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The sick state of the right

Written By: - Date published: 7:45 am, October 17th, 2013 - 77 comments
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The Herald reports today that John Palino’s campaign team were up to their eyeballs in the Len Brown dirty digging (or should that be “pantie sniffing”) with Bevan Chung releasing evidence that it was a calculated political move.

Their response? A whole lot of implausible denial. And speaking of implausible denial, it’s looking increasingly like John Banks is gonna have to go. And then there’s Hooton’s going berserk RNZ, and David Farrar’s desperate attempts to rake muck over Cunliffe’s CV, and Nick Smith’s increasing foundering over the Ruataniwha dam, and Simon Bridges’ going berserk on Campbell Live, and Amy Adams’ RMA fiasco…

All in all the right is not looking at all well. In fact it’s looking downright sick and nasty. No wonder Key’s looking like he’s over it.

77 comments on “The sick state of the right”

  1. Ant 1

    Would be interesting to see how and when Chuang was brought into the C and R fold.

  2. Sanctuary 2

    If the reports of Jock Anderson’s sacking are true, then it seems the New Zealand political right could be on the verge of a cultural split every bit as debilitating as the Tea party vs. Moderates split in the GOP.

    In one corner you will have the ACToid rump fanatics like Lusk, Slater, Hooton, Collins, Farrar, etc all heavily polluted by Fox News and wingnut websites and in the other you’ll have the old schoolers like English and Anderson and Federated Farmers.

    The fanatics will wage a filthy war every bit as energetically against their own “traitors” as they will against the “left” (translation: anyone normal). They even use the same language as the Tea Partiers. But unlike the United States, our electoral system is robust enough to punish them heavily for their extremism.

    • Ad 2.1

      Well said there, with an overlay of Auckland National-Act-C&R political culture versus the rest of NZ.

  3. You_Fool 3

    Reading the statements by Ms Chuang made me wonder what her motivation was and who was using her, today’s story makes no surprises to me, neither do I believe whale-oils denial that he had nothing to do with it, neither do I believe that he was “looking after her” other than by using her emotional state to get political points, something that looks like it is about to make it worse for the right (also no surprise)

    I worry for Ms Chuang and her state of mind, one hopes that some friends and family that actually care about her gather around and get her out of the media limelight and away from impure influences

    • bad12 3.1

      Chuang Bevan, described in the media as ‘ambitious’ i would say hasn’t got the intellectual where-with-all to maintain such a level of ambition,

      If Her actions were those of a ‘dizzy’ teen i probably could sympathize with Her, as She is to all extents and purposes a mature adult i cannot,

      In my mind She deserves little sympathy, it isn’t like She didn’t know that Len Brown was a married man and to be totally uncharitable considering today’s revelations in the Herald, it would appear that Chuang was happy to use sex in the furtherance of Her personal ‘ambitions’…

      • You_Fool 3.1.1

        That is somewhat un-called for, from the little I know of her (I also am a little involved in the Auckland Chinese Community Centre, which she is/was a member and done events for) she is an intelligent and well adjusted woman; just because she wore the wrong colour recently doesn’t change who she is and I feel that it is wrong to try and paint her as some sort of evil, stupid right wing succubus.

        Reading all her statements I feel there were two forces at work in her poor choice over Len, a little “I get to go to important events, which will help my political career” and “Len talks nice to me and makes me feel loved” – and it is that second bit that makes it inappropriate to smear her as some sort of slut. She may have actually liked Len, even if it was just cause he spoke nice to her and complimented her. It is also what makes me like Len more from this; he had good enough charisma to talk his way into her pants.

        • bad12 3.1.1.1

          Uncalled for, not at all, if there are any ‘victims’ in this sorry little tale those ‘victims’ are Len Brown’s family,

          How do you think ‘lover boy Luigi’ and Blubber boy got to hear of the Brown/Chuang affair in the first place,

          Detective work???, not likely, in the pillow talk between lover boy Luigi and Chuang, She told him,

          The texts between Chuang and lover boy Luigi published in today’s Herald say it all, Chuang would have provided Luigi with the ‘hot’ smoking gun texts from Brown to Chuang except Brown was now refusing to correspond with Her so she couldn’t…

          • Tracey 3.1.1.1.1

            IF she was in love with Brown, and he threw her aside, she might have been emotionallly distraught. Anyone who has been emotionally distraught knows that your thoughts swing wildly… loss, rage and so on. If someone was stoking the fires at that time, those swings get “grounded”. I am NOT excusing her part in this, but she is not ahead of Brown, Banks or Slater on the bad behaviours stakes, imo. She was emotional and made a very stupid decision that she will probably never be distanced from, NZ is too small. So let’s we all stop adding to it and focus on real targets in positions to damage NZ society.

            • McFlock 3.1.1.1.1.1

              I’ve lost one or two much more minor elections, and needed to potter off for a couple of days. And that was without a bf/fmr-bf pressuring me to do shit, and a sense of responsibility for my chosen candidate losing, and so on – just simply losing an election after weeks of intensive work on top of real life. So in a moment of great emotional stress, she purged – unfortunately to a muckraker, not a therapist.

              Frankly, I think the lesson is that if you are surrounded by tories, there is nobody you can confide in.

              • CnrJoe

                if you are surrounded by tories, there is nobody you can confide in

                quite. right.

                • However we should all be on guard . Tories are experts in”the Dirty Tricks Brigade.
                  Crosby-Textor are the best in the world at smear.This Latest Whale Oil sleazy campaign should alert the political left on just what to expect for next years election. Rats in a corner can be very dangerous ,

              • Huginn

                Agree with McFlock

                It does sound as though she was emotionally vulnerable after losing the election. Slater and the Palino camp saw an advantage and took it with no regard for the consequences for Chuang or Brown’s family – or for the political culture that has deliberately, and properly, kept these affairs off the board.

                This is a tragedy

      • muzza 3.1.2

        B12 – Summed up nicely!

        Chuang deserves no sympathy, she has made choices along the way, and as an adult she will have to live with those choices!

        The articles trying to sell this distraction are ridiculous!

        What *news* are we missing while the MSM outs this gutter level coup attempt?

        @ You fool – Um, yeah bro, appropriate handle!

      • karol 3.1.3

        Oh, come on. Who in politics isn’t “ambitious”? Chuang may not be a saint. Who in this story is? But she has been used and abused by SleazeOil and Steohen C(r)ook. Good on her for spelling out publicly how it went down.

        • muzza 3.1.3.1

          Hi Karol, of course Chuang is being used, so is Slater, Palino, Key, Banks, pick a name, they are all tools of those who are pulling the strings, those who we do not get to see.

          The point is, they are all adults who are responsible for their choices and actions, and what these types deserve, is to be outed for their actions and intentions. This is serious stuff, and if the dragon baby mamma is looking for sympathy, she should be told to suck it up, and live with the fallout!

          Ambitious, is a cover for all sorts of unfortunate personality traits, mostly of the undesirable nature, and is used as an attempt to cover for those traits with a positive sounding terminology!

          Holistic, altruistic ambition, will never self proclaim!

          • karol 3.1.3.1.1

            It is hard to know who pulls Slater’s strings. And I cannot understand any woman trusting him to publish intimate details of her life.

            But, for me, publishing of intimate details of the affair sounds like total Slater. the guy’s a misogynist, gutter-swilling, sleaze, and for that he deserves all the backlash he gets.

            • muzza 3.1.3.1.1.1

              It certainly has the reek of WO, and his handlers all over it, but remember, Chuang had to sign the affidavit, that was her choice, her “words”. She would also have had to authorize the release of any material, otherwise we can expect to see law suits against WO et al.

              Easy to be swayed by those that are involved, and to lessen the responsibility/accountability on Chuang, who must accept that her choices and actions, have contributed to her situation, the same way that Brown must also accept the consequences of his actions.

              Slater et al, this is their standard operating procedure, it is well known, and can be no surprise. Chuang, as a calculating, ambitious individual, must not be allowed leeway for her decisions or actions, that is the responsibility of adulthood,

              May she learn the painful lessons from this, yes that would be good, but lessons are learned from the consequences of actions, that is why some people grow, some don’t!

            • Tracey 3.1.3.1.1.2

              Would he publish anything on Collins of Cactus Kate’s for example if he knew about it?

            • The Pink Postman 3.1.3.1.1.3

              I have much better descriptions than that Karol but they are unprintable ..There are a few Yiddish words available but even those can not describe this “toe rag”

        • bad12 3.1.3.2

          Read the texts between Chuang and ‘Lover boy Luigi’ carefully and with both eyes open please Karol,

          Chunag did NOT provide the up to date texts between Her and Len Brown through any ‘moral’ concern about what ‘lover boy Luigi’ and Blubber boy were going to use them for,

          Chuang in Her own words couldn’t provide the texts between Her and Len Brown on the sole basis that Brown WOULD NOT correspond with Her,

          My view of that is that had Len Brown not cut off all communications with Chuang, She would have happily provided Brown’s text messages to ‘lover boy Luigi’ which would have then been splashed all over the sewer by Blubber boy,

          Chuang was a willing party in all of this and Her belated ‘sorrow’ for Len Brown might be truly felt by Her but i view such as simply ‘crocadile tears’ from a willing partner in all aspects of this sordid little affair…

          • Colonial Viper 3.1.3.2.1

            And something on the Herald about being asked to record her cell phone conversations with Brown because that’s when he says dirty stuff… but she couldn’t because he wasn’t taking to her any more. Still not a good look for her.

