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When the wolf cries boy

Written By: - Date published: 7:10 pm, December 6th, 2013 - 126 comments
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Matthew Blomfield, the defamation plaintiff against Cameron Slater who has been exciting the journalistic and blogging communities this week asked to make a statement to clear up some issues that have arisen in the blog space.

There was a lot of stupidity and outright bullshit (like allegations that Mr Blomfield was an undischarged bankrupt) in the comments in an earlier post that put this site at a legal risk (including comments from Cameron Slater). So I agreed to do it only if the post was fully moderated. Rational discussion without unsupported assertions of fact will be let through where they do not impede the case currently in front of the courts.

Mr Blomfield’s statement is as follows..

In 2010 I was adjudged bankrupt on personal guarantees of $3.5 million. I don’t have a lot of excuses. I had too many interrelated companies. We made some poor business decisions. We simply ran out of cash and the whole house of cards crumbled taking me with it. Very humbling, very embarrassing. I have since been discharged from bankruptcy without objection and am slowly rebuilding my commercial life in a far more considered manner.

In the midst of all of my troubles, there was in 2010, a burglary at the office I shared with a business associate. I believed my hard drive was taken, by who I don’t know. The statement I gave to the police says

What was originally taken and what ended up in the storage container [a shipping container owned by my associate] I will never know. I can categorically say that a whole lot of boxes with my files and my stuff went missing and my mountain bike and other stuff went missing when the burglary happened.

A number of reasons have been offered up for why Slater has the drive. I’m not sure what is true, but the discovery I seek will answer that question. The fact remains, it was stolen, by friend or foe, and the information was accessed illegally. The law is very clear on that (storage and stored data are defined as a computer system). It doesn’t matter how Slater got it. My associate later left the company I was working for in the face of a very significant dispute with the other main shareholders, of whom I was not one. I certainly believed that I had been let down by him and said so. It was the end of a very close friendship as well.

I adjusted to my new circumstances in a rented small home that my father in-law purchased out west and concentrated on my wife and family whom I love dearly. I had never been a public figure and by May 2012, I was all but invisible. I had barely heard of the Whaleoil Blog, did not read it, and certainly had had no dealings with Mr Slater whatsoever.

It was therefore a considerable shock to me to be directed to his blog site and to see the contents of my hard dive published therein. If Mr Slater had stuck to saying what he has in the last few days (with some exceptions), namely that I was a (now former) bankrupt and banned company director (I am now allowed to act as a director of the company I work for BTW) who took $3.5 m of other people’s (all institutions, no individuals) money with him when I went down, I could hardly complain.

Instead, he wrote a series of articles and published attendant comments which accused me of a series of crimes and then made disgusting and denigrating claims against my wife. As recently as Thursday this week she received anonymous text messages stating “Headhunters are waiting”. While the stories were running it was commonplace for her to receive updates of what atrocities were in store for her (all the detail is before the court and Slater knows it). His supporters then amused themselves with online hate speech. He mocked my attempts to reason with him. That is when I decided to sue him. I had no money and legal aid would hardly be appropriate even if it were available so I did it myself. He responded with a high profile law firm. Was I angry? He wasn’t just attacking me!

After a slow start, I have been improving as a lay litigant. The offending material has all but been removed from the internet. I have also been helped by the fact that, at Mr Slater’s behest, every investigative body in the land has had a look at the information on the hard drive he acquired, and nothing has come of it. I even went through a Judicial Review with Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment to get my hard drive back after an intensive investigation by the Official Assignee, provoked by Mr Slater, of all of the files on it. The defamation case moves slowly towards trial and Mr Slater claims truth and honest opinion as defences.

In Slater’s attempts to prove wrongdoing after the fact, to date, the Official Assignee has recorded $111,953.02 (taxpayer funds) for cost and disbursements in administering my estate. That is just one of many of the government offices that received complaints during Slater’s tirade. And to the best of my knowledge they haven’t had any of my creditors contact them (only Slater and his cohorts’).

For the past year I have been trying to get discovery from Mr Slater. I served a notice and he ignored it. I obtained a Court Order in September 2013 and he ignored that. In November 2013, I went back to Court and asked that he be jailed in contempt. He then said he will apply to the High Court to appeal the September 2013 Order and the District Court has given him time to do so. The part he wants to appeal is where the learned Judge said, not only must he provide discovery, he must provide all discovery including emails from my above-mentioned former associate and his cohorts.

A lot happened on that day. Judge Blackie looked into discovery in detail, reviewed vast amounts of evidence, and then reserved his decision. It was an interlocutory hearing, one of many you have on the way to the main event. What is clear is that his honour and the Court know a lot more about what went on than is currently out there. All will be revelled in good time.

This is not about bloggers – it’s about Slater. I’m all for freedom of speech. Like most of us, I just think public statement s should be true – pretty simple in my mind.

I told the Court that I believe Mr Slater published this material at the behest of a third party and that, directly or indirectly, he received a benefit from doing so. If he is just a crank being a crank, that is one thing, but if he is a gun for hire masquerading as a commentator, that is a different ball game. The damages will increase substantially.

In an attempt to avoid having to hand over this information, Mr Slater claimed that he is a journalist. The Judge, without any real prompting from me, decided that he is not. I agree. Journalism is a profession. It has standards and he has none.

Whilst I well understand the commentators who say that, because his blog apes a news medium, he should be given his own tea set, the High Court can assess the application of the privilege afforded by the Evidence Act in this case.

The protection of journalists’ sources is a “public interest” privilege. It is hard to argue for a public interest privilege in the absence of any public interest. There was no public interest in my hard drive. If I am right about who gave it to him, Mr Slater has, for whatever reason, allowed himself to be a megaphone for one source individual who wishes to inflict considerable damage on another individual and his family from behind a cloak of anonymity. In this instance, there is no public interest in allowing that source to remain in hiding.

I believe Mr Slater himself has a great deal to hide with respect to my hard drive. That is why, as Martyn Bradbury so pertinently observed, we have the wolf crying boy. A person who has previously eschewed the mainstream media and made so much of his swashbuckling outsider status now begs the protection afforded to the establishment. Rather than point to any aspect of the public interest that arises in this case, Mr Slater hopes that he can acquire the mantle of a journalist and get blanket protection. He points to his recent achievements to qualify.

Mr Slater highlights the substantial increase in page views arising from the swell of readers driven by a prurient desire to absorb the masturbatory and ejaculatory details of the Auckland Mayor and his mistress (understanding that this is irrelevant to my matter before the court as it’s almost two years after the fact). Self censorship has never been an effective tool and that’s why we have others to do it for us. Acting in a totally unregulated environment, Mr Slater committed a gross breach of privacy of the sort that garnered Max Moseley significant damages. Whatever the newsworthiness of the affair itself, the Mayor could have expected that sort of sheet sniffing perversion would never see the light of day.

Mr Slater also exhibits delusions of grandeur by touting his webpage as a groundbreaking news organisation. That is patently incorrect. He did not “break” the Len Brown story. Luigi Wewege used him to disseminate it. Luigi could have taken the story the New Zealand Herald which I understand has confirmed that it would have at least printed the fact of the affair. He chose Mr Slater. Why? Because Mr Slater and Stephen Cook will go lower than anyone else. Why? Well from their own words: Cook aspires to that kind of material. Mr Slater? He just likes to see things burn.

When Mr Slater demonstrably acts in the public interest, then that is when he should be afforded the public interest privilege that he desires.

Matthew John Blomfield

126 comments on “When the wolf cries boy”

  1. mickysavage 1

    Cheers Matt.

    Can I wish you the best of luck with your case.

    I posted on one particular aspect of the judgment, that Slater’s website was not a “news medium” because I was worried at the precedent value of such a finding. I did have to have a shower afterwards! Supporting particular freedoms means that you have to support your enemies also having those freedoms!

    I left open the question of whether Slater was a journalist. This is the second limb of the test for people wanting to protect the identity of sources. For confidentiality of a source to be respected not only would his site have to be classified as a news medium but he would also have to be a journalist. And this is where Slater’s cuteness with his income and the funding of stories could hurt. If he is not being paid then he is a hobbyist not a journalist and if he is getting paid then he is probably a lobbyist and not a journalist.

    His claim could of course have been met with an application that the informant’s identity be disclosed and I am sure that this would be met sympathetically although it involves an application to the High Court and that is of itself a considerable hurdle.

    You may have seen the tweet today where Cameron with all the style that he can muster said about his former lawyer Jordan Williams that he “loses to former bankrupts who are litigants in person”. I am sure that Jordan will now seek payment of his fee with gusto.

  2. Te Reo Putake 2

    Wow! That’s nicely laid out, Matthew. All power to you.

  3. One Anonymous Knucklehead 3

    Slater’s problems are genetic in origin. National Party DNA.

  4. weka 4

    I’m not familiar with the original case, and google is not proving much use (no way am I going to WO). Can someone please explain what WO published and why?

  5. ghostrider888 5

    all very interesting.

  6. Pau; 6

    Slater has your HD without your permission, that is under any law in the country possession of stolen goods. He has published private information (not in a for-the-greater-good WikiLeaks manner) that he has no right to?

    How is this offensive oik not in Jail?

  7. Ianmac 7

    As an absolute layman I find the argument compelling. According to respected columnists such as Edgler, Brown, Geddis etc the issue hangs on the definition of journalist and the protection afforded journalism. It seems that from Matthew’s point of view as a court concern, the issue is much wider than that. It will have significant outcomes for all of us. So let justice prevail. Good luck Matthew.

  8. fender 8

    Unusual for a burglar to take files, unless that was their target.

  9. T Wilson 9

    Matthew, given how many lives you have ruined and people you have stuffed over in Auckland, i call it just desserts.

    Tom.

    btw, I don’t know Mr Slater, nor do I like his work. In this case though at least he’s attacking someone that deserves it.

    • Draco T Bastard 9.1

      When you invest with money you’re taking a risk. The risk is that you’re not going to get it back. The people doing the investing understood that at the time and if they didn’t then shouldn’t have been investing. To late now to blame the person they were investing with.

