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The Blame Game

Written By: - Date published: 7:51 am, October 27th, 2013 - 106 comments
Categories: auckland supercity, democracy under attack, local body elections, spin, you couldn't make this shit up - Tags: , , , ,

And so it continues.  Inside the Palino-Wewege-Cook-Slater camp, every one is pointing the finger at everyone else and putting the blame elsewhere for the clumsily executed smear campaign against Len Brown.

Over at Stuff, Chuang is claiming that Luigi Wewege used private naked photos of her to pressure her into revealing her relationship with Brown.

Bevan Chuang alleges nude photos of her were released by Luigi Wewege, who was part of the team campaigning for John Palino to become mayor of Auckland.

The journalist who broke the story of the affair, Stephen Cook, said an email arrived from Wewege, Chuang’s on-again, off-again boyfriend, a week before the story ran.

It contained three naked images of Chuang, with messages such as “love you” and “miss you” scrawled on her body in lipstick. Chuang had taken photos of herself on her phone and sent them to Wewege.

The images arrived at a point when Chuang and Wewege had fallen out because she was resisting his pleas to go public with the story.

The email did not contain a message, but Cook said Wewege was aware of his plans to set up an X-rated website.

“He’s the ultimate love rat, you’d have to say. He’s trying to humiliate her,” Cook said, adding he had no plans to use the images and considered them a gross breach of Chuang’s privacy.

Cook looks a little to eager to shift the blame onto Wewege, with his attempts to paint himself a some kind of innocent bystander caught u in Wewege’s dirty maneuverings.

Meanwhile, over at the Herald on Sunday, Wewege is doing a limited version of “I knew nuzzink”, and pointing to an ambitious and flirtatious Chuang as the instigator of the smear campaign.  He is still claiming he had no intimate sexual relationship with Chuang. And yet, the naked photos and the Chuang’s facebook and email revelations would indicate otherwise.

And you would still have to wonder, if Wewege is so blameless, why he went immediately into hiding and then packed his bags and left the country.  The HoS article reads like the script of a B movie, carried out in a darkened pub somewhere in Parnell.  Wewege claims to have only known that Brown lasciviously hit on Chuang, and not that they’d had an affair.  He claims he did not know the full details til Chuang’s affadivit was published.

Wewege, also playing the innocent caught up in a political drama bigger than him, says he just passed on some information that he thought was important.

Wewege says “it was so long ago” he cannot even remember what day he contacted Slater.

“At the time I didn’t think anything of it. I was very politically naive in that sense. When you’re short-staffed on a campaign and working 24/7, one tends not to go into details as to how this’ll play out.”

[…]

In the Palino camp various, vague scenarios were discussed but no concrete strategy formed around the Chuang allegations, he says. “I don’t think we really knew what was going on. There was talk of a byelection or something. There was all types of stuff swirling around. I even heard that John would become mayor.”

After the election results became clear:

In a startling claim, Wewege says Chuang blamed the mayor for her own loss in the Albert-Eden Local Board-Maungawhau Subdivision elections. “She felt that he [Brown] somehow orchestrated her not getting a seat. All I wanted to do was just essentially go home. I was certainly of the mind that we had tried to get information from her but in my mind it was game over, really.”

[…]

“Essentially, post-election, I had nothing to do with it at all. I was transitioning into the next phase of my life.”

But Chuang is sparked into action, after anonymous threatening text messages and her own electoral defeat.

Wewege denies sending the messages, saying it would have been pointless for him to do so, and he had for days accepted Palino would never be mayor. “To be honest, mate,” he says, “it didn’t come from my side. It couldn’t have, because, as I said when we didn’t get anything from her, I thought it was pretty much over. I made peace with the fact.”

He adds: “I was quite realistic that I didn’t think we were going to get across the line.”

Chuang meets Palino in a Mission Bay carpark on the Sunday night. They sit and talk in his car for 90 minutes. She says they agreed to suggest Brown stand down, blaming ill health. Palino denies this. The following day she meets freelance journalist Stephen Cook in Grey Lynn McDonald’s, and over two hours reveals the most tawdry details of her affair with the Mayor.

The revelations emerge on the Tuesday after the election, published on the Whale Oil blog. “I don’t think it was necessary to go into that much detail,” Wewege say

So the carpark meeting was all initiated by Chuang as part of her campaign to bring down Brown?  This just doesn’t ring true in the face of the details Chuang and Cook have revealed.  And, Wewege is overplaying his naive innocence. That coupled with the conflicting stories, his reluctance to come forward and explain his role until now, and his flight from the country, point to someone who is far from naive and innocent.

He also claims to have substantial contexts in other countries.

In the pub not far from his Parnell apartment, Wewege says he can thank his friends, including some very far away, for supporting him through the battle zone.

“Look, I’ve got friends as far as DC that even know about this,” Wewege says. “They are quite appalled as to the fact this has been deflected on to me. And not to the mayor.”

Wewege continues to look like someone who spins tales and half truths to make himself look good. He certainly hasn’t convinced the writer of the HoS editorial today.

So many accusations and counter-accusations among those who tried to bring down Brown with a ill-judged smear campaign, it’s hard to work out who is to blame.  But I guess it’s got nothing to do with the stuff John Key keeps in his top drawer.

Got to wonder who is in the shadows frantically pulling various levers?

106 comments on “The Blame Game”

  1. andy (the other one) 1

    I loved this little bit of paranoia:

    In another development, an IT worker on Palino’s campaign team has admitted that he claimed to have hacked Mayor Brown’s emails and threatened to reveal their content if Brown won.

    The claim was made to a member of the National Party’s youth wing, the Young Nats.

    When contacted by the Star-Times, the IT worker, who became emotional and asked not to be named, said he made up the story to see if there were “leaks” emanating from the Palino camp.

    “I had a hunch there was a mole . . . it was only my first foray into politics . . . I wanted to know who I could trust,” he said.

    Must have been a pretty odd campaign office with all these characters floating about.

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/9331664/The-mayor-the-love-rat-and-nudity

  2. ghostwhowalksnz 2

    The person not mentioned but who is at the top of the pyramid is John Banks.

    mayoralty, national party, local body politics, Auckland, Slater ( a good friend of Banks) all point to one person who links all these things together.
    Even Palino, a restaurateur, would be connected to Banks who was involved in the restaurant industry.

    • Murray Olsen 2.1

      I’d almost put money on it. Some less charitable than myself might think that Rodney Hide could also be involved. I suppose it’ll all come out in the wash, but the Supercity is a glittering prize that ACT considered their private property. They would never forgive Brown for violating their property rights.

  3. mickysavage 3

    Good summary Karol. That scurrying noise everyone can hear is the sound of many rats leaving a sinking ship …

    • Dumrse 3.1

      With only the big brown rat still to scurry away….

      • karol 3.1.1

        Actually, the ultimate rat behind Auckland’s current problems is Rodney Hide. The undemocratic supercity, with it’s unelected CCOs and deliberately weakly structured local boards have created a very poor system.

        Of course, Hide and the pack of Nats and Rats (once Cits & Rats) have been held back in their ambitions by voters (especially a lot in the south and west of the wider city) who didn’t want the Nat’s favoured Mayor.

        Things won’t be sorted by a change of mayor. Only a re-structured, democratic Auckland Council set-up will do that.

        • tinfoilhat 3.1.1.1

          Agree 100%.

