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Timeline: Key responsible for SIS release

Written By: - Date published: 9:54 am, August 23rd, 2014 - 72 comments
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There’s a confusing amount of detail swirling around the release of SIS briefing notes to Cameron Slater – one of the main issues summarised in Dirty Politics. I was certainly confused earlier in the week, so I set out to pull together a timeline of events.

TLDR? Key is responsible for the release. For the long version read on.


 

“When you talk to my chief of staff, you talk to me.”

 
The 2011 incident behind all this is the possible operation of Israeli spies in NZ and an SIS investigation into this. By far the best summary is here.   Phil Goff denied that he was briefed by the SIS.  Briefing notes (redacted) from the SIS contradicting Goff were released under the OIA to Slater, who published them.  Was there political interference in the process?  To what extent was Key and his office involved?

Here’s a timeline.
My comments are in italics.

2011

July 20
Following an article in the Southland Times the original story (involving possible Israeli spies and the SIS) breaks.  Interview with Key: “Speaking to reporters in San Francisco this afternoon, Mr Key said there was a police and SIS investigation because of the rapid way in which the Israelis left the country after the February earthquake.  …  Currently on tour in the US, he said it was “not in the national interest” to give details of any SIS inquiry.

July 23
Key’s US visit ends and he goes to Hawaii on holiday.

July 24
John Key on Q&A – conducted while he was in Hawaii

Phil Goff was briefed, yeah, that’s right. I personally didn’t brief him, but my understanding from the director of SIS, Warren Tucker, is that he was briefed and he was shown the same note and report that I saw.

Note that Key and Tucker have been in touch about this while Key is not in NZ – so they certainly communicate while Key is abroad.

July 24
John Key says the SIS briefed Phil Goff about the behaviour of Israeli nationals in Christchurch. Mr Goff contacts SIS director Dr Warren Tucker to say he had not been briefed.”

July 25
Mr Goff and Dr Tucker meet to discuss the matter.”

July 25 
Whaleoil post “Goff Needs to go
“All someone has to do now is ask Warren Tucker to produce the briefing notes and Goff is a goner.”

July 26
Dirty Politics, Chapter 3: “The following day [July 26] he [Slater] sent a carefully worded information request to Tucker [SIS] asking for copies of the briefing notes and ‘details of any acknowledgement’ that Goff had read them [6]” … “The released documents were stamped as being declassified on 26 July 2011, the same day that Slater sent off his request.”

Who declassified these documents?  What authority is required to do that? Polity blog 2014: “The classified SIS documents were almost immediately declassified, for reasons nobody has explained.”

July 28
Dirty Politics, Chapter 3, discussion between Slater and “Smith”: “I’ll finish him [Goff] off in the next couple of days. ‘More dirt?’ Smith asked.  ‘Can’t say right now,’ Slater said. ‘I’m sworn to secrecy.  But it will be catastrophic.’

Who swore Slater to secrecy?  How did he know it will be “catastrophic”?

July 31
Key returns from holiday.

Key says he was on holiday when all this took place, but note the time gap until…

August 2
Documents released to Slater.

Fairfax had requested the same document a few days earlier and the SIS refused to release it to them. (Text since deleted from this article but still available on Google reads: “The documents were released to Slater six days after he requested them, but a request from Fairfax Media for the same documents was denied.”).  A third request, the documents were requested by Selwyn Manning at Scoop on 29 July and released to him 8th August.  Manning: “As I understand it, the Dominion Post put in one that was very closely worded [to mine] but didn’t get a response. I am left to consider whether my OIA request was in some way used to legitimise the security information drop to the Whaleoil site.”

The SIS claim is that Slater’s request was actioned so quickly, and apparently preferentially, because it was more specifically worded than other requests.  Hmmmm.

August 2
(Whaledump: Slater & Bhatnagar chat, edited for clarity)
Slater: Should be a big day tomorrow
if my PO Box has a nice brown envelope with OHMS on it
I OIAd the briefing minutes and notes for Goff’s SIS briefing
it has been expedited
in the public interest
it is devastating for Goff I am told

August 3
(Whaledump: Slater & Bhatnagar chat, edited for clarity)
Bhatnagar: did the package arrive?
Slater: nope
getting really annoyed
will check again tonight and again in teh am
probably going to be ganked by MSM in Wgtn getting the docs first which will be annoying

August 4
(Whaledump: Slater & Bhatnagar chat, edited for clarity)
Bhatnagar: I take it you have a deal with one of the TV channels over the SIS reply?
Slater: yep tv3
Bhatnagar: garner?
Slater: yep
other media are now calling
feeding frenzy

August 4
Whaleoil post releasing the redacted SIS briefing notes. “Phil Goff and his briefings he never had

A summary at this point from Dirty Politics, Chapter 3: “Slater had been ‘sworn to secrecy'; he knew from the start that his information request had ‘been expedited’ and that the documents were devastating for Goff. He was working clandestinely with insiders who knew what the briefing paper said and were involved in its release to him under the OIA. Those insiders can only have been in the SIS or Key’s office. … In other words, it was not the SIS that tipped off Slater and arranged for him to run the attack. It was the prime minister’s staff. Given that it was highly political SIS business, there seems no doubt that John Key knew what was happening, approved it and had his staff liaise with Slater about the release.”

August 5
Journalists are suspicious. Sludge Report on Scoop : “What communication was there between the 9th floor and, a) Cameron Slater and other journalists, and b) the SIS and Tucker, around the release of the document?”

August 8
John Key press conference,  video

What happened is Warren Tucker didn’t come to me, he went to his legal adviser and his legal advisers told him this is the process they have to follow and when he was going through that process it was at that point he told me he’d release it because he has to tell me that under the no-surprises doctrine.” [my emphasis]

Watch the video above  – Key says that he was told, not his Office.  He seems very well informed.  The reporters at this event, and the Sludge Report August 5th, are all suspicious that Slater has been given very special treatment.  Hence the OIA requests from Felix Marwick below…

November 9
Letter from SIS director to Felix Marwick NewstalkZB – Tucker writes:

Following discussion with the Office of the Ombudsmen, in relation to your request of 4 August, I can confirm that there was no written “correspondence with the Government and the Office of the Prime Minister regarding the NZSIS decision to release information to Mr Cameron Slater”. I notified the Prime Minister (in accordance with my usual practice to keep the Minister informed on a “no surprises” basis) that I was going to release redacted documents in response to the request from Mr Slater. I advised the Prime Minister that I had received legal advice that there were no grounds for withholding the information given the public disclosures already made about the existence and some of the content of the briefing. I informed the Prime Minister that I had informed Mr Goff of my decision to release the information.  [my emphasis]

October 31
Letter from the office of the Ombudsman to Felix Marwick NewstalkZB:

“Dr Tucker has advised Ms Wakem that he is prepared to release a statement regarding his discussion with the Prime Minister…” “There is no written correspondence with the Government and the Office of the Prime Minister…” “Ms Wakem is of the view that there is good reason to withhold Dr Tucker’s full recollection of his discussion with the Prime Minister…”

We are required to believe that all references to the Prime Minister in fact refer to the Office of the Prime Minister (despite the fact that the Office of the Prime minister is clearly distinguished in some cases).   As Manning points out, the government’s own guidelines require Key to have been informed.

Now fast forward to …

2014

August 13
Publication of Dirty politics by Nicky Hager, Chapter 3 describes the way in which Slater worked with the PMs Office on the release of the SIS briefing documents in 2011 as above.

Hager confirms a lot of suspicions that were prevalent at the time, as above. 

August 21 
Key denies political interference.  John Key: “The basic claim that somehow my office was either pressuring the system, speeding up the process, injecting itself into the process – all of that is flatly incorrect.” (This quote no longer appears in the original source.)  From Stuff:

Key said from time to time he had had discussions with Tucker about the release of OIAs. “But prior to the release of this one I didn’t have any discussions at all. ” He had got back from holiday on July 31 and the discussions about the OIA took place before that. The release went out on August 2 but there was no discussion between him and Tucker about it.  “He did deal with my office but the claims that have been made … that there was political interference that’s absolutely not true.” … Key said Tucker had briefed someone in his office. He would not name the person, but said it was not Jason Ede. … He did not have any details and had not asked those in his office about how Slater had known it would be “devastating for Goff” before it was released.  [my emphasis]

August 21
There will be an investigation: “Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security Cheryl Gwyn will investigate the release of SIS documents to Cameron Slater.” (Unlikely to report until after the election.)

August 22
John Key, commenting on the video of August 8 2011: “In the context of that video, ‘me’ meant my office”.

 
Yeah right.

My conclusions:

Key wants us to believe two contradictory things:
(1) He and his office are so indivisible that when he and others refer to him(self) they are really referring to his office.
(2) He and his and office are so separate that when his office was briefed on the documents released to Slater he was completely unaware of it.

Point 1 is rubbish.  Too many people, including John Key himself, refer to “the Prime Minister” / “me” being informed, for them all to have mistakenly meant the Office of the Prime Minister (especially given that some of them carefully distinguish the Office on some occasions).  We have seen an “orchestrated litany of lies” before in this country, we are seeing something similar now.

Point 2 is rubbish.  When John Key said on August 8 2011 “It was at that point he [Tucker] told me he’d release it because he has to tell me that under the no-surprises doctrine” he knew exactly what was going on.  He can pretend that Tucker told his office and not him, but he can’t deny that in either case he was fully in the loop on August 8th – because that is him right there in the video speaking the words, not his office.

In the end splitting hairs about Key vs his office is just a distraction. Key is responsible for the actions of himself, and the actions of his office, and is the Minister in charge of the SIS. The fingerprints of political interference are all over this event, from the unexplained de-classification of the document (who authorised this?), to its expedited release, to Slater knowing in advance (who swore Slater to secrecy?) what it contained, to the denial of a request from Fairfax for the same document (on what grounds?).  The buck stops with Key.  If he gets away with it, our democracy is stuffed.

72 comments on “Timeline: Key responsible for SIS release”

  1. AmaKiwi 1

    100% correct

  2. kenny 2

    So who gives permission for the speedy release of the information requested by Slater?

    If not John Key, who?

    Surely not some non-elected clerk or aide? This is a highly sensitive political matter.

    Maybe the cleaner?

    Unbelievable!

    • AmaKiwi 2.1

      A script for methadone can NOT be signed by a practice nurse. It MUST be signed by a licensed doctor.

