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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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    Yesterday both the National Government and Green Party opposed the suggestion to place a toll on Auckland’s roads, but for completely different reasons. The Government opposes it because they see it as a new tax. The Greens because they would...
    Gareth’s World | 29-10
  • The obvious question
    John Key says he knows who the hacker Rawshark is. So, will the police be raiding his home for ten hours and taking all his data, or is that something they only do to enemies of the National Party?...
    No Right Turn | 29-10
  • Guest post: Living with a criminal conviction
    What happens when one moment of bad judgement changes everything anyone ever thinks about you? Mike Jones* used a weapon to defend his girlfriend from an aggressive man at a party seven years ago. He’s still paying for that choice....
    On the Left | 29-10
  • Famous Kiwi Radio Host Invites Rapists To “Call In and Defend Yourselves...
    [This post is now being live-blogged. Please check back periodically for updates. The amazing header image is by Occupy Auckland media team co-ordinator @Redstar309z and features an artistic impression of two alleged #Roastbusters serial rapists - Joseph Levall Parker (left)...
    Spin Bin | 29-10
  • Famous Kiwi Radio Host Invites #Roastbusters Rapists To “Call In and Defe...
    [This post is now being live-blogged. Please check back periodically for updates. The amazing header image is by Occupy Auckland media team co-ordinator @Redstar309z and features an artistic impression of two alleged #Roastbusters serial rapists - Joseph Levall Parker (left)...
    Spin Bin | 29-10
  • James Shaw speaks on the four Bills formerly known as the Accounting Infras...
    The assurance industry is a critical component of our economic framework. The idea that there is a trusted independent watchdog of the public interest underpins investor confidence and ensures financial probity on behalf of our country's leading institutions. New Zealand...
    Greens | 31-10
  • ANZ needs to look after its workers after another super profit
    The ANZ bank needs to acknowledge the super profits it makes are coming at the expense of its workers, the Green Party said today.Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited (ANZ) 2014 full year results show a lift in performance...
    Greens | 31-10
  • James Shaw’s maiden speech
    Tena Koe, Mr Speaker. I would like to take this opportunity to speak a little of the past, the present and the future. The privilege to serve in this Parliament was given to me by all those who gave their...
    Greens | 31-10
  • Feed the kids members bill
    Education is the best route out of poverty. But hungry kids can't learn and are left trapped in the poverty cycle. Let's break that cycle lunchbox by lunchbox. We can feed the country's hungry kids, if we work together.I have...
    Greens | 31-10
  • Feed the kids members bill
    Education is the best route out of poverty. But hungry kids can't learn and are left trapped in the poverty cycle. Let's break that cycle lunchbox by lunchbox. We can feed the country's hungry kids, if we work together.I have...
    Greens | 31-10
  • National’s “Auckland housing boom” a fizzer
    Falling Auckland consent numbers show the Government’s housing policy is going backwards contrary to wild claims by Building and Housing Minister Nick Smith that we are on the cusp of a massive construction boom, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. ...
    Labour | 31-10
  • Job losses major blow to Bay community
    Job losses at Wattie’s Hastings plant will hit families and the community hard, Hawke’s Bay-based Labour MP Stuart Nash and MP for Ikaroa-Rawhiti Meka Whaitiri say. “I know a number of the Wattie’s staff and these job losses will be...
    Labour | 31-10
  • Local job losses major blow to Bay community
    Job losses at Wattie’s Hastings plant will hit families and the community hard, Hawke’s Bay-based Labour MP Stuart Nash and MP for Ikaroa-Rawhiti Meka Whaitiri say. “I know a number of the Wattie’s staff and these job losses will be...
    Labour | 31-10
  • Zero tolerance for forestry accidents a must
    The Government must adopt a zero tolerance approach to workplace accidents in the forestry sector to stop people being killed, Labour’s Forestry spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “It is time for the Government and the forestry sector to put an end...
    Labour | 30-10
  • Return to less holidays on the cards?
    John Key needs to lay his cards on the table regarding the Government’s intentions around holiday pay and annual leave entitlements, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “A day after National pushed through laws that take away the legal...
    Labour | 30-10
  • Forest Safety report first step in making our forests safe to work in
    Our forests are a very dangerous place to work. Between 2008 and 2013 there have been 32 fatalities and more than a thousand serious harm incidents in this industry. The Council of Trade Unions and First union have been doing...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Catherine Delahunty Speaks on the Employment Relations Amendment Bill
    Kia ora, Mr Assistant Speaker. He mihi nui ki te Whare Paremata. Welcome to the glorious 19th century, dressed up in the not-so-new flexibility-speak. At the final moment of this bill, let us drop the charade. The Government has a...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Ruataniwha Feds refuse to present a balanced view
    A bid to sell the Ruataniwha water project to Hawkes Bay farmers has turned in to an incredibly one sided affair, says Labours spokesperson on Water Meka Whaitiri.  “It’s being promoted as ‘Ruataniwha it’s now or never’ and it promises...
