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Radio New Zealand apologises to David Cunliffe

Written By: - Date published: 10:35 am, September 26th, 2013 - 77 comments
Categories: blogs, david cunliffe, radio, you couldn't make this shit up - Tags: ,

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This morning on Radio New Zealand Kathryn Ryan read out a short apology for comments recently made about David Cunliffe by Matthew Hooton.

The statement records that David Cunliffe had produced BCG time records showing he spent 235 hours working on the Dairy merger in 1997 and 8 hours in 1999.  This time sheet will no doubt become the equivalent of Barak Obama’s birth certificate as fanatics and idiots attempt to disprove its validity.

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Radio New Zealand apologised for the term used and states that Hooton’s character reference of Cunliffe was “inaccurate”.

Well done.

I look forward to the day when Mr Hooton and the right wing bloggers also apologise.

Speaking of which Whaleoil is showing an unhealthy obsession with David Cunliffe.  I had a look at his site and amongst all the photos of cats, proverbs of the day and weird and wonderful videos designed to increase traffic he is posting continuously about David.  Since the beginning of yesterday he has tagged David in no less than eight posts and most of them are attacking and analysing the BCL time printout.

At one level I hope he keeps it up.  Because he is rapidly turning the Collins faction of the National Party into the Tea Party of New Zealand politics.

77 comments on “Radio New Zealand apologises to David Cunliffe”

  1. vto 1

    Agree. By carrying on in this fashion the likes of whaleoil and farrar simply cement people’s growing realisation of the right wing in New Zealand.

    • Tom Gould 1.1

      The other reason for their panic is that Hooton’s company is dead the day after the 2014 election and his Tory ‘connections’ worthless.

  2. Ad 2

    Loving the volume of fear and loathing.
    They can feel their world tilt.

  3. Tracey 3

    Surely RNZ’s apology was for not cutting Hooten off, or shutting off his mike, they can’t really be apologising for his smear/lies? Its not within their power.

    • Mary 3.1

      Kind of the same thing in practice because Cunliffe has shown what Hooton said is untrue therefore RNZ has failed in their responsibility as a broadcaster in terms of defamation committed by those they bring on the air.

  4. karol 4

    Excellent.

    Yes, very much an own goal by Team Collins, Hooton, et al.

  5. Pete 5

    Good.

    NB – there’s a spelling error in the headline – should be “apologises”

    [MS - thanks Pete corrected]

  6. Man, Hooton’s smear tactics have blown up in his face. Repetition will simply seem transparent now. Game’s up, Hootie.

    • Tracey 6.1

      …and yet the media is full of his next smear, the CV.

      • There is still some way to go in this fight but I think the nastier they are forced to become, the harder it will be for them to look good in contrast to Cunliffe. If he plays it smart, they’ll find it harder and harder to avoid being shown up as the real nasty party.

  7. veutoviper 7

    A very careful, legal apology from RNZ; but good to hear.

    I loved Cunliffe’s reference to the Barack Obama birth certificate conspiracies at the start of his speech in the General Debate yesterday – video is in the “Dark, dirt and heartless” post here on TS. It was priceless! It has also been good to see the improvement in Labour’s performance and general togetherness in Question Time over the last few days. You can actually feel some energy there at last.

    PS, MS. You might like to correct the spelling of “apoligises” to “apologises” in the title of this post.

    [MS - cheers corrected]

  8. Tiger Mountain 8

    Don’t apologise RNZ, a pre-emptive move with all the likely complaints coming your way?

    Hooten it is YOU that should apologise.

    RNZ, whether you keep the Hollowman on or not, Bomber should come back.

    • karol 8.1

      Hooton should be excluded fom RNZ now. He’s clearly a legal liability to them.

      There should also be complaint to the Broadcast Standards. RNZ may have done enough to legally cover themselves with the apology, but Hooton is a liability re breaching Broadcasting Standards – also, there’s a question about whether RNZ should have cut his mic off immediately.

      • Alanz 8.1.1

        Can someone (Mickysavage?) set up a public interest legal defence fund for the Progressive Left to mount challenges against broadcasters and twits like hooton when they spout rubbish?

        I would be delighted to contribute something by PayPal or with my credit card to such a legal defence fund, especially each time these kinds of nonsensical statements come up.

        I searched to see if the suggestion has been put forward and see that someone has recently alluded to this in some way:
        http://thestandard.org.nz/schadenfreude-3/#comment-675335

      • Hami Shearlie 8.1.2

        Agreed! Apologies from RNZ are not enough!!! Hooten should be on a Lifetime Ban from RNZ – Bomber Bradbury apparently is, and he did NOTHING compared to Hooten’s crazy lying diatribe!!

