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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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    Was John Key born lucky or what? Political performance tends to be judged on three things – the unemployment rate, the petrol price at the pump, and the market value of your house. This year, Key was lucky enough to...
    Gordon Campbell | 22-10
  • MIT chaos following job cut announcement
    Chaos reigns at MIT following last week’s announcement that the polytechnic will cut 68 full time equivalent jobs, according to local TEU organiser Chan Dixon. Over a thousand people have signed a petition opposing job cuts at the polytechnic. Staff are...
    Tertiary Education Union | 22-10
  • Auckland staff call for Living Wage
    The Living Wage Network held a rally and barbecue this week calling on the University of Auckland to become first New Zealand’s Living Wage university, by paying all staff, both directly employed and contracted staff, a living wage of $18.80...
    Tertiary Education Union | 22-10
  • Otago debates one off lump sum
    The University of Otago has not offered its staff a pay rise on their rates at collective agreement negotiations, opting instead to offer a one-off lump sum of $1000, which will not go ‘on the rates’. TEU members at the...
    Tertiary Education Union | 22-10
  • Speaker: David Fisher: The OIA arms race
    Good afternoon everyone. I am David Fisher, a reporter with the New Zealand Herald. I have worked as a journalist for 25 years, mainly in New Zealand but across a number of other countries.I think there's some value before I...
    Public Address | 22-10
  • Employment law first act of new government
    As the prime minister promised, his government has rushed to push through its Employment Relations Amendment Bill as one of its very first actions this week. The bill, which union members and workers have actively opposed for the last year,...
    Tertiary Education Union | 22-10
  • 7 inspiring stories of communities taking action for climate
    Stories of communities taking action for the climate and refusing to accept the plans of polluting fossil fuel companies are happening more and more. Here are just a few inspiring climate acts of courage taken by doctors, villagers, students, farmers,...
    Greenpeace NZ blog | 22-10
  • Blowin’ in the wind
    Wind power has a pivotal role to play in the world's energy supply over the next few years. By providing huge amounts of clean, affordable power, it can buy us time in the fight against global warming while revolutions in...
    Greenpeace NZ blog | 22-10
  • Wanted: more fertiliser and horse manure
    Equality enriches the soil, just like manure, but a lot less stinky (For our opening week, we asked all our contributors to think about why they’re On The Left, and what the next three years holds for the left, the...
    On the Left | 22-10
  • PM gets it right about Auckland, mostly
    Prime Minister John Key is dead right when he said: First home buyers in Auckland might have to consider an apartment in order to get onto the property ladder, Prime Minister John Key says. After all, the locational efficiencies of...
    Transport Blog | 22-10
  • John Key’s Multiple Identities
    Question to the Prime MinisterRussel Norman: How many times since November 2008 has he spoken with Cameron Slater on the phone and how many times, if any, has he txted him?Prime Minister: None in my capacity as Prime Minister.John Key...
    Local Bodies | 22-10
  • Where is the Middle?
    When Labour decides who will be the next leader, it is of interest to all of us involved in politics. After all the person chosen could be New Zealand's next Prime Minister. So the debate on the nature of the...
    Pundit | 22-10
  • Labour Needs A Civil Union With The Greens
    Much has been written about where Labour needs to go from here. One issue which doesn’t seem to have generated much interest is what do they do with the Greens?...
    Pundit | 22-10
  • More Latté Than Lager: Reflections on Grant Robertson’s Campaign Lau...
    The People's Flag Is ... Mint Green? Grant Robertson and Jacinda Ardern (whom Twitter immediately dubbed Gracinda) pose in Mint Green for one of the glossy women's magazines. In a non-revolutionary era, superficial is about as deep as it gets. BIKERS?...
    Bowalley Road | 22-10
  • Auckland’s disturbing panopticon
    Earlier in the month, we learned that Auckland was planning to install a creepy panopticon, complete with ANPR and facial recognition, for vague and undefinied purposes. This produced a flurry of OIA requests via FYI, and one of them (for...
    No Right Turn | 22-10
  • How to Sell a House: Free Advice from a couple of experts. (Self-Described!...
      In the 32 years that Judy and I have been together we have bought and sold quite a few houses. Six years is the longest we  lived in any one of those houses.  Our friends regard us as gypsies. The...
    Brian Edwards | 22-10
  • Judith Collins’ two-tier OIA service
    Back in August, we learned that sewerblogger Cameron Slater was receiving extraordinary OIA service from then-Minister of Justice Judith Collins, in one case receiving a response to a request within 37 minutes. But it wasn't just extraordinary for its speed;...
    No Right Turn | 22-10
  • Fluoridation – a racist conspiracy?
    Political activists campaigning on health issues often resort to scaremongering. This can be dangerous – especially when their stories have no real basis but rely on selective and distorted information. Paul Connett’s Fluoride Action Network (FAN) often resorts to this sort of scaremongering. Now...
    Open Parachute | 22-10
  • What have people in Africa been doing since the Ebola outbreak started?
    by Andy Warren In a word – dying.  But not from Ebola. According to WHO data it looks like this: However, fear and anxiety are the sexiest ingredients of any story today – rather than boring facts. Ebola fits perfectly...
