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Time for a change

Written By: - Date published: 6:30 am, June 5th, 2009 - 109 comments
Categories: corruption, john key, richard worth - Tags:

Sorry for the long post. This is my transcript of John Key’s interview with Mary Wilson on Checkpoint last night. It’s just incredible. Key obviously shielded Worth with a *nudge* *wink* ‘investigation’ into the sexual harassment complaint and his now trying to cover his own arse. I’ve added my own comments in italics and taken out a few repetitive pieces for length:

Key: Firstly, Phil Goff made it clear to me that the woman who was making the allegations did not want to go public. Effectively my recollection of the conversation I had with Mr Goff was he said he had seen those textes [yes, textses] and certainly no one was able to produce those textses for me.
Wilson: Did you ask for them?
K: Well I’m sure if he had access to them he would have given them to me [so, no]
M: He says he told you he had them
K: He certainly would have provided them when I went back to him, when my office went back [ see how he's trying to distance himself from his office in case he needs to turn one of them into a sacrificial goat]…. I got my office to go back to Mr Goff’s office.
M: And asked for texts and phone logs?
K: Look, to relay exactly Mr Goff’s versions, Mr Worth’s versions of events [so, that's a ‘no']. Now, if those textses were there and they didn’t substantiate the version of events that Mr Worth had presented to my office then I’m sure Mr Goff would have presented those and if he’s got them or anyone’s got them they should produce them today….
M: Well, he is quite happy to organise a private meeting between you and this wo…
K: No, let’s not have a private meeting. Let’s have the textses. if they’re real [why would he think they're made up?] let’s produce them. And if he gives them to me I’ll give them to the media. As I’ve said all along, if those textses were real and they, they were of the nature that Mr Goff said that the complaint said they were and Mr Worth adamantly denies then I would have sacked Dr Worth on the spot. No question about that.
M: Why does it have to become public? Why can’t this woman simply show you the information without becoming public? Why does her name, she’s got a small son and she wants to keep her name out of the public arena. If this man has hounded her for months and she is incredibly embarrassed
K: That’s your characterisation [why is he attacking the woman and defending his scumbag MP?]
M: No. Why, I’m asking you, why on earth would you demand that she go public with them when what she can do is have a private meeting with you and provide the evidence? Why would you force her into a situation where she has to go to the media?
K: I’m not, I’m making it quite clear and I made it clear that if there was evidence I would act. And there was none.
M: Do you want to see this stuff now? Without forcing the woman to go public?
K: Well I do want to see them [so, no?]
M: Without forcing her to go public? Are you prepared to accept them?
K: I’ve always been prepared to accept them…
M: Right and just a few moments ago you ruled out a private meeting. Are you prepared to look at this stuff without making this woman go public?
K: OK. If she can produce the textses but I wish she had done that a month or so earlier then we clearly would have sacked him. If they’re correct and if they’re there.
M: But you’re prepared to look at them privately now
K: Ah, well, OK. [that's decisive leadership my friends]
M: OK. Having decided last Tuesday that you have no confidence in him as a minister, why did you wait a week before taking action? Why was he allowed to continue with ministerial responsibilities..
K: Because it’s a very complex issue [why?] that we actually had to work our way through [also, who is 'we' in all this?]
M: No it’s not complex if you’re simply saying you had no confidence in him on Tuesday. That’s pretty black and white. No confidence
K: No I lost confidence in him on Tuesday [semantic defence, oh dear]. Umm..
M: What’s complicated about that?
K: There was a range of different matters that had to be resolved [what were they?] and it all through to the weekend to get that information
M: Why couldn’t he have been stood down immediately you lost confidence in him [like Parker, Samuals, Field]
K: Because we needed to resolve all the matters first
M: But what on Earth could that mean if you have already lost confidence in him? It just simply doesn’t make sense [exactly]
K: Well it does actually if you can see all the facts [what does that mean?] but obviously you can’t [Oww, bitchy]
M: Can you tell us..
K: All I can tell you there are a number of component parts to it [what parts? is there a manual? can we see it?] It took a while to get all the facts [yeah, until just after the Budget]. Worked as quickly as we could to get those facts
M: So it sounds like you’re saying that you lost confidence in him on Tuesday night before you knew all the facts
K: Urr… umm, well I didn’t know all the facts of everything but there was enough that I knew to know that my confidence was rapidly rescinding [sic] [so, now he hadn't lost confidence on Tuesday? Did he lie to the House or Mary?]

  • Lying to cover his own arse and the inadequacy of his investigation.
  • Attacking the woman who was sexually harassed.
  • Lying about his reasons for not sacking Worth when he learned of the police investigation into Worth’s alleged sexual crime.

This man is not suitable to be our Prime Minister.

Please, pinch me. I want to wake up in a world where we have a decent Prime Minister.

109 comments on “Time for a change”

  1. All I want is a Minister of Tourism who can say texts.
    I thought the woman whom Worthless allegedly e-groped was from Texas.

    • indiana 1.1

      is the word “text” a noun or a verb?

      what is the plural for the word “text”?

      if the plural for the word “box” is “boxes”, does the same rule apply for the word “text”?

      Stupid English language!

      • Sounded a lot like “Textors” to me ;)

        • Tigger 1.1.1.1

          Text is both a noun and a verb. Key is using it as a noun here as he is referring to the messages that were sent.

          The correct plural is ‘texts’ (it’s informal, if you wanted to be precise you would actually say ‘text messages’ but ‘texts’ is acceptable and widely used). It’s the same word as in ‘Scripture text’ or ‘text (book)’ and you would never turn either of those into ‘textes’.

          The plural is certainly not ‘textses’ (or whatever the hell Key’s saying here).

          Yes, I am a spelling fascist…and yes, I wish our PM would learn how to speak.

