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Nat Civil War: Crushed’s last day

Written By: - Date published: 9:44 am, April 4th, 2012 - 116 comments
Categories: john key, Judith Collins - Tags: , ,

Key says Defamation Act requires a plaintiff to sue within five working days (I can’t actually find the section of the Act that says that, but who am I to argue with such a legal mind?).

That makes today Crushed Collins’ last day to sue. What will she do? Drop it and look like a blustering fool unfit to be Justice Minister let alone PM or pursue it, open up all her secrets during discovery, lose, and pay costs?

Oh yes, Key suckerpunched her good.

Btw, it’s cute watching the Brat Pack try to talk up a rehabilitation of Smith on Farrarblog. Don’t stop believing guys!

116 comments on “Nat Civil War: Crushed’s last day”

  1. Key is not a defamation lawyer. You have two years to sue.

    • Ben 1.1

      So is he just mistaken, or do you think he was trying to give Collins an out that will sound plausible, even if incorrect?

      “Oh, I’m a busy minister and we couldn’t possibly get everything prepared in such a short timeframe, so have reluctantly decided to drop the matter”

      If they could get that narrative to stick in the minds of the public, it could be a way for the Nats to back down without losing too much face.

      • see my comment below. There is a process in the defamation act about seeking a retraction within 5 days as a way of heading of the need for formal proceedings.

      • McFlock 1.1.2

        That’s a plausible tactic.
        Shame for them it’s been exposed as bullshit by conservative commenters here :)

      • Key is so full of himself that he thinks everbody hangs on his every word,
        He is a narcistic pompous twit who’s interests remain at one,money and more money . He is a cold calculating rich prick .he’s a disaster to Aotearoa .He’s also a first class con-man ,and he certainly has conned a lot of NewZealanders,

    • North 1.2

      Neither is Collins…….he’s just making it very clear that she’d better not pursue it or she’s in for a thrashing, from him. Oh………this internecine bloodletting is thrilling stuff. Who would have thought it’d take only 5 months into the second term. ?

      They’re toast !

  2. tsmithfield 2

    “Key says Defamation Act requires a plaintiff to sue within five working days (I can’t actually find the section of the Act that says that, but who am I to argue with such a legal mind?).”

    So you’re building this speculation on the opinion in the course of an interview of a non-lawyer, and when you can’t even find the relevant section in the act?

    However, there is a statement that Key made in that interview that should be especially relevant to bloggers:

    “When I’m not party to something, then I can’t speak and shouldn’t overly speculate on why others might do things.”

    • Craig Glen Eden 2.1

      Zetetic is just pointing out what a smuck Key is TS, Key often spouts things that are untrue in interviews as though they are fact but has things totally wrong.

      “When I’m not party to something, then I can’t speak and shouldn’t overly speculate on why others might do things.”

      Great really looking forward to him concentrating on only issues that he is Party to then! What ever.

      • Pete George 2.1.1

        It looks like Zetetic might have smucked up this one.

        • felix 2.1.1.1

          Eh? Pretty sure it was Key who made the claim, not Zetetic.

          • Pete George 2.1.1.1.1

            Yeah, Zetetic always relies on Key’s word for anything he posts about him. Key made what claim?

            JOHN Cos the Defamation Act requires you within five working days to lay out your case.

            That’s a fairly vague statement to arrive at “requires a plaintiff to sue within five working days”.

            Collins sent a letter request well within the five day requirement. Isn’t that the first stage of laying out her case? Makes sense to start with that, if there’s a suitable retraction nothing else is necessary.

            • felix 2.1.1.1.1.1

              The claim you quoted and Z linked to of course. Keep up.

              You’re right though, if Collins’ letter did indeed “lay out” her “case” then Key is right, Zet is a fool to make fun of him, you’re justified in hassling him about it, and I’m a dick for making fun of you.

            • lprent 2.1.1.1.1.2

              I think that the point was that Key was being a dickhead (as usual)

    • tracey 2.2

      He doesn’t speak even when he IS a party to something (teapot tapes).

  3. The section Key was mis-describing is section 25 of the Defamation Act:

    25 Retraction or reply
    (1) Any person who claims to have been defamed by any matter published in a news medium may, not later than 5 working days after that person becomes aware of the publication of that matter in that news medium, request the person who was responsible for the publication of that matter to publish, in the same medium as the publication complained of, with substantially similar prominence, and without undue delay,—
    (a) a retraction of the matter in so far as it includes or consists of statements of fact; or
    (b) a reasonable reply.
    (2) Where, in response to a request made under subsection (1), a person agrees to publish a retraction or a reply, that person shall also offer to pay to the person who made the request (in this subsection referred to as the requester),—
    (a) where it is agreed to publish a reply, the cost of publishing that reply; and
    (b) the solicitor and client costs incurred by the requester in connection with the publication of the retraction or reply; and
    (c) all other expenses reasonably incurred by the requester in connection with the publication complained of; and
    (d) compensation for any pecuniary loss suffered by the requester as a direct result of the publication complained of.
    (3) In this section, reply means a statement of explanation or rebuttal, or of both explanation and rebuttal.

    • “open up all her secrets during discovery”

      Graeme – Zetetic/Shearer et al are claiming this – how much information has to be opened up? By just the person claiming defamation, or by both sides?

      • Both sides must disclose the relevant (and that’s quite loose) documents they have that might bear on the case (unless those documents are protected by privilege). Emails, letters, file notes, recordings, whatever.

        • Pete George 3.1.1.1

          So that could be as much risk to Labour too, presumably calculated risk.

          It can’t be a blanket “show us everything you have”. Is it voluntary exposure or does the other side have to make specific requests and therefore know of existence of what they ask for?

          • Pascal's bookie 3.1.1.1.1

            Yes Pete, Labour is running a big risk here in that it may be shown that they tried to find out how a bunch of leaks and breaches of privacy happened. Scandalous.

            • Pete George 3.1.1.1.1.1

              Communications between Mallard, Little and Shearer on the possible orchestration of all this, and if they knew what they were saying was unsubstantiated and contrary to publicly stated denials, then it may be as interesting to others as Shearer thinks shining a light into Collins office will be.

              • Pete no doubt emails from an unidentified leaker called “slaterwatcher” or something like that may be disclosed unless there is good reason not to do so.  This is not the information Collins or National want.  They want to know where the leak is coming from.
                 
                Collins said last night on Checkpoint that Labour should put up it’s evidence or apologise.  She said this twice.  This is a startling thing for her to say because her position has been that her office has not leaked.  So how she could think there is evidence to “put up” is beyond me.
                 
                She is clearly in a difficult position.  If the leak came from her office then she has misled Parliament …

                • She may well be having a “cold light of day” moment where her feelings of offence have been tempered by legal realities. (But that could also apply to he opponents)

                  I don’t think her repeated “put up or apologise” is remarkable. If she knows they can’t possibly put up anything credible because she knows more than she has revealed then effectively she’s telling them “apologise or see you in court”.

                  • I think I will save a significant amount of the remaining years I have on this planet for something better and stop responding to Petey’s drivel.

                  • lprent

                    You are showing your ignorance again. It simply doesn’t matter if it was ‘credible’. What matters is if they have a legitimate defence which in this case they clearly do under the current law on defamation.

                    Personally I think it was likely that Collin’s office has had something to do with the leaking in question. Judith Collins statements to the contrary have been carefully crafted to leave considerable wiggle room especially as to the means of the leak. Why should I believe them? All she has said is how the leak was not done. I don’t think that she could have been quite as categorical unless she already knew how the leak actually took place and that is what she is covering up.

                    But in any case she is the minister of ACC, and is therefore ultimately responsible for the breach of privacy because it doesn’t seem likely that it was leaked anywhere outside of her office or the ACC. In other words I still have exactly the same opinion as Mallard and Little, and consider it to be a matter of public interest that Collins is trying to stifle debate on.

                    The court is likely to throw the case out as being completely bogus in the guidelines of L vs A at the first available opportunity if it is ever filed. She will delay the filing as late as politically possible and hope this all disappears in the mists of time. What is the bet that we won’t see her filing this side of xmas?

                    You realise that trying to inform you of the legal principles of defamation in NZ is like trying to hammer a nail into wrought iron? You appear to have had your opinions formed at some stage in the past, and you are insufficiently plastic to accept any ideas that contradict your preconceptions.

                    • I don’t know much about the intricacies of defamation law. Neither do I have preconceptions about this, you seem to think you know all about it already, isn’t that what you mean by preconception? You have a much stronger connection to one side of this, I don’t have any connection to either (and I’ve never been a fan of Collins).

                      Until more is known I don’t think Collins is in a strong legal position regarding the defamation – but I suspect this case has significant differences to L vs A.

                      And until more is known I don’t think Mallard and Little have a strong political case. They’re trying to be clever, and I think their intentions are more destructive than “holding to account”. The electorate generally isn’t keen on that.

                      Maybe you don’t mind if Shearer loses the plot over this. I think it would be a shame for him to be dragged down before he’s had a chance to assert his leadership.

                    • Personally I think it was likely that Collin’s office has had something to do with the leaking in question. Judith Collins statements to the contrary have been carefully crafted to leave considerable wiggle room especially as to the means of the leak.

                      Peters asked Collins a question in question time along the lines of: “If it is found that the minister or any of her staffed leaked the e-mail would she resign?”

                      Collin’s response was an emphatic “Of course I will…”

                      http://thestandard.org.nz/nat-civil-war-crusheds-last-day/comment-page-1/#comment-455088

                      Why would Mallard wait for court? He’s got her straight away – if he really can “put up”.

                    • felix

                      “Neither do I have preconceptions about this, you seem to think you know all about it already, isn’t that what you mean by preconception? “

                      Actually it’s more that Lynn understands this aspect of law and you don’t.

                    • Ah yes, expert at programming, moderating, and defamation law. Still closely associated with one side of this issue though. With fairly strong preconceptions.

                    • felix

                      Relative to you, evidenced by your comments on the subject, yes.

                    • lprent

                      PG: Just a good education directly and indirectly, a good memory, and a need to know.

                      Direct: Defamation is always part of business law courses. I took a pile of management courses including business law in the last year of my earth science degree when I’d decided that I wasn’t going into science. I did more business law in the MBA in Dunedin (and nearly got the boot for being lousy at it – concentrated my attention a lot).

                      Indirect: I also to suffer through my ex’s law degree during and after that MBA. There have also been a few business lectures on the topic over the years. And of course I took advice when I got heavily involved on this site and studied up pretty hard. That is because I needed to – for obvious reasons. Political bloggers should know their local laws backwards where it relates to what they are doing.

