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Key the Diplomat

Written By: - Date published: 9:14 am, November 3rd, 2012 - 171 comments
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Look at this: Britain’s largest selling daily newspaper The Sun (daily readership 7.6 million), has this story about Britain’s favourite sportsperson as their lead:

Becks is as thick as bats*** says New Zealand’s PM

So our PM and Minister of Tourism is presumably trying to put as many British people off us as possible?

I like the Herald’s version:

Later Mr Key played a round of golf with former All Black captain Sir Brian Lochore, former All Black player and coach Laurie Mains and former Otago rugby player Brett McCormack.

(busy day, slagging off other countries’ favourite people and playing a round of golf)

Also like that The Sun has:

The office of David Key refused to comment also

Key’s not important enough to even get his name right…

171 comments on “Key the Diplomat”

  1. Tom Gould 1

    According to right wing ideology, Key used his talents and wits to accumulate $50m which makes him prefect to lead the country. So having used his talents and wits to accumulate $300m, Becks should be President, right?

    • Treetop 1.1

      Yes how do you measure success?

      Not sure if Beckham has a knighthood but I reckon he would get one before Key and that Beckham’s one would be deserved and Key’s one would be done as a favour for a past favour.

    • Chalupa Batman 1.2

      I guess Key had to go to Uni and then work his way up the corporation ladder to achieve what he has whereas Beckham was lucky enough to be born with superior hand-eye co-ordination and (probably) an abundance of fast-twitch muscle fibers without which he would unlikely be where he is (not saying he hasn’t had to work and damn hard) but Beckham would not be the first person you’d think of wanting in your pub quiz team

      • Treetop 1.2.1

        Regarding the pub quiz team, I would not want Key in my team to answer political questions as he does not remember much of anything. I would want Beckham in my pub quiz team to answer sporting questions.

        • Chalupa Batman 1.2.1.1

          Fashion questions maybe…he doesn’t strike me as a student of the game

        • felix 1.2.1.2

          Yep, Key would struggle in a pub quiz.

          He wouldn’t be allowed to change his answers later and he wouldn’t have the referee providing him with the answers to the tricky questions either.

          • Chalupa Batman 1.2.1.2.1

            Burn…

          • Treetop 1.2.1.2.2

            Lol. May be Key would find a way to cheat. We are all good at something.

            • Logie97 1.2.1.2.2.1

              Seems the Key supporters here have missed the point completely and want to discuss David Beckham. It does not matter one iota who the personality that Key maligned.

              Key’s lack of judgement and class is there now for all the world to see.
              Such utterances are far from Prime Ministerial. He is simply displaying his playground level of competence on social issues. The man is a buffoon.
              And it goes with the many instances of when he is economical with the truth – those instances are now well documented.

              When is someone from within the National Party going to redress this – oh for a Shire Tory to gain the rains back from the Nouveau Riche who have captured the party?

              • seeker

                “Key’s lack of judgement and class is there now for all the world to see.
                Such utterances are far from Prime Ministerial.”

                My thoughts exactly. And fancy him uttering such comments to school boys – glad my son wasn’t there. He has been brought up to expect better behaviour from proper leaders and I wouldn’t want him confused by a ‘trash talking’ idiot like Con Key, who is an irritating, low standard, menace posing as a leader, unfortunately for
                New Zealand.

                The other thing I thought today on reading this story was pot and kettle, or, it takes one to know one- and Key’s inappropriate utterances to school kids sure bears this out and definitely gives Key the ‘Batty Man’ trophy (troatie) for excreting his own special brand of guano.

              • Key’s lack of judgement and class is there now for all the world to see.
                Such utterances are far from Prime Ministerial. He is simply displaying his playground level of competence on social issues. The man is a buffoon.
                And it goes with the many instances of when he is economical with the truth – those instances are now well documented.

                +1

                It must be deformation, not so much for what he said but because of who said it?
                A PM can’t slag someone off, who lets face it is innocent of any bad intent to Key or his son?

      • fatty 1.2.2

        Bullshit… His genetics have little to do with it, he is not a fast player with quick feet, he has always been slow, he wouldn’t have an abundance of fast-twitch muscle fibres, and I doubt his hand-eye coordination is any better than many thousands of players in the UK. He is a dead ball specialist, that takes practice, not an inborn talent. Most professional players have better genetic material than him

        • Te Reo Putake 1.2.2.1

          Au contraire, fatty. Becks has always been quick, which is why he played on the wing for Man U all those years. His dead ball expertise came much later and was mainly a feature for his latter day England appearences and occasionally for the Galaxy.

          What he is known for actually are his crosses from the wing, which feature an exaggerated curve away from goal and back toward his teams’ strikers. That’s where ‘bend it like Beckham’ comes from, not free kicks. And his delivery from out wide was why Fergusson wouldn’t let him play a central midfield role and was part of the reason for his departure from MUFC

          He was also a child prodigy, attending many age group coaching clinics, including at United and Barcelona, before being signed at Spurs as a teenager. That suggests he had both the genetic makeup and the capacity to train hard and learn well.

          • fatty 1.2.2.1.1

            “Au contraire, fatty. Becks has always been quick, which is why he played on the wing for Man U all those years. His dead ball expertise came much later and was mainly a feature for his latter day England appearences and occasionally for the Galaxy.”

            I’ve thought Beckham has always been regarded as a slow winger, you’re the first person I’ve come across that claims he’s quick. There are slow wingers. Mata for Chelsea and Ramsey for Arsenal are probably the two slowest players in their squads at the mo, but they have both been playing on the wing – for teams which move the ball fast. You are right that he has always been on the wing for his crosses, but Fergusson got rid of him because he married a Spice Girl and was primarily a celebrity.
            Being able to cross the ball takes a lot of training, especially for someone like Beckham who doesn’t have the natural speed of many other wingers. He didn’t take free kicks at united because of other players such as Cantona. Beckham was taking free-kicks for England by 1998

            “He was also a child prodigy, attending many age group coaching clinics, including at United and Barcelona, before being signed at Spurs as a teenager. That suggests he had both the genetic makeup and the capacity to train hard and learn well.”

            Nah, he’s only looked back as a prodigy…most players get signed up at that age for clubs. He was part of a young group that created history for United, others were talked up just as much at the time including average players such as Nicky Butt and Paul Nevile. Beckham had no more genetic material to work with than those players. Roonpig and Walcott had more hype around them at age 16.
            Beckham’s most valuable genetic traits are his good looks…his lack of fast-twitch fibers was a barrier he overcame. He was also lucky he comes from England where they hoof it forward and chase…he’s never had the skill, technique or speed of the greats from other countries…but he trained hard and became able to put it on a dime.
            This was a cheap shot by Key on a person that has been a pretty good rolemodel.

            • Te Reo Putake 1.2.2.1.1.1

              Nice analysis, fatty, you’ve got a good understanding of the game. There is no question that Becks isn’t the quickest, then or now, but you did suggest he was slow, which I still think underestimates him. Even in his late thirties he’s competitive against pretty young opposition in the USA SoccerBall! (TM) World Series.*
               
              I’d say David Beckham has earned his coin honestly and, at times, cleverly. Not so sure about whether the same could be said for Key.
               
               
              *may not be the actual name of the competition.
               
               

              • fatty

                Nah…I’ve got a football addiction and and a strong opinion…if my analysis of football was better, then my fantasy football team wouldn’t be such a disaster.
                I used to hate Becks, but now I quite like him…like you say he’s had a long career, and he manages to keep up within the USA competition (which is a better competition than many people give it credit for). He does this even though he spends a lot of time coaching kids and setting up training camps for them. He uses his fame in a positive manner…and Beckham has had a microphone in his face for years – we’d all have records of illogical sentences if everything we said was reported.
                John Key should give Beckham credit for winning a lot of troaties

                • tc

                  Fatty an excellent summary. Great dead ball specialist and passer of the ball, awesome fitness but neither had pace nor an ability to tackle which Roy Keane/Butt mostly did anyway.

                  Benefitted from having superb management personally and as a footballer with Ferguson then capello at real Madrid. Made every post a winner so credit where it’s due as he’s won titles in England, Spain and the US.

                  Key shows his lack of class and general stupidity dissing someone hes probably envious of.

  2. Colonial Viper 2

    Plenty of New Zealanders are going to get bottled and spat on this weekend. Thanks Prime Minister Key.

    • Redbaron77 2.1

      The Sun currently has it as the lead on its website. Hopefully the story dies a quick death and does not build up into a “useful” distraction from the Saville scandal which has dominated UK media for a good fortnight. Looking at the comments in The Sun the invective is being directly cast towards the PM rather than NZ’ers in general (touch wood). Nonetheless JK is not a novice and New Zealanders have been poorly served by his loose-lipped comments.

    • PlanetOrphan 2.2

      Trying to encourage repatriation ya reckon?
      Scare them back home with bigotry and ridicule.
      That’ll work M8!

  3. marsman 3

    John Key should know about being thick as batshit, half his cabinet are and Key is not the brightest button in the box either.

  4. ianmac 4

    As a child was heard to remark,”Takes one to know one!” :)

  5. ak 5

    Cringe. Wee Johnny Dubya strikes again.

    Could some kind patriot please send the Sun a compilation of Keyisms in the hope that any further reputational harm is isolated to this clown alone?

    • Rodel 5.1

      Please also tell them that Key isn’t representative of New Zealanders and doesn’t represent us either.He’s just a pretending PM until we get a real one.

  6. PlanetOrphan 6

    Just Imagine “John Hollywood Sparkles” playing football ……

    They ban maggots like you these days Johny Boy!

    Johny sitting onfield clutching his shin in agony….
    Ref yelling from the side line, “The Game hasn’t started yet fool!”

  7. Chalupa Batman 7

    You are sad little people

    • Colonial Viper 7.1

      “Batshit thick” is going to be on all National’s 2014 election hoardings.

    • thatguynz 7.2

      How does the saying go? “There are none so blind as those that can not see”.. Perhaps you should question why you support your corrupt Dear Leader before you worry about pointing the finger at others..

      • Chalupa Batman 7.2.1

        “There are none so blind as those that can not see”
        – Oh gosh thats a killer blow because that obviously only works one way. It could never be leveled at anyone else. Muppet.

        • thatguynz 7.2.1.1

          Sigh… That’s the best you could do? And you call ME a muppet. lol

          If you want to get into a battle of wits you’re going to have to do better than coming half equipped.

          • Chalupa Batman 7.2.1.1.1

            Being that you think “There are none so blind as those that can not see” is somehow the ultimate burn suggests you are unoriginal and therefore boring.

