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Still an honest man?

Written By: - Date published: 10:14 am, May 26th, 2014 - 31 comments
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BLip has been maintaining for quite a while, a little list of Honest John’s statements that aren’t exactly true. One iteration of this list “An Honest Man” is still one of the most popular posts here with many page views on a daily basis – more than a year after it was posted. Looks like someone has made a video of a few of the times when some of these were made.

hat tip: Frankly Speaking

The most recent update on The Standard of BLip’s list on John Key was from the 15th of May this year. We fear that it may be substantially out of date. However …

Well, interesting you should mention that, I just happen to have it open . . .

  1. promise to always be honest
  2. we are not going to sack public servants, the attrition rate will reduce costs
  3. there’s no way one in five New Zealanders will lose their jobs
  4. we are not going to cut working for families
  5. firmly believe in climate change and always have
  6. We seek a 50% reduction in New Zealand’s carbon-equivalent net emissions, as compared to 1990 levels, by 2050. 50 by 50. We will write the target into law.
  7. National Ltd™ will provide a consistent incentive for both biofuel and biodiesel by exempting them from excise tax or road user charges
  8. I didn’t know about The Bretheren election tactics
  9. If they came to us now with that proposal [re trans-Tasman Therapeutic Goods regime], we will sign it
  10. can’t remember my position on the 1981 Springbok Tour
  11. Tranzrail shares
  12. did not mislead the House (1)
  13. Lord Ashcroft
  14. National Ltd™ would not have sent troops into Iraq
  15. Standard & Poors credit downgrade
  16. the double-down grade doesn’t really matter and its only about private sector debt
  17. did not mislead the House (2)
  18. didn’t say I want wages to drop
  19. can’t remember why I voted against increasing the minimum wage
  20. lifting the minimum wage to $15 an hour will increase unemployment
  21. the real rate of inflation is 3.3 percent.
  22. the tourism sector has not lost 7,000 jobs
  23. no I have never heard of Whitechapel
  24. won’t raise GST
  25. people who are on the average wage and have a child are $48 a week better off after the rise in GST
  26. the purchase of farmland, by overseas buyers will be limited to ten farms per purchase
  27. the Pike River Mine was consented to under a Labour Government
  28. no promises were made to get the remains of the miners out of the Pike River mine
  29. did not provide a view on the safety of the Pike River coalmine
  30. did not mislead the House (3)
  31. capping, not cutting the public service
  32. raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour will cost 6000 jobs
  33. north of $50 a week
  34. privatisation won’t significantly help the economy
  35. wave goodbye to higher taxes, not your loved ones
  36. never offered Brash a diplomatic job in London
  37. Tariana Turia is “totally fine” with the Tuhoe Treaty Claim deal
  38. Kiwisaver
  39. National Ltd™ is not going to radically reorganise the structure of the public sector
  40. tax cuts won’t require additional borrowing
  41. New Zealand does not have a debt problem
  42. New Zealand troops in Afghanistan will only be involved in training, not fighting
  43. the wage gap between New Zealand and Australia has closed under my National Ltd™ government
  44. It took 9 years for Labour to make a complete and utter mess of the economy
  45. National Ltd™ has changed the Overseas Investment Act to include 19 different criteria
  46. the price of goods and services has risen by 6 percent since the last election, while the after-tax average wage has actually gone up by 16 percent
  47. no, although its a week ago and here I am being interviewed on television about them, I havn’t seen Gerry Brownlee’s comments regarding demolitions in Christchurch and which caused such outrage, but I can talk all about them
  48. our SAS soldiers were not involved in the Kabul Hotel gunfight
  49. the use of the Vela brother’s helicopter was required so I could attend meetings relating to national/international security concerns
  50. the DPS makes the decision about accompanying the Prime Minister or not, I had no choice but to take them on holiday to Hawaii
  51. did not mislead the House (4)
  52. oh, maybe our SAS soldiers were in the Kabul hotel gun fight but they weren’t wounded by friendly fire
  53. New Zealand has lost $12 billion from GDP due to the Christchurch earthquake . . . oh, it might actually be around $15 billion from GDP due to the Christchurch earthquake . . . Blinglish said what?
  54. 10,000 houses will have to be demolished in Christchurch due to the earthquake
  55. 14,000 new apprentices will start training over the next five years, over and above the number previously forecast
  56. our amendments to the ETS ensure we will continue to do our fair share internationally
  57. we are committed to honouring our Kyoto Protocol obligations
  58. any changes to the ETS will be fiscally neutral
  59. New Zealand has grown for eight of the last nine quarters”
  60. National Ltd™ will tender out the government banking contract
  61. we will be back in surplus by 2014-15
  62. Nicky Hager’s book “Other People’s Wars” is a work of fiction
  63. unemployment is starting to fall
  64. we have created 60,000 jobs
  65. we have created 45,000 jobs
  66. the 2011 Budget will create in the order of 170,000 jobs
  67. don’t know if I own a vineyard
  68. no, I did not mislead the House (5)
  69. the Isreali spy killed in the Christchurch quake had “only one” passport
  70. the Police will not need to make savings by losing jobs
  71. I voted to keep the drinking age at 20
  72. New Zealand is 100% Pure
  73. I’ve been prime minister for four years, and it’s really 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year
  74. baseball in New Zealand is attracting more government support
  75. the decision to buy brand new BMWs was made by the Department of Internal Affairs without reference either to their minister or to me
  76. I didn’t have a clue that Ministerial Services, which I am in charge of, was going to buy brand new BMWs
  77. even though four of my ministers knew all about it, I didn’t have a clue that brand new BMWs were being bought.
  78. even though my Chief of Staff met with officials to discuss purchase of the the brand new BMWs, I didn’t have a clue
  79. even though I personally signed papers discussing the matter, I still didn’t have a clue
  80. Labour forced us into buying the brand new BMWs, its their fault
  81. ummm, look, sorry about that BMW thing , it was because I was so upset
  82. I did not describe David Beckam as thick as batshit
  83. I did not mislead the House (6)
  84. the public demanded that we change the labour laws for The Hobbit
  85. “The Hobbit” created 3000 new jobs
  86. we have delivered 800 extra doctors in the public service
  87. I did not mislead the House (7)
  88. I wasn’t working at Elders when the sham foreign exchange deals took place
  89. I was starting School Certificate exams in 1978
  90. don’t know who arrived on the CIA jet to visit the spies I am responsible for
  91. reducing barriers to property developers will increase the availability of affordable housing
  92. Labour left the economy in poor shape
