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National’s civil war continues

Written By: - Date published: 8:39 am, October 28th, 2013 - 140 comments
Categories: blogs, national, spin, you couldn't make this shit up - Tags: , ,

Republican black night lets call it a draw

posted previously on how the fallout from the attempted ousting of Len Brown by forces associated with the National Party and the fight back by the civilised wing of the party was evidence of major internal party dissent.

This week things went really strange.  Occasional commentator at the Standard Matthew Hooton laid things out clearly for Cameron Slater, essentially saying that Slater should put up or shut up.

In a recent NBR column he said that Slater was claiming that he knew of three other women who had been in affairs with Len Brown and that either the Herald or the Sunday Star Times had important new information to release.  Slater has even on his site been dropping not too subtle hints on who one of the women might be.  The complete absence of any evidence has not stopped Slater from hinting otherwise.

Hooton said that Slater’s and Palino’s reputations were now at stake.

Others have their reputation on the line, not least Mr Slater himself who took something of a risk in claiming publicly personal knowledge of at least three other women who can prove Mr Brown has misled not just his family this time – which would ultimately be a personal matter – but the media and people of Auckland.

It would be strange were Mr Slater to withhold information which, for that reason, is now clearly in the public interest when he went public with information about Bevan Chuang, which at least arguably wasn’t.

John Palino is also yet to give a credible account of what he discussed with Ms Chuang for one and a half hours late at night in the Mission Bay car park. Until he does, his political career looks no more promising than Luigi Wewege’s. It is not credible they would have spent that long talking late at night about threatening texts they are said to have received nearly a week earlier.

And based on yesterday’s revelations in the Sunday Herald and the SST I would suggest that the reputations of both men as well as that of Luigi Wewege are in tatters.

Karol has already detailed in her post the Blame Game the further allegations that have recently been made, the most startling of which is that Luigi Wewege applied pressure to Bevan Chuang to go public by sending to reporter Stephen Cook three naked photos she had previously sent to Wewege.  This is the same Luigi Wewege who said he was not in a relationship with Chuang.  The moral and legal issues raised by this latest disclosure are numerous.

The other startling development is the Herald’s interview with Luigi Wewege.  His views of what has happened are novel to say the least.

Cameron Slater’s assistant Pete said three days ago that over the next four days “[t]here will be more than you ever wanted to know or talk about”.  He is right but I suspect not in the way he or Slater thought things would turn out.

This is all bad news for the National Party.  And National MPs are distancing themselves from what has happened.

The links between the National Party and Slater’s site need further investigation and if rumours about direct involvement with the writing of posts are true then this would create a major risk for the party.  It would raise all sorts of issues if there was parliamentary resources being used directly or indirectly to support Slater’s site.  I suspect that there is a major panic occurring in Parliament right now trying to work out what damage is being caused by Slater’s actions.

National has to cut all links with Slater.  The likes of Amy Adams should realise that using his attack dog methods will eventually be a career limiting move. Because he has succeeded beyond what I thought would be possible in converting a story about a philandering mayor into a story of how forces on the right tried to usurp the democratic choice of Aucklanders.

Edit: Just fixed up para 2.  Writing on an ipad is not recommended …

140 comments on “National’s civil war continues”

  1. Dumrse 1

    ” I suspect that there is a major panic occurring in Parliament right now trying to work out what damage is being caused by Slater’s actions.”

    CONSPIRACY ……. A theory to use when all else fails.

  2. Tat Loo (CV) 2

    With any luck the NATs will push a losing strategy even harder, and double down on the attempted smears. That’ll finish things off very nicely.

  3. tc 3

    Great to see another obediant servant of this govt, hooten, working hard for his masters in taking a ‘moral’ stand against slater.

    Between him, granny, farrer and others they really are going hard on the smoke and mirrors as the rouge unit of the NACT spin machine goes off the reservation.

    Handy for them though as a diversion instead of Asset sales shambles, Banks, Skycity, the Police at it again etc etc, they dont have to give slater and his site oxygen.h

    • Saarbo 3.1

      “Handy for them though as a diversion instead of Asset sales shambles, Banks, Skycity, the Police at it again etc etc, they dont have to give slater and his site oxygen.”

      Yes, National come into power with a flawed strategy, essentially no strategy. They seem to exist to block a Labour led government, their only strategy was to cut government spending and sell strategic assets. I wonder how things in NZ would have gone without the stimulatory affects of the Chch earthquake. Things are now coming home to roost for a govt that has been relying on spin/bullshit…people are now realising this hopeless bunch have no idea what they are doing.

    • lurgee 3.2

      ” they really are going hard on the smoke and mirrors as the rouge unit of the NACT spin machine goes off the reservation”

      Good Lord, how many metaphors do you need? And all of them at odds! Can one really ‘go hard’ on ‘smoke an mirrors’? Why was there a ‘spin machine’ on a ‘reservation’? And what sort of ‘rogue unit’ would a ‘spin machine’ have?

      Language does not deserve this sort of abuse. It isn’t a Tory.

  4. Anne 4

    Of course there is link between National’s parliamentary research unit and Cameron Slater. It’s well known that is where David Farrar gets much of his information, so it’s inevitable Slater is sometimes used for the same purpose. The info. wouldn’t be sent in a traceable way of course to allow them to “categorically” deny it but would probably arrive via some intermediary arrangement.

    Years ago, I remember similar stories of misuse of info. by National’s Research team but it was impossible to find hard evidence. Only the police could do that, but to my knowledge nobody bothered to lay a complaint because they knew it would go nowhere. This was in the Muldoon days and the Colin Moyle affair was an excellent case of the misuse of information. Interestingly, that affair was also an example of a set-up designed to bring down a politician regarded by many as a future Labour leader.

    • yeshe 4.1

      Agreed Anne .. and how did it work out for them then ? Well, David Lange replaced Colin Moyle in Mangere, and the rest is some of our best history.

    • Treetop 4.2

      Sir Alfred North Inquiry of 1976 (An alleged breach of confidentiality of the Police file on Honourable Colin James Moyle, MP) was a closed inquiry. Submissions could be made.

      Were any submissions made?

      The full police evidence was ordered to be locked away for 25 years by the Attorney General.

      Will the full police evidence ever be released?

      From my writings on the inquiry P.6

      20 June 1975 Moyle was told by Walton “I explained that whilst his explanation was accepted it was with reservations because further enquires had not been carried out but it was not intended to pursue that matter further to ascertain the truth or otherwise of the explanation, the reason being that no offence was apparent or could be established by further enquiry” P.7. Moyle asked if the matter was to be recorded in police records. “I told him the file would be retained on a confidential basis for at least a year but as the evidence did not prove an offence no details would be entered in information records. I told him the confidential file would be retained in the safe used only by the Commissioner and myself. I told him it was necessary to retain the file in case there was any question as to the action of the police. I told him whilst no Police action would be taken to publicise the matter, we would nevertheless have to be able to account for our conduct in investigating the incident should it be queried in the future” P.8.

      P.7, P.8 Commission of Inquiry. (Hope this is sufficent for a reference).

      Muldoon’s dirt file was unleashed on 4 November 1976, some 17 months later.

      • Anne 4.2.1

        Let me add something I know Treetop. That episode was sparked by a phone-call to Colin Moyle late one evening . He was told by a person (no name given) that he had damming evidence of fraudulent behaviour inside the Defence Force. (I can’t remember the precise nature of the words used). The person arranged to meet Colin Moyle the same night on a Wellington street corner to pass over the documentation. No-one turned up. Instead Colin Moyle found himself the attention of a passing patrol car.

        This information was revealed in a Herald story marking the anniversary (either the 20th or 25th) of the scandal. I understand why Colin Moyle was reluctant to reveal this at the time because subsequent to that period, I was also targeted with hoax-type activity including phone calls. I reported several of the incidents – which I might add were very frightening at the time – to the police who did nothing. The impression I gained was they didn’t believe me.

        I eventually discovered the identity of my tormentors. They were former associates, and I was aware of various political hoaxes they had carried out in the 70s and 80s that were well publicised at the time. There is a strong possibility they were responsible for the Moyle hoax too but that’s all I can say on that.

        I never returned to the police with the information because of the way they had previously treated me. I lost all confidence in them and nothing has happened since to change that.

        • Treetop 4.2.1.1

          Anne there are people out there who know stuff and some know a lot. I am so in agreement with your last paragraph.

          I could sit down and have a chat with you. You are the first person I have known who has (first person) insight into the way Burnside and Muldoon ran the Moyle operation.

          The mystery caller died before the 1976 inquiry. There is mention of him in the released part of the inquiry.

          Your information could be in the full police evidence?

          Moyle is now aged 84. He resigned in February 1977 and was re elected in 1981 and retired in 1990.

          • Anne 4.2.1.1.1

            The mystery caller died before the 1976 inquiry.

