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Written By: - Date published: 6:11 am, August 26th, 2013 - 90 comments
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Nearly 60% of New Zealanders think John Key is a liar according to the latest Fairfax-Ipsos poll. That shouldn’t be surprising given the number of times he’s been caught out being less than honest

* He lied about creating 170,000 jobs
* He lied about his secret trust
* He lied about his Tranz Rail shares
* He lied about what he knew about Dot Com
* He lied about the advice he was given on the Hobbit deal

And the lies go on and on and on.

In fact the only thing less surprising than the fact most Kiwis think John Key is a liar is that they didn’t think much of David Shearer.

90 comments on “Liar”

  1. infused 1

    The only thing less surprising is that I knew you would post this.

    [lprent: just as we all knew you’d write this type of comment.

    BTW: BLip’s A Honest Man? is currently this year’s all-time favourite post. It has had thousands of facebook likes, and tens of thousands page views. I’m currently anticipating that it will be the most read post of the year. It is an example of what Jon Key is not – truthful, referenced and linked. ]

  2. David H 2

    Just as well Zet didn’t list all the lies, as it would take all day to load the page!

    • Paul 2.1

      BLIP has.
      No doubt infused and chris 73 believe them all.
      They’re is a dying breed though.

      • Linz 2.1.1

        Where can I see this list, please?

        • weka 2.1.1.1

          One of BLiP’s lists is linked in the OP and in Lprent’s comment.

          btw, Lynn, thanks for that about the stats on that page, really encouraging.

          • lprent 2.1.1.1.1

            It is pretty freaky how much that page gets accessed. A few hundred page views on most days adds up after a while.

            I only noticed it a few weeks ago when I was looking at the referrals and that was far and away the highest number of referrals from facebook.

            I also took some mild amusement pointing out the number of Facebook likes to Chris Trotter as being an objective that he could aspire to. But I’m like that. :twisted:

            But the page is getting a little old. We now have all of those wonderful retractions from the GCSB “debate” to add to the mix. I’ll have to *force* a login on BLip so he can post them himself periodically. They’re pretty valuable as reference lists

            • Tracey 2.1.1.1.1.1

              Agree (at update). Is there a way to permanently pin it on the front page? Create an eye-catching banner for it? I have it in my bookmarks… but many don’t know it exists.

              I rank it right up there with Campbell’s welfare myths post.

  3. chris73 3

    And hes still the most preferred PM by a huge margin

    • North 3.1

      Your chocolates are going to run out darling………

    • Tracey 3.2

      and shame on the electorate for that chris, nothing to trumpet about. How people can think someone is a liar and trust them is interesting.

      • SHG (not Colonial Viper) 3.2.1

        He’s a politician. Throw a dart at a list of MPs in the House, pick a random name. 60% of the public will think that person is a liar.

    • ghostwhowalksnz 3.3

      No where else in the world do they do a ‘preferred leader poll’

      Its normally yes/no approval ratings.

      Ie Do you approve of how XXX is doing their job.

      Considering a leader of the opposition gets only 10% of the media coverage, no wonder they rate at all

    • Macro 3.4

      Welcome to the age of Stupid!

  4. North 4

    If the question” of “believability” AND the question of “trust” were both squarely addressed in the Fairfax-Ipsos poll there is a puzzling disconnect here.

    We need to know the exact wording of any/all question(s) asked. Further, if both aspects were addressed, we need to see how they were juxtaposed.

    Without that information I suspect that responses to any “strong and effective leader” enquiry were not more than relative expressions as between Key and Shearer.

    If that is the case Key really is in trouble. If that is not the case then what of the much vaunted “higher standards” ?

    Perhaps Vernon Small would be good enough to furnish detail rather than give us broad brush. Particularly given that from the moment Shearer resigned the relativites as between Key and Shearer became irrelevant.

  5. Blue 5

    Key isn’t trusted personally anymore, but Kiwis still trust him to run the country.

    We need to make him look incompetent, not just dodgy. He’ll only lose when Kiwis think Labour’s leader will run the country better than Key.

    • Tracey 5.1

      Interesting that they trust his financial management… when English is Minister of Finance.

      • SpaceMonkey 5.1.1

        Add also that being a currency trader has nothing to do with financial management. This is why John Key only knows 1) how to make deals and 2) lie… in order to secure said deals.

    • Mary 5.2

      Hammering home Key as a liar and as the leader of a party for the rich is a good start. This is something Labour under Shearer never did and is probably part of the reason Key gets away with so much.

    • rosy 5.3

      “we need to make him look incompetent”

      Key is managing that all by himself. On my short trip back home I was heartened by the number of people i know who voted for him who know think he screws up everything he touches. Less heartened by the number who couldn’t see an alternative as some distrust the Greens and others don’t see Labour offering anything different (well, offering anything at all). Shearer resigning should provide the finishing touch left needs if the membership chooses well.

      • Mary 5.3.1

        “Key is managing that all by himself.”

        To us perhaps. It’s what he looks like to most people that’s important and at the moment a lot of people want him to be prime minister and would vote for him. That’s what needs to change.

      • Blue 5.3.2

        Key is incompetent, but the majority of voters don’t see it that way. They still believe that Key is doing a good job, particularly with regard to the economy.

        This doesn’t match the facts at all, but it’s the perception that’s out there and Labour haven’t effectively countered it.

  6. Takere 6

    Go figure?? With the mountains of evidence about of his lies it amazes me that kiwi are so stupid? What is up with that? A guy who’s leading NZ deeper & deeper into the financial internationally with, $159b foreign debt & $114b of “off the balance sheet Liabilities”, mortgage debt of $182b, about $200b private, $11b corporate debt, $10b council debt and falling international trade revenues for the last 12 months because Tim Grosser was too busy trying to get a seat on the WTO NZ trade slumped by $1.6b! These guys are incompetent crony capitalists. Oh yeah, now that everyone that’s in receipt of a benefit is called a “JobSeeker” real unemployment is now 12%!!

    • yeshe 6.1

      because it’s only rarely those figures get published .. many people actually believe this govt has paid down debt .. go figure ! oh gawd, we are in some trouble aren’t we ? and Jones standing to split the vote … gggrrrrrrrr. hope the STV system saves the day for those of us who believe David Cunliffe is the only possible doorway to a decent Kiwi future for all.

  7. Tracey 7

    Yup, what we need is someone who thinks its ok to put their blue movies on the public purse. That will raise the bar.

    • Takere 7.1

      You need to get some counselling Tracy?? It’s obvious you’re traumatised. Build a bridge.

      • weka 7.1.1

        Takere, do you think that MPs should be able to use state money to pay for personal pornography use? A yes or no answer will suffice.

        • Takere 7.1.1.1

          Do you think a stupid question like your’s is worthy, petty and pedantic narrow minded party politics? Really? Good christian folks are above everyone else and should make decisions for all?? Move on, get a life.

          • Tracey 7.1.1.1.1

            what has Christianity got to do with it?

          • weka 7.1.1.1.2

            I’ll take that as a yes then.

            Try rereading Tracey’s comment and see if it fits with your prejudices about people who comment on pornography. As far as I can see she commented on Jones’ using taxpayer money to watch porn, what is wrong with questioning that?

            And then go educate yourself about the wide range of critiques of pornography that have nothing to do with religion (honestly, how did you even get that from Tracey or my comments? Wtf is going on in your head?).

            Then come back and say something useful, and we will see if you really are the misogynistic, marginalising twat you appear to be this morning.

            • Takere 7.1.1.1.2.1

              No Wanka, I mean weka …. you can’t take that as a yes. Jones has apologised and moved on unlike some. Pornography is what is to whoever approves or disapproves they will justify their position no matter what. As for $20 bucks?? Get a grip. It’s not like the $11b dollars Key & Brownlee gifted to Fletchers? Thats something to get up-set about Weka, instead of trying to prove yourself to tracy? I think it’s your “type” thats holding the party back.

              • weka

                Why not just answer the question then? You can still make your points, which as far as I can tell amongst the testeria is that Jones shouldn’t be criticised because it was a small amount and there are more important issues. I think you will find that most people can manage to understand and respond to more than one issue at once. And people with serious critiques of pornography aren’t going to take lessons on that from reactionaries like you.

                btw, I think that you will find that Jones spent more than $20 of taxpayer money. In his apology, such as it was, he talked about a pattern of behaviour.

