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Was John Key telling the truth about the Malaysian Diplomat?

Written By: - Date published: 5:34 pm, July 1st, 2014 - 208 comments
Categories: john key, national - Tags: , ,

This morning in the Herald John Key claimed that New Zealand had demanded the waiving of diplomatic privilege for the Malaysian diplomat charged with breaking and entering and assault with intent to commit sexual violation.  From the article:

A diplomat who escaped prosecution for sexual assault in New Zealand is likely to face serious charges in his home country, Prime Minister John Key says.

The Government last night hauled in the relevant country’s head of mission to make its views clear that the diplomat – who cannot be named – should be held to account.

It was revealed yesterday that the man, aged in his 30s, fled the country a day after being charged with burglary and assault with intent to rape by Wellington police.

He had followed a 21-year-old woman to her home in Brooklyn on May 9, when the alleged assault occurred.

Mr Key said the Ministry for Foreign Affairs had formally asked for the diplomat’s home country to waive diplomatic immunity, but it had declined.

“New Zealand’s very strong preference was that he would have been charged. Effectively that sending country stopped us from doing that,” he told reporters.

But elsewhere it is being reported that New Zealand actually helped the diplomat leave the country.

From the Daily Mail:

Malaysian Foreign Minister Anifah Aman has confirmed that a military official at the country’s diplomatic mission in New Zealand has been charged with sexual assault and that he returned home last month using diplomatic immunity.

Anifah told reporters Tuesday that a defense ministry panel will investigate the junior official and “stern action will be taken” if he is found guilty.

He said the accused will be sent back to New Zealand “if it is absolutely necessary.” Asked to elaborate, Anifah said he will be extradited if New Zealand requests it or if New Zealand thinks the Malaysian investigation is not being conducted properly.

He says Malaysia was willing to waive diplomatic immunity but decided to take up New Zealand’s offer to invoke diplomatic immunity and bring him back back home.

McCulley’s demanding an audience with the Malaysian Ambassador a month after the offence took place was obviously motivated by political considerations rather than considerations of relationships with Malaysia and appeared calculating in the extreme.

But this new disclosure opens up the Prime Minister to some serious questions. Did New Zealand actually tell Malaysia not to invoke diplomatic immunity? And if it did then why did John Key say otherwise?

Update: TV3 has just reported on the issue and did not make any comment on the suggestion that Malaysia was willing to waive immunity.  What is going on?

Further update:  Following is a screenshot of a statement by McCully.  So Malaysia thought that refusing to waive immunity would be acceptable to New Zealand.  Details of the “informal communications” needs to be released so that we can judge for ourselves what was actually discussed and agreed to.  McCully is probably thinking that standing for the list only is not such a bad idea.

McCully email

208 comments on “Was John Key telling the truth about the Malaysian Diplomat?”

  1. Tracey 1

    because internal polling found nzers dont like foreigners getting away with raping kiwi women.

    I questioned keys statement this morning and asked for proof he demanded anything.

    h/t self

    • Ronnie Chow 1.1

      It’s easy to be cynical. In fact, it’s kind of trendy. Cynicism passes for wisdom.Cynicism doesn’t invent the Internet. Cynicism doesn’t give women the right to vote. Cynicism is a choice—hope is a better choice..

      • Tracey 1.1.1

        it is not easy to be cynical. those who think john key is honest find cynicism very hard despite over 100 instances of him misleading them.

        my comment was tongue in cheek.

        now that govt has released docs under oia showing its true position I await their release of information of where the 2600 u20 single mums they crowed about, have gone., like any govt with nothing to hide will do. I hope.

      • Anne 1.1.2

        Cynicism is frequently borne out of personal experience Ronnie Chow. When you have witnessed or been the target of political malevolence then you learn to follow the cynical path unless evidence to the contrary is forthcoming.

        In the case of this National government : they have apparently known about this situation for some weeks and I suspect that for political reasons, they hoped to get out of any responsibility for bringing the perpetrator to justice. It suited them to pass the buck back to Malaysia. The victim of the crime would have been their last consideration. But then the story went public and, with an election just around the corner, they suddenly had to change their minds.

        • One Anonymous Bloke 1.1.2.1

          Bollocks. The government had no practical choice but to honour the Vienna Convention.

          The media narrative is relevant how (other than Sept 20th)?

      • Skottowe 1.1.3

        @ Ronnie Chow: what on earth are you talking about? Is this a case of “my leader right or wrong”?

  2. Weepu's beard 2

    “There were some vague things. I’ll have to check.”

  3. karol 3

    Yes, the question is why?

    I can only come up with TPP – NZ for US wanting to keep Malaysia on side in negotiations with APEC countries.

    • srylands 3.1

      You have drawn a twisted conclusion based on Malaysian media reports, translated into English. I suggest you await the facts.

      • karol 3.1.1

        Yes. I was just puzzled because there seems to be no reason why NZ would ask diplomatic immunity.

        There’s an update on Stuff:

        The NZ documents, obtained by Fairfax Media under the Official Information Act, show the Ministry of Foreign Affairs wrote to the Malaysian high commission in Wellington asking it to waive diplomatic immunity for Muhammad Rizalman bin Ismail.

        The documents also show that the high commission refused to waive immunity and sought to seal the police file on the case.

        The high commission also informed the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs that it had “decided that he should be repatriated to Malaysia as soon as possible”.
        [...]
        During the discussion on May 12, “the New Zealand side had offered an alternative for the accused to be brought back to Malaysia.”

        Rizalman and his family returned to Malaysia on May 22, with the agreement of the New Zealand authorities, Anifah said.

        Prime Minister John Key said before a suppression hearing in the case that he wanted Rizalman tried here.

        “We sent a very strong message that we didn’t want him sent home.”

        • Tracey 3.1.1.1

          what were the dates on the letters?

            • Tracey 3.1.1.1.1.1

              so stuff hasnt linked to the docs it got via OIA?

            • Tracey 3.1.1.1.1.2

              10 may 2014 mfat tells malaysia the nz police want to proceed with prosecution.

              21 may 2014 malaysia told mfat it would not waive immunity and offender would be leaving nz the next day.

              no evidence john key was making anything very clear to malaysia as he claims.

              • karol

                On the document to the right of my link above @ 6.55pm, there’s a photo of a letter from MFAT to the Malaysian High Commission informing them of the arrest and asking for them to waive diplomatic immunity.

                I’ll see if I can link to the specific document.

                But no evidence of Key saying anything.

                • One Anonymous Bloke

                  There’s no value in wasting this kind of energy against an incumbent government. National are open on all eight sides, and this ain’t one of them.

                  • fisiani

                    This is just an attempted smear against Honest John Key.

                    • One Anonymous Bloke

                      There’s a reason you had to say “Honest” John, and everyone* knows what it is.

                      *apart from Nakiman and David Garrett.

                    • mickysavage

                      Na fisi. My post carefully presented both sides and asked the question about why there is a difference. If Slater had this there would have been four posts up and claims that the Labour leader had been caught out lying again.

                    • halfcrown

                      ” Honest John Key.”

                      Are you taking the piss?

              • karol

                Washington Post adds this:

                He said that initially Malaysia was willing to waive diplomatic immunity so that he could be tried in New Zealand. “But during discussions on May 12, the New Zealand side offered an alternative for the accused to be brought back to Malaysia,” he said. “It was never our intention to treat the matter lightly.”
                [...]
                However, New Zealand officials did not offer any immediate response to Anifah’s claims about a May 12 meeting and deal.

                • mickysavage

                  Thanks Karol. It always pays to not accept the initial version of events just in case there is something more …

                  The question will be if the further discussion did occur what Key knew about it.

                  • karol

                    The Stuff report has the bit about a meeting on May 12th.

                    The Malaysian High Commissioner had a meeting in Wellington with the deputy chief of protocol at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and police officers on May 12 to address the matter.

                    Malaysia’s foreign ministry was prepared to waive diplomatic immunity to enable prosecution under New Zealand law to proceed, Anifah said.

                    During the discussion on May 12, “the New Zealand side had offered an alternative for the accused to be brought back to Malaysia.”

                    This report – looks like Malaysian? Adds a bit extra:

                    Anifah said the Malaysian High Commissioner had a meeting with the Deputy Chief of Protocol of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of New Zealand (MFAT) and New Zealand police officials to address the matter on May 12.

                    “At the same time, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Malaysia was prepared to waive diplomatic immunity of the accused to enable prosecution under New Zealand law against him to proceed.

                    “During the discussion (on May 12), the New Zealand side had offered an alternative for the accused to be brought back to Malaysia. It was never our intention to treat the matter lightly,” he said.

                    Anifah said Mindef had given its assurance and commitment that it would not compromise or conceal any facts on the case, being fully aware that Malaysia’s good name was at stake.

                    • Tracey

                      have mccully, key or mfat denied the malaysian version of the may 12 meeting? If not, it is the only “evidence” in public of what was said there.

                      Maurice williamson never mentioned the victims in his faux mea culpa. Mccully and key have not mentioned the victim of the attempted rape ( not by name of course, but to represent her in this)

                      There is a pattern.

                      This is about diplomatic immunity but only because there was an attempted rape. Mcully doesnt have the balls to truly stand for this woman publicallybecause trade with malaysia is more important than sending a message about treatment of women.

                    • srylands

                      “This is about diplomatic immunity but only because there was an attempted rape. Mcully doesnt have the balls to truly stand for this woman publicallybecause trade with malaysia is more important than sending a message about treatment of women.”

                      That is complete bullshit. The Government did everything it reasonably could to get the guy handed over. You are the one who is playing politics around a rape. You, Tracey, are trying to make political capital out of a woman’s tragedy.

                      These situations are complex. You are trying to find real or imagined inconsistencies in different versions of what happened so you can say “He is lying”. Well there will always be such inconsistencies.

                      Phil Goff will know that this event would have been handled exactly the same under the last Labour Government.

                      So go back to your couch and stop playing politic with rape.

                    • Tracey

                      BS

                      the only evidence on the table about the 12 may meeting is that nz said no dont waive immunity just get him out of the country.

                      That is not standing tough demanding justice for a nz woman. No wonder you cherry pick because this govt wanted it swept under the carpet.

                      I dont care what goff would have done, and if your guess is right, it is another reason to urge his retirement.

      • Tracey 3.1.2

        yes we agree.

        cf lius statements translated into english BUT more importantly compare how quickly docs from mfat were released under oia to support govt position yet banks and williamsons letters withheld by govt.

