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Written By: - Date published: 4:35 pm, October 29th, 2008 - 46 comments
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It looks like the Herald has as a scoop on John Key’s possible involvement in the H-fee scandal. According to the article:

John Key faces accusations of misleading the public about his knowledge of one of New Zealand’s most notorious white collar crimes.

The allegations centre around the so-called H-Fee – two payments totalling A$66.5 million to Equiticorp funnelled via sham foreign exchange transactions in 1988 – and an interview Mr Key gave the Herald last year.

There have been rumours around the traps about this for some time but nothing substantial. It’ll be interesting to see what the Herald has got tomorrow, and whether the story stacks up.

46 comments on “This looks big”

  1. Anita 1

    To reiterate what I said about the Tranzrail shares…

    … incomprehensible financial markets … 20 years ago … incomprehensible badness …

    If Labour want this to work they need to make sure they explain it right.

  2. insider 2

    Surely this is the money quote, especially the last sentence.

    “Checks by the Herald of court documents made public by Labour have unravelled several aspects of the version he told, including the fact that he resigned from Elders in June 1988, six months after the first payment. There is no evidence that he was involved in handling the sham transactions.”

    SO the big story for Labour is ambiguity or lies call it what you will around dates 20 years ago, ignoring the fact that they are about something he had absolutely no involvement in.

    Labour should be worried that this is not seen as desperate pantie sniffing by a desperate party. I mean, sending Mike Williams to Sydney to trawl through some musty records and all they could come up with that he quoted some incorrect dates in a media interview (Will JK”s evilness never end?).

    Frankly I think the Williams angle is the far stronger story.

  3. Ianmac 3

    Insider: So if Farrar digs around to get the”dirt” on Peters for thousands of dollars it is a good thing in the name of rightness, but if someone digs for info on possibly illegal millions and leader credibility it is an evil thing. Should your leader be above reproach given that I think the money involved in 1987 came close to bankrupting NZ didn’t it?
    At least John Key is being given the chance to prepare his case.

  4. IrishBill 4

    I believe he flew to Melbourne, not Sydney, insider. I’d recommend you read the story a little more closely before you rush to pass judgment. You may also want to read the related article that indicates he didn’t just quote the wrong date to the media but to the Serious Fraud Office: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10459777

  5. higherstandard 5

    I thought Key gave evidence to the SFO years ago to help them get Elders prosecuted and that the SFO had been pretty categorical that he was in no way involved in anything dodgy ?

    I agree if he’s done anything wrong he should feel the full force of the law come down on him – but can’t help feeling that the timing of this from Labour amounts to a desperate pre-election smear.

    As Tane says it’ll be interesting to see if the story stacks up – generally most of the things that there have been rumours about for years have been a load of old wank.

  6. shonkey 6

    Key really does have a memory problem. I found a 1999 profile of him and his forex career. He was asked:
    What is the most memorable moment of your career in the FX markets ?
    His answer:
    The most memorable moment for me was definitely when the New Zealand dollar entered the forex markets in 1984.

    The dollar floated in 1985, surely something Key would be able to recall, given it was his ‘most memorable moment’.

  7. Dom 7

    Aren’t these the facts?

    The shonky deal was done in 1988.
    Key claims he left in 1987.
    Turns out he left in 1988.

    Key knew of the deal and when it was done – he was so sure he smugly says “Small issue – three months before any of these deals got decided I left Elders”

    Now whether he was involved is another story (on the evidence he wasn’t) but again, on my current reading of the facts, he has lied to make himself look good.

    And AGAIN, his campaign is interupted as he fends of issues of trustworthiness…

  8. Danny 8

    Key stated that he had left when the first payment was made. He had not. That is not an error, that is a lie. The H-Fee was massive, and he was in the game.

    Insider, a little legal tip for you: When a party is shown to have lied about their circumstances around a fraudulent deal (no matter how trivial), you should look/pry further. Their lack of veracity is presumptive evidence of greater involvement or hidden wrongdoing on their part. And you can bet your house there will be more to their involvement than they have let on.

  9. insider 9

    Ian

    I think you are mixing up JK’s involvement in an instant trade/position when Douglas got sacked rather than this organised fraud.

    With Peters he was shown to have said one thing and done another. Isn’t the real point here that Key had no involvement in the actual fraud (which was investgated and prosecuted by NZ and Aus authorities). I

    The story appears to boil down to “he said he left on x but actually left on z and had nothing to do with illegal y, whcih went on in between and was perpetrated in Australia”. Excuse me if I fail to see the scandal in this.

    I think ANita’s anaylsis is spot on as I found the whole dates issue difficult to negotiate.

  10. Sarah 10

    What has Key reported to have done?

  11. higherstandard 11

    Yep – here’s the sound bite from Sturt at the SFO who investigated Elders/Equiticorp.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10459777

    Clearly he must be a National party stooge.

  12. higherstandard 12

    Sarah read the link whether you believe Key was involved or not it gives a brief overview of the fraud that was perpetrated – just reading the name Equiticorp gets my blood boiling – bloody bunch of rogues.

  13. IrishBill 13

    No HS, as I pointed out earlier that article indicates Key told the SFO he left earlier than he did. I’ve never been interviewed by the SFO but I imagine I’d make bloody sure I got all the facts straight if I was.

  14. Scribe 14

    Misleading the public is one thing — politicians do that all the time to varying degrees.

    Misleading legal or government investigations is another thing entirely.

  15. milo 15

    Was John Key involved in the H-fee?
    - No, says the SFO.
    - No, says the trader who did it (who confessed and became a crown witness)
    - No, says the recipient.

    Oh, and who received the H-Fee? Why it was Equiticorp, who donated $250,000 to Labour. Does Labour take dirty money?

