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Open mike 21/07/2014

Written By: - Date published: 6:30 am, July 21st, 2014 - 307 comments
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307 comments on “Open mike 21/07/2014”

  1. Paul 1

    How biased is the New Zealand media?

    Cunliffe
    “David Cunliffe says his Queenstown ski holiday has left him “recharged” and ready to take the battle to Prime Minister John Key in the two-month countdown to election day.”

    But the Labour leader threatens to be distracted by internal ill-discipline and criticisms over his judgment, including the holiday itself and a meeting last week with a prominent New Zealander given name suppression on charges of performing an indecent act.”
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11296559

    Key
    “Leaving the country in the hands of deputy Bill English, Prime Minister John Key took a holiday “selfie”, posted on Instagram yesterday by son Max.

    The photo was titled “pre-golf game”.

    Mr Key has taken 10 days out from his pre-election schedule for an overseas holiday. It is believed he is staying at his holiday home on the Hawaiian island of Maui.”

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11292899

    • Gosman 1.1

      A bit of context is missing from your analysis. Labour is not getting any traction in the polls and Cunliffe has not got as high a profile as Key. Labour may well have benefited from Cunliffe not going on holiday and working on the campaign. National has the flexibility not to have Key doing the same. Certainly there is disquiet amongst Labour MP’s and not amongst National. That is a story in itself.

      • SPC 1.1.1

        No one working long hours can perform at their best – their capability declines and their productivity diminishes.

        • JK 1.1.1.1

          Interestingly – informal polls in both Herald and Dom Post show majority of people thinking it okay for Cunliffe to take his holiday break. I think the media might have boobed on this issue – most people will think it sensible of him, and give him some sympathy/empathy on it.

          • Gosman 1.1.1.1.1

            Quite possibly so. I think they will be less sympathetic to him meeting with a sex offender though.

            • Hami Shearlie 1.1.1.1.1.1

              The sex offender isn’t in the Labour Party though, is he? Far from it!

            • Murray Olsen 1.1.1.1.1.2

              I thought he met with an ex-National MP, if he met with anyone. Who was the sex offender, Gooseman?

      • lprent 1.1.2

        there is disquiet amongst Labour MP’s and not amongst National. That is a story in itself.

        Yeah. The persistent allegation of National paying their unwanted MPs off for $300k definitely needs looking at. It explains why so many of them have left so happily. But since it has been done as a backroom deal without the voters being involved, it does leave some questions about the role of the National party somewhat cloudy…

        There is also the question about where National is finding the money for this and their other extravagances over the last decade. They seem to have far more money floating around than their sources of published sources of income suggest that they should have.

        • Gosman 1.1.2.1

          You seem to be assuming that they have paid off the retiring MP’s. I thought $300 k was quite excessive especially considering Kim Dotcom’s donation to IMP of around 4 million was meant to have made them the highest funded party in NZ. Of course by all means look in to these allegations but it would be churlish to complain the media aren’t doing so if the left is also not doing so.

          • mickysavage 1.1.2.1.1

            Weird Gossman. What do you propose we do? Ring up National HQ and ask them “is there any truth to the rumour that retiring Nat MPs are being paid $300k to go?”

            • Gosman 1.1.2.1.1.1

              Why doesn’t an Opposition MP raise it at question time?

              • fender

                Oh please just take Keys word as gospel. Nothing he says needs any investigation, he’s the purist of the pure and when he says a senior Labour MP is upset with Cunliffe taking three days to recharge just believe him will you…

                • Gosman

                  Ummmm… I believe I stated that this should be investigated and highlighted one way this could be done. Why doesn’t an Opposition MP ask a question about it?

                  • fender

                    Nah, Keys word is enough for me and the media, how dare you!!

                    By the way, your absence at the airport to welcome dear leader back was duly noted, best keep your head up your ass and hide for a while…

              • Lanthanide

                Are questions that are purely to do with the internal organisation and running of a political party allowed in Question Time? I thought Question Time was about parliamentary business.

                (NB: Brendan Horan alleged misuse of parliamentary resources by NZFirst)

                • Gosman

                  Funding of political parties are fair game i would have thought. Certainly Winston Peters found this out over the Owen Glenn situation back in 2008.

                  • Lanthanide

                    How is National Party giving $300k donations to its own MPs anything to do with “funding of political parties”?

                    Sure, where did they get so much money to splash around like that, but the actual fact (or belief) that they are spending it in that manner, is a matter for the party, not the public (as much as I would like that to become public…).

                • freedom

                  The Speaker will no doubt use ‘no ministerial responsibility’ to stop any questions

        • TightyRighty 1.1.2.2

          persistent allegation? its only come up on left wing blog sites, from commentators dubious at best. i would be very surprised if this was going on and media commentators didn’t know about it.

          • fender 1.1.2.2.1

            I would be very surprised if this was going on and media commentators didn’t know about it, and were prepared to risk their future career by upsetting dear leader.

            FIFY

            • TightyRighty 1.1.2.2.1.1

              Err, no you didn’t. fixing would be taking someone with journalistic credibility and showing me where they “didn’t investigate because john key told them not too”

              If this was actually true, like seriously and actually more than just bullshit presented by left wing bloggers, then at least Bomber, maybe gordon campbell, more likely nicky f$%#ing hagar would be all over it.

        • left for dead 1.1.2.3

          Iprent,when donKey first become PM,it was reported that he donated his salary to charity.Is that still the case,an what charity.

          • fender 1.1.2.3.1

            Since then he has described the National Party as a charity, so I’ll let you come to your own conclusion over that one..

            • Hami Shearlie 1.1.2.3.1.1

              It was claimed he gave a “portion” of his salary to charity – well a portion could be .5 of a percent couldn’t it?

              • fender

                Yeah, then again it’s pretty hard to tell what he’s saying at the best of times, he may have meant it goes into the Porsche in’ golf cart kitty…

      • Tom Jackson 1.1.3

        I take it you missed the subtitle which implies that “David Cunliffe spent his vacation meeting a sex offender”, despite the fact that only a few people in the press are aware of this person’s crimes due to name suppression.

        There’s also the headline “Cunliffe upset” to make him look as if he was having a little cry about it. Why not the more accurate “Cunliffe angry” or “Cunliffe rebuts”.

        They aren’t even trying to hide it now, and they will keep going until someone gives them a reason to stop.

        • mickysavage 1.1.3.1

          This is really obscene. She is running a Cameron Slater smear line. Slater is spinning it for all he can. Cunliffe is of course not able to respond and the Herald itself is getting close to breaching the suppression order.

          Quite obscene really. Yet another example of right wing black ops.

          • freedom 1.1.3.1.1

            considering who has the name suppression,
            you would think they would not be rolling the maul his way

            • mickysavage 1.1.3.1.1.1

              Their tactic seems to be that if they smear the mud around then both sides get tarnished.

              • freedom

                There is a website which has the information and it is available to view in NZ right now, what are the legal restrictions of linking to it? or referring to it by name?

                • mickysavage

                  We can’t speculate on the identity although Google normally provides an answer very quickly. What is appalling is the smear that is going on Cunliffe. Slater started it and the Herald have picked up on it. Absolutely obscene. Are we going to have to spend all campaign time on rebutting smears?

                  • Tom Jackson

                    Apparently so.

                    Easy to find out who it was.

                    That’s an eye opener.

                    • tinfoilhat

                      Not sure why you are surprised by who it is. If there is one sport in which there is a persistent ‘rape culture’ amongst a proportion of it’s players and supporters I’d have thought rugby would be it.

                    • Tom Jackson

                      If asked to pick, I would have picked many before him.

                • nadis

                  The ability of foreign websites to effectively publish into NZ raises all kinds of curly questions about what is publishing and where that takes place, but effectively they are outside thee reach of NZ law. But everyone in the southern lakes area knows exactly who this is, and you’ll certainly never see him on TV again. You wonder why fight suppression so hard when all it does is have the effect of having everyone focus on finding out who he is. 30 seconds on google is all that is needed.

                  Re the Cunliffe meeting – it is a beat up as you would expect in a political campaign. The real question is the judgement and political nous of Cunliffe and his advisors. For them not to know of this guys background is remarkable. This is like the photo of Brash walking the plank – not a big deal in itself but just unnecessary and adds to the distractions.

                  • benghazi

                    Audrey Young has written an irresponsible and unethical article today and she should be ASHAMED. She knows very well that this kind of display in this sensitive pre-election period is potentially very damaging.

                    A journalist of Audrey’s mature years should be one of the media playing a critical and positive role in a well-functioning democracy.

                    Instead she references an offender with ongoing name suppression. Cunliffe had no idea of this person’s history and nor should he. He did check with astute local politicians in Queenstown – but they also had no idea of this person’s history – that’s the effect name suppression has.

                    But what Audrey has failed to disclose is the strong links the offender has had to the National Party. As the daughter of a National Cabinet Minister she’d be better just to frankly disclose her conflict of interest than to pretend she is a professional journalist capable of writing in an unbiased way.

                    Today I cancelled my Herald and Sunday Star Times subscriptions. The Guardian Weekly will be it for me from here on as I’ve tired of the NZ trash.

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                    • Kiwiri

                      “Today I cancelled my Herald and Sunday Star Times subscriptions.”

                      Send an email to tell them what you think and also write to their ‘letters to the editor’ column also? Might as well leave with a loud bang.

                  • Gosman

                    Agreed. Meeting with this person is in no way indicative of support. It is the image and perception which is the problem especially given Cunliffe’s comments about sexual offending to Woman’s refuge.

                    • mickysavage

                      For feck’s sake Gosman. Cunliffe said he was not aware. He is good but he is not omnipotent. It is a shame you do not apply the same expectations to Key. If you did you would be voting Labour without hesitation.

                      And Slater is the last one who should be writing about this stuff.

                    • tinfoilhat

                      Has Slater got some sexual assault history in his backstory ?

                    • Colonial Viper

                      Key meets with Economic Hitmen all the time, and the NZ Herald never pulls him up on it.

            • Hami Shearlie 1.1.3.1.1.2

              Exactly, it’s not the Labour Leader who should be embarrassed about that offender!

          • anker 1.1.3.1.2

            Ms @1.1.3.1 Its got Crosby Textor written all over it. And by the way for the comment below about Audrey’s father, her brother is the current National MP for New Plymouth.

            What I would like to know is “Audrey, your point in bringing this up is????? How is this relevant to what Labour will do for NZders? There is a name suppression order against this. Is Cunliffe suppose to be a mind reader”.

            • swordfish 1.1.3.1.2.1

              Her brother is the current National MP for New Plymouth

              Don’t think so. He’s the son of former Taranaki National MP, Venn Young.

              She’s the daughter of former Miramar National MP, Bill Young.

        • Chuck Bird 1.1.3.2

          Tom, It would be interesting to know the results of a poll among MPs on who knew this sexual predator’s name. I would be 99.9%. How do you know what the media knows or does not know? I and many others found out by various means including search engines and overseas websites. If Cunliffe did not know which is possible as he was sick and on holiday he was set up.

      • Bearded Git 1.1.4

        Gosman, the TV3 poll was not too bad all things considered. (Ignore Gower’s ravings).

        Nats 49.4

        Lab/Gr/IMP/NZF 45.7

        Given that the Cons vote, 2.7%, is now likely to be wasted a 3% shift to the Left/NZF from the Nats would be enough to give that grouping power.

        A 7% shift to Lab/Gr/IMP would give the Left power. I know this sounds a lot but these polls were taken during the ridiculous MSM’s attack on Cunliffe’s brave “man” speech and even Gower is starting to say that IMP is going “up and up” and they have only just started.

        This election will go to the wire. I liked Cunliffe’s positive “we will come out fighting” on TV3 News tonight.

        • Gosman 1.1.4.1

          If you think that was a positive poll for Labour compared to others good luck to you.

          • Ennui 1.1.4.1.1

            Gos, as I told you the other day Labours vote does not really matter. This is MMP, its the total vote of the Left or Right that matters. And you fekkers are in deep proverbial.

            • Clemgeopin 1.1.4.1.1.1

              That is only partially and technically correct. The coalition needs to be led by a well supported party. Labour’s vote should go to at least about 33%. My party vote will definitely be for Labour.

              • McFlock

                I’m not really sure that there needs to be a “first among equals” sort of party in a coalition.

                No reason for a 20:20:11 coalition to be any better than a 30:11:10 coalition, as far as I can see.

                • Clemgeopin

                  Labour is a party with vast experience/history that works for a very BROAD section of the population, has well thought out costed and responsible economic.social and environmental workable non extreme policies rather than narrow (though may be important) agendas. I think it will be a mistake in the long term for all the progressives parties if Labour is weak and the minor parties, the Greens and the Internet-Mana are equal or more prominent in the coalition. In my opinion, it is imperative that Labour must have the most votes of about at least 33% in the coalition of the partnership parties.

                  • McFlock

                    While I agree that having a broad left party is important (and for the sake of conversation grant the assumption that Labour currently fits that bill – cue a self-loathing labourite to enter the thread :) ), that doesn’t mean that broad left policies wouldn’t be followed by a coalition with a less-dominant labour party.

                    Broad policies are the common ground of the left, so even if Labour didn’t exist mana and the greens, for example, would have common policy areas around minimum wage and so on. Having a broad left party ensures that this common ground is remembered and helps prevent things like cabotage falling through the policy-development cracks.

                  • Colonial Viper

                    Labour is a party with vast experience/history that works for a very BROAD section of the population

                    A significant majority of people don’t appear to see it that way. So who is deluded?

                  • Ergo Robertina

                    Clemgeopin, consider Lab5, the winter of discontent scare campaign, and the subsequent timidity of Labour. A left Government comprising a Green Party in the 20%+ territory, Mana on 10%+ etc will be much less likely to buckle when faced with such tactics.
                    It’s not so much a lack of policy agenda on the left; the ability to withstand the juggernaut from the right after the election counts as well.

