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Media milk Carter demotion for all it’s Worth

Written By: - Date published: 7:41 pm, June 15th, 2010 - 113 comments
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The media had a field day with Chris Carter today. Journalists stalked Carter throughout the Parliamentary complex, ambushed him with questions on the fly, and used the footage to make ‘good’ news. I want to know why that behaviour is good enough for Carter to receive when he’s demoted, but not good enough for John Key or Richard Worth when serious unanswered questions still remain about a Ministerial resignation.

I’m not interested in defending Carter’s actions here.

I want to know why the media haven’t yet stalked Key over the reason for Richard Worth’s resignation. And why the same treatment hasn’t been dished out to any Ministers in the series of National government scandals outlined here by Campbell.

I want to know why the media seems to be expecting an opposition MP to suffer harsher treatment that any Government Minister has received since the beginning of Key’s government.

113 comments on “Media milk Carter demotion for all it’s Worth”

  1. kriswgtn 1

    It is obvious that TVNZ journos wont go after Key== cos if they did they would probably be sacked

    However Campbell’s similar actions dont excuse tv3′s coverage @ all

    I fired off a email to tv3 saying they had lost a viewer of tv3 news.and I had been a viewer over the past 20 yrs of their news and they are a joke over their news coverage.

    IMO they had no right to go to carters house.That is stalking and not acceptable.

    • joe bloggs 1.1

      that tawdry little game of “stalk the trougher” could have been nipped in the bud by Carter from the get-go if he had only taken his lead from Shane Jones and fronted up and apologised from the get-go. That would have stopped the media scrum in its tracks.

      Yesterday could have been the day on which Phil Goff showed his true mettle. It was a day for Labour leadership to try to shine through the gloom of last week’s revelations, with assertive behaviour, promotions and a fresh line-up on the front benches.

      Instead what we got was Carter going off like a rogue elephant and undermining every effort that Goff put into salvaging the situation. If Goff wants to salvage anything then Carter must go – and not just to the naughty chair on full pay.

    • seth 1.2

      ummmm, maybe its because all this stuff is deserved by Labour after Phil Goff’s antics re the $70 on wine?

      TV3 don’t give a stuff about losing a whinger. Whinger’s are more trouble than they are worth.

  2. Outofbed 2

    I think there is a great danger in blaming the media all the time for the Left’s woes
    Yes there is bias get over it
    But fuck the Labour Party needs to get its act together
    Fronting with a grey leader who was a Douglas acolyte isn’t going to get great press is it ?
    The fuckers are just limping to defeat
    And we on the left deserve so much more

    • Michael Foxglove 2.1

      Agreed Outofbed. Serious issues need to be sorted in Labour if the left is going to have a chance in this country. But the war to be won is about more than Labour.

      One battle includes demanding equal treatment for left ideals and people in our media.

    • Bored 2.2

      Did you see the reporters chasing Carter? It was always going to happen so what did Carter do?
      Hid, ran away, hid in other MPs offices again, turned and ran.

      PATHETIC!!!! I dont care who or what he is, as a lefty I expect our MPs to show a little more backbone, spine, bravery in the face of adversity. I cant trust this wimp to represent our side with any fortitude. He is history. Get rid of him.

      • Lew 2.2.1

        Couldn’t have said better myself, Bored.

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        • IrishBill 2.2.1.1

          Better he front up, get abused and then have his response cut in such a way that we see another news-cycle of carter-mock? Damned if he does or if he doesn’t.

          • Lew 2.2.1.1.1

            Perhaps so. But that’s the deal going in. Politicians are answerable to the public, and the media are the agents of that. They know (or ought to know) how the system works, and an ability to deal with a slavering pack of media hounds pursuing a legitimate matter of the public interest is a core part of the job.

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            • Marty G 2.2.1.1.1.1

              they’re not the agents of public accountability.

              They ought to be. But they’re not.

            • Carol 2.2.1.1.1.2

              Lew, that would be a reasonable argument, if the media were completely working to make the politicians accountable. It seems to me they are doing something different – ie pursuing their own, ratings-driven, sensationalising agenda, lacking any real depth of questioning critique, and skewing the issues.

              anti-spam: backwards

              PS: Marty said it better as I was typing.

            • Lew 2.2.1.1.1.3

              They’re the agents of public accountability we’ve got. As I say: politicians know, or ought to know, how the system works and how to use it. If they don’t know, or refuse to work it, more fool them.

              It could be better, yes. But do you want them to behave as if they live in the real world, or in some imaginary world where the media are always scrupulously fair and every girl gets a pony for their 8th birthday?

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              • Carol

                Lew, the Labour Party can do with raising their act. And, yes, they could do with ditching all that neoliberal sell-out stuff they’ve acquired; get back in touch with their constituency & their left-wing principles. But you’re asking the politicians to do better and deal with the imperfect media we’ve got. You’re saying we shouldn’t put up with mediocre politicians, while on the other hand we should just accept that the media is mediocre (or worse).

                I’m saying that both the politicians and the media need to raise their games if democracy is to be served. And I have a bit of an aversion to the line that politics is a dirty macho game of hard-ball – get used to it & be prepared to give as good as you get, but do it more cleverly. I agree it is always going to require some fortitude, stamina and political intelligence, but there’s a real macho tone to it that is a turn-off for me.

                • Lew

                  The difference is that we have reasonably direct control over the quality of our elected officials, but not over the quality of our media agents. We can send the media signals as to our preferences, and that’s important as well, but it’s not the same as being able to actuall turf them out when they’re revealed to be corrupt or useless. Just because we have to put up with crap media to a greater extent doesn’t mean we should put up with crap politicians. We have the ability to eject them from office, and we should do so.

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                  • Puddleglum

                    We can do more than “send the media signals as to our preferences”, Lew. Activists have always substituted, subverted and inverted media processes and messages. It’s not about being media savvy so much as bringing media to heel. They are not our ‘watchdogs’ – we are.

                    The most important progressive goal, I believe, is the first (‘substitution’)- to short-circuit media in so far as it becomes the place where proxy opinion formation and debate occur. They can, in fact, be ‘turfed out’ of that role through democratic action and activity, as they often have been. Postmodernity notwhithstanding, people remain most influenced by direct interactions with other people. It’s no coincidence that marketers and businesses worry so much over ‘word of mouth’ – the ‘random element’ that can invert or completely ignore your carefully crafted message.

                    In a democracy, media just provide fodder for debate, they can’t determine its focus, boundaries or contours, let alone its conclusion. That’s because, in a democracy, the politics of ordinary people occurs in daily life. (If you don’t have that, you can’t have a democracy – by definition). It’s happened before and it can happen again.

                    The very notion of a ‘progressive’ implies the duty to change any and all processes that undermine basic values of justice, fairness, compassion and the removal of oppression and the dissipation of concentrations of power. If there’s some large, amoeboid slug, phagocyting its way around society chewing up those values then it needs putting in its place.

                    The media is a valid target for progressive activism but, more importantly, activism can make it pretty much irrelevant – even today.

                    That’s the long term goal (or not so long term). In the meantime, yes, of course, progressive politicians should work the media well when they have to engage with it.

                    • IrishBill

                      You missed my point entirely lew. By fleeing Carter took the one of two options. If he had stopped, been baited, commented and been badly grabbed you’d be on on this thread talking about how he said the wrong thing.

                      The fact is it’s a crapshoot which strategy would be better. One thing is for sure though – whichever option he took you’d be claiming the other option was better and making a rational argument as to why it was better.

                      And nobody would be able to prove you wrong.

                    • Lew

                      I wouldn’t be bagging him for standing his ground, Bill. I’d be bagging him for failing to compose himself and allowing himself to be baited. Because that’s the reason he runs away: because even he knows he’s shit under the spotlight. If he did a decent job of it I wouldn’t have cause to bag him at all; that’d be my preference, all things considered. Such as Jones, whose response I praised.

