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Spin Slater Spin

Written By: - Date published: 12:21 pm, May 4th, 2014 - 93 comments
Categories: Judith Collins, national, same old national, you couldn't make this shit up - Tags: , ,

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Cameron Slater is having a tough time.  There is that particular police investigation which is ongoing.  I suspect that the Police will be keen to discover how Slater did come into possession of Matt Blomfield’s hard drive.   And Judith Collins’ Ministerial career is under increasing pressure as more and more revelations about that private dinner are released.

You have to wonder about National’s normally slick handling of the media.  Admitting that Collins’ office had asked for a briefing from MFAT before that private dinner the same day that it was confirmed that Oravida had given National a $30,000 gift just before Christmas last year only amplified the impression that something dodgy has been going on.

So Cameron Slater has come to the rescue by asking questions about the actions of Labour’s Ross Robertson.  Collins was reported in this morning’s Herald as claiming that representations by MPs to Ministers on police matters are not unusual.  She refers to an incident where Robertson mentioned to her that his daughter who is a Police Officer and an aspiring Olympic writer runner wanted leave so that she could train more.  The approach seems completely innocent.

But Slater in typical style is going to town on the issue.  As at the time of writing he has posted two posts on the story and says that more are in the pipeline.

For Cameron’s information this is why trying to suggest that the two incidents are comparable is complete and utter bollocks:

  1. Maurice Williamson at the time that he was a Minister of the Crown asked the police to review the prosecution of a person who was not a constituent and who was a large donor to the National Party.
  2. Section 4.14 of the Cabinet Manual states “[f]ollowing a long-established principle, Ministers do not involve themselves in deciding whether a person should be prosecuted, or on what charge.”
  3. Williamson was clearly in breach of this requirement and deserves to have been sacked.
  4. By way of contrast Robertson merely asked about leave entitlements for his daughter who was a police officer.  The context suggested that it was just an informal question.

All that I can ask of Cameron is that he keeps digging.  Because he is so seriously off target on this one that his continued efforts will be hilarious to watch.

Update:  And now Collins and Slater seem to be threatening a Journalist who allegedly spoke to her about a family member who may have been in trouble with the police.  This is crazy not only because it will upset the media but because journalists are not Ministers of the Crown and not bound by the obligation not to interfere.

Judith Collins tweet

 

Update2:  And it appears that Collins was talking about Katie Bradford.  And it appears that John Key is not amused.  According to TVOne:

Asked if it was appropriate for Ms Collins to name a Press Gallery member in this way, Mr Key said: “Well I think that would be the wrong place for her to be in if that’s the case and I’ll raise the matter with her.”

Mr Key says in his view the National Party has a good, constructive working relationship with the media.

“That’s also what’s important for ministers,” he added.

“I’ll make sure I remind every minister and every MP that’s the sort of relationship we want to have with the media.”

Mr Key said: “The media have got a job to do and we’ve got a job to do and that’s where it should start and finish.”

93 comments on “Spin Slater Spin”

  1. logie97 1

    MS. Don’t want to detract from the thrust of this post. But on one point, a lot has been made of Key’s swift and decisive action on this. I thought actually that Williamson had resigned and wasn’t “sacked.” Indeed if he had been sacked by the PM then Key would have found it difficult to be already making suggestions of Williamson coming back into the fold.

    • mickysavage 1.1

      Agreed Logie that Williamson did resign and was not sacked. I did think about the wording at the time I wrote this. The phrase “deserves to have been sacked” is deliberate as IMHO Williamson should have been sacked if he had not resigned.

      • Tracey 1.1.1

        interestingly slater in his crusade thought brown should be exposed as cheating on his wife but not collins or williamson. on them he didnt dig and reveal at all.

        at a party last night and my staunch nat/ act voting brother was mocking collins and williamsons excuses.

        i doubt it will chanfe who he votes for but he used the following phrase

        “what pisses me off is how stupid they must think i am if they think i will swallow their bullshit.”

        • Draco T Bastard 1.1.1.1

          Well, if he still votes for them then he’s proving that he’s actually that stupid.

      • It’s the same linguistic trick used around Richard Worth’s resignation, isn’t it?

        • Tracey 1.1.2.1

          yp. remind me, did worth go for abusing diplomatic status for his business interest, or his harrassment of a woman.

          • Stephanie Rodgers 1.1.2.1.1

            I’m pretty sure we were never told. Everyone went to great lengths to avoid specifics.

          • toad 1.1.2.1.2

            Probably a bit of both.

            Worth was put on a warning for using a Ministerial overseas trip to promote his business interests. The sexual harassment allegations followed, but they didn’t result in his immediate sacking or resignation.

            There were rumours at the time sourced to National Party figures that the last straw for Worth was that he was caught AWOL from Parliament “entertaining” a woman when he was meant to have been at an official meeting, but that was to my knowledge never confirmed.

        • felix 1.1.2.2

          “linguistic trick” lol.

          Very polite way to put it.

      • Anne 1.1.3

        Well, he was told asked to resign Wed. night and he did so Thurs. morning. That’s tantamount to being sacked.

        • felix 1.1.3.1

          Yes, it is. So why didn’t Key sack him?

          • srylands 1.1.3.1.1

            Because it is highly uncoventional. Which of the 10 Ministers that Helen Clarke “ask to resign” and who did so were sacked? Give you a guess.

            • felix 1.1.3.1.1.1

              The difference, my little friend, is that Key actually says he sacks them.

              For example, officially Richard Worth resigned.

              But over the following few days, Key said he resigned, then he said ‘akshully I sacked hum’, then he said ‘nah I dudn’t he rusigned’.

              You would’ve known that Helen would never be so loose with language over such a serious matter, had you ever been to NZ.

    • aerobubble 1.2

      So Key can act swiftly and decisively, if he’s losing a minister, and the minister sees he has no other choice, and Key didnt have to do a damn thing except grin and bear it.

      • toad 1.2.1

        Whereas Collins just digs her toes in and says “fuck you, I’m not going anywhere”, and Key has to suck it up.

      • bb 1.2.2

        Williamson is on record (I can’t remember if it was the TV3 or RNZ interview) saying that he spoke to the prime minister who told him ‘he crossed a line and that he should resign’, and so Williamson said ‘ok, ill do that then’ (or words close to that affect). So technically its a resignation, but he would have been sacked otherwise. That’s pretty standard practice though I’d imagine? I do find it strange that Williamson is doing so many interviews, surely it’d be best just to shut up about it.

        • Puddleglum 1.2.2.1

          Hi bb,

          Yes, I heard that too. It was on Morning Report orNine to Noon.

          • felix 1.2.2.1.1

            It was on Nine to Noon. Sounded like he let it slip accidentally at first, then decided fuck it and ran with it.

            Up until that moment only the official line “he resigned” was being reported.

  2. Treetop 2

    What a childish minister of justice NZ has. Her memory is working overtime (using a past portfolio) to mud rake the opposition. May be there is nothing wrong in the justice sector in NZ, so Collins is sticking her beak into another ministers portfolio.

    I reiterate, Collins asked the police and not Robertson. A simple “No” like Winston’s sign would have sufficed.

