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The Herald is turning against the Government

Written By: - Date published: 8:24 am, May 11th, 2014 - 92 comments
Categories: corruption, john key, Judith Collins, Media, national, paula bennett, same old national - Tags: , ,

Yesterday’s and today’s Heralds have a fascinating collection of articles all suggesting that patience with this Government is running thin.

Firstly more questions relating to Donghua Liu’s extraordinary treatment by Maurice Williamson were raised.  Adam Bennett reported that Williamson had in the past lobbied three different Ministers of Immigration seeking a relaxation of the entry rules for wealthy immigrants.  He was also present at the meeting where Dunedin based Michael Woodhouse paid a house call to Mr Liu at his Auckland hotel.  As well as his lobbying efforts Williamson also personally swore Liu in as a New Zealand citizen as well as finding him a house in Pauanui and attempting to get police to review his prosecution.  His dedication to serving someone who is not even a constituent is extreme.

The look is not good.  A rich businessman donates large sums of money to National and gets preferential treatment.  If National had changed the immigration policy as Liu had asked its future would have been sealed.  National MPs must be pleased that the party did not succumb to the temptation.  If there is work being performed on changing this particular aspect of Immigration policy National is toast for a long time.

To add to Williamson’s woes there is a story today on how he failed to declare a Samsung Galaxy phone in his register of pecuniary interests.  His justification is that it was a loan rather than a gift and the value was less than $500 although this seems unlikely.  The sense of entitlement is strong in this one.  A question that springs to mind is how did the Herald find out about this?  The RPI is not subject to the Official Information Act 1982.

Then Audrey Young wondered if Judith Collins’ hopes of becoming the next leader of the National Party have been dashed and she wondered if, shudder, Paula Bennett may be the next senior ranking female in National’s caucus and Collins may not survive as a Minister.

The extent of Collins’ demise can be measured by the fact that the big question is no longer whether she has damaged her chances of leadership. The question is whether she will survive as a minister.

The comments about Paula Bennett are fascinating.  If she is the answer to National’s problems then they have major problems.  Her pugnacious stupidity reminds me of Pauline Hanson in her prime.

About Collins Young said the following:

She [Collins] had already suffered the ignominy of a lecture in caucus by Bill English – “we support you as a colleague but not your actions” was the gist of it – on top of the Prime Minister telling the country she should take some time off.

Tolley has been by Collins’ side most of the week, but on Tuesday Paula Bennett joined the support team.

And about Bennett Young said the following:

Both Collins and Bennett declined to talk to the Weekend Herald, but there is no mistaking that Bennett is on the ascendancy in terms of her influence in the party.

It was happening before the Collins decline, but it is more obvious now.

Bennett got the seat she wanted in Upper Harbour. She has recently been appointed to National’s campaign committee.

She has the active patronage of the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister and would almost certainly leapfrog over Collins in the rankings were National to get a third term – assuming Collins survives.

If National did not win a third term, Bennett, who entered Parliament in 2005, could well be a contender for at least deputy leader.

And to add to the depressing news for National normally supportive commentator John Armstrong thinks that the wheels have fallen off National’s reelection campaign.

Tempting as it must have been to have done so, John Key apparently did not read the riot act to his fellow National MPs at their weekly closed-door caucus meeting last Tuesday.

That was probably wise of the leader. His colleagues did not need a lecture. What they wanted was reassurance.

Puzzled, befuddled and frazzled, they would have wanted answers to three questions – why are things suddenly turning to custard for National, what on earth is going to happen next and what are they going to do about it.

National is floundering. This may turn out to be a temporary aberration, and Key will call on every device in his political repertoire to ensure that it is.

But right now, it feels as if the political gods are bored with the widely-held assumption that National will cruise to victory in September’s election and have decided to throw obstacles in its way.

Even Rodney Hide thinks that the Government has had a week from hell.  Of the Williamson and Oravida scandals he said:

The two stories run together create an odorous pattern: Chinese immigrants, political donations, favoured treatment. The faintest whiff of corruption is the last thing the Government needs.

Williamson’s resignation was quick, clean and over. Meanwhile, Collins’ “short private dinner”and “quick glass of milk” drag on.

Screwing up in politics is forgivable and survivable. What is not forgivable – or survivable – is not killing the story stone dead. That is Collins’ predicament. Her screw-up is proving an ongoing sore and distraction.

There are still the cheerleaders.

John Roughan thinks that Judith Collins’ actions relating to Oravida are acceptable because New Zealand as a whole benefitted.  He concedes that she was in breach of the Cabinet Manual requirements.  His suggested rewrite of the rules is bizarre because then every Minister would be free to pursue business interests as long as they could show an advantage for the country as well.  This would be a recipe for blanket corruption.  I cannot believe that he said this.

But National must be worried that one of its strongest media supporters is now openly critical of its performance.

92 comments on “The Herald is turning against the Government”

  1. captain hook 1

    It looks as if the general seaminess of this avaricious and greedy gang is at last showing the nation what their true colours are and the public dont like it. wail boil might be good for a larf but he is rotten to the core and the thought of him and others like him being close to a government in power is becoming intolerable to the voters

  2. Visubversaviper 2

    One would like to think so. However, I have my suspicions that this is part of a temporary “see we are not biased” strategy a safe 5 months out from the election and that there will be a speedy return to default position of editorial mouths fixed to John Key’s backside which has marked the last 7 or so years.

    • blue leopard 2.1

      +1 Visuberversaviper – I have similar misgivings

    • greywarbler 2.2

      The line about editorial mouths fixed to Jks backside made me think of sucker fish or the scientific name remora (the fish not the commercial brand).
      https://www.google.co.nz/?gws_rd=cr&ei=A7JuU8H5HI3KkwXhlYDYBg#q=remora+images

      These are explained by Encyclopaedia Britannica –
      remora, also called sharksucker or suckerfish, any of eight species of marine fishes of the family Echeneidae (order Perciformes) noted for attaching themselves to, and riding about on, sharks, other large marine animals, and oceangoing ships. Remoras adhere by means of a flat, oval sucking disk on top of the head. The disk, derived from the spiny portion of the dorsal fin, contains a variable number of paired, crosswise plates.

      Remoras are thin, elongated, rather dark fishes from 30 to 90 cm (1 to 3 feet) long; they live in warmer waters and are found around the world. Remoras feed on the leavings of their hosts’ meals or, in some instances, act as cleaners by eating the external parasites of their transporters.

