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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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    The Ministry of Primary Industries’ release of Environmental Science and Research’s initial reports regarding the sources of a nasty stomach bug will be little comfort to the 127 people affected by it, Labour’s Food Safety spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “This...
    Labour | 16-10
  • Treasury officials should try working without food
    The Green Party is challenging Treasury officials to work for a week without eating properly, in light of their advice to Government that a food in schools programme is not needed."Treasury's advice was that providing food for children in schools...
    Greens | 15-10
  • Councils need to better protect our drinking water
    Environment Canterbury (ECan) is proposing several variations to its regional land and water plan that will allow for increased nutrient and other pollution from irrigation and intensive agriculture on the Canterbury Plains. Commissioners are hearing submissions on Variation 1 to...
    Greens | 15-10
  • National needs to commit to making NZ workers safe
    The National Government must do more to help make New Zealand workplaces a safer place to work in, Green Party industrial relations spokesperson Denise Roche said today.Data released by Statistics New Zealand today showed that workers in the fishing and...
    Greens | 15-10
  • Key commits to deployment before consultation or analysis
    John Key’s offer to consult Opposition parties on whether to deploy New Zealand forces against ISIS looks increasingly like a PR exercise only, says Labour’s Defence spokesperson, Phil Goff. “The presence of New Zealand’s Chief of Defence Force at a...
    Labour | 15-10
  • National must end ideological opposition to raising income
    If John Key is serious about tackling child poverty he must approach it with an open mind, and overcome his ideological block to raising incomes as a solution, the Green Party said today.Papers released to Radio New Zealand today show...
    Greens | 14-10
  • Pentagon links climate change and terrorism
    Yesterday the Pentagon launched a plan to deal with a threat that “poses immediate risks to national security”; one that “will affect the Department of Defense’s ability to defend the nation”. It wasn’t referring to Ebola or ISIS. It was...
    Greens | 14-10
  • Four Nominees for Labour’s Leadership
    As at 5pm today four valid nominations had been received for the position of Labour Leader, as follows: Andrew Little(nominated by Poto Williams and Iain Lees-Galloway) Nanaia Mahuta(nominated by Louisa Wall and Su’a William Sio) David Parker(nominated by Damien O’Connor...
    Labour | 14-10
  • Green Party calls for consultation over terrorism law changes
    The Green Party has today written to the Prime Minister asking him to engage in wider consultation prior to changing any laws as a result of the recently announced terrorism law reviews, said the Green Party today. In a letter...
    Greens | 14-10
  • MPI must name product and supermarket chain
    The Ministry of Primary Industries must name the product responsible for severe gastroenteritis affecting people around the country, and the supermarket chain distributing it, Labour’s Food Safety spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “The Ministry seems to be more concerned about protecting...
    Labour | 13-10
  • John Key dishonest about reasons for wanting to change terrorism law
    John Key is misleading the public to push through terrorism law changes under urgency, the Green Party said today. On Sunday, John Key stated that it is not illegal for someone to fight overseas for a terrorist group, such as...
    Greens | 12-10
  • Law changes shaping up to be worse than first thought
    The Prime Minister needs to be up front about exactly what changes he is planning to make to the Employment Relations  Amendment Bill, Labour's spokesperson on Labour Issues Andrew Little says.Interviewed on Q&A yesterday John Key said he did not...
    Labour | 12-10
  • Rapists, not Tinder, the threat to women
    Blame for rape and sexual assault should only ever be laid at the door of the perpetrator, not dating services or the actions of women themselves, Labour’s Associate Police spokesperson Kelvin Davis says. “Tinder is not the problem and women...
    Labour | 09-10
  • Safer Journeys For People Who Cycle
    You have a rare opportunity to tell the people who are making the decisions on cycling how to make it better. The Cycling Safety Panel is seeking feedback on their draft recommendations for improving the safety of cycling in New...
    Greens | 08-10
  • Subsidising more pollution will undermine water clean-up plan at Te Waihora...