  3. One Anonymous Bloke 3

    The official story around political donations is that politicians are kept away from fundraising activities, which are conducted by the party. The reason for this is that if politicians don’t know – or at least have plausible deniability of – their donors, they can’t favour them.

    Except selling meal tickets and photoshoots involves the PM directly in contact with party donors, and he knows it because that’s why we’re all here today.

    And then we see the favours, performed in plain sight.

    Never mind right and wrong, how is this legal?

    MS? Anyone except, well, you know who you are.

  4. Herodotus 4

    The depth of this counter claim says it all.
    Perhaps more light could be shed on what were these 4-5 times per year that Maurice has had need to contact the police on behalf of his constituents ( of which I understand Liu is not one ) I am sure that these other examples are not of such a serious nature as domestic violence.
    What is it about south ease Auckland :
    Wong , Collins and now Williamson ?

    • Tracey 4.1

      their constituents thingkthey are for sale, for some reason… and by constituents i mean some very wealthy businesspeople.

  5. Sanctuary 5

    Slater has a nihilist view of human nature and politics which makes his actions predictable. That is why he is so useful to Jason Ede and John Key, they know exactly how their puppet will frame a story. This all seems fairly run-of-the-mill Ede/Slater – try to smear your opponents as distraction as part of a wider narrative of discrediting democratic institutions in favour of authoritarianism.

    It is frankly boring. Slater is just a holier than thou sleeze merchant. His attack on Len Brown was his apogee. It exposed him and methods to a wide audience and people outside his wing-nut echo chamber were revolted. People do read him, but most now do it to laugh at him and see which of his wingnuts has the craziest comment.

    Slater is all over. He is a one trick pony trading in same old slander from the same old stall day in day out, week in and week out. The media has wised up to him. He is past his use by date.

    • Mary 5.1

      I liked how slater vowed there was “more to come” on Brown that would “finish him off” but there was nothing. He’s said that so often about many things. “Cam” is a complete comedy act, right up there with jordan williams when he’s on The Panel.

  6. McFlock 6

    This also raises another thing that concerns me about this government: in previous parliaments I got the distinct impression that the major ideological differences did not overly disrupt the day-to-day cooperation between representatives. The sort of thing where if a constituent has an issue, their local MP can raise it in good faith with a responsible minister or civil servant without having to go all “moral outrage” in the House, or where a truly non-political issue can be discussed and lobbied for across the House.

    WINZ were always a good one for that in my neck of the woods, and I assume IRD were, too. Situations where a minor bureaucrat clearly overreached themselves, the appeals process would take days or weeks, but a visit to the electorate office on the way home would mean that by the time you got home the phone was ringing with an apology and the money would be transferred overnight (true story).

    There was (no doubt) a process to follow for the MPs to avoid improper interference, but it seemed to work fine for decades. Until Collins decides to use what seems to be a similar routine interaction as hyped-up political ammunition. Now every MP will have to think twice before approaching someone across the House.

    Basically, for a short-term minor political point or distraction, Collins and Slater might well have given representative government a swift kick in the nuts.

    • RedLogix 6.1

      Collins has track record for misusing her role as a Minister. The first big clue was her mishandling of the David Bain compensation matter.

  7. Papa tuanuku 7

    sl8ers h8ers

  8. fender 8

    It’s pleasing to see writing is now an Olympic sport :grin: (“…. and an aspiring Olympic writer wanted leave so that she could train more.”)

    Needless to say Slater need not enter any writing events, there’s no category for his brand of “pipeline” prose..

    Funny to hear (as I won’t go to that shit library) how desperate these fools are getting in an attempt to distract from the practices of the National Corruption Party.

  9. andy (the other one) 9

    Ouch, Collins has decided to take on The Gallery

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11249346

    Collins then took to Twitter, effectively daring TV3 to raise the allegations she made about Bradford.

    its going to be difficult for Collins to get positive news after today. She just broke the Mutually assured destruction agreement.

    Mr Key tried to down play any suggestion of an ongoing war on the media just over four months from the general election.

    Biting the hand that feeds and all that…

    • felix 9.1

      Yep.

      Although to be fair it was going to be difficult anyway. She’s a really hilarious train-wreck.

    • mickysavage 9.2

      Key must be absolutely seething …

      • felix 9.2.1

        Yeah you’d think he could just sack her, eh?

      • ianmac 9.2.2

        Key must be furious offstage especially in the weekend of an important Northern National Conference.
        “Judith dear. The distractions are meant to distract from the Labour Party and not us. So be a good little girl and gently close that sweet little mouth of yours – please!”

    • Tracey 9.3

      shes now apologised to the journalist…

      not nzers.

  10. felix 10

    Slater has had months to spin this.

    Is that the best he can do? ffs.

  11. captain hook 12

    its becoming more and more obvious that National is on the ropes. The public have just about had enough of them and wail boil too. He may appeal to that slimy section of society that wont admit who they are but they are on the run and anda good dose of disinfectant will see them gone at the election.

    • Ant 12.1

      The real skill of their media management has really been about a lack of sunlight on their own actions, once someone opens the curtains it’s all on.

  12. Aotearoean 13

    I just saw Judith Collins on TV3 news. What a performance! If she keeps this up Labour is bound to form the next Government.

    • Ant 13.1

      What Collins and her cronies haven’t realised is that she is unlikable at the best of times. The best thing for the left is that she stays front and centre, like Joyce she is about as unlikable as Shipley was, the only way either are going to get to the top is by coup, completely unpalatable to the electorate.

    • karol 13.2

      Collins comments on 3 News, about the media needing to be held to account like MPs is so mind-boggling hypocritical….. given the track record of Team National’s media spin, and various Collins’ cronies – eg WO.

      She jumps on board when the media, too often, get their hooks into Labour and/or/Greens/Mana, but when on occasions it’s turned on her and other Nats…. they look shell shocked – Williamson is also looking like he’s feeling the strain.

      Raises the admiration for those opposition MPs constantly being under Nat-spun attacks followed through by the media.

      • veutoviper 13.2.1

        Thanks for the link, Karol. I’ve been living in the real world most of today and have only caught up with today’s ‘activities’.

        Collins was unbelievable in that interview.

        My money is on …..

        Tomorrow or Tuesday (late) morning, we will be told that Collins is taking a period of [health] leave as she has been under considerable (unwarranted) pressure from Labour and others over the last few months. She will not be resigning; she is a very hard working Minister etc etc etc. Key has full confidence in Collins etc etc Add your own bits.

        She is not in the House on Tuesday with others answering questions in Question Time – eg Tolley? Cannot see it being Joyce.

        Someone else (Findlayson?) will be covering her Justice portfolio informally in the meantime. But she is still formally Minister of Justice etc etc

        Something along the lines a few years ago when Nick Smith lost the plot – cannot remember the details and don’t have time to research these.

        • miravox 13.2.1.1

          “Collins was unbelievable in that interview.”
          That was not a healthy response – in terms of understanding what a conflict of interest means, of anger management and her career.

          I think you’re right veuto – a wee bit of time out is called for. I see Key is already distancing this outburst from her other transgressions. I think it’s pretty clear she will use what she has on him if she’s crossed.

          • felix 13.2.1.1.1

            “I think it’s pretty clear she will use what she has on him if she’s crossed.”