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                • Bill

                  @ Carol on the point of the dirty macho game…

                  Welcome to the patriarchy…oh, did we forget to mention that we have policies of positive discrimination so that you can better approximate a version of the efficacy of that distasteful macho bullshit by being promoted to useful positions within the scheme of things where you become a player too…sort of… in such a way that the underlying dynamics remain untouched, unchallenged and just ever so slightly that much less discernible to the extent that you …the non-white privileged non-male have assumed the garb of position and influence in a way that we can project back on to the general populace with palms outspread and ask ‘What sexism? What racism? We’re all a mixed bag of gender and races here…

          • Jenny 2.2.1.1.2

            You’re right Irish. I thought that Jonesy gave a better account of himself in to fronting up to much more embarrassingly personal revelations about his spending proclivities.

            Some people said he was being crazy, and that all he needed to do was just stay silent.

            Fronting up to the media like that would have taken some guts.

            Carter on the other hand decided to go down the no comment route and it didn’t turn out so good.

      • chris 2.2.2

        uh huh. carter can fuck off tbqh. he should be cast aside

  3. kriswgtn 3

    But has any of them chased the pisshead Groser? nope

    its all about double standards

    • chris 3.1

      groser hasn’t acted like as much of a tool as carter. he’s kept his head down and kept his arrogance in check

  4. Carol 4

    That reporter on Campbell Live said that Carter wasn’t at his home, in spite of the fact that Goff had sent him home to think about things. So, what? He was meant to be under house arrest? He was grounded by his dad?

    This is just sensationalist shonky tabloid journalism. Why aren’t they focusing on more of the crucial issues?

    • Bored 4.1

      Carol, in this case Carters where abouts are no longer of any importance. How the press treated him is not the issue either. His response was everything. He failed us. If he cant face the press when cornered how will he ever face anything else head on? Can you imagine Helen Clark reacting like this, or any of her front bench ladies and men?

      • Carol 4.1.1

        Bored, would Clark/Cullen have thrown someone to the wolves like that? It looked like Goff was making a public show of being a tough guy & in control. Would someone who was really confidently leading a team need to make such a show through publicly sacficing someone quite like that?

        • IrishBill 4.1.1.1

          Oh there’s a story and a half there. Maybe I’ll tell it one day.

        • gobsmacked 4.1.1.2

          Goff didn’t throw him to the wolves. He demoted Carter, but not harshly. Goff has actually handled this very well overall.

          But Carol is absolutely right about the tabloid TV. Sending a reporter to Carter’s house, with flowers, was straight out of the UK Sun.

          John Campbell, what has happened to you?

        • Bored 4.1.1.3

          Fair point Carol, but ultimately he had to face the music alone. I suspect that you are onto the Gough thing, it looked equally suspect. Have you ever experienced that thing at work where somebody is on the outer and the tribal behavoir sets in, the person becomes a loner? Cut out of any meaningful human contact? I suspect that is where Carter is now with his colleagues. He has my sympathy for being in that position but not for his self inflicted loss of dignity.

          • IrishBill 4.1.1.3.1

            Carol, actually Goff did throw Carter to the wolves.

            And Campbell is afraid of Ian Audsley. That’s what’s happened to him.

        • SHG 4.1.1.4

          Dalziel, Samuels…

        • grumpy 4.1.1.5

          D-O-V-E-R S-A-M-U-E-L-S

          J-O-H-N T-A-M-I-H-E-R-E

  5. RedLogix 5

    I’ll say this once. This is only going to get much worse. It may not ever get better.

    Labour has been suckered into playing their game. I spent much of the weekend showing how it should have been played… because there is only one way to deal with sociopathic bullying. You take it back to them, on the front foot.

  6. gobsmacked 6

    At about 6 pm I was pissed off with Carter. Then I turned on my TV.

    By 8 pm I was wondering if Labour had unearthed a new Machiavelli, a master manipulator.

    The TV coverage tonight said three things: Goff in charge, Carter hiding, but above all – media petty and obsessed.

    I guarantee that the average voter, who doesn’t much care who Carter is, would have watched that and thought: “What a bunch of dicks.”

    In surveys, politicians are consistently rated near the bottom of public esteem. Right next to journos. Tonight we saw why.

  7. Mac1 7

    On Campbell tonight, with Tony the reporter outside Carter’s house, holding the flowers purportedly for Carter because ‘he likes giving flowers”, was sickening, bullying, invasive, hugely wrong behaviour.

    For shame.

    • Bored 7.1

      The press were what they always are, who is surprised? They dont need much of an excuse to act like scuzzballs. If you cant face these bullies head on you are of no use, they will always hound you.

      • Lew 7.1.1

        Agreed again.

        There’s too much bleating about how it’s not fair. Either you can quibble and whinge and go appeal to the ref, or you can harden the fuck up and realise that there is no ref. National and its proxies built this narrative around Carter, starting while he was the minister, and it has paid off with this most recently-revealed set of revelations. If you want to win, one strategy is to start building your own narratives around vulnerable opponents.

        And if you want to eschew these sorts of tactics since they’re distasteful, then that’s fair enough as well. That’s not a burden anyone’s forced upon you, it’s one you’ve taken on yourself, presumably because it has other attendant advantages. So don’t complain about it. There are other strategies, and to be honest any coherent strategy is better than the tactics recently employed by Labour, which swing between just this sort of lurid smear, and the pure and simple high ground

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        • RedLogix 7.1.1.1

          Exactly Lew. (Hell we may go ding dong on other things, but sometimes we’re on the same page..)

          Labour are utterly delusional if they imagined for an instant that having demoted their people to satisfy the mob madness, that the media would turn on the hand that feeds them and demand the same standard of accountability from National.

          Of course not. The feeding mob sniffs out weakness and will pursue it to the death.

          • Lew 7.1.1.1.1

            Hooray for the things we can agree on, then!

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            • Carol 7.1.1.1.1.1

              This sounds like it comes from the “Bring-Back-The-Biff” school of politics.

              • Lew

                More like the reverse-Clausewitz “politics is war by other means” school. While pacifism is a strong symbolic and rhetorical position, it doesn’t win wars, and there are times when it’s important to stand and fight for what you believe. Similarly, there are (many) times when a strong commitment to non-violence is appropriate.

                The point is that, if you can’t win, you don’t get to advance your progressive agenda; and if you’re not a credible opposition, the government gets to enact their own policy agenda with impunity. While it’s important to not adopt strategies which substantively undermine your agenda in order to win (selling out tangata whenua with the FSA was an example of such), there’s a balance to be found.

                The biff is already back, and it’s back for good. Refusing to acknowledge that fact hasn’t done the left any good at all, and has largely permitted the right to ride roughshod over it. That’s a damned shame.

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        • Mac1 7.1.1.2

          In this play, I am the referee and according to my rules my whistle decision stands. The public is the ultimate ref via the voter.

          You of course can call it as it stands for you. I/You/We/the public can make our points of view known. In sum we might make a difference.

          But at least I get to sound off. And, Lew, by ‘bleating’ other sheep like me might actually see the bias and tripe handed to us as news and discount accordingly.

          On another note, what claim can a reporter make to being ‘impartial’ and not having a personal agenda when he acts like Tony on TV3 with his flowers?

          It is serious and important to point out the difference between so-called balanced reporting, impartiality and own agenda.

          Whether it happens or what tactics should be used to counter or even should we mimic distasteful tactics is another matter, and you discuss this. But I am entitled to point out distasteful tactics without being told to harden the fuck up. Such language doesn’t strengthen the message, just the delivery, perhaps….

          You might of course be using the second person as an impersonal usage- but it isn’t clear and can be taken as personal.

          • Lew 7.1.1.2.1

            Mac1, you’re right. That is part of the public role. I do use the Royal You, so don’t take it personally.

            And you’re right — you might make a difference. But if you think this is a substitute for a media strategy, I’ve got 700,000 people who watch One News every night (and another 400,000 who watch 3, and half a million who listen to NatRad, and a couple hundred thousand who read the Herald, and …) who disagree with you, or worse yet — who haven’t even heard you and wouldn’t care if they had. The difference you might make is so small as to be irrelevant.