      Sounds but doesn’t look like Whaleoil but could apply to many journalists. Have a look at how they operate on divers.
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gEWC2Fr07tE

    • Rodel 2.3

      Visubversaviper
      I agree. Watch the pendulum swing back as the election nears.
      With apologies to Oscar Wilde? ..”A politician is remembered for the last thing that the media reported.”

    • Draco T Bastard 2.4

      +1

      Exactly what I was thinking. Leopards do not change their spots.

    • Once was Tim 2.5

      +2. We’ll just have to keep track of their current stance and recite it ad nauseam back to them.
      It’s not just the Herald or Stuff either. Susan – I’m an incisive, investigative journalist – Wood is even at it (Geez I wish that specimen would fuck off back to Australia – she’d go down well at Skoi – she could become one of Paul Murray’s regulars, and look simply gorgeous while she’s at it).

    • emergency mike 2.6

      Yep, seen this movie before…

  3. Ergo Robertina 3

    ‘The comments about Paula Bennett are fascinating. If she is the answer to National’s problems then they have major problems. Her pugnacious stupidity reminds me of Pauline Hanson in her prime.’

    She’s underestimated the way Key was. They’re similar; obviously the pulled-themselves-up back story, but also their way of batting off issues and dissembling while somehow sounding reasonable to the general population.
    She doesn’t remind me of Hanson at all. In fact, in her pugnacious cunning, she resembles Key.

    • felix 3.1

      +1

    • greywarbler 3.2

      +2

    • Naturesong 3.3

      Yup, having lived in Australia at the time Hansen appeared as a political force (to the horror of every Australian I knew – including those I worked with), Paula Bennett is nothing like her.

      Hansen can charitably be described as pig ignorant, and a proud racist. None of Paula’s more subtle bene bashing (wink, wink) there.

      Paula is far more dangerous, though I suspect, not skilled enough to make it to the top of the National Party (I’d love for her to lead National as I don’t see the broader electorate wanting her as a PM)

      • Tracey 3.3.1

        they bash beneficiaries for a reason. its not jusy high earners that buy the bludger meme.

    • sabine 3.4

      Ahhh, the Paula Bennett Myth……………

      Nope, boots and straps were provided to Paula Bennett by the Government in form of Welfare, Study aid and Mortgage Aid.

      Without the Government help Paula Bennett received she would be nowhere, literally.

      Let her deny that she did it all by herself, and that the aid from the Taxpayer that she received was not what got her going in life as a young single mother.

    • Once was Tim 3.5

      +3

      Sorry to have to state the bleeding obvious, but like some of her other contemporaries – she ain’t exactly the brains of Britain. Oydeeolgee learned parrot-fashion …. or as her mate Soimun would say – “she got ‘learnings'” which seem to go well with her confusion over which is her mouth, and which is her R Sole. And it’ll sure as hell take a lot more than nit cure to sole that problem.

      Such IS the state of the National Party unfortunately. Bugger-all new ideas to rub together, and an up-and-coming bunch of thicknesses combined with a brand which provides their sense of entitlement and arrogance. We see it daily on here as the various trolls pop up when they feel threatened to spout their dogma. (Queue any one of them about to post “You don’t know me very well”).

      I genuinely wish it were otherwise – if only because governments of whatever persuasion need an effective opposition.

    • mickysavage 3.6

      I guess I have a very negative view of Bennett having seen her in action ever since she was elected. I do think that Key is in a class of his own.

    • Tracey 3.7

      agree. her default to lie when asked about cc, reminded me of an apprentice key. but her interesting statements on benefits and beneficiaries at best misleading, like the people going overseas, is from the key playbook.

      i sense nats donors were hoping for bridges but he has failed his training so far.

      i would have liked to see bennett against carmel again… shes already left her electorate having her meeti gs out in hobsonville.

  4. tricledrown 4

    National and its coalition partners are damaging our political systems.
    Corrupting Democracy for political gain.
    Dunne on the Alcohol tobacco Legal Highs teat.
    Banks the list is to long.
    National blatantly on the take the Hollow Men are still in charge.
    New Zealanders like a fair and even playing feild National are abusing the trust voters put in them to keep to the higher standard that PinoKeyO promised endlesly at 2008 this broken promise is just one more straw that’s broken the camels back..
    National are in deep trouble a royal visit couldn’t even produce a dead cat bounce.
    While Aron Gilmore and dorice Williamson were unceremonially sacked t(sacrificed) to make Key look strong.
    The lack of action on Collins is making Key look very weak.
    This close to an unloosable election Keys Knighthood is a gone burger.

    • Chooky 4.1

      +100..trickledown……”gone burger”…hope so!…and “dead cat bounce”…lol…Collins an “albatross around the neck” of NACT….Dunne “done his chips”….Williamson shown he is there for the highest bidder…in other words corrupt….Key stuck in his quagmire nest of rats ….Queenie NOT amused….

      …the Herald finally forced to be heraldic

      ….meanwhile the Cunliffe side looking more and more like a “well oiled team” ready for New Zealand governance 2014 !…..and long may they last !…..a NEW ERA…..the Dark Ages over

      • Liberal Realist 4.1.1

        Whist I sincerely hope that the public have woken up to the fact we’re currently governed by a bunch of self serving pirates, but we’re still 132 days out from the election. Key & Co will pull out every dirty trick in the ‘top drawer’ in the attempt to smear their opponents right up until election day.

        The opposition will need to keep the pressure up on current and any future scandals to keep MSM focused on Nact’s corrupt practises, lest The Herald et al slide back into their ‘default position’ – that the election is theirs to influence on behalf of an unwitting public in Nact’s favour.

        • Tracey 4.1.1.1

          and there is little evidence yet that labour has changed itsneo lib, whatever it takes to have power, spots

  5. Sanctuary 5

    John Roughan is clearly in Collin’s camp, and his piece is redolent of the bonkers and out-of-touch sense of entitlement that the Auckland city C&R/Nats are now infamous for. Wewege, Slater, Roughan, Collins, Williamson, Brewer, Quax – Long may they continue, they are Labour’s best weapon.

    I thought Hekia Parata was Key’s pet leadership project. She has fallen so far that if National win (God forbid) she may be deep-sixed to Washington. Collins is now exposed as a wing nut, English has already been leader once and look where that got them and Joyce has all the electoral appeal of an over-ripe mango. I don’t know how smart Paula Bennett is, but she DOES have some cross-over appeal to the more conservative elements of working class voters and beneficiary bashing is always wildly popular in the salons of the landlords and rentiers that make up the National party base, she has not been identified as part of any faction (compromise candidate) and could be the last woman standing when the factional cat fight dust settles.

