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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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    John Key’s offer to consult Opposition parties on whether to deploy New Zealand forces against ISIS looks increasingly like a PR exercise only, says Labour’s Defence spokesperson, Phil Goff. “The presence of New Zealand’s Chief of Defence Force at a...
    Labour | 15-10
  • National must end ideological opposition to raising income
    If John Key is serious about tackling child poverty he must approach it with an open mind, and overcome his ideological block to raising incomes as a solution, the Green Party said today.Papers released to Radio New Zealand today show...
    Greens | 14-10
  • Pentagon links climate change and terrorism
    Yesterday the Pentagon launched a plan to deal with a threat that “poses immediate risks to national security”; one that “will affect the Department of Defense’s ability to defend the nation”. It wasn’t referring to Ebola or ISIS. It was...
    Greens | 14-10
  • Four Nominees for Labour’s Leadership
    As at 5pm today four valid nominations had been received for the position of Labour Leader, as follows: Andrew Little(nominated by Poto Williams and Iain Lees-Galloway) Nanaia Mahuta(nominated by Louisa Wall and Su’a William Sio) David Parker(nominated by Damien O’Connor...
    Labour | 14-10
  • Green Party calls for consultation over terrorism law changes
    The Green Party has today written to the Prime Minister asking him to engage in wider consultation prior to changing any laws as a result of the recently announced terrorism law reviews, said the Green Party today. In a letter...
    Greens | 14-10
  • MPI must name product and supermarket chain
    The Ministry of Primary Industries must name the product responsible for severe gastroenteritis affecting people around the country, and the supermarket chain distributing it, Labour’s Food Safety spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “The Ministry seems to be more concerned about protecting...
    Labour | 13-10
  • John Key dishonest about reasons for wanting to change terrorism law
    John Key is misleading the public to push through terrorism law changes under urgency, the Green Party said today. On Sunday, John Key stated that it is not illegal for someone to fight overseas for a terrorist group, such as...
    Greens | 12-10
  • Law changes shaping up to be worse than first thought
    The Prime Minister needs to be up front about exactly what changes he is planning to make to the Employment Relations  Amendment Bill, Labour's spokesperson on Labour Issues Andrew Little says.Interviewed on Q&A yesterday John Key said he did not...
    Labour | 12-10
  • Rapists, not Tinder, the threat to women
    Blame for rape and sexual assault should only ever be laid at the door of the perpetrator, not dating services or the actions of women themselves, Labour’s Associate Police spokesperson Kelvin Davis says. “Tinder is not the problem and women...
    Labour | 09-10
  • Safer Journeys For People Who Cycle
    You have a rare opportunity to tell the people who are making the decisions on cycling how to make it better. The Cycling Safety Panel is seeking feedback on their draft recommendations for improving the safety of cycling in New...
    Greens | 08-10
  • Subsidising more pollution will undermine water clean-up plan at Te Waihora...
    In 2010, NIWA found Canterbury’s Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere had the worst nutrient status of 140 lakes around New Zealand that it measured. In 2011, the National Government committed to spending $15 million across the country through the Fresh Start for...
    Greens | 08-10
  • Adding value not herbicides
    The HT swedes, and other brassicas, might seem like a good idea to farmers struggling against weeds but like the GE road, is this the path we want our agriculture to be treading? The Federated Farmers President, Dr William Rolleston...
    Greens | 07-10
  • ‘Blame the Planner’ bizarre approach to child poverty
    The National Government is stooping to a bizarre new low in blaming "planning processes" for poverty and inequality, after spending six years doing nothing about either the housing market or child poverty, the Green Party said today. Finance Minister Bill...
    Greens | 07-10
  • Media Advisory
    MANA Leader, Hone Harawira will not be available to speak with media today regarding his release “Recount Just One Step To restoring Credibility”. He is however available for media comment tomorrow, Tuesday the 8th of October, all media arrangements are...
