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The Internet Party

Written By: - Date published: 3:01 pm, January 15th, 2014 - 304 comments
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Internet partyI was not going to post today but …

Kim Dotcom is holding a party.  Originally numbers were estimated at 2,000 but following an overwhelming response it has been moved to Vector Arena.  It is widely rumoured that Dotcom will formally announce the formation of his new political party at this time.

Cameron Slater has blogged about it.  While anything he says should be taken with a grain of salt and verified if what he has said is true then  Dotcom means business.  It is alleged that he has sought help from internet heavyweights Martyn Bradbury, Graeme Edgeler and Alistair Thompson.

Slater criticises them for being paid to provide advice but coming from Slater that is really rich, particularly with regard to Martyn Bradbury who has always been totally up front about his activism and his media.  If only Cameron would let us know how his site is funded.

Bradbury has replied.  He says the paper was an early draft of a proposal tabled at a meeting with a whole bunch of other ideas late last year, that he ended consulting with Mana last year and that the idea of his being the Auckland Central candidate was more to kick around ideas.

Meanwhile the implications of the Internet Party will cause all of the other parties to take stock.

Bradbury thinks that National has the most to lose:

I think all those urban professional male Gen X National Party voters who don’t derive an income from the Dairy Industry will find Kim Dotcom’s economic vision a genuine way forward and they will find it difficult not to vote for him.

Urban professional male Gen X National Party voters vote National out of default, appeal to their logical sensibilities and watch them change that vote. Many would feel their cosmopolitan skin crawl at the idea Key will cut a deal with a religious social conservative like Colin Craig and while that disgust isn’t enough to make them vote Labour or Greens (and they aren’t crazy enough to vote NZ First), Dotcom’s Party could very well be their protest vote in 2014.

And Chris Trotter thinks that Auckland Central could be the place where the Internet Party focusses its efforts.

I suspect this story could be one of the more interesting ones for election year.

Update:  Alistair Thompson has resigned from Scoop.  Is he the senior journalist rumoured to be ready to stand for the party? H/t Karol.

304 comments on “The Internet Party”

  1. karol 1

    It would be fun to watch KDC’s candidate versus Paula in Upper Harbour.

    WO own goal – giving oxygen to the Internet Party.

    • mickysavage 1.1

      Agreed Karol. Almost like it is a cunning plan …

    • lprent 1.2

      In Auckland Central the 4-way split would be quite interesting. I don’t think that a KDC party would go through. But it’d certainly completely change the nature of the campaign there. That is because it’d come down to who can retain the people that usually vote for them.

      It is a pain of an electorate for Labour with the probable boundaries. But Nikki Kays support is pretty damn soft. The biggest party vote in the new electorate area has traditionally been the apathy of not voting.

  2. Anne 2

    Aha! National seems to be in full panic mode at present… holding private meetings with potential candidates from the small right-wing parties. We already know about Colin Craig and their attempt to lure Rodney Hide back into the political fold. You can bet your life they’re not the only pollies or ex-pollies they’ve been chatting up.

    I’m not sure where Dotcom lies on the political spectrum so plan to reserve judgement until we see his party policies, but he sure has upset the political apple-cart!! At this point I’m loving it.

    • Colonial Viper 2.1

      Yep, so much fun, I reckon the NAT internal polling is telling them things that they are not liking.

    • the pigman 2.2

      Anne, you must listen to the Checkpoint interview of John Boscawen regarding his decision to seek nomination for ACT in Epsom (a reversal of his previous position that he wouldn’t run in Epsom). It aired tonight (16 January).

      He was asked directly whether National had asked him to run in Epsom, which was followed by the longest “dead air”/radio silence I have heard in a long time (long enough for me to stop ironing and check whether the webstream on my PC had screwed up), before he sort of squeaked “a lot of people have asked me to run“.

      • Anne 2.2.1

        Aha… thanks pigman. When I saw the TV1 item tonight I thought… Stephen Joyce is getting desperate if he’s now running to Boscawen!

        See my 18.1 on today’s Open Mike for a rundown on Boscawen. Knew him once. (sorry, don’t know how to link to Standard comments)

        • lprent 2.2.1.1

          Basic version…

          Right click on the date/time of the comment. Copy the link. Right click on your comment. Paste….

          Easy.

          • Anne 2.2.1.1.1

            Sorry Iprent but I just get the
            Back
            Forward
            Reload box. etc.

            I presume you’re referring to the date and time above comment. Oh dear.

            • Arfamo 2.2.1.1.1.1

              Here’s your comment, Anne. Quite good, I reckon.

              http://thestandard.org.nz/open-mike-16012014/#comment-758457

              • Anne

                Thanks Arfamo. :)

                What am I doing wrong?

                • Arfamo

                  Nothing. I think the more you can tell us about Roscoe P Boscowen the better. :)

                  Re linking, I dunno Anne. Might depend what browser you’re using and the copy options it gives you. On “chrome” all I did was select the date and time of your comment, right click, select “copy link address address”, then paste it into my reply, which is what lprent was telling you to do.

                • the pigman

                  Thanks both, informative post Anne. It was fairly plain from the checkpoint interview that he is a charisma-free zone, the only thing he’s got going for him is that he has previously served as an MP and his name is neither David Garrett nor John Banks.

                  My guess is that whether Keys finds time in his schedule for a cup of tea with Boscawen will depend on exhaustive polling by National of its voters in Epsom. If there is a sense they are likely to comply (and let’s face it, they’d probably elect a slow loris as their MP if Keys went on a date with it), then I wouldn’t write him off just yet.

                  • Anne

                    Yep the pigman. The pause on that check-point interview could best be described as “pregnant”.

                    What else do I know about Boscawen Arfamo?

                    Ummm… may need to be careful here. Let’s say that he appears to have been the original architect of the clever little ruse that both ACT and National used prior to the Exclusive Brethren revelations – the one that now has John Banks facing a possible prison sentence. ACT was using the splitting of donations up into lots of smaller denominations (thus avoiding having to declare them) from the mid 1990s onwards. Boscawen was their financial adviser and was responsible for seeking and processing all donations to the Party. Many were channelled through a trust but cannot recall the name. There were numerous high profile busnessmen and others who were contributing to ACT in one form or another, but wanted their involvement to remain a secret.

                    I don’t know much about his personal life except to say he came across to me as an obsessive/compulsive individual who would go to any length to get his way.

            • lprent 2.2.1.1.1.2

              Yes. Odd – which browser are you using?

              • Anne

                Mozilla – Firefox. Does that sound right?

                Also a friend downloaded Google chrome for me but wouldn’t have a clue how that fits in with the Firefox browser.

                I’m a total PC ignoramus.

                • Arfamo

                  I’m in firefox now. Next time, if you right click on the date and time of your comment and choose “Copy Link Location”, then paste it into your reply/comment, that should do it.

                • lprent

                  Firefox should be fine. When I right click (ie use the right button on the mouse) on the date below your name on that comment. I get a context menu under the mouse with lines (varies with version) like…

                  “Open link in new tab”
                  “Open link in new window”
                  “Book mark this link”
                  “Save link as”
                  “Copy link location” <======= that is the one you want…

                  Left clicking on that item will copy the link to the clipboard.

                  • Anne

                    Ahhh got it Iprent and Arfamo. Thanks. I was looking for the simple copy/paste box. That’s me sorted. You can move on now.

    • Port Hills Pete 2.3

      How would you find out?? The Internet Party has no website!!

  3. SHG (not Colonial Viper) 3

    This is the best news National has had all year, and let’s be honest the way the economy is going there’s a lot of good news going around.

    This isn’t a party that will hurt National – it’s a party for people who want to hurt National. People who want to hurt National don’t tend to vote for it, thus it will be a party for people who don’t vote for National. All this does is divide attention, resources, and votes by one more player on the Left.

    • BM 3.1

      This.

      The party who should be really worried is the Greens, the internet party isn’t going to effect National one bit.

      If anything it will shift and motivate people towards voting National, who in there right mind would want Labour, Greens,Mana,Internet party as government.

      Country would go completely down the shitter within months of that gang of fuckwits gaining control.

      All those urban professional males would then be out of work, yeah nah to a vote for the internet party.

      • One Anonymous Knucklehead 3.1.1

        You have nothing to worry about then.

        • BM 3.1.1.1

          I’m not, be fun seeing all the lefties freaking out though, especially the greens as their vote gets hammered.

          I’d say the Greens vote at the next election will be down to around 6-7%.

          • Lanthanide 3.1.1.1.1

            :roll:

          • dave 3.1.1.1.2

            BM your wrong the greens have a rock solid 9-10 percent core vote and that wont change and bm we only need a 2 percent swing and the love of your life john donkey is gone.

            • BM 3.1.1.1.2.1

              Not a chance of that happening.

              With yet another left party entering the fight, the chances of an out right majority for National vastly increases.

              How’d you like that Dave, out right majority for National at the next election, stuff of nightmares?

              Bwhahahahahahahaha.

              • mickysavage

                So a rich right wing industrialist who has dominated money to right wing candidates in the past enters the political competition and you call his party left wing??

                • BM

                  Is he going to side with National?, I’d bet the house that would be a big NO.

                  That makes him a left wing party.

                  • Pascal's bookie

                    lol, that reasoning makes you a rightwing idiot.

                  • BM

                    In a MMP environment he’s a left wing party.

                  • bad12

                    Please, keep talking BM, this series of comments from you simply exposes you as the village idiot of the internet,

                    Claiming that a party that does not support National is therefor left-wing has to be the dunces statement of the decade, akin to saying that as the Maori Party supports National as the Government they are a right-wing political party,

                    Voting in the House would point the Maori Party out as a left-wing Party not supporting National on most issues…

                • Alexis99

                  Why is Martyn Bradbury writing strategy and policy for him then? Surely he’s a class traitor! He wants 96k a year for consultant fees! This commenter on minimium wage threw up in his mouth a bit.

                  • bad12

                    A good question Alexis99, one which at present i will hold off on commenting on, i am sure tho that in the coming months Bradbury will come under some measure of scrutiny where His motives are dissected minutely,

                    The left, thankfully not the Green Party thus far, has the tragic history of fracturing especially where easy money becomes the impetus…

                  • One Anonymous Knucklehead

                    If The IP is going to take votes off National (or energise the non-vote), Martyn Bradbury will have done the Left a favour. It’s a wait-and-see until we get a look at policies and candidates.

              • LOL yeah, not many self-respecting IT lefties will vote for this party. The people I know who *might* be interested are all nats or “libertarians” who lament about the demise of the “real” ACT party… really the Green Party has a much more sensible software policy in general, even if they don’t have a heavyweight MP in the area, they’ve consulted properly on how to make a good difference in that area.

                • mickysavage

                  Agreed. Where KDC could cause a huge amount of mischief is to come out and say that Chorus is going to be broken up and the copper tax not proceeded with. Matthew Hooton would then be knocking on his door asking what he can do to help …

                  • Tim

                    Matthew Hooton would then be knocking on his door asking what he can do to help …
                    :)
                    Just as he enters his mid-life crisis years as well!

                    I’ll have to listen to the regular, work-life-balanced gal in more depth this year on that “from the Right – MR xxx, and from the right – mike williams” because I expect to hear a few hissy fits and a Hooten saying “I slut for no man! (damn it!)”

      • bad12 3.1.2

        BM, another foolish assumption without a shred of even opinion to justify your publishing of it let alone some form of evidence to show us how you come to the assumption that Dotcom’s Internet Party will ‘hurt’ the Green Party,

        There are two broad and intertwined ‘churches’ that will see the Green Party Vote rise to 13-14% of the Party Vote in November, (1) being the traditional Green issues and (2) being issues of social justice,

        While computers in your small world view may be of the utmost importance to the Green Movement and the Party by extension this is not necessarily in any way true, the use of computers by the Party is simply a savvy means of mass communication with it’s members requiring the least imput of finance to maintain,

        Your comment of utter stupidity in fact defies reality, it is National who fear the Green Party the most and with good reason,

        Check out the Auckland City electorates in the years 2008 and 2011 and you will find that in most of the National held Auckland City electorates the Green Party doubled it’s party vote,

        Yes Ouchy big time for National and it’s easy to see why Slippery the Prime Minister took to fear-mongering with His ‘Green Taliban’ message late last year as it is conceivable that should the Green Party double it’s party vote again in those National held Auckland City electorates at this years election that this will be enough to topple National from power…

        • BM 3.1.2.1

          Lots of young naive people vote green,

          Bit of competition now for the dunce vote, going to be tough for the Greens competing with free porn and movies.

          • bad12 3.1.2.1.1

            Got any evidence of these ‘lots of young naive people voting Green’ BM, or is this just more of your puerile insults directed at the Green Party out of FEAR,

            Checked out those National held Auckland electorates yet have you, again just so as you GET the message, in those National held Auckland City electorates at the 2008 and 2011 elections the Green Party doubled it’s party votes,

            i have no evidence of the Green Parties ability to again double it’s party votes in those National held Auckland City electorates at the 2014 election but the ‘upward trajectory’ of the Green Parties vote since its formation suggests strongly that it will,

            In such a case a shit head such as what you obviously are BM can become a contortionist and kiss this scum National Governments chances of a third term good-bye, and don’t forget to be at the airport with lace-hanky at the ready as your hero Slippery does the expected bunk…

            • Bob 3.1.2.1.1.1

              “Got any evidence of these ‘lots of young naive people voting Green’” Yip, me and all of my friends from school/Uni voted Greens for the first two election I could vote. The main reason for voting Greens was because Nandor Tanczos had dreads, and my friends wanted Marijuana to be legalised. I don’t keep in contact with a number of these friends, but the ones I do keep in contact with definitely do not vote Green’s now.

              I see the Internet Party being a bad thing for the left also, but I am not going to complain about it one bit.

              One thing for you to think about, who did KDC donate money to in the Auckland Mayoralty election? Do you really think he is a good fit with the ‘Left’?

              • bad12

                Good to see You labeling You and Your friends as a bunch of brainless idiots, i dare say your quota of intelligence doesn’t seem to have grown by any measurable amount between elections,

                Your whole comment, unless backed up by testimonials from ‘all your friends’ smacks of the usual wing-nuts ‘i voted such and such but never again’ type comment, and what leads me to such a conclusion is the FACT that despite your insinuation of a mass defection from the Green Party after the ‘bromance’ with Nandor had run it’s course no such defection is evident in the voting numbers of the Green Party which in case your particular affliction of brainlessness hasn’t allowed you to notice has continued to go UP each subsequent election,

                Your last little paragraph simply adds the proof of your stupidity, where anywhere have you seen myself for one avowed ‘leftist’ showing the slightest iota of support for Dotcom???….

                • Descendant Of Sssmith

                  I understand that there were lots of young people saying “F*** John Key” in unison and quite loudly for a period of time at Rhythm and Vines in Gisborne when Kim Dot-Com appeared.

                  They are obviously quite intelligent this younger generation.

              • The plural of anecdote is not data.

                Also there are far worse reasons for voting for a party than that you agree with their drugs policy. Hell, I’d say it’s an achievement winning the youth vote based on policy in general, as the only youth votes the Nats get are for dumb reasons like “that’s what my parents vote” and “I liked him on that one TV show”.

          • dave 3.1.2.1.2

            bm wrong again there not naive they have a different set of values than you .dont get personal BM your only makeing a fool of yourself .or should we call you cameron slater

      • Vagabundo 3.1.3

        To be honest, I suspect the party will struggle to even break 1 percent in the polls on voting day. Let us also not forget that it’s being set up by a guy who donated to known ratbag John Banks’ mayoral campaign in 2010, and went along with Banks’ scheme to keep it an anonymous donation.

        • Jackal 3.1.3.1

          You mean a donor paid a donation in a format that the benefactor requested? There’s nothing really untoward about that Vagabundo apart from John Banks’ motivation in making such a request. It certainly wasn’t to protect Dotcom as Banks claimed at the time.