      An SIS classified document can NOT be declassified by “the office of the PM.” It can ONLY be declassified by one human being, the Prime Minister.

      The power to declassify can NOT be delegated.

      Smoking gun!

      • Pasupial 2.1.1

        Would this have been one of the times when Bill English was acting PM while Key was back home in the USA? Tucker says; “I notified the Prime Minister”, who would have arguably been English rather than Key at the time of declassification. Has anyone asked English if he authorised the release in this capacity? He was certainly aware of the issue (from TVNZ 4/8/2011):

        A handwritten note on the documents states Goff has read the papers. It is not clear who wrote the note. In Tucker’s response, he said the SIS does not have any acknowledgement by Goff of having read or received the documents…

        Deputy Prime Minister Bill English said he is taking Tucker’s word over Goff’s.

        “I think a senior civil servant who advised the previous Prime Minister and the current Prime Minister on issues of national security – a man of integrity – I’d believe him.”

        English said Goff “is going too far” in questioning Tucker’s integrity.

        http://tvnz.co.nz/politics-news/goff-attacks-sis-head-over-spy-probe-4339542

        Note the slippery use of language; “I think… I’d believe him.”, rather than; “I do believe him”.

    • Delia 2.2

      Do not be surprised if we do hear the cleaner did it next.

  3. dv 3

    Perhaps his office also runs his blind trust???

  4. Weepus beard 4

    John Key: Confusing National’s security with national security since 2008.

  5. Ant 5

    Tucker and Key are both lying. Some regular public service arse-covering, in the context of a closely fought election, became an expedient and convenient political hit.

    It seems fairly obvious that Tucker didn’t discuss shit with Goff, probably just ticked it off his list of things to discuss after the fact, what we’re seeing is a lie that has grown legs of its own.

  6. ianmac 6

    Excellent outline Rob.
    The Master of a ship is held responsible for all actions of his ship. If he is asleep and the ship hits something he is still held responsible.
    In Key’s ship he denies responsibility but leaves open to speculation just who might be responsible. He, the captain, knows but he is not saying who was the commanding officer at the time in question.
    So Key is still responsible for the actions of the SIS shipwreck and the staff in his office.

    • Pasupial 6.1

      +1 ianmac

    • UglyTruth 6.2

      The Master of a ship is held responsible for all actions of his ship.

      Who is the master when it is a matter of espionage/defence, involving a group with known links to state-sponsored terrorism? The commander in chief of the state is not a New Zealander, and has traditional links to those involved in the establishment of the Zionist state favoured by Slater.

    • Man in a Barrel 6.3

      “So Key is still responsible for the actions of the SIS shipwreck and the staff in his office.”

      By constitutional convention, yes. See a very useful and succinct (not by me) summary of this in my post:

      http://thestandard.org.nz/we-are-asking-the-wrong-question/#comment-872033

      • Man in a Barrel 6.3.1

        Of course respecting constitutional conventions, and resigning on breaking them, is purely down to a matter of personal self-respect and integrity, perhaps with some help from peer pressure. Key’s blustering refusal and the apparent lack of pressure ‘to do the right thing’ from his peers shouts to me of a complete lack of integrity in both him and them. Ditto Collins who’s disregard of constitutional convention is even more blatant.

        I have in the past 25 years voted variously for National, Labour, New Zealand First, the Alliance and the Greens and often don’t make up my mind finally until in the polling booth. There are National policies I support and Labour policies I don’t, and as someone choosing to live my own life frugally on the income from limited investment portfolio as opposed to selling my labour and my time to another, – no doubt qualifying me to the title of ‘renter’, ‘financial parasite’ or ‘rich foreign prick’ in the minds of some of you – National might even have picked up my vote this time around. I’ve always thought of Key as shallow and insincere but until his recent performance over this matter would have have credited him with at least a basic human grasp of integrity and ethics. FWIW he’s blown it with me, and National have ruled themselves out for my vote this time around at least.

        • Colonial Viper 6.3.1.1

          If you can get by day to day without having to enrich other people through your own hard labour, and you are not imposing onerous usurious requirements on others or on the environment, then all the power to you mate.

  7. Tigger 7

    Thanks AR, that provides some clarity on the timeline. Really appreciate you taking time to step this out.

    MSM – why haven’t you done this? This is your damn job!

    This issue isn’t going away.

  8. This belongs in your timeline regarding the reason why Slater made the OIA request.

    Goff complains to SIS about PM’s briefing claim
    Published: 6:42AM Monday July 25, 2011 Source: Newstalk ZB/ONE News
    http://tvnz.co.nz/politics-news/goff-complains-sis-pm-s-briefing-claim-4321799

    • Pasupial 8.1

      Ugly

      I believe that very point was included in the timeline:

      July 24
      “John Key says the SIS briefed Phil Goff about the behaviour of Israeli nationals in Christchurch. Mr Goff contacts SIS director Dr Warren Tucker to say he had not been briefed.”
      July 25
      “Mr Goff and Dr Tucker meet to discuss the matter.”

      However, your link does have some interesting lines:

      Key has admitted he didn’t handle initial questions on the scandal last week, very well.
      “Sometimes you don’t get it perfectly right in the first moment,” he told reporters in Washington, saying he later realised the impression he had first left “wasn’t sustainable”.

      Goff said the prime minister’s comment on the killings in Norway were also wrong… He said the prime minister has to understand the responsibilities of his office and cannot “mouth off” without checking his facts first.

      • UglyTruth 8.1.1

        Thanks Parsupial, I was wondering if Slater’s claim that his motivation to file the OIA request arose from a news report stood up to scrutiny.

        • Brendon Harre 8.1.1.1

          Hi guys. It would be helpful in telling the story to start at the beginning. A brief summary of how the original story of Israeli’s leaving Christchurch became newsworthy.

          The PM’s corrupt behaviour needs to be put into context. Your account is excellent in detailing the middle and end. I and other readers here need to be able to retell this story to our mates as a short story so the message spreads.

          Points I would like to tell my mates are. How long was it before the 2011 election? A brief summary of what the PM said in public about the original story? What and why Phil Goff criticised this? How did this morph into an attack on Phil Goffs creditability, including John Key, his PM office and his SIS Ministry being Donkey deep in feeding the political attack to Whaleoil? Did this have an effect on the election?

          It would be best if this was presented in story form. Simple and short as possible with links to more detailed information on each point.

          • UglyTruth 8.1.1.1.1

            Brendon, some info about the original incident:

            Mizrahi, the driver, was killed instantly, and Jordan, in the front passenger seat, smashed a window and climbed through the hole to escape. The two women, Fraidman and Sade, who were sitting in the back seat, also managed to crawl out.

            They were unable to reach Mizrahi and, after taking photographs of the crushed van, made their way to Latimer Square, where Israeli officials had set up an emergency meeting point. Within 12 hours they had left New Zealand.

            Link

            Fred Tulett, editor of the Southland Times, said an “extraordinary” reaction by the Israeli government in the hours after the earthquake had heightened the suspicions of New Zealand’s Security Intelligence Service.

            Link

          • UglyTruth 8.1.1.1.2

            In 2004 there was a major diplomatic incident when Israelis in New Zealand were found to be stealing identities and faking passports. The New Zealand Herald broke the story in April 2004, stating that two men, believed to be Israeli secret service agents, were arrested in Auckland while trying to obtain a false New Zealand passport. They had been nabbed as part of a police operation. The Israeli Government wanted the matter kept out of the courts, but the Labour Government, would not bow to pressure. The two Israelis caught were Urie Zoshe Kelman and Eli Cara. Zev Barkan fled the country.

            Link

      • MrSmith 8.1.2

        http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/5333344/PM-regrets-comment-on-Israelis

        In his last interview before leaving the United States, Mr Key was asked about revelations Government agencies including police and the Security Intelligence Service had investigated the actions of a group of Israeli backpackers following February’s massive earthquake in Christchurch. He said Mr Goff had been briefed on the investigation.

        “I personally didn’t brief him, but my understanding from the director of SIS, Warren Tucker, is that he was briefed and he was shown the same note and report that I saw,” he told TVNZ’s Q+A programme.

        Mr Goff said Mr Key was wrong. “I have not received that report, I have not seen any report, I was not aware of the allegations.”

        The prime minister’s comment on the killings in Norway were also wrong, he said. “I’m sorry, the appalling murders in Norway have nothing to do with Afghanistan. They had a lot to do with a Right-wing, probably psychopathic, zealot who is anti-immigration.

        “The prime minister has to understand the responsibilities of his office. He cannot mouth off without checking his facts first, which he’s now done … on a number of occasions in the past few days.”

        Mr Key’s comments about Norway were “premature, unfortunate and didn’t stack up”, Mr Goff said. “Those were comments that were perhaps designed to impress the president.”

        The prime minister was wrong to initially refuse to comment on the Israeli backpackers, citing the national interest, Mr Goff said.

        However, Mr Key admitted the mistake himself, saying he later realised the impression he had first left “wasn’t sustainable”.

        “If I … did it all again, I’d probably start where I ended six hours later, but it comes with the territory,” Mr Key said.

        “Sometimes you don’t get it perfectly right in the first moment.”

        This is starting to smell like a Collins/Slater style attack on Goff after he embarrassed the PM after his idiotic comments.

  9. Dont worry. Be happy 9

    “People go to jail for that sort of thing” John Key accidentally telling the Truth at a presser.

  10. disturbed 10

    Timeline: Key responsible for SIS release
    Written
    By: Anthony R0bins –
    Date published:
    9:54 am,
    Thank you for making this so much clearer for us Rob. ++++++++100% we were getting confused and you have helped here.

    While my wife is reading the Micky Hager book Dirty Politics and me reading every blog on this subject between TDB & The Standard we sat for awhile after reading your good thorough “joining of the events to the time lines,”

    Afterward we sat and reflected on the whole thing, and clearly as the dots from the book and the article here match as a clear case of Ministerial interference in a Judicial process that was used as a tool by this Government to undermine the opposition Party during the last election.

    Litany of lies yes and another example of how dirty politics is the norm for this administration.

    Democracy has been given away for a cheap dirty means of holding on to government at any cost.

  11. aerobubble 11

    Let’s just understand this. News media put in requests all the time for government information, and when they do, other media can request the same information. How would they know, well its would be obvious which requests were to be made, and what documents sort. Well not always. Sometimes very specialized documents are needed, and professional media has gone to some effort and cost to deliberate source said documents.