            That’s my problem: not that there are objections to the poor standard of the media, but all too often that that’s all there seems to be. Blaming the media seems to be an out which permits people to say “I’ve done my bit” rather than address some of the causes of bad or biased or sensational media coverage by applying pressure to your favoured political actors to change the behaviour which attracts such reporting. The media are not the deserving objects of your distaste. They’re just doing what they do and you have little or no control over that. But if you’re a Labour supporter you do have control over whether he remains a liability or not, and I suggest you exercise it.

            L

  8. I agree with what many have said but …

    I wish Carter just said, Catholic like, “I have stuffed up and I am sorry” and then walked calmly to the door.

    I wish then that the media and everyone could concentrate on the important issues like climate change, funding superannuation and why we are giving tax cuts to the uber wealthy while the Crown debt goes up.

    By giving the media the fingers Carter is putting himself into a Winston Peters type situation.

    He is far too good a politician. He is passionate, he is articulate and he has achieved great things. His achievements as Conservation Minister were superb. So much more of the country and the coastline is protected because of him.

    But as a Labour MP and a representative of ordinary people he should conduct himself in a way which they would approve of.

  9. just saying 9

    The media have behaved badly, but there is a serious issue that needs to be faced.

    Bryce Edwards sums it up nicely:

    http://liberation.typepad.com/liberation/

    • So Chris had a massage on the card, Shane watched a few movies he should not have, Judith had a $155 bottle of bolly, Nick Smith had $206k of legal aid because he shot his mouth off, English had gazillions after rearranging his family trust and the profits that Key has enjoyed after making decisions that beneficially affected the value of assets owned by his family trust are as yet unmeasured.

      The Labour MPs should have been more frugal but how do you justify the actions of the nats?

      • Bored 9.1.1

        Maybe its time for Labour to get all the issues on the table. As they say when the going gets tough the tough get going. Harder headed commitment to harder headed principles, policies and leadership. Whens the next conference?

        • mickysavage 9.1.1.1

          The trouble is that the left tends to lose the yelling contests with the right. We are just not belligerent enough and we think more about the issues before replying. We are far better at the policy stuff and the population responds better when the big picture is presented.

          When it is a pissing competition about who misbehaved more the exchange of accusations makes it look like an even contest.

          • mickysavage 9.1.1.1.1

            I realise that I have just contradicted myself but it has been one of those days …

          • SHG 9.1.1.1.2

            The trouble is that the left tends to lose the yelling contests with the right. We are just not belligerent enough

            Well, when you stack the front benches with homosexuals you do run the risk of losing those behaviours most closely related to male testosterone. Like aggression.

      • just saying 9.1.2

        I don’t, I’m not justifying the behaviour of the nats.
        I’m saying that Labour has all but become them and that’s the problem.
        Are you saying we can expect no better from Labour than being not quite as bad as the nats?

        Misplaced, should be below 9.1

  10. really 10

    Classic Comedy

  11. ianmac 11

    Regardless, I thought the media frenzy was inexcusable. They were far more sleazy than Carter. Tv1 and 3 were behaving sickly. Yuk!

  12. Anne 12

    I’m with you Ianmac. It was like something out of Keystone Cops only this time the media were the cops. For that reason it was funny to watch, but I think it will be the grubby media who get the kick in the butt by the public… once they’ve had a chance to reflect on what they saw.

  13. Jim Nald 13

    I was totally put off by TV1 and TV3 tonight. I turned off the tv.
    Aspects of this smacks of schoolboy silliness and bullying.
    I’ve got some visitors from overseas who are staying with me and are surprised by the kind of so-called news reporting.
    I’ve been apologising to them, saying the media people here by comparison with our English-speaking broadcasters overseas, are mediocre, stupid and low quality.
    So we’ve taken to live-streaming of BBC, ABC and Deutsche Welle English Service (computer connected to amplifier so we can all listen in the lounge).
    If anyone wants the links to these, let me know.

    • Bill 13.1

      The BBC? You being serious? Always avoided for being thinly veiled right wing tosh.

      Ah, but I forget that was another time and another place. After moving to NZ the Beeb has had the capacity to appear strangely objective and informative when compared to the oozing skank media of NZ

      Still…

  14. big bruv 14

    You guys are unbelievable.

    Where was this concern for our media when Clark was in power?

    Her government had an amazingly free ride from the press for most of her nine years, she made it quite clear that anything less than fawning reporting of her government would be met with the sternest of rebukes.

    Did I hear you moaning about her abuse of power?…of course not, you want the media to run nothing but Labour spin and Labour party propaganda, well, they did that for nine years, I guess they are just getting their own back now.

    Then again, what more would you expect from state owned TV, it would be a good idea to sell the thing, NO government should ever own a television network or a series of radio stations.

    • gobsmacked 14.1

      Hey, Big Bruv, I saw you defending Carter from the bigots on Kiwiblog. You old liberal softie, you!

      • big bruv 14.1.1

        gobsmacked

        I did not defend Carter at all, as far as I can see NZ politics will be a far better place without the man, I also detest his usual fall back line of “they only pick on me because I am gay”, the issue is not about his sexuality as I could not care less what he does in the privacy of his own home.

        The point I was trying to make is that there are still a huge number of Kiwis (both left and right) who DO make his sexuality an issue, they just happen to use his indefensible abuse of public funds as an excuse to out the boot in.

        Me, well I do not need an excuse, he is a trougher of the highest order and he should go.

    • ianmac 14.2

      Big Bruv.You can rave on about the Clark years if you like but… Did you approve/enjoy the spectacle broadcast of a Carter chase? Yes/No.

      • really 14.2.1

        Yes.

        Face the facts, Carter is toast and should have pushed off before last election.

      • big bruv 14.2.2

        Yes I did enjoy it to be honest, something about chickens coming home and all that…

        Carter got what he deserved, he could and should have dealt with it in the same way that Shane Jones did, front up, being genuine in your apology and then go away for a while.
        Instead we got an ex minister of the crown acting like a silly little school kid.

    • Jim Nald 14.3

      “Her government had an amazingly free ride from the press for most of her nine years” – haha, excellent revisionism. Well done. Keep making me love John Key’s Govt more.

  15. tsmithfield 15

    I think things went sour for Carter with the media when his first comment was something like: I am going to make a statement before you start throwing questions at me.

    He then made the statement, but then tried to crawl away without actually letting any questions be asked, even though he implied they could be in his opening comment.

    • ianmac 15.1

      You have got to be kidding! McCulley had questions to answer re overdspending. He refused to front up. Several days later he put out a short written statement. He still has not fronted up. And you clearly have a lopsided view of a fair go. Shame on you!

  16. really 16

    Oh those yucky icky naaaaasty journalists doing their job. If Carter had been doing his job and not doing over the tax payer this wouldn’t have happened.

    • gobsmacked 16.1

      @really

      Do you think the journalists’ job is to hold politicians to account, when they’re spending taxpayers’ money?

      • really 16.1.1

        Why do you think they are called the forth estate?

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fourth_Estate

        • gobsmacked 16.1.1.1

          @Really

          Good, we agree on that.

          Today in Parliament a Minister was asked about spending $4,800,000 in taxpayers’ money. She refused to answer. Repeatedly. The Speaker was fed up.

          http://www.parliament.nz/en-NZ/PB/Business/QOA/3/6/4/49HansQ_20100615_00000011-11-Budget-2010-Pacific-Economic-Development.htm

          So, could you please tell us which journalists have reported this? After all, we both agree that it’s their job. Which ones have done it?

          • really 16.1.1.1.1

            Your telling the story buddy don’t try and drag me into your diversionary spinette.

            • gobsmacked 16.1.1.1.1.1

              So you don’t think spending millions of taxpayer dollars is important?

              Should politicians be held to account by journalists for spending our money, or not?

              It’s not a difficult question.

              • really

                Oh I am all intimidated now. Stop being nasty.

                • gobsmacked

                  Should politicians be held to account by journalists for spending our money, or not?

                  At 9.48 you thought so. What’s changed?

                  • really

                    I said that’s what the Fourth estate is for. If you have a problem with what they choose to print then I suggest you have a chat with your local hack. Hope this helps you understand.

