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Media taken for ride over credit card coverage

Written By: - Date published: 7:35 pm, June 10th, 2010 - 79 comments
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Journalists’ reaction to the credit card fiasco today (especially Stuff’s ridiculously huge revolving headline) fell right into the National government’s lap. It was a classic set piece by the government that did not warrant the saturated coverage it received. My message to the media: Come on guys get spin wise!

Let me first state very clearly what I think about the credit card Ministerial spending. It was stupid, idiotic, and completely unacceptable from all concerned Ministers. Shane Jones, Chris Carter, and Tim Groser will and should hang their heads lower over the affair.

But this story did not warrant the build-up or coverage it’s received so far. Not by a long shot.

Sure, it’s worthy frontpage news today. I’ll concede that much.

It did not however deserve three days of drawn out headline coverage, especially when it was very clear from the beginning that this whole affair was a carefully managed media strategy run out of the 9th Floor of the Beehive. Yes, I hate to break to you, but this was (a quite clever) set piece delivered by the Nats and lapped up by media. The Government cleverly hyped it for months, leaked anticipation of its release, leaked tastly tidbits, and finally delivered a document that was going to take days to digest.

With all the effort and spin that went into the story, the media should’ve had the sense to step back with a critical eye for a moment and say “Wait… We’re really being used and taken out for a spin here” [yes.. pun intended]. Instead we received days of ongoing coverage, a rolling giant headline on stuff, and 10 minutes in the 6pm news bulletins (is that more than the election?).

And no, Shane Jones’ porn isn’t an excuse. You’re not all the Truth for goodness sake.

Come on guys, you can do better than this.

79 comments on “Media taken for ride over credit card coverage”

  1. tc 1

    Having just surfed both news and the 7pm dross it came as no surprise the msm has not so much fallen for it but rather followed the directives layed out by their masters……heel msm…..who’s a good boy then.

    It’s great TV, always a furtile topic and especially when you get so much time to prepare as campbell showed what a theatrical bufoon he can be given the material.

    Now wait and see if there’s matching coverage of any dodgy stuff from irrelevant nact mp’s once the msm lapdogs have time to digest the meal they’ve finally been given after been thrown some juicy appetisers.

    • Oliver 1.1

      Wonder how much of taxpayer money John Campbell spent on all the props for tonights show – on the taxpayer wallet

      • joe90 1.1.1

        Wonder how much of taxpayer money John Campbell spent on all the props for tonights show on the taxpayer wallet

        Campbell on the taxpayer tit, golly, great source there Olive.

    • The reason that it attracts so much attention is that it is really stupid. Anyone can understand it.

      Key’s trust rorts on the other hand are really complicated and the general audience was turned off by it.

      Wow. Our sensitivity to and tolerance of scandals depends on our understanding …

      How terrifying is that?

  2. Armchair Critic 2

    Spending $5k on follies like porn, then paying it back – stupid (and unacceptable).
    Spending $50k to find the $5k, and not paying it back – pricelessly stupid.
    Still waiting for anyone from the MSM to ask Mr Key whether he thinks this was a good use of $50k.

    • sean14 2.1

      Let’s ignore shoplifters then, as long as they have nicked under $100 worth of stuff, because it will cost more than that it police and court time to prosecute.

      • Armchair Critic 2.1.1

        Let’s trawl back through all the speed camera photos and issue infringements to everyone who was exceeding the speed limit by 1km/h, because that would be a wonderful use of police resources – according to your logic.
        C’mon sean, tell me you think this was a great use of $50k. Tell me it was excellent value for money.

        • Thomas Beagle 2.1.1.1

          I think that $50k was a great use of money.

          Transparency in government is important and worthy paying for.

          • Armchair Critic 2.1.1.1.1

            Transparency in government is important…
            Me too, so I want to know what happened with Richard Worth.

    • burt 2.2

      So when it’s your team we do a cost benefit analysis to justify or dismiss a thorougher audit of parliamentary expenditure?

      Do the same rules apply to the other teams when they are in charge because I’m sure all sides would agree to that if we the public collectively thought it was a good idea.

      Lets say then that if the cost of misdeeds is not financially measurable (such as the perversion of an election) then we just don’t investigate (rather validate) because we will never get past the cost benefit (in the public interest) test. Excellent idea Armchair Critic, lets mock how much it cost to discover what went on outside of parliamentary rules, that will do wonders to restore our faith that the place is operating in our best interests.

      • Armchair Critic 2.2.1

        I don’t have a team.
        I think a C/B analysis would have been a waste of time because the benefits could not have been ascertained without incurring the costs.
        If you are so keen on knowing how much spending went on outside the rules then surely you encourage keeping digging. We’ve has a parliamentary democracy for a quite a few years now and while the records might not be complete, I’m sure if we keep digging we’ll find lots of other fascinating stuff. Sure it will probably cost a lot more than the actual expenditure that is outside of the rules, but what the hell, according to you that’s the price of having confidence in democracy. Do you make a habit of spending other people’s money on pointless shit? Retrospectively?

      • burt 2.2.2

        So you think that keeping controls on how public money gets spent is pointless shit?

        Hell, lets just all get a tax-payer credit card to buy personal stuff with, will be cheaper to just let it go and move on…

        You are defending the indefensible, no surprise becasue as we know it’s OK when Labour do it.

    • It’s not up to him. If you want to push the repeal of the OIA, be my guest, but be prepared for a fight.

      • Armchair Critic 2.3.1

        If you want to push the repeal of the OIA…
        What makes you think I want to do that?
        I want the Prime Minister to express an opinion on whether spending $50k to identify repaid mis-spending almost an order of magnitude less represents good value for the taxpayer. I doubt he will be capable of expressing an opinion publicly, at best I expect fudging and generalisations.
        If he was smart he would confirm that section 15 (1A) and (2) of the OIA allow for the reasonable costs to be recovered, and he would acknowledge that the requesters would be invoiced for the costs. But you probably already knew that and were just raising the repeal the OIA shit as a distraction.

      • burt 2.3.2

        So you think only rich people should be allowed to request information under the OIA. You’re not a fan of accountability and democracy are you. Labour supporter by any chance ?

        • Armchair Critic 2.3.2.1

          So you think only rich people should be allowed to request information under the OIA.
          No, WTF did I say that? I think that if someone makes an OIA request that costs $50k and leaves the cost with the taxpayer and the PM just let’s it lie because it’s politically expedient, that’s corrupt.
          You’re not a fan of accountability and democracy are you.
          I’m more of a fan than you could comprehend, apparently.
          Labour supporter by any chance ?
          Occasionally I vote for Labour, and more often than National, but no, I’m not a Labour supporter.