    Now here’s the problem. Once the government knows which documents are sort, often because they have nudge nudged the media onto them… …all good I suppose… …it is a democracy. They can also indicated to their favorable media outlets who don’t know about the issue and so balance the inevitable slagging match when the story breaks.

    But what happens when the internet appears. And a blogger with little in the way of costs, is handed over and over again inside gos. Preempting not only the slow media, but faster television, without any actual upfront costs. Immediate monetrization. Worse. Without the time for a balanced response the blogger now has a clear advantage to set the framing of the future story, its narrative path.

    Now, add the injury. An election is raging. A story that undermine the integrity of the opposition leader, which essentially boils down to his word against a public servants recollection of a secret briefing. Enough to lose maybe 10,000 votes. Now this story allowed for no balance, ignored the election limits on political advertizing, which giving its actual lack of substance and inability to be verified made it so. Provided to what amounts to a paid advertiser for the right, Slater.

    So my question is, why would government public services allow a OIA to be released why an election was taking place? Why nobody seems to be worried about the implications of the organized dissemination of information via Slater that undercuts any balance? Worse, why does the government get to tell just one blogger immediately about the OIA requests of big media, then hand them over immediately, during an election, about the opposition leader?

    I mean what could be worse for our democracy. That to short it so ruthlessly, with information that could not be verified, that was no better than heresay. i.e. the information may have been in the briefing and I can’t go into what was in the briefing because its all secret. So you had the perfect gooley buster from the invisible bowler, on a staged field without any catchers.

    We need to know that OIAs to non-media like Slater are immediately available to everyone. Big media can argue that to protect their effort and cost… …hey that’s up to them.

    Key is corrupt. He cannot seriously believe he can rush out of the Beehive and declare his shock at what has been going on in the Prime Ministers Office, though I expect it to happen very soon.

  12. politikiwi 12

    Great post. Thanks for setting this all out.

  13. Stunned mullet 13

    Do I have this right, this whole argument is over whether John Key knew in advance that material was being released under the OIA, ahead of it being released that showed that Phil Goff lied to the public. Surely the story should be about Phil Goff lying??

    • mickysavage 13.1

      Why do you approve of the SIS being used for political attacks and for the PM’s office giving a Nat blogger inside information?

    • One Anonymous Bloke 13.2

      Goff paid the price for his error in 2011, and the Prime Minister is telling the truth when he says that if he was been involved in the release (especially to Slater before the fact) he’s off to prison.

      You may think it’s no big deal, Stunned Mullet, and you’d be flat wrong. The political neutrality of the SIS is fundamental to our government.

      • dave 13.2.1

        this government could use the internal security service against any citizen then that challenged then or got in there way its wrong it corrupt practice
        as for goff you we aware they are not aloud to tell anyone about an sis briefing mullet head you know that don’t you?

    • Rob Taylor 13.3

      IMHO, the whole thing was a setup – Goff says he was not permitted to keep the agenda or take notes and was NOT briefed on the Israelis.

      Clearly, that item was added to the agenda later, in an act of pure political opportunism by John Key.

      • Anne 13.3.1

        It was not necessarily added to the agenda later Rob Taylor. I suspect it was buried deep in the notes that Goff was not allowed to keep, and he didn’t get a chance to read them carefully and at the same time follow Tucker’s verbal briefing. And Goff was adamant at the time that Tucker did not mention it in his verbal briefing.

        I think it is normal procedure for SIS documents to be handed back at the end of a briefing.

  14. Chrissy 14

    ‘This will be devastating for Goff’ hmmm. Yinno it’s the coverup, John, it’s always the coverup. And, in this case, it’s also the nasty nest of conspirators, and the corpses you seem to have to hug these days.

  15. kiwigunner 15

    I’m waiting for this to hit the main stream media next. It clearly will. Things that happened in education have clearly been ‘dirty politics’. It is referred to in the book and Duncan Garner being mentioned above is no real surprise to me.

  16. Mike Smith 16

    Re the delayed release to Selwyn Manning of Scoop, it was Alastair Thompson of Scoop who is heard telling Key at the press conference on 8 August 2011 that they had not received the response to their OIA request dated 29 July. That may also explain the reference in the SIS letter “of which you are no doubt aware.” It would be interesting to know exactly when Manning received the 8 August 2011 response – before or after the press conference.

  17. Paul 17

    Isn’t that called check in chess?

  18. CM 18

    There was scrambling response on RNZ from Key a few days ago in which he mentioned that part of the reason that Tucker released the OIA to Slater so quickly was because he may have been personally annoyed at Goff for disputing the top secret meeting. Is it possible that Tucker went rogue in this case and expedited the OIA to damage Goff as revenge/utu?

    It’s the SIS ffs. Would you trust them?

    • ianmac 18.1

      So true CM. Can/would a man in such a position retaliate in such a damaging way? If so then we are in big trouble in the State Service.

    • One Anonymous Bloke 18.2

      Read the act.

      12A Prohibition on unauthorised disclosure of information
      (1)An officer or employee of the Security Intelligence Service, or a former officer or employee of the Service, shall not disclose or use any information gained by or conveyed to him through his connection with the Service otherwise than in the strict course of his official duties or as authorised by the Minister.

      Does protecting the Director from an error by the leader of the opposition count as an official duty?

    • Ffloyd 18.3

      Where is Tucker? Can he not clarify if everything is aboveboard. Also at what stage did he tell key he had got legal advice, or did he tell the cleaner that as well.

      • One Anonymous Bloke 18.3.1

        Retired, and bound by the NZSIS Act not to discuss any matters learned as a result of having once held office.

  19. Kiwiri 19

    July 24 ….. Note that Key and Tucker have been in touch about this while Key is not in NZ – so they certainly communicate while Key is abroad.

    Question for clarification:

    Does John Key travel out of NZ and keep in touch while in Hawaii with Tucker, or does the “Prime Minister’s Office” travel out of NZ and keep in touch while in Hawaii with Tucker?

    Also, can both John Key AND the Prime Minister’s Office do that, or would neither ever be possible?

    Note to self: wasting time over a Liar.

    Gradually working through that impressive timeline which you put together, Anthony Robins. Thanks.

  20. philj 20

    xox
    Hey kiwis,
    Li’l ol noo zeeland. Who da thunk?
    We find ourselves in a detective spy novel! Israeli or kiwi? A classic who done it. We know it wasn’t Jason, that’s one off the suspects list. And it wasn’t the missus, at least there’s no evidence. Do we call 111?

  21. Mike the Savage One 21

    It gets better by the day, the evidence is constantly building up, leaving us without little doubt:

    “Collins grants blogger’s request in just 37 minutes”

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11313041

    “Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater got a response to an Official Information Act request from Justice Minister Judith Collins in just 37 minutes.

    He received another OIA response with just a five-hour turnaround by Ms Collins’ office – including being given correspondence which had come in just that day.

    Documents released to the Herald through the act show Slater made three requests in relation to Canadian jurist Ian Binnie’s report, which recommended David Bain be paid compensation after being found not guilty of killing his family in Dunedin.”

    Read the whole article by David Fisher here:
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11313041

    The story was broken on The Nation this morning! It will be repeated at 10 am on TV3 tomorrow morning!

    Staff at Key’s Office, most likely with his full knowledge, and Judith Collins, possibly a fair few others, have closely worked with Whaleoil, Farrar and others, and most certainly Slater got preferential treatment when it came to OIA requests.

  22. disturbed 22

    Nixon started this way deny, deny, deny, and ended up still covering his arse by letting his closest aids Halderman & Erichman to attempt avoiding impeachment.

    These two advisors who had been with him since day one.

    So who has been with Key since day one?

  23. Guesting 23

    1) Key and the PM and the PM’s Office are the same;
    2) Key and the PM and the PM’s Office are not the same.

    Q: has anyone observed Key and the PM and the PM’s Office in the same room at the same time?

  24. BLiP 24

    Hello Mr R0BINS – how nice to have back here posting for us.

    I agree entirely with your TLDR conclusion that “Key is responsible for the release”. The joining of the dots timeline you have produced must have taken some time to compile, thank you. How interesting that various bits and pieces are being excised from the intrawebz by the MSM. I too have found that to be the case, especially when tracking down details of John Key’s lies. I have also noticed that various blogs, keepingstock being one example, have recently started doing the same. Frustrating.

    I do wonder, though, if you’re timeline isn’t missing a couple of important things. First, one of the major messages to come from Nicky Hager’s Dirty Politics is the sheer sophistication of John Key’s Black Ops Department tactics and the concomitant efficiency of the vital “plausible deniability” aspect. In one of the videos, John Key talks about how he has “streamlined” the “no surprises” process and how he himself has been somewhat taken aback at some of what has been released into the public domain by his spies. This, of course, is a short-hand announcement that when an agency says it has spoken to the Prime Minister what that really means is that the agency as not spoken to the Prime Minister but has advised the Prime Minister’s Office. No need to say who in the Prime Minister’s Officer and/or whether or not that person passed the information along to someone else in the Prime Minister’s Office. Cut-outs left, right and centre. The glib manner in which this plausible deniability line is being delivered indicates a fair amount of rehearsal has gone into it. In fact, I expect that if Kim Dotcom’s 15 September reveal does confirm that the Prime Minister knew of Dotcom and his situation well in advance of when John Key says he did, we will see this same line being delivered with the same dimissive alacrity.

    Second, what seems to be missing from the timeline is what was going on for John Key at the time and the fact that the SIS “took legal advice” prior to the release of the briefing notes.

    What was going on for John Key is that he was facing a barrage of criticism for what should’ve been – in his mind – a spectacular display his overwhelming wonderfulness. There he was, on the international stage, standing side-by-side with POTUS speaking out on a dreadful situation before the mass media. ‘Cept, John Key fucked it up. Also worthy of mention is that John Key had been caught out lying about how many passports were found on the Israeli Mosad agent “tourist”. John Key went to obfuscate his way out of that one but repeatedly said that there had been no illegality surrounding the issuing of New Zealand passports at that time. The questions were being asked because of the 2004 incident when Mosad agents Uriel Kelman and Eli Cara were caught trying to fraudulently obtain New Zealand passports. Does New Zealand now allow spies to use New Zealand passports? Anyhow, the point is, John Key’s showboating on the international stage had turned to custard and inconvenient questions about New Zealand passports and Israeli spies were being asked. This provides both John Key and the spy agencies motivation to distract the media and the public.

