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Playing dirty: The politics of contradiction

Written By: - Date published: 8:03 pm, October 19th, 2013 - 167 comments
Categories: accountability, auckland supercity, blogs, elections, news, slippery, spin - Tags: ,

Some Standardistas have pointed out various contradictions in Cameron Slater’s continual reworking of his Brown-Chuang story, in the comments below micky savage’s post, ‘Palino and Slater have to be joking‘.

In his interviews with journalists, Slater superficially attempts to present himself as a responsible journalist, just following a story.  However, in the interview with Rachel Smalley on The Nation this morning,  Slater lays out the real game as he sees it:  it’s a dirty game, and that’s the game he’s playing.

The story come into the public arena via the Whale Oil blog, as a salacious one that largely focused on the fact that Len Brown had an extra marital affair. The story played up the intimate, attention-getting details, followed by calls by Slater for Brown to resign.  But after Brown fronted on Campbell Live to do his mea culpa, the Slater story switched to issues of hotels, and a reference for a job at a council run Art Gallery.

If there is any reason for Brown to resign, it is here. The crucial issues are whether Brown is found to have had a conflict of interest or used rate payers’ money on the affair.  This is what a political story should have focused on right from the beginning.

Now, following Chuang’s disaffection with Slater and Stephen Cook, we learned that Palino’s campaign team member, Luigi Wewege, had been pressuring Chuang to provide evidence of the affair, in order to undemocratically expel Brown from the mayoral office – allegedly through blackmail rather than by publishing the story in the first instance.

Today Slater responded to questions: questions raised about the allegations of Palino’s involvement in an extortionate smear campaign, and the disbelief that his father John Slater, Palino’s campaign manager, was not in on the attempted smear.  As reported in the NZ Herald today, Slater responds thus:

“We were dealing with a story, and it wasn’t until Monday _ the day before the story broke – that we actually had all of the details of the affair.”

Asked if the Palino campaign had alerted him about the affair, Slater said it had not.

“No, I cannot confirm that because I received reports from many different places.”

Cameron Slater said he was approached by Ms Chuang’s acquaintance Luigi Wewege, who put him in touch with Ms Chuang.

Mr Wewege, who had been in a relationship with Ms Chuang, was a member of Mr Palino’s campaign team.

“No it’s not Palino’s campaign, it’s one person,” Slater said.

My bold.  So Slater and Cook were just getting evidence for a story – kind of just like a real journalist.  And yet, Cook and Slater seemed to have omitted some key parts of the story until they were dragged from them – like the fact that a member of Palino’s campaign team brought the story to him.  This only later was exposed by Chuang. Surely any journalist worth their salt would have had questions about that, and aimed to include it in the initial story?

On The Nation today, after about 15 minutes 30 secs, Smalley puts to Slater that this was a plot “to discredit Len Brown”, and it was a “political plot”.

Slater: Of course it’s political. We’re not playing tiddly winks, Rachel.  This is politics.

Smalley:  Where does this leave Auckland politics now?

Slater: Well, Auckland politics is like where any politics is, in that it’s a dirty, disgusting, despicable game. And it involves dirty, disgusting despicable people at all levels.  And to have this sort of high and mighty belief that New Zealand politics is clean, isn’t.

So there you have it.  He not only explicitly places himself within the “game” but calls it by nature, a dirty, disgusting, despicable game.  And, clearly he wasn’t just aiming to tell a story as it was brought to him, but he was aiming to give it a particular political slant – slanted to discredit Len Brown.

And some MSM journalists seem to take Slater seriously as a kind of “journalist”. According to Tracy Watkins today, this seems to be because his real name is known, unlike most bloggers.  She claims:

In this case, the revelations were published by a blog whose author is fairly well known. In that respect Slater is unusual in the blogosphere; among the proliferation of blogs these days, most operate under a pseudonym.

[groan].

In spite of the dubiousness of the point, she’s on shaky ground as regards NZ political blogs  – see The Daily Blog, Public Address, and several authors on  The Standard.

Anyway, she seems to be implying  it’s merely Slater’s name that gives him credibility, and not for instance the evidence of his activities in the public arena, the contractions in his statements over time, and especially in his own terms, in the dirty, disgusting, despicable game of politics.

167 comments on “Playing dirty: The politics of contradiction”

  1. mickysavage 1

    Well said Karol.

    Slater’s world view is very dark. He really appears to see nothing positive in politics. It is just a game and he intends to be on the winning side.

    He is quite malevolent. He wants to drag us all down to his level and beat us with experience!

    There has to be a better way.

    • Zorr 1.1

      That’s his view on it but I would say that it’s not a view that most people would care to share.

      As with any swaggering bully, it’s best to leave them to it and maintain the high ground because by playing the game with them we end up in the situation you describe of them beating us with experience. In the case of Len Brown, he has played this situation right (apart from the initial issue – but after a deed is done, we can’t take it back) by not engaging with the slime, stating his position to everyone else who cared to listen and then heading back to the job he was elected to do.

      This leaves Slater rolling around in the mud getting dirtier and dirtier… with every journalist focused on him…

  2. appleboy 2

    Slater says “But I can categorically assure you there is no plot between the Palino camp, as everyone likes to say, and myself.”

    He must be taking the piss. NO ONE believes him except head up the arse ring wing nutters like BM and Chris73

  3. Philgwellington Wellington 3

    Slater demonstrates (unfortunately) how the blogosphere is where you go if you want to know what is really going on. The MSM is becoming increasingly irrelevant. Investigative journalism is also under threat. Does it exist in NZ any more?

    • Blue 3.1

      In a word, no. Journalists these days are largely toothless, and they know it.

      They have very little power to uncover stories themselves – they are reliant on what they are told through press releases or stage-managed interviews with media-trained pollies. The ‘off the record’ gossip lines they run for MPs dish dirt they are rarely allowed to print.

      Their only source of real news is whistleblowers and leakers – the people actually involved in the story feeding them information. And those people are increasingly going to bloggers, especially Cameron Slater.

      That’s what I find most interesting about this whole saga. The MSM are indeed becoming irrelevant if all the big tipoffs are going elsewhere.

      Slater’s main attraction is that he isn’t a journalist, he has no scruples and he has a large audience. He’ll run things no one else would run and people will pay attention. His blog is read by everyone – all the political journos, the MPs, even the Prime Minister.

      The attention-seeking bottom-feeder has built his web well and he’s going to catch all the juicy flies from now on. The MSM political journos should be scared.

      • karol 3.1.1

        I agree with the bottom-feeder comments, but disagree with some of your argument, blue.

        I don’t believe that many people read WO’s blog.

        And investigative journalism isn’t dead. We have the likes of Hager, Stephenson. John Campbell has done some very good pieces.

        There’s stuff worth reading on many blogs, and one can pick and choose on and offline between a range of sources. And sometimes original material of significance arise on left blogs- see for issuance the video of the Maapp-Kelsey debate. The whole event arose on The Standard. And the Daily Blog led the Auckland Town Hall debate on the GCSB.

        Jane Kelsey has been excellent in ferreting out details of the TPPA and making them public.

        The likes of WO’s blog plays to the lowest common denominator int he MSM – they feed off each other. And they need to be exposed.

