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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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    The latest Roy Morgan poll has just been released. The polling window runs from 4 August to 17 August, meaning that been a quarter and a third of the polling was done following the release of Nicky Hager’s Dirty Politics book....
    Occasionally erudite | 20-08
  • Labour’s positive campaign video
    New Zealand should be the fairest, most decent society in the world. We’re a small nation with a lot of resources. We have a culture of working hard and looking after each other. A fair go for everyone, and putting...
    The Jackal | 20-08
  • ACT promises to abolish helmet laws
    Cycling seems to be the issue of the week so far. We’ve had Skypath and the Northcote cycle routes followed by National then announced an urban cycling policy which finally seems them agree that urban cycling improvements are needed. Now ACT have...
    Transport Blog | 20-08
  • Vote Positive: Labour’s 2014 TV Ad
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    Labour campaign | 20-08
  • Judith! Judith! Judith! Go! Go! Go!
    I've not bee posting on the Dirt Politics fiasco simpl because it has been moving too fast for me to keep up up with.(Unlike John Key, I have read the book.)But now we have reached a somewhat odd pass where...
    Left hand palm | 20-08
  • The gift that keeps on giving
    There's been another Whaledump this afternoon, this time of Facebook messages with Aaron Bhatnagar. As expected, it confirms everything alleged in Dirty Politics. Unfortunately, in addition to this public interest material, it also includes a vast amount of material of...
    No Right Turn | 20-08
  • National Party’s Mate, Slater, Casually Discussed Blackmail of Rodney Hid...
    The alleged leaker of the Scumbag Slater’s messages, has uploaded a tonne of messages allegedly between Slater and Aaron Bhatnagar. Their contents are - incredibly shocking, some of which infer Slater has some inside knowledge of Police Investigations, confidential highly personal...
    An average kiwi | 20-08
  • The Waitaki River needs our help
    Environment Canterbury (ECan) is proposing a major change to the Waitaki Catchment Water Allocation Regional Plan. This change would reduce the river’s minimum flow by a third (from 150 to 102 cubic meters per second) for periods over the summer. A lower minimum flow...
    frogblog | 20-08
  • Winston Peters & the NZ First list : “Thou hast rebuked the heathen, ...
    Following NZ First’s rule change allowing the party to fine its MPs $300,000 if they left the party but remained in Parliament, Scott Yorke at Imperator Fish published his mock “ten other NZ First party rules you probably don’t know about“,...
    Occasionally erudite | 20-08
  • How it works in Fiji
    Fiji is having an election next month, but the regime is keen to limit the political competition any way they can. So they're banning people from running if they've ever had a parking ticket:The leader of Fiji's United Freedom party...
    No Right Turn | 20-08
  • Fiscal rectitude and false books
    It also seems to be fiscal rectitude day, with both major opposition parties promising to "live within our means" and run bigger surpluses than National. But while they're both promising balanced books, that doesn't mean conforming to National's austerity madness;...
    No Right Turn | 20-08
  • Auckland property revaluations
    The council is required to revalue every property every three years and the valuations are used in the setting of rates the council charges. The last revaluation was in 2011 which means a new one is due this year. The council...
    Transport Blog | 20-08
  • John Key’s Top 69 Lies: Today no. 31: Toilet paper
     Collins cleared of conflict: PM  We've heard a lot about Judith Collin's alleged conflict of interest over Oravida, but what about John Key's?   John Key pictured with Oravida chairman Deyi Shi. Read about it here: Milk Runner Tangles PM in Product Endorsement  An extract...
    Arch Rival | 20-08
  • National’s campaign strategy
    Back in 2005, Labour’s slogan was “Don’t put it all at risk”. Fast forward to 2014, and National’s is essentially the same. The party’s first TV ad of the campaign is out, telling us to “keep the team that’s working”, as...
    Occasionally erudite | 19-08
  • Everything is absolutely fine
    H/T @ninetendoug...
    The Jackal | 19-08
  • Write day
    It's official: we're having an election:The Governor General, Lt Gen The Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae, has given the green light for this year’s General Election. The Governor General has signed the writ directing the Electoral Commission to conduct the...
    No Right Turn | 19-08
  • Carmel in Kelston
    I’m Carmel Sepuloni and I am the candidate for Kelston. I was a teenager during the 90’s.  This period really shaped my political views for life.  Both my parents lost jobs.  I still remember the rhetoric of the day –...
    Labour campaign | 19-08
  • World News Brief, Wednesday August 20
    Top of the AgendaUN Launches Aid Operation in Iraq...
    Pundit | 19-08
  • National’s dirty politics
    The unacceptable behaviour of those named in Nicky Hager's book, Dirty Politics, should be a wake up call to everybody who values our democracy in New Zealand. Not only have senior officials in the Prime Minister's office been implicated in...
    The Jackal | 19-08
  • Hard News: Never mind the quality …
    Bryce Edwards revealed on Twitter last night that he hasn't been invited back as one of the New Zealand Herald's outside columnists for the election campaign. Instead, the paper of record has opted for Josie Pagani and Cathy Odgers.Yup. Cathy...
    Public Address | 19-08
  • Paula Bennett: Our kids are entitled to better than this
    Over the weekend on the Q and A TV show Paula Bennett, Minister of Social Welfare, dismissed as invalid any comparison between the income support given to the elderly in New Zealand and the income support given to children. She...
    Gareth’s World | 19-08
  • Heart Kids Awareness Month
    There is a lovely story up on Stuff this morning: Staff at Greenlane Hospital once called her the "Swiss cheese girl." Samara McKenzie was born with ventricular septal defect and had more than 12 holes in her heart. Now she's...
    Polity | 19-08
  • Cameron Slater States that: “Maori are thick. Dumber than your average be...
    Read Cameron Slater’s (The Earthquake Victim hating ‘Blogger’ that National leak information to, and refer to as a ‘Good Friend’) full racist derogatory post here:    “MAORI MUST BE THICK” - By Cameron Slater / WhaleOil...
    An average kiwi | 19-08
  • Let’s not overestimate these idiots
    One of the most prevalent responses to Dirty Politics is that it just shows us ‘politics as normal’. (Here’s Trotter insisting that dirty politics is ‘the only kind there is’.) This is weird on a couple of levels. Firstly, in the week...