                      Programming and moderation are just things that I do and have done for decades. Started seriously studying and doing programming at uni in 1978 and have never stopped ever since (it is the best feature about computers – the field keeps expanding really fast). Moderating started by watching others doing it from the early 80’s on Bix, BBS’es, usenet, and eventually blogs. On the way through I’ve done it a few times but only seriously on this site.

                      You forgot climate change :twisted:

                      Personally I find it hard to understand how you can forget stuff once learnt. But I see you doing it every day when you keep making the same daft mistakes over and over again without apparently thinking them through.

                      I have come to the conclusion it is just something about how you just let information drip away. And I’m sure you don’t know how to study a topic – you’re more interested in bullshitting than understanding.

                    • So you’re an expert in defamation law now Lynn, as well as everything else? It seems to me that having repeated the same lines as Mallard and Little, you could now be a party to the defamation action. I’d better get some dosh on that iPredict stock about The Standard being sued…

                    • lprent []

                      So are you saying that as a political blog owner that you haven’t looked at the questions about defamation law extremely closely?

                      What about the questions about what is required to legally take down a website? I read the contracts with the hosting companies quite closely, and look at the local laws in the state of hosting. I’ve been caught by surprise once (with bluehost), and now I check on issues around growth as well.

                      What about the privacy issues? Are you one of the sites that don’t state how you handle privacy?

                      Now that seems weird to me. Not to mention outright sloppy and irresponsible. Do you run your business like that as well? Poor employees.

                      As far as I am concerned if something is worth doing then you do it right. I’m not an expert on defamation law in the same way as I am on writing code. But I’m pretty well informed on it as I am on anything that I do myself. Only a lazy idiot would go into something without getting informed on the boundaries.

                      I suspect that you’re simply being your usual pompous dickhead self.

                  • North

                    Poor Old Pete…….you’re sounding more and more and more embarrassed……..it was by your own gob remember !

            • felix 3.1.1.1.1.2

              Yep, it’ll look very bad for Labour if they’re discovered to have been working for the opposition all along.

              • It won’t look so flash if disclosure shows they may have defamed her.

                I presume they are aware of those risks and they think they’re worth the possible political gains they could get as a result.

                It’s riskier for Collins than for Mallard (been there done that) and Little (taking a punt), I’m surprised she’s put herself out on a limb like this. Time will tell if it was a carefully considered atack defence, or if she jumped too quickly to the bait.

                I think it’s also high risk for Shearer. He seems to be tagging along with Mallard so I presume he hasn’t been set up from within, but if this turns out badly for Labour his leadership may bear the brunt of the fallout. He must have thought all this through.

            • Pascal's bookie 3.1.1.1.1.3

              Christ, you’re right Pete. And what if it goes deeper than that. They were probably discussing it all as a mere part in their grander plan to recall the old ones from their slumber.

        • Frida 3.1.1.2

          Relevance is not as loose as it used to be Graeme. New high court rule has tightened it up and you can get stung for costs if you take too loose an interpretation of relevance

  4. tsmithfield 4

    Thanks Graeme.

    So, given that Key is not a lawyer, it was probably an understandable mistake to make, especially in the context of an interview? IMO we should be a bit lenient on people in this type of setting, otherwise they won’t give interviews at all if people are going to come down on them hard for technical errors.

    • Craig Glen Eden 4.1

      Like key will stop giving interviews, he will tell you all the Bullshit you can swallow ts.Any more lines you want to run ts and Pete.

      • freedom 4.1.1

        Key gives interviews????
        i always thought he had a ventriloquist act with bobble headed breakfast crews

        • bbfloyd 4.1.1.1

          actually, key doesn’t give interviews…. the “press conferences” he pretends to have with the press gallery involve key asking his own questions, and answering them so that the “journalists” can then faithfully repeat his script for public consumption……this is a tactic i have seen him use more and more lately… and he will keep doing it until he gets called on it in a meaningful way, which means he will keep doing it ad infinitum….

          i don’t believe i have ever seen him seriously questioned on anything that could give him any qualms………

    • North 4.2

      Increasingly government ministers don’t give interviews……… so often lately, listening to Morning Report while I shave……..”blah blah blah……..” about some issue in respect of which you might well expect a minister to say something.

      “The Minister of Whatever was not available / declined to comment.”

  5. lprent 5

    IPredict opened a book on it* based on Key’s bullshit**. Needless to say the price is current falling like a rock.

    I guess it is a way for the bookies to make money.

    * I still reckon that we should get the police on to these meaningless threats – operation “9”?

    ** I still reckon that we should get the police on to this loose talk – operation “10”? ***

    *** Coming to think of it the police are loose lipped as well….

    • ghostwhowalksnz 5.1

      Dont get me going on the disaster for police that the Urewera trial turned out to be , along with the botched Naitoko killing. Is there any competence anywhere, or is ‘wont happen again ‘ all they can offer

    • deuto 5.2

      As you say, a way for bookies to make money.

      This book (Collins to file defamation before Friday 5 April) is now down to 51.7% and has fallen 35.4% today.

      Yesterday they also opened books on National, Labour, Green and NZF possibles for becoming MPs before the next election – “possible” meaning being eligible to be an MP).

      No trading to date on Beaumont(L – at 26.9%) and Mulford (NZF – at 10.6%) and next to none on Shaw (G – at 19.8%), but Gilmore (N) is currently trading at 88%.

      • alwyn 5.2.1

        Wow. The people who invest (gamble?) on iPredict really do believe that Lockwood Smith is going to London as High Commissioner. Since Lockwood is a list MP he would be replaced, if Gilmore accepts the MP job, by Gilmore.
        If you are trying to connect this in some manner to a supposition that Collins, or Nick Smith for that matter, might step down it is irrelevant as they are electorate MPs and would be replaced in a by-election.
        Even if National were to lose such a by-election they wouldn’t get a new list MP.
        In the same way if Collins was to win a defamation case and, say, Mallard and Little were forced by their party to stand down Mallard would be replaced in a by-election and Little would be replaced by the next one on the Labour list. The chances of them standing down are of course negligible. Trevor at least is quite shameless.

    • Lanthanide 5.3

      “I guess it is a way for the bookies to make money.”

      Actually iPredict run their site at a loss. Not sure how big a loss since they put in an up to $5/month fee, but likely still a loss.

      The reason is because the site isn’t a 0-sum game as many assume. When they launch a stock with the market maker set at say 50 cents, if 1 person buys 100 stocks at that price, and no one else buys any at all, when the stock closes at $1 iPredict must pay that person out $50. Now say that person bought those stocks and it closed at $0, then iPredict will have made $50. But in general prices of stocks tend towards their eventual closure price, so more often than not iPredict would be losing money and not making it.

      • tracey 5.3.1

        Which, if correct, proves iPredict is a political vehicle because no other gambling site/business makes a loss

        • felix 5.3.1.1

          Pretty much my thoughts too tracey.

          Just like the polls can, iPredict can be used to measure opinion and it can also be used to lead opinion, depending what questions are floated and how.

          • Matthew Hooton 5.3.1.1.1

            iPredict makes small losses on each contract traded for the reasons Lanthanide accurately explains. Revenue comes from sponsorship of various questions and more detailed analysis of what the stocks (mainly the economic ones) are collectively saying about future economic trends. Needless to say, iPredict has proved far more accurate over the last four or so years than the New Zealand Treasury in its economic forecasts. The ACC scandal stocks are being launched not for any revenue they will generate (they will all lose iPredict small amounts of money) but for the publicity for the site they are attracting.

            Forgot to mention, there is also a little bit of revenue from brokerage and fees.

            • felix 5.3.1.1.1.1

              What do you think about the usefulness of iPredict as an opinion leader, in the same sense that certain types of polling are?

              • Matthew Hooton

                Felix

                Everything that happens has as impact on something else, of course, but I don’t think iPredict is much of an opinion leader. It has a trader community of 6000 of whom a few hundred are trading at any given time, and the results (which are changing all the time) don’t get put on the front page of the newspapers or lead TV news (despite our PR efforts!).

                I do think that if the MSM had focussed on iPredict more during the election campaign, Phil Goff might now be Prime Minister. Throughout the campaign, iPredict’s party vote stocks were suggesting a very close result. If the MSM had been reporting “iPredict shows election too close to call” rather than “Polls show Key heading for a landslide” then it is possible 10,000 of the 100,000 Labour-leaners who stayed home might have decided to vote, and a Labour/Green/NZ First/Mana/Maori Party government would have had the numbers. Similarly, now, iPredict is showing a change of government is likely in 2014, whereas the TVNZ poll (which I think is an opinion leader) says Key to govern alone. I would back iPredict’s accuracy over a TVNZ poll anytime.

                The main accusation against iPredict, in terms of your question, is that we can ask a question and this might lead the 6000 traders (who I think are a mixture of bank economists, parlimaentary staffers, Wellington public servants, journalists etc) to start thinking about that question and it might influence them. The main accusation of this was when we launched a stock during the election campaign asking if Labour would be investigated by the authorities over a controversial brochure (it had a baby on it from memory). The accusation was that we were suggesting the authorities should or would investigate Labour and I accept launching this stock was a margin call. But the stock was launched only because the brochure was already being talked about in that way, and the price quickly went to below 10c indicating there was very little chance of an investigation. You could argue that iPredict was leading media coverage here (in a sense of telling the media there would be no further newsworthy developments) but it wasn’t the fact of asking the question but the decisive answer that was influential – and, as I say, I would always back iPredict to provide accurate answers to what is really going on, or likely to happen. So it acts, in my view, more like sunlight as the best disinfectant.

                This then leads to the next question: can the price be manipulated as a way of leading opinion and/or MSM coverage. The answer is yes, but in the very short term. If, for example, I was to go into the market and spend a couple of hundred dollars buying “John Key to win next election”, the price would leap up well above David Shearer. But the experience is that this would last for a few hours at most most before the market would correct. During the election campaign, there were two efforts to manipulate the price of the two main parties: discussed at https://www.ipredict.co.nz/app.php?do=blog&page=%3Fp%3D1008 and https://www.ipredict.co.nz/blog/?p=1041 We are very confident that all such attempts will fail (beyond the very short term) for the reasons outlined in the blog posts and also in this journal article: http://dimacs.rutgers.edu/Workshops/Markets/hanson.pdf The academic theory also matches intuition – if I go in and buy “Key to win election” up to a higher level than the market was previously indicating (without any rational reason to do so), then that creates greater profit opportunities for those who are trading rationally to short it, and the price will go back down very quickly. Note, the people who will trade against my manipulation attempt don’t have to like or dislike Key – they can be staunch National supporters who just see that the price is too high.

