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The dark side

Written By: - Date published: 7:30 am, December 16th, 2012 - 75 comments
Categories: bill english, Judith Collins, leadership, national, Steven Joyce - Tags: , ,

Fran O’Sullivan and Audrey Young have articles this weekend, sizing up Judith Collins as the next potential leader of the National Party. Fran O’Sullivan does a fan-girl rave, sometimes slipping into fanfic mode.  The title article locates her in the fantasy scfi genre:

Collins THE force to be reckoned with

Fangirl O’Sullivan starts off with a fanciful claim, likening Collins to Margaret Thatcher.  She also seems to celebrate the ruthless autocratic style one of the leaders of the “neoliberal shift”:  a shift that proclaimed it would increase riches for all, when in fact, in Thatcher’s UK there was a huge rise in inequalities, unions were  severely weakened and poverty rose to record levels. Thatcher is described as using feminine accessories to exert power in a more traditionally associated with masculine power.  In the Cabinet room she was feared when she,

 manoeuvred her purse like a battleship on a war table

thacher iron lady

Then O’Sullivan slips into fanfic mode as she compares Thatcher’s handbag routine with the arched eyebrow and curled lip that indicates Collins is in bullying mode:

This year alone she has claimed the scalps of ACC chairman John Judge and other board members, faced down two opposition MPs in a defamation slug-out and now thrown all her weight against former Canadian judge Ian Binnie by hanging him out to dry over the quality of his advice on the vexed issues surrounding David Bain’s compensation claim.

I could have sworn Trevor Mallard and Andrew Little were the ones that faced Collins down in her ill-judged attempt to sue the two Labour MPs.  And I thought it was primarily Bronwyn Pullar who did for John Judge? Collins was just ruthless enough to manipulated matters so that others took all the blame. Furthermore, O’Sullivan manages to overlook the dodgy tactics around Collin’s politically-motivated and unjust smearing of Ian Binnie.  In contrast, Gordon Campbell described this shoddy affair as “banana republic stuff“:

In the past few weeks, Collins has been mooted by Parliamentary insiders as the most likely replacement for John Key as leader of the National Party  … By her appalling handling of the Binnie report, Collins has surely torpedoed any claim that she may be fit to lead the country anytime in the near future.  …

In direct contrast to Campbell’s well-argued, evidence-based analysis, O’Sullivan’s fanfic attempt is just the lead in to proposing Collins as a leadership contender.

But as Collins yet again demonstrated this week, her “take no prisoners” style is far more dangerous when it comes to gaining political scalps than that of any other Kiwi politician in Parliament today. …

Labour has plenty of firepower. But much of it is lined up behind leader David Shearer rather than in the front row.

All of this is by way of asking whether Collins has what it takes to be National’s next leader.

O’Sullivan concludes by implying that the whole Binnie smear was a move by Collins to stake her claim as next leader:

There remain issues as to whether at the process level Bain has been treated fairly.

Collins’ real test will come with the quality of the final Cabinet decision-making. It’s a high-stakes game that she must win if she’s to be National’s next leader.

Audrey Young also seems a little breathless and awestruck by Collins ruthless aggression. However, while admiring her assertive style, Young argues that Collins’ greatest strength is also her greatest weakness.

Young is not so certain about the wisdom of Collins attack on Binnie.  Collins has been just lucky enough to avoid fatally wounding herself, and her hubris could yet be her downfall.

At least she realised quickly that such a breach of natural justice was unacceptable and did the only fair thing by releasing the report and the critique of it.

The lack of self-doubt has not got her into serious trouble yet, but it is not the same thing as having confidence in oneself.

It is a dangerous trait when mixed with leadership.

It’s depressing to imagine the country being led my someone so ruthlessly bullish, insensitive and self-(pre)serving.  But then, the alternatives don’t look that great either.  Nevertheless, Collins has front-footed the other Nat leadership contenders just as they are heading for a break. I wonder if Steven Joyce and Bill English will be spending their summer holidays plotting some counter move: something nasty to inflict on those with least power and wealth, to ensure they are seen as even more of a ruthless and dark force to be reckoned with?