      • felix 1.1.2

        Not English, Key.

        Stupid Key language.

        ps why would the plural for box have anything to do with it? Because it has an x in it? Are you serious?

        • Maynard J 1.1.2.1

          Why not start with basics. Is text a noun or verb.

          Problem is it is both, noun: the object, verb, the action of sending the object.

          And on to more serious matters: Pork: Noun or verb?

          • felix 1.1.2.1.1

            I do miss Billy. For him, pork can be both a noun and verb simultaneously.

          • Maynard J 1.1.2.1.2

            Worst mental picture ever. Wait, nope, not getting anything now. Curious.

        • doc whose asking 1.1.2.2

          first two pars – nicely played, felix.

          keystrokes.. huh

  2. Craig 2

    This man was never qualified or suitable to be prime minister. He was elected on a media drive anti Helen campaign.

    He stands for nothing credible and like many of Nationals policies, it is so badly thought out, it could and is in some cases drafted on a napkin( 50 million on cycle track).

    Key obviously lacks management experience, this issue is no different to any situation in any company where serious allegations have been made against a employee.
    Worth should have been suspended on leave until a investigation was carried out and all the facts gathered then a decision made about guilt or innocence.
    Key lacks middle management skills and this situation makes it glaringly obvious.

    What we now see is the National party doing what they always do, blaming some one else ( usually Labour) for the situation they have created. The next line will be.
    this is more dirty tactics from Labour BLah BLah.

    • Andrew 2.1

      LOL

    • OhPlease 2.2

      “Key obviously lacks management experience, this issue is no different to any situation in any company where serious allegations have been made against a employee.”

      You mean like Fonterra – where they first tried to cover up. Then shifted the blame. And now claim it was a media coup and they are the darlings of the Chinese Dairy market??? Sound exactly like out of the playbook of Corporate management.

      It’s just that when you have voters rather than customers; the third estate rather than a fawning managed funds analysts, and a whole opposition rather than poor Bruce Shephard it’s more difficult to run the kind of shoddy PR exercises that pass for the over hyped and under-achieving world of Corporate management in New Zealand. I am still to see more than a few CEOs in NZ that I thought had any real strategic ability. Key is certainly not one of them.

      • rainman 2.2.1

        Well said. Corporate NZ is indeed no better, in all but a few cases.

        Pity that being PM is actually a bigger and more complex responsibility than running a company. JK does seem to be floundering.

  3. vto 3

    I been ignoring this issue because each side always does the same sort of thing. For labour or the nats to claim some sort of moral high ground in these areas is laughable. They are both as bad as each other.

    But I just do have to laugh as the cries emanating from this site become more shrill with each passing day (or passing few hours – seems not a few hours go by without yet another post on this – all in the same vein).

    Eddie, your entire post is a replica of the Helen Clark – Winston Peters fiasco just before the election last year. Swap a few names and voila – identical.

    And you last two sentences provide the best evidence of all..

    “This (wo)man is not suitable to be our Prime Minister.

    Please, pinch me. I want to wake up in a world where we have a decent Prime Minister.”

    ha ha ha ha ha ha ha hha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

    (actually, Key is outperforming Clark on the moral stakes (if not the pronunciation stakes) – at least inappropriate ministers go when they should)

    • r0b 3.1

      For labour or the nats to claim some sort of moral high ground in these areas is laughable. They are both as bad as each other. … Key is outperforming Clark on the moral stakes (if not the pronunciation stakes) – at least inappropriate ministers go when they should

      Like hell. The only comparable event in the last Labour government was Samuels, who was stood down at the first sign of trouble (for events that happened before he was a politician, and for which the police later cleared him). Helen Clark acted right away.

      John Key has in effect sheltered an alleged sexual predator (multiple allegations) for weeks, if not months, and only finally took action when the police became involved.

      Best summary so far is from Gordon Campbell:

      Secondly, there is the little matter of accountability. Regardless of whether a criminal case will finally be made, Worth had been shown remarkable leniency by Key over the past few months. This has been in stark contrast to the strong messages about accountability that National had sent out in opposition when Labour Ministers had transgressed and subsequently, in government. When it comes to public servants, the National caucus is very quick to issue demands that ‘heads must roll.’ Not so ihowever, when it is one of their own. All this year, Worth has appeared to benefit from a series of ‘final’ warnings and been on ‘final notice’ which in his case, seemed to mean only ‘until next time.’

      The third dubious element has been Key’s fumbling of the events yesterday morning, when the fact of a Police investigation became public. After first disclosing the bare facts and saying there would be no further comment ie, he would let the Police investigation proceed without political intrusion – Key then, two hours later, virtually prejudged aspects of the affair, by commenting further that if Worth hadn’t resigned as Minister, Key would have sacked him, and further indicated that perhaps Worth should consider his future within the caucus, and as an MP.

      At every point, Key has either delayed taking action for months, over Worth’s well publicized lapses of judgement and then when action became inescapable, he delayed again lest the affair should overshadow the Budget coverage. Having promised not to comment publicly ( apparently,lest that should taint the Police investigation) he then proceeded to do so.

      In other words, this has been a tawdry disaster, abysmally handled.

      I hate this whole affair, and I hope everyone who discusses this tries to do so with sympathy for the women who have been dragged in to this sorry mess.

      • vto 3.1.1

        It certainly seems to have been handled not too well. But, putting aside comparisons in competencies in dealing with errant ministers, try to look instead objectively at the actual acts of the relevant ministers and PMs.

        The Winston Peters fiasco and Clark’s handling of it was fraudulent. Why did Clark not fire him? Well it was obvious why, and fraudulent too.

        Not that certain sectors of the pollysphere will want to, or ever, admit to anything less than savoury about dear past leader..