            I didn’t know that Treetop. It means the person who made that call was not one of my former associates because both are still alive as far as I know. Even so, the nature of some of their activities in the 70s and early 80s in particular does suggest there may be a link of some sort. Hard to say without all the facts at my finger tips. And too many of those facts remain hidden from public view.

            • Tiger Mountain 4.2.1.1.1.1

              There are various examples of these types of scenarios involving the National Party, NZSIS and NZ Police in NZs political history Treetop and Anne as you may well know.

              Long retired lawyer Hec McNeil wrote a lengthy and detailed (unpublished) manuscript on the “Sutch Affair” that he shared with me a while back and regardless of the duplicity of the state forces they still did not get a conviction.

              I have always been suspicious of the level of medical care tendered Norman Kirk in his last days too. It was the era of crude interventions as per Whitlam in Australia. Some of these mysteries may have been sorted ‘by lunchtime’ in todays internet world.

              • Treetop

                “Some of these mysteries may have been sorted ‘by lunchtime in todays internet world.”

                What I love about some on the Standard is what and who the may know in regard to unresolved political dirty tricks. I could sit down and take part in a think tank on police failing to investigate from the mid 70s until the present concerning several high profile incidents where people are still waiting for a credible investigation to be carried out.

              • Anne

                Yes, Tiger Mountain there are many unanswered questions about that period of NZ’s political history – the 70s and 80s. You could say I had a ‘birds eye view’ of some of it even though I didn’t know it at the time. Suffice to say, I came under close but clandestine scrutiny during that period which leads me to conclude I was closer to the action than I knew.

                I see NZ and America have formally resumed ‘normal’ military ties.

                http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11147936

                Are the mysteries of the 70s and 80s related to this latest development? In my view – YES.

            • Treetop 4.2.1.1.1.2

              The person who could verify that Moyle had the 17 June 1975 meeting arranged died in October 1976, Moyle was a pallbearer at his funeral. (I won’t name him).

              • Anne

                I’m a bit confused here Treetop. You say the person who could verify that there was a meeting arranged died in 1976. The Herald article I referred to… mentioned a caller (I seem to remember it being anonymous) who claimed he had documented evidence of Defence Force corruption (or some such thing) and a meeting was arranged. The caller never turned up, but the cops did.

                I’ve tried to locate that article on the internet several times but without success. My curiosity has again been roused so think I will pay the Herald a visit in the near future and see if I can get hold of it.

                • lprent

                  May be easier at the Auckland Public Library. They had the Herald on micro-fiche pretty well up to date last time I looked at it a decade ago. It is a pity that Papers Past at the natlib only has the herald to 1924

                • Treetop

                  I’ll get back to you Anne, I have a copy of the released part of the 1976 inquiry.

  5. Sacha 5

    Genuine question: which faction in the Nats does Hooten work for?

    • Matthew Hooton 5.1

      None.

      • Sacha 5.1.1

        Thank you for that.

        • felix 5.1.1.1

          Sacha, that answer is only accurate in the most strictly literal sense., in that no-one identifying themselves as “Nat faction x” has a contractual arrangement with the entity “Matthew Hooten”.

          • QoT 5.1.1.1.1

            And if he perceives his work as being on behalf of the entire party then obviously he can’t just be working for one faction.

            • felix 5.1.1.1.1.1

              And there is no direct connection anyway. Plausible deniability is required by all, so Hooten’s company won’t be invoicing “National Party NZ Ltd”.

              His company will be subcontracted to another PR company employed by a trust administered by someone who just happens to want to communicate all the same messages that National does.

              • QoT

                It’s a perfectly believable coincidence, felix, because all those messages are just simple statements of fact. The Left just hates it because we’re really lizard people.

    • Rhinocrates 5.2

      Whoever pays him.

  6. captain hook 6

    he doesn’t work.
    he slides.

  7. Tracey 7

    Irony alert

    this from a professional liar must be bad indeed. Man whose own integrity is for sale questions integrity of others. Dont you get sick of living in an echo chamber matthew.

  8. Tracey 8

    Matthew do you do any paid or unpaid work for anyone in or associated with ACT or colin craigs regressive party

  9. Tracey 9

    The fact of the matter, sadly I think matthew, is your record makes it hard to know when you lie or speak the truth. Sad, because its no way to live. Did you ever consider running for parliament?

    • Matthew Hooton 9.1

      I would be surprised if you could point to any example of me having lied publicly.

      • QoT 9.1.1

        I don’t know, Matthew, it was kind of all over the radio. Oh that’s right – you were just accidentally being “inaccurate”.

      • One Anonymous Knucklehead 9.1.2

        This includes strategy development; project design and management; corporate reputation management; policy development; establishing formal relationship agreements; drafting legislation; government, stakeholder and media relations; market research and political polling; and the generation of all communications materials

        My bold.

  10. Populuxe1 10

    To call it a “civil war” is probably overstating the case. Slater is tolerated on the odd occasion he is useful and the rest of the time he is regarded as a sort of remitance character. The various National factions don’t want him because their brand relies on looking a shiny as possible, so he’s ended up falling in with a group of equally marginal and power-hungry critters closer to old ACT and maybe the Conservative cliques. National had nothing to gain from ousting Len Brown – as we saw from the Ports of Auckland dispute, he’s happy enough to sing from their song sheet anyway.

    • felix 10.1

      Yeah, right-wingers would have nothing to gain from having a more right-wing mayor of the biggest city in NZ.

      :roll:

      • Populuxe1 10.1.1

        Not especially, no. Having an ostensibly left wing mayor who doesn’t seem to publically oppose them overly much is far better camouflage for their dictatorial tendencies. This whole fiasco lacks the teflon finesse. Do you even politics?
        A handful of dickheads being dickheads does not a conspiracy make.

        • felix 10.1.1.1

          Yeah, they’re all really pleased that Banks didn’t win. The last thing right wingers want is a right wing mayor.

          :roll: :roll: :roll: :roll: :roll: :roll: :roll: :roll: :roll: :roll: :roll:

          • Treetop 10.1.1.1.1

            I think that there is no money for Brown’s expensive train set and a right wing mayor would not ask for as much money and/or defer.

            I also think that Brown could be constrained in asking for train money.

            Brown was doing something good for Auckland rail and he compromised himself.

            A by election would give him the confidence and a mandate.

          • Populuxe1 10.1.1.1.2

            Oh dear, am I using too many big words? *Sigh*
            Lets try this again. I have no doubt the NACTs would have been delighted if Banks had won, but (1) he was already becoming a liability despite their best efforts regarding Dotcom and so long as Len doesn’t rock the boat too much the status quo is ok for them, and (2) quite clearly the mechanations under discussion are attached to the PALINO campaign and the people caught with dirty hands are not exactly core National players (who generally are smoother operators and don’t skulk around in empty carparks at night).

            Rolling your eyes so much maybe causing you brain difficulties.

            • felix 10.1.1.1.2.1

              My my, haven’t we come a long way from what you actually said, which was

              a) “National had nothing to gain from ousting Len Brown”, and

              b) patently fucking stupid.

      • Wayne 10.1.2

        Felix, You may have noticed the Nats did not make a serious effort in the mayoralty campaign. Otherwise the standard bearer for the Right would have been someone other than Mr Palino.

        • Anne 10.1.2.1

          The thing is Wayne… if the boot had been on the other foot your party would have been screaming blue murder “off with their heads. This is a Labour Party plot to destroy the Right candidate etc.etc.etc.”. So you can hardly be surprised the Left adopts a similar tactic when the opportunity presents itself.

          I agree with you for the reasons you have given. Perhaps National needs to learn that if you sup with sleazy devils then you will eventually get hurt. But of course Slater, Lusk and co. have their uses from time to time so I guess all will be forgiven… at least until the next time they stuff up.

        • felix 10.1.2.2

          Hi Wayne, I think you’re a bit too grown up to be saying “wasn’t playing” after a loss.

  11. Rhinocrates 11

    A little ditty for Hoots…

    On the road to St Ives
    I met a man with seven guises
    In each guise he told seven lies
    And each lie contained seven fibs
    And each fib had seven tricks
    and each trick had seven spins.

    Spins, tricks, fibs, lies, guises
    Who shall care if he lives or dies?

    • Matthew Hooton 11.1

      Is that some sort of death threat?

      • Rhinocrates 11.1.1

        No you hysterical moron, stop rolling about playing the victim. I’m merely saying that you’re worthless: when you start pining for the fjords, no one’s going to give a damn.

        • One Anonymous Knucklehead 11.1.1.1

          you’re worthless

          That’s not fair. Matthew’s opinion is worthless, his profession is a cancer on society, but he has the intrinsic worth of any living being. An amoeba, for example.