    Labour | 30-10
  • Worker’s rights dealt severe blow with Bill’s passing
    The passing of the Employment Relations Amendment Bill is another blow to workers' rights in New Zealand, the Green Party said today.This afternoon, National's Employment Relations Amendment Bill passed with the support of Act and United Future."This bill will force...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Barriers to reporting sex crimes must go
    Both the Government and police need to take action to ensure that, in future, sexual abuse victims know they will be taken seriously, Labour’s Associate Police spokesperson Kelvin Davis says. “The young women involved in the Roast Busters case, and...
    Labour | 30-10
  • Te Wakaputanga – What we did not learn at school
    This week saw the 179th anniversary of the signing of Te Wakaputanga, the Declaration of Independence of the United Tribes of Niu Tireni. Most of us did not learn about this fundamentally critical document at school, we barely learned about...
    Greens | 30-10
  • NZ goes backwards on gender equality
    It is no coincidence that in the same week New Zealand is singled out for going backwards on child poverty under National,  we’ve also dropped in global rankings for gender equality. In one year New Zealand has dropped from 7th...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Kevin Hague questions the Minister of Health on management of Katherine Ric...
    Is he satisfied that all conflicts of interest that arose by the head of Food and Grocery Council Katherine Rich being a member of the Health Promotion Agency were managed in accordance with the provisions of the Crown Entities Act...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Bennett parks numbers on social housing
    Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett admitted today that well over 1000 families have been subsidised through the accommodation supplement to stay in the Ranui campground, somewhere she has previously described as not the right place for children to be growing...
    Labour | 30-10
  • 50,000 sign petition against anti-worker law
    More than 50,000 Kiwis have signed Labour’s petition against the Government’s scrapping of tea break entitlements, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “That’s the equivalent of five people signing our petition every minute for a week. It shows the...
    Labour | 30-10
  • Address in Reply Debate – Dr Kennedy Graham on UN Security Council- 2...
    In the Speech from the Throne last week the Prime Minister identified the usual domestic goals for his Government. I counted 17. They are not my subject today. I wish instead to focus on matters beyond our shores. In the...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Climate change harming ocean health
    New Zealand is responsible for one of the largest areas of sea in the world – an area 14 times the size of our land area. The National Government is promising new marine protected areas legislation with a discussion document...
    Greens | 30-10
  • Key misled public over Jason Ede
    Information contained in a new chapter of the book Key: Portrait of a Prime Minister, that Jason Ede stopped working for the National Party on the night the book Dirty Politics was released, shows Mr Key and senior ministers hid...
    Greens | 29-10
  • Greenpeace report highlights better path for NZ agriculture
    A Greenpeace International report highlights a better way forward for New Zealand agriculture than the GE and chemical mutation technologies supported by Federated Farmers, and the National Government through its research funding packages, the Green Party said today. "This report...
    Greens | 29-10
  • BNZ post record profits while leaving savers vulnerable
    A small part of the $850 million record profit posted by the Bank of New Zealand (BNZ) today needs to be set aside to protect savers' deposits in the future, said Green Party Co-leader Dr Russel Norman today.Dr Norman was...
    Greens | 29-10
  • RBNZ U-turn shows monetary settings were wrong
    The Reserve Bank's U-turn on interest rates today shows monetary policy settings were wrong and New Zealanders have suffered unnecessarily through the loss of jobs and having to pay higher interest rates, the Green Party said today.Reserve Bank Governor Graeme...
    Greens | 29-10
  • Ports must take responsibility for shameful death toll
    Port companies must step up and take responsibility for a shameful toll of seven deaths and 133 serious accidents in the past three years, Labour MP Iain Lees-Galloway says. The frightening figures – released by the Rail, Maritime and Transport...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Please help me get my Feed the Kids Bill to Select Committee
    Last week I took over the Feed the Kids Bill that Hone Harawira had introduced to Parliament. If passed, my Bill will provide government-funded breakfast and lunch in all decile 1 and 2 schools. Hungry kids can’t learn and are...
    Greens | 29-10
  • TVNZ Outsourcing Pasifika and Maori Programmes
    I’ve always been a big fan of our state broadcaster and I’ve particularly liked their range of current events programmes. But after Friday’s announcement that TVNZ will be sacking up to 40 staff by contracting out the Pacific and Maori...
    Greens | 29-10
  • Labour urges iwi leaders to meet with National
    Labour’s Māori Caucus has called on iwi leaders and national Māori organisations to seek urgent meetings with the National Government to directly express their concerns about employment law changes which will harm Māori workers. In an open letter sent today...