        There’s some dire stuff in the mainstream media, but there’s several journalists that I pay attention to before I’d read WO’s blog. I’ve mostly followed the story of the Brown-Chuang-Wewege-Palino business as it has been presented in the MSM.

      • cnrjoe 3.1.2

        I dont read his bog

      • David H 3.1.3

        “it’s a dirty, disgusting, despicable game. And it involves dirty, disgusting despicable people” Nice to see Slater describing himself.

        And I think even Key and Co would want a shower if they did read Slaters slime.

  4. IrishBill 4

    Slater’s world view is very dark. He really appears to see nothing positive in politics. It is just a game and he intends to be on the winning side.

    And yet he is almost always on the losing side. Indeed by definition having Cameron on your team means you’re going to come out looking bad. Brown for example, will still be mayor. However Palino is shot for good, similarly Luigi Wewege has gone from being a young up and comer to being a ridiculous loser. And Cameron’s dad has been put in a position of either looking like an out of touch fool or a bare faced liar.

    Similarly the PR battle was lost by the Ports of Auckland during the port dispute once Cameron overreached and got busted shopping private HR files.

    This apparently doesn’t matter to Cameron as (if I may quote my recent comment on another thread) his single metric of personal success is hits on his blog and by that score he’s a winner – whatever the cost to his friends and family. If that’s winning then no thanks mate.

  5. QoT 5

    I suppose we could give Watkins credit for at least knowing the difference between pseudonymous and anonymous. But then she goes and blows it by establishing that she doesn’t have a clue about the “proliferation” of blogs in New Zealand (add Pundit to the list of real-name-blogging teams too!)

  6. McFlock 6

    I agree with Slater. He is a dirty, disgusting despicable person.

    Being involved in the political game at his level, and all

  7. Anne 7

    Slater’s track record speaks for itself.

    Let’s reflect briefly on two fairly recent examples:

    This is the man who, on one occasion at least, stalked David Shearer and took photos of him meeting with a well known Auckland trade union official in broad daylight on an inner city street. They proceeded to enter a restaurant. Confirmation in the form of a photo (or two) appeared on his blogsite with a story attached inferring a questionable political conspiracy. This was at the start of Shearer’s period of leadership, and it escaped Slater that maybe he was simply wanting to meet the movers and shakers in the Labour movement and get to know them. Given his previous absence from the country this was a sensible thing to do.

    Then we had the unedifying disclosures concerning the private life of the National Party president, Peter Goodfellow. Goodfellow had just previously ousted Cameron’s father for the position, so it can be assumed the smears and innuendo were a revenge attack for beating his Dad in an internal National Party election. He succeeded in keeping that sordid little story in the public arena for some considerable time. Ring bells? He’s adopted exactly the same strategy with Len Brown and for pretty much the same reasons.

    It’s high time the real journos conducted an investigation into Slater and outed him for the sleazy specimen of humanity he is…

    • peterlepaysan 7.1

      How many real journos can you name? Not many I warrant. Slater the younger thrives on attention. That desperate editors with desperately few battle hardened staff utilise Slater is hardly surprising, especially given his political views.

  8. I’m no fan of Slater, but he’s right. The NZ civil system is in fact fundamentally corrupt, and there’s no way of avoiding the corruption without remaining entirely outside of civil politics.

    It is a system which involves selling the the future population into de-facto slavery to pay for the deficits arising from living beyond its means. It is a system which looks for security from countries who will commit genocide, torture, and depravity against the innocent. It is a system which pays lip service to truth and justice but is based on fraud and employs Machiavellian strategies to keep power in the hands of the elites.

    At its fundamental level it is a system for fools and hypocrites.

    • Colonial Viper 8.1

      Government spending deficits are often good things. Nothing to be afraid of. Usually quite helpful for the non-govt sector actually.

    • red blooded 8.2

      This vision may be Ugly, but it’s not Truth.

      NZ’s political and civil systems reflect the nature and values of NZ citizens. If we want them changed, we have to step up and change them. That’s what happened with women’s suffrage, it’s what happened with MMP, it’s what is continuing to happen with the Waitangi Tribunal. None of these (or any other) aspects of our system is perfect, but they do reflect the shifting values and aspirations of our population. Ditto the parliamentary system. Hey – do I like it that people whom I see as right wing extremists have been running the show in recent years? No. So, what do I (and others) have to do? Get in there and work to promote another world view and to get enough NZers to share that world view so that our government ends up reflecting a version of it. Anything else is a cop-out.

      Cynicism doesn’t help; it just gives people an excuse to leave things as they are and look away.

      • Ugly Truth 8.2.1

        If we want them changed, we have to step up and change them.

        You don’t have the power to fix the corruption, it is systemic and it cannot be fixed.

        Get in there and work to promote another world view and to get enough NZers to share that world view so that our government ends up reflecting a version of it.

        That would result in a fundamentally different type of government. Are you up for it?

  9. Rodel 9

    Compare Slater to people like Ed Hillary, Richie McCaw, Paul Buchannan and dare I say it even Nick Smith. It’s two ends of a continuum of achievement and usefulness.
    Why oh why does our media give him the slightest attention? The endangered west coast snails are far more Important.

  10. is palino the italian branch of the palin family-tree..?

    phillip ure..

  11. Clement Pinto 11

    I am not sure why you are turning against Slater, however despicable he may be, making him the story, instead of examining if the mayor has acted inappropriately, illegally and unethically based on the revelations of the mayor’s mistress through her taped interviews and affidavit? I am no ‘supporter’ of Slater or ‘his camp’, but surely the mayor’s conduct should be our primary concern, isn’t it? I think the story deserves to be examined in a bipartisan way irrespective of ‘political camps’. In my view Brown;s brand is badly damaged. He is a lame duck badly compromised mayor now. Again, in my view, he should quit and seek a fresh vote to get some sort of respect back.

    • McFlock 11.1

      His personal life is irrelevant to his role as mayor, except possibly a conflict interest relating to being a referee. The latter is being examined through internal council mechanisms. So what’s to talk about?

      Slater, on the other hand, was apparently fed an intimate story by members of a tory candidates’ campaign team, rather than focus on the issue of whether brown was a good mayor.

      • Clement Pinto 11.1.1

        The sexual intercourse part, is not my main concern. That issue belongs to the mayor and his concubine, their own morals and conscience and to the mayor’s wife and family.

        However, whether the mayor used council time, council property, council transport and council resources in his private affair is surely an important issue, isn’t it? Also whether he used his power and influence to help her get council related jobs?

        I think here are some pertinent questions for the council to examine honestly:

        Why did Brown need to spend nights in hotels when he has a home and
        did he pay for the room himself or with the council cash or did he accept freebies?

        Was it appropriate, ehical and fair for Brown to help his paramore get council job/jobs?

        Did he bestow his mistress favours of council transport, gifts, cash etc?

        Had he been riding other women too on council grounds etc?

        Will he be able to perform well being now a badly discredited, disgraced, compromised mayor?

        Isn’t it better for all, including himself, if he resigns and seeks a fresh mandate to see if he still has the confidence, trust and support of the people of Auckland? That way he can get back some respect and be able to perform his mayoral duties better than having this dirty yoke on his neck as now?

        I think these are some of the important questions that need investigation and answers.

        • McFlock 11.1.1.1

          pfft.
          The council mechanisms can handle it.
          Thanks for your concern, though.

