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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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    Rest in peace Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter – despite the disgusting police racism and injustice you were undefeated...
    The Daily Blog | 20-04
  • Maori Party wine and dine invite
    Maori Party wine and dine invite...
    The Daily Blog | 20-04
  • For Simon Bridges – here’s the forest you forget
    For Simon Bridges – here’s the forest you forget...
    The Daily Blog | 20-04
  • Never forget the GCSB lies
    Never forget the GCSB lies...
    The Daily Blog | 20-04
  • The Empire strikes back
    The Empire strikes back...
    The Daily Blog | 20-04
  • God bless capitalism
    God bless capitalism...
    The Daily Blog | 20-04
  • Drone killings erode social constraint on using violence
    The drone killing of an (unnamed) New Zealander in Yemen should prompt us to look at the ethics of this practice. We’re told from birth that murder is wrong. Yet drone killings (as conducted by the Obama administration) convey the...
    The Daily Blog | 20-04
  • Labour’s first 100 days – where the messaging needs to be
    ‘The first 100 days’, an expression coined by President Roosevelt in 1933, is generally used to describe the successes and accomplishments of a government at the time when their power is greatest. During the 2008 election campaign, John Key issued...
    The Daily Blog | 20-04
  • Pharrell: a new brand of feminism?
    I think most people heard about how the song Blurred Lines featuring and co-written by Pharrell and performed by Robin Thicke (who has adeptly just been named “Sexist of the Year”) really pissed a lot of people off last year. ...
    The Daily Blog | 20-04
  • Why Easter holidays should always be mandatory and retail free
    The moaning from retailers that they can’t open the cash registers and worship the consumer culture of consumption over Easter bores me immensely because I’ve always believed that public holidays should be mandatory. It’s not that I really care about...
    The Daily Blog | 19-04
  • Why punish the parents of the disabled?
    Parents who have adult children with disabilities saw a glimmer of hope when the promise for payment for caring for their children was given. But like most things, the complicated and relentless bureaucracy of the whole process shows a completely...
    The Daily Blog | 19-04
  • Our government: still no idea
    Happy Easter everyone, bad weather aside. A previous post of mine was called “The Government with no ideas”.  Unsurprisingly, the theme of the piece was of a current government thoroughly absent of any creative ideas or solutions to assist more...
    The Daily Blog | 18-04
  • 12 things Forbes has to say about NZs about to burst economic bubble
    Forbes is not known for their socialist or left wing activism, so when they predict a grim economic failure, we should should collectively poo ourselves a little. National often get given this perception that somehow they are better economic mangers....
    The Daily Blog | 18-04
  • That Sinking Feeling: Labour’s urgent need for persuasive words and coura...
    THE LATEST ROY MORGAN POLL has Labour on 28.5 percent (down 3.5 percent) and the Greens on 11.5 percent (down 1.5 percent). At 40 percent, the combined vote of the two main centre-left parties has fallen 5 percentage points since...
    The Daily Blog | 18-04
  • Why the Labour movement should support a Universal Basic Income
    The Mana movement’s support of the idea of a universal basic income is a welcome development. It could become one of the litmus issues that define the party and prove extremely popular. If Mana are in a position to do...
    The Daily Blog | 18-04
  • Legal high and cannabis regulation
    I marched through Henderson last month with my fellow Westies to express our concern about the impact of so called “legal highs” on our community. Some people chanted loudly calling for banning, some expressing anger at the parliamentarians who voted...
    The Daily Blog | 18-04
  • Know your Tory fellow travellers and ideologues: John Bishop, Taxpayers Uni...
    . . On 19 March, I reported on the Board members of the so-called “Taxpayers Union”. With one exception, every single member of the Taxpayers Union Board was a current (or recent) card-carrying member or supporter of the National and/or...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • GUEST BLOG: Daniel Bruce – Internet Party: What Seems Ridiculous To The O...