            That Luigi guy sounds like a lying scheming manipulative prick.

            • bad12 3.1.3.2.1.1

              Yeah of course CV, lover boy Luigi is slimy sleazy scum just what we would all expect to be hanging out with Blubber boy, Palino by association is little better,

              And seriously, Len Brown can hardly claim sainthood from His actions, in Lens defense tho is the fact that He is but a mere human, Len got caught out by that which catches out many a balding fifty something bloke, a good looking ‘younger woman’ switched on that part of the anatomy which hadn’t been rocking His world for quite a few years,

              Lolz, Vance did it to Dunne, the difference being there that Dunne as far as we can see only got to ‘think about it’ whereas Len Brown let it all hang out…

              • Tracey

                really I know heaps of 50 something balding guys who aren’t cheating on their wives.

                “boys will be boys” is a puerile defence.

                • karol

                  indeed. So “boys will be boys”, but women will be scheming two-faced cheats…. or whatever the line is that’s used against the “other woman”.”

                  Men can’t help their biological impulses, and really it’s all the fault of the woman.

                • Colonial Viper

                  “really I know heaps of 50 something balding guys who aren’t cheating on their wives.”

                  Neither was Brown last week.

                • bad12

                  Lolz Tracey, the fifty something balding bloke getting a bad case of teenage yearning for a younger woman that is receptive to His advances is a ‘historical norm’,

                  The fact that you know heaps of baling fifty something blokes you ‘claim’ are not cheating on their wives is immaterial, do you think that when such blokes engage in such cheating they all publicly display such, it is by definition an engagement steeped in secrecy,

                  As CV points out, none of us knew Len Brown had been at it until this week, so what you ‘know’ and what is reality as far as people ‘cheating’ on each other are usually two different things,

                  It’s pretty obvious to me that from reading the Herald’s revelations this morning that had Len Brown been communicating with Chuang Bevan last week Blubber boy would have been publishing it all word for word,

                  Do i attach to Chuang any label of denigration, no far from it, where i live in society the actions of Chuang Bevan are par for the course some of my best friends are as ruthless if not more so when it comes to the politics of life,

                  Sorry if that bursts your bubble…

                  • karol

                    FFS, 50 something men, whatever the “norm” in a patriarchal society cannot side-step taking responsibility by blaming their biology and historical “norms” for their choices, while others (especially the “other women”) get held to account for their “ruthless” behaviour.

                    • bad12

                      What are you suggesting here Karol??/, should Len Brown resign???my view of Brown’s actions are that He is doing what a zillion fifty something balding males have done befor Him and a zillion other’s will do after,

                      The difference being that Len’s the Mayor and this is all now public knowledge, you are attaching blame here for the initial ‘sexual behavior’ which i am not,

                      Not in any way, the fact that Chuang ‘seems’ to have been into Brown’s bed and then outta there and into ‘Luigi’s” on at least two occasions simply draws from me a smile because such actions, by both Men and Women, i see them every day, it’s what i consider ‘normal’,

                      Put aside the ‘sexual relationships’ for the moment, hard i know as such inter-link the story, and what have you got???,

                      What you have got is Bevan Chuang who if Len Brown had of continued to communicate with Her would have happily passed on those communications to ‘Luigi’ and thence to Blubber boy,

                      The only reason She didn’t is coz Brown,(possibly more clever than i would have credited Him with), didn’t…

                    • karol

                      bad, no I have said many times I don’t think Brown should resign – at least not in the short-medium term.

                      As you have done, so have others, defending Brown by saying other guys in political office have done as much and more in the past. So we just go on accepting the “historical norm”. When is it going to become NOT OK for some men to abuse their positions of power as many have done in the past?

                      Brown has done wrong. But there’s a nasty smear campaign being waged by some righties who know they stand little chance of getting their guy/s elected democratically. That is the worst thing going on right now.

                    • bad12

                      PS, whats this ‘responsibility thingy’ that us 50 something balding blokes should be doing,

                      Chuang and Brown are two mature adults,(although that’s debatable), both are free, in a free society, to engage in sexual acts unconstrained by Law or the supposed morality of other’s,

                      Len of course would seem to have some modicum of responsibility through His marriage vows which to me just says more fool Him for engaging in such primitive behavior of ‘ownership’ which is how i view such primitive vows…

                    • Colonial Viper

                      Indeed let’s remember she is 32, not 18. And it’s unfair to say at this point that Brown abused his positional power over her.

                    • bad12

                      Karol, please do not put words in my mouth which i have neither used nor implied, i have made no reference to what other men or woman have done in political office, full stop.

                      What i have said is that in the world i inhabit it is ‘normal’ for men and women to behave sexually as have both Brown and Chuang, you on the other hand seem to see something grossly wrong in the actual act of sex between the two which as far as i can tell was consensual,

                      From where i sit,(remembering i am not a member of Lens family), what exactly is ‘wrong’ with the adult Len Brown having sex with the adult Chuang Bevan, my view is nothing,

                      If there is any ‘wrong’ to be attributed to such actions it is NOT for us to attribute such wrong,(are we the moral police now), it is for Len Brown’s family to attribute any wrong-doing on His part,

                      The point at where something is ‘wrong’, in my opinion, is at the point where Chuang has obviously tried to have Len Brown communicate further with Her,

                      In my view the ‘wrong’ here is that She was deliberately trying to ‘trap’ Brown knowing that She would then be passing on such private communications to a third party

                    • karol

                      bad, now you are “putting words in my mouth”. I do think there is a power imbalance in such cases. i don not agree with the “Historical norm” defence – ie others have done it.

                      I do not agree with any “entrapment” defence of Brown.

                      I’m pissed as hell for Brown being irresponsible and endangering the stability of Auckland Council. Yes, Chuang also has to take responsibility for her own behaviour. However, amongst all these guys, she is in a relatively weak position, and has been pressured and manipulated by some ruthless right wing guys.

                      I’m more pissed – beyond words – at Team Sleazy Slater and Team Palino their disregard for democratic processes. Now SleazeOil is trying to sit on a high horse and claim Brown is a “ratbag” and a “weasle” and he will continue to “hold him to account”. Oh, please?!!! Who is going to hold SleazeOil to account? A slimey one on a high horse is bound to come a nasty cropper!

                      There are many complicated sides to this story. No-one is looking that good.

            • karol 3.1.3.2.1.2

              Yep, Chuang has a lot to answer for, too, and she ain’t no saint – neither is Brown. But, I doubt she really understood in advance what the reaction to her would be as a result of, not only going public, but producing all that salacious stuff. She has been stupid. I believe she’s had a lot of nasty backlash she didn’t anticipate. And, whatever she thought she was doing, she has been abused by Whale Sleaze and C(r)ook.

              And, Chuang has now thrown a little dirt back act the sleazy pair, and the whole of the Auckland Palino/Slater teams.

              Let’s not forget that this is indeed about the “sick state of the right”.

            • karol 3.1.3.2.1.3

              but she couldn’t because he wasn’t taking to her any more. Still not a good look for her.

              Not just that, but this:

              Chuang: I can’t get any evidence because he won’t talk to me.

              And it won’t help my future by saying that I’ve been involved in an marital relationship?

              he won’t interact with me at all and you keep pressuring me, blaming that I won’t help, etc.

              My bold. Not just that she couldn’t but she didn’t see any advantage in doing it – yes, that speaks to her ambition. But the strongest thing that comes from the texts is that her scumbag b/f was really pressuring her and using emotional blackmail.

          • bad12 3.1.3.2.2

            Further to this and with a little bit more thought, the Herald points out Chuang’s texts to lover boy Luigi where She tells Him that She cannot provide the info He wants on the sole basis that Len Brown won’t communicate with Her,

            i then have to take a ‘speculative view’ that Chuang has tried to get Len Brown to communicate with Her, all the while Her,(Chuang), knowing that if Brown does resume the cut off communications with Her, She will pass on those communications to lover boy Luigi and hence to Blubber boy,

            i think any reasonable person could make that reasonable conclusion based upon the texts shown this morning in the Herald…

          • Huginn 3.1.3.2.3

            That’s a very harsh take on those texts, Muzza. I don’t see it that way.

            I see a woman saying “I can’t” because she is unable to say “I won’t” .

            It shouldn’t be taken to mean that she wanted to.

            It does speak volumes of the power relationship between Chuang and Wewege before the election. And it points to how he would have come at her immediately after the election was lost

      • BM 3.1.4

        I agree, the Manchu Lady hasn’t really shown a lot of nous and cleverness

        She ain’t going to get any sympathy from no one, especially from other women

        From what I’ve seen and read, women despise other women who have affairs or meddle in others relationships,
        Fuck with my man and l’II gouge out your eyeballs and kill you seems to be the typical sort of response.

        Hard road ahead for Bevan.

  4. Armchair Critic 4

    John Key has never truly lead the National party, and now his inability to even merely manage it, or the country, is glaringly obvious.
    An early election looks increasingly likely.

  5. vto 5

    Yep, John Key’s lot look like a shabby old jumper with the stitches falling apart all over.

  6. Tony Moder 6

    haha muck raking but its not working, they are surrounded and going down, the national ship that is.