    [lprent: Source? Link? How much did they donate to National? Or should I regard this as a troll?]

  16. Daveski 16

    It will indeed be interesting to see what comes out of this.

    I do find it ironic the reaction to this compared to the blanket silence about more of Winston’s lies but that’s the nature of politics.

    Likewise, I find it funny that all of a sudden we are to applaud the MSM but again that’s to be expected.

    Still, if anything does come out of it, it could well be big this close to the election.

    [lprent: You know the answer to that around here. Posters write on what they find interesting, which may not be what you find interesting. You always have the option of starting your own blog. Personally I don't find the winston stuff interesting. I think that the right have already done all of the damage they can to NZF. That attention (unfortunately) means that we're likely to have them back in parliament]

  17. insider 17

    Irish

    Mea culpa. Your turn now. The article never mentions the SFO – it says he told the Herald. It also says he told the Aussie NCA he left in June 88. The other article refers to the SFO asking about a lunch. Given the lunch was in 88 and he was in the process of leaving Elders, it would be a bit odd for him to say he left in 87 and even odder for that to be accepted.

  18. Ms M 18

    Oh dear, what a tangled web we weave. It looks like Johnny Boy may have lied to the Australian National Crime Authority in May 1991 about when he ended his employment with Elders. Tsk. Tsk.

    I wonder why?

  19. George.com 19

    Rob Muldoon once referred to, I believe, Bill Birch as a shiver looking for a spine to run up (or words to that effect). Now, with the Tranzrail memory loss, Brownlees Contact Energy ‘thats not pecuniary interest’ shares and this latest saga, is it too much to say that the National Party is
    “A bung looking for a pocket to line?”

    IrishBill: Muldoon was talking about Bill Rowling.

  20. IrishBill 20

    Insider, from that article: “Charles Sturt, the former SFO director who investigated the Equiticorp deals and took them to prosecution for fraud, yesterday confirmed Key’s account of his interview with the Serious Fraud Office.”

    Key’s account of his interview (to the Herald) includes the claim he had left Elders before the deal occurred. If that’s what he told the SFO, as Sturt’s comment implies, then he lied to the SFO.

  21. insider 21

    Love this latest quote

    “But Prime Minister Helen Clark tried to distance herself from the story this afternoon, saying: “This is not a story that I am handling at all.”‘

    But Helen is Labour’s self professed chief strategist. It appears she knows about it but is not ‘handling’ it. So who is? And why does the chief strategist not know?

  22. higherstandard 22

    IB

    As I said if he’s done anything wrong he should suffer the full force of the law.

    But against that we have this being dumped into the mix by Labour 10 days out from the election and the SFO stating that …

    Mr Sturt said Mr Key was simply one in a “vast array of innocent people, potential witnesses, in a massive fact-gathering exercise. I feel compelled to fully support the reported comments of John Key in relation to the H-Fee transaction. It should not need to be said that John Key was completely innocent of any wrongdoing whatsoever. For any politician to hint or suggest otherwise would be absolutely rubbish and pure mischief-making”.

    So he’s either a crook that’s been caught out or it’s a Labour party smear – I guess we’ll find out over the next couple of days.

  23. Akldnut 23

    Milo – Oh, and who received the H-Fee? Why it was Equiticorp, who donated $250,000 to Labour. Does Labour take dirty money?

    Have you got a link to tell us where the money/donation originated from or is it merely wishful thinking that this donation was dirty money.

    I’d really like to see it or is it just another aspersion to make labour appear as shifty as Key?

  24. Sarah 24

    “But Prime Minister Helen Clark tried to distance herself from the story this afternoon, saying: “This is not a story that I am handling at all.””

    “In a drive to pin down Mr Key’s involvement in the case, Labour Party president Mike Williams took time out from the heat of the election to fly to Melbourne last week to search documents relating to a court case over the H-Fee.”

    So we are meant to believe that Mr Williams went on his own initiative, and without consulting the prime minister, to look into Key’s records in Melbourne?

    This is such a joke.

  25. insider 25

    Irish

    And like I said, the interview appears to have been about the lunch he had not about the date he left. The article referneces the claim he left in 87 but that is the journalist writing it from file to provide background, not quoting anyone. Sturt is not quoted mentioning leaving dates at all just that Key is entirely innocent. So you can’t assume he said any such thing to the SFO who you would think would have a reasonable grasp of where people were at the time of an event being investigated.

  26. IrishBill 26

    “So you can’t assume he said any such thing to the SFO who you would think would have a reasonable grasp of where people were at the time of an event being investigated.”

    Insider, I reread the article and I think you are half right. It’s sufficiently loosely written that it’s hard to tell exactly what was being confirmed. I don’t share your confidence in the SFO being aware of exactly when Key left however.

  27. Akldnut 27

    Sarah – This is not a story that I am handling at all.
    “So we are meant to believe that Mr Williams went on his own initiative, and without consulting the prime minister, to look into Key’s records in Melbourne?”

    To me this means she is not handling it, not that she dosn’t know about it!!!!

    To quote Lew: Political speech is (usually) very specific, and it rests on peoples’ utterances being taken literally – to the full extent of what they actually say. Not more, not less.

  28. randal 28

    well he must of got his $50 mil from somwewhere!

  29. Francois 29

    The problem with all the ‘scandals’ that Labour has been able to dig up so far is that they are, for the most part TOO complex for the wider public. I would say most of this is pretty incomprehensible to the wider public and I think most people’s reaction would be: “meh.”

