation threat was written on Ministerial letterhead. If so this is appalling. This is also a really high risk strategy and if it does not work will result in her removal from Cabinet.

      • Jim Nald 13.1.1

        “Crown stationery is my stationery” – I hope that is not the attitude that takes hold of these folks in power.

    • Rob 13.2

      Alight, how about self immolation.
      Got any petrol? It might help them.

      [I trust you are being metaphorical... otherwise over the edge. RL]

      • David H 13.2.1

        I dunno, by the looks of their faces it’s like they are juggling Nitro Glycerine. Just trying to stay alive.

  13. Michelle Boag, the gift that keeps on giving. I think us lefties should form a support group advocating for her return as National President. With her at the helm the Country would really start to hum …

    • Hami Shearlie 14.1

      Old Winston must be almost cracking his face with grinning, with his old foe Boag deep in doo-doo! He will love to stick it to Boag and the Nats on Tuesday in Parliament. Can’t blame him! As the old saying goes, “If you wait by the river long enough, your enemies will come floating by!!”

  14. Just wondering (had to add that, maybe JC is reading this), where did Key get the idea from about cycleways?

    I mean Pullar’s bringing up her cycling accident all the time to him apparently, so… cycles, cycling accidents, cycleways!

    A truly elegant answer to all of this! :-)

  15. tsmithfield 16

    Hmmm. Interesting times. This has thrown a pigeon amongst the cats!! :smile:

    Several points:

    1. Seems to me the leak now is highly likely to be Pullar herself. If we assume the leak is from the same source as previous leaks, then the source would need to have access to documents sent to a range of organisations. I see no reason that Collins would have a copy of a letter sent to Sovereign Insurance, for instance. I see that Pullars stock on Ipredict, that had sunk to $12 today has suddenly bounced back up to $24, so it seems that others have similar thoughts.

    2. There could well be a lot of bluster in the letter. It seems to me that the list of 28 names could well be an attempt to impress, and that only a few on that list actually had any involvement in the matter. The other names might well have been added by the writer without them even knowing. Those who have had some involvement seem to have been quite open about it. So, I am not so sure that too many conclusions can be drawn. Unless someone can point to evidence of Key actually approaching Sovereign on her behalf, then I think his denial will be very hard to challenge.

    3. Lets assume that all those 28 individuals actually have consented to being part of the support and advisory team. I am not so sure there is anything actually wrong with that. None of them had ministerial responsibilities at that time so far as I know. So it is totally unlike Nick Smith who was seen to be attempting to influence his own department for a friend. Also, the people on the list were supposedly supporting Pullar in her application to a private company. So, there was never a situation where they could actually exert any influence over the decision making process anyway.

    Anyway, it will be interesting to see what comes out over the next few days. If it is Pullar who is leaking, then she probably has plenty of other e-mails on her system that could come out.

    • Another considered comment TS.

      In reply:

      1. Doubt it. It may have come from within Sovereign but otherwise from an anti Boag faction. Could it be the brat pack?

      2. Agreed that verification is important.

      3. I do not think it matters. The overall impression is a bunch of wealthy Nats seeking way beyond what appears to be a proper entitlement for one of their group. Crosby Textor could not manufacture worse publicity.

      National appears to be leaking from many holes right now. Is the teflon coated reign of smile and wave now in tatters?

      • tsmithfield 16.1.1

        Thanks MS.

        If the leak has come from Sovereign, then there are multiple leakers. The leaks coming from one source seems to be a more elegant solution to me. If that is correct, the question then is, who has access to all the correspondence to a fairly wide range of organisations?

        • Anita 16.1.1.1

          I think it’s safe to assume there are multiple leakers, if you track back all the documents and facts that have come out so far it’s pretty clear.

        • Lanthanide 16.1.1.2

          “The leaks coming from one source seems to be a more elegant solution to me.”

          Doubt it. Someone who worked at sovereign may have stashed a copy of the document away because they knew it could potentially be embarrassing and decided to release it now because of the poor job National have been doing of running the country.

          • Pascal's bookie 16.1.1.2.1

            “The leaks coming from one source seems to be a more elegant solution to me.”

            Agree with Anita here too. The leaks seem to be aimed at damaging different parties.

            So who was this one meant to damage.

            If, (as ts seems to suggest), the leak came from Pullar, then who was it meant to hurt?

            The obvious candidate is Key, he is the one whose previous statements it seems to contradict.

            It would be safe to assume that Pullar wouldn’t leak this doc if she knew that Key wasn’t actually a support person. So Key’s denial is either a hell of a risky move on his part,(risking his own career and the survival of his government) or strong evidence that it wasn’t the Pullar/Boag camp that leaked it. as part of its

            If Key’s denial stacks up, then it would appear that Boag was claiming support for Pullar from Key when it didn’t exist. If that story sticks, then it’s Boags career on the skids.

            Is it possible that ACC would have a copy of this letter from its own case work determining Pullar’s claim?

            Fucked if I know, and my head is starting to hurt.

            Goddamn kremlinology.

            • tsmithfield 16.1.1.2.1.1

              Thats why I think Pullar. She has already admitted to her head injury causing some sort of compulsion to send letters to all in sundry. What if it also makes her indiscriminately leak documents without full thought to the effect?

              • McFlock

                Well if that were the case, it would be the first time the nats’ cronyism were publicly exposed with 100% transparency.
                     
                In other words “Head injury makes national party figure honest. Chaos and hilarity ensue”.

          • insider 16.1.1.2.2

            Or someone at Sovereign who was peed off at the way Pullar/Boag dealt with this issue thought it was timely for a bit of payback…. ie no collusion just wanting to put the boot in.

            I’m not sure namechecking people in a letter is really grounds for a scandal. Women’s magazines make a business out of it. My reaction to it was it shows that this woman has some ‘issues’ and is best kept clear of, kind of like the slightly tipsy gir/guyl at a party with the middle distance stare that you don’t want to get cornered alone in the kitchen with…

            • Colonial Viper 16.1.1.2.2.1

              Or someone at Sovereign who was peed off at the way Pullar/Boag dealt with this issue thought it was timely for a bit of payback…. ie no collusion just wanting to put the boot in.

              Corporates are interested in the bottom line and self interest, political players are interested in putting the boot in.

              And there’s no profit margin for Sovereign to be involved in a messy political stoush like this. There is for several National players jockeying for power and position, however.

        • mickysavage 16.1.1.3

          I wonder if Slater has a copy of this letter?

          • Bafacu 16.1.1.3.1

            Why don’t you just ask him? He allows all sorts of people to post on his blog!

      • ianmac 16.1.2

        tsmithfiels: Bryce Edwards says that it is not that these matters are illegal but that the perception in many people’s eyes is that cronyism appears to be rife and that those with power help their friends by using intimidation to attempt to get special treatment which would be unavailable to ordinary folk..
        It is perception rather than illegality.

        • Jackal 16.1.2.1

          By all accounts, the excellent commentary by Bryce Edwards is right on the money. The implicated Nats are running out of wriggle room and the big bad blue ship looks in danger of sinking. Who will jump first I wonder?

          However I’m not sure that there isn’t a question of legality here. Quid pro quo political deals are just as illegal as monetary influence. Although breaching the manual is not an illegal act in itself, the cabinet manual is based on legal and enforceable requirements.

          What we’re seeing here is a small part of the collusion the corrupt National government get up to all the time. That’s why they all looked so worried when Nick Smith jumped under a train… they all have similar or worse junk in their trunks.

          • Colonial Viper 16.1.2.1.1

            Who will jump first I wonder?

            Who will jump from the train, and who will be pushed.

            However I’m not sure that there isn’t a question of legality here.

            Yep, issues of both legality and legitimacy are going to affect this Government for the next extended amount of time now.

            With the erosion of legitimacy and political capital, National’s ability to pass sweeping controversial legislative change this term is slowly diminishing by the day.

    • taxicab 16.2

      On the other hand someone , lets say , who might have a history of acquiring certain confidential documents who then leaks them for their own score settling might like to finally put the stake through the heart of the boagie woman as payment for her part in seizing control of the national party presidency . Just a thought !

    • starlight 16.3

      You could be right,i had a feeling it could be pullar,can the investigation sieze her computer or
      do a forensic examination?

      • grumpy 16.3.1

        Good point, especially given Collins’ obvious glee that the Privavy Commissioner would be doing forensic computer examination.

        My money is on Pullar, and it seems Crusher’s too.

        • Anita 16.3.1.1

          I think Collins is betting on it turning out to be leaked from within ACC. She will have had the list of accesses to the document within ACC for some days now.

          • toad 16.3.1.1.1

            Collins has not only stated that the leak didn’t come from her, but stated that it didn’t come from anyone in her office.

            The only way she can know the latter for certain is if she does know where the leak came from.

      • insider 16.3.2

        I don’t think the privacy commissioner has anything like police powers that would allow her to seize and inspect private property. She might have the ability to access govt equipment.

  16. Johnny 17

    Seems every Nat is implicated in this one. Nick Smith as Minister of Education and Bill English as Minister of Finance appointed Bronwyn Pullar to the board of Crown entity Learning Media Limited in 1999. She served as a director til 2002 according to the Companies Office website. I wonder what strings Bill pulled for his old friend, Brono. Looks like most of the rest of the national clan have been pulling strings for the $14 million dollar woman as hard as they can for years.

  17. In the transcript linked to by Pascal’s Bookie (comment 9) Norman was very quick onto the case and zeroed in on the apparent inconsistency in Key’s account of his knowledge of Pullar and her issues.

    Also, if the letter is correct, then the National Party MPs on the list were part of the party that was looking likely to win the 2008 election at the stage the letter was written. That must have been known by Sovereign and, of course, by those on the list. To that extent, it was a misuse of political power and had intimidatory overtones (whether or not they were intended).

    As Bryce Edwards noted, many people will be astounded that this kind of heavyweighting is carried out by politicians projecting their power for the benefit of one of their own – once again, assuming the list is accurate. 

  18. randal 19

    nah.
    John Boy is on his farewell tour now.
    he leaked it himself so he can retire gracefully.
    sort of.

    • AAMC 19.1

      +1 JK dips out soon after election, Joyce takes the mantel with Collins cast aside, Key gets to cash in on the asset sales….

    • David H 19.2

      When is he due back into this shit storm???? The look on his face will be priceless. Unless he says “fuck it” and just diverts to Hawaii..

  19. tsmithfield 20

    Personally I think there is a lot of fantasy and exaggeration in Boag’s letter. It is very easy to claim the support of umpteen influential people without their consent when it is thought the letter won’t go any further than the organisation to which it is sent. Even if there was “support” it may well have been of the nature of “I hope all goes well with your application to Sovereign”, rather than any tangible support.