      • Liberal Realist 8.1.3

        karol, Hooten should be facing a permanent ban from Radio NZ, until such time as he retracts his diatribe against David Cunliffe in full, at the very least. LR

  9. Tracey 9

    Maybe not have politically aligned people at all.? Try something novel like sharing facts with listeners instead of trying to tell them what to think.

    • Macro 9.1

      +1 If there is one thing I detest intensely it is those opinionated pricks such as Hooton Gower et al on TV and Radio who presume to tell me what to think! The world would be a far better place without them.
      As for Ryan’s “political” slot where the discussion is SUPPOSED to be from the left and the right – it is in IMHO more like, from the right and the far right… The few times I have been unfortunate enough to have listened, it has been the most unbalanced tripe I have ever had the misfortune to hear .. apart from maybe Faux News.

    • Rich 9.2

      That would be great. It’s ridiculous the extent to which active political propagandists are given radio time.

      People should have a choice: politician or broadcaster. If they choose politics, they should come on and be interviewed, not given a free platform.

      • felix 9.2.1

        Yes that’s my issue with it too. This is a public broadcaster allowing public airwaves to be used to advance private interests, namely the profits of Exeltium.

        Actually it’s worse than that. They actually pay Hooten for his time in front of the mic, which he then uses to spread the lies that his customers are paying him to spread.

        • emergency mike 9.2.1.1

          +1 felix.

        • LilaR 9.2.1.2

          How can people make up their minds on political issues without hearing from people of different viewpoints? Though I would like to hear from someone from the genuine left for a change.

          • miravox 9.2.1.2.1

            Different viewpoints = good
            Disseminating lies = bad
            Double pay (as 1. lobbyist and 2. commentator) for the same gig on public airwaves = double jeopardy

    • felix 9.3

      I disagree, there’s nothing wrong with having “politically aligned” people talk about politics.

      Allowing a paid professional lobbyist access to the airwaves to ply his dirty trade, that’s another story.

    • McFlock 9.4

      To be fair, they only expected hoots to snidely imply that Cunliffe was untrustworthy and ate babies, rather than screeching an outright lie repeatedly :)

    • Populuxe1 9.5

      In politics all things are subjective

  10. vto 10

    Matthew Hooton, what a clown

  11. Craig Glen Eden 11

    Hooten how imbarrising! Lets see if he is big enough to come on here and apologise. We are all waiting Mathew.

    • fender 11.1

      That won’t happen, sorry folks, I thought it was a possum I ran over last night, however when I went back and checked I noticed it had a mouth full of shit and rocks where the brain should have been.

    • alanz 11.2

      Waiting for the next time he gets on here and many here can ask him to apologise.

  12. greywarbler 12

    I’ve never heard what brew the tea party actually imbibe or inhale? There’s a line from west side story where a delinquent sings about his mother peddling tea. Would that be it?

  13. felix 13

    “Because he is rapidly turning the Collins faction of the National Party into the Tea Party of New Zealand politics.”

    Wasn’t that pretty much Lusk’s stated goal?

  14. felix 14

    ps If you can stomach it, Hooten is usually on Radio Live on Thursdays, from 2pm til 3pm, talking politics with Matt McCarten.

    I wonder if he’ll continue to legally expose himself. I wonder if the owner, Mediaworks, will allow themselves to be exposed.

    pps It’s a stupid time for a politics show btw, coinciding with Question Time whenever the house is sitting.

  15. blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill) 15

    Good to hear there has been an apology.

    Has there been any word of standing Hooter-brain down from airtime?

    Do they introduce him as a spin-doctor or a ‘political commentator’?

    An apology is insufficient when the lies continue and when proving the factuality of the statements propagated by Hooton does not stop the technique’s effects (although it is a good start); it is enough to get the ideas out there, regardless of whether they turn out to be factual or not. It embeds ideas into people’s minds.

    • karol 15.1

      Or, alternatively, what is being embedded in people’s minds is NAct’s smear tactics.

      • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill) 15.1.1

        Hi Karol,

        I don’t quite understand your comment. Are you suggesting that people might start associating Nact with dirty tactics?

        If so, I like where you are coming from and it would be great if that is the case, however I think that would only occur if the public are repeatedly reminded of the litany of lies and those who spread them are introduced as Nact spin doctors (not ‘Political commentators’) Will our media play such a role? Did they under Helen Clark? Or did they keep giving headlines to the spin?

        • karol 15.1.1.1

          The left can’t rely on the MSM to get it’s messages out. We have digital media, and word-of-mouth.

          • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill) 15.1.1.1.1

            Yes, and thank you for the work you do in this regard! (loved your article re Hollowmen)

            It would be nice to see our media becoming less biased and more focussed on intelligent discussion.

            I don’t listen to the radio, however have many friends who do, and share information that they’ve heard with me. It is clear that radio is the best information source out of a very bad bunch. It is, therefore, particularly sad to hear this drama being played out over radio, added to the Bradbury affair, it is not good news.

