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McCully is in trouble

Written By: - Date published: 7:56 am, July 3rd, 2014 - 151 comments
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The story about the Malaysian diplomat who relied on diplomatic immunity to avoid New Zealand’s justice system grinds on.  And the longer it grinds on the worse it gets for the Government.

There seems to be a divergence of views between the New Zealand Government and the Malaysian Government on what should happen to Mr Muhhammed Rizalman Bin Ismail, the Malaysian diplomat charged with assault with intent to rape and breaking and entering.   John Key thought that New Zealand wanted to keep Mr Ismail in New Zealand to be dealt with by our justice system.  The Malaysian Government thought differently and was under the impression our Government was comfortable if Mr Ismail left.  No doubt eventually the truth will come out.

This paragraph was prepared before the announcement that Mr Ismail is to be returned to New Zealand but my impression is that the prospects of the Malaysian Government originally insisting on Mr Ismail’s return were very remote.  This is because when he first appeared in Court he did not have the benefit of a Malaysian Government paid QC standing up for him even though members from the Consulate were there in support.  Instead he relied on the support of a local Duty Solicitor, the free legal representation provided to people appearing in Court who cannot afford paid representation.  The quality of representation is high but it not the sort of service you rely on if you are trying to avoid an international incident.  Malaysia’s disinterest and failure to pay for Mr Ismail’s legal representation is a strong hint that it was totally indifferent to what happened to him.

The granting of name suppression needs to be considered further.  Its renewal was criticised by Judge Collins in the High Court and the police’s stance on this issue was very politely criticised by the Judge.  But why were the departments of state attempting to keep news of the case suppressed even after Mr Ismail had left the country?

The timeline is fascinating.  The alleged offence occurred on May 9 and Mr Ismail appeared in Court on May 10.   That same day MFAT asked the Malaysian Government to waive Diplomatic Immunity and McCully was briefed on the incident.

On May 12, which was coincidentally Budget Day during budget week, John Key was briefed.  Also that day the Malaysians thought that the New Zealand representatives offered for Mr Ismail to be returned to Malaysia.

On May 21 the Malaysian Government stated that it would not waive diplomatic immunity.  The next day Mr Ismail left New Zealand.

Then the story went quiet until June 29 when the story broke in the Herald.  The day after on June 30 McCully summonsed the Malaysian High Commissioner for a “please explain” session.  If there was going to be a “please explain” session it should have occurred shortly after May 21.

The Government’s defence appears to be that they had no idea about what was going on.  But someone in the know has scoffed at the suggestion that  McCully is not a micro manager (HT Tracey).  Are we really meant to believe that the most serious diplomatic immunity incident in decades was going to be met with complete indifference by McCully and by Key?

There must have been regular briefings on what was happening.  If not I would wonder what sort of Government we have.

Presuming that McCully knew and wanted to keep the issue quiet I suspect that it was all about not spoiling Budget Week or Key’s love in with Obama.  But I am astounded if they thought that allowing someone charged with assault with intent to commit rape avoid justice by the use of diplomatic immunity would not be a significant issue and that it could be kept quiet.

It is possible that McCully dropped the ball on this.  He has been obviously preoccupied with the future of his political career.  There are already suggestions that he will be sacrificed so that the Conservative Party will hopefully have a bolt hole, and what better way to have a bolt hole than to sacrifice a Minister for gross ineptitude?

And I am intrigued.  I had thought that the National Party List for this election was going to be announced last weekend and I wonder why is there a delay?  Could it be about what position McCully occupies, or is it that he may not have a list position at all?  It really seems that National will eat its young for political advantage.

There are obvious attempts to blame the public servants for what has happened.  McCully’s recent bungled handling of MFAT’s reorganisation has clearly hurt its capacity.  But if there is any surviving vestige of the concept of Ministerial responsibility McCully should be gone.

151 comments on “McCully is in trouble”

  1. Gosman 1

    I agree McCully dropped the ball on this but why isn’t it also the fault of the MFAT official or officials who went behind the scenes to try and sort this out ‘diplomatically’ without informing the Minister?

    • mickysavage 1.1

      Do you think that McCully who drove through the reorganisation of MFAT and stripped it of a great deal of capacity should wear this instead of the officials?

      • Chooky 1.1.1

        +100

      • ianmac 1.1.2

        Yes micky. Gut and weep.

      • Gosman 1.1.3

        You are making an assumption that this is in any way related to any reorganisation of the department. I suggest you have little evidence of this at this stage.

        • Pascal'd bookie 1.1.3.1

          TBF you are assuming all this ‘behind the Minister’s back’ stuff.

          WE need to know what was in the May 12 briefing, who was on the email list of the ‘unopened email’, if that email was followed up on, etc, etc. There are many things we don’t know yet.

          • Gosman 1.1.3.1.1

            Why would the government tell the Malaysian government to repatriate the accused diplomat and not have him stand trial here when the Malaysian seem to have be willing to allow that and then turn around and state that it was the Malaysians who refused to lift his immunity. If they did the first to curry favour with the Malaysians then the decision is undone consciously by the second action. It would be the actions of a monumentally politically stupid government and one thing even you lefties have to acknowledge is that the current government is not politically stupid.

            • McFlock 1.1.3.1.1.1

              Having professional fellators like yourself is not the same thing as political competence.

              Key in particular just makes whit up as he goes along, hoping that the lie or bullshit lasts just slightly longer than the news cycle.

              Which is probably why the mixed signals were sent in the first place – no scandal if the guy leaves the country, oh dear damned immunity, we’ll harrumph a bit but problem solved. Pity about the entire home invasion / attack thing, but nothing can be done and there is no alternative. Back to business as usual.

              The trouble with a lack of empathy is that they have difficulty identifying the threshhold where that no longer works: parking tickets, yes. Sexual attacks? Nope.

              • Gosman

                The trouble with your rather far fetched hypothesis is that an official letter was sent from MFAT to the Malaysian governement requesting the Diplomatic immunity be lifted. What you are stating is that the government was aware of this but then decided to initiate informal discussions at a lower level to allow the diplomat to leave. Someone doing that would be completely insane. I know you have an almost pathological dislike for anything right wing but thinking the current government is insane is a little off the wall even for you I would suggest.

                • McFlock

                  Not insane. It merely requires the government to be two-faced. We know the government is two-faced, so therefore it is a plausible that they wished to be seen by the public to want to do something about the alleged attack, but preferred the issue to go away.

                  Which is one possible and reasonable answer to your question “Why would the government tell the Malaysian government to repatriate the accused diplomat and not have him stand trial here when the Malaysian seem to have be willing to allow that and then turn around and state that it was the Malaysians who refused to lift his immunity”.

                  It could equally be that one civil servant felt they had better things to do than follow this issue up for the duration of a court case, so said they wouldn’t make a fuss if the guy left the country. In which case it’s a failure of management and shows a distinct lack of ministerial oversight. As soon as it was indicated that immnity was not going to be waived for a non-political and serious offence, the PM and at least minister should have been sitting down with the High Commissioner. Diplomatic Immunity is to protect diplomats from harrassment, not to protect attackers.

                  • Gosman

                    Not just two faced but two faced without thinking through the consequences of being two faced. That is incompetence bordering on insanity if it serves no purpose.

                    I agree with you it is a failure of managerial oversight at a number of levels. Hence my point about McCully dropping the ball on this. However that doesn’t mean the lower officials are not the most to blame.

                    • McFlock

                      They might have merely misjudged the consequences, rather than not thought of them.

                      And Key was briefed, too. He should have been following up with McCully. That he couldn’t be bothered speaks volumes.

                    • One Anonymous Bloke

                      McFlock identifies the real issue, Gosman. SNAFU is to be expected – it’s ubiquitous, the big problem here is the complete lack of concern for the complainant.

                • freedom

                  You may want to read the official Malaysian Government release below. When put against NZ Government statements, it looks like that scenario you describe is exactly what happened Gosman.
                  http://thestandard.org.nz/mccully-is-in-trouble/#comment-843606
                  When speaking with a forked tongue, do not try to lick your lips you may take an eye out

            • Weepu's beard 1.1.3.1.1.2

              I think the current government treats the people like customers of a business, except they know we customers have nowhere else to go. They are all about cutting costs and reducing services to a point just short of people marching in the street. They are at about that level now, I think.

        • Lanthanide 1.1.3.2

          Luckily there is going to be an inquiry into the situation and one of the aspects they are going to appraise is whether the staffing cuts resulted in the outcome we have. So we’ll know soon enough.

          • freedom 1.1.3.2.1

            Is what I think I heard on RNZ today correct?
            .. that Allen himself is going to head the inquiry?

            • Chris 1.1.3.2.1.1

              Allen is a new age government spin bullshitting change manager minister lackey par excellence. Of course he’ll head the inquiry.

              • freedom

                In the House moments ago, Joyce confirmed Allen is heading the enquiry.

                • McFlock

                  well, you wouldn’t want the inquiry to reach embarrassing findings, would you?

                  • freedom

                    hell no,
                    imagine if such findings led to Ministerial competency and responsibility
                    the horror the horror

                    • Tracey

                      one of the people who didn’t make it their business to follow this incident, is going to oversee the handling of the incident?

                      How much is this guy paid, and why?

                      Did he investigate the leaked emails too?

            • Tracey 1.1.3.2.1.2

              stuff reported this earlier

              “Allen himself was told nothing about the incident until last Friday, which he said was created by Mfat’s strategy of ‘‘compartmentalising’’ information to limit its spread. He said he should have been told and that Mfat’s communications policy would form part of an independent review”.”

              Allen himself refers to an independent review?

              October 2012

              Mfat boss John Allen’s salary last year was the highest among chief executives, with a pay rise of $40,000 taking his package between $620,000 and $629,999…

              IF what the right are saying is true, then he has done NOTHING to clean up the dysfunctions, yet still has high pay…

      • Ronnie Chow 1.1.4

        I reckon you done what you done because you didn’t know we was who we was. And if we hadn’t been who we was, we’d have still been much obliged for you to have done what you done.

    • vto 1.2

      apologies for the threadjack but you should read this gosman http://thestandard.org.nz/open-mike-03072014/#comment-843365

    • One Anonymous Bloke 1.3

      Whatever Gosman: Jan Logie clearly spelled out why McCully must go and it wasn’t anything MFAT employees did.

    • Tom Jackson 1.4

      Ultimately, McCully and Key are responsible. Retaining good diplomatic relations with other countries during such difficult situations is, in the end, the responsibility of the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Prime Minister.

