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Written By: - Date published: 10:33 pm, October 2nd, 2013 - 81 comments
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So John Key goes out into the world to represent our interests and what does he get?

His good mate David Cameron tells him to get stuffed when he asks for better access to the UK for Kiwis.

A meeting with the Queen that made us look like a bunch of hicks.

A “hard hitting” (though weirdly squeaky) speech to the UN urging them to do something they had already done (and don’t think his sucking up to the US will get us anywhere).

And now Tony Abbott has told him to get stuffed when he’s asked for some basic citizenship rights for Kiwis across the ditch.

After all that rolling on his back and showing his belly he couldn’t even get a little tickle. Not even a small symbolic concession from his overseas mates (although you know he’s quietly offered plenty of concessions on our behalf). What an embarrassing little prick.

81 comments on “Useless”

  1. Alanz 1

    “David Cameron tells him to get stuffed”

    “Tony Abbott is [sic] has told him to get stuffed”

    And more NZ voters are telling him to get stuffed!

    • Tracey 1.1

      This must be wrong because Wayne Mapp is saying we have status in the TPPA to negotiate terms and stuff for our benefit… and we arent just sitting there nodding for any scraps off the table.

  2. vto 2

    Get stuffed Captain Useless

  3. Clement Pinto 3

    Ha, but Key, not to be outdone, tells us to get stuffed too by ignoring the GCSB concerns, the asset sale opposition etc, etc!

  4. Colonial Viper 4

    Sigh.

  5. Not another Sheep 5

    “Key said he did not expect any “deliverables” from his meeting, but it was a chance to build up “chemistry and rapport”, which was already high because he knew Abbott well. ” Stuff.co

    “deliverables” used as a Noun…………….. is there such a word????????? Moron:- Or is a ‘deliverable’ a brand new word meaning another ‘big, hard, brown, job’ to drop on New Zillend people?

    “chemistry” eewww creepy. Did Key really need to go for a ‘quickie’ with Abbott?

    “rapport”, some sleazy deal in secret face to face because Key couldn’t use electronic digital media or the GCSB would find out.

    ” because he knew Abbott well.” So ….the moron didn’t really need to go to the exorbitant expense of an Airforce 757 for a quickie few hours to build “rapport” in the first place. Something stinks about this trip !

    Perhaps the cheaper option to New Zillend taxpayers would have had Key use the Copper cable that his Brighter Future is invested in ??

    RING,RING… ” Hey Tony, John here. How are yah? Got any deliverables for New Zillenders? No?? yep, yep…. appreciate your busy running a nation of 23million and it’s your first week on the job… okay I’ll catch up with you bouta sweet deal I’ve got for you. ” CLICK.

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    • Colonial Viper 5.1

      “deliverables” used as a Noun…………….. is there such a word????????? Moron:- Or is a ‘deliverable’ a brand new word meaning another ‘big, hard, brown, job’ to drop on New Zillend people?

      Yeah, it’s standard corporate/consulting lingo.

      • GregJ 5.1.1

        Yeah, it’s standard corporate/consulting lingo.

        My personal most hated consulting lingo – “learnings”.

        FFS! :mad:

        • Paul 5.1.1.1

          Do you get paid more as a consultant if you invent new words?

        • Paul 5.1.1.2

          Do you get paid more as a consultant if you invent new words?

          • McFlock 5.1.1.2.1

            Do you get paid more as a consultant if you invent new words?

            Actually, yeah, indirectly. Invent a new buzzword as part of a “dynamic and innovative new training package”, glossy packaged presentation, and Robert’s your father’s brother.

            And if your bullshit presentation makes millions, your invented jargon percolates into the wider community as a variation of Cockney rhyming slang – it serves to differentiate clique members from outsiders (who either patently don’t understand it, or merely fail to maintain a straight face at the elevated bullshit levels).

            Of course, if our new learnings include a pre-engagement indication that an anthro-economic unit is verbally non-adaptive, then we can de-escalate the prioritisation of face-time interaction and divert them into an eDynamic relationship which hyper-streams the agreement of deliverables…

          • Colonial Viper 5.1.1.2.2

            Yes. The usual approach is for someone to publish a new business bestseller which harps on about some new (i.e. old but renamed) concepts, and for the consultants to then make a mint selling projects based on this “new” jargon.

            TQM, TPM, Just in time, Business process re-engineering, world class best practice, core competencies, centres of excellence, mission/vision/values statement, blah blah blah

    • the pigman 5.2

      “RING,RING… ” Hey Tony, John here. How are yah? Got any deliverables for New Zillenders? No?? yep, yep…. appreciate your busy running a nation of 23million and it’s your first week on the job… okay I’ll catch up with you bouta sweet deal I’ve got for you. ” CLICK.

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      But who would have laid the wreath (to tap into some all-important trans-tasman-fraternity political capital)? Who would have laid the wreath?!

      Pretty good summary otherwise.

  6. Not another Sheep 6

    So it’s just as well Key and cronies didn’t sell the RNZAF 757 then? Or there would have been no cargo hold for the “deliverables” he might have brought back at $111,521.26 per flight hour (2011)

    • the pigman 6.1

      Hopefully he had a glance out the window for that missing yacht while he was at it…

      • Not another Sheep 6.1.1

        The Wreath could have been laid by the “boat people” (who’ve already landed) in memory of the other “boat people”. You know the ones whose children/ families, human beings are in the missing yachts that can’t come to OZ now.

        Maybe Key went to Oz to launch his new book and sell it to his “brother prime minister” for ideas. It’s called
        “The John’s Way :How Politics Explains Poverty”
        Tony’s been reading it, he comments
        “I am impressed with the way the New Zealand Government has created economic growth, pursued very sensible economic policies without in any way engaging in what’s become known as austerity. ” Abbott

    • North 6.2

      Bloody outrageous. That’s close to $700K just to get to dinner. To schmooz with the whangae son of that racist old bastard Howard.

      So tell me, what was all that shit about Winston’s baubles as Labour’s Foreign Minister ? And what was all that SlaterPorn shit about Cunliffe, Robertson and Jones flying to various primaries meetings around the country ?

      This preening “yay everybody loves me” narcissistic schoolboy in the Beehive is acting like some addled rock star zipping down to St Tropez for a piss-up. Wonder if he took a bottle or two from the vineyard he knows nothing about ?

      Any links on that $111K per flight hour for the 757 ?

  7. ak 7

    (edit – handle typo in earlier note)

    chemistry…rapport…high….deliverables….

    Let’s hope that the line was fine, and it wasn’t just another case of editorial mending of Slippery diction: mild-mannered Lib-Natsy leaders talking about using chemistry on the poor and miserable while high has a worryingly familiar ring to it…..

  8. I don’t get this idea that NZers have some kind of citizenship “rights” in Australia. We already have way more rights in Australia than any other foreigners, in that we don’t need visas or work permits to live and work there. Is there some reason they should be offering citizenship as well, other than that many of us apparently would like it?