            I’ll just wait to see how long it takes for you to say I’m a Nazi or something similar…

            • PlanetOrphan 7.2.1.1.1.1

              When a Blind man cries, he feels it from his soul …..

            • thatguynz 7.2.1.1.1.2

              More bluster. Well done, you are on a roll! “Ultimate burn”? Good lord, how old are you?

              I suggest you go back and re-read the original statement I made. Coming to a left leaning blog with nothing but shallow rhetoric makes you nothing more than a troll. If you would prefer to substantiate and debate as opposed to your poor attempts to belittle then perhaps you may have more success..

              • Chalupa Batman

                How does the saying go? “There are none so blind as those that can not see”.. Perhaps you should question why you support your corrupt Dear Leader before you worry about pointing the finger at others..

                – See I read the comment and decided that it had nothing to do with the thread itself. This is about about John Key pointing out Beckham is as thick as batshit and the resulting bad publicity.

                Nothing to do with corruption whatsoever but if you’re wondering why I support him in this particular matter its because from the comments he makes in the media Beckham does indeed sound as think as batshit

                If you mean supporting John Key in general then you might want to read this comment:

                In Internet slang, a troll is someone who posts inflammatory, extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community, such as a forum, chat room, or blog, with the primary intent of provoking readers into an emotional response or of otherwise disrupting normal on-topic discussion.

                You are a troll because this thread is not about whether John Key is corrupt (off topic) or you are a troll because you are trying to provoke an emotional response from me

                You Sir are a troll and so I expect you to show some respect for this thread (and the authors) and refrain from posting.

                [Bunji: okay, let's stop the flame war... it only results in lots of work for site moderators...]

                • thatguynz

                  Umm… “You are sad little people” at comment 7. Enough said.

                  As Bunji has suggested I’ll leave it here – you pretty much made my argument for me.

    • @Chalupa Batman

      What is with the “you are sad little people” bit?

      Are you aware you are talking to all the voices in your head on a public website?

  8. BM 8

    Some Beckhisms.

    “”Alex Ferguson is the best manager I’ve ever had at this level. Well, he’s the only manager I’ve actually had at this level. But he’s the best manager I’ve ever had.” David Beckham

    “My parents have been there for me, ever since I was about seven.” David Beckham

    “I definitely want Brooklyn to be christened, but I don’t know into what religion yet.” David Beckham

    “That was in the past – we’re in the future now.” David Beckham”

    “Their homework is so hard these days. It’s totally done
    differently to what I was teached when I was at school, and you
    know, I was like, Oh my God, I can’t do this.” David Beckham”

    • PlanetOrphan 8.1

      You should challenge that Beckham to a a game of Ruggers M8!

      Might be the first game you’ve won in your life BM :twisted:

      Would ya believe I understood every word Beckham was trying to say, and he is a nice guy.

      Obviously why people like u bag him I guess, easy mark(s) n all …..

      • BM 8.1.1

        The guys isn’t the sharpest knife in the block, there’s no denying that.
        But he’s a very successful footballer and has done very well, personally I’m a bit surprised John Key made this comment.
        He’s in the heart of socialist NZ and must realise that he can’t speak off the record as certain people will run to the press with any comment that can be used against himself and National.

        • Chalupa Batman 8.1.1.1

          Thats true but do you think these comments will hurt him or endear him to more NZers. I think it’ll help and the more publicity it gets the btter.

          I’m guessing the traditional working-class man in NZ probably agrees with him and doesn’t see the problem.

          • BM 8.1.1.1.1

            I’m picking that Labour will try to use it against JK to score points and once again, in their usual ham fisted way, have it back fire on themselves with JK coming out the winner.

          • felix 8.1.1.1.2

            Yep Chalupa. This is just Key doing his “permanent campaigning” bit for the home crowd.

            He doesn’t give a flying fruitbowl about diplomacy, which he should, as it’s quite an important part of the PM’s job. But we all know how seriously he takes the PM job, don’t we?

            He also doesn’t give one about offending the poms, but they’re all well aware of Beckham’s “environmentally sustainable use of the power of thought” anyway and probably wouldn’t argue the point.

            Nah, what he cares about being the man in the eyes of kiwi dickheads. He is, after all, an entertainer first and foremost.

            • Chalupa Batman 8.1.1.1.2.1

              Well as every political party knows the ends justifies the means I guess or is it just playing to your strengths?

              • PlanetOrphan

                Justification of his own Guilty conscience and by transference those of his followers M8!.
                Simple “child” psychology applied to the masses M8!
                PlanetKey Featuring DunnoKeyo the talking ass.

                • Chalupa Batman

                  True but every party does it (not that it makes it ok)

                  • PlanetOrphan

                    If they all stopped playing politics ….

                    I don’t think “Guilt” is a driver for all the opposition parties, but in Labours’ case it’s hard too ascertain what is driving them.

              • felix

                “the ends justifies the means “

                That depends entirely on what the ends are. And the means.

                I don’t think it really applies to Key.

        • PlanetOrphan 8.1.1.2

          Well he knows there’s nothing good to say so negative publicity is the only publicity ……

          • Chalupa Batman 8.1.1.2.1

            Um I don’t think he was saying it for publicity, Key seems to be at least one or two percent points ahead of his nearest rival…

            • PlanetOrphan 8.1.1.2.1.1

              U underestimate them, as others have said the “trick” is to repeat it ad infinitum
              It’s a fallacy, but too them it’s the conservative justification of action(s).
              Observational sciences run amok M8!

            • felix 8.1.1.2.1.2

              You misunderstand the game, Chalupa. Key doesn’t.

              • Chalupa Batman

                Thats more than likely correct, Keys pretty smart

                • felix

                  I never suggested he was smart, just that he’s smarter than you.

                  And really, that’s all he needs to be.

                  • Chalupa Batman

                    In all seriousness if you look at his education and career and how good he is at being popular (as a politician) one would have to (grudgingly) accept he would be above average intelligence,

                    Wis: 12
                    Int: 15
                    Char: 16

                    • Jackal

                      And yet if we judge David Beckham by the same criteria we find that he’s at least three times as successful as John Key. If success truly does relate to intelligence, and Key thinks Beckham is “thick as batshit”, that would indicate that Key is even thicker than batshit… Likely the reason he made the statement in the first place.

                    • felix

                      Chaotic Evil. Also your Wis score is waaaay too high.

                    • PlanetOrphan

                      Court Jester skill: 100

    • mike e 8.2

      Bm he would make a good leader of the national party

    • Fisiani 8.3

      People here are always asking John Key to be truthful. Surely everyone agrees that his joke was accurate? Get a life folks! I fully expect this comment to be used by Labour in question time next week as they try yet again to score a hit. They never seem to learn. Key can swat that back with consumate ease. He made the comment at a school in Dunedin and the media making a storm in a D-cup plays his words to a wider audience. Waitakere voters lap it up just as they lapped up his swigging a cool beer whilst cooking a barbie with Prince William. You really dont get it. This is actually PR gold for John Key. The faux outrage is hysterical.

      • Te Reo Putake 8.3.1

        Er, Beckham isn’t thick, he’s just not educated. Spent his schooldays kicking a football instead of swotting. And, just out of curiosity, how thick is batshit? Isn’t the fact that the PM mangled his insult an indicator that it’s Dunnokeyo that is the thickie, not Beckham?

      • gobsmacked 8.3.2

        Shorter Fisiani:

        “Whatever John Key says is awesome!!1!1″

        Next: “Key says Valerie Adams is a fat Poly slag …” More PR Gold! Waitakere voters!

        Anything, ever – “I LOve YOu JoHn …”

        • Fisiani 8.3.2.1

          Gobsmacking hyperbole simply proves my point. Please keep it up. Your insults of the most popular PM in history with a proven track record of the best turnaround in NZ’s future economic prospects need to be better than that!

          • gnomic 8.3.2.1.1

            Haha. Ha. This is some sort of ultra-satire attempt right? From way beyond the fringe. If not, you need help, but I’m not sure you can be fixed.

      • Jilly Bee 8.3.3

        Fisiani – this Waitakere voter DIDN’T lap it up at all and I’m of an age where I would prefer the PM of NZ didn’t use that sort of language to college age students. It’s not setting a good example.

        • Fisiani 8.3.3.1

          Are you seriously saying that the word shit is the end of the world. Methinks thou dost need to get a real life. Seriously though I wish you well.

          • North 8.3.3.1.1

            You Fish are apologising for Dunnokeyo making himself look like an utter (ungrateful and gossiping) tit. Clap your hands if you like but it doesn’t alter the fact…..a tit. Behaviour unworthy of a PM. Little by little he shits more and more in his own bat nest so don’t be so sure about “the most popular PM ever….”

    • Anne 8.4

      Who supplied you with that list BM? Cameron Slater? Or did it come direct from National HQ?

  9. ianmac 9

    On Christening, I thought he just meant that they had to decide on C of E or Presbyterian or..
    Parents being there for him since he started showing soccer skills.
    Being in the future now seems reasonable. (There is no NOW. Only PAST or FUTURE.)
    He had managers at previous levels but Alex was the pick of them all even though the only one at top level.

    Sportsmen are prone to making innocuous but safe statements to the press. Surely they are not intimidated by having fair comments ridiculed and twisted as David has had done. Anyone would think that Mr Key for example has never put a word wrong. Hmmm?

  10. Chalupa Batman 10

    and you wonder why, in spite of how National is doing in the polls, John Key is still so popular.

    This comment will only make him more popular because:
    a. He wasn’t saying it to appeal to NZers as a whole
    b. It wasn’t scripted
    c. Most NZers either don’t care or agree with him anyway

    • Colonial Viper 10.1

      you forgot to add

      d. Every other irrelevant, assumption filled reason I could think of.

      • Chalupa Batman 10.1.1

        You’re probably right, I mean how much more popular could he possibly be?

        • felix 10.1.1.1

          You’re not quite correct about it not being scripted. Sure, the words weren’t written for him, but the storyboard has been revised. Key has internal polling (and his political gut) telling him he’s losing the dickhead vote, and fast.

          Dickheads are happy to vote for a dickhead when things are going well for them, but they’ve seen Key caught out in a few too many lies lately. And that’s tolerable to a point, but only in the good times. If they don’t start getting more work and security, better pay, and a generally less fucked country soon then they’ll turn away in droves*.

          Trouble is Key can’t provide any of that, so expect to see a lot more full-on dickhead behaviour from him in coming weeks and months. It’s quite literally the only trick he has left.

          *Or even worse, turn on him. And Key knows that a while a happy dickhead might be good company, a bitter, angry, cornered dickhead is another thing altogether.

