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Electoral Commission warning on photos

Written By: - Date published: 5:46 pm, September 11th, 2014 - 15 comments

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Publishing a photo of your voting paper could earn you a $20,000 fine, and other warnings from the Electoral Commission.

Giovanni Tiso on Dirty Politics

Written By: - Date published: 3:53 pm, September 11th, 2014 - 47 comments

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In a series of tweets Giovanni Tiso has highlighted important issues concerning the relationship between the media and National as disclosed by Dirty Politics.

NRT: The left should not support prison slave labour

Written By: - Date published: 2:37 pm, September 11th, 2014 - 63 comments

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With Labour supporting the plan, I/S at No Right Turn makes the case against “working prisons”.

Campbell: Reasons Why We Can’t Afford Another National Government

Written By: - Date published: 8:27 am, September 11th, 2014 - 51 comments

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Gordon Campbell posted an excellent piece yesterday on 19 Reasons Why We Can’t Afford Another National Government. I’m sure that Standardistas can add to the list…

Open mike 11/09/2014

Written By: - Date published: 6:45 am, September 11th, 2014 - 415 comments

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Open mike is your post. For announcements, general discussion, whatever you choose. The usual rules of good behaviour apply (see the Policy). Step up to the mike …

800,000 Comments

Written By: - Date published: 10:45 pm, September 10th, 2014 - 24 comments

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Well that time rolled around again today some time. We are now past 800,000 comments. It seems like only yesterday that we were at 700,000. But it turns out that was just over 6 months ago.

A clear Cunliffe win

Written By: - Date published: 10:31 pm, September 10th, 2014 - 141 comments

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David Cunliffe’s performance in tonight’s head-to-head with John Key was exactly what I wanted to see from the next Labour Prime Minister of NZ.

Cunliffe v Key – Round 3

Written By: - Date published: 8:01 pm, September 10th, 2014 - 87 comments

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Round three between David Cunliffe and John Key is scheduled for tonight.  John Campbell will moderate and Paul Henry will provide expert comment …

The only way National know to grow the economy

Written By: - Date published: 5:15 pm, September 10th, 2014 - 19 comments

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On Firstline this morning, John Key tried to compare National’s and Labour’s policies by saying “You can’t grow the economy when you restrict labour laws.” It’s nonsense, and it’s scary.

NRT: Fundamental incomprehension

Written By: - Date published: 2:54 pm, September 10th, 2014 - 37 comments

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Idiot Savant nails the basic issue that commentators like John Armstrong and many others simply don’t understand about the Greens. They aren’t particularly interested in the political game. They are interested in effecting change. But that’s the problem with the galley: they don’t think policy matters. The idea that some victories aren’t worth winning is something they just don’t understand.

The extent of public interest hacking?

Written By: - Date published: 11:46 am, September 10th, 2014 - 35 comments

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Last year, there was a major hack, in which data from some GCSB staff, parliamentary staff, police, & others were copied & stored in various places globally.  Surveillance technologies can be used by both state agencies and its critics. Update: Some 2013 history & Anonymous

 

Slater backs down

Written By: - Date published: 11:08 am, September 10th, 2014 - 66 comments

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The Slater application for an injunction against various media outlets has been settled by the media agreeing  to not to use information that was not in the public interest, including but not limited to Mr Slater’s wife, children, medical information, the death of his mother and other inherently personal information regarding Mr Slater and his friends.  The way is now clear for further stories on Dirty Politics.

Emmerson – What they did in the shadows

Written By: - Date published: 9:36 am, September 10th, 2014 - 16 comments

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Poverty a National disgrace

Written By: - Date published: 7:12 am, September 10th, 2014 - 82 comments

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Advocacy groups are calling for action. People are marching for action. The parties of the left are ready to take action. Only National stands in the way.

Open mike 10/09/2014

Written By: - Date published: 6:51 am, September 10th, 2014 - 300 comments

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Open mike is your post. For announcements, general discussion, whatever you choose. The usual rules of good behaviour apply (see the Policy). Step up to the mike …

Dirty Politics Watch I

Written By: - Date published: 6:10 pm, September 9th, 2014 - 69 comments

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A new series on happy mischief and paying back double.