  16. tracey 16

    Felix is hooten et al really paid to be on rnz?

  17. karol 17

    As, Hagar has said, Hooton will never back down. He’s still repeating his smear’s in the light of the RNZ apology, according to MSM News, is going to continue with that line on Radio live this afternoon.

    Gutter tactics from the corporate shill and Hollow Man..

    • emergency mike 17.1

      Backing down and an apology would be admitting he was wrong. That’s just not how narcissists roll.

  18. gobsmacked 18

    On Radio Live, Hooton has chucked in the towel.

    One of our favourite Standard righties was repeating “explain is losing” ad nauseam yesterday. Well, Hooton has just been losing for five minutes of convoluted pain.

    Note – in that long explanation (i.e. surrender) Hooton did not ONCE use the word “lie” or “liar”.

    On Monday he was skiting on here about how he stood by all he’d said, playing all macho, constantly repeating “liar!”. Staunch as!

    By Thursday he’s a craven little mouse. Cunliffe has chewed him up and spat him out.

    • felix 18.2

      “Hooton did not ONCE use the word “lie” or “liar””

      Did you hear the bit at the end? Sounds like he’s been put on a very short leash by Mediaworks. Not allowed to use those words at all.

      Guess they’re not as stupid as he is.

      • bad12 18.2.1

        ‘Brought to you with the help of NZ on air’, should the ‘political shock jocks’ including Hooten, Garner, Espiner and Alfred.E. Nuemann,(also known as Gower), continue with the lies and smears my advice to the incoming Labour/Green Government would be to ensure that such help from NZ on Air stops,

        The nastier side of me would suggest they simply do it anyway based upon past behavior…

    • BLiP 18.3

      Yes, a much more subdued Hooton than we had to endure on Monday. Hardly contrite, though.

      (How can anyone bear listening to those endless ads on that MediaWorks show? Drove me crazy. I’m tempted to superglue the car radio tuner to National Radio.)

  19. Clement Pinto 19

    I am waiting for Hooten to come here and apologise graciously and profusely for his attempt to smear and character assassinate a newly elected leader without even bothering to contact Mr Cunliffe for clarification.

    I somehow doubt that Hooten has the integrity, moral fibre, guts or character to apologise to us, to Radio NZ and indeed to Mr Cunliffe personally.

  20. vto 20

    Yes come on Hooton. You come on here to comment from time to time and now there is an entire issue which is about exactly you, on which you have already passed comment here. Now that it is running against you it seems you are not willing to comment.

    So, come on. What say thee?

    book book

  21. Pascal's bookie 21

    lol

    https://twitter.com/toby_etc/status/383085447045328896

    When radio ritalin is calling you a hack, you got credibility issues going forward.

  22. s y d 22

    I’m waiting for ipredict to open a book on Hooton apologising for being a liar before 1 January 2014

  23. Intrinsicvalue 23

    [deleted]

    [lprent: Permanently banned for commenting whilst banned. ]

  24. geoff 24

    I wonder whether this topic will be discussed during the RNZ politics section on Monday.

  25. Intrinsicvalue 25

    [lprent: deleted and permanently banned. ]

    [karol: you had better have some evidence to support your first assertion, or you risk getting yourself banned from this thread. Surely you must have learned from the chastening of Hooton that you can't just go around making unsubstantiated defamatory assertions?

    Provide relevant citations or ship out]

    [MS - S/he is banned to October 24. Looks like we have our own birther movement. This will be fun!]

    • karol 25.1

      Thanks, micky. When I put that notice up I was thinking it was one of some similar comments under one or two of my posts. But, yes, Birthers it looks like.

      • QoT 25.1.1

        They’ve already established that – much like the US birther movement – they get confused by the notion that organisations don’t keep fifteen years’ worth of hardcopy original timesheets in a filing cabinet somewhere.

        Note to birthers: Boston Consulting Group is not Wolfram & Hart.

  26. Sable 26

    Its all pretty sad and pathetic but then that’s what we have come to expect from the far right.

  27. Appleboy 27

    Good God – Intrinsic Value. You moron. Can’t you engage brain and listen – it was covered in the one minute apology piece. Too much to take in was it?

  28. Rhinocrates 28

    All well and good that Radio New Zealand has apologised, but should they have forced Kathryn Ryan to do it? He’s often bullied and harassed her on air and this was only one case among many. To have her read the apology implies that she – as a representative of Radio New Zealand – is responsible in some way when in fact he’s simply treated her as fodder. She shouldn’t be reading apologies, she should get one, but her bosses who bring Hooton on are hiding behind her.

    Hooton’s a misogynist shit as well as a racist and he likes bullying women.