      • dimebag russell 3.1.3

        @slylands
        the fact is that john keys cant lie straight in bed.

        • srylands 3.1.3.1

          Well you are in a minority on that front. He is liked and trusted by most people.

          You must get to the point where you suffer from cognitive dissonance. How are you going cope if he is still Prime Minister in 2018?

          http://find.ipsos.co.nz/Fairfax-Ipsos/14.02/Poll14.02.18/preferred-pm.html

          • dimebag russell 3.1.3.1.1

            @slylands
            are you a doctor or something?
            john keys has been sold like toothpaste or haemarrhoid powder.
            he will be gone on September 20.
            he is an evil spirit who is about to be zapped by the forces of good.

          • Richard 3.1.3.1.2

            I agree with you…we should await the facts. Just like Key should have awaited the facts on the Liu donations and not have tried to smear Labour with unfounded gossip.

          • Steve Reeves 3.1.3.1.3

            I don’t think that most people would agree that 52% is “most people”.

          • Draco T Bastard 3.1.3.1.4

            He is liked and trusted by most people.

            Ah, the lots of people do this so it must be right logical fallacy beloved of rather stupid RWNJs.

          • framu 3.1.3.1.5

            ” He is liked and trusted by most people.”

            by those that were A) contacted and B) bothered to reply

            from a poll of 1000 people or so thats nothing like “most people” – not even close

          • Skottowe 3.1.3.1.6

            @ Srylands: ” He is liked and trusted by most people.”

            Most people in NZ have never met him; and many of those “most people” pay virtually no attention to politics, beyond what’s shown on the TV news, unless it’s election year. And often not even then. Thus they have no basis on which to have any sort of opinion at all, let alone “like and trust”. The truth is, they rely on the press to tell them what to think about him.

        • srylands 3.1.3.2

          and it is “srylands”

          • One Anonymous Bloke 3.1.3.2.1

            S Rylands, merchant of dogma, callous incompetent, child-slayer. The anti-Midas, picker of flaccid cherries, I wallow in your corpsy gracelessness.

          • bad12 3.1.3.2.2

            Have you recovered from your previous tantrum SSLands, and, ‘it” as in you is what we say ”it” is, how many times do you have to be told…

      • Tracey 3.1.4

        oops Alice…

        It seems staggering that no heads have rolled over the Malaysian diplomat crisis.

        It would be surprising if Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully and Foreign Affairs and Trade boss John Allen haven’t already offered to fall on their swords.

        Their handling of the response to a Malaysian diplomat being charged with attempted rape is worse than a fiasco, it is a tragedy for the alleged victim.

        Prime Minister John Key has been hung out to dry over his repeated public assurances that the Government did everything in its power to have the diplomat tried in New Zealand.

        The emerging story from Malaysia suggests those assurances fell short of the reality, which was that Malaysia was initially happy to waive diplomatic immunity.

        McCully now concedes that “informal” discussions between New Zealand and Malaysia at the very least left Malaysia with the impression that we were happy to explore other options. These include forgoing a criminal trial in New Zealand for a military trial in Malaysia.

        However, it appears that it took a call from Malaysia’s foreign minister to inform McCully of that fact, which begs the question of why there was not full and frank disclosure from MFAT.

        It all leaves a nasty taste in the mouth that New Zealand officials would have preferred to make the problem disappear, rather than seek justice for the alleged victim of what must have been a terrifying attack.

        In non-diplomatic speak, it smacks of a coverup.

        tracy watkins. stuff.co.nz

        • alwyn 3.1.4.1

          It is difficult not to think that MFAT was deliberately trying to screw the Government.
          Mind you, any Department that was happy to employ Cunliffe and Robertson and also to leak like a sieve to Goff is unlikely to observe the rule of “no surprises” when dealing with a National Minister.
          Why can we not have a neutral, apolitical, Public Service?

  4. Dee 4

    John Key is useless with Foreign Affairs. He is also useless with women’s rights, hence abysmal treatment of single mothers and now willing to overlook a rape. Well that is nice for the victim.

    • cogito 4.1

      Key will always overlook anything/anyone that does not generate a profit. Victims will therefore always be overlooked as they are a cost.

  5. ffloyd 5

    Don’t think paddy has caught up with this one. Just had him on doing using keys version. Lol.

    • Weepu's beard 5.1

      They’ll all run with John Key’s version because to do otherwise would put their career at risk. It’s been shown John Key and Steven Joyce call media personally when they don’t like what is being reported.

  6. freedom 6

    attn: Mickysavage,
    Is this line missing a little something?
    “TV3 has just reported on the issue and did make any comment on the suggestion that Malaysia was willing to waive immunity.”

    just delete this after edit is done

    [Thanks freedom. I missed out a "not". Now inserted - MS]

  7. One Anonymous Bloke 7

    Stop the press.

    The lying Prime Minister may have told the truth. Stand by for further updates and an exclusive interview with the boy who cried “wolf”!

  8. Tracey 8

    funny how quickly nz govt dept got out those docs under OIA to prove key and mccullys version.

    cf banks and williamson letters on liu .

    • One Anonymous Bloke 8.1

      Here’s how it went down: the lying Prime Minister contacted elements of the Malaysian government who have given large donations to the National Party.

      Lying Prime Minister: Do me a favour Ibrahim.

      Anonymous Malaysian border official: sure thing codename Goldman.

      Lying Prime Minister: make sure you release your false narrative after my public statement but before the OIA request goes in.

      Anonymous Malaysian border official: why can’t you just be honest about your agenda and murder a few ‘citizens’ to set an example?

      Lying Prime Minister: ‘Citizens’, you crack me up Ibrahim. We good?

      Anonymous Malaysian border official: yep, good to go.

      Colin Craig: this is my recurring dream!

    • srylands 8.2

      Yes it is called being in Government. You think that Helen Clark didn’t ruthlessly tilt the playing field in the management of OIA releases? You should park your faux outrage. Are you an Epsom Green Voter? You have that Sauvingy edge to you.

      • One Anonymous Bloke 8.2.1

        Look everyone: a personal attack on another commenter from a policy maggot with a vested interest.

        Quelle surprise.

      • North 8.2.2

        Hey SSLands. Couple of hours ago you were crying that you could tolerate something no more. Intolerant or incompetent or incontinent or something. You’re back in one shitty piece. What goes scurvy dog ? Also, stop stalking Helen you steaming weirdo.

      • framu 8.2.3

        whats with the fucking attitude?

  9. nadis 9

    I think the obvious answer is the simplest. The Malaysian FM is making shite up. The OIA docs say that – unless there is a conspiracy that goes much deeper?

    • mickysavage 9.1

      These are the last documents. There would have been all sorts of discussions before then recorded in documents. Wait and see …

  10. Grumpy 10

    What a stupid question, of course John Key was telling the truth – as always!

    • dimebag russell 10.1

      liar.
      john keys does not lie straight in bed.
      his profession is taking peoples money away from them by sleight of hand.

    • framu 10.2

      tell that to standard and poors

  11. North 11

    The public must have the unvarnished, non-spun truth here – disgust overwhelmed when I saw ShonKey trying pregnantly to pose as Everyman on this one. Brainfade or won’t talk, we’ll know…..

    Update: TVOne News reporting claim that Malyasian Foreign Affairs offered to waive immunity…..big question is when…..?

    We’ll know even better were Dame Edna’s estranged husband, the famed Queenslander and semi-retired diplomat who moonlights as NZ’s MFAT minister, viz. Sir LesMurray PattersonMcCully – were he ‘motivated’ to fall on his ceremonial sword. In East Coast Bays !

    Picture it – “I told the PM’s office…..I acknowledge that under the PM’s excellent OECD leading ‘higher standards’ ‘no surprises’ policy I SHOULD have spoken to the PM directly. That was difficult at the time as you can imagine since the PM was hungrily sucking POTUSANUS in Washington…..but whatever…..(sob)….I am unworthy of the GodKey warrant….”

    Last seen strolling Stanmore Bay beach…..variously reciting ‘fundy’ protestant doctrine and ‘lipssmackingly’ scanning pics of the Rose Garden – NZ Embassy Washington.

    My God – ShonKey-Python-Planet-Land…..

  12. dv 12

    Its got to be a bad situation when you have to have documented proof because you can’t trust the Govt.

  13. Paul Grant 13

    Dee. I find your comments disgraceful. I very much doubt you would say he overlooked rape to the PM’s face but here you hide behind your keyboard.
    Your hate is palpable. It will be to your own detriment. Get alife

    • One Anonymous Bloke 13.1

      Much better things to do to his face if you ask me.

    • framu 13.2

      oh i would happily say much worse things to his face

      i dont have a problem with making my feelings known to crooks and liars

  14. philj 14

    xox
    McCully looked very uncomfortable and unintelligible on the TV tonight.

  15. ianmac 15

    Of course the preliminary discussion could have been as the Malaysian Foreign Minister said. Then in order to sweep the whole story out of sight during Election Year, they formalised the NZ version. Get the ratbag out of the country and out of sight.

    Could both versions be correct?

  16. Once was Pete 16

    According to NZH online a few minutes ago, the Govt has released correspondence confirming NZ requested Malaysia drop diplomatic immunity. Apparently Malaysia refused and immediately gave notice they were repatriating the offender.
    Unless, something changes that settles the matter as far as Key’s public statements are concerned. There appear to be no irregularities.

    • One Anonymous Bloke 16.1

      Incumbent government takes credit for BAU.

    • mickysavage 16.2

      Unless there was a prior nod nod wink wink and the Malaysians then decided to have their diplomat return home.

      • karol 16.2.1

        Yes. Washington Post is reporting that the Malaysian Foreign Minister is saying there was an agreement made between the dates of the 2 letters released under OIA.

        • mickysavage 16.2.1.1

          A subsequent nod and wink. It is amazing that two western commonwealth nations are disagreeing with each other about such a matter.

        • srylands 16.2.1.2

          Yes well when MH370 went missing the Malaysian authorities were such a model of transparency. Let’s believe everything they say here.

          You are letting your bizarre and irrational distrust of John Key cloud your judgement.

          • karol 16.2.1.2.1

            And Team Key is a model of transparency?

            Well, I’ll be interested to see Key’s/MFAT’s response to the claims about the May 12 meeting. No response as yet.