                Sorry for the long answer, but you asked an important question and it deserved a serious answer.

                • This then leads to the next question: can the price be manipulated as a way of leading opinion and/or MSM coverage. The answer is yes, but in the very short term.

                  But timing can make a big difference. Several times during the election campaign I saw big moves on multiple party stocks suspiciously close to the weekly snapshot (one big one coincidentally about an hour before). And the snapshot then got media coverage.

                  There was obvious political action – pushing stocks to what proved to be false positions. And there was also what appeared to be selective intervention that went to the extent of suspending accounts.

                  In the last few weeks of an election campaign short term distortions can make a significant difference.

                • felix

                  Thanks Matthew, appreciate it.

      • lprent 5.3.2

        L: I’m being kind of being facetious about the whole thing.

        I was aware that it was zero or negative sum game. It is a variation of the Delphi method that I first ran across in John Brunner‘s book The Shockwave Rider in the 70’s.

        But the whole thing is a multiedged sword like all of these types of information systems.

        It gives expectation information as Hooten describes below. However it also allows a possibility of manipulating expectations by fiddling the system and feeding back expectations as Brunner described.

        It allows behavioural information to be collected on the participants in much the same way that systems like the Flybuys or OneCard that checkout operators keep asking for in my supermarket. Again one side of that is good in terms of better service in aggregate. The other potential uses when matched with outer information can be quite bad.

        And it encourages a socially unacceptable behaviour amongst those who can’t control their gambling habits.

        So I don’t participate except for being facetious. I can’t see the overall value of iPredict against the potential abuses. And I can’t see the required check systems about where and how the non-public information is used – so I assume that it is being abused as a default position.

        I’m a programmer and acutely aware of the value and potential abuses of information. I don’t gamble on games. I also don’t have such things as Flybuys or OneCards. Don’t allow my picture to be on the net. Limit what I put on facebook to what I do here where I have to be public. I automatically minimize the ways that my behaviour can be tracked

        • Pete George 5.3.2.1

          I automatically minimize the ways that my behaviour can be tracked

          ??
          You display a fair bit of trackable behaviour here.

          • Rob 5.3.2.1.1

            Yeah Lynne

            You are really off grid .

          • lprent 5.3.2.1.2

            A welter of material to look within, and very limited information that I chose to make visible – you’d be foolish to rely on something like that.. It is the Purloined Letter technique that is much beloved by magicians, politicians, actors, the long con, pyramid schemes, and these days for programmers on the net. (except I’m not selling anything)

            Basically I decided in 2007 that this was worth doing. That meant my name was visible because someone had to be on the domain.

            It didn’t mean that ‘I’ had to be visible – just opinions and a personality. In fact I use several here depending on the role I am doing at the time. They all have lprent as a label, but they are just facets..

            Read your Poe

            • Pete George 5.3.2.1.2.1

              …just opinions and a personality. In fact I use several here depending on the role I am doing at the time.
              Do you think that’s significantly different to the rest of us?

              I see varying personas in many commenters.

              • lprent

                The number of regular commentators using more than one pseudonym here are minimal.

                We check each new pseudonym as they come on. That is because we have to check for people who are banned.

                We won’t get them all, but we do get a significant number – mostly from people who have been previously permanently banned. If they have been out for long enough and their comment is up to standard, then they will frequently get let back in.

                There are a couple of people who I suspect are using the same pseudonym from the style and times. But there is nothing in the rules about partners choosing to do that.

                There are quite a few who simply don’t type the same details in each time or who keep changing their name. You can see us getting irritated about them

                Most people use a single pseudonym. Which is good because it is a pain to check and release new pseudonyms.

                But there aren’t many sock puppets in use – most that are here are from the right and I really don’t care that much unless they start talking to each other in an astroturf.

  6. tsmithfield 6

    Peters asked Collins a question in question time along the lines of: “If it is found that the minister or any of her staffed leaked the e-mail would she resign?”

    Collin’s response was an emphatic “Of course I will…”

    So, now that Collins has confirmed she will resign if she or her staff are found to be the source of the leak, I expect that if Mallard et al. actually have anything of substance in this respect, they will immediately present it to take another government scalp. Why wouldn’t they? So, inaction in this respect would suggest to me there is more bluff than substance in the position they are taking.

  7. DavidW 7

    Collins upped the ante in QT today by saying that if the leak was proven to have come out of her office she would resign as Minister.

    No hedging, no bullshit, just “yes, of course I would resign because I have integrity” Looks like she is digging in for the long haul.

    • tracey 7.1

      Does her “office” include the ACC CEO and other staff at ACC?

      Does this show that she kows it isn’t her office because she kows who did leak it and has anyone actually asked her that question?

      • Pascal's bookie 7.1.1

        “Does her “office” include the ACC CEO and other staff at ACC?”

        Nope, and it doesn’t include beehive staffers attached to other minister’s offices either.

        And she isn’t answering any questions because it’s ‘not in the public interest to do so’.

        She declined to express confidence in the Chair of ACC though, for what it’s worth.

  8. Pascal's bookie 8

    Good grief.

    Collins’ statement today changed nothing. Have you guys actually been following the story?

    If she is found to have leaked it, she will have been found to have lied to the house on several occasions, and to the PM twice.

    Answering that question in any other way would have been an admission that she doesn’t think lieing to the house, or the PM, is resignation worthy.

    • It’s another (more emphatic) statement from Collins.

      “I think they’ve really got a case there and I think we’ll be really interested to see what actually happens if it does go to court.” (Shearer)

      That’s a nonsense statement if they could have her resignation straight away – that’s if they have the goods to “put up”.

      Who’s bluffing? (Shearer’s more likely been sucked in).

      • felix 8.1.1

        And yet still no suit.

        • Pete George 8.1.1.1

          Yep. In this instant action world it’s already been a week.

          Maybe it takes time to get legal advice and prepare properly.
          Or maybe she’s thinking “Oh fudge!”

      • Kotahi Tane Huna 8.1.2

        Collins statements to date only make sense if she knows who breached the privacy act (unless she’s just telling fibs). So she’s either the offender, or she’s an accessory after the fact.

        You still don’t get it though, Pete George. If she backs down, people will interpret that (fairly or unfairly) as an admission of guilt. If she files a suit and loses (and it is difficult to see how she can win) that will be interpreted as “proof” that she is the offender (whether or not she really is).

        Lose/lose, in other words.

        Your attempt to smear Shearer is just another example of your gutter sense of ethics, though – I know you’re only fluffing the Hair and his new-found closest allies, but don’t you get tired of the taste of that ditch-water?

      • Pascal's bookie 8.1.3

        Pete. .

        You need to actually think here.

        Mallard and co don’t have to have absolute proof. They don’t have to prove that she did it, they only have to show that what they said was reasonably believed to be true by them. They might have that evidence, but it might not prove that she leaked it.

        So you are wrong.
        Their evidence will not necessarily lead to a resignation based on what she said today.

        If Collins would allow them to release the lawyers letter, then we would all be in a better place with regard to discussing things. But she won’t, obviously because she is so very confident of course.

        And you are right that she is probably getting legal advice and what not. Fron what Little was saying yesterday, she wrote the lawyers letters herself. Which kind of indicates that she hasn’t been getting much advice at all on the matter.

        Why didn’t Collins support the call for an Auditor general investigation? She has accepted the other investigations and welcomed them only after the fact, but that’s not quite the same thing is it?

        And now the Felix Marwick reports that :

        “Request by MPs Andrew Little and Kevin Hague for an Auditor General inquiry into ACC has been approved”

    • ianmac 8.2

      Anyone else notice the somewhat shrill and to me hysterical outburst from Judith in the House during QT today?

      • deuto 8.2.1

        Yes, Ianmac. That was my reaction also; but others on here (pg at 10.1.1 and ts at 10.1.1.1 below) have remarked about her being ‘relaxed”.

        I have just gone back and re-watched her performance on In the House and IMO, my first impressions stand. While not as uptight as last week and while she answered the questions reasonably “normally”, her behaviour before and after doing so verged on the near hysterical eg the almost inappropriate laughter.

        Stress manifests itself in different forms at different stages, and to me, this was not inconsistent with the stage beyond anger etc and close to breakdown. Not an expert in this other than my own experiences and that of others I have been close to or worked with, but relaxed – no.

  9. Pascal's bookie 9

    While we’re digging through the entrails and devining the confidence and bluff levels, what do peeps make of the iPredict stocks?

    Still has a beehive staffer as most likely, slightly more likely than an ACC staffer.

    But ‘beehive staffer’ the insiders reckon, with their market based predicting machine of efficiency.

    What was Mallard and co’s theory again?

  10. tsmithfield 10

    Pascal, I think the reason that both the beehive staffer and ACC staffer categories are so high is because their definitions are very broad, giving a good chance of making a hit. For example, the definition for “beehive staffer” is:

    “”Beehive staffers” include all employees/contractors of Ministerial Services; secondees to Ministers’ Offices from departments, including ACC; Minister’s electorate staff (even if not based in the Beehive) and employees of the Department of Prime Minister & Cabinet working in the Beehive.”

    Incidently, I notice that “beehive staffer” has just taken a big drop and is now nearly the same as ACC staffer, so who knows.

    • Pascal's bookie 10.1

      Yep, so far so obvious.

      Take a look at that Beehive staffer definition, and ask yourself ‘who has Collins said she forwarded the email to?’

      A: The Chair and CEO of ACC.

      Now let’s assume, purely for the sake of argument, that the PMs office also had access to it .

      It wouldn’t be unreasonable for them to do so. I think that given the controversy, having them in the loop would have been both wise and appropriate.

      Beyond that though, there’s no good reason I can think of for other ‘beehive staffers’ to have been in a position to leak it

      So while the category of beehive staffers is broad, the possibilities are not so broad.

      What was Mallard’s theory again?

      • tsmithfield 10.1.1

        Pascal, you are assuming that no-one else at ACC got access to the e-mail. However, the evidence I have seen in the media points to quite a lot of snooping, people accessing files they shouldn’t, and lax security. Therefore, why couldn’t it easily be an ACC staffer who leaked it?

        • Pete George 10.1.1.1

          Because that wouldn’t be Collins’ fault and would bum up the campaign against her.