    She shouldn’t have been made to apologise for him. He should have had to apologise to her as well.

    Shame on Radio New Zealand’s managers and board.

  29. vto 29

    maybe hootors would answer our questions if we paid him..

    20 cents per question payable to the most deserving of your choice

    • Rhinocrates 29.1

      Twenty cents??????!!!?/1ELEVEN! That’s only about as much as Kyle Chapman can afford and Hoots won’t work for him. Meanwhile, the Malborough Sounds Symposia types, who were so inspiring to Anders Brevik that they provided much of his manifesto were exactly the sort of people Hoots wanted to be seen with, ’cause they had cash and bling.

      Make sure that your death’s head badge is really shiny and of the best silver before you promise him money!

  30. Martin 30

    I wonder if it will turn up on Media Watch tomorrow with Chris Laidlaw?

  31. hoom 31

    So do we get to have Bomber back on RNZ now?

  32. Aotearoean 32

    Poor old Whaleoil he could not run the Truth and doesnot tell the truth!

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    Transport Blog | 22-07
  • Claudette Hauiti doesn’t wait for a third strike
    National Party list MP Claudette Hauiti has this morning announced her retirement from politics. It’s safe to say that since she came in to Parliament as Aaron Gilmore’s replacement, back in May last year, her career as a backbench MP...
    Occasionally erudite | 22-07
  • Who Shot Down MH17?
    Killing Fields: The tragedy of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 is amplified by the Western news medias' refusal to either contextualise the airliner's destruction, or provide its global audience with any explanation other than Russian guilt and perfidy. As if historical events have...
    Bowalley Road | 22-07
  • Good riddance
    Last week we learned that National MP Claudette Hauiti had been stealing from the taxpayer by rorting her expenses. Today, she decided to quit:National list MP Claudette Hauiti has decided to withdraw from the election and politics altogether. She has...
    No Right Turn | 22-07
  • National refuses meeting with Maui’s advocates
    National has refused a briefing from a group of Maui's dolphins experts, whose research shows 80 per cent of New Zealanders want greater protection for the critically endangered dolphin, the Green Party said today.Dolphin campaigner Gemma McGrath and marine scientist...
    Greens | 23-07
  • MANA Tamaki send a challenge to Labour
    “Labour should set the agenda and purposely do something positively controversial once a week”, said MANA candidate for Mt Albert, Joe Carolan. “A good start would be for all Labour Auckland MPs and members to join the Justice for Palestine...
    Mana | 23-07
  • We must act to save our dolphins
    A new report makes it clear for the urgent need to protect Maui’s and Hector’s dolphins while arguing  it is clear that there is no need for further research, says Labour’s Conservation spokesperson Ruth Dyson.  “Labour backs the public call...
    Labour | 23-07
  • School told to manipulate national standards data
    Parents can have little confidence in the Government’s National Standards after an Auckland school was told to manipulate its data so it added up, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins. “Valley School in Pukekohe was advised in an email from the...
    Labour | 23-07
  • Regional economies must have tailored plans
    News that up to 114 jobs could be lost from Fonterra’s Canpac plant in Hamilton reinforces the need for a government plan to build resilient regional economies, Labour’s MP for Hauraki-Waikato Nanaia Mahuta says. “The Canpac site has effectively responded...
    Labour | 23-07
  • Auditor General slams Shared Services project
    The Auditor-General’s Office could not have been more damning about the 18 months spent on the Central Agency Shared Services (CASS) project at the Finance and Expenditure Committee this morning, says Maryan Street, Labour’s State Services spokesperson.  ...
    Labour | 23-07
  • Fonterra job losses a massive blow to Waikato
    The potential loss of up to 114 jobs from Fonterra’s Canpac plant in Hamilton is a massive blow to the Waikato region which has already lost hundreds of jobs, Labour says. Labour’s Social Development spokesperson and Hamilton-based list MP Sue...
    Labour | 23-07
  • Basin flyover decision an opportunity for capital
    The decision to reject the proposed flyover at the Basin Reserve must be taken as an opportunity to properly fund Wellington’s transport future and must not be used as an excuse to take resources away from the capital, Wellington Labour MPs...
    Labour | 22-07
  • National out of touch with the regions
    John Key is out of touch with regional New Zealand if he believes tinkering with council regulations will restore opportunities to small towns, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “While the regions are crying out for sustainable growth and job opportunities,...
    Labour | 22-07
  • Flyover rejection a victory for sustainable transport
    The rejection of the proposed Basin Reserve flyover by a Board of Inquiry is a victory for sustainable transport in Wellington and paves the way for other alternatives to be given a fair hearing, Wellington Labour MPs Grant Robertson and...
    Labour | 22-07
  • Reo Māori Policy Launch
    MANA will be launching its Reo Māori policy at 10am Thursday 24 July, at Matangireia (the old Māori Affairs Select Committee room at Parliament). We will also be addressing our concerns regarding the Minister of Māori Affairs Māori Language Strategy...
    Mana | 22-07
  • Basin Flyover decision victory for common sense