        • burt 2.3.2.2

          If people need to be weary of the cost of an OIA request then only people who can afford to pay the cost will make them. Clearly if people are making frivolous and time wasting requests then that is different. But to suggest that the $50K cost of uncovering the self serving corruption in this case is a waste is making excuses for the tossers who think they can just spend our money however they like. This case was tax payers money well spent.

  3. Herodotus 3

    Is there anything important out there like the start of the W recession, Europe in financial troubles, or an oil coy and drilling coy appearing to be negligent and do not cover any claims (I can only hope and pray for real justice)
    Obviously not all there is is a few $000 dollars that are not that material and some poorly made decisissions (Mainly by Mps I have never heard of) and some very partisian views supporting or attacking this behaviour. Perhaps those expressing their blindly partisian views should take a look at themselves in what they are attempting to justifiy (either side) and see how they have undermined some of their credibility, as it is not the issue just this blind support of the “US” team.
    p.s. re the spending of $50k for this spending report, how is Government House minor renovations proceeding and at what cost. it was originally about $45m

    • comedy 3.1

      Good point and to quote the Air NZ best blog awards..

      [deleted]

      [lprent: good quote. Pity you already picked up a ban for a week for insulting an author. ]

  4. comedy 4

    By calling me retarded you win the prize of taking a week off. And your comment goes. – MF

  5. Oliver 5

    I think the thing that made it worse for Labour was Heatley resigning over $70 worth of expenditure (until the OAG had their review) and Labour were taking it for all it was worth with heaps of quotes that are surfacing again. Including Trevor Mallard calling for Heatley to resign over the affair, thus by his standard, Shane Jones should also resign

  6. really 6

    You have made a mistake in your headline, it should read “Taxpayer taken for a ride by Labour members over credit card use”

    • Craig Glen Eden 6.1

      What about ” National minister continues to drink at the trough despite Keys tough talk”

      or ” National ministers continue to steal from taxes payers”

      or “Nat/Act minsters spend more in 18 months than Labour ministers do over 9 years”

      or ” Sloppy PM fails to control Ministers spending”

      • really 6.1.1

        Minister for Porno.

        • Craig Glen Eden 6.1.1.1

          Minister for Porno Richard Worth resigned over more than just watching porn!

          • mickysavage 6.1.1.1.1

            Actually CGE the rumour that I heard (from an impeccable source) is that the final straw was when the Government of a foreign (religious) country was presented with an invoice by Worth for the provision of services which would upset the moral norms of that country.

            Jones watching a movie that he subsequently paid for has nothing in comparison …

            • seth 6.1.1.1.1.1

              Just like I heard from an impeccable source that …

              Oh no you don’t – MF

  7. Lama 7

    You’re kidding, right? There’s no way to dress this up as anything other than what it is, and your facile attempt to claim the Nats’ media manipulators have pulled the wool over a bunch of extremely experienced journos’ eyes is insulting at best.

    Jones was stupid, he’s stolen from the taxpayer and he should go. If a UK MP can resign because her husband charged porn to her taxpayer-funded card, Jones has no leg at all to stand on. He should do the decent thing, apologise, and resign.

    • Bored 7.1

      And going on your advice and obviously high moral standards he can bring along his house mates McCully and Groser, perhaps Carter, and for that matter Double Dipton et al. What a total balls up from both sides of the system.

      The good thing is we dont need any illusions that these people are representative humans with a full set of virtues and vices, just like us, so who better to represent us?

    • Craig Glen Eden 7.2

      What about English, Heatly,Brownly. Grosser, they should all go to aye Lama?

    • RedLogix 7.3

      Jones was stupid, he’s stolen from the taxpayer and he should go.

      Sorry but exactly what was ‘stolen’?

      It was reimbursed ages ago as part of a semi-regular reconciliation. This is how corporate credit cards get used all the time. Taxpayer wasn’t out of pocket for anything more than a few bucks of interest at most.

      Heatley’s personal expenses on the other hand were only found out more or less after an external audit…not such a good look at all.

  8. Carol 8

    And why is the media not making as much fuss about this piece that happened yesterday at Paula Bennet’s welfare seminar?

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10650823

    An international expert has upset the Government’s welfare reform agenda by proposing a universal child allowance to tackle child poverty.
    The head of social policy for the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Dr Monika Queisser, told a forum organised by the Government’s Welfare Working Group yesterday how New Zealand was “out of step with other countries.

    But 15 per cent of Kiwi children lived in families with less than half the median income, compared with an OECD average of 12 per cent.

    “The gap between material deprivation of children and older people is biggest in New Zealand out of 27 countries,” she said.

    She said the Labour Government’s Working for Families package had stemmed the rise in child poverty but “has not reduced the high child poverty rate”.

    • seth 8.1

      because its extremely obvious by now that throwing money at people and/or problems does not improve their lot in life, and does not improve the probability of them getting out of where they are.

      • Pete 8.1.1

        So why is it that the big story of “pulling oneself up by the bootstraps” is commonly talked about in reference to the current Prime Minister and Minister for Social Development and Employment if indeed it is “extremely obvious”? Is it because it now doesn’t serve the new story of ‘success’ since the budget was announced?

        Would the best way to improve these people’s lot in life be to ask them to pay proportionately more of their incomes (if they are on low incomes – WFF recipients), or their benefits (if they are on them) and increase the incomes of those who aren’t living hand-to-mouth?

        And if the above isn’t the answer, and ‘throwing money at people and problems’ isn’t either then what is? Because isn’t the tax change supposedly ‘throwing’ money at those on higher incomes to *chuckle* ‘grow the pie’?

  9. TightyRighty 9

    Those poor helpless fools in the media. outlasting administrations. being professional. then to be outwitted by old smile and wave and his merry team of relaxed alchies. the contradictions between what is expressed on this site, and don’t quote the policy, these are views shared by all contributors here, are amazing. on one hand we have a do-nothing, on-holiday-relaxed money trader who couldn’t think his way out of kindergarten, and on the other we have a rat-cunning, master media manipulator, and typical lying politician. what to believe?

    • Michael Foxglove 9.1

      My answer to you TR is George W Bush.

    • Bored 9.2

      Had a few? Getting looser TR? A little incoherent, but hell we cant read you anyway, its hard to focus when you are laughing so much. I could have just called you a retard but that seems to attract bans. At some stage please actually give us an argument, reasonably constructed logic or similar. Something that might challenge us. I know that this might be a challenge for you, but hey have a go.

