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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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    The next Labour-led Government will create a 21st century transport system for New Zealand that promotes the most efficient and sustainable combination of transport options, says Labour’s Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford. “Labour will rebalance the Government's transport spending away from...
    Labour | 23-08
  • Housing under National: the facts
    1.       House prices in Auckland Council valuations indicate Auckland house prices have gone up by one-third over the last three years. (Auckland Council) The average Auckland house price has gone up by nearly $225,000 since 2008, up over $75,000 in...
    Labour | 23-08
  • Labour irons out low income tax issue
    The increasing casualisation of work has led to many New Zealand families being disadvantaged through the tax they pay, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. "Many low paid workers are having to work two or three jobs to make ends meet...
    Labour | 22-08
  • Cornered Government comes out swinging
    The National Government is so desperate to keep its dead-in-the-water expert teachers policy alive, it has refused to rule out forcing schools to participate through legislation, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “John Key today attacked the Educational Institute for...
    Labour | 22-08
  • Pacific people continue to go backwards under National
    A report from Victoria University highlights the fact that Pacific people are continuing to go backwards under a National Government, said Labour’s Pacific Affairs spokesperson Su’a William Sio.  “The report shows the largest inequality increases were in smoking, obesity, tertiary...
    Labour | 22-08
  • Wellington transport plan needs to keep moving
    The failure of the Transport Agency to properly look at alternatives to the Basin Reserve flyover is not a good reason for further delays to improving transport in Wellington, Labour MPs Grant Robertson and Annette King say. “The Board of...
    Labour | 22-08
  • Labour’s focus on inequality, kids and better job prospects
    Tackling child poverty and removing barriers to people working part time to enhance their prospects of moving into a fulltime job are highlights of Labour’s Social Development policy. Releasing the policy today, spokesperson Sue Moroney said while part-time work was...
    Labour | 21-08
  • Political staff should give answers under oath
    The Inspector General of Security and Intelligence should use her full statutory powers to question witnesses under oath about the leak of SIS information, says Labour MP Phil Goff. “Leakage of confidential information from the SIS for political purposes is...
    Labour | 21-08
  • High dollar, hands-off Govt sends workers to dole queue
    The loss of up to 100 jobs at Croxley stationery in Auckland is devastating news for their families and the local Avondale community, Labour’s Employment, Skills and Training spokesperson Grant Robertson says. “The company’s inability to compete in international markets...
    Labour | 21-08
  • National’s flagship education policy dead in the water
    National’s plan to create executive principals and expert teachers is effectively dead in the water with news that 93 percent of primary teachers have no confidence in the scheme, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “The fact that teachers are...
    Labour | 21-08
  • Dunedin will be a knowledge and innovation centre under Labour
    Dunedin will become a knowledge and innovation centre under a Labour Government that will back local businesses, support technology initiatives and fund dynamic regional projects, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “Nowhere has the National Government’s short-sightedness been more apparently than...
    Labour | 21-08
  • Inquiry into SIS disclosures the right decision
    Labour MP Phil Goff says the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security has done the right thing by launching an inquiry into the disclosure of SIS documents about a meeting between himself and the agency’s former director-general. “This inquiry is necessary...
    Labour | 20-08
  • Labour – supporting and valuing carers and the cared for
    Placing real value on our elderly and the people who care for them will be a priority for a Labour Government, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. Releasing Labour’s Senior Citizens policy today David Cunliffe promised that a Labour Government would...
    Labour | 20-08
  • By Hoki! It’s Labour’s fisheries policy
    A Labour Government will protect the iconic Kiwi tradition of fishing by improving access to the coast, protecting the rights of recreational fishers and reviewing snapper restrictions, Labour’s Fisheries spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “Catching a fish from the rocks, beach...
    Labour | 20-08
  • Mighty River – Mighty Profits – Mighty hard to swallow
    Mighty River Power’s profit increase of 84 per cent is simply outrageous, says Labour’s Energy spokesperson David Shearer. “Demand for electricity is flat or declining yet the company has made enormous profits. It is the latest power company to celebrate...
    Labour | 19-08
  • Collins’ actions were wrong, not unwise
    John Key’s moral compass remains off-kilter as he cannot bring himself to declare Judith Collins’ actions outright wrong, not simply ‘unwise’, said Labour MP Grant Robertson. “Under pressure John Key is finally shifting his stance but his failure to condemn...
    Labour | 19-08
  • Public servants behaving with more integrity than their masters
    The State Services Commission's new report on the integrity of our state services reflects the yawning gap between the behaviour of public servants and that of their political masters, Labour's State Services spokesperson Maryan Street says. “This report, which surveyed...