  7. Tracey 7

    5 years to date

    heatley resigned and reinstated
    smith resigned and reinstated
    worth resigned
    wong resigned
    kate wilkinson resigns
    aaron gilmore resigns
    jaqui blue resigns
    dunne resigned
    Banks resigned

    power gone to another job

    BUT its labour in disarray…. yeah right

  8. vto 8

    It is not just the National shabbiness…

    … it is their entire ethos of self-interest and the failed neoliberal policies that have led to Pike River deaths and finance company collapses.

    The only supporters they will have at the next election are the die-hards who are too cowardly to admit their political philosophies might be wrong for society. We can all guess the type.

    Failed.

    Go back to the drawing board Nats, you stinking scheming pricks.

  9. Blue 9

    I’m slightly more concerned about the sick state of right-wing journalism, in which the Herald tries to use the results of a self-selecting poll to force Len Brown to resign.

  10. Outofbed 10

    If it now alright to dish dirt about politicians private lives, Nick Smith must be shitting himself :-)

    • karol 10.1

      Yep. Cunliffe has steadily and carefully worked on this, piling up the evidence. Yesterday “Labour lodges privileges complaint against Nick Smith”

      Labour today lodged a privileges complaint against Conservation Minister Nick Smith for deliberately misleading Parliament over a Department of Conservation draft submission on the proposed Ruataniwha dam.

      Labour Leader David Cunliffe says responses to written questions raise doubts over Dr Smith’s continued assertions he didn’t know about the draft submission until it was leaked to media and raised in the House on September 17.

      And Claire Trevett is doubtful about the stability of Key’s government:

      Nonetheless, the ministerial resignations of both Banks and Dunne does reinforce the perception that the stability is as wobbly as blancmange.

      Key will be relying on those assurances more than he is letting on. He has pointed out he can still muster a majority with the Maori Party. But the Maori Party votes against far more government bills than it supports, and that leaves vast tracts of National’s policy platform at risk of being put on ice. It would still be able to govern, but only in first gear.

      Politically, it is atrocious timing for Key, who had hoped to spend this time trying to be a pernicious gooseberry on new Labour leader David Cunliffe’s honeymoon.

  11. karol 11

    Interesting also that Stuff’s online poll had a bit over 50% saying Brown should NOT resign(56% today) – opposite of NZ Herald’s online poll.

  12. phil 12

    Thanks for the history of resignations,lest we forget. Chuang seems to me to be a vulnerable woman who has been MANipulated in every way! This story is a old as time. Overall, Len comes out as a mere male who can’t control himself.

  13. Puckish Rogue 13

    This is great: political in-fighting spilling out into the media…blood in the water

    Politics is getting interesting :)

  14. Mjoy 14

    Seriously folks this conversation wouldn’t be going on if Len hadn’t been so weak and stupid. I agree that his personal life shouldn’t be anyone’s business but in the real world it does and if he’s not smart enough to work that out then maybe he’s not smart enough to be the Mayor. Lets put the blame for this mess where it really sits. Not with the “right” or the “other woman”, Len made the mistake and he has to live with the consequences.

    • McFlock 14.1

      Actually, the mess clearly sits with the loathsome panty-sniffers who have taken NZ politics a few feet farther into the sewer. This conversation wouldn’t be going on if a disgraced former jonolist and his tory bully-boy mates hadn’t obsessively chased down a rumour – mostly because they couldn’t get brown on his activities as mayor.

    • felix 14.2

      Yep, Len is responsible for what he does.

      But when you say “the consequences” you’re talking about what Slater and his bunch of fuckwits are doing, as if they’re a force of nature.

      How come you’re not holding them personally responsible for their actions?

    • lprent 14.3

      Lets put the blame for this mess where it really sits. Not with the “right” or the “other woman”, Len made the mistake and he has to live with the consequences.

      Sure he does and I’m sure that he will both at home and when the next election rolls around. But it is largely irrelevant in actual political terms in that Len campaigned on his policies and record. The election was won on those, not primarily on his character. I’m pretty sure that based on the gap between him and John Palino, that he’d have won even if this had been made public months before the election.

      However the means by which this sordid little tale came to light is politically important. It appears to have been a deliberate attempt from the team of only credible opposition to Len Brown to gain political advantage by the emotional torture and abuse of someone using a sexual relationship as instrument of torture.

      I’m interested in your view about how you can justify that?

      • karol 14.3.1

        Yep. In the end, it shows yet again that the right have no confidence in winning on policies – they spin, divert, attack, smear, and use any kind of dirty tricks they can, but have only empty promises to offer the majority of Kiwis on policies.

      • Mjoy 14.3.2

        I’m not trying to justify or excuse. I’m just saying, if Len had kept his pants on they wouldn’t have the ammunition to attack in the first place, and lets not pretend that if we knew something similar about Banks, Key and Co we wouldn’t use it….. I know I would.

        • McFlock 14.3.2.1

          Apart from the fact that I do seem to recall that one or two pollies (including tories) have had personal problems before, and tory bloggers didn’t go apeshit. Hide springs to mind.

          They tried to spread some personal muck about Heather Roy, but this is the first time I recall people demanding resignations over it – but then I suppose it took a while for even slater to sink to those depths.

  15. Yawn.
    I don’t care who Len Brown is having sex with as long as its consensual.
    I do care that he is screwing the workers of Auckland by pushing the NACTs corporate plan to make Auckland even more of a fat cat playground ripping off ordinary folks and sucking up to the rich and envious.
    Should he go, yes, but not because he was smitten by a woman and smeared by the right.
    It is the job of the left to find someone who stands up for ordinary people and not for the baubles of office.
    zzzzzz

    • Murray Olsen 15.1

      Yep, he can go because we have someone far better to replace him with, not because some sleaze merchants who wouldn’t get rated a 4 if they were paying want their guy in. We need to find that person and build a movement to get them in.

  16. karol 16

    Jock Anderson told NZ Herald reporter he was sacked from NBR for writing a piece supporting Len Brown.

    Apparently it is because he was told to write a neutral piece on the affair, and expressed his own view as if it was that of the NBR.

    hmmmm…. so now can we have more sackings of MSM journos who fail to meet such standards?

    • newsense 16.1

      yeh:

      NBR journalist dismissed
      NBR Staff | Thursday October 17, 2013
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      A senior National Business Review journalist has lost his job in the wake of the Len Brown sex scandal.

      National Business Review publisher Todd Scott in a brief statement today said: “We do not comment on internal employment issues but I can confirm Mr Jock Anderson was dismissed yesterday for failing to comply with specific instructions to treat coverage of the Len Brown affair in an impartial and unbiased manner.”

      Mr Anderson had filed copy on NBR ONLINE yesterday morning purporting to be the NBR’s stance on the controversy. His copy was headed “Editorial” and called for Mr Brown to stay on as mayor. His copy was removed shortly after it was posted.

      Mr Scott said NBR’s news coverage of the ongoing scandal would remain strictly neutral. There would be no restriction on NBR’s regular columnists to analyse events as they unfolded.
      http://www.nbr.co.nz/article/nbr-journalist-dismissed-147312

      what i want to know is how was it unbiased or impartial?

      Otherwise how much pressure are we seeing on editorial journalists and columnists not to say what they really think?

      Release the article NBR, let us know what Mr Anderson really thought…

  17. Jack Turnbill 17

    Welcome to American politics..
    Palino is from New Jersey. Its a political fire state.
    Wouldnt surprise me if he supports the Republican Tea Party.
    They have just about destroyed the American economy with their extremism over the last few weeks.
    Political Agendas = American politics =Palino.
    Who mysteriously skipped the country for a holiday when the the oil in the pan started to get hot??
    Mr Palino….how convenient.
    Hope he continues his trip right back to New Jersey..
    Got a gut feeling Auckland was lucky this all happened..Bevan Chung might have done us all a favour exposing this guy.