    • Zorr 9.3

      Strangely enough, neither of those two scenarios are actually mutually exclusive.

      Logic 101 fael.

  10. Bored 10

    I would like to point out that whenever you watch the news on TV the politicians are always surrounded by a retenue of support staff, normally private secretaries and that lowly life form the Press Secretary (formerly of the MSM and now in the art of paid spin). these creatures are in the employ of you and me, the tax payer.

    One has to question the worth of this expenditure if these paid minders cant find time to ensure that the expenses claims of their “bosses” are not vetted and “sanitised” at source. What the hell do they actually do if their Minister “bosses” get so exposed? What shabby treatment they give the hands that feed them.

  11. the sprout 11

    10k for credit card charges.
    209k for Nick Smith’s defamation defence.
    The msm have most certainly been taken for a major ride.

  12. Lew 12

    I disagree. This is a legitimate matter of public interest, and while it was blown out of proportion, the scandal around moral and ethical behaviour is relevant. The electorate wants to know, and the media have a duty to let them know.

    If only Labour were competent enough to run media campaigns half this good on twice as much evidence. The system is what it is. They know — or ought to know — how it works. Rather than bleating about how the system’s not fair, I’d prefer they use it to their advantage so they can get on with the business of governing, or failing that, being a credible opposition and preventing the government from riding roughshod over anyone who gets in their way because they enjoy a degree of electoral impunity.

    L

    • Oh Lew

      You are so intense on Labour and then stand by while National systematically destroys the country.

      Do you ever weigh up the respective merits and decide on who is better, even if not by much, before commenting?

      • Lew 12.1.1

        No, I don’t go easy on Labour because I think they’re better on balance. Fuck that. The foremost duty of a supporter is not to be a cheerleader. If Labour are useless or evil, they’ll get it all the more strongly from me because I expect National to be useless and/or evil, whereas I expect more of Labour.

        L

        • mickysavage 12.1.1.1

          So you are harder on Labour even though they are better?

          • Lew 12.1.1.1.1

            Yes. I hold them to a higher standard, since they claim a higher standard, and I think there’s some legitimacy to that claim.

            In the apparently vain hope that they won’t rest on their laurels, take the outrageous piss, fall into elementary political traps, and turn every silk purse they stumble across into a sow’s ear.

            L

            • mickysavage 12.1.1.1.1.1

              So Helen’s Government was not much different to Key’s Government?

              Are you being serious?

              • Lew

                Wherever did I make such a claim?

                L

                • So you are harder on Labour even though they are better? …

                  Yes. I hold them to a higher standard, since they claim a higher standard, and I think there’s some legitimacy to that claim. …

                  So Helen’s Government was not much different to Key’s Government? …

                  Wherever did I make such a claim?

                  You are right. I take it that you agree that Helen’s Government was better than the current rabble but you will be more critical of Labour than of National because Labour is more left wing. Wow, this is a really difficult standard. I expect attacks from the wingnuts but from left wingers because Labour is better but not better enough?

                  • Lew

                    The point is that I don’t just reflexively fight the corner of the crowd I happen to like the most. I criticised Heatley and Gorser and Brownlee in February, and I’ve done so again now. But it’s all the more galling when the Labour party — which claims to be a better sort than the National party — fails.

                    This sort of stuff is bad when Labour does it, and it’s bad when National does it. That National does it too doesn’t make it any less bad when Labour does it. This isn’t defensible, so why defend it?

                    There is no “fair”. Nobody deserves a free ride. It’s as I/S says: no pity. The response should be proportionate, but in this case I think it is, as I’ve argued: it speaks to character.

                    No political party needs one-eyed yes-people and cheerleaders who’ll baby it and defend it when it’s manifestly in the wrong. That breeds laziness and entitlement. It’s the sort of shit which gets Sarah Palin on your presidential ticket. It needs people who’ll demonstrate that if the party wants their support it will need to be competent, disciplined and effective; to produce quality policy, to frame and communicate it well, and to demonstrate high standards of conduct. Stop defending uselessness and mediocrity. If you want Labour to win, tell them you’re not prepared to stand for this sort of shit.

                    L

                    • Just to add to the excellent points Lew’s made:
                      When it comes to politics I’m motivated by my values which are centre left – for the first couple of terms of the last Labour government I supported Labour, now I support the Greens and National because (in various ways) they seem closest to my personal values than the other parties in Parliament.
                      Many of The Standard bloggers and commentators seem to have no values (that I can see) and see politics as a sports game in which you pick your team and cheer them on no matter how poorly they’re doing while you boo the enemy team irregardless of what they say or do. That might be amusing for you guys but it’s not really contributing to the debate.

                    • Pete

                      I’m with Lew and Danyl, micky (except supporting National – on most of their policy).

                      I expect better from Labour as well, and I find that blindly following them and defending every single thing doesn’t help the parties garner support by swing-voters, or those who are otherwise unsure.

                      We should hold all parties up to the same scrutiny, except where they provide additional levels for themselves – whereby that should be the standard we expect. There is a minimum expectation, and then there are self-imposed expectations – that’s my interpretation of what Lew is trying to say – and I completely agree.

                      And for the record, I’m actually quite put off by Labour at the moment, because they just don’t maximise their opportunities, promote sound policy as well, or establish real points of difference between them and the incumbents…

    • RedLogix 12.2

      Labour let themselves be pushed on the back-foot when there is no need for it. This is a stupid little ‘scandal’ that I’m willing to bet the majority of the electorate knows quite well is just another outbreak of petty political blood-letting.

      Porn? Ha…90% of grown-ups have seen it. No-one really cares about it as a ‘moral’ issue. Christ on a bike…”Go Girls” on prime-time TV has the main character fucking in a pub toilet as I write this. Get some perspective. We’re not in the 50′s anymore.

      If Labour had simply gone on the attack and stayed there, instead of falling back into a patently hypocritical cringe of faux-grovelling… the whole thing would have rebounded on the Nats as it should have.

      • Lew 12.2.1

        I think if Shane Jones had made his “red-blooded man” speech at the first possible opportunity, rather than once the machine had already spun up to speed, he’d come out of this looking a damned site better. Even as it is, I think there’s a chance he’ll exorcise some of the joyless lesbian puritan demons lingering around Labour.

        L

      • mickysavage 12.2.2

        Agreed

        If I was in control of the next Labour Government there would be NO ministerial visa cards and also no limos. They should catch taxis or trains.