          • Clement Pinto 11.1.1.1.1

            McFlock, I am trying to be unbiased, non-parochial and non political. I am not sure if you are, based on your response when you wrote, ‘Thanks for your concern, though’.

            Don’t you find Brown’s conduct on council premises and other places unbecoming of a mayor? Hasn’t he been badly compromised and a laughing stock? Will he be able to perform his functions well now? Will he command respect? Why are you defending him as you seem to be doing?

            • McFlock 11.1.1.1.1.1

              I doubt that you are unbiased.

              Don’t you find Brown’s conduct on council premises and other places unbecoming of a mayor?
              meh. I don’t particularly give a shit, unless it was interfering with his work

              Hasn’t he been badly compromised and a laughing stock?
              Nope. You might be laughing at him, though.

              Will he be able to perform his functions well now?
              Yes, why not?

              Will he command respect?
              How much respect do mayors “command”? They’re not generals, you know.

              Why are you defending him as you seem to be doing?
              I’m not. You asked why some people seem to be more concerned with slater’s behaviour rather than brown’s.
              Brown’s was pretty much irrelevant to his work.
              Slater initially presented his work, what gets him money, as being simpy to hold politicians accountable. A noble profession. Now, it turns out that this role was a lie, that it was a political conspiracy to “discredit” brown with irrelevant details about his personal life. And there is no mechanism to investigate him, determine the truth, and punish slater – other than public discussion of his sleaze.

              Do you REALLY want this sort of gutter drivel in the news every night, rather than actual examination of policies or the workplace competence of representatives? And if you think character is so important in representatives, do you really NOT want to know whether the leading opponent is willing to be a party to such sordid business?

              • Clement Pinto

                I am truly trying to be impartial here. I am not happy with Brown’s conduct. If the mayor was of the ‘right wing’ camp, I would still hold the same view. I prefer decent values and propriety among politicians irrespective of their affiliations. I am a Labour party member but I am not ‘loyal’ to the extent of being an unprincipled sycophant irrespective of the issue. Here Brown has badly screwed up and needs to be accountable and rehabilitate himself if possible.

                He may resigns and disappear. Voters may then choose another preferably leftist mayor or he may seek a re election. He may win or lose. So what? At least he will be more honourable than he is been at present. And the voters will have a chance to pass a verdict

                Cost of postal voting? Well, part of the system when needed. Democracy is not cheap. Comes with the territory.

                • Colonial Viper

                  Voters can make the call on whether Brown deserves to stay as mayor, based on his performance and his integrity in this new term. He knows very well that he is on notice and from day 1. People can vote for or against him in 2016, if he decides to stand again.

                  HOWEVER if it turns out that he used ratepayers funds to wine & dine, give gifts to or provide trips to his mistress…Brown is history.

                  • Clement Pinto

                    Ok, Good points.
                    What about Brown using the council property, times, rooms and doing naughty farty stuff in the Ngati Whatua room during office times? Is that not a ‘Brown is history’ stuff? I think it should be. Don’t you? So also him helping his girl get council jobs and hotel room night stays/payment compromises if any. All serious stuff in my opinion. Are they not?

                    • McFlock

                      and being investigated. Or do you believe in punishment before an investigation is complete?

                • Varity

                  do you think we’re happy with browns conduct? i’m pretty damned sure no-one is “happy” with browns conduct including himself … oh … and ironically, cameron slater et al.

                  • North

                    Blubber Boy et al were always delighted by Brown’s conduct. It was always a gift. The ill-fitting garb of moral outrage presently worn by proven adulterer Blubber Boy is mere costume for the play.

                    What did not delight them was Luigi’s failure to get the duly sworn affidavit into their hands BEFORE the election. The affidavit was the scissors without which they could not unwrap the gift.

                    But hang on ……..with affidavit in hand, scissors poised and ready, maybe Len might decide…….even AFTER the election……..would need to be done quickly though.

                    What we do know as a fact, because Car Park Palino admits it, is the meeting with Chuang at Mission Bay latish on the evening AFTER the election. No hosting of a lavishly catered “thank you” do for the loyal hard working supporters then ? Oh silly me……..the election, the path to power, wasn’t really over.

                    As Blubber Boy intones………”disgraceful, disgusting, despicable etc etc”.

                    Ho Ho Ho……..Michelle Boag on Q + A right now……..”As a National Party person this has NOTHING to do with the National Party. John Key’s been very careful……”

                    Damn ! She goes further. Right now she’s actually acknowledging the potential efficacy of a plan much as above.

                    At best Blubber Boy is a self appointed Kenneth Starr. At worst he’s donkey-deep……..

                    • North

                      PS – bet Winston’s chuckling about the “Luigi” pejorative passing to someone more deserving of it !

                • McFlock

                  Why wouldn’t he be able to fulfill his mayoral role?

                  Did he ever deny having an affair during the campaign? No? Then there is no question of misleading the electorate.

                  I would have thought that the honourable course of action would be to put up with this attack, credit the electorate with prioritising issues relevant to working as mayor as being the primary consideration for their vote, and continue to serve as mayor.

                  If the council processes find something relevant to his role of being mayor, fine. Work through the consequences of that if it arises.

                  But in your drive for moral cleanliness, don’t forget the people who apparently harassed and bullied an emotionally vulnerable person into making a now-regretted decision. And then called it a “scoop”.

        • Pascal's bookie 11.1.1.2

          Clement, you may have missed it, or the significance of it, but the Auckland Council is having an investigation into the issue you raise. That’s how it works. they’ll find out if he did anything wrong. Until they are done there is not much to say really. Depending on what they find, Brown may have to go.

          The Slater/Wegege/Palino aspect is another story. It’s perfectly fine for people to talk about that. But you dont; have to if you don’t want to.

          • Clement Pinto 11.1.1.2.1

            Ok, fair point. I agree. But I hope the inquiry by the ‘CEO’ is not just a white wash. I wish the inquiry was independent of the council personnel. Anyway, time will tell. Cheers!

        • Varity 11.1.1.3

          as i understand it and as the dude above said, it is all being investigated internally. in that regard, realistically, what more can we do but wait for the outcome?

          ***”Had he been riding other women too on council grounds etc?”***

          slater and co seem to think so on WO. they’re saying if brown doesn’t step down these “other women” will feel they’ve no choice but to come forward. i read that as blackmail – they’re telling brown to step down or they’ll trot other women out. if there are other women i seriously doubt they’d be stupid enough to fess up to slater after the way he treated chuang. she’s just a pawn in his game and, if they exist, they will be too.

          ***”Will he be able to perform well being now a badly discredited, disgraced, compromised mayor?”***

          good question. i wouldn’t know but there’s plenty who feel he’s got the goods to carry on. some poll i read indicated he’d win again if there was another election so imo what’s the point of having another one? it would just be a huge waste of time, money and resources adding more insult to injury.

          • Clement Pinto 11.1.1.3.1

            He may seek a re election. He may win or lose. So what? At least he will be more honourable than he is been at present. And the voters will have a chance to pass a verdict

            Cost of postal voting? Well, part of the system when needed. Democracy is not cheap. Comes with the territory.

            • McFlock 11.1.1.3.1.1

              if we held a vote every time a politician got their nether regions lubed outside of marriage, I suspect that we’d have had a load more elections for reasons that few people seem to give a shit about.