          Auckland is now ruled by a cabal of senior manager answerable to the corporate masters and the public have very little say …… and when they do get a say it’s invariably ignored.

        • Dumrse 3.1.1.2

          Aucklands current problem is Len Brown’s affair compounded by Browns inability to recognise it was an unacceptable transgression by one holding such office. The “…inability to recognise…” also applies to a large number of bloggers. That said, I agree Auckland has a plethora of issues around governance and structure however, putting rates up 10% and calling it 2.4% inflation, shifting rubbish and recycling costs from rates to user pays are not Rodney Hide issues.

          • gobsmacked 3.1.1.2.1

            an unacceptable transgression by one holding such office.

            Please provide examples of mayors (or Ministers, or any similar “office”) who 1) had an affair, and 2) resigned that office as a consequence.

            Any examples? Preferably from New Zealand, not the fantasy land in your head.

            Over to you.

          • lprent 3.1.1.2.2

            Rates rising and changes in governance? Are you simple?

            They were all predicted when the supershitty was put together by Rodney Hide. All the supershitty was guaranteed to do in the short term was to increase costs as the systems were consolidated over the following decade, and to cause the grief as the local council practices (like berm mowing) were standardized.

            You’d have to have been a dumbarse to expect anything else. But hey – you have problems even spelling that. So spelling this out again is probably a forlorn hope.

            • ghostwhowalksnz 3.1.1.2.2.1

              Hide , himself had a affair while an Mp and dumped his wife and child for a much younger woman. Unacceptable transgressions ?

          • Tracey 3.1.1.2.3

            and Len Brown only gets one vote on council dumarse.

        • Unicus 3.1.1.3

          Absolutely nailed it Karol –

          The” super-city ” was a fraud from the begining . Its political structure is a sham to make things worse – apart from one or two its councillors are the political dross of Auckland – The council has no power . The CEO and his crony’s have power – CCOs have independent power – because the democratic structure is not strong enough to control them .

          Hide was the rat who spread this plague in Auckland – his appointee’s in the plumb jobs at council and in CCO’s are the infected . As long as any of them remain Auckland will continue its spiral toward humiliating perdition

          • Tracey 3.1.1.3.1

            it was the beginning of the implementation of the right’ unfailing belief that a vtoe is wasted on people not like themselves… Democracy is really annoying cos it means you cant always do what you want… which is like being wrong… and they are never wrong.

      • tinfoilhat 3.1.2

        He’s going nowhere the man’s hubris and lust for power knows no bounds.

      • Martin 3.1.3

        let ‘em jump!
        the ship is sinking fast and the water is freezing

  4. Sable 4

    All idiots, end of story.

  5. Te Reo Putake 5

    I’m just wondering if blackmailing a person into signing an affidavit is a criminal offence. I certainly hope so. Perhaps Banks and Wewege can double bunk at Mt Eden?

  6. tinfoilhat 6

    And none of it would be a story if it wasn’t for one Mr Len Brown who has proven to be as inept a decision maker as he is a mayor.

    • Te Reo Putake 6.1

      Ahem. Brown wasn’t caught having one off the wrist, tinfoilhat. The decisions of two adults contributed to this affair. More specifically, it’s the actions of the other person that have lead to the story becoming public and the actions of various rightwingers have exacerbated the issue.

      Of, course, the predictions on the Standard early on that this would end up biting the right on the arse have turned out to be spot on. If you choose Cameron Slater to do your PR, you will get royally screwed. Ask POAL.

      • tinfoilhat 6.1.1

        No apparently he wasn’t caught having one off the wrist as you say.

        Just having intercourse and masturbating on council premises during council time.

        I’m less interested in the behaviour of the righties who’s behaviour I expect than the elected mayor who has proven untrustworthy in addition to his many and numerous other faults. I’ve no idea why the Labour supporters (and some greenies) on this blog continue to offer him any support when there are far far better options for a left wing mayor waiting on the sidelines.

        • Te Reo Putake 6.1.1.1

          Ah, well. Maybe after Brown has tired of winning Ak mayoral elections (some time around 2025, I imagine), we can have a look at the other left wing candidates. For the time being, this story is no longer about Brown. It’s about the nasty party and the way they tried to game Ak politics with smears and blackmail. Sordid stuff.

          • tinfoilhat 6.1.1.1.1

            Is that you Mayor Brown .. or is it one of your staff that the auckland ratepayers are paying overtime rates for ?

          • Dumrse 6.1.1.1.2

            The story is about Brown and his fucking dick. Get over it.

            • Tracey 6.1.1.1.2.1

              I guess you have missed the last week of stories in the media…ssss tories hate not having the story they have manufactured andit being replaced, even worse, by the truth.

            • One Anonymous Knucklehead 6.1.1.1.2.2

              Dumrse is getting pretty desperate. Imagine the rage and frustration and impotence of trying to control the story from your exalted position as a nobody. Marvel as Fairfax Media and Granny go ahead with stories about Luigi and Palino and ignore Dumrse’s instructions :lol:

            • QoT 6.1.1.1.2.3

              The right’s fascination with Len Brown’s genitals certainly is a story, dumbass.

  7. AsleepWhileWalking 7

    The exclusive in HoS sounds a bit like #wegewecv

  8. Ben Adam 8

    In spite of all the damage control from all parties concerned, the MAIN culprit completely responsible for this mess is the stupid mayor, Len Brown, no one else! It wasn’t just a one off transgression, , but a 2 year affair! Brown misused his position as Mayor in more ways than one. He deserves absolutely no sympathy or excusse.

    • Te Reo Putake 8.1

      And he’s not getting any, Ben. Well, maybe a bit of sympathy for the nasty way this matter has been exposed and the unnecessary pain that caused his family, but certainly no excuses.

    • BM 8.2

      And that’s what it basically boils down to.
      Browns a little man who used his power and influence to coerce young women into having affairs him.

      The whole left/right thing is just a smoke screen, John Palino isn’t National he’s just a business man who had a go at running for mayor because he thought he could do a much better job than 4/10 Len.

      [lprent: coerce? Either link to some authoritative proof of that allegation, retract it, or face me demonstrating coercion on you. Btw: serial liars are not authoritative.

      And if 32 is “young” then there are a lot of people out there in responsible positions who will be surprised at how they are totally in the wrong positions because they are too “young” ]

      • gobsmacked 8.2.1

        “coerce” = defamation.

        Just letting you know, so you can start saving for the legal fees.

        Substantiate, or withdraw.

        • BM 8.2.1.1

          Coerce might not have been the correct term because it does imply that Brown himself forced her into an affair.

          The context I was using coerce in was because he’s the mayor he has a lot of power and influence .

          As young woman trying to get started in the political arena she may think that her political career may not have a lot of longevity if she turns the Mayor down, bit like those film producer/directors from days gone by.
          From what I read she was quite surprised when the Mayor made advances on her.

          But then again, I could be completely wrong and she may have been as keen as mustard to have a fling with Brown, once he got the ball rolling.

          • Chris 8.2.1.1.1

            BM, no matter how you rewritten that post you still imply coercion. Has it occurred to you that perhaps the woman in question used her… erm feminine wiles to enhance her chances of furthering her political ambitions.

            It takes 2 and frankly neither of them are squeaky clean.

            But that is the end of that chapter, the next chapter of who, how and why is far more disconcerting.