          She seemed quite relaxed in Question Time today. Chauvel wasn’t so at ease trying to score against her.

          • tsmithfield 10.1.1.1.1

            Yeah, I heard it too. Collins seemed to be enjoying herself.

            • ScottGN 10.1.1.1.1.1

              Actually in Duncan Garner’s piece for TV3 tonight she came across as rather brittle and somewhat manic in the House today. I don’t think she’s enjoying herself nearly so much as you would like us to believe. Also as Andrew Little pointed out on Checkpoint this afternoon her disparaging comments about Shearer today may well have undermined her position.

              • felix

                I agree Scott, I thought she was very close to completely losing the plot in the house.

                As my dear old Gran would’ve said, the lid was only just on.

                • Colonial Viper

                  But Pete’s empathic observation was that Collins “seemed quite relaxed”.

                  Surely he wouldn’t be trying to mislead us, would he?

                  • the sprout

                    he wouldn’t be trying to mislead us

                    no way, PG’s as sincere as he is informed and cogent

        • Pascal's bookie 10.1.1.2

          you are assuming that no-one else at ACC got access to the e-mail.

          No I’m not actually. I realise why you would like to talk about that perhaps, but, y’know, that’s no call to just make things up about me.

          I’m talking about how iPredict puts a pretty high chance on it being a beehive staffer, or as I originally said, it “has a beehive staffer as most likely, slightly more likely than an ACC staffer“.

          See that bit after the comma? (Hint: It’s the bolded bit, with “ACC Staffer” in it, and “slighty” as a qualifier on the “likely”)

          There’s me, not assuming the shit you said I was assuming.

          You can take it back any time you like, but sooner would be better.

          I don’t expect any better from Pete, he’s proved his quality quite sufficiently over the last week or so.

          Now, as I was saying, iPredict puts the highest probabilty, slightly more than they do for an ACC staffer, on it being a beehive staffer.

          That would seem to be limited to Collins office, or possibly the PMs office, or maybe someone else, I mean who knows who got the document after Collins got it, or what conduits it went through.

          And what was Mallard’s theory again?

          And what has iPredict consistently reckoned is the most probable things again, albiet by a slight, margin?

  11. tsmithfield 11

    “No I’m not actually.”

    Fair enough. Point taken.

    “Now, as I was saying, iPredict puts the highest probabilty, slightly more than they do for an ACC staffer, on it being a beehive staffer.”

    True. But only margin of error stuff now. It could easily turn the other way. The “beehive staffer” option seems to be on a slight down-trend at the moment, whereas the ACC staffer option looks to be pretty well flat.

    Your assumption about the PMs office seems fair enough. But probably the alternative of the leak coming from ACC seems just as plausible for the reasons I advanced above. And the closeness of the Ipredict predictions seem to bear this out.

    • Pascal's bookie 11.1

      Cheers ts.

      It is a close run thing on iPredict. There’s a lack of confidence in Collins’ confidence, shall we say.

      Her behaviour in the house is a bit like one of those ink-blot tests I sthink. I thought she looked a bit manic, a bit too eager; but I understand how others could see confidence in it.

      But there is that seeming reluctance to pull the trigger on her part. It showed again today with her refual to press a claim against Shearer after she said he too had defamed her. And yes she laughed it off with ajoke at his expense, but still, but still.

      Another trigger not pulled.

      And all the while Mallard and Little are quite openly mocking her reluctance, with Little yesterday pulling out the ‘fool for a client’ line, and Mallard today talking about her ‘fixed smile’ and ‘weird’ behaviour.

      She’s talking tough and laughing, but they are the ones raising the stakes.

  12. tsmithfield 12

    Yeah. I have to admit being quite ambivalent on this one.

    However, the key thing for me with Collins today was when she very emphatically said she would resign if either her or any of her staff were found to be the source of the leak. So, I think that one can definitely be ruled out as all that Mallard has to do now to force her resignation is to produce the evidence, which he hasn’t.

    Also, I understand that the PM asked Collins twice whether she was the source of the leak. I doubt he would do that if he knew who the leaker was.

    That is why I tend to favour someone in ACC. But who knows.

    Whether Collins pursues the defamation case will probably depend on the advice she receives about likely success, which, as others have pointed out, could well be a long shot. So, just because she doesn’t go ahead doesn’t necessarily mean admission of guilt.

    • Pascal's bookie 12.1

      But the thing about her resignation comments today, is that there was no other answer available.

      If she had said she wouldn’t resign, she would have been saying that lying to parliament, and to the PM, are not resignation events for Ministers. Which they clearly are.

      As to the PMs questioning of her, the leak had to have come from somewhere, and Collins was right there; it was sent to her.

      The ACC story was swirling, he couldn’t just ignore it. He needed an answer for the House, right?

      If you look at all his comments since then, they have been that he believes her when she told him it wasn’t her , that she has been a good Minister up until now, has no reason to doubt her, etc. It’s familiar language, not damning at all, but not unconditional either.

      She can’t afford to give him any reason to doubt her words to him. He may well have been getting her on the record in asking her those questions, and indemnifying himself. It’s not his fault if a Minister lies to him, is it?

      • tsmithfield 12.1.1

        But that still doesn’t explain why Mallard hasn’t immediately dropped the mother load. And why wouldn’t he if he had something really incriminating? So, I don’t rule out the possibility of the leak coming from Collins. However, I seriously doubt that there will be any traceability back to Collins sufficient to force her resignation.

        • Pascal's bookie 12.1.1.1

          Like you say below, he might have enough evidence to justify whatever thing he said that Collins claims was defamatory, but not enough to clinch her resignation.

          Given that Collins has offered to go to court about it, why not try and get at the truth of it?

          If he’s:
          1) sure he’s covered in terms of reasonable opinion, but
          2)can’t prove she leaked it, and
          3) strongly suspects she did leak it,
          then
          4)he’ll be convinced she’s bluffing right?

          And if he is sure he’s covered in terms of not having defamed her, then he has nothing to lose in calling that bluff.

        • ScottGN 12.1.1.2

          It seems to me that the most likely explanation for Mallard not dropping the “motherload” (if he’s got it) is simply that he doesn’t need to. At the moment this thing is rolling along perfectly from Labour’s point of view. All the pressure is on Collins and apart from some soothing words from the PM she doesn’t seem to have much support from any quarter. Every day this goes on her position becomes a bit more ludicrous and less tenable.

          • Pete George 12.1.1.2.1

            Scott – I guess it depends on whether Mallard is “holding Government to account” as he and Little claim they are doing, or if he’s trying to score as many political points as possible.

            If an opposition MP has information (real information, not empty accusations) that a Minister has acted improperly then it is surely their responsibility to deal with it as soon as possible? If they have any integrity.

            • Kotahi Tane Huna 12.1.1.2.1.1

              That depends. It seems possible that the source is a National Party insider, in which case it will be far better for the country if Mallard keeps their identity (or identities) to himself, the better to undermine and derail the ongoing betrayal of New Zealand.

              • That doesn’t make sense. Far better for the country to keep an ongoing betrayal of the country ongoing?

                Sounds like a ridiculous excuse for not fronting up.

                And – a democratically formed government is not a betrayal. Hissy fit election losers who think any dishonest means of getting power are justified are the betrayers of democracy.

                • Pascal's bookie

                  Pete, it’s simple enough.

                  Mallard only needs to have enough evidence to make his claims a reasonable belief. That’s probably all he has at the moment.

                  Releasing that info would put a stop to finding out the truth of what was going on. Not releasing the info means there is a greater chance of getting to the truth.

                  • Pascal's bookie

                    Lol:

                    This suggests all Mallard is worried about is “having enough evidence” to avoid defamation (should it come to that).

                    Any dishonest tactic justifies bringing a minister or government down?

                    This is politics at it’s worst. And unless he’s certain of success Mallard even seems willing to use Shearer, who will suffer more than him if it backfires.

                    That’s Pete at kb in response to the above comment.

                    1) It doesn’t ‘suggest’ that at all. in any way shape or form. It instead suggests that Mallard may well be interested in getting at the truth of what was going on. Read the comment Pete, it’s what it says.

                    2) According to pete, making statements that are not defamatory, becuase they are reasonably believed to be true, or asking questions based on things you have reason to believe are true, is ‘politics at its worst’.

                    Honestly, that’s what he said.

                    3) Unadulterated weapons grade idiocy.

                    4) That is all.

                    • felix

                      Gosh, it’s going to be a bit of a laugh if Our Pete ever does make it into parliament.

                      With the ground rules he’s laying out for himself now, he’ll be sitting in the corner facing the wall, bound and gagged, cotton wool in his ears, unable to see, hear, say, or do anything.

                      Mind you as a UF candidate that’s about the best he could’ve hoped for anyway.

                    • Pascal's bookie

                      I can see him in parliament now, saying the none of what he has ever said applies to him because he is not a politician…

                    • While you’re on honestly,can you honestly say if you think that Mallards prime objective is:
                      – “getting at the truth”?
                      – getting at the Minister (forcing a resignation)?
                      – getting at the power (bringing down the government)?

                    • Pascal's bookie

                      Pete, I can honestly tell you that what I’m interested in is finding out what was going on in ACC, how all this stuff got leaked, why all this stuff was leaked, and by whom.

                      I’m glad those questions are being asked.

                • Kotahi Tane Huna

                  Pete, I’ll spell it out for you:
                  1. National Party polices constitute a betrayal of the country.
                  2. It is better to have a live spy in their camp, than a dead one.

    • Pascal's bookie 12.2

      And yeah, I wouldn’t be surprised at all if the leak came from ACC. There is some motive there, re Boag et al.

      But I think it would have been a remarkably risky move. It would always drag the Minister into the firing line, and even if that was the plan, (for some unknown reason), the chances of the Minister going down would be much smaller than that of the leaker’s career being destroyed.

      And that’s ignoring the fact you’d be going after Boag as well. That’s some big balls.

      I’m also unconvinced about the idea that many people would have had access to the letter within ACC.

      The problems within ACC around data security are clearly real, and scandalous, but I’m not sure they extend to the email accounts of the CEO and Chair. And the Letter was leaked pretty quickly, within a week from memory right?

      So the leaker would have to be someone pretty high up the chain, prepared to risk that high up the chain career, to do, what? Substantiate the claim about ‘blackmail’? You wouldn’t need to leak it to do that. Just go to the cops.

