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Our international shame

Written By: - Date published: 7:41 am, February 13th, 2013 - 191 comments
Categories: International - Tags: , ,

It’s not often I agree with Judith Collins but when she describes Richard Prosser’s racist filth as an “international embarrassment” I couldn’t agree more.

That said, her government’s collusion in the Pacific Solution is probably even more damaging to our international reputation. New Zealand has long had an international reputation for being a fair dealer, a nation that leads on human rights issues and the environment. But this government has backtracked on both.

I could make economic arguments about how this brand damage will cost us (and it will) but to be frank, I’m sick of the bullshit game of monetising everything in order to ascribe it value. Which is to say we shouldn’t be as worried about what this costs us as we should be about the fact we are a better nation than this and we should be aspiring to be better.

In the meantime, yes, Winston needs to sack Prosser. But while we’ve got a government willing to dog-whistle on refuges and an opposition that colludes in those dog-whistles (such as David Shearer refusing to state he’d scrap Key’s Pacific Solution policy) I’m not holding my breath. If he does go I suspect it’ll be more for how explicit he made himself rather than the sentiments he expressed.

Update: Darien Fenton has pointed out some of the work she’s done on the Pacific Solution issue and it’s good solid Labour values stuff. I just wish David Shearer’s line had been that strong from the start.

191 comments on “Our international shame”

  1. Matthew Hooton 1

    Winston can’t sack Prosser. Winston agrees with Prosser. See for example http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10338138 Apparently, moderate Muslims shield fundamentalist, terrorist Muslims. This guy became Helen Clark’s foreign minister and is your next coalition partner, or ours, or preferably no ones.

    • Well Matthew Key seems to be backing away from his refusal to negotiate with Peters or NZ First despite his earlier “principled” stance. Not so principled now is he.

    • Skinny 1.2

      Yes and we know where all those disgruntled ACT & National voters are going to turn too. Good old Winston Peters and his NZ First Party. And your acutely aware Matthew that Peters holds a revengeful grudge against National & ACT for the smear campaign they ran against him a couple elections ago.

      Revenge is sweet Hootan! that is why he will not run with Key.

      • Pascal's bookie 1.2.1

        They also hold a grudge because Don Brash stole their immigration policy

        http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10366124

        Hooten doesn’t like to talk about those days though.

      • Pascal's bookie 1.2.2

        And here’s another one:

        http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10402759

        because when you tak to a Muslim there’s a good chance you’ve talked to a terrist by gad.

      • Pascal's bookie 1.2.3

        But the revenge Winston would really want would be to brought back home to national. He’d far rather make Key eat crow by having him at his side than anything else.

        • Matthew Hooton 1.2.3.1

          I agree with that. If it came down to it, and Key would deal with Peters, then I think Peters would choose National over Labour/Green.

          • vto 1.2.3.1.1

            What motivations lie behind your posts Mr Hooton? What are they intended to achieve? Merely some blog banter of banality? Or online oratory of other outcome?

          • Skinny 1.2.3.1.2

            Oh come on Matthew this is about starting a smear campaign early to frighten ‘both’ left & right supporters so NZFirst don’t get to the 5% threshold. The likelihood of Peters choosing National is slim as you well know.

            • Colonial Viper 1.2.3.1.2.1

              What? National’s mates are targetting Winnie again? Shit these guys are slow learners.

              Winston, stand that fucker down. If not for racism, then for extreme bad judgement in publishing his racist views and then standing by them.

          • Andre 1.2.3.1.3

            Patrick Gower ‏@patrickgowernz
            Key & Shearer are so desperate for power both are prepared to do deal with Winston’s #Wogistan #prosser party BLOG:

    • The Al1en 1.3

      “or ours”

      Like you’d have anything to do with it except peddle their bullshit and sniff for crumbs.
      Ours :lol:

    • BLiP 1.4

      .

      Winston can do what he likes, regardless of whether he’s using Prosser to round up the provincial and rugby club oiks that would otherwise vote for National Ltd™. I’m sure it suits Winston to have a kamikaze MP on hand to keep the publicity up. Nothing worse than not being talked about. In the meantime, Prosser and John Key share something in common . . .

      “. . . the good news is that I was having dinner with Ngati Porou as opposed to their neighbouring iwi, which is Tuhoe, in which case I would have been dinner, which wouldn’t have been quite so attractive,” he said . . .

      . . . an international reputation for being ignorant bigots, the pair of them.

  2. ak 2

    Ah. Winnie-bash time comes around again in Hooterville. Quite rightly too, he’s a real worry to his old Bash party, eating his parents. The Great Brown Tory Hope of yesteryear now demonised for what he was intensely nurtured, by the very same venal scum.

    Yes, admirable sentiments from Collins: someone dig up her comments on Orewa One and compare and contrast……

    • Pascal's bookie 2.1

      Or the Civil Union Bill readings.

    • Jackal 2.2

      Are you guys talking about the same Judith Collins who said this:

      Guyon Spiner: How can it be that we lock up people at double the rate of France?

      Judith Collins: Well what we have for instance is we have say 15% of the population Maori…

      Has everyone got that? Bigotry against Muslims not OK… racism against Maori bonza beaut mate!

      Interestingly the Sallies report (PDF) released today that looks into incarceration rates has confirmed that Maori are discriminated against by the Police and our judiciary system. Just following the ministers directive I suppose.

      • marty mars 2.2.1

        + 1 Exactly right Jackal

      • NickS 2.2.2

        And you can guarantee talk back will be filled with morons claiming that their the ones being discriminated against, with a unhealthy dose of “it teh Maori’s own faultz!11!!” on the side over this.

      • Rogue Trooper 2.2.3

        Excellent Jackal

      • TheContrarian 2.2.4

        Are you accusing Collins of being bigoted toward Maori, Jackal?

        Why don’t you post the whole quote:

        “JUDITH: Well what we have for instance is we have say 15% of the population Maori, we have 51% of our prison population’s Maori. That’s a shocking statistic.”

        Followed by:

        “JUDITH: Well I don’t think the Maori population are the cause of crime. Not at all. “

        • Rogue Trooper 2.2.4.1

          hows things?

        • Te Reo Putake 2.2.4.2

          Cheers, TC. That was a cheap, cowardly shot from The Jackal and not the first time he’s left out crucial information in a post in order to big himself up.

          Poor form, Jackal. Do you have the cojones to apologise to Collins and TS readers?

        • vto 2.2.4.3

          ha. The steaming cesspit of NZ’s race relations continues to emit odours from all those who shit.

        • Jackal 2.2.4.4

          TheConformist

          Are you accusing Collins of being bigoted toward Maori, Jackal?

          No! What I’m saying is that Collins, the Police and the judiciary system are all prejudiced against Maori.

          Here’s what Sallies state in their recent report:

          Over the six years covered by this data, Maori males have been up to 30% more likely than non-Maori males to be prosecuted by Police for the same or similar crime.

          Their’s isn’t the first research to show such racism within government institutions either.

          • TheContrarian 2.2.4.4.1

            Collins was expressing her shock at the fact we have such a large Maori population in jail.

            Your slimy quote mine implied Judith Colin blamed the fact we had 15% Maori population as the cause of crime. As TRP says “That was a cheap, cowardly shot”

            That is dishonest and untrue by a mere cursory glance at the actual comment.

            The adult response would be to retract your comment

          • Te Reo Putake 2.2.4.4.2

            More self serving rubbish, Jackal. Here is your comment:

            “Has everyone got that? Bigotry against Muslims not OK… racism against Maori bonza beaut mate!”

            That’s based on your cynical misrepresentation of what Collins said. Its a form of lying to deliberate give a false impression in order to make an unwarranted smear.

            • Jackal 2.2.4.4.2.1

              There’s nothing to apologise for as my assertion is based on the evidence that’s provided. If you want to ignore the evidence and that Collins is responsible as a minister, go right ahead. She’s a bigot because she doesn’t even acknowledging that there’s a problem of racism within the judiciary and Police force… Ignorant like you guys.

              • TheContrarian

                Nothing in what Collins actually said in the interview betrays any sort of bigotry despite your crude and dishonest attempt.
                This has nothing to do with claimed inherent racism in the police force and has everything to do with you implying Judith Colin blamed the fact we had 15% Maori population as the cause of crime through a dishonest quote mine.

                You are being extremely dishonest. But I expect that from you.

                • Jackal

                  You really do have a bee in your bonnet about this eh TheComformist.

                  Nothing in what Collins actually said in the interview betrays any sort of bigotry despite your crude and dishonest attempt.

                  So let’s quote the entire relevant part then:

                  GUYON But how can those two things be true Minister, how can it be that we lock up people at double the rate of France?

                  JUDITH Well what we have for instance is we have say 15% of the population Maori, we have 51% of our prison population’s Maori. That’s a shocking statistic. It’s also true for other countries, for instance Australia, there are some parts of Australia where they have 3% of the population is Aboriginal but 30% of the prison population is.

                  GUYON So that’s the difference?

                  JUDITH I think the fact is, is that when we have a quite significant group of people who unfortunately often feel that they are not part of the system, not part of the social connections that the rest of us have, there is more of a likelihood towards crime.

                  In other words Collins is saying that it’s all te Maoris fault that they commit crime because they aren’t a part of society.

                  Could you highlight where Collins states that it’s prejudices within the Police force and judiciary system (which the research shows is the main reason for higher incarceration rates of Maori) within her pontifications there or anywhere TheConformist?

                  Purposefully ignoring the problem when Collins has the power to make changes is also racism.

                  In regard to Richard Prosser’s racism, it’s clear that Collins was simply scoring cheap political points against NZ First, while harboring racist sentiments herself. We usually call such people hypocrites!

                  You are being extremely dishonest. But I expect that from you.

                  I’m not sure how my opinion can be dishonest, but more importantly are you going to acknowledge that the research is correct or not?

                  • Mary

                    Collins is correctly pointing out that crime is often the consequence in situations where those committing the crime do not feel part of society. The inference is that Maori are over-represented in the crime statistics because of this reason. The problem is that Collins is blaming the individual person for feeling “that they are not part of the system, not part of the social connections that the rest of us have…” Collins’ expectation then is that Maori should just sort themselves out and start ‘feeling part of society’ otherwise we’ll just keeping locking ‘em up. That’s where the difference of opinion here is. For Collins it’s all very simple: be good or we’ll get you. But of course Collins is no intellectual so that’s all we can expect from her and those of her ilk.

                    • Foreign Waka

                      Regardless of the ethnicity of anyone committing a crime, perhaps it has escaped you all that a person has a CHOICE, to do the crime or not. Simple as that. To contort this in any other way is just an excuse to go and kill, maim, steal and pilferage of the fellow citizen whose CHOICE is to be honest. There are many people who do not feel part of the society; recent immigrants, refugees, some of the disabled, elderly etc. who CHOOSE not to do the crime.

                    • One Tāne Huna

                      Baby steps. What overlying factors influence people’s “choices”, Foreign Waka?

                    • Jackal

                      Foreign Waka

                      We’re talking about the CHOICE of the Police and the judiciary system to discriminate against Maori Foreign Waka, which the research clearly shows is the case.

                      Whether Maori undertake more crime on average than non Maori because they choose to has not been established… It is however likely that Maori undertake more crimes of necessity because they’re marginalized to a greater extent by a discriminatory system than non Maori.

                      What has been established beyond a doubt however is that Maori are discriminated against by the Police, and this is one of the main reasons for a higher Maori incarceration rate in New Zealand. Change that aspect of our Police culture and we will see reductions in the Maori incarceration rate.

                • TheContrarian

                  Now you are shifting the goal posts Jackal.
                  Another dishonest technique.

                  You selectively quoted Collins to make it sound as if she was implying the fact we had 15% Maori population as the cause of crime.

                  That is dishonest.

                  • Jackal

                    Nup! I’m still talking about the Q+A statement and the research I highlighted in my first comment.

                    Did you like it how she tried to justify our high rate of Maori incarceration by saying there’s lots of Aboriginals in Australian jails as well, and that makes it all OK does it?

                    What about the follow up of what National will do about the issue? As you obviously haven’t bothered to read the research, our recidivism rates haven’t improved at all, so effectively National has done nothing!

