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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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    The next Labour Government will co-develop Regional Growth Plans for every region of New Zealand and will invest at least $200 million in a fund to create breakthrough opportunities for jobs and sustainable growth, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says....
    Labour | 21-07
  • Speech to Local Government New Zealand
    Speech to the Local Government New Zealand Conference 2014 Read our full regional development policy Download Introduction Early in my time as an MP I went for a long walk on a windswept Kare Kare beach with Waitakere mayor Bob Harvey. We talked...
    Labour | 21-07
  • Stop Israeli State Terror – Rally and March this Saturday 26th July, Aote...
     The humanitarian crisis in Gaza is getting much worse and the world is marching in unprecedented numbers. New Zealanders spoke out strongly last Saturday with a march of 5,000 people in Auckland (see picture below) – the biggest march ever...
    Mana | 21-07
  • NZ needs to assist UN with aid for Gaza
    The New Zealand Government should support the United Nation's efforts to raise money to assist humanitarian aid for the people of Gaza, the Green Party said today.The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) has made a...
    Greens | 21-07
  • INTERNET MANA ROAD TRIP- LEG 2
      WAIKATO / TARANAKI / MANAWATU-WANGANUI  Tuesday July 29th, 6pm | RotoruaDistinction Hotel, Fenton Ballroom, 390 Fenton Street, Rotorua  Wednesday July 30th 6pm | HamiltonWaikato University, Price Waterhouse Coopers Lecture Theatre, Gate 7, Hillcrest Rd Hamilton  Thursday July 31st, 6pm |...
    Mana | 21-07
  • Road fix needed now, not later
    Northland’s roading system is in chaos and needs fixing fast, Labour List MP Kelvin Davis says.  “According to NZTA’s 10 year funding data every area of Northland has had a decrease in NZTA funding since 2008...
    Labour | 20-07
  • KiwiSaver innovations needed to build wealth
    The innovative changes to KiwiSaver suggested by the Financial Services Council today will be seriously considered by Labour as part of plans to make KiwiSaver universal, Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker says. “Universal KiwiSaver is an essential part of Labour’s...
    Labour | 20-07
  • Greens announce 20 hours free ECE for two year olds
    The Green Party today announced that its key social platform for this election will be to tackle child poverty and inequality by ensuring every child in New Zealand has enough to thrive.The Green Party will make a series of policy...
    Greens | 20-07
  • MANA Pasifika Says NO To Discrimination
    Vice Chairperson of MANA Pasifika James Papali’i  feels for Ms Tupou and her children after they were served with trespass orders from their  local swimming pool in new market. With no warning or explanation from the pool staff Police ordered...
    Mana | 20-07
  • MANA Movement policy release – Economic Justice – John Minto
    Address notes from Mana Economic Justice Spokesperson and co-vice President John Minto to Economic policy launch in Kelston – 2pm, Sunday 20 July 2014. Reducing inequality and giving everyone a fair go MANA Movement’s policy prescription for a rich man’s...
    Mana | 20-07
  • One-sided reporting on the Middle East Conflict
    The following was sent to New Zealand Herald, Fairfax Media, Radio New Zealand, Television New Zealand, TV3, Radio Live and ZB Network. We are writing to all of you because there are well established patterns of reporting which seem to have been adopted by New Zealand...
    Mana | 20-07
  • On so called Labour Party ‘distractions’
    The right wing of the Labour Party are constructing a narrative that Labour need to stop chasing distractions and focus on the real issues that matter and not these silly GCSB, inequality, domestic violence, media bias, TPPA issues. It is...
    The Daily Blog | 25-07
  • Selfies: Labour’s Electorate MPs are at it again
    IT’S A LITTLE TRIANGLE of grass at the corner of Rewa Street and Mt Eden Road, ideal for election hoardings. Wandering along Mt Eden Road last Saturday morning to our weekly appointment with the brunch menu at Orvieto, my family and...
    The Daily Blog | 25-07
  • Well, well, well – Jonathan Coleman did know about FBI interest into Kim ...
    Last years GCSB Town Hall meeting in Auckland Oh dear, the cover up and lies are starting to fall over now aren’t they… Coleman knew of FBI interest in Dotcom pre-residency decisionGovernment minister Jonathan Coleman knew the FBI was interested...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • Why You Must March Against Factory Farming This Saturday, 12pm
    The rally this Saturday is critical because this is the FIRST TIME IN NEW ZEALAND HISTORY that a major party has agreed to ban all intensive factory farming practices. The Labour party, the Greens, Internet-Mana, the SPCA, SAFE and other...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • Astronaut tweets photo of explosions over Israel and Gaza from space
      This is what a war zone looks like from space: From aboard the International Space Station, German astronaut Alexander Gerst tweeted this image as the station passed over Israel and Gaza in what he called ‘his saddest photo yet’....