            Thinking about the lies and scandals that Key has batted away without much of a care gives an idea of the scale of what Collins has on him.

            • One Anonymous Bloke 13.2.1.1.1.1

              Not necessarily: the spectacle of open warfare between Key and Collins is damaging enough. Nah, it’s the death of a thousand cuts for Slippery :D

      • Murray Olsen 13.2.2

        On TV3, she came across as very threatening towards journalists. She looks like a horrible, corrupt bully who has little idea about democracy at all. I’m finding it hard to think of a Kiwi politician with such an ugly image and find it incredibly easy to believe what I’ve heard about her views on prison rape. With any luck, she’ll run a palace coup against Key, become leader, and watch National support drop to something like 20%.

        • SpaceMonkey 13.2.2.1

          Breath-taking arrogance and aggression from Collins… if Collins ever became National Party leader and then Prime Minister, she would be Margaret Thatcher on steroids!

    • idlegus 13.3

      yep, collins has gone ‘turbo’ (i just watched ‘wreck it ralph’, its where the computer game characters leave their games & create havoc!)

    • Red Rosa 13.4

      +1

      • idlegus 13.4.1

        “Raises the admiration for those opposition MPs constantly being under Nat-spun attacks followed through by the media.” – great point karol!

  13. Paul Campbell 14

    so will the National Party be gibing the $80,000 pack, especially since with this media kerfuffle around it it seems pretty sure they’ll be unable to deliver on whatever Collin’s husband’s company expects in return for the donation

  14. felix 15

    Oh god she really sucks at this!

    She’s desperate for attention, constantly on the verge of tears, quite insane, and not bright enough to realise that her trying to sell a story is the story!

    And the best part? She’s picked a scrap with the press gallery and John Key apparently isn’t able to get rid of her.

    Should be a fun few months…

  15. Tanz 16

    Key looked angry on the news last night…and was arrogant towards the reporter.

    • Skinny 16.1

      So the indian summer honeymoon with the press is about to end in a bitter winter divorce for National. A huge congrats goes out to the party’s own Godzilla Queen-Judith Collins, and in no lesser part, a hearty congratulations must go out to their Leader Jackarse-John Key for his stubborness to seek marriage counseling with the New Zealand media.

      Looks like Key is running out of options so I’m picking Collins will be sent to cool her trotters off on the back benchers with Williamson.

  16. Vic 17

    Just sit back and watch this national oil tanker sink .

  17. Ad 18

    Key has no option but to keep Collins, irrespective of the damage she has done and will continue to do.

    His caucus is now so weak from all the resignations and non-repeats that he faces having to form a 2014-17 cabinet out of his Captains Brownlee, English, Joyce and sadly Collins, but the rest are toxic infants.

    The unfortunate asymmetry is that while prospective third term caucus newbies can foresee the path to fast promotion, Key would see too clearly that it makes the whole third term government highly vulnerable to massive mistakes and melt-downs.

    Even if they survived a whole third term, the public would be so pissed off with them at the end of it that they will be back to Bill English levels of support.

    But John will be too cocky and proud to quit when the party and leader polls are still so massively high. He will go down with a Muldoon-scale of opprobrium late in the third term.

    Alternatively, Key could lose the election itself. Neither prospect would appeal to him now.

    • veutoviper 18.1

      i agree with most of what you say, Ad. Key cannot afford to ‘ask for a resignation’ from Collins. I personally think her veiled threats today where as much to her colleagues/leader as to journalists. She knows too much – including about Key.

      But she is now a loose cannon – and Key will have to do something to lessen the risk.

      At 13.2.1 above is my assessment of what will happen in the next day or so. Collins goes on leave – been under unreasonable pressure etc; Key still has full confidence in her etc.

      • Anne 18.1.1

        Yes, veutoviper. I think you’ve hit on it. The last thing they want to see happen is Collins facing a further barrage of questions from Labour/Greens and NZ First. If she’s out of the way then they can fend off the barrage by saying “I/we can’t answer those questions. You will need to direct them to Minister Collins when she returns from her leave”… knowing full well by then there will be other issues filling the headlines.

        • felix 18.1.1.1

          Urgent debate?

          • freedom 18.1.1.1.1

            one urgent debate the Nats will be having is, Who’s left to put the pin back into the grenade?

        • veutoviper 18.1.1.2

          As I said at 13,2,1, I think her veiled threats were as much to her Nat party colleagues/leader as to the media. She knows too much – especially re Key and his involvement in Oravida etc.

          In terms of the media, she has crossed the line, however. Much as I don’t have much time for Paddy Gower, his tweets tonight indicate that he has the bit between the teeth. So watch this space

          Twitter is a great source – especially those of media people. They don’t seem to aware of what they give away in their tweets. LOL

          Collins’ tweets are also worth visiting. She has been eliciting sympathy with a sick dog for the last few days amongst other things!

          • freedom 18.1.1.2.1

            and from what I saw on karol’s link, Key gives his team extra strikes for new issues :(

          • idlegus 18.1.1.2.2

            ralston totally scathing of collins on twitter, & off topic but hooton & taxpayers union having public spat on twitter, very entertaining!

      • Ad 18.1.2

        Key will be pissed that Coins contaminated Regional Conference on Auckland.

        There may be further small announcements other Ministers can roll out until Budget on May 15th. But that’s 11 days from now turning the good ship into stiff side-on waves. Wayne Eagleson will scrabble round for little stories. as best be can. After May 15 the news cycle us all theirs again.

        That’s a long time in politics to hope throwing chaff out the window will work.

  18. Redzone 19

    Today we witness Collins going completely feral and it’s not pretty. Taking on the media direct and so personally has made this go nuclear and the half arsed apology means jack, not that she had any sincerity to begin with
    The narcissist bully has completely lost touch under the pressure. She’s a slow motion train smash.
    Can key put her down or will she try and take him down with her? She has to go one way or another.
    This promises to be one hell of a week.. .

    • Skinny 19.1

      Meanwhile Slivering Joyce looks over his shoulder and hisses at Brownlee and McCully who both have desires above their stations.

  19. Brian 20

    I look forward to the [Deleted. Can we use slightly more sophisticated phrasing? – MS]

    • felix 20.1

      Jeez, that’s a bit rough mate.

      And also, heart?

    • Skinny 20.2

      I assume your referring to Gerry Brownlee? Look Gerry would be a worthy replacement as leader of the opposition, very popular in Christchurch with his hand off approach to the people of the City. His health will be fine if he lays off eating too many pork pies, and gets out and about on a bicycle more often. I suggest he gets in the saddle and enjoy John Key’s ‘solution to the 2008 job summit’, you know one of those cycle-ways.

  20. Redzone 21

    The minister of destruction has to go – he’s doing his best to completely fuck up ChCh.
    Joyce will be rejoycing as he sees Collins the minister of corruption self destructing

  21. Pascal's bookie 22

    Usual right wingers gone very quiet hereabouts, guessing coz WO hasn’t worked out quite what to say yet.

  22. geoff 23

    Why is Key letting Collins get away with this crap?

    He must not being enjoying how weak it makes him look.

    She must have something on him.