                    • TheContrarian

                      You selectively quoted Collins to make it sound as if she was implying the fact we had 15% Maori population as the cause of crime.

                      Dishonest.

                      And now you try to imply that she was trying to justify by comparing it to Australia. Which is also dishonest because she isn’t justifying it – she thinks it is shocking, not that it is OK.

                      Jesus man, you a fucking terrible at this

                    • Jackal

                      Could somebody fix that stuck record please?

              • Te Reo Putake

                What evidence did you provide, Jackal? Half a quote which destroys the context and meaning of the full comment is not evidence of anything but your own mendacity.

                • Jackal

                  There’s six years of research by the Salvation Army to begin with… Why not start there Daveo. Oops! I mean Te Reo Putake.

                  • Rogue Trooper

                    u r a pretty cool ol’ dog in your own way

                  • Te Reo Putake

                    More self serving rubbish. You lied to smear Collins. Weak, disrespectful and lazy.

                    • TheContrarian

                      All Jackals dodging doesn’t change his selective dishonest quoting.

                    • Rogue Trooper

                      how come you don’t put a comprehensive “post” together T?

                    • Jackal

                      Just incase you hadn’t noticed, I’ve quoted the entire relevant part now TheConformist… In my opinion it still makes Collins look like a bigot!

                    • Te Reo Putake

                      “Just in case you hadn’t noticed, I’ve quoted the entire relevant part now TheConformist… In my opinion it still makes Collins look like a bigot!”

                      So what? Have you got the guts to acknowledge you were wrong to selectively misquote her to make your ‘bigot’ smear look accurate? The story here isn’t Collins, it’s your dishonesty.

                      So what’s more important to you? Collins or your credibility?

                    • TheContrarian

                      He won’t do it. He’ll come up with some kind of squirm to get out of the fact he was being dishonest and disingenuous.

                      My 2 yr old niece has greater self awareness than Jackal.

                    • Jackal

                      Wow! You guys are real loyal Judith Collins fans.

                      Te Reo Putake

                      So what? Have you got the guts to acknowledge you were wrong to selectively misquote her to make your ‘bigot’ smear look accurate?

                      I wasn’t wrong to select the most relevant part to what Collins said to support my argument that she’s racist TRP.

                      Oh look… Labour MP Chris Hipkins also used the same quote. Here’s what he says about it:

                      I don’t think the rest of Collins quote makes her look any better. Her first response when asked why NZ had a higher imprisonment rate than other countries was to say it was because of our Maori population. Her “them and us” attitude reflects the National Party’s “Iwi/Kiwi” heritage, yet the Maori Party continue to support them in government.

                      If you feel so strongly about it, why don’t you make a formal complain about Hipkins to Labour TRP?

                      The story here isn’t Collins, it’s your dishonesty.

                      You haven’t established that I’ve been dishonest… You are welcome to believe that there’s a “story” concerning the quote I used if you like, although I think you’re being a bit delusional.

                      So what’s more important to you? Collins or your credibility?

                      Clearly the fact that we have a bigot as the Minister of Justice, ACC and Ethnic Affairs is far more important than whether you think I’m credible or not TRP.

                      The Conformist

                      He won’t do it. He’ll come up with some kind of squirm to get out of the fact he was being dishonest and disingenuous.

                      By “squirm” do you mean that I simply disagree with you both?

                      My 2 yr old niece has greater self awareness than Jackal.

                      As usual your argument is based on ad hominem drivel TC… You and TRP cannot even bring yourselves to acknowledge the evidence I’ve supplied that supports my argument. Ignorance is bliss I suppose.

                    • Te Reo Putake

                      More bullshit, Jackal. Hipkins was just as wrong as you and like you, he was quickly pulled up in the comments for being dishonest. He. like you, then tries to weasel out of it. So fucken what? You’re both full of shit. Admittedly, its worse for Hipkins; he’s a paid professional and you’re just a hopeless amateur, but lying is still lying. And you, pal, are a liar.

                    • Jackal

                      You haven’t established that I was dishonest TRP by using the relevant part of Judith Collins’ statement, no matter how many times you repeat yourself.

                      I suspect your the type of guy who screams feckless insults at his neighbors as well, and you’re the only one on that Red Alert post from July 2010 claiming that Chris Hipkins was dishonest… You really look a bit foolish!

                    • Te Reo Putake

                      More lies! Read the comments, fool. Still, you did make me pissed enough at the dishonesty of Hipkins that I posted a comment 3 years after the event. That’ll show ‘em!

                      By the way, now that we know you cribbed the whole thing from Hipkins, without attribution, how does that make you less dishonest?

                    • Jackal

                      Te Reo Putake

                      More lies! Read the comments, fool. Still, you did make pissed enough at the dishonesty of Hipkins that I posted a comment 3 years after the event. That’ll show ‘em!

                      Nobody else is calling Hipkins a liar or dishonest in the forty odd comments there TRP… You’re clearly out on a limb all by yourself.

                      By the way, now that we know you cribbed the whole thing from Hipkins, without attribution, how does that make you less dishonest?

                      Actually, I found the Q+A transcript first and linked to it… You’re such a plonker Te Reo Putake, and there’s no point in continuing this debate further.

                    • TheContrarian

                      “You haven’t established that I was dishonest TRP by using the relevant part of Judith Collins’ statement, no matter how many times you repeat yourself.”

                      Yes we have, you just said it yourself:

                      Jackal: “..I was dishonest…”

                      See – I used the most relevant part of your comment to prove it.

                    • Te Reo Putake

                      Nice one, TC!

                    • Jackal

                      Yeah! You really showed me there TC /sarc.

                    • TheContrarian

                      Pulling out the most relevant part again

                      Jackal: “..You really showed me there..”

                      Yes I did. I showed you just how dishonest it is to quote-mine someone and present it as if they were saying something they weren’t.

                    • Jackal

                      TheConformist

                      I showed you just how dishonest it is to quote-mine someone and present it as if they were saying something they weren’t.

                      Wrong! Even though she tries to backtrack, the full quote by Judith Collins as provided still shows that she blames te Maori for their overrepresentation in our corrections system.

                      In contrast, your “quote-mining” of my comments just makes you look like a plonker!

                      Like you, Collins completely fails to acknowledge that the research shows Maori are discriminated against by the Police and that’s one of the main reasons for such overrepresentation… A fact you’re obviously at pains to ignore for some reason TheConformist ?

                      Please stop being silly and debate like an adult TC.

                    • TheContrarian

                      It shows nothing of the sort.

                      And you still haven’t addressed your dishonest quote mine which was actually the point of this..err..’discussion’

                      Figures.

                    • Jackal

                      What are you talking about? I’m starting to think you’re a little bit retarded TheConformist.

                    • TheContrarian

                      So you admit you dishonestly quote-mined Collins to make it sound like she blamed our crime problem on our population being 15% Maori

                    • Jackal

                      Ah no! What gave you that idea TheConformist? As much as you want me to change my opinion, unless Collins acknowledges and addresses the main issues and causes of Maori over-representation in our jails (which is unlikely), my opinion will remain the same.

                    • TheContrarian

                      This has nothing to do with Collins admitting why the real causes of crime and inherent injustice towards Maori.

                      You took a sentence in which Collins was describing the statistics of our prison system and misquoted to make her sound like the cause of crime was the fact we have a 15% Maori population.

                      That is dishonest – that you cant see that and you keep muddying the waters is no surprise because you appear to be functioning at level of a ten year old.

                    • Pascal's bookie

                      But Contro, she was citing the statistics to explain why we have a higher incarceration rate than France.

                      She was asked ‘how do explain the difference’, and she explained it by pointing out that we have a 15% Maori population, and that Maori are incarcerated at a very high rate.

                      How does that explanation explain our higher rate than France?

                      What’s the logic she was using?

                      Make me a syllogism. And see if you can make it valid by including the disclaimer about not blaming Maori.

                      She couldn’t, she changed tack and said we have a higher rate because of higher crime, (caused by what according to her logic? hint: Maori feelings), and note how that explanation contradicts where the point inn the interview where she said we were a safe society.

                      The fact is she contradicted herself all over the place. So calling it quote mining when you focus on the logic and ignore the ‘I’m not a racist” stuff is just bullshit.

                    • Jackal

                      +1 Pascal’s bookie

                    • Te Reo Putake

                      What’s the diff? If they are disenfranchised, they’re going to feel disanfranchised. Or don’t you think maaris feel? ;)

                    • putting a winky face doesn’t hide the truth voice – The Jackal was on the money with his first post on this issue and you are defending collins and taking the piss out of tangata whenua whilst taking the piss with your name – feeling good about all that are you? That is disrespectful imo.

                • One Tāne Huna

                  I’m with Jackal on this one. Why doesn’t Collins talk about the conditions under which crime flourishes? Why, instead, is ethnicity front and centre of her analysis?

                  • TheContrarian

                    The issue isn’t that content of Collins message, it is Jackal dishonestly using a quote mine to make is seem as if Collin’s is saying our crime is due to us having 15% Maori population when in the interview she states the exact opposite.

                    Do you, OTH, defend jackals misuse of Collins quote to imply she thinks the exact opposite of what she states?

                  • felixviper

                    Yeah I agree. Jackal’s quote might’ve been a bit slippery, but it actually conveys exactly what Collins is trying to ‘say without saying’.

                    • TheContrarian

                      Apart from where she says

                      “JUDITH: Well I don’t think the Maori population are the cause of crime. Not at all. “

                      Where as jackal cut it off with

                      “JUDITH: Well what we have for instance is we have say 15% of the population Maori”

                      Which implies Collins claims we have crime due to our Maori population which she clarifies as definitely not what she thinks and in fact stems from disenfranchisement. The statistics themselves she describes as shocking.

                      This is called quote mining:

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

                    • One Tāne Huna

                      Yes, that’s why Felix uses the phrase “say without saying”. That you can’t hear the dog-whistle, Contrarian, says more about your hearing range than anything.

                    • felixviper

                      Meh, I think she knew exactly how her statement would be interpreted.

                      btw I don’t think you’re being anal about it, not at all.

                    • TheContrarian

                      If you going to say she means something other than the words she uses then why bother misquoting her at all?

                      Why not just quote her in full and call her a liar instead of these silly quote mines to imply she said something she didn’t?

                    • Pascal's bookie

                      I’m not a racist but…

                    • TheContrarian

                      @Felix – dishonesty isn’t something one should just let past. The site is dedicated to exposing dishonesty in politicians (in part) so why should the commentators/authors be held to a different standard?

                    • McFlock

                      lolol
                      why indeed?

                    • felixviper

                      “Why not just quote her in full and call her a liar”

                      She’s not really lying though, that’s the beauty of it.

                      And in the hierarchy of sins, a pseudonym on a blog being a bit sneaky with a quote is far less of a concern to me than a Minister of the Crown saying that we wouldn’t have much crime if it weren’t for those bloody maarees.

                      Which is what she said, really.

                    • Pascal's bookie

                      Jeez Felix stop lying, she said she’s not a racist but the reason we have a high incarceration rate is because so many murrays in prison and that’s a shame is what it is but there you go.

                    • Pascal's bookie

                      ‘Honestly, I’m not racist, but the fact is they are not in jail because they are Maori, but because of the way Maori are.’

                    • TheContrarian

                      Well she actually said the complete opposite of that Felix but it is your prerogative to belief what you want about her.

                    • Pascal's bookie

                      So if I quoted myself from above thusly:

                      “I’m not racist”

                      Would that be quote mining?

                    • felixviper

                      To be fair though, she did point out that Australia hes a similar problem with abos, and they’re a totally different strain of darkie.

                      So not just blaming maarees. Not at all.

                    • TheContrarian

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

                      http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Quote_mining

                      In the jackal example Collins was explaining our prison statistics and how they compare to other countries and her view that the statistics were ‘shocking’. Jackal quoted a single sentence which implied her comment was that we have a crime problem due to our population being 15% Maori

                    • Pascal's bookie

                      “Which implies Collins claims we have crime due to our Maori population which she clarifies as definitely not what she thinks and in fact stems from disenfranchisement.”

                      This would be quite a powerful argument if she said Maori were, in fact, disfranchised, rather than that they felt disenfranchised. Which is a whole different thing altogether, and what she actually said.