    • IrishBill 8.1

      Australians have access to social welfare and can vote while in New Zealand. And New Zealanders used to have those rights in Australia until the Howard government shut them down in 2001.

      • risildowgtn 8.1.1

        It is high time we cancelled access for Australians having access to Social welfare etc etc etc……

        Tit for tat

        but agree this PM is a international embarrassment and a failure……

        • srylands 8.1.1.1

          “Tit for tat”

          Do you know how many Australians in NZ are on welfare? Stuff all. And if we did that the Australian government would simply say “fine with us”. Who are you are trying to punish?

          To reiterate – stopping access to benefits in Australia was a New Zealand Governnment proposal. That is why Australians here still have access to welfare.

          • Tracey 8.1.1.1.1

            “Do you know how many Australians in NZ are on welfare? Stuff all.”

            source please.

          • ghostwhowalksnz 8.1.1.1.2

            There are things like access to student loans, disability payments. Then there is things like natural disasters, your Aussie neighbour will get federal assistance you will get diddly squat.

      • Tracey 8.1.2

        yes, but other than that, WHAT have we done for the Australians (h/t to Life of Brian – Python)

      • srylands 8.1.3

        “Australians have access to social welfare and can vote while in New Zealand. And New Zealanders used to have those rights in Australia until the Howard government shut them down in 2001.”

        Whooaaa. You are doing a revisionist thing with history.

        It was the NZ Government of Helen Clark that proposed that the access be shut down. New Zealand had always reimbursed Australia for the cost of welfare payments for New Zealanders living in Australia. That had applied since 1975. But the cost was becoming too high. What New Zealand was willing to pay was not meeting the cost. Helen’s view was that the new Labour Government was interested in the welfare of New Zealanders living in NZ, not in Australia. Her view was that if NZers in Aus were unhappy they could come home.

        It was Helen that put the proposal to stop access to benefits in Australia on the table. The Australian government then said that suits us fine.

        • Tracey 8.1.3.1

          Here is an assessment from an editor on stuff.co.nz

          ” The anomaly arose 10 years ago when Australia took umbrage at an overstayer amnesty in this country which would have allowed people previously unwanted by New Zealand to enter Australia and gain access to Australia’s welfare system.

          The Labour government of the day misread the strength of feeling across the Tasman and pressed ahead with the amnesty. Australia responded by tearing up the agreement that had previously entitled New Zealanders residing in Australia to the same social assistance as Australians.

          Then prime minister Helen Clark described the ending of the reciprocal welfare arrangements as a win for both countries. Australia would not have to pay any more “Kiwi dole bludgers” to surf at Bondi; New Zealand would no longer have to contribute to Australia’s welfare bill as it then did.

          However, it was never a win for this country. New Zealanders testing their opportunities in Australia lost out and New Zealand itself loses out when Australian-based Kiwis who have fallen on hard times return home to claim assistance from a welfare system to which they have not contributed.

          Australia, on the other hand, benefits from what a former Australian MP, Bob Catley, once described as New Zealand’s “foreign aid programme”.

          It gets to use the skills of educated workers whose education it has not had to pay for, but reserves the right to effectively send them home when the work dries up or they suffer other misfortune.
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          A fairer apportionment of responsibilities and rewards between the two countries makes sense. In the meantime, however, Kiwis contemplating a move across the Tasman should bear in mind the downside as well as the upside.

          If they do not qualify as permanent residents they are likely, if disaster strikes, to find themselves denied the assistance that is taken for granted here. ”

          and from wikipedia

          “New Zealanders in Australia previously had immediate access to Australian welfare benefits and were sometimes characterised as bludgers. In 2001 this was described by New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark as a “modern myth”. Regulations changed in 2001 whereby New Zealanders must wait two years before being eligible for such payments.[46] All New Zealanders who have moved to Australia after February 2001 are placed on a Special Category Visa, classing them as temporary residents, regardless of how long they reside in Australia. This visa is also passed on to their children. As temporary residents, they are ineligible for government support, aid, emergency programmes, welfare, public housing and disability support in Australia; something that is not denied to Australians in New Zealand. Attempts by the Queensland Government to pass a law that would allow government agencies to deny support based on residency status without it being considered discriminatory were condemned by Queensland’s anti-discrimination commission as an attempt to legalise state discrimination against New Zealanders, claiming it would create a “permanent second class of people”

          • JonL 8.1.3.1.1

            “If they do not qualify as permanent residents they are likely, if disaster strikes, to find themselves denied the assistance that is taken for granted here. ” I’ve been here (working), for 8 yrs….I’m too old to apply for permanent residency (over 50) without sponsorship etc, etc. Having paid about $180K in Aus taxes, if I hit hard times,I guess I’ll just have to sell up what I’ve got and move back to NZ – and welfare. Seems like a lose situation to NZ from my angle…..

      • Colonial Viper 8.1.4

        Australians have access to social welfare and can vote while in New Zealand.

        Classic NZ sense of fair play. Which the Ozzies don’t buy into, in the slightest.

    • Tracey 8.2

      But, Australia gave us Srylands… or so he writes

      • North 8.2.1

        Not so much as gave, got rid of a big bucket of detritis rather.

        • srylands 8.2.1.1

          “Not so much as gave, got rid of a big bucket of detritis rather”

          More left rudeness.

          [lprent: More right wing nutter condescension. Arrogant fuckwits like yourself who want to define the rules for debate really are rude.

          If I see you attempt to usurp my role in setting the grounds for debate again then I’ll demonstrate what sysop rudeness is. ]

      • srylands 8.2.2

        “But, Australia gave us Srylands… or so he writes”

        And the red giant star Betelgeuse gave us Tracey.

    • RedLogix 8.3

      After an hour-long meeting with Key, Abbott said he was “very happy” with the situation as it stood and Kiwis who came to Australia were expected to work and pay taxes like everybody else.

      Abbott used his Wainuiomata-born wife as an example of how the arrangement worked for both sides.

      “I’m very conscious of the great debt I personally owe New Zealand – on the other hand [my wife] says that she owes something to Australia given that Australia has been a good home to her over the last 25-30 years now.”

      New Zealanders had better access to Australia than the citizens of any other country – “and that’s as it should be”, Abbott said.

      “What I admire about kiwis in Australia is their commitment to have a go. They are have a go people. I want everyone who comes to this country to work and pay taxes from day one and in delighted that’s exactly what Kiwis have done.

      “I’m very happy with the situation that exists right now which is that Kiwis coming here know that they are expected to work and pay taxes from day one as so many of them do.”

      After emerging from their meeting, Abbott addressed Key as his “brother Prime Minister” and talked about the strong bonds in the trans-Tasman relationship.

      http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/9238539/No-change-to-Kiwi-citizenship-status-Aust-PM

      Abbott is being deeply dishonest by using his wife as an example here. Because she was resident in Australia well before 2001 and is married to an Australian her situation in Australia is fully protected. Access to citizenship and social welfare is a given for her. Using her as an example is utterly irrelevant.

