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The spirit of ’81: Key’s hypocrisy!

Written By: - Date published: 3:17 pm, December 19th, 2013 - 141 comments
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John Key’s attacks on Hone Harawira for his trip to South Africa were hypocritical given Key’s own (non) stance on the 1981 protests against the South African rugby tour of NZ.  Key’s attacks were an opportunistic attempt to smear a political opponent, and divert from the failings of Key’s government: this done, for instance, by Key referring to Harawira’s trip as a “taxpayer funded junket”.

Hone nails it in his response published in the NZ Herald [h/t Bearded Git]!  Some extracts from the article entitled:

Hone Harawira: I cried, I danced, I said goodbye – how about you, John?

Dear John,

Why are you being so nasty about my going to South Africa to farewell Nelson Mandela?

Were you upset by the world media calling you the “unidentified guest” while I was on national television dancing with Madiba’s people in Soweto? I’m sorry about that John, but was that my fault?

And yeah … I know I said your delegation didn’t truly represent those who loved Mandela but I wasn’t the only one. Heaps of people said so – even the media. I mean look at it. You went (and you didn’t even know what your position was on apartheid!), and you took two members of the National Government that supported the apartheid-backed Springbok Tour of 1981.

I mean really … is that the best you can do to represent us at the memorial services for one of the greatest men of our time?

And I heard your comments about there being “people with a greater claim to going than me”. Yeah – like John Minto and Sue Bradford. But you didn’t take them. You didn’t even ask them, did you John? So why are you being so bitchy about me going when you didn’t take them anyway?

[…]

And as for my using taxpayers’ money on a “jolly”, isn’t that just a little churlish and mean-spirited? I went to memorial services just like you. I went to a private service at Mandela’s family home (not sure whether you got to do that, John). And I went to view his body just like you (except my wife did a karanga, mate, as we Maori do, and I followed that up with a haka).

So if I did what you did, except better, how come I have to pay the money back but you don’t have to?

[…]

You see, as soon as I heard Mandela had died I cried. And then I decided I was going to go to South Africa.

I wanted to farewell a man I have always looked up to, a man who was a hero to people of colour all across the world, who suffered under one of the most deeply racist regimes of our time, and walked out of jail after 27 years with a smile on his face and love in his heart.

I went to farewell a man who cast aside forever the ugliness of apartheid, and gave us the phrase “in my country we go to prison first and then become President”.

I went to farewell the man who said that when we stopped the game in Hamilton during the 1981 tour, “it was like the sun came out”. Yes John, I can remember being there and I was proud of being there.

I went to farewell a wonderful, warm and caring man who I was privileged to meet when he came to thank the protesters in 1995.

You see, John, I went to farewell a man that I loved.

And if you want to condemn me for that then you go right ahead.

Harawira was within his rights to use the speaker approved, leaders’ budget for the trip.   He also explained this in a video from Maori Television News.

John Key is hypocritical on that, because Key also went at taxpayers’ expense.  And, while he was never a supporter of Mandela or the anti-apartheid movement, he used the trip to connect with powerful similarly positioned leaders like Aussie’s Abbott and UK’s Cameron.

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It’s likely the attempt to smear Harawira was motivated by Team Key realising that next year’s election may result in small parties like Mana, determining the final make-up of the government: a realisation that Key’s National Party is falling out of favour with a lot of voters.  So Key’s smears amount to a diversion from his own lack of ethics on issues such as apartheid, and on all these things that Hone mentioned:

Or are you just attacking me to try to take people’s attention off the bigger issues of the day, like all those reports highlighting how deep child poverty is in Aotearoa, or how the referendum showed that New Zealanders don’t support your selling our assets, or the public anger about you selling off our sovereignty under the TPPA, or how pissed off people are that you’ve done a deep sea oil deal with a company that’s facing a $16 billion lawsuit over claims and compensation for contaminated sites in the US? Is that what this is all about?

…. and more……

 

141 comments on “The spirit of ’81: Key’s hypocrisy!”

  1. adam 1

    Hear, hear.

  2. One Anonymous Knucklehead 2

    he used the trip to connect with powerful similarly positioned leaders like Aussie’s Abbott and UK’s Cameron.

    Connect with? If Cameron’s body language is anything to go by I think ‘bore’ might be a better word.

    PS: looks like Key’s practising his three-way handshake action.

  3. fender 3

    Well said Hone. Maybe when Key sobers up he’ll answer these questions, but Key is a gutless coward so I doubt he will provide answers.

  4. Naturesong 4

    It’s called race baiting Look for more of it next year.

    Particularly the part where he accuses Hone of being lazy; pretty sure Key is aware that Hone’s electorate covers East Coast Bays, Helensville, North Shore, Northcote, Northland, Rodney, Te Atatū, Whangarei, the northern part of Waitakere and some of the islands located within Auckland Central.
    Some travelling is involved in order to properly represent his constituants.

    If Key was serious about the money, he would lay a complaint against the speaker who authorised the trip.

    While John Key in his role as Prime Minister was there to show a New Zealand presence, it was Hone Harawira, in the absence of John Minto, who represented me.

  5. Will@Welly 5

    Hone represented me, and I’m a flippin’ pakeha. Key tread over the graves of every dead person who died in the struggle against apartheid.

    • idlegus 5.1

      yep

    • One Anonymous Knucklehead 5.2

      yep²

    • Steve 5.3

      Hone didn’t represent you, he represented himself. His comments make that pretty clear. And I think that based on this, Keys comments are on the money.
      Was he entitled to go – yes
      Should he have personally paid for a trip attended for private reasons – yes

      • Colonial Viper 5.3.1

        Complain to the Speaker then buddy

        • Steve 5.3.1.1

          Yeah, I suppose it’s a bit too much to ask to expect our elected representatives to apply their own moral judgement.
          Pointing the finger at the speaker should not excuse Hone’s poor judgement.

          • karol 5.3.1.1.1

            Say what? he submitted his planned trip to the speaker. The speaker said yes. It was not done for private reasons. If you view the view the Maori Television video linked in my post, you will see Harawira says that he represented Maoridonm in Sth Africa. He says NZ taxpayers got more value for their money than with Key’s trip to the funeral.

            Key says they didn’t need Sharples because they already had a Maori in the official party, and one who had been in the 81 protests, so why would they need another one? Tokenism, much!

            • Steve 5.3.1.1.1.1

              So you are comfortable for any politician to spend tax payer money on a trip taken for personal reasons and justify it by claiming they are representing some part of society? Generous.
              I would be interested to hear what discretion the speaker has in making these decisions.

              • Colonial Viper

                So you are comfortable for any politician to spend tax payer money on a trip taken for personal reasons and justify it by claiming they are representing some part of society?

                Not just any part of society. The part of society that fought against apartheid in 1981.

                The part of society that John Key has amnesia about.

              • One Anonymous Knucklehead

                What personal reasons are these that can be so easily separated from affairs of state? Do you honestly believe that Hone Harawira’s high level of access in South Africa is of no benefit or interest to New Zealand/Aotearoa?

                Or are you just helping throw John Key’s toys out of the cot? He’s the clown that giggles when you pull a string. Don’t mistake him for one of them.

              • TeKupu

                Hope you were this vociferous in your commentary when McCully took a tax-payer funded plane ride to Vanuatu for $70-80K because he didn’t want to fly commercial!? Clown – the rules are clear & were adhered to – HH applied for leave and the appropriate budget (as a Leader of a Party) and it was approved. HH went on behalf of Maori and those that protested (something Key can’t even remember). Hilda paid privately. Simple really!

              • So Steve, are you presenting your own views, or are you simply another National Party hack trying to patch up one of Key’s most disastrous PR-stunts-gone-wrong?

                Because really, if anyone had a right to attend the funeral, it was Hone.

          • Carol 5.3.1.1.2

            Hone’s trip cost just under $8,000, while the tight 5’s trip expenses totaled $95,000. Hone stayed almost twice as long. Shouldn’t the real complaint be to the PM for spending taxpayers money extravagantly. Where’s the thought to this. Also Hone has been asked to repay his, has John Key & Party been asked. Hone’s office received donations to enable him and Hilda to attend after he had left. The Mana Movement is a political party for all of New Zealand whether you are Maori, Pakeha or Avatar ~ why do we think it is just for Maori. As someone commented ‘Hone represented me, and I’m white’ Good on you matey! Because you are exactly who he represented and I could feel no prouder in having him do that for me.

      • Richard Christie 5.3.2

        @Steve

        Hone didn’t represent you, he represented himself.

        I can sure as hell assure you that John Key didn’t represent me.

        • Steve 5.3.2.1

          Perhaps not, but as the elected head of our country it was right for him to attend on behalf of all of us.

          • Will@Welly 5.3.2.1.1

            Okay Mr Stevie. Where were you in ’81? Standing on the side-lines, barracking for or against the tour, or is it that you, like John Key, can’t remember? Hone can, so can I, and so can thousands of other New Zealanders. It was a watershed moment in our history, in many ways it was not only about the fight to end apartheid in South Africa, but it also highlighted the racial divide that existed, and still exists in our country.
            New Zealand was a deeply divided country because of that tour. It pitted family members against each other, and it wasn’t just generational. Even workplaces and social gatherings were divided. Perhaps Mr. Stevie, you’d prefer it if Maori and Polynesians were forbidden to play in our national sports teams, like they once were? Maybe you’d like them to live in “special places” where they could be “monitored”, Mr. Stevie, would that suit you?
            So maybe Hone didn’t represent you, but then that’s your opinion. He never went to South Africa to trample over the graves of those killed by the protagonists of apartheid. Hone went with respect, and dignity. Two words missing from some peoples’ vocabulary.

            • Steve 5.3.2.1.1.1

              I will assume your off topic rant was due to the time of night you wrote this. I hope you feel a little more balanced this morning after a good nights sleep.

              • Anna

                Why was it an off topic rant? It seemed on point to me. I’d like to know too. Where did you stand on the Tour? Or were you too young to have an opinion? If so, what’s your opinion now on it?

                Do you support the anti-apartheid protestors’ stance and if so, why would you query Hone going to South Africa to pay his respects? He certainly earned his dues there. He was one of the leaders of Patu squad. Are you familiar with Patu squad? If not, Merata Mita did a documentary called ‘Patu’ that you maybe interested in watching. It would be educational. You can source it from New Zealand On Screen.

                In my opinion, the only people that are really churlish over Hone going are Key/National supporters who have never stood for anything (other than tax cuts for the rich and the requisite “me, me, me” stuff).

                • Anne

                  Well said Anna.

                • Steve

                  I thought it was off topic because I felt I made it clear that Hone was entitled to go. The only problem I have with it is that he has asked tax payers to pay for it despite his reasons for attending being personal.

                  I was too young to have an opinion on the tour. And although my stance now is that politics should be kept out of sport, I realise that it is very difficult to make that statement without the context of that particular situation.

                  Do I support the anti-apartheid protesters stance? Absolutely. Do I agree with how they went about their protests – no.

                  • @ steve..

                    “..I was too young to have an opinion on the tour. ..

                    ..Do I agree with how they went about their protests – no…”

                    ..going on yr age-perspective @ the time..there..steve..

                    ..wd you have recomended tantrums as the preferred means of protest..?

