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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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  • Let’s do the FEED before the weed
    “Last week I put out a very strongly worded email to my colleagues about an online promotion about cannabis law reform” said MANA leader and Tai Tokerau MP, Hone Harawira “and I stand by that criticism today.” My concern was...
    Mana | 08-09
  • TE KAEA and NATIVE AFFAIRS live to fight another day
    “I understand that both the chair of the Board of Maori Television, Georgina Te Heuheu, and new CEO, Paora Maxwell, are now saying that my comments this morning about their plans to cut Te Kaea and Native Affairs, were wrong, and that...
    Mana | 08-09
  • How come the PM only pays 2.8% of his income in tax – Harawira
    “Before John Key talks about the piddling tax cuts he plans for low and middle income families today he needs to explain why he only pays 2.8% of his income on tax while a minimum wage worker pays 28% tax,”...
    Mana | 07-09
  • THE DEATH OF INDEPENDENCE FOR MAORI TV
    “If what I’m hearing is true, tomorrow Maori Television Service (MTS) will dump its news programme, Te Kaea, and staff will lose their jobs” said MANA Leader and MP for Te Tai Tokerau, Hone Harawira “and the Minister of Maori...
    Mana | 07-09
  • Labour recommits to Pike River families
    An incoming Labour-led government will do everything possible to recover the bodies of the Pike River Miners and return them to their families, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. “This tragedy and its aftermath has left the families of the 29...
    Labour | 06-09
  • Voting has started and still no tax plan or fiscal budget for voters to see
    "Even though voting for the election has already begun, National still refuses to provide any details of its proposed tax cuts. And Bill English admitted this morning that he won’t provide any specifics until after the election", Labour’s Finance spokesperson...
    Labour | 06-09
  • National’s partners’ tax plans cost at least $42 billion
    If National forms the next government its partners’ tax plans will cost the country at least $42 billion, and maybe as much as $50 billion, wreaking havoc with the books, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker. “National claims to be...
    Labour | 05-09
  • Labour: Providing more opportunities for young Kiwis
    A Labour Government will ensure every young Kiwi under the age of 20 is given the opportunity to be in work, education or training, and plans to develop a conservation apprenticeship scheme to help do that, Labour’s Youth Affairs spokesperson...
    Labour | 04-09
  • Candles out on teachers’ slice of birthday cake
    Today may be Novopay’s second birthday, but there’s little to celebrate, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “Novopay has cost the taxpayer tens of millions of dollars already, and the cost is still climbing....
    Labour | 04-09
  • National’s blatant broadband pork barrelling misses the mark by a country...
    National’s blatant pork-barrelling ICT announcement today should reinforce a growing sceptical electorate’s view that they are all about the gift wrap and not the present, Labour’s ICT spokesperson Clare Curran says. “Instead of addressing the real issues - the woeful...
    Labour | 04-09
  • More evidence of the need to clean up the system
    The latest release of emails and messages between disgraced Minister Judith Collins and blogger Cameron Slater are more evidence of the urgent need to clean up politics, Labour MP Grant Robertson says. "This new evidence confirms a near constant flow...
    Labour | 04-09
  • Labour commits to stable funding for voluntary sector
    A Labour Government will establish long-term funding and streamline contract accountability for community and voluntary groups, says Labour’s spokesperson for the sector Louisa Wall. Announcing Labour’s policy for the community and voluntary sector, she said this would give much greater...
    Labour | 04-09
  • Better trained and skilled workforce under Labour
    Labour is committed to a skilled workforce that benefits businesses as well as their workers, and will increase workplace training to improve productivity and drive innovation, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “Labour believes the Government should support New Zealanders into...
    Labour | 03-09
  • Labour will make renting a better option
    Labour will provide greater security of tenure for renters, and build more state and social housing, says Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “Labour believes every kid deserves a decent start in life. That means a warm, dry and secure home....
    Labour | 03-09
  • At least 15 new taxes under National
    John Key is the last person to talk about creating taxes, presiding over a Government that has imposed at least 15 new taxes, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “John Key tried a novel line in the debate last night claiming...
    Labour | 03-09
  • Labour will strengthen New Zealand’s democracy
    A Labour Government will act quickly to protect and enhance New Zealand’s reputation as one of the most open and least corrupt countries in the world, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “The health of any democracy is improved by greater...