    • bad12 9.2

      T Wilson, your comment is wrong on numerous levels, as Draco points out to you, IF you are an investor who lost money through your dealings that’s whats called RISK even us lot here at the Standard who despise the capitalist system understand such RISK and we have little sympathy for those who ‘play’ such games who then lose and go on to ‘whine’ about it,

      Matthew Bloomfield is not a ‘public figure’ and thus deserves all the protection of the law that those of us who are not public figures deserve and i say that having read and laughed at Bloomfield’s mea culpa over His business dealings,

      To say that Blubber boy and ‘wail oil’ is not a journalists arse-wipe i think is grammatically incorrect in that while the first part of such a conjecture is obviously in its entirety incorrect i believe that we could find a broad consensus on the latter part of such conjecture,

      Which simply leaves me with the impression that if that Arse-wipe gets His slimy self heavily spanked by the Courts over this matter it will simply be well deserved…

      • @ Bad12 – I concur.

        @ T Wilson – Hmmmm… Can we ask what your interest is in this case?

        @ Matthew – you’ve put your case very well, and going by the information you’ve shared with us, it seems that you are indeed the victim of a nasty little vendetta.

        One thing that Slater may (or may not realise) is that whilst “honestly held opinion” can be a defence in defamation – malicious use of such is not.

        “The judge referred to this latter condition as “the objective criterion”, noting that even if the objective criterion is satisfied, the defence of honest comment can be defeated if the claimant establishes that the defendant was actuated by express malice (i.e. that the defendant did not honestly believe in the truth of what she had said).” – http://inforrm.wordpress.com/2011/02/15/case-law-thornton-v-telegraph-media-group-no-defence-of-%E2%80%98honest-comment%E2%80%99-in-malicious-falsehood-sara-mansoori/

        I trust Slater’s lawyers have mentioned that to him.

        As I wrote on The Daily Blog,

        We keep hearing about “rights”. The right to free speech. The right to free media. The right to do this, that, or the other.

        Nowhere do I hear about the other side of the Rights coin; responsibilities. (Which right wingers are supposedly very Big on. They certainly keep demanding it from the rest of us.)

        The media has certain responsibilities when it carries out its work. When will bloggers like Slater be responsible in his actions? Because as far as I can see, publishing details that identify the victims of sexual abuse is hardly an exercise in journalistic responsibility.

        When Slater shows himself to be responsible, and not just a glorified hate-merchant of sleaze, then I’ll look at his “rights”. Until then, he is subject to the same defamation laws each and every one of us is also subject to.

        • T Wilson 9.2.1.1

          Blomfield doesn’t take risks, he lies and defrauds people. Then when he falls out with people he runs to the media will bs to soil your reputation.

    • greywarbler 9.3

      T Wilson
      How many private individuals losing money has the collapse of this man’s business resulted in? Can you be specific. It’s not enough to condemn someone who has been called to account in the legal way, because we have heard of so many who have created mighty frauds.

      It is the nature of businesses to sometimes fail or lose money. Each failure is not a fraud. Matthew talks about being bankrupted on personal guarantees of $3.5 million. Others have taken many investors for millions each.

  10. Marty 10

    Before we all run off and order a hall to have a party at Slater’s expense, can we have some questions answered here?

    Like: where the hell do the Headhunters threatening Blomfield’s wife come into a story about defamation case between Blomfield and Slater?

    Where is the connection here?

    What is the inference?

    Has Slater ordered a hit on his wife?

    Why are the Headhunters part of this all of a sudden?

    • mickysavage 10.1

      Well if it happened then someone needs to explain why …

    • Murray Olsen 10.2

      My experience suggest to me that if the Headhunters were involved, they wouldn’t be sending threatening texts. I’d guess they’re not, and that any texts would have come from one of the idiots around the sewer that is the WhaleSpew blog. If I’m right, and it becomes common knowledge who is using the Headhunters’ name, court action is likely to be the least of that person’s worries.

  11. John Drinnan 11

    Smart decision going with The Standard. – puts campaign for legal protection in different light – argument more complex than some depicted. Good example why Blogland needs a regulatory body

    • Colonial Viper 11.1

      Prose, not tacked together discombobulated sentences, would be helpful.

      • John Drinnan 11.1.1

        I am terribly sorry. I reverted to the constraints of twitter,

      • Dumrse 11.1.2

        Interesting, when was the last time you told Phillip Ure that?

        • lprent 11.1.2.1

          I have. CV probably has. Many have over the years. But that is how his taste goes, it doesn’t violate site policies, and I suspect thgast most of us have gotten to the merely sighing stage.

          • phillip ure 11.1.2.1.1

            heh..!..strike that man a special condescension-award..!

            ..anyway..i don’t write in stilted-twitter..i just eschew the irrational dictates of the likes of capital letters -commas – etc..

            ..and..fwiw.. i attempt to write with/in a (spoken-out-loud) rythmn..

            ..(and there i was..in the annual whoar-awards..(to be published soon..)..going to present you with the most-improved-web-censor-award..(!)..this glory/gong was within yr grasp..)

            ..i probably still will..

            ..but it’ll be done with a ‘sigh!’..eh..?

            ..i ‘suspect’ i am at that ‘stage’..

            ..eh..?..)

            ..phillip ure..

    • Sacha 11.2

      “Blogland” – not sure it has legs, sir.
      Sounds like a theme park.

    • Marty 11.3

      Hey, you interviewed Farrar and Slater, when do LPrent and Bradbury get their turn?

      • lprent 11.3.1

        I did my interview back in 2008 with Russell Brown. It was a pain getting there and back again as it disrupted the progress of the code I was trying to get to work in an EFTPOS for gas pumps we were exporting to India.

        They can trawl my 11k+ comments here, the 500+ posts here, the ones on the other blogs and use groups, the traces back through usenet, university, etc. I’ve been on the nets for more than 30 years. The only thing they will find hard to get is an image.

        Concentrate on the issue in the post will ya..

    • lprent 11.4

      On the blogs, where is the best place to point out flaws on another blog? Newspapers? Most of the audience for newspapers don’t read blogs. Many of the younger generations have largely stopped hanging around most broadcast media including newspapers. Making stories about the terrible blogs is good titillation for the non-bloggers and pretty damn ineffectual for those who read them every day.

      And it is a silly idea regulating blogs. It is the usual problem John.

      Where exactly are the incentives? It costs between nothing for something like No Right Turn and what would be a smallish fraction of my income from other sources to run The Standard even if we didn’t advertise. And I’m just one amongst a mass of authors. Most of us participating would simply ignore the regulators, especially if they wanted us to pay more than the blogs operating costs for their unskilled and largely illiterate do-gooding.

      The history of guilds and their regulatory bodies require some kind of income is present to fund them and people are willing to pay something to secure their future incomes through higher standards or legal immunities. Few in the blogging world wish to make it either a main income or a job. It is the same reason I didn’t want to be a politician. It’d cut into my programming time which is my main focus.

      Sure there are some people who seem to want to regulate the blogosphere. They mostly seem to come from outside the nets. Or they are the usual strange people who like to tell everyone else how they should operate apart from themselves. The Mrs Grundys of the world include people like Cameron Slater. After all in this case he is a good example of someone who tries to do exactly that.

      Most of us who grew up with the net really don’t trust such people. I’ve seen them come and go ever since I started playing with networks back in 1979. They usually have no skills of any significant note. They just attract a cortège of similarly badly skilled sycophantic mini-bullies.

      If you wanted to do something about particular bloggers then the current laws are actually pretty good in principle, but way too slow in practice. Speed up the courts and make it so the dragging out proceeding is way more expensive for those dragging the status hearings out.

      Often simply asking a system operator where there are egregious cases is a whole lot faster. Something as sluggish and ineffectual as the current media *regulatory* bodies is just pointless. An apology buried on page 20 a year after after you’ve screwed the pup on someone’s life in page one is simply gross.

      Sure there are some bloggers who are in at least part becoming interesting investigative journalists. But they’re people like Keith Ng. Now they’d be worth pulling in to the journos protective area. Usually the problem is convincing them that they want it.

      Meanwhile there are a pile of jonolists who don’t deserve those protections. Perhaps cleaning them out would provide the poor benighted bloggers are better standard to look up to? :twisted:

      • rhinocrates 11.4.1

        Yeah, I noted a superannuated hack in a bad wig attacking me personally as a “toxic troll” in Granny a couple of weeks back (cheered on by Pete George, bless) – I felt as if I’d been savaged by a rabid lichen and my only reaction was mild amusement. “Delusions of relevance” is the phrase that springs to mind.

    • bad12 11.5

      John Drinnan, No Thanks, i see no reason why the Standard ‘needs’ a regulatory body, it is one particular ‘Blogger’ that is currently befor the Courts for His behavior,(or lack of it),

      If any blog or blogger wishes to have themselves ‘seen’ as ‘the media’ or part of it then fair enough that particular blog or blogger should subject themselves to the same standards as the mainstream media…

    • newsense 11.6

      Not sure it needs anything beyond the law as applied. The concern of regulation would be more the possibility of politically motivated regulators and appointees which would be a much worse situation than currently is the case.

      I think the discussion here and on other blogs shows the strength of relative freedom in the blogosphere.

      • john Drinnan 11.6.1

        bad 12 – i can buy that argument – not every blogger wants to be regarded as news media – and they can take or leave limited legal protections based on whether they accept regulation

        But newsense – isn’t it just self regarding to believe media that is at the centre of the argument and not people who are damaged by the media.
        Judith Collins agreed with you. The government shelved the law commission recs to make (self-regulatory) standards body a prerequisite for blogs having protections By doing so this government ensured that WO and other blogs go without scrutiny in election year.
        Judge Blackie – who has a background working in defamation – found that WO was not news media. That is subject to an appeal – that would cost both players an arm and a leg.

        Im sure it suit many bloggers to leave it as it is – and some clearly deserve protection – but some want their cake and eat to too. You might feel different you had been defamed or attacked by a blogger who – if they lost a defamation claim – would simply throw up their hands and claim personal bankruptcy.

  12. John Drinnan 12

    Blogging community?

  13. chris73 13

    “The enemy of my enemy is my friend”

    – The left might like to look objectively at the people they’re championing and wonder what it says about them

    • lprent 13.1

      You are completely missing the point. Probably deliberately. I don’t know much about Blomfield and really don’t need to. But as far as I can see the legal and business processes have dealt with him. It is a hard process to go through losing businesses, and I’m sure that there are people who are pissed with him.

      But I know a lot of about how people use and misuse the net and I judge those people. I’m infuriated that Cameron Slater and a pile of cowardly dickheads are using the net to attack people and their families for no more *apparent* reason than they think torture is fun. That I suspect that Cameron Slater as a blogger was paid to pursue a vendetta just annoys me even more.