          • Tracey 8.2.1.1.2

            she could have turned whistleblower for sexual harassment, or even claimed it since this all become public. Am not aware she claims to have felt pressured and therefore did not freely consent, which of course is rape. She seems to fall in love quite easily and may have done so with Mr Brown. She may be guilty of foolishness but that doesnt make it sexual harassment or rape on Len’s part. One thing that doesnt seem to be in doubt is that EVERY man in this episode used her for their own purposes.

          • QoT 8.2.1.1.3

            It always fascinates me how, when convenient, the bigoted forces of the right suddenly start agreeing with radical feminist analyses of patriarchy.

      • Kaplan 8.2.2

        “he’s just a business man who had a go at running for mayor because he thought he could do a much better job than 4/10 Len.”
        Is there a prize for most naive comment. ever.

      • Tracey 8.2.3

        Thanks for the chuckle…. you mean the man who said he couldnt be a liar because he is a “entrepreneur” and a “tv presenter”, as though somehow those two groups of people are pure as driven snow? This is one of your less thought out comments BM and makes you look more foolish than I am sure you are.

        Palino seems to be at least guilty of wilful blindness. 90 minutes in a car park at night with someone not part of his campaign team????

    • Tracey 8.3

      he hasnt been excused. He has had to front his wife and family, the public and will forever be tainted by this. Short of an execution not sure what some of you want.

      Don Brash had an affair with diane foreman but that was different, cos slater wasnt interested in it and the right hushed it up as much as they could rather than trumpetting it.

  9. tricledrown 9

    Dumrse facts not facillys please
    Under investment by right whingers leaving Aucklands infrasructure creaking under the strain.
    Right wingers keeping rate rises down short sighted power grab by short term thinkers.

  10. Pete 10

    Ok, this moves from sleazy behaviour into potentially serious criminal activity. Blackmail under New Zealand law is punishable by up to 14 years in prison. I think there’s enough there for the police to launch an investigation into Wewege, Cook and Slater.

    • deWithiel 10.1

      Do you really think the New Zealand Police might launch an investigation into the electoral shenanigans of a right wing political group? You can be assured that the outcome would be that there was ‘insufficient’ evidence of criminal intent and that a decision had been made not to prosecute on the grounds that (a) it was highly unlikely to result in a conviction (b) the cost of bringing charges would outweigh the gravity of the charge (c) another excuse thought up on the spur of the moment by a police spokesperson.

      • Treetop 10.1.1

        “(c) another excuse thought up on the spur of the moment by a police spokesperson.”

        That the police are not involved in this.

      • Matthew Hooton 10.1.2

        No, I don’t think the NZ Police would properly investigate a right wing political group, and agree they would give the excuses you outline (plus “not in public interest). But, to be fair, they have a record of not to properly investigate any political figure or political group in NZ when complaints are made about them.

        • Pete 10.1.2.1

          This isn’t Electoral Act or Summary Offences Act shenanigans with no identifiable victim, though. Don’t conflate this with the pledge card or Banks. I guess it would depend on whether Miss Chuang was prepared to make a complaint and give evidence about being blackmailed into making that affadavit.

      • Populuxe1 10.1.3

        You mean like John Banks or Graham Caphill? Or are you just talking out your arse?

        • felix 10.1.3.1

          err yeah, they weren’t all that keen on investigating Banks actually Pop.

          • Populuxe1 10.1.3.1.1

            They did investigate him and in their opinion found insufficient evidence for prosecution. Private prosecution was brought and a judge decided there was sufficient evidence. This has happened in many different cases were the evidence was ambiguous or subjective in legal interpretation, which is why people can bring private prosecutions in the first place. Checks and balances.

            • felix 10.1.3.1.1.1

              Not true.

              They actually concluded that there had been a case to answer, but that it was too late to prosecute. Amazingly, it turns out that there’s plenty of time after all.

              Are you getting that, Pop? They acknowledged the law-breaking, but found a reason not to prosecute anyway.

              • Populuxe1

                *sigh*

                Silly me, just going by what the police report actually said:

                “Police investigating allegations that the Hon John Banks knowingly transmitted a false electoral return have decided there is insufficient evidence to consider a prosecution for an offence under section 134(1) of the Local Electoral Act 2001.”

                http://www.police.govt.nz/news/release/32259

    • Chris 10.2

      Pete, another private prosecution in the making perhaps?

      • amirite 10.2.1

        We need thousands of Mc Creadys…or just a less corrupt police and justice system would suffice.

    • toad 10.3

      Yeah, I suspect Wewege’s sudden departure from the country may have something to do with him realising his role in this has potentially serious ramifications under criminal law.

      • Rodel 10.3.1

        oh jeez- please don’t try to extradite him..better to whatever is the opposite of ‘extradite’ more of the sleaze pedlars

  11. QoT 11

    He’s the ultimate love rat, you’d have to say.

    Yes. Releasing explicit photos of an ex to someone who’s setting up a porn site (a revenge porn site, perhaps?) in order to pressure her into compliance is definitely “love rat” material. :roll:

    • Given Cook’s previous form, it feels entirely plausible that he’d imagine “love rat” is a synonym for “vindictive sleazebag.”

      • Tracey 11.1.1

        or “player” …. as opposed to a self serving wanker who likes to use women as possessions to meet his ends (pun intended). “Love” does not enter into Luigi’s vernacular, by his own admission.

  12. Athena 12

    BM. you said ‘women’ not woman and ‘affairs’, do you have evidence that Len Brown has had other affair? Chris. How could an aspiring right wing political candidate hope to benefit their career by sleeping with a high flying left wing politician?

    • Chris 12.1

      “Chris. How could an aspiring right wing political candidate hope to benefit their career by sleeping with a high flying left wing politician?”

      Athena, I didn’t say she was particularly bright… having said that why would wedgie think having his pic taken with mumblefuck would be helpful.

      I’m beginning to wonder whether aspiring rightwing politicians ain’t too bright at the best of times :)

    • Chooky 12.2

      “How could an aspiring right wing political candidate hope to benefit their career by sleeping with a high flying left wing politician?”

      …….unless they were spying on them!….getting computer passwords etc , ‘pillow talk’ for their handlers…gathering evidence for future/ or others covert or overt blackmail

      I really don’t think Len Brown is too smart ( majorly lacking in discretion,decorum, judgment and loyalty….) ….certainly not smart enough to be captain of NZ’s largest commercial city……..it is not a good look for Auckland

      (….cant they bring back Bob Harvey?…he seemed pretty smart and knew about PR and image )

      Auckland needs an overhaul and fast makeover imo…otherwise it is Sleazeball City!

  13. One off the first words from m Michelle Boarg on last weeks Q&A was “It has nothing to do with National.” ( wasn’t it Shakespeare who said something about protesting too much.?

  14. Saarbo 14

    Key’s dirt file on labour http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/john-key-admits-keeping-dirt-file-labour-mps-5655555 may suggest that he knows Labour may have some interesting info on National or Key also me thinks.

    • Populuxe1 14.1

      This is New Zealand, 2 degrees of seperation – the dirty secrets of pollies in all parties is pretty much common knowledge in the beltway and beyond if you happen to be on the periphery of such circles. That’s the nature of gossip.

  15. Tracey 15

    If the PM isnt going to do anything with the info, why write it down and keep it? Perhaps thats what counts for integrity in his mind, saving it to sell your memoirs.