  30. Jeeves 30

    Labour had better hope this sticks because otherwise it is going to backfire big time. And by “stick” I mean he needs to be implicated in something dodgier than just getting some dates wrong. Sending your bag man to Melbourne in the last week of the campaign looks desperate. If it succeeds – worth it. But given how close Labour is to winning without this muck, I wonder if it’s worth it. We shall see.

  31. r0b 31

    So we are meant to believe that Mr Williams went on his own initiative, and without consulting the prime minister, to look into Key’s records in Melbourne? This is such a joke.

    As usual the right can only shoot at the messenger, hoping to distract from the message.

    Let’s just wait and see how this all unfolds shall we? On the face of it it seems that Key lied. People usually lie to conceal a deeper issue. But let’s hear Key’s side of the story. Perhaps he can clear it all up…

  32. gobsmacked 32

    “It’s all too complicated” has been said of every scandal from Watergate to Enron. Not fitting into a soundbite is hardly a defence.

    The funniest part (so far) is that John Key was cleared by the SFO, so therefore there is No Story. Now that sounds familiar …

    Maybe John and Winston really can work together?

  33. theodoresteel 33

    Probably about as hard hitting as any of the scandals implicating labour… the chinese business man anyone? Remember that? Exactly.

  34. Ianmac 34

    It is not that John has lapses of memory is it? And I am sure that he will have a perfectly credible answer. He has had a few decades to get it straight and though folk might suggest that it smells like a 5 day old snapper, they will be wrong to smear his good name, in an effort to snatch a victory from us upright, clean-living Nats. (Funnily enough had it been Don Brash I would totally reject any suggestion of duplicity.)

  35. NeillR 35

    I’m just wondering why it is that every time some new facts come to light about Helen Clark (and Labour’s) involvement in the Owen Glenn affair, that we get a fishing expedition about John Key? Last time it was the Transrail shares, now it’s the ‘H’ fee. And all the while a little child waits……..

  36. gobsmacked 36

    I’m just wondering why Owen Glenn’s word is Gospel when what he says is what you want to hear but …

    … ignored when he contradicts the conspiracy theory (NZ Herald, today).

  37. slightlyrighty 37

    Christ almighty.

    Talk about clutching at straws. The left can’t even keep track of the slander!

    You guys did this one already!

    Key was questioned, as were a number of employees. The then head of the SFO is on record as saying that Key had no involvement with the H-Fee

    Now answer this. You are about to commit fraud. Do you let the whole office know? Key helped the prosecution by telling what he knew, but was not in the loop.

    A person who was in the loop, but turned witness for the prosecution, did not finger Key, because he was not involved.

  38. NeillR 38

    Gobsmacked – Owen Glenn’s word was good enough for the Greens, why isn’t it good enough for you?

  39. KiwiGirl 39

    following Milo’s post at 5.12 pm
    [lprent: Source? Link? How much did they donate to National? Or should I regard this as a troll?]

    “Hawkins said Equiticorp gave $250,000 to Labour in 1986 during pro-free enterprise Finance Minister Roger Douglas’s four-year stint under Prime Minister David Lange and a “substantially lesser” amount to National the same year. “I expect if (Labour) are being fair they will mention that as well,” he said.”
    Sunday 26 August 2008
    link

    On another point; I took a 6 month break from a company I worked for, I think, in 1993 – or it could have been in 1994. I worked there again for about 8 months before I resigned totally. I would have to go and find the box [somewhere] that may have some papers that would probably remind me conclusively of the exact months and year that this happened – but on the spur of the moment recall………
    I believe it was 1993 and I would almost swear to it in good faith, but without checking I could not guarantee. Memory is a funny thing.
    If you discovered that it was in fact 1994, would you come after me trumpeting that I had deliberately “lied” because I had ‘obviously’ something to hide?

    [lprent: Thank you. Always hate these things popping up without substantiation. Fixed your link as well]

  40. Matthew Pilott 40

    Kiwigirl, if the place you worked for was involved in a $67m fraud, and there was a chance youcould be implicated would you look in your box for the dates, before the SFO came to see you, or before a Newspaper interviewed you about it, or would you not bother at all? If you choose the latter, then I’d say your attention to detail and preparation would rule you out as being fit for major public office…

    Heh, I’m not surprised they’d give money to Labour under Douglas, and National…

  41. milo 41

    Thanks KiwiGirl. I assume that’s all the source you needed lprent. But let me know if you want a link for the denials of John Key’s involvement by Chas Sturt, Alan Hawkins and Ken Jarret.

    Frankly, I’m surprised the Standard would print this stuff without knowing those kinds of facts backwards.

  42. Ari 42

    The left can’t even keep track of the slander!

    Labour and the left are manifestly different creatures, thankyou.

  43. Robin Grieve 43

    Herald says it was a fizzer. Another desperate attempt by Labour who have used taxpayer funded researchers who not supposed to do this sort of mucky muckraking.
    Why is Labour soooo desperate and fighting like a cornered cat?
    I thought you were all happy with the poll trends?
    Only 9 days to go and the most corrupt and nasty government in history will be consigned to history.Let it be a long time before we hear from Labour again.

  44. NeillR 44

    How big does it look now?

  45. Nick 45

    IrishBill would have us believe Key told the SFO the date he left and they accepted it without checking it.

    *Tui Ad goes here*.

  46. Jarvis Pink 46

    Robin Grieve
    October 30, 2008 at 7:48 am

    “…the most corrupt and nasty government in history…”

    Oh good grief Robin, you really need to get out more.