          I very much doubt that Dotcom was aware that the defunct Act party leader was planning to break the law in trying to hide such a donation. He was simply offended that Banks didn’t want people to know who the donation was from, not complicit in Banks’ illegal scheme.

          • Vagabundo 3.1.3.1.1

            I would find it odd, if I were in Dotcom’s position at the time, that he’s requesting the donation to be split into two. But then again, I’ve never had the finances to donate $50K to a right-wing douchebag politician like Banks so there’s that.

            I’d also wager that Dotcom would have been very aware of Banks’ political views and positions at the time, and complicit or not, I’d be rather reticent to pretend like he’s an advocate for the left.

            • Jackal 3.1.3.1.1.1

              Saying that somebody is complicit in a crime when they’re clearly not is pretty retarded Vagabundo. Saying that Dotcom isn’t an advocate for left wing ideals when The Internet Party hasn’t released any policy yet is a bit presumptuous. It appears that you’re jumping to conclusions without knowing the facts.

              • Vagabundo

                He’s got Martyn Bradbury and Chris Trotter involved, yet donated a not insignificant amount of money to John Banks. I’ll let you draw your own conclusions from that.

                Maybe he wasn’t complicit in Banks’ attempt at hiding the sources of his donation, but the guy is a convicted fraud and embezzler. I would take any protestations of innocence from him with a grain of salt. And I would note that he didn’t seem to mind too much about Banks covering up where the Dotcom donations came from until his house got raided.

                • Jackal

                  You must be another witness to the discussions concerning Dotcom donating money to John Banks then Vagabundo? Why exactly didn’t you give evidence at the trial to counter Wayne Tempero’s sworn statement that Kim Dotcom didn’t take kindly to Banks’ dodgy request to split the donation? Trying to rewrite history to besmirch somebody else is all a bit venal really.

                  I find it somewhat amusing that under the law donations of $25,000 still need to be registered. Not only was the defunct Act party leader trying to usurp the law by premeditating the crime of not registering who the donation was from, he appears to have been completely naive about what the law actually states. What a complete idiot!

                  Furthermore, wealthy people and businesses donate money to politicians all the time. Trying to say that Dotcom was cementing his policy direction because of those donations back in 2010 or had a vested interest in making such donations is rather silly! Without donations our political system would likely collapse.

                  I suggest that if people want more transparency surrounding donations they should vote for some of the smaller political parties who’ve been pushing for much needed change. They should definitely not vote for a political party that has a leader who has flouted the law.

                  The only conclusion I can make to Dotcom employing the services of Martyn Bradbury, Graeme Edgeler and Alisdair Thompson is that he means business.

                  • Jackal

                    Sorry, that should be Martyn Bradbury and Chris Trotter, not Graeme Edgeler and Alisdair Thompson :)

                  • Vagabundo

                    I see you still haven’t really provided a compelling alternative reason as to why Dotcom would donate to John Banks beyond “shared political views and ideologies.” “He donated to Banks because reasons” isn’t really much of anything.

                    • Jackal

                      I suspect Dotcom believed at the time that Banks was his friend and that’s why he made the donation. I never said Dotcom and Banks had “shared political views and ideologies” Vagabundo. In fact with Act supporting the controversial GCSB bill and Dotcom strongly opposing it, such an argument is clearly delusional!

      • phillip ure 3.1.4

        @ bm..

        thoroughly modern (nervous) green..

        ..in panic-mode..

        ..heh..!

        phillip ure..

    • tinfoilhat 3.2

      yep pretty much agree.

    • fisiani 3.3

      National loves the idea of an Internet Party that gains 4% of the vote. Not only are those votes wasted they are distributed to the parties that gained more than 5%. Thus National would gain another 1.9% Most National voters are sensible people. That is why they vote National thus a slippage of say 1% would result in a net gain of 1.9% and not affect the proportianality of parliament. They would also suck votes from NZF probably meaning another lot of wasted and redistributed votes.

      • Jackal 3.3.1

        Most National voters aren’t sensible people fisiani ie they vote National. In most cases they’re ignorant about the societal and financial detriment National has and is causing New Zealand. The rest are simply voting Nats for selfish reasons. I wouldn’t presume that The Internet Party will fail to get past the threshold or that their voter base is particularly left or right wing.

  4. “Urban professional male Gen X National Party voters”

    bomber may well be right but not many of that type down here where I live – is this a bit of an Auckland thingy? Genuine question.

  5. Danyl 5

    It is alleged that he has sought help from internet heavyweights Martyn Bradbury, Graeme Edgeler and Alisdair Thompson.

    All the kids will be voting for the Internet Party now that Edge, Bomber and Alisdair Thompson from Scoop are involved!

    • Naki Man 5.1

      The kids wont know who these clowns are.
      National voters hate Dotcon and do Labour voters really like mega rich pricks?.

      • Think non-voters and occassional squishy National, and perhaps Act and maaaaaybe perhaps the odd squishy Green or Labour voter, all who may just not bother to show up most years because they don’t really feel like their generation is understood or represented on any level.

    • bad12 5.2

      i doubt it, that’s just a broad brush supposition of what young people as a mass will support electorally without a shred of ‘fact’ to back up that supposition,

      Like BM above you seem to think that such young voters are going to decamp a Party such as the Green Party where they and their youthful ideals are completely comfortable to vote for what???

      i see that attitude as totally disparaging of politically committed young people, especially those i have met who have more of a belief in Green issues than even the likes of me,

      Sure i can see a small schism of people young and old finding some solace for their vote in a party till you drop political movement but in reality DotComs political vehicle will probably have all of the electoral appeal of McGillicuddy Serious and i am pretty sure the latter were promising free beer at one stage…

    • mickysavage 5.3

      I don’t think that KDC should hold his breath Danyl. But Bomber’s and Thompson’s continuing involvement will mean that he has some savvy social media advice on hand.

  6. QoT 6

    Martyn Bradbury who has always been totally up front about his activism and his media

    Not so much. There’s a big difference between saying “yes I occasionally provide paid political advice” and “yes I am currently being directly employed by MANA while also publishing multiple favourable posts about MANA on The Daily Blog without acknowledging it.”

    Or in this case, between “yes I occasionally provide paid political advice” and “yes, I am currently making very favourable posts about a party I am tendering to be employed by.”

    • Ennui 6.1

      Q, I see you have dropped off TBDs bloggers, are you and Bomber having a contretemps?

      • QoT 6.1.1

        Happened months ago, mate. The sordid details are on various people’s blogs including my own.

      • Not that this detracts from her point in any way, putting conflict of interest statements at the end or beginning of pieces is a reasonable thing to do, especially on a blog where there’s not the same space premium as in a newspaper.

        • freedom 6.1.2.1

          ” putting conflict of interest statements at the end or beginning of pieces is a reasonable thing to do”
          for most Government press releases it should be mandatory
          and in thirty foot high flaming neon :)

          -moderation again ? ?

    • SHG (not Colonial Viper) 6.2

      Martyn Bradbury who has always been totally up front about his activism and his media

      After he’s caught.

      He hid the fact that he was on the parliamentary payroll for Mana for nearly two years while writing about Mana online. Even then, it was Mana who confirmed it after questioning by a journalist – Bradbury “was not available for comment”.

      And who can forget the revelation that Bomber was taking money from Exceltium to give negative coverage to Labtests on behalf of client Diagnostic Medlab. Without disclosing it of course.

      • Tim 6.2.1

        I’d be interested to learn more about these accusations SHG – i.e. some proof of your assertion. And NOT because I’m any friend of Bradbury (don’t actually know him from a bar of soap) and have no positive or negative feelings. Just that I was interested in that whole bullshit Labtest/Diag Medlab debacle for one thing, and naturally cynical of any, and everyone involved in political and media whoring.

  7. Olwyn 7

    I notice his logo is in the Orcon shade of purple, and his face features on the Orcon broadband homepage as well. The Orcon guy was one of the anti-GCSB speakers and may well be a supporter of the new party, given the internet focus.

    In common with most other people I have no idea what his policies will be, beyond opposition to spying and to constraints on internet providers. However, at the time of the GCSB meetings, he seemed genuinely taken aback by NZ’s causal cronyism and subservient attitude to the US. He is not part of any NZ old boys’ club and comes across as his own man. So he at least ought to prove a refreshing presence on the political scene. It is to early to tell who he will harm or help among the more established parties.

    • Naki Man 7.1

      Don’t be naïve, dotcom is an internet pirate. He has criminal convictions and only serves himself
      He like Bomber is an attention seeker and he will get bugger all votes

      • Olwyn 7.1.1

        He seemed straightforward and forthright at those meetings. As to how many votes he will get, only time will tell. Calling someone a criminal does not have the force it would have if we were not so wearily accustomed to the duplicity and mendacity of NZ’s right wingers.

      • Colonial Viper 7.1.2

        Dotcom is a champion of internet freedom. He is a champion of the encryption tech which is one of the few ways we have of pushing back against massive warrantless state surveilliance.

        And anyways, you shouldn’t be jealous of his wealth or his huge mansion, envy is not good for you.

      • SHG (not Colonial Viper) 7.1.3

        I don’t care that he’s a convicted criminal, I care that he used an aimbot in RA2 matches on public servers. Some things can not be forgiven.

      • Dotcom is a pirate in the sense he’s a businessman. It would be very incorrect to say that his site was responsible directly for piracy, all he did was not be sufficiently against it for the tastes of big US media companies. To be fair he was complying with copyright takedown requests as much as he was legally required to do, it was just that the media companies couldn’t keep up with finding examples to take down.

    • Anne 7.2

      That’s the way I see it Olwyn but if Dotcom’s actions and words to date are anything to go by then the advent of a Dotcom led party isn’t likely to be good news for National. National seem a worried bunch these days. Hence the vicious assaults on sections of the NZ community. They are bashing bennies, unions, teachers, academics, ordinary public servants… who is next on the list? Left wing bloggers and commentators?

      • Olwyn 7.2.1

        Yes, he appears to believe he has something up his sleeve that could prove Key’s undoing, which cannot be good news for National. Furthermore, he will see no need whatsoever to kowtow to the status quo, which will also make National very uneasy. At the same time, I am not sure who he will take votes from, or where he will place his support if he gets any real traction.

        As to what National are doing, I read the post about Bill English’s tax switch and how he rationalised it, and I thought no one should be surprised. “We are living beyond our means” in this financialised economy simply means, “throw everyone overboard who is not of immediate use to us,” while the primacy of the shareholder means “give as many resources as we can to our rich mates.” Since people do not readily agree to be thrown overboard, some rationale is needed.

        This year, a few middle class kids will be taken on board for the sake of votes, with the price extracted from the poor, and the teachers, the unions and the other groups you list. It would be so nice if Dotcom’s presence were to throw a spanner into their rotten works. National’s New Zealand – the mediocre man’s pretend-Monaco.

        • Anne 7.2.1.1

          It would be so nice if Dotcom’s presence were to throw a spanner into their rotten works. National’s New Zealand – the mediocre man’s pretend-Monaco.

          Brilliantly put Olwyn

          Given ‘Colonial Viper’ was apparently approached last year (see 7.1.2.1) that is a good sign.

  8. Tracey 8

    So slater happily reveals what others are being and for what but nothing about himself and his site. Something to hide??

  9. Tigger 10

    It certainly looks to skew young, white, heterosexual male. I don’t see it as necessarily only inner-urban, I think you’ll find their policy appeals to plenty of men from all parts of the country. Men who would traditionally vote right of Labour.

    This party is very good news for the left. It will soak up soft libertarians who normally tick National or ACT.

    With this, Conservatives and ACT trying to come back the right vote will hopefully fragment.

    • karol 10.1

      Why do so many people consider the IntP would appeal mostly to males? No young professional libertarian females likely to b interested?

      • Colonial Viper 10.1.1

        That’s an interesting question, actually. In terms of “professional” libertarians, is there anything known about the gender split?

        • Draco T Bastard 10.1.1.1

          I did read something awhile back about gender split in politics. IIRC, Libertarians tend to be males with very few females involved as the females tend to be more of a left leaning group.

          • karol 10.1.1.1.1

            Interesting. I did suspect that, but have no evidence other than the tone and the people I’ve seen promoting libertarian ideas. Would be interested in some solid evidence.

        • felix 10.1.1.2

          The libertarian gender split. Hmmm.

          I’m sure libertarian women exist but I doubt very much that they would want anything to do with any of the libertarian men I’ve encountered.

          • karol 10.1.1.2.1

            LOL. So such women keep a low profile? I have known one liberal, US, Democrat voting. kinda leftish/centrist libertarian.

            • felix 10.1.1.2.1.1

              It occurs to me that there’s something inherently male about loudly demanding that everyone respect rights that you just made up to suit yourself and that no-one was really infringing upon anyway.

            • Puddleglum 10.1.1.2.1.2

              At least according to this blogger, the issue of the lack of young, women libertarians is an issue for the libertarian movement itself, so there may well be very few women involved.

              This link provides similar commentary on the same issue.

              Ayn Rand was, of course, a woman so it’s odd that she – and her writing – apparently did not attract many women to the cause.

              • karol

                Thanks. The first link had me LMAO at most of the theories suggested.

                It focuses a lot on the idea that women generally don’t align themselves with radical ideologies, or maybe that’s socially marginally/unacceptable ideologies – so they go for pro-abortion feminist politics instead – which apparently is the default position of MOR, acceptable politics for young women who are risk averse.

                Now, they don’t seem to realise that there are more women involved in socialist politics, etc, than there seems to be libertarian women. So what kind of world do these people live in?

                Anyway, in the midst of all this fantasy stuff, is this reference to an actual bit of research:

                Perhaps unsurprisingly to those of us who are or know a libertarian, the study showed that members of this group exhibited three major characteristics: 1) an emphasis on individual liberty as the North star of their moral compass, 2) an analytic, rather than empathetic or emotional, cognitive style, and 3) lower levels of “social relatedness” as compared to liberals or conservatives.While Haidt notes that women traditionally score higher along the dimensions of empathy and use of emotional intellectual style, the responses of libertarian women remarkably showed little difference from those of libertarian men.

                Rather than then focusing on libertarians lack of empathy or ability to get on with others, the post goes on to discuss at length why women are generally risk averse, and thus not into radical politics.

      • McFlock 10.1.2

        gamers’ stereotype?
        (one that seems to be far behind the times, btw)

      • In my experience young women who consider themselves right-wing (usually for financial/economic policy reasons) vote National and don’t identify as libertarians, but that’s suuuuper anecdotal.

    • Naki Man 10.2

      You are dreaming, he wont get many labour or any National votes.
      Maybe a few Winstone First votes

  10. Tracey 11

    ” Bit of competition now for the dunce vote, ” BM

    I thought national were a shoe I on this front.

  11. Pascal's bookie 12

    Two words.

    Beppe Grillo

  12. Tracey 13

    ” He has criminal convictions and only serves himself”
    Like sir doug graham.

  13. chris73 14

    This is good news for National as those that would vote for National arn’t likely to vote for someone like KDC so any votes he gets are most likely to come from the Greens with maybe some small amount from Labour plus he’ll soak up more media coverage meaning theres less for Labour and the Greens

    So all in all not so bad for National and not so good for Labour

    • McFlock 14.1

      chris, national supporters voted for john banks.

      • chris73 14.1.1

        And KDC supported Banks, whats your point?

        • McFlock 14.1.1.1

          just trying to figure out your criteria of whom you think nat supporters aren’t likely to vote for.

          I suspect you’re just making shit up again.

    • Pascal's bookie 14.2

      “those that would vote for National arn’t likely to vote for someone like KDC ”

      Yeah, they are pretty racist.

      • chris73 14.2.1

        How do you figure that?

        • Draco T Bastard 14.2.1.1

          All the comments by RWNJs that KDC doesn’t care for NZ.

          • chris73 14.2.1.1.1

            He doesn’t but thats not based on him being German thats based on him being a con-man

            • Pascal's bookie 14.2.1.1.1.1

              That’s why y’all keep talking about him being German right?