  16. Treetop 16

    Blackmail is serious. Wewege sending Cook the nude pics in the week prior to the local board elections, this may have ruined Chuang had they become public. The pics were nothing to do with Chuang’s affair with Brown. Cooks states that he had no plans to use the images.

    When did Chuang know that the nude pics of her were sent and who did Wewege send them to?

    Cook, Palino, Slater, Wewege are all down playing what they knew about the Brown/Chuang affair. Details are not important as the words “Mayor and affair” is all that needed to be said.

    Brown knew that it would have been fatal for him to have denied the affair. In the end Chuang was not needed to confirm the affair. WhaleOil is the spark for Brown being outed.

    The affair being released prior to the local board election would have harmed Palino if the public voted knowing about the affair or it could have cost Brown re election as mayor.

    Everyone is blaming one another and no one wants to look like the bad guy incase there is a by election.

    Personally I would like to see a by election as now those who vote for the Auckland mayor will know a bit more about the candidates. There is a problem here as it needs to be determined whether or not Brown misused council resources and if Palino knew about Wewege blackmailing Chuang. 90 minutes in a carpark to talk just about about threatening texts does not wash with me.

    • Populuxe1 16.1

      And what kind of airhead allows or takes nude pictures of themselves anyway? The obviously weren’t intended to be artistic.

      • Treetop 16.1.1

        It is not against the law to take nude pictures of yourself and to send them to a person who you have been intimately involved in.

        Neither is it against the law to walk around inside your home in the nude (warm weather pending).

        • Populuxe1 16.1.1.1

          It is, however, a stupid thing to do in the internet age. And I doubt she was just wandering around nude. There have been enough well known cases of this happening that unless you are very stupid, you don’t do it because sensible people realise that relationships end (and it pretty much sounds like a musical beds situation anyway) and sometimes they end badly, especially if you insist on swimming with sharks of the high profile sleazebag variety.

          • Treetop 16.1.1.1.1

            One has to be cautious when dealing with a sleazebag. The words you chose “air head” and “weren’t intended to be artistic” is what I did not like.

            Wewege sent them to Cook.

          • felix 16.1.1.1.2

            And I doubt she was just wandering around nude.

            So what, Pop? Are you the photo police now?

          • Treetop 16.1.1.1.3

            Just to be clear with what I wrote “Neither is it against the law to walk around inside your home in the nude (warm weather pending).

            This comment has nothing to do with Chuang Populuxe 1.

            • Populuxe1 16.1.1.1.3.1

              Then why bring it up. Sending naked pictures of yourself with “Miss U” written on you in lipstick to dodgy people shows at best a significant lapse in judgment

              • felix

                Yeah, she was “asking for” them to be used against her. :roll:

                • Populuxe1

                  Um, no and I know what you’re insinuating and you can fuck right off now. I am not condoning that they were used in this way, but electronically publishing an image of yourself in an unsecure medium in the internet age is a foolish thing to do – this is nothing to do with slut shaming and everything to do with information security and privacy management.

                  • felix

                    So you’re definitely not saying it was her fault that she was blackmailed, you’re just making the common sense observation that if you want to avoid blackmail you should think about how you dress in your photos.

                    Couldn’t be clearer.

                    • Pascal's bookie

                      “And what kind of airhead allows or takes nude pictures of themselves anyway? The obviously weren’t intended to be artistic.”

                      How could anyone even suspect that was slut shaming?

                    • felix

                      Yeah he wrote that ages ago though. Pop uses the “3 comment” rule.

                      Comment 1: something stupid, offensive, reactionary.

                      Comment 2: an angry attack on the first responder.

                      Comment three: “I never said comment 1″.

                      And repeat.

              • Treetop

                Sending nude pics really becomes a problem when a person uses them to blackmail you because you are a candidate in a local board election.

                Like I said yesterday @16 “When did Chuang know that the nude pics of her were sent and who did Wewege send them to?”

                Even the nicest of people can be unpredictable and they will find or create something to use against you when they are after something or they are concealing something.

        • Rhinocrates 16.1.1.2

          I’m inclined to be sympathetic to Chaung and even Brown because while I’ve not made the same mistakes myself, I’ve made my own nonetheless. We all do stupid things for love or the hope of love. Palimo, Wewege and Whalecum on the other hand have done vile things for the sake of power and spite.

          I don’t know who’s read Dante, but I agree with his judgements in The Divine Comedy – the sins of indulgence deserve punishment, but the sins of malice deserve worse.

          • Treetop 16.1.1.2.1

            Cook going into more detail than is required; this I do not like, (to say nude pics would suffice).

            Getting interesting as many are now on record as to what they said happened and could trip up or be tripped up.

            I cannot find out when Chuang found out about the copy of pics being sent to Cook, only that Cook recieved them a week before Brown was outed publicly.

          • Chooky 16.1.1.2.2

            @ Rhino….Everyone makes mistakes and almost everyone has indulged one way or another, which makes one sympathetic ……certainly “.the sins of indulgence” are wonderful if you are young and have no responsibilities..and I dont think they necessarily require punishment

            But if you do have responsibilities like being Mayor of Auckland….this entails acting appropriately and having respect for your office and the job you have been elected to carry out fairly and without compromises …it is not a licence for licentiousness…or juvenile indulgence

            ..and as for Chaung…is it really just innocent joie de vivre “indulgence” when you give your lover a rating of 4/10….?….and your political sympathies are really with the other side?…..( or maybe another side still?)…and then while you are sleeping with someone else you try and set you former lover up?

            ….not innocent indulgence imo ( as for Slater, Palmir , Wedge et al…..well they are as one would expect…no surprises there)

            • Rhinocrates 16.1.1.2.2.1

              Hi Chooky… well, as you can guess, I’m not excusing Chaung and Brown, but I would forgive them for any human frailty. Sex, I think, makes everyone young, or act as if they were young. There’s no fool like an old fool, as is so often said.

              I know that when you’re in love, think you are or want to be, you can screw up colossally. Common sense, judgment, the bigger picture and foresight simply do not apply.

              As for the 4/10 rating and whatnot – well, one can always be bitter about a failed and immoral affair, and I don’t think that it’s appropriate to equate the personal with the political. Is Brown the best mayoral candidate for Auckland? I don’t know – but then it’s not for me to decide, it’s for the voters of Auckland to decide and certainly not Whalecum. Len Brown has been constitutionally decreed to be the mayor, supposedly based on public perception of his policies and competence. I wouldn’t vote for him to be a member of my family, but that was not what the election was about.

              What Brown did cannot be excused, but it can be forgiven – though I’d wear gloves when shaking hands with him. Bevan Chaung to me seems no more or less than human, and the way she’s been treated since has been truly abominable.

              Wewege, Cook, Palino and the Slaters on the other hand have acted with cold, premeditated malice and even the editors at The Herald are disgusted by them – and considering that organ’s bias, that says something. I don’t think that we can say “no surprises”, instead we should point out just how awful they have been in trying to steal a legitimate election.

              Best wishes.

              • Chooky

                @ Rhino …well i am not shocked by Wedgie, Cockie, Palmo or Slaters at all!….shows how cynical I am about the depths certain people on the right will go….it is a bottomless medieval Dante hellish pit …

                …and while initially sympathetic to the “innocent” revellers on the “shocking” ( I would have thought to them ) public outing of their brief affaire …and defending their right not to be judged!……the more that comes out the less innocent, careful and responsible it seems to be…I certainly would have expected more of Brown…and if I had voted for him I would be regretful

                ….this is not to say I wish the right wing would take over Auckland

                • Rhinocrates

                  ….this is not to say I wish the right wing would take over Auckland

                  Never thought that for a moment!