    Mana | 07-10
  • RECOUNT JUST ONE STEP TO RESTORING CREDIBILITY
    “I have applied for a judicial recount of the votes in the Tai Tokerau election because it is one step in trying to restore credibility to the electoral process in the north, and, I suspect, in all other Maori electorates...
    Mana | 07-10
  • MANA SEEKS TAI TOKERAU RECOUNT
    The MANA Movement is supporting Leader Hone Harawira’s application for a judicial re-count in the Te Tai Tokerau electorate for the 2014 general election. President Lisa McNab says there are a number of serious issues of concern regarding the ability...
    Mana | 07-10
  • MANA to fight mass privatisation of state housing
    Announcements over the past 12 hours from the Minister responsible for Housing New Zealand, Bill English, and Minister for Social Housing, Paula Bennett, make clear the government’s intention for the mass privatisation of state housing. This comes during the middle...
    Mana | 07-10
  • Journalists have right to protect sources
    Legal authorities must respect the right of journalist Nicky Hager to protect the source of his material for his Dirty Politics book under Section 68 of the Evidence Act, Acting Labour Leader David Parker says. “It is crucial in an...
    Labour | 06-10
  • It shouldn’t take the Army to house the homeless
    National’s move to speed up its state house sell-off shows it is bankrupt of new ideas, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “National has been in office for six years, yet the housing crisis has got worse every month and...
    Labour | 06-10
  • Government must lift social housing supply, not shuffle the deck chairs
    National's decision to shift the state provision of housing to third parties is a smokescreen for the Government decreasing the provision of affordable housing, the Green Party said today."What National should be doing is increasing the supply of both social...
    Greens | 06-10
  • Election 2014 – the final count
    While we have to wait for the final booth level counts we can now see how well we did in the specials and look at electorate level data. First off special votes (and disallowed/recounted votes etc). There was a change...
    Greens | 06-10
  • We need more houses, not Ministers
    The Government’s decision to have three housing Ministers will create a dog’s breakfast of the portfolio and doesn’t bode well for fixing the country’s housing crisis, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “New Zealanders need more houses, not more Ministers....
    Labour | 05-10
  • MANA’S CHALLENGE TO THE 51st PARLIAMENT
    Ten years ago I led 50,000 Maori on the historic FORESHORE AND SEABED MARCH from Te Rerenga Wairua to the very steps of this parliament, in a march against the greatest land grab in the history of this country –...
    Mana | 03-10
  • Is this really necessary?
    No one denies chief executives should be well paid for their skills and experience, but it is the efforts of all employees which contribute to company profits, Labour’s Acting Leader David Parker says. “Salaries paid to chief executives come at...
    Labour | 02-10
  • Lyttelton Port workers also deserve pay rises
    Hard slog by Lyttelton Port workers contributed to strong financial growth for the company and they deserve to be rewarded for their work as much as its chief executive, says Labour’s Acting Leader David Parker. “Lyttelton Port chief executive Peter...
    Labour | 02-10
  • Māori Party must seek guarantees on Māori seats
    Labour is calling on the Māori Party to ensure protection of the Māori seats is part of its coalition deal with National which is being considering this weekend, Labour’s Māori Affairs spokesperson Nanaia Mahuta says. “For the third consecutive term,...
    Labour | 02-10
  • Donaghys job losses another blow to Dunedin
    The loss of 30 jobs from Donaghys rope and twine factory is yet another blow to the people and economy of Dunedin, says Dunedin South Labour MP Clare Curran. “Donaghys was founded in 1876; the company has survived two world...
    Labour | 02-10
  • 5AA Australia – NZ on UN Security Council + Dirty Politics Lingers On
    5AA Australia: Selwyn Manning and Peter Godfrey deliver their weekly bulletin Across The Ditch. General round up of over night talkback issues: Thongs, Jandals and flip-flops… ISSUE 1: New Zealand has been successful in its campaign to become a non...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • When I mean me, I mean my office & when I call whaleoil I mean not as m...
