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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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    “I’m sorry I can’t be at parliament for the valedictory speeches of Tariana Turia and Pita Sharples” said Hone Harawira, MANA Leader and MP for Tai Tokerau, ”but I’d like to add my own best wishes as they reach the end...
    Mana | 24-07
  • Jamie Whyte loses the plot and why this is Dame Devoy’s finest hour
    I was a damningly critical voice over Dame Susan Devoy’s appointment as the Race Relations Commissioner, but her righteous condemnation of Jamie Whyte’s farcical statement that Maori somehow have the same legal privilege of 17th Century French Aristocracy is such a courageous stance...
    The Daily Blog | 31-07
  • Latest Roy Morgan Poll: Labour jumps 6.5 points up to 30%, National tumble
    Latest Roy Morgan Poll: National down to 46%, Labour up to 30%, Greens down to 12%, NZ First down to 5%, Maori Party up to 1.5%, Internet MANA up to 2,5%, ACT, United Future and Conservatives stay unchanged. To take into...
    The Daily Blog | 31-07
  • What is the nature of satire? Issues for the Human Rights Commission as the...
    Congratulations to Fairfax media for their detailed coverage of the current Human Rights Commission case being asserted by Louisa Wall that Al Nisbet’s cartoons were racist and deserved censure. Pity Fairfax published the cartoons in the first place however. The Human...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • Labour promises $2 boost in minimum wage
    MIL OSI – Source: Unite Union – Headline: Labour promises $2 boost in minimum wage Labour leader David Cinliffe From the New Zealand Herald By Derek Cheng Wednesday July 30, 2014 A $2-an-hour boost to the minimum wage, scrapping the...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • THEY CAN’T ALL WIN OFF THE RACE-CARD – Harawira
    MIL OSI – Source: Mana Movement – Headline: THEY CAN’T ALL WIN OFF THE RACE-CARD – Harawira Posted on July 30, 2014 by admin in Hone Harawira, Press Releases“They can’t all play the race card and expect to win off...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • Labours policies a step change for working people
    MIL OSI – Source: CTU – Headline: Labours policies a step change for working people “After six long years of working life getting tougher in New Zealand workers have been given a real choice today with the announcement of Labours...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • Novopay’s end must not be bulk funding’s beginning
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: Novopay's end must not be bulk funding's beginning Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | Press Release Teachers have endured two years of hell, never knowing from one week to the next if they’ll...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • Green Party launches plan to protect our Maui’s dolphins
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: Green Party launches plan to protect our Maui’s dolphins Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | Press Release The Green Party today launched its plan to protect the world’s smallest and most endangered dolphin,...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • USA: One year after her conviction Chelsea Manning must be released
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: USA: One year after her conviction Chelsea Manning must be released Exactly one year after Chelsea Manning was convicted of leaking classified government material, Amnesty International is renewing its call on...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • EU must close all loopholes in the torture trade
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: EU must close all loopholes in the torture trade The European Union (EU) must urgently strengthen its laws to enable member states to immediately ban the trade in new devices and...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • Swaziland: Deplorable sentences against journalist and lawyer stifle free s...
    MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Swaziland: Deplorable sentences against journalist and lawyer stifle free speech The sentencing of a newspaper editor and a human rights lawyer to two years in prison on charges of contempt of...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • Graduate nurses put pressure on Ryall
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Graduate nurses put pressure on Ryall Moves by the Government to increase the number of training placements for nursing graduates will be seen for what they are – a cynical election ploy,...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • Māori Party blocks the end of slave fishing vessels
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Māori Party blocks the end of slave fishing vessels Labour is appalled the Māori Party has refused to allow a final reading of legislation to abolish slavery conditions on foreign charter fishing...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • Unconditional Gaza ceasefire needed now
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Unconditional Gaza ceasefire needed now The Israeli response in Gaza is disproportionate and with the firing of tanks and mortars into civilian areas, increasingly indiscriminate, says Labour’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson David Shearer....
