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Resignation-watch: John Banks

Written By: - Date published: 6:53 am, May 1st, 2012 - 139 comments
Categories: john banks, john key - Tags: ,

John Key has refused to sack John Banks saying “The test is, did he breach the law or not? If he hasn’t, then he’s not guilty”. That has never been the standard ministers are held to. Ministers are required to uphold “the highest ethical standards“. It looks like Banks traded an ‘anonymous’ donation from Kim Dotcom for his political influence. Is that Key’s idea of the “highest ethical standards”?

Last night, we learned that Dotcom emailed Banks, after Banks had the helicopter flight he can’t remember to the meeting he can’t remember at the mansion he isn’t sure exists (the helicopter’s logbook remembers), saying “I appreciate your call yesterday and your kind offer to help me become a resident. We would like to support you anyway we can…”. That was a few weeks before Dotcom paid Banks two $25,000 cheques, as requested by Banks.

This morning, we learn that Banks lobbied Maurice Williamson over Dotcom’s application to buy land at Coatesville. It stinks of undue influence being exercised by a political figure on behalf of a donor. That is just as bad as the offence that lost Nick Smith his job. Yes, Banks wasn’t a minister at the time, but the message is still same: Banks is willing to use his political power to influence government actions to benefit his donors. Just as Smith was willing to try to use his political influence to try to benefit a close friend.

(And, before you righties start running Key’s line again: it matters not whether undue influence has the desired outcome. It is the attempt, not the result).

Behind all these revelations, Banks’ behaviour is becoming increasingly erratic. His memory fades haven’t protected him as documentary evidence of his relationship with Dotcom has emerged. Now, he has resorted to acting like a lunatic (and it is an act). He hung up on an interviewer yesterday after she asked about his relationship with Dotcom saying “I don’t have a relationship with Dotcom, he’s a married man!”. Honestly, have a listen. Is that conduct becoming of a person we pay quarter of a million dollars a year to be a minister?

The Herald is calling for Banks to resign from Parliament. I think that is the right course for him. But until he does, Key needs to act to restore the credibility of his administration,and sack Banks as a minister.

139 comments on “Resignation-watch: John Banks”

  1. jpwood 1

    Who’s beggining to think John knows where John’s bodies are buried?

    • tc 1.1

      That’s always been the case, shonkey seems to have the police do a lot more for him than one would expect.
      Honour amongst thieves people ain’t it beautiful to watch, note the contrast between Campbell and close up which carries that cosy ZB sky city funded talkback jock.
      All the kings lackey horses and all the kings MSM mates may not be able to spin shonkeys govt back together again.

  2. Jenny 2

    John Key has just announced on TV One’s Breakfast that “it is not my job to go to the police”.

    Umm

    • Uturn 2.1

      He’s telling the truth. He has staffers wander down during their lunch break for him.

    • Dr Terry 2.2

      Thanks, Jenny! What a scream (of hysterical laughter)! It sure was his job to run to his police following the cuppa with Banks! What surprises me in the reports is that Key and “ethics” are brought together – since when ever did that ever happen?

  3. Jenny 3

    Good Ol’ John Key, he is no Copper’s Nark.

  4. What I want to know is did Kim Dotcom ever donate to the National Party and if so how much and when?

    • Te Reo Putake 4.1

      I hate to repeat myself, but I think the big question is how many of the other $25k  ‘anonymous’ donations to Banks came from Key. There has to be a reason why he won’t sack Banks and I think the most likely answer is naked self interest.

  5. Jenny 5

    “It’s not my job to go to the police”

    John Key May 1, 2012 TV One Breakfast

    This is the catch phrase of a wall street banker and financier, and says a lot about the cause of the Wall Street crash.

    • ianmac 5.1

      That first Minister to go (watshisname) from Key’s lot was not the product of a conviction or of a charge. Key fired him but not consistent with Banks now.

  6. bad12 6

    Slippery has a point tho,without Banks having been convicted of a crime Slippery has to sack Banks as a matter of the ethics of the Ministers in the Slippery lead National Government,

    There’s where that blank look re-appears on the face of the Prime Minister as He scrambles round within the inner workings of His mind searching desperately for a connection to Himself and a measurement of ‘ethics’…

  7. Tigger 7

    So hilarious to see a homophobe like Banks using queer ‘humour’ to avoid a question. Any port in a storm, huh John?

  8. Tom Gould 8

    Key has set a new standard for Ministerial behaviour in the Westminster system, you can remain a minister until you are found in a court of law to be guilty of a crime. Other than that, carry on.

  9. bad12 9

    There are no ethics considered by anyone involved in international banking, the only consideration of those involved is to make money,make lots of money,the only question as to where a international banker is in any way culpable for any of their actions lies within the simple statement ”anything goes until you get caught at it”,

    Asking the Slippery Prime Minister to sack John(the convicted)Banks on an ethical matter is akin to asking the Prime Minister to give a speech in Swahili, Slippery has no knowledge of either…

    • rosy 9.1

      “Asking the Slippery Prime Minister to sack John(the convicted)Banks on an ethical matter is akin to asking the Prime Minister to give a speech in Swahili, “

      It’s a bit like a lawyer’s opinions trumping a scientist’s evidence about 100% pure NZ really. At least he’s consistent…

  10. burt 10

    John Key has refused to sack John Banks saying “The test is, did he breach the law or not? If he hasn’t, then he’s not guilty”. That has never been the standard ministers are held to.

    Hey felix – did you see this ?

    Looks like your defense of dodgy Winston has been deemed insufficient.

    • Te Reo Putake 10.1

      Except, at that time, Key said he would sack Ministers who behaved as Peters had done, if he was Prime Minister. But that was then, this is now.

      • burt 10.1.1

        yes he did, let’s hope he follows through rather than doing the self serving “take the honourable member at his word” long enough to stave off a by-election.

        • bbfloyd 10.1.1.1

          i find it a bit strange that you would actually make a point of reminding people just how incoherent you can get once you get started berty….

          • burt 10.1.1.1.1

            The only incoherent thing going on is lefties calling for Banks head while saying they will work with Winston. Ties you in knots eh…. It’s OK when our team do it – always leads to laughable arguments.

    • felix 10.2

      Not sure how you imagine that relates to me, burt. I don’t think I’ve defended Winston at all in the thread you linked to.

      • burt 10.2.1

        Possibly true, you only fixated on was he or was he not charged and never got past that to actually say how much you are proud of his behaviour while bagging Banks for the same.

  11. Radiolive have run this wonderfully satirical interview with someone pretending to be John Banks.  

    The actor gets really upset at the suggestion that he has had a business relationship with Dotcom, thinking that he had been asked if he had a homosexual relationship with Kim Dotcom while visiting Sky City.

    It has to be satire.  It couldn’t be that a Minister of the Crown is this confused … could it?
     

    • Uturn 11.1

      “That wasn’t what I was meaning to insinuate.”

      haha it’s the stupid interviewing the hysterical.

    • Kevin Welsh 11.2

      Hmmm, what is the story with that ‘interview’?

      The Herald are reporting it as a genuine interview.

    • RedBlooded 11.3

      OMG, that is hilarious. He cannot be that thick can he. “Perhaps the man protestith too much” One never knows what John Banks would do for a couple of $25000 cheques.

      • jaymam 11.3.1

        Perhaps Banks is a little worried by the huge hug that he got from Dotcom at the birthday party (shown on TV many times now).

      • felix 11.3.2

        No RedBlooded he can’t be that thick, he didn’t come up the river on a cabbage boat after all.

        He’s just hoping the public are thick enough not to notice that he’s faking outrage to avoid answering the question.

    • ianmac 11.4

      Unbelievable from a Minister. Must be satire after all.

  12. Kiwi Pete 12

    It’s hard to see how the Minister of Regulatory Reform can continue in his current position. Talk about the fox guarding the chicken coop! What a joke. I wonder if he will use his position to reform the law on anonymous donations to politicians.

  13. Key needs to act to restore the credibility of his administration,and sack Banks as a minister.

    I think this is a clear case of monkey see, monkey do and John Banks is small fry when it comes to corruption. If you want to see some major league corruption you have to go up a ring of the ladder. John key for example leaves Banksy for dead when it comes to major prime time corruption and it netted him $50 million so to demand for John Key to restore credibility and ethic standards to his administration is like telling a Mafia Don to give all his money to charity and become an honest man.

    It would be impossible for John Key to restore credibility unless he resigns himself for having a clear and treacherous conflict of interest since he has most of his paper wealth in one of the most corrupt and fraudulent banks in the US, Bank of America.

    A bank which owns John Key’s former employer Merrill Lynch and which is trying to screw the US taxpayer for some $ 75 trillion of debt caused by a derivatives bubble set in motion at Merrill Lynch by non other than John Key when he headed the bonds and derivatives department and of which he well knew that the debt could never be repaid as he confesses too here on breakfast telly.

    A bank which can only continue to exist as long as it ruins more and more peoples and countries and is closely connected in shares again to the vampire squid called Goldman Sachs.

    A bank which is involved in Mountaintop coal mining, fraudulent foreclosure procedures, ripping off pension funds (John Key loved selling his derivative crap to pension funds) and other assorted over the top dishonest and corruption.