    In my opinion the PM should initiate an independent inquiry now as that will flush out the truth which I think is likely to reflect very badly on Boag and Pullar more than anyone else. That would also enable him to keep the moral high ground, if it is actually the case that he has had no involvement in the matter.

    • Anita 20.1

      Key can only initiate an inquiry if he is totally sure he knows what will come out and that it won’t damage him. Do you think he’s willing to take that risk under the circumstances? :)

      I am kinda pleased by the idea of Key being a follower of the great Rumpole of the Bailey :)

  20. Blue 21

    Very interesting. Two scenarios: either Key was involved in helping push Pullar’s case, and has decided to lie/fudge/conveniently ‘forget’ he was part of it, or Boag put his name on the list without asking him because he is part of the little gang of high-profile Nats she has cultivated who ‘owe’ her.

    Either way, it’s going to be hard for National to shrug this off. The public might accept the bullying of beneficiaries and cameramen, but when it comes to some little creep trying to extort money out of ACC and insurance companies because they have friends in high places, that’s going to rankle.

    The level of arrogance and entitlement displayed by Boag and Pullar is breathtaking. Here in NZ it’s hard to imagine receiving a letter saying ‘I’m best mates with this list of high profile people, give me $14 million or I’ll go to the media’ and have the writer actually be serious.

    Who would not be embarrassed to send a letter demanding that? Who would possibly imagine that such a thing would not come back to bite them? Born-to-rule Tory mentality at its finest.

    • starlight 21.1

      Also because of the pressure by pullar’s supporters and her team,she was able to get
      a $1mill + payout,to me that sounds like coersion,intimidation,i’m sure that there
      would be a blackmail factor here as well,with the threat of going to the media.

      • Anita 21.1.1

        Are you saying I should be charged with blackmail if I say “if you don’t repair the roof that I bought last year I’ll go to Fair Go!”?

      • David H 21.1.2

        Hang on didn’t she want 14 mil???? and got only one. No wonder she’s pissed, can’t join the rich elite with under 10 million.

  21. Lanthanide 22

    Freudian slip by Bryce Edwards?

    Michelle Boag “bought” John Key into parliament.

    • Clashman 22.1

      Heard Slater claim that Boag bringing Key to National/politics was a “myth”.
      He didn’t expand on it.

      • Carol 22.1.1

        Ha! If this Herald article is correct, I can see why Slater would claim that…. the bad blood with Boag goes back a ways:

        http://www.nzherald.co.nz/john-key-the-unauthorised-biography/news/article.cfm?c_id=1502247&objectid=10523287

        For Key’s part, this was the realisation of four years of effort. He had first made contact with National in 1998, thanks to his sister, Liz Cave. She worked as a receptionist at Christchurch firm Lane Walker Rudkin, where then-National Party president John Slater used to make sales calls for his textile business. One day, Cave mentioned to Slater that her brother was interested in returning to New Zealand. Slater gave her his number and told her to get Key to ring, which he duly did.
        [...]
        At this point, Slater himself got the shove, losing a ding-dong internal party presidential battle to the PR consultant Michelle Boag, who made it her mission to clean out the “dead-wood”.

        • ghostwhowalksnz 22.1.1.1

          There were later accusations about ‘missing donations’ from Slater Snr time as President. It looked like a classic skimming operation. Donate $10,000 , only pass on $8000. Boag was rightly outraged as she has complete integrity and would have expected the same of her predecessor.

  22. coolas 23

    Wow. That’s come fast. Brilliant. And there’s so much more. There’s Bill helping out brother Conner with South Canterbury Finance: there’s Murray and his NZAid ‘jobs for the boys,’ same as Gerry in Chch. Foss has lied to the house. Avariceness and narcissism are a dangerous combination. And their Leader has both in volume, and little else.

    Joyce, the Machiavelli? I don’t think so. He’ll be in some scam. Maybe roading conrtactors in the $5b highway build he pushed for so hard.

    I reckon a player in this is the person most wounded by this Government. Yep. That ‘strange man,’ Don Brash. Pride is his vice. And that’s been pricked badly. Bet he’s got a mate in Sovereign.

    If the shit keeps coming for National anything could happen: Dunne might loose confidence and withdraw, as should Maori, right now. Big chance. Jump the waaka and stand a chance. And surely there’s at least one Nat MP who’ll break ranks. They’re sunk. Long and messier the better.

    This is a 5 star day.

    • Colonial Viper 23.1

      Joyce, the Machiavelli? I don’t think so. He’ll be in some scam. Maybe roading conrtactors in the $5b highway build he pushed for so hard.

      Joyce pushing for the RONS is a bit more to do with increasing the property and subdivision values of his good mates’ holdings in Northland, and a bit less to do with deals with roading contractors. Although both sides of the equation are being played, obviously.

  23. DH 24

    The list I don’t reach much into, is most likely just name-dropping, but this whole dirty business brings a smile to my face. It is just delicious. NZ has always been far too trusting of it’s politicians and this is just the kind of wakeup call this country needs.

  24. burt 25

    This kind of politics makes me appreciate the two term limit for US presidents. Key’s already run his course, he steered the public away from the failed policies of socialism and the self serving who promote them. The big thing now for NZ is that we find a better way.

    The flip-flop of Labour yanking left and nationalising and National yanking right and selling all the time and with both parties playing popularity games with tax and justice policies is stuffing our country. Unions are good, unions are bad, low tax thresholds with high rates are good then they are bad, sometimes Labour can’t decide itself if they are good or bad till they see what National are doing and vise-a-versa.

    The political status quo is total crap people. We need to get out of the cycle of going absolutely nowhere via a pendulum centered around popularity every three years.

    • Anita 25.1

      Wouldn’t a two term limit in NZ ensure exactly the kind of pendulum swings you’re complaining about?

      • burt 25.1.1

        Possibly, that wasn’t actually what I was suggesting. Yes I did start with that as a reference for the problems associated with the arrogance of multi term leaders.

        I don’t actually think breaking the political see-saw would be achieved by constraining leadership terms, any likable character giving out the lollies will arguably achieve the goal.

        But on breaking the pendulum of popularity, I think that’s more about clearly and concisely illustrating the folly of flip-fliping policies. Neither major party really has an interest in doing that. Thankfully Labour have done their bit to reduce their size such that it’s inconceivable they could govern alone. Once that happens to National the current ‘minor’ parties get to be more effective than 1-2 policies horse traded for unconditional support on everything else. Then the game changes.

        Therefore what’s going on in this thread is great, it’s part of chunks of National party support evaporating toward a similar level of support as Labour while the others grow.

        (I’m feeling positive today, please don’t tell me National support is going straight back to Labour or all I have said is for nought. Less than nought – it’s embarrassing I could be so naive as to think we are not just in a swing of the pendulum and there is no way out )

    • Colonial Viper 25.2

      This is burt doing his classic “Labour is crap” line when National is cruising along OK, which predictably transforms to an “I’m such a good centrist moderate and ALL politicians are crap” line when National is being buried under an avalanche of their own excrement.

      What a toadying Right Wing sycophant.

    • How would that work, burt?
      We vote for parties and electorate MPs here, in the US they vote for an individual (or an electoral college that is directed by the voters on which individual to select).
      If it’s a two term limit on the parties, that’s a massive and fundamental change, and quite different to the US.
      If it’s a two term limit on the PM, that’s interfering in the business of a political party. I thought you opposed that sort of thing.

      • burt 25.3.1

        We vote for parties and electorate MPs here

        Yes, we have a pseudo FPP system alive and well.

        If it’s a two term limit on the PM, that’s interfering in the business of a political party. I thought you opposed that sort of thing.

        I didn’t actually say we should do that, in fact I was quite clear that I wasn’t suggesting that rather I appreciate why it’s there. I was very clear that I was making reference to the arrogance of multi term leaders as was also clearly illustrated with “I’m never wrong – move on” Clark.

  25. bad12 26

    ”Snigger”,a claim to the insurance firm for a paltry 14 mill,”out-right laughter”,no wonder 28 of them were falling all over each other to be whats-her-faces support crew,

    There were probably more than a few superficial injuries, scratches and stuff,as they all climbed over one another in an effort to take first place as the number ONE support person,

    You can bet one thing in this sordid little tale of National Party sleaze and that,s at the point where Nick Smith either decided to or got told He was resigning Slippery or His mouth-piece clearly told all of them that ANYTHING and EVERYTHING to do with Ms Pullar was to be referred to Slippery,s office and Captain Panic Pants would deal with it,

    By then its a reasonably sure bet that the PMs office had a clue,or knew,that Pullar was tracking Her emails on the subject of Her compo claims and the verbal directive would have been given that anything else to do with Pullar was passed up to the 9th floor by hard copy only,

    Our belief is that this is why Crusher,s office have caused a hard copy of the Boag email to have been generated and our suggestion is that that hard copy of the Boag email was then trotted up to the PMs office as per the edict given out after Nick Smith got His well deserved rewards…

    • outofbed 26.1

      So the leak came from the PMs office which is why Crusher is vehemently denying it was her doing and refusing to answer questions at question time about who had the hard copy.(it would apparently not be in the public interest) this leads to JK it seems
      The questions is who will fall on their sword?

      • Colonial Viper 26.1.1

        The only way Crusher could 100% deny (as she has done) having leaked to the media, and to deny 100% that her Ministry/staff leaked to the media, is to know exactly who did. Her knowing the PM’s office was doing the knife work fits in there like a glove.

  26. bad12 27

    PS,there must have been bitter disappointment when the insurance only coughed up a measly Million after all that high powered influence peddling,

    Our query here of course,soley for the purposes of the filing of our own mega-bucks claim and now knowing that we will likely have to peddle a little influence,(and knowing that being on nodding terms with the Prez of the local gang chapter aint quite going to cut it), would i need to sign up to the Party to gain such a support crew of influentail standing,(I am sure I could just about hold onto my nose long enough),or is there perhaps a payment option for the support crew whereby they gain a % of the claim as paid,(we were thinking of asking Sir(snigger)Doug Graeham to act as support person but His influence seems a little tarnished recently)…

  27. HiThere 28

    Wow with all the various threads of thinking around the whole case some critical issues have been overlooked. Why is it that even with all the nats supporters has Pullar had such a difficult time with ACC, her list of 45 issues if you ask other claimants dealing with ACC for long term injuries I believe would also reflect the 45 issues and more are just so familiar being long term problems of faulty acc mangagement that is deserving of a substantial inquiry from where Judge Trakspi found severe failings in 1992…..

