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Written By: - Date published: 9:50 am, February 13th, 2014 - 303 comments
Categories: john key, spin, winston peters - Tags:

The question I’d like the media to ask is “Where did John Key get his information that Winston visited DotCom three times?” Most likely source it seems to me is the GCSB. I think Winston  may have a point about his right to privacy.

The spies have always laced their briefings to the Prime Minister with political titbits, and now that Key has his old friend Ian Fletcher in the job, not to mention pressure from his golfing partner in Hawaii, I’d say its a reasonable question.

Key knows the gallery can always be side-tracked into their favourite, and utterly fruitless, game of Winston-bashing, as evidenced by this pointless piece of puffery from Audrey Young. They would do the rest of us a better service if they also questioned Key on his sources.

303 comments on “Mindless questions”

  1. MaxFletcher 1

    I’m not sure Key would need the GCSB to figure it out. I am under the impression the parliament is like a leaking ship – rumours, back-chat and whispers are plentiful.

  2. Tiger Mountain 2

    NZ political reporters are a very sorry lot indeed if they cannot (immediately) ask the obvious question that Mike puts.

    Key is whinging about himself and Banksie being previously questioned about their visits and knowledge of Mr Dotcom as a justification for pressing Norman and Peters. The thing is Key and Banksie performed acrobatics, indulged in semantics, prevaricated and generally adopted every squiggle known to politicians to avoid accountability. And Key is the MINISTER of the myriad snoops who always manages to know nothing? Or if he does know something perhaps it gets regularly “aged off” his synapses by some new tech means.

    Helen Kelly says
    https://www.facebook.com/helen.kelly.330/posts/10202176773834395?comment_id=6392145&notif_t=like

    I guess Helen’s point may be that while previously the GCSB spied on Mr Dotcom when they were not legally allowed to, now that they can do so, surely Mr Key would know if they were?

    • MaxFletcher 2.1

      “The thing is Key and Banksie performed acrobatics, indulged in semantics, prevaricated and generally adopted every squiggle known to politicians to avoid accountability.”

      Same could be said for Peters as well re: the Glenn Own affair.

    • lprent 2.2

      That was my question yesterday. How was it that Key was so certain of his facts.

      Is he abusing the GCSB or is it the police?

      • MaxFletcher 2.2.1

        Or neither? Could be a leak from parliamentary staff somewhere.

        • One Anonymous Bloke 2.2.1.1

          Or it could be that the Prime Minister wants to look like an obsessive stalker who has people followed. Perhaps he thinks he’s Littlefinger, but just can’t manage the clarity of speech.

        • lprent 2.2.1.2

          Over a two year period? Yeah pull the other one.

          This requires a filing system…

        • Tracey 2.2.1.3

          would a leaky be enough certainty for key to be so front footed on this? surely he would want something stronger thatn what could be just a rumour?

      • PapaMike 2.2.2

        Probably the Police aided by the SIS, but is the Telecom tent still at the entrance to the rented house ? – or is it a journalist watching who goes where, or is it a leak from within the house ?

        • MaxFletcher 2.2.2.1

          “Probably the Police aided by the SIS”

          I would highly doubt that because then Key has to face the prospect of having to admit to using the SIS to spy on members of the house which is political suicide.

          Far more likely to be something mundane.

      • AmaKiwi 2.2.3

        “Then why are you blushing, Prime Minister?”

        Key was beet red on TV3 news when he denied government spies told him.

        Look at it again. He looks like he has sunstroke.

      • PapaMike 2.2.4

        Five of DotCom’s security staff have left since October in including his top man Tempero.
        There have been serious money problems there, not only by his staff but by contractors.

  3. JanM 3

    The thing is, of course, that the more obviously nonsensical the spin, and the more apparent the bias of the press, the less credibility they attract, as you can see if you read the comments on Audrey’s piece. Let them go for it I say. At this rate even the daftest of us will see the light!

  4. Tracey 4

    Id like them to ask Key

    “You don’t seem impressed by winston visiting dotcom. Will you still work with him post 2014?”

  5. wtl 5

    Is it just me or is there something deeply disturbing about the PM knowing exactly who and when an opposition MP is visiting?

    • JanM 5.1

      Yes, there is something deeply disturbing about it. George Orwell just got his dates a bit wrong.

    • ianmac 5.2

      Short answer wtl, “Yes!”

    • Draco T Bastard 5.3

      Not just you, the PM knowing who the opposition visits is very deeply disturbing. Especially when that information is then used to attack the opposition.

      • marty mars 5.3.1

        Yes I agree, very deeply disturbing indeed. There is no good reason for the PM to have this information regarding who the opposition is visiting – it’s beyond trying to find dirt to throw, it’s sinister.

        • Colonial Viper 5.3.1.1

          When the Government has extensive surveillance powers without checks and balances, this is what you can expect.

    • aerobubble 5.4

      Yeah, as if Dotcom told him exactly how many, when Key’s minion was discussing how Dotcom could get the extradiction dropped if he undermined the next election, helping Key back in.

  6. Sosoo 6

    I doubt that it is the GCSB. My guess is that National employs its own spies and cyber spies.

    That’s really the missing piece of what’s been going on lately. Sure, governments are tapping your email and so on, but private companies have just as much of an incentive to engage in cyber spying as the government, after all, your wants and desires tend to be recorded in your browser history and social media profile, and it’s cheap and easy to hack your competitors.

    • Tracey 6.1

      I agree. He did say he had a top drawer of stuff people say.

      Seems he doesnt want to work with nzf afterall.

      Key speaks with forked tongue indeed.

  7. Roflcopter 7

    I hope you continue pushing this angle as hard as possible… what could possibly go wrong?

    • lprent 7.1

      If it is what we suspect, then John Key could get a visit from the police to drag him into court.

      It is illegal to use the state security apparatus to advance a politician’s agenda.

      • Roflcopter 7.1.1

        Peters visiting KDC was hinted at several weeks ago, by someone outside of gov’t, so have fun heading down this track.

        • karol 7.1.1.1

          Who? And why does that discount the possibility of the leak coming from within Key’s government?

        • One Anonymous Bloke 7.1.1.2

          Don’t be so cynical Karol. Roflcopter obviously doesn’t want us wasting our time on this non-story, and is doing us all a huge favour by helpfully explaining it all.

          Roflcopter, that said, it should be noted, however, that this isn’t so much the track “the Left” are on – we’re watching KDC and Peters with interest, though.

        • lprent 7.1.1.3

          Who? Whaleoil? The mouthpiece of this government being fed information by Jason Ede – from John Key’s office. Don’t be a dickhead. Hardly a independent source.

          That really doesn’t address the question about how John Key knew it was *exactly* 3 times that Winston Peters had visited KDC. That is extraordinarily precise information to get from the outside for a period of over 2 years.

          Peters had to look that up himself in his diary. So is John Key spying on Winston Peters? With what? GCSB? Police? Subverting a staffer in Winston’s office?

          Doesn’t look good for Key. I think that he has just made sure that Winston both gets back into parliament AND distrusts John Key and/or National…

          • One Anonymous Bloke 7.1.1.3.1

            People who aren’t connected to the National Party tell him things.

            • Tracey 7.1.1.3.1.1

              People who the national party has an agreement not to be linked to the national party tell him things…

              Re read the hollow men people… history is repeating. The cracks appeared in the well crafted veneer national built after 2005… so now its time to wallow in the mud

              • One Anonymous Bloke

                “Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent”. The National Party has run out of ideas, especially where KDC is concerned.

                People who aren’t connected to the National Party tell me John Key is a shape-shifting lizard from outer space. I ask to see their sources. Silence reigns.

                • Tracey

                  Wayne hasnt been able to find documents to refute it though ;)

                  Hard to believe this is the same man who frothed at the mouth for a year over paintgate and helen clarks non involvement in glens donation to winston.

                  Its like he never had a stance on it.

          • One Anonymous Bloke 7.1.1.3.2

            …he has just made sure that Winston both gets back into parliament AND distrusts John Key and/or National…

            It seems such an overt burn that I cannot help but wonder – has Key decided that Winston will exact too great a price from National for his support? Or concluded that he has no chance with Winnie so why not muddy the waters a little?

            The Nats must have some sort of strategy in mind for minimising any damage from the Dotcom hearings. This attack on NZF and the Greens, though, has the potential to cement relationships between the two. Ok I’ll stop thinking now.

            • weka 7.1.1.3.2.1

              The first thing I thought was NZF getting over 5% stops the left from having an outright win. It also slows down the shift away from neoliberalism even if Peters supports Labour.

              • One Anonymous Bloke

                Yep. Knowing they’ll lose the election they seek to sow discord in the three-headed beast.

            • Tracey 7.1.1.3.2.2

              Armstrong just praised key for being transparent. Will he ask him if this means winston is off the coalition list?

              Maybe we assume too much of the nats. They have duped so many for so long they just assume dotcom is disliked by most…

          • Watching 7.1.1.3.3

            Doesn’t look good for Key. I think that he has just made sure that Winston both gets back into parliament AND distrusts John Key and/or National…

            What we see in the media & blogs, what we see in interviews, what we see in statements, what we are told is not necessarily the playbook . In sport or in negotiations to settle its not a wise strategy to accept that the other team is following ‘your understanding’ of their playbook.

            Politics has no rule books, and politicians are the best exponent of the reverse playbook bluff. Maybe this is the Key-Peters playbook whereby Key make sure Peters gets back in parliament – and all comment from both sides is just noise.

            • Tracey 7.1.1.3.3.1

              Reverse playbook bluff is in the playbook though

            • One Anonymous Bloke 7.1.1.3.3.2

              Yes, that’s plausible too. It sort of depends what Dotcom’s “proof” amounts to. If KDC can produce evidence that will destroy Key, and they’re all as calculating and venal as your comment suggests, Winnie would be talking to Collins and/or Joyce, not Key.

              • Tracey

                Why would key being caught in a lie be fatal to key. He got caught before and suffers from misrememberingnesslessness. The dupes forgive all.

                • One Anonymous Bloke

                  Because of that John Campbell interview where he spends ten minutes denying it. Even Paddy Gower will join the feeding frenzy once there’s blood in the water, and that would put National under 40%.

              • PapaMike

                Has this any bearing upon the legal process of Extradition – nothing to do with Key I expect ?
                Let the Law do its job – it is being obfuscated by all sorts of unlegal innuendo.

                • One Anonymous Bloke

                  Of course it has a bearing on the legal process, because the final stage of this process is a Ministerial decision, and questions of ministerial bias may arise.

        • Tracey 7.1.1.4

          Source?

        • AmaKiwi 7.1.1.5

          John Key’s face TOLD you the truth. He blushed beet red. What does that tell you?

          • One Anonymous Bloke 7.1.1.5.1

            Not much. It could mean he was lying. It could mean he was upset at being called a liar. It could be that he was upset at being scorned by someone ten times richer than him.

  8. Enough is Enough 8

    Parliament and more particularly parliamentary staffers are hot bed of gossips. It is reasonably hard to keep a lid on where MP’s are at any time. We don’t usuallt know what goes on behind closed doors but we do usually know who is behind those same doors (whether it is parliamentary business or otherwise).

    If Key comes out and tells us what was discussed between the German and Peters then I think we would really have to question how he was getting the info.

    But it is a bit OTT to presume Key knows there was a meeting because the GCSB told him.

    • karol 8.1

      It could be the GCSB or it could be this:

      Winston Peters on Twitter:

      .@LloydBurr Dear Lloyd. We went to a confidential dinner – enjoyable. Next morning you talked. Conclusion. End of a beautiful friendship.

      • karol 8.1.1

        And Tweet from Bryce Edwards…. curiouser and curiouser

        Has Simon Lusk been involved in Internet Party? Has he been leaking to Whaleoil, PM, etc? What a tangled web.

        • Enough is Enough 8.1.1.1

          Very curious, and reinforces my point that no meeting is a secret meeting when you are an MP.

      • Tracey 8.1.2

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  9. Barnsley Bill 9

    Tinfoil hat time.
    Have you considered the answer might be as simple as the PM reads New Zealands most popular blog. Whaleoil have been talking about Winston visiting for weeks. Lots of ex KDC employees squealing too.

    • lprent 9.1

      So much squealing from our favourite RWNJ’s.

      Looks like Mike has struck a nerve…

      Perhaps we should get the police to look at Cameron’s email to find out if the GCSB staff have been leaking to him? We have no idea if the GCSB is still monitoring KDC because the warrants are sealed.

      After all the security acts operate on a presumption of guilt until proven innocent

      • Disraeli Gladstone 9.1.1

        I genuinely, quite literally, facepalmed.

        The GCSB leaking to Slater?

        This is not a Jim le Carre novel. And if it is then it’s the worst one ever written because I haven’t even got any repressed British elitism to entertain me as a side plot.

        • Draco T Bastard 9.1.1.1

          Considering the incompetence of NZ’s managers in general it really wouldn’t surprise me if they were.

          • Disraeli Gladstone 9.1.1.1.1

            The complete and utter failure of the principle of “economic managerialism” does lead to incompetence.

            But I don’t know if incompetence leads to the GCSB (‘spies’) leaking to a source about reliable as three day old chicken laying in the sun. Usually, people leak to spies. Spies do not tend to leak to a blogger who has a track record of throwing his toys out of the pram. They wouldn’t touch Slater with a fifty foot pole.

            • wtl 9.1.1.1.1.1

              Yes, the GCSB directly leaking to Slater is highly unlikely. The GCSB indirectly leaking to Slater (e.g. through the PM, Collins etc.) is certainly plausible.

            • Draco T Bastard 9.1.1.1.1.2

              I didn’t suggest that it was the spies who were leaking.

        • One Anonymous Bloke 9.1.1.2

          What would be unusual about continued surveillance of KDC, given the official narrative about his activities?

        • Disraeli Gladstone 9.1.1.3

          Also, shame on you for nobody correcting Jim to John.

          Brain fade there.

        • lprent 9.1.1.4

          We know that Jason Ede leaks to Cameron. Right?

          Jason Ede from John Keys office.

          John Key who appointed his mate Fletcher to run the GCSB. Who has at least doubled the number of *local* intercept warrants over the last year.

          You’re really so naive that you really don’t think that it is up to John Key to show his source for his certainty about the number of visits.

          • tinfoilhat 9.1.1.4.1

            Do you want to borrow my pseudonym ?

            I think someone was correct the other day when they said it would be one of the weirder election years.

            • lprent 9.1.1.4.1.1

              One of those WW1 flat british helmets seems safer.

            • Jimmie 9.1.1.4.1.2

              Might need a fair few rolls of tin foil – going by the number of comments on this thread.

              So if Labour or the Greens find out from a snitch that Don Brash met with the Exclusive Brethren then that is ok, however if John Key hears from a snitch that Winston Peters went to see Dot Com then it must have been the evil spies.

              I think the left is getting a little embarrassed that their short term love affair with KDC is turning out to have unintended consequences.

              Is the lure of ill gotten money so powerful that the reds, the greens, and peters all have to go on a pilgrimage to his mansion?

              Would have been much better to have had nothing to do with KDC and painted him as a stereotype of a capitalist crook who has never done an honest day’s work in his life.