          • kenny 1.1.4.1.2

            National plunge from 53% to 49.4%!!!!

            John Key should resign! He should resign do you hear!?

            Do you hear that John Armstrong? Are you listening?

          • swordfish 1.1.4.1.3

            If you think that was a positive poll for Labour compared to others good luck to you

            The latest 3 News Reid Research Poll was good for Labour in the context of the last 4 polls (ie those of July), and a fairly average poll for Labour in the context of the last 6 weeks.

            More importantly, it was above average for both the Left Bloc and the broader Opposition Bloc (Left + NZ First) in the context of both the July Polls and the Polls of the last 6 weeks.

        • Chuck Bird 1.1.4.2

          FYI, the last poll the Conservatives were on 1.2%

      • framu 1.1.5

        ” Certainly there is disquiet amongst Labour MP’s and not amongst National. That is a story in itself.”

        yeah – thats nonsense –

        there is zero evidence that this is coming from a labour MP as opposed to slater, and i do hope your going to try and claim there arent factions in national

    • vto 1.2

      The Herald is owned by big business corporates who support the National Party, wtf do you expect?

      • bad12 1.2.1

        Your comment needs some adding to it, anger can be power, there is no point banging on endlessly about the ugly media’s attacks on Labour,

        Anger can be power, use the anger at the media as fuel to campaign harder, when the enemy, in this case most of the high profile media ‘personalities’ in the country see that their attacks hurt they will naturally keep on doing just that,

        Laugh at them…

      • North 1.2.2

        Three days in Queenstown brings on this anti-Cunliffe fury ? For fuck sake ! While that poncey piece of shit for a man TheGodKey minces round Hawaii for ten days auditioning for the fucking E! Channel.

        On top of the ‘seminal’ matter of an eleven year old standard form letter – not different in essence from probably 10,000 letters since written by MPs duty-bound to write them – what the fuck is this nation coming to ?

        I’m stopping for petrol at 6.20 this morning – some RNZ wet behind the ears puppy journalist, for all money reading from a script like she didn’t even understand what she was reading – “Mr Cunliffe, do you really want to be prime minister ?” For fuck sake ! A weekend and a day ???

        I nearly cleaned up the local Caltex I’ll tell you. On account of a sudden visitation by a staccato “WinstonMediaSlap” –

        “WhatpuerileinterrogatorymediamakesahabitofitI’msickofitfranklyandsoisthepublicSLAP!”

        Three possibilities – (1) the faceless very powerful see Cunliffe PM as REALLY threatening, (2) TheGodKey’s power-celebrity lust is REALLY pathological, (3) we as a nation REALLY are but E! Channel.

        If it’s (1) the question is “What rorts are they hiding ?”, if it’s (2) the faceless in (1) own the bitch, and if it’s (3) read ‘psycho-pathological’ in (2). And agree that we’re fucked I guess !

        Bugger ! I was raised to believe we had a good country……

    • deep throat 1.3

      I saw susan wood last night getting herself in a snit over some un named MP who supposedly rang her up and told her that they were angry because DC was having a break.
      It all comes back to her.
      why didnt she check up with someone else.
      name the person wooods!
      Is she a reporter or just a tattler for the tories.
      This style of conducting poltiics is getting creepier and creepier.
      persons like woods seem to be in control of the discourse but not of it.

    • David H 1.4

      And i notice that IMP and NZF both had their meetings this weekend and NO negative press so it’s just a targeted and concerted attack on Labour and even more importantly Cunliffe him self so who’s scared of who??

    • Ennui 1.5

      Check out the Dominions editorial this morning (aka blame Putin for everything)…with a balanced viewpoint
      http://www.theautomaticearth.com/the-day-god-looked-away/

      Now tell me if the MSM are worth listening to.

  2. Jenny 2

    I had a dream

    Not, “I have a dream” (not that I don’t)

    But I had a dream.

    I woke up this morning at 3am with a start. I had had vivid dream that Laila Harre had just been made Prime Minister.

    In my Dream Laila Harre passed through Papakura in a train. Hundreds of people were gathered on the platform to greet Prime Minister Harre. As the train slowly pulled out of the station people ran beside the moving train. I was one of them. I ran beside the train window where Laila Harre was standing. I caught her eye, there were tears in her eyes. But steel in her heart.

    Laila Harre is the future that New Zealand never had.

    Vote Internet Mana.

    • Jenny 2.1

      So what sparked such a vivid dream.

      Yesterday while Lynn Prentice was attending the New Zealand First conference I attended the Mana Road show at the Kelston community hall.

      If you get a chance, attend the Mana Roadshow when it comes to your town. If it was anything like what I saw, believe me it is something you don’t want to miss and will remember forever.

      It was the old style barnstorming of the 1930s reborn, the hall was packed there was standing room only. The speeches were unmassaged, unvarnished, raw. None of the speakers had had a makeover Dotcom was still as large as ever, in tracksuit and trainers, speaking a thick German accent. Harawira was still the unrepentant Maori Nationalist.

      But somehow the mix had become distilled into something greater than its parts.

      Dotcom spoke of how as a teenager he had hacked NASA to find out if there really were aliens. And had hacked the bundesbank to five the German Prime Minister of the time, who he didn’t like, a zero credit rating. For these crimes he was convicted. It is these convictions that the government here is holding against him. But in Germany at his sentencing the judge said you have a gift, you should make something of this gift, perhaps you could tell these companies you hacked how to protect themselves. After the court case he wrote up a business plan and presented it to the authorities, imagine his surprise when the German government despite his convictions gave him a $million dollar zero interest loan for twenty years. This government loan was the basis of his current success. This $million dollars allowed him to hire staff and start his business and within two years even though he didn’t have to, he paid the loan back. Dotcom said, this is what we should be doing in New Zealand. We should be encouraging start ups, and innovators and this is what internet Mana proposes. A large part of the meeting was about the new smart and sustainable technology. Dotcom spoke of the Internet Mana committment to full free education. What is the point he said of lumbering our best and brightest with massive debts which they have to go overseas to pay off, where they start companies and make friends and contacts and maybe meet the love of their life and never return to help make this country grow into what it could be. Laila Harre’s speech was also devoted to education and the sustainable smart technology and the need to get away from fossil fuel use. She spoke of climate change three times. Unlike David Cunliffe the leader of the Labour Party who never mentioned it once in his inaugural election speech.

      But the thing was, Laila Harre wasn’t the best speaker, nor was it Kim Dotcom, nor was it Hone Harawira or Annette Sykes. Not that their speeches were bad, they were great. But the best speech of the night was from John Minto. Talk about speaking truth to power, this man has been doing it all his life. When you hear John Minto speak you know everything he says has been researched, is accurate, is thoughtful and considered and because of that compelling. If you have never heard John Minto speak, be prepared to be inspired. Be prepared to be moved, be prepared to be shaken.

      Be prepared to vote.

      Both Minto and Harre need to be in parliament.

      If you consider yourself Left and you don’t vote Internet Mana on the list then you will miss the chance to see Annette Sykes, John Minto and Laila Harre in Parliament and the future of this country will be very dark indeed.

      • bad12 2.1.1

        Well written Jenny,(except for the swipes in your usual directions), did you get to hear of future dates for the InternetMana roadshow when it gets to travel the rest of the motu,

        DotCom need not waste his data searching for evidence of aliens these days, apparently said aliens were gathered in an unnamed hotel this weekend for a discussion on world domination…

      • kenny 2.1.2

        Wish I’d been there! Is it available to view online?

        • Colonial Viper 2.1.2.1

          Given the premise of the Internet Party they better have it up online!!!

          • David H 2.1.2.1.1

            Nope not on their Website or their You tube site either, most disappointing, if you can’t get to these events..

        • freedom 2.1.2.2

          There is a short break for the Internet Party’s national music tour – the Party Party from July 23-26 . Internet MANA then hits the road again in the Waikato, Taranaki, Manawatu-Whanganui and Wellington.
          https://www.facebook.com/InternetPartyNZ/events

          THE PARTY PARTY! [NORTH ISLAND]
          Wednesday, July 23 The Studio, Auckland + James Cabaret, Wellington 19:30

          THE PARTY PARTY! [SOUTH ISLAND]
          Thursday, July 24 The Foundary, Christchurch – 10 Bar, Dunedin 19:00

          ROAD TRIP RESUMES
          Tuesday, July 29 Rotorua Distinction Hotel, 390 Fenton Street 6pm

          Wednesday, July 30 Hamilton Waikato University, PriceWaterhouseCoopers Lecture Theatre 6pm

          Thursday, July 31 New Plymouth New Plymouth Boys’ High School 6pm

          Saturday, August 2 Whanganui War Memorial Conference Centre 2pm

          Sunday, August 3 Ratana Church Service, Waipounamu St 11am

          Palmerston North Convention Centre 2pm

          Monday August 4 Wellington Mac’s Function Centre 6pm

          https://internet.org.nz/news/64

          • Kiwiri 2.1.2.2.1

            I found some links to where people can buy tickets online.
            Disclaimer: I do not get any commission nor am I a member of IMP! But I will be at their event this week.

            Auckland – July 23, The Studio http://tinyurl.com/lsdn4g9
            Christchurch – July 24, The Foundry http://www.dashtickets.co.nz/?/event/pwgzmvhkj
            Wellington – July 25, James Cabaret http://tinyurl.com/ptcy7jl
            Dunedin – July 26, Sammy’s http://www.dashtickets.co.nz/?/event/m9yk8qz74

            R18: $20+bf Students, $30+bf Public

            (What is “bf”?)

            • Kiwiri 2.1.2.2.1.1

              Btw, if someone connected with the IMP organisers is reading this, can that Facebook link for the South Island be fixed up?

              It looks like the Christchurch event has been conflated with the Dunedin event (re: “Thursday, July 24 The Foundary, Christchurch – 10 Bar, Dunedin 19:00″)

              And the online links for purchasing tickets, as I have noted, should be given wider publicity to attract greater numbers.

              • freedom

                I have no connection to IMP, other than being on a mailing list as I am with many things, but know there has been contact made about the front page dates being clarified.

              • Colonial Viper

                Looks like a ticket clipping $3 booking fee (“bf”)

              • Pasupial

                Over the weekend, the Dunedin venue was changed; from Sammy’s in the rundown warehouse part of town, to 10 Bar in the Octagon. Mainly to focus more on the student audience. This means that all the publicity (posters etc) has to be updated this week – the date is still the 26th, hopefully the Facebook page will be fixed soon.

                The old tickets are still valid even if they do say Sammy’s. But it does mean that some poor volunteer will have to miss the gig and stand outside Sammy’s redirecting those who haven’t got the update – hope it’s not snowing for them!

      • phillip ure 2.1.3

        that is a good review jenny..

        ..i was there..and you have captured it well..

        ..the room was electric..

        ..internet/mana is like a just-woken tiger…

        ..getting ready to roar…

        • Jenny 2.1.3.1

          Thank you Phillip. There is a lot more I could have said. Like for instance, Te Hamua Nikora the Mana Party candidate for Ikaroa Rawhiti who acted as MC.

          Te Hamua described the Mana Party as a rugby team that ran onto the field to face the All Blacks and standing in bare feet. Te Hamua introduced Kim Dotcom as the man who supplied us with boots.

          Kim Dotcom’s first comments were thanking New Zealanders for coming to his aid in his time of need. He mentioned the many thousands messages of support, he mentioned the person who lent him a car when he needed one, (his whole collection had been confiscated), he mentioned the people who gave him money and bought food to his house when he didn’t have a cent to buy groceries because all his funds had been completely frozen. He said that if it hadn’t been for this outflowing of support when he most needed it he would have given up.

          Dotcom said that the founding of the Internet Party had nothing to do with his extradition. He said he founded the Internet Party in gratitude as his gift to New Zealand.

          • The Al1en 2.1.3.1.1

            “Dotcom said that the founding of the Internet Party had nothing to do with his extradition. He said he founded the Internet Party in gratitude as his gift to New Zealand.”

            That’s the biggest lol of this 1% lonies taking over the asylum day on the standard.
            Thanks for that.

          • phillip ure 2.1.3.1.2

            hoots was sounding kinda desperate on rnz..

            ..first he was saying dotcom has got nothing..

            ..then he had an elongated whine about glenn greenwald coming to that town hall key-dump/roast…

            ..all about ‘foreign journalists’ coming here ‘to influence our election’..

            ..and hoots deserves a special award for the most use of the word ‘foreigner’ in a single sentence..

            ..(surpassing even peters at his most xenophobic/bellicose..)

            ..and i’m sure that in the studio..he was waving his arms around in an alarming manner..each time he said ‘foreigner’…

            ..his upper lip curled back up over his teeth..as he does when he gets particularly fraught…

            ..and likely flecks of foam involved..

            ..somewhere in the process..

            ..it was all quite a hoot…

            • Jenny 2.1.3.1.2.1

              What Mathew Hooton neglects to mention in his rants against foreigners, is that New Zealand is not a state of US, but a sovereign country. One thing you will never from Mathew Hooton is a rant against those New Zealanders who willingly and illegally intercepted our communications and passed them on to this ‘foreign power’. Or complain about our Prime Minister who all but resides in a US controlled territory, who changed the law to make this illegal mass spying on us and the handing of our megadata over to the US legal.

      • Barry 2.1.4

        This review sounds very similar to a review I read recently about someone who went to listen to Hitler in 1936.

        I have no doubt that Internet/Mana is something new and will turn out to be bigger than many think – but when people like Jenny carry on like a many fell for Hitler I start to worry.

        • yeshe 2.1.4.1

          barry, take your sodding racism elsewhere then you won’t have to worry about it here.