    This. Is. Ludicrous. Green Party co-leader Russel Norman put the first of what are likely to be many questions about Mr Key’s relationship with Slater, asking him how many times he had phoned or texted the blogger since 2008. “None...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • A brief word on describing the Government as ‘boring and bland’
    The narrative being sown is that this Government will be a boring and bland third term. Boring and bland. Since the election, Key has announced he is privatising 30% of state houses without reinvesting any of that money back into housing society’s most...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • More Latté Than Lager: Reflections on Grant Robertson’s Campaign Launch.
    BIKERS? SERIOUSLY! Had Grant Robertson’s campaign launch been organised by Phil Goff? Was this a pitch for the votes of what few Waitakere Men remain in the Labour Party? Was I even at the right place? Well, yes, I was....
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • About Curwen Ares Rolinson
    Curwen Ares Rolinson – Curwen Ares Rolinson is a firebrand young nationalist presently engaged in acts of political resistance deep behind enemy lines amidst the leafy boughs of Epsom. He is affiliated with the New Zealand First Party; although his...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • About Kelly Ellis
    Kelly Ellis.Kelly Ellis – As a child, Kelly Ellis didn’t so much fall into the cracks, but willfully wriggled her way into them. Ejected from Onslow College – a big job in the 70s – Kelly worked in car factories,...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • About Kate Davis
    Kate Davis.Kate Davis – Having completed her BA in English and Politics, Kate is now starting her MA. Kate works as a volunteer advocate at Auckland Action Against Poverty and previously worked for the New Zealand Prostitutes Collective. Kate writes...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Parker does a Shearer – oh for a Labour Leader who can challenge msm fals...
    Sigh. It seems David Parker has done a Shearer… Like a cult and too red – Parker on LabourLabour leadership contender David Parker says Labour borders on feeling like “a cult” and must look at its branding – including its...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • A brief word on the hundreds of millions NZ is spending on the secret intel...
    The enormity of the mass surveillance state NZ Government’s have built carries a huge price tag… Kiwis pay $103m ‘membership fee’ for spyingThe $103 million taxpayer funding of New Zealand’s intelligence agencies is effectively a membership fee for joining the...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Where. Is. Jason. Ede?
    Where. Is. Jason. Ede?...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Labour’s Din of Inequity
    Watching Labour’s leadership candidates on Q+A on Sunday, I noticed the ongoing use of terms like “opportunity” and “aspiration”, and “party of the workers”. What do these mean? We glean much from Labour, and from the media about Labour, but not...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • “Blue-Greenwash” fails the test when it comes to endangered dolphins
    National’s pre-election promises saw some wins for the environment – perhaps as the party sought to appease its “Blue-Green” voters and broaden its popular appeal. Some of the ecological gains were a long time in the making, overdue even– such...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Reasons not to be cheerful, Part #272b
    Why don’t you get back into bed? The next few years — the rest of this century — are not going to be pretty. There is an obvious disconnect between any remaining political ambition to fix climate change and the...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • OIA protocols and official advice ignored to hide Child Poverty
    It might not seem so now, but child poverty was a major election issue. What a pity we did not have the full debate. In that debate it would have been very helpful to have seen the Ministry of Social...