              • Clement Pinto

                You don’t get it. It is not that he had sex outside marriage, but the propriety and conduct based on his mistress’s expose and misuse of his position and council rules. You are missing the point and excusing seriously wrong stuff.

                • Hanswurst

                  You seem to be displaying pretty much the opposite of the impartiality you claimed for yourself above. You talk of Brown being “accountable” for what he has done. He isn’t accountable to voters for whom he chooses to sleep with. For the issues you claim to be interested in, he is accountable via auditing processes, not via an election — therefore he is being held to account and your calling for another election is just hot air. The question ofhis providing a reference for Ms Chuang seems on the face of it to be grounds to investigate his conduct. The use of hotels etc. seems like more dubious grounds to me. Evidence for misuse of funds is found on an account statement, not in the appearance that an hotel room was reserved. Irrespective of whether or not there has been impropriety in Brown’s spending and use of privilege, the idea that these should be examined chiefly on the grounds that he slept with a woman in an hotel room is disturbing to me.

                • McFlock

                  misuse of his position and council rules.

                  … suggestions of which are currently being investigated by the appropriate council systems.

                  I’m happy to wait for due process to be completed. Why aren’t you?

            • Varity 11.1.1.3.1.2

              i was going to argue but ok. have another election.

              i still think it’s a waste of time and money but when brown wins again … he’ll be hugely popular as the under-dog who fought back.

              • Clement Pinto

                I too would be happy if he seeks re election and wins. The issue will die down and he will have more credibility and strength. Right now, his reputation and honour is mud.

                • Varity

                  so – the aucklanders whose preferred choice for mayor wasn’t brown will get another shot at voting their man/woman in.

                  cameron slater will roll around in his trough in glee knowing he orchestrated this event.

                  auckland will vote brown in … AGAIN.

                  the rest of the country will look at auckland and exclaim … omg! what a bunch of dicks!

                  • Varity

                    i’m not having a go at you cp … but the one thing aucklanders cry about more than a randy mayor is their rates. so who do they think is going to pay for another election?

        • Hanswurst 11.1.1.4

          Concubine? Way to describe a politically active and independent woman.

          • Clement Pinto 11.1.1.4.1

            I agree I should have used a better term such as ‘mistress’ or ‘sex partner’. Sorry, a bit late now as I can’t edit the post now.

        • QoT 11.1.1.5

          the mayor and his concubine

          And that’s where you lose any credibility to demand a “balanced” discussion of this issue, you sexist piece of shit.

          • Rajiv 11.1.1.5.1

            Exactly.

            Concubine is too mild and erroneous a word to describe someone who so actively pursued the mayor-in-love for her own political and personal gains. And then, at the behest of her new slimebag lover, she blew Mayor-in-love’s reputation to smithereens and mocked his sexual incapacities for good measure.

            Would femme fatale be too sexist?

            P.S.– (Not that I’m trying to plug a business): Google tells me that Auckland also has New Zealand’s best “Gentleman’s Club” called Femme Fatale. Only if Len had gone to the professionals to exorcise whatever demons he had….

            • QoT 11.1.1.5.1.1

              Rajiv, any label which gets applied to women to imply that the men who have sex with them are wide-eyed innocents ensnared by dark vaginomancy will be sexist, yes.

              • Rajiv

                QoT, Fair enough.

                Allow me to digress in order to make a point that sexist bias can occur either way. Not long ago, in New Zealand, we had sexist law that on one hand justly defined any adult man having sex with an underage female as a rapist. But on the other hand any adult female who had sex with an underage boy did not carry such criminal stigma or penalty.

                The law was changed (in 2007, I think?) and its sexist bias was removed. Now, almost every year I read about some predatory women, using their vaginas, raping underage boys who are often in their care or guardianship. Before the law change, for years and years these sexual crimes regularly committed by women went unpunished and unreported.

                I don’t like the sexist generalized notion that females are incapable of sexual violations such as molestation, harrassment, pedophilia and rape.

                • karol

                  You make it sound like these crimes or the sexualisation of images impacts equally on males and females, and in the same way.

                  Sometimes men can be the victims of sexual assault and rape, but it is more often women and girls who are the victims, by a long way – and men a way more often the perps.

                  Ditto for the way people are diminished through sexualised images – that’s why it’s called sexism.

                  Anyone trying to make out WO is some poor victim of sexism has a seriously distorted view of reality.

                  Edit: sorry, with that last sentence I was confusing this with the Brett thread – I SHOULD be able to have 2 conversations at once.

                • QoT

                  Yeeeeeeeeeeeeeah. I always do wonder about people who, when challenged on their own sexist behaviour, immediately decide to make the conversation about something completely different.

                  No one is saying that “females” (the word you’re looking for is “women”) are “incapable of sexual violations”. But labelling one member of a consenting sexual relationship in terms which make it clear that her sexual conduct is to be judged and criticised … is sexist bullshit.

                  And using the rape of boys to defend your shitty choice of language is really a bit low, don’t you think?

                  • Rajiv

                    Karol,

                    I just gave an alternative opinion. I did not try to undermine Female (Qot, I refuse to use your preferred vocabulary, sue me) victims.

                    Qot,

                    I cannot have a discussion with you since you’re prone to throwing hissy fits when you don’t get your way or when you start getting paranoid about “sexism”.

                    I too can use aggressive language and direct expletives at you. But I won’t do that because, one, I am more civilized than that, and two, people will accuse, “This sexist Male Pig, Rajiv, is just trying to beat up a poor girl who goes by the name of QoT…”

                    Sleep tight and calm your nerves.

            • Chooky 11.1.1.5.1.2

              @ Rajiv……You are correct imo….dont feel guilty

              ….The word Tart springs to mind ….and that applies to the Mayor as well….he is a Catholic male Tart….and now everyone wants to discuss the merits of this Auckland pie

      • Huginn 11.1.2

        Having sex with a woman you’re not currently married to is not against the law in New Zealand.
        Blackmail is.

        This is a very big deal.

  12. Lan 12

    Seems bizarre. SEEMS BIZARRE! (Just in case you hadn’t come to that conclusion today with Herald front page revelations of calls and night meetings. Palino.. US citizen (assumed) with Chinese fiancee ,,disappears to OZ when things heat up. Affair of Len Brown with Chinese girl, friend of Palino’s Chinese fiancee? Palino campaign manager John Slater old National trickster and mentally unstable son continues creepy amoral stirrer activity on un-censored blogged internet media with help from disgraced Herald on Sunday Journalist with hankering after shock jock job it seems (Cook?).. Just wonder that is going on here, really, and how it could be part of National strategy for less Labour Auckland and next year elections. NOT ONLY BIZARRE – WEIRD. Is it a “setup”?? (tho most folk will likely scoff at this) targetting a popular able bloke under huge stress with this massive job, and dealing daily with many conflicting issues? Then there’s the Italian Sth African fixit boy with big political ambitions and probably relations with the Len mistress, and prompting her to release details to harm Mayor. What is Palino’s “business” and why is the mayoralty so sought after by a relative outsider, both culturally and experientially in the most complex field of New Zealand local government (mind you there’s Mr Campbell who stood in Waikato DIstrict Council with similarly discordant motivations and US background). Mission Bay meeting on Herald fronmt page today discusses whether Len could be persuaded to “resign because of poor health”!! Who’s that bloke who wrote the books on the Winebox Affair? Need a good conspiracy theorist, I reckon in this intriguing scenario, to untangle the bits as issues unfold. Mainstream journalist doing quite well however, though of variable quality and political pursuasion.. I still wonder, in light of strange facts noted above – WHAT IS GOING ON HERE?
    ,
    Apologize for Caps but used judiciously I hope.