No One’s Fault But Ours

Written By: - Date published: 5:45 pm, September 9th, 2014 - 66 comments

Nothing so clearly demonstrates John Key’s contempt for the New Zealand voter as his confidence that we will believe whatever he tells us. He has had ample experience to back up that confidence. The course taken by the dirty politics saga is perhaps the most obvious case in point. If the polls are to be […]

Imagine if National had not sold the shares in our companies

Written By: - Date published: 3:39 pm, September 9th, 2014 - 70 comments

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The twelve month financial performance results for all of the sold off companies have recently been announced.  And as predicted NZ Inc is taking a bit of a bath.

NRT: That empty void again

Written By: - Date published: 12:21 pm, September 9th, 2014 - 8 comments

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A bit over a week ago, I complained about the empty void at the heart of the election: Nationals refusal to release policy. And it has struck again today, in the form of Nationals fiscal “plan”. We actually have a government seeking re-election while offering no specifics about what it intends to do in office. But don’t they have a lovely picture of John Key?

Polity: Key waves hands, insipidly

Written By: - Date published: 12:12 pm, September 9th, 2014 - 34 comments

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Nationals hypothetical tax cut package has not gone down well. People do not appear to like the fact that it is small, hypothetical, and irresponsible, all at once.This is what you get when you have a prime minister so weakly desperate for public approval that they make up policy by accident and then push that poor decision through their cabinet and caucus.

Nats useless on economy

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, September 9th, 2014 - 49 comments

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The economy is a mess, the Nats have no ideas, and their current policies (e.g. hypothetical tax cuts) are getting laughed out of town. National is useless on the economy, and the sooner we the people wake up to this fact, the better off we will be.

Open mike 09/09/2014

Written By: - Date published: 6:40 am, September 9th, 2014 - 365 comments

John Key and Whaleoil - both Scum

Open mike is your post. For announcements, general discussion, whatever you choose. The usual rules of good behaviour apply (see the Policy). Step up to the mike …

Vid of Nicky Hager talk tonight, Waikato

Written By: - Date published: 9:11 pm, September 8th, 2014 - 32 comments

Hager and his book Dirty Politics

Nicky Hager’s talk at the University of Waikato was very well attended. It was livestreamed.  A video of it is now available online,

Cartoons

Written By: - Date published: 3:00 pm, September 8th, 2014 - 8 comments

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Our political cartoonists seem to be aware that something smells fishy:

Caption contest

Written By: - Date published: 2:47 pm, September 8th, 2014 - 131 comments

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What kind of government would National lead?

Written By: - Date published: 12:45 pm, September 8th, 2014 - 112 comments

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The choice for NZ voters is becoming clearer in the last days of the 2014 election. The irony is that after John Key’s scaremongering, our options are a three-headed coalition of natural allies versus a five-or-six headed hydra of extremists and sworn enemies.

Is National’s sleaze unit feeding the Slater again?

Written By: - Date published: 11:10 am, September 8th, 2014 - 137 comments

John Key and Whaleoil - both Scum

Cameron Slater, National’s attack blogger has written a sleaze post on Martyn Bradbury. This shows far too much intelligence for the ever lazy Cameron to have researched it. Has National’s research unit (into dirt) resumed using that sock puppet again? We should be able to look and find out which blackmailed journalists they touch up as this story progresses. Time to follow the dots.

Where is Jason Ede?

Written By: - Date published: 10:54 am, September 8th, 2014 - 19 comments

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Jason Ede’s disappearance from public view suggests a cover up in response to Hager’s Dirty Politics.  The book implicates Ede (past PM staffer) in a coordinated black ops smear machine working with blogs like Whale Oil. Key may need to come clean soon about some of Ede’s activities.

National’s mating dance with the Conservatives II

Written By: - Date published: 8:39 am, September 8th, 2014 - 30 comments

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National is now talking up the possibility of a post election accommodation with the Conservative Party.  But the thought of the Conservatives having a significant say in policy formation should make all progressives very afraid.