    Labour | 19-08
  • Phil Twyford Speech to NZCID
    "Labour's plan to build more and build better: how new approaches to housing, transport and urban development will deliver cities that work" Phil Twyford, Labour Party spokesperson on housing, transport, Auckland issues, and cities.  ...
    Labour | 19-08
  • Labour commits to independent Foreign Affairs and Trade
    “Labour is committed to New Zealand’s Foreign Affairs and Trade policy being independent and proactive, Labour’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson David Shearer says. “We are a small but respected country. Our voice and actions count in international affairs. Labour will take a...
    Labour | 19-08
  • Key must sack Collins over abhorrent actions
    The latest revelations that Judith Collins sent the contact details of a public servant to WhaleOil in a desperate attempt to divert media attention from a bad story is abhorrent, Labour MP Grant Robertson says. “John Key and Judith Collins...
    Labour | 19-08
  • It’s downhill from here under National
    The forecast drop in exports and predicted halving of growth shows that it’s downhill from here with National, Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker says. “Growth under this Government peaked in June and halves to two per cent in coming years....
    Labour | 19-08
  • John Key loses moral compass over Collins
    John Key has lost his moral compass over Judith Collins’ involvement with Cameron Slater and lost touch with New Zealanders’ sense of right and wrong, Labour MP Grant Robertson says. “Whoever is Prime Minister there are expectations they will not...
    Labour | 18-08
  • Mana Movement General Election 2014 List confirmed
    The MANA List is now confirmed with all the candidates as below (the numbers are the respective Internet MANA rankings). Candidate, Electorate, Internet MANA List Position Hone Harawira, Te Tai Tokerau (1) Annette Sykes, Waiariki (3) John Minto, Mt Roskill (4) Te Hamua Nikora, Ikaroa-Rawhiti...
    Mana | 18-08
  • PREFU likely to confirm dropping exports
    National’s economic management will be put under the spotlight in tomorrow’s PREFU given clear signs the so-called rock star economy has fallen off the stage, with plummeting prices for raw commodity exports, Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker says. “Under National,...
    Labour | 18-08
  • Record profits while Kiwis face a cold winter
    The record profits by two of New Zealand’s largest electricity companies will be a bitter pill for New Zealand households who are paying record amounts for their power, says Labour’s Energy spokesperson David Shearer. “No doubt the Key government will...
    Labour | 18-08
  • Time for John Key to answer yes or no questions
    John Key’s train-wreck interview on Morning Report shows he is no longer capable of a simple yes or no answer and has lost touch with what’s right and wrong, Labour MP Grant Robertson says. “John Key has become so media...
    Labour | 18-08
  • Key must clarify who signed out SIS OIA
    Yet again John Key is proving incapable of answering a simple question on an extremely important issue – this time who signed off Cameron Slater’s fast-tracked SIS OIA request on Phil Goff, said Labour MP Grant Robertson. “John Key’s claim...
    Labour | 18-08
  • Time to invest in our tertiary education system
    A Labour Government will fully review the student support system – including allowances, loans, accommodation support and scholarships – with a view to increasing access and making the system fair, transparent and sustainable, Labour’s Tertiary Education spokesperson Maryan Street says....
    Labour | 17-08
  • Labour will facilitate regional Māori economic development agencies
    The next Labour Government will facilitate the creation of regional Māori economic development groups lead by iwi and hapū to work in partnership with business and public agencies as part of its Māori Development policy. “Labour is committed to working towards...
    Labour | 16-08
  • PRIME MINISTER’S DENIAL AT ODDS WITH NATIONAL PARTY STATEMENT
    Labour’s New Zealand Council has today released an email from the General Manager of the National Party that directly contradicts recent statements from the Prime Minister in relation to the 2011 breaches of Labour Party website databases. In his stand-up...
    Labour | 16-08
  • Labour committed to a healthier NZ for all
    A Labour Government will shift the focus of the health system from narrow targets and short term thinking to make public health and prevention a priority, Labour’s health spokesperson Annette King says. Releasing Labour’s full Health policy today she said...
    Labour | 15-08
  • Time Key took responsibility for Collins
    It is well past time for John Key to take some responsibility for the misuse of power and information by his Minister Judith Collins, and follow through on his last warning to her, Labour MP Grant Robertson says. “The evidence released...
    Labour | 14-08
  • La’o Hamutuk calls for inquiry into Timor GAP ‘mismanagement’ of oil ...