                  Living in Wellington and the People’s Republic of Aro Valley (which is fast turning into South Ponsonby – you can’t move for manicurists and SUVs now), it all seems as distant as “beltway” politics seems to Aucklanders anyway.

            • greywarbler 16.1.1.2.2.2

              Chooky
              You sound young. The older a person gets the more one thinks – this may be the best, last time. But the mind can still be knocked out by attraction and passion.

  17. rod 17

    Luigi, Palino, Camerino, sounds like it could be the Mafioso wing of the National Party.

  18. North 18

    ‘Bout time YOU got over it Dumb Arse.

    Much as it grieves you what might have sheeted home semi-disastrously for Brown has been turned into a relative nothing by a bunch of arrogant intriguers who fell over into their own shit.

    Congratulations on being a bitter old moral paragon Dumbarse. Continue making a bloody wailing fool of yourself. I love it !

  19. Dumrse 19

    North, you strike me as a teacher?

  20. Tracey 20

    Dumarse you strike me as being 140.

  21. JLLJames 21

    Why keep up with the sideshow? It all comes down to Browns integrity which apparently is absent.

    It doesn’t really matter who said what or did whatever once the facts became public. Those people are not accountable to their electorates.

    By staying in office, Len Brown has given all politicians, both Labour and National, a free ticket to have affairs and stay in their positions. Any argument to the contrary quite simply makes you a hypocrite, and an ignorant one at that.

    Stick to the facts.

    • One Anonymous Knucklehead 21.1

      Stick to the facts? Name one NZ politician who has resigned over an affair.

      Don Brash? Nope.
      David Lange? Nope.
      Rodney Hide? Nope.

      JLLJames? Clueless and ignorant.

    • gobsmacked 21.2

      Many of us have tried “sticking to the facts”, JLLJames, but you don’t seem interested in discussing them.

      Facts: 1) Len Brown was unfaithful to his wife.

      2) Many others have been unfaithful to their partners.

      3) They did not resign.

      If you want to argue that marital infidelity = resignation, that’s fine … if it’s a consistent principle, applied to all, at all times. Is it? Should it be? Do you want resignations from the government, today?

      If not, then that quite simply makes you a hypocrite, and an ignorant one at that.