                    • gobsmacked

                      @really

                      So in summary, you think that journalists should hold politicians to account, and if it involves hundreds of dollars and the team you don’t support, then they are “doing their job”.

                      But if it involves millions of dollars and the team you do support, they don’t need to.

                      Glad we’ve sorted that out.

                      PS You’re going to feel very, very silly in a day or two, when the PEDA story finally does break. Do yourself a favour, go back and read some Hansard.

                    • really

                      In summary, I think that if you have a problem with what the media publish then you should take it up with them. Hope this clearly outlines my position.

                      OMG: Was that *really* a political geek challenge to read some Hansard in response to the media quite rightly caning the shit of Chris Carter for being a petulant troughing prima dona? *shakes head in disbelief*

                    • felix

                      Funny, this is exactly how Georgina behaved in the house when she was repeatedly asked a straight question.

                      Are you sure you haven’t been reading the Hansard already?

  17. Andy C 17

    Mike Williams was on the radio this evening. He thought Carters appology was not written by him but wouldn’t speculate on who wrote it. He highlighted that Jones and Ririnui must be really pissed as they lost all their responsibilities whilst Carter got Conservation.

    “would Clark/Cullen have thrown someone to the wolves like that?” Is HC still leading Goff in the preferred Prime Minster stakes ?? Goff should have thrown Carter out long time back after he framed the debate with Heatlys two bottles of wine.

    But as Annette King said about Heatly on RNZ “I dont understand why he quit over such a minor issue. There must be more to it than that.” How right you were.

  18. J Mex 18

    There is a lot of blame of the media here, but contrast the “harrasment” given to Shane Jones vs the treatment of Carter today.

    Jones fronted up, apologised and his been pretty much left alone.

    Contrast that with Carter – refusing to answer questions, “cute” responses, ignoring questions and actual running away. Silly. The journos responded in kind.

    Now, what is important here, is not what the Red team think (evil corrupted Journos!) or what the Kiwibloggers think (we got rid of that p00f), but what the “ordinary New Zealanders” (sorry Goff) thought when they saw the news. They saw someone who they thought had been excessive with his spending literally running away from an apology. I think everyone here can agree it was a bad look.

    Now for the big question of the day – Exactly what is Goff’s new gunslinger walk all about??? I saw it when he was interviewed after getting off the plane from China. I thought it might have been caused by deep vein thrombosis. But no, it was back again tonight!

  19. Bill 19

    Y’know, I reckon he should have turned around and asked how people reckoned he, as a gay MP was ever meant to exert control over credit card use and to just all get fucked….’cause it’s a gene thang in case y’all don’t know.

  20. aj 20

    I think the tawdry spectacle of journos hounding Carter today may have given him a sympathy bounce. The only thing missing was JT turning up and doing some gay bashing.
    I was asking myself why Labour doesn’t hammer the Nat’s rorting more until Mallard gave Blinglish stick in the house today. They need to front foot this more.

  21. burt 21

    I think the media are just seriously stunned to have a Labour minister apologising for anything let alone apologising for having a sense of entitlement. Can’t blame them for making a meal out of it, one in a lifetime opportunity.

    Captcha: Preference

    • RedLogix 21.1

      Nice to see you concerned about how retrospective all this is this burt.

    • burt 21.2

      retrospectively auditing misuse of tax payers money and holding people accountable is the complete opposite of saying the last 14 years were just fine and dandy because the rules were confusing. But hey, you knew that.

  22. Cactus Kate 22

    Short memories. Worth was stalked by media til he quit. You didn’t see right wing blogs crying about that. I suggest similar for Carter. Quit and for left wing blogs to accept him as a casualty of war.

  23. Adrian 23

    When the two biggest cities in the country have lefty mayoral candidates miles in front, something is going on, which may explain the Nacts shit spreading. The tide of public opinion may not have turned noticeably on the coast but it starts in the backwaters and gathers momentum, right leanings analysts can see it and are privately ringing the warning bells. I think this issue will end badly for Key and co because as we always get told, people don’t like muckraking when it starts to look petty, and this week I have been surprised by the number of people who think this looks a lot like that.

  24. really 24

    It starts in the backwaters and gathers momentum….yeah…nice turn of phrase.

    Do you think the people of Manukau and Christchurch appreciate your urban liberal patronising tone or is it that you just don’t give a fuck and are a little bitter about the tawdry way in which poor little Chris Carter has been unfairly hounded for being a petulant troughing prima dona. Just askin’.

    • Adrian 24.1

      Does “really” stand for “really fucking stupid”, hows that for patronising . I’m a farmer and I’ve been talking to farmers, who are not impressed by whoever it is that has highjacked their National party since around 1990, which is why they stayed home during that election and are likely to do so again next year, some are also alarmed at the CORPORATIONS (not farmers) in cahoots with Key and Creech grabbing all the water for dairying. I don’t support Chris Carter’s attitude but he has been a bloody good minister, and maybe if he had stayed at backpackers and entertained other Foreign Ministers at McDonalds, washed his one shirt in the handbasin like that anal retentive Brash ( btw,what happened to him?) all this may not have happened. Although it wouldn’t surprise me if these baying arseholes objected to the extra cheese.

  25. Cadwallader 25

    Jones will survive this: Carter will not! Not due to his being gay but due to his being a petulant weakling. Goff should sack him and if necessary oversee a by-election. Goff then would have the opportunity to stamp his mark on what is a wavering leadership of his party.

  26. Babylon And On 26

    Mr Carter can thank his lucky stars that the naughtiness he once got up to in Dubai was never exposed.

    • ianmac 26.1

      I am reminded of when Smith had a meltdown at a time he was nearly National’s Deputy Leader. He was a real mess but I don’t remember the media hounding him or writing him off. What sort of people kick a man when he’s down? Why not wait a day or so? Shame on you!

      • Tigger 26.1.1

        You don’t want to start that game Babylon – there is a lot of ‘naughtiness’ that can be exposed, from all sides of the House. And in certain mayoral contests…

  27. Babylon And On 27

    The only reason Jones offered contrition was because he couldn’t lie about it anymore. His political career is over, he won’t be taken seriously again.. tossing off to grubby movies in his room and expecting the public to pay. What audacity.

    [lprent: you look like a ignorant troll who either doesn't keep up with events, or only has a passing relationship with being truthful. In either case your comments today are pathetic and definitely not up to the standard. Go away for at least a week. ]

  28. Santi 28

    Carter, the shameless trougher has been found out. Resignation time for this cheat!
    Why doesn’t Goff sack him? Ideal opportunity to show some leadership.

  29. randal 29

    face it.
    the press gallery are worse than the most anal of school monitors and have never broken a real story in their lives.
    most of them need to losen the elastic in their underpants or go and buy a decent pork chop.
    If I had been in Chris carters shoes I would have given them the treatment that is dished out in the parliaments of the former soviet republics.
    haw haw haw.

    • ianmac 29.1

      Randal:”the press gallery are worse than the most anal of school monitors and have never broken a real story in their lives.”
      Hear hear!

  30. Santi 30

    More throughing from the champion of the poor: “Mr. Anderton charged a round of golf to the tax­pay­ers while stay­ing with his wife at Mill­brook Resort in Queen­stown.”

    What a disgrace funded by us!

    • ianmac 30.1

      And un-like you poor old Santi, he does play with balls!

      • Santi 30.1.1

        Feeble defense. Ian, you obviously condone the inappropriate use of funds on Anderton’s part. As a minister, he was paid almost 200,000 dollars. Why did he have to resort to pay green fees with our money?

        Remove your ideological blinkers and please explain.

        • ianmac 30.1.1.1

          Santi: my remarks were derisive.
          I expect that you are right that Mr Anderton did have a round of golf. Wow! Was it a business occasion? (Remember many deals are sorted on golf courses, though I would rather concentrate on hitting the ball) Did he repay it? What were the circumstances? I expect that neither you nor I know and really. Who cares?
          How about $500,000 for Bill English? Versus $25 Green fees. Ummm.
          Cheers.