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    Updated the tracking poll. For variety’s sake this one goes all the way back to the start of 2005. It doesn’t correct for bias and the large circles intersecting the vertical lines are election results : Josie Pagani wrote a ‘what...
    DimPost | 23-07
  • Understanding the 2014 election campaign
    If David Cunliffe decided one day to redecorate his kitchen, they would call it a décor flip-flop....
    Imperator Fish | 22-07
  • Shuttling diplomacy between the bombs
    The mounting death toll in Gaza has spurred an intensified flurry of diplomacy (again), and finally a stated acknowledgement that this time the terms of any ceasefire (which will eventually come) need to differ from those of the past three...
    Pundit | 22-07
  • National Government Running Regional Health Services into Oblivion
    I am amazed anyone outside of Auckland will be voting for National this election.  They have shown only one intent in regards to regions outside of Auckland, and to a slightly lesser extent Christchurch, everywhere else  is considered a last...
    An average kiwi | 22-07
  • The MH17 blame game
    No matter who's side you're on, it's a terrible day when innocent lives are lost in another countries conflict. As questions still need to be answered as to why exactly flight MH17 was flying in controlled airspace in the first place, many headlines...
    The Jackal | 22-07
  • Hard News: Te Reo Māori in schools: let’s just start
    I was born 52 years ago today, on a date that seems unnervingly close to the 1950s. I caught the end of the free school milk years (they really did just leave it out in the sun) and I like...
    Public Address | 22-07
  • World News Brief, Wednesday July 23
    Top of the AgendaIsrael-Hamas Conflict Continues Despite International Pressure...
    Pundit | 22-07
  • The Regions and Stuff
    Yesterday Labour announced a boost for the regions, with at least $200 million available for large-scale projects that promise to give some of our struggling regions new economic opportunities. Dredging harbours, re-opening rail-lines, strategic procurement decisions, that kind of thing....
    Polity | 22-07
  • Disgraceful
    John Key’s refusal this week to apologise to Tania Billingsley is nothing short of disgraceful. Even worse is the reason he gave for ignoring Ms Billingsley: I don't make apologies unless there's a serious reason for me to do that....
    Polity | 22-07
  • Basin Bridge Bowled
    In stunning news yesterday the Board of Inquiry hearing the case for the Basin Bridge bowled out the NZTA by declined consent for the project.  This is what it would have looked like had it been approved: All up the...
    Transport Blog | 22-07
  • Interest rate rise will hit the regions
    The latest interest rate rise will hit the fragile regional economies of  New Zealand and hurt exporters by putting more upward pressure on the exchange rate, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker.  “The regions are already hit by dropping  export...
    Labour | 24-07
  • Burning the flag or accepting the evil
    Burning the Israeli flag in Auckland in protest over the murder of innocent civilians in Gaza is nothing to be ashamed of” said MANA Leader and Tai Tokerau MP, Hone Harawira. “Calling for both sides to stand down when one side...
    Mana | 23-07
  • Photo op disguises abysmal failure
    John Key’s opening of four Housing NZ units in Bexley today is nothing more than an insincere photo op designed to hide the Government’s failure to rebuild the housing stock destroyed by the earthquakes, says Labour’s Associate Housing spokesperson Poto...
    Labour | 23-07
  • TAXPAYER UNION “outrageously stupid”
    Jordan Williams, Executive Director of the Taxpayers’ Union says a MANA billboard “appears to have been funded by taxpayers”, and calls it “an outrageous use of taxpayer money”. “But the only thing that is outrageous, is how outrageously stupid Jordan Williams was...
    Mana | 23-07
  • Green Party launches Solar in Schools policy
    The Green Party will help schools install solar and save money on their power bills by investing $20 million into solar PV systems in schools. The $20 million is expected to:Help around 500 schools install solar over three yearsResult in...
    Greens | 23-07
  • Extent of job losses at Invermay remain hidden
    Despite growing concern in the agriculture and science sectors, both AgResearch management and the Minister responsible are continuing to hide the true extent of job losses at AgResearch’s Invermay campus, Labour’s MP for Dunedin North David Clark says. “Science and...
    Labour | 23-07
  • Tōku reo, tōku oho oho, tōku reo, tōku mapihi maurea – MANA launches ...
    “MANA is launching its te reo Māori policy this morning ahead of the first reading of the government’s Māori Language Strategy Bill this afternoon”, saidMANA deputy leader and candidate for Waiariki, Annette Sykes. “MANA’s policy is based on a love...
    Mana | 23-07
  • Connectivity Upgrade to close digital divide
    Labour will close the digital divide with its Connectivity Upgrade to ensure all New Zealanders can be part of a growing, more connected economy and have the right to access quality broadband, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says.  “The digital revolution...
    Labour | 23-07
  • New parents deserve support – Labour will deliver
    ...
    Labour | 23-07
  • National refuses meeting with Maui’s advocates
    National has refused a briefing from a group of Maui's dolphins experts, whose research shows 80 per cent of New Zealanders want greater protection for the critically endangered dolphin, the Green Party said today.Dolphin campaigner Gemma McGrath and marine scientist...
    Greens | 23-07
  • MANA Tamaki send a challenge to Labour
    “Labour should set the agenda and purposely do something positively controversial once a week”, said MANA candidate for Mt Albert, Joe Carolan. “A good start would be for all Labour Auckland MPs and members to join the Justice for Palestine...
    Mana | 23-07
  • We must act to save our dolphins
    A new report makes it clear for the urgent need to protect Maui’s and Hector’s dolphins while arguing  it is clear that there is no need for further research, says Labour’s Conservation spokesperson Ruth Dyson.  “Labour backs the public call...
    Labour | 23-07
  • School told to manipulate national standards data
    Parents can have little confidence in the Government’s National Standards after an Auckland school was told to manipulate its data so it added up, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins. “Valley School in Pukekohe was advised in an email from the...
    Labour | 23-07
  • Regional economies must have tailored plans
    News that up to 114 jobs could be lost from Fonterra’s Canpac plant in Hamilton reinforces the need for a government plan to build resilient regional economies, Labour’s MP for Hauraki-Waikato Nanaia Mahuta says. “The Canpac site has effectively responded...
    Labour | 23-07
  • Auditor General slams Shared Services project
    The Auditor-General’s Office could not have been more damning about the 18 months spent on the Central Agency Shared Services (CASS) project at the Finance and Expenditure Committee this morning, says Maryan Street, Labour’s State Services spokesperson.  ...