    Redline | 22-10
  • What have people in Africa been doing since the Ebola outbreak started?
    by Andy Warren In a word – dying.  But not from Ebola. According to WHO data it looks like this: However, fear and anxiety are the sexiest ingredients of any story today – rather than boring facts. Ebola fits perfectly...
    Redline | 22-10
  • Unbelieveable
    This week we've seen the Prime Minister desperately trying to cover up his war plans by pretending that Obama's war-planning meeting was just a "regular" meeting of defence partners which we just happened to be attending. Over on Kiwipolitico Pablo...
    No Right Turn | 22-10
  • Are the police using ANPR to target the disabled?
    The media this morning is full of stories of the paralysed man caught driving using a walking stick to reach the pedals. Its good that he's off the road, but there's one point in the story which raises questions:The driver...
    No Right Turn | 22-10
  • Like a cult…
    When a party loses badly, the public expects a bit of sorrowful wailing and beating of breasts. To say “This is what we did wrong, and this is how we’ll fix it” is an important part of restoring trust with...
    Occasionally erudite | 21-10
  • Does Money make Money?
    ‘Rock star economist’ or ‘inequality messiah’ French economist Thomas Piketty’s book Capital in the Twenty First Century has outsold every other book on the planet this year. The book is so popular because it floats the idea that money makes...
    Gareth’s World | 21-10
  • Cycling: the benefits of complete networks
    A group of New Zealand researchers recently published an excellent paper on the costs and benefits of investing in a complete cycle network and safe street design. Their paper, which is available online, found that: the benefits of all the...
    Transport Blog | 21-10
  • Life isn’t fair. But it should be.
    (For our opening week, we asked all our contributors to think about why they’re On The Left, and what the next three years holds for the left, the government, and New Zealand.) I was not an angelic child. My mother...
    On the Left | 21-10
  • Up here on Planet Key
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    On the Left | 21-10
  • TDB Today: Reasons not to be cheerful, Part #272b
    In my post at The Daily Blog this week I take inspiration from the great Ian Dury, and reflect on the disconnect between political ambition and the state of the climate system as it continues to warm. It will be...
    Hot Topic | 21-10
  • Otago dairy farms fail basics
    I’m really privileged to take on the responsibility of the water portfolio. Eugenie Sage has done excellent work in this area in the last term of parliament and provided a great platform for further work. Last Parliament my bill to...
    frogblog | 21-10
  • Tracking the performance of the 1 hour Xero model
    DISCLOSURE: I hold Xero shares.  Last year I built a very quick and dirty spreadsheet to analyse Xero, and wrote Valuing Xero – in one hour. The article was cross-posted to the NBR, where it attracted far more comments. More on those...
    Lance Wiggs | 21-10
  • Hard News: Media Take: The creeping politicisation of the OIA
    Brent Edwards' story last week on official advice to ministers on child poverty was interesting not only for its substance, but its circumstance.Edwards explained on Morning Report that he originally requested the first of the documents (some of them now nearly...
    Public Address | 21-10
  • Emails from the candidates
    As part of the NZ Labour leadership election, the candidates are able to email the party membership and sell themselves. Knowing how messy Labour’s membership list can be, I thought I’d reproduce the emails in case anyone wants to use...
    Progress report | 21-10
  • Government loses the affordable housing race
    Nick Smith is dreaming if he thinks he can deliver affordable housing to Cantabrians on his current figures, says Labour’s Associate Housing spokesperson Poto Williams. “The Minister’s announcement that the Government will build 237 new homes, most of which will...
    Labour | 23-10
  • Labour’s thoughts with Canadians
    Labour has offered its sympathies to the family and friends of the Canadian soldier who died in what appears to be a premeditated and unprovoked attack while standing at guard at the Ottawa National War Memorial. “Our thoughts are also...
    Labour | 23-10
  • What next for TVNZ? Outsourcing the news?
    Television New Zealand’s decision to outsource Māori and Pacific programming is a real blow to the notion that our state broadcaster is a public broadcaster, says Labour. “CEO Kevin Kenrick has said today that TVNZ has ‘a very long and...
    Labour | 22-10
  • Green Party expresses sympathy for Canadian shooting victims
    The Green Party expressed its solidarity with Canadians and the Canadian Parliament today, offering its sympathy for family and friends of the soldier killed in the attack. "Our thoughts are with all those caught up in the shooting in Canada...
    Greens | 22-10
  • Prime Minister must honour his promise
    It’s time for John Key to honour his promise to the Pike River families, says Labour MP Damien O’Connor.  “International mine experts have confirmed the view of WorkSafe New Zealand and many miners on the West Coast that it is...
    Labour | 22-10
  • EPA finds Shell Oil illegally drilled two wells
    The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has concluded that Shell Todd Oil Services (STOS) broke the law by drilling two wells without a marine consent off the coast of Taranaki, the Green Party said today. The EPA conducted an inspection of...
    Greens | 22-10
  • Soaring rail use in Auckland shows need for rail link now
    News that Aucklanders overtook Wellingtonians as the biggest train users is further evidence the Government needs to start work on the Auckland City Rail Link now, the Green Party said today.Auckland Transport said today that in the year to September,...