                    ..perhaps all lying on ground drumming heels and yelling ‘no!’..?

                    ..the mass spitting of food from the mouth..?

                    ..all protestors just standing there and saying:.’mine!’..?

                    ..have you seen ‘patu’..?

                    ..phillip ure..

                    • Anna

                      Yeah. This perspective always cracks me up. I guess it’s the difference in having protested and stood for something, and not.

                      It’s like living in a fantasy land where all social changes came from asking really nicely for something. It’s a position where someone takes their privilege for granted, not realising it’s contingent on never taking a stand for ‘anything’ that challenges the status quo.

              • no steve..will@welly pretty much nailed it how it was..

                ..and how it is..

                ..phillip ure..

          • Akldnut 5.3.2.1.2

            Key didn’t represent me either.

            Unlike him I have morality, a social conscience and would never try to make the rich wealthier at the expense of low income people. Especially Kiwis.

          • Molly 5.3.2.1.3

            It was also “right” for John Key to attend the funeral of Hugo Chávez, given that he was in Latin America at the time on supposed trade talks AND Venezuela is NZ’s second largest dairy export market…. and yet…

          • Frank Macskasy 5.3.2.1.4

            Perhaps not, but as the elected head of our country it was right for him to attend on behalf of all of us.

            Three things, Steve.

            1.Do you not think that, in all fairness, he should have invited Hone, Sue Bradford, or John Minto to attend?! Considering that they were instrumental in opposing the ’81 Tour and thereby supporting Mandela’s struggle?

            2. That Hone, Sue Bradford, or John Minto had a greater right to attend than Bolger or McKiinnon, who were part of a government that supported the racist Tour?

            3. That perhaps it was ironic the Key led the delegation considering his own admission that he can’t recall his own position on the Tour?!

            Because from where I sit, you don’t really give a damn about Mandela, racism, etc. You’re simply a rah-rah! cheerleader for National.

            Despite your self-righteous BS, it’s fairly clear the Hone had a right to attend the funeral. A greater right than Key, Bolger, or McKinnon. And your grasping at straws won’t change that one iota.

            By the way – looking forward to the election and turfing your hopeless Party out of power. They’ve over-stayed their welcome by, oh, say five years, eleven months.

      • Tracey 5.3.3

        sorry who did the pro tour bolger and mcKinnon go for? It wasn’t for those who opposed apartheid.

        • Anna 5.3.3.1

          Exactly! And why did they go? What was the point in taking them?

          Do any of you remember when Nelson Mandela called Jim Bolger his “Australian friend”? Given Nelson Mandela didn’t forget much and people always commented on Mandela’s ability to recall a name, face, moment of someone he’d only ever met briefly years later, I like to think of that little ‘slip up’ as deliberate :)

          • Tracey 5.3.3.1.1

            unidentified guest and australian friend. Gosh how national stands up for us on he world stage.

        • Steve 5.3.3.2

          I accept this argument. I think there should have been more thought go in to the delegation.

  6. Chooky 6

    +1 Hone Harawira represented me also….unlike Key ….and Harawira is a true soul New Zealander and an adopted spiritual son of Mandela…..unlike Key….. who is a hollow money man

    • North 6.1

      Our Prime Mournister aye ?

      Straight off the plane and into Hone Harawira.

      This might be serious………Ansell’s back on board.

      Or Key’s hoha because he ended up the “unidentified guest” while (in Key’s own terms) Hone got to the Oval Office so to speak. Tending to prove the representation point.

      Back at work. Give the Old Hone-Monster a run.

      Emperor with no clothes.

    • Martin 6.2

      and me too! kia ora hone,

      ’81 veteran

  7. Delia 7

    Key playing the ‘Hone card’ when the going gets rough.

    • Colonial Viper 7.1

      The fact is that Key needs to play the ‘Hone card’ in order to distract the heat off himself.

      There’s nothing worse than a Prime Minister going through the motions of caring when in fact he cannot even remember where he stood in 1981 on the issue of apartheid. Which of course reveals the truth. And it is why Hone makes Key look like shit.

      The PM can’t remember because apartheid didn’t mean anything important to a busy John Key.

      Which tells us everything we need to know Key and where he stood on the ’81 Tour .

      • you_fool 7.1.1

        I think you will find that Key can remember his stance, he is just smart enough to know that his stance then would ruin him now

        • Tracey 7.1.1.1

          I think everyone in NZ now knows exactly what his stance was… but they think they are gonna make money from his trickle down one day so they still like him. It used to be called “golden rain”.

  8. SHG (not Colonial Viper) 8

    Acknowledgement: Key’s equivocation over whether or not he supported the 81 tour or the protests is pathetic and I find it offensive.

    But this is standard Harawira bludging. He just cannot pass up an opportunity to have a taxpayer-funded overseas trip.

    This is the method: claim a right to attend some overseas event or events on taxpayer tab in virtue of brownness. Then once overseas forget, or be late, or change mind and do something else other than attend the event(s) that were the reason for the trip. When asked to explain, claim that the other thing he decided to do (of which there exists no documentary evidence whatsoever) was more important or culturally significant, and that him being asked to explain is racism.

    Lather, rinse, repeat. Every time.

    Questions started getting asked midway through this year when the Herald noted

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/politics/news/article.cfm?c_id=280&objectid=10879636

    Mana Party leader has been absent for 49 of the 120 sitting days since the 2011 election.

    Mana leader Hone Harawira described himself as going “to battle for those without a voice in Parliament” at his party’s conference this month but he has been a rare sight in Parliament this year.

    Mr Harawira’s travel expenses for the first three months of the year were higher than any other non-ministerial MP, including Mr Shearer.

    A spokesman for Mr Harawira said he was in Hawaii for a United Nations event this week. When contacted, Mr Harawira hung up.

    Remember when he was a Maori Party MP?

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10607653

    Maori MP Hone Harawira has reacted to an email criticising him for bunking off a work trip to visit Paris, by lashing out at white people.

    In an email exchange released to Radio New Zealand, Mr Harawira accused “white motherfuckers” of “puritanical bullshit” for expecting him to follow the rules.

    Prime Minister John Key has labelled the remarks “deeply offensive” but he says it is up to Maori Party leadership to deal with it.

    Mr Harawira skipped a meeting in Brussels so he and his wife Hilda could spend a day in Paris.

    Mr Mikaere, who runs a consulting company, emailed Mr Harawira a two sentence message: “Gotta ask the question eh? who’s paying for Hilda?”

    Mr Harawira wrote back starting his email; “Gee Buddy, do you believe that white man bullsh** too do you?

    “White motherfuckers have been raping our lands and ripping us off for centuries and all of a sudden you want me to play along with their puritanical bullsh**.”

    In 2007 Mr Harawira was told to pay back some flights after he left mid-way through a four-day select committee trip to Melbourne, so he could visit Aboriginal groups in Alice Springs.

    But as we all know he left the Maori Party to fight the Marine and Coastal Area Bill because he had a duty to FIGHT THE EVIL WHITE MOTHERFUCKERS and their oppressive legislation. Of course, when it came time to actually do something about it…

    The second reading of the bill to replace the Foreshore and Seabed Act has passed through Parliament and former Maori Party MP Hone Harawira wasn’t there to vote against it – despite the bill being the reason for him leaving his party.

    Stuff put it more succinctly:

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/4744835/MP-Hone-Harawira-misses-foreshore-and-seabed-vote

    The opposition votes did not include Harawira who forgot to cast his vote.

    So exactly what has he done in Parliament this year? Held the government to account? Highlighted the plight of Northland Maori?

    Hone has asked a total of three written questions in 2013. yes, just three. A disgrace. Three out of almost 17,000 asked by opposition MPs.

    His contributions in the debating chamber have been almost non-existent. In the last year his contributions have been:

    Six oral questions (these are allocated so no issue there)

    Spoke on the Budget debate, the financial review debate, the PM’s statement, two general debates, one urgent debate, one obituary, one local bill and one Treaty settlement. On average that is one speech ever six weeks!

    So Hone Harawira has spoken on two bills in 2013. In the past year 145 bills passed into law, 57 had a first reading and 67 a second reading meaning 269 bills that he could have spoken on.

    http://www.kiwiblog.co.nz/2013/12/hone_and_parliament.html

    But he totally did a haka. Somewhere. Unfortunately there’s no record or acknowledgement of this awesome haka anywhere or from anyone other than Harawira himself, so we’ll just have to take his word for it eh?

    Mana Party leader Hone Harawira is being made to explain himself, after apparently missing official events on his taxpayer-funded trip to South Africa for Nelson Mandela’s funeral.

    Mr Harawira arrived too late for the national memorial service, but says he saw Mandela’s body lying in state and attended a small, private service at the Mandela family home.

    http://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/auckland/news/nbpol/1065508255-harawira-s-taxpayer-funded-trip-under-scrutiny

    Every time.

    • Naturesong 8.1

      If you think Hone’s trip was him bludging, you need to direct your complaint toward the speaker who authorised the trip.

    • Tiger Mountain 8.2

      Seeing as how vinyl is back I can perhaps use the “stuck record” metaphor for your repetitive bs SHG.

      “Key has so much ammunition to fire at Hone this was only a warning shot”. Says Ian at 10.1
      Thats the attitude old boy. Pity he did not use his slug gun when Hone was in the Māori Party and riding with the Key Gang eh.

      You Hone critics really are disgusting, the tour protestors saved NZs bacon internationally and Hone is well regarded around the world in indigenous peoples forums. The pre emptive strike theory re ShonKey may have some weight as it is going to be the most vicious election campaign for decades. 2014 is the last roll of the dice for NZ, if the Key Gang don’t sod off we will become a nation version of a $2 shop.

    • QoT 8.3

      His electorate is in the Far North. Of course he has higher travel costs than scumbags like Bill English who merely lie about living in Southland.

      • SHG (not Colonial Viper) 8.3.1

        His electorate is in the Far North.

        And yet even when he’s in Wellington – on the grounds of Parliament Buildings – he still can’t be bothered turning up to vote on the Foreshore and Seabed bill.

        • Anna 8.3.1.1

          Yet, as already stated, in Hone’s absence, his vote is cast by the Greens.

          As, once again, written earlier: Hone’s constituency has nothing to do with you. Actually, Hone has nothing to do with you.

          • SHG (not Colonial Viper) 8.3.1.1.1

            Point the first: Hone made that deal with the Greens in April 2011. He forgot to vote on the Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Bill in March 2011, before there was a proxy-vote agreement. Thus no vote was recorded from the Mana Party on the second reading. Hansard, read it.

            Point the second: even after the proxy-vote agreement with the Greens took effect it only applied when Harawira was not in Wellington. Even if it had been retroactively in place before it was made, he was in Wellington, at Parliament, on the day of the vote. He just didn’t turn up in the chamber.

            • Anna 8.3.1.1.1.1

              Once again: what does Hone’s actions have to do with you? You’re not part of his constituency, so why are you so obsessed with him?

              Are you functioning from the good Maori/bad Maori dichotomy? (Apologies: ‘Maoris’). Do you want to be a good Maori? Like Te Ururoa Flavell (he’d be your whanaunga wouldn’t he?) by playing rugby against the Springboks in 1981, hiding at Bastion Point and only becoming ‘radicalised’ when all the hard work was done? (i.e when promotions were being handed out from the gains of the protest movements – something he took no part in).