    The Suai project on the South Coast … “liberated” land but confused communities.Photo: La’o Hamutuk David Robie also blogs at Café Pacific. AN INDEPENDENT Timor-Leste development and social justice agency has called for an inquiry into the Timor GAP corporation...
    The Daily Blog | 27-08
  • What Is Nicky Hager?
    WHAT WILL HISTORY MAKE of Nicky Hager? That slight, perpetually boyish, journalist who descends periodically, like the admonishing angel in a medieval mystery play, to trouble our consciences and wreak merry havoc with the orderly conduct of our political affairs....
    The Daily Blog | 27-08
  • Can anyone in msm explain how after Dirty Politics that they all got played...
    Would you not think, that after reading Dirty Politics, that our mainstream media wouldn’t allow themselves to get tricked and played again by the VERY SAME discredited pundits? The best new feature on Radio NZ is their ‘Blog Watch’ and their...
    The Daily Blog | 27-08
  • Crusher Collins caught out lying about Privacy Commissioner – is this her...
    Crusher angry. Crusher smash own career. Crusher more angry. You would think that after getting outed as such a nasty, vicious piece of work in Dirty Politics, that Crusher would be scrambling to dial back the lies and manipulations. Apparently...
    The Daily Blog | 27-08
  • Cunliffe vs Key – first leaders debate
    This is your election ‘moderator’ – just one more reason an incoming Government need to sack everyone at TVNZ and reform it into an actual public broadcaster. The first leaders debate happens this Thursday, 7pm on TV One. I have...
    The Daily Blog | 26-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Kate Davis – An Old and Honourable Profession
      When Dirty Politics started to reference an ex-prostitute I began to get antsy. My first response was “come on Nicky, we decriminalised in 2003. Its sex worker.” My second response was “Ah oh. Who was it and did they...
    The Daily Blog | 26-08
  • Bought and paid for: the dirty politics of climate denial
    Has climate denial in New Zealand been bought and paid for by corporate interests? We already know that the ACT Party’s routine denial is closely linked to the financial support the party receives from wealthy free market fundamentalist Alan Gibbs,...
    The Daily Blog | 26-08
  • If the msm read The Daily Blog, THIS wouldn’t be a surprise – explainin...
    Yawn. How embarrassing for Hamish Rutherford and Andrea Vance, their breathless article today suggests that the idea of Labour and NZ First cutting a  deal over the buy back of assets  is some how new news. Silly mainstream media  journalists. If...
    The Daily Blog | 26-08
  • How much tax does John Key pay compared to a minimum wage worker??
    Yesterday I did some calculations to find out what tax John Key pays compared to a worker on the minimum wage. And I put out this media release for the Mana Movement: MANA Movement Economic Justice spokesperson John Minto is...
    The Daily Blog | 26-08
  • Hip hop death threats – the selective outrage of our media
    PM death threat in hip hop songAn Auckland hip-hop crew slammed for releasing a song with lyrics that apparently include a threat to kill Prime Minister John Key are urging young people to enrol to vote. Kill The PM, by...
    The Daily Blog | 26-08
  • Watch Slater turn into Key right before your eyes
    Watch Slater turn into Key right before your eyes...
    The Daily Blog | 26-08
  • I don’t always agree with Patrick Gower – but he didn’t deserve this!
    I don’t always agree with Patrick Gower – but he didn’t deserve this weird spear tackle from behind by his own company. I was listening to this interview at the time, and the awkwardness of it must be the worst...
    The Daily Blog | 26-08
  • Is it weird Radio NZ ban me yet still have….
    Is it weird Radio NZ ban me for life because I criticised the Prime Minister yet still have Matthew Hooton, David Farrar and Jordan Williams, 3 of the main protagonists revealed in Dirty Politics as part of their ongoing political...
    The Daily Blog | 25-08
  • Christchurch GCSB meeting – why mass surveillance matters in 2014
    This is the video for last weeks GCSB meeting in Christchurch. Don’t forget Nicky Hager’s public meeting Wednesday night in Auckland, TDB will live stream the event in the interests of our democracy. Broadcast starts 7.30pm here on TDB....
    The Daily Blog | 25-08
  • Assange, Greenwald to appear at Town Hall meeting? + KDC is not the hacker ...
    Wikileaks founder and the engineer of revealing some of the largest abuses of power in the modern era, Julian Assange, is rumoured to be appearing at the September 15th Town Hall meeting. Assange would join award winning investigative journalist Glen...