              • McFlock

                So if Labour or the Greens find out from a snitch that Don Brash met with the Exclusive Brethren

                Hmmm. You obviously have a prime opportunity to demonstrate textbook hypocrisy on the part of “the left”. If you could relate it to reality, of course…

              • amirite

                The snitch was always from the Right (someone from National leaked to Hager).
                This time they have the technology as well.

          • One Anonymous Bloke 9.1.1.4.2

            That would be very stupid, but to think it through.

            If I were him, I’d use an intermediary. I’d have a trusted childhood friend appointed as GCSB head, and have them leak to a third party who’d then pass it on. But that would be insanely stupid because any evidence of it would put all three of us in the clink.

            Key’s explanation makes more sense: after all, the French couldn’t even land a secret dinghy without people gossiping.

            Winnie goes to play at Kimmie’s is at least as memorable (to the average Joe) as spies who smell of garlic landing a boat at dead of night.

            Key’s explanation implies it’s one source, though. That’s revealing.

      • Barnsley Bill 9.1.2

        Bwahaha. Yup. Our nations security services are leaking to Cameron Slater. That must be it.

        • One Anonymous Bloke 9.1.2.1

          Nah, there are certainly other possibilities, but Fletcher -> Key -> Ede -> Slater isn’t so hard to imagine.

        • lprent 9.1.2.2

          Probably not directly. But Jason Ede from John Key’s office and direct leaks from Judith Collin(‘s) office have been pretty well proven in the past.

          Essentially Cameron/Whaleoil appear to be a mindless sockpuppet for National’s politicians.

          Incidentally, are you still working for Cameron?

          • Barnsley Bill 9.1.2.2.1

            I never worked for Cameron. EVER.
            I did contract for that particular publisher at the same time. But not anymore.
            I have returned to the Bay of Islands to go broke again, I expect that to occur by mid 2015 and then have to schlep back to Auckland again for a year or two to make more lolly so I can then head North to slowly go broke again.
            I am currently on cycle 4 of that particular journey.
            Your theory on how Key found out certainly slots nicely into your usual fevered imaginings but the idea is preposterous. Now if Clark was still PM the idea might have legs :)
            Anything else you need to know?

            • One Anonymous Bloke 9.1.2.2.1.1

              Oh I’m sure you’re right. To go through official channels in this manner would be an error/criminal act of Banksian proportions and I doubt Key would go there.

              But you’re missing the point, which is that by bringing it up, Key looks like a stalker. Winston’s got a stalker. His name’s John. Not a good look John.

            • lprent 9.1.2.2.1.2

              :twisted:

              Sounds like fun. I prefer helping companies grow with my skills. This is the the 4th one.

              BTW: What is that silly phrase that the wingnuts use “Explaining is losing” ? John Key seems to have missed that.

    • Tiger Mountain 9.2

      All the soft tory apologia appearing here hints at something more to come, oh damn, that pesky damages case against NZ Govt. by Kim Dotcom and possible Snowden revelations relating to NZ, oh shit, and Banksie taking his final fall.

      If the statutory snoopers are not involved in ShonKeys parliamentary sniping does that really mean we have to rely on WhaleSpew? At the time of the last election when the partner of a Green Party member was making decal additions to National Party hoardings Blubberguts was running a ‘pay for tips’ junior Stasi operation urging followers to be alert and note down car plates and other comings and goings. So while such is possible there are better guesses available given the stakes.

        • ianmac 9.2.1.1

          Interesting and it says, “He (Kim) followed that up by saying Mr Key should be asked how he knew about three visits.
          “Only 4 people knew about it & probably Ian Fletcher at the GCSB.”
          Fancy the Herald publishing this???

        • mickysavage 9.2.1.2

          Winston has spoken. From a press release:

          “Rt Hon Winston Peters has confirmed that he met Kim Dotcom three times in the last two years and has asked the Prime Minister to explain how he knew about the meetings.

          The meetings followed New Zealand First criticising the immigration process for Mr Dotcom and the conflicting positions taken by senior Cabinet ministers over his case.

          They also followed the armed police raid, the arrest and release of Mr Dotcom and the subsequent court case which ruled the raid unlawful.

          Mr Peters was approached by Kim Dotcom who wanted to explain his side of the story.

          The pair met first to discuss the immigration issue and then twice to discuss matters relating to the GCSB case.

          Mr Peters says nothing was asked for and nothing was offered, no taxpayers’ money was used.

          “The meetings were confidential and I agreed to keep them as such.

          “In many years of politics I have never broken a confidentiality agreement and do not intend to start doing so, despite the squawking of beltway reporters in Parliament.

          “Mr Dotcom has agreed to lift the confidentiality agreement as it is a matter of deep concern that my movements were apparently being tracked.”

          Mr Peters says National Party sources obviously knew of the three meetings and this points to information being passed to and from the top floor of the Beehive.

          “Does this mean that some New Zealand politicians are now under surveillance? Exactly when did the Prime Minister authorise someone to keep tabs on me?

          “New Zealanders should be outraged that a former Deputy Prime Minister, Foreign Minister and Opposition party leader has apparently been spied on,” says Mr Peters.”

          So he wanted to respect a confidentiality agreement. And where did Key get the information from?

        • mickysavage 9.2.1.3

          AAANNNDDD

          Dotcom has tweeted …

          “The Prime Minister set himself up. He knew specifically about “three” visits by Peters. Not even our staff knew there were “three” visits.”

          So how did Key know?

          • grumpy 9.2.1.3.1

            Wouldn’t attempting to pervert the course of justice be a police matter? Perhaps it was the guys that couldn’t carry out the raid properly having another go?
            Only joking……

          • Hayden 9.2.1.3.2

            From Stuff, here:

            Key today refused to say how he knew of Peters’ visits but said it was not through official security channels.

            “I can absolutely categorically tell you it’s got nothing to do with an official agency. From time to time people see things and from time to time people tell me.”

            The person who told him was not aligned with the National party or any government agency.

            “…I was pretty sure they’d be right because they often are and guess what, they were”.

            Yeah, I’m sure he makes accusations like that in Parliament based on “they’re often right”.

            Also:

            He said he did not know what Peters and Dotcom discussed but said the New Zealand public was entitled to know.

            Hypocrite, much?

            • One Anonymous Bloke 9.2.1.3.2.1

              “From time to time people see things and from time to time people tell me.”

              He does think he’s Littlefinger.

            • Bill 9.2.1.3.2.2

              “From time to time people see things and from time to time people tell me” can’t be referring to a person or persons on three separate occasions ‘seeing’ Winston Peters visit Dotcom. It could refer to someone on one occasion seeing a report to that effects though. And it could refer to that someone passing on what they saw ‘over a beer’…which would have “absolutely categorically (…) nothing to do with an official agency” per se – just some chat over a beer in an unofficial capacity by some ‘mate’ who may just happen to work for gcsb or head them or whatever….maybe even passed to Johnny by someone one or two steps removed.

              Maybe Johnny simply overlooked the implication of ‘unofficially’ repeated info being passed to him by someone he was “pretty sure (would be) be right because they often are and guess what, they were”

              Fucking idiot?

              • One Anonymous Bloke

                That reading of Key’s statement had occurred to me too, but the politically damaging aspect of it is that Johnny Bankster is watching you. Fuck does it matter who his eyes are, the guy’s a Peeping Tom.

            • Draco T Bastard 9.2.1.3.2.3

              From time to time people see things and from time to time people tell me.

              That doesn’t ring true. For someone to be able to tell him that would have to require that someone to be watching whoever goes to see KDC and to take a record of it. Not something that most casual passersby do.

              The person who told him was not aligned with the National party or any government agency.

              “…I was pretty sure they’d be right because they often are and guess what, they were”.

              And that would indicate that it was someone who was hired to do the watching.

              If it wasn’t a national agency then it would have to have been someone hired either directly or indirectly by National to spy upon KDC and/or Winston.

              • One Anonymous Bloke

                Casual passsers-by would remember seeing Winston Peters entering/leaving the secret SMERSH headquarters, let alone Kim’s place. Ask the French how easily your cover gets blown.

                • karol

                  But one person happening to be a casual passerby on the 3 occasions that Peters visited the mansion? If not employed by key, then someone Key knows.

                  • One Anonymous Bloke

                    Or someone who makes it their business to keep an eye on things, like a journalist for example?

                    • PapaMike

                      Could it be Rachael Glucina a reporter, who now appears to have ben named as the provider of this information ?

                • Draco T Bastard

                  Would they actually see him? It’s quite difficult to see somebody in a car especially if they’re in the back seat.

              • AmaKiwi

                Draco, you are spot on correct.

                Someone was hired to do the spying, “a friend of responsible government” or some b.s.

          • PapaMike 9.2.1.3.3

            Got it from Whale !

            • BM 9.2.1.3.3.1

              I wouldn’t be surprised, whale oil seems to get a lot of tip offs.

              Key did a Winston to Winston, threw a question out there and then waited to see if he got lucky and hooked something.

              Well fished John Key..

              Also immigration matters, who believes that.

              • Tracey

                Be honest. If this were helen clark you would be frothing at the mouth in your horror that she wont reveal how she knew.

                Why do you think he wanted to maligned what he calls a potential coalition partner?

                Compare peters response to john banks.

                • BM

                  Like Key said he got told by some one, so he threw it out there and waited to see what happened.

                  Why do you think he wanted to maligned what he calls a potential coalition partner?

                  Key’s going for 50%+ so Peters can go get bent.

                  • Tracey

                    Couldnt bring yourself to give an honest answer aye

                    • BM

                      You’re assuming Key did something silly like get the GSCB involved.

                      That would be political suicide, to risk it all for what is just a minor skirmish doesn’t seem particularly rational.

                      Which is why my scenario is much more plausible.

                    • Tracey

                      No. Am not assuming gcsb involvement. Am assuming if this were clark or cunliffe you would be baying for their source.

                      Keep telling yourself the little rationalizations bm… dont want you finding out you are being duped daily and have been since about 2007.

                    • Tracey

                      No. Am not assuming gcsb involvement. Am assuming if this were clark or cunliffe you would be baying for their source.

                      Keep telling yourself the little rationalizations bm… dont want you finding out you are being duped daily and have been since about 2007.

                  • One Anonymous Bloke

                    Peters can go get bent.

                    I agree with BM (there’s an ice storm in hell apparently), Key has just burnt any chance of détente with Winston. Hmm, perhaps he thinks he’s Joffrey, not Littlefinger.

                    • BM

                      I think once he found out Peters had been dealing with Dot com any chance of a coalition was gone any way.

                      No trust, no coalition.

                    • mickysavage []

                      What will you do BM if Key does not rule Peters out, even after all of this?

                    • One Anonymous Bloke

                      Hmm. Key’s known that for ages: Peters has been gleefully rubbing Key’s nose in it. The narrative goes that Winnie has seen Dotcom’s proof of Key’s mendacity.

                      This attack on NZF and the Greens lends weight to that narrative.

                    • Tracey

                      I agree he has decided winston is a foe but you know thats not what I asked bm… hes doing a wayne mapp on me…

                    • Tracey

                      Peters hasnt been quiet about believing he has proof key lied.. so it cant be that…

                      Key doesnt require integrity in a partner but loyalty to the lies…

    • Tracey 9.3

      It would be frightening indeed if the pm spends time reading whaleoil.

      More frightening still that he would go public on something from a blog unless the blog was directly feeding him scuttlebutt.

      No right wing outrage at dirty politics? Used to be tgey said it was a sign of desperation.

      • David H 9.3.1

        Maybe he (Key) has people reading, and interacting (well getting caught out) on all blogs. Well those that count anyway.

  10. tricledrown 10

    JanM he didn’t get his dates wrong neoliberalism rise took place around them But when the Berlin Wall came down that was when their was no turning back.
    George H W Bush ” Now the Berlin wall has come down I promise you their will be a new world order ”
    Bush senior former CIA chief and president.
    The CIA are and have been our puppet masters for some time Now.
    Key and co Act Business round table Cis 5 eyes srylands BM are all part of a carefully orchestrated network who don’t want democracy.
    Economic Feudalism is their Goal.

  11. Draco T Bastard 11

    Gordon Campbell on smear tactics in politics

    Smears are the political equivalent of a hit and run. First comes the allegation that hints of skullduggery – Russel Norman and Winston Peters held “secret” meetings with Kim Dotcom! – and then comes the rebuttal. Unfortunately, by the time the rebuttals have been made, the spinmeisters will usually have hit the target and moved on. Patiently, one can explain the difference between the John Banks/John Key issues to do with Dotcom – which in Key’s case, involve admitted breaches of the law by the state’s security services. The questions at stake there – who said what to who, and when – are of substance. They have to do with alleged and/or admitted illegal behaviour by those holding the reins of power in central and local government. They entail culpable failures of judgment and oversight.

  12. Not a PS Staffer 12

    Russell Norman has done serious damage to the Green Party and he has damaged his own credibility as a potential coalition partnership leader with Labour.

    The act of visiting DotCom at his Coatesville palace was political stupidity of the highest form.

    If I was Cunliffe I’d tread very very warily with this stupid numpty. Russel Norman is a blind amateur.

    • Roflcopter 12.1

      It’s too late for that. The only way Labour get back in power is with the Greens…. and New Zealand know it.

    • grumpy 12.2

      Bullshit! Curran has visted there multiple time as have other Labour MPs. It might be a pre-requisite for a ministerial position to HAVE visited KDC.

      • mickysavage 12.2.1

        Citation needed. Go ahead Grumpy. Prove it.

        • MaxFletcher 12.2.1.1

          Curran has admitted she met him 4 times on twitter. Nothing about his house though

        • veutoviper 12.2.1.2

          Clare Curran tweeted last night “In my work, I’ve met @KimDotcom 4 times, including at public events. In NZ, it’s no crime to meet critics of the state.”

          https://twitter.com/clarecurranmp

          Last night, there were many people tweeting whether or not they had met KDC, been to the mansion etc. KDC’s twitter site includes a few, including Clare’s and one from Grant Robertson.

          https://twitter.com/KimDotcom

          Note that contrary to Grumpy’s claim of Clare visiting the mansion multiple times, Clare makes no mention of visiting the mansion.

          EDIt – now see that MaxFletcher already posted Clare’s tweet.

          • Puckish Rogue 12.2.1.2.1

            To be fair sending CC out to KDC means nothing I mean I wouldn’t trust her to get fish n chips for dinner

            • AmaKiwi 12.2.1.2.1.1

              Nor would David Cunliffe trust her. He has much more reliable, low key people who could do such work for him.

              Just as Key is better off using spies (“detective services”) outside the police and GCSB. Aside from private contractors hired by Key’s friends, the Yanks could doing the spying on KDC and reporting to Key.

              To me, that is much more plausible.

              • Not a PS Staffer

                AmaKiwi, Russell Norman hailed a Taxi at Auckland Airport and said:

                “Take me to Kim DotCom’s big Palace out in Coatesville and spare the gas”!

                That is a 45 Km journey by SH1 or a 50 Km journey by SH16. That is a least $125.00 EACH WAY and $57 per hour waiting time. A $350+ gig for the Taxi driver!!!!

                The Taxi driver could have told many people about this generous present from Russell Norman!

                The trip suggests that it is possible Russell Norman went to see Kim DotCom on his own. Stupid if true. Kim DotCom has proven to be toxic to any politician who has met him. Any party leader should have ground well prepared and then have two witnesses in any engagement like this.