    Who is really reaping the rewards out of the ACC scheme when there are just so many issues? ACC’s preferred assessors of course. Simple – follow the money and the lapses in law and the lapses in any substantial remedies in getting acc to properly follow the law. The Privacy Act, funding of the Privacy commissioner requires increasing, the HDC does not investigate ACC’s medical assessors, the Medical Council Guidelines are effectively ignored, the Code of Claimanst Rights is arely upheld, the system is a real mess with expenditure on ACC’s own agendas that are not serving our social contract more could do with strengthening to protect levy payers – claimants – you and I.

    Really you should go have another look at the Phil Riley Strategy of 2009. Sure its easy to pick on the brain injured claimant but why dont you ask others with injuries what ACC has really been doing when ACC reports a 3.5 billion dollar profit. Theres more to unravel I just wish the Nats had the foresight to strengthen laws that actually force ACC to provide the social contract as intended.

    • burt 28.1

      Well said.

      • Colonial Viper 28.1.1

        You can’t believe that ACC made a profit, can you? I thought you said that ACC was a luxury that was “unaffordable”.

        • burt 28.1.1.1

          Well if you think state monopolies gouging 3.5 billion in profits while people suffer through lack of treatment is a good thing then you are indeed a proud socialist. It takes people like you to keep socialism alive, people who can fight for the right of the state to take their money from them while pretending the state is there to serve them. Let me guess, overcharging people for ACC is as “good” as over taxing them as long as it gives the government money for election advertising.

          This is like power generators banking billions of profit per year under Labour…. funny thing though was people like you defending that under Labour and complaining about power prices at the same time. Then being good socialist soldiers you rile against the profits when National are in power… what a complete puppet for a failed ideology you are CV.

    • burt 28.2

      HiThere

      from where Judge Trakspi found severe failings in 1992….

      If only I hadn’t signed so many confidentiality agreements I would elaborate on this in vast detail. It’s a stunning story and it really should be heard by people who are stupid enough to think that because ACC fits their socialist world view that it is serving them well.

  28. appleboy 29

    There’s no way Boag would have had Key’s name on there if it wasn’t cleared with him. Boag and Key are now covered in mud over this. Fantastic news, best I’ve had in ..oh 3 and a half years.

    • Colonial Viper 29.1

      This ‘own goal’ ‘friendly fire’ incident is turning into someone having ordered a full blown artillery barrage on their own positions.

  29. The `claims support’ or `advisory team’ list of 28 is bizarre, seems like a gross overplay of name dropping.

    National is facing major internal problems. Nick Smith is already a casualty. The Labour hit squad thought it could sink Judith Collins too but may have guessed too much there, overplaying a very weak hand.

    Non-MP, Michelle Boag is the common demoninator in the shaky Key ship.

    Will she sort her ship (out of character), or will we see National sunk by Missile Boag?

    • tracey 30.1

      b edwards observation tht collins cld only b so certain her office didnt leak if she knew who did iis compelling

  30. tracey 31

    Creating and revealing a hard copy s a stroke of genius (I used that word loosely) devised/designed to make it almost impossible to pin a leak to anyone (because the electronic trail wont be definitive anymore)> This devise has a ring of “make a complaint to the police to stop the teapot tape in its tracks until after the election is over”. This level of damage control is coming from one place (be it a single person or a small group of repeat “offenders”) like a strategy group. In the past when this kind of stuff was going on Mr ” I am just guided by my Dept CEO’s McCUlly” is never far from the action but my money is on Joyce. Go back to hollow men if you doubt his lurking in the shadowsness

  31. Uturn 32

    Just goes to show… you should never count your teapots before they’re washed.

  32. bad12 33

    We think that by the time Crusher,s office caused the hard copy of the Boag email to be created the Beehive had or were close to the realization that Pullar had been attaching tracking software to Her various emails to ACC,(and possibly those to Government Ministers),

    So,whether ordered by Slippery,s crew up on the ninth floor or as a clever piece of work by Crusher,s office, hard copying the Boag email to Crusher was part of political survival 101,

    We still see the situation as this,Nick Smith simply being given the ”choice” by Slippery, resign now and there might be a chance of rehabilitation in some future Cabinet re-shuffle or get sacked by Slippery and have no chance at all,

    At the point of Smith,s resignation the word would have been put out from the 9th floor that Slippery,s office was to be given any correspondence to do with the Pullar woman with Captain Panic Pants as the go to,

    Its what happens with any and all nasty looking revelations of a scandalous nature in the corridors of power

    Crusher,s reward for all this stonewalling of course is a huge amount of collected brownie points in not revealing the destination or the purpose of the hard copy made of the Boag email,

    Our view is still that Crusher didnt leak the details of the Boag email She just passed a copy of it upstairs as ordered by Slippery…

  33. A ‘clarification’ from Michelle Boag:

    Key never asked to support Pullar, says Boag

    Michelle Boag says at no time did Prime Minister John Key take any action in support of Bronwyn Pullar.

    Mr Key’s name is listed in a 2007 letter from Sovereign Insurance relating to an injury claim from Ms Pullar, alongside other National Party figures – former Prime Minister Dame Jenny Shipley and Wayne Mapp.

    Michelle Boag says the letter merely listed people who were aware of her situation.

    She says Ms Pullar had spoken with Mr Key about her accident at a function, but at no stage was he asked to support her claim.

  34. Looks like the ducks have been lined up to give it their best shot.

    No offer of help from Key – Pullar

    Bronwyn Pullar has revealed she spoke to John Key in person about her battle with a private insurance company – but he did not offer to help her.

    Pullar said today she had vented “my frustrations” to Key at a National Party Christmas event. At that time Key was the MP for Helensville and not in government.

    “I was very distressed at the time and I took the opportunity to vent my frustrations. He listened politely, but I did not ask him to do anything and he did not offer to assist,” Pullar said in a statement today.

    “Media have speculated about the reason why John Key and other senior National Party figures were mentioned by my insurer in a letter to Michelle Boag written by one of their senior executives,” Pullar said today.

    “One of my advisers had asked me to prepare a list of known people who were aware of my dispute with the insurer, and who the insurer may encounter in the course of their business. This was in the context of us entering into negotiations to reach a confidential settlement.”

    Provision of the list was necessary in case the insurer subsequently faced questions from these parties who had knowledge of the dispute, she said.

    “The dispute between the parties was subsequently resolved to the satisfaction of both parties. The detail of the arrangement reached between the parties was subject to a confidentiality agreement.”

    Maybe Close-Up should look a bit closer before they race their stories out. It was obviously a nonsense story – it still is, but not the great scoop TV1 made it out to be.

    • Pascal's bookie 35.1

      Maybe Close-Up should look a bit closer before they race their stories out. It was obviously a nonsense story – it still is, but not the great scoop TV1 made it out to be.

      Pete, maybe you should think and read abit closer before you rush your comments out. Boag has changed her story since yesterday. TVNZ talked to her yesterday, before they ran their story. What more do you expect them to do?

      • Pete George 35.1.1

        What more do you expect them to do?

        Use some common sense and some basic journalistic skills. Doesn’t a 28 member “support team” sound just a little bit odd?

        Especially having a raft of prominent names on it, including LOTO. How many teams supporting people with grievances with government departments do you think David Shearer would be on. That any MP would be on?

        There’s some odd things coming out in this wider story, but that was one of the weirdest that should have caused any journalist to pause slightly before rushing the story out don’t you think?

        • Pascal's bookie 35.1.1.1

          Pete.

          It was in a letter from the insurance co. It’s not for a jouno to just assume it’s bullshit. they rang a number of prominent people on the list who confirmed that they had advocated on behalf of Pullar. We’ve already had a minister resign for writing a letter supporting Pullar. They ranf Boag and got some strange comments from her.

          That’s what journalism is.

          Thinking something sounds a bit ‘odd’ so declining to run it, is like the opposite of journalism.

          • Pete George 35.1.1.1.1

            It’s not for a jouno to just assume it’s bullshit.

            No, a journo shouldn’t assume anything, especially they shouldn’t assume they have the scoop of the day without applying a bit of common sense first.

            Maybe I didn’t word it clealry enough in my previous comment.

            Doesn’t a 28 member “support team” including prominent names like LOTO sound so unlikely that there must be something screwy about the story that warrants further investigation?

            (Probably not when making the show time is all that they really care about).

            • Pascal's bookie 35.1.1.1.1.1

              Pete.

              The document exists. The fact that it looks weird, is what makes it a story. The fact that the PM denied involvement in something the doc claims exists, makes it a story.

              They asked Pullar for comment, she declined. they got comments from Boag.

              They ran the story.

              Boag has changed her story somewhat.

              This again, is a story. And journalists have run it.

              This is what journalism looks like.

              It’s how it works.

              See something weird, —> get the parties to comment,—-> run story, —–> run reactions to story.

              It results in journalism consumers being informed about the story.

            • mickysavage 35.1.1.1.1.2

              Pete you are missing the big picture here.  The nuanced views of who is right and wrong and who did what are of interest only to the chattering classes and essentially irrelevant.
               
              The two relevant matters are:
               
              1.  The National Party is at war with itself.
              2.  The overwhelming perception is that upper echelons of that party consist of people who have a huge expectation of entitlement way above that of the ordinary person.  So someone can enlist her friends to try and get a payout 14 times what was legitimate without being embarassed AND then seek and demand ACC AND allegedly seek benefit from the accidental release of ordinary kiwis’ private information.  At the very least they could be embarassed about this.
               
              The responses to date feed in perfectly to the meme that National is full of individuals who think they are superior to everyone else and have expectations of self benefit way above anything that is reasonable.
               
              This issue will end in tears for them.
               
              I should try and disengage smirk mode occasionally but it is really difficult …

              • Anne

                National is full of individuals who think they are superior to everyone else and have expectations of self benefit way above anything that is reasonable.

                Watch a few Question Times and you can see it written all over their MPs faces. Smug, self satisfied, we’re just so superior… looks. Then the camera pans on the opposition parties, and most there look normal and natural – no uppity tosses of their heads etc.

                Mind you at the moment the Nats are looking sulky and surly. Wonder why?

              • 1. The National Party is at war with itself.

                In your glee you’re not over estimating a tad are you? Boag has caused them some major problems for sure, but she’s not an MP, she’s not even in a signifiant position in the party?

                The insurance letter looks unlikely to be anything more than a distracting sideshow.

                If you keep trying to stoke this along you will probably uncover more National tawdriness, there’s always some of that to be found somewhere – but it’s a lottery whether that’s going to end up impacting more or less than the tawdriness of Labour tactics. The wider public aren’t fussed on either.

                Ultimately the loser is our democracy, and Parliament. Far too much time and effort is spent on negative destructive crap, which a lot of people beyond the feverish poliitcal backrooms have had a gutsful of.

                David Shearer’s positive new way has been successfully shoved aside, hasn’t it. Did you mention wars within parties?