      The problem that some NZ govt will eventually have to address, is that there are currently about 618,000 kiwis living in Aus under the SubClass 444 ‘Special Category Visa’. It is a temporary visa (it has to be renewed every-time you re-enter the country) and while it allows you to live and work, access Medicare or Reciprocal Health Care Agreements (in common with a number of other countries) .. there is no longer any easy path to eventually achieving citizenship for most. If you worked for a sponsoring employer for two years, or in a ‘regional’ area, then you used to be able to apply for a ‘fast-track’ visa … but even that door was shut in July 2012.

      This means that over time there are an increasing number of New Zealanders who will find themselves essentially stranded, eventually they will either retire, fall ill or will be unable to work. NZ Super (if available to them) will not sustain them and they will have zero access to any other support.

      Eventually these people will be forced to return to New Zealand. That’s the population of Wellington and Christchurch combined. It’s one of those slow demographic time-bomb things that no-one will do anything about until too late.

      Of course what is most repellent about Abbott’s line is the implied ‘you can pay your taxes but we won’t ever let you be citizens’ sneering. And then rubs it in with some blatantly insincere schmoozing about being ‘brother’ countries.

      • Tracey 8.3.1

        did she take out citizenship???

      • srylands 8.3.2

        “This means that over time there are an increasing number of New Zealanders who will find themselves essentially stranded, eventually they will either retire, fall ill or will be unable to work. NZ Super (if available to them) will not sustain them and they will have zero access to any other support.

        Many of them will have the benefit of Australia’s generous work based super schemes. If they have been working in Australia for 20-30 years they should be able to retire to NZ with nice retirement savings. Given that New Zealanders in Australia have high employment rates many will be racking up the savings (and at higher wages than NZ).

        I take your point – it is an issue that needs some attention, but more analysis would be required to determine whether it is indeed a time bomb.

        • McFlock 8.3.2.1

          So how big would the problem of people being stranded in Aus without income or healthcare have to get before your care?

    • KJT 8.4

      Happy about being able to live and work in Australia as a NZ citizen.

      I am not happy about paying taxes in Australia, when, myself and my kids, are denied many of the things those taxes pay for.

      In that current case it would be fairer if Kiwi’s working in Australia paid NZ taxes, and were exempt from Aussie ones. As it is the NZ welfare system they have to depend on if anything goes wrong.

    • Sable 8.5

      I took out citizenship just before the law was changed. I don’t blame the Australian government, this country was being used as a back door by new migrants armed with a Kiwi passport who were rejected by the Australian immigration system first time around.

      Want to blame anyone blame the NZ government for its slack immigration policy which reflects its inability to provide sound economic guidance and social policy that provides a quality standard of living to its own people who keep on leaving. Hence the need to prop up the population stats with and I hate to say this but its true, low quality imported labour. How many times has the government said “don’t worry we have more people arriving than leaving”. What they fail to mention is the quality of education and ability of these new arrivals which in many cases is sorely lacking compared to those heading to the airport.

      When I lived in OZ I came across some very talented Kiwis who said they were not getting what they needed back home. Indeed a friend of mine who had his computer science degree could not find work in NZ. Within a month of arriving in OZ he had a good grad job with a top firm and now works as a senior network engineer. He will never come back to NZ he tells me and I can not blame him.

  9. Sanctuary 9

    “…And now Tony Abbott has told him to get stuffed when he’s asked for some basic citizenship rights for Kiwis across the ditch…”

    New Zealanders who move to a deeply racist country shouldn’t be surprised when they are themselves victims of that racism.

    • One Anonymous Knucklehead 9.1

      New Zealanders who move to a deeply racist country feel at home depending on their ethnicity.

      • Sanctuary 9.1.1

        John Key last night was busy blaming Helen Clark for the current arrangement, but the deal offered by the Howard government was the current one or one restricting access to Australia to only native born New Zealanders – a racist solution from a racist government that would see me (a native born New Zealander) being treated as better than my Chinese Malay work colleague (a New Zealand citizen who moved here twenty five years ago) that was rightly repugnant to the New Zealand government.

  10. srylands 10

    “And now Tony Abbott has told him to get stuffed when he’s asked for some basic citizenship rights for Kiwis across the ditch.”

    This is a ridiculous statement. Nobody on either side expected anything different. What are we going to do? Threaten not to sell them butter?

    I expect you will apply the same test in December 2014 when Missing-T goes to visist the Australian PM. I expect to see the same “Useless” cry when Silent-T changes nothing about the current trans-Tasman arrangements.

    • idlegus 10.1

      fanny!

    • karol 10.2

      Comments that use schoolyard smears, hinting at vaginas as some kind of dirty thing, without really stating as such, are not worth reading. Gutter-tripe. Won’t be reading your comments in future, smearlands.

    • Delia 10.3

      Good lord Cryland grow up and take your foulness back to WhaleOil’s blog where it belongs I do not come to a Labour site to read crap like yours OK. So pack it in.

      [lprent: Read the about. It isn’t a Labour (ie NZLP) site, it is a labour movement site. It is a pretty important distinction that governs much of our site policies. ]

      • KJT 10.3.1

        Actually we need the Srylands on here. To remind us of the cognitive dissonance, meanness, greed and callousness, endemic on the right.

        And some other RW commentators, who do have something useful to contribute, who remind us that “they” are not all like that. Some do have the same goals for NZ as us, they just believe, rightly or wrongly, in different ways of getting there.

        • Paul 10.3.1.1

          Disagree.
          Knowing I’ll have to wade through his trolling to get to sensible debate makes me wish for his return to the sewer.

      • srylands 10.3.2

        I don’t like Whaleoil.

        • Sable 10.3.2.1

          Ahhhh shitelands, you and your kind bring out the worst in me. I swore I was going to ignore you but I find you so utterly offensive and lacking in basic human compassion and kindness I really cant help myself.

          You belong on whales slimy site. You are cut from the same poisonous, elitist, backward looking, self serving, callous cloth as the creep Slater and other misfits like Keys and co.

    • thatguynz 10.4

      I’m guessing Shitlands (yes – a deliberate insult) that you don’t see your hypocrisy of crying about people deliberately mangling your name here to cause you offense (what you are calling “rude”) with your ongoing puerile “Silent T / Missing T” jibes? They are precisely the same no?

      Just saying…

    • Tracey 10.5

      why would anyone expect left wing labour to get traction with right wing Abbott? Key on the other hand, the charming right-wing currency trader said Tony was nice and he likes him. Tony waxed ideologically about the surreal version of NZ that Key likes to paint… and still a NO.

  11. Useless little prick eh? Not to the Queen and her “firm” he isn’t. $ 30 million to Rio Tinto with her as a huge share holder comes in right handy. Him selling the TPPA on behalf of his bankster buddies is going quite well too. Total financial deregulation and bankers let loose to rip off Kiwi’s like they do Americans coming our way as I write this.

