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Pull the other one, it’s full of sarin

Written By: - Date published: 7:27 am, April 16th, 2013 - 90 comments
Categories: john key, making shit up, Spying - Tags:

New Zealand is, famously, a nuclear-free country. We’re also signatories to the Chemical Weapons and Biological Weapons Conventions, which outlaw them.

key researching wmdSo, if you’re looking to learn about weapons of mass destruction, New Zealand’s the wrong place to go (hint: start at Wikipedia).

It’s laughable that Key’s inventing WMD-seeking terrorists to justify legalising spying on Kiwis. Even if the foreign terrorist hacking existed, it wouldn’t justify spying on New Zealanders.

It’s even more laughable that some are repeating his lies straight-faced. Surely, any self-respecting member of the media knows by now that Key and the spooks will say whatever rubbish they need to say to cover their arses.

[Update: good on Andrea Vance for having the guts to straightup call Key out on this. Hmmm, that's enough to convince me Key didn't leak her the Kitteridge report after all]

90 comments on “Pull the other one, it’s full of sarin”

  1. Colonial Viper 1

    I hear that The Standard is a nest of terrorist vipers, it’s really important that this website is constantly monitored and tracked by the government intelligence services at tax payer expense. Hmm I wonder what the probability is that has been ordered and actually happens.

    On a fun note re: War on Terror

    It seems that US drone strikes in Afghanistan have mostly succeeded in killing civilians, suspicious non Al Qaeda persons and low level Al Qaeda suspects. Only a handful of “top level” Al Qaeda persons have been killed in these drone strikes.

    If you read the comments below it’s very interesting – some people say that the CIA is killing tribal enemies as favours to various regional leaders, in order to win sway and intelligence from those leaders.

    But its ok – the US offers up to US$7500 in “condolence money” to the family of those wrongly killed in a drone strike, to make things better again.

    http://www.dailytech.com/Docs+Show+CIAs+Mass+Drone+Death+Strikes+Killed+Few+alQaeda+Leaders/article30316.htm

    • King Kong 1.1

      You are right, they have done some spying on the Standard. I saw the file which has long since been closed.

      They came to the conclusion that the shear volume of inhalers and excema medicine you chaps would require to untertake any serious physical act made the threat levels incredibly low.

      • freedom 1.1.1

        genuinely amusing this morning fuzzymonkey :)
        though I would confidently wager that a Top Town event between Standardistas and Whalers would be a hands down victory for The Standard.

        • King Kong 1.1.1.1

          I wouldn’t be too sure of that. You can’t underestimate just how competitive gun loving depressives with tiny cocks can be.

          • johnm 1.1.1.1.1

            Hi King Kong
            You’re sounding like one of those perverts who know gun loving types with tiny cocks which gives you a thrill? I suggest if you wish to make political comment you do something about your manifest pathology first, like get that spire out of your arse mate!

      • TightyRighty 1.1.2

        +1

  2. vto 2

    Given Key has shown himself to be a proud liar

    and given this issue concerns secret agents and spying and closed doors

    what are the chances that Key’s statements yesterday resemble even a small proportion of the truth?

    Key is a liar
    Key is a liar
    Key is a liar
    Key is a liar
    Key is a liar
    Key is a liar
    Key is a liar
    Key is a liar
    Key is a liar
    Key is a liar
    Key is a liar
    Key is a liar

  3. “It’s laughable that Key’s inventing WMD-seeking terrorists to justify legalising spying on Kiwis.”

    It would be laughable if this strategy wasn’t part of larger pattern of false flag terrorism.

    • Pascal's bookie 3.1

      Oh piss off.

      The last thing this debate needs is daft moonbats talking shit about ‘false flags’. Nothing is more likely to make people dismiss civil liberty arguements than morons spouting that crap.

      • freedom 3.1.1

        PB are you seriously saying that ‘false flags’ do not exist?

        • Pascal's bookie 3.1.1.1

          No. I said what I said.

          • freedom 3.1.1.1.1

            I only ask because WMD’s were openly used to create one of the biggest flase flag events this World has seen, namely The War in Iraq. So there was some justification for its inclusion as a possible topic but i do agree it’s relevance to this dialogue is unlikely to say the least. Key is just doing what he has been told and the delivery of the info was unconvincing and he came off looking foolish and desperate. Yet the MSM has largely swallowed it according to script. (

            If we had effective opposition in the house I would say 2pm cannot come soon enough. Having a Speaker who is less than capable is bad enough. Having questions that deliver easy outs is all too common. The Greens will at least ask straight questions but I do worry how broken and segmented Labour’s questions will be. Of late they have been atrocious. Today is not a day for multi-part questions.

            • McFlock 3.1.1.1.1.1

              The War in Iraq was a “false flag” event?

              Were the invading “US” soldiers actually north koreans in disguise?

              It was an event justified by outright lies (WMD, hitting/expressing Iraq-AQ connections), but that’s propaganda, not “false flag”.

              • Colonial Viper

                Possibly Freedom mispoke slightly. The War in Iraq against Saddam, nothing to do with 9/11, but that was the pretext for carrying out the invasion the US had long wanted.

                • freedom

                  “Covert military or paramilitary operations designed to deceive in such a way that the operations appear as though they are being carried out by other entities”

                  I may have mispoken ever so slightly, (and my comment as CV pointed out had nothing but tangental connections that all things do, to the event I did not name)
                  The illegal pre-emptive attack on Iraq was sold as a War for regime change when all along it was really a War to control and restrict Oil, so a false flag of an idea rather than any single event. i.e: Corporate masquerading as Government.

                  Is that clear enough for you McFlock?

                  • McFlock

                    False flag of an idea… they were pretending other people were having their thoughts?

                    Actually, in the probability that Cheney was an eminence gris behind Bush jr, you might be right. But ulterior motives for war are “ulterior motives” behind a “pretext for war”, not “false flag ideas”.

                    It might seem like pedantry, but the fact is that people dropping random jargon regardless of its actual meaning disrupts communication. These terms, when used in the conventional manner, clearly denote the agent of the sentence, their activities and passive subjects for those stages of the activities. Used randomly, who the fuck knows what anyone’s talking about?

                    “False flag terrorism” does exist. Suggestions are that the russians were particularly good at it in the 1990s. But using a probably unrelated event as a cause of war by alleging responsibility is pretty old hat, and significantly different to a false-flag op.

      • muzza 3.1.2

        PB, you are very foolish if you think otherwise – Of course this is part of an agenda.

        Argue against it, and try makes sense of what this is all about, and remember that Tuhoe was an attempt to beat up the local terrorism market, it failed, now its time for a change of approach!

        Remember that Key is told what to say, he did not make this one up on the fly!