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    Top of the AgendaTensions Flare in Jerusalem...
    Pundit | 31-10
  • Guest post: Plain English is radical
    @aaronincognito is an anonymous soulless bureaucrat who blogs at fundamentallyuseless.wordpress.com. Despite all the ups and downs of the past few months, there has been one constant in left wing politics: jargon. Regardless of whether Nicky Hager, Judith Collins, or Eminem...
    On the Left | 31-10
  • Long past time
    The Dominion-Post reports that the government is considering wiping past convictions for homosexuality. Good. As a guest-poster to On The Left has recently explained, living with a criminal conviction isn't easy; employers and agencies will simply dump applications from people...
    No Right Turn | 31-10
  • Define Instruments Expands into South Africa
    It’s always great to see companies grow – and Define Instruments recently took their first big leap. The team has followed existing international sales by setting up a South African office. It’s the first of many new overseas offices we hope to...
    Lance Wiggs | 31-10
  • MacLennan on fixing the OIA
    Journalist and lawyer Catriona MacLennan has some suggestions on Fixing Official Information Act Abuses . She identifies three problems with the law: lack of resources to enforce the law; deliberate flouting of the act; and inadequate understanding of the legislation...
    No Right Turn | 31-10
  • All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy
    It's Halloween! Time for a jolly pumpkin to remind everyone that there is chocolate nearby The weather is terrible, and while it can't rain all the time, I suspect there may be an absence of ghosts and ghouls. Whatever shall...
    No Right Turn | 31-10
  • Indistinguishable from totalitarianism
    SF author Charles Stross has a lovely alternate-history thought experiment which demonstrates quite neatly how British surveillance is indistinguishable in practice from totalitarianism. And if you're in any doubt, you've only got to read today's news:The Government is facing calls...
    No Right Turn | 31-10
  • Rate my minister
    Tertiary education minister Steven Joyce wants to introduce a new ranking system, Rate My Qualification, where employers rate tertiary education courses and then students can look up the results. Well perhaps employers should be able rate other things too, such as their ministers....
    Tertiary Education Union | 31-10
  • To the field experiments!
    In the wake of the Stanford / Dartmouth schnozzle this week, this political science article caught my eye: The way your brain reacts to a single disgusting image can be used to predict whether you lean to the left or...
    Polity | 30-10
  • NZ cranks finally publish an NZ temperature series – but their paper’s ...
    You can’t teach old dogs new tricks, it seems — certainly not if they’re gnawing a much loved old bone at the time. The lads from the NZ Climate Science Coalition — yes, the same boys who tried to sue...
    Hot Topic | 30-10
  • West Auckland Network with new interchanges
    Last week Auckland Transport began consultation on the new network for West Auckland. I and many readers were highly critical of it as it seemed to ignore much of the network design philosophy and elements AT are implementing elsewhere and...
    Transport Blog | 30-10
  • This ‘boom’ might save the world – 10 quick facts about r...
    As the world's leading climate scientists finalise the latest and most comprehensive report on climate change and ways to tackle it, a key question is: What is new? What has changed since the release of the UN climate panel's last Assessment Report (AR4) in...
    Greenpeace NZ blog | 30-10
  • A lack of commitment
    New Zealand has finally joined the Open Government Partnership. A requirement of membership is to submit an action plan about how you will improve open government over the next two years. So what's in ours? Sweet fuck-all:Our Action Plan will...
    No Right Turn | 30-10
  • Smartphones are meant to bend
    You’ve no doubt heard of the issues surrounding the newly released iPhone 6, but do […] The post Smartphones are meant to bend appeared first on Connected....
    Potentia | 30-10
  • Tea Party takes on “President Obola”
    OK, so this happened: Theatricality is one of the best ways to shake the sleepwalking public awake. One brave liberty advocate made a bold statement when he donned a Hazmat suit and an Obama mask, and took to the president’s...
    Polity | 30-10
  • CTU welcomes forestry review recommendations
    The CTU is welcoming the today's release of the independent forestry safety review panel findings. "These recommendations must be implemented to ensure that everything possible is done to make forestry safer." CTU President, Helen Kelly said.  Photo:  ...
    CTU | 30-10
  • Herald vs Hosking-in-Herald on teabreaks
    The New Zealand Herald editorial today is distinctly unimpressed with the government’s decision to remove mandated tea breaks for workers: It is a pity that almost the first legislative act of the Government's new term is an act abolishing mandatory...
    Polity | 30-10
  • Forest Safety report first step in making our forests safe to work in
    Our forests are a very dangerous place to work. Between 2008 and 2013 there have been 32 fatalities and more than a thousand serious harm incidents in this industry. The Council of Trade Unions and First union have been doing...
    frogblog | 30-10
  • Ghost Dancing?
    Ghost Dancing circa 1890: With the buffalo effectively exterminated, the material basis for the Native American cultures of the Great Plains was destroyed. The Ghost Dance, it was believed, would reconstitute the basis for an independent indigenous existence. Has the...
    Bowalley Road | 30-10
  • I have seen one future, and it is bleak
    . . Way back in March, 2012,  I wrote this story regarding a march to support striking workers at Ports of Auckland. It appears there was some prescience about some of my observations at the time… . | | 18...
    Frankly Speaking | 30-10
  • WINZ: Bureaucratic Befuddlement and Confustication
    Yeah, I know. Confusticate isn’t a word, unless you’re quoting Urban Dictionary. Definition: This word is the coalescing of the English words “confuse” and “complicate”. It refers to anything of, or relating to the process of being both confused and...
    On the Left | 30-10
  • The idiot
    Here’s why this Steffan Browning/Ebola/Homeopathy thing is a really big deal for the Green Party. (a) Historically they’ve been stereotyped by their opponents as a bunch of nutters (b) The main focus of the party for the past five years –...
    DimPost | 30-10
  • The idiot
    Here’s why this Steffan Browning/Ebola/Homeopathy thing is a really big deal for the Green Party. (a) Historically they’ve been stereotyped by their opponents as a bunch of nutters (b) The main focus of the party for the past five years –...
    DimPost | 30-10
  • Climate change and New Zealand cities
    Environmentalists sometimes have an uneasy relationship with cities. Because they concentrate a lot of people and economic activity in relatively small places, they also concentrate a lot of negative environmental effects. All that concrete, all that energy being consumed, the...
    Transport Blog | 30-10
  • Got a mystery? Just ask John!
    Tuesday, November 24, 2009John Key has learned the identity of the entertainer guilty of an indecency charge through the grapevine of people circumventing the suppression order....
    Pundit | 30-10
  • Shameful attack on all workers
    The Government has passed the Employment Relations Amendment Act slashing the rights of all Kiwi workers. “These changes are shameful. New Zealand now has some of the worst employment protections in the OECD....
    CTU | 30-10
  • Blocked
    It is safe to say before the election last month I was fairly prolific in the blogosphere as we headed to an election. Was it because there was a glimmer of hope for we on this side of the coin?...
    My Thinks | 30-10
  • Blend with the Bruntletts Group Ride
    While Vancourerites Chris and Melissa Bruntlett are here for their Auckland Conversation talk, Generation Zero, Frocks on Bikes and TransportBlog have organised a slow, family friendly ride around the city centre. The map is below. The ride is designed to be self-directed so...
    Transport Blog | 30-10
  • Rawshark – Is she Maori or Pakeha?
    Cameron Slater blamed someone for being behind the hacking of his emails and passing them on to Nicky Hager. And then he named someone he thought was Rawshark. John Key says someone told him who Rawshark is but he ain’t telling. @B3nRaching3r is...
    Te Putatara | 30-10
  • Employment law: it’s toasted
    In an early episode of Mad Men, when the company’s going for the Lucky Strike account, sleazebag antihero Don Draper asks the client exactly how cigarettes are made. They talk through the process, mentioning the tobacco is toasted – and...
    On the Left | 30-10
  • Owners of the wind
    Thirty-odd years ago in the Kingdom of Denmark lived some brave people who disliked nuclear power and loved renewable energy. Determined to keep their country clean and safe, they began building their own wind turbines. Today, thanks to these passionate...
    Greenpeace NZ blog | 30-10
  • Te Wakaputanga – What we did not learn at school
    This week saw the 179th anniversary of the signing of Te Wakaputanga, the Declaration of Independence of the United Tribes of Niu Tireni. Most of us did not learn about this fundamentally critical document at school, we barely learned about...
    frogblog | 30-10
  • NZ goes backwards on gender equality
    It is no coincidence that in the same week New Zealand is singled out for going backwards on child poverty under National,  we’ve also dropped in global rankings for gender equality. In one year New Zealand has dropped from 7th...
    frogblog | 30-10
  • TPPA Bulletin #58
    NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION 8 NOVEMBER 2014 Auckland, Hamilton, Raglan, Tauranga, Rotorua, Gisborne, New Plymouth, Napier, Palmerston North, Levin,Wellington, Nelson, Christchurch, Timaru, Dunedin,Invercargill. REGIONAL UPDATES Auckland (1:00 pm at Aotea Square): speakers include Robyn Malcolm (Actors Equity), Bunny McDiarmid (Greenpeace), Dayle Takitimu...
    NZ – Not for sale | 30-10
  • Seabed mining: drums in the deep
    Out on the Chatham Rise, the ridge jutting into the waters off Christchurch and extending out beyond the Chathams, Chatham Rock Phosphate has a mining permit and is now seeking EPA approval for its project to mine phosphate for fertiliser,...
    Pundit | 30-10
  • CTU Runanga calls on iwi leaders
    Maori workers are calling on iwi leaders to speak out against the employment law changes expected to go through today.“Iwi leaders have previously spoken out when workers in Aotearoa have been under attack, we believe they should do so again...
    CTU | 30-10
  • An unmanaged conflict
    Katherine Rich is a member of the government-appointed Health Promotion Agency, responsible for (as it says on its website) "inspiring all New Zealanders to lead healthier lives". Katherine Rich is also Chief Executive of the New Zealand Food and Grocery...
    No Right Turn | 30-10
  • Robert Fisk
    Isis in Syria: A general reveals the lack of communication with the US - and his country's awkward relationship with their allies-by-default...
    No Right Turn | 30-10
  • A stretch
    This morning the Herald revealed that Kim Dotcom had been convicted and fined for dangerous driving in 2009, but had not declared it on his application for residency. Immigration is now talking about deporting him. So, this is what we...
    No Right Turn | 30-10
  • Tauranga port happy to take the money – but not happy to accept responsib...
    Comments from a Port of Tauranga manager about deaths and injuries in their port during a Radio New Zealand interview are unacceptable....
    MUNZ | 30-10
  • New Ebola Toys for Xmas. Yay?
    From the "too soon?" file, here are two oddly successful exercises in niche marketing. First, the molecularly-sort-of-correct ebola plush toy. Apparently it has sold out: And, of course, the sexy ebola nurse outfit: Ebola, as everyone knows, ignores cleavage. And...
    Polity | 30-10
  • Temporary, discriminatory and an admission of Faliure
    The PM says that the legislation his government proposes to pass under urgency allowing for the confiscation of passports of NZ citizens in order to combat the threat of returning foreign fighters will be “tightly focused” on those traveling to...
    Kiwipolitico | 30-10
  • Climate change harming ocean health