      Moreover, when a NZer in NZ is the victim of a crime, it is the state’s responsibility to make sure that justice is served, and in this case because of the spectre of diplomatic immunity, it was up to the government to make sure that everything was done to bring this criminal to justice.

      They failed as diplomats and as ultimate guarantors of justice. McCully needs to resign, and Key needs to be taken to task. BECAUSE THEY ARE RESPONSIBLE.

    • freedom 1.5

      At no time did McCully ask to be kept fully informed of what he himself said to the House yesterday was a ‘once in a decade event’! If he had asked, he sure would have mentioned it by now. How is it not his responsibility? He is the Minister. Then there is the PM’s no surprises policy …

      If McCully now comes out with a statement contrary to that view, it has zero credibility.

      • aerobubble 1.5.1

        Let’s step back a moment. A minister is not informed, them misinformed about the Ambassadors statements, and nobody asks why?

        Oh, wait. There is a reason.

        What was McCully’s popularity life in his constituency? Now its dirt.

        Open door for Craig Colins.

        From all that I’ve heard McCully has done anything except deal with mistakes of his ministry.

        • aerobubble 1.5.1.1

          Look this is obvious a gaff of the tired Key Government. Key was dumb enough to call the election early and leave every would be bureaucrat with an axe to grind to play election politics.
          This one more likely a pro-National supporter.

          But its dumb to have parliament sitting while a election campaign is occurring.

          • freedom 1.5.1.1.1

            The House will rise on Thursday 31 July.
            As you say, why Key called the date so early is still a bit of a puzzle to many

            • aerobubble 1.5.1.1.1.1

              One word. Banksie.

              Timing of the Banks prosecution.

              That’s my opinion.

              Second reason.

              Time. National need time to play the system and stitch up deals. Spot polling needs time to do, stats on electorates need time to analyze, panels need to be quizzed about spin slogans, etc.

              Look Cunliffe has been paddling, getting name recognizition, with all this time to go, by the time the election gets hot everyone will be thinking Cunliffe is getting beaten up. He will be the victim, he will be the under dog, and people will be ready to start listening to policies.

              So what about McCully? Takes news cycle of Cunliffe. beats up on McCully standing in his electorate, readying it for Craig Colins.

              • freedom

                yup, Nats went all in on a pair of jacks, when there is a broken straight still on the table

    • bad12 1.6

      Gosman, the Minister in any portfolio must bear the ultimate responsibility for the actions of the Ministries employees,

      The Minister, and this again is not specific to McCully or this case, might have a legitimate defense if the Ministry went behind the back of the Minister while not informing the Minister that there was an issue at all,

      McCully has no such defense, He knew of the serious allegations and adopted a laissez fairre attitude to letting His Ministry act in the manner it did,

      Instead of calling the High Commissioner into His office and strongly expressing the wish of New Zealand for the court action to proceed McCully simply allowed the accused to be removed under the auspices of diplomatic immunity and it is only when the press had the suppression orders removed via further court action that McCully belatedly expressed any concern,

      Did McCully order MFAT officials to adopt an attitude of not allowing diplomatic immunity to be used in this case, No,

      Did McCully at any time attempt to ascertain the wishes of the victim as to whether diplomatic immunity should be extended to the alleged offender, No,

      Did McCully personally apologize to the alleged victim at any time or cause MFAT officials to apologize to the alleged victim at any time, No,

      Unfit to be a Minister is my conclusion as far as McCully goes, He should resign…

    • Tom Gould 1.7

      Surprisingly, the Herald agrees with you that the blame rests on the shoulders of “a mid -grade official in the protocol division of the New Zealand ministry who led the Malaysians to believe the New Zealand Government would not object to that course of action.” Now according to the Herald Malaysia has “done the right thing” and is sending the diplomat back. Poor Murray, and poor John, both innocent victims of this “mid-grade” official.

      • Matthew Hooton 1.7.1

        The “mid-grade official in the protocol division of the New Zealand ministry” was appointed by someone – or at least was entrusted to handle something beyond their capability by their boss. Either way, their boss is responsible.

        • Kapplan 1.7.1.1

          If you ignore that we had a minister who was aware of the situation for a long period of time.

          Did he ask any questions?
          Did he follow up to find out what was happening?
          Did he issue any instructions?
          Did he just ignore it all and hope it would all resolve itself?

          All questions we shouldn’t have to ask.

          • Tracey 1.7.1.1.1

            ywe get told people get paid big money cos they have big responsibilities.

            If allen and mccully didnt know, it means they didnt follow up or didnt think it was important. In any event taking responsibility doesnt mean throwing a mid level official under a bus.

            Remember the leaked emails
            opening of rwc
            Appointment of sky lobbyist and friend to antarctic authority

        • Michael 1.7.1.2

          Are we entitled to infer that you don’t rate McCully’s executive abilities?

          • the pigman 1.7.1.2.1

            You always have to pause for thought when the RW commentators start denigrating one of their own.

            Remember the prolonged and nasty campaign that WhaleOil ran against then-Employment Minister “Commie Kate” Wilkinson? (It’s ok if you don’t, since reading his blog is akin to pulling teeth.)

            And Key sacked her for “nothing much”. Yeah, right.

        • Anne 1.7.1.3

          And who gutted them to the point where they lost experienced senior personnel and left MFAT in a vulnerable position, with staff having to handle cases for which they were not qualified or experienced enough to handle? You’re beloved NAct govt. MH that’s who! Moreover, I well remember public warnings about what was likely to happen at the time.

          • Weepu's beard 1.7.1.3.1

            The right wing’s answer to this is a further clear-out apparently. Who would they replace them with though? Even less qualified people, I presume.

        • ghostwhowalksnz 1.7.1.4

          Me thinks its a bit unusual for Malaysia to have a low level military office ( NCO) as part of their Embassy.

          You could hardly speak to Colonels and above in NZ on military issues if you are a Warrant Officer. And hes not going to be a driver for the Military Attache.

          Im thinking he was a cyber expert for the senior embassy staff, keeping an eye on computer systems and maybe even cryptology for coded communications

          Could it be the real reason he was shuffled out of the country quickly AND McCully kept at arms length, it was arranged with NZ Security services

    • Tracey 1.8

      how do you know they didnt inform the minister?

      Do you agree that ministers and ceos get paid so much because they have to shoulder so much responsibility?

      Does the buck ever stop with a ceo or minister gosman, and this is not the first fuck up by, or under, mccullys watch.

    • mccully is in no danger..

      ..he is the consigliere of the national party..

      ..he knows where all the bodies are buried..

      ..and could take down the whole rotting infrastructure with him…

      ..for him..knowledge really is power..

  2. Once was Tim 2

    The whole thing is a bugger’s muddle and it’s obvious MFAT’s reorganisation is a big part of the problem. The excuse that Ministers shouldn’t interfere with ‘operational issues’ – the all-too-often trotted out response doesn’t wash either.
    But this is what you get with corporatisation of the Public Service across all departments and quangos. Any moral or ethical compass takes second, or last place, to the preoccupation with ‘deliverbles’, ‘fiscal responsibility’, budgets and KPIs. It’s been a cultural change that needs to be undone.

    • One Anonymous Bloke 2.1

      Roll everything back to public services and utilities including all the SOEs.

      • infused 2.1.1

        You’re a funny one oab.

        • One Anonymous Bloke 2.1.1.1

          The vaunted benefits have not materialised, and there is a significant downside. The neo-liberal experiment (corporatisation/privatisation of public utilities) has failed. The Emperor has no clothes.

          There is no alternative.

          • Colonial Viper 2.1.1.1.1

            :shock:

          • Gosman 2.1.1.1.2

            Except no mainstream political party in NZ is advocating that sort of radical policies.

            • One Anonymous Bloke 2.1.1.1.2.1

              Mainstream lackeys are too busy admiring the gold thread. Such light material, it’s barely there.

    • Gosman 2.2

      Why is it obvious that the reorganisation is the cause? Unless you have evidence linking the decision to some structural change in the organisation impacting on that decision (e.g. unclear reporting lines) then you are just expressing your biased opinion on the topic.

  3. dimebag russell 3

    I dont know the answer to that.
    But in the end Mcully is RESPONSIBLE.
    Is that concept too difficult for you goosman?

  4. BM 4

    It’s either a fuck up by MFAT officials or the labour faction within MFAT throwing a spanner into the works to make the government look bad.

    After the bullshit with Goff and the leaked info from a ex labour staffer and what came to light after the inquiry within the MFAT organization, it wouldn’t surprise me it it was option 2.

    • One Anonymous Bloke 4.1

      Labour forced McCully to issue a public apology to the Prime Minister before offering any such courtesy to the complainant?

      Are you drunk?

      • Once was Tim 4.1.1

        …. and of course BM has just admitted that MFAT has somehow become politicised – something all that corporatisation of the public service (along with ‘fishinsey & fectiveness’, greater accountability, etc., etc.) was supposed to fix. There was no alternative apparently.
        In my opinion (and commented on way back when – I think Anne also) and experience, it’s done exactly the reverse.
        It’s the situation where CEOs and Snr Management run their little feifdoms on excessive salaries; the vast majority work in spite of them rather than because of them; where those staff have successes accredited to their chiefs whilst they get blamed for any failures; and where the only time any accountability takes place is when there is the potential for embarrassment – either to the Munsta or the chiefs.

        How about we have a KPIs that indicate the number of employment disputes; or one that measures the number of times the chiefs ask the peons to do little favours such as splitting invoices to square up operational versus capex and make themselves look good; the number of leaked cabinet papers; how many are familiar with the ps code of conduct – etc., etc.
        Corporatisation of things public – GIGANTIC fail – it’s even a contradiction in terms

        /end rant (well not quite but don’t tempt me)

        • One Anonymous Bloke 4.1.1.1

          MFAT has somehow become politicised

          Not ‘somehow’ – it was deliberate, and profoundly stupid.

          If foreign policy is subject to the partisan whims of whoever occupies the Treasury benches we’ve got serious problems. Any country that behaves that way deserves to be betrayed.

    • felix 4.2

      Jesus BM, this is why you’re supposed to wait for the talking points to come through.

      Go sit in the fucking corner and wait for the smart kids to give you your opinion.

      • Tracey 4.2.1

        Lol

        Shit, am glad wasnt drinking my tea when i read that. Nominated for post of the month.

  5. Ad 5

    Key will award McCully the Prime Ministerial Medal for Shuffling off to a Post So The Conservatives Get East Coast Bays.

    And it will be done as quietly as possible.

    Nice unintended election-securing move, McCully.