  23. logie97 24

    Ms Collins is proving to be a “sensitive wee sausage” isn’t she …

    • Clemgeopin 24.1

      A rottweiler gone rogue!

      • veutoviper 24.1.1

        Please don’t insult rottweilers! They are much nicer than Collins when handled correctly. Mine is a great big teddybear – all 60kgs of him.

  24. Mad Plumber 25

    I think Ms Collins has moved from a 20T digger to a 40T and even that might not be reaching the bottom of the Hole.
    If you rubbish someone on camera at least give an apology on camera.

  25. Clemgeopin 26

    The Justice minister has been very unjust to an ordinary person by naming her and unjustly sullying her reputation for some cheap point scoring. What a disgrace! Collins deserves to be sacked for this callous behaviour alone.

    Otherwise, the whole country can see that the Prime minister and his cabinet ministers are wearing no clothes any more!

  26. Stuart Munro 27

    She’s out, out on the streets
    Out on the streets, she talk to everyone she meets
    Out on the streets, she’s no illusion
    She tell me she’s right when she knows that she’s wrong…

  27. Huginn 28

    ‘ . . . Collins and Slater seem to be threatening a Journalist who allegedly spoke to her about a family member who may have been in trouble with the police.’

    It’s weirder than that.
    Turns out that Katie Bradford was asking informally about her partner who wanted to apply to join the police but was told that he had no chance because of the familial connection with Sue Bradford.

    I’m a bit surprised that no one seems to have a problem with this man being automatically blacklisted because of his mother-in-law’s political activities.

    • One Anonymous Bloke 28.1

      Katie Bradford: “…I recall that this came up in informal conversation…”

      In other words it was banter, which makes Collins’ reference to it even more desperate and pathetic.

  28. irascible 29

    Key wriggling on a well taken hook (RNZ 5. 5,14) as he tries to evade questions about Judith Collins’ behaviour and arrogance. Obviuosly Key is desperate to retain a source of donations rather than address the ethical issues around her behaviour and ignorance of the Cabinet Manual.
    Collins must go if Key is to retain his Crosby-Textor created image as being a “dear leader.”