        Off you go!

        • felix 3.1.2.1

          Still not a false flag.

          • muzza 3.1.2.1.1

            Agreed Felix, I was not implying it was.

            My contention, was simply that there is an agenda at play, and keys words should be seen as being part of it!

  4. irascible 4

    The Bush/ Blair WMD scare tactic matches well with the swarms of rickety boats filled with asylum seekers scare module taken from the Australian play book. It looks like the favorite spinners of the tory administrators the world over – Crosby-Textor have been reactivated by an increasingly brain fade afflicted KeY.
    Incidentally I note that Crosby Textor have been contracted by the Cameron-Clegg group to advise the Tories how to cope with the fallout over the bedroom tax and other mismanaged governance.

  5. Rosie 5

    It truly IS laughable Eddie. I did actually Laugh Out Loud when I heard the WMD line. I think this will have to go down in history as one of Key’s top 20 goofiest things to say. There’s so many though and where would you start? Its George Dubya all over again.

    Not for the first time do I seriously wonder about his inability to place reality and fiction in two completely separate spaces.

    Is the unraveling of his reign of lies and deceit beginning?

  6. Get the feeling this is one collosal diversion attempt?

    GCSB’s public problems started off because they spied on Dotcom but made a mistake thinking that he was not a permanent resident. The mistake was a simple mistake of fact, not one due to complex law.

    Dotcom has since then hinted that Key knew what was happening all along and the evidence that has been dripped out gradually by him makes you think that he has a piece of incontrovertable proof that will at some stage emerge into daylight.

    Following its usual behaviour (think legal aid for instance) the Government has called for a report and then claimed the report to justify the extreme actions that it proposes. But the Kitteridge report says no such thing. The report is full of recommendations for organisational change including an increase in the availablility and storage in legal advice but she makes no specific recommendations for changes to the law. All that she says is that “legislative clarification would be desirable.”

    The only two specific areas she raised were the testing of new equipment within New Zealand and the analysis of a Government Department’s network in case of a malware attack. I would have thought the first example was simple and the second would be fine as the information could be collected by the department itself. The GCSB Act onpy prevents the GCSB from intercepting communications from a New Zealander, not subsequently analysing it.

    Key is putting up a desperate smokescreen trying to divert attention away from his failure to do anything when these problems were identified and to try and divert attention from the Dotcom silver bullet which we can hopefully expect any time soon.

    • TightyRighty 6.1

      Yep, Any minute now. keep holding your breath. Please, for society.

      • framu 6.1.1

        good to see you have no actual points to refute there – can we take it that you agree

    • Jackal 6.2

      +1 Just like the SkyCity report, Key is misrepresenting what the Kitteridge report actually says… He’s relying on the fact that most National supporters don’t bother reading things like reports. Instead, they prefer to receive their information extensively filtered through and twisted by propagandists like David Farrar and Cameron Slater. In other words only the ignorant vote National.

  7. Paul Campbell 7

    well you know they never did find those WMD in Iraq, maybe Key thinks they’re here somewhere

    • Well makes one wonder if Key is going a bit bonkers ,Paul C.
      And I have seriously considered this when one looks at the way he is carrying on . The memory lapses , the word mumbling and the manic laughter and giggling , However the other consideration is that he wants to be able to spy on his enemies which would include Labour and other opposition parties. Don’t forget the protesters who he wants to throw in prison,.That is scary and is reminiscent
      of the 1951 lock-out. This lot are looking more Fascist like every day .And I do not use the word Fascist lightly.Scary!

  8. ianmac 8

    I would like to think that WMD is really stupid. But it is certainly a calculated action. If so why?
    Maybe it is a red flag to us but to the general population?
    “Good old John is on the ball. Boy he was quick to produce this plan. And there is a serious threat which he is covering to keep us safe.”
    So what to do about it? Might have been outflanked.

  9. Pete 9

    What are the odds he’s going to try and capitalise on today’s events in Boston?

    • Colonial Viper 9.1

      Is the Pope a Jesuit?

    • karol 9.2

      Maybe someone should point out to Key that explosive devices left in rubbish bins, causing localised destruction, injuries and deaths, though terrible, don’t rate as WMDs?

      • Colonial Viper 9.2.1

        The weird thing is that checking and sealing rubbish bins, manhole covers, post boxes etc are amongst the first things locked down in preparation for an event like this.

        Veteran NZ runners working in the news media over there reported seeing bomb sniffer dogs etc all along the route as part of the routine preparation for the event.

        Also, the one photo of a blast that I saw doesn’t convince me it was necessarily high explosives – lacked the high velocity trails you would expect from a supersonic pressure wave. We’ll see what the experts say.

  10. Doug 10

    There is one New Zealand Company I can think of that would be of interest to World Super Powers, they make Silicon Chips that are used in Missile guidance systems, Mobile Phones, GPS Systems and are a World Leader in its field.

    • Terrorist attacks tend not to use smart weapons and missile guidance systems. They tend to use rusty old cars and carry cases. Any attempted espionage would probably be coming from overseas governments or competitors and there is no impediment to GCSB intercepting their communications.

      • Doug 10.1.1

        It’s laughable that Key’s inventing WMD-seeking terrorists to justify legalising spying on Kiwis. Even if the foreign terrorist hacking existed, it wouldn’t justify spying on New Zealanders.
        Really!!

  11. cricklewood 11

    If my memory serves me right one resourceful chap built a cruise missile in his garage somewhere in Auckland… cost less than $5000 us

    • Bill 11.1

      Well aye. But a homemade cruise missile, even if it was built and deployed, wouldn’t be a weapon of mass destruction – it’s ‘just’ a missile, ie an explosive device attached to a delivery system. As far as I see it, weapons of mass destruction are taken to be biological, chemical or nuclear that have effects both indiscriminate and widespread.

      The other link provided in comments was to an SIS pamphlet on WMD that has been taken down from their site. (It can still be found in google search by typing the full title.) It’s basically a ‘dob in your nieghbour’ piece of trash seeking to stir up fear and suspicion in Universities from what I can see.

      Are potential components for WMD manufactured in NZ? Most likely. But then , Gerald Bull who was assassinated by Mosad, developed a ‘Supergun’ for Saddam Husseins regime (Project Babylon) that meant UK engineering companies (Matrix Churchill) got in a bit of hot water. (The gun apparently had the potential to deliver nuclear, biological and chemical munitions over distances of 1000km and so might be seen as a component of a system of mass destruction )

      Anyway. My point was that conventional explosives and delivery systems are not in and of themselves WMD.

      • Colonial Viper 11.1.1

        it’s ‘just’ a missile, ie an explosive device attached to a delivery system.