Open mike 08/09/2014

Written By: - Date published: 6:30 am, September 8th, 2014 - 246 comments

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Open mike is your post. For announcements, general discussion, whatever you choose. The usual rules of good behaviour apply (see the Policy). Step up to the mike …

Tax cuts – simple question simple answer

Written By: - Date published: 9:54 pm, September 7th, 2014 - 84 comments

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Duncan Garner asks – “when we’ve just borrowed $55b over 6 years how on earth are tax cuts suddenly affordable?”. Presumably it’s a rhetorical question…

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    The Daily Blog | 08-09
  • Where is Jason Ede?
    Where. Is. Jason. Ede? How can the PMs Press Secretary – sorry ‘former’ Press Secretary, now National Party black ops specialist, just disappear? While the legal wrangling continues, the Ede-Slater emails are yet to see the light of day. There...
    The Daily Blog | 08-09
  • Not the Six O’clock News – With Laila Harré – Episode 1
    Not the Six O’clock News – With Laila Harré – Episode 1...
    The Daily Blog | 08-09
  • Hone has every reason to be pissed off – but that doesn’t mean he doesn...
    Hone has every reason to be pissed. Internet MANA’s main policy is Feed the Kids and a campaign on cannabis that overshadows the main policy was always going to annoy the hell of out of him. This Government is suggesting a...
    The Daily Blog | 08-09
  • Three’s Company: Labour-Greens-NZ First may just be the coalition New Zea...
    WITH LESS THAN A FORTNIGHT to go until Election Day, the broad outlines of the voters’ choice are becoming clear. Labour has refined its position to one of anticipating a tripartite arrangement with the Greens and NZ First. The National...
    The Daily Blog | 08-09
  • UPDATE: Wave of companies start boycotting Whaleoil
    Since the post this morning listing companies that advertise on far right hate speech merchant Cameron Slater’s blog, there has been a wave of companies and businesses now actively boycotting Whaleoil. The following companies have replied and state that they are...
    The Daily Blog | 08-09
  • Patrick Gower’s attack on Hone a tad disingenuous
    Slater seeded this claim of a rift on Whaleoil last week, and sadly we see msm once again taking their cues from him. After Dirty Politics, you might think that the bloody journalists would stop using Slater as a source and...
    The Daily Blog | 08-09
  • A brief reminder for everyone depressed by the msm polls
    Folks, this is the reality… …don’t  believe the mainstream media hype that Key will win by a landslide. Vote NOW!...
    The Daily Blog | 07-09
  • Cameron Slater’s latest ridiculous claim
    Slater is so desperate these days. Yawn. For some reason my name was misspelled when I enrolled, so I enrolled it as Martyn Bradbury, not Martin Bradbury. It is a clerical mistake. I have advance voted on the first day...
    The Daily Blog | 07-09
  • Wrecking Ball Parody – John Key version
    Wrecking Ball Parody – John Key version...
    The Daily Blog | 07-09
  • How come Bill English’s inability to point to one new economic policy is ...
    Further proof of media bias? Key lies to Cunliffe about Labour’s Capital Gains Tax at a poorly moderated, ill produced drunken shouting match and that’s evidence of a ‘gotcha’ moment and Cunliffe is supposedly doomed. Bill English goes on The Nation...
    The Daily Blog | 07-09
  • A brief word on Judith Collins being ‘just like Diana’
    Ummmmm? What? Judith Collins has been likened to Princess Diana by the embattled MP’s older sister. Hamilton’s Pamela Cassidy says both women were “hounded” by media. I think we can all appreciate family will rush to our defence, no matter...
    The Daily Blog | 07-09
  • Another half billion borrowed each year for tax cuts???
    After the $10billion National have borrowed over the last 6 years for tax cuts to the rich… …National are now promising another half-billion borrowed each year for even more tax cuts! While 250 000 children live in poverty and our social...
    The Daily Blog | 07-09
  • BLOGWATCH: Why is Whaleoil deleting blogs?
    The vastly superior brains trust of the Reddit Community have done an analysis of the posts that Slater has deleted since August 18th and interestingly it all seems to be Cathy Odgers blogs. Perhaps after being outed as someone attempting to...