      More a case of bloggers looking at how other bloggers are using their blogs, commenting on it, and redressing the balance. Now that the project at work has entered a phase requiring less work, I have time to address the arseholes of the local blogging scene. If that means providing a platform for those unfairly attacked by arseholes like Cameron Slater, then so be it.

      • LynWiper 13.1.1

        +100

      • “That I suspect that Cameron Slater as a blogger was paid to pursue a vendetta just annoys me even more. “

        Interesting that Slater hasn’t posted here demanding a retraction or correction of that statement, Lprent. He was very, very prickly when I made such an unintentional inference in one of my blogposts about his usual sleazy stories…

    • lprent 13.2

      Hey Chris. Your missing comment was the first comment I moderated out. You asserted as fact a number of things that were clearly not true or were simply allegations or charges. Thius included a number of people, authors, and commenters. You did it all without any links.

      If it’d been in a usual thread, I would be warning or banning for the author part.

      • chris73 13.2.1

        Oh please, you’re being precious and you know it. However it doesn’t change the gist of what I’m saying and that is you’re judged by the friends you keep or in this case support

        • lprent 13.2.1.1

          On that definition of “friends”, you’d be a close one because I talk to you at all, whereas I don’t know most of the people you’re bullshitting about personally. But basically it is clear that you just have problems with defining social relationships.

          Just to be clear, we follow the norms of society which says judge people on what they do, no what Whaleoil makes up about them.

  14. john Drinnan 14

    jonolists?- Freudian slip ;-)

  15. john Drinnan 15

    Nobody arguing the Keith Ngs of this world deserve legal protection.

    Its whether there should be carte blanche for every blogger.

    Maybe. But your You’re argument arse about face – need for regulation is to protect public not yourselves. You seem to believe that you have having private conversations.

    Like yourselves many in public cannot afford defamation action when the offender will plead poverty,

    “Most of us participating would simply ignore the regulators, especially if they wanted us to pay more than the blogs operating costs for their unskilled and largely illiterate do-gooding.”

    I think you’ve pretty much summed up the problem.

    • lprent 15.1

      I will come back to this. Shopping. But I don’t want protection for bloggers. What I would like is a speedier court system to deal with the dumb bloggers.

      We at TS don’t get sued or charged. We seldom even get misguided and toothless threats of suits.

      We stay well within the legal constraints of any citizen. Having complete arseholes like Cameron around is as embarrassing to us as I am sure some of your fellow journalists are to you.

      • rhinocrates 15.1.1

        lprent, I’m amazed that you can translate that gibberish in order to respond to it. I use Granny columns in my writing classes to show students how not to write (Armstrong is a particular favourite).

    • lprent 15.2

      John…

      Maybe. But your You’re argument arse about face – need for regulation is to protect public not yourselves. You seem to believe that you have having private conversations.

      I suspect that you are still thinking in terms of broadcast print news media. Which this isn’t. There is an intermediate step (and always has been legally) between private conversations and broadcast.

      Many eons ago, I used to work as a barman in a public bar in Hamilton. What you read on here is in exactly the type of public conversation that a barman and regulars in any pub hears every day. Sometimes it is exactly the same level. They are conversations in a privately owned space accessible by the public and where almost anyone is able to overhear them if they choose to be at that pub at the same time a particular comment is made.

      The only real difference is one of scale and time. It also that many more can “hear” that conversation than are within physical earshot. This space also leaves a echo for those who were not present at the time a comment was made. But in legal terms what we do on the nets is equivalent to conversations in a public accessible space.

      This is a system that has been running on the nets for the whole of the 30 years I’ve been involved with them. It doesn’t matter if it is a BBS running on a 1200 baud modem, BIX in its heyday, usenet running uucp, gopher and eventually http running on ethernet. All of them have the same underlying characteristics.

      But the legal position of this kind of private space being used as a public area is also the same as a “public house”. Ultimately the operators are responsible for what is said and done on their sites. Which is why pubs and bars reserve the right to say who is allowed to be in their bars, employ bouncers, and have various other measures to ensure that their legal obligations are met. Just as we do. It is also why our providers of servers and services explicitly state that we are not allowed to do anything that may increase their legal liability.

      When you are looking at Whaleoil in mid-2012, just view them as a badly run bar trying to cop out of their legal obligations now by trying to suddenly and conveniently claiming special legal rights.

      This “bar” is probably just as rough as whaleoil in many ways. But we didn’t have an incompetent publican in charge back in the middle of 2012 who encouraged actions that were legally dubious.

      Like yourselves many in public cannot afford defamation action when the offender will plead poverty,

      I repeat, we have never had a defamation or criminal action against us. We’re bloody unlikely to have one either. That is because we stay well within the legal limits of the type of establishment we are.

      We’ve had a few people send us emails about various matters over the years, typically three or four per year. It could be the police asking us to take down their logo, to people asking us to remove their name that someone has put in a comment, to a company wanting us to unlink them for legal reasons, to people claiming ownership of an image. Most of the time I’ll do it if it doesn’t substantially change what the conversation had in it (for instance I tend not to remove names where the discussion is about a news medium story with their name in it). Some of the time I ask for proof that what they claim is valid (how does someone prove ownership of an image?).

      At least once a year and more in election year, we will get people threatening to sue for defamation – invariably with blanket demands. My standard response is to send back a response seeking clarification with some discussion about what I could find on the system that matched their criteria, and a discussion on legal aspects of defamation related to that. I usually never hear back from them. I have never needed to remove anything when someone is claiming defamation. In fact I have come to view people threatening it as having some strange ideas about the law around defamation.

      I think you’ve pretty much summed up the problem.

      Not really. You haven’t managed to state what you consider that the “problem” is. I could as equally well ask how The Truth managed to survive for a century with its rather strange idea of the “news” and ask why The NZ Herald using a similar type of technology was also permitted to publish.

      • john Drinnan 15.2.1

        I can see how the notion of a non-public public space appeals to you .

        • lprent 15.2.1.1

          Look around. You will find them everywhere. Politics in particular is littered with them. Communities have lots of them. God knows I have been in enough cold halls in such meetings.

          What is actually weird is a broadcast media like newspapers. It is a result of a relatively high capital costs of broadcast media for the last few centuries.

      • Chooky 15.2.2

        Like the idea of the Standard as being a well run, civilized public bar, frequented by Lefties….. with a good barman in charge

        ….and Whaleoil a bar of ill repute, frequented by the somewhat lawless…. and where anything and everything scurrilous and scrofulous goes….

        …..much prefer to drop in and drink at the Standard…. hear good political discussions, learn the most up- to- date important news of the day, feel the pulse and state of the nation, given by insiders…. and occasionally make a comment and get up on a soap box and pontificate ….. as the mood brings it on

  16. Rat 16

    T Wilson…..

    Doesnt happen to be “Tom The Torch” does it ?

  17. Marty 17

    Matthew, I had a night to think about this, and although I would like nothing more than to see one run up Blubber Boy, something doesn’t feel right to me about that Headhunter text.

    Have you been to the police? Have you laid a complaint? Is the text submitted as evidence?

    If my wife received threatening communications from any source, I’d lay a formal complaint and insist on a Police investigation.

    Have you done this?

    Texting can’t be done anonymously. It will have a phone number associated with it. A court order can be obtained to track down the owner of the number, or if it is pre-paid, I’m sure further investigations are possible, such as which cell tower it was one when it sent the text, and so on. If it is still used, etc.

    Can you explain why the Cameron Slater would get the Headhunters involved?

    I wouldn’t be writing this in a blog mate – I’d be off to the cops.

  18. Matthew Blomfield 18

    Your comment is totally valid. Yes I am dealing with it as anyone would. In hindsight I agree I should have not included it in this statement it does detract from the point. Sorry.

    • lprent 18.1

      Looks like you missed the reply. Could someone point to the comment he was replying to? I’m juggling Xmas shopping while lyn selects the next victims prize.

      • fender 18.1.1

        Marty at 17.0 I think.

        Just because “Headhunters” was used I’m thinking it doesn’t necessarily mean the gang?

        Then again if Slater had gang connections I wouldn’t be surprised either.

        • felix 18.1.1.1

          For Slater’s own sake I certainly hope he hasn’t been dropping the name of the gang for his own ends.

          A person can get in an awful lot of trouble like that.

  19. Matthew Blomfield 19

    First time ever that I comment and muck it up. It was about the texts sent to Rebecca. I think I’ll leave the blogging to the bloggers.

    • Rogue Trooper 19.1

      Carry On our wayward son…

    • greywarbler 19.2

      Matthew
      You can direct your reply by putting the name of the blogger at the top and if it is a long thread, put the blog count number or the nearest number, as well.

      Blogs can get quite mixed up sometimes, one made in the morning can end at the end by evening because of a large interest building from an earlier-numbered blog.

  20. Rogue Trooper 20

    12: meanwhile, when a crowd of many thousands (Yep!) had gathered, so that they were trampling on one another (to be first with the news), Jesus began to speak to his disciples, saying: “Be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. There is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known. What you have said in the dark will be heard in the daylight, and what you have whispered in the ear in inner rooms will be proclaimed from the roofs. -Luke (anticipating Gutenberg and the Internet :-D )

    “I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves.” Matthew 10:16

  21. red blooded 21

    Come on mate – I know it’s December, but I don’t need biblical allegories to illuminate every aspect of life…

    • rhinocrates 21.1

      Well, RT is a Christian and sees the teachings of Jesus as being relevant to all aspects of life. I’m agnostic myself, but my gf has a similar consciousness. We manage to get along.

    • Rogue Trooper 21.2

      :-D

  22. Tracey 22

    Interesting account matt. Thanks for taking the tine. I will watch with interest.

    as for who can own material on a computer may I direct you to an auckland high court case.

    Citicorp New Zealand Ltd and Citibank N.A. v Blomkamp and White unreported 1070/92

  23. felix 23

    Anonymous threatening text messages, eh?

    Not the first time we’ve seen that where Slater is involved.

  24. Matthew Blomfield 24

    Thanks Tracey. I’m not sure if its a good thing that I’ve just spent the last two hours reading about that case. Made me feel quite paranoid.

