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The sound of feet dragging: after Bazley

Written By: - Date published: 11:04 am, November 7th, 2013 - 140 comments
Categories: accountability, crime, john key, Judith Collins, national/act government, police, slippery - Tags: ,

Recent revelations show that much more needs to be done to prevent and respond to the trauma resulting from sexual assault and rape.  It has also been a difficult time for many people following the reports and engaging in discussions. Ally Garrett provides a very helpful guide in self-care in this current context.

In the last 24 hours we have learned that the police were wrong in stating that there were no formal complaints against the Roast busters, and thus they had been unable to anything to reign in the activities of the group.  Now the police have confirmed that there were four complaints from alleged Roast Buster victims between 2011 and 2012.  The Waitemata District Commander Bill Searle has apologised. However, apologies are routine, and don’t necessarily indicate change (see the 2007 response to the Bazley Report).

Meanwhile the PM and relevant ministers (Anne Tolley for Police, and Judith Collins for Justice) have been remarkably low key in their responses to the case.  John Key’s reactions have been off-key.  Tolley this morning is taking an “I knew nuzzink” approach.  Yesterday in the House Judith Collins responses to questions had all the appearance of stonewalling with the sound of feet dragging.  From none of them was there any expression of urgency in questioning the police on their approach to the case.

And yet, given the past record of the police in relation to sexual assault and rape, and the limited progress reportedly achieved after the Bazely inquiry into police conduct, these ministers should have been very concerned about the unfolding of the Roast Buster case.

Following the appalling revelations by Louise Nicholas and Judith Garrett about their rape and sexual assault by police officers the Bazley Inquiry was carried out.  The subsequent report was released in 2007.  One of the key things it recommended was on-going monitoring of the police conduct and culture in relation to sexual assault.

It also distinguished five patterns of unprofessional behaviour amongst certain elements within Police that needed to be addressed.

[...]

In June 2007, Cabinet requested quarterly monitoring reports produced jointly by Police, the State Services Commission, and the Ministry of Justice (on behalf of the Independent Police Conduct Authority).

Under John Key’s watch, the amount of monItoring by the State Services has been relaxed a little:

In 2012, the Minister for State Services recommended that the format of the quarterly reports be condensed. By 2013 the State Services and Ministry of Justice involvement in this joint report was minimal, so the agencies proposed that they no longer needed to participate in the development of quarterly reports, and should instead comment by exception. This proposal received Ministerial approval, and a new reporting format was adopted from 31 March 2013.

Nevertheless the State Services Commissioner has continued to annual reports based on an annual workplace survey. And yet, back in 2007, John Key as leader of the opposition had spoken very strongly about the need for on-going monitoring, especially by the State Services Commission:

“Just as worrying is Dame Margaret’s comments that she is concerned the police impetus for change may not be sustained once the Commission has reported.

“For that reason she’s recommended oversight by the State Services Commissioner with annual audits of police culture, and monitoring of the Commission’s recommendations over the next 10 years by the Auditor-General.

The Workplace surveys are wide ranging and not specifically focused on the conduct of police with respect to sexual assault and rape.

Meanwhile Judith Collins has talked tough about improving the culture of police, while providing limited evidence of positive initiatives or results.  The State Services Commissioner’s report in 2011 showed that progress had stalled:

The report, by PriceWaterhouseCoopers in conjunction with the SSC, is the third since the Commission of Inquiry  into Police Conduct led by Dame Margaret Bazley reported back in April 2007, that urgent, co-ordinated action was needed.

[...]

The report said that while police had made significant progress on culture change, senior management lacked confidence to make bold moves toward change.

It said that progress seemed to have reached a plateau.

“There is a lack of faith in police leadership because rhetoric does not always align to action,” the report said.

It said the police “need credible leaders who are great role models, do as they say and act decisively with regards to poor performance and practice”.

Police said this evening they acknowledge the need for traction around culture changes in the organisation.

Collins made noises about pressuring for better progress, in the face of a hard core within the police resistant to change:

“There are not that many of these people but unfortunately they have become very difficult to shift,” she said.

“Police middle and senior management need to be provided with the tools and the assistance to sort those matters out, because these very few people are making the work environment for the other officers difficult and they are being intransigent. That needs to be sorted.”

It seemed like Collins was putting pressure on the police behind the scenes. New targets were set in 2012, and Anne Tolley commended some changes:

Police would now report directly to the State Services Commission, which was “a significant step”, Police Minister Anne Tolley said.

And yet, in spite of the fact the Key, Collins and Tolley knew there were on-going issues with the culture within the police, their low key response to the Roast Buster case seems remarkably negligent.

There is clear evidence that there is a poor culture within the NZ Police in relation to sexual assault and rape, and relevant police procedure: one resistant to change.

As a result, the young women who complained to the police about Roast Busters have been been re-traumatised by the treatment they received.

What will it take to make society safer for such young women, with a police and justice system that works for and with them, and not against them?

140 comments on “The sound of feet dragging: after Bazley”

  1. Treetop 1

    The IPCA are currently doing an investigation into why rape files connected to the Pora investigation were put into a filing cabinet for two years.

    The IPCA did an investigation into the Wairarapa not properly processing rape files. Marshall was implicated in this.

    The IPCA website has a lot on the above and in August there were apologies and assurance given by the police because Rewa could have been stopped sooner.

    Do you know what stage the police are up to regarding Bazley’s recommendations?

    Surely some of her recommendations have already not been followed.

    • karol 1.1

      Well, as far as I can tell, it’s the Auditor General’s reports that indicate degree of progress with regards to implementing Bazley’s recommendations. The reports for each year are linked from the official pages on the report, that I linked to in my post.

      This is the 2012 AG Report.

      Overall, since our second monitoring report in 2010, there has been:

      mixed progress with activities relating to complaints against the Police;
      mixed but relatively poor progress to improve services for adult sexual assault complainants;
      elements of good progress for organisational change; and
      some progress to improve police behaviour.