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • Labour will raise minimum wage, restore work rights
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Labour will raise minimum wage, restore work rights A Labour government will raise the minimum wage $2 an hour to $16.25 and restore work rights to ensure the benefits of economic growth...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • Taxpayer to fork out millions for Novopay rescue
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Taxpayer to fork out millions for Novopay rescue It will be cold comfort to teachers and school staff still struggling with Novopay that the National Government has finally stepped in to rescue...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • Auckland consents down second month in a row
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Auckland consents down second month in a row National’s housing policy is in disarray with building consents in Auckland falling two months in a row, says Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford.  “Statistics...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • A brief word on why Murray McCully’s email didn’t work in New York
    Ummmmmmm. What? An email to Foreign Minister Murray McCully’s office about former Malaysian diplomat Muhammed Rizalman bin Ismail invoking diplomatic immunity remained unopened for weeks – allegedly because communications were limited as the minister travelled to New York. So Muzza...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • The infallible NZ Police
    You would think 44 years after one of their own framed an innocent man by planting evidence that the NZ Police would admit they got it wrong. Not so. The whitewash report yesterday into the Crewe murders does the usual...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • Just how crazy is ACTs Whyte Supremacy?
    Two reasons why Jamie Whyte’s claim that Maori are as legally privileged as 17th Century French Aristocracy is possibly the most stupid thing anyone has ever said. 1 – That easy-Maori-University-entry chestnut is one of the worst examples the right...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • Labour Commits To An End To Factory Farming
    Revelations that the Pigcare Accreditation scheme is still failing animals despite protestations from the Ministry, resulted in a day of national action across the country last Saturday. Thousands rallied in the centres against factory farming for a historic outcome for animals. For the...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • Has Apartheid Israel committed war crimes?
    Last week 29 of the UN Human Rights Council’s 47 members voted to set up an inquiry into possible war crimes committed by Apartheid Israel during it’s latest bloody purge of the Palestinian people. It’s interesting to note the only member...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • Mr Fixit is broken – Novopay becomes Neverpay
    There are deals so poorly agreed to with the barest amount of oversight green lighted for ideological reasons so mangled and damaged that not even Steven ‘Mr Fixit’ Joyce can dress it up beyond the turd cake it is. Novopay is one...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today
    Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking on Radio Hauraki...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • The Right-wing – strong on crime!
    . . National, ACT, and the Right, generally, are renowned for being “tough on crime”. What follows are just a few examples,  to illustrate National/ACT’s “toughness”. . . Ms Hauiti isn’t the first MP to mis-use tax-payer’s money, and most...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • The 40 Percent Solution: Chris Trotter responds to Phil Quin.
    PHIL QUIN writes a mean political column. His long-standing connections to the right of the New Zealand Labour Party are extensive and strong. When he writes about politics, especially electoral politics, it is from personal experience and with considerable authority....
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • Labour’s new worker policy – $16.25 minimum wage
    Labour’s much anticipated worker policy has been released. It’s a mix of the aspirational and the smart. $15 minimum wage by Christmas this year, bumped up to $16.25 next year while banning the 90 day right to sack laws and...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • The Liberal Agenda: 30th July- 3rd August
    Wednesday GAZA: Setler colonialism, apartheid and resistance panel discussion Want to know more about what’s going down (and has been going down since 1948) in Gaza, and by extension the Palestinian territory?  Come along to this panel discussion. No boring...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • NZIFF: New Zealand’s Best
    Eleven   Saturday night was New Zealand’s Best at the New Zealand International Film Festival. The collection of 6 short films are selected from over a hundred and are all of very high quality. They compete for a number of...
    The Daily Blog | 30-07
  • Govt fudging figures over Transmission Gully – Green Party media release
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: Govt fudging figures over Transmission Gully – Green Party media release Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | Press Release “The Government needs to come clean. In fact, the cost is $125 million per...
    The Daily Blog | 29-07
  • New Zealand criticised by Pacific Island leaders
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: New Zealand criticised by Pacific Island leaders Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | Press Release “John Key and his government need to step up and take climate change seriously.” New Zealand needs to...
    The Daily Blog | 29-07
  • So where are the Taxpayer’s Union on Simon Bridges luxury oil dinners?
    So where is David Farrar’s astroturf fake union, the Taxpayer’s Union, to criticise the quarter of a million spent on luxury wine and food to woo the oil industry then? Luxury oil summit during Rugby Cup was an ‘investment’Energy Minister...
    The Daily Blog | 29-07
  • ACT show their true racist colours
    ACT Party conference in Epsom last week At some point ACTs low poll ratings were going to have to force ACT to stop pretending to be some free market under grad fantasy and get them back to their true purpose...