    Greens | 22-10
  • Tea breaks gone by lunch time
    Labour is calling for an eleventh hour reprieve to employment law changes which could see thousands of Kiwi workers not covered by collective agreements lose their smoko breaks, its spokesperson on Labour Issues Andrew Little says.“How cynical that on the...
    Labour | 21-10
  • Metiria Turei to lead fight on feeding hungry children
    Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei is urging all political parties to support the Feed the Kids Bill which she inherited today from Mana leader Hone Harawira.Mrs Turei, who leads the Green Party's work on child poverty, will pick up Mr...
    Greens | 21-10
  • Otago dairy farms fail basics
    I’m really privileged to take on the responsibility of the water portfolio. Eugenie Sage has done excellent work in this area in the last term of parliament and provided a great platform for further work. Last Parliament my bill to...
    Greens | 21-10
  • A mighty totara has fallen across the Tasman
    The New Zealand Labour Party expresses deep sadness at the death of former Australian prime minister Gough Whitlam, aged 98. “Today a great totara has fallen across the Tasman,” Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says....
    Labour | 21-10
  • Note to National: Must deliver on child poverty
    John Key and his Government will be held to its promise to make child poverty a priority, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “In its priority-setting speech today the Government stated child poverty would be a major focus for...
    Labour | 21-10
  • New Analysis show Government cut tertiary education funding
    New analysis done by the Green Party today shows the Government has made cuts to funding of tertiary education since 2008.Figures compiled by the Parliamentary Library show that between 2009 and 2015 Government funding to Tertiary Institutions dropped by 4...
    Greens | 21-10
  • Students doing it tough as fees rise again
    The Government is making it increasingly difficult for Kiwis to gain tertiary education as fees continue to rise and access to student support becomes even more restricted, Labour’s Tertiary Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “Steven Joyce is shutting a generation...
    Labour | 20-10
  • Key misled New Zealand on Iraq deployment
      John Key was misleading New Zealanders prior to the election when he ruled out New Zealand special forces being deployed to Iraq, says Labour Defence Spokesperson Phil Goff.  “Post-election he has cynically disregarded that by saying that deployment of...
    Labour | 20-10
  • Swearing about swearing the oath
    Yesterday, I was swearing. Swearing the Parliamentary oath, that is. But, under my breath, I was also quietly swearing about the archaic, colonial form of that oath and its inappropriateness for today’s Aotearoa New Zealand. To be permitted to speak...
    Greens | 20-10
  • Damning report on Ruataniwha dam numbers
    When I presented my submission to the Board of Inquiry on the Tukituki Catchment Proposal I compared the proposed 83 metre high Ruataniwha dam with the Clyde Dam and noted the risk of cost blowouts in the construction process.  The...
    Greens | 20-10
  • Church congratulated on child poverty stand
    The efforts by the bishops of the Anglican Church to ensure that the issue of child poverty is not forgotten is a call to all New Zealanders to take action, says Labour’s Interfaith-Dialogue Spokesperson, Su’a William Sio.   “I think...
    Labour | 19-10
  • Labour names Review Team
    Labour’s New Zealand Council has appointed Bryan Gould as Convenor of its post-General Election Review.  He will be joined on the Review Team by Hon Margaret Wilson, Stacey Morrison and Brian Corban (see further biographical details here). The Review Team...
    Labour | 19-10
  • Labour backs urban development plans
    Auckland Council’s plan to set up an urban development agency is to be applauded and central government should get behind it to make it a success, Labour’s Auckland Issues spokesperson Phil Twyford says. Auckland Council CEO Stephen Town has indicated plans...
    Labour | 18-10
  • New Zealand can be rightly proud of seat on Security Council
    Gaining a seat on the United Nation’s Security Council shows the sort of standing that New Zealand has in the world and the quality of the long campaign that we ran over nearly a decade, says Foreign Affairs spokesperson David...
    Labour | 16-10
  • NZ has opportunity on UN Security Council
    New Zealand has an opportunity to make a major contribution to the strengthening of international law and institutional capacity through its upcoming two-year tenure on the United Nations Security Council, Green Party spokesperson on global affairs, Dr Kennedy Graham said...
    Greens | 16-10
  • MPI still dragging the chain over causes of food bug
    The Ministry of Primary Industries’ release of Environmental Science and Research’s initial reports regarding the sources of a nasty stomach bug will be little comfort to the 127 people affected by it, Labour’s Food Safety spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “This...
    Labour | 16-10
  • Treasury officials should try working without food
    The Green Party is challenging Treasury officials to work for a week without eating properly, in light of their advice to Government that a food in schools programme is not needed."Treasury's advice was that providing food for children in schools...
    Greens | 15-10
  • Councils need to better protect our drinking water
    Environment Canterbury (ECan) is proposing several variations to its regional land and water plan that will allow for increased nutrient and other pollution from irrigation and intensive agriculture on the Canterbury Plains. Commissioners are hearing submissions on Variation 1 to...
    Greens | 15-10
  • National needs to commit to making NZ workers safe
    The National Government must do more to help make New Zealand workplaces a safer place to work in, Green Party industrial relations spokesperson Denise Roche said today.Data released by Statistics New Zealand today showed that workers in the fishing and...