  14. just saying 14

    What I love about this whole situation is the poetic justice.
    Dotcom clearly thought Banks was bought and paid for, and must have found it hilarious how cheaply Banks sold himelf.
    With Dotcom in jail and awaiting deportation Banks thought it was safe to renege on the deal, and if he hadn’t tried to cheat, Dotcom wouldn’t have unleashed his revenge.
    On the other hand Dotcom must be kicking himself for being so cheap. If he’d paid say $500,000 and kept evidence of all transactions (not necessarily to the campaign funds), Banks would have hot-footed it to Mt Eden Prison the minute he received Dotcom’s call, and pulled out all the stops to make his incarceration as comfortable as possible.
    Capitalism in action.

  15. freedom 15

    It would be very interesting to know how many other sequential cheque numbers are on the list of donations for his campaign war chest reportedly totalling $948,937, and from whence they came.

  16. Nick K 16

    Um, Banks wasn’t a political figure when he went into bat for KDC. He was a member of the public.

    • freedom 16.1

      lmfao

    • rosy 16.2

      “Banks wasn’t a political figure when he went into bat for KDC “
      But Williamson was. Time for a revisit on that decision too methinks.

    • Kaplan 16.3

      David Garrett wasn’t a political figure when he stole a dead child’s name. Does that make it ok?

  17. Roy 17

    “Is that Key’s idea of the “highest ethical standards”?”

    Yes, unfortunately for New Zealand, it is.

  18. Nick K 18

    So it’s unethical to ask someone to give an anonymous donation during an election campaign and unethical to receive anonymous donations in an election campaign?

    • rosy 18.1

      Well I don’t know yet, but if it plays out as unethical, Key doesn’t care.

    • Pascal's bookie 18.2

      “ask someone to give an anonymous donation”

      Think about that Nick.

    • EagleWarrior 18.3

      Asking for an “anonymous” donation makes it not ‘anonymous’ which then means if you fill out a form declaring they were anonymous you have then falsified the documents. It’s not unethical to accept anonymous donations – it’s unethical to ask for someone to donate and then list it as anonymous.

  19. Nick K 19

    Ok, replace “ask” with “give advice on how to”. But all politicians need to be careful with this because it’s how all of them operate regarding anonymous donations.

    Politicians and staffers spend loads of time figuring out how to circumvent donation regimes. It happens all the time. No one will, or can, deny that. There is nothing new in this. Len Brown had dinner with a bunch of people and he wouldn’t say who they were. The Ombudsman had to step in and order him to tell us all. I realise this is just payback, but it’s just part of the game really. And it’s a part the public doesn’t see, and I think doesn’t really care about.

    • Pascal's bookie 19.1

      Nick, he didn’t ‘give advice’, that would imply dotcom asked him how one might go about donating anonymously.

      Dotcom was going to pay him 50K straight up, Banks asked him to donate the 50k in two lots of 25k. He asked a donor to structure it so that banks could claim it was anonymous, when he knew for a fact where it was coming from.

      So you tell me, unethical, or not?

  20. Nick K 21

    If it’s unethical, then a vast majority of MPs and other politicians are unethical also because they all do it. The silly thing for Banks is that he had a conversation aboutit. He should have said “I’ll get someone to call you” and stopped talking about it

    • Lanthanide 21.1

      “If it’s unethical, then a vast majority of MPs and other politicians are unethical also because they all do it. ”

      John Banks received over $600k in “anonymous” donations to his mayoralty campaign. Winston Peters says this is more than all of the parties received going up to the 2011 election.

    • Roy 21.2

      “If it’s unethical, then a vast majority of MPs and other politicians are unethical also because they all do it.”

      Assuming for a minute that your unsubstantiated assertion that “they all do it” was true, that wouldn’t make it right, would it? Anatole France said ‘If fifty million people say a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing’. By the same token, if 121 politicians do an unethical thing, it is still an unethical thing.

  21. james 111 22

    Eddie
    Interesting article about high ethical standards and resigning. Two names immediately spring to mind under Helen Clark & Margaret Simpsons watch Phillip Taito Fields ,and Winston Peters were they operating under different ethical standards then?

    • ianmac 22.1

      You are an irritant james111.

      • cheesefunnel 22.1.1

        Touché! What a devastating retort!
        Short memories and relative standards seem endemic on this site.

        • ianmac 22.1.1.1

          Can’t be bothered tipping the irritating grain of sand out of my shoe. I mean Napolean had a lot of stuff to answer for but hardly relevant today.

    • Deano 22.2

      who the hell is Margaret Simpson?

      Been watching too many cartoons? confusing Maggie Simpson and Heather Simpsons, I fear.

  22. prism 23

    But irritants produce pearls in oysters. James III (was he one of the British kings that were beheaded?) is at best an imitation pearl. Pity he can’t keep tight-lipped like an oyster.

  23. Nick K 24

    James, I call BS on that. Key is quoted as saying that. Because he did, it’s irrelevant what the standards were of the prior government. That’s the threshold. Is it met here? It’s childish to keep going on about Field et al.

    • Te Reo Putake 24.1

      Exactly, Nick. Nicely put.

    • james 111 24.2

      Nick

      I call BS on that statement neither the menaing of Ethical or Standard has changed between the two governments. Labour resided over two of the worst cases of Ethical standards being breached

      .So using Eddies yardstick Helen should have got rid of Phillip Taito Fields and Winston immediately but chose not to until they were found guilty by either the privllages committee or the court.
      If Banks is found guilty of breaking any law then I would expect he would get the same treatment from Key in about the same time frame.

      I am not condoning the behaviour of one or the other just saying that if you are going to get puratanical ,and use the words Ethical ,and Standard then you have to be objective and use it with perspective without hypocrisy

      • Colonial Viper 24.2.1

        Oh james its so sad to be stuck in the past, when the future is looking so bright.

      • Uturn 24.2.2

        Yes James, the only thing Banks is guilty of, is trying to help… umm… himself.

        • freedom 24.2.2.1

          yeah that
          and breaking local body electoral law which could see him in jail

      • James, there’s something you’re missing here, and that is that John Key campaigned on delivering higher ethical standards and accountability for ministers in his administration, specifically not shielding ministers who did wrong. Every time he’s had an opportunity to make good on his word thus far he has, at the very least, delayed. Clearly it looks different from inside government, when it’s your mates and supporters who would need to resign

        So, even if I agree with you that Taito Fields and Peters should have been stood down as ministers, it’s incredibly irrelevant to the current issue, as Key needs to be held not just to the usual standards on these matters, but to the higher standards that he promised the electorate. He needs to stop shielding Banks, and at the very least bump him out of his ministerial roles.

  24. Te Reo Putake 25

    And in a delicious irony, Winston Peters calls for the SFO to investigate Banks. Perhaps Winnie will lend Banksie the infamous NO sign!

    • freedom 25.1

      (reposted question from above)
      does anyone in the know have the info on the $500,000 threshold that Peters is referring to ?
      http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/6833411/Peters-surprised-SFO-not-probing-Banks-donations

      because if it is as it reads then Banks’s $948,937 went a teensy little bit over it

      • ianmac 25.1.1

        The $500,000 is just the edge that determines if a complaint fits in with Serious part of Fraud. A complaint less than that is dealt with by police.
        Winston’s point this morning on Morning Report was that Banks had about $600,000 worth of Anonymous donations for his Mayoral bid (wow!!!). Winston just raised that as a question. “Should this be investigated by the Serious Fraud Office?”
        This was a reference to the way that NACt tried to use the SFO to sink Winston back then. See bad12 below at 18.3

        PS The total Mayoral fund for Banks was about a million. Wonder how he spent that and if it is all accounted for.

  25. redfred 26

    A little ditty for poor old John

    Build a bom fire
    Build a bom fire
    Put my political capital in the middle
    And Banksie will burn the bloody lot

  26. tsmithfield 27

    It seems to me that several issues are being conflated here:

    1. Did John Banks break the law?
    2. Is it OK for politicians to conceal the identity of donors so they can appear as anonymous on their return?

    It seems that most of the focus has been on “2″, with the implication that if “2″ is false, then “1″ is true. However, if “2″ is false, then Len Brown should probably resign because it is on the record that a large number of his donations were funneled through a trust, and therefore show as anonymous on his return. The implicit reason for doing this would be to conceal the identity of donors that otherwise would be known.

    There have been a number of legal views put forward over recent days that indicate that there are a number of gaping loopholes with respect to local body donations that seem to be exploited by politicians other than Banks.

    So, if Banks is simply gaming the rules, then I don’t think there are grounds for him to resign, since it might well be standard practice for local body politicians to openly solicit donations and then find ways to keep them anonymous to fit within the rules.

    Probably, the key issue will be the phone call that Banks made after the event. The voracity of Dotcom’s or Bank’s accounts of this will depend largely on the timing of the call, if that can be established. Or, even better, a recording of the actual call.

    • Colonial Viper 27.1

      1. Did John Banks break the law?
      2. Is it OK for politicians to conceal the identity of donors so they can appear as anonymous on their return?

      Nah ts, you missed the most important issue: Banks lying to the public in the media, on TV, about what he knew, what he did and when he did it.

      Even if he is legally cleared, he’s fucked himself by the dishonest process he’s run since the first allegations came up.

      • Lanthanide 27.1.1

        It’s always the coverup that gets you.

      • tsmithfield 27.1.2

        I am not sure there is much you can point to him lying about, because there seems to be very little of it he can remember to make a definitive statement on it.

        The one thing I can remember him definitively saying is that he rang Dotcom to thank him for the fireworks donation. Unless some damning phone records turn up, it may never be proven whether he lied on that or not.

        I agree that he should be stood down though, on the grounds of demonstrated incompetence on the way he has dealt with this, and his concerning lack of ability to remember fairly basic and obvious facts, if nothing else. I would expect someone who is qualified to be a minister to perform considerably better on both accounts.