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    Corrections Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has some serious questions to answer over why a dangerous prison escapee, convicted of further crimes while in jail, managed to abscond while he was on approved temporary release, Labour’s Corrections spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says.“Phillip...
    Labour | 09-11
  • LVRs a failed experiment from Bill English
    Loan to value mortgage restrictions are a failed experiment from Bill English to tame Auckland house prices, that have caused collateral damage to first home buyers and other regions, says Labour's Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The possible end of LVR...
    Labour | 09-11
  • Govt books getting worse as economy slows
    National’s economic credibility is under serious scrutiny with its search for surplus becoming harder due to an economy far too reliant on the dairy industry, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker. “National promised New Zealanders would get into surplus by...
    Labour | 06-11
  • Kiwis in pain because of Government underfunding
    New research showing one in three people needing elective surgery are being denied publicly-funded operations shows the Government must properly fund the health sector, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says. “For almost two years Labour has been warning about the...
    Labour | 06-11
  • National’s promised surplus looking doubtful
    Budget figures for the first quarter of the financial year released today by Treasury show the Government's goal of achieving a budget surplus is looking doubtful, the Green Party said today."National has staked its credibility on achieving a budget surplus...
    Greens | 06-11
  • Kevin Hague speaks on the Gambling Amendment Bill (No 3)
    I rise to give this speech on behalf of Denise Roche, who handles the gambling portfolio for the Green Party. This bill deals with class 4 gambling—pokies in pubs and clubs—and it is the result of changes that were suggested...
    Greens | 06-11
  • Kevin Hague speaks on the Health (Protection) Amendment Bill
    I would like to start off where the previous speaker left off, on the issue of balancing rights or balancing harms. All law is in some way a restriction of personal liberty. That is the point of law. When we...
    Greens | 06-11
  • Joyce backs away from yet another target
    Steven Joyce has backed away from two targets in two days, refusing to acknowledge that his Government has an unambitious aim to get unemployment down to 4 per cent in 11 years’ time, says Labour Associate Finance spokesperson David Clark....
    Labour | 06-11
  • Pacific peoples incomes and jobs falling under National
    The Minister of Pacific Peoples is attempting to bury the ugly facts of Pacific unemployment and income levels worsening since National took office in 2008, said Labour’s Pacific Affairs spokesperson, Su’a William Sio. “If the Minister doesn’t acknowledge how bad...
    Labour | 06-11
  • The Block NZ doing a better job than Nick Smith
    Nick Smith should consider calling in producers of The Block NZ with participants in the TV series completing more houses in two seasons than the Government’s failed Special Housing Area policy, says Labour's Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The Block NZ...
    Labour | 06-11
  • Meridian moves to kill competition from solar homes
    Big electricity companies are using their power to make it harder for families and businesses wanting to go solar and the National Government is doing nothing to help them, the Green Party said today. Meridian Energy announced today a 60-72...
    Greens | 06-11
  • Has John Key done all he could for Pike families?
    It will be forever on the conscience of John Key whether he did all he could to recover the remains of the 29 miners who died in Pike River, Labour’s MP for West Coast-Tasman Damien O’Connor says.  “The Prime Minister...
    Labour | 05-11
  • National further dashes hopes of new parents
    The National Government has once again shown its disdain for working parents by voting down proposals to extend paid parental leave, Labour MP Sue Moroney says.  “The Government vetoed an amended proposal that substantially reduced the cost of extending PPL...
    Labour | 05-11
  • Honouring the Ampatuan massacre victims as fight for justice goes on
    A grim reminder of the Maguindanao, or Ampatuan, massacre on 23 November 2014. Photo: DanRogayan A TOP Filipino investigative journalist will be speaking about the “worst attack” on journalists in history and her country’s culture of impunity in a keynote...
    The Daily Blog | 23-11
  • GUEST BLOG: Anjum Rahman – what are they afraid of: the erosion of democ...
    Today the Hamilton City Council has put on a big party to celebrate the 150th anniversary of European colonisation of the area.  There have been a series of events during the year to mark this event, including a civic ceremony. ...
    The Daily Blog | 22-11
  • #JohnKeyHistory
    John Key has done it again. This week our lovely Prime Minister has showed us how little he knows about the history of the country he is supposed to be running. Apparently “New Zealand was settled peacefully”. Was it really?...
    The Daily Blog | 22-11
  • G20 growth targets and growth model offer more problems than they solve
    At the recent G20 in Brisbane, member countries agreed to accelerate growth to an additional 2% on top of current trajectories. But ongoing public sector cuts, asset sales, and reducing workers’ rights indicate that at least part of the growth...
    The Daily Blog | 22-11
  • GUEST BLOG: Bill Courtney – Charter Schools: The Shroud of Secrecy Contin...
    The Ministry of Education yesterday released another batch of information relating to the five existing charter schools and the four new ones proposed for opening in 2015. As we have seen before, the release of such information, often requested under...
    The Daily Blog | 22-11
  • EXCLUSIVE: Campaign reflection, Laila Harré reaching out for radical minds
    Today I’ve announced that I will be stepping down from the Internet Party leadership in December. This will happen once options for the future have been developed for discussion and decision among members. My absolute focus in this election was...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • The Ebola crisis, capitalism and the Cuban medical revolution
    “Ebola emerged nearly 40 years ago. Why are clinicians still empty-handed, with no vaccines and no cure? Because Ebola has been, historically, geographically confined to poor African nations. The R&D incentive is virtually non-existent. A profit-driven industry does not invest...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • MEDIA WATCH: TVNZ Reveals Insane Deadlines For Māori and Pacific Island Pr...
    Last Tuesday, November 18th, TVNZ requested proposals from producers for the four Māori and Pacific Island programmes they will no longer be making in-house. Marae, Waka Huia, Fresh and Tagata Pasifika will keep their existing names, existing formats and existing...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • The Daily Blog Breakfast Club Ep. 1
    TDB Video, Live from Verona Cafe on K-Rd, Auckland – a weekly current affairs show with TDB Editor Martyn Bradbury. This week’s panel: Chris Trotter & Selwyn Manning.The issues: 1 – What now for the New Labour leader? 2 –...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • Performance-demonstration at Auckland’s High Court to demand justice for ...
    People outraged at the lack of justice in the so-called ‘Roast Busters’ case and 99% of other rape cases in this country are holding a visually powerful mass action at the Auckland High Court at 1 o’clock on Saturday. They...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • IES vote may weaken defense of public education
    PPTA announced today that secondary teachers have voted to include the IES (Investing in Education Success) as a variation to their collective employment agreement with the government. At one level it’s an understandable decision by PPTA members because through engaging in a consultation...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • NZ History lesson on Planet Key – the lies white people tell themselves
    John Key’s bizarre claims about our ‘peaceful history’ comes across like the apartheid history of South Africa where white people discovered Africa first… New Zealand ‘settled peacefully’ – PM New Zealand was “settled peacefully” by the British, the prime minister...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • Universal Basic Income and Labour Policy
    On Radio New Zealand’s None-to-Noon on Wednesday (19 November), new Labour leader Andrew Little intimated that he would like to put Universal Basic Income (UBI) on his policy agenda (What policy changes will Andrew Little usher in?) Predictably Kathryn Ryan, despite being...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • The New Notes : They Ain’t Mint
    Hulk Queen Angry. Hulk Queen smash.   Yesterday, the Reserve Bank announced its new designs for our banknotes. Now, I’ve historically been pretty sketch about this entire process; variously feeling affronted that the government could find eighty million dollars to fund a...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • MSM under-mining of new Labour Leader already begun?
    . . It did not take long. In fact, on the same day that Andrew Little won the Labour leadership*, the first media reporter was already asking if he would be stepping down  if Labour failed to lift in the...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • GUEST BLOG: Simon Buckingham – invisible disability voices
    Today I am ranting. The Disability Advisory Group has been announced by Auckland Council. This is the body that represents the interests and views of people with disabilities in Auckland. Whilst I would not have applied this time as I...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, Andrew Little
    Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, Andrew Little...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • Why labelling Little as a ‘Unionist’ is a joke and how he beats Key in ...
    The line being used to attack Andrew Little as a ‘Unionist’ is just an absurd joke, and it comes from people who clearly don’t understand the modern NZ Union movement. Andrew ran the EPM Bloody U, they are easily one...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • 5AA Australia – Labour’s New Leader + China’s President In New Zealan...
    Recorded on 20/11/14 – Captured Live on Ustream.tv. 5AA’s Peter Godfrey and Selwyn Manning.ISSUE ONE: The New Zealand Labour Party has elected its new leader, the vote going to a third round after no clear outright winner was found in...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • Did Roger Sutton think he was running the Rock Radio Station?
    Visible G-String Fridays? Full body hugs? Jokes about who you would and wouldn’t have sex with? Honey? Sweety? It’s like Roger thought he was running the Rock Radio Station, not a Government Public Service department set up to rebuild a...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
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    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • Amnesty International – The conversation that needs to be had with China
    Caption: Police officer watching Hong Kong pro-democracy march, 01 July 2014 © Amnesty International    Yesterday’s edition of The New Zealand Herald features an open letter to all New Zealander’s from Xi Jinping, President of the People’s Republic of China. Along...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • GUEST BLOG: Patrick O’Dea – “Liar”