      • travellerev 2.2.5

        Which is really funny because the French have a huge Muslim population (5.5 % or half of the total of immigrants living in France) from all their Muslim ex colonies who by the way apart from one questionable event have never en masse (French) turned to terrorism weirdly enough.

        Pied noir (Black feet) they are called to this day because at some stage the French decided that everybody had to wear shoes in their colonies so the inhabitants who true to the colonial extortion spirit didn’t have a coin to scratch their butts with painted their feet to look like they were wearing shoes to avoid punishment.

        • Te Reo Putake 2.2.5.1

          Yep, the Algerians and other victims of French colonialism would have plenty of reason to resort to terrorism, but, for the most part seem to have taken the option of mass resistance to gain their independance instead.

          Interesting about the pied noir term, btw. I thought that it was the term for the european Algerians (ie the ones with French heritage who sided with France against the indiginous population). I first heard it in reference to Albert Camus, who was born in Algeria. It would be ironic indeed if the term is now the opposite of its original meaning!

        • Epping Road 2.2.5.2

          Pied noir has never meant the Muslim Berbers travellerev. It has always meant French Europeans in Algeria.

  3. Skinny 3

    Peters needs to show leadership & admonish Prosser for his racist rants. Most of us are well aware of Prossers bigoted ideology. I could imagine the huge outcry if he made anti Jewish remarks similar. Pretty spineless stuff Tosser!   

  4. karol 4

    Yes, agree that the government is showing a poor set of social and human values.

    Irish: typo – I think the government has a pretty poor record on the limited support of (women’s) refuges, but it seems more blatant than dog whistles. OTOH, Key has been dog whistling on refugees several times over the last couple of years.

  5. Prosser is a Tosser.
    No one can put a prickly rose around it and call it pretty,his loose lips will bring NZ
    First down, down in the polls.
    Winston has the ability to address this properly and act.
    As an aside, i watched a painful interview between TV3′s Smalley and Shearer about the Tosser’s potential verbal incendiary device, Shearer was his usual stammering and bumbling self,oh dear,sigh.

    • Andre 5.1

      http://t.co/KHc3c3fi Good piece about Farrar and his ploy?

    • NoseViper (The Nose knows) 5.2

      VV
      Well said about the Tosser’s potential verbal incendiary device – more dangerous than an IED – Improvised explosive device. Certainly it has gone off dangerously on Winston’s foot, but he thinks he has bulletproof legs so no worries and no concern about NZ’s standing overseas, which is rather strange in one who did have the Foreign Affairs portfolio at one time.

      Pertinent quote from Wikipedia -
      He also accused the Labour Party of having an “ethnic engineering and re-population policy.”[5] In July 2005, Peters said New Zealand should err on the side of caution in admitting immigrants until they “affirm their commitment to New Zealanders’ values and standards.” On the same occasion, Peters claimed to know that Muslim extremists were regularly entering New Zealand, and accused Islam in New Zealand as “having two faces – a moderate face and a militant underbelly”. However, he refused to identify the person or the source.

  6. Bill 6

    I’ve always found NZ and many NZers (including far too many who identify as being ‘of the left’) are incredibly adept at denying the extent of their racism as well as the racism inherent to NZ society.

    The equivocations or downright stupidity and antipathy exhibited by the likes of Prosser, Key, Shearer and many, many others are the result.

    • Colonial Weka 6.1

      Agreed.

      On Nine to Noon, Prosser described what he wrote in Investigate as a particular ‘style’. He regrets that, but because he won’t acknowledge the racism he can’t regret the racism. Handy. His framing the issue as style goes along with his statement that his views as a columnist are completely separate from his role as an MP. So apparently now one can be a racist fuckwit in one part of one’s life but that won’t affect how one operates in another part of one’s life eg how one helps run the country (although Kathryn Ryan made it pretty obvious that Prosser is a waste of space in parliament).

      It was good to hear Ryan making her contempt apparent.

      • AmaKiwi 6.1.1

        “his statement that his views as a columnist are completely separate from his role as an MP”

        You’re surprised? Lying about one’s real intentions is the first rule for getting elected.

      • marty mars 6.1.2

        Yes I listened to that too – by his logic he wouldn’t get to fly because of those ‘previous terrorists’ the IRA and he looks like they supposedly look. I needed a wash after listening to his foul opinions.

    • NickS 6.2

      None so fucking wilfully blind as the privileged to that which would show them in the harsh light of day to be fools and bigots.

  7. vto 7

    Our further international shame is moving towards a system similar to apartheid. Especially given we protested against that abomination and hold ourselves in such high regard in this area. It’s like the 100% Pure bullshit.

  8. AmaKiwi 8

    The reason we need a 4 year parliamentary term is so people like Richard Prosser can (tic appropriate answer):

    1. have time to become enligtened
    2. allow time for the voters to forget how incompetent/dangerous some MPs are
    3. (please add additional reasons because I’m stumped)

  9. Andre 9

    NZ needs to take its head out of its arse and grow up. We lack any sophistication in our thinking .Head up and look around ,we are so far behind in future thinking .Still thinking of color /creed. Before good and fair ….. Prosser is the poster boy of old New Zealand..

  10. Darien Fenton 10

    Irish : Did you miss these?

    “Labour’s Darien Fenton joined the attacks, saying the Government had its own law change in train as part of the Immigration Amendment Bill that would allow for the mass-detention of a group of 10 or more asylum seekers who arrive in a group by boat.

    “Just last year the Prime Minister John Key and his Immigration Minister, Nathan Guy, were describing asylum seekers who arrived by boat as ‘queue jumpers’ and ‘illegal immigrants’,” Fenton said.

    “Now, however, it seems Mr Key is prepared to take a number of the very same people – from recently reopened Australian detention centres on Papua New Guinea’s Manus Island and Nauru – that he has previously disparaged.”

    And this :

    Labour’s immigration spokeswoman Darien Fenton shares Amnesty’s concerns.

    “It really is tacit approval of the Australian system which has been so widely criticised,” she said.

    “Lots of New Zealanders would be concerned … if they knew the conditions [asylum seekers] would be sent into, which is effectively being behind barbed wire, living in tents, awful conditions.”

    Four radio interviews and TV on Saturday alone. Questions in the House yesterday from David Shearer. Quite a lot of Labour on this.

    • quartz 10.1

      Interesting. Will the next labour government revoke the arrangement?

    • AmaKiwi 10.2

      @ Darien Fenton

      Darien,

      You need a 1 sentence sound bite for the tv news.

      Preferably just a phrase, a label: “The Key is to forget.” “Key’s cabbage boat to residency.” “Prime Minister Mr. Double Talk.” “Key changes policies faster than he can justify them.”

      I am not in p.r., but I know a good one when I hear it.

      Nail the bast*rds!

      • NoseViper (The Nose knows) 10.2.1

        Or something like Labour’s policies will be up and going faster while Key’s just lie and fester (with mould as an extra).

        • Johninsg 10.2.1.1

          Winston has a certain touch for one-liners:

          “Judith Collins should stop behaving like Joan Collins, okay”

          We’ll not see Joan/Judith the same way again:

          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rxZV8HZElKo

          • gobsmacked 10.2.1.1.1

            @Darien

            It is not the fault of Irish Bill, or anybody else, that your leader cannot communicate Labour’s position clearly – or even decide what it is.

            I appreciate that you can’t comment publicly, but I’m sure MPs were banging their heads on the wall when Shearer waffled his responses to media questions yesterday.

            If it helps you to keep shooting the other messengers, go ahead. But your real problem is THE messenger, and you know it. The leader gets ten times more coverage than a spokesperson, and you can’t deal with that communication defecit by issuing press releases or running around on blogs.

            If he needs help, here it is …

            “This policy is wrong, unnecessary, and stupid. Labour will scrap it.”

            Not hard, is it?

            • Johninsg 10.2.1.1.1.1

              +1

              “I’m sure MPs were banging their heads on the wall when Shearer waffled his responses to media questions yesterday”

              I have been banging my head so much and so hard the past few months with my clenched fist and I wonder how much longer will the majority of the Labour caucus have to bang their heads and actually do something.

              I do not say this easily but feel I have to voice this online for the good of my Labour Party.

              How much more time does the lead messenger of the leading opposition party need? I have been waiting and waiting for some clear, coherent, articulate messages from him. But with another day that passes, it seems like he draws greater attention to the ‘mess’ in message and messenger.

              For the record, I am a current member of the NZLP and I would be happy to verify this by showing my membership card to someone who posts on here (but not certain special people like the MP for South Dunedin).

              • xtasy

                I am not a member of NZLP, but I have also suffered major concussions due to banging my head and other body parts around, knowing no other way to deal with utter distress and depression. I even a times contemplated to make an end to it all, but then again, I cannot blame that just solely on the Labour Party.

    • IrishBill 10.3

      Sorry Darien – I’d only seen the lead media with David Shearer when I wrote the post. I’ve updated appropriately.

      • Darien Fenton 10.3.1

        Cheers Irish

        • bad12 10.3.1.1

          Good to see you here at the Standard having a look and a comment….

        • xtasy 10.3.1.2

          Darian, thanks for coming here and taking your position. I am one of the hardest of critics of your party here, and I make no doubts about it.

          Yet I have always respected your firm position on the lot of the disadvantaged, whether it is migrants or youth or unemployed or other workers.

          What I miss with Labour (Label Labour term, I suppose) is a reconnection to old values. This may appear old fashioned to some, but older and even younger Labour supporters are desperate to find out what Labour now stands for, so they can identify and offer their full support.

          We have had much vague and double talk, and most know not what to think of Labour, and so many are affectionate towards the Greens and also Mana.

          Do you blame them? They want social improvements, jobs and fair deals in all social and economic areas. So your party is challenged. Deliver, talk and we will listen and talk also, so far most of us are NOT convinced.

  11. Rogue Trooper 11

    …”the twin evils of diversity and multiculturalism”-the “leader” of NZ First. How freakin’ embarassing. wtf is wrong with the attitudes of some people? every-time i switch on my new / old telly there is some new cringe-dweller building a hedge for us to look over at the rest of the world laughing at us. very sad.

  12. NoseViper (The Nose knows) 12

    NZ First showing its dross side and Winnie showing how ambivalent he is about some standards. He can’t stand on the Winebox soapbox for ever to give him height and visibility.

    Prosser needs to go. We don’t want eejits like him fouling further our convoluted political playing field. You’re not allowed to do racial sledging in European football. Can’t politicians like Winston adopt some of the gravitas of his namesake. He could even take on the working rules of professional sport as guides to behaviour if there are none at present.

    • Rogue Trooper 12.1

      feckin’ “eejits”. (we must be the laughing stock of the pacific soup with clowns like prosser and wishart (good on ya Farrer)

  13. Te Reo Putake 13

    Good work from Hone Harawira stopping Prosser from trying to weasel out of the issue in Parliament:

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/8295162/Wogistan-MP-should-resign-Islamic-leader

  14. I don’t get it. The global MSM has been telling us that only Muslims are prone to terrorism even if it break the laws of Physics when they do. We have happily joined the coalition of the killing to “liberate” “catch Osama bin Laden” “liberate the women of Afghanistan” and other assorted lies of convenience and while we did not officially joined the cultural and physical destruction the SAS is or was present in Iraq and other country we were told filled with ragheads and other assorted dine names to describe the people who lived there. Not only that Muslims so we are told are unable to liberate themselves so we helped the Libyans with some Kinetic liberation and now we are gearing up to destroy ney liberate Syria on our way to Iran and Prossner is the racist?

    All he is doing is drawing the consequences of the 10 year Muslim vilification propaganda campaign. Muslims are not to be trusted and especially those of the warrior age. You never can tell. They might just up and attack you while you are on your way to some nice warm holiday country.

    If you believe that 19 young Arabs with box cutters broke the laws of Physics on 9/11 all because they hate our freedoms and have a different religion which makes them prone to irrational violence you are just as prejudice and racist as Prosser.

    • TheContrarian 14.1

      Why do you continue this “even if it break the laws of Physics when they do” BS.

      It has been shown to you several times that no one can break the laws of physics therefore no laws of physics were broken.