    Labour | 23-07
  • Fonterra job losses a massive blow to Waikato
    The potential loss of up to 114 jobs from Fonterra’s Canpac plant in Hamilton is a massive blow to the Waikato region which has already lost hundreds of jobs, Labour says. Labour’s Social Development spokesperson and Hamilton-based list MP Sue...
    Labour | 23-07
  • Basin flyover decision an opportunity for capital
    The decision to reject the proposed flyover at the Basin Reserve must be taken as an opportunity to properly fund Wellington’s transport future and must not be used as an excuse to take resources away from the capital, Wellington Labour MPs...
    Labour | 22-07
  • National out of touch with the regions
    John Key is out of touch with regional New Zealand if he believes tinkering with council regulations will restore opportunities to small towns, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “While the regions are crying out for sustainable growth and job opportunities,...
    Labour | 22-07
  • Flyover rejection a victory for sustainable transport
    The rejection of the proposed Basin Reserve flyover by a Board of Inquiry is a victory for sustainable transport in Wellington and paves the way for other alternatives to be given a fair hearing, Wellington Labour MPs Grant Robertson and...
    Labour | 22-07
  • Reo Māori Policy Launch
    MANA will be launching its Reo Māori policy at 10am Thursday 24 July, at Matangireia (the old Māori Affairs Select Committee room at Parliament). We will also be addressing our concerns regarding the Minister of Māori Affairs Māori Language Strategy...
    Mana | 22-07
  • Basin Flyover decision victory for common sense
    The Green Party welcomed the Environmental Protection Authority's draft decision announced today not to allow the $90 million Basin Reserve flyover in Wellington to proceed."Both popular and expert opinion opposed the flyover. The proposal was expensive, unnecessary and would have...
    Greens | 22-07
  • Loss Leading could destroy Kiwi lamb’s reputation
    Meat companies that supply supermarkets and sell New Zealand lamb as a loss leader in the United Kingdom should lose their access to this valuable quota market, said Labour’s Primary Industries spokesperson Damien O’Connor. “Our reputation as a Lamb producer...
    Labour | 22-07
  • Ae Marika! 22 July 2014
    The big storm has gone, but the damage that it did and the saturation levels that it reached meant that smaller storms quickly overwhelmed roading, and water-flow systems again in the north. And although certain individuals are talking up the...
    Mana | 21-07
  • 2014 Roger Award nominations now open
    The Roger Award is for The Worst Transnational Corporation Operating in Aotearoa/New Zealand in 2014 Nominations are now open please visit the website to nominate the worst TNC in Aotearoa. You will need to include reasons why you think your...
    Mana | 21-07
  • Labour will revive the regions with new fund
    The next Labour Government will co-develop Regional Growth Plans for every region of New Zealand and will invest at least $200 million in a fund to create breakthrough opportunities for jobs and sustainable growth, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says....
    Labour | 21-07
  • Speech to Local Government New Zealand
    Speech to the Local Government New Zealand Conference 2014 Read our full regional development policy Download Introduction Early in my time as an MP I went for a long walk on a windswept Kare Kare beach with Waitakere mayor Bob Harvey. We talked...
    Labour | 21-07
  • Stop Israeli State Terror – Rally and March this Saturday 26th July, Aote...
     The humanitarian crisis in Gaza is getting much worse and the world is marching in unprecedented numbers. New Zealanders spoke out strongly last Saturday with a march of 5,000 people in Auckland (see picture below) – the biggest march ever...
    Mana | 21-07
  • NZ needs to assist UN with aid for Gaza
    The New Zealand Government should support the United Nation's efforts to raise money to assist humanitarian aid for the people of Gaza, the Green Party said today.The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) has made a...
    Greens | 21-07
  • INTERNET MANA ROAD TRIP- LEG 2
      WAIKATO / TARANAKI / MANAWATU-WANGANUI  Tuesday July 29th, 6pm | RotoruaDistinction Hotel, Fenton Ballroom, 390 Fenton Street, Rotorua  Wednesday July 30th 6pm | HamiltonWaikato University, Price Waterhouse Coopers Lecture Theatre, Gate 7, Hillcrest Rd Hamilton  Thursday July 31st, 6pm |...
    Mana | 21-07
  • Road fix needed now, not later
    Northland’s roading system is in chaos and needs fixing fast, Labour List MP Kelvin Davis says.  “According to NZTA’s 10 year funding data every area of Northland has had a decrease in NZTA funding since 2008...
    Labour | 20-07
  • KiwiSaver innovations needed to build wealth
    The innovative changes to KiwiSaver suggested by the Financial Services Council today will be seriously considered by Labour as part of plans to make KiwiSaver universal, Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker says. “Universal KiwiSaver is an essential part of Labour’s...
    Labour | 20-07
  • Greens announce 20 hours free ECE for two year olds
    The Green Party today announced that its key social platform for this election will be to tackle child poverty and inequality by ensuring every child in New Zealand has enough to thrive.The Green Party will make a series of policy...
    Greens | 20-07
  • MANA Pasifika Says NO To Discrimination
    Vice Chairperson of MANA Pasifika James Papali’i  feels for Ms Tupou and her children after they were served with trespass orders from their  local swimming pool in new market. With no warning or explanation from the pool staff Police ordered...
    Mana | 20-07
  • MANA Movement policy release – Economic Justice – John Minto
    Address notes from Mana Economic Justice Spokesperson and co-vice President John Minto to Economic policy launch in Kelston – 2pm, Sunday 20 July 2014. Reducing inequality and giving everyone a fair go MANA Movement’s policy prescription for a rich man’s...
    Mana | 20-07
  • One-sided reporting on the Middle East Conflict
    The following was sent to New Zealand Herald, Fairfax Media, Radio New Zealand, Television New Zealand, TV3, Radio Live and ZB Network. We are writing to all of you because there are well established patterns of reporting which seem to have been adopted by New Zealand...
    Mana | 20-07
  • New President for MANA Movement
    Lisa McNab, MANA President, and Annette Sykes, outgoing MANA President and candidate for Waiariki Lisa McNab was officially passed the mantle of MANA President in a special ceremony at Potahi Marae in Te Kao this week, following her unanimous election into the...
    Mana | 20-07
  • Te Reo Māori a doorway to opportunity
    A Labour Government will ensure more of our children have the opportunity to learn te reo Māori by encouraging the learning and use of it in schools, Labour’s Māori Affairs spokesperson Nanaia Mahuta says....
    Labour | 19-07
  • Work numbers not all they’re cracked up to be