    DimPost | 19-08
  • Judith Collins on privacy
    Here is Minister of Justice Judith Collins talking about privacy on May 28, 2014: Significant improvements to our nation’s privacy laws will deliver stronger protections for New Zealanders’ personal information, Justice Minister Judith Collins announced today. The Government had previously...
    Polity | 19-08
  • Not a political commentator
    Readers will recall that John "not a political commentator" Key has proclaimed: Mr Key claimed Labour was using a smear campaign to bring National down instead of bringing out new policies. If that's true, I guess National's first TV ad...
    Polity | 19-08
  • Young Zealanders – Rebels WITH a cause.
    . . Good message. (Especially the last bit.) The response from the likes of John Key, Matthew Hooton, Claire Robinson, David Farrar, Duncan Garner, Patrick Gower, that psychopath, Cameron Slater, certain Labour MPs,  et al,  illustrates very clearly that the...
    Frankly Speaking | 19-08
  • Young Zealanders – Rebels WITH a cause.
    . . Good message. (Especially the last bit.) The response from the likes of John Key, Matthew Hooton, Claire Robinson, David Farrar, Duncan Garner, Patrick Gower, that psychopath, Cameron Slater, certain Labour MPs,  et al,  illustrates very clearly that the...
    Frankly Speaking | 19-08
  • More trouble for Collins
    Judith Collins, on her last last chance from a weak looking John Key, has yet more trouble as Bill English, and the Law Society all line up to bag her. First, here's English: Speaking after the release of the pre-election...
    Polity | 19-08
  • Council Budget Documents
    Currently the Auckland Council is going through the process of setting their Long Term Plan, which sets out the councils budget for the next 10 years. This is the timeline from the council’s website. Long-term Plan timeline August 2014 –...
    Transport Blog | 19-08
  • SSC survey shows clear way forward for better public services
    The Public Service Association (PSA) has welcomed the release of the State Services Commission’s (SSC) Integrity and Conduct Survey 2013...
    PSA | 19-08
  • Solidarity Demo; Letter to Ireland
    Prochoice advocates are holding a solidarity demo tomorrow (Wed, 20 Aug) from 8:15 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. outside the Irish Consulate at 205 Queen Street in Auckland. The demos are to support rallies across Ireland and Europe also on the...
    ALRANZ | 19-08
  • Snoopman News Turns a Whole One!
    Snoopman News booms in 1st year with 1.93 million page views. By Snoopman To friends, accomplices, associates and regular readers, your enthusiasm, encouragement and energy is sooo appreciated. To occasional readers, come back, don’t be sooo fickle! (We do critical...
    Snoopman News | 19-08
  • When Stupid meets Hypocrisy, the result is David Farrar
    . . As the sh*t storm over Nickey Hager’s book,  Dirty Politics engulfs the National Party; Key’s teflon coating is being scoured away by the nova-like searing heat of public glare; Cameron Slater is shown to have been the weapon-of-choice...
    Frankly Speaking | 19-08
  • When Stupid meets Hypocrisy, the result is David Farrar
    . . As the sh*t storm over Nickey Hager’s book,  Dirty Politics engulfs the National Party; Key’s teflon coating is being scoured away by the nova-like searing heat of public glare; Cameron Slater is shown to have been the weapon-of-choice...
    Frankly Speaking | 19-08
  • Inquiry into SIS disclosures the right decision
    Labour MP Phil Goff says the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security has done the right thing by launching an inquiry into the disclosure of SIS documents about a meeting between himself and the agency’s former director-general. “This inquiry is necessary...
    Labour | 20-08
  • Labour – supporting and valuing carers and the cared for
    Placing real value on our elderly and the people who care for them will be a priority for a Labour Government, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. Releasing Labour’s Senior Citizens policy today David Cunliffe promised that a Labour Government would...
    Labour | 20-08
  • By Hoki! It’s Labour’s fisheries policy
    A Labour Government will protect the iconic Kiwi tradition of fishing by improving access to the coast, protecting the rights of recreational fishers and reviewing snapper restrictions, Labour’s Fisheries spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “Catching a fish from the rocks, beach...
    Labour | 20-08
  • Mighty River – Mighty Profits – Mighty hard to swallow
    Mighty River Power’s profit increase of 84 per cent is simply outrageous, says Labour’s Energy spokesperson David Shearer. “Demand for electricity is flat or declining yet the company has made enormous profits. It is the latest power company to celebrate...
    Labour | 19-08
  • Collins’ actions were wrong, not unwise
    John Key’s moral compass remains off-kilter as he cannot bring himself to declare Judith Collins’ actions outright wrong, not simply ‘unwise’, said Labour MP Grant Robertson. “Under pressure John Key is finally shifting his stance but his failure to condemn...
    Labour | 19-08
  • Public servants behaving with more integrity than their masters
    The State Services Commission's new report on the integrity of our state services reflects the yawning gap between the behaviour of public servants and that of their political masters, Labour's State Services spokesperson Maryan Street says. “This report, which surveyed...
    Labour | 19-08
  • Phil Twyford Speech to NZCID
    "Labour's plan to build more and build better: how new approaches to housing, transport and urban development will deliver cities that work" Phil Twyford, Labour Party spokesperson on housing, transport, Auckland issues, and cities.  ...
    Labour | 19-08
  • Labour commits to independent Foreign Affairs and Trade
    “Labour is committed to New Zealand’s Foreign Affairs and Trade policy being independent and proactive, Labour’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson David Shearer says. “We are a small but respected country. Our voice and actions count in international affairs. Labour will take a...
    Labour | 19-08
  • Key must sack Collins over abhorrent actions
    The latest revelations that Judith Collins sent the contact details of a public servant to WhaleOil in a desperate attempt to divert media attention from a bad story is abhorrent, Labour MP Grant Robertson says. “John Key and Judith Collins...
    Labour | 19-08
  • It’s downhill from here under National
    The forecast drop in exports and predicted halving of growth shows that it’s downhill from here with National, Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker says. “Growth under this Government peaked in June and halves to two per cent in coming years....
    Labour | 19-08
  • John Key loses moral compass over Collins
    John Key has lost his moral compass over Judith Collins’ involvement with Cameron Slater and lost touch with New Zealanders’ sense of right and wrong, Labour MP Grant Robertson says. “Whoever is Prime Minister there are expectations they will not...