      • travellerev 14.1.1

        ROFL! Fuck, now that is an amazing way of circular reasoning!

        For those of you more intellectually inclined. The official story is impossible as that would mean all laws of physics would have to be violated. As dipshit here points out that is impossible so something other than the official CT must have taken place.

        • TheContrarian 14.1.1.1

          “The official story is impossible as that would mean all laws of physics would have to be violated.”

          No it doesn’t. Nothing that happened broke the laws of physics. But please explain what you think ‘broke the laws of physics’

          And all laws of physics? Even the strong nuclear force? Are you sure about that

          • McFlock 14.1.1.1.1

            thermo-nuclear-nano-thermite was secreted into photocopier toner cartridges by the illuminopaperazzi, that’s the only way buildings can collapse when fucking great aircraft fly into them.

            • higherstandard 14.1.1.1.1.1

              How dare you take the piss !

              Everyone not hoodwinked by the MSM knows it was the reverse vampires in league with the zombie overlords from Europa.

              • Colonial Viper

                Well, it would be so easy to get into this…just look out for the pyroclastically expanding clouds of high pressure ejecta as the Twin Towers collapsed.

                • McFlock

                  Oh. My. God. Pyroclastic flows! It all makes sense! The CIA wasn’t involved – the National Geographic Channel detonated a microsupervolcano right under WTC in order to milk massive revenue from anniversary specials for the next hundred years! THAT’s why they stick to the “official” MSM “hijack” story – they storyboarded it themselves months beforehand!

                  • Colonial Viper

                    *Shrug* you can see the high velocity horizontal flows of disintegrated building materials for yourself McFlock, in every piece of footage of the Tower collapses.

                    • Te Reo Putake

                      Yep, and you can see the planes being flown into them too. What’s more likely? That what we know happened happened or what loons think might have happened happened?

                      Edit: just for fun, what are the odds of it being anything other than the truth? 1 in 100? 1000? More?

                    • McFlock

                      Well that just demonstrates that you have no idea what a “pyroclastic flow” is. Or, indeed, what “horizontal” means.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      Well that just demonstrates that you have no idea what a “pyroclastic flow” is. Or, indeed, what “horizontal” means.

                      meh.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      That what we know happened happened or what loons think might have happened happened?

                      *Shrug*

                      You may think that severe asymmetric damage to a skyscraper can lead to a completely balanced and symmetric collapse directly on to the skyscraper’s own footprint, but I do not.

                    • emergency mike

                      “Yep, and you can see the planes being flown into them too.”

                      Ah the old ‘da planes flew into da buildings and den dey fall down wut r u talkin fool’ response. Hey TRP here’s a thought, pretend the loons are right and the WTC buildings were taken down with explosives after the planes flew into them. In this scenario would you see planes being flown into the buildings? Yeah, you would. Doesn’t that make your comment a worthless pile of dung? Yeah, it does.

                      What’s more likely? What are the odds? More inanity. Either there was some kind of conspiracy or there wasn’t. Any attempt an calculating a probability is about as pointless as doing the same for the existence of God.

                      “That what we know happened happened or what loons think might have happened happened?”

                      There it is. You ‘know’ what happened. Well if you know something then anyone who disagrees with you must be wrong by definition right? QED. End of. This is what prompted me to comment.

                      I’m not a 911 ‘truther’ nor ‘debunker’, but I am open-minded. I watched one of travellerev’s youtube links once. It was some 2hr odd conference of experts presenting their reasons for their doubts about the official narrative from different perspectives. They weren’t loons, I didn’t see any tinfoil hats. They were intelligent and articulate, and highly qualified. Some of them were more persuasive than others, but at the end it was difficult to disagree that there were serious questions that deserved answers. But maybe the wikipedia geniuses here know better.

                      I value conspiracy theories as they invite us to question the status quo. Failure to see the value in that is a failure of the imagination. That doesn’t mean one should swallow them at face value, rather that I find it strange that people are happy to swallow the status quo at face value, like frightened sheep. That’s what it comes down to. People don’t like having their socially agreed upon construct of reality threatened. It would be better for their little minds if we all just sang la la la in unison.

                      We should be suspicious of what we think we ‘know’. We once knew that the earth was flat, and that the sun moved around us. Scientists laughed at Einstein’s theories when they were first published, musicians laughed when they first saw the first two bars of Beethoven’s fifth.

                      CV: “You may think that severe asymmetric damage to a skyscraper can lead to a completely balanced and symmetric collapse directly on to the skyscraper’s own footprint, but I do not.”

                      Me neither. Particularly concerning building 7.

                    • Pascal's bookie

                      “completely balanced and symmetric collapse directly on to the skyscraper’s own footprint”

                      Where did that happen. Not in New York. You do know what a footprint is right? And how far debris from the buildings spread? or that you can argue for a ‘footprint collapse’ or a ‘pyroclasitc flow’ but not both?

                      ffs

                    • Pascal's bookie

                      Mike: ” I find it strange that people are happy to swallow the status quo at face value”

                      Why do you assume people are doing that?

                      I too have watched plenty of eve’s videos ( And I’ll just wonder here again why so much truther stuff is in video form which makes fact checking and quoting cumbersome), but I then took time to check out the counter points. You should look deeper. Don’t just accept that these guys are being honest just becasue a few of them speak well. Question their narrative just as hard as you would the ‘official’ one. See what happens.

                      I’ve found that many of the things they say simply don’t stack up. they repeat clear and obvious falsehoods years after they have been debunked.

                    • emergency mike

                      “Why do you assume people are doing that?”

                      I was speaking generally rather than about anyone here or any particular issue. Maybe I wasn’t clear about that. I assume it because I see with my own eyes people unquestioningly parroting what the man on the TV told them all the time.

                      “I too have watched plenty of eve’s videos ( And I’ll just wonder here again why so much truther stuff is in video form which makes fact checking and quoting cumbersome), but I then took time to check out the counter points. You should look deeper. Don’t just accept that these guys are being honest just becasue a few of them speak well. Question their narrative just as hard as you would the ‘official’ one. See what happens.”

                      Ah yes but did you take the time to check out the counterpoints to the counterpoints? Now who’s making assumptions – did I say ‘I think they are are right because they sounded like such nice intelligent guys’? Or that I hadn’t checked out the debunking websites too? I’ve got my doubts about the official story, but I’ve got my doubts about my doubts too. I’m all for healthy scepticism, I just don’t like the closed-minded kind.

                      “I’ve found that many of the things they say simply don’t stack up. they repeat clear and obvious falsehoods years after they have been debunked.”

                      I’m not much interested in getting into the nuts and bolts of yet another 911 debate. I’ll leave that to blog warriors keener than I. My objection was to TRP’s stupid reply which I’ve heard one too many times.

                    • McFlock

                      Mike, this morning when you woke up, you had no idea whether the act of turning on a computer would blow up the planet.

                      I’m shocked that you didn’t keep an “open mind” about the possibility, and recklessly risked all our lives. Because calculating probabilities is pointless.

                    • Pascal's bookie

                      Now who’s making assumptions – did I say ‘I think they are are right because they sounded like such nice intelligent guys’?

                      It’s not a direct quote, but you did say:

                      It was some 2hr odd conference of experts presenting their reasons for their doubts about the official narrative from different perspectives. They weren’t loons, I didn’t see any tinfoil hats. They were intelligent and articulate, and highly qualified. Some of them were more persuasive than others, but at the end it was difficult to disagree that there were serious questions that deserved answers. But maybe the wikipedia geniuses here know better.

                      the bolded sections seem to imply that you found it difficult to disagree that there were serious questions because of the impression you had of their intelligence.

                      Or that I hadn’t checked out the debunking websites too?

                      No but you did say that “maybe the wikipedia geniuses here know better.” Which gives a pretty strong clue about how much follow up you did.

                    • emergency mike

                      One of them wore a tie that I quite liked. Some of them were more persuasive than others, but at the end it was difficult to disagree that there were serious questions that deserved answers.

                      PB are you going to conclude that the above implies that I found it difficult to disagree that there were serious questions because one of them wore a tie that I quite liked? I said they were intelligent and articulate, and highly qualified simply to counter TRP’s assertion that these people are ‘loons’ meaning lunatics I’m guessing. They didn’t look like lunatics. Did the fact that they didn’t look like lunatics persuade me? No PB, it didn’t. It was their arguments that I found persuasive.

                      Did I pledge my allegiance to team truther there and then? No, I didn’t. I’ve also seen a number of debunking websites and videos that were also persuasive to varying degrees. So as I’ve said, I have doubts about my doubts, but overall I’m left unsatisfied with the official story. Maybe all that means is that the official story has not been well elucidated, or maybe it means something else.

                      “No but you did say that “maybe the wikipedia geniuses here know better.” Which gives a pretty strong clue about how much follow up you did.”

                      Does it? Again I can’t see how you conclude y from x here… That sentence was meant as a dig at the blog warrior debunker compared to the highly qualified persons I was referring to. (I admit it’s a throwaway cheap-shot.)

                    • McFlock

                      Here’s the thing, EM.

                      I don’t believe that people can do even a tiny amount of research into an incident – any incident – and not form a pretty solid idea about what happened. They may be right or mistaken, but you obviously have opinions.

                      For example, when you said

                      CV: “You may think that severe asymmetric damage to a skyscraper can lead to a completely balanced and symmetric collapse directly on to the skyscraper’s own footprint, but I do not.”

                      Me neither. Particularly concerning building 7.

                      That seems to imply that you believe building 7 collapsed in a “completely balanced and symmetric” manner into it’s “own footprint”.
                      I think that if it had for whatever reason fallen in that way, that truly would have broken the laws of physics. Even controlled implosions don’t manage to do it. Therefore that description obviously does not marry with reality, therefore it is nutty.

                    • Pascal's bookie

                      Nah, your tie example is a non sequitur. It would make no sense to think someone was right just because of their tie.

                      I said you thought they were right because you thought they were intelligent; because that’s pretty much what you said. Admittedly, that doesn’t make a whole lot of sense either in that it’s a bit of a tautology but that’s your argument’s problem not mine.

                      It’s interesting that you found that many of their arguments were not convincing. It would be interesting to talk about that. But you said you don’t want to get into the details about what people are saying. That’s unfortunate, because it makes it nigh on impossible to make calls about how intelligent and reasonable they really were.

                      For example, if you found out that the repeated claims that ‘the towers fell at free fall speed and therefore must have been a controlled demolition’ were nonsense; then I would think that would tell someone quite a lot about the honesty and or understanding of the people who made such claims.

                      But that’s just me.

                    • emergency mike

                      “Mike, this morning when you woke up, you had no idea whether the act of turning on a computer would blow up the planet.

                      I’m shocked that you didn’t keep an “open mind” about the possibility, and recklessly risked all our lives. Because calculating probabilities is pointless.”

                      So being open to considering fringe theories means that I have to guard myself against the negative outcomes of every possible conceivable universe McFlock? Strawman much?

                      I’m afraid I’m not familiar with your turning on a computer can blow up the planet theory, but from what you’ve told me about it so far I’m not convinced. Nor interested.

                      My statement about calculating probabilities was specifically in reference to TRP’s ‘which 911 explanation is more likely’ and ‘what are the odds?’ questions. Asking for such a number is pointless. People will give different answers and all of them will be impossible to verify.

                      Even if there was a total consensus about the number it still wouldn’t mean anything. It would just be a measure of public perception about the probability of 911 being some kind of conspiracy. So what? How would that relate to the reality of whether or not it actually happened?

                      Unless the number was 42. That would definitely mean something.

                    • Te Reo Putake

                      “My statement about calculating probabilities was specifically in reference to TRP’s ‘which 911 explanation is more likely’ and ‘what are the odds?’ questions. Asking for such a number is pointless. People will give different answers and all of them will be impossible to verify.”

                      Your last sentence also applies to 911 truth deniers. 12 years, no evidence. But a shitload of unverifiable theories of what “might” have happened. On the upside, nobody much gives a flying one about this crap any more. It’s rapidly heading into outer space to join Elvis on Mars.

                    • emergency mike

                      “I said you thought they were right because you thought they were intelligent; because that’s pretty much what you said. Admittedly, that doesn’t make a whole lot of sense either in that it’s a bit of a tautology but that’s your argument’s problem not mine.”