    The Government's figures on the numbers of beneficiaries don't add up, Labour's Social Development spokesperson Sue Moroney says."Paula Bennett keeps saying 1500 people are going off the benefit into work every week, yet today she announced just 16,000 fewer people...
    Labour | 18-07
  • Flood relief for National voters first
    “The flooding in Tai Tokerau has hammered the north and impacted hundreds of families right across the region,” said MANA Leader and Tai Tokerau MP, Hone Harawira. “It’s bitterly disappointing to see that the first response from this National government...
    Mana | 18-07
  • Don’t contract out your loyal cleaners SkyCity3
    SkyCity should put aside its proposal to contract out its cleaning staff and not be lured by the prospect of washing their hands of these essential jobs and leaving them to the world of third party contracting, Labour’s Associate Labour...
    Labour | 18-07
  • Green Party statement on tragedy of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17
    The Green Party conveys its condolences to the families of the victims of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17.The Ukrainian Government has accused pro-Russia rebels in the east of the Ukraine of shooting down the Malaysia Airlines jet with a ground-to-air missile,...
    Greens | 18-07
  • Gaza ground offensive can only result in more deaths
    Israel’s decision to continue with a ground offensive into Gaza can only result in more civilian deaths and push a ceasefire further beyond reach, Labour’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson David Shearer says. “There is no such thing as a surgical strike...
    Labour | 18-07
  • Tackling childhood obesity is not rocket science Minister, but it is scienc...
    The Government's latest snub of scientific evidence - this time about its failure to address childhood obesity - is another example of National's reliance on 'tobacco science' to justify its denial agenda, the Green Party said today. An Auckland University...
    Greens | 18-07
  • Paying patients to go away not a solution
    A voucher system being used by emergency departments in Southern DHB - which pays patients to see a GP – is designed to skew figures to meet Government targets, Labour’s Associate Health spokesperson and Dunedin North MP David Clark says....
    Labour | 18-07
  • Common sense a better response
    The actions of two police officers who walked into a marae's wharenui in the early hours of the morning to search and photograph a group of children in their pyjamas are deeply concerning, Labour’s Associate Police spokesperson Kelvin Davis says....
    Labour | 18-07
  • Taxpayer cash to plug Chorus copper hole
    The Chief Executive and Board of Chorus must be held accountable for striking a deal that uses taxpayer money that was intended to build a new fibre network to instead plug the company’s revenue gaps, says Labour’s ICT spokesperson Clare...
    Labour | 18-07
  • Labour won’t abandon regional New Zealand
    Labour will ensure no regions in New Zealand are ‘red-zoned’ by tailoring Regional Growth Plans for each province as part of our Economic Upgrade, Labour’s Finance spokesperson and Deputy Leader David Parker says. “The Royal Society of New Zealand’s Our...
    Labour | 17-07
  • Minister must come clean on amalgamation
    The Minister of Local Government is telling porkies to its supporters on local government amalgamation, says Labour’s Local Government spokesperson Su’a William Sio.   National’s arrogance on amalgamation was all too clear when the Minister shut down Napier’s deputy mayor...
    Labour | 17-07
  • Labour sends condolences to families of MH17
    ...
    Labour | 17-07
  • IPCA report proves need for full review of spy agencies
    A report into the Police decision not to prosecute the Government Communications Security Bureau over its unlawful spying of 88 New Zealanders proves the need for a full review into our security agencies, Labour’s Associate Security and Intelligence spokesperson Grant...
    Labour | 16-07
  • Internet Party Party review
      I have been to A LOT of political party functions in my time, and they tend to be dull affairs at the best of times but what is happening with Internet MANA is something quite exciting. I went to...
    The Daily Blog | 24-07
  • Dear Seven Sharp – after learning Hosking will be the leaders debate ...
    I have to be honest, I had made the decision last night  to accept Seven Sharp’s hastily offered opportunity to appear on their show after I savagely criticised the bullshit whitewash story they did on John Key’s favourite far right hate speech...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • National refuses meeting with Maui’s advocates
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: National refuses meeting with Maui’s advocates Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | Press Release This is another reminder that the National Government does not care about the survival of the Maui’s dolphin National...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Message from CTU President Helen Kelly
    MIL OSI – Source: Unite Union – Headline: Message from CTU President Helen Kelly Dear MikeThere’s only 43 days until September 3, when voting in the General Election starts. The last day to vote is September 20.Thanks heaps for signing...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • MANA Tamaki send a challenge to Labour
    MIL OSI – Source: Mana Movement – Headline: MANA Tamaki send a challenge to Labour Posted on July 23, 2014 by admin in Joe Carolan, Press Releases“Labour should set the agenda and purposely do something positively controversial once a week”,...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • We must act to save our dolphins
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: We must act to save our dolphins A new report makes it clear for the urgent need to protect Maui’s and Hector’s dolphins while arguing  it is clear that there is no...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • School told to manipulate national standards data
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: School told to manipulate national standards data Parents can have little confidence in the Government’s National Standards after an Auckland school was told to manipulate its data so it added up, Labour’s...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Regional economies must have tailored plans
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Regional economies must have tailored plans News that up to 114 jobs could be lost from Fonterra’s Canpac plant in Hamilton reinforces the need for a government plan to build resilient regional...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Auditor General slams Shared Services project
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Auditor General slams Shared Services project The Auditor-General’s Office could not have been more damning about the 18 months spent on the Central Agency Shared Services (CASS) project at the Finance and...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Fonterra job losses a massive blow to Waikato