    In 2010, NIWA found Canterbury’s Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere had the worst nutrient status of 140 lakes around New Zealand that it measured. In 2011, the National Government committed to spending $15 million across the country through the Fresh Start for...
    Greens | 08-10
  • Adding value not herbicides
    The HT swedes, and other brassicas, might seem like a good idea to farmers struggling against weeds but like the GE road, is this the path we want our agriculture to be treading? The Federated Farmers President, Dr William Rolleston...
    Greens | 07-10
  • ‘Blame the Planner’ bizarre approach to child poverty
    The National Government is stooping to a bizarre new low in blaming "planning processes" for poverty and inequality, after spending six years doing nothing about either the housing market or child poverty, the Green Party said today. Finance Minister Bill...
    Greens | 07-10
  • Media Advisory
    MANA Leader, Hone Harawira will not be available to speak with media today regarding his release “Recount Just One Step To restoring Credibility”. He is however available for media comment tomorrow, Tuesday the 8th of October, all media arrangements are...
    Mana | 07-10
  • RECOUNT JUST ONE STEP TO RESTORING CREDIBILITY
    “I have applied for a judicial recount of the votes in the Tai Tokerau election because it is one step in trying to restore credibility to the electoral process in the north, and, I suspect, in all other Maori electorates...
    Mana | 07-10
  • MANA SEEKS TAI TOKERAU RECOUNT
    The MANA Movement is supporting Leader Hone Harawira’s application for a judicial re-count in the Te Tai Tokerau electorate for the 2014 general election. President Lisa McNab says there are a number of serious issues of concern regarding the ability...
    Mana | 07-10
  • MANA to fight mass privatisation of state housing
    Announcements over the past 12 hours from the Minister responsible for Housing New Zealand, Bill English, and Minister for Social Housing, Paula Bennett, make clear the government’s intention for the mass privatisation of state housing. This comes during the middle...
    Mana | 07-10
  • Journalists have right to protect sources
    Legal authorities must respect the right of journalist Nicky Hager to protect the source of his material for his Dirty Politics book under Section 68 of the Evidence Act, Acting Labour Leader David Parker says. “It is crucial in an...
    Labour | 06-10
  • It shouldn’t take the Army to house the homeless
    National’s move to speed up its state house sell-off shows it is bankrupt of new ideas, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “National has been in office for six years, yet the housing crisis has got worse every month and...
    Labour | 06-10
  • Government must lift social housing supply, not shuffle the deck chairs
    National's decision to shift the state provision of housing to third parties is a smokescreen for the Government decreasing the provision of affordable housing, the Green Party said today."What National should be doing is increasing the supply of both social...
    Greens | 06-10
  • Election 2014 – the final count
    While we have to wait for the final booth level counts we can now see how well we did in the specials and look at electorate level data. First off special votes (and disallowed/recounted votes etc). There was a change...
    Greens | 06-10
  • We need more houses, not Ministers
    The Government’s decision to have three housing Ministers will create a dog’s breakfast of the portfolio and doesn’t bode well for fixing the country’s housing crisis, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “New Zealanders need more houses, not more Ministers....
    Labour | 05-10
  • MANA’S CHALLENGE TO THE 51st PARLIAMENT
    Ten years ago I led 50,000 Maori on the historic FORESHORE AND SEABED MARCH from Te Rerenga Wairua to the very steps of this parliament, in a march against the greatest land grab in the history of this country –...
    Mana | 03-10
  • Is this really necessary?
    No one denies chief executives should be well paid for their skills and experience, but it is the efforts of all employees which contribute to company profits, Labour’s Acting Leader David Parker says. “Salaries paid to chief executives come at...
    Labour | 02-10
  • Lyttelton Port workers also deserve pay rises
    Hard slog by Lyttelton Port workers contributed to strong financial growth for the company and they deserve to be rewarded for their work as much as its chief executive, says Labour’s Acting Leader David Parker. “Lyttelton Port chief executive Peter...