        • bad12 2.1.4.2

          Decide for me Barry, i just cant quite place your comment in an appropriate category, (a) being a bit of a Godwin there do you not think, and (b), just a piece of abject stupidity considering that no-one will be voting for DotCom,

          Hint: its the policies and the front runners on the InternetMana Party List that we will be voting for…

        • Colonial Viper 2.1.4.3

          This review sounds very similar to a review I read recently about someone who went to listen to Hitler in 1936.

          You do realise that armed black shirts went knocking down the door to Dotcom’s home, not the other way around?

        • David H 2.1.4.4

          What’s with the Godwin shite there Barry? Or are you just one of these Glass half empty sort of people.

        • blue leopard 2.1.4.5

          @ Barry,

          I think Key’s popularity is far more a parallel of the review that you read.

      • Clemgeopin 2.1.5

        Jenny, that is an excellent and inspiring post!

        Good on you.

      • ianmac 2.1.6

        Goodness gracious me! Even John Armstrong sounds excited!
        If any spies from the Labour, Green or Maori parties infiltrated yesterday’s Internet Mana rally in West Auckland, they would have come away with very worried looks on their faces.

        The Maori Party, in particular, should be afraid, very afraid. The main hall of the Kelston Community Centre was packed to the gunnels. There was not so much a buzz of excitement as a raging ferment of noise as the audience waited patiently for proceedings to begin.

        Say what you like about Kim Dotcom. Say what you like about Laila Harre’s initially hard-to-understand decision to team up with the internet tycoon – all that paled into utter insignificance yesterday. There was instead a hint of history being made. The chance to fund and build a new movement of the left is not an opportunity to be squandered. The likes of Kim Dotcom do not come along very often. Neither is such a collective of credible activists always on hand to run such an outfit as is the case with Internet Mana.

        • Tiger Mountain 2.1.6.1

          John Armstrong will be on gardening leave if he keeps that up. It was definitely that kind of atmosphere, not something dreamed up by the usual suspects including me, here.

          As the Roadshow heads South it leaves Hone country so it will be interesting to see if the full halls so far continue, I suspect the Rotorua event will be a good one too.
          —Tuesday, July 29, Rotorua, Distinction Hotel, 390 Fenton Street, 6pm—

          • Colonial Viper 2.1.6.1.1

            Spot on…Rotorua, Hamilton, New Plymouth…if he pulls big crowds IMP could be on to something on Sept 20.

        • bad12 2.1.6.2

          Isn’t that a strange piece of actual journalism from that old so and so Armstrong, not so much a factual portrayal of what the main players at the event had to say but a well thought through opinion piece on the mood of those who turned up in Auckland,

          (i wish such journalists would deign to do some of the real work that should be their bread and butter, like querying attendees as to IF they voted in 2011 for instance so we can gauge where the obviously growing support is likely to be coming from),

          ianmac’s comment above pretty much encapsulates the whole of Armstrong’s Herald piece on the InternetMana Parties Auckland leg of the roadshow, but, who would have thunk it, you wont find the article on the main page of the Herald’s online version,

          You have to ‘click on’ Opinion at the top of the page where presumably the poor panicked a/hole that edits that particular piece of trash decided to bury it…

      • alwyn 2.1.7

        There must be two people with the name John Minto involved in New Zealand politics.
        You describe one with the words
        “everything he says has been researched, is accurate, is thoughtful and considered”

        Perhaps you could tell me who the other one is the produced this totally laughable contribution for The Daily Blog? This was prepared by someone who claims to be the finance spokesman for his party.

        http://thedailyblog.co.nz/2014/05/21/who-pays-tax-who-pays-the-most-tax-and-who-doesnt-pay-tax/

        Hint. If you think it has any relationship to being “accurate, thoughtful and considered” start by looking at the difference between average and marginal rates of tax. You can continue by trying to find anything at all that is sensible about the piece.

        • bad12 2.1.7.1

          Alwyn, the fact that the ‘wing-nuts’ disagree with John Minto simply has me doubly sure that my vote cast for InternetMana will have all the better impact,

          The stuff of your nightmares right, if John Armstrong is putting out the big hint of a 5% InternetMana vote at election 2014 just how big will it get…

          • alwyn 2.1.7.1.1

            Did you read the article I linked to?
            If so do you really think it is valid to calculate the “total tax paid” in the way he does?
            Do you really not see anything wrong with it, and would you try and justify his calculations?
            If so I fear there is very little hope for you.
            You can vote for him if you want to. However to say that everything he says has “been researched, is accurate” etc is a joke.

            • Draco T Bastard 2.1.7.1.1.1

              If so do you really think it is valid to calculate the “total tax paid” in the way he does?

              Nope, seems reasonable. It shows what percentage of income different groups of people are paying in tax.

              • alwyn

                You really don’t get it do you? Minto puts in a column that is the MARGINAL rate of tax, adds an estimate of GST to it and then claims that that would be the AVERAGE rate of tax.
                The average income is about $52,000/year. According to Minto you would pay income tax of about $16,500 from that (31.7%)
                If you look at the tax calculation in the IR3 booklet you don’t pay that at all. What you do pay on $52,000 taxable income is $8,620. That is only about half the amount.
                The silly fellow is quoting marginal rates and then treating them as average rates.
                I suppose the true believers, such as yourself accept, his numbers so why shouldn’t he just continue to spout his fantasies.

                This is fairly typical of his methods of course. You will note that in his article he makes no attempt to justify his claim that the very rich pay negligible tax. Why bother. His fans happily accept anything he says.

            • bad12 2.1.7.1.1.2

              Alwyn, i will say this slooo–ooowly for you as you seem to be a little slow today, you know when on the ‘course’ you hear the yelled ‘four’, you are supposed to take cover, being struck repeatedly by objects moving at speed will leave you brain damaged,

              The argument you put up comes down to this, you do not agree with John Minto, therefor my counter argument is i do agree with John Minto, you propose nothing else than this,

              Bill Rosenberg the CTU economist did the actual research which pointed out the unfairness of the tax system, the circular argument has been going round and round ever since,

              While i understand what both Minto and Rosenberg are on about such arguments can never become a ‘settled truth’ as both left and right continue to talk past each other using differing data to base their conclusions upon,

              On a more visceral level i fully understand how the tax burden impacts on me to a far greater extent than those swinging from the income tree at a higher level than myself,

              Directly addressing income inequality starting at the level of the beneficiary will of course resolve the issues John Minto and Bill Rosenberg canvas,

              The imposition of the living wage for every adult currently not in receipt of such monies weekly, including beneficiaries, would be the ‘fix’ that i tend to see as the ideal…

      • Draco T Bastard 2.1.8

        The two pics I took there:

        First one: Taken just before it started. Still had many more people to come in.

        Second one: Taken when Laila Harre was speaking.

    • karol 2.2

      Annette Sykes as PM would be something.

      • phillip ure 2.2.1

        the speakers all impressed..in a major way..

        ..but both sykes and harre lifted the roof off…

      • bad12 2.2.2

        Annette’s sharp ae, Marama Davidson of the Green Party also has such a sharp mind, i will suggest that when ‘the roadshow’ hits Rotorua that will be the start of the waiata starting the tangi for the Maori Party,

        Polling 2.5% on my TV last night and from a Reid Research Poll at that, i am starting to sniff 5% for InternetMana and if i allow myself an ‘in my wildest dreams moment’ this could get Big…

        • yeshe 2.2.2.1

          with you on that Bad .. at least 5%. here be dragons.

          • Colonial Viper 2.2.2.1.1

            3% to 4% on the day which counts would be a magnificent achievement. 4-5 MPs. Anything beyond that is really a dream, but they also have a tonne of challenges to get through first, esp Sept 15.

    • veutoviper 2.3

      I am gobsmacked! Did John Armstrong REALLY write this about the Internet Mana Kelston meeting?

      http://www.nzherald.co.nz/opinion/news/article.cfm?c_id=466&objectid=11296565

      • Kiwiri 2.3.1

        The zombie ‘living dead’ author of that opinion piece is trying to make the best out of a worrying situation for National.

        He focuses exclusively about the Left in the piece but does not say that Nats are very concerned about the groundswell of support for IMP.

        IMP is now the party that is cool and the Prime Puppet of the Nat Party is no longer cool. He has long given up his show of ‘smile and wave’ that is now replaced by the routine of lie and feck off to Hawaii.

        At my workplace, the Nat parents are saying their kids who will be voting are supporting IMP. Good on them. Let’s wish them a good time at IMP’s “Party Party – The Global Movement”:

        http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL1407/S00112/party-party-the-launch-of-a-global-movement-500-words.htm

        • karol 2.3.1.1

          If the party party engages more young people politically, and gets them voting, then that’s a very good thing.

          Armstrong opens his article by focusing on putting an IMP wedge into the left. You are right, Kiwiri, that JA is transferring his fears of IMP taking the momentum from right wing parties. Must be giving him a few sleepless hours.

          • Kiwiri 2.3.1.1.1

            Cheers.

            And was there a hint or whiff of anti-Maori slant from the zombied writer? He is a disgrace.

    • aerobubble 2.4

      You do know that the list and electorate votes never match up. And that Maori seats have a lot less voters and so exaggerate the effect. Basically Harra gets in if the Mana gets One MP and a large Mana list vote, but if Mana takes all the Maori seats the Harra needs a much greater list vote than she would have needed if those were the same number of general seats. i.e. the harder she worked, the more traction she gets is hurt by the more Moari electorate seats Mana wins!!!
      Yet its worse!
      KimDotCom is a rich white european, working general seater voters are not his natural supporters especially since he gave Banks donations!!! Banks being an ACT party leader!
      Now your Maori voter has no such fear since the more Mana seats in the Maori electorate the more likely even Harra wont get into parliament, and so no Dotcom.

      Party Vote Green, Vote Mana in the Maori seats, Labour in the general seats. And Key LOSES.

  3. SPC 3

    Cunliffe should ask his MP’s to sign a statement to the effect that they did not speak to the Dom Post journalist and then present it to the Dom Post.

    And ask that the journalist confirm or deny to the editor and public that it was or was not an MP who spoke to them.

    If all the MP’s sign and the Dom Post offer no response take them to the Press Council.

    • SPC 3.1

      While published in the Sunday Star Times, it was also on the Stuff and Dom Post sites.

    • ianmac 3.2

      Notice that Key referred to a “Senior Labour MP.” Wonder where he got that from?
      In any case it seems so unlikely that an MP would cut his own lifeline in a confidential chat to a journalist. I still think the source was someone like Cameron Slater.

      • McFlock 3.2.1

        he got it out of his arse, like his economic policies.

        • greywarbler 3.2.1.1

          Could be Cameron Slater – Senior ‘Labour; Malignant Pathologist – as in specialising in spreading infectious rumours about Labour.

    • Clemgeopin 3.3

      Good idea. You should email Mr Cunliffe and the Labour president your suggestion.

      If they find the alleged MP, he/she should be sacked asap irrespective of the consequences..

  4. Tiger Mountain 4

    In a different world Internet Mana would be duking it out with the Greens as the lead opposition party in this election because it is unequivocally left and embracing the new. Hard lefties have sniffed at the “libertarian” edge to the Internet Party but the mostly working class Westie audience had loud applause for free tertiary and universal internet access policies and online policy creation by members. Plus No to TPPA, Royal Commission on all the spooks, independent foreign policy, moratorium on extractive activities, tax free first $27,000 and so on.

    The IMP Roadshow Kelston edition was exceptional for a political meeting from the set up with King Kapisi. Professionally staged but a live feel. The leaders and lead candidates complemented each other well, the body language said these people like each other and are having fun, sounds unbelievable doesn’t it in these sometimes turgid columns.

    Te Hamua Nikora MC’ed in a stand up style aimed at including everyone while managing not to be condescending. As Laila reminded, the hall had seen the launch and conclusion of many successful political campaigns before during Alliance days including bringing a full hospital to Waitakere and fighting the sale of Ports of Auckland.

    Best speaker for me was Annette Sykes, punchy style with a lawyers grasp of detail. Minto is widely liked too by the very people Key and torys spit on. IMP is a small player but will likely deservedly help decide the election result. Get to a Roadshow event if you can.

    • karol 4.1

      free tertiary and universal internet access policies and online policy creation by members. Plus No to TPPA, Royal Commission on all the spooks, independent foreign policy, moratorium on extractive activities, tax free first $27,000 and so on.

      Pretty much all Green Party policies – may be slight differences in the finer details, but the GP have worked long on making the policies workable.

      • phillip ure 4.1.1

        won’t it be great if the greens do really well..and internet/mana do really well..

        ..then together..

        ..they can persuade labour to return to its’ roots/original reasons for being..?

        ..and enact those left/green/progressive policies they hold in common..?

        ..doesn’t that have hints of a masterplan..of sorts..?

        ..and really..nobody has copyright on those/any ‘left/green/progressive’ policy ideas..

        ..just look at peters..with his ‘cool’ no gst on food policy..

        ..what’s not to love about that one..?

        ..a good idea is a good idea..

        ..something to be shared..and thus achieved..

        ..not something to be churlishly clung-to..

        ..thus ensuring less chance of that achieving..?

      • phillip ure 4.1.2

        @ karol..

        ..do you recall just when the greens introduced ‘ online policy creation by members.’..?

        ..my memories are the greens being like most other political parties in this way..

        ..policy-creation being a few people pulling the policy together..(under direction of leadership..)..

        ..with the final policy being signed-off/approved by head-office..

        ..and then being presented to the party membership as a fait accomplit..

        ..when did this change..?

        ..and that is something the internet party is to be applauded for..

        ..for their policy being formulated in an open forum..

        ..in a total reversal of that usual top-down method..

        ..i am expecting members of other political parties to also demand this right/change..

        ..a change that can only enhance the democratic process..

      • Clemgeopin 4.1.3

        “]1] free tertiary and universal internet access policies and online policy creation by members. [2] Plus No to TPPA, [3] Royal Commission on all the spooks, [4] Independent foreign policy, [5] moratorium on extractive activities, [6] tax free first $27,000 and so on.”