    I see the police got stuck in with the investigations in that case. I have had no joy whatsoever with the police in relation to my hard drive. As far as they are concerned the drive was not illegally obtained and the data on it is a free for all. I have had opinions even from a retired judge who said that its a matter for the police…theft of find, accessing without authorisation etc pretty simple stuff but nothing from the police. Similar treatment in relation to the threatening texts to Rebecca.

    Lastly, I’m aware of three copies of my drive that associates of Slater have and they are all a bit marginal and for those that are wondering the drive contains 10 years of data that I have collected from my clients and staff including all of the payroll data for the Crane Group of companies (by memory about 5000 employees) including bank account details and home addresses and so on, sample data of ANZ Bank customers (I worked on a white label banking project a few years ago), full copies of the Hell customer database and customer details and countless other files from various clients. I worked out how many peoples private details were on that drive for the Privacy Commissioner and it was a number like 250,000.00 people. Seems strange that the police have made the decision not to even approach the people who have copies…Quite astonishing really!!

    And for those who are thinking it, yes yes I should have taken more care with that much information…

    • Tracey 24.1

      Most importantly that case showed that even if your hard drive was NOT illegally obtained, there IS an argument that as NONE of your employees or clients gave their permission for the release or dissemination of their information, accordingly no one else is entitled to disseminate it.

      Perhaps send the police a letter/email citing the case and number and referring the police to its actions in that case and asking in what ways they consider your case ( and the situation of the clients and employees involved) is different?

  25. Jimmy 25

    Seeing that waste oils sister was involved with a headhunter, and that it took a lot of effort for the Slater family to extricate her from that situation, I don’t think Cameron and the HH would be on very friendly terms.

  26. Matthew Blomfield 26

    Thanks Jimmy. I’m pretty sure that the HH have nothing to do with Slater. I suspect its one of his friends or readers. Not very nice though.

  27. Grumpy 27

    Jesus Matt, that’s a lot of information to have on your hard drive. I hope you were authorized to retain that. I would have thought that when a contract/project was finished that the data needed for that project would be returned or deleted as once the need was exhausted you probably had no more right to the information. I’m thinking here of Crane payroll data and bank records.
    Care to explain why you still had them?

    • Tracey 27.1

      and the same argument prevents slater or anyone else from disseminating it.

      • Grumpy 27.1.1

        There are two issues. One is the 3rd party data such as Crane payroll and ANZ customer info. that Matt had that should not have been there and Slater has not and definitely should not have used, nor retained.
        The issue of Matts emails is another matter and it seems they have been used to expose matters of concern, in the same time honored traditions of the left with other people’s emails. Anyone remember Hager, Manning, Snowden???

        • Tracey 27.1.1.1

          yes. And they all could claim public interest. Like governments spying on its people having said they werent, or allies, what was slater trying to save us all from?

          Do you accept that a number of government departments have investigated Matt’s business and found no case to answer, or do you consider this is a lie by Mr Blomfield?

        • Frank Macskasy 27.1.1.2

          @ Grumpy – it appears you are trying to shift attention and suggestion of wrong-doing from Slater to Matt? What the data was doing on his hard drive is between him and his clients. None of your (or my) business.

        • Grumpy 27.1.1.3

          I find this whole Hells pizza thing puzzling. Some of the issues, I don’t see as seriously as others do but generally I have seen how receivership and liquidation can be distorted to lead to very unfair outcomes.
          I cannot fathom why anyone would get into a franchise operation, very few are anything other than get rich quick schemes for the franchiseor. If you like, one of the less attractive aspects of capitalism. Again, not the sort of issue I would expect this blog to get into, unless, of course, it’s just a dislike of Slater?

          • lprent 27.1.1.3.1

            If it was just Slater then we’d probably not be interested. Same with Hell Pizza – that becomes a matter for the magazines interested in franchises.

            The issue as far as I’m concerned is with blogs and bloggers getting the protections that should be aimed at journalists like Jon Stephenson, Nicky Hager, David Fisher, (trying to think of others in NZ) etc etc. The ones who actually do investigative journalism.

            Sure I have a known great dislike of Slater. Which is hardly surprising after the panty-sniffer arsehole attempted to have a go at one of my former employers because I used to be employed there and his mindlessly dumb attacks trying to “out” authors here. He isn’t a sufficient reason to get interested in this case. What is interesting is if the source protections that should be given to investigative journalists, should also be given to Cameron when he gets is (at least potentially) being paid to attack attack private citizens, unions, political opponents in the National party, or whatever.

            Tell me, do you think that he should be protected by the Evidence Act if that is what it turns out he has been doing?

            • Grumpy 27.1.1.3.1.1

              Since you ask, I think bloggers in general should have the limited protection for their sources given to journalists under the Evidence Act. I find it very hard to make any distinction and their is a huge overlap of poor journalists and good bloggers. I don’t believe I am blinded by ideology either and have no problem if the blogger was Slater or Bradbury. Truth is good.

  28. Grumpy 28

    ….and another thing while I’m waiting for my earlier comment to come out of moderation. You claim that the money lost was only from institutions, not individuals? There is no such distinction. The institution is only a collection of individuals whether they be investors, depositors, shareholders etc. it may allow you to sleep better at night but a loss to an institution certainly finds it’s way through to individuals.

    • felix 28.1

      Yes I agree. And I hope you remember that next time you see someone attacking those collections of individual workers known as unions.

  29. Grumpy 29

    Yes, Felix. When those unions accurately reflect the wishes and best interests of the members I will. But, when they act against their members, I will treat them exactly as the rogue finance companies, and I hope you also recognize that distinction. unfortunately, some unions accord their members the same regard as rogue finance companies gave their depositors.

    • Tracey 29.1

      You will let us know the different situations though wont you grumpy, seeing as you are the self appointed arbiter of such things?

    • When those unions accurately reflect the wishes and best interests of the members I will. But, when they act against their members, I will treat them exactly as the rogue finance companies, and I hope you also recognize that distinction. unfortunately, some unions accord their members the same regard as rogue finance companies gave their depositors.

      No doubt you can provide instances and references to back up those assertions, Grumpy?

      You claim that the money lost was only from institutions, not individuals? There is no such distinction.

      Institutions can insure or spread/minimise their risk – much harder for individual investors.

      But as others have pointed out above, Grumpy, that’s the nature of the capitalist system; risk.

      • Grumpy 29.2.1

        You can read all about more obvious excesses in any Aussie newspaper, the HSU and AWU are textbook examples of corruption. Locally we have The wonderful example of Actor’s Equity trying to destroy the NZ film industry.
        I exclude the education sector unions who are certainly echoing their member’s educational attitudes but that reflects on the members, not the unions.

        • One Anonymous Knucklehead 29.2.1.1

          In this exchange, it helps to remember that “the wishes and best interests of the members” is code for “things that Grumpy agrees with”.

        • Frank Macskasy 29.2.1.2

          I won’t comment on the Australian situation, but the NZ Actor’s Equity thing is another matter and your suggestion that “locally we have The wonderful example of Actor’s Equity trying to destroy the NZ film industry” is sop much rubbish.

          Especially when Jackson himself later admitted that there was little risk of his movies being shifted overseas. (Sir Peter: Actors no threat to Hobbit)

          Actor’s Equity wanted only one thing: talks with the Producers “union”, SPADA. Jackson panicked and went nuclear. Warner Bros exploited the opportunity to wring more concessions from Key (for whom giving out corporate welfare is a normal occurrence).

          So your example of Actors Equity” being a rogue union doesn’t cut it. Just a bit of union bashing.

          Next.

  30. Matthew Blomfield 30

    Thankyou T Wilson. Can you please point the readers to the facts for which you base that assertion? Or could that be an assertion based on what? My hard drive and every single email and document I have ever done has been investigated by multiple government departs. As I pointed out the OA alone spent over 100k. They all found nothing. Thank you for pointing out why it is important for me to continue this case so that people who have formed such baseless opinions can find the truth. Thanks

  31. Matthew Blomfield 31

    Grumpy. The drive was my backup and had everything I had ever done on it. We reviewed all the contracts with the various clients whose information i was holding and I am comfortable with my position. in saying that its not ideal and I should taken more care. That can be said about a lot of what I did.

  32. Grumpy 32

    Dunno Matthew, seems very much like trying to relitigate via competing blogs to me.
    Surprised that TheStandard has provided the forum.

    • Rogue Trooper 32.1

      yet, here we are. :-D

    • Tracey 32.2

      It’s called two sides to the story grumpy. TS ran two threads one “supporting” slater as a news medium and another saying he aint no journalist. Slater climbed in and selectively answered questions (including leaving one from me unanswered – and before he was censored, and when he replied to others of my queries), now Mr Blomfield gets a say.

      Given your predisposition in this thread to be a kind of dictator of thought with your pronouncements of how things are, I am not surprised you object to the other party being given space.

      Quite aside from this, the more Matt and Slater write on a public blog the more they may actually reveal about themselves. Given your belief that Mr Blomfields behaviour is of public interest, this should be welcomed by you.

      • lprent 32.2.1

        He wasn’t really censored so much as got chopped because he and a few others were making me legally liable for their unsupported statements.

        That may have been because the supporting posts were all on his blog (and nowhere else) and they appear to have all been removed.

        • Grumpy 32.2.1.1

          I saw that exchange and think your actions were fair. It was obvious what your stance was and Slater could have framed his points accordingly.

    • Tracey 32.3

      How can someone relitigate something in litigation in the courts now. It hasnt even been litigated yet so logically is some way off being relitigated.

  33. greywarbler 33

    Well TS does provide a place for a wide range of people trying to get a society that operates fairly. Even you come here Grumpy, though I don’t know why we provide the forum seeing your idea of ‘fair’ is so skewed that it’s hard for you to find anything to agree with, or even vaguely consider.

    • Tracey 33.1

      He has agreed with everything he has written. he is kind of the literate version of Naki Man.

  34. Tracey 34

    thanks lprent. couldnt think of the right word.

  35. Bruce 35

    This is all rather puzzling – as i recall Slater states he used Blomfields own emails when writing the posts, and he had made contact with the various parties to verify facts so hard to see a valid claim of Blomfield being defamed. Otherwise its one hell of a story! excuse the pun. My knowledge of law is limited but also perhaps Slater is looking to protect sources due to what he believes is not only in a journalistic sense, but perhaps a personal safety issue as well. I have to say the banter here about gangs etc is all rather amusing and i struggle to see the validity of it in this argument. It will certainly be a ruling that will have a profound effect on the media

    • lprent 35.1

      The post isn’t about the contents of the Slater’s posts. That is something that a court will decide. Nor is it about the personal safety of sources. In the unlikely event that something is a problem, then that is something for the police.