                By visiting DotCom at his Palace he put himself in a supplicant like position. Stupid stupid stupid for a Party leader wanting to talk turkey with a non-National who is at the baby steps of setting up a party!
                By not asking DotCom to come to Parliament in Wellington for the meeting Russell Norman suggests that he was playing subterfuge. If you want to play cloak and dagger you don’t hail a cab and asked to be taken to the most talked about house in NZ!

                Russell Norman’s behaviour shows him to be unfit for high office. He is a liability to anyone who engages with him. Labour should maintain a safe distance from this idiot.

                http://www.taxiautofare.com/nz/taxi-fare-card/Auckland-Coop-Taxis-fare

  13. Enough is Enough 13

    Mixing with Dotcom is dumb. It has a stench very similar to that when Brash mixed with the Bretheren.

    An enemy of the government does not automatically make that person an ally or friend of the opposition.

    The rights and wrongs of his extradition are irrelevant. He is attempting to use his considerable cash resourses to influence New Zealand politicians and the public. That is known as corruption in other circles.

    • One Anonymous Bloke 13.1

      I can recall Sir Bob Jones embarking on a very similar endeavour. He donates to political parties too by all accounts. ACT’s backers much?

    • AmaKiwi 13.2

      “He (Dotcom) is attempting to use his considerable cash resources to influence New Zealand politicians and the public. That is known as corruption in other circles.”

      What planet are you from? How about a reality check.

      Elections are fought with money.

  14. bad12 14

    Yes of course Slippery the Prime Minister denies that any politician is being ‘watched’ by any Government agency,

    And, of course with a straight face He can do so because Russell Norman and Winston Peters are simply part of the list of people the SIS, who just happen to (a),have a 24 hour watching brief on the Coatsville mansion of DotCom, and (b), have a 24 hour surveillance of DotCom Himself whenever He leaves the Coatsville residence, have gathered as part of that surveillance who have had personal contact with the internet millionaire,

    Slippery has just shot Himself in the foot again, He should obviously have learned to be more careful after the back-fire of the attack on Metiria Turei which exposed those accusing Mets of having the ‘lavish lifestyle’ were rudely exposed as fraudulent liars,

    The allegations having spread from Russell Norman, who the ‘wing-nuts’ fall all over themselves to hate might have made slight political capital for the PM trying to find the props to shore up Nationals sliding support,to Winston Peters who Has in 2 days played Slippery masterfully at His own game, simply gives Winston Peters a very fine and sharp rod which He will use to lash the PM mercilessly,

    On the surface of course this just looks like one large truckload of shit, all of which can be attributed to the fear and machinations of the Beehives 9th floor, being dumped upon the idea of a NZFirst/National coalition emanating from the 2014 election, but, that’s not a given knowing the nature of the game played by Peters,

    Slippery’s latest headlong dive into a large puddle of His own dung by playing fast and loose with the ‘surveillance state’ is laughable and more a suggestion that Slippery has conducted ‘a raid’ on the briefcases of the SIS sharing the contents,

    The pies to Brownlee and the literature kept by the PM Himself where His actions surrounding the perusal of such have both effected His eye-sight and what little is evident of His functioning intellect…

    • Puckish Rogue 14.1

      Oh please, John Key is not a member of the Greens or Labour so he has an answer ready to go but I do enjoy the way the Left try to move the focus from dodgy left (possibly corrupt) politicians to how did John Key know…

      Kind of like the Len Brown debacle, don’t focus on what Len Brown did wrong (and there was plenty) but focus on who leaked the information because thats the most important thing

      This is great fun :)

      • Tracey 14.1.1

        Does this mean you consider john banks to be corrupt?

      • bad12 14.1.2

        PR, perhaps you would like to start that one again from the top, your first sentence might make sense to a ‘wing-nut’ like you, but, i never studied gibberish nor ‘loony tunes’ at school so have no means of decyphering the intent of such a sentence,

        Dodgy, possibly corrupt???, how so, i see nothing amiss in Russell Norman approaching DotCom they are obviously both high profile public figures, and, the same can be said of Winston Peters,

        Corrupt, you obviously have no notion of what corruption is, if you cannot raise the testicular fortitude to directly, and, slanderously accuse Russell Norman or Winston Peters of a specific corrupt act you should actually either stick to your normal imbeciles whine or shut the fuck up completely…

        • Puckish Rogue 14.1.2.1

          Ok but only because you said so :)

          • framu 14.1.2.1.1

            for it to be corrupt you have to believe keys claim that norman offered to step in re: extradition

            there is no evidence of this, and considering that the greens position re the dot com case has been very consistant for a very long time it doesnt add up – and not once have they claimed they would step in

            its quite simple – consider that for the claimed deal to come about everyone involved, including the dot com camp, would have to first believe the the greens were going to get the minister of justice portfolio and that labour would let them get away with stopping the extradition

            do some basic logic – its a highly unlikely scenario and anyone with a shred of intellect would see that

            now you might not like the greens or dot com, but are you seriously saying that everyone is to thick to figure that out?

            • Tracey 14.1.2.1.1.1

              doesnt it make sense that the greens might want to talk to dotcom given his platform, such as it is, is stopping privacy invasion etc…

              Is the suggestion that he offered to overturn any extradition if dotcom withdrew from politics?

              I’m surprised Dotcom still thinks he can buy pollies after his failure with banks.

              • framu

                “Is the suggestion that he offered to overturn any extradition if dotcom withdrew from politics? ”

                thats my point – that suggestion is only coming from key, but if you think about it its a silly thing to try and offer and its a silly thing to think can be offered – especially if it was coming from a minor party

                how key knows what was discussed is of course another issue that hasnt been asked of him

                politicians meeting anyone isnt a big deal, and the greens saying “it would be nice if you didnt screw us for your own PR goals” isnt a big deal – but everything after that is pure speculation from key and a speculation so daft you would have to be some what foolish to think it has any possibility of coming about

    • srylands 14.2

      Good grief.

      • Tracey 14.2.1

        the football taken away again Charlie Brown?

      • bad12 14.2.2

        Yes SSLands, ”Good Grief” is reported to be the first words of your mummy upon realizing exactly what it was she had carried and so painfully given birth to for those 9 long months…

        • srylands 14.2.2.1

          You can’t back that up with data. I can report that Good Grief was the sentiment (or in some cases lots of eye rolling) when I shared 3 samples of your posts with 7 colleages yesterday.

          But you stick with your story about my mother. I know you are far from evidence based.

          • Tracey 14.2.2.1.1

            God,your colleagues must be thrilled with that… 10 minutes of their lives they will never get back. Slow day in the office? You needed some validation?

          • bad12 14.2.2.1.2

            Naughty SSLands, you know how your boss feels about you using His computer to make your abysmal and absurd comments online during the time they employ you to count other peoples money for them,

            Get back to work you indentured little peasant, at your age you cannot afford to be given the kick from your current employment as the only other means of you paying off your other enslavement, the mortgage to the bank, would be as an adviser on how clients can rip the tax system, something i am sure you are well equipped to sell with your prior knowledge of that system…

    • AmaKiwi 14.3

      “Yes of course Slippery the Prime Minister denies that any politician is being ‘watched’ by any Government agency. And, of course with a straight face.”

      False! Wrong!

      Key said it with a bright RED face.

      “Why are you blushing, Prime Minister?”

      Me thinks something is rotten on Planet Key.

      • bad12 14.3.1

        AnnaKiwi, False, Wrong???, you choose to nitpick over part of a sentence which was part of a paragraph???,

        Examine the language, blushing by definition has nothing to do with ‘a straight face’, a straight face is where the person making a statement is obviously bullshitting while deliberately keeping their facial expression bland or neutral in the physical sense of being able to suppress any tic or smile,

        Blushing of course is the result of the effort of keeping that straight face where the effort of suppressing that tic, smile, or outright laughter forces blood to the face…

      • karol 14.3.2

        The whole performance by Key on the Dotcom topic in the video, also reminded me of that “Why are you blushing” exchange between Dotcom and the PM. Key is highly competitive and doesn’t like to lose – this is personal for him. He will do whatever it takes not to be bested by the big guy.

        I couldn’t make out if Key’s face was red for just the first bit of this recent video, or if his face was just summer red through all the topics discussed in the vid.

  15. ianmac 15

    Mr Key answers question re Mr Peters’ visits. Notice the big grin throughout. Looked a bit odd for someone who had nothing to hide.
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/politics/news/video.cfm?c_id=280&gal_cid=280&gallery_id=140903

    • veutoviper 15.1

      Amazing behaviour – over the top overconfidence. It leds me to suspect that the particular information about Peter’s visits did not come from any of the security agencies per se on this occasion (see my comment at 16). But that is not to say that the spy agencies are not keeping tabs on KDC. Key’s performance almost confirms that IMO.

      And Key’s behaviour changed totally when the questions moved on to the Countdown situation.

    • Puckish Rogue 15.2

      Hes smiling because he knows he has nothing to hide or that it can’t be proven he did anything wrong, either way its a win to JK (again) and a lose to the Left (again)

      • One Anonymous Bloke 15.2.1

        Unless the Left helps nudge the narrative in the direction of “it can’t be proven…”

        Or nudges the narrative in the direction of the fact that (by his own admission) the Prime Minister is watching you.

        Or some other third thing like the National Party sells New Zealand legislation to its clients, or clings to market failure, or lacks competence (that would be my favourite, since the body of evidence is so compelling).

      • fender 15.2.2

        “Hes [sic] smiling because he knows he has nothing to hide…….”

        All that tells me is that you’ve never had children.

      • AmaKiwi 15.2.3

        “He (Key) is smiling because he knows he has nothing to hide or that it can’t be proven he did anything wrong, either way its a win to JK (again) and a lose to the Left (again).”

        I have rarely heard such nonsense. Key revealed he has information that can only come from spying. Who spied? We don’t know. But we know they spy for John Key, who also controls our government spies.

        How can that be “win” for anyone boggles the mind.

  16. veutoviper 16

    The waters get murkier and murkier.

    It seems rumours of Peters three visits to KDC have been circulating for some time (WO?). Then last Friday mention of these three visits was made in the Herald’s gossip column.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/television/news/article.cfm?c_id=339&objectid=11197715

    The DimPost has a post up about this.

    http://dimpost.wordpress.com/2014/02/13/alternate-theory/

    Rumours (via Twitter etc) are apparently circulating that there are leaks from “the Mansion” … This would tie with the leak via WO of the Bradbury paper re the Internet Party a few weeks agon.

    • Puckish Rogue 16.1

      No no you’ve got it all wrong, see what happened was John Key directed the GCSB to spy on Winston Peters and thats how he knows

      • One Anonymous Bloke 16.1.1

        Doubt it. Key says he hasn’t used official channels, but that his source (singular) is always right. I think he’s telling the truth.

        It’s a revealing statement though. The Prime Minister maintains a personal network of informants outside of official channels. Well duh, of course he should, but the fact is that boasting about it makes him look like a lightweight.

        • Puckish Rogue 16.1.1.1

          A lightweight that hangs out with Obama, gets invited to the G20 and has seen off Clark, Goff, Shearer and probably Cunliffe

          Yep hes a lightweight

          • One Anonymous Bloke 16.1.1.1.1

            Yes, he’s the junior partner in those relationships, but that isn’t really what I meant by “lightweight” – I meant that he has to show off in a most unseemly Aaron Gilmore way – the need to be seen to be in command runs strong in this one.

            That’s why I aimed my criticism at his boasting. Didn’t you pick up on that?

        • veutoviper 16.1.1.2

          +1 OAG. Key’s performance in that interview was very revealing and “boasting” was the word I was looking for but could not find when writing my comment at 15.1 above.

        • Anne 16.1.1.3

          It isn’t just State run security agencies who conduct surveillance, eaves dropping etc.on individuals. It’s well known big business tycoons are not above doing it too. In their case its illegal of course but they are allowed to get away with it. In fact, it’s not unusual for them to hire former spies to do their dirty work for them. You can bet an arm and a leg Key and co. know where to go for covert assistance when they want to access information without using State collected data.

          • Anne 16.1.1.3.1

            Further to my 16.1.1.3.

            Haven’t heard what Winston P is actually saying yet, but remember the Winebox saga? That was a very real example of unlawful surveillance by well known business tycoons who were involved in that affair. Wonder if there is a bit of utu going on here. Peters ain’t popular with those tycoons and some are still around in NZ.

            • PapaMike 16.1.1.3.1.1

              Most of the “Tycoons” in the Winebox affair have left New Zealand, some now living in Switzerland and London, or have died – it was some years ago.

        • AmaKiwi 16.1.1.4

          “informants” or paid spies?

        • framu 16.1.1.5

          “but that his source (singular) is always right”

          not only that – key has said “and it turns out he was right” – ie: key didnt actually know if it was correct when he went running to the media

    • One Anonymous Bloke 16.2

      HUMINT, not SIGINT.

    • bad12 17.1

      Fair enough commentary from Vernon Small, i see Russell’s comments surrounding the likely/unlikely extradition of DotCom to the US as not a mistake of content but more a mistake of form,

      Knowing what i and we all know of the States illegal actions surrounding the ‘DotCom case’ if i was a Judge in any Court of Law i would simply throw the whole lot into the dustbin and tll the Crown to come back when it can act in a lawful manner,

      i say that as a human who sees it as an obvious that where the State has used illegal means to gather evidence against any citizen then this must make any case that State attempts to make null and void,

      That was Russell Norman’s one little mistake of form, speaking as a human it is obvious that Russell is of the same opinion as i am,

      Unfortunately politics would demand of Russell that He always has to be aware when talking in public of the fact that He has to put aside somewhat His humanity and always think of the political ramifications of what He says…

  17. burt 18

    It’s ironic that the three parties who have made the most noise about big money in elections are all found to have been rather cosy (and secretive about it ) with a billionaire who wants a change of government. Funny also that Winston seems to be the focus for this when he has been proven in the past to have been dishonest about declaring donations and had a secret trust – the exact things he accused National of.

    Labour, The Green Party & Winston First have so much egg on their faces over this that it’s not surprising they are now trying to make a deal of how Key knew – the real issue is they are having secret meetings with a billionaire who wants a change of government.

    But sure – how did Key know – lets play the diversion game !

    • fender 18.1

      Key also knows about you and that other donkey having liaisons.

    • One Anonymous Bloke 18.2

      Labour have been cosy with Dotcom?

      [citation needed]

      As for the Greens and Winston, citations are also needed to establish that “meeting with = cosy with”, because that would mean that the Syrian “rebels” are cosy with the Opthalmologist.

      • felix 18.2.1

        …and applying the same logic – because we know burt dislikes partisanship – who does that make John Key “cosy” with?

        • burt 18.2.1.1

          Shall I spell it out. Key was his usual slippery self when questioned if he had had meetings with Dotcom. He denied knowing about him even which was absolutely laughable. I’m pretty comfortable that Key had meetings with Dotcom, as did Norman, what’s his name labour leader and jolly old forgetful Winston.

          I’m laughing my bloody head off though at all these hacks who have bagged Key for being slippery defending Winston’s privacy.

          Where do you stand Felix ?

          • felix 18.2.1.1.1

            Sorry burt that’s not very clear at all.