    LIAR! ‘Privatised social housing to benefit tenants’ English “Housing Corp was a poor performer and about a third of its housing stock was the wrong size, in poor condition and in the wrong place. That stock was worth about $5...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • Too Close For Comfort: Reflections on Andrew Little’s narrow victory over...
    THE TRAGIC SCREENSHOT of “Gracinda” in defeat bears eloquent testimony to the bitter disappointment of the Grant Robertson-led faction of the Labour Party. And, yes, ‘Party’ is the right word. The Robertson machine has now extended its influence well beyond...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • How to defeat child poverty
      How to defeat child poverty...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • Little’s Shadow Cabinet
    Now the horror of trying to pacify the factions begins. The only thing Little’s new shadow cabinet must do is create the pretence of unity. The reason voters didn’t flock to Labour wasn’t the bloody CGT or Superannuation, it was...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • A pilgrimage with my sister – Rethink the System
    We’ve both wanted to do a pilgrimage for many years. But, unlike many modern pilgrims, we wanted to be pilgirms in our own country and get closer to our communities, rather than seek greater distance from them. We are both...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • Lack of policy ambition is Andrew Little’s main problem
    I’ve met Andrew Little a few times and he’s a pleasant man who will make a reasonable job leading what the Labour Party has become in recent decades. He will preside over a much less divided caucus and will be...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • Journos, film makers, media freedom advocates join Asia-Pacific political j...
    A candlelight vigil for the 58 victims of the 2009 Maguindanao massacre – 32 of them media people. Still no justice for them today. Renowned investigative journalists, film makers, academics and media freedom campaigners from across the Asia-Pacific region will...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • And the new Labour Leader is ZZZZZZZZZZ
    The victory lap by Caucus over the members choice of Cunliffe has ended and the new leader of the Labour Party is Andrew Little. Yawn. The dullness and caution of the latest Leadership race will be served well by Andrew,...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • Allow the Facts to Get in the Way of the Neolib Stories
    One of the weaknesses of the political left in New Zealand over the last 30 years has been to allow the neoliberal storytellers to get away with lots of fibs and half-fibs. On TVNZ’s Q+A on 16 November, in a...
    The Daily Blog | 17-11
  • Defending The Boomers: A Response to Chloe King
    THE BABY-BOOM GENERATION (49-68 year-olds) currently numbers just under a quarter of New Zealand’s population. Even so, there is a pervasive notion that the generation of New Zealanders born between the end of World War II and the mid-1960s exercises...
    The Daily Blog | 17-11
  • This weeks Waatea news column – Waitangi Tribunal ruling enshrines Treaty...
      This weeks Waatea news column – Waitangi Tribunal ruling enshrines Treaty as a living document...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • Key now says SAS will be needed to protect ‘trainers’ behind the wire
    Well, well, well. What do we have here? Government could send SAS to Iraq New Zealand’s elite Special Air Service (SAS) could be deployed to Iraq to protect Kiwi troops sent to train local forces. Prime Minister John Key confirmed...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • Do You Want to Build a Meth Lab? (Frozen x Breaking Bad Parody)
    Do You Want to Build a Meth Lab? (Frozen x Breaking Bad Parody)...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • Soft soap for the rich – harsh taxes for the poor
    It’s no surprise to see New Zealand has one of the world’s lowest tax rates for the rich and the superrich. A survey by the global accounting network UHY shows New Zealand’s highest tax rates are lower than even Australia,...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • Phillip Smith and the rehabilitation process
    The dominant media narrative in horrible murder cases is that the perpetrator is unlikely ever to be rehabilitated. When it appears the offender may get parole the media turns first to family members of the victim who commonly (and understandably)...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • The Nation review: Finlayson’s terrifying definition of who is on terror ...
    Terrifying Nation today on TV3. Chris Finlayson is on justifying the Government’s Muslim fear mongering and extension of even more surveillance powers. It was jaw dropping. Finlayson says ‘alienated people with a chip on their shoulder’ is the threshold to get...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • A brief word on The Block NZ
    Is it just me or did The Block manage to sum up everything that is wrong about our culture and economy? Fetishised property speculation as mass entertainment in a country of homelessness & poverty. I wonder if State House tenants...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • Waitangi Tribunal ruling
    That spluttering choking sound of a thousand rednecks being informed Maori still have sovereignty is a hilarious cacophony of stupid… Crown still in charge: Minister Chris Finlayson on Waitangi Treaty ruling The Waitangi Tribunal’s finding that Maori chiefs who signed...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • A brief word on Phillip Smith
    We can arrest student loan & fine defaulters at the airport – but not convicted child molesting killers? Before we ban manufactured ISIS ‘terrorists’ from having passports, how about we just manage to stop child molesting killers from fleeing first?...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • Free Me From Religion
          The meeting begins – or at least it’s supposed to begin – but someone interrupts proceedings. She wants everyone to pray with their heads bowed while she can “thank our Father who art in Heaven.” I close...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • Key capitulates on TPPA while big money NZ set up propaganda fund
    So Key has capitulated on the ‘gold standard’ of free trade deals… The primary objective for New Zealand at Apec was to see some urgency injected into the TPP talks and to keep leaders aiming for a high quality deal....
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • Why Phillip Smith is the least of our worries
    Well, it turns out Phillip Smith wasn’t half as clever as he thought he was, and he’s been arrested within a week. If the Prime Minister is through with making tasteless jokes, perhaps we can ramp down the media hysteria...
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • Constraining Credibility
      Most economists and members of the public – on both the right and the left – believe that economies are constrained by resource scarcity most of the time. In this view, economies are supply-constrained, and that the economic problem...
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • Migrant Labour, exploitation and free markets
    Once more we read about a horror story of virtual slavery for a migrant worker in a restaurant in Christchurch. The silver lining that in this case compensation should be paid is not assured. Often in situations like this the employer winds up...
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • On baby boomers who give my generation unhelpful advice: JUST DON’T
    One of my mum’s colleagues recently told her that there is no money in what her daughter was doing; volunteering at a women’s refuge and writing on politics. This guy, dispensing all his pearls of wisdom, told my mother that...
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • Morbid Symptoms: Can Labour Be Born Anew?
    THE CHAIRS in the final meeting venue have been stacked away. All that expensive signage, commissioned for the benefit of the television cameras, no longer has a purpose. For the second time in just 14 months, Labour’s Leadership Contest is...
    The Daily Blog | 12-11
  • What’s Small, White, and Having Trouble Attracting New People?
    If your answer was something intimately connected to the person of Peter Dunne … then you’d be right. Last night, P-Dunney decided to bring his comedy and/or hair stylings to the twitterverse; penning a potentially somewhat ill-advised tweet in which he compared...
    The Daily Blog | 12-11
  • LATE at the Auckland Museum review – Slacktivisim: Its not just for Slack...
    Monday night is my yoga night. I’m not really very good it, I don’t really have the bendy, but I made a New Years resolution. This Monday however, I decided to put the yoga on prone and attend a gig...
    The Daily Blog | 12-11
  • Domestic violence problem bigger than Sky Tower
    Domestic violence problem bigger than Sky Tower SKYCITY’s Sky Tower in Auckland will be lit up in white on Monday evening Nov 25th at 10pm, on the eve of White Ribbon Day. The anti-domestic violence network SAFTINET (Safer Auckland Families...
    Scoop politics | 23-11
  • State Services Commissioner ‘unfit for the job’ says Little
    State Services Commissioner ‘unfit for the job’ says Little The new Labour leader Andrew Little has called for the State Services Commissioner Iain Rennie to be stood down after his handling of the Roger Sutton sexual harassment case. "The idea...
    Scoop politics | 23-11
  • Patrick Gower interviews Laila Harre
    Patrick Gower interviews Laila Harre Headlines: Laila Harre to quit as Internet Party leader by Christmas when the party has completed its review, but would love to return to parliament Says party considering options for its future including winding...
    Scoop politics | 22-11
  • Lisa Owen interviews Labour leader Andrew Little
    Lisa Owen interviews Labour leader Andrew Little Headlines: Andrew Little says the shape of his front-bench for the 2017 election may not be clear until the end of next year Indicates next week’s appointments may be temporary: “So I may...
    Scoop politics | 22-11
  • Phillip John Smith – statement
    Police and the New Zealand Embassy in Brasilia are aware of a decision from the Brazil Federal Court requiring the deportation of Phillip Smith within 10 days. Further assessment is required to ensure there is a full understanding of this...
    Scoop politics | 22-11
  • Green’s ‘not speaking out about human rights abuses in China
    Right to Life challenges Russell Norman the co-leader of the Green Party to explain why, he was prepared to ask Prime Minister John Key to talk to Chinese President Xi Jinping about human rights abuses in countries bordering China but...
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • Goodfellow congratulates Key on IDU election
    Goodfellow congratulates Key on IDU election National Party President Peter Goodfellow has congratulated Prime Minister John Key on his election today as Chairman of the International Democrat Union (IDU)....
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • Taxpayers’ Union Congratulates PM on IDU Appointment
    The Taxpayers’ Union is today congratulating Rt. Hon. John Key on becoming the Chair of the International Democrat Union , as former Australian Prime Minister John Howard retires from the role after 12 years. Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director...
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • High demand for Consumer NZ’s “Do Not Knock” stickers