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • When Firstline are focusing on flag burning rather than dead Palestinian ch...
    The IDF are butchering children in UN schools this morning and what’s the big issue on TV3s Firstline? Flag burning. How pathetic, and what a slap in the face to Mike McRoberts who is currently risking his life in Gaza...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • ‘Victim’ vs ‘Terrorist’
    ‘Victim’ vs ‘Terrorist’...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • Petition asking TVNZ to stand Hosking down as election moderator jumps to o...
    In just a day the petition calling on TVNZ to replace Hosking as the election moderator has jumped to over 2500, you can sign it here. The defence that the Right are trying to run here is that John Campbell...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • When the mainstream media go feral: the descent into sheer farce, according...
    . . It had to happen, I guess… The media pack-campaign against Labour Leader David Cunliffe has managed to  plumb new depths of absurdity. On TV3, on 24 July,  TV3/Tova O’Brien ran this report on their 6PM News bulletin, about...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • Coalition for Better Broadcasting: MIKE HOSKING FOR PM?
    Yes indeed. Mike Hosking is for the PM. And now he’s able to do even more as moderator (or should that be immoderator) of TVNZ’s election debates. Here at the Coalition for Better Broadcasting we feel it’s pretty safe to say that...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • The lie that “There is no alternative” to neo-liberal economic policies
    Supporters of President Maduro in Venezuela rally   Since the 1980s we have had drubbed into our heads that there was no alternative to the economic and social policies unleashed at that time. It even had it’s own acronym – TINA. The...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • A Kanaky tale of mining skulduggery and environmental courage
    Florent Eurisouké … still campaigning against mining. Photo: Del Abcede/PMC David Robie also blogs at Café Pacific AN EXTRAORDINARY story of mining skulduggery and a courageous struggle by indigenous Kanak environmental campaigners has been captured in a poignant new documentary,...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • UNBREAKING: The list of questions Mike Hosking will use in first TVNZ leade...
    “Good evening ladies and gentlemen and welcome to the first TVNZ leaders debate being held live in the gloriously beautiful Sky City ball room. It’s such a beautiful building boys and girls, we are so blessed to have Sky City...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • Internet Party Party review
      I have been to A LOT of political party functions in my time, and they tend to be dull affairs at the best of times but what is happening with Internet MANA is something quite exciting. I went to...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • Dear Seven Sharp – after learning Hosking will be the leaders debate ...
    I have to be honest, I had made the decision last night  to accept Seven Sharp’s hastily offered opportunity to appear on their show after I savagely criticised the bullshit whitewash story they did on John Key’s favourite far right hate speech...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • National refuses meeting with Maui’s advocates
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: National refuses meeting with Maui’s advocates Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | Press Release This is another reminder that the National Government does not care about the survival of the Maui’s dolphin National...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Message from CTU President Helen Kelly
    MIL OSI – Source: Unite Union – Headline: Message from CTU President Helen Kelly Dear MikeThere’s only 43 days until September 3, when voting in the General Election starts. The last day to vote is September 20.Thanks heaps for signing...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • MANA Tamaki send a challenge to Labour
    MIL OSI – Source: Mana Movement – Headline: MANA Tamaki send a challenge to Labour Posted on July 23, 2014 by admin in Joe Carolan, Press Releases“Labour should set the agenda and purposely do something positively controversial once a week”,...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • We must act to save our dolphins
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: We must act to save our dolphins A new report makes it clear for the urgent need to protect Maui’s and Hector’s dolphins while arguing  it is clear that there is no...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • School told to manipulate national standards data
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: School told to manipulate national standards data Parents can have little confidence in the Government’s National Standards after an Auckland school was told to manipulate its data so it added up, Labour’s...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Regional economies must have tailored plans
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Regional economies must have tailored plans News that up to 114 jobs could be lost from Fonterra’s Canpac plant in Hamilton reinforces the need for a government plan to build resilient regional...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Auditor General slams Shared Services project
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Auditor General slams Shared Services project The Auditor-General’s Office could not have been more damning about the 18 months spent on the Central Agency Shared Services (CASS) project at the Finance and...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Fonterra job losses a massive blow to Waikato
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Fonterra job losses a massive blow to Waikato The potential loss of up to 114 jobs from Fonterra’s Canpac plant in Hamilton is a massive blow to the Waikato region which has...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Basin flyover decision an opportunity for capital
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Basin flyover decision an opportunity for capital The decision to reject the proposed flyover at the Basin Reserve must be taken as an opportunity to properly fund Wellington’s transport future and must...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Indonesia: New President Widodo must make good on human rights pledges
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Indonesia: New President Widodo must make good on human rights pledges Indonesia’s new President Joko Widodo must deliver on campaign promises to improve Indonesia’s dire human rights situation, Amnesty International said....