    Labour | 02-09
  • MANA Movement says tax cut on GST must be first priority – Minto
    “If Prime Minister John Key has money available for tax cuts then cutting GST must be the first priority”,  said MANA Movement Economic Justice Spokesperson John Minto. GST is a nasty tax on low-income families”, said Minto. “People in the...
    Mana | 02-09
  • The Maori Party’s Mana-Enhancing Relationship with National – Minto
    “First we had Cameron Slater and David Farrar backing Labour’s Kelvin Davis bid to unseat MANA Movement Leader and MP for Te Tai Tokerau Hone Harawira.  Now we have Slater writing a pro-Te Ururoa Flavell article on his website, Whale...
    Mana | 02-09
  • There’s Only One Poll That Counts
    “One of the oldest sayings in politics is that there is only one poll that counts – the one on Election Day – and that’s the one that I am focusing on” remarked the MANA Movement candidate for Waiariki, Annette...
    Mana | 02-09
  • Local communities critical to Civil Defence
    Labour will focus on empowering New Zealand communities to be resilient in Civil Defence disasters, says Labour’s Civil Defence spokesperson Clare Curran. Announcing Labour’s Civil Defence policy, she says that Labour will work with schools, voluntary agencies and community groups...
    Labour | 02-09
  • Labour looks to long-life passports, gambling harm review
    A return to 10 year passports and a review of gambling laws are highlights of Labour’s Internal Affairs policy released today. “More than 15,000 New Zealanders signed a petition calling on the Government to revert to the 10 year system...
    Labour | 02-09
  • MANA Movement Leadership stands strong behind Internet MANA relationship
    “There is now, and always will be, a range of views about many issues within our movement and members are free to express them, but Georgina’s views on Kim Dotcom are not shared by the MANA Movement leadership or the vast majority...
    Mana | 01-09
  • Rebuilding the New Zealand Defence Force
    A Labour Government will make it a priority to rebuild the capacity of the Defence Force to carry out the tasks expected of it, says Labour’s Defence Spokesperson Phil Goff. Releasing Labour’s Defence Policy today he said the NZDF has...
    Labour | 01-09
  • Vice article on NZ election
    Here is my Vice article on the NZ election....
    The Daily Blog | 19-09
  • The attempt to kill off Internet MANA
    It’s the last day of campaigning today and the long list of those attacking Internet MANA got longer yesterday with Winston Peters backing Labour candidate Kelvin Davis against the MANA Movement’s Hone Harawira. Davis is now supported by Labour, National,...
    The Daily Blog | 19-09
  • A final word on the election – it’s now all up to you
    Brothers & Sisters, the fate of Aotearoa is now all in your hands. We here at the Daily Blog have thrown everything we can at this bloody Government and have spent every waking hour of this campaign trying to highlight...
    The Daily Blog | 19-09
  • I can’t tell what is National Party advert and what is the NZ Herald – ...
    I can’t tell what is National Party advert and what is the NZ Herald – but then again, I never could...
    The Daily Blog | 19-09
  • TVNZ election coverage – white people telling other white people why Nati...
    TVNZ election coverage – white people telling other white people why National Party is great...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • REVIEW: Royals of Kihikihi
    What an absolutely stunning show.  I had to ask twice to check I’d heard right that this is the first staged production for Samuel Christopher, who also played a raw, real, but vulnerable, Wolf Royal, home from London for his...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • 800 Cops to detain 15 ‘terrorists’ – why Australia’s hysterical Isl...
    I’m sorry but I can’t take this current Australian terror threat seriously. 800 cops to detain 15 people and arrest one of them? A week after Abbot decides to send in Australian forces to the cluster fuck of Iraq, suddenly...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • Unbelievable corruption inside Government to attack Kim Dotcom
    The corruption inside this Government just more and more filthy – we now have an ex-Customs Lawyer quitting  after being told to bury information that could embarrass the Government, specifically to do with Kim Dotcom… Curtis Gregorash said he was told...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • Coalition for Better Broadcasting – Everyone Loves A Win-Win That Keeps G...
      Permit me to quote some figures at you… -68% of New Zealanders think political news on television focuses too much on politicians’ personalities and not enough on real issues. This is the key result of a recent UMR survey commissioned by...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, another week of ...
    Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, another week of being the most in demand broadcaster in the country...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • EXCLUSIVE: Te Tai Tokerau independent poll (44% Hone-27% Kelvin) vs Maori T...