    Consumer NZ has distributed nearly 100,000 “Do Not Knock” stickers since the launch of its campaign to fight back against dodgy door-to-door sellers.The “Do Not Knock” campaign was launched on 3 November 2014. Free “Do Not Knock” stickers...
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • Phillip Smith decision still pending
    Detective Superintendent Mike Pannett is returning to Washington DC where he will continue to closely monitor a pending decision from the Brazilian authorities on the process to return Phillip Smith to New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • High Court demonstration to demand justice
    People outraged at the lack of justice in the so-called ‘Roast Busters’ case and 99% of other rape cases in this country are holding a visually powerful mass action at the Auckland High Court at 1 o’clock on Saturday. They...
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • NZ Society Wins Global Award For Fighting Animal Testing
    New Zealand banning animal testing of legal highs has been acknowledged with an award given in London. The New Zealand Anti-Vivisection Society (NZAVS) was awarded the 2014 LUSH Prize for lobbying against animal testing. The prize was given at the...
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • Poor govt advice to workers on petrol station drive-offs
    The New Zealand Council of Trade Unions has raised concerns with the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment ('MBIE') regarding their reported advice to workers about the petrol station drive away issue....
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • New Ombudsman opinion
    The Ombudsman has published his opinion on a complaint concerning the Police refusal to release information about a charging decision....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Kindergarten support staff achieve pay rise in tough climate
    The valuable contribution of kindergarten support staff has been recognised with a pay increase, despite the significant funding cuts that the kindergarten associations are experiencing....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Democracy and Conservative Religion: The Case of Islam
    “Is Islam compatible with democracy?” is a frequently-asked question. Recent rethinking of secularism and democracy have opened up new possibilities to think about religion and democracy. This question is important particularly in the case...
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • NZ fiscal watchdog needed to guard the public purse
    New Zealand needs tighter fiscal rules and an independent watchdog to improve the quality of government spending and reduce the risk of a return to deficit spending as the country’s population ages, if not before....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • NZSMI disappointed ANZTPA proposal shelved
    November 20, 2014: Consumer healthcare products industry body, the New Zealand Self-Medication Industry Association (SMI) says it is disappointed Government has once again shelved plans to create one medicines regulatory agency for both New Zealand and Australia....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Democracy Action Welcomes Tauranga Vote
    Responding to Tauranga Council’s unanimous vote not to establish separate Council seats on the basis of ethnicity, Lee Short, Democracy Action founder says: “The establishment of a Maori ward would have damaged the relationship between Maori and...
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Employer caught abusing new ‘teabreaks law’
    Employer caught abusing new ‘teabreaks law’ to exploit workers The government passed the controversial ‘teabreaks’ legislation only a few weeks ago and already Unite Union has caught an employer using this law as an excuse for ill-treating their...
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • FGC response to Commerce Commission report
    The New Zealand Food & Grocery Council is not surprised by the Commerce Commission’s findings, given New Zealand’s current legal framework....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Bascand: Brighter Money
    Seeing people’s initial reactions to the new banknote designs is a heartening reminder of what an important role currency plays in our lives, and what a sense of pride and heritage our notes evoke....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • RBNZ releases Brighter Money designs
    New Zealand’s banknotes are getting brighter and better, with the Reserve Bank today unveiling more vibrant and secure banknote designs which will progressively enter circulation later next year....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • 25 years of children’s rights
    UNICEF and OFC celebrate 25 years of children’s rights with Just Play Sports Days On Universal Children’s Day (20 November) and as part of the Oceania Football Confederation’s (OFC) inaugural President’s Cup, UNICEF will celebrate 25 years of children’s...
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Xiamen delegation to Wellington has business focus
    Stronger business, education and cultural ties with our Chinese partners will be the focus when a 20-strong government and business delegation led by Xiamen Mayor Mr Liu Keqing which visits Wellington tomorrow (Friday) and Saturday as part of the...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Warriors promote White Ribbon Day message
    Warriors promote White Ribbon Day message Shine and Orakei Health Services On Tuesday, the Vodafone Warriors will promote the White Ribbon Day message to the community at Eastridge Shopping Centre, Mission Bay. The Warriors are supporting their charity...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Superannuitants to protest unethical investments
    A delegation of Auckland superannuitants will deliver a protest-card petition and protest letter to the New Zealand Super Fund this Thursday afternoon to call on the fund to divest from companies which support the Israeli occupation of Palestinian...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Manukau job cuts ‘running the place into the ground’
    Manukau Institute of Technology (MIT) confirmed to its staff yesterday that 54 jobs will go before Christmas....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Newcore Looks Pretty Rotten for Ratepayers
    Responding to the NZ Herald report that the IT system commissioned by Auckland Council to consolidate the eight systems the Super City inherited from its precursor councils could be facing a budget blowout of $100 million, Taxpayers’ Union Spokesman Ben...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Accountability following quake response inquiry not achieved
    Lessons still need to be learned from the search and rescue efforts following the February 2011 earthquake in Christchurch, a leading New Zealand lawyer, Nigel Hampton QC, says....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Our kids say: We are failing in our duty to protect them
    Our kids say: We are failing in our duty to protect them More than a quarter of Kiwi kids say children’s right to be safe and protected isn’t being upheld in New Zealand, identifying protection from violence, abuse and murder...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • PARS & Turuki Health Care collaborate on health and services
    Auckland-based PARS (People at Risk Solutions) have partnered with the Turuki Health Care Trust, to offer improved healthcare services to those in need. PARS works closely with former prisoners, providing mentoring, housing, and social services to ensure...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Children’s Plea
    A plea has been sent to all Members of Parliament, regardless of party affiliation, to accord urgency and priority to children's issues. These issues include vulnerability, safety and childhood poverty....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Treasury off track in search for sound policies
    Treasury is unlikely to find the ideas it is looking for to improve outcomes for children while its primary driver is cost-cutting, says Child Poverty Action Group....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Commission calls for answers on handling of CERA harassment
    EEO Commissioner Dr Jackie Blue is deeply concerned about the way in which the State Services Commission has handled sexual allegations made against CERA chief executive Roger Sutton this week and is calling for answers....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Ashley Dwayne Guy v The Queen: Appeal Upheld
    The appellant, Mr Guy, was found guilty by a jury of a charge of sexual violation by unlawful sexual connection. After the verdict it was discovered that, by error, the jury had been provided in the jury room with two...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Zonta Club to Take a Stand Against Gender-Based Violence
    During the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence (25 November – 10 December), the Zonta Club of Wellington, along with members of the local community, will join nearly 1,200 Zonta clubs in 67 countries for the Zonta Says NO...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • New UNFPA report links progress and power to young people
    A UN report launched today calls for investment in young people as they are essential to social and economic progress....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • The Resignation with the Golden Handshake?
    Commenting on the settlement the State Services Commission has reached with former CERA CEO Roger Sutton, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says: "Only in the public sector do you receive a payout for ‘resigning’....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • NZ must not turn a blind eye to China’s human rights record
    Amnesty International is calling on New Zealand’s Prime Minister John Key to raise China’s shameful human rights record during President Xi Jinping’s visit to New Zealand this week....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • The Resignation with the Golden Handshake?
    Commenting on the settlement the State Services Commission has reached with former CERA CEO Roger Sutton, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says:...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Treasury’s covert & extremely odd welfare consultation
    A report this morning that Treasury is ‘crowd sourcing’ ideas on welfare policy is news to Auckland Action Against Poverty, even though we are currently one of the most active groups in the area....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • NZ invites Pacific peers to review development cooperation
    New Zealand has volunteered to be the first development partner in the Pacific region to undergo a review of its aid programme by Pacific island peers. The review will focus on New Zealand’s development cooperation and will give greater insight...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • EPMU joins Pike River families to mark fourth anniversary
    Representatives of the Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union are proud to stand with the Pike River families to mark four years since 29 men lost their lives. “This is a particularly solemn day given the recent announcements of Solid Energy...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • 2013 Assessment of New Zealand’s National Integrity Systems
    SPEAKER TUILOMA NERONI SLADE: Former Judge, International Criminal Court in the Hague, former legal counsel at the Commonwealth Secretariat, Secretary-General of the Pacific Islands Forum 2008-2014. Introduced by Helen Sutch, Victoria University Council,...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
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