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Written By: - Date published: 6:39 pm, October 11th, 2012 - 101 comments
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Interesting hints on 3 News this evening – the gist of it is covered in Labour’s press release:

Did spies catch Key on tape on Dotcom?

Labour is calling on the Prime Minister and the Government Communications Security Bureau to confirm whether an audio-visual recording exists of John Key addressing staff at the agency during a visit on February 29th.

“Labour understands such a recording may exist and that it may show John Key referring to Kim Dotcom when speaking to staff.

“There is one way to clear this up. The Prime Minister should give the green light to the agency to release any and all unclassified material about the visit and John Key’s comments to staff.

“It was during the visit on February 29 that the Prime Minister was briefed by GCSB about their surveillance of Kim Dotcom. He claims to have no memory of that. Previously though, he had told New Zealanders that he did not know about the surveillance till September 17.

“The agency’s review of its handling of the Dotcom case says that ‘no written record was kept of the meeting’. But it is silent on whether any audio-visual record exists of the Prime Minister’s visit.

The tape, if it exists, was taken after Key’s Dotcom briefing – a briefing that he has said over and over that he couldn’t remember:

“While neither the GCSB Director nor I can recall the reference to the Dotcom matter being made during my visit to the bureau back in February, I accept that it may well have been made,” he says.

If Key is shown to be addressing staff about Dotcom then it’s further confirmation that the briefing sunk in at the time, and that his subsequent denials of it are lies. Watch Campbell Live at 7 for more…

101 comments on “Watch Campbell Live at 7pm”

  1. How far can a rat go up a drain pipe,will watch him squirm.

  2. karol 2

    I understand neither Labour nor TV3 have the alleged video at this point.  So I guess Campbell Live will be interesting, but I don’t expect any more information.

  3. Jim Nald 3

    New Zealand is on track for a Johnesia epidemic.

  4. Pete 4

    Points to David Shearer on his interview. He paused and gathered his thoughts before answering Campbell’s questions. Much better. On the substance, from my time at the National Library it was always a big deal when the minister came. Public servants usually go to the minister, not the other way around, so the claim it was taped is certainly credible.

    • ianmac 4.1

      Yes. David Shearer was effective.

    • geoff 4.2

      Disagree.

      David was almost yelling his responses at John, he should have played it cool. Why couldnt he have been more like the way he was on ‘Would I lie to you’? He was actually really cool on that. Maybe he’s still not comfortable with live tele, if so he needs lots more practice before the election.

      • freedom 4.2.1

        or maybe David Shearer, like many throughout New Zealand, no longer has any patience for the arrogance of our Prime Minister and his obvious contempt of the position.

      • gobsmacked 4.2.2

        Shearer is fine, provided the issue isn’t him.

        But the more National look like they’re going to lose, the more attention will switch to the “next Prime Minister”. In the Campbell interview, there were no hard questions, because Shearer isn’t the target today. Soon he will be.

  5. Anne 6

    …so the claim it was taped is certainly credible.

    Of course it was taped. Anyone who walks through the doors of a spy agency is going to be taped and that goes for the PM too – no matter who it is.

    If John Key didn’t appreciate that, then his ignorance is indeed profound.

    • Colonial Viper 6.1

      Maybe the tape is going to get lost.

      • mike 6.1.1

        ShonKey to the media: “I’d invite anyone with any such tape to release it. I’m completely committed to trying to be transparent.”

        To the GCSB: “If that tape sees the light of day I’ll have Perata take a look at your budget. Am I clear?”

        • McFlock 6.1.1.1

          GCSB techs to themselves: “fuck that dude, I’m off into the private sector in a month. Try and leave me with the can for illegal tapping, will he? He’s going down with me.”

          • jaymam 6.1.1.1.1

            The GCSB whistleblowers should be amply rewarded with nice new jobs.
            How absolutely stupid for Key to put all the blame on a spy agency. Of course they will be spying on him. That’s a spy’s job.

      • David H 6.1.2

        Already is by the sound of it. What I am waiting for is the cellphone footage, that is miraculously found.

  6. karol 7

    And this on the Governor General’s possible involvement.
     
    And Neazor has a memory lapse….?

  7. Poission 8

    “I’m glad I’m not Brezhnev. Being the Russian leader in the Kremlin. You never know if someone’s tape recording what you say.”

    Richard Nixon

    • bbfloyd 8.1

      It was Nixons own idea to tape his conversations…for good reasons I might add… The stupidity was letting it be known…

  8. higherstandard 9

    I haven’t watched Campbell since he ambushed the PM some years ago.

  9. karol 10

    What I find is strange, is this –  Labour/Shearer have pretty much told the PM, there is a recording,….. now go find it and produce it.

    • ianmac 10.1

      If they say the tape has gone missing or that there was no tape wouldn’t that increase the doubts?
      Yet if a tape did surface and Key did talk about Dotcom, then the damage to Key would be even greater. And the office of PM would also seriously be damaged here and overseas.
      Calm on the surface. Feet paddling furiously underneath.

    • McFlock 10.2

      The thing is that if lab/grn released the tape, the issue becomes the fact that the GCSB security system has a leak. Any recordings are probably on computer, so you get unlawful use issues, release of restricted info, even theft as servant maybe.
         
      BUT
        
      if they run a twofor – OIA request for the tape with a “nothing to hide/nothing to fear” argument so he has to authorise release early (not that I agree with that argument, but it would make him squirm), well it’s all in the open, legit and public. 

      • ScottGN 10.2.1

        McFlock I think tonight has shown that GCSB has leaked if nothing else. It’s possible that as part of that leak Labour has been told there is CCTV footage of the PM speaking to staff but they haven’t been provided with that. They are working with the material they have at the moment.

      • felix 10.2.2

        Yes McF, and better to make him deny it first anyway.

    • starlight 10.3

      I agree with you also,i expected to hear a short tape recording, (shearer was better though
      with his interviewing skillls,i always hold my breath though),it would make an excellent
      movie someday,( the kimdot conspiricy ), the outcome, well we wait for the next installment.

  10. Red Rosa 11

    Taping…illegal bugging..right to the top…even to the GG. Definitely shades of Watergate.

    In Watergate, the initial illegality was just the tip of the iceberg. It took months to uncover the layers of coverup.

    For Key, on Dotcom, the question is why? Where is the motive for trotting out such a transparent story? Key is obviously badly shaken. He knows denying 2011 and early 2012 knowledge of Dotcom will never stand up to scrutiny. Especially now that Banks has been exposed as a blatant liar on the same issue.

    Why deny knowing Dotcom, when half NZ knew about him for months, and he lived in the PM’s electorate?

    Somehow, somewhere, there is a lot at stake here. Best guess, the TPP. The US agencies were quick to praise co-operation from their NZ counterparts after the Dotcom raid.

    The most plausible scenario is that Key responded to US pressure over Dotcom by giving a wink and a nod to all concerned, while keeping it at arms’ length under the ‘plausible deniability’ cover.

    This is now unraveling. And no-one knows better than John Key where the buck will finally stop. No wonder he looks worried.

    • Yep, that about nails it.

    • tc 11.2

      + 1 and what money on something as innocent as an annoyed resident confirming they spoke to Sparkles about this noisy brash larger than life character with an inflatable tank on his lawn who was upsetting the ambience of the neighbourhood.

  11. Anne 12

    Have checked online MSM sources to see who has reported the story.

    Top story on all sites with the exception of :
    TVNZ – zilch.
    ZB News – zilch.

    Waiting for their Nat. masters’ instructions?

  12. Matthew Hooton 13

    There will be no video and this will backfire on Labour.

    • gobsmacked 13.1

      It can’t possibly backfire.

      If there’s a tape, Key is screwed. If there’s no tape, Shearer is screwed. (Perhaps he’s been set up by Cunliffe, eh Matthew?). Either way, the left win.

      • fatty 13.1.1

        haha…true.
        But I don’t really think it will matter if a tape doesn’t turn up. Nats drop in polls and this is the perfect time for mudslinging, it will stick, even if a tape never existed in the first place.
        That was the best performance by shearer i have ever seen

        • Jim Nald 13.1.1.1

          It is quite puzzling why the PM, who is also in charge of GCSB, is reportedly “challenging” the release of relevant material.