    • framu 10.2

      ” or agree with him anyway”

      that whole “hes just saying what we are all thinking” line again right? – give me a break, thats weak

      im not going to assume to know what all NZers think. But im far from impressed that the leader of our govt thinks its A-OK to just slag someone, anyone off for no reason.

      It might be OK round the BBQ, depending on whos present – but theres a difference between pub talk and public talk – Key doesnt seem to know the difference (hell he barely seems to know hes the PM most of the time) – and neither do you it seems

      Ask yourself, if you were a senior public figure, and journos, bloggers or anyone other than close personal friends was in the room – would you so willingly drop your pants and put your foot in your mouth?

      • Chalupa Batman 10.2.1

        I wouldn’t but then I’m not the Prime Minister + the phrase mountain out of a mole hill springs to mind

        • framu 10.2.1.1

          so you wouldnt personally if you were PM (im guessing you know that its not a good look?) but you’ll defend Key to the hilt?

          Thats kinda weird behaviour

          whos making a mountain? – no one it seems

          or are we not allowed to comment now? is any thing that doesnt gel with your world view somehow a big deal?

          • Chalupa Batman 10.2.1.1.1

            so you wouldnt personally if you were PM (im guessing you know that its not a good look?) but you’ll defend Key to the hilt?

            – Yes its a bad look (to me) but then a lot of what politicians do is things I wouldn’t consider doing, like how MPs use parliamentary privilege to lie and slag off others

            whos making a mountain? – no one it seems

            – This whole is based around saying Beckhams thick. Thats all.

            or are we not allowed to comment now? is any thing that doesnt gel with your world view somehow a big deal?

            – My comment was this is a mountain out of a molehill, not saying it shouldn’t be commented on but just letting people know its really nothing

            • framu 10.2.1.1.1.1

              OK everyone – lets drop this – CB has let us know that its nothing really, just a bit of a joke really, so please dont talk about it – that would be elevating the issue from a discussion to something of national importance. So can we all not expect appropriate behaviour from the PM? after all other politicians say dumb stuff too.

              I still think your defense of Key on this is strange CB – “I wouldnt do it – but others do so i will defend it”

      • felix 10.2.2

        “It might be OK round the BBQ”

        Key is always around the BBQ from now on.

      • Treetop 10.2.3

        framu, Key’s defence is, it was a private conversation and next he will claim media intrusion just like with the teapot tape.

        • framu 10.2.3.1

          Yeah i would put my money on that too – Doesnt change the fact that he is the PM and as such should treat virtually everything said outside the confines of a closed room as “possibly public”
          Especially if he thinks hes just having a laugh

          – i mean ive got some off colour humour and pretty colourfull vocabulary – dont bring it to work, dont even bring to the carpark outside work

  11. Jackal 11

    The Mirror (daily circulation over 1 million) has a more critical article about Key’s comment:

    Mr Key, a father of two who has British heritage, was elected in November 2008.

    A former foreign exchange dealer, he has come under fire for several gaffes.

    In 2010 he was criticised for joking about being eaten by members of New Zealand’s Maori population.

    His office declined to comment on the Beckham claims.

    It would have been interesting if they had listed all his gaffes so to speak… But I guess that would have taken up an entire page if not more.

  12. ak 12

    Chalupa’s right. This is a disaster for Labour.

    Any minute now, headline in Truth: Celeb Couple Malljane: “SHOW US THE SUN, MR SHEARER”

  13. Just Julie 13

    This so-called “Leader” is neither a Statesman nor a Patriot, and has long since given up any attempt to behave in a Prime Ministerial fashion. He was always more style over substance, but now even the former is sadly lacking.

  14. ak 14

    BEX BEMUSED BY BATSHIT KEY-WEASE

  15. gobsmacked 15

    Key’s desperate defenders (both of them) can’t have it both ways.

    When he went on Letterman, some of us cringed, but the justification was … “Worth millions! Great marketing! Minister of Tourism puts NZ on the map!” etc.

    If that was true, then so is this. “Minister of Tourism insults a nation’s favourite son in major market, loses millions”.

    New Zealand has a good reputation in the UK. Partly because nobody over there has ever heard the wit and wisdom of our Prime Minister. Now they have. He’s reached far more people than Letterman, so how many jobs has that cost?

    Please feel free to admit what we all knew, but only some of us said – that the Letterman stunt was all about selling John Key to voters, not selling the country overseas.

  16. Not too mention a lack of manners. Beckham spent 45 minutes with John Key’s son and this is how Key thanks him. How many kids would have giving their eye teeth to be in Beckham’s company for 45 minutes? Key needs to apologise.

    • fatty 16.1

      Yes, Its a dig at someone who shouldn’t have to put up with that. I’m no fan of Beckham, mostly because I am anyone but United. But as a person he’s done a lot of good things…John Key being an arsehole again.
      The difference between Beckham and Key is that Golden-Balls uses his talent to help & inspire children, whereas DonKey-Balls uses his talent to force more Kiwi children into poverty

      • seeker 16.1.1

        @fatty

        “The difference between Beckham and Key is that Golden-Balls uses his talent to help & inspire children, whereas DonKey-Balls uses his talent to force more Kiwi children into poverty ”

        Good comment, but so sad that it is all too true. However I couldn’t help chuckling at your comparison of nicknames, especially as I have been thinking of Don Key as Con Key for a while now, and couldn’t work out which name suited him better as regards the use of the word ‘balls’ when describing the ever shrinking pm.

    • Murray Olsen 16.2

      It does demonstrate a huge lack of respect, but if it leads to other celebrities ignoring Key’s obnoxious brats, great. BTW, it occurs to me to wonder if this 45 minute story is even actually true. Were they on the same plane on a 45 minute flight, for example? I imagine Beckham doesn’t have a lot of free time anyway, so why would Key’s brat get 45 minutes of it?

    • prism 16.3

      After Key’s son got special treatment from a man who has earned his money with physical skill and financial intelligence, then the question has to be asked ‘Who is the batwit?” What a lack of social training and control from our Prime Minister. Another low point for NZ from the RWNJ side that is so fond of bringing the image of our becoming a future banana republic to the fore, ignoring the fact that they are pushing us there.

  17. Tony P 17

    While most of the chatter focuses on Key’s comments I’m a little pissed off about who it was said to. A group of school children FFS. As a teacher I would never use this language when speaking to them and would be censured if I did. Totally inappropriate.

    • The inappropriateness for the audience goes without saying.

      Not to mention he’s Minister of Tourism slating a high profile international public figure. Pure NZ – you bring ‘em, we’ll bag ‘em!

    • @ Tony P

      Yes, good point.
      The comment is entirely inappropriate and an entirely disrespectful thing to say on so many levels that the list is probably fairly well endless.

      • dan1 17.2.1

        Namedropping has been a part of Key’s modus operandi for years. I would understand Key giving such insightful revelations to his local golf club or to some half tanked Rotary meeting, but to give it to schoolgirls at a private school, and then to tweet that “I have been to St Hildas today!” speaks volumes for the guy’s mindset.
        We have got to get rid of this moron.

  18. fender 18

    These are the ramblings of a sleaze. RNZ reported his comments were made at an all girls school. He’s clearly fishing for school girl crushes on himself.

    Key is a fool and unfit to be PM. He should be sacked and taken to the cleaners in court by Beckham.

  19. Chris 19

    If key used language like that on a school visit then he should be censured. Did he think that the young girls would be impressed. I should think that they would have more intelligence that that.He is just such a cringeworthy little moronic oick,it beggars belief that he is our “most popular(snigger)pm ever.And how did David Beckham ever come to be mentioned? Did they ask him if he knew Beckham? Heavens, I do feel sorry for his kids,they must get so ashamed of him.Anyway.Becks thick as bat…t (not that I think so)worth $300 mil,key thick as pig…t (do think so) worth $50 mil and I bet that’s a lie as well..He is just SO EMBARRASSING!!! Bet he goes to ground for a while.

  20. bob 20

    I think there will be a new guy fawkes this year on british bonfires. Key is a nasty rightwing pakeha type with a nasty brand of humour. What a fucking dumb thing to say.

  21. ak 21

    Meanwhile, in a secret location deep in the heart of the Remuera badlands, the three friends confer……

    “Holy asset sales BATSHITMAN, it seems the DOTCOM fiasco has exposed our secret control of the civilian spy network and the POLICE!!!!! This could be bad, next it could be our covert ties to the MEDIA!!!!

    “Ha! ~ Fear not, DOBBIN, the Forces of Progression have been thwarted for two millenia by the BATSHIT dynasty and the NACTZI ALLLIANCE!!!! While there remains anywhere, anytime, the poor and weak, the feeble and defensless, the despised or the mocked, BATSHITMAN AWAITS! ALFRED – prepare the BASHMOBILE!”

    Who will get the bash this time? Find out in the next action-packed episode of BATSHITMAN and the FARCES OF WEEVIL

  22. I guess the easiest response to yet another example of the endless puerile and disrespectful utterances from our PMs cake-hole is:

    Yeah, well he would know about being as thick as bat-shit, wouldn’t he? Being that it takes one to know one and all….

  23. Blue 23

    Ha, this is classic. Key casts aspersions on Beckham’s intelligence whilst garbling the insult so badly he turned ‘thick as pigshit’ and ‘batshit crazy’ into his own special brand of nonsense.

    He’s so desperate to impress by name-dropping all the big celebrities he’s met that he just can’t resist the chance to show off – ‘I met David Beckham OMG!!!’

    What a guy. Swearing in front of schoolkids, dumping on a guy who was nothing but nice to him and his son, causing international headlines with his complete lack of diplomatic skill and displaying his own less than stellar grasp of the English language to boot.

    I would love to be a fly on the wall if he ever meets David Beckham again.

  24. Prodigal Son 24

    So, despite this, how come Key is still way more popular than Clark was?

    • fender 24.1

      Yes you are quite correct to point out we have a “thick as batshit” problem with voters who fail to see the real Key. But his hidden side is being exposed now his motor mouth keeps trying to enlighten everybody into seeing his true nature.

      • blue leopard 24.1.1

        The popularity Mr Key apparently continues to enjoy (if the polls are to be considered accurate), might be less indicative of NZers being as thick as batshit and more indicative of the powerful effects that spin has on people who are trusting.

        Although, yes, it really does feel like people here are as thick as batshit to be still indicating they approve of this Government after all that is going on… Tired and frustrated sigh

        • Captain Nemo 24.1.1.1

          I think if there were a credible. cohesive and non-loopy alternatve then things might change, but until then, just like the latter days of Clark, the status quo will continue – until the middle ground hate the incumbent so much (as happened for Clark) that they will take any other option.

        • KJT 24.1.1.2

          But they do not know what is going on.