    • MrSmith 5.1

      Lets hope National are trying to push him overboard to make way for Craig, because he’s decided he won’t jump as requested.

  6. hoom 6

    An unmentioned thing is that this has to have a big negative impact on our chances of getting that Security Council seat.

    Quite aside from Keys’ public fawning to the US, if we can’t even handle a straightforward Diplomatic Immunity incident without causing a very public disagreement with a fairly friendly & cooperative country, how could we possibly handle the kind of intrenched complex issues currently being seen by the UNSC??

    • One Anonymous Bloke 6.1

      Other countries are in no position to be intolerant of wingnut trainwrecks. They’re global and endemic.

    • Tracey 6.2

      the usa want us to get that seat. Thats what the love in is all about. Other countries know if we get on there we will be like those nodding dogs on the dashboard, whenever the usa speaks

      • One Anonymous Bloke 6.2.1

        …for as long as the National Party occupies the Treasury benches. After that we’ll have fences to mend and a reputation to re-establish.

      • phillip ure 6.2.2

        we won’t get that seat..

        ..nz has gone from (seeming) independant..

        ..to being a total vassal-state of america..

        ..with key as obamas’ satrap..

        ..there is no way the third world votes needed will go to nz now..

        ..we are no longer trusted..

        • One Anonymous Bloke 6.2.2.1

          Undoing right wing vandalism is something of which the Left has lots of experience.

    • freedom 6.3

      Malaysia is also going for the same seat and it could be said they come out with more diplomatic integrity even though it was a member of their staff who is accused.

      • phillip ure 6.3.1

        i wondered about that..

        ..how malaysia comes out of it looking good..

        ..and just how quick would we have been to send one of ours back to malaysia to face charges..?

        • freedom 6.3.1.1

          I would suspect it has cost us votes in Asia

          and on your second point I hope we never have to find out

  7. Sanctuary 7

    If McCully looks in any trouble, the guy he’ll throw under the bus is his hand-picked creature, MFAT head John Allen. Because dumping the guy who you picked to do your dirty work in order to save your own skin is just how Muzza rolls.

  8. freedom 8

    “Malaysia’s disinterest and failure to pay for Mr Ismail’s legal representation is a strong hint that it was totally indifferent to what happened to him.”

    On the contrary I think it shows how the Malaysian Government were sending a strong message, showing they wanted NZ Justice to be seen to be applied in its fullest by letting their Diplomat be treated as any other offender facing charges for attempted rape.

    The actions of our Government seem to be the root of the indifference.

    • veutoviper 8.1

      +1.

    • Tracey 8.2

      certainly the speed with which they have agreed to send him back suggests they had no particular interest in saving his skin. Which supports the view they thought nz was leaving it to them to decide.

  9. Craig Glen Eden 9

    So the evidence suggests when John Key is not able to give our rights away to be closer friends with another Nation he actually is a diplomatic stuff up. #incompetence John Key.

  10. Wonderpup 10

    Shearer sounded strong, composed, compassionate and in charge this morning on national radio. Between the senior greens and labour, there is some astonishing talent there for our next cabinet.

    • veutoviper 10.1

      I agree re Shearer on Morning Report this morning. He also gave a good speech in the Urgent Debate in the House yesterday afternoon. Jan Logie was excellent with her focus centered fully on the young woman involved and her rights being overridden. I am becoming more and more impressed with Jan.

      And Phil Goff also gave an outstanding passionate speech – it almost made me wish he was still Leader. But he looks 10 years younger than when he was.

      As for the National speakers, enough said. McCully weak, Groser only just hiding his arrogant disregard, and John Hayes was appalling.

    • hoom 10.2

      Yes, he floundered (snappered?) around a lot as leader but he seems to be doing very well as a spokesperson with more limited scope where he can keep focus.

  11. veutoviper 11

    “On May 12, which was coincidentally Budget Day, John Key was briefed. ”

    Sorry to be a pedant, but Budget Day was actually 15 May 2014 – three days later.

    Also, it is worth putting this alleged offence and the early stages of its aftermath into context of what else had taken place or was about to take place at that time. Obviously, the Government would not have wanted any distractions from the impending Budget announcements.

    BUT the alleged offence also took place:

    — just over a week after the resignation of Maurice Williamson as a Minister on 1 May and all the negative publicity in the lead-up and aftermath of that resignation.

    — and in the midst of when the Judith Collins Oravida saga was also dominating the headlines and questions in the House.

    These issues may well have affected how Key and co decided to handle the situation – eg wishing to avoid publicity etc.

    • freedom 11.1

      +1

    • mickysavage 11.2

      Right you are VV. I will correct. And you are right about the surrounding circumstances. Could it be that there was a conscious decision by the Government to try and keep the situation quiet? It is also interesting that the Police agreed with the continued name suppression.

      • veutoviper 11.2.1

        It certainly has crossed my mind that they may have made a conscious decision to try to keep the situation quiet. I have had experience in the diplomatic arena albeit quite some decades ago, and I am appalled at what McCully has been saying about not being briefed etc.

        I don’t believe for one moment that he – and Key – would not have been briefed on an onging ‘ no surprises’ basis. And if they were not, then they have been at serious fault for not asking and ensuring they were. (And that goes for any PM and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of whatever political persuasion.) I would also have thought that the Justice and Police Ministers would have also been thoroughly briefed on an ongoing basis.

        Such briefings are not a Minister interfering in operational or judicial matters, as one of their weak excuses has been. It is simply the Ministers being kept in the picture in view of the wider intergovernment diplomatic implications. Obviously if they then attempted to interfer or influence the judicial process, that would be a totally different matter.

        • Tracey 11.2.1.1

          +1

          John key knew about a letter written in 2003 by cunliffe weeks before the public, but no knowledge of this?

          He said he heard rumours that liu had given hundreds of thousands of dollars to the LP but he didnt know about this?

          He reads whaleoil but he didnt know about this?

          I suspect Mr McCully will now accept the post to washington, but is that position going to be off the table after more diplomatic bungling?

          • halfcrown 11.2.1.1.1

            Yeah too right Tracey. Key’s government has stuffed up big time AGAIN. I am looking forward to an article in the Herald by Armstrong calling for Keys resignation over this fiasaco.

  12. bad12 12

    There need be a full inquiry into all aspects of this case including what pressure was put upon Police to seek the suppression orders that they did and by whom was that pressure applied,

    The rights of the alleged victim should now be fully canvassed in that Her view of where the alleged offender should serve any sentence, if found guilty, should be conveyed to the High commission concerned, the Courts and the Minister,

    My view is that aside from the convention that allows for diplomatic immunity a contract must be reached between all Embassies, Consulates, and High Commissions who wish to have diplomats posted in this country where it is specifically agreed that any official accused of crimes specifically against a citizen of the host country, ie: crimes that cause or intend physical harm, should have diplomatic immunity waived by their sending countries…

  13. David H 13

    It is looking more and more like a jackup to let crazy colin into east coast bays. Surely there will be a revolt if this happens.

    • cogito 13.1

      Exactly! Crazy Colin will be rubbing his hands – freebie seat coming up…

      When it comes to the assassin bit of “smiling assassin”, Key certainly seems to find a knife whenever he needs one.

      • Colonial Viper 13.1.1

        +1 And never leaves his prints on it

        • cogito 13.1.1.1

          @ Colonial Viper

          Prints are probably there, but there are those who prefer not to look too hard for them. In the end, though, the trail becomes hard to ignore.

      • Tracey 13.1.2

        that is scary to contemplate…

    • blue leopard 13.2

      +1 David H,

      This thought crossed my mind too.

  14. Puckish Rogue 14

    Well done to the left, this is a very good play by them to throw McCully under a bus. Well played.

    • One Anonymous Bloke 14.1

      :lol:

      It was me: McCully was about to pick up the phone to call the complainant but I possessed him and forced him to make a public apology to the PM instead.

      Sorry about that.

    • bad12 14.2

      Are you suggesting Puckish rogue that McCully is ”an innocent” in this whole sordid mess, if anyone should ”go under the bus” as a result of the misuse of diplomatic immunity McCully who knew of the allegations and Did Not Direct the MFAT officials to oppose the granting of diplomatic immunity must take responsibility…

      • Puckish Rogue 14.2.1

        Don’t get me wrong I admire it as a very good piece of skullduggery

        • One Anonymous Bloke 14.2.1.1

          I’m coming for you next.

          • Puckish Rogue 14.2.1.1.1

            If you can then well done

            • One Anonymous Bloke 14.2.1.1.1.1

              Ok Ok, you got me: I don’t have the power to possess you. Not sure that gets Murray off the hook but…

        • bad12 14.2.1.2

          You must then also admire Puckish the ability of the Press, when acting as a free press should, in pulling apart Slippery the Prime Minister and McCully’s ”skullduggery” via an appeal to a higher court which both the PM and McCully seem not to have factored into the equation when they decided to attempt to sweep this alleged crime as far under the carpet as possible…

    • taxicab 14.3

      The wheels on the bus go round and round , round and round , round and round . Next tory please ….splat !!

  15. Gruntie 15

    I can’t wait to read the next column by Jane Clifton

  16. ianmac 16

    Mr Muhhammed Rizalman Bin Ismail is now being returned to NZ to face the Justice System isn’t he?

  17. dv 17

    The Herald needs to get credit for breaking and following the story.

    • Colonial Viper 17.1

      Yep. Uh, not that it helps get Colin Craig into Parliament or anything…

  18. bad12 18

    Applause must be directed at the Malaysian Government for offering to in effect ”do the right thing” and send the alleged offender back to this country to face the accusations made,

    This i would contend fully reflects the community of Malay’s i have had the pleasure to meet in this country and they should be now accorded every respect for their Governments decision and No reflection should be implied or applied to any Malay living or visiting this country with respects to the alleged offending,

    There are other victims of this alleged offending also, and, i can only hope that the Malaysian Government extends every help possible to the family of the alleged offender who have had their lives essentially ripped apart by these allegations whether they are proven or not…

    • Colonial Viper 18.1

      Yes, the Malaysian Govt supposedly socially conservative and male dominated, is not participating in reinforcing rape culture. Our Govt – and I’m not just talking Cabinet level here – you can’t say the same thing.

      • Te Reo Putake 18.1.1

        Yes, the Malaysian Govt supposedly socially conservative and male dominated, is not participating in reinforcing rape culture (in this instance).

        FIFY, CV.

        • Colonial Viper 18.1.1.1

          Agreed. But they don’t try and preach social liberalism as one of their core national values either.