      It is a post about Salter’s claim that he was a journalist in the May-July period in 2012 and if he should be entitled to the limited legal protections that journalists have to protect their sources. That Judge Blackie ruled he was not by saying that the Whaleoil blog then was not a news medium.

      This was the same period in which he was declaiming to all and sundry that he wasn’t a journalist and should be held to the same professional levels that journalists were expected to maintain. The questions he was responding to at the the time were specifically directed at his complete lack of balance in his posts and his habit of using his blog as a way or pursuing vendettas. See the links in the post.

      From what I have seen his posts on wayback about Mr Blomfield, it’d be hard even for a known hypocrite like Slater to argue that they were balanced.

      It will certainly be a ruling that will have a profound effect on the media

      Hard to see how. Blackie ruled that the Whaleoil blog was not a “news medium”, and implicitly that most blogs were also not “news mediums”.

      This is exactly what most of the broadcast media and journalists have been arguing ever since they first started getting popular.

      Your comment doesn’t appear to have much apart from wishful thinking in it.

      • Grumpy 35.1.1

        Does a blog have to be balanced? Indeed much journalism is even less balanced than blogs. More confusing is the court held him to be a journalist on the issue of breach of suppression but not on protection of sources? It seems the classification changes in order to whack him. I share Bruce’s concern and believe this fishing expedition by Blomfield is only a means to intimidate.
        Surprised to see TS being part of it. It is not Slater at risk here, it is his sources.

        • Tracey 35.1.1.1

          So, posting his side of the story here is a means to intimidate Slater? Does that mean everytime Slater posts anything on this topic he is truing to intimidate Blomfield to drop his action?

          Grumpy

          Please quote your sources for

          Court “held” him to be a journalist. That is, formed part of the judicial decision; and
          Where it was material to his breach of suppression order whether he was a journalist o rnot

          Funny how this advocate against name suppression didnt see fit to publish the sex offender up north’s name so as to protect the wider community from him.

          ” Judge Harvey said the internet made everyone a publisher and with that came responsibility.

          “One of those responsibilities is to abide by the law. You have chosen to use your website, blog for the purposes of a political campaign and that is absolutely legitimate.I have no quibble with that.

          “But the fact of the matter is you stepped over the lines when you chose to publish names subject to non-publication orders.

          “You made value judgements about the names you were going to publish and those you were not.

          “You set yourself up as a judge and jury knowing those names were subject to orders but willing to flout the law notwithstanding.

          “I don’t imagine anything which happens today or is about to happen today will change your point of view but I hope it will change your behaviour.” “

        • Tracey 35.1.1.2

          I’ve read the suppression decision. I wonder if you have?

          That case was squarely about publication not about journalism or journalists.

          Some VERY interesting stuff in there. Journalist is mentioned but interestingly the judge seems to be suggesting that what makes you a journalist is not where you are publishing. That is, he mentions jounralists having blogs. My observation is that having a blog doesnt make you a journalists.

          in any event I think you are being led astray by some red herrings.

          “[14] Blogs can be part of mainstream media or may be separate from it. Many
          journalists and news commentators maintain blogs where they may expand upon
          stories that they have written or interact with others who wish to comment up
          on them. In this respect the blog facilitates a conversation between the journalist or
          reporter and other individuals. However the conversation differs from that which
          may take place over a cup of coffee or across a dinner table. The first difference is
          that the material that is posted upon the blog is posted primarily in the form of text.
          Thus, unlike a conversation, the blog becomes a record which is preserved and
          available on the blog site until such time as it is removed by the person responsible
          for administering it. For some blogging is seen as a way of getting around the
          restrictions that are normally imposed upon mainstream news media. Unlike
          newspapers which are subject the oversight of the Press Council or advertisers who
          are subject to the Advertising Standards Authority or radio and television which is
          subject to the Broadcasting Standards Authority, there are no similar regulatory
          organisations in place in the blogosphere. Of course, subject to issues of jurisdiction, bloggers are subject to their domestic laws. “

    • Tracey 35.2

      So Bruce, do you believe everyone’s diary can be published if someone gets hold of them and decides to just cos it’s in their own words. Seems an odd notion to support.

      • grumpy 35.2.1

        What do you think about the theft of Don Brash’s emails as published by Hager?

        • Sacha 35.2.1.1

          You mean the emails leaked by a senior Nat insider? Nice try.

          • Anne 35.2.1.1.1

            Yes… and it’s a pity we don’t know who they are (?) because they did this country a major service and it would be nice to say thank-you to them.

  36. captain hook 36

    I guess you cant expect that much better from someone who has legs on their belly and hides under rocks!

  37. Tracey 37

    You and Mr Slater have something in common grumpy, you both answer selectively. Would love your responses to my questions within 9.38am and 10:47am

  38. Ross 38

    “In an attempt to avoid having to hand over this information, Mr Slater claimed that he is a journalist. The Judge, without any real prompting from me, decided that he is not. I agree. Journalism is a profession. It has standards and he has none.”

    I completely disagree, and I’m not sure why this is an issue for you.

    Journalists disseminate information and provide commentary on the news. That is what Slater does. It might not be to your liking, it might not be to my liking, but what you and I like is irrelevant.

    • Arfamo 38.1

      Well, they do quite a bit more than that actually. But he doesn’t. So, I’m happy to let the story go on to tell itself via the legal system.

    • Tracey 38.2

      can you post your source for the legal definition of a journalist, because that is the only definition that matters in this, under the evidence act how has “journalist”been judicially interpreted.

      All people who provide comments on the news are NOT journalists. All people who disseminate information are NOT journalists.

      I doubt any one would disagree that Slater meets the definition of publisher (and see his suppression verdict decision for this) but as for whether he is a journalist, that’s a whole other ball-game.

      Some of you need to actually read some of the judicial decisions before commenting. Slater’s suppression defence sounded like a strong ego telling his lawyer some things he MUST argue. I would hate to be his lawyer for that reason. Next you will tell me Slater is a lawyer cos he knows some stuff about the law?

  39. Ross 39

    [deleted]

    [lprent: Your entire comment is entirely irrelevant to the topic. In fact it looks like a deliberate diversion. ]

  40. Ross 40

    A deliberate diversion? A diversion from what? Mr Blomfield’s main complaint seems to be that he thinks Slater isn’t a journalist. That is clearly false. I’d hate to think that this blog’s hatred of Slater is so great that it will print anything negative about him and to hell with the consequences. I’m no fan of Slater but even a stopped watch is correct twice a day.

    • lprent 40.1

      Perhaps you haven’t caught up yet. Perhaps you should read the decision rather than trying to gain a reputation of being willfully ignorant. Your fantasies have little bearing on the legal process. Read back into this post and the two previous ones on this topic to help educate yourself.

      Judge Blackie ruled that in mid-2012 that the whaleoil blog was not a news medium. That is what the High Court has to hear an appeal on. Now I’m sure that Cameron will screw up on trying to argue every other point except the one that he’ll have to pass first, because screwing up is his particular skill in life. Now I happen to agree with Judge Blackie. I don’t think that whaleoil, this site, kiwiblog, public address, facebook, twitter, most blogging sites, and many other parts of the net constitute “news mediums”. Mickey disagrees largely based on the protection it’d offer people who are in fact acting as journalists (often in their spare time) and researching all of the angles of stories. His example is Keith Ng. I’d probably extend that to Idiot Savant. Most bloggers don’t get deep enough into a story to either require the protection of their sources.

      The only reason that I suspect that Cameron would like such protection is because he has been known to sell his services writing for whaleoil to pursue vendettas for his “sources”, and they’d rather like to not be exposed as part of the transaction. When I look at many of the bigger “stories” that Cameron has written about over the last few years, that is what I see. He is being used by people who have something that news mediums won’t touch that they want to use to smear opponents. By his own admission Cameron “demands” payment for doing exactly that. Not what I’d consider to be a news medium.

      I suspect we’re going to find that the high court takes as dim a view of that as I do of a blog dedicated to the sale of smear vendettas against opponents. I suspect that they won’t find that the whaleoil blog is a news medium.

      Under the evidence act, unless Cameron could show that he was intending to take his source’s information to a actual news medium he can’t claim the protection of being a journalist. The question of if Cameron being a journalist didn’t even arise.

      However if the question of if Cameron was a journalist during the 2012 period that the case is about, then the plaintiff would merely use Cameron’s words against him. He spent much of 2012 explaining that he was able to write some blantant lies and strange vendettas because he wasn’t a journalist. I’d agree..

      Perhaps you should ask Cameron why he suddenly finds the need to go back on those rather emphatic statements?

      As I said at the start – perhaps you should actually have a close look at the judgement and your hero. Personally I find him to be a rather spineless fool.

  41. Long time listener, first time caller. Intrigued by the ramifications of this story, I have been keeping an eye on the Whale Oil website to how he responds to the very serious suggestion that he defames for reward. The silence is deafening.

    As there are clearly participants in this discussion who will not open that site on principle, allow me to share my observations.

    WO has clearly read the Blomfield story. He wrote a post saying that he owes a duty to disclose his income to the IRD and no-one else. He quoted an academic who posited that he did not mind if bloggers got paid. No way in the world could that person be talking about the type of mercenary conduct suggested. WO has blagged this site but in doing so, completely avoided the issue. Apart from that, the great gonzo of our time, the man Luigi runs to when he has some shit to spread, is silent.

    WO has instead recruited a couple of complete imbeciles who are filling his pages with post pubescent blather garnered from You Tube coupled with some inane thoughts of their own. It is pitiful.

    • lprent 41.1

      I’d noticed it’d gone quiet over there

    • felix 41.2

      “WO has instead recruited a couple of complete imbeciles who are filling his pages with post pubescent blather garnered from You Tube coupled with some inane thoughts of their own.”

      Err, that’s been the MO of WO for a couple of years, posting literally thousands of popular youtube vids to get his page views up. And around the time he became Truth Editor, he made up a few new handles so as to pretend it’s not just him.

      “It is pitiful.”

      Yes it is.