    John Key is not a useless little prick to them. No Sir! And his $ 50 million putting him in with the richest 202,000 people of the world tells me they really appreciate his endeavors on their behalf.

    And they think that you are the useless one so you might want to ditch that sense of superiority that makes you believe you’re actually smarter than John Key and his bankster mates.

    He was at Balmoral with the MSM making him look like a dip so people like you wouldn’t actually ask yourself why a scheister like him would be visiting arguable one of the most powerful people in the world. he came away from the place full of energy to promote the Queen’s descendents to be the hereditary heads of state of 54 countries including these Islands and if you think they don’t hold any power you are even more deluded.

    • Colonial Viper 11.1

      Good points.

    • Ramsay 11.2

      “Useless little prick…”

      Comments that use schoolyard smears, hinting at male genitals as some kind of dirty thing, without really stating as such, are not worth reading. Gutter-tripe. Won’t be reading your comments in future.

      • travellerev 11.2.1

        Actually the word prick was used in the actual post. I make the point that calling someone who belongs to the richest 202,000 people in the world a useless or embarrassing and little may be a bit of misnomer. A prick he may be. A Rich Prick he most assuredly is but useless, embarrassing?

        And feel free not to read my comments. Wouldn’t want you to feel too uncomfortable. What with the cognitive dissonance and all! :lol:

      • karol 11.2.2

        Thank you for quoting me out of context, Ramsay.

        Actually, the equivalent to the female genital reference I was responding to would have been”useless little P.”

        And the words used for male and female genitals are not equivalent. Both are used in ways intended to put men down by attacking their masculinity – prick is used to attack masculinity by reference to small size. The term for female genitals has far deeper anti-woman associations, merely because it refers to female sexuality.

    • Crunchtime 11.3

      I’ve heard many reports that he’s doubled his worth to 100 mil since taking office. That puts him in an even smaller more exclusive club.

      Not bad performance for a blind trust eh?

  12. i was gonna do one of these..

    ..now i can just link to yrs instead..

    (my rough-draft uses ‘fuck-off!’..

    ..but ‘stuff’ will do..)

    ..phillip ure..

  13. captain hook 13

    Da troof iss we is a gang of hicks!
    I hope the Queen told him off for the crummy little dweebs in the Advertising Agencies mocking the royal family to sell their goods.
    If Doncoyote cant recognise that this sort of behaviour is deleterious to the country’s morale and standing in the world then he is a bigger moron than I thought he was.

  14. Zaphod Beeblebrox 14

    ‘Deeply racist’- Just because 43% of us voted for Abbots drive the refugees into the sea policy does not mean everybody over here is ‘deeply racist’. We still take a higher percentage of refugess per head than any other country bar Canada.

    I’m actually confused as to why Key would be opposed to the current arrangements. I thought kiwis wanted more of its own back home. Did not Key campaign on the basis of bringing more home in 2007?

    • GregJ 14.1

      While I don’t disagree with you that not all Aussies are “deeply racist” the anecdotal evidence from my extended family in Australia (some Australian born, others born in NZ) is that Australia has a deeply embedded vein of racism. New Zealand is by no means perfect but their opinion is that NZ is a long way ahead of Australia on race relations as well as gender & LGBT issues (not that we don’t have a long way to go).

      We still take a higher percentage of refugess per head than any other country bar Canada.

      A claim used by many who don’t actually want refugees in Australia that appears to lack some substance. Even if it was true it doesn’t excuse some of the worst aspects of the official Australian response & treatment of those seeking refuge in the country.

  15. Intrinsicvalue 15

    Refusing to accept illegal immigrants is not “driving refugees into the sea”. Australia is a sovereign state and as such can determine it’s own immigration policies in the interests of it’s own people.

  16. Zaphod Beeblebrox 16

    How else would describe the tow back the boats policy? Remember most of these boats barely make it outside Indonesia’s thin jurisdiction anyway.

  17. Sable 17

    Serves the jumped up little twit right. Keys should be looking after his own people rather than selling out to a bunch of Poms and Yanks. Now he can see they couldn’t give two shits about him, he’s a nobody outside NZ. Worse still because of his appalling behaviour back home he’s now increasingly hated here too. Talk about shafting yourself….

    • He is looking after his own people. The richest 202.000 on this planet. You, I ques, are not in that group.

      • Sable 17.1.1

        So I’m not entitled to push for a government that looks after its own people? I’m guessing that’s what you are implying, assuming you have a point…..

