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When they’re laughing at you…

Written By: - Date published: 4:15 pm, April 22nd, 2013 - 160 comments
Categories: humour, john key, Minister for Photo-ops, privatisation - Tags:

You know it’s getting near time to go.

with-stupid

Saturday’s DomPost Diary (not on-line) reports :

When actress Chelsie Preston Crayford spotted Prime Minister John Key at a recent event, she leapt at the opportunity to get a photo with him – not because she’s a fan. Preston Crayford recalls: “I just saw an opportunity and asked him for a photo. In fact I had to ask him for it twice because the first time mum (film-maker Gaylene Preston) had her finger over the lens. Preston Crayford told your Diarists that there was a political motive to the snap in that she felt it summed up her objections to the National-led Government’s partial sales of state assets and amendments to the food bill.

Good on her for showing what many others feel.

160 comments on “When they’re laughing at you…”

  1. Roy 1

    Well done!

    • Tim 1.1

      Well done indeed! I’ll bet Gaylene was ready to vomit ubtil she realised

    • Much as some of the commentators would hate it…Chelsea Preston Crayford is a very successful actress on both sides of the Tasman. And a woman of intelligence with a great sense of humour, obviously!

  2. BM 2

    Silly young girl, very quick way to fuck your career.
    I’d bet money, shes another melon.

    • karol 2.1

      Really? I’d have thought the opposite. Or maybe you think Key will take revenge by getting his own personalised intelligence agencies to monitor and neutralise…!?

      • BM 2.1.1

        I’d say all the films she’s been in rely heavily on NZ on Air money.
        Biting the hand that feeds you, is very dumb.

        • karol 2.1.1.1

          Reallly? So NZ on Air is dictated to by government?

          And I think asset sales are not really part of the “hands that feed” most kiwis.

          • Mary 2.1.1.1.1

            Not at the moment but Key will pass a law that says people who get photos taken with him while holding up signs saying “I’m with stupid” are economic terrorists and then another law that says economic terrorists can’t get NZ On Air funding.

          • BM 2.1.1.1.2

            This young girl is a nobody, there’s plenty more aspiring and talented actors out there to choose from then this silly young girl.
            This will get a bit of media coverage and I’d say there will be a lot of slacked off and disgusted people out there.
            Films have to make some sort of return,so why would a director pick this young girl for a role especially after she’s pissed off a lot of your potential audience.
            What a bone head

            • McFlock 2.1.1.1.2.1

              So a nobody will get a bit of short-lived ineffectual coverage as well as a career-crippling audience polarisation that will shut her out of jobs.

              pfft. Stoopid Tory.

            • Foreign Waka 2.1.1.1.2.2

              In the age of Facebook and an unrelenting push of the younger generation to change things, this picture is displaying feelings of a lot of them and will in the long run not do any harm.

            • Richard 2.1.1.1.2.3

              I thought she was awesome in Underbelly, and she won a Logie for that. And as an Aussie production it would not get NZ on Air funding. Great to see an actor who is not a total suck-up. Same for Robyn Malcolm – turns out she was TOTALLY FUCKING CORRECT over that whole Hobbit / Warners bullshit.

              • michelle leuthart

                Exactly…. Two women who don’t need to leave their brains at home, agree with things they don’t agree with, “be good sweet maid and let you will be clever” and keep their mouths shut ………in order to work in an industry that often expects just that. I am impressed with Chelsea Preston-Crayford for seeing and taking the opportunity and a bit worried that Mr Key, a supposedly savvy businessman, is too smugly confident in New Zealand’s collective adoration, to even consider that a young, good-looking woman might actually disagree with his policies and dare to make fun of him.

            • Kennie 2.1.1.1.2.4

              BM, you are either deluded or you’re actually John Key (possibly the latter means you are also the former). He’ll laugh I’m sure. This girl’s career has a lot more years left in it than his. She mostly works in Australia anyway, she just won a logie a few months ago for Underbelly.

            • Guy 2.1.1.1.2.5

              Chelsie is well respected actor. She was one of the leads in The Ozzie TV series Underbelly. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2642787/ BM you’re the nobody around here.

            • Phyllisophia 2.1.1.1.2.6

              This talented young woman that you are calling a bone head actually won the most recent Australian Logie award for Most Outstanding New Talent. Perhaps you thing that the asset sales and amendments to the food bill are smart moves for the government. In that case i would call you a ‘silly girl’. I think that a persons career should not stop them from making political statements. What a brave young woman for expressing what so many of us feel, that these recent proposals are nothing but utter stupidity, despite her public persona.

            • nny 2.1.1.1.2.7

              just sounds like you’re a bitter troll. shutup

            • Boonman 2.1.1.1.2.8

              BM – you’ve come here by mistake. Whaleoil is somewhere else.

            • Chrissy 2.1.1.1.2.9

              Oooeerr!!!!

            • Draco T Bastard 2.1.1.1.2.10

              Films have to make some sort of return,so why would a director pick this young girl for a role especially after she’s pissed off a lot of your potential audience.

              I don’t think JK is a lot of potential audience.

            • Anthony Forster 2.1.1.1.2.11

              She will continue to be picked by directors because she’s very talented (and has won awards for the quality of her work), unlike Don, I mean John, Key.

            • Alan Stuart 2.1.1.1.2.12

              Didn’t seem to harm Vanessa Redgrave or Jane Fonda’s careers too much did it?

            • Julian Taylor 2.1.1.1.2.13

              come on John, stop this charade and post under your own name. I mean do you really think anyone in the fim industry give 2 flying f*cks about a cretin like JK?

            • Roy 2.1.1.1.2.14

              If I was a director I’d pick her because she is, talented, clever, witty, very pretty and because all publicity is good publicity.

            • crobar 2.1.1.1.2.15

              but now i want to see everything she is in …a) she is hot as, b) she is a good actor and c) she has a great sense of humour

        • RJL 2.1.1.2

          BM, do you think that Key is such a stupid, petty, corrupt prick that this is a real risk?

        • mac1 2.1.1.3

          Or principled……

        • Deckard 2.1.1.4

          Well, at the moment the hand that feeds her is Australian, who’s the dumb one now!

          http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2642787/?ref_=sr_1

        • Clare Elliott 2.1.1.5

          I think you have proved her point.No single politician in our democracy should wield that amount of power…..

        • Dan 2.1.1.6

          Christ on a crisket mate, settle down. She’s having a laugh. Reign in the entitled vitriol!