    New Zealand is responsible for one of the largest areas of sea in the world – an area 14 times the size of our land area. The National Government is promising new marine protected areas legislation with a discussion document...
    frogblog | 30-10
  • Experiment-gate update
    Readers may recall the saga around an experimental mailer some Stanford / Dartmouth researchers sent into the state of Montana. In a randomised trial, it provided voters with some added information about two candidates running for a judicial election, and...
    Polity | 30-10
  • Why are our Politicians Auckland Toll Chickens?
    Yesterday both the National Government and Green Party opposed the suggestion to place a toll on Auckland’s roads, but for completely different reasons. The Government opposes it because they see it as a new tax. The Greens because they would...
    Gareth’s World | 29-10
  • The obvious question
    John Key says he knows who the hacker Rawshark is. So, will the police be raiding his home for ten hours and taking all his data, or is that something they only do to enemies of the National Party?...
    No Right Turn | 29-10
  • Guest post: Living with a criminal conviction
    What happens when one moment of bad judgement changes everything anyone ever thinks about you? Mike Jones* used a weapon to defend his girlfriend from an aggressive man at a party seven years ago. He’s still paying for that choice....
    On the Left | 29-10
  • James Shaw speaks on the four Bills formerly known as the Accounting Infras...
    The assurance industry is a critical component of our economic framework. The idea that there is a trusted independent watchdog of the public interest underpins investor confidence and ensures financial probity on behalf of our country's leading institutions. New Zealand...
    Greens | 31-10
  • ANZ needs to look after its workers after another super profit
    The ANZ bank needs to acknowledge the super profits it makes are coming at the expense of its workers, the Green Party said today.Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited (ANZ) 2014 full year results show a lift in performance...
    Greens | 31-10
  • James Shaw’s maiden speech
    Tena Koe, Mr Speaker. I would like to take this opportunity to speak a little of the past, the present and the future. The privilege to serve in this Parliament was given to me by all those who gave their...
    Greens | 31-10
  • Feed the kids members bill
    Education is the best route out of poverty. But hungry kids can't learn and are left trapped in the poverty cycle. Let's break that cycle lunchbox by lunchbox. We can feed the country's hungry kids, if we work together.I have...
    Greens | 31-10
  • Feed the kids members bill
    Education is the best route out of poverty. But hungry kids can't learn and are left trapped in the poverty cycle. Let's break that cycle lunchbox by lunchbox. We can feed the country's hungry kids, if we work together.I have...
    Greens | 31-10
  • National’s “Auckland housing boom” a fizzer
    Falling Auckland consent numbers show the Government’s housing policy is going backwards contrary to wild claims by Building and Housing Minister Nick Smith that we are on the cusp of a massive construction boom, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. ...
    Labour | 31-10
  • Job losses major blow to Bay community
    Job losses at Wattie’s Hastings plant will hit families and the community hard, Hawke’s Bay-based Labour MP Stuart Nash and MP for Ikaroa-Rawhiti Meka Whaitiri say. “I know a number of the Wattie’s staff and these job losses will be...
    Labour | 31-10
  • Local job losses major blow to Bay community
    Job losses at Wattie’s Hastings plant will hit families and the community hard, Hawke’s Bay-based Labour MP Stuart Nash and MP for Ikaroa-Rawhiti Meka Whaitiri say. “I know a number of the Wattie’s staff and these job losses will be...
    Labour | 31-10
  • Zero tolerance for forestry accidents a must
    The Government must adopt a zero tolerance approach to workplace accidents in the forestry sector to stop people being killed, Labour’s Forestry spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “It is time for the Government and the forestry sector to put an end...
    Labour | 30-10
  • Return to less holidays on the cards?
    John Key needs to lay his cards on the table regarding the Government’s intentions around holiday pay and annual leave entitlements, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “A day after National pushed through laws that take away the legal...
    Labour | 30-10
  • Forest Safety report first step in making our forests safe to work in
    Our forests are a very dangerous place to work. Between 2008 and 2013 there have been 32 fatalities and more than a thousand serious harm incidents in this industry. The Council of Trade Unions and First union have been doing...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Catherine Delahunty Speaks on the Employment Relations Amendment Bill
    Kia ora, Mr Assistant Speaker. He mihi nui ki te Whare Paremata. Welcome to the glorious 19th century, dressed up in the not-so-new flexibility-speak. At the final moment of this bill, let us drop the charade. The Government has a...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Ruataniwha Feds refuse to present a balanced view
    A bid to sell the Ruataniwha water project to Hawkes Bay farmers has turned in to an incredibly one sided affair, says Labours spokesperson on Water Meka Whaitiri.  “It’s being promoted as ‘Ruataniwha it’s now or never’ and it promises...
    Labour | 30-10
  • Worker’s rights dealt severe blow with Bill’s passing
    The passing of the Employment Relations Amendment Bill is another blow to workers' rights in New Zealand, the Green Party said today.This afternoon, National's Employment Relations Amendment Bill passed with the support of Act and United Future."This bill will force...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Barriers to reporting sex crimes must go
    Both the Government and police need to take action to ensure that, in future, sexual abuse victims know they will be taken seriously, Labour’s Associate Police spokesperson Kelvin Davis says. “The young women involved in the Roast Busters case, and...
    Labour | 30-10
  • Te Wakaputanga – What we did not learn at school
    This week saw the 179th anniversary of the signing of Te Wakaputanga, the Declaration of Independence of the United Tribes of Niu Tireni. Most of us did not learn about this fundamentally critical document at school, we barely learned about...
    Greens | 30-10
  • NZ goes backwards on gender equality
    It is no coincidence that in the same week New Zealand is singled out for going backwards on child poverty under National,  we’ve also dropped in global rankings for gender equality. In one year New Zealand has dropped from 7th...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Kevin Hague questions the Minister of Health on management of Katherine Ric...
    Is he satisfied that all conflicts of interest that arose by the head of Food and Grocery Council Katherine Rich being a member of the Health Promotion Agency were managed in accordance with the provisions of the Crown Entities Act...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Bennett parks numbers on social housing
    Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett admitted today that well over 1000 families have been subsidised through the accommodation supplement to stay in the Ranui campground, somewhere she has previously described as not the right place for children to be growing...
    Labour | 30-10
  • 50,000 sign petition against anti-worker law
    More than 50,000 Kiwis have signed Labour’s petition against the Government’s scrapping of tea break entitlements, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “That’s the equivalent of five people signing our petition every minute for a week. It shows the...
    Labour | 30-10
  • Address in Reply Debate – Dr Kennedy Graham on UN Security Council- 2...
    In the Speech from the Throne last week the Prime Minister identified the usual domestic goals for his Government. I counted 17. They are not my subject today. I wish instead to focus on matters beyond our shores. In the...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Climate change harming ocean health
    New Zealand is responsible for one of the largest areas of sea in the world – an area 14 times the size of our land area. The National Government is promising new marine protected areas legislation with a discussion document...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Key misled public over Jason Ede
    Information contained in a new chapter of the book Key: Portrait of a Prime Minister, that Jason Ede stopped working for the National Party on the night the book Dirty Politics was released, shows Mr Key and senior ministers hid...
    Greens | 29-10
  • Greenpeace report highlights better path for NZ agriculture
    A Greenpeace International report highlights a better way forward for New Zealand agriculture than the GE and chemical mutation technologies supported by Federated Farmers, and the National Government through its research funding packages, the Green Party said today. "This report...
    Greens | 29-10
  • BNZ post record profits while leaving savers vulnerable
    A small part of the $850 million record profit posted by the Bank of New Zealand (BNZ) today needs to be set aside to protect savers' deposits in the future, said Green Party Co-leader Dr Russel Norman today.Dr Norman was...
    Greens | 29-10
  • RBNZ U-turn shows monetary settings were wrong
    The Reserve Bank's U-turn on interest rates today shows monetary policy settings were wrong and New Zealanders have suffered unnecessarily through the loss of jobs and having to pay higher interest rates, the Green Party said today.Reserve Bank Governor Graeme...
    Greens | 29-10
  • Ports must take responsibility for shameful death toll
    Port companies must step up and take responsibility for a shameful toll of seven deaths and 133 serious accidents in the past three years, Labour MP Iain Lees-Galloway says. The frightening figures – released by the Rail, Maritime and Transport...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Please help me get my Feed the Kids Bill to Select Committee
    Last week I took over the Feed the Kids Bill that Hone Harawira had introduced to Parliament. If passed, my Bill will provide government-funded breakfast and lunch in all decile 1 and 2 schools. Hungry kids can’t learn and are...
    Greens | 29-10
  • TVNZ Outsourcing Pasifika and Maori Programmes
    I’ve always been a big fan of our state broadcaster and I’ve particularly liked their range of current events programmes. But after Friday’s announcement that TVNZ will be sacking up to 40 staff by contracting out the Pacific and Maori...
    Greens | 29-10
  • Labour urges iwi leaders to meet with National
    Labour’s Māori Caucus has called on iwi leaders and national Māori organisations to seek urgent meetings with the National Government to directly express their concerns about employment law changes which will harm Māori workers. In an open letter sent today...
    Labour | 29-10
  • ACC’s reputation needs fix, not glitz
    Restoring public trust and confidence in ACC will take a lot more than a new communications strategy or social media blitz, says Labour’s ACC spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway. “Under National, ACC has come to be perceived as insensitive, difficult to deal...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Lessons to be learned from police investigation
    The outcome of the so-called Roast Busters case should not put victims off reporting sexual crimes, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “This case has been mishandled from the start. Within days of police initially saying no charges had...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Anti-worker legislation is anti-Pacifica
    The Minister for Pacific Peoples, Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga, will go down in history as being part of a Government that harmed his own people through anti-worker legislation, says Labour’s Pacific Island Affairs spokesperson Su’a William Sio.  “Pacific people are among...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Five-year tax holiday for overseas tax dodgers
    National has just gifted a five-year tax holiday for foreign companies dodging their tax payments, says Revenue spokesperson David Clark. “Todd McClay has pretended he is doing something about overseas companies dodging their tax duties by joining an international initiative...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Traffic Jam Tax must be given the red light