  29. Puckish Rogue 30

    http://www.whaleoil.co.nz/category/blog/

    Yep hes having a tough time all right

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Good ideas that don’t work
    Stinky Jim has been playing a rather engaging cumbia version of New Order's 'Blue Monday' on his 95bFM radio show. Having tracked down the Soundcloud stream, I thought that I would quite like, in my old-fashioned way to, you know, buy...
    Public Address
  • And the Banks saga rolls on…
    It’s just been reported that John Banks has been successful in his appeal, with the Court of Appeal overturning his conviction and ordering a new trial. The appeal hinged on the evidence of two US-based businessmen, David Schaeffer and Jeffery...
    Occasionally erudite
  • Tonga votes
    Tongans went to the polls yesterday in their second election since the 2010 democratic reforms - and threw out most of their Parliament, returning only five of their incumbent People's Representatives (and only one PR Cabinet Minister). Unfortunately this doesn't...
    No Right Turn
  • What if a technology revolution happened and nobody noticed?
    A new NZIER research report, entitled “Disruption on the road ahead! How auto technology will change much more than just our commute to work“, makes the case that new technologies will upend urban transport systems: Near autonomous cars followed by...
    Transport Blog
  • Submission on the Countering Terrorist Fighters Legislation Bill
    Below is my submission on John Key's Countering Terrorist Fighters Legislation Bill. Hopefully some of you made your own as well. I oppose the Countering Terrorist Fighters Legislation Bill and ask that it not be passed. I also oppose the...
    No Right Turn
  • River story winner Bill Kerrison – Saving NZ’s longfin eel
    The Award winning River story for the 2014 New Zealand River awards story is about one man, Bill Kerrison, who has worked tirelessly for more than 20 years trapping and transferring eels and other native fish species past the dams...
    Gareth’s World
  • Little Expecting A Lot
    Great Expectations: Labour's new leader, Andrew Little, is expecting a lot more from his Shadow Cabinet than the standard neoliberal commitment to keeping the books in the black. He will not be judging the worth of Labour’s economic policies by...
    Bowalley Road
  • Prolongation of Life and the Quality of Life.
    A couple of comments to an earlier column asked questions about the quality of life versus the prolongation of life....
    Pundit
  • Saving Peatland With the President
    Today we made history in the protection of Indonesian peatlands. I’ve just got back from a monitoring trip to Sumatra’s devastated peatland forests with Indonesia’s new president Jokowi, where the president witnessed firsthand ongoing peatland and rainforest destruction and took...
    Greenpeace NZ blog
  • Submission on the Countering Terrorist Fighters Legislation Bill
    Submission of the Tertiary Education Union Te Hautū Kahurangi o Aotearoa to the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee on the “Countering Terrorist Fighters Legislation Bill” Introduction The Tertiary Education Union Te Hautū Kahurangi o Aotearoa (TEU) welcomes this opportunity to respond to the proposed...
    Tertiary Education Union
  • Gordon Campbell on Andrew Little’s debut, Mockingjay, and drunk texting
    John Key’s credibility has taken a hammering this week – at least among the 50% of the electorate who have always had doubts about him on that score. The other substantial story of the week has been about Andrew Little’s...
    Gordon Campbell
  • Five houses
    Labour's Phil Twyford says: The Fourth Auckland Housing Accord monitoring report shows the Accord has failed to make a dent in the city's housing crisis, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. "The report says consents for only 354 dwellings were...
    Polity
  • Round up the usual suspects
    This post is just to keep track of all the people Cameron Slater has accused of being involved in the conspiracy to hack his computer and kill him. As Giovanni Tiso has pointed out, when Slater posts about Rawshark he...
    DimPost
  • The Soya Moratorium lives on – but what will follow after it?
    For eight years, the Soya Moratorium has protected the Amazon rainforest from deforestation. It has just been renewed for the eighth time. But what happens when it ends for good, 18 months from now?The Soya Moratorium was the industry’s answer to our campaign...
    Greenpeace NZ blog
  • 2014 New Zealand River Award Winners
      Two Canterbury rivers – the Otukaikino and Cam – took out 1st and 3rd place in the 2014 New Zealand River Awards for the most improved rivers in the country. The Oroua River in the Manawatu was the 2nd...
    Gareth’s World
  • Neetflux: Leak absorbent
    ...
    On the Left
  • Housing Accord first year results
    The results for the first full year of the Housing Accord between the government and Auckland Council have just been released. It’s a politically charged topic – witness the government talking it up (“First year Auckland Housing Accord target exceeded“),...
    Transport Blog
  • Armchair psychoanalysis of the day
    A week ago I was having coffee with some fellow politics nerds, scoffing at the idea that newly elected Labour MP Andrew Little could defeat Key in 2017. ‘The best he could hope for’, I pontificated, ‘Is to get up into...
    DimPost
  • Mercury Rising: 2014 Likely to Surpass 2010 as Warmest Year on Record
    The monthly global analysis for October has been released at NOAA's National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) and it reveals that global surface temperature for October 2014 is the warmest October in 135 years of record-keeping. This follows on from the 2nd...
    Skeptical Science
  • Legal Beagle: A rather incomplete submission on the Countering Terrorist Fi...
    I've been busy lately, and have been unable to prepare the submission on the Countering Terrorist Fighters Legislation Bill that I would have liked. I also have a half-written blog post fact-checking claims made before the bill was released by...
    Public Address
  • US Report shows zero Australian economic growth from TPP
    ...
    Its our future
  • Stuart’s 100 #59: Missing from the City Centre Series: Street Kiosks
    59: Missing from the City Centre Series: Street Kiosks What if there were flower sellers on Queen Street? Our city centre is really starting to burgeon with pedestrian activity and public life through the day and well into the evening,...
    Transport Blog
  • The Law Society on the spy bill
    At the moment the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade committee is hearing submissions on John Key's Countering Terrorist Fighters Legislation Bill. One of the first submitters was the Law Society. So what did they think of it? It is a...
    No Right Turn
  • John Key’s TXTs and the Public Records Act
    Today in Question Time, in response to further questions about the Prime Minister's communications with sewerblogger Cameron Slater, Steven Joyce (on behalf of the PM) informed the House that Key deletes all his text messages, "in case his phone is...
    No Right Turn
  • No freedom of speech in Pakistan
    Veena Malik is a Pakistani actor. In May this year she played a role in a historical wedding scene based on the marriage of one of Muhammed's daughters. For this, she has been sentenced to 26 years in jail for...
    No Right Turn
  • John Key’s Immoral Governance
    I was in Wellington last weekend, alternating between spending time with my two student children and attending our Green Party executive meeting. Being with intellectually engaged and compassionate people was a useful foil to the depressing events that hit me...
    Local Bodies
  • FFS
    This is all getting really silly now. Alice in Wonderland stuff. The Prime Minister is ranting that he "absolutely [did] not" lie to reporters on Tuesday. He told reporters he had not been in communications with Cameron Slater about the...
    Polity
  • The Labour Party plot to kill Cameron Slater: the shocking evidence
    Cameron Slater has claimed that people within Labour have tried to kill him. Shortly after Slater made this astonishing claim, I received from an anonymous source a recording of a conversation between senior Labour Party members in which a plan...
    Imperator Fish
  • Getting it Wright on sea level rise
    Sea level rise of up to 40cm around New Zealand by the middle of this century is already locked in and will cause significant problems for coastal communities and infrastructure, according to a new report just released by Dr Jan...
    Hot Topic
  • The Kiwi Bach is a Sinking Ship and Taxpayers Should Not Pay to Bail You Ou...
    A new report from the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment (PCE) Jan Wright released today highlights the perilous status of our national institution – the seaside bach or crib. The PCE’s report is a summary of the state of the...
    Gareth’s World
  • Climate change: Rising seas
    One of the primary consequences of climate change is sea-level rise due to thermal expansion and melting ice. What impact will this have on New Zealand? The Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment is going to tell us:The Parliamentary Commissioner for...
    No Right Turn
  • Guest Post: Dear AT HOP
    This is a guest post by reader Frith Stalker Dear AT Hop I have used Auckland buses for 30 years I am very smart, very pedantic, very polite and very Rule Abiding I am your perfect customer. I always thank...
    Transport Blog
  • Staff deserve right to use te reo Māori
    Tertiary Update Vol 17 No 41 Student’s at most tertiary institutions have the right to use te reo Māori as provided for and protected in their institution’s policies and practices, but staff do not always have that same right. TEU’s...
    Tertiary Education Union
  • Creationist ‘audits’ science museum
    Imagine you are 10 years old and your crazy aunt is taking you out for a treat. A crazy aunt can be fun. Problem is this aunt is also a creationist and she is taking you to the local natural history museum....
    Open Parachute
  • Government digs deeper into $10m fraud
    The government has uncovered nearly $10 million in misappropriated tertiary funding and is expanding its investigations into other institutions around the country. Tertiary education minister Steven Joyce told the New Zealand Herald the Tertiary Education Commission is planning 12 more...
    Tertiary Education Union
  • Council washes hands of pensioner housing
    Hamilton City Council is washing its hands of its social responsibility to care for its elderly residents by selling off its homes for pensioners, Labour’s Hamilton-based MP Sue Moroney says. “The Council’s decision to sell its remaining 344 pensioner housing...