        But Labour is getting thrashed about something which is quite minor and in the background really egregious stuff is happening …

        • Lew 12.2.2.1

          If the background stuff is so egregious, it should be really easy to make a story out of, right?

          No?

          Then fire your fucking comms department and hire a competent one.

          Or maybe it’s actually not so egregious after all, in the view of them what matter.

          L

  13. I am really over this.

    I suggest that the reasons for Richard Worth’s sacking should be released and we can then compare this to Shane Jones’s actions and have a real debate.

    On the one hand we have the watching of a Hotel R18 movie that he did pay for although belatedly.

    On the other hand we have … [Feel free to fill in with whatever you think which will be legitimate until Key says why Worth was fired]

    Honest, I am really over this. Jones is being pilloried for something that is not that good but way less serious than …

    • Herodotus 13.1

      He did attempt to cover up ZB this morning then with Susan Wood tried to play semantics. He was given a spade and kept on digging then like Princess Fergie went on a charm offensive. On all interviews both TV stations and radio it was the same message almost carbon copy statements. I thought someone like him would have fronted up yeah I did watch a few skin flicks, so. He may have widened his appeal as someone a bit more real. But no he fell into the experienced politician of denial until the evidence proves otherwise. For me that is his real down fall. Pity he could have made a bad day into his phoenix rising to greater glory.

      • mickysavage 13.1.1

        So Jones fessed up within 6 hours of the news breaking. Good on him.

        And Worth?

        • Herodotus 13.1.1.1

          Jones fessed up after the evidence did not support his original case. Re Worth I was waiting for the texts and emails that Phil had, but from what was reported was nothing. I think Worth was a smoking gun that was disposable, not even sure why Worth warrents such a high position on the list. Jones may not warrent to be the face of any senior positions, but I think he still has some “worth” to contribute toward Lab and NZ with an alternative view to the Labour follow the line thinking. Otherwise I think he will be lost to NZ as he gets courted from America. Not sure of his iwi connections and willingness to forgo many US$ for the greater good of Maoridom.

    • gingercrush 13.2

      Of course you’re over it mickey savage. Anything is needed for you to forget what a lousy bunch of hypocritical idiots the Labour Party is. You want the focus back on Key. Except, the blind trust issue was pathetic and was messy with Hodgson making it even more messy. That is why no one is talking about today. And as for Worth. The guy is now no longer in parliament so why you expect the media to keep following that is beyond me. The media have rather small minds and will no doubt quickly forget this current Credit Card spending scandal.

    • Inventory2 13.3

      “a” hotel movie micky? Surely, you jest.

      10/1/2008 – 11/1/2008 – 4 movies
      21/1/2008 – 1 movie
      14/2/2008 – 2 movies
      22/2/2008 – 1 movie
      29/2/2008 – 1 movie
      7/3/2008 – 2 movies

      Need I go on? But the real issue is Jones’ credibility. He told Mike Hosking this morning that they weren’t “buff” movies. At 9.40am, Stuff reported that Jones “couldn’t recall” whether he’d watched adult films. By early afternoon, he’d ‘fessed up, after Barry Soper and other journos had rung hotels and verified the cost of said adult films. Five hours; three stories; silly fellow.

  14. Rharn 14

    The difference between the Nat rorts and Labours is that Labour MP’s acted stupidly. The Nats on the other hand went to some length in trying to hide their rorts and when caught tried to justify them. Only when this stratagem did not work did they come clean. Still I’m pretty pissed off with Shane Jones. Here was one guy who could take on any Minister and Key to boot. Not so easy now. Time will tell how much damage has been done. Not much in my view. Nothing wrong with a bit of porn it’s just getting caught that’s the real crime. Just what Jones was thinking of putting this shit on his card I’ll never know. Dumb just bloody dumb.

  15. Cactus Kate 15

    I support full disclosure of these expenses.

    It was worth it just to see that Judith Tizard has excellent taste in champagne.

    She goes up immensely in my estimation.

    • So why was Worth sacked?

      • Pascal's bookie 15.1.1

        Made John Key look bad.

        He told JK that he hadn’t done anything wrong and that he would both sign an affidavit to that effect and sue anyone that went public.

        Key stupidly accepted that and didn’t ask to see the texts and what not. When similar allegations arose, and the old ones became public, but no affidavit was forthcoming and no one got sued. Ergo, Keys lack luster investigation was at risk of becoming public. Ergo, attack the victim, sack Worth, keep your mouth shut about the whole business, smile, wave.

  16. Name 16

    When I heard Sean Plunkett go after Jones on Morning Report – “was it a porn film? Was it porn? You can’t remember if it was porn? You say you’re a movie buff but you can’t remember if it was porn or not” – I knew that the Israelis could murder another dozen peace activists, the top could blow off BP’s bust pipe-line, the Reserve Bank could hike interest rates to 5%, Iran could test a nuclear weapon, the Tea-Party could take every Super Tuesday Primary and the Euro could achieve parity with the Dollar, and all we’d hear all day is, “Tut tut. Porn. How awful. I’m shocked, I’m shocked.” Jesus effing Christ.

    It’s not illegal to watch porn. I think it’s a bloody sight healthier to prefer watching porn rather than mainstream films like ‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre’, ‘Saw’ or ‘Hostel’. I can relate to Jones far more for watching porn for an evening alone in a strange hotel in a strange town than settling down with the bloody Gideon Bible for company, and he does us a favour spending $20 on a film rather than expecting us to cough up $2,000 so he can take his wife/girlfriend/boyfriend with him for the real thing.

    But it isn’t a MSM conspiracy against labour politicians. It was just the grubby little mind of Sean Plunkett trying to make a big story out of a little one and, in his usual style, finding the lowest common denominator.

    • infused 16.1

      You miss the point. These things should never be charged to a MPs credit card. It’s like a work credit card. Only work related stufff should be billed to it. Even if you pay it back later, it’s no excuse.

      Corporations follow this approach, govt should be no exception.

    • jcuknz 16.2

      I swop between my credit cards and it costs me nothing to do this. Likewise it is no cost to government for an MP to swop between the cards he is trusted to use. If the bill was paid within the due period there is no cost to Government/ us the taxpayers. Even if it wasn\’t and both bill and penalty was were paid it still doesn\’t cost Govt. {Just as I type this somebody is pointing this out on 9 to Noon, sounded like Jim Anderton]
      I\’m sure all those in \’sensitive\’ positions will be disturbed that the billing was not more discrete. Though it does serve as a warming to the rest of us.
      So far my biggest concern that an ex-minister used the \’B\’ word on Morning Report instead of \’telling off\’ etc.