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    Academics studying terrorism, or other topics that the SIS considers not to be in the national interest, could be among those who lose civil rights if an ‘anti-terrorism’ bill becomes law. TEU, the union representing tertiary education staff, says the...
    Tertiary Education Union
  • Being mindful of mental illness
    There’s a lot of mental illness stigma in New Zealand. From the friend or family member who tells you just to ‘get over it’, to the many little ways that living with a mental illness in an unsupportive environment slowly...
    On the Left
  • Auckland Transport November Board Meeting
    Every month I comb through the reports to the AT board looking at what the organisation is up to (that they’ll say in public). I’ve already covered the separate reports on additional bus priority and the New Network for the...
    Transport Blog
  • Henryk Grossman on the struggle for Marxism, 1883-1932
    Henryk Grossman, Fifty Years of Struggle over Marxism 1883-1932, translated by Rick Kuhn and Einde O’Callagan, with an introduction by Rick Kuhn; Ebook AU$6.34 from http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00OE6KF7O and paperback AU$10 from redflag.subs@gmail.com reviewed by Tom O’Lincoln There is a story about Marx’s legacy that...
    Redline
  • Financial assistance for tertiary students
    I’ve gotten my final assignment back for the 300-level Policy Research & Evaluation paper I did last semester, and earned another A+ and another teacher telling me to do post-grad if I can afford it without starving. The only way...
    The little pakeha
  • A brief commentary from John Key, Prime Minister
    Hello. I’m not going to apologise. There’s nothing to apologise for. I have done nothing wrong. Yes I suppose a few people in my office may have possibly been in contact with people in Camoron Slater’s office, but I had...
    My Thinks
  • A surveillance power-grab
    Section 7 of the government's spy bill introduces a new power for police and SIS to access information held by Customs. Its not mentioned in the press release, and the bill's explanatory note is extremely vague. So what's it about?...
    No Right Turn
  • Another shoddy analysis
    What's the case for the government's Countering Terrorist Fighters Legislation Bill? I've been reading the bills Regulatory Impact Statement, and the short version is that there isn't one. A RIS is a vital part of the quality control process for...
    No Right Turn
  • “We should be a working on the railroads…”
    Yesterday Peter asked if the Auckland’s motorway network built on “strategic misrepresentations”?. In it he briefly mentioned engineer Joseph Wright who questioned how much the motorways would cost. In response I put this image in the comments however it probably justifies it’s...
    Transport Blog
  • The facts of power price rises
    Everyone knows power prices are increasing and it feels like it is eating more and more of their weekly pay check. This morning I released census data showing this common feeling is in fact borne in the data. The data...
    frogblog
  • Slavery was cheap too…Pay equity fight back to court
    Today the NZ Aged Care Association announced they will appeal the decisions of the Employment Court and Court of Appeal in favour of Kristine Bartlett, to the Supreme Court. They say they have no choice but to appeal because many...
    frogblog
  • Why Pakeha are so offended by John Key’s idea of a peaceful settlement
    The statements by the Prime Minister on the Waitangi Tribunal ruling that Maori never ceded sovereignty in 1840 are enough to make any student of history choke. First was the denial that the ruling means anything significant. And then there...
    frogblog
  • Counterproductive
    Since June, the US has been bombing Iraq. Since September, they've been bombing Syria. In both cases, the aim is ostensibly to stop ISIS. So how's it working out?About as badly as you'd expect:US air strikes in Syria are encouraging...
    No Right Turn
  • No justice in America
    On August 9, police officer Darren Wilson shot and murdered Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.. The shooting of unarmed black men by American police is so routine that they don't even bother to keep statistics on it. And of course,...
    No Right Turn
  • The Andrew Little experiment has failed
    It’s time to admit that the Andrew Little leadership experiment has been a failure. A terrible failure....
    Imperator Fish
  • Abuse of power: The OIA / public records dimension
    One of the things to emerge from the "dirty politics" report is that the SIS pissed all over the OIA:The NZSIS also made a significant error in considering information requests by the news media. Such requests were, from 25 July...
    No Right Turn
  • Restoration of the Christchurch Arts Centre well underway
    It was inspiring to be shown some of the major restoration and rebuilding work underway at the Christchurch Arts Centre recently. With 22 of 23 Arts Centre buildings damaged by the earthquakes, this is one of the largest heritage restoration...
    frogblog
  • A further thought on the Gwyn report
    The report itself is here. The main issues have been well covered by the media. Here’s what struck me. One of Key’s big achievements as Prime Minister has been the expansion of the size and powers of the state security...
    DimPost
  • A further thought on the Gwyn report
    The report itself is here. The main issues have been well covered by the media. Here’s what struck me. One of Key’s big achievements as Prime Minister has been the expansion of the size and powers of the state security...
    DimPost
  • Thin Ice edit for US TV funded in full
    The Thin Ice Kickstarter campaign was resounding success, with the total pledged reaching NZ$34,448 from 228 backers. The extra funds are likely to be used in a PR effort to get the newly-edited film shown on as many TV stations...
    Hot Topic
  • The City Unbound
    The current Metro Magazine has has an article by me on Auckland, its new urban nature, and surprise!: Why we need a change in transport infrastructure investment to unlock its true value. Most here won’t be unfamiliar with the arguments but the...
    Transport Blog
  • The City Unbound
    The current Metro Magazine has has an article by me on Auckland, its new urban nature, and surprise!: Why we need a change in transport infrastructure investment to unlock its true value. Most here won’t be unfamiliar with the arguments but the...
    Transport Blog
  • Cover up in the PM’s office
    Here's an extract from a very good post by Russell Brown this morning: But there’s more. The inspector, Cheryl Gwyn, has this to say: Witnesses appearing before this inquiry also produced documents. Documents were provided voluntarily by Mr Hager and...
    Polity
  • An abuse of power
    The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security has released her report into the release of information to Cameron Slater by the SIS. Its a lot to digest, but it looks like the core allegation of Dirty Politics - that the Prime...
    No Right Turn
  • Media Link: The Slater/SIS/PM’s Office OIA debacle.
    Sometimes one has to speak bluntly but honestly about unethical behaviour within the NZ intelligence community. The revelations about the way an OIA request from a notorious right wing blogger was  handled by the then Director of Security and Intelligence...
    Kiwipolitico
  • The buck stops on level 9
    The IGIS report has come out, saying the SIS failed to maintain political neutrality, smearing Phil Goff, and finding that senior Prime Ministerial staff were complicit in channeling security agency information to Cameron Slater. In response, the SIS has apologised...
    Polity
  • Hard News: Incomplete, inaccurate and misleading
    The reporter of the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security into the release of information by the SIS is now public, and it turns out to be largely about a democratic problem we've discussed plenty this year: the growing contempt in which New...
    Public Address
  • I’m not ALWAYS wrong …
    I'm presently acting as a "parent helper" at school camp in the backblocks outside of Cromwell, so my capacity to comment on recent events is limited (to put it mildly). So I'll simply reproduce this part of this post from...
    Pundit
  • Coal Action Network Aotearoa Newsletter November 2014
    What’s in this newsletter?  1.  Upcoming Events 2.  Heads in the Sand! Join us on December 7 3.  The Elections – analysis from Jeanette Fitzsimons 4.  The IPCC – and New Zealand’s response 5.  Honey I shrunk the Board!  Bathurst...
    Coal Action
  • Is New Zealand heading up shit creek? [infographic]
    Should we be able to swim in our rivers? Water quality has been in the news a lot this year – in particular the impact of dairy farming on nitrogen levels (and algae) in our rivers. But if we want...
    Gareth’s World
  • Reaction to Labour reshuffle
    The commentators have digested Andrew Little's reshuffle overnight, and their verdict is predictably positive. Even if the Herald can't agree on whether the reshuffle was a big deal or not (the editorial says "largely cautious" while John Armstrong says "radical...
    Polity
  • SIS report due out today
    The Gwyn Report into allegations the NZ SIS were used for political purposes to smear Phil Goff, via Cameron Slater, is due for release at 10 am. Radio NZ reports: The report by the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security, Cheryl Gwyn,...
    On the Left
  • Nothing Wrong With John Key’s History.
    Done Deal: The Prime Minister's comments regarding the peaceful settlement of New Zealand have been ridiculed by his detractors, but they were considerably less controversial than the Waitangi Tribunal's assertion that Maori never ceded sovereignty to the British crown. (Image...
    Bowalley Road
  • Hibiscus Coast New Network confirmed
    Back in July and August, Auckland Transport consulted on changes to the bus network on the Hibiscus Coast as part of the region wide new network. The main driver for consulting on the changes now is that AT want to...
    Transport Blog
  • Hibiscus Coast New Network confirmed
    Back in July and August, Auckland Transport consulted on changes to the bus network on the Hibiscus Coast as part of the region wide new network. The main driver for consulting on the changes now is that AT want to...
    Transport Blog
  • (Not) changing the climate on climate change
    Here’s a foreign policy issue the government wishes would go away: climate change. Most other governments wish it would go away, too. They will nonetheless send emissaries to Lima in Peru for 12 days of talks from next Monday. Lima...
    Colin James
  • Accelerating Over the Cliff in our Latest Roadster
    Article – Paul Martin The Intergovernmental Report on Climate Change earlier this year noted if action is not taken soon the resultant 2C increase in global temperatures will have severe, and irreversible impacts on human habitation and economic activity.Accelerating Over...
    Its our future
  • Will New Climate Treaty Be a Thriller, or Shaggy Dog Story?
    The following article is reprinted by permission of its author, Stephen Leahy, who writes for the Inter Press Service (IPS) News Agency. To access the article as posted on the IPS website, click here. The as-yet unfinished exhibit area which forms part...
    Skeptical Science
  • Will New Climate Treaty Be a Thriller, or Shaggy Dog Story?
    The following article is reprinted by permission of its author, Stephen Leahy, who writes for the Inter Press Service (IPS) News Agency. To access the article as posted on the IPS website, click here. The as-yet unfinished exhibit area which forms part...
    Skeptical Science
  • Free your voices
    Last week Victoria University of Wellington lecturer’s Dr. Sandra Grey and Dr. Charles Sedgwick released some figures from the 2013/14 update of the 2008/9 survey of the community and voluntary sector. Their research question was: ‘How is democracy – as...
    Greens
  • The facts of power price rises
    Everyone knows power prices are increasing and it feels like it is eating more and more of their weekly pay check. This morning I released census data showing this common feeling is in fact borne in the data. The data...
    Greens
  • Slavery was cheap too…Pay equity fight back to court
    Today the NZ Aged Care Association announced they will appeal the decisions of the Employment Court and Court of Appeal in favour of Kristine Bartlett, to the Supreme Court. They say they have no choice but to appeal because many...
    Greens