              • chris73

                Well I don’t speak for everybody else but my dislike for him is that hes using NZ, hes a con-man and he should bugger off to the USA to face the charges (which is probably a large part of why hes starting a political party) its nothing to do with the fact hes white

                • Pascal's bookie

                  In what way is he using NZ? That kind of implies a negative view of him based on the fact that he’s, you know, ‘foreign’.

                  He was resident here when the US filed charges, and the US and NZ governments fucked it up royally. He is exercising his rights under our legal system. Do you object to that? If so, why?

                  An awful lot of the right wing commentary about him goes on about him being German. It’s pretty odd.

                  And too, he started out pretty deepish in the hacking community, those types feel pretty strongly about the internet so it’s no real surprise that he might have strong feelings about the various issues that have come to the fore lately.

                  WO has his outlandish conspiracy theories about how he is trying to ‘hijack’ the election (by running party to get votes OMG) to avoid extradition, but that will be decided in court, not parliament. So unless you can come up with something better, it’s starting to look like y’all just hate him coz he made key look bad. WO liked him well enough for a while, but now it’s all sausage eating this and kraut that. yawn.

                  • Arfamo

                    hes using NZ, hes a con-man and he should bugger off to the USA

                    I think you’re possibly mixing up Dotcom and Key here, Chris. It’s an easy thing to do though. They have developed quite a close relationship, sort of.

            • PapaMike 14.2.1.1.1.2

              Dotcom is also a Finnish citizen – he was born there I believe.

              • veutoviper

                He was born in Kiel, Germany, but his mother is Finnish and KDC has dual citizenship (German/Finnish). His father was apparently an alcoholic, who physically assaulted his wife and children. Parents separated when KDC was about 8 years old, and KDC, his mother and older brother and sister moved to Munich. According to KDC, he has not seen his father since then and wants nothing to do with him. His mother has been to NZ at least once.

    • bad12 14.3

      Yawn you and BM singing from the same stuck record, why would anyone committed to the Green movement and therefor likely to vote for the Green Party vote for a one issue party simply based around internet usage,

      The internet to most ‘Greens’ is simply a tool, an extremely efficient means of mass communication and an extremely effective research engine but as an ‘issue’ hardly anything that committed Party members or even those thinking of voting Green would consider a ‘vote changer’,

      DotCom is easily sidelined on ‘internet issues’ anyway by way of parties of the left simply aligning their ‘internet policy’ to match His leading into the election,

      National have more to fear from having the ‘young Nats’ cast a vote for the ‘Internet Party’ especially in the Auckland City electorates, and, as i point out to your fellow stuck record BM above, National cannot afford even small negative movements in its % of the Party vote especially in the Auckland City electorates,

      For some joyful reading i suggest you compare the Green Party vote in those Auckland City electorates held by National where in most of them the Green Party doubled their share of the Party Vote between elections 2008 and 2011,

      The gut busting laugh of this is that the young Nats in these electorates appear to be happy to electorate vote for National candidates while exhibiting an extremely deep, wide, and, GROWING Green streak,

      Should such a ‘growth trajectory’ continue for the Green Party in those National held Auckland city electorates into the 2014 election then i gotta say ”really really sorry honest”, look forward to a National Party opposition as the election result…

      • chris73 14.3.1

        Bob Jones got a lot of protest votes against a deeply unpopular PM, John Key is not deeply unpopular John Key is in fact popular and has been for a number of years

        Why would National voters vote against John Key when John Key is doing well in everything that National voters care about.

        So who will vote for KDC?

        • McFlock 14.3.1.1

          Why would National voters vote against John Key when John Key is doing well in everything that National voters care about.
          Because national voters care mostly about themselves, so if they’re not doing so well…

          • chris73 14.3.1.1.1

            There is no… NZ is doing well, business confidence is up, the economy is getting better, theres oil and gas exploration and so much good news in the media theres no reason for a mass exodus of National voters to vote for this guy

            At least thats the opinion of one right-wing voter

            I’d assume he’d get more votes from the Greens and maybe some from Labour but I could well be wrong

            • McFlock 14.3.1.1.1.1

              probably a perspective issue.

              From what I see, richNZ are doing well (the rest ain’t), business confidence is up (but that doesn’t translate to food on the table, in the last few years), oil/gas is a two-edged sword, and the media has been pumping good news for 5 years and it’s still resulted in fuck all for most.

              But I think we are both hoping rather than having any basis for knowing that hordes of disaffected from the other’s side will vote for KDC.

              • chris73

                “But I think we are both hoping rather than having any basis for knowing that hordes of disaffected from the other’s side will vote for KDC.”

                - True

            • Rodel 14.3.1.1.1.2

              Chris 73…. I tend to agree with you (unhappily). Your right wing mates might be ethically deficient but they aren’t stupid.
              KDC an obese Deutschlander (Yes he is a rather ridiculous figure), is I believe wanted by authorities in a number of countries; is not a New Zealand citizen; donated money to a clown politician who is currently up before the courts and called anyone left of him, including Helen Clark, communists, on Radio Retard when he was a talkback host; founds a political party in New Zealand called “internet Party. What on earth does that mean?
              I will vote Labour, take my vote seriously and I while I was able to laugh at the McGillicuddy serious party I don’t want a bunch of clowns treating the governance of our country as a marketing circus for their own self centred public wanking. ( Thought seriously about the right word here and include Bradbury in that definition).

        • bad12 14.3.1.2

          Face the FACTS chris73, it is not DotCom who Slippery the Prime Minister has to fear, while possibly a mile off topic as i point out to you, just for once in your miserable history of commenting utter bullshit here at the Standard look dispassionately at the FACTS,

          Again, look at the results of the Green Party in the safe National held seats in Auckland City at elections 2008 and 2011, yep your dear wee blue rinser’s voted solidly for Slippery,

          But, in the party vote between the two elections the Green Party doubled its vote in these safe National seats, even doing so in the far right Epsom electorate held by ACT,

          Should the Green Party again double its party vote in these electorates, all safe National held seats,at the 2014 election then for you it’s time for the little lace hanky to come out of the closet because the tears will clearly, for you, have cause to fall,

          Who will vote for DotCom??? i would suggest less than 1% of those not particularly committed to anything, flakes in other words, are likely to vote DotCom…

          • chris73 14.3.1.2.1

            Wanting to something to be true and something being true are two completely different things.

            Heres the facts for you:

            The media is reporting more good news about the economy and how it relates to Nationals governing (positively) then it has over the last couple of months and will only continue once NZ goes back into surplus (like English said we would)

            John Key is still very popular

            Cunliffe is only as popular as Shearer ever was (maybe even less so) and Labour are only holding static even after Cunliffe got the top job

            Based on the above and the unlikely chance of another cup of tea fiasco my prediction is National will win a third term (albeit closely and will need CC)

            • McFlock 14.3.1.2.1.1

              lol I think that’s the best outcome the nats can hope for, too.

              More likely, in my opinion and based on the polls, is that there’ll be a solid win for labour/greens/mana

              • chris73

                Fair enough, I wonder if anyone will be brave enough to post their predictions?

              • BM

                Hone the racist mofo holding the balance of power, yeah no ones got a problem with that.
                Easy victory for the left.

                • bad12

                  Is that anything like Richard Prosser a writer of anti-arabic racism being part of a party that could hold the balance of power…

                • If you’re committed to one side or at least against the other, I’m not sure it’s entirely accurate to say you’re holding the balance of power.

            • bad12 14.3.1.2.1.2

              Thats what we want to hear from our wing-nuts, eternal optimism burning brightly in their breasts,

              Your really lost on cloud 9 aren’t you Chris73, full of what you claim are facts which in reality are mere spin, bullshit in other words,

              i will say it again to you in the hope that it sinks in, between elections 2008 and 2011, despite all the media spin of National Governing alone,(and didn’t that turn out to be one hell of a hoot), the Green Party, despite Slippery being the most popular PM ever blah blah blah, managed to double its Party Vote in most of the National held electorates in Auckland City,

              That’s FACTS Chris73, not spin, what this shows is that in these National held elections those born to vote National, i am presuming young Nat voters here, are prepared to and do vote National in their electorates and vote Green as a Party vote,

              That vote in those National held elections doubled for the Green Party btween elections 2008 and 2011, IF that vote doubles again for the Green Party in those National held electorates at election 2014 Slippery will no longer be the Prime minister and National no longer the Government…

              • chris73

                Well bad12 I’ve predicted a National win, who’re you predicting?

                • bad12

                  Pffft, how could you not, your the quintessential wing-nut, as thick as too many planks that can be counted without the aid of a device,

                  Here’s mine, someone left or right is going to end up with a 1 seat majority, i believe that it will be that close an election,

                  The variables surrounding a number of seats, Epsom,Ohariu and Waiariki being foremost in my mind make an actual call on ‘the winner’ in all reality nothing more than ones personal political bent until the votes are counted,

                  One constant that should be kept in mind is the inroads made by the Green Party in the National held Auckland City electorates between elections 2008 and 2011,

                  Should that rising Green vote in these National electorates in Auckland City continue to be vote splitting by National constituency voters giving their party votes to the Greens then this might well spell the death of a third term for National,

                  There are of course the provincial cities to also consider when looking at such vote splitting, should the trend from National constituency voters in Auckland City of splitting their votes, constituency to National, Party to the Greens, continue it’s spread into the National held provincial city seats then National are in big trouble,

                  My pick is if the Green Party can mount the sort of effective campaign seen in Auckland 2011 within the provincial cities as well in 2014 National are going to be gutted from within by those younger born to vote National voters doing just that but splitting off their party vote to the Greens in favor of conservation/ecological issues…

        • Delia 14.3.1.3

          Maybe no one…still my husband who is over 60 got kind of excited when he heard. He did a terrific imitation of Dotcom talking as well. Had me in stitches. Never know where the support will go – all over the show I suspect.

          • dave 14.3.1.3.1

            we not talking huge margins here 2 percent that’s all that’s in it 2 percent and will I point out with the arrival of cunliffe labour no longer looks weak and a 75 percent increase in membership that’s a lot feet on the ground. I know labour is eating into the green vote but I still think the greens have a solid 10 percent. and 10 percent is shit load better than crazy Colin or soon to be jailed banks and act

      • Sigmund 14.3.2

        You assume so many people are “committed to the Green movement”. Yet the Green’s consistently perform worse than pre-election polling.

        And, well, let’s face it, people usually only care about “green” issues (the arrogance of a party to claim an entire colour, especially when they continue with policies promoting so much waste) when times are good and they can afford to (pretend to) care.

        Internet Party is bad news for the left – hoover up protest vote, probably 0.5-1.5%, meaning a greater proportion of wasted vote, meaning a lower bar for the right and a higher bar for the left to take power. Bummer.

        • bad12 14.3.2.1

          Ahhhh Derrr, in which election have the Green Party not raised it’s share of the Party Vote???, we all know that ‘polls’ usually get the Green % of the party vote wrong, however, that has not stopped it rising at every election,

          Given the actual trajectory of actual votes over past elections it is therefor not wayward in any way to expect the Green share of the Party Vote to reach anywhere from 12 to 15% at the 2014 election,

          Can we please have a far more factually accurate class of wing-nut commenting please, from the comments so far posted that i have had the misfortune to read there seems to be a general lack of intelligence and sadly to say some evidence of mass brain trauma of some form among the present wing-nut commenters…

        • Colonial Viper 14.3.2.2

          Hey Sigmund. The “arrogant” Greens have no hope right? Any particular reason that you’ve been asked to focus time and energy on them then?

      • Molly 14.3.3

        My nephew is a Young Nat, and enamored with KDC.

        Why? Who knows? Even his father – a staunch Nat supporter was thinking of coming along to the GCSB lectures in order to hear him talk. ?!? Forget civil liberties.

        IMO he has strong appeal to some National supporters because he has made a lot of money.

        And despite the howls of protest that may arise from the right wingers online here, for some that is good enough.

        After all it is the raison d’être trotted out for why John Key as PM is good for the economy – despite the lack of evidence that shows how his money making skills is of benefit for the community, and despite suspicions regarding his involvement in the attack on the Kiwi dollar.

        So, if Young Nats think John Key is going to romp home, then some of those votes may transfer to KDC’s Internet party, because while they don’t all aspire to be PM, a lot of National supporters do aspire to a multi-millionaire dollar mansion in Coatesville, and helicopter rides that “friends” forget about.

        • bad12 14.3.3.1

          Molly, a reasonable analysis of where some % of support for this Internet Party may come from,

          National of course, with the Green Party scoring heavily of the party vote in some National safe electorates,(especially the Auckalnd City one’s),simply cannot afford a loose card in the form of DotCom as the Joker being dealt from the electoral pack,

          To bring His highness of the bizaare and outright lunacy, Colin Craig, into the Parliament will obviously require a finally balanced loss of National Party vote to the Conservatives and the joker in the pack sneaking in and pinching even half a % of that party vote in the form of DotCom might be enough to topple Slippery as the Prime Minister and send National back to the opposition benches where we all believe they have a true and deserved home…

          • Arfamo 14.3.3.1.1

            National’s true and deserved home is somewhere in Africa.

            • bad12 14.3.3.1.1.1

              Lolz, leave them Africans alone they have enough problems at the moment without inflicting another disease upon them,

              The Auckland Islands are free at the moment…

              • Arfamo

                No it has to be somewhere where the people have a long history of being utterly powerless, easy to continually divide and set against each other via tribalism, and used as commodities by their rulers and big business. They’d be spoiled for choice in Africa. It’s where National really belongs.

        • Colonial Viper 14.3.3.2

          IMO he has strong appeal to some National supporters because he has made a lot of money.

          And he is fighting against what looks like Government over-regulation, red tape and unfair intervention.

        • Jim Nald 14.3.3.3

          Interesting.

          In my family, my staunch Nat-voting brother has been a kind of bellwether voter for the shifting trend in support for various parties/coalition-led governments in past elections.

          He voted (party vote) for Helen Clark at the 1999 GE.

          In the lead up to the 2002 GE, he said he was going to split his vote by giving Greens the party vote (while continuing to give Nat his “other” vote) and I grinned and didn’t dissuade him. The Greens got 9 MPs into the House (i.e. 2 more since the 1999 GE).

          In 2005, he wanted Winston to have some sway in forming any coalition government of the day and cast his party vote for NZF. I raised my eyebrows.

          By 2008, he decided two ticks for National was the way to go. I thought “oh well ….”

          At the previous GE, he felt the ACT Party (no matter who was running) was needed for National to get their agenda through their second term. But he felt he had to ensure a Nat victory with his party vote and, anyway, he was not in the Epsom electorate. So both his votes went Nat’s way.

          In past months he hasn’t agreed with the government’s handling of the KDC-related issues and, interestingly, he reckons his party vote might nudge the Nat government towards greater digital democracy.

          So, maybe, the Nats should be more worried than any other parties in the House about KDC and The Internet Party.

  14. Papa Tuanuku 15

    I have as much interest in voting for Kim as I do for CC. Two rich white unelected men getting air time because they are rich and white and men. He lives in a $30 million house which kinda represents everything that is wrong in this country. Built on the Xmas accounts of the poor who would dream of living in a $500,000 house let alone $30 million. It’s a shame, and disappointing there isn’t more analysis of this side of things.

    • marty mars 15.1

      + 1 yep the excessive wealth is obscene to my eyes too

      • karol 15.1.1

        It’s not so much that he’s wealthy, but that he likes to flaunt it.

        • Chooky 15.1.1.1

          …well i guess you girls and guys will be voting Mana….and good on you!

          …..i dont think Dot Com will take votes away from Mana!….more likely he will energise the youth NON VOTERS to vote.

          …and sorry if Labour and Mana and Greens cant INSPIRE the down- and- out and those on the bottom of the economic heap around the country to vote and attract the 800.000 NON voters….. then these votes might as well go to Dot Com… rather than staying a NON VOTE!…

          ….and YUP ….he likes to party!