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Communities in Sierra Leone turn their backs on female genital mutilation
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Communities in Sierra Leone turn their backs on female genital mutilation While activists gather in London to discuss strategies to tackle female genital mutilation, communities across Sierra Leone have been taking...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • The Gambia: Activists mark 20 years of iron-fisted repression
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: The Gambia: Activists mark 20 years of iron-fisted repression The Gambian government must abolish the laws and iron fisted practices that have resulted in two decades of widespread human rights violations,...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • A blog from the front lines of Palestine: It’s time for a new narrative
    I don’t know if I follow trouble or if trouble follows me, but somehow I seem to have found myself near one of the world’s hotspots again. The difference this time is that instead of sitting in some obscure location,...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • GUEST BLOG: Michael Wood – The Path Ahead
    It’s well established that Labour has had a difficult couple of weeks. Getting back on to a successful path requires our focus to shift from looking inwards to outwards, heightened discipline, and inner conviction. While my assessment of New Zealand...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Employers liquidating companies to avoid paying minimum entitlements
    Across the union movement we have seen a number of documented cases now where companies are liquidating their business in order to avoid their legal obligations, in terms of paying the minimum entitlements to their workers. The most recent example...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • GUEST BLOG: Joe Carolan : Positively Controversial
    The protest in Auckland last weekend that the NZ Herald claimed was attend by only a hundred people. Labour should set the agenda and purposely do something positively controversial once a week. A good start would be for all their...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Come on TV3 News – you are better than regurgitating Israeli propaganda
    Say it isn’t true TV3 News, you are seriously bitching about this???? The leader of the Mana Party, Hone Harawira, has supported flag burning at a pro-Palestinian march in Auckland at the weekend. Mana Party flags can be seen in...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • The brutal siege of Palestine
    70 years ago the Jews of Europe suffered as much as any people can suffer. The Nazis set about ethnic cleansing and sent 6 million to their death. Today we watch in horror as Israel, the Jewish homeland created after...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • When the mainstream media go feral: A tale of two holidays
    . . The recent non-story on David Cunliffe’s three day holiday should be proof-positive that the mainstream media (msm) is fixated on pumping out as many “bad news” reporting as can be generated by a headline-seeking; advertising-driven; lazy corporate-media system....
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Canterbury housing crisis a moral, economic, health, education, and social ...
    Can they build it? No they can’t.  Occasionally I come across people who don’t believe me when I say there is a housing crisis in Christchurch.  Despite all the evidence to the contrary.  Even when I tell them that every...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Respected world visionaries of the past speak out on Israel
    Respected world visionaries of the past speak out on Israel...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • From Here To There: How did Labour become so hopelessly lost?
    WRITING ABOUT the Labour Party these days puts me in mind of the joke about the American tourist and the Irish farmer. Seems there was this American tourist driving down a narrow lane in the heart of Ireland. He needed...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Oh NOW everyone thinks the ABCs are up to no good?
    Goodness last months June seems like years away doesn’t it? In June I pointed out a move by the ABCs to destabilise Cunliffe was under way. For pointing this out, Labour Party bloggers Rob Salmond and Lynn Prentice rushed to put...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Dear Seven Sharp – I have little interest in appearing on your show so th...
    After savagely critiquing Seven Sharp for trying to whitewash the repulsive history of a far right hate speech merchant like Cameron Slater yesterday, Seven Sharp have contacted me and offered to do a profile on me. Here is their email…...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Basin Flyover decision victory for common sense
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: Basin Flyover decision victory for common sense Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 | Press Release “Both popular and expert opinion opposed the flyover. The proposal was expensive, unnecessary and would have undermined the...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • CPAG Newsletter July 2014
    MIL OSI – Source: Child Poverty Action Group – Headline: CPAG Newsletter July 2014 22 July 2014 New child poverty data nothing to celebrate New data released by the Ministry of Social Development  indicates people living below the poverty line are worse...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Hotel ordered to pay $80,000 in outstanding wages
    MIL OSI – Source: Unite Union – Headline: Hotel ordered to pay $80,000 in outstanding wages An Auckland hotel has been ordered by the Employment Relations Authority to pay nearly $80,000 in outstanding wages to two employees. Filipino couple Abraham...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Rising interest rate and dollar driving manufacturing exports back to Globa...