          • Santi 30.1.1.1.1

            Yes, the circumstances are unknown, but I’d expect Anderton to exercise his criteria and pay for the fees with his own funds.

            I found English as bad as the rest of offending MPs. Another trougher, this time dressed in blue colour (National). Same crook, different party.

          • aj 30.1.1.1.2

            $70 I think but if business was transacted for NZ then extremely good value for money

  31. Andy C 31

    You guys still dont get it. Worth fronted up to Key and offered to resign. Key accepted , and the resignation was the news not the reason. Who gives a stuff about 2 bottles of wine. If Carter et al had done the same they would spend a few months on the back benches and come round again in the reshuffle. Its the hold onto power at any cost mentality that is HC’s legacy. Goff would be on the front foot saying “Well Chris has done the right thing with resigning and I’m sure there will be a place for him etc etc.”

    • burt 31.1

      How will Carter survive after the massive pay cut and a reduced ability to charge up his fun on the tax payers?

      Every other person I’ve ever seen, or heard of, reprimanded for persistent expense account misuse has walked right out the door, not just down the hall. He’s a lucky man to have a job in parliament, no other workplace would deal so lightly with his antics.

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    New Zealand’s international standing as a community that encourages and fosters all cultures will be bolstered under a Labour Government with an upgrade of the present Office of Ethnic Affairs to a Ministry. Releasing Labour’s Ethnic Affairs policy, spokesperson Phil...
    Labour | 25-08
  • South Auckland housing crisis
    National’s HomeStart package is nothing more than a political stunt designed to beguile South Auckland voters, said Labour’s Pacific Affairs spokesperson Su’a William Sio. “Few working Pasifika and Maori workers in South Auckland will be able to buy their own...
    Labour | 25-08
  • Home buyer subsidy discredited in Oz
    Treasury advised against National’s policy of ramping up home buyer subsidies after it was discredited in Australia because it pushed house prices even higher, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “Documents released under the OIA (attached) show Treasury advised the...
    Labour | 25-08
  • Nursing hours explain turnover and high-stress culture
    A staff survey supports concerns nursing staff at Dunedin Hospital are under increasing pressure and that the emergency department is in a critical state, says Labour’s Associate Health Spokesperson David Clark.  “An ED nursing survey at Dunedin found that 80...
    Labour | 24-08
  • Underhand tactics prove case for axing donations
    Revelations that schools are using underhand tactics to coerce donations from cash-strapped parents further highlights the need for Labour's plan to increase funding so they aren't dependent on contributions from parents, Labour's Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “By law New...
    Labour | 24-08
  • National applies band-aid to housing crisis
    The Government’s flagship housing announcement is a band-aid approach that will push up prices rather than solve the housing crisis, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. “House sales to first home buyers have collapsed as a direct result of the Government’s...
    Labour | 24-08
  • Climate change focus on the now for the future
    A Labour Governmentwill put in place a comprehensive climate change strategy focusing on bothmitigation and adaptation, establish an independent Climate Commission andimplement carbon budgeting, says Labour Climate Change spokesperson MoanaMackey."This is about future-proofing our economy. Making the transition to alow-carbon...
    Labour | 24-08
  • Labour’s 21st century transport pledge
    The next Labour-led Government will create a 21st century transport system for New Zealand that promotes the most efficient and sustainable combination of transport options, says Labour’s Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford. “Labour will rebalance the Government's transport spending away from...
    Labour | 23-08
  • Housing under National: the facts
    1.       House prices in Auckland Council valuations indicate Auckland house prices have gone up by one-third over the last three years. (Auckland Council) The average Auckland house price has gone up by nearly $225,000 since 2008, up over $75,000 in...
    Labour | 23-08
  • Labour irons out low income tax issue
    The increasing casualisation of work has led to many New Zealand families being disadvantaged through the tax they pay, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. "Many low paid workers are having to work two or three jobs to make ends meet...
    Labour | 22-08
  • Cornered Government comes out swinging
    The National Government is so desperate to keep its dead-in-the-water expert teachers policy alive, it has refused to rule out forcing schools to participate through legislation, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “John Key today attacked the Educational Institute for...
    Labour | 22-08
  • Pacific people continue to go backwards under National
    A report from Victoria University highlights the fact that Pacific people are continuing to go backwards under a National Government, said Labour’s Pacific Affairs spokesperson Su’a William Sio.  “The report shows the largest inequality increases were in smoking, obesity, tertiary...
    Labour | 22-08
  • Wellington transport plan needs to keep moving
    The failure of the Transport Agency to properly look at alternatives to the Basin Reserve flyover is not a good reason for further delays to improving transport in Wellington, Labour MPs Grant Robertson and Annette King say. “The Board of...
    Labour | 22-08
  • Labour’s focus on inequality, kids and better job prospects
    Tackling child poverty and removing barriers to people working part time to enhance their prospects of moving into a fulltime job are highlights of Labour’s Social Development policy. Releasing the policy today, spokesperson Sue Moroney said while part-time work was...
    Labour | 21-08
  • Political staff should give answers under oath
    The Inspector General of Security and Intelligence should use her full statutory powers to question witnesses under oath about the leak of SIS information, says Labour MP Phil Goff. “Leakage of confidential information from the SIS for political purposes is...
    Labour | 21-08
  • High dollar, hands-off Govt sends workers to dole queue
    The loss of up to 100 jobs at Croxley stationery in Auckland is devastating news for their families and the local Avondale community, Labour’s Employment, Skills and Training spokesperson Grant Robertson says. “The company’s inability to compete in international markets...
    Labour | 21-08
  • National’s flagship education policy dead in the water
    National’s plan to create executive principals and expert teachers is effectively dead in the water with news that 93 percent of primary teachers have no confidence in the scheme, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “The fact that teachers are...
    Labour | 21-08
  • Dunedin will be a knowledge and innovation centre under Labour
    Dunedin will become a knowledge and innovation centre under a Labour Government that will back local businesses, support technology initiatives and fund dynamic regional projects, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “Nowhere has the National Government’s short-sightedness been more apparently than...
    Labour | 21-08
  • Inquiry into SIS disclosures the right decision
    Labour MP Phil Goff says the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security has done the right thing by launching an inquiry into the disclosure of SIS documents about a meeting between himself and the agency’s former director-general. “This inquiry is necessary...
    Labour | 20-08
  • Labour – supporting and valuing carers and the cared for
    Placing real value on our elderly and the people who care for them will be a priority for a Labour Government, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. Releasing Labour’s Senior Citizens policy today David Cunliffe promised that a Labour Government would...
    Labour | 20-08
  • By Hoki! It’s Labour’s fisheries policy
    A Labour Government will protect the iconic Kiwi tradition of fishing by improving access to the coast, protecting the rights of recreational fishers and reviewing snapper restrictions, Labour’s Fisheries spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “Catching a fish from the rocks, beach...
    Labour | 20-08
  • Mighty River – Mighty Profits – Mighty hard to swallow
    Mighty River Power’s profit increase of 84 per cent is simply outrageous, says Labour’s Energy spokesperson David Shearer. “Demand for electricity is flat or declining yet the company has made enormous profits. It is the latest power company to celebrate...
    Labour | 19-08
  • Collins’ actions were wrong, not unwise
    John Key’s moral compass remains off-kilter as he cannot bring himself to declare Judith Collins’ actions outright wrong, not simply ‘unwise’, said Labour MP Grant Robertson. “Under pressure John Key is finally shifting his stance but his failure to condemn...
    Labour | 19-08
  • The Press Leaders Debate – proof a newspaper can kill the internet
    No more beersies for you Mr Key. Seriously – was the Prime Minister drunk during this debate? I am so sickened by what passed as a Leaders debate, I will make this review short and vicious. Everyone involved in putting...
    The Daily Blog | 02-09
  • Voting starts tomorrow!
    On the telly, in the papers, on the Net, billboards on almost every street corner – it’s hard to miss the fact that there’s an election coming up. Everyone’s trying to win your vote on Election Day, September 20, (this...
    The Daily Blog | 02-09
  • Collins inquiry a whitewash before it has even started
    The farce whitewash that Key is trying to push through here for the inquiry into Judith Collins role in a hit on the SFO should enrage any NZer, regardless of how they vote. Whaleoil won’t be forced to appear, it’s...