    The Daily Blog | 07-09
  • So National will abolish the OIO, RMA and bring in more Charter Schools
    Sure, it’s ACT who are saying they will abolish the OIO, RMA and bring in more Charter Schools, but it’s National who really want to do these things. Why National are prepared to die in a ditch for ACT is...
    The Daily Blog | 07-09
  • Boycott list of companies advertising on Whaleoil
    Here is the up to date list of companies currently supporting Whaleoil that any ethical NZer needs to boycott. If we want a better media, don’t support those companies currently funding a far right hate speech merchant. 1. BNZ 2. University of...
    The Daily Blog | 07-09
  • Nominating Nick Hager for 2015 New Zealander of the Year
    Brothers and Sisters, Nicky Hager has done more journalism with this one book than the entire mainstream media have managed to achieve in 6 years of a National led Government. His exposure of the true and corrupt nature of the...
    The Daily Blog | 07-09
  • Rawshark – the country owes you
    Dear Rawshark You and Nicky have done more for Journalism with this one book than the entire mainstream media have managed in almost 6 years of this Government’s rule. The matrix of corrupt power and influence you have exposed will...
    The Daily Blog | 07-09
  • How biased is the NZ media?
    THIS matters far more than selfies with the fucking All Blacks If you are one of the chumps out there trying to claim NZ media isn’t right wing and  biased, just pause and consider this. If the NZ Labour Party...
    The Daily Blog | 07-09
  • Schoolgirls & Accountability
    When I first read about the St Cuthberts schoolgirl stripping incident I was absolutely appalled. I wanted to write a blog straight away, but decided to hold off for a few days, as I wanted to know more about the...
    The Daily Blog | 07-09
  • Dear Patrick Gower, Matt Nippert & David Fisher
    Hey guys, just a quick word. If you aren’t going to publish the Ede/Slater emails, someone else will. Cheers.  ...
    The Daily Blog | 06-09
  • Polls, propaganda, and Tracy Watkins
    . . 1. A bit of personal history… Since I became more and more politically active, part of the growth of my political consciousness was an awareness that the media – whether print or electronic – was not always a...
    The Daily Blog | 06-09
  • Optional Protocol to the Convention of the Rights of People with Disabiliti...
    ACT party candidate David Seymour has recently said that New Zealand shouldn’t join the United Nations Security Council because it was ‘not a credible organisation’. This comment was made after candidates were asked if their parties would accept the Optional...
    The Daily Blog | 06-09
  • Indonesian ‘open door’ policy on West Papua ‘a lie’ as French journ...
    Two arrested French journalists, Thomas Dandois (centre) and Valentine Bourrat (left), from Franco-German television channel Arte, are photographed with an unidentified Indonesian immigration official in Jayapura in Papua province last week. Image: AsiaOne David Robie also blogs at Café Pacific....
    The Daily Blog | 06-09
  • But John Armstrong – you were calling for Cunliffe to resign over a $100 ...
    Armstrong’s spite driven column attacking Cunliffe today needs to be read set against the hatred Armstrong has already spun against Cunliffe. Remember when Armstrong tried to claim that Cunliffe had to resign over an 11 year old letter because there were...
    The Daily Blog | 05-09
  • Worst Vernon Small column ever?
    The media scream that Labour hasn’t talking about policy and that’s why they are failing the deeply flawed landline opinion polls. The media scream that Dirty Politics hasn’t hurt their mate John Key and Cunliffe isn’t focusing on what is important. The media scream...
    The Daily Blog | 05-09
  • Our Democracy is more important than the law Cam’s rich Daddy can buy in ...
    Smack down. Soz Cam, no gagging order for you champ.  The media can continue to report on Cameron Slater’s communications with high-profile figures after the High Court blocked the blogger’s bid for a gagging order. We must see the Ede-Slater...
    The Daily Blog | 05-09
  • Meet your new Government? John Key, Jamie Whyte & Colin Craig and why a...
    The minor Leaders debate last night gave an insight into what the Nationa/ACT/Conservative Party coalition would look like, and it was pretty grim. According to Fairfax Hone Harawira is missing, so his appearance must have had the intellectually dead news rooms...