      • cogito 18.1.2

        Interesting how a (at times quite heavily criticised) South East Asian Islamic government can put NZ to shame!

        Good on them – keep it coming.

        Sick of the hypocrisy that seems to be the trademark of NZ these days.

  19. veutoviper 19

    I only just noticed this part of MS’ post

    “I am intrigued. I had thought that the National Party List for this election was going to be announced last weekend and I wonder why is there a delay? “

    I am also intrigued. Has this situation caused the delay, or are there other factors?

    In terms of McCully, this situation could likely affect whether he still stands as an electorate candidate – but it may also negatively affect the possiblity of him being offered the carrot of an overseas ambassador post (Washington DC?) for him to step aside to allow Colin Craig a clear run.

    Key has said that he will be announcing possible accommodations to ACT etc at the end of July, so perhaps they are now holding the National candidate list until then – and to let this situation die down.

    Perhaps Key has decided to go list only – but wants to hold announcing this until later in the campaign.

  20. bad12 20

    Further questions need be asked of both Slippery the Prime Minister and McCully as the Minister responsible,

    What steps did they take amidst the busy broom sweeping that effectively swept this alleged crime firmly under the carpet to ensure the needs of the alleged victim were met in any way,

    None appears to be the answer,

    Was the alleged victim given aid from victim support or simply ignored,

    Simply ignored seems to be the answer,

    Was any thought what-so-ever given to the alleged victims ability to be able to seek further support from the likes of ACC by having the alleged offense to all extents and purposes not a matter of record,

    Simply ignored seems to be the answer…

  21. Over It 21

    Mickey Savage, 3 of your points stand out for me:

    1. Are we really meant to believe that the most serious diplomatic immunity incident in decades
      was going to be met with complete indifference by McCully and by Key?
    2. There are obvious attempts to blame the public servants for what has happened
    3. Timing regarding National lists

    I know and have seen how similar Government Departments operate. As long as the machines image is not tainted the upper proles are expendable (I would have thought diplomatic staff etc are required to take the fall if need be).

    Key and McCully should have been all over it, they were not. Now they blame (not saying that there might be some xxxx kicking to do). When international trade (money) is of concern it is amazing how we drop our pants as a country.

    I have no respect for Key and McCully, when push comes to shove, they are just Hollow Men.

    Would I join up and fight for my country, especially with reptiles like this in the background…….

    Yeah Naaaaa, they have sold it all anyway.

    • Tracey 21.1

      remember the israelis after the chchch earthquake, that seemed quite serious at the time and within the last decade

      • ghostwhowalksnz 21.1.1

        Thats a good point:
        Mossad Spy Ring Unearthed by Christchurch Earthquake

        They included the fact that Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli Prime Minister, made four calls to John Key, his New Zealand counterpart, on the day of the earthquake.
        Shemi Tzur, Israel’s ambassador to Australia and New Zealand, travelled from his base in Australia to Christchurch, where he visited the temporary morgue set up to cope with earthquake victims.
        Meanwhile, Israel’s defence chief also flew to the earthquake-ravaged city.
        In a further move, a search and rescue team arrived in Christchurch from Israel, but the squad’s offer of help was rejected by New Zealand authorities because it did not have the necessary United Nations accreditation.
        Despite that rejection, members of the Israeli team were confronted by armed New Zealand officers after being discovered in the badly damaged sealed off “red zone” of the city centre, the Southland Times said.
        http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/australiaandthepacific/newzealand/8649223/Mossad-spy-ring-unearthed-because-of-Christchurch-earthquake.html.

        Key said nothing here, move on, because the security services said all ok

  22. Jack 22

    The Malaysian Sex Scandal reminds me of the Fonterra Botulism Fiasco, it appears Key was fully briefed on the Labour Donation Scandal with Dong Liu, and was aware of David Cunliffe’s letter of support and the $100k donations, but was left out of the loop on the Malaysian Sex Scandal, just like he was left out of the loop on the raid on Kim Dotcom’s Mansion by the NZ Police & the CIA.

    Seems to me that slagging off the opposition parties and David Cunliffe is more important than making the right decisions for the country and its people.

    • dimebag russell 22.1

      yes it is becoming more and more clear and evident that John Keys is nothing more than a spoilt brat who spits the dummy everytime he doesn’t get his own way.
      New Zealanders deserve more than banal tantrums from their leader.
      whoever is advising him has got it wrong and he will find out in the polls just how much kiwi voters are getting sick of this childish and more to the point boorish behaviour.

  23. Michael 23

    In response to the remark about the Nats’ “eating their young” – I hardly think that applies to McCully. It’s more a case of he who lives by the sword dies by it. It would be great to see the back of him but I doubt Key has the bottle for that, given McCully’s track record in the dark arts.

    • Tracey 23.1

      mccully was brashs and englishs strategist and a hard man but joyce is john keys karl rove, if joyce says mccully goes, and he may have said it a few weeks ago, key will see mccully gone… Hence the under publicised delay in nationals List announcement

      • Weepu's beard 23.1.1

        We were assured by various right wing blogs that the delay in releasing the Labour list a week ago was indicative of Labour not being fit to govern.

        Does the same hold true for National?

        No, of course it doesn’t.

        • dimebag russell 23.1.1.1

          nothing rings true for national.
          give it a tap and it goes clunk!

  24. Wisdumb 24

    I suggest that we should also look at John Allan. He was appointed CEO of MFAT after being CEO of New Zealand Post. This followed a career in commercial law and to some extent, trade. See: (I think you will have to cut and paste):

    http://www.mfat.govt.nz/About-the-Ministry/Our-structure/2-Senior-leadership.php

    He has no background in professional diplomacy. Remember, there was rather a fuss when he was appointed from outside the diplomatic corps. For example:

    http://www.nbr.co.nz/article/mfat-culture-change-be-led-nz-post-ceo-john-allen-101811

    He probably would not have even faintly recognised the sensitivity of this Muhhammed Rizalman affair, either as a diplomatic or as a human issue. It wasn’t about trade so why should he give it any particular attention.

    Nor does Allan’s revealed indifference in any way excuse McCully, whose squirming to avoid accountability is only too typical of National ministers.

  25. freedom 25

    Here is the official press release from the Malaysian Government
    “PRESS STATEMENT: THE ALLEGED OFFENCES COMMITTED BY A MALAYSIAN DEFENCE STAFF ASSISTANT AT THE HIGH COMMISSION OF MALAYSIA IN NEW ZEALAND, 1 JULY 2014″

    http://www.kln.gov.my/web/guest/home?p_p_id=101_INSTANCE_Yt06&p_p_lifecycle=0&p_p_state=normal&p_p_mode=view&p_p_col_id=column-3&p_p_col_pos=1&p_p_col_count=5&_101_INSTANCE_Yt06_struts_action=%2Fasset_publisher%2Fview_content&_101_INSTANCE_Yt06_urlTitle=press-statement%3A-the-alleged-offences-committed-by-a-malaysian-defence-staff-assistant-at-the-high-commission-of-malaysia-in-new-zealand-1-july-2014&_101_INSTANCE_Yt06_type=content&redirect=%2Fweb%2Fguest%2Fhome

    Let’s remember, soon after this (alleged) crime occurred, Malaysia and New Zealand were at the Ending Sexual Violence in Conflict Summit lobbying for their respective bids for the UN Security Council Seat

  26. lurgee 26

    I think Labour are in danger of looking like they are focusing on attacking National, rather than demanding justice for the victim. They need to pursue this carefully, and the post here is a really good example of how not to do it. There isn’t a single reference to the victim of the attack in the whole post. It comes across as being written by someone who doesn’t really care about that aspect, and who is only interested in scoring points off National, and completely forgetting the real issue.

    • BM 26.1

      Yep, it’s really looking like who gives a fuck about the victim, scoring political points far more important.

      Lets be honest, this will blow up in labours face once again, the fuckwittery within the party is hard wired in so you just know it’s going to go pear shaped.

      The clanging of the warning bells should be just about deafening them, not that they’ll take any notice,

    • the pigman 26.2

      :roll:

    • freedom 26.3

      Lurgee, there are two other posts which are addressing the victim’s situation more directly and this post is about McCully. Your rather obvious attempt to feign outrage is as baseless as your conclusion.

      Or is it just you would rather the more direct questions such separation allows, were not asked?

      • lurgee 26.3.1

        First, he could still have made it clear he remembered there was a human being at the bottom of all this, not just an opportunity to discomfit National.

        Second, combining the total comments on the other two threads leaves you with less than half the comments on this thread. Tells you everything you need to know about the mindeset of posters here.

        Thirdly, go and boil your head. I’m not outraged, just disappointed. You’ll know when I’m really outraged.

        • dimebag russell 26.3.1.1

          bowsie wowosie @ lurgee.

        • Delia 26.3.1.2

          Yeah I know the whole thing is Labour’s fault. How you people make me laugh, except you vote these useless people into parliament.

      • Chooky 26.3.2

        @freedom …obviously a very sensitive issue for the National Party and John Key and McCully…John key was very terse with a reporter over the issue

        lurgee is very sensitive about it as well…”go boil your head”!?!!!

        …not a good look good for Nactional…especially not a good look for the young voters and women…and men who care

        • karol 26.3.2.1

          Link to key being terse?

          • Chooky 26.3.2.1.1

            radionz news clip report…sorry cant remember when…reporter brushed aside( it was remarked upon)..i dont think Key said anything except audibly brushed them aside..i think yesterday or day before …maybe mid day or afternoon ?

  27. Clemgeopin 27

    This.important matter has been so murky, shady and dodgy, with lots of spin, blame shifting, abrogation of responsibility, misleading of the public and passing the buck, that I think an urgent parliamentary privileges committee investigation is necessary to question the people involved and to flush out the real truth.

    What do you think?

  28. Jrobin 28

    Haven’t got a link Karol but it was on RNZ on checkpoint, he pushed past their reporter grunting under his breath when they asked him ? on this fiasco …..not so relaxed after all….. poor slippery.

  29. Jrobin 29

    karol it’s on RNZ website Checkpoint. “Murray McCully accused of negligence”. Near end of item.

  30. dimebag russell 30

    the real gloss out of this is this government is sinking.
    mccully blew it but he can stay and collect his pension.
    tough titty.
    If key fires him now then craig will start trying to make demands and key knows or should know by now that his government has been driven by nutters some of whom are adequate I suppose but the real trouble are the weirdos who want to do crazy things to the ‘system’.
    And the government has been negligent to the real factors of production.
    combined with the ones driven by freidmanite randian nonsense they sort of f*ck up every thing they try.
    In new zealand every time these fools have had the chance they tried to disband government and completely corparatise the public sector with disastrous results which require massive readjustments to correct and rectify when a sane government has been elected.
    so key is on the horns of the dilemma right now.