    MIL OSI – Source: CTU – Headline: Rising interest rate and dollar driving manufacturing exports back to Global Financial Crisis levels The Council of Trade Unions is calling on the Reserve Bank not to raise interest rates on Thursday. “Another...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Israel/Gaza: Attacks on medical facilities and civilians add to war crime a...
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Israel/Gaza: Attacks on medical facilities and civilians add to war crime allegations The continuing bombardment of civilian homes in several areas of the Gaza Strip, as well as the Israeli shelling...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Central African Republic: Brazzaville talks should not lead to amnesties fo...
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Central African Republic: Brazzaville talks should not lead to amnesties for war crimes Amnesty International called on delegates to the Central African Republic (CAR) National Reconciliation talks due to take place...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Russia increases stranglehold on dissent as five more NGOs named ‘foreign...
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Russia increases stranglehold on dissent as five more NGOs named ‘foreign agents’ The Russian Ministry of Justice today registered four more Russian human rights organizations and one environmental group as “foreign...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Nigeria: World Bank panel turns its back on forcibly evicted community
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Nigeria: World Bank panel turns its back on forcibly evicted community The decision by a World Bank Inspection Panel to refuse to investigate a complaint about forced evictions linked to a...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • National out of touch with the regions
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: National out of touch with the regions John Key is out of touch with regional New Zealand if he believes tinkering with council regulations will restore opportunities to small towns, Labour Leader...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Flyover rejection a victory for sustainable transport
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Flyover rejection a victory for sustainable transport The rejection of the proposed Basin Reserve flyover by a Board of Inquiry is a victory for sustainable transport in Wellington and paves the way...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Loss Leading could destroy Kiwi lamb’s reputation
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Loss Leading could destroy Kiwi lamb’s reputation Meat companies that supply supermarkets and sell New Zealand lamb as a loss leader in the United Kingdom should lose their access to this valuable...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • The Nation 26,27 July: Flavell & Harawira, Joe Hockey
    On The Nation this weekend…. With the Maori seats primed to play a pivotal role this election, Torben Akel reports from the key battlegrounds and meets the top contenders. Then the Maori Party co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell and Mana Party...
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Announcement of New Zealand First Candidate for Rangitīkei
    New Zealand First has endorsed Dr Romuald (‘Rom’) Rudzki as the candidate for the Rangitīkei Electorate in the 2014 General Election....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Labour Offer Len Brown a Hotel Tax
    The Taxpayers’ Union is slamming the Labour Party's plan to allow councils to levy new 'pillow taxes' and regional petrol taxes. Reacting to this afternoon’s NZ Herald report Jordan Williams, Executive Director of the Taxpayers’ Union ,...
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Cell phone evidence a first
    Cell phone evidence a first Evidence gathered solely from a cell phone has been used for the first time to convict a Hastings man for possessing child sexual abuse pictures. Michael Lawrence Worsnop, a 29-year-old orchard worker pleaded guilty to...
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • New Zealand Aid Worker Helping in Gaza
    A New Zealand Red Cross nurse working in Gaza says she has never experienced anything like the current conflict in her long aid work career....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Parking officers deserve safety at work
    The union representing the Auckland Transport parking officer severely beaten on July 17 says everyone has a right to go about their job without fear for their safety....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Caritas Aotearoa NZ to provide Gaza humanitarian aid
    Caritas Jerusalem is providing medical assistance, food and other necessities to the thousands of vulnerable people affected by the escalating conflict in Gaza, and Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand is contributing an initial $20,000 to support the humanitarian...