      The full report is here.

      p21: “Investigating Adult Sexual Assaults”

      Still 142 police have not received the specialist training, including 57 who might have responsibilities for supervising investigations.
      .

      Mixed but relatively poor progress to improve services for adult sexual assault complainants since 2010
      [...]
      3.9: The Police have also reviewed and revised their adult sexual assault investigation guidelines since our second monitoring report in 2010. The revised version was still to be finalised at the time of our 2012 audit

      3.10: The Police’s monitoring of implementation of the existing guidelines has slowed since our previous report.

      More of that sort of depressing information in the report.

  2. Bill 2

    What will it take to make society safer for such young women, with a police and justice system that works for and with them, and not against them?

    What won’t make society safer is any mere tinkering with police procedures/systems. Same goes for tinkering with other components of the justice system. The institutions and their cultures are a symptom of a deeper problem. Oh, that and they only kick in after the event anyway.

    Starting to get fcked off that there has not been the merest mention of the ‘P’ word in any of the newspaper, radio or TV reports I’ve seen and heard.

    This exclusive msm focus on symptoms rather than cause…the wanking on about drink and ‘education’ and porn and woeful police procedures is depressing. Same for the ‘watch us wash our hands and deflect’ suggestion that behaviours and parent/community responsibilities ought to kick in as though everything exists in a neutral social or cultural space.

    Do we really want a safer society for women and girls? Then take patriarchy. And rip it up, tear it down, trash it.

    • weka 2.1

      ‘cept we can’t even manage to have a proper conversation about that here on ts. It’s not going to happen in the MSM for some time.

      In the meantime, making changes to police culture will (a) protect more women and (b) shift public awareness and consciousness about rape culture. That leads to shifts in the wider culture. Those are very good things. Dismantling the patriarchy is a fine objective but you have to have a strategy on how to get there from here.

      “Then take patriarchy. And rip it up, tear it down, trash it.”

      Bit off-topic for karol’s thread, but I still belive that most women are better off with the current State (and justice/legal/police systems) than we would be if those systems were torn down and trashed. That’s a pretty sad endictment on the state of humanity at this point in time, but the people that express the nasty shit in our society (the rape club, the police, the rape apologists) will all still be here if the system is taken out. What happens then?

      • Bill 2.1.1

        Just to say, if the rapes clubs, current police culture and rape apologists are still there when patriarchy has been ‘taken out’ (as you put it), then…patriarchy obviously hasn’t been taken out.

        Thing about revolutions is that the process itself is the change it seeks. And that’s not some glib throwaway statement. Y’know, you wouldn’t and couldn’t use patriarchy or aspects of patriarchy to take out patriarchy. That would just be wastefully using a lot of time and energy to stand still.

        • weka 2.1.1.1

          So how would you change those people? Most of those people don’t see anything wrong with how they are. If you crush the systems around them, what makes you think they are going to change too?

          • Bill 2.1.1.1.1

            I’m no Bolshevik seeking to crush peoples’ systems resulting in them being left in the lurch. There is so-o-o much wrong with that way of thinking that I barely know where to start. And I won’t. Not here. It is, as you indicated, a bit off topic.

            • karol 2.1.1.1.1.1

              I tend to be with weka on this. I see no easy transition to a non-patriarchal system and I fear that any revolution will more than likely be a transition to another patriarchal system without any major underlying change in values and behaviours.

              The current rule of law is double edged with respect to the position of women. No rule of law, could result in gangs of masculine proponents of rape culture engaging in conflicts based on contests of brute force, if there is not a widespread change in culture and values. And given how entrenched such behaviour and attitudes are in some quarters, I am not very optimistic.

              At least with the rule of law, women have the recourse to evidence based, rational challenges to the system and possibilities for change. However, the system incorporates the legacy of masculinist and patriarchal values, such that, the front line of law enforcement is pretty patriarchal.

              I still have not seen anything to show how we could proceed easily to a system without government, that wouldn’t result in the “weakest” in society being more vulnerable than now.

              Basically, I see no easy solution one way or another, in the short of immediate term. Meanwhile there are ways things could be improved, at the same time as chipping away ad the edifices of patriarchy.

              • QoT

                I agree. I’m all about tearing down patriarchy, but I also think there’s a problem (and when I’m feeling particularly cynical, a convenient derail) with making the-end-of-patriarchy our only goal. Because it’s never going to go away overnight.

                I’ve been very much heartened – amidst the utter shit – in the past week by just how many people (Matthew fucking Hooton, for fuck’s sake) across the political spectrum have been speaking out against the rape culture myths built into this issue. That says that the constant discussion and promotion of feminist anti-rape ideas has had an effect. It hasn’t ended rape, but it’s made this a complete fucking nightmare for our Police force where, say, the Louise Nicholas case wasn’t.

              • Bill

                If you want to imagine a definitive endpoint, in all it’s fine and glorious detail, then the question of “how from here to there” arises -and all the lock-down ‘correct’ thinking and actions and all that that entails comes into play….new fascist dawn rising.

                “Not here” on the other hand, simply involves walking. That’s the revolution.

    • karol 2.2

      I agree the long term solution is the need for a massive culture and societal change – and that means the full dismantling of patriarchy.

      In the meantime, though, people are being raped and sexually assaulted, and police, permeated with patriarchal values, are doing little to prevent such crimes or work positively with the victims.

      I don’t see it as an either or thing. Both the underlying cultural values and urgent improvements in the current systems need to be attended to.

      A good point you make, Bill, is the superficial reporting and comments on related discussions.

      Reports of the immediate issues would be more helpful if they included mentions of the underlying issues or cultural and structural values. And/or there needs to be more articles, posts and discussions of the underlying values, how they damage lives and our society, and outlining better alternatives.

      However, addressing those underlying issues in a forum like this is a pretty distressing experience. With my last post on the topic, I found it pretty emotionally draining monitoring the comments. I am grateful to those people who respected that I was going to monitor the comments pretty strictly.

      Some did surface under your post yesterday, Bill. And I found them quite distressing to read.