              • SHG (not Colonial Viper)

                Ooh, again with the dichotomy references. You’ve really got this masculine Pythagorean opposition thing down. Are we going to start in on standpoint theory now? I hear that’s hot again.

                • Anna

                  Posts the person who writes in “dick swinging” terms …

                  What’s the matter? Did the credential thing hurt your ego? Your outdated and/or Christian influenced sources? Or is it the fact that I think you’re an inversion?

                  I know what the real problem is: you want to be Hone Harawira, but you can’t be. So you’re trying for Hone-lite i.e. Te Ururoa Flavell (pro tour/pro apartheid/pro Government lackey). That’s your constituency, but they probably don’t know you or wouldn’t vote for you either.

                  Envy is such a sad, sad thing.

                  • SHG (not Colonial Viper)

                    Wow, did Flavell kick your dog or something? You seem unhealthily fixated upon him.

                    • Anna

                      Do Hone’s achievements make you feel insignificant? (Actually, they should).

                    • SHG (not Colonial Viper)

                      “Does Hone’s achievements?” Do I need to start mansplaining about singular and plural grammar again?

                      PS: was the cabin boy a person with mana?

                    • Anna

                      What do you mean?

                      But go ahead: it’s about all ‘you’ got.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      Wow, Key must be getting sensitive about his apartheid insensitivity.

    • Anna 8.4

      In Hone’s absence, his vote is cast by the Greens. Tell me, what is better for a lone MP to do: sit in parliament or be with his constituents? And as you aren’t one of Hone’s constituents, what concern is it of yours? Hone is voted in by people that you would only ever encounter in passing and have no influence on. If you think you’re ‘defending’ them in some way, you’re not.

      Yes, Hone made the “white MF” comments and has apologised for them. I believe Tuhoe are still awaiting an apology from the Crown for the terrorist accusations and actions. Actions that only Tuhoe were subject to in the ‘terrorist raids’ and eventually, reduced to firearms charges. Money well spent eh? But I guess privileged paranoia justifies anything.

      Also, Key can apologise any time for his trivialisation of Tuhoe’s historical grievances with his ‘cannibal’ comments. As an aside, Key had nothing to worry about. Maori only ate people with mana. Key is quite safe. If, however, Key had undertaken any Maori Studies papers (even a basic one) or read some literature on traditional Maori society he would have known this.

      Spare me the inverse victim stuff. History shows you that people like Harawira have more to fear from smiling assassins than the other way around.

      • SHG (not Colonial Viper) 8.4.1

        Maori only ate people with mana. Key is quite safe. If, however, Key had undertaken any Maori Studies papers (even a basic one) or read some literature on traditional Maori society he would have known this.

        You are completely utterly cultural-relativismapaloozally wrong.

        • Anna 8.4.1.1

          Please – tell me how I’m culturally and relativistically wrong? This should be good. Please outlay your credentials and sources to support your statement.

          • SHG (not Colonial Viper) 8.4.1.1.1

            I’m Maori and my sources are my family’s oral history of who we ate and by whom we were eaten and why. If you seek Western documentary reassurance, I recommend “This Horrid Practice” by Paul Moon; “Te Arawa: A History of the Arawa People” by D. M. Stafford, particularly the chapters on the conflicts and post-battle feasting involving Ngaiterangi and Ngati Whakaue around Maketu; there are colourful oral accounts of the same battles in “Historic Maketu” by Enid Tapsell. The descriptions of the ovens are delightful reading.

            Incidentally the last documented instance of cannibalism in the South Island was committed by a family member of mine, who killed and ate a cabin boy associated with Hempleman’s whaling station at Akaroa. I could be wrong, but I doubt that the cabin boy was “a person of mana”.

            I find your commentary on what Maori people do and don’t do amusing. Please continue. And do throw your own credentials in the ring, this is fun.

            • Anna 8.4.1.1.1.1

              I’m Maori too. I have a PhD in Indigenous Studies and Sociology. I actually lectured on components of traditional Maori society.

              Paul Moon is a nice enough bloke, but not many of us indigenous scholars put much stock in a Christian account of Maori practices.

              Kore rawa e rawaka te reo kotahi

              DM Stafford released his work in 1967 – at the height of cultural nationalism.

              You may want to read some of Ranginui Walker’s accounts (he’d be one of your whanaunga wouldn’t he?) and also, there’s work by Te Maire Tau (who did his MA and PhD on Ngai Tahu and ritual practices). Maybe you could contact them and ask for a copy? Or source it from a library?

              I could give you a list of sources, but I think it would be a waste of my time.

              • SHG (not Colonial Viper)

                Gee, I guess I lose the dick-swinging game, I only did an MA in History. I did deliver the occasional lecture in indigenous cultural practices though.

                Chances are most of the sources you’d quote are sitting on the bookshelf in my living room right now, I just CBF going and looking for them. I just referenced three from the living room that I could remember off the top of my head without going and looking.

                Question: was the cabin boy eaten at Akaroa a person of mana?

                Answer: no.

                Ergo your generalisation “Maori only ate people with mana” is false.

                Hey look I used a Latin word there, you’re right!

                • Anna

                  A dick swinging contest? I guess you share John Key’s vision of New Zealand as excluding women.

                  And why would you deliver an occasional lecture in indigenous cultural practices?

                  I don’t think you understand them very well and you don’t have a wide variety of sources. (Paul Moon and 1967’s DM Stafford?)

                  If you did understand the cultural practices, you wouldn’t have made such an authoritative statement and you would have qualified it.

                  I’m sure the institution could do better.

                  • SHG (not Colonial Viper)

                    Now you’re complaining about unqualified authoritative statements? Like “Maori only ate people with mana”?

                    • Anna

                      They did. There was always a reason. There’s little worse than an inversion.

                      Read wider than Paul Moon and 1967 DM Stafford. I’ve given you a couple of sources. Go forth and read.

                    • SHG (not Colonial Viper)

                      That cabin boy must’ve been one hell of an important cabin boy. To get eaten I mean. What with Maoris only eating people of mana and all. And if he got eaten by a Maori, he must’ve been a person of mana because Socrates is a man!

                    • Anna

                      Careful: your John Key pettiness is showing.

                      Symbol – reason, but you stick to your Christian/1967 versions and your oral traditions (even though you wrote Maori as “Maoris”. I bet you pronounce it Marrrrrrries as well or do you do the TV One version of “Murrays”?).

                    • SHG (not Colonial Viper)

                      I write “Maoris” because we’re writing English here, a language in which plural is represented orthographically by -s.

                      In Te Reo Maori, as you know, singular or plural are denoted by “te” or “nga”, so to use the word “Maori” to refer to “more than one Maori person” is to ignore and negate the actual Maori language and force the word into a foreign grammatical structure. It’s tantamount to saying “that’s not a Maori word any more, it’s an English word, and your silly brown grammar doesn’t get to come with it”.

                      Interestingly enough the words that historically are most often assimilated by the English language and assigned identical singular and plural forms – like “Maori” – are indigenous words for game animals. Bison. Deer. Moose. Duck. Things to be hunted.

                      So, fuck right off. I consciously choose to say “Maoris” when I’m speaking English and I consciously choose to say “nga Maori” when I’m speaking Maori as a political act because to do otherwise is to be complicit in an imposition of fucking linguistic colonialism that categorises our people as game animals.

                    • Anna

                      Thank you. My work here is done. You’ve pretty much revealed yourself as the irrational human being you are, trying to pose as ‘normal’. (Ironically, the loose interpretation of Maori).

                      I don’t know who ‘your’ people are because they certainly don’t include me. Speak for yourself because I don’t remember anyone voting you as a spokesperson for Maori. In fact, it would be the opposite.

                      Your posts confirm that ‘ethnicity’ doesn’t equate to representation.

                    • SHG (not Colonial Viper)

                      Your descent to an ad hominem attack of “irrationality” is strangely patriarchal, don’t you think? It has a nice Hegelian master/slave ring to it. “You shouldn’t pay attention to the words that person is saying, because I just defined that person as the irrational Other.”

                      Congratulations, you’ve obviously learned the game well.

                    • Anna

                      Wow. So the right-wing poster, who prefers Christian accounts of traditional Maori society re: cannibalism, teaches into indigenous courses with a cultural nationalist perspective, functions from a good Maori/bad Maori (sorry Maoris), makes a claim to represent ‘people’ (whoever they are because no one has voted for you), cannot admit that Maori is both singular and plural, has some obsession with Hone Harawira, now attempts to be a ‘victim’?

                      Hahahahaa.

                      What’s that I smell? I think it’s cognitive dissonance.

                      Seriously, I’d put my credentials: academic or protest up against yours any day of the week.

                      Carry on with your dissembling though. It’s amusing.

                    • SHG (not Colonial Viper)

                      Claim to represent? What on Papatūānuku are you going on about? I’m a self-actualised operating thetan, I represent only myself. Don’t let me interrupt your textbook marginalisation through pigeonholing extravaganza though.

                      By the way: was the cabin boy a person with mana?

    • Molly 8.5

      Given that the email exchange seemed to me to be a setup by Flavell in order to release something to the media to get Hone out of the Maori Party, I don’t really consider a this example to be indicative of his behaviour.

      Living in a particular part of Auckland, where brown faces are few and financial wealth is comfortable, I hear many similar tirades publicly expressed – and accepted – by people in positions of power. Hone’s email was supposedly private – I have never heard him talk in this way in public. Have you? I admit to swearing in private about a lot of things – politicians and journalists in particular.

      Trip to visit the Aboriginals in Alice Springs? Someone had to do something to get their plight and infringement of human rights into our media. The actual infringement didn’t manage it.

      Hone spends much of his time visiting his electorate, and helping them. He could pointlessly warm the benches so we can watch him on that children’s programme – Parliament TV – but I personally think his electorate benefits from his choice much more.

  9. Ennui 9

    I said what I thought about Hone representing me last week: his reason for going I fully support even if I did not want him to represent me as a fellow 1981 activist for other reasons.

    One thing Hone had on his side for me versus the attendance of John Key is that at-least Hone knew where he stood. No fuzzy memories, or conveniently being otherwise engaged. No shonkey excuses, fence sitting or faux historic revisionism. What ever I think about Hone he had the commitment and the track record. He was one of us in 1981, not “one of them”. He was on “our side”, Key never was and never could be.

    At the official funeral Key stood up and acted in character, as the photo op / sound byte fraud he has always been. Hone stood as honest and real.

    • SHG (not Colonial Viper) 9.1

      At the official funeral Key stood up and acted in character, as the photo op / sound byte fraud he has always been. Hone stood as honest and real.

      Hone wasn’t even there.

      • Ennui 9.1.1

        Think I did not know that? Hone, unlike Key went to what he could get into in South Africa with integrity.

        PS I find your acceptance of Keys equivocation over whether or not he supported the 1981 tour very offensive. Foul scorn, fool!

      • karol 9.1.2

        Did Hone have an invite to the funeral? or was that reserved for Key’s choice?

        Hone visited Mandela’s body and other memorial events.

        • Colonial Viper 9.1.2.1

          Hone was invited to Mandela’s home to meet family members. NZ’s official party was not.