    Labour | 29-10
  • ACC’s reputation needs fix, not glitz
    Restoring public trust and confidence in ACC will take a lot more than a new communications strategy or social media blitz, says Labour’s ACC spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway. “Under National, ACC has come to be perceived as insensitive, difficult to deal...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Lessons to be learned from police investigation
    The outcome of the so-called Roast Busters case should not put victims off reporting sexual crimes, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “This case has been mishandled from the start. Within days of police initially saying no charges had...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Anti-worker legislation is anti-Pacifica
    The Minister for Pacific Peoples, Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga, will go down in history as being part of a Government that harmed his own people through anti-worker legislation, says Labour’s Pacific Island Affairs spokesperson Su’a William Sio.  “Pacific people are among...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Five-year tax holiday for overseas tax dodgers
    National has just gifted a five-year tax holiday for foreign companies dodging their tax payments, says Revenue spokesperson David Clark. “Todd McClay has pretended he is doing something about overseas companies dodging their tax duties by joining an international initiative...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Traffic Jam Tax must be given the red light
    Auckland Council’s proposed Traffic Jam Tax could cost some households thousands of dollars a year just to use roads they had already paid for with their taxes and must be rejected, says Labour’s transport and Auckland Issues spokesperson Phil Twyford....
    Labour | 29-10
  • National has chance to show leadership on limos
    The National Party has the opportunity to show leadership by transitioning our vehicle fleet towards renewable electricity when a new contract to supply Government limousines for VIPs goes to tender next month, the Green Party said today. "This is a...
    Greens | 29-10
  • The Māori Party can’t have it both ways over labour laws
    The Māori Party has to fess up over its voting record on the Employment Relations Amendment Bill, says Labour’s Māori Caucus.  “It’s simply not good enough to oppose the bill at the same time  as they helped speed up its progress through...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Equal pay and the aged care sector
    Today the High Court upheld the historic ruling by the Employment Court that our Equal Pay Act could be used to consider work of equal value cases; the government has been telling the UN and ILO that it could for...
    Greens | 29-10
  • Court case perfect opportunity for Government to improve gender pay gap
    If the Government wants to halt New Zealand’s slump in international rankings on the gender pay gap it should act on the court finding that women deserve equal wages, Labour’s Women’s Affairs spokesperson Sue Moroney says. “The World Economic Forum’s...
    Labour | 28-10
  • All Auckland transport options should be considered
    All options for meeting Auckland's transport needs should be considered, including reprioritising the transport budget away from wasteful spending on motorways, the Green Party said today.Auckland mayor Len Brown is today releasing a transport report by the Independent Advisory Board,...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Another report highlights Govt failure on child poverty
    An international report measuring the impact of the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) on child poverty rates, showing children in New Zealand have done worse than children in other countries, is further proof the Government needs to urgently take additional steps...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Address and Reply Debate Part 55: Inequality and Disability
    I rise on behalf of the Green Party to talk about inequality and disability.The recent census showed that nearly one in four New Zealanders lives with a disability—up from one in five in the previous census. These figures include some...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Address and Reply Debate Part 55: Inequality and Disability
    I rise on behalf of the Green Party to talk about inequality and disability.The recent census showed that nearly one in four New Zealanders lives with a disability—up from one in five in the previous census. These figures include some...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Child poverty: No more wake-up calls
    A new report which shows the National Government has made no inroads whatsoever into child poverty should do more than just set alarm bells ringing, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “UNICEF’s  latest Innocenti Report Card highlights the fact...
    Labour | 28-10
  • Eugenie Sage speaks in the 2014 Address in Reply Debate
    I congratulate you, Assistant Speaker Mallard, as Assistant Speaker and look forward to your knowledge, your fairness, and your light touch in being a referee of proceedings in this House. I congratulate also the other Assistant Speaker, Lindsay Tisch; the...
    Greens | 28-10
  • James Shaw’s Maiden Speech
    Tena Koe, Mr Speaker. I would like to take this opportunity to speak a little of the past, the present and the future. The privilege to serve in this Parliament was given to me by all those who gave their...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Govt airs real views on public broadcasting
    An admission by the Government that it is happy to experiment with Pacific and Maori audiences shows just how weak its vision for public broadcasting in New Zealand is, Labour’s Broadcasting spokesperson Kris Faafoi says. “National today admitted it doesn’t...
    Labour | 28-10
  • Does Judith Collins have a get out of jail card?
    Former justice minister Judith Collins appears to have been gifted a get out of jail free card based on the Prime Minister’s answers in Parliament today, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “Judith Collins claimed in an Official Information...
    Labour | 28-10
  • Solid Energy decision delay sensible
    Today’s announcement by the Board of Solid Energy that it will delay making a final decision on re-entering the Pike River mine is a sensible move, Labour’s MP for  West Coast-Tasman Damien O’Connor says. “It has been clear for some...