    Labour | 18-08
  • Mana Movement General Election 2014 List confirmed
    The MANA List is now confirmed with all the candidates as below (the numbers are the respective Internet MANA rankings). Candidate, Electorate, Internet MANA List Position Hone Harawira, Te Tai Tokerau (1) Annette Sykes, Waiariki (3) John Minto, Mt Roskill (4) Te Hamua Nikora, Ikaroa-Rawhiti...
    Mana | 18-08
  • PREFU likely to confirm dropping exports
    National’s economic management will be put under the spotlight in tomorrow’s PREFU given clear signs the so-called rock star economy has fallen off the stage, with plummeting prices for raw commodity exports, Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker says. “Under National,...
    Labour | 18-08
  • Record profits while Kiwis face a cold winter
    The record profits by two of New Zealand’s largest electricity companies will be a bitter pill for New Zealand households who are paying record amounts for their power, says Labour’s Energy spokesperson David Shearer. “No doubt the Key government will...
    Labour | 18-08
  • Time for John Key to answer yes or no questions
    John Key’s train-wreck interview on Morning Report shows he is no longer capable of a simple yes or no answer and has lost touch with what’s right and wrong, Labour MP Grant Robertson says. “John Key has become so media...
    Labour | 18-08
  • Key must clarify who signed out SIS OIA
    Yet again John Key is proving incapable of answering a simple question on an extremely important issue – this time who signed off Cameron Slater’s fast-tracked SIS OIA request on Phil Goff, said Labour MP Grant Robertson. “John Key’s claim...
    Labour | 18-08
  • Time to invest in our tertiary education system
    A Labour Government will fully review the student support system – including allowances, loans, accommodation support and scholarships – with a view to increasing access and making the system fair, transparent and sustainable, Labour’s Tertiary Education spokesperson Maryan Street says....
    Labour | 17-08
  • Labour will facilitate regional Māori economic development agencies
    The next Labour Government will facilitate the creation of regional Māori economic development groups lead by iwi and hapū to work in partnership with business and public agencies as part of its Māori Development policy. “Labour is committed to working towards...
    Labour | 16-08
  • PRIME MINISTER’S DENIAL AT ODDS WITH NATIONAL PARTY STATEMENT
    Labour’s New Zealand Council has today released an email from the General Manager of the National Party that directly contradicts recent statements from the Prime Minister in relation to the 2011 breaches of Labour Party website databases. In his stand-up...
    Labour | 16-08
  • Labour committed to a healthier NZ for all
    A Labour Government will shift the focus of the health system from narrow targets and short term thinking to make public health and prevention a priority, Labour’s health spokesperson Annette King says. Releasing Labour’s full Health policy today she said...
    Labour | 15-08
  • Time Key took responsibility for Collins
    It is well past time for John Key to take some responsibility for the misuse of power and information by his Minister Judith Collins, and follow through on his last warning to her, Labour MP Grant Robertson says. “The evidence released...
    Labour | 14-08
  • Dear John, time to answer a few questions… – Harawira
    “When Cameron Slater says about Kim Dotcom ‘I have lots on him…death by a thousand cuts…wait till you see what comes out in coming weeks on that fat c***t’, you have to ask whether this is the same Cameron Slater...
    Mana | 14-08
  • MANA CANDIDATE FOR IKAROA RAWHITI OPENS UP ABOUT SUICIDE
    “This week suicide has claimed yet more lives in whanau and communities in Ikaroa Rawhiti, and my heart goes out to those who are dealing with such a tragic loss”, says MANA candidate for Te Ikaroa Rawhiti, Te Hamua Nikora....
    Mana | 14-08
  • Offshore betting in Labour’s sights
    A Labour Government will clamp down on offshore gambling websites that deprive the local racing industry of funds, Labour’s Racing spokesperson Ross Robertson says. Releasing Labour’s racing policy today, he said betting on offshore websites is a major threat to...
    Labour | 14-08
  • Key has serious questions to answer on Dirty Politics
    John Key must answer the serious questions raised in Nicky Hager’s new book which reveal examples of dirty politics that New Zealanders will be deeply concerned about, Labour MP Grant Robertson says. “Many people will be disturbed by the evidence...
    Labour | 14-08
  • Creating an inclusive society for disabled people
    A Labour Government will provide free annual health checks for people with an intellectual disability, Labour’s Disability Issues spokesperson Ruth Dyson said today in announcing Labour’s Disability Issues policy. “We will also employ another 100 additional special education teachers and...
    Labour | 14-08
  • Media Advisory – MANA name change
    This is to advise all media that on the 24th of July the ‘Mana’ party name was officially changed to ‘MANA Movement’ under the Electoral Act 1993.  The inclusion of the word ‘Movement’ in our name shouldn’t come as a surprise...
    Mana | 13-08
  • New Zealand must help in the growing Iraq crisis
    The humanitarian crisis in Iraq looks certain to get worse before it gets better,” said David Shearer Labour’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson. “New Zealand should urgently pledge increased humanitarian assistance to United Nations agencies and NGOs present on the ground....
    Labour | 13-08
  • Allegations of migrant worker rort should be investigated
    Labour is calling for an investigation into the alleged exploitation of workers at Hutt Railway workshops, hired to repair asbestos-riddled DL locomotives. Hutt South Labour MP Trevor Mallard has written to the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment asking that...
    Labour | 13-08
  • Medical and dentistry students get reprieve under Labour
    A Labour Government will restore the right of medical and dentistry students to get student loans after seven years of study because it is the right thing to do, Labour’s Tertiary Education spokesperson Maryan Street says. “Hard on the heels...
    Labour | 13-08
  • National must stop meddling with ACC before the election
    The redesign currently occurring at the Accident Claims Corporation (ACC) for sensitive claims needs to be put on hold immediately, said the Green Party today.The Green Party is concerned about work currently underway at ACC involving the sensitive claims service...
    Greens | 13-08
  • Markets slow but first home buyers still hurting
    First home buyers are hurting more than ever as the supply of affordable houses in the market dries up, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “The Reserve Bank will be happy LVR minimum deposits and rising interest rates have dampened...