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    This article is about the future landscape of science in general, and climate science in particular. Just a few days ago, the Chinese Academy of Sciences hosted a small workshop which involved scientists from around the world that work on...
    Skeptical Science
  • Tory lies and deceit on immigration, Part 356,000,000
    Seems the Tories can't make realistic promise, or keep the unrealistic ones the make.  It seems Tories all live in a sad fantasy land of delusion.  In this benign envirornment - let's call it Bullindonia - it is okay to...
    Left hand palm
  • Highfalutin toff scum brought to justice
    Andrew 'Pleb' Mitchell, the gift that keeps on giving:Andrew Mitchell, the former Conservative cabinet minister at the centre of the long-running Plebgate saga, lost his high court libel trial on Thursday in a ruling that leaves him facing an estimated...
    Left hand palm
  • Stuart’s 100 #60: The Humble Zebra
    60: The Humble Zebra What if we had more and safer zebra crossings? And what if it wasn’t so hard to put one in? For a while there, it was seeming that the humble zebra was something of an endangered...
    Transport Blog
  • Five Reasons Why John Key Should Resign
    There are many reasons why the Prime Minister John Key should resign, but here are five:It is unbecoming and unethical for our Head of State to continue to have a personal and ongoing relationship (txt conversations) with a discredited 'shock...
    Local Bodies
  • Hearing the submissions
    I've been watching the webstream of the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade committee's hearings on the Countering Terrorist Fighters Legislation Bill. Its been interesting viewing. So far, I haven't seen a single submitter who has approved of the process or...
    No Right Turn
  • Kim Dotcom, the far left and Te Tai Tokerau: an autopsy
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    Redline
  • Kim Dotcom, the far left and Te Tai Tokerau: an autopsy
    Kim Dotcom and Mana Party leader Hone Harawira by Philip Ferguson After the September 2014 election, and in particular the loss of the Mana Party’s Te Tai Tokerau seat in parliament, Kim Dotcom apologised to Mana leader Hone Harawira for...
    Redline
  • Friday fun: Overseas beer ads
    It's 3:30 on Friday and astoundingly I'm thinking about beer. Here are some of the best beer ads from Not Here, IMHO. Enjoy. Love the kung fu! "Sharks have a week dedicated to him." Gold. The whole Errol Morris /...
    Polity
  • Johnny and Andy
    Looking ahead a little bit Just a thought we haven’t had much good stuff lately so when very we plainly see Johnny, the shitty little playground bully suddenly shit copiously in his pants and the teachers say hey whooooo fuck...
    Redline
  • Johnny and Andy
    Looking ahead a little bit Just a thought we haven’t had much good stuff lately so when very we plainly see Johnny, the shitty little playground bully suddenly shit copiously in his pants and the teachers say hey whooooo fuck...
    Redline
  • Utter contempt for the OIA
    The OIA is very clear: requests must be answered "as soon as reasonably practicable, and in any case not later than 20 working days [of receipt]". While that time limit can be extended, that can only be done if a...
    No Right Turn
  • Success!
    Earlier this year, the government effectively banned legal highs by withdrawing all interim certifications for them. How's that worked out? The front-page of the Manawatu Standard today tells me that "Meth use on rise after legal high ban":Former methamphetamine addicts...
    No Right Turn
  • John Banks isn’t (yet) innocent
    The news that the Court of Appeal has overturned the guilty verdict against John Banks' for knowingly filing a false election return in relation to his failed 2010 Auckland mayoral campaign is not surprising. To understand why, you need to...
    Pundit
  • Hard News: Friday Music: Good ideas that don’t work
    Stinky Jim has been playing a rather engaging cumbia version of New Order's 'Blue Monday' on his 95bFM radio show. Having tracked down the Soundcloud stream, I thought that I would quite like, in my old-fashioned way to, you know, buy...
    Public Address
  • And the Banks saga rolls on…
    It’s just been reported that John Banks has been successful in his appeal, with the Court of Appeal overturning his conviction and ordering a new trial. The appeal hinged on the evidence of two US-based businessmen, David Schaeffer and Jeffery...
    Occasionally erudite
  • Tonga votes
    Tongans went to the polls yesterday in their second election since the 2010 democratic reforms - and threw out most of their Parliament, returning only five of their incumbent People's Representatives (and only one PR Cabinet Minister). Unfortunately this doesn't...
    No Right Turn
  • What if a technology revolution happened and nobody noticed?
    A new NZIER research report, entitled “Disruption on the road ahead! How auto technology will change much more than just our commute to work“, makes the case that new technologies will upend urban transport systems: Near autonomous cars followed by...
    Transport Blog
  • Submission on the Countering Terrorist Fighters Legislation Bill
    Below is my submission on John Key's Countering Terrorist Fighters Legislation Bill. Hopefully some of you made your own as well. I oppose the Countering Terrorist Fighters Legislation Bill and ask that it not be passed. I also oppose the...
    No Right Turn
  • River story winner Bill Kerrison – Saving NZ’s longfin eel
    The Award winning River story for the 2014 New Zealand River awards story is about one man, Bill Kerrison, who has worked tirelessly for more than 20 years trapping and transferring eels and other native fish species past the dams...
    Gareth’s World
  • Little Expecting A Lot
    Great Expectations: Labour's new leader, Andrew Little, is expecting a lot more from his Shadow Cabinet than the standard neoliberal commitment to keeping the books in the black. He will not be judging the worth of Labour’s economic policies by...
    Bowalley Road
  • Prolongation of Life and the Quality of Life.
    A couple of comments to an earlier column asked questions about the quality of life versus the prolongation of life....
    Pundit
  • Saving Peatland With the President
    Today we made history in the protection of Indonesian peatlands. I’ve just got back from a monitoring trip to Sumatra’s devastated peatland forests with Indonesia’s new president Jokowi, where the president witnessed firsthand ongoing peatland and rainforest destruction and took...
    Greenpeace NZ blog
  • Submission on the Countering Terrorist Fighters Legislation Bill
    Submission of the Tertiary Education Union Te Hautū Kahurangi o Aotearoa to the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee on the “Countering Terrorist Fighters Legislation Bill” Introduction The Tertiary Education Union Te Hautū Kahurangi o Aotearoa (TEU) welcomes this opportunity to respond to the proposed...
    Tertiary Education Union
  • Gordon Campbell on Andrew Little’s debut, Mockingjay, and drunk texting
    John Key’s credibility has taken a hammering this week – at least among the 50% of the electorate who have always had doubts about him on that score. The other substantial story of the week has been about Andrew Little’s...
    Gordon Campbell
  • Five houses
    Labour's Phil Twyford says: The Fourth Auckland Housing Accord monitoring report shows the Accord has failed to make a dent in the city's housing crisis, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. "The report says consents for only 354 dwellings were...
    Polity
  • Round up the usual suspects
    This post is just to keep track of all the people Cameron Slater has accused of being involved in the conspiracy to hack his computer and kill him. As Giovanni Tiso has pointed out, when Slater posts about Rawshark he...
    DimPost
  • The Soya Moratorium lives on – but what will follow after it?
    For eight years, the Soya Moratorium has protected the Amazon rainforest from deforestation. It has just been renewed for the eighth time. But what happens when it ends for good, 18 months from now?The Soya Moratorium was the industry’s answer to our campaign...
    Greenpeace NZ blog
  • 2014 New Zealand River Award Winners
      Two Canterbury rivers – the Otukaikino and Cam – took out 1st and 3rd place in the 2014 New Zealand River Awards for the most improved rivers in the country. The Oroua River in the Manawatu was the 2nd...
    Gareth’s World
  • Neetflux: Leak absorbent
    ...
    On the Left
  • Housing Accord first year results
    The results for the first full year of the Housing Accord between the government and Auckland Council have just been released. It’s a politically charged topic – witness the government talking it up (“First year Auckland Housing Accord target exceeded“),...
    Transport Blog
  • Armchair psychoanalysis of the day