          Surely, if John Key’s tongue has been so very straight and clean, and in order to maintain public respect for the office he holds, he should be asking for all material to be released to uphold the reputation of the Prime Minister and to clear his own name.

      • David H 13.1.2

        Shearer did not say there was a tape. He said that he had been informed that there was a tape at GCSB. He never said there was a tape he was very careful on that point.

    • ScottGN 13.2

      Nice try Matthew. But you’re wrong. There doesn’t have to be a video. There simply needs to be an ‘idea’ planted into the public mindset. And that has happened. Dotcom has become toxic for this government. Key’s numbers are falling all over the place and that, sir, is the name of the game.

    • Pete 13.3

      It really doesn’t matter if there is no video. Key didn’t flatly deny it, it was an “I can’t remember”. It builds into the narrative that he is too relaxed and too uninterested in the responsibilities of government. Normally such a leader could manage that by delegating to his ministers. But since his front bench is rubbish and this is his portfolio, Key has no political cover. Dotcom is such a masterful P.R. guy that this story is going to keep going.

      Key is a big picture kind of person and that was seen as a strength 4 years ago, but now with little sign of that brighter future, Kiwis are viewing that as a liability. We’ve heard enough of the sizzle, now we’re wondering if there’s any steak.

    • Poission 13.4

      You got the lotto numbers for Saturday too?

    • ianmac 13.5

      It is not just a video Matthew. One report said that it was an informal session with staff in their canteen. Several people have reported the session. It was not a leak from an official meeting. A cellphone filming perhaps?

      • freedom 13.5.1

        from what is being put up on the chalkboards it appears the session in the cafe was most likely recorded to share with absent staff the wondrous occassion of Leader’s prescence .

        Being who they are this suggests use of a digital Cam rather than tape. Not a stretch to think the file must already be in the wilderness so as to avoid the accidental misplacement that no doubt occurred hours/days ago.

        – not entirely sure why it was worthy of recording the visit though, he has been there for fifteen briefings this year, which kind of makes one wonder what else he is forgetting . . . if a billionaire German with a Rhino on his lawn spending a half million bucks on fireworks doesn’t grab your attention, then what does ?

        • Jim Nald 13.5.1.1

          This was said about 1.5 weeks ago and stands:

          http://thestandard.org.nz/where-are-the-resignations/comment-page-1/#comment-528068
          In this small country, we are all only about two degrees separated. John Key needs to remember that he can tell different things to different people, but only for so long and only in certain selected circles that do not or cannot join up the whole story.

          I “understand” that people involved on the inside are less than happy with different versions being told. He can make up shit and dump on them because the nature of their jobs does not usually allow them to go public.

        • Anne 13.5.1.2

          not entirely sure why it was worthy of recording the visit though, he has been there for fifteen briefings this year…

          It’s normal for the briefings to occur in the PMs office. That is, they go to him. His visit to their head-quarters would have been some sort of ‘look around’ to see what they do and how they do it. Doesn’t mean to say a briefing didn’t take place though.

          • Pete 13.5.1.2.1

            Don’t forget, it is a new headquarters. When I was working at National Library, I was temporarily relocated in the Freyberg Building, which housed the GCSB until they moved to their current location on Pipitea Street. I can’t remember exactly when they moved, but it was around late 2010, early 2011. Pipitea House was formally opened in May 2011. I would imagine the meeting on 29 February was to show off the new facilities and new resources of the bureau. For most people that would have been a memorable occasion.

            • freedom 13.5.1.2.1.1

              Thanks for the reminder, it slipped my mind about the briefings protocol and i can certainly see why they bothered.

              How silly of me not to remember all the hundreds of millions of dollars we magically find for new agencies and offices and subsidies et al but adult education programmes and railway lines are just too damn expensive to continue ;)

    • Murray Olsen 13.6

      There will be no Cactus Kate/Matthew Hooton video and this will backfire on NAct.

      • Cactus Kate 13.6.1

        Good God – defamation!!!!

        I’m sure the IP address/whatsathingy will show the host I haven’t commented here for months and definitely not under the pseudonymn of Matthew Hooton.

        [lprent: Correct. Besides which your style is kind of distinctive... ]

        • mike 13.6.1.1

          It’s fair enough you feel aggrieved Kate, accusing someone of wilfully associating themselves with the name of Matthew Hooten is close to hate speech.

        • Tim G 13.6.1.2

          Personally CK, I took Murray’s comment to be referring to the Matthew Hooton/Cactus Kate tape! Yes, you know the one I’m talking about. Until I heard about that, I thought you just talked dirty on your blog.

          Pamela Anderson, Paris Hilton, Cactus Kate, we all make them – it’s OK.

    • Robert M 13.7

      Imagine what could be on the walls and menu of the GCSB cafe. Lamburgers and Miss Hustler. More likely pure public service. My own view is that Key is only interested in money and golf and would be bored by the spies and fat germans. He probably told his staff he wasn’t interested.
      The GCSB is about serious business. The Collins class submarines are so unrealiable and leaky the Australian can’t use them to spy on the North Koreans and Vietnamese. Our Orions have been retitted with Link 16 data processessors and communication links to the US Navy but the Magnesium anomaloy indicator in the tail is so old , the RNZAF have thrown them away and fly with a hollow tail, so they can’t spy on the Chinese or Russian kilo subs of Fiji let alone the new ones just delivered to the Vietnamese Peoples Navy.
      Apparently the Australian DSD mainly intercepts Indonesian military communications and the naval communications satellites of Japan, Pakistan, Russia and China.
      Spying is serious – after capturing the pueblo in 1968 all USN sub, missile and intelligence communications were broken in real time for 17 years- so they knew exactly where USS Queensfish and Pintado were off the kiwi coast in real time. Its comforting to know the latest Canadian Navy spy has been captured as most domestic NZ intelligence is often analysed by the Canadian branch of the GCSB.

    • Puddleglum 13.8

      The wish appears to be father of the thought, Matthew.

      You seem to be ignoring the fact that Key’s credibility over this whole issue has been repeatedly – and damningly – brought into question by just about every commentator (and I don’t just mean on The Standard).

      In that context, there are simply too few commentators – such as yourself – to support a counter-narrative. They would probably fear, quite rightly, being seen as apologists for what is clearly a heavily compromised John Key. I understand that you are trying to work out how best to defend Key but this is a difficult one.

      It is one thing to give someone the benefit of the doubt – it is quite another to bend over backwards to construct some version of reality in which the Prime Minister has acted both competently and transparently and then assert that that version is the most likely to be true.

      You should remember that New Zealanders like to see themselves as commonsensical and Key’s problem is that his claims of memory loss and – incredibly – of not even knowing who Dotcom was prior to the day before the raid, offends common sense (irrespective of whether or not it is true).

      As for backfiring on Labour (and, presumably, the Greens and NZ First?), that would require the assertion not only that there is no video but that David Shearer has completely made up the existence of a source at the GCSB. Do you think the public are ready to believe that David Shearer is a blatant liar?

      I am not predisposed to support David Shearer’s leadership of the Labour Party or of the Opposition, but I can’t see that accusation sticking – mostly thanks to your own good work :-).

    • mike 13.9

      Ew it’s Matthew Hooten.

      Doing the rounds of the blogs dropping in the line you think the local tr0lls should latch onto eh? I’m sure you’re a hit at Whaleoil, but your desperate attempts here to deflect attention to Labour while John Key’s trousers have fallen down are embarrassing.

      Testing out your spin to see what kind of reaction you get? I’ll help you out, this one’s a fail. When your credibility is as low as Key’s you’re past the point of being able to attack your opponent’s. It’s a boy who cried wolf thang. It will backfire on you.

      How about… “This is a political stunt by the opposition.” Dang, you’ve used that when they complained about Banks lying to us about being a [deleted]. And again when they called for an inquiry into the GCSB’s law-breaking and Key’s long-way-short-of-credible explanation for it. (It’s getting old.)

      Aw shit I guess I’m just no good at being a sociopathic blood-sucking leech on society who dreams up propaganda for the elitist millionares who are wrecking our country in their own image.

      But by all means keep on flailing about like a dying octopus.