          • Anne 9.1.2.1.1

            And therein lies the answer to Key’s vitriol. He was, in essence, upstaged by Hone Harawira. Do you think the ANC and the Mandela clan don’t know the difference between a charlatan (John Key) and someone who was a genuine supporter of the struggle against Apartheid?

            • SHG (not Colonial Viper) 9.1.2.1.1.1

              He was, in essence, upstaged by Hone Harawira.

              I wouldn’t call it “upstaged” as nobody even knows it happened. I know there was a memorial service, I saw Obama and Cameron and Key and a crazy sign-language interpreter on the TV news and the Internet and in the paper.

              But some something at a house somewhere, an event at which Hone Harawira seems to have been the only guest? Not sure Key has missed out on much.

              • Colonial Viper

                But some something at a house somewhere, an event at which Hone Harawira seems to have been the only guest? Not sure Key has missed out on much.

                Why do you think that meeting the family members of the deceased Nelson Mandela is beside the point?

                And what the fuck do Cameron and Obama and the rest of the hangers-on have to do with Nelson Mandela?

                Except if you are treating the event from the standpoint of a photo-op, which of course Key was doing.

                • SHG (not Colonial Viper)

                  Anne referred to Key being “upstaged”, thus making the publicity value of the event the subject. If it was a private affair without coverage the it doesn’t matter who attended or not. A few minutes of Googling suggests that the only person in the entire world claiming to have attended a private gathering at “the Mandela family home” (whatever that means) is Hone Harawira.

                • Colonial Viper

                  lol yeah dude no worries then. Ask the NZ Herald they reported it.

                  • SHG (not Colonial Viper)

                    No, the Herald reported what “a spokeswoman for Mr Harawira said”. The Herald said nothing about the existence of an event.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      So you have evidence that Harawira is lying then? Or are you just trying on the smears?

                      Given that Harawira had a personal connection with Bishop Desmond Tutu I think that yes, he would certainly be invited to the Mandela family home.

                      Seems like Key is just sore for being properly identified and put in his place.

              • Anna

                That isn’t true. The Washington Post seemed to know who Hone was: http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/new-zealand-lawmaker-going-solo-to-mandela-service/2013/12/09/bbd09972-6135-11e3-a7b4-4a75ebc432ab_story.html

                The rest of the US media did not.

                In comparison to Hone, Key was described as thus:

                http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/dec/12/new-zealand-john-key-unidentified-guest

                And also, his apartheid amnesia questioned:

                http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/yasmine-ryan/apartheid-new-zealand_b_4411734.html

                The real problem for Key is that he had the opportunity to follow Mandela’s example (be inclusive) and heal rifts from the Tour, but he just doesn’t have it in. He could easily have swapped the two pro tour/pro apartheid former MPs for Hone or John Minto or Sue Bradford. He could have taken Kevin Hague as well, but Key isn’t a statesman. Not even close.

                As an aside, let’s not forget that Key’s vision of the ‘right mix of New Zealanders’ didn’t include a single woman. Instead, we were officially ‘represented’ by the Old boys club and a token.

                • SHG (not Colonial Viper)

                  The real problem for Key is that he had the opportunity to follow Mandela’s example (be inclusive) and heal rifts from the Tour, but he just doesn’t have it in. He could easily have swapped the two pro tour/pro apartheid former MPs for Hone or John Minto or Sue Bradford.

                  On this we are in agreement.

                • karol

                  Anna: we were officially ‘represented’ by the Old boys club and a token.

                  Well said.

        • SHG (not Colonial Viper) 9.1.2.2

          IIRC the SA Govt’s invite to the actual memorial was “Leader plus guest” and Key nominated David Cunliffe as his guest. I think Cunliffe then deferred to Pita Sharples.

  10. Tigger 10

    Key’s attack truly is bizarre. Why, on the day when you want the Avatar deal to dominate the news, and when finally all the negative hoopla about Key’s own attendance at the funeral was dying down, did he choose to raise this topic? It’s clear he knows the question is coming when it’s asked of him, it was obviously planted in the press by his people. So why?

    It makes no political sense. If he wanted to bash Harawira (for example, over the lack of Beehive time) then why do it now, before the Xmas rush? Why not next year when it matters during election time? And why do it over the funeral, when all it does for many of us is remind that Key himself had no moral authority to be there. PM authority sure, but moral authority? No.

    Key is smarter than this so what is the end game? Because this is a huge own goal.

    • Ian 10.1

      Key has so much ammunition to fire at Hone this was only a warning shot.

      • Te Reo Putake 10.1.1

        :roll:

      • Tiger Mountain 10.1.2

        “Key has so much ammunition to fire at Hone this was only a warning shot”. Says Ian at 10.1
        Thats the attitude old boy. Pity he did not use his slug gun when Hone was in the Māori Party and riding with the Key Gang eh.

        Gunlover perhaps?

      • amirite 10.1.3

        Didn’t Key have a vasectomy?

      • the pigman 10.1.4

        Key has so much ammunition to fire at Hone this was only a warning shot.

        Hello again, Ian. Yesterday you were hinting (darkly) about all of Len Brown’s dirty laundry that would finally be revealed today. How’s that coming along?

        Keep visiting.

    • emergency mike 10.2

      Myself I think it’s a weakness in Key’s pathology that he cannot resist attacking a political opponent who is getting positive public perception even when doing so makes him look bad. All he sees is “opponent getting approval from the public on some issue – cut him down.” He lacks the moral intuition to understand situations where he’d be better off just keeping his mouth shut.

      The whole picking the wrong delegation to SA thing is a challenge to his character and image too. Everytime that happens he kneejerks reflexively and often looks weird doing so. He’s a ‘perceptions are reality’ kind of guy, so he will fight very hard to defend perceptions of him, attacking the other guy instead of explaining yourself is a classic mechanism for doing so. This is a weakness I’ve long thought could be more actively probed by the opposition.

  11. Tracey 11

    Hes playing to those who dislike maori. I assume he assumes they are swing votrrs.

  12. red blooded 12

    Home Hawawira does not represent me in all matters, but he isn’t elected to represent me. He has a huge electorate and is establishing a new party – presumably this keeps him pretty busy. He definitely had the right to go to the Mandela memorial events and in this at least he was representing many who took to the streets and stood up for what we believed in in ’81 and ’85. As for his general parliamentary record – I’d be interested to know how it compares with other MPs (although it would be difficult to find another one in a comparable situation).

    • srylands 12.1

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      [lprent: currently banned. ]

    • Ian 12.2

      I marched in 1981 against racism and Muldoons cynical play to keep in power.Got a very close look at a blue squad baton charge,among many other lower key scenarios. But Hone Harawira has turned into the evil stereotype he was so against in 81.His white motherfucker rant made that quite clear to all and sundry .The guy is a rascist moron ,with a taste for spending other peoples money ,and despite all his best intentions,he will allways be mummys boy.

      • karol 12.2.1

        That’s wide of the mark. Hone was the one to stand up to the Maori Party selling out to the Nats. He has been ont he streets with the Tamaki state housing protesters, campaigning on feeding the kids.

        • Tiger Mountain 12.2.1.1

          A different standard of outrage seems to apply to Hone that ignores the fact that we are living in a post colonial country and society. Until most Māori are not doing it worse in statistics that count they get political support from me. And actually many Māori people are a lot better company than you constipated white folk, but then I’m Irish (4th gen in NZ).

          Hone has courage in spades compared to the whimpy whities that complain about him from a distance. He has more dignity than might be expected with this countries history. I was at the 1995 meeting with Mandela too and Hone had every right imaginable to go to SA. It was a real heavy situation for peace time NZ to those there at the time and that is why I gave grudging respect to Ross Meurant for turning up at Hamilton. If Mandela could forgive… why not the NZ anti apartheid leaders, the poor dead buggers in SA did not get a second chance of course.

          So if you precious ones can get Key to come clean on what he thought much less did in ’81 I might give you the time of day.

  13. newsense 13

    Heard Key got a complementary drink on the plane he didn’t declare as a gift…must be time to impeach him…

  14. dan1 14

    Key’s “Can’t remember what he thought about the Springboks tour in ’81” completely destroyed any credibility or integrity re South Africa and Mandela. However, as PM he received his invite, and proceeded to milk it Don Brash style, refusing to add Minto or similar to the delegation. That he then returned to turn on Hone is mind-blowing for its hypocrisy unless you add the Muldoon and Brash real-politik to garner the rednecks.
    Well done Hone. I am pleased my tax dollars were used to represent me.

  15. Plan B 15

    On National Radio in the afternoon the other day, Linda Clark was on and made some off hand nasty little remarks about Hone – was not asked to explain or defend them, It is easy on National Radio these days to do this sort of thing if you are a member of the elite. I just wonder if anyone else heard this and wondered why she did it?

    • Saarbo 15.1

      I have heard similar things on The Panel, have written to Radio New Zealand but never received a reply.

      What a brilliant reply from Hone to the dick head . What an incredibly sad country we have when 46 % of voters feel proud of voting for such a fuckwit as John Key…

  16. newsense 16

    racist? What do you mean we’re ra…..Look over there a lazy, bludging Maori!

  17. philj 17

    Jim Moray on Afternoons is sliding to triviality and nonsense. Pity that RNZ, with some exceptions is slipping as well. Dick Griffin and frozen funding is starting is to show. Death to Democratic public broadcasting by a thousand cuts.

  18. RedBaronCV 18

    Imagine Key is also smarting at the Maori electorate vote against asset sales. 95% has to be well – magic. That can be levered off come the general election. And we do know one thing about the Maori electorates although I don ‘t know how significant it is – been in NZ for umpteen generations.

  19. bad12 19

    Slippery the Prime Ministers attack on Hone Harawira does come across as bizaare and in the first instance i would have to consider that the embarrassment the PM suffered to His reputation from having what can only be described as ‘That’ god-awful photo of Him and British Prime Minister David Cameron having a ‘Jolly’ old time at the official service for Nelson Mandela splashed across the Worlds media has caused a massive surge of body acids to be excreted into His bowels,

    Here in the midst of the gathering of 100’s of leaders from across the world we have the ‘True’ picture of the Prime Minister of New Zealand who obviously not giving a toss where He was and what He was there for, chooses to not view the ceremony with even a minute amount of the decorum, the gravitas if you will, the death of one who in many quarters is said to have been the greatest statesman of our age,

    Instead, we the people are subjected to this embarrassment from the man who represents Us the People of New Zealand, behaving as if the whole funeral service for Mandela was a joke staged simply as a conduit for His mirth,

    Consider this for one moment, if Slippery the Prime Minister turned up at a funeral in this country, ANY funeral, bursting with fits of laughter as the photo of Him taken at the Mandela service implies, all of us, from the mass media on down would be calling for His head on a platter,

    The ‘man’ is unfit to represent this country as Prime Minister and i await with no great expectation the Herald to publish a front page editorial calling for Him to resign for disgracing the reputation of this country in such a tawdry, shoddy manner…

    • bad12 19.1

      What tho is stark,bleak in actual fact, Here’s a picture of the Prime Minister of New Zealand cracking up with obvious laughter at the funeral service of Nelson Mandela, having in other words a ‘Jolly’ old time un-befitting of the services gravity,

      And not one, narry a peep,from a New Zealand journalist asking the Prime Minister exactly what was so fucking funny that it couldn’t wait to be expressed until after the official service had ended,

      What i see here goes far beyond ‘bias’ and simply makes the collective Press of New Zealand look to be a pack of utter and total cowards…

      • karol 19.1.1

        Exactly, b12.