  13. Craig Glen Eden 13

    ” I am not sure why you are turning against Slater.”
    He is the story because he claimed in releasing the story that his agenda was not one with a political motivation.
    As this has unravelled it has become clear that both the Slaters father and son, Weggee and Palino are all heavily involved with this matter.The story has moved on as they do and what has become clear today is that the Slaters, Wegge, Palino have all manupulated this woman who her self, has been shown to have questionable motives. In releasing this story all of the above have shown that they will lie for their own purpose. Brown on the other hand has admitted his role faced the music and for that people will give him credit.
    Also it appears in the face of blackmail has stood strong and is facing the conseqences of his actions.

    I personally did not vote for him and have been and remain critical of his lack of fortitude in not backing the Portside workers, but I think having his adult daughters support him in the role as Mayor like they have speaks volumes and they have been amazing. I hope Len can repair his relationship with his wife. I also think the Minister who stood in the mayoralty race has shown true Christian values towards Len Brown and it just goes to show their are some good people in this world.
    Cameron Slater however has proven once again that he indeed is scum.

  14. Pascal's bookie 14

    Wegege.

    Now there’s a guy who has had a bad week. has he said anything since he lied about knowing anything?

    Whale has prob been in touch with him, but he’s getting run over again and again and again.

    Dude should do a mea culpa. Come completely clean and lay it all out.

    • Huginn 14.1

      Dude should talk to his lawyer.

    • Chooky 14.2

      @ Pascal’s Bookie…my teenagers used to talk about wedgeys ….but I never understood them….I think it was something rude …so I didnt inquire further ….there are some words like “douche bag ” that one doesn’t want to know about

      Maybe Baldrick would know …

  15. Huginn 15

    Has anyone asked Len Brown whether anyone tried to blackmail him?

  16. tricldrown 16

    Palino is obviously being advised by Key and Banks.
    I don’t remember.
    Tea any one!

  17. Philgwellington Wellington 17

    Xxx
    So much conjecture. Why don’t we use our state sanctioned spy network to find out the answers? Eh, JK?

  18. Paul 18

    “Holes in Wewege’s shining CV”
    Seems Mr Wewege is not the man he claims to be.
    Don’t this right win group of conspirators seem such a nice bunch?
    Wewege, Slater snr, Slater jar, Palino….

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11142967

    • AsleepWhileWalking 18.1

      ^^
      //
      Hamish Price said he warned Palino against the idea of Wewege writing policy.

      “I said Luigi has a reputation for having issues with women, young women in particular.

      “That has been evident in the National Party: he was pulled aside and spoken to about it, his behaviour didn’t change and he was shunted out as a result.”

      .
      This just keeps getting better and better.

  19. Ad 19

    You are wasting your time on Whaleoil’s success. He is really good at what he does. Criticising him for not playing by rules in a journalistic world long since devoid of rules is meaningless.

    We need to get back to debating the agenda of the Council. At the moment, the Council will lose its Chief Executive within months, has lost its Head of Communications, head of Legal, and (if a successful CE candidate) their Chief Financial Officer. It is highly likely to lose more. Like it or not, the staff at Council are a whole lot more powerful than these politicians who meet very occasionally.

    We also currently have a Council with no Committee structure, no Committee delegations, and no functioning democracy at all. Five of the new Council are brand new and either have no Council experience or none playing at this level.

    This is for steering an entity far larger in its assets than Fonterra.

    We have a Unitary Plan preparing for public hearings which the Government has determining it will select the Commissioners for.

    We have Cabinet decisions coming down the pipeline that will currently greatly expand motorway investment and do very little for public transport.

    You people are obsessed with the media when the policy content and all the other players underneath the Council that will make it happen are far more at risk. Change your viewfinder quickly.

    • karol 19.1

      There are all very good issues to be debated in there. And man of us will continue to write and talk about them. But also, Slater in conjunction with some parts of the MSM have been dragging politics into the gutter. But we need an MSM that is more cautious and analytic in the way it picks up on such stories from the minute they hit the public arena. Some journalists are finally getting there, but overall the MSM needs to raise it’s game.

      Yes, I want issues of the structure of the council reviewed under the next Labour-led government.

      Slater’s agenda

      However, Slater has made himself part of a politically motivated story. He used it immediately to call for Brown’s resignation. He lied by omission, hiding the role a member of Palino’s campaign in pushing the story. Slater originally claimed that Chuang came to him with the story, as if it was all her own idea and initiative. In fact Wewege was the person who came to him with the story.

      It is also an important issue that Palino-Wewege-Slater (the younger, maybe also the elder) have sought to undermine democracy with a bag of dirty tricks.

      Politics as GAME – and the MSM

      For future reference, in case of Slater’s future use of his blog, it’s important to note that nothing he says can be taken at face value. He see politics as a “game” like rugby, where you can play dirty as long as the ref (or the TV cameras) don’t catch you. Slater plays it as a game in which he does care who cares hurt.

      On the bigger picture, this treatment of politics as game, is all part of the capitalist diversionary system. For me, politics about arrangements for society to be the best it can be for all people who live in it. it’s not a game. It’s about people’s lives.

      The way the MSM presents politics as game, further undermines people’s trust in politicians, and cause people to disconnect from politics and voting. It damages us all.

    • Saarbo 19.2

      Fair point

      Why will the council lose its CEO within months?

      • Ad 19.2.1

        Because the old one did not seek re-appointment and there is already and shortlist for the new one.

    • karol 19.3

      Whaleoil’s success. He is really good at what he does.

      bwahahahahahh.

      Citation’s please.

      How’s this story working out for the sleazy one, now people are waking up to what his, Wewege’s and Palino’s game?

      • Ad 19.3.1

        Far and away higher rated site by hit count than this one or DailyBlog. Success in media is ratings.

        • Rogue Trooper 19.3.1.1

          Yep

        • karol 19.3.1.2

          Yes, the focus on ratings is one of the things that undermines the quality of the media, especially the news media.

          From past discussions of WO’s ratings, that measure of success is based on his attention getting content and on including things that attract offshore hits for reasons other than politics or news.

          SO not very relevant to a successful as a political and/or current events site. But in keeping with someone who sees politics as a “dirty, disgusting, despicable game”. Winning is all, doesn’t matter that it provides little positive benefit to NZ or the digital mediascape.

          however, thanks to this latest own goal, more Kiwis are getting to see what he is like.

    • BM 19.4

      I agree

      Whale’s really starting to carve out a niche within the media landscape,I’d say he’s going to break a ton more scoops over the next few years.
      This really is just the start

      You’ve got a story you want told, you go see the whale.

      • Paul 19.4.1

        Please go there and don’t come back.

      • karol 19.4.2

        You’ve got a story you want told, you go see the whale.

        Yes people will be lining up now they see how the whole thing can splatter back all over themselves.