    Now, when John Key says Warren Tucker spoke to the SIS lawyers, what he means is that Warren Tucker went off to Crown Law to cover his arse and make sure his release of the, albeit hugely redacted, Phil Goff briefing notes was legit. Questions I have about Tucker’s visit to Crown Law is whether or not Crown Law was being used as a cut-out and/or to reinforce actual instructions from the Prime Minister’s office to release the information. Remember, the sole reason given as to why the briefing notes were declassified is that the material was already in the public arena and the only reason the material was in the public arena was because John Key had put it there. That, my friend, is called a “set up”.

    Further complicating the matter is the fact that Warren Tucker is himself something of a dodgy bugger. There are various incidents involving the SIS and GCSB when Tucker was pulling the levers which cannot accurately be pinned directly on him. But, remember all the fuss and palava about why the GCSB had to be given the right to wholesale spy on New Zealanders was because “the law was not clear”? Well, back on 30 January 2006, Warren Tucker said . . .

    . . . The GCSB’s twin roles and functions are spelled out in the GCSB Act 2003. These are – first to collect and report secret foreign intelligence derived from the interception and analysis of foreign communications, on matters of importance to the New Zealand Government. Secondly, the GCSB provides the tools and advice necessary to ensure that the communications systems and computer networks used for official and governmental business and for critical infrastructure are properly protected from tampering and from unauthorised access. These twin roles are likened by some to that of “poacher” and “gamekeeper”, and it is no accident that they both reside within the one organisation. The GCSB Act – which enshrines in law the longstanding practices of the Bureau – makes it absolutely clear that the GCSB must not target the communications of New Zealanders . . .

    ^^^ emphasis in original

    . . . yet, Tucker didn’t issue a single peep during John Key’s ramming through of the new legislation.

    A big part of John Key’s justification for allowing the wholesale spying on New Zealanders was that the legislative changes also strengthened oversight. We now have Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security with a broadened mandate and greater authority. Trouble is, the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security is Cheryl Gwyn who, up until April 2014, was the Deputy Solicitor-General at Crown Law, the very same Government agency which cleared Warren Tucker’s release of Phil Goff’s briefing notes. What’s more, the Crown Law Counsel for constitutional, human rights and international law, Ben Keith, has only just recently been appointed as the Deputy Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security. That is the same Ben Keith who, in his previous role as Crown Law Counsel for constitutional, human rights and international law, has assisted National Ltd™ through its Attorney-General Chris Finlayson in the systematic trashing of all sorts of human rights legislation. Among other things, he was the one from Crown Law who signed off on the GCSB legislation as being “consistent” with the Human Rights Act.

    In short, the only people investigating John Key’s involvement in the release of Phil Goff’s briefing notes the very people who gave the okay for the release of the notes. We’re fucked. Basically we will never find an actual smoking gun in John Key’s hand in releation to this matter because of the players involved and the sophistication of John Key’s malfeasance.

    • karol 24.1

      Interesting BLiP, and worthy of a post on its own.

      • Anne 24.1.1

        Agreed karol.

        My thanks and gratitude to Anthony Robins and BLiP.

        And don’t forget who appointed the current SIS director, former Cabinet Secretary, Rebecca Kitteridge. Yes, John Key. And true to form:

        She backs John Key.

        I doubt there is much chance of a genuine and transparent investigation either within or beyond the agency.

        Looks like New Zealand’s once proud egalitarian and democratic system of government is coming to a sad end.

        Perhaps our only chance of changing things lie with Whaledump – NZ’s equivalent to Deep Throat?

    • kenny 24.2

      That’s bang on the money.

      Another white-wash on the way.

      The only way to stop this crap is to vote them out! I don’t care which party you vote for as long as it’s one that wants to change the government.

      New Zealand needs nothing less. Time to make a stand.

      ‘The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing’

    • Brendon Harre 24.3

      Justice will only be found if the Court of Public Opinion can be sufficiently engaged to make this an election issue. Post election if National wins you can guarantee that Key will say the majority support what he has always said. Dirty Politics is all a left wing conspiracy…… Some trumped up investigation using handpicked players like the above will guarantee Key and National come out smelling like roses. Key and National will then use ‘conspiracy’ to purge all opposition in a NZ version of McCarthyism.

      What we need in NZ politics is an independent referee type institution, something like this.

      Parliament enacts a law that requires the Speaker of the House be appointed by unanimous vote (Like the Catholic Bishops voting for the Pope, MPs could be locked in Parliament without recess until they decide).

      Give the responsibility to appoint senior civil servants, judges, ombudsman, process OIA and recommendations for knighthood to the Speaker. Instantly this changes the culture of civil society.

    • yeshe 24.4

      Thx Blip … brilliant post, as always.

      So this:

      ‘Remember, the sole reason given as to why the briefing notes were declassified is that the material was already in the public arena and the only reason the material was in the public arena was because John Key had put it there. That, my friend, is called a “set up”.’

      Is this not Key breaking the law making public an SIS matter ?

      • BLiP 24.4.1

        Dunno, looks like it though. Its no secret that the Opposition receives SIS briefings but the content of those briefings is secret. By stating that Goff was briefed about the Israeli spies “tourists” John Key talked about specific content. John Key also dragged the SIS into what was a political spat.

        Mind you, Phil Goff did not help the situation by denying that he had been briefed, unless, although unlikely, he really wasn’t briefed and the SIS is lying. By making his denial, Phil Goff called into question the functioning of the SIS in its role of keeping the Opposition broadly up to date with what’s going on. It is that aspect which delivered Warren Tucker the additional justification of “public interest” because Tucker was very keen to maintain a positive image of the SIS as doing its job by the book. It may have been that Warren Tucker was feeling personally aggrieved by Goff’s suggestion that he did not do his job properly.

        Personally, I don’t believe Tucker did do his job or, at least, the “briefing” wasn’t really a briefing. Phil Goff says he was not allowed to have anyone with him during the briefing, he could not keep any documents, and nor could he take any notes. If mention about Mossad activities the Israel “tourists” was one of, say, thirty items and was skated over real quick, its hardly surprising he might have forgotten about it. The correct manner for Warren Tucker to behave in that situation, IMHO, is for him to quietly tap Phil Goff on the shoulder and remind him about the briefing and, thus, allowing Goff the opportunity to gracefully back down. Instead, Warren Tucker colluded with or was forced to go along with John Key’s Dirty Ops Department “hit”.

        • Anne 24.4.1.1

          Up until this point, I gave Dr. Warren Tucker the benefit of the doubt. That is, there was a genuine ‘misunderstanding’ between himself and Phil Goff and that it unfortunately developed into a public spat between the two of them. However since Tucker came out and backed John Key the other day, I have concluded he probably colluded with Key – or his office :roll: – because he was still smarting over Goff challenging him about the content of the briefing. Had he remained silent, then that would have been tantamount to an admission he was indeed “forced to go along with the Dirty Ops Department”.

          I should imagine Intelligence chiefs don’t like being called to account.

          • karol 24.4.1.1.1

            And Winston Peters has something to add to this… sort of. Peters (step around all the homophobia, etc from NZ First as reported in this article) talked about his experiences with Tucker.

            Earlier, Mr Peters said his party wanted a full inquiry into the allegations contained in Nicky Hager’s book Dirty Politics.

            He repeated his earlier hint that former SIS Director Warren Tucker – who has backed Prime Minister John Key’s version of events on an OIA briefing – was unreliable.

            “As I said on [TVNZ show] Q+A this morning, ‘Mr Tucker, I know you, because we had a run-in ourselves when I was Deputy Prime Minister.

            “And you are not going to get away with that now’…if anybody understands how important words or language is, it’s someone in security.”

            Mr Peters would not elaborate when asked by the Herald for further details of the “run-in”.

            Of course, it could just be Peters’ being a bit attention-seeking.

            .

            • tricledrown 24.4.1.1.1.1

              Karol its all about timing Winston will have a couple of juicy titbits’ the whiley old politicians politician!
              Whaleoil’s attempted blackmailing of Peters was a huge mistake cause if anyone knows the dirt its Winston!
              So watch this space when the :?#% hits the fan ?
              Their will be more than slippery Slaters hiding under rock’s

    • r0b 24.5

      Interesting. Great work BLiP as ever. I might do a re-release of this post on Monday, adding what you have written here.

      • BLiP 24.5.1

        @r0b

        I would be honoured to have some material I have written included in a post by you.

        I suggest that you temper my categorical statement that it was Crown Law the SIS went to for its legal advice. Since making my comment, its been pointed out to me that its entirely possible John Key was lying in order to explain the time frame or Warren Tucker could have gone to the SIS in-house legal team. My suspicion of Crown Law involvement comes from the idea that the SIS would want to be squeaky clean and the stated functions of Crown Law.

    • Kiwiri 24.6

      Worthy of a place in The Guardian.

    • Chrissy 24.7

      So, for simplicity’s sake, and because this story is so complex it’s gonna be hard to convey, if there’s an MO here, a pattern, that would include Goff and Cunliffe incidents, it would seen to have these elements.

      weeks out from an election, a staged slur attack on the opposition leader, in which his credibility is held up for question through him saying one thing where the evidence (was he briefed, did he help Liu) can be made to look otherwise.

      the attack comes via a blogger, somewhat arms’ length, who gets a very specific tip off and expedited OIA from the minister concerned; via the PM’s office

      the minister has privileged access to info / files; but to be seen to be using that access to attack the opposition leader directly would be to be accused of dirty politics. There’s the need, as above, for plausible deniability.

      it gets launched while the PM is out of the country: further distancing clean and robust Brand Key from the dirt being thrown. : I was on holiday, it wasnt me, it was my office, I dont remember, etc.

      what am I missing here? what are the core simple elements of this story the MSM etc might be able to grasp?

      • BLiP 24.7.1

        . . . what are the core simple elements of this story the MSM etc might be able to grasp?

        Don’t for a minute think that the MSM does not grasp the situation. The problem is that too much sunlight will expose the MSM’s own direct involvement in the practise of dirty politics. There are too many media reputations and the illusion of Fourth Estate impartiality to protect for any real analysis of the situation to come from the MSM. Radio New Zealand’s Mediawatch takes a quick look at this in today’s show: http://www.radionz.co.nz/audio/player/20146877

        Long live the Fifth Estate.