75 comments on “The dark side”

  1. ghostwhowalksnz 1

    The last National party leader who was bullying , domineering was Muldoon.

    If she gets to be leader she will maintain her power by using the same tactics on her own party.

  2. felixviper 2

    English, lolz!

    He is just smart enough to stick the knife in and just dumb enough to not know that he’s still unelectable outside of the home paddock.

  3. I read both stories and could not believe the hype.

    Apparently if you, despite having legal training, are willing to trash concepts of natural justice and diss a well respected overseas jurist just so that you can get your own way then this is evidence of leadership ability?

    If Collins became PM in the not too distant future New Zealand would become a very scary place …

    • Dr Terry 3.1

      Absolutely correct micky, it is much worse than “depressing” to think of Collins as leader, it is “terrifying”, with her over-riding the judiciary and all the rest (final end of democracy in this country, which is already eroded). Collins would make Maggie Thatcher look benign.

    • leftriteleft 3.2

      If Collins became PM in the not too distant future New Zealand would become a very scary place …
      I made the same sort of statement pre-2008 about John Key.
      My comment went like this:
      If Key becomes PM of this country, we are in deep shit!
       

    • aerobubble 3.3

      Pretty scary now. If you are found not guilty and are taken to court on the lesser standard of a balance of probabilities then you would never be punished by incarceration. So essentially, when courts do make the wrong decision, the government has set the bar so high that it won’t pay out compensation for wrongful imprisonment. Here’s the scary thing, so the government can make mistakes, put you in jail, and doesn’t have to compensate unless you can prove innocence. Then it gets worse, when there is an impartial jurist appointed they will pre-load the media with anti-judge stories just to soften up the trashing of the independent judge. Bain doesn’t have to prove innocence on a balance of probabilities, 2 million will never replace the 13 years in jail he has lost, the government cannot be allowed to put people in jail without a fair trial.

      The scary thing is how you’re not scared already. I’m hoping that judges, when they see these new QC’s appointed under the reinstated law, they are mindful of Fisher’s generalization of a colleague.

      Judith Collins makes me want to vomit.

      • Psycho Milt 3.3.1

        That certainly would be scary if it were actually the case, but it isn’t.  NZ has quite clear criteria for compensation in the event of a miscarriage of justice – Bain’s problem is he doesn’t meet those criteria.  Cabinet is deciding whether to make an exception in his case and provide an <i>ex gratia</i> payment.  It doesn’t have to pay him a cent, but it can choose to do so if it thinks he deserves it.  So, yes, in this particular instance Cabinet is free to decide whether to give Bain some money or not, and as part of that decision they’re entirely free to make the payment conditional on him demonstrating his probable innocence.  It’s hardly “banana republic” stuff.  If you want to be grumpy about it, be grumpy with Simon Power for finding himself unable to make a simple decision without paying someone hundreds of grand to tell him what to do.

        • aerobubble 3.3.1.1

          I know its hard for you to understand this, since you have no credibility or integrity, but I’ll try again. Bureaucrats change the rules so that they don’t have to do something they don’t want to, and that’s whats so strange, since why would any competent politician give themselves so much power, expose themselves to so much condescension with clear criteria that avoids very real miscarriages of justice, that sees impartial judges in the UK, and now from Canada, all agree that Bain has met the standard for compensation. That standard which you are woefully unaware of is innocent until proven, judges do this thing called making judgments, a judges have decided upon all the evidence, that David Bain should not have been imprisoned. I believe our democracy is imperil if we allow government the power to not compensate for the mistakes of process, and decide to let politicians have the final say on such matters. As anyone, besides you, can quite easily imagine, its very easy to muddy the water and turn a fair trial into a farce (either way, from guilty to innocent, or innocence to guilt), and no amount of heinsight (which is essentially all the anti-Bain think they have but can’t prove in court) should be used as justification. Balance of probability is not the correct standard as its a civil standard that cannot imprison a person. Bain should call human right commision, as he is pretty clearly be discriminated by his government.

  4. Glad someone bought this up. I also read Fran O’Sullivan’s piece.

    I submitted a comment to the NZ Herald, but somehow fell foul of the moderator.
    In the spirit of waste not want not ;)

    Collins is no Thatcher, and by the fawning in this article, the author is clearly no John Pilger.