    Labour | 28-10
  • New York Green Bank off to a $1B start
    New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced late last week the New York Green Bank’s first NZD$1 billion tranche of green energy investments. The projects, which are difficult for the private sector to finance, are now possible by New York Green...
    Greens | 28-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Blockade the Budget
    The ‘Independent’ Police Conduct Authority’s report into the policing of student protests in 2012 is a whitewash The report released by the Independent Police Conduct Authority into the policing of student protests in 2012 is a whitewash riddled with inaccuracies....
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • When National claim new anti worker laws provide ‘flexibility’ they mea...
    And so it comes to pass. The first law National ram through as part of their victory march are new anti worker laws they pretend will generate ‘flexibility’. The new law denigrate the unions ability to protect workers and provide...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • City Transport: A Taxing Matter
    This week the prospect of paying tolls on Auckland motorways became a hot topic. (See Mathew Dearnaley:Motorway tolling could hit some hard, NZ Herald, 30 Oct 2014.) As we might expect, the kneejerk response has been quite negative. But, as with...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Open Letter to Amy Adams: Please Reopen The Review Into Sexual Violence Cou...
    Ms Amy Adams, Justice and Courts Minister, Right now in this country it seems that although rape is illegal, it is not being prevented by the agents who uphold the law. It almost feels like rape is only illegal on paper,...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • MEDIA WATCH: Does ‘No-Surprises’ Also Apply To TVNZ News?
    When you stand back and look at NZ media outlets, most of them have at least one or two people who attempt to hold the government to account: John Campbell on TV3, Guyon Espiner and others at Radio NZ, David...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Things That Make You Go Hmmmmmmm
    Every so often in politics, a public figure comes out with something so absurd and so outlandish … that it really does just make you go “Hmmmmmmmmmm”. We’re accustomed to this from certain quarters – by mid point through the...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Poverty & inequality don’t need protest marches – they need a riot:...
    The global level of inequality continues to skyrocket… Number of billionaires doubled since financial crisis The number of billionaires has doubled since the start of the financial crisis, according to a major new report from anti-poverty campaigners. According to Oxfam,...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • If Key knows who Rawshark is…
    I’m sorry, what? John Key ‘given Rawshark’s name’The Prime Minister believes he knows who hacked Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater’s computer and produced the source material for Nicky Hager’s Dirty Politics, according to a new edition of a recently published...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Child Poverty stats in NZ
    Child Poverty stats in NZ...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Crimes Act + Police Investigation = WTF
    Just to frame the farce that is the Roastbuster’s investigation and conclusion – here are the parts of the Crime Act http://www.legislation.govt.nz/act/public/1961/0043/latest/whole.html#DLM329057  the Roastbusters are proven to have violated – that the police (and some suspects!) themselves acknowledge occurred: Crimes...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Publishing Journalists’ Home Addresses Is A Tactic Of The Right, Not The ...
    I think I’m starting to get rather annoyed with the conduct of some pro-MANA people over this ongoing Parliamentary Services crew complement issue. Yes, we get that there are legitimate issues to be raised with how some political reporters in...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Aucklanders caught between a tarseal-addicted government and a weak mayor
    Len Brown’s proposal for motorway tolls to reduce congestion and provide funding for better public transport is a weak response to a critical issue. The $12 billion dollar shortfall on transport funding he talks about is mainly for projected new...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • A Very Weird Story: Deconstructing Darren Aronofsky’s Noah.
    NOAH is a curious movie. Conceived as a biblical epic, it’s target audience was originally the millions of Americans who regard the Bible as God’s inerrant word. With the sin-filled works of Hollywood forbidden to these true-believers, Christian movie-makers have developed...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • You Can Get Away With Rape In New Zealand
    Jessie Hume with last years petition against rape     The police have sent a strong message today.  In fact they’ve been sending a strong message for a while; a message that our government supports. “You can literally get away...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Roast Buster case – no charges. In the immortal words of NWA…
    Roast Busters case: No prosecutions Police are to make an announcement this afternoon on Operation Clover, the investigation into the “Roast Busters” allegations. The Herald understands the victim has been told that the alleged offenders will not be prosecuted due...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Key’s flag change distraction to cost $26million!
    No. Way. Bid to change NZ flag to cost millions The cost of holding two referendums and consulting on a change of flag has been estimated to be just under $26 million. Look. We all appreciate that the sleepy hobbits...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Why NZ Herald’s Labour Party crocodile tears are so audacious
    The front page the NZ Herald would use if they thought they could get away with it No one can take the recent columns by NZ Herald seriously… John Armstrong: Shadow lingers on National John Roughan: Labour’s leadership vote matters...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • The beginning of the end of Cameron Slater?