        • BM 19.4.2.1

          Not at all.
          Because Slater was the only one willing to turn up and discuss what went on, he got to set the scene and pretty much control and deny any wrong doings

          People have tired off the whole Len Brown thing, all they remember is

          Len Brown wanked off on the phone
          Len is a 4/10 in the sack
          Len Brown lasts two minutes
          Len Brown was rooting around in the council chambers
          Len Brown gave his Asian girlfriend the clap.

          All this other conspiracy nonsense is just tedious beltway stuff that no one is particularly interested in.

          • ScottGN 19.4.2.1.1

            And yet in spite of all of that, all the polling (apart from an early vox pop in the online Herald) shows that people don’t think Len should resign and if he did they’d want him to stand again so they can re-elect him as mayor. So you’d have to conclude that whatever aims Cameron Slater, Palino and Luigi et al had wanted out of this has failed.

            • BM 19.4.2.1.1.1

              Cameron Slaters aim was to increase his reader ship, getting a million and half page views over two days is a really impressive effort.

              He ain’t the loser, he’s the biggest winner out of this whole affair by a country mile.

              • Te Reo Putake

                “Meanwhile, Cook revealed that he did the story for free, as Cameron Slater of Whale Oil had no money to pay him.”

              • pollywog

                The thing is, no one gives a shit about page views. In the general scheme of things, it’s irrelevant.

                Slater wins teh internet..big fucking deal!

                • BM

                  Yes it is, if you’re trying to make money off your blog.
                  There’s two main types of advertising, click through and page view.

                  • pollywog

                    Internet advertising is the biggest con going round.

                    Scamming companies for revenue that doesn’t exist in the real world.

                • Ad

                  You really think commentators would have run a successful campaign to change the entire Labour leadership if we didn’t have the hit count? Seriously, hits matter in both income and public impact. Ask any internet company in the world.

                  • pollywog

                    You really think commentators would have run a successful campaign to change the entire Labour leadership if we didn’t have the hit count?

                    Yes.

          • Te Reo Putake 19.4.2.1.2

            People have tired off the whole Len Brown thing, all they remember is …. how Brown was correct when he said it was a rightwing beat up.

            Brown is going to be fine and the issue has moved on to the nasty party and its acolytes. This has turned out to be the biggest own goal in NZ local government history. Brown can keep on being re-elected mayor as long as he fancies the job. Palino, on the other hand, has learned that trusting Cameron Slater is a career ending move.

            • BM 19.4.2.1.2.1

              People have tired off the whole Len Brown thing, all they remember is …. how Brown was correct when he said it was a rightwing beat up.

              Maybe in your cloistered little world.

              Also I find it hard to believe Len Brown said this is all a right wing beatup, what paper quoted that ?

              The guys a complete dick but he wouldn’t be that dumb to say that.

              • Paul

                You are such a good debater.
                Personal insults seems to be your trade mark.
                Are you chris73?

              • Te Reo Putake

                Campbell Live, BM.

                • BM

                  When?.
                  I thought he’d only been on Campbell live once, way before all this other non issue stuff came out.

              • Anne

                Interesting BM because Michelle Boag and Matt McCarten have both agreed on Q&A that it appears to be exactly that – a right wing beat up. Boag made it clear that the “National Party” was in no way involved and that will be right. It doesn’t surprise me that the Slaters/Palinos of this world are equally despised by the National Party hierarchy – and most of their supporters – as they are by the rest of us.

                This was a well timed revelation by Brown’s local body foes to bring him down AFTER the election but BEFORE he was sworn in – something Standardistas have been saying for days now.

                • Pascal's bookie

                  The comments from Boag and McCarten are just wrong though.

                  It wouldn’t mean Palino would win if Brown resigned before being sworn in.

                  How could it?

                  Think of it this way. What would he be resigning from? His position as mayor that he was holding due to winning the previous election.

                  We have had an election, but the mayor has not been sworn in, some the day to swear the new mayor in, it is the person who won the election, which would be Brown. there is no mechanism for swearing in Palino as second place getter, whether or not Brown resigned.

                  • Tat Loo

                    Yep. Graeme Edgeler confirms.

                    http://publicaddress.net/8861

                    …both former National Party President Michelle Boag and Unite Union head Matt McCarten made the claim that if Len Brown was to resign before before sworn in for his second term as mayor of Auckland City, that the second-placed candidate would be declared elected and be sworn in.

                    This is false.

                    Whatever the reason any New Zealand mayor-elect may not take up office, the result is a by-election. If a mayor (or councillor) leaves office during the term, there is a by-election unless there are less than 12 months to the next full council election.

                    If a mayor-elect dies, or is disqualified between the vote and the swearing in, there is a by-election. The runner-up can never simply assume the office of mayor. The Local Electoral Act simply does not allow it. I suppose it could. But as that would be really really stupid, it doesn’t.

                • Pascal's bookie

                  I think the plan was only thought out to the point of getting Brown to resign.

                  If Palino and the right could be kept out of the scandal, then they felt they’d have a better shot in an election against whoever on the left ran in place of Brown.

                  • Anne

                    I think the plan was only thought out to the point of getting Brown to resign.

                    Probably correct, but they seem to have decided it would be easier to force him to resign before he was sworn-in. Hence the urgency to get it out into the open last week.

                • veutoviper

                  As PB states in his reply, according to Graeme Edgeler on Public Address, Boag and McCarten were wrong in stating on Q & A that Palino would win if Brown stood down now. Edgeler provides the legal provisions which would require a by-election to be held.

                  http://publicaddress.net/legalbeagle/fact-check-qa-on-mayoral-resignations/

          • tricledrown 19.4.2.1.3

            Boorish Misogynist
            you forgot the cheap undies
            the breach of privacy
            slaters and chaungs criminal convictions for braking the laws around others privacy!

          • Murray Olsen 19.4.2.1.4

            That might be all you remember, BM. The rest of us have grey matter which functions at a slightly higher level. Len Brown is getting more support than ever, and people who had never heard of your guru now know what a sleazy scumbag he is. Not a bad unintended result of Slugboy and Wee Wedgy’s master plan.

            • felix 19.4.2.1.4.1

              “people who had never heard of your guru now know what a sleazy scumbag he is”

              That’s the funniest part. Slater is such a delusional egomaniac that he actually believes Mr&Mrs Kiwi are watching him on telly for the first time and thinking “yeah, seems legit”.

              Hey Cam, ever wonder why Simon never wants to front any of these disasters himself?

            • Rogue Trooper 19.4.2.1.4.2

              yes, watched some MSM commentary that Len is the one exiting the mud-bath smelling the freshest. (maybe of jasmine).

        • Paul 19.4.2.2

          DFTT

  20. Te Reo Putake 20

    It just gets worse for the right; another blackmail attempt comes to light. I hear Cameron is offering to play the Role of Mayor Brown in the film:

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/9304633/Reporter-offers-Chuang-porn-star-role

    • IrishBill 20.1

      I think the interesting part of that story is that Cook and Slater have realised the damage they’ve done to themselves and are now desperately trying to pin it on Wewege. I wonder how much about him is now being leaked to the media to scapegoat him.

      Frankly if I were Wewege I’d be talking to the media right now because pretty soon it’ll be too late.

      • muzza 20.1.1

        Even if he did go to the media, who is going to give a toss about any political damage done to Wewege, it’s already too late for him anyway.