        • Colonial Viper 27.1.2.1

          Oh ts, this really has moved beyond what you can remember or not of what Banks can remember or not.

          As Lanth said, the hamfisted attempt at a coverup and PR campaign from Banks has screwed him good.

          I find it most fascinating that Key is willing to give up even more political capital for Banks.

          • Matthew Whitehead 27.1.2.1.1

            What happens if National runs a by-election candidate not currently in Parliament, and they win? Does National lose its lowest list MP and lose their majority, or do they get an extra MP, proportionality be damned?

            If it’s the former, I can see a potential political motivation for shielding Banks. Otherwise it’s bloody bizarre.

            • Carol 27.1.2.1.1.1

              The list number of MPs for any party is fixed immediately after the election. If a Nat list MP wins Epsom, Nats get another list MP to replace him. If a Nat not in parliament wins, Nats get an extra MP, ACT has none – straight swap.

              However, I think it’s likely ACT will stand Isaacs for ACT in a byelection and it would depend on whether Key gave her the nod as to whether she would win.

            • Pete George 27.1.2.1.1.2

              Proportionality is set by the election result and doesn’t change.

              If Goldsmith or any other list MP resigns and then wins Epsom they are replaced on the list and become a 60th MP for National. If a non-list candidate wins for National the list stays as it is and National get a 60th MP.

              So unless National want to keep giving Act a lifeline they would be better off abandoning Banks.

        • I’m sorry, but “not remembering” something potentially incriminating is the oldest trick in the book to get around being caught in a lie. Even if he genuinely doesn’t remember something he should bloody well take responsibility for it. He tried to imply that he didn’t have any knowledge of the donor when he did. That isn’t acceptable conduct for a minister. I don’t care if he “lied” under a technical legal definition or not.

  27. dd 28

    Surely Key would be better off to just stand down Banks anyway? At least whilst he is under investigation.

    The association with this moron must be damaging?

    As someone who doesn’t like ACT or National I am actually glad Key is in my opinion being so foolish. What does he have to lose by standing Banks down in the short term? Unless Key is also involved in this scandal. As one poster here suggested, giving donations to Banks. Or perhaps there is something even more sinister.

    • ianmac 28.1

      The association Key has with Banks will pollute Key politically so he will distance himself from Banks.
      The association Banks has with Dotcom would pollute Banks politically so he distanced himself from him when Dotcom was arrested.
      Loyalty is dangerous and fragile.

    • tsmithfield 28.2

      As I said the other day, I would be more concerned about his memory lapses. I would have to wonder about his ability to operate as a minister if he is unable to remember helicopter rides with Dotcom and such like.

      • Colonial Viper 28.2.1

        Banks has had so many helicopter rides with Dotcom and visits to the Dotcom mansion that it’s not reasonable to ask Banks to remember specific occasions.

    • bad12 28.3

      The really sinister ‘thing’ you refer to was that Banks with a war chest to fight the Auckland Mayoralty of close to 1 million bucks was supposed to win that race at a canter,

      The Ports of Auckland industrial dispute was then supposed to be escalated to such an extent that Mayor Banks was to throw up His hands in defeat and announce the sale of the asset,

      A million dollars doesn’t get thrown into the Mayoral candidacy of an outright idiot like Banks by the Capitalists just to have one of their own sitting at the head of the table,

      There was to be a grand payoff for those men and women of money, ownership of the Ports of Auckland…

  28. (A different) Nick K 29

    I just wrote to John Key expressing concerns about this – how many others here do this? He never replies but it seems more effective than only posting comments on the standard.

    I love Winston’s quote:

    “What he’s never said is the old saying from the Marx brothers: ‘I’ve got principles and if you don’t like them, I’ve got others’.”

    Fits Key to a tee.

    On the subject of anonymous donations I think the threshold should be quite low, $500 or so, Mallard had a good point that you can’t keep a record of all the small donations provided during a campaign (coins in a tin kind of stuff). On the other hand anyone putting real money into a campaign wants something in return and should be upfront about putting their name behind it.

    In any case that’s not the issue at hand the issue is whether they were really anonymous donations at all – and / or whether a man with such a severe case of amnesia is medically fit to do his job.

    • I love Winston’s quote:

      “What he’s never said is the old saying from the Marx brothers: ‘I’ve got principles and if you don’t like them, I’ve got others’.”

      I didn’t know WP had written his autobiography.

      • dd 29.1.1

        I wonder if Dunnes Autobiography will be titled ‘I sold NZ’

        • Colonial Viper 29.1.1.1

          According to PG that is completely consistent with what Dunne has promised voters all along so I’m sure he will be quite proud of releasing it with that title.

      • (A different) Nick K 29.1.2

        Never said I loved Winston, but he hit the nail on the head describing Key like that :)

      • Frida 29.1.3

        Pete, I thought you weren’t just a mouthpiece for National Party spin but a balanced commentator offering reason to the issues, whichever party is involved. or so you keep telling us. I’m yet to see you condemn Banks however. The only time you pop up on this thread is to make a smart a-se comment about Winston.
        You should just keep to the Sewer where you naturally belong.

        • Pete George 29.1.3.1

          You may be skewered by your own sewerage.

          I’ve often commented on never being a fan of Banks, I wouldn’t be sorry to see him gone from parliament, I think he’s made a joke of himself and Act (relatively) and while he may weasel out of this on a legal technicality he’s shown sufficient incompetence to be given the heave ho.

          In his media performances Banks is looking increasingly like a few cabbages short of a boatful.

          And while I agree to an extent with John Key’s caution, until charged or proven guilty sort of thing, I think he’s going to have to make a decision on both Banks and Act soon.

    • Uturn 29.2

      “On the other hand anyone putting real money into a campaign wants something in return and should be upfront about putting their name behind it.”

      It would certainly make the arrests for corruption that much easier.

  29. dd 30

    Interesting thoughts there bad12. It makes a lot of sense.

  30. Kevin 31

    In so far as the Local Electoral Act is concerned, Banks has not broken any laws of non disclosure because their is no requirement to disclose anonymous donations. Therefore those who have lodged complaints with the Police will find their complaints dismissed because there is no case to answer, no laws broken.

    • Colonial Viper 31.1

      Kevin seems to think he is the police, prosecutor, judge and jury all rolled into one!!!

    • Lanthanide 31.2

      Funnily enough, all of the legal commentators on the issue have said that if it can be shown Banks did know Dotcom had donated to him, then he has broken the law.

      The case, as Mallard rightly stated, hinges on whether Banks did indeed call Dotcom up to thank him for the donation.

      Dotcom’s statements have credibility because splitting a single donation of $50k into 2 separate amounts would be a crazy thing for someone such as himself to do unless he was advised to do that by Banks or Banks’ campaign. Dotcom says he was advised to do that by Banks. The 2 cheques and helicopter logbooks produced by Campbell Live so far show everything is in agreement with Dotcom’s story.

      The above is entirely separate from the casino’s donation of $15k, which they donated to both Len Brown and John Banks. Len says the casino was very upfront about it and told him they were donating to both campaigns. Len declared it on his return, while Banks didn’t and apparently claimed it as anonymous. This story has been overshadowed by the Dotcom one, for a variety of reasons:
      1. The media/public are very interested in Dotcom because of his status and other legal issues
      2. The Dotcom dollar amounts are bigger
      3. There’s more evidence coming out that Banks actually had quite a lot to do with Dotcom
      4. Banks has been making a real mess of it in the way he has chosen to answer questions about the Dotcom donations

      • tsmithfield 31.2.1

        Lanth, the legal commentators I have read also think there is nothing that prevents candidates from openly soliciting donations from donors, so I am not so sure there is anything that breaks the law in what Banks did prior to the donation. Brown may have done very much the same with donations that were routed through his trust. If Banks had asked Dotcom to donate to a trust, then the issue probably wouldn’t be in the news at the moment.

        I think the key is whether he knew after the event that the donation had been made, on the facts available. That is where the phone call becomes critical.

        • ianmac 31.2.1.1

          Graeme Edgler I think, read the Local Body Act several times in relation to Banks. He said that he came up with a different answer with each reading. Ambiguous. (I saw Graeme on TV for the first time recently and saw that he is just a young blood. Thought he must have been in his 50s-60s.)

      • Pete George 31.2.2

        Len says the casino was very upfront about it and told him they were donating to both campaigns. Len declared it on his return, while Banks didn’t and apparently claimed it as anonymous.

        While that doesn’t prove Sky were as up front to Banks as they were to Brown that is as strong an indication as Dotcom’s allegation that there’s very good reason for Banks to be seen to be performing so badly in front of straightforward media questions.

        • Clashman 31.2.2.1

          I can’t see any reason why Skycity would be “very upfront” with a donation to one campaign yet donate anonymously to the other. Unless they were asked to make it anonymous which makes a mockery of the whole issue imho.

          • Pete George 31.2.2.1.1

            I agree. It’s possible but very unlikely that Sky would act differently, unless perhaps by specific request. If Banks did request no publicity from Sky too it makes him look a few cabbages short of a boatfull.

    • Deano 31.3

      there is a requirement to declare anonymous donations under the Act. Banks declared the donations from Dotcom as anonymous. What is at question is whether these donations were in fact anonymous.

  31. just saying 32

    Wont link to the site, but Cactus Kate has well and truly spat the dummy, and is recommending ACT party members (yes both of them) contact the ACT board and tell them to roll Banks asap.