    Greens | 15-10
  • Key commits to deployment before consultation or analysis
    John Key’s offer to consult Opposition parties on whether to deploy New Zealand forces against ISIS looks increasingly like a PR exercise only, says Labour’s Defence spokesperson, Phil Goff. “The presence of New Zealand’s Chief of Defence Force at a...
    Labour | 15-10
  • National must end ideological opposition to raising income
    If John Key is serious about tackling child poverty he must approach it with an open mind, and overcome his ideological block to raising incomes as a solution, the Green Party said today.Papers released to Radio New Zealand today show...
    Greens | 14-10
  • Pentagon links climate change and terrorism
    Yesterday the Pentagon launched a plan to deal with a threat that “poses immediate risks to national security”; one that “will affect the Department of Defense’s ability to defend the nation”. It wasn’t referring to Ebola or ISIS. It was...
    Greens | 14-10
  • Four Nominees for Labour’s Leadership
    As at 5pm today four valid nominations had been received for the position of Labour Leader, as follows: Andrew Little(nominated by Poto Williams and Iain Lees-Galloway) Nanaia Mahuta(nominated by Louisa Wall and Su’a William Sio) David Parker(nominated by Damien O’Connor...
    Labour | 14-10
  • Green Party calls for consultation over terrorism law changes
    The Green Party has today written to the Prime Minister asking him to engage in wider consultation prior to changing any laws as a result of the recently announced terrorism law reviews, said the Green Party today. In a letter...
    Greens | 14-10
  • MPI must name product and supermarket chain
    The Ministry of Primary Industries must name the product responsible for severe gastroenteritis affecting people around the country, and the supermarket chain distributing it, Labour’s Food Safety spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “The Ministry seems to be more concerned about protecting...
    Labour | 13-10
  • John Key dishonest about reasons for wanting to change terrorism law
    John Key is misleading the public to push through terrorism law changes under urgency, the Green Party said today. On Sunday, John Key stated that it is not illegal for someone to fight overseas for a terrorist group, such as...
    Greens | 12-10
  • Law changes shaping up to be worse than first thought
    The Prime Minister needs to be up front about exactly what changes he is planning to make to the Employment Relations  Amendment Bill, Labour's spokesperson on Labour Issues Andrew Little says.Interviewed on Q&A yesterday John Key said he did not...
    Labour | 12-10
  • Rapists, not Tinder, the threat to women
    Blame for rape and sexual assault should only ever be laid at the door of the perpetrator, not dating services or the actions of women themselves, Labour’s Associate Police spokesperson Kelvin Davis says. “Tinder is not the problem and women...
    Labour | 09-10
  • Safer Journeys For People Who Cycle
    You have a rare opportunity to tell the people who are making the decisions on cycling how to make it better. The Cycling Safety Panel is seeking feedback on their draft recommendations for improving the safety of cycling in New...
    Greens | 08-10
  • Subsidising more pollution will undermine water clean-up plan at Te Waihora...
    In 2010, NIWA found Canterbury’s Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere had the worst nutrient status of 140 lakes around New Zealand that it measured. In 2011, the National Government committed to spending $15 million across the country through the Fresh Start for...
    Greens | 08-10
  • Adding value not herbicides
    The HT swedes, and other brassicas, might seem like a good idea to farmers struggling against weeds but like the GE road, is this the path we want our agriculture to be treading? The Federated Farmers President, Dr William Rolleston...
    Greens | 07-10
  • ‘Blame the Planner’ bizarre approach to child poverty
    The National Government is stooping to a bizarre new low in blaming "planning processes" for poverty and inequality, after spending six years doing nothing about either the housing market or child poverty, the Green Party said today. Finance Minister Bill...
    Greens | 07-10
  • Media Advisory
    MANA Leader, Hone Harawira will not be available to speak with media today regarding his release “Recount Just One Step To restoring Credibility”. He is however available for media comment tomorrow, Tuesday the 8th of October, all media arrangements are...
    Mana | 07-10
  • RECOUNT JUST ONE STEP TO RESTORING CREDIBILITY
    “I have applied for a judicial recount of the votes in the Tai Tokerau election because it is one step in trying to restore credibility to the electoral process in the north, and, I suspect, in all other Maori electorates...
    Mana | 07-10
  • MANA SEEKS TAI TOKERAU RECOUNT
    The MANA Movement is supporting Leader Hone Harawira’s application for a judicial re-count in the Te Tai Tokerau electorate for the 2014 general election. President Lisa McNab says there are a number of serious issues of concern regarding the ability...
    Mana | 07-10
  • MANA to fight mass privatisation of state housing
    Announcements over the past 12 hours from the Minister responsible for Housing New Zealand, Bill English, and Minister for Social Housing, Paula Bennett, make clear the government’s intention for the mass privatisation of state housing. This comes during the middle...
    Mana | 07-10
  • Journalists have right to protect sources
    Legal authorities must respect the right of journalist Nicky Hager to protect the source of his material for his Dirty Politics book under Section 68 of the Evidence Act, Acting Labour Leader David Parker says. “It is crucial in an...
    Labour | 06-10
  • It shouldn’t take the Army to house the homeless
    National’s move to speed up its state house sell-off shows it is bankrupt of new ideas, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “National has been in office for six years, yet the housing crisis has got worse every month and...