        He could, assuming he has anything noteworthy to sling into the open forum about the Palino/Slater Jnr/Snr/Brewer, that could be worth hearing about, right before Wewege puts himself on the plane, and leaves NZ,

        This country does not need these types of people, but we get what we deserve I guess!

    • veutoviper 20.2

      And another Herald article today (in addition to those that have already been linked to) with a slightly different slant.

      Because of the title (“scenes of a sex scandal”) of this article by Bevan Hurley, I did not read it initially. But after a para or two on the “scenes”, it gives a perspective and an interesting timeline of contact between Cook and WO, and between Cook and Chuang (and Luigi), which IMO appears to be from Stephen Cook, although it does not state this directly.

      http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11142931

      • IrishBill 20.2.1

        Yep. Definitely Cook/Slater trying to pin it on their mate. They’re getting desperate.

    • QoT 20.3

      Oh my fucking god. He’s literally suggesting putting a “source” into a soft porn film and Stuff ARE STILL CALLING HIM A FUCKING JOURNALIST. We are so fucking doomed.

    • Blue 20.4

      Ugh. I didn’t think this could get any worse, but apparently it can. Cook and Slater really have no idea when to draw the line and stop. That’s just sick.

      The right wing in this country are out of control and now everyone can see what filthy, scum-sucking perverted little grubs they are.

      If anyone thought Len Brown having an extramarital affair was bad, well, they’ve seen how much worse Brown’s accusers are.

  21. greywarbler 21

    How sad that the Slater parents, (an unfortunate surname in the circumstances, slaters revel in feeding on rotting matter) couldn’t bring their child up to be a happy, healthy, good person who would then have not turned into the unpleasant unhappy person living an unpleasant life that Cameron Slater has now.

    Past events underline that – from Wikipedia (which I have just looked at, so note if such entries disappear). On the weekend of 29−30 May 2010, Slater and his wife lost their home after their income insurance provider, Fidelity Insurance, stopped payments for depression. His wife said that Slater has been living with clinical depression and has “…no thought of the consequences for himself or others or indeed his family”.[10]
    In 2012 a newspaper article claimed that Slater had a brief extra-marital affair based on an affidavit made in an unrelated court case.

    In most of the wealthy NACT households I believe that there will be at least one family member struggling with personal issues despite all their fortunate opportunities for having had a good upbringing in comfortable circumstances. Despite their supposedly good role models of parents with their usual higher income and opportunities to give the best care, loving family life with good moral instruction and smart education.

    Instead the materialistic and negative thinking style of the nouveau riche and upper class has led to unhappiness, obssessive and addictive behaviours with the main interest on appearance and style and competition in everything. Setting goals for winning more for yourself is the life motorway to follow, life pathways are not sufficient aspiration. And when you can’t get your goal, then knee-capping others who have succeeded in winning that contested thing, offsets the anger and envy of the loser. Win at all costs! Individualism rules. Okay.

    • Chooky 21.1

      +1 greywarbler…wise bird

    • Naturesong 21.2

      I’m pretty certain that the Cameron Slater I went to school with (Auckland Normal Intermediate in 1980/81) is the same guy.

      He wasn’t overweight as a kid, nor was he loud and obnoxious, got on ok with most of the other kids. Ordinary middle class pakeha growing up in Auckland.

      I wonder what happened to turn him into the malicious, nasty little man he is today.

  22. appleboy 22

    BM – what a foul mind on display. Your every post on this site seeps with a nasty creepiness. God knows you can’t have a partner in your life. No one would stand for such a vile person.

  23. lurgee 23

    Has to be said, when it comes to playing dirty, no-one does it like the right. They don’t stop at dirty tricks, smears and manipulation of their opponents. That would be expected. They do it to their own, with out qualm.

    Consider: Kim Dotcom tried to buy his way into influence, with generous donations to John Banks. In reply, the right set the police on him, froze his assets and destroyed his business. Bevan Chuang fought to represent the right in Auckalnd; when they failled, they switched to Plan B and used her affair with Len Brown as a means to attack him, in the meantime destroying Chuang’s credibility and budding political career.

    And now Jock Anderson has been wolved by the NBR for daring to suggest that Len Brown should get on with his job. Apparently, that’s not neutral and unbiased.

    Friends like these, and all that …

  24. Ad 24

    A question for you all: should the Labour leader call on John Key to commit to repudiate the use of all tactics that seek to use sex and candidates personal lives as part of a national campaign?

    Or if it’s entirely best for Cunliffe not to comment, should the President of the Labour Party put out a similar signal?, and call the National party leadership out?

    Or is the higher ground not worth the effort of trying to reach? That’s not a rhetorical question.

    • Varity 24.1

      certainly not! he’s too busy doing real work to get caught up in this crap. that’s how it should stay too.

    • Chooky 24.2

      @ Ad…..On the issue of “higher ground”:

      …depends on whether politicians intimate lives also involve corruption

      ..ie are they being indiscreet about sensitive matters which compromise their professional job?

      …are they being covertly or overtly blackmailed or swayed by vested interests?

      …..eg. are their intimate associates “innocent” or not…( character? criminal record? nature of former criminal and professional activities..which could make them a risk?)

      ….are their intimate associates being ‘handled’ by outside vested interests …..which are not the interests of the politician and/or the people he/she was elected to serve?

      ….these are all very legitimate concerns of the public and the media.. a necessary safeguard against corruption.

  25. North 25

    Jesus H. Christ ! – “SlaterPorn” now seems spookily prescient.

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/9304633/Reporter-offers-Chuang-porn-star-role

  26. Pascal's bookie 26

    Well, when even the kiwblog commenters have largely given up the ghost on the Brown side of this mess, and started taking sides and threatening each other on behalf of Whale or Boag, then I think it’s fair to say this is pretty much a scandal about rightwing fuckwits now:

    http://www.kiwiblog.co.nz/2013/10/truth_is_stranger_than_fiction.html#comments

    • Anne 26.1

      Thanks for that Pb. Very amusing. They don’t like Michelle Boag up em do they! Whaleoil is on the crest of a defamation case against him, and a commenter by the name of “CuriousGeorge” is trying to knock a bit of sense into them but failing miserably. Hilarious.

    • halfcrown 26.2

      I had a look at that Pb, the bit that made me laugh was a tit calling the Herald “left wing” and they should all stop buying it. You would think Pravda or RT were writing the Herald

      Getting back to the Brown affair, The bit that really gets me is that Brown has been so naive and has let the left down. One would think he would have been wide awake to the filth on the right like W.O. who were gunning for him ever since he beat their lover boy Banks in the first Super Shitty Mayoralty election.
      One would have thought that he would have made sure that he was super squeaky clean avoiding giving these arseholes any ammunition.

      I feel sorry for his wife and daughters, The likes of BM should realise although one does not condone Brown’s actions,(the man’s a bloody idiot after seeing his lovely wife and daughters), if having a “bit on the side” which he hasn’t denied, has not affected his running of the council so what. Better than having an alleged fraudster in charge.

    • karol 26.3

      Interesting. I wonder if Judith Collins will begin to distance herself from WO now?

      National Party factions could get bitter if the polls keep dropping.

  27. Karol:

    I dont like slater as much as the next guy, the only thing we agree on is the support for gay
    marriage.