    The Te Tai Tokerau Maori TV poll on Monday this week painted a bleak picture for Internet MANA supporters, and it’s results have been seized upon by Labour, NZ First and even the Maori Party (who seem set once again...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • The time for TPPA weasel words is over
    Almost every day of the election campaign there has been a policy announcement that would potentially run foul of what I understand is currently in the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA):  more constraints on foreign investment or investors … regulation of...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • MELTDOWN – Maori Party turns on their own Te Tai Tokerau candidate – ag...
    The tensions are building in Te Tai Tokerau with the Maori Party on the verge of meltdown. Days out from the election, the Maori Party Executive has tried to heavy their own Te Tai Tokerau Electoral Committee and their own candidate, Te Hira Paenga,...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • We Can Change this Government
    We Can Change this Government – Mike Treen at the First Union stop work election meeting...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • Election 2014: For and Against
    With the general election tomorrow, we have had a very noisy campaign but little sign that the electorate wishes for a fundamental change of governmental direction. This reflects in part the fact that the economic cycle is close to its decadal...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • Eye To Eye Uploaded: Martyn ‘Bomber’ Bradbury
    This interview was filmed a couple of weeks ago between Willie Jackson and myself, I was a tad off with my prediction of NZ First....
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • The Donghua Liu Affair – The Players Revealed
      . . – Special investigation by Frank Macskasy & ‘Hercules‘ Speculation that the Beehive office of Immigration Minister, Michael Woodhouse, was behind the release of a letter linking Labour leader, David Cunliffe, with controversial Chinese businessman, Donghua Liu, is...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • As if you needed another reason to boycott Telecom/Spark – they sold NZ d...
    It should read ‘never stop spying’. As if you needed another reason to boycott Telecom/Spark – they sold us down the river to the US by allowing the Southern Cross cable to be tapped… The ability for US intelligence agencies...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • The NZ First-Labour Party attack strategy against Internet MANA better work
    The final days of the campaign are ticking down and Labour and NZ First are manoeuvring to kill off the Internet MANA Party by both backing Kelvin Davis for Te Tai Tokerau. It’s a risky gambit that they better pray to Christ...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • Bill English’s latest insult to beneficiaries – apparently they are lik...
    National’s hatred towards the poor continues unabated as National desperately try to throw raw meat to their reactionary voter base in the hope to inspire enough hate and loathing to win back their redneck voters from the Conservative Party and from...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • Eminem ain’t happy with John Key
    Eminem ain’t happy with John Key...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • Key claims he did not inhale
    Key claims he did not inhale...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • Final prediction on election result 2014
    What an election campaign. The character assassination of David Cunliffe kicked things off with the Herald on Sunday falsely claiming $100 00 bottles of wine, $15 000 books and $150 000 in donations  from a donor that turned out to be...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • Live blog: Bainamarama takes commanding lead in Fiji elections
      Interview with Repúblika editor Ricardo Morris and Pacific Scoop’s Mads Anneberg. PACIFIC SCOOP TEAM By Ricardo Morris, Mads Anneberg, Alistar Kata and Biutoka Kacimaiwai in Suva WHILE the results are provisional at this stage, it is clear today that...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • 5AA Australia: NZ Elections Two Days To Go! + Edward Snowden + Julian Assan...
    Recorded live on 18/09/14 – Captured Live on Ustream at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/multimedia-investments-ltd 5AA Australia’s Peter Godfrey and Selwyn Manning deliver their weekly bulletin: Across The Ditch. This week, they discuss the latest news as New Zealanders go to the polls on...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • What has Colin Craig done for his Press Secretary to quit 2 days before ele...
    This is VERY strange.  Colin Craig’s Press Secretary Rachel McGregor, has quit 2 days before the election, allegedly telling ZB that Colin Craig was a “very manipulative man”. I’ve met Rachel many times in the past as Colin’s Press Secretary, she is...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • “If you want steak, go to the supermarket and buy steak,” – A brief w...