  17. hoom 17

    What? John Key initially said A, turned out C was closer to the truth but actually it was Z? Again? Who’dathunkit O.o

  18. Kath 18

    Malaysian media now agree that NZ requested that diplomatic immunity be waived. Also that NZ requested that the Malaysian warrant officer be returned. Malaysian media talking of “our shame”. This as much as anything may see his return.

    If he is tried under shariah in Malaysia , she will need 4 male witnesses (God knows why in any circumstance any 4 males would simply watch a rape in progress – misogynistic and gross in the extreme).

    • mickysavage 18.1

      Do you have a link Kath?

        • kath 18.1.1.1

          Thank you Joe – this is typical of the Malaysian media response.

          • mickysavage 18.1.1.1.1

            Um you say Malaysian media but it looks like someone’s blog site. And there is talk of a meeting on May 12 where the business was actually discussed. I don’t think we can put this one to bed yet …

            • joe90 18.1.1.1.1.1

              Links inside MS.

              edit: .my search

            • karol 18.1.1.1.1.2

              From what’s being said (and not said) on both sides, this is the way it looks to me:

              MFAT asked for diplomatic immunity to be waived. They met with the Malaysian High Commission people, who wanted to uphold diplomatic immunity. There were discussions and some negotiating. The NZ people then suggested a possible alternative – for Ismail to be removed from NZ and tried in Malaysia.

              They had hoped for it to be kept away from the media. Once it hit the MSM, both sides are trying to talk tough to their citizens, and save face.

              • Scott1

                Sounds like a reasonable analysis.

                I was imagining the exact informal statement might have involved diplomatic immunity being ‘offered’ along the lines of

                “You could apply for diplomatic immunity, or you could”

                And the Malaysians taking that as an offer when it was more meant as a impartial analysis of the possible moves and consequences.

                Still, the sort of thing the government might not want to come out.

    • Bastables 18.2

      I’m sure you can provide a citation when and how saudi style shariah law is applied within a commonwealth state that follows a tradition of British common law. So British that it is fact in a time warp where rape is defined as only vaginal penetration. Other forms of rape falling under molestation or sodomy charges as per the older UK misogynistic interpretations of “rape”.

      Im sure you’ll also discuss how the requirement of four witness was actually a bar to halt charges of adultery leveled against Aeisha as opposed to the later conservative free wheeling interpretation as a valid bar for rape trials.

      Or you’re just a bigoted Islamophobic, because you know scary foreigner mooslims with no references to the actual almost traditional problems of colonial UK misogynistic law allied with Judges being allowed to set minimum penalties.

  19. RedBaronCV 19

    My heart goes out to the young lady who has had her life so drastically changed though no action of her own.
    The sight of her now being reabused by the governments of New Zealand and Malaya is appalling.

    The knowledge that community organisations such rape crisis, victim support and ACC counselling have no real funds to help her and others like her is a decision of a Nact government who couldn’t care less.

    • BLiP 19.1

      ^^^This.

    • freedom 19.2

      Well said RedBaronCV

      highlighted somewhat by McCully’s words

      http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11285543

      Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully earlier said the Solicitor-General had advised the Government abide by the suppression ruling while it was in place.

      “I can’t see any good public policy reason why you’d want to protect someone from publicity given there won’t be a trial.”

      Surely he meant to add ‘in New Zealand’ to that statement? Or is it yet another disgustingly ignorant example of how the impact of this event upon the victim is never considered by those in power?

      • Tracey 19.2.1

        mccully doesnt consider the possibility of someone getting away with trying to rape a woman worthy of keeping an eye on. Didnt think to make a note for himself in his diary to follow up the attempted rape issue.

        ” Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully says he was never told a Malaysian diplomat accused of attempted rape had left the country having invoked diplomatic immunity.

        McCully said he was informed that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) had asked Malaysia to waive diplomatic immunity for Muhammad Rizalman bin Ismail shortly after the diplomat was arrested for allegedly attacking a 21-year-old woman in her home.

        And that was the last I heard about it.

        • karol 19.2.1.1

          I seem to remember around the time of some Rugby World Cup cock-ups in Auckland, people described McCully as very hands on and a bit of a control freak. I searched for references to it and found….. someone called “tracey” commented on Red Alert calling McCully a well known control freak.

          Anyway, someone who is very hands on would surely have known what happened after the request for diplomatic immunity be waived.

          • Tracey 19.2.1.1.1

            I have some knowledge of him from a previous portfolio. He was chronically hands on a crown entity so i doubt he would be hands off his ministry, unless he didnt give a shit.

          • Tracey 19.2.1.1.2

            from kiwiblog

            Unintentionally hilarious
            April 5th, 2012 at 1:00 pm by David Farrar
            John Armstrong writes in the NZ Herald:

            To the list of credibility-deficient statements like “the cheque is in the mail” and “your table will be ready in a few minutes” you can now add “Murray McCully is not a micro-manager”.

            In the Foreign Minister’s absence – McCully was heading for China yesterday – another minister, Chris Finlayson, drew the short straw in having to answer questions in Parliament on McCully’s behalf as the Opposition continued to press its attack over the botched restructuring of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

            Finlayson had been making a reasonable fist of deflecting that attack until he suddenly made his hard-to-swallow statement about McCully’s management style.

            McCully has been the power behind more thrones than Robespierre and Rasputin combined. The picture painted of McCully as some political innocent oblivious to the goings-on in his ministry had the Opposition benches in stitches of genuine laughter.

            I have to confess I was also laughing out loud to the statement that “Murray McCully is not a micro-manager”.

            I recall this story in the Herald:

            The diplomatic corps has been wildly complimentary about the forum. “Spectacular” one described it yesterday – both in terms of organisation and diplomatic opportunities.

            McCully has been up to his elbows in the detail of organisation, making Helen Clarks’ micro-management style look like neglect. Yesterday he was still at it, arranging for a New Zealand rugby expert to sit next to China’s Vice-Foreign Minister Cui Tiankai at the opening World Cup game to explain the oddities of the game.

            If Murray isn’t a micro-manager, then Grace Quek is a virgin.

            Having said that, it is worth noting that Murray’s fine attention to detail sometimes leads to very good outcomes – the Rugby World Cup organisation being one example, and the Pacific Forum another. However it doesn’t generally win him many nominations in the “Most loved Minister by the civil service” category.

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            • karol 19.2.1.1.2.1

              Thanks. So it really doesn’t seem that credible that McCully wouldn’t have asked to be kept informed…. unless, unlike his work in other areas, he just doesn’t give a shit about a woman being the victim of robbery and attempted rape.

              • Tracey

                my thoughts exactly. And this idea that he is sorry and taking responsibility..

                Again, personal responsibility on planet key is only for those on benefits.

                Key and joyce will be seriously considering this as manna from heaven, colin craig-wise

        • freedom 19.2.1.2

          His behaviour, even more so than his answers in the House, today exposed a man in turmoil who knows that what is coming from his mouth is a litany of bullshit and shines a spotlight upon his complete lack of concern for the victim.

          Urgent Debate now happening in the House

          • Tracey 19.2.1.2.1

            The thing is he released two documents yesterday. When the malaysians challenged his and the liar in chief versions, he seems to have found additional materia… But that “material” has not been released to the public.

            • freedom 19.2.1.2.1.1

              notice that at no time has McCully said the simple words;

              ‘When first informed I demanded that I be kept fully informed of the developing situation.’

              • Tracey

                well, it was just attempted rape freedom, nothing to stick in his mind as important

  20. Mike 20

    Labour seems to have a deathwish. Micky Savage should know being a lawyer that the Government had no choice except to follow the diplomatic immunity regulations. The NZ public as confirmed by the polls are not interested in this conspiracy mode the Labour Party are in. Until you start talking about sensible policies that affect peoples future you are destined to languish as an also ran party.

    • Sanctuary 20.1

      I am not so sure, it now looks like McCully and his gutted ministry have bungled things. Again. If the allegations that we sent “mixed messages” are true, and McCully sat on his hands until the media got hold of the story, then McCully must resign.

    • mickysavage 20.2

      Que? Malaysia says that it offered to waive diplomatic immunity but NZ gave them the message that they did not have to. McCully has then created an international incident by selectively releasing part of the file and implying the Malaysian foreign minister was lying. And there are major doubts about the veracity of what Key said. Or do you see it otherwise? Or are you just trying to divert attention?

      • karol 20.2.1

        And now both sides, after consultation with each other, are saying maybe their statements to each other over what to do about Ismail, were “ambiguous”

      • Matthew Hooton 20.2.2

        To believe that Key is lying, you have to believe:

        1) The Malaysian government said “hey, we think we’ll waive diplomatic immunity”. (This is deeply, deeply implausible. Why would Malaysia have offered this?)
        2) The NZ government said “no, no, you invoke it, we don’t want to put this guy on trial” (This is even more implausible – why on earth would NZ have turned down an offer to waive immunity?)
        3) John Key knew this but nevertheless took the risk of saying the exact opposite happened
        4) Fake or misleading MFAT documents were released by the government under the OIA even at the risk of the Malaysians retaliating by revealing the true documents proving (1) and (2) above.

        You then have to give some sort of motive for any of this behaviour.

        Do you see that your hatred of Key is putting you in 9/11-denier territory?

        I’d go back to talking more about poverty, education and so forth if I were you.

        • mickysavage 20.2.2.1

          I am not accusing Key of lying. I am pointing out that what he said may not be correct. I am interested in how a situation has been created where what we were told by the PM looks like it may not be correct.

        • karol 20.2.2.2

          It sounds more that it went like this:

          MFAT asked for diplomatic immunity to be waived. They met with the Malaysian High Commission people, who wanted to uphold diplomatic immunity, but would have been prepared to waive immunity as their bottom line (may not have stated their bottom line to the MFAT people). There were discussions and some negotiating. The NZ people then suggested a possible alternative – for Ismail to be removed from NZ and tried in Malaysia.

          They had hoped for it to be kept away from the media. Once it hit the MSM, both sides are trying to talk tough to their citizens, and save face.

        • RedBaronCV 20.2.2.3

          Really Mathew- so the right of someone not to be subjected to rape is irrelevant ? We should talk about something else? Doesn’t the right believe rape exists – they won’t put any funding towards it.

          Ask yourself a better question Mathew. Why has everyone been so secretive about this? Usually when there is diplomatic criminal offending:
          1) The news is onto it straight away
          2) Any country that is not going to waive their diplomatic immunity has the diplomat out of the coutry so fast that you can’t blink.