  13. tsmithfield 13

    I imagine whoever has done it will have their tracks fairly well covered. Mallard probably doesn’t need emphatic proof it was Collins. Even strongly suggestive evidence would be enough to end her career I suspect. So, I do wonder about the strength of what, if anything, Mallard actually has since he hasn’t dumped it.

    Mallard may have felt that due to L v A, he can get away with saying pretty much anything, so had nothing to lose by making public statements. So, it wouldn’t surprise me if he has just looked at the chain the letter has been through and taken a stab.

    • tsmithfield 13.1

      The other thing is that I notice that Mallard has been toning down his public statements quite a lot recently, saying things like “there are still unanswered questions” etc. And Labour seems to be welcoming the opportunity to see e-mails etc through the discovery process, suggesting they haven’t got their hands on anything like that.

  14. Matthew Hooton 14

    Moved answer to reply directly to Felix above.

  15. Crushed’s last day

    Doesn’t look like it was yesterday.

    Collins going ahead with defamation action

    Papers will be filed next week against Labour MPs Trevor Mallard and Andrew Little, as well as the state broadcaster.

    Collins has revealed this morning she’s hired Auckland QC Jonathan Miles to lead her defamation case against Mr Little, Trevor Mallard and Radio New Zealand.

    Ms Collins says she’s prepared to go through the process because people expect MPs to have standards.

    “I believe it’s a good case and that’s the advice I’ve got but it’s a very difficult process and it’s not something people should engage with lightly and I noted that’s been said to me,” she told Newstalk ZB’s Mike Hosking.

    It will be a difficult case to win, but shining a light on both sides of the argument may be revealing.