          • Rhinocrates 11.1.1.1.1

            Hmmm, you’ve put your finger on the mater of worth indeed. Hoots is one of those homunculi like Key that mistakes price for worth, so he charges a price for his opinion… but it certainly has no worth.

            For a moment I thought that you comparison with an amoeba was unkind to a noble unicellular organism, but then I remembered Amoebic meningitis, which is surely what he tries to emulate.

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

      • cnrjoe 11.1.2

        Death threat ?- ta da ! – my suspicion confirmed – The Hooter is a boy. Who calls wolf when directed to.

  12. Tracey 12

    Lol matthew. I am sure you would rely on phrases like misleading or ambiguity but I am sure you choose your words carefully to avoid accusations of outright lying but you deal in murky areas.

    Didnt you recently call cunliffe a liar when you had no proof… so on radio it could be said you lied about cunliffe being a liar.

    Perhaps its more accurate to say you sling mud…

    • felix 12.1

      What Matthew does is deliberately attempt to steer people away from the truth.

      • Dumrse 12.1.1

        The Standard steers readers away from the truth and real issues. For example lets shoot all the messengers and not worry about Browns trousers around his ankles. There is way more to be had in the … he said, …she said, debate than actually exploring the ethics and morals of the left wing lying serial rooter. Then again, his ethics and morals fit the Labour Party model………..

        • Tat Loo (CV) 12.1.1.1

          Pfffft. It seems that you are the only one who thinks that “Browns trousers around his ankles” is a “real issue.”

          • chris73 12.1.1.1.1

            Well it should be, not the cheating itself but giving her a reference, using your position to get free motel rooms and sending threatening these are all things that if a politician on the right had been accused it’d be called corruption (at the very least)

            • felix 12.1.1.1.1.1

              “Well it should be, not the cheating itself but…”

              The fuck are you on about?

              One second you’re agreeing with dumbarse that it’s all about the trousers around the ankles, the next you’re denying that that’s an issue at all.

              Weak attempt at a smear, lacking the courage to say what you really want to say. D+

              • chris73

                Yes but in my defense you are a dick head so I’m not surprised you missed the point

                • felix

                  No, I highlighted the point.

                  Dumbarse 1 says ‘it’s all about trousers around ankles’.

                  Dumbarse 2 says ‘yes I totes agree except it’s not about that at all, it’s about something else, and btw threats’.

                  As Morrissey would say, that’s a damn near word perfect transcript.

            • Dumrse 12.1.1.1.1.2

              And that right wing politician would still be hanging in the town square.

              • One Anonymous Knucklehead

                Dumrse. You mean like Don Brash was hounded and vilified in the media and no wait, that didn’t happen, did it? And Rodney? Come to think of it he didn’t get dragged through the press either. Nor did Lange, despite the number of people who knew.

                Face it, Wewege, Slater, Palino, these people are damaged goods and you’re doing yourself no favours aligning with them. Perhaps you approve of their slimy curtain-twitching hypocrisy bordering on blackmail, but that says something about you.

                • Dumrse

                  Mmmmm, sometimes I suspect damaged goods are a better better option than a bunch of commentators with their heads stuck up their arses trying to ignore the inevitable. Brown is toast just like Cuntliffe and Labours most recent poll results.

                • Intrinsicvalue

                  OAK…who cares whether or not Slater is damaged goods. Was Len Brown having an affair or not? Did he give his lover a reference or not? Has he cheated on his wife and family for 2 years or not? Facts are facts, no matter how ‘damaged’ the source.

                  • Tat Loo

                    That ship sailed dude. The Right had a couple of days to make its point and get Len to resign, but it didn’t happen. Trying to win now on action replays isn’t going to work.

                    • David H

                      I’m still waiting for the plod’s to stir themselves awake at the mention of Blackmailing Len. But no they will just keep on pissing off motorists.

                  • One Anonymous Knucklehead

                    Intrinsicvalue yes, and your obsession with such matters says something about you and Slater. Vorhangzucken.

      • chris73 12.1.2

        You mean like Len Bowns spin doctors?

        • felix 12.1.2.1

          Wouldn’t know about that. Does he even have “spin doctors”?

          Can’t imagine he really needs them tbh.

          • chris73 12.1.2.1.1

            http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11146405

            Len spent council time conducting the affair
            Len gave his mistress a reference
            Len used his position to get free motel rooms to conduct his affair

            Had an employee of the council done any of the above then they would have been fired

            Had a politician from the right done any of the above the Standard would be calling it corruption and calling for his resignation

            Yet most people on this site think Lens the victim so yeah his spin doctors (I’m sure he has a team) are doing a good job

            • felix 12.1.2.1.1.1

              Well blow me down, I had never heard of that guy and I’ve already forgotten his name. I guess that alone indicates that he’s better at his job than some attention seekers I could name who constantly make themselves the story.

              ____________

              “Council time” lol. I’ve asked you this before.

              Would it make any difference to you if he waited until 5.30 on friday to rub one out in the office?

              I don’t think it would, because senior politicians don’t clock off at 5.30. He’s the Mayor of the biggest city in NZ. All of his time is “council time”.

              I think you object to him having an affair but you’re scared to say it, so you’re inventing reasons like “on council time” as if that was the issue.

              —————

              “reference” Yeah that’s careless. You shouldn’t write references for people with whom you have unacknowledged connections. It’s a pity you lot got so excited about the Mayor’s penis and didn’t realise that the reference was the only thing worth reporting on.

              Probably too late now though, we’re telling the story and it’s all about Slater and Wewege and Lusk and Ede and Banks. Sorry.

              ————–

              “motel rooms” Bollocks.

              ————–

              “victim” Liar.

              • chris73

                “Would it make any difference to you if he waited until 5.30 on friday to rub one out in the office?”

                – I expect him to be held to the same standards as those below him, if someone else had done what he’d done they’d be gone (or at the very least a final warning)

                “I think you object to him having an affair but you’re scared to say it, so you’re inventing reasons like “on council time” as if that was the issue.”

                – As I said before its not the affair its how it was how he conducted it

                “motel rooms” Bollocks

                – No its not bollocks its someone using their position for financial gain/keeping it off the books but more importantly it leaves him open to speculation about his signing off on skycity…was the free rooms a payoff for him?

                • Tat Loo (CV)

                  - I expect him to be held to the same standards as those below him

                  That’s really funny.

                • felix

                  That doesn’t address what I wrote at all.

                  If you say it’s “how he conducted it” that counts, you need to describe how he could’ve conducted his sex life in a way that wouldn’t bother you.

                  If you can’t, the obvious conclusion is that it’s the sex life that bothers you.

                  I’m not talking about the motel stuff you made up/read on whaleoil. I’m talking about the “council hours” nonsense.

  13. Ad 13

    Good stuff mickey.

    Still, polls are saying Labour needs to be more substantive to get public traction on a national level.

    We are going into Conference week. No more sideshows.

  14. Tracey 14

    Well said felix

  15. amirite 15

    A bit rich from Hooters to tell Whaleoil off when he himself does not know when to shut the fuck up.

  16. Tracey 16

    Mr hooten

    does Exeltium work for anyone associated with or a member of act party and/or colin craigs party?

    • Matthew Hooton 16.1

      No.

    • Rhinocrates 16.2

      There’s no point in asking questions of a liar, except to troll them. Nicky Hagar made it clear that even his own “friends” snigger at him behind his back and I think even now he doesn’t realise how many giggles he’s provoking

      … and I have to say, his avatar is perfect.

      Mister Hooton, are you in fact a reptoid from Zeta Reticuli?
      Are you a fan of Barry Manilow?
      What colour is a piece of string?
      What is the square root of zero?
      Crispy or crunchy?

      Hoots, we’re all playing with you. Haven’t you figured that out yet?

    • Rhinocrates 16.3

      There’s no point in asking questions of a “person who is economical with the truth”, except to “noun for a creature that lives under a bridge used as a verb” them. Nicky Hagar made it clear that even his own “friends” snigger at him behind his back and I think even now he doesn’t realise how many giggles he’s provoking

      … and I have to say, his avatar is perfect.

      Mister Hooton, are you in fact a reptoid from Zeta Reticuli?
      Are you a fan of Barry Manilow?
      What colour is a piece of string?
      What is the square root of zero?
      Crispy or crunchy?

      Hoots, we’re all playing with you. Really, haven’t you figured that out yet?

      [Mickeysavage/lprent I previously sent this post with some key words, one starting with "l" and the other starting with "t" that triggered moderation - you can delete them obviously]

    • felix 16.4

      Tracey, you are never going to get a straight answer to a question with words like “associated with” and “work for”. What do they mean? What does Hooten think they mean?

      They’re innocuous enough phrases when dealing with an honest broker, but you’re not.

      • Rhinocrates 16.4.1

        I think that Tracey just wants to see him, ah, um… “make statements that are not true” with a straight face just to confirm that he is someone incapable of telling the truth.