        [1] Great policy. If financially doable is an important question.
        [2] That is jumping the gun blindly before we even know the details.
        [3] Agree.
        [4] With fair, just and friendly non aligned relations with all nations, guided by the UN principles.
        [5] Dumb policy.
        [6] (a) Reduces government income drastically affecting services (b) If not targeted to the
        poor and low income families, will be a gift to everyone, including the wealthy.

        • karol 4.1.3.1

          [2] The TPPA has been irredeemably hi-jacked by US corporate imperialism. There needs to be another way that maintains NZ’s independence.

          [5] It’s not dumb at all. It will put a break on overseas companies that the Nats have been empower into extracting NZ resources. It will create time for a clear and in depth look at the way forward.

          [6] Both the Greens and Mana have other policies to offset the lost tax revenue. eg Greens favour Capital Gains and Tobin taxes, plus , for other reasons, and ecological tax. A tax free threshold is a smart and simple policy. Aussie has a tax free threshold and it works for them (albeit for a lower amount).

        • Draco T Bastard 4.1.3.2

          2). I’d say that having the government signing it without any input from the people of NZ is jumping the gun. In fact, it’s totally undemocractic.

          4.) Agreed. Total neutrality is NZ’s best option

          5.) Disagree. We need to keep that wealth for the following generations.

          6.) (a) Only if it’s not offset by other taxes. (b) They’ve specifically said that they will be taxing the rich more and introducing a financial transaction tax.

      • alwyn 4.1.4

        Tax free first $27,000?
        Gosh, it looks as if Laila is stealing policies from the Conservative Party doesn’t it?

        • McFlock 4.1.4.1

          Even people who want to beat children might have a good idea once in their lives.

    • bad12 4.2

      Also as above Tiger, well written, same question, any intimation of future dates when the roadshow, after the announced break, continues down the motu…

      • Tiger Mountain 4.2.1

        Internet Mana Roadshow dates and venues are on this page bad and others;
        https://internet.org.nz/news/64
        Will check some of the vids available from Kelston and post links later if suitable.

        • bad12 4.2.1.1

          Cheers Tiger, befor i click on the link, every other time i have tried to get to the Internet Party website my computer hits a blank wall,(if you have the time publishing the dates would be a big help),

          Just heard, again on my wireless, a fair and balanced report, sorry forgot the name of the reporter from the weekends event,

          The audience was described as diverse, a plus in my eyes showing a wide cross section of support,(would have been nice if the reporter had of identified if those spoken to were ‘fence sitters’ in 2011),

          They played audio of part of DotCom’s speech, hopefully He is included in the rest of the roadshow as He brings the human face to His supposed crimes which has the audience obviously warming to Him,

          InternetMana putting a definite buzz into election 2014, they have my Party Vote…

          Edit: yeah Tiger it is like i said above, i just get a blank white page with four purple squares…

          • Tiger Mountain 4.2.1.1.1

            Was reluctant to post list if poss as takes up space here but people are interested so…

            Internet Mana Roadshow events
            Tuesday, July 29
            Rotorua
            Distinction Hotel, 390 Fenton Street
            6pm

            Wednesday, July 30
            Hamilton
            Waikato University, PriceWaterhouseCoopers Lecture Theatre
            6pm

            Thursday, July 31
            New Plymouth
            New Plymouth Boys’ High School
            6pm

            Saturday, August 2
            Whanganui
            War Memorial Conference Centre
            2pm

            Sunday, August 3
            Ratana
            Church Service, Waipounamu St
            11am

            Palmerston North
            Convention Centre
            2pm

            Monday, August 4
            Wellington
            Mac’s Function Centre
            6pm

            • vto 4.2.1.1.1.1

              Chch?

              • veutoviper

                They seem to be announcing dates and venues only about 10 days to 2 weeks beforehand, and have not yet announced South Island dates etc.

              • freedom

                THE PARTY PARTY! [SOUTH ISLAND]
                Thursday, July 24 The Foundary, Christchurch – 10 Bar, Dunedin 19:00

                not sure of the Roadshow itinerary in the South Island, perhaps it has not been released yet.

                • Kiwiri

                  That second line they put out on Facebook is a bit garbled.

                  1. The reference has conflated the Christchurch and Dunedin events.
                  2. The Christchurch event is at the Foundry (Bar), not Foundary, which I take it to be at 90 Ilam Road, that is a student bar on the Univ of Canterbury campus.
                  3. The Dunedin event will be taking place a couple of days later at the 10Bar (not Sammy’s as reported at some stage?).
                  4. The Christchurch event goes from 7pm-1am; the Dunedin one goes from 8:30pm-3am.

                  I found some info for buying tickets online and posted them at 2.1.2.2.1.

                  Their organiser should take another look at and double check the various info put out through their press releases, eg scoop.co.nz, their Facebook page and elsewhere online.

                  • Colonial Viper

                    Quite important, confusing or contradictory details are not a good look

                    • Kiwiri

                      They moved the Dunedin venue to something nicer and more appropriate (thanks for the heads up, Pasupial). That is clever and a good call.

                      Yes, the weather might not be very nice and so perhaps they should have a shuttle outside the old venue to ferry people in case some turn up there. That would build up even more political capital and goodwill.

                    • vto

                      The Foundry in Ilam or the Foundry in Woolston? One is in the middle of Brownlees urban middle blue sinkhole, the other in the middle of touch-and-go Port Hills working class earthquake-forgotten hard arses (though the local Foundry occupied by Ilam types).

            • bad12 4.2.1.1.1.2

              Lolz, and i thought i had Wellington sussed, Mac’s function centre, never heard of it, will Google it up later and post some reminders here in ‘Open Mike’ in the days leading up to the Wellington event…

              • freedom

                Lower Taranaki St, Cable St intersection on the waterfront near Te Papa.
                Big red brick building. Entry to function centre on Taranaki St side opposite Circa Theatre

                • Rosie

                  Jenny, phil and others. Great to hear about the Internet Mana roadshow first hand. (Good to know I’m not the only who has political dreams) What a breath of fresh air they are!

                  May they sweep through our islands collecting the hearts and minds of the disenchanted, the young, the hopeful, and the forgotten.

                  May the fantastic line up of the party party shake the foundations of their venues with their sound. Wake the town and tell the people!

                  May Laila return to parliament, in power, with Annette and Hone at her side. ( I have a soft spot for Laila, she is a former employer. She is a determined, a quick and strategic thinker and has bucket loads of energy, I could never fathom where she got it all from. I’m guessing she’s in her element right now)

                  I like hearing about all the positive campaigning events happening around the country. Keep it up comrades.

                  • Kiwiri

                    Good to read the comments of the Internet Party’s second-ranked candidate, Chris Yong:

                    “In recent years, I’ve become quite disillusioned with our government. I feel they just don’t have the interests of New Zealanders at heart. Despite public concerns they pushed through state asset sales, are happy to risk our natural environment with deep sea oil drilling, and breached our right to privacy under the Bill of Rights with mass surveillance.

                    “Further to that, the cost of living especially in Auckland is crippling. An average income earner cannot afford an average priced home, financial stress is a huge problem affecting many people.”

                    http://chrisyong.net/

                • bad12

                  Cheers for that freedom, will spread the word around the bro’s…

                  • freedom

                    Will be trying to get to the Aug 4 event myself so might see you there, of course I won’t know if I do :)

                    • bad12

                      Here’s your clue to picking ‘i’ head out in the crowd freedom, ”looks like a thug, could be a thief”, see you there…

          • Clemgeopin 4.2.1.1.2

            Whatever you do, DON’T click on the purple dots! You never know what might happen!

  5. bad12 5

    Slippery the Prime Minister via my wireless this morning intimating that He will be announcing a decision on what National intend to do about the East Coast Bays seat next week,

    Winston Peters, also via my wireless, strangely not being so certain today of contesting the above mentioned seat,

    Colon the ‘honestly why don’t you believe me, we are not loonies, Conservative, also via you know what announcing not only that the Conservatives are fully transparent,(like P :roll: G everyone sees right through them), but, the bottom line isn’t really a bottom line,(and apparently there’s lots of people out there that do not believe that the Conservatives are loonies, so there)…

    • Bearded Git 5.1

      Yep agreed bad12.

      And Slippery was nicely nailed by Espiner this AM on whether he knew about Dotcom earlier. Espiner said Coleman knew about Dotcom 2 years before Key and asked Key if Coleman had told him about Dotcom. Key came back saying that this was not true to which Espiner said it was true. Cue lots of panic blather from Key at that point, including Key saying he would refuse to resign even if he had lied about this.

      Worth a listen on Morning Report.

      • bad12 5.1.1

        Bearded Git, thanks for filling in the gaps, i caught the bit where Slippery the Prime Minister said He wouldn’t resign even if DotCom produces the smoking gun,

        Between the pair of them, Slippery and Espinner, my ears had tuned out the salient points your comment addresses,

        That FF-ing Espinner sounds more and more like a Manic that the shrinks have on the wrong brand of anti-depressants, His delivery is far more suited to the fare-welling of cadavers from a funeral home than addressing the nation via National Radio,

        my poor old much verbally abused wireless is now in danger of suffering the further indignity of actual physical harm from having that Dee-rrrr droning at me for the mornings news hour…

      • Gosman 5.1.2

        To be fair he stated that they have investigated the matter and could find no evidence of any connection before when he stated he heard of him. He then said there might be something out there he was unaware of at this stage and if this came to light he wasn’t going to resign over it.

        • freedom 5.1.2.1

          Hollow words from a Prime Minister who has stated repeatedly he cannot remember his view on the Springbok Tour, or when exactly he made trades for Andrew Krieger or that he promised not to raise G.S.T or that he will stand by the Pike River families or that no-one in Christchurch will face the struggle alone.

          Why do you still stand behind the bunting, excitedly waving your little blue and yellow flags?

          If in a couple of weeks the PM announces that they had to refuse entry to Greenwald for whatever reason, will you also refute he said the following about whether Greenwald would be allowed into the country?

          “I don’t know actually, it’s a legitimate question but there’s nothing we’d be concerned with there,” Key said on Breakfast.

          • freedom 5.1.2.1.1

            OR is our PM saying they would not be concerned if Greenwald’s entry was refused?

            that is something a journo should get clarification on …

            • phillip ure 5.1.2.1.1.1

              stopping greenwald from entering the country wouldn’t work for them…it wd get global-publicity..

              ..and he cd b streamed in on a big screen…

              ..lose..lose…

      • Tiger Mountain 5.1.3

        Wondered what Key’s line would be when he is finally snookered on Dotcom issues.

        He could probably squiggle out if it was only about timeline “I had to choose Hobbits over nasty union members, I did it for you, so not lying, national interest ”. Sadistic torys would vote for him anyway with pleasure.

        BUT, unfortunately for ShonKey this involves NSA, FBI, Five Eyes, US Corporates, MPAA, NZ security agencies and him as minister and Prime Minister. Mr Dotcom seeming to further delve into the Snowden haul may turn up something in that direction showing incontrovertibly that the NZ state security forces and government were used to directly intervene on behalf of offshore corporates.

        If the Prime Minister of New Zealand undermining the countrys sovereignty, parliament, surveillance and labour laws on behalf of a foreign power is not of major concern to citizens then I don’t know what would be.

        • karol 5.1.3.1

          I suspect that the evidence KDC ha will be circumstantial, and not a smoking gun that delivers a knock-out blow.

          • Tom Jackson 5.1.3.1.1

            Or there could be Snowden documents that show Dotcom was right.

            • Draco T Bastard 5.1.3.1.1.1

              Yeah, there’s got to be a reason why he’s got Greenwald coming.

              • as i said yesterday..i stood on the edge of that stand-up dotcom did with the corporate media at the harawira/harre/dotcom roadshow..

                ..where both tvone and 3 tried to run that ‘you’ve got nothing!;-line past him..

                ..and dotcom almost laughed in their faces..

                ..that they wd think he was so stupid as to say he had the goods on key..and then not to have those goods..

                ..i’d bet a pound to a pinch of horseshit that dotcom will deliver those ‘goods’ on the 15th of sept..

                ..it’ll be the best show in town on that nite…

        • One Anonymous Bloke 5.1.3.2

          I believe that even if Dotcom has evidence of everything Tiger Mountain says it will not affect National’s vote. It might affect IMP’s turnout though.

          The way to win this election is to put in the hard yards, not rely on magic bullets. Put it this way: Martyn Bradbury has predicted it will be a game changer.

        • Gosman 5.1.3.3

          I am sure if Mr Dotcom’s revelations involve external and internal spying agencies and a provable linkage to Key then he will have the PM well and truly screwed. However I doubt he has that level of detail.

        • Weepus beard 5.1.4.1

          Hilarious. Key and his office are laying the groundwork for being proved wrong on this. It will end up all being a paperwork mistake and the fault of some middle tier public service official.

          This is exactly why Internet Mana have chosen a date close to the election, so that it resonates loudly when a lot of undecided will be listening most carefully. Key and his loyal media servants are all trying to force the information out earlier so they have more time to manage the fallout.

          There must be some desperate calls from the ninth floor to Crosby Textor. Key is in danger of misreading the undecided vote on this issue. Trustworthiness is important to fair-minded New Zealanders (but not so much to existing right wing voters).

          • yeshe 5.1.4.1.1

            The biggest disadvantage now for Key is Dotcom’s alliance and access to Snowden and Greenwald who actually know much more about everything than Key or Crosby Textor ! This is a game-changer .. can’t wait for justice to breathe free once again in our little precious islands. Kia Kia, Kim !

            Thanks Weepu … sharing hilarity with you :-)

            • Clashman 5.1.4.1.1.1

              Is there any reason Greenwald could be denied entry to NZ?

              • fender

                Certainly, if Key deems it a threat to Nationals security….

                • Clemgeopin

                  LOl! National party security as opposed to National security!