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  • Stuart’s 100 #56: More Dignity for Daily Users
    56 More Dignity for Daily Users What if there was a moment of civic dignity outside the Auckland District Court? The Auckland District Court on the corner of Albert and Kingston Streets is I think at last count the busiest...
    Transport Blog | 20-11
  • Prime Minister’s warped view of history
    Students who sat NCEA level 3 history exams last week might be very worried to hear the Prime Minister tell a Radio Station that New Zealand was one of the few countries that was settled peacefully by Europeans. Those students who wrote...
    frogblog | 20-11
  • The greatest tragedy of our time
    This is going to ruffle a few feathers. We are parasites. Yes you read that correctly – humanity is a giant collective parasite sucking the life juices from dear Mother Earth. I’m not a nihilist. I still believe there’s plenty...
    On the Left | 20-11
  • Proving anecdotes are reliable
    Here’s one to go with Let’s rely on anecdotes instead! Something I picked up on Facebook Similar articles  ...
    Open Parachute | 20-11
  • Proving anecdotes are reliable
    Here’s one to go with Let’s rely on anecdotes instead! Something I picked up on Facebook Similar articles  ...
    Open Parachute | 20-11
  • Class warfare in the UK
    Surprise, surprise! An independent study has shown that the UK's conservative government has been driving a massive transfer of wealth from the poor to the rich:A landmark study of the coalition’s tax and welfare policies six months before the general...
    No Right Turn | 20-11
  • That didn’t take long
    National's new teabreak law isn't even in force and employers are already abusing it:Yesterday a union member, who prefers to remain anonymous for fear of retribution, emailed Hotel Organiser Shanna Reeder. “This morning in the briefing our manager declared that...
    No Right Turn | 20-11
  • Justice is more important than international relations
    Yunus Rahmatullah is a Pakistani citizen. In 2004 he was disappeared by British forces in Iraq. The British then gave him to the Americans who rendered him to Afghanistan and kept him there without charge or trial for ten years,...
    No Right Turn | 20-11
  • The Sutton debacle
    Sexual Harassment in the Workplace: it’s not a good thing, except when you’re playing Frank Zappa’s 1988 instrumental album Guitar, in which case ‘Sexual Harassment in the Workplace’ is the opening track, and it’s a stonker. However, setting aside the...
    Occasionally erudite | 20-11
  • The dangers of ignoring context
    Here’s a 22 point plan for peace in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.Entrench Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestinian lands.Never let a chance go by to duplicitously conflate Hamas and some in Fatah with the Islamic State/ISIS/ISIL so as to gild the imperiled-Israeli...
    Pundit | 19-11
  • Rapid transit has passed the acid test
    I recently ran across a New Zealand Herald article from 2000 on the region’s plans to start building good rapid transit infrastructure. (Which, as Patrick highlighted in a recent post, is exactly what is holding Auckland back relative to its...
    Transport Blog | 19-11
  • Plan for mega factory farm ruffles feathers
    Not long ago I wrote about the proposal to build a mega factory farm in the small township of Patumahoe that would confine over 300, 000 hens to colony cages. This week the resource consent hearing for the proposed factory...
    Greens | 21-11
  • National opens door further to Chinese property speculators
    National has further opened the door to Chinese property speculators with the registration of a third Chinese bank here that will make it easier for Chinese investors to invest in New Zealand properties, the Green Party said today."As well, former...
    Greens | 20-11
  • National restarts logging in West Coast forests
    “Dead wood also contributes by providing nutrients to soils, supporting the agents of wood decay such as fungi and invertebrates and it is a key habitat for the regeneration of some trees.” Annual Report 2013/14, page 29. The National Government has...
    Greens | 20-11
  • Lab plan the beginning of slippery slope?
    It’s time for new Health Minister Jonathan Coleman to show his hand on plans to privatise lab services which doctors are warning could put patients’ lives at risk, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says. “Clinicians have sent the Government some...
    Labour | 20-11
  • A-G called on to look into flagship ‘cost-saving’ programme
    New health Minister Jonathan Coleman has some serious questions to answer following a decision to wind up the Government’s flagship health savings provider HBL just a fortnight after giving it the green light to implement its plans, Labour’s Health spokesperson...
    Labour | 20-11
  • Prime Minister’s warped view of history
    Students who sat NCEA level 3 history exams last week might be very worried to hear the Prime Minister tell a Radio Station that New Zealand was one of the few countries that was settled peacefully by Europeans. Those students who wrote...
    Greens | 20-11
  • Climate of fear needs addressing
    It is hugely concerning that community and volunteer groups feel they are being gagged from speaking out against the Government, Labour’s Community and Voluntary Sector Spokesperson Louisa Wall says.  A Victoria University survey of 93 sector groups has found 50...
    Labour | 20-11
  • Mandatory code of conduct needed for supermarkets
    Labour has drafted legislation to establish a mandatory code of conduct for supermarkets to ensure New Zealand suppliers are not affected by anti-competitive behaviour. “Even though the Commerce Commission found no technical breaches of the law through some of Countdown’s...
    Labour | 19-11
  • National softening public up for 7th successive deficit
    Finance Minister Bill English is softening the public up for an announcement that National is going to fail in even its very limited goal of achieving a budget surplus, the Green Party said today."No finance minister in a generation has...
    Greens | 19-11
  • National caught out on state house porkies
    Housing NZ’s annual report out today directly contradicts the Government’s claim that one-third of its houses are in the wrong place and are the wrong size, said Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The annual report states 96 per cent of...
    Labour | 18-11
  • Damning report on Department of Conservation restructure
    The restructuring of the Department of Conservation (DOC) following National's severe funding cuts has been revealed as failure, the Green Party said today.The Taribon report has reviewed the new structure of DOC after 12 months. The restructuring, one of the...
    Greens | 18-11
  • Greens welcome Xi, but human rights need to be on agenda
    The Green Party welcomes the visit to New Zealand of Chinese President Xi Jinping and wishes to congratulate him on his recent announcement regarding China capping emissions for the first time.The United States and China recently unveiled a deal to...
    Greens | 18-11
  • Backing New Zealanders to get ahead
    New Labour Leader Andrew Little says it is an immense privilege to have been chosen to lead the party and to be given the task of ensuring it once again becomes a powerful force that backs New Zealanders in getting...
    Labour | 18-11
  • Andrew Little Elected Leader of Labour Party
    “The Labour Party congratulates Andrew Little, who has been elected as party leader in a robust and highly democratic process,” says Labour Party President Moira Coatsworth. “Andrew’s leadership will have the full support of the whole Labour Party.”...
    Labour | 18-11
  • Report into Brownlee security breach should be released
    The Government and Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) should release the report into former Minister of Transport Gerry Brownlee's airport security breach, the Green Party said today."The actions of a Minister of Transport breaching security at an airport are a matter...
    Greens | 17-11
  • Brownlee must ask CAA to release the report
    Gerry Brownlee must ask the Civil Aviation Authority to release the report that finds he broke the law in breaching airport security, says Labour's Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford. “It is inexcusable for any minister, let alone the then-Transport Minister, to...
    Labour | 17-11
  • G20 climate comment increases pressure on NZ
    The G20 decision to include climate change in its communiqué despite Australia's attempt to ignore it, increases pressure on New Zealand to come up with a credible plan to cut emissions, the Green Party said today.The G20 Leaders Communiqué from...
    Greens | 17-11
  • NZ joins G20 climate problem
    Confirmation this morning by John Key that his Government plans to do nothing to turn around NZ's rapidly rising greenhouse emissions means that New Zealand joins Australia as one of the problem children at the G20 meeting in Brisbane, the...
    Greens | 16-11
  • IRD joins Corrections in Phillip Smith failure
    It is incomprehensible that IRD and Corrections were not able to stop Phillip Smith from rorting the tax system out of $50,000 until it was too late, given that he was a notoriously manipulative prisoner stuck in jail, says Labour’s...
    Labour | 13-11
  • The Government has to listen to Olly
    When even hard boiled property investors like Olly Newland  say first home buyers have been shafted by Loan to Value Ratio lending restrictions, surely it is time for the Government to listen, says Labour's housing spokesperson Phil Twyford.  "Auckland landlord...
    Labour | 13-11
  • Key used GCSB for political ends prior to 2014 election
    New documents released to the Green Party show that Prime Minister John Key used New Zealand's intelligence services for the National Party's political ends a few days out from the 2014 election, the Green Party said today.Documents released to the...
    Greens | 13-11
  • Government not meeting its climate target
    The Government must front up to the fact that its own advisors are now saying that New Zealand is off target in any transition to a low carbon future, says Labour’s spokesperson on Climate Change Nanaia Mahuta.  “A briefing to...
    Labour | 12-11
  • Briefing reveals Defence facilities ‘increasingly unfit for purpose’
    The Defence Briefing to the Incoming Minister reveals a deteriorating state in Defence facilities that are no longer fit for purpose, says Labour’s Defence spokesperson Phil Goff.  “The briefing is heavily censored but still reveals that Defence camps, bases and...
    Labour | 12-11
  • New projections show New Zealand missing climate target
    Briefings to Incoming Ministers released today reveal the Government's climate policy is failing with projected emission more than double what is needed to meet National's 2050 target, the Green Party saidProjections released by the Ministry for the Environment, as part...
    Greens | 12-11
  • National’s highways far less efficient
    National’s new state highways have a far lower cost-benefit ratio than motorways built under the last Labour Government, making a mockery of the Government’s bluster that its road building will boost the economy, says Labour's Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford. “New...
    Labour | 12-11
  • Governor points finger at National on supply
    The Reserve Bank Governor has admitted he had to keep loan to value mortgage restrictions in place because the Government’s attempts to increase housing has fallen ‘a long way short’, says Labour's Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The thousands of first...
    Labour | 12-11
  • Did Collins cover up Slater’s OIA requests?
    Disgraced former Cabinet Minister Judith Collins must explain why she appears to have tried to hide Official Information Act requests she fulfilled for Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater, Labour MP Megan Woods says. “New documents obtained by Labour show Judith...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Reserve Bank’s dairy warning must be heard
    The Reserve Bank’s warning that falling dairy prices are creating greater risks for the New Zealand economy must be taken seriously by Bill English and John Key, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker. “Dairy prices have nearly halved since February...
    Labour | 11-11
  • National’s housing failure keeps LVRs in place
    The Reserve Bank’s decision to leave loan-to-value ratio mortgage restrictions in place is further confirmation of National’s housing policy fiasco, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “The Reserve Bank would have lifted LVRs if they had seen any increase in...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Let’s see if it is plane sailing Mr Bridges
    Comments by Transport Minister Simon Bridges that Far North residents' anger over cutbacks to regional flights will be allayed by larger planes and cheaper fares out of Kerikeri, are just pure arrogance, says Labour’s Te Tai Tokerau MP Kelvin Davis....
    Labour | 11-11
  • Commerce Commission inquiry needed into building supplies monopoly
    The Commerce Commission must stop dragging the chain and urgently investigate the anti-competitive practices in the building industry that are driving up the cost of building materials, says Labour's Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “Competition in the building materials market is...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Air New Zealand grounds Far North
    The announcement by Air New Zealand to close services from Kaitaia to Auckland will be an absolute disaster for the Far North, Labour MP for Te Tai Tokerau Kelvin Davis says.  “Air New Zealand is sending a signal to the...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Pulling West Coast flights a savage blow
    Air New Zealand’s decision to withdraw its Westport service is another kick in the guts for an already struggling community, West Coast-Tasman MP, Damien O’Connor says.   “Having been involved in the West Coast’s efforts to get Air Nelson to return...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Air NZ cuts economic lifelines to neglected regions
    Air New Zealand’s plans to cut its Eagle Air regional services to already struggling regions is a hammer blow to Westport, Whakatane and Kaitaia, says Labour's Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The regions of New Zealand are being abandoned by this...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Christchurch on the rent rack
    A jump of 20 per cent in weekly rents in the past year is a disaster for Christchurch, says Associate Housing spokesperson Poto Williams. “The Trade Me Property Rental Price index has rightly described the city as being a ‘...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Past time to act on warnings about palliative care
    Health officials have been warning the Government about a critical shortage of palliative care specialists for years, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader and Health spokesperson Annette King says. A stocktake carried out for the Ministry of Health shows New Zealand’s end...
    Labour | 10-11
  • Report must spur Government into action
    The soaring cost of domestic violence and child abuse highlight the need for the Government to prioritise and act on the issue, says Labour's spokesperson for Social Development, Sue Moroney.“Findings from the Glenn Inquiry that show the problem is estimated...
    Labour | 10-11
  • Family safety paramount, then urgent review
    Corrections Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has some serious questions to answer over why a dangerous prison escapee, convicted of further crimes while in jail, managed to abscond while he was on approved temporary release, Labour’s Corrections spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says.“Phillip...
    Labour | 09-11
  • LVRs a failed experiment from Bill English
    Loan to value mortgage restrictions are a failed experiment from Bill English to tame Auckland house prices, that have caused collateral damage to first home buyers and other regions, says Labour's Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The possible end of LVR...
    Labour | 09-11
  • Govt books getting worse as economy slows
    National’s economic credibility is under serious scrutiny with its search for surplus becoming harder due to an economy far too reliant on the dairy industry, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker. “National promised New Zealanders would get into surplus by...
    Labour | 06-11
  • Kiwis in pain because of Government underfunding
    New research showing one in three people needing elective surgery are being denied publicly-funded operations shows the Government must properly fund the health sector, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says. “For almost two years Labour has been warning about the...
    Labour | 06-11
  • National’s promised surplus looking doubtful
    Budget figures for the first quarter of the financial year released today by Treasury show the Government's goal of achieving a budget surplus is looking doubtful, the Green Party said today."National has staked its credibility on achieving a budget surplus...
    Greens | 06-11
  • Kevin Hague speaks on the Gambling Amendment Bill (No 3)