          We will be waiting a long time if we expect anything from the media but National propaganda.

    • fender 24.2

      Or there are folks who want a Paul Henry clone as PM?

  25. Logie97 25

    Just another example of his lack of nouse.
    Remember the interview with Paul Henry about the Governor General.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YqAEvkNtJ6A

    Prime Ministerial behaviour – Nah.

  26. bob 26

    English people are gonna hate this. Beckham isn’t the shy 20something to them anymore , he’s quite rightly, one of their greatest footballers and they will see the slight as an attack on their own, what is it with the National party and slagging off other nations when it suits.

    • fender 26.1

      National has always attracted two-faced, racist, bigoted, narcissistic psycopaths.

      • North 26.1.1

        Right on with the “narcissistic” characterisation Fender !

        Who wouldn’t be with the smarming, giggling, flibbertigibbet Heki Pirau Parata (Trish Carter before she became Maori) giving you sweetie eyes across the Cabinet table…….?

        Dunnokeyo’s performance as PM is getting positively Monty Pythonesque.

    • tc 26.2

      And a key figure in securing the Olympics so for someone in public life to say such a thing about anyone, let alone Beckham shows what a twat Sideshow John is.

      The UK press will not rollover like his mates holmesy, garner and gluon do here. This foot will stay in the mouth awhile as the Brit media will enjoy this and maybe show our MSM what a hatchet job really looks like.

  27. infused 27

    Who really gives a shit.

    • fender 27.1

      Not you until the day he declares “that infused idiot is thick as pigshit, batshit crazy”

      Others want a more civilised person to represent their country.

      John Key/Bush/Romney types should never get to lead a nation if their nation wants to be taken seriously and gain respect. It’s a failure of the National Party to let this fool lead their party.

      Isn’t Prince Charles about to visit? I’d like to see him make an issue about this and refuse to meet with the PM but he will meet with the deputy in the hope that he has more decorum.

      • Anne 27.1.1

        Isn’t Prince Charles about to visit?

        Thanks for the reminder fender. It makes it even more deliciously humorous. Key was expecting the usual political kudos out of the visit as he waltzed around the country with them. The British media pack accompanying Charles and Camilla will be feasting on Key instead. Isn’t Beckham a personal friend of some members of the Royal Family? He and Posh were guests at William and Kate’s wedding.

        • fender 27.1.1.1

          The crass Key was also a guest at the wedding (he was probably the one farting and belching at the dinner table) but hopefully he’s been scratched for any future celebrations.

        • Chris 27.1.1.2

          Oh fantastic!! I cannot wait to see what sort of little witticisms he comes up with.”Camilla(or Cam), looking lovely today, gosh your mane is looking lovely and shiny, what horse shampoo are you using on it?

    • North 27.2

      Bats maybe ? Does Judy Girl qualify ?

  28. Key = Brain Fade = Dumb and Dumber
    What an absolute Plonkey, especially when he considers his nact govt is the epitome
    of higher standards for education, just what did his remark teach the students?

  29. seeker 29

    I knew Key could attain the heady heights of becoming a British tabloid headliner! And in The Sun no less! His character, behaviour and leadership is certainly worthy of such a suitable accolade.

  30. Tanz 30

    Just the real Key coming through, now that the shine is wearing off him/.

  31. gobsmacked 31

    John Key’s name is mud.

    No it’s not, it’s David Key. Or Jeff Key. Or John Kay …

    http://www.listener.co.nz/commentary/the-internaut/keys-thick-as-batshit-beckham-comments-win-international-headlines/

    Loving this. The name-dropper’s name is … not worth knowing. Just ask President Obama, good friend of “Mr Keys”.

    He sets such store by being A Very Important Person, and in reality, he’s nobody.

  32. dan1 32

    Thick as batshit! Not exactly a New Zealandism. It indicates just how far he defers to be American!

  33. bob 33

    Beckham has an amazing capacity to deliver in very stressful situations, his football intelligence and his ability to focus are not the mental attributes of a “stupid” individual. Key just doesn’t understand a quiet east london guy like Beckham.

  34. gnomic 34

    Scowling (formerly smirking) batshit weasel man is just another member of the ‘Hone’ Carter school of National Party would-be humourists, their supposed witticisms get rave reviews from the faithful, but fall flat for everyone else. The batshit weasel isn’t actually all that bright and seemingly has next to no background in cultural and artistic matters. Could be be both a hollow and a shallow man? Anyway, all anyone needs to know about Key is that his political hero is Robert Muldoon. Somehow I don’t think that NZ’s last socialist would approve of his successor’s agenda.

  35. Brian 35

    Matters not one jot if Beckham is thick – Key is an arrogant and ungrateful arse who lacks simple civility. If this is what he thinks of successful people we can only imagine what his opinion of the average NZ voter is.

  36. Tombstone 36

    Thanks Key – just what this country needed. Fuckin’ dick!

  37. Ok, let me get this straight. One tiny newspaper in New Zealand finally breaks the news that bankers have been ripping off NZ farmers as well as everybody else with Derivatives and you are talking about what one of those bankers who got away with it has to say about a well managed but indeed an incredibly thick sportsman with a knack for kicking a ball in the right direction.

    Talk about screwed up priorities!

    • Kinda agree with you, hope that you write an article on the subject here, travellerev, I have heard of this subject on Max Keiser and its an incredibly dodgy scam, if it is the same as what has been going on in Britain.

  38. deuto 38

    The Herald’s take on it this morning – ‘Thick as bat shit’ remark gets brush-off from Beckham camp

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10844975


    David Beckham’s public relations chief has put the boot into comments made by Prime Minister John Key after he branded the football superstar “thick as bat shit”.

    “It is not worthy of comment,” Oliveira told the Herald on Sunday. …

    But a source close to Beckham claimed he barely remembers meeting Key.

    “David isn’t sure he spent much time with him at all,” the source said. “He remembers the previous leader Helen Clark a lot better.”

    A spokesman for Galaxy said the club had never heard of Key and their star player was too busy preparing for a weekend match to get involved. …

    Key yesterday tried to distance himself from his remarks as he attended a fundraising event at a Devonport bowling club in Auckland.

    “I have nothing to say,” he shrugged. “It was a personal comment and I am not going to engage in talking about something that someone thought they heard me say.”

    Brian Lloyd, bat survey officer for Forest and Bird, said Key’s remarks were “an insult to bats and to Beckham”.

    “Bats are pretty intelligent. Their droppings are rich in nitrogen and produce their own ecosystem. And they are anything but thick.”

    Max Cryer, author of popular Kiwi linguistic books, said he thought the PM had got his words mixed up and a more common expression was “boring as bat shit”.

    “He may have meant to reference pig shit, which is a far more widely used term,” Cryer said.

    “He perhaps should check what he is saying before getting it wrong and accusing other people of being thick.

    “David Beckham has made hundreds of millions of dollars from his off-field business activities and you would think John Key would be aware of that.”

    IMO, as I commented a week or so ago re Key and Dotcom, I think Key is envious/ has Tall Poppy syndrome towards anyone who is richer than him and therefore disparaging in an attempt to maintain his own top of the pops position (in his own view anyway).

    I agree wholeheartedly with the remarks above about the inappropriateness of Key making these remarks to a school audience – and the complete lack of good manners towards someone who went out of his way in spending time with Key’s son.

    • Colonial Viper 38.1

      Max Cryer, author of popular Kiwi linguistic books, said he thought the PM had got his words mixed up and a more common expression was “boring as bat shit”.

      Ahhhh…I think Cryer got it right – John Key mixed up common sayings and mangled them, while accusing someone else of not being too bright. The irony.

      • fender 38.1.1

        I thought he had mixed up “thick as pigshit” and “batshit crazy”

        Either way Key is by far the bluntest knife ever to be pulled from the PM drawer.

    • Thanks for the info Deuto,

      I had to laugh, “It is not worthy of comment” and “Beckham claimed he barely remembers meeting Key”…”He Helen Clark a lot better”

      LOL! Brilliant!

      Clearly Mr Beckham’s PR people are on the ball…am wondering if they would come and work for NZ Labour Party for a while…..?

  39. Anne 39

    “I have nothing to say,” he shrugged. “It was a personal comment and I am not going to engage in talking about something that someone thought they heard me say.”

    I nearly commented on this post last night predicting Key would say:

    It was nothing. Just a bit of a joke and I’ve been quoted out of context anyway.

    What it shows is that he is a thoroughly nasty piece of work and has been all his life. In fact, didn’t someone come forward a few years back and claim he had been bullied by Key at primary school?

    I noted Beckham remembers Helen Clark but not Key! That tells me he isn’t as thick as Key claims. :D

    • fender 39.1

      Sure was a “personal comment” or more accurately a “personal attack” on a well respected nice guy that was unprovoked and totally out of line. Perhaps he meant to say it was a “private comment”(?)

      My 12 year old son has a better understanding and command of the english language than the rusty padlock that is Key. Did Key pass S.C. english I wonder(?)

  40. deuto 40

    +1, Anne. I too expected Key to try to brush it off – and like the comment re Helen Clark.

    I also laughed at the Forest and Bird comments re Key’s remarks being an insult to bats, and bats being anything but thick!

  41. Descendant Of Smith 41

    This is a government that continually insults many of it’s own citizens, particularly those who are less well off, have been laid off from their jobs, have had husbands leave them or become struck with illness – whether physically unwell or mentally unwell.

    If they have no respect for the people they are supposed to govern then why would they have respect for anyone else.

    They also confuse governance with ruling and democracy with facism which is why we see increasingly a lack of concern and respect and consideration of minority groups and disadvantaged people and increasing numbers of laws being passed that allow unwarranted access to our homes and information, the removal of democratically elected boards, the introduction of policies that support corporates rather than small business, the pitting of one section of New Zealanders against the other and so on.

    Governance and democracy is about ensuring all citizens are considered.

    This government quite simply sucks at both those things.

  42. ak 42

    “….something that someone thought they heard me say.”

    Unbelievable. Just when we thought puerile crassness, blatant lies from the very top and this once-proud country’s reputation couldn’t possibly go any lower…. “Wasn’t me, mum! Those girls are telling fibs!”

  43. Rhinocrates 43

    Machiavelli once said, “your greatest strength is your greatest weakness” (OK, to be honest, I can’t reread The Prince to find an exact reference in time to comment) and Key’s brush-offs, and general casual style once appealed are now increasingly looking like sloppiness, which – if there was a decent major opposition party* – could be capitalised upon, but which nonetheless still seems to be seen broadly as now an indicator that Key does not have the gravitas for his job.