        • r0b 3.1.1.1

          But, putting aside comparisons in competencies in dealing with errant ministers, try to look instead objectively at the actual acts of the relevant ministers and PMs.

          Contradict yourself much?

          The Winston Peters fiasco and Clark’s handling of it was fraudulent.

          Ohh bullshit. So tired of all this. Peters cleared by SFO and police, mishandled some Electoral Commission declarations, so did ACT.

          None of this is relevant to what Worth is alleged to have done, and Key’s sheltering of Worth. If comparisons with the past must be made the only relevant case is Samuels.

          Goodbye vto, hate this stuff, and I’ve better things to do.

          • vto 3.1.1.1.1

            bullshit too r0b. helicopters around the electorate not worth recollection?

            and quite frankly it is completely relevant – it is the standard which keeps making claims of poor prime ministership and ministership. If these claims are to have any merit or credibility then there should be no hypocrisy. But the hypocrisy is thick on the ground.

            I don’t understand why you keep getting your back up r0b when the same claims are levelled at labour as well as the nats, but no doubt you will have a good reason. For you to continue maintaining labour is squeaky clean and Clark was 100% pure simply dents what is no doubt a credible and honest real life persona.

          • Spectator 3.1.1.1.2

            “helicopters around the electorate not worth recollection?”

            … What does Anne Tolley have to do with all this?

  4. gobsmacked 4

    A common failing of political pundits is to focus on the “palace” issues – the insider talk of who’s up, who’s down – because the pundits are as wrapped up in all that as the players themselves (that includes us on the blogs!)

    What they miss is the bigger picture. How it looks to the general public.

    I’d suggest that John Key’s attitude to the female complainant is far more damaging to him and his party than the see-saw argument between him and Goff. Memo to John: if you haven’t got the empathy, at least try and fake it.

    The Nats have long struggled to get support from women voters (just check out the numbers). Key won the election by changing that.

    More performances like the one above, and he and his party will be losing the very people who put them in power.

    • andy 4.1

      The wife was horrified after the third time Wilson asked Key: ‘But you’re prepared to look at them privately now?, his non answer shocked her.

      It was almost as if Key wanted to ‘out’ the victim. Poor taste, and from reports the lady in question may come from a culture that its a womans shame/fault with anything sexual .

      Already over at the bog they are asking why she didn’t ‘do’ something after the 20th text, blah, blah its the victims fault, blah blah, ick.. She may not have felt in a position to talk to her husband let alone a third party, very sad.

      (massive amounts of speculation on my part)

      • doc whose asking 4.1.1

        interesting, Andy, this matter of the victim..

        allow me add a recall of RNZ broadcast prior to the last enzed General Election when voiced was a young female media person (in Auckland..?) who, attendant the then PM, repeatedly – yes insistently – asked “Do you like sex.”

        No answer. I supposed deemed irrelevant by the PM. Even so.. personal taste suggests to me that this question was unanswerable. In the public good, not least.

        And has me wonder whether the subject of sex is extant in the Auckland media.? If so, to whom..? For whom..? And why..?

        Could it be that certain interests exist there.. and have willing audience to such things. Plus.. if so, then mebbe politicians need the protection of media self-regulation..

        After all put (on) are not simply financial tools..

  5. vto 5

    I have to admit that Key’s woeful lack of experience in dealing with issues like this in public was clearly highlighted by Wilson in that interview. He comes across quite shoddily at times.

  6. John Dalley 6

    Now do you see why Goff held back on going public.
    He has given John Key plenty of opportunity to do the right thing or drop himself right in it.
    He has given Key enough line to hang himself and he is doing a grand job of it so far.

  7. Tim Ellis 7

    This wasn’t Mr Key’s strongest interview. It reminds me a bit of Helen Clark’s explanation that she didn’t go back to ask Owen Glenn for evidence that he made a payment to Winston Peters’ party, after Mr Peters claimed he hadn’t received any money.

    Either Mr Goff or Mr Key is lying about whether Mr Goff said he had the texts and phone records.

    The claim in the complainant’s statement that she has “phone records” which she is happy to provide to the PM sound very suspect, in my view. The substance of the complaint is that Dr Worth pestered this woman with phone calls and text messages, and that she has the texts and phone records to back this up. My phone company has never sent me a bill with a record of incoming calls.

    • Zetetic 7.1

      Playing at being John Key eh Tim? Attack the woman. Did she have it coming Tim?

      Here in the 21st century we have cell phones. Every call I’ve made, received, or missed is recorded on my cellphone with time, date, and length.

      Its easy to ask for phone logs from your landline provider should you need them.

    • andy 7.2

      Tim

      Technology always leaves a trail. I can upload from my phone to pc all my Text messages (content and contacts), and a log of calls and duration (my phone is very low end too.)

      I suspect Goff would make sure he has some proof, and he will slowly leak it to make Key look bad. I think Goff has been around enough not to totally shoot himself in the foot.

    • gobsmacked 7.3

      Hmmm. Let’s see.

      Private citizen invents stories in order to destroy a Minister who has already gone. An MP who has resources for a PR firm, top lawyers, and all the power of his connections, wealth and experience.

      Private citizen wants to be fed through the media sausage-grinder. To put her family through all that, for no purpose. Just because she is a fantasist.

      Tim, that’s not a credibility gap. It’s a bloody Grand Canyon.

      But do keep attacking the woman. It’s good to see National’s true colours on display.

  8. Boggles the mind doesn’t it, and this “man” calls himself our Prime Minister.

  9. vto 9

    folks, folks, a judgment based solely on the prosecution is a worthless judgment.

    don’t you think you should wait to hear all sides of the story re the phone calls and text messages?

    • Pascal's bookie 9.1

      Worth is all quiet though vto. Won’t talk, even though he told Key he would sue. Silence, not even a denial.