    The Daily Blog | 29-07
  • Broken English, broken government, broken climate
    Bill English’s unguarded statements on climate change demonstrate just how out of touch the National Party leadership really is, and how important it is that they should be forced to face facts. A couple of weeks ago finance minister Bill...
    The Daily Blog | 29-07
  • GUEST BLOG: Kelly Ellis – Privilege Lost
    Elton John didn’t get it wrong when said that sorry was the hardest word. It’s a word whose mere utterance can be seized upon as a sign of weakness and topic of ridicule, while simultaneously expressing understanding and opening the...
    The Daily Blog | 29-07
  • GUEST POST: Curwen Rolinson – A Vote For NZF Is A Vote For NZF – For Na...
    I’m loving this “Duelling Banjos” thing me and Bomber have got going on at the moment - he writes a piece castigating NZF for imminent existential failure due to Cons, I write a refutation setting out why we’ll be back. He writes a...
    The Daily Blog | 29-07
  • Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, holidays
    Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking on Radio Hauraki...
    The Daily Blog | 29-07
  • Laila Harre to run against Key in Helensville
    Another full house in Rotorua as part of Internet MANAs road trip Another day, another full house for the Internet MANA road trip. John Armstrong understands the energy now swirling around Internet MANA, and the latest announcements of Georgina Beyer...
    The Daily Blog | 29-07
  • Waiting for Gower’s Twittering of indignation…
    .   . Key has made his call; deals with ACT and Peter Dunne are in – a deal with the CCCP (Colin Craig’s Conservative Party), is out; . . Now we can look forward to TV3′s political commentator, Patrick...
    The Daily Blog | 29-07
  • National’s desperate oil drilling agenda exposed
    MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: National’s desperate oil drilling agenda exposed Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | Press Release A Wall Street Journal article exposing the Government’s attempts to lure deep sea oil drillers to New Zealand shows...
    The Daily Blog | 29-07
  • Owner of Kiwis’ favourite tacos takes bold stand for climate action
    MIL OSI – Source: Oxfam NZ – Headline: Owner of Kiwis' favourite tacos takes bold stand for climate action The maker of Old El Paso tacos, Betty Crocker cake mixes and Haagan Daz ice-cream has today committed to industry-leading measures...
    The Daily Blog | 29-07
  • Out of touch Brownlee gets numbers wrong
    MIL OSI – Source: Labour Party – Headline: Out of touch Brownlee gets numbers wrong Gerry Brownlee has shown how badly he is managing the rebuild by getting his figures wrong on how many houses are needed in Christchurch, Labour’s...
    The Daily Blog | 29-07
  • GUEST BLOG: Michael Wood: Weekend at Bernie’s lll – ACT in Epsom
    While no one will be surprised by yesterday’s deal to prop up ACT in Epsom, the audacity of it is still astounding. ACT is a political corpse. Their sole MP has been found guilty of electoral fraud and bides his...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • So how’s all the ‘ Labour Party man ban’ hysteria working out for you...
    Remember all the screams from the media at the so called ‘man ban’ of the Labour Party? Labour’s attempt at gender equality was really just more evidence of Labour’s man hate,  feminists were taking over, heterosexual red blooded men burnt at the stake....
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Paul Henry; the issue is you, not flag-burning
    There will always be reductive, dangerous and reactionary responses to different forms of oppressive violence by our western, often biased, mainstream media. These reactionary responses purposefully distract from the real issues and those who are at the root and the...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Oh now John Armstrong and Vernon Small want to talk about policy?
    The audacity of the mainstream media seems to know no end. This week both John Armstrong and Vernon Small had the hilarity to demand a focus on policy and not ‘gotcha’ politics… John Armstrong: The ‘gotcha politics’ disease is afflicting...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • “They put Maori centre stage” – Harawira
    MIL OSI – Source: Mana Movement – Headline: “They put Maori centre stage” – Harawira  Posted on July 24, 2014 by admin in Hone Harawira, Press Releases“I’m sorry I can’t be at parliament for the valedictory speeches of Tariana Turia...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Burning the flag or accepting the evil
    MIL OSI – Source: Mana Movement – Headline: Burning the flag or accepting the evil Posted on July 24, 2014 by admin in Hone Harawira, Press ReleasesBurning the Israeli flag in Auckland in protest over the murder of innocent civilians...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • TAXPAYER UNION “outrageously stupid”
    MIL OSI – Source: Mana Movement – Headline: TAXPAYER UNION “outrageously stupid” Posted on July 24, 2014 by admin in Hone Harawira, Press ReleasesJordan Williams, Executive Director of the Taxpayers’ Union says a MANA billboard “appears to have been funded by taxpayers”,...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Tōku reo, tōku oho oho, tōku reo, tōku mapihi maurea – MANA launches ...