    The persistent refuge in uncertainty – “I might or might not have said that”, “That’s one opinion, but there are others”, “I don’t recall” could all be turned into powerful campaign tools if… um… damn, who was the leader of the opposition again?… anyway, um… ah… you know what I mean, there are some who say so, say that it could be used… people are our priority… there, did I get that right?

    There was a moment in the Reagan versus Carter debates in 1979 when Carter presented a perfectly well-reasoned and clear argument and Reagan, turning the charm up to eleven said, “There he goes.” It was utterly devastating. Key, on the other hand, isn’t Carter: he’s disingenuous, shifty, slimy, lazy and increasingly seen as such. Guess who still can’t score a hit.

    Labour couldn’t score a hit on Key because of his “charm” in 2008, but now he’s vulnerable, seen as vague and stumbling, his ministers are hated and that alleged charm now looks like smugness. Once people wanted reassurance and they thought they had it in his easiness, but now they want answers and that ease is turning into arrogant brush-offs.

    Key’s a sitting duck, a decent leader of the majority opposition party could score like Reagan with a “There he goes” quip and all that “ease” would pop like a soap bubble.

    Shearer can’t, Labour’s ABC club won’t let Cunliffe do it, but It’s good that that’s becoming so obvious to everyone now at least.

    *Yes, the Greens are doing a great job in being quick, clear and available, and Hone is really surprising in his maturity, but for some reason, the majority of the opposition seats held by… um, you know… ah… well they have been called Labour, by some… we might, ah… possibly… definitely… possibly definitely… as far as I’m concerned, maybe the Labour Party… seem to be filled with bowls of cold porridge… they could be lukewarm porridge… people are our priority…um… we’ll put people first… baby harp seals are being clubbed and that’s sad… does that make you sad? If that makes you sad… let me, ah, assure you, or I mean… possibly… instead of playing guitar, I could play a violin… would that make you sad? I mean it’s a priority… I know I won’t commit and I have no plan… but a plan, ah… well… so I don’t think that in terms of numbers there is a real opposition to porridge and we offer muesli – or possibly Weetbix… no, I didn’t say that, what I meant was… we have a priority. Um, yes, a priority. Hello? Is this switched on?

  44. Populuxe1 44

    Is this even important enough to waste breath on? Seriously? I really wish there was less trivial gloating on The Standard sometimes  – I don’t think it does any credit as far as perceptions of the left go, especially when there are so many deadly serious things to attack Key on.