    The Daily Blog | 02-09
  • Press Leaders Debate – Round 2 – 7pm tonight
    This debate is live in a Town Hall, Key has done well at these in the past, but since the hate politics exposed in Dirty Politics, expect real fury directed at Key. My guess is that Key will attempt to use whatever he...
    The Daily Blog | 02-09
  • MANA hit speed wobbles – why Annette Sykes will win Waiariki
    MANA are my favourites. But of late, their transition from crawling to sprinting has hit some speed wobbles. Hone’s and Pam’s aggressive attitude towards the media recently is very understandable in light of how connected many of the media were to...
    The Daily Blog | 02-09
  • Soz Cam – PaknSave boycott of whaleoil continues – time to start a boyc...
    Cam is so carcinogenic now, not even his mates in the Tobacco Industry are talking to him any longer. I suspect only the Israeli Defence Force propaganda department are paying for content on whaleoil now. Cam says that PaknSave have dropped their problems...
    The Daily Blog | 02-09
  • The Rock Fuels NZ Roastbuster Rape Culture
    This is making me feel pretty uncomfortable. Here we have an instance of Jono and Ben posing like “exposed celebrities”. But do you know what I’m seeing? I’m seeing two dudes who basically “roasted” a woman online (exposed pictures of...
    The Daily Blog | 02-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Kate Davis – Why beneficiaries need advocacy
    There are times when I am wrong. I was wrong recently when someone suggested to me that AAAP should be eligible for government funding to continues its advocacy work. That was before. Before dealing with advocacy on a weekly basis...
    The Daily Blog | 01-09
  • TheDailyBlog September Political Poll Has Been Kicked Off
    The Daily Blog’s August poll has concluded and the September poll has been kicked off, asking readers: What party will you likely vote for at this year’s General Election? You will see this month’s poll in the right-hand sidebar of...
    The Daily Blog | 01-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Kelly Ellis – Jamie Whyte, leave that poor seal alone!
    Worse than showing mere lip service to Rainbow inclusion, ACT leader Jamie Whyte showed stunning arrogance when appeared at a candidates debate on rainbow issues hosted by the Auckland University Students’ Association last Thursday. The stunning hypocrisy was evident as...
    The Daily Blog | 01-09
  • Right wing can’t help but use scum
    Some people have been shocked that the traditional right wing party in New Zealand politics is so deeply embedded with scum like the blogger Whale Oil. We need not be so surprised. It takes a certain type to support the...
    The Daily Blog | 01-09
  • EXCLUSIVE: National’s Ohariu candidate admits contact by Simon Lusk
    . . Wellington, NZ, 31  August – At a meet-the-candidates public meeting in the Rongotai Electorate, National’s Ohariu candidate, Brett Hudson, confirmed that he had been approached by “a mate”, who passed on a message from  National Party operative, Simon...
    The Daily Blog | 01-09
  • Coalition for Better Broadcasting – Auckland Broadcasting Debate 2014
    Coalition for Better Broadcasting – Auckland Broadcasting Debate 2014...
    The Daily Blog | 01-09
  • Petition for Governor General of New Zealand to Investigate all the allegat...
      Now we see the inquiry will be a whitewash, that is secret, won’t be consulted with the Opposition, will have limited scope and will ignore Nicky Hager’s book, we must demand the Governor General step in and demand an...
    The Daily Blog | 01-09
  • Ashburton, 1 September 2014
    I NEVER WENT BACK to Aramoana after the killing. I had been a frequent visitor to the tiny seaside village back in the late 1970s and throughout the 80s. Its tall cliffs and broad beaches providing a colourful backdrop to...
    The Daily Blog | 01-09
  • Checkmate in 1 move – how could Slater have known what was in OIA request...
    And now we get down to the final few moves before checkmate. If the following investigation is right, how could Slater and Collins have known what was in the Secret Intelligence Service Official Information Act request that hadn’t been released...
    The Daily Blog | 01-09
  • The Edge Posts Naked Photos Of Jennifer Lawrence Without Consent
    Today the Edge website – owned by Media Works – published fully naked photographs of Jennifer Lawrence without her consent. It is not OK to publish naked media of any woman without her consent, full stop. It is absolutely disgusting...
    The Daily Blog | 01-09
  • Bomber, Laila and Maggie – a highlight from Auckland Broadcasting Debate ...
    Bomber, Laila and Maggie – a highlight from Auckland Broadcasting Debate 2014...
    The Daily Blog | 01-09
  • Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, how good was I i...
    Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking on Radio Hauraki...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • Maggie Barry slags Laila Harre & blogger, audience erupt
    The Coalition for Better Broadcasting held their public meeting in Auckland last night and it became a fiery shouting match when Maggie Barry decided to slag Laila Harre and me off. 250 people packed into the Pioneer Hall off High...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • It has to be a full independent public inquiry and Key MUST front
      You know things are bad when images like this start appearing in the media.  It isn’t a ‘left wing conspiracy’ to point out the over whelming evidence of what is clearly a right wing conspiracy! If it looks like a conspiracy, sounds like a conspiracy...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • Political Party social media stats – National playing Dirty Politics on s...
    Interesting data from friend of the blog, Marty Stewart, on social media likes and it shows an interesting question that post Dirty Politics should probably get asked…   …it’s interesting that Key has so many personal followers.  One wonders if...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • The depth of the National rot and the compliance of our news media
    I’m so tired. Aren’t you? I don’t want to read the news anymore. It’s awful and I feel ashamed of it. We live in a country that people all over the world would give an arm, a leg; their life...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • Conservative Party candidate links smacking ban with suicide, sexually tran...
    If Chemtrails, faked moon landings and climate change denial weren’t enough, welcome to your new Minister for Spanking,  Edward Saafi... The anti-smacking law is to blame for youth suicide, youth prostitution and even sexually-transmitted infections, a leading Conservative party candidate...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • A brief word on the canonisation of Matthew Hooton
    Before we all start the canonisation of Matthew Hooton, let’s consider some home truths here shall we? While the Wellington Ruminator Blog, the blog who was previously mates with Judith Collins, now seems to have a crush on Matthew Hooton… …I...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • A brief word on undercover cops in bars
    Dunedin police booze operation labelled ‘creepy’ Undercover police officers drank in Dunedin bars as part of an operation targeting liquor licensing offences. While police said the inaugural operation was a success — with most bars found compliant — the Hospitality...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • Judith Collins press conference
    Judith Collins press conference...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Angry Lawyer – Collins, Odgers, Williams and legal ethics
    We deserve better lawyers than Judith Collins Three of the worst offenders exposed in Dirty Politics are lawyers: Judith Collins, Cathy Odgers, and Jordan Williams. What Nicky Hager exposed them doing would be out of line for anyone, but from...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Pat O’Dea – Necessary Defence
    Increasingly climate change is becoming the main fracture line between political parties. Where political parties stand on climate change defines political parties and movements like no other issue. The Mana Movement like the Maori Party it sprang from, came out...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • Why it is all over for John Key
    Image: Melanie D I’ve been confident that National will lose this election and that our focus should be on what a progressive Government needs to establish as its agenda in the first 100 days. Past that point, the establishment pushes back...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • A brief word to everyone who voted National in 2011
    I received this interesting email from a National Party supporter today… …let me say this to anyone who voted National last election – you should be ashamed by what has been revealed and what your vote ended up enabling but...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • EXCLUSIVE: Déjà Vu All Over Again: John Ansell confirms his participation...
      THE MAN BEHIND the Iwi-Kiwi billboards that very nearly won the 2005 election for Don Brash and the National Party has confirmed his involvement in businessman John Third’s and former Act MP Owen Jennings’ campaign to drive down the...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • Public Broadcasting Auckland debate 6.30pm tonight now with Colin Craig &am...
    The Coalition for Better Broadcasting debate on public broadcasting happens tonight at 6.30pm in Auckland at the Pioneer Women’s Hall, High Street, Auckland City.  In the light of Dirty Politics and the manipulation of the media, public broadcasting is more important for...
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • Winners & Losers in Collins sacking plus what’s the latest on Slater...
      Make no mistake, there was no way this was a resignation, it’s a face saving way out for Collins, she was sacked.  My understanding is that National internal polls are haemorrhaging and that the powers that be within National...