  25. All true, but I have bad news for all of us.

    Key has been fully trained in facing situations like this. His experiences in the USA will leave him very prepared to have been responsible for just about anything, yet continue to deny it so long as nobody has the power to force him. And who does? Would someone take this to the Governor General?

    Bush got away with the devastation of the Iraq war. Reagan got away with the Contra arms deal. Key is probably going to get away with this, and based on the average voter’s interest, memory and understanding, we will be lucky if he doesn’t get reelected.

  26. disturbed 26

    Jessica Parsons said,
    “We will be lucky if he doesn’t get re elected.”

    All because of the notion that “this goes on all the time nowday’s” and the lack of a free press.

    Looks a lot like 1933 Goebbels/Hitler again as I have said countless times, do we want to go there?

    http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/Holocaust/goebbels.html

    Joseph Goebbels was rewarded on 13 March 1933 by Adolf Hitler with the position of Reich Minister for Public Enlightenment and Propaganda, which gave him total control of the communications media – i.e. radio, press, publishing, cinema and the other arts.

  27. Brendon Harre 27

    Another thought on this issue is that the Goff, SIS, PM Office, Whaleoil political attack system was in its infancy. National hadn’t perfected the system. They left evidence, linking all pieces of the chain. How often since have they done the same but they were better at hiding their tracks?

    If National get back into power they will recreate the system -probably not with Whaleoil or even with bloggers. But you can guarantee now they have a taste for abusing the power of executive to achieve their political goals through fear and intimidation it will not stop.

  28. MrSmith 28

    I just read this on a Herald tread.

    “John Key the Lance armstrong of New Zealand politics”

    Oh shit the rugby bye.

    • Brendon Harre 28.1

      I know what you mean I rushed my comments so I could watch the game. Now that we (ABs) won convincingly I can relax and read up on these issues……

  29. BLiP 29

    Ooops.