      The post I linked to, by Ally Garrett, indicates that many women have found the whole Roast Buster case and fall out from it, pretty distressing. Many have said they have found it difficult to articulate an adequate response.

      By yesterday evening I was wondering if I was emotionally up to posting on the deeper issues any time in the near future. Focusing on the justice system and its failures is far easier.

      I think it becomes hard for many of us, especially for women, to participate in discussions in a forum like this, because it throws up the damaging patriarchal attitudes that we have found ways to negotiate, manage, and compartmentalise in order to carry on with our daily lives.

      • weka 2.2.1

        Thanks so much for all your work on this karol.

        “And/or there needs to be more articles, posts and discussions of the underlying values, how they damage lives and our society, and outlining better alternatives.”

        I reckon a bit later we can have this conversation.

        “By yesterday evening I was wondering if I was emotionally up to posting on the deeper issues any time in the near future. Focusing on the justice system and its failures is far easier.

        I think it becomes hard for many of us, especially for women, to participate in discussions in a forum like this, because it throws up the damaging patriarchal attitudes that we have found ways to negotiate, manage, and compartmentalise in order to carry on with our daily lives.”

        Ae. There is something very important infolding at the moment. It’s painful and raw and I don’t think society has seen it visible like this before. I’d actually like to see women being able to talk about the whole thing and what is happening in safe space but am acutely aware that we don’t have that space nor the resources to create it.

        • Rhinocrates 2.2.1.1

          I agree. The one good thing to come out of this horrible affair is the almost unanimous articulation in public of the understanding and condemnation of the attitudes that facilitate rape.

          • weka 2.2.1.1.1

            I was feeling somewhat optimistic despite the heaviness of it all. Then I read this http://thestandard.org.nz/open-mike-071113/#comment-723450

            • Rhinocrates 2.2.1.1.1.1

              Ugh. Just another variant on “she was asking for stand he couldn’t control himself.” Still, he’s hardly being praised for what he said.

              Please help me here, Weka – I’m grasping at straws, I know.

              • weka

                Yeah, it is good that these radio personalities are being challenged on what they are saying. I don’t think I’ve seen this happen before.

                I think that one just hit home because Fagan was prominent as a muso when I was a teen, and I had just posted a comment about a friend of mine who was raped at that time in pretty much the situation the girl that Fagan was talking to was in. I felt like I was in a time warp. Fagan’s attitude was understandable in the 80s, it’s not now.

          • QoT 2.2.1.1.2

            Dammit, I just said this above before seeing your comment! I’m pretty sure I was less coherent. /drinkingthepainaway

      • Bill 2.2.2

        ‘Funny’ how discussions on racism and sexism here on ‘ts’ routinely brings out some very weird shit from ‘unexpected’ quarters, innit?

        As for distressing comments – I’m not sure I’d be that able to ‘draw the line’ at an appropriate place. I mean, I’m pretty sure I know the comments you’re referring to – just that my reaction is astonishment rather than distress.

        Maybe very focused posts on specific power aspects of patriarchy that exclude specific references to sex and sexuality , rather than ‘catch all’ posts that almost invite the discussion to revolve around sex and sexuality, could be a way to go. Need to give it some thought.

        • weka 2.2.2.1

          Don’t think you can meaningfully discuss the patriarchy without discussing sex and sexuality. Besides, the point isn’t to avoid distress or distressing topics, it’s to make it safer to talk anyway That’s dismantling the patriarchy.

          The one that got me was Greywarbler’s final comments yesterday. Too in my face and in a space I generally feel comfortable in. Not going to be able to forget that this person who I otherwise find interesting has some pretty abhorrent beliefs. I hate when that happens.

        • karol 2.2.2.2

          Bill, with all due respect, the comments in question were targeting women and women’s experiences. It doesn’t surprise me at all that a man wouldn’t find them distressing.

          PS: I was very pleased to see a post on this issue from a man, addressing the underlying cultural and structural issues, and related problems with the behaviour of some men.

      • Chooky 2.2.3

        +100 Karol…for all your solid hard work, care and concern…. in bringing out the issue into the open for discussion

        …and also thanks Bill for your previous post and pertinent comments

    • outofbed 2.3

      Exactly

    • Chooky 2.4

      +1 Bill….a new international movement is called for?…..( smirk)..probably the final and last one before global warming really kicks in….

      …one that uses the internet , social media around the globe and involves a good 50% + …..of the worlds population

      …..I vote you call a meeting….if no one else comes……I will vote you President ……

  3. Rhinocrates 3

    The police didn’t just drag their feet; the Police Association, led by Greg O’Connor, hired a private detective to dig dirt on Dame Margaret in the hope of blackmailing her or discrediting her inquiry. Naturally they failed.

    Just to add, it was recently revealed that after a gang of thugs in blue broke a man’s neck, they dragged their feet for three years to block an inquiry and all O’Connor can say is “fog of war”! Needless to say, the officers involved are known, but no disciplinary action has ever been taken.

    Our police force is out of control.

    • karol 3.1

      Agree, Rhinocrates. It is the Nat MPs/ministers who largely meant have been dragging their feet – enabling the active resistance and misconduct of the police.

      • Rhinocrates 3.1.1

        Even worse, they’ve tried to spin it to bolster their attempts to crack down on the Internet. There’s nothing too low for those opportunists.

    • Rogue Trooper 3.2

      FTP

    • Saarbo 3.3

      “Our police force is out of control.”

      I agree!

      The way they have handled this is absolutely disgraceful, it is like something from the third world.

      I cant help but think that is why Labour is spot on the mark passing a remit to ensure we have at least 50% women. This is a case of stupid men making fucken stupid decisions.

  4. Te Reo Putake 4

    I have no confirmation of this, but I’m told that the surname of one of the young men is the surname of a police officer who was periferally involved in the Nicholas rape case. May be entirely a coincidence.

  5. Rhinocrates 5

    The MSM are talking euphemistically about “blunders”.

    http://news.msn.co.nz/nationalnews/8751517/top-cops-to-oversee-roast-busters-case

    There’s also this: “A couple of the parents suggested that the police should not approach the daughters again.”