    Labour | 06-10
  • Government must lift social housing supply, not shuffle the deck chairs
    National's decision to shift the state provision of housing to third parties is a smokescreen for the Government decreasing the provision of affordable housing, the Green Party said today."What National should be doing is increasing the supply of both social...
    Greens | 06-10
  • Election 2014 – the final count
    While we have to wait for the final booth level counts we can now see how well we did in the specials and look at electorate level data. First off special votes (and disallowed/recounted votes etc). There was a change...
    Greens | 06-10
  • We need more houses, not Ministers
    The Government’s decision to have three housing Ministers will create a dog’s breakfast of the portfolio and doesn’t bode well for fixing the country’s housing crisis, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “New Zealanders need more houses, not more Ministers....
    Labour | 05-10
  • MANA’S CHALLENGE TO THE 51st PARLIAMENT
    Ten years ago I led 50,000 Maori on the historic FORESHORE AND SEABED MARCH from Te Rerenga Wairua to the very steps of this parliament, in a march against the greatest land grab in the history of this country –...
    Mana | 03-10
  • Is this really necessary?
    No one denies chief executives should be well paid for their skills and experience, but it is the efforts of all employees which contribute to company profits, Labour’s Acting Leader David Parker says. “Salaries paid to chief executives come at...
    Labour | 02-10
  • 5AA Australia – NZ on UN Security Council + Dirty Politics Lingers On
    5AA Australia: Selwyn Manning and Peter Godfrey deliver their weekly bulletin Across The Ditch. General round up of over night talkback issues: Thongs, Jandals and flip-flops… ISSUE 1: New Zealand has been successful in its campaign to become a non...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • When I mean me, I mean my office & when I call whaleoil I mean not as m...
    This. Is. Ludicrous. Green Party co-leader Russel Norman put the first of what are likely to be many questions about Mr Key’s relationship with Slater, asking him how many times he had phoned or texted the blogger since 2008. “None...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • A brief word on describing the Government as ‘boring and bland’
    The narrative being sown is that this Government will be a boring and bland third term. Boring and bland. Since the election, Key has announced he is privatising 30% of state houses without reinvesting any of that money back into housing society’s most...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • More Latté Than Lager: Reflections on Grant Robertson’s Campaign Launch.
    BIKERS? SERIOUSLY! Had Grant Robertson’s campaign launch been organised by Phil Goff? Was this a pitch for the votes of what few Waitakere Men remain in the Labour Party? Was I even at the right place? Well, yes, I was....
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • About Curwen Ares Rolinson
    Curwen Ares Rolinson – Curwen Ares Rolinson is a firebrand young nationalist presently engaged in acts of political resistance deep behind enemy lines amidst the leafy boughs of Epsom. He is affiliated with the New Zealand First Party; although his...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • About Kelly Ellis
    Kelly Ellis.Kelly Ellis – As a child, Kelly Ellis didn’t so much fall into the cracks, but willfully wriggled her way into them. Ejected from Onslow College – a big job in the 70s – Kelly worked in car factories,...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • About Kate Davis
    Kate Davis.Kate Davis – Having completed her BA in English and Politics, Kate is now starting her MA. Kate works as a volunteer advocate at Auckland Action Against Poverty and previously worked for the New Zealand Prostitutes Collective. Kate writes...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Parker does a Shearer – oh for a Labour Leader who can challenge msm fals...
    Sigh. It seems David Parker has done a Shearer… Like a cult and too red – Parker on LabourLabour leadership contender David Parker says Labour borders on feeling like “a cult” and must look at its branding – including its...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • A brief word on the hundreds of millions NZ is spending on the secret intel...
    The enormity of the mass surveillance state NZ Government’s have built carries a huge price tag… Kiwis pay $103m ‘membership fee’ for spyingThe $103 million taxpayer funding of New Zealand’s intelligence agencies is effectively a membership fee for joining the...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Where. Is. Jason. Ede?
    Where. Is. Jason. Ede?...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Labour’s Din of Inequity
    Watching Labour’s leadership candidates on Q+A on Sunday, I noticed the ongoing use of terms like “opportunity” and “aspiration”, and “party of the workers”. What do these mean? We glean much from Labour, and from the media about Labour, but not...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • “Blue-Greenwash” fails the test when it comes to endangered dolphins
    National’s pre-election promises saw some wins for the environment – perhaps as the party sought to appease its “Blue-Green” voters and broaden its popular appeal. Some of the ecological gains were a long time in the making, overdue even– such...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Reasons not to be cheerful, Part #272b
    Why don’t you get back into bed? The next few years — the rest of this century — are not going to be pretty. There is an obvious disconnect between any remaining political ambition to fix climate change and the...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • OIA protocols and official advice ignored to hide Child Poverty
    It might not seem so now, but child poverty was a major election issue. What a pity we did not have the full debate. In that debate it would have been very helpful to have seen the Ministry of Social...