          Neither of those happened here.

        • Pete 20.2.2.4

          Key has a habit of talking first and asking questions later. There are things he just doesn’t want to know or can’t be bothered knowing or are politically convenient to not be aware of. Now you could say that delegation is important for any leader, but his tendency to speak with assurance when he doesn’t have the full facts at his disposal is the mark of a bullshit artist.

          In this case it has embarrassed us before the Malaysian government and more importantly has done a great disservice to the victim of Rizalman’s attack.

          • Colonial Viper 20.2.2.4.1

            Both the Malaysian and the Singaporean governments understand John Key and his Government very well by this stage, and neither would be in the least bit surprised.

        • Molly 20.2.2.5

          Key often lies, that is not the issue here.

          The question is – are the stories reported in the Daily Mail true?

          How can they be investigated for truth – ie. direct contact with Malaysian Foreign Minister Anifah Aman (or Daily Mail) to confirm the veracity of the statement printed:
          “He said the accused will be sent back to New Zealand “if it is absolutely necessary.” Asked to elaborate, Anifah said he will be extradited if New Zealand requests it or if New Zealand thinks the Malaysian investigation is not being conducted properly.

          He says Malaysia was willing to waive diplomatic immunity but decided to take up New Zealand’s offer to invoke diplomatic immunity and bring him back back home.

          If he stands by this statement, then ask if he is able to provide any proof of this conversation.

          This is probably the work of a competent investigative journalist.

          If true: Why would our government do this?

          1. Don’t want this international incident during election year – might have impacted on the feel good vibe of the Royal Visit…
          2. If I came from the dark side – Crosby/Textor – my reasoning would be that John Key will look mighty strong if we sent him back despite a compliant Malaysian High Commission to keep him here, and then utilise that compliance to have him extradited or charged. The victim is forgotten, the opportunity for grandstanding is taken.
        • cogito 20.2.2.6

          @Matthew Hooton

          The issue arises as Key is a habitual liar. In fact it is questionable whether Key even has the ability any more to distinguish between the truth and a lie.

          Hatred towards Key is fully justified, as NZ does not need – nor should it have – a CORRUPT LIAR as PM.

        • dimebag russell 20.2.2.7

          @Hooton.
          and slylands.
          the facts are that keys and mcully are a pair of lightweights who thinkeverybody else in the world is a s gutless as they are.
          now deny that!

  21. mike 21

    There are varying reports which party said what, but my point is do you think this is important to the people Labour purports to represent?

    • karol 21.1

      the people Labour purports to represent?

      Like women, for instance? Like the woman who survived Ismail’s attempted rape?

    • RedBaronCV 21.2

      Yes plenty of women vote and after this it won’t be for Nact. The life of this girl matters and she shouldn’t be being reabused by the power of the NZ government. It really underlines the difference between those who want to govern on behalf of the community and those who think only of themselves – it goes to the heart of the Labour Nact difference.
      (Apart from that I really am restraining myself from calling you some choice names)

  22. mike 22

    Mathew Hooten has it exactly right. Deal with the issues that matter to everyday people. The attempted rape is a Police/diplomatic matter and by turning into another Labour beat up will not help the victim one bit. You are stooping pretty low to use this woman’s frightening experience to score political points. Still by now we should realise this is what the left do now.Michael Savage, David Lange & Norman Kirk would turn in their graves at your antics.

    • mickysavage 22.1

      Mike have you actually read the post? Are you not concerned that the PM may have fed the public a false impression and that through bungling there is now something of an international incident between NZ and one of its largest markets?

      • Tracey 22.1.1

        look mickey, what IS it about the left? Its not like john key signed a painting for charity that he didnt paint. This is just a deal to sweep an attempted rape under the carpet that went public. Perspective. Please.

    • One Anonymous Bloke 22.2

      Hey Mike, your misogyny is showing.

  23. RedBaronCV 23

    And at the initial district court hearing the lawyer was instructed (by whom?) to ask for legal aid according to Stuff.

    Where the hell was the Malaysian High Commission’s cheque book? “Rizalman’s employer and others were in court” but apparently didn’t want to pay?
    We fund them but not anything for her.

  24. Mike 24

    Standard left tactics. If your arguments don’t work be personally offensive!

    • One Anonymous Bloke 24.1

      NB: reference to your misogyny is not a personal attack: it is a criticism of your behaviour. Learn to tell the difference.

      • srylands 24.1.1

        But you do engage in personal attacks – on me. And this is a hallmark of extremist left activists like you. I see it constantly.

        • One Anonymous Bloke 24.1.1.1

          Yes, I do, maggot. As do you, on Tracey, on McFlock etc.

          If you opened your other eye you’d see that it isn’t confined to the Left, either. You’d also see a few on both sides who don’t indulge, and you ain’t one of them any more than I am.

          Still, I doubt very much that will stop your dishonest pretence that it is confined to one side, and when it comes down to it, mendacity is far worse than the odd insult.

          • framu 24.1.1.1.1

            “mendacity is far worse than the odd insult”

            amen – im constantly amazed that people have an outlook on life that actively shits on people yet get all huffy over a word or two

            • Colonial Viper 24.1.1.1.1.1

              of course that is so, for one must strive to maintain a measure of civility and decorum even as one is engaging in active suppression of the unruly, uncouth and unwashed masses

        • Tracey 24.1.1.2

          And your personal attacks? Are they the hallmarks of extremeist right activists like you?

        • framu 24.1.1.3

          ” I see it constantly.”

          might have more to do with how you engage with the world

          people are rude to you because of you – end of story.

          • srylands 24.1.1.3.1

            No, the only people who I have encountered who are rude are members of a subset of the commentators here.

            • framu 24.1.1.3.1.1

              look turd face

              when you come round to someone house and constantly make snide comments and insult the hosts decor its not going to be long before the more vocal people present tell you to get the fuck out of the house

              you conduct yourself like an alpha superior uber human – you might not use any sailor words, but your still offensive and rude to many many people

              stop being so precious and pathetic

              • McFlock

                To be fair, at least ssylands has left his sheltered, privileged community – apparently nobody else he has ever encountered in his entire life has been in the slightest bit rude.

                Of course, that’s another of his fucking lies. If he’d never encountered rudeness before, he’d not be able to recognise it. But he knows exactly what people mean when they call him (for example) “a fucking piece of shit”, because he seems to get quite irritated.

                • Tracey

                  Although yesterday he declared he must be called “sylands” , i shall call him Alice

                  “If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is, because everything would be what it isn’t. And contrary wise, what is, it wouldn’t be. And what it wouldn’t be, it would. You see?”
                  ― Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass

            • Colonial Viper 24.1.1.3.1.2

              No, the only people who I have encountered who are rude are members of a subset of the commentators here.

              And yet you keep coming back for more and more you pathetic lying shit, despite our best efforts to tell you to fuck off.

    • Tracey 24.2

      you are not familiar with mr slaters blog then?

    • framu 24.3

      its like all the years of screaming “feminazi” and the subsequent 5 years of nat govt that constantly runs dirty smears and always engages in negative antics in the house didnt happen

      whatever mike – go cry in your pillow if thats all youve got

  25. Te Reo Putake 25

    One thing is certain; Murray McCully just ended his time as MP for East Coast Bays.

    • ffloyd 25.1

      Underarm bowl from teamkey? Sorry Murray, it’s been fun but it’s not working out now. See ya. ……………Gidday Colin, got a proposal for you, sit down, have a cup of tea.

      Watched mccully the other night on telly. Even with the sound turned down his immense discomfort was obvious. Skulduggery much!

      Anything of a sexual abuse nature should not have diplomatic immunity as a matter of course. I hope this girl’s ordeal is not swept under the carpet because of political expediency. It should be about her and what she went through and she should get the Justice that IS HER RIGHT!

    • Tracey 25.2

      interesting observation TRP

  26. Mike 26

    Only the left would play politics with an attempted rape. Never mind the victim!

    [You are now trolling. Final warning - MS]

    • One Anonymous Bloke 26.1

      First you deny that women are “everyday people”, then you feign outrage on behalf of the complainant.

      Of course you aren’t playing politics, no sirree.

      What hypocrisy.

    • Tracey 26.2

      as opposed to the right who tried to sweep it under the carpet (see evidence of 12 may meeting).

      • framu 26.2.1

        didnt collins make jokes about prison rape?

        • Tracey 26.2.1.1

          she hoped suspected looters “go to jail for a long time – with a cellmate”. Some critics thought the implied approval of prison rape as punishment was inappropriate coming from the Minister of Police and Corrections, particularly when it emerged one of the looters, Arie Smith-Voorkamp, had Asperger’s Syndrome. She refused to apologise, rejecting accusations she had implied anything of the sort.

  27. gobsmacked 27

    The opposition don’t need to “play politics”, as some put it. They don’t need to do anything except get Key on the record.

    Ask this question in Parliament, today:

    “When did the Prime Minister first learn of the case?”

    And if not answered, repeat until it is. No need to do more than that. The story will continue.

    • Tracey 27.1

      yes, but what do you mean by “learn”

      Read, get told, understand the implications, formulated a strategy…

      • gobsmacked 27.1.1

        Sure, Key could try and be evasive if he wants. That’s the point – that’s why the question is asked – not to get an answer (which we already know).

        • gobsmacked 27.1.1.1

          And here it is (2.20 pm today, Hansard):

          Hon David Cunliffe : On what date was he, his office, or his officials first advised of the alleged sex crime by a Malaysian diplomat, and what action did he then take?

          Rt Hon JOHN KEY : I was advised soon after the incident took place—so that would have been at some time in the latter part of May—that there was an incident involving someone from the Malaysian High Commission. I was not given details of it or that it was a sexual offence; just that there was an issue with a member there. I was formally advised of all of the details on Saturday.

          Italics added. Shame nobody from the opposition followed up immediately. It beggars belief that the PM or his office were told “there was an issue”, and then asked nothing further. If Key was deliberately kept out of the loop, that’s very serious. If he has lied to Parliament, that’s even more serious.

          • Tracey 27.1.1.1.1

            what happened to the “no surprises” policy used to find the letter from cunliffe in 2003?

            The offence was May 09 and the pm says he was wtold both

            “soon after the incident” and” the “latter part of May.”

            Which was it Mr Prime Minister?

  28. Molly 28

    New article on the Herald: McCully says sorry to Key over diplomat sex case.