            Nobody has bagged Key for requesting that his meetings with Dotcom remain private; they’ve bagged him because he (appears to have) systematically lied about them ever happening.

            Why are you laughing about that?

    • framu 18.3

      “the real issue is they are having secret meetings with a billionaire who wants a change of government. ” come in mr gibbs your time is up

  18. ScottGN 19

    What I’m struggling to understand is what reasons could the PM have for wanting to push this issue back into the limelight? I mean he spent most of last year either dodging questions on this or being forced to offer abject apologies for the incompetent and possibly illegal actions of his own spy agencies (and the police). Also I suppose that any info from GCSB or whatever agency would be provided to the PM via a third party which would then give everyone plausible deniability?

    • Colonial Viper 19.1

      Quite possibly the specific issue is of secondary importance to that of confirming to opposition politicians (and to KDC) that Key has intel and is not afriad to use it in an election year.

    • Tracey 19.2

      The recent revelation that relevant gcsb files have been “archived” ? Given key a false sense of security?

      • One Anonymous Bloke 19.2.1

        The NSA will be required to keep the files (since let’s face it, the GCSB has to apply to them for access). If any deletion has occurred at this end it is entirely a local matter.

        Five eyes. Not four eyes with one that goes to sleep.

  19. well I never 20

    Huge difference between being called on meeting with people when something is to be gained, like giving them a top job, or receiving vast sums of money, but really, do politicians need to be spied on for simply meeting with people?
    It is a privacy issue, just like journalists swipe cards and phone records being checked, no-one can operate in a climate of McCarthyism, very scary

    • One Anonymous Bloke 20.1

      It’s a classic paradox.

      Say, for example, there arose a Prime Minister who sold New Zealand legislation to overseas business interests. Would they not be a suitable national security surveillance target?

      Aren’t the spies supposed to help protect us against double agents?

      • burt 20.1.1

        I think you need to acknowledge that the spies serve the government not the people – that’s why we need to vote based on more than who will spend more of own own money on us/for us.

        We had an MP arrange tax cuts for the racing industry once, then a year later it came out in the wash that said MP had accepted donations from a wealthy racing family and not declared them – these types of ‘policy for cash’ people must be kept from ever being in politics again.

      • Colonial Viper 20.1.2

        Assuming that government spies are loyal to the ordinary citizenry, and not to the elite power structures.

        Strike that, when you look at the behaviour of the UK, US, German, French services it’s pretty clear which side they are on. And its not the plebs.

        • burt 20.1.2.1

          Indeed, In serving the government they should be serving the people – but when the government is self serving – they are only serving the government. The challenge is getting partisan people to look objectively at their own party of preference and call for them to be as accountable on such matters as they say “the other team” should be.

  20. Flip 21

    What makes these meetings secret? Did they go in disguise in the middle of the night? Exactly how Winnie would disguise himself boggles the mind. Did they tell people they were off to the beach for the day or eating lunch at the time? Will there be some secret rendezvous in the future to avoid scrutiny? Have they developed a sophisticated code, dead drops, secret bank accounts? Who is the mole giving information to the Nats? The Internet Party will need to do an internal investigation to uncover the traitor and do a sweep for bugs, increase its security, release the hounds. So many questions what a great diversion. This is the media at its finest feeding the public’s insatiable appetite for gossip. Probing for all the details. Are they going to stake out KDC mansion and eat burgers and coke in their car? Will they employ sophisticated intelligence gathering equipment? Binoculars, telephoto lenses for proof, leave microphones and record devices around, question staff with the aid of that truth revealing drug coffee (perhaps tea would be better), diverting the guard dogs with chewy tidbits (Oh right Key is doing that to the media). It is just like the movies.

  21. well I never 22

    or maybe there is a more benign solution, JK is, in fact a reptilian shapeshifter, and it wasn’t KDC Winston met, but JK in disguise

    • burt 22.1

      Based on previous form – If Winston starts accusing Key of this then we can know with 100% certainty that Winston is.

  22. Ad 23

    Bad luck no conspiracy – Key categorically rules out using the security agencies.

    Far more prosaic: Coatesville is a tight community, wall to wall Nats, and many of them have contacts to the PM.

    • well I never 23.1

      oh come on Ad, you are saying it’s down to curtain twitching, although come to think of it, Nats do talk like my granny (3 generations ago thinking)

      • Ad 23.1.1

        Coatesville is the Stepford Wives club of the Waitemata Trust.
        Key’s intel empire in Auckland’s north is better than anything gcsb could even dream of.

      • idlegus 23.1.2

        ha, c’mon, if key had said “peters has been to see dotcom” that might have been believable, but he specifically said “three times”, & that turns out to be three times in two years. key couldn’t help himself, he’s losing his political nous, there’s more to come i am sure.

    • McFlock 23.2

      lol
      You think key making a categorical statement is a reliable indicator of the facts?

      Basically, from now on he’s got a secret that he refuses to say. If he ever accuses someone of lying, or not being ready with the truth, the response is “that’s rich from someone who refuses to say how he tracks the routine activities of opposition MPs”.

    • Colonial Viper 23.3

      Far more prosaic: Coatesville is a tight community, wall to wall Nats, and many of them have contacts to the PM.

      Odd the PM claims to have never heard of Dotcom before, then :twisted:

      • burt 23.3.1

        Exactly. That nails it really. See this is the problem, partisan people unquestioningly accept what their leaders say. How many National party muppets are sitting around now believing that other National loyal people saw or heard and passed that message on.

        Dotcom has no case to answer here. All standing politicians who have been dishonest to the public and the house about their meetings with Dotcom have a case to answer. The reality is that’s all MPs ( or their staff ) who have meet Dotcom because none of them have been straight up about it from the get go.

        • well I never 23.3.1.1

          as long as they tell us when they give people they know privately a job (excluding other potential candidates) or if they receive vast sums of money from them, I don’t care who they meet…it’s a free country?

          • burt 23.3.1.1.1

            Then you have no issues with Key being less than upfront about his meetings with Dotcom then ?

            • karol 23.3.1.1.1.1

              Key’s obfuscations re-Dotcom related to surveillance, court cases and illegalities – possible collusions with NSA – totally different from MPs talking to residents about their issues and concerns.

              • burt

                karol

                Given Winston initially called to kick Dotcom out then changed his tune, presumably after meeting him and discussing the same things. How is it different, they are both elected MP’s.

                • Tracey

                  Key has arguably committed deceit in relation to a serious secret unit in NZ. A unit who can do some stuff, or not, with a nod from the PM. No genuine oversight. If you can’t see how that is different to meeting with dotcom I can’t help you.

                  For all his faults, and I am sure he has many, Winston has been consistent on one thing, trying to root out coverups. From the winebox to Key’s denials of knowing of Dotcom to possible misuse of secret service and their information. This would be right up winston’s alley.

                  In the whole Glen/Peters affair no one suggested Winston ever meeting with Glen was wrong.

      • Ad 23.3.2

        Yes, i’d allow him strategic deniability on that one

      • Tracey 23.3.3

        touche

        stepford wives camped outside dotcom’s residence on the offchance for 2 years… think that’s the most implausable explanation so far. remember it is someone who has told him stuff before…

    • Murray Olsen 23.4

      Coatesville can’t be all that tight, seeing how Key never found out that an oversized foreign billionaire with a penchant for publicity had set himself up in a mansion there. Can’t have it both ways, Ad.

  23. Anne 24

    Key has a network of informants which he probably began cultivating even before he became leader of the National Party. That is a given. He even put one of them in charge of the GCSB. He doesn’t have to rely on the State spies for his information. Most of the info. would reach him through a variety of conduits – both electronic as well as human sources. He semi -jokingly alluded to his top drawer being full of info ‘people’ had given him. It’s more like a very solid safe – hidden behind a picture on his office wall? :)

    I’m inclined to believe that light-hearted comment was really a veiled threat to certain individuals and one of them was probably Dotcom.

    A truly nasty bastard who would stoop to anything in order to hold on to his power.

    • well I never 24.1

      As a 10 yr old he worked out that he needed to learn golf to get rich, a truly strategic, ambitious, sharp and determined young man. Sad he put this all into his only obvious value of having a good time and getting rich, regardless of others. A truly vacuous individual.

    • greywarbler 24.2

      What’s on that picture Anne? Is it old-fashioned classical like The Laughing Cavalier, new modernism The Scream, Mona Lisa and her knowing smile…
      Possibly Dick Frizzell’s painting (in reverse for Jokeyhen) Tiki to Mickey
      http://www.prints.co.nz/page/fine-art/CTGY/Kiwiana

      Or perhaps some Art prints through Antony Ellis, they supply to television, films yhat sounds very me thinks Johnny.
      http://blog.prints.co.nz/2010/07/vintage-new-zealand-posters-from-nz.html

      • Anne 24.2.1

        Nah… it’ll be a picture of his gated mansion in Hawaii complete with a few coconut trees and some flax bushes. (Do flax bushes grow in Hawaii?) Anyway it’ll be unsophisticated, vision-less and lacking any artistic qualities – just like himself.

        • greywarbler 24.2.1.1

          I know – it will be that picture of him emerging like a taniwha from his swimming pool, hair slick like an old hollywood actor brylcreem’d down, and with his nice looking bach (mansion) at the back of the pic. And that smug wouldn’t you like to be me, well you can’t because you’ll never be as smart as me – look. (My impression.)

        • veutoviper 24.2.1.2

          Anne, maybe it is this old school photo of John Key – bottom left. LOL. Cannot believe it is our PM.

          http://t.co/hWNXaXk5NV

          Found this on Twitter yesterday. Tweeted by https://twitter.com/hdpaNEWS on Feb10.

      • Tracey 24.2.2

        dogs playing pool

  24. xtasy 25

    The SOURCE of the information that Key got about Peters’ visits to Dotcom may be close to Dotcom!

    Remember Pat Gowers piece on TV3 last night:

    http://www.3news.co.nz/Dotcom-brain-fade-spreads-to-Opposition/tabid/1607/articleID/331969/Default.aspx

    “Dotcom told 3 News today he’s faced threats of blackmail to shut down his party but wouldn’t give further details.

    He’s split with his bodyguard and right-hand man Wayne Tempero, and other security staff have left too. Dotcom says it’s amicable and that Mr Tempero has signed a confidentiality agreement.

    Meanwhile, New Zealand First leader Winston Peters is still keeping his visits confidential.

    “Look I saw your article last night. It is a crock of crap,” says Mr Peter.

    “He’s been there three times,” says Mr Key.”

    Now if Gower is right with Tempero and other security staff leaving Dotcom, what is the reason for that? Is Dotcom under financial pressures, so they did not get paid? OR has one perhaps disclosed something very confidential, and therefore has been “sacked”, along with others, who may have been tied in somehow?

    Wayne Tempero was working for Dotcom for many years, and seemed to be very loyal. Perhaps somehow he or another staff member whispered something to Rachel Glucina, that they were not authorised to?

    I doubt that Key would use GCSB info, even if he had it, and then make his claims. He must be sure of having his back covered. Also now knowing about his adversary Dotcom living in his electorate, Key and his electorate office will surely be keeping a close watch and their ears tipped on Dotcom and what goes on in Coatesville!

    That is my tip re the source!

    • Colonial Viper 25.1

      Wayne Tempero was working for Dotcom for many years, and seemed to be very loyal. Perhaps somehow he or another staff member whispered something to Rachel Glucina, that they were not authorised to?

      Or Tempero made security recommendations to Dotcom which Dotcom refused to follow, and in refusing, Tempero felt compromised in his ability to keep Dotcom and his family safe.

      Regardless, its a big problem for KDC.

      • burt 25.1.1

        So the big issue though, do we accept our politicians secretly visiting exiled billionaires with political aspirations ?

      • burt 25.1.2

        Don’t get me wrong CV, our MP’s can meet whoever they want, that’s their right. But like I said above, none have been upfront about their involvement. Once KDC made his political aspirations public, they as politicians had an obligation to be honest and complete in the house about it. None of them were. It’s a disgrace.

        • Colonial Viper 25.1.2.1

          Huh?

          You want MPs to make an announcement in the House every single time they meet with some random person who has political aspirations??? What?

          • burt 25.1.2.1.1

            No, but when questioned they should answer truthfully. The conventions of parliament do still require questions to be answered truthfully don’t they? Or did when throw that out after all the privileges committee could do for misleading the house was slap old man Winston on the wrist.

            • framu 25.1.2.1.1.1

              “No, but when questioned they should answer truthfully.”

              pretty sure they did – i havent seen anyone trying to say they didnt meet with KDC

            • David H 25.1.2.1.1.2

              Burt said…… No, but when questioned they should answer truthfully. The conventions of parliament do still require questions to be answered truthfully don’t they?

              Pity no one told Key and co about that. Honesty, Key don’t know the meaning of the word!

      • PapaMike 25.1.3

        Heard it was a money problem with Tempero – not sure about the other four security guards leaving though – could also be money. Tempero believed setting up his own Security Company and the others may have followed him.

        • veutoviper 25.1.3.1

          Papamike, the source for a number of your comments today seem to be today’s The Diary collumn in the Herald by Rachel Glucina.

          Why don’t you say so and provide a link, then people won’t keep asking for your source (eg Tracey at 2.2.4.1)

          http://www.nzherald.co.nz/index.cfm?objectid=11201739

          After Lorde and her pimples selfie, Rachel provides more detail re Peters and others visits to the KDC Mansion – including Clare Curran’s two visits. (Rachel’s column last Friday was where she reported that Peters had been there three times. She had also earlier reported Norman’s visits.)

          Rachel seems to have a lot of detail as to what goes on at the Mansion and her column today goes into detail about Tempero’s departure last October and the departure of four more security people last weekend.

          As Karol has also obviously discovered (see 32 below), the ongoing tweets between MSM journalists and others (including Hooten, Cactus Kate, Graeme Edgeler etc) are fascinating and revealing. And a source of information, speculation etc well before it hits the presses. It can become quite obsessive as I have discovered in the last few days!

          For example, today Rachel Glucina has tweeted* that the new PR person for the Interenet party has an interesting side job – Natural Burials. Presumably this person
          http://www.naturalburials.co.nz/index.php?page=whoWeAre

          * https://twitter.com/RachelGlucinaNZ

          So where does Rachel really fit into the picture? Where does she get her information?

          • Murray Olsen 25.1.3.1.1

            Yuck. I looked at her twitter feed. What a load of incestuous gossiping wannabes. Priests and priestesses of the cult of Key, who all delight in the thought that they might know something kept from the common people. Yuck. Hell would be a party with that lot as guests.

            • veutoviper 25.1.3.1.1.1

              Well said, Murray O. Even showers have not made me feel clean over the last few days since i have found the ” inner circle” on Twitter. I am hoping that it will explode or implode. Don’t care which. But these are the ….. who are trying to shape our (NZ’s) future?

              Have had to take time out today.. Being a F, retail therapy has helped although I cannot afford it. But now have almost finished negotiating to add a new female parrot to my menagerie to ease the pain of the death six months ago of the partner of one of my flock. The latter has more integrity, compassion, manners etc than the whole of that ‘inner circle’ and the current government put together.