  93. forecasts show unemployment will fall
  94. we have closed the wage gap with Australia by $27
  95. Ngati Porou and Whanau Apanui are not opposed to mining
  96. I have not had any meetings with Media Works
  97. our [NZ's] terms of trade remain high
  98. the TPPA is an example of democracy
  99. the TPPA will still have to be ratified by Parliament
  100. National Ltd™ will use the proceeds of state asset sales to invest in other public assets, like schools and hospitals
  101. New Zealand troops will be out of Afghanistan by April 2013
  102. overseas investment in New Zealand adds to what New Zealanders can invest on their own
  103. overseas investment in New Zealand creates jobs, boosts incomes, and helps the economy grow
  104. National Ltd™ will build 2000 houses over the next two years
  105. there are only 4 New Zealand SAS soldiers in Bamiyan and all working in the area of logistics and planning only
  106. selling state assets will give cash equity to those companies
  107. the Sky City deal will provide 1000 construction jobs and 800 casino jobs
  108. all five bidders for the convention centre were treated equally
  109. my office has had no correspondence, no discussions, no involvement with the Sky City deal
  110. did not mislead the House (8)
  111. can’t remember what was discussed at my meeting with the SkyCity Chief Executive on 14 May 2009
  112. I have no record of the 12 November 2009 email from Treasury advising that the SkyCity deal was dodgy and needed to be referred to the Auditor General
  113. there was nothing improper about the Sky City deal
  114. SkyCity will only get “a few more” pokie machines at the margins
  115. any changes to gambling regulations will be subject to a full public submission process
  116. Sky City has approached TVNZ about the purchase/use of government-owned land
  117. did not mislead the House (9)
  118. this government has been very transparent about all its dealings with SkyCity
  119. did not mislead the House (10)
  120. the Auditor General has fully vindicated National over the Sky City deal
  121. did not mislead the House (11)
  122. the Deputy Auditor General supports the view that there was nothing inappropriate about the Sky City deal
  123. did not mislead the House (12)
  124. I did not breach the confidentiality of the Auditor General’s Report into the Sky City deal
  125. the Labour Government did exactly the same sort of deal back in 2001
  126. Labour has promised to not revoke the Sky City legislation
  127. there’s a 50/50 chance the Hobbit is going off shore unless we do something
  128. David Shearer has signed up for the purchase of shares in Mighty River
  129. Solid Energy asked the government for a $1 billion capital investment
  130. fracking has been going safely on in Taranaki for the past 30 years without any issues
  131. no frontline positions will be lost at DOC
  132. Iain Rennie came to me and recommended Fletcher for the GCSB job
  133. told Cabinet that I knew Ian Fletcher
  134. I forgot that after I scrapped the shortlist for GCSB job I phoned a life-long friend to tell him to apply for the position
  135. told Iain Rennie I would contact Fletcher
  136. I haven’t seen Ian Fletcher in a long time.
  137. did not mislead the House (13)
  138. I have no reason to doubt at this stage that Peter Dunne did not leak the GCSB report
  139. called directory service to get Ian Fletcher’s number
  140. the new legislation narrows the scope of the GCSB
  141. the GCSB has been prevented from carrying out its functions because of the law governing its functions
  142. because the opposition is opposed the GCSB law ammendments, parliamentary urgency is required
  143. the increasing number of cyber intrusions which I can’t detail or discuss prove that the GCSB laws need to be extended to protect prive enterprise
  144. it was always the intent of the GCSB Act to be able to spy on New Zealanders on behalf of the SIS and police
  145. National Ltd™ is not explanding the activities of the GCSB with this new law
  146. cyber terrorists have attempted to gain access to information about weapons of mass destructionheld on New Zealand computers
  147. the law which says the GCSB cannot spy on New Zealanders is not clear
  148. it totally incorrect that the Government effectively through GCSB will be able to wholesale spy on New Zealanders
  149. we self identified that there was a problem with the GCSB spying on Kim Dotcom
  150. the illegal spying on Kim Dotcom was an isolated incident
  151. The advice I have had in 4 years as a Minister is that in no way ever has there been an indication of unlawful spying
  152. the Ministerial Warrant signed by Bill English did not cover anything up
  153. first I heard I heard about Kim Dotcom was on 19 January 2012
  154. first I heard about the illegal spying on Kim Dotcom was in 17 September
  155. did not mislead the House (14)
  156. won’t be discussing Kim Dotcom during my Hollywood visit.
  157. The Human Rights Commission couldn’t get its submission on the GCSB legislation in on time.
  158. it would cost too much to for the police and SIS to carry out the spying on New Zealanders that this new legislation will permit
  159. critics of the GCSB legislation, including the Law Society, the Human Rights Commission, and the Privacy Commission, are all uninformed
  160. no, I did not mislead the House (15)
  161. do not know how Mr Henry is conducting the Enquiry
  162. no, I did not mislead the House (16)
  163. the Henry Enquiry had permission to view Ministers’ emails
  164. no, I did not mislead the House (??)
  165. we do not spy on journalists
  166. the passing of phone records to the Henry Enquiry was an error on the part of a contractor
  167. I wasn’t aware that my own Chief of Staff was instructing Parliamentary Services to hand over information concerning journalist Andrea Vance
  168. National Ltd™ has never tried to impinge on the role of the media
  169. I had nothing to do with information on a journalist being handed over to the inquiry into the leaking of the GCSB report
  170. the terms of the enquiry made it clear to everyone that it was only the phone records of parliamentary staff and ministers that were to be provided
  171. I have the utmost respect for the media and the role it plays in New Zealand’s democracy
  172. the Henry Enquiry did not access a journalist’s building-access records
  173. the Henry Enquiry did not ask for phone and email records
  174. no, I did not mislead the House (17)
  175. the Greens are opposed to the GCSB and the SIS even existing
  176. the GCSB needs to spy on New Zealanders because there are al-Qaeda terrorists in New Zealand
  177. John Minto is in the Green Party
  178. the GCSB needs to spy on New Zealanders because of the terrorist threat, even though official reports released over my signature say there is no risk and the SIS has the matter in hand
  179. the GCSB Bill does not give the GCSB the power to look at the content of communications as part of its cyber-security functions
  180. no, I did not mislead the House (18)
  181. there will be no mining on Conservation land in the Corromendel
  182. no, I did not say we would follow the US and Australia into a war against North Korea
  183. New Zealand has an arrangement to have asylum seekers processed in Australian detention camps
  184. did not mislead the house (19)
  185. paid for that lunch and I’ve got the credit card bill to prove it