    • tc 30.1

      The only dilemma shonkey faces is which actions are most likely to get the hollow men back in power.

      Consequences will be dealt with when and if, its win at any cost.

      Key will do as advised and if it all gets too hard or they lose he will get gone in a flash as hes already done his job by flogging assets and tipping the field even more towards the top end.

  31. RedBaronCV 31

    What sort of culture in any of these places actually gives rise to the attitudes that any of this was okay or ever going to be okay.

    There are a couple of things that puzzle me thought, if anyone can supply an answer.
    The initial court hearing before the JP.

    The lawyer said to stuff that she was instructed to ask for name suppression, remand without plea and legal aid. Who instructed her? Why legal aid? Had the embassy said they were not going to pay? Why would they decide not to pay?

    Bail was granted, as was name suppression because it was a serious offence. Now either it is serious or it is not but this looks like to different stances. I would have though that for charges of this nature (and the possibility of flight) the police would oppose bail. Did they and if not why not?

    Whatever they did ask for as bail conditions (passport surrender?) we do not know but the bail conditions were revoked on the 15th of May when the police requested the court do so. What did the police know on the 15th that they didn’t know on the 12th? If they asked for passport surrender then they would have known earlier it was diplomatic. If they didn’t ask for the passport then they also must have known it was a diplomatic one. So why did the police go softly on this from the outset?
    Did the police advise their minister or any other minister of anything at all?
    When was the police commissioner advised?

  32. RedBaronCV 32

    BTW don’t forget this whole mess has been created by the law n’order party (who doesn’t think attempted rape is a crime) and the party that picks the best person for the job (and women need not apply). So Murray is a top pick – the best person- really?

  33. Once was Pete 33

    on a post such as this it would be good to have an update especially since there have been quite significant developments in the interim, which will have altered everyones understanding of what happened.

  34. Gruntie 34

    From Scoop’s Gordon Campbell

    “Terrific. I’m glad that Murray McCully is well and truly determined to get to the bottom of who screwed up the Malaysian diplomatic immunity case, and when he finally finds out who was Foreign Affairs Minister at the time…boy, I wouldn’t want to be in that guy’s shoes.”

    Excellent !

  35. Sable 35

    McCully seems have a pretty good line as apologist for the foreign interests in New Zealand. How would McCully excuse this I wonder, “cultural insensitivity’ perhaps? A failure to understand “Malaysian male culture”?

  36. Populuxe1 36

    You sound really gleeful at the prospect Colin Graig might have an electoral seat open up. Scary.