  25. Tinshed 26

    Jeez people, I get that you think John Key is a corrupt, Nixon-esk, Tory, devil-incarnate money dealing rich prick who would sell his grandmother for a mere shilling, but is what the Left has been reduced to? Personality and conspiracy-based politics? There was a time when the Left had the intellectual high-ground and could mount an argument based on a deep understanding of the inherent contradictions of capitalist system. Now all I can see is a belief that John Key (Shon-Key, geddit?) used the GSCB to gain and use information on Kim Dotcom for political purposes. What fantasy world do you live in? Jeez, it is so frustrating to see such a paucity of intellectual rigour and analysis that many of you are reduced to such delusionist fantasies. Seriously, how many voters in New Zealand in the second decade of the 21st century think like this? I’ll tell you what, not many. Please, for the love of the great Socialist tradition I know of, stop this personality-based dislike of John Key and articulate a vision of a better and more decent society.

    • Tracey 26.1

      “Personality and conspiracy-based politics? ”

      Been asleep during the last two weeks while Tolley, Collins, and key have played personality based politics”?

      Can you show me your proof that Labour or Greens have been indulging in it during this past two weeks?

      methinks you doth protest on behalf of socialism too much.

      • framu 26.1.1

        im calling concern trool on that one

        • Tracey 26.1.1.1

          that’s the phrase. I couldnt recall what the official name for that was.

        • Enough is Enough 26.1.1.2

          He has a point

          • Tracey 26.1.1.2.1

            which is???

            that people on a forum survey the possibilities of a piece of political play? because labour, to my knowledge, and the greens, haven’t stopped int he last two weeks despite personality politics by tolley, collins and Key.

          • framu 26.1.1.2.2

            he might have a point – but his whole rant is looking at only one question raised of many, and the most extreme question at that. Hes also ignoring the rest of the debate re: is it really that big a deal once we ignore JKs unproven shouting

            its like saying “yeah but that guy shat in their washing machine” when everyone else is talking about what happened at the party in general

        • veutoviper 26.1.1.3

          +1. And PG has put Tinshed’s comment up on KB in the “Where Key got his information from” post, calling it “some sense from Tinshed on The Standard”.

          PG has now past the 21,000 mark on comments on KB. They’re welcome to him.

          Now shower time.

  26. Wayne McIndoe 27

    I would be asking some hard questions about what Key and Obama discussed during their round of golf recently, ie the TPP, that agreement which we are been suckered into has more bearing on NZs future than whether Peters and Dotcom have a meeting – come on media get your prioitities right

  27. RedBaronCV 28

    So where’s the money coming from to pay for Key’s private surveillanvce network?

    • AmaKiwi 28.1

      You don’t think there are individuals, corporations, and business groups that are dreading the prospect of a Labour/Green government.

      They write it off as a business expense.

  28. RedRobin 29

    “The spies have always laced their briefings to the Prime Minister with political titbits,”

    Source? Link or you are bullshitting.

  29. burt 30

    I think we need a snap election. 6 weeks of this utter madness where the politicians are running around denying stuff they have been doing themselves while accusing others of it. Calling for others to resign for telling lies and then when all caught to be lying decide nobody has to resign and we should all move on.

    • AmaKiwi 30.1

      First we need to hear from the Ed Snowden files. There have been embarrassing revelations about the other four eyes, but not yet NZ. I am waiting for some juicy revelations just before our election.

      With Kim Dotcom’s trial and Ed Snowden waiting in the wings, it could be a year of delightful surprises.

      • chris73 30.1.1

        You do know its been nearly a decade of “waiting for revelations” which never, ever arrive about JK

        Seriously there no revelations out there, if there were they would have come up long ago but hey if it makes you happy keep on believing

        • Tracey 30.1.1.1

          No one said they would be about ket Chris, but about NZ…. under his watch and probably under Clark’s.

  30. Jenny 31

    ““Where did John Key get his information that Winston visited DotCom three times?” Most likely source it seems to me is the GCSB”
    Mike Smith

    Tom Scott offers an alternative scenario….LOL!

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/blogs/opinion/cartoons/6736460/Tom-Scott-and-others

    • Tracey 31.1

      LOLOLOL

    • ianmac 31.2

      Perhaps that is why Mr Key looked so weird during his denial interview with media yesterday when they were asking how did he know. He must have been bursting with pride at how he spent his time with his binocular. Me! Me! Me!

  31. karol 32

    An editor at RadioLive has recently tweeted this:

    So the PM just more or less admitted @Whaleoil was his source on Winston Peters’ visit to the Dotcom mansion. They speak regularly.

    And this:

    @CactusKate2 @Whaleoil no smear. He rang Slater.

    And this:

    Mr Key says he speaks to “lots” of bloggers regularly. Obviously Whale, @dpfdpf. anyone else wanna fess up?

    Gotta say, Key has never called me. I’m gutted that he rates me as so insignificant!

    • karol 32.1

      And a reply to above radio live editor, Jessica Williams:

      @mizjwilliams @dpfdpf I imagine he doesn't mean @publicaddress, @gtiso, The Standard, the Daily Blog …

      • karol 32.1.1

        Plausible deniability: GCSG/SIS to PM office; PM staffer to gossip columnist; gossip columnist to WO; WO to PM; to “I didn’t get the info from the surveillance services or the police.”

        Edit: It seems now WO has a mention of the twitter conversations on its/his site, and is citing “The Standard” as a source!

        What sort of circular shell game is this? Smoke & mirrors.

        • Anne 32.1.1.1

          WO has a mention of the twitter conversations on its/his site, and is citing “The Standard” as a source!

          He’s confusing informed/educated guessing with fact. Let’s face it he wouldn’t be able to tell the difference.

          • karol 32.1.1.1.1

            Well, he maybe just picked up on my copy of tweets as above- though the tweets included in his post includes only one I copied, and a couple of others. But he has his source as “The Standard” at the bottom of the post.

            I’m still trying to find a direct source as evidence of Jessica William’s claim.

      • Tracey 32.1.2

        have you email jessica williams and asked?

    • Tracey 32.2

      Pm regularly speaks to bloggers??????? Did key ask Slater for proof? And what was the source of the proof? Or does slater have people followed? I thought Slater had no money?

      C’mon, even Key’s supporters must see it’s a sad day when PM has time to read and ring bloggers, particularly Slater?

    • One Anonymous Bloke 32.3

      Makes a big deal of refusing to deal with Winston Peters. Deals with Cameron Slater. I wonder if they talk about ferals.

  32. tricledrown 33

    Tempero is a nasty little Narcissit.

  33. tricledrown 34

    Tempero is a nasty little Narcissit.

  34. Puckish Rogue 35

    Most likely source it seems to me is the GCSB. I think Winston may have a point about his right to privacy.

    – Yeah so it ends up being a gossip columnist (Rachel Glucina) and NZs most read, most influential political blog (Whaleoil)

    • Tracey 35.1

      are you saying slater was following peters, or someone who followed peters told slater?

      • Puckish Rogue 35.1.1

        Well it must be the GCSB then (yeah thats sarcasm)

        • Tracey 35.1.1.1

          was the question too hard?

          • Puckish Rogue 35.1.1.1.1

            Most likely someone who used to work for KDC is telling whats happened and someones passed it on to either Rachel or Whaleoil

            So all the lefties on here breathlessly hoping JK was using the GCSB are hopefully feeling pretty dumb right about now

            • McFlock 35.1.1.1.1.1

              So how was key so sure it was true?

              • Puckish Rogue

                Must be the GCSB, its the only possible answer

                • McFlock

                  Not at all, but it is one of the few reasons key would be reluctant to say where he gets his information about the activities of his political opponents.

                  Even if he received the information in a perfectly legitimate manner, his behaviour makes him look like a blackmailer and sleaze merchant.

                  • Puckish Rogue

                    No it doesn’t it looks like he reads newspapers and probably checked out the veracity of the information

                    Doesn’t change that Labour and the Greens are now compromised over this

                    • One Anonymous Bloke

                      Peters and Norman meet with KDC and this says what about Labour?

                    • Puckish Rogue

                      Don’t forget Curran and Ardern and thats only the ones who’ve ‘fessed up, there’ll probably be more

                    • McFlock

                      What sources did he use to “check veracity”. The only way to “check veracity” is additional sources, because he’d be a fucking moron to believe gossip columns and WO.

                      So how did he know the unadvertised movements of his political opponents? Why is he so coy about simply stating how he got the information? Don’t we have a right to know if the PM is deploying the state security agencies against his political opponents?

                      MPs visiting one of the most significant figures in current events at the moment is not surprising. What’s surprising is that the PM apparently runs secret surveillance on his opponents.

                    • karol

                      MPs meeting well known people is not a crime.

                      You really are stretching it PR.

                      Ardern meet KDC at a public occasion.

                      She tweeted:

                      @BillyRalston @Whaleoil @clarecurranmp @KimDotcom we were at the franklin road lights at the same time if that’s what you mean!

                      Curran ? Who cares who she meets. Will she still be an MP come the end of the year?

                      Righties really must be stuck for spin if this is all they can come up with.

                    • McFlock

                      the other thing is that curran’s associate comms and IT spokesperson? And isn’t KDC an internet industry player and a possible new transpacific fibre cable competitor?

                      Personalities aside, seems common sense the two should meet.

                      Frankly, it would be remiss of whichever nactoid is IT minister to not have talked with kdc about the sector.

                  • xtasy

                    “his behaviour makes him look like a blackmailer and sleaze merchant…”

                    Is this anything new in the behaviour of JK??? He has been involved in sleaze most the time (behind the scenes), but has the incredible skill to look totally innocent, unblemished and a like a “credible” politician.

                    At least he now admits he regularly talks with “bloogers” of the types of Whaleoil! So guess what he may have been up to over the last 5 years, and how important the Whale’s role has been in keeping the jerk in power.

                    • McFlock

                      true, but I reckon he’s fluffed it a bit this time – blushing, evasive, “I don’t have to say”, and it involves possible long term spying or keeping tabs on his opponents rather than the occasional scandal “dropped in his lap”, as it were.

                      He fucked it with the “three times” lark – even once would have done it, and he could have dragged out further meetings in the ensuing debate. And that once could have been someone passing in a car who recognised peters’ car pulling in. Coming out with all three means ongoing tabs kept by someone, whom key refuses to name or even indicate the legitimacy of the way they obtained the info.

                      Losing his mojo.

                    • One Anonymous Bloke

                      +1

                      “I have lost count of how many times my constituents have approached me on this matter, but I’m sure the Prime Minister has a tally.”

                    • xtasy

                      Yes, I agree re the “3 times” comment, as that is information that one does not get by “coincidence”, like from hearsay from some odd witnesses, who may have seen or heard something around the vicinity.

                      It makes it sound and look, as if he was absolutely sure about the frequency, the number of times, and that Peters went to see Dotcom. That is information not gathered by coincidence and so it must come from a totally reliable source.

                      Whaleoil will only have got the info due to being a core gossip and info gatherer, from other sources.

                      I still doubt that it was the GCSB, but we will never know for sure, as these matters will never be publicly revealed and discussed. It will be certain that the GCSB and SIS continue their “watch” of Dotcom, so they will know more than anyone else, possibly also working closely with police.

                      Dotcom seems to have been a bit “naive” on this, being a bit on a “high” with his legal team achieving what they did. As a new and smart migrant, he will know some stuff about how New Zealand agencies work, but he will still not really know how all encompassing they work in their surveillance activities.

                      But re this info, I suspect the source to be close to Dotcom himself. His wife will be one of the four who may know about Peters’ visits, but she will never reveal such stuff, given her discrete manner and loyalty, then there will be at least one or two of Dotcom’s security staff, Dotcom himself, Winston himself, and nobody else, unless Peters was driven there by a chauffeur or taxi driver.

                      We can narrow the circles, and we can suspect that Key may have got a “double check” confirmed by Ian Fletcher, as his old school buddy.

                    • Puckish Rogue

                      From the ODT:

                      There are suspicions of a link between the number of questions being asked around Mr Dotcom and the conclusion the Opposition is seeking political favours from the man who has promised to start the Internet Party – but then added that he would not run in the election if the polling is less than the 5% MMP threshold (followed up by stating the party would be a contender in the election).

                      Parliamentary records show Labour MP Trevor Mallard has asked 132 questions regarding Mr Dotcom, New Zealand First leader Winston Peters 82, Labour MP David Shearer 36, deputy Labour leader Grant Robertson 17 and Green co-leader Russel Norman 13.

                      But please by all means focus on how did JK know? (I mean how did John Key know now that the GCSB have been ruled out)

                    • xtasy

                      Pukish Rogue at 03.55 pm today:

                      Have a read of this, coming from someone who was involved in early discussions about Dotcom’s “Internet.Party”:

                      http://thedailyblog.co.nz/2014/02/13/on-russel-norman-and-the-internet-party/

                      “The idea to collapse the Internet Party if it hadn’t reached 5% by the ballot printing was always the plan. I don’t think people appreciate how much Kim loathes Key and Kim didn’t want to launch a political vehicle that wasted any votes or accidentally helped Key stay in power.”

                      There are NO DEALS, my friend, NO DEALS, that Dotcom would have made with the Greens, NZ First, Labour or anyone that is an MP from those parties.

                      You can bet on it that Peters went there to hear from the accused himself, what all the stuff about the illegal raid, the accusations, the ideas of an new party and so forth was all about. And Russell Norman met Dotcom at public events before, he would not be so silly to get too cosy with a man that still is somewhat controversial. He will also have wanted to discuss certain stuff about what happened, and what unintended consequences the “Internet.Party” may have on other parties wanting to get rid of this rotten government we have.

                      Dotcom is more of a libertarian by the way, so hardly a “lefty”. So what about the ones from “the right” who saw him, and what for?

                      Now let us ask again, what has Key discussed with well-known UK right wing political spin masters, with certain ones from Australia, with business leaders from here, there and elsewhere, and what did he discuss with Obama during his golf rounds??? Why does the media not dig into that, I ask? Because they are blind one eye that is!

                    • McFlock

                      @puke rogue

                      The opposition asked questions about a prominent New Zealander who was spied on illegally by the GCSB and is currently involved in several politically important court cases, including the current prosecution of a government MP?

                      That’s fucking fishy, MPs doing their jobs like that. I can understand how you as a nactoid would be expecting to see corrupt motives for competent work by an elected representative, but that’s just your fucked-in-the-head worldview.

    • Pascal's bookie 35.2

      Explaining is often losing they reckon, but when your explanation about ‘not spying’ is

      ‘nah, I’m mates with that dude who laughs at dead babies, is fighting a defamtion suit and says that politics is nasty so you have to be nasty in politics’

      then yeah, you’re losing.

  35. captain hook 36

    It cant have been slater following pweters as the trail of wail blubber would still be there.
    but moreimportantly donkeyohtay demanded in this mornings dompost that Peters tell us what they talked about.
    What the fuck is going on and why has this piece of crap had souch influence on NZpolitics.
    He is nothing but a thief and now a trouble maker.
    only in New Zealnd.anywhere else and he would have had the bums rush months ago.

    • xtasy 36.1

      YEP, captain hook, if C. Slater had got that information, he WOULD NEVER have held back with it for so long, and he would have USED IT, to promote himself and his blog, by publishing it!!!

    • Murray Olsen 36.2

      Not only in NZ. A Slater in Australia would be rich and invited to Abbott’s place via the front door. Look at Andrew Bolt, Alan Jones, or Larry Pickering. They’re all as bad as blubber boy. Then have a look at some of the rubbish on the internet in the US and A and remember who Bush would invite to BBQs at his ranch.