      • poem 19.1.2

        Yes, disgraceful, and absolutely agree bad12 and you will find, there are a hell of a lot of people out there who felt exactly the same….. many +1s for that bad12.

      • the pigman 19.1.3

        Agreed, on the strength of that picture “unidentified guest” may as well have been “unidentified reveller”.

  20. millsy 20

    I really couldnt give a shit about Hone or 1981, who cares?

    The Apartheid system was doomed anyway. The Afrikaner government knew that — which is why they started holding talks with Mandela in the first place…

    Hone really needs to start focusing on his own people — those who live in ramshakle houses with no power out the back of Moerewa. They dont really care about Mandela either.

    And as for Key — well, he needs to admit he was pro-tour. Saying he “forgot about it” doesnt really wash.

    • bad12 20.1

      Of all the pathetic comments i have heard or read on the South African regime of racial segregation yours is up there as suffering from a complete lack of intelligence,

      Do you think that the regime in South Africa simply fell apart on it’s own volition, you would have to be particularly dense to think so, had the white regime not capitulated to the majority in South Africa when they did the rising tide of the ANC’s military and militant action would have sooner or later destroyed the country and swept the white minority into the sea,

      After the debacle of 1981 ripped apart my own country, this one, i became an open advocate of arming the disenfranchised majority of South Africa, i cannot say that i helped raise some 1000’s of dollars in an effort to achieve this aim,

      Your comments regarding Hone Harawira are equally as spurious, Mana are not part of the Government and it is obvious from the actions of Slippery and his Ministers that they do not give a fuck about the housing situation of anyone in Moerewa or anywhere else for that matter or this Government would be building State Housing instead of putting bulldozers through whole streets of them or selling them off as ‘unwanted’,

      If you havn’t noticed Harawira has been highly visible and vocal on this very issue even being arrested at a protest which was trying to prevent the removal of the State Housing in parts of Harawira’s electorate that does provide a decent standard of housing for Maori…

  21. poem 21

    Excellent post Karol many +1’s and to Hone Harawira many many +1’s that was a pleasure to read.

  22. EyesTamihana 22

    …this is by far the fairest and most uplifting forum I have read regarding Mr Harawira and his beautiful/humble explanation of why he attended the funeral of one of the profoundly great men in the previous and current generation of humanity. I have read his letter(to john key)and there can be no worthy rebuttle to it..(except an heartfelt apology Mr Key?).,FULL STOP. Anyone that understood the potential for Light and Love within the depths of a human heart would have felt and understood the humility and reverence in those words-no matter what”race/ethnicity”they came from. Anyone who somehow rationalised Mr Harawira’s intentions as selfish never truly understood(within themselves)the place from which those words came from, any whosoever did understand with an open heart and mind would be the first to say Mr Harawira”represented”them-no matter what”race/ethnicity”the belong to. We paint the background upon the canvas that our children will then add onto when they learn to hold(and control)the paintbrush and then express their life..if we choose too we can put down the foundations upon which they paint and express for them(and in turn the future)a living motion of true Love-for each other/in the families and for all of their brothers and sisters on the Mother Earth will live on…we can Keep it simple, Love Ourselves/Believe in Ourselves/Know Our Potential/Love One Another/Teach it to Our Children…watch it(True Love)grow! Rangimarie Whanau! Aroha.

  23. Our farming family (we live outside Whangarei) are rapt that Hone Harawira went to South Africa to help farewell Nelson Mandela…and we reckon John Key is purposefully trying to mislead the NZ public when he criticizes Hone Harawira. What a disgrace- a Prime Minister who claims he “can’t remember” his position on the Tour. I don’t know which is worse- a Prime Minister who lies and fakes amnesia, or a Prime Minister who (when a young man) was so oblivious to important matters of the day that he didn’t have a view on something as important as apartheid. Good on you Hone, and we love Mana’s policy on sustainable farming as well- we are not impressed with John Key and newbie Minister “for” the Environment Amy Adams trying to foist GE crops on us.

  24. We need people like Hone to speak the truth…
    I worked for the Aboriginal Legal Service in NSW and Mandela visited our office in Oct 1990 to thank us. Unfortunately I was visiting the Human Rights Committee in Geneva so I missed meeting him. Mandela was unjustly criticized by Aboriginal activists at the time for not raising their plight with Hawke or visiting Aboriginal communities. But he made up for this later whilst President. Racism is a blight on humanity and there is a lot of hurt on both sides. Mandela’s greatness was in recognising this with the Truth & Reconciliation Commission. We need such a thing in NZ as Maori and PI continue to be marginalised.