                • 1. The National Party is at war with itself.
                  In your glee you’re not over estimating a tad are you?
                  Nope.  You are not seeing the big picture Petey.

                  • I suspect I can see a much wider more independent picture than you. How long have you been immersed in one party?

                    You might be seeing the picture you want to see. There’s a better than even chance that’s not what will end up being drawn.

                • wtl

                  Far too much time and effort is spent on negative destructive crap…

                  I’ve been trying to resist replying all the crap you’ve been spouting over the last few weeks, but finally succumbed. This is all just ridiculous:

                  1) In this case the ‘negative destructive crap’ has largely been from National against National. So you’re continued complaints about people here, who have little to do with National, is very misdirected. Sure, some of the comments on this blog have been over the top, but it’s the internet FFS, what do you expect? Besides, you can’t expect everyone to behave according to your standards of decency (which are mostly hypocritical double standards anyway).

                  2) The above-mentioned letter was definitely of public interest. As others have highlighted, it shows how those with good connections use these to their own benefit. Of course a 28-person ‘support team’ is odd. Its not literally a ‘support team’ – its a list of people in powerful positions being used to threaten Sovereign, telling them ‘be careful, I have powerful friends who you don’t want to piss off.

                  Were those on the list fully aware that they were being name dropped? I don’t know. But the fact that such a tactic was used repeatedly is very revealing. I’m not surprised at all that it happens… but suspecting and seeing evidence of it are two entirely different things. But you would rather the media to bury it so we can’t see the evidence? WTF? All it the name of avoiding ‘being negative’???

                  3) Perhaps you should be complaining about those who actually DO stuff like abuse their positions of power to achieve their own personal aims rather than complaining about those who actually call them out on it? It seems that in your world we should all be nice to each other and let those in power get away with abusing their positions – after all, we don’t want to be ‘negative’, do we? I, for one, am very glad we don’t live in a world like that

                  Its all very sad. It seems to be that you are deeply in denial. You a such a big fan of Key and National that you are unwilling to believe that your side could act in such a way. So you lash out at those on the other side. And you start grasping at straws to try and discount all evidence that those in National get up to shit like this – i.e. the above comment complaining about the media report.

                  • You might cheer up if you didn’t make so many false assumptions. Just because you don’t see what else I do don’t assume I do nothing other than on here.

                    I’m not a big fan of Key and National. I’m both supportive and critical, as I am of Shearer and Labour.

                    I don’t have “a side”.

                    I criticise negative stuff elsewhere, I criticised WO on his blog yesterday (I’m very much against the personal attacks especially on collaterals) and there’s been plenty of hissy reactions to criticisms at KB over the years.

                    Generally those who behave the worst react the worst when called on their behaviour.

                    Relax and have a nice weekend.

                    • Te Reo Putake

                      Petey Says Relax (and have a nice weekend).
                       
                      Thanks, Pete, I will. I was going to a comedy club tonight, but you’ve just saved me the twenty bucks:
                       
                      “I’m not a big fan of Key and National.”
                       
                      You should be on the telly, Pete! Comedy (G)old.
                       
                       

    • Te Reo Putake 35.2

      Why was Key’s name on the list, Pete? Even if he didn’t offer to help, somebody thought he was OK with being associated with Pullar’s claim and added him in, apparently without his permission. Or so he says now.

    • Jackal 35.3

      @ Pete George

      I’m not sure how that resolves Key’s answer when he was questioned about his knowledge on Puller’s ACC claim:

      I first met her [Bronwyn Pullar] when she came into politics in 2002, she was friends at that point with Michele Boag, I’m sure she continues to be so. I saw her at a few National events. I can’t remember seeing her ever since I’ve been the leader of the opposition so be a good five or six years.

      Sovereign Insurance notes:

      We have been supplied with a list of 28 named people who are members of Bronwyn’s ‘claims support/advisory team’.

      This list includes prominent individuals such as Sir Selwyn Cushing, John Key, Jenny Shipley and Wayne Mapp.

      The question is who put the list of 28 people who supported Pullar’s claim together. It is my guess that it was Boag and the list was composed because at the time those people did in fact support or advise Pullar and/or Boag in the best way to gain insurance as well as an ACC payout.

      The key here is that Boag has been very careful with her words:

      At no time did Prime Minister John Key take any action in support of Bronwyn Pullar.

      Advising and supporting somebody is not specifically taking action as the Prime Minister on behalf of Bronwyn Pullar.

      Boag and Pullar have simply realized that this is looking decidedly bad for all involved and it is damaging to the party they support.

    • Puddleglum 35.4

      One of my advisers had asked me to prepare a list of known people who were aware of my dispute with the insurer, and who the insurer may encounter in the course of their business.

      This is an interesting comment. It speaks of ‘people who were aware’ of the dispute and whom the insurer may ‘encounter in the course of their business’.

      Perhaps I’m being too sceptical, but that honestly sounds to me like a careful rewording of something like:

      ‘We’ll make a list of well-known people with power and use it to leverage the insurance company.’

      Obviously, in the communications from Boag that the Sovereign letter refers to, the list of people was not presented to them as ‘some well-known people who know about Ms Pullar’s injury and you may encounter’ but as an ‘advisory/support’ team. That’s quite a material difference.

      And, frankly, it’s hard to imagine that Boag – who clearly has been going in to bat for Pullar for years – would present Sovereign with a helpful list of people they may encounter in the course of their business who know about Pullar’s dispute in a purely innocent manner, not intending that list to have any bearing on Sovereign’s decision-making.

      Ms Pullar’s ‘advisor’ (the one who asked her to draw up this list) either misrepresented to Ms Pullar the way in which it would be used or failed to inform her of the way in which it had, indeed, been used.

      You are right, Pete George, to note that the ducks are being lined up to protect John Key – but that’s not to say that the ducks were, in reality, actually in a line to begin with.

      • Ross 35.4.1

        I think Pullar’s advisor gilded the lily. It’s not unheard of. Job seekers have been known to do it with their CVs. It may have been true that those on the list knew of Pullar and knew what she wanted, but it may be a stretch to say they supported her.

        • Ross 35.4.1.1

          A point that has been overlooked, it seems, is that MPs advise and assist their constituents on a regular basis. I would hate to think MPs would think twice about that role. For example, Lianne Dalziel is helping her constituents in Christchurch re the quakes there. Should she take a step back? I would hope not. Of course, some of her constituents when making claims may mention that Dalziel has assisted and supported them. Is that wrong?

          • Colonial Viper 35.4.1.1.1

            A point that has been overlooked, it seems, is that MPs advise and assist their constituents on a regular basis.

            Ahhh, you’re going with the naive disingenuous look are you?

            I’ll clue you up: in instances where there is a direct conflict of interest eg. the constituent is also a personal friend who wants you to use your Ministerial sway over a portfolio to assist them, then yeah its wrong. Example – Nick Smith and Pullar. That’s why he resigned btw, in case you were wondering.

        • Colonial Viper 35.4.1.2

          It may have been true that those on the list knew of Pullar and knew what she wanted, but it may be a stretch to say they supported her.

          Several have already admitted on TV and radio that they were close to her in National Party circles and that they did support her.

  35. RichWhite&Fey 36

    .. AT LEAST IT KEEPS THE CHATTERING CLASSES AMUSED ..

  36. tracey 37

    Boag and pullar used 28 names to threaten the insurance co pany and clearly believed that if it thought those twenty would get up their arse, in otherwords boag and pullar thought they could wave the names and get action. .. For those who think supporting a party isnt about payback prid quo pro think again. Boag and pullar have no political career to lose and bugger all left to lose so like good party faithfull will now try and take the bullets for the good of the team

  37. bad12 38

    We wonder if Slippery and Boag are going to have a quiet little get together in Queenstown this weekend???,

    Gee we would imagine that the venom filled polite conversation those two would have might strip paint….

  38. Key,Boag and Pullar at the queenstown golf classic,that incidently is costing tax payers
    $500 grand.
    Key,according to the dom post has already done a ‘sweep’ of his files etc to see if there
    was any communication with pullar.
    Its all toooo convieniant and key says that none of them have seen each other at the
    tax payer contributed golf classic,does he take nz’ers for fools.

  39. randal 40

    my eyes are dim I canot see,
    I have not brought my specs with me;
    “Key linked to Pullar chain”?

  40. john 41

    John key and his National MPs are SCUM!