  10. Tim Ellis 10

    I would be interested to know if somebody from the Labour Party or attached to Mr Goff transcribed this woman’s statement. Parts of it, and the language it uses, stretch credibility for a non-native speaker of English.

    • Pascal's bookie 10.1

      Here, take this shovel, I also have a spade if you feel the need..

      • gobsmacked 10.1.1

        Tim’s job is just to keep this up until the Bain verdict comes in and this story (and all other news) disappears.

        Like a number 11 batsman waiting for the rain.

        • Maynard J 10.1.1.1

          I’d have used the night-watchman analogy.

          Whether you are prepared to attack the accuser as Tim is doing or want to be decent and let it play out, you have to look at Key’s performance – the only worse performances I have seen are partisan tory hacks on blogs. Not a good look for a PM.

    • exbrethren 10.2

      Just because you adore an idiot that has trouble with his own language doesn’t mean that all people are challenged linguistically.

      Those pesky scheming foreigners eh Tim. Funny how you leapt to the defense of Lee, double standards?

    • r0b 10.3

      Just FYI Tim, plenty of Indians are native speakers of English. Not having been born in NZ, I thought you would know such things.

    • exbrethren 10.4

      I’ve now read the statement and surmise Tim that either;

      a. you are spinning against the woman, ie she’s a thick immigrant being led on by nasty Goff
      b. you have a very low expectation of people’s grasp of language.

      Do you think the Korean woman who laid the police complaint is wrong as well? Was her statement jacked up by Tau Henare?

      • Tim Ellis 10.4.1

        exbrethren, I’m not spinning against the woman. I think that Dr Worth is clearly sleazy and he failed to disclose to Mr Key that a police investigation was likely forthcoming, which in my view is a sackable offence.

        I don’t know the merits of this second complainant. There are elements of it that cause me to doubt whether she personally wrote the statement, whether she actually has phone records of incoming calls, whether Mr Goff has ever been in possession of the phone records and text messages, and whether Mr Goff stated to Mr Key that he was in possession of such records.

        It is not clear in the statement that Dr Worth made an offer of a public position in exchange for sexual favours, which is the substance of the allegation.

        • exbrethren 10.4.1.1

          OK Tim,

          there are separate statements where she says Worth offered her a job if she switched party allegiance and that he made vulgar, sexually explicit calls (amongst other things).

          This not bad enough?

          I fail to see anything in there that would be difficult for an Indian to write, I can’t understand what elements would have been difficult to write. Any illumination?

          Goff says he has seen the communications and he told Plunkett that he told Key that he had seen them at the time he took the complaint to Key. To me Goff’s line has seemed to be the same throughout whereas Key’s has changed. My opinion is that Key seems unreliable on this, although I except I could be proven wrong.

          • Tim Ellis 10.4.1.1.1

            Exbrethren, if I recall correctly Mr Goff made a statement that David Shearer had been selected unanimously as Labour’s candidate for Mount Albert. Other reports indicate that Mr Shearer lost the floor vote, which would make the actual vote 6-1 at best. That isn’t unanimous.

            Mr Goff has not been clear from the outset whether he had the documentation, including copies of texts and phone records (of incoming calls). It seems to me over the past day that National has been challenging Mr Goff to provide the evidence, and he hasn’t done so, which suggests to me that National believes that Mr Goff has never had this evidence in his possession.

            I further note that the statement from this woman is not dated. I would be interested to know not just who transcribed it, but when it was provided, and whether any massaging was involved.

            These are quite simple questions and are easily cleared up.

          • exbrethren 10.4.1.1.2

            Tim,

            good tangents there. Oh dear the shits starting to stick, look over here.

          • Tim Ellis 10.4.1.1.3

            No, exbrethren, that isn’t bad enough to fire somebody in my view. When an anonymous person is making allegations that aren’t backed up by evidence, and the person who is alleged to have committed this things swears it isn’t true, says he will make an affidavit that the allegations are untrue, and says he will take legal action against the person who makes the allegations, then you don’t automatically assume the allegations are true and fire the minister.

            Mr Goff had plenty of time to produce the evidence. Some 75 days in fact. He didn’t.

            Goodness me, and some people were criticising Mr Key for taking a week to dismiss Dr Worth.

          • Pascal's bookie 10.4.1.1.4

            Why didn’t Key ask to see the evidence Tim?

            It was National that was doing the investigation, not Goff.

            Goff told Key there was evidence to back up the claim. National decided not to ask for it as far as I can tell.

            Some investigation.

          • Kaplan 10.4.1.1.5

            In this case, with these serious allegations, the PM had a duty to do much more than just listen to Worth’s side of the story.

            At the very least Key should have met with the complainant to privately view the texts. Something he has now only agreed to do after being forced to accept it was fair during a radio interview.

            It doesn’t matter how much weight you inject into Worths protestations. Whether he said he would sign an affidavit, stick a needle in his eye, eat his hat, swear on his mothers grave… It boils down to an accused person saying, predictably, ‘I’m not guilty”. Without investigation it means nothing.

          • Tim Ellis 10.4.1.1.6

            In this case, with these serious allegations, the PM had a duty to do much more than just listen to Worth’s side of the story.

            Substitute “Worth” for “Winston” and voila! You have the New Zealand First party funding fiasco that lasted a year. Except Mr Key didn’t let this issue drag on for a year. He dealt with it promptly.

        • Pascal's bookie 10.4.1.2

          “…and whether Mr Goff stated to Mr Key that he was in possession of such records.”

          Effectively my recollection of the conversation I had with Mr Goff was he said he had seen those textes

          Not sure why possession would matter, Key’s office should have asked to see them. End of story.