    The Daily Blog | 25-08
  • Why Paula Bennett will be the next leader and Hooton throws the Prime Minis...
    I don’t think the public have any idea of the behind the scenes meltdown now occurring within National. There are plenty of decent right wingers who all have ethical standards who have looked at what their leaders have been doing and...
    The Daily Blog | 25-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Rolinson – That Awkward Feeling When Your Campaign Goe...
    Urgh. It’s a thankless and nearly impossible task politically firefighting some days. Somebody (who isn’t you, but who’s in your care, or whom you’ve got a close professional relationship with) does or says something stupid; somebody from the Media’s there...
    The Daily Blog | 25-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Joe Trinder – Dirty politics goes viral
    Join the latest social networking craze this election that every Dog Cat and Jabba is putting on their facebook pages.     Joe Trinder – Ngāti Awa Born and born in Ōtepoti Ōtākou, Ex RNZN he is an Information Technology...
    The Daily Blog | 25-08
  • Blogwatch: An open letter to David Farrar: Please, be that guy
    Dear David, In light of  Nicky Hager’s book Dirty Politics, you wrote a blog entitled ‘Some changes on Kiwiblog’ and you suggested it was time to tighten up ship on your website, saying “I want to improve trust in myself,...
    The Daily Blog | 25-08
  • What The Hell Was That! Reflections on the media’s coverage of the Intern...
    WHAT, EXACTLY, DO WE KNOW about the confrontation outside Internet-Mana’s campaign launch? Well, we know the news media was there in force. We also know Internet-Mana’s media person, Pam Corkery, blew her stack. We know that Corkery’s outburst led the...
    The Daily Blog | 25-08
  • NZ First candidate – homophobic, bennie bashing anti-intellectual clown
    Oh God, apart from Ron Mark, Tracey Martin, Curwen Rolinson and Winston before midday, the woeful cavalcade of political circus freaks NZ First seem to attract has picked up another hitchhiker. This time Epsom candidate Cliff Lyon who said this about Labour… “If...
    The Daily Blog | 25-08
  • Nicky Hager Public Meeting LIVESTREAM on The Daily Blog 7.30pm Wednesday 27...
    As part of our commitment to the 2014 Election debate, The Daily Blog will Livestream the Nicky Hager public meeting in Auckland, 7.30pm live from the Mt Eden War Memorial this Wednesday on this site. Doors open at 7pm. It...
    The Daily Blog | 25-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Rolinson – Opening Night. It’s like an opera!
    On Saturday night just gone, we collectively experienced one of the premier panegyrys of political pageantry in our three yearly electoral cycle. For one glorious weekend evening every three years, it’s not the All Blacks or some Super 14 team, or...
    The Daily Blog | 25-08
  • Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, Unions – what ...
    Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking on Radio Hauraki...
    The Daily Blog | 25-08
  • Timor-Leste’s Parliament handed ‘humiliating’ defeat over harsh media...
    East Timorese journalists raise their hands to approve the Timor-Leste JournalistCode of Ethics in October 2013. Photo: Tempo Semanal/Cafe Pacific   David Robie also blogs at Café Pacific. PACIFIC SCOOP reported this week that East Timor’s Appeal Court had scrapped...
    The Daily Blog | 24-08
  • THIS is why we need a public broadcaster!
    The richest 20% of us in NZ own 70% of the wealth, with 18% in the hands of the second richest quintile, and 10% in the hands of the middle quintile. Just 2 per cent was owned by people in...
    The Daily Blog | 24-08
  • A vote for Key is a vote for this
    A vote for Key is a vote for this...
    The Daily Blog | 24-08
  • Why the Secret Intelligence Service feeding Cameron Slater information is s...
    Folks, it doesn’t matter if you are Right or Left, the issue of the Secret Intelligence Service being forced to feed a far right hate speech merchant like Cameron Slater with sensitive information is an ‘us’ issue. The SIS are...
    The Daily Blog | 24-08
  • How lost and irrelevant are ACT?
    So ACT had it’s ‘launch’. Well, what passes as an ACT launch these days. Lot’s of anorak’s with that 1000 yard star and dreams of a Milton Friedman Free Market dancing behind their eyelids all crammed into a room small...
    The Daily Blog | 24-08
  • National Party rowing advert aimed at Gen Xers
    Unkind wags such as myself would suggest that if the above were a real representation of National, it would look more like this…   National know they have the rural mob and the angry provincial vote locked in, with their...