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    Gareth’s World | 24-07
  • Hard News: Friday Music: Why anyone does it in the first place
    Florian Habicht’s Pulp film is warm, funny, satisfying and true. And its first few minutes are just brilliantly, awesomely exuberant. They're why people buy records and go to gigs and obsess over bands, and why people play in bands in...
    Public Address | 24-07
  • Message to TV3 execs – Is this really acceptable?
    . . If there is one thing that Tania Billingsley has raised in this country, it is focusing the glare of public scrutiny  on New Zealand’s casually sexist and demeaning attitude toward women. Some refer to it as a “rape...
    Frankly Speaking | 24-07
  • Message to TV3 execs – Is this really acceptable?
    . . If there is one thing that Tania Billingsley has raised in this country, it is focusing the glare of public scrutiny  on New Zealand’s casually sexist and demeaning attitude toward women. Some refer to it as a “rape...
    Frankly Speaking | 24-07
  • Accelerating the Additional Harbour Crossing project?
    Yesterday was a busy day for transport news. Alongside Gerry Brownlee’s strange airport escapade, Labour Transport Spokesman Phil Twyford dropped a bit of a bombshell in relation to the possible acceleration of the Additional Waitemata Habour Crossing (AWHC) project as...
    Transport Blog | 24-07
  • Mike Hosking & the benefit of low expectations
    Labour has been bleating about Mike Hosking being used as moderator in a TVNZ election debate. There is even the unconvincing talk that Labour may boycott the debate if Hosking takes that role....
    Pundit | 24-07
  • Brownlee Should be Arrested like we Would be
    If you or I broke aviation security laws we would  be arrested. Why wasn’t Brownlee?  ...
    An average kiwi | 24-07
  • No time. No manners. No respect.
    H/T @nintendoug...
    The Jackal | 24-07
  • Mike Hosking as TVNZ’s moderator for political debates?! WTF?!
    . . I checked the calendar, and it’s not April 1st. An April Fool’s joke is the first reaction I had when I heard  that someone at  TVNZ had appointed Mike Hosking to be the moderator  for live, televised election-year...
    Frankly Speaking | 24-07
  • Mike Hosking as TVNZ’s moderator for political debates?! WTF?!
    . . I checked the calendar, and it’s not April 1st. An April Fool’s joke is the first reaction I had when I heard  that someone at  TVNZ had appointed Mike Hosking to be the moderator  for live, televised election-year...
    Frankly Speaking | 24-07
  • National Standards are awesome: Parata
    Hello everyone! I am the Minister of Education and I am more stoked than an illegal Christchurch log-burner. How exciting is a day like today when we can release a vast amount of information to our good friends in the...
    My Thinks | 24-07
  • Neo Liberal interest rate hike
    In order to honour his commitment to keep inflation in check, and due to the gross negligence of the current Government in failing to deliver large scale housing developments in Auckland and Christchurch, the Reserve Bank Governor today increased the...
    Closing the Gap | 24-07
  • The Dark Snow team investigates the source of soot that’s acceleratin...
    Around the planet, wildfires are becoming larger and more destructive. This summer, a series of wildfires enveloped large areas of Canada’s Boreal forest, blanketing western North America with smoke. One key question is, do these fires have an effect on...
    Skeptical Science | 24-07
  • Hosking votes National
    It never ceases to amaze me just how arrogant and/or deluded the right wing media are here in New Zealand. Not only did we have TVNZ trying to portray Cameron Slater, a blogger known for his hate speech, as some...
    The Jackal | 24-07
  • Gerry Brownlee offers to resign
    Gerry Brownlee offered to resign as Transport Minster today after getting caught out skipping security at Christchurch airport. Prime Minister John Key says he was “really disappointed” after Gerry Brownlee bypassed airport security this morning, but he has been quick...
    Transport Blog | 24-07
  • Step back: What WWI can teach us about Ukraine
    For the past year I have been on the World War I Commemoration Panel. The members include people as diverse as Sir Peter Jackson, Dame Anne Salmond, and Sir Bob Harvey. One of the most interesting things I have done...
    Pundit | 24-07
  • There’s a name for this…
    The latest atrocity in the Australian government's war on refugees: covering up the rate of self-harm and attempted suicide:Harrowing eyewitness accounts from the president of the Australian Human Rights Commission and a team of medical experts say there is a...
    No Right Turn | 24-07
  • Deep State Power Crimes: An Anglo-American News Blindspot in MH-17 Coverage
    MH-17 vs Ukrainian SU-25? Russian Defense Ministry claims a Ukrainian SU-25 fighter jet was within 5-10 km of MH-17. By Snoopman, 24 July 2014 No Brainer vs No Brainer It’s fascinating to see TVNZ’s One News ask its viewers on...
    Snoopman News | 24-07
  • UK police spied on their critics
    First, it was the family of Stephen Lawrence. Now we learn that the UK police spied on other people seeking justice from them as well:Undercover police gathered intelligence on grieving families who were battling the Metropolitan police for justice, including...
    No Right Turn | 24-07
  • Gerry
    So Gerry's a complete screw up. (Again.) That sounds like something for Gerry to explain all by himself. Have fun, Gerry. Filed under: nationalGerry Brownlee...
    Polity | 24-07
  • An answer to the anti-fluoride critics – in one image
    Click image to enlarge.  The chemical website Compound Interest, is producing a series of infograms to communicate some chemistry.  Here is an excellent one they produced on fluoride. I think it would make a great poster. It is accompanied by...
    Open Parachute | 24-07
  • Everything in moderation
    I’m not sure it really warranted being front-page news (Gaza? MH17? Anyone?) but the announcement of Mike Hosking as the anointed moderator for TVNZ’s political leaders’ debates was always going to lead to a bit of head-scratching. Hosking’s political leanings...
    Boots Theory | 24-07
  • Key and Hauiti – don’t ask, don’t tell
    How much money did National’s soon-to-be-former List MP Claudette Hauiti misspend on parliamentary credit card? We don’t know. As a mere backbencher, her credit card information can’t be OIAd, meaning that they only way we’ll ever find out is if...
    Occasionally erudite | 24-07
  • Exports continue to simplify under National
    Export data released today from Statistics New Zealand today shows a continuing and disturbing trend in the New Zealand economy — we are exporting less high-valued manufactured goods (down 12.5 percent) and less high-valued manufactured goods as a proportion of...
    frogblog | 24-07
  • Mike Hosking is not a Thing That Matters
    TVNZ plans to have Mike Hosking as its moderator for the network’s televised leaders’ debates. To my mind, it’s a stupid choice, but then I’m someone who can’t stand Mr Hosking’s brand of ageing hipster, Paul Henry-esque, elitist minority bashing “broadcasting”....
    Occasionally erudite | 24-07
  • Another botched execution in the US
    Another US execution has gone horribly wrong:The controversy engulfing the death penalty in the United States escalated on Wednesday when the state of Arizona took almost two hours to kill a prisoner using an experimental concoction of drugs whose provenance...
    No Right Turn | 24-07
  • A serial offender
    So it wasn't just a holiday in Oz Claudette Hauiti tried to stick us with:Outgoing National MP Claudette Hauiti admits using her parliamentary charge card to buy petrol for her personal car in a further breach of the rules on...
    No Right Turn | 24-07
  • Should we charge tourists extra for driving on NZ roads?
    There have been a few suggestions recently that international tourists should be paying more to drive in New Zealand, or have to pass a driving test, or things along those lines. Winston Aldworth, the Travel Editor at the Herald, wrote...
    Transport Blog | 24-07
  • Govt gives $107m for Lincoln buildings, $0 for staff
    Hau Taki Haere Vol 17 No 24 The government has agreed to give up to $107.5 million in capital funding toward the rebuilding of Lincoln University’s science facilities destroyed in the Canterbury earthquakes. While welcoming...
    Tertiary Education Union | 24-07
  • Can you really trust your gut? And should you?
    Have you ever been in an interview and thought to yourself “this person just feels […] The post Can you really trust your gut? And should you? appeared first on Connected....
    Potentia | 24-07
  • Auckland rail use spike shows need to start link now
    The Green Party today welcomes Auckland Transport figures showing rail patronage has soared by 23 percent in June from June 2013, demonstrating both the value of electrification and the need to immediately get cracking building the Auckland City Rail link."We...
    Greens | 25-07
  • Soaring rail use in Auckland shows need for rail link now
    The Green Party today welcomes Auckland Transport figures showing rail patronage has soared by 23 percent in June from June 2013, demonstrating both the value of electrification and the need to immediately get cracking building the Auckland City Rail link."We...
    Greens | 25-07
  • Puhoi-Warkworth decision doesn’t stack up
    The Board of Inquiry decision on the Puhoi-Warkworth motorway gives the green light to a project that doesn’t stack up, says Labour’s Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford. “Labour would spend $320 million immediately to fix the accident black spots, put in...
    Labour | 25-07
  • Key must stand Brownlee down during investigation
    The wise thing for the Prime Minister to do is ask Gerry Brownlee to hand in his transport warrant and to stand him down for the duration of the CAA investigation, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “It’s not good enough...
    Labour | 25-07
  • Puhoi highway won’t help Northland roads
    The draft decision by the Environmental Protection Agency to grant resource consent to the proposed $1.65 billion Puhoi motorway doesn't stop it being a waste of money, the Green Party said today. "The Puhoi motorway is an unnecessary waste of...
    Greens | 25-07
  • Green Party to focus on issues not sideshows
    The Green Party has launched its creative for the 2014 election; Love New Zealand. The Green Party campaign focuses on the issues where there is concern that we do not love New Zealand enough; our increasingly polluted environment, increased poverty...
    Greens | 25-07
  • Coleman must come clean about FBI briefing
    Former Immigration Minister Jonathan Coleman must come clean about when he was told the FBI was investigating Kim Dotcom, Labour’s Associate Security and Intelligence spokesperson Grant Robertson says. “Jonathan Coleman has previously said ministers were not aware of the American...
    Labour | 25-07
  • Regional economies need tailored plans
    News that up to 114 jobs could be lost from Fonterra’s Canpac plant in Hamilton reinforces the need for a government plan to build resilient regional economies, Labour’s MP for Hauraki-Waikato Nanaia Mahuta says. “The Canpac site has effectively responded...
    Labour | 25-07
  • Kiwis to get the final vote on amalgamation
    New Zealanders will get the right to have a final say on any proposed local body amalgamations, says Labour’s local government spokesperson Su’a William Sio releasing Labour’s Local Government policy today....
    Labour | 24-07
  • Dr Rajen Prasad’s Valedictory Statement
    Draft Hansard Parliamentary Record. Subject to correction. Bula vinaka. Namaste, Mr Assistant Speaker. Thank you very much. Tēnā koe. I am a lucky migrant and am privileged to have received as much as I have from this country for over...
    Labour | 24-07
  • Darien Fenton’s Valedictory Statement
    Nga mihi nui - kia koutou. I acknowledge all Members of Parliament I have served with and I do so without rancour or criticism. Over nearly nine years in parliament I’ve found that despite furious debate about political difference, most...
    Labour | 24-07
  • Immigation and Kim Dotcom – Harawira
    “I just got a call from National Business Review reporter, asking whether there was any contradiction between my thoughts on immigration in 2009 and now, particularly given MANA’s newly minted relationship with Kim Dotcom” said MANA leader and Tai Tokerau...
    Mana | 24-07
  • Nats to announce 2nd crossing without rail
    Labour Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford says it has been leaked to him that John Key will rule out a rail option when announcing an accelerated timeframe for Auckland’s $5 billion second harbour crossing next month. “I understand the Government’s plan...
    Labour | 24-07
  • “They put Maori centre stage” – Harawira
    “I’m sorry I can’t be at parliament for the valedictory speeches of Tariana Turia and Pita Sharples” said Hone Harawira, MANA Leader and MP for Tai Tokerau, ”but I’d like to add my own best wishes as they reach the end...
    Mana | 24-07
  • ACT trying to have it both ways on zoning
    ACT Party candidate David Seymour’s campaign against changes to school zones in the Epsom electorate looks hollow given his party’s commitment to the abolition of school zoning altogether, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “It’s disingenuous for David Seymour to...
    Labour | 24-07
  • Interest rate rise will hit the regions
    The latest interest rate rise will hit the fragile regional economies of  New Zealand and hurt exporters by putting more upward pressure on the exchange rate, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker.  “The regions are already hit by dropping  export...
    Labour | 24-07
  • Burning the flag or accepting the evil
    Burning the Israeli flag in Auckland in protest over the murder of innocent civilians in Gaza is nothing to be ashamed of” said MANA Leader and Tai Tokerau MP, Hone Harawira. “Calling for both sides to stand down when one side...
    Mana | 23-07
  • Photo op disguises abysmal failure