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    National's new teabreak law isn't even in force and employers are already abusing it:Yesterday a union member, who prefers to remain anonymous for fear of retribution, emailed Hotel Organiser Shanna Reeder. “This morning in the briefing our manager declared that...
    No Right Turn | 20-11
  • Justice is more important than international relations
    Yunus Rahmatullah is a Pakistani citizen. In 2004 he was disappeared by British forces in Iraq. The British then gave him to the Americans who rendered him to Afghanistan and kept him there without charge or trial for ten years,...
    No Right Turn | 20-11
  • The Sutton debacle
    Sexual Harassment in the Workplace: it’s not a good thing, except when you’re playing Frank Zappa’s 1988 instrumental album Guitar, in which case ‘Sexual Harassment in the Workplace’ is the opening track, and it’s a stonker. However, setting aside the...
    Occasionally erudite | 20-11
  • The dangers of ignoring context
    Here’s a 22 point plan for peace in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.Entrench Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestinian lands.Never let a chance go by to duplicitously conflate Hamas and some in Fatah with the Islamic State/ISIS/ISIL so as to gild the imperiled-Israeli...
    Pundit | 19-11
  • Rapid transit has passed the acid test
    I recently ran across a New Zealand Herald article from 2000 on the region’s plans to start building good rapid transit infrastructure. (Which, as Patrick highlighted in a recent post, is exactly what is holding Auckland back relative to its...
    Transport Blog | 19-11
  • Plan for mega factory farm ruffles feathers
    Not long ago I wrote about the proposal to build a mega factory farm in the small township of Patumahoe that would confine over 300, 000 hens to colony cages. This week the resource consent hearing for the proposed factory...
    Greens | 21-11
  • National opens door further to Chinese property speculators
    National has further opened the door to Chinese property speculators with the registration of a third Chinese bank here that will make it easier for Chinese investors to invest in New Zealand properties, the Green Party said today."As well, former...
    Greens | 20-11
  • National restarts logging in West Coast forests
    “Dead wood also contributes by providing nutrients to soils, supporting the agents of wood decay such as fungi and invertebrates and it is a key habitat for the regeneration of some trees.” Annual Report 2013/14, page 29. The National Government has...
    Greens | 20-11
  • Lab plan the beginning of slippery slope?
    It’s time for new Health Minister Jonathan Coleman to show his hand on plans to privatise lab services which doctors are warning could put patients’ lives at risk, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says. “Clinicians have sent the Government some...
    Labour | 20-11
  • A-G called on to look into flagship ‘cost-saving’ programme
    New health Minister Jonathan Coleman has some serious questions to answer following a decision to wind up the Government’s flagship health savings provider HBL just a fortnight after giving it the green light to implement its plans, Labour’s Health spokesperson...
    Labour | 20-11
  • Prime Minister’s warped view of history
    Students who sat NCEA level 3 history exams last week might be very worried to hear the Prime Minister tell a Radio Station that New Zealand was one of the few countries that was settled peacefully by Europeans. Those students who wrote...
    Greens | 20-11
  • Climate of fear needs addressing
    It is hugely concerning that community and volunteer groups feel they are being gagged from speaking out against the Government, Labour’s Community and Voluntary Sector Spokesperson Louisa Wall says.  A Victoria University survey of 93 sector groups has found 50...
    Labour | 20-11
  • Mandatory code of conduct needed for supermarkets
    Labour has drafted legislation to establish a mandatory code of conduct for supermarkets to ensure New Zealand suppliers are not affected by anti-competitive behaviour. “Even though the Commerce Commission found no technical breaches of the law through some of Countdown’s...
    Labour | 19-11
  • National softening public up for 7th successive deficit
    Finance Minister Bill English is softening the public up for an announcement that National is going to fail in even its very limited goal of achieving a budget surplus, the Green Party said today."No finance minister in a generation has...
    Greens | 19-11
  • National caught out on state house porkies
    Housing NZ’s annual report out today directly contradicts the Government’s claim that one-third of its houses are in the wrong place and are the wrong size, said Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The annual report states 96 per cent of...
    Labour | 18-11
  • Damning report on Department of Conservation restructure
    The restructuring of the Department of Conservation (DOC) following National's severe funding cuts has been revealed as failure, the Green Party said today.The Taribon report has reviewed the new structure of DOC after 12 months. The restructuring, one of the...
    Greens | 18-11
  • Greens welcome Xi, but human rights need to be on agenda
    The Green Party welcomes the visit to New Zealand of Chinese President Xi Jinping and wishes to congratulate him on his recent announcement regarding China capping emissions for the first time.The United States and China recently unveiled a deal to...
    Greens | 18-11
  • Backing New Zealanders to get ahead
    New Labour Leader Andrew Little says it is an immense privilege to have been chosen to lead the party and to be given the task of ensuring it once again becomes a powerful force that backs New Zealanders in getting...
    Labour | 18-11
  • Andrew Little Elected Leader of Labour Party
    “The Labour Party congratulates Andrew Little, who has been elected as party leader in a robust and highly democratic process,” says Labour Party President Moira Coatsworth. “Andrew’s leadership will have the full support of the whole Labour Party.”...
    Labour | 18-11
  • Report into Brownlee security breach should be released
    The Government and Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) should release the report into former Minister of Transport Gerry Brownlee's airport security breach, the Green Party said today."The actions of a Minister of Transport breaching security at an airport are a matter...
    Greens | 17-11
  • Brownlee must ask CAA to release the report
    Gerry Brownlee must ask the Civil Aviation Authority to release the report that finds he broke the law in breaching airport security, says Labour's Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford. “It is inexcusable for any minister, let alone the then-Transport Minister, to...
    Labour | 17-11
  • G20 climate comment increases pressure on NZ
    The G20 decision to include climate change in its communiqué despite Australia's attempt to ignore it, increases pressure on New Zealand to come up with a credible plan to cut emissions, the Green Party said today.The G20 Leaders Communiqué from...
    Greens | 17-11
  • NZ joins G20 climate problem
    Confirmation this morning by John Key that his Government plans to do nothing to turn around NZ's rapidly rising greenhouse emissions means that New Zealand joins Australia as one of the problem children at the G20 meeting in Brisbane, the...
    Greens | 16-11
  • IRD joins Corrections in Phillip Smith failure
    It is incomprehensible that IRD and Corrections were not able to stop Phillip Smith from rorting the tax system out of $50,000 until it was too late, given that he was a notoriously manipulative prisoner stuck in jail, says Labour’s...
    Labour | 13-11
  • The Government has to listen to Olly
    When even hard boiled property investors like Olly Newland  say first home buyers have been shafted by Loan to Value Ratio lending restrictions, surely it is time for the Government to listen, says Labour's housing spokesperson Phil Twyford.  "Auckland landlord...
    Labour | 13-11
  • Key used GCSB for political ends prior to 2014 election
    New documents released to the Green Party show that Prime Minister John Key used New Zealand's intelligence services for the National Party's political ends a few days out from the 2014 election, the Green Party said today.Documents released to the...
    Greens | 13-11
  • Government not meeting its climate target
    The Government must front up to the fact that its own advisors are now saying that New Zealand is off target in any transition to a low carbon future, says Labour’s spokesperson on Climate Change Nanaia Mahuta.  “A briefing to...
    Labour | 12-11
  • Briefing reveals Defence facilities ‘increasingly unfit for purpose’
    The Defence Briefing to the Incoming Minister reveals a deteriorating state in Defence facilities that are no longer fit for purpose, says Labour’s Defence spokesperson Phil Goff.  “The briefing is heavily censored but still reveals that Defence camps, bases and...
    Labour | 12-11
  • New projections show New Zealand missing climate target
    Briefings to Incoming Ministers released today reveal the Government's climate policy is failing with projected emission more than double what is needed to meet National's 2050 target, the Green Party saidProjections released by the Ministry for the Environment, as part...
    Greens | 12-11
  • National’s highways far less efficient
    National’s new state highways have a far lower cost-benefit ratio than motorways built under the last Labour Government, making a mockery of the Government’s bluster that its road building will boost the economy, says Labour's Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford. “New...
    Labour | 12-11
  • Governor points finger at National on supply
    The Reserve Bank Governor has admitted he had to keep loan to value mortgage restrictions in place because the Government’s attempts to increase housing has fallen ‘a long way short’, says Labour's Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The thousands of first...
    Labour | 12-11
  • Did Collins cover up Slater’s OIA requests?
    Disgraced former Cabinet Minister Judith Collins must explain why she appears to have tried to hide Official Information Act requests she fulfilled for Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater, Labour MP Megan Woods says. “New documents obtained by Labour show Judith...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Reserve Bank’s dairy warning must be heard
    The Reserve Bank’s warning that falling dairy prices are creating greater risks for the New Zealand economy must be taken seriously by Bill English and John Key, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker. “Dairy prices have nearly halved since February...
    Labour | 11-11
  • National’s housing failure keeps LVRs in place
    The Reserve Bank’s decision to leave loan-to-value ratio mortgage restrictions in place is further confirmation of National’s housing policy fiasco, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “The Reserve Bank would have lifted LVRs if they had seen any increase in...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Let’s see if it is plane sailing Mr Bridges
    Comments by Transport Minister Simon Bridges that Far North residents' anger over cutbacks to regional flights will be allayed by larger planes and cheaper fares out of Kerikeri, are just pure arrogance, says Labour’s Te Tai Tokerau MP Kelvin Davis....
    Labour | 11-11
  • Commerce Commission inquiry needed into building supplies monopoly
    The Commerce Commission must stop dragging the chain and urgently investigate the anti-competitive practices in the building industry that are driving up the cost of building materials, says Labour's Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “Competition in the building materials market is...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Air New Zealand grounds Far North
    The announcement by Air New Zealand to close services from Kaitaia to Auckland will be an absolute disaster for the Far North, Labour MP for Te Tai Tokerau Kelvin Davis says.  “Air New Zealand is sending a signal to the...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Pulling West Coast flights a savage blow
    Air New Zealand’s decision to withdraw its Westport service is another kick in the guts for an already struggling community, West Coast-Tasman MP, Damien O’Connor says.   “Having been involved in the West Coast’s efforts to get Air Nelson to return...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Air NZ cuts economic lifelines to neglected regions
    Air New Zealand’s plans to cut its Eagle Air regional services to already struggling regions is a hammer blow to Westport, Whakatane and Kaitaia, says Labour's Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The regions of New Zealand are being abandoned by this...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Christchurch on the rent rack
    A jump of 20 per cent in weekly rents in the past year is a disaster for Christchurch, says Associate Housing spokesperson Poto Williams. “The Trade Me Property Rental Price index has rightly described the city as being a ‘...
    Labour | 11-11
  • Past time to act on warnings about palliative care
    Health officials have been warning the Government about a critical shortage of palliative care specialists for years, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader and Health spokesperson Annette King says. A stocktake carried out for the Ministry of Health shows New Zealand’s end...
    Labour | 10-11
  • Report must spur Government into action
    The soaring cost of domestic violence and child abuse highlight the need for the Government to prioritise and act on the issue, says Labour's spokesperson for Social Development, Sue Moroney.“Findings from the Glenn Inquiry that show the problem is estimated...
    Labour | 10-11
  • Family safety paramount, then urgent review
    Corrections Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has some serious questions to answer over why a dangerous prison escapee, convicted of further crimes while in jail, managed to abscond while he was on approved temporary release, Labour’s Corrections spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says.“Phillip...
    Labour | 09-11
  • LVRs a failed experiment from Bill English
    Loan to value mortgage restrictions are a failed experiment from Bill English to tame Auckland house prices, that have caused collateral damage to first home buyers and other regions, says Labour's Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The possible end of LVR...
    Labour | 09-11
  • Govt books getting worse as economy slows
    National’s economic credibility is under serious scrutiny with its search for surplus becoming harder due to an economy far too reliant on the dairy industry, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker. “National promised New Zealanders would get into surplus by...
    Labour | 06-11
  • Kiwis in pain because of Government underfunding
    New research showing one in three people needing elective surgery are being denied publicly-funded operations shows the Government must properly fund the health sector, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says. “For almost two years Labour has been warning about the...
    Labour | 06-11
  • National’s promised surplus looking doubtful
    Budget figures for the first quarter of the financial year released today by Treasury show the Government's goal of achieving a budget surplus is looking doubtful, the Green Party said today."National has staked its credibility on achieving a budget surplus...
    Greens | 06-11
  • Kevin Hague speaks on the Gambling Amendment Bill (No 3)
    I rise to give this speech on behalf of Denise Roche, who handles the gambling portfolio for the Green Party. This bill deals with class 4 gambling—pokies in pubs and clubs—and it is the result of changes that were suggested...
    Greens | 06-11
  • Kevin Hague speaks on the Health (Protection) Amendment Bill
    I would like to start off where the previous speaker left off, on the issue of balancing rights or balancing harms. All law is in some way a restriction of personal liberty. That is the point of law. When we...
    Greens | 06-11
  • Joyce backs away from yet another target
    Steven Joyce has backed away from two targets in two days, refusing to acknowledge that his Government has an unambitious aim to get unemployment down to 4 per cent in 11 years’ time, says Labour Associate Finance spokesperson David Clark....
    Labour | 06-11
  • Pacific peoples incomes and jobs falling under National