    The Daily Blog | 20-10
  • Previewing the 4 candidates for Leader of the Labour Party
    The extraordinary outbursts by Shearer last week highlights just how toxic that Caucus is. Shearer was on every major media platform as the ABC attack dog tearing into Cunliffe in the hope of diminishing Cunliffe’s support of Little by tearing...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Kate Davis – the sudden explosion of ‘left’ blogs
    Time to Teach or more people will suffer from P.A.I.D. Political And Intellectual Dysmorphia.I was on the Twitter and a guy followed me so of course I did the polite thing and followed him back. He wrote a blog so...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Ego vs Eco
    Ego vs Eco...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • We can’t let the Roastbuster case slip away
    Those of us (like me) left with hope that the police would aggressively follow through on the large amount of evidence on offer to them (let’s not forget they forgot they even had some at one point) in the Roastbusters...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Food, shelter and medicine instead of bombs and bullets
    The on-going conflict across the Middle East – due in large part to the US-led invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq – has created another humanitarian crisis of biblical proportion. The essentials of life are desperately needed in Iraq and Syria...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • The politics of electorate accommodations
    National’s electorate accommodations with ACT and United Future were a big factor in it winning re-election. Interestingly, there is another electorate accommodation scenario whereby the centre-left could have come out on top, even with the same distribution of party votes....
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Why you should join the TPPA Action on 8 November
    On 8 November 2014, thousands of Kiwis will take part in the International Day of Action to protest the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA). The rally cry for us is TPPA – Corporate Trap, Kiwis Fight Back. Why should you join...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • GUEST BLOG – Patrick O’Dea: no new coal mines
    Green Party and Mana Party policy is “NO NEW COAL MINES!” Auckland Coal Action is trying to put this policy into action on the ground. ACA after a hard fought two year campaign waged alongside local residents and Iwi, in...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Comparing Police action – Hager raid vs Roast Buster case
    This satire had the NZ Police contact TDB and threaten us with 6months in prison for using their logo.   The plight of Nicky Hager and the draconian Police actions against him has generated over  $53 000 in donations so...
    The Daily Blog | 18-10
  • Malala Yousafzai, White Saviour Complexes and Local Resistance
    Last week, Malala Yousafzai was the co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. Since her exposure to the worldwide spotlight, her spirit, wisdom and strength have touched the hearts of people everywhere. However, there have been cynics who have argued that...
    The Daily Blog | 18-10
  • Jason Ede is back – but no media can interview him?
    Well, well, well. Jason Ede, the main figure connected to John Key’s office and the Dirty Politics black ops is back with a company with deep ties to the National Party. One thing you can say about the right –...
    The Daily Blog | 18-10
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    The Daily Blog | 17-10
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    The Daily Blog | 17-10
  • Greg O’Connor’s latest push to arm cops & 5 reasons not to
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    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • You can’t have crisis without ISIS
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    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • NZ WINS UN SPIN THE BOTTLE! Privately sucking up to America for a decade me...
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    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • MEDIA BLOG – Myles Thomas – A World Without Advertising
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    The Daily Blog | 16-10
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    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • Whack a mole as US govt foreign policy
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    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • In Paean of Debt
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    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • The last 48 hours – Poverty denial, war denial and unapologetic abuse of ...
    The bewildering speed of events that simply end in Key shrugging and proclaiming he doesn’t really give a shit is coming think and fast as the Government suddenly appreciate the full spectrum dominance they now enjoy. Here is Radio NZ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Pat O’Dea – Mana 2.0 Rebooted
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    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • The Blomfield IPCA letter – Has Dirty Politics leaked into the NZ Police ...
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    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • ​Media release: Rail and Maritime Transport Union – Auckland move for K...
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    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • Amnesty International – Friend request from an IS militant
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    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • NZ should follow the UK and recognize the Palestinian state
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    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • The Discordant Chimes of Freedom: Why Labour has yet to be forgiven.
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    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • Hosking or Henry – Which right wing crypto fascist clown do you want to w...
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    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • Families need more money to reduce child poverty
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    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Kelly Ellis – Don’t shit on my dream
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    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • Labour and ‘special interests’
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    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • Housing; broken promises, families in cars, and ideological idiocy (Part Ru...
    . . Continued from: Housing; broken promises, families in cars, and ideological idiocy (Part Tahi) . National’s housing development project: ‘Gateway’ to confusion . Perhaps nothing better illustrates National’s lack of a coherent housing programme than the ‘circus’ that is...
    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • Here’s what WINZ are patronisingly saying to people on welfare when they ...
    Yesterday, a case manager from WINZ called to tell me that I needed to “imagine what I would do if I did not have welfare”. I replied “Well, I guess if I couldn’t live at home, I would be homeless.”...
    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • David Shearer’s ‘no feminist chicks’ mentality highlights all that is...
    Mr Nasty pays a visit Shearer’s extraordinary outburst last night on NZs favourite redneck TV, The Paul Henry Show, is a reminder of all that is wrong within the Labour Caucus right now… He said the current calls for a female or...
    The Daily Blog | 13-10
  • Greenpeace 1 – Shell 0
    Greenpeace 1 – Shell 0...
    The Daily Blog | 13-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Kate Davis – A Tale Of Two Cities
    Sunday was surreal. I went for a drive and ended up in a different country. It wasn’t intentional but those days of too many literally intertextual references seldom are. There is no doubt that the Sunday drive this week had...