  17. deemac 17

    the media storm over this today contrasts with the easy ride given to Bill English and Phil Heatley. Heatley is back in the Cabinet after a few weeks and a little weep. No difference between him and Jones (unless the porn was something illegal or you are a prude). Both did something stupid and wrong but somehow the penalty differs according to which party you belong to – that’s hypocrisy.

  18. dave 18

    There wouldn\’t have been as many stories on the Jones porn issues if Jones had come out and told the truth (when asked) on Morning report instead of \”not ruling it out or ruling it in\” when asked about whether the videos he got were porn. Jones handled that one pretty badly – surprising really, as he appears to have handled other things rather well.

  19. McFlock 19

    This is such a load of crap. I had to go on a business trip recently – the boss said “charge everything to the room, standard practise is that you reimburse the company for minibar, pay per view and any other personal stuff. Breakfast & dinner are on the company while you’re there”.

    Of course, after this beat-up I’m glad I had a good book and didn’t get peckish during the night…

    • Inventory2 19.1

      McFlock – that’s fine, because the rules were laid out to you in advance. In the case of Ministers both in this and the former administration, Ministerial Services has repeatedly advised that it is NOT appropriate for personal spending to go on ministerial credit cards. That is the issue here; that Ministers from both the major parties have played the game outside the rules. If you or I did that in a business environment, there would be sanctions. MP’s ought not be above the rules or the law.

      • jcuknz 19.1.1

        Who’s running the country …. beaurocrats in ministerial services or the people we elect?
        It appears that you are wrong with regard to private enterprise as somebody pointed out the common sense way that is operated in PE as above. At least not all PE are following the silly rules the Bs in the public service come up with. And I know after 30 years in PS that often interpretation and implementation of the rules vary with location.

  20. Irascible 20

    The media in NZ,aided by the spinsters, are busy looking to emulate their UK brethren and topple targeted MPs reputations and credibility in a holier than thou exercise. Compared to the UK situation the local media must make themselves hysterical about the crumbs, the trivia and the infotainment fascination with the “celebrity frailties.”
    The NZ exercise is also being used by NACT to divert attention from its ineptitude and fascination with “politicotainment” rather than governance. Strange isn’t it that NACT supporters Quax & Ross should drop a similar campaign attack onto Len Brown in the days immediately before the big reveal of the MP’s credit card expenditure.

  21. Pat 21

    If the only outcome of all this is that Shane Jones never gets to be leader of the Labour Party, surely it was $50K well spent.

    • Pat 21.1

      Oh and kudos for Goff for being out of country. A good political move. It means he doesn’t have to be the face in the news trying to justify the rorting. And once the dust settles a bit, he can fly home, take the morale high ground, and demote the offenders. One of whom was a pretender to his throne.

      All in all, a good week for Goff.