    The Daily Blog | 05-09
  • Who sez superheroes aren’t real?
    . . The hactivist known as Whaledump/Rawshark has ceased operating. His/her final tweets on Twitter were a mix of “Goodbye Pork Pie“-style anti-establishment irreverance and solemn warnings… . . . . . . . A none-too-subtle, but cheeky warning to...
    The Daily Blog | 05-09
  • That was Then, This is Now #25 – Keeping the buggers “honest”
    . That was then… . . This is now… . . Pretty hard to “keep the buggers honest” when the media are muzzled. Or is Slater going to take on the role instead of media watchdog? Yeah, because this guy...
    The Daily Blog | 05-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Denis Tegg – It Is A Hard Slog On Conservation Issues – But...
    It is a hard slog getting real environmental change. Activists like myself, Catherine Delahunty and thousands of others have been campaigning since 1980 to keep multi-national mining companies out of the Coromandel Peninsula. Now, 35 years later with a progressive...
    The Daily Blog | 05-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Rolinson – We’re on the Greenest Greens: Call us Veg...
    Yesterday, The Internet Party and MANA issued a joint press statement setting out their respective stances on cannabis. Despite Hone Harawira’s previous and well-known opposition to law reform in this area, alteration of policy in this area was always a pretty...
    The Daily Blog | 05-09
  • By Other Means: Bringing down a government, or keeping one in power, no lon...
    TOPPLING GOVERNMENTS in the twenty-first century, or installing them, is no longer the business of soldiers. It used to be, back in the days of the Cold War. Just think of Chile in 1973, or Argentina in 1976. Back then...
    The Daily Blog | 05-09
  • Hone Harawira, biased polls & Matt McCarten: examples of the msm still ...
    Despite all the filth. Despite all the manipulations. Despite the allegations of bribing an MP to stand down, hacking into Labour’s computer and downloading their database, Secret Intelligence Service briefings, rigging candidate selections, trawling brothels for dirt on journalists and...
    The Daily Blog | 05-09
  • Best wishes to whaleoil defamation businessman who was shot at in April
    On April 13th of this year, Matt Blomfield,  the businessman who his taking Cameron Slater to court for defamation, (ironically over stolen emails taken from Blomfield’s computer and handed over to Slater), was threatened and shot at in his home. Our best...
    The Daily Blog | 04-09
  • Revenge porn, consent and why people need to stop victim blaming Jennifer L...
    As anyone with access to the internet knows, a few days ago the news broke that Jennifer Lawrence’s iCloud account had been cracked and over 60 nude photos of her had been leaked to the public. The cracker did not...
    The Daily Blog | 04-09
  • Latest from Whaledump2 – Jordan Williams and Cameron Slater
    . . Despite Twitter trying to close down Rawshark/Whaledump2, the hactivist  has released emails between far right loony blogger, Cameron Slater – and lawyer, “Taxpayers Union” organisor, National Party apparatchik, and one of Slater’s cabal – Jordan Williams. The first...
    The Daily Blog | 04-09
  • Coalition for Better Broadcasting – When Ethics Departs Democracy Soon Fo...
        Apart from Judith Collins, the politicians seem to be almost out of the storm created by Nicky Hager’s book and the mysterious Rawshark has turned the publicity blowtorch to Katherine Rich. Meanwhile the practice of journalism has been revealed...
    The Daily Blog | 04-09
  • Party Strategies and Income Tax
    Our political parties are always conflicted between their desires to survive and promote a philosophy and set of policies, and their wish to govern or at least participate in government. The former is their reason for being; the latter is...
    The Daily Blog | 04-09
  • Taxpayers Union wrong on cost of abolishing student debt
    “The so-called ‘Taxpayers Union’ clearly thought the Internet MANA’s announcement today seeking to abolish student debt was tl:dr (‘too long didn’t read’)”, said NZUSA President Daniel Haines....
    Scoop politics | 12-09
  • Cyclists welcome investment in health and better transport