    “If you want steak, go to the supermarket and buy steak,” said Key in the final leaders debate. Problem of course is that the 250 000 – 285 000 children living in poverty can not afford steak, milk, butter, eggs...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • National’s final bash of beneficiaries before the election
    On cue, whenever National feel threatened, they roll out a little bennie bash just to keep their redneck voter base happy. Nothing like a bit of raw meat policy to keep National voters focused on the evil threat solo parents...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • With All Of This In Mind, I Vote
    This is my last blog before the election and I really just want to speak from the heart. Right now in this country it seems to me that a lot of people consider the “essentials” in life to be simply...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • Left has to vote strategically this election
    The dedication, loyalty, and tribalism of party politics means that sometimes the left lets itself down by not voting strategically. We all want our favoured party to get maximum votes, naturally, but the winner-takes-all approach doesn’t always suit multi-party left...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • Dear NZ – as you enter the polling booth, stand up for your rights
    The last days before a NZ general election are a busy time as politicians make their pitch and party activists prepare to get out the vote. It is sort of weird watching from the distance of Europe the strangest election...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • What is Waihopai, John, if it isn’t a facility for “mass surveillance...
    John Key assured us on RNZ’s Nine to Noon programme yesterday that “In terms of the Fives Eyes data bases… yes New Zealand will contribute some information but not mass wholesale surveillance.” How does this square with the operation of the...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Catherine Delahunty – Mass Surveillance and the Banality of E...
    Renowned journalist and intellectual Hannah Arendt coined the phrase “the banality of evil” to describe the normalisation of genocide in Nazi Germany. I thought of her phrase when I was listening to Glenn Greenwald and other international whistle-blowers talking about...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • Election. Down. To. The. Wire
    Funny how last week it was John Key winning by 50%, now it’s neck and neck. I have always believed this election would be down to the wire and it is proving so. The flawed landline opinion polls the mainstream...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • 3rd Degree uses Whaleoil for story ideas as if Dirty Politics never happene...
    TV3s 3rd Degrees smear job on Kim Dotcom last night doesn’t bear much repeating. It was pretty pathetic journalism from a team who have brought us some great journalism in the past. It is sad to see 3rd Degree stooping...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • Live blog: Bainimarama takes early lead in Fiji’s election
    Pacific Scoop’s Alistar Kata reports from yesterday’s voting. By Alistar Kata of Pacific Scoop in Suva Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama took an early lead in provisional results in the Fiji general election last night. With provisional results from 170 out...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • Has The NSA Constructed The Perfect PPP?
    Former intelligence analyst and whistleblower, Edward Snowden – speaking live to those gathered at the Auckland Town Hall on Monday September 17, 2014. Investigation by Selwyn Manning. THE PRIME MINISTER JOHN KEY’s admission on Wednesday that whistleblower Edward Snowden “may...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • No way – Key admits Snowden is right
    After claiming there was no middle ground. After claiming there was no mass surveillance. After calling Glenn Greenwald a henchman and a loser. After all the mainstream media pundits screamed at Kim’s decision to take his evidence to Parliamentary Privileges...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • Bad luck National
    ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-09
  • The incredible changing John Key story on mass spying – why the Moment of...
    While the mainstream media continue to try and make the Moment of Truth about Kim’s last minute decision to prolong his battle against John Key past the election into the Privileges Committee, the reality is that the Moment of Truth...
    The Daily Blog | 16-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Rolinson – Themes of the Campaign
    There’s one area of a political campaign that just about everyone, at some point, falls afoul of. The campaign song. I’m not sure quite why it is, but it seems to be almost impossible for political parties to come up...
    The Daily Blog | 16-09
  • GUEST BLOG – Denis Tegg – The NSA slides that prove mass surveillance
    The evidence presented by Glenn Greenwald and Edward Snowden on The Intercept of mass surveillance of New Zealanders by the GCSB is undeniable, and can stand on its own. But when you place this fresh evidence in the context of...
    The Daily Blog | 16-09
  • Ukraine, United Kingdom, Ireland, Scotland
    The Ukrainian civil war discomforts me. It seems to me the most dangerous political crisis since the Cuban missile crisis of 1962. And it’s because of our unwillingness to examine the issues in a holistic way. We innately prefer to...
    The Daily Blog | 16-09
  • John Key’s love affair with a straw man – the relationship intensifies
    John Key’s love affair with the straw man is now a fully-committed relationship. It’s now the first love of his life. Sorry Bronagh. Yesterday I pointed to Key’s constant assurances that there is no mass surveillance of New Zealanders by...
    The Daily Blog | 16-09
  • A brief word on why Wendyl Nissen is a hero
    Wendyl Nissen is a hero. The sleazy black ops attack on her by Slater and Odgers on behalf of Grocery Council chief executive Katherine Rich is sick. All Nissen is doing in her column is point out the filth and...