    I rise to give this speech on behalf of Denise Roche, who handles the gambling portfolio for the Green Party. This bill deals with class 4 gambling—pokies in pubs and clubs—and it is the result of changes that were suggested...
    Greens | 06-11
  • Kevin Hague speaks on the Health (Protection) Amendment Bill
    I would like to start off where the previous speaker left off, on the issue of balancing rights or balancing harms. All law is in some way a restriction of personal liberty. That is the point of law. When we...
    Greens | 06-11
  • Joyce backs away from yet another target
    Steven Joyce has backed away from two targets in two days, refusing to acknowledge that his Government has an unambitious aim to get unemployment down to 4 per cent in 11 years’ time, says Labour Associate Finance spokesperson David Clark....
    Labour | 06-11
  • Pacific peoples incomes and jobs falling under National
    The Minister of Pacific Peoples is attempting to bury the ugly facts of Pacific unemployment and income levels worsening since National took office in 2008, said Labour’s Pacific Affairs spokesperson, Su’a William Sio. “If the Minister doesn’t acknowledge how bad...
    Labour | 06-11
  • The Block NZ doing a better job than Nick Smith
    Nick Smith should consider calling in producers of The Block NZ with participants in the TV series completing more houses in two seasons than the Government’s failed Special Housing Area policy, says Labour's Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The Block NZ...
    Labour | 06-11
  • Meridian moves to kill competition from solar homes
    Big electricity companies are using their power to make it harder for families and businesses wanting to go solar and the National Government is doing nothing to help them, the Green Party said today. Meridian Energy announced today a 60-72...
    Greens | 06-11
  • Has John Key done all he could for Pike families?
    It will be forever on the conscience of John Key whether he did all he could to recover the remains of the 29 miners who died in Pike River, Labour’s MP for West Coast-Tasman Damien O’Connor says.  “The Prime Minister...
    Labour | 05-11
  • National further dashes hopes of new parents
    The National Government has once again shown its disdain for working parents by voting down proposals to extend paid parental leave, Labour MP Sue Moroney says.  “The Government vetoed an amended proposal that substantially reduced the cost of extending PPL...
    Labour | 05-11
  • Honouring the Ampatuan massacre victims as fight for justice goes on
    A grim reminder of the Maguindanao, or Ampatuan, massacre on 23 November 2014. Photo: DanRogayan A TOP Filipino investigative journalist will be speaking about the “worst attack” on journalists in history and her country’s culture of impunity in a keynote...
    The Daily Blog | 23-11
  • GUEST BLOG: Anjum Rahman – what are they afraid of: the erosion of democ...
    Today the Hamilton City Council has put on a big party to celebrate the 150th anniversary of European colonisation of the area.  There have been a series of events during the year to mark this event, including a civic ceremony. ...
    The Daily Blog | 22-11
  • #JohnKeyHistory
    John Key has done it again. This week our lovely Prime Minister has showed us how little he knows about the history of the country he is supposed to be running. Apparently “New Zealand was settled peacefully”. Was it really?...
    The Daily Blog | 22-11
  • G20 growth targets and growth model offer more problems than they solve
    At the recent G20 in Brisbane, member countries agreed to accelerate growth to an additional 2% on top of current trajectories. But ongoing public sector cuts, asset sales, and reducing workers’ rights indicate that at least part of the growth...
    The Daily Blog | 22-11
  • GUEST BLOG: Bill Courtney – Charter Schools: The Shroud of Secrecy Contin...
    The Ministry of Education yesterday released another batch of information relating to the five existing charter schools and the four new ones proposed for opening in 2015. As we have seen before, the release of such information, often requested under...
    The Daily Blog | 22-11
  • EXCLUSIVE: Campaign reflection, Laila Harré reaching out for radical minds
    Today I’ve announced that I will be stepping down from the Internet Party leadership in December. This will happen once options for the future have been developed for discussion and decision among members. My absolute focus in this election was...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • The Ebola crisis, capitalism and the Cuban medical revolution
    “Ebola emerged nearly 40 years ago. Why are clinicians still empty-handed, with no vaccines and no cure? Because Ebola has been, historically, geographically confined to poor African nations. The R&D incentive is virtually non-existent. A profit-driven industry does not invest...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • MEDIA WATCH: TVNZ Reveals Insane Deadlines For Māori and Pacific Island Pr...
    Last Tuesday, November 18th, TVNZ requested proposals from producers for the four Māori and Pacific Island programmes they will no longer be making in-house. Marae, Waka Huia, Fresh and Tagata Pasifika will keep their existing names, existing formats and existing...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • The Daily Blog Breakfast Club Ep. 1
    TDB Video, Live from Verona Cafe on K-Rd, Auckland – a weekly current affairs show with TDB Editor Martyn Bradbury. This week’s panel: Chris Trotter & Selwyn Manning.The issues: 1 – What now for the New Labour leader? 2 –...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • Performance-demonstration at Auckland’s High Court to demand justice for ...
    People outraged at the lack of justice in the so-called ‘Roast Busters’ case and 99% of other rape cases in this country are holding a visually powerful mass action at the Auckland High Court at 1 o’clock on Saturday. They...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • IES vote may weaken defense of public education
    PPTA announced today that secondary teachers have voted to include the IES (Investing in Education Success) as a variation to their collective employment agreement with the government. At one level it’s an understandable decision by PPTA members because through engaging in a consultation...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • NZ History lesson on Planet Key – the lies white people tell themselves
    John Key’s bizarre claims about our ‘peaceful history’ comes across like the apartheid history of South Africa where white people discovered Africa first… New Zealand ‘settled peacefully’ – PM New Zealand was “settled peacefully” by the British, the prime minister...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • Universal Basic Income and Labour Policy
    On Radio New Zealand’s None-to-Noon on Wednesday (19 November), new Labour leader Andrew Little intimated that he would like to put Universal Basic Income (UBI) on his policy agenda (What policy changes will Andrew Little usher in?) Predictably Kathryn Ryan, despite being...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • The New Notes : They Ain’t Mint
    Hulk Queen Angry. Hulk Queen smash.   Yesterday, the Reserve Bank announced its new designs for our banknotes. Now, I’ve historically been pretty sketch about this entire process; variously feeling affronted that the government could find eighty million dollars to fund a...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • MSM under-mining of new Labour Leader already begun?
    . . It did not take long. In fact, on the same day that Andrew Little won the Labour leadership*, the first media reporter was already asking if he would be stepping down  if Labour failed to lift in the...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • GUEST BLOG: Simon Buckingham – invisible disability voices
    Today I am ranting. The Disability Advisory Group has been announced by Auckland Council. This is the body that represents the interests and views of people with disabilities in Auckland. Whilst I would not have applied this time as I...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, Andrew Little
    Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, Andrew Little...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • Why labelling Little as a ‘Unionist’ is a joke and how he beats Key in ...
    The line being used to attack Andrew Little as a ‘Unionist’ is just an absurd joke, and it comes from people who clearly don’t understand the modern NZ Union movement. Andrew ran the EPM Bloody U, they are easily one...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • 5AA Australia – Labour’s New Leader + China’s President In New Zealan...
    Recorded on 20/11/14 – Captured Live on Ustream.tv. 5AA’s Peter Godfrey and Selwyn Manning.ISSUE ONE: The New Zealand Labour Party has elected its new leader, the vote going to a third round after no clear outright winner was found in...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • Did Roger Sutton think he was running the Rock Radio Station?
    Visible G-String Fridays? Full body hugs? Jokes about who you would and wouldn’t have sex with? Honey? Sweety? It’s like Roger thought he was running the Rock Radio Station, not a Government Public Service department set up to rebuild a...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • US Politics
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    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • Amnesty International – The conversation that needs to be had with China
    Caption: Police officer watching Hong Kong pro-democracy march, 01 July 2014 © Amnesty International    Yesterday’s edition of The New Zealand Herald features an open letter to all New Zealander’s from Xi Jinping, President of the People’s Republic of China. Along...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • GUEST BLOG: Patrick O’Dea – “Liar”
    LIAR! ‘Privatised social housing to benefit tenants’ English “Housing Corp was a poor performer and about a third of its housing stock was the wrong size, in poor condition and in the wrong place. That stock was worth about $5...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • Too Close For Comfort: Reflections on Andrew Little’s narrow victory over...
    THE TRAGIC SCREENSHOT of “Gracinda” in defeat bears eloquent testimony to the bitter disappointment of the Grant Robertson-led faction of the Labour Party. And, yes, ‘Party’ is the right word. The Robertson machine has now extended its influence well beyond...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • How to defeat child poverty
      How to defeat child poverty...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • Little’s Shadow Cabinet
    Now the horror of trying to pacify the factions begins. The only thing Little’s new shadow cabinet must do is create the pretence of unity. The reason voters didn’t flock to Labour wasn’t the bloody CGT or Superannuation, it was...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • A pilgrimage with my sister – Rethink the System
    We’ve both wanted to do a pilgrimage for many years. But, unlike many modern pilgrims, we wanted to be pilgirms in our own country and get closer to our communities, rather than seek greater distance from them. We are both...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • Lack of policy ambition is Andrew Little’s main problem
    I’ve met Andrew Little a few times and he’s a pleasant man who will make a reasonable job leading what the Labour Party has become in recent decades. He will preside over a much less divided caucus and will be...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • Journos, film makers, media freedom advocates join Asia-Pacific political j...
    A candlelight vigil for the 58 victims of the 2009 Maguindanao massacre – 32 of them media people. Still no justice for them today. Renowned investigative journalists, film makers, academics and media freedom campaigners from across the Asia-Pacific region will...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • And the new Labour Leader is ZZZZZZZZZZ
    The victory lap by Caucus over the members choice of Cunliffe has ended and the new leader of the Labour Party is Andrew Little. Yawn. The dullness and caution of the latest Leadership race will be served well by Andrew,...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • Allow the Facts to Get in the Way of the Neolib Stories
    One of the weaknesses of the political left in New Zealand over the last 30 years has been to allow the neoliberal storytellers to get away with lots of fibs and half-fibs. On TVNZ’s Q+A on 16 November, in a...
    The Daily Blog | 17-11
  • Defending The Boomers: A Response to Chloe King
    THE BABY-BOOM GENERATION (49-68 year-olds) currently numbers just under a quarter of New Zealand’s population. Even so, there is a pervasive notion that the generation of New Zealanders born between the end of World War II and the mid-1960s exercises...
    The Daily Blog | 17-11
  • This weeks Waatea news column – Waitangi Tribunal ruling enshrines Treaty...
      This weeks Waatea news column – Waitangi Tribunal ruling enshrines Treaty as a living document...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • Key now says SAS will be needed to protect ‘trainers’ behind the wire
    Well, well, well. What do we have here? Government could send SAS to Iraq New Zealand’s elite Special Air Service (SAS) could be deployed to Iraq to protect Kiwi troops sent to train local forces. Prime Minister John Key confirmed...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • Do You Want to Build a Meth Lab? (Frozen x Breaking Bad Parody)
    Do You Want to Build a Meth Lab? (Frozen x Breaking Bad Parody)...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • Soft soap for the rich – harsh taxes for the poor
    It’s no surprise to see New Zealand has one of the world’s lowest tax rates for the rich and the superrich. A survey by the global accounting network UHY shows New Zealand’s highest tax rates are lower than even Australia,...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • Phillip Smith and the rehabilitation process
    The dominant media narrative in horrible murder cases is that the perpetrator is unlikely ever to be rehabilitated. When it appears the offender may get parole the media turns first to family members of the victim who commonly (and understandably)...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • The Nation review: Finlayson’s terrifying definition of who is on terror ...
    Terrifying Nation today on TV3. Chris Finlayson is on justifying the Government’s Muslim fear mongering and extension of even more surveillance powers. It was jaw dropping. Finlayson says ‘alienated people with a chip on their shoulder’ is the threshold to get...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • A brief word on The Block NZ
    Is it just me or did The Block manage to sum up everything that is wrong about our culture and economy? Fetishised property speculation as mass entertainment in a country of homelessness & poverty. I wonder if State House tenants...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • Waitangi Tribunal ruling
    That spluttering choking sound of a thousand rednecks being informed Maori still have sovereignty is a hilarious cacophony of stupid… Crown still in charge: Minister Chris Finlayson on Waitangi Treaty ruling The Waitangi Tribunal’s finding that Maori chiefs who signed...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • A brief word on Phillip Smith
    We can arrest student loan & fine defaulters at the airport – but not convicted child molesting killers? Before we ban manufactured ISIS ‘terrorists’ from having passports, how about we just manage to stop child molesting killers from fleeing first?...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • Free Me From Religion
          The meeting begins – or at least it’s supposed to begin – but someone interrupts proceedings. She wants everyone to pray with their heads bowed while she can “thank our Father who art in Heaven.” I close...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • Key capitulates on TPPA while big money NZ set up propaganda fund
    So Key has capitulated on the ‘gold standard’ of free trade deals… The primary objective for New Zealand at Apec was to see some urgency injected into the TPP talks and to keep leaders aiming for a high quality deal....
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • Why Phillip Smith is the least of our worries
    Well, it turns out Phillip Smith wasn’t half as clever as he thought he was, and he’s been arrested within a week. If the Prime Minister is through with making tasteless jokes, perhaps we can ramp down the media hysteria...
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • Constraining Credibility
      Most economists and members of the public – on both the right and the left – believe that economies are constrained by resource scarcity most of the time. In this view, economies are supply-constrained, and that the economic problem...
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • Migrant Labour, exploitation and free markets
    Once more we read about a horror story of virtual slavery for a migrant worker in a restaurant in Christchurch. The silver lining that in this case compensation should be paid is not assured. Often in situations like this the employer winds up...