    A week ago I was having coffee with some fellow politics nerds, scoffing at the idea that newly elected Labour MP Andrew Little could defeat Key in 2017. ‘The best he could hope for’, I pontificated, ‘Is to get up into...
    DimPost
  • Doctors support call for independent health assessment
    Press Release – Association of Salaried Medical Specialists Senior doctors and dentists are formally throwing their weight behind growing calls for a formal independent health assessment of the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA). A recommendation about the TPPA was put...
    Its our future
  • Mercury Rising: 2014 Likely to Surpass 2010 as Warmest Year on Record
    The monthly global analysis for October has been released at NOAA's National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) and it reveals that global surface temperature for October 2014 is the warmest October in 135 years of record-keeping. This follows on from the 2nd...
    Skeptical Science
  • Legal Beagle: A rather incomplete submission on the Countering Terrorist Fi...
    I've been busy lately, and have been unable to prepare the submission on the Countering Terrorist Fighters Legislation Bill that I would have liked. I also have a half-written blog post fact-checking claims made before the bill was released by...
    Public Address
  • US Report shows zero Australian economic growth from TPP
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    Its our future
  • Stuart’s 100 #59: Missing from the City Centre Series: Street Kiosks
    59: Missing from the City Centre Series: Street Kiosks What if there were flower sellers on Queen Street? Our city centre is really starting to burgeon with pedestrian activity and public life through the day and well into the evening,...
    Transport Blog
  • The Law Society on the spy bill
    At the moment the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade committee is hearing submissions on John Key's Countering Terrorist Fighters Legislation Bill. One of the first submitters was the Law Society. So what did they think of it? It is a...
    No Right Turn
  • John Key’s TXTs and the Public Records Act
    Today in Question Time, in response to further questions about the Prime Minister's communications with sewerblogger Cameron Slater, Steven Joyce (on behalf of the PM) informed the House that Key deletes all his text messages, "in case his phone is...
    No Right Turn
  • No freedom of speech in Pakistan
    Veena Malik is a Pakistani actor. In May this year she played a role in a historical wedding scene based on the marriage of one of Muhammed's daughters. For this, she has been sentenced to 26 years in jail for...
    No Right Turn
  • Council washes hands of pensioner housing
    Hamilton City Council is washing its hands of its social responsibility to care for its elderly residents by selling off its homes for pensioners, Labour’s Hamilton-based MP Sue Moroney says. “The Council’s decision to sell its remaining 344 pensioner housing...
    Labour
  • Bold response required to Blueprint
    The Government must give urgent consideration to recommendations in The People’s Blueprint if it is serious about tackling New Zealand’s deplorable record of child abuse and domestic violence, Labour’s Justice and Children’s spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says.“The ‘one family, one judge’...
    Labour
  • Private prisons poaching in state jails
    The Corrections Department-sanctioned poaching of public prison officers for the new private prison at Wiri has to stop, says Labour’s Corrections spokesperson Kelvin Davis.  “It is unacceptable that prison staff are being trained by Corrections and then being poached by...
    Labour
  • Climate report- a must read for all New Zealanders
    A strong scientific analysis of rising sea levels in New Zealand by the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment makes climate change the number one issue for our city planners, says Labour’s Climate Change spokesperson Megan Woods.  “Dr Jan Wright’s report...
    Labour
  • Exports drop puts more pressure on surplus
    A 5 per cent fall in exports shows National’s reputation for economic management is taking a hit and even puts its golden surplus target at risk, say Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson and Exports Growth spokesperson David Parker. “Bill English’s...
    Labour
  • Fourth housing report confirms failure
    The Fourth Auckland Housing Accord monitoring report shows the Accord has failed to make a dent in the city's housing crisis, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. "The report says consents for only 354 dwellings were approved in the special...
    Labour
  • Fourth housing report confirms failure
    The Fourth Auckland Housing Accord monitoring report shows the Accord has failed to make a dent in the city's housing crisis, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. "The report says consents for only 354 dwellings were approved in the special...
    Labour
  • Ministers all over the place on Smith passport
     Ministers responsible for the Phillip Smith debacle are at  odds over the passport he used to escape, says Labour’s Corrections spokesperson Kelvin Davis.  “It  beggars belief that Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne says the passport issued to Smith, under his...
    Labour
  • Ministers all over the place on Smith passport
     Ministers responsible for the Phillip Smith debacle are at  odds over the passport he used to escape, says Labour’s Corrections spokesperson Kelvin Davis.  “It  beggars belief that Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne says the passport issued to Smith, under his...
    Labour
  • Green Party Co-leader Russel Norman’s speech – Rod Donald Memorial Lect...
    It's been nine years since Rod's tragic death. I'd like to start out by talking about what Rod achieved. Then I want to talk about the things that I think he might want us to achieve in his absence. We...
    Greens
  • Hard road ahead for thousands more Kiwi kids
    News that there will be 8000 more students in low decile schools next year reinforces the absolute failure of the National Government’s economic approach, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “The gap between the haves and the have-nots is increasing....
    Labour
  • Hard road ahead for thousands more Kiwi kids
    News that there will be 8000 more students in low decile schools next year reinforces the absolute failure of the National Government’s economic approach, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “The gap between the haves and the have-nots is increasing....
    Labour
  • Free your voices
    Last week Victoria University of Wellington lecturer’s Dr. Sandra Grey and Dr. Charles Sedgwick released some figures from the 2013/14 update of the 2008/9 survey of the community and voluntary sector. Their research question was: ‘How is democracy – as...
    Greens
  • The facts of power price rises
    Everyone knows power prices are increasing and it feels like it is eating more and more of their weekly pay check. This morning I released census data showing this common feeling is in fact borne in the data. The data...
    Greens
  • Slavery was cheap too…Pay equity fight back to court
    Today the NZ Aged Care Association announced they will appeal the decisions of the Employment Court and Court of Appeal in favour of Kristine Bartlett, to the Supreme Court. They say they have no choice but to appeal because many...
    Greens
  • Why Pakeha are so offended by John Key’s idea of a peaceful settlement
    The statements by the Prime Minister on the Waitangi Tribunal ruling that Maori never ceded sovereignty in 1840 are enough to make any student of history choke. First was the denial that the ruling means anything significant. And then there...
    Greens
  • Restoration of the Christchurch Arts Centre well underway
    It was inspiring to be shown some of the major restoration and rebuilding work underway at the Christchurch Arts Centre recently. With 22 of 23 Arts Centre buildings damaged by the earthquakes, this is one of the largest heritage restoration...
    Greens
  • Key’s vile smear machine questions left unanswered
    The report into Judith Collins’ involvement in undermining the former Serious Fraud Office boss leaves major questions unanswered about the smear machine run out of John Key’s office, Labour MP Megan Woods says. “This report has deliberately narrow terms of...
    Labour
  • Key’s vile smear machine questions left unanswered
    The report into Judith Collins’ involvement in undermining the former Serious Fraud Office boss leaves major questions unanswered about the smear machine run out of John Key’s office, Labour MP Megan Woods says. “This report has deliberately narrow terms of...
    Labour
  • Govt must make up lost time on sexual violence law reform
    The Government must prioritise any recommendations from the Law Commission to improve criminal process for sexual violence cases after it stalled reform work for two years, Labour’s Justice spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says. “Labour is pleased Justice Minister Amy Adams has...