    Labour | 13-08
  • Green Party celebrates MOU win on contaminated sites
    The Green Party is celebrating the announcement of a national register of contaminated sites today, and $2.5 million to start cleaning two sites up. The Green Party and the National Party agreed to include toxic site management work in their...
    Greens | 13-08
  • Emergency staff at breaking point
    The Southern DHB is so cash-strapped it is failing to fill nursing rosters, Labour’s Associate Health spokesperson David Clark says.  “Every day emergency department nurses arrive at work knowing they are likely to be carrying more than their recommended workload. ...
    Labour | 12-08
  • ACC minister fails in mission to change culture
    The latest damning report by the Auditor General shows that the ACC Minister has failed to fulfil her mission to fix the sick culture at ACC and real change will not come till a new Government is elected, the Green...
    Greens | 12-08
  • Labour’s regional development fund to support Palmerston North
    Labour will consider a proposal to develop an inland port at Palmerston North, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “The Palmerston North community has developed plans for an inland port which will bring jobs and economic growth to a region which...
    Labour | 12-08
  • Green Party announces priorities for Christchurch
    The Green Party has today announced its plan for a fairer, smarter and more democratic Canterbury rebuild, with a focus on smart transport solutions, restoring local democracy, and keeping Christchurch's assets.The plan sits across all of the Green Party's priorities...
    Greens | 11-08
  • Rock-star economy unplugged by China log jam
    The collapse of log prices due to oversupply in China threatens to wash the gloss off what remains of National's so-called rock-star economy, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. “Already this year the price of milk solids has plunged by more...
    Labour | 11-08
  • Young job seekers dealt a poor hand
    National's "keep 'em poor" card for young people on a benefit is a sorry substitute for job training, Labour’s Social Development spokesperson Sue Moroney says.  The Government today announced it would extend its payment card scheme to all teen parents...
    Labour | 11-08
  • Labour – achieving change for Kiwi women
    Working towards being a world leader in eliminating violence against women and children will be a priority for a Labour Government. Releasing Labour’s Women’s Affairs policy today spokesperson Carol Beaumont said while Labour had a proud track record of achieving...
    Labour | 11-08
  • Accessible healthcare also affordable
      It is obvious from Tony Ryall’s hasty attack of Labour’s plans to extend free GP visits to older people that he hasn’t bothered to actually read the policy, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says. "Mr Ryall’s response to Labour’s...
    Labour | 11-08
  • Full details of oil execs’ junket revealed
    Full details of a $237,000 taxpayer-funded oil executives' junket in 2011 have emerged.National paid the nearly quarter of a million dollars to wine and dine 11 oil executives in New Zealand during the World Cup.The trip included yachting, wine tasting,...
    Greens | 10-08
  • Nats sold 500 rugby fields of land a day offshore
    Under National over one million hectares of land has been approved for overseas sale – 16 times the size of Lake Taupō or the equivalent of five hundred rugby fields a day, Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker says. “According to...
    Labour | 10-08
  • Joyce’s dodgy sums fool no-one
    Steven Joyce's attempt to attack Labour's positive plan for affordable healthcare will fool no-one. "We knew that National would try to say that we can't afford free GP visits and prescriptions for the New Zealanders who need it. But, as...
    Labour | 10-08
  • Campaign Launch – Ready to Win
    Today I launched Labour's election campaign at the Viaduct Events Centre, Auckland. Here is the speech I gave....
    Labour | 10-08
  • Labour extends free GP visits, free prescriptions
    Nearly 40 per cent of Kiwis – or 1.7 million people – will be eligible for free doctors’ visits and free prescriptions under a Labour Government, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “Last year more than half a million New Zealanders...
    Labour | 10-08
  • Labour promises a fairer ACC for all Kiwis
    Accident compensation for loss of potential earnings will rise under a Labour Government, while people not earning at the time of their accident will also be eligible for compensation, Labour’s ACC spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway says. Releasing Labour’s ACC policy today...
    Labour | 08-08
  • NZ Govt must push for fair play in Fiji elections
    The New Zealand Government needs to do more to push for human rights and media freedom in Fiji as it stages its first election since the 2006 coup, the Green Party said today.Amnesty International has released a report which documents...
    Greens | 07-08
  • Pacific unemployment still highest in the country
    The Minister of Pacific Island Affairs can boast all he wants about changes to employment statistics for Pacific people but the reality for many Pacific people is nowhere close to National’s promised brighter future, Labour’s Pacific Affairs spokesperson Su’a William...
    Labour | 07-08
  • Big funding injection for regions in Green Party transport plan
    The Green Party will increase transport spending in the regions by 50 percent over the next decade under its new transport plan, the Green Party said today."Transport is the life-blood of the regions. They have been starved under National," Green...
    Greens | 07-08
  • The Rise and Fall of John Key – who will be the next leader of National P...
    . . It was all set to go: Teamkey would be the cult of personality that would do Stalin, Mao, Reagan, Thatcher, or any of the Nth Korean Kim Dynasty, proud.  National and it’s “Teamkey” propaganda strategy   would cash-in Big Time...
    The Daily Blog | 20-08
  • Who said Kiwis couldn’t get a fire in their bellies over an arcane intern...
    An amazing team of activists has taken the campaign on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) to local governments throughout the country. Their latest triumph came last Monday when the Dunedin City Council endorsed a resolution expressing concern about the TPPA...
    The Daily Blog | 20-08
  • National’s Dangerous Education Agenda Exposed
    Putting aside the dirty politics coming out of the Beehive and the right-wing blogisphere, there are some very strong signals that another term of a National Government would do even more serious damage to the public education system. The Education...
    The Daily Blog | 20-08
  • We can have clean politics and get our democracy back.
    Something is rotten in our politics and it stinks. Dirty politics has sadly become one of the defining features of this election campaign. In the light of recent revelations about the extent of nasty and disingenuous political strategies, it would...
    The Daily Blog | 20-08
  • Book burning copies of Hager’s book? The next generation of National Part...
    It seems we are getting the next generation of National Party Dirty Politics now. There are claims the Young Nats in Hamilton are buying up copies of Dirty Politics and burning them. One witness was contacted by the Waikato Times...