    Imagine you’re a 18-21 year old, from a working class family. You’ve never had a landline phone at home, because your parents can’t afford the fixed monthly bills, so everyone in your familiy has a pre-pay mobile phone. Because of the same tight...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Greens to push for housing standards in MOU with Government
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Greens to push for housing standards in MOU with Government Tuesday, 28 Aug 2012 | Press Release We don’t need any more official reports. We know the problem and we have the plans....
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Mighty River squanders $3.8m preparing for sale
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Mighty River squanders $3.8m preparing for sale Tuesday, 28 Aug 2012 | Press Release New Zealanders do not want asset sales and they do not want the Government wasting millions of dollars on...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Government’s economic agenda on shaky ground
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Government’s economic agenda on shaky ground Monday, 27 Aug 2012 | Press Release Instead of betting on a boom and bust industry and selling off assets the government needs to invest in a...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • National’s tax cuts haven’t cut tax avoidance
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: National’s tax cuts haven’t cut tax avoidance Sunday, 26 Aug 2012 | Press Release It is not fair that many rich New Zealanders are cheating on their tax. National’s 2010 tax cuts, that...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Waitangi Tribunal report adds to crisis in asset sales agenda
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Waitangi Tribunal report adds to crisis in asset sales agenda Friday, 24 Aug 2012 | Press Release In its rush to sell our assets, National has found itself in a crisis of its...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Privacy across all departments needs checking
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Privacy across all departments needs checking Friday, 24 Aug 2012 | Press Release “People don’t have a choice about giving their information to the state so the Government has an absolute duty to...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Reports show Government role in driving ACC dysfunction
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Reports show Government role in driving ACC dysfunction Thursday, 23 Aug 2012 | Press Release Restoring public trust and confidence is an essential goal and will require very major change starting from the...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Government must front up on full costs of asset sales
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Government must front up on full costs of asset sales Thursday, 23 Aug 2012 | Press Release It’s time for the Government to front up over just how much these asset sales are...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • New report: middle NZ worse off, inequality grows
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: New report: middle NZ worse off, inequality grows Thursday, 23 Aug 2012 | Press Release Our society has never been as unequal as it is today. New research from the Ministry of Social...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Government to delay addressing climate change indefinitely
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Government to delay addressing climate change indefinitely Thursday, 23 Aug 2012 | Press Release “It would be a shock for any other Government to introduce such a self-defeatist piece of legislation but unfortunately...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Time to deliver on 26 weeks Paid Parental Leave
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Time to deliver on 26 weeks Paid Parental Leave Today marks two years since Labour MP Sue Moroney’s Bill extending paid parental leave to 26 weeks was drawn from the members’ ballot. “It’s...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Taxpayers robbed of $130m in Genesis sale
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Taxpayers robbed of $130m in Genesis sale Kiwi taxpayers have been robbed of $130 million by the Government in its final failed asset sale, says Labour’s SOEs spokesperson Clayton Cosgrove. “National set the...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Service for victims of sexual violence pushed out in cold
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Service for victims of sexual violence pushed out in cold Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | Press Release Christchurch cannot afford to lose this agency The Green Party is calling on Housing New Zealand...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Resignation rates among cops soar
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Resignation rates among cops soar The number of frontline officers quitting the police force is at a four-year high, with more than 350 walking off the job in the past year, Labour’s Police...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Work visa problems need monitoring
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Work visa problems need monitoring The Government is handing out temporary work visas to migrants to work in jobs that could easily be filled by unemployed Kiwi workers in the Christchurch rebuild, says...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Legal high ban worthy of wider pick-up
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Legal high ban worthy of wider pick-up Auckland Council’s ban on using legal highs in a public place is an excellent idea that should be replicated around New Zealand, says Labour’s Associate Health...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Smith sells state P-houses to first home buyers
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Smith sells state P-houses to first home buyers Nick Smith must reassure worried first home buyers that any Housing NZ houses sold under his First Home policy will be tested for P contamination...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Brazil: Human rights under threat ahead of the World Cup
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Brazil: Human rights under threat ahead of the World Cup     Protests in Brazil:Brazil Franciscan friar kneels in front of Brazilian riot police officers asking for calm during confrontation with Landless...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Brazil: Human rights under threat ahead of the World Cup
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Brazil: Human rights under threat ahead of the World Cup     Protests in Brazil:Brazil Franciscan friar kneels in front of Brazilian riot police officers asking for calm during confrontation with Landless...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Libya: Trial of former al-Gaddafi officials by video link a farce
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Libya: Trial of former al-Gaddafi officials by video link a farce     Saif al-Islam al-Gaddafi will face the courts on 14 April. © IMED LAMLOUM/AFP/Getty Images         Read...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Libya: Trial of former al-Gaddafi officials by video link a farce
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Libya: Trial of former al-Gaddafi officials by video link a farce     Saif al-Islam al-Gaddafi will face the courts on 14 April. © IMED LAMLOUM/AFP/Getty Images         Read...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Algeria: Pre-election clampdown exposes ‘gaping holes’ in human rights ...