    Apologies for CK’s bigoted language in the following from her latest blog post:

    ….The days of drifting down the river on the ACT cabbage boat are over. Banks is, and I am calling it right now, a complete fucking nutter and the $20 membership renewal shall not be forthcoming unless the cabbage is thrown overboard….

    …Time they all got off the fence hoping it will get better and put an end to the slow-dying embarrassment, rolled Banks ASAP and installed David Seymour and Catherine Isaac as temporary Leaders of a new centre-right political vehicle until it is worked out what that vehicle is and who is to lead it.

    Newsflash: Banks is not going to get better.

  32. Ross 33

    http://www.national.org.nz/Article.aspx?ArticleID=28423

    John Key: “Faced with today’s revelations, Helen Clark must stand Mr Peters down as a Minister. That is what I would do if I were Prime Minister.”

    Oh no you wouldn’t, John.

    • Ross 33.1

      “Mr Peters will be unacceptable as a Minister in a government led by me unless he can provide a credible explanation”, said then Opposition leader John Key.

      So how can John Banks remain a Minister despite not offering a credible explanation for his actions?

    • deuto 34.1

      Already set up in front of the screen with fresh tea etc – no popcorn, shame! Should be very interesting Question Time. Almost missed question 7 – Mallard to the Assoc Minister of Education (guess who!) on charter schools. Wonder whether Banks will actually show in the House? We will know in just a few minutes.

  33. chris73 35

    I would like to see Banks resign, a bi-election (bit of humour) held (which of course Act will win) which puts the lefties in their place until the next general election and a new binding code of conduct regarding donations to be set up (I’m guessing there arn’t many spotless parties out there)

  34. vto 36

    So Dotcom can buy the influence of Ministers.

    And so can that Bronwyn Pullar.

    And so can all those ex-Nat Ministers with their fingers all through the agricultural pies like Creech, Shipley, Carter, Smith etc.

    And John Key goes out and does favours for Sky city mates. Like Joyce and the Mediaworks loan

    This government is completely and utterly corrupt and I have no trust in them to do the right and ethical thing in any situation. They have no credibility They are compromised completely and I spit on them.

    They have shat on our system.

  35. vto 37

    How many favours are pulled for the Talleys in agriculture? They are after all in bed with Wyatt Creech.

  36. coolas 38

    In defence of John Banks.

    He denied having a relationship with Kim Dotcom because, ‘He’s a married man for goodness sakes.’

    Now to me that shows a man with high moral fibre, a good and decent man, who only fucks unattached men (assuming it’s okay with his wife, that is)

    • Kotahi Tane Huna 38.1

      Memo

      From: John Banks.

      To: the NZ taxpayer.

      re: my expectations.

      When you bend, you spread, and pay for your own damn lubricant!

  37. vto 39

    How much do Ministers do for Talleys in sea farming? Especially with the EPA making decisions on marine farming in the Marlborough Sounds.

  38. vto 40

    Did Wyatt Creech write the report on Environment Canterbury for his colleagues and business partners in the dairy industry so the Central Plains Water irrigation scheme could proceed more easily?

    After all, he is a major owner in the dairy industry. And a c#@t of an employer.

  39. I’m a bit confused – or maybe just under-informed.

    Did Dotcom claim that he wished to make an anonymous donation and, then, asked Banks how to do it? Or, was Dotcom happy to make a ‘non-anonymous’ donation but Banks then advised him to make anonymous donations?

    The former would indicate it was the donor who wished the donation to be anonymous. The latter would indicate the candidate wished the donation to be anonymous.

    Those possibilities come with quite different implications. 

    • EagleWarrior 41.1

      If it was the former, why .Com now come out and expose himself as being the anonymous donor (or donator as Banksie called him). Seeing all the news coverage about .Com, I can’t imagine him ever wanting to be anonymous.

      That being said, if it were the latter, why was Banks keen for his donations to be filed as anonymous? .Com and SkyCity were both ‘anonymous’ – was he in actual fact trying to hide another donor who absolutely NEEDED to be kept anonymous. One anonymous donation amongst a host of declared one stands out like a sore thumb – if they are all anonymous then ‘move along, nothing to see here people.’

      Also, did anyone else notice in the list of declared election donations released a week or so back notice Bill English had been given $37k raised from A raffle? WTF was the prize in a raffle that raised 37k??? lol. Unless of course it was a typo…

      • Kotahi Tane Huna 41.1.1

        One obvious reason to make a donation from .com (or anyone else for that matter) anonymous, is that makes it easier to then do favours for him without appearing to be a political whore.

        • McFlock 41.1.1.1

          the flip-side is that when you fail to be a good and faithful whore they release photocopies of the cheques, allow the media to film on their private helicopter pad and examine the helicopter logbook, and generally do all they can to shaft your career and possibly put you in the cell beside them. 

    • Te Reo Putake 41.2

      The story according to Dotcom is that he volunteered the $50k. Banks then asked him to write two cheques of $25k (and never mentioned anonimity). Dotcom did not ask about anonimity, the cheques were clearly made out to the Banks election fund and recorded as such by Dotcom.
       
      The Banks version of the story is “I’m a busy man and I attend a lot of parties with my fellow criminals. This was just one of many, if I was there at all, which my lawyers remind I wasn’t unless there is video evidence I was. There is video evidence? A birthday party? Well, yes, but that does not prove I ever met the man and even if I did propose a toast at his birthday party, it was his other birthday six months earlier that I meant.

      Further more, I’m far too rich to remember cheques for trifling amounts like $50,000 dollars. Are you a married man? No? Good, good … now let me show you my chopper.”

      • felix 41.2.1

        Funny as it is, that’s actually more sane than the crap that Banks has been saying.

      • burt 41.2.2

        I find it hard to believe it comes down to who’s idea it was to spilt them. Convince me that Dotcom couldn’t write a single cheque – he needed to split it … right. ;-)

        The point is donations from a single source have been hidden as anonymous when they were not. The rest is absolute bluster and bullshit.

    • Anne 41.3

      Dotcom told Banks he wanted to make a $50,000 donation towards his mayoral campign. He said Banks’ eyes opened wide and then he said a strange thing, he asked Dotcom to split the donation into two donations for $25,000 each.

      That sounds totally plausible. Dotcom is a newcomer to these shores so he wouldn’t know anything about out electoral laws. It probably didn’t occur to him that it had anything to do with an appearance of anonymity. He simply provided two cheques for $25,000 as per the request. I think, but can be corrected here, that John Banks went on to ask him if the two cheques could be made out… as having come from different individuals.

      Guilty as sin.

      Oops sorry TRP I didn’t read your comment. Oh well, I’ll leave it anyway.

      • Te Reo Putake 41.3.1

        No worries, Anne, great minds and all that, and I hadn’t considered Dotcom’s words in that context. You’re dead right, too. There is no reason for Dotcom to want anonymity; he was living one of the least anonymous lives on the planet at the time. People that cherish privacy don’t release hip hop records or put tapes of themselves living life to excess on the net.
         
        ps, felix, I just can’t get that interview out of my head! Shrieking ‘he’s a married man’ is now right up there with ‘doeshn’t give my opponetsh mush time either’ in the pantheon of political suicide notes, IMHO.

    • Puddleglum 41.4

      Thanks everyone.

      It seems pretty uncontroversial, then, that making the donation(s) anonymous wasn’t a requirement from Mr DotCom (or however the name is spelt).

      That would imply that Banks was willing to take quite a lot of money from someone he did not want to be publicly connected to, but was willing to lobby on behalf of (to a colleague – Williamson – from the good old days when they were both National MPs/Ministers).

      No political candidate should be encouraging someone to donate anonymously when they are happy to donate with their name attached.

      The only remotely justifiable argument for anonymity must, surely, rest with the desire of the donor, not the politician. (Of course the whole question of anonymity and political donations could be debated.)

  40. Jim in Tokyo 42

    At the very least Banks should be fired for crimes against the English language:

    “I certainly don’t lie – there’s no one here who believes that I go out and lie, ah, no one here doesn’t believe that I’m not up front, but I took legal advice last week and consequently there could be a public perception that I’ve been obfuscating around some of these things, ah, I shouldn’t have taken that legal advice, I should have answered questions much more straightly.”

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/6833411/Banks-Dotcom-call-to-Williamson-made-as-a-citizen

  41. seeker 43

    “Is that Key’s idea of the “highest ethical standards”?”

    Unfortunately John Key does not appear to have any idea of what a “high ethical standard” is. I think many New Zealanders who care about high ethical standards are just beginning to wake up to this fact.

  42. freedom 44

    could someone please explain, slowly, to Mr John Banks that saying “i don’t remember , i don’t recall ” may be a great chorus from Peter Gabriel but is not the same as ‘no comment ‘
    http://www.3news.co.nz/Banks-regrets-legal-advice-to-stay-silent/tabid/1607/articleID/252558/Default.aspx

    • McFlock 44.1

      What I love is that the advice he got a week ago was abysmally wrong, but he’s adamant that he still has complete confidence in the advice he received about what makes a donation anonymous.
           
       

    • burt 44.2

      We are still waiting for the ultimate punishment of being required to re-file his returns, please they need a bit more time for the obscuration of all the facts.

      Is it already too late to prosecute Banks if he did breach the donation declaration rules ?

  43. burt 45

    Eddie

    I made a few adjustments to your first paragraph. IrishBill was much easier to critique. I would have had to flip and flop between Peters and Field to work with the rest of yours.