                      I’ll try once more. I added the sentence about seem being intelligent because TRP called them ‘loons’. That was the only reason. I did not say, nor did I mean to imply, that I believed them just because they seemed intelligent. That would be dumb. I hope this clears things up for you.

                      I’m not interested in discussing what they said since as I said, I’m not interested in a what really happened debate. That wasn’t my reason for posting. I’m sure if you joined in the fun over at your nearest truther blog you could have yourself a merry old time if that’s what you’re after.

                    • emergency mike

                      McFlock – Now that you mention it, buildings don’t even have feet. So it would be a logical impossibility for them to even have a footprint to fall into.

                      Sorry, like I said, not interested.

                    • Pascal's bookie

                      ,i>I did not say, nor did I mean to imply, that I believed them just because they seemed intelligent. That would be dumb.

                      No less dumb than saying they weren’t loons because they seemed intelligent.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      Awesome thread derail.

                      It’s almost like people defending their own belief systems to the (rhetorical) death.

                    • McFlock

                      I’m afraid I’m not familiar with your turning on a computer can blow up the planet theory, but from what you’ve told me about it so far I’m not convinced. Nor interested.

                      But apparently if I put on a suit and tie and did a youtube video, you might be. The sudden power drain could cause a cascading blackout that could interfere with Echelon signals and send HAARP a corrupted instruction that would irradiate the polar atmosphere, causing a catastrophic feedback loop in the earth’s magnetic core…

                      Oh, and look up “building footprint” in the dictionary. Borrow CV’s, after he’s looked up “pyroclastic”.

                    • TheContrarian

                      Look McFlock

                      A completely inept presidential administration was able to smuggle masses of thermite into a building with 24 hour security, including bomb sniffing dogs, so they could frame 19 Saudi highjackers in order to invade Afghanistan so they’d have justification to invade Iraq because what they really want to do is impose US hegemony on Iran.

                      It’s perfectly simple.

                    • McFlock

                      That’s exactly what they want us to think!

                      meh. I’m done with this episode of Idiot Fantasy Island.

                      d’oh edit: CV – smart enough to use a dictionary.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      You guys are so smart you must be right.

                    • TheContrarian

                      We’re through the looking glass now, gentleman

                    • emergency mike

                      But apparently if I put on a suit and tie and did a youtube video, you might be.

                      Oh look another strawman. Quelle surprise. You’re quite good at them though.

                • TheContrarian

                  pyroclastically ?

                  You use that word but I do not think it means what you think it means

    • bad12 14.2

      Not wishing to get the whole 9/11 debate going again and ruin the post i am going to say simply yes i agree with you,

      Getting back to Richard Prosser tho, sad sack of s**t that He is probably thinks that all the attention presently being focused upon Him is great,

      Who tho is the danger here, the Kiwi kid of Arab extraction living a few doors down from me polishing his old used car like it’s a Bentley or Prosser himself,

      Here’s an MP who in all reality has thrown a tantrum through the pages of ‘Investigate magazine’ because He got held up in a line at the airport for a security check,

      The above is not the truth though, that, the truth, got buried in the torrent of abhorrence leveled at the racist rubbish Prosser had written for that magazine, and so it should have been, the torrent of abhorrence that is,

      Prosser though has probably thanked His lucky stars that the focus,(as yet), has remained upon the abject stupidity of His comments and not on the FACT that Richard Prosser by His own admission tried to board the plane carrying a f**king KNIFE,

      Prosser who attempted to pass through the security check with a folding pocket knife on His person and then argued with airport security who refused to allow Him to proceed unless the folded pocket knife was handed over then went on to have printed the abusive racist rubbish that appeared in ‘investigate magazine’,

      That is the genesis of the Richard Prosser magazine article and i have to ask the question here again, just who is the more dangerous, the Kiwi-kid of obvious Arab extraction down the end of the street polishing His wheels until they shine or the MP from the NZFirst list attempting to board a flight at a NZ airport armed with a folded pocket knife in His possession,

      That’s actually borderline illegal, as far as my reading of NZ law goes it says that your allowed to carry a knife in a public place if you have a reasonable excuse for doing so,

      My view is that Richard Prosser the NZFirst MP should not only be given the kick from His Party and the Parliament He also should be the subject of a Police investigation to ascertain why He was carrying that folded pocket knife in the first place…

      • One Tāne Huna 14.2.1

        Um, plenty of people carry pocket knives. They can be used for many things. When you fly, though, you put it in your luggage (not hand luggage) or leave it at home. Pretty basic stuff these days. Prosser couldn’t even get that right either.

        • bad12 14.2.1.1

          Because ‘plenty of people carry pocket knives’ does not make such carriage legal, what ‘reasonable cause’ would you advance if you were searched by the plod and be found with such a knife in your possession,

          What reasonable excuse does a Member of the New Zealand Parliament have for the carriage of a pocket knife, especially attempting to board a domestic air flight in possession of one when the very security checks that provoked His abysmal display of racism was to detect people carrying the very thing that was found on His person…

          • McFlock 14.2.1.1.1

            Forgot to take it out of his pocket in the rush for the plane. Same reasonable excuse everyone else has when transitioning from a public area to a higher security area.

            • Roy 14.2.1.1.1.1

              On the contrary, the Dom-Post this morning said Prosser has carried it as hand-luggage some 30 times. That means he has broken regulations some 30 times, of course. This was not a single instance of forgetfulness. CArrying a knife in the cabin is something he is in the habit of doing.

              • Colonial Viper

                Ahhhh the appearance of boarding security in airports but with no actual security. Great.

            • bad12 14.2.1.1.1.2

              Its illegal to carry a knife in public without having a reasonable excuse…

              • McFlock

                Yes. Reasonable. Like “I might need to cut, screw, saw or scrape something”.

                • bad12

                  Your use of the word ‘might’ takes away the reasonable cause, that you might have to do something doesn’t make ‘reasonable cause’,

                  You ‘might’ get away with, ”i am meeting my mate down at the wharf to go fishing, he has the rods and asked me to bring a knife to cut up the bait”,

                  Of course the plods having plenty of time these days might just check that story out and spank you for the BS…

                  • McFlock

                    Nope. It might be a reasonable preparation to make.

                    The police might take it to court to test the excuse, but that’s all a trial is for. Unless it was an obvious weapon and my excuse was completely bogus (e.g. if I made the fishing excuse for a 30cm blade, but had never been fishing in my life) then the reasonable excuse thing comes into play.

                    The obvious point is that the “weapon” prosser had to mail home was a piddly little number that was a reasonable utility/pocket knife. I very much doubt it was a Rambo-blade. Otherwise it would have been confiscated and a charge could follow.

                    The point is that we don’t need to walk around, terrified that something we need to carry for even sentimental reasons might result in us being charged with a weapon-carrying offense. Not if we’re reasonable folk who view things as tools, not weapons.

                    Ever seen a hat pin, as a woman might wear to a formal party?
                    Purely decorative, yet smaller prison shanks have killed…

          • One Tāne Huna 14.2.1.1.2

            Reasonable cause? To carry a multi-purpose tool? Are you for real?

            “Essential Gear:

            Pocket knife, flash-light, magnifying glass, needle and thread, matches, a marble, pencil and paper, a handkerchief, band-aids and fish-hooks.”

            The Dangerous Book For Boys Conn Iggulden.

            [summarised by OAB]

            and what McFlock said.

            • bad12 14.2.1.1.2.1

              The dangerous book for boys might not be a very good guide to what is actually legal in this country,

              According to the Police and the law it is illegal to carry a knife in a public place without reasonable excuse,

              http://www.police.govt.nz/node/23130

              http://www.police.govt.nz/service/firearms/swords-knives.html

              http://www.legislation.govt.nz/act/public/1981/0113/latest/DLM53545.html

              http://www.legislation.govt.nz/pdlink.aspx?id=DLM329710

              Like to see any of you lot strolling up to one of the local plod saying ha ha ha i have a pocket knife and there is nothing you can do about it,

              Possess a pocket knife for peeling the oranges perhaps??? better be carrying the fruit with you if the plods ever get to search you and find that pocket knife,

              Still begs the question why does NZFirst MP Richard Prosser carry with Him an offensive weapon???to defend Himself against the odd muslim terrorist that might stray His way perhaps???…

              • McFlock

                It is legal to carry a knife, if you have a reasonable purpose for it.
                Self defense is not reasonable.

                Little knives are often useful. This is reasonable.
                Rapiers aren’t usually useful. They are not reasonable.

                He doesn’t carry an offensive weapon.
                He carries a tool (as well as being one himself).
                The fact it is regarded as a TOOL and not a weapon is a reasonable excuse for a small pocket knife.
                The difference generally involves possible uses, length, number of blade edges, shape of blade, conceal-ability (is it disguised as a pen or credit card?), speed in deployment (flick knives / one-handed opening) and, of course, whether you wave it in somebody’s face or stick it in their gut.

                As for your “oranges” example, “immediacy of use” isn’t in the criteria. “Reasonable” is. All I have to do is say that I planned to buy oranges for lunch. Whether that is a plausible excuse for a reasonable purpose depends entirely on the context of the situation. I actually have encountered folks who did the equivalent (for other rules/laws) of that “nothing you can do about it” attitude. That merely gave an incentive to find something else they were doing that I could “do something about” – if only to teach them a bit of courtesy and humility.

                Given that you seem to have difficulty understanding the word “reasonable”, I suggest that you avoid carrying any tool or object that could be construed as a weapon. Including car keys or a pencil.

                • bad12

                  Ever been arrested for something Mac, i will guess no that’s why you sit there tapping your spurious bullshit into this post,

                  As far as the word reasonable goes it is not my definition of the word that counts, it is the definition firstly of the plods and then secondly the courts that defines what in a legal sense is reasonable,

                  Get arrested for driving while disqualified and when the plods search you at the shop and find that pocket knife you get charged with possession of an offensive weapon, that’s what actually happens in the real world which obviously doesn’t encompass you sitting in front of your PC wanking on about the word reasonable…

                  • bad12

                    It is also illegal under NZ civil aviation law to carry onto an air-plane (1),anything that could be used as an offensive weapon, and (2), any knife with a blade 60cm or more in length…

                  • McFlock

                    Yep.
                    Commission of a crime. And of course the “while disqualified” is an automatic contempt of cop.

                    Been present at a few arrests – enough to know when an officer is willing to use all the law, and when they might let little irrelevancies slide with a warning or whatever. But each officer has different tolerances. Which decrease dramatically if they think you’re a dick.

  15. aerobubble 15

    prosser ? who?

    sorry, Key wants us to believe that refugees want to come to NZ despite Australia booming and the fact that if they land in NZ waters they wont get access to OZ welfare when they move across the ditch looking for a living wage. No refugee is wanting to come to NZ when a quick right turn will see then landing on Australias easter seaboard (if they coming south for NZ).

    prosser?

  16. Maybe we should be discussing the ‘McCarthy’ way ‘we’ have all been coned into thinking ‘Muslims’ are a danger to us?
    Multinational companies (and maternity wards) are way worse, and have helped set humankind on a non stop ride to extinction. Muslims have helped, but no more than any other ethnic group … as a mass…
    It has been mostly our ability to run from facts that has killed us off.
    I really can’t play the blame game, in the end humans are just stupid.

  17. Foreign Waka 17

    Mr Prosser made a stupid comment, felt righteous and got carried away. We will not be able to really understand his motivation why he has had this put in writing and published too. He has however, a responsibility towards the people of the country (all of them), the parliament and his party and should understand his obligation to stand down.

    • Te Reo Putake 17.1

      Yep. Remind me again what what happened to Paul Holmes after ‘cheeky darky’? Sacked wasn’t he? It’s waaaay beyond that level of stupid, so why’s Prosser waiting? Does Winston not like the next one on the list?

      Edit: Helen Mulford, since noone’s asking. Got a bad case of the David Moyes’ eyes, so should fit right in! http://vote.co.nz/2011/candidates/profile/helen-mulford

      • Foreign Waka 17.1.1

        Maybe Mr Prosser his trying to hold on and it is a bit tricky to just toss someone out. I am sure that god’s mill grinds slowly but is still inescapable….