                  • yeshe

                    lol Fender ! There would always be the option of Skyping him in, or similar. Oh, how small and tiny, plus internationally notorious the Shonkey govt will appear if they try to block a respected British journalist from entry !

                    • fender

                      Yes I’d say blocking his entry will be just as scandalous as the information he (hopefully) brings.

                • freedom

                  “I don’t know actually, it’s a legitimate question but there’s nothing we’d be concerned with there,” Key said on Breakfast
                  http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/10290609/Key-calls-Dotcoms-bluff

                  • Kiwiri

                    Let’s dissect that from the pathological liar:

                    I don’t know —> translates into: oh fk

                    actually —> fk fk darn fk

                    it’s a legitimate question —> even in lies there resonates an element of truth

                    but there’s nothing —> yeah right! nothing to see here! that is why he is on the media

                    we’d be concerned with there —> administer a lie detector for this phrase and he will come through with flying colours for that specific phrase

      • Kiwiri 5.1.5

        It is time to end the silly and stupid catch-me-if-you-can game that the Prime Twister likes to play.

        Enough of the nonsense and lies from him.

        VTBO.

  6. SPC 6

    The veneer of civilised behaviour is falling from the Israeli regime.

    To shell a Gaza City suburb as an act of spite because a Hamas ambush killed 13 Israeli soldiers is one of the most cowardly acts in modern history.

    The strongest condemnation for it should come from the international community.

    While as strong a critic of Hamas as many, this is just appalling from the Israeli government.

    It is sufficient to warrant a call to the Ambassador to offer some explanation to the PM.

    • swordfish 6.1

      Israeli State terrorism has always greatly exceeded anything carried out by Hamas.

    • SPC 6.2

      The deliberate killing of civilians by a national military is a war crime.

      • Tiger Mountain 6.2.1

        Totally agree, this is collective punishment by the dirty filthy Israeli army. Surely the most blatant genocide style attack since the Tamil massacre in Sri Lanka.

        Resistance and non compliance with the Zionist illegal occupation is defence.

        • Ennui 6.2.1.1

          I despair for the Palestinians and Arabs under Jewish occupation. To the state of Israel to perpetrate crimes against humanity in this manner is to ape and condone what was done to their forbears in Europe by another evil regime. They will of course deny it, label Arabs terrorists. If you want terror try being a child playing soccer on a beach being blown to shreds by a terrorist state.

          The only way to stop this is for the Jewish adherents of the state of Israel to face truth with honour and say enough is enough to their people. It is to late for the dead: it is never too late for the living.

          • Colonial Viper 6.2.1.1.1

            They will of course deny it, label Arabs terrorists.

            Villification and stereotyping were powerful tools used by Goebbels.

    • Tom Jackson 6.3

      Even John Kerry has had enough (see his recent off mic outburst).

      But good luck getting anything done while AIPAC is still legal.

      • Tiger Mountain 6.3.1

        Never mind the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. Join the boycott on Israel. Consumers can vote with their wallets with these very clever apps for Apple and Android (price–free).
        https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/buycott/id585933440?ls=1&mt=8
        https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.buycott.android

        Boycotts no use? Read Naomi Klein’s view on why it is now time.
        http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2009/jan/10/naomi-klein-boycott-israel

      • Gosman 6.3.2

        Why shouldn’t AIPAC be legal? That is a very odd statement to make.

        • Tom Jackson 6.3.2.1

          Because it’s effectively a treasonous organisation. It promotes the interests of a foreign state above the interests of the United States.

          I would have thought that doctrinaire conservatives would oppose the existence of an organisation which is designed to get the US to funnel taxpayers’ money to a foreign state which then acts in ways which frustrate US interests in the region.

          Hell, that same country was allowed to attack an American naval vessel and kill many of its crew with complete impunity. It spies on the United States and we have good reason to believe it has stolen nuclear materials from US labs.

          And all of this just to indulge the far right racialist fantasies of a minority of American Jews. A fantasy that sees a third of the current ruling coalition of Israel comprised of openly racist parties (as opposed to the Likud, which is racist, but not openly).

      • Once was Tim 6.3.3

        “Even John Kerry has had enough (see his recent off mic outburst}”
        Not yet quite enough though to challenge the status quo or his comfort zone. Airforce 2 is not exactly uncomfortable
        Maybe a few more Net yer Nah Who? (I dunno – it’s all somebody else’s fault – WE’RE the victims here – besides I’m reading from a CroZTextor script) bloodied 4 year olds with the back of their heads blown off deserve it cos they’re the sons or daughters of tearists.
        Even then though ? Not if there’s a plausible excuse and explanation that – either it didn’t happen; OR it was a proportional response.
        Gawd that red blood is luvly ain’t it – we should ALL roll in it [Ooooo yea - it's really really turning me on! gimme more MORE].
        Obamarama roll and tumble (with Tacho Bell, KFC, a bit of Mick Chicken and some Black Water salad dressing on the side).
        Luvly.

        Oh … btw Ya ALL – we’re the good guys: we’re centrist – NOT fascist RW those “far left cunts” opposed to that MSM you muddle class subscribe to. If you’re not convinced – just consider how wonderful our weekly efforts are on Q+A, and the Nation, and Rinny Ryan’s fair and balanced Mondays.
        We’re the fair and balanced, the average NewZulluner, the voice of the people, the in-touch, the 4h Estate even – AND we’re fukkin gorgeous with it. Why even our stance on that silly bitch Tania Billingsly says it all – we’re y’avrijde bloke.

        Like I’ve said elsewhere – the tipping point is nigh – probably closer to 2017 though – and there’ll be a shitload of squeeling pigs and “wasn’t me’s” when it comes around.
        Sadly – I probably won’t be around to witness it

  7. Don't worry. Be happy 7

    Mana was the only political party represented at the peace march for Gaza in Dunedin. They have my vote.

    • mickysavage 7.1

      You will find that every Labour party activist was putting up billboards on Saturday. Mana had the privilege of paying someone to put theirs up. Honest the Dotcom money is a boon for them but it is also a threat to them.

      • Tiger Mountain 7.1.1

        Not in Owairaka Auckland they didn’t Micky, Internet Mana candidate Joe Carolan had a crew of around a dozen out at a frozen 2am putting their signs up. Kelston Internet Mana Roadshow ads were put up by volunteers too. Can’t comment on other Mana branches yet.

        People are stretched but a couple of people and a banner or sign should be able to be spared by all left parties for important events such as Gaza solidarity.

        • mickysavage 7.1.1.1

          Hi TM. I and most members are fully opposed to Israel’s attacks on Palestine. You just have to see my own posts on the subject to see this. I am normally the first at a protest but Saturday was a busy day.

          Apologies to Comrade Joe. I had thought that the speed that their signs had appeared meant that they had used paid help. I was still in bed at 2 am!

        • Rosie 7.1.1.2

          Tiger Mountain, I have a lot of respect for Internet Mana (as per enthusiastic post above) but I would question the wisdom of going about the neighbourhood at 2am banging away at a hoarding with a hammer.

          A chronic insomniac like me finally gets off to sleep at 1 – 2am and who wakes at the slightest sound would be not well pleased to hear a hammer banging away outside. Nor would it please the sleep deprived mother who is catching a bit of sleep between feeds for her young baby, nor the shift worker who has to get up at 3.30am to get to work.

          Not a criticism, just a thought.

          • Clemgeopin 7.1.1.2.1

            May be the Internet Mana should put up virtual hologram sign boards! Wouldn’t that be cool!

            • Kiwiri 7.1.1.2.1.1

              Wot? Like a Princess Laila/Leia against the Evil Empire? Haha.

              • greywarbler

                @kiwiri
                LOL very satirical and ironical. They welcome bright people with alternative approaches at IMP – why not roll up to the Party that’s on its way up in the elevator.

                National wouldn’t let you ride in its elevator, the Greens wouldn’t use it to encourage personal effort and save energy, Labour had an elevator but they lost it somewhere, and are waiting for it to come back dragging it’s tail behind it.. IMP could be the coalition for you.

      • Murray Olsen 7.1.2

        Mickysavage – what evidence do you have that Mana paid people to put up their billboards? I’ve seen quite a few photos of ordinary Mana members making them, and erecting them.

        Not a good look, micky. We really need a bit more cooperation against Key.

  8. vto 8

    Internet Mana are rising. The Greens will be solid. Labour will go over 30% plus extra seats in Chch and elsewhere. NZ First will go over 5% easy. MP bye bye.

    National will flounder in the mid-high 40%s. Act and Dunne are down the dunny.

    The left bloc will have the numbers by at least two imo.

    But this still wont be easy. The rest of NZ will scream from the top of their lungs about the mismatch of putting together so many small parties. The cries and wailing will be alarming. The left bloc will immediately be put on the defensive.

    The left bloc must have a plan to combat this immediately on the night of the election – and come out fighting hard and strong for the people. No apology, no hand-wringing, no mutters of ‘it wont be that bad’, no backing down.

    2c

    • Bearded Git 8.1

      Agreed vto. IMHO no-mates apart from loonies National will poll 43/44%. That is good, but not good enough to stop Cunliffe from being PM. It’s called MMP.

    • Lanthanide 8.2

      For whatever it’s worth, iPredict has National on 43%, Labour on 32%, Greens on 11%. Minor parties combined come to 14%, with NZFirst on 5.3%. Weirdly iPredict is still largely in favour of a National win, despite the percentages above strongly favouring the left.

    • cricklewood 8.3

      Personally I feel that if a govt can be formed from the four parties of the left it needs to have a greater majority than one or two seats. My fear been that if all four parties are needed things could become fractious and dysfunctional quickly. If NZs first experience with a full on coalition govt is a poor one long term damage could ensue. It is vital I would have thought that Labour poll at least 35% then forming a coalition with all left parties instead of leaving one or two out in the cold. Hopefully then there will be a big enough majority to allow the smaller parties to disagree with one another on occasion without causing major disruption.

      • JanM 8.3.1

        Not nearly as fractious and dysfunctional as National trying to cobble something together, with, say NZ First – now that would be a circus!
        But I agree – all the left parties need to be in there together – none of this cherry-picking I keep hearing

      • Draco T Bastard 8.3.2

        If NZs first experience with a full on coalition govt is a poor one long term damage could ensue.

        It’s not. NZFirst’s one, and only, coalition collapse was with National in 1996 to 1998. Considering NZFirst’s policies they can’t go with National this time at all. They basically have two options: Sitting on the cross benches and voting issue by issue or going into coalition with Labour.

    • Rosie 8.4

      I like your 2 cents vto. I also agree their will resistance from the media and some sectors of society at a Left bloc win. They know such a win means no more same old same old instead something bold, something bold!

      In such a case we have to collectively stand and be proud of the change we bring. No apologies.

    • Clemgeopin 8.5

      Who knows! Just imagine that the National voters begin to realise that National will not be able to form a government and therefore decide to switch their votes to Labour for stability and collapse the National party vote to 30% minus and Labour vote to 52% plus! oops, just musing!

      • The Lone Haranguer 8.5.1

        In your dreams Clemgeopin.

        My dream has the Labour right defecting after the election to form a new group who will look at taxation policy and reduce income tax, increase GST and introduce a financial transactions tax that should have been done when GST was introduced in the first place. A UBI would be okay by me too.

        I guess neither of us are going to wake up happy on 21 September 2014.

        • Clemgeopin 8.5.1.1

          I will be happy because I am CERTAIN that there will be a Labour led progressive coalition government.

          Of you want to make a pole of cash on that, head to i-predict now when the iron has not yet heated up!

  9. Weepus beard 9

    Wrote to Steve Kilgallon yesterday asking about the inaccuracies in his article, why it needed to be edited by another reporter, and what he was trying to achieve. This is his response.

    (Weepus beard)
    You’re confusing me with someone with an agenda. I have none. I just report interesting stories. The story is genuine and the source is real. Whether you like what they say or not is up to you. As regards my career and job prospects, you’re best directing such enquiries to my editor
    All the best
    Steve

    It’s convenient for some journalists to hide behind claims of impartiality whenever they get a bit of flack for sloppy work. Does beg the question: if Steve is not someone with an agenda, is he not going to vote in September?

    • Anne 9.1

      Interesting comment from Brent Edwards: Seems the consensus of opinion among his Caucus sources is that it was not one of the MPs who talked to the SST.

      http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/morningreport/audio/20142419/analysis-from-our-political-editor

      • Bearded Git 9.1.1

        yep Anne, and I liked the text to Morning Report that said that nobody kicked up a fuss when Key went on holiday to Hawaii for 10 days, but when Cunliffe has 3 days off (among New Zealanders) with his young family suddenly this is an issue.

        Maybe for the next 9 weeks we should bombard Morning Report with texts particularly where they are showing bias? It all helps.

        • greywarbler 9.1.1.1

          @Anne
          Probably it was a reporter (journalist) saying ‘what everybody is thinking’ and on that basis it wasn’t necessary to check the facts. Or fax?

          • Bearded Git 9.1.1.1.1

            Even 69% Herald readers happy with Cunliffe holiday-online poll today.

            • freedom 9.1.1.1.1.1

              67% on the Stuff poll also say they are happy with it,
              and the Stuff poll was a straight yes/no

        • Gosman 9.1.1.2

          On what basis would Radio NZ National be biased against Labour? The organisation is supposedly an independent State entity that doesn’t need funding from the ‘evil’ private sector.

          • fender 9.1.1.2.1

            Yeah supporting National Key doesn’t mean you are anti-Labour does it, but it sure helps avoid a throat-slitting gesture come your way and will ensure you get more work than Bradley Ambrose….

            • Gosman 9.1.1.2.1.1

              Eh???

              • McFlock

                you’ve got a short memory, there, gos.
                Almost as bad as dunnokeyo’s.

                Maybe some sort of amnesia is transmitted from toryboy to toryboy?