    John KeyHelen Clark has refused to sack John Banks Taito Field saying “The test is, did he breach the law or not? If he hasn’t, then he’s not guilty”. That has never been the standard ministers are held to. Ministers are required to uphold “the highest ethical standards“. It looks like Banks Field traded ‘anonymous’ donation from Kim Dotcom manual labour on his own properties for his political influence. Is that Key’s Clark’s idea of the “highest ethical standards”?

    I hear you though, Eddie – it’s crap behaviour – no argument. If politics is fair in a tribal sort of way then Banks may be to National what Winston and Field were to Labour. IMHO Key’s party is about to lose it’s cred completely if it starts to act like Clark’s.

    Key’s line again: it matters not whether undue influence has the desired outcome. It is the attempt, not the result).

    If he did say that, or even strongly inferred that, can you point me to a link? I’d love to go bananas with that on Kiwiblog. The intent is the key of course. Given the changes and consequences of being caught, any who are caught should be automatically declared unfit once proven in court, quickly… not judged via an internal inquiry with terms set by the party with the most conflicted interests.

    How are you going to be feeling Eddie if Key kicks off an internal inquiry and the terms are set (by National) over the next month or so. The enquiry will then run for up to 9 months before reporting back somewhat inconclusive due to the narrow TOR.

    • locus 45.1

      Nice analogy Burt. Winston and Field suffered appropriate fates, and I’m sure that the same is on its way for Key and Banks and maybe for their parties as well. Key’s party doesn’t have any cred to lose with the majority of NZers.

  44. vto 46

    .

    Such a simple issue.

    .

    Such a lot of hubris.

    .