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8keZbZL2ero

        Hoots is actually quite funny – most of all because he takes himself so very seriously. There are few things funnier than him clinging to his “dignity”.

  17. Tracey 17

    First he was last to be rung about invading syria, now this….

    http://m.nzherald.co.nz/politics/news/article.cfm?c_id=280&objectid=11147208

  18. risildowgtn 18

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/9295689/Labour-and-Greens-see-support-grow

    Expect the infighting to spill over into the public arena with this

    Happy Labour day everyone

  19. BLiP 19

    . . . This week things went really strange carried on as usual. Occasional commentator at the Standard Matthew Hooton laid things out clearly for helped out National Ltd™ by advertising Cameron Slater’s latest filth on NBR using the excuse that Slater should put up or shut up . . .

    Ahh . . . that’s better. It was bugging me.

    • mickysavage 19.1

      Thanks BLiP. You don’t see the distancing exercise as significant? I agree that every time something happens from CT land we need to recheck it for level three and level four significance to try and work out what they are hoping to achieve but the distancing exercise appears to be significant.

  20. Rich 20

    I imagine that Slater’s Dad and his mates were not willing to fork out for the libel damages, which would probably be a great deal more than the $6k they had to find for his fines for breach of name suppression.

  21. pollywog 21

    Mr Hooton

    Have you ever cracked on off in your office ?

  22. Tracey 22

    Rhinocrates

    exactly.

    that obfuscating the truth comes so easily to him reinforces the pity I feel for how he chooses to make his way in life. I read hollowmen.

    I wonder what values he has imparted to his children?

    Cos the right are adamant that parents are responsible for how their children turn out.

    daddy I didnt lie, I was practising doing your job when I grow up.

    • Rhinocrates 22.1

      Yes, there is ultimately something rather sad about Hoots for all his appearance of smugness, since he’s so obviously defensive. Has that Audi/BMW/Generic Bourgemobile and Plasma TV really been worth it?

      Best wishes,

      –R

  23. Intrinsicvalue 23

    Here’s the thing. This is about Len Brown, not who blew the whistle. Our mayor has been cheating on his wife for two years. He proffered a reference to his lover without disclosing his conflict of interest. He has conducted his affair both within council buildings, and at hotels. He has brought the office of the mayor into disrepute, and has shown an appalling lack of judgement. To cap it all off, he is now AWOL. This is nothing to do with a right wing conspiracy, no matter how hard the left want it to be so. This is about a dishonest, philandering mayor, who should resign for the sake of his family and his city.

    • Tat Loo 23.1

      That ship sailed dude. Like 48 hours after the news came out. Where have you been?

    • JLLJames 23.2

      Too correct. But that wouldn’t make good reading for the great unwashed would it ;)

    • McFlock 23.3

      Just to clarify – you think that adultery and a possible conflict of interest (being investigated by the appropriate authorities) is a highly important issue for public consideration, but a national-aligned candidate with possible knowledge about what might actually be a criminal case of blackmail as part of an election campaign is totes “nothing to see here”, let alone seriously more important than an affair?

      fascinating.

      • JLLJames 23.3.1

        actually she had a legal opinion which cleared her on that front.

        It reflects on ones judgement and integrity. If you lie to your family for two years, you probably don’t have any issues with lying on other things. Only a very ignorant person would believe that this is an isolated incident of his ethics being breached. Also lets not forget about the inappropriate expenses he claimed when he was mayor of Manukau city.

        • Tat Loo 23.3.1.1

          So you want all public office holders who have had affairs to be hounded out of their jobs, right? Judges, CEOs, doctors, accountants, lawyers, police officers and engineers too, right?

          Because if they’ve had an affair, they simply cannot be trusted to tell the truth in their professional duties, right?

          • JLLJames 23.3.1.1.1

            Pretty much. Your personal dealings are a reflection of your professional ones. Ethics, integrity, morals are characteristics lost in New Zealand these days.

            So i’m guessing you are comfortable with all members of the right wing having affairs, giving jobs to their friends, etc? And of course you won’t complain about it or demand their head?

            And the examples you gave are not people in elected positions, so it’s hardly an appropriate comparison. I bet if you found out John Banks had cheated on his wife you would demand his head without hesitation. Call me wrong.

            • Tat Loo (CV) 23.3.1.1.1.1

              I didn’t give a shit that Brash or Smith or any other right wing pollie had affairs (and there are many). Why should I, it’s their private lives.

              Pretty much. Your personal dealings are a reflection of your professional ones. Ethics, integrity, morals are characteristics lost in New Zealand these days.

              OK so how do you propose to enforce this throughout society, for both the public sector and the private sector?

              • fender

                Oh I know….

                Lie detector tests at every job interview or hey what shonKey likes….spy on everyone…yeah that’ll fix it…

              • Watching

                Tat Loo (CV)

                In a previous role I had two people working for me that had sex onsite at at city office building . As this was in in the context of consulting on a project at the client premises the outcome wasn’t that hard to enforce.

                It easy to comment on what is right/wrong regarding a person private live but when it comes into the professional work environment everything can & does change. The difference from writing about it is that in my case I had to make a set of decision – have you.

            • McFlock 23.3.1.1.1.2

              Who demanded rodney hide’s resignation? Other than his ex-wife, of course.

              You’re wrong.

            • gobsmacked 23.3.1.1.1.3

              I bet if you found out John Banks had cheated on his wife you would demand his head without hesitation. Call me wrong.

              Wrong, and easy to prove.

              Numerous elected reps of the Right have done this. Find posts calling for their heads. Here, or any source you you wish. Go on.

              You can’t, so yes, you’re wrong. And a fucking hypocrite. Unless YOU have called for their resignations. Have you?

        • gobsmacked 23.3.1.2

          That’s why I asked you the question on the other thread (which you haven’t answered).

          Again …

          Do you believe that members of the government who have been unfaithful to their partners, should resign?

          If not, why not?

        • McFlock 23.3.1.3

          Who the fuck is “her”? I’m talking about palino, who at best was completely ignorant of the absolute sleaze-merchants he had helping him on his campaign, and at worst (as a micromanager) knew about everything that was going on.

          But maybe I just prefer FDR to nixon on more than purely policy grounds.

  24. Kevin 24

    The inaugural meeting of Auckland Council’s governing body will take place at 6pm on Tuesday 29 October at the Auckland Town Hall.

    The mayor and governing body members will be sworn into office at this time.

    Tomorrow Len takes the oath of office for the Auckland Mayoralty, an open public event.

    http://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/EN/newseventsculture/OurAuckland/News/Pages/inauguralmeetings.aspx

    No doubt the media will be there in force as well as some of Len’s friends and supporters as well as his family. Let’s hope that the event will not be turned into a fiasco.
    It will be interesting to observe Len’s enemies in the public gallery, they will be the one’s who look nauseated to the point of throwing up. Mathew will probably be one of them putting on a brave face and Cam will be to sick to attend. Luigi is incognito and John will be still hiding in his bolthole. Bevan will be busy getting treatment for carpet burns on her knees.

  25. King Kong 25

    I enjoyed the irony when, Micky, who is well known to be intimately connected to the office of the leader of the Labour party, writes a blog post asking to have another blog investigated for connections to Parliamentary services and their resources.

    Top stuff.

    [lprent: I should point out that KK was almost certainly referring to a electorate office. However since he (I assume deliberately) didn't make this clear. Micky might treat it with good humour, however I don't. To me it is just another attack.

    I am deliberately being ambiguous in not giving KK an duration for the ban he just collected for ambiguously attacking an author.

    Try again later, to find out when the ban expires. ]

    • vto 25.1

      weak kong.

      can you not see the glaring differences in the situations?

      you never say anything of substance

    • mickysavage 25.2

      Kong I can put my hand on my heart and say that no parliamentary resources whatsoever were used in the creation of this post.

      I thought you would approve of this …

      • King Kong 25.2.1

        Micky, If you weren’t doing lord Dave’s bidding for for free, I would be disappointed.

        • mickysavage 25.2.1.1

          So let’s see if I understand this. You say that it is ironical that I say that the resourcing of a right wing blog should be investigated yet you accept that I do not receive parliamentary resources to blog …

          Talk about ironical …

          • King Kong 25.2.1.1.1

            I was talking about money. Information, predetermined attack lines and spin I am not so sure about. Maybe you should organise an enquiry.

  26. Watching 26

    The links between the National Party and Slater’s site need further investigation and if rumours about direct involvement with the writing of posts are true then this would create a major risk for the party.

    Slater site is a political base blog. I always assume that he has close links with the National staffers including MP’s, MP’s staff & National party people – so I not sure what the issue is.

    I also suspect that certain political identities from the other side (Labour) have his telephone number. To run your political agenda you often get the negative stuff out via the other side.

    I take this all into account when reading a political blog – don’t you.