    MIL OSI – Source: Mana Movement – Headline: Tōku reo, tōku oho oho, tōku reo, tōku mapihi maurea – MANA launches te reo Māori policy  Posted on July 24, 2014 by admin in Annette Sykes, Press Releases, Te Hamua Nikora“MANA...
    The Daily Blog | 28-07
  • Seafood NZ Says Kaikoura Conservation Legislation a Template
    Seafood New Zealand has hailed the passage of the Kaikoura (Te Tai-o-Marokura) Marine Management Bill by Parliament today as a template for seafood and environment conservation measures throughout New Zealand. Parliament passed the bill into law on the last...
    Scoop politics | 31-07
  • Whale Watch Kaikoura Welcomes Third Reading of Bill
    Whale Watch Kaikoura General Manager Kauahi Ngapora today welcomed the third reading of the Kaikōura (Te Tai ō Marokura) Marine Management Bill....
    Scoop politics | 31-07
  • NZ performers welcome Labour Party proposal
    NZ performers welcome Labour Party proposal to restore fairness and certainty for NZ workers Equity New Zealand today welcomed the announcement by the Labour Party that if elected, it would restore the right of film and television workers to collective...
    Scoop politics | 31-07
  • Tear Fund’s Obsession: Food And Sex (Trafficking)
    Food and sex have always been kindred bedfellows; both are sensory experiences that ignite the passions. For TEAR Fund, however, the relationship is less savoury and more complex. We work in the darkest brothels of Southeast Asia where young girls...
    Scoop politics | 31-07
  • Poll July 14-27: Nat 46% Lab 30% Gr 12% NZ1 5%
    National (46%) lead over Labour/ Greens (42%) cut significantly as Key rules out deal with Conservative Party but says National would consider a deal with NZ First (5%)...
    Scoop politics | 31-07
  • Study could be used to counter high suicide rates
    Should social media companies such as Facebook and Twitter be subject to moral obligations with regards to their customers' mental health? In the wake of the furore following the “Emotional Contagion” study carried out by Facebook themselves, the question...
    Scoop politics | 31-07
  • Labour’s Minimum Wage Proposal a Backward Step
    Democrats for Social Credit finance spokesperson Chris Leitch has attacked Labour’s proposals to increase the minimum wage labelling it ”a backward step for low and middle income earners”....
    Scoop politics | 31-07
  • Sealord applauds passing of Fisheries FCV Bill
    Sealord Group has welcomed the passing of the Fisheries (Foreign Charter Vessels) Amendment Bill as a move that will safeguard workers and protect New Zealand’s sustainable fishing reputation....
    Scoop politics | 31-07
  • Liam Butler interviews Hon David Cunliffe
    With older Kiwis comprising a growing proportion of New Zealand's population we all need to recognise the significant contribution they make to society - not only as taxpayers and consumers, but as employers, paid workers and volunteers....
    Scoop politics | 31-07
  • GC Star Supports Beyer
    Star of reality TV series The GC, Alby Waititi, has thrown his support behind Mana’s Te Tai Tonga candidate Georgina Beyer....
    Scoop politics | 31-07
  • New ACC Executive appointments announced
    ACC Chief Executive Scott Pickering today announced appointments to the ACC Executive Team effective from 1 September. The new Executive, which contains new roles and responsibilities, contains five members of the existing Executive and two new appointments....
    Scoop politics | 31-07
  • Ministry CEO Hides in Office for Award Ceremony
    Following this morning’s coverage of the extravagant expenditure by Pauline Winter, the CEO of the Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs, Porky the Taxpayers’ Union mascot visited the Ministry’s Wellington Office to present the Union’s first “Troughing...
    Scoop politics | 31-07
  • Students’ first-in-family policy needs support
    Free education for the first person in a family to undertake tertiary study is a creative, innovative and transformative proposal from New Zealand students, says TEU vice-president Sandra Grey....