    The Daily Blog | 24-08
  • National Housing propaganda – McGehan Close Revisited
    .   . Housing has become a major, defining issue in New Zealand. We have critical shortages and escalating prices in  in the main centres and falling house values in the regions. The National government has addressed the supply &...
    The Daily Blog | 24-08
  • The boldest, most creative and dynamic policy on employment for two generat...
    If you watched TV news last night you could be forgiven for thinking that a circus was on when Internet MANA launched its election campaign today. The reporting was abysmal but I won’t rehash it here because it’s been described...
    The Daily Blog | 24-08
  • Call for Aaron Bhatnagar’s resignation from govt body
    .   . One of the many sordid “bit”-players in Nicky Hager’s book, “Dirty Politics“, and one of Cameron Slater’s inner-cabal, is businessman, National Party card-carrying cadre,  and former city councillor, Aaron Bhatnagar; . . In 2008, Bhatnagar was caught...
    The Daily Blog | 24-08
  • Internet MANA announce free tertiary education & full employment – me...
    Internet MANA launch their campaign after an extraordinary road tour and after gaining 4% in the Colmar Brunton Poll, today should have been the start point for a momentous occasion  in progressive political history. It was, but sadly most won’t...
    The Daily Blog | 24-08
  • Privilege denies true representation of disability rights
    The human right of people with disabilities in New Zealand has come back into the spotlight by the Human Rights Commission. The report named ‘Making Disability Rights Real’ highlights some of the main issues as being adequate data collection, accessibility,...
    The Daily Blog | 23-08
  • Election TV campaign ads – Opening Night
    . .The infamous National Party ‘Dancing Cossacks’ Attack advert  NZ, 23 August -  The election campaign “kicked off” on Saturday evening, with a one hour “televisual feast”. Party advertisements were broadcast for National, Labour, Greens, NZ First, United Future/Peter Dunne,...
    The Daily Blog | 23-08
  • Blogging vs Journalism vs Politics – The 7 latest revolting revelations
    So we now enter the most dangerous phase for National, the phase where the minutia of detail is so great now, the media have all the ammunition to keep asking questions that clearly show Key isn’t being honest in his...
    The Daily Blog | 23-08
  • A positive story of political co-operation!
    .   . Wellington, NZ, 23 August - The following is a true story and shows how the natural inclination of the rank-and-file of our main left-wing parties is to work together… I’ve been in contact with both the Green...
    The Daily Blog | 23-08
  • “Dirty Politics” – the fall-out continues…
    . . As the shock-wave from Nicky Hager’s book, “Dirty Politics” continues to engulf everything in it’s path, it’s worthwhile looking at the damage caused by the ever-expanding fallout… Fallout Dispersal Zone: 1oom Farrar wrote on 19 August  (and later...
    The Daily Blog | 23-08
  • #TeamKey’s sinking boat
    #TeamKey’s sinking boat...
    The Daily Blog | 23-08
  • Cat vs Key – I know nuffin
    Cat vs Key – I know nuffin...
    The Daily Blog | 23-08
  • Israel’s sudden fixation with Hamas
    Israel’s sudden fixation with Hamas...
    The Daily Blog | 23-08
  • A Matter of Whether John Key is Credible
    Headline: A Matter of Whether John Key is Credible Analysis by Selwyn Manning. Prime Minister, John Key.WITHIN NATIONAL’S STRATEGY TEAM there is an acceptance that the facts revealed in the book, Dirty Politics, is chewing away at the party’s popular...
    The Daily Blog | 23-08
  • TDB Political Diary for 2014 Election
    Here are the political events TDB will be covering this election. I will be live tweeting these events and  blog reviews will follow the next day. Internet MANA launch – August – Sunday 24th – 1pm, Western Springs School Green...
    The Daily Blog | 22-08
  • One man’s struggle to find a copy of Dirty Politics
    I’m typing this on top of Dirty Politics.  I got the last copy yesterday morning at the local branch of a chain bookshop.  I was really in to get the paper.  I know it sold out – everyone knows - but the first thing...
    The Daily Blog | 22-08
  • From Tucker to Key – while you were out
      From Tucker to Key – while you were out...
    The Daily Blog | 22-08
  • Amnesty International – Justice is not Blind in Ferguson
    When a US cop pulls a gun on an unarmed man, he could be acting upon a series of impulses that have been formed since before he or she could talk. What does that police officer see in front of...
    The Daily Blog | 22-08
  • Putting an end to zero-hour contracts in 2015
    All around the world attention is being drawn to what have been dubbed in the UK “zero-hour contracts”. These are contracts that don’t have any guaranteed hours even though the worker may be regularly employed. Unite Union has been struggling...