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    By co-incidence, one of the prime dangers of the government’s new employment relations law has been underlined by the release of the death and injury statistics among workers at New Zealand ports. These are highly profitable enterprises for the port...
    Gordon Campbell | 29-10
  • How Labour’s ballot paper works
    Some weeks ago, I promised not to post about the Labour leadership election. I am going to break that promise today, but only because some of the people I have talked with appear a bit confused about Labour’s preferential ballot....
    Polity | 29-10
  • UKIP’s apostrophe fail
    The venerable institution that is the United Kingdom Independence Party wanted a hoodie for young patriots, so they can proudly declare how great Britain remains. For UKIP, the sun has never set on the British Empire of Awesomeness. Until this...
    Polity | 29-10
  • Understanding climate science in 10 easy steps
    The latest United Nations report on climate change is about to be finalised, written by thousands of scientists. The report is VERY important, but also a bit dull.What we really want to know is: How bad is climate change? And what can...
    Greenpeace NZ blog | 29-10
  • Random thoughts on the Labour Party leadership contest
    Some thoughts on the leadership contest, and a puzzling mystery at the end....
    Imperator Fish | 29-10
  • Auckland Transport’s 30 Year Project List
    As part of the discussion on Alternative Transport Funding, which was launched yesterday, the Council also released a copy of Auckland Transport’s entire 30 year transport programme which includes the cost of projects and seemingly ranked according to some combination of criteria....
    Transport Blog | 29-10
  • Questions and Answers – October 30
    Press Release – Office of the Clerk EconomyInterest Rates and Inflation 1. ALASTAIR SCOTT (NationalWairarapa) to the Minister of Finance : What reports has he received on the economy, particularly on the direction of interest rates and inflation?QUESTIONS TO MINISTERS...
    Its our future | 29-10
  • Storm surge: Hurricane Sandy
    On the second anniversary of Superstorm Sandy making landfall, we are running an extract from a new book by Adam Sobel “Storm Surge: Hurricane Sandy, Our Changing Climate, and Extreme Weather of the Past and Future”. It’s a great read...
    Real Climate | 29-10
  • Questions For Oral Answer October 30
    Press Release – Office of the Clerk 1. ALASTAIR SCOTT to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on the economy, particularly on the direction of interest rates and inflation? QUESTIONS TO MINISTERS 1. ALASTAIR SCOTT to the...
    Its our future | 29-10
  • Trade Deal Threatens Farmers and Food Businesses
    Press Release – GE Free NZ The secret Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations are a direct threat to food businesses and farmers, and a moratorium on the release of GE crops must be enshrined in law before the TPP is signed.Trade...
    Its our future | 29-10
  • The latest poverty excuses
    Today, the National Government managed to out produce Fonterra in its production of hot air and manure, with their explanations to justify the figures released in the latest (UNICEF) report documenting how little John Key’s administration has done to reduce...
    Closing the Gap | 29-10
  • TPPA causing concern
    Press Release – Joint Press Release Concern over the secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) negotiations is being expressed in two public meetings over the next week; one at a presentation on 5th November by former councillor Robin Gwynn to the...
    Its our future | 29-10
  • CTU announces election of new Secretary
    The contested election for the position of CTU Secretary has been won by Sam Huggard. Sam officially takes office on Monday 1 December 2014. Sam has worked in the union movement and brings a wealth of experience and a commitment...
    CTU | 29-10
  • Why my money’s on David Parker. And why Labour’s should be as well!
    OK, eventually you have to put your money where your mouth is. So who, of the four declared contestants – Nanaia Mahuta, Grant Robertson, Andrew Little and David Parker –  should, in my opinion, win the Labour leadership contest? And...
    Brian Edwards | 29-10
  • Arming police: evidence based policy or populist wishlist?
    At a time when people are questioning whether police forces in the United States have become too militarized, the president of New Zealand’s police association (NZPA) is calling for our police to be “fully armed”. He claims that incidents that...
    On the Left | 29-10
  • Flags > Poverty
    Today in parliament we saw both Kelvin Davis and Annette King make important and useful requests, both of which were denied. Annette King drew attention to the UNICEF report that shows that child poverty has not improved in New Zealand,...
    Fundamental | 29-10
  • Worker’s rights dealt severe blow with Bill’s passing
    The passing of the Employment Relations Amendment Bill is another blow to workers' rights in New Zealand, the Green Party said today.This afternoon, National's Employment Relations Amendment Bill passed with the support of Act and United Future."This bill will force...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Barriers to reporting sex crimes must go
    Both the Government and police need to take action to ensure that, in future, sexual abuse victims know they will be taken seriously, Labour’s Associate Police spokesperson Kelvin Davis says. “The young women involved in the Roast Busters case, and...
    Labour | 30-10
  • Te Wakaputanga – What we did not learn at school
    This week saw the 179th anniversary of the signing of Te Wakaputanga, the Declaration of Independence of the United Tribes of Niu Tireni. Most of us did not learn about this fundamentally critical document at school, we barely learned about...
    Greens | 30-10
  • NZ goes backwards on gender equality
    It is no coincidence that in the same week New Zealand is singled out for going backwards on child poverty under National,  we’ve also dropped in global rankings for gender equality. In one year New Zealand has dropped from 7th...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Kevin Hague questions the Minister of Health on management of Katherine Ric...
    Is he satisfied that all conflicts of interest that arose by the head of Food and Grocery Council Katherine Rich being a member of the Health Promotion Agency were managed in accordance with the provisions of the Crown Entities Act...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Bennett parks numbers on social housing
    Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett admitted today that well over 1000 families have been subsidised through the accommodation supplement to stay in the Ranui campground, somewhere she has previously described as not the right place for children to be growing...
    Labour | 30-10
  • 50,000 sign petition against anti-worker law
    More than 50,000 Kiwis have signed Labour’s petition against the Government’s scrapping of tea break entitlements, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “That’s the equivalent of five people signing our petition every minute for a week. It shows the...
    Labour | 30-10
  • Address in Reply Debate – Dr Kennedy Graham on UN Security Council- 2...
    In the Speech from the Throne last week the Prime Minister identified the usual domestic goals for his Government. I counted 17. They are not my subject today. I wish instead to focus on matters beyond our shores. In the...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Climate change harming ocean health
    New Zealand is responsible for one of the largest areas of sea in the world – an area 14 times the size of our land area. The National Government is promising new marine protected areas legislation with a discussion document...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Key misled public over Jason Ede
    Information contained in a new chapter of the book Key: Portrait of a Prime Minister, that Jason Ede stopped working for the National Party on the night the book Dirty Politics was released, shows Mr Key and senior ministers hid...
    Greens | 29-10
  • Greenpeace report highlights better path for NZ agriculture
    A Greenpeace International report highlights a better way forward for New Zealand agriculture than the GE and chemical mutation technologies supported by Federated Farmers, and the National Government through its research funding packages, the Green Party said today. "This report...
    Greens | 29-10
  • BNZ post record profits while leaving savers vulnerable
    A small part of the $850 million record profit posted by the Bank of New Zealand (BNZ) today needs to be set aside to protect savers' deposits in the future, said Green Party Co-leader Dr Russel Norman today.Dr Norman was...
    Greens | 29-10
  • RBNZ U-turn shows monetary settings were wrong
    The Reserve Bank's U-turn on interest rates today shows monetary policy settings were wrong and New Zealanders have suffered unnecessarily through the loss of jobs and having to pay higher interest rates, the Green Party said today.Reserve Bank Governor Graeme...
    Greens | 29-10
  • Ports must take responsibility for shameful death toll
    Port companies must step up and take responsibility for a shameful toll of seven deaths and 133 serious accidents in the past three years, Labour MP Iain Lees-Galloway says. The frightening figures – released by the Rail, Maritime and Transport...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Please help me get my Feed the Kids Bill to Select Committee
    Last week I took over the Feed the Kids Bill that Hone Harawira had introduced to Parliament. If passed, my Bill will provide government-funded breakfast and lunch in all decile 1 and 2 schools. Hungry kids can’t learn and are...
    Greens | 29-10
  • TVNZ Outsourcing Pasifika and Maori Programmes
    I’ve always been a big fan of our state broadcaster and I’ve particularly liked their range of current events programmes. But after Friday’s announcement that TVNZ will be sacking up to 40 staff by contracting out the Pacific and Maori...
    Greens | 29-10
  • Labour urges iwi leaders to meet with National
    Labour’s Māori Caucus has called on iwi leaders and national Māori organisations to seek urgent meetings with the National Government to directly express their concerns about employment law changes which will harm Māori workers. In an open letter sent today...
    Labour | 29-10
  • ACC’s reputation needs fix, not glitz
    Restoring public trust and confidence in ACC will take a lot more than a new communications strategy or social media blitz, says Labour’s ACC spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway. “Under National, ACC has come to be perceived as insensitive, difficult to deal...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Lessons to be learned from police investigation
    The outcome of the so-called Roast Busters case should not put victims off reporting sexual crimes, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “This case has been mishandled from the start. Within days of police initially saying no charges had...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Anti-worker legislation is anti-Pacifica
    The Minister for Pacific Peoples, Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga, will go down in history as being part of a Government that harmed his own people through anti-worker legislation, says Labour’s Pacific Island Affairs spokesperson Su’a William Sio.  “Pacific people are among...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Five-year tax holiday for overseas tax dodgers
    National has just gifted a five-year tax holiday for foreign companies dodging their tax payments, says Revenue spokesperson David Clark. “Todd McClay has pretended he is doing something about overseas companies dodging their tax duties by joining an international initiative...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Traffic Jam Tax must be given the red light
    Auckland Council’s proposed Traffic Jam Tax could cost some households thousands of dollars a year just to use roads they had already paid for with their taxes and must be rejected, says Labour’s transport and Auckland Issues spokesperson Phil Twyford....
    Labour | 29-10
  • National has chance to show leadership on limos
    The National Party has the opportunity to show leadership by transitioning our vehicle fleet towards renewable electricity when a new contract to supply Government limousines for VIPs goes to tender next month, the Green Party said today. "This is a...
    Greens | 29-10
  • The Māori Party can’t have it both ways over labour laws
    The Māori Party has to fess up over its voting record on the Employment Relations Amendment Bill, says Labour’s Māori Caucus.  “It’s simply not good enough to oppose the bill at the same time  as they helped speed up its progress through...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Equal pay and the aged care sector
    Today the High Court upheld the historic ruling by the Employment Court that our Equal Pay Act could be used to consider work of equal value cases; the government has been telling the UN and ILO that it could for...
    Greens | 29-10
  • Court case perfect opportunity for Government to improve gender pay gap
    If the Government wants to halt New Zealand’s slump in international rankings on the gender pay gap it should act on the court finding that women deserve equal wages, Labour’s Women’s Affairs spokesperson Sue Moroney says. “The World Economic Forum’s...
    Labour | 28-10
  • All Auckland transport options should be considered
    All options for meeting Auckland's transport needs should be considered, including reprioritising the transport budget away from wasteful spending on motorways, the Green Party said today.Auckland mayor Len Brown is today releasing a transport report by the Independent Advisory Board,...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Another report highlights Govt failure on child poverty
    An international report measuring the impact of the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) on child poverty rates, showing children in New Zealand have done worse than children in other countries, is further proof the Government needs to urgently take additional steps...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Address and Reply Debate Part 55: Inequality and Disability
    I rise on behalf of the Green Party to talk about inequality and disability.The recent census showed that nearly one in four New Zealanders lives with a disability—up from one in five in the previous census. These figures include some...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Address and Reply Debate Part 55: Inequality and Disability
    I rise on behalf of the Green Party to talk about inequality and disability.The recent census showed that nearly one in four New Zealanders lives with a disability—up from one in five in the previous census. These figures include some...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Child poverty: No more wake-up calls
    A new report which shows the National Government has made no inroads whatsoever into child poverty should do more than just set alarm bells ringing, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “UNICEF’s  latest Innocenti Report Card highlights the fact...
    Labour | 28-10
  • Eugenie Sage speaks in the 2014 Address in Reply Debate
    I congratulate you, Assistant Speaker Mallard, as Assistant Speaker and look forward to your knowledge, your fairness, and your light touch in being a referee of proceedings in this House. I congratulate also the other Assistant Speaker, Lindsay Tisch; the...
    Greens | 28-10
  • James Shaw’s Maiden Speech
    Tena Koe, Mr Speaker. I would like to take this opportunity to speak a little of the past, the present and the future. The privilege to serve in this Parliament was given to me by all those who gave their...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Govt airs real views on public broadcasting
    An admission by the Government that it is happy to experiment with Pacific and Maori audiences shows just how weak its vision for public broadcasting in New Zealand is, Labour’s Broadcasting spokesperson Kris Faafoi says. “National today admitted it doesn’t...
    Labour | 28-10
  • Does Judith Collins have a get out of jail card?
    Former justice minister Judith Collins appears to have been gifted a get out of jail free card based on the Prime Minister’s answers in Parliament today, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “Judith Collins claimed in an Official Information...
    Labour | 28-10
  • Solid Energy decision delay sensible
    Today’s announcement by the Board of Solid Energy that it will delay making a final decision on re-entering the Pike River mine is a sensible move, Labour’s MP for  West Coast-Tasman Damien O’Connor says. “It has been clear for some...
    Labour | 28-10
  • New York Green Bank off to a $1B start
    New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced late last week the New York Green Bank’s first NZD$1 billion tranche of green energy investments. The projects, which are difficult for the private sector to finance, are now possible by New York Green...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Bartlett case means Govt must act on equal pay