        • Ess 2.1.1.7

          As I just saw something else posted on my Facebook but thought it quite appropriate “Everyone was thinking it…I just said it!”

        • Claire 2.1.1.8

          So is incorrect use of the comma.

        • crobar 2.1.1.9

          NZ on air didn’t fund underbelly … that is an Aussie show … good on her!

      • KSharpe 2.1.2

        BM you couldn’t be more wrong. but you’re allowed your opinion.
        Well done Chelsie, doing your own thing as always. rock on.

    • Kaplan 2.2

      Oh I think she’ll be just fine.
      The Feelers, on the other hand, have been fucked for a few years now.

    • RJL 2.3

      BM, are you going to report her to the Committee for Un-New Zealand Activities?

    • Thats the trouble with you fcuktards. Someone expresses a political opinion and you want to stuff up their careers. Talk about latent fa$cist tendancies …

      • felix 2.4.1

        Latent? How so?

      • UpandComer 2.4.2

        Not really, it’s just such a lame thing to do. NZ politicians are accessible. I or anyone else could easily turn up at a function where say Turei is present, or mojo mathers, or shearer, or parker or Mallard or Norman or Winston or any NZ politician and get a photo with a surrepititious bunny ears behind their head or a little message on a badge or a dumb childlike msg on a card like hers if my silly mate or silly parent takes it.
        What does it prove? Apart from that the person doing it is obnoxious and thinks they’re really clever, nothing. I mean sure John won’t care, but it’s just so lame, “I’m with stupid” really? Even my 8 year old thinks those are lame. It’s lame. So we should all go stand next to a politician who kindly agrees to take a photo with us who we disagree with and go “I’m with stupid”, how pathetic. LOL

        • Te Reo Putake 2.4.2.1

          Great idea, UpandComer! Keying is so now; planking and corpsing are dead to me know. Just wait til the kids hear about it!

          • Zoot 2.4.2.1.1

            As long as they don’t get mixed up and go around scratching cars, I’m all for it!

            Maybe we should call it Keyling, to differentiate?

        • PB 2.4.2.2

          Lame? You say? From a private citizen expressing their politics and pov?

          Dude, in a country where the professional free-market press destroys a leadership challenge with “cats that look like Cunliffe” all over the tv (where were you decrying them for that one?) no one should blink an eye at this.

          Politics is all perception. Stupid there should have been more careful, less keen to cuddle up.

        • felix 2.4.2.3

          It’s up to you, UpandComer. If you want to do any of those things, go for it. Probably best if it’s spontaneous though, people can smell effort a mile off.

          If your timing is right and you capture a certain mood that happens to be sweeping the country in certain demographics, you might even get in the paper. That’d be cool.

          It might even touch such a raw nerve that people who disagree with you turn up on internet forums to argue about the merits of it. Even people who say they don’t care might turn up to say how much they don’t care!

          Give it a crack. Let us know, eh?

          • Green machine UpandComer 2.4.2.3.1

            Righto Felix.

            If I do it, gosh, people might even interpret it as some kind of harbringer of a non-existent sweeping revolution, full of Chris Trotter Litotes and grand meta-explanations and self high fives of “I’m with stupid”. That would be highly amusing for me, and everyone else.

            • Pascal's bookie 2.4.2.3.1.1

              Who knows. Anything might happen.

              Maybe you’ll even get that ‘attaboy’ you’ve been after from the old men at kiwiblog, if you can get them to shut up about Islam, maorification, cultural marxism and ‘how the feminists stole my penis’ for ten minutes.

            • felix 2.4.2.3.1.2

              Unlikely in your case. People just don’t seem to like you much.

              But by all means have a go, no-one’s stopping you.

        • Chrissy 2.4.2.4

          You want lame and stupid!!!.Then take some time out to watch johnkey in action in our hallowed Parliament at question time.His own personal stage for inanity.A three yearold would tear him apart verbally and rhetorically if ihe/she were allowed to.
          I think it’s a great photo,especially as the message is true.He has already admitted in Parliament that he is clueless.Can’t argue with our “esteemed” pm.

        • Tricyclist 2.4.2.5

          This photo is so effective because JK is so narcissistic, and can’t resist a photo opportunity.

        • crobar 2.4.2.6

          but it is just sooo funny …. funny coz it is true … she was with him and he is stupid! … you and your 8 year old need to get a sense of humour!

    • Tim 2.5

      Silly old man! Very quick way to fuck a Proim Minsta’s kreer.
      I’d bet money he’s just another Slik Willy

      You patronising, holier than thou, you know best, gittus

      • Tim 2.5.1

        EKSHLEE BM, if we could arrange it, we’ll put Chelsie’s brain power up against the Proim Minsta’s shall we?
        Perhaps ‘Breakfast’ might oblige – or 7#.

        Let’s see who’s the “silly young girl”.
        My pick would be that its Slik Willy that’s the silly guuuuuurl

        • Tim 2.5.1.1

          Waiting waiting waiting waiting BM. I note the timestamps of our respective posts. You ARE about – so how about that challenge huh?

    • Lightly 2.6

      jeez, you think there’s some kind of blacklist in the entertainment industry? Bow down to the PM of the day or get fucked? Like something out of 1950s Hollywood?

      I bet the fascist/ in you loves that little day dream.

    • North 2.7

      You’re a silly sour old thing BM.

    • That’s so very “North Korean” of you, BM.

      I’d start worrying if critics of this “government” started disappearing.

      • Zoot 2.8.1

        We have – overseas

        I find it increasingly difficult to find reasons to come home…

    • five15design 2.9

      only if she ever tries to get a Job in the Key/Jackson Studio of tourism filmography. A great move & tbh, sometimes just need to say what was said.

      I had the misfortune to run into Rodney Hyde on the hustings. As he shook my hand I pronounced as loud as everyone could hear “Your’e a dangerous scab on New Zealand”

      damned cathartic!

      • Murray Olsen 2.9.1

        The Key/Jackson Studio of tourism filmography will be closing soon. Australia has offered a cheaper deal on big holes in the ground as open air sets and we’ll have no pristine wilderness to compete.

      • Hami Shearlie 2.9.2

        Scabs are much prettier than Rodney though!

      • Having Fun 2.9.3

        Haha, this whole thing is awesome.