    That wasn’t so bad, was it?

    • David Viperious H 4.1

      I too have submitted a comment that I do not expect to get it through the censor it went like this.
       
      “This year alone she has claimed the scalps of ACC chairman John Judge and other board members, faced down two opposition MPs in a defamation slug-out”
      http://www.nzherald.co.nz/politics/news/article.cfm?c_id=280&objectid=10854185
      HAHAHAHA Oh Fran you should give up now and just write Comedic Fiction,  Collins has about as much appeal as having 4 wisdom teeth removed with out anesthetic.  As to Facing down 2 opposition MP’s …  That must have been on Planet Key, because here on Planet Earth she backed down!  As to the ACC ‘Scalps”  Surely those must go to the people who broke the story of the debacle at ACC Bronwyn Puller and Michelle Boag. Putting her in the company of Clark, Shipley, and Thatcher is an insult to those women.Like I said at the beginning nice comedy Fran!!!!

      • Tim 4.1.1

        “HAHAHAHA Oh Fran you should give up now and just write Comedic Fiction……”
        But that would be completely un-matronly and un-control-freakish.
        It’s not within the fran’s capability.

  5. Bearded Git 5

    Joe Karam’s article in Saturday’s Herald says it all in a calm and well argued manner. Collins is not fit for office and should resign.

    • Agreed.  The article is here.
       
      Karam highlights one particular area of concern.  On August 21 he wrote to Collins and asked that the report be provided confidentially to both camps.  On September 3 she released a press statement saying that the report would not be released until any decision had been made.  On September 11 she refused to provide a copy saying it was legally privileged.
       
      So despite a clear request she refused to hand it to the Bain Camp and she created the perception that neither camp would see it.

      Karam concludes:

      In light of the events outlined above I believe this was a calculated move to discredit the Binnie report before it had seen the light of day. It was staggering that she would do this without informing Justice Binnie, or giving us a copy of his report. It was galling to David that she subsequently said she had acted with his interests at heart.”

      This really is banana republic stuff.

    • mike e 5.2

      Justice Binnies report was a one sided farce after reading it $400,000 completely wasted.
      Binnie interviewed David Bain for one day asked him Questions mostly about heresay evidence and conversations he had had with witnesses that didn’t even appear in court!
      Did he ask david how Steven his brother got Davids fresh blood skin and hair paticles under Stevens finger nails NO!
      Did he ask David how David ended up with blood and brain splatter on the socks he was wearing when he was taken to hospital taht could have only got their if he was hiding behind the curtain in the elco where the computer was at the time of the murder david has never bean able to answer either of these questions! but has been proved a liar time and time again!
      when you read binnies report david Bain was continually changing his story all the time it looks like Binnie was asking leading questions highly unproffessional!
      For Binnies report to be fair and balanced it would have required him to inter view the prosecuting police officers the investigating polce officers, the forensic scientists and even the jurers in the first and second trial !
      Oh No he just interviewed bain and believed all the different lies David put foward David couldn’t get one of his stories straight with out Binnie leading him!
      Collins is not my cup of tea but she has got this riight1!
      Collins has also done something else i agree with is reduced the prison population after saying she was going to lock up and throw away the key in her rhetoric she has stolen a left wing policy of prisoner rehab!
      But she definetely mucked up in ACC and deserves every  thing she gets their!
      Prof Bill Hodge from Aucland University agrres with Collins Dismissal of the ONE sided $400’000 Binnie Fiasco!
      We on the left need to pick our fights carefully!Otherwise we end up with blood on our hands!
      The dead Bains Need Justice!
      Political posturing ain’t going to give them justice!
      Even Karam when interviewed last week on radio NZ made a Freudian slip replying that david was found ‘nnoce’ that where the word finished and he retracted and said found not Guilty!
      Not once has Read Karam Or Bain been able to answer the question of how the damning hard evidence of what was under Steven’s fingernails and on Davids socks yet and I doubt we will ever hear them say anything about that hard evidence as David would be returned to jail to serve out his sentence!
      The news media are not aloud to ask those Questions either because Read and Karam have told him to tay stum!