    Labour
  • Govt must make up lost time on sexual violence law reform
    The Government must prioritise any recommendations from the Law Commission to improve criminal process for sexual violence cases after it stalled reform work for two years, Labour’s Justice spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says. “Labour is pleased Justice Minister Amy Adams has...
    Labour
  • White Ribbon day should last all year
    White Ribbon Day is an opportunity for all men to stand up and affirm to never commit, condone or remain silent about violence towards women, says Labour’s Associate Justice Spokesperson Kelvin Davis.  “Violence towards women is rampant across all sectors...
    Labour
  • White Ribbon day should last all year
    White Ribbon Day is an opportunity for all men to stand up and affirm to never commit, condone or remain silent about violence towards women, says Labour’s Associate Justice Spokesperson Kelvin Davis.  “Violence towards women is rampant across all sectors...
    Labour
  • Report confirms John Key abused power of PM’s Office
    Today's Inspector General of Intelligence and Security's (IGIS) report confirms that the Prime Minister's office engaged in a serious abuse of power, says the Green Party.The IGIS report looked at the release of an Official Information Act request to disgraced...
    Greens
  • IGIS report a damning indictment on former spy boss
    The report by Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security into the release of classified documents is a sad and damning indictment on former spy boss Warren Tucker, Labour’s MP for Mount Roskill and former leader Phil Goff says.  “This report upholds...
    Labour
  • IGIS report a damning indictment on former spy boss
    The report by Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security into the release of classified documents is a sad and damning indictment on former spy boss Warren Tucker, Labour’s MP for Mount Roskill and former leader Phil Goff says.  “This report upholds...
    Labour
  • South Auckland disadvantaged by new decile rankings
    New decile rankings have South Auckland schools at scores that show they are much more disadvantaged than the national average, says Labour’s Associate Auckland  Issues spokesperson Louisa Wall.  “As a measurement of disadvantage it is alarming that the average score...
    Labour
  • South Auckland disadvantaged by new decile rankings
    New decile rankings have South Auckland schools at scores that show they are much more disadvantaged than the national average, says Labour’s Associate Auckland  Issues spokesperson Louisa Wall.  “As a measurement of disadvantage it is alarming that the average score...
    Labour
  • Sexism, rape culture and power
    Our discourse around sexual violence is complicated. All too often perpetrators are described as ‘monsters’, so when someone you know tells you the lovely man that you really like sexually abused them it’s hard to believe, because they’re not a...
    Greens
  • Time for an economy that works for all New Zealanders
    New Labour Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson says the challenge for the National Government is to support an economy that delivers good, sustainable jobs paying decent wages. “It’s time the economy delivered for all New Zealanders, not just the fortunate few....
    Labour
  • Time for an economy that works for all New Zealanders
    New Labour Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson says the challenge for the National Government is to support an economy that delivers good, sustainable jobs paying decent wages. “It’s time the economy delivered for all New Zealanders, not just the fortunate few....
    Labour
  • New faces, wise heads in bold Labour line up
    Labour Leader Andrew Little today announced a bold new caucus line up which brings forward new talent and draws on the party’s depth of experience....
    Labour
  • Plan for mega factory farm ruffles feathers
    Not long ago I wrote about the proposal to build a mega factory farm in the small township of Patumahoe that would confine over 300, 000 hens to colony cages. This week the resource consent hearing for the proposed factory...
    Greens
  • National opens door further to Chinese property speculators
    National has further opened the door to Chinese property speculators with the registration of a third Chinese bank here that will make it easier for Chinese investors to invest in New Zealand properties, the Green Party said today."As well, former...
    Greens
  • National restarts logging in West Coast forests
    “Dead wood also contributes by providing nutrients to soils, supporting the agents of wood decay such as fungi and invertebrates and it is a key habitat for the regeneration of some trees.” Annual Report 2013/14, page 29. The National Government has...
    Greens
  • National restarts logging in West Coast forests
    “Dead wood also contributes by providing nutrients to soils, supporting the agents of wood decay such as fungi and invertebrates and it is a key habitat for the regeneration of some trees.” Annual Report 2013/14, page 29. The National Government has...
    Greens
  • National restarts logging in West Coast forests
    “Dead wood also contributes by providing nutrients to soils, supporting the agents of wood decay such as fungi and invertebrates and it is a key habitat for the regeneration of some trees.” Annual Report 2013/14, page 29. The National Government has...
    Greens
  • Lab plan the beginning of slippery slope?
    It’s time for new Health Minister Jonathan Coleman to show his hand on plans to privatise lab services which doctors are warning could put patients’ lives at risk, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says. “Clinicians have sent the Government some...
    Labour
  • Lab plan the beginning of slippery slope?
    It’s time for new Health Minister Jonathan Coleman to show his hand on plans to privatise lab services which doctors are warning could put patients’ lives at risk, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says. “Clinicians have sent the Government some...
    Labour
  • A-G called on to look into flagship ‘cost-saving’ programme
    New health Minister Jonathan Coleman has some serious questions to answer following a decision to wind up the Government’s flagship health savings provider HBL just a fortnight after giving it the green light to implement its plans, Labour’s Health spokesperson...
    Labour
  • A-G called on to look into flagship ‘cost-saving’ programme
    New health Minister Jonathan Coleman has some serious questions to answer following a decision to wind up the Government’s flagship health savings provider HBL just a fortnight after giving it the green light to implement its plans, Labour’s Health spokesperson...
    Labour
  • Prime Minister’s warped view of history
    Students who sat NCEA level 3 history exams last week might be very worried to hear the Prime Minister tell a Radio Station that New Zealand was one of the few countries that was settled peacefully by Europeans. Those students who wrote...
    Greens
  • Prime Minister’s warped view of history
    Students who sat NCEA level 3 history exams last week might be very worried to hear the Prime Minister tell a Radio Station that New Zealand was one of the few countries that was settled peacefully by Europeans. Those students who wrote...
    Greens
  • Prime Minister’s warped view of history
    Students who sat NCEA level 3 history exams last week might be very worried to hear the Prime Minister tell a Radio Station that New Zealand was one of the few countries that was settled peacefully by Europeans. Those students who wrote...
    Greens
  • Climate of fear needs addressing
    It is hugely concerning that community and volunteer groups feel they are being gagged from speaking out against the Government, Labour’s Community and Voluntary Sector Spokesperson Louisa Wall says.  A Victoria University survey of 93 sector groups has found 50...
    Labour
  • Climate of fear needs addressing
    It is hugely concerning that community and volunteer groups feel they are being gagged from speaking out against the Government, Labour’s Community and Voluntary Sector Spokesperson Louisa Wall says.  A Victoria University survey of 93 sector groups has found 50...
    Labour
  • Mandatory code of conduct needed for supermarkets
    Labour has drafted legislation to establish a mandatory code of conduct for supermarkets to ensure New Zealand suppliers are not affected by anti-competitive behaviour. “Even though the Commerce Commission found no technical breaches of the law through some of Countdown’s...
    Labour
  • Mandatory code of conduct needed for supermarkets
    Labour has drafted legislation to establish a mandatory code of conduct for supermarkets to ensure New Zealand suppliers are not affected by anti-competitive behaviour. “Even though the Commerce Commission found no technical breaches of the law through some of Countdown’s...
    Labour
  • National softening public up for 7th successive deficit