    The Daily Blog | 20-08
  • National Party Poetry Day Haiku
    Key’s inbox and Cam’s poison most foul, there he blows hoist by own harpoon...
    The Daily Blog | 20-08
  • Why Cunliffe will be the next PM
    David Cunliffe will be the next Prime Minister of NZ. Labour’s inclusive and positive TV adverts… …are in stark contrast to National’s team of white people powering away from the rabble of the ‘others’… …the messaging is vital and crucial...
    The Daily Blog | 20-08
  • From smiling assassin to grumpy butcher – on giving Judith Collins a last...
    After #dirtypolitics Key isn’t the smiling assassin, he is the grumpy butcher. When he said Judith had  a ‘last chance’ he meant 1 second after voting closes on 20th September. Key would love nothing more than to cut Collins loose and end...
    The Daily Blog | 20-08
  • If the National Party rowing advert was real….
    If the National Party rowing advert was real there would be more blood in the water. If the National Party rowing advert was real it would be Cameron Slater calling the strokes. If the national Party rowing advert was real,...
    The Daily Blog | 20-08
  • Cameron Slater: Zionist and political pundit
    It is hard to know where to start with right-wing blogger Cameron Slater (Whale Oil), especially after the release of Nicky Hager’s book Dirty Politics. This confirmed everything many of us thought Slater to be: a snivelling pundit who serves...
    The Daily Blog | 19-08
  • Bryce Edwards stood down from Herald for election season??? Are the editors...
    I only found this out via twitter last night and I am still in shock. Bryce Edwards, easily the best critical thinker and news analyst the NZ Herald has has been stood down by the NZ Herald ‘for the election...
    The Daily Blog | 19-08
  • So who’s a “conspiracy theorist” now?!
    . . As the media storm over Nicky Hager’s book, “Dirty Politics“,  and allegations over smear campaigns continue to swirl,  National’s spin doctors have given Key, Collins, and other National Party ministers a string of  phrases to use in all...
    The Daily Blog | 19-08
  • Momentum shift
    When you are deeply immersed in a local campaign sometimes it can be difficult to see the helicopter view.   I don’t know how accurate the political polls are and have always known that things can change quickly in politics...
    The Daily Blog | 19-08
  • Dear Toby Manhire. Bad call on backing Farrar
    Oh dear. I say this as someone who regards Toby Manhire as one of the smartest journalists/commentators/columnists this country has, and I think Toby has made a terribly dumb call here. Let’s see if Toby is still singing Farrar’s praises...
    The Daily Blog | 19-08
  • Radio NZ apologise to me for getting it wrong
    Radio NZ have contacted me, reviewed the claim by their host that I had an advance copy of Nicky Hager’s book and they have concluded they got it wrong, they have called me and apologised and will make a statement...
    The Daily Blog | 19-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Reclaim UoA – Students’ Message to Steven Joyce
    Tertiary Education – we’ve been sold a lemon  A group of 30 students attended an event on Tuesday evening about ‘the future of tertiary education’ at which the Minister of Tertiary Education Steven Joyce was slated to speak. As Joyce...
    The Daily Blog | 19-08
  • Can someone in the media please ask the PM of NZ to categorically deny any ...
    Now we see the MO of Slater & Co, the setting up, the digging for dirt, the use of staff to dig that dirt, can the Prime Minister of NZ categorically deny any National Party staff worked with Cam Slater...
    The Daily Blog | 19-08
  • Panic setting in for National as they realise what’s about to happen
    And the terror starts to set in. I’ve never seen blind panic like this before  and it’s spreading as the enormity of what’s about to happen starts to sink in. Hager’s book is a mere entree, Nicky’s personal ethics wouldn’t...
    The Daily Blog | 19-08
  • Hager’s Dirty Politics: what the book ultimately reveals is abuse of powe...
    Guide to the many faces of John Key Nicky’s book is now doing what I suspected it would do, create a shockwave of revulsion. Andrew Geddis over at Pundit Blog sums up this attitude best, and it’s reverberations build with every...
    The Daily Blog | 18-08
  • Fancy taking children seriously
    Let’s see why all political parties should pay close attention to the Green Party’s policy for children. First, it is a comprehensive attempt to put children, not ideology, at the heart of family policy. Wow, children at the heart of...
    The Daily Blog | 18-08
  • Amnesty International: Dear Azerbaijan, Stop Torture, Love Kiwi Kids
    This is a world where many adults often underestimate Generation Y. Being only a few years out of being a teenager myself, I feel I can make this statement with certainty. However, I have been the Youth Intern at Amnesty...
    The Daily Blog | 18-08
  • GCSB meetings today in Christchurch 1pm at Uni 7pm at Cathedral
    The 2014 GCSB meetings to discuss the mass surveillance state legislation passed by this Government will be debated in Christchurch today at two different meetings. 1pm at Canterbury University bottom floor James Height Building: Chair: Bomber Bradbury Ruth Dyson – Labour Party...
    The Daily Blog | 18-08
  • Things that 7 Sharp should probably be talking about
    Things that 7 Sharp should probably be talking about...
    The Daily Blog | 18-08
  • Guide to when Key is lying
    Guide to when Key is lying...
    The Daily Blog | 18-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Kate Davis – The State of the Student Nation …or is just Al...
    Students politics are dead and our student media is in terminal decline. The most disappointing thing about university is the politics, or should I say lack of? I was raised with the idea that students held the power.They were the...
    The Daily Blog | 18-08
  • Love Lifts Us Up: Thoughts from the Green Party’s campaign launch.
    Author Eleanor Catton wants people to give their party vote to the Greens.Photo by Peter Meecham NO ONE WAS QUITE SURE how he did it. Somehow Bob Harvey had persuaded the owners of the rights to Joe Cocker’s Up Where...
    The Daily Blog | 18-08
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    The Daily Blog | 18-08
  • LIVE STREAM: You, Me and the GCSB ChCh Public Meetings
    LIVE STREAM EVENT here at 1pm & 7pm: The 2014 GCSB meetings to discuss the mass surveillance state legislation passed by this Government will be debated in Christchurch today at two different meetings. PLEASE NOTE: TDB recommends Chrome and Firefox...
    The Daily Blog | 18-08
  • Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today,
    Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking on Radio Hauraki...