    The $300 million investment in cycling announced today by Greens co-leader Russel Norman pays a triple dividend, says Cycling Advocates Network spokesman Patrick Morgan....
    Scoop politics | 12-09
  • ACT says Feds boss right to be wary of shadow party ambition
    “Dr William Rolleston, Federated Farmers boss is right to caution the primary industry of his concern about downright awful permutations over Ministerial roles should the 'left' cabal seize power afterSeptember 20th ,” Don Nicolson ACT primary industry...
    Scoop politics | 12-09
  • Internet Party Insults Students
    "I sometimes wonder if the Internet Party is giving students an intelligence test," says ACT Epsom Candidate David Seymour...
    Scoop politics | 12-09
  • ACT Leader Dr Jamie Whyte, ACT Headquarters
    ACT to Strengthen Rights to Self Defence and Introduce a New Crime for Home Invasion...
    Scoop politics | 12-09
  • Closing the Gap on Health and Housing
    “Inequality is the biggest problem facing New Zealand at the present time” says Peter Malcolm National Secretary of Closing the Gap. It underlies many of our social ills, poverty, lack of trust, an economy that could do much better, and...
    Scoop politics | 12-09
  • A tale of misery and destruction which ACT can stop
    On the 29th of August a man came before a Judge in the North Shore District Court...
    Scoop politics | 12-09
  • Fair travel for support workers removes existing injustice
    Human Rights Commissioner, Dr Jackie Blue welcomes the Government’s announcement today that it has corrected a wrong for community support workers by agreeing to pay for travel time and for petrol costs when travelling between clients....
    Scoop politics | 12-09
  • TV ONE Election Coverage Winning Ratings
    FRIDAY 12 SEPTEMBER 2014 The 2014 General Election is fast-approaching and ONE News will lead be leading the way with coverage. ONE News was the most-watched programme in New Zealand in August, with an average audience of over 700,000 viewers...
    Scoop politics | 12-09
  • ACT List Candidate Robin Grieve
    "ACT believes Jose Pagani is right on the money when she said in the NZ Herald “The left has won the contest of ideas a long time ago, and National has completely capitulated” said Robin Grieve...
    Scoop politics | 12-09
  • Cleaning out bureaucratic arteries of the health system
    “ACT is the only party that believes that you should make the choice about something as serious as your health not a state bureaucrat”, said ACT leader Dr Jamie Whyte....
    Scoop politics | 12-09
  • OIO approval process is a sham
    "New Zealanders who think that the OIO approval process is needed should look at the record." said ACT Leader Jamie Whyte...
    Scoop politics | 12-09
  • Worksafe bullies should be kept out of private buildings
    “No worksafe inspectors will be allowed to snoop around farmers sheds without owners authorisation and proof of just cause “ ACT Leader Jamie Whyte said today...
    Scoop politics | 12-09
  • ACT firing blanks again
    "Today's ACT party announcement that they will allow shop-keepers to be armed is a sign that ACT is utterly desperate for survival and will make up policy on the hoof for political ends", says Labour candidate for Epsom Michael Wood....
    Scoop politics | 12-09
  • Trucks, Trains And Bikes — Transport Debate
    Trucks and cars have proved to be two of the more controversial issues this campaign. The Greens have led the charge with their "Love New Zealand" campaign and its focus on environment policies....
    Scoop politics | 12-09
  • Pukana takes the elections to youth
    MEDIA RELEASE 12 September 2014 PukanaYouth Election Special Next Week Award-winning children’s television show Pukana is involving young people in the election, devoting three episodes next week to covering politics in its trademark entertaining, yet...
    Scoop politics | 12-09
  • CTU supports Pike families’ application for judicial review
    The Council of Trade Unions is supporting the application filed by two of the Pike families to review the decision not to continue the prosecution against Pike River Mine CEO Peter Whittall....
    Scoop politics | 12-09
  • Closing the Gap on Jobs
    “Inequality is the biggest problem facing New Zealand at the present time” says Peter Malcolm National Secretary of Closing the Gap. It underlies many of our social ills, poverty, lack of trust, an economy that could do much better, and...
    Scoop politics | 12-09