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Fonterra job losses a massive blow to Waikato The potential loss of up to 114 jobs from Fonterra’s Canpac plant in Hamilton is a massive blow to the Waikato region which has...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Basin flyover decision an opportunity for capital
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Basin flyover decision an opportunity for capital The decision to reject the proposed flyover at the Basin Reserve must be taken as an opportunity to properly fund Wellington’s transport future and must...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Indonesia: New President Widodo must make good on human rights pledges
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Indonesia: New President Widodo must make good on human rights pledges Indonesia’s new President Joko Widodo must deliver on campaign promises to improve Indonesia’s dire human rights situation, Amnesty International said....
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Communities in Sierra Leone turn their backs on female genital mutilation
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Communities in Sierra Leone turn their backs on female genital mutilation While activists gather in London to discuss strategies to tackle female genital mutilation, communities across Sierra Leone have been taking...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • The Gambia: Activists mark 20 years of iron-fisted repression
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: The Gambia: Activists mark 20 years of iron-fisted repression The Gambian government must abolish the laws and iron fisted practices that have resulted in two decades of widespread human rights violations,...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • A blog from the front lines of Palestine: It’s time for a new narrative
    I don’t know if I follow trouble or if trouble follows me, but somehow I seem to have found myself near one of the world’s hotspots again. The difference this time is that instead of sitting in some obscure location,...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • GUEST BLOG: Michael Wood – The Path Ahead
    It’s well established that Labour has had a difficult couple of weeks. Getting back on to a successful path requires our focus to shift from looking inwards to outwards, heightened discipline, and inner conviction. While my assessment of New Zealand...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Employers liquidating companies to avoid paying minimum entitlements
    Across the union movement we have seen a number of documented cases now where companies are liquidating their business in order to avoid their legal obligations, in terms of paying the minimum entitlements to their workers. The most recent example...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • GUEST BLOG: Joe Carolan : Positively Controversial
    The protest in Auckland last weekend that the NZ Herald claimed was attend by only a hundred people. Labour should set the agenda and purposely do something positively controversial once a week. A good start would be for all their...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Come on TV3 News – you are better than regurgitating Israeli propaganda
    Say it isn’t true TV3 News, you are seriously bitching about this???? The leader of the Mana Party, Hone Harawira, has supported flag burning at a pro-Palestinian march in Auckland at the weekend. Mana Party flags can be seen in...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • The brutal siege of Palestine
    70 years ago the Jews of Europe suffered as much as any people can suffer. The Nazis set about ethnic cleansing and sent 6 million to their death. Today we watch in horror as Israel, the Jewish homeland created after...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • When the mainstream media go feral: A tale of two holidays
    . . The recent non-story on David Cunliffe’s three day holiday should be proof-positive that the mainstream media (msm) is fixated on pumping out as many “bad news” reporting as can be generated by a headline-seeking; advertising-driven; lazy corporate-media system....
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Canterbury housing crisis a moral, economic, health, education, and social ...
    Can they build it? No they can’t.  Occasionally I come across people who don’t believe me when I say there is a housing crisis in Christchurch.  Despite all the evidence to the contrary.  Even when I tell them that every...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Respected world visionaries of the past speak out on Israel
    Respected world visionaries of the past speak out on Israel...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • From Here To There: How did Labour become so hopelessly lost?
    WRITING ABOUT the Labour Party these days puts me in mind of the joke about the American tourist and the Irish farmer. Seems there was this American tourist driving down a narrow lane in the heart of Ireland. He needed...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Oh NOW everyone thinks the ABCs are up to no good?
    Goodness last months June seems like years away doesn’t it? In June I pointed out a move by the ABCs to destabilise Cunliffe was under way. For pointing this out, Labour Party bloggers Rob Salmond and Lynn Prentice rushed to put...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Dear Seven Sharp – I have little interest in appearing on your show so th...
    After savagely critiquing Seven Sharp for trying to whitewash the repulsive history of a far right hate speech merchant like Cameron Slater yesterday, Seven Sharp have contacted me and offered to do a profile on me. Here is their email…...
    The Daily Blog | 23-07
  • Basin Flyover decision victory for common sense
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: Basin Flyover decision victory for common sense Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 | Press Release “Both popular and expert opinion opposed the flyover. The proposal was expensive, unnecessary and would have undermined the...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • CPAG Newsletter July 2014
    MIL OSI – Source: Child Poverty Action Group – Headline: CPAG Newsletter July 2014 22 July 2014 New child poverty data nothing to celebrate New data released by the Ministry of Social Development  indicates people living below the poverty line are worse...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Hotel ordered to pay $80,000 in outstanding wages
    MIL OSI – Source: Unite Union – Headline: Hotel ordered to pay $80,000 in outstanding wages An Auckland hotel has been ordered by the Employment Relations Authority to pay nearly $80,000 in outstanding wages to two employees. Filipino couple Abraham...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Rising interest rate and dollar driving manufacturing exports back to Globa...
    MIL OSI – Source: CTU – Headline: Rising interest rate and dollar driving manufacturing exports back to Global Financial Crisis levels The Council of Trade Unions is calling on the Reserve Bank not to raise interest rates on Thursday. “Another...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Israel/Gaza: Attacks on medical facilities and civilians add to war crime a...