    Scoop politics | 31-07
  • Fishing Bill a major step towards fixing industry problems
    The Maritime Union says the passing of a bill reforming the fishing industry is a major step in fixing serious problems....
    Scoop politics | 31-07
  • Waikato-Tainui marae to receive $15 million top up
    Waikato-Tainui Te Kauhanganui marae are set to receive a one-off grant worth more than $15 million. Following the call from Te Kauhanganui, sixty-six marae will receive a base grant of $150,000 and an additional per capita grant based on the...
    Scoop politics | 31-07
  • Outdoor Council Backs Fish and Game in Minister Smith Stoush
    A national outdoor recreation council has backed Fish and Game in the wake of an argument with Conservation Minister Nick Smith over the organisation's advocacy role for cleaning up New Zealand's rivers from a deteriorating state....
    Scoop politics | 31-07
  • Income Equality Aotearoa New Zealand Inc. – Closing the Gap
    Simon Bridges says increasing the minimum wage will cost us at least 6000 jobs, hurt businesses and reduce growth. Rubbish, says Peter Malcolm National Secretary of Income Equality Aotearoa New Zealand Inc....
    Scoop politics | 31-07
  • Call on Pauline Winter to Front up Or Resign
    Responding to the Fairfax report that taxpayers are footing the bill for the Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs’ Chief Executive and to fly to Auckland most weekends, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says:...
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • Petition generates progress for new nurses
    Last week the New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) launched a petition to get a nurse entry to practice (NEtP) programme for every new graduate nurse. This week, and more than 7,000 signatures later, we are very pleased to hear the...
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • NZ Parliament backs media freedom in West Papua
    West Papua Action Auckland applauds the decision of the New Zealand Parliament to give its backing to genuine media freedom for local and international journalists in West Papua....
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • Wellington protest rally to march for Gaza
    “Marchers from Wellington Students for Justice in Palestine intend to lay memorials at the Rabin memorial in Harris Street during a protest rally on Saturday. The names of some child victims of the Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip will...
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • ACT Leader Dr Jamie Whyte calls Dame Susan Devoy to resign
    Dame Susan Devoy has responded to my speech calling for racial equality by publicly condemning it as “grotesque and inflammatory"....
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • WW1 anniversary: Peace vigils on 4 August
    Monday, 4 August, is the 100th anniversary of the start of World War One, "the war to end all wars". Peace Movement Aotearoa, in association with Quakers, is coordinating nation-wide candle-lit vigils on 4 August, in conjunction with peace...
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • Making It Easier for Disabled Voters to Have Their Say
    The Electoral Commission is making it easier for disabled New Zealanders to enrol and vote, with the confirmation that telephone dictation voting will be in place for the 2014 general election....
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • AA welcomes lower drink-driving limit
    Lowering the adult drink driving limit is one good step forward in making our roads safer, says the Automobile Association. Parliament voted last night to reduce the blood alcohol limit to .05 for drivers aged 20 or over. The AA...
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • RSA welcomes Veterans Support Act
    The Royal New Zealand Returned and Services Association welcomes the passage of the Veterans Support Act into law tonight. RSA National President, Don McIver, says that while it has taken a long time to get to this point, and there...
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • Political debate Thursday July 31st at Whanau Centre
    Waipareira will host a political debate on Thursday at Whanau Centre, Henderson, starting at 7pm. Hosted by broadcaster Willie Jackson, candidates will be asked the tough questions about Whanau Ora, the future of the Maori Seats, Housing, Child Poverty...
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • They Can’t All Win Off the Race-Card
    “They can’t all play the race card and expect to win off it”, said MANA Leader and MP for Te Tai Tokerau Hone Harawira, following comments by ACT Leader Jamie Whyte, Conservative Leader Colin Craig, and NZ First Leader Winston...
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • New Zealanders Being Gouged by Electricity and Liquid Fuels
    New Zealand consumers of electricity are being price gouged to the tune of about $1.388 million while the companies pocket the profits, a new economic analysis released today by the Iwi Leaders Forum reveals....
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • Push For Gender Confusion In Schools
    Family First NZ is warning schools about an agenda to bring gender confusion in to schools in areas such as changing rooms, sports teams and school uniforms....