    The Green Party welcomed the Environmental Protection Authority's draft decision announced today not to allow the $90 million Basin Reserve flyover in Wellington to proceed."Both popular and expert opinion opposed the flyover. The proposal was expensive, unnecessary and would have...
    Greens | 22-07
  • Loss Leading could destroy Kiwi lamb’s reputation
    Meat companies that supply supermarkets and sell New Zealand lamb as a loss leader in the United Kingdom should lose their access to this valuable quota market, said Labour’s Primary Industries spokesperson Damien O’Connor. “Our reputation as a Lamb producer...
    Labour | 22-07
  • Ae Marika! 22 July 2014
    The big storm has gone, but the damage that it did and the saturation levels that it reached meant that smaller storms quickly overwhelmed roading, and water-flow systems again in the north. And although certain individuals are talking up the...
    Mana | 21-07
  • 2014 Roger Award nominations now open
    The Roger Award is for The Worst Transnational Corporation Operating in Aotearoa/New Zealand in 2014 Nominations are now open please visit the website to nominate the worst TNC in Aotearoa. You will need to include reasons why you think your...
    Mana | 21-07
  • Labour will revive the regions with new fund
    The next Labour Government will co-develop Regional Growth Plans for every region of New Zealand and will invest at least $200 million in a fund to create breakthrough opportunities for jobs and sustainable growth, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says....
    Labour | 21-07
  • Speech to Local Government New Zealand
    Speech to the Local Government New Zealand Conference 2014 Read our full regional development policy Download Introduction Early in my time as an MP I went for a long walk on a windswept Kare Kare beach with Waitakere mayor Bob Harvey. We talked...
    Labour | 21-07
  • Stop Israeli State Terror – Rally and March this Saturday 26th July, Aote...
     The humanitarian crisis in Gaza is getting much worse and the world is marching in unprecedented numbers. New Zealanders spoke out strongly last Saturday with a march of 5,000 people in Auckland (see picture below) – the biggest march ever...
    Mana | 21-07
  • NZ needs to assist UN with aid for Gaza
    The New Zealand Government should support the United Nation's efforts to raise money to assist humanitarian aid for the people of Gaza, the Green Party said today.The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) has made a...
    Greens | 21-07
  • INTERNET MANA ROAD TRIP- LEG 2
      WAIKATO / TARANAKI / MANAWATU-WANGANUI  Tuesday July 29th, 6pm | RotoruaDistinction Hotel, Fenton Ballroom, 390 Fenton Street, Rotorua  Wednesday July 30th 6pm | HamiltonWaikato University, Price Waterhouse Coopers Lecture Theatre, Gate 7, Hillcrest Rd Hamilton  Thursday July 31st, 6pm |...
    Mana | 21-07
  • Road fix needed now, not later
    Northland’s roading system is in chaos and needs fixing fast, Labour List MP Kelvin Davis says.  “According to NZTA’s 10 year funding data every area of Northland has had a decrease in NZTA funding since 2008...
    Labour | 20-07
  • KiwiSaver innovations needed to build wealth
    The innovative changes to KiwiSaver suggested by the Financial Services Council today will be seriously considered by Labour as part of plans to make KiwiSaver universal, Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker says. “Universal KiwiSaver is an essential part of Labour’s...
    Labour | 20-07
  • Greens announce 20 hours free ECE for two year olds
    The Green Party today announced that its key social platform for this election will be to tackle child poverty and inequality by ensuring every child in New Zealand has enough to thrive.The Green Party will make a series of policy...
    Greens | 20-07
  • MANA Pasifika Says NO To Discrimination
    Vice Chairperson of MANA Pasifika James Papali’i  feels for Ms Tupou and her children after they were served with trespass orders from their  local swimming pool in new market. With no warning or explanation from the pool staff Police ordered...
    Mana | 20-07
  • MANA Movement policy release – Economic Justice – John Minto
    Address notes from Mana Economic Justice Spokesperson and co-vice President John Minto to Economic policy launch in Kelston – 2pm, Sunday 20 July 2014. Reducing inequality and giving everyone a fair go MANA Movement’s policy prescription for a rich man’s...
    Mana | 20-07
  • One-sided reporting on the Middle East Conflict
    The following was sent to New Zealand Herald, Fairfax Media, Radio New Zealand, Television New Zealand, TV3, Radio Live and ZB Network. We are writing to all of you because there are well established patterns of reporting which seem to have been adopted by New Zealand...
    Mana | 20-07
  • New President for MANA Movement
    Lisa McNab, MANA President, and Annette Sykes, outgoing MANA President and candidate for Waiariki Lisa McNab was officially passed the mantle of MANA President in a special ceremony at Potahi Marae in Te Kao this week, following her unanimous election into the...
    Mana | 20-07
  • Te Reo Māori a doorway to opportunity
    A Labour Government will ensure more of our children have the opportunity to learn te reo Māori by encouraging the learning and use of it in schools, Labour’s Māori Affairs spokesperson Nanaia Mahuta says....
    Labour | 19-07
  • Work numbers not all they’re cracked up to be
    The Government's figures on the numbers of beneficiaries don't add up, Labour's Social Development spokesperson Sue Moroney says."Paula Bennett keeps saying 1500 people are going off the benefit into work every week, yet today she announced just 16,000 fewer people...