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    Out on the Chatham Rise, the ridge jutting into the waters off Christchurch and extending out beyond the Chathams, Chatham Rock Phosphate has a mining permit and is now seeking EPA approval for its project to mine phosphate for fertiliser,...
    Pundit | 30-10
  • CTU Runanga calls on iwi leaders
    Maori workers are calling on iwi leaders to speak out against the employment law changes expected to go through today.“Iwi leaders have previously spoken out when workers in Aotearoa have been under attack, we believe they should do so again...
    CTU | 30-10
  • An unmanaged conflict
    Katherine Rich is a member of the government-appointed Health Promotion Agency, responsible for (as it says on its website) "inspiring all New Zealanders to lead healthier lives". Katherine Rich is also Chief Executive of the New Zealand Food and Grocery...
    No Right Turn | 30-10
  • Robert Fisk
    Isis in Syria: A general reveals the lack of communication with the US - and his country's awkward relationship with their allies-by-default...
    No Right Turn | 30-10
  • A stretch
    This morning the Herald revealed that Kim Dotcom had been convicted and fined for dangerous driving in 2009, but had not declared it on his application for residency. Immigration is now talking about deporting him. So, this is what we...
    No Right Turn | 30-10
  • Tauranga port happy to take the money – but not happy to accept responsib...
    Comments from a Port of Tauranga manager about deaths and injuries in their port during a Radio New Zealand interview are unacceptable....
    MUNZ | 30-10
  • New Ebola Toys for Xmas. Yay?
    From the "too soon?" file, here are two oddly successful exercises in niche marketing. First, the molecularly-sort-of-correct ebola plush toy. Apparently it has sold out: And, of course, the sexy ebola nurse outfit: Ebola, as everyone knows, ignores cleavage. And...
    Polity | 30-10
  • Temporary, discriminatory and an admission of Faliure
    The PM says that the legislation his government proposes to pass under urgency allowing for the confiscation of passports of NZ citizens in order to combat the threat of returning foreign fighters will be “tightly focused” on those traveling to...
    Kiwipolitico | 30-10
  • Climate change harming ocean health
    New Zealand is responsible for one of the largest areas of sea in the world – an area 14 times the size of our land area. The National Government is promising new marine protected areas legislation with a discussion document...
    frogblog | 30-10
  • Experiment-gate update
    Readers may recall the saga around an experimental mailer some Stanford / Dartmouth researchers sent into the state of Montana. In a randomised trial, it provided voters with some added information about two candidates running for a judicial election, and...
    Polity | 30-10
  • Why are our Politicians Auckland Toll Chickens?
    Yesterday both the National Government and Green Party opposed the suggestion to place a toll on Auckland’s roads, but for completely different reasons. The Government opposes it because they see it as a new tax. The Greens because they would...
    Gareth’s World | 29-10
  • The obvious question
    John Key says he knows who the hacker Rawshark is. So, will the police be raiding his home for ten hours and taking all his data, or is that something they only do to enemies of the National Party?...
    No Right Turn | 29-10
  • Guest post: Living with a criminal conviction
    What happens when one moment of bad judgement changes everything anyone ever thinks about you? Mike Jones* used a weapon to defend his girlfriend from an aggressive man at a party seven years ago. He’s still paying for that choice....
    On the Left | 29-10
  • James Shaw speaks on the four Bills formerly known as the Accounting Infras...
    The assurance industry is a critical component of our economic framework. The idea that there is a trusted independent watchdog of the public interest underpins investor confidence and ensures financial probity on behalf of our country's leading institutions. New Zealand...
    Greens | 31-10
  • ANZ needs to look after its workers after another super profit
    The ANZ bank needs to acknowledge the super profits it makes are coming at the expense of its workers, the Green Party said today.Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited (ANZ) 2014 full year results show a lift in performance...
    Greens | 31-10
  • James Shaw’s maiden speech
    Tena Koe, Mr Speaker. I would like to take this opportunity to speak a little of the past, the present and the future. The privilege to serve in this Parliament was given to me by all those who gave their...
    Greens | 31-10
  • Feed the kids members bill
    Education is the best route out of poverty. But hungry kids can't learn and are left trapped in the poverty cycle. Let's break that cycle lunchbox by lunchbox. We can feed the country's hungry kids, if we work together.I have...
    Greens | 31-10
  • Feed the kids members bill
    Education is the best route out of poverty. But hungry kids can't learn and are left trapped in the poverty cycle. Let's break that cycle lunchbox by lunchbox. We can feed the country's hungry kids, if we work together.I have...
    Greens | 31-10
  • National’s “Auckland housing boom” a fizzer
    Falling Auckland consent numbers show the Government’s housing policy is going backwards contrary to wild claims by Building and Housing Minister Nick Smith that we are on the cusp of a massive construction boom, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. ...
    Labour | 31-10
  • Job losses major blow to Bay community
    Job losses at Wattie’s Hastings plant will hit families and the community hard, Hawke’s Bay-based Labour MP Stuart Nash and MP for Ikaroa-Rawhiti Meka Whaitiri say. “I know a number of the Wattie’s staff and these job losses will be...
    Labour | 31-10
  • Local job losses major blow to Bay community
    Job losses at Wattie’s Hastings plant will hit families and the community hard, Hawke’s Bay-based Labour MP Stuart Nash and MP for Ikaroa-Rawhiti Meka Whaitiri say. “I know a number of the Wattie’s staff and these job losses will be...
    Labour | 31-10
  • Zero tolerance for forestry accidents a must
    The Government must adopt a zero tolerance approach to workplace accidents in the forestry sector to stop people being killed, Labour’s Forestry spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “It is time for the Government and the forestry sector to put an end...
    Labour | 30-10
  • Return to less holidays on the cards?
    John Key needs to lay his cards on the table regarding the Government’s intentions around holiday pay and annual leave entitlements, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “A day after National pushed through laws that take away the legal...
    Labour | 30-10
  • Forest Safety report first step in making our forests safe to work in
    Our forests are a very dangerous place to work. Between 2008 and 2013 there have been 32 fatalities and more than a thousand serious harm incidents in this industry. The Council of Trade Unions and First union have been doing...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Catherine Delahunty Speaks on the Employment Relations Amendment Bill
    Kia ora, Mr Assistant Speaker. He mihi nui ki te Whare Paremata. Welcome to the glorious 19th century, dressed up in the not-so-new flexibility-speak. At the final moment of this bill, let us drop the charade. The Government has a...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Ruataniwha Feds refuse to present a balanced view
    A bid to sell the Ruataniwha water project to Hawkes Bay farmers has turned in to an incredibly one sided affair, says Labours spokesperson on Water Meka Whaitiri.  “It’s being promoted as ‘Ruataniwha it’s now or never’ and it promises...
    Labour | 30-10
  • Worker’s rights dealt severe blow with Bill’s passing
    The passing of the Employment Relations Amendment Bill is another blow to workers' rights in New Zealand, the Green Party said today.This afternoon, National's Employment Relations Amendment Bill passed with the support of Act and United Future."This bill will force...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Barriers to reporting sex crimes must go
    Both the Government and police need to take action to ensure that, in future, sexual abuse victims know they will be taken seriously, Labour’s Associate Police spokesperson Kelvin Davis says. “The young women involved in the Roast Busters case, and...
    Labour | 30-10
  • Te Wakaputanga – What we did not learn at school
    This week saw the 179th anniversary of the signing of Te Wakaputanga, the Declaration of Independence of the United Tribes of Niu Tireni. Most of us did not learn about this fundamentally critical document at school, we barely learned about...
    Greens | 30-10
  • NZ goes backwards on gender equality
    It is no coincidence that in the same week New Zealand is singled out for going backwards on child poverty under National,  we’ve also dropped in global rankings for gender equality. In one year New Zealand has dropped from 7th...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Kevin Hague questions the Minister of Health on management of Katherine Ric...
    Is he satisfied that all conflicts of interest that arose by the head of Food and Grocery Council Katherine Rich being a member of the Health Promotion Agency were managed in accordance with the provisions of the Crown Entities Act...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Bennett parks numbers on social housing
    Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett admitted today that well over 1000 families have been subsidised through the accommodation supplement to stay in the Ranui campground, somewhere she has previously described as not the right place for children to be growing...
    Labour | 30-10
  • 50,000 sign petition against anti-worker law
    More than 50,000 Kiwis have signed Labour’s petition against the Government’s scrapping of tea break entitlements, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “That’s the equivalent of five people signing our petition every minute for a week. It shows the...
    Labour | 30-10
  • Address in Reply Debate – Dr Kennedy Graham on UN Security Council- 2...
    In the Speech from the Throne last week the Prime Minister identified the usual domestic goals for his Government. I counted 17. They are not my subject today. I wish instead to focus on matters beyond our shores. In the...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Climate change harming ocean health
    New Zealand is responsible for one of the largest areas of sea in the world – an area 14 times the size of our land area. The National Government is promising new marine protected areas legislation with a discussion document...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Key misled public over Jason Ede
    Information contained in a new chapter of the book Key: Portrait of a Prime Minister, that Jason Ede stopped working for the National Party on the night the book Dirty Politics was released, shows Mr Key and senior ministers hid...
    Greens | 29-10
  • Greenpeace report highlights better path for NZ agriculture
    A Greenpeace International report highlights a better way forward for New Zealand agriculture than the GE and chemical mutation technologies supported by Federated Farmers, and the National Government through its research funding packages, the Green Party said today. "This report...
    Greens | 29-10
  • BNZ post record profits while leaving savers vulnerable
    A small part of the $850 million record profit posted by the Bank of New Zealand (BNZ) today needs to be set aside to protect savers' deposits in the future, said Green Party Co-leader Dr Russel Norman today.Dr Norman was...
    Greens | 29-10
  • RBNZ U-turn shows monetary settings were wrong
    The Reserve Bank's U-turn on interest rates today shows monetary policy settings were wrong and New Zealanders have suffered unnecessarily through the loss of jobs and having to pay higher interest rates, the Green Party said today.Reserve Bank Governor Graeme...
    Greens | 29-10
  • Ports must take responsibility for shameful death toll
    Port companies must step up and take responsibility for a shameful toll of seven deaths and 133 serious accidents in the past three years, Labour MP Iain Lees-Galloway says. The frightening figures – released by the Rail, Maritime and Transport...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Please help me get my Feed the Kids Bill to Select Committee
    Last week I took over the Feed the Kids Bill that Hone Harawira had introduced to Parliament. If passed, my Bill will provide government-funded breakfast and lunch in all decile 1 and 2 schools. Hungry kids can’t learn and are...
    Greens | 29-10
  • TVNZ Outsourcing Pasifika and Maori Programmes
    I’ve always been a big fan of our state broadcaster and I’ve particularly liked their range of current events programmes. But after Friday’s announcement that TVNZ will be sacking up to 40 staff by contracting out the Pacific and Maori...
    Greens | 29-10
  • Labour urges iwi leaders to meet with National
    Labour’s Māori Caucus has called on iwi leaders and national Māori organisations to seek urgent meetings with the National Government to directly express their concerns about employment law changes which will harm Māori workers. In an open letter sent today...
    Labour | 29-10
  • ACC’s reputation needs fix, not glitz
    Restoring public trust and confidence in ACC will take a lot more than a new communications strategy or social media blitz, says Labour’s ACC spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway. “Under National, ACC has come to be perceived as insensitive, difficult to deal...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Lessons to be learned from police investigation
    The outcome of the so-called Roast Busters case should not put victims off reporting sexual crimes, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “This case has been mishandled from the start. Within days of police initially saying no charges had...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Anti-worker legislation is anti-Pacifica
    The Minister for Pacific Peoples, Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga, will go down in history as being part of a Government that harmed his own people through anti-worker legislation, says Labour’s Pacific Island Affairs spokesperson Su’a William Sio.  “Pacific people are among...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Five-year tax holiday for overseas tax dodgers
    National has just gifted a five-year tax holiday for foreign companies dodging their tax payments, says Revenue spokesperson David Clark. “Todd McClay has pretended he is doing something about overseas companies dodging their tax duties by joining an international initiative...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Traffic Jam Tax must be given the red light
    Auckland Council’s proposed Traffic Jam Tax could cost some households thousands of dollars a year just to use roads they had already paid for with their taxes and must be rejected, says Labour’s transport and Auckland Issues spokesperson Phil Twyford....
    Labour | 29-10
  • National has chance to show leadership on limos
    The National Party has the opportunity to show leadership by transitioning our vehicle fleet towards renewable electricity when a new contract to supply Government limousines for VIPs goes to tender next month, the Green Party said today. "This is a...
    Greens | 29-10
  • The Māori Party can’t have it both ways over labour laws
    The Māori Party has to fess up over its voting record on the Employment Relations Amendment Bill, says Labour’s Māori Caucus.  “It’s simply not good enough to oppose the bill at the same time  as they helped speed up its progress through...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Equal pay and the aged care sector
    Today the High Court upheld the historic ruling by the Employment Court that our Equal Pay Act could be used to consider work of equal value cases; the government has been telling the UN and ILO that it could for...
    Greens | 29-10
  • Court case perfect opportunity for Government to improve gender pay gap
    If the Government wants to halt New Zealand’s slump in international rankings on the gender pay gap it should act on the court finding that women deserve equal wages, Labour’s Women’s Affairs spokesperson Sue Moroney says. “The World Economic Forum’s...
    Labour | 28-10
  • All Auckland transport options should be considered
    All options for meeting Auckland's transport needs should be considered, including reprioritising the transport budget away from wasteful spending on motorways, the Green Party said today.Auckland mayor Len Brown is today releasing a transport report by the Independent Advisory Board,...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Another report highlights Govt failure on child poverty
    An international report measuring the impact of the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) on child poverty rates, showing children in New Zealand have done worse than children in other countries, is further proof the Government needs to urgently take additional steps...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Address and Reply Debate Part 55: Inequality and Disability