          • karol 15.1.1.1.1

            …and sorry if Labour and Mana and Greens cant inspire and attract this NON vote….. then it might as well go to Dot Com….rather than staying a NON VOTE!

            Fair enough.

            I would like left wing party/ies to be able to have more of an appeal to the disconnected voters. But not by selling out on their left wing principles.

            • Chooky 15.1.1.1.1.1

              if they had left wing principles they would not be selling them out!

              ….they dont have left wing principles ( not yet anyway)….

            • Colonial Viper 15.1.1.1.1.2

              I would like left wing party/ies to be able to have more of an appeal to the disconnected voters. But not by selling out on their left wing principles.

              Of course, it’s primarily the selling out which has disconnected those voters in the first place. These voters can see if a political party is primarily attending to the concerns of those on over $50K pa. or if they are sincere about listening and acting on the concerns of the working class and underclass.

          • McFlock 15.1.1.1.2

            tend to agree – I reckon that unless he really changes image he’d get the “Bill & Ben” vote.
            I think young nats would support him but he’s afeudin’ with the nats, but a few younglabs who forgot he donated to John Banks might be picked up. But I don’t think 5% or an electorate seat.

            Depends on the rest of the party, though – he might do it better than colin craig.

        • Naki Man 15.1.1.2

          karol
          Flaunt it is being very kind. A number plate on
          one of his vehicles is God

        • marty mars 15.1.1.3

          imo no one person/family should live in a 30M mansion – that he does is, in a nutshell, what is wrong with this country

          • Colonial Viper 15.1.1.3.1

            No, that’s not the primary moral lesson re: Dotcom imo. However, the people who had that mansion built, and how they got their money, is more the point if we are talking morality.

            • marty mars 15.1.1.3.1.1

              nah that is splitting hairs imo

              • Colonial Viper

                Plenty of things wrong with this nation, but blaming a relatively recent immigrant from a very different cultural background for embodying them is not correct, is what I am saying.

                Whatever shape this country is in, good or bad, NZers did it, and we have to look hard into the mirror.

                • No, my point is that we live in a country where someone can live in a 30M house – and i think that is wrong.

                  • karol

                    My concern is that KDC splashes out loadsamoney on fireworks, parties etc – of course, he may well give a lot to the more impoverished sectors of the community privately. But I have yet to see anything from him about closing the income gap, or providing more jobs for kiwis that pay a living wage, etc.

                  • Matthew Hooton

                    Why is it wrong?

                    • Chooky

                      Hoots darls ….where is your Party?

                    • bad12

                      Lolz, Party pooper someone popped wee Matty’s balloon, Colin Craig, Kim DotCom,ACT, the right is flooded with flakes, fakes, and, outright frauds, there just isn’t room for another,

                      Never mind right Hooten, there’s always 2017 when the crowd of flotsam at present highly evident and to the fore will have farted off to greener pasture, then it will be Your turn right,

                      Trouble with that little scenario tho is that if Labour/Green can’t quite do it in 2014 you can bet by 2017 the gloss will have truly worn off Slippery and Co so the best wee Matty could expect is an injection into the Parliament looking at 9 in opposition…

                    • Flip

                      I’ll assume a genuine question but despite it being simple it has a very long answer. The shortest answer I can give is that it is unjust in a civilised society. Which would lead to a complicated discussion of why and how so, which I’m reasonably certain has been already considered but I have not got a reference for it. I have a number of other projects I’m working on so I’ll add it to the list.

            • Ad 15.1.1.3.1.2

              If New Zealand had 10 more DotCom’s the place could finally get interesting again.

              • Colonial Viper

                It would shake up the current cosy cartel of back slapping elites, that’s for sure.

    • Ennui 15.2

      Yeah, I will take the bait, the white bit. It is true here, most rich boys are white but it is not exclusive. Plenty of poor white boys too. We got lots of yellow rich lads as well. Being poor does not exclude any colour or gender. And the mix is different in other countries….so lets get real: I don’t like the way rich buggers can get what they want when they want when the rest of us cant regardless of their colour.

      • Colonial Viper 15.2.1

        It’s a point I have made before. The elite 0.1% look at the rest of us, regardless of our colour or gender, as disposable, replaceable, commodities. Easy prey on their capitalist hunting reserve.

      • QoT 15.2.2

        Being poor does not exclude any colour or gender

        Nobody says it does. Occasionally we wouldn’t mind the white boys acknowledging that poverty disproportionately affects different people.

  15. i think it’s time for a keith-locke-stylings group-pledge…

    ..(the putting of genitalia where the mouth is..as it were..)

    ..those who are so certain he won’t get 5%..

    ..and those absolutely certain he will get 5%..

    ..with those who are incorrect..

    pledging to walk the length of k rd..naked…

    ..who’se up for that..?

    phillip ure..

    • Chooky 16.1

      …that is so typical of you phillip

      ( I am certainly not up for it)

    • Ad 16.2

      He’ll just siphon a little off the Greens, a little off Act, a little off the North Shore and CBD.

      On balance the Internet Party will be good for splitting and draining more of the National-coalition choices, and hence be good for Labour’s chances.

      Not a shit show of getting anything near 5%.

      I’m more curious however about how many other progressive activists he’s going to fuck up while he has his fun. RIP Bomber. RIP Alastair Thompson. Seems there will be more.

      • phillip ure 16.2.1

        so ad..you up 4 the bet..?

        phillip ure..

      • mickysavage 16.2.2

        On balance the Internet Party will be good for splitting and draining more of the National-coalition choices, and hence be good for Labour’s chances.

        Not a shit show of getting anything near 5%.

        I think you are on something there Ad.

        • Colonial Viper 16.2.2.1

          I’ll be very impressed if KDC gets half way to the 5% threshold. That would be a decent first election showing. Also, I’m quite curious as to why he didn’t start up (or takeover) the NZ Pirate Party.

          • karol 16.2.2.1.1

            The last thing KDC wants is to be branded as “pirate” . His claim is to be a legitimate/legal business person. So, “Internet” gives his politics more legitimacy.

  16. newsense 17

    I think KDC is a little like Winston Peters. Don’t get distracted by the packaging, awesome though it may be. His complaint remember is not that there is corruption, but that he paid John Banks and didn’t get his money’s worth.

    • One Anonymous Knucklehead 17.1

      Oh, I thought it was the illegal police raid on his house the illegal seizure of his possessions, the illegal access to his records provided to foreign agents, the illegal perjury by the police during his extradition hearing, and the illegal spying on him by this government acting as the NSA’s poodle.

      Still, I guess he could also be pissed off that John Banks’ word isn’t worth shit.

      • bad12 17.1.1

        While i do care about all the ‘illegals’ you have listed above, i would have to submit that i personally would like to see Dotcom get dealt to in the meanest of ways by the judicial system,

        i will justify such a position, totally not based upon what DotCom may have done or not done to bring all of such ‘illegality’ down upon Himself,

        Instead ask yourself ONE question and one question alone, what was DotCom expecting from John Banks via the provision of the ‘donation’,

        What sort of person in all reality is DotCom, fit to lead in any way this little country of ours??? i spit on such a proposition for the obvious reason that i have come to one conclusion as to WHY DotCom made that donation to John Banks as have i believe most other ‘thinking’ people…

    • Naki Man 17.2

      newsence
      Spot on
      KDC was pissed off when John Banks did NOT act in a corrupt way by doing KDC favours after
      he had given Banks a donation

      • Colonial Viper 17.2.1

        I wonder what the Right Wing internal polling is saying that you wing nuts are so worried about KDC.

        • marty mars 17.2.1.1

          exactly – only dims like bm think the left will lose votes with this move

        • karol 17.2.1.2

          Well I reckon Colin Craig is going to find it hard to get as much media attention as he was hoping with KDC in the election hood.

          • Colonial Viper 17.2.1.2.1

            Perfect electoral consequence analysis, in one sentence.

            • felix 17.2.1.2.1.1

              yep

              • Jim Nald

                Anti-’smacking’ (hitting!) is sooo yesterday and ho-hum or hoha to revisit.

                The internet, protecting open access, concerns about surveillance and spying, and digital control and takeover by Big Corporates/Countries, are the issues today, tomorrow and into the future.

        • Naki Man 17.2.1.3

          I don’t see KDC as a threat to the right.
          He is a pirate and only looks after his own interests.

          • Colonial Viper 17.2.1.3.1

            According to that, he fits in with the Right perfectly, then.

          • Paul 17.2.1.3.2

            So why don’t you support him?
            If he’s going to damage left wing support, he’ll make a Key government more likely.
            It seems by your comments you’re worried about him.

  17. drongo 18

    Kim Dot deserves to be deported back to Germany.

    [lprent: Why? Not explaining makes me look at you are a being just another probable fuckwit troll (see the policy) thinking with a slogan and repetitive stroking of your brain. I' suggest that if you want to comment here, then there had better be some indications that you can operate with blood flows away from whatever your hands are touching. ]

  18. karol 19

    From 3 News tonight: I will give the (alleged) IntP manifesto policy of supporting public broadcasting a tick. Supporting Internet business in NZ was always going to be a giving – and privacy. So far the only female linked to the IntP is Mai Chen (3 News) – in view of the fact that Bomber sees the party as appealing to young urban professional males.

    It is looking like Trotter and Bradbury are asociated with the IntP in some way, as they are excited by it and talking it up – -still.

    Trotter doesn’t do the party any favours though by comparing KDC’s party with the likes of Berlusconi (and Grillo – more acceptable).

    And if the party is going to promote public broadcasting, then they need to be seen as having some distance from it – compared with the likes of Berlusconi.

    Bad start that (as stated on 3 News), Bradbury was recommending free wifi be provided for the Auckland CBD by KDC in the run up to the election. As NRT states – it could bes seen as treating.

    • Bill 19.1

      Never heard of ‘treating’ before. So I followed NRT’s link. So it essentially refers to materially bribing people to either vote or not vote. T’would be a very long bow to charge that plying people with alcohol, entertainment or whatever just so they join a political party or get engaged with politics to some degree is treating, no?

      • karol 19.1.1

        I’ve heard of treating before in the old bit of right wing spin about how the Labour Party treated peopel to KFC in South Auckland in order to get them to vote.

        I think the potential infringement I/S is referring to, is Bomber’s suggestion that KDC provide free wifi in the CBD in the run up to the election.

        Apparently the party on Monday is just a KDC birthday (or sommat) party, and not an Internet Party launch.

      • QoT 19.1.2

        Every election there’s at least one story about Candidate A (usually National) accusing Candidate B (usually Labour) “treating” by running a free sausage sizzle at an event. I can’t remember the specifics, but one year Kim Hill absolutely eviscerated someone on NatRad over it (“I can’t believe anyone’s going to vote on the basis of a sausage” kind of thing.)

        Yet I believe it still counts as “treating” under the law.

      • ghostwhowalksnz 19.1.3

        The NZ law covers food drink entertainment
        ..either before, during, or after an election, directly or indirectly gives or provides, or pays wholly or in part the expense of giving or providing, any food, drink, entertainment, or provision to or for any person

        But there is an exception
        “Notwithstanding anything in this section, the provision of a light supper after any election meeting shall be deemed not to constitute the offence of treating.

        But I dont think the police or courts would entertain the absurd bow that the Oily Orca is trying to draw.
        A party launch !!

        After all , the law covers after an election too!

        Many election after parties are held, with plenty of food and drink

      • David H 19.1.4

        And Shonky John’s Tax bribe wasn’t a treat for the 1%?

  19. tsmithfield 20

    Here is a question for the left.

    Would Labour throw an electorate seat to get KDC’s party into parliament?

    • Pascal's bookie 20.1

      nope.

      Next.

      • tsmithfield 20.1.1

        If that is the case, then I agree with other right wing views here. The KDC party can only be bad for the left as I doubt they will get over 5% and will draw left-leaning voters away from other left leaning parties. This is because centre and right leaning voters will be fairly happy with the current state of government.

        On the other hand, if Labour were willing to hold their nose and gift a seat to KDC, then it could gain advantage from those votes.

        • Colonial Viper 20.1.1.1

          If KDC’s party is “bad for the Left,” I’ll be looking forward to John Key recommending it. Right?

          Or, it’s going to stuff National. Which I think is going to be far more likely.

          • Bob 20.1.1.1.1

            “If KDC’s party is “bad for the Left,” I’ll be looking forward to John Key recommending it. Right?” What a ridiculous statement! John Key’s recommendations would most likely be listened too by voters he already has (unless you would listen to his recommendations Tat?). Recommending a vote for another party (other than potentially splitting your vote while retaining the Party vote) would just be cannibalising his own vote!

            For the most part, everyone here seems to think the Internet Party is going to take votes of the block that they don’t currently vote for. I would suggest the next poll results are going to be very interesting.

            I personally believe the vote will drop off the Greens and Mana as they will be more of the protest vote moving.

        • Pascal's bookie 20.1.1.2

          But tarq, you are forgetting that you are an idiot.

          What does the IP offer voters that already existing parties do not?

          All the policy hints seem to be in areas that the Greens already cover, so left wing voters who like that stuff will vote Greens. he might pick up votes from non voters, but of current voters, his most likely wins are from people who like what he says about internet freedom, but wouldn’t vote for the Greens.

  20. karol 21

    Interesting announcement of grants to Hi Tech companies this evening – timing.

    Includes:

    Research and development grants worth more than $140 million are being split among 31 high technology companies which operate in New Zealand.

    [...]
    Grant recipients announced today include some well known public companies such as Fisher & Paykel Appliances, F&P Healthcare, Scott Technology and Rakon, along with businesses that have lower profiles and are privately-owned.

    The list also includes Endace Technology, which helps clients monitor vast amounts of internet traffic for security and traffic management. It began life at Waikato University but was bought by US Company Emulex Corporation last year.
    [...]
    The Growth Grant recipients include: radio equipment developer 4RF, geological modelling solution developer ARANZ Geo, BioDiscovery New Zealand which discovers microbes that enhance plant productivity, Douglas Pharmaceuticals, power wheelchair and scooter electronic control manufacturer Dynamic Controls, standby power supply manufacturer Enatel, Hamilton-based Gallagher Group, Jade Software Corporation, dairy biotechnology company Quantec, aerospace company Rocket Lab, commercial refrigeration company Skope Industries, wireless communication company Tait, and Wynyard Group which develops software which helps protect companies from threat, crime and corruption.

    Hi tech, digital technology businesses will get much sucking up to this election year?

  21. felix 22

    I think this will be a hugely successful and popular political movement, but largely only among people who don’t vote.

    Kinda like the Pakeha Party was.

    Bottom line for me is that he gave John Banks 50 grand. For an election campaign. John. Banks.

    He’s not the messiah he’s a very naughty boy.

    • felix 23.1

      Yep, lights up like a christmas tree. You can pause your ad blocker and refresh the page if you want to have a look.

    • lprent 23.2

      Yep. Just at present we have a KDC party ad up. Fits within our advertising criteria so it wasn’t flagged for my attention, just like the other recent set of ads for the electoral commission. There are some ads we don’t run but not too many. But the price points tend to exclude the really price conscious. We get more than enough to run the site.

      Good thing too. The bloody spam offensive at the start of December that flooded akismet (and caused 5-10 minute post delays on comments) did some nasty things to our server costs. Bill for December was 63% above budget, with almost all of the excess in the first 10 days of the month.

      Looks much more normal this month. Currently ~USD9 above budget at mid-month. Mostly due to leaving an extra backup web server running while I was on holiday and away from systems for a lot of the time.

  22. Skinny 24

    Dot Com is vote buying to the young and disillusioned, if he can pull a crowd of 15,000 in one day to a party launch one can only imagine how many party votes he will pull in 6-8 months. I note he is using Palmer- Chen to advise on electoral law, add the media publicity & paid advertising and 5% looks very much achievable.