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    Hot Topic | 30-10
  • West Auckland Network with new interchanges
    Last week Auckland Transport began consultation on the new network for West Auckland. I and many readers were highly critical of it as it seemed to ignore much of the network design philosophy and elements AT are implementing elsewhere and...
    Transport Blog | 30-10
  • This ‘boom’ might save the world – 10 quick facts about r...
    As the world's leading climate scientists finalise the latest and most comprehensive report on climate change and ways to tackle it, a key question is: What is new? What has changed since the release of the UN climate panel's last Assessment Report (AR4) in...
    Greenpeace NZ blog | 30-10
  • A lack of commitment
    New Zealand has finally joined the Open Government Partnership. A requirement of membership is to submit an action plan about how you will improve open government over the next two years. So what's in ours? Sweet fuck-all:Our Action Plan will...
    No Right Turn | 30-10
  • Smartphones are meant to bend
    You’ve no doubt heard of the issues surrounding the newly released iPhone 6, but do […] The post Smartphones are meant to bend appeared first on Connected....
    Potentia | 30-10
  • Tea Party takes on “President Obola”
    OK, so this happened: Theatricality is one of the best ways to shake the sleepwalking public awake. One brave liberty advocate made a bold statement when he donned a Hazmat suit and an Obama mask, and took to the president’s...
    Polity | 30-10
  • CTU welcomes forestry review recommendations
    The CTU is welcoming the today's release of the independent forestry safety review panel findings. "These recommendations must be implemented to ensure that everything possible is done to make forestry safer." CTU President, Helen Kelly said.  Photo:  ...
    CTU | 30-10
  • Herald vs Hosking-in-Herald on teabreaks
    The New Zealand Herald editorial today is distinctly unimpressed with the government’s decision to remove mandated tea breaks for workers: It is a pity that almost the first legislative act of the Government's new term is an act abolishing mandatory...
    Polity | 30-10
  • Forest Safety report first step in making our forests safe to work in
    Our forests are a very dangerous place to work. Between 2008 and 2013 there have been 32 fatalities and more than a thousand serious harm incidents in this industry. The Council of Trade Unions and First union have been doing...
    frogblog | 30-10
  • Ghost Dancing?
    Ghost Dancing circa 1890: With the buffalo effectively exterminated, the material basis for the Native American cultures of the Great Plains was destroyed. The Ghost Dance, it was believed, would reconstitute the basis for an independent indigenous existence. Has the...
    Bowalley Road | 30-10
  • I have seen one future, and it is bleak
    . . Way back in March, 2012,  I wrote this story regarding a march to support striking workers at Ports of Auckland. It appears there was some prescience about some of my observations at the time… . | | 18...
    Frankly Speaking | 30-10
  • WINZ: Bureaucratic Befuddlement and Confustication
    Yeah, I know. Confusticate isn’t a word, unless you’re quoting Urban Dictionary. Definition: This word is the coalescing of the English words “confuse” and “complicate”. It refers to anything of, or relating to the process of being both confused and...
    On the Left | 30-10
  • The idiot
    Here’s why this Steffan Browning/Ebola/Homeopathy thing is a really big deal for the Green Party. (a) Historically they’ve been stereotyped by their opponents as a bunch of nutters (b) The main focus of the party for the past five years –...
    DimPost | 30-10
  • The idiot
    Here’s why this Steffan Browning/Ebola/Homeopathy thing is a really big deal for the Green Party. (a) Historically they’ve been stereotyped by their opponents as a bunch of nutters (b) The main focus of the party for the past five years –...
    DimPost | 30-10
  • Climate change and New Zealand cities
    Environmentalists sometimes have an uneasy relationship with cities. Because they concentrate a lot of people and economic activity in relatively small places, they also concentrate a lot of negative environmental effects. All that concrete, all that energy being consumed, the...
    Transport Blog | 30-10
  • Got a mystery? Just ask John!
    Tuesday, November 24, 2009John Key has learned the identity of the entertainer guilty of an indecency charge through the grapevine of people circumventing the suppression order....
    Pundit | 30-10
  • Shameful attack on all workers
    The Government has passed the Employment Relations Amendment Act slashing the rights of all Kiwi workers. “These changes are shameful. New Zealand now has some of the worst employment protections in the OECD....
    CTU | 30-10
  • Blocked
    It is safe to say before the election last month I was fairly prolific in the blogosphere as we headed to an election. Was it because there was a glimmer of hope for we on this side of the coin?...
    My Thinks | 30-10
  • Blend with the Bruntletts Group Ride
    While Vancourerites Chris and Melissa Bruntlett are here for their Auckland Conversation talk, Generation Zero, Frocks on Bikes and TransportBlog have organised a slow, family friendly ride around the city centre. The map is below. The ride is designed to be self-directed so...
    Transport Blog | 30-10
  • Rawshark – Is she Maori or Pakeha?
    Cameron Slater blamed someone for being behind the hacking of his emails and passing them on to Nicky Hager. And then he named someone he thought was Rawshark. John Key says someone told him who Rawshark is but he ain’t telling. @B3nRaching3r is...
    Te Putatara | 30-10
  • Employment law: it’s toasted
    In an early episode of Mad Men, when the company’s going for the Lucky Strike account, sleazebag antihero Don Draper asks the client exactly how cigarettes are made. They talk through the process, mentioning the tobacco is toasted – and...
    On the Left | 30-10
  • Owners of the wind
    Thirty-odd years ago in the Kingdom of Denmark lived some brave people who disliked nuclear power and loved renewable energy. Determined to keep their country clean and safe, they began building their own wind turbines. Today, thanks to these passionate...
    Greenpeace NZ blog | 30-10
  • Te Wakaputanga – What we did not learn at school
    This week saw the 179th anniversary of the signing of Te Wakaputanga, the Declaration of Independence of the United Tribes of Niu Tireni. Most of us did not learn about this fundamentally critical document at school, we barely learned about...
    frogblog | 30-10
  • NZ goes backwards on gender equality
    It is no coincidence that in the same week New Zealand is singled out for going backwards on child poverty under National,  we’ve also dropped in global rankings for gender equality. In one year New Zealand has dropped from 7th...
    frogblog | 30-10
  • TPPA Bulletin #58
    NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION 8 NOVEMBER 2014 Auckland, Hamilton, Raglan, Tauranga, Rotorua, Gisborne, New Plymouth, Napier, Palmerston North, Levin,Wellington, Nelson, Christchurch, Timaru, Dunedin,Invercargill. REGIONAL UPDATES Auckland (1:00 pm at Aotea Square): speakers include Robyn Malcolm (Actors Equity), Bunny McDiarmid (Greenpeace), Dayle Takitimu...
    NZ – Not for sale | 30-10
  • Seabed mining: drums in the deep
    Out on the Chatham Rise, the ridge jutting into the waters off Christchurch and extending out beyond the Chathams, Chatham Rock Phosphate has a mining permit and is now seeking EPA approval for its project to mine phosphate for fertiliser,...
    Pundit | 30-10
  • CTU Runanga calls on iwi leaders
    Maori workers are calling on iwi leaders to speak out against the employment law changes expected to go through today.“Iwi leaders have previously spoken out when workers in Aotearoa have been under attack, we believe they should do so again...
    CTU | 30-10
  • An unmanaged conflict
    Katherine Rich is a member of the government-appointed Health Promotion Agency, responsible for (as it says on its website) "inspiring all New Zealanders to lead healthier lives". Katherine Rich is also Chief Executive of the New Zealand Food and Grocery...
    No Right Turn | 30-10
  • Robert Fisk
    Isis in Syria: A general reveals the lack of communication with the US - and his country's awkward relationship with their allies-by-default...
    No Right Turn | 30-10
  • A stretch
    This morning the Herald revealed that Kim Dotcom had been convicted and fined for dangerous driving in 2009, but had not declared it on his application for residency. Immigration is now talking about deporting him. So, this is what we...
    No Right Turn | 30-10
  • Tauranga port happy to take the money – but not happy to accept responsib...
    Comments from a Port of Tauranga manager about deaths and injuries in their port during a Radio New Zealand interview are unacceptable....
    MUNZ | 30-10
  • New Ebola Toys for Xmas. Yay?
    From the "too soon?" file, here are two oddly successful exercises in niche marketing. First, the molecularly-sort-of-correct ebola plush toy. Apparently it has sold out: And, of course, the sexy ebola nurse outfit: Ebola, as everyone knows, ignores cleavage. And...
    Polity | 30-10
  • Temporary, discriminatory and an admission of Faliure
    The PM says that the legislation his government proposes to pass under urgency allowing for the confiscation of passports of NZ citizens in order to combat the threat of returning foreign fighters will be “tightly focused” on those traveling to...
    Kiwipolitico | 30-10
  • Climate change harming ocean health
    New Zealand is responsible for one of the largest areas of sea in the world – an area 14 times the size of our land area. The National Government is promising new marine protected areas legislation with a discussion document...
    frogblog | 30-10
  • Experiment-gate update
    Readers may recall the saga around an experimental mailer some Stanford / Dartmouth researchers sent into the state of Montana. In a randomised trial, it provided voters with some added information about two candidates running for a judicial election, and...
    Polity | 30-10
  • Why are our Politicians Auckland Toll Chickens?
    Yesterday both the National Government and Green Party opposed the suggestion to place a toll on Auckland’s roads, but for completely different reasons. The Government opposes it because they see it as a new tax. The Greens because they would...
    Gareth’s World | 29-10
  • The obvious question
    John Key says he knows who the hacker Rawshark is. So, will the police be raiding his home for ten hours and taking all his data, or is that something they only do to enemies of the National Party?...
    No Right Turn | 29-10
  • Guest post: Living with a criminal conviction
    What happens when one moment of bad judgement changes everything anyone ever thinks about you? Mike Jones* used a weapon to defend his girlfriend from an aggressive man at a party seven years ago. He’s still paying for that choice....
    On the Left | 29-10
  • James Shaw speaks on the four Bills formerly known as the Accounting Infras...
    The assurance industry is a critical component of our economic framework. The idea that there is a trusted independent watchdog of the public interest underpins investor confidence and ensures financial probity on behalf of our country's leading institutions. New Zealand...
    Greens | 31-10
  • ANZ needs to look after its workers after another super profit
    The ANZ bank needs to acknowledge the super profits it makes are coming at the expense of its workers, the Green Party said today.Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited (ANZ) 2014 full year results show a lift in performance...
    Greens | 31-10
  • James Shaw’s maiden speech
    Tena Koe, Mr Speaker. I would like to take this opportunity to speak a little of the past, the present and the future. The privilege to serve in this Parliament was given to me by all those who gave their...
    Greens | 31-10
  • Feed the kids members bill
    Education is the best route out of poverty. But hungry kids can't learn and are left trapped in the poverty cycle. Let's break that cycle lunchbox by lunchbox. We can feed the country's hungry kids, if we work together.I have...
    Greens | 31-10
  • Feed the kids members bill
    Education is the best route out of poverty. But hungry kids can't learn and are left trapped in the poverty cycle. Let's break that cycle lunchbox by lunchbox. We can feed the country's hungry kids, if we work together.I have...
    Greens | 31-10
  • National’s “Auckland housing boom” a fizzer
    Falling Auckland consent numbers show the Government’s housing policy is going backwards contrary to wild claims by Building and Housing Minister Nick Smith that we are on the cusp of a massive construction boom, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. ...
    Labour | 31-10
  • Job losses major blow to Bay community
    Job losses at Wattie’s Hastings plant will hit families and the community hard, Hawke’s Bay-based Labour MP Stuart Nash and MP for Ikaroa-Rawhiti Meka Whaitiri say. “I know a number of the Wattie’s staff and these job losses will be...
    Labour | 31-10
  • Local job losses major blow to Bay community
    Job losses at Wattie’s Hastings plant will hit families and the community hard, Hawke’s Bay-based Labour MP Stuart Nash and MP for Ikaroa-Rawhiti Meka Whaitiri say. “I know a number of the Wattie’s staff and these job losses will be...
    Labour | 31-10
  • Zero tolerance for forestry accidents a must
    The Government must adopt a zero tolerance approach to workplace accidents in the forestry sector to stop people being killed, Labour’s Forestry spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “It is time for the Government and the forestry sector to put an end...
    Labour | 30-10
  • Return to less holidays on the cards?
    John Key needs to lay his cards on the table regarding the Government’s intentions around holiday pay and annual leave entitlements, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “A day after National pushed through laws that take away the legal...
    Labour | 30-10
  • Forest Safety report first step in making our forests safe to work in
    Our forests are a very dangerous place to work. Between 2008 and 2013 there have been 32 fatalities and more than a thousand serious harm incidents in this industry. The Council of Trade Unions and First union have been doing...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Catherine Delahunty Speaks on the Employment Relations Amendment Bill
    Kia ora, Mr Assistant Speaker. He mihi nui ki te Whare Paremata. Welcome to the glorious 19th century, dressed up in the not-so-new flexibility-speak. At the final moment of this bill, let us drop the charade. The Government has a...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Ruataniwha Feds refuse to present a balanced view
    A bid to sell the Ruataniwha water project to Hawkes Bay farmers has turned in to an incredibly one sided affair, says Labours spokesperson on Water Meka Whaitiri.  “It’s being promoted as ‘Ruataniwha it’s now or never’ and it promises...
    Labour | 30-10
  • Worker’s rights dealt severe blow with Bill’s passing
    The passing of the Employment Relations Amendment Bill is another blow to workers' rights in New Zealand, the Green Party said today.This afternoon, National's Employment Relations Amendment Bill passed with the support of Act and United Future."This bill will force...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Barriers to reporting sex crimes must go
    Both the Government and police need to take action to ensure that, in future, sexual abuse victims know they will be taken seriously, Labour’s Associate Police spokesperson Kelvin Davis says. “The young women involved in the Roast Busters case, and...
    Labour | 30-10
  • Te Wakaputanga – What we did not learn at school
    This week saw the 179th anniversary of the signing of Te Wakaputanga, the Declaration of Independence of the United Tribes of Niu Tireni. Most of us did not learn about this fundamentally critical document at school, we barely learned about...
    Greens | 30-10
  • NZ goes backwards on gender equality
    It is no coincidence that in the same week New Zealand is singled out for going backwards on child poverty under National,  we’ve also dropped in global rankings for gender equality. In one year New Zealand has dropped from 7th...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Kevin Hague questions the Minister of Health on management of Katherine Ric...
    Is he satisfied that all conflicts of interest that arose by the head of Food and Grocery Council Katherine Rich being a member of the Health Promotion Agency were managed in accordance with the provisions of the Crown Entities Act...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Bennett parks numbers on social housing
    Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett admitted today that well over 1000 families have been subsidised through the accommodation supplement to stay in the Ranui campground, somewhere she has previously described as not the right place for children to be growing...
    Labour | 30-10
  • 50,000 sign petition against anti-worker law
    More than 50,000 Kiwis have signed Labour’s petition against the Government’s scrapping of tea break entitlements, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “That’s the equivalent of five people signing our petition every minute for a week. It shows the...
    Labour | 30-10
  • Address in Reply Debate – Dr Kennedy Graham on UN Security Council- 2...
    In the Speech from the Throne last week the Prime Minister identified the usual domestic goals for his Government. I counted 17. They are not my subject today. I wish instead to focus on matters beyond our shores. In the...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Climate change harming ocean health
    New Zealand is responsible for one of the largest areas of sea in the world – an area 14 times the size of our land area. The National Government is promising new marine protected areas legislation with a discussion document...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Key misled public over Jason Ede
    Information contained in a new chapter of the book Key: Portrait of a Prime Minister, that Jason Ede stopped working for the National Party on the night the book Dirty Politics was released, shows Mr Key and senior ministers hid...
    Greens | 29-10
  • Greenpeace report highlights better path for NZ agriculture
    A Greenpeace International report highlights a better way forward for New Zealand agriculture than the GE and chemical mutation technologies supported by Federated Farmers, and the National Government through its research funding packages, the Green Party said today. "This report...
    Greens | 29-10
  • BNZ post record profits while leaving savers vulnerable
    A small part of the $850 million record profit posted by the Bank of New Zealand (BNZ) today needs to be set aside to protect savers' deposits in the future, said Green Party Co-leader Dr Russel Norman today.Dr Norman was...
    Greens | 29-10
  • RBNZ U-turn shows monetary settings were wrong
    The Reserve Bank's U-turn on interest rates today shows monetary policy settings were wrong and New Zealanders have suffered unnecessarily through the loss of jobs and having to pay higher interest rates, the Green Party said today.Reserve Bank Governor Graeme...
    Greens | 29-10
  • Ports must take responsibility for shameful death toll
    Port companies must step up and take responsibility for a shameful toll of seven deaths and 133 serious accidents in the past three years, Labour MP Iain Lees-Galloway says. The frightening figures – released by the Rail, Maritime and Transport...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Please help me get my Feed the Kids Bill to Select Committee