    Slater postings on man bizarre, court told A businessman has changed his appearance and had to install extra security at his home after Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater posted his business and personal documents online, he says. Mr Slater has...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • We are a milk power republic and Fonterra our unelected senate
    Wow. Just wow… Deputy mayor says he’ll be sacked South Taranaki deputy mayor Alex Ballantyne says he expects to be sacked because he has spoken out about the impact gasses coming from dumped Fonterra dairy products have had on his...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • MEDIA WATCH: “…But *actually* this is about ethics in political-game jo...
    Yesterday, a piece of mine on the recent revelations about Hone Harawira employing several gentlemen either accused or convicted of sex offences was published on The Daily Blog. Predictably, given the fierce loyalty which Hone inspires in his party faithful and...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • Privilege cheque
    There was no race problem in my childhood. Living in central Wellington I was well-insulated from what was going on not so far away. This was the 60s and 70s, where the teachers enjoyed free love in the staff room...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • A brief word on Key’s claim that it will be raining carnage
    Isis will ‘rain carnage on the world’ – John Key Left unchecked Isis would “rain carnage on the world”, Prime Minister John Key says, but he has yet to make a decision on whether New Zealand troops will join a...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • Meanwhile…
    ...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • How does Andrew Little win Labour Leadership and unify the caucus?
    Audrey Young’s excellent column on how the Caucus vote  is shaping up shows how Andrew Little becomes the next leader of the Labour Party. She identifies the factions as the following… Andrew Little 6: Andrew Little, David Cunliffe, Iain Lees Galloway,...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Joe Trinder – Right of response to Curwen
    You have asked that Hone Harawira deserves to explain what happened, how would he explain when his next door neighbour is an alleged sex offender. What explanation can Hone offer he wasn’t involved, Hone had no idea this offending was...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • MEDIA WATCH: That Hella-Weird Feeling When You Defend Tova O’Brien
    Oh dear. Yesterday morning I blogged that Hone deserved a chance to explain what exactly had happened as applies his office’s Parliamentary Services crew complement – and, importantly, that we deserve to be able to judge him on the strength of...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • Canadian Green MP warns against harsh anti-terror measures
    Canada’s Green Party has provided a welcome counterpoint to Prime Minister Harper’s call for tougher anti-terrorism laws in the wake of a soldier outside the Canadian Parliament. On October 22, while she was still locked in her parliamentary office, Green...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • When is an asset sale not an asset sale? When it robs from the poor and ste...
    National have turned state housing on its head. At no time during the 2014 election did the Key Government even hint that they were going to privatise 30% of the Housing NZ stock of state homes. Not once. Key even...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • Housing; broken promises, families in cars, and ideological idiocy (Part To...
    . . Continued from: Housing; broken promises, families in cars, and ideological idiocy (Part Rua) . Bill English comes clean on National’s intentions for HNZ privatisation . On 14 October, in a report on The Daily Blog, I wrote, In...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • The Questions Have Been Asked – They Deserve An Answer
    A few days ago, allegations that had been percolating for some time about Hone Harawira employing three either accused or convicted sex offenders on his Parliamentary pay-roll came to light. (one imprisoned before working for MANA; one who found himself convicted and...
    The Daily Blog | 26-10
  • I have seen one future, and it is bleak
    . . Back in  March 2012, I wrote this story regarding a march to support striking workers at Ports of Auckland. It appears there was some prescience about some of my observations at the time… . | | 18 March...
    The Daily Blog | 26-10
  • US air strike war Key wants us in has killed a civilian a day so far
      The US air strike war that John Key wants us to join has killed a civilian a day so far. From the Washington Post... The United States launched its first airstrikes on militants in Syria on Sept. 23, and has continued...
    The Daily Blog | 26-10
  • The instant Jihad syndrome
    My favourite new term is ‘self-radicalised’ – it suggests the reasons for terrorism are totally divorced from the actions of the West. This need to suddenly ramp up terror laws because of lone wolf, self-radicalised Jihadists seems convenient and counter-productive....
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • We have nothing to fear from Ebola but fear itself
    I suspect most Americans perceive Ebola like this   I can’t work out if the fear being spread within the media about Ebola is deliberate or just ignorance. Yes Ebola is a terrible plague that kills a large percentage of...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Anjum Rahman – “Meritocracy? I wish.”
    I’d like to start by linking to a post I had published at another site in support of Nanaia Mahuta for the Labour Party leadership election.  She has a reasonable chance, given that she already has the endorsement of Te...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • Chocolate milk shortage and creepy Santa? Let’s talk about real news
    Child poverty is still a scarily serious problem in this country and house prices are soaring through the roof to the point where it is simply impossible for the average New Zealander to buy a home. There is also little...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • It’s time to celebrate Kiwi schools and teachers
    Some would have you believe that New Zealand’s schools are in a state of collapse, that your children are not being educated well and that things are going to hell in a hand basket.  That there is no innovation, no...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • Ideological Blitzkrieg – Privatization of state housing, more charter sch...