        I am an up and coming director and I will definitely keep her on my radar as she has just gotten and held my attention by being forthright about her politic’s.
        I wish more people in cabinet could be as honest.

        Anyway, I’m quitely amused and impressed by Chelsea but you five15design get my full rousing applause and congratulations for your heroic and cathartic actions.

        I feel you deserve me writing a film about you people.

        Awesome, go New Zealand.

    • DC 2.10

      So, people can’t dare speak against there ‘rulers’ for fear of being crushed?? What century is this? Evolve

    • Rodel 2.11

      That’s soooo Tory thinking… sad really…

    • Tom Gould 2.12

      Will JK call directory service for Warners’ number, or is it on speed dial?

    • Mike 2.13

      From the point of view of a casting director, this would have very little impact on her career either way, positive or negative. For someone to not be cast due to fear of a public backlash, the transgression needs to be considerably worse and most likely illegal.

    • Victor 2.14

      BM: “Silly young girl, very quick way to fuck your career.”

      not everyones a prostitute to the system, scared to speak their mind about the parasitical puppets of the globalist “elites” but we appreciate your perspective.

    • Mick 2.15

      smart young women .Key is a failure ,name ten things he has done in his two terms that have worked as announced .

      • Zoot 2.15.1

        I find it bizarre that you can use the words ‘two terms’ and Key in the same comment.

        What’s wrong with people, are they blind as well as stupid?

    • JF 2.16

      One does not simply “fuck one’s career”…

  3. mac1 3

    Sean O’Cheaigh, the Irish Fiddler and one string wonder, on March 17, about to take a final bow?

  4. karol 4

    The green bow tie…. the weak comb over…

    • The Gormless Fool formerly known as Oleolebiscuitbarrell 4.1

      Criticising his appearance, karol? Now I know that’s OK, I will do it more often. Look out, Nanaia Mahuta.

      • karol 4.1.1

        I’m not criticising his basic physiology, or body – just his way of presenting himself.

  5. Rob 5

    Wow, all those skills and all that education and still acts like an 8 year old . How proud you all must be.

  6. Appleboy 6

    BM – what a pathetic response. So, in your world a person’s personal protest against a lying PM should be penalised by a government intervening with NZ On Air on political grounds to penalise people who don’t like them? Get a life. You right wingers are truly horrid people.

  7. Ennui 7

    Well if he must have his photo taken with pretty young things what does the old fella expect?

    • ghostrider888 7.1

      Pomp and Circumstance = The Overtones, Oscillate Wildely “with worship, and conquest and the voice of myriads”.

  8. Nick K 8

    Sorry to disappoint you all, but she’s not holding that ticket/sign.

  9. pollywog 9

    hahaha…if only he had his arm around her as well.

  10. North 10

    Jeepers Mr/Mrs/Ms BM. Such protectiveness of Shonkey Python ! You really are in the running for a knighthood now you blowhard dolt.

  11. Tim 11

    Waiting waiting waiitng …… I think we all know where that BM ‘chap’ is at.

    Still, In the overall scheme of things, I suppose it’s useful to keep in touch with chicken shit ranters and ravers – though you’ll never get me to visit a Whaleoil blubber who I will ‘suppress on sight’, let alone click on his virtual reality and contribute to any statistics that could be construed as POZTIV.

    Oh how I wish I could give him my address!

    • BM 11.1

      Wheres that BM chap at, Timothy.

      • Tim 11.1.1

        He’s all flash and no substance. So you tell me how we do this aye BM? I’m sure we could arrange something with the aid of lprent. You get you’re mate John Key to front up, and I’ll guarantee you a Chelsie!

        You are SO FULL of SHITE it ain’t funny.

        Lprent can give you the full email address I’m supposing, and you can contact me directly or supply me with yours.

        Put your bullshit money where your bullshit mouth is!

        • Tim 11.1.1.1

          Oh – btw – you’ll be paying the airfares

        • BM 11.1.1.2

          You seem to be taking this very personally, are you this young girls father, brother?

          • McFlock 11.1.1.2.1

            “Young girl”? Needs defending by a male relative?
            You idiot.

          • Tim 11.1.1.2.2

            Maaaaaaaaate! If I were her dad I’d be called Jonathan and not Tim. It’s not personal – it’s just a dislike of total wankers who think they’re always right, and always have to have the last word. You have to wonder why you bother – is it that you’re so arrogant that you think you could convert contributors to an internet site that openly presents the view from the left with your superior logic and intellect.
            As an interloper on this site, I often wonder why people engage with you at all, other than to point out the bleeding obvious – something you do a better job yourself, rather than most of your opponents (i.e. that you’re basically a fuckwit – and one I’ll certainly no longer engage with since you weren’t prepared to put your money where your well exercised mouth is)
            Adios hombre – and commiserations and deepest sympathy to whatever or whoever evolves as a result of your carnal desires – if you possess them at all.

  12. UpandComer 12

    It’s too easy to do that, because John makes himself accessible. It’s cheap. I could do that to Shearer probably. You probably couldn’t do it to Helen because I imagine if you did one of her ‘people’ would have smashed your camera and threatened you with Defamation or sth. Pretty silly really, this young girl should have more respect.

    • felix 12.1

      “You probably couldn’t do it to Helen because I imagine if you did one of her ‘people’ would have smashed your camera and threatened you with Defamation or sth.”

      Yeah right, welcome to planet wingnut where Clark is the PM who traveled everywhere with a team of bodyguards to heavy insubordinate members of the public.

      Sheesh you guys are losing your grip.

    • BM 12.2

      I agree, it would have been the gulags for her if she’d done that to Clark.

      • McFlock 12.2.1

        Thankyou, Steven Joyce.

        • BM 12.2.1.1

          There’s a gulag with your name on it, remember that.

          • McFlock 12.2.1.1.1

            Fortunately, it exists only in the toriverse where Key tells the truth, the economy is thriving, and everyone is employed in cycleway-related jobs. Oh, and taking the piss out of dunnokeyo is a criminal offence.

            In the real world you’re just a scared little proto-fascist who thinks that mocking a shit prime minister is a bigger problem for people than a shit prime minister who makes a mockery of the office.

            • BM 12.2.1.1.1.1

              I admit to googling proto-fascist.
              The wikipedia article seems a bit lean though.

                • McFlock

                  lol
                  I can go with either

                • BM

                  That is not true and I will demonstrate it.
                  Tomorrow, I will video tape myself goose-stepping around the streets in my finest lederhosen.
                  It should be up on you tube by night fall, weather permitting.