        In fact, a missile could be considered just the delivery vehicle and doesn’t need an attached warhead…

        • Bill 11.1.1.1

          You being pedantic this morning CV? ;-) Point taken and the correction for the sake of clarity runs thus…”it’s ‘just a missile, ie, a delivery system that may or may not carry an explosive device”

      • karol 11.1.2

        The Dim Post explains about that SIS WMD pamphlet – along with providing a good piece of logic: ie if there is a threat from WMD makers/links in NZ, a full inquiry abbout it, and how to deal with it, would be the best way forward – not some quick panic/diversionary/democracy-damaging load of changes to GCSB legislation.

        Dimpost – “Scaremongering for Dummies”, with link to this NZ Herald 2009 story:

        The Security Intelligence Service has approached university lecturers asking for help to stop foreign states gathering information on “weapons of mass destruction”, says the union representing tertiary workers.

        Dr Ryan said the letter to universities alludes to a meeting between the spy agency and the New Zealand Vice Chancellor’s Committee.

        He said the SIS has also sent out a brochure called “A Guide to Weapons of Mass Destruction: Your role in preventing proliferation of weapons of mass destruction”.

        Dr Ryan said the brochure warns scientists and researchers to look out for people who could be trying to learn how to make “weapons of mass destruction”.

        He said the pamphlet has been distributed widely and includes fax, email, and web contacts for the SIS.

        Curiously also that this was at the time when Key started making moves to bring the SIS, GCSB, and police into one entity (see Trotter on this), and also when Key says he started to renew his connections with Ian Fletcher.

  12. Populuxe1 12

    Wow, you guys are out of touch – there are at least two New Zealand technology companies I can think of that produce electronic components used “but neither confirmed nor denied” in nuclear weapons.

    • felix 12.1

      And?

    • Doug 12.2

      All the more reason for World Super Powers to spy on these companies.

    • emergency mike 12.3

      ermagawd please give echelon more power to spy on me quick! do fill us in on New Zealand’s nuclear weapons industry pop.

      • Populuxe1 12.3.1

        At a guess Key was referring to Rakon (head office in Auckland, specialises in radio frequency reciever crystals used as missile components in militaries throughout the west)
        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rakon

        And Palantir technologies, which is up to the eyebrows in top secret security stuff
        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palantir_Technologies

        • emergency mike 12.3.1.1

          I took a look at your links.

          Palantir makes information mining software “…used by counter-terrorism analysts at offices of the FBI and CIA.” How you go ahead and link that to making nuclear weapons or any other WMD I’m not sure.

          Rakon is a more dodgy prospect, from what I read, they make a very specific part of the GPS guidance systems used on US smart bombs, which theoretically could be used on nuclear weapons. (Which is lovely considering I also read they have a history of lying to the US military about faults in their product, causing bombs in Afghanistan to go astray.) As I understand it this was custom made for the USA’s hardware, so it’s probably not much use to anyone else. Anyone else who wants their own Rakon temperature-compensated crystal oscillators can call them up and place an order I’m guessing. This is high tech stuff for militaries with big budgets, not terrorists. It’s a stretch to put it kindly.

          So you think John Key was referring to this when he said that he was worried about cyber attacks and covert attempts to use science and technology for projects involving weapons of mass destruction? Do you think that protecting the products of these two companies really requires and justifies changing the law to allow Echelon to spy on New Zealanders?

          • Populuxe1 12.3.1.1.1

            “Do you think that protecting the products of these two companies really requires and justifies changing the law to allow Echelon to spy on New Zealanders?”

            No, I do not. However Key was not making stuff up about WMDs. But more to the point, prohibited countries like Iran and North Korea CAN’T “call them up and place an order” – which would make them attractive targets.

            • emergency mike 12.3.1.1.1.1

              “No, I do not.”

              Good to hear.

              “However Key was not making stuff up about WMDs.”

              Oh please, all you’ve been able to come up with so far is Rakon’s special crystals for the guidance systems of US smart bombs. If that’s the extent our WMD industry then John Key was sure as shit ‘making stuff up’ about the need to protect it with broad changes to GCSB legislation. Which is the salient point here pop.

              “But more to the point, prohibited countries like Iran and North Korea CAN’T “call them up and place an order””

              Is China a prohibited country? I’d guess not since Key is such a big fan of tree trade with them. So how about China’s trade policy with Iran and North Korea?

              “– which would make them attractive targets.”

              And yet they’ve been managed to thwart the determined espionage efforts of those nations so far. I guess they must have awesome security.

              “Security, too, appears to have been a problem. Aside from the Herald’s obtaining sensitive company documents, a Rakon manager complained of one weekend finding the “main entry to building 3 completely open … free access available to anyone!””

              Ya real attractive targets these guys. Maybe the taxpayer should spot them an alarm system, but shedding civil liberties for all New Zealanders? Not so much.

        • Murray Olsen 12.3.1.2

          I hope the terrorists don’t learn about Wikipedia.
          It’s stretching the truth beyond breaking point to suggest either of these companies’ products would be of much interest to anyone who can already make anything they would be used on. The Americans, who are arguably the biggest threat to our sovereignty and what’s left of our democracy, already get handed this stuff on a plate.
          The GCSB needs to be dismantled. They were formed to spy on foreigners, for foreigners, but were probably so bloody useless at it that they just sat around twiddling their thumbs. They shouldn’t be given more powers; they should be sent on one of Paula Benefit’s ready for work schemes.

          • Populuxe1 12.3.1.2.1

            You are really stuck on the whole “all terrorists live in desert caves in Middle Eastern third world hell holes” aren’t you. Foreign agents can be terrorists too – in case you’ve forgotten, the last non-cyber terrorist act in this country was committed by France.

    • Jackal 12.4

      What you claim Populuxe1 is against the law under the New Zealand Nuclear Free Zone, Disarmament, and Arms Control Act 1987 (PDF), which states:

      Prohibition on acquisition of nuclear explosive devices

      (2) No person, who is a New Zealand citizen or a person ordinarily resident in New Zealand, and who is a servant or agent of the Crown, shall, beyond the New Zealand Nuclear Free Zone,—
      (a) manufacture, acquire, or possess, or have control over, any nuclear explosive device; or
      (b) aid, abet, or procure any person to manufacture, acquire, possess, or have control over any nuclear explosive device.

      New Zealanders aren’t allowed to provide electronic components used in nuclear weapons… Therefore I very much doubt you’re telling the truth Populuxe1.

      • Populuxe1 12.4.1

        Are you deliberately obtuse or naturally thick, Jackass – that only applies to the warhead payload, not the missile delivery system.