    McCully taking the fall by the looks of it.

    • One Anonymous Bloke 28.1

      Gosh, yes, it wouldn’t do for the Prime Minister to be seen to be making misleading statements. His word is his bond.

      McCully will probably have to go, and there are bound to be those on the Left who will say “What a farce. Why can’t they just admit they need Crazy Colin to form a government instead of going through this feeble charade?”

      • McFlock 28.1.1

        Because it’s suddenly occurred to the tories that their credibility is so low they might lose the election :)

    • Tracey 28.2

      kind of. In a true example of this govts version of personal responsibility he is throwing his staff under the bus.

      And there were further documents but mccully chose to release only two yesterday which suited the version of the pm. Last week cunliffe was attacked for not researching enough before speaking, and yet he is the pm and his number one henchman…

      Asked about this, Mr McCully said: “I wouldn’t use those words. But I can understand having gone and looked at the material why his officials might have told him that.”

      • bad12 28.3.1

        Yes, the Malay’s i have met are very nice people and would express abhorrence at the actions of this particular diplomat,(i spent a great hour in Wellington’s Courtney Place a few years back with a group of Malay celebrating a birthday as the crowds of half/fully drunk NZer’s swirled about like schools of fish),

        Let us all not forget the victim in all this sordid mess as McCully appears to attempt to sweep the intricacies of diplomacy back under the carpet from where they have escaped,(obviously believing to have ”got away with it” after the alleged offender had been quietly shuffled off home with the news media effectively gagged by the court),

        There should be a constant and increasingly vocal call for this individual to be returned to this country to face the court over his alleged actions,

        You can bet that under ”NO surprises” it is highly likely McCully was briefed by Police about the identity of the offender soon after His arrest, and, it is also very likely that Slippery the Prime Minister also received a heads up from the Police under the same ”No surprises” policy,

        My opinion is hardening to the belief that this National Government have happily traded away the rights of the victim in this case for ‘smooth’ relations with the host country of the alleged offender,

        The question must also be put to the present Government surrounding payment of monies to the complainant for Her silence…

        • Tracey 28.3.1.1

          i doubt they would pay her anything, she is merely collateral damage to them

  29. Clemgeopin 29

    A snap debate is going on in the house on this government’s bungling/shady handling of the serious assault issue by the idiot diplomat.

    Mr Shearer who asked for the snap debate took the government to task in his very good fact based impassioned speech.

    I am VERY impressed with the speech by the Green party MP, Jan Logie. After listening to that speech, Murray McCully and Key should hang their heads in shame. It also now appears that the police have informed the victim of this alleged rape attack that she may have to travel to Malaysia to give evidence!

    I think this government and these two, what I consider as dubious bull shitting MPs, deserve to be unceremoniously defeated on Sept 20 for the extremely poor handling of this serious issue.

    • karol 29.1

      Yes. excellent speech from Logie.

      She said this;

      If the victims of violence were the central concern of govt, the Minister would have asked his official for information, not just wait to be told… If this victim was the central concern of the Minister he would have instructed his officials to do everything they could do to keep him in New Zealand.

      and she said this.

      A pattern is emerging, where govt says it takes violence against women seriously meanwhile a Minister is sacked for writing in defence of an abuser, a person disciplined for a previous assault is appointmented to a senior govt position and now this case.

      • Tracey 29.1.1

        Does anyone think the PM release about how much this govt cares about family violence, today, is a coincidence??

        This 21 year old was not told by mfat OR the police this guy had left or would leave nz, despite having it in writing on 21 May.

  30. bad12 30

    Phill Goff in the House now, pointing out that McCully would have ”known” soon after the Police arrest,

    Phill calls the alleged offense a burglary, it is not, a ”burg” is simply an offender breaking in looking to half inch some ‘goods’ when nobody is home,

    What is alleged is in fact a home invasion with aggravating circumstances…

    • karol 30.1

      I think Ismail was charged with “robbery” plus attempted rape. Articles said the robbery was part of his preparation to rape.

    • Te Reo Putake 30.2

      Burglary is the correct legal term, whatever the intent.

      http://www.legislation.govt.nz/act/public/1961/0043/latest/DLM330242.html

      • Tracey 30.2.1

        in parliament goff can call it whatever he likes.

        • Te Reo Putake 30.2.1.1

          Parliament is where the laws are made, so I guess MP’s prefer to use the correct term. After all, the man was actually charged with burglary, so if Goff was referring to that aspect of his alleged criminal behaviour, why wouldn’t he use an accurate legal description?

          • Tracey 30.2.1.1.1

            yea, goff never breaks parliamentary rules… Or breaches any ethical or moral codes. Even the pm refers to the sexual offense. But not goff, he would deny his own mother for the sake of trade

            • Te Reo Putake 30.2.1.1.1.1

              What are you on about? Goff referred to the burglary part of the alleged offences as a burglary. That doesn’t mean he ignored the sexual assault charge. Sheesh!

              If I’m wrong, tell me what you heard or saw him say or show me the parliamentary record … nah, just kidding. You’re obviously assuming the worst, based on bad12’s interpretation, so you don’t actually know what Goff said, do you?

              • bad12

                There is now a specific criminal charge that differentiates between a simple burglary and a home invasion for the purposes of violence,or, where violence does occur,

                my suggestion is intended to highlight this fact and that i think that in this case where the allegation is that the offender followed the victim home, using burglary as the tool to commit a further violent offense the home invasion charge would be more apprpriate than that of simple burglary…

                • Te Reo Putake

                  I think that provision was dropped a decade ago, bad. However, it’s now regarded as an aggravating factor in the sentencing guidelines. ie the crime is burglary, but the sentencing is based on it being a home invasion.

                  btw, any chance it wasn’t actually Phil Goff you were referring to, but David Shearer? I ask because Shearer introduced the snap debate and spoke at length on it.

                  edit: Goff did speak. This is what he said in his first sentence: “An alleged rape, or attempted rape, and a burglary by somebody who is a diplomatic representative of their country is a rare and extraordinary event in New Zealand.”

                  No prob’s with you raising the question about the use of ‘burglary’, bad. It’s an interesting topic. And no doubt Tracey will be swiftly apologising for jumping to conclusions …

              • Tracey

                i apologise. I have watched the speeches and should not have commented til I had. Apologies again.

      • North 30.2.2

        Crimes Act 1961 – Burglary – s.231

        231 Burglary

        (1) Every one commits burglary and is liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 10 years who—

        (a) enters any building or ship, or part of a building or ship, without authority and with intent to commit an imprisonable offence in the building or ship; or

        (b) having entered any building or ship, remains in it without authority and with intent to commit an imprisonable offence in the building or ship.

    • Tom Jackson 30.3

      How on earth are we supposed to believe that a foreign diplomat was arrested for attempted rape and that the PM and McCully didn’t know?

      I guess this now tells all foreign diplomats that they can get away with pretty much anything short of murder in NZ and the government won’t notice.

      • srylands 30.3.1

        I’m not surprised at all.

        • bad12 30.3.1.1

          Swamp amoeba like what you are SSLands have not the intellectual capacity to conceive or express surprise…

          [lprent: That lack of a point is starting to get tedious. Lift your standard. ]

          • Tracey 30.3.1.1.1

            sylands is a diplomat! !

          • srylands 30.3.1.1.2

            Who is SSlands?

            Just another example of your rudeness. You do yourself no credit behaving like this in life. You are a drug addict, and live embittered in a State House, and yet you have the gall to act superior to me. Get a grip.

            • bad12 30.3.1.1.2.1

              i can SSLands recommend a good cheese to accompany your latest whine…

            • lprent 30.3.1.1.2.2

              You are a drug addict, and live embittered in a State House…

              Strange criteria you have. I’m a drug addict. I need my daily statins, and I like my wine. I live in a house. Like bad12 there is one important criteria that you have to remember…

              I too can and do vote. Ultimately in a democracy like ours that is really the only useful political criteria.

              Incidentally, you do tend to suck with your rather patronising bullshit.

        • Tom Jackson 30.3.1.2

          So you admit that Key and McCully knew that a foreign diplomat invaded a NZ woman’s home and tried to rape her, and that they didn’t bother keeping track of what was a politically incendiary issue?

          If I was the PM, I would have sent one of my people to MFAT to keep me aware of absolutely everything that went down in this case. A representative of a foreign government tried to rape a NZer, and it is the government’s job to make sure that her right to justice was protected to the full extent possible.

          McCully should resign. He doesn’t seem to care about crime unless the public finds out about it.

          • srylands 30.3.1.2.1

            “If I was the PM, I would have sent one of my people to MFAT ”

            What people? You think the Prime Minister has “people” to send to MFAT? If you are using the threshold implied by this incident the PM would need about 5,000 “people” to dispatch all over Wellington each day to keep an eye on developments. You have clearly never worked in Government.

            • Tom Jackson 30.3.1.2.1.1

              Are you telling me that Key doesn’t have staff available to monitor politically important issues? Would it be so hard to have someone check up every day, or attend meetings at MFAT when necessary?

              You’re talking BS. I can’t think of any recent issue that is as sensitive or important as this one. What would the Malaysian dude have to have done to reach your threshold? Killed her?

            • felix 30.3.1.2.1.2

              “If you are using the threshold implied by this incident…”

              An international incidents involving attempted rape by a diplomat? Uh huh.

              “You have clearly never worked in Government.”

              You’re letting on way too much about yourself, miserylands.

              • Te Reo Putake

                It’s a shame Key didn’t have a compliant arselicker conveniently at hand to keep an eye on the goings on at MFaT. Maybe somebody who parks his car only ten minutes away from the MFaT office? On the Terrace, maybe? Does anyone know such a person?

                • felix

                  I do know of one, but unfortunately he has 5000 matters to attend to that are far more serious than attempted rape of a NZ citizen by a diplomat.

              • Tracey

                perhaps he used to be a mid grade official in the protocol division of a ministry cos he has some peculiar views about rudeness. Perhaps this has brought back bad memories of why he is now a carpark attendant?

                http://m.nzherald.co.nz/politics/news/article.cfm?c_id=280&objectid=10796531

            • gobsmacked 30.3.1.2.1.3

              OK, srylands, or anybody else, let’s role-play:

              An unspecified date in May:

              Official: “Prime Minister, a diplomat from Malaysia has been arrested, for a serious crime.”

              What do you say?