  186. am honest and upfront
  187. the only way net new jobs can be created is by private investors putting their money into businesses in New Zealand
  188. you can’t hide if yuu’re Prime Minister
  189. an increase in the number of people looking for work indicates that confidence is returning to the economy
  190. the 10 percent of taxpayers in New Zealand who are the top earners pay 76 percent of all net personal tax.
  191. did not mislead the House (20)
  192. the substantial wage growth under Labour was eroded by inflation
  193. National Ltd™’s 2010 tax changes were fiscally neutral
  194. did not mislead the House (21)
  195. the bulk of New Zealanders earn between $45,000 and $75,000 a year
  196. Pike River Coal did not put profits and its production ahead of the safety and lives of those 29 workers.
  197. Radio Live had sought advice from the Electoral Commission about my show just before the election
  198. it is because of National Ltd™’s policies that the price of fresh fruit and vegetables has dropped.
  199. the length-of-the-country cycleway will create 4000 jobs.
  200. police training for next year has not been cancelled
  201. National Ltd™ has only cut back-office jobs in the health service
  202. The Crown’s dividend stream from the Meridians, the Mighty Rivers of the world is large and there is no motivation to sell assets; actually we’re about creating assets not selling assets.”
  203. National believes employment law should treat all parties fairly. It should . . . Protect employees and employers.
  204. I am not trying to tackle such issues in a “fearful” way ahead of the next election
  205. Wellington City is dying.
  206. National Ltd™ has been working on a number of things with New Zealand First on a number of things one of which has a financial component but I can’t talk about it
  207. the best way to get growth in the economy is to reduce public debt
  208. New Zealand mum and dad investors will be our number one priority in the allocation of Mighty River shares
  209. we won’t let “cowboy” oil exploration companies operate here in New Zealand
  210. the Green Party is racist by not allowing Chinese residents in New Zealand to buy a house
  211. the Labour Party is promising a four-bedroom house in Auckland for $300,000
  212. the food in schools programme is in the 2013 budget
  213. the meat exports are being held up in China because of issues in relation to the Chinese looking to trace counterfeit meat
  214. its notoriously difficult to win three elections in a row
  215. I am deeply concerned about every child in New Zealand who is in poverty
  216. there is no manufacturing crisis in New Zealand
  217. the government’s exposure to MediaWorks’ going into receivership is reasonably limited
  218. the money from the sale of state assets will not be used to prop up Solid Energy
  219. I don’t see a place for a Winston Peters-led New Zealand First in a government that I lead. It’s not a matter of political convenience, it’s a matter of political principle.
  220. The vast majority of the buildings in Christchurch came through the earthquakes in good shape
  221. the commemoration of New Zealand’s involvement in the Korean War will not be used to bolster trade talks
  222. third generation Chinese New Zealanders will be required to present their passport before buying a house under the Labour government
  223. the Labour housing policy is an attempt by David Shearer to save his leadership
  224. the Labour housing policy is in breach of free trade agreements
  225. only 2% of the proceeds of the sale of Mighty River will be spent on the sales process
  226. David Cunliffe is lying to you
  227. Labour wants to nationalise the super market industry
  228. The government will engage in no further negotiations with Rio Tinto
  229. Without a government subsidy of hundreds of millions of dollars Chorus will go broke
  230. No, I did not mislead the House (??)
  231. the justice system is already adequate for handling situations involving new evidence
  232. my Minister Nick Smith was not aware of the content of the leaked draft submission on the Ruataniwha situation until 17 September
  233. New Zealand First will nationalise a host of industries and businesses
  234. I have no responsibility for the statements I make
  235. Mark Mitchell was just gossiping at a cocktail party when he tipped Webster off about Len Brown’s affair
  236. it was a lack of external analysis and accountability which put Solid Energy into its debt crisis
  237. the Commerce Commission misinterpreted the law when deciding the price for access to the Chorus copper infrastructure
  238. no analyist predicted that the cost of access to the copper infrastructure would go down
  239. there has been only one problem with oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico
  240. If it was my vote, it would be no pay increases for Mps
  241. Greenpeace are just scare mongering about any oil leaks off the New Zealand coast
  242. For every election for the last five elections , we have had royal visitors to New Zealand.
  243. No decision has been made on the timing of the sale of Air New Zealand shares
  244. its not true that in New Zealand the rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer
  245. This summer is the most active season ever for oil and gas exploration, with the industry spending up to $750 million. At the same time, the Government is strengthening the regulationsthat govern drilling, particularly in deep water.
  246. Labour is trying to mislead people about eligibility for Best Start because they don’t get the payment while they also get paid parental leave.
  247. A mountain of evidence shows that the quality of teaching – inside the classroom – is the biggest influence on kids’ achievement
  248. Governor General Jerry Mateparae has been jostled while walking onto Te Tii Marae at Waitangi .
  249. Cameron Slater, who I speak to regularly and who told me about Winston meeting Kim Dot Com, has got absolutely nothing to do with the National Party.
  250. Cameron Slater rang me
  251. What I do know is that when this Government came in, there were predictions that unemployment would rise to over 10 percent.
  252. The Cabinet Office had cleared Judith Collins of a conflict of interest
  253. The golf tournament in which I played the chairman of Oravida was for charity.
  254. The Cabinet Office has cleared Collins of a conflict of interest after it translated comments on Oravida’s website which stated that she had praised its products
  255. My Justice Minister, Judith Collins, didn’t lie to Parliament, she just didn’t understand the question.
  256. The [MFAT] paperwork shows right through this that not only did the Minister have a very busy programme, all on judicial and justice issues, but, secondly, all the way through it talks about a private dinner.
  257. No, I did not mislead parliament. (??)
  258. No, I did not mislead the House(??)
  259. The Unions decide the leadership of the Labour Party and picked David Cunliffe
  260. Unions give the Labour Party millions of dollars a year
  261. The economic mess inherited by the Abbott government in Australia can be likened to the economic mess inherited by National Ltd™ when it came into office in 2008.
  262. National Ltd™ inherited an economic mess from Labour
  263. National Ltd™ inherited an economic mess from Labour in 2008
  264. No, I did not mislead the House(??)