    I don’t want to read too much into that, but were the girls intimidated?

    • weka 5.1

      Seems pretty obvious to me that it’s way past the point where the police can deal with this safely and competently. They need to get outside help.

      • emergency mike 5.1.1

        I’m with you there weka. The Bazley Report showed that the rape culture inside the police is endemic. The police commissioner then said, “We’ll put our own house in order and we won’t mind who looks over our shoulder in the process,” That was six years ago.

        Now we learn that a 13 year old girl was made to show how she was raped with dolls, and told that she was asking for it by the way she dressed? House not in order.

        They don’t need someone to ‘look over their shoulder’ while they sort this out, they need someone who knows what they are talking about to sit them down and tell them how it’s going to be from now on. They expect young rape victims to be “brave enough” to come forward when the police are giving them the same excuses for rape that convicted rapists do? The stench is rising.

        • marty mars 5.1.1.1

          the stench is high

          key says, ” He reiterated earlier comments that the behaviour was “abhorrent and disturbing”.

          “There’s two parts to this; potentially, there’s underage sex and that’s worrying to any parent.

          “The second really worrying part is that these guys have been boasting about that behaviour online and that is a very serious matter. These are fragile young girls that could potentially take their own lives.”

          http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/9371620/Independent-inquiry-into-Roast-Busters-sex-case

          • Rogue Trooper 5.1.1.1.1

            One News- the Police Commissioner “was kept in the dark”
            Key- “Ministers kept in the dark”
            Key- concerning Police- “disappointing and frankly not good enough”.

            Dann- there is “real concern among the public”

            NZPolice (neanderthals) you bring this on your selves, lie, lie, lie then lie some more.

          • Tat Loo (CV) 5.1.1.1.2

            These are fragile young girls that could potentially take their own lives.”

            WTF are you trying to do with this statement, Mr Key.

            • QoT 5.1.1.1.2.1

              Honestly … I think he’s trying to say the right thing (his previous comments about how difficult it is for young women to report rape to the police were actually very good) but he kind of lacks the basic knowledge/feminist analysis/human empathy to pull it off well.

              • miravox

                I dunno…

                – police handling of the complaints is “disappointing”
                – finding out a complaint had been made from the media is “worrying”
                – underage ‘sex’ is “worrying”… to parents
                – boasting is a “very serious matter”

                • QoT

                  He’s definitely got problems, but he also referred to the situation as “disturbing and abhorrent” and described the process for survivors reporting as “It’s a very challenging situation for a young woman to put herself in that position.”

                  He’s a politician. And he’s John Key. For him … I may be feeling charitable, but those are practically extreme, damning statements for him.

                  • Tat Loo (CV)

                    You’re being too nice, I think. Key refers to two parts of the Roasters behaviour being of particular concern.

                    1) Underage sex, which would be worrying to any parent.
                    2) The online boasting about it, which is a serious matter.

                    And the big frakking elephant sized gap there is…?

                    • weka

                      Yep. Has the man been able to say the word rape yet? Or even some legalese like unlawful sexual conduct or whatever? He can call it alleged.

                    • Bill

                      Erm…would the gap be that ‘they just need to grow up’? Paraphrasing from a quote that I can’t be bothered to source – thinking it was on a standard post. Anyway…

                    • emergency mike

                      Yep all I’m hearing from Key is: “That’s bad. That’s a very bad thing. Disappointing. Worrying. I don’t like that.”

                      Also the usual swift pointing the finger of blame for any fuck ups down the line: “In the end we don’t know how those complaints were made, we don’t know the details, that is a matter for the police,” he said.

                      An actual leader would promise action, not just make soothing noises. Oh I forgot, he’s going to take adavantage of the situation to promote his new cyberbullying laws. Never let a good crisis go to waste, as they say.

                  • Rhinocrates

                    Yep, it’s a long way from “relaxed”. Hell, he might even go so far as to frown and look concerned.

  6. muzza 6

    Dame Margaret Bazely – Responsible for the reports/commissions which have single handedly broken, how many government departments, social services and city’s ?

    Count them off, then consider, what is so special, about that individual, and why has she been delegated such high level powers that have lead to such destructive consequences for NZ.

    Such a well manufactured back story!

    • weka 6.1

      Perhaps you would care to explain what you mean.

      • joe90 6.1.1

        Oh I’m sure it’ll be the usual claptrap.

        • weka 6.1.1.1

          What?

        • muzza 6.1.1.2

          More assumptions eh Joe!

          Do you get out much?

          MB is a disgrace, and it does not take your links to identify the deliberate failings!

          • karol 6.1.1.2.1

            Help us out then, muzza, by explaining the failings in the Bazley Report on Police Conduct, rather than arguing by character assassination?

            • muzza 6.1.1.2.1.1

              Hi Karol,

              Take some time, start investigating the reports/commissions that MB has been the lead on, going back many, many years, and look at the results which have followed the implementation of the recommendations.

              With your talents, I am sure you could write a substantial article on the findings.

              Where MB has been involved, it has become broken…coincidental, of course!

              Edit – Start with Auckland, the results are going to speak for themselves, just not for many years, and people are not going to pleased!

              • karol

                muzza, this post is about the report on police conduct. You seem certain that the report was designed to fail. Show us the evidence in the report and its recommendations.

                You are dodging the issue. Either you have the evidence or you don’t?

                Why should I spend my time trying to prove your argument, when I have plenty of other things to do with my time?

                • weka

                  +100

                  Put up or shut up muzza.

                • muzza

                  Karol, see my original comment #6, which was all I had intended to post, and if people don’t like it, or want to contest it, they are welcome to go and get their own information, which is everywhere that MB has been involved!

                  My comment was not specifically about the police report, but on form, the performance of the force, the degradation in service levels, yet increasing instances of criminality involving police, and sense of duty to public safety ever declining, what do you think the benefit of the report actually was, or ever going to achieve….It’s all for show Karol, it’s theatre for the peasants who want to believe the systems/services in place will somehow turn around to function and operate the way we believe that they should.
                  It’s not going to happen, and MB has played a key role in much of this, and many other reformist recommendations, which have evidently proven to have been a failure already, go look it up. Do it because you want to, (you have used that same line to me before…I have asked you nothing, other than to pay you a compliment, that you could write a substantial article with your talents).