        • Te Reo Putake 12.4.1.1

          Just a guess, but I’d say the key word is ‘control’, Pop. And a delivery mechanism forms part of the control system, so I think the legislation may very well apply. Or at least, given how slap dash our spooks and cops are with the English language, it could be seen to be applicable to the point where plod kicks in your door at dawn.

          • Tim 12.4.1.1.1

            “Or at least, given how slap dash our spooks and cops are with the English language…”
            They’ve been taking lessons from WonderBoy, and after 4 1/2 years, they’ve now got it down to a fine art.
            Anybody else listening to Key in Parly-r-mint today? The guy sounds drunk!

          • Populuxe1 12.4.1.1.2

            What? Suddenly at the last minute Standardistas have developed faith in the obedience of corporations and governments to obey the law? How quaint. Don’t put your back out doing that u-turn.

            And no, contol only applies to the warhead because the missile itself could be used to launch everything from conventional explosives to atmospheric probes and small satellites – none of which is prohibited by the law.

            • Pascal's bookie 12.4.1.1.2.1

              So you reckon guidance systematic for smart bombs and the like would be high priorities for terrorists?

              • Populuxe1

                Again, why do you assume “terrorist” means some third world religious fanatic who lives in a cave?

                • Pascal's bookie

                  I don’t. But the context of this discussion, the GCSB law changes and Key’s comments, is clearly around non-state actors.

                  • Populuxe1

                    How exactly, because I didn’t get that at all. Foreign agents are quite capable of perpetrating terrorist acts. France and the Rainbow Warrior comes to mind.

                    • Pascal's bookie

                      Read what he said.

                      In terms of terrorism, he talks about people with links to terrorist groups.

                      But where have I suggested ‘Foreign agents’ are not capable of ‘perpertrating terrorist acts’?

                      Quote please.

                      Perhaps you think dropping a precision guided bomb from a plane would fit under the general definition of terrorism? Is that what you are getting at?

  13. freedom 13

    Lprent:
    sidebar comment links to this page are intermittently jumping to this address
    http://thestandard.org.nz/why-does-key-want-to-sell-air-nz/#comment-619388

    • prism 13.1

      freedom
      It may be a system error, but the link worked and item was still interesting.

  14. Pete 14

    Key is probably referring to this kind of stuff:

    As an expert in your field, you may recognise if there is a potential WMD application for your export or technology. The NZ Strategic Goods List (NZSGL) administered by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) is a list of export-controlled military and dual-use goods based on international regimes. A permit can sometimes be required for electronic export, such as by email or fax.

    Dual-use goods include items, technology and expertise, and plans or designs related to the following NZSGL categories:
    • Materials, Chemicals, Micro-organisms and Toxins
    • Electronics
    • Aerospace and Propulsion
    • Computers
    • Navigation and Avionics
    • Marine
    • Materials Processing
    • Nuclear Materials
    • Telecommunications and Information Security
    • Sensors and Lasers

    Export of items not listed on the NZSGL may still be controlled by an end-use “catch-all” provision. This extends controls to cover the export of unlisted goods and technologies, that have a WMD or military application, to a country subject to United Nations Security Council arms embargoes. MFAT’s Export Controls Team can advise whether a permit to export is required.

    MFAT’s Strategic Goods List is here (PDF)

    • Colonial Viper 14.1

      Basically every fucking thing is dual use. A .303 round is dual use. A spray milk powder factory is dual use. An A4 piece of paper is dual use (if you draw plans for WMD on it). This is stupid.

  15. Just another step on the way to a police state run by a Neo Conservative Regime.

    • One Anonymous Knucklehead 15.1

      Police states are so last century! We’re going to be a dinimic funshul servisconmy.

      • Tim 15.1.1

        = dynamic financial service economy huh?
        There’s a job for us both in the government’s translation service me thinks.

    • Its happened before Mag May. Holland.1951 and Muldoon. Remember that Norman Kirk was also covertly investigated by the then secret service.
      However as Heinrich Himmler said in the 1920/30″ If you have nothing to hide you have nothing to fear ” . the result the Holocaust.

  16. It is pathetic but some bad shit will result – remember the last time terrorists were mentioned

    They (middleNZ) won’t remember the last time the terrorism word was used in anger and the devastation to community, to peoples lives, to the innocent charged and dragged before the court system and to the political prisoners who did their time as a protest against the system that wrongfully imprisoned them. They forget but we don’t forget,…

    http://mars2earth.blogspot.co.nz/2013/04/the-headlights-get-bigger.html

  17. Possion 17

    Weapons of mass destruction are clearly dangerous in the wrong hands ,especially when they do not no how dangerous they are.in 2002 Warren Buffet called derivatives weapons of mass destruction (time bombs awaiting a single spark) which have since exploded.

    That the same risk is still present,and little has been done to preclude further implosions suggest that Governments cannot constrain even simple problems.

    http://www.fintools.com/docs/Warren%20Buffet%20on%20Derivatives.pdf

  18. Skinny 18

    If Key phrased ‘a war on drugs’ to try justify law changes to spying I doubt Kiwi’s would mind as much. But to use that old chestnut catch phrase of GW Bush ” WMD” shows a terrible lack of judgement. Appears to be more lying to the NZ public to cover the Dotcom saga. 

  19. yeshe 19

    Where is Peter Sellars when you need him ?? Beyond a joke … and it is even more laughable when remembering that Huawei ( Chinese gubmint) have the job for all our cells and ‘internetnesses’ etc while US has banned them in such contracts.

    And did you see the joke that Banks is on the House ‘oversight’ intelligence ctte ? Really Banks — you don’t remember the helicopter ride ? Yeah, right.

    I can’t wait for more from Kim Dotcom — here’s hoping he truly has the proof about Key that will nail him for the liar he is.

    Thank goodness the country is free of any serious issues like child poverty and mining disasters and we have time for this meandering dissembling fool as prime minister.

    • prism 19.1

      Trouble is while you’re watching and exclaiming at the clowns tumbling in the circus ring, pick pockets are emptying out your wallet.

  20. muzza 20

    We’re also signatories to the Chemical Weapons and Biological Weapons Conventions, which outlaw them.

    Really, so what part does the below play in relation to the claim above about being a signatory, yet the government voted down *The Depleted Uranium Prohibition Bill*!

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10815942

    A ban on dealing with depleted uranium weapons has been rejected by MPs because the Maori Party was one MP down.

    The Depleted Uranium Prohibition Bill would have meant New Zealand joined an international campaign to protect civilians and our troops fighting overseas.

    The bill would make it illegal to possess, use, sell, manufacture, test and transport depleted uranium in all conventional munitions and armour within New Zealand and by agents of the New Zealand Government.

  21. The Russians are coming The Russians are coming.!!!

  22. CraigM 22

    John Key is liked !!!
    This is sounding like a nasty party
    Is this a labour or greens site ???