                  • felix

                    It’s so boring when people joke by exaggerating for effect to show they’re not actual extremists, as if it somehow negates the extremist views they’ve actually expressed before they started joking.

                  • Kennie

                    My god, I wrote my previous comment before I realised what an unpopular idiot the others think you to be.
                    By the way BM, can I get a photo with you? And Chelsie, can I borrow that ticket?

              • McFlock

                You couldn’t put it together yourself?

                Sigh…

    • karol 12.3

      You mean the Helen Clark who, when out and about in the community, some guy asked her if her husband knew she was out? The Helen Clark who had people heckling her with homophobic slurs, when she was in public?

    • Roy 12.4

      Respect is something that is earned, UpandComer, so if she doesn’t have respect for Key, that is his fault not hers.

  13. Paul 13

    Please explain why New Zealanders shoud have respect for Key.
    I don’t see him showing a great deal of respect to average New Zealanders.
    Respect is something you earn. Didn’t anyone teach you that?
    This isn’t some kind of feudal kingdom….or is that what you’d like it to be?

    • BM 13.1

      Off with her head.

      • Craig Glen viper 13.1.1

        Its all good Key will have no memory of it by now. It will be like it never happened. Fat German what fat German?

        • Tazireviper 13.1.1.1

          Akshully, I think I was in Hawaii at the time and Bill was standing in for me so it must be photoshopped

          • Tazireviper 13.1.1.1.1

            Or Maybe I was in the Peking Restaurant

            • Tazireviper 13.1.1.1.1.1

              Akshully, my secretary said I was in Cambra advocating for expat Kiwis’ rights to sleep under Stralian bridges and railway platforms

        • Colonial Viper 13.1.1.2

          I’ve never seen that mansion in my electorate before.

  14. gobsmacked 14

    When they’re laughing at you, it’s time to go. Yep.

    So could Key and Shearer please hold hands and jump, together? Win-win.

    The post title being chosen – without irony – by one of Shearer’s insider clique doesn’t make me laugh. It makes me weep. Is Mike Smith so oblivious to how his leader is perceived? Wake up, man.

    Key is much worse than a joke. We don’t need a joke to replace him.

    • Jim Nald 14.1

      When will the Labour Party caucus wake up to the realisation that it is foolish to challenge yesterday’s joke with tomorrow’s joke?
      The country is not well served by either.

  15. ghostrider888 15

    What a heavenly creature Fran.

  16. vto 16

    Paul seemed to get it in one, just above with …

    “Please explain why New Zealanders shoud have respect for Key.
    I don’t see him showing a great deal of respect to average New Zealanders.
    Respect is something you earn. Didn’t anyone teach you that?
    This isn’t some kind of feudal kingdom….or is that what you’d like it to be?”

    This sort of thing don’t happen too much so it is most defnitely a pointer. Sort of like when Don Brash did most things.

  17. Tigger 17

    Great form of protest. Utterly effective and nary a word was spoken.

  18. RJLC 18

    Funny but not clever.

  19. Rodel 19

    I’d give her a job..innovative, cheeky, and not afraid…not to mention with an accurate sense of assessment.

    Could we all do this every time JK grasps & gasps at a photo opportunity? Damn I can’t . I’m not a pretty woman…

  20. dewithiel 20

    It’s not the badly cut dinner jacket but the ready-made green bow tie that does it for me. Ms Crayford is entirely right: it’s an outfit that only a stupid millionaire would wear; it’s a clown suit.

  21. Mick 21

    John Key is quickly becoming George W Bush of the South Pacific . If he or his guvermint botches up something (quite a long list he is accumulating) he has this amazing ability to “not recall” it .Maybe photo’s like this will help him remember things . Now we need a photo of him standing in front of the Nova Pay logo , we already have a photo of him having tea with John Banks, etc..

    He might want to review this video …”making the boat go faster ” towards the “brighter future” ,yeah right.

    http://www.3news.co.nz/Highlights-from-Keys-2008-no-job-cuts-speech/tabid/370/articleID/246605/Default.aspx

  22. AC 22

    She deserves a Knighthood. More wellknown people need to stand up to this government. If the sign had said “John Key my hero” she would have got a knighthood or at least some sort of recognition- maybe appointed head of our Spy agency.

  23. felix 23

    Remember all those Young National turds who followed Key around wearing those fucking awful “Key Person” shirts?

    Yeah well it makes me happy to know that they take this as a personal insult.

  24. Saarbo 24

    Brilliant!

    BM, you are a fuckwit! Just calm down…its funny.

    • framu 24.1

      yeah – i thought it was the left that was meant to have no sense of humour

      at least thats what we were accused of for so many years

  25. tc 25

    Accurate sign would be ‘I’m with the bloke fronting the great NZ sell out with the smile and wave routine’

    Stupid is one thing Key isn’t

  26. Jasper 26

    Watch out! PinoKeyo might give her a subsidy for movie if she’s lucky!

  27. Sion 27

    i think people need to show a little more respect for our prime minister. Society has placed people in certain roles, which in my opinion deserves a little respect. Regardless of what you think of him, I think this is a bit petty and rude… obviously trying to gain a little publicity. Shame on you, you lemon!

  28. cpt. NoPants. 28

    BM. You are a fool to think that this will effect her career in any way. NZ on air generally partially funds the makers of a film/ tv show. The maker then pays the actors.
    and GENERALLY actors tend to be hired on their ability to portray a given character as opposed whether or not they have gently poked fun at the PM.

    If you REALLY think that DonKey will put his crack team of media ninjas on a mission to blacklist this ‘silly young girl’ when they are far too busy putting out his fires, then you Sir/ Madam are

    A FUCKING MORON.

  29. Kevin 29

    A rather obvious PhotoShop! Note the difference in focus between card and coat!

  30. dave 30

    The sign should go both ways. Toi Whakaari lowered there acceptance age and quality to let this [r0b: deleted - no need for that] in because her mum was a NZ film icon.

  31. Ben 31

    UGh this girl isn’t a actress, shes a wannabe with a famous mother. Her career only started after Toi lowered their standards and age limit to let her in.

    • Pascal's bookie 31.1

      How many Logie’s have you got Ben?

    • Ess 31.2

      You know, you’ve looked stupid through all this…now you are looking like a petulant little child throwing their toys out of the cot. Grow up and grow a sense of humour.