                  People want to find the round peg solution which goes in the round hole to answer problems which they don’t even understand the correct line of questioning for, and more people should be looking outside the box, because we are not dealing with straight forward incompetence, greed or corruption, it’s systemic!

                  @ Weka , pffffft, leave your pseudo tough comments out, and use some of the considerable time you allocate to posting here and go get for yourself, it’s called the internet silly!

                  • karol

                    Still no evidence then, muzza.

                    (you have used that same line to me before…

                    citation please?

                    PS: This thread is about police conduct, The Roast Busters case, government responses, and the Bazely report. Any further comments that don’t address that will be moved to open mike.

                    • muzza

                      No karol, I’m not going to spend the time to go through the posts to satiate such a trivial citation request.

                      I’ve made comments about police conduct, and given my thoughts on the reports, it’s purpose, and the outcomes which you have decided not to notice were on topic.

                      I’ll leave you to your post which is appreciated, the quality of the posts here is high, and I respect that, hence the compliment.

                      [karol: bye bye then. I have looked at the report, provided links to it and other stuff I've looked at about the monitoring of the implementations. If there is evidence that the Bazley Report was set up to fail, it'll be in the report. I've already looked at the report, so if you know of where it was poor, it's for you to show me.

                      I really have no recollection of telling you to go away and find evidence to prove an argument I am making. I would be very surprised if I did that. I usually aim to provide evidence to support my claims.

                      I may have on an odd occasion told someone to go and look at something after providing already providing some evidence to support my argument. Or to look at something that's common knowledge.

                      So basically you can't point to any evidence to support your claims on the Bazley Report, even though I provided the relevant links in my post.]

                  • McFlock

                    I thought Project Onan had lost its funding?

                    Doing this “research” on your own dime then, muzz?

                  • weka

                    Problem is muzza, I think you are sending us on a wild goose chase. All you had to do was be a bit more specific in your comment. Instead you post innuendo and then say it’s our fault for not researching something you haven’t explained.

              • QoT

                I realise karol has already dealt with this as a moderator, but I simply must add: GO FUCK YOURSELF, muzza.

                How fucking dare you try to derail a serious fucking post on a serious fucking issue with your personal beef against Margaret Bazley?

                You’re a fucking disgrace.

        • Rogue Trooper 6.1.1.3

          Wow, that’s some creative writing joe90

    • Murray Olsen 6.2

      There is an idiotic conspiracy theory, put out by a moron called Greg Hallett, that suggests Margaret Bazley runs NZ on behalf of an Illuminati pedophile ring. It also holds that Helen Clark was a Leningrad trained lesbian prostitute, Michael King was murdered to hide evidence of an ancient Celtic civilisation in Aotearoa, and a whole heap of other rubbish. If you look for the material ( http://www.greghallett.com/ ), be warned that it is very disturbing in its sexual depravity and sickness. I suspect this is the deluded and depraved rubbish that Muzza is referring to. He is more far gone than I had suspected.

      • karol 6.2.1

        muzza’s comments also looked a bit like a thread jack to me – diverting from the core issues.

    • Chooky 6.3

      @muzza…agreed!…..yes I am a ‘wee’ bit suspicious of her….she has been a bit of a hatchet woman for the government and status quo at times in the past…hence her Dame appellation

      …..A trained nurse, this Dame Bazely now heads the annexed Environment Canterbury

      …..Personally i think no person of integrity would take a big salary and do the Nact governments bidding and head an organisation which was forcibly wrested away from the democratic and voted control of the people of Canterbury ….The Nact government didnt like the way Ecan was going and who Cantabrians were voting in, so they wrested it out of the voters’ control…..scandalous really!

      Needless to say, Cantabrians were very concerned about their waterways/rivers and the effects of over- intensive corporate dairy farming on draining underground aquifers and contaminating water quality with nitrates….. and ECan , before its annexation, was headed by scientists and environmental experts of many years research standing ….who were doing a very difficult balancing act between all the interest groups …so they called in Dame Bazely to sort the scientists and environmentalists out and speed up the job in the vested interests of corporate dairy

      …I say all this in support of muzza, even although it may seem off topic….

      [karol: you have started to move off topic, chooky. This thread is on the specific issues about police conduct and ministerial oversight related to sexual assault and rape, and the Bazley report on police conduct.

      I have moved muzza's reply to open mike. If you want to discuss wider systemic problems on government and Bazley's role in it, then this thread is not the place for it - open mike is fine for such topics]

  7. Rhinocrates 7

    We need to start naming and shaming the pigs:

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11152671

    Superintendant Bill Searle. [deleted]

    See this:

    • Tuesday: Superintendent Bill Searle said none of the girls from the original inquiry wanted to make a formal complaint.

    • Yesterday: A teenage girl says she made a formal complaint to the police two years ago.

    Commissioner Peter Marshall: Incompetent at best. If he takes the six-figure pay, then he takes responsibility. Sack him.

    [Bill]:- I fully understand your sentiments Rhinocrates, but bald assertions like that get the ‘making me nervous’ o’meter twitching. Might want to consider how you frame things like that.

  8. karol 8

    Tweet from journalist Toby Manhire:

    Speaking of assurances, John Tamihere has just been assuring us that he knows the top police in Waitemata and they’re ok by him.

    • weka 8.1

      Makes sense, esp as his mate Willie Jackson is friends with Clint Rickard and thinks he is innocent.

  9. captain hook 9

    Peter Marshall is ok. The cops doing the best they can but they are trying to be allthings to al people.
    They are not social workers or psychologists. They are dammed if they do th ejob properly and dammmed if they dont.
    The problem is the infantilism and inanity rife in our society and underpinned by post modern nonsense such as only your own truths count.
    most of this crap would go away if they brought back caning into the justice ystem.