    [lprent: Read the about and the policy and answer your own question without being such an ignorant dipshit who is too lazy to look for material that is clearly visible. ]

  23. CraigM 23

    I must come here more !! i forgot hope spitefull this site had become , By the way John Key is very liked by New Zealanders , Policy labour policy !!!! where is it ?????? could it be in a secret bank account at the UN !

    [lprent: Don't just troll. You did one decent comment with some vague substance today and two moronic ones that were essentially meaningless. Do too many of the latter (whaleoil level) and I will get bored with reading them sooner rather than later. ]

    • Alanz 23.1

      hello hello hello can you all please stop drawing attention to John Key’s lies. quick deflect and blame Labour for something.

      /sarc

  24. Emilio Zapata 24

    Go away and learn how to communicate beyond the level of an excited child first.

  25. KhandallaViper 25

    Boys and Girls

    You are all barking up the wrong tree.

    Look at Key at a more human level.

    It is a stressful job, you are making big decisions hourly, you need to unwind a bit, you are away from home a lot, first class hospitality is extended, everyone charms you, and you look for a space away from it all.

    You have a glass or two, you chat to nice people who make you feel good and relaxed, you burn the candle at both ends, you start making mistakes and the downward spiral commences.

    Those who might help Key are actually looking to the end game and accelerating the process. They feel they have this luxury because the opposition has not driven in a decent body blow despite numerous preceding gaffs.

    • Alanz 25.1

      Ummm … please define “opposition”. The Greens have been great at holding the Natz to account and Winston Peters has been quick on his feet in the house and effective with press releases.

  26. Doug 26

    Rakon get the all clear for expansion.
    http://www.royalsociety.org.nz/2006/06/15/rakon-2/

  27. harpooner 27

    create bogeymen’ and then introduce draconian neocon ‘home security’ laws.

  28. AmaKiwi 28

    Repeating what someone said on TS a few days ago:

    “Of the 85 people illegally spied on by GCSB, 55 were Nicky Hager.”

    John Key’s enemies are not across the seas. They are HERE. They are us.

  29. RedLogix 29

    I’m wondering if the word “ricin” might not have some relevance here?

  30. BrucetheMoose 30

    OK who found out about the giant death ray I have been researching and developing in my basement. Pisses me off after toiling away ten years constructing it out of obsolete space invader machines, car batteries and Dick Smith bits. Bloody typical. Key has to spoil everything he sets his focus on. Now what am I going to sell to the North Koreans and Australians