      [lprent: Too far. If you want to express something as fact, then it has to be something verifiable. That was not either directly or even indirectly. It puts us in the gun for defamation. Don't waste my time having to clean it up - think first. ]

    • North 13.10

      Which is not to say there wasn’t a video.

    • bbfloyd 13.11

      Don’t be naive matty …. the way shearer has framed it means that tape, or no tape, without a full, independent inquiry that actually, and credibly exonerates johnny sparkles, then the taint of corruption will stick to sparkles like an overgrown hemorrhoid…

      You know that well, so stop playing silly games…..

      Btw, you really are sounding desperate…. what’s got you so nervous I wonder? Is sparkles losing his job going to affect your career prospects?

    • Dr Terry 13.12

      MH. Oh, how desperately you will be hoping that you are right (and “Right”).

  13. Jim Nald 14

    Thanks for the link!

    A transcript from the clip should be made available to slippery aspirants for high office who might find it handy to practise for moments to avoid telling the truth:

    “No idea I can’t remember …
    I don’t think so …
    Goodness knows dunno …
    No I don’t remember …
    I don’t recall it …
    Look I dunno you know who knows but I dont recall it anyway …
    Well, they need to find some proof of that, I don’t recall it …
    Never raised it with me”

  14. Just Julie 15

    You wish; Mr Hooten
    Can’t help thinking Mr Key looks like Dead Man Walking more and more….

  15. Dv 16

    As Judge Judy says tell the truth and then you don’t have to remember the lies you have told.

    • Jim Nald 16.1

      Indeed. What is getting really bad with Key’s condition is that it seems he can’t remember lies he has told and, even worse, he doesn’t seem to even care (reportedly: “so what”!).

  16. Dv 17

    A comment on DimPost

    Mathew Hooten doing the rounds
    Max – there will be no video and this issue will come back to bite Labour.

  17. geoff 18

    Patrick Gower’s questioning of Key was brilliant. After every answer was a little ‘yeah’ (ie yeah right) from Gower, hilarious.

  18. gobsmacked 19

    The story has now reached boiling-point …

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/7805149/No-video-of-Keys-speech-says-spy-boss

    It can’t just be ignored now. Somebody’s wrong, or lying, or being played, or something.

    • Inventory2 19.1

      Is David Shearer being played?

      • gobsmacked 19.1.1

        He is dumb enough to listen to Mallard, so it’s possible. But bigger picture: the GCSB is at best leaky, at worst dysfunctional. Independent inquiry overdue, root and branch. Not some doddery old chap investigating his own job.

        Why doesn’t Key want one?

  19. calltoaccount 20

    Denials from the spy’s boss of the existence of any tape…

    Sutff article

  20. There is no tape. But whichever party is involved, we should all be deeply concerned that a political party is boasting that it has sources in the GCSB.

  21. Anne 22

    Freedom said the following at 13.5.1

    Being who they are this suggests use of a digital Cam rather than tape. Not a stretch to think the file must already be in the wilderness so as to avoid the accidental misplacement that no doubt occurred hours/days ago.something.

    It seems to have occurred during a session with the staff in their cafeteria. I wouldn’t imagine there would be any ‘official’ recording devices in such a place.

  22. Dv 23

    I thought this was interesting

    Fletcher said “exhaustive enquries” at the GCSB have revealed no video tape.

    An ‘exhaustive search’ in a couple of hours!!!

    • mike 23.1

      “Exhaustive enquries” = Fletcher sent a group email to all GCSB staff. Subject: Who wants to get fired?

  23. Georgecom 24

    This is almost as good as watching Don Brash unravel over the EBs. The likes of Matthew Hooten had better hope that Key handles the pressure better than Brash.

  24. Herodotus 25

    Winny was questioned if his no ment yes and was voted out, phil was caught not telling the truth re Richard worth having copies of texts and is now in opposition, perhaps the voter is more aware of what the truth is. So regarding .com is key or shearer in possession of the truth the consequences of being caught out with lies is very telling . I only hope both side are aware of the consequences of being found out.

  25. It’s probably listed in the Video log.
    Y’know that piece of paper that indexes every video ever shot by the GCSB.

    That’s what a qualified librarian would do too keep track, wouldn’t they?
    John Key must be finding it a hard trail to delete ….. good spys aye M8!

  26. Matthew Hooton 27

    In response to everyone above, my comment last night was not a diversion. The diversion was made by David Shearer (or Fran Mold) yesterday afternoon.

    On the Dotcom/GCSB issue, all the attention was on the Prime Minister’s integrity, but yesterday’s suggestion of a tape etc has now turned the attention to Labour’s integrity.

    Worse for Labour, in my experience with the old tactic of “I’m getting the tape tomorrow, run a preview tonight” is that it never works. The tape never shows up and the person who suggested there was one gets damaged more than the person who is supposed to be the target. That is what is already happening. See http://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/auckland/news/nbpol/893204296-exclusive–labour-s-gcsb-leak-revealed

    My pick is that it will get worse for Shearer, Mold and Labour through the day so that by the Saturday political columns in the Herald and Dom-Post, not to mention Q&A and The Nation, the story will be more about bumbling, dishonest Labour and less about the Prime Minister’s conduct than would otherwise have been the case. Of course, I could be wrong, but the proof will be in the weekend media coverage. We shall see.

    • Tiger Mountain 27.1

      the sound of barrels being scraped…

      • Jim Nald 27.1.1

        Mmm it does make people wonder whether John Key’s super secret weapon in Labour, and the National Party’s special mole, is Shearer.

    • North 27.2

      But of course all of the focus you wishfully anticipate will keep before the public the utter improbability of Key’s stories about what he remembers or doesn’t remember……..and the spectacle of his laboured squirming. We’re well past the stage where your boss can come out smelling like roses.

      All you guys have got left is the Portly One or Heki Pirau delivering an outburst about kids’ hoodies as gang-wear or some equally ridiculous rave.

      Already the public has Botox Banks sorted out…….next stop Planet Key. Choice !

    • U should be a spy Matthew, such amzing insight and obvious people skills …. wow

      Why don’t you apply for a job at the GCSB?, U can tell them all where they went wrong.

      My advice too them was , cover your arses, that cats’ gonna through you to the wolves.
      (And that was close to 3 years ago, when JK first told them too spy on DotCom)

    • “On the Dotcom/GCSB issue, all the attention was on the Prime Minister’s integrity, but yesterday’s suggestion of a tape etc has now turned the attention to Labour’s integrity. ”

      In your cataract clouded “I understand John Key” eyes maybe, no one elses bud.

    • vto 27.5

      I don’t think so Mr Hooton…

      This issue is about whether John Key lies. This is very heavily entrenched in the public’s mind. Hell, even non-pollie watchers in our circles are glued to this issue.

      There were many many suspiciouns that he lies well before all this GCSB palava. This issue has now brought that very simple issue to the forefront. Even if there is an issue over the existence of a tape it will be minor and fade.

      The issue is whether John Key is a liar. People want it resolved and to see and hear all the evidence so they can make up their mind.

      It is really as simple as that.

    • Dr Terry 27.6

      MH – take care, for if you do get rid of Shearer, you risk ending up having to deal with the frightening Cunliffe! An intelligent Opposition is that last thing you could cope with!

    • mike e 27.7

      Every time PinoKeynose has a cup of tea he looses his credibility!
      Maybe he should stick to planet Key where their are no toilets so he would avoid cups of or use his old trick while he was bankrupting BT investments the milk bottle down the trouser trick.
      No toilets would explain why is full of #$it!

  27. vto 28

    .
    Key is a dead man walking.

    I would have thought this issue now needs bringing to a head instantly. Push the big red explosion button that has accumulated dotcoms and campbell’s sweat from their hovering hands.

    Key is about to fail at the peak. It is even possible this will become such a matter that a knighthood will never be gonged on his lying forked-tongue spitting head.

    • tc 28.1

      yes and their seems no reason to not admit he knew about KD unless it possibly implicates his involvement in yet another shonky deal involving selling out our sovereignty, rights and independance to feather that hollow nest….hear that sideshow, it’s the sound of inevitability.

    • McFlock 28.2

      never underestimate the powers of the undead to continue moving.
           