    • Rhinocrates 9.1

      The cops doing the best they can

      On exactly what planet orbiting exactly what star have you been for the last few days? My guess is Gliese 667C-e, (about twenty three light years away, orbiting a M1 red dwarf and at the outer edge of the habitable zone) but please correct me if I’m wrong.

      underpinned by post modern nonsense such as only your own truths count. most of this crap would go away if they brought back caning into the justice ystem.

      Um OK. Hope you’ve got plenty of tinfoil at hand.

    • Treetop 9.2

      captain hook I do not have a high expectation when it comes to the cops investigating crimes which do not have a direct physical nature e.g. burglaries, car theft. I agree that the cops are not psychologists and some social workers do not understand the psychological aspects of sexual assault.

      There is something very disturbing going on in the police when it comes to not joining the dots when a person has made a formal or informal rape/sexual assault complaint.

      It has crossed my mind that the high ranking cops who make a lot of the decisions about sexual assault complainants are unaware of the harm they are doing because they are not psychologists. Also this group could have many ingrained misconceptions as well as being ignorant or in denial.

      From day one of the Bazley inquiry, I thought that the psychology of the harm that sexual assault does was lacking.

      Nicholas is an upstanding citizen who has worked her guts out to expose the shortcomings in the police regarding sexual criminal offending and to give support to anyone who has been sexually assaulted. I hear the disappointment in her voice.

      • weka 9.2.1

        Yeah but it’s not like the NZ Police haven’t had time to learn how to do their job better when it comes to complaints about sexual violence. The issues about rape and reporting to police have been known for decades. A lot of work has been done on this over the years. Then Louise Nicholas took them to task. These are all historic things. That police are not psychologists is NO excuse. If they are dealing with crime that impacts psychologically then they have a duty to learn how to do that well.

        • Treetop 9.2.1.1

          “That police are not psychologists is NO excuse.” I agree.

          Police have an organisational psychologist or two who work for them. Looks like the police are several short. The police cuts would not be helping in this area.

          • karol 9.2.1.1.1

            You have raised a good point, Treetop.

          • weka 9.2.1.1.2

            Or when they take in recruits and train them in every other area of policing, why not also train them in dealing with sexual assualt cases? Like other kinds of police work, working on sexual assault cases should be given to those with more aptitude for the work. Working with rape victims is challenging emotionally, but it’s the culture of the police force that is making it hard. Psychologists yes, but frontline staff need training too, and there need to be specialists when it comes to investigating complex cases like this one. None of this is news and it’s not like the expertise doesn’t exist in the community for training. So why hasn’t it happened?

            • Treetop 9.2.1.1.2.1

              “So why hasn’t it happened?”

              A police recruit is in training for 19 weeks.

              Perhaps the organisational psychologists employed in the police do no training with frontline staff, possibly they are there to do required routine assessments on cops, (think this is done three yearly). I do know that Nicholas has been to the police college to speak to dectectives in training.

              I’d like to know what the budget is for changing the police culture when it comes to sexual assault complaints?

              • karol

                Good questions, Treetop.

                If the police, and the relevant ministers, were treating the issue with urgency, the funds would have been available and appropriate training and monitoring would have been paid for and carried out to in a way that was likely to bring about positive results.

                • Treetop

                  Karol, this thread is about “in the publics interest” even though sexual assault can be an emotionally draining topic to cover, not covering it will change nothing.

                  Thank you.

                  Police progress COI but still more to do
                  18 October 2012

                  “We are also seeking feedback from victims about their experience of our service and how we can improve it.”

                  http://www.infonews.co.nz/news.cfm?id=98403

                  I would like to know what if any feedback was received?

                  (The police have been given feedback this week from sexual assault complainants and from the public regarding how the police have managed complaints of sexual assault).

                  Did the police approach anyone who had made a formal or informal sexual assault complaint for feedback?

                  (I’m sure that giving the police feedback is not on the priority list when a complaint is being made).

                  I doubt many teenagers would have read the article.

                  • Treetop

                    1200 out of 1500 investigative staff have received training in adult sexual assault (ASA) as of October 2012.

                    How many staff have received training in child and youth sexual assault?

                    (I regard this category to be a specialist area).

    • Murray Olsen 9.3

      Captain Hook: I can only imagine that you would volunteer to cane the 13 year old girls for their promiscuous behaviour. Another sick bloody Tory.

  10. Chris 10

    I think we need to be careful lumping ALL policeman in the same corrupt basket.

    In my line of work I have had to call Police 3 times in the last 12 months to deal with domestic violence and on every occasion their attitude and manner in dealing with the victims has been consistent and above reproach. At all 3 incidents there were at least 4 officers and always 1 female officer to assist the victim. I will add I am not in the Auckland area but whether that comes into play I couldn’t say.

    • weka 10.1

      I agree Chris. It might be helpful to talk about the NZ Police (who are failing to deal with rape culture in their own organisation), and the specific branch that is dealing badly with the rape club, and all the other places in NZ where the police have failed to deal with sexual assault well, and the individual police who do a good job.

      Sorry, I didn’t mean to come across as sarcastic, it just happened as I typed. I think your point is valid, and I’m sure there are some good police in NZ who are pretty unhappy right now with how their colleagues have behaved.

      • Chris 10.1.1

        Weka, never apologise for voicing your opinions.

        I have absolutely no problem when someone disagrees with me.

        Sarcastic… no problem, I’m great at being that :)

  11. Saarbo 11

    Radio Live…Hooten has walked out of the studio. First time I believe he was absolutely spot on the mark.

  12. anon 12

    today, radiolive, Danny Watson’s show:

    Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

    11:30 in: caller alleges 2 girls were drugged, one waking up while being raped, went through entire FORMAL complaints process, files ‘lost’ and unable to satisfactorily contact investigating officer to follow up

    • Treetop 12.1

      It has got to the point when a person needs to be given a copy and the officers identity number attached, then the public will know which cop stuffed up.

      I thought that all sexual assault complaints now had their own national data base. I will look into this further.