  • Securing Two Wāhine Toa Mps for Hauraki-Waikato
    Māori Party candidate for Hauraki-Waikato Susan Cullen is asking voters to consider the benefits of having two wāhine toa in Parliament from the electorate....
    Scoop politics | 12-09
  • Vote for healthy seas and dolphins
    WDC (Whale and Dolphin Conservation) , NABU International and Maui’s and Hector’s Dolphin Defenders....
    Scoop politics | 12-09
  • Auckland Emperor’s New Bard
    Responding to the Newstalk ZB report that Auckland Mayor Len Brown has established a $12,000 Auckland Mayoral Writers Grant, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says:...
    Scoop politics | 11-09
  • Split voting could deliver surprises | Election Data
    Voters in National-held electorates are less likely to split their vote, while those living in Ōhariu are the most likely to vote for a different candidate than their party vote says the Election Data Consortium....
    Scoop politics | 11-09
  • Small Window of Opportunity for NZ First
    The Taxpayers’ Union is repeating calls for New Zealand First leader, Rt Hon Winston Peters, to front up with policy detail that will allow his manifesto to be costed ahead of the September 20 election. The economic expert the Taxpayers’...
    Scoop politics | 11-09
  • Student Debt Promise Would Cost $8,300+ Per Household
    Reacting to reports that the Internet-Mana Party want to forgive existing student loan debt. Taxpayers’ Union Spokesperson Ben Craven says:...
    Scoop politics | 11-09
  • ACT will sort out the shambles Govts have caused in housing
    "Government interference over the years have made a dog’s breakfast of housing in New Zealand,” said ACT Leader Jamie Whyte. “It should be obvious that if government removed the needless regulations on land use that restricts supply, the number of...
    Scoop politics | 11-09
  • How successful politicians look the part
    How would a group of anonymous overseas citizens who know nothing about our politicians rate them? About the same as we do? The answer is yes – with one notable exception....
    Scoop politics | 11-09
  • Internet Mana Outlines Free Tertiary Education Plan
    If Free Tertiary Education was treated as a higher priority than tax cuts, and made one of the priorities for new spending, it could be delivered immediately, according to Internet MANA....
    Scoop politics | 11-09
  • Free Chapters of the Book Dirty Politics Now Online
    Two sample chapters of Nicky Hager’s book Dirty Politics are being made available free to readers today by the publishers. “The book has sold over 16,700 copies extraordinarily quickly, and we want to offer more people an opportunity to experience...
    Scoop politics | 11-09
  • iPredict Daily Election Update 5: Minor Gain For National
    National has made another minor gain overnight in terms of its likelihood of leading the next government, but only because the probability NZ First will back it has risen. National’s forecast party vote has fallen to the benefit of Labour...
    Scoop politics | 11-09
  • Cunliffe Waves Key Aside, Campbell Rules The Worm
    Last night’s special live Roy Morgan Scoop NZ Election Debate Reactor gave a narrow victory to Opposition Leader, David Cunliffe....
    Scoop politics | 11-09
  • Conservative’ policy-on-the-hoof has reached full gallop
    "The Conservative Party has a tax policy with no tax rate. Christine Rankin announced to a crowd of over 100 that she would pay for a $20,000 tax free threshold by raising $4 billion by taxing alcohol." said ACT leader...
    Scoop politics | 11-09
  • Treaty Claims co-chair acknowledges past Ngātiwai leadership
    Ngātiwai Treaty Claims Committee co-chair Kris MacDonald says it is time to acknowledge the efforts of the Iwi leadership in the past after the submissions period for the Deed of Mandate (DoM) closed last Saturday, 6 September....
    Scoop politics | 11-09
  • US/NZ Firefighters commemorate 13th anniversary of 9/11
    Two New York City firefighters joined forces with their New Zealand counterparts today to commemorate 9/11 in a memorial stair climb in Auckland....
    Scoop politics | 11-09
  • 9 Times More Likely to Die From Family Violence than War
    A recent report release by the Copenhagen Consensus Centre showed that Family violence costs the world economy 9.1 trillion New Zealand dollars and found that people are 9 times more likely to die from interpersonal disputes than on the battlefield....