      • mickysavage 5.2.1

        Um mike e have you read the report?  His factual findings are affected in large part by the Privy Council’s decision where the evidence was gone through in immense detail.  The PC decided to allow the appeal and send the matter back.
         
        Besides you are confusing the issue of allowing compensation for Bain with the issue of the appropriateness of Collns’ actions.  She has made one almighty clusterfuck of this issue and deserves all the criticism that she is receiving.

        • mike e 5.2.1.1

          mikey savage the prive coucil did not recommend an retrial only suggested it left that up to the government of the day who ordered a retrail . The Police however in the meantime had decided because it had gone through every last avenue to the PC previously  decided  destroy all thehard  evidence which clearly showed David to be the murder with the above hard evidence but with Karam and Read continually reapplying the managed to get to the privy council once more .
          even with nearly all  or most of the hard evidence being destoyed it was stiil only one Juror who managed to diswade the majority or the jury to go with not guilty that juror turned up at Davids aquittal party that is absurd as well another bain groupie!
          Had the police not destroyed the original evidence David would still behind bars asking for parole as he had shown no remorse for what he did!
          Binnies job was to check out the balance of probablities and reccommend to the govt. His opinion the govt still does have to take his opinion on board!
          But reading Binnies report Collins no matter how bad we think she is (also Bill Hodge) got it right. Binnies Questioning of bain was amateurish with leading questions and no questions about the evidence of Davids DNA under Stevens fingernails andThe DNA of Robins blood and brain spatter on the socks he wore out of the house which were monitered by a senior detective to make sure they weren’t polluted and were bagged at the hospital and sent to esr scienists who were also not question amateurish Binnie he not an investigator but a retired Canadian Judge!
          Binnies mistakes!
          he should have questioned Police investigators, Police prosecutors, ESR fornsic scientists, jurors from the first and second trials.Also the answers that Binnie got from David bain were absurd continually changing his story often  led by Binnie at times a judge should know better.
           

          • mike e 5.2.1.1.1

            Karol your website is not performing very well as i can not do changes your server is not working properly i don’t know why but it is slow alot of the time and fails to do tasks prperly!

          • aerobubble 5.2.1.1.2

            So the government should be allowed to punish citizens without evidence? The government is made up of people that make mistakes, the integrity of the process requires that a person has a right to appeal, if they cannot they should go free. Since at the heart of our system of law is the presumption of innocent, since you fail to display any understanding of this your arguments fail. We cannot have a police, courts, and government that make mistakes that can be ‘oh but he did it’, that’s not good enough. Pay out Bain, give everyone up and down this sorry fiasco the heads up, do you job properly in future.

        • Tanz 5.2.1.2

          No she doesn’t. She is covering her bases and is doing a good job. The jury never found Bain innocent, after all. He is sitting on his lawnchair drinking coffee, while his family enjoy nothing.
          Good on Judith. She wasn’t a top lawyer for nothing. At the top of her game, and president of the law society. No dummy. The left have exonerated DB entirely, yet the evidence against him is staggering.

  6. Anne 6

    Collins is not fit for office and should resign.

    God help this country if she ever took the reins of power. She is a thug. No, she won’t be running amok with sawn-off shot gun or a knife, but she will destroy everything and everyone in her path Nothing or no-one will be safe. She is a modern day Boadicea.

  7. Hanswurst 7

    I would have to concur with Young and O’Sullivan concerning the enviable quantities of courage and aggression that Collins possesses. Unfortunately, they don’t seem to be matched even remotely by any semblance of competence. Even on the basis of the presumably very small proportion of her work that filters through to the public eye, she seems to be something of a ham-fisted fool.

  8. muzza 8

    While one would expect this kind of cheerleading response to the situation by FOS, who must be treading a fine line between psychotic/delusional/pathalogical these days, what has been (un) surprising is the silence of the NZ legal/judical fraternity towards Collins actions.

    Or have I missed the collective scorining given the utter disgrace Collins is bringing to the NZ chapters of these *professions*?