    I rise on behalf of the Green Party to talk about inequality and disability.The recent census showed that nearly one in four New Zealanders lives with a disability—up from one in five in the previous census. These figures include some...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Address and Reply Debate Part 55: Inequality and Disability
    I rise on behalf of the Green Party to talk about inequality and disability.The recent census showed that nearly one in four New Zealanders lives with a disability—up from one in five in the previous census. These figures include some...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Child poverty: No more wake-up calls
    A new report which shows the National Government has made no inroads whatsoever into child poverty should do more than just set alarm bells ringing, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “UNICEF’s  latest Innocenti Report Card highlights the fact...
    Labour | 28-10
  • Eugenie Sage speaks in the 2014 Address in Reply Debate
    I congratulate you, Assistant Speaker Mallard, as Assistant Speaker and look forward to your knowledge, your fairness, and your light touch in being a referee of proceedings in this House. I congratulate also the other Assistant Speaker, Lindsay Tisch; the...
    Greens | 28-10
  • James Shaw’s Maiden Speech
    Tena Koe, Mr Speaker. I would like to take this opportunity to speak a little of the past, the present and the future. The privilege to serve in this Parliament was given to me by all those who gave their...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Govt airs real views on public broadcasting
    An admission by the Government that it is happy to experiment with Pacific and Maori audiences shows just how weak its vision for public broadcasting in New Zealand is, Labour’s Broadcasting spokesperson Kris Faafoi says. “National today admitted it doesn’t...
    Labour | 28-10
  • Does Judith Collins have a get out of jail card?
    Former justice minister Judith Collins appears to have been gifted a get out of jail free card based on the Prime Minister’s answers in Parliament today, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “Judith Collins claimed in an Official Information...
    Labour | 28-10
  • Solid Energy decision delay sensible
    Today’s announcement by the Board of Solid Energy that it will delay making a final decision on re-entering the Pike River mine is a sensible move, Labour’s MP for  West Coast-Tasman Damien O’Connor says. “It has been clear for some...
    Labour | 28-10
  • New York Green Bank off to a $1B start
    New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced late last week the New York Green Bank’s first NZD$1 billion tranche of green energy investments. The projects, which are difficult for the private sector to finance, are now possible by New York Green...
    Greens | 28-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Blockade the Budget
    The ‘Independent’ Police Conduct Authority’s report into the policing of student protests in 2012 is a whitewash The report released by the Independent Police Conduct Authority into the policing of student protests in 2012 is a whitewash riddled with inaccuracies....
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • When National claim new anti worker laws provide ‘flexibility’ they mea...
    And so it comes to pass. The first law National ram through as part of their victory march are new anti worker laws they pretend will generate ‘flexibility’. The new law denigrate the unions ability to protect workers and provide...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • City Transport: A Taxing Matter
    This week the prospect of paying tolls on Auckland motorways became a hot topic. (See Mathew Dearnaley:Motorway tolling could hit some hard, NZ Herald, 30 Oct 2014.) As we might expect, the kneejerk response has been quite negative. But, as with...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Open Letter to Amy Adams: Please Reopen The Review Into Sexual Violence Cou...
    Ms Amy Adams, Justice and Courts Minister, Right now in this country it seems that although rape is illegal, it is not being prevented by the agents who uphold the law. It almost feels like rape is only illegal on paper,...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • MEDIA WATCH: Does ‘No-Surprises’ Also Apply To TVNZ News?
    When you stand back and look at NZ media outlets, most of them have at least one or two people who attempt to hold the government to account: John Campbell on TV3, Guyon Espiner and others at Radio NZ, David...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Things That Make You Go Hmmmmmmm
    Every so often in politics, a public figure comes out with something so absurd and so outlandish … that it really does just make you go “Hmmmmmmmmmm”. We’re accustomed to this from certain quarters – by mid point through the...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Poverty & inequality don’t need protest marches – they need a riot:...
    The global level of inequality continues to skyrocket… Number of billionaires doubled since financial crisis The number of billionaires has doubled since the start of the financial crisis, according to a major new report from anti-poverty campaigners. According to Oxfam,...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • If Key knows who Rawshark is…
    I’m sorry, what? John Key ‘given Rawshark’s name’The Prime Minister believes he knows who hacked Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater’s computer and produced the source material for Nicky Hager’s Dirty Politics, according to a new edition of a recently published...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Child Poverty stats in NZ
    Child Poverty stats in NZ...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Crimes Act + Police Investigation = WTF
    Just to frame the farce that is the Roastbuster’s investigation and conclusion – here are the parts of the Crime Act http://www.legislation.govt.nz/act/public/1961/0043/latest/whole.html#DLM329057  the Roastbusters are proven to have violated – that the police (and some suspects!) themselves acknowledge occurred: Crimes...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Publishing Journalists’ Home Addresses Is A Tactic Of The Right, Not The ...
    I think I’m starting to get rather annoyed with the conduct of some pro-MANA people over this ongoing Parliamentary Services crew complement issue. Yes, we get that there are legitimate issues to be raised with how some political reporters in...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Aucklanders caught between a tarseal-addicted government and a weak mayor
    Len Brown’s proposal for motorway tolls to reduce congestion and provide funding for better public transport is a weak response to a critical issue. The $12 billion dollar shortfall on transport funding he talks about is mainly for projected new...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • A Very Weird Story: Deconstructing Darren Aronofsky’s Noah.
    NOAH is a curious movie. Conceived as a biblical epic, it’s target audience was originally the millions of Americans who regard the Bible as God’s inerrant word. With the sin-filled works of Hollywood forbidden to these true-believers, Christian movie-makers have developed...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • You Can Get Away With Rape In New Zealand
    Jessie Hume with last years petition against rape     The police have sent a strong message today.  In fact they’ve been sending a strong message for a while; a message that our government supports. “You can literally get away...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Roast Buster case – no charges. In the immortal words of NWA…
    Roast Busters case: No prosecutions Police are to make an announcement this afternoon on Operation Clover, the investigation into the “Roast Busters” allegations. The Herald understands the victim has been told that the alleged offenders will not be prosecuted due...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Key’s flag change distraction to cost $26million!
    No. Way. Bid to change NZ flag to cost millions The cost of holding two referendums and consulting on a change of flag has been estimated to be just under $26 million. Look. We all appreciate that the sleepy hobbits...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Why NZ Herald’s Labour Party crocodile tears are so audacious
    The front page the NZ Herald would use if they thought they could get away with it No one can take the recent columns by NZ Herald seriously… John Armstrong: Shadow lingers on National John Roughan: Labour’s leadership vote matters...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • The beginning of the end of Cameron Slater?
    Slater postings on man bizarre, court told A businessman has changed his appearance and had to install extra security at his home after Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater posted his business and personal documents online, he says. Mr Slater has...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • We are a milk power republic and Fonterra our unelected senate
    Wow. Just wow… Deputy mayor says he’ll be sacked South Taranaki deputy mayor Alex Ballantyne says he expects to be sacked because he has spoken out about the impact gasses coming from dumped Fonterra dairy products have had on his...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • MEDIA WATCH: “…But *actually* this is about ethics in political-game jo...
    Yesterday, a piece of mine on the recent revelations about Hone Harawira employing several gentlemen either accused or convicted of sex offences was published on The Daily Blog. Predictably, given the fierce loyalty which Hone inspires in his party faithful and...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • Privilege cheque
    There was no race problem in my childhood. Living in central Wellington I was well-insulated from what was going on not so far away. This was the 60s and 70s, where the teachers enjoyed free love in the staff room...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • A brief word on Key’s claim that it will be raining carnage
    Isis will ‘rain carnage on the world’ – John Key Left unchecked Isis would “rain carnage on the world”, Prime Minister John Key says, but he has yet to make a decision on whether New Zealand troops will join a...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • Meanwhile…
    ...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • How does Andrew Little win Labour Leadership and unify the caucus?
    Audrey Young’s excellent column on how the Caucus vote  is shaping up shows how Andrew Little becomes the next leader of the Labour Party. She identifies the factions as the following… Andrew Little 6: Andrew Little, David Cunliffe, Iain Lees Galloway,...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Joe Trinder – Right of response to Curwen
    You have asked that Hone Harawira deserves to explain what happened, how would he explain when his next door neighbour is an alleged sex offender. What explanation can Hone offer he wasn’t involved, Hone had no idea this offending was...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • MEDIA WATCH: That Hella-Weird Feeling When You Defend Tova O’Brien
    Oh dear. Yesterday morning I blogged that Hone deserved a chance to explain what exactly had happened as applies his office’s Parliamentary Services crew complement – and, importantly, that we deserve to be able to judge him on the strength of...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • Canadian Green MP warns against harsh anti-terror measures
    Canada’s Green Party has provided a welcome counterpoint to Prime Minister Harper’s call for tougher anti-terrorism laws in the wake of a soldier outside the Canadian Parliament. On October 22, while she was still locked in her parliamentary office, Green...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • When is an asset sale not an asset sale? When it robs from the poor and ste...
    National have turned state housing on its head. At no time during the 2014 election did the Key Government even hint that they were going to privatise 30% of the Housing NZ stock of state homes. Not once. Key even...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • Housing; broken promises, families in cars, and ideological idiocy (Part To...
    . . Continued from: Housing; broken promises, families in cars, and ideological idiocy (Part Rua) . Bill English comes clean on National’s intentions for HNZ privatisation . On 14 October, in a report on The Daily Blog, I wrote, In...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • The Questions Have Been Asked – They Deserve An Answer
    A few days ago, allegations that had been percolating for some time about Hone Harawira employing three either accused or convicted sex offenders on his Parliamentary pay-roll came to light. (one imprisoned before working for MANA; one who found himself convicted and...
    The Daily Blog | 26-10
  • I have seen one future, and it is bleak
    . . Back in  March 2012, I wrote this story regarding a march to support striking workers at Ports of Auckland. It appears there was some prescience about some of my observations at the time… . | | 18 March...
    The Daily Blog | 26-10
  • US air strike war Key wants us in has killed a civilian a day so far
      The US air strike war that John Key wants us to join has killed a civilian a day so far. From the Washington Post... The United States launched its first airstrikes on militants in Syria on Sept. 23, and has continued...
    The Daily Blog | 26-10
  • The instant Jihad syndrome
    My favourite new term is ‘self-radicalised’ – it suggests the reasons for terrorism are totally divorced from the actions of the West. This need to suddenly ramp up terror laws because of lone wolf, self-radicalised Jihadists seems convenient and counter-productive....
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • We have nothing to fear from Ebola but fear itself
    I suspect most Americans perceive Ebola like this   I can’t work out if the fear being spread within the media about Ebola is deliberate or just ignorance. Yes Ebola is a terrible plague that kills a large percentage of...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Anjum Rahman – “Meritocracy? I wish.”
    I’d like to start by linking to a post I had published at another site in support of Nanaia Mahuta for the Labour Party leadership election.  She has a reasonable chance, given that she already has the endorsement of Te...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • Chocolate milk shortage and creepy Santa? Let’s talk about real news
    Child poverty is still a scarily serious problem in this country and house prices are soaring through the roof to the point where it is simply impossible for the average New Zealander to buy a home. There is also little...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • It’s time to celebrate Kiwi schools and teachers
    Some would have you believe that New Zealand’s schools are in a state of collapse, that your children are not being educated well and that things are going to hell in a hand basket.  That there is no innovation, no...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • Ideological Blitzkrieg – Privatization of state housing, more charter sch...
    Pundits in pundit land will tell you that this Government is boring, that Key is the great pragmatist and that it is his ability to create elegant solutions that keeps him the firm favourite in many Kiwi eyes. This ability...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • Hegemony rules but resistance is fertile
    The Prime Minister is a puppet. Not just our current Prime Minister, but given the forces of multinational globalisation, the role of any head of state, is less as independent actor, and more as a puppet of international trends and...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • An open Letter to Sir Bob Jones: demanding a ‘liveable wage’ is not “...
    How out of touch with reality is Sir Bob Jones? You know, that white dude who invested in privatised SOEs after the selling off of our assets in the eighties and made a ludicrous and disgusting amount of money and is...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • My insecurity about the Security Council
    As I write this (on 24 October) it is international UN Day. Of course, you all knew that already, right? Well, the day celebrates the entry into force of the UN Charter in 1945. With the ratification of this founding...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Catherine Delahunty – Back in That House
    Parliament opened this week and I still find it a very odd place. Most of the people are reasonably courteous and friendly, but the rituals are archaic and the rules around issues like the swearing in oath are oppressive and...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Marae Investigates No More
    TVNZ yesterday announced the closure of their Māori and Pacific programmes department. That means they’ve chosen to stop making Fresh, Tagata Pasifika, Waka Huia and Marae Investigates to let independent producers get their hands on these lucrative contracts. This is...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • BLOGWATCH: An Un-Civil War in Labour, eh?
    Earlier today, my attention was directed to an entry that’s just recently appeared on the Slightly Left of Centre blog. It purports to contain the ‘inside word’ from a highly placed NZF source – which is funny, because I’m pretty sure...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Santanomics 101