    Successful political blogs throughout the world have connections. Its the source of information otherwise the blog becomes nothing more than writing in a silo by looking at your naval.

    On this site I assume that there are:
    1. Authors and comment writers who are paid staff of political parties
    2. Authors and comment writers who are members of a political parties
    3. Authors and comment writers who don’t belong to a political party
    4. Comment writers who are acting a part
    5. Watchers from any of the above plus the media.

    I read this blog but understand the currency of the views.

    Whenever I read a piece on here, or in a another blog or in my own work on consulting documents I do have a couple of questions I ask myself (1) why are they saying that and (2) why are they positioning the answer/solution – often to their own question.

  27. Former Red Man 27

    I’m sorry…who had the affair again?

    I’m sorry…was it WITH someone associated directly with the ACC or NOT with some directly associated with the ACC?

    I’m sorry…was a big chunk of this affair conducted IN the council offices, or NOT in the council offices?

    I’m sorry…did this come out to the voters BEFORE the elections, or AFTER the elections?

    I’m sorry…has Len Brown EVER used a moral platform for his campaigning, or NEVER used a moral platform for his campaigning?

    I’m sorry…why are we so keen to give this man a pass…??? Why were we so in rapture to see Nick Smith resign, but so keen to see Len Brown not?

    No wonder the Right look at us with disdain. I feel disgust that we have not led the charge for proper accountability here.

    And no, I’m not with the “Right”. The only party I have ever been a member of is Labour. Not anymore though.

    This and the farce with the “Artwork” censorship shows how little we understand the majority of the people who live in this country. And I’m not talking about poll results.

    • framu 27.1

      heres a fucking crazy idea

      one act doesnt excuse the other

      the affair is out in the open and possible abuses are being investigated – OK good, lets move on to the next issue

      one political team then manipulated the situation, coerced, blackmailed and threatened people in order to try and turn the result in their favour, have now been exposed and all the players have known ties to the party running the country

      one issue is between a man, his wife and a mistress. the other contains acts of criminality that could potentially affect roughly 1mil people, if not the entire country

      can you tell me which is more important?

      Can you separate the issues?