                “I think it’s your “type” thats holding the party back.”

                Nah, my type are all voting GP now.

        • Draco T Bastard 7.1.1.2

          do you think that MPs should be able to use state money to pay for personal pornography use?

          Yep, don’t have a problem with it. When they’re overseas on our business then it behooves us to provide them with the necessary funding to relax. It’s would be up to them to choose how to spend that funding.

          • Tracey 7.1.1.2.1

            My boss doesn’t pay me money for things that help me relax? Don’t we pay them enough (salary plus expenses) to pay for this themselves? Pretty hard to argue for those in the smoko room if he thinks the money he gets (below) isn’t enough.

            Am assuming Jones fit one of these categories;

            Each member of Parliament who is the chairperson of a select committee
            155,700
            Each member of Parliament who is the deputy chairperson of a select committee
            146,200
            Each other member of Parliament 141,800

            Allowance payable under section 16 of Civil List Act 1979

            Yearly rate of expenses allowance payable on and after 1 July 2011

            Office

            Prime Minister 21,400
            Speaker 20,000
            Each other member of Parliament 16,100

            • Draco T Bastard 7.1.1.2.1.1

              My boss doesn’t pay me money for things that help me relax?

              When you’re overseas on business? Then I suggest you take it up with them as it’s likely to be an expense that you don’t normally have.

              • Tracey

                No they don’t.

                They don’t tell me I can use the mini bar, they don’t tell me I can rent movies. They pay for my room and they pay for my travel (airfare, taxis etc) and they pay for my food. And I am not on over $160,000 a year when they do that.

                I now work for myself.

                My partner works for a charity and goes on occasional overseas trip. She gets airfare and accommodation and $100nzd a day for food and taxis etc.

                I consider Mr Jones (and all MPs) also works for a charity, and one that pays VERY VERY well. It’s about personal integrity and seeing the wood for the trees.

                Standing up for the working class while thinking he can’t afford to pay for his own adult movies is hypocritical and shows a sense of entitlement. Champion of the smoko room? yeah right.

                • Draco T Bastard

                  And I am not on over $160,000 a year when they do that.

                  How much he’s paid isn’t relevant, it being an expense that he wouldn’t normally incur at home is.

                  When people are working for us I’d prefer them to be in top form.

                  • TheContrarian

                    “When people are working for us I’d prefer them to be in top form.”

                    After you rub one out you are ready to roll and in top form I take it?

                • Murray Olsen

                  When I travel for work, I get the choice of a daily allowance or repayment on receipts. I know what would happen if I handed in an invoice for porn rentals.

                  It’s probably so long since Jones has been in a smoko room that he thinks they still sit around looking at Playboy. He seems to spend most of his time with the bosses, especially of the slave fishing fleet. He sees himself as part of Maori royalty but can’t even win a seat in Te Tai Tokerau. Maori have, by and large, moved on from his type. He cannot and must not lead Labour, unless they want us to look back with nostalgia on the Shearer years.

              • fender

                Geez Draco, what next……taxpayer funded hookers all round…..

      • yeshe 7.1.2

        who is tracy ?

      • Tracey 7.1.3

        Such witty repartee

  8. ak 9

    Key word here is prefer.

    Kiwis prefer common dry dog crap to festering pig vomit.

    Key word there – as always – students, is festering.

    Unite or rot.

    • Tracey 9.1

      Ah, lesser of two evils argument… hence the need to give them a credible and distinct alternative?

  9. BM 10

    I think Key took a bit of a hit because of the bull shit the left parties and left wing part of the media were chucking about.
    And lets be honest most of it was bullshit.

    For your average punter in the streets it’s all a bit confusing, hence the reason his believability took a hit.

    • Tracey 10.1

      I would really appreciate you going through the list of bLip, for balance, and listing the links proving each claim that is bullshit. It would be worth it to expose the real truth and I don’t like being played for a fool no matter what their political ideology.

      Were you posting here when Clark was PM?

      • BM 10.1.1

        Haven’t really got the time to do that to be honest, too busy doing or should be doing other stuff.

        The bullshit part was to do with the GSCB nonsense not any previous perceived mistruths.

        And no I wasn’t around these parts during those dark times.

  10. Aotearoean 11

    What about Sua William Sio M.P for Mangere as the Deputy ,Strong Polynesian support in nz and a clean background.

    • Takere 11.1

      Cut it out cuz ….. he’s the wrong colour! You have to drink Latte’s or drink Chardonnay & and pretend you know everything about anything and are narrow minded!

    • SHG (not Colonial Viper) 11.2

      Voted against the Marriage Equality bill. The gaggle of gays would never accept him.

      • Naturesong 11.2.1

        Growing up, my family would sometimes play the “make up the most humorous collective noun” game.

        The “gaggle of gays” is singularly uninspired.

        My personal favourite is
        – a pride of gays
        Or the less than pc
        – a faggot of gays

        Other notables;
        – a mince of gays
        – a camp of gays
        – a flame of gays
        – an out of gays
        – a closet of gays

        Apologies in advance if these are more than mildly offensive.

        Other favourites;
        – a murder of crows (this one being most peoples favourite – and the only real one here)
        – a giggle of girls (coined by my aunt who teaches at an all girls school)

  11. Sable 12

    Not really a revelation is it? The real question is will this fact translate into a new government and just as tellingly will they be more honest than the last. Lets hope so.

  12. tracey 13

    Shg

    given it became law without his vote why couldt all those who supported the bill work with him

  13. Takere 14

    What an absolute disaster! Cunliffes speech was pathetic and the persona of the coming of the “Lord”, Amurican style presentation was diabolical! Keep it up David and you’ll lose the leadership challenge again! What a cock! Haha! Go Jonesee & Robertson!

    • Treetop 14.1

      Cunliffe has been soooooooooooooooooooooooooo patient.

      What part of the speech did you not hear?

      What it takes to win.

      • Takere 14.1.1

        I heard it all …… my poor ears! What a lame arse speech. Uninspiring, unbelievable and frankly not invigorating at all and definitely not going to pull any new voters. Thats what the party needs to win an election! Der! Winning over voters you already have isn’t clever. This Amurican style platform used here is the launching pad for the 2014 election …… this weak presentation won’t do it. Stand Down now and save yourself the embarrassment David of a defeat in a few weeks!

    • North 14.2

      Takere……you’re a clown. Bugger off !

  14. Treetop 15

    Proof at last for the trolls who have been in denial regarding “I fully believe what John Key says.”

    The worm is turning.

  15. BLiP 16

    Here’s the list of John Key’s lies as it stands today. As always, any link-checks, suggestions, corrections, quibbles and/or additions (with DOX) most welcome. One thing I don’t get is why the links back to The Standard don’t show up???

    1. I promise to always be honest

    2. we are not going to sack public servants, the attrition rate will reduce costs

    3. there’s no way one in five New Zealanders will lose their jobs

    4. we are not going to cut working for families

    5. I firmly believe in climate change and always have

    6. We seek a 50% reduction in New Zealand’s carbon-equivalent net emissions, as compared to 1990 levels, by 2050. 50 by 50. We will write the target into law.

    7. National Ltd™ will provide a consistent incentive for both biofuel and biodiesel by exempting them from excise tax or road user charges

    8. I didn’t know about The Bretheren election tactics

    9. If they came to us now with that proposal [re trans-Tasman Therapeutic Goods regime], we will sign it

    10. I can’t remember my position on the 1981 Springbok Tour

    11. Tranzrail shares

    12. I did not mislead the House (1)

    13. Lord Ashcroft

    14. National Ltd™ would not have sent troops into Iraq

    15. Standard & Poors credit downgrade

    16. the double-down grade doesn’t really matter and its only about private sector debt

    17. I did not mislead the House (2)

    18. I didn’t say I want wages to drop

    19. I can’t remember why I voted against increasing the minimum wage

    20. lifting the minimum wage to $15 an hour will increase unemployment

    21. the real rate of inflation is 3.3 percent.