    Labour
  • Bold response required to Blueprint
    The Government must give urgent consideration to recommendations in The People’s Blueprint if it is serious about tackling New Zealand’s deplorable record of child abuse and domestic violence, Labour’s Justice and Children’s spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says.“The ‘one family, one judge’...
    Labour
  • Private prisons poaching in state jails
    The Corrections Department-sanctioned poaching of public prison officers for the new private prison at Wiri has to stop, says Labour’s Corrections spokesperson Kelvin Davis.  “It is unacceptable that prison staff are being trained by Corrections and then being poached by...
    Labour
  • Climate report- a must read for all New Zealanders
    A strong scientific analysis of rising sea levels in New Zealand by the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment makes climate change the number one issue for our city planners, says Labour’s Climate Change spokesperson Megan Woods.  “Dr Jan Wright’s report...
    Labour
  • Exports drop puts more pressure on surplus
    A 5 per cent fall in exports shows National’s reputation for economic management is taking a hit and even puts its golden surplus target at risk, say Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson and Exports Growth spokesperson David Parker. “Bill English’s...
    Labour
  • Fourth housing report confirms failure
    The Fourth Auckland Housing Accord monitoring report shows the Accord has failed to make a dent in the city's housing crisis, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. "The report says consents for only 354 dwellings were approved in the special...
    Labour
  • Fourth housing report confirms failure
    The Fourth Auckland Housing Accord monitoring report shows the Accord has failed to make a dent in the city's housing crisis, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. "The report says consents for only 354 dwellings were approved in the special...
    Labour
  • Ministers all over the place on Smith passport
     Ministers responsible for the Phillip Smith debacle are at  odds over the passport he used to escape, says Labour’s Corrections spokesperson Kelvin Davis.  “It  beggars belief that Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne says the passport issued to Smith, under his...
    Labour
  • Ministers all over the place on Smith passport
     Ministers responsible for the Phillip Smith debacle are at  odds over the passport he used to escape, says Labour’s Corrections spokesperson Kelvin Davis.  “It  beggars belief that Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne says the passport issued to Smith, under his...
    Labour
  • Green Party Co-leader Russel Norman’s speech – Rod Donald Memorial Lect...
    It's been nine years since Rod's tragic death. I'd like to start out by talking about what Rod achieved. Then I want to talk about the things that I think he might want us to achieve in his absence. We...
    Greens
  • Hard road ahead for thousands more Kiwi kids
    News that there will be 8000 more students in low decile schools next year reinforces the absolute failure of the National Government’s economic approach, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “The gap between the haves and the have-nots is increasing....
    Labour
  • Hard road ahead for thousands more Kiwi kids
    News that there will be 8000 more students in low decile schools next year reinforces the absolute failure of the National Government’s economic approach, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “The gap between the haves and the have-nots is increasing....
    Labour
  • Free your voices
    Last week Victoria University of Wellington lecturer’s Dr. Sandra Grey and Dr. Charles Sedgwick released some figures from the 2013/14 update of the 2008/9 survey of the community and voluntary sector. Their research question was: ‘How is democracy – as...
    Greens
  • The facts of power price rises
    Everyone knows power prices are increasing and it feels like it is eating more and more of their weekly pay check. This morning I released census data showing this common feeling is in fact borne in the data. The data...
    Greens
  • Slavery was cheap too…Pay equity fight back to court
    Today the NZ Aged Care Association announced they will appeal the decisions of the Employment Court and Court of Appeal in favour of Kristine Bartlett, to the Supreme Court. They say they have no choice but to appeal because many...
    Greens
  • Why Pakeha are so offended by John Key’s idea of a peaceful settlement
    The statements by the Prime Minister on the Waitangi Tribunal ruling that Maori never ceded sovereignty in 1840 are enough to make any student of history choke. First was the denial that the ruling means anything significant. And then there...
    Greens
  • Restoration of the Christchurch Arts Centre well underway
    It was inspiring to be shown some of the major restoration and rebuilding work underway at the Christchurch Arts Centre recently. With 22 of 23 Arts Centre buildings damaged by the earthquakes, this is one of the largest heritage restoration...
    Greens
  • Key’s vile smear machine questions left unanswered
    The report into Judith Collins’ involvement in undermining the former Serious Fraud Office boss leaves major questions unanswered about the smear machine run out of John Key’s office, Labour MP Megan Woods says. “This report has deliberately narrow terms of...
    Labour
  • Key’s vile smear machine questions left unanswered
    The report into Judith Collins’ involvement in undermining the former Serious Fraud Office boss leaves major questions unanswered about the smear machine run out of John Key’s office, Labour MP Megan Woods says. “This report has deliberately narrow terms of...
    Labour
  • Govt must make up lost time on sexual violence law reform
    The Government must prioritise any recommendations from the Law Commission to improve criminal process for sexual violence cases after it stalled reform work for two years, Labour’s Justice spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says. “Labour is pleased Justice Minister Amy Adams has...
    Labour
  • Govt must make up lost time on sexual violence law reform
    The Government must prioritise any recommendations from the Law Commission to improve criminal process for sexual violence cases after it stalled reform work for two years, Labour’s Justice spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says. “Labour is pleased Justice Minister Amy Adams has...
    Labour
  • White Ribbon day should last all year
    White Ribbon Day is an opportunity for all men to stand up and affirm to never commit, condone or remain silent about violence towards women, says Labour’s Associate Justice Spokesperson Kelvin Davis.  “Violence towards women is rampant across all sectors...
    Labour
  • White Ribbon day should last all year
    White Ribbon Day is an opportunity for all men to stand up and affirm to never commit, condone or remain silent about violence towards women, says Labour’s Associate Justice Spokesperson Kelvin Davis.  “Violence towards women is rampant across all sectors...
    Labour
  • Report confirms John Key abused power of PM’s Office
    Today's Inspector General of Intelligence and Security's (IGIS) report confirms that the Prime Minister's office engaged in a serious abuse of power, says the Green Party.The IGIS report looked at the release of an Official Information Act request to disgraced...
    Greens
  • IGIS report a damning indictment on former spy boss
    The report by Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security into the release of classified documents is a sad and damning indictment on former spy boss Warren Tucker, Labour’s MP for Mount Roskill and former leader Phil Goff says.  “This report upholds...
    Labour
  • IGIS report a damning indictment on former spy boss
    The report by Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security into the release of classified documents is a sad and damning indictment on former spy boss Warren Tucker, Labour’s MP for Mount Roskill and former leader Phil Goff says.  “This report upholds...
    Labour
  • South Auckland disadvantaged by new decile rankings
    New decile rankings have South Auckland schools at scores that show they are much more disadvantaged than the national average, says Labour’s Associate Auckland  Issues spokesperson Louisa Wall.  “As a measurement of disadvantage it is alarming that the average score...
    Labour
  • South Auckland disadvantaged by new decile rankings
    New decile rankings have South Auckland schools at scores that show they are much more disadvantaged than the national average, says Labour’s Associate Auckland  Issues spokesperson Louisa Wall.  “As a measurement of disadvantage it is alarming that the average score...
    Labour
  • Sexism, rape culture and power
    Our discourse around sexual violence is complicated. All too often perpetrators are described as ‘monsters’, so when someone you know tells you the lovely man that you really like sexually abused them it’s hard to believe, because they’re not a...
    Greens
  • Time for an economy that works for all New Zealanders
    New Labour Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson says the challenge for the National Government is to support an economy that delivers good, sustainable jobs paying decent wages. “It’s time the economy delivered for all New Zealanders, not just the fortunate few....
    Labour
  • Time for an economy that works for all New Zealanders
    New Labour Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson says the challenge for the National Government is to support an economy that delivers good, sustainable jobs paying decent wages. “It’s time the economy delivered for all New Zealanders, not just the fortunate few....
    Labour
  • New faces, wise heads in bold Labour line up
    Labour Leader Andrew Little today announced a bold new caucus line up which brings forward new talent and draws on the party’s depth of experience....
    Labour
  • Plan for mega factory farm ruffles feathers
    Not long ago I wrote about the proposal to build a mega factory farm in the small township of Patumahoe that would confine over 300, 000 hens to colony cages. This week the resource consent hearing for the proposed factory...
    Greens
  • National opens door further to Chinese property speculators
    National has further opened the door to Chinese property speculators with the registration of a third Chinese bank here that will make it easier for Chinese investors to invest in New Zealand properties, the Green Party said today."As well, former...