          • Jasper 10.4.1.2.1

            You have the New Zealand First party funding fiasco that lasted a year. Except Mr Key didn’t let this issue drag on for a year. He dealt with it promptly.

            Except that Helen wasn’t in the same party as Winston. Totally irrelevant to hold up as a comparison Tim.

      • Maynard J 10.4.2

        I am not sure what the document Tim is talking about, but often the written language used by people who do not speak English as their first language is far superior to native speakers, as they have a better technical knowledge of it.

        Let me put it this way; I have never seen an ESOL student write “should of”.

    • Kevin Welsh 10.5

      Well Mr Tim, your hero John is a native speaker of English, although you wouldn’t think so when he opens his mouth.

  11. exbrethren 11

    I had been wondering why Goff had presented this this week. His interview on Morning Report cleared this up.

    He said he took the complaint to Key a month or so ago. Key assured him that he would deal with the matter seriously because, Key told Goff, Worth had a history of this type of behaviour (this is what Goff said Key told him). Goff took Key at his word, I think that Worth had been dealt to so this type of thing wouldn’t happen again. Goff and the complainant were happy to leave it there until Key said that he took Worth’s word on this matter (i.e. the woman was lying).

    Whatever the outcome of this it would indicate that Key doesn’t think sexual harassment is that major an issue. His determination to try and out this woman is disgraceful. It is something that will come back to haunt him.

    Memo to Nat Party image makers – please get him some elocution lessons, texas indeed.

    recaptcha : sapping week

    • Andrew 11.1

      Maybe someone can tell me why Phil Goff waited 70 odd days to present evidence about Dr. Worth’s alleged misconduct to Mr Key?

      • exbrethren 11.1.1

        He says he took it to Key when the complainant asked him to.

        • indiana 11.1.1.1

          …according to the statement tabled by Goff, he simply rang Key…can’t understand why he didn’t send him the evidence even if it wasn’t asked for.

          • exbrethren 11.1.1.1.1

            Plunket asked him this on Morning Report, and I think what Goff said was that Key said he would deal with Worth, the complainant was happy with that until it became clear that Key hadn’t dealt with Worth, just believed him.

            Can’t understand how Key can claim to have completed an extensive investigation when he didn’t ask for any evidence, which he was aware was there.

  12. felix 12

    Am I correct in my understanding that the matter the police are investigating in regard to Dr Worth is a separate matter from the one being discussed here, involving a different complainant?

    • Pascal's bookie 12.1

      yep, but at this point in the interview, they switch to talking about the police case:

      K: Ah, well, OK. [that's decisive leadership my friends]
      M: OK. Having decided last Tuesday that you have no confidence in him as a minister, why did you wait a week before taking action? Why was he allowed to continue with ministerial responsibilities..

      • felix 12.1.1

        Ah, thanks.

        So the shit hasn’t even begun it’s airborne trajectory toward the fan yet.

    • exbrethren 12.2

      I think I have read that she is a Nat Party worker who approached Tau Henare about this matter.

      Filthy Labour Party tactics.

  13. aj 13

    “”he asked me if I prayed for something to happen to my husband so we could be together”.

    How can anyone remotely leap to the defense of a person who may have said this astounds me

    • vto 13.1

      you’re right aj – people should just believe all allegations. Makes the justice system nice and simple ay.

      • exbrethren 13.1.1

        Key told Goff that Worth had previous form (this was in Goffs interview on Morning Report). He shouldn’t have taken allegations as true, but he should have seriously investigated instead of taking Worths word.

      • aj 13.1.2

        If it’s in a signed affidavit it it likely true

        • Kaplan 13.1.2.1

          Yep, and apparently if your pants aren’t actually in flames it’s not a lie.

  14. grumpy 14

    Tell us again. Why did Goff wait 75 days before taking the allegation (with no supporting evidence) to Key. How come Goff first claimed there were e-mails and now there are none?

    It’s clear that Key couldn’t wait to get rid of Worthless – he had made that decision after the Indian fiasco but needed something concrete to take to his caucus. Goff, giving unsupported allegations from a Labour activist was not that. As soon as Key had real information (from Tau Henare) he acted.

    • Andrew 14.1

      Agree completely. Goff most certainly shouldn’t be acting all holier than thou … makes him look ridiculous.

      • Maynard J 14.1.1

        Can you give an example, that someone who is not a total partisan hack would agree to, that shows Goff acting holier-than-thou?

        • Andrew 14.1.1.1

          From the press:

          “Labour leader Phil Goff now has the gall to claim that Key has displayed a lack of leadership, as the Prime Minister had known of the issue for a week before acting. Yet Key actually showed a sense of natural justice in making his own inquiries into the accusations before casting Worth adrift.”

          Goff is most certainly trying to take the moral high ground. Now please, don’t for one second think i am sticking up for Worth … the guy is scum and deserves to be sacked.

          • Kaplan 14.1.1.1.1

            Andrew… please explain how you defend this, because I could use a laugh right now:

            M: So it sounds like you’re saying that you lost confidence in him on Tuesday night before you knew all the facts
            K: Urr umm, well I didn’t know all the facts of everything but there was enough that I knew to know that my confidence was rapidly rescinding [sic]

          • Pascal's bookie 14.1.1.1.2

            What enquiries?

          • gobsmacked 14.1.1.1.3

            Andrew, out of interest, why does Worth deserve to be sacked?

            He denies any criminal action.

            So why are the allegations against him sufficient to condemn him, while separate allegations (and the woman making them) must be discredited?

          • Andrew 14.1.1.1.4

            Worth was most certainly on thin ice already after his previous screw ups and key just made that clear. But still with all that you cannot just sack someone from unsubstansiated accusations without evidence.