       

  28. Colonial Viper 29

    As an aside, what was the official story with the woman who fell from the Internal Affairs building and died a few weeks ago?

  29. Dumrse 30

    Still waiting to see the video……

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    30 September 2014 Pirates, privateers, seaworthy ships and stormy seas all featured in PPTA president Angela Roberts' nautically themed opening speech to the association's annual conference this morning. Describing the political context PPTA ventures out into as "often stormy and...
    PPTA | 30-09
  • Key admits exiling people without trial
    Back in February, we learned that John Key had responded to the "threat" of people travelling to Syria to participate in its civil war by cancelling their passports. This was done without any sort of due process or review, let...
    No Right Turn | 30-09
  • Reflections on Melbourne and Sydney
    2014 was an auspicious year. Whether by cosmic alignment or fickle chance, Easter Monday and Anzac Day fell in the same week, and I was able to shoot off to Melbourne and Sydney for ten days with only three days...
    Transport Blog | 29-09
  • The “Pacific solution” devolves into rape and child abuse
    Australia's "Pacific solution" of imprisoning refugees in remote gulags in an effort to pschologically torture them into going home has turned into a catalogue of horrors: neglect, beatings and rapes, torture, and murder. And now they've got a new one:...
    No Right Turn | 29-09
  • The leadership characteristic that shall not be named
    David Cunliffe formally resigns today, setting up a head-to-head battle between him and Grant Robertson, although there’s still a chance that David Shearer, Andrew Little and/or Stuart Nash might throw their hat(s) into the ring. As the Labour MPs arrived for...
    Occasionally erudite | 29-09
  • The leadership characteristic that shall not be named
    ...
    Occasionally erudite | 29-09
  • Th Austerity Disaster and its impact – Lessons for New Zealand? (Fro...
    Europe’s Austerity Disaster29/09/2014 by Joseph StiglitzJoseph Stiglitz“If the facts don’t fit the theory, change the theory,” goes the old adage. But too often it is easier to keep the theory and change the facts – or so German Chancellor Angela...
    the Irascible Curmudgeon | 29-09
  • The Damage Fallacies of Neo-Liberal economics cause
    The on-going and recent scandals (Judith Collins & Oravida, Maurice Williamson & Donghua Lui, John Key & Dirty Politics....)  in New Zealand that have swirled around the neo-liberal National Party government of Key, supported by the discredited political parties of...
    the Irascible Curmudgeon | 29-09
  • Changing Leaders Will Not Be Enough
    Trial By Ordeal: The techniques of the Seventeenth Century Witchfinders-General might be preferable to the process Labour has adopted to uncover the reasons for its woeful performance in the 2014 General Election. It's a pity the Party has not allowed...
    Bowalley Road | 29-09
  • Starting a constructive conversation on the future of the Treaty of Waitang...
    To learn more about our upcoming Treaty project click here...
    Gareth’s World | 29-09
  • Gillard on NZ Labour
    I arrived in Australia a month after Tony Abbott had been elected Prime Minister, a week after Bill Shorten had been elected Labor Leader and a month before Kevin Rudd announced his resignation from Parliament. It quickly amazed me how...
    Progress report | 29-09
  • March to #StopDeepSeaOil and #StopStatoil
    There have been amazing and moving scenes in Northland as the Waiho Papa Moana Hikoi made its way down from Cape Reinga to stand up for their coast, their way of life and for future generations. And they are not...
    Greenpeace NZ blog | 29-09
  • Auckland Transport Early October Board Meeting
    The Auckland Transport board meeting is on Thursday and below are sections from the various reports that caught my attention. The first thing I noticed was the huge number of items on the closed agenda with 18 specific items for decision/approval or...
    Transport Blog | 29-09
  • Labour not “part of the communities we live in”
    Labour leadership aspirant Grant Robertson told a blunt truism to Kathryn Ryan on Radio New Zealand the Monday after the election. “Politics has to be about more than elections,” he said. “It has to about being part of the communities...
    Colin James | 29-09
  • The mystifying rise of Jacinda Ardern
    As Labour’s leadership debacle lurches nowhere fast, the only winner thus far appears to be Jacinda Ardern. A One News poll (or what One News sometimes likes to call a poll, despite it being a self-selecting online survey. Please, just leave the...
    Occasionally erudite | 29-09
  • The mystifying rise of Jacinda Ardern
    As Labour’s leadership debacle lurches nowhere fast, the only winner thus far appears to be Jacinda Ardern. A One News poll (or what One News sometimes likes to call a poll, despite it being a self-selecting online survey. Please, just leave the...
    Occasionally erudite | 29-09
  • “Unless you can perform miracles, it’s time to go David”
    To be honest, I haven’t really had time to keep up with the volumes that has already been written regarding the (current lack of) leadership of the New Zealand Labour Party. One piece that has however caught my eye is...
    Progress report | 29-09
  • How sustainable is New Zealand?
    Behavioural economics is not a complete theory but it demonstrates that we are not the economic rational being usually assumed in economics theory. One of the most troubling divergences is that we make time-inconsistent decisions so our short run choices...
    Pundit | 29-09
  • The Labour leadership meltdown continues
    Over the weekend, I road tripped it down to Wellington, where I had a beer with a pollster, briefly checked on what announcement Cunliffe had made mid-Saturday afternoon, and then proceeded to ignore politics. Fine wine and convivial company was far...
    Occasionally erudite | 29-09
  • The Labour leadership meltdown continues
    Over the weekend, I road tripped it down to Wellington, where I had a beer with a pollster, briefly checked on what announcement Cunliffe had made mid-Saturday afternoon, and then proceeded to ignore politics. Fine wine and convivial company was far...
    Occasionally erudite | 29-09
  • Gordon Campbell on the farcical elevation of David Seymour
    With the election won, it’s time to find jobs for the boy. David Seymour is the Act Party’s latest scrounger to be rewarded by the National Party, and not only with a seat in Parliament. This time around, a couple...
    Gordon Campbell | 29-09
  • Bike to the Future
    Bike to the Future. 28 September 2014. Photo: Tamara Josephine. The wunderkinds at Generation Zero put on a great event yesterday. Part celebration, part protest, the Bike to the Future event was attended by about 400 (500?) people, including young...
    Transport Blog | 29-09
  • Peter Williams – Hero of the Week
    There are not many lawyers who I respect. However, that's not the case with Peter Williams, who is clearly one of the good guys.Not only has this highly experienced Queen's Council worked tirelessly to uphold the law, he has also...
    The Jackal | 29-09
  • Carbon News 29/9/14: Key challenged over climate impacts on Pacific islands
    Memo John Key: look Pacific Island leaders in the eye The Government is being challenged to invite the leaders of the Marshall Islands, Tuvalu and Kiribati to come and tell Parliament what they think of New Zealand’s climate change policies....
    Hot Topic | 29-09
  • Is John Key about to send the NZ SAS into Iraq?
     Is John Key about to send the NZ SAS into Iraq?If so, will they be better equipped than they were in Afghanistan? In the following clip we see John Key reassuring  the nation after five New Zealand soldiers were killed...
    Arch Rival | 29-09
  • The question will only go away if we let it – please like & share thi...
    After only a few years in parliament, a relative newcomer to politics, John Philip Key became the leader of the National party of New Zealand.  He was subsequently elected the Prime Minister of New Zealand on 8 November 2008 and...
    Politically Corrected | 29-09
  • Peer review of an anti-fluoride “peer review”
    In  Anti-fluoride activists define kangaroo court as “independent” I promised to review the anti-fluoridationist “International Peer Review.” This is Anti-fluoride  critique of the recent review Health Effects of Water Fluoridation: a Review of the Scientific Evidence produced by the Royal Society of NZ together with the Office...
    Open Parachute | 29-09
  • Stuart’s 100 #35 A Corner to Remeber
    35: A Corner to Remember   Flatiron Building c1917 What if a flatiron building could rise on every forgotten corner? Continuing the series on forgotten spaces, the corner site at the bottom of Anzac Avenue where it meets Customs Street...
    Transport Blog | 29-09
  • A model for unaccountability
    National signed its confidence and supply agreement with ACT today. The headline news is that David Seymour get more patronage from National, in the form of being appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary to the Minister of Education and Parliamentary Under Secretary...
    No Right Turn | 29-09
  • Nash equilibrium
    Labour seem to have gotten themselves into this weird position where they have (a) a leadership contest and (b) a long, extensive review of the party and its poor performance, meaning that they’ll either have to wait for the outcome...
    DimPost | 29-09