    Scoop politics | 11-09
  • Govt endorses ACT policy, announces new partnership schools
    "The ACT Party is thrilled at the government’s announcement of four new Kura Hourua Partnership schools." said ACT leader Jamie Whyte....
    Scoop politics | 11-09
  • Judge exposes community to unacceptable risk
    Justice Spokesman for the Conservative Party, Garth McVicar, says the fact a Judge declined to impose a preventive detention sentence on an offender who raped and strangled and 11 year old girl endangers future victims and the wider community....
    Scoop politics | 11-09
  • Fire Service congratulates QSM recpients
    Six volunteer firefighters who have each given many years of service to their communities and the public have been presented with Queens Service Medals in Wellington today....
    Scoop politics | 11-09
  • 22 year old jailed for trading child abuse images
    A 22-year-old man was sentenced to 25 months’ imprisonment in the Palmerston North District Court today for importing and distributing electronic videos of children being sexually abused....
    Scoop politics | 11-09
  • Law Society surveys election legal and justice policies
    The New Zealand Law Society has published responses from 12 parties contesting the General Election to five questions on legal and justice policies....
    Scoop politics | 11-09
  • Another $15 million to be wasted on failed policy
    Four new schools are to be opened under the Partnership Schools banner in Auckland and Whangarei. QPEC Chair, Bill Courtney, notes that he is most concerned, given the lack of accountability already evident in the programme....
    Scoop politics | 11-09
  • New charter schools irresponsible
    By approving four new charter schools the government is being reckless with public money and careless with our kids....
    Scoop politics | 11-09
  • John Key mistaken on extent of child poverty
    Child Poverty Action Group says Prime Minister John Key made a serious mistake over poverty rates for children in working families in the leaders' debate on TV3 last night....
    Scoop politics | 11-09
  • Regulatory Regime for Cannabis Announced
    The Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party announced its regulatory policy today, calling for a new Ministry of Cannabis....
    Scoop politics | 11-09
  • Busting non-voter pattern myths | Election Data Consortium
    The common perception that centre-left parties like Labour and the Greens are hit much harder than National when their supporters do not turn up to vote does not hold up in light of polling analysis released today by the Election...
    Scoop politics | 11-09
  • Security guards – Minimum wage and no equipment
    The recent murderous attack on WINZ staff in Ashburton a has resulted in the beefing up of the presence of security guards at WINZ offices across the country....
    Scoop politics | 11-09
  • Ikaroa-Rāwhiti Candidates Debate 6pm 11 Sept
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    Scoop politics | 11-09
  • Offenders Rights; State Sanctioned Victimisation
    New Zealand’s largest advocacy group supporting victims and families of violent crime is dismayed at the treatment of victims in their quest for knowledge regarding those who have offended against them....
    Scoop politics | 11-09
  • Poll:NZ divided over Government investment in Auckland
    Media Release – For Immediate Release New Zealand divided over Government investment in Auckland In the latest stuff.co.nz / Ipsos political poll we asked if Auckland's voting power meant it cornered more than its fair share of Government funding. Unsurprisingly,...
    Scoop politics | 11-09
  • Global privacy sweep raises mobile app concerns
    Nearly one third (31 percent) of all mobile apps raise concerns about the nature of permissions sought, a global sweep of mobile apps has found. One in three apps surveyed appeared to request access to information that exceeded their functionality....
    Scoop politics | 11-09
  • Feds Manifesto- ACT says business as usual is not ok
    “A cursory read of Federated Farmers 2014 election manifesto shows their key policy aspiration was nothing much new, but perhaps that’s to be expected from an apolitical lobby group, not a political party ” ACT primary industry spokesman and former...
    Scoop politics | 11-09
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