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    Labour | 21-08
  • Inquiry into SIS disclosures the right decision
    Labour MP Phil Goff says the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security has done the right thing by launching an inquiry into the disclosure of SIS documents about a meeting between himself and the agency’s former director-general. “This inquiry is necessary...
    Labour | 20-08
  • Labour – supporting and valuing carers and the cared for
    Placing real value on our elderly and the people who care for them will be a priority for a Labour Government, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. Releasing Labour’s Senior Citizens policy today David Cunliffe promised that a Labour Government would...
    Labour | 20-08
  • By Hoki! It’s Labour’s fisheries policy
    A Labour Government will protect the iconic Kiwi tradition of fishing by improving access to the coast, protecting the rights of recreational fishers and reviewing snapper restrictions, Labour’s Fisheries spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “Catching a fish from the rocks, beach...
    Labour | 20-08
  • Mighty River – Mighty Profits – Mighty hard to swallow
    Mighty River Power’s profit increase of 84 per cent is simply outrageous, says Labour’s Energy spokesperson David Shearer. “Demand for electricity is flat or declining yet the company has made enormous profits. It is the latest power company to celebrate...
    Labour | 19-08
  • Collins’ actions were wrong, not unwise
    John Key’s moral compass remains off-kilter as he cannot bring himself to declare Judith Collins’ actions outright wrong, not simply ‘unwise’, said Labour MP Grant Robertson. “Under pressure John Key is finally shifting his stance but his failure to condemn...
    Labour | 19-08
  • Public servants behaving with more integrity than their masters
    The State Services Commission's new report on the integrity of our state services reflects the yawning gap between the behaviour of public servants and that of their political masters, Labour's State Services spokesperson Maryan Street says. “This report, which surveyed...
    Labour | 19-08
  • Phil Twyford Speech to NZCID
    "Labour's plan to build more and build better: how new approaches to housing, transport and urban development will deliver cities that work" Phil Twyford, Labour Party spokesperson on housing, transport, Auckland issues, and cities.  ...
    Labour | 19-08
  • Labour commits to independent Foreign Affairs and Trade
    “Labour is committed to New Zealand’s Foreign Affairs and Trade policy being independent and proactive, Labour’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson David Shearer says. “We are a small but respected country. Our voice and actions count in international affairs. Labour will take a...
    Labour | 19-08
  • Key must sack Collins over abhorrent actions
    The latest revelations that Judith Collins sent the contact details of a public servant to WhaleOil in a desperate attempt to divert media attention from a bad story is abhorrent, Labour MP Grant Robertson says. “John Key and Judith Collins...
    Labour | 19-08
  • It’s downhill from here under National
    The forecast drop in exports and predicted halving of growth shows that it’s downhill from here with National, Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker says. “Growth under this Government peaked in June and halves to two per cent in coming years....
    Labour | 19-08
  • John Key loses moral compass over Collins
    John Key has lost his moral compass over Judith Collins’ involvement with Cameron Slater and lost touch with New Zealanders’ sense of right and wrong, Labour MP Grant Robertson says. “Whoever is Prime Minister there are expectations they will not...
    Labour | 18-08
  • Mana Movement General Election 2014 List confirmed
    The MANA List is now confirmed with all the candidates as below (the numbers are the respective Internet MANA rankings). Candidate, Electorate, Internet MANA List Position Hone Harawira, Te Tai Tokerau (1) Annette Sykes, Waiariki (3) John Minto, Mt Roskill (4) Te Hamua Nikora, Ikaroa-Rawhiti...
    Mana | 18-08
  • PREFU likely to confirm dropping exports
    National’s economic management will be put under the spotlight in tomorrow’s PREFU given clear signs the so-called rock star economy has fallen off the stage, with plummeting prices for raw commodity exports, Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker says. “Under National,...
    Labour | 18-08
  • Record profits while Kiwis face a cold winter
    The record profits by two of New Zealand’s largest electricity companies will be a bitter pill for New Zealand households who are paying record amounts for their power, says Labour’s Energy spokesperson David Shearer. “No doubt the Key government will...
    Labour | 18-08
  • Time for John Key to answer yes or no questions
    John Key’s train-wreck interview on Morning Report shows he is no longer capable of a simple yes or no answer and has lost touch with what’s right and wrong, Labour MP Grant Robertson says. “John Key has become so media...
    Labour | 18-08
  • Key must clarify who signed out SIS OIA
    Yet again John Key is proving incapable of answering a simple question on an extremely important issue – this time who signed off Cameron Slater’s fast-tracked SIS OIA request on Phil Goff, said Labour MP Grant Robertson. “John Key’s claim...
    Labour | 18-08
  • Time to invest in our tertiary education system
    A Labour Government will fully review the student support system – including allowances, loans, accommodation support and scholarships – with a view to increasing access and making the system fair, transparent and sustainable, Labour’s Tertiary Education spokesperson Maryan Street says....
    Labour | 17-08
  • Labour will facilitate regional Māori economic development agencies
    The next Labour Government will facilitate the creation of regional Māori economic development groups lead by iwi and hapū to work in partnership with business and public agencies as part of its Māori Development policy. “Labour is committed to working towards...
    Labour | 16-08
  • PRIME MINISTER’S DENIAL AT ODDS WITH NATIONAL PARTY STATEMENT
    Labour’s New Zealand Council has today released an email from the General Manager of the National Party that directly contradicts recent statements from the Prime Minister in relation to the 2011 breaches of Labour Party website databases. In his stand-up...
    Labour | 16-08
  • Labour committed to a healthier NZ for all
    A Labour Government will shift the focus of the health system from narrow targets and short term thinking to make public health and prevention a priority, Labour’s health spokesperson Annette King says. Releasing Labour’s full Health policy today she said...
    Labour | 15-08
  • Time Key took responsibility for Collins
    It is well past time for John Key to take some responsibility for the misuse of power and information by his Minister Judith Collins, and follow through on his last warning to her, Labour MP Grant Robertson says. “The evidence released...
    Labour | 14-08
  • Dear John, time to answer a few questions… – Harawira
    “When Cameron Slater says about Kim Dotcom ‘I have lots on him…death by a thousand cuts…wait till you see what comes out in coming weeks on that fat c***t’, you have to ask whether this is the same Cameron Slater...
    Mana | 14-08
  • MANA CANDIDATE FOR IKAROA RAWHITI OPENS UP ABOUT SUICIDE
    “This week suicide has claimed yet more lives in whanau and communities in Ikaroa Rawhiti, and my heart goes out to those who are dealing with such a tragic loss”, says MANA candidate for Te Ikaroa Rawhiti, Te Hamua Nikora....
    Mana | 14-08
  • Offshore betting in Labour’s sights
    A Labour Government will clamp down on offshore gambling websites that deprive the local racing industry of funds, Labour’s Racing spokesperson Ross Robertson says. Releasing Labour’s racing policy today, he said betting on offshore websites is a major threat to...
    Labour | 14-08
  • Key has serious questions to answer on Dirty Politics
    John Key must answer the serious questions raised in Nicky Hager’s new book which reveal examples of dirty politics that New Zealanders will be deeply concerned about, Labour MP Grant Robertson says. “Many people will be disturbed by the evidence...
    Labour | 14-08
  • Creating an inclusive society for disabled people
    A Labour Government will provide free annual health checks for people with an intellectual disability, Labour’s Disability Issues spokesperson Ruth Dyson said today in announcing Labour’s Disability Issues policy. “We will also employ another 100 additional special education teachers and...
    Labour | 14-08
  • Media Advisory – MANA name change
    This is to advise all media that on the 24th of July the ‘Mana’ party name was officially changed to ‘MANA Movement’ under the Electoral Act 1993.  The inclusion of the word ‘Movement’ in our name shouldn’t come as a surprise...
    Mana | 13-08
  • New Zealand must help in the growing Iraq crisis
    The humanitarian crisis in Iraq looks certain to get worse before it gets better,” said David Shearer Labour’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson. “New Zealand should urgently pledge increased humanitarian assistance to United Nations agencies and NGOs present on the ground....
    Labour | 13-08
  • Allegations of migrant worker rort should be investigated
    Labour is calling for an investigation into the alleged exploitation of workers at Hutt Railway workshops, hired to repair asbestos-riddled DL locomotives. Hutt South Labour MP Trevor Mallard has written to the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment asking that...
    Labour | 13-08
  • Medical and dentistry students get reprieve under Labour
    A Labour Government will restore the right of medical and dentistry students to get student loans after seven years of study because it is the right thing to do, Labour’s Tertiary Education spokesperson Maryan Street says. “Hard on the heels...
    Labour | 13-08
  • National must stop meddling with ACC before the election
    The redesign currently occurring at the Accident Claims Corporation (ACC) for sensitive claims needs to be put on hold immediately, said the Green Party today.The Green Party is concerned about work currently underway at ACC involving the sensitive claims service...
    Greens | 13-08
  • Markets slow but first home buyers still hurting
    First home buyers are hurting more than ever as the supply of affordable houses in the market dries up, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “The Reserve Bank will be happy LVR minimum deposits and rising interest rates have dampened...
    Labour | 13-08
  • Green Party celebrates MOU win on contaminated sites
    The Green Party is celebrating the announcement of a national register of contaminated sites today, and $2.5 million to start cleaning two sites up. The Green Party and the National Party agreed to include toxic site management work in their...
    Greens | 13-08
  • Emergency staff at breaking point
    The Southern DHB is so cash-strapped it is failing to fill nursing rosters, Labour’s Associate Health spokesperson David Clark says.  “Every day emergency department nurses arrive at work knowing they are likely to be carrying more than their recommended workload. ...
    Labour | 12-08
  • ACC minister fails in mission to change culture
    The latest damning report by the Auditor General shows that the ACC Minister has failed to fulfil her mission to fix the sick culture at ACC and real change will not come till a new Government is elected, the Green...
    Greens | 12-08
  • Labour’s regional development fund to support Palmerston North
    Labour will consider a proposal to develop an inland port at Palmerston North, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “The Palmerston North community has developed plans for an inland port which will bring jobs and economic growth to a region which...
    Labour | 12-08
  • Green Party announces priorities for Christchurch
    The Green Party has today announced its plan for a fairer, smarter and more democratic Canterbury rebuild, with a focus on smart transport solutions, restoring local democracy, and keeping Christchurch's assets.The plan sits across all of the Green Party's priorities...
    Greens | 11-08
  • Rock-star economy unplugged by China log jam
    The collapse of log prices due to oversupply in China threatens to wash the gloss off what remains of National's so-called rock-star economy, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. “Already this year the price of milk solids has plunged by more...
    Labour | 11-08
  • Young job seekers dealt a poor hand
    National's "keep 'em poor" card for young people on a benefit is a sorry substitute for job training, Labour’s Social Development spokesperson Sue Moroney says.  The Government today announced it would extend its payment card scheme to all teen parents...
    Labour | 11-08
  • Labour – achieving change for Kiwi women
    Working towards being a world leader in eliminating violence against women and children will be a priority for a Labour Government. Releasing Labour’s Women’s Affairs policy today spokesperson Carol Beaumont said while Labour had a proud track record of achieving...
    Labour | 11-08
  • Accessible healthcare also affordable
      It is obvious from Tony Ryall’s hasty attack of Labour’s plans to extend free GP visits to older people that he hasn’t bothered to actually read the policy, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says. "Mr Ryall’s response to Labour’s...
    Labour | 11-08
  • TDB Political Diary for 2014 Election
    Here are the political events TDB will be covering this election. I will be live tweeting these events and  blog reviews will follow the next day. Internet MANA launch – August – Sunday 24th – 1pm, Western Springs School Green...
    The Daily Blog | 22-08
  • One man’s struggle to find a copy of Dirty Politics
    I’m typing this on top of Dirty Politics.  I got the last copy yesterday morning at the local branch of a chain bookshop.  I was really in to get the paper.  I know it sold out – everyone knows - but the first thing...
    The Daily Blog | 22-08
  • From Tucker to Key – while you were out
      From Tucker to Key – while you were out...
    The Daily Blog | 22-08
  • Amnesty International – Justice is not Blind in Ferguson