  • Nash equilibrium
    Labour seem to have gotten themselves into this weird position where they have (a) a leadership contest and (b) a long, extensive review of the party and its poor performance, meaning that they’ll either have to wait for the outcome...
    DimPost | 29-09
  • TEU elections returning officer’s report – national president and vice-...
    National President: The result of the ballot which closed at 5.00pm on Friday 26 September is that Sandra Grey has been elected as National President Te Tumu Whakarae for the 2015 and 2016 term. Vice Presidents: The results of the...
    Tertiary Education Union | 29-09
  • TEU elects Sandra Grey president
    TEU members have voted Dr Sandra Grey to return as their national president for the next two years. Grey, who was previously president during 2011-2012, is a senior lecturer at Victoria University of Wellington in social and public policy. Grey’s...
    Tertiary Education Union | 29-09
  • Labour’s Review: Terms of Reference Agreed
    Following a meeting of its ruling New Zealand Council yesterday, Labour has released the terms of reference for the comprehensive review initiated following its 2014 election result.  The review will comprise three elements - a review of Labour's 2014 General...
    Labour campaign | 29-09
  • Pissing on the OIA
    So, not only do our police juke the stats; they also deliberately flout the OIA to cover up evidence of their crime:A damning internal police document has emerged that appears to show senior officers discussed not releasing embarrassing details about...
    No Right Turn | 29-09
  • New Fisk
    It’s perfectly reasonable to negotiate with villains like Isis, so why don’t we do it and save some lives?...
    No Right Turn | 28-09
  • May the best candidate win
    Over the weekend, David Cunliffe bowed to the inevitable and resigned to seek a new mandate from his party. Good. After such an election loss, its appropriate that a party leader accepts responsibility. At the same time, they may still...
    No Right Turn | 28-09
  • The importance of housing choices in cities
    Good cities should provide choices to their inhabitants. Any big (or small!) city is composed of a variety of people with various preferences, needs, and budgets. Look around you: Aucklanders are a bloody diverse bunch, and we’re getting more so...
    Transport Blog | 28-09
  • President of Kiribati visits the Arctic
    In September 2014 Anote Tong, President of the Pacific Republic of Kiribati, journeyed to the Arctic to see first hand the melting Arctic glaciers that are affecting his drowning Pacific paradise.Sea levels are rising faster in the Central-West Pacific than...
    Greenpeace NZ blog | 28-09
  • Letter to the editor – “An Alarmed World” according to The Listener
    . . This recent editorial from”The Listener”  is not one I ever thought I’d see… . . My response… . from: Frank Macskasy <fmacskasy@gmail.com> to: Listener <letters@listener.co.nz> date: Mon, Sep 29, 2014 subject: Letter to the Editor . The editor...
    Frankly Speaking | 28-09
  • Updated poll of polls, now with dubious new ‘election’ datapoint
    ...
    DimPost | 28-09
  • Updated poll of polls, now with dubious new ‘election’ datapoint
    ...
    DimPost | 28-09
  • Hold fast to your Mana – Harawira
    Hone Harawira today called on the voters of Tai Tokerau to hold fast to their mana, and not be dictated to by those party leaders who have ganged together to tell them how to vote. “I call on our people...
    Mana | 18-09
  • Media Advisory – Interview availability
    This is to advise all media that Hone Harawira will be available in Auckland tomorrow, Friday the 19th of September from 7am to 4pm for interviews relating to his recent press releases. If you are interested in interviewing Mr Harawira on...
    Mana | 18-09
  • Labour stands on proud record on Suffrage Day
    Women have come a long way in the 121 years since New Zealand became the first country to give them the vote on September 19 1893, but there is still more to do, Labour’s Women’s Affairs spokesperson Carol Beaumont says....
    Labour | 18-09
  • Polling Booths asked to treat Maori voters with respect
    “Polling booths without Maori roll voting papers, Maori people not being offered assistance to vote, people getting sent from Whangarei to Wellsford to vote, Maori people getting turned away from voting because they didn’t have their ‘easy vote’ card, Maori...
    Mana | 17-09
  • Aussie Liberals embroiled in Key campaign
    John Key needs to explain why Australia’s Liberal Party is interfering in New Zealand domestic politics and is encouraging Kiwi voters across the ditch to vote for National just days out from the election, Labour’s campaign spokesperson Annette King says....
    Labour | 17-09
  • The MANA Plan for Beneficiaries and Income in Waiariki
    Median Personal Income for Waiariki is $21,700. Over 13,000 Maori who live in Waiariki rely upon a form of government benefit including the Unemployment Benefit, Sickness Benefit, Domestic Purpose Benefit and the Invalids Benefit. “If you’re lucky enough to have...
    Mana | 16-09
  • Māori development crucial to New Zealand’s future
    Labour recognises the concern of Māori about child poverty and the rising costs of living, and in Government will make a real difference to the wellbeing of whānau and iwi, Labour’s Māori Affairs spokesperson Nanaia Mahuta says. “As our Māori...
    Labour | 16-09
  • MAORI PARTY – DON’T COMPLAIN … WALK
    “If the Maori Party are serious about stopping government spying on NZ citizens then they should tell the Prime Minister to either stop doing it or they will walk away” said MANA leader and Tai Tokerau MP Hone Harawira, on...
    Mana | 16-09
  • JOHN KEY SUPPORTING LABOUR
    “There is something really sick about a National Party Prime Minister coming out in support of a Labour candidate” said MANA leader and Tai Tokerau MP, Hone Harawira, after hearing that John Key is urging voters to back Labour in...
    Mana | 16-09
  • SHUT DOWN THIS GOVT NOT KAITI WINZ – Nikora
    “I’m going to make it as hard for you to get help as I can” is Paula Bennett’s message to the people of Kaiti  said MANA candidate Te Hāmua Nikora today in response to the news that National will close...
    Mana | 16-09
  • Winegums make for better polling – Harawira
    I wanted to laugh when I saw the Native Affairs poll the other night (Hone Harawira 38%, Kelvin Davis 37%) because it was almost the same as the one they did back in 2011”, said MANA leader and Tai Tokerau...
    Mana | 16-09
  • The Leadership of MTS Lied – Harawira
    “Normally I’m happy to tell people that I was right but when I received the news about the staff cuts at Maori Television, I had nothing but sympathy for the three Maori media leaders who are going to be made...
    Mana | 16-09
  • Privileges Complaint Laid against Prime Minister – Harawira
    MANA Movement Leader and Te Tai Tokerau MP Hone Harawira has today lodged a Privileges Complaint with the Speaker regarding the Prime Ministers denials in parliament that he knew anything about Kim Dotcom before 2012. “Information made public today appears...
    Mana | 15-09
  • Sharples’ new appointments are out of order
    The new appointments to the Waitangi Tribunal announced by Dr Pita Sharples this morning are completely out of order given the election is just five days away, says Labour's State Services spokesperson, Maryan Street. “This Government continues to show disdain...
    Labour | 15-09
  • MANA Movement Housing Policy
    “When families are living in cars, garages, cockroach-infested caravans and three families to a house then we have a housing crisis”, said MANA leader and MP for Te Tai Tokerau, Hone Harawira. “When you have a housing crisis for low-income...
    Mana | 15-09
  • Bigger than the Foreshore and Seabed – Sykes
    “Over the past week I have received some disturbing information that has led myself and a number of Maori lawyers to conclude that this National - Maori Party - ACT and United Future Government are going to put an end to both...
    Mana | 14-09
  • MANA wants Te Reo Māori petition fulfilled
    Hone Harawira, MANA Leader and MP for Te Tai Tokerau Annette Sykes, MANA candidate for Waiariki Te Hāmua Nikora, MANA candidate for Ikaroa Rāwhiti  “More than four decades have passed and the petition calling for Te Reo Māori in schools...
    Mana | 14-09
  • Primary focus on the critical issues
    A Labour Government will prioritise New Zealand’s agricultural sectors by recreating a Rural Affairs Minister and appointing a Primary Industry Council and a Chief Agricultural Adviser. Releasing Labour’s Primary Sector and Rural Affairs policies today, spokesperson Damien O’Connor says the...
    Labour | 12-09
  • Maori Television fears confirmed – Harawira
    ...
    Mana | 12-09
  • More ghost houses from National
    The Government’s desperate pre-election announcement of more ghost houses won’t fool Aucklanders wanting action on the housing crisis, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “These are ghost houses, to go with National’s ghost tax cut. Families cannot live in ghost...
    Labour | 12-09
  • National bows to union pressure over travel time
    National has reluctantly bowed to pressure from unions and adopted Labour’s fair and sensible policy to pay home support workers for the time they spend traveling between clients, Labour’s Associate Health spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway says. “This decision is long overdue...
    Labour | 12-09
  • Predators on Poverty – Harawira