    The Daily Blog | 20-10
  • Previewing the 4 candidates for Leader of the Labour Party
    The extraordinary outbursts by Shearer last week highlights just how toxic that Caucus is. Shearer was on every major media platform as the ABC attack dog tearing into Cunliffe in the hope of diminishing Cunliffe’s support of Little by tearing...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Kate Davis – the sudden explosion of ‘left’ blogs
    Time to Teach or more people will suffer from P.A.I.D. Political And Intellectual Dysmorphia.I was on the Twitter and a guy followed me so of course I did the polite thing and followed him back. He wrote a blog so...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Ego vs Eco
    Ego vs Eco...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • We can’t let the Roastbuster case slip away
    Those of us (like me) left with hope that the police would aggressively follow through on the large amount of evidence on offer to them (let’s not forget they forgot they even had some at one point) in the Roastbusters...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Food, shelter and medicine instead of bombs and bullets
    The on-going conflict across the Middle East – due in large part to the US-led invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq – has created another humanitarian crisis of biblical proportion. The essentials of life are desperately needed in Iraq and Syria...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • The politics of electorate accommodations
    National’s electorate accommodations with ACT and United Future were a big factor in it winning re-election. Interestingly, there is another electorate accommodation scenario whereby the centre-left could have come out on top, even with the same distribution of party votes....
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Why you should join the TPPA Action on 8 November
    On 8 November 2014, thousands of Kiwis will take part in the International Day of Action to protest the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA). The rally cry for us is TPPA – Corporate Trap, Kiwis Fight Back. Why should you join...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • GUEST BLOG – Patrick O’Dea: no new coal mines
    Green Party and Mana Party policy is “NO NEW COAL MINES!” Auckland Coal Action is trying to put this policy into action on the ground. ACA after a hard fought two year campaign waged alongside local residents and Iwi, in...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Comparing Police action – Hager raid vs Roast Buster case
    This satire had the NZ Police contact TDB and threaten us with 6months in prison for using their logo.   The plight of Nicky Hager and the draconian Police actions against him has generated over  $53 000 in donations so...
    The Daily Blog | 18-10
  • Malala Yousafzai, White Saviour Complexes and Local Resistance
    Last week, Malala Yousafzai was the co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. Since her exposure to the worldwide spotlight, her spirit, wisdom and strength have touched the hearts of people everywhere. However, there have been cynics who have argued that...
    The Daily Blog | 18-10
  • Jason Ede is back – but no media can interview him?
    Well, well, well. Jason Ede, the main figure connected to John Key’s office and the Dirty Politics black ops is back with a company with deep ties to the National Party. One thing you can say about the right –...
    The Daily Blog | 18-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Rolinson – Leadership Transitions In Other Parties: A ...
    As cannot have escaped anyone’s attention by now, the country is presently in the grips of an election and campaign that will help determine the fate of the nation for years to come. It’s gripping stuff – with clear divides...
    The Daily Blog | 17-10
  • SkyCity worker says she faces losing her house
    SkyCity worker Carolyn Alpine told the company annual shareholder’s meeting today that she faced the prospect of losing her house because the company had cut her shifts from two a week to one without consultation. The solo mother, has worked...
    The Daily Blog | 17-10
  • Greg O’Connor’s latest push to arm cops & 5 reasons not to
    I was wondering at what point within a 3rd term of National that Police Cheerleader Greg O’Connor would start trying to demand cops be armed. O’Connor must have thought to himself, ‘if bloody Key can get us and the GCSB vast new...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • You can’t have crisis without ISIS
    So the new scary bogeyman ISIS might have chemical weapons that the US secretly found in Iraq, but America didn’t want to expose this find because the WMDs were actually built and made by the US and Europe, the two powers...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • NZ WINS UN SPIN THE BOTTLE! Privately sucking up to America for a decade me...
    Oh, we are loved! Little old NZ, the 53rd state of America after Israel and Australia, gets to sit at the adults table for the special dinner party that is the UN Security Council. How delightful, a decade of privately...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • MEDIA BLOG – Myles Thomas – A World Without Advertising
    Non-commercial broadcasting and media. It’s a solution for all manner of problems ailing our tender nation… voter engagement, unaccountable governance, apathy, stupefaction, public education, science in schools, arts appreciation, cultural cringe… But no-one could’ve guessed that non-commercial media might solve...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • March against war – 2pm Saturday 25th October
    March against war – 2pm Saturday 25th October...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • Whack a mole as US govt foreign policy
    Whack-A-Mole was a popular arcade game from my youth.  It consisted of a waist high cabinet with holes in the top. Plastic moles seemingly randomly pop out of these holes. The purpose of the game was to hit as many...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • In Paean of Debt
    This week is ‘Money Week’. It’s an opportunity to promote to the middle classes, and anyone else who will listen, the virtues of wise ‘investment’. The aims are to promote the mystical (and indeed mythical) virtues of saving for the...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • The last 48 hours – Poverty denial, war denial and unapologetic abuse of ...