    I’ll take the positive that he will hurt the Key-National brand with targeting them as sucking up to the Yanks with undeniably the most intrusive spying legislation New Zealanders have ever been subjected to by ‘any’ Government in our history. Key-National took a sharp hit in the polls around the very public introduction of the GCSB Bill. If Dotcom and his team keep dredging this up along with the absolute rort of over priced Internet/telecommunication charges you can guarantee a slippage in Nationals voter support.

    I suspect Key most certainly did do a deal to extradite Dotcom with Warner Brothers and high ranking American officials and the acid needs to go back on Key.

  23. Flip 25

    Clearly attempts to freeze Dotcom’s assets have not been too successful.

  24. Huginn 26

    The Libertarian Borg . . .

    A lot of the people I know who might vote for The Internet Party were politicised when they tuned into the Parliamentary Debates for the ‘three strikes internet’ laws. For many of them it was their first engagement with the political system and it’s significant that they stopped what they were doing and listened to what MPs were saying about file sharing and copyright – the internet means that much to them.

    They were not impressed. Both National and Labour were dead to them after that.

    Things have gone from bad to worse since then. It’s now clear that Skynet was part of a global initiative to lock up the internet. NZ wasn’t alone and there is now a growing international community that worries about ‘privacy’, ‘sovereignty’, ‘individual rights in the digital world’, and so on.

    We shouldn’t be surprised that intelligent, independent thinkers like Alistair Thompson are involved in The Internet Party, because TIP is a part of this global movement. Look out also for support from people like Jane Kelsey and Seeby Woodehouse.

    This is why it is a mistake to think of The Internet Party as a rich man’s toy, existing at the pleasure of Kim Dotcom, to torment John Key.

    The Internet Party may take votes from all the major parties, and it will be the last nail in ACT’s coffin, but they will also bring in a lot of no-voters. But the most disruptive move would be to form an alliance with Winston Peters’ NZ First.

    An alliance between NZ First and The Internet Party makes sense because they share similar concerns, especially sovereignty, but their voter bases probably don’t overlap much.

    It’s a highly synergistic win/win with not much downside.

    • Chooky 26.1

      +1….interesting

    • Colonial Viper 26.2

      Very nice. Further explains why the RWNJs have been frothing and thrashing.

    • Tracey 26.3

      had dinner with my 18 a nd 20 year old nephews and their friend.One didnt vote last time but said he will vote for dotcom’s party. The other two, first time voters, say they will too.

    • karol 26.4

      NZ wasn’t alone and there is now a growing international community that worries about ‘privacy’, ‘sovereignty’, ‘individual rights in the digital world’, and so on.

      Most of the left are also worried about that. But I don’t know how people can be worried about those things, and also not understand WHY the elites are trying to dominate the digital world – i.e. that it’s about the elites cornering the world’s power structures, and the related impacts on the least well off, and the marginalised. Otherwise it’s just about getting a space among the powerful. It’s dangerously ignoring proceses of power.

      The focus on “individual rights” indicates a lack of understanding, or appreciation of the significance of, collective and cooperative processes – i.e. to me it’sa politically shallow perspective, and thus is in danger of being co-opted by powerful groups – those that want to benefit from digital businesses.
      Kelsey would get that, and would only give qualified support to the IntP, while Seeby is all about the business.

  25. middxkea 27

    I have been to two Green Party meetings so far this year. Filled to the gunnels with activists, many new.
    really was a pleasant surprise this early on in the year.
    The Green Team for 2014 is going to be strong and committed
    Let KDC do what ever he likes.
    The Greens are the ones to watch!

    • Chooky 27.1

      +1…hope so….the Greens deserve to do really well based on their solid performance in parliament and elsewhere

      • Arfamo 27.1.1

        Looking the most likely party to secure my party vote. Goff and Parker have rooted Labour’s chances for me.

    • bad12 27.2

      +1 also, it doesn’t surprise me in the least that you are seeing ‘full houses’ at Green Party meetings, my pick is for the Party to score from 12-15% of the vote this year and don’t be surprised if a large part of the upward trajectory comes from young born to vote Nats voters splitting their party votes off to the Green Party…

      • ghostwhowalksnz 27.2.1

        They have been saying that for 20 years . Never got above 11 % and that was once, more likely it would be 6-9%

        • bad12 27.2.1.1

          Ghost who is this ‘they’ and have you got a link to your assertion of Fact, mines obviously opinion which unless you provide the links to these Facts you allege is exactly what your comment is, opinion dressed up as Fact…

          • Colonial Viper 27.2.1.1.1

            gwwnz is trumpeting a well worn Labour Party trope that the Greens have reached their electoral zenith while Labour is the one true opposition party representing the broad Left.

        • McFlock 27.2.1.2

          but for the last couple of years green polling has matched the aspirations, consistently and outside the campaign period. 15% might be overly optimistic, but anything less than double figures is equally wishful rather than rational.

          Oh, and now they have asset sales and deep-ocean drilling to bounce off…

          • Colonial Viper 27.2.1.2.1

            If Labour shine this year I would expect the Greens at 11% – 12% on E Day. If Labour is lacklustre however, Greens at 14% – 15% is very possible.

  26. Tracey 28

    Another new party

    A culture of MPs “who have to put their party first” is prompting Brendan Horan to start a new political party – one made up of independent MPs.

    The announcement came at the same time as Horan said the executor’s final determination on whether he took money from his late mother’s accounts had cleared him of any wrongdoing.

    • bad12 28.1

      Lolz, i forgot to add the Brendon Who Independents Party to the little list of flakes,fakes and outright frauds i give to Hooten above crowding the right-wing spectrum of politics for 2014,

      i do tho see the ‘Independents Party’ as a bit of a misnomer as it’s a given that such ‘independent MP’s’ are truly dependent upon the Parliament to fund their habits both good and bad…

  27. karol 29

    Gordon Campbell on Alistair Thompson’s resignation (?) from Scoop and the potential of the Internet Party.

    • Arfamo 29.1

      +1. Good article. Ronya Gordon.

    • Colonial Viper 29.2

      I liked Campbell’s insight. The one detail I disagree with is on the role of Ralph Nader splitting the Florida vote and handing victory to the Republicans.

      The fact of the matter is that the Democrats lost entire states they should have clearly won well before that point, and then in Florida the Democratic Party gave up on the recount early on, cancelling it and handing the decision to the Florida Supreme Court. Who predictably gave it to George Bush, just like any Banana Republic judicial system.

      • ghostwhowalksnz 29.2.1

        You are so wrong on the Florida recount.

        ” Florida Supreme Court had ordered “counting of the legal votes contained within the undervotes in all counties where the undervote has not been subjected to a manual tabulation.” The U.S. Supreme Court overruled the Florida Supreme Court and stopped their recount..
        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Florida_election_recount

        The Democrats didnt ‘give up’, manual recounts were underway. But of course that fits your usual narrative of its all ways the lefts fault

        • Colonial Viper 29.2.1.1

          Oh I stand corrected. I am impressed with your defence of the Democratic Party of course, a party which fatally lost it’s way 20 years ago, and decided to sacrifice the working people of the USA once and for all.

          What I meant to say is that the Florida democratic party fucked up in the year before the election, when tens of thousands of black voters were taken off the voter rolls by Jeb Bush and co.

          It was only after the recount was cancelled by SCOTUS that the Democratic Party sent a backlash against Nader scapegoating him for their own failures in electioneering.

          The Democrats didnt ‘give up’, manual recounts were underway. But of course that fits your usual narrative of its all ways the lefts fault

          Firstly, the US Democratic Party is not Left.

          Secondly, the Left has been consistently losing for 30 years. Wake up and smell the coffee.

    • bad12 29.3

      Fair enough comment form Campbell, tho like those on the right, (His affiliations i do not know), He simply assumes that this Internet Party will take votes from Labour and the Greens while having no effect on National voters,

      This is the same false assumption made about the Colin Craig Conservatives, albeit that it was NZFirst that was being touted as ‘losing’ votes to the loony tunes brigade when the history of 2011 shows that NZFirst were hardly touched by the Conservatives and it was both National and Labour that shed votes to the wild,wide eyed Colin and His 2 million dollar baby,

      The lesson from Colin’s wee efforts in 2011 as far as the Green Parties upward trajectory goes is that there was zero effect, which is really what i expect to occur vis a vis the Green Party vote and the fortunes of the Internet Party in 2014, i think we will find that Green Party members and those who intend to vote Green in 2014 have far deeper motives than simply internet issues,(which the e Green Party comprehensively address anyway),

      It’s all ‘opinion’ of course, and great to have some real meat to chew over this early in the election year…

      • karol 29.3.1

        I think Campbell was associated with the Green Party at one stage – maybe worked for them. Don’t know his current affilliation, if any.

      • middxkea 29.3.2

        If KDC party can raise awareness and get people voting who otherwise wouldn’t, that has got to be good.
        If social media and the internet are used to accomplish this, then the Green party could benefit as they have a fantastic social media strategy and will gain some additional votes from the increased profile.
        The 2013 local body elections and the CIR campaign have been great training for a new breed of leftie activists. Forget the Labour party who wants to campaign for a centrist party anyway? Why vote for grey when you can vote for Green?
        Watch out for the Green Picnic for the Planet election year launch on Sunday 26 January at Waitangi Park in Wellington starting at 11am.

  28. Ambergris 30

    Mickey: I believe there is a difference between *Alisdair* Thompson of Northern Farmers Federation and *Alistair* Thompson – recent proprietor of http://www.scoop.co.nz
    .. although they may be related.

    Regards,

    Ambergris.

    [Thanks Ambergris - corrected - MS]

  29. Craig Y 31

    How might the Internet Party do in the New Zealand context? Centre-right blogger Cameron Slater thinks that the Internet Party is excessively narrow in pursuing its planned political niche and that it might therefore remain an unelectable microparty.

    Is he correct about this? Dotcom’s proposal sounds similar to that advanced by the German Pirate Party and its cyberlibertarian counterparts in New Zealand, Sweden, Austria, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, the Netherlands, Spain, Australia, Brazil, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, India, Italy, Luxembourg, Mexico, Nepal, Norway, Slovenia, Poland, Switzerland, Tunisia and the United Kingdom. Of these, state German Pirate Parties have won state legislature and city council seats, the Czech Pirate Party has a Senate and city council seats, the Iceland Pirate Party has three parliamentary seats in its national parliament, the Swedish Pirate Party elected two European Parliamentary members and the Swiss Pirate Party has two municipal councillors while the Catalonian Pirate Party has two municipal councillors. So, parliamentary and local council representation does seem possible, although it seems to be the case that cyberlibertarian parties have had their greatest success in European politics, particularly within the German state and municipal context.

    Could that be replicated here? There have been considerable public protests about Key administration online surveillance and data interception legislation and its potentially chilling effects on government transparency and accountability and civil liberties. However, the federal German Pirate Party failed to pick up Bundestag seats due to its political naivetie and absence of legislative experience. Still, given that former Scoop parliamentary press gallery journalist Alistair Thompson is interim party secretary, the Internet Party may be able to sidestep these potential teething problems. But is New Zealand too economically underdeveloped for such parties to be politically viable? Or could the Greens end up incorporating cyberlibertarian concerns into their greater party agenda?

    • Arfamo 31.1

      The thing that amazes me is that so many people have so much to say about something we actually all really know fuck-all about at this point. But I guess that’s what politics is these days – Bullshit & circuses.

  30. Craig Y 32

    Speaking of which, what about the New Zealand Pirate Party in this juncture?

    • Arfamo 32.1

      I thought they were National?

    • veutoviper 32.2

      Craig Y

      A few days ago, before any news came out about the Internet Party, I/S at NRT did a post on the possible relationship/overlap between KDC’s party and the NZ Pirate Party (I did not even know such a party existed here!).

      http://www.norightturn.blogspot.co.nz/2014/01/missing-obvious.html

      This NRT post provides a link to the NZ Pirate Party website (and some other interesting links as well) – http://pirateparty.org.nz/

      The Pirate Party is currently running a poll as to what they should do if another ‘Pirate” party formed in NZ. Of the 97 votes to date, 40% think that they should propose a merger on equal terms, while 31% think they should consult the Pirate Parties International as to what to would be best. 10% think they should oppose the use by anyone else of the Pirate Party name.

      So, only time will tell.

      PS – NRT also did a follow-up post after yesterday’s news on the Internet Party. – http://www.norightturn.blogspot.co.nz/2014/01/new-parties.html

      • Craig Y 32.2.1

        However, Kim D does not seem to be using the Pirate Party designation, although his party’s policies indeed do sound cyberlibertarian. It’s interesting to see the apparently high level of support for a merger. Thanks, VV.

  31. captain hook 33

    Dotcom is a thief and blubberguts wail boil is a thug so they are made for each other.

  32. Ad 34

    So the party is cancelled 72 hours before it begins.

    If this were a commercial enterprise we would be requiring our money back. Instead we get that sour taste of political hope turned dead.

    Whoever was giving ‘strategic advice’ that the opening party did not represent treating needs to be fired. Ooops another own goal by Bomber and friends.

    Anyone who registered with their details: hey you just got harvested! Congratulations suckers – your address just got owned and received nada in return.

    The Fat German is as coy and cunning as Colin Craig.

    Watch this guy people – he’s beginning to be NZ’s own 2014 political shooting star: pretty to watch, explosive even, but destined to burn out fast rather than orbit.

  33. Port Hills Pete 35

    Why would any intelligent and self-respecting left wing activist join a political venture with this obese poser, with his net worth of $200million gained from dubious sources, his outrageously ostentatious lifestyle including palatial property complete with pet giraffes, the pink Cadillacs, Lamborghinis etc and for when he’s really in a hurry the helicopter (which is also handy when he blows half a million on a fireworks display), and his convictions back home for 11 counts of computer fraud, 10 counts of data espionage, insider trading and embezzlement among other offences, and whose first political action in this country was to donate $50,000 to John Banks???

  34. Port Hills Pete 36

    In the midst of all this discussion has anyone noticed the Internet Party has no website!!