  9. Viper73 9

    I hope Collins isn’t the next leader because Labour will probably win the next two elections so I’d prefer that Collins waits until after the next two elections until she becomes leader. Let Joyce take the fall instead…

    • Curran's Viper 9.1

      So she’s being set up to take the fall by Joyce ? I doubt he will still be around by the next 
      electoral cycle. The world will be a different place by then. 

  10. marsman 10

    Fran O’Sullivan is probably indicative of the sad mind-set possessed by people who would vote for the excuse of a Government that we have been landed with i.e. deluded, non-caring and self-serving.

  11. BM 11

    Go Collins.
    I like the cut of her jib.

    [RL: That’s the last one of these sycophantic little droppings you get to leave here.]

    • Orca 11.1

      Are you referring to a cutter rig (or a yankee pair) ?

      • Macro 11.1.1

        “I like the cut of his/her jib” is a naval expression which is used to convey appreciation of the style and look of another. It refers to well set sails, ie a sailing vessel taking full advantage of the available wind. A vessel sailing well has good shape to it’s sails, hence ‘I like the cut of it’s jib (ie sail)’
         
        Frankly I find the cut of Collins jib to be rather unappealing – but there you go. 

    • BM 11.2

      Is it against the rules to like Judith Collins?
       

      • mike e 11.2.1

        Karol BM should be allowed to stay i always notice that when we ban a known right winger the number and variety of the lefts respose goes down markedly they are good motivators of us on the left and get more of us of our chuffs to respond which is a good thing .Trolling endlessly is different!
        But Bm blindly following is not my idea of good democracy!
        The other day some of our left wingers were making very uncalled for comments about Chris Findlayson which you were up in arms against.No one was banned!
        Any one who think Collins is electable must be bonkers it would be good for the left to have her as their leader
        !

        • vto 11.2.1.1

          ” were making very uncalled for comments about Chris Findlayson which you were up in arms against.No one was banned!”

          I don’t believe anyone did any such thing

      • Orca 11.2.2

        “On a boat with two staysails the inner sail is called the staysail, and the outer (foremost) is called the jib. This combination of two staysails is called a cutter rig (or a yankee pair) and a boat with one mast rigged with two staysails and a mainsail is called a cutter.”
        Source:
        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/jib

      • Tim 11.2.3

        As long as it’s not against the law for me to offer my deepest sympathies

  12. irascible 12

    The PR spin in The Herald and Dominion Post gets almost surreal. Yesterday the SST online published a Parrota press handout / cum speech notes verbatim, without indicating that it was from Parrota’s office and without any right of response. Later acknowledged as an opinion piece.
    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/education/8080112/The-education-review-a-chance-to-get-it-right

    Today The Herald comes out cheerleading for the “Crusher” whose behaviour and attitude to the due process of law puts her into theParrota competency camp rather than any elevated position of responsibility.

    I, too, did not see Collins as successfully facing down Mallard & Little over Collins’ claim that she had been libeled over the ACC debacle. As far as I could determine Collins put herself into an untenable legal position that would, if she’d pushed the case to its logical conclusion, been an expensive public humiliation of her. Thus. she decided to “negotiate” her way out of the mess by agreeing to accept the non-apology from Mallard and Little andattempting to spin it into a vindication of her “stand”.

    Deserving of being a Leader of the Nactional Party or of New Zealand? She shouldn’t be even considered as credible.

  13. Green Viper 13

    The problem for me is quite simple. Bain has been found not guilty. The rest is speculation and sets a dangerous precedent. Whatever personal views we hold on his innocence or guilt he should now as a matter of course be compensated.

    • Blue Viper 13.1

      The trouble is that most Kiwis don’t actually want a person who may have murdered five people to get paid millions of dollars for doing it.

      That is why there is the ‘balance of probabilities’ test, which is lower than the ‘beyond reasonable doubt’ test used in criminal trials. This test is not ‘speculation’, it is an attempt to find out the truth of the matter in an objective way.

      And there is nothing ‘matter of course’ about being compensated. NZ has no provisions for automatic compensation for wrongful imprisonment.

      • aerobubble 13.1.1

        Balance of probabilities is the civil standard, and cannot lead to punishment by incarceration.

        Courts make bad decisions, they like everyone shouldn’t be let off for poor process, least the next time we are wrongly accused and find we are wrongly convicted too.