    The bewildering speed of events that simply end in Key shrugging and proclaiming he doesn’t really give a shit is coming think and fast as the Government suddenly appreciate the full spectrum dominance they now enjoy. Here is Radio NZ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Pat O’Dea – Mana 2.0 Rebooted
    Internationally the news is that Evo Morales of Bolivia won big with Left Wing policies But what are the chances that the Left will make a resurgence in this country? As the internecine struggles between the Left and the Right...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • The Blomfield IPCA letter – Has Dirty Politics leaked into the NZ Police ...
    It’s difficult to know what to make of the IPCA letter to Matthew Blomfield over Slater’s continued insistence that the hard drive taken from Matthew wasn’t stolen.  Slater has selectively cherry picked the Police referring back to his claim that Blomfeild perjured...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • ​Media release: Rail and Maritime Transport Union – Auckland move for K...
    The Rail and Maritime Transport Union is questioning a KiwiRail proposal to progressively relocate its Zero Harm personnel from Wellington to Auckland. “The purpose of the Zero Harm team is to drive KiwiRail’s performance in health and safety.  Rail is a...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • Amnesty International – Friend request from an IS militant
    There’s always that one person, that one Facebook friend, usually a musician or event promoter, who, when you so foolishly accept their friend request, will completely inundate your news feed with copious event invitations and promotions. The person who, despite...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • NZ should follow the UK and recognize the Palestinian state
    Over the past two weeks, the United Kingdom and Sweden have made headlines through their decisions to recognize the state of Palestine. They are hardly the first nations to do so. Indeed, 134 countries have, in various ways, given formal...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • The Discordant Chimes of Freedom: Why Labour has yet to be forgiven.
    WHY DOES THE ELECTORATE routinely punish Labour and the Greens for their alleged “political correctness” but not National? It just doesn’t seem fair. Consider, for example, the Crimes (Substituted Section 59) Amendment Act 2007 – the so-called “anti-smacking legislation” –...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • Hosking or Henry – Which right wing crypto fascist clown do you want to w...
    So Mediaworks are finally going to make some actual money from their eye watering contract with Paul Henry by launching a new multi-platform Breakfast show over TV, Radio and internet. This is great news for Campbell Live who have dodged...
    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • Families need more money to reduce child poverty
    Prime Minister John Key is mistaken to rule out extending the In Work Tax Credit to all poor children (The Nation 11th Oct) and Child Poverty Action Group challenges government advisors to come up with a more cost effective way...
    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Kelly Ellis – Don’t shit on my dream
    Once were dreamers. A large man, walks down the road and, even from 200 yards there’s light showing between his big arms and bigger body. It’s as if he’s put tennis balls under his arms. Two parking wardens walk out...
    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • Labour and ‘special interests’
    The media narrative of Labour is that it is unpopular because it’s controlled by ‘special interests’. This ‘special interests’ garbage is code for gays, Maoris, wimin and unionists. We should show that argument the contempt it deserves. The next Labour...
    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • Housing; broken promises, families in cars, and ideological idiocy (Part Ru...
    . . Continued from: Housing; broken promises, families in cars, and ideological idiocy (Part Tahi) . National’s housing development project: ‘Gateway’ to confusion . Perhaps nothing better illustrates National’s lack of a coherent housing programme than the ‘circus’ that is...