. . . don’t like to clutter up threads with the whole thing in case I interrupt the flow . . . but since you asked.

31 comments on “Still an honest man?”

  1. fender 1

    It’s a little unfortunate that the first item on the video turned out to have some truth to it when it was revealed a kiwi got taken out by drone in Yemen.

    But the rest is just an awesome reason to have the creep “govern alone”/sarc

  2. greywarbler 2

    Wikipedia should have a page for Blip the Chronicler. Perhaps we need to photocopy A4 portions of the lists. And start letter boxing just one page at a time within a grid pattern for the area being covered. I need to walk, to lose weight, and I think I might just do this for beneficial effects all round, or less round as will likely happen.

    And another thought – at the top it could say that the full list and other important political discussion can be seen on -line at The Standard.
    So getting two points over even if there is just a quick glance.

    A heading of – Why John Key is bad for New Zealand and is driving NZ into the ground and confusing people about the truth.

    I would very much like to read what heading other people would put on each page to explain them in a short way, but also compelling so that people will read them at least briefly. So if you could put your heads to it I would be grateful.

    • Tracey 2.1

      the links are what makes offline dispersion more difficult.

      Each statement with a date needs a second statement with a date…

      Would still contribute to a poster campaign… A new tui type billboard campaign… A lie a day exposed to the election.

      • greywarbler 2.1.1

        Yep Tracy, I would donate also. That was being talked about.

        But the A4 letterbox delivery would still work out. Just put at the top that to access the links for any of Key’s lies, go to The Standard Archives and look for Blip – will take a minute of your time.

        The actual answer isn’t the only advantage from them reading that, even if they never searched for it, the thought that there is a lie has penetrated to their brain.

        Alternatively there could be a few items fully printed – the statement and the truth and just those few on a sheet distributed and they would act as a teaser with the instruction that there are more of these to be seen —as above.

        And what heading did you suggest for the sheet? None. Just a critique and another suggestion. Which is a great way of stepping on ideas, and just one of the carbon footprints of NZs that we have to guard against if we are going to go forward as a nation. Can we change, or have we been Pavlova’ed?

        • Tracey 2.1.1.1

          Thats the way grey. I didnt do what you want so you tossed your toys out of thecot. Boo fucking hoo.

          • greywarbler 2.1.1.1.1

            Very adult intelligent approach Tracey. You let yourself down. What about helping me out as I asked. And what do you think of what I suggested.

            • Tracey 2.1.1.1.1.1

              when did you become my father?

              i told you what i thought and you went all passive aggressive.

              You work on what interests you and so will i. Sometimes they might be the same sometimes not.

  3. seeker 3

    Here is video evidence of key lying for BLip’s archives. It’s the one place I remember him being caught out (as key is using cricket analogies in the Herald today) and recorded on film

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/politics-videos/news/video.cfm?c_id=1503464&gal_cid=1503464&gallery_id=131968

    Feel sorry for BM et al seeing their ‘popular’ hero, the ‘Most Honourable’ john key in action. Who on earth in their right mind would want a liar as leader of their party let alone their country? And as for the ‘Honourable’ Minister of Justice…… Back to the drawing board National…….too many obfuscaters in your ranks. Rank ranks National, clean your house.

    • Tracey 3.1

      they dont care. Winning is more important to them, than whether they are being lied to.

      Perhaps if we keep poking the borax one of them might refute, say, a quater of blips list?

    • vto 3.2

      they stink of lying rats

      liar john key

  4. AmaKiwi 4

    I spoke to a well-educated Kiwi who told me what he likes about Key is that he was so open and honest!

    Can video this be used as a campaign advert?

    • Tracey 4.1

      reflected in north and south article too.

    • I spoke to a well-educated Kiwi who told me what he likes about Key is that he was so open and honest!

      coughsprays tea over monitor & keyboardcough

      • Colonial Viper 4.2.1

        “a well-educated Kiwi”

        problem is that we have way too many people who are well versed and fully certified in what to think but who have absolutely no idea how to think.

    • Roy 4.3

      This list definitely needs more publicity. Too many people think like the person AmaKiwi spoke with.

  5. captain hook 5

    he still has not explained where he got $80,000,000 from either.

  6. fisiani 6

    The video states that New Zealanders are training with terrorists in Yemen. Hey presto -turns out he was telling the truth.

    • Tracey 6.1

      1 to the pm. over 200 to blip

      thanks fizzi

    • lprent 6.2

      And your evidence that he was training with terrorists is ? Nothing apart from being a liar like Key? As far as I can see there is no crime in being Muslim or Christian or even a Moonie. Nor is being in Yemen. In fact there is absolutely nothing that indicates any reason for his murder by a drone operator of the US.

      http://www.nbr.co.nz/article/raw-data-kiwi-killed-drone-strike-%E2%80%94-patrick-gower-interviews-jeremy-scahill-ck-156330

      Based on previous experience, it is most likely he happened to be in the wrong place when one of the murder targets of the US was around. What is the average collateral murder rate of the US drone strikes? 20 innocents to 1 target? Since no real data has been released on how or what or even when this strike took place, we just have to rely on the word of prime minister who has a list of bullshit and lies like the one above. Hardly a credible source.

      Of course the US and probably the stupid like yourself who try to justify this illegal and immoral wholesale slaughter with them being in a “war”. Of course there is that slight issue that congress hasn’t declared that they are in a war. That it isn’t a “war” by any measure of international law. Basically it is just a gutless bully killing bystanders and afterwards labelling them as enemies because of who they were around.

      Sounds like you have a very mushy moral centre – probably more than a little bit atrophied and shrivelled. Kind of person who gets off on watching children being killed as well.

      • Roy 6.2.1

        Well said lprent.

      • Colonial Viper 6.2.2

        And your evidence that he was training with terrorists is ? Nothing apart from being a liar like Key? As far as I can see there is no crime in being Muslim or Christian or even a Moonie.

        We’re back to the good old days of guilt by association. With summary executions and no benefit of a trial. All in the name of “democracy and freedom”.