    • Tim 13.2

      TOTALLY agree!  Had he been found not guily initially, then he would not have served time and we wouldn’t be here. Instead, it’s been found that the original guily verdicts were wrong and he should have been found not guilty. That’s what he’s owed compensation for.  He’s served time when he should not have.
      I have an immediate relative that served time with Arthur Allen in Paremoremo. His “impression” was that Arfa was guilty – based on certain inconsistecies.  As it turned out it all proved to be gossip and speculation.
      Same shit, different stink.  
      All this is about is a mean-spirited and very UGLY (in every sense of the word) Judith Collins trying to progress an agenda. I don;t even think it’s about a genuine concern on her part for setting some sort of precedent.
      It’s ugliness personified. But what better image of such ugliness than good ole Jude I guess.
      I hope she’s happy in some gated community during her dotage in the not too distant. 

      • aerobubble 13.2.1

        As I understand it, the very practice of having to retain a lawyer, engage with police, is in itself a punishment. Bain served 13? years in jail, 2 million will never recoup that. He obviously has been punished by all the media attention, all the bad jumper days, all for walking in on what probably was a murder suicide gone wrong. We just don’t know who goes on these killing sprees, take the recent Americian example, it was the younger of two brothers. What’s to say Bains younger brother ws involved. We just don’t know because the evidence was either no collected or not retained.
        And that’s the problem, we should never reward guilt until proven innocent.

  14. vto 14

    She shows all the hallmarks of a person required to be leader of a party like National.

    Deception.

    Cold-blooded.

  15. Adrian 15

    I thought Fisher who Collins got in to do the “independent” “peer” review was the crown solictor who prosecuted Bain. If thats the case then “kiwifruit republic” trumps the banana one any day.

  16. Raa 16

    Hmm .. slight problem.

    The kiwifruit, often shortened to kiwi in many parts of the world, is the edible berry of a woody vine in the genus Actinidia.[1]

    The fuzzy kiwifruit is native to southern China. It has now been declared a “National Fruit” of China.[3] Other species of Actinidia are native to India and Japan and southeastern Siberia. Cultivation of the fuzzy kiwifruit spread from China in the early 20th century, when seeds were introduced to New Zealand by Mary Isabel Fraser, the principal of Wanganui Girls’ College, who had been visiting mission schools in Yichang, China.[4] The seeds were planted in 1906 by a Wanganui nurseryman, Alexander Allison, with the vines first fruiting in 1910.

    As the local popularity of this fruit increased New Zealanders discarded the old Chinese name for the fruit (yáng táo[note 1])[5] in favor of the name Chinese Gooseberry.[6] When the export market to the United States started to grow the fruit was marketed under the invented name melonette as US-China relations were not positive. The San Francisco importer at Ziel & Co suggested that this name was unsuitable, as both melons and berries attracted high duties, recommending instead a short Maori name.

    Around 1962 it was proposed that the fruit be named after the kiwi, New Zealand’s national symbol, as the bird and the fruit share a similar appearance (small, brown and furry).[7] “Kiwifruit” was used as a global brand for marketing the fuzzy kiwifruit, but was not registered internationally as a trademark. Kiwifruit has since become a common name for all commercially grown fruit from the family Actinidia. Outside of Australasia, all New Zealand kiwifruits are now marketed under the brand-name label Zespri.[8]

    In Chinese, the current word for most wild or local varieties of the kiwifruit is the Macaque peach. The imported varieties are often referred to as wonder fruit, the Chinese version of the original trademarked term kiwifruit. See the table below for other Chinese words for kiwifruit.[9]

    Literal translation Chinese Romanization
    (Pinyin)
    Sunny peach 陽桃 yáng táo
    Macaque peach 獼猴桃 mí hóu táo
    Wonder Fruit 奇異果 qí yì guǒ
    Macaque pear 獼猴梨 mí hóu lí
    Vine pear 藤梨 téng lí
    Wood berry 木子 mù zi
    Hairy bush fruit 毛木果 máo mù guǒ

    .. how about the Hairy Bush Fruit Republic ?