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Israel/Gaza: Attacks on medical facilities and civilians add to war crime allegations The continuing bombardment of civilian homes in several areas of the Gaza Strip, as well as the Israeli shelling...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Central African Republic: Brazzaville talks should not lead to amnesties fo...
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Central African Republic: Brazzaville talks should not lead to amnesties for war crimes Amnesty International called on delegates to the Central African Republic (CAR) National Reconciliation talks due to take place...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Russia increases stranglehold on dissent as five more NGOs named ‘foreign...
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Russia increases stranglehold on dissent as five more NGOs named ‘foreign agents’ The Russian Ministry of Justice today registered four more Russian human rights organizations and one environmental group as “foreign...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Nigeria: World Bank panel turns its back on forcibly evicted community
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Nigeria: World Bank panel turns its back on forcibly evicted community The decision by a World Bank Inspection Panel to refuse to investigate a complaint about forced evictions linked to a...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • National out of touch with the regions
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: National out of touch with the regions John Key is out of touch with regional New Zealand if he believes tinkering with council regulations will restore opportunities to small towns, Labour Leader...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Flyover rejection a victory for sustainable transport
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Flyover rejection a victory for sustainable transport The rejection of the proposed Basin Reserve flyover by a Board of Inquiry is a victory for sustainable transport in Wellington and paves the way...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Loss Leading could destroy Kiwi lamb’s reputation
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Loss Leading could destroy Kiwi lamb’s reputation Meat companies that supply supermarkets and sell New Zealand lamb as a loss leader in the United Kingdom should lose their access to this valuable...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Labour will revive the regions with new fund
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Labour will revive the regions with new fund The next Labour Government will co-develop Regional Growth Plans for every region of New Zealand and will invest at least $200 million in a...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Speech to Local Government New Zealand
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Speech to Local Government New Zealand Speech to the Local Government New Zealand Conference 2014 Introduction Early in my time as an MP I went for a long walk on a windswept...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • GUEST BLOG: Chris Perley – Confessions of an ex-Public Servant watching t...
    Back in the 16th century, good Queen Bess said to her Privy Council of advisors something along the lines of: “I want your free, frank advice, without consideration of fear or favour.”  In other words, tell me what you think,...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • The rise of the Internet/Mana phenomenon
    Commentators seem surprised at the popularity of the Mana/Internet phenomenon. The ultimate ‘odd coupling’ is doing reasonably well in the polls at over 2% support, and Right Wing pundits are guessing that the Party might even reach 5% by the...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Which Party Would (not) Walk Away from a Crap TPPA?
    Trick question.  Any TPPA would be crap. But a future government will try to sell it to us anyway. It is clear that there won’t be any deal until well after the election and the new government is installed. So...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Te wiki – Maori Language Week
    Maori Language Week has become an entrenched feature of New Zealand.  New Zealanders have come to accept that for one week a year the normal institutions of the white settler society will make some attempt to engage their stakeholders using the...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • A brief word on Cunliffe saying sorry for a 3 day holiday
    I’m not sure who the bloody hell is advising Cunliffe to apologise about a 3 day holiday, but it’s stupid. If you want to know what angry white reactionary NZ thinks about anything, go to a stuff.co.nz poll. Here’s their...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • Seven Sharp – The day public broadcasting died
    I rarely watch Seven Sharp because it’s bullshit and sums up all that is wrong with current affairs in NZ, but even I can’t believe that Seven Sharp have stooped to being an apologist for Cameron Slater on this evenings show. This...
    The Daily Blog | 22-07
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    The Daily Blog | 22-07
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    The Daily Blog | 22-07
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    The Daily Blog | 22-07
  • A tale of two men: Cunliffe’s apology for rape culture vs Key’s dismiss...
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    The Daily Blog | 21-07
  • MANA Pasifika Says NO To Discrimination
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    The Daily Blog | 21-07
  • Oil Spill Response Strategy available for consultation
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    Scoop politics | 24-07
  • Police response to IPCA report on Rewa investigation
    Police accept the findings of today's IPCA's report regarding its investigations into offending by Malcolm Rewa in Auckland in the 1980s and 1990s....
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • Well-known kiwis sign on to stop ivory trade
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    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • Commonwealth Games are not being captioned in New Zealand
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    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • Majority of Commonwealth countries are already republics
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    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • Police handling of Rewa Investigation
    Although an Independent Police Conduct Authority inquiry has identified some faults with a series of investigations conducted by Police into offending by Malcolm Rewa, there is insufficient evidence that any of these impacted on the ability of Police...
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • IPCA findings on Police handling of Rewa Investigation
    Good morning everyone. I’d like to begin today by explaining that this is an informational press conference and that I will not be taking questions at its conclusion. The reason for that is the report’s findings are the result of...
    Scoop politics | 23-07
  • Pay It Back Ms Hauiti
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