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • Labour work and wages policy good for working people
    The Maritime Union says Labour’s new policy on work and wages, announced today, is good for the working people of New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • Joint Statement on EU-New Zealand Partnership Agreement
    Joint Statement on EU-New Zealand Partnership Agreement on Relations and Cooperation (PARC) by High Representative for EU Foreign and Security Policy Catherine Ashton and New Zealand Foreign Minister Murray McCully...
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • Time to lift unliveable wage rates
    The Service and Food Workers Union has welcomed Labour’s determination to lift New Zealand’s unliveable wage rates. The Labour Party today announced their Work and Wages policy....
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • Judith Collins and Women’s Refuge – ‘Doing a Katie Bradford’
    In Rethinking’s latest blog; http://blog.rethinking.org.nz/2014/07/judith-collins-and-womens-refuge.html Kim Workman suggests that Ms Collins treatment of the Women’s Refuge in a recent Q and A interview, could spark a new slang term in the national lexicon – ‘Doing...
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • Independent candidate advocates monetary paradigm shift
    Waikanae veterinarian Dr Amanda Vickers is standing as an independent for the Otaki electorate, with a view to modernise monetary policy....
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • Review of Radiocommunications Act 1989
    The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) has today published a discussion document reviewing New Zealand’s Radiocommunications Act 1989. The discussion document looks at issues including competition regulation, technical parameters on...
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • Unite Union welcomes Labour Party increase to minimum wage
    Unite Union welcomes the announcement today by the Labour Party to increase the minimum wage by $2 per hour by early 2015....
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • Taxing Struggling Families to Boost Bureaucrats Shameful
    Responding to Labour leader David Cunliffe’s announcement that a Labour Government would ensure public servants would receive at least the Living Wage, significantly more than their private sector counterparts, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director...
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • Labour reforms show commitment to tackling inequality
    The NZ Labour Party’s just-announced industrial relations agenda demonstrates a clear commitment to tackling the growing inequality in New Zealand and restore democracy to our workplaces, according to FIRST Union....
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • Debacle shows danger of contracting out public services
    The Public Service Association (PSA) says the Novopay debacle shows core public services are best provided in-house....
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • Public servants welcome Labour’s living wage announcement
    The Public Service Association (PSA) says Labour’s commitment to ensure all core public service workers are paid at least the living wage will be welcome news to thousands of hard working New Zealanders....
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • Commission urges politicians to stick to the major issues
    In the run up to the general election Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy is urging politicians to “do the right thing and stick to those major issues that will help make New Zealand a better place for all our...
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • Statement on behalf of Rochelle Crewe
    Rochelle Crewe has lived a life of anonymity. The tragic killing of her parents in 1970, when she was only 18 months old, has understandably been the subject of much media attention in this country in the four decades since....
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • All parties need to help save Maui’s dolphins
    Forest & Bird is urging all political parties to adopt the recommendations of scientists - and the International Whaling Commission - in order to save to save the Maui’s dolphin from extinction....
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • Navigating Our Future Conference: Leaders’ Dialogue
    As pre-election positioning heats up and the environment has emerged as a key issue, the Leaders’ Dialogue at EDS’s annual conference next week will be an opportunity to interrogate the main parties....
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • Labour’s policy promises a return to fairness at work
    Workers across New Zealand will benefit from the Labour Party’s work and wages policy, says the Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union. “Labour’s policy is a comprehensive package which will lift wages, lower unemployment, and build a...
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • Labour’s policies a step change for working people
    “After six long years of working life getting tougher in New Zealand workers have been given a real choice today with the announcement of Labour's Industrial Relations policy package,” CTU President Helen Kelly said....
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • Tear Fund Launches Emergency Appeal for Gaza
    As the death toll surpasses 1000 in Gaza, TEAR Fund has launched an appeal to help civilians caught up in the conflict between Israel and Palestine. TEAR Fund CEO and chairman of the NGO Disaster Relief Forum Ian McInnes said,...
    Scoop politics | 30-07
  • Democrats for Social Credit Party celebrates 60 years
    Monetary reformers from across New Zealand will celebrate the Democrats for Social Credit Party’s (DSC) 60th anniversary at its annual conference at Quality Hotel Elms in Christchurch this weekend....
    Scoop politics | 29-07
  • 100-Gun Salute to Commemorate Beginning of WW1
    The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF), with WW100, New Zealand’s First World War centenary programme, will commemorate the beginning of the First World War for New Zealand next Monday, 4 August....
    Scoop politics | 29-07
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