    The Daily Blog | 22-08
  • NZ’s Foreign Aid: The Party Policies Compared
    For the past two elections, I’ve cast my vote based on a single question, which party promises to give the most money in foreign aid? I grant that this is a fairly narrow and simplistic lens through which to judge...
    The Daily Blog | 22-08
  • Steering By The Real: Chris Trotter responds to Paul Buchanan
    WHEN ACADEMICS take to blogging the rest of us best be careful. And when they offer comment on the subject of dirty politics we should all pay attention. I will always remember my history lecturer, Dr Michael Cullen’s, confident dismissal...
    The Daily Blog | 22-08
  • Toke the Vote 2014: NORML’s guide to NZ cannabis policies
    NORML’s policy, renewed at our recent national conference , is to encourage supporters to vote for parties and candidates who will work to reform our cannabis laws....
    Scoop politics | 27-08
  • Internet Mana List Embodies Modern Aotearoa
    An impressive mix of personal and professional skills, cultural backgrounds and ages marks the release of Internet MANA’s combined party list. “Our list highlights the calibre of talent woven throughout Internet MANA,” said leader Hone Harawira....
    Scoop politics | 27-08
  • The Dirty Politics Fallout
    Tonight’s 3News-Reid Research poll shows that the Conservative Party is on the verge of making it into the next Parliament, even without an electorate deal with National. The poll, conducted in the week following the release of Nicky Hager’s...
    Scoop politics | 27-08
  • Te reo Māori trending at New Zealand Fashion Week
    Language and fashion express culture and identity so it’s fitting for the Māori Party to launch its te reo Māori policy at New Zealand’s premiere fashion event in Auckland....
    Scoop politics | 27-08
  • Party And Candidate Lists for 2014 Election Released
    The Electoral Commission has released the nominations for the 2014 General Election, with 15 registered political parties and 554 candidates contesting the election....
    Scoop politics | 27-08
  • Take Steps Against Child Poverty with Us!
    TAKE STEPS AGAINST CHILD POVERTY WITH US! Britomart to Aotea Square, Auckland, 11am, Saturday 6 Sept Music * Interactive Art * Stilt Walkers * Great Speakers * Plus more!...
    Scoop politics | 27-08
  • Leading politicians to debate NZ’s role in the world
    Have you ever wondered where New Zealand stands when it comes to issues beyond our borders? Join Amnesty International's North Shore Group on Monday 1 September for a lively cross party debate and the chance to find out the answer...
    Scoop politics | 27-08
  • Political Debate on Family Violence – Livestream
    The Dunedin Collaboration Against Family Violence is happy to announce the upcoming political debate on Family Violence chaired by Professor Nicola Atwool of the University of Otago. Family Violence is a huge problem in our community and we invite representatives...
    Scoop politics | 27-08
  • Politicians ignore 20% of New Zealanders
    Despite 20% of New Zealanders supporting it, none of the parties currently represented in Parliament endorse the legalisation of cannabis....
    Scoop politics | 27-08
  • Company tax rates
    The Op Ed pages of the left-leaning New York Times are full of articles by economists supporting proposals to dramatically lower Company Taxes. These economists are urging the United States to lower company taxes and point to Canada where the...
    Scoop politics | 27-08
  • Stephen Dudley Case: No appeal or review of discharge
    On 8 August 2014 Crown Law received a request from the office of the Auckland Crown Solicitor to consider a Crown appeal against the discharge without conviction entered in respect of M in the High Court at Auckland on 7...
    Scoop politics | 27-08
  • Dudley Family Statement
    “We are utterly devastated at the news regarding the law not allowing for this unjustified discharge without conviction to be appealed....
    Scoop politics | 27-08
  • Chief Judge: Chief Sized Offender Bias
    “Justice by name, not by nature” states Ruth Money Sensible Sentencing Trust National Spokesperson, of Justice Helen Winkelmann’s decision to discharge without conviction the offender charged with the fatal attack on 15 year old schoolboy Stephen...
    Scoop politics | 27-08
  • Confusion over BPS Reducing Crime and Reoffending Results
    A survey has revealed widespread confusion – even amongst professionals in the justice sector – about what the government’s reducing crime and reoffending progress reports actually mean....
    Scoop politics | 26-08
  • Commission condemns violent attack on Gay Wellingtonians
    The Human Rights Commission has condemned a violent attack on staff and patrons at a gay bar in central Wellington last Friday. GayNZ reported that the alleged attackers were abusive and violent when they realised the bar and the people...