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    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Why it’s all over for the Conservative Party
    Whatever flirtations were made months ago to Colin Craig by National strategists, the polling must have come back showing them too much of their soft urban vote would walk if Key was in Government with Colin Craig.  The necessary inside muscle to...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Balance in the NZ Herald and has something gone terribly wrong at the Heral...
    So the ‘balance’ in the NZ Herald this year for the election will be… Guest columnists will include the acerbic Cactus Kate from the radical right, former Labour candidate Josie Pagani and broadcaster Mark Sainsbury. Right, so that would be...
    The Daily Blog | 27-07
  • Phew – National Party hubris seals strategy
    The National Party are bot listening to Matthew Hooton. Phew. Hooton has crunched the numbers and based on past polling National always drops 6 points come election day. National aren’t listening. Barging through the need to cut deals with all...
    The Daily Blog | 27-07
  • Noam Chomsky on the TPPA
    Noam Chomsky on the TPPA...
    The Daily Blog | 27-07
  • Unacceptable secrecy around labelling people terrorists
    It’s good to see the Sunday Star-Times attempting to get more information from government agencies about Daryl Jones, the Kiwi killed in a US drone strike in Yemen.  The paper is right to complain about the government’s refusal to provide...
    The Daily Blog | 27-07
  • A critical deconstruction of John Key – what’s behind the facade?
    Aspiring national leaders need a popular narrative of their rise to power.  Once in office, the narrative can be refined to fit the requirements of leadership and re-election.  Such is the purpose of John Roughan’s John Key: Portrait of  a...
    The Daily Blog | 27-07
  • Radio Live – off Mark
    The Top Marks lasted five weeks on Mediaworks radio station The Sound. This may have something to do with last being relevant in the mid-1980s when there were only two commercial FM licences in Auckland and they were on one...
    The Daily Blog | 27-07
  • Wellingtonians say ‘No!’ to Israeli aggression
    .   . Wellington, NZ, 26 July – About 600 Wellingtonians, and from further afield, met at the Cuba Mall Bucket fountain under a wintery sunny sky, to protest Israel’s continuing aggression in the Gaza strip, which – at the...
    The Daily Blog | 27-07
  • GUEST BLOG: Shasha Ali – I am an indigenous person but I will never call ...
    Yesterday was indeed a politically hectic day in Aoteaora New Zealand, especially if you are an activist that cares about both human and non-human animal rights. Protest actions were organised to demand an end to factory farming from about noon, and...
    The Daily Blog | 26-07
  • Pro-Israel, Pro-Palestine or ‘Pro-Peace’?
    Latest protest for people of Gaza in Auckland In the past couple of weeks I have heard a lot of people say that they are neither Pro-Israel nor Pro-Palestine; they are pro-peace. This is a stand that I respect. Everyone...
    The Daily Blog | 26-07
  • So we can’t feed the kids, the poor OR the sick now?
    Let me get this straight. We can borrow $10 billion in tax cuts over the last 6 years for the richest NZers, but we can not feed the kids, the poor or even the sick now? Revealed: Warning over hospital food...
    The Daily Blog | 26-07
  • Kim Dotcom has said it, Laila Harre has said it and now David fisher says i...
    Fascinating piece by David Fisher in the NZ Herald breaking down how many opportunities the Government had to listen to officials and stop KDC entering the country and concludes KDC should never have been allowed in… It prepared papers for the...
    The Daily Blog | 25-07
  • You, Me and the GCSB Public Meetings
      The GCSB and TICS legislation rushed through Parliament by John Key represent the largest erosion of civil liberties this country has seen since the 1951 Waterfront Lockout. In the post Snowden world we now know a mass surveillance state operating...
    The Daily Blog | 25-07
  • A feminist takedown of Whale Oil
    Whale Oil does it again. How many more times is he going to attack and discredit Tania Billingsley publicly? In a short blog published on Wednesday ‘Nothing to be sorry for‘ Whale Oil also known as Cameron Slater, is defending John Key...
    The Daily Blog | 25-07
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Ares Rolinson – New Zealand First – We’ll Be Back
    Earlier this week, Bomber penned a missive which set out in some detail why he thought my people, New Zealand First, wouldn’t be making it back into Parliament later this year. Being a pugnacious, vindictive sort who’d never let such an...
    The Daily Blog | 25-07
  • The changes teachers DO want
    “Oh you teachers, you just want everything to stay the same – what’s wrong with choice?  Bloody teachers.  Typical that you don’t want testing – trying to hide that you’re all useless. What about our poor kids?  Gnash gnash rant rant...” That’s...
    The Daily Blog | 25-07
  • A feminist take down of Whale Oil
    Whale Oil does it again. How many more times is he going to attack and discredit Tania Billingsley publicly? In a short blog published on Wednesday Nothing to be sorry for Whale Oil also known as Cameron Slater, is defending John Key...
    The Daily Blog | 25-07
  • On so called Labour Party ‘distractions’
    The right wing of the Labour Party are constructing a narrative that Labour need to stop chasing distractions and focus on the real issues that matter and not these silly GCSB, inequality, domestic violence, media bias, TPPA issues. It is...
    The Daily Blog | 25-07
  • Selfies: Labour’s Electorate MPs are at it again
    IT’S A LITTLE TRIANGLE of grass at the corner of Rewa Street and Mt Eden Road, ideal for election hoardings. Wandering along Mt Eden Road last Saturday morning to our weekly appointment with the brunch menu at Orvieto, my family and...
    The Daily Blog | 25-07
  • Well, well, well – Jonathan Coleman did know about FBI interest into Kim ...
    Last years GCSB Town Hall meeting in Auckland Oh dear, the cover up and lies are starting to fall over now aren’t they… Coleman knew of FBI interest in Dotcom pre-residency decisionGovernment minister Jonathan Coleman knew the FBI was interested...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • Why You Must March Against Factory Farming This Saturday, 12pm
    The rally this Saturday is critical because this is the FIRST TIME IN NEW ZEALAND HISTORY that a major party has agreed to ban all intensive factory farming practices. The Labour party, the Greens, Internet-Mana, the SPCA, SAFE and other...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • Astronaut tweets photo of explosions over Israel and Gaza from space
      This is what a war zone looks like from space: From aboard the International Space Station, German astronaut Alexander Gerst tweeted this image as the station passed over Israel and Gaza in what he called ‘his saddest photo yet’....
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • When Firstline are focusing on flag burning rather than dead Palestinian ch...
    The IDF are butchering children in UN schools this morning and what’s the big issue on TV3s Firstline? Flag burning. How pathetic, and what a slap in the face to Mike McRoberts who is currently risking his life in Gaza...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • ‘Victim’ vs ‘Terrorist’
    ‘Victim’ vs ‘Terrorist’...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • Petition asking TVNZ to stand Hosking down as election moderator jumps to o...
    In just a day the petition calling on TVNZ to replace Hosking as the election moderator has jumped to over 2500, you can sign it here. The defence that the Right are trying to run here is that John Campbell...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • When the mainstream media go feral: the descent into sheer farce, according...
    . . It had to happen, I guess… The media pack-campaign against Labour Leader David Cunliffe has managed to  plumb new depths of absurdity. On TV3, on 24 July,  TV3/Tova O’Brien ran this report on their 6PM News bulletin, about...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • Coalition for Better Broadcasting: MIKE HOSKING FOR PM?
    Yes indeed. Mike Hosking is for the PM. And now he’s able to do even more as moderator (or should that be immoderator) of TVNZ’s election debates. Here at the Coalition for Better Broadcasting we feel it’s pretty safe to say that...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • The lie that “There is no alternative” to neo-liberal economic policies
    Supporters of President Maduro in Venezuela rally   Since the 1980s we have had drubbed into our heads that there was no alternative to the economic and social policies unleashed at that time. It even had it’s own acronym – TINA. The...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • A Kanaky tale of mining skulduggery and environmental courage
    Florent Eurisouké … still campaigning against mining. Photo: Del Abcede/PMC David Robie also blogs at Café Pacific AN EXTRAORDINARY story of mining skulduggery and a courageous struggle by indigenous Kanak environmental campaigners has been captured in a poignant new documentary,...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • UNBREAKING: The list of questions Mike Hosking will use in first TVNZ leade...
    “Good evening ladies and gentlemen and welcome to the first TVNZ leaders debate being held live in the gloriously beautiful Sky City ball room. It’s such a beautiful building boys and girls, we are so blessed to have Sky City...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • Internet Party Party review
      I have been to A LOT of political party functions in my time, and they tend to be dull affairs at the best of times but what is happening with Internet MANA is something quite exciting. I went to...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • Dear Seven Sharp – after learning Hosking will be the leaders debate ...
    I have to be honest, I had made the decision last night  to accept Seven Sharp’s hastily offered opportunity to appear on their show after I savagely criticised the bullshit whitewash story they did on John Key’s favourite far right hate speech...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • National refuses meeting with Maui’s advocates