                • Gosman

                  I am sure you have a perfect memory and as such can she’d light on what point fender was making.

                  • fender

                    The point is many journalists would be afraid of the consequences for attacking the National Key Party.

                    • Gosman

                      As evidenced by what exactly? Do you have examples of a journalist annoying National having their career impacted as a result?

                    • felix

                      As evidenced by journalists going easy on National, of course.

                      Put the goalposts back, there’s a good chap.

                    • Gosman

                      What an entirely circular argument. Do you really think that is terribly persuasive?

                  • Clemgeopin

                    I think he was referring to the nasty/disgusting/uncouth/undignified throat cutting gesture that Key once made in parliament against a Labour leader.
                    Remember that?
                    The MSM did not even crtisise the dear leader then.
                    Just imagine if Mr Cunliffe had made that gesture to Key!

                    • Gosman

                      It was reported. Key was even asked what he was meaning by the gesture and he gave a response. You might not agree with his response but what do you want the media to do? Should they basically editorialise that it was a terrible thing despite his denial?

                    • McFlock

                      oh wow, your memory has partially returned. Good for you.

                    • felix

                      “You might not agree with his response but what do you want the media to do? Should they basically editorialise that it was a terrible thing despite his denial?”

                      If that’s the way they usually treat everything the Leader of the Opposition does, which it is, then yes.

                  • McFlock

                    let’s see – one incident involved our prime minister’s expression of concern for a chap who tried to leap from the parliamentary gallery, the other involved police raiding press offices just days before the election in order to shield government ministers from disgrace.

                    I can see how an ethically-challenged sociopath might not recall those events (let alone outraged), but what’s your excuse you tory shill – oh, fair enough then, no further excuse needed.

          • framu 9.1.1.2.2

            “On what basis would Radio NZ National be biased against Labour?”

            what goes to air obviously

            • Gosman 9.1.1.2.2.1

              Why would what goes on air be biased against Labour though? Even if National has somehow infiltrated the organisation via political appointees at the senior level (something I have seen NO opposition politician complaining about it has to be pointed out) how they can influence the editorial decision of the news team is unclear. Does this mean the majority of the journalists working at Radio NZ National are suspect then? How will this be rectified unless you implement a politically inspired cleanse this time from the left?

              • McFlock

                How will this be rectified unless you implement a politically inspired cleanse this time from the left?

                “this time”?
                Don’t you mean something more vague, like “the next time the Left is in government”?

                Otherwise it sounds like you think the Left will win ths election. Thanks for the reassurance.

        • Anne 9.1.1.3

          I noted that The Fan Club made a brief comment yesterday after a lengthy absence. I seem to remember he/she may have been banned for bad behaviour, but still it’s interesting he/she should reappear on the post “Collective Renewal”. As a self-described “Labour insider” and Cunliffe hater, one has to wonder what he/she might know about the source of the SST story.

      • deep throat 9.1.2

        of course it wasn’t.
        it was all fabricated by that creepy little hooton looking so smug as it went down on Q&A Sunday morning and susan woods is complicit.

    • SPC 9.2

      The question is whether the source was an MP or not.

      • Weepus beard 9.2.1

        I didn’t ask that directly, unfortunately. I believe what is left unsaid is important. Nowhere does Kilgallon say the insider is an MP.

        • anker 9.2.1.1

          WB @9.2.1 I also emailed Steve and said I didn’t believe the story and I thought he had made it up. He denied this and refused to name his source, so I asked him if had check out the story with the MP whom the senior advisor quoted.

          I will update if I hear back.

    • greywarbler 9.3

      @Weepus beard
      Feed the Steve guy some interesting stories. He is obviously an open mouth at a fairground just waiting for a well-placed ball, or perhaps a trained seal waiting for a fish, and doesn’t care whether it’s smelly or not.

  10. greywarbler 10

    I see discussion in the Work Life Balance thread yesterday about denigrating comment from some within Labour against David Cunliffe being printed in The Hairy or somewhere like. Shocking – I hope that there is a Cluedo search with appropriate punishment meted, when it is seen where this arose.

    And I noticed Guy Le Spinner this morning saying something about Labour MPs having a ‘crisis’ meeting and then there was a reasoned explanation given, that it was a replacement for the usual meeting which would have been time limited by other commitments.

    • deep throat 10.1

      this is all crap.
      I suspect it is all concerted by boaghootoncrosbytext.
      as somebody said earlier here it is time to start flooding switchboards with complaints.
      if supposed reputable organisations start playing the partisan card then they must be held responsible for their actions.

    • Bearded Git 10.2

      grey-Kathryn Ryan repeated the “crisis” tab in the politics discussion on Nine to Noon, where as you say this description had already been shown to be rubbish on Morning Report.

      Either Ryan is badly briefed or she is simply being her Tory self and getting it wrong on purpose.

  11. deep throat 11

    RNZ news is going on about DC being under pressure balh blah blah.
    Well it will show the voters that DC can take any crap that they throw at him.

  12. Once was Pete 12

    I see the news is reporting that DC had lunch with the name suppressed sex offender. Whilst I have been heavily critical of him previously, I have a lot of sympathy for him on this one.
    I have met this bloke once (I won’t say any thing that could identify him) when my ex wife and another couple were on holiday. He was totally sex obsessed, and insisted on showing us a sick video clip of a dominatrix kicking some restrained guy in the goolies. But he was also a high energy and engaging bloke. He would have no problem greasing his way into any setting, especially men of middle age or above.
    This is one of the problems of the ridiculous name suppression laws, especially as in this case the victim wanted his name published.

    • fender 12.1

      If Key gets his pleasure by being kicked in the nuts, that’s his business…

    • Gosman 12.2

      Why didn’t his staff do the leg work to identify whether the person was dodgy or not? It should be easy enough to do and would have been the sensible course of action especially if you have lunch with them.

      • greywarbler 12.2.1

        Gosman. We must call you Mr Sensible. You can’t get the ‘Commonsense’ term now Dunne is done as Winston has grabbed it. Hope it works for him.

    • Puckish Rogue 12.3

      Agreed as fun as it is kicking Cunliffe when hes down and keeping the foot on his throat this is something that he has no control over rather its the dumb ass suppression laws we have in this country

  13. TomBradford 13

    For those with the time and inclination over lunch or coffee I recommend:

    http://newleftreview.org/II/87/wolfgang-streeck-how-will-capitalism-end

    A long read, but IMHO an excellent and informative overview of the mess capitalism has created for itself globally.

  14. Jan 14

    I would think Audrey Young could be called to account for the fact that her story about the sex offender was hidden behind another innocent headline, I nearly didn’t click through, then wished I hadn’t because I spent some time in confusion trying to place the relevance of the second headline – had we gone back in a time warp of some sort ? Wish I knew how to access that protected person’s name – I am so burned up with curiosity now !

    • yeshe 14.1

      The SST reported this warning exists on an overseas website. I guess you could just google the text exactly as they published it ..

      WARNING: It is illegal for this editorial to be accessed by New Zealand readers because of suppression orders in that country’

      • Tom Jackson 14.1.1

        Apparently it’s not illegal to access it, but it is illegal to link to it on a NZ site.

        Even if it were illegal to access it, the law is definitely an ass in this situation, as it’s pathetically easy to find it.

    • Clemgeopin 14.2

      I googled with the words ‘sex offender Queens town’, read an article by Rodney Hide and soon was led to an Australian website and Hola!

    • Chuck Bird 14.3

      [deleted]

      [lprent: Breaks the suppression order. Banned permanently. ]

  15. Graham 15

    I know that Cunliffe wants all the votes he can get in his New Lynn electorate. But it sure is strange that he has his hoardings up in Phil Goff’s Roskill electric proclaiming “Vote Cunliffe for New Lynn” Look out Phil, the carpet bagger is about. An Labour thinks it could run the country?

    [You are an idiot. Both electorates are contiguous. And the main roads have people travelling through Mount Roskill into New Lynn - MS]

    • Graham 15.1

      It’s not on a main road. It’s on a through road in the centre of the Roskill electorate. I know I may be an idiot but I am also a swinging voter but not such an idiot that I do not know where the electorate boundaries are. :)

  16. bad12 16

    ‘taint politics i know, but, i gotta give a big ups to Lydia Ko for Her latest winning round of golf,

    i couldn’t play the game to save myself, what i try to hit hard as far as golf balls go pretty much turns out to be limp but i can drive a putt miles past its intended destination,

    No such problems for that young lady and i had the pleasure of watching the free to air sports channel on my TeeVee one night which featured a whole tournament on the Asian circuit which Ko won just befor turning pro,

    Relentless is the best description of the way She run down the front runner of that tournament who at the point where the final round started was 9 shots in front of Her…

    • alwyn 16.1

      At last! I had to read right through this series of posts to come to one that addresses the important things in life.
      Everyone else is obsessed with the trivia of politics. You and I appear to be the only ones who appreciate the magnificent display by Lydia. She makes it look so easy doesn’t she?

      • bad12 16.1.1

        Indeed, watching her play there’s nothing overly flash about how she goes about the game its just the consistency with which she puts herself in a position of maybe birdying the hole and Her ability when she is on Her game to do just that,

        The tournament in Asia which i comment on above had me watching with fascination as all round Her there were some amazing golf shots by the other competitors but none of them could deliver a continual flurry of such golfing shots,

        Normally i go ‘yawn’ at the mention of the game…

  17. karol 17

    The NZ Herald has gone Te Reo in its name on its site. Pity it doesn’t support politics that would decrease inequalities.

  18. Graham 18

    Thought you would censor my comment and not post it. So much for “Open Mike” :)

    [Guess again. But try and make your comments informative rather than attacking people, especially the good Labour activists in New Lynn - MS]

    • freedom 18.1

      Ummm, don’t you mean ‘Yay for Open Mike‘ !

    • Graham 18.2

      I was wrong!!! The Standard did post my comment. I enjoy putting a burr under the saddle on tunnel vision Labour people. I do the same for National on their site. Great fun. Have a good one MS.

      • Te Reo Putake 18.2.1

        Didn’t realise this was a Labour site. When did that change happen and can somebody let all the greens, IMPers and unaligned others who post the majority of comments here know?

        • McFlock 18.2.1.1

          Graham is a legend in his own mind. He doesn’t let reality get in the way of blows for freedom.

  19. TomBradford 19

    I used today’s Open Mike to draw attention to what I regard as an excellent essay on the mess globalised capitalism has gotten itself into, including growing inequality. The ‘problem’ of democracy is addressed therein, vis:

    ” Only in the Cold War world did capitalism and democracy seem to become aligned with one another, as economic progress made it possible for working-class majorities to accept a free-market, private-property regime, in turn making it appear that democratic freedom was inseparable from, and indeed depended on, the freedom of markets and profit-making. Today, however, doubts about the compatibility of a capitalist economy with a democratic polity have powerfully returned. Among ordinary people, there is now a pervasive sense that politics can no longer make a difference in their lives, as reflected in common perceptions of deadlock, incompetence and corruption among what seems an increasingly self-contained and self-serving political class, united in their claim that ‘there is no alternative’ to them and their policies. One result is declining electoral turnout combined with high voter volatility, producing ever greater electoral fragmentation, due to the rise of ‘populist’ protest parties, and pervasive government instability.”

    It’s a long essay but well worth the time if you have it:

    http://newleftreview.org/II/87/wolfgang-streeck-how-will-capitalism-end

    [lprent: And it is completely off-topic for this post. So moved back to back to OpenMike. Don't do a diversion comment again or I will ban you. At present the ban time is getting longer the closer we get to the election. ]

    • Ergo Robertina 19.1

      Thanks for that link. Politics is divorced from most people’s lives, which trundle on whichever party is at the helm. There is growing instability and eccentricity at the fringes, but with no big-ticket issue like asset sales, I would be surprised if 2014 doesn’t garner a lower turn out than 2011.
      Caught up with an old friend recently, a teacher, who has never evinced much interest in politics. This election she will vote National, despite criticising the party for wrecking the public education system. Seems counter-intuitive in the extreme. National’s wrecking of education affects her career, and her family (she has children), while surely education is critical to the ‘standard of living’ she credits National with upholding. She will vote National to ensure continuation of the status quo; it was like there was no alternative. It’s disturbing, people seem inured to the damage being wrought in their own lives from National’s policies, let alone being able to grasp the big picture.

  20. Weepus beard 20

    Rich people worried they might have to associate with poor people #1029146

    These are the types Michael Cullen referenced when he spoke of his dislike for people kicking the ladder out once they’d reached the top.

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/education/10291461/Proposed-school-zones-cause-upset

    Hooton! Haha, he can’t keep out of the news.

    • Tom Jackson 20.1

      What’s hilarious is that they seem to think that caveat emptor applies to everyone except them.

      • Colonial Viper 20.1.1

        Socialist bailouts for the rich, please. Up to and including the sports stadiums they so seem to love advocating for.

  21. ZoFran 21

    Not related but Cuncliffe is gonna be having a live chat on stuff in a couple of hours – http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/10290443/David-Cunliffe-live-chat
    He might need a little help fending of the assholes who are bound to show up and hassle him about the infamous ‘holidays’ and other bullshit news from the MSM.

    [lprent: Off-topic. Moved to OpenMike. Banned for 3 weeks. ]

  22. freedom 22

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/10290443/David-Cunliffe-live-chat

    Seems there is a Live Chat with David Cunliffe today at 4:30 , Questions open from 3:30

    • Weepus beard 23.1

      That’s interesting. A similar campaign against state workers has been waged in this country, and not by leftists, as you call them.

    • KJT 23.2

      You must have been asleep, Gosman, over the last few years in New Zealand, as all our skilled young people left for Australia, our graduate students left to pursue study offshore as their funding was cut, and most of our best researchers, engineers and scientists, left for places where they are appreciated.

      We have lots of “managers” accountants and lawyers, though……..