    Labour | 18-07
  • Flood relief for National voters first
    “The flooding in Tai Tokerau has hammered the north and impacted hundreds of families right across the region,” said MANA Leader and Tai Tokerau MP, Hone Harawira. “It’s bitterly disappointing to see that the first response from this National government...
    Mana | 18-07
  • Don’t contract out your loyal cleaners SkyCity3
    SkyCity should put aside its proposal to contract out its cleaning staff and not be lured by the prospect of washing their hands of these essential jobs and leaving them to the world of third party contracting, Labour’s Associate Labour...
    Labour | 18-07
  • Green Party statement on tragedy of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17
    The Green Party conveys its condolences to the families of the victims of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17.The Ukrainian Government has accused pro-Russia rebels in the east of the Ukraine of shooting down the Malaysia Airlines jet with a ground-to-air missile,...
    Greens | 18-07
  • Gaza ground offensive can only result in more deaths
    Israel’s decision to continue with a ground offensive into Gaza can only result in more civilian deaths and push a ceasefire further beyond reach, Labour’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson David Shearer says. “There is no such thing as a surgical strike...
    Labour | 18-07
  • Tackling childhood obesity is not rocket science Minister, but it is scienc...
    The Government's latest snub of scientific evidence - this time about its failure to address childhood obesity - is another example of National's reliance on 'tobacco science' to justify its denial agenda, the Green Party said today. An Auckland University...
    Greens | 18-07
  • Paying patients to go away not a solution
    A voucher system being used by emergency departments in Southern DHB - which pays patients to see a GP – is designed to skew figures to meet Government targets, Labour’s Associate Health spokesperson and Dunedin North MP David Clark says....
    Labour | 18-07
  • Common sense a better response
    The actions of two police officers who walked into a marae's wharenui in the early hours of the morning to search and photograph a group of children in their pyjamas are deeply concerning, Labour’s Associate Police spokesperson Kelvin Davis says....
    Labour | 18-07
  • Taxpayer cash to plug Chorus copper hole
    The Chief Executive and Board of Chorus must be held accountable for striking a deal that uses taxpayer money that was intended to build a new fibre network to instead plug the company’s revenue gaps, says Labour’s ICT spokesperson Clare...
    Labour | 18-07
  • Labour won’t abandon regional New Zealand
    Labour will ensure no regions in New Zealand are ‘red-zoned’ by tailoring Regional Growth Plans for each province as part of our Economic Upgrade, Labour’s Finance spokesperson and Deputy Leader David Parker says. “The Royal Society of New Zealand’s Our...
    Labour | 17-07
  • Minister must come clean on amalgamation
    The Minister of Local Government is telling porkies to its supporters on local government amalgamation, says Labour’s Local Government spokesperson Su’a William Sio.   National’s arrogance on amalgamation was all too clear when the Minister shut down Napier’s deputy mayor...
    Labour | 17-07
  • Labour sends condolences to families of MH17
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    Labour | 17-07
  • IPCA report proves need for full review of spy agencies
    A report into the Police decision not to prosecute the Government Communications Security Bureau over its unlawful spying of 88 New Zealanders proves the need for a full review into our security agencies, Labour’s Associate Security and Intelligence spokesperson Grant...
    Labour | 16-07
  • New Zealanders will never get justice over spying saga
    New Zealanders who were illegally spied on by the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) will probably never get their justice, said the Green Party today.The Independent Police Conduct Authority (IPCA) today released its findings on whether the Police were negligent...
    Greens | 16-07
  • National issues mineral mining permits in Maui’s sanctuary
    The Government has issued mineral mining permits in one third of the endangered Maui's dolphin sanctuary, the Green Party has revealed today.This follows revelations that permits have also been issued for oil exploration in the sanctuary.There have been 254 Maui's...
    Greens | 16-07
  • No cosmetics tested on animals under Labour
    A Labour Government will help protect animals from harm by prohibiting the sale of cosmetics that have been tested on animals.  Labour’s Animal Welfare spokesperson Trevor Mallard today launched the initiative at an event organised by Labour’s Ōhariu candidate Ginny...
    Labour | 16-07
  • Bridges cannot argue with the CPI –electricity prices are up
    Today’s CPI gives the lie to Simon Bridge’s claim that power prices only rose by 2.3 % in the last year. Labour’s Energy spokesperson David Shearer says. “Its official; the CPI index says power prices increased by 4.2% in the...
    Labour | 16-07
  • Parata ploughs ahead with anti-democracy plan
      Hekia Parata is ignoring overwhelming opposition by ploughing ahead with plans to gut the political independence of the teaching profession and stifle democracy on tertiary institution councils, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “It is no surprise a massive...
    Labour | 16-07
  • Greens announce $1 billion additional investment in R&D, including busi...