  18. xtasy 18

    All I can and will say on this is: Prosser made a real “dick” of himself, and it is not the first time he has done so. It does not display much intelligence, particularly re the anti muslim rant. I do not consider this “racist”, as criticising people’s religion is of a bit different a category. He may to some have earned himself the “racist” tag by going on about “Wogistan”, but I feel that is not sufficient for that.

    Prosser lives in South Islandistan, which is in large part a good part of the country, but also has some bizarre, backward minded individuals live here and there, who are not that enlightened about the rest of the world. Some “have it off” with sheep I hear, do not take my word for it though.

    So that is, from my view, where Prosser comes from. He better get another life, as I feel, no matter how desperate Winston may be to keep his crew together, his days could well be numbered.

    Even Winston has learned by now, that such narrow minded ignorance, let alone anti religious or even racist ranting, will not help him and their cause at all. He has to count every voter and member, and some of them, as he admitted, may well be some conservative minded muslims who cherish NZ.

    Yes, even muslims and other religious or non religious members of NZ society are standing up for this country, so Winston has learned this, and Prosser will have to learn it, or join the National Front, perhaps?!

  19. Jenny 19

    Prosser is not sorry, Prosser is a liar.

    Justifying his racist outburst by claiming emotional distress. Prosser claimed on National Radio that he had been upset that a treasured personal gift, he had owned for years, to wit a pocket knife had been confiscated at the airport by security.

    ‘This is understandable, he was upset, he didn’t really mean what he’d written.’

    However it turns out, this is a deliberate lie made up to cover for his racist abuse.

    Prosser’s precious pocket knife wasn’t confiscated at all.

    Far from confiscating the knife, security officials ‘‘facilitiated’’ Prosser back to the Air New Zealand counter where the knife was put through as checked in baggage.


    VERNON SMALL, ANDREA VANCE, HAMISH RUTHERFORD AND NICOLE PRYOR
    MP should resign

    Will Winston Peters expel Prosser for being an unrepentant racist?

    For misleading the public as to his motives, will Winston Peters expel Prosser for being an unrepentant racist, and a liar to cover up the fact?

    Or is New Zealand First a safe haven for sexists and racists?

    • Jenny 19.1

      “I’m apologising unreservedly”

      Richard Prosser

      By lying?

      I don’t think so.

      This is not an unreserved apology until Prosser also apologises for misleading the public as to his motive.

  20. Jenny 20

    Winston Peters tries to deflect criticism of his openly racist MP with an unjustified sexist indignity directed at the Minister.

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/8295162/Wogistan-MP-should-resign-Islamic-leader

    “Ethnic Affairs Minister Judith Collins said Prosser can’t return to Parliament with any credibility and should apologise to the whole of New Zealand.

    “Judith Collins should stop behaving like Joan Collins, okay,” Peters retorted.”

  21. Just because some Muslims/insert religious or ethnic group here, commit crimes or terrorism doesn’t make the entire group criminals or terrorists. Prosser seems like he is attempting to be the Geert Wilders of the South Pacific.

  22. aerobubble 22

    Look this is just a complete distraction, Prosser was the weak link on the right and so had to up his game to distract us all from the real menace to Democracy in NZ. The way in which Keys government consistent abuse the law and commonsense.

    Take the nonsense over refugees. Refugees who want to goto OZ for the lifestyle will target NZ… ….so what… …they can be second class kiwis in OZ!!! Please. How is it refugees are supposed to be no different and can be also placed in detention whether they land in NZ or OZ, yet kiwis living in OZ have to subsidies Aussie welfare but not get that same welfare assistance?

    Now, sure Howard could do whatever he wanted, Clark could do nothing to stop Howard, it is of course a Australian policy that makes kiwis into second class citizens, and well thinking about it, if your a rich Kiwi in NZ why wouldn’t you want t harvest kiwi wages in Australia, I mean they should get away, if they are going to get paid more in OZ we sure can’t have that, given how little we pay here.