            Worth stated to Key that he was willing to sign an affidavit (spelling??) to state that the allegations were false and also threatened to sue Goff. Key had to take him at his word (just like WP). Once the police investigation was made clear he had no other choice and made him resign as his position in parliament became not longer acceptable.

            Yes i know im a wingnutt national supporter, but it all seems pretty fine to me. Even if Worth is cleared by the police, there is absolutely no way he will make it back as an MP for National. That’s more than i can say about the previous government.

          • Andrew 14.1.1.1.5

            “Andrew, out of interest, why does Worth deserve to be sacked”

            Because in 6 months he has had more serious fuck-ups than most MP’s will have in a life time. He is the weak link of the national party and shouldn’t be an MP.

            He is most certainly not up to the job. I would have asked him to resign even before the latest allegations came to light ,… but that’s just me.

    • Maynard J 14.2

      “Tell us again. Why did Goff wait 75 days before taking the allegation (with no supporting evidence) to Key”

      Goff was doing one of his jobs, in taking an issue of a NZer to a person he thought might be able to resolve said issue.

      This was, and read carefully, not a political action. Running in straight away would have been a political action. Goff was acting one the complainant’s behalf, not acting out of his own interest. And then decent folk like you complain that he waited, when it is pretty obvious he was just trying to do the right damn thing.

    • gobsmacked 14.3

      It’s clear that Key couldn’t wait to get rid of Worthless – he had made that decision after the Indian fiasco but needed something concrete to take to his caucus

      Wow. So you’re saying that Key, with sky-high approval ratings, lacked the leadership strength to sack a Minister that nobody cared about? And he could only act “decisively” after getting permission from a bunch of sycophantic MPs who owe him their jobs?

      Key must be even weaker than anyone thought.

    • doc whose asking 14.4

      gee, buddy, plain to see you aint listening!

      And yes you’ll have to excuse me for in future sighting your commentary as g-RUMP-y

  15. Anthony Karinski 15

    Ha! Key’s turning into a mini-Worth himself. Let him keep stumbling along and the nats will be in pieces pretty soon. Looks like our next PM will be English. He got less than 21% of the votes last time he contested an election as party leader, so Goff looks quite likely to succeed him come 2011 or thereabouts.

    • Kaplan 15.1

      Yes Bill must be positively buoyed by all this.

      I wonder how soon until a steady stream of leaked documents starts flowing from the upper floors… Just another turn of the screw on Johnny boy from the old guard.

  16. jerry 16

    This is an extremely sad reflection on NZ politicians.

    Goff and Key between them had the chance to put a firm bipartisan stamp of authority on how they expect MPs to behave.

    Key should have suspended Worth immediately on evidence being made available of behaviour unbecoming an MP and Goff should have provided that evidence in a more timely and forceful manner – the way it is being played out for political gain/harm minimisation by Labour and National does nothing apart from bringing politicians in NZ into a state of even more disrepute …. if that’s possible.

    • gobsmacked 16.1

      Jerry, I think your comment shows how successful the Nats’ spin-machine has been at muddying the waters. It’s a classic tactic.

      For the record:

      1. The allegations from the ‘txt’ complainant (not the separate police issue) were first put into the public arena by John Key, speaking to the media on Wednesday afternoon. NOT by Phil Goff.

      2. Phil Goff then, on Wednesday evening, provided further detail. Until that point he had NOT made the woman’s complaints public. He had only taken them to John Key, privately.

      Now you might argue that Phil Goff should have gone public earlier, to attack Worth, to score political points, maybe to force Worth to resign. It has been done often before in the House, under Parliamentary privilege.

      But he didn’t. He respected the woman’s privacy. This was personal first – as personal as it gets – and political a distant second. The wishes of the woman are what matters. And so National are using that against him now. It’s nasty, and it’s a shame you have fallen for it.

      John Key is due to meet the woman today. Let’s see what he says after that. I think you might want to reconsider.

      • Tim Ellis 16.1.1

        Gobsmacked, have you got a reference for your claim that Mr Key is due to meet with the complainant today?

        It has now been revealed that Mr Goff first knew that Dr Worth was sending texts and making calls to this woman for some five months before he raised the matter with Mr Key. He seems to have sat on the issue for much, much longer than was originally thought.

        • Pascal's bookie 16.1.1.1

          None of which explains why Key didn’t ask to see them of course. Which is the point.

          And in case you want to bring up Winston’s red herring again, look at this:

          I was Damien O’Connor’s advisor when, last year, a few (to be unnamed) blogsites (followed by frenzied inquiries from MSM outlets) were heavily insinuating that he had raped or sexually assaulted a woman, and which he had then covered up. After alerting the Chief of Staff, I went through 2 years of Ministerial diaries to find his whereabouts on every day, called numerous people who were supposedly tangentially involved (e.g. proprietors of establishments) and others who could vouch for his whereabouts, and gathered other miscellaneous proof that such claims were ridiculous. And I did this knowing that he hadn’t committed any sexual assault, and based on his word.

          here, scroll down

          That’s called an investigation Tim. Key had reasons to be suspicious of Worth’s honesty, yet took him at his word and didn’t ask for the evidence against him to be even looked at. Not good enough, don’t you agree?

          • Tim Ellis 16.1.1.1.1

            PB, the O’Connor case appeared to be an attempt to entrap the right wing bloggers, using a falsified story of Mr O’Connor as bait. I don’t see the relevance to this case.

            The falsified O’Connor allegations would have amounted to criminal conduct on Mr O’Connor’s part. The allegations about Dr Worth amount to sleazy behaviour. There is a clear difference.

            Mr Goff has said his main motivation for raising the issue with Mr Key was to stop the sleazy behaviour from continuing. Mr Goff did nothing for five months to stop this from taking place. If his interests were to protect this woman, why didn’t he simply call up Mr Key, and say: “Listen, Prime Minister. I have reason to believe that Dr Worth is making unwanted approaches to a woman via text message and phone calls. These approaches are of a sleazy nature. Please ask him to stop.”