    When a US cop pulls a gun on an unarmed man, he could be acting upon a series of impulses that have been formed since before he or she could talk. What does that police officer see in front of...
    The Daily Blog | 22-08
  • Putting an end to zero-hour contracts in 2015
    All around the world attention is being drawn to what have been dubbed in the UK “zero-hour contracts”. These are contracts that don’t have any guaranteed hours even though the worker may be regularly employed. Unite Union has been struggling...
    The Daily Blog | 22-08
  • NZ’s Foreign Aid: The Party Policies Compared
    For the past two elections, I’ve cast my vote based on a single question, which party promises to give the most money in foreign aid? I grant that this is a fairly narrow and simplistic lens through which to judge...
    The Daily Blog | 22-08
  • Steering By The Real: Chris Trotter responds to Paul Buchanan
    WHEN ACADEMICS take to blogging the rest of us best be careful. And when they offer comment on the subject of dirty politics we should all pay attention. I will always remember my history lecturer, Dr Michael Cullen’s, confident dismissal...
    The Daily Blog | 22-08
  • Interview Between Selwyn Manning & Sean Plunket Over SIS Release of OIA...
    During a RadioLive interview between host Sean Plunket and managing director of Multimedia Investments Ltd, journalist Selwyn Manning, a fiery exchange developed after Plunket attempted to “wet flannel” the issue of whether the Prime Minister has been truthful over what...
    The Daily Blog | 22-08
  • “Even though my hours are being cut, my rent doesn’t get cut to compens...
    Fast Food = Slow Pay   Lola is a manager at a major fast food chain. Last year her employer arbitrarily cut her hours from 32 hours to anywhere between 18 and 26 hours each week. “I said I can’t...
    The Daily Blog | 21-08
  • Hate Politics has no place in NZ Politics
    I wasn’t going to write about Nicky Hagar’s ‘Dirty Politics’.  There are plenty of policy issues to discuss. Then I read the book, and what it reveals strikes at the very heart of our democracy. My overwhelming feeling is one...
    The Daily Blog | 21-08
  • Pak’nSave pull adverts from Whaleoil
    Pak n Save have replied to complaints that their adverts were appearing on hate speech site Whaleoil by deciding to block their adverts from appearing on the site. Their reply… Congratulations for Pak’NSave on making this type of ethical stand. They...
    The Daily Blog | 21-08
  • Herald Poll – Why the Greens will hit 15%
    The biggest problem for John Key is that there are swathes of National Party voters who are educated and decent people whom will be forced to read Dirty Politics out of intellectual curiosity and will be horrified by what National...
    The Daily Blog | 21-08
  • Coalition for Better Broadcasting – Dirty Politics and Dirty Media
    The Nicky Hager book is mind blowing on so many levels. The revelations of government ministers and their staff colluding with vile and hateful schemers to attack other people, is truly ugly. When the dust settles on the illegalities, immoralities...
    The Daily Blog | 21-08
  • “You just have to keep on fighting” – an interview with Metiria Turei
    We’re meeting in her office. It’s austere, though she does have a nice teapot. The view is startling. One can map the Bowen Triangle, though the teapot is still more interesting. A group of pink faced men are running across...
    The Daily Blog | 21-08
  • Taxation and Real Estate – turning housing debate on its head
    The debate about property prices in New Zealand is disingenuous. It is clear that there is a global process in which speculators are using massive amounts of unspent and borrowed money to blow bubbles in the world’s major asset markets....
    The Daily Blog | 21-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Michael Wood – Faith and politics
    In a week which has seen our collective focus shift to those who see politics as a great game to be manipulated for their own ends, it is timely to reflect on the fact that many people are in fact...
    The Daily Blog | 21-08
  • Government’s Own Guidelines Show John Key Would Have Been Informed Of SIS...
    Analysis by Selwyn Manning. INFORMATION THAT I HAVE ACQUIRED, sourced from the State Services Commission, states in black and white the tight guideline requirements that must be followed whenever the SIS informs a Prime Minister of any pending release of...
    The Daily Blog | 21-08
  • Simply Not Credible: Dr Tucker’s “clarifications” are only making thi...
    THAT DR WARREN TUCKER, Director of the Security Intelligence Service in 2011, agreed to the release of politically sensitive material – thereby intervening in an on-going contretemps between the leaders of the National and Labour parties – without receiving the...
    The Daily Blog | 21-08
  • The Donghua Liu Affair: Evidence of Collusion between the NZ Herald and Imm...
    . 1. Prologue . The Donghua Liu Affair hit  the headlines on 18 June, with allegations that David Cunliffe wrote a letter in 2003,  on  behalf of  business migrant, Donghua Liu. Four days later, on Sunday 22 June, the Herald...
    The Daily Blog | 21-08
  • Dear Canon NZ – Malevolence should induce revulsion, it shouldn’t be ce...
    Giovanni Tiso’s analysis on Slater is possibly the best in NZ… It’s been a good week for some of us. A week of feeling vindicated, offeeling galvanised. Where it goes from here will depend on several factors, some of which are largely...
    The Daily Blog | 20-08
  • 5AA Australia: After Dirty Politics Can National Provide Stable Government?
    AS WE ALL KNOW New Zealanders and Australians do not like political parties that are unstable, or can no longer assure us that they are able to provide stable government. And the big question for Kiwis as we prepare to...
    The Daily Blog | 20-08
  • SIS letter means it’s over for Key
    It’s over. I may not agree with all of Phil Goff’s positions, but you can’t question his integrity the way Slater did in Dirty Politics and not be deeply concerned that our Secret Intelligence Agency is being used for political...
    The Daily Blog | 20-08
  • who to vote for in Epsom
    who to vote for in Epsom...
    The Daily Blog | 20-08
  • The Rise and Fall of John Key – who will be the next leader of National P...
    . . It was all set to go: Teamkey would be the cult of personality that would do Stalin, Mao, Reagan, Thatcher, or any of the Nth Korean Kim Dynasty, proud.  National and it’s “Teamkey” propaganda strategy   would cash-in Big Time...
    The Daily Blog | 20-08
  • Who said Kiwis couldn’t get a fire in their bellies over an arcane intern...
    An amazing team of activists has taken the campaign on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) to local governments throughout the country. Their latest triumph came last Monday when the Dunedin City Council endorsed a resolution expressing concern about the TPPA...
    The Daily Blog | 20-08
  • National’s Dangerous Education Agenda Exposed
    Putting aside the dirty politics coming out of the Beehive and the right-wing blogisphere, there are some very strong signals that another term of a National Government would do even more serious damage to the public education system. The Education...
    The Daily Blog | 20-08
  • We can have clean politics and get our democracy back.
    Something is rotten in our politics and it stinks. Dirty politics has sadly become one of the defining features of this election campaign. In the light of recent revelations about the extent of nasty and disingenuous political strategies, it would...
    The Daily Blog | 20-08
  • Book burning copies of Hager’s book? The next generation of National Part...
    It seems we are getting the next generation of National Party Dirty Politics now. There are claims the Young Nats in Hamilton are buying up copies of Dirty Politics and burning them. One witness was contacted by the Waikato Times...
    The Daily Blog | 20-08
  • National Party Poetry Day Haiku
    Key’s inbox and Cam’s poison most foul, there he blows hoist by own harpoon...
    The Daily Blog | 20-08
  • Why Cunliffe will be the next PM
    David Cunliffe will be the next Prime Minister of NZ. Labour’s inclusive and positive TV adverts… …are in stark contrast to National’s team of white people powering away from the rabble of the ‘others’… …the messaging is vital and crucial...
    The Daily Blog | 20-08
  • From smiling assassin to grumpy butcher – on giving Judith Collins a last...
    After #dirtypolitics Key isn’t the smiling assassin, he is the grumpy butcher. When he said Judith had  a ‘last chance’ he meant 1 second after voting closes on 20th September. Key would love nothing more than to cut Collins loose and end...
    The Daily Blog | 20-08
  • If the National Party rowing advert was real….
    If the National Party rowing advert was real there would be more blood in the water. If the National Party rowing advert was real it would be Cameron Slater calling the strokes. If the national Party rowing advert was real,...
    The Daily Blog | 20-08
  • Cameron Slater: Zionist and political pundit
    It is hard to know where to start with right-wing blogger Cameron Slater (Whale Oil), especially after the release of Nicky Hager’s book Dirty Politics. This confirmed everything many of us thought Slater to be: a snivelling pundit who serves...
    The Daily Blog | 19-08
  • Bryce Edwards stood down from Herald for election season??? Are the editors...
    I only found this out via twitter last night and I am still in shock. Bryce Edwards, easily the best critical thinker and news analyst the NZ Herald has has been stood down by the NZ Herald ‘for the election...
    The Daily Blog | 19-08
  • So who’s a “conspiracy theorist” now?!
    . . As the media storm over Nicky Hager’s book, “Dirty Politics“,  and allegations over smear campaigns continue to swirl,  National’s spin doctors have given Key, Collins, and other National Party ministers a string of  phrases to use in all...
    The Daily Blog | 19-08
  • Momentum shift
    When you are deeply immersed in a local campaign sometimes it can be difficult to see the helicopter view.   I don’t know how accurate the political polls are and have always known that things can change quickly in politics...
    The Daily Blog | 19-08
  • Dear Toby Manhire. Bad call on backing Farrar
    Oh dear. I say this as someone who regards Toby Manhire as one of the smartest journalists/commentators/columnists this country has, and I think Toby has made a terribly dumb call here. Let’s see if Toby is still singing Farrar’s praises...
    The Daily Blog | 19-08
  • Radio NZ apologise to me for getting it wrong
    Radio NZ have contacted me, reviewed the claim by their host that I had an advance copy of Nicky Hager’s book and they have concluded they got it wrong, they have called me and apologised and will make a statement...
    The Daily Blog | 19-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Reclaim UoA – Students’ Message to Steven Joyce
    Tertiary Education – we’ve been sold a lemon  A group of 30 students attended an event on Tuesday evening about ‘the future of tertiary education’ at which the Minister of Tertiary Education Steven Joyce was slated to speak. As Joyce...
    The Daily Blog | 19-08
  • Can someone in the media please ask the PM of NZ to categorically deny any ...
    Now we see the MO of Slater & Co, the setting up, the digging for dirt, the use of staff to dig that dirt, can the Prime Minister of NZ categorically deny any National Party staff worked with Cam Slater...
    The Daily Blog | 19-08
  • Panic setting in for National as they realise what’s about to happen
    And the terror starts to set in. I’ve never seen blind panic like this before  and it’s spreading as the enormity of what’s about to happen starts to sink in. Hager’s book is a mere entree, Nicky’s personal ethics wouldn’t...
    The Daily Blog | 19-08
  • Hager’s Dirty Politics: what the book ultimately reveals is abuse of powe...
    Guide to the many faces of John Key Nicky’s book is now doing what I suspected it would do, create a shockwave of revulsion. Andrew Geddis over at Pundit Blog sums up this attitude best, and it’s reverberations build with every...
    The Daily Blog | 18-08
  • Fancy taking children seriously
    Let’s see why all political parties should pay close attention to the Green Party’s policy for children. First, it is a comprehensive attempt to put children, not ideology, at the heart of family policy. Wow, children at the heart of...
    The Daily Blog | 18-08
  • Amnesty International: Dear Azerbaijan, Stop Torture, Love Kiwi Kids
    This is a world where many adults often underestimate Generation Y. Being only a few years out of being a teenager myself, I feel I can make this statement with certainty. However, I have been the Youth Intern at Amnesty...
    The Daily Blog | 18-08
  • GCSB meetings today in Christchurch 1pm at Uni 7pm at Cathedral
    The 2014 GCSB meetings to discuss the mass surveillance state legislation passed by this Government will be debated in Christchurch today at two different meetings. 1pm at Canterbury University bottom floor James Height Building: Chair: Bomber Bradbury Ruth Dyson – Labour Party...
    The Daily Blog | 18-08
  • Things that 7 Sharp should probably be talking about
    Things that 7 Sharp should probably be talking about...
    The Daily Blog | 18-08
  • Guide to when Key is lying
    Guide to when Key is lying...
    The Daily Blog | 18-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Kate Davis – The State of the Student Nation …or is just Al...
    Students politics are dead and our student media is in terminal decline. The most disappointing thing about university is the politics, or should I say lack of? I was raised with the idea that students held the power.They were the...
    The Daily Blog | 18-08
  • Love Lifts Us Up: Thoughts from the Green Party’s campaign launch.
    Author Eleanor Catton wants people to give their party vote to the Greens.Photo by Peter Meecham NO ONE WAS QUITE SURE how he did it. Somehow Bob Harvey had persuaded the owners of the rights to Joe Cocker’s Up Where...
    The Daily Blog | 18-08
  • Test Stream
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    The Daily Blog | 18-08
  • Te Kuiti man imprisoned for images of young children