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • ALCP challenges parties to support Charlotte’s Web
    The leader of the Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party Julian Crawford is calling on all other political parties to state their position on using cannabis oil to treat pediatric epilepsy....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Oxfam accepts cheque from Pacific Corporation Foundation
    Oxfam New Zealand has accepted a cheque for almost $1000 today from the Pacific Corporation Foundation toward recovery efforts in the Solomon Islands, following April’s flash flooding that left thousands homeless....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Draft report and decision – Pūhoi to Warkworth proposal
    The Ara Tūhono – Pūhoi to Wellsford Road of National Significance: Pūhoi to Warkworth section Board of Inquiry has released its draft report and decision....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • New Zealanders willing to pay tax to protect dolphins
    A report released this week shows a large majority of New Zealanders want Maui’s and Hector’s dolphins protected and they are prepared to pay for it....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Stop Smart Meters
    “The Democrats for Social Credit Party (DSC) wholeheartedly endorses the Stop Smart Meters campaign for a moratorium on installations of smart meters until the technology is proven not be a risk to health, and until home owners are given a...
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Maori Roll Electors Urged to Vote Strategically
    Voters enrolled in the seven Maori electorates must learn to maximize their influence by voting strategically, according to the Maori Party candidate for Te Tai Tokerau, Rev Te Hira Paenga....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Politicians Ignore Families’ Concerns on Street Prostitution
    Family First NZ says that politicians are ignoring the concerns of families, lack the will to take appropriate action, and are happy to drag the ongoing problem of street prostitution into the next parliamentary term....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Plunket celebrates Te Wiki o te Reo Māori
    Plunket is proud to celebrate Te Wiki o te Reo Māori (21-27 July), with Plunket people across the country among several thousand New Zealanders taking part and increasing their kete of knowledge in te reo....
    Scoop politics | 25-07
  • Coleman must quit or be sacked over Dotcom case
    Immigration New Zealand has done the right thing in distancing itself from Jonathan Coleman’s claims that ministers were not aware of FBI involvement in Kim Dotcom’s residency application, says the Internet Party. Internet Party leader Laila Harré...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Auckland Councillors, Not Emperors
    25 JULY 2014 Responding to the NZ Herald report that Auckland Councillors have voted to keep their ratepayer-funded business class travel perks, and considered new rules that would have exempted councillors from Auckland City's parking charges, Taxpayers’...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Cunliffe Looks Dodgy Lunching with Sex Offender
    Conservative Party Leader Colin Craig says that David Cunliffe's social meeting with a known sex offender while on holiday "looks pretty dodgy."...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Taxpayers’ Union Back LGNZ Calls For Greater Transparency
    The Taxpayers’ Union is backing Local Government New Zealand’s calls for the Official Information Act to be extended to cover the Local Government Commission. Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says:...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Lecture series to provide insight into 2014 election
    Could National’s refusal to reform MMP lead to the defeat of the government? Is the media providing voters with the information they require to make an informed electoral decision? What directions might John Key’s leadership take if he secures...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • National Rally Against Factory Farming
    Animal advocates and members of the public all over New Zealand will unite for a ‘National Day of Action Against Factory Farming’ Saturday, tomorrow 26 July in response to two recent exposés that showed horrific conditions on pig factory farms....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Women in Politics Finds Support at Conference
    Women in Politics, a brand-new organisation for New Zealand women in political office, was met with overwhelming support at the 2014 Local Government New Zealand Conference held this weekend in Nelson....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • The Government’s Fresh Water Policy – REVISITED
    Fresh water quality is the latest area to be in the sights of Gareth Morgan and his research organisation The Morgan Foundation. They enlisted a group of 16 scientists to help them review the government’s new fresh water policy....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Restoration of Post-graduate Allowances to be Key Issue
    As students prepare for the early voting that will take place on all university and many polytechnic campuses next month, the restoration of post-graduate allowances, removed by the current government in 2013, is emerging as a key election issue....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Honesty for Taxpayers
    ACT has a new proposal to make our democracy more accountable. The proposal may seem small but it could be the most significant idea in this election....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Mike Hosking for PM?