    The Daily Blog | 16-09
  • She saw John Key on TV and decided to vote!
    . . NZ, Wellington, 15 September – ‘Tina’* is 50, a close friend,  and one of the “Missing Million” from the last election. In fact, ‘Tina’ has never voted in her life.  Not once. In ‘Tina’s’ own words, politics has...
    The Daily Blog | 16-09
  • Eminem sues National Party for unlawful use of ‘Lose yourself’ bhahahah...
    …ahahahahahahahaha. Oh Christ this is hilarious… National Party sued over Eminem copyright infringment US rapper Eminem is suing the National Party for allegedly breaching copyright by using his song Lose Yourself in its campaign advertisements. The Detroit-based publishers of Eminem’s...
    The Daily Blog | 16-09
  • Are the Greens about to be snookered by a Labour-NZ First Government?
    I wrote last week that it was smart politics that the Greens pointed out they could work with National, the soft blue vote that’s looking for a home in the wake of Dirty Politics isn’t going to Labour, so the...
    The Daily Blog | 16-09
  • BLOGWATCH: Fonterra join 2Degrees and boycott Whaleoil
    In the wake of Dirty Politics, advertisers are pulling their advertising out of Whaleoil. PaknSave, Evo Cycles Pukekohe, Localist, 2 Degrees, Fertility Associates, iSentia, NZ Breast Cancer Foundation, Maori TV, Bookme.co.nz, Dobetter.co.nz and the Sound are now joined by Fonterra...
    The Daily Blog | 16-09
  • PM Key accused of allowing secret ‘spook’ cable sensors to spy on citiz...
    Pulitzer prize-winning journalist Glenn Greenwald (left) and Kim Dotcom at the “moment of truth” political surveillance meeting in Auckland last night. Image: PMW By ANNA MAJAVU of Pacific Media Watch NEW ZEALAND Prime Minister John Key has been accused of...
    The Daily Blog | 15-09
  • Daily Election Update #12: NZ First to hold balance of power
    Winston Peters’ NZ First Party will hold the balance of power after tomorrow’s election, according to the combined wisdom of the 8000+ registered traders on New Zealand’s predictions market, iPredict. Mr Peters is then expected to back a National-led...
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • Election Day is Time to Refocus on Policies
    Over the course of this election campaign there has been a lot of focus on dirty politics and spying, and not a lot on policy. With election day looming, Gareth Morgan is calling for people to refocus on the issues....
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • The Kiwi FM Alternative Election Commentary
    Saturday 20 September from 7pm on 102.2 Auckland, 102.1 Wellington, 102.5 Canterbury, or KiwiFM.co.nz...
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • Beneficiary Bashing unacceptable
    Kay Brereton of the Beneficiary Advocacy Federation of New Zealand says “ the comment made by Bill English yesterday comparing beneficiaries to crack addicts is shocking and incredibly poorly timed.”...
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • UN Experience Beneficial
    Acclaim Otago representatives have just completed their participation at the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disability examination of the New Zealand government in Geneva, Switzerland. "It was an interesting two days which we believe has...
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • Changing face of NZ should be reflected in newsrooms
    With Fairfax Media’s Journalism Intern search closing on Sunday, Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy is urging aspiring journalists from Maori, Pacific and ethnic communities to apply. The deadline was recently extended to 10pm, Sunday...
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • SPCA expresses concern over toxin in waterways
    Ric Odom CEO of Royal NZ SPCA has expressed concern over the toxic poison 1080 entering waterways, but DoC, Council’s and Ministry of Health have colluded to make it legal....
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • NZ 2014 Election Index – 13-18 September
    Below is iSentia’s final weekly Election Index, covering the period 13-18 September and showing the relative amount of coverage of nine Party Leaders in the lead up to the National Election across news media and social media. The methodology used...
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • Epsom Candidate (Adam Holland) More Liberal Than ACT
    For the past four years I, like 500,000 other New Zealanders, have been illegally smoking cannabis for medicinal purposes and/or even just for the occasional laugh with friends on the weekend. We don't hurt anybody, we don't cause nuisance, we...
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • Left Coalition Will Save Dolphins
    A left coalition would safeguard both Māui and Hector’s dolphins, as well as revive our inshore ecosystems. Labour, Internet Mana and the Green Party all have strong policies in place for dolphin protection. The Maori Party, and to a certain...