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • Third party propaganda attacks incoming Labour-led government
    . . Further to a report by Daily Blogger, Chris Trotter, on receiving information regarding planned attack-billboards, the following billboard is highly visible to traffic on the southbound lane of the Wellington motorway, just prior to the Murphy St turn-off....
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • Labour wins the Internet
    I’m sure I’m not the only one who tried to vote online for the leaders debate and couldn’t because the website was down. The next option was the txt vote, 75c a pop of course. So I’m not surprised that...
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Anjum Rahman – Rotherham and the need to challenge willful bl...
    I haven’t been following the events in Rotterham too closely.  I’ve read about the basic issues and the culture of silence that stopped action been taken even after complaints were made.  That culture of silence is incredibly familiar, and described...
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • Review: Hairspray
      Oh Hairspray! What fun! Somehow I managed to miss the movie when it came out, I had no idea really what it was about though I felt it had a vague relation to High School Musical. In retrospect, that...
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • Mounting global pressure against Timor-Leste’s ‘death sentence’ media...
    East Timor’s José Belo … courageous fight against ‘unconstitutional’ media law.Image: © Ted McDonnell 2014 CAFÉ PACIFIC and the Pacific Media Centre Online posted challenges to the controversial ‘press law’ nine months ago when it emerged how dangerous this draft...
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Rolinson – Spies, Lies and When Campaigns Are Fried
    Like most of the rest of the nation’s political classes, I was eagerly affixed to TV One from 12:30 on Saturday afternoon to witness the downfall of Judith Collins.Whenever we witness the crumbling of a titan of the political landscape...
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • BREAKING: Whaleoil crushes Crusher
    Judith ends up shooting herself A new email has been released suggesting that Collins was attempting to undermine the head of Serious Fraud Office with the help of far right hate speech merchant Cameron Slater. Unbelievable!   She has been forced...
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • BREAKING: Rumours Judith Collins gone at lunchtime
    Brook Sabin first of the mark with rumours Judith Collins is about to resign – PM announcing a statement at 12.30pm… …Paddy follows… …Vance confirms..   …if Collins is gone by lunchtime, it will be because the PM understands the...
    The Daily Blog | 29-08
  • BREAKING: UPDATE on DIRT ALERT!
    Thanks to the information passed to Chris Trotter by “Idiot/Savant” from No Right Turn it is now possible to identify at least some of the persons involved in this latest example of attack politics. What follows is Chris’s response to Idiot/Savant’s timely assistance: Well done...
    The Daily Blog | 29-08
  • Comparing burning puppets, hip hop lyrics and drunk student chants to black...
    Watching the mainstream media try and obscure Cunliffe’s surprise win in the leaders debate  is a reminder the Press Gallery is in depressed shock. The current spin line from the Wellington bubble media in the wake of Dirty Politics is that...
    The Daily Blog | 29-08
  • Why has it all gone quiet on Charter Schools?
    They’re one of ACT’s flagship policies and the National Party have been gung ho in supporting them. So how come we’re not hearing Hekia Parata, Jamie Whyte, Catherine Isaac, et al singing from the rafters about what a resounding success charter...
    The Daily Blog | 29-08
  • Moment of Truth – September 15th – Auckland Town Hall
    Moment of Truth – September 15th – Auckland Town Hall...
    The Daily Blog | 29-08
  • EXCLUSIVE: Dirt Alert! Are the Greens and Labour about to become the target...
    WE’VE SEEN IT ALL BEFORE. In 2005 pamphlets began appearing all over New Zealand attacking Labour and the Greens. For a couple of days both the parties targeted and the news media were flummoxed. Who was behind such an obviously...
    The Daily Blog | 29-08
  • The Donghua Liu Affair: the Press Council’s decision
    . . 1. Prologue . The Donghua Liu Affair hit  the headlines on 18 June, with allegations that David Cunliffe wrote a letter in 2003,  on  behalf of  business migrant, Donghua Liu. Four days later, on Sunday 22 June, the...
    The Daily Blog | 29-08
  • The difference between Cunliffe & Key in the debate
    It was with much interest that I watched the leaders debate on Thursday night.  I watched with an open mind, always happy to have my opinion changed.  Maybe John Key is all the wonderful things that many say about him,...
    The Daily Blog | 29-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Denis Tegg – When Did We Agree To Our Data Being Shared with ...
    New shocking evidence has emerged from Edward Snowden’s trove of documents about a program called ICREACH under which data collected by the GCSB is shared with 23 US spy agencies. Under new sharing agreements which appear to have commenced immediately after...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • Independent Epsom Candidates ‘One Strike’ Crime Policy
    Best wishes to all of those who live in Epsom, Mount Eden, New Market, Remuera and of course the rest of New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 02-09
  • Large majorities of NZ First voters would prefer Labour deal
    67% of those who voted for New Zealand First at the 2011 general election would prefer Labour to lead a coalition government if one is needed after September 20’s general election....
    Scoop politics | 02-09
  • Jointly owned urban development agency for Christchurch
    “Given the strategic importance of the Canterbury rebuild, it is logical that the transition from emergency governance arrangements is overseen by the Prime Minister’s office, but to maintain momentum in the city centre an expert development agency...
    Scoop politics | 02-09
  • Collins inquiry at best a Band-Aid, a permanent fix needed
    Collins inquiry at best a Band-Aid, a permanent fix is needed The Public Service Association (PSA) says the inquiry into Judith Collins’ behaviour must be accompanied by a process to restore the lost trust between Ministers and public servants if...
    Scoop politics | 02-09
  • Association welcomes new Chief Executive
    “The New Zealand Police Association is pleased to announce the appointment of Heather Verry to Chief Executive. Heather picks up the mantle from Chris Pentecost, who recently retired from this position,” Police Association President Greg O’Connor said...
    Scoop politics | 02-09
  • Young Voters Want Politicians to Grow Up
    Young voters want answers to the questions that directly affect them – but it seems as much as anything, they want politicians to grow up....
    Scoop politics | 02-09
  • Climate Voter election debate to get big audience
    Auckland, 2 September 2014 - Tickets to tomorrow night’s first-ever Climate Voter election debate have sold out but an online audience will also get to see the event live....
    Scoop politics | 02-09
  • The Edge show disregard for consent
    The Edge has shown complete disregard for consent, for women’s bodies and in doing so has contributed to the wider issue of rape culture in New Zealand says specialist sexual violence prevention organisation, Sexual Abuse Prevention Network. Yesterday,...
    Scoop politics | 02-09
  • The Rock is Fuelling New Zealand’s Roastbuster Rape Culture
    The Rock are still displaying without-consent images of Jennifer Lawrence and other celebrities online. They are making fun of this without-consent action, saying that she was "asking for it", etc. They appear to be supporting this kind of...
    Scoop politics | 02-09
  • HRLA Condemns Murder of Filipino Human Rights lawyer
    Attorney Rodolfo R. Felicio, a member of the National Union of Peoples Lawyers , was gunned down while working on a land dispute in Rizal, east of Manila. Two caretakers of the disputed land were also injured in the attack....
    Scoop politics | 02-09
  • SFO lays charges for procurement fraud
    Two individuals have been charged in the Auckland District Court today with Crimes Act charges laid by the Serious Fraud Office for alleged fraud against Mighty River Power Limited relating to procurement for the Company’s Southdown power station....
    Scoop politics | 02-09
  • Commitment to lifting wages good for New Zealand
    The Service and Food Workers Union has applauded the Green Party workers’ policy announced today....
    Scoop politics | 02-09
  • Sykes: There’s Only One Poll That Counts
    “One of the oldest sayings in politics is that there is only one poll that counts – the one on Election Day – and that’s the one that I am focusing on” remarked the MANA Movement candidate for Waiariki, Annette...
    Scoop politics | 02-09
  • Winston Peters Shown up by the Civilian Party
    Even the satirical 'Civilian Party' has now offered the Taxpayers’ Union more credible figures for the ' Bribe-O-Meter ' than Winston Peters’ New Zealand First. The Taxpayers’ Union Bribe-O-Meter now includes, National, Labour, the Greens,...
    Scoop politics | 02-09
  • Further criminal investigation into CTV Building collapse
    Police has today confirmed it will be advancing the criminal investigation into the collapse of the CTV building in February 2011....
    Scoop politics | 02-09
  • Greens policy to restore link between effort and reward
    The Green Party’s new workers policy articulates an alternative to wage repression and job insecurity based on restoring the link between effort and reward, according to FIRST Union. The core tenets of the policy include implementing an $18 minimum...
    Scoop politics | 02-09
  • Greens workers policy supported by union movement
    The CTU is supporting the Green Party’s policy launched today focused on improving life for working New Zealanders. “This policy shows the Greens commitment to collective bargaining as the best and fairest way to improve workers terms and conditions. It...