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: National refuses meeting with Maui’s advocates Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | Press Release This is another reminder that the National Government does not care about the survival of the Maui’s dolphin National...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Message from CTU President Helen Kelly
    MIL OSI – Source: Unite Union – Headline: Message from CTU President Helen Kelly Dear MikeThere’s only 43 days until September 3, when voting in the General Election starts. The last day to vote is September 20.Thanks heaps for signing...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • MANA Tamaki send a challenge to Labour
    MIL OSI – Source: Mana Movement – Headline: MANA Tamaki send a challenge to Labour Posted on July 23, 2014 by admin in Joe Carolan, Press Releases“Labour should set the agenda and purposely do something positively controversial once a week”,...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • We must act to save our dolphins
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: We must act to save our dolphins A new report makes it clear for the urgent need to protect Maui’s and Hector’s dolphins while arguing  it is clear that there is no...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • School told to manipulate national standards data
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: School told to manipulate national standards data Parents can have little confidence in the Government’s National Standards after an Auckland school was told to manipulate its data so it added up, Labour’s...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Regional economies must have tailored plans
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Regional economies must have tailored plans News that up to 114 jobs could be lost from Fonterra’s Canpac plant in Hamilton reinforces the need for a government plan to build resilient regional...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Auditor General slams Shared Services project
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Auditor General slams Shared Services project The Auditor-General’s Office could not have been more damning about the 18 months spent on the Central Agency Shared Services (CASS) project at the Finance and...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Fonterra job losses a massive blow to Waikato
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Fonterra job losses a massive blow to Waikato The potential loss of up to 114 jobs from Fonterra’s Canpac plant in Hamilton is a massive blow to the Waikato region which has...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Basin flyover decision an opportunity for capital
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Basin flyover decision an opportunity for capital The decision to reject the proposed flyover at the Basin Reserve must be taken as an opportunity to properly fund Wellington’s transport future and must...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Indonesia: New President Widodo must make good on human rights pledges
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Indonesia: New President Widodo must make good on human rights pledges Indonesia’s new President Joko Widodo must deliver on campaign promises to improve Indonesia’s dire human rights situation, Amnesty International said....
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Communities in Sierra Leone turn their backs on female genital mutilation
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Communities in Sierra Leone turn their backs on female genital mutilation While activists gather in London to discuss strategies to tackle female genital mutilation, communities across Sierra Leone have been taking...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • The Gambia: Activists mark 20 years of iron-fisted repression
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: The Gambia: Activists mark 20 years of iron-fisted repression The Gambian government must abolish the laws and iron fisted practices that have resulted in two decades of widespread human rights violations,...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • A blog from the front lines of Palestine: It’s time for a new narrative
    I don’t know if I follow trouble or if trouble follows me, but somehow I seem to have found myself near one of the world’s hotspots again. The difference this time is that instead of sitting in some obscure location,...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • GUEST BLOG: Michael Wood – The Path Ahead
    It’s well established that Labour has had a difficult couple of weeks. Getting back on to a successful path requires our focus to shift from looking inwards to outwards, heightened discipline, and inner conviction. While my assessment of New Zealand...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Employers liquidating companies to avoid paying minimum entitlements
    Across the union movement we have seen a number of documented cases now where companies are liquidating their business in order to avoid their legal obligations, in terms of paying the minimum entitlements to their workers. The most recent example...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • GUEST BLOG: Joe Carolan : Positively Controversial
    The protest in Auckland last weekend that the NZ Herald claimed was attend by only a hundred people. Labour should set the agenda and purposely do something positively controversial once a week. A good start would be for all their...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Forest & Bird supports Fish and Game’s freshwater advocacy
    The independent conservation organisation Forest & Bird is concerned over allegations the Fish & Game Council has been threatened over its advocacy for freshwater quality....
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • Time for Epsom to say “no deal”
    “Epsom voters will be disgusted by the deal announced today to try and once again gift their electorate to the ACT Party”, says Labour candidate for Epsom Michael Wood....
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • Petition for release the of seven Bah
    At the invitation of the Honourable Annette King the New Zealand Bahá'í community is presenting a petition to the House of Representatives asking the NZ government to demand the release of the seven former leaders of the Baha’i community in...
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • Capital gains in the capital city
    Victoria University will today be hosting a public debate on the merits of more comprehensive capital gains tax—a step which taxation expert Associate Professor Dr David White considers would be beneficial for New Zealand. Organised by student group Beta Alpha...
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • Te Kupenga supports efforts of anti-violence campaigner
    Te Kupenga Whakaoti Mahi Patunga – National Network of Stopping Violence Services (Te Kupenga) wholeheartedly endorses statements made by DJ, Kickboxer and Anti-Violence Campaigner Richie Hardcore this morning on TV3’s Firstline about the role of men...
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • iPredict Ltd2014 Election Update #28
    The chances of a fiscal surplus in 2014/15 continue to plunge and are down to 50%, according to the combined wisdom of the 7000 registered traders on New Zealand’s online predictions market, iPredict. The forecast surplus is now just 0.22%...
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • TPPA is a bad idea
    “Currently New Zealand, Australia, Singapore, Brunei, Vietnam, the USA, Japan, Malaysia, Canada, and Mexico are still negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement. Officially talks finished last August, but the reality is that they keep...
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • Getting privacy right in our data future
    Privacy Commissioner John Edwards welcomes the release of the New Zealand Data Futures Forum’s report....
    Scoop politics | 28-07
  • Conference on Democracy, Ethics and the Public Good
    Conference on Democracy, Ethics and the Public Good A conference is to be held in Wellington on 1 and 2 August with the aim of starting a NZ-wide discussion about the quality of our democracy. The conference is hosted jointly...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Paddock to plate, and smart roads possible
    New Zealand’s international brand and exports could grow significantly with the creation of a data sharing ‘eco-system’ according to a paper released by the NZ Data Futures Forum today....
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Ngapuhi wants to overthrow Maori King
    Ngapuhi is planning a hui for the end of the year – organised by iwi leader David Rankin – in which the future of the King Movement will be discussed....
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Housing warrant of fitness little help for sick children
    A housing warrant of fitness has been promoted as a way of preventing sickness among children in poverty. The attached report shows that such a regime would have little impact on health outcomes but would come at a considerable cost,...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Upcoming Fabian Events in Auckland
    Sue Bradford ’s PhD thesis, 'A major left wing think tank in Aotearoa—an impossible dream or a call to action?' looked at why no major left wing think tank has developed in Aotearoa and whether the left in 2010-2013 was...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Senior Citizens, Not Senile Citizens
    The Taxpayers’ Union is questioning the merits and costs of the “ No car? No problem! Getting around your community without a car” brochure, released by the Office for Senior Citizens. The brochure’s purpose is to explain to senior citizens...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • NZ Troops Hone Their Skills in Queensland
    Around 260 New Zealand troops are on a 25-day Australian-led warfighting exercise in Townsville, Northern Queensland....
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Maritime Union backs Green Party call for shipping lanes
    The Maritime Union is backing the Green Party’s policy to implement compulsory shipping lanes for coastal shipping, announced today....
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Auckland Council Bypasses Public, Ditches Rodeo Ban
    Auckland Council Bypasses Public, Ditches Rodeo Ban The Auckland Council has announced that they are abandoning the rodeo ban on council land, put into place in 2008. This was done with virtually no consultation, says SAFE, the animal advocacy organisation....