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Algeria: Pre-election clampdown exposes ‘gaping holes’ in human rights record     Freedom of expression, association and assembly are under threat ahead of elections in Algeria. © FAROUK BATICHE/AFP/Getty Images    ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Algeria: Pre-election clampdown exposes ‘gaping holes’ in human rights ...
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Algeria: Pre-election clampdown exposes ‘gaping holes’ in human rights record     Freedom of expression, association and assembly are under threat ahead of elections in Algeria. © FAROUK BATICHE/AFP/Getty Images    ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Viet Nam: Prisoners of conscience released but dozens remain jailed
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Viet Nam: Prisoners of conscience released but dozens remain jailed     Vietnamese activist Nguyen Tien Trung was one of the prisoners of conscience released this week. © Private      ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Viet Nam: Prisoners of conscience released but dozens remain jailed
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Viet Nam: Prisoners of conscience released but dozens remain jailed     Vietnamese activist Nguyen Tien Trung was one of the prisoners of conscience released this week. © Private      ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • PM’s China visit assisted Oravida, not Fonterra
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: PM’s China visit assisted Oravida, not Fonterra Questions must now be asked whether it was Fonterra or Oravida who really benefited from the Prime Minister’s recent visit to China, Labour’s Primary Industries spokesperson...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • New Zealand’s use of ozone depleting gases increases
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: New Zealand’s use of ozone depleting gases increases A new Government report highlights that the amount of ozone depleting gases New Zealand is using is increasing, the Green Party said today. The report...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • The issues behind the possible MANA-Internet Party Alliance
      Last weekend Kim Dotcom spoke at MANAs AGM to discuss the possibility of the Internet Party and MANA Party working together to defeat John Key this election. As someone who knows both Hone and Kim, I have a unique...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Manufacturing Upgrade
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Manufacturing Upgrade   Labour is determined to support and grow our manufacturing sector. These policies grew out of the findings of the 2013 Parliamentary Inquiry into Manufacturing.   – The claims and opinions...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Get work on 29th and the ANZAC spirit deserts the TPPA
      Groser and co would have been spitting tacks last week as the ANZAC spirit deserted the TPPA negotiations. Australia has done a deal directly with Japan which undercuts the demand for Japan to opening all agriculture in the TPPA....
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • No fracking solution to climate change
    Some British tabloids and oil lobbyists have jumped on comments made by an Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change author that fracking could play a role in addressing climate change as an argument for it here in Aotearoa, so is fracking...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • At Last: A Manufacturing Policy
    Source: First Union – Press Release/Statement: Headline: At Last: A Manufacturing Policy Date of Release:  Thursday, April 17, 2014 Body:  FIRST Union congratulates Labour on the release of its Manufacturing policy today. The union represents workers in the wood, food and...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • ACT Speech: Three Strikes For Burglary, Three Years Jail
    Last year there were more than 52,000 reported burglaries. According to the Treasury, for every 10 reported burglaries, there are another 12 that go unreported. This means there were more than 120,000 burglaries last year – or over 2000 a...