              • Tom Jackson

                PM: “What sort of crime”

                O. “Attempted rape”.

                PM: “Jesus f*cking Christ, this is so bad on so many levels. We can’t afford to let it be seen that NZ hasn’t done all it can to bring this creep to justice, and the Malaysians will be very embarrassed. We have to tow a fine line here.”

                O: “Yes, Prime Minister, I agree. What should we do”.

                PM: “Nothing. Let’s just ignore it. The public will never find out. I’m too busy making shit up about David Cunliffe. Anyway, the only people who care about rape are Green voters. We’ll just say that this bloke thought it was a bit of fun, and accuse anyone who disagrees of being a humourless lesbian”.

              • Ben Adam

                “Oh, shit! With election so close, can you keep it very low Key and under the public radar?”

              • Tracey

                sylands: will it affect the markets?

  31. As per media comments Key and McCully allegedly knew nothing. Now the Chief Exec of MFAT is saying he knew nothing.

    Seems like a load of bull.

    In fact there’s one more party who has yet to deny knowing nutzing – Anne Tolley.

    Given the arrest and charging of a foreign diplomatic staff member would be a significant event and incident – along with then placing a “warrant to arrest” and asking for extradition, the Police surely would have briefed Tolley under the “no surprises” policy also.

    This requires the OAG to investigate what has happened, who, what, when and how. It’s far too easy for Key et al. to blame it on officials who cannot comment publicly.

    • Tom Jackson 31.1

      It’s such a sensitive issue you would think that the government would be keeping constant tabs on the situation.

      • dv 31.1.1

        Nope too busy chasing Cuniliffe over a an 11 year old form letter.
        I

        I am sure I read on either stuff or the herald they were briefed about month ago.

    • bad12 31.2

      National Ministers have constantly adopted the ”Sergeant Shultz” position at every opportunity during Slippery’s reign as Prime Minister,

      The politics of such an ”attitude” are to delay the full ramifications of the various Ministers actions forced into the light of day only by Opposition Official Information Requests which take time and rely upon the formation of the question(s) asked as to what they reveal,

      The ”thinking” behind this political ploy is that lead by the media ”the public” will soon tire of the issue,

      The demand from the Government should be for the return of this alleged offender to face the charges in our court or the whole High Commission should be told to pack up and go home,

      The situation as it stands is demeaning of the alleged victims right to see justice done, and, just as demeaning to the Malay people to have its Government essentially provide a soft option for its official accused of these crimes…

      • Tom Jackson 31.2.1

        National ignores politically inconvenient rapes.

        NZ rape victims better hope that their rape is important enough for the government to care about.

  32. Tracey 32

    it’s not like mccully isnt a serial mfat bungler…

    http://thestandard.org.nz/tag/murray-mccully/

  33. Weepu's beard 33

    They (John Allen, Murray McCully, and John Key) have managed to single out the unnamed “mid-level” staff member whose fault the entire thing is and chucked him/her under the bus.

    This must be the transparency and personal responsibility the National party and their groupies keep talking about.

    Sad times for the public service. Who would want to do it?

  34. dimebag russell 34

    it is obvious now that John Keys and Murry Mcully are a pair of grovelling snivellers afraid of their own shadows.

  35. I wonder how John Armstrong will go about defending this and #TEAMlacKEY?

    What’s the bet criticism of Labours education policy gets more mention than anything else in his vomit column.

    • Tom Jackson 35.1

      He’ll find a picture of a Labour member at a Malaysian diplomatic function and claim that Cunliffe knew the rapist and did nothing to stop him.

  36. dimebag russell 36

    armstrong has senile dementia.
    someone else writes his column fro him!

  37. fisiani 37

    Malaysia is sending him back to NZ to stand trial. Congratulations John Key

    • Clemgeopin 37.1

      While that is good, don’t be in a hurry to pass your kudos to Key. Control your cult worship.
      Many questions regarding McCully and MFAT need to be yet answered. Why would the Malaysian authority be so foolish as to ask the diplomat to be sent away to Malaysia and now sent back? I think there is still more to this disgraceful episode than yet revealed.

    • gobsmacked 37.2

      Why “congratulations” to Key? Are you saying the Foreign Minister has misled Parliament and the public again?

      This is Murray McCully, speaking in the House today:

      “Matters relating to prosecutions are for the police. The issues around the waiver of diplomatic immunity are for protocol officials to transact. I think the day when we see Ministers getting involved in the prosecution process or the immunity waiver process will put us on a very slippery slope. … The matter of extradition is not one for the Foreign Minister or any other Minister.”

      (source: Hansard)

      So, were Ministers involved or not? Who is telling fibs, Fisiani or McCully?

      Get your story right, or the hole just gets deeper.