    22. the tourism sector has not lost 7,000 jobs

    23. no I have never heard of Whitechapel

    24. I won’t raise GST

    25. people who are on the average wage and have a child are $48 a week better off after the rise in GST

    26. the purchase of farmland, by overseas buyers will be limited to ten farms per purchase

    27. the Pike River Mine was consented to under a Labour Government

    28. no promises were made to get the remains of the miners out of the Pike River mine

    29. I did not provide a view on the safety of the Pike River coalmine

    30. I did not mislead the House (3)

    31. capping, not cutting the public service

    32. raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour will cost 6000 jobs

    33. north of $50 a week

    34. privatisation won’t significantly help the economy

    35. wave goodbye to higher taxes, not your loved ones

    36. I never offered Brash a diplomatic job in London

    37. Tariana Turia is “totally fine” with the Tuhoe Treaty Claim deal

    38. Kiwisaver

    39. National Ltd™ is not going to radically reorganise the structure of the public sector

    40. tax cuts won’t require additional borrowing

    41. New Zealand does not have a debt problem

    42. New Zealand troops in Afghanistan will only be involved in training, not fighting

    43. the wage gap between New Zealand and Australia has closed under my National Ltd™ government

    44. It took 9 years for Labour to make a complete and utter mess of the economy

    45. National Ltd™ has changed the Overseas Investment Act to include 19 different criteria

    46. the price of goods and services has risen by 6 percent since the last election, while the after-tax average wage has actually gone up by 16 percent

    47. no, although its a week ago and here I am being interviewed on television about them, I havn’t seen Gerry Brownlee’s comments regarding demolitions in Christchurch and which caused such outrage, but I can talk all about them

    48. our SAS soldiers were not involved in the Kabul Hotel gunfight

    49. the use of the Vela brother’s helicopter was required so I could attend meetings relating to national/international security concerns

    50. the DPS makes the decision about accompanying the Prime Minister or not, I had no choice but to take them on holiday to Hawaii

    51. I did not mislead the House (4)

    52. oh, maybe our SAS soldiers were in the Kabul hotel gun fight but they weren’t wounded by friendly fire

    53. New Zealand has lost $12 billion from GDP due to the Christchurch earthquake . . . oh, it might actually be around $15 billion from GDP due to the Christchurch earthquake . . . Blinglish said what?

    54. 10,000 houses will have to be demolished in Christchurch due to the earthquake

    55. 14,000 new apprentices will start training over the next five years, over and above the number previously forecast

    56. our amendments to the ETS ensure we will continue to do our fair share internationally

    57. we are committed to honouring our Kyoto Protocol obligations

    58. any changes to the ETS will be fiscally neutral

    59. New Zealand has grown for eight of the last nine quarters”

    60. National Ltd™ will tender out the government banking contract

    61. we will be back in surplus by 2014-15

    62. Nicky Hager’s book “Other People’s Wars” is a work of fiction

    63. unemployment is starting to fall

    64. we have created 60,000 jobs

    65. we have created 45,000 jobs

    66. the 2011 Budget will create in the order of 170,000 jobs

    67. I don’t know if I own a vineyard

    68. no, I did not mislead the House (5)

    69. the Isreali spy killed in the Christchurch quake had “only one” passport

    70. the Police will not need to make savings by losing jobs

    71. I voted to keep the drinking age at 20

    72. New Zealand is 100% Pure

    73. I’ve been prime minister for four years, and it’s really 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year

    74. baseball in New Zealand is attracting more government support

    75. the decision to buy brand new BMWs was made by the Department of Internal Affairs without reference either to their minister or to me

    76. I didn’t have a clue that Ministerial Services, which I am in charge of, was going to buy brand new BMWs

    77. even though two of my ministers knew all about it, I didn’t have a clue that brand new BMWs were being bought.

    78. even though my Chief of Staff met with officials to discuss purchase of the the brand new BMWs, I didn’t have a clue

    79. even though I personally signed papers discussing the matter, I still didn’t have a clue

    80. Labour forced us into buying the brand new BMWs, its their fault

    81. ummm, look, sorry about that BMW thing , it was because I was so upset

    82. I did not describe David Beckam as thick as batshit

    83. I did not mislead the House (6)

    84. the public demanded that we change the labour laws for The Hobbit

    85. “The Hobbit” created 3000 new jobs

    86. we have delivered 800 extra doctors in the public service

    87. I did not mislead the House (7)

    88. I wasn’t working at Elders when the sham foreign exchange deals took place

    89. I was starting School Certificate exams in 1978

    90. I don’t know who arrived on the CIA jet to visit the spies I am responsible for

    91. reducing barriers to property developers will increase the availability of affordable housing

    92. Labour left the economy in poor shape

    93. forecasts show unemployment will fall

    94. we have closed the wage gap with Australia by $27

    95. Ngati Porou and Whanau Apanui are not opposed to mining

    96. I have not had any meetings with Media Works

    97. our [NZ’s] terms of trade remain high

    98. the TPP is an example of democracy

    99. National Ltd™ will use the proceeds of state asset sales to invest in other public assets, like schools and hospitals

    100. New Zealand troops will be out of Afghanistan by April 2013

    101. overseas investment in New Zealand adds to what New Zealanders can invest on their own

    102. overseas investment in New Zealand creates jobs, boosts incomes, and helps the economy grow

    103. National Ltd™ will build 2000 houses over the next two years

    104. there are only 4 New Zealand SAS soldiers in Bamiyan and all working in the area of logistics and planning only

    105. selling state assets will give cash equity to those companies

    106. the Sky City deal will provide 1000 construction jobs and 800 casino jobs

    107. all five bidders for the convention centre were treated equally

    108. my office has had no correspondence, no discussions, no involvement with the Sky City deal

    109. I did not mislead the House (8)

    110. I can’t remember what was discussed at my meeting with the SkyCity Chief Executive on 14 May 2009

    111. I have no record of the 12 November 2009 email from Treasury advising that the SkyCity deal was dodgy and needed to be referred to the Auditor General

    112. there was nothing improper about the Sky City deal

    113. SkyCity will only get “a few more” pokie machines at the margins

    114. any changes to gambling regulations will be subject to a full public submission process

    115. Sky City has approached TVNZ about the purchase/use of government-owned land

    116. I did not mislead the House (9)

    117. this government has been very transparent about all its dealings with SkyCity

    118. I did not mislead the House (10)

    119. the Auditor General has fully vindicated National over the Sky City deal

    120. I did not mislead the House (11)

    121. the Deputy Auditor General supports the view that there was nothing inappropriate about the Sky City deal

    122. I did not mislead the House (12)

    123. I did not breach the confidentiality of the Auditor General’s Report into the Sky City deal

    124. the Labour Government did exactly the same sort of deal back in 2001

    125. there’s a 50/50 chance the Hobbit is going off shore unless we do something

    126. David Shearer has signed up for the purchase of shares in Mighty River

    127. Solid Energy asked the government for a $1 billion capital investment

    128. fracking has been going safely on in Taranaki for the past 30 years without any issues

    129. no frontline positions will be lost at DOC

    130. Iain Rennie came to me and recommended Fletcher for the GCSB job

    131. I told Cabinet that I knew Ian Fletcher

    132. I forgot that after I scrapped the shortlist for GCSB job I phoned a life-long friend to tell him to apply for the position

    133. I told Iain Rennie I would contact Fletcher

    134. I haven’t seen Ian Fletcher in a long time.

    135. I did not mislead the House (13)

    136. I have no reason to doubt at this stage that Peter Dunne did not leak the GCSB report

    137. I called directory service to get Ian Fletcher’s number

    138. the new legislation narrows the scope of the GCSB

    139. the GCSB has been prevented from carrying out its functions because of the law governing its functions

    140. because the opposition is opposed the GCSB law ammendments, parliamentary urgency is required

    141. the increasing number of cyber intrusions which I can’t detail or discuss prove that the GCSB laws need to be extended to protect prive enterprise

    142. it was always the intent of the GCSB Act to be able to spy on New Zealanders on behalf of the SIS and police

    143. National Ltd™ is not explanding the activities of the GCSB with this new law

    144. cyber terrorists have attempted to gain access to information about weapons of mass destruction held on New Zealand computers

    145. the law which says the GCSB cannot spy on New Zealanders is not clear

    146. the illegal spying on Kim Dotcom was an isolated incident

    147. The advice I have had in 4 years as a Minister is that in no way ever has there been an indication of unlawful spying

    148. first I heard I heard about Kim Dotcom was on 19 January 2012

    149. first I heard about the illegal spying on Kim Dotcom was in September

    150. I did not mislead the House (14)

    151. I won’t be discussing Kim Dotcom during my Hollywood visit.

    152. the Human Rights Commission couldn’t get its submission on the GCSB legislation in on time.