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  • On so called Labour Party ‘distractions’
    The right wing of the Labour Party are constructing a narrative that Labour need to stop chasing distractions and focus on the real issues that matter and not these silly GCSB, inequality, domestic violence, media bias, TPPA issues. It is...
    The Daily Blog | 25-07
  • Selfies: Labour’s Electorate MPs are at it again
    IT’S A LITTLE TRIANGLE of grass at the corner of Rewa Street and Mt Eden Road, ideal for election hoardings. Wandering along Mt Eden Road last Saturday morning to our weekly appointment with the brunch menu at Orvieto, my family and...
    The Daily Blog | 25-07
  • Well, well, well – Jonathan Coleman did know about FBI interest into Kim ...
    Last years GCSB Town Hall meeting in Auckland Oh dear, the cover up and lies are starting to fall over now aren’t they… Coleman knew of FBI interest in Dotcom pre-residency decisionGovernment minister Jonathan Coleman knew the FBI was interested...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • Why You Must March Against Factory Farming This Saturday, 12pm
    The rally this Saturday is critical because this is the FIRST TIME IN NEW ZEALAND HISTORY that a major party has agreed to ban all intensive factory farming practices. The Labour party, the Greens, Internet-Mana, the SPCA, SAFE and other...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • Astronaut tweets photo of explosions over Israel and Gaza from space
      This is what a war zone looks like from space: From aboard the International Space Station, German astronaut Alexander Gerst tweeted this image as the station passed over Israel and Gaza in what he called ‘his saddest photo yet’....
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • When Firstline are focusing on flag burning rather than dead Palestinian ch...
    The IDF are butchering children in UN schools this morning and what’s the big issue on TV3s Firstline? Flag burning. How pathetic, and what a slap in the face to Mike McRoberts who is currently risking his life in Gaza...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • ‘Victim’ vs ‘Terrorist’
    ‘Victim’ vs ‘Terrorist’...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • Petition asking TVNZ to stand Hosking down as election moderator jumps to o...
    In just a day the petition calling on TVNZ to replace Hosking as the election moderator has jumped to over 2500, you can sign it here. The defence that the Right are trying to run here is that John Campbell...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • When the mainstream media go feral: the descent into sheer farce, according...
    . . It had to happen, I guess… The media pack-campaign against Labour Leader David Cunliffe has managed to  plumb new depths of absurdity. On TV3, on 24 July,  TV3/Tova O’Brien ran this report on their 6PM News bulletin, about...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • Coalition for Better Broadcasting: MIKE HOSKING FOR PM?
    Yes indeed. Mike Hosking is for the PM. And now he’s able to do even more as moderator (or should that be immoderator) of TVNZ’s election debates. Here at the Coalition for Better Broadcasting we feel it’s pretty safe to say that...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • The lie that “There is no alternative” to neo-liberal economic policies
    Supporters of President Maduro in Venezuela rally   Since the 1980s we have had drubbed into our heads that there was no alternative to the economic and social policies unleashed at that time. It even had it’s own acronym – TINA. The...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • A Kanaky tale of mining skulduggery and environmental courage
    Florent Eurisouké … still campaigning against mining. Photo: Del Abcede/PMC David Robie also blogs at Café Pacific AN EXTRAORDINARY story of mining skulduggery and a courageous struggle by indigenous Kanak environmental campaigners has been captured in a poignant new documentary,...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • UNBREAKING: The list of questions Mike Hosking will use in first TVNZ leade...
    “Good evening ladies and gentlemen and welcome to the first TVNZ leaders debate being held live in the gloriously beautiful Sky City ball room. It’s such a beautiful building boys and girls, we are so blessed to have Sky City...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • Internet Party Party review
      I have been to A LOT of political party functions in my time, and they tend to be dull affairs at the best of times but what is happening with Internet MANA is something quite exciting. I went to...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • Dear Seven Sharp – after learning Hosking will be the leaders debate ...
    I have to be honest, I had made the decision last night  to accept Seven Sharp’s hastily offered opportunity to appear on their show after I savagely criticised the bullshit whitewash story they did on John Key’s favourite far right hate speech...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • National refuses meeting with Maui’s advocates
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: National refuses meeting with Maui’s advocates Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | Press Release This is another reminder that the National Government does not care about the survival of the Maui’s dolphin National...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Message from CTU President Helen Kelly
    MIL OSI – Source: Unite Union – Headline: Message from CTU President Helen Kelly Dear MikeThere’s only 43 days until September 3, when voting in the General Election starts. The last day to vote is September 20.Thanks heaps for signing...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • MANA Tamaki send a challenge to Labour
    MIL OSI – Source: Mana Movement – Headline: MANA Tamaki send a challenge to Labour Posted on July 23, 2014 by admin in Joe Carolan, Press Releases“Labour should set the agenda and purposely do something positively controversial once a week”,...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • We must act to save our dolphins
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: We must act to save our dolphins A new report makes it clear for the urgent need to protect Maui’s and Hector’s dolphins while arguing  it is clear that there is no...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • School told to manipulate national standards data
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: School told to manipulate national standards data Parents can have little confidence in the Government’s National Standards after an Auckland school was told to manipulate its data so it added up, Labour’s...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Regional economies must have tailored plans
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Regional economies must have tailored plans News that up to 114 jobs could be lost from Fonterra’s Canpac plant in Hamilton reinforces the need for a government plan to build resilient regional...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Auditor General slams Shared Services project
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Auditor General slams Shared Services project The Auditor-General’s Office could not have been more damning about the 18 months spent on the Central Agency Shared Services (CASS) project at the Finance and...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Fonterra job losses a massive blow to Waikato
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Fonterra job losses a massive blow to Waikato The potential loss of up to 114 jobs from Fonterra’s Canpac plant in Hamilton is a massive blow to the Waikato region which has...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Basin flyover decision an opportunity for capital
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Basin flyover decision an opportunity for capital The decision to reject the proposed flyover at the Basin Reserve must be taken as an opportunity to properly fund Wellington’s transport future and must...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Indonesia: New President Widodo must make good on human rights pledges
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Indonesia: New President Widodo must make good on human rights pledges Indonesia’s new President Joko Widodo must deliver on campaign promises to improve Indonesia’s dire human rights situation, Amnesty International said....
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Communities in Sierra Leone turn their backs on female genital mutilation
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Communities in Sierra Leone turn their backs on female genital mutilation While activists gather in London to discuss strategies to tackle female genital mutilation, communities across Sierra Leone have been taking...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • The Gambia: Activists mark 20 years of iron-fisted repression
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: The Gambia: Activists mark 20 years of iron-fisted repression The Gambian government must abolish the laws and iron fisted practices that have resulted in two decades of widespread human rights violations,...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • A blog from the front lines of Palestine: It’s time for a new narrative
    I don’t know if I follow trouble or if trouble follows me, but somehow I seem to have found myself near one of the world’s hotspots again. The difference this time is that instead of sitting in some obscure location,...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • GUEST BLOG: Michael Wood – The Path Ahead
    It’s well established that Labour has had a difficult couple of weeks. Getting back on to a successful path requires our focus to shift from looking inwards to outwards, heightened discipline, and inner conviction. While my assessment of New Zealand...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Employers liquidating companies to avoid paying minimum entitlements
    Across the union movement we have seen a number of documented cases now where companies are liquidating their business in order to avoid their legal obligations, in terms of paying the minimum entitlements to their workers. The most recent example...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • GUEST BLOG: Joe Carolan : Positively Controversial
    The protest in Auckland last weekend that the NZ Herald claimed was attend by only a hundred people. Labour should set the agenda and purposely do something positively controversial once a week. A good start would be for all their...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Come on TV3 News – you are better than regurgitating Israeli propaganda