    • karol 12.2

      I see also, that several advertisers have pulled their ads from Radio Live.

  13. Rogue Trooper 13

    not quite the thread karol, yet I’ll loop in here-

    Charlotte Church, on the Music Industry (loosely drags in talk-back schlock jocks)
    http://www.digitalmusicnews.com/permalink/2013/10/15/church
    “male-dominated with a juvenile perspective on gender and sexuality”

  14. charles kinbote 14

    When did having sex with persons who drink become rape. And when did multiple sex become rape.

  15. Tracey 15

    Weka and karol

    one thing that can make a difference is when the police sag they need a complaint and then reveal 3 informal and one formal you start sacking people. Bottom and top. Sonetimes you need sacrificial lambs to make sure the point is received loud and clear.

    ipca

    how long will they take? 3 years? So the police can lie and say that was then, we have changed now as they do and have done for the past 30 years.

    police union head greg oconnor is very quiet… not rushing to defend the good officers and seperating them from the rogues.

    • weka 15.1

      Agreed Tracey, heads should roll. The NZ Police are on a hiding to nothing with this one. Public confidence is critical for their job, and they’re losing that rapidly and significantly.

    • emergency mike 15.2

      Yep that’s what I thought when I heard there had been four complaints made after days of the police saying there were none. It seem to me that they have to sack at least one person here, or else people might start asking some awkward questions about who has been lying here.

  16. Tracey 16

    Charles kinbote

    when there is no verbal consent or consent is not capable of being given both your examples are rape.

    to clarify, someone drunk as to be falling over, unconscious or moving in or out of consciousness.

    it is also possible to give consent and later withdraw it

  17. adam 17

    Does it take it happen to children, before something happens? These are children, young women with there whole life in front of them – brutalized, because boys will be boys. This is structural problem, something is very wrong with our society. We know what it is – it has a name – wise women from Emma Goldman to Germaine Greer have said what this vicious nasty little club will do to our children – and guess what – it has happened again – it will happen again and again and again until we have a radical shift away from patriarchy.

    We can’t tinker, or reform this one. It has a way of creating it’s own backlash – that particular backlash has been in full swing since the late 80’s. Look how many young women think feminism is a dirty word. One of the great words in the English language – demonized. That’s because a section of males like power over women – they don’t need to beat you all or ruff you up. They just need a few of the lads to brutalize a few of you, to remind you of your place. Is enough – enough? Or you going to tinker and reform and let your daughters, sisters, nieces and mothers, grandmothers suffer under this beast? I’m not I’m over it. Any other male gets out of line in front of me – he’s for it. Damn this culture – damn us all for let this happen to children.

  18. Tracey 18

    Adam – well said

  19. Rosie 19

    karol, thank you for the self help link above. That is what I needed and have noted that several of those suggestions I have been following through with instinctively over the last few days as it happens.

    I haven’t been commenting on the RB’s because I’ve not yet been able to get past an emotional reaction to a point where I can speak in any logical way. This has surprised me as it was 28 years ago that I was in a similar situation as these girls and I thought all the counselling worked and that was the end of it. I keep wondering how many women in NZ have had these old wounds re opened as a result of the intensity of these rape allegations.

    Thanks again and thanks too to those commenters, who have written so intelligently and with sensitivity and understanding over the last few days. It’s funny to say that reading your original post and Bill’s post and the comments has been heartening, in among the difficulty of it all.

  20. Tracey 20

    Perhaps the ipca should compare the polices files on the current case and this one

    http://m.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11153167

    to see if they were handled differently

    • MrSmith 20.1

      I wouldn’t put any faith in the IPCA.

      I like this bit under “Operational independence”

      Most complaints to the Authority are referred to the Police for investigation and resolution. The Authority independently oversees Police handling of these complaints. The form of that oversight depends on the  nature of the complaint, but can include independent review or audit of the Police investigation.

      So the filth still mostly investigate themselves.

      http://www.ipca.govt.nz/Site/about/Independence.aspx

  21. JK 21

    The Irony : Martyn Bradbury says on The Daily Blog (7 Nov 2013)

    ” At 12.57pm today I was contacted by Campbell Moore from NZ Police Public Affairs threatening me with 6months imprisonment and $5000 fine for parodying their Roast Buster Rape inaction.
    We have been forced by this threat to censor the parody and believe this is a woeful action by a Police Department under immense pressure to justify their sexist inaction of sex attacks against women that this blog has been highly critical of.
    The irony is not lost on me that if I had been bragging about rape, I wouldn’t be arrested, but parodying the inaction of the NZ Police sees me threatened with 6months imprisonment and a fine of $5000.”

    and BTW, Clint Rickards sits on the Waipareira Trust Board which John Tamihere is the CEO of. (yeah I know lousy grammar, but you get the message? )

    Added note – Idiot Savant has the naughty poster on his/her blogsite !

  22. Tat Loo (CV) 22

    So, have the hang’em high crowd at the cynically named Sensible Sentencing Trust released any statements on the Roasters yet?

    If not, I wonder what is keeping their one eyed statements on the sidelines.

    • Gareth 22.1

      They’ve condemned it on their Facebook page.

      From the page:

      “The disgusting conduct of these dirtbags just shows they have a complete absence of moral values and respect for young women. Most significantly by the fact they are actually publicly boasting about their conduct online. People who commit this sort of repugnant behaviour belong in prison. What’s even more objectionable and offensive in the exreme is hearing young women on TV3 News condoning the actions of these scum and suggesting their actions are normal and attractive – Ross”

      • Tat Loo (CV) 22.1.1

        Thanks Gareth. Hang’em high…don’t bother with the trial…bad morals are enough to go to prison for…and those offensive young women should know better!!!

        Sounds about right for the SST.