    The Minister of Pacific Peoples is attempting to bury the ugly facts of Pacific unemployment and income levels worsening since National took office in 2008, said Labour’s Pacific Affairs spokesperson, Su’a William Sio. “If the Minister doesn’t acknowledge how bad...
    Labour | 06-11
  • The Block NZ doing a better job than Nick Smith
    Nick Smith should consider calling in producers of The Block NZ with participants in the TV series completing more houses in two seasons than the Government’s failed Special Housing Area policy, says Labour's Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The Block NZ...
    Labour | 06-11
  • Meridian moves to kill competition from solar homes
    Big electricity companies are using their power to make it harder for families and businesses wanting to go solar and the National Government is doing nothing to help them, the Green Party said today. Meridian Energy announced today a 60-72...
    Greens | 06-11
  • Has John Key done all he could for Pike families?
    It will be forever on the conscience of John Key whether he did all he could to recover the remains of the 29 miners who died in Pike River, Labour’s MP for West Coast-Tasman Damien O’Connor says.  “The Prime Minister...
    Labour | 05-11
  • National further dashes hopes of new parents
    The National Government has once again shown its disdain for working parents by voting down proposals to extend paid parental leave, Labour MP Sue Moroney says.  “The Government vetoed an amended proposal that substantially reduced the cost of extending PPL...
    Labour | 05-11
  • Honouring the Ampatuan massacre victims as fight for justice goes on
    A grim reminder of the Maguindanao, or Ampatuan, massacre on 23 November 2014. Photo: DanRogayan A TOP Filipino investigative journalist will be speaking about the “worst attack” on journalists in history and her country’s culture of impunity in a keynote...
    The Daily Blog | 23-11
  • GUEST BLOG: Anjum Rahman – what are they afraid of: the erosion of democ...
    Today the Hamilton City Council has put on a big party to celebrate the 150th anniversary of European colonisation of the area.  There have been a series of events during the year to mark this event, including a civic ceremony. ...
    The Daily Blog | 22-11
  • #JohnKeyHistory
    John Key has done it again. This week our lovely Prime Minister has showed us how little he knows about the history of the country he is supposed to be running. Apparently “New Zealand was settled peacefully”. Was it really?...
    The Daily Blog | 22-11
  • G20 growth targets and growth model offer more problems than they solve
    At the recent G20 in Brisbane, member countries agreed to accelerate growth to an additional 2% on top of current trajectories. But ongoing public sector cuts, asset sales, and reducing workers’ rights indicate that at least part of the growth...
    The Daily Blog | 22-11
  • GUEST BLOG: Bill Courtney – Charter Schools: The Shroud of Secrecy Contin...
    The Ministry of Education yesterday released another batch of information relating to the five existing charter schools and the four new ones proposed for opening in 2015. As we have seen before, the release of such information, often requested under...
    The Daily Blog | 22-11
  • EXCLUSIVE: Campaign reflection, Laila Harré reaching out for radical minds
    Today I’ve announced that I will be stepping down from the Internet Party leadership in December. This will happen once options for the future have been developed for discussion and decision among members. My absolute focus in this election was...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • The Ebola crisis, capitalism and the Cuban medical revolution
    “Ebola emerged nearly 40 years ago. Why are clinicians still empty-handed, with no vaccines and no cure? Because Ebola has been, historically, geographically confined to poor African nations. The R&D incentive is virtually non-existent. A profit-driven industry does not invest...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • MEDIA WATCH: TVNZ Reveals Insane Deadlines For Māori and Pacific Island Pr...
    Last Tuesday, November 18th, TVNZ requested proposals from producers for the four Māori and Pacific Island programmes they will no longer be making in-house. Marae, Waka Huia, Fresh and Tagata Pasifika will keep their existing names, existing formats and existing...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • The Daily Blog Breakfast Club Ep. 1
    TDB Video, Live from Verona Cafe on K-Rd, Auckland – a weekly current affairs show with TDB Editor Martyn Bradbury. This week’s panel: Chris Trotter & Selwyn Manning.The issues: 1 – What now for the New Labour leader? 2 –...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • Performance-demonstration at Auckland’s High Court to demand justice for ...
    People outraged at the lack of justice in the so-called ‘Roast Busters’ case and 99% of other rape cases in this country are holding a visually powerful mass action at the Auckland High Court at 1 o’clock on Saturday. They...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • IES vote may weaken defense of public education
    PPTA announced today that secondary teachers have voted to include the IES (Investing in Education Success) as a variation to their collective employment agreement with the government. At one level it’s an understandable decision by PPTA members because through engaging in a consultation...
    The Daily Blog | 21-11
  • NZ History lesson on Planet Key – the lies white people tell themselves
    John Key’s bizarre claims about our ‘peaceful history’ comes across like the apartheid history of South Africa where white people discovered Africa first… New Zealand ‘settled peacefully’ – PM New Zealand was “settled peacefully” by the British, the prime minister...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • Universal Basic Income and Labour Policy
    On Radio New Zealand’s None-to-Noon on Wednesday (19 November), new Labour leader Andrew Little intimated that he would like to put Universal Basic Income (UBI) on his policy agenda (What policy changes will Andrew Little usher in?) Predictably Kathryn Ryan, despite being...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • The New Notes : They Ain’t Mint
    Hulk Queen Angry. Hulk Queen smash.   Yesterday, the Reserve Bank announced its new designs for our banknotes. Now, I’ve historically been pretty sketch about this entire process; variously feeling affronted that the government could find eighty million dollars to fund a...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • MSM under-mining of new Labour Leader already begun?
    . . It did not take long. In fact, on the same day that Andrew Little won the Labour leadership*, the first media reporter was already asking if he would be stepping down  if Labour failed to lift in the...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • GUEST BLOG: Simon Buckingham – invisible disability voices
    Today I am ranting. The Disability Advisory Group has been announced by Auckland Council. This is the body that represents the interests and views of people with disabilities in Auckland. Whilst I would not have applied this time as I...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, Andrew Little
    Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, Andrew Little...
    The Daily Blog | 20-11
  • Why labelling Little as a ‘Unionist’ is a joke and how he beats Key in ...
    The line being used to attack Andrew Little as a ‘Unionist’ is just an absurd joke, and it comes from people who clearly don’t understand the modern NZ Union movement. Andrew ran the EPM Bloody U, they are easily one...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • 5AA Australia – Labour’s New Leader + China’s President In New Zealan...
    Recorded on 20/11/14 – Captured Live on Ustream.tv. 5AA’s Peter Godfrey and Selwyn Manning.ISSUE ONE: The New Zealand Labour Party has elected its new leader, the vote going to a third round after no clear outright winner was found in...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • Did Roger Sutton think he was running the Rock Radio Station?
    Visible G-String Fridays? Full body hugs? Jokes about who you would and wouldn’t have sex with? Honey? Sweety? It’s like Roger thought he was running the Rock Radio Station, not a Government Public Service department set up to rebuild a...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • US Politics
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    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • Amnesty International – The conversation that needs to be had with China
    Caption: Police officer watching Hong Kong pro-democracy march, 01 July 2014 © Amnesty International    Yesterday’s edition of The New Zealand Herald features an open letter to all New Zealander’s from Xi Jinping, President of the People’s Republic of China. Along...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • GUEST BLOG: Patrick O’Dea – “Liar”
    LIAR! ‘Privatised social housing to benefit tenants’ English “Housing Corp was a poor performer and about a third of its housing stock was the wrong size, in poor condition and in the wrong place. That stock was worth about $5...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • Too Close For Comfort: Reflections on Andrew Little’s narrow victory over...
    THE TRAGIC SCREENSHOT of “Gracinda” in defeat bears eloquent testimony to the bitter disappointment of the Grant Robertson-led faction of the Labour Party. And, yes, ‘Party’ is the right word. The Robertson machine has now extended its influence well beyond...
    The Daily Blog | 19-11
  • How to defeat child poverty
      How to defeat child poverty...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • Little’s Shadow Cabinet
    Now the horror of trying to pacify the factions begins. The only thing Little’s new shadow cabinet must do is create the pretence of unity. The reason voters didn’t flock to Labour wasn’t the bloody CGT or Superannuation, it was...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • A pilgrimage with my sister – Rethink the System
    We’ve both wanted to do a pilgrimage for many years. But, unlike many modern pilgrims, we wanted to be pilgirms in our own country and get closer to our communities, rather than seek greater distance from them. We are both...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • Lack of policy ambition is Andrew Little’s main problem
    I’ve met Andrew Little a few times and he’s a pleasant man who will make a reasonable job leading what the Labour Party has become in recent decades. He will preside over a much less divided caucus and will be...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • Journos, film makers, media freedom advocates join Asia-Pacific political j...
    A candlelight vigil for the 58 victims of the 2009 Maguindanao massacre – 32 of them media people. Still no justice for them today. Renowned investigative journalists, film makers, academics and media freedom campaigners from across the Asia-Pacific region will...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • And the new Labour Leader is ZZZZZZZZZZ
    The victory lap by Caucus over the members choice of Cunliffe has ended and the new leader of the Labour Party is Andrew Little. Yawn. The dullness and caution of the latest Leadership race will be served well by Andrew,...
    The Daily Blog | 18-11
  • Allow the Facts to Get in the Way of the Neolib Stories
    One of the weaknesses of the political left in New Zealand over the last 30 years has been to allow the neoliberal storytellers to get away with lots of fibs and half-fibs. On TVNZ’s Q+A on 16 November, in a...
    The Daily Blog | 17-11
  • Defending The Boomers: A Response to Chloe King
    THE BABY-BOOM GENERATION (49-68 year-olds) currently numbers just under a quarter of New Zealand’s population. Even so, there is a pervasive notion that the generation of New Zealanders born between the end of World War II and the mid-1960s exercises...
    The Daily Blog | 17-11
  • This weeks Waatea news column – Waitangi Tribunal ruling enshrines Treaty...
      This weeks Waatea news column – Waitangi Tribunal ruling enshrines Treaty as a living document...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • Key now says SAS will be needed to protect ‘trainers’ behind the wire
    Well, well, well. What do we have here? Government could send SAS to Iraq New Zealand’s elite Special Air Service (SAS) could be deployed to Iraq to protect Kiwi troops sent to train local forces. Prime Minister John Key confirmed...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • Do You Want to Build a Meth Lab? (Frozen x Breaking Bad Parody)
    Do You Want to Build a Meth Lab? (Frozen x Breaking Bad Parody)...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • Soft soap for the rich – harsh taxes for the poor
    It’s no surprise to see New Zealand has one of the world’s lowest tax rates for the rich and the superrich. A survey by the global accounting network UHY shows New Zealand’s highest tax rates are lower than even Australia,...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • Phillip Smith and the rehabilitation process
    The dominant media narrative in horrible murder cases is that the perpetrator is unlikely ever to be rehabilitated. When it appears the offender may get parole the media turns first to family members of the victim who commonly (and understandably)...
    The Daily Blog | 16-11
  • The Nation review: Finlayson’s terrifying definition of who is on terror ...
    Terrifying Nation today on TV3. Chris Finlayson is on justifying the Government’s Muslim fear mongering and extension of even more surveillance powers. It was jaw dropping. Finlayson says ‘alienated people with a chip on their shoulder’ is the threshold to get...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • A brief word on The Block NZ
    Is it just me or did The Block manage to sum up everything that is wrong about our culture and economy? Fetishised property speculation as mass entertainment in a country of homelessness & poverty. I wonder if State House tenants...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • Waitangi Tribunal ruling
    That spluttering choking sound of a thousand rednecks being informed Maori still have sovereignty is a hilarious cacophony of stupid… Crown still in charge: Minister Chris Finlayson on Waitangi Treaty ruling The Waitangi Tribunal’s finding that Maori chiefs who signed...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • A brief word on Phillip Smith
    We can arrest student loan & fine defaulters at the airport – but not convicted child molesting killers? Before we ban manufactured ISIS ‘terrorists’ from having passports, how about we just manage to stop child molesting killers from fleeing first?...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • Free Me From Religion
          The meeting begins – or at least it’s supposed to begin – but someone interrupts proceedings. She wants everyone to pray with their heads bowed while she can “thank our Father who art in Heaven.” I close...
    The Daily Blog | 14-11
  • Key capitulates on TPPA while big money NZ set up propaganda fund
    So Key has capitulated on the ‘gold standard’ of free trade deals… The primary objective for New Zealand at Apec was to see some urgency injected into the TPP talks and to keep leaders aiming for a high quality deal....
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • Why Phillip Smith is the least of our worries
    Well, it turns out Phillip Smith wasn’t half as clever as he thought he was, and he’s been arrested within a week. If the Prime Minister is through with making tasteless jokes, perhaps we can ramp down the media hysteria...
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • Constraining Credibility
      Most economists and members of the public – on both the right and the left – believe that economies are constrained by resource scarcity most of the time. In this view, economies are supply-constrained, and that the economic problem...
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • Migrant Labour, exploitation and free markets
    Once more we read about a horror story of virtual slavery for a migrant worker in a restaurant in Christchurch. The silver lining that in this case compensation should be paid is not assured. Often in situations like this the employer winds up...
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • On baby boomers who give my generation unhelpful advice: JUST DON’T
    One of my mum’s colleagues recently told her that there is no money in what her daughter was doing; volunteering at a women’s refuge and writing on politics. This guy, dispensing all his pearls of wisdom, told my mother that...
    The Daily Blog | 13-11
  • Morbid Symptoms: Can Labour Be Born Anew?