    • ghostwhowalksnz 5.1

      Wondered about Roughan, is he angling for a senior job in the beehive ?

      I recently have been reading about the Tories in Britain leading up to WW2. Appeasement was the policy of Chamberlain, but there was a small coterie opposed including Churchill

      The book has the Editor of the Times ( Dawson) admitting he worked hard at preventing articles that were critical of Hitler being published and most outrageous he admitted changing the text of speeches of others that were printed.
      ( Troublesome Young Men – Lynne Olson)

      I wonder if Roughan has also been mothers little helper for National in the pages of the Herald over the years

  6. Paul 6

    Don’t get excited.
    They want you to vote ACT

  7. Tanz 7

    It’s just a blip. They will still most likely govern alone. The Herald will forget. Today’s news, tomorrow’s fish and chips’ paper.

  8. ianmac 8

    In John Roughan’s words: If any minister visiting China knew of an exporter she could help simply by showing up for a dinner with a border official, I think she should. The fact that she had a family connection to the company sounds less like a conflict of interest than a conjunction of interests to me.
    This is a Key trick. Twist and wriggle in spite of the facts. Hmmrp!

    • Tracey 8.1

      roughan also states he believed collins breached the cabinet manual and instead of going on to talk of the importanxe of ethics and that she must go, he wants the manual further diluted.

      if its not against the law its ok, is what roughan and nats are saying. the law only sets a minimum level of acceptable behaviour. too many people use it as the highest.

      how much tax did oravida pay lasy year, thats probably one tangible way to decide if collins actions were good for nz, apart from the spotlight being on our politicians and societys complete lack of ethics.

  9. ianmac 9

    Rob Salmond is there as well writing about the upcoming Budget. Watch out for:
    Governments often send tens of thousands of letters trumpeting the Budget’s new initiatives, complete with pages of “model families”, so bored people can see how pretend people will fare.

    You know the ones:”Bill earns $30,000 and Jill earns $70,000. Each has one leg. Thanks to the Budget, Bill and Jill receive an extra $12.78 + GST a week in the Government’s Have Extra Legs Pronto (HELP) scheme.”
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/opinion/news/article.cfm?c_id=466&objectid=11252973

  10. Red Rosa 10

    A bad week for the National Party, but a good week for NZ.

    So….1. the Nats are confirmed as for sale.

    Their supporters have (a lot) more money than the rest of us.
    Therefore, they can win elections and run the country. Easy, innit?

    Key is the slick salesman for a deeply corrupt crew, with an Extreme Right agenda smoothed over and sugar coated. He has had a plausible line on everything, until…now.

    The ACT budget unveiled this week will be the Nats’ next, make no mistake. If they get the chance!

    However, there must a be a lot of traditional Nats recoiling from these $ revelations. Let’s hope they have some conscience, and will at least stay away from the polls in September. Maybe even vote Green!

    Could be 2002 all over again.

  11. RedBaronCV 11

    Is the Herald leading it’s readership or following it. There is barely a positive comment attached to Nact favourable stories, and any spinning is called pretty quickly. I’m assuming they are filtering out all but the most civil comments, which makes one wonder just what the other comments look like.

  12. [Roughan’s] suggested rewrite of the rules is bizarre because then every Minister would be free to pursue business interests as long as they could show an advantage for the country as well. … I cannot believe that he said this.

    Oh, I can. It’s what countless Kiwiblog commenters have been saying for months now.

    Puzzled, befuddled and frazzled, they would have wanted answers to three questions – why are things suddenly turning to custard for National, what on earth is going to happen next and what are they going to do about it.

    Why would they be puzzled? They’ve got cabinet ministers enthusiastically adopting the Third World approach to politics, and the media have noticed. NZ is a First World country and we don’t like corrupt politicians – National is accordingly being dipped in shit right now by journos, pundits, the Opposition, you name it. There’s no great mystery to unravel here.

    What to do about it? Uh, duh-uh… Gee, that’s a tough one, huh guys? I’m no fancy spin doctor of the Matthew Hooton variety, but have you considered maybe dropping the corrupt practices? Seems like that would be a start…

    • Draco T Bastard 12.1

      What to do about it? Uh, duh-uh… Gee, that’s a tough one, huh guys? I’m no fancy spin doctor of the Matthew Hooton variety, but have you considered maybe dropping the corrupt practices?

      Considering that National are inherently psychopathic that would be a no.

  13. Tiger Mountain 13

    Casinos make sure the house appears to lose now and again (researchers and expert gamblers know about the percentages of the mathematically calculated “House Edge”) or they would have no customers.

    Similarly The Herald runs a few articles questioning National’s behaviour, which is better than not running any one supposes, to keep in with some of its readership that actually take it seriously. But in the overall rancid outpour of what passes for journalism these days The Herald never runs truly complimentary articles about the opposition or left issues; and in fact campaigns against the left with all the means at its disposal. e.g. Len Brown, not that Len Brown is exactly left but they are now down to barrel scrapings about his phone usage as that particular campaign sputters out. Rachel Glucina’s gossip column being used to seed Crosby Textor scripts–Collins ill etc.

  14. Sanctuary 14

    “…They’ve got cabinet ministers enthusiastically adopting the Third World approach to politics, and the media have noticed…”

    I work with an upper-caste, very religious Indian woman fresh of the boat from New Delhi. She is so fresh off the boat that she spends most of her time telling me how our welfare system is crime, because of the Hindu variation of the “rich man in his castle, poor man at his gate. The Lord God almighty made them both, and ordered their estate” thing. Same with public health, if God ordains you die of an infection because you can’t afford antibiotics, so be it. This is all to often the sort of new migrant we are getting – People from third world countries with no affinity or understanding of our welfare state, it’s history or the collective achievements of our forebears.

    Anyway, her husband had his photo taken with John Key and she was beside herself with joy at her proximity to power, she talked about Key like he was some sort of God who could smooth their path to a secure job on the railways or something. She simply cannot understand what all the fuss about Collins is about. In her (third) world view, the whole point of being in the ruling class is to mutually enrich each other. The lower castes should meekly accept they have no place at the high table, go away, and die quietly in the hope of a better life second time round.

    • greywarbler 14.1

      sanctuary
      Your comment reminds me of misgivings I have had about the attitude of people coming to live here from other countries. They generally are very aspirational, for themselves, and may be hostile to some of the policies we have instituted here. They want the better life they think they can have here, but do not want to learn about and fit in with our ways of doing things, the balance of life we have achieved. So some come here and start criticising our Maori policies, our Treaty repayments and so on. The Chinese seem to be very keen on the individualistic approach.