    “As poverty has ballooned out of control, the Predators on Poverty have emerged to suck the lifeblood from whole families and communities” said MANA Movement leader and Tai Tokerau MP, Hone Harawira. “They are deliberately targeting low-income areas, particularly those...
    Mana | 11-09
  • MANA Movement Policy Launch
    Predators on Poverty (pokie machines, alcohol outlets and loan sharks) 1pm, Thursday 11th September Corner Great South Road and Criterion Street Otahuhu Shopping Centre...
    Mana | 10-09
  • A brief word on reinvading Iraq
    So after telling the country before the election that NZ would not send forces to Iraq, lo and behold now he’s won the election with a full spectrum dominance political majority, Key is suddenly now looking to join the re-invasion of...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • A brief word on the importance of ACT, Maori Party and United Future to Nat...
    I’m a far right wing clown who attacks tax money going on anything collective, gimmie some cash and privilege.  One of the great successes of National has been to implement hard right policy but have it sold as moderate. For some NZers,...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • Labour’s Angst
    Was Labour’s predictably low vote David Cunliffe’s fault? Was it policy? Was it something else that has aroused perceptions of electoral carnage? My analysis of the numbers suggests that, as uncertain voters made up their minds, there was a late...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • Information wars: Gaza as “the last taboo”, the threat of mass surveill...
    “When the truth is replaced with silence” wrote the soviet dissident Yevgeni Yevtushenko, “the silence is a lie.” There has been a silence these past months full of noise, static and sound bites of those in power justifying their violence,...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • When the media say they covered Dirty Politics – did they?
    I was watching The Nation in the weekend, and watched the defenders of NZ media up against Minto telling him he was wrong in his claims of media bias and that the media covered Dirty Politics. I laughed. When the...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • GUEST BLOG – P Campbell – To the Left with love
    A week after the general election results I feel wrung out emotionally, having been through the disappointment, depression and anger of seeing  another right wing government elected overwhelmingly by winning support from the parts of NZ that will never benefit...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Kate Davis – I will be the new Labour Leader!
    One week after the election, while I was still waiting to be consulted about contributing to the review on what went wrong, what do you know? There is a leadership challenge. So instead of opting for a united, thoughtful and...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Pat O’Dea – A Prescient Post
    A very prescient pre-election post by Martyn Bradbury tells us why the Labour Party are at war now. “The NZ First-Labour Party attack strategy against Internet MANA better work” Despite Martyn Bradbury warning them this Right Wing strategy “Better Work”...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Rolinson – W(h)ither Labour (!/?)
    There’s an old saying that success has many fathers, but failure is an orphan. Not so in the Labour Party, wherein soul-crushing defeat on a scale unseen since 1925 definitely has many fathers (and more than a few mothers and...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • At the end of the day…
    At the end of the day…...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • Cynicism towards Key’s sudden desire to help children in poverty
    Cynicism towards Key’s sudden desire to help children in poverty...
    The Daily Blog | 28-09
  • Internet MANA the election and the media
    I’ve been very critical of media reporting of Internet MANA during the election campaign and not surprised at the predictable response from representatives of the corporate media establishment. I wasn’t going to carry this further but was asked at the...
    The Daily Blog | 28-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Rachel Jones – A superficial discourse analysis of a superfic...
    On Sunday there was a story about Paddy Gower and his detached retina in the Herald on Sunday. Really? I hear you ask. Really? Yes, really. Pam Corkery will have sprayed toast crumbs over her dressing gown. The reporter has become...
    The Daily Blog | 28-09
  • Terrorising Australia’s Muslim population
    We should be suspicious when 800 police conduct “terror” raids across Australia, but only one person is charged with a relevant terrorism offence (of which we know few details). We should be suspicious of the lurid tales of terrorists planning...
    The Daily Blog | 28-09
  • Another Labour leader has resigned and as per usual, the media lost its min...
    Another Labour leader has resigned and as per usual, the media lost its mind. I know the Labour party has its problems and I’m not even going to try to prescribe what should be done about it. But what I...
    The Daily Blog | 28-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Anjum Rahman – Loyalty, Leadership and the Labour Party
    My first after the election and I can only say I’m feeling pretty sad.  It was a terrible result, and feels even more so knowing the number of volunteers hours, hard work & sacrifice made by so many people who...
    The Daily Blog | 27-09
  • A Study in Party Stability
    . In terms of long-term stability, one party above stands above all others, with the exception of personality-driven groups such as NZ First and United Future. That party is the Greens. If the Labour Party wants to look elsewhere for...
    The Daily Blog | 27-09
  • Cunliffe vs Robertson – Round 2
    Much to the disappointment of the NZ Herald and other right wing pundits who have decided they would like to appoint the next Labour leader, Cunliffe has surprised by deciding to damn the Caucus and appeal directly to the members...
    The Daily Blog | 27-09
  • The tasks before the left and labour movement
    Anyone on the left would have been disappointed at the result of the election. There was an opportunity to win, but that got lost through a combination of factors. There were tactical decisions made by Labour, the Greens and Internet-Mana...
    The Daily Blog | 27-09
  • From Fiji’s dictatorship to ‘democracy’ – the AUT student team on t...
    Mads Anneberg’s profile on Ricardo Morris and Repúblika. David Robie also blogs at Café Pacific. THREE STUDENTS from AUT University covered Fiji’s historic “from dictatorship to democracy” general election this month. While the election arguably legitimised Voreqe Bainimarama’s so-called 2006...
    The Daily Blog | 27-09
  • David Cunliffe Resigns As Labour Leader – Forces Robertson Out of the Bel...
    David Cunliffe has made a smart move, resigning as the leader of the Labour Party so as to force a leadership primary campaign. The move draws rival Grant Robertson out of the beltway to parts of the country where he...
    The Daily Blog | 27-09
  • Deep thought vs Deep prejudice
    . . This letter to the editor appeared in The Listener, on 27 September, and caught my attention; . . Mr Dawson wrote in response to one of those typically unthinking comments which  condemned the poor for their “unbridled, reckless...
    The Daily Blog | 27-09
  • The NZ National voters elected
    The NZ National voters elected...
    The Daily Blog | 26-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Kate Davis – The post election postmortem is giving me post p...
    I feel the need to contribute to the discourse. This is a new experience for me. Not having an opinion, but expressing it on a popular forum in a public sphere. That’s why I have waited till now and put...
    The Daily Blog | 26-09
  • A dictionary of education terms and definitions, brought to you by the let...
    Free to all TDB readers, please enjoy your very own cut-out-and-keep handy primer of terms that I predict you will need to know over the next three years… Achievement Gap (noun) Synonym for wealth gap. ACT (abstract noun) Intangible. Reported to exist in...
    The Daily Blog | 26-09
  • A Mines Rescue brigadesman’s perspective on the Pike River Mine
    My husband and I lived in Greymouth in 2010, we were a coal mining family.  The day Pike River Mine blew up and the days following changed us profoundly, as it did for so many.  This is a Mines Rescue...
    The Daily Blog | 26-09
  • The Left Triumphant! A Counterfactual History of the Last Twelve Months.
    DID IT REALLY HAVE TO END LIKE THIS? Reading through the commentary threads of the left-wing blogs it is impossible to not feel the anger; the sense of betrayal; the impression of having had something vital ripped from their grasp;...
    The Daily Blog | 26-09
  • GUEST BLOG – Myles Thomas: The media won it!
    Make no mistake, John Key is a clever communicator – reasonable, authoritative and relaxed – but without the media he wouldn’t be PM. Depending on your viewpoint, New Zealand’s news media are either a bunch of Grey Lynn lefties or...
    The Daily Blog | 25-09
  • Not Learning Lessons Past: the West’s Response to IS
    In an earlier posting Ukraine, United Kingdom, Ireland, Scotland, I noted that the first lesson of conflict learned by Robert McNamara was “understand your adversary”. If we have honourable objectives, our first and most important weapon is empathy. In the Vietnam War,...