    Say it isn’t true TV3 News, you are seriously bitching about this???? The leader of the Mana Party, Hone Harawira, has supported flag burning at a pro-Palestinian march in Auckland at the weekend. Mana Party flags can be seen in...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • The brutal siege of Palestine
    70 years ago the Jews of Europe suffered as much as any people can suffer. The Nazis set about ethnic cleansing and sent 6 million to their death. Today we watch in horror as Israel, the Jewish homeland created after...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • When the mainstream media go feral: A tale of two holidays
    . . The recent non-story on David Cunliffe’s three day holiday should be proof-positive that the mainstream media (msm) is fixated on pumping out as many “bad news” reporting as can be generated by a headline-seeking; advertising-driven; lazy corporate-media system....
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Canterbury housing crisis a moral, economic, health, education, and social ...
    Can they build it? No they can’t.  Occasionally I come across people who don’t believe me when I say there is a housing crisis in Christchurch.  Despite all the evidence to the contrary.  Even when I tell them that every...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Respected world visionaries of the past speak out on Israel
    Respected world visionaries of the past speak out on Israel...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • From Here To There: How did Labour become so hopelessly lost?
    WRITING ABOUT the Labour Party these days puts me in mind of the joke about the American tourist and the Irish farmer. Seems there was this American tourist driving down a narrow lane in the heart of Ireland. He needed...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Oh NOW everyone thinks the ABCs are up to no good?
    Goodness last months June seems like years away doesn’t it? In June I pointed out a move by the ABCs to destabilise Cunliffe was under way. For pointing this out, Labour Party bloggers Rob Salmond and Lynn Prentice rushed to put...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Dear Seven Sharp – I have little interest in appearing on your show so th...
    After savagely critiquing Seven Sharp for trying to whitewash the repulsive history of a far right hate speech merchant like Cameron Slater yesterday, Seven Sharp have contacted me and offered to do a profile on me. Here is their email…...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Basin Flyover decision victory for common sense
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: Basin Flyover decision victory for common sense Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 | Press Release “Both popular and expert opinion opposed the flyover. The proposal was expensive, unnecessary and would have undermined the...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • CPAG Newsletter July 2014
    MIL OSI – Source: Child Poverty Action Group – Headline: CPAG Newsletter July 2014 22 July 2014 New child poverty data nothing to celebrate New data released by the Ministry of Social Development  indicates people living below the poverty line are worse...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Hotel ordered to pay $80,000 in outstanding wages
    MIL OSI – Source: Unite Union – Headline: Hotel ordered to pay $80,000 in outstanding wages An Auckland hotel has been ordered by the Employment Relations Authority to pay nearly $80,000 in outstanding wages to two employees. Filipino couple Abraham...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Rising interest rate and dollar driving manufacturing exports back to Globa...
    MIL OSI – Source: CTU – Headline: Rising interest rate and dollar driving manufacturing exports back to Global Financial Crisis levels The Council of Trade Unions is calling on the Reserve Bank not to raise interest rates on Thursday. “Another...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Israel/Gaza: Attacks on medical facilities and civilians add to war crime a...
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Israel/Gaza: Attacks on medical facilities and civilians add to war crime allegations The continuing bombardment of civilian homes in several areas of the Gaza Strip, as well as the Israeli shelling...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Central African Republic: Brazzaville talks should not lead to amnesties fo...
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Central African Republic: Brazzaville talks should not lead to amnesties for war crimes Amnesty International called on delegates to the Central African Republic (CAR) National Reconciliation talks due to take place...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Russia increases stranglehold on dissent as five more NGOs named ‘foreign...
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Russia increases stranglehold on dissent as five more NGOs named ‘foreign agents’ The Russian Ministry of Justice today registered four more Russian human rights organizations and one environmental group as “foreign...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Nigeria: World Bank panel turns its back on forcibly evicted community
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Nigeria: World Bank panel turns its back on forcibly evicted community The decision by a World Bank Inspection Panel to refuse to investigate a complaint about forced evictions linked to a...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • National out of touch with the regions
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: National out of touch with the regions John Key is out of touch with regional New Zealand if he believes tinkering with council regulations will restore opportunities to small towns, Labour Leader...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Flyover rejection a victory for sustainable transport
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Flyover rejection a victory for sustainable transport The rejection of the proposed Basin Reserve flyover by a Board of Inquiry is a victory for sustainable transport in Wellington and paves the way...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Loss Leading could destroy Kiwi lamb’s reputation
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Loss Leading could destroy Kiwi lamb’s reputation Meat companies that supply supermarkets and sell New Zealand lamb as a loss leader in the United Kingdom should lose their access to this valuable...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • The Nation 26,27 July: Flavell & Harawira, Joe Hockey
    On The Nation this weekend…. With the Maori seats primed to play a pivotal role this election, Torben Akel reports from the key battlegrounds and meets the top contenders. Then the Maori Party co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell and Mana Party...
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Announcement of New Zealand First Candidate for Rangitīkei
    New Zealand First has endorsed Dr Romuald (‘Rom’) Rudzki as the candidate for the Rangitīkei Electorate in the 2014 General Election....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Labour Offer Len Brown a Hotel Tax
    The Taxpayers’ Union is slamming the Labour Party's plan to allow councils to levy new 'pillow taxes' and regional petrol taxes. Reacting to this afternoon’s NZ Herald report Jordan Williams, Executive Director of the Taxpayers’ Union ,...
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Cell phone evidence a first
    Cell phone evidence a first Evidence gathered solely from a cell phone has been used for the first time to convict a Hastings man for possessing child sexual abuse pictures. Michael Lawrence Worsnop, a 29-year-old orchard worker pleaded guilty to...
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • New Zealand Aid Worker Helping in Gaza
    A New Zealand Red Cross nurse working in Gaza says she has never experienced anything like the current conflict in her long aid work career....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Parking officers deserve safety at work
    The union representing the Auckland Transport parking officer severely beaten on July 17 says everyone has a right to go about their job without fear for their safety....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Caritas Aotearoa NZ to provide Gaza humanitarian aid
    Caritas Jerusalem is providing medical assistance, food and other necessities to the thousands of vulnerable people affected by the escalating conflict in Gaza, and Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand is contributing an initial $20,000 to support the humanitarian...
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • ALCP challenges parties to support Charlotte’s Web
    The leader of the Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party Julian Crawford is calling on all other political parties to state their position on using cannabis oil to treat pediatric epilepsy....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Oxfam accepts cheque from Pacific Corporation Foundation
    Oxfam New Zealand has accepted a cheque for almost $1000 today from the Pacific Corporation Foundation toward recovery efforts in the Solomon Islands, following April’s flash flooding that left thousands homeless....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Draft report and decision – Pūhoi to Warkworth proposal
    The Ara Tūhono – Pūhoi to Wellsford Road of National Significance: Pūhoi to Warkworth section Board of Inquiry has released its draft report and decision....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • New Zealanders willing to pay tax to protect dolphins
    A report released this week shows a large majority of New Zealanders want Maui’s and Hector’s dolphins protected and they are prepared to pay for it....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Stop Smart Meters
    “The Democrats for Social Credit Party (DSC) wholeheartedly endorses the Stop Smart Meters campaign for a moratorium on installations of smart meters until the technology is proven not be a risk to health, and until home owners are given a...
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Maori Roll Electors Urged to Vote Strategically
    Voters enrolled in the seven Maori electorates must learn to maximize their influence by voting strategically, according to the Maori Party candidate for Te Tai Tokerau, Rev Te Hira Paenga....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Politicians Ignore Families’ Concerns on Street Prostitution
    Family First NZ says that politicians are ignoring the concerns of families, lack the will to take appropriate action, and are happy to drag the ongoing problem of street prostitution into the next parliamentary term....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Plunket celebrates Te Wiki o te Reo Māori