    Auckland Council’s proposed Traffic Jam Tax could cost some households thousands of dollars a year just to use roads they had already paid for with their taxes and must be rejected, says Labour’s transport and Auckland Issues spokesperson Phil Twyford....
    Labour | 29-10
  • National has chance to show leadership on limos
    The National Party has the opportunity to show leadership by transitioning our vehicle fleet towards renewable electricity when a new contract to supply Government limousines for VIPs goes to tender next month, the Green Party said today. "This is a...
    Greens | 29-10
  • The Māori Party can’t have it both ways over labour laws
    The Māori Party has to fess up over its voting record on the Employment Relations Amendment Bill, says Labour’s Māori Caucus.  “It’s simply not good enough to oppose the bill at the same time  as they helped speed up its progress through...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Equal pay and the aged care sector
    Today the High Court upheld the historic ruling by the Employment Court that our Equal Pay Act could be used to consider work of equal value cases; the government has been telling the UN and ILO that it could for...
    Greens | 29-10
  • Court case perfect opportunity for Government to improve gender pay gap
    If the Government wants to halt New Zealand’s slump in international rankings on the gender pay gap it should act on the court finding that women deserve equal wages, Labour’s Women’s Affairs spokesperson Sue Moroney says. “The World Economic Forum’s...
    Labour | 28-10
  • All Auckland transport options should be considered
    All options for meeting Auckland's transport needs should be considered, including reprioritising the transport budget away from wasteful spending on motorways, the Green Party said today.Auckland mayor Len Brown is today releasing a transport report by the Independent Advisory Board,...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Another report highlights Govt failure on child poverty
    An international report measuring the impact of the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) on child poverty rates, showing children in New Zealand have done worse than children in other countries, is further proof the Government needs to urgently take additional steps...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Address and Reply Debate Part 55: Inequality and Disability
    I rise on behalf of the Green Party to talk about inequality and disability.The recent census showed that nearly one in four New Zealanders lives with a disability—up from one in five in the previous census. These figures include some...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Address and Reply Debate Part 55: Inequality and Disability
    I rise on behalf of the Green Party to talk about inequality and disability.The recent census showed that nearly one in four New Zealanders lives with a disability—up from one in five in the previous census. These figures include some...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Child poverty: No more wake-up calls
    A new report which shows the National Government has made no inroads whatsoever into child poverty should do more than just set alarm bells ringing, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “UNICEF’s  latest Innocenti Report Card highlights the fact...
    Labour | 28-10
  • Eugenie Sage speaks in the 2014 Address in Reply Debate
    I congratulate you, Assistant Speaker Mallard, as Assistant Speaker and look forward to your knowledge, your fairness, and your light touch in being a referee of proceedings in this House. I congratulate also the other Assistant Speaker, Lindsay Tisch; the...
    Greens | 28-10
  • James Shaw’s Maiden Speech
    Tena Koe, Mr Speaker. I would like to take this opportunity to speak a little of the past, the present and the future. The privilege to serve in this Parliament was given to me by all those who gave their...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Govt airs real views on public broadcasting
    An admission by the Government that it is happy to experiment with Pacific and Maori audiences shows just how weak its vision for public broadcasting in New Zealand is, Labour’s Broadcasting spokesperson Kris Faafoi says. “National today admitted it doesn’t...
    Labour | 28-10
  • Does Judith Collins have a get out of jail card?
    Former justice minister Judith Collins appears to have been gifted a get out of jail free card based on the Prime Minister’s answers in Parliament today, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “Judith Collins claimed in an Official Information...
    Labour | 28-10
  • Solid Energy decision delay sensible
    Today’s announcement by the Board of Solid Energy that it will delay making a final decision on re-entering the Pike River mine is a sensible move, Labour’s MP for  West Coast-Tasman Damien O’Connor says. “It has been clear for some...
    Labour | 28-10
  • New York Green Bank off to a $1B start
    New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced late last week the New York Green Bank’s first NZD$1 billion tranche of green energy investments. The projects, which are difficult for the private sector to finance, are now possible by New York Green...
    Greens | 28-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Blockade the Budget
    The ‘Independent’ Police Conduct Authority’s report into the policing of student protests in 2012 is a whitewash The report released by the Independent Police Conduct Authority into the policing of student protests in 2012 is a whitewash riddled with inaccuracies....
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • When National claim new anti worker laws provide ‘flexibility’ they mea...
    And so it comes to pass. The first law National ram through as part of their victory march are new anti worker laws they pretend will generate ‘flexibility’. The new law denigrate the unions ability to protect workers and provide...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • City Transport: A Taxing Matter
    This week the prospect of paying tolls on Auckland motorways became a hot topic. (See Mathew Dearnaley:Motorway tolling could hit some hard, NZ Herald, 30 Oct 2014.) As we might expect, the kneejerk response has been quite negative. But, as with...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Open Letter to Amy Adams: Please Reopen The Review Into Sexual Violence Cou...
    Ms Amy Adams, Justice and Courts Minister, Right now in this country it seems that although rape is illegal, it is not being prevented by the agents who uphold the law. It almost feels like rape is only illegal on paper,...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • MEDIA WATCH: Does ‘No-Surprises’ Also Apply To TVNZ News?
    When you stand back and look at NZ media outlets, most of them have at least one or two people who attempt to hold the government to account: John Campbell on TV3, Guyon Espiner and others at Radio NZ, David...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Things That Make You Go Hmmmmmmm
    Every so often in politics, a public figure comes out with something so absurd and so outlandish … that it really does just make you go “Hmmmmmmmmmm”. We’re accustomed to this from certain quarters – by mid point through the...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Poverty & inequality don’t need protest marches – they need a riot:...
    The global level of inequality continues to skyrocket… Number of billionaires doubled since financial crisis The number of billionaires has doubled since the start of the financial crisis, according to a major new report from anti-poverty campaigners. According to Oxfam,...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • If Key knows who Rawshark is…
    I’m sorry, what? John Key ‘given Rawshark’s name’The Prime Minister believes he knows who hacked Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater’s computer and produced the source material for Nicky Hager’s Dirty Politics, according to a new edition of a recently published...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Child Poverty stats in NZ
    Child Poverty stats in NZ...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Crimes Act + Police Investigation = WTF
    Just to frame the farce that is the Roastbuster’s investigation and conclusion – here are the parts of the Crime Act http://www.legislation.govt.nz/act/public/1961/0043/latest/whole.html#DLM329057  the Roastbusters are proven to have violated – that the police (and some suspects!) themselves acknowledge occurred: Crimes...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Publishing Journalists’ Home Addresses Is A Tactic Of The Right, Not The ...
    I think I’m starting to get rather annoyed with the conduct of some pro-MANA people over this ongoing Parliamentary Services crew complement issue. Yes, we get that there are legitimate issues to be raised with how some political reporters in...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Aucklanders caught between a tarseal-addicted government and a weak mayor
    Len Brown’s proposal for motorway tolls to reduce congestion and provide funding for better public transport is a weak response to a critical issue. The $12 billion dollar shortfall on transport funding he talks about is mainly for projected new...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • A Very Weird Story: Deconstructing Darren Aronofsky’s Noah.
    NOAH is a curious movie. Conceived as a biblical epic, it’s target audience was originally the millions of Americans who regard the Bible as God’s inerrant word. With the sin-filled works of Hollywood forbidden to these true-believers, Christian movie-makers have developed...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • You Can Get Away With Rape In New Zealand
    Jessie Hume with last years petition against rape     The police have sent a strong message today.  In fact they’ve been sending a strong message for a while; a message that our government supports. “You can literally get away...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Roast Buster case – no charges. In the immortal words of NWA…
    Roast Busters case: No prosecutions Police are to make an announcement this afternoon on Operation Clover, the investigation into the “Roast Busters” allegations. The Herald understands the victim has been told that the alleged offenders will not be prosecuted due...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Key’s flag change distraction to cost $26million!
    No. Way. Bid to change NZ flag to cost millions The cost of holding two referendums and consulting on a change of flag has been estimated to be just under $26 million. Look. We all appreciate that the sleepy hobbits...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Why NZ Herald’s Labour Party crocodile tears are so audacious
    The front page the NZ Herald would use if they thought they could get away with it No one can take the recent columns by NZ Herald seriously… John Armstrong: Shadow lingers on National John Roughan: Labour’s leadership vote matters...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • The beginning of the end of Cameron Slater?
    Slater postings on man bizarre, court told A businessman has changed his appearance and had to install extra security at his home after Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater posted his business and personal documents online, he says. Mr Slater has...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • We are a milk power republic and Fonterra our unelected senate
    Wow. Just wow… Deputy mayor says he’ll be sacked South Taranaki deputy mayor Alex Ballantyne says he expects to be sacked because he has spoken out about the impact gasses coming from dumped Fonterra dairy products have had on his...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • MEDIA WATCH: “…But *actually* this is about ethics in political-game jo...
    Yesterday, a piece of mine on the recent revelations about Hone Harawira employing several gentlemen either accused or convicted of sex offences was published on The Daily Blog. Predictably, given the fierce loyalty which Hone inspires in his party faithful and...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • Privilege cheque
    There was no race problem in my childhood. Living in central Wellington I was well-insulated from what was going on not so far away. This was the 60s and 70s, where the teachers enjoyed free love in the staff room...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • A brief word on Key’s claim that it will be raining carnage