    A Te Kuiti man caught with pictures of children being sexually abused has been sentenced to ten months imprisonment. Sickness beneficiary Daniel James Parry, 35, appeared for sentence in the Tauranga District Court today (Friday) after pleading guilty...
    Scoop politics | 22-08
  • Japan Maritime Training Squadron visit – Open Day, Band
    • The Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force Training Squadron will make port in Auckland from Wednesday 3 September to Saturday 6 September...
    Scoop politics | 22-08
  • MP Perk Transparency Needed
    The Taxpayers’ Union is slamming the increase in taxpayer-funded entitlements for MPs and their families published on the legislation website this afternoon . Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says:...
    Scoop politics | 22-08
  • Debating the future of Auckland’s housing
    With only weeks until the General Election, Auckland’s mounting housing crisis will be put under the spotlight in an Election Debate hosted by the School of Architecture and Planning at the University of Auckland. The debate’s topic “Market forces...
    Scoop politics | 22-08
  • Let’s sort this out – Human Rights Commission
    A Whangarei woman allegedly censured for greeting customers with Kia ora can get in touch with the Human Rights Commission says Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy. “We really need to resolve these kinds of issues. I had thought that...
    Scoop politics | 22-08
  • Aged Care Association welcomes Labour’s wages policy
    The New Zealand Aged Care Association welcomes the Labour Party’s announcement that if elected, it will raise the minimum wage for aged care workers within its first 100 days in Government....
    Scoop politics | 22-08
  • Honorary doctorate for Secretary-General of the UN
    An Honorary Doctor of Laws degree is to be bestowed on His Excellency Mr Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations, by the University of Auckland on Wednesday 3 September, both in recognition of his role as an international statesman...
    Scoop politics | 22-08
  • Surveillance of Mr Upul Jayasuriya
    The New Zealand Bar Association joins the International Bar Association (IBA) and other Law Societies and Bar Associations worldwide over the reported surveillance of Mr Upul Jayasuriya, President of the Bar Association of Sri Lanka....
    Scoop politics | 22-08
  • Bob Parker, China State Media and Tibet Forum
    Former Christchurch mayor was signed up to position statement without his knowledge; observed “happiness” in Tibet as Tibetan protesters elsewhere shot by security forces...
    Scoop politics | 22-08
  • “Walk the talk to reduce the wage gap”
    There’s just a few weeks left to convince the candidates of all political parties that reducing the wage gaps makes good sense....
    Scoop politics | 22-08
  • Digital Currency on the Drawing Board
    Government policies and digital currency ideas and issues will come together at three public workshops next week....
    Scoop politics | 21-08
  • NZ Cycle Trail welcomes $8 million fund
    Government funding of $8 million to maintain and enhance the Great Rides of New Zealand will help ensure the trails are delivering the best possible visitor experience, says Evan Freshwater, Manager Nga Haerenga The New Zealand Cycle Trail Inc. (NZCT)....
    Scoop politics | 21-08
  • Judges Comments Bonkers – McVicar
    Napier Conservative Party Candidate Garth McVicar is accusing a Judge of forgetting that he is the gate-keeper for the community and not a benevolent caregiver for law breakers. "The comments by this Judge are not just alarming, they're completely...
    Scoop politics | 21-08
  • Oxfam: World must suspend arms sales to protect civilians
    As the New Zealand Government prepares to ratify the global Arms Trade Treaty, and after ceasefire talks collapsed and violence erupted yet again in Gaza yesterday, Oxfam is calling on all states to immediately suspend transfers of arms or ammunition...
    Scoop politics | 21-08
  • Degrees in Picking up Rubbish
    Responding to the Fairfax media report of a University of Otago survey of Wellington’s street-connected walkways, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says:...
    Scoop politics | 21-08
  • Another Union row
    “ The teachers union the NZEA is getting ready for another industrial dispute. These disputes now only occur in the government sector. National has no one to blame but themselves” said ACT Leader Dr Jamie Whyte....
    Scoop politics | 21-08
  • Whyte: Speech to Grey Power
    National’s failure to increase the age for super and reform health is a threat to every New Zealander’s security....
    Scoop politics | 21-08
  • Local Govt should not go into business
    “No one should take any comfort from the fact that “Infracon”, a roading company in Tararua and Central Hawke's Bay, is to go into liquidation. This puts the future of more than 200 jobs in doubt. ACT sympathises with those...
    Scoop politics | 21-08
  • Join the hikoi to end child poverty in New Zealand
    CPAG is calling on people across society to join a march from Britomart to Aotea Square in Auckland to demand action on child poverty in Aotearoa....
    Scoop politics | 21-08
  • Ngapuhi Chair Says Enough of the Political Sideshow
    Time for side-shows to end so we can focus on future of our nation – Raniera (Sonny) Tau, Chairman, Te Runanga A Iwi O Ngapuhi...
    Scoop politics | 21-08
  • Commissioner of Police v Kim Dotcom And Ors
    An order is made extending the duration of the registration of the restraining orders issued by the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia on 10 and 25 January 2012 and registered in New Zealand on 18...
    Scoop politics | 21-08
  • Labour Announcement on Future of Hillside Workshops Welcome
    Labour leader David Cunliffe’s announcement in Dunedin today that a government led by his party would re-open Hillside Railway workshops was welcomed by the Rail and Maritime Transport Union (RMTU). ‘Since the workshops were shut down in late...
    Scoop politics | 21-08
  • Primary teachers and principals vote to put kids first
    Teachers and principals have voted overwhelmingly against the Government’s controversial “Investing in Educational Success” policy, including proposed highly-paid principal and teacher roles....
    Scoop politics | 21-08
  • Prime Time with Sean Plunkett: Educating for Success
    In all the turmoil stirred up by the "Dirty Politics" revelations, the real issues that the campaign should be about have been put to one side....
    Scoop politics | 21-08
  • Dirty Politics – Number One Bestseller and Back in Stores
    An exposé of the hidden side of New Zealand politics, Nicky Hager's book, Dirty Politics , has been in hot demand since its release last Wednesday....
    Scoop politics | 21-08
  • Epsom: profiling NZ’s most controversial electorate
    Welcome to the wealthy inner Auckland electorate of Epsom: home of coat-tailing, the Tea Tapes, a convicted outgoing MP... and heavy newspaper and magazine readership....
    Scoop politics | 21-08
  • Families Free From Violence campaign and website
    We are pleased to announce the launch of our Families Free From Violence campaign and our new Families Free From Violence website. This website has been created to encourage people to take responsibility for ending family violence by seeking help...
    Scoop politics | 21-08
  • PSA And DHBs Reach Settlement on Five Collective Agreements
    The 20 District Health Boards are pleased to reach settlement via mediation on five Multi Employer Collective Agreements (MECAs) with the Public Service Association for 12,000 mental and public health nurses, allied, public health and technical staff,...
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Refusal to complete census results in 46 convictions
    Failing to fill out a census form has resulted in the convictions of 46 people, Statistics New Zealand said today....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Council Amalgamations Still Bad Deal
    Northland, Bay of Plenty, and Wellington ratepayers should not be seduced into accepting the amalgamation of their Councils by a recent amendment to legislation allowing for local boards not community boards, Chris Leitch, Democrats for Social Credit...
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • DHB industrial action withdrawn
    The Public Service Association (PSA) has withdrawn notices of industrial action covering 12,000 health workers at District Health Boards (DHBs) across New Zealand, after progress was made in mediation....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Aged Care Pledge Needs Better Target, Says Care Agency
    Labour’s pledge to set up an aged care working group to address industry concerns is good to see, but appears to skirt the obvious issue of a looming lack of beds and carers for our rapidly growing elderly population, says...
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Social inequality still rife in New Zealand
    Social inequality has worsened over the past decade in New Zealand, a new study from Victoria University of Wellington shows....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Working towards a living wage and more Māori in paid work
    The Māori Party will build on the gains it has already achieved in Government and accelerate job opportunities particularly for young Māori....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Deepwater Group Supports Changes to Catch Limits
    The Deepwater Group says the increase in the Total Allowable Commercial Catch for hoki shows the benefits of a long term commitment to build biomass in this major New Zealand fishery....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • ACT announces Ohariu candidate Sean Fitzpatrick
    “Our Ohariu candidate will be Sean Fitzpatrick. Sean has strong ties to the region and I’m glad to hear he will be doing his best to grow ACT’s party vote in the area,” says Dr Whyte....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • ACT announces Tauranga candidate Stuart Pederson
    “Our Tauranga candidate will be Stuart Pedersen. Stuart has strong ties to Tauranga and I’m glad he has agreed to do his best to grow ACT’s party vote in the electorate,” says Dr Whyte....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Green Party scores massive own goal
    Green Party scores massive own goal as their own policy auditor criticises their fiscal plan...
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Green Party’s own Auditor of their Budget finds it dodgy
    “The Alternative Budget released by the Green's does not even stack up in the eyes of their chosen auditor – Infometrics” said ACT Leader Dr Jamie Whyte....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • New shark finning laws fall short for threatened species
    Environmental groups are welcoming some aspects of a raft of law changes announced today in relation to shark finning, but say that overall the chance for New Zealand to catch up with international efforts in shark conservation is being missed....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Promoting Labour’s Positive Policies
    General Secretary of the New Zealand Labour Party, Tim Barnett, today launched Labour’s television advertisements for the 2014 election. The advertisements help tell Labour’s positive story for a better New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Drug Court: Rare Insight into New Alternative Justice Model
    Māori Television’s latest New Zealand documentary presents a fascinating look inside a new alternative justice model – through the stories of convicted criminals....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Political parties pledge to increase overseas aid
    A survey of political parties looking at how much New Zealand should spend on Official Development Assistance (ODA) shows the overwhelming majority of parties are committed to raising the bar according to the Council for International Development (CID)....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Top Kiwis backing Tip the Scales campaign
    Sir Graham Henry, former All Black Kees Meeuws, singer-song writer Jamie McDell and fishing guru Matt Watson have pledged their support to Tip the Scales, a pre-election campaign generating public support for rebuilding New Zealand’s depleted inshore...
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Maritime Union continues to press over dirty politics
    Maritime Union National President Garry Parsloe says Ports of Auckland management is trying to get off the hook from its involvement with extreme right wing bloggers during the Ports of Auckland dispute....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • No end in sight to overwhelming human cost of conflict
    Two ceasefires have brought some respite to civilians in Gaza and southern Israel, amid hope that a durable cessation of hostilities might occur. In Gaza, these breaks in the fighting have barely given people enough time to seek medical care,...
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Young Kiwi speakers to represent NZ at Gallipoli 2015
    The RSA is delighted at the announcement made by Veterans' Affairs Minister Michael Woodhouse today, that all eight regional finalists of the 2015 ANZ RSA Cyril Bassett VC Speech Competition will be included in a group of 25 Youth Ambassadors...
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • “Bromance” Marriage Stunt Insulting Says LegaliseLove
    A promotional competition asking two best mates to get married in order to win an all-expenses-paid trip to the 2015 Rugby World Cup is insulting, marriage equality campaign LegaliseLove Aotearoa claims....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • Cannabis Party first to register for 2014 General Election
    The Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party became the first party to register for the 2014 General Election today, when it meet with the Electoral Commission in Wellington at Midday....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
  • PGA: Addresses NZ’s ratification of Arms Trade Treaty
    President of Parliamentarians for Global Action and New Zealand MP Ross Robertson today addressed a celebration to mark New Zealand’s imminent ratification of the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), which is expected within the next few weeks....
    Scoop politics | 20-08
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