    Greens
  • National restarts logging in West Coast forests
    “Dead wood also contributes by providing nutrients to soils, supporting the agents of wood decay such as fungi and invertebrates and it is a key habitat for the regeneration of some trees.” Annual Report 2013/14, page 29. The National Government has...
    Greens
  • National restarts logging in West Coast forests
    “Dead wood also contributes by providing nutrients to soils, supporting the agents of wood decay such as fungi and invertebrates and it is a key habitat for the regeneration of some trees.” Annual Report 2013/14, page 29. The National Government has...
    Greens
  • National restarts logging in West Coast forests
    “Dead wood also contributes by providing nutrients to soils, supporting the agents of wood decay such as fungi and invertebrates and it is a key habitat for the regeneration of some trees.” Annual Report 2013/14, page 29. The National Government has...
    Greens
  • Lab plan the beginning of slippery slope?
    It’s time for new Health Minister Jonathan Coleman to show his hand on plans to privatise lab services which doctors are warning could put patients’ lives at risk, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says. “Clinicians have sent the Government some...
    Labour
  • Lab plan the beginning of slippery slope?
    It’s time for new Health Minister Jonathan Coleman to show his hand on plans to privatise lab services which doctors are warning could put patients’ lives at risk, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says. “Clinicians have sent the Government some...
    Labour
  • A-G called on to look into flagship ‘cost-saving’ programme
    New health Minister Jonathan Coleman has some serious questions to answer following a decision to wind up the Government’s flagship health savings provider HBL just a fortnight after giving it the green light to implement its plans, Labour’s Health spokesperson...
    Labour
  • A-G called on to look into flagship ‘cost-saving’ programme
    New health Minister Jonathan Coleman has some serious questions to answer following a decision to wind up the Government’s flagship health savings provider HBL just a fortnight after giving it the green light to implement its plans, Labour’s Health spokesperson...
    Labour
  • Prime Minister’s warped view of history
    Students who sat NCEA level 3 history exams last week might be very worried to hear the Prime Minister tell a Radio Station that New Zealand was one of the few countries that was settled peacefully by Europeans. Those students who wrote...
    Greens
  • Prime Minister’s warped view of history
    Students who sat NCEA level 3 history exams last week might be very worried to hear the Prime Minister tell a Radio Station that New Zealand was one of the few countries that was settled peacefully by Europeans. Those students who wrote...
    Greens
  • Prime Minister’s warped view of history
    Students who sat NCEA level 3 history exams last week might be very worried to hear the Prime Minister tell a Radio Station that New Zealand was one of the few countries that was settled peacefully by Europeans. Those students who wrote...
    Greens
  • Climate of fear needs addressing
    It is hugely concerning that community and volunteer groups feel they are being gagged from speaking out against the Government, Labour’s Community and Voluntary Sector Spokesperson Louisa Wall says.  A Victoria University survey of 93 sector groups has found 50...
    Labour
  • Climate of fear needs addressing
    It is hugely concerning that community and volunteer groups feel they are being gagged from speaking out against the Government, Labour’s Community and Voluntary Sector Spokesperson Louisa Wall says.  A Victoria University survey of 93 sector groups has found 50...
    Labour
  • Mandatory code of conduct needed for supermarkets
    Labour has drafted legislation to establish a mandatory code of conduct for supermarkets to ensure New Zealand suppliers are not affected by anti-competitive behaviour. “Even though the Commerce Commission found no technical breaches of the law through some of Countdown’s...
    Labour
  • Mandatory code of conduct needed for supermarkets
    Labour has drafted legislation to establish a mandatory code of conduct for supermarkets to ensure New Zealand suppliers are not affected by anti-competitive behaviour. “Even though the Commerce Commission found no technical breaches of the law through some of Countdown’s...
    Labour
  • National softening public up for 7th successive deficit
    Finance Minister Bill English is softening the public up for an announcement that National is going to fail in even its very limited goal of achieving a budget surplus, the Green Party said today."No finance minister in a generation has...
    Greens
  • National softening public up for 7th successive deficit
    Finance Minister Bill English is softening the public up for an announcement that National is going to fail in even its very limited goal of achieving a budget surplus, the Green Party said today."No finance minister in a generation has...
    Greens
  • The Daily Blog Breakfast Club Ep 2.
    TDB Video: The Daily Blog Breakfast Club, Live from Verona Cafe on K-Rd, Auckland – a weekly current affairs show with TDB Editor Martyn Bradbury. This week Activist and blogger Jessie Hume and political commentator Keith Locke. This Week: Topic...
    The Daily Blog
  • When the teflon is stripped away…
    . . To re-cap something I wrote on 13 September, regarding a hard-hitting interview between “The Nation’s” Lisa Owen and John Key; For possibly the first time since Stephen Sackur interviewed Key on Hard Talk in May, 2011, this [...
    The Daily Blog
  • My Select Committee submission against the “terrorist fighters” bill
    This morning I gave this “oral submission” to the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee opposing the Countering Terrorist Fighters Bill.  It is a pity only Greens are against the Bill. It’s a pleasure to be able to talk to...
    The Daily Blog
  • Pixies in the Garden? Making money
    In 2009, John Key said “there aren’t little pixies at the bottom of the garden printing cash” (John Armstrong, Colin Espiner). He was wrong of course. Just about every country has its own pixie-in-chief, though not at the bottom of the...
    The Daily Blog
  • AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL PRESS RELEASE – Government must allow further scrut...
    As the New Zealand government seeks to rush new through new anti-terror legislation, Amnesty International is raising grave concerns over the speed at which the Bill is being rushed through Parliament and is calling for an extension to the consultation...
    The Daily Blog
  • Tension inside the Blue Tent – questions that should be asked
    With Andrew Little on fire taking a straight shooting no crap approach to Key’s dead eyed duplicity, the tensions inside the Blue Tent of National are at risk of erupting again. When the TeamKey brand falters, National’s factions sharpen their knives....
    The Daily Blog
  • FiveAA Australia: Is NZ’s PM a Liar? + Kim Dotcom Says He’s Broke
    5AA’s Peter Godfrey and Selwyn Manning.In this week’s Across The Ditch bulletin on FiveAA.com.au Selwyn Manning and Peter Godfrey discuss how allegations of dirty politics continue to dog the Prime Minister John Key’s third term in government. Also, internet tycoon...
    The Daily Blog
  • Cam’s ‘Slightly Left of Centre’ sock puppet threatens Key in public
    What did Judith Collins say about payback? Looks like Slater has taken that lesson to heart as he uses his sock puppet over at Slightly Left of Centre to drop threats and hints that he has recorded conversations with Key that has...
    The Daily Blog
  • Justice System Changes Must Ensure No More Roastings In Court
    On Monday there was good news for rape survivors and this blog was supposed to be about the success of our advocacy, and it is about that success, but today’s events have brought into stark focus the real-world importance of...
    The Daily Blog
  • Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, Key Post Electio...
    Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, Key Post Election...
    The Daily Blog
  • Top 5 Texts from Cam to Key
    So Cam texted Key before the report came out despite Key claiming no contact? Top 5 Texts from Cam to Key 5 – I still have all the photos 4 – Yes my shapeshifting Lizard Master Overlord 3 – Max isn’t talking to...
    The Daily Blog
  • Hold on – did NZ just have a coup?
    Ummmmm. Wait a minute here. Just so that we all understand what’s been revealed. The Prime Minister’s Office used the Secret Intelligence Service to falsify classified information to smear the Leader of the Opposition via a far right hate blogger...
    The Daily Blog
  • Sue Bradford speaking tour
          With the generous support of the Hobgoblin Network and several other donors, I’m going to be speaking soon at four meetings around the country: ‘A major left wing think tank?  Is it time for a transformational left...
    The Daily Blog
  • Sue Bradford speaking tour
          With the generous support of the Hobgoblin Network and several other donors, I’m going to be speaking soon at four meetings around the country: ‘A major left wing think tank?  Is it time for a transformational left...
    The Daily Blog
  • Sue Bradford speaking tour
          With the generous support of the Hobgoblin Network and several other donors, I’m going to be speaking soon at four meetings around the country: ‘A major left wing think tank?  Is it time for a transformational left...
    The Daily Blog
  • Why Key must resign
    Remember when John Armstrong from the NZ Herald called for the resignation of David Cunliffe because Cunliffe couldn’t remember an 11 year old letter in reference to a $100 000 bottle of wine that never existed? Why isn’t the Herald now...
    The Daily Blog
  • Why Key must resign
    Remember when John Armstrong from the NZ Herald called for the resignation of David Cunliffe because Cunliffe couldn’t remember an 11 year old letter in reference to a $100 000 bottle of wine that never existed? Why isn’t the Herald now...
    The Daily Blog
  • Why Key must resign
    Remember when John Armstrong from the NZ Herald called for the resignation of David Cunliffe because Cunliffe couldn’t remember an 11 year old letter in reference to a $100 000 bottle of wine that never existed? Why isn’t the Herald now...
    The Daily Blog
  • Why the Judith Collins report is a whitewash