    Isis will ‘rain carnage on the world’ – John Key Left unchecked Isis would “rain carnage on the world”, Prime Minister John Key says, but he has yet to make a decision on whether New Zealand troops will join a...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • Meanwhile…
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    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • How does Andrew Little win Labour Leadership and unify the caucus?
    Audrey Young’s excellent column on how the Caucus vote  is shaping up shows how Andrew Little becomes the next leader of the Labour Party. She identifies the factions as the following… Andrew Little 6: Andrew Little, David Cunliffe, Iain Lees Galloway,...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Joe Trinder – Right of response to Curwen
    You have asked that Hone Harawira deserves to explain what happened, how would he explain when his next door neighbour is an alleged sex offender. What explanation can Hone offer he wasn’t involved, Hone had no idea this offending was...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • MEDIA WATCH: That Hella-Weird Feeling When You Defend Tova O’Brien
    Oh dear. Yesterday morning I blogged that Hone deserved a chance to explain what exactly had happened as applies his office’s Parliamentary Services crew complement – and, importantly, that we deserve to be able to judge him on the strength of...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • Canadian Green MP warns against harsh anti-terror measures
    Canada’s Green Party has provided a welcome counterpoint to Prime Minister Harper’s call for tougher anti-terrorism laws in the wake of a soldier outside the Canadian Parliament. On October 22, while she was still locked in her parliamentary office, Green...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • When is an asset sale not an asset sale? When it robs from the poor and ste...
    National have turned state housing on its head. At no time during the 2014 election did the Key Government even hint that they were going to privatise 30% of the Housing NZ stock of state homes. Not once. Key even...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • Housing; broken promises, families in cars, and ideological idiocy (Part To...
    . . Continued from: Housing; broken promises, families in cars, and ideological idiocy (Part Rua) . Bill English comes clean on National’s intentions for HNZ privatisation . On 14 October, in a report on The Daily Blog, I wrote, In...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • The Questions Have Been Asked – They Deserve An Answer
    A few days ago, allegations that had been percolating for some time about Hone Harawira employing three either accused or convicted sex offenders on his Parliamentary pay-roll came to light. (one imprisoned before working for MANA; one who found himself convicted and...
    The Daily Blog | 26-10
  • I have seen one future, and it is bleak
    . . Back in  March 2012, I wrote this story regarding a march to support striking workers at Ports of Auckland. It appears there was some prescience about some of my observations at the time… . | | 18 March...
    The Daily Blog | 26-10
  • US air strike war Key wants us in has killed a civilian a day so far
      The US air strike war that John Key wants us to join has killed a civilian a day so far. From the Washington Post... The United States launched its first airstrikes on militants in Syria on Sept. 23, and has continued...
    The Daily Blog | 26-10
  • The instant Jihad syndrome
    My favourite new term is ‘self-radicalised’ – it suggests the reasons for terrorism are totally divorced from the actions of the West. This need to suddenly ramp up terror laws because of lone wolf, self-radicalised Jihadists seems convenient and counter-productive....
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • We have nothing to fear from Ebola but fear itself
    I suspect most Americans perceive Ebola like this   I can’t work out if the fear being spread within the media about Ebola is deliberate or just ignorance. Yes Ebola is a terrible plague that kills a large percentage of...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Anjum Rahman – “Meritocracy? I wish.”
    I’d like to start by linking to a post I had published at another site in support of Nanaia Mahuta for the Labour Party leadership election.  She has a reasonable chance, given that she already has the endorsement of Te...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • Chocolate milk shortage and creepy Santa? Let’s talk about real news
    Child poverty is still a scarily serious problem in this country and house prices are soaring through the roof to the point where it is simply impossible for the average New Zealander to buy a home. There is also little...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • It’s time to celebrate Kiwi schools and teachers
    Some would have you believe that New Zealand’s schools are in a state of collapse, that your children are not being educated well and that things are going to hell in a hand basket.  That there is no innovation, no...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • Ideological Blitzkrieg – Privatization of state housing, more charter sch...
    Pundits in pundit land will tell you that this Government is boring, that Key is the great pragmatist and that it is his ability to create elegant solutions that keeps him the firm favourite in many Kiwi eyes. This ability...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • Hegemony rules but resistance is fertile
    The Prime Minister is a puppet. Not just our current Prime Minister, but given the forces of multinational globalisation, the role of any head of state, is less as independent actor, and more as a puppet of international trends and...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • An open Letter to Sir Bob Jones: demanding a ‘liveable wage’ is not “...
    How out of touch with reality is Sir Bob Jones? You know, that white dude who invested in privatised SOEs after the selling off of our assets in the eighties and made a ludicrous and disgusting amount of money and is...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • My insecurity about the Security Council
    As I write this (on 24 October) it is international UN Day. Of course, you all knew that already, right? Well, the day celebrates the entry into force of the UN Charter in 1945. With the ratification of this founding...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Catherine Delahunty – Back in That House
    Parliament opened this week and I still find it a very odd place. Most of the people are reasonably courteous and friendly, but the rituals are archaic and the rules around issues like the swearing in oath are oppressive and...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Marae Investigates No More
    TVNZ yesterday announced the closure of their Māori and Pacific programmes department. That means they’ve chosen to stop making Fresh, Tagata Pasifika, Waka Huia and Marae Investigates to let independent producers get their hands on these lucrative contracts. This is...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • BLOGWATCH: An Un-Civil War in Labour, eh?
    Earlier today, my attention was directed to an entry that’s just recently appeared on the Slightly Left of Centre blog. It purports to contain the ‘inside word’ from a highly placed NZF source – which is funny, because I’m pretty sure...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Santanomics 101
    Santanomics could mean a number of things. It could be the study and practice of giving. Or it could mean the study and practice of rampant end-of-year commercialism. However, for me today it is the economics of erectingAuckland’s giant Santa...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • SkyCity boss misleads public over workers lost shifts
    SkyCity CEO Nigel Morrison has defended the employment practices at his company in an “Opinion” piece entitled “Human Capital key to corporate success” in the NZ Herald on Thursday. A number of his claims are misleading, contain only partial truths...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Review: Perfect Place
    I went to a Perfect Place on Tuesday night, and what a delight it was. The marshmallows sweetly (and forcefully) handed out pre-show, set the tone for the next hour. Walking up the stairs at The Basement was a complete...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • 5AA Australia – NZ on UN Security Council + Dirty Politics Lingers On
    5AA Australia: Selwyn Manning and Peter Godfrey deliver their weekly bulletin Across The Ditch. General round up of over night talkback issues: Thongs, Jandals and flip-flops… ISSUE 1: New Zealand has been successful in its campaign to become a non...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • When I mean me, I mean my office & when I call whaleoil I mean not as m...
    This. Is. Ludicrous. Green Party co-leader Russel Norman put the first of what are likely to be many questions about Mr Key’s relationship with Slater, asking him how many times he had phoned or texted the blogger since 2008. “None...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • A brief word on describing the Government as ‘boring and bland’
    The narrative being sown is that this Government will be a boring and bland third term. Boring and bland. Since the election, Key has announced he is privatising 30% of state houses without reinvesting any of that money back into housing society’s most...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • Roast Busters: Turn Indignation into Action
    People raged about the Roast Buster case. The indignation was justified – it was horrible. “Where were their parents!?” Fair question. I am sure the Roast Busters’ parents and the victims’ parents all wish they had been more proactive in...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Stats NZ only have themselves to blame for postponement
    The Public Service Association (PSA) says Statistics NZ only have themselves to blame for the indefinite postponement of the release of the Food Price Index: November 2014....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • NZ Diversity Survey – benchmarking workplace diversity
    AUT University’s New Zealand Work Research Institute (NZWRI) has released a report on diversity in New Zealand workplaces....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Māori Language (Te Reo Māori) Bill
    Tutehounuku Korako, Chair of the Māori Affairs Committee, is inviting further public submissions on this bill. The closing date for submissions is Friday, 5 December 2014....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • ERA amendments a mixed bag
    The Employment Relations Amendment Act has the potential to put vulnerable workers in a more precarious position, says Equal Opportunities Commissioner, Dr Jackie Blue. However, the commissioner says the right for all to request flexible work hours is...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Sensible Sentencing calls for appeal of judicial activivism
    The Sensible Sentencing Trust is appalled that Justice Jill Mallon has today refused to apply the Life without Parole (LWOP) provisions of the Three Strikes law as enacted by Parliament....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Global Rally against ISIS – for Kobanê – for Humanity, Nov 1
    The New Zealand Kurdish Community will march in solidarity with Kurdistan as part of the “GLOBAL RALLY AGAINST ISIS – FOR KOBANÊ – FOR HUMANITY” on 1 November 2014, 2pm....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Does ‘No-Surprises’ Also Apply To TVNZ News?
    When you stand back and look at NZ media outlets, most of them have at least one or two people who attempt to hold the government to account: John Campbell on TV3, Guyon Espiner and others at Radio NZ, David...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Safer roads are better for everyone
    Recent pedestrian versus vehicle incidents highlight the real issues being addressed by delegates as the 2Walk and Cycle conference concludes....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Law change creates more flexible labour market
    The Employment Relations Amendment Act, passed yesterday, will bring new flexibility to the labour market and will reduce the ability of unions to organise and to recruit....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Bumper ANZ profits mean no excuse for insecure hours