    Last week I took over the Feed the Kids Bill that Hone Harawira had introduced to Parliament. If passed, my Bill will provide government-funded breakfast and lunch in all decile 1 and 2 schools. Hungry kids can’t learn and are...
    Greens | 29-10
  • TVNZ Outsourcing Pasifika and Maori Programmes
    I’ve always been a big fan of our state broadcaster and I’ve particularly liked their range of current events programmes. But after Friday’s announcement that TVNZ will be sacking up to 40 staff by contracting out the Pacific and Maori...
    Greens | 29-10
  • Labour urges iwi leaders to meet with National
    Labour’s Māori Caucus has called on iwi leaders and national Māori organisations to seek urgent meetings with the National Government to directly express their concerns about employment law changes which will harm Māori workers. In an open letter sent today...
    Labour | 29-10
  • ACC’s reputation needs fix, not glitz
    Restoring public trust and confidence in ACC will take a lot more than a new communications strategy or social media blitz, says Labour’s ACC spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway. “Under National, ACC has come to be perceived as insensitive, difficult to deal...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Lessons to be learned from police investigation
    The outcome of the so-called Roast Busters case should not put victims off reporting sexual crimes, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “This case has been mishandled from the start. Within days of police initially saying no charges had...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Anti-worker legislation is anti-Pacifica
    The Minister for Pacific Peoples, Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga, will go down in history as being part of a Government that harmed his own people through anti-worker legislation, says Labour’s Pacific Island Affairs spokesperson Su’a William Sio.  “Pacific people are among...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Five-year tax holiday for overseas tax dodgers
    National has just gifted a five-year tax holiday for foreign companies dodging their tax payments, says Revenue spokesperson David Clark. “Todd McClay has pretended he is doing something about overseas companies dodging their tax duties by joining an international initiative...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Traffic Jam Tax must be given the red light
    Auckland Council’s proposed Traffic Jam Tax could cost some households thousands of dollars a year just to use roads they had already paid for with their taxes and must be rejected, says Labour’s transport and Auckland Issues spokesperson Phil Twyford....
    Labour | 29-10
  • National has chance to show leadership on limos
    The National Party has the opportunity to show leadership by transitioning our vehicle fleet towards renewable electricity when a new contract to supply Government limousines for VIPs goes to tender next month, the Green Party said today. "This is a...
    Greens | 29-10
  • The Māori Party can’t have it both ways over labour laws
    The Māori Party has to fess up over its voting record on the Employment Relations Amendment Bill, says Labour’s Māori Caucus.  “It’s simply not good enough to oppose the bill at the same time  as they helped speed up its progress through...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Equal pay and the aged care sector
    Today the High Court upheld the historic ruling by the Employment Court that our Equal Pay Act could be used to consider work of equal value cases; the government has been telling the UN and ILO that it could for...
    Greens | 29-10
  • Court case perfect opportunity for Government to improve gender pay gap
    If the Government wants to halt New Zealand’s slump in international rankings on the gender pay gap it should act on the court finding that women deserve equal wages, Labour’s Women’s Affairs spokesperson Sue Moroney says. “The World Economic Forum’s...
    Labour | 28-10
  • All Auckland transport options should be considered
    All options for meeting Auckland's transport needs should be considered, including reprioritising the transport budget away from wasteful spending on motorways, the Green Party said today.Auckland mayor Len Brown is today releasing a transport report by the Independent Advisory Board,...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Another report highlights Govt failure on child poverty
    An international report measuring the impact of the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) on child poverty rates, showing children in New Zealand have done worse than children in other countries, is further proof the Government needs to urgently take additional steps...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Address and Reply Debate Part 55: Inequality and Disability
    I rise on behalf of the Green Party to talk about inequality and disability.The recent census showed that nearly one in four New Zealanders lives with a disability—up from one in five in the previous census. These figures include some...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Address and Reply Debate Part 55: Inequality and Disability
    I rise on behalf of the Green Party to talk about inequality and disability.The recent census showed that nearly one in four New Zealanders lives with a disability—up from one in five in the previous census. These figures include some...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Child poverty: No more wake-up calls
    A new report which shows the National Government has made no inroads whatsoever into child poverty should do more than just set alarm bells ringing, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “UNICEF’s  latest Innocenti Report Card highlights the fact...
    Labour | 28-10
  • Eugenie Sage speaks in the 2014 Address in Reply Debate
    I congratulate you, Assistant Speaker Mallard, as Assistant Speaker and look forward to your knowledge, your fairness, and your light touch in being a referee of proceedings in this House. I congratulate also the other Assistant Speaker, Lindsay Tisch; the...
    Greens | 28-10
  • James Shaw’s Maiden Speech
    Tena Koe, Mr Speaker. I would like to take this opportunity to speak a little of the past, the present and the future. The privilege to serve in this Parliament was given to me by all those who gave their...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Govt airs real views on public broadcasting
    An admission by the Government that it is happy to experiment with Pacific and Maori audiences shows just how weak its vision for public broadcasting in New Zealand is, Labour’s Broadcasting spokesperson Kris Faafoi says. “National today admitted it doesn’t...
    Labour | 28-10
  • Does Judith Collins have a get out of jail card?
    Former justice minister Judith Collins appears to have been gifted a get out of jail free card based on the Prime Minister’s answers in Parliament today, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “Judith Collins claimed in an Official Information...
    Labour | 28-10
  • Solid Energy decision delay sensible
    Today’s announcement by the Board of Solid Energy that it will delay making a final decision on re-entering the Pike River mine is a sensible move, Labour’s MP for  West Coast-Tasman Damien O’Connor says. “It has been clear for some...
    Labour | 28-10
  • New York Green Bank off to a $1B start
    New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced late last week the New York Green Bank’s first NZD$1 billion tranche of green energy investments. The projects, which are difficult for the private sector to finance, are now possible by New York Green...
    Greens | 28-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Blockade the Budget
    The ‘Independent’ Police Conduct Authority’s report into the policing of student protests in 2012 is a whitewash The report released by the Independent Police Conduct Authority into the policing of student protests in 2012 is a whitewash riddled with inaccuracies....
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • When National claim new anti worker laws provide ‘flexibility’ they mea...
    And so it comes to pass. The first law National ram through as part of their victory march are new anti worker laws they pretend will generate ‘flexibility’. The new law denigrate the unions ability to protect workers and provide...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • City Transport: A Taxing Matter
    This week the prospect of paying tolls on Auckland motorways became a hot topic. (See Mathew Dearnaley:Motorway tolling could hit some hard, NZ Herald, 30 Oct 2014.) As we might expect, the kneejerk response has been quite negative. But, as with...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Open Letter to Amy Adams: Please Reopen The Review Into Sexual Violence Cou...
    Ms Amy Adams, Justice and Courts Minister, Right now in this country it seems that although rape is illegal, it is not being prevented by the agents who uphold the law. It almost feels like rape is only illegal on paper,...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • MEDIA WATCH: Does ‘No-Surprises’ Also Apply To TVNZ News?
    When you stand back and look at NZ media outlets, most of them have at least one or two people who attempt to hold the government to account: John Campbell on TV3, Guyon Espiner and others at Radio NZ, David...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Things That Make You Go Hmmmmmmm
    Every so often in politics, a public figure comes out with something so absurd and so outlandish … that it really does just make you go “Hmmmmmmmmmm”. We’re accustomed to this from certain quarters – by mid point through the...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Poverty & inequality don’t need protest marches – they need a riot:...
    The global level of inequality continues to skyrocket… Number of billionaires doubled since financial crisis The number of billionaires has doubled since the start of the financial crisis, according to a major new report from anti-poverty campaigners. According to Oxfam,...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • If Key knows who Rawshark is…
    I’m sorry, what? John Key ‘given Rawshark’s name’The Prime Minister believes he knows who hacked Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater’s computer and produced the source material for Nicky Hager’s Dirty Politics, according to a new edition of a recently published...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Child Poverty stats in NZ
    Child Poverty stats in NZ...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Crimes Act + Police Investigation = WTF
    Just to frame the farce that is the Roastbuster’s investigation and conclusion – here are the parts of the Crime Act http://www.legislation.govt.nz/act/public/1961/0043/latest/whole.html#DLM329057  the Roastbusters are proven to have violated – that the police (and some suspects!) themselves acknowledge occurred: Crimes...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Publishing Journalists’ Home Addresses Is A Tactic Of The Right, Not The ...
    I think I’m starting to get rather annoyed with the conduct of some pro-MANA people over this ongoing Parliamentary Services crew complement issue. Yes, we get that there are legitimate issues to be raised with how some political reporters in...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Aucklanders caught between a tarseal-addicted government and a weak mayor
    Len Brown’s proposal for motorway tolls to reduce congestion and provide funding for better public transport is a weak response to a critical issue. The $12 billion dollar shortfall on transport funding he talks about is mainly for projected new...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • A Very Weird Story: Deconstructing Darren Aronofsky’s Noah.
    NOAH is a curious movie. Conceived as a biblical epic, it’s target audience was originally the millions of Americans who regard the Bible as God’s inerrant word. With the sin-filled works of Hollywood forbidden to these true-believers, Christian movie-makers have developed...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • You Can Get Away With Rape In New Zealand
    Jessie Hume with last years petition against rape     The police have sent a strong message today.  In fact they’ve been sending a strong message for a while; a message that our government supports. “You can literally get away...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Roast Buster case – no charges. In the immortal words of NWA…
    Roast Busters case: No prosecutions Police are to make an announcement this afternoon on Operation Clover, the investigation into the “Roast Busters” allegations. The Herald understands the victim has been told that the alleged offenders will not be prosecuted due...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Key’s flag change distraction to cost $26million!
    No. Way. Bid to change NZ flag to cost millions The cost of holding two referendums and consulting on a change of flag has been estimated to be just under $26 million. Look. We all appreciate that the sleepy hobbits...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Why NZ Herald’s Labour Party crocodile tears are so audacious
    The front page the NZ Herald would use if they thought they could get away with it No one can take the recent columns by NZ Herald seriously… John Armstrong: Shadow lingers on National John Roughan: Labour’s leadership vote matters...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • The beginning of the end of Cameron Slater?
    Slater postings on man bizarre, court told A businessman has changed his appearance and had to install extra security at his home after Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater posted his business and personal documents online, he says. Mr Slater has...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • We are a milk power republic and Fonterra our unelected senate
    Wow. Just wow… Deputy mayor says he’ll be sacked South Taranaki deputy mayor Alex Ballantyne says he expects to be sacked because he has spoken out about the impact gasses coming from dumped Fonterra dairy products have had on his...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • MEDIA WATCH: “…But *actually* this is about ethics in political-game jo...
    Yesterday, a piece of mine on the recent revelations about Hone Harawira employing several gentlemen either accused or convicted of sex offences was published on The Daily Blog. Predictably, given the fierce loyalty which Hone inspires in his party faithful and...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • Privilege cheque
    There was no race problem in my childhood. Living in central Wellington I was well-insulated from what was going on not so far away. This was the 60s and 70s, where the teachers enjoyed free love in the staff room...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • A brief word on Key’s claim that it will be raining carnage
    Isis will ‘rain carnage on the world’ – John Key Left unchecked Isis would “rain carnage on the world”, Prime Minister John Key says, but he has yet to make a decision on whether New Zealand troops will join a...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
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    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • How does Andrew Little win Labour Leadership and unify the caucus?
    Audrey Young’s excellent column on how the Caucus vote  is shaping up shows how Andrew Little becomes the next leader of the Labour Party. She identifies the factions as the following… Andrew Little 6: Andrew Little, David Cunliffe, Iain Lees Galloway,...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Joe Trinder – Right of response to Curwen
    You have asked that Hone Harawira deserves to explain what happened, how would he explain when his next door neighbour is an alleged sex offender. What explanation can Hone offer he wasn’t involved, Hone had no idea this offending was...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • MEDIA WATCH: That Hella-Weird Feeling When You Defend Tova O’Brien
    Oh dear. Yesterday morning I blogged that Hone deserved a chance to explain what exactly had happened as applies his office’s Parliamentary Services crew complement – and, importantly, that we deserve to be able to judge him on the strength of...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • Canadian Green MP warns against harsh anti-terror measures
    Canada’s Green Party has provided a welcome counterpoint to Prime Minister Harper’s call for tougher anti-terrorism laws in the wake of a soldier outside the Canadian Parliament. On October 22, while she was still locked in her parliamentary office, Green...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • When is an asset sale not an asset sale? When it robs from the poor and ste...
    National have turned state housing on its head. At no time during the 2014 election did the Key Government even hint that they were going to privatise 30% of the Housing NZ stock of state homes. Not once. Key even...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • Housing; broken promises, families in cars, and ideological idiocy (Part To...
    . . Continued from: Housing; broken promises, families in cars, and ideological idiocy (Part Rua) . Bill English comes clean on National’s intentions for HNZ privatisation . On 14 October, in a report on The Daily Blog, I wrote, In...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • The Questions Have Been Asked – They Deserve An Answer
    A few days ago, allegations that had been percolating for some time about Hone Harawira employing three either accused or convicted sex offenders on his Parliamentary pay-roll came to light. (one imprisoned before working for MANA; one who found himself convicted and...
    The Daily Blog | 26-10
  • I have seen one future, and it is bleak
    . . Back in  March 2012, I wrote this story regarding a march to support striking workers at Ports of Auckland. It appears there was some prescience about some of my observations at the time… . | | 18 March...
    The Daily Blog | 26-10
  • US air strike war Key wants us in has killed a civilian a day so far
      The US air strike war that John Key wants us to join has killed a civilian a day so far. From the Washington Post... The United States launched its first airstrikes on militants in Syria on Sept. 23, and has continued...
    The Daily Blog | 26-10
  • The instant Jihad syndrome
    My favourite new term is ‘self-radicalised’ – it suggests the reasons for terrorism are totally divorced from the actions of the West. This need to suddenly ramp up terror laws because of lone wolf, self-radicalised Jihadists seems convenient and counter-productive....
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • We have nothing to fear from Ebola but fear itself
    I suspect most Americans perceive Ebola like this   I can’t work out if the fear being spread within the media about Ebola is deliberate or just ignorance. Yes Ebola is a terrible plague that kills a large percentage of...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Anjum Rahman – “Meritocracy? I wish.”
    I’d like to start by linking to a post I had published at another site in support of Nanaia Mahuta for the Labour Party leadership election.  She has a reasonable chance, given that she already has the endorsement of Te...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • Chocolate milk shortage and creepy Santa? Let’s talk about real news
    Child poverty is still a scarily serious problem in this country and house prices are soaring through the roof to the point where it is simply impossible for the average New Zealander to buy a home. There is also little...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • It’s time to celebrate Kiwi schools and teachers
    Some would have you believe that New Zealand’s schools are in a state of collapse, that your children are not being educated well and that things are going to hell in a hand basket.  That there is no innovation, no...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • Ideological Blitzkrieg – Privatization of state housing, more charter sch...