    The Daily Blog | 18-08
  • How @whaledump might destroy the popular vote for National
    Dirty Politics is now creating a meltdown and National are in danger of a total vote collapse. The real threat to for National was if Nicky had all the emails released via the anonymous hacker who took them. That danger is now a...
    The Daily Blog | 18-08
  • Open letter to Radio NZ – you need to make a retraction now
    I have just sent this off to Radio NZ right now Dear Radio NZ Firstly, what a great interview by Guyon Espiner this morning with the Prime Minister. Great to see such hard hitting journalism. Unfortunately I am not contacting...
    The Daily Blog | 17-08
  • Radio NZ are lying about me
    I am getting this all second hand at the moment as I don’t bother listening to Radio NZ (except for that wonderful Wallace Chapman in the weekends) but there is a claim that Suzie Ferguson just insinuated on Radio NZ...
    The Daily Blog | 17-08
  • Farrar’s fake claim of being invaded + Slater’s claims of death threats...
    The counter spin to avoid focus on the series allegations made in Nicky Hager’s Dirty Politics continues. David Farrar’s ridiculous hysterics that he was invaded and his privacy has been blah blah blah has all been reduced from computer hacking to...
    The Daily Blog | 17-08
  • A shout out to the unsung heroes – our Public Service staff
    Government departments, particularly in the social welfare, education and health areas get a lot of shtick. And it’s not unjustified. We have problems in the way that our government departments treat those in need. And I do not intend to...
    The Daily Blog | 17-08
  • Key’s ducking for cover – utterly unbelievable!!!
    .   . I don’t often re-print media stories verbatim – but this piece by Andrea Vance, for Fairfax Media,  deserves wider circulation. Please note the highlighted statements by Dear Leader as he ducks, weaves, obfuscates, and deflects any and...
    The Daily Blog | 17-08
  • Hager’s Dirty Politics – Who is the source of Hager’s emails?
    Who is the source of Hager’s emails? Kim Dotcom has categorically denied he has anything to do with this and Nicky Hager has categorically denied that Kim was the source of the emails. Whatever you think about Kim (and he...
    The Daily Blog | 17-08
  • Dirty Politics – Audio+Text Why It Is Essential Raw Data Be Released Imme...
    MIL OSI – Source: RadioLive – Sunday Panel Analysis Headline: Dirty Politics – Audio Analysis by Selwyn Manning + Rodney Hide + Mark Sainsbury MIL Video: Selwyn Manning, Rodney Hide, and Mark Sainsbury discuss and debate the explosive details revealed...
    The Daily Blog | 17-08
  • TV One and TV3 Political Polls – not such a landslide now
    Before the impact of Dirty Politics has been felt, the National Party high point in the Polls had been reached and their inevitable  drop begins. Despite the mainstream media telling NZers for almost 3 years that John Key would win...
    The Daily Blog | 17-08
  • Hager’s Dirty Politics – You will not believe Key’s defence of hackin...
    He actually used a sporting analogy. Can you believe it? John Key, asked on the fact that his staff had entered into a Labour Party computer and downloaded their database, Key replied, “It’s a bit like the Wallabies positing up their...
    The Daily Blog | 17-08
  • A brief word on 100 Top political Tweeters
    The NZ Herald has put together a very useful list of top 100 political twtter accounts, what is most interesting from the lists is that the right wing all work hand in glove with each other where as the Left...
    The Daily Blog | 16-08
  • Are Whaleoil’s traffic stats a bloated illusion?
    Dim Post has done a critical analysis of just how real Cameron Slater’s traffic stats are. TDB has only been around for a year with a fragment of the digital footprint of the older blogs, yet we have managed to become...
    The Daily Blog | 16-08
  • Hager’s Dirty Politics – Is Jordan Williams deceptive enough to blackma...
    There are so many issues raised by Nicky Hager’s book, that any one of them would be worthy of total focus on. Let’s chat about the claim in the book that Jordan Williams bragged to Slater and Lusk that he had...
    The Daily Blog | 16-08
  • Hager’s Dirty Politics – Why ‘see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evi...
    This sign shows how National’s see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil denial isn’t working. National’s response to the book is that there is NOTHING in there that deserves anything more than the most briefest of eye motions. Key won’t...
    The Daily Blog | 16-08
  • “Dirty Politics” and The Teflon Man
    . L-R- David Farrar, John Key, Cameron Slater . The release of Nicky Hager’s book, “Dirty Secrets” has unleashed more of a political firestorm than many had anticipated. (Or, perhaps some did.) The glare of publicity has been shone like...
    The Daily Blog | 16-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Lyndelle Gibara – An Open Letter to Cameron Slater
    Dear Cameron,I am in Christchurch. I am not a ‘useless prick’. I have not asked to be ‘bailed out’ nor have my ‘scum friends’ in the eastern suburbs. I lost my cafe in September, the quakes wrecked my shop that...
    The Daily Blog | 16-08
  • Hager’s Dirty Politics – Death threats or hit jobs?
    Shocked selfies while reading Dirty Politics are flooding Twitter - verily the vermin value their villainous vanity*    The beauty of Hager’s book is that there are so many horrific awful and insidious highlights, it’s difficult to know what to focus...
    The Daily Blog | 16-08
  • Hager’s Dirty Politics – Labour release emails proving Key has lied
    Labour have released emails proving Key has lied about National Party involvement into the hacking of the Labour Party computer… The Labour Party has released documents it says proves its website was hacked by people working for the National Party....
    The Daily Blog | 16-08
  • Hager’s Dirty Politics – the TV political panels are ridiculous
    The total lack of depth and shallow talent pool of TV political panel shows in NZ is providing hideous coverage and insight into one of the most important political stories of the year. Yesterday Firstline had Jacinda Ardern and Jamie...
    The Daily Blog | 15-08
  • Hager’s Dirty Politics – response to Canon NZ
    Poor old Canon NZ. They have been so damaged by appointing Cam’s mate as a judge and her awarding him their Best Blogger Award. I feel for them, I really do. They are amazing supporters of Journalism in NZ when...
    The Daily Blog | 15-08
  • Hager’s Dirty Politics – the legality of using stolen emails
    I wonder if Key is humming, “I’ve got one less problem withoutcha” as he deletes Cams number from his phone?   One of the attack spin lines being run by National Party apologists in the media is that Nicky Hager has...