    A big rise in profits at New Zealand's largest bank needs to be reflected in a better pay offer and more security around hours of work, the bank workers’ union said today....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Count down to lowered alcohol limit
    With just a month to go until a new lower alcohol limit for adult drivers comes into effect, Police and road safety agencies are reminding drivers of the impending change....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • WorkSafe Supports Forestry Review Findings
    WorkSafe NZ says the Independent Forestry Safety Review has clearly identified the problems facing an industry in which ten workers were killed last year. “The Review’s analysis matches our own view and leaves no doubt about the need for comprehensive,...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • CTU welcomes forestry review recommendations
    The CTU is welcoming the today's release of the independent forestry safety review panel findings. "These recommendations must be implemented to ensure that everything possible is done to make forestry safer." CTU President, Helen Kelly said....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Activists will confront animal abusers
    Today animal rights activists will confront a group of wealth advisers who want to build the biggest egg factory-farm in New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Turia: Women’s Refuge Conference 2014
    This is a milestone moment in my life. This will be my last official address as Co-leader of the Maori Party. On Saturday night at our Hui-a-Tau, I will be standing down from that role and enabling a new co-leader,...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Rodeo Code of Welfare ‘Sick Joke’
    Animal advocacy organisation SAFE says the revised Code of Welfare for Rodeos just released is nothing but a sick joke. “Rodeo animals are goaded, tormented and forced to endure needless suffering and gross mistreatment, all for the sake of so-called...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Conservative Party applauds binding referenda on flag
    The Conservative Party are congratulating the Government on the decision to hold two binding referendums to decide the fate of New Zealand’s flag – and believes it will pave the way for binding referenda to form part of New Zealand...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Walk the Talk – Opposing violence against women
    Soroptimist International of Auckland have organised a walk on 22 November from Silo Park at the Wynyard Quarter through the Viaduct and back to Silo Park, to show their opposition to violence against women. This event hopes to raise awareness...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Recommendations on the Design of Pecuniary Penalties
    The Law Commission has reviewed the use of pecuniary penalties as a regulatory tool. Pecuniary penalties are financial penalties that policymakers are increasingly opting to use in place of criminal sanctions in order to punish and deter misconduct in...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Every worker will be affected by employment law changes
    Every worker will feel the effects of the government’s new employment laws and should join a union if they want to maintain and increase their wages and conditions, says New Zealand’s largest private sector union, the EPMU....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Shameful attack on all workers
    The Government has passed the Employment Relations Amendment Act slashing the rights of all Kiwi workers. “These changes are shameful. New Zealand now has some of the worst employment protections in the OECD. It is embarrassing that a country which...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Unnecessary law changes more to do with ideology
    The government’s employment law changes are simply ideological and are at odds with its approach in the related areas of health and safety and immigration law, FIRST Union said tonight....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • CTU Runanga calls on iwi leaders
    Maori workers are calling on iwi leaders to speak out against the employment law changes expected to go through today. “Iwi leaders have previously spoken out when workers in Aotearoa have been under attack, we believe they should do so...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Educating children not the best solution to alcohol harm
    Alcohol Healthwatch says we need to look beyond educating children and young people to address deeply embedded attitudes and behaviours concerning alcohol....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • New code of welfare for rodeos released
    New standards to strengthen the animal welfare requirements for rodeos have been issued today by the Minister for Primary Industries, Nathan Guy....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • IPCA report riddle with inaccuracies, say students
    A report by the Independent Police Conduct Authority into the policing of student protests in 2012 is riddled with inaccuracies, say students who laid the original complaint with the IPCA....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • CT v The Queen – indecency convictions quashed
    This summary is provided to assist in the understanding of the Court’s judgment. It does not comprise part of the reasons for that judgment. The full judgment with reasons is the only authoritative document. The full text of the judgment...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Rameka v The Queen – murder convictions quashed
    This summary is provided to assist in the understanding of the Court’s judgment. It does not comprise part of the reasons for that judgment. The full judgment with reasons is the only authoritative document. The full text of the judgment...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Auckland Council Out of Control
    Responding to the NZ Herald article that some Auckland households will face a rates rise of up to 9.6 per cent next year, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says: “Len Brown’s pledge to cap rates rises at 2.5 per...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Stats NZ staff escalate action with ‘no more meetings’ rule
    Statistics NZ staff have voted to escalate their ongoing industrial action in an effort to get Stats NZ back to the bargaining table with a reasonable offer. The staff, who are members of the Public Service Association (PSA), have been...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Rape Crisis calls for changes to criminal justice system
    Wellington Rape Crisis has added its voice to the public outcry following the announcement that there will be no charges in the teen rape gang case. Butterworth says the decision not to lay charges will not have been a surprise...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Police action justified in Blockade the Budget demonstration
    Police actions in dealing with a demonstration in Central Auckland known as Blockade the Budget on 1 June 2012 were justified and appropriate, an Independent Police Conduct Authority report released today found....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • NZDF Joins with Australia to Commemorate WWI Centenary
    A contingent of New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel will join their Australian counterparts at Australia’s first major commemoration of the First World War centenary in Albany, Western Australia this weekend....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Reserve Bank should reduce interest rate
    “The Reserve Bank should be reducing its policy interest rate, the OCR”, says CTU Economist Bill Rosenberg in response to the Bank’s announcement today that it is not increasing it....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • 2015 Stout Fellow will write about Māori & Criminal Justice
    Kim Workman, founder and advocate for the Robson Hanan Trust, which administers the Rethinking Crime and Punishment and Justspeak initiatives, has been awarded the 2015 John David Stout Fellowship at Victoria University....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • What John Key thought about ‘dirty politics’
    On September 20, John Key swept to victory to become one of New Zealand’s most successful and popular Prime Ministers. Rocked by scandal, the 2014 election campaign was one of the most brutal – and riveting – in recent history....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Trade Deal Threatens Farmers and Food Businesses
    The secret Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations are a direct threat to food businesses and farmers, and a moratorium on the release of GE crops must be enshrined in law before the TPP is signed....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • CTU announces election of new Secretary
    The contested election for the position of CTU Secretary has been won by Sam Huggard. Sam officially takes office on Monday 1 December 2014. Sam has worked in the union movement and brings a wealth of experience and a commitment...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Kim Workman awarded 2015 J.D. Stout Fellowship
    The Victoria University of Wellington 2015 J.D. Stout Fellowship, funded by the Stout Trust, has been awarded to justice reform advocate Kim Workman. Mr Workman (Ngati Kahungungu ki Wairarapa, Rangitaane) is well known for his work on criminal justice,...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • TPPA causing concern
    Concern over the secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) negotiations is being expressed in two public meetings over the next week; one at a presentation on 5th November by former councillor Robin Gwynn to the Napier City Council, the...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Kiwis rally to demand justice for ‘Roast Buster’ survivors
    Over 1,500 kiwis have rallied to demand justice after the announcement of the NZ Police decision not to lay charges in the ‘Roast Busters’ saga....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • New employment law will hurt the most vulnerable NZers
    The Public Service Association (PSA) says changes to the Employment Relations Act, expected to be passed in Parliament tonight, will hurt vulnerable workers and their families more than anyone....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Consultation to close on proposed place names
    The New Zealand Geographic Board (NZGB) Ngā Pou Taunaha o Aotearoa today advised that only one month remains before public consultation closes for 18 name proposals for geographic features and places around Te Ika ā Māui (the North Island)....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Operation Clover – Statement from Police Commissioner
    I have taken a close interest in this investigation and I am confident police have conducted a thorough and professional enquiry in what has been a challenging and complex case. The Operation Clover team has ensured that victims have been...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Better policy would have protected children from recession
    Child Poverty Action Group says an international report released by UNICEF today shows good policy can protect and improve child well-being, even during a recession....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Outcome of Operation Clover investigation
    Police have completed a multi-agency investigation, Operation Clover, into the activities of a group calling themselves “The Roast Busters”. The 12 month enquiry focused on incidents involving allegations of sexual offending against a number of girls...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • False birth registration brings home detention
    A Whangarei woman who attempted to register the birth of a fictitious child to claim a sole parent benefit was sentenced to six months home detention in the Whangarei District Court today....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Family of Robert Ellis demand a proper investigation
    The family of a New Zealander killed in Indonesia are growing increasingly concerned at the lack of information they’ve received, and the handling of the investigation into his murder....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Minister of Health must account for aged care workers’ pay
    The New Zealand Federation of Business and Professional Women (BPW NZ) congratulates rest-home worker Kristine Bartlett on her landmark claim for equal pay from her employer and successfully pursuing this to the Court of Appeal....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
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