    The Green Party has announced today that its economic priority for the election is building a smarter greener economy that benefits every New Zealander.In the Party's headline economic announcement, the Greens have launched their plan to build a smarter, more...
    Greens | 15-07
  • Families under more pressure as power, food prices rise
    Higher power prices, housing costs and food prices are behind today's inflation rise, putting already stressed families under renewed pressure, the Green Party said today."Families are facing rising costs from food, power, and mortgages, or rents; and most are getting...
    Greens | 15-07
  • Goverment drops recreational river reporting
    The Government pulled the plug on cleaning up our dirty rivers so they are safe for swimming, and now it has given up on annual reports about the problem, the Green Party said today. Two weeks ago the Government released...
    Greens | 15-07
  • Ae Marika! 15 July 2014
    It ain’t over by a long shot, but I can’t help feel good about Northlanders response to the week from hell. This last week has seen the worst weather over a larger region of the north, for a longer period...
    Mana | 15-07
  • From Here To There: How did Labour become so hopelessly lost?
    WRITING ABOUT the Labour Party these days puts me in mind of the joke about the American tourist and the Irish farmer. Seems there was this American tourist driving down a narrow lane in the heart of Ireland. He needed...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Oh NOW everyone thinks the ABCs are up to no good?
    Goodness last months June seems like years away doesn’t it? In June I pointed out a move by the ABCs to destabilise Cunliffe was under way. For pointing this out, Labour Party bloggers Rob Salmond and Lynn Prentice rushed to put...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Dear Seven Sharp – I have little interest in appearing on your show so th...
    After savagely critiquing Seven Sharp for trying to whitewash the repulsive history of a far right hate speech merchant like Cameron Slater yesterday, Seven Sharp have contacted me and offered to do a profile on me. Here is their email…...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Basin Flyover decision victory for common sense
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: Basin Flyover decision victory for common sense Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 | Press Release “Both popular and expert opinion opposed the flyover. The proposal was expensive, unnecessary and would have undermined the...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • CPAG Newsletter July 2014
    MIL OSI – Source: Child Poverty Action Group – Headline: CPAG Newsletter July 2014 22 July 2014 New child poverty data nothing to celebrate New data released by the Ministry of Social Development  indicates people living below the poverty line are worse...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Hotel ordered to pay $80,000 in outstanding wages
    MIL OSI – Source: Unite Union – Headline: Hotel ordered to pay $80,000 in outstanding wages An Auckland hotel has been ordered by the Employment Relations Authority to pay nearly $80,000 in outstanding wages to two employees. Filipino couple Abraham...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Rising interest rate and dollar driving manufacturing exports back to Globa...
    MIL OSI – Source: CTU – Headline: Rising interest rate and dollar driving manufacturing exports back to Global Financial Crisis levels The Council of Trade Unions is calling on the Reserve Bank not to raise interest rates on Thursday. “Another...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Israel/Gaza: Attacks on medical facilities and civilians add to war crime a...
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Israel/Gaza: Attacks on medical facilities and civilians add to war crime allegations The continuing bombardment of civilian homes in several areas of the Gaza Strip, as well as the Israeli shelling...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Central African Republic: Brazzaville talks should not lead to amnesties fo...
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Central African Republic: Brazzaville talks should not lead to amnesties for war crimes Amnesty International called on delegates to the Central African Republic (CAR) National Reconciliation talks due to take place...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Russia increases stranglehold on dissent as five more NGOs named ‘foreign...
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Russia increases stranglehold on dissent as five more NGOs named ‘foreign agents’ The Russian Ministry of Justice today registered four more Russian human rights organizations and one environmental group as “foreign...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Nigeria: World Bank panel turns its back on forcibly evicted community
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Nigeria: World Bank panel turns its back on forcibly evicted community The decision by a World Bank Inspection Panel to refuse to investigate a complaint about forced evictions linked to a...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • National out of touch with the regions
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: National out of touch with the regions John Key is out of touch with regional New Zealand if he believes tinkering with council regulations will restore opportunities to small towns, Labour Leader...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Flyover rejection a victory for sustainable transport