    153. it would cost too much to for the police and SIS to carry out the spying on New Zealanders that this new legislation will permit

    154. critics of the GCSB legislation, including the Law Society, the Human Rights Commission, and the Privacy Commission, are all uninformed

    155. no, I did not mislead the House (15)

    156. I do not know how Mr Henry is conducting the Enquiry

    157. no, I did not mislead the House (16)

    158. we do not spy on journalists

    159. the passing of phone records to the Henry Enquiry was an error on the part of a contractor

    160. I wasn’t aware that my own Chief of Staff was instructing Parliamentary Services to hand over information concerning journalist Andrea Vance

    161. National Ltd™ has never tried to impinge on the role of the media

    162. I had nothing to do with information on a journalist being handed over to the inquiry into the leaking of the GCSB report

    163. I was not opposed to the NZ Defence Force, Police and SIS making a presentation at the public submissions on the GCSB legislation

    164. the terms of the enquiry made it clear to everyone that it was only the phone records of parliamentary staff and ministers that were to be provided

    165. I have the utmost respect for the media and the role it plays in New Zealand’s democracy

    166. the Henry Enquiry did not access a journalist’s building-access records

    167. the Henry Enquiry did not ask for phone and email records

    168. no, I did not mislead the House (17)

    169. the Greens are opposed to the GCSB and the SIS even existing

    170. the GCSB needs to spy on New Zealanders because there are al-Qaeda terrorists in New Zealand

    171. John Minto is in the Green Party

    172. the GCSB needs to spy on New Zealanders because of the terrorist threat, even though official reports released over my signature say there is no risk and the SIS has the matter in hand

    173. the GCSB Bill does not give the GCSB the power to look at the content of communications as part of its cyber-security functions

    174. no, I did not mislead the House (18)

    175. no, I did not say we would follow the US and Australia into a war against North Korea

    176. New Zealand has an arrangement to have asylum seekers processed in Australian detention camps

    177. I did not mislead the house (19)

    178. I paid for that lunch and I’ve got the credit card bill to prove it

    179. I am honest and upfront

    180. the only way net new jobs can be created is by private investors putting their money into businesses in New Zealand

    181. an increase in the number of people looking for work indicates that confidence is returning to the economy

    182. the 10 percent of taxpayers in New Zealand who are the top earners pay 76 percent of all net personal tax.

    183. I did not mislead the House (20)

    184. the substantial wage growth under Labour was eroded by inflation

    185. National Ltd™’s 2010 tax changes were fiscally neutral

    186. I did not mislead the House (21)

    187. the bulk of New Zealanders earn between $45,000 and $75,000 a year

    188. Pike River Coal did not put profits and its production ahead of the safety and lives of those 29 workers.

    189. Radio Live had sought advice from the Electoral Commission about my show just before the election

    190. it is because of National Ltd™’s policies that the price of fresh fruit and vegetables has dropped.

    191. the length-of-the-country cycleway will create 4000 jobs.

    192. police training for next year has not been cancelled

    193. National Ltd™ has only cut back-office jobs in the health service

    194. The Crown’s dividend stream from the Meridians, the Mighty Rivers of the world is large and there is no motivation to sell assets; actually we’re about creating assets not selling assets.”

    195. National believes employment law should treat all parties fairly. It should . . . Protect employees and employers.

    196. I am not trying to tackle such issues in a “fearful” way ahead of the next election

    197. Wellington City is dying.

    198. National Ltd™ has been working on a number of things with New Zealand First on a number of things one of which has a financial component but I can’t talk about it

    199. the best way to get growth in the economy is to reduce public debt

    200. New Zealand mum and dad investors will be our number one priority in the allocation of Mighty River shares

    201. we won’t let “cowboy” oil exploration companies operate here in New Zealand

    202. the Green Party is racist by not allowing Chinese residents in New Zealand to buy a house

    203. the Labour Party is promising a four-bedroom house in Auckland for $300,000

    204. the food in schools programme is in the 2013 budget

    205. the meat exports are being held up in China because of technical issues and in relation to the Chinese looking to trace counterfeit meat

    206. its notoriously difficult to win three elections in a row

    207. I am deeply concerned about every child in New Zealand who is in poverty

    208. there is no manufacturing crisis in New Zealand

    209. the government’s exposure to MediaWorks’ going into receivership is reasonably limited

    210. the money from the sale of state assets will not be used to prop up Solid Energy

    211. I don’t see a place for a Winston Peters-led New Zealand First in a government that I lead. It’s not a matter of political convenience, it’s a matter of political principle.

    212. The vast majority of the buildings in Christchurch came through the earthquakes in good shape

    213. the commemoration of New Zealand’s involvement in the Korean War will not be used to bolster trade talks

    214. third generation Chinese New Zealanders will be required to present their passport before buying a house under the Labour government

    215. the Labour housing policy is an attempt by David Shearer to save his leadership

    216. the Labour housing policy is in breach of free trade agreements

    . . . but wait – there’s more!

    • weka 16.1

      Just checked 200 onwards. 204 is a broken link.

      • BLiP 16.1.1

        Fixed, thank you.

        • Tracey 16.1.1.1

          I will not alter the retirement age

          Dunne has introduced an idea to change the retirement age and Key said

          “Yesterday, Prime Minister Key said the idea was “not without merit” and it was possible his Government would support it, possibly even introducing it in next year’s Budget.”

          http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11114757

          • BLiP 16.1.1.1.1

            Thanks Tracey. Not quite a lie but more mealy mouthed mendacity from the mercantile munckin. This announcement looks like another National Ltd™ iniative being announced by a support party – think Charter Schools – but at this stage it doesn’t appear National Ltd™ actually owns it and is only giving tepid, “lets run it up the flag pole” type support. John Key said somewhere else that he would resign if the pension entitlement age changes. His comment here is interesting in that, while not another lie (yet), it does seem to indicate his intention to scarper after the next election.

            • Tracey 16.1.1.1.1.1

              come the budget next year, it could be an outright lie ;)

              really appreciate your efforts on this theme

    • Tracey 16.2

      the sale of mighty river will cost 2% of proceeds

  16. BrucetheMoose 17

    Key claimed on radio, (can’t remember which one, one that lets him talk verbal diarrhea all day) that “99.9 % of red zoners are very very happy with their settlements”, and that the red zoning of people’s property and the “voluntary offers” were “very very fair.” However, looking at Campbell Live tonight, it looks like the other unhappy .1% took those claims to task in the High Court and have proven Key’s claims to be false – or should that be a lie. Perhaps Johnny should have stated the bigger untruth of 100%.

  17. Paw prick 18

    I think the credibility of your thread is totally compromised as you CAN’T REMEMBER, what radio station you heard it on, liar ….etc etc carry on carry on yawn

    [lprent: Who are you replying/talking to? If you don’t reference it or use the reply button, then I assume you’re talking to me or the the author. Needless to say I get unappreciative of being addressed in such a manner. See the policy. This is your warning. ]

  18. tricledrown 19

    Then their was the time before his political career Merril Lynch when He set up the Irish branch of Merril Lynch now bankrupt not before Merril Lynch by insider trading and falsifying govt reports caused a massive meltdown in Ireland.
    Of course SmirKey knew nothing.
    Libor PonceKey knew nothing.
    Yet the money trading arm that shonkey was in charge of was the instigators of this massive scam.
    BT went bust as well where was donkey.
    More brain fades if He was that good you would think Hey could remember something!

  19. Tracey 20

    Are we not becoming a financial hub like Ireland as he promised/wanted???

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/industries/6911242/Key-backs-off-financial-services-hub

    • BLiP 20.1

      Nice one. I’m rummaging around looking to find a definitive statement from Key but, so far, its all “if this, then that” sort of stuff. Interesting to read in the report you linked to . . .

      . . . Key’s frustration with officials who recommended the proposal be canned boiled over the following month when he reportedly told the audience at the International Business Forum that official advice criticising the hub was “absolute rubbish”.

      Criticism from Treasury and the MED over the hub proposal centred on the controversial plans to provide incentives to financial firms.