  23. red blooded 23

    This is a horrifying situation, and the sexist, selfish and predatory behaviour of a pack of dickheads who see rape as entertainment is only made worse by the inaction of the police. I’m getting to this post late, but I’m going to respond to the much earlier post about the p word. Yes, we need to work to deconstruct patriarchy, and yes, it’s sad that young women roll their eyes at feminism (which they can only do because of the work of generations of feminists which has created a society in which the restraints and restrictions of patriarchy are nowhere near as intrusive and limiting as they used to be)… The p word I haven’t heard anyone talking about yet though is PARENTS. What role did the parents of these rapist braggarts have in installing such appalling attitudes to women and to sex, and in producing sons so lacking in empathy or basic decency? How much did they know about their son’s actions? What have they done or tried to do to make their sons take responsibility for the damage they have wreaked in the lives of their victims? And I think it’s fair enough to suggest that the girls’ parents need to ask themselves about some of their role modelling and teaching about alcohol and decisions about boundaries around parties etc.

    I’m not suggesting that the RBs aren’t culpable for their actions. I guess I’m just pointing out that they didn’t happen in a bubble. These guys had friends who knew what they were doing, they had parents who helped to shape their values and personalities and they had access to young girls who had made some bad decisions about alcohol and were unable to resist because of it.

    • Tat Loo (CV) 23.1

      I haven’t seen anyone else really mention parents and parenting as being an important factor to examine in this incident. So I really appreciate you being practical and down to earth enough to do so.

      The other word which has been missing in action so far is responsibility. A lot of people are clamouring for major change. Change the way people think. Change how society works. Change how families work. Change ingrained attitudes and institutions.

      Well, change doesn’t happen unless people are held responsible so what about that. The adults in this situation need to be held responsible. The parents, the police and the many many other “grown-ups” in the community who knew that this was happening, or suspected it was happening, need to be held responsible.

    • karol 23.2

      It’s not always the parents who are the main influences. It’s other adults in the social circle and wider community. Like what sort of role model are Tamihere & Willie J providing?

      I recall as a teenager I rebelled against my parents in various ways. I disagreed with their Muldoonist politics. They were anti-gay and I was a closeted lesbian.

      It takes a village.

    • Bill 23.3

      What’s this about pissed young girls needing to be resisting something and ‘making bad decisions’ shit!?

      How’s about neither sober nor pissed men should be raping any women or girls or boys or men or animals under any circumstances?

      How about throwing the ‘seeking of consent’ out of the window and instead, normalising the seeking of enthusiastic consent?

  24. RedBaron CV 25

    Thanks for your work on this Karol.
    I don’t know if this helps but some years back I was involved in a lessor parallel situation. I thought at the time, if I (well educated, some financial security,older, english first language etc ,etc) struggle to cope then how do the rest manage. I kept going, some wins, some losses in the trying for change stakes but to this day, both directly and indirectly, I have had other people comment positively, some knowing who I am and others just simply because it is topic du jour. It’s a good feeling knowing that someone’s life has been made a little better.

    This is what you have done, in the short term and the long term, somebody, somewhere, has a life that will be a little better, they won’t feel quite so alone because of your assistance.

    • Rhinocrates 25.1

      Indeed. Thanks Karol. You must surely be making a difference.

      I know someone who’s going to find this whole affair massively triggering, but this time the police are under scrutiny, this time the apologists are being condemned. That’s good.

      I think that what needs to be done now is let people know about organisations such as Rape Crisis and Women’s Refuges.

      http://www.wellingtonrapecrisis.org.nz

      This is the Wellington branch. Their funding is critically low – please make a donation.

      http://www.womensrefuge.org.nz

      The same.

      Voltaire once said that the greatest crime is to do nothing because you can only do a little.

      However, every little counts. Next time there’s an appeal, donate even just your loose change. Next time someone makes a rape joke, confront them on it and demand that they explain why they think that it’s funny. These are little things, but they add up.

      • emergency mike 25.1.1

        And those who can do a lot, and have a responsibilty to do do, should. Like our government increasing funding for the services you mention.

        Oh that’s right, NAct prefers to cut their funding. “Tight times,” said Paula Bennett, Social Undevelopment Minister for the Corporate Handouts And Scams And Screw Everyone Else Party I mean for the National Party. Then John Key gets ‘disappointed’ about the RB boys, (now world famous rapists), like it’s nothing to do with him.

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    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
  • Famous Kiwi Radio Host Invites Rapists To “Call In and Defend Yourselves...
    [This post is now being live-blogged. Please check back periodically for updates. The amazing header image is by Occupy Auckland media team co-ordinator @Redstar309z and features an artistic impression of two alleged #Roastbusters serial rapists - Joseph Levall Parker (left)...
    Spin Bin | 29-10
  • Famous Kiwi Radio Host Invites #Roastbusters Rapists To “Call In and Defe...
    [This post is now being live-blogged. Please check back periodically for updates. The amazing header image is by Occupy Auckland media team co-ordinator @Redstar309z and features an artistic impression of two alleged #Roastbusters serial rapists - Joseph Levall Parker (left)...
    Spin Bin | 29-10
  • Lower Hutt scientists win right to be academics
    Tertiary Update Vol 17 No 37 Lower Hutt scientists are joining TEU in large numbers after the union successfully argued that they should be classified as academics in Victoria University of Wellington’s new collective agreement. TEU members at Victoria recently...
    Tertiary Education Union | 29-10
  • Ex-TEU member heads Parliament’s education committee
    Former TEU member Dr Jian Yang will chair parliament’s Education and Science Select Committee. Elected to parliament only three years ago directly from his job in the political science department at the University of Auckland, Yang has risen quickly to...
    Tertiary Education Union | 29-10
  • Cabinet focuses tertiary education on economic growth
    The government has signalled again that it views tertiary education primarily as an economic tool rather than a tool for social opportunity and equity as well. The government has shifted tertiary education out of its Cabinet Social Policy Committee to...
    Tertiary Education Union | 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
  • 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
  • Labour leadership candidates in Invercargill
    The four candidates for Labour Leader – Andrew Little, Nanaia Mahuta, David Parker and Grant Robertson - will be in Invercargill on Friday evening for a Husting meeting with members, as part of fourteen Husting Meetings being held nationwide as...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
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