    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • Here’s what WINZ are patronisingly saying to people on welfare when they ...
    Yesterday, a case manager from WINZ called to tell me that I needed to “imagine what I would do if I did not have welfare”. I replied “Well, I guess if I couldn’t live at home, I would be homeless.”...
    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • David Shearer’s ‘no feminist chicks’ mentality highlights all that is...
    Mr Nasty pays a visit Shearer’s extraordinary outburst last night on NZs favourite redneck TV, The Paul Henry Show, is a reminder of all that is wrong within the Labour Caucus right now… He said the current calls for a female or...
    The Daily Blog | 13-10
  • Greenpeace 1 – Shell 0
    Greenpeace 1 – Shell 0...
    The Daily Blog | 13-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Kate Davis – A Tale Of Two Cities
    Sunday was surreal. I went for a drive and ended up in a different country. It wasn’t intentional but those days of too many literally intertextual references seldom are. There is no doubt that the Sunday drive this week had...
    The Daily Blog | 13-10
  • Auckland Rates Rises Out of Control
    Responding to the NZ Herald report that Auckland ratepayers will face an average of a 29 percent rates increase, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says: “These rate rises show that Len Brown's spending is out of control.”...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Protest at New Plymouth Oil and Gas Expo
    About 30 protesters from Climate Justice Taranaki, Frack-free Kapiti, Te Uru Pounamu Action Group, Oil Free Wellington, Frack-free Manawatu and the east coast protested yesterday outside New Plymouth's biennial Oil and Gas Expo at the TSB Stadium....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • FMA warns consumers about cold-calling investment offers
    The Financial Markets Authority (FMA) is warning New Zealand consumers and investors to be wary of cold-calls asking them to buy shares or put their money into offshore firms....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Comprehensive plan needed to end child poverty
    Child Poverty Action Group says it is vital the newly re-elected National government takes a planned and comprehensive approach to reducing child poverty in New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Metiria Gets Feed the Kids
    Yesterday the Speaker of the House advised that he had accepted my request to transfer my Feed the Kids (Education (Breakfast and Lunch Programmes in Schools) Amendment) Bill to Metiria Turei of the Green Party....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • DIA undercover investigation leads to jailing
    An undercover Internal Affairs investigation has led to a Hastings man being jailed for three and half years....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Call on Minister McCully to pursue the case of Balibo Five
    Media Information: Call on Minister McCully to pursue the case of journalist Gary Cunningham and the Balibo Five...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Australia and NZ actions on press freedoms alarming
    Global support for investigative journalism in Australia and New Zealand is a welcome response to law changes and a police raid, says the Pacific Freedom Forum...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Call for release of French journalists in West Papua
    West Papua Action Auckland, the EPMU Print and Media Council and the NZ Media Freedom Network call on the Minister of Foreign Affairs to speak out in support of the two French TV journalists whose trial has just begun in...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Court of Appeal: Dotcom v 20th Century Fox Film Corporation
    A The appeal is dismissed. B The 20 August 2014 order of the High Court dealing with confidentiality and the 29 August 2014 order of this Court dealing with confidentiality are set aside. C The confidentiality orders set out in...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Glassons Blasted For Glamourising Animal Cruelty
    Clothing brand Glassons have found themselves embroiled in another controversy after launching a new advert featuring a girl riding a bull. Animal advocacy organisation SAFE have asked them to remove the ad immediately as it glamourises animal cruelty....