      Stobo’s group’s blueprint for the hub, tabled in Cabinet, said these deals should be contractually locked in to prevent a change of government torpedoing the deals, and the details of payments should be made “commercial in confidence” and not be available for public scrutiny . . .

      . . . another indication of his distaste for public servants offering advice which stymies his mercantile machinations, transfer of wealth in the form of corporate welfare by stealth, and yet more evidence, as if any were needed, that he really sees his role as CEO of NZ Inc., rather than Prime Minister of Aotearoa. This whole “financial hub” scam seems to have been little more than a nice wee earner for his bankster mates with Gerry Brownlee acting as the bagman. Any gangsta would have been proud of this little caper.

      • Tracey 20.1.1

        You’re right of course. It was just an “idea” I first recall around the time of the job forum back in 2009.

        “Key told the Business Herald he had “got the numbers” to get the legislation passed and Inland Revenue and the Treasury had signed off that it would not affect the tax base.

        Key is confident New Zealand will be able to attract financial funds to place their back office administration here saying a chief executive of one of the world’s most powerful banks had told him: “If you are prepared to zero-rate foreign funds that are not invested in NZ, we’re going to move $2.5 billion of funds here in two years because you’re 50 per cent cheaper than Australia.”

  20. Tracey 21

    1.1:Retain jobs by reducing wage costs while firms’ earnings are down and long term by using this opportunity to upskill workers
    Responsible: Minister for Social Development and Employment

    March 9, the Cabinet agreed that ideas from the Jobs Summit would be allocated to the following Ministers to lead further investigation They made this action a top priority or “near term” priority.

    By June this had happened

    1. Retain and Upskill – the nine day fortnight: Retain jobs by reducing wage costs while firms’ earnings are down. Retain jobs short and long term by upskilling workers. Possible
    focus on a nine day fortnight or maximum 6 week block release.

    Initiated
    Job support scheme introduced for firms with more than 100 employees in March, and
    extended to cover firms with more than 50 employees in April.

    I cant find any data to show the final uptake or the method by which employers upskilled workforce. I assume the govt required accountability from those who received the subsidy?

  21. Paw prick 22

    I am fore warned.
    Anyhow as I’m sure you aware I am speaking to Bruce the moose.