    John Key’s opening of four Housing NZ units in Bexley today is nothing more than an insincere photo op designed to hide the Government’s failure to rebuild the housing stock destroyed by the earthquakes, says Labour’s Associate Housing spokesperson Poto...
    Labour | 23-07
  • TAXPAYER UNION “outrageously stupid”
    Jordan Williams, Executive Director of the Taxpayers’ Union says a MANA billboard “appears to have been funded by taxpayers”, and calls it “an outrageous use of taxpayer money”. “But the only thing that is outrageous, is how outrageously stupid Jordan Williams was...
    Mana | 23-07
  • Green Party launches Solar in Schools policy
    The Green Party will help schools install solar and save money on their power bills by investing $20 million into solar PV systems in schools. The $20 million is expected to:Help around 500 schools install solar over three yearsResult in...
    Greens | 23-07
  • Extent of job losses at Invermay remain hidden
    Despite growing concern in the agriculture and science sectors, both AgResearch management and the Minister responsible are continuing to hide the true extent of job losses at AgResearch’s Invermay campus, Labour’s MP for Dunedin North David Clark says. “Science and...
    Labour | 23-07
  • Tōku reo, tōku oho oho, tōku reo, tōku mapihi maurea – MANA launches ...
    “MANA is launching its te reo Māori policy this morning ahead of the first reading of the government’s Māori Language Strategy Bill this afternoon”, saidMANA deputy leader and candidate for Waiariki, Annette Sykes. “MANA’s policy is based on a love...
    Mana | 23-07
  • Connectivity Upgrade to close digital divide
    Labour will close the digital divide with its Connectivity Upgrade to ensure all New Zealanders can be part of a growing, more connected economy and have the right to access quality broadband, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says.  “The digital revolution...
    Labour | 23-07
  • New parents deserve support – Labour will deliver
    ...
    Labour | 23-07
  • National refuses meeting with Maui’s advocates
    National has refused a briefing from a group of Maui's dolphins experts, whose research shows 80 per cent of New Zealanders want greater protection for the critically endangered dolphin, the Green Party said today.Dolphin campaigner Gemma McGrath and marine scientist...
    Greens | 23-07
  • MANA Tamaki send a challenge to Labour
    “Labour should set the agenda and purposely do something positively controversial once a week”, said MANA candidate for Mt Albert, Joe Carolan. “A good start would be for all Labour Auckland MPs and members to join the Justice for Palestine...
    Mana | 23-07
  • We must act to save our dolphins
    A new report makes it clear for the urgent need to protect Maui’s and Hector’s dolphins while arguing  it is clear that there is no need for further research, says Labour’s Conservation spokesperson Ruth Dyson.  “Labour backs the public call...
    Labour | 23-07
  • School told to manipulate national standards data
    Parents can have little confidence in the Government’s National Standards after an Auckland school was told to manipulate its data so it added up, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins. “Valley School in Pukekohe was advised in an email from the...
    Labour | 23-07
  • Regional economies must have tailored plans
    News that up to 114 jobs could be lost from Fonterra’s Canpac plant in Hamilton reinforces the need for a government plan to build resilient regional economies, Labour’s MP for Hauraki-Waikato Nanaia Mahuta says. “The Canpac site has effectively responded...
    Labour | 23-07
  • Auditor General slams Shared Services project
    The Auditor-General’s Office could not have been more damning about the 18 months spent on the Central Agency Shared Services (CASS) project at the Finance and Expenditure Committee this morning, says Maryan Street, Labour’s State Services spokesperson.  ...
    Labour | 23-07
  • Fonterra job losses a massive blow to Waikato
    The potential loss of up to 114 jobs from Fonterra’s Canpac plant in Hamilton is a massive blow to the Waikato region which has already lost hundreds of jobs, Labour says. Labour’s Social Development spokesperson and Hamilton-based list MP Sue...
    Labour | 23-07
  • Basin flyover decision an opportunity for capital
    The decision to reject the proposed flyover at the Basin Reserve must be taken as an opportunity to properly fund Wellington’s transport future and must not be used as an excuse to take resources away from the capital, Wellington Labour MPs...
    Labour | 22-07
  • National out of touch with the regions
    John Key is out of touch with regional New Zealand if he believes tinkering with council regulations will restore opportunities to small towns, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “While the regions are crying out for sustainable growth and job opportunities,...
    Labour | 22-07
  • Flyover rejection a victory for sustainable transport
    The rejection of the proposed Basin Reserve flyover by a Board of Inquiry is a victory for sustainable transport in Wellington and paves the way for other alternatives to be given a fair hearing, Wellington Labour MPs Grant Robertson and...
    Labour | 22-07
  • Reo Māori Policy Launch
    MANA will be launching its Reo Māori policy at 10am Thursday 24 July, at Matangireia (the old Māori Affairs Select Committee room at Parliament). We will also be addressing our concerns regarding the Minister of Māori Affairs Māori Language Strategy...
    Mana | 22-07
  • Basin Flyover decision victory for common sense
    The Green Party welcomed the Environmental Protection Authority's draft decision announced today not to allow the $90 million Basin Reserve flyover in Wellington to proceed."Both popular and expert opinion opposed the flyover. The proposal was expensive, unnecessary and would have...
    Greens | 22-07
  • Loss Leading could destroy Kiwi lamb’s reputation
    Meat companies that supply supermarkets and sell New Zealand lamb as a loss leader in the United Kingdom should lose their access to this valuable quota market, said Labour’s Primary Industries spokesperson Damien O’Connor. “Our reputation as a Lamb producer...
    Labour | 22-07
  • Ae Marika! 22 July 2014
    The big storm has gone, but the damage that it did and the saturation levels that it reached meant that smaller storms quickly overwhelmed roading, and water-flow systems again in the north. And although certain individuals are talking up the...
    Mana | 21-07
  • 2014 Roger Award nominations now open
    The Roger Award is for The Worst Transnational Corporation Operating in Aotearoa/New Zealand in 2014 Nominations are now open please visit the website to nominate the worst TNC in Aotearoa. You will need to include reasons why you think your...
    Mana | 21-07
  • Labour will revive the regions with new fund
    The next Labour Government will co-develop Regional Growth Plans for every region of New Zealand and will invest at least $200 million in a fund to create breakthrough opportunities for jobs and sustainable growth, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says....
    Labour | 21-07
  • Speech to Local Government New Zealand
    Speech to the Local Government New Zealand Conference 2014 Read our full regional development policy Download Introduction Early in my time as an MP I went for a long walk on a windswept Kare Kare beach with Waitakere mayor Bob Harvey. We talked...
    Labour | 21-07
  • Stop Israeli State Terror – Rally and March this Saturday 26th July, Aote...
     The humanitarian crisis in Gaza is getting much worse and the world is marching in unprecedented numbers. New Zealanders spoke out strongly last Saturday with a march of 5,000 people in Auckland (see picture below) – the biggest march ever...
    Mana | 21-07
  • NZ needs to assist UN with aid for Gaza
    The New Zealand Government should support the United Nation's efforts to raise money to assist humanitarian aid for the people of Gaza, the Green Party said today.The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) has made a...
    Greens | 21-07
  • INTERNET MANA ROAD TRIP- LEG 2
      WAIKATO / TARANAKI / MANAWATU-WANGANUI  Tuesday July 29th, 6pm | RotoruaDistinction Hotel, Fenton Ballroom, 390 Fenton Street, Rotorua  Wednesday July 30th 6pm | HamiltonWaikato University, Price Waterhouse Coopers Lecture Theatre, Gate 7, Hillcrest Rd Hamilton  Thursday July 31st, 6pm |...
    Mana | 21-07
  • Road fix needed now, not later
    Northland’s roading system is in chaos and needs fixing fast, Labour List MP Kelvin Davis says.  “According to NZTA’s 10 year funding data every area of Northland has had a decrease in NZTA funding since 2008...
    Labour | 20-07
  • KiwiSaver innovations needed to build wealth
    The innovative changes to KiwiSaver suggested by the Financial Services Council today will be seriously considered by Labour as part of plans to make KiwiSaver universal, Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker says. “Universal KiwiSaver is an essential part of Labour’s...
    Labour | 20-07
  • Greens announce 20 hours free ECE for two year olds
    The Green Party today announced that its key social platform for this election will be to tackle child poverty and inequality by ensuring every child in New Zealand has enough to thrive.The Green Party will make a series of policy...
    Greens | 20-07
  • MANA Pasifika Says NO To Discrimination
    Vice Chairperson of MANA Pasifika James Papali’i  feels for Ms Tupou and her children after they were served with trespass orders from their  local swimming pool in new market. With no warning or explanation from the pool staff Police ordered...
    Mana | 20-07
  • MANA Movement policy release – Economic Justice – John Minto
    Address notes from Mana Economic Justice Spokesperson and co-vice President John Minto to Economic policy launch in Kelston – 2pm, Sunday 20 July 2014. Reducing inequality and giving everyone a fair go MANA Movement’s policy prescription for a rich man’s...
    Mana | 20-07
  • One-sided reporting on the Middle East Conflict
    The following was sent to New Zealand Herald, Fairfax Media, Radio New Zealand, Television New Zealand, TV3, Radio Live and ZB Network. We are writing to all of you because there are well established patterns of reporting which seem to have been adopted by New Zealand...
    Mana | 20-07
  • On so called Labour Party ‘distractions’
    The right wing of the Labour Party are constructing a narrative that Labour need to stop chasing distractions and focus on the real issues that matter and not these silly GCSB, inequality, domestic violence, media bias, TPPA issues. It is...
    The Daily Blog | 25-07
  • Selfies: Labour’s Electorate MPs are at it again
    IT’S A LITTLE TRIANGLE of grass at the corner of Rewa Street and Mt Eden Road, ideal for election hoardings. Wandering along Mt Eden Road last Saturday morning to our weekly appointment with the brunch menu at Orvieto, my family and...
    The Daily Blog | 25-07
  • Well, well, well – Jonathan Coleman did know about FBI interest into Kim ...
    Last years GCSB Town Hall meeting in Auckland Oh dear, the cover up and lies are starting to fall over now aren’t they… Coleman knew of FBI interest in Dotcom pre-residency decisionGovernment minister Jonathan Coleman knew the FBI was interested...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • Why You Must March Against Factory Farming This Saturday, 12pm
    The rally this Saturday is critical because this is the FIRST TIME IN NEW ZEALAND HISTORY that a major party has agreed to ban all intensive factory farming practices. The Labour party, the Greens, Internet-Mana, the SPCA, SAFE and other...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • Astronaut tweets photo of explosions over Israel and Gaza from space
      This is what a war zone looks like from space: From aboard the International Space Station, German astronaut Alexander Gerst tweeted this image as the station passed over Israel and Gaza in what he called ‘his saddest photo yet’....
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • When Firstline are focusing on flag burning rather than dead Palestinian ch...
    The IDF are butchering children in UN schools this morning and what’s the big issue on TV3s Firstline? Flag burning. How pathetic, and what a slap in the face to Mike McRoberts who is currently risking his life in Gaza...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • ‘Victim’ vs ‘Terrorist’
    ‘Victim’ vs ‘Terrorist’...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • Petition asking TVNZ to stand Hosking down as election moderator jumps to o...
    In just a day the petition calling on TVNZ to replace Hosking as the election moderator has jumped to over 2500, you can sign it here. The defence that the Right are trying to run here is that John Campbell...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • When the mainstream media go feral: the descent into sheer farce, according...
    . . It had to happen, I guess… The media pack-campaign against Labour Leader David Cunliffe has managed to  plumb new depths of absurdity. On TV3, on 24 July,  TV3/Tova O’Brien ran this report on their 6PM News bulletin, about...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • Coalition for Better Broadcasting: MIKE HOSKING FOR PM?
    Yes indeed. Mike Hosking is for the PM. And now he’s able to do even more as moderator (or should that be immoderator) of TVNZ’s election debates. Here at the Coalition for Better Broadcasting we feel it’s pretty safe to say that...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • The lie that “There is no alternative” to neo-liberal economic policies
    Supporters of President Maduro in Venezuela rally   Since the 1980s we have had drubbed into our heads that there was no alternative to the economic and social policies unleashed at that time. It even had it’s own acronym – TINA. The...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • A Kanaky tale of mining skulduggery and environmental courage
    Florent Eurisouké … still campaigning against mining. Photo: Del Abcede/PMC David Robie also blogs at Café Pacific AN EXTRAORDINARY story of mining skulduggery and a courageous struggle by indigenous Kanak environmental campaigners has been captured in a poignant new documentary,...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • UNBREAKING: The list of questions Mike Hosking will use in first TVNZ leade...