    The Daily Blog | 13-10
  • WorkSafe report raises concerns about asbestos
    The union representing construction workers in the Canterbury rebuild is surprised at WorkSafe’s conclusion that no action needs to be taken against EQC and Fletcher EQR over asbestos exposure in Canterbury homes. “This report was an opportunity...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Union accuses SkyCity CEO of misleading public
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    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Last Hurrah on the Taxpayer
    Responding to the NZ Herald report that Hone Harawira spent up $54,000 on the taxpayer in his last three months as an MP, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says: “It is absolutely disgraceful that an MP managed to rack...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Press statement in relation to search of Nicky Hager’s home
    On 2 October 2014, Nicky Hager's home in Wellington was searched by police. Mr Hager asserted that documents kept at his house were protected by privilege, including because they contained information that might identify confidential sources....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • The Sam Simon arrives into Auckland for new campaign
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    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Low inflation – time for meaningful wage increases
    With inflation low, now is a good time for workers to negotiate for pay increases that outstrip price rises and deliver real increases in wages and salaries. “For too many people, real pay increases have been missing for several years...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Auckland Rates Rises Out of Control
    Responding to the NZ Herald report that Auckland ratepayers will face an average of a 29 percent rates increase, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says: “These rate rises show that Len Brown's spending is out of control.”...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Protest at New Plymouth Oil and Gas Expo
    About 30 protesters from Climate Justice Taranaki, Frack-free Kapiti, Te Uru Pounamu Action Group, Oil Free Wellington, Frack-free Manawatu and the east coast protested yesterday outside New Plymouth's biennial Oil and Gas Expo at the TSB Stadium....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • FMA warns consumers about cold-calling investment offers
    The Financial Markets Authority (FMA) is warning New Zealand consumers and investors to be wary of cold-calls asking them to buy shares or put their money into offshore firms....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Comprehensive plan needed to end child poverty
    Child Poverty Action Group says it is vital the newly re-elected National government takes a planned and comprehensive approach to reducing child poverty in New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Metiria Gets Feed the Kids
    Yesterday the Speaker of the House advised that he had accepted my request to transfer my Feed the Kids (Education (Breakfast and Lunch Programmes in Schools) Amendment) Bill to Metiria Turei of the Green Party....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • DIA undercover investigation leads to jailing
    An undercover Internal Affairs investigation has led to a Hastings man being jailed for three and half years....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Call on Minister McCully to pursue the case of Balibo Five
    Media Information: Call on Minister McCully to pursue the case of journalist Gary Cunningham and the Balibo Five...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Australia and NZ actions on press freedoms alarming
    Global support for investigative journalism in Australia and New Zealand is a welcome response to law changes and a police raid, says the Pacific Freedom Forum...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Call for release of French journalists in West Papua
    West Papua Action Auckland, the EPMU Print and Media Council and the NZ Media Freedom Network call on the Minister of Foreign Affairs to speak out in support of the two French TV journalists whose trial has just begun in...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Court of Appeal: Dotcom v 20th Century Fox Film Corporation
    A The appeal is dismissed. B The 20 August 2014 order of the High Court dealing with confidentiality and the 29 August 2014 order of this Court dealing with confidentiality are set aside. C The confidentiality orders set out in...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Glassons Blasted For Glamourising Animal Cruelty
    Clothing brand Glassons have found themselves embroiled in another controversy after launching a new advert featuring a girl riding a bull. Animal advocacy organisation SAFE have asked them to remove the ad immediately as it glamourises animal cruelty....
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Smuggling honey into New Zealand isn’t sweet
    Smuggling honey into New Zealand isn’t sweet Federated Farmers Bee Industry Group applauds the tough line taken by Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) Border Staff at Auckland Airport. In deporting the couple found trying to smuggle bee products...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Taxpayers’ Union Responds to Joyce on Corporate Welfare
    Responding to Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce’s defence of corporate welfare , Jim Rose, the author of Monopoly Money , a Taxpayers Union report on corporate welfare since 2008, says:...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Speech from the Throne brings welcome focus on children
    Today’s speech from the Throne confirms the Government’s focus on children, youth and their families in the areas of health, education, youth employment, poverty alleviation and Whānau Ora; now the challenge is to ensure every child in New Zealand...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • John’s Job Fairs no fix for unemployment and poverty
    “John Key has clearly been looking to the US for his latest bright idea on dealing with employment issues,” says Auckland Action Against Poverty coordinator Sue Bradford. “Job fairs where the desperately unemployed queue in their corporate best to compete...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Speech From the Throne Foreshadows More Corporate Welfare
    Responding to the Governor General’s Speech from the Throne, which outlined that the Government’s intentions for the next Parliamentary term would include further Business Growth Agenda initiatives, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Green MP to speak at panel on Rainbow Mental Health
    Hamilton, New Zealand: Recently re-elected Green Party MP Jan Logie will be a guest speaker at a panel on the mental health of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Trangender, Takataapui and Intersex people taking place on November 1st as part of the...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Evidence Supports GE Moratorium
    Federated Farmers spokesman Graham Smith's call for a 'rethink' on release of GeneticallyEngineered organisms is misguided, and instead it is time for a formal moratorium on GMOs in the environment.(1)...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Chatham Rise mining could have impact on whales and dolphins