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    Labour | 12-11
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    The Defence Briefing to the Incoming Minister reveals a deteriorating state in Defence facilities that are no longer fit for purpose, says Labour’s Defence spokesperson Phil Goff.  “The briefing is heavily censored but still reveals that Defence camps, bases and...
    Labour | 12-11
  • New projections show New Zealand missing climate target
    Briefings to Incoming Ministers released today reveal the Government's climate policy is failing with projected emission more than double what is needed to meet National's 2050 target, the Green Party saidProjections released by the Ministry for the Environment, as part...
    Greens | 12-11
  • National’s highways far less efficient
    National’s new state highways have a far lower cost-benefit ratio than motorways built under the last Labour Government, making a mockery of the Government’s bluster that its road building will boost the economy, says Labour's Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford. “New...
    Labour | 12-11
  • Governor points finger at National on supply
    The Reserve Bank Governor has admitted he had to keep loan to value mortgage restrictions in place because the Government’s attempts to increase housing has fallen ‘a long way short’, says Labour's Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The thousands of first...
    Labour | 12-11
  • Did Collins cover up Slater’s OIA requests?
    Disgraced former Cabinet Minister Judith Collins must explain why she appears to have tried to hide Official Information Act requests she fulfilled for Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater, Labour MP Megan Woods says. “New documents obtained by Labour show Judith...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Reserve Bank’s dairy warning must be heard
    The Reserve Bank’s warning that falling dairy prices are creating greater risks for the New Zealand economy must be taken seriously by Bill English and John Key, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker. “Dairy prices have nearly halved since February...
    Labour | 11-11
  • National’s housing failure keeps LVRs in place
    The Reserve Bank’s decision to leave loan-to-value ratio mortgage restrictions in place is further confirmation of National’s housing policy fiasco, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “The Reserve Bank would have lifted LVRs if they had seen any increase in...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Let’s see if it is plane sailing Mr Bridges
    Comments by Transport Minister Simon Bridges that Far North residents' anger over cutbacks to regional flights will be allayed by larger planes and cheaper fares out of Kerikeri, are just pure arrogance, says Labour’s Te Tai Tokerau MP Kelvin Davis....
    Labour | 11-11
  • Commerce Commission inquiry needed into building supplies monopoly
    The Commerce Commission must stop dragging the chain and urgently investigate the anti-competitive practices in the building industry that are driving up the cost of building materials, says Labour's Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “Competition in the building materials market is...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Air New Zealand grounds Far North
    The announcement by Air New Zealand to close services from Kaitaia to Auckland will be an absolute disaster for the Far North, Labour MP for Te Tai Tokerau Kelvin Davis says.  “Air New Zealand is sending a signal to the...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Pulling West Coast flights a savage blow
    Air New Zealand’s decision to withdraw its Westport service is another kick in the guts for an already struggling community, West Coast-Tasman MP, Damien O’Connor says.   “Having been involved in the West Coast’s efforts to get Air Nelson to return...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Air NZ cuts economic lifelines to neglected regions
    Air New Zealand’s plans to cut its Eagle Air regional services to already struggling regions is a hammer blow to Westport, Whakatane and Kaitaia, says Labour's Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The regions of New Zealand are being abandoned by this...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Christchurch on the rent rack
    A jump of 20 per cent in weekly rents in the past year is a disaster for Christchurch, says Associate Housing spokesperson Poto Williams. “The Trade Me Property Rental Price index has rightly described the city as being a ‘...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Past time to act on warnings about palliative care
    Health officials have been warning the Government about a critical shortage of palliative care specialists for years, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader and Health spokesperson Annette King says. A stocktake carried out for the Ministry of Health shows New Zealand’s end...
    Labour | 10-11
  • Report must spur Government into action
    The soaring cost of domestic violence and child abuse highlight the need for the Government to prioritise and act on the issue, says Labour's spokesperson for Social Development, Sue Moroney.“Findings from the Glenn Inquiry that show the problem is estimated...
    Labour | 10-11
  • Family safety paramount, then urgent review
    Corrections Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has some serious questions to answer over why a dangerous prison escapee, convicted of further crimes while in jail, managed to abscond while he was on approved temporary release, Labour’s Corrections spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says.“Phillip...
    Labour | 09-11
  • LVRs a failed experiment from Bill English
    Loan to value mortgage restrictions are a failed experiment from Bill English to tame Auckland house prices, that have caused collateral damage to first home buyers and other regions, says Labour's Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The possible end of LVR...
    Labour | 09-11
  • Govt books getting worse as economy slows
    National’s economic credibility is under serious scrutiny with its search for surplus becoming harder due to an economy far too reliant on the dairy industry, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker. “National promised New Zealanders would get into surplus by...
    Labour | 06-11
  • Kiwis in pain because of Government underfunding
    New research showing one in three people needing elective surgery are being denied publicly-funded operations shows the Government must properly fund the health sector, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says. “For almost two years Labour has been warning about the...
    Labour | 06-11
  • National’s promised surplus looking doubtful
    Budget figures for the first quarter of the financial year released today by Treasury show the Government's goal of achieving a budget surplus is looking doubtful, the Green Party said today."National has staked its credibility on achieving a budget surplus...
    Greens | 06-11
  • Kevin Hague speaks on the Gambling Amendment Bill (No 3)
    I rise to give this speech on behalf of Denise Roche, who handles the gambling portfolio for the Green Party. This bill deals with class 4 gambling—pokies in pubs and clubs—and it is the result of changes that were suggested...
    Greens | 06-11
  • Kevin Hague speaks on the Health (Protection) Amendment Bill
    I would like to start off where the previous speaker left off, on the issue of balancing rights or balancing harms. All law is in some way a restriction of personal liberty. That is the point of law. When we...
    Greens | 06-11
  • Joyce backs away from yet another target
    Steven Joyce has backed away from two targets in two days, refusing to acknowledge that his Government has an unambitious aim to get unemployment down to 4 per cent in 11 years’ time, says Labour Associate Finance spokesperson David Clark....
    Labour | 06-11
  • Pacific peoples incomes and jobs falling under National
    The Minister of Pacific Peoples is attempting to bury the ugly facts of Pacific unemployment and income levels worsening since National took office in 2008, said Labour’s Pacific Affairs spokesperson, Su’a William Sio. “If the Minister doesn’t acknowledge how bad...
    Labour | 06-11
  • The Block NZ doing a better job than Nick Smith
    Nick Smith should consider calling in producers of The Block NZ with participants in the TV series completing more houses in two seasons than the Government’s failed Special Housing Area policy, says Labour's Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The Block NZ...
    Labour | 06-11
  • Meridian moves to kill competition from solar homes
    Big electricity companies are using their power to make it harder for families and businesses wanting to go solar and the National Government is doing nothing to help them, the Green Party said today. Meridian Energy announced today a 60-72...
    Greens | 06-11
  • Has John Key done all he could for Pike families?
    It will be forever on the conscience of John Key whether he did all he could to recover the remains of the 29 miners who died in Pike River, Labour’s MP for West Coast-Tasman Damien O’Connor says.  “The Prime Minister...
    Labour | 05-11
  • National further dashes hopes of new parents
    The National Government has once again shown its disdain for working parents by voting down proposals to extend paid parental leave, Labour MP Sue Moroney says.  “The Government vetoed an amended proposal that substantially reduced the cost of extending PPL...
    Labour | 05-11
  • The Daily Blog Breakfast Club Ep. 1
    TDB Video, Live from Verona Cafe on K-Rd, Auckland – a weekly current affairs show with TDB Editor Martyn Bradbury. This week’s panel: Chris Trotter & Selwyn Manning.The issues: 1 – What now for the New Labour leader? 2 –...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • Performance-demonstration at Auckland’s High Court to demand justice for ...
    People outraged at the lack of justice in the so-called ‘Roast Busters’ case and 99% of other rape cases in this country are holding a visually powerful mass action at the Auckland High Court at 1 o’clock on Saturday. They...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • IES vote may weaken defense of public education
    PPTA announced today that secondary teachers have voted to include the IES (Investing in Education Success) as a variation to their collective employment agreement with the government. At one level it’s an understandable decision by PPTA members because through engaging in a consultation...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • NZ History lesson on Planet Key – the lies white people tell themselves
    John Key’s bizarre claims about our ‘peaceful history’ comes across like the apartheid history of South Africa where white people discovered Africa first… New Zealand ‘settled peacefully’ – PM New Zealand was “settled peacefully” by the British, the prime minister...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • Universal Basic Income and Labour Policy
    On Radio New Zealand’s None-to-Noon on Wednesday (19 November), new Labour leader Andrew Little intimated that he would like to put Universal Basic Income (UBI) on his policy agenda (What policy changes will Andrew Little usher in?) Predictably Kathryn Ryan, despite being...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • The New Notes : They Ain’t Mint
    Hulk Queen Angry. Hulk Queen smash.   Yesterday, the Reserve Bank announced its new designs for our banknotes. Now, I’ve historically been pretty sketch about this entire process; variously feeling affronted that the government could find eighty million dollars to fund a...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • MSM under-mining of new Labour Leader already begun?
    . . It did not take long. In fact, on the same day that Andrew Little won the Labour leadership*, the first media reporter was already asking if he would be stepping down  if Labour failed to lift in the...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • GUEST BLOG: Simon Buckingham – invisible disability voices
    Today I am ranting. The Disability Advisory Group has been announced by Auckland Council. This is the body that represents the interests and views of people with disabilities in Auckland. Whilst I would not have applied this time as I...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, Andrew Little
    Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, Andrew Little...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • Why labelling Little as a ‘Unionist’ is a joke and how he beats Key in ...
    The line being used to attack Andrew Little as a ‘Unionist’ is just an absurd joke, and it comes from people who clearly don’t understand the modern NZ Union movement. Andrew ran the EPM Bloody U, they are easily one...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • 5AA Australia – Labour’s New Leader + China’s President In New Zealan...
    Recorded on 20/11/14 – Captured Live on Ustream.tv. 5AA’s Peter Godfrey and Selwyn Manning.ISSUE ONE: The New Zealand Labour Party has elected its new leader, the vote going to a third round after no clear outright winner was found in...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • Did Roger Sutton think he was running the Rock Radio Station?
    Visible G-String Fridays? Full body hugs? Jokes about who you would and wouldn’t have sex with? Honey? Sweety? It’s like Roger thought he was running the Rock Radio Station, not a Government Public Service department set up to rebuild a...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