    Scoop politics | 21-04
  • Derek Leask: Media Advisory Re: Nigel Fyfe MOJ Appointment
    Derek Leask yesterday 20 April 2014 made the following observations in response to a media enquiry about the recently announced appointment of Mr Nigel Fyfe, currently Deputy Secretary at the Ministry of Justice (Legal and Operational Services and Legal...
    Scoop politics | 21-04
  • Oceans In The Spotlight At Election Year Oceans Forum
    The marine environment will be in the spotlight at an ‘Election Year Oceans Forum’ at Kelly Tarlton’s SEALIFE Aquarium on April 27 from 10.30-12.30. A panel of non-governmental advocates and scientists will outline challenges facing our seas, and MPs from...
    Scoop politics | 21-04
  • Himalayan Trust responds to Everest avalanche
    The Himalayan Trust has launched an appeal to help the families of the Sherpa climbers impacted by the recent tragedy on Eve rest, Nepal....
    Scoop politics | 21-04
  • Himalayan Trust responds to Everest avalanche
    The Himalayan Trust has launched an appeal to help the families of the Sherpa climbers impacted by the recent tragedy on Eve rest, Nepal....
    Scoop politics | 21-04
  • Tariana Turia: Labour doesn’t deserve our vote
    Maori Party Co-leader Tariana Turia told TVNZ’s Q+A programme that Labour doesn’t deserve the Maori vote. ‘I don’t believe they deserve our vote any more....
    Scoop politics | 20-04
  • Family Court Consumers Group appalled at legal rort
    Family Court Consumers Group appalled at Lawyer for Child's "1 meeting in 10 years" taxpayer funded legal rort...
    Scoop politics | 19-04
  • Manufacturing Matters to New Zealand – 17 April
    The Labour Party announcement today recognises the simple truth that the manufacturing sector really matters to New Zealand’s economy as a whole, based on the part manufacturing plays in the growth of the added value element in the tradable sector,...
    Scoop politics | 19-04
  • Young Kiwi to Represent New Zealand at Premier Youth Forum
    Young Kiwi to Represent New Zealand at Premier Youth Forum FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Commonwealth Youth New Zealand Executive Director, Aaron Hape, has been selected to represent New Zealand at 33Fifty, the Commonwealth Youth Leadership Programme,...
    Scoop politics | 19-04
  • Lisa Owen interviews Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei
    Greens propose new ministerial disclosure regime based on British rules, requiring quarterly declarations of ministers' meetings, travel and hospitality....
    Scoop politics | 19-04
  • Politicians Should Maintain Workers’ Easter Break
    Family First NZ is rejecting calls for any liberalisation of Easter trading laws and says that workers deserve a break to spend time with their families. “This is not an issue about choice as has been argued. For many workers,...
    Scoop politics | 19-04
  • Lisa Owen interviews experts on Antacrtica
    Lisa Owen interviews Chuck Kennicutt and Gary Wilson on Antarctica Headlines: Top Antarctic scientists warns New Zealand "not ready" for worst as ice shelves and sea ice in Antarctica retreat and the climate changes Gary Wilson: "Can...
    Scoop politics | 19-04
  • Beyond the State – NZ State Houses from Modest to Modern
    As part of the our 'Active Hand of Government' series for 2014, we present Bill McKay, Senior Lecturer, School of Architecture and Planning, speaking to his new publication....