    The Coalition for Better Broadcasting is adding its voice to the many appalled at TVNZ’s choice of Mike Hosking as moderator for the upcoming political debates....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • ‘Party Party’ Hitting the Right Notes
    The “sold out” sign has gone up at the Internet Party’s concert in Christchurch tonight. A capacity crowd of 1000 will be at The Foundry for the Party Party concert, part of a major national musical tour aimed at getting...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • New Electoral Commission Campaign Launches This Weekend
    New Electoral Commission Campaign Launches This Weekend More non-voters than ever before say they don't feel like their vote is worth anything, or that their opinion matters. It's a trend that concerns the Electoral Commission, and the reason for...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Umere says ‘taihoa’ on Māori Language Strategy
    A Maori Language advocacy group, Umere, is calling for a rain check on the Māori Language Strategy Bill, which is being introduced to parliament this week. "The submissions on the MLS have been released by Te Puni Kōkiri and they...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • High cost of GP visits still a barrier for older children
    Free doctor's visits should be extended to all children under 18 as GP charges are a significant barrier for low income families, says Child Poverty Action Group....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • David Cunliffe happy to hide sex offender’s identity
    ..:: For immediate release ::.. 24/07/14 David Cunliffe happy to hide sex offender’s identity - (and in fact enjoy lunch with them)...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • More kids in Southland and Otago are achieving
    Clutha-Southland National candidate Todd Barclay says the Public Achievement Information for 2013 shows New Zealand children are doing better across the whole education system....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Flavell mistaken
    In response to Mr Flavell’s tirade this afternoon Conservative Party Leader Colin Craig advises "Mr Flavell is simply mistaken in his comments."...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • High cost of GP visits still a barrier for older children
    Free doctor's visits should be extended to all children under 18 as GP charges are a significant barrier for low income families, says Child Poverty Action Group....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Taxpayers’ Union Lay Complaint with Speaker
    The Taxpayers’ Unio n has written to Parliament's Speaker, the Rt. Hon. David Carter, asking him to step in and investigate the claims on the WhaleOil blog that taxpayers’ money is being improperly used for Mana Party election campaign hoardings....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • MANA launches te reo Māori policy
    “MANA is launching its te reo Māori policy this morning ahead of the first reading of the government’s Māori Language Strategy Bill this afternoon”, said MANA deputy leader and candidate for Waiariki, Annette Sykes....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Candidate welcomes award of platinum exploration permits
    Clutha-Southland National candidate Todd Barclay has welcomed the Government’s decision to award Lynx Platinum Limited two exploration permits in Southland. Mr Barclay said the minerals industry is an important part of New Zealand’s economy...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Pokie spending and numbers continue to drop
    Pub and club gaming machine expenditure in the year ended June 2014 fell 2.4 per cent from $826.3 million to $806.2 million. There were also fewer licence holders, gambling venues and gaming machines compared with 12 months earlier. Licence holders...
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • New Zealand Police to assist in MH17 victim identification
    New Zealand Police is sending three Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) specialists to the Netherlands to assist in the international effort to identify victims from the MH17 tragedy....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Oil Spill Response Strategy available for consultation
    Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) is inviting comment on its draft updated New Zealand Marine Oil Spill Response Strategy....
    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Police response to IPCA report on Rewa investigation
    Police accept the findings of today's IPCA's report regarding its investigations into offending by Malcolm Rewa in Auckland in the 1980s and 1990s....
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • Well-known kiwis sign on to stop ivory trade
    Today the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Select Committee will consider a complete ban on the ivory trade in response to a petition by Auckland teacher Virginia Woolf and policy analyst Fiona Gordon....
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • Commonwealth Games are not being captioned in New Zealand
    As members of the Captioning Working Group, The National Foundation for the Deaf and Deaf Aotearoa New Zealand call for broadcast captioning of the 2014 Commonwealth Games...
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • Majority of Commonwealth countries are already republics
    The Glasgow Commonwealth Games are here and it's a common misbelief that a Kiwi republic would mean that New Zealand would have to leave the Commonwealth. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth....
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • Police handling of Rewa Investigation
    Although an Independent Police Conduct Authority inquiry has identified some faults with a series of investigations conducted by Police into offending by Malcolm Rewa, there is insufficient evidence that any of these impacted on the ability of Police...
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • IPCA findings on Police handling of Rewa Investigation
    Good morning everyone. I’d like to begin today by explaining that this is an informational press conference and that I will not be taking questions at its conclusion. The reason for that is the report’s findings are the result of...
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • Pay It Back Ms Hauiti
    Responding to the Newstalk ZB report that disgraced MP Claudette Hauiti is refusing to confirm whether or not she has reimbursed taxpayers for misuse of her Parliamentary 'P-card', Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says: “Ms Hauiti...
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • RSA thanks NZ for $1.7m collected during Poppy Appeal
    The RSA today announced that over $1.7 million was donated to the 2014 Poppy Appeal for the support of veterans, ex-service men and women and their families in need....
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • Students encouraged to be brave and never give up
    Students encouraged to be brave and never give up if they want to 'make it happen'...
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • New Zealanders want to pay more to protect dolphins
    A report released this week shows a large majority of New Zealanders want Maui’s and Hector’s dolphins protected and they are prepared to pay for it....
    Scoop politics | 23-07
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