    • Kennie 31.3

      Toi?… I assume you mean Toi Whakaari? Go there did ya? Bit jealous?\

  32. JayTay 32

    I don’t necessarily agree with JK’s policies of even like the guy, but what a lame stunt. I guess she thinks shes clever? For a stupid person JK has done pretty well for himself eh? countless millions and leader of a country. If this is not photoshop its totally unclassy. Good publicity for her though.

    • felix 32.1

      Maybe she thinks he’s a dick.

    • Kennie 32.2

      I think you’re right saying for a stupid person he’s doing well for himself. Being leader of a country. But then, maybe it’s a stupid country that would have him as a leader. He’s our George Bush. Wouldn’t it be great to see Bush and Key debate?

  33. Bobby 33

    It says more about who she is than it does about Key. Typical nasty comment the likes of which have become too common in the facebook era.

    I doubt her parents and grandparents would be proud she’s shown such lack of class.

  34. JT 34

    Beautifully said Bobby. I’m embarrassed for her.

    I’m not a political person but John Key has managed to turn the NZ economy around since he’s been in power… an absolute change from Labour (who by the way were bringing in immigrants for the vote who weren’t even going to make an effort in contributing to the country. Immigration is good, but bring in people who are going to at least make an effort and care. By the way this came from an ex labour minister who is a family friend).
    While Labour and Greens have some “in theory” great policies, you never hear how they are going to fund them, or the actual impact on the average New Zealander (like higher taxes and increased pressure on small businesses, resulting in less opportunity and bigger debt).
    I feel for Key, who really has this country’s best interest at heart and yet, small minded, business inept people feel they need to poke fun at him rather than try to understand the bigger picture…. Living on hollow promises from other parties, and believing that it is their right to get everything for nothing.

    Sometimes sad to be a NZer.

    • Whatever next 34.1

      You lost me when you said ” I feel for Key, who really has this best country’s best interest at heart…”

  35. Kevin 35

    And after all that, it WAS in fact a PhotoShop job!!!

  36. Sharkey 36

    She’s blond. Nothing else needs to be said.