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    John Key’s opening of four Housing NZ units in Bexley today is nothing more than an insincere photo op designed to hide the Government’s failure to rebuild the housing stock destroyed by the earthquakes, says Labour’s Associate Housing spokesperson Poto...
    Labour | 23-07
  • TAXPAYER UNION “outrageously stupid”
    Jordan Williams, Executive Director of the Taxpayers’ Union says a MANA billboard “appears to have been funded by taxpayers”, and calls it “an outrageous use of taxpayer money”. “But the only thing that is outrageous, is how outrageously stupid Jordan Williams was...
    Mana | 23-07
  • Green Party launches Solar in Schools policy
    The Green Party will help schools install solar and save money on their power bills by investing $20 million into solar PV systems in schools. The $20 million is expected to:Help around 500 schools install solar over three yearsResult in...
    Greens | 23-07
  • Extent of job losses at Invermay remain hidden
    Despite growing concern in the agriculture and science sectors, both AgResearch management and the Minister responsible are continuing to hide the true extent of job losses at AgResearch’s Invermay campus, Labour’s MP for Dunedin North David Clark says. “Science and...
    Labour | 23-07
  • Tōku reo, tōku oho oho, tōku reo, tōku mapihi maurea – MANA launches ...
    “MANA is launching its te reo Māori policy this morning ahead of the first reading of the government’s Māori Language Strategy Bill this afternoon”, saidMANA deputy leader and candidate for Waiariki, Annette Sykes. “MANA’s policy is based on a love...
    Mana | 23-07
  • Connectivity Upgrade to close digital divide
    Labour will close the digital divide with its Connectivity Upgrade to ensure all New Zealanders can be part of a growing, more connected economy and have the right to access quality broadband, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says.  “The digital revolution...
    Labour | 23-07
  • New parents deserve support – Labour will deliver
    ...
    Labour | 23-07
  • National refuses meeting with Maui’s advocates
    National has refused a briefing from a group of Maui's dolphins experts, whose research shows 80 per cent of New Zealanders want greater protection for the critically endangered dolphin, the Green Party said today.Dolphin campaigner Gemma McGrath and marine scientist...
    Greens | 23-07
  • MANA Tamaki send a challenge to Labour
    “Labour should set the agenda and purposely do something positively controversial once a week”, said MANA candidate for Mt Albert, Joe Carolan. “A good start would be for all Labour Auckland MPs and members to join the Justice for Palestine...
    Mana | 23-07
  • We must act to save our dolphins
    A new report makes it clear for the urgent need to protect Maui’s and Hector’s dolphins while arguing  it is clear that there is no need for further research, says Labour’s Conservation spokesperson Ruth Dyson.  “Labour backs the public call...
    Labour | 23-07
  • School told to manipulate national standards data
    Parents can have little confidence in the Government’s National Standards after an Auckland school was told to manipulate its data so it added up, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins. “Valley School in Pukekohe was advised in an email from the...
    Labour | 23-07
  • Regional economies must have tailored plans
    News that up to 114 jobs could be lost from Fonterra’s Canpac plant in Hamilton reinforces the need for a government plan to build resilient regional economies, Labour’s MP for Hauraki-Waikato Nanaia Mahuta says. “The Canpac site has effectively responded...
    Labour | 23-07
  • Auditor General slams Shared Services project
    The Auditor-General’s Office could not have been more damning about the 18 months spent on the Central Agency Shared Services (CASS) project at the Finance and Expenditure Committee this morning, says Maryan Street, Labour’s State Services spokesperson.  ...
    Labour | 23-07
  • Fonterra job losses a massive blow to Waikato
    The potential loss of up to 114 jobs from Fonterra’s Canpac plant in Hamilton is a massive blow to the Waikato region which has already lost hundreds of jobs, Labour says. Labour’s Social Development spokesperson and Hamilton-based list MP Sue...
    Labour | 23-07
  • Basin flyover decision an opportunity for capital
    The decision to reject the proposed flyover at the Basin Reserve must be taken as an opportunity to properly fund Wellington’s transport future and must not be used as an excuse to take resources away from the capital, Wellington Labour MPs...
    Labour | 22-07
  • National out of touch with the regions
    John Key is out of touch with regional New Zealand if he believes tinkering with council regulations will restore opportunities to small towns, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “While the regions are crying out for sustainable growth and job opportunities,...
    Labour | 22-07
  • Flyover rejection a victory for sustainable transport
    The rejection of the proposed Basin Reserve flyover by a Board of Inquiry is a victory for sustainable transport in Wellington and paves the way for other alternatives to be given a fair hearing, Wellington Labour MPs Grant Robertson and...
    Labour | 22-07
  • Reo Māori Policy Launch
    MANA will be launching its Reo Māori policy at 10am Thursday 24 July, at Matangireia (the old Māori Affairs Select Committee room at Parliament). We will also be addressing our concerns regarding the Minister of Māori Affairs Māori Language Strategy...
    Mana | 22-07
  • Basin Flyover decision victory for common sense
    The Green Party welcomed the Environmental Protection Authority's draft decision announced today not to allow the $90 million Basin Reserve flyover in Wellington to proceed."Both popular and expert opinion opposed the flyover. The proposal was expensive, unnecessary and would have...
    Greens | 22-07
  • Loss Leading could destroy Kiwi lamb’s reputation
    Meat companies that supply supermarkets and sell New Zealand lamb as a loss leader in the United Kingdom should lose their access to this valuable quota market, said Labour’s Primary Industries spokesperson Damien O’Connor. “Our reputation as a Lamb producer...
    Labour | 22-07
  • Ae Marika! 22 July 2014
    The big storm has gone, but the damage that it did and the saturation levels that it reached meant that smaller storms quickly overwhelmed roading, and water-flow systems again in the north. And although certain individuals are talking up the...
    Mana | 21-07
  • 2014 Roger Award nominations now open
    The Roger Award is for The Worst Transnational Corporation Operating in Aotearoa/New Zealand in 2014 Nominations are now open please visit the website to nominate the worst TNC in Aotearoa. You will need to include reasons why you think your...
    Mana | 21-07
  • Labour will revive the regions with new fund
    The next Labour Government will co-develop Regional Growth Plans for every region of New Zealand and will invest at least $200 million in a fund to create breakthrough opportunities for jobs and sustainable growth, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says....
    Labour | 21-07
  • Speech to Local Government New Zealand
    Speech to the Local Government New Zealand Conference 2014 Read our full regional development policy Download Introduction Early in my time as an MP I went for a long walk on a windswept Kare Kare beach with Waitakere mayor Bob Harvey. We talked...
    Labour | 21-07
  • Stop Israeli State Terror – Rally and March this Saturday 26th July, Aote...
     The humanitarian crisis in Gaza is getting much worse and the world is marching in unprecedented numbers. New Zealanders spoke out strongly last Saturday with a march of 5,000 people in Auckland (see picture below) – the biggest march ever...
    Mana | 21-07
  • NZ needs to assist UN with aid for Gaza
    The New Zealand Government should support the United Nation's efforts to raise money to assist humanitarian aid for the people of Gaza, the Green Party said today.The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) has made a...
    Greens | 21-07
  • INTERNET MANA ROAD TRIP- LEG 2
      WAIKATO / TARANAKI / MANAWATU-WANGANUI  Tuesday July 29th, 6pm | RotoruaDistinction Hotel, Fenton Ballroom, 390 Fenton Street, Rotorua  Wednesday July 30th 6pm | HamiltonWaikato University, Price Waterhouse Coopers Lecture Theatre, Gate 7, Hillcrest Rd Hamilton  Thursday July 31st, 6pm |...
    Mana | 21-07
  • Road fix needed now, not later
    Northland’s roading system is in chaos and needs fixing fast, Labour List MP Kelvin Davis says.  “According to NZTA’s 10 year funding data every area of Northland has had a decrease in NZTA funding since 2008...
    Labour | 20-07
  • KiwiSaver innovations needed to build wealth
    The innovative changes to KiwiSaver suggested by the Financial Services Council today will be seriously considered by Labour as part of plans to make KiwiSaver universal, Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker says. “Universal KiwiSaver is an essential part of Labour’s...
    Labour | 20-07
  • Greens announce 20 hours free ECE for two year olds
    The Green Party today announced that its key social platform for this election will be to tackle child poverty and inequality by ensuring every child in New Zealand has enough to thrive.The Green Party will make a series of policy...
    Greens | 20-07
  • MANA Pasifika Says NO To Discrimination
    Vice Chairperson of MANA Pasifika James Papali’i  feels for Ms Tupou and her children after they were served with trespass orders from their  local swimming pool in new market. With no warning or explanation from the pool staff Police ordered...
    Mana | 20-07
  • MANA Movement policy release – Economic Justice – John Minto
    Address notes from Mana Economic Justice Spokesperson and co-vice President John Minto to Economic policy launch in Kelston – 2pm, Sunday 20 July 2014. Reducing inequality and giving everyone a fair go MANA Movement’s policy prescription for a rich man’s...
    Mana | 20-07
  • One-sided reporting on the Middle East Conflict
    The following was sent to New Zealand Herald, Fairfax Media, Radio New Zealand, Television New Zealand, TV3, Radio Live and ZB Network. We are writing to all of you because there are well established patterns of reporting which seem to have been adopted by New Zealand...
    Mana | 20-07
  • So we can’t feed the kids, the poor OR the sick now?
    Let me get this straight. We can borrow $10 billion in tax cuts over the last 6 years for the richest NZers, but we can not feed the kids, the poor or even the sick now? Revealed: Warning over hospital food...
    The Daily Blog | 26-07
  • Kim Dotcom has said it, Laila Harre has said it and now David fisher says i...
    Fascinating piece by David Fisher in the NZ Herald breaking down how many opportunities the Government had to listen to officials and stop KDC entering the country and concludes KDC should never have been allowed in… It prepared papers for the...
    The Daily Blog | 25-07
  • You, Me and the GCSB Public Meetings
      The GCSB and TICS legislation rushed through Parliament by John Key represent the largest erosion of civil liberties this country has seen since the 1951 Waterfront Lockout. In the post Snowden world we now know a mass surveillance state operating...
    The Daily Blog | 25-07
  • A feminist takedown of Whale Oil
    Whale Oil does it again. How many more times is he going to attack and discredit Tania Billingsley publicly? In a short blog published on Wednesday ‘Nothing to be sorry for‘ Whale Oil also known as Cameron Slater, is defending John Key...
    The Daily Blog | 25-07
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Ares Rolinson – New Zealand First – We’ll Be Back
    Earlier this week, Bomber penned a missive which set out in some detail why he thought my people, New Zealand First, wouldn’t be making it back into Parliament later this year. Being a pugnacious, vindictive sort who’d never let such an...
    The Daily Blog | 25-07
  • The changes teachers DO want
    “Oh you teachers, you just want everything to stay the same – what’s wrong with choice?  Bloody teachers.  Typical that you don’t want testing – trying to hide that you’re all useless. What about our poor kids?  Gnash gnash rant rant...” That’s...
    The Daily Blog | 25-07
  • A feminist take down of Whale Oil
    Whale Oil does it again. How many more times is he going to attack and discredit Tania Billingsley publicly? In a short blog published on Wednesday Nothing to be sorry for Whale Oil also known as Cameron Slater, is defending John Key...
    The Daily Blog | 25-07
  • On so called Labour Party ‘distractions’
    The right wing of the Labour Party are constructing a narrative that Labour need to stop chasing distractions and focus on the real issues that matter and not these silly GCSB, inequality, domestic violence, media bias, TPPA issues. It is...
    The Daily Blog | 25-07
  • Selfies: Labour’s Electorate MPs are at it again
    IT’S A LITTLE TRIANGLE of grass at the corner of Rewa Street and Mt Eden Road, ideal for election hoardings. Wandering along Mt Eden Road last Saturday morning to our weekly appointment with the brunch menu at Orvieto, my family and...
    The Daily Blog | 25-07
  • Well, well, well – Jonathan Coleman did know about FBI interest into Kim ...
    Last years GCSB Town Hall meeting in Auckland Oh dear, the cover up and lies are starting to fall over now aren’t they… Coleman knew of FBI interest in Dotcom pre-residency decisionGovernment minister Jonathan Coleman knew the FBI was interested...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • Why You Must March Against Factory Farming This Saturday, 12pm
    The rally this Saturday is critical because this is the FIRST TIME IN NEW ZEALAND HISTORY that a major party has agreed to ban all intensive factory farming practices. The Labour party, the Greens, Internet-Mana, the SPCA, SAFE and other...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • Astronaut tweets photo of explosions over Israel and Gaza from space
      This is what a war zone looks like from space: From aboard the International Space Station, German astronaut Alexander Gerst tweeted this image as the station passed over Israel and Gaza in what he called ‘his saddest photo yet’....
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • When Firstline are focusing on flag burning rather than dead Palestinian ch...
    The IDF are butchering children in UN schools this morning and what’s the big issue on TV3s Firstline? Flag burning. How pathetic, and what a slap in the face to Mike McRoberts who is currently risking his life in Gaza...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • ‘Victim’ vs ‘Terrorist’
    ‘Victim’ vs ‘Terrorist’...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • Petition asking TVNZ to stand Hosking down as election moderator jumps to o...
    In just a day the petition calling on TVNZ to replace Hosking as the election moderator has jumped to over 2500, you can sign it here. The defence that the Right are trying to run here is that John Campbell...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • When the mainstream media go feral: the descent into sheer farce, according...
    . . It had to happen, I guess… The media pack-campaign against Labour Leader David Cunliffe has managed to  plumb new depths of absurdity. On TV3, on 24 July,  TV3/Tova O’Brien ran this report on their 6PM News bulletin, about...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • Coalition for Better Broadcasting: MIKE HOSKING FOR PM?
    Yes indeed. Mike Hosking is for the PM. And now he’s able to do even more as moderator (or should that be immoderator) of TVNZ’s election debates. Here at the Coalition for Better Broadcasting we feel it’s pretty safe to say that...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • The lie that “There is no alternative” to neo-liberal economic policies
    Supporters of President Maduro in Venezuela rally   Since the 1980s we have had drubbed into our heads that there was no alternative to the economic and social policies unleashed at that time. It even had it’s own acronym – TINA. The...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • A Kanaky tale of mining skulduggery and environmental courage
    Florent Eurisouké … still campaigning against mining. Photo: Del Abcede/PMC David Robie also blogs at Café Pacific AN EXTRAORDINARY story of mining skulduggery and a courageous struggle by indigenous Kanak environmental campaigners has been captured in a poignant new documentary,...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • UNBREAKING: The list of questions Mike Hosking will use in first TVNZ leade...
    “Good evening ladies and gentlemen and welcome to the first TVNZ leaders debate being held live in the gloriously beautiful Sky City ball room. It’s such a beautiful building boys and girls, we are so blessed to have Sky City...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • Internet Party Party review
      I have been to A LOT of political party functions in my time, and they tend to be dull affairs at the best of times but what is happening with Internet MANA is something quite exciting. I went to...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • Dear Seven Sharp – after learning Hosking will be the leaders debate ...
    I have to be honest, I had made the decision last night  to accept Seven Sharp’s hastily offered opportunity to appear on their show after I savagely criticised the bullshit whitewash story they did on John Key’s favourite far right hate speech...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • National refuses meeting with Maui’s advocates
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: National refuses meeting with Maui’s advocates Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | Press Release This is another reminder that the National Government does not care about the survival of the Maui’s dolphin National...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Message from CTU President Helen Kelly
    MIL OSI – Source: Unite Union – Headline: Message from CTU President Helen Kelly Dear MikeThere’s only 43 days until September 3, when voting in the General Election starts. The last day to vote is September 20.Thanks heaps for signing...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • MANA Tamaki send a challenge to Labour
    MIL OSI – Source: Mana Movement – Headline: MANA Tamaki send a challenge to Labour Posted on July 23, 2014 by admin in Joe Carolan, Press Releases“Labour should set the agenda and purposely do something positively controversial once a week”,...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • We must act to save our dolphins
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: We must act to save our dolphins A new report makes it clear for the urgent need to protect Maui’s and Hector’s dolphins while arguing  it is clear that there is no...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • School told to manipulate national standards data
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: School told to manipulate national standards data Parents can have little confidence in the Government’s National Standards after an Auckland school was told to manipulate its data so it added up, Labour’s...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Regional economies must have tailored plans
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Regional economies must have tailored plans News that up to 114 jobs could be lost from Fonterra’s Canpac plant in Hamilton reinforces the need for a government plan to build resilient regional...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Auditor General slams Shared Services project
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Auditor General slams Shared Services project The Auditor-General’s Office could not have been more damning about the 18 months spent on the Central Agency Shared Services (CASS) project at the Finance and...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Fonterra job losses a massive blow to Waikato
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Fonterra job losses a massive blow to Waikato The potential loss of up to 114 jobs from Fonterra’s Canpac plant in Hamilton is a massive blow to the Waikato region which has...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Basin flyover decision an opportunity for capital
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Basin flyover decision an opportunity for capital The decision to reject the proposed flyover at the Basin Reserve must be taken as an opportunity to properly fund Wellington’s transport future and must...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Indonesia: New President Widodo must make good on human rights pledges
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Indonesia: New President Widodo must make good on human rights pledges Indonesia’s new President Joko Widodo must deliver on campaign promises to improve Indonesia’s dire human rights situation, Amnesty International said....
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Communities in Sierra Leone turn their backs on female genital mutilation