      The advanced policies for fair treatment of all that NZ has instituted are considered an imposition which many immigrants criticise and want to change to suit themselves. There is something badly wrong with the thinking of such people who cannot accept the culture of the land they move to when it is beneficial to others beside themselves. NZs should be aware that such people will act to dismantle our responsible state into one providing largesse and advantages for the most aggressive accumulators.

      Recently a friend returned from a visit to China, noticeable was how expensive things were, and when there was a buffet table, the Asian people flocked to it and created a Wall of China between other diners and the food. It sounded a very competitive society lacking in grace and courtesy. But I haven’t talked in detail yet. Those were first impressions and may have been balanced by happier experiences.

      • Matthew 14.1.1

        By far the most racist migrants are Brits and white South Africans —you should hear the conversation among a bunch of white migrant engineers – Canadians, South Africans, and Poms concerning Maori policies. Never hear this stuff from Chinese, and only a little from Indians – in my experience.

        I was working on a Mainzeal site about a decade ago —there was this white South African quantity surveyor absolutely flabbergasted that a colleague who was a fellow African but one that was ‘black as the ace of spades’ was allowed into the country.

        The Chinese seem OK —-also all over the Western world they have traditionally voted left. In fact in the US they voted overwhelmingly for Obama. Whereas whites largely vote conservative.

        A browning of the Western world, will quite likely be of benefit to left-leaning parties —this effect was very clearly seen in the 2012 presidential elections. That was the US, but I can see that there are some similarities to the case in NZ.

        I’m wondering where you get your idea that Asians don’t like the “advanced policies for fair treatment of all that NZ has instituted are considered an imposition which many immigrants criticise” – maybe some do, but no more than any other group of immigrants or even locals themselves.

        We have far more to fear from white migrants on a whole (who still outnumber non-white migrants), than Asians.

    • RedLogix 14.2

      Yes – I’ve had this sort of unsettling encounter too. It’s one thing to see it in the Third World country, it’s quite another when you see it in action here.

      Having said that – if your ‘ upper-caste, very religious Indian woman fresh of the boat from New Delhi’ was to actually fall on hard times she’d likely demand very prompt service from the welfare system of the First World country she has moved to.

      • Sanctuary 14.2.1

        I see it as generational though. I have met her her 14 year old daughter who has already been here a year, and the young lass is already determinedly sailing down the cameo creme path. I predict much angst for her mum, especially when she turns up with her first (most likely non-Indian) boyfriend!

        In general, Indians assimilate well by the second generation – the FBIs have an unalloyed blessing for NZ. The key to immigration is to be sure New Zealanders stay in control of it and our culture remains dominant.

  15. ianmac 15

    What will National do to reverse the bad publicity?
    They will hit back and it will be big. I have no doubt that they have “dirt” to spring on the Opposition probably aimed at David. National have a big investment in digging up the dirt and will use Whaleoil to set the ball rolling.
    A ruling Party scorned is an animal cornered and willing to fight hard.

    • mac1 15.1

      I see, Ianmac, that Key’s reaction to having the Greens point out that his Chief of Staff’s attendance at a Cabinet Club meeting made it an official PM engagement, was that the Greens wanted to have state funded parties. In other words deflection politics.

      Key of course would prefer private corruption to public funding, but there I am, already captured by his deflection……….

    • Tracey 15.2

      that drawer of key will be flung wide open now. now to get it to farrar and slater et al with no trail to key.

    • David H 15.3

      Yeah but Whalespew is also tainted by the Collins Oravida brush as well.

  16. Blue 16

    The temperature in Hell hasn’t dropped yet, Micky.

    John Roughan would choke if he ever tried to utter a bad word about National, and Audrey Young had to take the lead with the Williamson scandal because John Armstrong simply couldn’t bear to write anything bad about his precious. He only recovered the ability to spin after hearing his beloved’s snide voice in Parliament.

    Trevett tried to return to business as usual bashing Labour, but the public didn’t take the bait. Now they’re all just wondering how best to help National recover from this mess and win the election.

    My guess is a big focus on the Budget (trumpeting whatever slim surplus English has managed to invent), after which they will declare Collins yesterday’s news (especially if she keeps her head down) and then they will launch renewed attacks on Labour. Business as usual.

    • Paul 16.1

      Every time a Tory says surplus, tell them how much this government has out this country into debt.
      2008 $ 10 billion
      2014 $ 76 billion and counting (see below)

      http://www.nationaldebtclocks.org/debtclock/newzealand
      http://www.interest.co.nz/Charts/Government/government-debt

      • dave 16.1.1

        its alot higher than that when you add in private debt as well .bubble economy govt surplus will be meaning less when it pops

    • geoff 16.2

      Claire Trevett’s piece read like a kiwiblog post. Here’s a couple of doozey paragraphs…

      One poll was reported to have Labour only five or six points ahead of the Greens. Emerging from the election as effectively a medium-sized party is no way to celebrate Labour’s centenary. The prospect those List MPs could be looking in the Situations Vacant come October was focusing minds.

      There were whispers about the nuclear option of forcing a leadership change, not necessarily to win the election but to try to shore up Labour’s vote from a catastrophic low. Ironically, Cunliffe’s opponents Jones and Robertson may well have stopped those musings turning into a more concrete push. Some had discussed putting Jones up as that last-minute leader because he could have an immediate impact on the polling.

  17. Ant 17

    I enjoy the breathless reporting from journalists that Labour or National are now doing something different – “wheels falling off” etc.

    Good way of ignoring that National’s behaviour or competence hasn’t changed one bit, journalists like Armstrong have just started doing their fucking jobs instead of writing John Key fan fic.

    • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill) 17.1

      +1 Ant

      • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill) 17.1.1

        I guess to give some positive feedback to the members of the media who have been providing some real critical analysis of NZ political activity recently:

        It is good to see some people in the media doing their job, thank you.

        It would be good to see this trend continue. This would allow this year’s election results to be based on informed decisions – not misinformed ones. Mob rule is one of the weaknesses of democratic systems – informed voters is the way to avoid this. Please play your important role with integrity members of the media.

        Thanks

    • Lanthanide 17.2

      +1

  18. Clemgeopin 18

    The dirty stink of corruption, favouritism, dodgyness and nepotism has been profusely surrounding this discredited government due to its VARIOUS actions in favour of the very wealthy donors and high powered elite during their six year reign. Only the completely biased or easily fooled or dimly deluded or ardent fans will not see it.