      • Gosman 23.2.1

        If you read the article you will find out it was the loss of those managers you seem to deride that have caused the problem of the stagnating oil industry in Venezuela.

        • deep throat 23.2.1.1

          the problem with Venezuela is that it is a criminal state.
          New Zealand is heading down that path now under a national government.
          New Zealand is also always under threat from conspiracy jobs, and other nutjobs who are against everything and ready and willing to resort to violence when they dont get their own way.
          The country needs a proper makeover and its time for decent people to get back in charge.

  23. North 24

    This wouldn’t be ‘our’ favourite conceited wee MattyMatty prick would it ?http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/education/10291461/Proposed-school-zones-cause-upset

    “A public school turf war has broken out in the quiet Auckland suburbs of Greenlane and Remuera.
    “Parents from two elite Auckland public schools are up in arms after learning of a proposal to put them in an overlapping zone with two lower decile schools.”
    “Parent Matthew Hooton owns a house in the proposed overlap and says the consultation has been “wholly unsatisfactory”.”
    “You live in this area because you pay $100,000 more for your house so you can access Epsom Girls Grammar and Auckland Grammar School,” he said.”
    “Any perceived threat to these zones will be met with fierce resistance.”

    What ? You mean the sons and daughters of the scum Matty ?

    To the ramparts ye broken, abused, ill-treated Entitled. And no smirking. They won’t take us seriously !

    Could be worse Matty – you might’ve just had your bennie slashed in half – no lunch for the kids let alone a school befitting your ‘station’.

  24. Colonial Viper 25

    Stuff.co.nz still being little shits

    He’s back from holiday and Labour leader David Cunliffe is answering your Qs at 4.30pm here

    https://twitter.com/NZStuffPolitics/status/491058772211556352

    • freedom 25.1

      questions open from 3:30 pm

    • Puddleglum 25.2

      He’s back from holiday …

      Childish; puerile intimation of rank silliness dressed up as a controversy. Yet no doubt thought to be clever by the author of the tweet.

      A mind wastes its time and we’re all that little bit the worse for it.

  25. Adrian 26

    Alwyn and bad12, yeah good on Lydia but golf is only a pastime, now try leading the whole Tour de France field for 20 metres short of 220kms. Thats hard work and heartbreaking. Good on you Jack Bauer, your day will come.

    • deep throat 26.1

      what party is he standing for?

    • RedLogix 26.2

      I’ve lost it with GT cycling – I’m fed up with watching riders cruise all day in the peloton or get towed along by teammates, and then put in a bit of an effort in the last 10 or 20k to pull off stage wins they really haven’t worked for.

      And while Nabali is a good rider – all his possible contenders are out of the race. All he has to do is not fall asleep from boredom and fall off his bike.

  26. Once was Tim 27

    Barry at 2.1,.4 (since a reply button is not forthcoming)
    Can you tell me where and when that ‘something you heard’ was?
    Please – can we engage with the fukwit Barry a bit more? As in get him to actually put his money where his mouth is? I’m intrigued.

  27. Kellar 28

    i think the media are not conscious of their bias. they have a huuuuuuugggggeeeee. disconnect with the majority of nz. they are biased before the get go. they wont be kind to the left until the left becomes the right. to them socialism is debunked and the neo-lib way is the only way. and they assume this is the view of the whole country. its an issue of culture and sub-concious.

    • McFlock 28.1

      case in point was the commenter here “liam hehir”, who carries the same name as a columnist in a regional rag. The columnist said they didn’t write about labour’s positivies because it was a true reflection of Labour’s lack of positives, not because the columnist was biased.

      yeah, right.

  28. Penny Bright 29

    FYI

    What does Hamas really want?

    Read the list of conditions published in the name of Hamas and Islamic Jihad, and judge honestly whether there is one unjust demand among them.

    Rafah Crossing

    Palestinians from Gaza at the Egyptian-controlled Rafah border crossing last week. One of Hamas’ demands is to have internationa… / Photo by Reuters

    By Gideon Levy
    Published 13:23 20.07.14

    After we’ve said everything there is to say about Hamas: that it’s fundamentalist; that it’s undemocratic; that it’s cruel; that it does not recognize Israel; that it fires on civilians; that it’s hiding ammunition in schools and hospitals; that it did not act to protect the population of Gaza – after all that has been said, and rightly so, we should stop for a moment and listen to Hamas; we may even be permitted to put ourselves in its shoes, perhaps even to appreciate the daring and resilience of this, our bitter enemy, under harsh conditions.

    But Israel prefers to shut its ears to the demands of the other side, even when those demands are right and conform to Israel’s own interests in the long run. Israel prefers to strike Hamas without mercy and with no purpose other than revenge. This time it is particularly clear: Israel says it does not want to topple Hamas – even Israel understands that instead it will have Somalia at its gates – but it is also unwilling to listen to Hamas’ demands. Are they all “animals”?

    Let’s say that’s true. But they are there to stay, even Israel believes that’s the case, so why not listen?

    Last week 10 conditions were published in the name of Hamas and Islamic Jihad, for a 10-year cease-fire. We may doubt whether these were in fact the demands of those organizations, but they can serve as a fair basis for an agreement.
    There is not one unfounded condition among them.

    Hamas and Islamic Jihad demand freedom for Gaza. Is there a more understandable and just demand?

    There is no way to end the current cycle of killing, and not have another round in a few months, without accepting this.

    No military operation, by air, ground or sea, will bring a solution; only a basic change of attitude toward Gaza can ensure what everyone wants: quiet.

    Read the list of demands and judge honestly whether there is one unjust demand among them
    _________________________

    withdrawal of Israel Defense Forces troops and allowing farmers to work their land up to the fence;

    release of all prisoners from the Gilad Shalit swap who have been rearrested;

    an end to the siege and opening of the crossings

    opening of a port and airport under UN management

    expansion of the fishing zone

    international supervision of the Rafah crossing;

    an Israeli pledge to a 10-year cease-fire and closure of Gaza’s air space to Israeli aircraft;

    permits to Gaza residents to visit Jerusalem and pray at the Al-Aqsa mosque

    and an Israeli pledge not to interfere in internal Palestinian politics such as the unity government

    opening Gaza’s industrial zone.

    These conditions are civilian; the means of achieving them are military, violent and criminal. But the (bitter) truth is that when Gaza is not firing rockets at Israel, nobody cares about it. Look at the fate of the Palestinian leader who had had enough of violence. Israel did everything it could to destroy Mahmoud Abbas. The depressing conclusion? Only force works.

    The current war is a war of choice, a choice that we had. True, after Hamas started firing rockets, Israel had to respond.

    But as opposed to what Israeli propaganda tries to sell, the rockets didn’t fall out of the sky from nowhere.

    Go back a few months: the breakdown of negotiations by Israel; the war on Hamas in the West Bank following the murder of the three yeshiva students, which it is doubtful Hamas planned, including the false arrest of 500 of its activists; stopping payment of salaries to Hamas workers in Gaza and Israeli opposition to the unity government, which might have brought the organization into the political sphere. Anyone who thinks all this would simply be taken in stride must be suffering from arrogance, complacence and blindness.

    Terrifying amounts of blood are being spilled in Gaza – and in Israel to a lesser extent. It is being spilled in vain.

    Hamas is beaten down by Israel and humiliated by Egypt.
    The only chance for a real solution is exactly the opposite of the way Israel is going. A port in Gaza to export its excellent strawberries? To Israelis this sounds like heresy.
    Here once again, the preference is for (Palestinian) blood over (Palestinian) strawberries.

    Penny Bright

  29. Colonial Viper 30

    Man breaks woman’s back in domestic assault

    Maybe someone can give this guy a cushy job in mainstream media next.

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/crime/10290926/Womans-back-broken-in-alleged-assault