    The Court of Appeal victory for Lower Hutt caregiver, Kristine Bartlett demonstrates that both the Government and employers have been ignoring and not fully implementing equal pay law, the Green Party said today.The Court of Appeal today upheld earlier rulings...
    Greens | 27-10
  • Rotorua shift for Maori TV a bizarre move
    The bizarre idea to move Maori TV to Rotorua is either poor planning or possible political interference that adds to the perception of a service in crisis, says Labour MP for Tamaki Makaurau Peeni Henare. “Moving Maori TV to Rotorua...
    Labour | 27-10
  • Second rate deal a no go – Goff
    A second rate deal on dairy in the TPP would totally contradict the agreed purpose of the Pacific trade agreement, Labour’s Trade spokesperson, Phil Goff says. “Both the origin of the trade negotiations and leaders’ statements on its objectives emphasise...
    Labour | 27-10
  • Legal victory a boost for all working women
    Today’s legal victory for equal pay is a much-needed boost for working women at a time when the Government is pushing through reforms which will make it harder for them to get pay rises, Labour’s Women’s Affairs spokesperson Sue Moroney...
    Labour | 27-10
  • National’s failed commodities export strategy exposed
    National's strategy to rely on commodities such as milk powder and logs has been exposed in the September trade figures released today, the Green Party said."National's strategy to hang all economic hope on exporting ever-increasing volumes of milk powder and...
    Greens | 23-10
  • Caution needed on calls to arm police
    There is no justification for routinely arming our police and doing so would change forever the way officers interact with their communities, Labour’s Associate Police spokesperson Kelvin Davis says. “As one of the few organisations distinguished by its unarmed status,...
    Labour | 23-10
  • Govt strains to get tea break law through
    The Government has been left with egg on its face - failing to get its much-vaunted, but hugely unpopular, meal break law passed in the first week of its new term, Labour spokesperson on Labour Issues Andrew Little says.“National desperately...
    Labour | 23-10
  • How low can you go? Mining the depths
    The company says there will be economic benefits, which the EEZ Act says the EPA must consider, but even these benefits are in doubt. The royalties while not set will be tiny, the profits will flow offshore, and whatever phosphate...
    Greens | 23-10
  • Fed Farmers defend GE Agriculture
    Federated Farmers, which represents a minority of farmers, appears to be captured by a pro-GE clique hell bent on increasing unsustainable technologies for the benefit of the herbicide and patent controlling seed companies. That there are better more sustainable farming...
    Greens | 23-10
  • 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
  • City Transport: A Taxing Matter
    This week the prospect of paying tolls on Auckland motorways became a hot topic. (See Mathew Dearnaley:Motorway tolling could hit some hard, NZ Herald, 30 Oct 2014.) As we might expect, the kneejerk response has been quite negative. But, as with...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Open Letter to Amy Adams: Please Reopen The Review Into Sexual Violence Cou...
    Ms Amy Adams, Justice and Courts Minister, Right now in this country it seems that although rape is illegal, it is not being prevented by the agents who uphold the law. It almost feels like rape is only illegal on paper,...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • MEDIA WATCH: Does ‘No-Surprises’ Also Apply To TVNZ News?
    When you stand back and look at NZ media outlets, most of them have at least one or two people who attempt to hold the government to account: John Campbell on TV3, Guyon Espiner and others at Radio NZ, David...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Things That Make You Go Hmmmmmmm
    Every so often in politics, a public figure comes out with something so absurd and so outlandish … that it really does just make you go “Hmmmmmmmmmm”. We’re accustomed to this from certain quarters – by mid point through the...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Poverty & inequality don’t need protest marches – they need a riot:...
    The global level of inequality continues to skyrocket… Number of billionaires doubled since financial crisis The number of billionaires has doubled since the start of the financial crisis, according to a major new report from anti-poverty campaigners. According to Oxfam,...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • If Key knows who Rawshark is…
    I’m sorry, what? John Key ‘given Rawshark’s name’The Prime Minister believes he knows who hacked Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater’s computer and produced the source material for Nicky Hager’s Dirty Politics, according to a new edition of a recently published...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Child Poverty stats in NZ
    Child Poverty stats in NZ...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Crimes Act + Police Investigation = WTF
    Just to frame the farce that is the Roastbuster’s investigation and conclusion – here are the parts of the Crime Act http://www.legislation.govt.nz/act/public/1961/0043/latest/whole.html#DLM329057  the Roastbusters are proven to have violated – that the police (and some suspects!) themselves acknowledge occurred: Crimes...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Publishing Journalists’ Home Addresses Is A Tactic Of The Right, Not The ...
    I think I’m starting to get rather annoyed with the conduct of some pro-MANA people over this ongoing Parliamentary Services crew complement issue. Yes, we get that there are legitimate issues to be raised with how some political reporters in...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Aucklanders caught between a tarseal-addicted government and a weak mayor
    Len Brown’s proposal for motorway tolls to reduce congestion and provide funding for better public transport is a weak response to a critical issue. The $12 billion dollar shortfall on transport funding he talks about is mainly for projected new...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • A Very Weird Story: Deconstructing Darren Aronofsky’s Noah.
    NOAH is a curious movie. Conceived as a biblical epic, it’s target audience was originally the millions of Americans who regard the Bible as God’s inerrant word. With the sin-filled works of Hollywood forbidden to these true-believers, Christian movie-makers have developed...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • You Can Get Away With Rape In New Zealand
    Jessie Hume with last years petition against rape     The police have sent a strong message today.  In fact they’ve been sending a strong message for a while; a message that our government supports. “You can literally get away...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Roast Buster case – no charges. In the immortal words of NWA…
    Roast Busters case: No prosecutions Police are to make an announcement this afternoon on Operation Clover, the investigation into the “Roast Busters” allegations. The Herald understands the victim has been told that the alleged offenders will not be prosecuted due...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Key’s flag change distraction to cost $26million!
    No. Way. Bid to change NZ flag to cost millions The cost of holding two referendums and consulting on a change of flag has been estimated to be just under $26 million. Look. We all appreciate that the sleepy hobbits...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Why NZ Herald’s Labour Party crocodile tears are so audacious
    The front page the NZ Herald would use if they thought they could get away with it No one can take the recent columns by NZ Herald seriously… John Armstrong: Shadow lingers on National John Roughan: Labour’s leadership vote matters...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • The beginning of the end of Cameron Slater?
    Slater postings on man bizarre, court told A businessman has changed his appearance and had to install extra security at his home after Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater posted his business and personal documents online, he says. Mr Slater has...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • We are a milk power republic and Fonterra our unelected senate
    Wow. Just wow… Deputy mayor says he’ll be sacked South Taranaki deputy mayor Alex Ballantyne says he expects to be sacked because he has spoken out about the impact gasses coming from dumped Fonterra dairy products have had on his...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • MEDIA WATCH: “…But *actually* this is about ethics in political-game jo...
    Yesterday, a piece of mine on the recent revelations about Hone Harawira employing several gentlemen either accused or convicted of sex offences was published on The Daily Blog. Predictably, given the fierce loyalty which Hone inspires in his party faithful and...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • Privilege cheque
    There was no race problem in my childhood. Living in central Wellington I was well-insulated from what was going on not so far away. This was the 60s and 70s, where the teachers enjoyed free love in the staff room...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • A brief word on Key’s claim that it will be raining carnage
    Isis will ‘rain carnage on the world’ – John Key Left unchecked Isis would “rain carnage on the world”, Prime Minister John Key says, but he has yet to make a decision on whether New Zealand troops will join a...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • Meanwhile…
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    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • How does Andrew Little win Labour Leadership and unify the caucus?
    Audrey Young’s excellent column on how the Caucus vote  is shaping up shows how Andrew Little becomes the next leader of the Labour Party. She identifies the factions as the following… Andrew Little 6: Andrew Little, David Cunliffe, Iain Lees Galloway,...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Joe Trinder – Right of response to Curwen
    You have asked that Hone Harawira deserves to explain what happened, how would he explain when his next door neighbour is an alleged sex offender. What explanation can Hone offer he wasn’t involved, Hone had no idea this offending was...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • MEDIA WATCH: That Hella-Weird Feeling When You Defend Tova O’Brien
    Oh dear. Yesterday morning I blogged that Hone deserved a chance to explain what exactly had happened as applies his office’s Parliamentary Services crew complement – and, importantly, that we deserve to be able to judge him on the strength of...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • Canadian Green MP warns against harsh anti-terror measures
    Canada’s Green Party has provided a welcome counterpoint to Prime Minister Harper’s call for tougher anti-terrorism laws in the wake of a soldier outside the Canadian Parliament. On October 22, while she was still locked in her parliamentary office, Green...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • When is an asset sale not an asset sale? When it robs from the poor and ste...
    National have turned state housing on its head. At no time during the 2014 election did the Key Government even hint that they were going to privatise 30% of the Housing NZ stock of state homes. Not once. Key even...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • Housing; broken promises, families in cars, and ideological idiocy (Part To...
    . . Continued from: Housing; broken promises, families in cars, and ideological idiocy (Part Rua) . Bill English comes clean on National’s intentions for HNZ privatisation . On 14 October, in a report on The Daily Blog, I wrote, In...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • The Questions Have Been Asked – They Deserve An Answer
    A few days ago, allegations that had been percolating for some time about Hone Harawira employing three either accused or convicted sex offenders on his Parliamentary pay-roll came to light. (one imprisoned before working for MANA; one who found himself convicted and...
    The Daily Blog | 26-10
  • I have seen one future, and it is bleak
    . . Back in  March 2012, I wrote this story regarding a march to support striking workers at Ports of Auckland. It appears there was some prescience about some of my observations at the time… . | | 18 March...
    The Daily Blog | 26-10
  • US air strike war Key wants us in has killed a civilian a day so far
      The US air strike war that John Key wants us to join has killed a civilian a day so far. From the Washington Post... The United States launched its first airstrikes on militants in Syria on Sept. 23, and has continued...
    The Daily Blog | 26-10
  • The instant Jihad syndrome
    My favourite new term is ‘self-radicalised’ – it suggests the reasons for terrorism are totally divorced from the actions of the West. This need to suddenly ramp up terror laws because of lone wolf, self-radicalised Jihadists seems convenient and counter-productive....
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • We have nothing to fear from Ebola but fear itself
    I suspect most Americans perceive Ebola like this   I can’t work out if the fear being spread within the media about Ebola is deliberate or just ignorance. Yes Ebola is a terrible plague that kills a large percentage of...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Anjum Rahman – “Meritocracy? I wish.”
    I’d like to start by linking to a post I had published at another site in support of Nanaia Mahuta for the Labour Party leadership election.  She has a reasonable chance, given that she already has the endorsement of Te...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • Chocolate milk shortage and creepy Santa? Let’s talk about real news
    Child poverty is still a scarily serious problem in this country and house prices are soaring through the roof to the point where it is simply impossible for the average New Zealander to buy a home. There is also little...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • It’s time to celebrate Kiwi schools and teachers
    Some would have you believe that New Zealand’s schools are in a state of collapse, that your children are not being educated well and that things are going to hell in a hand basket.  That there is no innovation, no...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • Ideological Blitzkrieg – Privatization of state housing, more charter sch...
    Pundits in pundit land will tell you that this Government is boring, that Key is the great pragmatist and that it is his ability to create elegant solutions that keeps him the firm favourite in many Kiwi eyes. This ability...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • Hegemony rules but resistance is fertile
    The Prime Minister is a puppet. Not just our current Prime Minister, but given the forces of multinational globalisation, the role of any head of state, is less as independent actor, and more as a puppet of international trends and...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • An open Letter to Sir Bob Jones: demanding a ‘liveable wage’ is not “...
    How out of touch with reality is Sir Bob Jones? You know, that white dude who invested in privatised SOEs after the selling off of our assets in the eighties and made a ludicrous and disgusting amount of money and is...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • My insecurity about the Security Council
    As I write this (on 24 October) it is international UN Day. Of course, you all knew that already, right? Well, the day celebrates the entry into force of the UN Charter in 1945. With the ratification of this founding...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Catherine Delahunty – Back in That House
    Parliament opened this week and I still find it a very odd place. Most of the people are reasonably courteous and friendly, but the rituals are archaic and the rules around issues like the swearing in oath are oppressive and...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Marae Investigates No More
    TVNZ yesterday announced the closure of their Māori and Pacific programmes department. That means they’ve chosen to stop making Fresh, Tagata Pasifika, Waka Huia and Marae Investigates to let independent producers get their hands on these lucrative contracts. This is...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • BLOGWATCH: An Un-Civil War in Labour, eh?
    Earlier today, my attention was directed to an entry that’s just recently appeared on the Slightly Left of Centre blog. It purports to contain the ‘inside word’ from a highly placed NZF source – which is funny, because I’m pretty sure...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Santanomics 101
    Santanomics could mean a number of things. It could be the study and practice of giving. Or it could mean the study and practice of rampant end-of-year commercialism. However, for me today it is the economics of erectingAuckland’s giant Santa...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • SkyCity boss misleads public over workers lost shifts
    SkyCity CEO Nigel Morrison has defended the employment practices at his company in an “Opinion” piece entitled “Human Capital key to corporate success” in the NZ Herald on Thursday. A number of his claims are misleading, contain only partial truths...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Review: Perfect Place