    Pundits in pundit land will tell you that this Government is boring, that Key is the great pragmatist and that it is his ability to create elegant solutions that keeps him the firm favourite in many Kiwi eyes. This ability...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • Hegemony rules but resistance is fertile
    The Prime Minister is a puppet. Not just our current Prime Minister, but given the forces of multinational globalisation, the role of any head of state, is less as independent actor, and more as a puppet of international trends and...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • An open Letter to Sir Bob Jones: demanding a ‘liveable wage’ is not “...
    How out of touch with reality is Sir Bob Jones? You know, that white dude who invested in privatised SOEs after the selling off of our assets in the eighties and made a ludicrous and disgusting amount of money and is...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • My insecurity about the Security Council
    As I write this (on 24 October) it is international UN Day. Of course, you all knew that already, right? Well, the day celebrates the entry into force of the UN Charter in 1945. With the ratification of this founding...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Catherine Delahunty – Back in That House
    Parliament opened this week and I still find it a very odd place. Most of the people are reasonably courteous and friendly, but the rituals are archaic and the rules around issues like the swearing in oath are oppressive and...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Marae Investigates No More
    TVNZ yesterday announced the closure of their Māori and Pacific programmes department. That means they’ve chosen to stop making Fresh, Tagata Pasifika, Waka Huia and Marae Investigates to let independent producers get their hands on these lucrative contracts. This is...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • BLOGWATCH: An Un-Civil War in Labour, eh?
    Earlier today, my attention was directed to an entry that’s just recently appeared on the Slightly Left of Centre blog. It purports to contain the ‘inside word’ from a highly placed NZF source – which is funny, because I’m pretty sure...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Santanomics 101
    Santanomics could mean a number of things. It could be the study and practice of giving. Or it could mean the study and practice of rampant end-of-year commercialism. However, for me today it is the economics of erectingAuckland’s giant Santa...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • SkyCity boss misleads public over workers lost shifts
    SkyCity CEO Nigel Morrison has defended the employment practices at his company in an “Opinion” piece entitled “Human Capital key to corporate success” in the NZ Herald on Thursday. A number of his claims are misleading, contain only partial truths...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Review: Perfect Place
    I went to a Perfect Place on Tuesday night, and what a delight it was. The marshmallows sweetly (and forcefully) handed out pre-show, set the tone for the next hour. Walking up the stairs at The Basement was a complete...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • 5AA Australia – NZ on UN Security Council + Dirty Politics Lingers On
    5AA Australia: Selwyn Manning and Peter Godfrey deliver their weekly bulletin Across The Ditch. General round up of over night talkback issues: Thongs, Jandals and flip-flops… ISSUE 1: New Zealand has been successful in its campaign to become a non...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • When I mean me, I mean my office & when I call whaleoil I mean not as m...
    This. Is. Ludicrous. Green Party co-leader Russel Norman put the first of what are likely to be many questions about Mr Key’s relationship with Slater, asking him how many times he had phoned or texted the blogger since 2008. “None...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • A brief word on describing the Government as ‘boring and bland’
    The narrative being sown is that this Government will be a boring and bland third term. Boring and bland. Since the election, Key has announced he is privatising 30% of state houses without reinvesting any of that money back into housing society’s most...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • Roast Busters: Turn Indignation into Action
    People raged about the Roast Buster case. The indignation was justified – it was horrible. “Where were their parents!?” Fair question. I am sure the Roast Busters’ parents and the victims’ parents all wish they had been more proactive in...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Stats NZ only have themselves to blame for postponement
    The Public Service Association (PSA) says Statistics NZ only have themselves to blame for the indefinite postponement of the release of the Food Price Index: November 2014....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • NZ Diversity Survey – benchmarking workplace diversity
    AUT University’s New Zealand Work Research Institute (NZWRI) has released a report on diversity in New Zealand workplaces....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Māori Language (Te Reo Māori) Bill
    Tutehounuku Korako, Chair of the Māori Affairs Committee, is inviting further public submissions on this bill. The closing date for submissions is Friday, 5 December 2014....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • ERA amendments a mixed bag
    The Employment Relations Amendment Act has the potential to put vulnerable workers in a more precarious position, says Equal Opportunities Commissioner, Dr Jackie Blue. However, the commissioner says the right for all to request flexible work hours is...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Sensible Sentencing calls for appeal of judicial activivism
    The Sensible Sentencing Trust is appalled that Justice Jill Mallon has today refused to apply the Life without Parole (LWOP) provisions of the Three Strikes law as enacted by Parliament....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Global Rally against ISIS – for Kobanê – for Humanity, Nov 1
    The New Zealand Kurdish Community will march in solidarity with Kurdistan as part of the “GLOBAL RALLY AGAINST ISIS – FOR KOBANÊ – FOR HUMANITY” on 1 November 2014, 2pm....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Does ‘No-Surprises’ Also Apply To TVNZ News?