    • seeker 6.3

      Watch this video clip fisiani. Hey presto – turns out he/key was telling a…..lie.

      http://www.nzherald.co.nz/politics-videos/news/video.cfm?c_id=1503464&gal_cid=1503464&gallery_id=131968

  7. fisiani 7

    I foolishly clicked on one at random
    249
    Cam Slater is not and never has been a member of the National Party.

    • Tracey 7.1

      but acts as a conduit for national party… remember those photos from a press party… and theres his meetings with pm…

      and yea u chose it randomly… took u to number 240 to find one you thought you could refute without looking foolish… but wait

  8. captain hook 8

    thats a very fishy statement arnie.

  9. Bob 9

    1.”I promise to always be honest” Terrible link! It cuts out what he was actually asked to promise too, then has him promising “I’ll do my best”, that’s not promising to always be honest, in fact it is almost impossible to go through life being 100% honest without living with constant black eyes from every time your wife asks if she ‘looks good in this’.

    3.”there’s no way one in five New Zealanders will lose their jobs” How is this a lie?

    4.”we are not going to cut working for families” He didn’t, all he did was make changes to the marginal tax rate and he said he was going to do that in the same article you linked to!
    “I have long held concerns, in addition, about high effective marginal tax rates acting as a disincentive to people under WFF, but we are confident that this issue will be addressed by our tax package.”

    5.”I firmly believe in climate change and always have” why is this a lie? Even in your link all he says is “and I am somewhat suspicious of it”, that doesn’t mean he doesn’t firmly believe in it. I firmly believe that Fluoride is good for your teeth, but I am somewhat suspicious of it.

    So that is 4 of the first 5 that I can put into my BLip is a liar list? I hope you didn’t spend too much time putting this list together because it certainly feels that way.

    I should add, point 2 was a lie, but this is based on the fact no-one could have predicted the depth of the GFC at the time he said this, so even though it is a lie it is a justifiable one.