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • Waihoroi Shortland: Ngāti Hine is not standing alone
    The Chairman of Te Rūnanga a Iwi o Ngāpuhi, Sonny Tau is blowing smoke worthy of a Dotcom rally with claims that Ngati Hine is standing alone in its opposition to Tūhoronuku says the Chairman of Te Rūnanga o Ngati...
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • Oceania voices on environment loud and strong
    While money and energy continues to be spent on global talks about climate change, Pacific islanders are scrambling to build sea walls out of sticks, stones, shells and coral, to protect their lands and homes from erosion and rising sea...
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • Prime Time with Sean Plunket – Tonight
    No MPs tonight --- the campaign will be over at 9 30. Instead we will look back --- and possibly forward on what we have learned and what might happen. Listener Political Columnist Jane Clifton Editor in Chief, NZ Herald,...
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • Election fails to address youth financial wellbeing
    Young people don’t feel included in New Zealand’s financial success and believe inequality is a problem, according to a new survey conducted by Westpac’s Fin-Ed Centre at Massey University....
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • Winston’s Waffle doesn’t hide the facts
    The Conservative Party is celebrating the ASA's finding announced today that rejected all but one of the complaints raised against its controversial “Conservatives or Peters” pamphlet. “Despite pages of complaints from Peters legal team the only...
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • NZ Independent Coalition looking forward to tomorrow
    “Our team is looking forward to tomorrow. It is a real opportunity to reclaim politics for the people,” said NZ Independent Coalition leader Brendan Horan....
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • Insights Issue 35/2014 – 19 September 2014
    Insights Issue 35/2014 - 19 September 2014 In This Issue • RMA reform the golden unicorn of policy | Jenesa Jeram...
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • Special voting arrangements made for NIWA crew
    One of the most unusual polling stations for this year’s general election is in the middle of the ocean miles from land. NIWA’s flagship research vessel Tangaroa, has been doubling as a polling booth for crew and scientists at sea....
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • Tourism operators urged to vote strategically
    Tourism operators should make sure they know their local candidates’ view on tourism and use their vote to support the country’s second largest export industry, says Chris Roberts, Chief Executive, Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA)....
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • WGTN: March for free education
    We are students, university staff, and members of the community. Whichever parties form a government after September 20th, we are demanding an end to corporatisation of education....
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • Evidence of Corruption a National Scandal
    Internet Party leader Laila Harré will take evidence of corruption to international forums if there is not a full Royal Commission to investigate the growing evidence of the systematic use and abuse of democratic institutions and processes for political...
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • Govt continues to throw money at charter school experiment
    Official documents reveal the three primary sector charter schools approved last week will cost $2 million to set up as well as divert another $1.5 million of potential taxpayer investment from local state schools next year....
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • ACT Final Election Rally
    Elections campaigns are an opportunity for political parties to put candidates and policy to enable voters to choose what sort of New Zealand we want. In this campaign there have been three tests by which you can assess the electoral...
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • Taxpayers on Hook Again for Solid Energy
    Responding to the Fairfax article that taxpayers are extending another $103 million to keep Solid Energy afloat, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says:...
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • Invermay Petition Tops 10,000 Signatures
    People across New Zealand continue to express their disgust at the downgrading of Invermay, says Dunedin North MP David Clark, as the Save Invermay petition he instigated earlier this year topped the 10,000 signature mark just days before the 2014...
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • McVicar vows to continue fight for police
    Garth McVicar stated at a public meeting last week that he would fight to retain a 24/7 Police Station in Napier and no reduction in the number of police staff for the Hawkes Bay region, some said he was simply...
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • Party Vote Our Weapon in Fight Against Government Corruption
    Internet MANA urges New Zealanders to use their party vote to confront corruption in any new government....
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • Election day is tomorrow – make sure you’re a part of it!
    Tomorrow, Saturday 20 September, is election day, and New Zealanders’ last chance to have a say on who leads the country for the next three years....
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • Is the Shape of our Government out of the hands of Voters?
    In the last stuff.co.nz / Ipsos Political Poll before Saturdays election, National is down 5.1% to 47.7% and Labour up 3.7% to 26.15%. These results are remarkably similar to the 2011 election where National received 47.3% of the vote and...
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • Spirit of Suffrage a Call to Action for All Kiwi Women
    Internet MANA is drawing on the courage and integrity of New Zealand women on Suffrage Day – Friday, September, 19 – to encourage them to pay tribute to the spirit of their foremothers who gained women the vote....