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  • No healthy economy without a healthy environment
    Labour recognises that we cannot have a healthy economy without a healthy environment, says Environment spokesperson Moana Mackey announcing Labour’s environment policy. “New Zealand’s economy has been built on the back of the enormous environmental wealth we collectively enjoy as...
    Labour | 28-08
  • She saw John Key on TV and decided to vote!
    . . NZ, Wellington, 15 September – ‘Tina’* is 50, a close friend,  and one of the “Missing Million” from the last election. In fact, ‘Tina’ has never voted in her life.  Not once. In ‘Tina’s’ own words, politics has...
    The Daily Blog | 16-09
  • Eminem sues National Party for unlawful use of ‘Lose yourself’ bhahahah...
    …ahahahahahahahaha. Oh Christ this is hilarious… National Party sued over Eminem copyright infringment US rapper Eminem is suing the National Party for allegedly breaching copyright by using his song Lose Yourself in its campaign advertisements. The Detroit-based publishers of Eminem’s...
    The Daily Blog | 16-09
  • Are the Greens about to be snookered by a Labour-NZ First Government?
    I wrote last week that it was smart politics that the Greens pointed out they could work with National, the soft blue vote that’s looking for a home in the wake of Dirty Politics isn’t going to Labour, so the...
    The Daily Blog | 16-09
  • BLOGWATCH: Fonterra join 2Degrees and boycott Whaleoil
    In the wake of Dirty Politics, advertisers are pulling their advertising out of Whaleoil. PaknSave, Evo Cycles Pukekohe, Localist, 2 Degrees, Fertility Associates, iSentia, NZ Breast Cancer Foundation, Maori TV, Bookme.co.nz, Dobetter.co.nz and the Sound are now joined by Fonterra...
    The Daily Blog | 16-09
  • PM Key accused of allowing secret ‘spook’ cable sensors to spy on citiz...
    Pulitzer prize-winning journalist Glenn Greenwald (left) and Kim Dotcom at the “moment of truth” political surveillance meeting in Auckland last night. Image: PMW By ANNA MAJAVU of Pacific Media Watch NEW ZEALAND Prime Minister John Key has been accused of...
    The Daily Blog | 15-09
  • Fiji pre-election ‘politics’ blackout stirs media protests, frustration
    BLACKOUT DAY – Monday, day one of the “silence window” in Fiji leading up to the close of polling in the general election at 6pm on Wednesday. And this is under the draconian threat of a $10,000 fine or five...
    The Daily Blog | 15-09
  • “Now the work of movements begins”: government corruption, media bias, ...
    I am so tired of the dirty politics of the National government, aren’t you? I am tired of John Key and his pathetic attacks on award-winning journalists who have spent their careers fighting and digging for truth and good. The...
    The Daily Blog | 15-09
  • Moment of Truth review, smoking guns and the awful coverage by the NZ msm
      There were queues unlike any the Town Hall has seen, 1000 were turned away once it became full…     …full to the rafters. The energy and atmosphere within the room was extraordinary, and it begun…   …Glenn Greenwald...
    The Daily Blog | 15-09
  • Why Maori TV’s Te Tai Tokeraou Poll will be proved wrong
    If Hone Harawira had a dollar every time the media wrote off his chance of winning Te Tai Tokeraou, he would have more money than Kim Dotcom. Remember the by-election? Hone was 1 point ahead of Kelvin in an exact...
    The Daily Blog | 15-09
  • September 15 RNZ interviews – and then the Moment of Truth
    . Acknowledgement: Emmerson . 15 September – Leading up to the Moment of Truth public meeting this evening, these Radio NZ interviews are worth listening to; . Alt link . Alt link . Alt link . Alt link . Alt...
    The Daily Blog | 15-09
  • Live Stream: Moment of Truth Tonight 7pm
    Live Video Stream by eCast: The Daily Blog will Live Stream the Moment of Trust public meeting from 7pm. The meeting will feature Glenn Greenwald, Kim Dotcom, Robert Amsterdam, and a very special guest…...
    The Daily Blog | 15-09
  • The proof Key lied about GCSB mass surveillance
    And we start getting to the evidence that proves Key has lied about mass surveillance. The article by Glenn Greenwald is out and it is beyond damning… Documents provided by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden show that the government worked in...
    The Daily Blog | 15-09
  • A brief word on the Ede-Slater emails
    Every day I have rushed to read the paper to see if a breaking story on the Ede-Slater emails had broken yet. They haven’t. Day after day, where are these emails? We know Rawshark sent the emails to David Fisher...
    The Daily Blog | 15-09
  • The email that proves Key is a liar
    This is the Email proving Key knew about Kim Dotcom before he claims he did… “We had a really good meeting with the Prime Minister. He’s a fan and we’re getting what we came for. Your groundwork in New Zealand...
    The Daily Blog | 15-09
  • Henchmen
    Henchmen...
    The Daily Blog | 14-09
  • Why it simply isn’t credible that Key stepped in and shut down the mass s...
    Key’s staggering admission that yes there was a year long business model by the GCSB to mass spy on all of NZ but  that he stepped in and shut it down after Cabinet had signed it off just sounds like make...
    The Daily Blog | 14-09
  • John Key’s love affair with a straw man
    Politicians like putting up straw men for the purpose of self-righteously knocking them over. Prime Minister John Key has a particular straw man he loves to punch over. He raises it whenever he’s asked about mass surveillance of New Zealanders...
    The Daily Blog | 14-09
  • John Armstrong turns on Glenn Greenwald
    Where does a mediocre journalist like John Armstrong get off attacking a journalist with the credibility of Glenn Greenwald as he has in his ridiculous column today? Armstrong has the audacity to try and play the terrorism card to justify why...
    The Daily Blog | 14-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Denis Tegg – Which of John Key’s many statements on the GC...
    We already have Glenn Greenwald’s assertion on The Nation that John Key has misled New Zealanders as to whether the GCSB has engaged in mass surveillance of Kiwis. But Key has made many other statements about the GCSB’s powers and...
    The Daily Blog | 14-09
  • Election 2014: Numbers and Faces
    Democratic politics is a game of numbers and faces. How can we translate the numbers into the 120 or more faces that will be in the next Parliament? Below is my prediction of a likely result: 120 people, divided by...
    The Daily Blog | 14-09
  • Scotland the brave
    The possibility that Scotland will vote for independence this Thursday has panicked the British establishment. An unholy alliance of Tory, Labour, Liberal and corporate leaders has resorted to fear-mongering and bullying on grand scale in a last ditch effort to...
    The Daily Blog | 14-09
  • Why Key’s denials sound so off and why Dotcom’s fight is all our fight
    The shrillness of Key is the issue. His denials just too forced and rehearsed. Key has gone from Hollow Man to Shallow Man with his lashing out at Pulitzer Price winning Journalist Glenn Greenwald by calling him a ‘henchman’. This...
    The Daily Blog | 14-09
  • Letters to the Editor – Spies, Lies, Five Eyes, and other matters on a S...
    . . Sharing a few thoughts and observations with newspaper editors around the country… . from: Frank Macskasy <fmacskasy@gmail.com>to: Sunday Star Times <letters@star-times.co.nz>date: Sun, Sep 14, 2014 subject: Letter to the Editor . The Editor Sunday Star Times . Our...
    The Daily Blog | 14-09
  • Letters to the Editor – Spies, Lies, Five Eyes, and other matters on a Su...
    . . Sharing a few thoughts and observations with newspaper editors around the country… . from: Frank Macskasy <fmacskasy@gmail.com>to: Sunday Star Times <letters@star-times.co.nz>date: Sun, Sep 14, 2014 subject: Letter to the Editor . The Editor Sunday Star Times . Our...
    The Daily Blog | 14-09
  • As TDB predicted, Labour to use universal super fund to buy back assets and...
    Greens about to be snookered again?   As The Daily Blog has pointed out several times now, Labour will use a universal super fund to buy back NZs assets in a bid to offer Winston a legacy project… Labour plans...
    The Daily Blog | 13-09
  • A lesson in caring for our most vulnerable
    Some of the comments on this article make me sick. Because I am so very much over people who think they are better than others because things have gone their way in life and think those who aren’t as functional...
    The Daily Blog | 13-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Anjum Rahman – Please vote positive
    One of the features of campaigning is the meet-the-candidates event.  As an opportunity to present policies to the voter, they aren’t the best vehicle but still serve a useful purpose.  The problem is that there are too many candidates and...
    The Daily Blog | 13-09
  • For this who don’t vote this election
    For this who don’t vote this election...
    The Daily Blog | 13-09
  • Where does Key get off abusing a Pulitzer prize winning Journalist like Gle...
    We are seeing the Dirty Politics PM today when Key decided the best way to counter the Glenn Greenwald claims of GCSB mass surveillance was to denigrate Greenwald… Prime Minister John Key says he will prove Glenn Greenwald’s claims by the...
    The Daily Blog | 13-09
  • Teflon Man No More
    . .   On 26 August, as Nicky Hager’s expose on New Zealand’s right wing politics hit public consciousness and confirmed our worst fears, I wrote, “Dirty Politics” has achieved more than simply revealing  unwholesome machinations between National party apparatchiks,...
    The Daily Blog | 13-09
  • Dear mainstream media – regarding Key’s promise to resign if GCSB expos...
    Dear Mainstream media. How’s it all going? I would like to acknowledge the deep depression many members of the Press Gallery are going through as their boy Key looks less and less likely to win. I appreciate how a loss...
    The Daily Blog | 13-09
  • It’s official: ACT’s Jamie Whyte is several-sandwiches-and-a-salad sho...
    .   . There aren’t very many times I agree wholeheartedly with our Dear Leader – but on this occassion I believe he spoke for those 99% of New Zealanders for whom common sense is as natural as breathing air....
    The Daily Blog | 13-09
  • ‘I’ll not be intimidated … by cowards’, says Fiji death threat jour...
    Fiji Sun’s Jyoti Pratibha … death threats via fake Facebook profiles. Image: Pacific Scoop THE PARIS-based media freedom advocacy organisation Reporters Sans Frontières and the Pacific Media Centre have condemned threats and intimidation against political reporters this week covering Fiji’s...
    The Daily Blog | 12-09
  • Glenn Greenwald on TV3s ‘The Nation’ – Everyone remember when Key pro...
    Glenn Greenwald has just given his first NZ interview on TV3s ‘The Nation’ and what he had to say was incredibly damaging. Glenn is here for Kim Dotcom’s Moment of Truth on Monday and what he has just had to...
    The Daily Blog | 12-09
  • What will soft National vote do, why Colin Craig will be a focus in final w...
    In what has been the most unpredictable elections of our time, the final week promises more shocks and bombshells than World War One trench warfare. We have the media who still have the Rawshark emails that detail the Ede-Slater exchanges....
    The Daily Blog | 12-09
  • Would a National-Conservative Party reduce rights to an abortion? Legalise ...
    With the possibility of a Conservative-National Party coalition looming, let’s consider the impact of this new hard right religious Government on social policy. We know Conservative Party candidate Edward Saafi, believes the inability to legally bash your kids is responsible for teenage prostitution, teenage pregnancy and...
    The Daily Blog | 12-09
  • ACTs solution to crime – more guns?
    How insane are the ACT Party? Honestly? Their solution to crime is to arm every shop keeper with a sawn off shotgun??? “Criminals are well aware that shopkeepers are defenceless and are taking advantage of this in brutal robberies. What...
    The Daily Blog | 12-09
  • John Key’s gift to teenage girls…
    Yesterday I was at the MANA Movement policy release on “Predators on Poverty” in the Otahuhu Shopping Centre. Successive Labour and National governments have left vulnerable communities on their own to face these merciless thieves who prey on the poor...
    The Daily Blog | 12-09
  • Poverty denial – Where does National get its advice from?
    National is displaying a quite inadequate understanding of their own policies and worrying inability to respond to criticism. When John Key trots out his old, tired example of how ‘work pays’ on Morning Report this week to justify leaving 260,000...
    The Daily Blog | 12-09
  • Education reformers mean well, so what’s the problem?
    The thing about education reformers is that, mostly, they mean well. Whether it’s charter schools, National Standards, Teach First, or another reform, many people involved have good intentions.  They want to improve things, try something new and innovate, they say. The thing...
    The Daily Blog | 12-09
  • My brain hurts
    My brain hurts.  This election year has been a really long nine months.  The lies, the headlines, the spin, the policy, the chat, I am literally overloaded with information.  At times it’s been exhausting trying to keep up.  However I...
    The Daily Blog | 12-09
  • Slater loses Blomfield defamation case – has to pays costs & must dis...
    Great victory for Journalism today. The Defamation case Matt Blomfield took against Slater has jumped its first hurdle, Slater has been told he might be a ‘Journalist’, but he has no right to journalistic protection of his sources because there was no...
    The Daily Blog | 12-09
  • Seeing an Economic Vision
    It has been some time since my last post to TDB. I was fortunate to recently come back to NZ briefly for a bit of a break from my work in Pakistan. While my visit was super short, I took...
    The Daily Blog | 11-09
  • 5 reasons why anyone identifying as Left with a capital L should party vote...
    There are 5 reasons why anyone identifying as Left with a capital L should consider casting their party vote for Internet MANA this election. 1 – Feed the Kids: There is no excuses now that National have flirted with the idea...
    The Daily Blog | 11-09
  • What I want from a change of government
    The prospects for a change of government look a little brighter so I though I’d look at what we can expect. The only option being provided by Labour, the main opposition party, is for a Labour, Green, NZ First coalition....
    The Daily Blog | 11-09
  • Why is the “Progressive” Coalition so Regressive?
    Have you ever, when parallel parking, got yourself wedged into the curb? The car in front is centimetres away and your rear wheel is touching the curb at an angle. This is a metaphor for the state of economic policy-making...
    The Daily Blog | 11-09
  • Of course the Greens could work with National
    A warm soy latte with John Key?   Sharp in take of breath moment as TVNZ last night reported Greens could work with National post the election if National win. It’s a smart move. The Greens are so viciously anti-tribal...
    The Daily Blog | 11-09
  • Coalition for Better Broadcasting – Quality of Journalism
    “Skilled journos getting unwarranted shit from hack bloggers & online warriors could earn big $ in PR/marketing, so thank you for what you do”. As this tweet rolled across my screen this morning the irony had me rolling my eyes. Why on...