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  • On so called Labour Party ‘distractions’
    The right wing of the Labour Party are constructing a narrative that Labour need to stop chasing distractions and focus on the real issues that matter and not these silly GCSB, inequality, domestic violence, media bias, TPPA issues. It is...
    The Daily Blog | 25-07
  • Selfies: Labour’s Electorate MPs are at it again
    IT’S A LITTLE TRIANGLE of grass at the corner of Rewa Street and Mt Eden Road, ideal for election hoardings. Wandering along Mt Eden Road last Saturday morning to our weekly appointment with the brunch menu at Orvieto, my family and...
    The Daily Blog | 25-07
  • Well, well, well – Jonathan Coleman did know about FBI interest into Kim ...
    Last years GCSB Town Hall meeting in Auckland Oh dear, the cover up and lies are starting to fall over now aren’t they… Coleman knew of FBI interest in Dotcom pre-residency decisionGovernment minister Jonathan Coleman knew the FBI was interested...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • Why You Must March Against Factory Farming This Saturday, 12pm
    The rally this Saturday is critical because this is the FIRST TIME IN NEW ZEALAND HISTORY that a major party has agreed to ban all intensive factory farming practices. The Labour party, the Greens, Internet-Mana, the SPCA, SAFE and other...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • Astronaut tweets photo of explosions over Israel and Gaza from space
      This is what a war zone looks like from space: From aboard the International Space Station, German astronaut Alexander Gerst tweeted this image as the station passed over Israel and Gaza in what he called ‘his saddest photo yet’....
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • When Firstline are focusing on flag burning rather than dead Palestinian ch...
    The IDF are butchering children in UN schools this morning and what’s the big issue on TV3s Firstline? Flag burning. How pathetic, and what a slap in the face to Mike McRoberts who is currently risking his life in Gaza...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • ‘Victim’ vs ‘Terrorist’
    ‘Victim’ vs ‘Terrorist’...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • Petition asking TVNZ to stand Hosking down as election moderator jumps to o...
    In just a day the petition calling on TVNZ to replace Hosking as the election moderator has jumped to over 2500, you can sign it here. The defence that the Right are trying to run here is that John Campbell...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • When the mainstream media go feral: the descent into sheer farce, according...
    . . It had to happen, I guess… The media pack-campaign against Labour Leader David Cunliffe has managed to  plumb new depths of absurdity. On TV3, on 24 July,  TV3/Tova O’Brien ran this report on their 6PM News bulletin, about...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • Coalition for Better Broadcasting: MIKE HOSKING FOR PM?
    Yes indeed. Mike Hosking is for the PM. And now he’s able to do even more as moderator (or should that be immoderator) of TVNZ’s election debates. Here at the Coalition for Better Broadcasting we feel it’s pretty safe to say that...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • The lie that “There is no alternative” to neo-liberal economic policies
    Supporters of President Maduro in Venezuela rally   Since the 1980s we have had drubbed into our heads that there was no alternative to the economic and social policies unleashed at that time. It even had it’s own acronym – TINA. The...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • A Kanaky tale of mining skulduggery and environmental courage
    Florent Eurisouké … still campaigning against mining. Photo: Del Abcede/PMC David Robie also blogs at Café Pacific AN EXTRAORDINARY story of mining skulduggery and a courageous struggle by indigenous Kanak environmental campaigners has been captured in a poignant new documentary,...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • UNBREAKING: The list of questions Mike Hosking will use in first TVNZ leade...
    “Good evening ladies and gentlemen and welcome to the first TVNZ leaders debate being held live in the gloriously beautiful Sky City ball room. It’s such a beautiful building boys and girls, we are so blessed to have Sky City...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • Internet Party Party review
      I have been to A LOT of political party functions in my time, and they tend to be dull affairs at the best of times but what is happening with Internet MANA is something quite exciting. I went to...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • Dear Seven Sharp – after learning Hosking will be the leaders debate ...
    I have to be honest, I had made the decision last night  to accept Seven Sharp’s hastily offered opportunity to appear on their show after I savagely criticised the bullshit whitewash story they did on John Key’s favourite far right hate speech...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • National refuses meeting with Maui’s advocates
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: National refuses meeting with Maui’s advocates Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | Press Release This is another reminder that the National Government does not care about the survival of the Maui’s dolphin National...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Message from CTU President Helen Kelly
    MIL OSI – Source: Unite Union – Headline: Message from CTU President Helen Kelly Dear MikeThere’s only 43 days until September 3, when voting in the General Election starts. The last day to vote is September 20.Thanks heaps for signing...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • MANA Tamaki send a challenge to Labour
    MIL OSI – Source: Mana Movement – Headline: MANA Tamaki send a challenge to Labour Posted on July 23, 2014 by admin in Joe Carolan, Press Releases“Labour should set the agenda and purposely do something positively controversial once a week”,...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • We must act to save our dolphins
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: We must act to save our dolphins A new report makes it clear for the urgent need to protect Maui’s and Hector’s dolphins while arguing  it is clear that there is no...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • School told to manipulate national standards data
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: School told to manipulate national standards data Parents can have little confidence in the Government’s National Standards after an Auckland school was told to manipulate its data so it added up, Labour’s...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Regional economies must have tailored plans
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Regional economies must have tailored plans News that up to 114 jobs could be lost from Fonterra’s Canpac plant in Hamilton reinforces the need for a government plan to build resilient regional...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Auditor General slams Shared Services project
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Auditor General slams Shared Services project The Auditor-General’s Office could not have been more damning about the 18 months spent on the Central Agency Shared Services (CASS) project at the Finance and...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Fonterra job losses a massive blow to Waikato
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Fonterra job losses a massive blow to Waikato The potential loss of up to 114 jobs from Fonterra’s Canpac plant in Hamilton is a massive blow to the Waikato region which has...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Basin flyover decision an opportunity for capital
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Basin flyover decision an opportunity for capital The decision to reject the proposed flyover at the Basin Reserve must be taken as an opportunity to properly fund Wellington’s transport future and must...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Indonesia: New President Widodo must make good on human rights pledges
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Indonesia: New President Widodo must make good on human rights pledges Indonesia’s new President Joko Widodo must deliver on campaign promises to improve Indonesia’s dire human rights situation, Amnesty International said....
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Communities in Sierra Leone turn their backs on female genital mutilation
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Communities in Sierra Leone turn their backs on female genital mutilation While activists gather in London to discuss strategies to tackle female genital mutilation, communities across Sierra Leone have been taking...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • The Gambia: Activists mark 20 years of iron-fisted repression
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: The Gambia: Activists mark 20 years of iron-fisted repression The Gambian government must abolish the laws and iron fisted practices that have resulted in two decades of widespread human rights violations,...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • A blog from the front lines of Palestine: It’s time for a new narrative
    I don’t know if I follow trouble or if trouble follows me, but somehow I seem to have found myself near one of the world’s hotspots again. The difference this time is that instead of sitting in some obscure location,...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • GUEST BLOG: Michael Wood – The Path Ahead
    It’s well established that Labour has had a difficult couple of weeks. Getting back on to a successful path requires our focus to shift from looking inwards to outwards, heightened discipline, and inner conviction. While my assessment of New Zealand...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Employers liquidating companies to avoid paying minimum entitlements
    Across the union movement we have seen a number of documented cases now where companies are liquidating their business in order to avoid their legal obligations, in terms of paying the minimum entitlements to their workers. The most recent example...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • GUEST BLOG: Joe Carolan : Positively Controversial
    The protest in Auckland last weekend that the NZ Herald claimed was attend by only a hundred people. Labour should set the agenda and purposely do something positively controversial once a week. A good start would be for all their...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Come on TV3 News – you are better than regurgitating Israeli propaganda