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Tolley and Coleman urged to meet West Papuan visitor
    Ministers Tolley and Coleman urged to meet West Papuan visitor Police Minister Anne Tolley and Defence Minister Dr Jonathan Coleman have a rare opportunity this week to gain first-hand knowledge about Indonesian police and military activities in West...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Minister Right to Give Fish & Game a Serve
    Reacting to Radio New Zealand’s report concerning allegations that Conservation Minister Nick Smith warned the Fish and Game Council that it acts like a 'rabid NGO', Jordan Williams, Executive Director of the Taxpayers’ Union says:...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Government needs to get Fishing reform bill passed now
    The Maritime Union is urging the Government to push through a Bill reforming the fishing industry....
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Ivory trade laws look set to tighten following petition
    A petition mounted by an Auckland schoolteacher has won the support of a powerful Select Committee and has moved the New Zealand closer towards a fully enforceable ivory trading ban....
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Bilingual guide a demonstration of leadership
    “Waikato River Restoration: A Bilingual Guide” to the Waikato River that saw Tainui Waikato, Landcare Trust and the Waikato River Authority working together is a demonstration of rangatiratanga or leadership says Race Relations Commissioner...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Georgina Beyer to stand for MANA in Te Tai Tonga
    "It's great to have Georgie on board" said Hone Harawira, MANA Leader and Te Tai Tokerau MP. "She's strong-minded, stands up to be counted, and has fought for the rights of those who haven't had any - and won. That...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Q + A: Sir Bob Harvey
    SUSAN Sir Bob Harvey was behind the transformation of Norm Kirk, and one of New Zealand's most popular Prime Ministers. He also advised Bill Rowling, David Lange and Helen Clark, the latter as Labour Party President. Wild Westie a new...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Q + A: Rod Drury
    Xero boss Rod Drury told TVNZ’s Q+A programme what the political parties are offering at this election is ‘all too small.’ “There's no policy, all it is a bunch of incremental stuff. “All too small. What we want to do...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Q + A: Gerry Brownlee
    Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee Rules Out Fastracking Auckland’s City Rail Loop Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee told TV1’s Q+A programme this morning that he won’t be bringing forward an Auckland City Rail loop based on new figures showing...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Owen interviews Australian Treasurer Joe Hockey
    Lisa Owen interviews Australian Treasurer Joe Hockey Headlines: Australian Treasurer Joe Hockey suggests “we can move on some” changes to welfare for New Zealanders in Australia New Zealanders “brothers and sisters” who make “a massive contribution”,...
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • Flavell and Harawira on The Nation
    Lisa Owen interviews Maori Party leader Te Ururoa Flavell and Mana leader Hone Harawira Headlines: Hone Harawira says realistically his Mana Party can take three Maori seats, Te Ururoa Flavell sticks to prediction that Maori Party will win all seven....
    Scoop politics | 27-07
  • The Nation 26,27 July: Flavell & Harawira, Joe Hockey
    On The Nation this weekend…. With the Maori seats primed to play a pivotal role this election, Torben Akel reports from the key battlegrounds and meets the top contenders. Then the Maori Party co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell and Mana Party...
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Announcement of New Zealand First Candidate for Rangitīkei
    New Zealand First has endorsed Dr Romuald (‘Rom’) Rudzki as the candidate for the Rangitīkei Electorate in the 2014 General Election....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Labour Offer Len Brown a Hotel Tax
    The Taxpayers’ Union is slamming the Labour Party's plan to allow councils to levy new 'pillow taxes' and regional petrol taxes. Reacting to this afternoon’s NZ Herald report Jordan Williams, Executive Director of the Taxpayers’ Union ,...
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Cell phone evidence a first
    Cell phone evidence a first Evidence gathered solely from a cell phone has been used for the first time to convict a Hastings man for possessing child sexual abuse pictures. Michael Lawrence Worsnop, a 29-year-old orchard worker pleaded guilty to...
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • New Zealand Aid Worker Helping in Gaza
    A New Zealand Red Cross nurse working in Gaza says she has never experienced anything like the current conflict in her long aid work career....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Parking officers deserve safety at work
    The union representing the Auckland Transport parking officer severely beaten on July 17 says everyone has a right to go about their job without fear for their safety....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Caritas Aotearoa NZ to provide Gaza humanitarian aid
    Caritas Jerusalem is providing medical assistance, food and other necessities to the thousands of vulnerable people affected by the escalating conflict in Gaza, and Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand is contributing an initial $20,000 to support the humanitarian...
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • ALCP challenges parties to support Charlotte’s Web
    The leader of the Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party Julian Crawford is calling on all other political parties to state their position on using cannabis oil to treat pediatric epilepsy....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Oxfam accepts cheque from Pacific Corporation Foundation
    Oxfam New Zealand has accepted a cheque for almost $1000 today from the Pacific Corporation Foundation toward recovery efforts in the Solomon Islands, following April’s flash flooding that left thousands homeless....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Draft report and decision – Pūhoi to Warkworth proposal
    The Ara Tūhono – Pūhoi to Wellsford Road of National Significance: Pūhoi to Warkworth section Board of Inquiry has released its draft report and decision....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • New Zealanders willing to pay tax to protect dolphins
    A report released this week shows a large majority of New Zealanders want Maui’s and Hector’s dolphins protected and they are prepared to pay for it....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Stop Smart Meters
    “The Democrats for Social Credit Party (DSC) wholeheartedly endorses the Stop Smart Meters campaign for a moratorium on installations of smart meters until the technology is proven not be a risk to health, and until home owners are given a...
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Maori Roll Electors Urged to Vote Strategically
    Voters enrolled in the seven Maori electorates must learn to maximize their influence by voting strategically, according to the Maori Party candidate for Te Tai Tokerau, Rev Te Hira Paenga....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Politicians Ignore Families’ Concerns on Street Prostitution
    Family First NZ says that politicians are ignoring the concerns of families, lack the will to take appropriate action, and are happy to drag the ongoing problem of street prostitution into the next parliamentary term....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Plunket celebrates Te Wiki o te Reo Māori
    Plunket is proud to celebrate Te Wiki o te Reo Māori (21-27 July), with Plunket people across the country among several thousand New Zealanders taking part and increasing their kete of knowledge in te reo....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Coleman must quit or be sacked over Dotcom case
    Immigration New Zealand has done the right thing in distancing itself from Jonathan Coleman’s claims that ministers were not aware of FBI involvement in Kim Dotcom’s residency application, says the Internet Party. Internet Party leader Laila Harré...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Auckland Councillors, Not Emperors
    25 JULY 2014 Responding to the NZ Herald report that Auckland Councillors have voted to keep their ratepayer-funded business class travel perks, and considered new rules that would have exempted councillors from Auckland City's parking charges, Taxpayers’...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Cunliffe Looks Dodgy Lunching with Sex Offender
    Conservative Party Leader Colin Craig says that David Cunliffe's social meeting with a known sex offender while on holiday "looks pretty dodgy."...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Taxpayers’ Union Back LGNZ Calls For Greater Transparency
    The Taxpayers’ Union is backing Local Government New Zealand’s calls for the Official Information Act to be extended to cover the Local Government Commission. Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says:...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Lecture series to provide insight into 2014 election
    Could National’s refusal to reform MMP lead to the defeat of the government? Is the media providing voters with the information they require to make an informed electoral decision? What directions might John Key’s leadership take if he secures...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • National Rally Against Factory Farming
    Animal advocates and members of the public all over New Zealand will unite for a ‘National Day of Action Against Factory Farming’ Saturday, tomorrow 26 July in response to two recent exposés that showed horrific conditions on pig factory farms....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Women in Politics Finds Support at Conference
    Women in Politics, a brand-new organisation for New Zealand women in political office, was met with overwhelming support at the 2014 Local Government New Zealand Conference held this weekend in Nelson....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
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