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    Imagine you are 10 years old and your crazy aunt is taking you out for a treat. A crazy aunt can be fun. Problem is this aunt is also a creationist and she is taking you to the local natural history museum....
    Open Parachute
  • Government digs deeper into $10m fraud
    The government has uncovered nearly $10 million in misappropriated tertiary funding and is expanding its investigations into other institutions around the country. Tertiary education minister Steven Joyce told the New Zealand Herald the Tertiary Education Commission is planning 12 more...
    Tertiary Education Union
  • Unleashing hell
    There's a great scene in the first season of the British political comedy The Thick Of It. The fictional PM's office is, in the parlance of our times, in the shit. And their response is to try and utterly confuse...
    Polity
  • 4 percent cut to per student funding
    Tuition funding per student has fallen $800 or 4 percent since 2008 according to data compiled by the Parliamentary Library. The Green Party’s new tertiary education spokesperson Gareth Hughes requested the information and shared it with TEU. It shows that...
    Tertiary Education Union
  • Otago cutbacks mooted to fund building
    Otago University is considering making significant cuts in 2016 to fund its $600 million building programme according to the Otago Daily Times. The university’s chief financial officer Sharon van Turnhout told the paper this could include job cuts. ”As staff...
    Tertiary Education Union
  • EBS Christmas Newsletter
    Welcome to our EBS Christmas newsletter, we hope that the end of the term is starting to wind down now and that you are looking forward to a long summer break! Our union bargaining power enables us to offer you...
    Tertiary Education Union
  • The problems of measuring water quality
    Professor Gary Jones from Canberra how is the keynote speaker at the 2014 NZ River Awards tonight. The following podcast is Gary speaking to Radio NZ’s Kathryn Ryan about the vexing questions of water quality and quantity.  ...
    Gareth’s World
  • Collins cleared; Slater lied
    On the same day as the Cheryl Gwynn report was released, we also got the release Justice Chisholm’s report into Judith Collins and the allegations that she undermined former-SFO head Adam Feeley. The report was ordered after the release of...
    Occasionally erudite
  • Gordon Campbell on government arrogance, Ferguson, and Police pursuits
    As anyone who’s ever encountered him around Parliament will verify, Chris Finlayson’s arrogance is matched only by his sense of self-esteem. On RNZ this morning though, he exceeded himself on both counts. Right now, National is ramming anti-terrorism measures through...
    Gordon Campbell
  • Hard News: The twilight state of the Psychoactive Substances Act
    Even as it was making its way to the statutes,
 New Zealand’s Psychoactive Substances Bill was the talk
 of the drug reform world. It was seen as a bold, visionary bid to deal with the proliferation of new drugs that...
    Public Address
  • John Key implodes over the Gwyn report
    The Cheryl Gwyn report into the release of SIS information relating to whether Phil Goff was or wasn’t briefed about the Israeli spy saga  was released on Tuesday. It makes for compelling reading as it investigates whether Goff lied, whether then-head...
    Occasionally erudite
  • NZSIS: Mandated abuse of power?
    By now you would have heard about the report on the NZSIS and its dealings with the OIA and the PM’s office. This report has been talked to death in the media so I won’t rehash the aspects that are already...
    On the Left
  • Neetflux: Key’s erasers
    ...
    On the Left
  • AT Beating Patronage Targets
    Auckland’s public transport patronage has been on a tear as of late and patronage is not only at its highest point in over 50 years but is currently up 7% on the same time last year. Included in that figure...
    Transport Blog
  • 2014 SkS Weekly News Roundup #48A
    Air pollution costs Britain £10bn a year, report shows Britain left 'exposed' to more floods and heatwaves Central American civil society calls for protection of local agriculture Climate change is not just about science Climate change will slow China's progress...
    Skeptical Science
  • Sunday burnouts in Christchurch: electric motorsport comes to NZ
    New Zealand is going to get its first taste of electric motorsport this Sunday, when the Mike Pero Motorsport Park at Ruapuna near Christchurch is hosting EVolocity, an amazing line-up of electric racing machines and their creators — including the...
    Hot Topic
  • The very odd Slightly Left of Centre
    There’s a new voice in the blogosphere. Josh Forman, the author of SlightlyLeftofCentre: 27 years old, from the left, and on a mission to reclaim the centre left from the loopy extremists from the far left who have hijacked the...
    DimPost
  • Submission guide: Countering Terrorist Fighters Legislation Bill
    I've just completed my submission on John Key's Countering Terrorist Fighters Legislation Bill. In the past I've posted my submissions, but that has tended to lead to a bunch of people copy-pasting them, which has in turn reduced their impact...
    No Right Turn
  • Submission guide: Countering Terrorist Fighters Legislation Bill
    I've just completed my submission on John Key's Countering Terrorist Fighters Legislation Bill. In the past I've posted my submissions, but that has tended to lead to a bunch of people copy-pasting them, which has in turn reduced their impact...
    No Right Turn
  • Support bill changes to keep students safe
    26 November 2014    The government has the opportunity to prevent major teacher opposition to the proposed new teachers council by supporting changes to the Education Amendment Bill (2). PPTA president Angela Roberts said one of the biggest risks of the...
    PPTA
  • Neetflux: Dirty laundry
    ...
    On the Left
  • Neetflux: Dirty laundry
    ...
    On the Left
  • This takes the cake
    The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security is now threatening John Key's victim with prosecution:As the Inspector-General stated at the release of the report yesterday morning, she is examining what steps to take over the early disclosure of information from the...
    No Right Turn
  • This takes the cake
    The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security is now threatening John Key's victim with prosecution:As the Inspector-General stated at the release of the report yesterday morning, she is examining what steps to take over the early disclosure of information from the...
    No Right Turn
  • World News Brief, Wednesday November 26
    Top of the AgendaIran to Access $700 Million Monthly During Talks Extension...
    Pundit
  • “Cut the crap” – quick analysis
    Here's the video of Andrew Little's question in the House today. Some quick thoughts: I was really interested that National's strategy team has already decided it has to deploy Tim McIndoe to break up the flow of Andrew Little's questioning....
    Polity
  • A statement from John Key
    Apologise? What for? I’m not sorry for anything. I have done nothing wrong. It’s Phil Goff who should be apologising. It’s Phil Goff who should resign....
    Imperator Fish
  • Submit!
    The Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade committee has called for submissions on the Countering Terrorist Fighters Legislation Bill. Submissions can be made via the online form and are due by Thursday, 27 November 2014. Yes, that's right. An important bill...
    No Right Turn
  • Submit!
    The Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade committee has called for submissions on the Countering Terrorist Fighters Legislation Bill. Submissions can be made via the online form and are due by Thursday, 27 November 2014. Yes, that's right. An important bill...
    No Right Turn
  • On the uncanny resemblance between John Key and Sergeant Schultz
    In the 30-odd years that Judy and I have been providing media advice and training to prime ministers, prostitutes and pretty well every profession in-between, our teaching mantra has remained the same: “Be straightforward, tell the truth, admit your mistakes”....
    Brian Edwards
  • Making their own terrorists
    Last year, two men murdered a British soldier in the middle of a London street. Now, the UK's Intelligence and Security Committee has found that MI6 may have directly contributed to one of the killers' radicalisation:The British government may have...
    No Right Turn
  • Making their own terrorists
    Last year, two men murdered a British soldier in the middle of a London street. Now, the UK's Intelligence and Security Committee has found that MI6 may have directly contributed to one of the killers' radicalisation:The British government may have...
    No Right Turn
  • Bold response required to Blueprint
    The Government must give urgent consideration to recommendations in The People’s Blueprint if it is serious about tackling New Zealand’s deplorable record of child abuse and domestic violence, Labour’s Justice and Children’s spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says.“The ‘one family, one judge’...
    Labour
  • Private prisons poaching in state jails
    The Corrections Department-sanctioned poaching of public prison officers for the new private prison at Wiri has to stop, says Labour’s Corrections spokesperson Kelvin Davis.  “It is unacceptable that prison staff are being trained by Corrections and then being poached by...
    Labour
  • Climate report- a must read for all New Zealanders
    A strong scientific analysis of rising sea levels in New Zealand by the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment makes climate change the number one issue for our city planners, says Labour’s Climate Change spokesperson Megan Woods.  “Dr Jan Wright’s report...
    Labour
  • Exports drop puts more pressure on surplus
    A 5 per cent fall in exports shows National’s reputation for economic management is taking a hit and even puts its golden surplus target at risk, say Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson and Exports Growth spokesperson David Parker. “Bill English’s...
    Labour
  • Fourth housing report confirms failure
    The Fourth Auckland Housing Accord monitoring report shows the Accord has failed to make a dent in the city's housing crisis, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. "The report says consents for only 354 dwellings were approved in the special...
    Labour
  • Fourth housing report confirms failure
    The Fourth Auckland Housing Accord monitoring report shows the Accord has failed to make a dent in the city's housing crisis, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. "The report says consents for only 354 dwellings were approved in the special...
    Labour
  • Ministers all over the place on Smith passport
     Ministers responsible for the Phillip Smith debacle are at  odds over the passport he used to escape, says Labour’s Corrections spokesperson Kelvin Davis.  “It  beggars belief that Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne says the passport issued to Smith, under his...
    Labour
  • Ministers all over the place on Smith passport
     Ministers responsible for the Phillip Smith debacle are at  odds over the passport he used to escape, says Labour’s Corrections spokesperson Kelvin Davis.  “It  beggars belief that Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne says the passport issued to Smith, under his...
    Labour
  • Green Party Co-leader Russel Norman’s speech – Rod Donald Memorial Lect...
    It's been nine years since Rod's tragic death. I'd like to start out by talking about what Rod achieved. Then I want to talk about the things that I think he might want us to achieve in his absence. We...
    Greens
  • Hard road ahead for thousands more Kiwi kids
    News that there will be 8000 more students in low decile schools next year reinforces the absolute failure of the National Government’s economic approach, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “The gap between the haves and the have-nots is increasing....
    Labour
  • Hard road ahead for thousands more Kiwi kids
    News that there will be 8000 more students in low decile schools next year reinforces the absolute failure of the National Government’s economic approach, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “The gap between the haves and the have-nots is increasing....
    Labour
  • Free your voices
    Last week Victoria University of Wellington lecturer’s Dr. Sandra Grey and Dr. Charles Sedgwick released some figures from the 2013/14 update of the 2008/9 survey of the community and voluntary sector. Their research question was: ‘How is democracy – as...
    Greens
  • The facts of power price rises
    Everyone knows power prices are increasing and it feels like it is eating more and more of their weekly pay check. This morning I released census data showing this common feeling is in fact borne in the data. The data...
    Greens
  • Slavery was cheap too…Pay equity fight back to court
    Today the NZ Aged Care Association announced they will appeal the decisions of the Employment Court and Court of Appeal in favour of Kristine Bartlett, to the Supreme Court. They say they have no choice but to appeal because many...
    Greens
  • Why Pakeha are so offended by John Key’s idea of a peaceful settlement
    The statements by the Prime Minister on the Waitangi Tribunal ruling that Maori never ceded sovereignty in 1840 are enough to make any student of history choke. First was the denial that the ruling means anything significant. And then there...
    Greens
  • Restoration of the Christchurch Arts Centre well underway
    It was inspiring to be shown some of the major restoration and rebuilding work underway at the Christchurch Arts Centre recently. With 22 of 23 Arts Centre buildings damaged by the earthquakes, this is one of the largest heritage restoration...
    Greens
  • Key’s vile smear machine questions left unanswered
    The report into Judith Collins’ involvement in undermining the former Serious Fraud Office boss leaves major questions unanswered about the smear machine run out of John Key’s office, Labour MP Megan Woods says. “This report has deliberately narrow terms of...
    Labour
  • Key’s vile smear machine questions left unanswered
    The report into Judith Collins’ involvement in undermining the former Serious Fraud Office boss leaves major questions unanswered about the smear machine run out of John Key’s office, Labour MP Megan Woods says. “This report has deliberately narrow terms of...
    Labour
  • Govt must make up lost time on sexual violence law reform
    The Government must prioritise any recommendations from the Law Commission to improve criminal process for sexual violence cases after it stalled reform work for two years, Labour’s Justice spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says. “Labour is pleased Justice Minister Amy Adams has...
    Labour
  • Govt must make up lost time on sexual violence law reform
    The Government must prioritise any recommendations from the Law Commission to improve criminal process for sexual violence cases after it stalled reform work for two years, Labour’s Justice spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says. “Labour is pleased Justice Minister Amy Adams has...
    Labour
  • White Ribbon day should last all year
    White Ribbon Day is an opportunity for all men to stand up and affirm to never commit, condone or remain silent about violence towards women, says Labour’s Associate Justice Spokesperson Kelvin Davis.  “Violence towards women is rampant across all sectors...
    Labour
  • White Ribbon day should last all year
    White Ribbon Day is an opportunity for all men to stand up and affirm to never commit, condone or remain silent about violence towards women, says Labour’s Associate Justice Spokesperson Kelvin Davis.  “Violence towards women is rampant across all sectors...
    Labour
  • Report confirms John Key abused power of PM’s Office
    Today's Inspector General of Intelligence and Security's (IGIS) report confirms that the Prime Minister's office engaged in a serious abuse of power, says the Green Party.The IGIS report looked at the release of an Official Information Act request to disgraced...
    Greens
  • IGIS report a damning indictment on former spy boss
    The report by Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security into the release of classified documents is a sad and damning indictment on former spy boss Warren Tucker, Labour’s MP for Mount Roskill and former leader Phil Goff says.  “This report upholds...
    Labour
  • IGIS report a damning indictment on former spy boss
    The report by Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security into the release of classified documents is a sad and damning indictment on former spy boss Warren Tucker, Labour’s MP for Mount Roskill and former leader Phil Goff says.  “This report upholds...
    Labour
  • South Auckland disadvantaged by new decile rankings