    “Good evening ladies and gentlemen and welcome to the first TVNZ leaders debate being held live in the gloriously beautiful Sky City ball room. It’s such a beautiful building boys and girls, we are so blessed to have Sky City...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • Internet Party Party review
      I have been to A LOT of political party functions in my time, and they tend to be dull affairs at the best of times but what is happening with Internet MANA is something quite exciting. I went to...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • Dear Seven Sharp – after learning Hosking will be the leaders debate ...
    I have to be honest, I had made the decision last night  to accept Seven Sharp’s hastily offered opportunity to appear on their show after I savagely criticised the bullshit whitewash story they did on John Key’s favourite far right hate speech...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • National refuses meeting with Maui’s advocates
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: National refuses meeting with Maui’s advocates Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | Press Release This is another reminder that the National Government does not care about the survival of the Maui’s dolphin National...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Message from CTU President Helen Kelly
    MIL OSI – Source: Unite Union – Headline: Message from CTU President Helen Kelly Dear MikeThere’s only 43 days until September 3, when voting in the General Election starts. The last day to vote is September 20.Thanks heaps for signing...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • MANA Tamaki send a challenge to Labour
    MIL OSI – Source: Mana Movement – Headline: MANA Tamaki send a challenge to Labour Posted on July 23, 2014 by admin in Joe Carolan, Press Releases“Labour should set the agenda and purposely do something positively controversial once a week”,...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • We must act to save our dolphins
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: We must act to save our dolphins A new report makes it clear for the urgent need to protect Maui’s and Hector’s dolphins while arguing  it is clear that there is no...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • School told to manipulate national standards data
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: School told to manipulate national standards data Parents can have little confidence in the Government’s National Standards after an Auckland school was told to manipulate its data so it added up, Labour’s...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Regional economies must have tailored plans
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Regional economies must have tailored plans News that up to 114 jobs could be lost from Fonterra’s Canpac plant in Hamilton reinforces the need for a government plan to build resilient regional...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Auditor General slams Shared Services project
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Auditor General slams Shared Services project The Auditor-General’s Office could not have been more damning about the 18 months spent on the Central Agency Shared Services (CASS) project at the Finance and...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Fonterra job losses a massive blow to Waikato
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Fonterra job losses a massive blow to Waikato The potential loss of up to 114 jobs from Fonterra’s Canpac plant in Hamilton is a massive blow to the Waikato region which has...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Basin flyover decision an opportunity for capital
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Basin flyover decision an opportunity for capital The decision to reject the proposed flyover at the Basin Reserve must be taken as an opportunity to properly fund Wellington’s transport future and must...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Indonesia: New President Widodo must make good on human rights pledges
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Indonesia: New President Widodo must make good on human rights pledges Indonesia’s new President Joko Widodo must deliver on campaign promises to improve Indonesia’s dire human rights situation, Amnesty International said....
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Communities in Sierra Leone turn their backs on female genital mutilation
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Communities in Sierra Leone turn their backs on female genital mutilation While activists gather in London to discuss strategies to tackle female genital mutilation, communities across Sierra Leone have been taking...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • The Gambia: Activists mark 20 years of iron-fisted repression
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: The Gambia: Activists mark 20 years of iron-fisted repression The Gambian government must abolish the laws and iron fisted practices that have resulted in two decades of widespread human rights violations,...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • A blog from the front lines of Palestine: It’s time for a new narrative
    I don’t know if I follow trouble or if trouble follows me, but somehow I seem to have found myself near one of the world’s hotspots again. The difference this time is that instead of sitting in some obscure location,...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • GUEST BLOG: Michael Wood – The Path Ahead
    It’s well established that Labour has had a difficult couple of weeks. Getting back on to a successful path requires our focus to shift from looking inwards to outwards, heightened discipline, and inner conviction. While my assessment of New Zealand...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Employers liquidating companies to avoid paying minimum entitlements
    Across the union movement we have seen a number of documented cases now where companies are liquidating their business in order to avoid their legal obligations, in terms of paying the minimum entitlements to their workers. The most recent example...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • GUEST BLOG: Joe Carolan : Positively Controversial
    The protest in Auckland last weekend that the NZ Herald claimed was attend by only a hundred people. Labour should set the agenda and purposely do something positively controversial once a week. A good start would be for all their...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Come on TV3 News – you are better than regurgitating Israeli propaganda
    Say it isn’t true TV3 News, you are seriously bitching about this???? The leader of the Mana Party, Hone Harawira, has supported flag burning at a pro-Palestinian march in Auckland at the weekend. Mana Party flags can be seen in...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • The brutal siege of Palestine
    70 years ago the Jews of Europe suffered as much as any people can suffer. The Nazis set about ethnic cleansing and sent 6 million to their death. Today we watch in horror as Israel, the Jewish homeland created after...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • When the mainstream media go feral: A tale of two holidays
    . . The recent non-story on David Cunliffe’s three day holiday should be proof-positive that the mainstream media (msm) is fixated on pumping out as many “bad news” reporting as can be generated by a headline-seeking; advertising-driven; lazy corporate-media system....
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Canterbury housing crisis a moral, economic, health, education, and social ...
    Can they build it? No they can’t.  Occasionally I come across people who don’t believe me when I say there is a housing crisis in Christchurch.  Despite all the evidence to the contrary.  Even when I tell them that every...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Respected world visionaries of the past speak out on Israel
    Respected world visionaries of the past speak out on Israel...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • From Here To There: How did Labour become so hopelessly lost?
    WRITING ABOUT the Labour Party these days puts me in mind of the joke about the American tourist and the Irish farmer. Seems there was this American tourist driving down a narrow lane in the heart of Ireland. He needed...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Oh NOW everyone thinks the ABCs are up to no good?
    Goodness last months June seems like years away doesn’t it? In June I pointed out a move by the ABCs to destabilise Cunliffe was under way. For pointing this out, Labour Party bloggers Rob Salmond and Lynn Prentice rushed to put...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Dear Seven Sharp – I have little interest in appearing on your show so th...
    After savagely critiquing Seven Sharp for trying to whitewash the repulsive history of a far right hate speech merchant like Cameron Slater yesterday, Seven Sharp have contacted me and offered to do a profile on me. Here is their email…...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Basin Flyover decision victory for common sense
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: Basin Flyover decision victory for common sense Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 | Press Release “Both popular and expert opinion opposed the flyover. The proposal was expensive, unnecessary and would have undermined the...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • CPAG Newsletter July 2014
    MIL OSI – Source: Child Poverty Action Group – Headline: CPAG Newsletter July 2014 22 July 2014 New child poverty data nothing to celebrate New data released by the Ministry of Social Development  indicates people living below the poverty line are worse...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Hotel ordered to pay $80,000 in outstanding wages
    MIL OSI – Source: Unite Union – Headline: Hotel ordered to pay $80,000 in outstanding wages An Auckland hotel has been ordered by the Employment Relations Authority to pay nearly $80,000 in outstanding wages to two employees. Filipino couple Abraham...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Rising interest rate and dollar driving manufacturing exports back to Globa...
    MIL OSI – Source: CTU – Headline: Rising interest rate and dollar driving manufacturing exports back to Global Financial Crisis levels The Council of Trade Unions is calling on the Reserve Bank not to raise interest rates on Thursday. “Another...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Israel/Gaza: Attacks on medical facilities and civilians add to war crime a...
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Israel/Gaza: Attacks on medical facilities and civilians add to war crime allegations The continuing bombardment of civilian homes in several areas of the Gaza Strip, as well as the Israeli shelling...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Central African Republic: Brazzaville talks should not lead to amnesties fo...
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Central African Republic: Brazzaville talks should not lead to amnesties for war crimes Amnesty International called on delegates to the Central African Republic (CAR) National Reconciliation talks due to take place...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Russia increases stranglehold on dissent as five more NGOs named ‘foreign...
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Russia increases stranglehold on dissent as five more NGOs named ‘foreign agents’ The Russian Ministry of Justice today registered four more Russian human rights organizations and one environmental group as “foreign...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Nigeria: World Bank panel turns its back on forcibly evicted community
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Nigeria: World Bank panel turns its back on forcibly evicted community The decision by a World Bank Inspection Panel to refuse to investigate a complaint about forced evictions linked to a...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • National out of touch with the regions
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: National out of touch with the regions John Key is out of touch with regional New Zealand if he believes tinkering with council regulations will restore opportunities to small towns, Labour Leader...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Flyover rejection a victory for sustainable transport
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Flyover rejection a victory for sustainable transport The rejection of the proposed Basin Reserve flyover by a Board of Inquiry is a victory for sustainable transport in Wellington and paves the way...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Loss Leading could destroy Kiwi lamb’s reputation
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Loss Leading could destroy Kiwi lamb’s reputation Meat companies that supply supermarkets and sell New Zealand lamb as a loss leader in the United Kingdom should lose their access to this valuable...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • The Nation 26,27 July: Flavell & Harawira, Joe Hockey
    On The Nation this weekend…. With the Maori seats primed to play a pivotal role this election, Torben Akel reports from the key battlegrounds and meets the top contenders. Then the Maori Party co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell and Mana Party...
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Announcement of New Zealand First Candidate for Rangitīkei
    New Zealand First has endorsed Dr Romuald (‘Rom’) Rudzki as the candidate for the Rangitīkei Electorate in the 2014 General Election....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Labour Offer Len Brown a Hotel Tax
    The Taxpayers’ Union is slamming the Labour Party's plan to allow councils to levy new 'pillow taxes' and regional petrol taxes. Reacting to this afternoon’s NZ Herald report Jordan Williams, Executive Director of the Taxpayers’ Union ,...