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    It is no coincidence that in the same week New Zealand is singled out for going backwards on child poverty under National,  we’ve also dropped in global rankings for gender equality. In one year New Zealand has dropped from 7th...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Kevin Hague questions the Minister of Health on management of Katherine Ric...
    Is he satisfied that all conflicts of interest that arose by the head of Food and Grocery Council Katherine Rich being a member of the Health Promotion Agency were managed in accordance with the provisions of the Crown Entities Act...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Bennett parks numbers on social housing
    Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett admitted today that well over 1000 families have been subsidised through the accommodation supplement to stay in the Ranui campground, somewhere she has previously described as not the right place for children to be growing...
    Labour | 30-10
  • 50,000 sign petition against anti-worker law
    More than 50,000 Kiwis have signed Labour’s petition against the Government’s scrapping of tea break entitlements, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “That’s the equivalent of five people signing our petition every minute for a week. It shows the...
    Labour | 30-10
  • Address in Reply Debate – Dr Kennedy Graham on UN Security Council- 2...
    In the Speech from the Throne last week the Prime Minister identified the usual domestic goals for his Government. I counted 17. They are not my subject today. I wish instead to focus on matters beyond our shores. In the...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Climate change harming ocean health
    New Zealand is responsible for one of the largest areas of sea in the world – an area 14 times the size of our land area. The National Government is promising new marine protected areas legislation with a discussion document...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Key misled public over Jason Ede
    Information contained in a new chapter of the book Key: Portrait of a Prime Minister, that Jason Ede stopped working for the National Party on the night the book Dirty Politics was released, shows Mr Key and senior ministers hid...
    Greens | 29-10
  • Greenpeace report highlights better path for NZ agriculture
    A Greenpeace International report highlights a better way forward for New Zealand agriculture than the GE and chemical mutation technologies supported by Federated Farmers, and the National Government through its research funding packages, the Green Party said today. "This report...
    Greens | 29-10
  • BNZ post record profits while leaving savers vulnerable
    A small part of the $850 million record profit posted by the Bank of New Zealand (BNZ) today needs to be set aside to protect savers' deposits in the future, said Green Party Co-leader Dr Russel Norman today.Dr Norman was...
    Greens | 29-10
  • RBNZ U-turn shows monetary settings were wrong
    The Reserve Bank's U-turn on interest rates today shows monetary policy settings were wrong and New Zealanders have suffered unnecessarily through the loss of jobs and having to pay higher interest rates, the Green Party said today.Reserve Bank Governor Graeme...
    Greens | 29-10
  • Ports must take responsibility for shameful death toll
    Port companies must step up and take responsibility for a shameful toll of seven deaths and 133 serious accidents in the past three years, Labour MP Iain Lees-Galloway says. The frightening figures – released by the Rail, Maritime and Transport...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Please help me get my Feed the Kids Bill to Select Committee
    Last week I took over the Feed the Kids Bill that Hone Harawira had introduced to Parliament. If passed, my Bill will provide government-funded breakfast and lunch in all decile 1 and 2 schools. Hungry kids can’t learn and are...
    Greens | 29-10
  • TVNZ Outsourcing Pasifika and Maori Programmes
    I’ve always been a big fan of our state broadcaster and I’ve particularly liked their range of current events programmes. But after Friday’s announcement that TVNZ will be sacking up to 40 staff by contracting out the Pacific and Maori...
    Greens | 29-10
  • Labour urges iwi leaders to meet with National
    Labour’s Māori Caucus has called on iwi leaders and national Māori organisations to seek urgent meetings with the National Government to directly express their concerns about employment law changes which will harm Māori workers. In an open letter sent today...
    Labour | 29-10
  • ACC’s reputation needs fix, not glitz
    Restoring public trust and confidence in ACC will take a lot more than a new communications strategy or social media blitz, says Labour’s ACC spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway. “Under National, ACC has come to be perceived as insensitive, difficult to deal...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Lessons to be learned from police investigation
    The outcome of the so-called Roast Busters case should not put victims off reporting sexual crimes, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “This case has been mishandled from the start. Within days of police initially saying no charges had...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Anti-worker legislation is anti-Pacifica
    The Minister for Pacific Peoples, Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga, will go down in history as being part of a Government that harmed his own people through anti-worker legislation, says Labour’s Pacific Island Affairs spokesperson Su’a William Sio.  “Pacific people are among...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Five-year tax holiday for overseas tax dodgers
    National has just gifted a five-year tax holiday for foreign companies dodging their tax payments, says Revenue spokesperson David Clark. “Todd McClay has pretended he is doing something about overseas companies dodging their tax duties by joining an international initiative...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Traffic Jam Tax must be given the red light
    Auckland Council’s proposed Traffic Jam Tax could cost some households thousands of dollars a year just to use roads they had already paid for with their taxes and must be rejected, says Labour’s transport and Auckland Issues spokesperson Phil Twyford....
    Labour | 29-10
  • National has chance to show leadership on limos
    The National Party has the opportunity to show leadership by transitioning our vehicle fleet towards renewable electricity when a new contract to supply Government limousines for VIPs goes to tender next month, the Green Party said today. "This is a...
    Greens | 29-10
  • The Māori Party can’t have it both ways over labour laws
    The Māori Party has to fess up over its voting record on the Employment Relations Amendment Bill, says Labour’s Māori Caucus.  “It’s simply not good enough to oppose the bill at the same time  as they helped speed up its progress through...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Equal pay and the aged care sector
    Today the High Court upheld the historic ruling by the Employment Court that our Equal Pay Act could be used to consider work of equal value cases; the government has been telling the UN and ILO that it could for...
    Greens | 29-10
  • Court case perfect opportunity for Government to improve gender pay gap
    If the Government wants to halt New Zealand’s slump in international rankings on the gender pay gap it should act on the court finding that women deserve equal wages, Labour’s Women’s Affairs spokesperson Sue Moroney says. “The World Economic Forum’s...
    Labour | 28-10
  • All Auckland transport options should be considered
    All options for meeting Auckland's transport needs should be considered, including reprioritising the transport budget away from wasteful spending on motorways, the Green Party said today.Auckland mayor Len Brown is today releasing a transport report by the Independent Advisory Board,...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Another report highlights Govt failure on child poverty
    An international report measuring the impact of the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) on child poverty rates, showing children in New Zealand have done worse than children in other countries, is further proof the Government needs to urgently take additional steps...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Address and Reply Debate Part 55: Inequality and Disability
    I rise on behalf of the Green Party to talk about inequality and disability.The recent census showed that nearly one in four New Zealanders lives with a disability—up from one in five in the previous census. These figures include some...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Address and Reply Debate Part 55: Inequality and Disability
    I rise on behalf of the Green Party to talk about inequality and disability.The recent census showed that nearly one in four New Zealanders lives with a disability—up from one in five in the previous census. These figures include some...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Child poverty: No more wake-up calls
    A new report which shows the National Government has made no inroads whatsoever into child poverty should do more than just set alarm bells ringing, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “UNICEF’s  latest Innocenti Report Card highlights the fact...
    Labour | 28-10
  • Eugenie Sage speaks in the 2014 Address in Reply Debate
    I congratulate you, Assistant Speaker Mallard, as Assistant Speaker and look forward to your knowledge, your fairness, and your light touch in being a referee of proceedings in this House. I congratulate also the other Assistant Speaker, Lindsay Tisch; the...
    Greens | 28-10
  • James Shaw’s Maiden Speech
    Tena Koe, Mr Speaker. I would like to take this opportunity to speak a little of the past, the present and the future. The privilege to serve in this Parliament was given to me by all those who gave their...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Govt airs real views on public broadcasting
    An admission by the Government that it is happy to experiment with Pacific and Maori audiences shows just how weak its vision for public broadcasting in New Zealand is, Labour’s Broadcasting spokesperson Kris Faafoi says. “National today admitted it doesn’t...
    Labour | 28-10
  • Does Judith Collins have a get out of jail card?
    Former justice minister Judith Collins appears to have been gifted a get out of jail free card based on the Prime Minister’s answers in Parliament today, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “Judith Collins claimed in an Official Information...
    Labour | 28-10
  • Solid Energy decision delay sensible
    Today’s announcement by the Board of Solid Energy that it will delay making a final decision on re-entering the Pike River mine is a sensible move, Labour’s MP for  West Coast-Tasman Damien O’Connor says. “It has been clear for some...
    Labour | 28-10
  • New York Green Bank off to a $1B start
    New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced late last week the New York Green Bank’s first NZD$1 billion tranche of green energy investments. The projects, which are difficult for the private sector to finance, are now possible by New York Green...
    Greens | 28-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Blockade the Budget
    The ‘Independent’ Police Conduct Authority’s report into the policing of student protests in 2012 is a whitewash The report released by the Independent Police Conduct Authority into the policing of student protests in 2012 is a whitewash riddled with inaccuracies....
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • When National claim new anti worker laws provide ‘flexibility’ they mea...
    And so it comes to pass. The first law National ram through as part of their victory march are new anti worker laws they pretend will generate ‘flexibility’. The new law denigrate the unions ability to protect workers and provide...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • City Transport: A Taxing Matter
    This week the prospect of paying tolls on Auckland motorways became a hot topic. (See Mathew Dearnaley:Motorway tolling could hit some hard, NZ Herald, 30 Oct 2014.) As we might expect, the kneejerk response has been quite negative. But, as with...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Open Letter to Amy Adams: Please Reopen The Review Into Sexual Violence Cou...
    Ms Amy Adams, Justice and Courts Minister, Right now in this country it seems that although rape is illegal, it is not being prevented by the agents who uphold the law. It almost feels like rape is only illegal on paper,...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • MEDIA WATCH: Does ‘No-Surprises’ Also Apply To TVNZ News?
    When you stand back and look at NZ media outlets, most of them have at least one or two people who attempt to hold the government to account: John Campbell on TV3, Guyon Espiner and others at Radio NZ, David...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Things That Make You Go Hmmmmmmm
    Every so often in politics, a public figure comes out with something so absurd and so outlandish … that it really does just make you go “Hmmmmmmmmmm”. We’re accustomed to this from certain quarters – by mid point through the...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Poverty & inequality don’t need protest marches – they need a riot:...
    The global level of inequality continues to skyrocket… Number of billionaires doubled since financial crisis The number of billionaires has doubled since the start of the financial crisis, according to a major new report from anti-poverty campaigners. According to Oxfam,...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • If Key knows who Rawshark is…
    I’m sorry, what? John Key ‘given Rawshark’s name’The Prime Minister believes he knows who hacked Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater’s computer and produced the source material for Nicky Hager’s Dirty Politics, according to a new edition of a recently published...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Child Poverty stats in NZ
    Child Poverty stats in NZ...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Crimes Act + Police Investigation = WTF
    Just to frame the farce that is the Roastbuster’s investigation and conclusion – here are the parts of the Crime Act http://www.legislation.govt.nz/act/public/1961/0043/latest/whole.html#DLM329057  the Roastbusters are proven to have violated – that the police (and some suspects!) themselves acknowledge occurred: Crimes...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Publishing Journalists’ Home Addresses Is A Tactic Of The Right, Not The ...
    I think I’m starting to get rather annoyed with the conduct of some pro-MANA people over this ongoing Parliamentary Services crew complement issue. Yes, we get that there are legitimate issues to be raised with how some political reporters in...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Aucklanders caught between a tarseal-addicted government and a weak mayor
    Len Brown’s proposal for motorway tolls to reduce congestion and provide funding for better public transport is a weak response to a critical issue. The $12 billion dollar shortfall on transport funding he talks about is mainly for projected new...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • A Very Weird Story: Deconstructing Darren Aronofsky’s Noah.
    NOAH is a curious movie. Conceived as a biblical epic, it’s target audience was originally the millions of Americans who regard the Bible as God’s inerrant word. With the sin-filled works of Hollywood forbidden to these true-believers, Christian movie-makers have developed...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • You Can Get Away With Rape In New Zealand
    Jessie Hume with last years petition against rape     The police have sent a strong message today.  In fact they’ve been sending a strong message for a while; a message that our government supports. “You can literally get away...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Roast Buster case – no charges. In the immortal words of NWA…
    Roast Busters case: No prosecutions Police are to make an announcement this afternoon on Operation Clover, the investigation into the “Roast Busters” allegations. The Herald understands the victim has been told that the alleged offenders will not be prosecuted due...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Key’s flag change distraction to cost $26million!
    No. Way. Bid to change NZ flag to cost millions The cost of holding two referendums and consulting on a change of flag has been estimated to be just under $26 million. Look. We all appreciate that the sleepy hobbits...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Why NZ Herald’s Labour Party crocodile tears are so audacious
    The front page the NZ Herald would use if they thought they could get away with it No one can take the recent columns by NZ Herald seriously… John Armstrong: Shadow lingers on National John Roughan: Labour’s leadership vote matters...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • The beginning of the end of Cameron Slater?
    Slater postings on man bizarre, court told A businessman has changed his appearance and had to install extra security at his home after Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater posted his business and personal documents online, he says. Mr Slater has...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • We are a milk power republic and Fonterra our unelected senate
    Wow. Just wow… Deputy mayor says he’ll be sacked South Taranaki deputy mayor Alex Ballantyne says he expects to be sacked because he has spoken out about the impact gasses coming from dumped Fonterra dairy products have had on his...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • MEDIA WATCH: “…But *actually* this is about ethics in political-game jo...
    Yesterday, a piece of mine on the recent revelations about Hone Harawira employing several gentlemen either accused or convicted of sex offences was published on The Daily Blog. Predictably, given the fierce loyalty which Hone inspires in his party faithful and...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • Privilege cheque
    There was no race problem in my childhood. Living in central Wellington I was well-insulated from what was going on not so far away. This was the 60s and 70s, where the teachers enjoyed free love in the staff room...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • A brief word on Key’s claim that it will be raining carnage
    Isis will ‘rain carnage on the world’ – John Key Left unchecked Isis would “rain carnage on the world”, Prime Minister John Key says, but he has yet to make a decision on whether New Zealand troops will join a...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • 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
  • Review: Perfect Place
    I went to a Perfect Place on Tuesday night, and what a delight it was. The marshmallows sweetly (and forcefully) handed out pre-show, set the tone for the next hour. Walking up the stairs at The Basement was a complete...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • 5AA Australia – NZ on UN Security Council + Dirty Politics Lingers On
    5AA Australia: Selwyn Manning and Peter Godfrey deliver their weekly bulletin Across The Ditch. General round up of over night talkback issues: Thongs, Jandals and flip-flops… ISSUE 1: New Zealand has been successful in its campaign to become a non...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • When I mean me, I mean my office & when I call whaleoil I mean not as m...
    This. Is. Ludicrous. Green Party co-leader Russel Norman put the first of what are likely to be many questions about Mr Key’s relationship with Slater, asking him how many times he had phoned or texted the blogger since 2008. “None...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • A brief word on describing the Government as ‘boring and bland’
    The narrative being sown is that this Government will be a boring and bland third term. Boring and bland. Since the election, Key has announced he is privatising 30% of state houses without reinvesting any of that money back into housing society’s most...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • Roast Busters: Turn Indignation into Action
    People raged about the Roast Buster case. The indignation was justified – it was horrible. “Where were their parents!?” Fair question. I am sure the Roast Busters’ parents and the victims’ parents all wish they had been more proactive in...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Stats NZ only have themselves to blame for postponement
    The Public Service Association (PSA) says Statistics NZ only have themselves to blame for the indefinite postponement of the release of the Food Price Index: November 2014....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • NZ Diversity Survey – benchmarking workplace diversity
    AUT University’s New Zealand Work Research Institute (NZWRI) has released a report on diversity in New Zealand workplaces....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Māori Language (Te Reo Māori) Bill
    Tutehounuku Korako, Chair of the Māori Affairs Committee, is inviting further public submissions on this bill. The closing date for submissions is Friday, 5 December 2014....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • ERA amendments a mixed bag
    The Employment Relations Amendment Act has the potential to put vulnerable workers in a more precarious position, says Equal Opportunities Commissioner, Dr Jackie Blue. However, the commissioner says the right for all to request flexible work hours is...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Sensible Sentencing calls for appeal of judicial activivism
    The Sensible Sentencing Trust is appalled that Justice Jill Mallon has today refused to apply the Life without Parole (LWOP) provisions of the Three Strikes law as enacted by Parliament....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Global Rally against ISIS – for Kobanê – for Humanity, Nov 1
    The New Zealand Kurdish Community will march in solidarity with Kurdistan as part of the “GLOBAL RALLY AGAINST ISIS – FOR KOBANÊ – FOR HUMANITY” on 1 November 2014, 2pm....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Does ‘No-Surprises’ Also Apply To TVNZ News?
    When you stand back and look at NZ media outlets, most of them have at least one or two people who attempt to hold the government to account: John Campbell on TV3, Guyon Espiner and others at Radio NZ, David...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Safer roads are better for everyone
    Recent pedestrian versus vehicle incidents highlight the real issues being addressed by delegates as the 2Walk and Cycle conference concludes....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Law change creates more flexible labour market
    The Employment Relations Amendment Act, passed yesterday, will bring new flexibility to the labour market and will reduce the ability of unions to organise and to recruit....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Bumper ANZ profits mean no excuse for insecure hours
    A big rise in profits at New Zealand's largest bank needs to be reflected in a better pay offer and more security around hours of work, the bank workers’ union said today....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Count down to lowered alcohol limit
    With just a month to go until a new lower alcohol limit for adult drivers comes into effect, Police and road safety agencies are reminding drivers of the impending change....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • WorkSafe Supports Forestry Review Findings
    WorkSafe NZ says the Independent Forestry Safety Review has clearly identified the problems facing an industry in which ten workers were killed last year. “The Review’s analysis matches our own view and leaves no doubt about the need for comprehensive,...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • CTU welcomes forestry review recommendations
    The CTU is welcoming the today's release of the independent forestry safety review panel findings. "These recommendations must be implemented to ensure that everything possible is done to make forestry safer." CTU President, Helen Kelly said....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Activists will confront animal abusers
    Today animal rights activists will confront a group of wealth advisers who want to build the biggest egg factory-farm in New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Turia: Women’s Refuge Conference 2014
    This is a milestone moment in my life. This will be my last official address as Co-leader of the Maori Party. On Saturday night at our Hui-a-Tau, I will be standing down from that role and enabling a new co-leader,...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Rodeo Code of Welfare ‘Sick Joke’
    Animal advocacy organisation SAFE says the revised Code of Welfare for Rodeos just released is nothing but a sick joke. “Rodeo animals are goaded, tormented and forced to endure needless suffering and gross mistreatment, all for the sake of so-called...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Conservative Party applauds binding referenda on flag
    The Conservative Party are congratulating the Government on the decision to hold two binding referendums to decide the fate of New Zealand’s flag – and believes it will pave the way for binding referenda to form part of New Zealand...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Walk the Talk – Opposing violence against women
    Soroptimist International of Auckland have organised a walk on 22 November from Silo Park at the Wynyard Quarter through the Viaduct and back to Silo Park, to show their opposition to violence against women. This event hopes to raise awareness...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Recommendations on the Design of Pecuniary Penalties
    The Law Commission has reviewed the use of pecuniary penalties as a regulatory tool. Pecuniary penalties are financial penalties that policymakers are increasingly opting to use in place of criminal sanctions in order to punish and deter misconduct in...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Every worker will be affected by employment law changes
    Every worker will feel the effects of the government’s new employment laws and should join a union if they want to maintain and increase their wages and conditions, says New Zealand’s largest private sector union, the EPMU....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Shameful attack on all workers
    The Government has passed the Employment Relations Amendment Act slashing the rights of all Kiwi workers. “These changes are shameful. New Zealand now has some of the worst employment protections in the OECD. It is embarrassing that a country which...
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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....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • New code of welfare for rodeos released
    New standards to strengthen the animal welfare requirements for rodeos have been issued today by the Minister for Primary Industries, Nathan Guy....
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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....
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  • 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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