    Labour | 02-10
  • Māori Party must seek guarantees on Māori seats
    Labour is calling on the Māori Party to ensure protection of the Māori seats is part of its coalition deal with National which is being considering this weekend, Labour’s Māori Affairs spokesperson Nanaia Mahuta says. “For the third consecutive term,...
    Labour | 02-10
  • Donaghys job losses another blow to Dunedin
    The loss of 30 jobs from Donaghys rope and twine factory is yet another blow to the people and economy of Dunedin, says Dunedin South Labour MP Clare Curran. “Donaghys was founded in 1876; the company has survived two world...
    Labour | 02-10
  • Dairy price fall shows urgent need to diversify
    The overnight drop in milk prices shows New Zealand’s overreliance on the dairy industry puts our economy in a vulnerable position, says Acting Labour Leader David Parker. “Dairy prices fell 7.3 per cent overnight and have almost halved since February....
    Labour | 02-10
  • Tasks aplenty for new Health Minister
    One of the first jobs for the new Minister of Health must be to provide an honest and transparent report into surgery waiting times and exactly how many Kiwis are not having their health needs met, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette...
    Labour | 02-10
  • About Curwen Ares Rolinson
    Curwen Ares Rolinson – Curwen Ares Rolinson is a firebrand young nationalist presently engaged in acts of political resistance deep behind enemy lines amidst the leafy boughs of Epsom. He is affiliated with the New Zealand First Party; although his...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • About Kelly Ellis
    Kelly Ellis.Kelly Ellis – As a child, Kelly Ellis didn’t so much fall into the cracks, but willfully wriggled her way into them. Ejected from Onslow College – a big job in the 70s – Kelly worked in car factories,...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • About Kate Davis
    Kate Davis.Kate Davis – Having completed her BA in English and Politics, Kate is now starting her MA. Kate works as a volunteer advocate at Auckland Action Against Poverty and previously worked for the New Zealand Prostitutes Collective. Kate writes...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Parker does a Shearer – oh for a Labour Leader who can challenge msm fals...
    Sigh. It seems David Parker has done a Shearer… Like a cult and too red – Parker on LabourLabour leadership contender David Parker says Labour borders on feeling like “a cult” and must look at its branding – including its...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • A brief word on the hundreds of millions NZ is spending on the secret intel...
    The enormity of the mass surveillance state NZ Government’s have built carries a huge price tag… Kiwis pay $103m ‘membership fee’ for spyingThe $103 million taxpayer funding of New Zealand’s intelligence agencies is effectively a membership fee for joining the...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Where. Is. Jason. Ede?
    Where. Is. Jason. Ede?...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Labour’s Din of Inequity
    Watching Labour’s leadership candidates on Q+A on Sunday, I noticed the ongoing use of terms like “opportunity” and “aspiration”, and “party of the workers”. What do these mean? We glean much from Labour, and from the media about Labour, but not...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • “Blue-Greenwash” fails the test when it comes to endangered dolphins
    National’s pre-election promises saw some wins for the environment – perhaps as the party sought to appease its “Blue-Green” voters and broaden its popular appeal. Some of the ecological gains were a long time in the making, overdue even– such...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Reasons not to be cheerful, Part #272b
    Why don’t you get back into bed? The next few years — the rest of this century — are not going to be pretty. There is an obvious disconnect between any remaining political ambition to fix climate change and the...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • OIA protocols and official advice ignored to hide Child Poverty
    It might not seem so now, but child poverty was a major election issue. What a pity we did not have the full debate. In that debate it would have been very helpful to have seen the Ministry of Social...