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • Live Election Night Coverage on TV And Online
    Māori Television’s KOWHIRI 2014 – ELECTION SPECIAL kicks off at 7.00pm this Saturday with a five-hour broadcast focusing on the Māori electorates....
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • Judge’s Decision Disappoints Fish & Game
    Today’s decision to give a Temuka man 100 hours of community service for selling sports fish to the public has disappointed Fish & Game, which believes the sentence handed down was “too lenient and will not go far enough to...
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • Cutting-Edge Graphics Fire up TV3’s Election Night Coverage
    TV3’s Election Night coverage, hosted by John Campbell, will be enhanced by cutting-edge graphics that will showcase the night’s results....
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • Govt rushes to open charter schools in New Year
    The government’s decision to approve four new charter schools last week to open in January next year goes against the Minister of Education’s own advice that the schools ought to have at least a year’s preparation time....
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • 7 Days And Jono And Ben at Ten Hijack Election Weekend
    The 7 Days and Jono and Ben at Ten (JABAT) comedians are running their own version of election coverage, with a schedule of entertainment and comedy across TV3, Kiwi FM, the web and social media this Friday and Saturday under...
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • Fewer Prisoners Equals Less Crime
    In its latest blog, ‘Abolishing Parole and other Crazy Stuff’,’ at http://blog.rethinking.org.nz/2014/09/krill-and-womble-independent-policy.html , Rethinking Crime and Punishment urges government to rethink its approach to releasing prisoners. “The public expectation is that the excellent reductions in the crime...
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • McVicar slams his political opponents
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    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • Falling economic growth – wage rises overdue
    “The lower GDP growth in the three months to June is further evidence that growth has peaked. New Zealand’s economy is on the way down to mediocre growth rates,” says CTU economist Bill Rosenberg. “Yet wage rises are still weak...
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • Get Out and Vote campaign a success
    Tens of thousands of workers from all around New Zealand have embraced the Get Out and Vote campaign and have created their own personalised voting plan, the CTU said today. “With three days of voting left in the 2014 General...
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • Animal Research Failing – So Do More Animal Research?
    Victoria University of Wellington is about to host a lecture on why the success rates of pharmaceutical development is so low and what can be done about it. The New Zealand Anti-Vivisection Society (NZAVS) welcomes discussion on this important...
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • ALCP welcomes Prime Minister’s cannabis comments
    Mr Abbott's comments came on the same day as New South Wales and Victoria states announced they would be doing clinical trials of cannabis....
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • Conservative Party Press Secretary Resignation
    The Conservative Party is given to understand that this morning Press Secretary, Miss Rachel Macgregor resigned althought no formal advice of this has yet been received....
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • By ACT’s logic, Epsom should vote for Conservative Candidate
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    Scoop politics | 17-09
  • New online medical system
    Immigration New Zealand (INZ) is seeking registrations of interest for a new onshore panel physician network to support an online immigration health processing system....
    Scoop politics | 17-09
  • Students, You Have a Choice, Vote!
    The New Zealand Union of Students’ Associations (NZUSA) is imploring students to ensure they make their voices heard this election, and join the many thousands who have already heeded the call....
    Scoop politics | 17-09
  • Party vote ACT for three years of stability.
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    Scoop politics | 17-09
  • Women’s Suffrage Movement – Get Out and Vote!
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    Scoop politics | 17-09
  • iPredict Daily Update
    David Cunliffe and Labour have made gains over the last 24 hours, according to the combined wisdom of the 8000+ registered traders on New Zealand’s predictions market, iPredict, but John Key’s National is still strongly expected to lead the next...
    Scoop politics | 17-09
  • Conservative’s Proposal to Abolish Parole Fatally Flawed
    The Conservative Party’s proposal to abolish parole doesn't stack up, however which way you look at it, concludes Kim Workman in Rethinking Crime and Punishment latest blog, ‘Abolishing Parole and Other Crazy Stuff’ at http://blog.rethinking.org.nz/2014/09/krill-and-womble-independent-policy.html...
    Scoop politics | 17-09
  • Special Edition : The letter 18 September 2014
    Dr Jamie Whyte has been giving thoughtful speeches largely unreported. So we thought we would put out an edited version on the speech he gave yesterday. The full speech is on the website....
    Scoop politics | 17-09
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