    The Daily Blog | 15-08
  • New shark finning laws fall short for threatened species
    Environmental groups are welcoming some aspects of a raft of law changes announced today in relation to shark finning, but say that overall the chance for New Zealand to catch up with international efforts in shark conservation is being missed....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Promoting Labour’s Positive Policies
    General Secretary of the New Zealand Labour Party, Tim Barnett, today launched Labour’s television advertisements for the 2014 election. The advertisements help tell Labour’s positive story for a better New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Drug Court: Rare Insight into New Alternative Justice Model
    Māori Television’s latest New Zealand documentary presents a fascinating look inside a new alternative justice model – through the stories of convicted criminals....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Political parties pledge to increase overseas aid
    A survey of political parties looking at how much New Zealand should spend on Official Development Assistance (ODA) shows the overwhelming majority of parties are committed to raising the bar according to the Council for International Development (CID)....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Top Kiwis backing Tip the Scales campaign
    Sir Graham Henry, former All Black Kees Meeuws, singer-song writer Jamie McDell and fishing guru Matt Watson have pledged their support to Tip the Scales, a pre-election campaign generating public support for rebuilding New Zealand’s depleted inshore...
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Maritime Union continues to press over dirty politics
    Maritime Union National President Garry Parsloe says Ports of Auckland management is trying to get off the hook from its involvement with extreme right wing bloggers during the Ports of Auckland dispute....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • No end in sight to overwhelming human cost of conflict
    Two ceasefires have brought some respite to civilians in Gaza and southern Israel, amid hope that a durable cessation of hostilities might occur. In Gaza, these breaks in the fighting have barely given people enough time to seek medical care,...
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Young Kiwi speakers to represent NZ at Gallipoli 2015
    The RSA is delighted at the announcement made by Veterans' Affairs Minister Michael Woodhouse today, that all eight regional finalists of the 2015 ANZ RSA Cyril Bassett VC Speech Competition will be included in a group of 25 Youth Ambassadors...
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • “Bromance” Marriage Stunt Insulting Says LegaliseLove
    A promotional competition asking two best mates to get married in order to win an all-expenses-paid trip to the 2015 Rugby World Cup is insulting, marriage equality campaign LegaliseLove Aotearoa claims....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Cannabis Party first to register for 2014 General Election
    The Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party became the first party to register for the 2014 General Election today, when it meet with the Electoral Commission in Wellington at Midday....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • PGA: Addresses NZ’s ratification of Arms Trade Treaty
    President of Parliamentarians for Global Action and New Zealand MP Ross Robertson today addressed a celebration to mark New Zealand’s imminent ratification of the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), which is expected within the next few weeks....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Roy Morgan Poll August 20
    National (48%) holds its lead over Labour/ Greens (39%) as ‘Dirty Politics’ revelations provide a new challenge for PM John Key’s leadership. NZ First surge to 6.5% - highest support since September 2013....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • IGIS inquiry into release of NZSIS information
    The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security (IGIS), Cheryl Gwyn, announced today that she would be instituting an inquiry concerning allegations that the New Zealand Security Intelligence Service (NZSIS) might have released official information...
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Glen Scanlon to Head Digital Media at Radio New Zealand
    Radio New Zealand has announced the appointment of Glen Scanlon to the recently created position of head of digital media....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Israel’s Gaza ceasefire violations go unreported
    It seems that it is only ceasefire violations that emanate from the Palestinian side that ever get publicised....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Drug courier sentenced for importing heroin
    South African drug courier, Laura Elizabeth Cilliers, was sentenced today in the Christchurch District Court to 7 years and 10 months in prison for importing approximately 1.2 kilograms of heroin....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Residential Property Speculators Days Numbered
    Rent heat cools as homes are replaced ... Liz McDonald ... The Press http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/business/your-property/10400851/Rent-heat-cools-as-homes-are-replaced Comment on thread (in moderation) … Christchurch is a “severely unaffordable” City as the Annual Demographia Survey ( www.demographia.com ) illustrates … thanks...
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Academic’s study shows need for a Ministry of Public Input
    A book by Associate Professor Jennifer Lees-Marshment recommends the creation of a Ministry of Public Input to collect, process and communicate the publics’ ideas to government. The University of Auckland’s political marketing expert says the...
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Government inaction killing innocent motorists
    Innocent people are dying due to long delays in installing centre lane barriers on high risk roads, says an outspoken road safety campaigner....
    Scoop politics | 19-08
  • Property revaluations for council rates must be reformed
    Opportunity to bring controls on rating value changes and more equitable level of annual rates increase...
    Scoop politics | 19-08
  • Ron Mark Sets the Example
    The Taxpayers’ Union is welcoming the pledge by Mayor of Carterton and NZ First candidate Ron Mark who has announced he would relinquish his roles as Mayor and member of two District Health Boards if successfully elected to Parliament. Taxpayers’...
    Scoop politics | 19-08
  • Ban 1080 Candidates announced for 2014 General Election
    MEDIA RELEASE: Angry rural communities want issue of 1080 aerial drops taken to the polls, says party co-leader Ban 1080 Candidates announced for 2014 General Election...
    Scoop politics | 19-08
  • Governor General Gives Direction to Conduct Election
    The Governor General, Lt Gen The Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae, has given the green light for this year’s General Election....
    Scoop politics | 19-08
  • New Zealand Animal Groups Unite to Help
    WELLINGTON (19 Aug 2014) – The Be Cruelty-Free campaign to ban animal testing of cosmetics in New Zealand just got bigger and stronger, as two leading animal protection groups come on board. Joining forces with Humane Society International which has...
    Scoop politics | 19-08
  • Students Interrupt Steven Joyce at University Event
    A group of 30 students this evening interrupted an event about ‘the future of tertiary education’ at which Tertiary Education Minister Steven Joyce was slated to speak. As Joyce began to speak, students interrupted with a speech of their own....
    Scoop politics | 19-08
  • Caritas among first responders offering relief in Iraq
    As the plight of Iraqis fleeing persecution reaches tragic levels, Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand has pledged an initial $10,000 to support the work of Caritas in Iraq to provide humanitarian aid to thousands of families affected by the war and...