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    A bid to sell the Ruataniwha water project to Hawkes Bay farmers has turned in to an incredibly one sided affair, says Labours spokesperson on Water Meka Whaitiri.  “It’s being promoted as ‘Ruataniwha it’s now or never’ and it promises...
    Labour | 30-10
  • Worker’s rights dealt severe blow with Bill’s passing
    The passing of the Employment Relations Amendment Bill is another blow to workers' rights in New Zealand, the Green Party said today.This afternoon, National's Employment Relations Amendment Bill passed with the support of Act and United Future."This bill will force...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Barriers to reporting sex crimes must go
    Both the Government and police need to take action to ensure that, in future, sexual abuse victims know they will be taken seriously, Labour’s Associate Police spokesperson Kelvin Davis says. “The young women involved in the Roast Busters case, and...
    Labour | 30-10
  • Te Wakaputanga – What we did not learn at school
    This week saw the 179th anniversary of the signing of Te Wakaputanga, the Declaration of Independence of the United Tribes of Niu Tireni. Most of us did not learn about this fundamentally critical document at school, we barely learned about...
    Greens | 30-10
  • NZ goes backwards on gender equality
    It is no coincidence that in the same week New Zealand is singled out for going backwards on child poverty under National,  we’ve also dropped in global rankings for gender equality. In one year New Zealand has dropped from 7th...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Kevin Hague questions the Minister of Health on management of Katherine Ric...
    Is he satisfied that all conflicts of interest that arose by the head of Food and Grocery Council Katherine Rich being a member of the Health Promotion Agency were managed in accordance with the provisions of the Crown Entities Act...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Bennett parks numbers on social housing
    Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett admitted today that well over 1000 families have been subsidised through the accommodation supplement to stay in the Ranui campground, somewhere she has previously described as not the right place for children to be growing...
    Labour | 30-10
  • 50,000 sign petition against anti-worker law
    More than 50,000 Kiwis have signed Labour’s petition against the Government’s scrapping of tea break entitlements, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “That’s the equivalent of five people signing our petition every minute for a week. It shows the...
    Labour | 30-10
  • Address in Reply Debate – Dr Kennedy Graham on UN Security Council- 2...
    In the Speech from the Throne last week the Prime Minister identified the usual domestic goals for his Government. I counted 17. They are not my subject today. I wish instead to focus on matters beyond our shores. In the...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Climate change harming ocean health
    New Zealand is responsible for one of the largest areas of sea in the world – an area 14 times the size of our land area. The National Government is promising new marine protected areas legislation with a discussion document...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Key misled public over Jason Ede
    Information contained in a new chapter of the book Key: Portrait of a Prime Minister, that Jason Ede stopped working for the National Party on the night the book Dirty Politics was released, shows Mr Key and senior ministers hid...
    Greens | 29-10
  • Greenpeace report highlights better path for NZ agriculture
    A Greenpeace International report highlights a better way forward for New Zealand agriculture than the GE and chemical mutation technologies supported by Federated Farmers, and the National Government through its research funding packages, the Green Party said today. "This report...
    Greens | 29-10
  • BNZ post record profits while leaving savers vulnerable
    A small part of the $850 million record profit posted by the Bank of New Zealand (BNZ) today needs to be set aside to protect savers' deposits in the future, said Green Party Co-leader Dr Russel Norman today.Dr Norman was...
    Greens | 29-10
  • RBNZ U-turn shows monetary settings were wrong
    The Reserve Bank's U-turn on interest rates today shows monetary policy settings were wrong and New Zealanders have suffered unnecessarily through the loss of jobs and having to pay higher interest rates, the Green Party said today.Reserve Bank Governor Graeme...
    Greens | 29-10
  • Ports must take responsibility for shameful death toll
    Port companies must step up and take responsibility for a shameful toll of seven deaths and 133 serious accidents in the past three years, Labour MP Iain Lees-Galloway says. The frightening figures – released by the Rail, Maritime and Transport...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Please help me get my Feed the Kids Bill to Select Committee
    Last week I took over the Feed the Kids Bill that Hone Harawira had introduced to Parliament. If passed, my Bill will provide government-funded breakfast and lunch in all decile 1 and 2 schools. Hungry kids can’t learn and are...
    Greens | 29-10
  • TVNZ Outsourcing Pasifika and Maori Programmes
    I’ve always been a big fan of our state broadcaster and I’ve particularly liked their range of current events programmes. But after Friday’s announcement that TVNZ will be sacking up to 40 staff by contracting out the Pacific and Maori...
    Greens | 29-10
  • Labour urges iwi leaders to meet with National
    Labour’s Māori Caucus has called on iwi leaders and national Māori organisations to seek urgent meetings with the National Government to directly express their concerns about employment law changes which will harm Māori workers. In an open letter sent today...
    Labour | 29-10
  • ACC’s reputation needs fix, not glitz
    Restoring public trust and confidence in ACC will take a lot more than a new communications strategy or social media blitz, says Labour’s ACC spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway. “Under National, ACC has come to be perceived as insensitive, difficult to deal...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Lessons to be learned from police investigation
    The outcome of the so-called Roast Busters case should not put victims off reporting sexual crimes, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “This case has been mishandled from the start. Within days of police initially saying no charges had...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Anti-worker legislation is anti-Pacifica
    The Minister for Pacific Peoples, Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga, will go down in history as being part of a Government that harmed his own people through anti-worker legislation, says Labour’s Pacific Island Affairs spokesperson Su’a William Sio.  “Pacific people are among...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Five-year tax holiday for overseas tax dodgers
    National has just gifted a five-year tax holiday for foreign companies dodging their tax payments, says Revenue spokesperson David Clark. “Todd McClay has pretended he is doing something about overseas companies dodging their tax duties by joining an international initiative...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Traffic Jam Tax must be given the red light
    Auckland Council’s proposed Traffic Jam Tax could cost some households thousands of dollars a year just to use roads they had already paid for with their taxes and must be rejected, says Labour’s transport and Auckland Issues spokesperson Phil Twyford....
    Labour | 29-10
  • National has chance to show leadership on limos
    The National Party has the opportunity to show leadership by transitioning our vehicle fleet towards renewable electricity when a new contract to supply Government limousines for VIPs goes to tender next month, the Green Party said today. "This is a...
    Greens | 29-10
  • The Māori Party can’t have it both ways over labour laws
    The Māori Party has to fess up over its voting record on the Employment Relations Amendment Bill, says Labour’s Māori Caucus.  “It’s simply not good enough to oppose the bill at the same time  as they helped speed up its progress through...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Equal pay and the aged care sector
    Today the High Court upheld the historic ruling by the Employment Court that our Equal Pay Act could be used to consider work of equal value cases; the government has been telling the UN and ILO that it could for...
    Greens | 29-10
  • Court case perfect opportunity for Government to improve gender pay gap
    If the Government wants to halt New Zealand’s slump in international rankings on the gender pay gap it should act on the court finding that women deserve equal wages, Labour’s Women’s Affairs spokesperson Sue Moroney says. “The World Economic Forum’s...
    Labour | 28-10
  • All Auckland transport options should be considered
    All options for meeting Auckland's transport needs should be considered, including reprioritising the transport budget away from wasteful spending on motorways, the Green Party said today.Auckland mayor Len Brown is today releasing a transport report by the Independent Advisory Board,...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Another report highlights Govt failure on child poverty
    An international report measuring the impact of the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) on child poverty rates, showing children in New Zealand have done worse than children in other countries, is further proof the Government needs to urgently take additional steps...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Address and Reply Debate Part 55: Inequality and Disability
    I rise on behalf of the Green Party to talk about inequality and disability.The recent census showed that nearly one in four New Zealanders lives with a disability—up from one in five in the previous census. These figures include some...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Address and Reply Debate Part 55: Inequality and Disability
    I rise on behalf of the Green Party to talk about inequality and disability.The recent census showed that nearly one in four New Zealanders lives with a disability—up from one in five in the previous census. These figures include some...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Child poverty: No more wake-up calls
    A new report which shows the National Government has made no inroads whatsoever into child poverty should do more than just set alarm bells ringing, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “UNICEF’s  latest Innocenti Report Card highlights the fact...
    Labour | 28-10
  • Eugenie Sage speaks in the 2014 Address in Reply Debate
    I congratulate you, Assistant Speaker Mallard, as Assistant Speaker and look forward to your knowledge, your fairness, and your light touch in being a referee of proceedings in this House. I congratulate also the other Assistant Speaker, Lindsay Tisch; the...
    Greens | 28-10
  • James Shaw’s Maiden Speech
    Tena Koe, Mr Speaker. I would like to take this opportunity to speak a little of the past, the present and the future. The privilege to serve in this Parliament was given to me by all those who gave their...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Govt airs real views on public broadcasting
    An admission by the Government that it is happy to experiment with Pacific and Maori audiences shows just how weak its vision for public broadcasting in New Zealand is, Labour’s Broadcasting spokesperson Kris Faafoi says. “National today admitted it doesn’t...
    Labour | 28-10
  • Does Judith Collins have a get out of jail card?
    Former justice minister Judith Collins appears to have been gifted a get out of jail free card based on the Prime Minister’s answers in Parliament today, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “Judith Collins claimed in an Official Information...
    Labour | 28-10
  • Solid Energy decision delay sensible
    Today’s announcement by the Board of Solid Energy that it will delay making a final decision on re-entering the Pike River mine is a sensible move, Labour’s MP for  West Coast-Tasman Damien O’Connor says. “It has been clear for some...
    Labour | 28-10
  • New York Green Bank off to a $1B start
    New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced late last week the New York Green Bank’s first NZD$1 billion tranche of green energy investments. The projects, which are difficult for the private sector to finance, are now possible by New York Green...
    Greens | 28-10
  • The Final Fifth: The Last Great Task for Progressive New Zealand.
    MOST OF NEW ZEALAND’S social problems are concentrated among those living at the margins of what is otherwise a relatively wealthy society. Recently released international data on child poverty has exposed an acutely stressed social strata encompassing roughly 20 percent...
    The Daily Blog | 31-10
  • Myth Busting Rape Boasters
    In just one week a case that galvanised a nation into discussing rape culture is now being reframed as mischievous teen hi-jinx. One year ago the Roast Busters case came to the attention of the media and the public. This...
    The Daily Blog | 31-10
  • Workers rights weakened by new laws – fightback needed
    The government’s changes to the employment laws are designed to weaken workers bargaining power – at both the individual and collective level.   30-day rule The old law required an employer with a collective agreement in place to employ new...
    The Daily Blog | 31-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Simon Buckingham – Where are Labour Candidates on disability?
    For the few people who know me (hello Mum), I am proudly New Zealand’s first Autistic Spectrum Lawyer, as well as being the very bottom Candidate on the Labour Party List. (64 out of 64). Being honoured like this is...
    The Daily Blog | 31-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Blockade the Budget
    The ‘Independent’ Police Conduct Authority’s report into the policing of student protests in 2012 is a whitewash The report released by the Independent Police Conduct Authority into the policing of student protests in 2012 is a whitewash riddled with inaccuracies....
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • When National claim new anti worker laws provide ‘flexibility’ they mea...
    And so it comes to pass. The first law National ram through as part of their victory march are new anti worker laws they pretend will generate ‘flexibility’. The new law denigrate the unions ability to protect workers and provide...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • City Transport: A Taxing Matter
    This week the prospect of paying tolls on Auckland motorways became a hot topic. (See Mathew Dearnaley:Motorway tolling could hit some hard, NZ Herald, 30 Oct 2014.) As we might expect, the kneejerk response has been quite negative. But, as with...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Open Letter to Amy Adams: Please Reopen The Review Into Sexual Violence Cou...