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Cell phone evidence a first
    Cell phone evidence a first Evidence gathered solely from a cell phone has been used for the first time to convict a Hastings man for possessing child sexual abuse pictures. Michael Lawrence Worsnop, a 29-year-old orchard worker pleaded guilty to...
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • New Zealand Aid Worker Helping in Gaza
    A New Zealand Red Cross nurse working in Gaza says she has never experienced anything like the current conflict in her long aid work career....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Parking officers deserve safety at work
    The union representing the Auckland Transport parking officer severely beaten on July 17 says everyone has a right to go about their job without fear for their safety....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Caritas Aotearoa NZ to provide Gaza humanitarian aid
    Caritas Jerusalem is providing medical assistance, food and other necessities to the thousands of vulnerable people affected by the escalating conflict in Gaza, and Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand is contributing an initial $20,000 to support the humanitarian...
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • ALCP challenges parties to support Charlotte’s Web
    The leader of the Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party Julian Crawford is calling on all other political parties to state their position on using cannabis oil to treat pediatric epilepsy....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Oxfam accepts cheque from Pacific Corporation Foundation
    Oxfam New Zealand has accepted a cheque for almost $1000 today from the Pacific Corporation Foundation toward recovery efforts in the Solomon Islands, following April’s flash flooding that left thousands homeless....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Draft report and decision – Pūhoi to Warkworth proposal
    The Ara Tūhono – Pūhoi to Wellsford Road of National Significance: Pūhoi to Warkworth section Board of Inquiry has released its draft report and decision....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • New Zealanders willing to pay tax to protect dolphins
    A report released this week shows a large majority of New Zealanders want Maui’s and Hector’s dolphins protected and they are prepared to pay for it....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Stop Smart Meters
    “The Democrats for Social Credit Party (DSC) wholeheartedly endorses the Stop Smart Meters campaign for a moratorium on installations of smart meters until the technology is proven not be a risk to health, and until home owners are given a...
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Maori Roll Electors Urged to Vote Strategically
    Voters enrolled in the seven Maori electorates must learn to maximize their influence by voting strategically, according to the Maori Party candidate for Te Tai Tokerau, Rev Te Hira Paenga....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Politicians Ignore Families’ Concerns on Street Prostitution
    Family First NZ says that politicians are ignoring the concerns of families, lack the will to take appropriate action, and are happy to drag the ongoing problem of street prostitution into the next parliamentary term....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Plunket celebrates Te Wiki o te Reo Māori
    Plunket is proud to celebrate Te Wiki o te Reo Māori (21-27 July), with Plunket people across the country among several thousand New Zealanders taking part and increasing their kete of knowledge in te reo....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Coleman must quit or be sacked over Dotcom case
    Immigration New Zealand has done the right thing in distancing itself from Jonathan Coleman’s claims that ministers were not aware of FBI involvement in Kim Dotcom’s residency application, says the Internet Party. Internet Party leader Laila Harré...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Auckland Councillors, Not Emperors
    25 JULY 2014 Responding to the NZ Herald report that Auckland Councillors have voted to keep their ratepayer-funded business class travel perks, and considered new rules that would have exempted councillors from Auckland City's parking charges, Taxpayers’...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Cunliffe Looks Dodgy Lunching with Sex Offender
    Conservative Party Leader Colin Craig says that David Cunliffe's social meeting with a known sex offender while on holiday "looks pretty dodgy."...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Taxpayers’ Union Back LGNZ Calls For Greater Transparency
    The Taxpayers’ Union is backing Local Government New Zealand’s calls for the Official Information Act to be extended to cover the Local Government Commission. Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says:...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Lecture series to provide insight into 2014 election
    Could National’s refusal to reform MMP lead to the defeat of the government? Is the media providing voters with the information they require to make an informed electoral decision? What directions might John Key’s leadership take if he secures...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • National Rally Against Factory Farming
    Animal advocates and members of the public all over New Zealand will unite for a ‘National Day of Action Against Factory Farming’ Saturday, tomorrow 26 July in response to two recent exposés that showed horrific conditions on pig factory farms....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Women in Politics Finds Support at Conference
    Women in Politics, a brand-new organisation for New Zealand women in political office, was met with overwhelming support at the 2014 Local Government New Zealand Conference held this weekend in Nelson....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • The Government’s Fresh Water Policy – REVISITED
    Fresh water quality is the latest area to be in the sights of Gareth Morgan and his research organisation The Morgan Foundation. They enlisted a group of 16 scientists to help them review the government’s new fresh water policy....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Restoration of Post-graduate Allowances to be Key Issue
    As students prepare for the early voting that will take place on all university and many polytechnic campuses next month, the restoration of post-graduate allowances, removed by the current government in 2013, is emerging as a key election issue....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Honesty for Taxpayers
    ACT has a new proposal to make our democracy more accountable. The proposal may seem small but it could be the most significant idea in this election....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Mike Hosking for PM?
    The Coalition for Better Broadcasting is adding its voice to the many appalled at TVNZ’s choice of Mike Hosking as moderator for the upcoming political debates....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • ‘Party Party’ Hitting the Right Notes
    The “sold out” sign has gone up at the Internet Party’s concert in Christchurch tonight. A capacity crowd of 1000 will be at The Foundry for the Party Party concert, part of a major national musical tour aimed at getting...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • New Electoral Commission Campaign Launches This Weekend
    New Electoral Commission Campaign Launches This Weekend More non-voters than ever before say they don't feel like their vote is worth anything, or that their opinion matters. It's a trend that concerns the Electoral Commission, and the reason for...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Umere says ‘taihoa’ on Māori Language Strategy
    A Maori Language advocacy group, Umere, is calling for a rain check on the Māori Language Strategy Bill, which is being introduced to parliament this week. "The submissions on the MLS have been released by Te Puni Kōkiri and they...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • High cost of GP visits still a barrier for older children
    Free doctor's visits should be extended to all children under 18 as GP charges are a significant barrier for low income families, says Child Poverty Action Group....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • David Cunliffe happy to hide sex offender’s identity
    ..:: For immediate release ::.. 24/07/14 David Cunliffe happy to hide sex offender’s identity - (and in fact enjoy lunch with them)...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • More kids in Southland and Otago are achieving
    Clutha-Southland National candidate Todd Barclay says the Public Achievement Information for 2013 shows New Zealand children are doing better across the whole education system....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Flavell mistaken
    In response to Mr Flavell’s tirade this afternoon Conservative Party Leader Colin Craig advises "Mr Flavell is simply mistaken in his comments."...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • High cost of GP visits still a barrier for older children
    Free doctor's visits should be extended to all children under 18 as GP charges are a significant barrier for low income families, says Child Poverty Action Group....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Taxpayers’ Union Lay Complaint with Speaker
    The Taxpayers’ Unio n has written to Parliament's Speaker, the Rt. Hon. David Carter, asking him to step in and investigate the claims on the WhaleOil blog that taxpayers’ money is being improperly used for Mana Party election campaign hoardings....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • MANA launches te reo Māori policy
    “MANA is launching its te reo Māori policy this morning ahead of the first reading of the government’s Māori Language Strategy Bill this afternoon”, said MANA deputy leader and candidate for Waiariki, Annette Sykes....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Candidate welcomes award of platinum exploration permits
    Clutha-Southland National candidate Todd Barclay has welcomed the Government’s decision to award Lynx Platinum Limited two exploration permits in Southland. Mr Barclay said the minerals industry is an important part of New Zealand’s economy...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Pokie spending and numbers continue to drop
    Pub and club gaming machine expenditure in the year ended June 2014 fell 2.4 per cent from $826.3 million to $806.2 million. There were also fewer licence holders, gambling venues and gaming machines compared with 12 months earlier. Licence holders...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • New Zealand Police to assist in MH17 victim identification
    New Zealand Police is sending three Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) specialists to the Netherlands to assist in the international effort to identify victims from the MH17 tragedy....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Oil Spill Response Strategy available for consultation
    Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) is inviting comment on its draft updated New Zealand Marine Oil Spill Response Strategy....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Police response to IPCA report on Rewa investigation
    Police accept the findings of today's IPCA's report regarding its investigations into offending by Malcolm Rewa in Auckland in the 1980s and 1990s....
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • Well-known kiwis sign on to stop ivory trade
    Today the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Select Committee will consider a complete ban on the ivory trade in response to a petition by Auckland teacher Virginia Woolf and policy analyst Fiona Gordon....
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • Commonwealth Games are not being captioned in New Zealand
    As members of the Captioning Working Group, The National Foundation for the Deaf and Deaf Aotearoa New Zealand call for broadcast captioning of the 2014 Commonwealth Games...
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • Majority of Commonwealth countries are already republics
    The Glasgow Commonwealth Games are here and it's a common misbelief that a Kiwi republic would mean that New Zealand would have to leave the Commonwealth. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth....
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • Police handling of Rewa Investigation
    Although an Independent Police Conduct Authority inquiry has identified some faults with a series of investigations conducted by Police into offending by Malcolm Rewa, there is insufficient evidence that any of these impacted on the ability of Police...
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • IPCA findings on Police handling of Rewa Investigation
    Good morning everyone. I’d like to begin today by explaining that this is an informational press conference and that I will not be taking questions at its conclusion. The reason for that is the report’s findings are the result of...
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • Pay It Back Ms Hauiti
    Responding to the Newstalk ZB report that disgraced MP Claudette Hauiti is refusing to confirm whether or not she has reimbursed taxpayers for misuse of her Parliamentary 'P-card', Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says: “Ms Hauiti...
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • RSA thanks NZ for $1.7m collected during Poppy Appeal
    The RSA today announced that over $1.7 million was donated to the 2014 Poppy Appeal for the support of veterans, ex-service men and women and their families in need....
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • Students encouraged to be brave and never give up
    Students encouraged to be brave and never give up if they want to 'make it happen'...
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • New Zealanders want to pay more to protect dolphins
    A report released this week shows a large majority of New Zealanders want Maui’s and Hector’s dolphins protected and they are prepared to pay for it....
    Scoop politics | 23-07
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