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    Occasionally erudite | 30-08
  • Andrew Williams lawyers up
    Andrew Williams is somewhat annoyed about being dumped completely from the NZ First party list. As such, he’s following in his leader’s footsteps and is lawyering up, seeking a judicial review of the party’s decision. My immediate response, on hearing...
    Occasionally erudite | 29-08
  • DIRT ALERT! – Are The Greens And Labour About To Become The Targets O...
    Deja Vu All Over Again? Are we about to see a repeat of the 2005 negative advertising campaign  launched in secret against the Greens and Labour? WE’VE SEEN IT ALL BEFORE. In 2005 pamphlets began appearing all over New Zealand attacking Labour...
    Bowalley Road | 29-08
  • Call for Aaron Bhatnagar’s resignation from govt body
    .   . One of the many sordid “bit”-players in Nicky Hager’s book, “Dirty Politics“, and one of Cameron Slater’s inner-cabal, is businessman, National Party card-carrying cadre,  and former city councillor, Aaron Bhatnagar; . . In 2008, Bhatnagar was caught...
    Frankly Speaking | 29-08
  • Call for Aaron Bhatnagar’s resignation from govt body
    .   . One of the many sordid “bit”-players in Nicky Hager’s book, “Dirty Politics“, and one of Cameron Slater’s inner-cabal, is businessman, National Party card-carrying cadre,  and former city councillor, Aaron Bhatnagar; . . In 2008, Bhatnagar was caught...
    Frankly Speaking | 29-08
  • Wynyard Cycling Complaints
    The new Waterfront Promenade linking the Harbour Bridge to Wynyard Quarter will be fantastic when finished later this year however its completion will leave a gap in the network through Wynyard Quarter itself. Auckland Transport and Waterfront Auckland are going to be...
    Transport Blog | 29-08
  • Something to do today
    From the FaceBook page: NATIONAL: NOT OUR FUTUREMARCHES ACROSS NEW ZEALANDAUCKLAND RALLY SATURDAY 30th AUGUST. AOTEA SQUARE, 1PMThree weeks before the election, action is being taken across the country voicing a rejection of the National Government's track record and direction....
    The Jackal | 29-08
  • Slater packs a sad
    H/T Porcupine FarmWe all know that Cameron Slater AKA Whale Oil is a bit of a dick at the best of times. His stupidity and vindictive nature is clearly evident throughout the book Dirty Politics and on his discredited blog...
    The Jackal | 29-08
  • Key weak on Collins coup attempt
    Politics is a strange old chestnut with the motivations of those playing the game not always apparent to the rest of us. However, more often than not the politicians invariably only have their own vested interests at heart with little...
    The Jackal | 29-08
  • Koretake II
    The Crown is to appeal against the son of Kingi Tuheitia not being convicted - in a case where the other offenders were all let off without convictions without any name suppression - and the Crown is not to appeal...
    Tumeke | 29-08
  • Another meteorite
    In 2003, the Court of Appeal delivered a bombshell ruling in Ngati Apa v Attorney-General: the crown had not generally extinguished Maori customary rights over the foreshore and seabed, and ownership of particular areas of the foreshore and seabed was...
    No Right Turn | 29-08
  • Who says organisation, says oligarchy
    So Andrew Williams has decided to do a Winston Peters and go off to Court to try and stop "his" party from excluding him as a candidate....
    Pundit | 29-08
  • John Key’s Top 69 Lies: Today no. 22 -What Cunliffe said about Lochin...
     Key says Cunliffe's Lochinver sale stance weakening Prime Minister John Key said "A couple of weeks ago (David Cunliffe) was screaming at New Zealanders that he would stop the sale (of Lochinver station); last night he was essentially saying, 'I'm going...
    Arch Rival | 29-08
  • Oxfam: saving the tava’e (and the world)
    This guest post is by Oxfam NZ‘s (relatively) new director, Rachael Le Mesurier. She’s off to the UN conference on Small Island Developing States in Apia next week, and here provides an interesting overview of the climate, sea level and...
    Hot Topic | 29-08
  • Robin Hood tax and other clever ways to help our kids
    MEDIA RELEASE: 28th AUGUST 2014 “Robin Hood tax and other clever ways to help our kids” It’s time to talk about tax. Not just income tax but other kinds of tax too. It’s time to talk about Capital Gains Tax,...
    Closing the Gap | 29-08
  • Government to save $400 million by doing ice bucket challenge on behalf of ...
    Turkmenistan’s challenge to New Zealand comes just one week after Pope Francis apparently died attempting to avoid his own $100 donation. The National Government this afternoon announced plans to save New Zealand in excess of $400 million by performing an...
    The Civilian | 29-08
  • Green Election Policy Highly Sophisticated.
    As each new election policy is released by the Greens I am impressed by the depth of thinking, costing and multiple benefits that come with them. We have made a convincing impression this election that we are ready to govern...
    Local Bodies | 29-08
  • Stuart’s 100 #17: A Greater Auckland?
    17: A Greater Auckland? What if we felt like we lived in an Auckland that was greater than the sum of its parts? This is perhaps one of the reoccurring themes in my 100 days project. It reflects the public...
    Transport Blog | 29-08
  • Green Party companion leaders’ debate
    The Greens take an inclusive approach to being excluded. So when we were shut out of the TVNZ leaders’ debate (despite being New Zealand’s third largest party, and despite the two-handed Key-Cunliffe format feeling more like a throwback to First...
    frogblog | 29-08
  • Shouldn’t this farmer be prosecuted for bribery?
    The Waikato Regional Council, in reporting on the fine handed down to a polluting farmer, also has some disturbing news:During the course of the Waikato Regional Council inspections that led to the prosecution, Bilkar Singh, a director of B &...
    No Right Turn | 29-08
  • Whatever happened to liberty?
    Yesterday, the Independent Police Conduct Authority released a report finding that police routinely exceeded their powers in shutting down "out of control" parties, invading people's homes, assaulting people, using excessive force (in some cases causing significant injury), and shutting down...
    No Right Turn | 29-08
  • Viewers judge TV3 to be winner in TV One leaders’ debate
    Key says the poll shows that Labour is 4% worse than gouging your eyes out, while National is only 2% worse. A snap political poll taken after last night’s leader’s debate on TV One has revealed that most New Zealanders...
    The Civilian | 29-08
  • Kiwis care about inequality
    Inequality has emerged as the key issue in the election campaign:The gap between rich and poor is by far the biggest issue facing New Zealand three weeks before election day, a new poll has found. The Roy Morgan Research poll...
    No Right Turn | 29-08
  • Something to do on Saturday
    There will be a series of anti-government marches in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin on Saturday:The Auckland rally starts at Aotea Square, Wellington at Te Papa marching to Parliament, Dunedin held at the Octagon and the Christchurch rally at Haley...
    No Right Turn | 29-08
  • Speaker: Rocking in the Public Good: Hager and Shihad
    Seldom has New Zealand seen such super-harmonies in the traditionally separate spheres of music  and investigative journalism. The release of New Zealand prog-rocker Nicky Hager’s latest album Dirty Politics coincided with the well known citizen journalist group Shihad’s book FVEY,...
    Public Address | 29-08
  • The cost of irrigation
    At the moment, the government is pushing irrigation and water storage as a way of increasing milk production and boosting the economy. Critics have argued that the result will be dirty, polluted rivers unfit for recreational use. And we've just...
    No Right Turn | 29-08
  • An empty void at the heart of the election
    Its election time. The blog should be humming. Its not. Why? Because there's not enough policy to comment on. Note that this is not a complaint about Dirty Politics. How power is exercised and the ethics displayed in doing so...
    No Right Turn | 29-08
  • Making money out of fanatics
    Click on image to enlarge This looks like a Xcd cartoon. I picked it up from a new Facebook page The Girl Against Fluoride Lies. Good to see more and more Facebook pages like this. Speaking of fluoride – the cartoon sort...
    Open Parachute | 29-08
  • Debate 1
    As you know, there was a debate last night, and the consensus appears to be that David Cunliffe won. (The strongest clue that National also thinks Cunliffe won is that Kiwiblog has seven posts up this morning to change the...
    Polity | 29-08
  • Britomart precinct quick wins
    It has now been three months since Janette Sadik-Khan visited Auckland and showed us how easy it was to create a more liveable city by making things better for people to walk and cycle around, and best of all we...
    Transport Blog | 29-08
  • Poll of Polls update – 29 August 2014
    The polls are coming thick and fast. There must be an election on… Yesterday, we had the release of the latest Herald Digipoll, while this morning it’s the Fairfax Ipsos poll. In the Digipoll, National are up 0.7% to 50.7%,...
    Occasionally erudite | 28-08
  • World News Brief, Friday August 29
    Top of the AgendaUkraine Accuses Russia of Invasion...
    Pundit | 28-08
  • Hard News: Friday Music: Tramadol Rock
    I saw Samuel Flynn Scott a couple of times last year at the time he was suffering through a back injury in a haze of painkillers. It made for a fairly spaced out Phoenix Foundation show at the Powerstation --...
    Public Address | 28-08
  • Vale Brad Fletcher, MUNZ Lyttelton Branch President
    The Maritime Union is greatly saddened by the death of Maritime Union Lyttelton Branch President Brad Fletcher in a workplace accident on Thursday 28 August 2014. Maritime Union National Secretary Joe Fleetwood says the death of Brad Fletcher, a full-time...
    MUNZ | 28-08
  • Matthew Hooton (Fanatical National Supporter) Says Key is “Dishonest”
    This morning on Radio Live, Matthew Hooton has said what John Key is saying about about not being told of the SIS Official Information Request release to Scumbag Adulterous Blogger Cameron Slater, is “unbelievable”....
    An average kiwi | 28-08
  • How most people get hacked
    Chris Trotter writes about hackers:  LISBETH SALANDER is the archetypal hacker: a damaged outsider; phenomenally clever; contemptuous of society’s rules; but possessed of an unflinching, if somewhat quirky, sense of right and wrong. Without Lisbeth, the journalist hero of Stieg Larsen’sThe...
    DimPost | 28-08
  • Rift in National Party – MPs Want Key Gone
    Rumours are rife that some National MPS are planning to oust John Key as leader after the election, while others say Key almost without a doubt will be resigning not long after the election. Key is apparently ‘fed up’ with...
    An average kiwi | 28-08
  • Quick post debate comment
    The general consensus seems to be that Cunliffe ‘won’ the debate although not overwhelmingly. Various pundits have wondered what happened to Key. Why wasn’t he funnier? Didn’t he prepare enough?  I think Key’s problem last night went a bit deeper...
    DimPost | 28-08
  • Labour’s plan to end homelessness
    Labour has a comprehensive approach to end homelessness starting with the provision of emergency housing for 1000 people each year and putting an end to slum conditions in boarding houses, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “Labour believes that homelessness is not...
    Labour | 30-08
  • Labour: A smarter approach to justice
    A Labour Government will improve the justice system to ensure it achieves real public safety, provides equal access to justice and protects human rights, Labour’s Justice spokesperson Andrew Little says. “Our approach is about tackling the root causes of crime, recognising...
    Labour | 29-08
  • Labour to foster Kiwi love of sport and the great outdoors
    A Labour Government will promote physical activity, back our top athletes and help foster Kiwis’ love of the great outdoors by upgrading tramping and camping facilities. Trevor Mallard today released Labour’s sports and recreation policy which will bring back a...
    Labour | 29-08
  • Pacific languages recognised under Labour
    Labour will act to recognise the five main Pacific languages in New Zealand including through the education system, said Pacific Affairs spokesperson Su’a William Sio. Announcing Labour’s Pacific Island policy he said that there must be a strong commitment to...
    Labour | 29-08
  • No healthy economy without a healthy environment
    Labour recognises that we cannot have a healthy economy without a healthy environment, says Environment spokesperson Moana Mackey announcing Labour’s environment policy. “New Zealand’s economy has been built on the back of the enormous environmental wealth we collectively enjoy as...
    Labour | 28-08
  • Better protection, fairer deal for Kiwi consumers
    Tackling excessive prices, ensuring consumers have enough information to make ethical choices and giving the Commerce Commission more teeth are highlights of Labour’s Consumer Rights policy. “The rising cost of living is a concern for thousands of Kiwi families. A...
    Labour | 28-08
  • Media Advisory – MANA Movement Candidate for Waiariki Annette Sykes, Waia...
    Media are advised that this coming weekend, the MANA Movement Candidate for Waiariki, Annette Sykes, will be on the Internet MANA Road Trip within the electorate of Waiariki. Speakers confirmed are Annette Sykes, Hone Harawira, John Minto, Laila Harre and Kim...
    Mana | 27-08
  • Internet MANA – Waiariki Road Trip: 29, 30, 31 Aug 2014
    The Internet MANA Road Trip hits Waiariki this weekend. It would be great if all MANA members in Waiariki could especially attend the public meetings and show their support for our Waiariki candidate Annette Sykes. Confirmed speakers Hone Harawira (except Taupo), Annette...
    Mana | 27-08
  • First home buyers $200 a week better off with Labour
    A couple earning around $75,000 a year would be $200 a week better off buying a two bedroom terraced Labour KiwiBuild home instead of an equivalent new build under National’s housing policy, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe.  “National’s policy to...
    Labour | 26-08
  • Another Day – Another big power profit
    The latest profit announcement from Genesis Energy shows that the power company was sold for a song to the detriment of the country’s power consumers, says Labour’s Energy spokesperson David Shearer. “A net profit of $ 49.2 million follows hard...
    Labour | 26-08
  • Labour embraces the rainbow
    Labour will work hard to ensure all New Zealanders enjoy the freedom to grow up and live their lives in dignity and security. Labour’s Rainbow policy, released tonight in Wellington, focuses on International Relations, Human Rights and Education....
    Labour | 26-08
  • National gets fast and loose with the facts
    In their desperation to make it look as though they are doing something about the housing crisis, National is playing fast and loose with the facts, says Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford....
    Labour | 26-08
  • Labour will drop power prices for Kiwi families
    New Zealanders will get cheaper power prices under NZ Power, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. “The electricity market is clearly broken. With falling demand for electricity, prices should be going down. Instead prices are going up and companies are extracting...
    Labour | 26-08
  • Labour: Promoting sustainable tourism
    Ensuring New Zealand’s clean, green status continues to be an international tourism benchmark and reviewing MBIE’s oversight of the tourism sector will be on the radar under a Labour Government. Releasing Labour’s Tourism policy today, spokesperson Darien Fenton said tourism...
    Labour | 26-08
  • Skills shortage a result of National’s complacency
    The fact that there is still a severe shortage of skilled tradespeople, despite a growth in the number of apprentices, is a result of National’s failure to plan and develop the workforce, Grant Robertson, Labour Employment, Skills and TrainingSpokesperson says."The...
    Labour | 26-08
  • How much tax does John Key pay compared to a minimum wage worker?? – Mint...
    MANA Movement Economic Justice spokesperson John Minto is calling for a radical overhaul of New Zealand’s taxation system with calculations showing that a minimum wage worker pays a ten times higher tax rate than the Prime Minister. o Minimum wage...
    Mana | 25-08
  • Labour’s culture of science and innovation
    Labour will create a culture of science and innovation in New Zealand that will be the envy of the world, says Labour’s Innovation, Research and Development spokesperson Megan Woods. “Labour believes that good science lies at the heart of a...
    Labour | 25-08
  • Improving life for our new New Zealanders
    New Zealand’s international standing as a community that encourages and fosters all cultures will be bolstered under a Labour Government with an upgrade of the present Office of Ethnic Affairs to a Ministry. Releasing Labour’s Ethnic Affairs policy, spokesperson Phil...
    Labour | 25-08
  • South Auckland housing crisis
    National’s HomeStart package is nothing more than a political stunt designed to beguile South Auckland voters, said Labour’s Pacific Affairs spokesperson Su’a William Sio. “Few working Pasifika and Maori workers in South Auckland will be able to buy their own...
    Labour | 25-08
  • Home buyer subsidy discredited in Oz
    Treasury advised against National’s policy of ramping up home buyer subsidies after it was discredited in Australia because it pushed house prices even higher, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “Documents released under the OIA (attached) show Treasury advised the...
    Labour | 25-08
  • Nursing hours explain turnover and high-stress culture
    A staff survey supports concerns nursing staff at Dunedin Hospital are under increasing pressure and that the emergency department is in a critical state, says Labour’s Associate Health Spokesperson David Clark.  “An ED nursing survey at Dunedin found that 80...
    Labour | 24-08
  • Underhand tactics prove case for axing donations
    Revelations that schools are using underhand tactics to coerce donations from cash-strapped parents further highlights the need for Labour's plan to increase funding so they aren't dependent on contributions from parents, Labour's Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “By law New...
    Labour | 24-08
  • National applies band-aid to housing crisis
    The Government’s flagship housing announcement is a band-aid approach that will push up prices rather than solve the housing crisis, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. “House sales to first home buyers have collapsed as a direct result of the Government’s...
    Labour | 24-08
  • Climate change focus on the now for the future
    A Labour Governmentwill put in place a comprehensive climate change strategy focusing on bothmitigation and adaptation, establish an independent Climate Commission andimplement carbon budgeting, says Labour Climate Change spokesperson MoanaMackey."This is about future-proofing our economy. Making the transition to alow-carbon...
    Labour | 24-08
  • Labour’s 21st century transport pledge
    The next Labour-led Government will create a 21st century transport system for New Zealand that promotes the most efficient and sustainable combination of transport options, says Labour’s Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford. “Labour will rebalance the Government's transport spending away from...
    Labour | 23-08
  • Housing under National: the facts