    Plunket is proud to celebrate Te Wiki o te Reo Māori (21-27 July), with Plunket people across the country among several thousand New Zealanders taking part and increasing their kete of knowledge in te reo....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Coleman must quit or be sacked over Dotcom case
    Immigration New Zealand has done the right thing in distancing itself from Jonathan Coleman’s claims that ministers were not aware of FBI involvement in Kim Dotcom’s residency application, says the Internet Party. Internet Party leader Laila Harré...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Auckland Councillors, Not Emperors
    25 JULY 2014 Responding to the NZ Herald report that Auckland Councillors have voted to keep their ratepayer-funded business class travel perks, and considered new rules that would have exempted councillors from Auckland City's parking charges, Taxpayers’...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Cunliffe Looks Dodgy Lunching with Sex Offender
    Conservative Party Leader Colin Craig says that David Cunliffe's social meeting with a known sex offender while on holiday "looks pretty dodgy."...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Taxpayers’ Union Back LGNZ Calls For Greater Transparency
    The Taxpayers’ Union is backing Local Government New Zealand’s calls for the Official Information Act to be extended to cover the Local Government Commission. Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says:...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Lecture series to provide insight into 2014 election
    Could National’s refusal to reform MMP lead to the defeat of the government? Is the media providing voters with the information they require to make an informed electoral decision? What directions might John Key’s leadership take if he secures...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • National Rally Against Factory Farming
    Animal advocates and members of the public all over New Zealand will unite for a ‘National Day of Action Against Factory Farming’ Saturday, tomorrow 26 July in response to two recent exposés that showed horrific conditions on pig factory farms....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Women in Politics Finds Support at Conference
    Women in Politics, a brand-new organisation for New Zealand women in political office, was met with overwhelming support at the 2014 Local Government New Zealand Conference held this weekend in Nelson....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • The Government’s Fresh Water Policy – REVISITED
    Fresh water quality is the latest area to be in the sights of Gareth Morgan and his research organisation The Morgan Foundation. They enlisted a group of 16 scientists to help them review the government’s new fresh water policy....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Restoration of Post-graduate Allowances to be Key Issue
    As students prepare for the early voting that will take place on all university and many polytechnic campuses next month, the restoration of post-graduate allowances, removed by the current government in 2013, is emerging as a key election issue....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Honesty for Taxpayers
    ACT has a new proposal to make our democracy more accountable. The proposal may seem small but it could be the most significant idea in this election....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Mike Hosking for PM?
    The Coalition for Better Broadcasting is adding its voice to the many appalled at TVNZ’s choice of Mike Hosking as moderator for the upcoming political debates....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • ‘Party Party’ Hitting the Right Notes
    The “sold out” sign has gone up at the Internet Party’s concert in Christchurch tonight. A capacity crowd of 1000 will be at The Foundry for the Party Party concert, part of a major national musical tour aimed at getting...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • New Electoral Commission Campaign Launches This Weekend
    New Electoral Commission Campaign Launches This Weekend More non-voters than ever before say they don't feel like their vote is worth anything, or that their opinion matters. It's a trend that concerns the Electoral Commission, and the reason for...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Umere says ‘taihoa’ on Māori Language Strategy
    A Maori Language advocacy group, Umere, is calling for a rain check on the Māori Language Strategy Bill, which is being introduced to parliament this week. "The submissions on the MLS have been released by Te Puni Kōkiri and they...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • High cost of GP visits still a barrier for older children
    Free doctor's visits should be extended to all children under 18 as GP charges are a significant barrier for low income families, says Child Poverty Action Group....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • David Cunliffe happy to hide sex offender’s identity
    ..:: For immediate release ::.. 24/07/14 David Cunliffe happy to hide sex offender’s identity - (and in fact enjoy lunch with them)...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • More kids in Southland and Otago are achieving
    Clutha-Southland National candidate Todd Barclay says the Public Achievement Information for 2013 shows New Zealand children are doing better across the whole education system....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Flavell mistaken
    In response to Mr Flavell’s tirade this afternoon Conservative Party Leader Colin Craig advises "Mr Flavell is simply mistaken in his comments."...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • High cost of GP visits still a barrier for older children
    Free doctor's visits should be extended to all children under 18 as GP charges are a significant barrier for low income families, says Child Poverty Action Group....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Taxpayers’ Union Lay Complaint with Speaker
    The Taxpayers’ Unio n has written to Parliament's Speaker, the Rt. Hon. David Carter, asking him to step in and investigate the claims on the WhaleOil blog that taxpayers’ money is being improperly used for Mana Party election campaign hoardings....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • MANA launches te reo Māori policy
    “MANA is launching its te reo Māori policy this morning ahead of the first reading of the government’s Māori Language Strategy Bill this afternoon”, said MANA deputy leader and candidate for Waiariki, Annette Sykes....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Candidate welcomes award of platinum exploration permits
    Clutha-Southland National candidate Todd Barclay has welcomed the Government’s decision to award Lynx Platinum Limited two exploration permits in Southland. Mr Barclay said the minerals industry is an important part of New Zealand’s economy...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Pokie spending and numbers continue to drop
    Pub and club gaming machine expenditure in the year ended June 2014 fell 2.4 per cent from $826.3 million to $806.2 million. There were also fewer licence holders, gambling venues and gaming machines compared with 12 months earlier. Licence holders...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • New Zealand Police to assist in MH17 victim identification
    New Zealand Police is sending three Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) specialists to the Netherlands to assist in the international effort to identify victims from the MH17 tragedy....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Oil Spill Response Strategy available for consultation
    Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) is inviting comment on its draft updated New Zealand Marine Oil Spill Response Strategy....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Police response to IPCA report on Rewa investigation
    Police accept the findings of today's IPCA's report regarding its investigations into offending by Malcolm Rewa in Auckland in the 1980s and 1990s....
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • Well-known kiwis sign on to stop ivory trade
    Today the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Select Committee will consider a complete ban on the ivory trade in response to a petition by Auckland teacher Virginia Woolf and policy analyst Fiona Gordon....
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • Commonwealth Games are not being captioned in New Zealand
    As members of the Captioning Working Group, The National Foundation for the Deaf and Deaf Aotearoa New Zealand call for broadcast captioning of the 2014 Commonwealth Games...
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • Majority of Commonwealth countries are already republics
    The Glasgow Commonwealth Games are here and it's a common misbelief that a Kiwi republic would mean that New Zealand would have to leave the Commonwealth. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth....
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • Police handling of Rewa Investigation
    Although an Independent Police Conduct Authority inquiry has identified some faults with a series of investigations conducted by Police into offending by Malcolm Rewa, there is insufficient evidence that any of these impacted on the ability of Police...
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • IPCA findings on Police handling of Rewa Investigation
    Good morning everyone. I’d like to begin today by explaining that this is an informational press conference and that I will not be taking questions at its conclusion. The reason for that is the report’s findings are the result of...
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • Pay It Back Ms Hauiti
    Responding to the Newstalk ZB report that disgraced MP Claudette Hauiti is refusing to confirm whether or not she has reimbursed taxpayers for misuse of her Parliamentary 'P-card', Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says: “Ms Hauiti...
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • RSA thanks NZ for $1.7m collected during Poppy Appeal
    The RSA today announced that over $1.7 million was donated to the 2014 Poppy Appeal for the support of veterans, ex-service men and women and their families in need....
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • Students encouraged to be brave and never give up
    Students encouraged to be brave and never give up if they want to 'make it happen'...
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • New Zealanders want to pay more to protect dolphins
    A report released this week shows a large majority of New Zealanders want Maui’s and Hector’s dolphins protected and they are prepared to pay for it....
    Scoop politics | 23-07
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