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    MOST OF NEW ZEALAND’S social problems are concentrated among those living at the margins of what is otherwise a relatively wealthy society. Recently released international data on child poverty has exposed an acutely stressed social strata encompassing roughly 20 percent...
    The Daily Blog | 31-10
  • Myth Busting Rape Boasters
    In just one week a case that galvanised a nation into discussing rape culture is now being reframed as mischievous teen hi-jinx. One year ago the Roast Busters case came to the attention of the media and the public. This...
    The Daily Blog | 31-10
  • Workers rights weakened by new laws – fightback needed
    The government’s changes to the employment laws are designed to weaken workers bargaining power – at both the individual and collective level.   30-day rule The old law required an employer with a collective agreement in place to employ new...
    The Daily Blog | 31-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Simon Buckingham – Where are Labour Candidates on disability?
    For the few people who know me (hello Mum), I am proudly New Zealand’s first Autistic Spectrum Lawyer, as well as being the very bottom Candidate on the Labour Party List. (64 out of 64). Being honoured like this is...
    The Daily Blog | 31-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Blockade the Budget
    The ‘Independent’ Police Conduct Authority’s report into the policing of student protests in 2012 is a whitewash The report released by the Independent Police Conduct Authority into the policing of student protests in 2012 is a whitewash riddled with inaccuracies....
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • When National claim new anti worker laws provide ‘flexibility’ they mea...
    And so it comes to pass. The first law National ram through as part of their victory march are new anti worker laws they pretend will generate ‘flexibility’. The new law denigrate the unions ability to protect workers and provide...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • City Transport: A Taxing Matter
    This week the prospect of paying tolls on Auckland motorways became a hot topic. (See Mathew Dearnaley:Motorway tolling could hit some hard, NZ Herald, 30 Oct 2014.) As we might expect, the kneejerk response has been quite negative. But, as with...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Open Letter to Amy Adams: Please Reopen The Review Into Sexual Violence Cou...
    Ms Amy Adams, Justice and Courts Minister, Right now in this country it seems that although rape is illegal, it is not being prevented by the agents who uphold the law. It almost feels like rape is only illegal on paper,...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • MEDIA WATCH: Does ‘No-Surprises’ Also Apply To TVNZ News?
    When you stand back and look at NZ media outlets, most of them have at least one or two people who attempt to hold the government to account: John Campbell on TV3, Guyon Espiner and others at Radio NZ, David...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Things That Make You Go Hmmmmmmm
    Every so often in politics, a public figure comes out with something so absurd and so outlandish … that it really does just make you go “Hmmmmmmmmmm”. We’re accustomed to this from certain quarters – by mid point through the...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Poverty & inequality don’t need protest marches – they need a riot:...
    The global level of inequality continues to skyrocket… Number of billionaires doubled since financial crisis The number of billionaires has doubled since the start of the financial crisis, according to a major new report from anti-poverty campaigners. According to Oxfam,...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • If Key knows who Rawshark is…
    I’m sorry, what? John Key ‘given Rawshark’s name’The Prime Minister believes he knows who hacked Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater’s computer and produced the source material for Nicky Hager’s Dirty Politics, according to a new edition of a recently published...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Child Poverty stats in NZ
    Child Poverty stats in NZ...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Crimes Act + Police Investigation = WTF
    Just to frame the farce that is the Roastbuster’s investigation and conclusion – here are the parts of the Crime Act http://www.legislation.govt.nz/act/public/1961/0043/latest/whole.html#DLM329057  the Roastbusters are proven to have violated – that the police (and some suspects!) themselves acknowledge occurred: Crimes...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Publishing Journalists’ Home Addresses Is A Tactic Of The Right, Not The ...
    I think I’m starting to get rather annoyed with the conduct of some pro-MANA people over this ongoing Parliamentary Services crew complement issue. Yes, we get that there are legitimate issues to be raised with how some political reporters in...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Aucklanders caught between a tarseal-addicted government and a weak mayor
    Len Brown’s proposal for motorway tolls to reduce congestion and provide funding for better public transport is a weak response to a critical issue. The $12 billion dollar shortfall on transport funding he talks about is mainly for projected new...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • A Very Weird Story: Deconstructing Darren Aronofsky’s Noah.
    NOAH is a curious movie. Conceived as a biblical epic, it’s target audience was originally the millions of Americans who regard the Bible as God’s inerrant word. With the sin-filled works of Hollywood forbidden to these true-believers, Christian movie-makers have developed...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • You Can Get Away With Rape In New Zealand
    Jessie Hume with last years petition against rape     The police have sent a strong message today.  In fact they’ve been sending a strong message for a while; a message that our government supports. “You can literally get away...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Roast Buster case – no charges. In the immortal words of NWA…
    Roast Busters case: No prosecutions Police are to make an announcement this afternoon on Operation Clover, the investigation into the “Roast Busters” allegations. The Herald understands the victim has been told that the alleged offenders will not be prosecuted due...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Key’s flag change distraction to cost $26million!
    No. Way. Bid to change NZ flag to cost millions The cost of holding two referendums and consulting on a change of flag has been estimated to be just under $26 million. Look. We all appreciate that the sleepy hobbits...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Why NZ Herald’s Labour Party crocodile tears are so audacious
    The front page the NZ Herald would use if they thought they could get away with it No one can take the recent columns by NZ Herald seriously… John Armstrong: Shadow lingers on National John Roughan: Labour’s leadership vote matters...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • The beginning of the end of Cameron Slater?
    Slater postings on man bizarre, court told A businessman has changed his appearance and had to install extra security at his home after Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater posted his business and personal documents online, he says. Mr Slater has...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • We are a milk power republic and Fonterra our unelected senate
    Wow. Just wow… Deputy mayor says he’ll be sacked South Taranaki deputy mayor Alex Ballantyne says he expects to be sacked because he has spoken out about the impact gasses coming from dumped Fonterra dairy products have had on his...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • MEDIA WATCH: “…But *actually* this is about ethics in political-game jo...
    Yesterday, a piece of mine on the recent revelations about Hone Harawira employing several gentlemen either accused or convicted of sex offences was published on The Daily Blog. Predictably, given the fierce loyalty which Hone inspires in his party faithful and...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • Privilege cheque
    There was no race problem in my childhood. Living in central Wellington I was well-insulated from what was going on not so far away. This was the 60s and 70s, where the teachers enjoyed free love in the staff room...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • A brief word on Key’s claim that it will be raining carnage
    Isis will ‘rain carnage on the world’ – John Key Left unchecked Isis would “rain carnage on the world”, Prime Minister John Key says, but he has yet to make a decision on whether New Zealand troops will join a...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • Meanwhile…
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    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • How does Andrew Little win Labour Leadership and unify the caucus?
    Audrey Young’s excellent column on how the Caucus vote  is shaping up shows how Andrew Little becomes the next leader of the Labour Party. She identifies the factions as the following… Andrew Little 6: Andrew Little, David Cunliffe, Iain Lees Galloway,...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Joe Trinder – Right of response to Curwen
    You have asked that Hone Harawira deserves to explain what happened, how would he explain when his next door neighbour is an alleged sex offender. What explanation can Hone offer he wasn’t involved, Hone had no idea this offending was...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • MEDIA WATCH: That Hella-Weird Feeling When You Defend Tova O’Brien
    Oh dear. Yesterday morning I blogged that Hone deserved a chance to explain what exactly had happened as applies his office’s Parliamentary Services crew complement – and, importantly, that we deserve to be able to judge him on the strength of...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • Canadian Green MP warns against harsh anti-terror measures
    Canada’s Green Party has provided a welcome counterpoint to Prime Minister Harper’s call for tougher anti-terrorism laws in the wake of a soldier outside the Canadian Parliament. On October 22, while she was still locked in her parliamentary office, Green...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • When is an asset sale not an asset sale? When it robs from the poor and ste...
    National have turned state housing on its head. At no time during the 2014 election did the Key Government even hint that they were going to privatise 30% of the Housing NZ stock of state homes. Not once. Key even...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • Housing; broken promises, families in cars, and ideological idiocy (Part To...