    Santanomics could mean a number of things. It could be the study and practice of giving. Or it could mean the study and practice of rampant end-of-year commercialism. However, for me today it is the economics of erectingAuckland’s giant Santa...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • SkyCity boss misleads public over workers lost shifts
    SkyCity CEO Nigel Morrison has defended the employment practices at his company in an “Opinion” piece entitled “Human Capital key to corporate success” in the NZ Herald on Thursday. A number of his claims are misleading, contain only partial truths...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Review: Perfect Place
    I went to a Perfect Place on Tuesday night, and what a delight it was. The marshmallows sweetly (and forcefully) handed out pre-show, set the tone for the next hour. Walking up the stairs at The Basement was a complete...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • 5AA Australia – NZ on UN Security Council + Dirty Politics Lingers On
    5AA Australia: Selwyn Manning and Peter Godfrey deliver their weekly bulletin Across The Ditch. General round up of over night talkback issues: Thongs, Jandals and flip-flops… ISSUE 1: New Zealand has been successful in its campaign to become a non...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • When I mean me, I mean my office & when I call whaleoil I mean not as m...
    This. Is. Ludicrous. Green Party co-leader Russel Norman put the first of what are likely to be many questions about Mr Key’s relationship with Slater, asking him how many times he had phoned or texted the blogger since 2008. “None...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • A brief word on describing the Government as ‘boring and bland’
    The narrative being sown is that this Government will be a boring and bland third term. Boring and bland. Since the election, Key has announced he is privatising 30% of state houses without reinvesting any of that money back into housing society’s most...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • Roast Busters: Turn Indignation into Action
    People raged about the Roast Buster case. The indignation was justified – it was horrible. “Where were their parents!?” Fair question. I am sure the Roast Busters’ parents and the victims’ parents all wish they had been more proactive in...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Stats NZ only have themselves to blame for postponement
    The Public Service Association (PSA) says Statistics NZ only have themselves to blame for the indefinite postponement of the release of the Food Price Index: November 2014....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • NZ Diversity Survey – benchmarking workplace diversity
    AUT University’s New Zealand Work Research Institute (NZWRI) has released a report on diversity in New Zealand workplaces....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Māori Language (Te Reo Māori) Bill
    Tutehounuku Korako, Chair of the Māori Affairs Committee, is inviting further public submissions on this bill. The closing date for submissions is Friday, 5 December 2014....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • ERA amendments a mixed bag
    The Employment Relations Amendment Act has the potential to put vulnerable workers in a more precarious position, says Equal Opportunities Commissioner, Dr Jackie Blue. However, the commissioner says the right for all to request flexible work hours is...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Sensible Sentencing calls for appeal of judicial activivism
    The Sensible Sentencing Trust is appalled that Justice Jill Mallon has today refused to apply the Life without Parole (LWOP) provisions of the Three Strikes law as enacted by Parliament....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Global Rally against ISIS – for Kobanê – for Humanity, Nov 1
    The New Zealand Kurdish Community will march in solidarity with Kurdistan as part of the “GLOBAL RALLY AGAINST ISIS – FOR KOBANÊ – FOR HUMANITY” on 1 November 2014, 2pm....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Does ‘No-Surprises’ Also Apply To TVNZ News?
    When you stand back and look at NZ media outlets, most of them have at least one or two people who attempt to hold the government to account: John Campbell on TV3, Guyon Espiner and others at Radio NZ, David...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Safer roads are better for everyone
    Recent pedestrian versus vehicle incidents highlight the real issues being addressed by delegates as the 2Walk and Cycle conference concludes....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Law change creates more flexible labour market
    The Employment Relations Amendment Act, passed yesterday, will bring new flexibility to the labour market and will reduce the ability of unions to organise and to recruit....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Bumper ANZ profits mean no excuse for insecure hours
    A big rise in profits at New Zealand's largest bank needs to be reflected in a better pay offer and more security around hours of work, the bank workers’ union said today....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Count down to lowered alcohol limit
    With just a month to go until a new lower alcohol limit for adult drivers comes into effect, Police and road safety agencies are reminding drivers of the impending change....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • WorkSafe Supports Forestry Review Findings
    WorkSafe NZ says the Independent Forestry Safety Review has clearly identified the problems facing an industry in which ten workers were killed last year. “The Review’s analysis matches our own view and leaves no doubt about the need for comprehensive,...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • CTU welcomes forestry review recommendations
    The CTU is welcoming the today's release of the independent forestry safety review panel findings. "These recommendations must be implemented to ensure that everything possible is done to make forestry safer." CTU President, Helen Kelly said....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Activists will confront animal abusers
    Today animal rights activists will confront a group of wealth advisers who want to build the biggest egg factory-farm in New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Turia: Women’s Refuge Conference 2014
    This is a milestone moment in my life. This will be my last official address as Co-leader of the Maori Party. On Saturday night at our Hui-a-Tau, I will be standing down from that role and enabling a new co-leader,...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Rodeo Code of Welfare ‘Sick Joke’
    Animal advocacy organisation SAFE says the revised Code of Welfare for Rodeos just released is nothing but a sick joke. “Rodeo animals are goaded, tormented and forced to endure needless suffering and gross mistreatment, all for the sake of so-called...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Conservative Party applauds binding referenda on flag
    The Conservative Party are congratulating the Government on the decision to hold two binding referendums to decide the fate of New Zealand’s flag – and believes it will pave the way for binding referenda to form part of New Zealand...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Walk the Talk – Opposing violence against women
    Soroptimist International of Auckland have organised a walk on 22 November from Silo Park at the Wynyard Quarter through the Viaduct and back to Silo Park, to show their opposition to violence against women. This event hopes to raise awareness...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Recommendations on the Design of Pecuniary Penalties
    The Law Commission has reviewed the use of pecuniary penalties as a regulatory tool. Pecuniary penalties are financial penalties that policymakers are increasingly opting to use in place of criminal sanctions in order to punish and deter misconduct in...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Every worker will be affected by employment law changes
    Every worker will feel the effects of the government’s new employment laws and should join a union if they want to maintain and increase their wages and conditions, says New Zealand’s largest private sector union, the EPMU....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Shameful attack on all workers
    The Government has passed the Employment Relations Amendment Act slashing the rights of all Kiwi workers. “These changes are shameful. New Zealand now has some of the worst employment protections in the OECD. It is embarrassing that a country which...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Unnecessary law changes more to do with ideology
    The government’s employment law changes are simply ideological and are at odds with its approach in the related areas of health and safety and immigration law, FIRST Union said tonight....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • CTU Runanga calls on iwi leaders
    Maori workers are calling on iwi leaders to speak out against the employment law changes expected to go through today. “Iwi leaders have previously spoken out when workers in Aotearoa have been under attack, we believe they should do so...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Educating children not the best solution to alcohol harm
    Alcohol Healthwatch says we need to look beyond educating children and young people to address deeply embedded attitudes and behaviours concerning alcohol....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • New code of welfare for rodeos released
    New standards to strengthen the animal welfare requirements for rodeos have been issued today by the Minister for Primary Industries, Nathan Guy....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • IPCA report riddle with inaccuracies, say students
    A report by the Independent Police Conduct Authority into the policing of student protests in 2012 is riddled with inaccuracies, say students who laid the original complaint with the IPCA....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • CT v The Queen – indecency convictions quashed
    This summary is provided to assist in the understanding of the Court’s judgment. It does not comprise part of the reasons for that judgment. The full judgment with reasons is the only authoritative document. The full text of the judgment...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Rameka v The Queen – murder convictions quashed
    This summary is provided to assist in the understanding of the Court’s judgment. It does not comprise part of the reasons for that judgment. The full judgment with reasons is the only authoritative document. The full text of the judgment...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Auckland Council Out of Control
    Responding to the NZ Herald article that some Auckland households will face a rates rise of up to 9.6 per cent next year, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says: “Len Brown’s pledge to cap rates rises at 2.5 per...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Stats NZ staff escalate action with ‘no more meetings’ rule
    Statistics NZ staff have voted to escalate their ongoing industrial action in an effort to get Stats NZ back to the bargaining table with a reasonable offer. The staff, who are members of the Public Service Association (PSA), have been...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Rape Crisis calls for changes to criminal justice system
    Wellington Rape Crisis has added its voice to the public outcry following the announcement that there will be no charges in the teen rape gang case. Butterworth says the decision not to lay charges will not have been a surprise...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Police action justified in Blockade the Budget demonstration
    Police actions in dealing with a demonstration in Central Auckland known as Blockade the Budget on 1 June 2012 were justified and appropriate, an Independent Police Conduct Authority report released today found....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • NZDF Joins with Australia to Commemorate WWI Centenary
    A contingent of New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel will join their Australian counterparts at Australia’s first major commemoration of the First World War centenary in Albany, Western Australia this weekend....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Reserve Bank should reduce interest rate
    “The Reserve Bank should be reducing its policy interest rate, the OCR”, says CTU Economist Bill Rosenberg in response to the Bank’s announcement today that it is not increasing it....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • 2015 Stout Fellow will write about Māori & Criminal Justice
    Kim Workman, founder and advocate for the Robson Hanan Trust, which administers the Rethinking Crime and Punishment and Justspeak initiatives, has been awarded the 2015 John David Stout Fellowship at Victoria University....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • What John Key thought about ‘dirty politics’
    On September 20, John Key swept to victory to become one of New Zealand’s most successful and popular Prime Ministers. Rocked by scandal, the 2014 election campaign was one of the most brutal – and riveting – in recent history....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Trade Deal Threatens Farmers and Food Businesses
    The secret Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations are a direct threat to food businesses and farmers, and a moratorium on the release of GE crops must be enshrined in law before the TPP is signed....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • CTU announces election of new Secretary
    The contested election for the position of CTU Secretary has been won by Sam Huggard. Sam officially takes office on Monday 1 December 2014. Sam has worked in the union movement and brings a wealth of experience and a commitment...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Kim Workman awarded 2015 J.D. Stout Fellowship
    The Victoria University of Wellington 2015 J.D. Stout Fellowship, funded by the Stout Trust, has been awarded to justice reform advocate Kim Workman. Mr Workman (Ngati Kahungungu ki Wairarapa, Rangitaane) is well known for his work on criminal justice,...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • TPPA causing concern
    Concern over the secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) negotiations is being expressed in two public meetings over the next week; one at a presentation on 5th November by former councillor Robin Gwynn to the Napier City Council, the...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Kiwis rally to demand justice for ‘Roast Buster’ survivors
    Over 1,500 kiwis have rallied to demand justice after the announcement of the NZ Police decision not to lay charges in the ‘Roast Busters’ saga....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • New employment law will hurt the most vulnerable NZers
    The Public Service Association (PSA) says changes to the Employment Relations Act, expected to be passed in Parliament tonight, will hurt vulnerable workers and their families more than anyone....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Consultation to close on proposed place names
    The New Zealand Geographic Board (NZGB) Ngā Pou Taunaha o Aotearoa today advised that only one month remains before public consultation closes for 18 name proposals for geographic features and places around Te Ika ā Māui (the North Island)....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Operation Clover – Statement from Police Commissioner
    I have taken a close interest in this investigation and I am confident police have conducted a thorough and professional enquiry in what has been a challenging and complex case. The Operation Clover team has ensured that victims have been...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Better policy would have protected children from recession
    Child Poverty Action Group says an international report released by UNICEF today shows good policy can protect and improve child well-being, even during a recession....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Outcome of Operation Clover investigation
    Police have completed a multi-agency investigation, Operation Clover, into the activities of a group calling themselves “The Roast Busters”. The 12 month enquiry focused on incidents involving allegations of sexual offending against a number of girls...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • False birth registration brings home detention
    A Whangarei woman who attempted to register the birth of a fictitious child to claim a sole parent benefit was sentenced to six months home detention in the Whangarei District Court today....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Family of Robert Ellis demand a proper investigation
    The family of a New Zealander killed in Indonesia are growing increasingly concerned at the lack of information they’ve received, and the handling of the investigation into his murder....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Minister of Health must account for aged care workers’ pay
    The New Zealand Federation of Business and Professional Women (BPW NZ) congratulates rest-home worker Kristine Bartlett on her landmark claim for equal pay from her employer and successfully pursuing this to the Court of Appeal....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
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