  19. Karen 19

    It would be great if The Herald did start turning against National but I wouldn’t hold my breath. Collins and Williamson have behaved so badly political reporters have been forced to be critical. However Armstrong is still accepting Key’s claim that Collins was only guilty of a ‘perceived’ conflict of interest and praised Key’s ‘red hot’ performance while Trevett used her column to claim the Labour Party’s polling had dropped to the low 20s. This was untrue according to Rob Salmond on Polity. So did she just make that up? Then there was the back page puff piece about poor misunderstood Judith by Rachel Glucina, and don’t get me started on John (what’s good for Judith is good for NZ) Roughan.

  20. Paul 20

    While Rachel Glucina works hand in hand with Slater to dredge up old photos of Moana Dotcom,
    we know the Herald is like the Mail and Fox..a tabloid right wind hate sheet, prepared to do anything to smear its opponents.

  21. Skinny 21

    Watching the hysterical behavior of first Joyce and then Boag on Q & A this morning, you would say that the Nats are dead in Sept.

    Labour,Greens and NZF need to hone in the attack in on ACT and Jamie White, this guy is real bad news and will further erode the Nat brand by guilt of association. Since the trust issue surrounding political donations is hot, its time to bring in the question of ;

    Are Kiwi’s prepared to gamble on trusting a third term National/ACT Government and risk the likes of student loans being wiped, more asset sales, and other nasty policies being pushed by ACT?

    • dave 21.1

      win stone called him out the jungle man over here and acts epsom candidate oh god Monty python on steroids labours candidate in epsom will chew him apart in the debates Mr woods might not win epsom but he will make a mockery out of nact.

    • aerobubble 21.2

      I’m surprised they missed the sexist comment. Flip them 20 dollars said Whtye.

      As for Whtye’s housing policy, even terrorists should be able to buy houses in Auckland.

      What a nutter, does he actually believe governments cannot limit the market? Yep.

      Sprawl is good says Whtye.

      Exactly when will someone point out that his platform isn’t about anything.

      But the politics. How does attacking homeowners equity when their neighbor decides to build a 20 story apartment? When National voters have no influence over government, as government has shut up shop under an ACT government? When men are flipping women $20…

      The guy is a cretin.

      • Clemgeopin 21.2.1

        He and Richard Prebbel are targeting the 5% like minded other selfish wealthy greedy nutters for their votes. What worries me even more is that ACT is actually mouthing the real secret agenda of their masters, the National Party whose BFF is ACT. National plays safe publicly as it knows that it will be curtains for them if otherwise. For any far right policy or programme it might undertake while in power, it can always easily place the blame on their coalition partner, the ACT.

      • Delia 21.2.2

        and his latest one in the Listener article about business giving to charity…according to Jamie they are ripping of their shareholders. You could not make it up.

        • Clemgeopin 21.2.2.1

          Did he now! Oh dear! What was the topic of his philosophy thesis, I wonder. Does any one know?

          Where does ACT find these guys!…We have had Douglas, Prebbel, Garret, Huata, Brash, Banks….and now Jamie who is ok with insects even! ACT is a strange libertarian outfit! NATS can have them!

          • karol 21.2.2.1.1

            Don’t know his thesis, but here is a sketch of his background:

            Jamie is an IEA fellow and the Leader of ACT New Zealand. He is also the Head of Research and Publishing at Oliver Wyman Financial Services. He has previously worked as a management consultant for the Boston Consulting Group, as a philosophy lecturer at Cambridge University and as a foreign currency trader.

            Jamie is the author of Crimes Against Logic (2004), A Load of Blair (2005) and Quack Policy (2013). He is a regular contributor of opinion columns to the Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times and The Times. In 2006 he won the Bastiat Prize for Journalism and in 2010 he was runner-up.

            Jamie will speak on the topic “The Green Erosion of Property Rights”

            I can’t find anything about any of those books he has written.

            • Clemgeopin 21.2.2.1.1.1

              Thanks Karol.
              His CV is very impressive and he does come across as a nice guy. But what I can’t get around is how a nice educated learned philosopher can support a selfish, hands off, survival of the fittest, greed infested philosophy, agenda and policies of this awful ACT party! Strange stuff!

              • McFlock

                Intriguing review of his “A Load of Blair” book here.

                The gist seems to be he’s good at logic, but has difficulty with vague words and metaphors. And wants judicial review of political promises, comparing them to business contracts.

                Thing about business contracts, is that all parties can get lawyers to ensure the terms are both agreeable and precise.

                Seems to be a typical tory – big on logic and precise semantic definitions, but has difficulty understanding why hu-mons cry.

                • karol

                  Exactly my thoughts about Whyte, McFlock. And the more in depth reviews point to something I have long thought: that human reasoning, including on political views, includes a mix of the objective and the subjective. Underlying any logical explanation, there are value judgements and assumptions. I prefer people identify and state their underlying values. Whyte’s seem to relate to a belief in the free market, property ownership, the ethos of the business world , individualism, etc, and a lack of understanding or valuing of democratic processes – a view from the perspective of the privileged

                  even while asking to end a culture of entitlement.

                  And he also comes from a foreign currency trader background. All for business, profiteering, clever logic, and little concern for the struggles of ordinary folks.

  22. ghostwhowalksnz 22

    Whats happened to the TV polls. Arent they usually run around the first week of the month in election year ?
    Here we are at the 11th and no sign

  23. finbar 23

    Orivita is not going away and next week in the house Collins, will again be feeling the presure as Labour,Greens and Nz First lay into her again,and without doubt Key, and Brownlee, as back up, will be fending off the cries of corruption and crony capitalism.

    In regard to who Collins, or Bennnet, as Nationals leader.Collins, has not handled the pressure of the Orivita scandal and as far as the old guard Nats are concerned that will be a indeliable debit in her leadership portfolio.Bennet, on the other hand ,does not have the intelect to lead them,understanding, that she can rant with the best of them no denying that,but she is only parroting cabinet ,caucus and imported off shore hirelings right wing propoganda.Yet her biggest hurdle is that she may be a member of the Party,but she is not of them.

    • Murray Olsen 23.1

      I think the posh Tories in Britain said that Thatcher was a member, but not of them as well. Thatcher, however, did have an intellect. People I know who’ve come across Paula at National Party meetings have remarked that she really is thick, even by provincial Nact standards.

  24. One Anonymous Bloke 24

    When it comes down to it The Herald doesn’t speak for National. Rather, they represent the same interests, and those interests (most of them) take as dim a view of corruption as anyone.