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kiwifruit

    • fender Viper 16.1

      “The fuzzy kiwifruit is native to southern China. It has now been declared a “National Fruit” of China.”

      So why not send the PSA virus to NZ (with the help of their incompetent Govt. through inadequate border control)

      • Curran's Viper 16.1.1

        Anything is possible. Do you have any evidence to support it ?

        • fender Viper 16.1.1.1

          - The evidence for “incompetent Govt.” is everywhere.

          -Testing is still being conducted in an effort to determine if the PSA introduced into NZ is the same variety present in China, preliminary tests show it is very close but further testing is required to determine exactly.

          – Inadequate border control is evident due to the fact that pollen was able to be imported without authorities even being aware that PSA could be present in pollen.

    • xtasy 16.2

      Yes, totally right, the “chinese gooseberry”, as it is widely known around the world.
       
      It was “stolen” from China, then turned into a “local”, mass produced crop, bred further a bit, and labelled smartly as “Kiwifruit”, so most the world now believes, it is native to NZ.
       
      While we have this, NZ inventors of real ideas are forced to, and in some cases do so willingly for personal gain, to sell their ideas overseas.
       
      That is “Kiwi ingenuity” as I have observed it over years. Not much ingenuity and integrity at all.
       
      If NZers want to become a successful country, you better start to develop, reward and protect intellectual property and what comes with it, rather than allow it to be sold off.
       
      Kiwifruits are now grown all over the globe, and the NZ version, suffering also from the PSA set back, is facing an uphill struggle. Smart economics looks different to me!!!

  17. Hillary 17

    The reason Collins backed down is because -John Judge, Ralph Stewart, Megan Wallace, Acumen/Micheal Dunlop, Pullar, Boag, ACC executives & ACC Board members would all be required to give evidence with question marks over who would support Collins in their testimony; discovery would be embarrassing to her & ACC – her portfolio; Mallard & Little had a strong defense; the case would be dragged out for several years; Collins would have worn costs, (possibly $300k); & her covert agenda would have been exposed. Collins had no choice but to back down as continuing would have been an unwise, career limiting & a costly move.

  18. Saarbo 18

    “In the past few weeks, Collins has been mooted by Parliamentary insiders as the most likely replacement for John Key as leader of the National Party”
     
    This is a classic corporate trick, Key will manoeuvre an idiot as his replacement to make himself look better when he leaves. But Key is lucky, he is spoilt for choice.

  19. mike 19

    She’s enjoying this photoshoot a little to much for my liking.

  20. Anne 20

    She’s thinking… I’d make a good James Bond girl.

    • Coronial Typer 20.1

       
      …Well, perhaps to replace Judi Dench. Or as a grand new Villain;
      The photo will be on the next election billboard, with the text:

      “Well, ahm, do you really kinda yinno, expect me to talk?”
      “No Mr Shearer, I expect you to DIE.”
       
      And she would keep the white Persian cat.
       

  21. One Tāne Viper 21

    Collins, the farce to be reckoned with.

    It’s farcical that she would be considered for leadership after her performance, but she has what it takes to lead the National Party.

  22. Coronial Typer 22

    David Shearer vs Judith Collins as respective party leaders.

    – Who wins in the House debates? Collins.

    – Who wins handling the media, especially tv news, Kiwiblog, Whaleoil? Collins.

    – Who wins in the policy debates? Collins.

    Shearer would only get the sympathy vote, after being laid waste by Collins, every time.

    She is in the class of Muldoon or Thatcher. She knows there are no rules in politics. Muldoon and Thatcher had super-long political reigns in reality because there is a deep libidinal impulse in the voter public to sheer power wielded with skill, confidence and élan.

    Collins, with Joyce as Deputy. Wow that is serious shit. Exceedingly powerful and attractive combination.

    The Left should feel its gut contract over her rise, and ask: does Labour have the leader to win?

  23. Curran's Viper 23

    Great prose, Coronial, but it will take more than a bravura performance from Judith to win the Treasury benches.

    • Coronial Typer 23.1

      Betcha next Preferred Prime Minister poll she registers above 5%. I like watching a skilled politician rise not through some Byzantine internal leadership play, but because they are smart and popular and tough.