    The Daily Blog | 11-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Rolinson – #BlueGreen2014 – Or: The Media Jetskiis O...
    During Thursday’s iteration of One News, I was virtually shocked off my seat to hear a reasonably well-known political pundit slash nominal “journalist” prognosticating about the likelihood of the Green Party “switching gear” on its electoral strategy … and deciding...
    The Daily Blog | 11-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Michael Wood – Winning on the Economy
    One of the great tricks of the right over the past twenty years has been to desiccate debate about our economy. ‘The economy’ is spoken about as if it is an independent entity, divorced from the realm of democratic politics...
    The Daily Blog | 11-09
  • Conservatives Break through 5% Threshold
    Reports in today’s Dominion Post that the Conservative Party is polling at 6% in Nationals internal polling are not surprising says the Conservative Napier candidate Garth McVicar....
    Scoop politics | 16-09
  • Hundreds of Students Turn Out for Political Debate
    With only a few days left before the general election, over 500 Victoria students packed the central Hub space on campus today to listen to a political debate on student issues organised by the Students’ Association. Victoria University of Wellington...
    Scoop politics | 16-09
  • Ex-prisoners make most of mentoring to make most of life
    It’s not every day that an organisation triples a programme in size, but PARS Inc (formerly known as the Prisoners’ Aid and Rehabilitation Society of the Auckland District Inc) has managed to do just that with their Community Mentoring Scheme,...
    Scoop politics | 16-09
  • Unscrupulous worker highlights why 90-days works
    Federated Farmers believes the experience of a husband and wife farming team in Taranaki underscores why the 90-days provision is so important to small businesses. “Yesterday a member called 0800 FARMING to alert us to a guy doing the rounds...
    Scoop politics | 16-09
  • Eye to Eye Uploaded
    Leading Maori broadcaster and political commentator Willie Jackson previews Eye to Eye Uploaded, a multi-platform series of interviews that he’s aiming to put in front of media radars next year....
    Scoop politics | 16-09
  • Party Rankings against Inequality
    Revealed: which party will do the most to reduce New Zealand’s growing inequality crisis...
    Scoop politics | 16-09
  • Maritime Union backs change of Government
    The Maritime Union says a change of Government is required to deliver secure jobs and decent wages for New Zealand workers....
    Scoop politics | 16-09
  • Green Party package for newborns welcomed
    16 September 2014 Media Release The New Zealand College of Midwives has welcomed a policy announced today by the Green Party which would provide a package of essential items for every newborn baby. The College is a non partisan organisation...
    Scoop politics | 16-09
  • ALCP Release Election Manifesto
    The Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party has released its manifesto in the lead up to the election on Saturday....
    Scoop politics | 16-09
  • Election Daily Update #9
    John Key’s National Party appears to have received a major boost from last night’s “Moment of Truth” event, according to the combined wisdom of the 8000+ registered traders on New Zealand’s predictions market, iPredict. Despite no major changes...
    Scoop politics | 16-09
  • Eminem Publishers Sue New Zealand National Party
    Detroit-based music publishing companies sue National Party for damages for unauthorised use of song in election campaign advertising...
    Scoop politics | 16-09
  • Parties Back Rethink of WINZ Shared Care Parenting Laws
    Overwhelming Majority of Parties Back Rethink of WINZ Shared Care Parenting Laws. Press release- Fifty Fifty Campaign, 16 September 2014 National is the only political party willing to defend the way WINZ treats separated parents who share their kids...
    Scoop politics | 16-09
  • Parents Smacking Down Prime Minister
    "John Keys failure to deliver on his promise to change the anti-smacking law is costing National votes, and helping the Conservative Party," says Colin Craig....
    Scoop politics | 16-09
  • Political Debate on Family Violence – Video & Audio
    The Dunedin Collaboration Against Family Violence was happy to host a political debate on Family Violence chaired by Professor Nicola Atwool of the University of Otago. Family Violence is a huge problem in our community and we invited representatives...
    Scoop politics | 16-09
  • Greens Take Nanny State To A New Level
    Family First NZ is labelling the Green’s ‘welcome package’ for newborns policy as wasteful and misdirected. “This policy is taking ‘nanny state’ to a new level but indicates just how much the Greens want to intervene in family life,”...
    Scoop politics | 16-09
  • 2,100 people send message about dirty politics
    2,100 people have signed their name to a full-page open letter featuring in the New Zealand Herald this Wednesday. The letter is designed to send a message to politicians that dirty politics is an important election issue....
    Scoop politics | 16-09
  • Are DoC manipulating Rat Numbers?
    Ban 1080 Political Party co-leader Bill Wallace says there are serious rumours DoC has changed their rat counting technique to cover up the lack of the mythical “Rat Plague” claimed by the Department in Kahurangi National Park, and also that...
    Scoop politics | 16-09
  • Average Full time Student Is in Financial Distress
    A new survey has found that nearly half of all full time students are in significant financial distress....
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • Key and Cunliffe, research revealed by Ancestry.com.au
    Contrasting family histories of John Key and David Cunliffe, revealed by research from Ancestry.com.au....
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • Revelations a Damning Indictment of Key’s Honesty
    The Prime Minister’s honesty is now central to the election, says Internet Party Leader Laila Harré, following the revelations of whistleblower Edward Snowden that there is mass surveillance of New Zealand citizens by the GCSB....
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • Organisations Have ‘Duty of Care’ for Players says Law Firm
    Concussion injuries in amateur and professional sporting arenas are currently highly topical. Concussion potentially appears to have been implicit in the recent death of a young player in Northland....
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • Media Release from Closing the Gap on Health and Housing
    “Inequality is the biggest problem facing New Zealand at the present time” says Peter Malcolm National Secretary of Closing the Gap. It underlies many of our social ills, poverty, lack of trust, an economy that could do much better, and...
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • Expanding Whānau Ora – a bottom line for Māori Party
    Leaving the best to last, the Māori Party has launched its Whānau Ora policy today following a fun family event at Te Ore Ore Marae in Masterton last night. “When we change what happens in our homes, we change what...
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • Colin Craig’s Incredible Claims Continue
    Hot on the heels of a Conservative Party candidate proposing to double the price of a bottle of wine, Colin Craig has come up with an even more fantastic idea to buttress his uncosted tax policy....
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • The Letter: Jamie Whyte is going to Parliament
    Friday night’s TVNZ Colmar Brunton poll puts Jamie Whyte in Parliament. TVNZ rounded down the poll result (ACT was on 1.2%). With the high wasted Conservative vote, just 1.2% makes Jamie an MP. It is ACT, not NZ First that...
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • Why are we letting Dotcom steal our election?
    Why are we letting a convicted German fraudster and his American polemicists steal our election?...
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • ACT’s five point plan
    ACT has a five point plan to grow the economy by a third. To lift economic growth from the Treasury's long term forecast of just two percent to three....
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • Christchurch rebuild cost sharing plan must be improved
    “The agreement between the government and the Christchurch City Council about sharing costs of the rebuild is due to be revised in December, as some costs are more accurately known now than they were originally,“ says Warren Voight, Local...
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • ‘Key vs. Cunliffe’ Final Live NZ Election Reactor
    ohn Key and David Cunliffe go head to head for the final time on TV One on Wednesday as Election Day looms. Roy Morgan wants to know what you think about their performance as the leaders try one last time...
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • Chamber welcomes Business Growth Agenda priorities
    Wellington Employers’ Chamber of Commerce welcomes the National Government’s 10 highest priorities for its Business Growth Agenda as essential to continuing strong business performance and economic growth....
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • #SafeSource NZ – A secure way to share the truth
    Dirty politics and a dirty environment go hand in hand. Our country’s future as a fairer, cleaner, more prosperous place is being threatened by backroom deals, corporate cronyism and a lack of transparency....
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • Last vid to encourage youth vote
    Here's the third and final in our series to boost the youth vote. It's called CINDER and it's a play on the popular dating app....
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • Fee hikes restrict student choices
    A survey of 5000 students from across the tertiary sector shows that tuition fees have increased at the maximum level permitted. Fees are constraining students’ choices more than ever before. Although tuition fees are only permitted to increase...
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • ACT’s five point plan to grow the economy
    ACT has a five point plan to double the rate of economic growth. The Treasury long term forecast for growth is 2% a year. We can lift it to 4%....
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • iPredict Daily Election Update
    National’s forecast party vote has risen to 45.3% over the last day, at the expense of Labour and the Greens, according to the combined wisdom of the 8000+ registered traders on New Zealand’s predictions market, iPredict. A National/Act/UnitedFuture/Maori...
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • National’s economic strategy attack workers’ rights
    The National Party’s ‘Workplaces’ policy confirms that their economic growth strategy relies on attacks on workers rights, according to FIRST Union....
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • Questions Raised Over Cow Deaths
    The death of 200 cows after eating a new variety of PGG Wrightsons HT swedes [1] is a disaster for New Zealand farmers....
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • Final decision on Ruakura Development Plan Change
    The independent Board of Inquiry considering the Ruakura Development Plan Change has released its final report and decision. The Board has approved the plan change request but with amendments....
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • Confirmed – Smacking Law Needs Correction
    Family First NZ says that the ONE News Vote Compass survey showing only 23% support the anti-smacking law is no surprise, and confirms that it’s time the politicians listened to New Zealand families....
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • Kiwi voters urged to heed warnings
    Kiwi voters would do well to note the advice given this week to Queensland people by retired judge and renowned corruption fighter Tony Fitzgerald, according to Democrats for Social Credit health spokesman David Tranter....
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • Fisheries policy analysis produces surprising results
    Nine political party policies were analysed to determine which party had the most public friendly fisheries policy and the results surprised LegaSea, an apolitical fisheries lobby group. “For the first time, recreational fishers have been offered...
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • $3m to help keep Hutt families healthy
    National Party candidate for Hutt South, Chris Bishop, welcomes news Hutt City Council has been selected to lead a $3 million anti-obesity initiative in Lower Hutt which will help families improve their health. “Healthy Families NZ is National’s new...
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • Community organisations struggling
    The survey, conducted by community sector network ComVoices, highlights the high level of frustration and urgency being felt by those who deliver services, says group Chairperson, Peter Glensor. 311 organisations completed the survey....
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • NZ 2014 Election Index – 6-11 September
    Below is iSentia’s weekly Election Index for the period 6 to 11 September, showing the relative amount of coverage of nine Party Leaders in the lead up to the National Election across news media and social media. We will publish...
    Scoop politics | 14-09
  • Workers despair at Nationals lack of fairness
    “Nationals Workplaces policy, released today, fails to articulate any vison about how life for working New Zealanders can be improved.” CTU President Helen Kelly said. “Again if this policy focusses on removing work rights, its own documents...
    Scoop politics | 14-09
  • National tries to dodge the discussion on workers’ rights
    New Zealanders deserve a proper conversation about National’s plans to keep undermining the real value of their wages and conditions at work. “Today National has released a ‘workplace policy’ which will further widen the imbalance of power between...
    Scoop politics | 14-09
  • Didn’t Get Your Easyvote Pack? You Need to Enrol Now.
    If you didn’t get an EasyVote pack in the mail last week, you need to check your enrolment now as you may not be enrolled....
    Scoop politics | 14-09
  • Survey shows television without adverts could be vote winner
    Survey shows television without adverts could be a vote winner Television news focuses too much on politicians' personalities and not enough on the real issues, according to a UMR survey commissioned by the Coalition for Better Broadcasting....
    Scoop politics | 14-09
  • Which of Key’s many statements will Greenwald challenge?
    John Key's credibility and honesty will be tested on many more GCSB issues than whether there was / is mass surveillance of New Zealanders by the GCSB. I have put together this by no means comprehensive list of Key's statements...
    Scoop politics | 14-09
  • 4th tranche of Auckland Housing Accord licenses sprawl
    Youth organisation, Generation Zero, is appalled at the next stage of the Auckland Housing Accord, released today, as it is once again focussed on urban sprawl. The fourth tranche of 41 Special Housing Areas (SHAs), allows for 8000 dwellings, nearly...
    Scoop politics | 14-09
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