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    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • Amnesty International – The conversation that needs to be had with China
    Caption: Police officer watching Hong Kong pro-democracy march, 01 July 2014 © Amnesty International    Yesterday’s edition of The New Zealand Herald features an open letter to all New Zealander’s from Xi Jinping, President of the People’s Republic of China. Along...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • GUEST BLOG: Patrick O’Dea – “Liar”
    LIAR! ‘Privatised social housing to benefit tenants’ English “Housing Corp was a poor performer and about a third of its housing stock was the wrong size, in poor condition and in the wrong place. That stock was worth about $5...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • Too Close For Comfort: Reflections on Andrew Little’s narrow victory over...
    THE TRAGIC SCREENSHOT of “Gracinda” in defeat bears eloquent testimony to the bitter disappointment of the Grant Robertson-led faction of the Labour Party. And, yes, ‘Party’ is the right word. The Robertson machine has now extended its influence well beyond...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • How to defeat child poverty
      How to defeat child poverty...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • Little’s Shadow Cabinet
    Now the horror of trying to pacify the factions begins. The only thing Little’s new shadow cabinet must do is create the pretence of unity. The reason voters didn’t flock to Labour wasn’t the bloody CGT or Superannuation, it was...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • A pilgrimage with my sister – Rethink the System
    We’ve both wanted to do a pilgrimage for many years. But, unlike many modern pilgrims, we wanted to be pilgirms in our own country and get closer to our communities, rather than seek greater distance from them. We are both...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • Lack of policy ambition is Andrew Little’s main problem
    I’ve met Andrew Little a few times and he’s a pleasant man who will make a reasonable job leading what the Labour Party has become in recent decades. He will preside over a much less divided caucus and will be...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • Journos, film makers, media freedom advocates join Asia-Pacific political j...
    A candlelight vigil for the 58 victims of the 2009 Maguindanao massacre – 32 of them media people. Still no justice for them today. Renowned investigative journalists, film makers, academics and media freedom campaigners from across the Asia-Pacific region will...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • And the new Labour Leader is ZZZZZZZZZZ
    The victory lap by Caucus over the members choice of Cunliffe has ended and the new leader of the Labour Party is Andrew Little. Yawn. The dullness and caution of the latest Leadership race will be served well by Andrew,...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • Allow the Facts to Get in the Way of the Neolib Stories
    One of the weaknesses of the political left in New Zealand over the last 30 years has been to allow the neoliberal storytellers to get away with lots of fibs and half-fibs. On TVNZ’s Q+A on 16 November, in a...
    The Daily Blog | 17-11
  • Defending The Boomers: A Response to Chloe King
    THE BABY-BOOM GENERATION (49-68 year-olds) currently numbers just under a quarter of New Zealand’s population. Even so, there is a pervasive notion that the generation of New Zealanders born between the end of World War II and the mid-1960s exercises...
    The Daily Blog | 17-11
  • This weeks Waatea news column – Waitangi Tribunal ruling enshrines Treaty...
      This weeks Waatea news column – Waitangi Tribunal ruling enshrines Treaty as a living document...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • Key now says SAS will be needed to protect ‘trainers’ behind the wire
    Well, well, well. What do we have here? Government could send SAS to Iraq New Zealand’s elite Special Air Service (SAS) could be deployed to Iraq to protect Kiwi troops sent to train local forces. Prime Minister John Key confirmed...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • Do You Want to Build a Meth Lab? (Frozen x Breaking Bad Parody)
    Do You Want to Build a Meth Lab? (Frozen x Breaking Bad Parody)...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • Soft soap for the rich – harsh taxes for the poor
    It’s no surprise to see New Zealand has one of the world’s lowest tax rates for the rich and the superrich. A survey by the global accounting network UHY shows New Zealand’s highest tax rates are lower than even Australia,...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • Phillip Smith and the rehabilitation process
    The dominant media narrative in horrible murder cases is that the perpetrator is unlikely ever to be rehabilitated. When it appears the offender may get parole the media turns first to family members of the victim who commonly (and understandably)...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • The Nation review: Finlayson’s terrifying definition of who is on terror ...
    Terrifying Nation today on TV3. Chris Finlayson is on justifying the Government’s Muslim fear mongering and extension of even more surveillance powers. It was jaw dropping. Finlayson says ‘alienated people with a chip on their shoulder’ is the threshold to get...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • A brief word on The Block NZ
    Is it just me or did The Block manage to sum up everything that is wrong about our culture and economy? Fetishised property speculation as mass entertainment in a country of homelessness & poverty. I wonder if State House tenants...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • Waitangi Tribunal ruling
    That spluttering choking sound of a thousand rednecks being informed Maori still have sovereignty is a hilarious cacophony of stupid… Crown still in charge: Minister Chris Finlayson on Waitangi Treaty ruling The Waitangi Tribunal’s finding that Maori chiefs who signed...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • A brief word on Phillip Smith
    We can arrest student loan & fine defaulters at the airport – but not convicted child molesting killers? Before we ban manufactured ISIS ‘terrorists’ from having passports, how about we just manage to stop child molesting killers from fleeing first?...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • Free Me From Religion
          The meeting begins – or at least it’s supposed to begin – but someone interrupts proceedings. She wants everyone to pray with their heads bowed while she can “thank our Father who art in Heaven.” I close...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • Key capitulates on TPPA while big money NZ set up propaganda fund
    So Key has capitulated on the ‘gold standard’ of free trade deals… The primary objective for New Zealand at Apec was to see some urgency injected into the TPP talks and to keep leaders aiming for a high quality deal....
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • Why Phillip Smith is the least of our worries
    Well, it turns out Phillip Smith wasn’t half as clever as he thought he was, and he’s been arrested within a week. If the Prime Minister is through with making tasteless jokes, perhaps we can ramp down the media hysteria...
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • Constraining Credibility
      Most economists and members of the public – on both the right and the left – believe that economies are constrained by resource scarcity most of the time. In this view, economies are supply-constrained, and that the economic problem...
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • Migrant Labour, exploitation and free markets
    Once more we read about a horror story of virtual slavery for a migrant worker in a restaurant in Christchurch. The silver lining that in this case compensation should be paid is not assured. Often in situations like this the employer winds up...
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • On baby boomers who give my generation unhelpful advice: JUST DON’T
    One of my mum’s colleagues recently told her that there is no money in what her daughter was doing; volunteering at a women’s refuge and writing on politics. This guy, dispensing all his pearls of wisdom, told my mother that...
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • Morbid Symptoms: Can Labour Be Born Anew?
    THE CHAIRS in the final meeting venue have been stacked away. All that expensive signage, commissioned for the benefit of the television cameras, no longer has a purpose. For the second time in just 14 months, Labour’s Leadership Contest is...
    The Daily Blog | 12-11
  • What’s Small, White, and Having Trouble Attracting New People?
    If your answer was something intimately connected to the person of Peter Dunne … then you’d be right. Last night, P-Dunney decided to bring his comedy and/or hair stylings to the twitterverse; penning a potentially somewhat ill-advised tweet in which he compared...
    The Daily Blog | 12-11
  • LATE at the Auckland Museum review – Slacktivisim: Its not just for Slack...
    Monday night is my yoga night. I’m not really very good it, I don’t really have the bendy, but I made a New Years resolution. This Monday however, I decided to put the yoga on prone and attend a gig...
    The Daily Blog | 12-11
  • This weeks Waatea news column – Nanaia Mahuta – the Princess who roared
      This weeks Waatea news column – Nanaia Mahuta – the Princess who roared...
    The Daily Blog | 11-11
  • Real reasons to fear Government’s new approach to child poverty
    Now  I really am worried.  Selling state houses is bad enough but a taking a ‘social investment focus’ to deal with child poverty? “The Treasury will issue a Request for Information inviting submissions from people who work with vulnerable New...
    The Daily Blog | 11-11
  • Power to the people!
    With all the huffing and puffing of the election out of the way and the right-wing still in ascendancy after 30 years of community-sapping neoliberalism it was a pleasure to attend a strike by workers at Carl’s Jr in Lincoln...
    The Daily Blog | 11-11
  • EXCLUSIVE: OIA reveals WINZ trespassing 400 people a year
    W.I.N.Z is broken and it’s breaking my heart. Every year WINZ issues trespass notices to just under 400 people. 2008 / 418 2009 /  382 2010 /  347 2011 /  411 2012 /  373 2013 /  384 And this year...
    The Daily Blog | 11-11
  • So David Farrar and the Government were wrong on gangs after all?
    Oh the predictability of this… Ministers acted on inaccurate gang data Cabinet signed off tough new measures to tackle gangs on the basis of inaccurate information which over-estimated the scale of the crime problem. The briefing paper told ministers 4000...
    The Daily Blog | 10-11
  • Why lifelong prisoner surveillance is evidence of our failing prisons
    The intrusion of more and more State surveillance is easier to implement if the State begins with groups the populace are frightened of. Muslim radicals, Maori radicals, environmental radicals and prisoners are all easy fodder for ratings chasing media to...
    The Daily Blog | 10-11
  • REVIEW: The Blind Date Project
    The Blind Date Project Silo Theatre 4-29 November The Basement  Part of the excitement of a live performance, be it music or theatre or a circus with trapeze artists and lion tamers, is the risk that it could all go...
    The Daily Blog | 10-11
  • Good News For The Left!
    EVER SINCE the debacle of 20 September 2014, the New Zealand left has been hanging out for some good news. Today, thanks to Stephen Mills, the Executive Director of UMR Research, it has finally got some. UMR Research has for...
    The Daily Blog | 10-11
  • Goodfellow congratulates Key on IDU election
    Goodfellow congratulates Key on IDU election National Party President Peter Goodfellow has congratulated Prime Minister John Key on his election today as Chairman of the International Democrat Union (IDU)....
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • Taxpayers’ Union Congratulates PM on IDU Appointment
    The Taxpayers’ Union is today congratulating Rt. Hon. John Key on becoming the Chair of the International Democrat Union , as former Australian Prime Minister John Howard retires from the role after 12 years. Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director...
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • High demand for Consumer NZ’s “Do Not Knock” stickers
    Consumer NZ has distributed nearly 100,000 “Do Not Knock” stickers since the launch of its campaign to fight back against dodgy door-to-door sellers.The “Do Not Knock” campaign was launched on 3 November 2014. Free “Do Not Knock” stickers...
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • Phillip Smith decision still pending
    Detective Superintendent Mike Pannett is returning to Washington DC where he will continue to closely monitor a pending decision from the Brazilian authorities on the process to return Phillip Smith to New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • High Court demonstration to demand justice
    People outraged at the lack of justice in the so-called ‘Roast Busters’ case and 99% of other rape cases in this country are holding a visually powerful mass action at the Auckland High Court at 1 o’clock on Saturday. They...
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • NZ Society Wins Global Award For Fighting Animal Testing
    New Zealand banning animal testing of legal highs has been acknowledged with an award given in London. The New Zealand Anti-Vivisection Society (NZAVS) was awarded the 2014 LUSH Prize for lobbying against animal testing. The prize was given at the...