    “I am not a Monster”, hissed Judith Collins The report into Collins is a whitewash. The difference between an independent inquiry like the IGIS report that connected the PMs Office with using edited Secret Intelligence Service information to smear a...
    The Daily Blog
  • Why the Judith Collins report is a whitewash
    “I am not a Monster”, hissed Judith Collins The report into Collins is a whitewash. The difference between an independent inquiry like the IGIS report that connected the PMs Office with using edited Secret Intelligence Service information to smear a...
    The Daily Blog
  • Why the Judith Collins report is a whitewash
    “I am not a Monster”, hissed Judith Collins The report into Collins is a whitewash. The difference between an independent inquiry like the IGIS report that connected the PMs Office with using edited Secret Intelligence Service information to smear a...
    The Daily Blog
  • Seasons Greetings from Ferguson
    Seasons Greetings from Ferguson...
    The Daily Blog
  • Seasons Greetings from Ferguson
    Seasons Greetings from Ferguson...
    The Daily Blog
  • Seasons Greetings from Ferguson
    Seasons Greetings from Ferguson...
    The Daily Blog
  • Using State Spies to attack political opponents – why the SIS are gaining...
    National will only be able to get away with what is being revealed by the IGIS report into the Secret Intelligence Service if we, the people of NZ, let them. And. We. Should. Not. Let. Them. State spies editing intelligence to...
    The Daily Blog
  • Using State Spies to attack political opponents – why the SIS are gaining...
    National will only be able to get away with what is being revealed by the IGIS report into the Secret Intelligence Service if we, the people of NZ, let them. And. We. Should. Not. Let. Them. State spies editing intelligence to...
    The Daily Blog
  • Using State Spies to attack political opponents – why the SIS are gaining...
    National will only be able to get away with what is being revealed by the IGIS report into the Secret Intelligence Service if we, the people of NZ, let them. And. We. Should. Not. Let. Them. State spies editing intelligence to...
    The Daily Blog
  • Anti-Choice Myth-Busting
    Voice for Life issued a press release last week claiming that those of us campaigning for the decriminalisation of abortion in NZ are, among other things, using Nazi propaganda tactics (sigh…) to lie to you about the illegal status of abortion...
    The Daily Blog
  • Anti-Choice Myth-Busting
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  • Judith Collins – the Gift that keeps Giving to the Opposition?
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  • Annette King? Annette King?? Surely not Annette King!
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  • New Shadow Cabinet – Little does more in 6 days than Goff, Shearer & ...
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  • New Shadow Cabinet – Little does more in 6 days than Goff, Shearer & ...
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  • The irony of backlash to petrol stations charging workers for stolen petrol
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  • The irony of backlash to petrol stations charging workers for stolen petrol
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  • A Dishonest “Countering Terrorist Fighters Bill”
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  • A Dishonest “Countering Terrorist Fighters Bill”
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  • A Dishonest “Countering Terrorist Fighters Bill”
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  • How biased are the media? A Patrick Gower case study
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  • Q + A 30/11/14: Spying, Family Violence, Texts
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  • Arrival of Phillip Smith in New Zealand
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  • UNICEF Calls on NZ Youth to Apply for Youth Ambassador Roles
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  • Kiwifruit Claim Filed in High Court in Wellington
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  • Judgment: John Banks Dotcom Donation Appeal
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  • Doctors support call for independent health assessment
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  • Korero Mai Ki Ahau: Saturday 29 & Sunday 30 November 2014
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  • Anti-speeding campaign based on phony science
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  • Human Rights lawyers’ concerns over Terrorist Fighters Bill
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  • Privacy Commissioner’s naming policy
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  • Need for whole-of-government approach to family violence
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  • Stop Fracking in Our Big Blue Backyard – Frack Free Kapiti
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  • Solidarity with West Papua on 1 December
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  • No charges laid over piggeries investigations
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  • Deep Sea Drilling in Rising Seas
    The Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment's report on the effects of rising sea levels and climate change adds another argument against this Government's expansion of fossil fuel exploration....
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  • Slower population growth in the long term
    New Zealand's population will likely grow by 1.4–1.8 percent a year during 2014–16, but growth will be lower in the long term, Statistics New Zealand said today....
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  • Big Buddy on the Glenn Inquiry People’s Blueprint
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  • People’s Blueprint for tackling Family Violence
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  • People’s Blueprint – Both Good News and a Wake-Up Call
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  • Glenn Inquiry Funder Keeps His Promise
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  • Support for Blue Print call for a stand-alone agency
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  • People’s Blueprint Offers Solutions to Family Violence
    New Zealand has a fresh opportunity to reduce child abuse and family violence and save and restore lives under a powerful new model for combating the problem proposed by the Glenn Inquiry....
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  • Submission: Countering Terrorist Fighters Legislation Bill
    My three key areas of concern relate to: • The duration of visual surveillance warrants; • The controls around warrantless surveillance powers; • Clarifying the continuation of controls around access to Passenger Name Record (PNR) data under...
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  • The case is clear for climate action that supports health
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  • EDUCANZ Debate Ignores Teachers
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  • Phillip Smith en-route back to New Zealand.
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  • Scaremongering and Showing Contempt for Democracy
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  • Legislation “a travesty of democratic process”
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  • Bill needs amending to better protect human rights
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  • NZ’s gender equality issues in international forum
    New Zealand faces similar gender equality issues and opportunities to those of its neighbouring countries, according to the latest international conference on women’s empowerment....
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  • Countering human trafficking is an ongoing challenge for NZ
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  • Government must allow further scrutiny of bill
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  • Calling on anti-violence activists to step up
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  • More effective social services inquiry update Nov 2014
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  • Keith Locke presentation on Countering Foreign Fighters Bill
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  • Significant issues for NZ in sea level rise report
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  • White Ribbon Campaign Shocked at Fatal Stabbing
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  • One Plan signing is “historic moment” for the environment
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  • Look at the Road, Not the Speedo
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  • Worker immunity critical to safety in Meat Industry
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  • PCE report brings home impacts of climate change
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  • Law Society urges reduction of terrorist fighter bill powers
    The New Zealand Law Society says powers proposed in the Countering Terrorist Fighters Legislation Bill should be reduced to ensure they are strictly limited to countering the threats that have arisen....
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  • Sea level rise won’t only affect infrastructure
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  • Changing climate and rising seas: Understanding the science
    During my seven years as Commissioner, I have consistently said that climate change is the biggest environmental issue we face. This investigation has provided an opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of what is causing climate change and one of...
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  • Council refuses to take part in farcical submissions process
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  • Laws of War to Be Debated at Wellington Event
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  • Forum Compact Development Partner Peer Review of New Zealand
    Following the completion of the first leg of the review of New Zealand’s development cooperation in the Pacific, the Forum Compact Review Team is now visiting Kiribati to assess the effectiveness of New Zealand’s assistance in the small island developing...
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  • YWCA Auckland award for long-time women’s role model
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  • Government Urged Not To Miss Cosmetics Win For Animals
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  • Police pursuit results in serious injury of innocent man
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