    . . Continued from: Housing; broken promises, families in cars, and ideological idiocy (Part Rua) . Bill English comes clean on National’s intentions for HNZ privatisation . On 14 October, in a report on The Daily Blog, I wrote, In...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • The Questions Have Been Asked – They Deserve An Answer
    A few days ago, allegations that had been percolating for some time about Hone Harawira employing three either accused or convicted sex offenders on his Parliamentary pay-roll came to light. (one imprisoned before working for MANA; one who found himself convicted and...
    The Daily Blog | 26-10
  • I have seen one future, and it is bleak
    . . Back in  March 2012, I wrote this story regarding a march to support striking workers at Ports of Auckland. It appears there was some prescience about some of my observations at the time… . | | 18 March...
    The Daily Blog | 26-10
  • US air strike war Key wants us in has killed a civilian a day so far
      The US air strike war that John Key wants us to join has killed a civilian a day so far. From the Washington Post... The United States launched its first airstrikes on militants in Syria on Sept. 23, and has continued...
    The Daily Blog | 26-10
  • The instant Jihad syndrome
    My favourite new term is ‘self-radicalised’ – it suggests the reasons for terrorism are totally divorced from the actions of the West. This need to suddenly ramp up terror laws because of lone wolf, self-radicalised Jihadists seems convenient and counter-productive....
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • We have nothing to fear from Ebola but fear itself
    I suspect most Americans perceive Ebola like this   I can’t work out if the fear being spread within the media about Ebola is deliberate or just ignorance. Yes Ebola is a terrible plague that kills a large percentage of...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Anjum Rahman – “Meritocracy? I wish.”
    I’d like to start by linking to a post I had published at another site in support of Nanaia Mahuta for the Labour Party leadership election.  She has a reasonable chance, given that she already has the endorsement of Te...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • Chocolate milk shortage and creepy Santa? Let’s talk about real news
    Child poverty is still a scarily serious problem in this country and house prices are soaring through the roof to the point where it is simply impossible for the average New Zealander to buy a home. There is also little...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • It’s time to celebrate Kiwi schools and teachers
    Some would have you believe that New Zealand’s schools are in a state of collapse, that your children are not being educated well and that things are going to hell in a hand basket.  That there is no innovation, no...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • Ideological Blitzkrieg – Privatization of state housing, more charter sch...
    Pundits in pundit land will tell you that this Government is boring, that Key is the great pragmatist and that it is his ability to create elegant solutions that keeps him the firm favourite in many Kiwi eyes. This ability...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • Hegemony rules but resistance is fertile
    The Prime Minister is a puppet. Not just our current Prime Minister, but given the forces of multinational globalisation, the role of any head of state, is less as independent actor, and more as a puppet of international trends and...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • An open Letter to Sir Bob Jones: demanding a ‘liveable wage’ is not “...
    How out of touch with reality is Sir Bob Jones? You know, that white dude who invested in privatised SOEs after the selling off of our assets in the eighties and made a ludicrous and disgusting amount of money and is...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • My insecurity about the Security Council
    As I write this (on 24 October) it is international UN Day. Of course, you all knew that already, right? Well, the day celebrates the entry into force of the UN Charter in 1945. With the ratification of this founding...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Catherine Delahunty – Back in That House
    Parliament opened this week and I still find it a very odd place. Most of the people are reasonably courteous and friendly, but the rituals are archaic and the rules around issues like the swearing in oath are oppressive and...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Marae Investigates No More
    TVNZ yesterday announced the closure of their Māori and Pacific programmes department. That means they’ve chosen to stop making Fresh, Tagata Pasifika, Waka Huia and Marae Investigates to let independent producers get their hands on these lucrative contracts. This is...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • BLOGWATCH: An Un-Civil War in Labour, eh?
    Earlier today, my attention was directed to an entry that’s just recently appeared on the Slightly Left of Centre blog. It purports to contain the ‘inside word’ from a highly placed NZF source – which is funny, because I’m pretty sure...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Santanomics 101
    Santanomics could mean a number of things. It could be the study and practice of giving. Or it could mean the study and practice of rampant end-of-year commercialism. However, for me today it is the economics of erectingAuckland’s giant Santa...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • SkyCity boss misleads public over workers lost shifts
    SkyCity CEO Nigel Morrison has defended the employment practices at his company in an “Opinion” piece entitled “Human Capital key to corporate success” in the NZ Herald on Thursday. A number of his claims are misleading, contain only partial truths...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • David Parker event – the future of work, Sun 2 Nov
    Labour leadership candidate David Parker, an experienced lawyer and businessman as well as a former senior government cabinet minister in the Helen Clark Government, will join three prominent New Zealanders in a panel discussion on Sunday to address...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Roast Busters: Turn Indignation into Action
    People raged about the Roast Buster case. The indignation was justified – it was horrible. “Where were their parents!?” Fair question. I am sure the Roast Busters’ parents and the victims’ parents all wish they had been more proactive in...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Stats NZ only have themselves to blame for postponement
    The Public Service Association (PSA) says Statistics NZ only have themselves to blame for the indefinite postponement of the release of the Food Price Index: November 2014....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • NZ Diversity Survey – benchmarking workplace diversity
    AUT University’s New Zealand Work Research Institute (NZWRI) has released a report on diversity in New Zealand workplaces....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Māori Language (Te Reo Māori) Bill
    Tutehounuku Korako, Chair of the Māori Affairs Committee, is inviting further public submissions on this bill. The closing date for submissions is Friday, 5 December 2014....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • ERA amendments a mixed bag
    The Employment Relations Amendment Act has the potential to put vulnerable workers in a more precarious position, says Equal Opportunities Commissioner, Dr Jackie Blue. However, the commissioner says the right for all to request flexible work hours is...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Sensible Sentencing calls for appeal of judicial activivism
    The Sensible Sentencing Trust is appalled that Justice Jill Mallon has today refused to apply the Life without Parole (LWOP) provisions of the Three Strikes law as enacted by Parliament....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Global Rally against ISIS – for Kobanê – for Humanity, Nov 1
    The New Zealand Kurdish Community will march in solidarity with Kurdistan as part of the “GLOBAL RALLY AGAINST ISIS – FOR KOBANÊ – FOR HUMANITY” on 1 November 2014, 2pm....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Does ‘No-Surprises’ Also Apply To TVNZ News?
    When you stand back and look at NZ media outlets, most of them have at least one or two people who attempt to hold the government to account: John Campbell on TV3, Guyon Espiner and others at Radio NZ, David...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Safer roads are better for everyone
    Recent pedestrian versus vehicle incidents highlight the real issues being addressed by delegates as the 2Walk and Cycle conference concludes....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Law change creates more flexible labour market
    The Employment Relations Amendment Act, passed yesterday, will bring new flexibility to the labour market and will reduce the ability of unions to organise and to recruit....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Bumper ANZ profits mean no excuse for insecure hours
    A big rise in profits at New Zealand's largest bank needs to be reflected in a better pay offer and more security around hours of work, the bank workers’ union said today....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Count down to lowered alcohol limit
    With just a month to go until a new lower alcohol limit for adult drivers comes into effect, Police and road safety agencies are reminding drivers of the impending change....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • WorkSafe Supports Forestry Review Findings
    WorkSafe NZ says the Independent Forestry Safety Review has clearly identified the problems facing an industry in which ten workers were killed last year. “The Review’s analysis matches our own view and leaves no doubt about the need for comprehensive,...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • CTU welcomes forestry review recommendations
    The CTU is welcoming the today's release of the independent forestry safety review panel findings. "These recommendations must be implemented to ensure that everything possible is done to make forestry safer." CTU President, Helen Kelly said....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Activists will confront animal abusers
    Today animal rights activists will confront a group of wealth advisers who want to build the biggest egg factory-farm in New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Turia: Women’s Refuge Conference 2014