            Instead, by Mr Goff’s own facts, he didn’t intervene for five months.

          • Pascal's bookie 16.1.1.1.2

            “Mr Goff offered to take the matter up with Prime Minister John Key but the woman was afraid of the publicity that would surround that and wanted to keep the situation confidential.”

            And are you suggesting that Labour knew about this alledged ‘entrap the stupid tory bloggers’ scandal, so that is why they investigated?

            Likewise, are you suggesting that harrassment is not something worth investigating, because it is not always illegal?

            Key had reasons to be suspicious of Worth’s honesty, yet took him at his word and didn’t ask for the evidence against him to be even looked at. Not good enough, don’t you agree?

        • Kaplan 16.1.1.2

          I can’t see written reference yet but Radio Live news just quoted Key as saying he is rearranging his diary today in order to meet with her.

          It was against the complainants wishes for a complaint to be made at that time and according to reports it was only after Key was told privately, but failed to take action that she has agreed that it can become public.

          That Phil Goff did NOT personally, or through others, leak this information, despite it being so damning is surely a testament to his character

          Key was given ample opportunity to deal with this in a manner that could have avoided a hell of a lot of angst for him.

          Key has failed miserably.

        • Maynard J 16.1.1.3

          “He seems to have sat on the issue for much, much longer than was originally thought.”

          He was not sitting on the issue, Tim. You are deliberately putting a context around it that is false. Goff met with the complainant several times over the last few months, and finally acted – acted at her request. Obviously a difficult decision for the complainant to make.

          And then complete {self censored, with difficulty} like you try to make it look like Goff was doing nothing deliberately, to hide Key’s pissing about and pretend enquiry, when Goff acted very decently.

          For decency’s sake stop being a partisan hack, at least on this.

          • Maynard J 16.1.1.3.1

            Stuff:

            “Labour leader Phil Goff first knew that one of his party members was having problems with Richard Worth late last year.

            A spokesman for Mr Goff said today the woman had approached Mr Goff about the text messages and phone calls she was receiving at that time.

            Mr Goff offered to take the matter up with Prime Minister John Key but the woman was afraid of the publicity that would surround that and wanted to keep the situation confidential.

            Mr Goff kept in contact with the woman and her husband.

            It was decided in early May that Mr Goff should approach Mr Key, Mr Goff’s spokesman said.”

            Tim Hack Ellis:

            “Mr Goff had plenty of time to produce the evidence. Some 75 days in fact. He didn’t.”

          • grumpy 16.1.1.3.2

            This goes way past partisan.

            The left attacked Key over this, specifically that he acted too slowly, when Goff had pissed around even more and had no evidence.

            It’s clear that Worth has no defenders on either side of politics but what makes him absolutely a plonker is that he sent “60 phone calls and 40 texts” to a Labour activist.

            Not only his he the stupidest tosser imaginable but what about the woman – did she ever think about hanging up?? Calling his wife???
            Telling her husband????

          • Tim Ellis 16.1.1.3.3

            I’m not sure that this woman’s interests were very well served by Mr Goff in retrospect.

            Mr Goff could have said to this woman: “If you don’t want any intervention and want this situation to continue, then that is fine. If you would like me to raise this with the Prime Minister in a confidential way so that your name is not mentioned, and so that this conduct stops, then I am happy to do that.”

            Instead it appears to me that Mr Goff allowed this situation to continue for five months, knowing that this woman was keeping a record of incoming calls.

          • Pascal's bookie 16.1.1.3.4

            A bunch of conjecture, none of which explains why Key didn’t ask to see the evidence of course. Which is the point.

          • Tim Ellis 16.1.1.3.5

            PB, it isn’t apparent to me that Mr Goff has actually ever had the evidence. As I noted initially, I very much doubt that there is evidence of incoming telephone calls. If there is such evidence, then it is likely to be evidence recorded by the woman, which would seem to happily coincide with the time that Mr Goff first knew about this taking place.

          • Pascal's bookie 16.1.1.3.6

            But Tim, so what?

            Key said Goff told him that he (Goff) had seen the evidence. He knew that evidence was claimed to exist, yet he didn’t ask to see it before clearing Worth.

            Is that good enough?

            .

  17. grumpy 17

    Exactly Tim,

    A Labour “honeypot sting” that Goff dropped the ball on.

  18. Maynard J 18

    “Mr Goff could have said to this woman: “If you don’t want any intervention and want this situation to continue, then that is fine. If you would like me to raise this with the Prime Minister in a confidential way so that your name is not mentioned, and so that this conduct stops, then I am happy to do that.’

    Instead it appears to me that Mr Goff allowed this situation to continue for five months, knowing that this woman was keeping a record of incoming calls.”

    A pile of contradictions not uncommon among those defending Key lately.

    In hindsight, as two can play that game, your first option was useless, because taking it to Key is not the way to get anything done. No investigation at all apart from getting Worth’s “word”. Step one was not even ‘can I see some evidence’. Goff did not provide it, maybe because he thought the PM would have the integrity to act, or ask. That was Goff’s only error.

    Goff did not “allow” anything, in that he had no power to make it stop, and could only act upon the complainant’s request. There is a world of difference between Key and Goff – Goff acted upon someone’s request and was bound to confidence. Key was trying to protect his minister.

    This much being obvious, you are back to dumping on the complainant.

    Nice folk like grumpy call it a ‘labour honeypot sting’, but when someone in a position of influence, power and with a distinct lack of privacy starts doing something like that it would not be an easy decision to come forward publicly. Pretty fucking obvious why, aye Tim and grumpy.