    The Daily Blog | 20-10
  • Previewing the 4 candidates for Leader of the Labour Party
    The extraordinary outbursts by Shearer last week highlights just how toxic that Caucus is. Shearer was on every major media platform as the ABC attack dog tearing into Cunliffe in the hope of diminishing Cunliffe’s support of Little by tearing...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Kate Davis – the sudden explosion of ‘left’ blogs
    Time to Teach or more people will suffer from P.A.I.D. Political And Intellectual Dysmorphia.I was on the Twitter and a guy followed me so of course I did the polite thing and followed him back. He wrote a blog so...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Ego vs Eco
    Ego vs Eco...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • We can’t let the Roastbuster case slip away
    Those of us (like me) left with hope that the police would aggressively follow through on the large amount of evidence on offer to them (let’s not forget they forgot they even had some at one point) in the Roastbusters...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Food, shelter and medicine instead of bombs and bullets
    The on-going conflict across the Middle East – due in large part to the US-led invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq – has created another humanitarian crisis of biblical proportion. The essentials of life are desperately needed in Iraq and Syria...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • The politics of electorate accommodations
    National’s electorate accommodations with ACT and United Future were a big factor in it winning re-election. Interestingly, there is another electorate accommodation scenario whereby the centre-left could have come out on top, even with the same distribution of party votes....
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Why you should join the TPPA Action on 8 November
    On 8 November 2014, thousands of Kiwis will take part in the International Day of Action to protest the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA). The rally cry for us is TPPA – Corporate Trap, Kiwis Fight Back. Why should you join...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • GUEST BLOG – Patrick O’Dea: no new coal mines
    Green Party and Mana Party policy is “NO NEW COAL MINES!” Auckland Coal Action is trying to put this policy into action on the ground. ACA after a hard fought two year campaign waged alongside local residents and Iwi, in...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Comparing Police action – Hager raid vs Roast Buster case
    This satire had the NZ Police contact TDB and threaten us with 6months in prison for using their logo.   The plight of Nicky Hager and the draconian Police actions against him has generated over  $53 000 in donations so...
    The Daily Blog | 18-10
  • Malala Yousafzai, White Saviour Complexes and Local Resistance
    Last week, Malala Yousafzai was the co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. Since her exposure to the worldwide spotlight, her spirit, wisdom and strength have touched the hearts of people everywhere. However, there have been cynics who have argued that...
    The Daily Blog | 18-10
  • Jason Ede is back – but no media can interview him?
    Well, well, well. Jason Ede, the main figure connected to John Key’s office and the Dirty Politics black ops is back with a company with deep ties to the National Party. One thing you can say about the right –...
    The Daily Blog | 18-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Rolinson – Leadership Transitions In Other Parties: A ...
    As cannot have escaped anyone’s attention by now, the country is presently in the grips of an election and campaign that will help determine the fate of the nation for years to come. It’s gripping stuff – with clear divides...
    The Daily Blog | 17-10
  • SkyCity worker says she faces losing her house
    SkyCity worker Carolyn Alpine told the company annual shareholder’s meeting today that she faced the prospect of losing her house because the company had cut her shifts from two a week to one without consultation. The solo mother, has worked...
    The Daily Blog | 17-10
  • Greg O’Connor’s latest push to arm cops & 5 reasons not to
    I was wondering at what point within a 3rd term of National that Police Cheerleader Greg O’Connor would start trying to demand cops be armed. O’Connor must have thought to himself, ‘if bloody Key can get us and the GCSB vast new...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • You can’t have crisis without ISIS
    So the new scary bogeyman ISIS might have chemical weapons that the US secretly found in Iraq, but America didn’t want to expose this find because the WMDs were actually built and made by the US and Europe, the two powers...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • NZ WINS UN SPIN THE BOTTLE! Privately sucking up to America for a decade me...