    THE CHAIRS in the final meeting venue have been stacked away. All that expensive signage, commissioned for the benefit of the television cameras, no longer has a purpose. For the second time in just 14 months, Labour’s Leadership Contest is...
    The Daily Blog | 12-11
  • What’s Small, White, and Having Trouble Attracting New People?
    If your answer was something intimately connected to the person of Peter Dunne … then you’d be right. Last night, P-Dunney decided to bring his comedy and/or hair stylings to the twitterverse; penning a potentially somewhat ill-advised tweet in which he compared...
    The Daily Blog | 12-11
  • LATE at the Auckland Museum review – Slacktivisim: Its not just for Slack...
    Monday night is my yoga night. I’m not really very good it, I don’t really have the bendy, but I made a New Years resolution. This Monday however, I decided to put the yoga on prone and attend a gig...
    The Daily Blog | 12-11
  • Domestic violence problem bigger than Sky Tower
    Domestic violence problem bigger than Sky Tower SKYCITY’s Sky Tower in Auckland will be lit up in white on Monday evening Nov 25th at 10pm, on the eve of White Ribbon Day. The anti-domestic violence network SAFTINET (Safer Auckland Families...
    Scoop politics | 23-11
  • State Services Commissioner ‘unfit for the job’ says Little
    State Services Commissioner ‘unfit for the job’ says Little The new Labour leader Andrew Little has called for the State Services Commissioner Iain Rennie to be stood down after his handling of the Roger Sutton sexual harassment case. "The idea...
    Scoop politics | 23-11
  • Patrick Gower interviews Laila Harre
    Patrick Gower interviews Laila Harre Headlines: Laila Harre to quit as Internet Party leader by Christmas when the party has completed its review, but would love to return to parliament Says party considering options for its future including winding...
    Scoop politics | 22-11
  • Lisa Owen interviews Labour leader Andrew Little
    Lisa Owen interviews Labour leader Andrew Little Headlines: Andrew Little says the shape of his front-bench for the 2017 election may not be clear until the end of next year Indicates next week’s appointments may be temporary: “So I may...
    Scoop politics | 22-11
  • Phillip John Smith – statement
    Police and the New Zealand Embassy in Brasilia are aware of a decision from the Brazil Federal Court requiring the deportation of Phillip Smith within 10 days. Further assessment is required to ensure there is a full understanding of this...
    Scoop politics | 22-11
  • Green’s ‘not speaking out about human rights abuses in China
    Right to Life challenges Russell Norman the co-leader of the Green Party to explain why, he was prepared to ask Prime Minister John Key to talk to Chinese President Xi Jinping about human rights abuses in countries bordering China but...
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • Goodfellow congratulates Key on IDU election
    Goodfellow congratulates Key on IDU election National Party President Peter Goodfellow has congratulated Prime Minister John Key on his election today as Chairman of the International Democrat Union (IDU)....
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • Taxpayers’ Union Congratulates PM on IDU Appointment
    The Taxpayers’ Union is today congratulating Rt. Hon. John Key on becoming the Chair of the International Democrat Union , as former Australian Prime Minister John Howard retires from the role after 12 years. Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director...
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • High demand for Consumer NZ’s “Do Not Knock” stickers
    Consumer NZ has distributed nearly 100,000 “Do Not Knock” stickers since the launch of its campaign to fight back against dodgy door-to-door sellers.The “Do Not Knock” campaign was launched on 3 November 2014. Free “Do Not Knock” stickers...
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • Phillip Smith decision still pending
    Detective Superintendent Mike Pannett is returning to Washington DC where he will continue to closely monitor a pending decision from the Brazilian authorities on the process to return Phillip Smith to New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • High Court demonstration to demand justice
    People outraged at the lack of justice in the so-called ‘Roast Busters’ case and 99% of other rape cases in this country are holding a visually powerful mass action at the Auckland High Court at 1 o’clock on Saturday. They...
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • NZ Society Wins Global Award For Fighting Animal Testing
    New Zealand banning animal testing of legal highs has been acknowledged with an award given in London. The New Zealand Anti-Vivisection Society (NZAVS) was awarded the 2014 LUSH Prize for lobbying against animal testing. The prize was given at the...
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • Poor govt advice to workers on petrol station drive-offs
    The New Zealand Council of Trade Unions has raised concerns with the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment ('MBIE') regarding their reported advice to workers about the petrol station drive away issue....
    Scoop politics | 21-11
  • New Ombudsman opinion
    The Ombudsman has published his opinion on a complaint concerning the Police refusal to release information about a charging decision....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Kindergarten support staff achieve pay rise in tough climate
    The valuable contribution of kindergarten support staff has been recognised with a pay increase, despite the significant funding cuts that the kindergarten associations are experiencing....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Democracy and Conservative Religion: The Case of Islam
    “Is Islam compatible with democracy?” is a frequently-asked question. Recent rethinking of secularism and democracy have opened up new possibilities to think about religion and democracy. This question is important particularly in the case...
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • NZ fiscal watchdog needed to guard the public purse
    New Zealand needs tighter fiscal rules and an independent watchdog to improve the quality of government spending and reduce the risk of a return to deficit spending as the country’s population ages, if not before....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • NZSMI disappointed ANZTPA proposal shelved
    November 20, 2014: Consumer healthcare products industry body, the New Zealand Self-Medication Industry Association (SMI) says it is disappointed Government has once again shelved plans to create one medicines regulatory agency for both New Zealand and Australia....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Democracy Action Welcomes Tauranga Vote
    Responding to Tauranga Council’s unanimous vote not to establish separate Council seats on the basis of ethnicity, Lee Short, Democracy Action founder says: “The establishment of a Maori ward would have damaged the relationship between Maori and...
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Employer caught abusing new ‘teabreaks law’
    Employer caught abusing new ‘teabreaks law’ to exploit workers The government passed the controversial ‘teabreaks’ legislation only a few weeks ago and already Unite Union has caught an employer using this law as an excuse for ill-treating their...
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • FGC response to Commerce Commission report
    The New Zealand Food & Grocery Council is not surprised by the Commerce Commission’s findings, given New Zealand’s current legal framework....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Bascand: Brighter Money
    Seeing people’s initial reactions to the new banknote designs is a heartening reminder of what an important role currency plays in our lives, and what a sense of pride and heritage our notes evoke....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • RBNZ releases Brighter Money designs
    New Zealand’s banknotes are getting brighter and better, with the Reserve Bank today unveiling more vibrant and secure banknote designs which will progressively enter circulation later next year....
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • 25 years of children’s rights
    UNICEF and OFC celebrate 25 years of children’s rights with Just Play Sports Days On Universal Children’s Day (20 November) and as part of the Oceania Football Confederation’s (OFC) inaugural President’s Cup, UNICEF will celebrate 25 years of children’s...
    Scoop politics | 20-11
  • Xiamen delegation to Wellington has business focus
    Stronger business, education and cultural ties with our Chinese partners will be the focus when a 20-strong government and business delegation led by Xiamen Mayor Mr Liu Keqing which visits Wellington tomorrow (Friday) and Saturday as part of the...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Warriors promote White Ribbon Day message
    Warriors promote White Ribbon Day message Shine and Orakei Health Services On Tuesday, the Vodafone Warriors will promote the White Ribbon Day message to the community at Eastridge Shopping Centre, Mission Bay. The Warriors are supporting their charity...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Superannuitants to protest unethical investments
    A delegation of Auckland superannuitants will deliver a protest-card petition and protest letter to the New Zealand Super Fund this Thursday afternoon to call on the fund to divest from companies which support the Israeli occupation of Palestinian...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Manukau job cuts ‘running the place into the ground’
    Manukau Institute of Technology (MIT) confirmed to its staff yesterday that 54 jobs will go before Christmas....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Newcore Looks Pretty Rotten for Ratepayers
    Responding to the NZ Herald report that the IT system commissioned by Auckland Council to consolidate the eight systems the Super City inherited from its precursor councils could be facing a budget blowout of $100 million, Taxpayers’ Union Spokesman Ben...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Accountability following quake response inquiry not achieved
    Lessons still need to be learned from the search and rescue efforts following the February 2011 earthquake in Christchurch, a leading New Zealand lawyer, Nigel Hampton QC, says....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Our kids say: We are failing in our duty to protect them
    Our kids say: We are failing in our duty to protect them More than a quarter of Kiwi kids say children’s right to be safe and protected isn’t being upheld in New Zealand, identifying protection from violence, abuse and murder...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • PARS & Turuki Health Care collaborate on health and services
    Auckland-based PARS (People at Risk Solutions) have partnered with the Turuki Health Care Trust, to offer improved healthcare services to those in need. PARS works closely with former prisoners, providing mentoring, housing, and social services to ensure...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Children’s Plea
    A plea has been sent to all Members of Parliament, regardless of party affiliation, to accord urgency and priority to children's issues. These issues include vulnerability, safety and childhood poverty....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Treasury off track in search for sound policies
    Treasury is unlikely to find the ideas it is looking for to improve outcomes for children while its primary driver is cost-cutting, says Child Poverty Action Group....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Commission calls for answers on handling of CERA harassment
    EEO Commissioner Dr Jackie Blue is deeply concerned about the way in which the State Services Commission has handled sexual allegations made against CERA chief executive Roger Sutton this week and is calling for answers....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Ashley Dwayne Guy v The Queen: Appeal Upheld
    The appellant, Mr Guy, was found guilty by a jury of a charge of sexual violation by unlawful sexual connection. After the verdict it was discovered that, by error, the jury had been provided in the jury room with two...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • Zonta Club to Take a Stand Against Gender-Based Violence
    During the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence (25 November – 10 December), the Zonta Club of Wellington, along with members of the local community, will join nearly 1,200 Zonta clubs in 67 countries for the Zonta Says NO...
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • New UNFPA report links progress and power to young people
    A UN report launched today calls for investment in young people as they are essential to social and economic progress....
    Scoop politics | 19-11
  • The Resignation with the Golden Handshake?
    Commenting on the settlement the State Services Commission has reached with former CERA CEO Roger Sutton, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says: "Only in the public sector do you receive a payout for ‘resigning’....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • NZ must not turn a blind eye to China’s human rights record
    Amnesty International is calling on New Zealand’s Prime Minister John Key to raise China’s shameful human rights record during President Xi Jinping’s visit to New Zealand this week....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • The Resignation with the Golden Handshake?
    Commenting on the settlement the State Services Commission has reached with former CERA CEO Roger Sutton, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says:...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Treasury’s covert & extremely odd welfare consultation
    A report this morning that Treasury is ‘crowd sourcing’ ideas on welfare policy is news to Auckland Action Against Poverty, even though we are currently one of the most active groups in the area....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • NZ invites Pacific peers to review development cooperation
    New Zealand has volunteered to be the first development partner in the Pacific region to undergo a review of its aid programme by Pacific island peers. The review will focus on New Zealand’s development cooperation and will give greater insight...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • EPMU joins Pike River families to mark fourth anniversary
    Representatives of the Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union are proud to stand with the Pike River families to mark four years since 29 men lost their lives. “This is a particularly solemn day given the recent announcements of Solid Energy...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • 2013 Assessment of New Zealand’s National Integrity Systems
    SPEAKER TUILOMA NERONI SLADE: Former Judge, International Criminal Court in the Hague, former legal counsel at the Commonwealth Secretariat, Secretary-General of the Pacific Islands Forum 2008-2014. Introduced by Helen Sutch, Victoria University Council,...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Green Party ignoring Waimea’s environmental benefits
    Green Party MP Catherine Delahunty has overlooked the environmental benefits the proposed Waimea Community Dam will bring the Tasman community, says IrrigationNZ Chairperson Nicky Hyslop....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Women’s use of violence in violent relationships
    More than 80 percent of women who live with a physically violent partner will not initiate violence when they are not being hit, according to new research....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Poor credit rating linked to poor cardiovascular health
    Poor credit rating linked to poor cardiovascular health A credit score doesn’t only boil down a person’s entire financial history to a single number and somehow predict their credit-worthiness, it might also be saying something about a person’s...
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • State Services Commissioner on Roger Sutton Investigation
    State Services Commissioner Iain Rennie today said the investigation into Roger Sutton’s conduct was robust. Roger Sutton chose to resign as Chief Executive of the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA) yesterday....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
  • Predator Free NZ project welcomed
    Federated Farmers and the conservation organisation Forest & Bird are welcoming the Predator Free New Zealand initiative as an ambitious but achievable project that will have real benefits for conservation and the economy....
    Scoop politics | 18-11
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