    Scoop politics | 19-04
  • Global unions applaud NZ ‘slave ships’ progress
    Global unions the ITF (International Transport Workers' Federation) and IUF (International Union of Food, Agricultural and Hospitality Workers) today applauded the steps forward made in preventing often shocking abuse of crews on fishing vessels in New Zealand...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Families before commerce at Easter
    Families before commerce at Easter The retail workers’ union has hit back at critics of New Zealand's modest Easter trading restrictions. "Some things are more important than going to the mall, and for just three and a half days each...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Easter trading laws archaic, in need of overhaul
    Press release: ACT New Zealand Easter trading laws are outdated and in need of a major overhaul, said ACT leader Jamie Whyte today....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • ALCP welcomes Campbell Live poll result
    The Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party welcomes last night's Campbell Live poll, saying it is an overdue reality check for public opinion on personal cannabis use....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Q+A This Week 20/4/14
    Q+A This Week SUNDAY 20 APRIL, 9AM ON TV ONE The latest on the US-NZ relationship from the US military’s top man in the Pacific, Admiral Samuel J. Locklear . Deputy Political Editor Michael Parkin asks him whether we’re allies,...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Community detention for pokie theft
    A 67-year-old former company director, convicted of stealing pokie machine profits, was today sentenced to six months community detention, 160 hours of community work and ordered to make reparation of $6,000....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Waitangi National Trust Board Amendment Bill
    The Māori Affairs Committee is inviting public submissions on this bill. The closing date for submissions is Wednesday, 14 May 2014....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Collaboration stops drugs from crossing borders
    Collaboration between Hong Kong and New Zealand Customs has stopped millions of dollars worth of drugs coming into New Zealand this year, with a number of seizures and arrests in both countries....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Call for public enquiry into the future of farming
    Fish & Game NZ is calling for a public enquiry “to examine the future of agriculture in New Zealand”....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Comment on Labour Policy Announcement by NZMEA President
    “This policy release from the Labour Party is so important that if it becomes government policy it would define a shift in New Zealand’s culture,” says Brian Willoughby President of the NZMEA and Managing Director of Plinius Audio and Contex...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Manufacturing policy makes sense but….
    On the surface much of Labour's prescription for manufacturing is sound though questions remain over some of the detail not yet announced, the Employers and Manufacturers Association says....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Where Are The 15,000 Jobs?
    “Paula Bennett is today proudly telling New Zealand that beneficiary numbers have decreased by 15,000 in the past year. There is no proud declaration that 15,000 jobs have been created in the same period,” says Auckland Action Against Poverty spokesperson,...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Change of approach to government procurement needed
    The rail engineering industry has been totally let down by National’s lack of manufacturing policy, and Labour’s measures outlined today represent a marked shift in approach to supporting domestic industries, the RMTU said today....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Depreciation Policy Shouldn’t Be Just for Pet Industries
    The Taxpayers’ Union is welcoming Labour’s announcement to beef up rates of depreciation in the manufacturing sector, but is questioning why David Cunliffe is picking winners rather than applying the policy across all sectors. Jordan Williams,...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • FIFA U-20 World Cup NZ 2015 Kick Off Times Announced
    An array of kick-off times to suit football fans of all ages has been confirmed for the FIFA U-20 World Cup New Zealand 2015. With 52 matches spread across the nation, the public will be able to enjoy a collection...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • “Legitimate purpose” provides no protection under 167 form
    On Radio New Zealand today, the Privacy Commissioner indicated that ACC could only request information that was "relevant" for a "legitimate purpose". His view was therefore that the ACC167 form is not a "blank cheque" or...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • State: still keeping you safe on the road this Easter
    The long-awaited Easter/ Anzac break is nearly upon us while the weather may have taken a turn for the worse in several parts of the country, many Kiwis will still be packing up their cars to take a road trip....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Govt plan for community input into residential red zone
    Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel has welcomed Prime Minister John Key’s announcement today of a community participation process for the public to have a say on the future use of the residential red zone....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Governor-General to visit Turkey
    The Governor-General, Lt Gen The Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae, is to visit Turkey next week to lead New Zealand’s representation at the annual Gallipoli commemorations....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Actions of Police prior to death in custody were justified
    A report by the Independent Police Conduct Authority on the death of Adam Palmer while in Police custody found the actions of Police were justified during the arrest. The report also found that Police took all possible steps to try...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • New Electorate Boundaries Finalised
    New boundaries for the country’s 64 General and seven Māori electorates have been finalised – with an additional electorate created in Auckland. The 2014 Representation Commission has completed its statutory role of reviewing and redrawing electorate...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Save The Children Welcomes Strengthening Children’s Rights
    Save the Children New Zealand welcomes a new treaty which allows children to complain directly to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child about alleged violations of their rights....