    This is a milestone moment in my life. This will be my last official address as Co-leader of the Maori Party. On Saturday night at our Hui-a-Tau, I will be standing down from that role and enabling a new co-leader,...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Rodeo Code of Welfare ‘Sick Joke’
    Animal advocacy organisation SAFE says the revised Code of Welfare for Rodeos just released is nothing but a sick joke. “Rodeo animals are goaded, tormented and forced to endure needless suffering and gross mistreatment, all for the sake of so-called...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Conservative Party applauds binding referenda on flag
    The Conservative Party are congratulating the Government on the decision to hold two binding referendums to decide the fate of New Zealand’s flag – and believes it will pave the way for binding referenda to form part of New Zealand...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Walk the Talk – Opposing violence against women
    Soroptimist International of Auckland have organised a walk on 22 November from Silo Park at the Wynyard Quarter through the Viaduct and back to Silo Park, to show their opposition to violence against women. This event hopes to raise awareness...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Recommendations on the Design of Pecuniary Penalties
    The Law Commission has reviewed the use of pecuniary penalties as a regulatory tool. Pecuniary penalties are financial penalties that policymakers are increasingly opting to use in place of criminal sanctions in order to punish and deter misconduct in...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Every worker will be affected by employment law changes
    Every worker will feel the effects of the government’s new employment laws and should join a union if they want to maintain and increase their wages and conditions, says New Zealand’s largest private sector union, the EPMU....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Shameful attack on all workers
    The Government has passed the Employment Relations Amendment Act slashing the rights of all Kiwi workers. “These changes are shameful. New Zealand now has some of the worst employment protections in the OECD. It is embarrassing that a country which...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Unnecessary law changes more to do with ideology
    The government’s employment law changes are simply ideological and are at odds with its approach in the related areas of health and safety and immigration law, FIRST Union said tonight....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • CTU Runanga calls on iwi leaders
    Maori workers are calling on iwi leaders to speak out against the employment law changes expected to go through today. “Iwi leaders have previously spoken out when workers in Aotearoa have been under attack, we believe they should do so...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Educating children not the best solution to alcohol harm
    Alcohol Healthwatch says we need to look beyond educating children and young people to address deeply embedded attitudes and behaviours concerning alcohol....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • New code of welfare for rodeos released
    New standards to strengthen the animal welfare requirements for rodeos have been issued today by the Minister for Primary Industries, Nathan Guy....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • IPCA report riddle with inaccuracies, say students
    A report by the Independent Police Conduct Authority into the policing of student protests in 2012 is riddled with inaccuracies, say students who laid the original complaint with the IPCA....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • CT v The Queen – indecency convictions quashed
    This summary is provided to assist in the understanding of the Court’s judgment. It does not comprise part of the reasons for that judgment. The full judgment with reasons is the only authoritative document. The full text of the judgment...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Rameka v The Queen – murder convictions quashed
    This summary is provided to assist in the understanding of the Court’s judgment. It does not comprise part of the reasons for that judgment. The full judgment with reasons is the only authoritative document. The full text of the judgment...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Auckland Council Out of Control
    Responding to the NZ Herald article that some Auckland households will face a rates rise of up to 9.6 per cent next year, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says: “Len Brown’s pledge to cap rates rises at 2.5 per...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Stats NZ staff escalate action with ‘no more meetings’ rule
    Statistics NZ staff have voted to escalate their ongoing industrial action in an effort to get Stats NZ back to the bargaining table with a reasonable offer. The staff, who are members of the Public Service Association (PSA), have been...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Rape Crisis calls for changes to criminal justice system
    Wellington Rape Crisis has added its voice to the public outcry following the announcement that there will be no charges in the teen rape gang case. Butterworth says the decision not to lay charges will not have been a surprise...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Police action justified in Blockade the Budget demonstration
    Police actions in dealing with a demonstration in Central Auckland known as Blockade the Budget on 1 June 2012 were justified and appropriate, an Independent Police Conduct Authority report released today found....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • NZDF Joins with Australia to Commemorate WWI Centenary
    A contingent of New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel will join their Australian counterparts at Australia’s first major commemoration of the First World War centenary in Albany, Western Australia this weekend....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Reserve Bank should reduce interest rate
    “The Reserve Bank should be reducing its policy interest rate, the OCR”, says CTU Economist Bill Rosenberg in response to the Bank’s announcement today that it is not increasing it....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • 2015 Stout Fellow will write about Māori & Criminal Justice
    Kim Workman, founder and advocate for the Robson Hanan Trust, which administers the Rethinking Crime and Punishment and Justspeak initiatives, has been awarded the 2015 John David Stout Fellowship at Victoria University....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • What John Key thought about ‘dirty politics’
    On September 20, John Key swept to victory to become one of New Zealand’s most successful and popular Prime Ministers. Rocked by scandal, the 2014 election campaign was one of the most brutal – and riveting – in recent history....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Trade Deal Threatens Farmers and Food Businesses
    The secret Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations are a direct threat to food businesses and farmers, and a moratorium on the release of GE crops must be enshrined in law before the TPP is signed....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • CTU announces election of new Secretary
    The contested election for the position of CTU Secretary has been won by Sam Huggard. Sam officially takes office on Monday 1 December 2014. Sam has worked in the union movement and brings a wealth of experience and a commitment...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Kim Workman awarded 2015 J.D. Stout Fellowship
    The Victoria University of Wellington 2015 J.D. Stout Fellowship, funded by the Stout Trust, has been awarded to justice reform advocate Kim Workman. Mr Workman (Ngati Kahungungu ki Wairarapa, Rangitaane) is well known for his work on criminal justice,...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • TPPA causing concern
    Concern over the secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) negotiations is being expressed in two public meetings over the next week; one at a presentation on 5th November by former councillor Robin Gwynn to the Napier City Council, the...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Kiwis rally to demand justice for ‘Roast Buster’ survivors
    Over 1,500 kiwis have rallied to demand justice after the announcement of the NZ Police decision not to lay charges in the ‘Roast Busters’ saga....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • New employment law will hurt the most vulnerable NZers
    The Public Service Association (PSA) says changes to the Employment Relations Act, expected to be passed in Parliament tonight, will hurt vulnerable workers and their families more than anyone....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Consultation to close on proposed place names
    The New Zealand Geographic Board (NZGB) Ngā Pou Taunaha o Aotearoa today advised that only one month remains before public consultation closes for 18 name proposals for geographic features and places around Te Ika ā Māui (the North Island)....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Operation Clover – Statement from Police Commissioner
    I have taken a close interest in this investigation and I am confident police have conducted a thorough and professional enquiry in what has been a challenging and complex case. The Operation Clover team has ensured that victims have been...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Better policy would have protected children from recession
    Child Poverty Action Group says an international report released by UNICEF today shows good policy can protect and improve child well-being, even during a recession....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Outcome of Operation Clover investigation
    Police have completed a multi-agency investigation, Operation Clover, into the activities of a group calling themselves “The Roast Busters”. The 12 month enquiry focused on incidents involving allegations of sexual offending against a number of girls...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • False birth registration brings home detention
    A Whangarei woman who attempted to register the birth of a fictitious child to claim a sole parent benefit was sentenced to six months home detention in the Whangarei District Court today....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Family of Robert Ellis demand a proper investigation
    The family of a New Zealander killed in Indonesia are growing increasingly concerned at the lack of information they’ve received, and the handling of the investigation into his murder....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
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