    1.       House prices in Auckland Council valuations indicate Auckland house prices have gone up by one-third over the last three years. (Auckland Council) The average Auckland house price has gone up by nearly $225,000 since 2008, up over $75,000 in...
    Labour | 23-08
  • Labour irons out low income tax issue
    The increasing casualisation of work has led to many New Zealand families being disadvantaged through the tax they pay, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. "Many low paid workers are having to work two or three jobs to make ends meet...
    Labour | 22-08
  • Cornered Government comes out swinging
    The National Government is so desperate to keep its dead-in-the-water expert teachers policy alive, it has refused to rule out forcing schools to participate through legislation, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “John Key today attacked the Educational Institute for...
    Labour | 22-08
  • Pacific people continue to go backwards under National
    A report from Victoria University highlights the fact that Pacific people are continuing to go backwards under a National Government, said Labour’s Pacific Affairs spokesperson Su’a William Sio.  “The report shows the largest inequality increases were in smoking, obesity, tertiary...
    Labour | 22-08
  • Wellington transport plan needs to keep moving
    The failure of the Transport Agency to properly look at alternatives to the Basin Reserve flyover is not a good reason for further delays to improving transport in Wellington, Labour MPs Grant Robertson and Annette King say. “The Board of...
    Labour | 22-08
  • Labour’s focus on inequality, kids and better job prospects
    Tackling child poverty and removing barriers to people working part time to enhance their prospects of moving into a fulltime job are highlights of Labour’s Social Development policy. Releasing the policy today, spokesperson Sue Moroney said while part-time work was...
    Labour | 21-08
  • Political staff should give answers under oath
    The Inspector General of Security and Intelligence should use her full statutory powers to question witnesses under oath about the leak of SIS information, says Labour MP Phil Goff. “Leakage of confidential information from the SIS for political purposes is...
    Labour | 21-08
  • High dollar, hands-off Govt sends workers to dole queue
    The loss of up to 100 jobs at Croxley stationery in Auckland is devastating news for their families and the local Avondale community, Labour’s Employment, Skills and Training spokesperson Grant Robertson says. “The company’s inability to compete in international markets...
    Labour | 21-08
  • National’s flagship education policy dead in the water
    National’s plan to create executive principals and expert teachers is effectively dead in the water with news that 93 percent of primary teachers have no confidence in the scheme, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “The fact that teachers are...
    Labour | 21-08
  • Dunedin will be a knowledge and innovation centre under Labour
    Dunedin will become a knowledge and innovation centre under a Labour Government that will back local businesses, support technology initiatives and fund dynamic regional projects, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “Nowhere has the National Government’s short-sightedness been more apparently than...
    Labour | 21-08
  • Inquiry into SIS disclosures the right decision
    Labour MP Phil Goff says the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security has done the right thing by launching an inquiry into the disclosure of SIS documents about a meeting between himself and the agency’s former director-general. “This inquiry is necessary...
    Labour | 20-08
  • Labour – supporting and valuing carers and the cared for
    Placing real value on our elderly and the people who care for them will be a priority for a Labour Government, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. Releasing Labour’s Senior Citizens policy today David Cunliffe promised that a Labour Government would...
    Labour | 20-08
  • By Hoki! It’s Labour’s fisheries policy
    A Labour Government will protect the iconic Kiwi tradition of fishing by improving access to the coast, protecting the rights of recreational fishers and reviewing snapper restrictions, Labour’s Fisheries spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “Catching a fish from the rocks, beach...
    Labour | 20-08
  • Mighty River – Mighty Profits – Mighty hard to swallow
    Mighty River Power’s profit increase of 84 per cent is simply outrageous, says Labour’s Energy spokesperson David Shearer. “Demand for electricity is flat or declining yet the company has made enormous profits. It is the latest power company to celebrate...
    Labour | 19-08
  • Collins’ actions were wrong, not unwise
    John Key’s moral compass remains off-kilter as he cannot bring himself to declare Judith Collins’ actions outright wrong, not simply ‘unwise’, said Labour MP Grant Robertson. “Under pressure John Key is finally shifting his stance but his failure to condemn...
    Labour | 19-08
  • Public servants behaving with more integrity than their masters
    The State Services Commission's new report on the integrity of our state services reflects the yawning gap between the behaviour of public servants and that of their political masters, Labour's State Services spokesperson Maryan Street says. “This report, which surveyed...
    Labour | 19-08
  • Phil Twyford Speech to NZCID
    "Labour's plan to build more and build better: how new approaches to housing, transport and urban development will deliver cities that work" Phil Twyford, Labour Party spokesperson on housing, transport, Auckland issues, and cities.  ...
    Labour | 19-08
  • Labour commits to independent Foreign Affairs and Trade
    “Labour is committed to New Zealand’s Foreign Affairs and Trade policy being independent and proactive, Labour’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson David Shearer says. “We are a small but respected country. Our voice and actions count in international affairs. Labour will take a...
    Labour | 19-08
  • Key must sack Collins over abhorrent actions
    The latest revelations that Judith Collins sent the contact details of a public servant to WhaleOil in a desperate attempt to divert media attention from a bad story is abhorrent, Labour MP Grant Robertson says. “John Key and Judith Collins...
    Labour | 19-08
  • It’s downhill from here under National
    The forecast drop in exports and predicted halving of growth shows that it’s downhill from here with National, Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker says. “Growth under this Government peaked in June and halves to two per cent in coming years....
    Labour | 19-08
  • John Key loses moral compass over Collins
    John Key has lost his moral compass over Judith Collins’ involvement with Cameron Slater and lost touch with New Zealanders’ sense of right and wrong, Labour MP Grant Robertson says. “Whoever is Prime Minister there are expectations they will not...
    Labour | 18-08
  • Mana Movement General Election 2014 List confirmed
    The MANA List is now confirmed with all the candidates as below (the numbers are the respective Internet MANA rankings). Candidate, Electorate, Internet MANA List Position Hone Harawira, Te Tai Tokerau (1) Annette Sykes, Waiariki (3) John Minto, Mt Roskill (4) Te Hamua Nikora, Ikaroa-Rawhiti...
    Mana | 18-08
  • PREFU likely to confirm dropping exports
    National’s economic management will be put under the spotlight in tomorrow’s PREFU given clear signs the so-called rock star economy has fallen off the stage, with plummeting prices for raw commodity exports, Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker says. “Under National,...
    Labour | 18-08
  • Record profits while Kiwis face a cold winter
    The record profits by two of New Zealand’s largest electricity companies will be a bitter pill for New Zealand households who are paying record amounts for their power, says Labour’s Energy spokesperson David Shearer. “No doubt the Key government will...
    Labour | 18-08
  • Time for John Key to answer yes or no questions
    John Key’s train-wreck interview on Morning Report shows he is no longer capable of a simple yes or no answer and has lost touch with what’s right and wrong, Labour MP Grant Robertson says. “John Key has become so media...
    Labour | 18-08
  • Review: Hairspray
      Oh Hairspray! What fun! Somehow I managed to miss the movie when it came out, I had no idea really what it was about though I felt it had a vague relation to High School Musical. In retrospect, that...
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • Mounting global pressure against Timor-Leste’s ‘death sentence’ media...
    East Timor’s José Belo … courageous fight against ‘unconstitutional’ media law.Image: © Ted McDonnell 2014 CAFÉ PACIFIC and the Pacific Media Centre Online posted challenges to the controversial ‘press law’ nine months ago when it emerged how dangerous this draft...
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Rolinson – Spies, Lies and When Campaigns Are Fried
    Like most of the rest of the nation’s political classes, I was eagerly affixed to TV One from 12:30 on Saturday afternoon to witness the downfall of Judith Collins.Whenever we witness the crumbling of a titan of the political landscape...
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • BREAKING: Whaleoil crushes Crusher
    Judith ends up shooting herself A new email has been released suggesting that Collins was attempting to undermine the head of Serious Fraud Office with the help of far right hate speech merchant Cameron Slater. Unbelievable!   She has been forced...
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • BREAKING: Rumours Judith Collins gone at lunchtime
    Brook Sabin first of the mark with rumours Judith Collins is about to resign – PM announcing a statement at 12.30pm… …Paddy follows… …Vance confirms..   …if Collins is gone by lunchtime, it will be because the PM understands the...
    The Daily Blog | 29-08
  • BREAKING: UPDATE on DIRT ALERT!
    Thanks to the information passed to Chris Trotter by “Idiot/Savant” from No Right Turn it is now possible to identify at least some of the persons involved in this latest example of attack politics. What follows is Chris’s response to Idiot/Savant’s timely assistance: Well done...
    The Daily Blog | 29-08
  • Comparing burning puppets, hip hop lyrics and drunk student chants to black...
    Watching the mainstream media try and obscure Cunliffe’s surprise win in the leaders debate  is a reminder the Press Gallery is in depressed shock. The current spin line from the Wellington bubble media in the wake of Dirty Politics is that...
    The Daily Blog | 29-08
  • Why has it all gone quiet on Charter Schools?
    They’re one of ACT’s flagship policies and the National Party have been gung ho in supporting them. So how come we’re not hearing Hekia Parata, Jamie Whyte, Catherine Isaac, et al singing from the rafters about what a resounding success charter...
    The Daily Blog | 29-08
  • Moment of Truth – September 15th – Auckland Town Hall
    Moment of Truth – September 15th – Auckland Town Hall...
    The Daily Blog | 29-08
  • EXCLUSIVE: Dirt Alert! Are the Greens and Labour about to become the target...
    WE’VE SEEN IT ALL BEFORE. In 2005 pamphlets began appearing all over New Zealand attacking Labour and the Greens. For a couple of days both the parties targeted and the news media were flummoxed. Who was behind such an obviously...
    The Daily Blog | 29-08
  • The Donghua Liu Affair: the Press Council’s decision
    . . 1. Prologue . The Donghua Liu Affair hit  the headlines on 18 June, with allegations that David Cunliffe wrote a letter in 2003,  on  behalf of  business migrant, Donghua Liu. Four days later, on Sunday 22 June, the...
    The Daily Blog | 29-08
  • The difference between Cunliffe & Key in the debate
    It was with much interest that I watched the leaders debate on Thursday night.  I watched with an open mind, always happy to have my opinion changed.  Maybe John Key is all the wonderful things that many say about him,...
    The Daily Blog | 29-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Denis Tegg – When Did We Agree To Our Data Being Shared with ...
    New shocking evidence has emerged from Edward Snowden’s trove of documents about a program called ICREACH under which data collected by the GCSB is shared with 23 US spy agencies. Under new sharing agreements which appear to have commenced immediately after...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • Why Internet MANA are the best political friends the Greens could ever get
    Metiria at last nights #GreenRoomNZ: standing on the shoulders and camera cases of giants  NZers, regardless of political spectrum or apathy level, have a wonderful beach cricket egalitarianism about us. If we can objectively conclude a winner, then that person...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • Sick of the Sleaze? Protest against National’s dirty politics THIS SATURD...
    Sick of the Sleaze? Protest now dammit! Three weeks before the election, action is being taken across the country voicing a rejection of the National Government’s track record and direction. Rallies are being held in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Sir Edmund Thomas – Address at Nicky Hager public meeting
    I regard it as privilege to chair this public meeting. I have long had the greatest admiration for Nicky Hager’s work, and nothing I have read or heard in the media over the past week or so has caused me...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • Labour and New Zealand Superannuation
    The kerfuffle in the wake of Nicky Hager’s Dirty Politics has had a detrimental impact on our discussion of economic policies. Signs are that the main beneficiaries of the dirty politics revelations will be Winston Peters and Colin Craig; certainly National suffered...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • Coalition for Better Broadcasting – Mike Hosking and the Leader’s Debat...
    A few weeks ago I blogged that Mike Hosking was a terrible choice as moderator for the TV One Party Leader’s Debate, because he is so embarrassingly biased in favour of John Key. So I watched the show with curiosity,...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • Democracy and Cancer: A critical analysis of Dirty Politics
    Twenty years ago, England’s renowned television playwright Denis Potter died of pancreatic cancer.  Readers may recall his two masterpieces ‘Pennies from Heaven’ and ‘The Singing Detective’.  During a final television interview with Melvyn Bragg, Potter declared that he had named...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • Cunliffe beats Key in First Leaders debate
    I watched the First Leaders debate at the Green Party #GreenRoomNZ, they were very kind to include me and the atmosphere was great. The debate was a resounding victory to Cunliffe. He won Round 1, Round 2, Round 3 and...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • LIVE STREAM: The Green Room Leader’s Debate from 6:30pm
    The Green Room will be hosted by media commentator Russel Brown, and will feature Green Co-leaders Metiria Turei and Russel Norman responding to the debate live, along with comment from thought leaders and commentators. ‘The Green Room’ 6pm – 8.30pm...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • How many taxpayer funded staff does John Key need to prepare for a Leaders ...
    John Key is currently at the Auckland Stamford Plaza with 40 staff, 4 undercover police cars and an entire floor booked out in preparation for tonights Leader’s debate. Isn’t 40 staff including coms, flown up to Auckland for a debate...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • A brief word on National Party Rodney MP, Mark Mitchell
    MP considers legal action against Nicky HagerThe National MP says he is considering taking a defamation case after the September 20 election.“Someone needs to be held accountable,” he said. Oh really champ? Brothers and sisters, there is a long way...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • Greens advertise on Whaleoil – but not on The Daily Blog?
    PaknSave have shown ethical compass and blocked adverts on Whaleoil, yet the Greens are advertising on Whaleoil, and not The Daily Blog? I would imagine there are far more potential Green voters on The Daily Blog then ever are on...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • It’s about the stupid economy stupid
    In focus group meetings, the sleepy hobbits of NZ by a staggering amount all believe that National are better economic stewards of the country than Labour, that’s why, instead of answering questions about blackmailing MPs, trawling brothels for dirt on...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • Labour Policy vs National Policy
    John Key’s favourite defence spin at the moment is people want to talk about policy and not hear answers on the ethics of trawling brothels, why Slater was given SIS information, blackmailing MPs into standing down, rigging candidate elections and hacking...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • The Green Room live streamed on TDB 6.30pm tonight for First Leaders debate
    The ‘Green Room’ will stream 6.pm tonight on The Daily Blog during the TV One leaders’ debate.Use #GreenRoomNZ to join in. The Green Room will be hosted by media commentator Russel Brown, and will feature Green Co-leaders Metiria Turei and Russel Norman responding...
    The Daily Blog | 27-08
  • Manukau East – the next Coalition in action
    A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of opening Voice Up – a youth forum run by young people in Otara. I had been asked as Chair of the Local Board to set the scene, encouraging young people...
    The Daily Blog | 27-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Kelly Ellis – The Big Bang Theory
    It’s a shame that it took a brain injury for me to start seeing things with such startling clarity. The realisation that lawyering, fishing, parenting, selling cars and racing yachts had common themes was stunning. Not perhaps as stunning as...
    The Daily Blog | 27-08
  • Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, how much Key aro...
    Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking on Radio Hauraki...
    The Daily Blog | 27-08
  • 5AA Australia – New Zealand’s Dirty Politics Aftermath and Polls
    MIL OSI – Source: Selwyn Manning – Analysis Headline: 5AA Australia – New Zealand’s Dirty Politics Aftermath and Polls 5AA Australia: On this week’s Across the Ditch bulletin on 5AA Australia, host Peter Godfery and Selwyn Manning discuss the aftermath...
    The Daily Blog | 27-08
  • La’o Hamutuk calls for inquiry into Timor GAP ‘mismanagement’ of oil ...
    The Suai project on the South Coast … “liberated” land but confused communities.Photo: La’o Hamutuk David Robie also blogs at Café Pacific. AN INDEPENDENT Timor-Leste development and social justice agency has called for an inquiry into the Timor GAP corporation...
    The Daily Blog | 27-08
  • What Is Nicky Hager?
    WHAT WILL HISTORY MAKE of Nicky Hager? That slight, perpetually boyish, journalist who descends periodically, like the admonishing angel in a medieval mystery play, to trouble our consciences and wreak merry havoc with the orderly conduct of our political affairs....
    The Daily Blog | 27-08
  • Can anyone in msm explain how after Dirty Politics that they all got played...
    Would you not think, that after reading Dirty Politics, that our mainstream media wouldn’t allow themselves to get tricked and played again by the VERY SAME discredited pundits? The best new feature on Radio NZ is their ‘Blog Watch’ and their...
    The Daily Blog | 27-08
  • Crusher Collins caught out lying about Privacy Commissioner – is this her...
    Crusher angry. Crusher smash own career. Crusher more angry. You would think that after getting outed as such a nasty, vicious piece of work in Dirty Politics, that Crusher would be scrambling to dial back the lies and manipulations. Apparently...