    I went to a Perfect Place on Tuesday night, and what a delight it was. The marshmallows sweetly (and forcefully) handed out pre-show, set the tone for the next hour. Walking up the stairs at The Basement was a complete...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • 5AA Australia – NZ on UN Security Council + Dirty Politics Lingers On
    5AA Australia: Selwyn Manning and Peter Godfrey deliver their weekly bulletin Across The Ditch. General round up of over night talkback issues: Thongs, Jandals and flip-flops… ISSUE 1: New Zealand has been successful in its campaign to become a non...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • When I mean me, I mean my office & when I call whaleoil I mean not as m...
    This. Is. Ludicrous. Green Party co-leader Russel Norman put the first of what are likely to be many questions about Mr Key’s relationship with Slater, asking him how many times he had phoned or texted the blogger since 2008. “None...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • A brief word on describing the Government as ‘boring and bland’
    The narrative being sown is that this Government will be a boring and bland third term. Boring and bland. Since the election, Key has announced he is privatising 30% of state houses without reinvesting any of that money back into housing society’s most...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • More Latté Than Lager: Reflections on Grant Robertson’s Campaign Launch.
    BIKERS? SERIOUSLY! Had Grant Robertson’s campaign launch been organised by Phil Goff? Was this a pitch for the votes of what few Waitakere Men remain in the Labour Party? Was I even at the right place? Well, yes, I was....
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • About Curwen Ares Rolinson
    Curwen Ares Rolinson – Curwen Ares Rolinson is a firebrand young nationalist presently engaged in acts of political resistance deep behind enemy lines amidst the leafy boughs of Epsom. He is affiliated with the New Zealand First Party; although his...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • CTU Runanga calls on iwi leaders
    Maori workers are calling on iwi leaders to speak out against the employment law changes expected to go through today. “Iwi leaders have previously spoken out when workers in Aotearoa have been under attack, we believe they should do so...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Educating children not the best solution to alcohol harm
    Alcohol Healthwatch says we need to look beyond educating children and young people to address deeply embedded attitudes and behaviours concerning alcohol....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • New code of welfare for rodeos released
    New standards to strengthen the animal welfare requirements for rodeos have been issued today by the Minister for Primary Industries, Nathan Guy....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • IPCA report riddle with inaccuracies, say students
    A report by the Independent Police Conduct Authority into the policing of student protests in 2012 is riddled with inaccuracies, say students who laid the original complaint with the IPCA....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • CT v The Queen – indecency convictions quashed
    This summary is provided to assist in the understanding of the Court’s judgment. It does not comprise part of the reasons for that judgment. The full judgment with reasons is the only authoritative document. The full text of the judgment...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Rameka v The Queen – murder convictions quashed
    This summary is provided to assist in the understanding of the Court’s judgment. It does not comprise part of the reasons for that judgment. The full judgment with reasons is the only authoritative document. The full text of the judgment...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Auckland Council Out of Control
    Responding to the NZ Herald article that some Auckland households will face a rates rise of up to 9.6 per cent next year, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says: “Len Brown’s pledge to cap rates rises at 2.5 per...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Stats NZ staff escalate action with ‘no more meetings’ rule
    Statistics NZ staff have voted to escalate their ongoing industrial action in an effort to get Stats NZ back to the bargaining table with a reasonable offer. The staff, who are members of the Public Service Association (PSA), have been...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Rape Crisis calls for changes to criminal justice system
    Wellington Rape Crisis has added its voice to the public outcry following the announcement that there will be no charges in the teen rape gang case. Butterworth says the decision not to lay charges will not have been a surprise...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Police action justified in Blockade the Budget demonstration
    Police actions in dealing with a demonstration in Central Auckland known as Blockade the Budget on 1 June 2012 were justified and appropriate, an Independent Police Conduct Authority report released today found....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • NZDF Joins with Australia to Commemorate WWI Centenary
    A contingent of New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel will join their Australian counterparts at Australia’s first major commemoration of the First World War centenary in Albany, Western Australia this weekend....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Reserve Bank should reduce interest rate
    “The Reserve Bank should be reducing its policy interest rate, the OCR”, says CTU Economist Bill Rosenberg in response to the Bank’s announcement today that it is not increasing it....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • 2015 Stout Fellow will write about Māori & Criminal Justice
    Kim Workman, founder and advocate for the Robson Hanan Trust, which administers the Rethinking Crime and Punishment and Justspeak initiatives, has been awarded the 2015 John David Stout Fellowship at Victoria University....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • What John Key thought about ‘dirty politics’
    On September 20, John Key swept to victory to become one of New Zealand’s most successful and popular Prime Ministers. Rocked by scandal, the 2014 election campaign was one of the most brutal – and riveting – in recent history....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Trade Deal Threatens Farmers and Food Businesses
    The secret Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations are a direct threat to food businesses and farmers, and a moratorium on the release of GE crops must be enshrined in law before the TPP is signed....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • CTU announces election of new Secretary
    The contested election for the position of CTU Secretary has been won by Sam Huggard. Sam officially takes office on Monday 1 December 2014. Sam has worked in the union movement and brings a wealth of experience and a commitment...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Kim Workman awarded 2015 J.D. Stout Fellowship
    The Victoria University of Wellington 2015 J.D. Stout Fellowship, funded by the Stout Trust, has been awarded to justice reform advocate Kim Workman. Mr Workman (Ngati Kahungungu ki Wairarapa, Rangitaane) is well known for his work on criminal justice,...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • TPPA causing concern
    Concern over the secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) negotiations is being expressed in two public meetings over the next week; one at a presentation on 5th November by former councillor Robin Gwynn to the Napier City Council, the...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Kiwis rally to demand justice for ‘Roast Buster’ survivors
    Over 1,500 kiwis have rallied to demand justice after the announcement of the NZ Police decision not to lay charges in the ‘Roast Busters’ saga....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • New employment law will hurt the most vulnerable NZers
    The Public Service Association (PSA) says changes to the Employment Relations Act, expected to be passed in Parliament tonight, will hurt vulnerable workers and their families more than anyone....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Consultation to close on proposed place names
    The New Zealand Geographic Board (NZGB) Ngā Pou Taunaha o Aotearoa today advised that only one month remains before public consultation closes for 18 name proposals for geographic features and places around Te Ika ā Māui (the North Island)....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Operation Clover – Statement from Police Commissioner
    I have taken a close interest in this investigation and I am confident police have conducted a thorough and professional enquiry in what has been a challenging and complex case. The Operation Clover team has ensured that victims have been...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Better policy would have protected children from recession
    Child Poverty Action Group says an international report released by UNICEF today shows good policy can protect and improve child well-being, even during a recession....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Outcome of Operation Clover investigation
    Police have completed a multi-agency investigation, Operation Clover, into the activities of a group calling themselves “The Roast Busters”. The 12 month enquiry focused on incidents involving allegations of sexual offending against a number of girls...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • False birth registration brings home detention
    A Whangarei woman who attempted to register the birth of a fictitious child to claim a sole parent benefit was sentenced to six months home detention in the Whangarei District Court today....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Family of Robert Ellis demand a proper investigation
    The family of a New Zealander killed in Indonesia are growing increasingly concerned at the lack of information they’ve received, and the handling of the investigation into his murder....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Minister of Health must account for aged care workers’ pay
    The New Zealand Federation of Business and Professional Women (BPW NZ) congratulates rest-home worker Kristine Bartlett on her landmark claim for equal pay from her employer and successfully pursuing this to the Court of Appeal....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Labour leadership candidates in Invercargill
    The four candidates for Labour Leader – Andrew Little, Nanaia Mahuta, David Parker and Grant Robertson - will be in Invercargill on Friday evening for a Husting meeting with members, as part of fourteen Husting Meetings being held nationwide as...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Public now needs to have its say over new tolls
    “I welcome the likes of new tolls and fuel taxes going out for public consultation after these matters have been talked about for 20 years. However the timing is not ideal as it comes on top of the likes of...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Kiwis to fight back against TPPA ‘corporate trap’
    New Zealanders in at least sixteen different locations around the country are organising for an International Day of Action against the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) on 8 November, co-ordinated by It's Our Future NZ. This is part of an international...
    Scoop politics | 28-10
  • Taxpayers’ Union Welcomes NZ First MP’s Resignation
    The Taxpayers’ Union is welcoming NZ First MP, Clayton Mitchell’s resignation from the Tauranga City Council, despite Party Leader Winston Peters' public comments in July that Mr Mitchell would do both jobs if elected to Parliament. The Union's...
    Scoop politics | 28-10
  • Stopping unnecessary roading projects solution to transport
    Today Auckland Council released the Funding Auckland’s Transport Future report which claims Aucklanders need to choose higher rates, petrol taxes or tolls to pay for future transport projects, when the real issue is the prioritisation of unnecessary...
    Scoop politics | 28-10
  • Fixing Auckland’s transport
    Today marks a critical step in the most important funding debate Auckland has ever had: whether or not Aucklanders are willing to pay for the transport system this city desperately needs to keep it moving, says Mayor Len Brown....
    Scoop politics | 28-10
  • The New Zealand Gazette Moves into the Digital Age
    On Monday 20 October, the New Zealand Gazette was published completely online bringing to a close 173 years as a purely printed publication. First published in 1841 as the official government newspaper, the Gazette website gazette.govt.nz , replaces...
    Scoop politics | 28-10
  • International report shows NZ struggling with child poverty
    A report by UNICEF International shows that child poverty rates in New Zealand have scarcely changed since 2008 – this stands in contrast to a number of other countries that managed to significantly reduce child poverty in this time, including...
    Scoop politics | 28-10
  • Labour leadership candidates in Dunedin
    The four candidates for Labour Leader – Andrew Little, Nanaia Mahuta, David Parker and Grant Robertson - will be in Dunedin on Thursday evening for a Husting meeting with members, as part of fourteen Husting Meetings being held nationwide as...
    Scoop politics | 28-10
  • UNICEF Report a Waste of Paper
    In response to the hysteria coming from the far left, Josh Forman of slightlyleftofcentre.co.nz writes the following:...
    Scoop politics | 28-10
  • Press Council opens doors to digital media
    The New Zealand Press Council, the body which handles complaints against newspapers and magazines and their websites, is offering associate membership status to news and commentary-oriented digital media including bloggers....
    Scoop politics | 28-10
  • Tolls Should Be for New Roads, Not Old Ones
    The Taxpayers’ Union is slamming Auckland Council for wanting to introduce a motorist tax under the guise of ‘tolls’. Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says:...
    Scoop politics | 28-10
  • Media freedom in West Papua: Protest at Indonesian embassy
    Today, Wednesday 29 October, there will be a peaceful protest at the Indonesian Embassy in Wellington to call on new Indonesian President Joko Widodo to honour his election promise to ensure greater media freedom in West Papua....
    Scoop politics | 28-10
  • Lack of leadership blamed for decline in Gender Equity
    BPW NZ challenges NZ’s lack of leadership with the decline in Gender Equity Ranking...
    Scoop politics | 28-10
  • Richard Falk visit to NZ
    Professor Richard Falk, who recently completed a six-year term as United Nations Special Rapporteur on Palestinian human rights, will deliver a public lecture in Dunedin on Monday 10 November....
    Scoop politics | 28-10
  • Apprehension for meat workers as employment law bill passes
    The passing of the Employment Relations Amendment Bill today will send a wave of apprehension through the workers in the NZ meat industry says the Meat Workers Union....
    Scoop politics | 28-10
  • “Yes to Children, No to Poverty” Says Commissioner
    Children’s Commissioner, Dr Russell Wills will describe impacts of poverty on children, with a focus on local solutions at the Tū Kaha biennial conference for Māori health for the central region DHBs at the Hawke’s Bay Racing Centre in Hastings...
    Scoop politics | 28-10
  • UNICEF report card highlights need for action
    Unicef’s child poverty report released today shows that New Zealand needs to be more proactive in pursuing policies to protect our most vulnerable members of society....
    Scoop politics | 28-10
  • Children of the Recession: NZ’s shame
    Children of the Recession : NZ’s shame Media release Wednesday 29 October 2014 “It is to New Zealand’s deepest shame that the latest Unicef report on children living in poverty ranks us 16th out of 41 developed countries. “Every day...
    Scoop politics | 28-10
  • UNICEF cautions NZ child poverty rates are “stagnating”
    An international report by UNICEF has found that child poverty rates in New Zealand have barely changed since 2008, despite similar sized countries significantly reducing child poverty during the recent recession....
    Scoop politics | 28-10
  • TPP Too Important for Compromised Finish
    The New Zealand dairy industry is urging Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) partners not to compromise on the quality of the deal to get it done quickly....
    Scoop politics | 28-10
  • Labour leadership candidates in Nelson
    Labour leadership candidates in Nelson The four candidates for Labour Leader – Andrew Little, Nanaia Mahuta, David Parker and Grant Robertson - will be in Nelson on Tuesday evening for a Husting meeting with members, as part of fourteen Husting...
    Scoop politics | 28-10
  • History is made. Equal pay not just legal but possible!
    The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) congratulates Kristine Bartlett and the Service and Food Workers Union: Ngā Ringa Tota on their historic win. Today the Court of Appeal dismissed an appeal from Kristine’s employer; opening the way for...
    Scoop politics | 28-10
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