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Communities in Sierra Leone turn their backs on female genital mutilation While activists gather in London to discuss strategies to tackle female genital mutilation, communities across Sierra Leone have been taking...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • The Gambia: Activists mark 20 years of iron-fisted repression
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: The Gambia: Activists mark 20 years of iron-fisted repression The Gambian government must abolish the laws and iron fisted practices that have resulted in two decades of widespread human rights violations,...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • A blog from the front lines of Palestine: It’s time for a new narrative
    I don’t know if I follow trouble or if trouble follows me, but somehow I seem to have found myself near one of the world’s hotspots again. The difference this time is that instead of sitting in some obscure location,...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • GUEST BLOG: Michael Wood – The Path Ahead
    It’s well established that Labour has had a difficult couple of weeks. Getting back on to a successful path requires our focus to shift from looking inwards to outwards, heightened discipline, and inner conviction. While my assessment of New Zealand...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Employers liquidating companies to avoid paying minimum entitlements
    Across the union movement we have seen a number of documented cases now where companies are liquidating their business in order to avoid their legal obligations, in terms of paying the minimum entitlements to their workers. The most recent example...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • GUEST BLOG: Joe Carolan : Positively Controversial
    The protest in Auckland last weekend that the NZ Herald claimed was attend by only a hundred people. Labour should set the agenda and purposely do something positively controversial once a week. A good start would be for all their...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Come on TV3 News – you are better than regurgitating Israeli propaganda
    Say it isn’t true TV3 News, you are seriously bitching about this???? The leader of the Mana Party, Hone Harawira, has supported flag burning at a pro-Palestinian march in Auckland at the weekend. Mana Party flags can be seen in...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • The brutal siege of Palestine
    70 years ago the Jews of Europe suffered as much as any people can suffer. The Nazis set about ethnic cleansing and sent 6 million to their death. Today we watch in horror as Israel, the Jewish homeland created after...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • When the mainstream media go feral: A tale of two holidays
    . . The recent non-story on David Cunliffe’s three day holiday should be proof-positive that the mainstream media (msm) is fixated on pumping out as many “bad news” reporting as can be generated by a headline-seeking; advertising-driven; lazy corporate-media system....
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Canterbury housing crisis a moral, economic, health, education, and social ...
    Can they build it? No they can’t.  Occasionally I come across people who don’t believe me when I say there is a housing crisis in Christchurch.  Despite all the evidence to the contrary.  Even when I tell them that every...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Respected world visionaries of the past speak out on Israel
    Respected world visionaries of the past speak out on Israel...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • From Here To There: How did Labour become so hopelessly lost?
    WRITING ABOUT the Labour Party these days puts me in mind of the joke about the American tourist and the Irish farmer. Seems there was this American tourist driving down a narrow lane in the heart of Ireland. He needed...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Oh NOW everyone thinks the ABCs are up to no good?
    Goodness last months June seems like years away doesn’t it? In June I pointed out a move by the ABCs to destabilise Cunliffe was under way. For pointing this out, Labour Party bloggers Rob Salmond and Lynn Prentice rushed to put...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Dear Seven Sharp – I have little interest in appearing on your show so th...
    After savagely critiquing Seven Sharp for trying to whitewash the repulsive history of a far right hate speech merchant like Cameron Slater yesterday, Seven Sharp have contacted me and offered to do a profile on me. Here is their email…...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Basin Flyover decision victory for common sense
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: Basin Flyover decision victory for common sense Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 | Press Release “Both popular and expert opinion opposed the flyover. The proposal was expensive, unnecessary and would have undermined the...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • CPAG Newsletter July 2014
    MIL OSI – Source: Child Poverty Action Group – Headline: CPAG Newsletter July 2014 22 July 2014 New child poverty data nothing to celebrate New data released by the Ministry of Social Development  indicates people living below the poverty line are worse...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Hotel ordered to pay $80,000 in outstanding wages
    MIL OSI – Source: Unite Union – Headline: Hotel ordered to pay $80,000 in outstanding wages An Auckland hotel has been ordered by the Employment Relations Authority to pay nearly $80,000 in outstanding wages to two employees. Filipino couple Abraham...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Rising interest rate and dollar driving manufacturing exports back to Globa...
    MIL OSI – Source: CTU – Headline: Rising interest rate and dollar driving manufacturing exports back to Global Financial Crisis levels The Council of Trade Unions is calling on the Reserve Bank not to raise interest rates on Thursday. “Another...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • The Nation 26,27 July: Flavell & Harawira, Joe Hockey
    On The Nation this weekend…. With the Maori seats primed to play a pivotal role this election, Torben Akel reports from the key battlegrounds and meets the top contenders. Then the Maori Party co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell and Mana Party...
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Announcement of New Zealand First Candidate for Rangitīkei
    New Zealand First has endorsed Dr Romuald (‘Rom’) Rudzki as the candidate for the Rangitīkei Electorate in the 2014 General Election....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Labour Offer Len Brown a Hotel Tax
    The Taxpayers’ Union is slamming the Labour Party's plan to allow councils to levy new 'pillow taxes' and regional petrol taxes. Reacting to this afternoon’s NZ Herald report Jordan Williams, Executive Director of the Taxpayers’ Union ,...
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Cell phone evidence a first
    Cell phone evidence a first Evidence gathered solely from a cell phone has been used for the first time to convict a Hastings man for possessing child sexual abuse pictures. Michael Lawrence Worsnop, a 29-year-old orchard worker pleaded guilty to...
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • New Zealand Aid Worker Helping in Gaza
    A New Zealand Red Cross nurse working in Gaza says she has never experienced anything like the current conflict in her long aid work career....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Parking officers deserve safety at work
    The union representing the Auckland Transport parking officer severely beaten on July 17 says everyone has a right to go about their job without fear for their safety....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Caritas Aotearoa NZ to provide Gaza humanitarian aid
    Caritas Jerusalem is providing medical assistance, food and other necessities to the thousands of vulnerable people affected by the escalating conflict in Gaza, and Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand is contributing an initial $20,000 to support the humanitarian...
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • ALCP challenges parties to support Charlotte’s Web
    The leader of the Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party Julian Crawford is calling on all other political parties to state their position on using cannabis oil to treat pediatric epilepsy....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Oxfam accepts cheque from Pacific Corporation Foundation
    Oxfam New Zealand has accepted a cheque for almost $1000 today from the Pacific Corporation Foundation toward recovery efforts in the Solomon Islands, following April’s flash flooding that left thousands homeless....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Draft report and decision – Pūhoi to Warkworth proposal
    The Ara Tūhono – Pūhoi to Wellsford Road of National Significance: Pūhoi to Warkworth section Board of Inquiry has released its draft report and decision....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • New Zealanders willing to pay tax to protect dolphins
    A report released this week shows a large majority of New Zealanders want Maui’s and Hector’s dolphins protected and they are prepared to pay for it....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Stop Smart Meters
    “The Democrats for Social Credit Party (DSC) wholeheartedly endorses the Stop Smart Meters campaign for a moratorium on installations of smart meters until the technology is proven not be a risk to health, and until home owners are given a...
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Maori Roll Electors Urged to Vote Strategically
    Voters enrolled in the seven Maori electorates must learn to maximize their influence by voting strategically, according to the Maori Party candidate for Te Tai Tokerau, Rev Te Hira Paenga....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Politicians Ignore Families’ Concerns on Street Prostitution
    Family First NZ says that politicians are ignoring the concerns of families, lack the will to take appropriate action, and are happy to drag the ongoing problem of street prostitution into the next parliamentary term....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Plunket celebrates Te Wiki o te Reo Māori
    Plunket is proud to celebrate Te Wiki o te Reo Māori (21-27 July), with Plunket people across the country among several thousand New Zealanders taking part and increasing their kete of knowledge in te reo....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Coleman must quit or be sacked over Dotcom case
    Immigration New Zealand has done the right thing in distancing itself from Jonathan Coleman’s claims that ministers were not aware of FBI involvement in Kim Dotcom’s residency application, says the Internet Party. Internet Party leader Laila Harré...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Auckland Councillors, Not Emperors
    25 JULY 2014 Responding to the NZ Herald report that Auckland Councillors have voted to keep their ratepayer-funded business class travel perks, and considered new rules that would have exempted councillors from Auckland City's parking charges, Taxpayers’...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Cunliffe Looks Dodgy Lunching with Sex Offender
    Conservative Party Leader Colin Craig says that David Cunliffe's social meeting with a known sex offender while on holiday "looks pretty dodgy."...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Taxpayers’ Union Back LGNZ Calls For Greater Transparency
    The Taxpayers’ Union is backing Local Government New Zealand’s calls for the Official Information Act to be extended to cover the Local Government Commission. Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says:...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Lecture series to provide insight into 2014 election
    Could National’s refusal to reform MMP lead to the defeat of the government? Is the media providing voters with the information they require to make an informed electoral decision? What directions might John Key’s leadership take if he secures...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • National Rally Against Factory Farming
    Animal advocates and members of the public all over New Zealand will unite for a ‘National Day of Action Against Factory Farming’ Saturday, tomorrow 26 July in response to two recent exposés that showed horrific conditions on pig factory farms....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Women in Politics Finds Support at Conference
    Women in Politics, a brand-new organisation for New Zealand women in political office, was met with overwhelming support at the 2014 Local Government New Zealand Conference held this weekend in Nelson....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • The Government’s Fresh Water Policy – REVISITED
    Fresh water quality is the latest area to be in the sights of Gareth Morgan and his research organisation The Morgan Foundation. They enlisted a group of 16 scientists to help them review the government’s new fresh water policy....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Restoration of Post-graduate Allowances to be Key Issue
    As students prepare for the early voting that will take place on all university and many polytechnic campuses next month, the restoration of post-graduate allowances, removed by the current government in 2013, is emerging as a key election issue....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Honesty for Taxpayers
    ACT has a new proposal to make our democracy more accountable. The proposal may seem small but it could be the most significant idea in this election....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Mike Hosking for PM?
    The Coalition for Better Broadcasting is adding its voice to the many appalled at TVNZ’s choice of Mike Hosking as moderator for the upcoming political debates....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • ‘Party Party’ Hitting the Right Notes
    The “sold out” sign has gone up at the Internet Party’s concert in Christchurch tonight. A capacity crowd of 1000 will be at The Foundry for the Party Party concert, part of a major national musical tour aimed at getting...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • New Electoral Commission Campaign Launches This Weekend
    New Electoral Commission Campaign Launches This Weekend More non-voters than ever before say they don't feel like their vote is worth anything, or that their opinion matters. It's a trend that concerns the Electoral Commission, and the reason for...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Umere says ‘taihoa’ on Māori Language Strategy
    A Maori Language advocacy group, Umere, is calling for a rain check on the Māori Language Strategy Bill, which is being introduced to parliament this week. "The submissions on the MLS have been released by Te Puni Kōkiri and they...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • High cost of GP visits still a barrier for older children
    Free doctor's visits should be extended to all children under 18 as GP charges are a significant barrier for low income families, says Child Poverty Action Group....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • David Cunliffe happy to hide sex offender’s identity
    ..:: For immediate release ::.. 24/07/14 David Cunliffe happy to hide sex offender’s identity - (and in fact enjoy lunch with them)...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • More kids in Southland and Otago are achieving
    Clutha-Southland National candidate Todd Barclay says the Public Achievement Information for 2013 shows New Zealand children are doing better across the whole education system....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Flavell mistaken
    In response to Mr Flavell’s tirade this afternoon Conservative Party Leader Colin Craig advises "Mr Flavell is simply mistaken in his comments."...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • High cost of GP visits still a barrier for older children
    Free doctor's visits should be extended to all children under 18 as GP charges are a significant barrier for low income families, says Child Poverty Action Group....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Taxpayers’ Union Lay Complaint with Speaker
    The Taxpayers’ Unio n has written to Parliament's Speaker, the Rt. Hon. David Carter, asking him to step in and investigate the claims on the WhaleOil blog that taxpayers’ money is being improperly used for Mana Party election campaign hoardings....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • MANA launches te reo Māori policy
    “MANA is launching its te reo Māori policy this morning ahead of the first reading of the government’s Māori Language Strategy Bill this afternoon”, said MANA deputy leader and candidate for Waiariki, Annette Sykes....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Candidate welcomes award of platinum exploration permits
    Clutha-Southland National candidate Todd Barclay has welcomed the Government’s decision to award Lynx Platinum Limited two exploration permits in Southland. Mr Barclay said the minerals industry is an important part of New Zealand’s economy...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Pokie spending and numbers continue to drop
    Pub and club gaming machine expenditure in the year ended June 2014 fell 2.4 per cent from $826.3 million to $806.2 million. There were also fewer licence holders, gambling venues and gaming machines compared with 12 months earlier. Licence holders...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • New Zealand Police to assist in MH17 victim identification
    New Zealand Police is sending three Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) specialists to the Netherlands to assist in the international effort to identify victims from the MH17 tragedy....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Oil Spill Response Strategy available for consultation
    Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) is inviting comment on its draft updated New Zealand Marine Oil Spill Response Strategy....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Police response to IPCA report on Rewa investigation
    Police accept the findings of today's IPCA's report regarding its investigations into offending by Malcolm Rewa in Auckland in the 1980s and 1990s....
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • Well-known kiwis sign on to stop ivory trade
    Today the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Select Committee will consider a complete ban on the ivory trade in response to a petition by Auckland teacher Virginia Woolf and policy analyst Fiona Gordon....
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • Commonwealth Games are not being captioned in New Zealand
    As members of the Captioning Working Group, The National Foundation for the Deaf and Deaf Aotearoa New Zealand call for broadcast captioning of the 2014 Commonwealth Games...
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • Majority of Commonwealth countries are already republics
    The Glasgow Commonwealth Games are here and it's a common misbelief that a Kiwi republic would mean that New Zealand would have to leave the Commonwealth. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth....
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • Police handling of Rewa Investigation
    Although an Independent Police Conduct Authority inquiry has identified some faults with a series of investigations conducted by Police into offending by Malcolm Rewa, there is insufficient evidence that any of these impacted on the ability of Police...
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • IPCA findings on Police handling of Rewa Investigation
    Good morning everyone. I’d like to begin today by explaining that this is an informational press conference and that I will not be taking questions at its conclusion. The reason for that is the report’s findings are the result of...
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • Pay It Back Ms Hauiti
    Responding to the Newstalk ZB report that disgraced MP Claudette Hauiti is refusing to confirm whether or not she has reimbursed taxpayers for misuse of her Parliamentary 'P-card', Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says: “Ms Hauiti...
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • RSA thanks NZ for $1.7m collected during Poppy Appeal
    The RSA today announced that over $1.7 million was donated to the 2014 Poppy Appeal for the support of veterans, ex-service men and women and their families in need....
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • Students encouraged to be brave and never give up
    Students encouraged to be brave and never give up if they want to 'make it happen'...
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • New Zealanders want to pay more to protect dolphins
    A report released this week shows a large majority of New Zealanders want Maui’s and Hector’s dolphins protected and they are prepared to pay for it....
    Scoop politics | 23-07
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