  25. North 25

    It’s hard to tell what’s happening but my observations tell me this: there is definitely a growing sentiment, like it’s par for the course, Key and National are in it for themselves and their rich mates no argument about it needed or ventured. Forget the sideshow of JokeyHen’s smiles and the bullshit of “Hey, I’m your ordinary bloke……” Too much has happened. September will be an occasion on which this still mainly subliminal register will bubble up to say out loud – “Nah don’t like you pricks……” Thank goodness for the ongoing expressions of
    arrogance and hubris from the flawed likes of Collins et al. All grist
    for the mill of destruction of probably the most adept conman New Zealand politics has ever seen.

  26. Marius 26

    LOL at Paula Bennett deputy leader of a political party. Certainly she’s as ugly as Jenny Shipley – and as thick. I suppose she has a shot. Maybe they could have Paul rat face Henry for leader. Who cares which of them get in where. It’s the same dreary round of inconsistencies no matter where you vote, if you’re stupid enough to bother.

  27. amirite 27

    I suspect that the little Govt apparatchiks in the media are waiting for some dirt to be delivered to them by Whaleoil to get into a full war mode against Labour. Note how every time they report about the Nats’ corrupt practices, they try to neutralise it by saying that Labour does the same, but when there’s some scandal with Labour, the Nats doing the same or worse isn’t even mentioned.
    Pretty pathetic and predictable really and quite depressing, because we don’t really have the free and independent media, only corporate RW arselickers.

  28. red blooded 28

    Marius – are only attractive women allowed to have leadership aspirations?

    I can’t stand Bennet’s bullying personality or simplistic view of the world, but I don’t give a shit what she looks like. Let’s try to avoid that kind of sexist putdown, eh?

    • amirite 28.1

      red blooded – ugly does not necessarily relate to physical characteristics, actually IMO physically Paula Bennett may be attractive but she has an ugly personality

  29. Tigger 29

    I like this ‘wrong but helped the country’ defence. Murder, theft, fraud…could come in useful for a future jam.

  30. Charmaine 30

    I have always strongly suspected there was some type of corruption behind the selling of the Crafar Farms. It just didn’t stack up. I am now heavily swayed to Labour primarily because I am so upset about the selling out of NZ. New Zealanders need to get very vocal about how badly this will affect us in the near term and for future generations. Labour has my vote on this issue alone. I have been working two to three jobs since leaving school and bought my first small house at 19 and have worked my ass off to get ahead buying and selling. My dream is to own a farm. The percent return on them unfortunately is appalling as they are so inflated in value because of the enormous wealth from offshore buying them at prices that will keep them out of the reach of hard working aspirant kiwis such as myself. Go Labour.

    • Rodel 30.1

      We need more farmers (and business people) with your intelligence and attitude.

    • Lanthanide 30.2

      The percent return on them unfortunately is appalling as they are so inflated in value because of the enormous wealth from offshore buying them at prices that will keep them out of the reach of hard working aspirant kiwis such as myself.

      It’s always a bit of a pickle though really, because the people who own the farms and want to sell up, naturally want to get the best price possible. It’s all about short-term thinking and self-interest, a bit of a tragedy of the commons type scenario where individual actions ruin it for everyone else.

    • RedLogix 30.3

      I have always strongly suspected there was some type of corruption behind the selling of the Crafar Farms.

      I know for a fact that the Minister interfered with Landcorp’s process of bidding to ensure they would not be successful.

    • Tracey 30.4

      thats the good of the country right there

      let me ask the market. the market says yeeees. (hat tip lil britain)….

  31. BLiP 31

    I’ll need a lot more convincing that the New Zealand Fox News Herald has changed its spots. Being the cynic that I am, it seems more likely that Granny is manufacturing a nadir from which, thanks to the glorious wonders of John Key, National Ltd™ has overcome with sound management, learned its lessons, has reformed and “in the end” was only trying to do its best – yadda yadda yadda. In short, this weekend’s edition seems to provide a platform rather than an analysis or realisation.

    On the other hand, it must be remembered that the primary function of the New Zealand Fox News Herald is to provide a return to its foreign owners. Perhaps there has been a realisation that its reader-base has turned against National Ltd™ and, in terms of keeping the customers happy, has moved to reflect that mood.

    I dunno, except one swallow does not a summer make.

    • Draco T Bastard 31.1

      +1

    • RedLogix 31.2

      I agree. Look carefully at the language being used.

      It’s more regretful in tone than damning.

    • Stuart Munro 31.3

      It may have something to do with being on speaking terms with the incoming government.

      (scenario: National and Labour leaders visit their parents)

      Headline: Key consolidates family values
      Headline: Cunliffe runs crying home to mother

      If you’re running tripe like this the 2nd rate horse-race journalism gravy train may come to an end. Government too might consider some long overdue media regulations around foreign ownership, and preventing abuses like the Key plug segment on ZB.

      • RedLogix 31.3.1

        Government too might consider some long overdue media regulations around foreign ownership

        Oh dear – cue front page maxi-point Headline: Death of Democracy

    • Tracey 31.4

      its soft soaping to lead into its cheerleading of the budget…

      nothing to see here folks, and now for the fabulous economic rockstar…

  32. aerobubble 32

    Its perception. China tightens up on milk imports.
    Some milk re-packers aren’t going to have a market
    for their product. National looks more interested
    in helping Oriveda, a donor, into China. So of
    course national voters, who are worried that they have
    to donate to keep their china market might be being undermined
    by those on the inside of government paddling their own waka.

    The growth in cabinet clubs, not member clubs, empathizes
    the connecting to the executive rather than the party.

    So a National voter whose China exposure gets hurt when a Minister
    has their own play. But worse, very real companies now have
    lost a market for their products in China. China scares have led to
    a rise in regulation, even the whiff that this may in part be due to
    Collins and Oriveda, should cause National voters anger. Worse,
    if the un-named border control personage had been fired, Collins
    would be toast within hours.

    Feeding the perception. Dumb squid on Q+A not seeing
    any problem. A reality of perception myopia.

    • Tracey 32.1

      has anyone seen or heard a nat state, that there have been cc functions which no minister attended?