    Say it isn’t true TV3 News, you are seriously bitching about this???? The leader of the Mana Party, Hone Harawira, has supported flag burning at a pro-Palestinian march in Auckland at the weekend. Mana Party flags can be seen in...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • The brutal siege of Palestine
    70 years ago the Jews of Europe suffered as much as any people can suffer. The Nazis set about ethnic cleansing and sent 6 million to their death. Today we watch in horror as Israel, the Jewish homeland created after...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • When the mainstream media go feral: A tale of two holidays
    . . The recent non-story on David Cunliffe’s three day holiday should be proof-positive that the mainstream media (msm) is fixated on pumping out as many “bad news” reporting as can be generated by a headline-seeking; advertising-driven; lazy corporate-media system....
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Canterbury housing crisis a moral, economic, health, education, and social ...
    Can they build it? No they can’t.  Occasionally I come across people who don’t believe me when I say there is a housing crisis in Christchurch.  Despite all the evidence to the contrary.  Even when I tell them that every...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Respected world visionaries of the past speak out on Israel
    Respected world visionaries of the past speak out on Israel...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • From Here To There: How did Labour become so hopelessly lost?
    WRITING ABOUT the Labour Party these days puts me in mind of the joke about the American tourist and the Irish farmer. Seems there was this American tourist driving down a narrow lane in the heart of Ireland. He needed...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Oh NOW everyone thinks the ABCs are up to no good?
    Goodness last months June seems like years away doesn’t it? In June I pointed out a move by the ABCs to destabilise Cunliffe was under way. For pointing this out, Labour Party bloggers Rob Salmond and Lynn Prentice rushed to put...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Dear Seven Sharp – I have little interest in appearing on your show so th...
    After savagely critiquing Seven Sharp for trying to whitewash the repulsive history of a far right hate speech merchant like Cameron Slater yesterday, Seven Sharp have contacted me and offered to do a profile on me. Here is their email…...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Basin Flyover decision victory for common sense
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: Basin Flyover decision victory for common sense Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 | Press Release “Both popular and expert opinion opposed the flyover. The proposal was expensive, unnecessary and would have undermined the...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • CPAG Newsletter July 2014
    MIL OSI – Source: Child Poverty Action Group – Headline: CPAG Newsletter July 2014 22 July 2014 New child poverty data nothing to celebrate New data released by the Ministry of Social Development  indicates people living below the poverty line are worse...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Hotel ordered to pay $80,000 in outstanding wages
    MIL OSI – Source: Unite Union – Headline: Hotel ordered to pay $80,000 in outstanding wages An Auckland hotel has been ordered by the Employment Relations Authority to pay nearly $80,000 in outstanding wages to two employees. Filipino couple Abraham...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Rising interest rate and dollar driving manufacturing exports back to Globa...
    MIL OSI – Source: CTU – Headline: Rising interest rate and dollar driving manufacturing exports back to Global Financial Crisis levels The Council of Trade Unions is calling on the Reserve Bank not to raise interest rates on Thursday. “Another...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Israel/Gaza: Attacks on medical facilities and civilians add to war crime a...
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Israel/Gaza: Attacks on medical facilities and civilians add to war crime allegations The continuing bombardment of civilian homes in several areas of the Gaza Strip, as well as the Israeli shelling...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Central African Republic: Brazzaville talks should not lead to amnesties fo...
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Central African Republic: Brazzaville talks should not lead to amnesties for war crimes Amnesty International called on delegates to the Central African Republic (CAR) National Reconciliation talks due to take place...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Russia increases stranglehold on dissent as five more NGOs named ‘foreign...
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Russia increases stranglehold on dissent as five more NGOs named ‘foreign agents’ The Russian Ministry of Justice today registered four more Russian human rights organizations and one environmental group as “foreign...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Nigeria: World Bank panel turns its back on forcibly evicted community
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Nigeria: World Bank panel turns its back on forcibly evicted community The decision by a World Bank Inspection Panel to refuse to investigate a complaint about forced evictions linked to a...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • National out of touch with the regions
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: National out of touch with the regions John Key is out of touch with regional New Zealand if he believes tinkering with council regulations will restore opportunities to small towns, Labour Leader...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Flyover rejection a victory for sustainable transport
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Flyover rejection a victory for sustainable transport The rejection of the proposed Basin Reserve flyover by a Board of Inquiry is a victory for sustainable transport in Wellington and paves the way...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Loss Leading could destroy Kiwi lamb’s reputation
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Loss Leading could destroy Kiwi lamb’s reputation Meat companies that supply supermarkets and sell New Zealand lamb as a loss leader in the United Kingdom should lose their access to this valuable...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • The Nation 26,27 July: Flavell & Harawira, Joe Hockey
    On The Nation this weekend…. With the Maori seats primed to play a pivotal role this election, Torben Akel reports from the key battlegrounds and meets the top contenders. Then the Maori Party co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell and Mana Party...
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Announcement of New Zealand First Candidate for Rangitīkei
    New Zealand First has endorsed Dr Romuald (‘Rom’) Rudzki as the candidate for the Rangitīkei Electorate in the 2014 General Election....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Labour Offer Len Brown a Hotel Tax
    The Taxpayers’ Union is slamming the Labour Party's plan to allow councils to levy new 'pillow taxes' and regional petrol taxes. Reacting to this afternoon’s NZ Herald report Jordan Williams, Executive Director of the Taxpayers’ Union ,...
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Cell phone evidence a first
    Cell phone evidence a first Evidence gathered solely from a cell phone has been used for the first time to convict a Hastings man for possessing child sexual abuse pictures. Michael Lawrence Worsnop, a 29-year-old orchard worker pleaded guilty to...
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • New Zealand Aid Worker Helping in Gaza
    A New Zealand Red Cross nurse working in Gaza says she has never experienced anything like the current conflict in her long aid work career....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Parking officers deserve safety at work
    The union representing the Auckland Transport parking officer severely beaten on July 17 says everyone has a right to go about their job without fear for their safety....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Caritas Aotearoa NZ to provide Gaza humanitarian aid
    Caritas Jerusalem is providing medical assistance, food and other necessities to the thousands of vulnerable people affected by the escalating conflict in Gaza, and Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand is contributing an initial $20,000 to support the humanitarian...
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • ALCP challenges parties to support Charlotte’s Web
    The leader of the Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party Julian Crawford is calling on all other political parties to state their position on using cannabis oil to treat pediatric epilepsy....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Oxfam accepts cheque from Pacific Corporation Foundation
    Oxfam New Zealand has accepted a cheque for almost $1000 today from the Pacific Corporation Foundation toward recovery efforts in the Solomon Islands, following April’s flash flooding that left thousands homeless....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Draft report and decision – Pūhoi to Warkworth proposal
    The Ara Tūhono – Pūhoi to Wellsford Road of National Significance: Pūhoi to Warkworth section Board of Inquiry has released its draft report and decision....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • New Zealanders willing to pay tax to protect dolphins
    A report released this week shows a large majority of New Zealanders want Maui’s and Hector’s dolphins protected and they are prepared to pay for it....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Stop Smart Meters
    “The Democrats for Social Credit Party (DSC) wholeheartedly endorses the Stop Smart Meters campaign for a moratorium on installations of smart meters until the technology is proven not be a risk to health, and until home owners are given a...
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Maori Roll Electors Urged to Vote Strategically
    Voters enrolled in the seven Maori electorates must learn to maximize their influence by voting strategically, according to the Maori Party candidate for Te Tai Tokerau, Rev Te Hira Paenga....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Politicians Ignore Families’ Concerns on Street Prostitution
    Family First NZ says that politicians are ignoring the concerns of families, lack the will to take appropriate action, and are happy to drag the ongoing problem of street prostitution into the next parliamentary term....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Plunket celebrates Te Wiki o te Reo Māori