    Finance Minister Bill English is softening the public up for an announcement that National is going to fail in even its very limited goal of achieving a budget surplus, the Green Party said today."No finance minister in a generation has...
    Greens
  • National softening public up for 7th successive deficit
    Finance Minister Bill English is softening the public up for an announcement that National is going to fail in even its very limited goal of achieving a budget surplus, the Green Party said today."No finance minister in a generation has...
    Greens
  • The Deep State Surfaces
    IT IS EIGHTEEN YEARS since education lecturer, Denis Small, surprised two Security Intelligence Service (SIS) agents attempting to break into the home of the anti-free trade activist, Aziz Choudry. The SIS was to pay dearly (quite literally as it turned...
    The Daily Blog
  • Why bother joining a union?
    This past couple of weeks Unite has had a number of graphic examples on why it can make a huge difference in you work life whether you are a union member or not. 100 cleaners jobs at SkyCity were saved...
    The Daily Blog
  • Ferguson – it just ain’t cricket
    Why do white men fear young black men? Why in this country do we continue to struggle with this? Asked by an old black guy in Ferguson, the crafty questions were answered by an abrupt end to the story to...
    The Daily Blog
  • MEDIA WATCH: If we want to understand the world around us, we might be bett...
    Psychologist Daniel Kahneman is a Nobel Prize winner and author of Thinking, Fast and Slow, a depressing but impressive book that is the culmination of his life’s work. Kahnemann proposes that people think in two different modes – ‘fast’ and ‘slow’....
    The Daily Blog
  • The Daily Blog Breakfast Club Ep 2.
    TDB Video: The Daily Blog Breakfast Club, Live from Verona Cafe on K-Rd, Auckland – a weekly current affairs show with TDB Editor Martyn Bradbury. This week Activist and blogger Jessie Hume and political commentator Keith Locke. This Week: Topic...
    The Daily Blog
  • The Slater-Key Txt-Messages Trip-Up – Did Cameron Slater Plan this?
    . Cameron Slater (L) and John Key (R) . Timeline Sunday 23 November: John Key apologises to right-wing blogger Cameron Slater over the publication of an email that forced Justice Minister Judith Collins’ resignation. Monday 24 November: John Key and...
    The Daily Blog
  • When the teflon is stripped away…
    . . To re-cap something I wrote on 13 September, regarding a hard-hitting interview between “The Nation’s” Lisa Owen and John Key; For possibly the first time since Stephen Sackur interviewed Key on Hard Talk in May, 2011, this [...
    The Daily Blog
  • My Select Committee submission against the “terrorist fighters” bill
    This morning I gave this “oral submission” to the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee opposing the Countering Terrorist Fighters Bill.  It is a pity only Greens are against the Bill. It’s a pleasure to be able to talk to...
    The Daily Blog
  • Pixies in the Garden? Making money
    In 2009, John Key said “there aren’t little pixies at the bottom of the garden printing cash” (John Armstrong, Colin Espiner). He was wrong of course. Just about every country has its own pixie-in-chief, though not at the bottom of the...
    The Daily Blog
  • AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL PRESS RELEASE – Government must allow further scrut...
    As the New Zealand government seeks to rush new through new anti-terror legislation, Amnesty International is raising grave concerns over the speed at which the Bill is being rushed through Parliament and is calling for an extension to the consultation...
    The Daily Blog
  • Tension inside the Blue Tent – questions that should be asked
    With Andrew Little on fire taking a straight shooting no crap approach to Key’s dead eyed duplicity, the tensions inside the Blue Tent of National are at risk of erupting again. When the TeamKey brand falters, National’s factions sharpen their knives....
    The Daily Blog
  • FiveAA Australia: Is NZ’s PM a Liar? + Kim Dotcom Says He’s Broke
    5AA’s Peter Godfrey and Selwyn Manning.In this week’s Across The Ditch bulletin on FiveAA.com.au Selwyn Manning and Peter Godfrey discuss how allegations of dirty politics continue to dog the Prime Minister John Key’s third term in government. Also, internet tycoon...
    The Daily Blog
  • Cam’s ‘Slightly Left of Centre’ sock puppet threatens Key in public
    What did Judith Collins say about payback? Looks like Slater has taken that lesson to heart as he uses his sock puppet over at Slightly Left of Centre to drop threats and hints that he has recorded conversations with Key that has...
    The Daily Blog
  • Justice System Changes Must Ensure No More Roastings In Court
    On Monday there was good news for rape survivors and this blog was supposed to be about the success of our advocacy, and it is about that success, but today’s events have brought into stark focus the real-world importance of...
    The Daily Blog
  • Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, Key Post Electio...
    Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, Key Post Election...
    The Daily Blog
  • Top 5 Texts from Cam to Key
    So Cam texted Key before the report came out despite Key claiming no contact? Top 5 Texts from Cam to Key 5 – I still have all the photos 4 – Yes my shapeshifting Lizard Master Overlord 3 – Max isn’t talking to...
    The Daily Blog
  • Hold on – did NZ just have a coup?
    Ummmmm. Wait a minute here. Just so that we all understand what’s been revealed. The Prime Minister’s Office used the Secret Intelligence Service to falsify classified information to smear the Leader of the Opposition via a far right hate blogger...
    The Daily Blog
  • Sue Bradford speaking tour
          With the generous support of the Hobgoblin Network and several other donors, I’m going to be speaking soon at four meetings around the country: ‘A major left wing think tank?  Is it time for a transformational left...
    The Daily Blog
  • Sue Bradford speaking tour
          With the generous support of the Hobgoblin Network and several other donors, I’m going to be speaking soon at four meetings around the country: ‘A major left wing think tank?  Is it time for a transformational left...
    The Daily Blog
  • Sue Bradford speaking tour
          With the generous support of the Hobgoblin Network and several other donors, I’m going to be speaking soon at four meetings around the country: ‘A major left wing think tank?  Is it time for a transformational left...
    The Daily Blog
  • Why Key must resign
    Remember when John Armstrong from the NZ Herald called for the resignation of David Cunliffe because Cunliffe couldn’t remember an 11 year old letter in reference to a $100 000 bottle of wine that never existed? Why isn’t the Herald now...
    The Daily Blog
  • Why Key must resign
    Remember when John Armstrong from the NZ Herald called for the resignation of David Cunliffe because Cunliffe couldn’t remember an 11 year old letter in reference to a $100 000 bottle of wine that never existed? Why isn’t the Herald now...
    The Daily Blog
  • Why Key must resign
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  • Anti-Choice Myth-Busting
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  • Arrival of Phillip Smith in New Zealand
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  • Privacy Commissioner’s naming policy
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  • Need for whole-of-government approach to family violence
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  • No charges laid over piggeries investigations
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  • Big Buddy on the Glenn Inquiry People’s Blueprint
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  • People’s Blueprint – Both Good News and a Wake-Up Call
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  • People’s Blueprint Offers Solutions to Family Violence
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  • Submission: Countering Terrorist Fighters Legislation Bill
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  • Calling on anti-violence activists to step up
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  • White Ribbon Campaign Shocked at Fatal Stabbing
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  • Worker immunity critical to safety in Meat Industry
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  • Law Society urges reduction of terrorist fighter bill powers
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  • Council refuses to take part in farcical submissions process
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  • Laws of War to Be Debated at Wellington Event
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  • Forum Compact Development Partner Peer Review of New Zealand
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  • YWCA Auckland award for long-time women’s role model
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