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    Labour | 18-11
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    The Government and Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) should release the report into former Minister of Transport Gerry Brownlee's airport security breach, the Green Party said today."The actions of a Minister of Transport breaching security at an airport are a matter...
    Greens | 17-11
  • Brownlee must ask CAA to release the report
    Gerry Brownlee must ask the Civil Aviation Authority to release the report that finds he broke the law in breaching airport security, says Labour's Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford. “It is inexcusable for any minister, let alone the then-Transport Minister, to...
    Labour | 17-11
  • G20 climate comment increases pressure on NZ
    The G20 decision to include climate change in its communiqué despite Australia's attempt to ignore it, increases pressure on New Zealand to come up with a credible plan to cut emissions, the Green Party said today.The G20 Leaders Communiqué from...
    Greens | 17-11
  • NZ joins G20 climate problem
    Confirmation this morning by John Key that his Government plans to do nothing to turn around NZ's rapidly rising greenhouse emissions means that New Zealand joins Australia as one of the problem children at the G20 meeting in Brisbane, the...
    Greens | 16-11
  • IRD joins Corrections in Phillip Smith failure
    It is incomprehensible that IRD and Corrections were not able to stop Phillip Smith from rorting the tax system out of $50,000 until it was too late, given that he was a notoriously manipulative prisoner stuck in jail, says Labour’s...
    Labour | 13-11
  • The Government has to listen to Olly
    When even hard boiled property investors like Olly Newland  say first home buyers have been shafted by Loan to Value Ratio lending restrictions, surely it is time for the Government to listen, says Labour's housing spokesperson Phil Twyford.  "Auckland landlord...
    Labour | 13-11
  • Key used GCSB for political ends prior to 2014 election
    New documents released to the Green Party show that Prime Minister John Key used New Zealand's intelligence services for the National Party's political ends a few days out from the 2014 election, the Green Party said today.Documents released to the...
    Greens | 13-11
  • Government not meeting its climate target
    The Government must front up to the fact that its own advisors are now saying that New Zealand is off target in any transition to a low carbon future, says Labour’s spokesperson on Climate Change Nanaia Mahuta.  “A briefing to...
    Labour | 12-11
  • Briefing reveals Defence facilities ‘increasingly unfit for purpose’
    The Defence Briefing to the Incoming Minister reveals a deteriorating state in Defence facilities that are no longer fit for purpose, says Labour’s Defence spokesperson Phil Goff.  “The briefing is heavily censored but still reveals that Defence camps, bases and...
    Labour | 12-11
  • New projections show New Zealand missing climate target
    Briefings to Incoming Ministers released today reveal the Government's climate policy is failing with projected emission more than double what is needed to meet National's 2050 target, the Green Party saidProjections released by the Ministry for the Environment, as part...
    Greens | 12-11
  • National’s highways far less efficient
    National’s new state highways have a far lower cost-benefit ratio than motorways built under the last Labour Government, making a mockery of the Government’s bluster that its road building will boost the economy, says Labour's Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford. “New...
    Labour | 12-11
  • Governor points finger at National on supply
    The Reserve Bank Governor has admitted he had to keep loan to value mortgage restrictions in place because the Government’s attempts to increase housing has fallen ‘a long way short’, says Labour's Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The thousands of first...
    Labour | 12-11
  • Did Collins cover up Slater’s OIA requests?
    Disgraced former Cabinet Minister Judith Collins must explain why she appears to have tried to hide Official Information Act requests she fulfilled for Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater, Labour MP Megan Woods says. “New documents obtained by Labour show Judith...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Reserve Bank’s dairy warning must be heard
    The Reserve Bank’s warning that falling dairy prices are creating greater risks for the New Zealand economy must be taken seriously by Bill English and John Key, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker. “Dairy prices have nearly halved since February...
    Labour | 11-11
  • National’s housing failure keeps LVRs in place
    The Reserve Bank’s decision to leave loan-to-value ratio mortgage restrictions in place is further confirmation of National’s housing policy fiasco, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “The Reserve Bank would have lifted LVRs if they had seen any increase in...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Let’s see if it is plane sailing Mr Bridges
    Comments by Transport Minister Simon Bridges that Far North residents' anger over cutbacks to regional flights will be allayed by larger planes and cheaper fares out of Kerikeri, are just pure arrogance, says Labour’s Te Tai Tokerau MP Kelvin Davis....
    Labour | 11-11
  • Commerce Commission inquiry needed into building supplies monopoly
    The Commerce Commission must stop dragging the chain and urgently investigate the anti-competitive practices in the building industry that are driving up the cost of building materials, says Labour's Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “Competition in the building materials market is...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Air New Zealand grounds Far North
    The announcement by Air New Zealand to close services from Kaitaia to Auckland will be an absolute disaster for the Far North, Labour MP for Te Tai Tokerau Kelvin Davis says.  “Air New Zealand is sending a signal to the...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Pulling West Coast flights a savage blow
    Air New Zealand’s decision to withdraw its Westport service is another kick in the guts for an already struggling community, West Coast-Tasman MP, Damien O’Connor says.   “Having been involved in the West Coast’s efforts to get Air Nelson to return...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Air NZ cuts economic lifelines to neglected regions
    Air New Zealand’s plans to cut its Eagle Air regional services to already struggling regions is a hammer blow to Westport, Whakatane and Kaitaia, says Labour's Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The regions of New Zealand are being abandoned by this...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Christchurch on the rent rack
    A jump of 20 per cent in weekly rents in the past year is a disaster for Christchurch, says Associate Housing spokesperson Poto Williams. “The Trade Me Property Rental Price index has rightly described the city as being a ‘...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Past time to act on warnings about palliative care
    Health officials have been warning the Government about a critical shortage of palliative care specialists for years, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader and Health spokesperson Annette King says. A stocktake carried out for the Ministry of Health shows New Zealand’s end...
    Labour | 10-11
  • Report must spur Government into action
    The soaring cost of domestic violence and child abuse highlight the need for the Government to prioritise and act on the issue, says Labour's spokesperson for Social Development, Sue Moroney.“Findings from the Glenn Inquiry that show the problem is estimated...
    Labour | 10-11
  • Family safety paramount, then urgent review
    Corrections Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has some serious questions to answer over why a dangerous prison escapee, convicted of further crimes while in jail, managed to abscond while he was on approved temporary release, Labour’s Corrections spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says.“Phillip...
    Labour | 09-11
  • LVRs a failed experiment from Bill English