    New decile rankings have South Auckland schools at scores that show they are much more disadvantaged than the national average, says Labour’s Associate Auckland  Issues spokesperson Louisa Wall.  “As a measurement of disadvantage it is alarming that the average score...
    Labour
  • South Auckland disadvantaged by new decile rankings
    New decile rankings have South Auckland schools at scores that show they are much more disadvantaged than the national average, says Labour’s Associate Auckland  Issues spokesperson Louisa Wall.  “As a measurement of disadvantage it is alarming that the average score...
    Labour
  • Sexism, rape culture and power
    Our discourse around sexual violence is complicated. All too often perpetrators are described as ‘monsters’, so when someone you know tells you the lovely man that you really like sexually abused them it’s hard to believe, because they’re not a...
    Greens
  • Time for an economy that works for all New Zealanders
    New Labour Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson says the challenge for the National Government is to support an economy that delivers good, sustainable jobs paying decent wages. “It’s time the economy delivered for all New Zealanders, not just the fortunate few....
    Labour
  • Time for an economy that works for all New Zealanders
    New Labour Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson says the challenge for the National Government is to support an economy that delivers good, sustainable jobs paying decent wages. “It’s time the economy delivered for all New Zealanders, not just the fortunate few....
    Labour
  • New faces, wise heads in bold Labour line up
    Labour Leader Andrew Little today announced a bold new caucus line up which brings forward new talent and draws on the party’s depth of experience....
    Labour
  • Plan for mega factory farm ruffles feathers
    Not long ago I wrote about the proposal to build a mega factory farm in the small township of Patumahoe that would confine over 300, 000 hens to colony cages. This week the resource consent hearing for the proposed factory...
    Greens
  • National opens door further to Chinese property speculators
    National has further opened the door to Chinese property speculators with the registration of a third Chinese bank here that will make it easier for Chinese investors to invest in New Zealand properties, the Green Party said today."As well, former...
    Greens
  • National restarts logging in West Coast forests
    “Dead wood also contributes by providing nutrients to soils, supporting the agents of wood decay such as fungi and invertebrates and it is a key habitat for the regeneration of some trees.” Annual Report 2013/14, page 29. The National Government has...
    Greens
  • National restarts logging in West Coast forests
    “Dead wood also contributes by providing nutrients to soils, supporting the agents of wood decay such as fungi and invertebrates and it is a key habitat for the regeneration of some trees.” Annual Report 2013/14, page 29. The National Government has...
    Greens
  • National restarts logging in West Coast forests
    “Dead wood also contributes by providing nutrients to soils, supporting the agents of wood decay such as fungi and invertebrates and it is a key habitat for the regeneration of some trees.” Annual Report 2013/14, page 29. The National Government has...
    Greens
  • Lab plan the beginning of slippery slope?
    It’s time for new Health Minister Jonathan Coleman to show his hand on plans to privatise lab services which doctors are warning could put patients’ lives at risk, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says. “Clinicians have sent the Government some...
    Labour
  • Lab plan the beginning of slippery slope?
    It’s time for new Health Minister Jonathan Coleman to show his hand on plans to privatise lab services which doctors are warning could put patients’ lives at risk, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says. “Clinicians have sent the Government some...
    Labour
  • A-G called on to look into flagship ‘cost-saving’ programme
    New health Minister Jonathan Coleman has some serious questions to answer following a decision to wind up the Government’s flagship health savings provider HBL just a fortnight after giving it the green light to implement its plans, Labour’s Health spokesperson...
    Labour
  • A-G called on to look into flagship ‘cost-saving’ programme
    New health Minister Jonathan Coleman has some serious questions to answer following a decision to wind up the Government’s flagship health savings provider HBL just a fortnight after giving it the green light to implement its plans, Labour’s Health spokesperson...
    Labour
  • Prime Minister’s warped view of history
    Students who sat NCEA level 3 history exams last week might be very worried to hear the Prime Minister tell a Radio Station that New Zealand was one of the few countries that was settled peacefully by Europeans. Those students who wrote...
    Greens
  • Prime Minister’s warped view of history
    Students who sat NCEA level 3 history exams last week might be very worried to hear the Prime Minister tell a Radio Station that New Zealand was one of the few countries that was settled peacefully by Europeans. Those students who wrote...
    Greens
  • Prime Minister’s warped view of history
    Students who sat NCEA level 3 history exams last week might be very worried to hear the Prime Minister tell a Radio Station that New Zealand was one of the few countries that was settled peacefully by Europeans. Those students who wrote...
    Greens
  • Climate of fear needs addressing
    It is hugely concerning that community and volunteer groups feel they are being gagged from speaking out against the Government, Labour’s Community and Voluntary Sector Spokesperson Louisa Wall says.  A Victoria University survey of 93 sector groups has found 50...
    Labour
  • Climate of fear needs addressing
    It is hugely concerning that community and volunteer groups feel they are being gagged from speaking out against the Government, Labour’s Community and Voluntary Sector Spokesperson Louisa Wall says.  A Victoria University survey of 93 sector groups has found 50...
    Labour
  • Mandatory code of conduct needed for supermarkets
    Labour has drafted legislation to establish a mandatory code of conduct for supermarkets to ensure New Zealand suppliers are not affected by anti-competitive behaviour. “Even though the Commerce Commission found no technical breaches of the law through some of Countdown’s...
    Labour
  • Mandatory code of conduct needed for supermarkets
    Labour has drafted legislation to establish a mandatory code of conduct for supermarkets to ensure New Zealand suppliers are not affected by anti-competitive behaviour. “Even though the Commerce Commission found no technical breaches of the law through some of Countdown’s...
    Labour
  • National softening public up for 7th successive deficit
    Finance Minister Bill English is softening the public up for an announcement that National is going to fail in even its very limited goal of achieving a budget surplus, the Green Party said today."No finance minister in a generation has...
    Greens
  • National softening public up for 7th successive deficit
    Finance Minister Bill English is softening the public up for an announcement that National is going to fail in even its very limited goal of achieving a budget surplus, the Green Party said today."No finance minister in a generation has...
    Greens
  • National softening public up for 7th successive deficit
    Finance Minister Bill English is softening the public up for an announcement that National is going to fail in even its very limited goal of achieving a budget surplus, the Green Party said today."No finance minister in a generation has...
    Greens
  • When the teflon is stripped away…
    . . To re-cap something I wrote on 13 September, regarding a hard-hitting interview between “The Nation’s” Lisa Owen and John Key; For possibly the first time since Stephen Sackur interviewed Key on Hard Talk in May, 2011, this [...
    The Daily Blog
  • My Select Committee submission against the “terrorist fighters” bill
    This morning I gave this “oral submission” to the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee opposing the Countering Terrorist Fighters Bill.  It is a pity only Greens are against the Bill. It’s a pleasure to be able to talk to...
    The Daily Blog
  • Pixies in the Garden? Making money
    In 2009, John Key said “there aren’t little pixies at the bottom of the garden printing cash” (John Armstrong, Colin Espiner). He was wrong of course. Just about every country has its own pixie-in-chief, though not at the bottom of the...
    The Daily Blog
  • AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL PRESS RELEASE – Government must allow further scrut...
    As the New Zealand government seeks to rush new through new anti-terror legislation, Amnesty International is raising grave concerns over the speed at which the Bill is being rushed through Parliament and is calling for an extension to the consultation...
    The Daily Blog
  • Tension inside the Blue Tent – questions that should be asked
    With Andrew Little on fire taking a straight shooting no crap approach to Key’s dead eyed duplicity, the tensions inside the Blue Tent of National are at risk of erupting again. When the TeamKey brand falters, National’s factions sharpen their knives....
    The Daily Blog
  • FiveAA Australia: Is NZ’s PM a Liar? + Kim Dotcom Says He’s Broke
    5AA’s Peter Godfrey and Selwyn Manning.In this week’s Across The Ditch bulletin on FiveAA.com.au Selwyn Manning and Peter Godfrey discuss how allegations of dirty politics continue to dog the Prime Minister John Key’s third term in government. Also, internet tycoon...
    The Daily Blog
  • Cam’s ‘Slightly Left of Centre’ sock puppet threatens Key in public
    What did Judith Collins say about payback? Looks like Slater has taken that lesson to heart as he uses his sock puppet over at Slightly Left of Centre to drop threats and hints that he has recorded conversations with Key that has...
    The Daily Blog
  • Justice System Changes Must Ensure No More Roastings In Court
    On Monday there was good news for rape survivors and this blog was supposed to be about the success of our advocacy, and it is about that success, but today’s events have brought into stark focus the real-world importance of...
    The Daily Blog
  • Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, Key Post Electio...
    Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, Key Post Election...
    The Daily Blog
  • Top 5 Texts from Cam to Key
    So Cam texted Key before the report came out despite Key claiming no contact? Top 5 Texts from Cam to Key 5 – I still have all the photos 4 – Yes my shapeshifting Lizard Master Overlord 3 – Max isn’t talking to...
    The Daily Blog
  • Hold on – did NZ just have a coup?
    Ummmmm. Wait a minute here. Just so that we all understand what’s been revealed. The Prime Minister’s Office used the Secret Intelligence Service to falsify classified information to smear the Leader of the Opposition via a far right hate blogger...
    The Daily Blog
  • Sue Bradford speaking tour
          With the generous support of the Hobgoblin Network and several other donors, I’m going to be speaking soon at four meetings around the country: ‘A major left wing think tank?  Is it time for a transformational left...
    The Daily Blog
  • Sue Bradford speaking tour
          With the generous support of the Hobgoblin Network and several other donors, I’m going to be speaking soon at four meetings around the country: ‘A major left wing think tank?  Is it time for a transformational left...
    The Daily Blog
  • Sue Bradford speaking tour
          With the generous support of the Hobgoblin Network and several other donors, I’m going to be speaking soon at four meetings around the country: ‘A major left wing think tank?  Is it time for a transformational left...
    The Daily Blog
  • Why Key must resign
    Remember when John Armstrong from the NZ Herald called for the resignation of David Cunliffe because Cunliffe couldn’t remember an 11 year old letter in reference to a $100 000 bottle of wine that never existed? Why isn’t the Herald now...
    The Daily Blog
  • Why Key must resign
    Remember when John Armstrong from the NZ Herald called for the resignation of David Cunliffe because Cunliffe couldn’t remember an 11 year old letter in reference to a $100 000 bottle of wine that never existed? Why isn’t the Herald now...
    The Daily Blog
  • Why Key must resign
    Remember when John Armstrong from the NZ Herald called for the resignation of David Cunliffe because Cunliffe couldn’t remember an 11 year old letter in reference to a $100 000 bottle of wine that never existed? Why isn’t the Herald now...
    The Daily Blog
  • Why the Judith Collins report is a whitewash
    “I am not a Monster”, hissed Judith Collins The report into Collins is a whitewash. The difference between an independent inquiry like the IGIS report that connected the PMs Office with using edited Secret Intelligence Service information to smear a...
    The Daily Blog
  • Why the Judith Collins report is a whitewash
    “I am not a Monster”, hissed Judith Collins The report into Collins is a whitewash. The difference between an independent inquiry like the IGIS report that connected the PMs Office with using edited Secret Intelligence Service information to smear a...
    The Daily Blog
  • Why the Judith Collins report is a whitewash
    “I am not a Monster”, hissed Judith Collins The report into Collins is a whitewash. The difference between an independent inquiry like the IGIS report that connected the PMs Office with using edited Secret Intelligence Service information to smear a...
    The Daily Blog
  • Seasons Greetings from Ferguson
    Seasons Greetings from Ferguson...
    The Daily Blog
  • Seasons Greetings from Ferguson
    Seasons Greetings from Ferguson...
    The Daily Blog
  • Seasons Greetings from Ferguson
    Seasons Greetings from Ferguson...
    The Daily Blog
  • Using State Spies to attack political opponents – why the SIS are gaining...
    National will only be able to get away with what is being revealed by the IGIS report into the Secret Intelligence Service if we, the people of NZ, let them. And. We. Should. Not. Let. Them. State spies editing intelligence to...
    The Daily Blog
  • Using State Spies to attack political opponents – why the SIS are gaining...
    National will only be able to get away with what is being revealed by the IGIS report into the Secret Intelligence Service if we, the people of NZ, let them. And. We. Should. Not. Let. Them. State spies editing intelligence to...
    The Daily Blog
  • Using State Spies to attack political opponents – why the SIS are gaining...
    National will only be able to get away with what is being revealed by the IGIS report into the Secret Intelligence Service if we, the people of NZ, let them. And. We. Should. Not. Let. Them. State spies editing intelligence to...
    The Daily Blog
  • Anti-Choice Myth-Busting
    Voice for Life issued a press release last week claiming that those of us campaigning for the decriminalisation of abortion in NZ are, among other things, using Nazi propaganda tactics (sigh…) to lie to you about the illegal status of abortion...
    The Daily Blog
  • Anti-Choice Myth-Busting
    Voice for Life issued a press release last week claiming that those of us campaigning for the decriminalisation of abortion in NZ are, among other things, using Nazi propaganda tactics (sigh…) to lie to you about the illegal status of abortion...
    The Daily Blog
  • Anti-Choice Myth-Busting
    Voice for Life issued a press release last week claiming that those of us campaigning for the decriminalisation of abortion in NZ are, among other things, using Nazi propaganda tactics (sigh…) to lie to you about the illegal status of abortion...
    The Daily Blog
  • Judith Collins – the Gift that keeps Giving to the Opposition?
    . . From a news report; Ms Collins resigned before the election after being accused of working with the Whale Oil blog after emails were released suggesting she was “gunning” for former director of the Serious Fraud Office, Adam Feeley,...
    The Daily Blog
  • Judith Collins – the Gift that keeps Giving to the Opposition?
    . . From a news report; Ms Collins resigned before the election after being accused of working with the Whale Oil blog after emails were released suggesting she was “gunning” for former director of the Serious Fraud Office, Adam Feeley,...
    The Daily Blog
  • Judith Collins – the Gift that keeps Giving to the Opposition?
    . . From a news report; Ms Collins resigned before the election after being accused of working with the Whale Oil blog after emails were released suggesting she was “gunning” for former director of the Serious Fraud Office, Adam Feeley,...
    The Daily Blog
  • Annette King? Annette King?? Surely not Annette King!
    I’m not often surprised at the goings on in the Labour Party but I was gobsmacked to see Andrew Little has appointed Annette King as Deputy Leader of the parliamentary Labour Party. I had idly assumed the role would go to Adhern...