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • On baby boomers who give my generation unhelpful advice: JUST DON’T
    One of my mum’s colleagues recently told her that there is no money in what her daughter was doing; volunteering at a women’s refuge and writing on politics. This guy, dispensing all his pearls of wisdom, told my mother that...
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • Morbid Symptoms: Can Labour Be Born Anew?
    THE CHAIRS in the final meeting venue have been stacked away. All that expensive signage, commissioned for the benefit of the television cameras, no longer has a purpose. For the second time in just 14 months, Labour’s Leadership Contest is...
    The Daily Blog | 12-11
  • What’s Small, White, and Having Trouble Attracting New People?
    If your answer was something intimately connected to the person of Peter Dunne … then you’d be right. Last night, P-Dunney decided to bring his comedy and/or hair stylings to the twitterverse; penning a potentially somewhat ill-advised tweet in which he compared...
    The Daily Blog | 12-11
  • LATE at the Auckland Museum review – Slacktivisim: Its not just for Slack...
    Monday night is my yoga night. I’m not really very good it, I don’t really have the bendy, but I made a New Years resolution. This Monday however, I decided to put the yoga on prone and attend a gig...
    The Daily Blog | 12-11
  • Domestic violence problem bigger than Sky Tower
    Domestic violence problem bigger than Sky Tower SKYCITY’s Sky Tower in Auckland will be lit up in white on Monday evening Nov 25th at 10pm, on the eve of White Ribbon Day. The anti-domestic violence network SAFTINET (Safer Auckland Families...
    Scoop politics | 23-11
  • State Services Commissioner ‘unfit for the job’ says Little
    State Services Commissioner ‘unfit for the job’ says Little The new Labour leader Andrew Little has called for the State Services Commissioner Iain Rennie to be stood down after his handling of the Roger Sutton sexual harassment case. "The idea...
    Scoop politics | 23-11
  • Patrick Gower interviews Laila Harre
    Patrick Gower interviews Laila Harre Headlines: Laila Harre to quit as Internet Party leader by Christmas when the party has completed its review, but would love to return to parliament Says party considering options for its future including winding...
    Scoop politics | 22-11
  • Lisa Owen interviews Labour leader Andrew Little
    Lisa Owen interviews Labour leader Andrew Little Headlines: Andrew Little says the shape of his front-bench for the 2017 election may not be clear until the end of next year Indicates next week’s appointments may be temporary: “So I may...
    Scoop politics | 22-11
  • Phillip John Smith – statement
    Police and the New Zealand Embassy in Brasilia are aware of a decision from the Brazil Federal Court requiring the deportation of Phillip Smith within 10 days. Further assessment is required to ensure there is a full understanding of this...
    Scoop politics | 22-11
  • Green’s ‘not speaking out about human rights abuses in China
    Right to Life challenges Russell Norman the co-leader of the Green Party to explain why, he was prepared to ask Prime Minister John Key to talk to Chinese President Xi Jinping about human rights abuses in countries bordering China but...
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • Goodfellow congratulates Key on IDU election
    Goodfellow congratulates Key on IDU election National Party President Peter Goodfellow has congratulated Prime Minister John Key on his election today as Chairman of the International Democrat Union (IDU)....
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • Taxpayers’ Union Congratulates PM on IDU Appointment
    The Taxpayers’ Union is today congratulating Rt. Hon. John Key on becoming the Chair of the International Democrat Union , as former Australian Prime Minister John Howard retires from the role after 12 years. Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director...
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • High demand for Consumer NZ’s “Do Not Knock” stickers
    Consumer NZ has distributed nearly 100,000 “Do Not Knock” stickers since the launch of its campaign to fight back against dodgy door-to-door sellers.The “Do Not Knock” campaign was launched on 3 November 2014. Free “Do Not Knock” stickers...
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • Phillip Smith decision still pending
    Detective Superintendent Mike Pannett is returning to Washington DC where he will continue to closely monitor a pending decision from the Brazilian authorities on the process to return Phillip Smith to New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • High Court demonstration to demand justice
    People outraged at the lack of justice in the so-called ‘Roast Busters’ case and 99% of other rape cases in this country are holding a visually powerful mass action at the Auckland High Court at 1 o’clock on Saturday. They...
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • NZ Society Wins Global Award For Fighting Animal Testing
    New Zealand banning animal testing of legal highs has been acknowledged with an award given in London. The New Zealand Anti-Vivisection Society (NZAVS) was awarded the 2014 LUSH Prize for lobbying against animal testing. The prize was given at the...
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • Poor govt advice to workers on petrol station drive-offs
    The New Zealand Council of Trade Unions has raised concerns with the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment ('MBIE') regarding their reported advice to workers about the petrol station drive away issue....
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • New Ombudsman opinion
    The Ombudsman has published his opinion on a complaint concerning the Police refusal to release information about a charging decision....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Kindergarten support staff achieve pay rise in tough climate
    The valuable contribution of kindergarten support staff has been recognised with a pay increase, despite the significant funding cuts that the kindergarten associations are experiencing....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Democracy and Conservative Religion: The Case of Islam
    “Is Islam compatible with democracy?” is a frequently-asked question. Recent rethinking of secularism and democracy have opened up new possibilities to think about religion and democracy. This question is important particularly in the case...
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • NZ fiscal watchdog needed to guard the public purse
    New Zealand needs tighter fiscal rules and an independent watchdog to improve the quality of government spending and reduce the risk of a return to deficit spending as the country’s population ages, if not before....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • NZSMI disappointed ANZTPA proposal shelved
    November 20, 2014: Consumer healthcare products industry body, the New Zealand Self-Medication Industry Association (SMI) says it is disappointed Government has once again shelved plans to create one medicines regulatory agency for both New Zealand and Australia....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Democracy Action Welcomes Tauranga Vote
    Responding to Tauranga Council’s unanimous vote not to establish separate Council seats on the basis of ethnicity, Lee Short, Democracy Action founder says: “The establishment of a Maori ward would have damaged the relationship between Maori and...
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Employer caught abusing new ‘teabreaks law’
    Employer caught abusing new ‘teabreaks law’ to exploit workers The government passed the controversial ‘teabreaks’ legislation only a few weeks ago and already Unite Union has caught an employer using this law as an excuse for ill-treating their...
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • FGC response to Commerce Commission report
    The New Zealand Food & Grocery Council is not surprised by the Commerce Commission’s findings, given New Zealand’s current legal framework....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Bascand: Brighter Money
    Seeing people’s initial reactions to the new banknote designs is a heartening reminder of what an important role currency plays in our lives, and what a sense of pride and heritage our notes evoke....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • RBNZ releases Brighter Money designs
    New Zealand’s banknotes are getting brighter and better, with the Reserve Bank today unveiling more vibrant and secure banknote designs which will progressively enter circulation later next year....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • 25 years of children’s rights
    UNICEF and OFC celebrate 25 years of children’s rights with Just Play Sports Days On Universal Children’s Day (20 November) and as part of the Oceania Football Confederation’s (OFC) inaugural President’s Cup, UNICEF will celebrate 25 years of children’s...
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Xiamen delegation to Wellington has business focus
    Stronger business, education and cultural ties with our Chinese partners will be the focus when a 20-strong government and business delegation led by Xiamen Mayor Mr Liu Keqing which visits Wellington tomorrow (Friday) and Saturday as part of the...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Warriors promote White Ribbon Day message
    Warriors promote White Ribbon Day message Shine and Orakei Health Services On Tuesday, the Vodafone Warriors will promote the White Ribbon Day message to the community at Eastridge Shopping Centre, Mission Bay. The Warriors are supporting their charity...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Superannuitants to protest unethical investments
    A delegation of Auckland superannuitants will deliver a protest-card petition and protest letter to the New Zealand Super Fund this Thursday afternoon to call on the fund to divest from companies which support the Israeli occupation of Palestinian...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Manukau job cuts ‘running the place into the ground’
    Manukau Institute of Technology (MIT) confirmed to its staff yesterday that 54 jobs will go before Christmas....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Newcore Looks Pretty Rotten for Ratepayers
    Responding to the NZ Herald report that the IT system commissioned by Auckland Council to consolidate the eight systems the Super City inherited from its precursor councils could be facing a budget blowout of $100 million, Taxpayers’ Union Spokesman Ben...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Accountability following quake response inquiry not achieved
    Lessons still need to be learned from the search and rescue efforts following the February 2011 earthquake in Christchurch, a leading New Zealand lawyer, Nigel Hampton QC, says....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Our kids say: We are failing in our duty to protect them
    Our kids say: We are failing in our duty to protect them More than a quarter of Kiwi kids say children’s right to be safe and protected isn’t being upheld in New Zealand, identifying protection from violence, abuse and murder...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • PARS & Turuki Health Care collaborate on health and services
    Auckland-based PARS (People at Risk Solutions) have partnered with the Turuki Health Care Trust, to offer improved healthcare services to those in need. PARS works closely with former prisoners, providing mentoring, housing, and social services to ensure...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Children’s Plea
    A plea has been sent to all Members of Parliament, regardless of party affiliation, to accord urgency and priority to children's issues. These issues include vulnerability, safety and childhood poverty....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Treasury off track in search for sound policies
    Treasury is unlikely to find the ideas it is looking for to improve outcomes for children while its primary driver is cost-cutting, says Child Poverty Action Group....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Commission calls for answers on handling of CERA harassment
    EEO Commissioner Dr Jackie Blue is deeply concerned about the way in which the State Services Commission has handled sexual allegations made against CERA chief executive Roger Sutton this week and is calling for answers....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Ashley Dwayne Guy v The Queen: Appeal Upheld
    The appellant, Mr Guy, was found guilty by a jury of a charge of sexual violation by unlawful sexual connection. After the verdict it was discovered that, by error, the jury had been provided in the jury room with two...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Zonta Club to Take a Stand Against Gender-Based Violence
    During the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence (25 November – 10 December), the Zonta Club of Wellington, along with members of the local community, will join nearly 1,200 Zonta clubs in 67 countries for the Zonta Says NO...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • New UNFPA report links progress and power to young people
    A UN report launched today calls for investment in young people as they are essential to social and economic progress....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • The Resignation with the Golden Handshake?
    Commenting on the settlement the State Services Commission has reached with former CERA CEO Roger Sutton, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says: "Only in the public sector do you receive a payout for ‘resigning’....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • NZ must not turn a blind eye to China’s human rights record
    Amnesty International is calling on New Zealand’s Prime Minister John Key to raise China’s shameful human rights record during President Xi Jinping’s visit to New Zealand this week....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • The Resignation with the Golden Handshake?
    Commenting on the settlement the State Services Commission has reached with former CERA CEO Roger Sutton, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says:...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Treasury’s covert & extremely odd welfare consultation
    A report this morning that Treasury is ‘crowd sourcing’ ideas on welfare policy is news to Auckland Action Against Poverty, even though we are currently one of the most active groups in the area....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • NZ invites Pacific peers to review development cooperation
    New Zealand has volunteered to be the first development partner in the Pacific region to undergo a review of its aid programme by Pacific island peers. The review will focus on New Zealand’s development cooperation and will give greater insight...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • EPMU joins Pike River families to mark fourth anniversary
    Representatives of the Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union are proud to stand with the Pike River families to mark four years since 29 men lost their lives. “This is a particularly solemn day given the recent announcements of Solid Energy...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • 2013 Assessment of New Zealand’s National Integrity Systems
    SPEAKER TUILOMA NERONI SLADE: Former Judge, International Criminal Court in the Hague, former legal counsel at the Commonwealth Secretariat, Secretary-General of the Pacific Islands Forum 2008-2014. Introduced by Helen Sutch, Victoria University Council,...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Green Party ignoring Waimea’s environmental benefits
    Green Party MP Catherine Delahunty has overlooked the environmental benefits the proposed Waimea Community Dam will bring the Tasman community, says IrrigationNZ Chairperson Nicky Hyslop....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Women’s use of violence in violent relationships
    More than 80 percent of women who live with a physically violent partner will not initiate violence when they are not being hit, according to new research....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Poor credit rating linked to poor cardiovascular health
    Poor credit rating linked to poor cardiovascular health A credit score doesn’t only boil down a person’s entire financial history to a single number and somehow predict their credit-worthiness, it might also be saying something about a person’s...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • State Services Commissioner on Roger Sutton Investigation
    State Services Commissioner Iain Rennie today said the investigation into Roger Sutton’s conduct was robust. Roger Sutton chose to resign as Chief Executive of the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA) yesterday....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Predator Free NZ project welcomed
    Federated Farmers and the conservation organisation Forest & Bird are welcoming the Predator Free New Zealand initiative as an ambitious but achievable project that will have real benefits for conservation and the economy....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
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