    When you stand back and look at NZ media outlets, most of them have at least one or two people who attempt to hold the government to account: John Campbell on TV3, Guyon Espiner and others at Radio NZ, David...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Safer roads are better for everyone
    Recent pedestrian versus vehicle incidents highlight the real issues being addressed by delegates as the 2Walk and Cycle conference concludes....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Law change creates more flexible labour market
    The Employment Relations Amendment Act, passed yesterday, will bring new flexibility to the labour market and will reduce the ability of unions to organise and to recruit....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Bumper ANZ profits mean no excuse for insecure hours
    A big rise in profits at New Zealand's largest bank needs to be reflected in a better pay offer and more security around hours of work, the bank workers’ union said today....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Count down to lowered alcohol limit
    With just a month to go until a new lower alcohol limit for adult drivers comes into effect, Police and road safety agencies are reminding drivers of the impending change....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • WorkSafe Supports Forestry Review Findings
    WorkSafe NZ says the Independent Forestry Safety Review has clearly identified the problems facing an industry in which ten workers were killed last year. “The Review’s analysis matches our own view and leaves no doubt about the need for comprehensive,...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • CTU welcomes forestry review recommendations
    The CTU is welcoming the today's release of the independent forestry safety review panel findings. "These recommendations must be implemented to ensure that everything possible is done to make forestry safer." CTU President, Helen Kelly said....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Activists will confront animal abusers
    Today animal rights activists will confront a group of wealth advisers who want to build the biggest egg factory-farm in New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Turia: Women’s Refuge Conference 2014
    This is a milestone moment in my life. This will be my last official address as Co-leader of the Maori Party. On Saturday night at our Hui-a-Tau, I will be standing down from that role and enabling a new co-leader,...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Rodeo Code of Welfare ‘Sick Joke’
    Animal advocacy organisation SAFE says the revised Code of Welfare for Rodeos just released is nothing but a sick joke. “Rodeo animals are goaded, tormented and forced to endure needless suffering and gross mistreatment, all for the sake of so-called...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Conservative Party applauds binding referenda on flag
    The Conservative Party are congratulating the Government on the decision to hold two binding referendums to decide the fate of New Zealand’s flag – and believes it will pave the way for binding referenda to form part of New Zealand...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Walk the Talk – Opposing violence against women
    Soroptimist International of Auckland have organised a walk on 22 November from Silo Park at the Wynyard Quarter through the Viaduct and back to Silo Park, to show their opposition to violence against women. This event hopes to raise awareness...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Recommendations on the Design of Pecuniary Penalties
    The Law Commission has reviewed the use of pecuniary penalties as a regulatory tool. Pecuniary penalties are financial penalties that policymakers are increasingly opting to use in place of criminal sanctions in order to punish and deter misconduct in...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Every worker will be affected by employment law changes
    Every worker will feel the effects of the government’s new employment laws and should join a union if they want to maintain and increase their wages and conditions, says New Zealand’s largest private sector union, the EPMU....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Shameful attack on all workers
    The Government has passed the Employment Relations Amendment Act slashing the rights of all Kiwi workers. “These changes are shameful. New Zealand now has some of the worst employment protections in the OECD. It is embarrassing that a country which...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Unnecessary law changes more to do with ideology
    The government’s employment law changes are simply ideological and are at odds with its approach in the related areas of health and safety and immigration law, FIRST Union said tonight....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • CTU Runanga calls on iwi leaders
    Maori workers are calling on iwi leaders to speak out against the employment law changes expected to go through today. “Iwi leaders have previously spoken out when workers in Aotearoa have been under attack, we believe they should do so...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Educating children not the best solution to alcohol harm
    Alcohol Healthwatch says we need to look beyond educating children and young people to address deeply embedded attitudes and behaviours concerning alcohol....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • New code of welfare for rodeos released
    New standards to strengthen the animal welfare requirements for rodeos have been issued today by the Minister for Primary Industries, Nathan Guy....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • IPCA report riddle with inaccuracies, say students
    A report by the Independent Police Conduct Authority into the policing of student protests in 2012 is riddled with inaccuracies, say students who laid the original complaint with the IPCA....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • CT v The Queen – indecency convictions quashed
    This summary is provided to assist in the understanding of the Court’s judgment. It does not comprise part of the reasons for that judgment. The full judgment with reasons is the only authoritative document. The full text of the judgment...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Rameka v The Queen – murder convictions quashed
    This summary is provided to assist in the understanding of the Court’s judgment. It does not comprise part of the reasons for that judgment. The full judgment with reasons is the only authoritative document. The full text of the judgment...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Auckland Council Out of Control