    The Daily Blog
  • Annette King? Annette King?? Surely not Annette King!
    I’m not often surprised at the goings on in the Labour Party but I was gobsmacked to see Andrew Little has appointed Annette King as Deputy Leader of the parliamentary Labour Party. I had idly assumed the role would go to Adhern...
    The Daily Blog
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  • New Shadow Cabinet – Little does more in 6 days than Goff, Shearer & ...
    New Zealanders do not respect intelligence, they respect confidence. Cunliffe beat Key in the debates, but it didn’t matter because NZers don’t respect the debate, they respect the tone. Our anti-intellecuatlism runs deeper than most with our reverse-egalitarianism. The chip...
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  • New Shadow Cabinet – Little does more in 6 days than Goff, Shearer & ...
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  • This weeks Waatea news column – The myths white people tell themselves
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  • This weeks Waatea news column – The myths white people tell themselves
      This weeks Waatea news column – The myths white people tell themselves...
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  • This weeks Waatea news column – The myths white people tell themselves
      This weeks Waatea news column – The myths white people tell themselves...
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  • The irony of backlash to petrol stations charging workers for stolen petrol
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  • The irony of backlash to petrol stations charging workers for stolen petrol
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  • The irony of backlash to petrol stations charging workers for stolen petrol
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  • A Dishonest “Countering Terrorist Fighters Bill”
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  • A Dishonest “Countering Terrorist Fighters Bill”
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  • A Dishonest “Countering Terrorist Fighters Bill”
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  • How biased are the media? A Patrick Gower case study
    . . . Isn’t it interesting that Patrick Gower – who made his partisan feelings crystal clear on Twitter on 29 May with this extraordinary outburst;  “Lalia Harré – you make me feel sick by how you are rorting MMP...
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  • How biased are the media? A Patrick Gower case study
    . . . Isn’t it interesting that Patrick Gower – who made his partisan feelings crystal clear on Twitter on 29 May with this extraordinary outburst;  “Lalia Harré – you make me feel sick by how you are rorting MMP...
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  • How biased are the media? A Patrick Gower case study
    . . . Isn’t it interesting that Patrick Gower – who made his partisan feelings crystal clear on Twitter on 29 May with this extraordinary outburst;  “Lalia Harré – you make me feel sick by how you are rorting MMP...
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  • Phillip Smith en-route back to New Zealand.
    Police confirm that Phillip Smith has been deported from Brazil and is en-route back to New Zealand....
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  • Scaremongering and Showing Contempt for Democracy
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  • Legislation “a travesty of democratic process”
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  • Bill needs amending to better protect human rights
    The Human Rights Commission submission to the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee this afternoon on the Countering Terrorist Fighters Bill makes specific recommendations relating to passport denial; increasing safeguards around visual...
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  • NZ’s gender equality issues in international forum
    New Zealand faces similar gender equality issues and opportunities to those of its neighbouring countries, according to the latest international conference on women’s empowerment....
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  • Countering human trafficking is an ongoing challenge for NZ
    At first glance, it is difficult to believe that human trafficking is an offence that is taking place in New Zealand. It is a harsh reminder that the rule of law sometimes does not reach far enough....
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  • Government must allow further scrutiny of bill
    As the New Zealand government seeks to rush new through new anti-terror legislation, Amnesty International is raising grave concerns over the speed at which the Bill is being rushed through Parliament and is calling for an extension to the consultation...
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  • Calling on anti-violence activists to step up
    Māori Party co-leaders believe every individual, whānau, hapū and iwi can help stop the high level of family violence that exists in our country....
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  • More effective social services inquiry update Nov 2014
    The Productivity Commission’s More effective social services inquiry aims to shed light on how commissioning and contracting influence the quality and effectiveness of social services, and to suggest actions government agencies and others could take...
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  • Keith Locke presentation on Countering Foreign Fighters Bill
    It’s a pleasure to be able to talk to members of Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Select Committee again, and remember my 12 years on your committee. However, I don’t wish my submission today to be taken as endorsement of...
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  • Significant issues for NZ in sea level rise report
    Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) has recognised findings of Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment Dr Jan Wright’s report released today on the impact of rising seas as significant for coastal areas of New Zealand, aligning well with work the...
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  • White Ribbon Campaign Shocked at Fatal Stabbing
    The White Ribbon Campaign extends its condolences to the family of a women fatally stabbed in Auckland's North Shore....
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  • One Plan signing is “historic moment” for the environment
    The signing of the Horizon Regional Council’s One Plan after a decade of debate, legal action and controversy is being hailed by Fish & Game as a landmark in the battle to protect the nation’s water quality. Horizons councillors approved...
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  • Look at the Road, Not the Speedo
    Responding to the Fairfax article that police will be issuing tickets over the summer to anyone driving 1km/h or more over the speed limit, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says:...
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  • Worker immunity critical to safety in Meat Industry
    The Meat Workers Union has today urged the Select Committee hearing submissions on the Health & Safety Reform bill to strengthen provisions that protect the rights of workers to be involved and speak out, saying that it’s becoming increasingly...
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  • PCE report brings home impacts of climate change
    Youth climate organisation Generation Zero has welcomed the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment's ' Changing Climate and Rising Seas ' report and says it demonstrates climate change will affect all of us....
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  • Law Society urges reduction of terrorist fighter bill powers
    The New Zealand Law Society says powers proposed in the Countering Terrorist Fighters Legislation Bill should be reduced to ensure they are strictly limited to countering the threats that have arisen....
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  • Sea level rise won’t only affect infrastructure
    The independent conservation organisation Forest & Bird is asking the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment (PCE) to widen the focus of her next report on climate change-driven sea level rise....
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  • Changing climate and rising seas: Understanding the science
    During my seven years as Commissioner, I have consistently said that climate change is the biggest environmental issue we face. This investigation has provided an opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of what is causing climate change and one of...
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  • Council refuses to take part in farcical submissions process
    The New Zealand Council for Civil Liberties refuses to take part in the submissions process around the Countering Terrorist Fighters Legislation Bill....
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  • Laws of War to Be Debated at Wellington Event
    The political and human consequences of war and civil unrest are widely covered in themedia but International Humanitarian Law (IHL), the body of law which exists to protect all parties to armed conflict, rarely gets attention....
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  • Forum Compact Development Partner Peer Review of New Zealand
    Following the completion of the first leg of the review of New Zealand’s development cooperation in the Pacific, the Forum Compact Review Team is now visiting Kiribati to assess the effectiveness of New Zealand’s assistance in the small island developing...
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  • YWCA Auckland award for long-time women’s role model
    New Zealand’s first female Governor General and Mayor of Auckland has been granted a Lifetime Achievement Award by YWCA Auckland, for her services to the Auckland community and acting as a role model for Kiwi women nationwide....
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  • Government Urged Not To Miss Cosmetics Win For Animals
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  • Police pursuit results in serious injury of innocent man
    A report released today by the Independent Police Conduct Authority has found Police failed to comply with policy during a pursuit in Auckland in 2013 which left an innocent man with serious injuries....
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  • US Warning against GMO threat
    An international warning about the impact of GMOs has been released. It comes just as Parliament's Primary Production Committee is to hear the response of the Ministry of Primary Industries to the 1700 signature "Freeze on GMO" petition that...
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  • Fish & Game wants more than lip service from agriculture
    Fish & Game wants to know how the government will ensure the agriculture sector protects the environment after the Primary Industries Minister warned primary sector leaders that environmental sustainability is no longer a “nice to have.”...
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  • Countering Terrorist Fighters Legislation Bill
    Public submissions are being invited on this bill. The closing date for submissions is Thursday, 27 November 2014....
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  • Countering Terrorist Fighters Legislation Bill
    Public submissions are being invited on this bill. The closing date for submissions is Thursday, 27 November 2014....
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  • Ngā Aho Whakaari Questions TMP Handling of TVNZ Contract
    Television New Zealand (TVNZ) recently announced that internal production of its iconic Māori programmes ‘Waka Huia’ and ‘Marae Investigates’ would cease and that it would outsource the production of these programmes for the duration of...
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  • Ngā Aho Whakaari Questions TMP Handling of TVNZ Contract
    Television New Zealand (TVNZ) recently announced that internal production of its iconic Māori programmes ‘Waka Huia’ and ‘Marae Investigates’ would cease and that it would outsource the production of these programmes for the duration of...
    Scoop politics
  • Office of the Inspector-General of Intelligence And Security
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  • Office of the Inspector-General of Intelligence And Security
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  • Health (Protection) Amendment Bill
    Public submissions are being invited on this bill. The closing date for submissions is Friday, 13 February 2014....
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  • Health (Protection) Amendment Bill
    Public submissions are being invited on this bill. The closing date for submissions is Friday, 13 February 2014....
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  • SIS Scandal Leaves Key Unscathed
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  • SIS Scandal Leaves Key Unscathed
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  • Lawyer jailed for fraud against loyal clients
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  • Lawyer jailed for fraud against loyal clients
    John David Milne (79) has been sentenced to eight years and one month of imprisonment today in the Christchurch District Court following a Serious Fraud Office (SFO) prosecution....
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  • Lawyer jailed for fraud against loyal clients
    John David Milne (79) has been sentenced to eight years and one month of imprisonment today in the Christchurch District Court following a Serious Fraud Office (SFO) prosecution....
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  • MFaT CEO To Announce Resignation
    NZ's leading Political publication Trans Tasman can reveal Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade chief executive John Allen will announce his resignation on Monday. Allen, who was controversially recruited to head up the Ministry in 2009 after a stellar...
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  • MFaT CEO To Announce Resignation
    NZ's leading Political publication Trans Tasman can reveal Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade chief executive John Allen will announce his resignation on Monday. Allen, who was controversially recruited to head up the Ministry in 2009 after a stellar...
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  • MFaT CEO To Announce Resignation
    NZ's leading Political publication Trans Tasman can reveal Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade chief executive John Allen will announce his resignation on Monday. Allen, who was controversially recruited to head up the Ministry in 2009 after a stellar...
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  • Rotorua White Ribbon Ride urges stand against violence
    Dave Donaldson will never forget the story of a woman who escaped her violent partner by going to jail. Some years ago while the Rotorua deputy mayor was still a police officer, he escorted a woman to Auckland to serve...
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  • Rotorua White Ribbon Ride urges stand against violence
    Dave Donaldson will never forget the story of a woman who escaped her violent partner by going to jail. Some years ago while the Rotorua deputy mayor was still a police officer, he escorted a woman to Auckland to serve...
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  • Rotorua White Ribbon Ride urges stand against violence
    Dave Donaldson will never forget the story of a woman who escaped her violent partner by going to jail. Some years ago while the Rotorua deputy mayor was still a police officer, he escorted a woman to Auckland to serve...
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  • Air Line Pilots’ Association on proposed rules for Drones
    The New Zealand Air Line Pilots’ Association is welcoming calls by the Civil Aviation Authority to have industry and the public have their say on proposed rules for unmanned aircraft operations....
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  • Air Line Pilots’ Association on proposed rules for Drones
    The New Zealand Air Line Pilots’ Association is welcoming calls by the Civil Aviation Authority to have industry and the public have their say on proposed rules for unmanned aircraft operations....
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  • Air Line Pilots’ Association on proposed rules for Drones
    The New Zealand Air Line Pilots’ Association is welcoming calls by the Civil Aviation Authority to have industry and the public have their say on proposed rules for unmanned aircraft operations....
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  • Family Violence Report on Gender Bias Welcomed
    Family First NZ is welcoming a report which says that blaming men for domestic violence is ‘gender bias’....
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