    Oh, we are loved! Little old NZ, the 53rd state of America after Israel and Australia, gets to sit at the adults table for the special dinner party that is the UN Security Council. How delightful, a decade of privately...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • MEDIA BLOG – Myles Thomas – A World Without Advertising
    Non-commercial broadcasting and media. It’s a solution for all manner of problems ailing our tender nation… voter engagement, unaccountable governance, apathy, stupefaction, public education, science in schools, arts appreciation, cultural cringe… But no-one could’ve guessed that non-commercial media might solve...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • March against war – 2pm Saturday 25th October
    March against war – 2pm Saturday 25th October...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • Whack a mole as US govt foreign policy
    Whack-A-Mole was a popular arcade game from my youth.  It consisted of a waist high cabinet with holes in the top. Plastic moles seemingly randomly pop out of these holes. The purpose of the game was to hit as many...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • In Paean of Debt
    This week is ‘Money Week’. It’s an opportunity to promote to the middle classes, and anyone else who will listen, the virtues of wise ‘investment’. The aims are to promote the mystical (and indeed mythical) virtues of saving for the...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • The last 48 hours – Poverty denial, war denial and unapologetic abuse of ...
    The bewildering speed of events that simply end in Key shrugging and proclaiming he doesn’t really give a shit is coming think and fast as the Government suddenly appreciate the full spectrum dominance they now enjoy. Here is Radio NZ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Pat O’Dea – Mana 2.0 Rebooted
    Internationally the news is that Evo Morales of Bolivia won big with Left Wing policies But what are the chances that the Left will make a resurgence in this country? As the internecine struggles between the Left and the Right...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • The Blomfield IPCA letter – Has Dirty Politics leaked into the NZ Police ...
    It’s difficult to know what to make of the IPCA letter to Matthew Blomfield over Slater’s continued insistence that the hard drive taken from Matthew wasn’t stolen.  Slater has selectively cherry picked the Police referring back to his claim that Blomfeild perjured...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • ​Media release: Rail and Maritime Transport Union – Auckland move for K...
    The Rail and Maritime Transport Union is questioning a KiwiRail proposal to progressively relocate its Zero Harm personnel from Wellington to Auckland. “The purpose of the Zero Harm team is to drive KiwiRail’s performance in health and safety.  Rail is a...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • Amnesty International – Friend request from an IS militant
    There’s always that one person, that one Facebook friend, usually a musician or event promoter, who, when you so foolishly accept their friend request, will completely inundate your news feed with copious event invitations and promotions. The person who, despite...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • NZ should follow the UK and recognize the Palestinian state
    Over the past two weeks, the United Kingdom and Sweden have made headlines through their decisions to recognize the state of Palestine. They are hardly the first nations to do so. Indeed, 134 countries have, in various ways, given formal...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • The Discordant Chimes of Freedom: Why Labour has yet to be forgiven.
    WHY DOES THE ELECTORATE routinely punish Labour and the Greens for their alleged “political correctness” but not National? It just doesn’t seem fair. Consider, for example, the Crimes (Substituted Section 59) Amendment Act 2007 – the so-called “anti-smacking legislation” –...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • Hosking or Henry – Which right wing crypto fascist clown do you want to w...
    So Mediaworks are finally going to make some actual money from their eye watering contract with Paul Henry by launching a new multi-platform Breakfast show over TV, Radio and internet. This is great news for Campbell Live who have dodged...
    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • Families need more money to reduce child poverty
    Prime Minister John Key is mistaken to rule out extending the In Work Tax Credit to all poor children (The Nation 11th Oct) and Child Poverty Action Group challenges government advisors to come up with a more cost effective way...
    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Kelly Ellis – Don’t shit on my dream
    Once were dreamers. A large man, walks down the road and, even from 200 yards there’s light showing between his big arms and bigger body. It’s as if he’s put tennis balls under his arms. Two parking wardens walk out...
    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • Labour and ‘special interests’
    The media narrative of Labour is that it is unpopular because it’s controlled by ‘special interests’. This ‘special interests’ garbage is code for gays, Maoris, wimin and unionists. We should show that argument the contempt it deserves. The next Labour...
    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • Housing; broken promises, families in cars, and ideological idiocy (Part Ru...
    . . Continued from: Housing; broken promises, families in cars, and ideological idiocy (Part Tahi) . National’s housing development project: ‘Gateway’ to confusion . Perhaps nothing better illustrates National’s lack of a coherent housing programme than the ‘circus’ that is...