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Labour takes manufacturing seriously
    Labour takes manufacturing seriously Manufacturing workers and employers will all benefit from economic policies announced today by the Labour Party leader, David Cunliffe. The Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union has welcomed the announcement...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Manufacturing policy welcomed
    “Today’s announcement of Labour’s manufacturing policy is very welcome,” says CTU Economist Bill Rosenberg. “Just as many other developed countries are realising, having a strong manufacturing sector pays off in good jobs, retaining...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Operation Unite – a Blitz on Drunken Violence
    New Zealand Police are hoping to reduce the number of victims from alcohol related crime by asking the public to say ‘Yeah, Nah’ more often this holiday weekend....
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Dunne Speaks
    Dunne Speaks 17 April 2014 There have been a number of harrowing cases presented this week about the impact of psychoactive substances on vulnerable young people. At one level, the tales are deeply disturbing. It is awful to see anyone...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Research announcement welcomed
    A leading Māori researcher has welcomed the announcement of the 2014 Te Pūnaha Hihiko - Vision Mātauranga Capability Fund by Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce and Māori Affairs Minister Dr Pita Sharples....
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • At Last: A Manufacturing Policy
    At Last: A Manufacturing Policy FIRST Union congratulates Labour on the release of its Manufacturing policy today. The union represents workers in the wood, food and textile manufacturing sectors. “In a week that has seen another manufacturing company,...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Republic campaigners still positive after royal visit
    "Campaigners for a New Zealand Head of State are still feeling positive after ten days of royal events" says NZ Republic Chair, Savage. "Our polling before the visit showed increased support for a kiwi head of state. We have a...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Selling homes to foreigners benefits New Zealanders
    Winston Peters has apparently convinced David Cunliffe that when foreigners buy New Zealand property they make New Zealanders worse off. Mr Cunliffe has announced his intention to adopt Winston Peters’ policy of banning foreigners from buying...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Taxpayers’ Union Welcomes Key’s Rejection of ‘Fat Tax’
    The Taxpayers’ Union is welcoming Prime Minister John Key’s rejection of fat and sugar taxes ahead of this year's election. Jordan Williams, Executive Director of the Union, says:...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Law Commission Paper on a New Crown Civil Proceedings Act
    The Law Commission has released A New Crown Civil Proceedings Act for New Zealand , its Issues Paper on reforming the Crown Proceedings Act 1950. The Issues Paper proposes a new statute to replace the Crown Proceedings Act 1950....
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Focus must now go on fishing industry jobs for NZ workers
    Maritime Union says focus must now go on fishing industry jobs for New Zealand workers...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Make the choice to stay safe on the road
    With Easter and Anzac Day giving us two successive long weekends this year there will be a lot of happy families preparing for trips....
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Students Welcome Engagement with StudyLink
    The New Zealand Union of Students’ Associations (NZUSA) has welcomed the improved performance from StudyLink in 2014. There is no doubt that getting their loans and allowances processed on time makes it easier for students to concentrate on being...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Deaf And Hard of Hearing New Zealanders Marginalised
    Deaf And Hard of Hearing New Zealanders Marginalised Imagine if you could not access vital news and information. What would you do?...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Public lose interest in this council, 2016 to be a watershed
    The second term Auckland Council is proving to be an interesting one and very different to the inaugural 2010 – 2013 Governing Body. We are currently going through a budget round to lock in where council’s $3b expenditure is directed...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
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