    • grumpy 18.1

      Really getting desperate now Maynard. So Goff was holding her hand from day 1. Such a helpless defenceless woman.

      Perhaps if she hadn’t been strong enough to phone Mrs Worth, I’m sure one of Goff’s flunkies could have.

      • exbrethren 18.1.1

        grumpy,

        if this was as you state a honey-trap then there’s an issue to tackle. Why didn’t Key investigate it?

        If your opponent warns you there may be dirt on one of your MPs you’d surely look to neutralise any possibility that it may impact on you.

        Key should have gone to a lot more effort to make sure there was nothing here other than taking Worth’s word.

        He did nothing at all which suggests either;

        a. He’s too incompetent to make sure he knew this wouldn’t come back to haunt him or
        b. He was covering for his mate and hoped it wouldn’t surface.

        Not a good look either way.

        • grumpy 18.1.1.1

          Good point exbrethren.

          Maybe he did investigate and found out that it was a rip off. In that case he may have acted slowly but understandably.

          It may also be (as we are now seeing) that he predicted public opiniun and the media are now starting to turn on Goff in a clssic double scam.

          It is becoming clear now that it was a sting and Worth was fired for being stupid enough to be compromised.

          • exbrethren 18.1.1.1.1

            “Maybe he did investigate and found out that it was a rip off. In that case he may have acted slowly but understandably.”

            Very doubtful indeed. If it was shown to be a rip-off he’d surely have been telling the media all about the Labour party dirty tricks (and rightfully so).

            Glad you’re so sure that it’s all turning around on Goff. Its so clear it was a sting that Key is visiting the complainant.

    • Tim Ellis 18.2

      Maynard,

      If one of my staff members came to me and said that she was receiving unwanted approaches by somebody else in the workplace, I wouldn’t tell her to just continue taking a record of the phone calls and text messages. I would have a private chat to the person concerned and demand that behaviour ceased. As a manager I believe I would be not doing my job if I did anything else.

      It appears Mr Goff didn’t do that. Instead he allowed the conduct to continue for five months, by his own explanation.

      I can’t help but wonder whether it wasn’t in Mr Goff’s interest to allow it to continue, rather than intervening.

      I’m not dumping on the complainant. It isn’t clear from her statement that she told Dr Worth to cease contacting her. If she were in a vulnerable position, then she may have felt uncomfortable saying this to him. I believe Mr Goff had a duty to take more active steps to intervene on her behalf. He certainly could have done so at a much earlier stage without resorting to publicising her details.

      • Maynard J 18.2.1

        So what if the person does not want you to take your thoughtful, reasoned action Tim. Will you go in guns blazing regardless? What if that person just wants it to go away, and eventually decides to act because it does not?

        Funny that in all this you are saying what Tim Ellis would do, and basically who gives a toss about the person making the complaint – you have not even started to give that consideration. I can see why you come up with such a distorted view, given that you think the most important thing is what Goff did, not what the complainant’s wishes were. Perhaps distorted is too mild a term.

        What are those stages of trauma – anger then denial? First you dump on the complainant, then you pretend they do not exist. Curious. You ok about all this?

        Are you foolish enough to believe Goff could have “done something” against her wishes and it would not have become a public issue? Especially with great people out there like grumpy, who seem to genuinely believe it is a complete set-up? Grumpy can not even fathom that someone might want to make a decision for themselves and has to pretend that the person is now weak, and needed hand holding.

        With idiots out there like that it is no wonder this person was concerned about it becoming public. Maybe it took the comment alluding to someone’s death before she decided to take action. Quite a ‘trap’ to elicit that particular comment, no?

        P.s. grumpy, you are a real gem – someone who was not sexist might have come up with the idea that the complainant was calling the shots, and did not let Goff take any action. But you are not, so you did not. If Worth is not half as bright as someone with half your intelligence is then it is no wonder this came about.

  19. Zaphod Beeblebrox 19

    Key needs to employ better staff. I suspect he didn’t take the thing as seriously as he should have- coming from the other side, but his staff could easily have asked to see the evidence, instead of believing Worth.
    If this sort of thing were a diplomatic or national security problem the consequences could be serious. If I were him I would hire Heather Simpson (if she hasn’t left for NY yet)

    • grumpy 19.1

      Heather Simpson didn’t do very well with all the errant Labour MPs.

      On the other hand she probably had at least her hands full looking after the leader.

      • Zaphod Beeblebrox 19.1.1

        By all reports she wasn’t universally liked but was very good at her job.

  20. Paul Robeson 20

    Key said today

    “I’m the indecider. I make the indecisions!”

  21. Jum 21

    First the pay equity is gone because women are deemed by NAct to be only 80% as competent as men.

    Now Key is caught out protecting a man with a history of sexist behaviour towards women, according to Key, and who has now sexually harassed a woman. Even worse Key is now actively attacking the woman’s character in order to protect his disgraceful management of this affair.

    Score sheet for Key

    Herceptin bribed women in 2008, even though there was little evidence of efficacy over an extended period

    Current score:

    One vote for Key re the lengthier dose of Herceptin, for a few women but which is not even a proven cure

    Two votes against Key re gender wage discrimination, the obvious agenda for the lowered place of women under a NAct government, and sexual misogyny.

    The women’s groups are noting these new sexist attacks on their daughters’ independent futures and on their sons’ freedom to choose a life outside the macho machine. Any woman who seriously believes in John Key’s loyalty to women obviously does not believe in a fair wage for a fair day’s work philosophy.

  22. Pascal's bookie 22

    Key’s office got all testy after the interview apparently.

    http://lifeandpolitics.wordpress.com/2009/06/05/simon-power-for-prime-minister/

    free clue to the ninth floor: Key not getting to say enough was not the problem.

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