    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • Here’s what WINZ are patronisingly saying to people on welfare when they ...
    Yesterday, a case manager from WINZ called to tell me that I needed to “imagine what I would do if I did not have welfare”. I replied “Well, I guess if I couldn’t live at home, I would be homeless.”...
    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • David Shearer’s ‘no feminist chicks’ mentality highlights all that is...
    Mr Nasty pays a visit Shearer’s extraordinary outburst last night on NZs favourite redneck TV, The Paul Henry Show, is a reminder of all that is wrong within the Labour Caucus right now… He said the current calls for a female or...
    The Daily Blog | 13-10
  • Greenpeace 1 – Shell 0
    Greenpeace 1 – Shell 0...
    The Daily Blog | 13-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Kate Davis – A Tale Of Two Cities
    Sunday was surreal. I went for a drive and ended up in a different country. It wasn’t intentional but those days of too many literally intertextual references seldom are. There is no doubt that the Sunday drive this week had...
    The Daily Blog | 13-10
  • Key raises terror threat level to justify war in Iraq and now the SIS need ...
    Have we learned nothing from rushing into war? It’s embarrassing Key has raised our terror threat from ‘very low’ to ‘low’ so he can justify military action in Iraq. Watching him pimp for an American war is as sick as...
    The Daily Blog | 13-10
  • Socialism? in France; Austerity in Europe
    On Sunday I stumbled upon this recent New York Times column The Fall of France by Paul Krugman. Then I caught BBC’s Newsnight interview with France’s ‘Socialist’ Prime Minister Manuel Valls. Krugman notes that the Socialists came to power on an anti-austerity mandate, but completely squandered their opportunity...
    The Daily Blog | 13-10
  • So Snowden and Greenwald were right – again – NZ Embassies spying for A...
    Well, well, well. What do we have here… NZ embassies involved in covert intelligence work for US – reportsNew Zealand’s embassies have been involved in covert intelligence gathering work on behalf of the United States, a fresh batch of classified...
    The Daily Blog | 13-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Rolinson – Why David Parker *isn’t* a credible choic...
    The one electoral contest this year that a Labour leader is sure to win heated up over the weekend with the late entry of Finance Spokesman (and interim caretaker leader) David Parker into Labour’s leadership race. I’d blogged late last...
    The Daily Blog | 13-10
  • Smuggling honey into New Zealand isn’t sweet
    Smuggling honey into New Zealand isn’t sweet Federated Farmers Bee Industry Group applauds the tough line taken by Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) Border Staff at Auckland Airport. In deporting the couple found trying to smuggle bee products...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Taxpayers’ Union Responds to Joyce on Corporate Welfare
    Responding to Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce’s defence of corporate welfare , Jim Rose, the author of Monopoly Money , a Taxpayers Union report on corporate welfare since 2008, says:...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Speech from the Throne brings welcome focus on children
    Today’s speech from the Throne confirms the Government’s focus on children, youth and their families in the areas of health, education, youth employment, poverty alleviation and Whānau Ora; now the challenge is to ensure every child in New Zealand...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • John’s Job Fairs no fix for unemployment and poverty
    “John Key has clearly been looking to the US for his latest bright idea on dealing with employment issues,” says Auckland Action Against Poverty coordinator Sue Bradford. “Job fairs where the desperately unemployed queue in their corporate best to compete...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Speech From the Throne Foreshadows More Corporate Welfare
    Responding to the Governor General’s Speech from the Throne, which outlined that the Government’s intentions for the next Parliamentary term would include further Business Growth Agenda initiatives, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Green MP to speak at panel on Rainbow Mental Health
    Hamilton, New Zealand: Recently re-elected Green Party MP Jan Logie will be a guest speaker at a panel on the mental health of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Trangender, Takataapui and Intersex people taking place on November 1st as part of the...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Evidence Supports GE Moratorium
    Federated Farmers spokesman Graham Smith's call for a 'rethink' on release of GeneticallyEngineered organisms is misguided, and instead it is time for a formal moratorium on GMOs in the environment.(1)...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Chatham Rise mining could have impact on whales and dolphins