  • Why Pakeha are so offended by John Key’s idea of a peaceful settlement
    The statements by the Prime Minister on the Waitangi Tribunal ruling that Maori never ceded sovereignty in 1840 are enough to make any student of history choke. First was the denial that the ruling means anything significant. And then there...
    Greens
  • Restoration of the Christchurch Arts Centre well underway
    It was inspiring to be shown some of the major restoration and rebuilding work underway at the Christchurch Arts Centre recently. With 22 of 23 Arts Centre buildings damaged by the earthquakes, this is one of the largest heritage restoration...
    Greens
  • Key’s vile smear machine questions left unanswered
    The report into Judith Collins’ involvement in undermining the former Serious Fraud Office boss leaves major questions unanswered about the smear machine run out of John Key’s office, Labour MP Megan Woods says. “This report has deliberately narrow terms of...
    Labour
  • Govt must make up lost time on sexual violence law reform
    The Government must prioritise any recommendations from the Law Commission to improve criminal process for sexual violence cases after it stalled reform work for two years, Labour’s Justice spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says. “Labour is pleased Justice Minister Amy Adams has...
    Labour
  • White Ribbon day should last all year
    White Ribbon Day is an opportunity for all men to stand up and affirm to never commit, condone or remain silent about violence towards women, says Labour’s Associate Justice Spokesperson Kelvin Davis.  “Violence towards women is rampant across all sectors...
    Labour
  • Report confirms John Key abused power of PM’s Office
    Today's Inspector General of Intelligence and Security's (IGIS) report confirms that the Prime Minister's office engaged in a serious abuse of power, says the Green Party.The IGIS report looked at the release of an Official Information Act request to disgraced...
    Greens
  • IGIS report a damning indictment on former spy boss
    The report by Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security into the release of classified documents is a sad and damning indictment on former spy boss Warren Tucker, Labour’s MP for Mount Roskill and former leader Phil Goff says.  “This report upholds...
    Labour
  • South Auckland disadvantaged by new decile rankings
    New decile rankings have South Auckland schools at scores that show they are much more disadvantaged than the national average, says Labour’s Associate Auckland  Issues spokesperson Louisa Wall.  “As a measurement of disadvantage it is alarming that the average score...
    Labour
  • Sexism, rape culture and power
    Our discourse around sexual violence is complicated. All too often perpetrators are described as ‘monsters’, so when someone you know tells you the lovely man that you really like sexually abused them it’s hard to believe, because they’re not a...
    Greens
  • Time for an economy that works for all New Zealanders
    New Labour Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson says the challenge for the National Government is to support an economy that delivers good, sustainable jobs paying decent wages. “It’s time the economy delivered for all New Zealanders, not just the fortunate few....
    Labour
  • New faces, wise heads in bold Labour line up
    Labour Leader Andrew Little today announced a bold new caucus line up which brings forward new talent and draws on the party’s depth of experience....
    Labour
  • Plan for mega factory farm ruffles feathers
    Not long ago I wrote about the proposal to build a mega factory farm in the small township of Patumahoe that would confine over 300, 000 hens to colony cages. This week the resource consent hearing for the proposed factory...
    Greens
  • National opens door further to Chinese property speculators
    National has further opened the door to Chinese property speculators with the registration of a third Chinese bank here that will make it easier for Chinese investors to invest in New Zealand properties, the Green Party said today."As well, former...
    Greens
  • National restarts logging in West Coast forests
    “Dead wood also contributes by providing nutrients to soils, supporting the agents of wood decay such as fungi and invertebrates and it is a key habitat for the regeneration of some trees.” Annual Report 2013/14, page 29. The National Government has...
    Greens
  • Lab plan the beginning of slippery slope?
    It’s time for new Health Minister Jonathan Coleman to show his hand on plans to privatise lab services which doctors are warning could put patients’ lives at risk, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says. “Clinicians have sent the Government some...
    Labour
  • A-G called on to look into flagship ‘cost-saving’ programme
    New health Minister Jonathan Coleman has some serious questions to answer following a decision to wind up the Government’s flagship health savings provider HBL just a fortnight after giving it the green light to implement its plans, Labour’s Health spokesperson...
    Labour
  • Prime Minister’s warped view of history
    Students who sat NCEA level 3 history exams last week might be very worried to hear the Prime Minister tell a Radio Station that New Zealand was one of the few countries that was settled peacefully by Europeans. Those students who wrote...
    Greens
  • Climate of fear needs addressing
    It is hugely concerning that community and volunteer groups feel they are being gagged from speaking out against the Government, Labour’s Community and Voluntary Sector Spokesperson Louisa Wall says.  A Victoria University survey of 93 sector groups has found 50...
    Labour
  • Mandatory code of conduct needed for supermarkets
    Labour has drafted legislation to establish a mandatory code of conduct for supermarkets to ensure New Zealand suppliers are not affected by anti-competitive behaviour. “Even though the Commerce Commission found no technical breaches of the law through some of Countdown’s...
    Labour
  • National softening public up for 7th successive deficit
    Finance Minister Bill English is softening the public up for an announcement that National is going to fail in even its very limited goal of achieving a budget surplus, the Green Party said today."No finance minister in a generation has...
    Greens
  • National caught out on state house porkies
    Housing NZ’s annual report out today directly contradicts the Government’s claim that one-third of its houses are in the wrong place and are the wrong size, said Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The annual report states 96 per cent of...
    Labour
  • Damning report on Department of Conservation restructure
    The restructuring of the Department of Conservation (DOC) following National's severe funding cuts has been revealed as failure, the Green Party said today.The Taribon report has reviewed the new structure of DOC after 12 months. The restructuring, one of the...
    Greens
  • Greens welcome Xi, but human rights need to be on agenda
    The Green Party welcomes the visit to New Zealand of Chinese President Xi Jinping and wishes to congratulate him on his recent announcement regarding China capping emissions for the first time.The United States and China recently unveiled a deal to...
    Greens
  • Backing New Zealanders to get ahead
    New Labour Leader Andrew Little says it is an immense privilege to have been chosen to lead the party and to be given the task of ensuring it once again becomes a powerful force that backs New Zealanders in getting...
    Labour
  • Andrew Little Elected Leader of Labour Party
    “The Labour Party congratulates Andrew Little, who has been elected as party leader in a robust and highly democratic process,” says Labour Party President Moira Coatsworth. “Andrew’s leadership will have the full support of the whole Labour Party.”...
    Labour
  • Report into Brownlee security breach should be released
    The Government and Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) should release the report into former Minister of Transport Gerry Brownlee's airport security breach, the Green Party said today."The actions of a Minister of Transport breaching security at an airport are a matter...
    Greens
  • Brownlee must ask CAA to release the report
    Gerry Brownlee must ask the Civil Aviation Authority to release the report that finds he broke the law in breaching airport security, says Labour's Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford. “It is inexcusable for any minister, let alone the then-Transport Minister, to...
    Labour
  • G20 climate comment increases pressure on NZ
    The G20 decision to include climate change in its communiqué despite Australia's attempt to ignore it, increases pressure on New Zealand to come up with a credible plan to cut emissions, the Green Party said today.The G20 Leaders Communiqué from...
    Greens
  • NZ joins G20 climate problem
    Confirmation this morning by John Key that his Government plans to do nothing to turn around NZ's rapidly rising greenhouse emissions means that New Zealand joins Australia as one of the problem children at the G20 meeting in Brisbane, the...
    Greens
  • IRD joins Corrections in Phillip Smith failure
    It is incomprehensible that IRD and Corrections were not able to stop Phillip Smith from rorting the tax system out of $50,000 until it was too late, given that he was a notoriously manipulative prisoner stuck in jail, says Labour’s...
    Labour
  • The Government has to listen to Olly
    When even hard boiled property investors like Olly Newland  say first home buyers have been shafted by Loan to Value Ratio lending restrictions, surely it is time for the Government to listen, says Labour's housing spokesperson Phil Twyford.  "Auckland landlord...
    Labour
  • Key used GCSB for political ends prior to 2014 election
    New documents released to the Green Party show that Prime Minister John Key used New Zealand's intelligence services for the National Party's political ends a few days out from the 2014 election, the Green Party said today.Documents released to the...
    Greens
  • Government not meeting its climate target
    The Government must front up to the fact that its own advisors are now saying that New Zealand is off target in any transition to a low carbon future, says Labour’s spokesperson on Climate Change Nanaia Mahuta.  “A briefing to...
    Labour
  • Briefing reveals Defence facilities ‘increasingly unfit for purpose’
    The Defence Briefing to the Incoming Minister reveals a deteriorating state in Defence facilities that are no longer fit for purpose, says Labour’s Defence spokesperson Phil Goff.  “The briefing is heavily censored but still reveals that Defence camps, bases and...
    Labour
  • New projections show New Zealand missing climate target
    Briefings to Incoming Ministers released today reveal the Government's climate policy is failing with projected emission more than double what is needed to meet National's 2050 target, the Green Party saidProjections released by the Ministry for the Environment, as part...
    Greens
  • National’s highways far less efficient
    National’s new state highways have a far lower cost-benefit ratio than motorways built under the last Labour Government, making a mockery of the Government’s bluster that its road building will boost the economy, says Labour's Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford. “New...
    Labour
  • Governor points finger at National on supply
    The Reserve Bank Governor has admitted he had to keep loan to value mortgage restrictions in place because the Government’s attempts to increase housing has fallen ‘a long way short’, says Labour's Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The thousands of first...
    Labour
  • Did Collins cover up Slater’s OIA requests?
    Disgraced former Cabinet Minister Judith Collins must explain why she appears to have tried to hide Official Information Act requests she fulfilled for Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater, Labour MP Megan Woods says. “New documents obtained by Labour show Judith...
    Labour
  • Reserve Bank’s dairy warning must be heard
    The Reserve Bank’s warning that falling dairy prices are creating greater risks for the New Zealand economy must be taken seriously by Bill English and John Key, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker. “Dairy prices have nearly halved since February...
    Labour
  • National’s housing failure keeps LVRs in place