    Ms Amy Adams, Justice and Courts Minister, Right now in this country it seems that although rape is illegal, it is not being prevented by the agents who uphold the law. It almost feels like rape is only illegal on paper,...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • MEDIA WATCH: Does ‘No-Surprises’ Also Apply To TVNZ News?
    When you stand back and look at NZ media outlets, most of them have at least one or two people who attempt to hold the government to account: John Campbell on TV3, Guyon Espiner and others at Radio NZ, David...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Things That Make You Go Hmmmmmmm
    Every so often in politics, a public figure comes out with something so absurd and so outlandish … that it really does just make you go “Hmmmmmmmmmm”. We’re accustomed to this from certain quarters – by mid point through the...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Poverty & inequality don’t need protest marches – they need a riot:...
    The global level of inequality continues to skyrocket… Number of billionaires doubled since financial crisis The number of billionaires has doubled since the start of the financial crisis, according to a major new report from anti-poverty campaigners. According to Oxfam,...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • If Key knows who Rawshark is…
    I’m sorry, what? John Key ‘given Rawshark’s name’The Prime Minister believes he knows who hacked Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater’s computer and produced the source material for Nicky Hager’s Dirty Politics, according to a new edition of a recently published...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Child Poverty stats in NZ
    Child Poverty stats in NZ...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Crimes Act + Police Investigation = WTF
    Just to frame the farce that is the Roastbuster’s investigation and conclusion – here are the parts of the Crime Act http://www.legislation.govt.nz/act/public/1961/0043/latest/whole.html#DLM329057  the Roastbusters are proven to have violated – that the police (and some suspects!) themselves acknowledge occurred: Crimes...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Publishing Journalists’ Home Addresses Is A Tactic Of The Right, Not The ...
    I think I’m starting to get rather annoyed with the conduct of some pro-MANA people over this ongoing Parliamentary Services crew complement issue. Yes, we get that there are legitimate issues to be raised with how some political reporters in...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Aucklanders caught between a tarseal-addicted government and a weak mayor
    Len Brown’s proposal for motorway tolls to reduce congestion and provide funding for better public transport is a weak response to a critical issue. The $12 billion dollar shortfall on transport funding he talks about is mainly for projected new...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • A Very Weird Story: Deconstructing Darren Aronofsky’s Noah.
    NOAH is a curious movie. Conceived as a biblical epic, it’s target audience was originally the millions of Americans who regard the Bible as God’s inerrant word. With the sin-filled works of Hollywood forbidden to these true-believers, Christian movie-makers have developed...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • You Can Get Away With Rape In New Zealand
    Jessie Hume with last years petition against rape     The police have sent a strong message today.  In fact they’ve been sending a strong message for a while; a message that our government supports. “You can literally get away...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Roast Buster case – no charges. In the immortal words of NWA…
    Roast Busters case: No prosecutions Police are to make an announcement this afternoon on Operation Clover, the investigation into the “Roast Busters” allegations. The Herald understands the victim has been told that the alleged offenders will not be prosecuted due...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Key’s flag change distraction to cost $26million!
    No. Way. Bid to change NZ flag to cost millions The cost of holding two referendums and consulting on a change of flag has been estimated to be just under $26 million. Look. We all appreciate that the sleepy hobbits...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Why NZ Herald’s Labour Party crocodile tears are so audacious
    The front page the NZ Herald would use if they thought they could get away with it No one can take the recent columns by NZ Herald seriously… John Armstrong: Shadow lingers on National John Roughan: Labour’s leadership vote matters...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • The beginning of the end of Cameron Slater?
    Slater postings on man bizarre, court told A businessman has changed his appearance and had to install extra security at his home after Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater posted his business and personal documents online, he says. Mr Slater has...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • We are a milk power republic and Fonterra our unelected senate
    Wow. Just wow… Deputy mayor says he’ll be sacked South Taranaki deputy mayor Alex Ballantyne says he expects to be sacked because he has spoken out about the impact gasses coming from dumped Fonterra dairy products have had on his...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • MEDIA WATCH: “…But *actually* this is about ethics in political-game jo...
    Yesterday, a piece of mine on the recent revelations about Hone Harawira employing several gentlemen either accused or convicted of sex offences was published on The Daily Blog. Predictably, given the fierce loyalty which Hone inspires in his party faithful and...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • Privilege cheque
    There was no race problem in my childhood. Living in central Wellington I was well-insulated from what was going on not so far away. This was the 60s and 70s, where the teachers enjoyed free love in the staff room...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • A brief word on Key’s claim that it will be raining carnage
    Isis will ‘rain carnage on the world’ – John Key Left unchecked Isis would “rain carnage on the world”, Prime Minister John Key says, but he has yet to make a decision on whether New Zealand troops will join a...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • Meanwhile…
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    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • How does Andrew Little win Labour Leadership and unify the caucus?
    Audrey Young’s excellent column on how the Caucus vote  is shaping up shows how Andrew Little becomes the next leader of the Labour Party. She identifies the factions as the following… Andrew Little 6: Andrew Little, David Cunliffe, Iain Lees Galloway,...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Joe Trinder – Right of response to Curwen
    You have asked that Hone Harawira deserves to explain what happened, how would he explain when his next door neighbour is an alleged sex offender. What explanation can Hone offer he wasn’t involved, Hone had no idea this offending was...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • MEDIA WATCH: That Hella-Weird Feeling When You Defend Tova O’Brien
    Oh dear. Yesterday morning I blogged that Hone deserved a chance to explain what exactly had happened as applies his office’s Parliamentary Services crew complement – and, importantly, that we deserve to be able to judge him on the strength of...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • Canadian Green MP warns against harsh anti-terror measures
    Canada’s Green Party has provided a welcome counterpoint to Prime Minister Harper’s call for tougher anti-terrorism laws in the wake of a soldier outside the Canadian Parliament. On October 22, while she was still locked in her parliamentary office, Green...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • When is an asset sale not an asset sale? When it robs from the poor and ste...
    National have turned state housing on its head. At no time during the 2014 election did the Key Government even hint that they were going to privatise 30% of the Housing NZ stock of state homes. Not once. Key even...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • Housing; broken promises, families in cars, and ideological idiocy (Part To...
    . . Continued from: Housing; broken promises, families in cars, and ideological idiocy (Part Rua) . Bill English comes clean on National’s intentions for HNZ privatisation . On 14 October, in a report on The Daily Blog, I wrote, In...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • The Questions Have Been Asked – They Deserve An Answer
    A few days ago, allegations that had been percolating for some time about Hone Harawira employing three either accused or convicted sex offenders on his Parliamentary pay-roll came to light. (one imprisoned before working for MANA; one who found himself convicted and...
    The Daily Blog | 26-10
  • I have seen one future, and it is bleak
    . . Back in  March 2012, I wrote this story regarding a march to support striking workers at Ports of Auckland. It appears there was some prescience about some of my observations at the time… . | | 18 March...
    The Daily Blog | 26-10
  • US air strike war Key wants us in has killed a civilian a day so far
      The US air strike war that John Key wants us to join has killed a civilian a day so far. From the Washington Post... The United States launched its first airstrikes on militants in Syria on Sept. 23, and has continued...
    The Daily Blog | 26-10
  • The instant Jihad syndrome
    My favourite new term is ‘self-radicalised’ – it suggests the reasons for terrorism are totally divorced from the actions of the West. This need to suddenly ramp up terror laws because of lone wolf, self-radicalised Jihadists seems convenient and counter-productive....
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • We have nothing to fear from Ebola but fear itself
    I suspect most Americans perceive Ebola like this   I can’t work out if the fear being spread within the media about Ebola is deliberate or just ignorance. Yes Ebola is a terrible plague that kills a large percentage of...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Anjum Rahman – “Meritocracy? I wish.”
    I’d like to start by linking to a post I had published at another site in support of Nanaia Mahuta for the Labour Party leadership election.  She has a reasonable chance, given that she already has the endorsement of Te...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • Chocolate milk shortage and creepy Santa? Let’s talk about real news
    Child poverty is still a scarily serious problem in this country and house prices are soaring through the roof to the point where it is simply impossible for the average New Zealander to buy a home. There is also little...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • It’s time to celebrate Kiwi schools and teachers
    Some would have you believe that New Zealand’s schools are in a state of collapse, that your children are not being educated well and that things are going to hell in a hand basket.  That there is no innovation, no...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • Ideological Blitzkrieg – Privatization of state housing, more charter sch...
    Pundits in pundit land will tell you that this Government is boring, that Key is the great pragmatist and that it is his ability to create elegant solutions that keeps him the firm favourite in many Kiwi eyes. This ability...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • Hegemony rules but resistance is fertile
    The Prime Minister is a puppet. Not just our current Prime Minister, but given the forces of multinational globalisation, the role of any head of state, is less as independent actor, and more as a puppet of international trends and...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • An open Letter to Sir Bob Jones: demanding a ‘liveable wage’ is not “...
    How out of touch with reality is Sir Bob Jones? You know, that white dude who invested in privatised SOEs after the selling off of our assets in the eighties and made a ludicrous and disgusting amount of money and is...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • My insecurity about the Security Council
    As I write this (on 24 October) it is international UN Day. Of course, you all knew that already, right? Well, the day celebrates the entry into force of the UN Charter in 1945. With the ratification of this founding...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Catherine Delahunty – Back in That House
    Parliament opened this week and I still find it a very odd place. Most of the people are reasonably courteous and friendly, but the rituals are archaic and the rules around issues like the swearing in oath are oppressive and...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Marae Investigates No More
    TVNZ yesterday announced the closure of their Māori and Pacific programmes department. That means they’ve chosen to stop making Fresh, Tagata Pasifika, Waka Huia and Marae Investigates to let independent producers get their hands on these lucrative contracts. This is...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • BLOGWATCH: An Un-Civil War in Labour, eh?
    Earlier today, my attention was directed to an entry that’s just recently appeared on the Slightly Left of Centre blog. It purports to contain the ‘inside word’ from a highly placed NZF source – which is funny, because I’m pretty sure...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Santanomics 101
    Santanomics could mean a number of things. It could be the study and practice of giving. Or it could mean the study and practice of rampant end-of-year commercialism. However, for me today it is the economics of erectingAuckland’s giant Santa...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • SkyCity boss misleads public over workers lost shifts
    SkyCity CEO Nigel Morrison has defended the employment practices at his company in an “Opinion” piece entitled “Human Capital key to corporate success” in the NZ Herald on Thursday. A number of his claims are misleading, contain only partial truths...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Roast Busters: Turn Indignation into Action
    People raged about the Roast Buster case. The indignation was justified – it was horrible. “Where were their parents!?” Fair question. I am sure the Roast Busters’ parents and the victims’ parents all wish they had been more proactive in...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Stats NZ only have themselves to blame for postponement
    The Public Service Association (PSA) says Statistics NZ only have themselves to blame for the indefinite postponement of the release of the Food Price Index: November 2014....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • NZ Diversity Survey – benchmarking workplace diversity