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Flyover rejection a victory for sustainable transport The rejection of the proposed Basin Reserve flyover by a Board of Inquiry is a victory for sustainable transport in Wellington and paves the way...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Loss Leading could destroy Kiwi lamb’s reputation
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Loss Leading could destroy Kiwi lamb’s reputation Meat companies that supply supermarkets and sell New Zealand lamb as a loss leader in the United Kingdom should lose their access to this valuable...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Labour will revive the regions with new fund
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Labour will revive the regions with new fund The next Labour Government will co-develop Regional Growth Plans for every region of New Zealand and will invest at least $200 million in a...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Speech to Local Government New Zealand
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Speech to Local Government New Zealand Speech to the Local Government New Zealand Conference 2014 Introduction Early in my time as an MP I went for a long walk on a windswept...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • GUEST BLOG: Chris Perley – Confessions of an ex-Public Servant watching t...
    Back in the 16th century, good Queen Bess said to her Privy Council of advisors something along the lines of: “I want your free, frank advice, without consideration of fear or favour.”  In other words, tell me what you think,...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • The rise of the Internet/Mana phenomenon
    Commentators seem surprised at the popularity of the Mana/Internet phenomenon. The ultimate ‘odd coupling’ is doing reasonably well in the polls at over 2% support, and Right Wing pundits are guessing that the Party might even reach 5% by the...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Which Party Would (not) Walk Away from a Crap TPPA?
    Trick question.  Any TPPA would be crap. But a future government will try to sell it to us anyway. It is clear that there won’t be any deal until well after the election and the new government is installed. So...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Te wiki – Maori Language Week
    Maori Language Week has become an entrenched feature of New Zealand.  New Zealanders have come to accept that for one week a year the normal institutions of the white settler society will make some attempt to engage their stakeholders using the...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • A brief word on Cunliffe saying sorry for a 3 day holiday
    I’m not sure who the bloody hell is advising Cunliffe to apologise about a 3 day holiday, but it’s stupid. If you want to know what angry white reactionary NZ thinks about anything, go to a stuff.co.nz poll. Here’s their...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Seven Sharp – The day public broadcasting died
    I rarely watch Seven Sharp because it’s bullshit and sums up all that is wrong with current affairs in NZ, but even I can’t believe that Seven Sharp have stooped to being an apologist for Cameron Slater on this evenings show. This...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • ….except Israel
    ….except Israel...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • NZIFF Review: The Dark Horse – 6 stars
    This year’s opening New Zealand International Film Festival offering was a couple of nights ago, and I still feel this incredible NZ movie reverberating inside me. The Dark Horse is heartbreaking, heartwarming and terribly raw. Director James Napier Robertson has...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • TDB New Zealand International Film Festival 2014 picks
    NZIFF is here, our picks this season are… The Dark Horse Boyhood Leviathan Is the man who is tall happy?  Hot Air Maps to the Stars Snowpiercer Toons for Tots InRealLife Print The Legend E-Team The Internet’s Own Boy: The...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • A tale of two men: Cunliffe’s apology for rape culture vs Key’s dismiss...
    The manner in which Cunliffe has sought to address rape culture vs Key’s dismissal of it yesterday is a remarkable contrast as stark as the bias over Cunliffe’s holiday vs Key’s holiday. Key takes weeks off to pose for selfies...
    The Daily Blog | 21-07
  • MANA Pasifika Says NO To Discrimination
    MIL OSI – Source: Mana Movement – Headline: MANA Pasifika Says NO To Discrimination  Posted on July 20, 2014 by admin in James Papali’i’Vice Chairperson of MANA Pasifika James Papali’i  feels for Ms Tupou and her children after they were...
    The Daily Blog | 21-07
  • MANA Movement policy release – Economic Justice – John Minto
    MIL OSI – Source: Mana Movement – Headline: MANA Movement policy release – Economic Justice – John Minto  Posted on July 20, 2014 by admin in John Minto, Press ReleasesAddress notes from Mana Economic Justice Spokesperson and co-vice President John...
    The Daily Blog | 21-07
  • New President for MANA Movement
    MIL OSI – Source: Mana Movement – Headline: New President for MANA Movement  Posted on July 20, 2014 by admin in Lisa McNab, NewsLisa McNab, MANA President, and Annette Sykes, outgoing MANA President and candidate for Waiariki Lisa McNab was officially...
    The Daily Blog | 21-07
  • Flood relief for National voters first
    MIL OSI – Source: Mana Movement – Headline: Flood relief for National voters first Posted on July 18, 2014 by admin in Hone Harawira, Press Releases“The flooding in Tai Tokerau has hammered the north and impacted hundreds of families right...
    The Daily Blog | 21-07