    The Daily Blog | 25-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Dr Jarrod Gilbert – Proof of David Farrar’s deception: my ...
    In the lead up to the election the Minister of Corrections Anne Tolley launched a gang policy. In order to justify the government’s approach she used gang figures that overstated the gang problem. Not by a little bit, but a...
    The Daily Blog | 25-09
  • SPECIAL FEATURE: Stuart Nash – Red To The Rescue?
    SPECIAL FEATURE by Selwyn Manning. IF THE ELECTION RESULT which was dished out to Labour was not enough to incite an immediate leadership primary, then the caucus’ refusal to recognise David Cunliffe as the leader should cement it. Now is...
    The Daily Blog | 25-09
  • Has the one party state crackdown begun already? Left wing NZ activist grou...
    Well known left wing activist social media group, ‘John Key Has Left Down NZ’ has been shut down on Facebook. At 11.40pm last night, Facebook, without any warning shut the group down siting a breach of terms of service as...
    The Daily Blog | 24-09
  • Why Cunliffe should probably just let Nash & Robertson win
    We have to face some very unpalatable home truths. If you are a left wing political person, best you put your vote now to the Green Party, although you’ll have to do that all the while the Greens frantically tell you...
    The Daily Blog | 24-09
  • The graceless win of Kelvin Davis
    The graceless win of Cameron Slater’s mate in the North, Kelvin Davis is difficult to swallow. Here Cameron Slater’s mate in the North is shitting on Hone Harawira by calling Hone all steam, no hangi as Kelvin rubs his ganged up win into...
    The Daily Blog | 24-09
  • So Labour shifted too far to the left?
    So Labour shifted too far to the left?   Here’s the ill-judged view of Josie Pagani in the Pundit “Labour must change”: “At the last election I made myself a heretic when I wrote a column mentioning how unpopular the...
    The Daily Blog | 24-09
  • Uncomplicated Loyalties: Why Cunliffe and the Labour Left Cannot Win
    THE STORY of David Cunliffe’s leadership of the Labour Party has been one of missed opportunities and unforced errors. That he was the only choice available to those who wanted to rid the Labour Party of its neoliberal cuckoos is...
    The Daily Blog | 24-09
  • So we can expect this now?
    So we can expect this now?...
    The Daily Blog | 23-09
  • Can Labour be saved? Why Whaleoil & National won and why we need a new ...
    As the shock of my optimism that NZers would recoil from the real John Key as exposed by Dirty Politics and mass surveillance duplicities wears off, I am surprised to find that the right in NZ are not content with...
    The Daily Blog | 23-09
  • Three more years (up shit creek and paddling hard)
    “If the future is not green, there is no future. If the future is not you, there is no future”. Emma Thompson’s stirring words to the climate marchers in London last Sunday are worth considering in the aftermath of the...
    The Daily Blog | 23-09
  • One Party State
    In years to come this election will be seen as a historic turning point towards one party rule. I don`t mean this literally, absolute single party dictatorship is not in prospect. In the New Zealand context though, one party has...
    The Daily Blog | 23-09
  • No More. The Left Falls.
    . We cannot be beaten down Because we are down already. We can only rise up and if you should beat us down, We will rise again. And again. And again… And when you tire of beating us down, We...
    The Daily Blog | 23-09
  • Hang tight everyone – Marama Davidson campaign reflection
    To the many people who had expressed their overwhelming support for me to enter Parliament this election – thank you. That the Greens held steady in a big loss for progressive politics is an achievement. We are hopeful that after...
    The Daily Blog | 22-09
  • New flag for NZ once Key signs TPPA
    New flag for NZ once Key signs TPPA...
    The Daily Blog | 22-09
  • Reflecting on Elections Past
    There are a number of past elections that can give the left in New Zealand guidance and hope. Two major points though. Major parties require leaders who can bridge the political divide through strength of personality, vision of what it...
    The Daily Blog | 22-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Kelly Ellis – The Reptile Room
    I stress, at the outset, that I’ve got nothing against reptiles. Some of my best friends are reptiles. Some say I am one, but I’m not really. I just emulate that ability to sit, stationary for hours in court, eyes...
    The Daily Blog | 22-09
  • The success of right-wing counter messaging in the election
    One of the reasons National won the election was due to its success in counter messaging – and the way so many media commentators ran with th the right-wing spin. Here are some examples. Dirty Politics The original message was...
    The Daily Blog | 22-09
  • New Flag competition
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    The Daily Blog | 21-09
  • No time for self-pity
    After 23 meetings across the largest non-Maori electorate in the country – almost all of which went fantastically, approx 4,500km on the odometer, positive MSM and social media coverage, and polling well, I admit my team and I headed to...
    The Daily Blog | 21-09
  • The 30 second speech that could have saved the Moment of Truth
    As the dust settles and we struggle to understand what the bloody hell happened on Saturday, many point to Kim’s failure at the Moment of Truth to present his evidence. I think that Kim was poorly advised and that politics requires a...
    The Daily Blog | 21-09
  • Internet MANA and the 2014 election
    It was always going to be a hard task for Hone Harawira to hold onto his Te Tai Tokerau seat when the political establishment united in a coalition to defeat him and the chance for Internet MANA to bring more...
    The Daily Blog | 21-09
  • New Zealand Red Cross Responds to Drought in Tonga
    New Zealand Red Cross has sent an aid worker and two desalination units, to turn seawater into safe drinking water in the drought-hit Ha’apai islands of Tonga....
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • Can you ever tell if an email is real or forged?
    Computer industry veteran Brian Eardley-Wilmot warns that we should never take claims about stolen emails at face value....
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • NZ MPs to attend the ASPG Annual Conference in Sydney
    New Zealand MPs to attend the Australasian Study of Parliament Group Annual Conference in Sydney...
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • Independent Maori seats still needed in Parliament
    “He’s got to be joking!” is the reaction of the president of the Maori Party, Rangimarie Naida Glavish to a call by a former Labour Minister of Maori Affairs, Dover Samuels, for debate by Maori on whether the Maori electorates...
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • Support for Democratic Rights in Hong Kong
    Rallies supporting the rights for universal suffrage will take place all over New Zealand today and tomorrow...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Trout Mass-Poisoned in New Zealand
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    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • New Zealand’s 2014 Hottest Vegetarians Crowned
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    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • A day to remember our duty to look after our senior citizens
    Human Rights Commissioner Dr Jackie Blue says International Day of the Older Person (1 October) is a United Nations day to celebrate our senior citizens, but also acknowledge the need to protect our kaumatua, or older people from abuse and...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Clear data needed on impact of benefit sanctions on children
    A lack of data on benefit sanctions means there is no way of knowing whether welfare reform is helping or harming children, says Child Poverty Action Group....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • The socialist alternative to austerity and war
    Public meeting: After the New Zealand election—the socialist alternative to austerity and war By Tom Peters 29 September 2014...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • New recruits to boost border protection
    Twenty six new recruits began an intensive nine-week training course in Auckland today that will see them graduate as Customs officers in time for the busy summer season....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Dwindling Mallard population shows up ‘pest’ myth
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    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Support for Democratic Rights in Hong Kong
    New Zealanders in Auckland will gather on Wednesday to support the rights for universal suffrage in Hong Kong....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Campbell Live Exclusive Interview with David Cunliffe
    David Cunliffe resigned as leader of the Labour party on Saturday; but he still wants the top job....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Action needed on cycling safety
    “Clearly we aren't doing enough to protect the 1.5 million New Zealanders who ride bikes,” said Mr Morgan....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • World Rivers Day Passes Without A Whimper
    Sunday 28 September was World Rivers Day to celebrate clean, flowing rivers and caring about them. But a recreation-conservation advocacy the Council of Outdoor Recreation Associations of NZ (CORANZ) says the day seems to have slipped by without...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • The Kiwifruit Claim: Q&A