    The Reserve Bank’s decision to leave loan-to-value ratio mortgage restrictions in place is further confirmation of National’s housing policy fiasco, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “The Reserve Bank would have lifted LVRs if they had seen any increase in...
    Labour
  • Let’s see if it is plane sailing Mr Bridges
    Comments by Transport Minister Simon Bridges that Far North residents' anger over cutbacks to regional flights will be allayed by larger planes and cheaper fares out of Kerikeri, are just pure arrogance, says Labour’s Te Tai Tokerau MP Kelvin Davis....
    Labour
  • Commerce Commission inquiry needed into building supplies monopoly
    The Commerce Commission must stop dragging the chain and urgently investigate the anti-competitive practices in the building industry that are driving up the cost of building materials, says Labour's Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “Competition in the building materials market is...
    Labour
  • Air New Zealand grounds Far North
    The announcement by Air New Zealand to close services from Kaitaia to Auckland will be an absolute disaster for the Far North, Labour MP for Te Tai Tokerau Kelvin Davis says.  “Air New Zealand is sending a signal to the...
    Labour
  • Pulling West Coast flights a savage blow
    Air New Zealand’s decision to withdraw its Westport service is another kick in the guts for an already struggling community, West Coast-Tasman MP, Damien O’Connor says.   “Having been involved in the West Coast’s efforts to get Air Nelson to return...
    Labour
  • Air NZ cuts economic lifelines to neglected regions
    Air New Zealand’s plans to cut its Eagle Air regional services to already struggling regions is a hammer blow to Westport, Whakatane and Kaitaia, says Labour's Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The regions of New Zealand are being abandoned by this...
    Labour
  • Christchurch on the rent rack
    A jump of 20 per cent in weekly rents in the past year is a disaster for Christchurch, says Associate Housing spokesperson Poto Williams. “The Trade Me Property Rental Price index has rightly described the city as being a ‘...
    Labour
  • Past time to act on warnings about palliative care
    Health officials have been warning the Government about a critical shortage of palliative care specialists for years, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader and Health spokesperson Annette King says. A stocktake carried out for the Ministry of Health shows New Zealand’s end...
    Labour
  • Sue Bradford speaking tour
          With the generous support of the Hobgoblin Network and several other donors, I’m going to be speaking soon at four meetings around the country: ‘A major left wing think tank?  Is it time for a transformational left...
    The Daily Blog
  • Why Key must resign
    Remember when John Armstrong from the NZ Herald called for the resignation of David Cunliffe because Cunliffe couldn’t remember an 11 year old letter referring to a $100 000 bottle of wine that never existed? Why isn’t the Herald now...
    The Daily Blog
  • Why the Judith Collins report is a whitewash
    ...
    The Daily Blog
  • Seasons Greetings from Ferguson
    Seasons Greetings from Ferguson...
    The Daily Blog
  • Using State Spies to attack political opponents – why the SIS are gaining...
    National will only be able to get away with what is being revealed by the IGIS report into the Secret Intelligence Service if we, the people of NZ, let them. And. We. Should. Not. Let. Them. State spies editing intelligence to...
    The Daily Blog
  • Using State Spies to attack political opponents – why the SIS are gaining...
    National will only be able to get away with what is being revealed by the IGIS report into the Secret Intelligence Service if we, the people of NZ, let them. And. We. Should. Not. Let. Them. State spies editing intelligence to...
    The Daily Blog
  • Anti-Choice Myth-Busting
    Voice for Life issued a press release last week claiming that those of us campaigning for the decriminalisation of abortion in NZ are, among other things, using Nazi propaganda tactics (sigh…) to lie to you about the illegal status of abortion...
    The Daily Blog
  • Anti-Choice Myth-Busting
    Voice for Life issued a press release last week claiming that those of us campaigning for the decriminalisation of abortion in NZ are, among other things, using Nazi propaganda tactics (sigh…) to lie to you about the illegal status of abortion...
    The Daily Blog
  • Judith Collins – the Gift that keeps Giving to the Opposition?
    . . From a news report; Ms Collins resigned before the election after being accused of working with the Whale Oil blog after emails were released suggesting she was “gunning” for former director of the Serious Fraud Office, Adam Feeley,...
    The Daily Blog
  • Judith Collins – the Gift that keeps Giving to the Opposition?
    . . From a news report; Ms Collins resigned before the election after being accused of working with the Whale Oil blog after emails were released suggesting she was “gunning” for former director of the Serious Fraud Office, Adam Feeley,...
    The Daily Blog
  • Annette King? Annette King?? Surely not Annette King!
    I’m not often surprised at the goings on in the Labour Party but I was gobsmacked to see Andrew Little has appointed Annette King as Deputy Leader of the parliamentary Labour Party. I had idly assumed the role would go to Adhern...
    The Daily Blog
  • Annette King? Annette King?? Surely not Annette King!
    I’m not often surprised at the goings on in the Labour Party but I was gobsmacked to see Andrew Little has appointed Annette King as Deputy Leader of the parliamentary Labour Party. I had idly assumed the role would go to Adhern...
    The Daily Blog
  • New Shadow Cabinet – Little does more in 6 days than Goff, Shearer & ...
    New Zealanders do not respect intelligence, they respect confidence. Cunliffe beat Key in the debates, but it didn’t matter because NZers don’t respect the debate, they respect the tone. Our anti-intellecuatlism runs deeper than most with our reverse-egalitarianism. The chip...
    The Daily Blog
  • New Shadow Cabinet – Little does more in 6 days than Goff, Shearer & ...
    New Zealanders do not respect intelligence, they respect confidence. Cunliffe beat Key in the debates, but it didn’t matter because NZers don’t respect the debate, they respect the tone. Our anti-intellecuatlism runs deeper than most with our reverse-egalitarianism. The chip...
    The Daily Blog
  • This weeks Waatea news column – The myths white people tell themselves
      This weeks Waatea news column – The myths white people tell themselves...
    The Daily Blog
  • This weeks Waatea news column – The myths white people tell themselves
      This weeks Waatea news column – The myths white people tell themselves...
    The Daily Blog
  • The irony of backlash to petrol stations charging workers for stolen petrol
    You have to laugh at NZers sometimes. you really do. The outrage that has been sparked by news that workers at petrol stations are charged for stolen petrol is one of those perfect examples of a delicious irony most NZers...
    The Daily Blog
  • The irony of backlash to petrol stations charging workers for stolen petrol
    You have to laugh at NZers sometimes. you really do. The outrage that has been sparked by news that workers at petrol stations are charged for stolen petrol is one of those perfect examples of a delicious irony most NZers...
    The Daily Blog
  • A Dishonest “Countering Terrorist Fighters Bill”
    Wouldn’t you think a Countering Terrorist Fighters Bill would actually mention “terrorist fighters” in its text? The Bill, as released yesterday, does not. It’s simply another generalised counter-terrorism exercise giving extra surveillance powers to the Security Intelligence Service and enabling...
    The Daily Blog
  • A Dishonest “Countering Terrorist Fighters Bill”
    Wouldn’t you think a Countering Terrorist Fighters Bill would actually mention “terrorist fighters” in its text? The Bill, as released yesterday, does not. It’s simply another generalised counter-terrorism exercise giving extra surveillance powers to the Security Intelligence Service and enabling...
    The Daily Blog
  • How biased are the media? A Patrick Gower case study
    . . . Isn’t it interesting that Patrick Gower – who made his partisan feelings crystal clear on Twitter on 29 May with this extraordinary outburst;  “Lalia Harré – you make me feel sick by how you are rorting MMP...
    The Daily Blog
  • How biased are the media? A Patrick Gower case study
    . . . Isn’t it interesting that Patrick Gower – who made his partisan feelings crystal clear on Twitter on 29 May with this extraordinary outburst;  “Lalia Harré – you make me feel sick by how you are rorting MMP...
    The Daily Blog
  • The C Word
    It isn’t even December but the decorations are up and the ads are on the telly. I am a genuine Grinch come this time of year, so when the conversation at work turned to everyone’s holidays plans I may have...
    The Daily Blog
  • The C Word
    It isn’t even December but the decorations are up and the ads are on the telly. I am a genuine Grinch come this time of year, so when the conversation at work turned to everyone’s holidays plans I may have...
    The Daily Blog
  • Honouring the Ampatuan massacre victims as fight for justice goes on
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  • GUEST BLOG: Bill Courtney – Charter Schools: The Shroud of Secrecy Contin...
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  • MBIE acts against Queenstown breaches of employment laws
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    The Animal Protection Index , which ranks 50countries across the world on their animal welfare standards, places New Zealand (along with the United Kingdom, Austria and Switzerland)in first place....
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  • Corrections Review of Phillip Smith’s Illegal Departure
    Corrections Chief Executive Ray Smith has made public a summary of the findings of the review into the illegal departure from New Zealand of prisoner Phillip Smith during a temporary release....
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  • Corrections Review of Phillip Smith’s Illegal Departure
    Corrections Chief Executive Ray Smith has made public a summary of the findings of the review into the illegal departure from New Zealand of prisoner Phillip Smith during a temporary release....
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    Seeing people’s initial reactions to the new banknote designs is a heartening reminder of what an important role currency plays in our lives, and what a sense of pride and heritage our notes evoke....
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    New Zealand’s banknotes are getting brighter and better, with the Reserve Bank today unveiling more vibrant and secure banknote designs which will progressively enter circulation later next year....
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  • Xiamen delegation to Wellington has business focus
    Stronger business, education and cultural ties with our Chinese partners will be the focus when a 20-strong government and business delegation led by Xiamen Mayor Mr Liu Keqing which visits Wellington tomorrow (Friday) and Saturday as part of the...
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  • Warriors promote White Ribbon Day message
    Warriors promote White Ribbon Day message Shine and Orakei Health Services On Tuesday, the Vodafone Warriors will promote the White Ribbon Day message to the community at Eastridge Shopping Centre, Mission Bay. The Warriors are supporting their charity...
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  • Superannuitants to protest unethical investments
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    Manukau Institute of Technology (MIT) confirmed to its staff yesterday that 54 jobs will go before Christmas....
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    Responding to the NZ Herald report that the IT system commissioned by Auckland Council to consolidate the eight systems the Super City inherited from its precursor councils could be facing a budget blowout of $100 million, Taxpayers’ Union Spokesman Ben...
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  • Accountability following quake response inquiry not achieved
    Lessons still need to be learned from the search and rescue efforts following the February 2011 earthquake in Christchurch, a leading New Zealand lawyer, Nigel Hampton QC, says....
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  • Our kids say: We are failing in our duty to protect them
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