    The Daily Blog | 27-08
  • Cunliffe vs Key – first leaders debate
    This is your election ‘moderator’ – just one more reason an incoming Government need to sack everyone at TVNZ and reform it into an actual public broadcaster. The first leaders debate happens this Thursday, 7pm on TV One. I have...
    The Daily Blog | 26-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Kate Davis – An Old and Honourable Profession
      When Dirty Politics started to reference an ex-prostitute I began to get antsy. My first response was “come on Nicky, we decriminalised in 2003. Its sex worker.” My second response was “Ah oh. Who was it and did they...
    The Daily Blog | 26-08
  • Bought and paid for: the dirty politics of climate denial
    Has climate denial in New Zealand been bought and paid for by corporate interests? We already know that the ACT Party’s routine denial is closely linked to the financial support the party receives from wealthy free market fundamentalist Alan Gibbs,...
    The Daily Blog | 26-08
  • If the msm read The Daily Blog, THIS wouldn’t be a surprise – explainin...
    Yawn. How embarrassing for Hamish Rutherford and Andrea Vance, their breathless article today suggests that the idea of Labour and NZ First cutting a  deal over the buy back of assets  is some how new news. Silly mainstream media  journalists. If...
    The Daily Blog | 26-08
  • How much tax does John Key pay compared to a minimum wage worker??
    Yesterday I did some calculations to find out what tax John Key pays compared to a worker on the minimum wage. And I put out this media release for the Mana Movement: MANA Movement Economic Justice spokesperson John Minto is...
    The Daily Blog | 26-08
  • Hip hop death threats – the selective outrage of our media
    PM death threat in hip hop songAn Auckland hip-hop crew slammed for releasing a song with lyrics that apparently include a threat to kill Prime Minister John Key are urging young people to enrol to vote. Kill The PM, by...
    The Daily Blog | 26-08
  • Watch Slater turn into Key right before your eyes
    Watch Slater turn into Key right before your eyes...
    The Daily Blog | 26-08
  • I don’t always agree with Patrick Gower – but he didn’t deserve this!
    I don’t always agree with Patrick Gower – but he didn’t deserve this weird spear tackle from behind by his own company. I was listening to this interview at the time, and the awkwardness of it must be the worst...
    The Daily Blog | 26-08
  • Is it weird Radio NZ ban me yet still have….
    Is it weird Radio NZ ban me for life because I criticised the Prime Minister yet still have Matthew Hooton, David Farrar and Jordan Williams, 3 of the main protagonists revealed in Dirty Politics as part of their ongoing political...
    The Daily Blog | 25-08
  • Christchurch GCSB meeting – why mass surveillance matters in 2014
    This is the video for last weeks GCSB meeting in Christchurch. Don’t forget Nicky Hager’s public meeting Wednesday night in Auckland, TDB will live stream the event in the interests of our democracy. Broadcast starts 7.30pm here on TDB....
    The Daily Blog | 25-08
  • Assange, Greenwald to appear at Town Hall meeting? + KDC is not the hacker ...
    Wikileaks founder and the engineer of revealing some of the largest abuses of power in the modern era, Julian Assange, is rumoured to be appearing at the September 15th Town Hall meeting. Assange would join award winning investigative journalist Glen...
    The Daily Blog | 25-08
  • Why Paula Bennett will be the next leader and Hooton throws the Prime Minis...
    I don’t think the public have any idea of the behind the scenes meltdown now occurring within National. There are plenty of decent right wingers who all have ethical standards who have looked at what their leaders have been doing and...
    The Daily Blog | 25-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Rolinson – That Awkward Feeling When Your Campaign Goe...
    Urgh. It’s a thankless and nearly impossible task politically firefighting some days. Somebody (who isn’t you, but who’s in your care, or whom you’ve got a close professional relationship with) does or says something stupid; somebody from the Media’s there...
    The Daily Blog | 25-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Joe Trinder – Dirty politics goes viral
    Join the latest social networking craze this election that every Dog Cat and Jabba is putting on their facebook pages.     Joe Trinder – Ngāti Awa Born and born in Ōtepoti Ōtākou, Ex RNZN he is an Information Technology...
    The Daily Blog | 25-08
  • Blogwatch: An open letter to David Farrar: Please, be that guy
    Dear David, In light of  Nicky Hager’s book Dirty Politics, you wrote a blog entitled ‘Some changes on Kiwiblog’ and you suggested it was time to tighten up ship on your website, saying “I want to improve trust in myself,...
    The Daily Blog | 25-08
  • New Zealand’s biggest problems are Economic Issues
    New Zealand’s biggest problems are Economic Issues (41%) while the World’s most important problems are War & Terrorism (35%) just three weeks before NZ Election...
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • NZ 2014 Leaders Index – week ending 29 August
    Below is iSentia’s first weekly Leaders’ Index, showing the relative amount of coverage of nine Party Leaders in the lead up to the National Election across news media and social media. We will produce these reports for the next three...
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Judgment in Paki v Attorney General
    Tamaiti Cairns said that today’s Supreme Court decision is complicated, but, in essence opens the door for Maori people to go forward with their essential claims to water. Further work is required and Pouakani Trust will continue to pursue its...
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Supreme Court Decision on Maori Water Rights
    “ … the Supreme Court refused to give Pouakani people what they asked for, but may have given them something much, much better instead. The Appellants had argued that the Crown’s ownership of the River was as a fiduciary for...
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Leaders Dinner with Campbell Live, Dessert with RadioLIVE
    John Campbell is hosting Colin Craig, Winston Peters, Laila Harre, Metiria Turei, Peter Dunne, Jamie Whyte and Te Ururoa Flavell LIVE from Auckland’s Grand Harbour Restaurant on Wednesday 3 September at 7pm....
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Credit unions in the political spotlight
    Dirty politics was put aside last night as senior politicians outlined their universal support for growing the cooperatively owned credit union and mutual building society sector in New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Maryan Street on issues of importance to older people
    Liam Butler interviews Hon Maryan Street MP on issues of importance to older New Zealanders...
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • John Hanita Paki and others v The Attorney-General
    JOHN HANITA PAKI, TORIWAI ROTARANGI, TAUHOPA TE WANO HEPI, MATIU MAMAE PITIROI AND GEORGE MONGAMONGA RAWHITI v THE ATTORNEY-GENERAL OF NEW ZEALAND FOR AND ON BEHALF OF THE CROWN (“THE CROWN”) (SC 7/2010)...
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Last Nights Leaders Debate Drives The #nzpol Wordcloud
    Following last nights leaders debate on TV One between John Key and David Cunliffe, the data insight organisation Qrious collected all tweets that used the hashtag #nzpol from approximately the last 24 hours to produce this wordcloud....
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Campaign suggests reason behind suicide gender statistics
    An online campaign about meaning and belonging has revealed an interesting connection with the difference in suicide rates between men and women....
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Act Policy Vindicated by Sensible Sentencing Data
    ACT Leader Dr Jamie Whyte says the Sensible Sentencing Trust's just released analysis of 3 Strikes legislation "proves ACT was right to promote the policy and that it has made New Zealand a much safer country. The figures show beyond...
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • “Robin Hood tax and other clever ways to help our kids”
    It’s time to talk about tax. Not just income tax but other kinds of tax too....
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Cannabis Laws Breach Treaty – ALCP
    Cannabis prohibition is neo-colonial oppression resulting in the disproportionate imprisonment of Maori, the Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party says....
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • 2014 Variation Broadcasting Allocation Decision Released
    The Electoral Commission has released a variation decision on the amount of time and money allocated to political parties for the broadcasting of election programmes for the 2014 General Election....
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • New Zealand Shoppers- Demand Blue Tick Accredited Products
    Following ongoing concerns surrounding the issue of animal welfare in farming, particularly in the layer and broiler chicken sectors, the RNZSPCA is now asking consumers to purchase only eggs, pork, turkey and chicken that have been Accredited by the Blue...
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • EDS welcomes Labour’s Environment Policy
    The Environmental Defence Society has welcomed Labour’s Environment Policy which recognises that New Zealand cannot have a healthy economy without a healthy environment....
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Candidate calls for an end to institutional racism
    29 AUGUST 2014 Tāmaki Makaurau candidate, Rangi McLean has spoken up in support of Irie Te Wehi-Takerei who was wrongfully accused of shoplifting at a Warehouse store in Manukau. "Over the last month, two different supermarkets have been...
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Making tertiary education more accessible to Māori
    29 August 2014 The Māori Party launched its tertiary education policy today at Te Huinga Tauira o Te Mana Ākonga, the national hui for the Māori Teritary Students Association in Palmerston North. Te Tai Hauāuru candidate Chris McKenzie says the...
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • NZ Sign Language programmes receives $11 million boost
    Deaf Aotearoa are thrilled with Education minister Hekia Parata’s announcement this week that $11 million in funding will go towards a range of New Zealand Sign Language initiatives, including First Signs – a programme that involves sign language...
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Abortion violates the Human Rights of Fathers
    Fathers1Right to Life is concerned at the glaring imbalance that exists in law, in regard to the rights of men to defend the lives of the children they have fathered. Fatherhood commences at conception. Children in the womb, just like...
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Hundreds to join march against male violence in Auckland CBD
    Hundreds of supporters are expected to join the 'Take Back the Night' march through central Auckland streets tomorrow night in solidarity with making the streets safe for women and the rainbow community to walk without fear of male violence....
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Classic example of need for Conservative policy
    The Conservative Party Justice Spokesman, Garth McVicar believes the sentencing of killer Aaron McDonald is a classic example of why an overhaul of the parole and sentencing system is required.”...
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Greens & Labour Politicising Bullying in Schools
    Family First NZ says that both the Greens and Labour are wanting to politicise and sexualise school children under the guise of bullying programmes rather than deal with the school bullying issue as it should be dealt with....
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Wellington National Is Not Our Future Rally 30/8/14
    Thousands of people will march and rally at National is not our Future events on Saturday. Auckland is the main rally centre with supportive actions in Wellington, Dunedin, Christchurch and Hamilton. In Wellington, marchers will assemble at Te Papa...
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • EPA grants marine consent for OMV exploration well
    The Environmental Protection Authority has granted a marine consent to OMV New Zealand Ltd for its Whio-1 exploration well in the Taranaki Basin....
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • First anniversary of the horrific chemical attacks on Syria
    Members of the Syrian Community and friends are commemorating the first anniversary of the horrific chemical attacks on Syria, in Aotea Square on Saturday 30 August 2014, between 11-3 pm. The Assad regimes chemical attacks on al Ghouta were responsible...
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • Anniversary of the NZ Occupation of German Samoa
    Today, 29th August 2014, marks the 100 years centenary of the occupation of Samoa by New Zealand forces at the request of the British empire, ending the German rule of Samoa. It is also the starting point for the special...
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • Submissions sought on mosquito repellent
    The Environmental Protection Authority is calling for submissions on a portable mosquito repellent for use outdoors. The repellent consists of a strip impregnated with metofluthrin, a substance from the pyrethroid family....
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • Spot the difference – the leaders debate
    I watched the Leaders' debate last night and was struck by the fact that John Key accepted all of David Cunliffe's basic assumptions. For example, he did not say that the government should not tell farmers who they could sell...
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • Colin Craig’s tax figures do not add up and are dishonest
    “Colin Craig’s tax plan is to have two rates of income tax: 0% up to $20,000 and 25% above that. This will leave a $6.4 billion hole in the budget even before the new spending proposed by the Conservatives. The...
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • Dirty Politics Impacts National Party Support
    Media Release – For Immediate Release Dirty Politics Impacts National Party Support Support for National has dropped by 4.3% to 50.8%, the latest stuff.co.nz / Ipsos political poll shows....
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • Labour’s environment policy welcomed
    The independent conservation organisation Forest & Bird says that overall the Labour Party’s newly released environment policy would go a long way towards protecting New Zealand’s natural heritage....
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • National: Not our Future Marches across New Zealand
    Three weeks before the election, action is being taken across the country voicing a rejection of the National Government's track record and direction. Rallies are being held in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin to oppose National's...
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • Tune in to tonight’s debate from 7pm
    The countdown is on! You can watch the first leader’s debate for 2014 tonight, 7pm, on TV One ....
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • Gamblefree Day 1 September
    It's Gamblefree Day this Monday 1 September, the national awareness day for problem gambling in New Zealand. While traditionally celebrated on the first day of September, many events and activities are held both before and after this day to raise...
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • Success through captioning should be a given as a Right
    Success through captioning should be a given as a Right per the Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities...
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • Alcohol Marketing Committee Questions Government’s Motives
    An Independent Expert Committee on Alcohol Advertising and Sponsorship (IECAAS) has been formed out of concern amongst alcohol and public health researchers about the government’s Ministerial Forum on Alcohol Advertising and Sponsorship (MFAAS)....
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • How Much Higher Can Auckland Prices Go?
    National's plan to liberalise the use of Kiwisaver funds and its proposal to raise ts cheap "Welcome Home" loan thresholds to help buyers purchase a new home has been welcomed by home building companies but attacked as a "welfare scheme...
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • OPC submission period extended
    We have extended the submission period for the modified reassessment of a bee control affecting five organophosphate and carbamate insecticides (APP202142)....
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • Vinay Deobhakta struck off roll of barristers and solicitors
    The New Zealand Lawyers and Conveyancers Disciplinary Tribunal has ordered former Tauranga lawyer Vinay Deobhakta to be struck off the roll of barristers and solicitors....
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • Major parties to front up for Climate Voter election debate
    New Zealand’s main political parties will take part in ‘The Great Climate Voter Debate’ on September 3....
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • Family violence… too big to be ignored
    As Annah Stretton gears up for her New Zealand Fashion Week show on Thursday she is utilizing her spotlight to help change the face of family violence in this country saying “the problem is far too big to ignore”....
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • Candidate’s SOS to northern Maori voters: Save our seats!
    (Extract from address by Rev Te Hira Paenga to Kura Hourua Maori Political Leaders hui, in Whangarei this evening)....
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • Mary O’Neill to Stand for the Alliance in Napier
    The Alliance Party has confirmed Mary O’Neill as the Alliance candidate in the Napier Electorate for the 2014 election....
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • TONIGHT [28/8/14]: The Great Political Comedy Debate
    It's a night for debating. You could stay home frowning at tonight's Leaders debate, or laugh it up with us at BATS!...
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • Cunliffe against personal responsibility over billboards
    The accusation by David Cunliffe that the Conservative Party is subscribing to a surveillance society by protecting its billboards via the use of motion sensor cameras reveals an anti-personal responsibility position by the about-to-be-retired Leader...
    Scoop politics | 27-08
  • Groundbreaking health and climate conference
    The World Health Organization (WHO) is holding its first conference on climate change and health at its headquarters in Geneva this week, with New Zealand health experts in attendance....
    Scoop politics | 27-08
  • Te Tai Tokerau Party
    Last night at the Leadership Academy of Company A debate Clinton Dearlove announced the creation of a new political party supported by Whanau and Hapu....
    Scoop politics | 27-08
  • Significant fallout from Dirty Politics allegations
    Dirty politics ... costing National up to 3.8% of its pre-publication support Large numbers of New Zealanders are aware of and talking about the issues raised as a result of the publication of Nicky Hager’s book, Dirty Politics, according to...
    Scoop politics | 27-08
  • Colin Craig is “deluded and dangerous” – Act
    “Colin Craig is proposing a radical transformation of our constitution. The Conservatives are proposing to overthrow of one hundred and fifty odd years of parliamentary democracy and replace it with binding referenda” said ACT Leader Dr Jamie Whyte....
    Scoop politics | 27-08
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