    Scoop politics | 02-09
  • Research Scholarships for Cannabis Treatments
    Medical cannabis research will be boosted by $140 million if the Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party is elected on September 20. Pediatric epilepsy treatment will be one of the main priorities for the research scholarships....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Ngai Te Rangi Change to Tribal Elections
    Ngai Te Rangi has begun a postal vote of beneficiaries to change the way representatives are elected to the two Ngai Te Rangi tribal organisations....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Greens’ commitment to pay equity welcomed by workers
    The Public Service Association (PSA) says the 58,000 workers they represent will benefit from the announcement by the Green Party of a commitment to pay equity and to a living wage for core public servants and contractors....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Real People Powering Real Policy
    New Zealanders from all walks of life have helped the Internet Party create a full platform of strong, progressive and realistic policies that will create a better future for everyone, says leader Laila Harré....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • University of Canterbury to help with forestry safety
    The University of Canterbury is to launch a new research project to make sure New Zealand’s new forestry roads are safe and are established with minimal environmental impact....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Time to get serious about ending homelessness!
    New Zealand needs a comprehensive set of policies that address the housing and support needs of homeless people as well as significantly increasing the supply of affordable, good quality houses and flats....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Hundreds to join domestic, sexual violence march
    Several social service providers from across New Zealand have come together to call for an end to the epidemic level of domestic and sexual violence in New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Students helped with debt repayments
    New Zealand students now living in Australia are being reminded not to ignore their student loan debt as Inland Revenue expands its latest tool to help with repayments....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Launch of GenderNeutral.co.nz website
    GenderNeutral.co.nz are excited to announce the launch of their new website, GenderNeutral.co.nz ....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Factory farming debaters to look chicken in the eye
    MPs participating in a panel discussion about factory farming will come face-to-face with a real live hen, rescued from the claws of the intensive farming industry. Hettie the Hen will demonstrate to the MPs what little space is afforded to...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Leadership stands strong behind Internet MANA relationship
    “There is now, and always will be, a range of views about many issues within our movement and members are free to express them, but Georgina’s views on Kim Dotcom are not shared by the MANA Movement leadership or the...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Personal Statement by Matthew Hooton
    Personal Statement by Matthew Hooton 1 September 2014 For Immediate Release “This morning I made comments on Radio New Zealand’s Nine to Noon programme about an attempt by staff in the Prime Minister’s Office to interfere in the appointment...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • The Worm turns down for John Key
    John Key struggled to coax The Worm above the line in Thursday’s Leaders Debate, according to Roy Morgan’s Reactor, the original Worm. John Key struggled to coax The Worm above the line in Thursday’s Leaders Debate, according to Roy Morgan’s...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • The Edge Posts Naked Photos Without Consent
    The Edge website, owned by Media Works have published fully naked photographs of Jennifer Lawrence without her consent....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Statement from the Governor-General on Ashburton Shootings
    The Governor-General, Lt Gen The Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae, has expressed his deep shock following the shooting of three people in Ashburton today....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Update on IGIS inquiry into release of NZSIS information
    In recognition of the public interest, the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security, Cheryl Gwyn, took the unusual step of providing an update during the course of an inquiry and confirmed today that she would be summoning a number of individuals...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • An Open Government Plan developed in secrecy
    The State Services Commission sent NZ’s Open Government Action Plan to the international Open Government Partnership (OGP) Secretariat on 31 July. The countries involved in the OGP since its inception - from the UK and US to Indonesia and Brazil...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • KiwiRail; another year older and deeper in debt
    That is a lot of money and there are lessons that need to be learnt before we pour in another $1 billion....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Fonterra China Deal Demands Safe Supply Chain
    The future success of Fonterra’s deal to sell infant formula in China [1] requires all milk it uses be safe and for Fonterra to secure its supply chain from contamination by GE DNA and pesticide residues. There is now significant...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • HRC praises Auckland mum for speaking out
    Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy has praised an Auckland mother of four who went public after humiliating treatment by staff at The Warehouse....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Southern DHB refers disputed issue to Serious Fraud Office
    Following advice from forensic investigation firm Beattie Varley Limited, Southern District Health Board has referred the expenditure at the centre of its long running dispute with South Link Health to the Serious Fraud Office. The parties have been...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • The Letter 1 September 2014
    Last night’s TVNZ Colmar Brunton poll puts the left and right 60 MPs each. United and the Maori Party say they will go with the side that gets to 61 MPs. ACT just needs just 1.3% or 28 thousand Party...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Shopping Giveaway Harmless Fun For Kids
    Family First NZ is rubbishing claims by critics including Gareth Morgan that the New World ‘Little Shop’ promotion is harmful for kids, and says that kids should be allowed to be kids. “Children love acting like their parents and pretending...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Red Cross launches employment service for former refugees
    New Zealand Red Cross is encouraging employers to give refugees a fresh startwith the launch of Pathways to Employment, a nationwide work assistance service....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • EDS welcomes Labour’s Conservation Policy
    The Environmental Defence Society has welcomed Labour’s Conservation Policy including the key objective of halting the current pattern of indigenous biodiversity decline within ten years....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Poverty is falling and income inequality is not rising
    “A Roy Morgan poll shows that the issue people are most concerned about is income inequality. This just goes to show how the persistent repetition of a lie bewilders the public. Income inequality is not in fact rising. And the...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Rotary NZ responding to Fiji water and sanitation issues
    Clean water and sanitation are vital to health. In Fiji Rotary New Zealand have been targeting 22 communities that are experiencing severe hardship mainly because they don’t have access to clean water for their drinking, cleaning and cooking needs....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Work & Income shooting a Tragedy
    Kay Brereton speaking on behalf of the National Beneficiary Advocacy Consultancy group says; “Two people shot and another wounded, this is a tragedy and our deepest sympathy goes out to the family and whanau of the victims, as well as...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • 1080 Poison Deer Repellent not Effective – Farmers
    Four deer have been found dead within a farmer's bush block, after an aerial 1080 poison drop applied with deer repellent. The drop was part of a 30,000 hectare drop across the Northern Pureora Forest Park....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Employment Charter will strengthen migrants’ rights
    Establishing an Employment Charter for construction companies is a critical step to strengthening the rights of migrant workers that are fast becoming the face of the Christchurch rebuild, according to an alliance of union groups. The charter has...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Global March For Elephants and Rhino
    It’s a trans-national business that funds terrorist organisations, fuels conflict in Africa, and poses environmental, development and security challenges. The illegal wildlife trade is also a lucrative business, generating an estimated USD$20 billion...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • New series of videos aimed at disengaged youth
    From the people who brought you 'NZ Idle' (NZ's favourite web series about an artist on the dole) comes a new series about election time: Choice Lolz....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Picket Of Leaders Christchurch Debate
    KEEP OUR ASSETS PICKET OF LEADERS CHRISTCHURCH DEBATE TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 2nd, 6 p.m. ST MARGARETS COLLEGE, SHREWSBURY STREET, MERIVALE...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
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