    Scoop politics | 26-08
  • One down, 12 to go says Community Housing Aotearoa
    The Waimahia Inlet is a step in the right direction for community housing to deliver 20% of New Zealand’s social and affordable housing by 2020, says Community Housing Aotearoa. CHA Director Scott Figenshow says the sector has been set a...
    Scoop politics | 26-08
  • Research considering changes to pedestrian crossing laws
    A University of Canterbury research project has been considering the costs and benefits of a range of potential changes to pedestrian crossing laws that would bring New Zealand in line with the rest of the world....
    Scoop politics | 26-08
  • Dairy farmers and consumers at risk from unapproved GE Grain
    The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) must immediately test all maize and soy for presence of unapproved GE lines coming from the Americas....
    Scoop politics | 26-08
  • NZ on Air Refuse to Condemn “Kill the PM” Song
    New Zealand On Air has refused to condemn @peace’s 'Kill the PM' song, and will not provide any assurance that no further taxpayer money will be used to support groups that promote violence and political hate. Earlier today the Taxpayers’...
    Scoop politics | 26-08
  • iPredict Ltd 2014 Election Update #32
    The combined wisdom of iPredict’s 8000 registered traders suggests National has begun a recovery after its prospects crashed last week following the release of Nicky Hager’s book Dirty Politics . The governing party’s forecast party vote is back...
    Scoop politics | 26-08
  • Juicy carrot for prisoners alarming suggestion – McVicar
    The Conservative Party Justice Spokesman, Garth McVicar says the public will be alarmed to learn that the only tool the Corrections Department has available to get prisoners to behave is to offer them a juicy carrot....
    Scoop politics | 26-08
  • Panel: Fiji’s Return to Democracy
    Fiji’s post-coup elections and their impact in the Pacific o What is the role of the media in the Elections? o How might New Zealand help Fiji on its return to democracy?...
    Scoop politics | 26-08
  • Cross-party consensus on climate change critical
    Senior NZ health professionals welcome recent policy announcements on climate change by major political parties, saying cross-party consensus is critical to address this leading health issue....
    Scoop politics | 26-08
  • Minister of Transport to Attend Election Debate Tomorrow
    Organisers of tomorrow night's transport debate in Auckland are delighted that Minister of Transport Hon. Gerry Brownlee will now be attending....
    Scoop politics | 26-08
  • Society Applauds Proposed NZ-Wide Risk Assessment
    The Wise Response Society is heartened to see that Labour' just released Climate Change policy includes formal support for the Society's call for a New Zealand-wide Risk Assessment. The Green Party has also formally acknowledged support for the Wise...
    Scoop politics | 26-08
  • Iwi Leaders welcome Labour policy on climate change
    Labour’s policy to stamp out price – gouging by big polluters that has cost New Zealand tax-payers $1.4 billion over the last 3 years and especially impacted low – income Maori households has been welcomed by Dr. Apirana Mahuika, Chairman...
    Scoop politics | 26-08
  • Auckland Broadcasting Debate this Sunday
    Auckland Broadcasting Debate 6.30pm, August 31st 2014 (doors open 6.15pm) Pioneer Women's Hall High Street, Auckland City...
    Scoop politics | 26-08
  • New Zealand First Party List 2014
    New Zealand First is pleased to release the Party list for the 2014 election. We believe the list is a balance of experience, youth, skill and ability. These candidates, many of whom will be in Parliament after the election, will...
    Scoop politics | 26-08
  • Refugee Policy in Election Year
    Leading politicians representing major political parties will be highlighting their policies, answering questions and ebating the issues in the lead-up to the coming election in an event organised by RCNZ this coming Saturday in Auckland. The present...
    Scoop politics | 26-08
  • Intueri shareholders celebrate corporate welfare
    New Zealand's largest tertiary education company Intueri, which announced a $1.6 million profit yesterday, has received an increase in public funding over the last two years of at least $1.8 million....
    Scoop politics | 26-08
  • Response to “Kill The PM” Song Coverage
    I do not want to literally kill this man. I do not wish to have sexual relations with anybody related to him. Let's not pretend a silly little song ever changed anything. Last I seen famine was still going pretty...
    Scoop politics | 26-08
  • Sarjeant Gallery redevelopment resource consent approved
    Mayor Annette Main has welcomed the granting of resource consent for the Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua Whanganui redevelopment project....
    Scoop politics | 25-08
  • How much tax does PM pay compared to a minimum wage worker?