    Plunket is proud to celebrate Te Wiki o te Reo Māori (21-27 July), with Plunket people across the country among several thousand New Zealanders taking part and increasing their kete of knowledge in te reo....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Coleman must quit or be sacked over Dotcom case
    Immigration New Zealand has done the right thing in distancing itself from Jonathan Coleman’s claims that ministers were not aware of FBI involvement in Kim Dotcom’s residency application, says the Internet Party. Internet Party leader Laila Harré...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Auckland Councillors, Not Emperors
    25 JULY 2014 Responding to the NZ Herald report that Auckland Councillors have voted to keep their ratepayer-funded business class travel perks, and considered new rules that would have exempted councillors from Auckland City's parking charges, Taxpayers’...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Cunliffe Looks Dodgy Lunching with Sex Offender
    Conservative Party Leader Colin Craig says that David Cunliffe's social meeting with a known sex offender while on holiday "looks pretty dodgy."...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Taxpayers’ Union Back LGNZ Calls For Greater Transparency
    The Taxpayers’ Union is backing Local Government New Zealand’s calls for the Official Information Act to be extended to cover the Local Government Commission. Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says:...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Lecture series to provide insight into 2014 election
    Could National’s refusal to reform MMP lead to the defeat of the government? Is the media providing voters with the information they require to make an informed electoral decision? What directions might John Key’s leadership take if he secures...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • National Rally Against Factory Farming
    Animal advocates and members of the public all over New Zealand will unite for a ‘National Day of Action Against Factory Farming’ Saturday, tomorrow 26 July in response to two recent exposés that showed horrific conditions on pig factory farms....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Women in Politics Finds Support at Conference
    Women in Politics, a brand-new organisation for New Zealand women in political office, was met with overwhelming support at the 2014 Local Government New Zealand Conference held this weekend in Nelson....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • The Government’s Fresh Water Policy – REVISITED
    Fresh water quality is the latest area to be in the sights of Gareth Morgan and his research organisation The Morgan Foundation. They enlisted a group of 16 scientists to help them review the government’s new fresh water policy....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Restoration of Post-graduate Allowances to be Key Issue
    As students prepare for the early voting that will take place on all university and many polytechnic campuses next month, the restoration of post-graduate allowances, removed by the current government in 2013, is emerging as a key election issue....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Honesty for Taxpayers
    ACT has a new proposal to make our democracy more accountable. The proposal may seem small but it could be the most significant idea in this election....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Mike Hosking for PM?
    The Coalition for Better Broadcasting is adding its voice to the many appalled at TVNZ’s choice of Mike Hosking as moderator for the upcoming political debates....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • ‘Party Party’ Hitting the Right Notes
    The “sold out” sign has gone up at the Internet Party’s concert in Christchurch tonight. A capacity crowd of 1000 will be at The Foundry for the Party Party concert, part of a major national musical tour aimed at getting...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • New Electoral Commission Campaign Launches This Weekend
    New Electoral Commission Campaign Launches This Weekend More non-voters than ever before say they don't feel like their vote is worth anything, or that their opinion matters. It's a trend that concerns the Electoral Commission, and the reason for...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Umere says ‘taihoa’ on Māori Language Strategy
    A Maori Language advocacy group, Umere, is calling for a rain check on the Māori Language Strategy Bill, which is being introduced to parliament this week. "The submissions on the MLS have been released by Te Puni Kōkiri and they...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • High cost of GP visits still a barrier for older children
    Free doctor's visits should be extended to all children under 18 as GP charges are a significant barrier for low income families, says Child Poverty Action Group....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • David Cunliffe happy to hide sex offender’s identity
    ..:: For immediate release ::.. 24/07/14 David Cunliffe happy to hide sex offender’s identity - (and in fact enjoy lunch with them)...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • More kids in Southland and Otago are achieving
    Clutha-Southland National candidate Todd Barclay says the Public Achievement Information for 2013 shows New Zealand children are doing better across the whole education system....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Flavell mistaken
    In response to Mr Flavell’s tirade this afternoon Conservative Party Leader Colin Craig advises "Mr Flavell is simply mistaken in his comments."...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • High cost of GP visits still a barrier for older children
    Free doctor's visits should be extended to all children under 18 as GP charges are a significant barrier for low income families, says Child Poverty Action Group....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Taxpayers’ Union Lay Complaint with Speaker
    The Taxpayers’ Unio n has written to Parliament's Speaker, the Rt. Hon. David Carter, asking him to step in and investigate the claims on the WhaleOil blog that taxpayers’ money is being improperly used for Mana Party election campaign hoardings....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • MANA launches te reo Māori policy
    “MANA is launching its te reo Māori policy this morning ahead of the first reading of the government’s Māori Language Strategy Bill this afternoon”, said MANA deputy leader and candidate for Waiariki, Annette Sykes....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Candidate welcomes award of platinum exploration permits
    Clutha-Southland National candidate Todd Barclay has welcomed the Government’s decision to award Lynx Platinum Limited two exploration permits in Southland. Mr Barclay said the minerals industry is an important part of New Zealand’s economy...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Pokie spending and numbers continue to drop
    Pub and club gaming machine expenditure in the year ended June 2014 fell 2.4 per cent from $826.3 million to $806.2 million. There were also fewer licence holders, gambling venues and gaming machines compared with 12 months earlier. Licence holders...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • New Zealand Police to assist in MH17 victim identification
    New Zealand Police is sending three Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) specialists to the Netherlands to assist in the international effort to identify victims from the MH17 tragedy....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Oil Spill Response Strategy available for consultation
    Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) is inviting comment on its draft updated New Zealand Marine Oil Spill Response Strategy....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Police response to IPCA report on Rewa investigation
    Police accept the findings of today's IPCA's report regarding its investigations into offending by Malcolm Rewa in Auckland in the 1980s and 1990s....
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • Well-known kiwis sign on to stop ivory trade
    Today the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Select Committee will consider a complete ban on the ivory trade in response to a petition by Auckland teacher Virginia Woolf and policy analyst Fiona Gordon....
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • Commonwealth Games are not being captioned in New Zealand
    As members of the Captioning Working Group, The National Foundation for the Deaf and Deaf Aotearoa New Zealand call for broadcast captioning of the 2014 Commonwealth Games...
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • Majority of Commonwealth countries are already republics
    The Glasgow Commonwealth Games are here and it's a common misbelief that a Kiwi republic would mean that New Zealand would have to leave the Commonwealth. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth....
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • Police handling of Rewa Investigation
    Although an Independent Police Conduct Authority inquiry has identified some faults with a series of investigations conducted by Police into offending by Malcolm Rewa, there is insufficient evidence that any of these impacted on the ability of Police...
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • IPCA findings on Police handling of Rewa Investigation
    Good morning everyone. I’d like to begin today by explaining that this is an informational press conference and that I will not be taking questions at its conclusion. The reason for that is the report’s findings are the result of...
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • Pay It Back Ms Hauiti
    Responding to the Newstalk ZB report that disgraced MP Claudette Hauiti is refusing to confirm whether or not she has reimbursed taxpayers for misuse of her Parliamentary 'P-card', Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says: “Ms Hauiti...
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • RSA thanks NZ for $1.7m collected during Poppy Appeal
    The RSA today announced that over $1.7 million was donated to the 2014 Poppy Appeal for the support of veterans, ex-service men and women and their families in need....
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • Students encouraged to be brave and never give up
    Students encouraged to be brave and never give up if they want to 'make it happen'...
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • New Zealanders want to pay more to protect dolphins
    A report released this week shows a large majority of New Zealanders want Maui’s and Hector’s dolphins protected and they are prepared to pay for it....
    Scoop politics | 23-07
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