    But why did you use that picture?

    You seem to be having a dig at his looks?

    His physical appearance means nothing.

    So hes fat and unshaven and looks angry in that picture, if he was good looking would you think more of him?

    A couple of days ago, people here complained of the picture used of Ms Chaung.

    Are the same people going to complain about the use of this picture?

    • Te Reo Putake 27.1

      I thought it was quite flattering, Brett. I wondered if it had been airbrushed to make him look more human.

      • muzza 27.1.1

        Voice, thanks for the chortle, I thought it was a rather flattering shot myself…

        Brett, stand down faux moral crusader!

        • Brett Dale 27.1.1.1

          Muzza:

          Just making a point about hypocrisy.

          • fender 27.1.1.1.1

            You haven’t made the “point about hypocrisy” you believe you have made Brett.

            It’s a picture of Slater, that is what he looks like. It’s there to accompany an article about what him and his cronies have been up to. If you think it unflattering you should ask him nicely to get a makeover.

            • Brett Dale 27.1.1.1.1.1

              Fender:

              yet everybody was up in arms about the picture used of Chuang.

              • fender

                “yet everybody was up in arms about the picture used of Chuang.”

                I must have missed that, would you be able to link to that please?

                • QoT

                  There was a lot of negative feedback to Stuff, in particular, for going with a shot of Chuang in a pink lolita-style dress.

                  TV3 has also been using footage from a photoshoot in which Chaung is in a corset.

                  Of course the point which Brett is missing, as usual, is that those images of Chuang were deliberately chosen to emphasise a racist/sexist narrative about Asian women. And a photo of Cameron Slater in which he doesn’t look like Tom Cruise is merely “a photo of Cameron Slater”.

                  • fender

                    Tnx for articulating what the Leaky Pail couldn’t :wink:

                    He’s too busy complaining about how un-photogenic Slater is..

                  • QOT:

                    No, that photo was picked to make him look even more sleazy.

                    • QoT

                      No it wasn’t, Brett, as has already been clearly explained to you.

                      Go on. Prove us wrong and find a more “flattering” picture of Cameron Slater.

                      Oh wait, that would involve using Google to back up your statements, and I forgot you’re allergic.

                  • Ennui

                    Chang obviously put on the corset…..and a pink Lolita style dress (your testimony). Do you think she chose to do this for the camera, or does a girl just get up in the morning and say “well its hot today so…”?

                    So who is kidding who? Who is pulling the strings? Fekked if I can tell. And the racist sexist narrative, seen a great pic of Sophia Loren wearing one of those things. I’m sure she did not just get up in the morning ad choose it. Could be standard Italian attire, who knows?

                    PS Tom Cruise doesn’t look like Whale, even Whale would find starring in Officer and Gentleman far too extreme right wing a thing.

              • Pascal's bookie

                What’s wrong with the Slater picture?

                If you wanted to make him look like a sleazy shit, there are plenty of better ones around.

    • karol 27.2

      Brett, I’d actually prefer not to look at that photo. He at least has tended to shave lately.

      However, of the photos available, that one most suited the content of my post – especially the caption. The caption mainly decided me to use it.

      • Brett Dale 27.2.1

        Karol:

        Even if you think he has no morals and is a sleaze Jounro who scraps the bottom of the barrel, to use a photo of him just because he looks gross in it, is somewhat of a cheap shot of his physical appearance.

        • QoT 27.2.1.1

          Okay, Brett, you find a flattering picture of him then. I’ve even done half the work for you:
          http://lmgtfy.com/?q=cameron+slater+photos

        • felix 27.2.1.2

          Brett, I don’t get it. What’s wrong with using a photo of Slater?

          He’s not Mohammed. He’s not a vampire. What’s the problem?

        • Murray Olsen 27.2.1.3

          I’ve never seen a photo of SlugBoy where he didn’t look gross. It’s like you’re asking us to take a photo of the sea where it doesn’t look wet.

        • karol 27.2.1.4

          Brett – did you read what I said above? I chose it mostly for the caption, because it fits with the content of my post. Did you read the post?

          And please don’t make assumptions about why I chose something when you have absolutely no evidence of what i was thinking.

  28. tricledrown 28

    John Palino’s early press release today now already altered had some very snide back handers in it I’m not convinced how he can not of known, keyesk style denials choosing word very carefully

  29. cricklewood 29

    I wonder in light of all this and Lens inexplicable compliance around that filthy pokies for convention centre deal. If he had bee accepting complimentary rooms for is dalliance from sky city and they have been leaning on him… hope this deal isnt going through because the mayor became comprimised and unable or unwilling to come out strongly against the deal.

    • tricledrown 29.1

      Crikie len would then be able to become leader of the ACT party gazumping Dirty old Don Brash on the bedroomstakes and dodgy Banks on illegal donations!

  30. Lan 30

    I still think, that major players being of various nationalities (parochial view of course) is interesting (does anyone know more about Palino’s origins and background?) and still think there is more going on behind the scenes as it were which will emerge. What do I read into the info that PM Key “did shoulder tap Palino” when the Nats via Michelle Boag claim no involvement in the intrigue? And what was Luigi’s “blackmail”? From the psychological point of view the Slater blog does give the MSM a baseline (and very base, too) for catering to public opinion? What’s in it for Mr Palino, when he describes himself as a simple entrepreneur and minor celebrity on TV or wherever? Why would he want to be stuck in the mostly tedious committee-world of local government ? Still find whole thing weird.

  31. North 31

    “A married man who has campaigned on his family values and thrust his photogenic wife and daughters into the spotlight……..”

    .http://www.nzherald.co.nz/politics/news/article.cfm?c_id=280&objectid=11142935

    That’s Mrs Kerre McIvor in the Sunday Herald today.

    Yeah Mrs Kerre that’s not untrue. But I heard long ago (from a right-winger akshully), as have heaps of people, bet you have too, of a high profile National Party incumbent whose vaunted family values (as photographically reflected in his flyers and hoardings) are a bit of a joke – given his essential proclivities.

    Would you Mrs Kerre like to see some SlaterPorn attached to that high profile National Party incumbent ? Or would it be more mature to do as you’ve probably done yourself many times – sigh or giggle or tut tut tut then move along – reserving it only for studied sotto voce telling late in the evening when lips are loose at the fabulous dinner parties of your wont.

    It’s a double-edged sword Mrs Kerre. Please don’t sink into the hectoring we all know you’re capable of. There are BMWs, and Audis and other smart conveyances noisily backfiring all over the leafy suburbs.

  32. Rogue Trooper 32

    Lazy. Dirty Dogs don’t eyeball the sheep.

  33. Ron 33

    I am so glad that Slater senior has proclaimed nothing to do with the Brown business and that he would never be involved in anything like that. Can someone with a better memory than me refresh us all on the National Party Presidency row when Slater was contesting against Neville (forgotten his last name) There was quite a to do within the National ranks over that contest.

  34. Sable 34

    Personally I find the whole thing pretty funny. Its like watching monkeys throwing crap at each other at the zoo. Slater is a journalistic absurdity but not more so than the so called mainstream journalists in this country. It’s good comedy if nothing else.

  35. captain hook 35

    the fact of the matter is that scumblog slater is just a piece of shit with delusions of grandeur.
    strange but true.

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