    John Minto, MANA Movement Economic Justice Spokesperson Tuesday 26 August, 2014 MANA Movement Economic Justice spokesperson John Minto is calling for a radical overhaul of New Zealand’s taxation system with calculations showing that a minimum wage...
    Scoop politics | 25-08
  • Aucklanders to March in Solidarity with Iraqi Christians
    Hundreds of people are expected at a march this weekend in Auckland's Queen St, calling for solidarity with persecuted minorities in Iraq....
    Scoop politics | 25-08
  • Why not let Robin Hood help our children thrive?
    Why have we been so willing to accept the fact that a quarter of our children live in poverty? And why are we so unwilling to do anything about it when some simple measures would give all New Zealand’s kids...
    Scoop politics | 25-08
  • Te Mana o Te Wai – the quality and vitality of water
    The Māori Party intends introducing legislation that gives the status of taonga to freshwater and will prioritise the improvement of its quality and vitality making it safer for drinking, swimming and gathering food....
    Scoop politics | 25-08
  • “Kill the PM” Band @Peace with Taxpayers’ Money
    Responding to the Fairfax article that hip-hop group @peace have released a track that threatens to kill the Prime Minister and have sex with his daughter, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says:...
    Scoop politics | 25-08
  • New Zealanders are right to be afraid of burglars
    “A poll in a major morning newspaper shows New Zealanders are afraid they will be burgled. They are definitely right about that,” said Dr. Jamie Whyte ACT Leader. “Official Police statistics report less than half of the burglaries that actually...
    Scoop politics | 25-08
  • National and Labour to outline economic visions
    The deputy leaders of National and Labour will outline their visions for the New Zealand economy in two upcoming public lectures hosted by Victoria University of Wellington....
    Scoop politics | 25-08
  • Objectionable Hip-Hop Song Offensive to All NZ’ers
    Family First is slamming Auckland hip-hop crew @peace for their new release containing lyrics that threaten to kill Prime Minister John Key and have sex with his daughter....
    Scoop politics | 25-08
  • Maori party Candidates Announced
    Maori Party Candidates Announced The Māori Party has today announced its list of 24 candidates to contest the 2014 General Election. "The list is headed by our co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell, and followed by two brilliant young candidates, number...
    Scoop politics | 25-08
  • Commercial Industry Opposes Recreational Fishing Policy
    Press release from Alan Simmons. United Future Outdoors spokesperson and Candidate for Taupo. United Future Party President....
    Scoop politics | 25-08
  • Statement on William Yan
    The Internet Party has noted published comments from Mega Ltd. about a shareholding in the company being subject to a Restraining Order by police under the Criminal Proceeds (Recovery) Act in relation to Mr William Yan....
    Scoop politics | 25-08
  • Conservatives will abolish Parole – McVicar
    The Conservative Party Justice Spokesman says that one of his first tasks when he gets to Parliament will be to overhaul the Parole system. On current polling and the fact he is ranked No 3 on the Conservative Party list...
    Scoop politics | 25-08
  • ONE News & Facebook – Election Coverage Collaboration
    Auckland - ONE News and Facebook are collaborating to offer an interactive and social experience for the 2014 General Election utilising data insights and trends. This collaboration provides a new way for the electorate and candidates to share their...
    Scoop politics | 25-08
  • Vote Compass Reaches 200,000+ Respondents
    On Friday 22 August the total number of respondents to Vote Compass reached an impressive 200,000 - and that number continues to grow rapidly (the total was more than 204,500 as of 5.00pm Sunday 24th)....
    Scoop politics | 25-08
  • Climate Policies Commit to Single Most Important Reform
    Labour’s response to climate change includes the single most important reform required - a Carbon Budgeting process and a Climate Commission to drive it....
    Scoop politics | 25-08
  • Foodies come out for a CAN DO government
    Wellington culinary celebrities will be joining the call for a “can-do government” and supporting “can-do people getting out to vote” as they help build the beehive out of cans tomorrow....
    Scoop politics | 25-08
  • Nicky Hagar – Auckland Public Meeting
    A public meeting meeting with Jesson Prize winner Nicky Hagar will be held Wednesday 27th August, 7.30pm, at the Mt Eden War Memorial Hall (Cnr Dominion Rd & Balmoral Rd)....
    Scoop politics | 25-08
  • Remote Pacific atoll challenge lures Christchurch planner
    How do you come up with an urban development plan for a city which consists of tiny islets connected by causeways located in a remote Pacific atoll and subject to flooding on the next king tide?...
    Scoop politics | 25-08
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