    Wellington, 21 October 2014--Mining phosphate on the Chatham Rise, off the east coast of New Zealand’s south island, could potentially have many impacts on marine mammals like whales and dolphins, the Environmental Protection Agency was told today....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Council endorses Nanaia Mahuta as the next Labour leader
    Te Kaunihera Māori, the Māori Council of the New Zealand Labour Party, have passed a resolution to endorse the Hon Nanaia Mahuta as the next leader of the Labour Party...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Kaumatua to organise petition to end Maori seats
    Ngapuhi kaumatua David Rankin has announced that he will be organising a nationwide petition to seek support from Maori voters to end the Maori seats. “These seats are patronising”, he says. “They imply we need a special status, and that...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Announcing a New Voice for The Left
    Josh Forman is pleased to announce the creation of a new force on the Left of politics in New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Public services held back by poor workplace culture
    A new report by Victoria University’s Centre for Labour, Employment and Work shows that public servants are working significant unpaid overtime to ensure the public services New Zealanders value are able to continue....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • iPredict New Zealand Weekly Economic & Political Update
    Andrew Little’s probability of being the next leader of the Labour Party has reached 70% and Jacinda Ardern is favourite to become his deputy, according to the combined wisdom of the 8000+ registered traders on New Zealand’s predictions market, iPredict....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Prison Drug Treatment Unit marks a milestone
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    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Security Council seat a chance for NZ to empower women
    The UN Women National Committee Aotearoa New Zealand (UN Women NCANZ) welcomes New Zealand winning a seat on the United Nations Security Council and is calling on New Zealand to use its position to proactively promote effective implementation of the...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Waipareira and ACC sign Partnership
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    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Humanitarian aid desperately needed in Iraq and Syria
    Global Peace and Justice Auckland is calling on the government to provide humanitarian funding for non-aligned NGOs (non-governmental organisations) in the Middle East rather than give any support whatever for the US-led military campaign in the area....
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Court Judicial Decision: Dotcom v The USA: 17 October 2014
    The United States of America is seeking the extradition of Messrs Dotcom, Batato, Ortmann and Van Der Kolk. The matter has been before the Courts on numerous occasions, and no further recitation of the facts is needed....
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Marshall Island poet speaks at UN climate summit
    “The fossil fuel industry is the biggest threat to our very existence as Pacific Islanders. We stand to lose our homes, our communities and our culture. But we are fighting back. This coming Friday thirty Pacific Climate Warriors, joined by...
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Many tourist car accidents preventable
    Simple steps could dramatically reduce the number of accidents involving tourists, says the car review website dogandlemon.com ....
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • RainbowYOUTH: 25 Years, 25 More
    In 1989, a group of young people in Auckland got together to form a support group for LGBTIQ youth. They called it Auckland Lesbian And Gay Youth (ALGY). After 25 years, several location changes, a name change, a brand reboot...
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Outdated Oath shows need for Kiwi Head of State
    MPs are sworn in today and New Zealand Republic has written to MPs asking them to talk about why 121 New Zealanders elected by the people of New Zealand and standing in the New Zealand Parliament swear allegiance to another...
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Council shouldn’t revenue grab from windfall valuations
    Auckland Council should state clearly they will not try and capture revenue as a result of the latest valuations and needs reminding that the City’s skyrocketing property values doesn’t change the level or cost of Council’s services, says...
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • EPMU endorses Andrew Little for Labour leadership
    The National Executive of the Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union unanimously endorsed Andrew Little for the role of Labour leader, at a meeting held yesterday. “I have been speaking to our workplace delegates at forums across the country over...
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • World Food Day promotes Agroecology not GE technology
    The UN has stated that agroecology is a major solution to feeding the world and caring for the earth....
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Labour Names Review Team
    Labour’s New Zealand Council has appointed Bryan Gould as Convenor of its post-General Election Review. He will be joined on the Review Team by Hon Margaret Wilson, Stacey Morrison and Brian Corban....
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Contenders for Labour leadership debate for first time
    The contenders for the leadership of the Labour Party debated for the first time on TV One’s Q+A programme today....
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • UN Ambassador Jim McLay on TV One’s Q+A programme
    New Zealand's United Nations Ambassador Jim McLay on TV One’s Q+A programme....
    Scoop politics | 18-10
  • The Nation: RSA President BJ Clark & Ian Taylor, New NZ Flag
    Lisa Owen interviews RSA President BJ Clark and tech innovator Ian Taylor about changing the NZ flag...
    Scoop politics | 18-10
  • The Nation: RSA President BJ Clark & Ian Taylor, New NZ Flag
    Lisa Owen interviews RSA President BJ Clark and tech innovator Ian Taylor about changing the NZ flag...
    Scoop politics | 18-10
  • Lisa Owen interviews Foreign Minister Murray McCully
    Murray McCully says New Zealanders can expect a 5-10 year engagement against Islamic State if we join military action in Iraq and the government will take that “very carefully into account”...
    Scoop politics | 18-10
  • Lisa Owen interviews Julia Gillard
    Julia Gillard says there is “sufficient evidence” to fight Islamic State and does not think it will increase the risk of a domestic attack...
    Scoop politics | 18-10
  • NZ businesses to make child abuse a priority conversation
    Many leading New Zealand businesses have partnered with national child advocacy organisation Child Matters to participate in the fourth annual ‘Buddy Day’ - New Zealand’s only child abuse prevention awareness day....
    Scoop politics | 17-10
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