    Loan to value mortgage restrictions are a failed experiment from Bill English to tame Auckland house prices, that have caused collateral damage to first home buyers and other regions, says Labour's Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The possible end of LVR...
    Labour | 09-11
  • Govt books getting worse as economy slows
    National’s economic credibility is under serious scrutiny with its search for surplus becoming harder due to an economy far too reliant on the dairy industry, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker. “National promised New Zealanders would get into surplus by...
    Labour | 06-11
  • Kiwis in pain because of Government underfunding
    New research showing one in three people needing elective surgery are being denied publicly-funded operations shows the Government must properly fund the health sector, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says. “For almost two years Labour has been warning about the...
    Labour | 06-11
  • National’s promised surplus looking doubtful
    Budget figures for the first quarter of the financial year released today by Treasury show the Government's goal of achieving a budget surplus is looking doubtful, the Green Party said today."National has staked its credibility on achieving a budget surplus...
    Greens | 06-11
  • Kevin Hague speaks on the Gambling Amendment Bill (No 3)
    I rise to give this speech on behalf of Denise Roche, who handles the gambling portfolio for the Green Party. This bill deals with class 4 gambling—pokies in pubs and clubs—and it is the result of changes that were suggested...
    Greens | 06-11
  • Kevin Hague speaks on the Health (Protection) Amendment Bill
    I would like to start off where the previous speaker left off, on the issue of balancing rights or balancing harms. All law is in some way a restriction of personal liberty. That is the point of law. When we...
    Greens | 06-11
  • Joyce backs away from yet another target
    Steven Joyce has backed away from two targets in two days, refusing to acknowledge that his Government has an unambitious aim to get unemployment down to 4 per cent in 11 years’ time, says Labour Associate Finance spokesperson David Clark....
    Labour | 06-11
  • Pacific peoples incomes and jobs falling under National
    The Minister of Pacific Peoples is attempting to bury the ugly facts of Pacific unemployment and income levels worsening since National took office in 2008, said Labour’s Pacific Affairs spokesperson, Su’a William Sio. “If the Minister doesn’t acknowledge how bad...
    Labour | 06-11
  • The Block NZ doing a better job than Nick Smith
    Nick Smith should consider calling in producers of The Block NZ with participants in the TV series completing more houses in two seasons than the Government’s failed Special Housing Area policy, says Labour's Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The Block NZ...
    Labour | 06-11
  • Annette King? Annette King?? Surely not Annette King!
    I’m not often surprised at the goings on in the Labour Party but I was gobsmacked to see Andrew Little has appointed Annette King as Deputy Leader of the parliamentary Labour Party. I had idly assumed the role would go to Adhern...
    The Daily Blog | 23-11
  • New Shadow Cabinet – Little does more in 6 days than Goff, Shearer & ...
    New Zealanders do not respect intelligence, they respect confidence. Cunliffe beat Key in the debates, but it didn’t matter because NZers don’t respect the debate, they respect the tone. Our anti-intellecuatlism runs deeper than most with our reverse-egalitarianism. The chip...
    The Daily Blog | 23-11
  • This weeks Waatea news column – The myths white people tell themselves
      This weeks Waatea news column – The myths white people tell themselves...
    The Daily Blog | 23-11
  • The irony of backlash to petrol stations charging workers for stolen petrol
    You have to laugh at NZers sometimes. you really do. The outrage that has been sparked by news that workers at petrol stations are charged for stolen petrol is one of those perfect examples of a delicious irony most NZers...
    The Daily Blog | 23-11
  • A Dishonest “Countering Terrorist Fighters Bill”
    Wouldn’t you think a Countering Terrorist Fighters Bill would actually mention “terrorist fighters” in its text? The Bill, as released yesterday, does not. It’s simply another generalised counter-terrorism exercise giving extra surveillance powers to the Security Intelligence Service and enabling...
    The Daily Blog | 23-11
  • How biased is the media? A Patrick Gower case study
    . . . Isn’t it interesting that Patrick Gower – who made his partisan feelings crystal clear on Twitter on 29 May with this extraordinary outburst;  “Lalia Harré – you make me feel sick by how you are rorting MMP...
    The Daily Blog | 23-11
  • The C Word
    It isn’t even December but the decorations are up and the ads are on the telly. I am a genuine Grinch come this time of year, so when the conversation at work turned to everyone’s holidays plans I may have...
    The Daily Blog | 23-11
  • 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
  • Insane Law Perverting Course of Justice: SST
    Insane Law Perverting Course of Justice: SST The Sensible Sentencing Trust is slamming a decision which may acquit a Whakatane offender of serious dangerous driving charges....
    Scoop politics | 24-11
  • Taranaki Base Hospital draped in white ribbons
    Taranaki Base Hospital draped in white ribbons to show violence towards women is never OK...
    Scoop politics | 24-11
  • Family Violence Intervention Team uses social media
    Family Violence Intervention Team uses social media to say “no” to domestic violence Everyone has the right to feel safe at home. Many do not. One in three partnered New Zealand women report having experienced physical and/or sexual intimate partner...
    Scoop politics | 24-11
  • Smoke Alarms in Rental properties
    TPA says recent calls for mandatory smoke alarm installations in rental properties is an opportunity for all parties to come together to improve the safety and quality of rental housing....
    Scoop politics | 24-11
  • CTU will not engage in Governments sham consultation process
    Today the CTU has sent a letter to Prime Minister John Key articulating serious concerns about both the content and the rushed process the Government has clearly signalled it intends to follow to progress the Countering Terrorist Fighters Legislation...
    Scoop politics | 23-11
  • Job vacancies steady in October
    The number of skilled job vacancies advertised online remained steady in October across most industry groups and occupations, according to the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s latest Jobs Online report....
    Scoop politics | 23-11
  • 600 Slaves And Counting on New Zealand Soil
    The 2014 Global Slavery Index has just been released, and buried within its pages is New Zealand’s growing issue of human exploitation and slavery. When taken in conjunction with the US State Department’s Trafficking in Persons Report 2014,...
    Scoop politics | 23-11
  • Statement from Police Commissioners of Australia and NZ
    Media Statement from Police Commissioners of Australia and New Zealand: Police Commissioners take a stand against violence against women and children...
    Scoop politics | 23-11
  • NZ Police Commissioner makes a stand against Family Violence
    New Zealand Police Commissioner Mike Bush has joined with his Australian Police Commissioner colleagues at Parliament House in Canberra this morning to take a stand on violence against women and children....
    Scoop politics | 23-11
  • Amnesty International campaigns for end to domestic violence
    Amnesty International will be making a donation of over $500 to Aviva (formerly known as Women’s Refuge Christchurch) at the conclusion of Tuesday’s inner city march against domestic violence....
    Scoop politics | 23-11
  • Waka Hourua celebrates what’s working in suicide prevention
    On 19 and 20 November, Māori and Pasifika national suicide prevention programme Waka Hourua held its first national hui-fono in Auckland. The theme was Whakarauika Mai: Bringing Communities Together to Prevent Suicide in Aotearoa. ...
    Scoop politics | 23-11
  • 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
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