    AUT University’s New Zealand Work Research Institute (NZWRI) has released a report on diversity in New Zealand workplaces....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Māori Language (Te Reo Māori) Bill
    Tutehounuku Korako, Chair of the Māori Affairs Committee, is inviting further public submissions on this bill. The closing date for submissions is Friday, 5 December 2014....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • ERA amendments a mixed bag
    The Employment Relations Amendment Act has the potential to put vulnerable workers in a more precarious position, says Equal Opportunities Commissioner, Dr Jackie Blue. However, the commissioner says the right for all to request flexible work hours is...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Sensible Sentencing calls for appeal of judicial activivism
    The Sensible Sentencing Trust is appalled that Justice Jill Mallon has today refused to apply the Life without Parole (LWOP) provisions of the Three Strikes law as enacted by Parliament....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Global Rally against ISIS – for Kobanê – for Humanity, Nov 1
    The New Zealand Kurdish Community will march in solidarity with Kurdistan as part of the “GLOBAL RALLY AGAINST ISIS – FOR KOBANÊ – FOR HUMANITY” on 1 November 2014, 2pm....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Does ‘No-Surprises’ Also Apply To TVNZ News?
    When you stand back and look at NZ media outlets, most of them have at least one or two people who attempt to hold the government to account: John Campbell on TV3, Guyon Espiner and others at Radio NZ, David...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Safer roads are better for everyone
    Recent pedestrian versus vehicle incidents highlight the real issues being addressed by delegates as the 2Walk and Cycle conference concludes....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Law change creates more flexible labour market
    The Employment Relations Amendment Act, passed yesterday, will bring new flexibility to the labour market and will reduce the ability of unions to organise and to recruit....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Bumper ANZ profits mean no excuse for insecure hours
    A big rise in profits at New Zealand's largest bank needs to be reflected in a better pay offer and more security around hours of work, the bank workers’ union said today....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Count down to lowered alcohol limit
    With just a month to go until a new lower alcohol limit for adult drivers comes into effect, Police and road safety agencies are reminding drivers of the impending change....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • WorkSafe Supports Forestry Review Findings
    WorkSafe NZ says the Independent Forestry Safety Review has clearly identified the problems facing an industry in which ten workers were killed last year. “The Review’s analysis matches our own view and leaves no doubt about the need for comprehensive,...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • CTU welcomes forestry review recommendations
    The CTU is welcoming the today's release of the independent forestry safety review panel findings. "These recommendations must be implemented to ensure that everything possible is done to make forestry safer." CTU President, Helen Kelly said....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Activists will confront animal abusers
    Today animal rights activists will confront a group of wealth advisers who want to build the biggest egg factory-farm in New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Turia: Women’s Refuge Conference 2014
    This is a milestone moment in my life. This will be my last official address as Co-leader of the Maori Party. On Saturday night at our Hui-a-Tau, I will be standing down from that role and enabling a new co-leader,...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Rodeo Code of Welfare ‘Sick Joke’
    Animal advocacy organisation SAFE says the revised Code of Welfare for Rodeos just released is nothing but a sick joke. “Rodeo animals are goaded, tormented and forced to endure needless suffering and gross mistreatment, all for the sake of so-called...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Conservative Party applauds binding referenda on flag
    The Conservative Party are congratulating the Government on the decision to hold two binding referendums to decide the fate of New Zealand’s flag – and believes it will pave the way for binding referenda to form part of New Zealand...
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  • Walk the Talk – Opposing violence against women
    Soroptimist International of Auckland have organised a walk on 22 November from Silo Park at the Wynyard Quarter through the Viaduct and back to Silo Park, to show their opposition to violence against women. This event hopes to raise awareness...
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  • Recommendations on the Design of Pecuniary Penalties
    The Law Commission has reviewed the use of pecuniary penalties as a regulatory tool. Pecuniary penalties are financial penalties that policymakers are increasingly opting to use in place of criminal sanctions in order to punish and deter misconduct in...
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  • Every worker will be affected by employment law changes
    Every worker will feel the effects of the government’s new employment laws and should join a union if they want to maintain and increase their wages and conditions, says New Zealand’s largest private sector union, the EPMU....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Shameful attack on all workers
    The Government has passed the Employment Relations Amendment Act slashing the rights of all Kiwi workers. “These changes are shameful. New Zealand now has some of the worst employment protections in the OECD. It is embarrassing that a country which...
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  • Unnecessary law changes more to do with ideology
    The government’s employment law changes are simply ideological and are at odds with its approach in the related areas of health and safety and immigration law, FIRST Union said tonight....
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  • CTU Runanga calls on iwi leaders
    Maori workers are calling on iwi leaders to speak out against the employment law changes expected to go through today. “Iwi leaders have previously spoken out when workers in Aotearoa have been under attack, we believe they should do so...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Educating children not the best solution to alcohol harm
    Alcohol Healthwatch says we need to look beyond educating children and young people to address deeply embedded attitudes and behaviours concerning alcohol....
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  • New code of welfare for rodeos released
    New standards to strengthen the animal welfare requirements for rodeos have been issued today by the Minister for Primary Industries, Nathan Guy....
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  • IPCA report riddle with inaccuracies, say students
    A report by the Independent Police Conduct Authority into the policing of student protests in 2012 is riddled with inaccuracies, say students who laid the original complaint with the IPCA....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • CT v The Queen – indecency convictions quashed
    This summary is provided to assist in the understanding of the Court’s judgment. It does not comprise part of the reasons for that judgment. The full judgment with reasons is the only authoritative document. The full text of the judgment...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Rameka v The Queen – murder convictions quashed
    This summary is provided to assist in the understanding of the Court’s judgment. It does not comprise part of the reasons for that judgment. The full judgment with reasons is the only authoritative document. The full text of the judgment...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Auckland Council Out of Control
    Responding to the NZ Herald article that some Auckland households will face a rates rise of up to 9.6 per cent next year, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says: “Len Brown’s pledge to cap rates rises at 2.5 per...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Stats NZ staff escalate action with ‘no more meetings’ rule
    Statistics NZ staff have voted to escalate their ongoing industrial action in an effort to get Stats NZ back to the bargaining table with a reasonable offer. The staff, who are members of the Public Service Association (PSA), have been...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Rape Crisis calls for changes to criminal justice system
    Wellington Rape Crisis has added its voice to the public outcry following the announcement that there will be no charges in the teen rape gang case. Butterworth says the decision not to lay charges will not have been a surprise...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Police action justified in Blockade the Budget demonstration
    Police actions in dealing with a demonstration in Central Auckland known as Blockade the Budget on 1 June 2012 were justified and appropriate, an Independent Police Conduct Authority report released today found....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • NZDF Joins with Australia to Commemorate WWI Centenary
    A contingent of New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel will join their Australian counterparts at Australia’s first major commemoration of the First World War centenary in Albany, Western Australia this weekend....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Reserve Bank should reduce interest rate
    “The Reserve Bank should be reducing its policy interest rate, the OCR”, says CTU Economist Bill Rosenberg in response to the Bank’s announcement today that it is not increasing it....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • 2015 Stout Fellow will write about Māori & Criminal Justice
    Kim Workman, founder and advocate for the Robson Hanan Trust, which administers the Rethinking Crime and Punishment and Justspeak initiatives, has been awarded the 2015 John David Stout Fellowship at Victoria University....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • What John Key thought about ‘dirty politics’
    On September 20, John Key swept to victory to become one of New Zealand’s most successful and popular Prime Ministers. Rocked by scandal, the 2014 election campaign was one of the most brutal – and riveting – in recent history....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Trade Deal Threatens Farmers and Food Businesses
    The secret Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations are a direct threat to food businesses and farmers, and a moratorium on the release of GE crops must be enshrined in law before the TPP is signed....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • CTU announces election of new Secretary
    The contested election for the position of CTU Secretary has been won by Sam Huggard. Sam officially takes office on Monday 1 December 2014. Sam has worked in the union movement and brings a wealth of experience and a commitment...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Kim Workman awarded 2015 J.D. Stout Fellowship
    The Victoria University of Wellington 2015 J.D. Stout Fellowship, funded by the Stout Trust, has been awarded to justice reform advocate Kim Workman. Mr Workman (Ngati Kahungungu ki Wairarapa, Rangitaane) is well known for his work on criminal justice,...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • TPPA causing concern
    Concern over the secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) negotiations is being expressed in two public meetings over the next week; one at a presentation on 5th November by former councillor Robin Gwynn to the Napier City Council, the...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Kiwis rally to demand justice for ‘Roast Buster’ survivors
    Over 1,500 kiwis have rallied to demand justice after the announcement of the NZ Police decision not to lay charges in the ‘Roast Busters’ saga....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • New employment law will hurt the most vulnerable NZers
    The Public Service Association (PSA) says changes to the Employment Relations Act, expected to be passed in Parliament tonight, will hurt vulnerable workers and their families more than anyone....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Consultation to close on proposed place names
    The New Zealand Geographic Board (NZGB) Ngā Pou Taunaha o Aotearoa today advised that only one month remains before public consultation closes for 18 name proposals for geographic features and places around Te Ika ā Māui (the North Island)....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Operation Clover – Statement from Police Commissioner
    I have taken a close interest in this investigation and I am confident police have conducted a thorough and professional enquiry in what has been a challenging and complex case. The Operation Clover team has ensured that victims have been...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Better policy would have protected children from recession
    Child Poverty Action Group says an international report released by UNICEF today shows good policy can protect and improve child well-being, even during a recession....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Outcome of Operation Clover investigation
    Police have completed a multi-agency investigation, Operation Clover, into the activities of a group calling themselves “The Roast Busters”. The 12 month enquiry focused on incidents involving allegations of sexual offending against a number of girls...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • False birth registration brings home detention
    A Whangarei woman who attempted to register the birth of a fictitious child to claim a sole parent benefit was sentenced to six months home detention in the Whangarei District Court today....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Family of Robert Ellis demand a proper investigation
    The family of a New Zealander killed in Indonesia are growing increasingly concerned at the lack of information they’ve received, and the handling of the investigation into his murder....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Minister of Health must account for aged care workers’ pay
    The New Zealand Federation of Business and Professional Women (BPW NZ) congratulates rest-home worker Kristine Bartlett on her landmark claim for equal pay from her employer and successfully pursuing this to the Court of Appeal....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
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