    Wellington, 21 October 2014--Mining phosphate on the Chatham Rise, off the east coast of New Zealand’s south island, could potentially have many impacts on marine mammals like whales and dolphins, the Environmental Protection Agency was told today....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Council endorses Nanaia Mahuta as the next Labour leader
    Te Kaunihera Māori, the Māori Council of the New Zealand Labour Party, have passed a resolution to endorse the Hon Nanaia Mahuta as the next leader of the Labour Party...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Kaumatua to organise petition to end Maori seats
    Ngapuhi kaumatua David Rankin has announced that he will be organising a nationwide petition to seek support from Maori voters to end the Maori seats. “These seats are patronising”, he says. “They imply we need a special status, and that...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Announcing a New Voice for The Left
    Josh Forman is pleased to announce the creation of a new force on the Left of politics in New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Public services held back by poor workplace culture
    A new report by Victoria University’s Centre for Labour, Employment and Work shows that public servants are working significant unpaid overtime to ensure the public services New Zealanders value are able to continue....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • iPredict New Zealand Weekly Economic & Political Update
    Andrew Little’s probability of being the next leader of the Labour Party has reached 70% and Jacinda Ardern is favourite to become his deputy, according to the combined wisdom of the 8000+ registered traders on New Zealand’s predictions market, iPredict....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Prison Drug Treatment Unit marks a milestone
    Christchurch Men’s Prison’s Drug Treatment Unit (DTU) celebrated the completion of its 50th six month Drug and Alcohol Programme today, with the graduation of a further twelve offenders....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Security Council seat a chance for NZ to empower women
    The UN Women National Committee Aotearoa New Zealand (UN Women NCANZ) welcomes New Zealand winning a seat on the United Nations Security Council and is calling on New Zealand to use its position to proactively promote effective implementation of the...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Waipareira and ACC sign Partnership
    Waipareira and The Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding at Whanau Centre, Henderson – marking a special day for the West Auckland Urban Maori organisation....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Humanitarian aid desperately needed in Iraq and Syria
    Global Peace and Justice Auckland is calling on the government to provide humanitarian funding for non-aligned NGOs (non-governmental organisations) in the Middle East rather than give any support whatever for the US-led military campaign in the area....
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Court Judicial Decision: Dotcom v The USA: 17 October 2014
    The United States of America is seeking the extradition of Messrs Dotcom, Batato, Ortmann and Van Der Kolk. The matter has been before the Courts on numerous occasions, and no further recitation of the facts is needed....
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Marshall Island poet speaks at UN climate summit
    “The fossil fuel industry is the biggest threat to our very existence as Pacific Islanders. We stand to lose our homes, our communities and our culture. But we are fighting back. This coming Friday thirty Pacific Climate Warriors, joined by...
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Many tourist car accidents preventable
    Simple steps could dramatically reduce the number of accidents involving tourists, says the car review website dogandlemon.com ....
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • RainbowYOUTH: 25 Years, 25 More
    In 1989, a group of young people in Auckland got together to form a support group for LGBTIQ youth. They called it Auckland Lesbian And Gay Youth (ALGY). After 25 years, several location changes, a name change, a brand reboot...
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Outdated Oath shows need for Kiwi Head of State
    MPs are sworn in today and New Zealand Republic has written to MPs asking them to talk about why 121 New Zealanders elected by the people of New Zealand and standing in the New Zealand Parliament swear allegiance to another...
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Council shouldn’t revenue grab from windfall valuations
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    Scoop politics | 16-10
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    Scoop politics | 16-10
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    Scoop politics | 16-10
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    Scoop politics | 16-10
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    Scoop politics | 16-10
  • NZPI backs Minister’s affordable housing stance
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