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • Poor govt advice to workers on petrol station drive-offs
    The New Zealand Council of Trade Unions has raised concerns with the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment ('MBIE') regarding their reported advice to workers about the petrol station drive away issue....
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • New Ombudsman opinion
    The Ombudsman has published his opinion on a complaint concerning the Police refusal to release information about a charging decision....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Kindergarten support staff achieve pay rise in tough climate
    The valuable contribution of kindergarten support staff has been recognised with a pay increase, despite the significant funding cuts that the kindergarten associations are experiencing....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Democracy and Conservative Religion: The Case of Islam
    “Is Islam compatible with democracy?” is a frequently-asked question. Recent rethinking of secularism and democracy have opened up new possibilities to think about religion and democracy. This question is important particularly in the case...
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • NZ fiscal watchdog needed to guard the public purse
    New Zealand needs tighter fiscal rules and an independent watchdog to improve the quality of government spending and reduce the risk of a return to deficit spending as the country’s population ages, if not before....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • NZSMI disappointed ANZTPA proposal shelved
    November 20, 2014: Consumer healthcare products industry body, the New Zealand Self-Medication Industry Association (SMI) says it is disappointed Government has once again shelved plans to create one medicines regulatory agency for both New Zealand and Australia....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Democracy Action Welcomes Tauranga Vote
    Responding to Tauranga Council’s unanimous vote not to establish separate Council seats on the basis of ethnicity, Lee Short, Democracy Action founder says: “The establishment of a Maori ward would have damaged the relationship between Maori and...
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Employer caught abusing new ‘teabreaks law’
    Employer caught abusing new ‘teabreaks law’ to exploit workers The government passed the controversial ‘teabreaks’ legislation only a few weeks ago and already Unite Union has caught an employer using this law as an excuse for ill-treating their...
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • FGC response to Commerce Commission report
    The New Zealand Food & Grocery Council is not surprised by the Commerce Commission’s findings, given New Zealand’s current legal framework....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Bascand: Brighter Money
    Seeing people’s initial reactions to the new banknote designs is a heartening reminder of what an important role currency plays in our lives, and what a sense of pride and heritage our notes evoke....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • RBNZ releases Brighter Money designs
    New Zealand’s banknotes are getting brighter and better, with the Reserve Bank today unveiling more vibrant and secure banknote designs which will progressively enter circulation later next year....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • 25 years of children’s rights
    UNICEF and OFC celebrate 25 years of children’s rights with Just Play Sports Days On Universal Children’s Day (20 November) and as part of the Oceania Football Confederation’s (OFC) inaugural President’s Cup, UNICEF will celebrate 25 years of children’s...
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Xiamen delegation to Wellington has business focus
    Stronger business, education and cultural ties with our Chinese partners will be the focus when a 20-strong government and business delegation led by Xiamen Mayor Mr Liu Keqing which visits Wellington tomorrow (Friday) and Saturday as part of the...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Warriors promote White Ribbon Day message
    Warriors promote White Ribbon Day message Shine and Orakei Health Services On Tuesday, the Vodafone Warriors will promote the White Ribbon Day message to the community at Eastridge Shopping Centre, Mission Bay. The Warriors are supporting their charity...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Superannuitants to protest unethical investments
    A delegation of Auckland superannuitants will deliver a protest-card petition and protest letter to the New Zealand Super Fund this Thursday afternoon to call on the fund to divest from companies which support the Israeli occupation of Palestinian...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Manukau job cuts ‘running the place into the ground’
    Manukau Institute of Technology (MIT) confirmed to its staff yesterday that 54 jobs will go before Christmas....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Newcore Looks Pretty Rotten for Ratepayers
    Responding to the NZ Herald report that the IT system commissioned by Auckland Council to consolidate the eight systems the Super City inherited from its precursor councils could be facing a budget blowout of $100 million, Taxpayers’ Union Spokesman Ben...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Accountability following quake response inquiry not achieved
    Lessons still need to be learned from the search and rescue efforts following the February 2011 earthquake in Christchurch, a leading New Zealand lawyer, Nigel Hampton QC, says....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Our kids say: We are failing in our duty to protect them
    Our kids say: We are failing in our duty to protect them More than a quarter of Kiwi kids say children’s right to be safe and protected isn’t being upheld in New Zealand, identifying protection from violence, abuse and murder...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • PARS & Turuki Health Care collaborate on health and services
    Auckland-based PARS (People at Risk Solutions) have partnered with the Turuki Health Care Trust, to offer improved healthcare services to those in need. PARS works closely with former prisoners, providing mentoring, housing, and social services to ensure...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Children’s Plea
    A plea has been sent to all Members of Parliament, regardless of party affiliation, to accord urgency and priority to children's issues. These issues include vulnerability, safety and childhood poverty....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Treasury off track in search for sound policies
    Treasury is unlikely to find the ideas it is looking for to improve outcomes for children while its primary driver is cost-cutting, says Child Poverty Action Group....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Commission calls for answers on handling of CERA harassment
    EEO Commissioner Dr Jackie Blue is deeply concerned about the way in which the State Services Commission has handled sexual allegations made against CERA chief executive Roger Sutton this week and is calling for answers....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Ashley Dwayne Guy v The Queen: Appeal Upheld
    The appellant, Mr Guy, was found guilty by a jury of a charge of sexual violation by unlawful sexual connection. After the verdict it was discovered that, by error, the jury had been provided in the jury room with two...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Zonta Club to Take a Stand Against Gender-Based Violence
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    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • New UNFPA report links progress and power to young people
    A UN report launched today calls for investment in young people as they are essential to social and economic progress....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • The Resignation with the Golden Handshake?
    Commenting on the settlement the State Services Commission has reached with former CERA CEO Roger Sutton, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says: "Only in the public sector do you receive a payout for ‘resigning’....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • NZ must not turn a blind eye to China’s human rights record
    Amnesty International is calling on New Zealand’s Prime Minister John Key to raise China’s shameful human rights record during President Xi Jinping’s visit to New Zealand this week....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • The Resignation with the Golden Handshake?
    Commenting on the settlement the State Services Commission has reached with former CERA CEO Roger Sutton, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says:...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Treasury’s covert & extremely odd welfare consultation
    A report this morning that Treasury is ‘crowd sourcing’ ideas on welfare policy is news to Auckland Action Against Poverty, even though we are currently one of the most active groups in the area....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • NZ invites Pacific peers to review development cooperation
    New Zealand has volunteered to be the first development partner in the Pacific region to undergo a review of its aid programme by Pacific island peers. The review will focus on New Zealand’s development cooperation and will give greater insight...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • EPMU joins Pike River families to mark fourth anniversary
    Representatives of the Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union are proud to stand with the Pike River families to mark four years since 29 men lost their lives. “This is a particularly solemn day given the recent announcements of Solid Energy...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • 2013 Assessment of New Zealand’s National Integrity Systems
    SPEAKER TUILOMA NERONI SLADE: Former Judge, International Criminal Court in the Hague, former legal counsel at the Commonwealth Secretariat, Secretary-General of the Pacific Islands Forum 2008-2014. Introduced by Helen Sutch, Victoria University Council,...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Green Party ignoring Waimea’s environmental benefits
    Green Party MP Catherine Delahunty has overlooked the environmental benefits the proposed Waimea Community Dam will bring the Tasman community, says IrrigationNZ Chairperson Nicky Hyslop....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Women’s use of violence in violent relationships
    More than 80 percent of women who live with a physically violent partner will not initiate violence when they are not being hit, according to new research....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Poor credit rating linked to poor cardiovascular health
    Poor credit rating linked to poor cardiovascular health A credit score doesn’t only boil down a person’s entire financial history to a single number and somehow predict their credit-worthiness, it might also be saying something about a person’s...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • State Services Commissioner on Roger Sutton Investigation
    State Services Commissioner Iain Rennie today said the investigation into Roger Sutton’s conduct was robust. Roger Sutton chose to resign as Chief Executive of the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA) yesterday....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Predator Free NZ project welcomed
    Federated Farmers and the conservation organisation Forest & Bird are welcoming the Predator Free New Zealand initiative as an ambitious but achievable project that will have real benefits for conservation and the economy....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Stock rustling set to continue under lax laws
    The theft and illegal slaughter of farm stock can only be expected to continue if tougher laws are not introduced, said ACT Leader David Seymour today....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Visit of President Xi Jinping to New Zealand
    As president Xi Jinping of China pays short visit to New Zealand, of Friends of Tibet (NZ) has called upon Foreign Minister Hon Murray McCully and the Prime Minister Rt Hon John Key to raise the issue of Human Rights...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Right to Life Congratulates the new Labour Leader
    Right to Life congratulates Andrew Little MP, on being elected as the new leader of the Labour Party. This is a very important election as Andrew Little is now a Prime Minister in waiting His election follows a line of...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Reply to open letter on earthquake repair in Christchurch
    You raise many points and I acknowledge the frustration some people are experiencing when their homes are still not repaired or rebuilt. We have consistently said that the scale and complexity of events has always meant that it will not...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Andrew Little New Labour Party Leader
    In a press conference held on Tuesday in the Labour Party Caucus room at Parliament, it was announced Andrew Little had been voted in as Leader of the Labour party....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Liam Butler interviews Professor Jay Kandampully
    Jay Kandampully is Professor of Consumer Sciences in the Department of Human Sciences. He also serves as a visiting professor at University of Innsbruck, Austria; Nanjing University of Science and Technology, China; and Furtwangen University, Germany;...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
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