    Pundits in pundit land will tell you that this Government is boring, that Key is the great pragmatist and that it is his ability to create elegant solutions that keeps him the firm favourite in many Kiwi eyes. This ability...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • Hegemony rules but resistance is fertile
    The Prime Minister is a puppet. Not just our current Prime Minister, but given the forces of multinational globalisation, the role of any head of state, is less as independent actor, and more as a puppet of international trends and...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • An open Letter to Sir Bob Jones: demanding a ‘liveable wage’ is not “...
    How out of touch with reality is Sir Bob Jones? You know, that white dude who invested in privatised SOEs after the selling off of our assets in the eighties and made a ludicrous and disgusting amount of money and is...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • My insecurity about the Security Council
    As I write this (on 24 October) it is international UN Day. Of course, you all knew that already, right? Well, the day celebrates the entry into force of the UN Charter in 1945. With the ratification of this founding...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Catherine Delahunty – Back in That House
    Parliament opened this week and I still find it a very odd place. Most of the people are reasonably courteous and friendly, but the rituals are archaic and the rules around issues like the swearing in oath are oppressive and...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Marae Investigates No More
    TVNZ yesterday announced the closure of their Māori and Pacific programmes department. That means they’ve chosen to stop making Fresh, Tagata Pasifika, Waka Huia and Marae Investigates to let independent producers get their hands on these lucrative contracts. This is...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • BLOGWATCH: An Un-Civil War in Labour, eh?
    Earlier today, my attention was directed to an entry that’s just recently appeared on the Slightly Left of Centre blog. It purports to contain the ‘inside word’ from a highly placed NZF source – which is funny, because I’m pretty sure...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Santanomics 101
    Santanomics could mean a number of things. It could be the study and practice of giving. Or it could mean the study and practice of rampant end-of-year commercialism. However, for me today it is the economics of erectingAuckland’s giant Santa...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • SkyCity boss misleads public over workers lost shifts
    SkyCity CEO Nigel Morrison has defended the employment practices at his company in an “Opinion” piece entitled “Human Capital key to corporate success” in the NZ Herald on Thursday. A number of his claims are misleading, contain only partial truths...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Review: Perfect Place
    I went to a Perfect Place on Tuesday night, and what a delight it was. The marshmallows sweetly (and forcefully) handed out pre-show, set the tone for the next hour. Walking up the stairs at The Basement was a complete...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • 5AA Australia – NZ on UN Security Council + Dirty Politics Lingers On
    5AA Australia: Selwyn Manning and Peter Godfrey deliver their weekly bulletin Across The Ditch. General round up of over night talkback issues: Thongs, Jandals and flip-flops… ISSUE 1: New Zealand has been successful in its campaign to become a non...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • When I mean me, I mean my office & when I call whaleoil I mean not as m...
    This. Is. Ludicrous. Green Party co-leader Russel Norman put the first of what are likely to be many questions about Mr Key’s relationship with Slater, asking him how many times he had phoned or texted the blogger since 2008. “None...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • A brief word on describing the Government as ‘boring and bland’
    The narrative being sown is that this Government will be a boring and bland third term. Boring and bland. Since the election, Key has announced he is privatising 30% of state houses without reinvesting any of that money back into housing society’s most...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • Roast Busters: Turn Indignation into Action
    People raged about the Roast Buster case. The indignation was justified – it was horrible. “Where were their parents!?” Fair question. I am sure the Roast Busters’ parents and the victims’ parents all wish they had been more proactive in...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Stats NZ only have themselves to blame for postponement
    The Public Service Association (PSA) says Statistics NZ only have themselves to blame for the indefinite postponement of the release of the Food Price Index: November 2014....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • NZ Diversity Survey – benchmarking workplace diversity
    AUT University’s New Zealand Work Research Institute (NZWRI) has released a report on diversity in New Zealand workplaces....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Māori Language (Te Reo Māori) Bill
    Tutehounuku Korako, Chair of the Māori Affairs Committee, is inviting further public submissions on this bill. The closing date for submissions is Friday, 5 December 2014....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • ERA amendments a mixed bag
    The Employment Relations Amendment Act has the potential to put vulnerable workers in a more precarious position, says Equal Opportunities Commissioner, Dr Jackie Blue. However, the commissioner says the right for all to request flexible work hours is...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Sensible Sentencing calls for appeal of judicial activivism
    The Sensible Sentencing Trust is appalled that Justice Jill Mallon has today refused to apply the Life without Parole (LWOP) provisions of the Three Strikes law as enacted by Parliament....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Global Rally against ISIS – for Kobanê – for Humanity, Nov 1
    The New Zealand Kurdish Community will march in solidarity with Kurdistan as part of the “GLOBAL RALLY AGAINST ISIS – FOR KOBANÊ – FOR HUMANITY” on 1 November 2014, 2pm....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Does ‘No-Surprises’ Also Apply To TVNZ News?
    When you stand back and look at NZ media outlets, most of them have at least one or two people who attempt to hold the government to account: John Campbell on TV3, Guyon Espiner and others at Radio NZ, David...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Safer roads are better for everyone
    Recent pedestrian versus vehicle incidents highlight the real issues being addressed by delegates as the 2Walk and Cycle conference concludes....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Law change creates more flexible labour market
    The Employment Relations Amendment Act, passed yesterday, will bring new flexibility to the labour market and will reduce the ability of unions to organise and to recruit....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Bumper ANZ profits mean no excuse for insecure hours
    A big rise in profits at New Zealand's largest bank needs to be reflected in a better pay offer and more security around hours of work, the bank workers’ union said today....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Count down to lowered alcohol limit
    With just a month to go until a new lower alcohol limit for adult drivers comes into effect, Police and road safety agencies are reminding drivers of the impending change....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • WorkSafe Supports Forestry Review Findings
    WorkSafe NZ says the Independent Forestry Safety Review has clearly identified the problems facing an industry in which ten workers were killed last year. “The Review’s analysis matches our own view and leaves no doubt about the need for comprehensive,...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • CTU welcomes forestry review recommendations
    The CTU is welcoming the today's release of the independent forestry safety review panel findings. "These recommendations must be implemented to ensure that everything possible is done to make forestry safer." CTU President, Helen Kelly said....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Activists will confront animal abusers
    Today animal rights activists will confront a group of wealth advisers who want to build the biggest egg factory-farm in New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Turia: Women’s Refuge Conference 2014
    This is a milestone moment in my life. This will be my last official address as Co-leader of the Maori Party. On Saturday night at our Hui-a-Tau, I will be standing down from that role and enabling a new co-leader,...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Rodeo Code of Welfare ‘Sick Joke’
    Animal advocacy organisation SAFE says the revised Code of Welfare for Rodeos just released is nothing but a sick joke. “Rodeo animals are goaded, tormented and forced to endure needless suffering and gross mistreatment, all for the sake of so-called...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Conservative Party applauds binding referenda on flag
    The Conservative Party are congratulating the Government on the decision to hold two binding referendums to decide the fate of New Zealand’s flag – and believes it will pave the way for binding referenda to form part of New Zealand...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Walk the Talk – Opposing violence against women
    Soroptimist International of Auckland have organised a walk on 22 November from Silo Park at the Wynyard Quarter through the Viaduct and back to Silo Park, to show their opposition to violence against women. This event hopes to raise awareness...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Recommendations on the Design of Pecuniary Penalties
    The Law Commission has reviewed the use of pecuniary penalties as a regulatory tool. Pecuniary penalties are financial penalties that policymakers are increasingly opting to use in place of criminal sanctions in order to punish and deter misconduct in...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Every worker will be affected by employment law changes
    Every worker will feel the effects of the government’s new employment laws and should join a union if they want to maintain and increase their wages and conditions, says New Zealand’s largest private sector union, the EPMU....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Shameful attack on all workers
    The Government has passed the Employment Relations Amendment Act slashing the rights of all Kiwi workers. “These changes are shameful. New Zealand now has some of the worst employment protections in the OECD. It is embarrassing that a country which...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Unnecessary law changes more to do with ideology
    The government’s employment law changes are simply ideological and are at odds with its approach in the related areas of health and safety and immigration law, FIRST Union said tonight....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • CTU Runanga calls on iwi leaders
    Maori workers are calling on iwi leaders to speak out against the employment law changes expected to go through today. “Iwi leaders have previously spoken out when workers in Aotearoa have been under attack, we believe they should do so...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Educating children not the best solution to alcohol harm
    Alcohol Healthwatch says we need to look beyond educating children and young people to address deeply embedded attitudes and behaviours concerning alcohol....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • New code of welfare for rodeos released
    New standards to strengthen the animal welfare requirements for rodeos have been issued today by the Minister for Primary Industries, Nathan Guy....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • IPCA report riddle with inaccuracies, say students
    A report by the Independent Police Conduct Authority into the policing of student protests in 2012 is riddled with inaccuracies, say students who laid the original complaint with the IPCA....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • CT v The Queen – indecency convictions quashed
    This summary is provided to assist in the understanding of the Court’s judgment. It does not comprise part of the reasons for that judgment. The full judgment with reasons is the only authoritative document. The full text of the judgment...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Rameka v The Queen – murder convictions quashed
    This summary is provided to assist in the understanding of the Court’s judgment. It does not comprise part of the reasons for that judgment. The full judgment with reasons is the only authoritative document. The full text of the judgment...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Auckland Council Out of Control
    Responding to the NZ Herald article that some Auckland households will face a rates rise of up to 9.6 per cent next year, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says: “Len Brown’s pledge to cap rates rises at 2.5 per...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Stats NZ staff escalate action with ‘no more meetings’ rule
    Statistics NZ staff have voted to escalate their ongoing industrial action in an effort to get Stats NZ back to the bargaining table with a reasonable offer. The staff, who are members of the Public Service Association (PSA), have been...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Rape Crisis calls for changes to criminal justice system
    Wellington Rape Crisis has added its voice to the public outcry following the announcement that there will be no charges in the teen rape gang case. Butterworth says the decision not to lay charges will not have been a surprise...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Police action justified in Blockade the Budget demonstration
    Police actions in dealing with a demonstration in Central Auckland known as Blockade the Budget on 1 June 2012 were justified and appropriate, an Independent Police Conduct Authority report released today found....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • NZDF Joins with Australia to Commemorate WWI Centenary
    A contingent of New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel will join their Australian counterparts at Australia’s first major commemoration of the First World War centenary in Albany, Western Australia this weekend....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Reserve Bank should reduce interest rate
    “The Reserve Bank should be reducing its policy interest rate, the OCR”, says CTU Economist Bill Rosenberg in response to the Bank’s announcement today that it is not increasing it....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • 2015 Stout Fellow will write about Māori & Criminal Justice
    Kim Workman, founder and advocate for the Robson Hanan Trust, which administers the Rethinking Crime and Punishment and Justspeak initiatives, has been awarded the 2015 John David Stout Fellowship at Victoria University....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • What John Key thought about ‘dirty politics’
    On September 20, John Key swept to victory to become one of New Zealand’s most successful and popular Prime Ministers. Rocked by scandal, the 2014 election campaign was one of the most brutal – and riveting – in recent history....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Trade Deal Threatens Farmers and Food Businesses
    The secret Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations are a direct threat to food businesses and farmers, and a moratorium on the release of GE crops must be enshrined in law before the TPP is signed....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • CTU announces election of new Secretary
    The contested election for the position of CTU Secretary has been won by Sam Huggard. Sam officially takes office on Monday 1 December 2014. Sam has worked in the union movement and brings a wealth of experience and a commitment...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Kim Workman awarded 2015 J.D. Stout Fellowship
    The Victoria University of Wellington 2015 J.D. Stout Fellowship, funded by the Stout Trust, has been awarded to justice reform advocate Kim Workman. Mr Workman (Ngati Kahungungu ki Wairarapa, Rangitaane) is well known for his work on criminal justice,...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • TPPA causing concern
    Concern over the secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) negotiations is being expressed in two public meetings over the next week; one at a presentation on 5th November by former councillor Robin Gwynn to the Napier City Council, the...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Kiwis rally to demand justice for ‘Roast Buster’ survivors
    Over 1,500 kiwis have rallied to demand justice after the announcement of the NZ Police decision not to lay charges in the ‘Roast Busters’ saga....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • New employment law will hurt the most vulnerable NZers
    The Public Service Association (PSA) says changes to the Employment Relations Act, expected to be passed in Parliament tonight, will hurt vulnerable workers and their families more than anyone....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Consultation to close on proposed place names
    The New Zealand Geographic Board (NZGB) Ngā Pou Taunaha o Aotearoa today advised that only one month remains before public consultation closes for 18 name proposals for geographic features and places around Te Ika ā Māui (the North Island)....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Operation Clover – Statement from Police Commissioner
    I have taken a close interest in this investigation and I am confident police have conducted a thorough and professional enquiry in what has been a challenging and complex case. The Operation Clover team has ensured that victims have been...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Better policy would have protected children from recession
    Child Poverty Action Group says an international report released by UNICEF today shows good policy can protect and improve child well-being, even during a recession....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Outcome of Operation Clover investigation
    Police have completed a multi-agency investigation, Operation Clover, into the activities of a group calling themselves “The Roast Busters”. The 12 month enquiry focused on incidents involving allegations of sexual offending against a number of girls...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • False birth registration brings home detention
    A Whangarei woman who attempted to register the birth of a fictitious child to claim a sole parent benefit was sentenced to six months home detention in the Whangarei District Court today....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Family of Robert Ellis demand a proper investigation
    The family of a New Zealander killed in Indonesia are growing increasingly concerned at the lack of information they’ve received, and the handling of the investigation into his murder....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Minister of Health must account for aged care workers’ pay
    The New Zealand Federation of Business and Professional Women (BPW NZ) congratulates rest-home worker Kristine Bartlett on her landmark claim for equal pay from her employer and successfully pursuing this to the Court of Appeal....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
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