    Responding to the NZ Herald article that some Auckland households will face a rates rise of up to 9.6 per cent next year, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says: “Len Brown’s pledge to cap rates rises at 2.5 per...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Stats NZ staff escalate action with ‘no more meetings’ rule
    Statistics NZ staff have voted to escalate their ongoing industrial action in an effort to get Stats NZ back to the bargaining table with a reasonable offer. The staff, who are members of the Public Service Association (PSA), have been...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Rape Crisis calls for changes to criminal justice system
    Wellington Rape Crisis has added its voice to the public outcry following the announcement that there will be no charges in the teen rape gang case. Butterworth says the decision not to lay charges will not have been a surprise...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Police action justified in Blockade the Budget demonstration
    Police actions in dealing with a demonstration in Central Auckland known as Blockade the Budget on 1 June 2012 were justified and appropriate, an Independent Police Conduct Authority report released today found....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • NZDF Joins with Australia to Commemorate WWI Centenary
    A contingent of New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel will join their Australian counterparts at Australia’s first major commemoration of the First World War centenary in Albany, Western Australia this weekend....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Reserve Bank should reduce interest rate
    “The Reserve Bank should be reducing its policy interest rate, the OCR”, says CTU Economist Bill Rosenberg in response to the Bank’s announcement today that it is not increasing it....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • 2015 Stout Fellow will write about Māori & Criminal Justice
    Kim Workman, founder and advocate for the Robson Hanan Trust, which administers the Rethinking Crime and Punishment and Justspeak initiatives, has been awarded the 2015 John David Stout Fellowship at Victoria University....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • What John Key thought about ‘dirty politics’
    On September 20, John Key swept to victory to become one of New Zealand’s most successful and popular Prime Ministers. Rocked by scandal, the 2014 election campaign was one of the most brutal – and riveting – in recent history....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Trade Deal Threatens Farmers and Food Businesses
    The secret Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations are a direct threat to food businesses and farmers, and a moratorium on the release of GE crops must be enshrined in law before the TPP is signed....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • CTU announces election of new Secretary
    The contested election for the position of CTU Secretary has been won by Sam Huggard. Sam officially takes office on Monday 1 December 2014. Sam has worked in the union movement and brings a wealth of experience and a commitment...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Kim Workman awarded 2015 J.D. Stout Fellowship
    The Victoria University of Wellington 2015 J.D. Stout Fellowship, funded by the Stout Trust, has been awarded to justice reform advocate Kim Workman. Mr Workman (Ngati Kahungungu ki Wairarapa, Rangitaane) is well known for his work on criminal justice,...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • TPPA causing concern
    Concern over the secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) negotiations is being expressed in two public meetings over the next week; one at a presentation on 5th November by former councillor Robin Gwynn to the Napier City Council, the...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Kiwis rally to demand justice for ‘Roast Buster’ survivors
    Over 1,500 kiwis have rallied to demand justice after the announcement of the NZ Police decision not to lay charges in the ‘Roast Busters’ saga....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • New employment law will hurt the most vulnerable NZers
    The Public Service Association (PSA) says changes to the Employment Relations Act, expected to be passed in Parliament tonight, will hurt vulnerable workers and their families more than anyone....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Consultation to close on proposed place names
    The New Zealand Geographic Board (NZGB) Ngā Pou Taunaha o Aotearoa today advised that only one month remains before public consultation closes for 18 name proposals for geographic features and places around Te Ika ā Māui (the North Island)....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Operation Clover – Statement from Police Commissioner
    I have taken a close interest in this investigation and I am confident police have conducted a thorough and professional enquiry in what has been a challenging and complex case. The Operation Clover team has ensured that victims have been...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Better policy would have protected children from recession
    Child Poverty Action Group says an international report released by UNICEF today shows good policy can protect and improve child well-being, even during a recession....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Outcome of Operation Clover investigation
    Police have completed a multi-agency investigation, Operation Clover, into the activities of a group calling themselves “The Roast Busters”. The 12 month enquiry focused on incidents involving allegations of sexual offending against a number of girls...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • False birth registration brings home detention
    A Whangarei woman who attempted to register the birth of a fictitious child to claim a sole parent benefit was sentenced to six months home detention in the Whangarei District Court today....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Family of Robert Ellis demand a proper investigation
    The family of a New Zealander killed in Indonesia are growing increasingly concerned at the lack of information they’ve received, and the handling of the investigation into his murder....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Minister of Health must account for aged care workers’ pay
    The New Zealand Federation of Business and Professional Women (BPW NZ) congratulates rest-home worker Kristine Bartlett on her landmark claim for equal pay from her employer and successfully pursuing this to the Court of Appeal....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
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