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    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Fed Farmers Need to Be Weaned
    The Taxpayers’ Union is calling on Federated Farmers to make a firm commitment to reject any future Government funding, after it was revealed that the lobby group had received over $200,000 of payments in recent years....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Children paying the price for charter school stitch up
    New Zealand children will be paying a high price for a one-seat deal between ACT and National, with an expansion of the beleaguered charter school system says education union NZEI Te Riu Roa....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Hikoi From North Reaches Oil Conference Tomorrow
    Today: The Hikoi opposing Statoil plans for seismic testing and deep sea oil drilling has marched through Dargaville and later be welcomed to Piringatahi Marae, West Harbour,Tamaki Makaurau/Auckland....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Communities Still Count
    The efforts of many organisations to influence the electorate and the political parties they voted for in the lead up to the 2014 Election is over. The voting public has spoken and provided a strong endorsement to the centre-right National...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Eleven social enterprises get ready to take off
    Eleven teams from across the country will take part in the Launchpad, Ākina’s programme to get social enterprise ideas off the ground....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • An open letter to the Prime Minister
    in which Transparency International New Zealand asks the Prime Minister to ensure integrity underpins all work he leads "in the best interests of all New Zealanders"...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Paula Bennett ‘great work’ acknowledged – McVicar
    “Paula Bennett, as Minister of Social Development, has contributed significantly in lowering our crime rate and preventing further victims.” - McVicar...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Key’s Restraint in Propping up ACT Welcomed
    The Taxpayers’ Union is welcoming the announcement that ACT MP David Seymour will not be appointed as a Minister....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Only Concession is from the Taxpayer
    Responding to the confidence and supply agreement reached between John Key and Peter Dunne’s United Future Party, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says:...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • A Tent for Any Tenant
    AUT students and Salvation Army Manukau Community Ministries team up to raise awareness, as South Auckland’s housing situation moves from crisis to collapse...
    Scoop politics | 28-09
  • Cycle Safety Panel Draft Report Seeks Comments
    The Cycle Safety Panel Draft Report and Recommendations was published on 25th September 2014 and the panel are inviting comments. Lucinda Rees from NZ School Speeds, the organisation campaigning for consistent speed limits outside schools, is encouraged...
    Scoop politics | 28-09
  • Labour’s Review – Terms of Reference Agreed
    Labour's Review - Terms of Reference Agreed Following a meeting of its ruling New Zealand Council yesterday, Labour has released the terms of reference for the comprehensive review initiated following its 2014 election result. The review will comprise three...
    Scoop politics | 28-09
  • The final countdown for Kiwi smokers
    There are just two days left until many smokers stubb out their cigarettes for the last time and embark on Stoptober – New Zealand’s first national quit-smoking month....
    Scoop politics | 28-09
  • “In A Democracy People Win And People Lose”
    “In A Democracy People Win And People Lose” – Chris Hipkins Labour Senior Whip I would say to all of the caucus and all of the members let's actually hear the arguments from the people who want to be leader,...
    Scoop politics | 28-09
  • Campaign to make Murder of Unborn ”Safe and Legal”
    The IPPF have launched an international campaign through its 161 affiliates including the New Zealand Family Planning Association [NZFPA] to make the murder of the unborn safe and legal and accepted as a human right. This is an acceleration of...
    Scoop politics | 28-09
  • Grant Robertson Labour leader hopeful on TVNZ Q+A
    “Look I think what we need to be is relevant, clear and consistent with New Zealanders about the Labour Party's values,” said Labour leader hopeful Grant Robertson on TVNZ’s Q+A programme....
    Scoop politics | 28-09
  • Labour Needs to Get House in Order Before Deciding Leader
    Ex Labour party leader and possible repeat contender David Shearer says the Labour Party is going about the post-election period in the wrong way....
    Scoop politics | 28-09
  • Hate merchants at it again with smear tactics
    “It’s disappointing to see the hate merchants at it again with yet another attempt to smear and silence a health professional who’s doing research they disagree with,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists...
    Scoop politics | 28-09
  • Women’s group heartened by response to promo girls
    The National Council of Women of New Zealand is heartened by the strong response to the inappropriate use of bikini-clad girls at a technology expo....
    Scoop politics | 27-09
  • Owen interviews Jim Anderton, Helen Kelly and Selwyn Pellet
    Lisa Owen interviews Jim Anderton, Helen Kelly and Selwyn Pellet ___________________________________________ The Nation on TV3, 9.30am Saturdays and 10am Sundays. Check us out online , on Facebook or on Twitter . Tell us what you think at thenation@mediaworks.co.nz or text...
    Scoop politics | 27-09
  • Owen interviews Mark Boyd, Jonathan Milne and John Minto
    Lisa Owen interviews Mark Boyd, Jonathan Milne and John Minto ___________________________________________ The Nation on TV3, 9.30am Saturdays and 10am Sundays. Check us out online , on Facebook or on Twitter . Tell us what you think at thenation@mediaworks.co.nz or text...
    Scoop politics | 27-09
  • Prime Time on Labour
    Mike Smith - former General Secretary of the NZ Labour Party Jim McAloon, Assoc Prof, Victoria University of Wellington History Department (currently writing official history of the Labour Party) Rob Salmond, consultant to Labour Leader's office and...
    Scoop politics | 27-09
  • Korero Mai Ki Ahau – Saturday 27 & Sunday 28 September 2014
    Saturday 27 September 2014 | One million people voted for National in last week’s election. Another million didn’t vote at all. In Kia Korero Mai this week, Eru Morgan talks to political commentator Henare Kingi about the figures and what...
    Scoop politics | 26-09
  • On The Nation this weekend: Labour, National, The Media
    This weekend on The Nation… Labour’s had its worst election result in 92 years, so what happens next? We’ll talk to former Labour president Jim Anderton, CTU president Helen Kelly, and tech entrepreneur and past donor Selwyn Pellett about the...
    Scoop politics | 26-09
  • Red Cross, Pacific leaders prepare for cyclone season
    The New Zealand Red Cross Pacific Advisory Group, met for the first time this week, to develop a disaster response plan for the upcoming Pacific cyclone season, which is forecast to be severe....
    Scoop politics | 26-09
  • Teachers support PM’s call for solutions to child poverty
    NZEI Te Riu Roa is pleased to hear that the Prime Minister is calling for new ideas to address child poverty....
    Scoop politics | 26-09
  • First batch of household protection kits arrives in Liberia
    Kits containing protective gear will equip a network of community-based Ebola care centres nationwide...
    Scoop politics | 26-09
  • Dr Paul Hutchison praised for work to reduce child poverty
    The Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS) has thanked retiring National MP Dr Paul Hutchison for his work to reduce child poverty....
    Scoop politics | 26-09
  • Bag snatch hero deserves a medal – McVicar
    The Justice Spokesman for the Conservative Party, Garth McVicar, is calling for the woman known as the bag-snatch hero to be awarded a medal for bravery....
    Scoop politics | 26-09
  • Police Remembrance Day
    This week, Police staff and others have been wearing the distinctive huia feather-shaped Police Remembrance Pin as they reflect on those who have lost their lives in service to the society they swore to protect. Police Remembrance Day falls on...
    Scoop politics | 26-09
  • Affordable Auckland Attacks Creeping Apartheid
    Affordable Auckland Leader Stephen Berry is disturbed by developments increasing the number of local body regions choosing racially based representation. The Waikato and Bay of Plenty Regional Councils already have Maori wards, while New Plymouth...
    Scoop politics | 26-09
  • Dairy Strategy Proving to be a Disaster
    The intensification of the dairy industry is proving to be a disaster, says SAFE. This comes after the forecast 2015 milk price payout was cut 12% by Fonterra this week. “Last year, the government effectively gave the green light for...
    Scoop politics | 26-09
  • Where Next for the Left?
    26 September 2014 A discussion of the post-election prospects for radicals, facilitated by Fightback. 6pm | Monday 28th September | 19 Tory St [ Facebook event ]...
    Scoop politics | 26-09
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