    Scoop politics | 19-08
  • iPredict 2014 Election Update #31: Nats take hit
    Election race narrows significantly · National party vote now below Labour/Greens · National’s probability of leading next government dips to 72% · Joyce expected to take over as National leader before end of 2015, as Collins’ prospects fall...
    Scoop politics | 19-08
  • Call for applications – Fulbright scholar awards
    Fulbright New Zealand calls for applications to a range of scholar awards for New Zealand academics, artists and professionals to undertake academic and cultural exchanges to the United States of America. A Fulbright exchange provides life-changing opportunities...
    Scoop politics | 19-08
  • CWS launches appeal for Iraqis on World Humanitarian Day
    Christian World Service is appealing for help for tens of thousands of Iraqis caught up in one of the world’s horrifying conflicts....
    Scoop politics | 19-08
  • Promoting the Voice of the Rangatahi
    Young Māori voters are seen by the Māori Party to have a vital part to play in saving the Māori seats in Parliament says the Māori Party’s youngest candidate, Reverend Te Hira Paenga. “What we’re hearing on the ground is...
    Scoop politics | 19-08
  • Nelson Election Candidates’ Community Forum
    Nelson’s community and volunteer sector has some serious questions to put to the local candidates in the run up to next month’s general election....
    Scoop politics | 19-08
  • Research NZ Budget Observer – Still On Track For Surplus
    New Zealand's Treasury today released their pre-election budget update, ahead of the 20 September vote. The government still expects to get back to surplus in 2014/15, albeit a slightly smaller surplus than expected in May. The growth forecasts were...
    Scoop politics | 19-08
  • Nicky Hager’s first public comment on police investigation
    A complaint has been laid with police by Cameron Slater over the hacking of his computer and 'theft' of emails to supply to Nicky Hager for his explosive book Dirty Politics . We give Nicky Hager the first chance to...
    Scoop politics | 19-08
  • Disabled Person’s Organisations report sent to UN
    A report written by Disabled Person’s Organisations (DPOs) representing the voice of disabled New Zealanders has been released and sent to the United Nations today....
    Scoop politics | 19-08
  • Fuel and electricity price gouging hits regions hardest
    Mere Takoko - New Zealand First East Coast Candidate For Immediate Release - Tuesday, 19 August, 2014...
    Scoop politics | 19-08
  • Government “opening of the books” shows wasted opportunity
    “The economic and fiscal forecasts in the pre-election update – the ‘opening of the government’s books’ – shows how the Government has failed to grasp the opportunity of the Global Financial Crisis to rebalance the economy,” says CTU...
    Scoop politics | 19-08
  • Kiwis take up the challenge to end extreme poverty
    High profile New Zealanders have been invited to participate in Live Below the Line (LBTL). Part of a global initiative, LBTL challenges Kiwis to raise awareness of extreme poverty and to live on a daily food budget of $2.25 for...
    Scoop politics | 19-08
  • NZ Independent Coalition announces strong list
    NZ Independent Coalition Secretary Helen Anderson announced the party’s candidates for the 2014 election today - 10 candidates total, with four also standing in electorates....
    Scoop politics | 19-08
  • National Chooses to Campaign on High Tax, High Spend Policy
    The Taxpayers’ Union is slamming Bill English’s indication that the National Party will not offer voters any indication of tax cuts before next month's general election. Speaking to journalists and analysts in the Pre-election Economic and Fiscal...
    Scoop politics | 19-08
  • SSC survey shows way forward for better public services
    The Public Service Association (PSA) has welcomed the release of the State Services Commission’s (SSC) Integrity and Conduct Survey 2013 , which it says indicates what needs to be done to strengthen the public services that New Zealanders use and...
    Scoop politics | 19-08
  • Talent pipeline is the key to correcting gender balance
    Building a talent pipeline that fosters talented young women from early on in their careers is the key to gender balance at the most senior levels, according to EEO Trust Chief Executive Bev Cassidy-Mackenzie....
    Scoop politics | 19-08
  • A-Team of Election Data Analysis For Election 2014
    NZ's leading independent online news source Scoop.co.nz has teamed up with data heavyweights Roy Morgan Research and Spark Venture's brand-new big-data start up Qrious to deliver a under the covers perspective on the 2014 NZ General Election that has never...
    Scoop politics | 19-08
  • Pre-election Economic and Fiscal Update 2014
    Full PREFU: prefu14whole.pdf Full Executive Summary with charts: prefu14pt2of11.pdf Online: Pre-election Economic and Fiscal Update 2014 — The Treasury - New Zealand...
    Scoop politics | 19-08
  • Survey of Integrity and Conduct in the State Services
    The State Services Commission (SSC) today published the report of the 2013 Integrity and Conduct Survey of the State Services. “The New Zealand State services is rated highly internationally for its standards of integrity and conduct and is considered...
    Scoop politics | 19-08
  • Demand for Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ Underwhelms
    Family First NZ says that one year on from the marriage law being politically manipulated, the demand for same-sex marriages has been underwhelming with just 318 same-sex couples rushing to take advantage of the new definition to formalise their relationship...
    Scoop politics | 19-08
  • Jacinda Ardern talks about life as an MP
    A class of Albany politics students gained some insight into life as a Member of Parliament this week, with a visit to campus from Labour List MP Jacinda Ardern....
    Scoop politics | 18-08
  • Regional issues top agenda for election debate
    Wellington regional issues, from the flyover to extending the airport, will be in the spotlight at an election debate at Massey University’s Wellington campus tomorrow....
    Scoop politics | 18-08
  • Walking and the Election
    The Green Party has topped the polls while National has failed to register according to NZ's pedestrian advocacy organisation Living Streets Aotearoa (LSA)....
    Scoop politics | 18-08
  • Evidence of the dubious tactics of the alcohol industry
    Nicky Hager’s latest book “Dirty Politics” reports the alcohol industry works behind the scenes to actively try and smear the professional reputation of people who promote effective alcohol reforms in New Zealand, as well as other public health...
    Scoop politics | 18-08
  • ACT’s plan to double cycle use without spending taxes
    "The National party yesterday announced a $100 million cycle-way that just happens to go through the marginal seat of Hutt South" said ACT Leader Dr Jamie Whyte....
    Scoop politics | 18-08
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