      Also betcha by beginning 2014, if National track consistently down, Key finds a new job and Joyce and Collins come to a smoothly-transitioned arrangement.

      Joyce vs Roberston in the Deputy stoush, Labour would do better there.

      Collins vs Norman: well he would emerge with his virtue and facts intact, but she would just knock him out with sarcastic one-liners that echo endlessly through the media (both MSM and Social).

      Just look at how Bennett dispatches Ardern these days.
      The Left (broadly) have good longbow archers, but too few short-sword soldiers or stealthy cold-steel operatives.

      Shearer will make even less of a scratch on Collins than he does on Key.

      • karol 23.1.1

        Shearer will make even less of a scratch on Collins than he does on Key.
         
        That was always the longer term mistake in choosing Shearer as a “non-politician” match for Key.

      • Psycho Milt 23.1.2

        Shearer will make even less of a scratch on Collins than he does on Key.

        I guess that’s theoretically possible – many people seem to mistake self-regard for character, just witness Ms O’Sullivan.  Collins has to back down on litigation against Little and Mallard, settles for issuing some and-let-that-be-a-lesson-to-you bluster, and manages to convince O’Sullivan she “faced them down.”  That is quite a skill, but I remain to be convinced someone so obviously filled with self-satisfaction can be popular in this country – we usually don’t play that shit.

  24. Agreed Karol.

    Judas is very slick and skilled. I think she could have handled this Bain report much better by letting the two judicial reports speak for themselves and making the Cabinet face a difficult decision together over compensation or not. But Judas will learn from this episode and she won’t be damaged overall. Her media presence has consistently improved over the past years and I now think she is indeed within striking distance for the top job.

    Shearer won’t make an impact on Key, Judas, or Joyce. But then he was always there as a lamb for slaughter to keep the spot warm for Robertson. Unfortunately Robertson is a networks man with wide reach within the Party mechanisms, but he is never going to garner wide public appeal. Politics is too much of a game for him. To win for Labour, you have to believe you are there to serve the people and not yourself.

  25. xtasy 25

    Fran O’Sillivan and what is the other dipstick’s name again? Come on, I have more or less given up on reading that “rag” called the “New Zealand Herald”. It has really gone downhill over the last few months. OK the print version is not as bad as the online version, when going past pages 1 to 3, but still, it is not a good example of journalism at all.

    The “law” seems to be treated with contempt by Sullivan and folks, as such comments as she lets loose are just disgusting. Do they have any legal advisors at that media outlet, apart from the ones busy with protecting journos from libel and other claims, or for privacy issues? Any integer media advisor should tell them what the law says re the conduct by “Law Crushin Collins”. She is beyond the law, as I see it, and it is totally disgusting what is going on in the NZ media, already sinking to new lows.

    Collins is reading “Mein Kampf” during her holidays, I suppose, seeking inspiration from a like minded leader of past ages.

    But too many NZers have a faible for strong leaders. Had it not been for NZ being part of the British sphere of influence, some might well have been infatuated by dear “Adolphus” of Austria.

    Maybe Collins knows this, and is preparing the grounds to take the resolute challenge to Key and the electorate before 2014? Interesting times in politics. NZ is “browning”, both in ethnicity, but partly, and sadly also in “coloured” politics.

  26. tc 26

    Oshillivan andTawdrey display once more they’re bias and discredit themselves yet again as objective political and social commentators.

    Dinoasurs in a dying rag and looking the part.

  27. gnomic 27

    Any Radio Live listeners here? Anyone heard Marcus Lush and Judith early in the morning and felt the love? With accompaniment from Shane Jones? It’s almost like the lovefest featuring Brian ‘I’m Left Me’ Edwards and the BoagThing on smarmy Mora’s Panel during the afternoons (spot the infomercial). It was on Brian’s weblog that I first heard Judith was to be the smirking weasel’s successor, though not from the lips of NZ’s former greatest interviewer himself. Collins and Joyce? In that case we are all doomed. Except the select and chosen few of course, and even they will be imperilled by the follies of this duo ultimately. Surely the fates can’t be so unkind?

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  • 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
  • Green Party ignoring Waimea’s environmental benefits
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