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Smuggling honey into New Zealand isn’t sweet
    Smuggling honey into New Zealand isn’t sweet Federated Farmers Bee Industry Group applauds the tough line taken by Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) Border Staff at Auckland Airport. In deporting the couple found trying to smuggle bee products...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Taxpayers’ Union Responds to Joyce on Corporate Welfare
    Responding to Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce’s defence of corporate welfare , Jim Rose, the author of Monopoly Money , a Taxpayers Union report on corporate welfare since 2008, says:...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Speech from the Throne brings welcome focus on children
    Today’s speech from the Throne confirms the Government’s focus on children, youth and their families in the areas of health, education, youth employment, poverty alleviation and Whānau Ora; now the challenge is to ensure every child in New Zealand...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • John’s Job Fairs no fix for unemployment and poverty
    “John Key has clearly been looking to the US for his latest bright idea on dealing with employment issues,” says Auckland Action Against Poverty coordinator Sue Bradford. “Job fairs where the desperately unemployed queue in their corporate best to compete...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Speech From the Throne Foreshadows More Corporate Welfare
    Responding to the Governor General’s Speech from the Throne, which outlined that the Government’s intentions for the next Parliamentary term would include further Business Growth Agenda initiatives, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Green MP to speak at panel on Rainbow Mental Health
    Hamilton, New Zealand: Recently re-elected Green Party MP Jan Logie will be a guest speaker at a panel on the mental health of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Trangender, Takataapui and Intersex people taking place on November 1st as part of the...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Evidence Supports GE Moratorium
    Federated Farmers spokesman Graham Smith's call for a 'rethink' on release of GeneticallyEngineered organisms is misguided, and instead it is time for a formal moratorium on GMOs in the environment.(1)...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Chatham Rise mining could have impact on whales and dolphins
    Wellington, 21 October 2014--Mining phosphate on the Chatham Rise, off the east coast of New Zealand’s south island, could potentially have many impacts on marine mammals like whales and dolphins, the Environmental Protection Agency was told today....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Council endorses Nanaia Mahuta as the next Labour leader
    Te Kaunihera Māori, the Māori Council of the New Zealand Labour Party, have passed a resolution to endorse the Hon Nanaia Mahuta as the next leader of the Labour Party...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Kaumatua to organise petition to end Maori seats
    Ngapuhi kaumatua David Rankin has announced that he will be organising a nationwide petition to seek support from Maori voters to end the Maori seats. “These seats are patronising”, he says. “They imply we need a special status, and that...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Announcing a New Voice for The Left
    Josh Forman is pleased to announce the creation of a new force on the Left of politics in New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Public services held back by poor workplace culture
    A new report by Victoria University’s Centre for Labour, Employment and Work shows that public servants are working significant unpaid overtime to ensure the public services New Zealanders value are able to continue....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • iPredict New Zealand Weekly Economic & Political Update
    Andrew Little’s probability of being the next leader of the Labour Party has reached 70% and Jacinda Ardern is favourite to become his deputy, according to the combined wisdom of the 8000+ registered traders on New Zealand’s predictions market, iPredict....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Prison Drug Treatment Unit marks a milestone
    Christchurch Men’s Prison’s Drug Treatment Unit (DTU) celebrated the completion of its 50th six month Drug and Alcohol Programme today, with the graduation of a further twelve offenders....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Security Council seat a chance for NZ to empower women
    The UN Women National Committee Aotearoa New Zealand (UN Women NCANZ) welcomes New Zealand winning a seat on the United Nations Security Council and is calling on New Zealand to use its position to proactively promote effective implementation of the...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Waipareira and ACC sign Partnership
    Waipareira and The Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding at Whanau Centre, Henderson – marking a special day for the West Auckland Urban Maori organisation....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Humanitarian aid desperately needed in Iraq and Syria
    Global Peace and Justice Auckland is calling on the government to provide humanitarian funding for non-aligned NGOs (non-governmental organisations) in the Middle East rather than give any support whatever for the US-led military campaign in the area....
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Court Judicial Decision: Dotcom v The USA: 17 October 2014
    The United States of America is seeking the extradition of Messrs Dotcom, Batato, Ortmann and Van Der Kolk. The matter has been before the Courts on numerous occasions, and no further recitation of the facts is needed....
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Marshall Island poet speaks at UN climate summit
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    Scoop politics | 17-10
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